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Acid attack on Shiv Sena activist
Jalandhar, June 4
In a sensational incident, three motorcycle-borne youth threw acid on a 21-year-old Shiv Sena activist while he was on way to his work near Lal Bazaar this morning. The youth sustained burn injuries on his face, right ear, right arm, chest and stomach and is under going treatment at a private hospital.

Finally, beautification under BMC Chowk flyover begins
Jalandhar, June 4
The Municipal Corporation has finally started the beautification and landscaping work done underneath the BMC Chowk flyover in the city. Iron grills are being installed under the part of the bridge in front of the MBD shopping mall, for which the landscaping project has been assigned to the group.
Beautification work in progress under the BMC Chowk flyover in Jalandhar on Wednesday Beautification work in progress under the BMC Chowk flyover in Jalandhar on Wednesday. Photo: Sarabjit Singh


EARLIER STORIES



6 months on, fate of MBD Krishna Hotel hangs in balance
Jalandhar, June 4
Even as it has been nearly six months since the Company Law Board, New Delhi, had decided to hand over the MBD Krishna Hotel on the Jalandhar-Phagwara road to the Malhotra group following a dispute with partner Syals, the matter still awaits execution of the orders for want of police help.
A view of the MBD Krishna Hotel in Jalandhar. Tribune photo: Malkiat Singh
A view of the MBD Krishna Hotel in Jalandhar

2008 girls benefit from Bebe Nanki Scheme in dist
Jalandhar, June 4
As many as 2008 girls in the district have received the benefits of the Bebe Nanki Daughter Welfare Scheme. DC Jalandhar Kamal Kishore Yadav said as per the scheme, girls were given financial benefits of Rs 61,000 till the age of 18 years, so that they may pursue higher education and become self-dependent.

Couple arrested for murder of mason over missed calls
Jalandhar, June 4
The Jalandhar rural police have arrested a couple for the murder of a mason at Kohala village last evening. Farmer Balbir Singh, who had returned from Italy a few years back and had recently got his house repaired, had reportedly committed the murder as mason Satnam had been giving missed calls to his wife Kuldeep Kaur for over five-six days.
The accused couple in Lambra police custody. A Tribune photo
The accused couple in Lambra police custody

Gang of thieves busted
Jalandhar, June 4
The CIA staff of the Police Commissionerate today arrested a four-member gang which had been reportedly involved in as many as 17 incidents of thefts in houses and shops in the recent past.

Bonded labour charge by brick kiln worker
Jalandhar, June 4
A brick kiln worker here alleged that as many as 12 people working at a brick kiln at Mehatpur were being made to work at a brick kiln since 2013 for which they haven't been paid adequately.

Maharashtrian on cycle trip for 21 years; spreads awareness against dowry, foeticide
Jalandhar, June 4
A dowry denial to his sister has caused him to venture on a national mission to spread awareness on the ills of dowry and female foeticide across the country. Bhausaheb, a 42-year-old Maharashtrian from a family of farmers, went on the mission for the cause of women empowerment about 21 years ago on his modest cycle and since then, he has toured the country almost three times, the present one being his third.

FROM SCHOOLS & COLLEGES
Dental camp
Jalandhar: Mayor World School organised a week-long dental camp for the students of the school. Over 1,000 students from classes I to X were examined and prescribed treatment. Dr Parul Bhaskar was there to guide children about the dos and don'ts for good teeth. To encourage students to maintain good oral hygiene, toothpastes were also distributed.

Fun time: Children participate in a summer summing camp Students learn skating in Jalandhar
Fun time: Children participate in a summer summing camp; and (right) students learn skating in Jalandhar. Tribune Photographs
Fighting drug menace: The city police conduct a raid at the Qazi Mandi to check drugs in Jalandhar on Wednesday Fighting drug menace: The city police conduct a raid at the Qazi Mandi to check drugs in Jalandhar on Wednesday
Fighting drug menace: The city police conduct a raid at the Qazi Mandi to check drugs in Jalandhar on Wednesday. Tribune photographs





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Acid attack on Shiv Sena activist
Was lying on the road for 10 minutes after attack, fails to get aid
Tribune News Service

The 21-year-old victim of acid attack at a hospital in Jalandhar on Wednesday
The 21-year-old victim of acid attack at a hospital in Jalandhar on Wednesday. Photo: Sarabjit Singh

Jalandhar, June 4
In a sensational incident, three motorcycle-borne youth threw acid on a 21-year-old Shiv Sena activist while he was on way to his work near Lal Bazaar this morning. The youth sustained burn injuries on his face, right ear, right arm, chest and stomach and is under going treatment at a private hospital.

When the victim, Naveen Talwar was attacked, he fell off his bike on a heap of gravel. The masked attackers even took off his burnt shirt but no passerby came to his rescue for 10 minutes as he kept groaning in pain.

Finally, it was a poor rickshaw puller who offered him water, made him put on his shirt and helped him start his bike again and go home. Having got fresh burns after the attack, the victim himself drove his bike back home to the Sher Singh Colony, 2 km away from the spot, after which his family took him to hospital for treatment.

Naveen works as an assistant in a jewellery shop. His father lives in Kuwait. His mother, Jyoti Talwar, said she was washing clothes when a neighbourer raised an alarm saying that Naveen was coming back home driving with much discomfort. She said, "My son had left for work around 10 am hardly half an hour ago. I went down to see as to what had happened and was in for a shock. I immediately called my local relatives and brought him to the hospital."

Naveen said since the attackers were masked and had come on a bullet motorbike not bearing any registration number, he has no clue of their identification. He said he had no animosity and did not suspect anyone. "May be my political alignment has something to do with the attack. They first hit my bike to stop me. When I fell down, they threw acid on me. Then they pulled my shirt and even checked my jeans’ pockets as if to see if I was carrying any valuables," he said.

The victim's mother said the police nakas have failed to provide any security to the residents even in daylight. "What is the fun of having such nakas around the city when the criminals easily manage to cross over and commit such acts," she questioned.

SHO, Division Number 2 police station, Navdeep Singh said the investigating was underway.

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Finally, beautification under BMC Chowk flyover begins
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, June 4
The Municipal Corporation has finally started the beautification and landscaping work done underneath the BMC Chowk flyover in the city. Iron grills are being installed under the part of the bridge in front of the MBD shopping mall, for which the landscaping project has been assigned to the group. The group had started work about three-four days back.

The other side of the chowk, underneath the bridge, however, still awaits plantation. This side of the bridge had been allotted to Cabana Hotel in lieu of being allowed to put up its own promotional hoarding in the same area. The hotel authorities, however, are yet to develop the site.

Superintending Engineer (B&R) Kulwinder Singh said that he would pull up companies which had been allotted the sites for horticulture work but had done nothing. On February 28, Mayor Sunil Jyoti had held a meeting with 12 company representatives who had volunteered to adopt certain stretches for developing and maintaining horticultural works.

The companies had been allotted the work to get the roundabouts, central verges and islands painted, plant shrubs and then water and prune them as well. The MC is not to spend any penny on the maintenance of these areas which were to be taken care of by the various companies and local institutes but most companies have failed to do so.

The companies which had turned up to get the allocation included the BBC Heart Care, Connect, Apeejay College of Fine Arts and Curo Streets. Club Cabana and the MBD group have already been given a site under the BMC flyover for maintaining the green stretches. The companies, had in lieu, been allowed to put up their signages as per the specified norms.

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6 months on, fate of MBD Krishna Hotel hangs in balance
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, June 4
Even as it has been nearly six months since the Company Law Board, New Delhi, had decided to hand over the MBD Krishna Hotel on the Jalandhar-Phagwara road to the Malhotra group following a dispute with partner Syals, the matter still awaits execution of the orders for want of police help.

The orders had been passed in the court of Additional District Judge Rakesh Kumar Sharma, who had earlier ordered issuing of warrant of possession to be executed till May 29. The counsel for Malhotras had gone to the spot on the day along with the bailiff to seek possession of the property which was reportedly obstructed by some 35-40 persons there. The bailiff too had submitted his report in the court the next day with photographic evidences.

The judge had on May 31 passed orders, "I agree with the report submitted by the bailiff and facts brought to my notice. It would be appropriate to address a letter to the District and Sessions Judge to direct the Commissioner of Police to provide help for execution of the warrant of possession. Fresh warrant of possession with permission to break open the lock and provide police help in execution of the warrant of possession be issued executable up to July 4. The date of July is given due to summer vacations".

Deciding on a long drawn case between two local groups pertaining to a prime 8-acre land on Jalandhar-Phagwara road, the board had on December 12 last decided to provide an exit to the Syals after evaluation of the property. The board had appointed former Justice SN Agarwal as administrator-cum-facilitator in the case.

The orders passed by BSV Prakash Kumar, member (judicial) read that the Syals would exit from the company after shares have been allotted to their share application. "The Administrator will hold meetings to decide over the disputed share application money to the tune of Rs 7.99 crore pending in the name of Malhotras,” the copy read.

The dispute between Malhotras and Syals in Krishna Real Estate Enterprises reportedly began after the death of MD Ashok Kumar Malhotra on December 30, 2009. The company was launched by AK Malhotra, his wife Satish Bala Malhotra, Gurcharan Singh Syal, CA and auditor in the business house, and his father Prem Singh Syal, an advocate dealing with tax cases of MBD house. The Malhotras had filed the petition claiming that they had invested an amount of Rs 8 crore in the company for setting up the hotel whereas the Syals had invested just around Rs 44 lakh.

Both the groups had been seeking claim in the management of the company and physical possession of the land. The legal battle had resulted in the work getting paralysed while construction of the hotel was on the verge of completion. In the petition filed by Sonica Malhotra, her mother Satish Bala Malhotra and sister Monica Malhotra, the family had said that they were not allowed to have access to the property despite having made 95 per cent investment.

Both the groups had claimed that either of them had amended clauses to suit their need. Syals, it was alleged, had sought equal number of directors from both the groups staking 50:50 claim in the share of the company to which Malhotras had been objecting. Gurcharan Syal said that the two groups maintained equal share holding since inception until it was unilaterally changed by Malhotras. He had submitted that Malhotras and Syals had a deep relationship, owing to which the hotel was named after his mother Krishna Kant. The Malhotra family, however, said that it is the name of Lord Krishna, acceptable to every Hindu, and secondly, the name alone will not decide who has what in the company.

The Malhotras had even filed an appeal before the board seeking execution of the orders owing to no help from the Police Commissioner. It put on record the orders of the Administrator which read that the Syals had not been attending his meeting and that local police help is sought for physical possession of the hotel, if need be for breaking open of locks. The company law board has now allowed the transfer of the execution of orders to the District Judge, Jalandhar.

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2008 girls benefit from Bebe Nanki Scheme in dist

Jalandhar, June 4
As many as 2008 girls in the district have received the benefits of the Bebe Nanki Daughter Welfare Scheme. DC Jalandhar Kamal Kishore Yadav said as per the scheme, girls were given financial benefits of Rs 61,000 till the age of 18 years, so that they may pursue higher education and become self-dependent. He said girls born since January 1, 2011 can avail the benefits of this scheme.

He said to avail the benefits of this scheme, the family availing it must be a blue card holder and resident of Punjab. He said, "As per the scheme, Rs 2,100 is put in a girl’s account when she is born. After this, at the age of three years and when she is in Class IX, Rs 2,100 (for each of the occasions) are given. For Class XII admissions, Rs 31,000 is deposited in the girl’s account. He said barring this, during Class I-VI, a scholarship of Rs 100 per month (Rs 7,200) is provided to the girls." "For education from Class VII-X, the amount is increased to Rs 200 per month. The money is directly put in the girl child's account," he said. — TNS

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Couple arrested for murder of mason over missed calls
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, June 4
The Jalandhar rural police have arrested a couple for the murder of a mason at Kohala village last evening. Farmer Balbir Singh, who had returned from Italy a few years back and had recently got his house repaired, had reportedly committed the murder as mason Satnam had been giving missed calls to his wife Kuldeep Kaur for over five-six days. Kuldeep managed to identify the voice of Satnam yesterday and confided the same to her husband.

After learning of it, Balbir called Satnam and dared him to call again on his wife's phone at which the latter along with his brother-in-law came to his place.

The duo had a heated argument, during the course of which Balbir and his wife took out a dagger and hit Satnam. Satnam's brother-in-law escaped. However, he returned only to find him lying dead.

While the Lambra police had arrested Balbir last night, his wife was arrested this morning.

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Gang of thieves busted
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, June 4
The CIA staff of the Police Commissionerate today arrested a four-member gang which had been reportedly involved in as many as 17 incidents of thefts in houses and shops in the recent past.

The four gangsters arrested include Money from Nakodar, Ravi from Phagwari Gate, Sagar from Nakodar and Rinku from Basti Bawa Khel. The kingpin of the gang, Ali of Shaheed Babu Labh Singh Nagar, at whose house all the thefts had been planned, however, could not be arrested.

Inspector Nirmal Singh said the police have also recovered five bikes, two Activa scooters, three 42-inch TV sets and four gas cylinders from the accused. He said that the thefts had been committed at various locations in the city and in rural areas. A case has been registered in this regard.

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Bonded labour charge by brick kiln worker
Nakodar tehsildar visits site following ADC (Development) Pritam Singh’s order
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, June 4
A brick kiln worker here alleged that as many as 12 people working at a brick kiln at Mehatpur were being made to work at a brick kiln since 2013 for which they haven't been paid adequately.

Tahir (50), head of a family of eight, forwarded a request to ADC (Development), Pritam Singh on the issue yesterday. While the ADC marked an inquiry to the SDM, Nakodar, today Nakodar Tehsildar Bhupinder Singh visited the kiln here.

Tahir alleged that eight members of his family and four members of another family — both belonging to Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh, were hired at the kiln in November 2013. "While our families received an advance of Rs 22,000, theirs received only Rs 9,000 and throughout the time, both the families were being paid about Rs 1000-1,500 every week for 15 days. But in all, our family made four lakh bricks and theirs made 1.5 lakh bricks but we haven't received our full payment. All we ask is that we be paid our remaining dues."

Meanwhile, Tahir also alleged both the families were being employed as bonded labourers.

However, Tehsildar Nakodar Bhupinder Singh said, "The man has alleged they were being employed as bonded labourers. I have been to the site today and these labourers were in jhuggis. As far as I saw, they have not been kept in any kind of bondage. As far as payment is concerned, they have alleged that they haven't been paid dues for two months. Both the parties will come to us tomorrow and a compromise will be arrived at."

ADC (Development) Pritam Singh said, "I had marked an investigation into the issue yesterday and the SDM Nakodar is looking into the matter. A report on the issue will be available to us by tomorrow. Only after that will we be able to arrive at a conclusion."

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Maharashtrian on cycle trip for 21 years; spreads awareness against dowry, foeticide
Aparna Banerji
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, June 4
A dowry denial to his sister has caused him to venture on a national mission to spread awareness on the ills of dowry and female foeticide across the country. Bhausaheb, a 42-year-old Maharashtrian from a family of farmers, went on the mission for the cause of women empowerment about 21 years ago on his modest cycle and since then, he has toured the country almost three times, the present one being his third.

He has a brother and father back home, and since he is always on the move, he doesn't plan to marry.

In Jalandhar, from where he shall head to other parts of Punjab and then Jammu, he started his present trip in 2007 from Mumbai. He has already been to Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, West Bengal, the North East, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.

Bhau, as he is lovingly called by his followers and friends, lives on the support provided by the people who he meets on the way. Since he is specifically working on the issues of female infanticide and dowry, he is almost a ready reckoner for all these ills in various parts of the country.

Speaking on female infanticide, he says it is highly prevalent in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. "There is a town called Salem in Tamil Nadu where it is highly prevalent. The problem is interlinked. To prevent having to live with the bane of a daughter or to pay dowry, people kill girls. No one actually comes and tells you that they are killing their daughters but the pressure to pay dowry is very high there. Marriages are cancelled and women are abandoned just because they can't pay dowry. The worst part is that women are not speaking up on the issue. People spend lakhs of rupees, sell land just to get their daughters married," he said.

"Ďn the north, Punjab is one of the worst hit. There is so much money, everyone is going abroad or is planning to. People are bringing in big bucks but still ills like female foeticide thrive. Punjab is one of the greatest examples for me that money doesn't translate to awareness," he said.

"I also have to add that the last time I visited the state in the year 1995, things were different. Now I see alarm bells ringing. Some serious efforts have to be made by the government to prevent the bane of drugs and infanticide," he said.

Speaking about Haryana, he said, "There is a lot of buying of women from Orissa and elsewhere in Haryana. This is a malpractice prevalent in many parts of the state."

"However, speaking of the urban population elsewhere across the country, he said, on the flip side, many cases were surfacing where men are the victims. Some strict anti-dowry laws have been formulated in the country, but some women have started misusing the dowry laws. I have come across a number of men from good families who marry women from families which give dowry even without asking. But then the wife leaves them filing dowry cases against them. Big CEOs and people from good families have been at the receiving end of this ill," he said.

"Bhausaheb's first two trips across the country were in 1993 and 1995. He sees the scenario practically, "For the coming few years, things might remain the same but in a decade or two, people's mindset shall certainly undergo a change and then the country might get rid of this evil," he said.

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FROM SCHOOLS & COLLEGES
Dental camp

Jalandhar: Mayor World School organised a week-long dental camp for the students of the school. Over 1,000 students from classes I to X were examined and prescribed treatment. Dr Parul Bhaskar was there to guide children about the dos and don'ts for good teeth. To encourage students to maintain good oral hygiene, toothpastes were also distributed.

CEO Neerza Mayor said, "Physical fitness is essential for a healthy mind, that's why the school keeps organising such camps to guide children and their parents." Principal JS Hundal acknowledged that such camps are a regular feature of the school. Dr Bhaskar said she was amazed to see the awareness amongst the children about oral care and to her surprise she found maximum children with good dental health.

Virsa Ghar inaugurated

On the premises of Kanya Maha Vidyalaya, 'Virsa Ghar' has been set up by the Punjabi Department to bind the students to the rich heritage of Punjab. 'Virsa Ghar' was inaugurated by Chander Mohan, president, Arya Shiksha Mandal, and Prof Atima Sharma, principal of the college. This 'Virsa Ghar' consists of depiction of traditional utensils, historical paintings, mats, traditional boxes of varying sizes and tools of agriculture. On the occasion, Chander Mohan said, "Nowadays, the young generation is very inclined towards Western countries and is influenced by Western culture. 'Virsa Ghar' will enrich their knowledge and will bind them to their cultural roots and rich heritage of Punjab." The principal of the college Prof Atima Sharma congratulated the Punjabi Department for this endeavour.

Karate camp

Kids Smile School with the help of the Punjab Sports Karate-do Association, Jalandhar, will start a karate camp from June 8. Principal Kavita Behl said activities aimed at physical, mental and moral fitness would be held.

Campus placement

A joint campus placement drive was conducted by HCL, Noida, at St Soldier campus in which over 300 students of BTech, IT, BCA, MCA, BSc, MSc of St Soldier Group, Beant College, Gurdaspur, Amritsar Engineering College, Ropar, Bathinda, Sant Baba Bhag Singh Group, Adampur, participated. Regional HR head of HCL Nilanchal Shukla gave presentation to students and told them about company policies and profile. A written test and group discussions were conducted. As many as 62 students were shortlisted for the post of executive junior engineer. — TNS

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