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Gaushala case
Baba, henchmen held for cruelty to animals
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 3
The Dehlon police has booked a self-styled baba and his henchmen under Section 429 of the Cruelty to Animals Act for allegedly detaining cows and committing cruelty against them by starving them.

The police action came after a number of social and religious organisations of the local town and Ludhiana, reacting to the reports published in the columns of the Ludhiana Tribune, launched a crusade against the alleged nasty act of the baba.

A police team led by SHO Dehlon Rachhpal Singh arrested Virender Puri, president of Seth Gobindmal Chanan Ram Parmapati Gaushala, Kaind, and his associates after rescuing them from activists of social and religious organisations of the area.

Virender Puri and his associates, however, denied the charges and maintained that they had been taking enough care of the animals.

According to an FIR registered on the statement of Harish Chhabra, a trustee of the gaushala, Virender Puri and his associates Karamjit Singh, Ekjot Singh and Jasbir Singh had allegedly been detaining and starving cows and diverting funds collected from the donors of the area. A large number of cows had died due to the negligence of the workers deputed for taking their care.

Hundreds of animal lovers had started coming at Kaind gaushala to feed and take care of cows after the Ludhiana Tribune carried stories on cruelty meted to the cows. Apprehending that he might lose control on property worth lakhs, Virender along with his associates tried to stop activists of the Brahmin Sabha, Ahmedgarh, Brahmin Sabha, Ludhiana, Gau Surkhsha Samiti, Ahmedgarh, Bhartia Mahavir Dal, Bajrang Dal and Kalgidhar Federation, Ahmedgarh and other cow lovers from coming there.

However, the activists overpowered baba's men and entered the shed to find that condition of some cows was critical and a calf had died.

The Dehlon police intervened when the situation became violent. Had the police not reacted promptly, the scene could have turned bloody as a number of the baba’s supporters had started coming there.

Observation by Ludhiana Tribune revealed that at least nine heads of cattle had died about two years ago and the police had then registered a case against Amar Singh, a former attendant of the gaushala. Ram Raj Davedi alleged that he along with other employees of the gaushala was forced by the baba to state before the police that Amar Singh had poisoned the cows.

Last week, a cow had fallen in a dry well. Though activists of social and religious organisations had rescued the cow, it died later thus sparking resentment among cow lovers of the area. They joined hands and decided to look after the cows but the baba resisted the move.

Interestingly, the administration, including officials of the Animal Husbandry Department did not take any notice of the reports published in the columns of Ludhiana Tribune last week.

Executive magistrate of Dehlon, Gurmit Singh, was deputed to keep a watch on the situation. Last evening, when it became tense, he got the room used by the baba as office sealed and allowed social activists to feed the cows.

The executive magistrate said the sealed room and other parts of the premises would be searched in presence of the representatives of the accused and appropriate action would be taken in case anything objectionable was found.



Developer becomes couple’s nightmare
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
The district administration has sought an inquiry report from the city police pertaining to the harassment of a migrant couple at the hand of a developer.

The couple had bought a plot in Sat Kartar Nagar from their hard-earned savings after 22 years of hard work as labourers. But the developer, who recently fought elections, was allegedly preventing them from constructing a house on the plot.

After receiving threats from the developer, the couple — Sumitra Devi and Raj Nath — had demanded police protection.

However, in spite of having made numerous rounds of the district police, administration and politicians for justice, they failed to elicit any favourable response from the authorities.

The couple were recently attacked by some unidentified persons.

Affected by the harassment and fear of loss of money, the woman went into depression. This had forced them to spend a lot of money on medicines.

The Basti Jodhewal police has now received directions from the district administration to produce a report on the complaint.

The developer, Joga Singh, alias Pupinder Singh, continues to call the shots even though police inquiries have held that the couple had been wronged.

Even some senior officials had held meetings with the developer but they failed to prevail upon him.

The developer claimed that he had reached a compromise with the couple at the Basto Jodhewal police station. However, he claimed, the couple did not honour the agreement.

Sumitra Devi, on the other hand, said the developer had promised them to give money as per the compromise, which he failed to fulfil.

SSP City A.S. Rai and SP City-II D.P. Singh had told the developer that law was on the couple’s side and that he should not interfere with their plan to construct a house on the land.

However, the developer again prevented the couple from going ahead with the construction.

Inquiries revealed that the developer was using his proximity to state-level police officials to mask his unlawful act.

So much so that he paid no heed to the orders of the SSP City or inquiry reports by an SP or those of the Internal Vigilance Cell of the police. Though the police has already booked two accused on the basis of an inquiry conducted by ADGP Internal Vigilance into the case, justice still eludes the couple as they await the possession of their piece of land. Inquiry reports suggest that the couple have been wronged. The plot was part of a land in Kulliewal village belonging to two brothers - Bhupinder Singh and Pupinder Singh.

Owing to dispute over certain portion of the land, plots on that land were sold. One of the plots was bought by the couple, which they got registered in their name.

The prove established their credentials and neighbhours also corroborated the ownership of the plot.



Routine patrolling saves woman
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 3
Routine patrolling by the Dehlon police saved a woman of Jartoli village from being shot by her brother-in-law who was nabbed when he was going to kill her on Thursday evening.

Sandeep Singh, alias Dev, son of Malkit Singh of Daudhar village in Moga district, was nabbed by a police party led by Lekh Raj. A .315 bore pistol and three live cartridges were seized from his possession.

According to SHO Dehlon Rachhpal Singh, the police party had nabbed the accused after a brief chase near Kila Raipur. The cops had become suspicious of him as he had tried to run away after seeing them on the outskirts of Kila Raipur village. He was booked under Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act.

During preliminary investigation, the accused admitted that he was going to the residence of Ravinder Kaur, his sister-in-law, with an intention to kill her. He wanted to teach her a lesson as she had instigated his wife to desert him and live with some other person.



2 get life term for murder
Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 3
Additional Sessions Judge Gurbir Singh has sentenced Charanjit Singh, alias Ghola, of Navi Abadi, Samrala Road, Khanna, and Jagwinder Singh, alias Jaggi, of Purani Sarai, Khanna, to rigorous life imprisonment for killing a relative.

The two had killed Sukhdev Singh Virk of Navi Abadi after inflicting injuries with sharp-edge weapons following a dispute over property.

A fine of Rs 5,000 each was also imposed on the accused.

Pronouncing the verdict, the court held that the prosecution had successfully proved the guilt of accused.

The accused had been booked on December 8, 2002 in attempt to murder case. However, after the death of the injured, the charges was upgraded to those under Sections 302, 452 and 34 of the IPC at the Khanna City police station on the statement of eyewitness Kamaldip Kaur, daughter of the victim.

The complainant had submitted that Sukhdev had had a property dispute with the father of prime accused Ghola, who was a paternal uncle of her father.

Similarly, the other accused also had a property dispute with him.

On the night of December 3, 2002, the complainant heard the shrieks of her father. As she ran toward the gate of the house, she saw the accused jump out onto the alley after scaling the boundary wall of the house.

They were holding unsheathed “kirpan” and “dah” in their hands, she claimed.

She raised the alarm after which neighbours arrived at the scene.

They took Sukhdev to the Civil Hospital, Khanna. As he had suffered severe injuries, the doctors referred him to Ludhiana.

Thereafter, he was admitted to the DMCH, Ludhiana. However, after few days he succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.

The complainant had added that she had been suffering from bouts of depression ever since the incident.

On the other hand, the accused pleaded innocence. However, the court turned down their plea and awarded them punishment.



Gabria for early redress of people’s problems
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 3
Hira Singh Gabria, cabinet minister, Punjab, has asked the officers to accord top priority to provide efficient and clean administration to quickly solve people’s problems.

Gabria was addressing the first meeting of the district administration officers after being sworn in as a cabinet minister, at Circuit House here today.

The minister told the officers to submit details about development projects concerning their departments and position of the funds available for the completion so that future course of action could be chalked out for fast development in the state. He said the new government would accord priority to implement all promises made to the people in the manifesto during the recent elections.

He said the officers should extend full cooperation to the government in implementing the programmes and policies for the development and welfare of the people. He said the people of the state had high expectations from the new government and all promises could be fulfilled only with the cooperation of the officers.

Gabria asked the officers to ensure punctuality of the staff in the offices and also direct the lower staff to expedite the routine works of the people honestly and expeditiously. He made it clear that the SAD- BJP government would be serious in improving the quality and efficiency in governance, and no officer would be allowed to create any kind of unnecessary delay in the clearance of routine works.

He also directed the officers to give attentive hearing to the representatives of the people and office-bearers of the party whenever they visit their offices for the problems of the people.

Ashok Kumar Gupta Deputy Commissioner Ludhiana, while welcoming the minister, said the policies and programmes of the new government would be implemented efficiently.

Among others who attended the meeting included Vikas Partap, commissioner, MC, S.S. Rai, SSP, Ludhiana, Priynak Bharti ADC (D), K.P. Brar ADC (G), Anupam Kaler, executive magistrate, Gurmit Kaur, DFSC, Gurjit Singh Rumana, SP (HQ) Jagroan and Harvinder Kaur, DEO (elementary). 



Gabria gets grand reception
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
Ludhiana Rural MLA Hira Singh Gabria, who was inducted into the cabinet on Friday, was accorded a warm reception on his arrival here today. A procession of his supporters showered flowers on him and many of them even garlanded him. Gabria expressed his gratitude for the people with whose support, he said, it was possible for him to become the minister. He assured them that he would come up to their expectations and fulfill all his commitments. He promised to provide a clean leadership and remain accessible to the people as always.

Gabria, who is known for his accessibility and affable manners, said he would always be in the service of the people. "This honour (of being appointed a minister) is yours and it is with your support that I have got this place," he said while adding, "it is a trust of the people and I will guard it with all sincerity and commitment."

He also thanked Chief Minister and the party supremo Parkash Singh Badal for providing him the opportunity to serve people. He said while as a legislator his role was limited to his constituency only, now after becoming minister he would have to serve the whole state. 



Say no to chemical, toxic colours 
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, March 3
Holi is the ancient Indian festival of colors; it marks the beginning of the new season. The season of flowers, freshness, green leaves and fragrances. It matches with the full bloomed riot of the splendid spring flowers. But the highlight of the festival is throwing colours (both wet and dry) on each other, which most of the time being synthetic and even toxic, can have disastrous effects on the skin.

Says Dr Jastinder K. Gill, Senior Consultant Dermatologist and Cosmetologist at SPS Apollo Hospitals here: "Holi is celebrated by millions of people using dry and wet colors. Earlier, natural colors made from flowers, leaves and herbs of the season were used. But over the years, due to industrialisation and commercialisation, these natural colors have been replaced by synthetic colors, which contain toxic and poisonous chemicals."

She said these colours contain heavy metals, acids, alkalis, powdered glass, asbestos, chalk paste etc. Similarly, the black paste has lead oxide, green is made from copper sulphate and red contains mercury sulphate. The shimmering given to these colours comes from mica and powdered glass. These chemicals are meant for industrial use and imagine their use on the human skin without giving a thought about their harmful effects.

"The havoc wreaked by these chemicals on the skin and hair manifests in the form of allergy, irritant rash, infection and much more. The symptoms may vary from mild irritation in the form of itching, dryness which will again lead to irritation and itching, and rash to severe irritant and allergic dermatitis. The victims will have severe itching and burning sensation, redness and in some cases the skin literally gets burnt."

Further, Dr Jastinder stated, the micronutrients of these chemicals, when absorbed, could lead to skin cancer. The hair damage could be in the form of itching, redness, dryness and scalp infections. The delayed affects could even be loss of hair, thinning of hair, coarse, thin and lusterless hair texture.

She cautioned the people to be extra careful for the young ones and the new born infants, as they had very sensitive skin. The expectant mothers also needed to be extra careful as the chemicals got absorbed from the skin. "It is ironical that the whole year round we take utmost care of our skin and appearance, but on Holi we joyfully damage it with toxic colors."

So, this Holi let every one say no to these harmful colours, and instead use natural colours made from flowers, leaves and herbs. These may cost a little more than the synthetic colors, but then what are few more rupees in comparison to our good health, skin and safety, she asked.

Tips before you go out to play Holi

* Apply a moisturiser on your face and body.
Thereafter, apply sunscreen and Lacto Calamine lotion on top of it on the face and exposed parts of the skin for the extra protection.
Protect your hair by applying a leave on conditioner, or for that matter even simple pure coconut or olive oil would protect your hair. This shall form thin layer over the hair which acts as a barrier to the chemicals in the colors.
At the end of the day, first thoroughly cleanse your face, body and hair with lots of water to wash away the colours. Then use soap and shampoo to clean your skin, hair and scalp. Then moisturise your skin both with face and body to get back all the moisture lost in the day. Do not forget to condition your hair, as they too need care after the injury caused to them with the colours.
l In case of mild irritattion or rash, one can use Lacto Calamine lotion. But in severe cases, do consult your dermatologist.



Seminar on woman entrepreneurship
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, March 3
A national seminar on women entrepreneurship was organised here in collaboration with the Punjab Commerce and Management Association on the campus of the Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences, Mandi Gobindgarh. Parminder Kaur, chairperson of the Punjab State Women Commission, was the chief guest and keynote speaker.

Parminder Kaur pointed out that elevating the status of women depends on providing proper education and encouraging entrepreneurship traits. She focused on eliminating various social evils prevailing in Indian society.

A big change took place in the role of women in Indian society in the 20th century in various fields. There have been shining examples of women entrepreneurs like Kiran Majoumdar, Ekta Kapoor, Ritu Kumar, Vandana Luthra, Shanaz Hussain and Rajni Bector etc, she pointed out.

Earlier, Tajinder Kaur, vice-chairman, Desh Bhagat Group, Shalini Gupta, director, DBIMCS, welcomed the keynote speakers. Inderjit Singh, general manager, District Industries Centre, Mandi Gobindgarh, highlighted various incentives being provided by the state government to the entrepreneurs, especially women and youth. 



‘Leaders can be bridge between admn, public’
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 3
Terming social and political leaders as a bridge between the administration and the public, Mr Paramvir Singh Gill, SP (D), Sangrur, directed the local police officials to enhance relationship with them so that necessary action could be taken against those elements who otherwise could have remained untraced. The leaders, at the same time, should come forward to help the police curb crime, he urged.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune after conducting inspection at the local police station and interacting with office-bearers of various organisations, Mr Gill said that as a majority of officials were outsiders, they could not get the required information about anti-social elements without the help of locals. “Observations have revealed that a better law and order situation prevailed at town and villages where social and political leaders did not shield tainted persons and anti-social elements,” claimed Mr Gill.

Appreciating the role of Mr Bimal Sharma, SHO (Sadar), and Mr Yogi Raj, SHO City, in maintaining peace in the area during elections, Mr Gill directed them to recognise the contribution of social leaders in the task.

Mr Jatinder Bhola, president, municipal council, Mr Ravinder Kumar, president, city congress, Mr Vijay Dhand, Mr Bimal Sharma, Ms Dharam Pal Sharma, president, Eco Club, and Mr Pardeep Sharda, principal, assured to extend cooperation to the police.



Course on vet diagnostic imaging
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
The Department of Veterinary Surgery and Radiology, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Science University (GADVASU), conducted an advanced refresher training course on “Emerging trends in diagnostic imaging in veterinary practice” under the aegis of the Centre of Advanced Studies (ICAR) from February 8 to 28.

According to Dr N.S. Saini, 13 teachers and scientists from eight states of India participated in the course. During the training, 25 expert lectures on various topics of diagnostic imaging were delivered.

Dr S.S. Singh informed that in addition to the lectures, hands-on-training was given to the trainees so that they could practice new techniques at their place. 



BVP elects  office-bearers 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
The annual general body meeting of Dr Kitchlu Nagar branch of the Bharat Vikas Parishad, Ludhiana, was held here on Wednesday at Viklang Sahayta Kendra, Rishi Nagar, here. It was attended by around 60 members.

President J.R. Kaushal welcomed the members. Treasurer Archana Gupta presented the financial report of the branch and secretary Ravinder Mittal presented the report of the activities carried out by the branch during the year.

The achievements and recognition received by the branch on various fronts were also highlighted.

The programme was chaired by BVP state convener of permanent projects I.V. Thaman. He was also the returning officer for conducting the elections of the branch.

Members chanted hymns and sought the blessings of the Almighty for the future. As per the rich traditions of the BVP, the programme started with recitation of Vande Mataram and Bharat Mata Poojan. Dr V.K. Kakkar, a senior member of the branch, proposed the vote of thanks.

The programme concluded with the National Anthem.

The house elected a team of following office-bearers for 2007-08: president - Dr J.R. Kaushal, secretary - Ravinder Mittal, treasurer - Archana Gupta.



All roads lead to this village!
Amarjit Thind
Tribune News Service

Nawan Pind (Ludhiana), March 3
All roads lead to this small village near Payal, once notorious for a running bloody feud between two warring groups in late 70s. But now the reason has more to do with celluloid.

The shooting of Punjabi movie “Sarpanch”, being produced under the banner of Malwa Productions, is under way here and the joy of villagers nearby knows no bounds.

They make a beeline for the village every morning to watch the actors at work.

Being shot on farms owned by a former DIG and an NRI, the film is being produced and directed by Punjabi cine star Sukhjinder Singh Shera, who is also playing the lead role.

Chandigarh model Preeti is the lead heroine, while Canadian NRI Gurinderjit Singh (Bobby Rai) has been cast opposite her.

The star cast includes Pinki Sandhu, comedian Ranbir Rana, veteran actors Surinder Sharma and B.N. Sharma among others.

Talking to the TNS between the shooting, Shera said the story was different from the previous movie, which was about revenge.

The film would send a social message of shunning drugs and intoxicants to today’s youth, teaching them to take less than easy path of hard work to achieve their goals.

The future of any country was in the hands of the youth and the sooner they realised it the better it was for mankind, he pointed out.

Commenting on the storyline, he said it was about an NRI family, whose son is studying in a college here, that returns to India.

The father, who has toiled abroad to amass riches, wants his son to follow suit since money is everything for him.

The son on the other hand has his own plans and does not attach much importance to riches. He believes that love is important in the end.

He falls in love with a college mate and the inevitable happens, Shera pointed out.

Parts of the movie will be shot in the state and the shooting has reached the halfway mark. Songs are yet to be recorded, he added.

He said it was encouraging to see more and more Punjabi film being made today, a far cry from the old ones. There was more sophistication now and the films had a contemporary storyline, he said.



Bank offer on short-term deposits
Our Correspondent

Samrala, March 3
On the eve of Holi, the local branch of Punjab National Bank has offered 9.5 per cent rate of interest on short-term deposits, according to senior manager B.B. Goyal.

Talking to mediapersons here today, he said the bank would accept a minimum deposit of Rs 25,000 for one year at 9.50 per cent rate of interest.

Further, the bank had increased the rate of interest by 0.25 per cent for senior citizens.

Senior regional manager Anil Sharma said the scheme was valid up to April 30.



LIC opens satellite office

Ludhiana, March 3
The Life Insurance of India (LIC) opened its first satellite office of the region near Samrala Chowk here yesterday.

Inaugurating the office, zonal manager Ashok Shah said the office had been linked to 2,048 branches of the corporation across country.

“Policyholders can deposit their premiums at any branch in the country,” he said.

While this is the first satellite office of the corporation in this region, similar offices would be set up in Bathinda, Raikot and other areas around the city, added Shah.

For policyholders, the LIC has also started the facility of making online payments via various websites apart from ATMs of Corporation Bank and UTI Bank. — TNS



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