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Lalu’s budget wins heart of common man
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 26
The "poor man's" Railway Budget presented by Laloo Prasad was appreciated by city residents but got a lukewarm response from industry which termed it a populist Budget.

People also asserted now all depended on the implementation which would give true benefit to common man.

The railway minister's decision to reduce fares, declare the forthcoming year as a 'Year of Cleanliness' for Railways, introduce double-decker container trains were the announcements that were lauded.

G.S. Batra, Divisional Engineer (phones), Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, said: " It is a Budget for the common man. While minor decline in fares would certainly help all, it is the announcement to make tickets available via ATMs, post offices and on petrol stations that has made me truly happy.”

“The day it starts happening, it would mean a lot of convenience to common man. For the upper income group, obtaining a ticket is not as cumbersome a process as it is for the middle class, which would greatly benefit due to this decision," he added.

Women and senior citizens said the move on preference to women above the age of 45 years and to senior citizens for lower-level births was a thoughtful one.

"One really has to go through a lot of inconvenience if one gets reservation on upper births. Either we have to keep requesting fellow passengers to accommodate us or travel in inconvenience.

“For women and senior citizens, such a move was the need of the hour. The ministry did a good thing taking care of physically challenged as well," opined Poonam Kalra, a social activist who is a resident of Sarabha Nagar.

"Reduction in fares is a pleasant surprise as passengers always fear a hike. Cleanliness at railway stations too was a much-required move. The main factor, however, remains implementation,” she added.

Common man happy with Lalu

Eight more ‘garib raths’, 32 new trains would better the entire system, felt residents. Besides, the announcement to set up a call centre and make information available to passengers through SMSs would better people’s experience with the railways, they felt.

Residents said separate provision for milkmen and traders in trains would add not only to the convenience of beneficiaries but of other travellers as well.

“As the stuff they carry is in big containers, travelling becomes incovenient for other passengers,” said Ms Ramanjit, a home-maker.

Discount of 50 per cent to students in second-class was also appreciated. “Discount in reservation particularly for those appearing for examination is a good move.

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Mixed response to Rail Budget from industry
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 26
Railway minister Lalu Prasad's budget might have made common man happy but the local industry felt that there was need for more.

While a large section of industrialists said the decision to not increase freights would help industry, many asserted the need for speedier transition of goods.

"There is not much in this Railway Budget for North India's industry. For exporters, who suffer due to very high freight for export cargo, nothing has been announced. The minister spoke about three-tier containers and double-decker trains and something meant for corridors but it would take at least five years to come in effect. Industry in this region, hence, does not have much to be happy about," opined S.C. Ralhan, regional director, Engineering Export Promotion Council.

Industrialists, however, emphasised speedier and cheaper transit of goods. "Container load should reach destination, say Mumbai, in around three days. Besides, freight charges should have been reduced. All these measures are critical to give a boost to industry, but nothing has been done on this front," said Mr Rajnish Ahuja, president, Focal Point Sheds Association.

Terming it as a populist rail budget, Ahuja added: "The announcements made for common man are good. But even now when it comes to infrastructure and facilities by Railways, we are far behind other countries."

It was non-increase in freight, which industry felt happy about. P.D. Sharma, president, Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: "For industry an increase in freight is a fear. Non-increase is a good decision, as a hike would have led to an increase in input costs thereby making competition tougher. However, there has been no increase, much to our relief though most small industrialists rely more on road transport to send their goods. Overall, it is a good budget."

Industrialists said direct lines to steel plants etc were the moves that were not directly linked with industry in this part of the country.

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Illicit relationship, debt led to killings
Murder of four-member family
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 26
The gory murder of a four-member family, including two children, who were found badly charred in Aman Nagar early this month, was the handiwork of a relative only, who allegedly did not want to pay back a debt of Rs 70,000 to the family head Sukhdev Singh. An alleged illicit relationship with his wife was also a point of conflict.

Claiming this at a press conference here today, SSP A.S.Rai and SP City-II D.P.Singh said the main accused Sunil Kumar along with two other accomplices had killed the man's wife Kuldip Kaur and sons- Devinder, (15) , Jatin (5) - to clear his path. The three recognised him well and could have spilled the beans to the police, they admitted during interrogation.

Sunil, alias Sony, a resident of Harcharan Nagar, is the son-in-law of the sisters of the deceased woman. He along with his accomplices Gurdit Singh, alias Baljita, of village Hwaas and Sehjad Khan of UP, residing at Tibba Road here, have been arrested by a police team.

The police officials said Sunil was the prime suspect from the murder night itself. Investigation had revealed that he was the main visitor to the family and allegedly had illicit relationship with the deceased woman. The police had found an identity card of Sehjad Khan from the victim's house when the bodies were recovered on February 2 morning.

Questioning of the relatives and the neighbhours revealed the illicit relationship. The police was able to establish evidence about the location of the accused in the victim's house at the time of murder.

The exact cause of death was, however, yet to be known. Though the bodies were found badly burnt, multiple stab wounds and head injuries were found on the remains. The police was still awaiting the viscera examination report of the deceased to find out if they were burnt alive.

Interestingly, the police was initially dismissing the incident as a suicide pact. The relatives were also not very interested in murder investigation. Mediapersons had pressed the senior official on why the doors were locked from outside if it was suicide. Some officials had even claimed the family scripted the suicide pact, as they were under a serious financial crisis.

However, SSP A.S.Rai said the later investigation proved the man had sold off a plot for Rs 3.50 lakh recently. He had given Rs 70,000 on loan to the main accused Sunil Kumar. However, Sunil was not paying it back.

Sunil in his statement to the police said he had illicit relationship with the victim woman. He claimed her husband knew about it also and had never raised an objection. He claimed he used to bring household items, including ration, at the behest of the woman only.

He said of late, however, her husband had started remaining upset over the debt and his frequent visits too. He stated he had no intention to pay back the amount and hatched the conspiracy to wipe out the family.

The police said on that night he along with others went to Sukhdev'a house with liquor bottles and eatables. He mixed sleeping tablets in eatables of the four members. After that, the accused stabbed the unconscious victims.

They then doused them in petrol. They left a burning candle near the bodies with the plan that the floor would catch fire when the candle would burn completely. The plan succeeded and the accused had gone far away from the house when fire broke out.

Sunil and other accused told mediapersons that it was just “bad time” that led to the incident.

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Woman jumps before train
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 26
An unidentified woman and her three-year-old son were crushed under a train while her five-year-old daughter suffered serious injuries when the woman jumped in an apparent suicide pact before the Ludhiana-Ferozepore train near Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar at about 2 pm this afternoon.

The driver of the train, Ishwar Singh, said he had no time to react as the woman suddenly came in front of the engine. He had to stop the train to extricate the body of the woman from the wheels.

The deceased could not be identified till late in the evening. The badly injured girl is under treatment at a local hospital with the doctors keeping their fingers crossed about her fate.

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Seeking divine help for victory 
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 26
Before the polling day, they were pleasing voters as a last-ditch effort and a day before results the candidates in fray remained busy invoking gods to register win in the Assembly polls.

Most of them overcame their anxious moments while worshipping at various religious places in the city praying to the Almighty for making them victorious and they would ‘‘leave no stone unturned to serve His people. ’’

Some said they would start their day tomorrow by organising ‘puja’ at home only before their fate would be unsealed alongwith the electronic voting machines.

Some said they would go to their selected temples soon after the results-no matter what the outcome would be.

Though putting up a confident face, the candidates, Ludhiana Tribune, spoke to admitted that they were anxious and they were managing it somehow by attending to their personal obligations.

Harish Bedi, BJP nominee from Ludhiana North, turned poetic when he narrated in chaste Hindi, ‘‘Faisle ki ghari nazdeek aa rahi hai, bhagwan ki daya se manostithi theek hi hai.’’

‘‘I have a puja at home in the morning. Soon after the results I would rush to Bala Ji temple in Vishawakarma Town. ’’ he said claiming he would win as he had already spent the previous days ‘‘in the company of gods at Haridwar.’’

For Surinder Dawar, a Congress candidate from Ludhiana East, the day today would end at Durga Mata temple and before counting he would go to the same temple.

“Dil dharak raha hai. But I am sure my people have given their mandate in my favour. I just have to wait and watch,” he said that today’s day passed as he remained with his people and attended their happy and sad functions.

Harvinder Happy, an independent from Ludhiana North, spent most of the day at Shiv Mandir in Kundan Nagar and Sanglan Wala Shivalaya in Shiv Puri. 

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Eligibility for senior advocate
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 26
The Punjab Government, in reference to the rules and orders of the Punjab High Court, has notified the eligiblity for senior advocate.

According to a recent Punjab Gazette notification, "an advocate shall be eligible to be designated as a senior advocate, if he/she is an advocate, registered as such with the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana for a period of not less than 15 years".

He should be duly assessed income-tax payee for at least five years, and his/her gross professional income must not be less than Rs 10 lakh per annum before such designation. Besides, the advocate must have been engaged and appeared in at least 100 different cases in the High Court or the Supreme Court of India in the year preceding such designation. The advocate concerned shall be required to provide a list of such cases. However, in exceptional cases, the Chief Justice, may dispense with the compliance of this condition.

Once designated as a senior advocate, he/she must give an undertaking that after being so designated, he/she will not draft or sign pleadings in any court, shall in all cases be assisted by another advocate and shall not directly give consultation to any litigant, and shall not make mentions or seek adjournments in any court.

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Civic poll new govt’s immediate task
KS Chawla

Ludhiana, February 26
The immediate task before the new government in Punjab will be to organise elections to the five municipal corporations at Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Patiala and Bathinda. The term of the four municipal corporations of Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar and Patiala will come to an end in June and the elections of the same are likely to be held in May. Elections to these four municipal corporations were held by the Amarinder Singh Government and the same were under the majority rule of the Congress. Bathinda municipal committee was elevated to the municipal corporation level by the Amarinder Singh Government but the election to the same was not conducted.

The state government has constituted delimitation boards for all the five municipal corporations for redemarcation of wards. The number of wards has also been raised by five each of the four municipal corporations. Ludhiana Municipal Corporation which is the biggest municipal corporation with 70 wards will have 75 wards after redemarcation, including 20 women’s wards. The delimitation board for Ludhiana Municipal Corporation consists of 16 persons headed by the director of local bodies, Punjab.

The delimitation board includes mayor of the municipal corporation, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, Commissioner, Ludhiana Municipal Corporation and Deputy Director, Urban Local Bodies, Ludhiana, and Additional Commissioner of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation.

Besides, Harnam Das Johar, Rakesh Pandey, Surinder Dawar, Malkiat Singh Dakha (all Congress leaders); Surjit Singh Ahluwalia, Madan Lal Bagga, Harbhajan Singh Dang, leader of the Akali Dal counsellors in the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, Parveen Bansal, leader of the BJP group, and Hansraj, associate member, , are members.

The number of wards has been raised keeping in view the increase in the population based on the Census of 2001.

Ludhianvis have been pressing for the constitution of Ludhiana metropolitan council instead of the municipal corporation as the town fulfills all the conditions needed for setting up of the metropolitan council in Ludhiana.

According to the state government, for the establishment of the metropolitan council, the population of the town should be more than 10 lakh and the annual budget of the municipal body should also be more than Rs 100 crore.

The present population of the town is estimated at 35 lakh and the annual budget of the municipal corporation is more than Rs 250 crore. Prof Prithipal Singh Kapoor, former pro-vice chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, and president, and Prof Gurcharan Singh, general secretary of the Peoples Awareness Forum have urged the Punjab government to set up a metropolitan council for Ludhiana keeping in view the importance of the city as a financial and industrial capital of Punjab.

As a matter of fact, some well-meaning persons are contemplating mounting pressure on the state government after the formation of the new government to make Ludhiana a metropolitan town and also remove the stigma of it being ' the city of garbage and pollution,’ says Prof Jagmohan Singh, general secretary of the Akali Dal (Amritsar) who participated in the elections to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha from Ludhiana West segment as a candidate of the Akali Dal (Amritsar).

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Cow’s death: Social bodies up in arms against gaushala
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 26
Following the death of a cow allegedly due to the negligence of the management of a gaushala at Kaind village, near here, local activists of social and religious organisations and Ludhiana have vowed to get other cows freed and stop cruelty towards animals.

The cow that had fallen in a dry well on Friday was rescued by the activists after the management of the gaushala had refused to own its responsibility. Meanwhile, activists of the Brahmin Sabha Ludhiana have sought action against henchmen of the organiser of the erring organisation who were accused of obstructing the rescue operation and using derogatory language for a particular community.

Mr Rachhpal Singh Dhindsa, SHO, Dehlon, said necessary action would be initiated against the suspects after verification of allegations.

According to Bimal Kumar Sharma, patron, Brahmin Sabha Ahmedgarh, and Mr Shakti Sharma, president, Brahmin Sabha Ludhiana, the management of the Seth Gobindmal Chanan Ram Parmapati Gaushala had failed to take care of cows and their calves.

"Even after the death of the cow, the organiser of the gaushala instead of asking his employees to mend their ways, threatened us with dire consequences in case we interfered in the matter. He did not allow our activists to enter the cowshed to feed the starving cows," said Mr Bimal Sharma while talking to Ludhiana Tribune. He quoted the organiser as having said, "When the cows do not complain, why are you and your activists bothered about them?"

Meanwhile, religious and social organisations, including Brahmin Sabha Ahmedgarh, Brahmin Sabha Ludhiana, Bhartia Mahavir Dal Ahmedgarh, Gau Surakhshah Samiti Ahmedgarh and Bajrang Dal have demanded probe into the working of the gaushala where at least seven cows were reported dead under mysterious circumstances about two years ago.

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At Crossroads
The beauteous forms of nature

It is difficult not to think of William Wordsworth when the talk is about the multifarious forms of nature. He was indeed the worshipper of nature and believed that “Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” He also regarded nature as mother in one of his poems - Then Nature said - This Child I to myself with take.

The theme of “Drishtikon - 2007” is mother earth that holds dear to her heart “both man and bird and beast.” This photo exhibition is the sixth one in the series that TPS Sandhu and Ranjodh Singh have been holding since 2002. What happens when two minds come together to focus their cameras on the same subject but from different angles? Obviously, the beauteous forms that take shape provide aesthetic pleasure and blissful repose to the human mind.

In 1983, Sardar Sobha Singh, the legendary artist, visited Ludhiana to inaugurate a photo exhibition held in Panjab University Extension Library. That was a rare occasion when a renowned artist had focused his attention on photographs as intently as he would have done on paintings. As a result, the concept of photography as art engrossed the minds of its admirers.

Earlier, paintings had been viewed as “poems on canvas”, now photographs were seen as “paintings on glossy paper”. Ever since TPS Sandhu, the professional photographer, has emerged as a photo artist. In the case of Ranjodh Singh, photography as a hobby has taken the colouring of an artistic pursuit.

Since 2002 both the photo artists have been exhibiting photographs, in Ludhiana and other cities, that depict only nature. Why so? "Nature is dearer to our hearts as it conveys a divine message to humanity. The photography of the objects of nature has changed our attitude to life. Now we have overcome stress and feel more relaxed. It has made an impact on our thinking also and we find ourselves spiritually rich."

How is the present exhibition, which is exotic in nature, different from the earlier ones? "Now we are on a surer ground. The technical advance in photography has inculcated in us the sense of fulfilment. Digital photography gives good results and the photographs create the illusion of paintings. A good photograph links the artist with the society and, in the process, the human ties are further strengthened. Nature manifests itself in India in the same manner as in other countries. But there is no promotion of tourism in India at the places which are the habitats of bountiful nature."

Generally solo or group exhibitions are held but the exhibition of the creations of two artists seldom takes place. In this case the duo has organised joint-exhibition for the sixth time. How has it been possible?" "Both of us have similar temperaments and our attitude to the art of photography is also identical. In fact we complement each other so far as the depiction of nature is concerned. Sometimes we overlap each other but this adds another dimension to our artistic endeavours. There is no conflict of any sort whatsoever. Lately we have been termed as “Juno's swans” who had always been together and were inseparable in their service to the Roman goddess Juno."

The focus of this photo exhibition is mostly on flowers, trees, waterfalls, rocks and hills. Why so? "These objects of nature mostly appeal to the senses and convey a universal message to the lovers of nature. The benign aspects of nature soothe the spirits and create a sense of bonhomie in the viewers. Sometimes the fury of nature also comes into the focus of our cameras but it happens only when such an aspect of nature creates a sense of awe and wonder in the mind instead of dread and horror. There are sermons in stones, as Shakespeare says, and books in the running brooks."

— N.S. Tasneem

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Villagers not keen on branded stuff
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 26
A study on "Attitude of rural consumers regarding branded soaps and detergents in Ludhiana," conducted by Rekha Tuli, a final-year MBA student of Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE), reveals that rural people were not in favour of branded soaps and detergents. Though televisions showed advertisements of new brands on daily basis, it hardly made any difference with rural population as they still preferred the old "pink" and "blue" soaps to all others.

To effectively tap the rural market, a brand must associate it with same things the rural folks do, stressed the study. This can be done by utilising various rural-folk media to reach them in their own language and in large numbers. The brands can be associated with them through myriad rituals, celebrations, festivals, melas and other activities where they assemble.

The study was conducted under the guidance of Sukhjinder Baring on hundreds of ruralities of Doraha, Sahnewal, Baddowal, Jagraon etc. Seventy per cent of the respondents said they used Lux soap for bathing and Nirma for washing. Even the younger generation said they were not much aware of the latest brands introduced in the segment.

The objectives of the study were to study the awareness among rural consumers regarding branded soaps and detergents, to study their preference level and to know the satisfaction level of people regarding soaps and detergents, they were using.

The study figured out that 41 respondents were aware about medicated soaps like Dettol, Margo and Neem. It was found out that only three respondents out of more than hundreds knew about soap brand “Park Avenue”. The study showed though people were aware of ‘Ezee’ and ‘Genteel’, still they preferred the blue cake over all others and for cleaning purposes, the respondents used soaps.

“In recent years, rural markets have acquired significance as the overall growth of the economy has resulted into substantial increase in the purchasing power of the rural communities. A rural consumer may be illiterate but he is not unintelligent. He is conscious of value for money and for every rupee he spends, he expects good value. After getting 100 per cent satisfaction, then only he pays for a product", found Tuli in her study.

The study concluded that price, quality and quantity were some of the factors that highly influenced the rural consumers for choosing a particular brand of soaps and detergents. Based on the findings, the study has suggested that marketing people need to understand the psyche of the rural consumers and then act accordingly. 

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BVP celebrates on getting FICCI national award
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 26
The Bharat Vikas Parishad (BVP)-run Viklang Sahayta Punarwas Kender in Rishi Nagar, Ludhiana, organised a celebratory function after receiving the FICCI National Award which was presented by Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh on January 8.

The award was given in recognition of their corporate initiative in empowerment of physically challanged.

The centre had also been honoured with National Award by President A.P.J. Kalam in December 2004 for their commendable work in the category of best employer for placement and employment of persons with physical disabilities.

At a function held yesterday night at Hotel Gulmohar, the trust honoured 65 philanthropic persons who have been helpful to the kender for serving the physically handicapped persons and which has helped the Trust to achieve this prestigious award.

The chief guest, R.P. Sharma, National Working President of the BVP in his address told the distinguished gathering that BVP is a non-religion, non-political, non-government organisation.

It has 13 Viklang Sahahyta Kenders all over the country where artificial limbs, calpers and other aids are provided to more than 25,000 physically handicapped persons annually. Out of this, nearly 25 per cent contribution is made by Ludhiana Kender alone and approximately Rs 5 crore have been spent in Ludhiana to rehabilitate physically challanged by providing limbs.

Impressed with the excellent work of the trust, Parkash Singh Badal had allotted a plot of 3200 
sq yards.

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Tributes paid to deceased ETO
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 26
Rich tributes were paid to the late Raghbir Singh, Excise and Taxation Officer, who was also the maternal cousin of Dakha MLA Malkiat Singh, at a “shardhanjali samaroh” held at Rajguru Nagar here today.

Prominent among others who paid their tributes included Shamsher Singh Dullo, president, PPCC, Balwant Singh Ramowalia, member, Commission for Minority Institutions, Amrik Singh Aliwal, Tej Parkash Singh Kotli, Santa Singh Umedpuri, district chief, SAD (B), and Paramjit Singh, ETO, on behalf of the Excise and Taxation Officer's Association.

In their condolence messages, Sardul Singh, Excise and Taxation Minister, and DP Reddy, Excise and Taxation Commissioner, said the department had suffered a big loss with the demise of Raghbir Singh as he had been efficiently performing his responsibilities under the most challenging circumstances. They assured the family that the whole department would stand by them on all occasions.

People in large number cutting across social and political barriers thronged the spot and paid their tributes. Around three dozen associations from trade, industry, social service, education, and NGOs expressed sympathies with the bereaved family. 

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Process set in motion for IMA elections
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 26
The local chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has set in motion the process of elections for the post of the president (elect), vice-presidents (elect) and other office-bearers whose tenure will commence from September.

Stating this here today, the chairman of the IMA election commission, Dr Iqbal Singh, and members, Dr R.S.Gulati and Dr Jagmohan Chopra, said the nominations would be filed between March 1 to 15, while the scrutiny would be done on March 18. The nominations could be withdrawn between March 19 to 25.

Dr Iqbal said a 'consensus meeting' would be held on March 31 to reach a consensus between various candidates so that the office-bearers were elected unanimously. However, if no consensus is arrived about the office-bearers, the elections will be held on April 8 through secret ballot between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The votes will be counted on the same day.

Meanwhile, the commission has nominated the incumbent president, Dr Gursharan Singh, as the president-elect till the new team takes over. Besides, five vice- presidents have also been nominated. They include Dr Subash Batta, Dr Davinder Singh Sandhu, Dr R.K. Sharma, Dr Vaneet Gulati and Dr Naresh Kalra.

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Prof Gupta passes away

Samrala, February 26
Malwa College, Bondli, remained closed on Monday due to death of former professor R.D. Gupta. Prof Gupta served the college for more than 30 years. Prominent citizens, politicians, intellectuals, advocates, professors and teachers of the area attended cremation in large number. Prof Gupta remained the secretary of the community centre club for many years. — OC

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Hospital owner booked in land dispute case
Our Correspondent

Raikot, February 26
The Raikot police has booked the owner of a private hospital under Section 420 of the IPC for allegedly duping a woman of Rs 15 lakh by making a contract for the sale of a plot unauthorisedly.

Dr Ramesh Jain, owner of Laja Wati Memorial Hospital, said the complainant had got the case registered by misguiding the police. He claimed that he had attended the office of the sub-registrar to transfer the rights of the said plot, but Ms Manjit Kaur refused to pay the balance amount.

"Apprehending fall in land prices, she started insisting for the cancellation of the deal, and when I refused to return money received as advance, she got the case registered by concealing facts," said Dr Jain, adding that he had filed a petition in a court at Jagraon.

According to the FIR, registered on the statement of Ms Manjit Kaur, wife of Harbhajan Singh of the local town, Dr Ramesh Jain had allegedly duped her of Rs 15 lakh by making a contract to sell her a plot.

Manjit Kaur had paid Rs 15 lakh (in two installments) to Dr Jain as advance for the purchase of the said plot. But he did not keep his promise and refused to return the money after the expiry of the last date meant for making title deed. The victim then approached SSP Jagraon who, after preliminary investigations made by Mr Vijay Sharma SP (D), directed the local police to register a case under appropriate sections of law.

Investigations further revealed that the plot belonged to Sarwan Singh, son of Dyal Singh. Dr Jain, in order to purchase the plot, entered into a contract with Sarwan Singh who was supposed to transfer its title by August 17, 2006, after receiving the balance payment. However, the deal could not be materialised by due date.

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FCI official’s wallet stolen
Tribune News Srervice

Ludhiana, February 26
A Sunam-based official of the Food Corproation of India was allegedly pick-pocketed on board an Uttarakhand Roadways bus near Jalandhar bye-pass on Saturday morning.

In a communication to the Ludhiana Tribune, the victim, Surinder Mohan, stated that he had checked his wallet while boarding the bus but was shocked that some pick-pocket took it during the journey only.

He had a driving licence, identity card, other documents and Rs 2000 cash in the wallet.

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