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Car falls into canal, two drowned
Our Correspondent

Doraha, August 28
Two out of the three occupants of an Alto car are reported to have drowned in a canal at Raul village, near Gurthali bridge, here this evening.

While Simranjit Singh of village Sahni was somehow rescued by villagers, Lakhvir Singh of the same village and Harpreet Singh of Sahnewal could not be saved.

A rehra-puller, who was the first to witness the incident, immediately raised the alarm and gathered a handful of people who put in their best to save the trio, but succeeded in pulling out only one of them. The others were washed away in the strong current.

While the police took out the car (no-PB 10 CG 2469), divers are still trying to recover the bodies from the canal. According to the SHO Payal once the bodies were recovered, investigations under Section 174, IPC, would be initiated.

“As the passage from the canal side is narrow and has been further hit by the recent rain, the way is not safe for commuters and passersby who have no choice but to take this route to reach their destination,” rued the villagers.

“Several times, the issue has been highlighted through the media, but to no avail. The administration doesn’t wake up until a tragedy strikes,” they added.


Blacklisted contractor still getting work
Jyotika Sood/Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 28
The municipal corporation has revealed under the RTI that it had blacklisted a contractor, Rohit Garg, and his company on December 18, 2008, but it is raising a controversy how a blacklisted firm could be allotted work in February this year.

In a reply to an RTI application, the fact was highlighted by MC officials. This has brought forth the alleged official-contractor nexus.

About eight months ago, Punjab local bodies chief secretary DS Bains had asked Municipal Commissioner GS Ghuman to blacklist Rohit Garg, however, the contractor is still being allotted work and has undertaken several construction works in the city despite being blacklisted due to reasons best known to the MC officials.

The document available with The Tribune reveals that Bains, through an order issued in December 2008, had asked Ghuman to blacklist the contractor following the Gill road controversy.When Senior Deputy Mayor Praveen Bansal was asked about it, he said: “I am not aware about it. In fact, a proposal was brought to the finance and contract committee in 2009, requesting that the name of the construction company should be changed. But that it has been blacklisted was not known to anyone, including F&CC members.” He added that the matter was of great concern and a report needed to be submitted on the issue.

The orders of the chief secretary had come after two MC officials, SDO Rakesh Sharma and JE Rakesh Singla, tried to influence a Punjab Engineering College assistant professor to pass the premix samples of work undertaken by the contractor on the Gill road.

Despite repeated attempts, Municipal Commissioner GS Ghuman could not be contacted.



Molestation: Councillor’s husband booked
6 supporters injured in police cane charge
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

The police resorts to a canecharge to disperse supporters of Ranjit Singh Sebia in Ludhiana on Friday. The police resorts to a canecharge to disperse supporters of Ranjit Singh Sebia in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, August 28
Six persons were injured as the police resorted to a canecharge to disperse agitators who were staging dharna in support of the husband of Ward No. 1 councillor, Rattanjit Kaur Sebia, near the Jalandhar bypass here today.

The supporters blocked traffic for over an hour and raised slogans against a woman who reportedly levelled molestation charges against Randhir Singh Sebia.

His supporters alleged that the woman was making false allegations and was trying to malign the image of the councillor’s husband. They demanded action against the woman for lodging a false complaint.
A woman shows her injuries.
A woman shows her injuries. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

The situation got tensed when the police reached the spot to detain the councillor’s husband. His supporters made a human shield to prevent the police from reaching Randhir Singh.

Sensing trouble, DSP (Rural) Parampal Singh reached the spot and tired to pacify the protesters. In the meantime, someone from the crowd pelted the police with stones, after which the police resorted to a mild canecharge to disperse the mob.

The police eventually booked him on the charges of misbehaving with the woman.

According to the police, it received the complaint last evening in which the woman, a resident of Aman Nagar, alleged that Sebia tried to molest her and tried to intimidate her.

She alleged that the incident took place yesterday when she went along with her aunt to fill forms for the allotment of LPG cylinder, where he tried to molest her. When she resisted, he even hit her.



MC seals three shops
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 28
The municipal corporation sealed three shops at Bhagwan Chowk here since yesterday.

According to information, the shops were sealed by the town planning wing of the civic body around 12.30 pm for building bylaws violation.

Officials on duty said: “We had sealed two shops in street number 26 of Ram Nagar yesterday. However, the owner broke the seal of one of the shops and entered it. So, we again sealed that shop, along with one other shop.”

The action of sealing of shops by the civic body has come after more than five years of the construction of the structures, which has raised questions why the MC took so long to react.

Sources in the civic body revealed that the orders had come following the directions of a Punjab minister’s PA whose daughter stayed in the area. The shop owner reportedly had a spat with the PA’s son-in-law and the action came as a way to teach him a lesson.

Despite repeated attempts, Municipal Commissioner GS Ghuman could not be contacted as his mobile was switched off.



DTO refuses to renew auto permits
Drivers to ply them anyway
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 28
Autorickshaws whose permits have not been renewed by the district transport department are still plying on roads, cocking a snook at the enforcement agencies.

The transport department had stopped renewing the permits after the High Court had ordered the department to stop registering diesel-run autorickshaws and buses to check pollution in the city.

Following the directions, the DTO office stopped renewing the permits of autos plying, much to the agitation of the drivers.

“We cannot do anything. We are plying the autorickshaws whose permits have not been renewed. Our families depend on these vehicles. We do not care for permit,” Madan Lal Bhumbak, leader of the autorickshaw drivers’ union, said.

He said as many as 13,000 families were dependent on autorickshaws with permit and there were more than 10,000 that were plying illegally. So if a few thousand more operate illegally it would not make any difference. “It is their will. If they do not want to issue a permit, the drivers would have to take this step,” he said.

He claimed that the DTO office had misinterpreted the orders of the High Court as it had only asked for the non-registration of new autos and buses with diesel engines. The union had now decided to move the High Court for clarification on the orders.

“We have to move the HC. How can the DTO’s office stop diesel-run public mode of transport when they do not have CNG or LPG filling stations in the city? This is absurd. They should make arrangements for the fuel first. Only then we would go for the vehicles,” he said.

Autorickshaws are a major cause of environmental pollution in city. 



City Concerns

It is practically impossible to walk in a majority of the shopping areas of the city, particularly at Kumhar Mandi, Chaura Bazaar and Model Town, besides several others. The reason is the innumerable encroachments on public land by shopkeepers and also ill-planned parking.

In fact, encroachments are rampant in all corners of the city and not merely commercial areas. Readers can send in their views on the issue, concentrating on the area-specific problems and possible solutions.

Responses, in not more than 200 words, can be emailed to ludhianaconcerns@tribunemail.com or sent to our city office at Bhadaur House, Ludhiana.



Punjab board compartment exams
Non-declaration of result has students in a fix
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, August 28
The delay in the result of the compartment examination for Class XII, conducted by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) in the month of July, can render those who ‘clear’ the examination incapable of getting admission in any college of Panjab University for the current session.

Talking to a handful of such students who have appeared in the compartment examinations conducted by the PSEB in the month of July, it was revealed that the Board generally declares the compartment results before the last date of admission to the colleges of Panjab University, Chandigarh.

“This year, too, the last date for admission to the colleges affiliated to Panjab University is August 31. It is already August 28 today. In case the board fails to declare the result in another three days, we shall be losing one complete year,” said one such student who has appeared in the compartment examination and is confident of coming out with flying colours.

However, according to the news snippet in one of the Punjabi dailies, the Board is going to declare the result tomorrow after 4 pm and students can view the same on the Board’s website on the night of August 29.

“It would indeed be great on the part of the Board to do so, but the sword of Damocles shall keep on hanging on our heads till the time the result is actually declared by the board,” opined one of the candidates.

Unlike other universities, it is a rule in Panjab University that the students are admitted to the degree class only if they secure at least 20 per cent marks in the subject in which they are placed under compartment. For that matter it is almost always a good number of students who take the compartment examinations and eagerly wait for the results so that they can get adjusted in one or the other institution affiliated to Panjab University.

“So the students who secure less are left with no other choice but to appear in the compartment examination and helplessly wait for declaration of the result or face the music due to the delay on the part of the board,” was a teacher’s view.

The chairman of the PSEB, when contacted, replied that since he was out of station, enquires about the declaration of the result could be made on Monday, August 31.



PEDA holds seminar on energy saving 
Our Correspondent

Amloh, August 28
Fatehgarh Sahib district unit of the Panjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) organised a block-level seminar to celebrate Rajiv Gandhi Save Energy Day at the BDPO office here today. Speaking on the importance of the day, district chief of the PEDA Suresh Kumar Goel said, “We have been celebrating the day since 2004 with the help of the Centre government.”

Goel said our traditional energy sources of coal, oil, firewood etc were estimated to last for 20 -25 years, but the hike in demand would exhaust the resources within 10 to 12 years. Thus, it was necessary to adopt the alternative measures to adopt solar energy devices to save energy, which would reduce the pollution and save people from various fatal diseases.

To cope with this serious problem, the state government had set up the Panjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) in 1991 said Goel. An exhibition was also organised to create awareness among the people about solar energy.

The speakers stressed to promote bio-gas and solar water pumping programme to promote energy recovery from urban, industrial and municipal waste and to create mass awareness about sources of energy projects.

Block development officer Ravinder Kaur, block samiti chairperson Maninder Kaur Badinpur, vice-chairman Paramjit Singh Khanian, former Market Committee chairman Kahla Singh Baini, District Planning Board member Joginder Singh Salana, Akali leaders Amrik Singh Meji and Surinder Singh Virk also spoke on the occasion.



500 students examined at dental camp
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 28
More than 500 students of Government Senior Secondary School, Humbran, availed the benefit of comprehensive check up and scaling at the 2-day free dental check up, treatment and awareness camp organised by Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College and Hospital, which commenced today.

A team of senior dental surgeons comprising Dr Pawan Arora, Dr Ashish Kumar, Dr Preetinder Singh Mokha and Dr Amit Joseph conducted the dental check up and provided detailed information on dental hygiene.

The camp was initiated with a dental awareness talk to educate the schoolchildren about common dental ailments.



Kisan Club hails increase in paddy support price

Ludhiana, August 28
The PAU Kisan Club’s executive committee has discussed the minimum support price (MSP) for kharif crops and hailed the Central Government’s decision for increasing the price for paddy, arhar, moong and other crops.

This was stated by press secretary of the club Amrinder Singh Poonia. Although the country was facing drought, the farmers of Punjab and Haryana were in a position to save the standing crops by spending huge amounts for generating power, said club president PPS Pangli. He said agriculture being a state subject, the government was earning considerable revenue on procurement as market fee and VAT on diesel consumed by the farming sector.

He urged the state government for a special bonus of Rs 150 per quintal and the Union government for Rs 100 per quintal on all paddy varieties as drought bonus.

The executive committee of the club hailed the ministry of agriculture and cooperation for accepting the recommendations of Commission on Agriculture Costs and Prices (CACP) for kharif crops MSP and also the Union Finance Minister for announcing Rs 288 crore as rabi seed subsidy.

Pangli stressed the need to give direct subsidy amount to state agricultural universities of Punjab and Haryana, which contributed significantly to the national pool of food grains. The other organisations such as the Indian Agricultural Research Institute and the Wheat Research Institute should also be considered for this, he said. — TNS



Marshals to help ease traffic
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 28
Now MBAs, lecturers, retired officials, businessmen and homemakers have come forward to help 
the traffic police in managing traffic.

The city police has appointed 15 traffic marshals who would work in coordination with the traffic police at major bottlenecks of the city.

The SSP, SS Gill, said the police had shortlisted 15 residents who would represent the problem faced by commuters and work out a solution which would help in easing traffic.

These persons had been presented with special batches and would be posted, according to their availability, at some key location.

They would be educated about the traffic norms at a traffic school in Jawahar Nagar. They would also visit schools and educate students about the hazards of pollution and traffic.

The SSP said in a majority of cases, commuters would start arguing with the police over traffic violation. In such a scenario, a traffic marshal would intervene and would answer the queries of the violators.

They would also spread awareness about the benefits of following traffic norms among residents. They would file a report on the problem areas that lead to traffic chaos in their locality.

They would also suggest solutions to ease traffic near school, colleges and busy market places. They would also be required to help accident victims and provide them timely medicare.

The traffic police is also planning to rope in school students in this regard.



Labour lok adalat settles 63 cases
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 28
The District Legal Services Authority today organised a labour lok adalat under the supervision of Additional Sessions Judge-cum-presiding officer of labour court, JS Chouhan, at the district court complex here today.

The lok adalat succeeded in settling 63 cases by persuading labourers and their employers to effect a compromise. A compensation of Rs 2,05,412 was awarded to the litigants on the spot following the settlement.

Karnail Singh of Field Ganj, Ludhiana, whose case had been pending since September 2004, was settled amicably. Various lawyers, president of the BKU and representatives of labour unions and factory owners participated in the lok adalat.



From Schools & Colleges
Guru Nanak College celebrates freshers’ day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 28
The campus of Guru Nanak Girls College dazzled with colours amid the freshers’ day celebration here today. Senior students of the faculty of commerce, management and computer science (MBE, PGDPM and LW, MCom, MSc IT, PGDCA, BBA, BCA, and BCom) organised a cultural show to welcome the new comers.

This function commenced with a short speech by principal Dr Charanjit Mahal in which she formally welcomed the new students on behalf of the staff and all students.

A beautiful and entertaining cultural extravaganza comprising of dances, melodious songs, skits and humorous choreography was presented by the seniors. Amandeep of MCom-I was declared Miss Fresher, Sunita and Jasleen were the first and second runners up, respectively. Harpreet was given the title of Beautiful Smile and Shreya was declared Miss Elegant.

Lecture on ageing

The Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) students’ chapter of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology organised a guest lecture by Dr Shilu Shrinivasan, founder president of the Dignity Foundation, Mumbai.

Dr Shrinivasan delivered a talk on ageing. Speaking on the occasion, she stated: “Had younger generation preferred to live together with older ones, there would have been no need for live dignity organisations. It should be realised and understood that old people have different strengths like strategy, sagacity, tolerance and wisdom with which they can contribute to society.”

She highlighted certain moral responsibilities of the youth towards senior citizens. She further stated, “The Dignity Foundation is also planning to establish a chapter at Ludhiana where legal, financial and health lines shall be available for the senior citizens.”

Story-telling competition

A story telling competition was organised by the KG section of GMT Public School here today. The students of Classes I to IV participated in it. Principal Amarjit Dhaliwal presided over the function and distributed prizes and certificates to the winners.



Dhvani enthralls audience with old melodies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 28
Dhvani, a prominent art and cultural organisation of the city, captivated its audience with the soothing music of immortal melodies from films of yester-years. Known for presenting theme-based musical programmes in the city, Dhvani has given to its audience many such memorable programmes earlier too like ‘Awaaz De Kahan Hai’ (old melodies), ‘Ghazal - Film Ke Parde Se’, ‘Lamhe - Tribute to Mahinder Kapoor’, etc. The occasion of today’s programme ‘Jane Kahan Gaye Woh Din’ was the 33rd death anniversary of the famous play back singer Mukesh, who died on this day in 1976 at Detroit, while on tour to America.

The programme saw a cross section of people from different walks of life participating in it. The programme started with a highlight of the contribution of Mukesh who died quite young at 53, but not before leaving a mark on the Indian film music with his memorable songs.

Dr Thomas played memorable tunes on his guitar. Rakhi Kanwal sang the popular song of Noor Jahan ‘Javan Hai Mohabbat…’ from Anmol Ghari. Dr Sanjeev Uppal sang a very popular song of Talat ‘Jalte Hain Jis Ke Liye…” from film Barandari followed by ‘Chandan Sa Badan…’ Dr Navjot sang Kishore’s most popular number of that period ‘Mere Mehboob Qayamat Hogi…’ from Mr X in Bombay.

Noted musician Raj Srivastav held the audience spellbound when he sang Rafi’s song from Akashdeep ‘Mujhe Dard-e-Dil Ka Pata Na Tha…’ and Irani Chatterjee presented one of Madan Mohan’s best composition from the film Jailor ‘Hum Pyar Mein Jalne Walon Ko…’. Dr Sunil Juneja sang ‘Kahin Dur Jab Din Dhal Jaye…’ and Madhurima sang ‘Aap Ki Nazron Ne Samjha...’ and drew applause from the audience.

Dr Daljeet Singh, principal of the DMCH, sang Hemant Kumar’s song penned down by Sahir ‘Yeh Raat Yeh Chandani Phir Kahan…’ from Jaal.

The programme included engrossing medleys prepared and presented by Dhvani artistes Manjit Sood, Ahok Dheer and Dr Rakesh Aggarwal. 



Bank employees pledge to donate eyes
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 28
The Punarjot Eye Bank Society organised an interactive programme on eye donation at the regional office of the Central Bank of India here today in a bid to make the eye donation a mass movement.

Speaking at the occasion, noted eye specialist and director of the society Dr Ramesh explained ill effects of diabetes on eyes while advising the computer-users to sit in a proper posture to ward of the adverse effects of long use of computer on their eyes.

In a word of caution to the diabetic persons, he advised them to go for a regular check up. He made a fervent appeal to the NGOs, social workers, health institutions and media to spread the message of eye donation and work for furtherance of this noble cause.

Secretary of the society Subhash Malik, while focusing on the present scenario of eye donation in the state, termed it as dismal.

Assistant general manager of the bank GS Dhir himself pledged to donate his eyes and responding to his appeal, 25 other members of the bank staff came forward to donate their eyes. The officials and staff members of the bank also pledged to motivate their colleagues at other branches of the bank and carry the message of eye donation to the mass.



Speech restored even as voice box removed
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 28
A patient with throat cancer could speak even after removal of the voice box (larynx) following a successful surgery conducted at Ludhiana Mediciti Hospital.

Giving details of the innovative surgery at a news conference here today, Dr Rajeev Kapila, ENT specialist at the hospital, informed that patient Satish Verma (58) from Ferozepur was having progressive hoarseness of voice from the last six months. He was diagnosed to be suffering from cancer of larynx at stage IV.

The patient underwent a major surgical procedure in which his larynx and associated lymphnodes, muscles and vessels, where tumour could have spread, were removed. Radio therapy was also used for complete clearance of tumour.

However, the life of the patient underwent a complete change after the surgery as he was unable to speak at all and had to communicate only through writing or signs.

Dr Kapila said in order to restore voice of the patient and bring about improvement in his quality of life, it was further planned to carry out yet another procedure.

“The patient was operated again to revive his voice and a very small voice prosthesis (Provox) was put in his throat. Provox is a voice prosthesis which is specially made for patients after laryngectomy (removal of larynx) for voice restoration.

It requires special technique and instruments to fit this prosthesis.”

The doctor claimed that this type of surgery was hitherto performed only in elite medical institutions like the PGI at Chandigarh.

“The surgery performed in this case for restoration of speech is the first of its kind in Punjab and performed by a city doctor,” added the doctor.

Meanwhile, the patient was jubilant and leading a normal life as he was not only free from the dreaded disease of cancer, but could speak in a normal manner as well.



Bylaws Violation
MC for adopting Haryana pattern
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 28
Clearing of around 8,000 building bylaws violations across the state is giving a tough time to the civic bodies.

The Ludhiana MC has forwarded a proposal to the Punjab local bodies department, requesting the adoption of Haryana pattern where these violations have been regularised by passing an ordinance in the Vidhan Sabha.

The matter would come up for hearing before local bodies minister Manoranjan Kalia tomorrow during his meeting with civic bodies officials and Mayors in Chandigarh.

Last year the court had directed the Punjab and Haryana government to demolish structures which were within a radius of 16.5 ft on scheduled roads and national highways. Even structures within 328 ft of the bypass were asked to be removed.

MC officials said there were around 3,500 building violations in the city itself, and it was impossible to render these people homeless. The same problem was being faced in Amritsar, Bathinda and Jalandhar.

The proposal would be presented before the minister and after discussions if the local bodies department finds it feasible, it would be considered.

Giving details about the Haryana pattern, assistant town planner Harpreet Ghai said: “The Haryana government had passed an ordinance stating that these violations could be regularised by paying Rs 500 per sq metre on national highways and Rs 300 per sq metre on the bypass.”



International industrial expo begins
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 28
International Industrial Expo and Conferences, 2009, being organised by Paramount Exhibitors in collaboration with the International Trade Promotion Council (ITPC) at Perfect Palace, GT Road, Samrala Chowk, was today inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg.

Speaking at the inauguration, Garg lauded the efforts of the local industrialists in being able to deal with the global recession. “It is very heartening to see the zeal of the local small and medium entrepreneurs who have been able to deal with the global recession and who have come out with flying colours,” he added.

Garg assured the present local industrialists that the local administration would render all possible help and support to the local industrialists in order to be able to help them achieve their growth targets.

Speaking at the inauguration, Dr Harish Arora, CEO, Paramount Exhibitors, said the present International Industrial Expo and Conferences was the 22nd in its series. “We have been coming to Ludhiana every year in a bid to be able to showcase machinery and equipment which will enable the local industry to compete globally,” he added.

Over 80 companies from different fields are taking part in the expo.



Skin, hair tips for monsoon
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Hair care

Clean your hair using a volumising shampoo twice or thrice a week
Post-shampoo, use a volumising conditioner once a week or as required
If you need to blow dry your hair, apply a leave-on conditioner prior to it
Avoid application of styling products, as this could make your hair very greasy due to increased humidity
Do not tie-up wet hair
Oiling once a week would help
Food for hair -- milk and milk products, nuts and soya products

Ludhiana, August 28
While the monsoon brings a welcome respite from summer heat, it also poses a lot of challenges to healthy skin and hair. The rashes of summertime give way to the humidity induced problems of the rainy season. A few simple precautions can prevent the damage to hair and skin.Monsoon is the time when the skin behaves a little strange and is often unstable. Suddenly it gets oily or becomes dry and dehydrated.Taking care of the skin is very necessary during this season in order to look fresh and beautiful. While it is the probable time for scalp infections and dandruff as rainwater carries pollutants and germs.

“Monsoon showers us with the maximum worries for our hair. Limp and greasy hair, severe dandruff, scalp infections and hair fall never gives one rest in these times. Hair problems are common among men and women of all ages and special care needs to be taken during the monsoons,” says Sunita Dadheech, director of a salon.

Skin care

Use a soap free cleanser
Cleansing should be followed by toning
Use a sunscreen even on a cloudy day
Use a light lotion-based moisturiser or serum with a lightening agent as well as lactic acid
Avoid heavy makeup and use waterproof make up
Eat lots of salads, fruits, soup and drink the usual 8-10 glasses of water 

“While sickly, dull, oily looking skin is common during the rainy season, nondescript itching also occurs occasionally. A few additional tips on how to keep your complexion glowing can work wonders,” adds Dadheech.Monsoon is the time to shelve all your hair styling ideas like perming, colouring and using hot rollers or blow driers. Wet hair must be towel dried and combed with a wide toothed comb. “Normal CTM is necessary for all age groups, but younger generation needs to take more care as their dietary habits mostly include fast food,” says Rohini Sood, beauty head at a salon.

Giving a quick tip, Sunita adds that one must wash limp and dull hair with lemon juice mixed in water for adding shine. For normal and dry hair one should try a honey-based hair mask. To avoid hair that smell in monsoon, a few drops of lavender oil can be used after hair wash. Messaging hair with warm oil and wrapping the towel like a turban can invigorate weak hair.

A dermatologist from the city on skin care adds that chemical peels are also an excellent way to freshen up dull skin and the monsoon is the best weather as there is no risk of sun exposure and sensitivity after the peeling session.

There are a variety of peels available nowadays -- skin-lightening peels, acne peels, peels for sensitive skin, arginine peels for under-eye circles etc.



Excise inspectors to intensify agitation
They have launched an agitation in support of their demands pertaining to acute stagnation and pay anomalies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 28
Central excise inspectors have planned to intensify their stir and will stage a day-long dharna on September 9 throughout India. The Income Tax Employees Federation has also decided to go on strike on similar issues on the same day. The inspectors have threatened to go on indefinite strike if their long pending demands are not considered by the government.

They have launched an agitation in support of their demands relating to acute stagnation and pay anomalies. The representatives of the inspectors’ association said the government was not accepting their demands. “The cadre of inspectors and superintendents is facing acute stagnation due to lack of promotional avenues. The inspectors of the department having 18 to 20 years of service are still awaiting their first promotion whereas their counterparts in other departments have already reached Class I posts. This has resulted in demoralisation,” said Gurvinder Singh, branch secretary, Ludhiana.

They are also demanding time-bound promotions as is being enjoyed by group A officers, who have got four to five promotions during an equal span of service.

The staff is on agitation since July 15 throughout India and the agitation programme has entered the second phase since August 24. Since then, the inspectors and superintendents have been wearing black badges and holding lunch-hour demonstrations everyday.

It has been learnt that the revenue secretary and department of expenditure is holding consultations with national-level office-bearers of the association.



Gallant tea vendor cremated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 28
Till the time he was alive, he lived on a meagre daily wages of Rs 60, but he died like a hero. Santosh (25), who struggled for every penny during his lifetime, received lakhs of rupees by various government and non-government organisations for his gallant effort in nabbing the dreaded militant, Balbir Singh Bhootna, at the railway station here recently.

Top railway and police officials were present during his cremation this evening. The railway authorities have announced that a statue of Santosh would be installed at the railway station on platform no. 4 where he died while trying to nab the militant.

They said they had received instructions from the railway ministry to provide a job in the railways for one of the family members of Santosh.

BJP councillors appreciated his courage and rewarded his family with Rs 21,000 while the vendors’ union and Purvanchal Association gave his family Rs 25,000 and 21,000, respectively. MP Manish Tewari promised that he would allot funds for the family from the PM’s fund. 



Lone shop at village burgled
Our Correspondent

Raikot, August 28
Thieves struck at the lone shop of Nathowal village dealing in mobile accessories here. Lakhwinder Singh of the same village in his complaint to the police has informed that the thieves decamped along with his Toshiba laptop, mobile phone SIM cards, dummy mobile sets, recharge coupons, old mobile sets that were given to him by customers for repair, his voter I-card and Rs 35,000 cash lying in the shop.

The thieves had entered his shop by breaking the locks at the entrance. However, Lakhwinder Singh has expressed his apprehensions that the theft is the handiwork of some political opponent to inflict financial loss to him besides disturbing him mentally. The police has registered a case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC against the unidentified thieves.



8 booked for seeking dowry
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, August 28
The police has booked eight members of a family for seeking more dowry and harassing a woman since her marriage. Kanchan, in her application to SSP, Ludhiana (rural), Gurpreet Singh Bhullar on September 8, last year, had stated that she was married to Davinderpal Singh of Amritsar on September 14, 2007.

From the very first day she started getting humiliated from the hands of her in-laws for bringing inadequate dowry. Her in-laws demanded Rs 1.5 lakh more as dowry in cash to invest in the shop of Davinderpal. Besides cash, they also demanded that she persuaded her father to get her younger sister married to Ramesh, the younger brother of Davinderpal.

Within the fortnight she was beaten up for not fulfilling their demands. She somehow managed to stay with her in-laws, tolerating mental and physical torture, but the situation worsened after she gave birth to a premature girl on July 11, last year.

Her husband turned her out of his house for giving birth to a girl. She returned home at Jagraon. Her daughter died when she was just 18 days old after she developed some health problem.

SSP Jagraon entrusted SP (H), Jagraon, Gurmail Singh to conduct the inquiry into the application. In the inquiry, SP found the allegation made by Kanchan to be correct and sent the report to the SSP.

After due consultation with DA (legal), the SSP ordered a case under Sections 406 and 498-A of the IPC against Davinderpal Singh, his father Yashpal, mother Kamla Rani, brothers Surinder Pal, Narinder Pal and Ramesh and sisters-in-law Roshni and Sonia at Jagraon police station. No arrest has been made so far.



Three booked for abducting minor
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, August 28
The Sidhwan Bet police has booked three persons, including a self-proclaimed Baba, on the charges of abducting a minor girl of the village. Hardev Singh of nearby Buzgar village has complained to the police that Kulwinder Singh of the same village has abducted his daughter Kamaljit (16), name changed, by luring her 
into marriage.

He has complained that Kulwinder was helped in his evil motive by Avtar Singh of Cheemna village and Baba Vicky, who was living in the house of Major Singh in the village. He said his daughter was missing since August 23.

The police has booked the trio under Sections 363, 366-A and 120-B of the IPC. Neither the whereabouts of the girl are known nor have any arrests been 
made so far.



Youth falls from bus, dies
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, August 28
A youth who was sitting on the roof of a bus fell down and died on the spot. The incident took place when Surinder Singh (25), alias Shindi, of Bassian Bet village climbed the roof of a mini bus of Thath Gurdwara Sahib of the village to secure the flex display boards on the bus.

Finding no place on the roof of the bus, he sat on a signboard. The bus had hardly left the village for Bharowal village when he fell down from the bus along with the boards and sustained head injuries. He died on the spot. Another vehicle of devotees coming behind the bus took him to a hospital at Humbran, where doctors declared him bought dead.

The Bhundri police has registered a case under Section 174, CrPC, on the statement of Charan Singh, father of the deceased.



Kabaddi teams felicitated
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 28
Girls of under-19 and under-17 kabaddi teams of Shaheed Kartar Singh Dukki Government Senior Secondary School, Latala, were felicitated at a function organised on the school premises today.

The teams had emerged winner at district-level kabaddi games organised at Punjab Agricultural University Stadium at Ludhiana recently.

The felicitation function was presided over by principal of the school Krishana Sharda while district kabaddi coach Budh Singh was the chief guest.

In charges of the teams Nirmal Singh and Gurdev Singh said national champions Manjit Kaur and Paramjit Kaur had shown outstanding performance in the final matches played during the concluding session of the sports.

Budh Singh and Krishna Sharda lauded the role of office bearers of the Parent Teacher Association and other social organisations in promoting kabaddi and other games in the school.

Earlier, Kirandeep Kaur (u-19) and Sukhpreet Kaur (u-16) were felicitated for representing the state in the national kabaddi championship held in Mumydada (AP), Jaipur (Rajasthan) and Delhi last year.

With an intention to identify and promote budding kabaddi players in rural parts of the state, the Punjab sports department had opened a day scholar sports wing (kabaddi) for girls at the school two years ago.



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