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Fake stamp paper scam worth crores
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
In a repeat of Telgi scam in Ludhiana, seven persons allegedly sold fake stamp papers worth crores causing loss to the state exchequer. The scam came to light when Sub-Registrar (central) Major Gurinder Singh Benipal found that the stamp paper of Rs 45,000 denomination submitted to him by a private party was only a coloured xerox.

The party had submitted papers for sale deed registration and a stamp duty of Rs 49,000 was to be paid. The fake paper was attached with original papers worth Rs 4,000 to pass it on as real. When he investigated, he found it was a coloured photocopy and bore fake stamp of a stamp vendor.

Several persons, including an advocate, are suspected to be involved in the racket. Out of seven suspects, three have been identified, including a woman typist.

The two others are deed writer father-son duo, who also happen to be Akali leaders.

Major Benipal said when he saw the fake papers he recalled all documents registerd by him on that day. He found out that on that day only, they passed on stamp papers worth Rs 1.2 lakh as real in the central Sub-Registrar’s office. It remains to be seen how many fake stamp papers have been used in the other two offices and for how long the racket has been continuing.

The accused fled as soon as they learnt that the scam had been unearthed.

Benipal said more people would be identified soon. He has reported the matter to DC Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, who said they would investigate further and legal action would be taken against all those involved.


MC looks other way as Cong flouts rule
Jyotika Sood/Tribune News Service

A banner thanking people for voting in favour of Manish Tewari hangs on a direction board at the Bhai Bala Chowk in Ludhaina on Sunday
A banner thanking people for voting in favour of Manish Tewari hangs on a direction board at the Bhai Bala Chowk in Ludhaina on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, May 17
The municipal corporation may have been quick in removing the posters and banners till the counting of votes yesterday, but once the results were out it seems everything is fair for the candidate who won the Lok Sabha poll from this constituency.

This was noticed after banners and posters thanking public for casting their franchise in favour of Manish Tewari were put up on direction boards owned by the corporation. These can be seen all over the Ferozepur Road thereby raising doubts about rules for MP could be flouted.

The banners carry the photographs of Manish Tewari, MP, along with photographs of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi. The banner also carries photograph of former Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.

The banners on these boards have been put up in violation of the Municipal Corporation’s Act.

It’s not for the first time that these boards have been used for putting up banners, as the space is all-time favourite for the advertisers.

The media has highlighted misuse of this space by the parties often after which the municipal officials sprang into action and removed them, but it seems the politicians are not ready to learn any lessons despite being the lawmakers. 



Election officers caught on wrong foot
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
In an example of negligence on the part of election officers in this constituency, none of the senior officials from the district election office have information about how many people refused to vote in the city by exercising Rule 49 (O).

When election tehsildar Labh Singh was asked about it, he said no such data had been compiled by the office and assistant returning officers from all segments could be contacted to get the real picture.

When Deputy Commissioner-cum-district election officer Gurkirat Kirpal Singh was asked about it, he said the election tehsildar had gone to Chandigarh to attend a meeting called by the chief election officer and after he came back, the data would be provided.

The data should have come up along with the counting of votes and after the results were declared yesterday, but the district election officers in Ludhiana have failed to provide any information so far.

On May 13 also, the election officers were caught on wrong foot when presiding officers had revealed that they had no information about Rule 49(O). Besides, during a survey by The Tribune team, presiding officers were ignorant about Form 17(A) that had to be signed by residents if they opted for Rule 49(O).

This caused a lot of inconvenience to hundreds of voters in Ludhiana who failed to use the provision as no training about it was given to the presiding officers.

Due to the carelessness on the part of election officers, voters were either forced to vote or had to return without exercising their franchise.

Naresh Bansal, a resident, said: “After reading Ludhiana Tribune on May 13, I went to the polling booth and told the presiding officers that I wanted to exercise my vote under Section 49-O. The presiding officers looked at me and argued that there was no such direction. I insisted, but they refused and said since they had applied ink on my finger, I had to caste my vote.

“One of the officers forced me to press a button on the EVM,” he added.



BSNL GM, 2 others in CBI net
Mohit Khanna/Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
The CBI from Chandigarh nabbed the general manager of BSNL (Bharat Nagar Chowk) SK Aggarwal last evening for the alleged embezzlement of government money. He along and his two accomplices were nabbed by CBI officials while they were sharing the “commission” earned from a contract.

The trio was nabbed following the complaint of Major Pal Singh Malhotra, owner of a security agency. Malhotra alleged that the GM had taken a commission of Rs 1,000 each for recruiting private security guards.

In his complaint, he alleged that HR Kochar and Kamal Dragan were working as a dealer for the GM.

The CBI officials laid a trap and arrested the trio while they were striking a deal at the BSNL office last evening. Sources in the BSNL said the trio was distributing Rs 1.25 lakh among themselves when the CBI raided the place and arrested them.

While the GM was nabbed with Rs 86,000, the rest of the amount was recovered from the other two. The sources said the GM approached Malhotra and tried to fix a deal with him. A sum of Rs 4,500 was given to every private security guard, but the GM said he would increase the amount to Rs 6,000 if he was given Rs 1,000 as commission.

The CBI came to know about the matter when they nabbed a Delhi-based security agency owner, Sanjay Raj. During interrogation, he revealed the shocking details of the nexus.

Raj reportedly used to give Rs 1,200 as commission to the GM every month. However, higher officials of the BSNL are tightlipped over the issue.



Galib’s Defeat
Badal wants ward-wise details
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
The defeat of SAD candidate Gurcharan Singh Galib from the Ludhiana constituency, with a margin of over one lakh, has been taken up seriously by senior Akali leaders, with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal asking Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura to give him a report regarding the elections.

Badal has asked the Mayor to give him a ward-wise report of the constituency with details about places where SAD candidates faced a setback, besides details of who were the party persons who were deputed in the area.

Sources said: “Badal has taken the matter seriously and would analyse where things went wrong for the party in the Ludhiana constituency as party workers had made tall claims of winning the seat.”

The report would be submitted by the Mayor tomorrow. Giaspura said he would be able to comment only tomorrow.

The defeat of Galib has come as a shock for SAD leaders and workers who boasted of having worked hard enough to win the seat. Galib led by few thousand votes in just two segments, Jagraon and Dakha, out of the nine segments of the constituency.



Thousands bid adieu to Nanaksar sect chief
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, May 17
The head of the Nanaksar sect was cremated at Nanaksar Kaleran near here today. Thousands of followers bid adieu to Sant Baba Sadhu Singh. He passed away on May 15 after a brief illness.

His followers are spread all over the world and had visited India to have his last glimpse. Baba Lakha Singh, the head sewadars and heir of Sant Baba Sadhu Singh, lit the pyre as per traditions. Though all previous heads of this sect were buried at Hari Ke Pattan, he had wished to be cremated at Nanaksar Kaleran after death. Baba Lakha Singh said bhog ceremony will be held on May 24.

Born in 1921 in Pakistan, Baba Sadhu Singh had reached the Nanaksar Gurdwara when he was 15 years old. Baba Nand Singh sent him to Sant Baba Harnam Singh of Bhucho Mandi for religious education. He returned to Nanaksar and spent his life here serving the gurdwara and preaching Sikhism. Lakhs of Sikhs were baptised by him.

He served the Nanaksar Gurdwara for the last more than 73 years. Baba Sadhu Singh had served Sant Baba Nand Singh who had established this sect. Later on he had also served Sant Baba Ishar Singh for 35 years since 1963.

A number of devotees today thronged the Nanaksar Gurdwara to attend the funeral of Baba Sadhu Singh. Chief Minister, Punjab, Parkash Singh Badal, Harsimrat Kaur, Darshan Singh Brar, Bikram Jit Singh Majthia, Iqbal Singh, Jathedar Takth Patna Sahib, SGPC president Avtar Sigh Makkar, Gurdeep Singh Bhaini, Baba Gurmail Singh, Baba Harbhajan Singh, Baba Gurcharan Singh, SSP, Jagraon, Gurpreet Singh were among thousands of religious heads, institutions’ heads, political leaders, raagis and devotees who gathered at the funeral.



Travelling Woes
Poor water, porter facility at rly station
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 17
One of the busiest railway junctions in the Ferozepur division of Northern Railway - Ludhiana, with some 150 mail and passenger trains passing through it daily, is in a state of poor maintenance and upkeep. While it has a passenger flow of around 30,000 and annual revenue exceeding Rs 100 crore, the amenities as well as services available to the travelling public is pathetic to say the least.

Even as the mercury soars and heat wave like conditions continue, the travelling public is denied cold drinking water, thanks to the connivance between railway vendors and lower-rung railway employees. The railway authorities have provided 13 water coolers on railway platforms for the benefit of passengers.

But the coolers are mostly switched off or else the water supply is cut off to the coolers with the result the passengers have to buy bottled mineral water or cold drinks to beat the scorching heat.

Several passengers travelling on long route trains to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar were seen in frantic search of cold water on platform numbers 2 and 3 today with all five water coolers having been switched off. Agitated passengers said the railway authorities talked of providing more and more amenities at major railway stations, but they are not able to ensure adequate supply of cold drinking water.

Another major problem that the rail passengers have to grapple with is shortage of licensed porters at the railway station. For the last more than a year, there are just one and a half dozen porters available on the platform as against a required strength of around 150.

Under a policy of the railway ministry, majority of the porters were absorbed as railway gang men early last year.

The railways had initiated the process of recruitment of fresh porters, but it was stalled for unknown reasons. A couple of months ago, fresh applications were invited by the Ferozepur division of the Northern Railway for granting licenses to porters, but the process was again caught in the official red tape with no result till now.

Due to shortage of porters, those travelling with heavy luggage are put to great difficulty and it is not uncommon to come across people, travelling with heavy pieces of luggage, fervently looking for porters or else making several rounds of the platforms themselves pushing and lugging their suitcases.

Railway officials said employees had been cautioned against the reported practice of switching off power supply or water supply to the water coolers and supervisory staff had been directed to keep an eye to ensure that all water coolers installed on platforms were operational. About the shortage of railway porters, they said the officials at divisional headquarters were apprised of the matter and necessary action would be taken soon.



Manmohan look-alike 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Prof Kartar Singh Lakhesar
Prof Kartar Singh Lakhesar

Ludhiana, May 17
Prof Kartar Singh Lakhesar, former senior faculty member in the department of farm power and machinery at the PAU has every reason to cheer at the victory of the UPA at the Centre. After all, he is a look-alike of PM Manmohan Singh.

He said: “I have not changed my looks or attire to look like Dr Singh. The resemblance is both natural and accidental. But I feel happy with the resemblance,” he said.

Lakhesar (65) was first noticed by the media when Dr Singh became the Prime Minister in 2004. “It is a privilege to resemble the PM of a country. When I had gone to the US a few years ago, many people thought that I was Dr Manmohan Singh or his younger brother. It feels good when people ask for photos with them,” he said.

A director from the Dehra Dun film industry has even promised him lead role in a documentary.

He said his family, colleagues and students at the university would keep telling him that he looked like Dr Singh, but he never paid attention to it at that time. “I like Dr Singh as he is an honest man. People respect him. My friends, relatives and neighbours have been coming since morning to congratulate me for becoming the PM once again,” he added jokingly.



NGOs urge admn to start work on projects
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 17
Accusing successive governments of ignoring demands of local residents about providing basic amenities at local town and surrounding localities, office bearers of a few social and political organizations of the area have urged higher authorities to impress upon local administration to launch projects for which grants has already been received.

Inefficient sewage disposal system and inadequate water supply had emerged as the major issues during every election including recent Lok Sabha elections.

Frequent overflow of sewerage and stagnation of water at many places, including entry roads and schools, had led to pathogens breeding in the low-lying areas. The condition becomes worse in front of Islamia High School, Dehliz road, Bajrang Akhara road, Jagera road, Jawahar Nagar, Guru Nanak Pura Mohalla, Amarpura and railway road areas.

Frequent power cuts has compounded problems for the civic authorities as non working of disposal pumps leads to blockade of sewerage at many places. The councilors who had promised their supporters to provide efficient water supply and sewage system are usually seen attending disposal pumps as their non working forces the staff to curtail water supply also.

When residents of their areas are forced to walk through stinking sewage water, the candidates pretend to call disposal squads to speed up the removal of stagnant water.

Perusal of records revealed that the municipal council had received grants worth over Rs 5 crore for a project for laying main drains that was supposed to be undertaken by the Punjab Sewerage and Water Supply Board.

As the foundation stone for the scheme was laid by then parliamentary secretary Razia Sultana, the SAD government, after its organisations, withdrew the grant.

Observations by Ludhiana Tribune revealed that some low-lying roads and streets were usually flooded with sewage water during rainy season. Pedestrians, especially students, women and labourers are the worst sufferers. Religious places are no exception and night soils floating in dirty stagnant water near such places spoil the mood of the devotees.

Residents loose no chance to question supporters of various candidates if they would be able to keep the tall promises they are making with the residents this time.

Ravinder Puri and Bimal Sharma councilors claimed the civic body had drafted a massive project to solve the problem.



Meritorious students felicitated
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 17
The management committee of the Anand Isher Senior Secondary Public School, Chhapar, has felicitated three students of Class VIII, namely, Ramandeep Kaur, Eshavdeep Kaur and Sherry Kalra.

They have been appreciated for attaining positions in the merit list of Class VIII examinations conducted by the Punjab School Education Board.

Maintaining that all students had secured good marks, school principal Kartar Singh appreciated the teachers in helping them prepare well. 



60 examined at eye check-up camp
Our Correspondent

Khamano, May 17
A free eye check-up camp was organised at Guru Amar Dass Public School, Farour, by a team of doctors led by Prof Raj Bahadur, director of Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh.More than 60 patients were examined at the camp. Prof Bahadur appealed to the people to take care of eyes.

Earlier, Chand Educational and Welfare Society had started the Isha Memorial Dental and Eye Clinic, which was inaugurated by Prof Raj Bahadur.

Founder of the society Baba Sarabjit Singh Bhalla said specialists would examine patients at this clinic free of cost on every Sunday and Tuesday. He added that the required equipment had been purchased by the Trust and the GMCH-32 doctors would examine the patients of rural areas.



With Galib humbled, Akalis need to ponder on defeat
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
The mandate in favour of Congress nominee, Manish Tewari, yesterday has left many a SAD-BJP heavyweight humiliated who were making tall claims of garnering maximum votes for SAD candidate, Gurcharan Singh Galib, from different parts of the city.

The lead of nearly 30,000 votes for Manish Tewari came from Ludhiana (West) constituency represented by Akali MLA, Harish Rai Dhanda, who also happens to be the Chief Parliamentary Secretary. Though, Dhanda had defeated former Congress Education Minister, Harnam Dass Johar, during Assembly elections, there was a paradigm shift in the vote bank within a period of two years only.

The verdict was like writing on the wall when Dhanda was not allowed to speak at two rallies 
organised by the SAD and BJP leaders in his segments a few days prior to 
the elections.

The workers had protested and forced him to return. Manish Tewari secured the second largest margin in Ludhiana (North) constituency represented by MLA Harish Bedi and SAD leader Madan Lal Bagga. Though Bagga was rewarded as the chairman of the industrial board by Badals when he joined the SAD after deserting the Congress, he could not prove to be of much help as Manish won from here by a margin of 28,000 votes.

The Central and East constituencies represented by BJP MLA and Deputy Speaker, Vishan Sabha, Satpal Gosain, after delimitation, both gave a good difference of 18,000 and 16,000 votes, respectively, to Manish.

Though Gosain has a good influence among voters in his segment, it could not transform into votes for Galib.

Senior Deputy Mayor, Parveen Bansal, also remained active in this segment but could not garner votes.

The South segment comprising areas of MLA Darshan Singh Shivalik and SAD councillor, Simarjit Singh Bains, and his supporters also could not prove lucky for Galib.

Here also Manish led by a difference of 6,000 votes making tall claims of Bains and Shivalik fall flat.

Both had sung songs of development and working at grassroots level in their respective areas.

These could not win votes for Galib.

The Atam Nagar segment, represented by Dhanda as well as Minister for Jails, Hira Singh Gabria, too, provided a lead of 4,000 votes to Manish.

Gabria was also claiming to be a grassroots worker and a popular leader.

In the Gill segment also Manish registered an upper hand with a margin of 2,800 votes.

Galib could manage lead in Dakha and Jagraon segments only. In Dakha, he maintained lead by only 2,351 votes while in Jagraon, an area that was said to be swearing by Galib, could make their leader lead by just 10,000 votes.

Whereas, Manish could effect a lead of as high as 30,000 from urban segments.

With the numbers going against their favour, the SAD-BJP leadership needs to rethink about what all went wrong. SAD supremo, Sukhbir Badal, was said to have worked very strategically to make Galib a success.

He was learnt to have even told his leaders that he wanted this seat at any cost. But that was not to happen. 



Poll over, employees heave sigh of relief
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
Elections are over and the employees on election duties have heaved a sigh of relief that they are back to the cool comforts of their homes. Once the orders of the election duties were released, no employee could say ‘no’ to it.
Doctors examine Shri Bhagwat at a private hospital in Ahmedgarh on Sunday
Doctors examine Shri Bhagwat at a private hospital in Ahmedgarh on Sunday. Photo by writer

Each person on duty has a different story to tell. While some found it tough, others enjoyed it. One of the employees told The Tribune that election duty was very hard as he remained glued to the chair in sweltering heat for the whole day. There were ten security guards at the polling booths to maintain law and order. There were long queues of voters, but no washroom.

As long as they were on duty they could not leave the polling station and they were also made to stay through the night in subhuman conditions, an employee alleged. There was no bedding facility and they had to arrange mattresses from a gurdwara. Water arrangement was not proper even in the hot summer weather. Although the stipend for the food was paid to them, it was difficult to make own arrangements.

Each employee was insured for Rs 5 lakh. Presiding officers were paid Rs 1,200. Another employee said this time the saving grace was that they were not huddled in trucks, but ferried in buses to various destinations.

Employees said elections were by and large peaceful. To them it hardly mattered which party came to power. They were to perform their duties with sincerity. 



Exposure to sun can damage skin: Doctor
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 17
With the rise in temperature and heat wave like conditions prevailing in the region, those exposed to Sun for longer duration can suffer from the mild or even strong skin reaction. There is need to take precautions against damage to the skin from the sun rays, says Dr Alka Dogra, professor and head, Skin and VD Department, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital.

She observed that in mild sunburn, the skin becomes hot, taut, red and painful, but in severe sunburn, intense pain, blistering, inability to tolerate the content with clothing occurs along with other constitutional signs and symptoms like nausea, vomiting, chills, fever. This is then called as “Sun poisoning.” Sun damage is also responsible for wrinkles; blotching, drying and leathering of the skin, making patients look older than their age.

Stressing on the need for adequate protection, Dr Dogra says every one needs to be on the guard. “Fair skin people are at risk of suffering from skin cancer. People with freckles and those who burn before tanning are also at risk. So anyone who spends more time outdoors, either at leisure or on the job, and those already have skin cancer is at risk of getting it again.”

In particular, babies and children need more protection, not only because of their tender skin, but also because they have many more years ahead of them to catch damaging solar rays. And they spend much more time outdoors than adults. Most of a lifetime sun exposure occurs before the age of 18.

Listing precautions to keep adverse effects of sunrays at bay, she advised the people to limit time in the Sun. “Avoid going out between 10 am and 3 pm, when the sun rays are the strongest. Keep track of the time you spend in full sunlight, do not stay in an unshaded area, use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher whenever you spend time outdoors. This applies to all outdoor activities like athletics, shopping, picnicking, walking or jogging, gardening, even waiting for a bus. Choose a sunscreen with ingredients that block both UVB and UVB rays.”

Dr Dogra further asked the people to wear long-sleeved shirts and pants. The more tightly woven the fabric and the darker the colours, the more protection you get.

If you can see light through a fabric, UV rays can get through too. Water makes fabrics more translucent; so do not rely on a wet T-shirt for sun protection. 



Nature cure resorts a hit
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
With holiday packages in both domestic and international categories available, residents of the city have the choice of heading towards cooler destinations to beat the scorching heat.

Most of the residents are heading towards hill stations like Manali, Mussorie, Shimla and Dharamsala. In the international packages the most preferred destinations are Malaysia, Singapore and Bangkok.

Apart from this those who want to detoxify themselves can opt for nearby cottages and nature care chalets that disconnect them from everything that is stressful and nerve-racking. Body massage, spa, sauna, Yoga and nature walk helps in rejuvenating them.

While destinations like Mumbai and Goa are preferred during November, December; hills are the most sought after these days. Monica dealing in tours and travels told that many people were going on holidays to Port Blair for which the charges are Rs 72,200, per couple for three nights and four days stay.

A holiday at Bangkok costs Rs 30,500 and it is a three nights and four days stay. It consist all airfare charges with breakfast. For a holiday in Goa (four nights and five-day stay) its costs around Rs 20,000. “Nanital and Darjeeling are also among the preferred destinations in India.

While the service class prefers domestic packages, it is the business class which opts for the international packages,” she added.

Neetu Kawatra, who works in a private bank, has planned to take a break from her hectic schedule and will be heading to Kayakalp at Palampur. “I just want to detoxify myself. After ruling out various options I think this is the best for me. My fingers are crossed and I believe that my trip will turn out to be a rejuvenating one,” she smiles in anticipation.

The percentage of people opting for resorts, cottages and nature care resorts has increased tremendously over the years. People today want to go for a holiday to recharge themselves. “Keeping the taste of the clientele in view the majority of the hotels today are also providing facilities like massages, sauna, spa, organic diets, yoga and so on,” says Dinesh, a tour operator from the city. 



UGC to act tough on ragging
Guidelines likely to be implemented next year
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
Acting tough on the increasing incidents of ragging in educational institutes, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has come up with latest guidelines “Regulations-2009”, which are likely to be implemented in colleges/universities from the next academic session.

Though authorities of most colleges have not received the letter either by the university or the UGC in this regard hitherto, they assured to implement the latest guidelines at the earliest.

The UGC has also constituted an anti-ragging cell with leading personalities on the panel, who will keep a check on the activities in the colleges.

As per the guidelines, if any such incident was reported, both the student and the college will be held responsible.

Also, the student found guilty would be suspended, scholarship would be cancelled, would be fined Rs 25,000, results would be withheld and admission to any other institution would be denied. The government would immediately stop all grants to the institution as well.

As per the recent amendments, ragging includes both physical and mental harassment.

The UGC has also asked the colleges to introduce juniors to seniors in presence of the authorities.

The officiating principal, SCD Government College, Jasbir Kaur Makkar, said the college had not yet received the guidelines.

“We will implement the guidelines in true spirits,” she added. 



Unions seek free treatment for injured block officer
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 17
Trade unions of the local civic body have urged the Election Commission to impress upon civil authorities to get Shri Bhagwat, a municipal employee, who sustained injuries while going to Kup village to work as a block level officer on the polling day.

Bhagwat, who got unconscious after sustaining injuries, was admitted to a local private hospital by a passer by.

In a communication addressed to the higher authorities, including the Chief Election Commissioner, the Chief Minister and the Local Bodies Minister, office-bearers of the municipal employees union and allied organisations have demanded free of cost treatment and compensation for Bhagwat.

Though the municipal authorities had informed the polling staff about the incident, nobody bothered to take care of Bhagwat, who remained in the unconscious state for long.

Profusely bleeding Bhagwat was shifted to Kundal Lal Hospital by a passer by. Referring to the information received from the wife of the injured employee, union leaders Satnam Singh, Harbans Singh Giani and Harvinder Singh Sohi maintained that all expenses were born by the family only. 



Ramgarhia remembered
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
The 286th birth anniversary of sikh warrior of 18th century Maharaja Jassa Singh Ji Ramgarhia was celebrated with enthusiasm here today. The anniversary was organised under the aegis of local unit of the All-India Ramgarhia Vishwakarma Federation.

State working president Surinder Singh Riat and president of Ludhiana unit of the All-India Ramgarhia Vishwakarma Federation Jagtar Singh Bhambra welcomed the delegates and participants.

The speakers talked about heroic deeds of Sikh warrior Maharaja Jassa Singh Ramgarhia, who conquered Delhi and hoisted the victory flag on Lal Quilla. He also constructed “Ram Rauni Quilla” that was later known as “Ram Garh Quilla”.

Federation president Gurminder Singh Matharoo released a souvenir 2009-10 published by the Ludhiana unit, depicting the lifetime achievements of Maharaja Jassa Singh Ramgarhia and his contribution towards Sikh panth.

His contributions earned him appreciation and respect amongst all Sikh warriors. 



Imposition of safeguard duty on acrylic fibre 
Small enterprises a harried lot
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are a worried lot with the proposed imposition of safeguard duty on acrylic fibre. Ludhiana alone houses over 10,000 small and medium knitwear and textile units, employing over four lakh people, many of whom might lose jobs if the safeguard duty comes into force.

This fibre is a major raw material for producing acrylic yarn, which is a perfect substitute for wool because of the latter being expensive, president of Knitwear Club Vinod Thapar said.

Blended yarn has also become obsolete and outdated. Hence, the demand for acrylic yarn has increased manifold, he added.

He insisted: “Its prices are not competitive as compared to the international market, making our products expensive and susceptible to cheap imports of finished products. Being the end-users, SMEs are worst affected due to exorbitant prices.”

Thapar asserted that the perpetuation of the anti-dumping duty and the likely imposition of the safeguard duty would render most enterprises economically, forcing their closure.

Director general of safeguards submitted it’s preliminary findings recommending 20 per cent safeguard duty on imports of acrylic staple fibre today.

Thapar said the price of acrylic yarn was higher and fluctuating due to non-availability of the acrylic staple fibre in the domestic market.

The safeguard duty was imposed if surge in imports had led the domestic industry running at a lower capacity but it had been working at a full capacity as according to information, production in March, 2009, was 8,748 against a capacity of 7,800 mt/month, he asserted.

Imposition of the duty would increase the costs of spinners and knitwear, which will further raise prices of the final garment. Higher prices would then reduce the demand of knitwear, and hence, would affect the livelihood of 4,00,000 people working in this industry, Thapar said.



Newly wed woman hangs herself
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
A newly married woman allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan after being “tortured” by her husband at Makkar Colony in Salem Tabri last evening. The victim, Amarinder Kaur, had got married to Sarwan Singh, a resident of Amritsar, seven months ago.

Baldev Singh, father of the deceased, alleged that his daughter committed suicide after being tortured by her husband. He said soon after the marriage, Sarwan had started torturing his daughter for dowry. A few days ago, she escaped from her husband’s house and confided in her parents. He said the accused then started threatening her on phone. Fed up with the endless ordeal, she committed suicide. Her parents came to know of it when she did not respond to knocks. The door was broke open and she was found hanging. The police has book her husband for abetment to suicide. 



Snatcher held, two absconding
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, May 16
The Dakha police arrested a snatcher from the main chowk of the city yesterday. He has been identified as Balwinder Singh, alias Binder of Rurka village. He was riding a motorcycle (PB 10 NU 9130) along with other snatchers identified as Harjit Singh and Baljit Singh (both brothers) of Jangpur village. The motorcycle has been seized and the accused booked under Sections 379, 411 and 34 of the IPC. 

The motorcycle recovered from them was stolen from the Model Town area of Ludhiana. The police party lead by SI Rajinder Singh arrested Balwinder Singh. However, Harjit Singh and Baljit Singh managed to escape.

They were booked on Thursday night on a complaint lodged by Gurdeep Singh of Akalgarh village near Sudhar. Gurdeep had stated that they snatched his mobile phone and two sim cards along with Rs 350 in cash from near Ajitsar School, on the outskirts of the city at the Raikot Road. 



Minor girl abducted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
The Jodhewal police has booked a Kangra-based man for allegedly abducting an 11-year- old girl from her residence on the Tibba Road.

The father of the minor girl, Shambhu Kumar, alleged that Surinder Kumar had kidnapped his 11-year-old daughter in the wee hours of May 15. 



Hockey Meet
Double delight for PAU XI, Kings XI
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 17
PAU XI outplayed Sher-e-Punjab Club 3-1 while Kings XI defeated Ludhiana Hawks 5-2 to script their second victories in the annual Ludhiana Hot Weather Six-a Side Hockey Tournament being played at the Prithipal Singh Memorial AstroTurf Stadium on the Punjab Agricultural University campus here today.

The first match between PAU XI and Sher-e-Punjab Club started on a brisk pace with the former opening the account in the second minute through Gurmeet Singh Lucky.

They increased the lead in the 10th minute when Suman sounded the board.

In the 12th minute, Sher-e-Punjab Club reduced the margin (2-1) when Sukhwinder Singh Fauji found the target. The third goal for the PAU XI came off Jagjit Singh’s stick in the 25th minute, which sealed Sher-e-Punjab Club’s fate 3-1.

While in the second match, played between Kings XI and Ludhiana Hawks, the former dictated the terms and romped home victorious with ease 5-2.

The winners led 2-1 at half time.

Gurdeep Singh scored a brace while Gagandeep Singh, Malkit Singh and Iqbal Singh contributed one goal each to complete the tally for the winners. Whereas, Ajay Pal Singh Roomi and Taranjit Singh reduced the margin for the losers.

DSP Amrik Singh Minhas was the chief guest today. 



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