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IT raids on nine city outlets
Cong worker comes under scanner
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 29
Income tax raids were conducted on nine outlets of a leading chain of restaurants and fast food joints in different parts of the city, owned by a senior functionary of the Congress, along with that of a shawl manufacturer. Simultaneous raids were launched on the business premises of two groups at Fountain Chowk, Sarabha Nagar, Jail Road, Urban Estate, Dugri, and Focal Point here today.

Several teams of the Income Tax Department comprising more than 40 officials and supporting staff conducted the raids under the supervision of Mr A.P. Srivastava, Commissioner of Income Tax-I, Mr J.S. Minhas, Joint Commissioner of Income Tax-I, Mr Vijay Kumar, Commissioner of Income Tax-III, and Mr Rajeshwar Yadav, Joint Commissioner of Income Tax, Range VII.

The IT officials descended on the business premises of the two groups in the morning and carried out a detailed inspection of account books, IT returns for the past three years, documents relating to sale and purchase and physical verification of stocks.

The raiding teams were reported to have questioned partners and directors of the business houses and some of the key staff members. During the raids, which were continuing till the filing of this report, entry and exit from the premises were restricted and telephone calls barred. While the officials refused to say anything about the details of raids, sources in the department revealed that these were initiated on the basis of specific information that these business groups were reportedly indulging in fudging of accounts and filing returns, which were grossly disproportionate to their sources of income.

It was learnt that the IT officials had seized a large number of incriminating documents, details of financial transactions, computer data and account books of these business houses, which were still being processed to arrive at the amount of concealed income so that additional tax liability and penalty, if warranted, could be raised against the defaulting firms.



Water, water everywhere...
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
The city’s bad roads and poor sewerage was evident after today’ early morning downpour, which threw life out of gear. Several low-lying areas were waterlogged and roads got turned into virtual streams. The situation turned better only after afternoon.

Offices functioning in basements and on ground floors were the worse-hit. The mini-secretariat presented a dismal picture and people had to wade through water to get their work done in New Courts. Electricity supply was also affected for a few hours as many feeders collapsed. Offices, schools and colleges also reported poor attendance.

“Our office is on the ground floor and as water entered offices, work came to a halt today. The suction pumps were not used till we urged the administration to do so in the afternoon. It was only post noon that the situation turned better,” said Mr Rajinder Gupta, an advocate.

The Punjab Agricultural University meteorological observatory calculated the rainfall to be 54 mm.

While the main roads like old GT Road, Rani Jhansi Road and Damoria Bridge Road were flooded, the situation was no better in case of Haibowal, Durga Puri, Model Town, Chander Nagar and posh localities like Sarabha Nagar.

“In case of areas near the bus stand and Dugri it was even difficult to move around as slush filled many streets. Despite apprising the MC several times of the poor situation, nothing has been done so far,” rued Mr G.S. Batra, an official in the BSNL, who is a resident of Dugri, Phase I.

Colonies in the old city, including Sunder Nagar, Karimpura Bazar, Dholewal Chowk, Mansa Ram Steeet, Field Ganj, Kesar Ganj Chowk, Damoria Bridge, Vishwakarma Chowk, Chaura Bazar, Ghanta Ghar, Lakkar Bazar, Ashok Nagar, Janakpuri, Partap Chowk and New Madhopuri were also waterlogged.

“The municipal corporation is not bothered about the poor sewerage. It is a pity that this industrial town has an infrastructure that cannot be compared to backward areas,” Ramesh Kumar, another resident said.



Company penalised for not delivering goods
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 29
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has ordered a transport company, Ashoka Transways Service (P) Ltd, Raipur, and its local office situated in Ludhiana, to pay Rs 59,089 towards the actual price of the undelivered booked goods.

For its negligence, the transport company was also ordered to pay Rs 5,000 as costs to the aggrieved consumer.

The orders were pronounced by Mr A.S. Narula, President and members of the forum, Mr Daljit Singh Bakshi and Ms Pooja Diwan, while deciding the complaint filed by M/s S.I Auto Industries of Kailash Nagar, GT Road, Ludhiana.

It was asserted by the complainant that a consignment of nine cartons, containing auto parts, was booked with the local office of the transport company for sending the same to Chhindwara. The consingnment was to be received by M/s Lakshmi Automobiles but they did not receive the same.

Receiving information from them, the matter was taken up with the transport company. Thereafter, a letter written by the Delhi office of the transport company to their Jabalpur office for looking into the matter of non-delivery of the goods was received by the complainant.

But neither the goods were delivered at the destination nor the same were returned to them, added the complainant.

However, the transport company failed to contest the case. It was proceeded ex-parte, when not responded despite service of summons sent by the forum. So, after appreciating the evidence produced by the complainant on record, the forum found the services of the transport company to be deficient and penalised it.



Cheques worth crores given for development
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, August 29
Under the Punjab Development Scheme, Mr Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Parliamentary Secretary (Home, Justice and Sainik Welfare) handed over a check worth Rs 1,85,58,000 at a function today to Mr Jagmeet Singh Sahota, president of the Municipal Council, Mandi Gobindgarh.

Mr Dharamsot also distributed cheques for Rs 21 lakh for the Municipal Council, Amloh, Rs 50,000 to Jain school, Rs 21,000 to Yuva Club, Rs 31,000 to Sports Club, Rs 21,000 to Vishavkarma Welfare Trust, Rs 21,000 to Gram Panchayat, Badgujran for development works. He warned the benificiaries for the proper use of the funds. He highlighted the development works undertaken during the Congress rule in Amloh.

Regarding the utilisation of development fund, Mr Sahota pointed out that it would be spent on recarpeting of roads, long-standing demand of underbridge, water and sewerage.

Mr Lachhman Singh Saini, Executive Officer, Mr Deepak Sapra, Mr Pakher Singh Alana, Chairman, Zila Parishad, Mr Lal Chand Garg, president, Municipal Council, Amloh, Dr Swtantar Karkara, Secretary, Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee, Mr Jiwan Puri, president, Arhtiya Association, Amloh, were also present. 



ID cards must for migrants, says league
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 29
Col Chanan Singh Dhillon (retd), president, Ex-services League, Punjab and Chandigarh, yesterday criticised the district police for suspending work on the preparation of identity cards of migrant labourers following violence in Ludhiana.

He said people had no objection to migrants coming to punjab but it was the duty of the state government to check any anti-social activities of the migrants.

He also criticised political parties who had kept silent on this issue because of the ensuing elections.

He said Punjab had already suffered during militancy and any communal or social tension would only add bitterness among different communities.

The issuance of identity cards was vital to maintain law and order and keep a check on anti-social elements, he said.

He urged the Chief Minister and leaders of political parties to take a realistic view of the issue and not play politics for the sake of power. 



Behal is Rotary Club president
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 29
Rtn R.S. Behal was installed as President of the Rotary Club of Ludhiana, North, along with his team for the year 2006-07 at Awards and Installation Function held at the Rotary Bhavan here recently.

District Governor R.I. District 3070 R Romesh Rana was the chief guest and he performed the duties of installation officer.

Other members of the new team are as under:

Rotarians Dr S S Johl, Advisor, Jatinder Lamba, President-Elect., Ms Asha Emmamuel- Vice- President, Mr Sunil Bansal, Secretary, Ranvir Vij, Joint-Secretary, Amanjot Singh, Joint Secretary, H.L. Goel, Treasurer, D.S. Sunder, Editor, Kuldip Singh, Auditor, Jatinder Chawla,IPP Director, Club Services, Sohan Singh, Director, Community Services, Ravinder Singhania, IPP, International Services, Sunil Gupta, Director, Vocational Services, V S Sachdeva, Director Youth Services, Raj Behal, Director Spl Committees.

Awards were given by outgoing President Rtn Jatinder Chawla to the members who did outstanding services during the last year. Awards were also given to some prominent personalities of Ludhiana who helped rotary in service to the humanity.

Some of the prominent persons were Mr S.K. Jain, Regional Manager, New India Assurance Co, Mr Manmohan Singh, SE, Improvement Trust, Mr B.R. Kaushal, Chairman, Pensioners Bhawan Management Committee, Mr Sanjeev Pahwa, MD, Ralson India, Mr Onkar Singh, MD, Avon Cycles and Ms Balwinder Kaur etc.



Employees decry government apathy
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 29
The Joint Action Committee, comprising several bodies of government employees, has charged the Centre and the state government with pursuing anti-employee policies, sitting over genuine demands of employees and going ahead with privatisation of several government departments under pressure from WTO and multinational companies.

Addressing a protest rally at the Mini Secretariat here today, trade union functionaries decried the ongoing privatisation of 29 departments, including education, health, PWD, transport and electricity board, recruitment on contract basis, denial of time-bound promotion scale, bonus and enhanced allowances.

Speakers at the rally including Mr Gurmel Singh Melday, district president, PSSF, Mr D.P. Maur, president, PAU Employees Union, and other activists regretted that the government had failed to regularise ad hoc employees, pension commutation formula had been changed to cause financial loss to employees, grants to PAU were slashed and PUDA employees were being denied pension in a discriminatory manner.

The trade union leaders impressed upon the government to fulfill all these demands before setting up the new pay commission, and in the meantime, the employees be paid Rs 2000 as interim relief.

Among other speakers at the rally were Mr Bhagwan Singh Bhangu, Mr Jagmel Singh, Mr Dayal Singh, Mr Amarjit Singh, Mr Mukhtiar Singh, Mr Amritpal Singh, Mr Manjit Singh Samra, Mr Gurdeep Singh, Mr Hardev Singh Ghaloti, Mr Lal Chand, Mr Bhanwar Singh, Mr Paramjit Singh and Mr Lakhwinder Singh.



Samvat Shri celebrations
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 29
Persistent practice will bring the desired results towards generating universal fraternity, maintains Sadhavi Vidyawati, a disciple of Acharya Mahapragya on the occasion of Samvat Shri celebrations at Tera Panth Jain Sathanak here yesterday.

Addressing a gathering of Jain devotees the sadhavi said violence, having genesis in disparity among members of various classes, was a major hurdle to the progress of any nation.

Referring to the teachings of Lord Mahavira, she said society should not think of uninterrupted multidimensional development until various constituents of its segments worked in a harmonious manner. The same was true at the individual and family levels. She said her preaching would not bring the desired results until the teachings were practiced.

She called upon leaders of various social and religious organizations to join hands with the volunteers of the Tera Panth Sabha and help eradicate social evils from the society.

She urged the listeners to play an active role in maintaining and conserving the environment congenial for the psychological and physical health of the future 

Mr Mangat Rai Jain, patron of the sabha, Mr Baldev Singla, president, and Mr Megh Raj Jain, general secretary also spoke on the occasion. 



Ganpati festival gets under way
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 29
Devotees of Lord Ganesha chanted “Ganpati bappa morya” as they visited the temples on the occasion of the 10-day Ganpati Mahotsava, which began on Monday in several temples of the city.

The Ganpati Sewa Sangh installed a 20-foot idol of Ganesha in a huge pandal at the office of the sangh.

Swami Kirti Giri urged the devotees to participate in the festival. Idols have also been installed in various temples in colonies in the city.



MCPI concerned over police lathi charge
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
The all-India preparatory committee of the MCPI (United) has expressed concern over the lathi charge and beating of migrants from Bihar and other states who were peacefully protesting against the police registration drive.

Mr Jagjit Singh Lyallpuri and Mr Kuldip Singh, convener and member of the outfit, respectively, have blamed the police for unnecessary harassment of workers and demanded action against the policemen responsible for this unfortunate incident.

The leaders accused the police of inciting the local people to attack migrants.



Kirtan darbar on August 31
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 29
The management of Shri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Model Town Extension, will hold a massive ‘kirtan darbar’ on August 31 from 6 pm to 10 pm. Mr Surinderjit Singh, general secretary, in a Press statement, said here yesterday that on September 1, a ‘gurmat samagam’ would also be organised in which famous raagi jathas would take part.

These jathas would be led by Bhai Kirpal Singh , hazoori raagi at Shri Darbar Sahib, Amritsar, Bhai Ravinder Singh, Bhai Gurdev Singh, Bhai Manjit Singh from Mumbai, Bhai Iqbal Singh, Bhai Harpreet Singh Khalsa, and Bhai Jagjit Singh Komal.

The jathas would enthral devotees with their devotional music and religious discourses, added Mr Singh.



Applications sought for ration depots
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
The Food and Supplies Department has asked for applications from the public for allotment of ration depots in the urban areas of the district. The areas to be covered include Mullanpur, Sahnewal, Jagraon, Raikot, Khanna, Payal, Samrala and Doraha.

Those desirous of opening the depots have to submit an application on the prescribed format. The applications should reach the office of the District Food and Supplies Controller, Municipal Corporation building, Zone D, by 5 pm on September 15.



3 assault cases come to light
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, August 29
In three separate incidents, a number of x persons have been booked by the Jagraon and Sidhwan Bet police on the charge of assault.
In the first incident, Inderjit Singh, alias Doga, and some unknown persons of Kothe, Jagraon, have been booked by the Jagraon police on charge of assault when they allegedly assaulted Joginder Kumar and beat him with kirpan, baseball and iron rod and damaged his mobile phone.

The police has registered a case under Sections 324, 323, 341, 427, 34 of the IPC. Sudden quarrel is said to be the reason behind the incident. The injured has been admitted in the local Civil Hospital. No arrest has been made so far.

In another incident, Retinderpal Singh of Shafipura and three unknown persons have been booked by the Sidhwan Bet police on the charge of assault when they allegedly assaulted Rashpal Singh of their village with hockey sticks. The Sidhwan Bet police has registered a case under Sections 324, 323 and 34 of the IPC. Some old enmity is said to be the reason behind the incident. No arrest has been made so far.

In the third incident, the police has booked Baj Singh of Khurshadpur, Raj Kumar, Shikra, Jagtar Singh of Shafipura and Bhagwan Singh of Mahitpur on the charge of assault when they allegedly entered the house of Kashmir Singh of Khursaidpur and assaulted him with Toka, and Dang. The injured has admitted to the Civil Hospital, Sidhwan Bet. The police has registered a case under Sections 324, 323 and 34 of the IPC. Some old enmity is said to be the reason behind the incident. No arrest has been made so far.



School peon assaulted
Our Correspondent

Jagraon , August 29
Three unknown persons armed with lathis trespassed into the servant quarters of Sanmati Vimal Jain Public School Kothe Khazuran Jagraon, and threatened Ram Surat Mishra to leave the school and brutally assaulted him.

He was then admitted to the local Civil Hospital. Ram Surat Mishra said the incident had taken place in the wee hours of the day and he doubted that it was at the instance of Subhash Jain and Mapinder Jain, local residents, who had litigations pending in courts with Vijay Kumar, manager of the institution. And the duo wanted to take forcible possession of the school from Vijay Kumar. The police has registered a case under Sections 452, 323, 506 and 34 of the IPC.

One booked for abetting suicide

The Sudhar police has booked Harpreet Singh and Ajay Arora of M/s Friend Airways Sukhmani Tower, Kochar Market, Ludhiana, on the charge of abetment to commit suicide of Pardeep Singh of Mohi. According to the information, the accused had duped Pradeep Singh for Rs 1,50,000 on the pretext of sending him abroad but did not comply with the promise nor returned the money. Harassed victim took the extreme step of committing suicide by consuming poison at his home and died. The police has registered a case under Section 306 of the IPC on the complaint of Jagmohan Singh, brother of the deceased, against the duo. No arrest has been made so far.

One booked for rape bid

The Jagaron police has booked Chamkaur Singh of Chakar village when he allegedly entered the house of Shinder Kaur of his village and tried to outrage the modesty of her daughter but could not succeed in his attempt as soon as her younger daughter and the accused fled away. The police has registered a case under Sections 452 and 354 of the IPC. No arrest has been made so far.

Pedestrian injured

Hardeep Singh of Jassowal has been seriously injured in a mishap with bus in the Jassowal village area. The Sudhar police has registered a case under Sections 279 and 338 of the IPC against Gora, the driver of the bus. The injured has been admitted to DMC and Hospital, Ludhiana. No arrest has been made so far.

One held with poppy husk

The Dakha police has arrested Rakesh Kumar, alias Sonu, of Bank Colony, Mullanpur, and allegedly recovered 10 kg 200 gm of poppy husk from his possession in the Ruraa village area. The police has registered a case under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act.

Three booked for snatching

The Dakha police has registered a case against three unknown persons on the charge of causing fear of death and snatching a Rhino car worth Rs 6,75,000. The police has registered a case under Sections 382 and 34 of the IPC. No arrest has been made so far.



Man commits suicide
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 29
A bearded man in his mid-thirties committed suicide yesterday by jumping in front of the engine of a Ludhiana-bound passenger train from Jakhal near the Gill canal at around 9.40 am.

According to eyewitnesses, the man was riding a cycle along the railway tracks just as the train came near, he abandoned the cycle and jumped. The face of the deceased was damaged beyond recognition. The GRP has registered a case.



SAP to tap IT potential
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Pawan Dewan
Pawan Dewan

Ludhiana, August 29
Having identified a clear trend of increased usage of IT solutions for growth by the industry in Punjab, SAP India, a global software solutions provider, is all geared up to tap the potential that state's market for software solution holds.

"Not only large-scale but even the mid-tier industry is getting increasingly conscious of the IT solutions they use. The inclinations towards innovation is growing and we expect it to percolate it to small-scale units as well. Realising the tremendous potential, we have chalked out expansion strategies to improve our presence in the state," said Mr Pawan Dewan, Director, North, SAP, here today.

The first step in the direction by the company, which recently announced an investment of $1 billion towards its Indian operations, would be opening of a sales and marketing office in Ludhiana. The investment, said Mr Dewan, would be used primarily towards ramping up of manpower and service and support systems. The company would increase the number of its employees from the existing 2,800 to 3,500 across the country.

He said SAP had set a target of an increase of atleast 40 per cent in its customer base in the state within this year. The focus would be on textile, retail and metal industries, he added.

Elaborating on the focus on these segments, he said: "With growth in retail segment, even local textile manufacturers are keen on coming up with their own brands. There is an effort to directly reach customer and minimise middlemen. IT solutions facilitate this by helping companies analyse demand and forecast future demands, thereby enabling them to provide whatever the customer wants. Besides, merchandise planning, offering the right product mix are other advantages they derive by using customised solutions."

Customers, he said, realised that the moment they opted for solutions like the ones offered by SAP, they were aligning their business processes with the ones that were being followed globally. That is apart from the other business benefits they get as a result of the usage. In addition to the three segments, the company plans to get into micro verticals, he revealed.



Jhuggis create problems: industrial body
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
The Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU) yesterday urged the Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, to get slums on the road from Metro Tyres to Focal Point Phase VIII removed.

Mr Avtar Singh, general secretary, CICU, said, “While the construction of the connecting road from Metro Tyres to Focal Point Phase VIII has come as a relief, we urge the Commissioner to get slums that have come up on both sides of this road removed.”

The chamber said unauthorised jhuggis were causing problems for industrialists and also creating traffic chaos. Mr Avtar Singh said the road should also be made four laned. “It was supposed to be four laned and the encroachments along the railway track side from the Urban Estate to Jamalpur also needed to be removed,” he added.



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