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MC poll: Expenditure unlimited
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
Like in the parliamentary and Assembly elections, candidates in the municipal corporation elections are supposed to spend a “limited amount” of Rs 1.5 lakh each on the campaign. And most of them have started working out the details to ensure that they stay within the limits.

However, not many people are prepared to accept that candidates will spend just Rs 1.5 lakh on the election. Given the high-pitched campaign being carried out by candidates, it is hard to believe that the amount spent will stay within the limits.

According to rough estimates by a city-based chartered accountant, the average expenses of the candidates will run around Rs 5 lakh per candidate per ward.

There are candidates in certain wards who are expected to spend much more than that amount.

“Even an ordinary candidate keeps the provision of around Rs 5 lakh,” says the chartered accountant, who does not want to be identified.

He points out that hoardings, buntings and flags spread all across the city are evident of how much money is being spent by candidates. Also, campaign in the print and electronic media adds up to the expenditure.

Besides, miscellaneous expenses like serving of liquor and other refreshments to supporters and workers during the campaign add to the list.

Quite a few candidates admit that Rs 1.5 lakh is too small an amount to run an impressive and successful campaign.

One of them remarks: “Even those who have fixed this (Rs 1.5 lakh) limit know that it is ridiculous.”

He says there is no way but to organise the expenses in such a way that the candidate look like spending under Rs 1.5 lakh on their campaign. The rest of the expenses are shown to be made in the name of supporters.

The candidates says there should be a rational limit on the expenditure of candidates.

At some places, observes an Independent candidate who is a postgraduate in economics, the expenditure (of Rs 1.5 lakh) may sound realistic. But at a place like Ludhiana, it is too little, he adds. “The nature of campaign here is entirely different from what it will be in Bathinda or Patiala,” he observes.

It all comes down to the accountant to settle the expenses in accordance with the guidelines, admits a candidate. He points out that even during the Assembly and parliamentary elections, the expenditure limits are seldom followed.

So is the case with the corporation elections, particularly in a city like Ludhiana, where people are in the habit of spending more.

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Ward Watch 56
It’s ex-mayor vs woman lawyer
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
It is going to be a tough contest in ward No. 56 between sitting councillor Amrit Varsha Rampal of the Congress and former mayor Apinder Singh Grewal of the SAD-BJP alliance.

Probably the “elitist” of all wards, as it comprises posh Sarabha Nagar and Gurdev Nagar localities, it deserves a well-qualified representative.

While Rampal is a practising lawyer and notary public, Grewal has done his master’s in geography, and is a versatile and outstanding sportsman.

The voters will have to make a difficult choice.

Rampal claims that she has been seeking votes on the basis of development carried out in the area during the past five years. Roads, drinking water, streetlights, parks, skating rink and much more have been provided to the residents.

She claims: “This is no ordinary ward with the city’s elite living here... they have great expectations and are well aware of their rights and duties of their representatives.”

She says she has tried to live up to everybody’s expectations and succeeded to a great degree.

She asserts that her rival stands no chance against her. “He is no longer a resident of the area, as he has constructed a house at Barewal, around 10 km from here,” she claims.

“Also, I remain 24 hours with people who need me round the clock.”

Moreover, her accessibility and work during the last term will “assured her victory”, she claims.

Apinder Grewal, however, is undeterred by the claims and criticism by his rival.

Claiming the credit for the development in the city during his tenure as mayor between 1997 and 2002, he remarks: “I have the whole city as an evidence in my favour... I not only ensured development of my ward, but the entire city.”

He says elevated roads, maintenance of parks, leisure valley and shifting of zone D to his ward, all stand testaments to his contribution towards the city.

About the charges of shifting to Barewal, he remarks: “I still own a property in this ward and have set up an office here, which will continue to remain operational even after the elections.”

He says mere moving out does not mean one loses touch with people. He questions: “Does the shifting of the residence by Chief Minister mean that he has lost touch with his people or even when I shifted to the mayor house on the College road, had I become inaccessible.”

He says his rivals have nothing against him and are raising such frivolous issues.

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Beant Case
Security amiss at Latala’s hotspot
Mahesh Sharma
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 2
In spite of the declaration of red alert in the state after the pronouncement of capital punishment for two in the Beant Singh case, the local police is yet to take preventive measures here and one of the surrounding villages where Harjit Singh Latala, a proclaimed offender in the case, had wanted his men to strike two years ago.

“Hit anything, blow up a railway track if you cannot do anything else,” was the direction to Manpreet Singh of Dhulkote who along with his two accomplice was nabbed by the Jagraon police in November, 2005.

Latala, who was then hiding in the US, had called up Manpreet with a message that the group should not sit over the explosives for long and do something to spread terror.

Though the police had seized arms and ammunition, including 28 kg RDX from the terrorists and booked Latala under Section 120-B of the IPC, it could not do much to locate his whereabouts.

Latala went to Canada in 1992 and was betrothed to a girl of Mohi village. An active member of the Babbar Khalsa International, Latala was declared a proclaimed offender by a CBI court in connection with the Beant Singh case.

Latala had been instrumental in giving shelter to Dimple, who along with other terrorists had gunned down five government schoolteachers for not obeying dress code of the separatists.

He was also close to Balwant Singh of Rajoana, a terrorist-turned-cop, who has now been awarded a death penalty in the case.

Though the police had been trying to trace him for long, sources at Latala village said the proceeds of cultivation on a piece of land measuring 120 bighas at Majra village, near here, had been reaching him through a local family.

Contrary to the observations of the police, his mother had visited Latala village two years ago.

Villagers suspected that a baby accompanying her was Latala’s daughter. Interestingly, a majority of Latala’s relatives had joined a religious function organised at their house then.

According to the police record, it was somewhere at the local town that Balwant Singh used to meet Latala’s men.

Records further revealed that at least three terrorists wanted in the case had taken shelter at villages surrounding the town before striking at the target.

Manjinder Singh of Narangwal Kalan, was instrumental in arranging meetings of these terrorists at nearby villages.

Investigations by the Ludhiana (rural) police, then Jagraon police, had revealed that Wadhawa Singh, another PO in the case, had been working through Latala.

Though the police had planned to send the file to the CBI for taking up the matter with the governments of Pakistan and the US, its fate was not known.

Even after nabbing close associates of Latala, the police could not extract enough clues about him from them.

One of them had admitted having met several men of Latala in Bangkok.

Investigations had revealed that Latala and Wadhawa Singh were in constant touch with the arrested terrorists and had supplied explosives, arms and ammunition to these men for allegedly reviving terrorism in the state.

Latala used to call his men over the phone or leave coded messages with other persons.

He even supplied money through persons visiting the US, Pakistan or Bangkok. Most of these carriers did not know the source or destination of the money or for what purpose it was meant.

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430 in fray for MC poll
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
As many as 430 candidates are left in the fray from 74 wards for the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation elections to be held on August 8.

As per information from the district electoral officer, 118 candidates withdrew their papers on the last day of withdrawal yesterday, while the papers of 30 were rejected during scrutiny on Tuesday.

There are 75 wards in the corporation and one of the contestants, Hakam Singh Giaspura, has been elected unopposed from ward No 72.

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No end to claims, counter-claims
Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
There appears to be no end to the claims and counterclaims over the setting up of the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA).

The Akalis are just trying to sell our wine in their own bottles

While the SAD-BJP alliance is holding great promises over implementing the agenda of the authority, the Congress has been claiming the credit for its being setting up during its tenure.

The GLADA was set up by the previous Congress government on December 25, 2006. The authority envisages the comprehensive and integrated development of the revenue district of Ludhiana along with Phillaur tehsil of Jalandhar district.

In fact, the authority aimed at integrating most of the department of urban development, like the municipal corporation, the improvement trust and the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA).

While the Chief Minister is the ex officio chairman of the authority, the commissioner, Ludhiana municipal corporation, is its chief administrator. The GLADA is supposed to function from the office of the additional chief administrator, PUDA, Ludhiana.

Former mayor Nahar Singh Gill and party candidate from Ward 14 claims that it is the Congress which had set up the authority for the “holistic development” of the city. He said the Akalis were now trying to hijack the agenda as it was too appealing to the public.

“They (the Akalis) are just trying to sell our wine in their own bottles,” he remarked, while adding they have no vision of developing the city.

“We are going nowhere and we will return to implement our plans we had drawn up over the years,” Gill claimed.

On the other hand, chief parliamentary secretary, local bodies, Harish Rai Dhanda asserted that like any other project conceived by the previous government, the GLADA was also consigned to the official files.

He claimed the Chief Minister had shown special interest in the development of the city and he wanted to ensure that the GLADA project is executed within the brief period of time.

But the common man is hardly enamoured by the political rhetoric.

Raman Kumar, a college lecturer, pointed out: “They (the politicians) have already started making claims about a project which nobody knows when it would be completed. Let us see if the project, that seems to be good in theory, is put into place at the earliest.”

He observed such a project was the need of the hour for planned and proper development of the city which is spreading rapidly in a haphazard way. He suggested instead of trying to claim the credit the politicians should try to reach a consensus about what was best in the interest of the city. 

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Murder of Minors
Police groping in the dark
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
Even as the city police is struggling to identify the culprit in the rape and murder case of a six-year-old girl, whose body was found from a vacant plot in Rajguru Nagar four days ago, three other similar incidents are lay unsolved for nearly 10 months now.

In the latest rape-murder case, the police believes that the culprit is known to the girl and her parents. According to the police, the accused probably killed her as he feared that he will be caught. Surprisingly, this is the only clue the police had.

While investigation is on, the previous three cases seem to be lying in cold storage. The police is of the opinion that more than one person is involved in all these cases.

In September and October last year, two minor girls were raped and killed near Barrewal and Dhandari with almost similar modus operandi. The third minor girl was Anjali, 6, whose badly decomposed body was found from a pond near Phulanwal village on November 29, 2006.

A common fact about the three cases is that all the three victims were school students and were allegedly kidnapped while returning from school. Also, the age group of all victims was between 6 and 10 years.

Anjali was in her school uniform when the body was recovered. The police said the uniform was not torn to suggest rape but there does not seem to be any other motive behind the murder.

In yet another case, an 11-year-old girl, daughter of a migrant labourer was found raped and murdered in Dhandari on October 10.

The body of Reshma (name changed), was found near the bathrooms, situated at a distance from a labourer colony in Dhandari. She was missing since a day earlier and was last seen leaving the school with other students.

The body of the girl was spotted in the wee hours near the bathroom by a labourer. No one had heard or seen the girl with any person. Post-mortem examination of the deceased claimed that she was strangulated to death by the accused. Her ribs were also broken.

The first such incident was reported on September 20. An 11-year-old girl was found raped and murdered on the Barewal side banks of the Sidhwan Canal.

The naked body of the girl, daughter of a migrant labourer, was found from bushes near the canal bank, about 200 meters from the Raghunath police post. The family lived in Barrewal.

The police said the girl was a student of a Government School in Barrewal. Her anxious parents had lodged a report in the Raghunath police post late last evening. They searched at several places through out the night unknowingly that the body was lying not far away.

The girl usually walked down to her home with her classmate. That day, they parted near the police post. The victim girl was seen crossing the post but did not reach home. The postmortem examination had established she was raped and strangulated.

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Rebel candidates hound parties
K.S. Chawla

Ludhiana, August 2
With the withdrawal of nomination papers, the campaigning for the municipal corporation elections has picked up.

The main fight is between the candidates of the ruling SAD-BJP alliance and the Congress. But there are quite a number of strong Independent candidates in the fray who pose a serious challenge to party candidates.

All three major parties are facing rebels and the Congress has the maximum number of them contesting as Independent candidates.

The Congress leadership seems to have failed to learn a lesson from the defeat in the Assembly elections in February.

The Congress lost all four urban seats then. While allotting ticket to its candidates, the Congress leadership demonstrated a divided house.

Some rebels who had been denied ticket even levelled allegations of money play during the allocation.

Also, there is resentment among Congress workers against the party high command over retaining defeated leadership at the helm of affairs of the Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee.

The SAD-BJP combine also has some rebels. But being in power has kept the workers upbeat. The euphoria of Assembly election victory and the hangover of power still prevails. But the overall performance of the combine in the state has been average and the common man is not much happy.

The defeat in the Assembly elections has had its bearing on the Congress’ morale and infighting among leaders is evident.

However, the failure of the SAD-BJP combine to show better performance has brought some semblance of confidence among Congress workers.

They are now exploiting the failure of the ruling combine’s “Atta-Dal scheme” and average performance of the financial capital of the state - Ludhiana.

The city failed to witness any major development during the tenure of Amarinder Singh. Rather, basic civic amenities were amiss. The municipal corporation was afflicted with corruption and the same had not waned with the coming of the SAD-BJP government in the state.

The MC commissioner had the full backing of Amarinder Singh but failed to bring about much development in the city. He managed to win over most of the counsellors, irrespective of their allegiance.

The development works launched during the tenure of the SAD-BJP rule of 1997-2002 were not completed by him.

Some top Congress leaders of the city who had been holding important officers in the government also danced to his tune.

SAD-BJP counsellors too failed to discharge their duty towards the residents during the past five years.

Even after the transfer of power in the state, the town has failed to see any perceptible change in its outlook. The sanitary conditions are miserable and filth is everywhere.

The town has witnessed the outbreak of diseases like gastroenteritis, typhoid, malaria and dengue.

The corporation and the health authorities have failed in discharging their duties in providing a clean environment to the residents.

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Cong observers review
poll campaign

Ludhiana, August 2
Congress observers for Ludhiana today reviewed the campaign process and arrangements of the party for the election to the Ludhiana municipal corporation. They also held a meeting at Congress Bhawan.

Prominent among those who attended the meeting were Avtar Singh Brar, K.K. Sharma and Pawan Goyal, all PPCC office-bearers; Jagmohan Sharma, district Congress president; Harmohinder Singh Pradhan, MLA; and Milkiat Singh Dakha, Milkiat Singh Birmi and Surinder Dawer, all former MLAs.

Addressing the meeting, leaders claimed that the SAD-BJP government had miserably failed the expectations of the people and they were waiting for the opportunity to “teach them a lesson”. The speaker claimed that the government had nothing new to offer to the people.

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Dawar accused of  helping polluting units
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
Launching an attack on his political rival, Deputy Speaker, Vidhan Sabha, Satpal Gosain today accused former Congress MLA Surinder Dawar for helping “red category” polluting units to spread pollution in the city despite a move by the state government to shift these from residential area.

Addressing a press conference here, Gosain said he had written to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to order an inquiry into the role of Dawar.

Gosain said during Dawar’s regime a scam worth Rs 600 crore took place in the city with connivance of officials of the Punjab Pollution Control Board. He said some “red category” units were permitted to work without getting no-objection certificates from the board.

Stating that Dawar had himself flouted the pollution control norms in his dyeing unit by increasing the capacity of his acrylic yarn dyeing from 600 kg per day to 15,000 kg per day. The capacity of steam boiler was also increased. Not only this, he set up other units also in gross violation of law.

However, Dawar denied the allegations and said he was ready to face any inquiry.

“I have all records to prove my point. It is their government and they can get any inquiry ordered into it. I am ready to face any probe,” he said.

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Mobile Woes
Online payment a mode of discomfort
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
The online mode of payment offered by most companies to customers is only adding to the woes of those subscribing to it.

Most mobile phone subscribers said this form of payment, instead of adding to their convenience, was causing them unnecessary harassment.

Companies not only continued furnishing bills demanding payment of “pending dues” in spite of the payment having been made well in time, in most cases subscribers managed to get delayed credit after much turmoil.

“Last month, I made online payment of my bill as I thought it was a faster mode of payment. However, the company told me that my payment was still due. Even after writing to the customer care centre several times, all I got was delayed credit. The payment, which I made on July 23 was credited to my account four days later,” complained Ravi Chander, a resident of Sukhdev Nagar.

Mobile phone customers said they opted for online payment to avoid visiting the offices of mobile companies or banks to drop cheques.

However, in case of companies failing to acknowledge payment by such mode, consumers faced unnecessary harassment and several times were even penalised for making delayed payment.

“When I made payment through a credit card, my mobile phone company did not acknowledge it. To top it all, I was charged for making delayed payment whereas my payment was made before the due date. If mobile phone companies advertise their services with great aplomb in a bid to outdo one another, they should also keep their infrastructure up-to-date so that customers did not have to suffer,” said Pankaj Gupta, a Civil Lines resident.

Subscribers also complained of late delivery of bills. They said in spite of late delivery, companies never owned up the responsibility for the fault and instead blamed consumers for the same.

“We are being penalised for no fault of ours. In spite of cut-throat competition, companies have failed to provide satisfactory services,” commented Prerna, a college student.

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Naib tehsildars’ plea to CM
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 2
Acknowledging the efforts of the Chief Minister to reward the honest officials in the revenue department by recognising the integrity of Mukesh Sharma, naib tehsildar, Mullanpur Dakha, the Punjab Naib Tehsildar Association has urged the government to expedite process for the nomination of Sharma to the PCS cadre so that more employees of the department might be encouraged to exhibit sincerity and honesty in performing duties.

In a communiqué addressed to the CM, the association has acknowledged that the step taken by the CM would go a long way in boosting the morale of the employees. Hoping that the CM will ensure that the decision to promote the official to the PCS (ex-cadre post) will be implemented soon, J.C. Parinda, general secretary of the association, claimed that more and more officials would work with sincerity.

“Besides encouraging honest officers to come forward to work according to their conscience and not succumbing to any pressure, the trend will deject black sheep in the department who had maligned the image of honest officers also,” said Parinda.

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Teej celebrated in PAU

In a Teej festival organised by Kisan Club of PAU, vice-chancellor of PAU, Dr Manjit Singh Kang said for the balanced development of the society empowerment of women is a must. Dr Kang felt nostalgic after watching the Teej festival and emphasised on the need of revival of folk culture of Punjab.

Poetic meet

Professor Gurbhajan Gill, an eminent Punjabi poet, has been invited by Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi and Shardul Rajasthani Research Institute, Bikaner to participate in the Northern regional Poetry Festival to be held at Bikaner from August 4 to 5.

Released

A literary magazine, Saanjh, published simultaneously from Ludhiana in Gurmukhi and from Lahore in Shahmukhi will be released by the vice-chancellor on August 3.

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Letters
We won’t vote

The residents of MIG Colony, Urban Estate, Phase II, Dugri, have decided not to cast their ballot in the forthcoming municipal elections. For, they are unhappy with the councillors of both the Congress and SAD-BJP combine as they have failed to bring about any development in their area, particularly in MIG colony.

For the past fifteen years this colony has been neglected as the roads and parks are not maintained.

To name a few problems there is shortage of electricity and water supply. It is sad that none of the councillors have ever visited this area.

Kuldip Singh Kreer
Dugri, Ludhiana

Readers are invited to mail letters (not more than 200 words) at "ludhiana@tribunemail.com" or post the same to The Tribune, 1, 2 Improvement Trust Building, Badaur House, Clock Tower, Ludhiana.

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Six booked for assault 
Our Correspondent

Jagaron, August 2
Kulwinder Singh, his brother Gurinder Singh, Anterpreet Singh, Tejinder Singh, Chhinderpal Singh and Manpreet Singh of Sehzad village allegedly assaulted Harwinder Singh, Mahinder Singh, Sukhpreet Singh, Harpreet Singh and Harwinder Singh from the same village with sharp-edged weapons. Sudhar police has registered a case under Sections 307, 323, 324, 148, 149 of the IPC on the complaint of Amarjit Singh, father of the victim, on Thursday. Harwinder Singh has been admitted in DMCH, Ludhiana while others have been admitted in Civil Hospital, Pakhowal. Some dispute over pigeon flying is said to be the cause behind the assault.

13 booked

The local police have booked 13 persons on the charge of assault. Balbir Singh, Jarnail Singh, Mewa, Jagga, Nikka and Gurwinder Singh of Kothe Premsar along with seven others came in four cars with iron rod, 2/3 rifles and assaulted Bhupinder Singh, Jagdev Singh of Akhara. The local police has registered a case under Sections 336, 323, 506, 148, 149 of the IPC and Section 25 of the Arms Act on Thursday.

Illicit liquor

Jaswant Singh of Abupura was intercepted by Sidhwan Bet police in Sherpur Kalan village on Thursday. The police recovered 37,680 ml of illicit liquor from him. Sidhwan Bet police has registered a case under Sections 18, 25, 29, 61, 85 of the NDPS Act. They also impounded his scooter.

Two held

Amandip Singh and Jagdip Singh of Sabrawan Patti Akhara were arrested by the local police from Dholan village on Thursday. The police recovered two spring knives from their possession. They could not produce any licence for the same. The police has registered a case under the Arms Act.

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Contest for children on Aug 9
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
Horlicks has launched Horlicks WizKids 2007, a contest wherein kids can display their talents in various fields like music, literature, dance, etc.

More than 2.50 lakh students from over 1,650 schools across 27 cities will participate.

In Ludhiana, the contest will be held at Shri Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan on August 9.

According to the company, this year it has tied up with Greenpeace, a non-profit organization.

To create a socially responsible generation, Greenpeace and Horlicks WizKids will join hands in the “ban the bulb” campaign.

Awareness will be created among students across the nation through videos on environmental issues and a signature campaign by Greenpeace. 

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Industry should tie up with designers, says Neeta Lulla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
Celebrity designer of international fame Neeta Lulla felt that industry should share experiences with young designers to promote the fashion industry. She stressed upon that not only interaction was needed but their support would provide a platform to the upcoming designers. Neeta Lulla was here to interact with designers of Inter National Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD) today.

“They have a great scope in this profession. And once they establish themselves then there is no end,” said Neeta.

The designer said as it was her first and brief visit to the city, she could not get an opportunity to interact with people. But she added that she had done a thorough research on the culture of Punjab and showed it in film “Heer-Ranjha”, starring Sridevi and Anil Kumar.

“It was a sweet experience where I tried to blend traditional with contemporary culture.”

On asking who she liked to design clothes for in the Bollywood, she replied it was her work. She designed clothes for celebrities according to their personality. “It is difficult for me to choose one.”

Meanwhile, INIFD organised a workshop with designer to enable the students to seek her seasoned guidance and benefit from her professional experience. She interacted on how she visualised and created designs for her celebrity clients.

Tipping students on fashion designing, Neeta briefed the students about the design industry and also on how to start their own venture.

Arvind Gupta, centre head, INIFD, said it was an experience which took the students through different stages of design process. “Neeta Lulla has her forte in designing the period films which require a lot of research work. The ethnic fabrics, rich embroideries and designs so close to our culture come so natural to her. She gave information about the textile trends, yarns, colors and fashion trends about embellishments and accessories,” said Gupta.

Neeta reviewed and appreciated the designs created by the students for their forthcoming annual passing out fashion show.

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Latin America woos investors
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
“India is on the path of becoming a major economic power and Latin America recognises and accords a special focus to the Indian economy,” said Carlos Irigoyen, ambassador, Peru, while addressing industry delegates at the seminar on “India and Latin America and Caribbean: Scaling new business horizons” organised by the CII Punjab State Council here yesterday.

Talking about trade relations between the two countries, he said Latin America and Caribbean accounted for 3.38 per cent of India’s total exports and 3.18 per cent of imports. In spite of various constraints, India’s trade with Latin America during the past few years had increased from $1072.45 million in 1996-97 to $5365.44 million in 2005-06, an increase of over 400 per cent in a decade.

Further, showcasing Peru as an ideal destination for the Indian companies, he said: “Trade between India and Peru has shown considerable upsurge.”

Talking about the potential areas of joint collaboration, he said the sectors worth exploring for investment are agro business, fishing, mining, textiles and foresting. He added the tourism sector offered greener pastures considering the rich cultural and historical heritage of the country making Peru a special tourism destination.

Carlos Abad, ambassador, Ecuador, said the products worth considering for trade engagement are gold, wood, broccoli, bamboo, organic products, software, pharma and chemical products.

Aakashdeep Singh, manager, EXIM Bank, while addressing the seminar said: “Indian trade has increased manifold with Latin American countries and Exim Bank has acted as a catalyst for trade promotions in Latin American countries.”

Earlier in his welcome address, Rajinder Gupta, chairman, CII Punjab State Council, said the CII had partnered with Latin America and Caribbean companies and institutions on a number of occasions for the mutual benefit of India, Latin America and Caribbean and remained committed to enhancing linkages with businesses and governments and work towards the realisation of the full potential for multilateral cooperation.

J.R. Singal, deputy chairman, CII, while concluding the session, reiterated the CII’s commitment to catalyse the trade engagement between the two countries.

The seminar was attended by nearly 50 delegates from the region. 

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