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Two held for RMP’s murder
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 19
The local police today claimed to have solved the four-and-half-month-old murder case of Roshan Lal, a registered medical practitioner (RMP) of Alowal village, falling under the Laddowal police station, with the arrest of two persons.

Giving the information, SSP R.K. Jaiswal said the police had arrested Balvir Chand, alias Ghona, of Ganna village, Phillaur, and his cousin Sukdev Raj, alias Neeta, of Gandhi colony, Jalandhar, on the charge of killing the medical practitioner.

He claimed that the two had confessed to the crime.

The SSP said during investigation, Balvir Chand disclosed that Roshan Lal was having illicit relations with many women and he was interested in one of the women. Out of jealousy, he with the help of his cousin committed the murder.

The SSP added that both accused had a criminal background. While Balvir Chand had undergone 10 years of imprisonment under the NDPS Act and had been facing two cases of rape, Sukdev Raj had been awarded life imprisonment in a murder case. He had skipped bail in the case.

Earlier, the police had registered a case against unknown persons under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC at the Laddowal police station on March 5.

The case was registered following the recovery of the body of the medical practitioner from the fields near a fish farm at Alowal village.

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Municipal Poll
Roads being repaired in a jiffy
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
With the Punjab government recommending elections to municipal corporations , the local civic body has started repairing roads in a jiffy.

The repair work is on at several roads, including Ghanta Ghar Chowk, Shingar Cinema Road and Sunder Nagar. Although the work was started some days ago, sources in the Municipal Corporation said it coincided with the elections.

They added that though the order was given some time ago, the repair work was not started. Contractors had now been asked to start it under pressure from some leaders.

Residents said when the recarpeting started they were surprised that it was being done during the monsoon. Though they had been demanding repairs for the past several months,these were not carried out.

‘‘Now, it is raining every other day and they are spending money. Not that we are against the development but when everything is done with a motive to attract votes, it hurts ’’, said Mandeep Kumar, a resident. 

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PAU defers decision on demerger of departments
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
Following several representations, Punjab Agricultural University(PAU) has deferred the decision about the demerger of various departments.

Dr Aulakh had merged 24 departments. This had led to considerable resentment among the employees. However, Dr Aulakh had refused to entertain representations on the pretext that the departments were merged on a rational basis

After the PAU authorities received representations for the demerger of some more departments recently, the university decided to consider the proposals together.

The meeting of the PAU Academic Council was held here today which was presided over by vice- chancellor M.S Kang. Besides routine matters, the issue of demerger also came up for discussion.

It is learnt that all departments which were merged during the term of former vice-chancellor K.S Aulakh sought demerger. The latest departments which sought demerger were the Home Science Extension Department that was merged with Agriculture Extension, the Department of Sociology which sought merger with Economics Department and the Management Department which wants to be with College of Basic Sciences.

Earlier, a decision on demerger was expected today. However, the V-C is learnt to have observed that all cases should be considered together for a final decision.

In order to curb the expenses, Dr Aulakh had merged 24 departments. This had led to considerable resentment among the employees. However, Dr Aulakh had refused to entertain representations on the pretext that the departments were merged on a rational basis.

After Dr Kang took over as the V-C, several representations by the staff and the students sought the demerger. Initially, very few departments had sought demerger. However, once the authorities appeared to consider the demands, all the departments came forward with the demands for demerger.

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Examiner fails to submit award lists
Students flunk for no fault
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 19
Academic career of at least 30 BA I st year students of Shanti Tara College, Akbarpur Chhanna, is in doldrums after they flunked in physical education examination conducted by Punjabi University, Patiala, for no fault of theirs.

While the college management testifies that they had appeared for the examination, examiner concerned had marked them absent as she failed to submit award lists of the practical examination.

Principal of the college Ajay Batra substantiated that the affected students along with 70 others had appeared in the practical examination of physical education and Kanwaljit Kaur from KMRD Jain College for Women, Malerkotla, had conducted the examination. Lecturer Baltej Singh and other staff of the institute had accompanied her during conduct of the examination. “We were also shocked to learn that the students had been shown absent in the practical examination in which they had appeared,” Batra said adding that the college authorities had already taken up the matter with university authorities, but nothing has happened so far.

Showing her inability to recollect details of a large number of students appearing in the practical exam, Kanwaljit, on the other hand maintained that she had submitted all documents, including the award lists, to the university authorities within a stipulated period. However, she pointed out that the lists had been prepared according to the information provided by the college principal and a controller.

The affected students have now urged the Governor of Punjab and the Chancellor of the university to order a probe and impress upon the university authorities to help students and fix accountability of officials concerned in the case.

Accusing the university authorities of shielding Kanwaljit Kaur, the affected students led by Harman Deep Singh of Latala village, Karamjit Singh Sihar, Gurinder Singh of Sihar and Navdeep Singh of Kulahar village, alleged that she had either knowingly or due to negligence not submitted the award lists in connection with practical examination conducted on various dates. “But, instead of rectifying her blunder she insisted that we did not appear in the examination. Not bothered about our future, the university authorities are only bent upon shielding her,” regretted the students adding that university officials had suggested them to appear in a special examination after paying Rs 5,000 fee per student.

Though the result was declared on July 9, the students came to know about the blunder after receiving the detail mark sheets which showed them absent. While a few of them have to taste failure, others have been asked to reappear in the practical examination. As reappear students have to apply for the next examination within a stipulated period the affected students are also worried about losing a chance in case of delay. 

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564 bottles of liquor seized, one held
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 19
A team of enforcement officials of the Excise and Taxation Department conducted a raid at a house in Kila Mohalla on Daresi Road, falling in the jurisdiction of Police Division No 4, here yesterday and seized 564 bottles of Indian- made foreign liquor which had been smuggled from Chandigarh for sale in the city.

According to assistant excise and taxation commissioner (AETC), Ludhiana II, M.S. Kundlus, Rajwinder Singh, son of Paramjit Singh, was arrested from the house where the liqour was stocked. The seizures included different premium and economy brands of whisky, which were sold in Chandigarh at a far cheaper price as compared to those prevailing in the city.

The accused was produced in the court of AETC and slapped with a penalty of Rs 50,000 under Section 61-A of the Excise Act which was recovered on the spot, informed the excise officials.

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Woman burnt to death for dowry

Sahnewal, July 19
A married woman was allegedly burnt to death by her in-laws for not bringing dowry at Katani Kalan village this morning. The deceased leaves behind a two-and-half-year-old daughter.

The death of Sarabjit Kaur came to light at 8 am when her in-laws raised a hue and cry that she had set herself afire.

On being informed by the Katani Kalan sarpanch, woman’s father Baldev Singh reached the village only to find his daughter’s charred body at the house. He alleged that she was badly beaten up before being set on fire.

He said his daughter’s husband, Kulwinder Singh, used to beat her up in inebriated condition, while his mother, brother, sister-in-law joined him in inflicting more pain.

Baldev Singh told the Sahnewal police that his daughter used to ring him up and talk about the attitude of her in-laws towards her.

He added that last night he got a call from Kulwinder Singh, who sought Rs 50,000 in cash from him.

Sarabjit Kaur of Baba Deep Singh Nagar, Dugri, was married to Kulwinder Singh, son of Harpal Singh, in January, 2004.

A case of dowry has been registered under Sections 304 B and 498 A of the IPC against Kulwinder Singh, mother-in-law Naseeb Kaur, brother-in-law Tejinder Singh and sister-in-law Gagandeep Kaur at the Sahnewal police station but no arrests have been made so far. — OC

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Heroin worth Rs 8 crore seized, one arrested
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 19
The directorate of revenue intelligence today claimed to have seized 8 kg heroin, having value in the international market worth Rs 8 crore, with the arrested of Sarvjit Singh of Amritsar.

Acting on a tip-off, DRI sleuths laid a checkpoint and pulled over a mini bus near Doraha, on the GT road, in wee hours today.

Following search, packets containing the contraband were seized from the possession of the accused.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, DRI’s joint director Dheeraj Rastogi said the accused was going from Batala to Delhi.

The accused has been booked under the NDPS Act.

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38th anniversary of nationalisation
Staff to continue fight against ills affecting banks
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
Bank employees here today renewed their pledge to work towards the success of public sector banks and also continue their struggle against "ills affecting banking industry" on the occasion of the 38th anniversary of bank nationalisation .

Addressing a meeting at the State Bank of Patiala Regional Office in Millerganj here, Sudesh Kumar, chairman of the Punjab Bank Employees Federation (PBEF), said major banks in the country were nationalised 38 years ago and had been contributing towards economic development.

"However," said federation leaders, "continued efforts to dilute government's share holding in public sector banks is creating an adverse situation." They said the government was attempting to further reduce its capital share in banks to 33 per cent and allow private capital.

They said that public sector banks were constituted to cater to domestic economic development but pushing them into the ring of global competition was bound to hamper their social objectives.Expressing their opposition to the move,they said public sector banks should be made to continue with their social objective instead of making profit motive as the sole aim, which was happening on account of privatisation.

Taking up the issue of mobilisation of deposits, the federation members alleged that corporates were favoured with higher interest rates whereas the common man was being given low interest rate on deposits. Even in case of loans, "Corporates are able to get loan at lower rates than the agricultural sector and service charges also are being increased for the common man."

Asserting on the need to improve efficiency, they said more branches of banks should be opened in unbanked and rural areas and higher interest rates be given on small savings and deposits. They also demanded that more loans be given to agriculture, small-scale industry and for employment generation projects and also to self- help groups so as to empower women from the economically weaker stratas of the society.

Bank employees also asked for stringent laws for recovery of bad loans, strengthening of public sector banks and reduction in bank service charges for common man.

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Four-laning of Ludhiana-Malerkotla road
Acquisition spells windfall  for landowners
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 19
Owners of land along the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road are delighted over the proposal of high rate of compensation for the land to be acquired by the government for four-laning of road by the PRBD under a World Bank scheme.

The project, besides fetching them handsome compensation, will also increase the value of the remaining landholding.

However, the state government representatives will be in a fix as they will have to get the right of ownership of acquired land transferred at prices many times higher than the existing official rates.

Sources say a committee formed by the World Bank authorities has recommended high prices for the land to be acquired for four-laning a 39.5-km stretch between Ludhiana and Malerkotla.

Though exact criterion for proposing tentative prices is unknown, the available price trend shows that their proximity to city is a favourable factor for the landowners.

While the price has been fixed at Rs 55 lakh per acre near Kup village, it is Rs 75 lakh per acre for land spread around Pohir village.

Owners of land near Dehlon are expected to receive three times the compensation for Kup Kalan and Kup Khurad at a rate of Rs 1.5 crore per acre.

Land in close proximity to the city is expected to fetch 10-times the price of that near Kup-Rohira.

The rates prescribed by the revenue authorities in Sangrur and Ludhiana districts are however lower than those proposed for land to be acquired for the purpose.

According to revised lists, transfer deeds are made at Rs 10 lakh per acre. While the prescribed rate at Kup and the surrounding area is Rs 14 lakh per acre, it is Rs 11 lakh at Phalewal and Rs 13 lakh at Rohira.Between Pohir and Dehlon, the deed is prepared at Rs 10 lakh per acre.

“The beneficiaries will also get compensation for materials and fixtures present in the plots to be acquired by the department,” says Garg. He adds that the procedure for acquiring land will be completed in November. The owners will receive payment within 90 days of finalisation of proposed rates, he claims.

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‘Carnival of Joy’ from tomorrow
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 19
Shopping beckons residents with “Carnival of Joy” - bazaar with a cause to help NGOs Sawera and Ek Prayas - coming to the city on July 21. The carnival is being organised by Purnam and Joy de Vivre for the third time in a row.

Addressing mediapersons at Sutlej Club this afternoon, the organisers said they were back on popular demand after two years of successful running.

Divya Dhanda of Joy de Vivre said: “Ludhiana can once again look forward to an exciting weekend. The carnival starts on July 21 and roll over to the next day at Maharaja Hotel. On display will be silverware, contemporary steel, home furnishing, traditional Indian/western and Indo-western wardrobes, crystal and gift items, hi-end fashion and home accessories from across the country. Besides a food court will available for shoppers.”

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Channel on hunt for kid directors
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 19
A television channel, Hungama TV, is back to schools looking for kids across India for its “Captains Hunt”.

It was in 2004 when the channel decided to let its audiences drive the channel to ensure that they remained relevant and responsive.

With three successive boards of kid directors the channel has ensured that children are empowered to make decisions across all divisions.

The fourth edition of this hunt will spread over three months, touring 520 schools across Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Ludhiana, Lucknow, Indore and Jaipur.

The hunt will initially engage over four lakh children between eight and 14 years of age through a school contact programme.

The initiative will help them experience the fun element of the channel, while giving them an opportunity to enroll for the hunt.

Tushar Shah, director (marketing and communications), Walt Disney Television International (India), said: “We empower kids to design their own channel each year! This way, they ensure that we stay restless and creative just like them. By changing the theme of our hunt each year, we are able to reach out to diverse audiences who continue to bring in fresh ideas to drive the channel.”

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Nanda, a versatile personality
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
N.S. Nanda is a versatile man. Nanda, as he is popularly known in social, cultural, industrial and journalistic circles is probably one of the most familiar faces of the city. He has grown along with the city itself. However, this identity has not come instantly or overnight. Nanda has proved that for being popular you don’t necessarily need to have great fortune, power or inheritance. It can just be acquired by sheer passion and perseverance.

He recalls with a sense of achievement that his name was struck off from the school rolls as his father could not pay a fee of 13 annas due to the poverty. However, that did not deter him from continuing his studies. He appeared in the matriculation examination as a private candidate and passed it. And went on to study as private candidate till graduation. That passion and perseverance has stood him a great stead. “Today as I look back, I feel satisfied… I have not created big empires, but, I have a large number of friends”, he sums up the journey of his life.

The incident of his name being struck off from the school rolls still haunts him. To ensure that other students don’t have to drop out on the same count, he has been sponsoring five students studying in Government School, Lakkar Bazaar, from where his name was struck off on May 30, 1949.These students are from the economically weaker sections of society.

Born in the Dhan Pothohar region in western Punjab (now in Pakistan), Nanda’s parents had to migrate like millions others. Although the family was well settled there, they had to face the trials and tribulations of a refugee’s life here. But, Nanda’s “never say die” attitude made him to complete studies.

He joined the state and then Central governments service. But, the literary instincts in him ensured that he remained in touch with literary and social circles. Nanda has as friends former Prime Minister I.K. Gujral, Tarlochan Singh, and K.S. Duggal, to name a few. Former President Giani Zail Singh, film star Raj Kapoor and Manmohan Kishen were also his good friends. Gazal singer Jagjit Singh, film actor Pran also happens to be his good friends. It was his knack for winning over the people that ensured his friendship with great people.

Nanda recently brought out his autobiography, “My Success Story” in the shape of a coffee table book recording the photographs which are relevant in depicting the aspects of his life. Besides, it also throws a great deal on the Partition and the post-Partition life of the refugees from across the border.

He is also the patron of the Punjabi Sahitya Academy, Mohammad Rafi Memorial Foundation, Punjab and Prof Mohan Singh Memorial Foundation. 

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Rally against drug addiction
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
Activists of the Bhartiya Valmiki Dharam Samaj held a motor cycle rally against various social evils, particularly drug addiction here today.

The rally was flagged off at Mata Rani Chowk and passed through various areas of the city and concluded at the Clock Tower. The rallyists were carrying banners and posters to create awareness among the people against the social evils.

Talking to reporters,Samaj leader Dravid said that the drug addiction was one of the serious problems being faced by the society. He said awareness needed to be created against this menace which was eating into the vitals of the society.

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Girl receives burn injuries
Our Correspondent

Amloh, July 19
Jaspreet Kaur (15), daughter of Attar Singh, a resident of Kaka Colony here, got severe burn injuries after she caught fire while working in the kitchen.

The girl was taken to the local Civil Hospital, from where she was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh. The parents of the girl told the police that she was preparing tea in the kitchen when she caught fire.

She got over 70 per cent burn injuries on her body.

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Cheating Charges
Company officials summoned
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, July 19
Judicial Magistrate Ranjan Khullar has summoned senior functionaries of a leading company, Himani Company Ltd, Kolkata, and its local agent on charges of cheating a customer through a scheme,”Number Milao Kismat Jagao”.

Passing the order, the judge held that keeping in view the statements of the witnesses and documents produced before the court, a prima facie case was made out to summon the accused for facing trial under Section 420 and 34 of the IPC.

The summons were issued against company’s marketing manager Harsh Vardhan, Vijay Arora, sales officer-cum-in charge, marketing, Emami Ltd (a unit of Himani Company) Pondichery, managing director of J. B Marketing and Finance Ltd, Kolkata, and Vipan Kumar,owner of Malhotra Agencies, Ludhiana. All of them have been directed to appear before the court on September 1.

In a complaint filed by Mohinder Kumar, owner of Shoban Lal Jain Agency, Gur Mandi, Ludhiana, it was submitted that the accused hatched a criminal conspiracy to cheat the public by flouting a scheme known as “Number Milao Kismat Jagao Offer’.

As per the scheme, if any consumer purchased goods worth at least Rs 1200, five coupons would be issued to him. In the event of draw of the offered number depicted in the published note, the person was to win amount varying from number to number. For number 235860, the winning amount was published to be Rs 1 lakh.

Allured by the misrepresentation of the accused, he had purchased goods worth Rs 13,472 on May 22, 2004, vide bill no 1297. In the next month, he also purchased goods worth Rs 10,037 against a bill. Both times, he was provided in 10 coupons. He was hopeful of being successful in winning any prize. But to his utter surprise when he scratched the coupons there was only one no 000654 printed on five coupons and on another five coupons there was only one no 071114.

It was clear that similar numbers were printed at all times which could never be similar to the actual winning numbers. All this was done with a dishonest and mala fide intention in order to befool the customers, including him, added the complainant.

The accused made a false representation by hatching a conspiracy to allure the complainant to part with the amount which he would not have otherwise parted with, alleged the complainant. 

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Two robbers held with stolen car
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 19
A police team headed by in -charge, CIA-II, Dilpreet Singh arrested two robbers with a stolen car, gold ornaments and a pistol when they were going in a stolen car.

The police also recovered a countrymade pistol with two live cartridges from them.

A case under Section 379, 411 of the IPC and 25, 54, 59 of the Arms Act has been registered against them.

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15-kg opium sized

Jagraon: Four persons were arrested and 15-kg opium seized from their possession. Those arrested have been identified as Ajmer Singh of Ferurain, Amrit Ram, Ram Niwas and Khushal Singh of Soodhi (Madhya Pradesh). In charge of the Narcotics Cell, Ludhiana (Rural) police, intercepted a car (MP-09CA-6734) at Farurain village and seized the opium. A case has been registered against them under the NDPS Act and the car impounded. — OC

Two arrested

Jagraon: The Sidhwan Bet police has arrested two persons for allegedly possessing the illicit liquor. Bhagwan Singh of Madepur was arrested from Sherpur Kalan village and Paramjit Singh of Madepur was arrested from Khurshaidpur village for possessing 6,930 ml of illicit liquor. Cases under the Excise Act have been registered against them. — OC

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Rs 4 lakh stolen from car
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 19
Karam Khan, owner of Minhaj Money Changer, today alleged theft of Rs 4 lakh from his car.

According to him, the incident took place around 10 am when he arrived at his shop in a car. The shop is located at near Campa Cola chowk on the Gill Road.

Karam Khan alleged that as soon as he alighted from his car and opened the rear window to take out the bag containing the cash, a youth drew his attention towards some currency notes that had apparently fallen from his pocket.

When he went to collect the notes of Rs 10 denomination, the youth grabbed hold of the bag and fled.

Karam Khan alleged that the bag contained Rs 4 lakh and some important documents.

He has reported the matter to Shimlapuri police station. The police has started the investigation.

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Car survey on customers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana July 19
The Stan Autos of Ludhiana has once again topped the list of Maruti dealers across the country in customer satisfaction in a survey. In fact, both the dealerships of the city Stan I and Stan II have come first and second in the list much ahead of the third contender Katria Autos of Gujarat.

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