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Parents’ expectations ‘too high to meet’
Boys run away from home 
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 13
Close on the heels of the tragic death of a 14-year-old table tennis player in Kolkata for failing to live up to his parents’ expectations, stress coupled with overriding fear of facing parents’ ire after ‘failing’ to score good marks forced a boy of the same age to run away from home. In another incident, a boy ran away from home and cooked up a tale of his own kidnapping when his parents did not provide him with a car.

Their acts sent their parents and the police in a tizzy, who thought the boys had been kidnapped. However, the reason behind their disappearance became clear when the boys returned and revealed the stress they were under.

Rohit (name changed), son of a prominent hosiery trader of Gurdev Nagar, who had been missing since January 8, returned home this morning. Rohit had cooked up his own kidnapping.

The SP City-I, Mr Rakesh Aggarwal, told his parents and reporters that Rohit, a Class VIII student, was under tremendous stress to score high marks. Unable to do so, he ran away to Delhi with a few thousand rupees in his pocket. He could not get a room on rent in Ashoka Hotel as the hotel staff became suspicious about him. He then took a room in another hotel.

Though no ransom call was received, the police registered a case of kidnapping under Section 364 of the IPC. The distressed parents got a call this morning and the caller claimed that he was taking Rohit to Singapore if his demands, which he would tell later, were not met.

The police traced the number to a PCO near the railway station. Soon a team nabbed the caller, who was Rohit himself. Rohit made the call by muffling his voice with a piece of cloth. The boy revealed during questioning that he could not face his parents after scoring ‘not so good marks’. Mr Aggarwal said all parents hoped their children to perform well but sometimes children felt excessively pressured.

In the second incident, a 17-year-old boy belonging to rich family, who lives in the Model Town Extension, ran away from home last week. Again, the police suspected the boy had been kidnapped. However, the boy returned after a couple of days. The case remained under wraps till the police revealed about it today.

The SSP said proper guidance and counselling of children in schools was necessary to avoid such incidents. Not only such incidents cause unwarranted anxiety to parents, but also give a lot of trouble to the police. 



PSEB violates model code of conduct
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 13
In violation of the model code of conduct, an office of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) at the Mata Rani Chowk here has put up a hoarding of the Congress on the premises.

The hoarding bears pictures of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, All-India Congress Committee chief Sonia Gandhi and Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and lists achievements of the Congress government in the state.

This is despite the ban of the Election Commission on the putting of any material related to political parties in any public office after the implementation of the model code of conduct.

During a recent meeting with the Deputy Commissioner, all candidates and representatives of political parties were told not to put up hoardings, banners, pamphlets flags and buntings violating model code on any government land, including buildings, roads and poles.

He had categorically stated that in case of any violation in this regard, the election material would be removed, the cost would be debited from the accounts of candidates concerned and such a violation would be put into the record also.

“It is surprising that the PSEB has put up a hoarding listing the achievements of the Capt Amarinder Singh government. It shows the height of sycophancy of the authorities concerned,” said a resident.

He added that the municipal corporation had removed various posters and hoardings of all candidates.

“What will it do about Capt Amarinder Singh, who has been made a hero in this hoarding”, he asked.

Some days ago, the municipal corporation had started a drive to remove all hoardings.

There were protests by supporters of some candidates, but some had put hoardings on private property.



Cong accuses Talwandi of violating poll code
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 13
Accusing the SAD nominee from the Raikot constituency of violating election code during his campaign, senior Congress leaders of the constituency have urged the authorities to initiate action against the candidate and his supporters.

Mr Ranjit Singh Talwandi, SAD nominee from Raikot, has been accused of using official vehicle of security team provided to his father and trying to influence voters.

Mr Talwandi on the other hand denied the charges levelled by his political opponents and maintained that the vehicle was the personal property of his family. “We are a family of politicians and know the ethics of politics. It is strange that our opponents, who have been trying hard to impress senior police officials to withdraw security of my father, have bothered the commission without verifying facts about the vehicle in question,” said Mr Jagjit Singh Talwandi, a brother of Mr Ranjit Talwandi.

In separate communications addressed to the Chief Election Commissioner and the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, Congress leaders led by Mr Harmohinder Singh Pardhan, a probable candidate from Raikot, have accused Mr Ranjit Singh Talwandi, SAD nominee, of using official machinery for his campaign.

“Besides using official vehicle of the security team of the Punjab Police provided for the security of Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi, a former president of the SGPC, the candidate and his supporters had been influencing voters through cops,” reads a communication sent to the authorities.

To support their claim the complainants have enclosed pictures of a police vehicle (PB 12 F 2059) with a red light atop that according to them moved with the candidate and his supporters during his campaign. The vehicle carried flags with the election symbol of the party.

Mr Jagdev Talwandi, who had survived terrorist attacks, has been provided security by the PAP. Though the Congressmen had been complaining about the misuse of said vehicle for long, the authorities hesitated to intervene in the matter. 



5 held for faking papers for bank loans
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 13
Various banks and financial institutions in the city have suffered a collective loss of nearly Rs one crore due to the alleged activities of a gang of con men, who specialised in making fake documents, including PAN cards, to either take loan on fake identities or provide loans to others after taking huge commissions.

The SP-Detective, Mr Harish Kumar, told reporters that five members of a notorious gang had been arrested on the charges of taking 120 loans, including two car loans, in the past six months. The persons who took loans were untraceable. The loans ranged from Rs 25,000 to Rs one lakh. Banks did not get even a single penny back.

The five arrested persons are Gurdeep Singh, Parminder Singh, Jagtar Singh Jagga, Chamkaur Singh and Raj kumar. They all belonged to the city.

A police team led by Inspector Surjit Singh recovered one car, 40 rubber stamps, four fake voter cards, 10 pictures, six fake driving licences, seven stickers of the Income Tax Department, 12 fake bank statements.

Mr Harish Kumar said the accused prepared all documents by scanning original documents and taking a print outs. They provided the complete set of fake documents to needy persons requiring a loan.

The scam came to light when a large number of debtor were not found at the addresses furnished by them. The police was investigating the role of several employees of the banks and financial institutions, who were supposed to check the authenticity of the documents, especially the addresses.



BJP fields Gosain, Bedi amid protests
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 13
Joining the political battle arena in the city, the BJP has named Mr Harish Bedi and Mr Satpal Gosain as candidates from Ludhiana North and Ludhiana east Assembly constituencies, respectively.

The north segment is represented by Mr Rakesh Pandey, sitting Congress MLA, and Mr Surinder Dawar had won the last elections on a Congress seat from the east constituency.

The BJP had fielded Mr Pran Nath Bhatia from the north segment last time and he had lost to his Mr Pandey. Even Mr Gosain had lost to the sitting MLA of the segment. Still the BJP fielded Mr Gosain though a lobby was working against his candidature.

The BJP also invited a lot of crticism by choosing Mr Bedi as many leaders had already threatened to resign from the party. They claimed that Mr Bedi had contested in 1992 from the same seat but could manage only 22,000 votes. 



2 friends of theft accused flee
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 13
Theft of lakhs and jewellery from the house  of ex-PAU registrar Ajit Pratap Singh, whose family was drugged and looted by a newly recruited servant, took a new turn, with two friends of the absconding servant, employed as domestic helps in other houses, also going missing now.

The police said while main accused Shanks was absconding, his guaranteer Vishnu Bahadur and friend Ramesh Bahadur had gone missing.

Vishnu had stood guarantee to both Shankar and Ramesh while seeking their employment in the house of the former registrar and his relative.

The police had traced a picture of Ramesh Bahadur while no photo of the other accused were available.

Releasing the picture of Ramesh, the police hoped that he would be nabbed soon and would lead to the other accused.

The police also announced a reward to any person who would provide vital information about the three accused.



Man duped of Rs 6.25 lakh
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, January 13
The lust to send his son abroad has made a man suffer a loss of Rs 6,25,000.
Mr Karnail Singh of Dehrka, who wanted to send his son Davinder Singh abroad, contacted a travel agent, Mr Manjit Singh, of Khatgati in Pilibhit tehsil.

In spite of paying the travel agent, Mr Karnail Singh failed to send Davinder Singh abroad.

When Mr Karnail Singh demanded his money back, Mr Manjit Singh did not return it.

On Mr Karnail Singh’s complaint, the police, after holding a preliminary investigation, registered a case.

Assault case: Ranjit Singh and his son Manjodh Singh of Saya Khurd allegedly assaulted Mr Teja Singh of the same village.

The Dehlon police registered a case under Sections 323, 325 and 34 of the IPC.

Scooterist hurt: Kuldeep Singh of Rasulpur was hurt when a vehicle hit his scooter on January 8. The local police registered a case and the injured admitted to the DMCH in Ludhiana.



Elevated road worry for shopkeepers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 13
Fears of elevated road, which runs dangerously close to upper stories of many buildings, came true once again when a shop was burgled in the electronics market near Ghanta Ghar after the burglars broke into the shops from the elevated road last night.

This is second such incident within a fortnight as another burglary had taken place in a shop on the New Year Eve also. Cash and garments were stolen from HK Groversons showroom in Ghanta Ghar Chowk when the thieves had jumped from elevated road.

Last night, when residents were busy partying on the eve of Lohri as many functions were organised in the city, thieves broke into Ahuja Electronics and decamped with electronic goods. As many as 150 new cell phone sets were stolen from Ahuja electronics.

The shopkeepers came to know about the incident in the morning, when they saw empty boxes of cell phones lying on the floor. A wall of the shop was broken and door was opened. 



Infant needs good Samaritans
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 13
Two-and-a-half-month-old Deepak has been admitted to the Christian Medical College and Hospital here.
Suffering from acute pyogenic meningitis with subdural empyema, Deepak is at the intensive care unit. His father Shambhu is a daily wage worker and the estimated expenditure for treatment is Rs 30,000.

Those who wish to help this poor man can contact the medical superintendent’s office at the hospital.



Organisations extend support to ticket claimant
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 13
A contender for the Congress ticket from the Ludhiana West Assembly constituency, Ms Jasvinder Kaur, has garnered support from various quarters.
Extending their support to the woman candidate, the Rashtriya Valmiki Mahasabha, Punjab, has written to the AICC president, Ms Sonia Gandhi, to consider her for candidature.

Its state president, Mr Anil Bagga, in a communique, said Ms Jasvinder Kaur had done a lot for the weaker sections of the city. Moreover the SCs contributed a lot to the vote bank in the segment.

‘‘If Ms Jasvinder Kaur is the candidate she can win the seat with a big margin”, said Mr Bagga's statement.

In a similar letter of support, Dr John Parmod, director of the Christian Medical College and Hospital, said she had been helping their community at every step and the entire Christian community would be supporting her whole heartedly.

The Model Town Welfare Council and the area councillor, Mr Amarjeet Singh Matharoo, have also written to the AICC chief,urging upon her to consider her candidature.

Ms Jasvinder Kaur, who is the wife of Mr Amarjit Singh Tikka, a Congress leader,said that she had recently met Ms Gandhi in Delhi and was confident that she would consider a woman candidate for Ludhiana West.



SSP asks parties to shun unethical poll practices
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 13
Calling upon the leaders of various social and political organisations to desist from unethical practices during elections, Mr Shiv Kumar Verma, SSP, Jagraon, asserted that the staff in the department had been directed to create atmosphere for a free and fair and impartial electioneering.

Crime prevention and the maintenance of law and order would be next priorities, the district police chief claimed.

While talking to Ludhiana Tribune after convening a meeting of circle officers of the area, Mr Verma claimed that he had directed all officials to ensure that nobody coerced or pestered voters during the election process. “We will not allow anybody to adopt unfair means to allure or pressure voters in favour of a particular candidate or a party. 



'Sunder mundriye' lights up Lohri celebrations
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, January 13
'Sunder Mundariye, tera kaun vichara, dulha bhatti wala', 'khol mai kunda jeeve tera munda'- these songs filled the air in every college,where the festival of changing season-Lohri was celebrated here today. Dressed in their best, the students, in cheerful and happy mood asked for Lohri from their teachers and Principals.

The students at the Government College for Women celebrated the festival with much enthusiasm. Though there was a low attendance in the college but those present, celebrated the festival religiously. A bon-fire was made by the students. Teachers, along with students sat around it and enjoyed every moment having gachak, rewari and peanuts. The students sang and danced to the tunes of Punjabi numbers. The folk songs sung by students not only wove tales and traditions spanned over the years but also brought out the vivacious spirit of Lohri.

The Principal, Ms Prabhjot Kaur, and the additional Principal, Ms Narinder Sekhon, graced the occasion to share the moments of joy and happiness with the staff and students.

The students of SCD Government College here danced to the tunes of dhol to celebrate the festival of Lohri. The hostel students had already left for their homes while the day scholars lit a small bon-fire to mark the occasion.

At SDP College for Women, students celebrated Lohri by organising various competitions like kite making, kite flying and poster making at the college campus here today. The students presented folk songs, folk-dances and Punjabi skits. Students played tambola with their teachers. The Principal of the college laid emphasis on celebrating Lohri of girl child with similar zeal. The festival concluded with bonfire.

Lohri was celebrated at Gobindgarh Public College, with great fun and frolic. A ceremonial bonfire was lit by the Principal, Dr Suresh Tandon, members of Gobindgarh Educational and Social Welfare Trust. Principal informed students that the day marked the culmination of winter and was a symbol of fertility. The students of the GMT College of Education celebrated the festival with great pomp and show.The Principal, Dr H.S.Sidhu, congratulated staff and students and asked all to celebrate such festivals with unity and integrity.

Doraha: The management, Principal, staff and students of Guru Nanak National College Doraha celebrated Lohri in a unique way as they enjoyed the dance performance of Nishpal Pangli, the renowned artists of UK, at the Dr Ishwar Singh Memorial Hall of the college today.

The college students seemed enamoured even as the two artists, Nishpal Pangli and Karan Pangli, initiated there dance show. The smooth amalgamation of western and Indian in their dance was enjoyed by one and all.

The students had a great time enjoying their dance on Hindi, English and Punjabi numbers. They are presently running a dance institute with the help of their dancer mother Mr Manjinder Kaur in the UK and are planning to make it big through their entry into Bollywood.

The college students presented gidda, group dance and songs related to the special occasion of Lohri. The participants mainly stressed that Lohri should be celebrated on the birth of both boy or girl. Mr Jaswant Singh Gill, director of the college, and Principal Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu, apart from congratulating and honouring the artists for their unique performance extended their best wishes on the auspicious occasion of Lohri to the staff and students of the college.

A sum of 11,000 was donated for the promotion of talented students of the college. Bibi Bhagwant Kaur, patron, college management committee, president Ms Roop Brar, executive committee members, Mr Harpartap Singh Brar and Mr Adarshpal Bector, Mr Pavitar Pal Singh Pangli, Mr Praabhdyal Singh Pangli and Ms Harvinder Kaur Pangli were among those who were also present. One Minute silence was observed as a tribute to kids who had been brutally killed in Noida Killings.

The students of the college too had a field day enjoying themselves on Lohri. 



Rs 4,894 cr potential-linked plan approved 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 13
Deputy Commissioner Ashok Kumar Gupta launched the potential-linked plan (PLP) to the tune of Rs 4,894 crore for Ludhiana district at review meeting here yesterday. The plan outlay for the district , which is an increase of Rs 631 crore from thw last year, is the highest in the country.

Giving details of the achievements of targets of the annual credit plan for 2006-07 (up to September 2006) by the bank, Mr Jeet Singh, lead district manager, Punjab and Sind Bank, said banks lent Rs 1,759 crore towards priority sector, Rs 771 crore towards agriculture, Rs 614 crore to the small- scale industrial sector and Rs 373 crore to other priority sectors till September 2006, attaining most of the targets.

While 801 cases under Prime Minister Rozgar Yojna were sanctioned by the banks between April 2006 and December 2006, as many as 274 self-help groups were linked with credit and 177 cases sponsored by the Schedule Caste Corporation were sanctioned between April and October 2006.

Total deposits of banks in Ludhiana reached Rs 14,066 crore while advances to the tune of Rs 14,881 crore were made. The credit deposit ratio of the district is 106 per cent.



Computer centre inaugurated
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 13
Mr Rakesh Bharti Mittal, vice-chairman, Bharti Enterprises, inaugurated the Jan Vidyalaya computer centre at the Kapil Park here today.
Lt-Col D.B. Sharma, chairman of the Temple of Humanity Trust, thanked the Punjab National Bank for contributing computers for the centre.



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