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City Centre Scam
Court order to attach Sibia’s property
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 14
Judicial Magistrate Kuleep Singh today passed orders for attaching property of the absconding former Improvement Trust chairman Paramjit Singh Sibia in the city centre scam. The court had initiated proceedings for declaring him as “proclaimed offender” and this step was a part of it.

The court passed orders to the Collector for attaching Sibia’s entire property. As per the information, the bureau officials produced a list which gave the details of Sibia’s property. It mentioned that the accused owned a land measuring 42 kanal and 3 marlas at Ramgarh Sibia village of the city. Apart from this, they requested the magistrate for passing orders for attaching the accused’s share measuring 299 sq yards in property No. 24 and 25, located at Block-I, Sarabha Nagar. The judge accepted their plea and passed orders in this regard.

Sibia had gone into hiding a day before the case was registered against him in the city centre project. He along with Captain Amarinder Singh and a few others was booked on March 23.

When the Vigilance Bureau officials failed to arrest him, they moved the court for declaring Sibia a proclaimed offender. The plea of vigilance officials was accepted.

The anticipatory bail application filed by the accused was dismissed by Additional Sessions Judge Gurbir Singh. Later, he had moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Justice Uma Nath Singh had directed the accused to surrender before the city court. But, Sibia failed to surrender within a stipulated period. He, then, once again moved an application before the High Court seeking breather from surrendering in the local court.



Delay dogs Dhandari bridge again
Date of inauguration by CM yet to be decided
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 14
After being delayed for almost five years the work on Dhandari Railway overbridge, conceived to ease traffic congestion on GT road and Focal Point, is complete but now the bridge is waiting to be inaugurated by the Chief Minister.

Even though all trial runs have been completed and the bridge is ready to be used by vehicles carrying cargo from the GT road to the focal point industries, the inauguration of the bridge is being delayed as the exact date is yet to be finalised. The Chief Minister is yet to give a definite date to the local administration for the purpose.

According to Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Vikas Partap, the bridge would be formally inaugurated as and when the Chief Minister agreed on a date to visit the city. Meanwhile, light vehicles were allowed to use the bridge, he added.

The MC authorities said the NHAI had now provided them with the an NOC after they changed the design of the bridge which was earlier not connected to the GT Road from one side. They said after the construction of a subway the NHAI had stated that it had no objection if the bridge was opened for public.

The bridge has been awaiting inauguration for quite some time now. Earlier, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) had refused to give a no objection certificate for the bridge owing to the failure of the MC authorities to take it before the commencement of work on the project.

The former Commissioner of MC had failed to get the NOC for the bridge which was mandatory as the ROB was to connect the Focal Point area with National Highway No 1. In that case it was necessary for the local body to get the design of the bridge approved by the authority.

‘‘We tried our level best to get the certificate so that the bridge could be inaugurated at the earliest. We sent a senior official to NHAI office at Ambala and New Delhi. Now everything has been sorted out and and bridge would be inaugurated’’, said Partap.

The work on the bridge, constructed at the cost of Rs 17.86 crore, was started in April 2001 and was scheduled to be completed in 2002. But due to the failure of authorities to take permission from Railway authorities, the work was stopped midway.

It was only after the new commissioner took up the matter again that the work was restarted last year. It was due to this delay that the MC had to shell out an additional sum of Rs 3 crore for the bridge project. Originally the bridge was estimated to cost Rs 15 crore.



Midnight robbery at gurdwara, four hurt
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 14
The Sudhar police has registered an FIR under Sections 459, 148 and 149 of the IPC against unknown persons for looting a gurdwara at Ghuman village after assaulting four persons, including the granthi and his wife, yesterday.

The injured were shifted to a private multi-speciality hospital in Ludhiana where the condition of the granthi is stated to be serious.

Meanwhile, the SSP, Ludhiana (Rural), Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, claimed that night vigil, already in progress in the district, had been intensified in the area. All circle officers and SHOs have been directed to be extra vigilant from 11 pm to 4 am daily.

A gang of robbers, armed with crude and sharp-edged weapons struck at the gurdwara Wairoaana Sahib Kaimab situated on the outskirts of Ghuman village in Ludhiana district at around 1.30 am yesterday and decamped with offerings collected in two golaks and cash and valuables kept in boxes and almirahs lying in the residential portion of the religious place. Four persons were injured seriously in the incident.

According to Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, the robbers had assaulted the occupants of the religious place, who were sleeping at the time of the attack, with crude wooden logs and sharp-edged, weapons including axes and a sword.

The injured were identified as granthi Surinder Pal Singh, his wife, Jaspreet Kaur, his sister Kulwinder Kaur and a niece Mandeep Kaur.

The assaulters did not spare granthi's two young daughters also who were thrashed mercilessly as they tried to raise an alarm.

The Sudhar police, led by Mr Narinder Singh Ruby, DSP, Raikot, had shifted the profusely bleeding injured persons to civil hospital in Sudhar from where they were shifted to the DMC Hospital later. Surinder Singh and Jaspreet Kaur were operated upon by a team of doctors who said their condition was not out of danger as yet.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the miscreants had attacked the religious place with an intention to loot the golaks. "They had chosen a day prior to sagrand when the golaks were to be opened.

As the golak is opened once a month the amount of offerings was expected to be heavy," told Bhullar adding that the empty golaks had been recovered from fields belonging to Charanjit Singh later in the day.

Hesitant to divulge more details Bhullar claimed that the police had got certain vital clues in the case. Though the miscreants had covered their faces with masks Mandeep had seen the face of one of them as his mask slipped during a scuffle.

“She has given us a hint about a social function where she had seen one of the miscreants and we are hopeful of deciphering the information provided by her,” said Bhullar.

The sniffer dogs brought by the district team led the investigation team to the banks of Abohar branch of Sirhind canal passing through Sudhar village.

Though the police was yet to ascertain mode of transportation used by the miscreants, it is apprehended that they had escaped on foot.

Had they come in their vehicles till the gurdwara, they would not have taken the risk of emptying the golaks in the vicinity of the gurdwara.



Mullanpur Dakha suffers power pangs
Residents get supply for just 5 hours
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 14
Unscheduled power cuts have made life miserable for residents of Mullanpur Dakha, who complain that they are getting power supply for just two to five hours everyday.

They said they had been getting power supply for just a few hours for the past one week and numerous complaints to PSEB officials did not yield anything.

Prabhjot Kaur, a resident of Mullanpur Dakha, said normal life was thrown out of gear and they had to suffer in this hot and humid weather. She added that yesterday's rain showers provided quite a relief.

‘‘We understand that they have to supply power to the agriculture sector. But it does not mean that the common people suffer. They can at least tell us that power will not be supplied during these hours so that we can finish our work by that time. There is no system. ’’ she rued.

She also said all electrically operated appliances seemed useless to the residents of Mullanpur Dakha. ‘‘What will ACs and other cooling systems do if there is no power. Even our refrigerators are of no use to us. The inverters too cannot get charged as there is no supply.’’

Another resident said the life was becoming difficult due to power cuts. They could not sleep well at nights and were always feeling sick. ‘‘We seem to be living in stone era. When a bulb gets lighted up it is a cheerful moment,’’ she said mockingly.

The SDO concerned said there was a problem of unscheduled cuts till two days ago. He also received a number of complaints from the residents but after the rain, things had improved.



Jewellery worth 1 lakh stolen
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 14
The urban estate, Sector 32, on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road is the new target of thieves with another major theft reported from a house of a bank employee yesterday.

Om Parkash, employed with Punjab National Bank, and his wife Renu Bala, working with Central Bank, were shocked to find their house burgled when their children reached home after school. The children found the entire house ransacked.

In a complaint lodged with the police, the couple alleged that the thieves decamped with 10 tolas of gold jewellery, silver coins and utensils, besides over Rs 22,000 cash and other valuables.

This is the third theft in the colony in the recent weeks. Om Parkash said the thieves had usually struck at different houses during day time.

The residents said the police responded promptly to the complaints made over the phone but was not able to prevent the recurrence.



Jewel of India award for Lekhi
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, July 14
Among numerous ‘jewels’ that Sahnewal has produced, Dr R.K.Lekhi, popularly known among literary circles as Dr Ramesh Ahsaas,is one of them.

The ‘Jewel of India’ award (an honorary title) was recently conferred on Dr Lekhi by the Indian Solidarity Council, New Delhi, for his outstanding achievements in both academic and literary fields.

Dr Lekhi has dedicated his entire life to the cause of education. As a literary personality and academician, he has proved to be a trendsetter for those studying economics. His books are most popular and widely referred and read through out the country.

As a man of economics he has penned at least 30 books. Out of these, four have been duly recognised at the national level.

These are: “Planning in India”, “Technological Revolution in India”, “Financial Relation in India”, and “Agricultural Development in India”. As a man of literature, he has tried his hand upon all genres, including poetry, drama and fiction. He has written novels, short stories and even biographies.

His collection of short stories include “Chahat ke Phool” (1973), “Komal Pathar” (1974), “Tapti Chhaon” (1977) and “Yug Badal Gaye” (1980). He also has two anthologies on short stories to his credit, they are: “Apne Apne Sukh” (1980) and “Kahin Aas Pass” (1987).

He has also authored a full-fledged play as “Aur Pani Behta Raha”, besides four biographical books, “Hind di Chadar” , “Guru Teg Bahadur”, “Morar Ji Desai”, “Madan Mohan Malviya” and “Shaheed Udham Singh”.

PSEB’s clerk job was never his cup of tea, as he always aspired for something higher and unique. It was by way of his highly-placed intellectual capabilities that he attained doctorate in economics and later got an honorary degree of doctor of literature.

Endowed with intuitive poetic sensibilities, he had already forecasted the repercussions of LPG way back in 1994 when he successfully dwelt upon the most burning issue of today with his doctoral topic: “Problems and Prospects of Privatization in India, with special reference to Impact of Globalization.”

He joined as lecturer of economics at Government Shivalik College, Naya Nangal, and later Shifted to Government College, Karamsar, Rara Sahib near Doraha. Presently he is working as the director, Doraha Institute of Management and Technology. Apart from this, he is guiding and directing a large number of students in various disciplines.

He received the first prize in 1984 for his short story “Tum Laut Jao.” He also honoured by the Hindi Sahit Parisad in March 1988. He received a prestigious award from Punjab Sahit Kala Manch in 1994.

Dr Lekhi earnestly desires to bring smile on every face. As he cannot afford to see a person dying in front of his eyes, the main focus of his writings has been on the eradication of poverty, disease from the earth.



Meeting to resolve differences
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 14
Youth Akali Dal vice-president Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal organised a meeting between residents of the Punjab Mata Nagar, Pakhowal Road and PSEB officials near Gumbar Flour Mill, Punjab Mata Nagar, here today.

It was held to resolve the power supply crisis and ease tension that had erupted after the residents staged a dharna and had a scuffle at the Model Town Extension office .

PSEB XEN Harjit Singh Gill along with the SDO heard the complaints of the residents and assured that these would be solved on a priority basis.He said that instead of resorting to dharnas they must contact him over telephone.

The residents submitted a memorandum in which they complained of low power voltage and a heavy load on transformers than the normal load sanctioned .

They also demanded check on power theft due to the kundi system & demanded installation of new wires.



Teachers flay Badal’s policies
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 14
Primary/Elementary Education Bachao Front, Punjab, representing eight different associations of primary teachers in Punjab has condemned the negative policies of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

In a press note issued today, the state presidents of these eight associations- Piara Singh Dhillon, Mohinder Singh Heer, Karan Raj Singh Gill, Ajit Singh Mand, Harjinder Pal Singh Pannu, Gurjit Singh Bajwa, Gurdeep Singh Ahluwalia and Harbans Lal Sharma, have alleged that Parkash Singh Badal has postponed the decision to take 6,000 teachers in government primary schools. The decision had been taken by Education Department and the postment had caused resentment among teachers.

Paira Singh Dhillon, spokesperson of the front, said Badal had assured the teachers in his party’s election manifesto that they would not be allotted non-teaching duties but the government teachers were being sent on election duties for the forthcoming elections in five Nagar Nigams in Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Patiala and Bathinda.

The spokespersons of the front claim that they will resort to protest against the negative policies of the government. A meeting will be held on July 22 at Moga to chart out the line of action in this regard.



‘Hair festival’ concludes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 14
Grace Beauty Clinic and Institute organised a two-day “hair festival” at the Rani Jhansi Road which concluded here today.

Director of institute and L’Oreal professional team Indira Ahluwalia suggested steps for solving the scalp problems and hair spa for relaxation. She suggested that high-fashion brunettes were in trend these days.

The objective behind this festival was to create awareness as how to maintain the luster and shine after colouring and perming.

It was for the first time that the institute had organised such a festival for both men and women in the northern India.

The festival was organised to provide colouring, streaking, highlighting and spa treatments at “no profit no loss”.

Majilift high fashion brunette shades were launched which goes well on Indian hair tone.

Besides, Ahluwalia suggested the monsoon hair treatments, new hair styles and new colours. About 100 men and women took part in this festival.



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