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Police informer shot dead
Assailants attack victim outside temple in broad daylight
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
Merely a day before the Assembly election results, the law and order situation went for a toss in the city. A 40-year-old barber was shot by two men outside Shiv Mandir in the Maya Nagar area near Ghumar Mandi here today.

The incident took place around 8.15 am when two armed assailants riding on a motorcycle stopped outside the temple and the man riding pillion shot the victim, Satish Kumar, at point blank range.

According to the temple priest, two shots were fired. The first shot missed the target and the second pierced through his head.

Area residents said Satish lived in a rented accommodation in Maya Nagar and ran a barber shop. He was from Karnal and had come to the city nearly a decade ago. He was a regular visitor at the temple.

An eyewitness said the accused fled towards Rose Garden and the motorcycle did not bear a registration number. Onlookers could not muster the courage to chase the killers.

Preliminary investigation has indicated that personal enmity might be the reason behind the murder. A country-made pistol was used to commit the crime.

Police sources said three persons were suspected to have committed the crime. “It was a planned murder as the accused were aware that the victim visited the temple daily. One of the accused was standing near the temple and is suspected to have informed his accomplices on the phone when Satish reached the temple,” an official said. The accused reportedly had a scuffle with the barber in the morning when he was opening his shop.

Panic spreads

The incident spread panic in Maya Nagar and Ghumar Mandi. Residents blamed the “callous attitude” of the police for the growing crime rate. Congress leaders Amarjit Tikka, KK Bawa and Ishwarjot Cheema, alleged: “Instead of buying and selling property, the police should focus on nabbing criminals. It has failed to crack the DSP murder case and another daylight murder has taken place.” Kamlesh Rani, a resident, said: “We heard shots and rushed outside, only to see a horrific sight. The victim’s body was lying in a pool of blood. Later, a huge police force arrived at the spot. We do not know what is happening to the law and order situation.” Satish’s friends said he used to help the needy.

Why victim was targeted

It is learnt that Satish was a police informer and was a frequent visitor at various police departments. He had helped several residents who were scared of lodging a complaint with the police. Information provided by him had led to the arrest of a gang leader recently and the gang was looking for an opportunity to settle scores with him.

Heart-rending scenes

Satish’s wife Seema and their 10-year-old son were inconsolable. She was cursing the killers for ruining her life and the future of her child. “Who will look after my child? Why did they kill my husband? He had never done anything wrong,” she lamented.


Day of reckoning for 139 candidates
Counting starts at 8 am, results to be out by 12.30 pm
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
The district administration has made all necessary arrangements for counting of votes which begins at 8 am tomorrow. The first trends are expected to be out by 8.45 am. People can also log in www.eci.gov.in <http://www.eci.gov.in> for latest updates. It is expected that the results of 139 candidates in fray for 14 constituencies in the district will be out by 12.30 pm.

Data operators, stationed at five counting centres, will feed the round wise information on the website. At least 840 employees, including 210 counting and 210 assistant supervisors, 210 micro-observers and 210 peons, have been deputed to count the votes tomorrow.

Commissioner of Patiala division, SR Laddhar, reviewed arrangements made for the counting. Staff deputed to count the votes have been directed to report to Guru Nanak Bhawan at 5 am tomorrow. Besides this, at least 50 senior officials, including Deputy Commissioner, Additional Deputy Commissioners, SDMs and senior observers will also have to report for duty at 5 am. About 14 buses have been stationed at Guru Nanak Bhawan for ferrying employees, on random basis, to the counting centres.

Photojournalists will not be allowed to enter the hall where votes will be counted.

Poll officials protest

At least 200 block-level officers staged a protest outside the PAU for being paid peanuts by the government during the poll. An officer said, “Though we had asked for Rs 5,000 we were paid Rs 3,000 only. The returning officer has, however, promised to take up the issue with the government.”

3 colleges closed

Government College for Women, SCD Government College for Boys and Malwa Central College of Education for Women, Ghumar Mandi, will remain closed as the counting of votes will take place at these venues. The orders have been issued by the ADC (General).



Dry day today, vigil on liquor vends
A day before, sale of liquor heads north
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
To maintain law and order and public peace during the counting of votes and declaring of the results, tomorrow will be observed as a dry day. As a result, there has been a sudden spurt in the sale of liquor today.

All liquor vends will remain close and storage of liquor or intoxicants or serving of liquor at hotels, restaurants, clubs, marriage palaces and other establishments will also not be allowed.

"Liquor vends will remain close on the day of counting. As per the orders received by the department, the vends will remain close throughout the day. The department will be keeping a strict vigil on the liquor vends that fall within the Ludhiana jurisdiction. Anybody caught flouting norms tomorrow will be dealt with sternly," said Gurtej Singh, Deputy Excise And Taxation Commissioner (DETC).

Adding further he said since a dry day will be observed only for one day so the department will not be sealing the vends. During the voting process, dry days were declared for three days so to be on the safer side, the department had sealed all the liquor vends. "This time we will not be sealing the vends but will be keeping a strict vigil and teams have been formed for the same," added Singh.

All necessary steps have been taken to ensure that there is no clandestine movement of liquor or intoxicants from the areas adjoining Ludhiana district tomorrow, he said.

One of the vend owner at Pakhowal road said they had witnessed an increase in the demand of liquor today. "Since tomorrow is a dry day, people are buying liquor today for tomorrow's revelry. There were few customers who bought liquor in bulk today," he added.



Anxious, yet ‘composed’ candidates keep their fingers crossed
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
The fate of about 139 candidates in fray from 14 constituencies, falling in Ludhiana District, will be decided tomorrow. Despite feeling the anxiety, a majority of them tried to portray their "composed" side. Crossing their fingers, many of them spent the day paying obeisance at various temples and gurdwaras, while some said that for them voters were the ultimate force that would decide their fate.

Congress candidate Surinder Dawar from Ludhiana Central, on his way to Chintpurni shrine (Himachal Pradesh) said that this was the day to seek the almighty's blessings. "I am on my way to pay obeisance to Goddess, who will take care of all my worries. The rest depends on the voters, who will decide my fate but Ihave done the best I could. I will accept the verdict of voters", said Dawar.

While SAD-BJP candidate Darshan Singh Shivalik from the Gill Constituency said that it was just another day for him. "It is not that I had to go today to seek babajis blessings. I perform ardas daily. We are hopeful that we will come out again with flying colours by the grace of God. We had demanded votes on the basis of development works, we did for the people of Punjab", maintained Shivalik.

Other candidates like DP Maur representing the Sanjha Morcha said that for him, voters were the "powerful" who would decide on the fate of candidates in the fray. "This time, there will be a change. The voters have not disclosed their cards and we have to accept their decision", said Maur.

Parveen Bansal, BJP candidate from Ludhiana North, said that he had paid obeisance at Alamgir in the morning while the day was spent at home amongst family and friends. "I did not go out anywhere and enjoyed the day with my family and friends. Let us hope for the best. We wish that people recognise our work and bring us back again to serve them", said Bansal. 

Seeking God’s blessings

Many candidate spent the day paying obeisance at various temples and gurdwaras, while some said that for them voters were the ultimate force that would decide their fate



poll result
Sweet makers, florists expect brisk business
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
With the Assembly election results being declared tomorrow, florists and sweetmeat shops are all decked up for the celebrations. Since the demand for both sweets and flowers will see a sudden spurt, shopkeepers are fully geared up to tackle the same. Sweets, especially laddoos, will be in great demand.

A leading sweetmeat shops on the Ferozepur Road which is popular among the hi-end class is all prepared to handle the rush.

“While some party workers have already ordered ladoos in advance, others will be buying these tomorrow. We are all ready to handle the rush. Besan boondi laddoos will rule the roost tomorrow,” said a salesman at a sweetmeat shop.

Another shop at Civil Lines has also prepared sweets, especially laddoos and burfi in bulk. Tomorrow is a big day.

“We are expecting heavy rush and most of the candidates order sweets from us. While laddoos will be bought for distribution among party workers and supporters, burfi will be distributed among the family members, relatives and well-wishers. But no doubt laddoo will be the king tomorrow,” added a salesman.

Bobby, who works at one of the flower shops at Jawahar Nagar camp, said he was busy making garlands of marigold flowers since morning. “We have never witnessed such a huge rush. Our master told us that some politicians need these garlands,” he said.

Another florist on the Pakhowal Road said he had received some orders of bouquets for tomorrow. Since election results will be declared tomorrow we are expecting a sudden rush in the evening. “We are all stocked up with flowers for bouquets and garlands,” he added.



Civic body postpones anti-encroachment drive
Defaulters say they will remove encroachments themselves
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) has postponed its much-hyped demolition drive, which it was to start from today. Ever since the MC announced the drive, it was under pressure from several quarters not to go ahead with it.

This morning, around 40-45 police personnel reached the MC zone A office located near Mata Rani Chowk, but the MC had demanded more police personnel from the district police.

A group of people held a protest against the MC by blocking Samrala Chowk for over an hour, causing inconvenience to the public. Another group of residents held a protest against the civic body near Jalandhar Bypass Chowk.

Later in the afternoon, several delegations met MC Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi and assured him that they themselves would demolish their encroachments within a week. As the MC was to start the drive from the Jalandhar bypass, Congress candidate Gurmel Singh Pehalwan and SAD candidate Ranjit Singh Dhillon, accompanied by several area residents, met the MC Commissioner.

After getting an assurance from residents, the MC has put off its drive for a week. Jaggi said the drive had been postponed. “Residents have assured us that they would themselves demolish the encroachments. But if any of them fails to remove the encroachments, we will demolish them. One thing is sure that all the encroachments have to be removed as per the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court,” he said.

The MC had to start its anti-encroachment drive from today. The drive is to be carried out to clear around 2,500 illegal encroachments that are violative of the PUDA Act.



Bains brothers object to raid on furnace unit
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, March 5
The enforcement wing of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) today conducted a raid on the furnace unit of the Bains brothers -- Simarjit Singh, who was expelled from the SAD and contested the Assembly elections as an Independent candidate, and Balwinder Singh, member of the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee.

Both of them had contested the elections as rebel candidates from the Atam Nagar and Ludhiana South Assembly segments, respectively.

Claiming that the raids just a day before the election results were politically motivated, Simarjit said after the top SAD leadership failed to win him over to its side, it had resorted to pressure tactics. He said some eight teams of officials of the enforcement wing, drawn from different places of the state, had descended at their factory and carried out an intensive check of energy meters and installations.

“All through the duration of the raids, the PSPCL team was in touch with its headquarters and every development was being conveyed to the top brass, which clearly shows that the action of the enforcement wing was initiated at the instance of their political masters,” he alleged, claiming that nothing was found amiss.

Former president of the youth wing of the SAD, Simarjit had parted ways after being denied ticket from the Atam Nagar Assembly seat. Instead, the party allotted the ticket to his brother Balwinder Singh from Ludhiana South. However, in the end, both brothers contested as rebel candidates in the face of fierce pressure from the party leadership to make them withdraw.

While officials of the enforcement directorate of the PSPCL were tight-lipped, highly placed sources said at the end of the raids, which continued for several hours, the officials had taken away two faulty/non-functional energy meters which would be sent to the ME laboratory for testing. “Whether of not the meters are tempered with will be known only after the report is received. Further action, if warranted, or a demand notice on the basis of the average consumption will be issued,” the sources said.



Attempt to rob bank in high-security zone
Tribune News Service

Policemen take a look at the CCTV footage on the State Bank of India premises in Ludhiana on Monday
Policemen take a look at the CCTV footage on the State Bank of India premises in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: H
imanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, March 5
It seems that criminals and thieves have no fear of the police. In a fresh incident, thieves struck at the SBI branch located near Police Commissioner Ishwar Chander’s office in the mini secretariat.

Though the thieves failed to lay their hands on cash or any valuables, the incident has caused the police major embarrassment as it took place in a high-security zone.

Several offices of senior police officers are located there. Important documents, including case files of hardened criminals, are also kept there.

According to a CCTV footage, the thieves entered the bank by breaking open a window. They also broke the door leading to the strongroom, but despite several attempts, they could not open it. The emergency alarm installed at the bank did not go off when they were trying to break open the strongroom.

The bank manager said the thieves could not lay their hands on anything. They opened the almirah where the files of personal loans were kept. They also checked the drawers of employees for cash.

The police said the thieves entered the premises at around 11 pm on Saturday night and stayed there for nearly 45 minutes.

According to bank employees, lakhs of rupees were kept in the strongroom. The incident came to light here this morning when Kamlesh Rani, a cleaner at the bank, opened the branch office and was shocked to find the lock of the door leading towards the strongroom broken.

Without wasting time, she informed the bank authorities and the police about the incident. At the time of the incident, no policeman was present on the premises to guard the area.



Night temp rises in city
Tribune news service

Ludhiana, March 5
Weather has been fluctuating in the city due to an overcast sky. The minimum temperature rose yesterday due to this. Light drizzle before noon made the weather pleasant and the temperature was above normal the next day.

According to the Meteorological Department of the PAU, minimum temperature was 13*C yesterday. It rose to 17.4*C today due to the cloudy weather. Maximum temperature was 27.4*C yesterday, it dipped to 25.2*C today morning.

KK Gill, agro meteorologist from the PAU, said, “Weather has been fluctuating due to westerly disturbance. It is expected that the city sky will remain overcast for the next 24 hours. A few areas might expect drizzle in the next 48 hours.”

“Till the date, the weather is normal and won’t affect the crops. The wheat crop might get damaged if temperature rises in March,” said Skhraj Singh a farmer.

“I want winter to last a bit longer. I hate sweat, hot and humid days,” Radhika, a resident, said.



Away from home, children submerge in spirit of Holi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
There was excitement everywhere as the children celebrated Holi at Bal Bhawan on Monday. They applied dry Holi colours, smeared and sprinkled gulal on one another by chasing and running after one another. They surrounded one child after another to swamp them with colour. They shouted and screamed with joy.

All smeared in colour, Annapurna, a class third student, said "I am happy and enjoying the festival.” “I love celebrating Holi and have applied colour on everyone,”said nine-year-old Akshay. Tiny Sushmita said that she liked all the colours but yellow was her favourite.

These children are all away from their parents and families. It is up to the community to come together and bring joy to these children, said a worker at Bal Bhawan.

The celebrations were organised by a private hospital. Dr Vikas Bansal, consultant, department of pediatrics and Dr Gurpreet Kochar, department of pediatirc neurology from SPS Apollo Hospital, said the festival was all about coming together as the spirit of Holi in particular was contagious. "We celebrate festivals with these children every year to bring joy to them," said Kochar.

Most of their parents are suffering from leprosy, as a result, the children have little support and solace in their lives from their families. It is these moments that make them feel loved and cared for, said a teacher.



Dog Sterilisation
Irked, Doggie Lane halts work
MC officials fail to turn up for counting organs
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
Perturbed at the “apathetic” attitude of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, Himmat Grewal, owner of Doggie Lane Foundation Company, who had bagged contract for sterilizing dogs in the city, said today that the company was stopping the work as municipal officials and members of the monitoring committee failed to show up during the counting of organs.

The owner of Doggie Lane Foundation has charged the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation and the monitoring committee with overlooking the much-hyped project.

“The sterilization of stray dogs has finally been shelved due to the callousness of the municipal corporation. The corporation left no stone unturned to get the project shelved. The project, which was started with much fanfare and media hype, could sterilize 4,000 dogs only. No one has achieved this target in North India,” added Himmat Grewal.

The company, which had bagged the contract two years ago, said the company had stopped working sue to the non-payment on September 25, 2011.

Grewal said, “I met Municipal Commissioner Jaggi last week. He had decided to count organs of 1,200 dogs today. But this seems to be another misadventure of the corporation. Except for municipal official Dr YP Singh, no one, either from MC or from the monitoring committee showed up today. Payment of 800 dogs, which was due after the June 2011 counting and was supposed to be paid within 30 days, has not been made till date.”

The organs, which had been rotting for almost eight months, were to be counted by the monitoring committee and civic officials today. These were supposed to be destroyed later on. Jaggi had asked Doggie Lanes to also sterilize 1,000 dogs out of 5,000 mentioned in the contract.

“After placing the organs in open for several hours, Doggie Lanes was told to come again .We have faced the wrath of MC, Monitoring Committee, the police and the goons on numerous occasions, but we tried to work for almost two years single handedly. But, today, they are left with no option other than shelving the project. I feel, MC wakes up only when they want us to sterilize dogs roaming in VVIP areas or when someone dies of a dog bite,” Himmat Grewal alleged.

He said Jaggi had strictly ordered the counting to be done even if the monitoring committee members don’t show up and to mark them absent. Dr YP Singh, who was present during the counting of dog organs, could not be contacted.

Municipal Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi said he wasn’t aware of the matter. “I know that the counting was to be done today, but only the health officer can give you the details,” he added.

Municipal Health Officer Dr Vipin Malhotra said counting could not take place as monitoring committee members were either sick or out of station. “We have informed them in advance, but they could not come for the counting,” he added.



PSEB exams
Education board not to install CCTV cameras, teachers get the jitters
Superintendents, not flying squads, to check copying
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
Teachers of government schools have expressed doubt over the Punjab School Education Board’s (PSEB) ability to curb copying in examination as the board decided against installing CCTV cameras in the examination halls.

Earlier, PSEB had decided to install CCTV cameras as an alternative to flying squads for the smooth conduct of the examination. As, now, the board has decided against installing CCTV cameras, teachers and organisations are doubt whether it would be able to effectively curb the menace of copying.

Meanwhile, the board officials don’t have any specific strategy in place to check copying in the examination halls.

According to PSEB Chairman, Dalbir Singh Dhillon, the board will install CCTV cameras only in border areas and sensitive examination centres due to paucity of funds.

Sukhdarshan Singh, president, Nakal Virodhi Adiaapk Front, said, “If the board doesn’t have funds for installing cameras in examination centres then why have they decided against sending flying squads. The board is being pressurized by private schools.”

“Students got jittery after the board decided to install CCTV cameras in examination centres. Now, they are feeling relaxed as all powers have been vested in superintendents. And everybody knows to what extent they can control copying,” another teacher said.



sutlej club
Money culture vitiating atmosphere: Old-timers
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
Increasing politics, rivalries, rising egoes and money culture are vitiating the atmosphere for many of the members and old timers of the Sutlej Club. The increasing animosity led to a scuffle at the club bar last night, when a couple of members of two different "groups" in the race for different honorary posts of the club exchanged expletives and then came to blows.

A member said that humility was on the decline in the club. Many of the old members of the club are worried and concerned about the future of the club. "Earlier, the atmosphere of the club used to be great. There was sense pride in coming here and interacting with people. But over the years, people have started flaunting their wealth," said an old timer. "We miss that decency, manners and etiquettes of the members," a woman member said.

It had become embarrassing to bring family and friends to the club, said a member Because of this incessant politics, groupism and backbiting in the wake of the upcoming elections. Another old-timer said that he hardly visited the club, now. "We have seen good times at the club, when there was certain sophistication about the people and the place. But now, I feel a sense of revulsion towards the club because of all this," he said.

According to Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari, if some members are behaving in an absurd way in the name of elections, 3,000 members should ensure that they vote out the troublemakers. Regarding the incident that had taken place last night, he said that it was good that truth was coming out it the open for all to see and decide about such members. About the lavish parties with expenditure mounting in lakhs against the code of conduct, he said that the code of conduct would be applied after the announcement of date of elections and action would be taken if someone violated it.

Some members suggested that the DC should form a disciplinary board to keep in check any such incidents of rivalry and should visit the club incognito for the discipline to be maintained.



Health awareness, checkup camp on women’s day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
The All-India Working Women Forum -AITUC, Ludhiana, and Punjab Istri Sabha in collaboration with Indian Medical Association, Ludhiana, celebrated International Women’s Day at Shaiwal Public School, Chand colony, Rishi Nagar, here yesterday.

On the occasion, a health awareness and health checkup camp in coordination with Teja Singh Swatantar Mohalla Sudhar Committee, Chand Colony, was organised.

More than 200 patients, including women and children, were examined by a team of doctors headed by Dr. Chanchal Gupta, who was the chief guest and Dr Arun Mitra, member, Punjab Medical Council, was the guest of honour at the function.

Dr Iqbal Singh Ahuja, gynaecologist, inaugurated the camp. Dr Narjit Kaur, secretary, IMA, Ludhiana, and convener All India Working Women Forum -AITUC, Ludhiana, was the chief organiser and Randhir Singh was the chief coordinator for the event.

A seminar too was organised on health, nutrition, contraception, human rights, legal rights of women and status of women in today’s world. The speakers highlighting the importance of the day called upon women to unite in strength for equality and justice.

A cultural programme was presented by the school children and they were awarded prizes.



Pak novelist Abdaal Bela receives Sahir award
Has written most voluminous novel in Urdu
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
Dr Abdaal Bela, Director General, Pakistan Assembly of Letters, Islamabad, was in the city to receive Sahir Award at Jashn-e-Sahir 40th Annual International Mushaira for novel. He was delighted to visit the city where his parents lived. His has written the most voluminous novel in Urdu. The novel is being translated in Hindi by a city-based poet Dr Kewal Dheer.

There are 1,800 pages in his novel “Darwaza Khulta Hai”. Its Hindi version would be brought out in six volumes.

It captures the socio-cultural fabric of United India. It is also being translated in Gurmukhi by a Canada-based friend of his, he added.

“I was born nine years after the formation of Pakistan. My mother hailed from the Chaura Bazaar. His family, including parents and grandparents, were so emotionally attached to the city that they could not get over their love for it and its countless stories, experiences and anecdotes that found place in his novel,” he added. His grandfather, several years after the Partition, asked the bus conductor to give him a ticket to “Ludehana”.

The main characters of his novel also hail from the city. The story, then, moves Delhi, Lucknow, Rampur, Bareily, Bengal, Burma and Afghanistan. The novel has more than 290 characters. Names of at least 150 renowned personalities of the country are also mentioned in the novel.



Residents not happy with six-laning of national highway
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, March 5
With the six-laning of the national highway nearing completion, the residents of Jaipura, Chankoian, Gurditpura and Maksoodran have been rendered “pathless”. “It seems that while surveying the area, NHAI officials did not think of villagers’ convenience.

If other villages and towns have been kept in mind and the provision of alternative ways has been made, why has this particular village and the adjoining villages been left out?” lamented the villagers of Jaipura.

“The villagers have been reaching their respective destinations through alternative routes so far, but with the authorities blocking these, they are now left with no option,” a village resident said.

“We don’t know whether an alternative arrangement will be made for us, but as per the developments it is being felt that the authorities have overlooked the convenience of residents,” another resident added.

“The villagers said there was no one to listen to their problems,” stated a villager.

“The National Highway Authority of India should at least ponder over the inconvenience being caused to residents. Once the widening is completed, no body will listen to us. If the authorities fail to rise to the occasion and make an alternative arrangement, we will be rendered “pathless”,” said a resident of Maksudran.

The NHAI officials in Ambala, when contacted, said, “It is a national highway and entertaining each and every body by making flyover provisions for them is next to impossible.”



Addressing grievances not MC’s cup of tea
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, March 5
Irked over the bad condition of a road connecting Kamal Chowk with Raikot and carelessness on the part of local municipal council authorities towards improving the condition of the stretch, several shopkeepers today held a protest.

The protesting shopkeepers shouted slogans against the civic body authorities for ignoring their long-pending demands. The protesters also blocked the road for one hour. Later, a delegation of the shopkeepers visited the office of municipal council president Baldev Krishan Dhir and handed over a memorandum to him.

The shopkeepers said the road had neither been constructed nor repaired for more than eight years. “The road was last constructed in April, 2003. The contractor, who was allotted the work of constructing the road at that time used substandard material,” said Amar Nath Kala, a shopkeeper. Residents said they had taken up the issue with the authorities, but nothing happened. They lamented that neither any political party nor the local administration seemed interested in solving the problem.

“We have taken up the issue with the MC officials a number of times. We even met District Planning Board chairman Bhag Singh Mallha and local Congress MLA Gurdeep Singh Bhaini urging them to initiate the construction work. Though every time we were given assurances of starting the work, nothing concrete has been done so far,” said Pawandeep Singh.

The road is in a bad condition. Water gets accumulated on it during rainy season. Due to improper water drainage system, rain water enters houses and shops.

Through the memorandum handed over to the municipal council president, the area residents have urged the civic body to start the work at the earliest. The residents have also threatened to block traffic on the road on a regular basis if their demand was not met.

Municipal council president Baldev Krishan Dhir said the MC had been laying interlocking tiles on all roads and streets of the town. He said tenders would be floated for outsourcing work pertaining to laying of interlocking tiles on the road.



Exporters apprised of environmental concerns
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 5
The Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) today organised a workshop on “Driving Industry Towards Sustainable Human Capital Advancement for Exporters” (DISHA). Darshan Singh, Joint Commissioner Directorate General of Foreign Trade, was the chief guest. HKL Magu, vice-chairman (northern region), AEPC, briefed about the programme and its relevance for the apparel industry.

Pritam Goel, EC member, AEPC, added, “The participation of domestic industry will be critical for the success of the programme. With the FDI coming in the domestic retail sector, compliance will be equally critical for the domestic manufacturers. DISHA is relevant for the domestic industry and I urge the domestic manufacturers to participate in the programme. It is a competence building initiative taken by the council, and proactive compliance by our earnest members is highly solicited.”

The programme will encourage members to follow better social practices, which will give them a competitive edge in the global market where social compliance is increasingly becoming an important buying decision. Sponsored by the Ministry of Textiles, the initiative by the AEPC, attempts to educate apparel exporting members about the code of ethics that covers all critical social and environmental concerns like child labour/trafficked labour, freedom of association, health and industrial safety.

During the workshop, a DISHA code of ethics was discussed. The enrolled units underwent an orientation and training programme based on the code and guidelines prepared on the Common Compliance Code (CCC).

AEPC has a target of enrolling a total of 400 units by the end of this year and 2,000 garment factories by 2017, with a focus on small exporters. The council will help the garment manufacturers comply with the global social standards and norms. DISHA will not only give the opportunity for the industry to negate international claims of presence of child labour/trafficked labour in the garment industry, but will also help improve the overall image of the industry on the global front. After training and impact assessment of all units, necessary certifications will be given.



from colleges
Harmanjit is Miss Farewell at Guru Nanak Girls’ College

Ludhiana: It was a special moment for the PG. department of computer science as students of M.Sc. (IT)-I, BCA-II and I of Guru Nanak Girls’ College bid farewell to students of M.Sc.(IT)-II, PGDCA and BCA-III.

Gurbir Singh president, Guru Nanak Education Trust and principal Dr. Charanjit Mahal presided over the function. To add colour to the occasion, the students presented an entertaining cultural programme. The juniors presented dance numbers and songs. The main attraction of the programme was walking the ramp by students of the final year dressed in trendy clothes.

Harmanjit Kaur was adjudged Miss Farewell. Sunita Rajpurohit and Tanpreet Kaur were crowned as first and second runners up respectively. Ramanpreet Kaur, Pawanpreet Kaur, Tarunjit Kaur and Prabhjot Kaur were crowned Miss Elegant, Miss Beautiful Smile, Miss Best Outfit and Miss Catwalk respectively. The senior students gave compliments to their respected teachers. The judges were Dr. Bindu Bala, Sarita Dadwal and Dr. Aarti Nayar. Dr. Charanjit Mahal crowned the winners and also advised the students to study sincerely for the approaching annual exams and come out with flying colours.

Annual society organised

The postgraduate department of music (instrumental), Government College for Women, organised its annual society to mark the end of the session. Gurminder Kaur, principal of the college was the chief guest on this occasion. Bhawna Handa, president of the Music Society welcomed the chief guest. Speaking on this occasion Gurminder Kaur said that music was an integral part of life and it played an important role in the development of physical and mental health. She appreciated and encouraged the efforts and hard work put in by the faculty and the students.Students gave a mesmerising performance by playing different “ragas” . Sudarshan Mehta, vice- principal and head of the department, proposed the vote of thanks. The judges for the day were Dr.Kumad Ghai, Prof. Yoesh Sharma, Prof. Sharanjit Parmar, Dr. Pritam Kaur.

The winners of the competition are as follows

M.A-I: Rama Bhagat (first), Inderpreet Kaur (second), Sunita Rani (third).

M.A-II: Jaspreet Kaur (first).

B.A-I: Gurjeet (first), Gurleen (second) ,Mandeep (third).

B.A-II: Ishpuneet Kaur (first), Baldeep (second), Simranjit (third).

B.A-III: Bhawna Handa (first), Kiran Rani (second), Sonam and Gurpreet (third).


Mandi Gobindgarh: Two-day workshop on Personal and Personality Development for students of MBA was re-organised at the RIMT-Management Campus. The programme was conducted by a corporate trainer and motivational speaker Narendran from Hydrabad who spoke on “Training and Development”. The workshop included interactions, management games, presentations, group discussions, motivational videos on personality development and techniques to develop an impressive personality coupled with focused positive mindset. The students actively participated in the programme and found it very informative and enriching and were confident that the training would give them an edge over others in today’s competitive world. RIMT Management Campus director General Dr. BS Bhatia, director Dr. Vivek Inder Kochar and principal Dr S N Panda were also present during the session.

Campus placement

A campus placement drive at RIMT institutes was held by an IT company. Eighteen students were short listed in the process. The packages on offer were from Rs 2.4 to 3.6 lakhs per annum. Selected students would go to the UK on client’s location for the final training. The participating students were from B.Tech, CSE, IT and ECE disciplines.

— Tribune reporters



from schools
Children showcase talent

Ludhiana: Bachpan, a play school at Saheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, celebrated its annual day programme in which Surjit singh (brother of PM. Manmohan Singh) was the chief guest. The theme of the day was "Naughty Bachpan" where children showed their talent by enacting different phases of life. By highlighting the female foeticide problem, students gave out a message theat the people of society should not indulge in these kind of anti-social activities.

Mathematics day

In lieu of the national mathematics year, "mathematics day" was celebrated on the Kundan Vidya Mandir campus to arouse love for the subject among students. Students of the middle section assembled in the school park and discussed about the role played by shapes and figures acute and obtuse angle in a sea-saw and parallel lines Students excitedly analysed everything around them logically and creatively. Namita Raj Singh, the headmistress, and the teachers of the maths department helped in solving all queries put up by the students. It was an effort to promote learning with fun.

— Tribune Reporters



City doctor awarded

Ludhiana, March 5
Dr Francis Sridhar Katumalla presently working as a consultant urologist in Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, was awarded prestigious Prof A. Rajasekaran Gold Medal in Urology from Dr MGR Medical University of Tamil Nadu.

It recognised Dr Francis as the best outgoing urology resident. He was felicitated during the 23rd Silver Jubilee Convocation by Governor of Tamil Nadu, Rosaiah.

Dr Francis, presently working under Dr Kim Jacob Mammen in the Department of Urology, CMCH, said people were ignorant about urinary and kidney diseases. — TNS



Ragpicker dies in clash
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, march 5
A rag trader died and four others sustained injuries following a group clash that took place at Janakpuri. The victim identified as Bunty (25), succumbed to serious head injuries at the local civil hospital today morning.

Bunty and a few of his employees had clashed with another trader, Ravinder Singh Rinku, and a few of his men yesterday morning over a petty issue.

Those injured have been identified as Sahe Ram Verma, Rohit, Veer Singh and Santosh.

The police has registered a case and arrested Ravinder Singh Rinku, under Sections 304, 341 and 334 of the IPC for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.



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