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IT dept detects Rs 2 cr undisclosed income
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
The income tax department unearthed an undisclosed income Rs 2 crore from various business units here today.

The undisclosed income includes Rs 1.10 crore that was detected at MB Exports Private Limited, Dashmesh Nagar.

IT sleuths began the surveys on manufacturing units of the MB group and a desi ghee manufacturing unit in Malerkotla yesterday.

The investigations, that were on till 4 am today, revealed Rs 90 lakh of undisclosed income in case of Idasa India, the ghee manufacturing unit, and Rs 1.10 crore from the MB group, said sources.

The department decided to conduct surveys on these units based on returns filed by them which made officials suspicious.

Department officials seized books of accounts and other records of MB Export, manufacturers of machine tools, and two other companies of the same group -- MB Machinery and MB Brothers.

The surveys were conducted under the supervision of additional commissioner R.P. Singh and were on until the filing of this report.

Sources said the units from which the undisclosed income had been detected had to bear tax liability and the same would be treated as income of the current year.

The department conducts surveys based on information received and on the basis of returns which indicate concealment of income.

Tax experts said tax payers should maintain detailed records of their transactions in order to avoid any problems.

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Mayor’s own ward is a mess
Kanchan Vasdev
TNS

Ludhiana, October 12
As gastro and dengue cases have been reported from various parts of the city speaking volumes about insanitary conditions prevailing in city, city Mayor’s own ward needs immediate attention.

Though there has been no outbreak during these days in Gyaspura, six persons had died during the first part of the year in this area. Even though this area better known as time bomb of diseases, ticking throughout the year and exploding every time during various seasons, hogs headlines but no lessons have been learnt from the past.

Diseases like gastro and malaria are spread every year in this season and many people suffer. Official apathy remains at its best as the humanity suffers but nobody cares. After newsreports of outbreak, the official paraphernalia rushes to the spot armed with medicines and chlorine tablets but no efforts are done to prevent the diseases.

Gyaspura is infact a pockmark on the face of the financial capital of he state. Filthy lanes and bylanes, heaps of garbage, obnoxious living conditions and puddles of water mark the place. Even after city Mayor, Hakam Singh Gyaspura took over there has been no improvement.

Even today heaps of garbage, puddles of stagnating water and insanitary living conditions were witnessed. Though there has been some improvement in state of roads in some parts, largely the area remains ignored. The outbreak in neighbourhood areas has not woken up the authorities.

While the MC keeps its eyes closed, the onus then comes on the representative of people and everything boils down to the councillor of the area. And in Gyaspura, a representative who has been there for last 10 years has not been able to help matters. To cap it all he is now the city’s Mayor.

The residents of the area have always regretted lack of development. They have always complained against unhygienic living conditions. The problems compound during monsoons. The residents had recently submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner demanding civic amenities. 

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Gang plotting bank robbery arrested
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
The police has busted a gang of dacoits, including a most-wanted criminal, which was allegedly planning to loot Punjab and Sind Bank, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar branch.

The gang members were also conducting a recce of two other banks in the district.

They had bought weapons from Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh for the purpose and had used the money looted from a bank in Goraya for the purpose.

Addressing a press conference today, the SSP, R. K. Jaiswal, said the police had cut the major arms supply line for local criminals with the nabbing of the four gang members.

The accused had also made elaborate plans to rob a bank in Naugaon near Bassi Pathana and another one on the Jorra road near Malerkotla.

Those arrested are Sandeep, involved in 23 cases of robberies, murders, dacoities and snatchings,

Sachin, who had bought arms from Muzaffarnagar, Kuldip and Sarbjit.

The police is on the look out for two other members of the gang.

The police of all districts in Punjab were after the gang after reports that it might strike again.

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Perform or face action: DEO 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
In order to improve the image of government schools in the district, the district education officer has sent a clear message to teachers to work hard and get better results or face music.

To check the “laid-back” attitude of the teachers, DEO Sudesh Bajaj is on a surprise check spree.

During the past 20 days, she has visited 15 schools to convey the message that shirkers were not required. “They need to perform. And their result has to show up. I have warned them to be careful, else they will have face action which I cannot disclose right now,” she said.

“Teachers have a basic tendency to finish their routine chores during office hours. I want to discourage this practice. Office hours are meant for educating students,” she added, claiming that she had caught many of them talking on their cell phone.

She directed the teachers not to bring along mobile phones or keep them switched off.

“Teachers think I do not work on Saturday and they take this day lightly. But not anymore,” she said.

At the same time, she said she did not want to intimidate the teachers as freedom in any environment makes for the best worker. “The ratio of admission to government schools in relation to private schools is decreasing every year. My motive is to tilt that in favour of the government schools,” she said. 

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Attachment of buses ordered
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
Taking action against a transport company for providing relief to a Baddowal-based man, the labour and conciliatory officer has ordered the attachment of buses belonging to M/s New Fatehgarh Sahib Sirhind Bus Service Private Limited, for not paying Rs 21,154 to the complainant for the past several years, in spite of the labour court’s orders.

The company had not paid money to Harbhajan Singh, who was working with its parent transport company and was later thrown out.

The labour officer has written to the SSP, Ludhiana, to provide security to the department that would attach the buses of the company.

“We plan to confiscate the buses of the company from the Ludhiana bus stand and we need police security. The SHO concerned of the area should be asked to be present with his team so that we can impound the buses,” the labour officer said in a letter to the SSP.

The labour court had even asked the district administration for the recovery of his payments, but nothing came of it. The direction was given by the court in 1998.

The company had also allegedly threatened him of dire consequences if he pursued the case.

The complainant was working as a booking clerk with Kalgidhar Transport Company which was trifurcated into Patiala Bus Service, Libra Bus Service Private Limited and New Fatehgarh Sahib Sirhind Bus Private Limited several years ago.

He was terminated from service and he moved court.

While the Libra Transport Company paid his dues, the other two companies are yet to comply with the orders.

“I do not know what to do now? They have ordered the attachment of buses, but no action has been taken ever since.

“I do not know what they are waiting for,” Harbhajan said. 

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FRAUD
Agent disappears with crores
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 12
Acting on the directions of the SSP, Ludhiana (rural), the Raikot police has initiated a probe into the alleged fleeing of a commission agent of the town after duping farmers of Tazpur and other villages of crores of rupees.

Though the suspect was reported to be a partner in a firm, other associates in the company have disowned responsibility, saying that he had been transacting with complainants on his own.

A large number of farmers, mostly from Tazpur village, near here, have accused the agent, Kewal Krishan, of taking away their earnings which they had deposited with him.

According to Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, SSP, DSP, Raikot, Narinder Pal Singh Ruby, had been directed to conduct an inquiry into the allegations. The agent, along with his family, had disappeared.

“As the matter involves money, the economic offences wing of the district will also be asked to investigate the case,” he said.

Preliminary investigations by the police revealed that the agent belonged to Tazpur and farmers, irrespective of their political alliance, reposed faith in him as he belonged to their village. Some of them even impressed upon their relatives to deposit their savings with him.

Though the “turnover” of the agent was assessed around Rs 10 crore, he seemed to have invested little in fixed assets in the area.

About a fortnight ago, there were talks about his financial instability, but nobody spoke against him openly. He used to donate generously to various social and religious organisations to maintain goodwill in the area. 

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Conference on minority politics 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
The centre government was creating a wedge between the minority communities by dividing them on communal lines.

Asserting this, former chairman of Minority Commission, said the centre government was treating muslims as minority while there were other communities also which deserved attention.

He said the reservation of communal basis in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu were the best examples of the controversial centre government policy.

He made these observations during a symposium on the ‘Minority Politics in India’ was organised by Gujaranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College here today. Initiating the proceeding, Prof. Satwant Kaur, convener of the form highlighted the issue in a synoptic way.

The symposium was presided over by Dr, T.S. Anand, Principal of the college, Tarlochan Singh, Mamber of Parliamant and former chairman national commission for minorties, Prof. P.S. Kapur, John Abraham, Principal, Christian Medical College and Dr. Mohd. Khalid.

Dr. Mohd. Khalid spoke of the dilemmas of the muslims in India and referred to the campaign of calumny unleashed against the community by the politicians. He also blamed the leadership of the community for the self created mess.

Dr John Abraham shared his perceptions of being a christian in India. Prof. P.S Kapur referred the problem of minorities the legacy of the Britishers.

He referred to the arrival of muslim in India, their conquests, their rules, but he asserted that they never targeted mass conversation of the dominant Hindu majority. He further said the partition was the consequence of the fear of domination of the minority by the majority. 

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Dispute over control of Nanaksar Thath Sihar 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 12
With the Dehlon police yet to receive records about law and order situations and cases against undertrials of 12 villages of the Kila Raipur constituency which was recently shifted from Payal police station, peace at Nanaksar Thath Sihar is on stake.

While the Payal SHO was apprehensive of residents taking over the possession of the mother temple of about 24 religious places spread across the world, having property worth millions, the Ludhiana (Rural) district police was yet to receive any briefing from its counterpart in Khanna district.

Much is at stake. The control of the dera would provide the beneficiary hold over near 7,000 acre in Canada besides a few thousand acres in Punjab and elsewhere in India. At least 50 persons belonging to factions led by Baba Mann Singh, son of the Baba Mihan Singh sect’s founder, on one hand and Baba Harnek Singh on the other; were facing trial in connection with two criminal cases registered under Sections 302, 307, 382, 379, 323, 427 and 48 of the IPC and 307, 353, 186 and 379 of the IPC four years ago.

Enquiry by Ludhiana Tribune revealed that prior to the transfer of administration of 12 villages to the Dehlon police station Payal SHO Naveen Kumar had reported to his seniors that a few residents of the Sihar and surrounding villages were preparing to take possession of the Thath by getting about 10 followers of Baba Harnek Singh evicted. Circle officer in Payal was learnt to have submitted a report to the Khanna SSP in this regard.

SSP Ludhiana (Rural) Gurpreet Singh Bhullar claimed that he had sought a comprehensive report from Dehlon DSP Paramjit Singh Goraya and directed him to increase vigil at and around the Thath. “Though we have received no special report about sensitive spots in the area transferred vide notification I have directed the DSP and the SHO of Dehlon to keep an eye on the situation at Sihar Thath and other sensitive spots in the area,” Bhullar said.

The number of followers of the sect is in lakhs, including foreigners and VVIPs. The Thath was running affairs normally till September 11, 2003, when the Trust management allegedly got the rooms vacated which were till then occupied by Mann Singh, Sewa Singh and Harchand Singh (sons of late Baba Meehan Singh). The incident made villagers angry. Situation remained tense till October 10, 2003, when violence took place leaving a large number of people injured, one of whom (Jit Singh) died later.

The Payal police had registered a case of attempt to murder against 43 persons. All of these were residents of Sihar village and supporters of the three sons of the late sant, who founded the Thath and later joined the Nanaksar sect.

The villagers were demanding dera to be handed over to Baba Mann Singh. The other group headed by Baba Harnek Singh refused this, as according to the late Sant Meehan Singh had given his “gaddi” to him and not to his sons about a decade ago.

Senior officials had tried to bring the two groups to the discussion table and resolve the dispute over the control of the Nanaksar Ashram Thath, mother temple of 24 Thaths the world over. However, the talks failed when the faction led by Baba Mann Singh declined the rival’s offer to drop the claim over the land on which “Darbar Sahib” is built in return for keeping control over all other property with it.

Akal Takht had also taken both warring parties in the matter about two years ago by directing them to perform ‘religious sewa’ for committing sacrilege. Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti had held both groups guilty on different counts. 

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Jobless youths taking  to crime: SSP 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
Shrinking hosiery business is indirectly contributing to the rise in crime with a few jobless workers taking to crime to earn easy money.

The habit of consuming drugs initially forces them to work for long hours but soon the urge for more turns them into criminals.

If one takes into account the number of gangs busted in recent months, there is not a single gang which does not have a drug addict as its member.

What is worrying the cops is the sheer desperation for drugs among such youths who do not think twice before pumping bullets into someone’s body or stabbing mercilessly. “These are ruthless criminals, who under the influence of drugs just don’t have any value for human life. They don’t even realize what they were doing.” SSP R.K.Jaiswal said.

Gagan, one of the members of a notorious drug addicts’ gang, who was involved in a few chain snatchings cases, including the murder of a youth and causing seriously injuries to two others, is an apt example of how unemployment and drug addiction forces one to commit the crime.

According to Gagan, he used to stitch in a hosiery unit which closed down a few months ago. “I was out of job as a large number of hosiery units had closed down. Due to immense competition among workers, many like me could not get a job. I was already taking drugs to help me work through out the night. When I was free, I started taking more on borrowed money,” he said.

SP (Detective) Gurpreet Singh revealed that addicts who were already into crime would help the new comers by giving drugs freely to them. Once, they were hooked, the new ones were ready to commit any type crime for the sake of drug.

Gagan confessed that he takes 40 to 50 tablets of proxyvon per day besides liquor. Another accused, Sikander, was fond of smoking charas. The accused call it “lambi cigarette”

On Monday night, the accused had several rounds of the “lambi cigarette”. The urge to arrange money for the next day’s dose led them to kill a youth, and injure two others. A day ago, they had stabbed and robbed U.K. Sharda, a local newspaper editor.

The SP said parents of such youths were also to be blamed. “The moment a youth comes home on “borrowed” motor cycle (which is in fact a stolen one) and starts spending nights out with “strange” friends, the parents should get alert about his company and life style. Otherwise, their son would surely get trapped into the world of crime.”

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Cheques distributed for development works
Our Correspondent

Khamano, October 12
Cheques worth 1 lakh each were handed over for development works to Ramgarh, Raipur Raian and Shamshpur Singhan villages falling in Khamano subdivision here today.

Youth Akali Dal president and Ludhiana MP Sharanjeet Singh Dhillon and former Koom Kalan MLA Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal distributed the cheques.

Addressing a gathering at Nanowal village, Dhillon said the government would set up several power projects in the state.

He said the state would become self-reliant in power in the next two and half years.

To provide eight-hour power supply, power had to be bought from other states, he lamented.

The government was looking to provide better education to students, he added.

The government would soon recruit 16,700 teachers to meet the shortfall of teachers in the state. Around 80 per cent schools were without teachers, he added.

Three flying clubs would also be set up in the state, including one at Sahnewal, to impart training to youths and encourage taking up pilot as profession.

Atwal said development works would be started on a war footing in the coming days. He said new roads would be constructed and old ones recarpeted.

He also hinted at recruiting youths to the Punjab Police in the near future.

Budhewal sugar mill vice-chairman Dharmjeet Singh Gill, Gurnam Singh and local leaders were also present.

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Pak in overdrive to boost cross-border tourism
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
“Tourism between Punjabs on both sides of border is bound to improve by leaps and bounds,” said N.S. Nanda, who recently returned from Lahore after a visit there on behalf of the Hotel and Restaurants Association, Punjab.

Speaking here today, he said work was in full swing on the four-laning of the Attari-Lahore road to facilitate smooth flow of traffic between the two countries.

He called for greater cooperation between the two sides for exploring tourism potential in the region.

He raised the issue during a meeting with Pakistan’s Punjab minister of tourism for Mohammad Aslam Iqbal at Lahore.

Quoting Iqbal, Nanda said: “Four-lane highway road from Wagha to Lahore was already under construction. A tourist resort consisting of a hotel, restaurant, conference room, fast food, coffee bar and banquet hall will be constructed soon. The bus service from Delhi to Lahore is giving boost to tourism. The opening of direct trade from Wagha and Attari border will also produce good results for the promotion of tourism.”

Nanda met the minister after attending a meeting with some of leading hoteliers of Lahore.

He discussed various issues for the development of tourism in both countries during his meeting with Iqbal.

Nanda said the minister appreciated his suggestion and discussed major points for the promotion of tourism.

During the course of discussion, Nanda opined that since the Indo-Pak relations were moving in the right direction, it was right time to exploit the tourism potential between the two Punjabs.

He suggested easing of visa norms to meet the growing demand of people planning to travel across the border.

“Visa should not be city-specific and must encompass the entire country. Both governments should lay stress on religious tourism, which has a great potential in both countries.”

Nanda suggested that tourism conclaves, joint meetings, seminars, food and film festivals, cultural programmes and painting exhibitions of renowned artistes of both countries should be organised from time to time.

Nanda also presented a copy of his pictorial autobiography “My success story”, a coffee-table book, to the tourism minister.

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Summer: A bonanza for quacks who thrive in slums
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 12
The outbreak of gastroenteritis in a few colonies on the periphery of the mega city and increasing incidence of viral and dengue fever during past fortnight has virtually come as a windfall for a large number of quacks thriving in every nook and cranny of the city, who are making the most of the prevailing unhealthy season.

The patients, majority of whom happen to be migrant workers, or their family members, invariably fall into the trap of quacks, who run their clinics mostly in slum areas or labour colonies and carry out medical practice without any legal authority to do so.

If the patients being fleeced by these unqualified and unregistered medical practitioners, putting on fancy tags of fake degrees on their clinics, are to be believed, the quacks pump in all sorts of antibiotics without having the knowledge of their therapeutic action or adverse side effects, give injections and intravenous fluids even when these are not required, and at times even prescribe steroids to create a false sense of well being among the critically-ill patients.

A large number of victims who live in different parts of the city allege that the patients are made to get variety of diagnostic tests conducted from particular laboratories involving huge expenditure and in turn, the laboratory owners pass on a massive cut (up to 75 per cent) to the referring quacks.

In case the disease takes a turn for the worse, which happens in numerous cases, these unqualified practitioners refer the patients to one or the other nursing home, and again receive a “referral cut”, depending on the total cost of treatment, revealed a factory worker, who had already spent Rs 4,500 on the treatment of his son, who was down with diarrhoea and vomiting for the past 10 days and received treatment first from a quack and thereafter at a nursing home in the old city.

“We have no where else to go than to seek treatment from the quacks having their clinics close to our residence,” said Suresh Kumar, a house painting contractor residing in Giaspura. “The consultation fee of specialist doctors and cost of hospitalisation is unaffordable for us. May be in the long run we spend much more in getting treatment from the quacks, but in view of our limited resources, we tend to cut corners and save whatever we can on medical treatment.”

Making similar observations, another resident of Basti Jodhewal rued that the about the government hospitals and dispensaries, the less said the better. “Situation in the civil hospital is no better where medicines have to be purchased from outside, most of the tests have also to be got conducted outside and one has to pay to the staff for each and every service.”

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Ram Setu: Sadhus take to streets
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
Hundreds of sadhus joined by residents held a march against the proposed demolition of Ram Setu by the union government.

The procession started from the Daresi Ground and concluded at the division No. 3 police station.

The procession was held under the banner of the Shri Rameshwaram Ram setu Raksha Manch.

Dressed in saffron, the sadhus raised slogans against the central and Tamil Nadu governments for “hurting the sentiments of millions of Hindus across the world”.

They warned the government of intensifying the agitation if it failed to drop the project, as it concerned the faith and religious sentiments of millions of people.

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No headway in spire theft case
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 12
The police has not been able to trace the gold “gumti” (spire) that was stolen from the dome of the famous Gurdwara Nanaksar Sahib here yesterday. Hundreds of devotees visited the gurdwara as they learned about the theft.

The police visited the gurdwara even though no case has yet been registered.

The theft apparently took place during the barsi of Baba Ishar Singh.

According to information, sewadars noticed the absence of the “gumti” from a dome and informed Sant Gahla Singh.Soon after, devotees learned about the theft and assembled at the gurdwara demanding the arrest of the culprits.

The value of the “gumti” is estimated at Rs 2.5 lakh.

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Muslims offer prayers on last Friday of Ramzan

Ludhiana, October 12
Thousands of muslims today offered prayers on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramzan at the historic Jama Masjid ,Field Ganj. The prayers were led by the Shahi Imam, Maualana Habib-ur-Rehman Sani Ludhianvi.

The rush was particularly heavy today as it was the last Friday of the holy month. According to the Muslims, today's Friday prayers have a special significance.

Most of the devotees had to offer prayers out on roads because of shortage of space in the mosque. — TNS

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Killed for Drugs
From celebrations to mourning
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
They were making arrangements for his marriage, but the destiny had something else planned for them.

For, the family of Mukesh Kumar, one of the five siblings, who was stabbed to death by a gang of five drug addicts in Haibowal on Tuesday night, had to make arrangements for his cremation.

The addicts took away the youngest member of the family just to get enough money for a day or two of drug dose.

Unable to come to terms with the tragedy, Komal, the elder sister of the Mukesh, is still on sedatives, three days after the incident.

Mukesh had called her a few hours before he was killed. “‘Didi, I am coming home and will have dinner with you’,” Komal recollects him saying, as she keeps repeating the phone conversation.

He was on his way back from Saharanpur where he had gone to invite relatives for marriage.

Geeta, Mukesh’s other sister, today said the marriage was fixed for November 21. His fiancée is also from Ludhiana.

“Her condition is most pitiable. It is hard to digest the death of a man whom you were about to marry. Mukesh always wanted to settle in Punjab. That is why he chose to marry a local girl.”

Mukesh could have survived the attack had someone noticed him lying by the road. “While we were waiting for his arrival to have dinner with us, he was lying there bleeding slowly to death. This thought can’t let me rest,” said Geeta.

The family learned last evening that the accused had been arrested. They were shocked to learn that Mukesh was killed for money for drugs. “Why him? Why our dear brother? ask Geeta.

Shaktipal, another relative, sums up the anger and frustration of the family, saying: “They should be killed immediately.”

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Two booked for killing nephew
Tribune New Service

Ludhiana, October 12
The Basti Jodhewal police has booked Gurmail Kaur and Nirmal Singh, both residents of Seerha village, for killing their nephew, Karamjit.

The victim’s uncle alleged that the accused had old enmity with his nephew.

The accused had on October 10 beaten up his nephew with bricks. The victim sustained serious head injuries and was admitted to the civil hospital.

He succumbed to his injuries yesterday night. The accused are absconding.

FIR lodged

Five months after a three wheeler (PB110 BS 5748) was stolen, the Division No.1 police has registered a case against a few for stealing it. Complainant Mohan Singh, a resident of Janta Nagar, alleged that his three wheeler was stolen from outside City Heart Hotel on June 9.

Car set on fire

The Model Town police has booked Navneet Singh, a cable operator at Urban Estate, for setting a parked car on fire. Complainant Gurpreet Singh, a resident of Urban Estate Phase-II, Dugri, alleged that the accused set his car (PB 10 AA 0931) on fire. But, the complainant reached the spot on time and doused the fire.

Booked for rape

Gurwinder Singh, a resident of SBS Nagar, has been booked for raping a girl on the pretext of marrying her. The accused has been booked under Sections 420, 376 of the IPC. The police is investigating the case.

Stealing

The police has registered a case against a man for stealing and trespassing. Complainant Raman, a resident of Rajguru Nagar, alleged that a few thieves scaled the wall of his house and stole Rs 17,000, two mobile phones and other goods on the intervening night of October 10 and 11.

Illegal colony

The Division No 7 has booked Mukhtiar Kaur, Bakhtour Singh, Surjit Singh, Gurdev Singh, Rajinder Kumar, Parshotam Singh and Jassan Kumar, all residents of Mundia Kalan, for illegally constructing a colony. PUDA authorities complained to the police that the accused did not sought their permission before constructing the colony, thereby committing a crime.

Dowry cases

Two dowry cases have been reported in the city during the past 24 hours. In the first case registered at the Division No.7 police station the victim alleged that accused Manpreet Singh and Jasvir Kaur, residents of Model Town, had sought dowry and threatened her.

In another case, the Sadar police has booked Karamjit Singh, Piara Singh, Amrik Singh Satpal Singh, all residents SBS Nagar, for allegedly demanding dowry and harassing their daughter-in-law.

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Four booked for stealing taps
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 12
The police has booked Mohan Singh, Manpreet Singh, Major Singh and Jasvir Singh of Talwandi Kalan for allegedly stealing water taps.

The four were booked on a complaint by watchman Charanjit Singh. The police has registered a case under Sections 457 and 380, IPC.

Vehicle theft

Charanjit Singh of Sidhwan Kalan and Binder of Assi Kalan have been booked for stealing a motor cycle (PB 13 7381) belonging to Dalvir Khan of Rasulpur of Chhapar village.

The Dehlon police has registered a case under Section 379, IPC. No arrest has been made so far in both cases.

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Kalia seeks package for industry
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
Industry and local bodies minister Manoranjan Kalia said today that the Centre must grant special package for industries in the state.

The minister, who was here today to inaugurate a four- day Industrial Expo and Conference-2007, said concessions and subsidies given in industrial package of Government of India were being extended to selective states, which was adversely affecting industry in adjoining states. As a consequence, industrialists have begun shifting to states that have benefited, he said.

He also took a strong exception to union minister of state for industry Ashwani Kumar statement regarding discontinuation of government subsidies to small-scale industry. Kalia said the Centre should encourage small- scale entrepreneurs and try to face competition being thrown by large players.

Even as an era of the interdependence between states has begun with the induction of heavy investments and modern technology, there still is tremendous scope for improvement .

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Industry reacts strongly to minister’s remark
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 12
Union minister of state for industry Ashwani Kumar’s comment that loss- making industrial units should close down if they are unable to run them have evoked a strong reaction from the local industry.

The minister made this comment while addressing industrialists here on Wednesday.

Criticising the remarks, Joginder Kumar, president, Federation of Tiny and Small Industries of India, said: “It was an anti-industry comment and very disheartening for the small and tiny industrial units”.

Terming the remarks as irresponsible Charanjit Singh Vishwakarma, president of United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association said the Congress should take a serious note of such a comment made by the minister of state. “They should take the charge of industry back from him,” the association said.

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