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Construction curbs in 300 villages 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
In order to prevent the haphazard growth of clusters in and around Ludhiana, the department of housing and urban development is learnt to have included 300 villages in its plan area, where restrictions have been imposed with regard to development.

These include the areas falling within the jurisdiction of the nagar councils of Mullanpur, Doraha and Sahnewal.

All development activity in these areas would be monitored and regulated by the department. While the Ludhiana MC enforced its rules within its jurisdiction, there was no regulation on the development outside the municipal limits.

The city has already spread out to Mullanpur along the Ferozepore road and Doraha, besides Phillaur, Dehlon and Neelon. These places are fast developing as satellite townships but construction is haphazard and unregulated.

According to Arun Goel, secretary to the Government of Punjab, housing and urban development department, no construction would now be possible outside the lal dora marked in villages.

According to sources, government's permission will be mandatory if people plan to set up new projects on their land. Those found violating the order may be punished with up to three years in prison or a penalty of Rs 10,000 or both.

Some prominent villages under the master plan include Jodhan, Birmi, Shehzad, Daad, Jhande, Mansuran, Baddowal, Dhapai, Karimpura, Issewal, Bhattia, Chakk Kalan, Chammat, Jassian, Lalton, Jaangpur, Hambran, Manewal, Koomlkalan, Bhaini Sahib, Kanech, Noorwal and Kakowal.



Bigamous NRI in police net
Deserted wife does a Sherlock 
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
After catching a UK-based NRI man while attempting to marry a girl in Mullanpur Dakha this April, his abandoned bride has done a Sherlock Holmes again by unearthing documentary proof of his another marriage in 1987.

The police is, however, yet to take action on the new evidence. This forced the family to approach the Punjab and Haryana High Court which has admitted their petition and issued a notice of motion to the police.

Gurwind Singh, presently on bail in a case of fraud for trying to remarry in Mullanpur, is in for more trouble following this development.

Tejinder Kaur found that he was already married when he tied the knot with her in 1997.

A marriage certificate dated August 5, 1987, states that Gurwind Singh of England married Parminder Kaur of Ludhiana on August 2. Ten years after that, his marriage certificate with Tejinder showed the same UK address with his marital status “unmarried”.

Tejinder and her parents, armed with the proof, approached the Shimla Puri police and senior officials for registering a fresh case against Gurwind. However, the police is yet to do so.

“It was shocking for us to find out that he had been married a decade ago and later married my daughter,” her father Jarnail Singh said.

“This amounts to double fraud with us. He deserted me after marriage and he was guilty of bigamy when he married me. He never told us about his first marriage. If he was divorced, he could have told us,” Tejinder said.

The aggrieved family had submitted the proof to the police after Gurwind got bail. 



Hotel owner, GM convicted
Use of banned synthetic colour in dishes 
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, August 10
Chief Judicial Magistrate Rajinder Aggarwal has convicted a hotel owner and its general manager on the charges of using synthetic colour in dishes like butter chicken and cheese tomato. The duo was sentenced to undergo six months imprisonment in both cases.

They have been identified as MD of Abhishek Hotels Pvt. Ltd, Ludhiana, Mukesh Nayyar, and its general manager, Rajiv Handa of Nai Abadi, Hoshiarpur. A fine of Rs 2,000 each has also been imposed on them.

The orders were pronounced while deciding the complaint filed by a food inspector under Section 16 (1) (a) (i) of the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act. It was alleged that on July 23, 1996, at 11 a.m the food inspector along with A.S. Sahni had gone to inspect the premises of Abhishek Hotel.

They purchased 1.5-kg butter chicken from the accused after paying Rs 480. Then the dish was divided into three parts and put in jars. One part of the sample was sent to an analyst in Chandigarh and remaining was deposited in the office of the local health authority on the same day, as per the prosecution.

When the analyst sent the report the butter chicken was found to be laced with synthetic colour of orange shade. Whereas, use of any such colour in a dish was not permitted as per the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, the complainant stated.

While on the other hand, the accused pleaded not guilty. The defence counsel argued that the report of public analyst nowhere states that the colour used was harmful or hazardous for public health.

Apart from this, the defence had taken a few objections assailing the case of prosecution. But, after appreciating the evidence on record and hearing the arguments of Additional Public Prosecutor Sukhchain Singh, the court found them guilty and sentenced accordingly. Similarly, in the second case the sample of cheese tomato dish was also found to have synthetic colour.



Approaches cops on email
Australian accuses doc of rape
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
The police has, on the basis of a complaint sent on email from Australia, booked a local doctor for rape. The alleged crime happened in India and Australia in 2005. The victim claimed that the doctor was the father of her child.

The Haibowal police has booked Dr Anand Parkash Nayyar, resident of Rishi Nagar, under Section 376 of the IPC. He has not been arrested so far.

SP City-I Sukhchain Singh said he had received the complaint on email and later a local lawyer of the girl and the Australian Embassy also took up the case. He said the police booked the accused on legal recommendation.

The woman had not been medically examination but she had reportedly given some proof, on the basis of which the police took action.

She claimed in the FIR that the accused met her in Australia in 2004 and they became friends. In February 2005, she came to India, where he took her to several hotels and allegedly raped her.

The SP said the accused had made a verbal statement.

SHO (Haibowal) Gurpreet Singh, who is investigating the case, said he could not comment on a case under investigation.



Poll violence
Ex-councillor Bhatia, son booked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
After the cancellation of the poll in the ward No. 46, SAD leader Amarjit Singh Bhatia is in for further trouble with the Model town police booking him for rioting on that day. His political interests had always clashed with SGPC President Avtar Singh.

As per an FIR, Bhatia, his son and former councillor, Rajinder Bhatia, nephew Charajit Singh Pannu and a few other supporters have been booked for clashing with Danga Peerat Welfare Association president Surjit Singh.

The police has also booked Raja of Dugri, who belonged to the rival group with which Bhatia and others were accused of clashing.

The registration of the case has further fuelled rumours about the political game going on behind the scenes in the ward No. 46. The poll was cancelled in a controversial manner and now the case has been registered.

Supporters of Bhatia alleged that they were being falsely implicated in the case.



3 booked for raping minor
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
Three persons have been booked for allegedly raping a minor. However, it took six days for the case to be registered.

The mother of the victim said in the FIR that the accused Tilka, Harbans Lal and Babu, along with some women relatives, took her 14-year-old daughter to Qasabad village in an auto-rickshaw on the night of August 3.

She was allegedly kept in the house the entire night and raped by the accused. The girl was still in hospital.

Sources in the police said the delay in FIR took place as there were several loopholes in the story. None of the accused have been arrested so far.



Agitating interns demand stipend
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 10
Interns (fifth year) at Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College and Hospital here held a dharna and observed a strike for the second day today in protest against the non-payment of stipend by the management.

Student activists said the BDS course was divided into five years, including one year of internship. As per the guidelines of the Dental Council of India, the interns had to be paid a stipend during the period of internship.

They had reportedly served a notice to the management on July 15 but the matter could not be resolved. They said the entire batch of 105 students would continue with their agitation until the management relented.

The college authorities said no final decision had been taken as yet. They, however, maintained that the council guidelines applied only to government and aided-colleges. There were no clear directions as far as private (self-financed) colleges were concerned.

“Moreover, the students pay fee only for four years. Huge expenditure has to be incurred by the college on material, equipment and staff to impart training to the interns.,” the authorities said.



At the Crossroads
Indians are becoming intolerant

On the eve of diamond jubilee celebration of Independence, it is disheartening to note that freedom of expression is at stake in the largest democracy of the world. Intolerance has occupied the minds of a few diehards and they have become arbiters, on their own, of social, political and religious concerns. It is in a way free for all to hurl abuses and throw missiles at unsuspecting persons whenever they find an opportunity to do so. A little bit of bitter comment does not go down their throats and they start belching out slogans and expletives. Emotion-surcharged climate is created to mislead the unwary and to win pseudo acclaim.

Violence is the last refuge of a person who has been repulsed in the field of logic. This is what has happened to the prominent Bangla author Taslima Nasreen of “Lajja” fame. She had gone to Hyderabad to release the Telgu translation of her Bengali novel “Shodh” (Getting Even). A few demonstrators, led by three MLAs, stormed into the venue and attacked the author.They picked up whatever they could lay their hand on and threw it at Taslima and others sitting on the dias. In the melee that followed a large number of persons were injured, including the author. Such a display of resentment against a renowned author in a literary function amounts to national shame.

None else but we ourselves are at fault for such a sorry state of affairs in our land. We do not outrightly condemn such dastardly acts by a section of society which is fanatic, bigoted and prejudiced. Stern punishment should be given to wrong-doers, otherwise likes of them would follow suit sooner than later. But, as per report, they were arrested and released on bail. Still Taslima Nasreen held her head high and said “They cannot muzzle my voice and I will continue to write what I believe in”.

I recall that the Indian society was not so intolerant in the earlier times as we witness it today. In the 18th century the great Sufi poet Bulhe Shah scoffed at rituals and condemned sham and hypocrisy prevalent in society. He said vehemently in a 'Kafi-

Beid Quran padh padh thhakke

Sajda kardian ghass gye mathhe

Na rubb tirath na rubb makke

Jis paya tis noor anwaar

shk dee naveon naveen bahaaar

(We are tired of reading Veda and Quran. Our foreheads have touched the holy thresholds for too long. God is neither in the temple nor in the Mecca. Whoever sought Him found Him in effulgence. Love for God has variegated forms.)

In the same century, the renowned Urdu poet, Mir Taqi Mir, had a dig at the outward semblances that marked the particular religion to which a person belonged. In a rare display of scorn for division in the society on the basis of religious beliefs, he made himself the target of public ridicule -

Mir ke deeno-mazhab ki puchhte kya ho unn nein tau

Qashka khaincha dair mein bathha kabb ka tark Islam kiya

(What do you ask about Mir's religious beliefs? He has put a tilak on his forehead, resorted to a temple and renounced Islam.)

In the 19th century, Mirza Ghalib never lagged behind in making fun of the ceremonial aspects of certain religious obligations. On being asked by a British army officer, after the 1857 uprising, whether he was a Musalman, he replied -

"Half "

"How so?"

"I take wine but shun pork."

In the 20th century, Dr Mohammad Iqbal found it difficult to perform namaz as his heart craved for a sanam (a statue-like female figure). His poetic line is eloquent of his views-

Tera dil tau hai sanam aashna

Tujhe kya milega namaz mein.

— N.S. Tasneem



Lakhowal to revamp mandi board
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 10
Chairman of the Punjab Mandi Board Ajmer Singh Lakhowal has started the process of revamping the board with officers being asked to join their places of posting. Besides, the postings would be rationalised and no junior officials would be allowed to occupy senior posts. The board has also decided to monitor the laying and recarpeting of roads in areas under its jurisdiction.

Addressing a press conference here today, Lakhowal said he had already prepared a list of all important posts which were being occupied by the junior officers. He said this would streamline the board’s functioning.

All four DGMs and superintending engineers, supposed to be posted at the revenue divisional headquarters of Jalandhar, Patiala, Faridkote and Ferozepore have been asked to join at their places of posting.These officials were operating from Chandigarh since long.

To monitor the proper construction of roads, the board has decided set up a mobile laboratory which will be managed by senior engineers.

Lakhowal disclosed that a penalty of Rs 2.3 crore was imposed on the Jalandhar-based unit of Cremica biscuits. The company had deposited 25 per cent of the amount so far. Similarly, Bonn Breads on which a penalty y of Rs 4 lakh was imposed had also deposited 25 per cent of the money with the board. They were penalised for evading the market fee and the rural development cess.

The chairman said the board had earned Rs 10 crore as revenue. He also plans to revive the board of directors, which comprises eight IAS officers and seven non-official members.



Ladies’ club  celebrates Teej
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 10
The PSEB Ladies’ Club, Lishkara, celebrated Teej at its rest house here yesterday. Tambola, Giddha, Bhangra and other cultural items by the children were the main features of the function. President of the club, Jagtar Kaur Bath, addressed the gathering.

She said the club had extended assistance to Ek Pryaas, an NGO, which helps deaf children.



Check stray dog menace

The stray dogs in almost every locality of the city have made the life of residents miserable.

Although there have been several instances of dogs biting people, especially children, at several places, the administration has failed to come out of its slumber. It seems that either the authorities find themselves helpless in dealing with the problem or it is a deliberate attempt on their part to leave the poor residents to their fate.

The campaign to prevent cruelty against animals, being carried out by so called animal-lovers and bodies like PETA or SPCA, is welcome but these activists should also realise the plight of the city residents.

It is high time that the district administration, in consultation with the municipal corporation and animal right activists, find out some viable solution to this problem and rid the people of stray dogs.

Dr Neena Chawla, Ludhiana

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Glitter mela
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 10
Diamond necklaces and bangles are on display at ORRA Showroom, Feroze Gandhi Market, at Necklace-Bangle Mela that started today. It will continue till August 25. From classic to contemporary, chic to traditional, gold to platinum, one is sure to find something to suit ones taste.

“Lay your hands on some finest designs in neckpieces and bangles etched in the choicest diamonds. Let the diamonds bring out the sparkle in you,"says the manager of the showroom.

ORRA has been leading in design and product innovation with five global design centres across New York, Antwerp, Hong Kong,Tokyo and Mumbai.

Kotak branches: Kotak Mahindra today announced the opening of full-fledged retail banking branches at Aapra, Nakodar and Sangrur. With this, the total number of bank branches in the state has risen to 15. Addressing a press conference here today, group head of retail liabilities and branch banking, K.V.S. Manian said the bank has over 125 branches spread across 88 locations in the country, offering both, traditional banking products with wealth management services. He said the bank planned to set up 200 branches by mid next year.



Refrigerator company, dealer penalised 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 10
Inordinate delay in changing the defective door of a refrigerator has proved dearly to company manufacturing refrigerators-Kelvinators-and its local dealer-Navrang Electrovision.The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has told them to pay Rs 2,500 as compensation to an aggrieved consumer for causing unnecessary hardship and harassment to him.

President of the Consumer Forum A.S.Narula and its member, Puja Dewan, pronounced the order while deciding the complaint filed by Rakesh Mittal of Oswal Cancer Hospital.

The doctor claimed that he had purchased a Kelvinator refrigerator for Rs 12,500 from Navrang Electrovision in June 2006. Its door not used to properly close from the very beginning. He suffered hardship and harassment due to deficiency in services, for which he was entitiled to compensation, observed the forum.



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