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Man killed by armed assailants
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
In a clear display of lawlessness, a middle-aged man was brutally killed by three unidentified youths by attacking him with swords at Jawahar Nagar Camp last night. The deceased has been identified as Joginder Pal (43), who was running tent house business from his shop-cum-flat situated in Jawahar Nagar Camp. The incident took place at around 10.30 p.m. when Joginder went out for a walk after dinner.

He had hardly walked 10m from his house when three assailants, with masked faces, attacked Joginder with swords.

He screamed for help and ran for cover, but could hardly cover a distance and fell unconscious on the road.

Some area residents saw him lying in a pool of blood and rushed to save him. The residents threw stones at the attackers. Joginder was rushed to DMC Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries at 3.00 a.m.

Paramedics said Joginder died apparently due to the loss of blood as grievous injuries were inflicted upon him.

M L Nagpal, maternal uncle of the deceased, said he was neither an alcoholic nor had enmity with anybody.

According to residents, they had never seen those youths in the area before. As their faces were covered, none of them could be identified.

Meanwhile, the police has booked three unidentified youths for murder and started an investigation. Joginder leaves behind wife Chetna and two daughters Aarti (5) and Bharti (3). SHO Gurjit Singh said the cause of the attack was not known yet.

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23-day-old girl fighting a lone battle
No one has come to claim the child’s responsibility
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
Nearly 23 days after the little girl opened her eyes in the world, she does not have any family member sitting by her side to fondle her. Her mother died in the hospital. Family members from the maternal side expect the paternal family to be the responsibility-takers. The father's family members, though concerned, have not yet taken the full-fledged responsibility.

Dr Baldeep Singh, director of Deep Hospital where the baby is taken care of, said though they had received assurances by the father's family, so far no one had come to claim the responsibility of the child. In the meantime, the child takes every nurse attending upon her to be her mother.

Lying in a baby cot, the girl child, who is yet to be named paddles her legs and swings her arms to clutch someone but every night she comes across a new face, who just squeezes her chin, gives her the feed and leave her in the cot. Only the cries of the girl remind the nurses that she needs a feed.

As the little girl seems to fight a lonely battle, her grandparents, both maternal and paternal, cite their own reasons for not been able to take care of her. Her paternal grandparents say they were "framed" in a dowry case and were on the run. They would soon claim her. Though her grandmother got bail from the High Court four days ago, she wants the matter to be settled down first.

“The girl is our responsibility. But I cannot bring her home as I am at a relative's place. I am alone and managing my own affairs with great difficulty,” she said.

On the other hand her maternal grandparents said, “Incase we bring the child home, the paternal family will wash its hands off from her responsibility. A child is naturally the responsibility of the father and his family. We cannot let them off the hook easily.”

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Neha’s Death
‘Vaneet’s family killed our daughter’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
The family of the woman, identified as Neha, alleged that the family of her husband, Vaneet Arora, had murdered her. Ramesh Mago, Neha’s father said, “She was mentally and physically tortured during her stay at the in-law's place. She was asked several times to bring cash and valuable articles for the household of the in-laws.”

“I fulfilled the demands of her in-laws with a hope that things would be fine in her family. Even before the birth of the child, the father-in-law had asked for a new car. She was also asked to get the sex of the child determined,” he said.

“On the day of her death we were in the hospital when we were asked to go home. After sometime we got a phone from the hospital that she was not fine. When we reached the hospital, she was dead with her tongue outside her mouth.”

“We expect a fair inquiry into the matter by looking into all loose ends in the matter,” he added.

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Truth will prevail: Vaneet’s mother
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
Raj Rani, Vaneet's mother, said, "These are bad times and will be over soon. Truth will prevail ultimately."

"We are taking care of the child from her birth. We are regularly attending the baby. As our family conditions are not stable, I am not able to give personal attention to the child. The hospital is the best place for the child's care, at the moment," she said.

"The girl's family has not visited the child even once after the death of their daughter. The matter will be sorted out after the viscera report," she added.

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Power Theft
41 cases detected, penalty of Rs 7.44 lakh imposed
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 19
The ongoing drive of the operations wing of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) against power theft and the use of unauthorised load in the city and its periphery has yielded rich dividends, as the field staff detected 41 cases of theft and another 18 of using unauthorised load by different categories of consumers on Saturday.

A total penalty of Rs 7.44 lakh was imposed on the erring consumers.

According to PSEB officials, power connections of 480 domestic consumers were inspected in Field Ganj, Shahpur Road, Fatehganj, Rarri Mohalla, Gandhi Nagar and Nawan Mohalla localities, falling in City Eats circle, where 28 cases of power theft were established. Demand notices for a penalty of Rs 2.55 lakh were being issued to the defaulting consumers.

In the City West circle, more than 350 connections of domestic and commercial consumers were checked in Model Town, Aggar Nagar, City West and Janta Nagar divisions and 12 cases of theft and 16 of unauthorised loaded were detected. The PSEB has imposed a penalty of Rs 2.25 lakh on those found stealing power, while the consumers having installed load in excess than the sanctioned load attracted a penalty of Rs 2.10 lakh.

Spot checking of some 30 tubewell connections at the periphery of the city led to the discovery of three cases of power theft through kundi connections and two others of unauthorised load. A penalty of Rs 50,000 had been slapped on those stealing power or using excess load, the officials informed.

Senior officials of the PSEB said the drive against the menace of power theft and to check the tendency of using unauthorised load would continue relentlessly and those indulging in these unlawful practices would not be spared.

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Missing farmers’ bodies recovered
Rakesh Gupta

Raikot, July 19
The Raikot police today cracked the case of two brothers who went missing five days ago by arresting the three accused. The police today exhumed the bodies of two missing farmer brothers Gurmeet Singh (42) and Baldev Singh (35) of Jalaldiwal village near here in a semi-decomposed condition.

The bodies were buried in the fields of Gurcharan Singh whose fields bordered those owned by the deceased. The accused and the victims were neighbours and had a distant relationship too.

A minor altercation had taken place between Baldev Singh and the farm helpers of Gurcharan Singh over the canal water used for irrigation. On July 14 at 9 p.m. Baldev Singh had an heated argument with Gurcharan Singh who was present along with both of his farm labourers. Baldev Singh started hurling abuses at them. This infuriated Gurcharan Singh who asked the labours to kill Baldev Singh. In a fit of anger Anubhav Mandal, his labour, hit Baldev Singh on his head with his spade killing him on the spot.

While they were killing Baldev Singh, Anubhav Mandal said Gurmeet Singh, the elder brother of Baldev Singh, reached the fields to supervise irrigation work. He said they had no other option but to kill him also. They then dug a pit in the field and buried the bodies.

In the morning when Jagjit Singh, the third brother of the deceased, reached the fields both of the accused feigned not to see the deceased. Later they told that they had come but returned on their bicycle.

To mislead the police and the family, they had parked the cycle of the deceased on the other side of the road. After the yesterday rain, it is stated that the bodies became partially visual as the rain dissolved some of the mud. Today morning, Gurcharan Singh visited the spot and covered the bodies with mud again.

SSP Ludhiana Rural Gurpreet Singh Bhullar had set up an SIT to probe the case comprising DSP Raikot Narinder Pal Singh, DSP (D) Jagraon Satnam Singh, SHO Raikot Gurdial Singh, CIA in-charge Jagraon, Pritam Singh and monitored the investigation himself. Throughout the police investigation, Gurcharan Singh accompanied the police and pretended to help police in all ways.

The police handed over the bodies to the family after getting the postmortem examination at the Sudhar Civil Hospital. July 15 under sections 364 IPC.

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Kargil heroes stir emotions
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
As the nation salutes heroes of Kargil 10 years after the Indo-Pak conflict atop Tiger Hill, heads of ‘‘veer naaris’’ are held high, but their hearts continue to bleed.

Even after 10 years of their beloved attaining martyrdom, the fact that they would not return does not allow their tears to dry up. But at the same time, they stand tall in the crowd as they lost their men for the sake of motherland.

Similar sentiments were echoed by kin of the Kargil martyrs, who were honoured at a solemn function organised by the All-India Anti Terrorist Front led by Maninderjit Singh Bitta here today.

Many a “veer naari” could not help shedding tears when their heroes’ names were called and sacrifices remembered. Mustering strength, they walked up to the stage.

‘‘I lost my young son Sepoy Sukhchain Deep Singh in the conflict. I still want all mothers to have a strong heart and send their sons to the services. The nation needs brave sons if it is in trouble,’’ said Harjeet Kaur, a 60-year-old widow living in Ghudani Kalan village.

She had sent her 23-year-old son for the service of the nation. He was given a warm send-off, but was brought dead home. ‘‘Everybody dies but my son attained martyrdom. He lived up to the nation's expectations. He will live for years after his death,’’ she said.

Another “veer naari”, Sarabjeet Kaur, lost her husband Davinder Singh, who laid down his life, leaving her to shoulder the responsibility of two young children at 25. ‘‘I am bringing up my son with a mission to serve the country. He is a student of Class IX and is looking forward to join the Army,’’ she said.

Gurvinder Kaur, 45, who lost her husband Darshan Singh in the war, was the one who could not stop crying throughout the function. She was wiping her tears when patriotic songs were being sung in the function. ‘‘I was left alone with no children. Still, I have a feeling that his death was for a nobel cause,’’ she said.

The powerful function left many people in tears, remembering and saluting the sacrifices of Kargil martyrs.

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6,300 encroachments dot city
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
When it comes to encroachments, one can’t find a haven like Ludhiana, where encroaching a public street or park seems to be a child’s play. Well if you don’t believe, see the figures. According to information gathered through the Right to Information Act, the Municipal Corporation has found more than 6,300 encroachments in the city.

The more than 300-page document handed over to the Anti-Corruption and Crime Investigation Cell, an NGO, following an application by NGO president Rohit Sabharwal, on what the MC has been doing to remove these encroachments shows the “dumb side” of the civic body.

The information reveals that most of the encroachments are “pucca” constructions and are broadly classified into commercial and residential. A quick review of the figures reveals that 104 shops and factories on the Jail road, 183 commercial establishments in Karimpura Bazaar and hundreds of shops in Chaura Bazaar, Kamla Nehru Market, Clock Tower to Girja Ghar Chowk, etc., have encroached the roads.

While the roads can still be excused, a few persons of the city have not even left seasonal drains as 18 shops on the Society Cinema road have encroached the nullah.

Investigation reveals a few big names in the encroachers list. This includes CMC for encroaching a street; Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran has encroached public streets i.e. the GT road and Ganda nullah. Similarly, Oswal Mill has encroached the road through the pucca construction.

The residential areas are also not an exception when it comes to the encroachments. Jawahar Nagar Camp and Sunder Nagar top the lists. Analysis of documents reveals that many roads and MC parks in the old city area have been a scapegoat for the encroachers making the area congested today.

As many as 14 buildings have been erected in a public park in Harcharan Nagar and many people have made houses on the MC parks and not even a single house has been demolished.

These encroachments are not a result of one-day or one-month effort but an outcome of years. No doubt the encroachers may be held responsible for it, the MC cannot evade from the fact that it has helped in the mushrooming of these encroachments.

While in 95 per cent of the cases there are no legal pangs, one is astonished why the MC has been sitting as a mute spectator to all these encroachments.

Had the civic body been active enough, the city could have not been in the state as it was in the present.

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Residents face govt apathy
Development works suffer as roads in pitiable condition
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 19
Tall claims by the Punjab government about development projects in the state have become meaningless for residents of the Malwa belt here, as the condition of almost all roads here is pitiable.

Even alternative routes being taken up by commuters are equally risky for the traffic. The fear of approaching monsoon has made the commuters apprehend that driving would not be safe during the months to come.

Observations showed that a majority of the roads leading to the local town and surrounding civic bodies were in a bad condition. The condition of the Pohir road, which joins the town and surrounding village with Ludhiana and Malerkotla, is in a deplorable condition.

Link roads to Dehliz, Jagera, Dhulkot and Chhappar are also in a terrible state.

The majority of these roads have potholes, which are bigger in size than tyres of heavy vehicles, making it difficult for drivers to manoeuvre their vehicles around these pits.

Many commuters have found alternatives in the link roads passing through various villages. Those who have to reach the Chandigarh road via Sahnewal now drive through the Ludhiana city.

Though these routes seem more comfortable to the local residents, outsiders find them to be cumbersome, as they have to enquire about the route to reach their destinations.

The problem has been aggravated by the diversion of heavy vehicles carrying goods from neighbouring states to Punjab. To avoid the tax authorities and check barriers, the drivers prefer the tough terrain. The increase in the number of private vehicles and school buses has added to the burden on the already stressed roads.

The deteriorating condition of the roads causes monetary loss to the residents by way of extra fuel expenses and maintenance charges.

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PAU research, teaching activities revamped
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
A number of changes have been brought in the research, teaching and extension programmes of Punjab Agricultural University, which were critically examined through in-house reviews of various departments, keeping in view the rational use of fiscal and scientific resources and avoiding duplication, if any.

Dr MS Kang, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, said the crop-improvement programmes laid focus on developing varieties that combined high yield, superior quality and tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses. During the last two years, PAU released 37 improved varieties of various crops, including rice (4), wheat (2), barley (3), cotton (3), sunflower (2), sugarcane (1), maize (1), mash (1), sesame (1), bajra (1), pear (1), peach (1), guava (3), banana (1), cauliflower (1), turmeric (2), cucumber (1), pumpkin (1), coriander (1) and chrysanthemum (6).

During this period, PAU also released 33 research-based technologies for crop production and 37 for crop protection.

It developed eight biotechnologies for various crops. Diversification in mushroom is on PAU agenda towards medicinal and tonal varieties. PAU also released post-harvest technologies for ripening and quality improvement in pear and banana, producing vinegar from grapes and low-alcohol, self-carbonated beverages from plum, carrot and amla.

As part of strategic planning, based on the SWOT analysis, a road-map was drafted for PAU, wherein the identified priority areas were: Biotechnology, development of eco-friendly and cost-effective technologies for natural-resource management, bio-control of crop pests and diseases, green-house/net-house technologies for horticultural crops, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), farm machinery (particularly for water-use efficiency), planning market-oriented approaches, functional project monitoring, linkage with industry and market, global partnerships in research, exchange of scientists/students in learning mode, public-private partnership in agricultural research vis-à-vis food security and intellectual property concerns, IT in generation and dissemination of information, strengthening and streamlining of research through critical analysis, communication and administration, enhancing influx of rural students in various courses and reprioritisation of course curriculum to make it need based.

Smart classrooms have been established in various colleges. A distance learning facility was installed in September, 2007. Two intensive short courses have been taught using the facility. Lectures were delivered from US universities and relayed through PAU to certain other agricultural universities in India. Courses have been redrafted in view of emerging needs. School of Agricultural Biotechnology was established and Electron Microscopy and Nanotechnology Lab was strengthened. These labs attracted many visitors.

Faculty and students have been motivated to undertake training in advanced countries. Faculty have been sent on three months to one year research training programmes to other countries, such as the USA , Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Russia etc to learn cutting-edge research techniques. One MSc student from food science technology department received three months' research training at the University of Wisconsin under the prestigious Khorana Fellowship programme. We have arrangements in place for sending PAU students for two semesters to Iowa State University under a sandwich programme in the area of soil and water engineering. With PAU students going to Iowa State University and their students coming to PAU, the program is now on a solid footing.

(To be concluded)

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Residents face govt apathy
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 19
Tall claims by the Punjab government about development projects in the state have become meaningless for residents of the Malwa belt here, as the condition of almost all roads here is pitiable.

Even alternative routes being taken up by commuters are equally risky for the traffic. The fear of approaching monsoon has made the commuters apprehend that driving would not be safe during the months to come.

Observations showed that a majority of the roads leading to the local town and surrounding civic bodies were in a bad condition. The condition of the Pohir road, which joins the town and surrounding village with Ludhiana and Malerkotla, is in a deplorable condition.

Link roads to Dehliz, Jagera, Dhulkot and Chhappar are also in a terrible state.

The majority of these roads have potholes, which are bigger in size than tyres of heavy vehicles, making it difficult for drivers to manoeuvre their vehicles around these pits.

Many commuters have found alternatives in the link roads passing through various villages. Those who have to reach the Chandigarh road via Sahnewal now drive through the Ludhiana city.

Though these routes seem more comfortable to the local residents, outsiders find them to be cumbersome, as they have to enquire about the route to reach their destinations.

The problem has been aggravated by the diversion of heavy vehicles carrying goods from neighbouring states to Punjab. To avoid the tax authorities and check barriers, the drivers prefer the tough terrain. The increase in the number of private vehicles and school buses has added to the burden on the already stressed roads.

The deteriorating condition of the roads causes monetary loss to the residents by way of extra fuel expenses and maintenance charges.

Caption: A driver tries to manoeuvre potholes on the Pohir-Ahmedgarh road while a motorcyclist adopts katcha side to avoid potholes. Photo by the writer

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BJP protests against post-operative death of its mandal chief
Our Correspondent

Doraha, July 19
Members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today organised a dharna outside Sidhu hospital and burnt the effigy of Dr Gurdip Singh Sidhu in protest against the alleged post-operative death of BJP Mandal president at the hospital. They also demanded the arrest of the doctors and the staff responsible for the same.

A good number of BJP leaders, including Parveen Bansal, Senior Deputy Mayor, OP Bhardwaj, BJP district president, Sapinder Singh, vice-president, Sanjay Kapoor, district secretary, Rajeev Katna, Sarabjit Singh, MC, Ludhiana, Gurbaksh Singh, MC, Surinder Aggarwal, Sandeep Bhagat, Neeraj Verma, Ravinder Arora, Advocate Sanjeev Malhotra, Sunita Aggarwal, Deputy Mayor, Gurdip Singh Neetu, present chiefly among the protesters, demanded the immediate arrest of Dr Gurdip Singh Sidhu and Dr Naveen Laiker, whose negligence they said had become a cause of death of Jagat Bhooshan Johar, the BJP Mandal president of Ludhiana.

They also said in no case, the case registered against Dr Sidhu, under Section 304 of the IPC, should be withdrawn. Rather terming him as a “murderer”, they said in case of his non-arrest, they should be forced to intensify their struggle in the near future.

The leaders further said they had been compelled to resort to such an extreme measure after having waited and watched for the police and the authorities to spur into action but to no avail. They also showed their utter resentment against the police for registering a case against the BJP activists for attempt to murder, whereas they had been conscious enough not to resort to any such acute measure and in no case take law in their hands.

“If justice is further denied to us, we will not sit back. The police has to initiate a thorough probe into the case for we are sure that it was due to the extreme negligence on the part of the doctors and the staff of the hospital that our patient breathed their last. The doctors should be taught a lesson so that others might be warned against depending on such doctors, who treated a patient only for their monetary benefits and not to give him a new life,” said BJP district president OP Bhardwaj.

They also alleged that the hospital had agents all over the city in the small clinics, from where obese patients were referred to the hospital. The agitators also demanded the cancellation of the doctor’s licence.

The BJP leaders alleged that during surgery itself, the complication developed but on regular assurances of a successful operation by the doctors, the relatives decided against referring the patient to any other hospital. They alleged that the patients’ position kept on deteriorating, but the doctor in order to fulfill his own selfish ends, did not show them the right way and kept them in the dark till the end.

Further, it was only after strong resistance by the relatives of Jagat Bhooshan, that the doctor finally revealed that the patient had already breathed his last and that too “much earlier”.

More so, rather than consolling the bereaved, Dr Sidhu challenged the relatives with dire consequences,” they added.

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Admn starts preparations for I-Day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
Preparations for celebration of the Independence Day function on August 15 have been started, with the district administration holding a meeting in this regard.

Addressing the meeting, Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg directed the officials concerned to make elaborate arrangements for smooth conduct of the function to be held at Government College for Boys here. He also assigned the duties to different officials and asked them to work sincerely and make the function a success.

He said a colourful march past would be organised and the Punjab Police, traffic police, Home Guards, NCC, ex-servicemen and girl guides would take part in it. He added that a colourful cultural programme and mass PT show would be presented by students of different schools.

Garg said for selection of cultural items, a committee had been constituted under the supervision of Additional Deputy Commissioner Kuldip Singh, DEO(S) Amarjit Kaur, DPRO Subhash Gupta and DDPO Mahinder Singh.

He also said the rehearsal of cultural programme would be conducted from August 7 to 13 at college grounds and final and full dress rehearsal on August 14. He asked to the district mandi officer to arrange for drinking water at the site of the venue.

The DC directed the officials of the municipal corporation to clean the grounds of the college and surrounding areas and repair all roads leading to the college. He said different enclosure would be set up for VIPs, officials, freedom fighters, teachers and students.

Sewing machines would be presented to widows and needy women, and tricycles to physically challenged on this occasion.

ADC (D) Davinder Singh, SDM (W) Prem Chand, SDM (E) Manpreet Singh Chhatwal, Joint Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, BK Gupta, DDPO Mahinder Singh, DSP Gurdial Singh, Deputy Director, Small Savings, AK Sharma, and DEO(S) Amarjit Kaur were present at the meeting.

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Workshop on use of water, nitrogen for paddy crop
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 19
The agriculture department in collaboration with Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) organised a training workshop on judicious use of water and nitrogen for paddy crop in Kheri village near here today.

More than 60 farmers were trained on the use of leaf colour chart (LCC) and tensiometer in the rice crop, said Dr Parkash Singh, agricultural development officer.

Addressing the farmers, Dr Surinder Singh Kukal lauded the positive initiative of the state government towards delaying transplanting of paddy to mid-June so as to save water. He shared scientific technologies for the judicious use of water in rice and provided useful information to the farmers for installation of tensiometers in their fields.

In a note of caution against the indiscriminate use of chemical fertilisers, Dr Varinderpal Singh said the practice of over application of urea to grow dark green rice crop should be discouraged.

He focused on disastrous consequences of over application of the urea while advising the farmers to be conscious about need-based application of nitrogen in rice crop.

Sharing the results of more than 400 on-farm experiments, he remarked that LCC was a simple, economical and hi-tech gadget that instantly guided about the need for urea application. “LCC is not a gadget to reduce urea application but it is a highly efficient tool to gauge appropriate amount of urea required for the rice crop. It cuts down the nitrogen application to even half of the normal quantity which the farmers tend to use to give their crop a darker colour.”

Dr Amarjit Singh asked the farmers to follow the recommendations of PAU for scientific and judicious use of the urea and water in rice crop to cut down their cost on cultivation and have better yield.

The agriculture department distributed free LCC kits and literature published by the department of soils at PAU on the "Use of LCC in rice" among the farmers attending the workshop.

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Integrated Textile Park
Team expresses satisfaction over work
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
An eight member delegation of Infrastructure Leasing and Finance Solutions (ILFS) from Delhi has expressed its satisfaction over the progress work of Integrated Textile Park, coming up at Sahnewal-Doraha GT Road.

The first of its kind in the northern region, the construction work of this textile park on 60 acres of land was closely monitored by the delegation, along with members of knitwear club here yesterday for more than two hours. The park is expected to be completed by the end of next year.

Vinod K Thapar, president, Knitwear club, and managing director, Integrated Textile Park, said The Tribune that the team was fully satisfied over the work, but they had asked us to speed up further. "The team has found the soil, water-quality and location good for the park. The work on roads, sewerage system and the storm-water drainage system is also progressing at a good pace", said Thapar.

The cost of the total project of the park will be about Rs 115 crore and the Central government had agreed to put its share of Rs 40 crores out of which about RS 5 crore have already been released.

The proposal on the park has been approved by the ministry of textiles, Government of India, the main funding agency under the Scheme for Industrial Parks Development.

It will have a total of 86 industrial units and these units will be run by local industrialists. The exporters/ industrialists, too have deposited their 35 per cent share (each) on the construction of park.

Thapar added that the park would create about one lakh jobs and an annual turn-over of about Rs 500 crore was expected, once the park became functional.

The park will be developed in accordance with the modern specifications conforming to the provisions of scheme of integrated textile parks with a laboratory and information centre.

Ludhiana has been number one in the world map in woolen industry.

"It will become more convenient for buyers from domestic and foreign markets to come in the cluster for all their business requirements", said Thapar.

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Injured MC employee fails to get relief
Was hurt while going for poll duty
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 19
Even after two months of his sustaining injuries while going to Kup village to work as block level officer on polling day, neither the local body authorities nor the state election commission office has bothered to give compensation and reimbursement of medical bills to Shri Bhagwat, a municipal council employee.

Trade unions of the local civic body have urged the Chief Election Commissioner to impress upon the authorities concerned in the state election commission and the local bodies to rescue of the employee who, despite his entitlement for the treatment, had to borrow money from his relatives and friends to pay the bills.

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

Bhagwat was seriously injured after being hit by some unknown vehicle when he was going to perform election duty. He was shifted to Kundal Lal Hospital by a passerby. Though he was entitled for free treatment, he had to pay all bills for his hospitalisation from fateful day to June 5, when he was discharged. He is still undergoing treatment at his house.

Investigation revealed that Deputy Commissioner Sangrur had forwarded his case on June 19 and the same was received at the state election commission office at Chandigarh on June 23.

Despite repeated requests by the employee, the election office has not bothered to direct authorities concerned to do the needful to enable the employee receive reimbursement of his bill and compensation.

A superintendent at the election commission office said, the case had been put up before the concerned officials and the employee would be informed as and when the compensation was granted.

Union leaders Satnam Singh, Harbans Singh Giani and Harvinder Singh Sohi said organisational measures would be taken in case justice was not given in routine.

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186 posts lying vacant in BSNL
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
After the promotions in Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), 186 posts are lying vacant, thus, proving unproductive for the organisation.

The workload on the JTOs and SDOs has increased manifold after the recent orders of promotion to the cadre of STS from eligible officers of TES Group “B”. Nearly 186 officials were promoted to STS cadre on local officiating basis resulting in equal number of posts of TES Group “B” falling vacant.

Sources of the department said the vacant posts in the department had increased the burden on the staff. An SDO is looking after 4 to 5 posts. The officials in the department have urged the Chief General Manager (CGM), Telecom, to utilise these posts by giving local officiating from JTO cadre. “As many JTOs are enjoying grade of TES group “B” on account of financial upgradation. This will not cause any financial burden on the BSNL, rather it will lead to better management at the middle level and productivity,” read the communiqué sent to the CGM.

JAOs, who have just completed four years, have been promoted to the cadre of AO while JTOs continue to slog for over 11 years even to get a local officiating promotion.

Giving officiating charge to the JTOs will solve the problem, as there will be no financial burden on the Nigam and the work of the vacant posts will also be compensated.

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Industrialists write to rly minister
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
Industrialists of Ludhiana recently wrote to Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee apprising her of the difficulties being faced by them while booking tickets for the Rajdhani Express, which plies from Delhi to Jammu.

Vinod Thapar, president, Knitwear Club, said a large number of local commuters, particularly entrepreneurs, daily frequented Delhi for business purposes. It was Asia’s biggest cluster for knitwear, machine tools, cycle, cycle parts and motor parts, which are also exported abroad.

Unfortunately, those travelling by the Rajdhani Express were denied railway tickets in Ludhiana on the pretext of "non-availability of quota for Ludhiana", said Thapar.

"They have to pay additional charges for undertaking the journey from Ludhiana. Due to business commitments, the journey cannot be postponed. Apart from involving extra financial burden, a lot of inconvenience is also caused to local residents.

Earlier, Ludhiana used to enjoy this facility as there was no such restriction in the past and the journey was hassle-free, but now things have changed, he said.

Members of the club have requested the minister to look into the matter so their businesses do not suffer.

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Pool party at GNIP
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
A pool party was organised in GNIP School. Schoolchildren came dressed in cool summer dresses. To beat the heat, the kids bathed in water and splashed water on each other. Enjoying the water games, they danced to the tunes of various Bollywood numbers. Director P Kahlon, principal GK Gill and headmistress C Paul were also present on the occasion.

Competition

An inter-school competition was organised by Kalabharti Child Art Institute, Aurangabad, yesterday. Students of Sat Paul Mittal School from Classes PV to IX participated in the competition. The students put in their earnest efforts to write neatly.

Group discussion

In order to test and polish the communicative skills of students, the senior humanities forum of Kundan Vidya Mandir organised an inter-house group discussion contest in its auditorium yesterday. School manager Ashwini Kumar presided over the function. The contest was divided into two groups. Group A comprising 12 students from Class XI and XII and Group B comprising 12 students from Class IX and X were presenting their respective houses. The topic for the discussion was, “Laxman Rekha in the degree of permissiveness for the adolescents”.

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Woman alleges rape
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
A 26-year-old woman was allegedly gangraped and stabbed on both arms, when she tried to pose resistance. The incident took place last night, when the victim was alone at home.

The victim, a resident of 33-feet road near Gyaspura, was rushed to the hospital in a critical condition. Her husband, Sarabjit Singh, is working as a security guard and posted at a bank on night duty.

The incident took place last night, when four unidentified persons armed with knife enter the house when the woman was alone.

Two members of the gang allegedly raped the woman. They inflicted stab would on the woman's arms and even tried to gag her face with a piece of cloth.

The woman managed to free herself and screened for help at the top of her voice.

This alarmed the neighbours. Sensing trouble, the alleged rapists fled the scene.

The woman alleged that the police had not registered the case.

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Cheques given to Naina Devi victims
Tribune News Service

Machhiwara, July 19
Representatives of the Punjab government yesterday gave cheques to next of kin of the victims who lost their lives in an accident while returning from Naina Devi Shrine.

The incident took place on March 31, wherein nine family members lost their lives when the truck they were travelling in overturned near Anandpur Sahib. While four people who received serious injuries were given a cheque for Rs 50,000 each, 10 out of the 23 injured from Machhiwara received a Rs 25,000 cheque each.

The government had announced to give Rs 1 lakh as compensation to the relatives of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for the seriously injured and Rs 25,000 for the injured.

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Women forum forms chapter
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
The All-India Working Women Forum has formed its Ludhiana chapter during a meeting held with prominent women activists in their respective fields of work, including those from medical profession, teaching, banks and insurance and those involved in cooperative sector.

The forum decided to take programmes among working women to make them aware of their rights in society and at workplace and help them organise themselves to achieve and expand their rights.

It was resolved to fight for seeking working women hostel in the city as more and more women were coming to the city for employment, said Dr Narjit Kaur, convener of the forum.

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Book of Urdu poems released

Ludhiana, July 19
A book of Urdu poems, "Zindagi Yeh Zindagi", by Neeraj Bagga, was released last evening at a function held at Lodhi Club here.

MP Manish Tewari released the book. The book contains more than hundred of poems written in Devnagri script. The young poet has taken care to give meanings of difficult Urdu words in the footnotes at the end of each poem.

Dr SN Sewak, a noted multi-lingual scholar, said Urdu was a rich language, which had great aesthetic appeal and literary depth.

He appreciated the love of Urdu in modern youth, which was reflected in this collection of poems by Neeraj Nazi. He advised young people to learn Urdu script so that they might really enjoy the beauty of Urdu literature. — TNS

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Rotary Club distributes water coolers
Tribune News Service

Khanna, July 19
The Rotary Club, Khanna, today distributed five water-coolers in various needy educational institutes of the city with the help of Nishkam Sewa Ashram, Ludhiana.

The club has already distributed 10 water coolers in the recent past and the five more newly bought coolers were installed for drinking purposes in the institutes for poor children.

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SPORTS
 

Football
Chandigarh beat Punjab Blue 3-1
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 19
Chandigarh pipped Punjab Blue 3-1 to annex the title in the under-14 years age-group in the first 7-a-side Schools Football Championship, organised by the Schools 7-A Side Football Federation of India, which concluded on Punjab High School ground at Mundian Kalan on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road near here today.

In the final, Chandigarh squad, comprising of St Joseph School, Chandigarh, proved too good for their opponents.

They drew the first blood in the 7th minute of the match through Krishna and eight minutes later, Manraj found the target to read it 2-0.

A few seconds before the lemon break, Punjab Blue team, consisting of Government High School, Mundian Kalan, Ludhiana, reduced the margin, when Maninder Singh, a student of Class VIII, sent a grounder to make it 2-1.

In the second half, Chandigarh lads gave a fine show of foot work and ball control, which pushed the Punjab Blue boys on defencive. Chandigarh added another goal in the 50th minute through Parseej, which sealed Punjab Blue team's fate 3-1.

In the under-17 years' final, PSEB Club, Patiala, blanked Punjab Red 3-0 to bag the top honours. The winners were leading 2-0 at half time.

Varinder Singh scored a brace while Parminder Singh chipped in with one goal to anchor PSEB Club to romp home champions comfortably.

In the final (U-19), Rajasthan outplayed Punjab Red by a solitary goal to clinch the title. The all-important goal was scored by Rajan in the first half.

Parminder Singh and GS Grewal, office-bearers of the organising committee, distributed trophies and certificates to the participating teams.

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