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Jeweller waylaid, robbed
Goldsmith was carrying gold chains worth Rs 25 lakh
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
Day after a brave resident foiled snatching bid at Gopal Nagar on the Tibba road, snatchers struck again and decamped with 1-kilogram gold jewellery worth Rs 25 lakh today.

The incident took place at around 5 am today when Parveen Kumar, who works for a jeweller at Sarafan Bazaar, alighted on the Noor Wala Road. He was returning from Delhi.

According to Parveen, when he reached near the Shivpuri Chowk, two middle- aged men on a black motorcycle came from nowhere and waylaid him.

One of the middle-aged snatchers, who was sitting pillion, put a knife on his neck and asked Parveen to handover the cash. When he resisted they thrashed him. While searching for cash, the snatcher spotted something tied on Parveen’s waist.

They got hold of a bunch of gold chains, weighing 1-kilogram and worth Rs 25 lakh in the market, after untying the rope. “On seeing so much of gold, the snatchers started fighting with each other. Somehow, I gathered courage and raised an alarm. Sensing trouble the snatchers fled from the spot,” added Parveen Kumar.

But the real drama was yet to unfold. As soon as the victim informed the police about the incident, the cops went into a tizzy.

Station house officers of the Division No. 4 police stations and the Salem Tabri police station reached the spot.

Tension was writ large on their faces. Rather then launching a manhunt to nab the snatchers, the SHOs were seen making claims and counterclaims about their jurisdiction.

After a long deliberation it was decided that the Salem Tabri police station would investigate the incident.

Senior police officials exposed

Lack of will among police officials to manage things under pressure was laid bare following the incident. While the SHOs of the Salem Tabri and the Division No 4 police stations were arguing over the jurisdiction, the Assistant Police Commissioner and Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police failed to mobilise the cops to nab the accused.

No lessons learnt

Jewellers seem to have not learnt any lessons from the past. They try to sneak in jewellery so as to avoid taxes so that they can make greater profit.

Striking at will

Snatchers have started targeting victims even during the wee hours. A 70-year-old woman of Guru Arjan Dev Nagar was robbed of her earrings a few days ago. Yesterday, snatchers robbed a doctor and his wife of a gold “kara” and a ring from Sector- 32 on Chandigarh Road.


Akhilesh death sparks off mass movement
Schoolkids take out candlelight march against MC drivers
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
The tragic death of Akhilesh Maingi, who died in a road accident on August 6, has triggered a mass movement. To mark their protest against reckless drivers, a large number of students took out a candle march in the city with an aim of making it safe for the commuters.

The candle march was organised by the students of BCM School, Shastri Nagar, and Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, to pay homage to their departed friend Akhilesh Maingi. The teachers also accompanied the students.

“Yes I received a phone call that the students of BCM, Sector- 32, BCM, Shastri Nagar, and Sacred Heart Convent School were holding candle march to mark their protest against the driver of the killer municipal corporation’s garbage tipper due to whose callousness my son died.

I would definitely join the march as children are taking out peaceful protest for a cause,” said Lokesh Maingi.

The politicians were also seen making a beeline for Maingi’s house since morning to express their condolences to the departed soul.

Even the police treaded cautiously and provided security cover to the students, while they were staging protest in the city.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashish Chaudhary said: “The school authorities sought permission of holding a peaceful candle march. Considering the sentiments of the students, we have provided adequate security cover to them.”

The campaign against the killer municipal corporation trucks that led to the death of five students in past one- year, received a major response at the social networking website-Facebook. Residents were paying homage to the accident victims on it. They also expressed anger against the municipal authorities for not learning lesson from the past mistakes.

Ravin Aggarwal said, “For how long we would let our children die in road accident. We have tolerated enough, now we would not let any children die at the hands of killer MC truck.”

Past Incidents

n August 21, 2010: Mayank Jain (16), a Class X student of Sacred Heart Convent School, Chandigarh road, Sector 39, was crushed to death by and over speeding MC garbage truck near the Tajpur road.
n March 13, 2010: Two students-Rajinder Verma (17) and Rajnish Patel (15)-- were run over by an MC truck on the Tajpur road.
n March 22, 2010: The MC truck crushed to death Kafia (19) on the Tajpur road.



i-day rehearsals
Students denied refreshment, go bananas
Hemdeep Kaur

Ludhiana, August 12
Around 1,200 students from 30 schools in the city are participating in the I-Day rehearsals. But even as the preparations of the cultural programme are in the last leg, students complain that they are not getting proper refreshment.

The rehearsals started on August 8, but no arrangement for the provision of refreshment has been made so far. After practising for six hours, students are either given bananas or biscuits. It is quite difficult for them to practise under the scorching heat. One of the students said, “We have to buy snacks from canteen or get our own tiffins.”

They don’t even get energy drinks during rehearsals.

Students of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, DAV Public School, Nauhriya Mal Jain Senior Secondary School, BVM Senior Secondary School and RS Model Senior Secondary School are participating in the I-Day rehearsals.

When asked why students were not getting proper refreshment, DMO Rajpal Singh Dhaliwal said, “I will look into the matter. We will ensure that students get refreshment while practising. It seems that the authorities have failed to realise their responsibility.”



A unique way to serve society
Charanjit Singh Teja

Ludhiana, August 12
Young girls from Guru Nanak Girls College are serving society by bringing about social awareness through a unique FM community radio.

GNGC FM community radio, which can be heard at a frequency of 90.4 MHz, was inaugurated by college principal Charanjit Kaur Mahal in June, 2007.

The programmes aired on the radio are based on health, environment, rural life, history and awareness, reflection, Punjabi literature and culture, art and biographies, trade and technology, student corner and fashion. The day begins with a religious programme at 6 am and the last programme is broadcast at 6.30 pm.

“Our aim is to impart knowledge in a simple way. Our panel discussions are appreciated by listeners. We present 16 programmes everyday. Positive feedback from listeners make us strong,” said Charanjit Kaur.

“We are reeling under financial crisis. It is difficult to run a community radio without any support,” she added.

“There are two studios on the campus. A number of doctors, educationalists and social activists have come to the studio for panel discussions,” said Sashi, technical in charge.

Ramandeep Kaur, a student, said, “Content wise our programmes are good.”

The media could help eradicate social evils, she added.



Residents plan to make the most of long weekend
Gurvinder Singh

Ludhiana, August 12
It’s the perfect holiday getaway time for many city residents with the first extended weekend of the year combining Raksha Bandhan with Independence Day, with people making plans to make the most of the opportunity by heading for a cool hill station or even abroad.

“It’s been a long time since a weekend with three consecutive holidays came along, so it’s a good time for the whole family,” says Jatin Sharma of Pan Express Travels.

According to travel agents, no rooms are available in good hotels at popular tourist spots like Mussoorie, Shimla, Manali, Kufri, Dalhousie, Chail, Nainital and Dharamsala. Packages for two persons start between Rs 7,000 and Rs 8,000 for domestic packages for three days.

“Normally we have to offer discounts to sell holiday packages, but for this weekend we had to turn down requests by customers because hotels in the most popular hill stations are fully booked,” said Sharma. A few have paid anything between Rs 10,000 and Rs 15,000 extra because of hotels raising their rates from August 13 to August 15.

“It’s hot and humid here so we’ve decided to go to Mussoorie,” says Avanika, a city resident.

Others plan to enjoy their weekend abroad. “Three or four holidays in a row for the children and also for us are a welcome break, so I’m taking my family to Singapore,” says Rajeev Garg, a businessman.

Because of lower cost and visa on arrival facility, Thailand remains a popular overseas destination and this holds true for this extended weekend too.

“People think instead of going for a domestic package travelling abroad by putting in Rs 4,000 or Rs 5,000 extra is better,” says Nitin Sharma of Silver Sky Travels. Five-day packages for Thailand start at around Rs 20,000 per person.



‘Futuristic’ railway station’s present is the pits
With filth all around, passengers scoff at officials’ failure
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 12
While basic facilities and amenities for passengers and other visitors to the local railway station have been found wanting, it is insanitary conditions which scores over everything else. Right from the railway tracks, the platforms, main waiting area and every conceivable vacant place in the railway complex has heaps of garbage, discarded material and waste littered all around. The public utilities on the platforms are still worse providing a tortuous experience to the users.

One of the busiest railway stations in the Ferozepur division of the Northern Railway, with at least 25,000 passengers boarding and disembarking every day, the entire railway complex wears a dirty look with sanitation staff nowhere to be found. If regular visitors to the railway station and other railway employees are to be believed, for quite some time, regular sweeping and lifting of garbage is not being carried out.

If poor level of sanitation irks the travelling public, the railway venders are the worst sufferers as dust and garbage makes it difficult for them to maintain proper hygiene and cleanliness around the push carts and stalls selling snacks and beverages.

Sources assert that higher officials for poor upkeep of the station have repeatedly censured railway officials. A few days ago, the divisional traffic manager Parminder Singh went round the railway station and took the accompanying officials to task for insanitary conditions and heaps of garbage scattered all over.

The passengers scoff at the failure of railway officials to provide cleanliness. “The passengers have a right to clean environment at the railway platforms and the waiting area, and the authorities ought to fix responsibility and hold officials accountable for this serious lapse,” pointed out Harpal Singh, a passenger waiting to board a train.

According to senior divisional medical officer Dr Chetna Kapoor, who is given the task of maintaining sanitation at the railway station, the previous contract for sanitation had expired about a month and a half ago, and for certain reasons beyond control, new contract could not be awarded which led to insanitary conditions at the railway station.

“We did deploy ad hoc workers from other railway stations in the intervening period to maintain cleanliness, but apparently, the arrangements turned out to be inadequate. Now that the new contract for sanitation has been awarded and the sanitation staff is already in place, the situation will definitely improve in the next few days,” she added.



Unsafe buildings standing tall in the city
Municipal Corporation fails to vacate these after tenants move court
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
Even after one person died and numerous others sustained injuries after a dilapidated building recently collapsed in Amritsar, there continue to be many such buildings in the city which continue to endanger the lives of those residing in them. Most of these buildings are situated in the old city areas.

Officials of the building branch of the Municipal Corporation claim that most of the landlords are fighting a legal battle with tenants. “We have already issued notices to demolish these buildings, but they (occupants) move court and in some cases even manage to get stay orders.

Harpreet Ghai, Assistant Town Planner (Zone A), said the civic body had found eight such unsafe buildings after surveying the area. “At least 40 persons are living in these buildings. The tenants, who are staying there since decades and paying rent, which is like peanuts, are not willing to vacate them. We can’t take action against them as most of the cases are in court,” he added.

Not only these buildings are at risk of collapsing, but those living in the neighbourhood are also at risk. This can be gauged from the fact a large number of people have been knocking at the doors of the civic body officials for taking some concrete steps.

“We are often flooded with requests from owners to raze these buildings. When we do so, tenant either gets a stay order from the court or tells us that they are already fighting a case in this regard. Later on, we find that the owners come up with such requests only to get their properties vacated,” Ghai added.



Rakhis through ‘breakfast mail delivery’ today
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
Brothers, who are still waiting for rakhis sent by their sisters through post need not to worry, as the department of posts will deliver “rakhi post” even tomorrow morning through “breakfast mail delivery”.

The rakhi special mails will be delivered before afternoon tomorrow.

Disclosing this, RL Meena, senior superintendent post offices, Ludhiana, said, “Keeping in view the sanctity of this festival, we have planned it. We will collect all rakhi special mails from the rail mail service (RMS) centre through our vans this evening and postmen will deliver it tomorrow morning.”

About 170 postmen working in the delivery post offices, including head post office, Miller Ganj, Rajguru Nagar, Model Town, Focal Point, central post office and PAU, have been called up at the head post office and will deliver this special post.

PC Paul, senior postmaster, head post office, Ludhiana, said, “These postmen will deliver rakhi special post first and then report back to their post offices concerned. From there they will go back to their respective beats for delivering routine posts.”

Earlier, the department has also installed special letter boxes at these post offices for posting rakhi special mails.



City wears festive look on Rakhi eve
Hemdeep Kaur

Ludhiana, August 12
On the eve of Rakhi, the city markets bear a festive look. From sweet shops to gift shops, all have been decked up and are also crowded with buyers. As this is the festival of exchanging gifts between a brother and a sister, women folk are seen busy while shopping today.

Unlike last years, people prefer to buy a packing of sweets and dry fruits than sweet boxes.

Shamanpreet Kaur, one of the buyers at a sweet shop, said, “Sweets are not hygienic, so I am going to buy dry fruits this time.”

Making a difference from others, Heena, a college student, said, “My brother loves to paint, so I have purchased a kit of paints and brushes for him, along with chocolates.”

Greeting cards, especially for Rakhi, also marked their presence in the market. Cards embedded with bright and beautiful rakhis are in full demand. Ruby Rana, a city resident, said, “I am not interested in sweets as most of the sweet shop owners provide sweets of low quality. I prefer to buy chocolates and bakery products, as I cannot compromise with the health of my brother.”

Residents are more excited with the fact that after many years, this is a long weekend on the eve of Rakhi. Aprna Sabbarwal, a student, said, “I feel elated as I will spend three days with my family members. I am busy in shopping for my brother today.”

Schoolchildren are also equally ecstatic. Sumeet Aggarwal, a Class X student said, “This is the first time that our school has declared holidays and I have planned a day out with my parents and sister.”



MC’s digger breaks BSNL pillar box
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, August 12
To remain surrounded by controversies seems to have become the habit of the municipal council, which found itself in trouble after an earth moving machine of the civic body deployed to dig up a road for fixing interlocking tiles at the Old Grain Market here broke the pillar box of BSNL.

As per information, the incident took place last evening when a ditch machine was digging up a road for fixing new interlocking tiles at the main entrance of Old Grain Market. According to the BSNL authorities, the pillar box got badly damaged. The authorities said the pillar box broke because of the carelessness of the MC contractor and ditch machine operator.

Moreover, the MC officials did not inform the BSNL officials about the incident. The authorities came to know about it only after complaints of a large number of consumers started pouring in. The BSNL employees have started the repair work.

Holding the MC officials responsible for the inconvenience caused to the consumers, Mall Singh, SDO, BSNL, said it was due to the carelessness on the part of the MC officials that around 500 consumers were put to inconvenience.

However, Mall Singh said he had taken up the matter with the MC president, who had assured him of paying all expenses.

“The MC officials did not even send any communiqué to us before digging up the road near the pillar box. Even if the box was damaged by mistake, they should have at least informed the department about it,” he added.

The SDO said it might take a couple of days to resume the service as the underground cables were damaged.

MC president Baldev Krishan Dhir was not available for comments.



Jagraon-mallha road’s re-carpeting gets nod
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, August 12
The Punjab Chief Minister’s office has given a go-ahead to the re-carpeting of the Jagraon-Mallha link road.

Tenders have been floated by the Punjab Mandi Board.

The news of the approval of the construction work of the 11-km long stretch came as a relief for residents of more than 12 villages, including Mallha, the native village of District Planning Board chairman and former SAD MLA from Jagraon Bhag Singh Mallha.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court had to intervene to get the orders issued.

While hearing a petition filed by an RTI activist and general secretary of the Universal Human Rights Organisation Iqbal Singh Rasoolpur, the court, through a notice sent to the Punjab CM’s office, issued strict instructions to the state government to get the work done.

Congress MLA Gurdeep Singh Bhaini had raised the issue in the Punjab Assembly recently saying the road was in a bad shape and needed repair. The state government on the other side had claimed that the work had already been started following which Assembly speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon had instructed Punjab Agricultural Minister Sucha Singh Langah to inspect the site immediately and submit a report.

Rasoolpur said, “The indifferent attitude of the authorities concerned had delayed the work.”

Meanwhile, sources said as the Assembly elections were nearing, the government wanted to cash in on the development works.



Bhangra sums up children’s festival
Gurvinder Singh

Ludhiana, August 12
The fluidity, ease and panache of their bhangra performance would make anyone feel proud of them. The wide smiles and exuberance on their faces during the performance was evident and infectious.

On the concluding day of the three-day International Children’s Festival of Performing Arts at Guru Nanak Bhawan last night, the bhangra performance by dance trainers from Latvia, Lithuania, Austria, Sri Lanka, Germany, China, Finland, Ukraine and Vietnam came as a pleasant surprise for the audience. Dressed in Punjabi attire, the performance won the artistes a loud applause.

All agree that they love the dance. They learnt bhangra during their stay in Chandigarh. “You can’t perform it, if you don’t enjoy it,” said Anna Kvelde, a dance trainer from Latvia.

Heidi Miikii from Finland said she enjoyed the dance. Singing a few lines of “Mehndi Mehndi Mehndi, gidde vich nachdi” got Heidi a loud applause from a packed auditorium. She says she is definitely going to teach bhangra when she goes back to Finland.



Students make rakhis

Ludhiana, August 12
Students of Guru Nanak Girls College participated in a rakhi-making competition organised by the department of fashion designing. Sequins, stones, beads, decorative threads and weaves were used by students. Principal Dr Charanjit Mahal appreciated students. Rupiner Kaur stood first, while Dilpreet Kaur and Kamaljeet Kaur secured the second and third positions, respectively.

Party for newcomers

A party for freshers was organised by the departments of computer applications and business administration of Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, Ludhiana. Seniors welcomed their juniors by presenting various traditional dance performances. The gala event consisted of a Sufi performance by students of BCA-I. BBA students presented a choreography on “Say No to Drugs”. A fashion show was also held. — TNS



Motivation takes another govt hit, says industry
Levying of external development charges
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
Central and state governments may be luring entrepreneurs to set up industries outside the municipal limits so that the environment can be protected, but the Punjab government seems to de-motivate them by levying taxes on this trend.

It has come up with a unique proposal to tax industries located outside municipal limits. Industrial units have been asked to pay Rs 5 lakh per acre as external development charges. It has abolished change-of-land-use charges, replacing it with this new tax.

The president of the Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry, PD Sharma, criticised the move. He said the state government had come up with yet another tax.

“Industrial units outside municipal limits have to pay Re 1 per square foot per annum. The amount will be huge at the end of the year and industries will be badly affected,” he said. Tax discrimination was proving disastrous for industries in Punjab, he added.

He claimed that there was no rationale behind most of the policies of the state government, which had been evolved to squeeze the industry.

Under the new manufacturing policy of the Government of India, environmental and labour laws would be relaxed for units located in national investment manufacturing zones. Many states had started working on developing these zones.

“The global economy is likely to suffer due to developments in the US and Europe. The Indian industry will have to face stiff competition in pricing. If governments keep burdening industries instead of lessening load, the results may be disastrous,” he said.

Badish Jindal, president of the Federation of Punjab Small Industries Associations, said if such additional taxes were levied, it would be difficult for small and medium entrepreneurs to survive.

“They will have to pay double for power connections. They will have to pay for pollution control. Service and labour outside MC limits will also be expensive. The levying of such taxes shows that the state government is in no mood to help the industry,” he rued.



Lost mobile complaint window shut down
Charanjit Singh Teja

Ludhiana, August 12
The “lost mobile complaint window”, which was opened by former Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh three months ago at the Community Resource Policing Centre (CRPC), has finally been shut down.

The police was able to track as many as 60 lost and stolen cell phones in the past three months after registering complaints, but the move has not gone down well with the residents.

Since a number of cell phones are lost and stolen in the city, the residents have always been looking towards the police for help. Sources said the new Commissioner, who took over the charge recently, ordered the closure of the window stating that they were not getting enough response.

The window was opened in May this year.

The complainants were required to fill in a form with details of missing cell phones and the phone number.

The police would call up the complainant after tracking the cell phone number.

Police Commissioner Sharad Satya Chauhan said: "I am new to the place.

I cannot say any thing about the window's success without analysing the data.

We are mulling over shifting the window to all Suvidha Centres. We are going to start the trial at these centres soon.



SGpc poll
SAD denies ticket to member of Ramgarhia community
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
In a major disappointment to the Ramgarhia community, the Shiromani Akali Dal has denied a party ticket to one of its members for the upcoming Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee elections.

Out of total five seats, the Akali Dal has fielded urban Sikhs from three seats and Jatt Sikhs from two seats.

A large number of people from the Ramgarhia community are settled in the city. Most of them are involved in business and industry and there are several areas where 90 per cent of the population comprises Ramgarhias. Areas such as the Gill road, Partap Chowk, Dholewal, Dashmesh Nagar, Janta Nagar and others have a large number of Ramgarhias.

Earlier, three persons from the community namely Giani Bhagat Singh, father of Ranjodh Singh, president of the Punjab Lalit Kala Akademy, Mohinder Singh Panesar, a leading businessman, and Sukhwinder Kaur Sokhi, wife of Akali councillor Jagbir Singh Sokhi, have remained as SGPC members from the city.

From the Ludhiana (rural) constituency, the Shiromani Akali Dal has fielded Charan Singh Alamgir, a Jatt Sikh. Similarly, another Jatt Sikh, Balwinder Singh Bains, who is the elder brother of Youth Akali Dal district president and councillor Simarjit Singh Bains, has been fielded by the party from the Ludhiana City South constituency.

Similarly, urban Sikhs fielded from the city are Avtar Singh Makkar from Ludhiana City West constituency, Rajinder Kaur from the Ludhiana City West (women reserve) constituency, Kanwalinder Singh Thekedar from the Ludhiana City East constituency.

Manmohan Singh Ubhi, prominent industrialist of the Ramgarhia community, said their community had contributed a lot to the Sikh religion. “Everyone knows that a majority of Ramgarhias are ardent followers of Sikhism and the denial has come as a big blow. The Akali Dal should have kept this thing in mind that with their decision, our community would be hurt,” lamented Ubhi.

Commenting on this issue, Cabinet Minister Hira Singh Gabria, who belongs to the community, stated that people from the community had applied for the party ticket, but the candidates were finalised by the party high command. “Yes, there is no candidate from the Ramgarhia community due to some unavoidable circumstances. I have personally spoken to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal about it and he has assured me that we will co-opt the members of Ramgarhia community after the SGPC elections,” clarified Gabria. Sources within the Akali Dal said an independent candidate from the Ramgarhia community had been fielded by Gabria in the Ludhiana City South constituency, from where Balwinder Singh Bains is the party’s official candidate. But Gabria denied to have fielded any independent candidate for the elections.



Teachers demand release of arrears
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
The Government College Teachers’ Union observed a two-hour strike here today. SCD Government College staff protested against the Punjab government and raised slogans. On the call given by the Government College Teachers’ Union’s state body, teachers protested to release their 43-month arrears.

The Punjab government has meted out a stepmotherly treatment towards the teachers by not paying arrears, as all other state governments have paid 40 per cent arrears to their employees.

The Punjab government is adopting double standards in implementing the University Grant Commission’s notification,” said Prof Ashwani Kumar Bhalla from SCD Government College.

“By not recruiting new permanent teachers, the government is harassing ad hoc teachers. The government is paying them less salaries, so deserving candidates are unemployed. With this government’s negligence, education and students are suffering,” he added.



2 chemist shops raided
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
On the directions of Dr HS Bali, Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, officials of the health department yesterday raided two chemist shops at Transport Nagar and seized habit-forming drugs.

Disclosing this, district drug inspector Sanjeev Garg said, “I along with Dr Puneet Sidhu, a medical official at the Civil Surgeon office, raided two chemist shops at Transport Nagar. From Grover Ayurvedic Medicine and Cosmetics Centre, we seized 19 types of psychotropic drugs, which include 30,000 tablets, 940 capsules, 235 injections and 19 cough syrups.”

The other store raided was Malwa Medicine, but the team could not find any habit-forming drug. 



Dilemma persists over ‘Aarakshan’ release
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
Theatre owners are still in dilemma over the release of the movie “Aarakshan” in city theatres. A seven-member committee, which submitted its report to the Chief Minister today, said they were for the ban on the movie in the state.

Vijay Danav, chairman, Scheduled Caste Welfare Board, informed that the committee members held a meeting at Chandigarh this morning. “It was decided that the government should not let this movie run in theatres of Punjab. I saw the movie last evening and found many parts objectionable. I can assure that if this movie is released in its present form, it might affect peace of our state,” said Danav.

However, city residents, who were unaware of this development, kept pouring in with inquiries about the movie in the cinema halls, where the movie was to be released.

“As we had already pasted posters of this movie outside our cinema hall and other parts of the city, people thought that the movie might get released today after getting clearance from the seven-member committee. But till now we have not received any information and that is why, we would not be exhibiting the movie in our theatre,” said a theatre owner.

Brajesh Soni, manager, Waves Cinemas, Ludhiana, informed that they received many queries about the movie today. “People kept inquiring about the movie on reaching the multiplex as well as over the phone. But we have told them that until we get the permission to release the movie from the state government, we would not go ahead with the movie,” informed Soni.

A city resident, Ibna Bhathal, who had gone to Waves Cinemas, rued, “When the movie can be released in the rest of the country, then why not in Punjab? People opposing such movies should understand that movies should not be taken seriously that they affect our lives. I am sad that I am not able to watch the movie today,” she said.

Vijay Danav informed that he again got a call from the Chief Minister’s office this evening. “I have been called for another meeting with senior officials and lets’ see what decision the government takes now,” said Danav.



One shoplifter nabbed, two flee with 40 trousers
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
An alert salesman nabbed a woman shoplifter, while her two accomplice managed to flee with 40 trousers from a cloth store located opposite Grain Market near Shivpuri Chowk here today.

The incident took place this morning when three women posing as customers entered the cloth store.

While one woman kept the salesman busy, other two fled with trousers.

The salesman sensed a foul play when the trio suddenly tired to leave the cloth shop.

The salesman asked the women to show their bags. Sensing trouble, the trio tried to flee from the shop. While two women managed to give salesman a slip, the third suspect was nabbed.

The trio belongs to a gang of notorious shoplifters of Ganna village located near Phillaur.

The suspects have been identified as Usha, Kanta and Anki. While Usha has been arrested, hunt is on to nab Anki and Kanta.

The salesman said the entire shoplifting episode was caught on close circuit television (CCTV) camera installed in the store.



district scan
Ludhiana Scan
Rally by Roadways staff on Aug 16

The Joint Action Committee of the Punjab Roadways employees, which met here today under the presidentship of Manjit Singh, convener of the JAC, flayed general manager of the local depot for acting in a vindictive manner against the union activists. The employees stated that rather than responding to the charter of demands presented by the action committee, the authorities had posted several trade union leaders in other depots. According to Manjit Singh, the employees will hold a gate rally on August 16.

Community centre row

The joint action committee set up to save a community centre in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar here has maintained that the election to the welfare society conducted by a section of the ruling group was unlawful and unconstitutional. Convener of the JAC Jaswant Singh Gill said the person elected as the so called president of welfare society was not even a primary member, and not a bonafide resident of the locality. The action committee will hold a meeting on August 14.

Maha panchayat by textile workers

Accusing owners of textile mills of exploiting workers and denying due wages and other service benefits, the Textile Mazdoor Union will convene a maha panchayat here on August 14. Convener of the union Rajwinder said the prices of essential items had gone through the roof and the textile workers were finding it difficult to make both ends meet. — TNS



Man gets 1-yr jail in cheque bounce case
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 12
Judicial Magistrate Vipindeep Kaur has sentenced Gurdial Singh, a resident of Baba Namdev Colony, Tibba Road, Jagirpur, Ludhiana, to undergo one-year jail in a cheque bounce case. A fine of Rs 1, 000 has also been imposed on him.

The orders came on a complaint moved by Joginder Singh of Jagirpur village, Ludhiana. The complainant had stated that the accused had approached him for purchasing a plot owned by him in Baba Nam Dev Colony, Ludhiana.

The deal was struck through Attorney Gian Chand. Accused showed inability to make the entire payment. So, he issued two cheques for Rs 73,500 payable on December 7, 2005. But both cheques were dishonoured for want of sufficient funds. Despite sending a legal notice, the accused failed to make the payment, added complainant.

However, the accused claimed he has been falsely being implicated. He stated that no amount was due against the plot. But the court found him guilty and passed orders.



8 booked for ‘raping’ schoolgirl
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, August 12
The police has booked eight persons under Sections 376, 342 and 506 of the IPC for allegedly raping a schoolgirl by threatening to kill her.

No arrest has been made in this regard so far.

The accused, which have been identified as Baljinder Singh, Kirnan, Dulla, Ghudda, Ghaggie, Manjit Singh, Harry and Sunny, had forcibly taken the victim to a tubewell room in the fields situated on the outskirts of the town and allegedly exploited her modesty by threatening to kill her.

The victim, a student of a senior secondary school of Dakha village, had gone to a book depot situated in Raekot from where Baljinder Singh had offered her lift to her native Gahaur village in a Scorpio.

She was shocked when the driver of the vehicle drove towards the outskirts of the town instead of taking her to her village as promised.



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