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Cops seal Tangri’s office
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 23
Shiv Bhawan, Gur Mandi-based office of Shiv Sena (Rashtrawadi) head, Jagdish Tangri, from where he was allegedly running a parallel and illegal “justice dispensation” office of alleged motivated and false complaints was locked today with the city police launching an offensive against him.

The police officials termed his office as a parallel police station of the area where Tangri used to dispense justice in his own autocratic manner on personal and monetary disputes.

He allegedly presided over the court where his alleged musclemen often used to beat up the victims and forced them to pay fines.

The cops conducted massive search operation of the three room office after which it was locked. A shop of Tangri located under the office, from where he sold imported products has also been closed.

Both Jagdish Tangri and his, son, Sunil Tangri, was today named as co-accused in an FIR that was registered against their alleged musclemen Durga Singhania, Mathura Prasad and a few others yesterday.

SHO Division No 3 said both were booked after the arrested accused Durga Singhania stated that Jagdish Tangri was present when the alleged victim, Mahendra Yadav, was being beaten and forced to pay a fine of Rs 1 lakh on an alleged “flimsy” complaint.

He said both father-son duo were on the run. “We are conducting raids to nab them,” he said.

The police has also arrested Madan, who allegedly tricked the victim, Yadav, to come to Shiv Bhawan.

Police officials said the office of Tangri had started functioning recently after the police had forced him to stop his activities four years ago.

Though the police was getting information that Tangri had started presiding over his court again, no action was taken against him. Police officials said no alleged victim had come forward to lodge a formal complaint against them.



Parents weigh their status from schools
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 23
It’s all about status! As the days of admissions are approaching parents are eager to get their children admitted in one of the best schools of the city. They have already decided to get their wards admitted in other schools first and then start searching for others as a few top schools in the city will be holding admissions in January.

This time parents don’t want to leave any stone unturned as they are themselves preparing for interviews and are busy procuring forms of a few schools. For this they have kept Rs 50,000 aside in advance so that they could get their kids admitted in the best schools of the city.

But, a few parents are finding themselves in a piquant situation as those living in joint families are being pressurized by elders against spending such a huge amount just to have a say in society.

Thus, on one hand elders are not in the favour of spending such a huge amount on the child’s education, the parents on the other hand are obsessed about their social status.

Amit Behal, a businessman and father of three-year-old son, said, “I have taken personal loan from a bank for my child’s education, I have not told my parents about it. Now, I am preparing myself for interviews. Nowadays it is important for parents to prepare in advance for such interviews. Who know my son will be denied admission at one of the best schools owing to my inability.”

Parents who were waiting for their wards outside a kindergarten said this was the make or break time. First we will ensure that our child gets admission in a good school only then we will start looking for better ones.Definitely this will cost a lot of rupees, but this is about our child’s future.”

“There is no point in spending lakhs of rupees on kids at such an early age. It is always better to spend money on better elementary education but one should spend on the quality of education not on the embellished and hollow infrastructures. The parents should realize that children who study in average schools score good as well,”Sushma Kumar, a resident of the Mall road, said.

Avinash Kaur Walia, director, Spring Dale Public School said, “It is mob mentality, people are blindly following each other. No matter how beautiful are the buildings, ultimately it depends upon the quality of teachers teaching in the school.”



Dragon’s steel surge slackens
Bodes well for local cycle industrial units
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 23
Cycle and cycle parts manufactures here are looking forward to better days ahead as made-in-China stuff is getting costlier.

Rise in steel prices in China in the past over a month have infused fresh hopes of revival among the local cycle and cycle parts industry that was facing a threat of closure due to the Dragon’s invasion in domestic markets.

Cheaper cycle parts from the neighborhood resulted in the closure of nearly 50 units here and a decline in turnover by at least 25 per cent within a year. The recent rise, coupled by China’s inability to match quality in several parts, could infuse life in the industry which is still facing a threat of closure.

Those in the industry said a few international buyers too had taken note of China’s failure to adhere to international norms due to which Indian manufacturers could gain orders.

According to available data, turnover of this industry reduced by at least 25 per cent from Rs 6,340 crore in 2005-06. Industrial units, that used to function in two shifts of 12 hours each, have been forced to cut down their production to a single shift of eight hours, said unit owners.

Local manufacturers, on account of cost differential, had started importing parts like spokes, steel valves, baskets, free wheel and chain wheels. Currently, local markets are flooded by made-in-China cycles and cycle parts. “Chinese parts are 15 to 25 per cent cheaper due to which a large number of units discontinued production of these parts and preferred importing them. However, recently when a couple of industrialists went to China, we realised that the parts were getting costlier. The positive impact on Indian industry would take around a year to be visible,” said Charanjit Singh Vishwakarma of Vishwakarma Cycles.

Manufacturers in the domestic market said several loopholes in China’s industry were now getting visible and providing to be beneficial to Indians. “Industry there, particularly in the unorganized segment, is not very particular about following international norms like employing child labour. As a result we have started getting queries from buyers that had shifted to Chinese markets. We are expecting more buyers to shift from China to India,” another manufacturer said.

For Ludhiana’s cycle and cycle parts industry, that comprises of over 3,000 units and provides employment to lakhs, adopting latest in technology is critical if it is to capture the market that has so far been China’s domain, said experts.



IT raid: Kansals cough up Rs 2.30 crore
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 23
The Kansals Group, on which the income tax department conducted a survey yesterday, has surrendered undisclosed income worth Rs 2.30 crore.

According to sources, while Rs 1.50 crore was surrendered by Kansal Hosiery, the two other units S.V. Sales Corporation in Industrial Area and and Lester Square restaurant surrendered Rs 80 lakh.

Officials of the excise and taxation department today conducted a raid on an outlet of Chawla Chicken on the Dugri road here today.

According to officials, despite a "brisk business" no tax was being paid by the Chawla group. A team of tax sleuths , who conducted raids, started the process today morning.

Tax sleuths found loose documents and are planning to estimate the earnings in order to calculate tax liability. Officials said they expected to bring the party under tax net following the investigations. "The party should pay tax in case their turnover exceeds Rs 1 lakh and in this case we are expecting it to be much more."



Two years after fraud, four held
Tribune News Service

Khanna, November 23
Two years after five persons committed a fraud with a local doctor by enticing him to marry a girl, who fled away with gold jewellery and cash soon after the marriage, the Khanna police has arrested four persons involved in the crime.

According to the police Anju, daughter of Dev Raj had married Dr Satpal Khanna in March 2005 and the very next month she eloped with her paramour, Shami.

After his wife went missing, the doctor lodged a complaint against his in-laws, who in turn accused the doctor of having killed Anju. However, the police found that Anju had not been killed instead she had eloped with Shami, who was already married. The two got married and started living together.

Dr Satpal alleged that he had been duped by Anju and her family members who despite knowing that she was not interested in staying with him had got her married to him.

A case has been registered against Anju, Sita Devi, Raju, Shami and Vinod Kumar, all residents of Raikot.



Maid’s body cremated after 8 days
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 23
Eight days after she was died under mysterious circumstances following an alleged rape, the last rites of a maid employed in the house of an industrialist in Sarabha Nagar, block-A, were performed today.

The body, which was kept in the mortuary of a private hospital, was cremated late this evening.

The family members had refused to cremate the body till the police booked the accused - industrialist’s son - for murder.

The family settled for the cremation after the Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered another post-mortem examination by a board of doctors at the PGI yesterday.

The body was taken to Chandigarh last night and brought back this afternoon.

Ladethi, mother of the victim, said she would fight for justice for her daughter.

A posse of the police stood guard to avoid any outbreak of violence at the cremation ground in Model Town Extension, where her body was consigned to the flames.



Devotee found dead at gurdwara
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 23
A Sikh devotee was found dead in the sanctum sanctorum of Gurdwara Karamsar, Rara Sahib, near here, this morning. The body of the devotee, aged around 50 years, was found in darbar hall of the gurdwara.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the man had arrived at the gurdwara late last evening. Instead of asking for a room or a bed at the inn, he chose to sleep in the hall.

The police found a slip of hospital at Nanded, Maharashtra, and a blank cheque drawn on KCC Bank, Dharamsala.



LMA members discover power within
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 23
At least 58 members of the Ludhiana Management Association (LMA) walked on fire and broke tiles during a day-long training programme organised by the association here yesterday.

The “discover power within” workshop, that was conducted by trainer P.S. Rathore, involved motivational exercises and NLP, aiming at overcoming fears and tapping one’s potential.

“There is a lot of fear in our mind and the way we think and behave, the kind of results we obtain. We are empowered with a lot of energy and power within ourselves and once we realise that power, every fear fades away and the success becomes achievable,” said Rathore.

Almost half way through the programme, the trainer conducted a tile-breaking exercise in which participants were motivated to break pair of tiles with a hand.

Participants finally walked on a bed of burning amber.

Rathore said: “It is about shedding inhibitions. Instead of looking at problems, the techniques focus on attaining the final result, which makes them overcome their fears.”

He also spoke about effective communication models and various techniques of improving skills, including understanding the unique gestures, postures, eye movements, etc.

The participants were also told about human behaviour and how to understand people better.

LMA president Anil Kumar said the main objective of the programme was to transform and develop powerful skills among association members for their betterment and well being in business and social life.



Soaring Prices
Rolling mills press panic button
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 23
Steep hike in prices of furnace oil has rendered forging and rolling mill industries unviable, said industrialists here today.

Addressing a press conference, Joginder Kumar, president of the Federation of Tiny and Small Industries of India, said furnace oil was the basic raw material for these industries.

“This oil is a residue of crude oil. While the government has been subsidising petrol, diesel and LPG, prices of furnace oil are reviewed every 15 days. A recent increase of Rs 5,000 per tonne has hit the industry badly,” he said.

Giving details, Kumar said the price of furnace oil was increased to Rs 24,720 per tonne from Rs 22,780 per tonne within a fortnight.

Urging the government to reduce excise duty on petrol products, the federation members said if adequate measures were not taken, the industry would be left with no option than shut operations.

The federation has also written a memorandum to the Prime Minister on the issue.



BCM thrash Spring Dale
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 23
BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School scored a 97-run win over Spring Dale Public School on the third day of the Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex Cricket Tournament being held at BCM School ground, Shastri Nagar, here today.

The hosts won the toss and elected to bat first. They scored 139 runs for the loss of three wickets in the allotted 12 overs. Nikhil Verma remained unbeaten on 50, Sahil scored 45 and Jai Karan 9.

For Spring Dale School, Deepak, Jatinder and Abhilash shared the spoils grabbing one wicket each.

In reply, Spring Dale School was bowled out at 43 runs in 10 overs. Anurag and Manjit scored 11 and 8 runs, respectively.

For the winners, Amrinder was the pick of bowlers claiming 6 wickets for just 8 runs while Sahil and Balwinder scalped one victim each.

In the second match, Alpine International School defeated BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh road branch by 33 runs.

Alpine School made 131 for 3. The main contributors were Sanam and Raghav who chipped in 61 and 22 runs, respectively. For BCM School, Varun, Manpreet and Sumit captured one wicket each.

Chasing the target, BCM School could muster 98 runs losing 6 wickets. Tushar made 27 runs while Sumit and Rohit made 19 and 13 runs, respectively.

For Alpine School, Arpan took three wickets for 7 runs. While Karan grabbed two wickets for 22 runs, Vikas took one wicket for 16.

In another match, DAV School, Jagraon outplayed CFC School, Ludhiana by 56 runs.

DAV School scored 99 runs for 8 wickets with main contributions coming through Jenish Goyal (35 n.o.), Manpreet (18) and Neeraj (15).

DAV School in response restricted CFC School to a paltry total of 43 runs. Only one batsman, Ranjit (11), could reach double figure.

In the fourth match, Guru Nanak International Public School, Ludhiana beat SH School, Jallalpur by 77 runs.



Khalsa college eves finish third
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 23
All-round performance by Rajinder Kaur (104 n.o. and 4 for 13) helped Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, demolish DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, by 239 runs to finish third in the Panjab University Inter-College Cricket Tournament, which concluded at Panjab University campus, Chandigarh, today.

Panjab University campus, Chandigarh, and MCM DAV College, Chandigarh, secured first and second positions, respectively.

Khalsa College posted 305 for four in 50 overs, while DAV College, Chandigarh, were bowled out for 66 runs in 27 overs.



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