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62-yr-old done to death
Stabbed by ice pick; eyes punctured
Jupinderjit Singh/TNS

Ludhiana, September 19
The murder of a man, who owned property worth crores in the Bharat Nagar area, rocked the city this morning.

Kuldip Singh (62), a bachelor who lived with spinster sister in a dilapidated house, was allegedly found killed under mysterious circumstances. Despite owning the property worth a few crores, both of them were living in poor and filthy conditions.

  • Kuldip Singh, a bachelor, lived with his sister.
  • Owned property worth crores in the city
  • Not much blood found on the spot
  • No struggle marks found

His sister, Pritam Kaur, claims to have spotted the murder in the wee hours. She didn’t hear any abnormal noise at night.

There were multiple stab wounds on Kuldip Singh’s body, suspected to be inflicted by an ice pick, with both of his eyes punctured by the same ‘weapon’. But surprisingly, not much blood was found either on the bed or on the floor. Only a small quantity of it had trickled down his punctured eyes.

There was a wound on his left leg that seems to have been bitten by an animal.

The body had turned blue suggesting that he could have been poisoned before being stabbed.

Pritam Kaur alleged that his brother was killed by a ‘tantrik’ at the behest of a few persons who were trying to grab their property.

On her complaint the police has rounded up a few persons living near her house. Non-existence of a large amount of blood despite the man being stabbed has baffled the police. Even the use of sniffer dogs could not provide any lead to the police.

There were no struggle marks and it seems that the man did not make any attempt to save himself despite the torturous way he was killed. Further, the police could not find any sign of a forcible entry in the house as no finger prints were found on the door knobs as well.

Additional SHO, Division No. 5 police station, Mohan Lal hoped the post-mortem examination report might be able to provide some insight into the exact cause of murder.

SP (Detective) Gurpreet Singh said the wound on the left leg could be an unhealed injury as the deceased was diabetic.

He said the police didn’t believe that anybody could kill a person sitting a few kilometers away.

He said it could be possible the woman left one of the main doors open by mistake or their could be another reason behind the murder.

Acting primarily on the complaint lodged by Pritam Kaur, the city police has booked four persons on the suspicion of killing her brother Kuldip Singh.

Those booked have been identified as Sardul Singh, Kuldip’s cousin, and fruit seller Madan Lal, who was Kuldip Singh’s tenant.

The police has also booked the wife and a son of Sardul Singh. SHO Mohan Lal said, “There was no evidence against the four so far. An FIR was registered on the basis of a statement made by Pritam Kaur.”

He, however, said no one had been arrested. They would be taken into custody only after investigating the matter.



Paddy procurement from October 1
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 19
The paddy procurement in the district will start from October 1.

According to the deputy commissioner, Sumer Singh Gurjar, all arrangements have been made and officials have been asked to make foolproof arrangements to ensure smooth and hassle-free procurement.

There are about 100 mandis in the district, including Khanna, which is supposed to be the largest grain market in Asia in terms of the sale and purchase of the grains. The district expects to procure about 17 lakh metric tonnes of paddy this year. Paddy has been sown in an area of 246 lakh hectares this year.

The Deputy Commissioner today reviewed the arrangements at a meeting of officials at the mini secretariat here. The deputy commissioner warned that in case any complaint was received from anyone it would be dealt sternly.

He said the officers and the subdivisional magistrates would visit the mandis allotted to them for procurement and give final touches to the arrangements. He said the procurement agencies had been asked to ensure the availability of sufficient bags for the lifting of the purchased paddy and also to check the cleanliness and security of the storages.



Cleaning of Budda Nullah abandoned
Reason: Non-cooperation by district administration
Kanchan Vasdev/TNS

Ludhiana, September 19
The hopes of city residents to have a cleaner Budda Nullah were dashed to the ground with the Budda Nullah Development Committee abandoning the work after alleging non-cooperation by the district administration and the lack of will on the part of the state government to go ahead with the work.

The work was halted a fortnight ago at Bhukhri village after the committee led by Baba Jaspal Singh Baddowal, which had cleaned 17- km stretch of the polluted water body, alleged that the administration had refused to demarcate the nullah’s land as per the revenue records.

Committee’s president Jaswant Singh Chapa along with P.Ram said they tried hard to resume the work but could not do so due to the non-cooperation of officials concerned.

“We kept on going to these villages to get the demarcation done so that we can clean the nullah. We even got the pillars prepared from our kar sewaks but over the days these were stolen from the spot as nobody helped us. Then baba ji went to meet the Deputy Commissioner twice but we were not assured of any help,” Chapa alleged.

Sources told Ludhiana Tribune that the work had to come to a standstill due to political pressure and influence of industrialits’ lobby. They said two political leaders were helping the industry since the new government had come to power. These leaders were riding on a propaganda that the drive to clean the nullah (read to harass the industry) was initiated by the Congress-led government and they had all reasons for bringing it to a halt.

“We have been using our resources to get the water body cleaned. We have even planted 6,500 saplings on the banks of nullah. Now, they are not willing to take our help. The baba has already spent a lot of money by providing fuel and food to the kar sewaks at villages where it was cleaned. What can we do now?” Chapa asked.

He added that he had met P.Ram also at Chandigarh yesterday and told him about the state of affairs. ‘‘Let us see what can we do now, ’’ Chapa added.

On the other hand, deputy commissioner Sumer Singh Gurjar said they had demarcated the land four times and the committee was to provide pillars to demarcate the area. But they failed to do so.

He said the administration was to help them in providing revenue records only. The rest was to be done by them as announced earlier. He refuted allegations of any political pressure.

The development has left the residents of 168 villages lining the nullah high any dry.



Parents have no fancy for fancy school menu
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, September 19
Parents of kindergarten kids are in a fix with several city schools having prescribed a fancy menu for tiffin.

The schools term the exercise as important to make parents and students aware of the need for a nutritious diet but parents say that strict adherence to the same is not possible.

" What Schools Say

The menu is for primary classes, an age where a child develops eating habits that should be healthy.

"My child is supposed to have a banana cake and grilled sandwiches on a particular day, a snack with veggies and paranthas on another and so on. Even the vegetables are prescribed," said Manpreet Kaur, mother of a five-year-old.

There are schools that have a simpler menu. Some schools have offered to provide recipes for plum sauce and bread sticks mentioned in their menu.

The schools say that such an awareness is a must keeping in view the health hazards that children face due to easy availability of junk food.

Said the principal of Saraswati Modern School: "We noticed that many kids would eat junk food and sip Cola during lunch break. Many carried junk food in their tiffins. The menu is for primary classes, an age where a child develops eating habits that should be healthy.”

Kanwaljeet, a mother of two, says: "The menu plan by the school has erased my worries. I do all my shopping of the required ingredients on Sundays and prepare the food items on subsequent days."



Cops had ignored sister’s plea for help
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 19
Kuldip Singh’s murder could have been avoided had the police heeded to the innumerable complaints lodged by Pritam Kaur with the DGP. She seemed distressed and was not able to properly talk. After regaining some strength she said, “My brother was suffering from a few ailments, including diabetes. He would not have lived long. Yet, he was not spared.”

She had for long been virtually running from lowest rank cops to senior most officers apart from knocking at doors of the civil administration and the judiciary for saving their lives as attempts was being made to grab their property. She alleged that a tantrik, a few employees of the local municipal corporation and the electricity board were harassing them. Walls of their house were being used as open urinal by shopkeepers.

All those complaints either went unattended or evoked a luke warm response as the cops did not take strict action against those named or investigated the threat to their lives.

“No one listened to me.

Now, all of them have come to probe into the matter. Now, how will I be able to live alone in this house,” she rued.

Ludhiana Tribune had highlighted the plight of this woman a number of times at which the cops went to her house but, later, again gave a cold-shouldered response. Important papers pertaining to a court case fought by her have also gone missing with no effort to trace those or nail the culprit.

Pritam Kaur had on numerous occasions rejected the offers made by real estate developers, businessmen to sell the house though they were willing to pay a huge amount for her ancestral property.



Municipal Corporation
Mittal is opposition leader
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 19
A few days after some Congress councillors unofficially projected Hem Raj Aggarwal, a senior leader and councillor, as the leader of opposition in the Municipal Corporation, the Congress today declared former senior deputy mayor Prem Mittal as the leader.

At a meeting of councillors, Jagmohan Sharma, president, District Congress Committee (Urban), presented a letter of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Shamsher Singh Dullo, stating that Mittal was nominated as opposition leader.

Pritpal Singh and Amrit Varsha Rampal were nominated as deputy leaders in the House.

Interestingly, Dullo’s letter claimed that the party had reached on the consensus of nominating these leaders after meeting councillors individually. The letter said the decision was taken in Chandigarh on August 21.

A few days ago some councillors stated that they had decided on nominating Aggarwal as leader of the House.

With today’s announcement, speculations were rife in the city that the Congress would be divided in the House. There were some councillors who were averse to the idea of naming Mittal as leader.



Exam Toll
Schoolboy takes poison, dead
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 19
A teenager who got depressed after not fairing well in the matriculation (re-appear) examination allegedly committed suicide after consuming some poisonous substance at his house in Sunet today morning.

Mandeep Singh, son of a truck driver, Jasbir Singh, died at DMC Hospital in the afternoon.

Police sources said Mandeep had got compartment in the matriculation examination. He faired badly in the re-appear examination held yesterday and was quite depressed till the evening.

He allegedly took some poisonous substance around midnight. He was the only son, besides two sisters, of Jasbir Singh.



PU panel to streamline exams
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 19
Panjab University, Chandigarh, had invited a lot of criticism over errors made by the university during the examination process, including setting of question papers, checking of answer sheets and declaration of results. In majority of Senate or Syndicate meetings, the topic generated a lot of argument and condemnation. Taking serious note of the problem, the university has constituted a committee to streamline the system.

According to sources, a sub-committee with at least six members has been constituted by the vice-chancellor in this regard. The committee, headed by Tarsem Bahia, includes the deputy registrar, examinations, and J.C. Bansal. The vice-chancellor has asked the committee to submit its report within a week.

The sources said the committee had also visited Punjabi University, Patiala, to study their examination process.

One of the members, on condition of anonymity, said Senate and Syndicate members had raised questions over the mistakes committed during checking, coding/decoding or delay and declaration of results.

“It’s perhaps for the first time that the university has taken serious note of such lapses,” said the member.

On the issue of delay in declaring the results, the committee member said a number of reasons were responsible for it.

“One of the major reasons for delay in declaring the results is the lack of coordination among different branches/departments of the university. But we are trying to find out suitable ways to remove all these hurdles,” he added.



Malwa Muslims opt for ‘small family’
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 19
Contrary to common belief Muslims in their reproductive phase have started adopting permanent family planning methods in this part of Malwa. The awareness about worth of a small family norm has increased in general among members of the lower strata of society. Though men and women reckoned benefits of small family equally, the latter had to get themselves operated upon more frequently than their counterpart.

These conclusions were made on the basis of sample study conducted on a group which underwent bilateral tubectomy and non-surgical vasectomy operations at a family planning camp organised at the local civil hospital yesterday. District health officer Dr K.C. Goel and Sangrur civil surgeon Dr Satwant Bhalla supervised the camp.

Since 88 persons were operated upon in a routine family planning camp on a single day reflected the growing awareness about importance of small family among members of the low-income groups.

Though wives and husbands reckoned tubectomy and vasectomy as foolproof means of restricting their families equally, majority of men shirked being ‘disabled’ to reproduce even after having two or three children. “Though the process for the non-surgical vasectomy is simpler than tubectomy majority of men, instead of adopting the method wanted their wives to get operated upon. Only two pricks were required to inject a chemical preparation to obstruct vessels carrying sperm,” said Dr K.S. Khurana, in charge of the camp.

Perusal of records revealed that out of 88 beneficiaries only three were men between 25 and 35 and had two children.

The authorities claimed that the beneficiaries from the community, who were at first reluctant to adopt family planning programme, had responded due to the persistent motivation by the hospital staff. There were others who came on their own.

“Though elders and religious leaders had been opposing artificial methods to restrict the family size, persistent motivation by the medical staff enabled us to understand our social responsibly towards our children and society and we decided to go for it,” a Muslim woman said.



Encroachments lead to traffic woes
Tribune News Service

Khanna, September 19
Reluctance on part of the local administration and unremitting encroachers has lead to unending traffic woes on the National Highway 1 that passes thorough the town. The nine-km stretch of the highway has virtually become every commuter’s nightmare.

Hawkers selling all sorts of items, including eatables, clothing and utensils, interrupt the traffic on the national highway, which otherwise has been built to ensure uninterrupted flow of traffic.

Though in the name of removing encroachments, the local administration carries out anti-encroachment every three to four months, but it has proved ineffective as encroachers are back in business soon after the anti-encroachment staff leaves the national highway.

The previous police administration had deputed four traffic policemen at each road-intersection that had ensured smooth traffic flow, but now even these have been withdrawn for the reasons best known to the authorities.

The encroachers have occupied every little space on both sides of the NH 1 and haphazard parking along the road often results in traffic jams here. Ropar MP Sukhdev Singh Libra, under whose constituency Khanna falls, had sought construction of an over-bridge on the NH 1 from the Centre, but till date nothing much has been achieved in this regard as the projects remains at the proposal state only.



Bylaws violation
PUDA cancels residential plot’s allotment
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 19
In a rare case that may set a good precedent for the residential colonies, PUDA has cancelled the allotment of a residential plot after finding out that it was being used for commercial activities.

Following a complaint received by the deputy commissioner during a sangat darshan, an inquiry had been ordered. PUDA authorities found that the house (number 922) in PUDA colony on the Chandigarh road was being used for the commercial activity in total violation of the bylaws and the allotment was cancelled.

Disposing the complaint, the deputy commissioner directed PUDA authorities to get the ownership of the house transferred in PUDA’s name and submit the report in the next sangat darshan.

On a complaint of Balwinder Singh of Meharban village regarding the illegal encroachment on panchayat land by a villager in connivance with the sarpanch, the BDPO, Ludhiana-II, informed that the connivance of the sarpanch in illegal encroachment had been established and the case was being filed through the panchayat officer with the SDM for vocation of the land.

On another complaint from Jagmeet Kaur of Phullanwal village regarding the execution of false sale deeds by presenting some other persons in place of her father Ajaib Singh in 2004, the deputy commissioner ordered a magisterial inquiry to the SDM (West) and wrote to the SSP, Ludhiana, for registration of a case.

He also ordered the revision of the mutation on a complaint of Jagtar Singh of Harcharan Nagar, who complained that the owner had sold the same plot to some other person, which was actually sold to him earlier.



1,030 to get aid under rozgar yojna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 19
About one thousand youth are being provided financial assistance for setting up their small industrial units and business ventures by the government, under the Prime Minister’s Rozgar Yojna, during the current financial year. This was disclosed by the deputy commissioner, Sumer Singh Gurjar, here today. He said the selection process has already been started by the district level task force committee set up for this purpose.

The DC said, during the previous year DIC Ludhiana had completed the target of 940 cases successfully. He disclosed that the Government of India had changed various components and parameter of the scheme. Under the new parameters, financial assistance for industry sector has been increased from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh for beneficiaries and for business and service sector, it has been increased from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2 lakh.

To be eligible under this scheme, the upper limit of family income of the beneficiary has been increased from Rs 40,000 to Rs 1,00,000 per annum and the upper limit of subsidy provided by the Government of India has also been increased from Rs 7,500 to Rs 12,500 per beneficiary, he added.

The DC appealed to the educated unemployed youths to take maximum benefit of the scheme. He said the next meetings of the task force committee will be held on September 19 at Jagraon and on September 20, 21,27 and 28 at Ludhiana.

The application forms are available free of cost with the District Industries Centre.



Seminar on economic development
Our Correspondent

Doraha, September 19
A seminar on “Indian versus Chinese models of Economic Development” was organised at the Bhutta College of Engineering and Technology, today.

Gagan Deep Sharma, programme coordinator, business studies, was the resource person in the seminar. Dr S.K. Khepar, director BCET, extended a warm welcome to the resource person.

In his address, Sharma said India is following the laissez-faire policy in its totality while in China, the effects of communism are still visible. He deliberated that in China, the level of bad debts is as high as 20% of GDP, and this poses a real financial challenge for Chinese economy. In India, he said, the fiscal deficit poses a big challenge. However, the fiscal deficit coming down in the past three years was a good signal, he said. Sharma concluded that economic co-operation (termed as “Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai”) was the need of the hour and this co-operation would help the two economies develop at a rapid pace and become economic superpowers by the year 2050. Later, an interactive question-answer round took place.

Speaking on the occasion, prof Taranjit Singh, head, business studies, BCET, expressed concern over the political challenges involved in establishing the economic co-operation between the two economies.

Prof Sikri presented the vote of thanks, while prof Panesar presented the memento to the resource person. Prof Sanjeet Singh conducted the stage during the seminar. Prof Kirandeep Kaur, prof Simran and prof Sukhwinder were also present on the occasion. More than 100 students from business administration and engineering department attended the seminar.



Giving Dhoni a chance good for cricket: Mandira
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 19
Renowned cricket shows anchor and actor Mandira Bedi is happy over Mahender Singh Dhoni’s selection as the Indian cricket team's captain.

"The trend to give youngsters a chance is good for the game,” the actor feels.

Bedi, who was in the city today to visit Rupa Vohra's jewellery exhibition, is busy these days with a new talent hunt show on ESPN, which would select cricket commentators. "The auditions have so far been conducted at Bangalore, Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai and I was pleasantly surprised to see lot of girls coming for auditions. Youngsters these days are quite talented and know that to be a good commentator one needs to be in love with the game.”

Donning a cream sari and heavy kundan jewellery, Mandira, in her slimmer than before self, appeared younger in her streaked hair and a new look.

Cricket, she said, had changed her life. “Earlier, I was just acting, but association with the cricket gave a new dimension to the entire thing that I was doing.”

Having hosted more than 150 shows, Mandira says anchoring and “a little bit” of acting is what she would continue doing in the coming days. Among the forthcoming projects are a couple of shows and a Pritish Nandy production’s film titled “Mirabai Not Out” in which she has Anupam Kher and Mahesh Manjrekar as her co-actors.

Excited about her new look, she said it was more natural and would now “stay for a while”. Criticism does not bother her-be it on her style or her remarks. Quite confident with herself, she said: “I never wanted to be a part of any controversy. I am quite happy with my religion and with the way I am.”

Talking about Vohra’s jewellery, she commented, “I wore her collection in the World Cup and prefer her due to timeless pieces. This jewellery is a perfect combination of ethnicity and modernity.”



Tap Shock
Worm received with potable water
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, September 19
A resident of Gurdev Nagar was shocked to find a worm in his potable water in the morning today.

N.P. Singh Ghai, a resident of 2915, Gurdev Nagar, said when he went to take bath in the morning, he filled a mug from the tap. He was shocked to see an alive worm in the water. He put the water in a bottle to complain to the MC authorities.

New member of PAU board of management

Hardial Singh Gajnipur of Gajnipur village, district Gurdaspur, has been appointed as a the member of the board of management, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. He has been appointed in the capacity of progressive farmer, replacing Sant Singh Brar, Brar Farms, Guru Har Sahai, Ferozepur. This was communicated through a notification by G.S.Sandhu, financial commissioner, development, and secretary to Punjab government. The membership would be for a period of three years.

One held with poppy husk

Gurdev Singh of Jurahan was caught by the Dehlon police during patrolling from Kila Raipur village. The police recovered 35 kg of poppy husk from his possession. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered.

One killed in accident near Attiana

Dalip Singh of Braich was killed near Attiana village, when his tractor no. PB-11A-2342 was hit by Indica( No. PB-10AZ-3472). The Sudhar police has registered a case under Sections 279, 337, 304-A of the IPC, at the instance of Gurwinder Singh, father of the deceased. No arrest has been made so far.



Slash insurance rates: Pandhi

Mandi Gobindgarh, September 19
Manifold hike in the vehicle insurance rates has led to resentment among those living in the state. This was stated by former minister and member of the SAD advisory committee Dalip Singh Pandhi here yesterday. Citing instances, he said earlier a motor cycle or scooter owner had to pay Rs 80 per annum, but now it was being charged at the rate of Rs 400 to Rs 450 per vehicle. The insurance of a car was charged at the rate of Rs 600 per vehicle which had been now raised to Rs 2,950. — OC



IT dept conducts survey

Ludhiana, September 19
Officials of the Income Tax Department (Range 1 and 3) today conducted surveys on industrial units here.

According to sources, the surveys were conducted on Nagpal Group, manufacturers of garments and bags, in Moti Nagar and on National Paper Cone Group in Focal Point.

While account books and computer records were seized, investigations were on till filing of the report. — TNS



Forum registered
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 19
The president of the Senior Citizen Forum, Urban Estate, Dugri, Rattan Singh, said the forum had been registered under the Societies Registration Act. He said the government had promised to provide land to the forum.



Cop booked on graft charges
Tribune News Service

Khanna, September 19
The Khanna police has booked head constable Baljinder Singh, who was posted at the women police station, on charges of seeking bribe from one of the dowry victims.

Baljinder Singh had allegedly sought a bribe of Rs 10,000 from the father of a dowry victim. It was alleged that the head constable had deliberately removed the names of the mother-in-law, father-in-law and the sister-in-law of the girl, who had filed a complaint with the police that she was harassed by her in-laws for dowry.

After deleting the names of the three accused from the complaint, Baljinder Singh reportedly told the girl’s father that he would include the names of the three accused in the complaint only if he would pay a graft of Rs 10,000.

The matter was reported to the DSP who immediately swung into action and got a case registered against the head constable.



Chain-snatcher dies of drug overdose
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 19
A youth who had wounded a person while snatching a chain of a woman in Shastri Nagar, died due to drug overdose in Salem Tabri this afternoon.

Goldy, was one of the four youths booked by the police for snatching a chain from a woman, Kiran, and injuring a man, Surinder Singh, when he tried to prevent the crime in Shastri Nagar last evening.

While Surinder is under treatment for the deep stab wound he incurred while fighting the alleged criminals, Goldy consumed high quantity of liquor and some other drugs at his house.

His parents found him in semi-conscious condition in his room.

He was rushed to a hospital but could not be saved. The post-mortem examination report suggested over doze of liquor and drugs as the possible cause of death.

The Salem Tabri police initially investigated the case as a suicide. However, later the statements of his family as well as the doctor’s report revealed it was drug over doze. The other accused in the case were yet to be arrested.



Investors cheer as Sensex crosses 16,000 mark
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 19
Investors in the city cheered as the as the BSE sensex crossed the much awaited 16,000 mark today. Investment experts, while maintaining that it could be a good time to book profits, cautioned investors not to indulge in speculation.

“I am quite happy that the sensex crossed 16,000 mark today. I also booked profits as I am not sure that the upswing would continue for long. It took the market nearly 2 months to travel from 15,000 to the 16,000 mark,” said Ramesh Kumar, an investor.

Upbeat investors said they were expecting the market to rise further. “I will wait for the market to rise further and book higher profits. I did book some profits but am expecting to make more,” another investor added.

Experts said investors should avoid getting carried away and should prefer staying in the market for long run. “People should invest regularly and for a long run so as to earn handsome returns. Speculation increases the risk manifold and it should be avoided,” said Ashwani Sharma, an investment adviser.



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