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Man, son kill youth for humiliating them
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 10
After all their knocks at the door of justice went in vain, a harassed father-son duo of Mohar Singh Nagar murdered a youth, who had allegedly been humiliating the family and other residents openly for the past two years with an alleged group of goons.

I had no other option. The police was not doing anything against him. And when a police officer nabbed the youth last year, a Congress MLA forced him to release the youth. 

The duo - Tarlochan Singh and his younger son Sarbjot Singh - were caught by the Kotwali police this afternoon for the April-4 murder of a youth, Paramdeep Singh, alias Sunny, alias Maana.

The accused run a golgappa and chat shop in division No 3 market. At the media briefing, the two stated that they had to take the law in their hands as the law failed to check the activities of the youth and his group.

In the presence of SP (City-I) Dr Sukhchain Singh, DSP Varinder Singh Brar and SHO Kuldip Singh, the main accused, Tarlochan Singh, openly admitted to killing the youth.

“I had no other option. The police was not doing anything against him. And when a police officer nabbed the youth last year, a Congress MLA forced him to release the youth,” he said.

The accused held their heads high during the briefing. This was in sharp contrast to the routine police press conferences where the accused stand in shame or remorse. The duo spoke confidently and in anger holding the Congress leader and policemen responsible for forcing them to such a situation.

The police officials present at the briefing said they had no knowledge about the youth’s character. They said they would find out the details of the victim youth’s past. All officials have recently been posted in the city.

Unfazed Tarlochan Singh, continuing his outburst, said the deceased youth had publicly humiliated his eldest son two days before the murder.

“He had stopped my son in the market with his group of goons forming a circle around him. Manna then repeatedly slapped him directing his accomplices to laugh loudly. All this happened in a full public view in the crowded market but no one dared to stop them,” he said.

“Then next day he came to our shop and abused my youngest son. In the evening he came again and abused us. When I challenged him, he ran away saying I should come near the CMC to challenge him,” he said.

He claimed that he went there with his youngest son and some friends with iron rods in a Maruti Alto car. “We couldn’t take it any longer. Near the CMC, he saw us and ran away. When we caught him, he took out a long knife and attacked me. I managed to snatch the knife and stabbed him,” he said.

He also showed stab wounds in the abdomen of his son. He said both his sons were beaten and stabbed mercilessly two years ago. “The youth and his friends had been teasing women who come to our shop. When my sons stopped him, he along with his goons beat them up. An FIR was also lodged at that time. But the police did not take any stringent action. After that, whenever, we complained against the youth and his group, the Congress leader intervened, he said.

The accused named several other residents of the area who were at the receiving end of the deceased youth’s harassment.

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When farm scientists of 2 Punjabs met
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 10
Agricultural scientists from India and Pakistan today sought to evolve a mechanism to tackle the problems of the farm sector being faced by both countries, particularly the two segregated parts of Punjab.

They said it was high time to forget the bitterness of the past and look forward to future for the progress of the people.

These observations were made during an alumni meet of the College of Agriculture, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana.

The special feature of the meet is the presence of 10 delegates from the University of Agriculture, Faislabad (UAF), Punjab (Pakistan). Both PAU and UAF owe their origin to the Punjab Agricultural College, Lyalpur, set up in 1920.

Kharak Singh Mann, senior-most alumnus, who passed out as the agricultural graduate from the PAC, Lyalpur, in 1942, was the chief guest.

Hafiz Abdul Qayyum, professor of entomology, UAF, and Iftikhar Ahmad Khan, dean, Faculty of Agriculture, UAF, were the guests of honour.

The absence of K.S. Aulakh, an aluminus of the college, who resigned recently as the V-C of the Punjab Agricultural University, was very much felt during the meet.

Inaugurating the meet, the former economic adviser to the World Bank, Mann, said the old students of the College of Agriculture formed a huge bank of human resource which could be utilised to give a second push to agriculture in the state.

Eminent agricultural scientist from the University of Faislabad Dr Hafiz Abdul Qayyum observed that the cooperation between farm scientists of two nations could make India and Pakistan the leading nations in the world food market.

Dr Qayyum said both PAU and UAF had many common grounds and if PAU and UAF sign a memorandum of understanding, it would be great for the two institutions. "If PAU can sign MoU with American universities, why not with us ?" He also conveyed his sentiments in his two poems which he recited in the inaugural function.

In his presidential address, Dr G.S.Chahal, dean, College of Agriculture, PAU, lamented that this progress came at a rate that its sustainability got pushed into pathetic oblivion.

Many distinguished alumni were honoured by the chief guest. The programme was interspersed with poetry recitals varying from reminisces of old days to the plight of Punjab farmer today. 

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Global exhibitions lure industry
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 10
Striving to carve a niche in global markets, an increasing number of local industrialists are taking to participation in international exhibitions. Unlike earlier when preferences were not as clear, these days it is exhibitions organised by foreign organisations that majority opt for. Sources in industry said that in case of the ones organised by Indian consuls or organisations, the participation was dismal on account of lukewarm response from buyers overseas.

"Insofar as participation in an exhibition abroad is concerned, we prefer the ones wherein we get to know technological knowhow or those that are conducted by foreign organisations as they elicit a good response from buyers. However, those conducted by Indian organisations, on account of little spade work in the direction, are not able to give the desired benefit due to which we avoid participation in those," an exporter said on anonimity.

Industrialists said an opportunity to participate in an expo abroad not only helped them gain overseas buyers, but they were also able to learn a lot in terms of latest global trends and changes. Apart from the ones where various industries are invovled, industry specific exhibitions are also quite popular.

While a single participation entrails an estimated average expenditure of Rs 3 lakh to Rs 4 lakh, the Marketing Development Assistance from the Government of India reduces this amount, encouraging more entrepreneurs to participate.

"In case of focussed countries like the South African nations and Russia, the MDA is higher which makes it quite economical to go overseas and participate. The focus on such countries is on account of the high untapped potential which otherwise also makes a visit to these places more beneficial," said S.C. Ralhan, regional chairman, Engineering Export Promotion Council.

Exporters asserted on the need for Indian organisations to seek assistance from professionals in organising expos abroad so that businessmen got a better response.

"If proper ground work is done in the direction, buyers are contacted well in advance, proper advertising is done and professional help is taken, the response to our exhibitions can be much better. In that case, more people would like to participate," another exporter opined.

Industry experts said that for those who are new in industry a special focus should be on those that concentrated on technological knowhow.

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New occupant not to pay previous one’s bill: Forum
Our Correpondent

Ludhiana, April 10
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has held that the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has no right to recover dues of the previous owner of the premises from the new occupier.

The president of the forum, A. S. Narula, along with members Puja Dewan and Daljit Singh Bakshi, quashed the demand of Rs 12,084 raised by the PSEB and ordered that the same be refunded.

It also ordered that the money be refunded to the complainant, Munish Kumar of Ahata Sher Jung, near division No 3, along with 9 per cent interest per annum, from the date of the deposit till it was refunded.

In a complaint to the forum, Munish claimed that property was purchased by him in an auction from a bank.

Thereafter, a new electricity connection was installed on the premises after paying the requisite charges in November 2005. But on March 22, 2006, the electricity connection was disconnected by the PSEB.

He was told that earlier one electricity connection was installed on the same premises in the name of Maan Singh, but he failed to pay the outstanding dues of Rs 12,084.

The electricity supply was disconnected due to this reason, he added.

The consumer contended that he was not liable to make the payment of outstanding dues pertaining to the previous owner, but the PSEB officials claimed that their action was justified. They asserted that the consumer was liable to pay the outstanding dues of the premises on which he was residing.

But the consumer forum observed that the PSEB had no right to recover dues of the previous owner of the premises from the new occupier.

So, the demand raised by the board was quashed. 

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75 wards to go to polls in May likely
Meeting on proposed map recalled on Friday

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 10
The city will have five more councillors this time as 75 wards will go to the polls in civic body elections likely to be held in last week of May. Previously, there were 70 wards in the city.

A meeting to finalise the modalities in this regard was held at the Zone-D office of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation under the chairmanship of commissioner Vikas Partap here today. But no announcement could not be made as there were some discrepancies in the proposed map of the city covering 75 wards.

Administrative sources said the meeting remained inconclusive and was recalled on Friday. The need for another meeting arose when the map did not match with the written documents of the delimitation process.

The discrepancies were highlighted by a member of the committee and MLAs present on the occasion took upon themselves the task to reevaluate their areas and give suggestions at the next meeting.

The meeting was attended by members of delimitation committee, including MLAs Harish Rai Dhanda, Harish Bedi, Darshan Singh Shivalik and Hira Singh Gabria, mayor Nahar Singh Gill, BJP leader, Parvin Bansal, councillor Madan Lal Bagga and the additional deputy commissioner.

The delimitation process had been on in the city for quite some time but the work was moving at a slow pace. Some residents were thinking that the delimitation process might not be completed this time and only 70 wards would witness the poll. But many local leaders had been keeping their fingers crossed for new wards so that they could contest elections.

25 reserved for women

After the meeting, the commissioner said out of 75 wards, 25 would be reserved for women, 10 for SCs, three for SC women and two for BCs. He added that the boundaries would be decided after the delimitation committee's report to the state government that would notify it after inviting objections. The elections would be held in 75 wards only.

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Leaders’ appointment hailed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 10
The vice-president, District (Rural) Youth Congress, Ludhiana, Ramandeep Singh Khera, has hailed the appointment of Manjit Singh Mann and Ashish Bansal as the in-charge of the District Youth Congress, Ludhiana (Rural) and Akshay Bhanot as the in-charge of the District Youth Congress, Moga.

He thanked the president, Punjab Youth Congress, Vijay Inder Singla for the appointment of these hardworking youth leaders.

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Fidelity offers global opportunities fund
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 10
Fidelity Fund Management today said its investors would now have an opportunity to add an element of geographical diversification to their portfolios through their Fidelity International Opportunities Fund, the first international offering in India, and other global products to be introduced once guidelines are issued under the recently announced $50,000 remittance scheme.

The new fund is an open-ended equity growth scheme that seeks to invest 65 per cent in Indian equities and around 35 per cent in international equities, with a focus on Asia, to generate long-term capital appreciation.

Ashu Suyash, managing director and country head, said, "We are adding a new dimension to equity investing by bringing our international investment expertise to India. Investors will benefit from our experience of all the world's main equity markets through complete market cycles over several decades."

Rajesh Singh, fund manager, said, "International investing lends itself perfectly to diversification benefits because each country's economy offers distinct inherent strengths and each has its own set of differing growth characteristics. Asia is going through a growth phase and offers a wide set of opportunities for stock picking in markets, some developed and others emerging. This fits well with our investment philosophy of bottom-up stock picking which is underpinned by our global network of investment research professionals."

Suyash added, "Equity investing, at the best of times, demands the rigour of research to generate consistent performance. And this is especially so when faced with the complexity of investing overseas. Our experience tells us that investors show a 'home country bias', largely because they prefer to stick with what they know. But this can have a negative impact on long-term investment returns. Through this investment option we would be able to bring to investors a simpler way of accessing opportunities in international markets."

The company said it would bring more products investing in international markets to Indian investors once the regulatory guidelines under the $50,000 remittance scheme are notified. 

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3-decade saga: A plot of many claimants, disputes
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 10
From the possession of a Dalit to the drainage department and then to a relative of a lambardar, a piece of 5 canal and 6 marlas of agricultural land in Togarh village near Mattewal village has exchanged many hands in revenue records during the past three decades.

While the two families, including that of a Dalit and a lambardar of Mattewal village, stake their claim on this land, eyebrows are being raised how the land, shown in the name of Surat Singh, a Dalit, till 1987, was transferred to the drainage department and finally, in the name of Lakha Singh, a brother of lambardar of Mattewal Jeet Singh in 1997.

How the land was transferred in the name of Lakha Singh remains a mystery pointing towards a scam in the revenue department.

Buta Singh claimed that the land was allotted to a village Dalit and his father bought the piece from him in 1960s and he had remained the owner of the land till 1987.

Suddenly, Jeet Singh's family, whose father was also a lambardar, raised an objection stating that the land could not be transferred by the original allottee as it was sanctioned. He got it transferred in the name of the drainage department in the jamabandi of 1987-88, he alleged.

‘‘After 10 years, we were shocked to see that the land (Khasra number 16/19/1) was shown in the name of Lakha Singh in the jamabandi of year 1997-98. Since then, we have been fighting the case at various platforms,” said Buta Singh.

He added that they were at ease after the land was passed on to the department as they thought they did not know about the rules.

‘‘But when we found that Lakha Singh was made the owner, we smelt a rat. We could find out how the events had unfolded in the past years. It was unfortunate that the lambardar misused his authority.’’

The poor family is now knocking at various doors but to no avail. Nobody is coming to their rescue. Not only Buta Singh's family, but another family of Chinta Singh is also fighting a similar battle.

‘‘There are around seven cases of land disputes at Togarh village going on in different courts. Even the police has intervened several times sensing law and order problem, but nothing could help our suffering,” said Buta Singh.

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Flying squads to check illegal detention formed
Our Correspondent

Khamano, April 10
Flying squads have been constituted in Fatehgarh Sahib district to check illegal detention in police stations and if such a thing is found, the SHO concerned will be booked.

This was stated by SSP, Fatehgarh Sahib, Nilabh Kishore while addressing people of the area at Government Senior Secondary School here.

He said bad elements would be dealt with sternly. He warned the policemen against taking bribe. He said the police verification in connection with passport would be done at the applicant’s home and he need not come to the police station.

He appealed to people for cooperation in stopping the use of drugs and intoxicants by youths.

He said the police would form committees, comprising public and policemen, to control the menace.

The meeting was also addressed by DSP, Khamano, Balwant Singh, Prem Singh Maneli and Kuldeep Madaal. Local SDO B.S. Randhawa and president of the local nagar panchayat Harbhinder Singh were also present.

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Dept cracks down on chemists

Patiala, April 10
The health department yesterday cracked down on chemists selling medicines illegally. The civil surgeon said in Moog Khera village Rajinder Singh was running a physician shop without any registration and licence. Twentyfive types of medicines were seized.

Gulzar medicos, being run in front of Punjabi University, was also raided. Bills for the drugs sold were not found at the shop. Paramjit Singh, on whose license the shop was being run, was not present at the shop. — TNS

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Salem Tabri park to be developed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 10
Municipal Corporation commissioner Vikas Partap today inaugurated the development work  of a park in Salem Tabri that would be completed at the cost of Rs 15 lakh.

According to Madan Lal Bagga, councillor of Ward number 4, the park would be developed, footpaths constructed and the entire area landscaped.

Seasonal flowers and permanent plants and trees would also be planted. 

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Sweets distributed to Nishkam inmates
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 10
As many as 100 inmates of Nishkam Sewa Kendra, Daad village, were given T-shirts and sweets by York Knitwear here today.

“I always wanted to visit such places to share experiences with the down-trodden section of society. India is growing at a fast pace and these underprivileged children need love, care and affection,” said Arushi, a student of Eastern Regional High School, New Jersey, who distributed gifts on behalf of York Knitwear.

Shruti, a member of Nishkam Ashram said these orphan children eagerly waited for guests, who would bring gifts for them. 

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Scooterist killed
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, April 10
Darshan Singh of Dehlon was killed and Krishan Lal of the village injured when a jeep hit their scooter (PB 10K 3036) in Qilaraipur. The police has registered a case under Sections 279,427, 337, 338 , 304-A, IPC . The injured has been admitted to a hospital in Ludhiana.

Couple booked

Balwinder Singh and his wife Manjit Kaur of Golden Avenue Colony, Ludhiana, has allegedly cheated Raju Sharma of Chowk Lappe Shah, Jagraon. The duo received Rs 4 lakh from Raju Sharma to send him abroad but they neither sent him, nor returned his amount.

Wheat stolen

Bhamiri of Malak had allegedly stolen four quintals of wheat valuing Rs 4,000 belonging to Mohinder Singh of his village about 20 days ago. The police has registered a case under Section 380, IPC.

Two booked

Lahmberjit Pal Singh, Gurpreet Singh, both brothers of Salempure, along with one person, entered the house of Gagandeep Kaur of their village in the evening of April 3 and tried to abduct her. The police has registered a case. 

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