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Major diamond jewellery theft near Ansal Plaza
Ornaments worth Rs 8 lakh stolen from parked car
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 29
In one of the biggest diamond jewellery thefts in the city, unidentified thieves broke open the windowpane of an Innova car and decamped with ornaments worth around Rs 8 lakh. The owner family was busy shopping in Ansal Plaza after parking the car in front of Himalaya Opticians late last night.

Though the theft took place at a crowded place, the police has not been able to find any eyewitness to the incident so far. The area remains quite crowded in the evening and late night hours, yet the thieves managed to strike. This has raised concerns about the security of valuables and vehicles in the area.

The jewellery belonged to a prominent businessman’s family of the city. The family has announced a reward of Rs 50,000 to any person giving accurate information leading to the criminals. The family has requested the police and the media to protect its identity fearing ridicule by the public for being careless and negligent in leaving such costly jewellery in the car only.

Mr Jaswant Singh, a spokesperson of the family, said any person having any relevant information could contact the SP City, Mr Rakesh Aggarwal, or him at mobile phone No. 92163-09009. He said the theft took place between 9.30 and 10.30 pm.

Mr Aggarwal said he came to know about the theft while he was on night patrol. He said the police had got some vital clues from the car that could lead to the criminals.



Servant drugs, loots family of ex-PAU Registrar
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 29
A kitchlu Nagar-based family of a former Registrar of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) paid a heavy price for ignoring repeated requests of the police to get their servants registered when a newly recruited cook decamped with cash, jewellery worth lakhs after serving them drug-laced food.

PAU’s ex-Registrar Sohan Singh Parmar, his wife Mohinder Kaur, son Ajit Pal Singh, and another servant Raj Yadav, who had been working with the family for the past eight years, were under treatment at the DMC Hospital. They were admitted there in the morning by relatives and were yet to regain full consciousness.

SP Rakesh Aggarwal said the family had recruited the absconding servant, Shankar, just two days ago on the recommendation of one Vishnu, who is employed as a domestic help with a family in the same colony. The victims have no idea about his address and the police doubts if the accused had given his real identity. Moreover, no photograph of the accused could be traced so far.

The exact loss of property could be ascertained only when the victims give a statement to the police. As per the investigation so far, Mr Ajit Pal Singh woke up with a heavy head in the morning. He found others lying unconscious. The old servant, Raj Yadav, was also found unconscious in the servant room.

He managed to call up some relatives before falling unconscious as well. The relatives rushed them to the hospital besides informing the police.

Several such incidents have taken place in the city so far. These incidents had forced the authorities to ask for mandatory registration of the servants with the police. But with not many responding to the call so far, the police was forced to book eight persons for not getting their servants registered. Mr Aggarwal said all this was done to prevent such incidents only.

He has called upon the city residents to submit all information about their servants to the police, besides keeping their pictures, addresses with themselves. He said the residents could help the police a lot by just keeping the pictures of the servants in their mobile phones.



Waiting patiently for the Mayor
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 29
The residents of 53 wards of Ludhiana Municipal Corporation are waiting for the city Mayor to come to them to listen to their grievances as promised by him a fortnight ago when he had taken out a road show in the rest 17 wards falling in Ludhiana rural Assembly segment.

Mayor Nahar Singh Gill, who had been eyeing Ludhiana rural Assembly constituency, had started his much publicised show named ''Mayor Aaj Aapke Dwar'' on December 13 in the areas falling within the segment and had announced that he would make a round of the entire city in different phases.

But even after a fortnight, the Mayor has not started his second phase. Some political observers argue that it would mean an exercise in futility for him. They argue that he is eyeing the rural constituency and just wanted to please the residents of that area.

‘‘Why would he visit other areas when he can do away with concentrating on 17 wards only? Had he been a sincere representative of people in the MC House, he would have inspected the works and listened to people throughout his term. Do we not understand why he is doing this well before the elections,’’ asked a local resident, incensed at his not visiting other wards.

He added that he should have visited all the areas within three-four days.‘‘If the Chief Minister can go around the entire state within a few days, why can’t the Mayor go around the city? What is he waiting for?’’

The Mayor had started his first phase of campaign from Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar on December 13. The road show started from Urban Estate phase -I, Dugri, and passed through Gill Road, Shimla Puri, Janta Nagar, Kot Mangal Singh, Gyaspura, Sherpur, Jamalpur, Metro Road, Jiwan Nagar, Guru Arjan Dev Nagar, Tajpur Chowk, Tibba Road, Rahon Road, Kakowal Road and Noorwala Road before culminating in Aman Nagar in the evening that day.

Though the residents of the area from where he passed said that he wanted a ticket and he was visiting them, the Mayor had said that he was genuinely concerned by the grievances of city residents. ‘‘Let us see when he comes to us. If he is really concerned, he would visit us and spare some time to listen to our grievances.’’



Colonisers, property dealers seek SAD support
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 29
After manufacturing industry, it is colonisers and property dealers who are up in arms against the ruling government. Disappointed with the government's "apathy" towards their "genuine" demands, colonisers and property dealers across the state have sought support from the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) to get their problems resolved.

Over 5,000 of them would gather in the city to hold a protest conference against the ruling government wherein they have invited SAD president Prakash Singh Badal.

"We are now tired of requesting the government time and again to look into our problems. There has been no response all these years which is why we have now decided to take the Opposition's help for getting our demands fulfilled," said Mr Kultar Singh Jogi, president, Colonisers and Property Dealers Association, Punjab.

Giving details of the demands they have been raising, Mr Singh said these included simplification of PUDA Act. "The Act is very complicated and we have been urging the government to simplify it."

Colonisers and builders are also troubled over restriction on transfer of plots and said the transfer policy should be implemented. "For someone who owns a property, such a restriction to transfer it adds to his troubles. We have been raising this demand also for quite some time."

On the issue of regularisation of colonies, they said at the time of implementation of PUDA Act, many colonies were not able to get regularised and the same should be done.

Asserting that their demands were genuine, the colonisers said:"If the government tackles these issues, it would result in contribution to the exchequer. Sadly, they do not seem to be bothered."

The protest conference, which would be held on January 8, is expected to involve participation from several leaders of the Opposition, including BJP MLA Navjot Singh Sidhu.



Woman killed, 3 hurt in accident
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 29
A woman was killed and three persons injured when the car they were travelling was hit by a tempo coming from the opposite direction on the Bhutta-Lapran road near here today morning. The police has registered an FIR under Section 304-A of the IPC against the driver of the tempo.

Rachhpal Kaur (32), wife of Madanjit Singh of Kilahans village, worked as a teacher with Sant Isher Singh Memorial School, Karamsar. She was killed when their car (DL 1C 8459) was hit by Tata 407 tempo (PB 04 G 9707). Rachhpal Kaur’s son, Love Preet, her colleague, Sarabjit Kaur, and Madanjit Singh were seriously injured in the accident.

The injured were admitted to a private hospital at Doraha. The victim family was returning home after visiting some relatives, while Sarabjit Kaur had taken lift from Gill Chowk, Ludhiana.

According to Mr Rachhpla Singh Dhindsa, SHO, Dehlon, Harbans Singh, driver of the tempo, has been booked for causing death. The body of the deceased was handed over to her kin after a post-mortem examination at the Civil Hospital, Dehlon.



200 firms to take part in international exhibition next month
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 29
Endeavouring to develop the country as a hub of textile machinery exhibitions for South-East Asian countries, Fair Design India, an integrated service provider for trade fairs, will hold an international exhibition next month in Delhi. The exhibition, which would involve participation from over 200 domestic and international companies from 12 countries, is expecting a heavy turnout of visitors from Ludhiana.

"We see a tremendous potential the city has in terms of adopting latest technology in machinery. Over 1,500 industrialists have been invited and we are expecting some major joint ventures, collaborations and business to take place at the event," Mr Binu N., director of the company, said while talking to Ludhiana Tribune here today.

More than $ 600 million are being spent on import of textile machinery every year, he said, adding that the quantum was expected to rise significantly. "One of the major problems that companies involved in importing is the time that suppliers take in sending machinery which stretches to 36 months in most cases. With such platform where a large number of companies from Germany, China, Italy and Great Britain would participate, such issues would get an easy solution."



Bank branch inaugurated

Ludhiana, December 29
Indian Overseas Bank (IOB), converted its sub-branch at the Air Force Station, Halwara, into a full-fledged branch today. Mr Adarshpal Singh, Deputy General Manager of the bank said, its customers can now avail of better facilities. — TNS



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