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Couple with kids jumps in front of train, dead
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
In what seems to be a suicide pact, a migrant labourer jumped with his wife and two minor children in front of a running train between Dhandari and Sahnewal on the Ludhiana-Delhi route this morning.

The man, aged between 25 and 30, his son, about 2-years-old, and daughter, aged about 4 years, died on the spot with their bodies cut into pieces after being crushed under the train. The woman, who appeared to be around 25 years of age, died due to multiple injuries in the Civil Hospital.

The Government Railway Police (GRP) was trying hard to identify the victims but could not succeed till late evening. The Investigating Officer, Rajinder Singh, without identifying the victims, said it was not possible to know the reason behind the extreme step taken by the family. No suicide note has been found .

He said the police believed it was not a murder. The condition of the bodies suggested the man and his wife kept the children in their lap while jumping before the train.

The bodies were spotted around 9:30 am by a driver of a goods train. He informed the railway police and railway officials.

The incident took place at an isolated place and no one had reportedly seeing the family in the act till this evening. The police said the woman was writhing in pain when the officials reached there. She had struggled for life for several hours at the hospital before succumbing to injuries at about 2:30 pm.

The police announced the incident from religious places in Dhandari and Sahnewal requesting people to come forward to recognise the bodies. The police also enquired about any missing family from labour colonies in the Industrial Area. But no clue was found about the identity of the victims.

The police said poverty could be the main reason behind the suicide but other theories like domestic dispute with in-laws or some threats faced by the family could also be one of the reasons.

The bodies would be kept for 72 hours in a mortuary to wait for the identification of the bodies.



Stagnating water belies MC claims
No fogging in many colonies as dengue spreads
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
Despite a number of dengue cases in the city, several colonies still have pools of stagnating water where mosquitoes are breeding but the authorities continue to be in a deep slumber.

Though the authorities concerned said they were carrying out fogging and sprinkling of kerosene on stagnating water pools, a survey of colonies on the Tajpur road belied the claims.

Residents of Economically Weaker Section Colony said they had not seen fogging machines in their area. Pointing towards vacant plots where water had been stagnating, they said kerosene was also not sprinkled.

Heaps of garbage and plots filled with water is a common sight in Baba Jeevan Singh Nagar, Geeta Nagar, Kishore Nagar, Bihari Colony and Puneet Nagar.

The residents claimed that neither a team from the municipal corporation nor from the Health Department had visited their area. “Nobody has come to educate us on what to do to prevent the disease. Even though most of the cases would come from such areas, nobody cares,” a resident said.

The authorities should concentrate on underdeveloped areas to prevent dengue, but unfortunately these were the most ignored areas,” another resident said.

A number of requests to the area councillor had also fallen on deaf ears, he added.

“We have no faith in the system. We are only hoping that the weather would come to our rescue. We hope the temperature to go down. Nobody is going to help us,” Mr Pritam Singh, a resident, said.

He was passing through EWS Colony and was shocked to see the water stagnating there. “If a commoner can see stagnating water with mosquitoes breeding in it, why can’t the authorities do something about it. They lack the will and the fact is strengthened with every outbreak of such diseases,” he added.



GNEC assault case: students identify accused
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
The claim of a degree course student of Guru Nanak Engineering College (GNEC) that he was being “falsely implicated” in a case of murderous assault on a diploma course student has fallen flat with 94 students of the college identifying him as one of the accused in the case.

A written statement signed by 94 students (a copy of which is with Ludhiana Tribune) was handed over to DSP Paramjit Singh amidst high drama on the college campus late last evening when Mr Mandhir Singh, father of the grievously hurt student, Paramvir Singh, objected to the manner in which the statements were being recorded.

The victim’s father, a serving Headmaster of a school in Sangrur, is fighting for justice for his son, who was left for dead with multiple stab wounds by a group of students on the college campus on August 18. Paramvir remained admitted to a hospital for over a month with his liver and large intestines severely damaged due to multiple stabbing.

Even after around two months of the incident, the police has arrested only two of the six accused nominated in the FIR.

Mr Mandhir Singh said the attackers were more than 20, but the FIR was lodged against six persons only.

Parminder Singh, alias Binder, has been identified as involved in the attack by 94 students. Other accused were Kamaldeep Singh, alias Nag, Davinderpal Singh, alias Sunny, Sandeep Singh, Harpreet Singh and another youth. The students staged a demonstration outside the campus alleging the inquiry was a camouflage to acquit the main accused, who had links with police officials and politicians.

DSP (Crime Branch) Paramjit Singh initiated an inquiry into the attempt to murder case of Paramvir, a final year student of polytechnic diploma, late last evening on an application moved by Parminder Singh.

He had claimed that he was not part of the group of boys that had beaten up Paramvir Singh. The FIR regarding the murderous assault was lodged at the Sadar police station that day in which an accused was identified as Binder.

However, Parminder later filed an application with the Crime Branch that he was not the accused ‘Binder’ as referred to in the FIR.



MC defaulting on fogging, residents tell DC
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
Residents of Chander Lok Colony, from where a number of dengue cases have been reported, today showed plots with stagnating water to Deputy Commissioner Ashok Gupta.

The DC was accompanied by the Civil Surgeon, MC Joint Commissioner and other officers. They visited about 12 localities along the Rahon road to enquire about the fogging operations being carried out in the area.

Residents of Chander Lok Colony said no one had sprinkled kerosene on the stagnating water. The DC directed the Civil Surgeon to ensure the sprinkling of kerosene at the earliest.

The residents also said fogging was not being carried out extensively by the MC. The DC asked the Joint Commissioner to look into the matter and advised people to wear full-sleeved shirts to avoid mosquito bites.

Earlier, presiding over a meeting of officers concerned, he reviewed the progress of the campaign launched to educate people on dengue, besides the fogging operation and spray drive.

He directed the Civil Surgeon to ask doctors heading 28 teams formed by him, to strengthen the drive and to inform the MC authorities daily about the places where immediate fogging was required.

The Joint Commissioner said intensive fogging was being carried out in all parts of the city and nine machines had been pressed into service.

A ward-wise programme of the fogging operations had been displayed at MC zonal offices. The MC had also launched a special drive to dispose of garbage and Joint Commissioners were monitoring the work.

The DC asked the Joint Commissioners to enhance the fogging period from four hours to six hours daily. He also directed the DEO (Secondary) and the DEO (elementary) to check schools.

He also reviewed the situation in hospitals. Two control rooms—one in the office of the Civil Surgeon (ph no 2444913) and the other in the office of the MC Medical Officer (ph no 2771499)—had been set up for information.



Dimpy case: probe against Badal sought
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
Surinder Dawar, Parliamentary Secretary (Power), and Mr Nahar Singh,Mayor, in a press statement here today, demanded a CBI inquiry into the allegations levelled by Ms Pawandeep Kaur, wife of the late Prabhjinder Singh Dimpy, against Mr Parkash Singh Badal, SAD President, and his son. She had alleged their connivance in the murder of her husband.

They said Ms Pawandeep Kaur and her in-laws, in a press conference yesterday at Chandigarh, had narrated the chronology of events prior to the murder of Dimpy.

They said a case should be registered at the earliest and that they should be arrested. They said as per her allegations, the Badals had been threatening the family through Mantar Singh Brar and Ricky Dhillon and had been putting pressure on the family to control Dimpy’s activities in the area.



Withdrawal of charge sheet against ex-DEO sought
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 11
Accusing the state government of degrading teachers on political grounds, the Gazetted Educational School Services Association (GESSA) has urged the authorities to withdraw the charge sheet given to former District Education Officer (DEO), Ludhiana, Mr Yash Pal Mehra, at the time his retirement.

Addressing a meeting of members of the association at the Municipal Children Park here today, Mr Joginder Singh Aulakh, president of the state body of the association, alleged the government had resorted to tactics used by the earlier SAD government.

Terming the action initiated against Mr Yash Pal Mehra as humiliation of the outgoing officer, he alleged the authorities had acted at the instance of certain political leaders who were bent on teaching the retiree officer a lesson, as he did not succumb to their pressure during his service.

He claimed the authorities had exploited some audit objections as a tool to level charges against Mr Mehra. “The fact that the authorities have made some irregularities in the audit report for the academic year 2003-04 as the basis of their charge sheet showed the action was vindictive in nature. Had the authorities been really interested in taking action against him, it would have been done much earlier,” he said. He urged the authorities to review the case and withdraw the charge sheet.



Need to repeal outdated laws for the disabled
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
Hurt by the recent incident in which 11-year-old autistic boy Ahed was denied entry into a plane, Ms Mary Barua, director, National Centre for Autism, feels India needs to do away with outdated laws pertaining to disabilities.

"Not only are we suffering due to gross unawareness regarding disabilities, the laws that we are talking of are over 80-years old and should be done away with," she said, while talking to the Ludhiana Tribune here today.

Ms Barua, who first formed the Action for Autism, an NGO, and has been working in this field for over two decades now, felt that India, that is home to 2.4 million autistic people, would be in a better position in comparison to Western countries to deal with autism, a neurological difference, provided efforts like more training facilities in autism, more schools for such kids and including autism in medical studies were taken.

"We have a social structure that facilitates more interaction among people while in the West, which is far ahead when it comes to infrastructure and other facilities, lacks all that. A loving environment is a must for better upbringing of people with disabilities."

Talking about efforts needed in the direction, she said "our country lacks sufficient number of trained teachers and schools where autistic kids can study. "Even regular schools can admit autistic children because, if properly dealt with, autistic people can lead a normal life. However, schools are not co-operative and that is primarily due to absence of awareness. Instead of starting more schools, if existing schools are used, even people in small towns can avail of the facilities."

Apart from including the subject of physical and mental disabilities in medical courses, training of teachers should also include dealing with disabilities, she maintained.

She asserted that corporates and others needed to invest money towards building facilities that could help the disabled. "Quite willingly people donate for religious reasons. But when it comes to the cause, there are not many who volunteer. Instilling this feeling in people to do something for the society, for the cause, will go a long way in improving life of many who were not able to live normally."

Ms Barua also said taking disabled people out more often and talking about disability without any hitch was needed.



Social worker wills property to educational, religious institutions
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, October 11
The demise of a retired British customs officer, Shamsher Singh Pangali, has removed from the scene a multi-faceted personality, highly respected in the official and social circles. He was a hero in the true sense of the term who played the game of his life with full zest and enthusiasm.

A renowned army man, established customs officer, expert sea-swimmer and horse rider, entirely dedicated social worker, reformatory and critic of orthodox systems, Pangali was a master of all.

Born in 1922 at Pangalian village, Shamsher Singh left for Africa on the persuasion of his uncle at the age of 18 where he joined the army and volunteered for the cause of his nation during the Second World War with fullest might.

In 1945, when the war subsided, Pangali joined the African Railways of Kenya, Uganda and Tanganika. In 1965, when Africanisation came to dominate the psyche of the African people, he left for England for a free and better expression of his worths and capabilities. Becoming a British citizen, he joined the customs department at Heathrow Airport where he retired 1987 and finally settled in the UK.

Mr Shamsher Singh Pangali tied nuptial knots with Jaswant Kaur of Jalandhar. He returned to his native home five months when he was on his last legs.

Mr Pangali's selfless devotion towards the ailing humanity was exemplary. He willed his entire property to the educational and religious institutions, home and abroad. So lively was Pangali till the end, that he used to go on ''geri'' with his wife even during his last days when doctor had advised him rest.

Mr S.S.Pangali's bhog ceremony will be organised at his native Pangalian village on October 13 between 1 and 2 pm.



BJP opposes clemency to Afzal Guru
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
The Bhartiya Janata Party has opposed clemency to Afzal Guru who has been sentenced to death after being convicted of having masterminded and carried out the attack on Parliament House. Senior BJP leader Praveen Bansal said granting him pardon would amount to betrayal of the martyrs who had laid down their lives to save Parliament.

Mr Bansal was addressing a demonstration organised here today against the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, and former Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah, for their support to the demand of clemency to Afzal Guru. The BJP activists also burnt the effigies of the two leaders.

The BJP leader pointed out that Guru had been sentenced to death after due process of law. He said while it was the discretion of the President, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, to grant him pardon, public opinion across the country was against it. He observed if the criminals and terrorists like Guru were granted pardon, it would send wrong signals and those bent upon destabilising the country and killing innocent people would feel encouraged.

Mr Bansal said Guru had never appealed for pardon himself.



Sites for cracker shops allotted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
A draw of lots was taken out at Bachat Bhavan last evening to allot shops for retail sale of crackers at seven fixed sites in the city and 129 shops were allotted to the applicants. The draw was taken out in the presence of Mr Mohinder Singh Kainth, ADC(G), Mr J.K.Jain Executive Magistrate, and Mr Inderpreet Singh Kahlon, District Revenue Officer.

Mr Kainth said through the draw, 46 shops were allotted at site in Sector 39-A, Chandigarh Road, 30 shops at Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar behind Orient Cinema, 20 shops at Pakhowal Road near the canal, 17 shops in Urban Estate, Dugri Road, near Kandhari Store, 12 shops at Rishi Nagar, Haibowal Khurd, 3 shops at Grain Market, Tajpur Road, and one in Model Town Extension.

The ADC said the applications for allotment of crackers shops for the site at Pakhowal road and Sector 39-A, Chandigarh Road, were more than the numbers of shops, whereas, some shops were still lying vacant for allotment at the other sites i.e. Model Town Extension, Urban Estate, Dugri Road and Tajpur Road, where the applications were less than the shops.



Munjal eSystems installs new software at Vallabh Steel
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 11
Leading provider of software business solutions, Munjal eSystems (MeS), recently announced the successful implementation of complete end-to-end Microsoft Dynamics-Navision solution at Vallabh Steel, a leading manufacturer and exporter of sponge iron steel in the city.

The software firm is part of the Rs 1,4000-crore Hero group. It leveraged its partnership with Microsoft Dynamics and expertise in the MBS Navision platform to consolidate Vallabh Steel’s legacy systems in a full life-cycle Navision application implementation, beginning with blueprinting to functional analysis and extending through realisation and support.

Mr Vijesh Gupta of Vallabh Steel said, “The MeS has a strong track record of delivering business results in the steel and discreet manufacturing sector through Microsoft Dynamics solutions. Its team has demonstrated a solid understanding of our business needs by giving us a solution that scales up well as we push through our customer acquisition programme.”

He said the implementation of MBS-Navision had not just streamlined the business processes and employee responsibilities of the company, but had also led to better customer and cash flow management.

According to Munjal eSystems’ Deputy CEO Shefali Munjal, the new software (MBS-Navision) was recommended to Vallabh Steel as it could meet all requirements of a multi-location manufacturing company.

The solution implemented included customisation of the existing and customised modules for managing and streamlining all functions of the company.

She said, “We are delighted that we, along with the MBS team, have successfully delivered on the legacy replacement initiative of Vallabh Steel to achieve competitive edge and lower the total cost of ownership. This is a joint effort of the team and I congratulate all members on the stupendous success.”



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