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Son stabs father, couple kills ex-tenant
Two murders in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
Two murders took place in the city today due to relationships going awry. In the first case, a son stabbed to death his father, a lambardar, in Ghawaddi village, near Alamgir, this morning.

In the other incident, a migrant man and his wife allegedly clubbed their former tenant to death accusing him of blackmailing the woman even as the deceased’s relative claimed that the couple killed him after he asked them to return Rs 60,000 taken from him as loan immediately.

Ranjodh Singh, a 20-year-old son of lambardar Amar Singh, allegedly killed him with a long and narrow knife after a dispute over son’s career. Police sources said Ranjodh wanted to be a photographer while his father insisted he should work in a factory.

The father had got a job for his son in a factory. Ranjodh went for work for some days. The sources said he was not happy with the work. The father and son had daily arguments over the issue. Ranjodh’s mother and two other children, both elder to Ranjodh, used to mediate and separate them. However, this morning, they too were rendered helpless when the youth stabbed his father in an alleged fit of rage.

Police sources said the youth had been booked for murder. He was absconding.

At sherpur colony, a migrant couple, Ajay and Premshilla, have been booked for allegedly murdering their former tenant Ram Naya Yadav. He was clubbed to death with a sanitary pipe in the house of the couple late last night.

The Sherpur police sources said the couple called the police and claimed they found the man murdered. However, the circumstantial evidence led the police to suspect their involvement. The couple later admitted to the crime when questioned by the police.

The couple alleged that Ram Naya Yadav was blackmailing them. They said Yadav was their tenant and was quite close to them. Yadav and the woman got their photos clicked at a studio. They alleged Yadav was blackmailing them by showing the photos.

However, Munna, a brother of Ram Yadav, said Yadav and the woman had illicit relationship. He said Yadav had even loaned Rs 60,000 to the couple. Later, as the word of the illicit relationship spread, Munna sent his brother back to their village.

He told the police that the couple had called Yadav offering to repay the debt, return some pictures and letters written by him to the woman in lieu of similar documents to be returned by him. Munna claimed Yadav went to their house alone against his advice and was murdered by the couple.

The man and his wife have been arrested.



Sangat darshan cancelled due to Governor’s visit
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
A number of people who had come from all parts of the district to air their grievances at the weekly sangat darshan here today had to go back disappointed, as the programme could not be organised due to the visit of the Punjab Governor to attend a function of the Ludhiana Management Association.

Public Inconvenienced
If the deputy commissioner was busy with the Governor's visit, some other official
could have been assigned the task of
hearing people

Those who had come all the way from different villages expressed their anger, saying they the district administration just washed its hands off the responsibility by putting up a notice outside the venue, stating that the programme was cancelled in view of the Governor's visit.

They argued that the administration should have known the schedule of the Governor in advance, but the authorities still did not bother to insert advertisements in newspapers or inform the general public by some other means. They said they left their works, caught buses and yet they could not be heard.

Vimla Rani, a resident of Focal Point, said she had lost her son in an accident, but she could not get compensation even after fighting her case at various platforms. She said she had come with the hope that the deputy commissioner would listen to her and provide her with some solution.

Similar was the tale of Harcharan Singh from Jamalpur, who had come to the sangat darshan with a land dispute problem. ‘‘I came in the hot weather but when I reached here I came to know that it was not being organised. Since morning at least 100 people had gone back.’’

Gurcharan Kaur, a villager from Kohara village, said if the deputy commissioner was busy with the Governor's visit, some other official could have been assigned the task of hearing people. ‘‘We being commoners does not mean that we get this treatment,’’ she said.

Amrik Kaur from Butahari village near Ahmedgarh said she was hoping that her grievance would be redressed today, but she was disgusted that the sangat darshan was not organised.

Shakti Kumar, a resident of Moti Nagar, said he was making rounds of the public offices for the past many months, as a polluting unit was coming up in his area. ‘‘I have put up my complaint in sangat darshan thrice and I was called today also. But now nobody is here to listen to me. By the next week they would start the work on the unit and it will become impossible to remove them’’.



Health staff take samples of ghee
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 19
In the wake of mounting complaints about the sale of adulterated and inferior quality desi ghee in the city, several teams of health officials conducted raids in different localities and took samples from several sale outlets in Giaspura, Jamalpur, Mundian and the 33-feet road here today.

* Besides, samples of saunf, ajwain, jeera and mustard oil were taken

* Stocks of unlabelled bottles, cut fruits and uncovered eatables were distroyed

* Overripe fruits and vegetables were also destroyed at some places

* Sugarcane juice sellers were warned to observe cleanliness and basic hygiene

According to Dr Sat Pal Sharma, civil surgeon, who had directed the staff to step up the drive against the sale of adulterated food items, the department had received complaints that certain brands of sub-standard desi ghee were being sold in the market with impunity.

The teams of officials later descended on a department store on the Ferozepur Road from where two samples of ajwain and jeera were taken. A couple of samples of mustard oil and saunf were taken by the health staff from Giaspura. All these samples were sent to the government laboratory and suitable action would be taken on the basis of the analysis report.

Dr Sharma further informed that the field staff went round several markets on the Chandigarh Road, Jamalpur, Mundian and Giaspura and got destroyed uncovered eatables, cut fruits, as also overripe fruit and vegetables.

The sugarcane juice sellers were strictly told to observe cleanliness and basic hygiene to avoid contamination of juice from flies.

Some stocks of unlabelled lemon bottles were got destroyed and the sellers were directed to follow the rules made in this regard, which provided that only labelled products be sold, the civil surgeon added.



Reaching Out
Mobile PCOs for 10 physically challenged
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 19
Ten physically challenged persons were presented specially fabricated mobile PCOs by Airtel and the Ludhiana branch of the Indian Red Cross Society at Punjabi Bhawan here today.

The mobile PCOs, specially fabricated by Airtel, will provide a means of livelihood to the physically challenged. Equipped with an ISD/STD PCO phone with a billing display, the tricycles have a fibreglass canopy for the comfort of the person operating the PCO. A special locker has also been provided behind the seat in which personal belongings can be kept. The PCO operators were provided a free start-up-kit (SUK) worth Rs 1000, which has a talk time of Rs 685.

Speaking on the occasion, additional deputy commissioner (development) Priyank Bharti said it was the duty of all citizens to make a contribution to society and help the community. The district Red Cross Society had been doing a commendable job in this direction, he said.

Aditya Gupta, vice-president, sales and marketing, Bharti Airtel, Punjab Circle, remarked, "As a responsible corporate citizen, Airtel has always been at the forefront of social initiatives. The amazing fighting spirit of our physically challenged brethren is really commendable and we are glad to have got this opportunity to be of service to them. As part of this initiative, we have already provided Mobile PCO in Chandigarh and are also looking at making similar contributions across other cities of Punjab in the coming months."

The mobile PCOs were presented to Satwinder Singh, Naresh Chand, Harjinder Singh, Sarabjit Singh, Narender Kumar, Harjinder Pal Singh, Sukhveer Singh, Gurjeer Singh, Nisha Kumar and Vipin Kumar.

“This is a very special day for me, as I will now be able to earn income from my PCO and contribute to the welfare of my family,” said a visibly excited Satwinder Singh. Echoing similar views, Sukhveer Singh said, “To be financially independent is a very important thing for all of us. We can now hold our heads high in society.”

For Vipin Kumar, it was a dream come true. “Apart from the convenience of a mobile PCO, I would also be able to maximise my earnings by cycling to different locations during the day with my PCO,” he said. 



MC poll in July

Ludhiana, June 19
Local bodies minister Manoranjan Kalia said today all the five Municipal Corporations of the state would go to the polls in the last week of July. He was in the city today to attend a function.

Speaking to the media, he said the local bodies department had made all arrangements regarding the elections.

He said all five MCs in the state had been dissolved. — TNS



Curbs on foeticide sought
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 19
Terming female foeticide as a blemish on modern society, office-bearers of various social and religious organisations have urged the authorities to focus on curbing illegal activists of quacks and medical practitioners, who had allegedly been playing with the lives of innocent parents and unborn children.

The call came at a seminar and a free medical camp organised by the local unit of the Bharat Vikas Parishad at the Hind Institute of Paramedical Sciences here yesterday.

In her keynote address, Dr Jyoti Kapoor, a pathologist, claimed that more and more illiterate and innocent parents were falling prey to quacks and illegal practitioners instead of approaching sophisticated multi-speciality hospitals for treatment. She said the authorities should focus on creating awareness among masses about the adverse effects of repeated medical termination of pregnancies.

“Though, apparently, it looked that the elite class was more prone to the menace, disclosures by various agencies have revealed that illiterate and innocent people had been falling prey to quacks and fraud practitioners more often,” argued Dr Jyoti recollecting that quacks and practitioners at Patran in Punjab and Gurgaon in Haryana had allegedly been found guilty of practicing crude methods of terminating pregnancies.

Earlier Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, MP, and Jagdish Singh Garcha, a former minister, claimed that the government had intensified efforts to curb the illegal practice in the state.

Dr Sunit Hind, Des Raj Sharma, Dev Raj Sofat, Dr Ramanbir Singh and Hari Ram Bharti elaborated various aspects of this social problem.

About 300 persons were examined by a team of doctors on the occasion. 



Passport blues for computer professional
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
The motive behind opening a passport office at the district headquarters level for the speedy issuance of passports has not helped a local resident, who has alleged that his file kept on lying in the local office since November last year and was not sent to the Regional Passport Office.

Prabhjot Singh, a 20-year-old hardware professional, rued that even the draft that he had attached with the application lapsed due to the delay. When he went to the local office, he was returned the file and told to get the draft prepared afresh.

He said he applied for passport on November 6 last year along with the fee. A month later a police team came for verification also and he started hoping that he would get the passport within three months. He waited till April but when he did not receive it, he went to the RPO office at Chandigarh. There he was told that it did not receive his file.

‘‘I went to the local office and was told that my file would be sent soon. But two days ago I went again to find whether my case was forwarded. To my disgust, I was told that my draft has lapsed and I will need to prepare it again, ’’ said Prabhjot.

‘‘I am paying the price for their fault. Is there anybody to ask them ?’’



Bylaws violation by neighbour alleged 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
A resident today complained against his neighbour claiming that the violation of building bylaws by the latter would block sun and air to his house and the Municipal Corporation authorities were not doing anything to sort out the matter.

Kamaljeet Singh Sidhu, while addressing a press conference today, said his neighbour Harkesh Gupta in the Block H of BRS Nagar was constructing a house in such a way that natural light and air to his (Sidhu’s) residence would be blocked. It was a case of blatant violation of building bylaws.

He added that he took up the matter with the Municipal Corporation authorities on June 15, 2005. No action was taken on his complaint although he kept on writing letters to various authorities. Finally, he shot off a letter to the MC in May this year asking the civic body for action taken against the violation.

Following this, a team of MC came to his area and demolished a part of the wall of the neighbour. Calling it a mere eyewash, Sidhu alleged that the demolition did not serve much of the purpose as just the outer wall was removed and the construction on two-storey building was continuing.

Sidhu said when he went personally to meet the MTP, he was advised to affect a compromise with his neighbour. 



Pensioner Bhavan’s foundation day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana June 19
The Pensioners Information Centre Management Committee organised a pensioners' meeting here today to celebrate the 5th Foundation Day of Pensioners Bhavan. The meeting was organised to discuss various common problems being faced by the retired employees. S.C. Bithal, Deputy General Manager, Punjab National Bank, was the chief guest. B.R.Kaushal, chairman, and Gurmel Singh, general secretary of the Pensioners Information Centre Management Committee, were amongst those present.

In his inaugural address, Bithal said it was the moral duty of the younger generation and government/private organisations to express their gratitude to the elderly. He told the bank had launched various schemes which clearly indicated that PNB regarded them not only as an integral part of the society but also considered that they deserved a special treatment.

He further informed that all 216 branches of Punjab National Bank, Punjab (South) Zone disbursed pension among more than 46500 pensioners. Additional 0.5% interest was being paid to all the senior citizens on all fixed deposits. He told that all pensioners drawing pension through DPDO could shift their pension file to any branch of the PNB convenient to them. With a view to releasing the enhanced DA quickly, the PNB had started downloading the instructions directly from the website concerned. 



60 cr sought to replenish PAU pension fund
K. S. Chawla

Ludhiana, June 19
Dr Manjit Singh Kang, vice-chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, has sought pension fund worth Rs 60 crore from the Punjab Government to replenish the pension fund of the PAU.

Stating this here today, Dr Kang said that he had met the Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal and discussed with him the financial problems of the university. He has sought the replenishment of pension fund, which was fast depleting in the absence of any finance support from the state government.

Dr Kang said the finance minister had also visited the PAU campus last month and met the faculty and other staff of the university to have review of the financial needs of the PAU. According to the vice-chancellor, the finance minister assured him that the PAU was the priority of the state government and the needed funds would be made available to the university for research and other development activities.

He said that the state government had already agreed to raise the annual grant of the PAU from Rs 80 crore to Rs 100 crore for the current financial year.



O Negative blood required urgently
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 19
Christian Medical College and Hospital has sent out an SOS for O Negative blood, required urgently for a patient, currently admitted to the burns unit of the hospital since May 12.

Rakesh Kumar, a 32- year- old male, was severely burnt in an accident. The patient had suffered 60 per cent burns and needed seven units of blood urgently for the emergency surgery to save his life.

The hospital authorities have made a fervent appeal to donors with the O Negative blood group to come forward and save Rakesh's life.



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21 booked in assault cases
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 19
In three separate incidents, Sidhwan Bet and Raikot police have booked 21 persons on the charge of assault.

In the first incident, Darbara Singh, Chan Singh, Gehna Singh and Malkit Singh of Salempura along with 12 persons allegedly assaulted Kamal Singh, his mother and his wife at the same village.

The Sidhwan Bet police has registered a case under sections 324, 323, 148, 149, IPC. The injured have been admitted to the Civil Hospital, Sidhwan Bet. Some old enmity is said to be reason behind the attack.

In another incident, Rani, Binder Singh, Sipa Singh, Sira and Haripal Singh of Sidhwan Bet allegedly assaulted Sinder Kaur of the village with sticks. A case under sections 325, 323, 148, 149, IPC, has been registered. The injured has been admitted to the Civil Hospital, Sidhwan Bet.

In the third incident, Roop Singh and Malkit Singh of Burj Hari Singh allegedly assaulted Gajjan Singh of their village with a spade and sticks. The Raikot police has registered a case under sections 323, 325 and 34, IPC. No arrest has been made so far in all cases. 



Stronger rupee makes exporters nervous
Demand 20 pc duty on Chinese goods
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
The Auto Parts Manufacturers Association has expressed concern over appreciation in the value of the rupee against dollar, which was hitting them economically.

Gurpargat Singh Kahlon and Surinder Singh, president and general secretary of the association, respectively, said due to this continuing development over the past several weeks export had become costlier and less profitable. The worst affected were the labour intensive sectors.

Realising the gravity of the situation, the Centre had come to their aid with industry and commerce minister Kamal Nath announcing a five-point agenda a few days ago. More such measures were needed to tide over the crisis, they added.

“No doubt the proposals made by the minister like increase in the rate of the DEPB and duty drawback by five per cent, reduction in rate on shipment credit from nine to six per cent and clearance of arrears of terminal excise duty and CST reimbursement were good incentives to save the exporters from the adverse effect of the appreciation, but more needed to be done”, said Kahlon.

The association was also worried about the massive inflow of Chinese products into Indian markets at cheaper rates. In spite of the poor quality of the foreign products, the foreign goods suppliers were trying to strengthen their hold on our market, which would ultimately sound the death kneel of small scale manufacturers here.

Kahlon further stated that in China the dollar was under control and with that imports from China to India were very cheap. Moreover, the Chinese government had provided several incentives and subsidies to its local industries to save their interests.

Recently, China had imposed anti-dumping duty of up to 37.7 per cent on sulfamethoxazole, an antibiotic from India, to offset damages caused by cheap imports to the local products. This showed how the government there was more conscious and serious to save the interests of its industry as compared to India.

Under such circumstances, the government should come forward to save the interests of Indian products, especially for exporters, and for our foreign currency reserves by imposing an anti-dumping duty of 20 per cent on Chinese products, he added.



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