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Firing at wedding of MLA’s son
Young baraati injured; DDR registered
Tribune Newsd Service

Ludhiana, November 6
A member of the marriage party of Honey Bedi, son of BJP MLA Harish Bedi, was injured in the shoulder when a gun went off in mysterious circumstances at Turning Point Palace, Ferozepore road, late last night.

The shot was fired in sheer excitement when the baraatis were dancing. The police has lodged a DDR(Daily Dairy Report), saying the victim, Gurpreet Singh,was not medically fit to give a statement.

Gurpreet was operated upon at DMC Hospital this afternoon.

SP City-III Sajjan Singh Cheema said a DDR alone could be lodged in the incident as the circumstances under which the shot was fired were not clear. "We are waiting for the statement made by the by the injured youth." He said the police may proceed against the marriage palace owner after investigations.

Police sources said prima facie it seemed the shot was fired accidentally. The police has been told that the victim and the accused were friends.

A few days ago, Honey Bedi was in news for allegedly damaging a car in road rage.

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Goods worth lakhs pile up at railway station
Industrialists fear losses
Shveta Pathak
TNS

Ludhiana, November 6
Goods worth lakhs of rupees are piled up at the local railway station causing losses to industrialists.

Owners of hosiery units fear that their payments might get stuck and losses may multiply if the goods failed to reach their destination before the Diwali.

As a large number of boxes and sacks containing manufactured stuff continue to lie in the open for over 10 days now, traders fear that the goods may have suffered damage.

The quantity of goods being sent through the railways this time has increased as several traders have decided not to use road transport following strictness by the state excise and sales tax department.

“Around 1,000 boxes are lying piled up. We have been urging the authorities to transport them at the earliest, but so far nothing concrete has happened,” said Vinod Thapar, owner of a hosiery mill.

After the excise department grew strict and detained trucks carrying goods to other states, a large number of industrialists shifted to the railways in order to prevent “harassment”.

Industrialists, who blamed the railway authorities for the delay, said if the orders did not reach before Diwali, their payments may get delayed. “If goods reach prior to Diwali we are likely to get speedier payments,” said Raj Kumar, a hosiery trader.

Another industrialist said the railway authorities had told them to send the goods through the goods train. “However, if that happens, it would take 15-20 days for the merchandise to arrive. Ideally, these goods should reach within 36 hours, but it is not happening,” another industrialist complained.

For the hosiery industry, the beginning of the season was not so encouraging. Orders this time poured in later than usual. “But now that we are to meet our orders, such bottlenecks are adding to our woes,” rued hosiery trader Kuldip Singh.

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Teacher arrested for moral turpitude
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, November 6
A lecturer in Punjabi at Government Senior Secondary School, Talwandi Rai, Bhupinder Singh Grewal, has been arrested by the Raikot police on charges of moral turpitude with an intent to outrage the modesty of girl students of the school.

Grewal is nearing superannuation and is accused of instigating girls students.

The village panchayat, the PTA committee and the school staff had convened a meeting to discuss the matter. But as the teacher reached the venue to submit his application for leave, he was arrested.

Principal Surinderpal Singh has recommended strict action against the erring teacher to the district education officer.

According to the SSP (rural) Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, a case under Sections 294, 354 and 506 of the IPC, has been registered and the teacher arrested. The teacher had been transferred on similar charges from other schools on earlier occasions also.

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Milk hard to come by
Mohit Khanna
TNS

Ludhiana, November 6
Owing to the huge consumption of milk for preparing sweets during Diwali, milk has either disappeared from shops, or is being sold at a premium.

A litre of milk was available at Rs 17 to Rs 21, depending on the fat content, but today the prices shot up to Rs 24 and more. Several vendors and shopkeepers did not supply the milk to regular customers, claiming that it was in short supply.

The crackdown on spurious khoya makers has made sweet makers buy milk in bulk to make khoya themselves.

“Milk was selling at an average of Rs 17-21 per litre, but now it was selling at over Rs 24 per litre. I skipped the supply to my regular customers and supplied milk to a sweet shop instead,” Darbara Singh, a milkman, said.

Amarjit Singh, purchase officer of Verka, said they had not supplied less quantity of milk. “We had made prior arrangements to meet the huge demand on Diwali. We did not cut the supply made to the vendors daily,” he said.

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Stepfather charged with rape
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, November 6
A man has been charged with the rape of his stepdaughter His wife lodged a report with the police, which has registered a case against him.

According to information, the woman had married Suresh Kumar of Gidderwindi and her minor daughter was also staying with them.

On November 3, when she was away, Suresh Kumar allegedly raped the girl and threatened her of dire consequences if she told anyone. The girl told her mother about the incident after two days. She also said he had raped her several times before. The accused is absconding. 

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Chahal case adjourned

Ludhiana, November 6
The judicial magistrate, Harinder Kaur Sidhu, today adjourned the land grabbing and attempt to murder case involving B.I.S Chahal, former media adviser to ex-Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, till November 22 as the prosecution failed to supply the requisite documents.

Chahal had appeared before the court today. —OC

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Ludhiana Calling

THE National Academy of Medical Sciences (New Delhi) bestowed a fellowship on Dr Rajoo Singh Chhina, medical superintendent, DMCH, in Amritsar recently. Dr Jai Rup Singh, vice-chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, also got the same honour.

Hanuman ‘bhakt’

The deputy commissioner of Ludhiana, Sumer Singh Gurjar, is a staunch devotee of Lord Hanuman. So much so that he keeps a fast on Tuesdays. An official said in a lighter vein, “may be this is the reason why he holds sangat darshan on Tuesdays to give justice to the common man”.

Expensive gift

A man came to a leading crockery shop and asked the salesman to show him the most expensive Diwali gift. He said he had to present it to a bank official who had made his Rs 15 lakh bank limit. Truly a festival of light for some!

Diwali chaos

With just a few days left for Diwali, the traffic in markets and shopping centres has worsened. Though the police has enforced one-way traffic in Ghumar Mandi, there is much chaos. It is true for old bazars, too.

Please care

Festivity and the nip in the air make this month the favourite of residents. But smog is a problem due to the burning of paddy stubble and bursting of crackers. Many people would stay indoors to avoid suffering from respiratory problems.

Punctuality draw

The media is coming together in the city at least for celebrating Diwali. The Indian Media Centre has organised a Diwali bash for mediapersons and a “punctuality” draw will be held to attract them. It is over to mediapersons to avail of it.

Tailpiece

A five-year-old girl was seen confiding in her mother that she liked actor Shahid Kapoor so much that she wanted to marry him. The conversation was overheard at a cinema hall when they came out after watching a Shahid film. The mother was at a loss for words.

— Sentinel

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PAU scientists warn against adulterated sweets
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 6
The demand for sweets increases during festival season and consumers are often cheated by shopkeepers by being sold adulterated eatables.

Keep Diwali pollution-free: Mayor

Ludhiana, November 6
Mayor Hakam Singh Gyaspura has called upon residents to ensure a pollution-free Diwali this time. Congratulating residents on Bandi Chhod Diwas, the mayor, along with the senior deputy mayor and the deputy mayor, jointly appealed to residents to keep their surroundings clean and not contribute to pollution on that day.

“We need to think sensitively about the environment. We should make sure that the city's air is clean even on that day. We should make efforts so that every resident can breathe clean air,” said a statement by the trio.

This is for the first time that the elected representatives of the city in the MC house have appealed to the residents in this regard. Ludhiana is incidentally the most polluted city of the state and the pollution levels on Diwali touch an all-time high. — TNS

Dr Rupa Bakhshi, professor, department of family resource management, feels customers need to be vigilant while making purchases for sweets. “Before you sink your teeth into one of those delectable ‘pista barfis’, find out just how much pistachio has gone into its ‘green’ texture as it might be due to peas or some synthetic colour,” she says, adding that there is a rampant use of poor quality oil boiled potatoes as “mava” in “gulab jamuns”, banned toxic food colours and flavours.

The poor hygienic conditions at shops where most sweets are mass-manufactured to cater to the Diwali demand also wreak havoc on the health of those who consume these.

Hence, consumers must be aware of the adulterants that are commonly found in various eatables.

Many a time valuable components are removed from the food and prohibited items are added to make money. Consequently, the consumer is cheated of his money’s worth.

The use of refined oil was recently detected in the “pure ghee” graded sweets, says Dr M. Sidhu, associate professor in the College of Home Science.

Visual appeals of bright red, yellow and brown colour sweets can be deceiving and send you straight to a doctor, he adds.

Consumers should only buy products that do not contain artificial food colourants.

These artificial colourants are regularly used in sweets like “rasgulla”, “ladoo”, “jalebi”, “burfi”, “chum-chum”, “Karachi halwa” and many more. Toxic colourants are often used as these are easily available, comparatively cheap and look attractive.

“But in reality they may be carcinogenic. Toxic effects of these colours may include diseases like paralysis, brain damage, vomiting, diarrhoea, giddiness, food poisoning, etc.” he says.

According to Dr Bakhshi, housewives can use natural colourants derived from fruits, vegetables, spices, etc. For example, green can be produced from spinach, red from beetroot, and yellow from saffron.

Otherwise, natural off-white colour sweets made from milk and milk products are best to consume and one can avoid artificial colour intake. Also, sweets produced at home are hygienic and safe, say home scientists.

The advisory issued by them says that consumers must buy milk and milk-based products from shops that maintain good hygiene.

Milk is commonly adulterated with water, which may even be contaminated with urea, vanaspati, starch, etc.

During festival season, demand of “khoya” and “channa” increases manyfold. Knowing that their product is going to be sold out, shopkeepers and sweetmeat manufacturers adopt different ways of adulteration, unmindful of their ill-effects on the consumers.

Fresh “khoya” and “channa” are soft at room temperature but their adulteration is done by adding starch and synthetic material.

Lumps of fresh “khoya” can easily be mashed, resulting into a smooth product. However, if starch or synthetic material is added, the product is not smooth and gets creamy after mashing.

To detect starch in milk and milk products, add a few drops of iodine and if the colour of the food product changes it depicts the presence of starch.

“To save you and your family from the bad effects of adulterants, prepare simple sweets at home and try to avoid sweets at least during festival season,” say PAU experts.

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Talent hunt show in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 6
Moga-based company Wisdom Production will hold semifinals of its talent hunt show “Sanu Maan Punjabi Hon Da” in the city on December 25.

Director company Kuldip Singh Brar said at a press conference that the company was looking for talented people in the field of giddha, bhangra, modelling and other dances.

The programme would also be conducted in Patiala, Bathinda, Amritsar and Chandigarh, he added.

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‘C’ form deadline March 31

Ludhiana, November 6
The last date for submitting ‘C’ forms for the current year has been extended to March 31, 2008. The state government would also form a committee that would look into legal implications and viability of imposing entry tax before its implementation.

The decisions were taken in a meeting of a delegation of the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU) with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in Chandigarh today.

“The Chief Minister agreed to extending the date for submitting C forms upto March 31, 2008, from the previous date of November 20 this year. We were also assured early release of pending VAT refunds,” said general secretary of CICU, Avtar Singh, in a press note today.

Singh said the delegation discussed industry’s problems with the CM pertaining to electricity security, entry tax and VAT.

“It was decided that instead of cash advance security, that was the requirement so far, bank guarantees would be accepted. The CM also ordered to constitute a committee that would look into legal aspects and viabilities of imposing entry tax before its implementation,” said Inderjit Singh Pardhan, president, CICU.

Charanjit Singh Vishwakarma , president of the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association, industrialists G.L. Pahwa, G.S. Kahlon, Satish Dhanda, K.K. Seth and T.R. Mishra also accompanied the delegation. — TNS

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Letters
Transport planning

Ludhiana city is facing a lot of problems in the field of traffic and transport planning which needs immediate steps to be taken by the department concerned. Municipal corporation, Ludhiana, should engage well experienced and reputed consultants in the field of traffic engineering and transport planning for the upgradation of transport infrastructure of the city which include junction improvement and landscaping along road side.

The whole city needs to be surveyed and studied to identify traffic and travel problem for the improvement of road intersection. For this purpose, experts should prepare a detailed report about encroachments made by big shopkeepers and shopping complexes. The MC should provide suitable places for open markets with no traffic problem on the road side. The traffic police should strictly enforce the traffic rules and traffic lights be put in the order. Public in general and social welfare associations in particular should come forward to assist the authority.

H.L. Lamba, Ludhiana

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