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Income tax list creates panic
Manav Mander 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 11
Panic has gripped industrialists as the income tax department is conducting raids and surveys in and around the city to check tax evasion.

Late refunds and increase in VAT are already plaguing the industry and the raids have only added to the troubles of the industrialists.

In September, the Central Board of Direct Taxes forwarded 2,500 cases from the city to the IT department in Ludhiana. The cases were selected through a computer-assisted scrutiny system and the list sent by the board cannot be altered.

Every tax payer whose name is on the list would have to furnish extra information pertaining to the sources of income, investments, number of family members, home expenses, foreign tour, loans and gifts, besides movable and immovable property.

To avoid embarrassment, some industrialists have taken out jewellery and money from their bank lockers while the others are trying to find ways to know if their name figures on the list.

A source in the income tax department said owners of business establishments were anxious to know if their names were on the list. These things are confidential and only top officials were aware of it. But still frequent calls were made to enquire about it, he said.

Pardeep Kumar, an industrialist, said raids by the department had become a cause of concern for business houses. “We regularly pay tax, but have not received the refund for over a year now. On top of it, the department is conducting the raids,” he said.

It is learnt that the revenue collection by the department is not showing the desired results, which has further put pressure on the officials to conduct raids.


Gill Road area residents slam power cut timings
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 11
Even though the Punjab State Electricity Board has imposed scheduled power cuts for four hours a day - two each in the morning and afternoon - on all mixed feeders in the state, the timing of the morning outage - from 7 am in some localities along Gill Road, has thrown the everyday lives of residents out of gear.

The local Environmental & Welfare Association has complained residents of New Janta Nagar, Simlapuri and several other localities, which lie in a semi-industrial, commercial and residential area, are “being discriminated against with respect to timings of the morning power cuts”.

In a communication to PSEB officials, association president Sher Singh said: “In most of the city’s residential localities the morning power cuts are imposed from 9 am to enable students, employees and other office goers to get ready. However, people living in several colonies along Gill Road are a harassed lot because, with the electricity going off, tubewells stop operating and water supply gets disrupted, with the result that most residents can’t even take a bath."

He alleged PSEB officials had changed the timings of the morning cuts in these localities under pressure from “certain industrial associations, which was arbitrary and absolutely unjustified”.

"Power cuts from 7 am onwards might suit industrial units as they can begin their first shift at 9 am, but the residents of localities along Gill Road have to face a lot inconvenience in the absence of electricity and water supply right at daybreak."

The association urged senior board officials to intervene and change the timings of the morning power cut. “These should be ideally imposed from 9 am or - at the most - from 8 am, so that residents have enough time for their morning chores and get ready to go to their places of work or study before both power and water supply goes off”, it added.



70 fined Rs 36 lakh for power theft
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 11
Seventeen teams of the enforcement wing, drawn from Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Patiala, conducted spot checking of energy meters and electrical installations of some 70 large supply (LS) consumers with a connected load of more than 500 KW at Khanna, Doraha, Amloh, Sirhind and Mandi Gobindgarh yesterday.

The operation was carried out in the wake of large-scale power theft at industrial units across the state.

HS Randhawa, chief engineer, enforcement, who supervised the drive, said cases of meter tempering, slow running of meter and overload were detected. A penalty of Rs 36 lakh had been imposed on the defaulters.

He said the enforcement wing was now focusing on LS consumers and a campaign had been launched to carry out intensive inspection of all industrial and commercial establishments with a sanctioned load of 500 KW or more in the state, estimated to be around 1,500 in number.

The officials have been directed to not only keep a close watch on LS consumers, but also to maintain a regular follow-up action to plug the revenue losses through power theft.



Destruction of birth, death records in ‘94 fire
Certificates not easy to come by
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 11
Failure on the part of the department of health and family welfare to reconstitute the record of birth and death of the rural populace of the district, which was destroyed in fire in 1994, has become a nuisance for people who have to wait for months to get registration certificates.

The department maintains all records pertaining to deaths and births in the rural areas, but more than 90 per cent of the records were destroyed in the fire at the Civil Surgeon’s office, as a result the department was unable to issue registration certificates to people born before 1994.

Despite repeated visits to the Civil Surgeon’s office, people from villages are unsuccessful in getting the “non- availability” certificates, which have to be attached in place of the birth/death certificate.

Also, delay in the issuance of the non-availability certificate delays the process of inquiry followed by the report by the SDM, mandatory before the issuance of a new certificate.

Saroj, a resident of Phullanwal village, rued: “My brother was born in 1992 and the staff at the office tells me that they don’t have any record with them and ask me to come again.”

In another case, a boy from Lalton village has been waiting to get his birth registration certificate for the past year without which he can’t pursue a hospitality course in Canada.

Dr Daljit Singh, in charge of the birth and death registration wing at the Civil Surgeon’s office, said he was clearing 150-200 non-traceable records every day. “The only delay is in the cases with wrong names as we have to send the papers to the office of the director, health services, Punjab, and it takes two weeks for the whole process. As far as the fresh registrations are concerned, people get the certificates within a week,” he claimed.



MC team seals 12 shops
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 11
Officials of the MC’s house tax department sealed 12 shops at Sandhu Market in Pritam Nagar, near Haibowal, here today.

According to the officials, house tax worth Rs 3.20 lakh was pending against the market owner, Mohinder Singh Sandhu.

Superintendent Naveen Malhotra, who headed the team, said various reminders were sent to the market owner to submit the house tax, but he did not respond and they had to seal the shops.

Shopkeepers staged a mild protest and claimed that they had submitted the house tax to the owner and did not know that he was not giving the money to the MC.

Malhotra said earlier the MC had ordered the auction of the building, but it did not have any takers, following which the market was sealed.



Teachers protest against suspension of colleague
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, February 11
Teachers of GTB National Public Senior Secondary School here today refused to take classes protesting against the biased dismissal of their colleague.As many as 20 teachers of the Private Affiliated School Teachers Association demanded immediate removal of principal Gurpreet Kaur Dhillon, besides, unconditional reinstatement of suspended physical education instructor Sukhdev Singh and removal of charges from four other teachers chargesheeted earlier, including Daljit Kaur, Ajmer Singh, Kamalpreet Kaur and Bharat Bhushan.

The later three teachers were chargesheeted as punishment to taking up the case of temporary teachers Happreet Kaur and Baljeet Kaur with the management to give them the status of permanent teacher as claimed by them. The teacher blamed the principal for her rigid attitude who even refused to talk to the management on the issue.

However, the principal said the suspension of the teacher was ordered by her after consulting the management as Sukhdev did not attend the class adjusted with him as the class teacher of Class V was required to complete the formalities of submitting the forms of Class V board exam. Though the last day of submitting the forms is February 15, considering the three holidays he had asked the teacher to finish their work by today.

"The forms could not be submitted today and in case the teachers do not call of their stir, the forms won’t be submitted by February 15 and the one year of Class V students will be spoilt,” said the principal.

Terming this protest as conspiracy against her, the principal said some outsiders were instigating the teachers for their ulterior motives.

She said medical camp organised by doctors of Ludhiana Medicity Hospital under the banner of Global Cancer Concern of India scheduled for February 13 has been postponed due to the agitation.

The principal also complained to the SHO Dakha and SSP Ludhiana (rural) complaining that some miscreants had pelted stones at her house last night to pressurise her. SI Swaran Singh said investigations were on. 



From Schools & Colleges
Fun-packed day at Cherryfields
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 11
Brimming with joy and confidence, tiny tots of Cherryfields Nursery School participated in the annual function here today. Accompanied by their mothers, the kids gave their best in contests like talent hunt, dance and poetry competitions and modelling.

The tiny tots' mothers, too, got a chance to participate in fun activities, including modelling, musical chairs and dance competition.


A workshop on soft skills development for management students was organised by Shree Atam Vallabh Jain College yesterday.

Gurpreet Kaur, director of r Trainers and Motivators discussed various issues like need for soft skills, sets of communications, manners, etiquettes, attitude, values, beliefs, motivation, desires, eagerness to learn, willingness to share and embrace new ideas.

The workshop concluded with events like role-playing and team game. College principal Dr Anuradha asserted the importance of soft skills and communication.


Panjab University skill-in-teaching and teaching aids preparation (on-the-spot) competitions were held at GHG Khalsa College of Education, Gurusar Sadhar, here yesterday.

The competitions were held English, Hindi, Punjabi and computer science. As many as 13 colleges participated. Dr Iqbal Singh Sandhu, fellow, PU, was the observer and gave prizes to the winners.


SCD Government College organised a state-level geographical quiz competition here today. As many as nine teams from different parts of Punjab participated. After qualifying the preliminary test, five teams reached the next level. The event started with a devotional song.

Government College, Ropar, stood first while Government College for Women secured second position and Government College, Kapurthala, stood third.



Punjabi culture comes alive
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 11
The cultural heritage of Punjab came alive at an exhibition organised by Amarjeet Singh Batth at the MS Randhawa Art Gallery in PAU.Depicting various facets of Punjabi culture through its villages and festivals, the exhibition peeped into Punjab's rural life- roots of “Peepal” tree, rare architecture on the windows and doors of an old haveli transports one into primeval era.

While the pictures showing the Maghi mela and animal fair carried a story. Another picture of the diminishing ponds along the banks of the temples captivated every visitor.

Batth said: "I intend to publish my work as a coffee table book, which shall be a reference guide to the people, especially to those dwelling in foreign lands, as well as tourists to our country.”



Career options in science, IT discussed
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 11
To mark the golden jubilee celebrations of LR DAV College, a workshop on science and Information Technology was held today on the college campus.The aim was to sensitise students regarding various career opportunities available.The workshop was attended by renowned resource persons, teachers, college students and students from different schools.

Resource person Prof Amardeep Gupta, head, department of computer science, DAV College, Amritsar, stressed on computer literacy, development of communicative skills and hard work.

Prof Rajesh Kumar Sharma, department of botany, DAV College, Amritsar, stressed on emerging trends in science and various career opportunities available.

A quiz contest was also held in which students from different schools participated and winners were given prizes.



Fancy dress contest at Green Grove School
Our Correspondent

Doraha, February 11
An inter-house fancy dress competition was organised by the students of Green Grove School here today.The first round was the junior’s round that brought doctors, soldiers, flower sellers, spidermen and beautiful fairies with magical wands striding the stage. Millanveer of Gandhi House as Ravan and Karanveer Kaur of Tagore House as princess, both from Class V, got first prize. 

Arshdeep Mankoo from Class IV B of Tilak House as traditional Jat Sikh got second position. Jaskamal of Class IV B from Tilak House as Indian soldier and Damanpreet of Class III A from Tagore House as banjaran got III prize. Tejdeep of Class IV B from Gandhi House as flower girl and Heman of Class IVA from Nehru House as Rapunzil were given consolation prizes.

The seniors fascinated the audience with their catwalk on the ramp. The characters ranged from traditional bridegrooms, Sikh Soldiers to modern teacher. Sandeep Singh, Ravinder Kaur and Jaspreet adjudged the performance of the students. The participants were graded on the basis of their attire, presentation, dialogues and facial expressions.

In seniors, Sukhneer of Class IX from Gandhi House as Sikh Bride bagged the first prize. Tanveer of Class VIII from Nehru House depicting Surinder Badal and Snehjot of Class VII from Tilak House as Vanraj were collectively declared second while Purnoor of Class IX From Gandhi House as a Christian nun got the third position.



Young scientist award for PAU alumnus
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 11
Dr Pallavi Mittal has been conferred with Young Scientist Award by Punjab Academy of Sciences at the 13th Punjab Science Congress held from February 7-9 at Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Dr Mittal's research paper "Genetic engineering of sugarcane for developing insect resistance" was adjudged the best in the scientific session for agriculture, environment, biotechnology and biosciences. His work was undertaken with a view to develop efficient and reproducible transformation system. Dr Mittal has done her PhD in genetics and has worked at School of Agricultural Biotechnology from PAU.



Strategies to tackle food security threat
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 11
"Big spurt in food prices during 2008 was a wake up call for agricultural scientists, ministers of agriculture and policy makers."These views were expressed by world food prize laureate Dr Gurdev Singh Khush during the alumni meet of College of Agricuture, Punjab Agriculture University, here today.

He said: "World agriculture is at the crossroads. After enjoying food security during the Green Revolution era, world's ability to feed itself is again in debate."

"Price of corn and wheat doubled and that of rice tripled in the international markets, resulting in rapid price increases in domestic markets. One billion of the world's poor who spend 50-60 per cent of their earnings on food were most affected," said Dr Khush.

Dr Khush said with the rising population, demand for food would continue to increase to feed additional population.

Tracing the development, Dr Khush said world food production increased rapidly during Green Revolution era. For example, rice and wheat increased at an annual rate of 2.3 per cent during 1970-1990 and 1.7 per cent during 1990-2000. The rate of growth now is less than one per cent. Thus, the rate of food grain production is lower than the rate of population increase, he observed.

To make up the shortfall, the food grains were being withdrawn from the food stock reserves. The food grain stocks, which stood at 160 million tons at the turn of the century, were now less than 100 million tons, he added.

Increasing demand and lower supply for water, reduced irrigation efficiency, erratic weather, rising global temperatures, etc have affected the crop yields and productivity adversely. He emphasised that efforts should be to increase the yield potential of these food security crops through conventional and biotechnology approaches.

He suggested that site-specific nutrient management should be adopted rather than blanket fertiliser applications. Crops should be bred for nitrogen use efficiency.

Asia's vast irrigation systems, which account for 70 per cent of the world's irrigated lands, should be revitalised. Ancient techniques of rainwater harvesting should be revived and 21st century technologies of sprinkler and drip irrigation should be promoted.

Dr Khush said efforts should be made to initiate germplasm evaluation and crop improvement to develop varieties, which were least affected with the rise in temperature due to global warming.

Crop varieties with drought and submergence tolerance should be developed for changing rainfall patterns caused by global warming, he added.

Recent breakthroughs in molecular biology and biotechnology have provided new techniques of marker aided selection and genetic engineering to solve old problems of plant breeding, he said. "For example, little progress has been made in developing crops for drought tolerance. However, new techniques hold great promise for developing drought tolerant crops," he said.

Dr Khush said use of food grains to produce bio-fuels should be curtailed, but instead innovative technologies to produce bio-fuels from bio-mass should be developed.



Screening of SRK movie today, cops put on alert
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 11
As the tension is brewing over the screening of Shah Rukh Khan’s movie in ‘My Name Is Khan’ in some parts of the country, the city police is also taking preventive steps to deal with any kind of eventuality.

Besides, the multiplex and cinema authorities are also taking preventive steps to keep hooligans at bay.

While the police has stated the situation was under control, the multiplex and PVR authorities have been asked to tighten up security in order to keep the Sainiks away from the spot.

The movie is slated to be released tomorrow. “Though, the city has not witnessed any protest, like it has been observed in Mumbai and Delhi, but still we are on toes and strict instruction have been issued to security guards not to allow any unscrupulous elements inside the mall,” said the authorities of West End Mall.

The SHO Sarabha Nagar and SHO Division No. 5 have been told to deploy extra force outside cinema halls, where the movie will be screened tomorrow.

Besides deploying extra personnel, barricades would also be installed on the roads leading to multiplex.

The leader of Shiv Sena Hindustan, who hogged ‘notoriety’ for opposing the peaceful Sikh protest on November 5 has also opposed the Shiv Sena’s move of protesting against the screening the movie. “We are not goons like our namesakes. We are living in democracy and everyone has a right to express his or her views. Violence and use of muscle power is not the right way to lodge protest,” said the leader and further added that recently his party workers burnt an effigy of Shiv Sena supreme in Jalandhar and supported the screening of the film.

On the other hand Prof KBS Sodhi has termed the ongoing controversy as a promotional gimmick.

“Nowadays, every filmmaker is quoting controversy and such situation is created for promoting the movie. For example, the argument between Chaten Bhagat and Amir Khan resulted in the popularity of their recently released movie ‘3- idiots’. Similarly, the latest controversy surrounding Shah Rukh Khan’s starrier ‘My Name Is Khan’ could also be a promotion tactic, if it is so, I do not think it is a healthy trend,” he added.

SSP SS Gill while downplaying the situation said there was no need to panic and police was on alert to tackle any kind of eventuality. Further, who so ever would try to take law in its hands would be taken to task.



Youth Cong attacks govt for failure on economic front
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 11
The District Youth Congress has made scathing attack on the SAD-BJP government in Punjab for what it termed as failure on economic front, denial of employment opportunities to the educated youth and repression against teachers, who were agitating to achieve justice.

Addressing a meeting of party workers at the Dugri road here last evening, its president Dimple Rana alleged that the desperate government, having failed on all fronts, had turned Punjab into a “police state” with reign of terror being let loose against all those who raise their voice against injustice.

“The self-immolation of teacher in Kapurthala earlier this week is a blot on the face of the ruling coalition and the education minister ought to quit on moral grounds,” he demanded.

He said the law and order situation was going from bad to worse with each passing day and the law enforcement machinery (read the police) either looking the other way, or else, abetting the perpetration of criminal acts.

Rana exhorted the ranks of the party to reach out to the masses, especially the poor and the oppressed sections to mobilise them in favour of the Congress and expose the real face of the government, which had failed to provide even the basic infrastructure and amenities like electricity, roads and water supply to the people.

“Be prepared to teach the ruling coalition a lesson in the coming elections and rid the state from utter mis-governance,” he told party workers.



Cops dither on filing theft case despite evidence
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, February 10
The Humbran police appears to be acting strangely in delaying registration of a case of theft even though the victim provided it with sufficient evidence - a still photograph as well as a video recording. Interestingly the suspects, a woman and a child, attended the wedding ceremony of a resident of Birmi village near here, posing as relatives.

The bride, Amanpreet Kaur, is a niece of Gurpal Singh, former sarpanch of the village. The wedding was held on February 5 at a banquet hall in Ludhiana but the family members decided the ‘doli’ would depart from their house in Birmi.

A young woman who posed as a relative remained at the wedding ceremony all throughout the day, accompanied by a child. At the time when guests were departing she reportedly stole Rs 1.5 lakh in cash from the handbag of the bride’s mother, Pardeep Kaur after opening the bag’s zipper.

Interestingly, the act was recorded by the camera of a photographer was making a videographing the ceremony. The victim reported the matter at the Humbran police station on Februrary 6 itself after procuring copies of a photograph and a video clip from the cameraman. However, the police has yet not decided whether to take any action on the complaint or not.

Even though five days have gone by Humbran SHO Jaswinder Singh has not filed any case against the suspects. Today when this reporter tried to get his version, Jaswinder tried to dismiss the incident by describing it as a “petty” one. However, later he said: “We have received a complaint on the matter and investigations are on. A case will be registered after verifying all the facts”. 



Good Samaritan returns Rs 50,000 to woman
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, February 11
A good Samaritan yesterday returned Rs 50,000 belonging to a woman. Ashok Kumar, an accountant, who lives in housing board colony in BRS Nagar set an example for others when he informed the police about a packet containing Rs 50,000 that he had found lying on the road near the Bharat Nagar Chowk.

The money belonged to Lovtinder Kaur of police colony. Lovtinder said the packet, containing currency notes of Rs 500 denomination, had fallen from her purse while she was shopping yesterday afternoon.

She immediately informed the police as soon as she came to know the loss of the money. The control room police further alerted the Division No. 5 police. Meanwhile, the police received a message from Ashok that he had found the packet. The cops reached the spot and took the money. Later, the money was handed over to the woman. 



Shortage of workforce
Industry favours night shifts for women
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 11
While the local industry is reeling under acute labour crisis the archaic law that stops women from working during the night shifts has compounded the problem further. As women comprise 50 per cent of workforce available, if allowed to work at night can keep the several industrial units working during night. Numerous units have closed operations at night owing to the labour shortage post violence.

The women are not allowed to work in night shifts under the Section 66 of the Factories Act. An amendment permitted women to work between 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. in several sectors, including the special economic zone, IT sector and textiles but not in factories.

Fearing a decline in production due to the labour shortage, the industry, in its SOS call to the Prime Minister has sought an immediate amendment in the Act.

SP Oswal, Managing Director, Vardhman Industries, who was recently awarded Padma Bhushan, said a delegation of industrialists from the city had met the Prime Minister in New Delhi recently. He said Punjab accounted for Rs 17,000 crores worth of industrial production, which represented about 7 per cent of the national industrial production of approximately Rs 2,40,000 crores.

”Punjab is one of the leading producer of textile material with an annual yarn production of 480 million kilograms (12 per cent of national yarn production). There is a need for greater use of women workers in textile industry, as was being done world over. The greater employment of the women will not only address the problem of serious shortage of industrial work force being faced by Punjab but will also help in improving the economic conditions of the families in the rural areas”, added Oswal. Stating that many women workers were ready to work in the night shifts and had visited them seeking employment, VK Goel, CEO, Vardhman Textile and Spinning Mills, said due to prohibitory rules they could not do so. “Women should be allowed. As far as safety and security of women are concerned, that is the responsibility of the industrial unit. If industry wants to hire services of women- who are more serious and dedicated in their work, it has to ensure proper safety of women, specially during night shifts”, he added. 



Traders submit memo to Katna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 11
A delegation of Shimlapuri Industrial Manufacturers’ Association today met president of the district unit of the BJP Rajiv Katna. The members of delegation, including president Sanjiv Dhiman and general secretary Ranjit Singh Rana, submitted a memorandum to Katna and apprised him of the problems being faced by the industry in the Shimlapuri area.

Dhiman said as per the recent city master plan, released on September 12, 2008, the areas including Shimlapuri, New Janta Nagar, Amar Nagar, Lohara Colony, Guru Nanak Nagar, Dhillon Nagar, Satguru Nagar etc were declared as residential. But in these particular areas, there was more than 80 per cent industry. 



Admn gears up for census
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 11
The district administration has asked all supervisory officials and government employees to gear up for the forthcoming “Census 2011” operations, which are to commence from May.

In order to review the arrangements and take stock of the preparedness, Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg convened a meeting with officials to be deployed for the purpose, at Bachat Bhawan here today. He asked them to perform their duty with diligence and dedication.

Madhav Sham, deputy director, census, Punjab, Harbans Singh, in charge of the district, all sub-divisional magistrates and tehsildars attended the meeting.

Dwelling upon the operations, Madhav Sham said the work would be carried out in two phases. In the first phase, house listing operation would be conducted from May 1 to June 15, 2010 which would be followed by house-to-house census from February 9, to February 28, 2011.

A special revision round of census would be taken up from March 1 to 5, 2011.

He said deputy commissioners of the respective districts would be designated as principal census officers, while commissioners of municipal corporations would act in the similar capacity within the city limits.

Additional deputy commissioners would act as district census officers, SDMs as sub-divisional census officers, executive officers of nagar councils as town census officers and tehsildars as charge census officers.

In the district, the census operations would be carried out under the supervision of Additional Deputy Commissioner Kuldeep Singh.

The deputy director of census asked tehsildars to submit complete lists of villages under their jurisdiction to the state census office within two days so that field staff and supervisory officers from amongst teachers, government officials and employees could be appointed for smooth conduct of the census operations.



Roof Collapse Victims’ kin stage dharna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 11
Relatives and co-workers of the two labourers who died after the roof of an old structure collapsed staged a dharna at the civil hospital and the GGNIMT seeking compensation for the kin of the victims. The dharna was staged outside the institute in the evening.

The relatives of the victims alleged that the contractor had washed his hands off the matter and refused to pay the compensation.

The relatives were now pinning their hopes on the institute authorities.

No one either from the institute or from the contractor’s side was available for comments.



Army man robbed of Rs 3,000
Tribune News Service

Khanna, February 11
An Army man, who had come to his home in Khanna on leave, was robbed and beaten up by occupants of a car.

Gulab Singh from the Kandi Mand area of Machhiwara in a complaint lodged with the police alleged that he had come from Dehra Dun on a month’s leave and was headed home.

At around 11 pm, when he reached near the Samrala chowk, a Qualis halted near him. On being asked, Gulab told car occupants that he was bound for Machhiwara.

The accused allegedly forced him into the car. They tied Gulab with his turban and took away Rs 3,000 cash and his ATM card. They even asked about the ATM’s PIN number and came to HDFC Bank. There they withdrew Rs 70, 000 cash from Gulab’s account and threw him in fields near Salaudi village and fled away.

At around 6 am, Gulab managed to free himself and approached the police. On his complaint the police have booked Gagan from Mirch Mandi area Rajpura, Raj Kumar from Rajpura road Ludhiana and three others.



Gang of vehicle thieves busted, 3 held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 11
The local police busted a gang of vehicle lifters and arrested its three members here today.The accused have been identified as Rahul Kumar, alias Rohit, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, Gagandeep, alias Jagga, and Ravi Kumar, both from Shimplapuri.They were arrested during a routine checking of vehicles from Gyaspura road.DSP Joginder Singh said the police had received a tip-of that the three were travelling in an auto-rickshaw near Gyaspura and were planning to commit another theft.

The police laid a trap and signalled the auto-rickshaw to pull over. Instead to stopping the vehicle, the accused tried to speed away. The police nabbed the three after a chase.

During interrogation, the accused revealed that they had stashed stolen vehicles at different locations.

The police later recovered seven stolen motor cycles and three scooters from different locations.

The DSP said the gang had been active in different parts of the city for the past few months.

He added that the accused were drug addicts and used to steal vehicles to purchase contraband.



Chemist shops raided, drugs seized
Our Correspondent

Doraha, February 11
The anti-narcotics cell of Khanna, under the directions of the SSP, in association with the drug department, raided various chemist shops at Doraha, Payal, Maloud and Rauni and seized a large number of restricted drugs here today.

A team of the anti-narcotics cell, comprising Payal DSP and drug inspector of the health department, carried out the operation. Payal DSP Anil Kumar Joshi said: “The process of identification of shops dealing in the illegal sale of drug had been going on for some time. The owners of such shops were caught selling restricted drugs illegally.”

“Drugs were being sold by unqualified people who were ignorant about the name of the drug or the purpose for which it was to be used. Most were not aware about ‘bill book’. Also, the licences in some cases and had not been renewed. They were booked under Sections 63, 65 and 69 of the Drug and Cosmetic Act”, he added.

Drug inspector Rajesh Suri said: “These chemists failed to produce the account of sale or purchase of restricted drugs. From a medical hall at Doraha, 15,456 capsules, 96,220 tablets, 13,220 syrups and injections were seized. Similarly, 10,228 tablets, 26 syrups, 34 injections and 80 capsules were seized from Pandher Medical Hall at Lehal village. At two shops in Rara Sahib, there were no pharmacists.”

The raid was under way at Grewal Medical hall at Maloud till the filing of the report.



Punsup inspector held for graft
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 11
The vigilance team of Ludhiana yesterday arrested a Punsup inspector red-handed while taking bribe from a commission agent of Hathoor.

The commission agent, Joginder Singh Kaler, had complained to the vigilance bureau that inspector Vijay Jain had demanded Rs 10,000 from him to settle his case of shortage of paddy procured by his department this season.

The department had withheld his payment of Rs 74,000 on the plea of shortage. The deal was settled at Rs 6,000 after negotiation.

The inspector was called to Bhandari Rice Mill here to deliver the payment.

Soon after Joginder Singh handed over the amount of Rs 6,000 to the inspector, vigilance sleuths led by DSP Gurcharan Singh swooped down on him and arrested him with the money. 



Stray Animals: Despite HC’s order, govt fails to check menace
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 11
Years after the Punjab and Haryana High Court directed the state government to constitute a committee to discuss ways and means for tackling problems arising out of stray animals; no organised move has been launched to keep a check on those wandering in and around the highways and link roads.

The menace has emerged one of the severest causes of road accidents that have already claimed hundreds of lives in this part of Malwa belt.

Location of ‘hadda roris’ (dumps of dead cattle and animals), ‘dhabhas’, religious places and garbage dumps near the highways has complicated the problem further.

Terming the road accidents as a blot on the national and state economy besides being hazardous for human life, residents of the area have urged the government to direct officials concerned to ensure commuters’ safety by keeping roads free from stray animals in general and dogs in particular.

Swelling number of fatal accidents on almost all highways and roads of the region has failed to move the state government.

Perusal of records with insurance companies and police stations of the area showed that more than 80 per cent accidents were caused due to sudden appearance of a stray dog or animal on the road. Carcasses of dogs lying on the roads, which had come the wheels of passing vehicles, endorse it.

Investigations further revealed that the stretches where ‘hadda roris’, ‘dhabhas’ or religious places were situated were proving to be virtual death traps for commuters. Large groups of robust canines devouring flesh from skeletons of cattle dumped in ‘hada roris’ were proving more dangerous for passers by and occupants of vehicles passing through the area.

In some case sudden appearance of a dog or a cattle had resulted in overturning and collision of numerous vehicles in an accident.

This besides claiming human lives took heavy toll on the national economy.

A few years ago the Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the state government to constitute a committee to suggest ways and means to tackle problems arising out of stray animals.

Though a few civic bodies had tried to check the growth of stray dogs and cattle no steps were taken to free the roads from this menace.



Lawyers oppose setting up of evening courts
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, February 11
Deadlock continued between lawyers and judiciary over the opening of evening courts in the city in spite of the intervention of Justice Ashutosh Mohantta, a judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Justice Mohantta, administrative judge of Ludhiana district, today came to the city and held a meeting with the office-bearers of the District Bar Association and senior lawyers. He tried to persuade the legal fraternity not to oppose the setting up of evening courts.

He tried to convince lawyers that initially the High Court had decided to set up one evening court for disposing of traffic challans, shop Act and factory Act challan cases alone.

He also assured that in future, if any other category of cases were put up before the evening court, it would be only be done with the consent and concurrence of the DBA. He also gave the offer of changing the time of evening court from 6 pm to 8 pm.

The meeting was attended by District and Sessions Judge SP Bangarh, DBA president Naval Kishore Chhibber, vice-president ND Chopra, secretary Gurpreet Singh Virk, finance secretary Varinderjit Singh Randhawa, joint secretary Jaspreet Singh Jassowal, senior lawyers and other office-bearers of the DBA.

The DBA president expressed his inability to give consent without the decision of the general house. Following Justice Mohantta’s insistence, a meeting of the general house was convened this afternoon.

During the general house, the members expressed apprehension that initially the High Court was confining the scope of evening court to disposing of traffic challans, shop and factory Act challan cases but once the court was set up another category of cases would be put up before the same court. Senior lawyer Sukhpat Rai Wadhera conveyed the feelings of the general house to Justice Mohantta with a copy of resolution.

In the resolution, DBA members requested withdrawal of decision to set up evening court. They also requested for making some other arrangements to tackle the backlog of pending cases during normal hours. Women lawyers opposed the move with the plea that it would not be safe for them to attend the court till late evening.



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