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Neglect claims life of four-week-old girl 
Mother murdered on July 8
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 17
Barely a week after Kuldeep Singh bludgeoned to death his wife and her mother on July 8, their four-week-old orphaned daughter died in Ambedkar Nagar, Focal Point, last evening for want of care.

The girl’s picture, lying on a cot along with her two-year-old sister Mona, had reached all households and offices through the media but failed to evoke any help.

This, in a city that boasts of dozens of social and nongovernmental organisation and orphanages that make tall claims about the yeoman’s service they have been rendering to help the down-trodden and the needy.

Their grandmother, plagued with old-age related diseases, was physically and mentally unfit to take care of the two children. Some neighbhours came forward to help them, but only for a few days, which not enough for the four-week-old girl.

However, the death of the girl who had not been christened finally moved the relatives of her mother, as they came from Jammu today to take Mona along with them, promising to look after her. While Mona may finally be safe with her relatives, the help came a bit too late for the infant.

SHO Sandeep Sharma said the police had no role to play in such cases. He said the girls were with their neighbhours. He added that the relatives were supposed to take care of the children. The police, he said, could not take action against anyone for the death of the infant.

Ludhiana Tribune had on July 10 highlighted how the two sisters had been left orphaned by the two murders perpetrated by their father.

Kuldip Singh, a factory worker, allegedly killed his wife Anuradha and mother-in-law Soma Devi at his house.

He was allegedly upset at the visit of the mother of his wife. He did not enjoy good relation with his in-laws and often objected to their visits.

The alleged murder took place in front the infants. Kuldip Singh eventually surrendered before a city court and was remanded in judicial custody. The police got his production warrant for today, but due to the absence of police guards, the accused could not be brought from the jail. The police will now bring him on July 20, the SHO said.



Raninder, Raminder at VB office
Congress men rally behind Amarinder
Vimal Sumbly/Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 17
Congressmen seem to have started rallying behind former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and his family. This was evident today when quite a few of them, including some sitting and former legislators, converged on the local vigilance bureau office where Captain’s son Raninder and son-in-law Raminder were to depose before the officials.

Patiala MP and Captain’s wife Preneet Kaur was also present.

People outnumbered the last time when on June 10 the two appeared before the bureau for the first time.

Besides, some legislators, including Sukhpal Khera from Bholath, and Harmohinder Singh Pradhan from Raikote, former Ludhiana MP Gurcharan Singh Galib, former Ludhiana East MLA Surinder Dawer and Pradesh Youth Congress president Surinder Singla, a number of party workers waited till Raninder emerged from the office.

It did not take him much time though as SSP vigilance was not there.

The workers and leaders appeared more aggressive today as Gurcharan Singh Galib went to the extent of demanding Amarinder’s appointment as Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee president in place of Shamsher Singh Dullo.

Galib claimed that there was no other leader in the party who could match the stature of Amarinder in the state.

He said it would be in the best interest of the party to appoint him PCC chief keeping his view his popularity among the masses for the way he ruled the state and carried out development. Unlike June 10, the Congress leaders also appeared relaxed and confident.

Leaders like Galib, Harmohinder, Khera and Singla tried to put up a brave front warning the government against political vendetta and victimisation.

They asserted that the Congress was behind its leaders and would not let the Akali-BJP government victimise them.

Preneet Kaur and Raninder expressed gratitude to the party workers and leaders who had come forward to show solidarity with them.

Raninder said the arrest of Moga MLA Joginder Jain in a 15-year-old case reflected what the government was up to. “But this will in no way demoralise the Congress cadres,” he remarked.



Info panel imposes fine on police
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 17
The State Information Commission, Punjab (SICP), has slapped a fine of Rs 5000 on the Ludhiana(Urban) police for taking a year to supply information sought by a local advocate.

The Right to Information Act binds the government to provide requested information within 30 days.

Chief Information Commissioner, Punjab, Rajan Kashyap, in an order dated July 9, directed the Ludhiana police to pay the fine to the complainant, Surinderpal Singh, local president of the Lawyers of Social Action for the unacceptable delay in providing the information.

The CIC observed that though Public Information Officer (PIO) Varinder Singh was not personally responsible for the delay, the police department deserved to be fined as their system of providing information was not up to the mark.

He said though the police provided the required details, the very purpose of the Information Act stood defeated by the inordinate delay.

The advocate had applied for certain information early last year. The commission took strong notice of the submission of an unattested affidavit submitted by former SSP A.S Rai about the delay.

Later, SSP R.K Jaiswal pleaded that the information cold not be provided owing to the imposition of the Model Code of Conduct during elections.

He also defended the police by arguing that the information sought was extensive and the police had to gather the details from various branches of the department.This also contributed to the delay. The police eventually supplied 79 pages containing the information.

Besides, he said many officers concerned with the details were transferred before, during and after the elections.

The CIC observed while issuing the orders that even if the PIO of the Police Department was not personally responsible, the system of responding to application made under the Act needed fine tuning. Hence, the department was directed to pay a fine of Rs 5000 to the advocate.



Three gangs busted; two cars recovered

Ludhiana, July 17
The police today claimed to have busted three gangs of local youths, who were involved in various cases of car stealing, purse and chain snatching, besides stealing electronic goods.

Gurpreet Singh, SP (Detective) and Jatinder Singh Khaira, DSP, told reporters at a press conference that four persons of Dugri had been arrested on charges of stealing cars.

The accused were identified as Gurmangat Singh, Parminder singh, Gurpreet Singh and Kulwinder Singh. Two stolen cars were recovered from them.

The officials said Kamaljit and Rahul Verma had been arrested for snatching purses and chains.

Two other persons, Mangal Singh and Sandeep Singh, had been arrested for stealing scooters and electronic goods, the officials said. — TNS (Photo on P3)



Poppy husk seized

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 17
The local police has arrested two persons for allegedly smuggling in at least 95 kg poppy husk. The police has booked three persons under the NDPS Act.

According to SHO Sukhdev Singh, a police party led by ASI Surinder Pal Singh arrested Gurjit Singh, son of Gurbachan Singh, of Sudhar village and Boota Singh, son of Nahar Singh, of Ludhiana from a car at a checkpoint at the Murga chowk here last night. — OC



Gastroenteritis outbreak
Gyaspura residents cry for attention
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 17
Even after having lost six persons in the recent gastroenteritis outbreak, the residents of Gyaspura have been fighting it hard to attract the attention of local authorities for shaking them out of their slumber to check another outbreak.

The area residents have now decided to take to the streets in protest against the prevailing unhygienic conditions in the area if the authorities failed to do anything in this regard.

Besides the fatalities, scores of people were taken ill in the outbreak but this failed to move the authorities concerned and take any action. Only a “customary” medical camp was organised and some illegal water connections were disconnected.

Although the health department had sent reports of water samples that were tested in PAU’s microbiology laboratory in which most of the samples failed the test, no action had been taken.

The report was submitted to the deputy commissioner for further action but it failed to move his office.

“We are not going to sit silently now. It has been years since we have been falling prey to diseases, thanks to the lackadaisical attitude of the authorities. Not any more. They have to wake up now,” said Rajwinder Singh of Naujwan Bharat Sabha.

A delegation of residents met the deputy commissioner today and submitted a memorandum to him demanding amenities so that they did not fall ill again. Accusing the authorities of discriminatory attitude towards them, the residents said garbage bins were present all over the area and sewerage was completely absent from some colonies.

“The authorities don’t take action as these areas are inhabited by the poor. There are so many bins in Sarabha Nagar and Model Town. There, the authorities cannot afford to behave in this manner because there are all rich and influential people. Nobody cares if a poor man dies. Had this happened in any of those localities, the issue would have rocked the state assembly. Nobody cares for us,” complained the residents.

They demanded that their area be fumigated periodically, provided with potable water and sewerage system, given periodic garbage clean-up. Also, the families who lost their kin in the outbreak be compensated by the government, they added.

They threatened to organise chain protests if their demands were not acceded to at the earliest.



Register migrants: DSP
Our Correspondent

Amloh, July 17
On the directions of the district police chief, an identification centre for migrants has been established here, said Gurpreet Singh, DSP, Amloh, while addressing a function organised here today after the installation of a water cooler at a bus stop of Khumna village. It was the sixth water cooler installed by the Bharat Vikas Manch.

The cooler was given by Gurmeet Singh in the memory of his daughter, Gurkirat Kaur, who died last month. The DSP sought the cooperation of the public regarding the registration of migrants with the centre.

State youth Congress general secretary Jasmeet Singh Raja; president of the manch Dharamveer; social worker Parmod Abrol; general manager Nahar Sugar Mills Kulwant Singh; cane manager Jaswant Singh; Manav Bhalai Manch chairman Som Nath Lutava; Manohar Lal Verma; and councilor Paramjit Singh Rupal addressed the gathering, among others.

Saplings planted

In another function, the Ram Lilla Trust celebrated vanamahatosava on Tuesday. Saplings were planted on the compound of Dushera Ground.

Among others, trust chairman Rajpal Garg; former council chief Baldev Sedha; Shiv Kumar; arhtiya association chief Jiwan Kumar Puri; BJP block chief Vinod Mittal; and state Youth Congress general secretary Jasmeet Singh Raja planted saplings.



Foundation day of ICAR

Ludhiana, July 17
The 78th foundation day of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) was celebrated at the Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) here yesterday.

Former vice-chancellor of PAU Khem Singh Gill was the chief guest. The programme was attended by farmers from Gurdaspur, Ludhiana and Assam, schoolchildren of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, scientists and staff of the institute.

Mathew Prasad, head, technology transfer division, CIPHET, welcomed the guests.

S.K. Nanda, officiating director, CIPHET, briefed the guests about achievements of the ICAR and the CIPHET.

Gaurav and Prerna, both students of BCM, took part in an elocution contest on “Effect of global climactic changes on agriculture”. The students sensitised the gathering on the factors affecting the climate and its deteriorating effect on the production of food and human health. — TNS



Vet service providers hold convention
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 17
Under the aegis of the Punjab State Veterinary Doctors Association (PSVDA),veterinary service providers (VSPs) engaged under different zila parishads of Punjab held a state- level convention- cum- rally here.

Addressing the function, Dr Abdul Majid, president, PSVDA, said the Akali-BJP government was backing out of its promises made during the campaign.He alleged the government had failed to restore the respect of veterinary doctors among public.Moreover, they were being harassed.He said because of this reason, 42 veterinary doctors had left the contractual jobs in the past eight months.

Dr Surjit Singh Mal, general secretary of the association, said the government was trying to use divide-and-rule policy by fixing the salaries of the veterinary pharmacist (VP) staff that was a violation of contract agreement made with VSPs. 



Ex-CBI chief for honest media
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 17
Former CBI director Joginder Singh today underlined the need for an honest and independent media in a free society.

Addressing a function after releasing a Hindi short story collection, “Late Night Party”, written by Manoj Dhiman, principal correspondent of a daily, Joginder Singh said the job of the journalists was too challenging. He said the freedom of press was being curbed these days.

The function was organised by Punjab chapter of the Indian Media Centre.

He said although the media was trying to draw a perfect balance, there was still a lot of scope for improvement.

Speaking about the qualities of a good journalist, he said one should be resourceful, committed, quick and accurate.

He said in the past, 636 journalists had laid down their lives while working across the country.

Joginder Singh also appreciated the role of the judiciary and said both media and judiciary were complementing each other’s role in ensuring public probity.

He said the Indian system had evolved and so had the media.

Speaking about the book, he said it was based on the inner realities of life. “The book contains short stories showcasing the mentality of middle-class people,” he said, while recommending its translation into other languages.

He added that the book was about realism and put forward the situations faced by everybody in routine life.

“The stories were real life instances and reflected the contemporary society. Expressing his feelings over a story, ‘Item Girl’, he said it highlighted the dreams of a college girl who wanted to become a ‘item girl’. Ultimately, the girl became the victim of casting couch.”

Discussing another story, he said the plot dealt with those who used their wives to move ahead in life. “The unique thing about the book is that except one story, there are no characters in them and it seems that the incidents are happening with the reader himself,” he added.

Among others, Jatinder Awasthi, news editor, Dainik Tribune; Onkar Singh Pahwa, CMD, M/S Avon Cycles Pvt Ltd.; Harkesh Singh Kehl, vice-president, Punjabi Writers’ Forum; Ashok Singhi, organising secretary, IMC; and Dr Harjinder Singh Lall, president, IMC, Punjab chapter; spoke on the occasion.

Dr Satish Kant and Dr Rakesh Kumar read papers on the book.



Cong rally against harassment by Akali leaders
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana July 17
Congress workers of the Kila Raipur assembly segment today held a rally at Dehlon to protest against the atrocities allegedly committed on party workers at the behest of local Akali leaders.

The rally was addressed by a number of people, including local MLA Jassi Khangura.

Khangura alleged that his rival Jagdish Singh Garcha and his brother Mann Singh Garcha had still not come out of the shock of the defeat and they were trying to vent their ire on people of the area.

He said he had already met with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on the matter and apprised him of their intentions.

He claimed that Badal was aware of their activities.

Assuring his support and commitment toward party workers, he promised that he would not let anybody harass them.

“The Garchas know it too well that we will not let them harass our supporters,” he asserted.

Khangura reiterated that he would strive to change the profile of the constituency and soon set up a dairy project to give each household of the constituency an opportunity to contribute toward dairy production.

He said its blueprint had been worked out and would soon be executed.

The MLA also announced that girls would be trained in hotel management from March, 2008. Three batches of boys trained in the initial stage here were now being trained in New Delhi, he added.

He said special English speaking classes in Narangwal College had been started.

Khangura prevented some of his supporters from blocking the traffic to protest against the harassment saying he would serve an ultimatum to the government against the excesses today.



Rural poor demonstrate

Ludhiana, July 17
Hundreds of activists of the Dehati Mazdoor Sabha today staged a protest demonstration against the rising prices of the essential commodities. They held a procession beating tins and utensils to remind the government of its promises of providing subsidised atta and dal to the poor.

The demonstrators alleged that the Shriomani Akali Dal-Bhartiya Janata Party alliance had got the votes in the name of subsidised atta and dal. Now after assuming power, five months had already passed and the scheme was yet to be launched.

They said the government had forgotten its promise and was now postponing the scheme every month.— TNS



Man hacked to death
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, July 17
Six armed men allegedly hacked to death a resident of Sawadi Kalan last evening.

According to information, the assailants dealt severe blows to the neck, which was severed from the victim’s body.

Sources said the deceased, Manpreet Singh (25), had allegedly been eying the wife of one of the assailants. The deceased is also reportedly closely related to the assailant.

Manpreet was sitting in a garage when six persons armed with weapons arrived there on two motor cycles.

Seeing the men, Manpreet fled the garage. The assailants followed him on the motor cycles, intercepted him and started hitting on the nape till he died.

SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, SP (H) Gurjit Singh Romana, SP (D) Ashok Bath, CIA staff in charge Prithipal Singh and SHO Sidhwan Bet Pritam Singh visited the crime scene.

A case under Section 302, IPC, has been registered.



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