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Moga sees 50 pc rise in crime
Moga, November 16
When a 35-year old widow and her children were allegedly abducted at gunpoint by three youths and gangraped at Karial village in Kot-ise-Khan block of Moga district recently, it pointed not just to another incident of crime in the district but at the grim state of affairs in the district.

PUDA serves notices to realtors violating norms
Muktsar, November 16
Taking a serious note of the report published in The Tribune "Muktsar realtors promoting illegal colonies as approved" on Thursday, the PUDA officials today cracked a whip on all such realtors in the district.

Criminals find women easy target in Muktsar
Muktsar, November 16
The fair sex seems to be an easy target for criminals in Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal's home district Muktsar, as nearly 90 criminal cases have so far been registered this year on the basis of complaints lodged by women alone.



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PPP to observe protest week from Dec 10
PPP chief Manpreet Badal along with party leaders interacts with mediapersons in Bathinda on Friday.Bathinda, November 16
Former finance minister of Punjab and the People's Party of Punjab leader Manpreet Badal today said Punjab is ailing due to the wrong policies adopted by the SAD-BJP government. Manpreet Badal was presiding over a district-level meeting of workers in Bathinda today. He said the Sanjha Morcha would hold a state-level convention at the Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall in Jalandhar on December 5.

PPP chief Manpreet Badal along with party leaders interacts with mediapersons in Bathinda on Friday. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma

Cops raid fair price shop in Abohar, but no one booked
Abohar, November 16
The city police have courted yet another controversy by conducting a search after breaking open the locks of a fair price shop last night but not making a case out of it today.

Kartar Singh Sarabha remembered on his death anniversary
Abohar, November 16
Colonel Dilbagh Singh was joined by former SDM BL Sikka, former deputy director (Health) Dr Ramesh Verma, Punjabi Sabhyachar Manch president Gurcharan Singh Gill, district scouts guides trainer Darshan Lal Chugh and others in paying floral tributes to Kartar Singh Sarabha on his martyrdom day here.

JCB machines pressed into service to lift garbage
Abohar, November 16
In an unprecedented move, the administration intervened today to get the huge garbage dumps removed by using JCB machines as the contractual workers refused to call off the strike until their pending wages are paid.

Punjab to formulate strategy for diversification of crops
Charik (Moga), November 16
The Punjab government has decided to formulate a strategy for the development and growth of agriculture and allied professions with the help of the union government to pave the way for speedy diversification in the state. This was stated by the Animal Husbandry Minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur while inaugurating a cattle fair here this evening. 

VB told to book 8 PUDA officials
Mohali, November 16
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today reportedly directed the Vigilance Bureau to register a case against eight Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) officials, including a senior functionary in the engineering wing, for using substandard material in civic works in Bathinda and Mansa.









 

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Moga sees 50 pc rise in crime
Kulwinder Sandhu
Tribune News Service

Moga, November 16
When a 35-year old widow and her children were allegedly abducted at gunpoint by three youths and gangraped at Karial village in Kot-ise-Khan block of Moga district recently, it pointed not just to another incident of crime in the district but at the grim state of affairs in the district.

On October 29, a two-time former MLA, Malkit Singh Keetu, a senior SAD leader, was shot dead by his three nephews and two others at his residence in Bilaspur village in the Nihalsinghwala sub-division of this district.

Another incident which shocked the city was the murder of a self-employed youth who was engaged in making false teeth. He was allegedly murdered for refusing to pay 'goonda tax' to a dreadful gang of supari killers at Badhni Kalan township in the district on August 30, this year.

A senior police officer revealed to The Tribune that this gang of supari killers is being operated by one Mandeep Singh 'Dhruv' from the jail. He is presently in judicial custody in many cases of murder.

It may be mentioned that during the current year, Moga district has already surpassed the number of heinous crimes like murders and rapes committed in the year 2011 by over 50 per cent.

Till November 15, this year, 32 murders had been reported as compared to 24 during this period in 2011. Similarly, 21 rapes had been committed as against 11 last year, during the same period.

The crime figures have raised security concerns for the common people adding to the long list of other crimes taking place almost on a routine basis.

Not only murders and rapes, the district has also witnessed a 50 per cent increase in the number of cases registered under the NDPS Act and the Arms Act in the current year, as compared to the previous year. The police registered more than 200 NDPS cases in 2012 till October 31 as against 111 such cases registered during the same period, last year.

Similarly, 15 cases of Arms Act had been registered till October 31, 2012 as against 10 such cases registered during the same period, last year.

Local MLA Joginder Pal Jain, while expressing concern over the rise in crime, has demanded that the state government should find out ways and means to curb the rising crime graph.

Dwarka Bansal, chairman of the Citizens' Council, said it has become difficult to travel on link roads after sunset. "The government needs to create a sense of security and build the confidence of the people," he added. 

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PUDA serves notices to realtors violating norms
Tribune News Service

Muktsar, November 16
Taking a serious note of the report published in The Tribune "Muktsar realtors promoting illegal colonies as approved" on Thursday, the PUDA officials today cracked a whip on all such realtors in the district.

Talking over the phone, Uma Shankar Gupta, Chief Administrator, Bathinda Development Authority (BDA), said, "After reading the news, I have served notices to the realtors promoting illegal colonies as approved. Besides, a team was sent to the sites and the hoardings put up across various roads by such realtors were also removed."

In its report, The Tribune had mentioned that the realtors were cheating the public with their claims of PUDA approved townships.

The report had highlighted that the owners of Star City colony in Malout had inaugurated it without the approval of PUDA, but claimed it to be approved and also installed huge hoardings mentioning it as a "PUDA approved colony".

Similarly, a colonizer in Muktsar had put up a huge billboard at the site venue on Guru Harsahai road mentioning the township NHI Harmony as "PUDA approved upcoming township", which was in reality not approved by the PUDA.

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Criminals find women easy target in Muktsar
Archit Watts
Tribune News Service

Muktsar, November 16
The fair sex seems to be an easy target for criminals in Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal's home district Muktsar, as nearly 90 criminal cases have so far been registered this year on the basis of complaints lodged by women alone.

Police records procured by The Tribune revealed that 13 rape cases including a gang rape, seven of kidnapping or inducing to compel a girl for marriage, 18 of trespassing and 10 related to dowry, four of assault with the intention to outrage modesty, have been registered at different police stations across the district, till date.

A perusal of the records also suggested that more than eight women, on an average, were falling prey to the criminals every month.

The details further revealed that four rape cases have been registered in Gidderbaha, two in Lambi, two in Kot Bhai, two in Muktsar city, one in Malout city, one in Kabarwala and one in the area under Lakhewali police station.

However, the areas under the jurisdiction of Muktsar Sadar police, Malout Sadar and Bariwala are considered to be safer for the fair sex, as no rape case has been registered there till date, this year.

Going by the number of the cases registered, the situation is grim in Gidderbaha and Lambi where a similar number of 15 cases have been registered on the complaints filed by women. Muktsar city comes thereafter where 14 complaints have been lodged, followed by Malout with 13 complaints lodged by women.

Kotbhai and Kabarwala police stations have received a similar number of 10 complaints from women, while Muktsar Sadar with four, Malout Sadar with three, Bariwala and Lakhewali with two complaints are said to be safer for women.

The records also disclose that the period between March 14 and May 14 was worse, when 10 rape cases were registered in a span of two months.

To add to the woes, there is also a gang of car robbers that makes the women waiting for buses their victims. A number of such incidents have been reported in the past.

SSP Muktsar Surjeet Singh, who took over charge last month, said, "I have warned all SHOs to do their duties diligently and listen politely to the complaints of the public, especially of women. Besides, special instructions have been given on ways to handle any case related to the fair sex."

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PPP to observe protest week from Dec 10
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, November 16
Former finance minister of Punjab and the People's Party of Punjab leader Manpreet Badal today said Punjab is ailing due to the wrong policies adopted by the SAD-BJP government.

Manpreet Badal was presiding over a district-level meeting of workers in Bathinda today. He said the Sanjha Morcha would hold a state-level convention at the Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall in Jalandhar on December 5.

It was also decided during the meeting that the Sanjha Morch would hold a protest week against the Punjab Government in every district from December 10 to December 17.

The party workers and leaders of the PPP said issues like law and order, rising inflation, recent hike in power bills, hike in fuel oil price, costly construction material, plight of farmers and high taxes on the business community would be highlighted during the protests rallies.

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Cops raid fair price shop in Abohar, but no one booked
Our Correspondent

Abohar, November 16
The city police have courted yet another controversy by conducting a search after breaking open the locks of a fair price shop last night but not making a case out of it today.

The police had earlier come in the dock after it arrested an employee instead of the proprietor of a gift house on finding spurious stock of branded watches and other gift items during a raid conducted in association with representatives of an agency dealing with complaints over piracy and cheating of customers.

As per the available information, one Bhagirath, who claimed to be president of an NGO dealing with complaints against corrupt practices, organised a sting operation to unearth black-marketing in kerosene supplied to fair price shops.

The decoy reportedly purchased kerosene from a fair price shop located on the Abohar-Malout road close to the police complex at Rs 50 per litre, almost double the controlled rate.

The NGO informed the city police. A raid was conducted but the shop was found locked. The licensee, an activist of the ruling saffron party, was nabbed but he reportedly informed that his employee had taken away the keys.

The locks were broken by the cops in the presence of the licensee, the complainant and some media persons. Huge quantity of kerosene was found stacked. The police reportedly vetted documents that included registers belonging to some fair price shops located in the villages.

The cops reportedly told a section of the media last night that a case will be registered under various sections of the IPC besides the Essential Commodities Act but today sought to explain that nothing incriminatory was found.

The NGO has decided to make a representation to the Governor as well as the food and supplies minister.

Interestingly, the police did not follow the directions from the state government to involve the department concerned in such raids.

Notably, some NGOs including the Consumer Movement, had complained that essential commodities issued to rural fair price shops under the public distribution schemes were by and large siphoned off for sale in the black market here.

Leader of the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) Sunil Jakhar had produced hundreds of affidavits signed by ration card holders in the Assembly to buttress such allegations. The state government did promise a high-level inquiry but its findings are yet to be made public.

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Kartar Singh Sarabha remembered on his death anniversary

Abohar, November 16
Colonel Dilbagh Singh was joined by former SDM BL Sikka, former deputy director (Health) Dr Ramesh Verma, Punjabi Sabhyachar Manch president Gurcharan Singh Gill, district scouts guides trainer Darshan Lal Chugh and others in paying floral tributes to Kartar Singh Sarabha on his martyrdom day here.

At a function organised jointly by Swami Keshwanand Memorial College and Punjabi Sabhyachar Manch, hundreds of students, motivated by academician Mukand Singh, took pledge to spare at least 10 minutes each day to read the literature about the great martyrs who laid down their lives in India's freedom struggle. OC

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JCB machines pressed into service to lift garbage
Our Correspondent

A JCB machine removes garbage in Abohar on Friday.
A JCB machine removes garbage in Abohar on Friday. Photo: Raj Sadosh 

Abohar, November 16
In an unprecedented move, the administration intervened today to get the huge garbage dumps removed by using JCB machines as the contractual workers refused to call off the strike until their pending wages are paid.

As per information, about 150 workers employed by a private contractor, based at Bathinda, continued their strike for the third day, resulting in the dumping of garbage in street 8 outside the students' hostel and the Bank of Baroda office, BSNL divisional office, Doordarshan towers and old Fazilka road.

Many residents approached sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Vipul Ujwal fearing that such dumps could result in an epidemic. He directed the council to use JCB machines and tractor-trolleys as manual resources were not available. Till afternoon, the drive was in progress to cover the other localities.

It is said that the Bathinda-based company has not been able to pay wages to the contractual workers due to non payment by the council that is starved of funds. The council officials had told the sub-divisional administration that its balance in the banks has nosedived to Rs 43 lakhs only whereas the salary bill of the regular staff has been assessed at Rs 70 lakh. 

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Punjab to formulate strategy for diversification of crops

Charik (Moga), November 16
The Punjab government has decided to formulate a strategy for the development and growth of agriculture and allied professions with the help of the union government to pave the way for speedy diversification in the state. This was stated by the Animal Husbandry Minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur while inaugurating a cattle fair here this evening. 

Adding that it was the need of the hour to take out the farming community from the rotational wheat and rice crop cycle, he said Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, along with senior officials of the ministry, would visit the Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) at Ludhiana on November 20 to discuss the ways and means for diversification of agriculture with the local scientists. "We will encourage the farmers to adopt allied professions like horticulture, dairy, animal husbandry, fishery, goat/sheep rearing and piggery with modern technology," he said.

Phillaur said a sum of Rs. 81.36 crore would be spent in the current financial year on the renovation of the buildings of veterinary hospitals and dispensaries across the state.

The minister said the government has also planned to set up 1000 goat units for which Rs. 85,000 for each unit would be provided as subsidy. As many as 100 such units had already been established in the state. "We have also planned to set up100 piggery sheds at a subsidy of Rs 1.70 lakh per unit," he said. Meanwhile, as many as 1,420 entries were received for various competitions of animals on the first day. TNS

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VB told to book 8 PUDA officials
Akash Ghai/TNS

Mohali, November 16
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today reportedly directed the Vigilance Bureau to register a case against eight Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) officials, including a senior functionary in the engineering wing, for using substandard material in civic works in Bathinda and Mansa.

SK Sandhu, Principal Secretary to the CM, said the details were available with the Director-General of Police (DGP), Vigilance Bureau, Suresh Arora.

However, Arora said: "We have not received any such directions so far."

Tarlochan Singh, who is posted as Chief Engineer, GMADA, claimed that he was innocent. "I attended office today. Had I been guilty, I would not have been here. A certain official wants to malign me and have me transferred, he said.

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