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Rail Budget riles people
Marginal hike in fares, no new trains introduced 
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, March 14
The Railway Budget presented by Union Railway Minister, Dinesh Trivedi, in Parliament today has disappointed city residents who were looking forward to the introduction of a few new trains, modernisation of the local railway station and the promised conversion of Amritsar-Chandigarh Duronto train into an intercity express with stoppages at Jalandhar and Ludhiana.

The hike in the passenger fares, albeit marginal, has also came in for criticism with passengers terming it as unjustified due to the lack of amenities and facilities at the railway stations and poor upkeep of the majority of trains.

Quite a few city residents feel that the Railway Minister has not done justice to the people of Punjab, especially those living in the industrial hub has been completely ignored.

A few frequent travellers were of the view that new trains, connecting Amritsar and Jammu with Delhi, ought to have been introduced as those running at present remain fully booked and it was difficult, if not impossible, to book tickets in emergency. Similarly, the volume of traffic on trains bound for Bihar and Uttar Pradesh also merited a few more trains for the sizeable migrant population in the city and elsewhere in Punjab.

“The hike in passenger fare for AC 2 Tier and AC Ist class is completely unjustified as the fares are already on a higher side as compared to cheaper air travel,” remarked Badish K Jindal, President, Federation of Punjab Small Industries Associations, while adding that the Budget has nothing specific for industry or for the city. “The Railway Minister has said nothing about plans to expand the Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala, and has also chose to keep mum on the Eastern Freight Corridor work on which is moving at a snail’s pace, or for that matter the proposed Western Freight Corridor which still remains on paper.”

Charging the Railway Minister with regional bias, Mohinder Aggarwal, general secretary, Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal, feels that introduction of weekly Amritsar-Nanded, weekly Amritsar-Kanpur and a tri-weekly Udhampur-Delhi express trains is simply not enough for the people of Punjab. “The hike in passenger fare and cost of platform ticket is also uncalled for and there should have been at least a couple of new trains connecting the city with Delhi,” he added.

Kamaljit Singh, a college teacher, however, reacted favourably to marginal hike in passenger fares. “When we expect modernisation and upgradation of trains and railway station as well as better facilities to the travelling public, we must be prepared to bear a part of the burden. He also appreciated the concern of the Railway Minister for safety and specifically the announcement that all unmanned railway level crossings will be eliminated within next five years.

Proposed hike

(Ludhiana to Delhi)

Second Class: Rs 6.30

Second Sleeper: Rs 15.75

AC Three Tier: Rs 31.50

AC Two Tier: Rs 47.25

First AC: Rs 94.50



‘Hike in Railway fares uncalled for’
The Tribune reporter Kuldip Bhatia talked to some residents of the city to get their response to the budget

The Railway Minister has been unkind to the public for proposing hike in fares in all classes. The funds needed for modernisation, capacity augmentation and safety measures should have been mobilised from internal resources, cutting down wasteful expenditure and reducing operational losses.—  Gurvinder Singh, an employee

There is nothing for the railway porters in the budget who have been a neglected lot. The Railways ought to have brought proposals for welfare of porters and other lower-level employees. — Jeet Ram, a porter

The hike in fare is uncalled for, and especially higher charges for the platform ticket will pinch the poor. The Railways should have introduced more trains to Delhi and announce some plan for the upgrade of the railway station. — Ashok Sharda, a transporter

The creation of a separate Railway Safety Authority is laudable but the hike in passenger fares is unjustified. The proposed hike in fares and cost of platform ticket be rolled back as the common man is already reeling under the impact of high inflation and ever increasing prices of essential items. — Ashwani Thakur, College Employee

The introduction of a new weekly train between Amritsar and Nanded is a welcome step. The Railway Minister should have announced the conversion of Amritsar-Chandigarh Duronto into an inter-city express train with stoppages at Jalandhar and Ludhiana. Generation of additional resources through the increase in fares should translated into better facilities and amenities to passengers at railway stations and on board trains. — Bhupinder Singh Chawla, a shopkeeper 


MC seals interstate bus terminus
Private firm owes Rs 1.67 cr to civic body, police personnel deployed 
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 14
Due to the non-payment of house tax worth Rs 1.67 crore, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation today sealed a portion of Shaheed Sukhdev Interstate Bus Terminus. Municipal officials have not only sealed the entry and exit counters used by the buses, but also deployed police personnel to desist the private firm from collecting “adda” fee from the buses.

Even the parking lot has been sealed and company officials told to desist from charging any money from those visiting the bus terminus till the dues are paid.

The private company, which is managing the bus terminus, has not paid house tax dues for the past three years. The company officials had met Municipal Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi in February. They had raised the issue with Jaggi, who had told them to make the payment within a week’s time.

The bus stand is being managed under the private-public partnership. Authorities of the bus stand and the private company had signed a nine-year contract in this regard.

The Municipal Corporation had sent several notices to the private company as well as the Punjab Roadways in this regard. But for the past three years, the Municipal Corporation had not been paid house tax dues worth Rs 1.67 crore.

Adopting a tough stance in its bid to improve the recovery of arrears as the financial year draws to an end, the Municipal Corporation had sealed the office and the fee counter of the company managing the bus terminus.

But even after 20 days, the private firm has failed to pay the dues. Hartej Singh, superintendent of Zone D, said the fee counter was sealed on February 23; the company was still charging buses by operating from outside the counter.

“For the time being, we have not interfered with the movement of private and government buses, which is being allowed in the larger public interest. But if the company still fails to make the payment, we would not only seal the shops located within the bus terminus but also the entire Shaheed Sukhdev Interstate Bus Terminus,” said Hartej Singh.



CMCH conducts stroke registry survey
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 14
The department of neurology at the Christian Medical College (CMC) is conducting a "population based stroke registry survey". The survey is being sponsored by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). The unique project is being conducted in the country only in Ludhiana.

In this national programme, information about all the first stroke patients that occur in the Ludhiana city, is being collected from August 16th 2010 onwards. The department of neurology, CMCH, offers free check-up and blood test to stroke patients, whose information could not be collected because due to some 
reasons, they received treatment outside of Ludhiana. The stroke should have occurred after August 16th 2010 and should be a first stroke with patient being above 18 years of age.

The objective of the study is to find the burden of stroke, stroke types and risk factors for stroke in Ludhiana city. The data collection is done from city birth and death division, selected health care institutions and scan centers.



City bus service
Trial run on new route begins
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 14
With the arrival of 10 semi-low-floored non-AC buses to be added to the city bus service fleet in the city, the trial run on the Ferozepur road route has been started by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation. The MC has even identified three routes on which these buses would run and the final decision would be taken shortly.

The three routes identified by MC are Ferozepur road, Dhandra road and Chandigarh road routes. The Ferozepur road route is 9.5 km, Dhandra road route 9.7 km and the Chandigarh road route is 11.3 km long.

The officials of the MC have said it is likely that the buses would be plied on the Ferozepur road route, which at the moment seems to be the most profitable in terms of revenue generation.

Interestingly, the Ferozepur road route comprises some residential areas, which includes Block J and HJ of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar and Rajguru Nagar and others. The residents of these areas would be benefited to a large extent as they would be able to board the bus almost right on their doorstep.

At present, 10 low-floored non-AC buses are running on only one route, which starts from Shaheed Sukhdev Interstate Bus Terminus and stretches till the Jalandhar bypass chowk and back.

This city bus service was launched by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation on December 17 and it has been running successfully ever since. The main reason for the success of the service is that it is comfortable and much cheaper as well as safer than travelling in an auto-rickshaw.

If one travels up to 5 km in this bus, he pays Rs 5, for travelling between 5-10 km Rs 10 and for a journey above 10 km the ticket charges are Rs 15.

Residents are given tickets through electronic ticketing machines. On the back of the ticket, the time table and route map are printed. The service runs from 6 am till 10 pm daily.

Dhandra Road Route:

Shaheed Sukhdev Interstate Bus Terminus, Preet Palace, Atam Park, Maryland Cut, Dugri, Dugri Phase I, Dugri Phase II, Manakwal Octroi and back

Ferozepur Road Route:

Railway Station, Durga Mata Mandir, Bharat Nagar Chowk, Shaheed Sukhdev Interstate Bus Terminus, Bharat Nagar Chowk, Mini-Secretariat, Bhai Bala Chowk, Aarti Chowk, PAU Gate Number 2, PAU Gate Number 1, Verka Milk Plant, Sunet Village turn, Aggar Nagar, intersection near Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar J Block, turn near Lodhi Club, BRS Nagar HJ Block, Rajguru Nagar, Jeevan Preet Nagar, Aman Nagar Cut and the Ferozepur road octroi post and back

Chandigarh Road Route:

Shaheed Sukhdev Interstate Bus Terminus, Gill Chowk, Partap Chowk, Dholewal Chowk, Cheema Chowk, Transport Nagar, Samrala Chowk, Vardhman Mill, PUDA Market (Jamalpur), Police Colony Jamalpur, Jamalpur Main Chowk, Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar, Veer Palace, Hari Singh Nagar, Mundian, High School Mundian and Satsang Ghar Mundian and back



First prize for KVM school gardens 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 14
The KVM school gardens won the first prize among the gardens of the educational institutions category. The recent competition was organised by the Municipal Corporation in the city. The gardens decked up by a variety of flowers of the KVM School, Civil Lines, look attractive and welcoming.

Variety of flowers including dahlia, pansies, gladiolus, verbena, roses, gazania, aster, sweet william, salvia, ice plant, salvia, poppies, calendula etc not only made the campus colourful and vibrant but also fragrant. Relatively, rarer flowers including paper flower, euphorbia, and a cactus with red flowers were also there in the school.

Not only the green preponderates the campus with trees and shrubs, but also special care was taken at the school to maintain the gardens.

Signages have been put at the different gardens along with the names of the gardeners that not only make them feel more responsible towards the maintenance of the gardens but also create a sense of friendly competition among them.

As the seasons turn, some of the flowering plants that become dormant are kept aside and bulbs, cuttings and seeds are preserved so that the school does not have to purchase at the time of planting the flowers before the next season of their bloom.

Distinguished guests plant trees on their visit to the school and signboards with their names and date of plantation have also been installed alongside the plants.



Library that preserves Punjab’s culture digitally
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 14
The website, Punjab Digital Library, is gaining popularity among the residents day by day. In an effort to preserve the books and documents of Punjab and on Punjab, a project under the name of Punjab Digital Library has been going on since 2003.

"I was just searching for an old book about Punjab, and when I happened visit this website, it opened-up a treasure of rare books," said Charanjit Singh, a resident.

Till now, they have digitised over 6.5 million pages, comprising more than 14,000 books, 5,500 manuscripts. Of these, about a million pages were available on the website. They intend to upload 3 million more pages in three months after the restructuring of the website about five to six thousand pages would be uploaded every day after that.

Many of them are rare 150 year old books; some as many as 350 year old works have also been digitised. These are to do with Punjab, regardless of language and religion.

"By Punjab, we mean the erstwhile Punjab which included Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and the area that is now in Pakistan," said Davinder Pal Singh, one of the founding members of the library.

Chandigarh-based Davinder Pal Singh and Harinder Singh took it upon themselves to digitise the most important work of literature in Punjab to prevent it from disappearing altogether and suffer the throes of time. It started as a small project with the investment of Rs 10,000. But now, about 28 volunteers and the staff members in about six offices are working for the project.

They have also digitised more than 7,000 magazines and about 40,000 newspapers and 15,000 photographs as well. "The oldest newspapers of the region dates back to 1886. So newspapers and magazines are a great reserve of the history," says Davinder.

In addition, they are also going to digitise the personal diaries of people, which give an insight into the life and society.

"We thought that we will put it online in 2020, but because we had enough data, we planned that we would rather put it online for everyone to make use of the information," he says.

We have access to 27 million pages that we have to digitise, and now-a-days we are going at the rate of 5000 pages a day. So it is a Herculean task, he says.

Although they are about 500 visitors on the website yet the numbers is expected to increase as more people online access, said Davinder Pal Singh.



Workshop on RTI gets underway at Jagraon
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, March 14
A two-day UGC sponsored workshop on the theme of ‘Right to Information Act: 2005 Generating Awareness among Disadvantaged Communities’ began at Lajpat Rai DAV College, Jagraon, here on Tuesday. A large number of the students and panchayat members from the nearby villages participated in the workshop.

Ravi Singh, former Information Commissioner Punjab, visited as the chief guest during the first day and inaugurated the workshop. In her inaugural address, Ravi Singh touched upon the basic aim of RTI Act, 2005, which was to provide transparency. She emphasised that the RTI was a weapon in the hands of common men and there was a dire need for the backing of the government so as to reap the maximum benefit.



LPG consumers harassed lot
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 14
While winter is bidding adieu, the gas supply has not yet normalised. Generally the gas distributors run short of LPG cylinders during the peak winter season. But the situation is still is the same even at the end of the season.

Neither the department concerned nor sales officials of the gas agencies have taken any step to ensure a regular supply of LPG cylinders to the consumers. Yet another reason for the shortage of LPG is that the domestic cylinders are used for commercial purposes at hotels, clubs and marriage palaces.

Sunita Manchanda, a resident of Rajguru Nagar, said it had been more than a week since she booked her cylinder. “Till date I have not received the delivery of my gas cylinder. I do not understand if there is actually a shortage of gas or the dealers are artificially creating it,” she said.

Another homemaker, Meena, said the refilled cylinders were not supplied before 10-15 days. “We are left with no other option but to wait for cylinder,” she said.

A regular supplier of domestic gas cylinders, who has his agency on the Ferozepur road, said owing to the “shortage”, gas was not being delivered to consumers before 10 days. “How can we supply gas when we are not getting cylinders from the company. We have a huge backlog of deliveries,” he added.

Reema, a teacher, said even she had not received the LPG delivery. “For the past two days, we bought food from outside but on the third day we were left with no other option but to borrow a cylinder from our neighbours. “The distributor is still not making clear as to when will we receive our refilled cylinder. I have been regularly contacting them over the phone and the answer which I have been getting is that the cylinder will reach my place within two days,” she said.

District Food and Civil Supplies Officer Rajnish Kumari said the distributors were not receiving the LPG supply from the company’s side due to which a backlog had been created. “We have not received any mass complaint in this regard,” she added. 



Industry feels neglected
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 14
Industry representatives from the city feel Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi has neglected this sector in the Railway Budget presented today.

"He mentioned each and every phase of Railways facilities, but forgot the industry benefits. Knitwear/textile industry is a great revenue generator for the Railways. No strategies have been presented regarding the safety of goods, to upgrade the sheds and other eminent aspects required by the industry in this budget," said Vinod Thapar, president of the Knitwear Club.

Announcing the setting up of a Railway Safety Committee and Railway Research Development, the ministry did not set any council for the industry. "This is a very negative budget for the local industry. The freight were already increased which will have a worst impact on the Punjab economy. There was no fresh announcement of any new project. The fare for the first and second AC class is unjustified. This is a directionless budget," said president of the Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association Badish K Jindal. 



Online shopping catches on in city
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 14
The Internet has now become the mall for residents of the city, where people shop for everything from cameras to computers to clothes. Most online users have at least purchased some product or service at one point of time. Online shopping is becoming a way of life.

Convenience is the primary motivation for online shoppers while price is secondary. It saves time. "Money is not an issue. It is the convenience since one can shop while sitting in a cozy sofa at his house. There are some products which are not readily available in the city so I can easily order them online," said Renuka, a college lecturer.

Food and fashion are the popular choices of products that are usually ordered online. The most ordered food products are candies, drinks, cookies, coffee, tea, sauces and honey products. Most of the buyers purchase items that are not found or are difficult to find in stores in their hometown. Buying clutches, bags, cosmetics, clothes are the other preferred options among women.

Piya, who regularly shops online, said this is the most convenient way to shop. "I regularly shop for accessories like bags and clutches online. Sometimes you fail to get the thing of your choice from the stores, so online shopping is a better option where there is unlimited choice," she said.

For Shruti online shopping sites have proved to be a boon. "I regularly shop online for my baby. There are a plentiful of products for babies which are otherwise not available in the market. I frequently order baby cereals, toys and clothes for my little one. Shopping online is convenient and you get the product on your doorstep," she said.

Most of the NRIs order Punjabi suit and dupattas online. Every leading boutique and store in the city has a site where customers can order online. "NRIs are the most influential customers when it comes to Punjabi dresses. While some buy 
occasionally whenever they need for some function or party, the others are regular customers who buy whenever they like some product," said Jeevika, a boutique owner.

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FCI for action against culprits
Replacement of rice stocks with sub-standard grain
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 14
The Food Corporation of India (FCI), District Office, Ludhiana, has complained to the heads of the police and administration and to the District Food and Supply Controller (East and West) for taking necessary action against the persons who allegedly replaced the FCI stocks with sub-standard grain at Kilaraipur near here.

In a complaint filed with the above-mentioned officials, Anuj Tyagi, Area Manager of the FCI (Ludhiana district), has said the FCI, on an average loads 2-3 rakes daily from Ludhiana district to various destinations across the country for the public distribution system. This was done to ensure smooth procurement operations in the district as well as to create storage space for the current and next crop.

He said: "A rice special number 696 A scheduled for open date was being loaded on February 27 from the Kilaraipur centre of the FCI. During the course of loading operations highly inferior quality of rice was detected by the FCI local staff of the Rail Head, Kilaraipur. It was observed that the rice stock did not belong to the FCI as it was of highly inferior quality".

The loading of rakes was stopped and the contractor was called from the FCI depot. After investigations, the contractor accepted that some mischief had been played en route in two wagons comprising approximately 370 bags of rice. On scrutiny, the contractor alleged that the mischief had been played by the driver of the truck number PB 10 V 9725 in connivance with a rice miller from Kila Raipur.

"FCI Contractor also filed a complaint with the police against the miller at Delhon on February 29, 2012. Such acts not only tarnish the image of the government but hamper the smooth functioning of operations. We request the authorities for a speedy investigation into the matter so that the FCI staff, already making preparations for the next rabi season, were not demoralised," said the Area Manager. 



Most women not fit for donating blood
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 14
Defying the old trend when females felt reluctant to donate blood more and more women have started coming forward to contribute in this noble cause these days.

Dr Rajinder Mittal, chairman of Social Welfare Organisation, Ahmedgarh, which organises blood donation camp, every year, said that the percentage of the women donors had hiked, abruptly, during past two years.

At least 225 women donated blood at a camp organised here, recently, claimed Dr Mittal.

Acknowledging the trend, Dr Jyoti Kapoor, district blood transfusion officer, Sangrur, expressed hope that the contribution made by women would further increase in case organised steps for 'detection, prevention and treatment' of anemia among women were taken.

Elaborating on the issue, Dr Jyoti Kapoor, said that lack of awareness about the causes and consequences of anemia had resulted in a situation wherein only a fraction of women qualified for blood donation.

Maintaining that a large number of the educational institutes of women had organised blood donation camps during the recent weeks, Kapoor disclosed that a large number of girls had to be refused as haemoglobin content of their blood was much lower than required percentage of 12.5 gm."While at least one hundred students of a women college of the area came forward to donate blood at a camp, organised at the campus of the college, recently, only ten qualified for the cause," said Kapoor.

Earlier, the studies conducted by some of the medical research organisations had pointed out that the fear of being rendered weak had made majority of women reluctant to come to blood donation camps. Their low social status was also attributed to the past trend.



230 conferred degrees
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 14
The Khalsa College for Women organised its annual prize distribution function at Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines. Dr Jaswant Singh, Additional Chief Administrator GLADA, Ludhiana, presided over the function.

Principal Dr Varinder Kaur Thind presented the annual report of the college of 2011-2012.

In the event, 29 postgraduates and 170 graduates, 31 college toppers were awarded. Apart from this, many other awards were awarded. Charanjit Kaur was awarded with the best library user award; Gurpreet was decorated with the ‘best library user student award’. Mandeep Rani of MA (Punjabi) pocketed ‘Bibi Jagbir Kaur memorial award’. Madam Baljinder Kaur was awarded for being the ‘best teacher’ of the college.



Gurdwara launches green drive
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 14
Gurdwara Sarabha Nagar took out an awareness cycle rally and launched an environment drive on the occasion of Gurgaddi Divas of Guru Har Rai here today.

The cycle rally, led by world-famous veteran cyclist Baba Pritam Singh Khalsa, passed through Durga Mandir, Church, Sarabha Nagar Market and all the schools and important banks of Sarabha Nagar.

At least 100 persons took part in the rally. As part of the drive, saplings were planted at various important locations of Sarabha Nagar, including Durga Mandir, Church, Guru Nanak Public School, Government High School and New Senior Secondary School.

The convener of the environment committee of the gurdwara, Mohinder Singh Grewal, said the rally and the plantation drive were carried out to mark Gurgaddi Divas of Guru Har Rai, the great environmentalist of his times, and were in continuance of the programme charted out at the Flower Show 10 days ago.

President of the gurdwara Jatinder Singh Sandhu said the environment committee would work on various projects after taking advice from horticulture, floriculture, entomology, forest and landscaping experts to make Sarabha Nagar a model locality. 



Six injured as auto overturns
Driver was found smoking cigarette 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 14
Six persons were injured, two seriously, after a driver of an overloaded auto-rickshaw, who was smoking a cigarette, lost control over the vehicle and it overturned at the National Highway Number I today.

The injured have been identified as Diwan Chand, Raju, Sukhdev, DS Sawant, Bittu and Yash.

The incident took place today evening when at least eight persons, working for a caterer, were heading towards Hardy’s World near Ladhowal for a marriage function.

They boarded the auto-rickshaw from Clock Tower. On reaching the Jalandhar bypass, the driver bought a cigarette from a vendor and started smoking it while driving.

This led to heated argument between the auto-rickshaw driver and the passengers. The driver applied the breaks due to which the auto-rickshaw overturned.

The passengers fell on the road and sustained head and shoulder injuries. Bittu and Raju were rushed to the CMC as their condition was stated to be serious. 



An unsung hero of Punjab
Cycling a passion for Pritam Singh Khalsa
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 14
While Fauja Singh has been earning worldwide acclaim, Pritam Singh Khalsa, who has been charting the similar trail of life on a bicycle, has been an unsung hero. The octogenarian was in the city for a cycle rally organised by Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Sarabha Nagar.
Pritam Singh Khalsa takes part in a cycle rally in Ludhiana
Pritam Singh Khalsa takes part in a cycle rally in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Like Fauja, it was only at the later stage of life when he actually took to the sport. Although he used to cycle from home to a government school in Hoshiarpur, where he work as headmaster, cycling as a sport became his passion at the ripe age of 60.

He has since won many a medal on world tours, pitting his strength against the best in the world. His name was included in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1993 for covering 5,000 km from Mumbai to Hoshiarpur and back in 14 days, he says.

He won his first gold in 1994 in the World Masters Games, Brisbane, Australia. His winning streak continued with about nine medals coming in 1996 to 1999, 2002, 2005 at different events across the world.

With stamina of paddling 270 km in eight hours, he has been cycling from Hoshiarpur to Chandigarh and Amritsar just for practice.

He said that he wakes up at 3.30 am and gets ready at 4 am, when he recites simran for half an hour followed by half an hour of jogging.

After that he drinks two litres of milk with four spoons of desi ghee, almond oil and honey before setting on a cycling journey every day.

He says his inspiration has been his 76-year-old wife and he draws his strength from meditation.



Fulfil poll promises, state govt urged 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 14
The Universal Human Rights Organisation (UHRO) and the Women Justice and Equality and Anti-Repression Front, while congratulating the Akali-BJP alliance for its historic win in the recent Assembly elections, have demanded that the ruling party must now fulfil its poll promises.

Satnam Singh Dhaliwal, president, UHRO, said during its second consecutive term, the Akali-BJP government should make sure that the tasks were accomplished on time. "The works/projects which were not completed in the last term should be completed and the unkempt promises fulfilled during this term," said Dhaliwal.



Man hit by truck, dies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 14
A 55-year-old man died after a speeding truck ran over him near the Dhandari level crossing here today.

The victim identified as Gurinder Kumar, a resident of New Janta Nagar, was returning home when the truck hit the rear of his vehicle.

He lost control over the vehicle and fell on the road. The truck ran over him before he could react. The victim died on the spot. A case has been registered in this regard. The truck driver is absconding. 



BSNL employee’s son attacked, critical
4 youths beat him up with baseball bats; break his legs
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, March 14
Four unidentified youths attacked the son of a local BSNL employee who had gone to bring some eatables for the family after finishing his dinner last yesterday night. The victim identified as Jagdeep Singh sustained serious injuries in the incident. The attackers broke both of his legs. He is being treated at the local Medicity Hospital and stated to be out of danger.

In his statement to the police, Jagdeep stated that he had gone to bring some eatables for the family. Four youths on two bikes stopped and started beating him with baseball bats and swords while he was returning to his house. The attackers, whose faces were covered, kept beating him up. When a few people came to his rescue, they fled away after warning him.

People informed Jagdeep’s family about the incident. They got him admitted to the local Civil Hospital. He was referred to Medicity Hospital due to his critical condition.

Jagdeep’s father Harpal Singh, who is an employee at local telephone exchange, had been receiving threatening calls on his mobile phone for the past nine months. The caller had even threatened to kill Jagdeep. Jagdeep is a student of a polytechnic college at Moga. But, his father had stopped him from attending classes for the past to months.

Harpal even reported the matter to the police. But it has failed to trace the caller so far. About 20 days ago, Harpal had even met SSP Ludhiana (Rural) Amar Singh Chahal in this regard. But, this too, failed to deter the caller from making threatening calls.

Harpal suspects that the same caller has attacked his son. He has requested the police to step up the investigation and arrest the accused persons at the earliest.

SHO of the city police station Surinder Singh stated that a case had been registered against unidentified persons in this regard.

Threatening calls

Jagdeep’s father Harpal Singh has been receiving threatening calls on his mobile phone for the past nine months. The caller has even threatened to kill Jagdeep



Bikers snatch Rs 2.5 lakh from businessman 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 14
Two motorcycle-borne youths snatched a bag containing Rs 2.5 lakh from a businessman at Namak Mandi last evening.

The businessman identified as Daulat Ram is a resident of Faridabad. This incident took place at around 8pm when he was heading towards Clock Tower after collecting the cash from market.

He said two youth, who were riding pillion on a black motorcycle, came from behind and snatched his bag and fled away.

Daulat Ram raised an alarm and tried to chase the suspect. The snatcher, however, managed to escape.

A case has been registered in this regard. 



Man booked for LPG blast
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 14
One person has been booked following an LPG cylinder blast which left three persons injured and led to the collapse of a wall of a room in Shimlapuri late last night.

Inderjeet Singh, the accused, has been booked for fraud and misuse of LPG for commercial purposes. The police said, Inderjeet was transferring LPG from domestic cylinders into small canisters for selling it in the open market.

Mukesh, a neighbour of Inderjeet, said an explosion took place in Inderjeet’s room last night. The impact was so strong that the roof collapsed and three residents sustained injuries.

He has booked under Section 420 of the IPC and 7 of the Essential Commodity Act



3 get life for killing 80-yr-old
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 14
Court of the Additional Sessions Judge, Arunvir Vashisht, has convicted three persons on the charges of killing Sarwan Singh (80), a resident of Manakwal village, by inflicting injuries with the sharp-edged weapon in August 2007. They were also ordered to pay a fine of Rs 10,000 each.

Hardeep Singh, a resident of Dhandra village, Sonu Singh, a resident of Railway Colony and Gurmeet Singh, a resident of Manakwal village, Ludhiana, are among those convicted by the court. One of the prime accused Pritpal Kaur (daughter-in-law of Sarwan Singh), who had allegedly hatched a conspiracy to eliminate her father-in-law, expired during the pendency of the case.

Delivering the verdict, the court held that the prosecution had successfully proved the guilt of the accused beyond any reasonable shadow of doubt. It also declined the plea of leniency raised by the accused.

A case under Sections 302 and 120-B of the IPC was registered at the Sadar police station on August 31, 2007, following the statement of Kulwant Singh, son of Sarwan Singh. He had not named anyone in the FIR. But during investigation, the police traced the culprits and arrested them.

According to prosecution, Pritpal Kaur had developed illicit relationship with one of the accused. Finding her father-in-law to be hurdle in their relationship, she got him eliminated with the help of her friends. On that day, all other members of the family had gone to Sahnewal for attending the marriage of a relative.

Pritpal Kaur had tried to won over the witness by giving him a cell phone. But that witness had produced the said cell phone during his evidence, which was taken into possessions by the court. 



Ramneet, Rajandeep declared best athletes
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 14
Ramneet Kaur and Rajandeep Singh bagged three titles each and were declared as the best athletes among girls and boys, respectively, in the 6th edition of the annual athletics meet of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana. The athletics meet was held at the Punjab Agricultural University campus grounds, here today.

In the girl's section, Ramneet Kaur clinched titles in the 200m, 800m races and broad jump event to stamp her supremacy while Rajandeep Singh stamped his superiority over others as he came out triumphant in 110m hurdles, 400m hurdles and triple jump.

Dr VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor, GADVASU, inaugurated the meet in which a large number of students from the campus colleges of university namely college of veterinary sciences, college of fisheries and college of dairy science and technology will participate along with veterinary polytechnic, Kaljharani (Bathinda), and Khalsa College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Amritsar, competed in various sports disciplines.

The college of veterinary sciences won the overall trophy while Jugraj Singh from Veterinary Polytechnic, Kaljharani in Bathinda, too was in thick of action since he won gold medals in shot put and hammer throw events.

Dr Taneja distributed the prizes. The main attraction of the closing ceremony was an equestrian show in addition to the bhangra performance by the university students.

Results: Boys-110m hurdles: 1. Rajandeep Singh 2. Sonikbir Singh 3. Satinder Pal Singh.

Javelin throw: 1. Siddharath Gautam 2. Vikram Narula 3. Satinder Pal Singh.

5000m race: 1. Gurdeep Singh 2. Ravinder Singh 3. Navjot Singh.

Hammer throw: 1. Jugraj Singh Mahal 2. Vigneshwaran 3. Gurinder Singh Sidhu.

400m hurdles: 1. Rajandeep Singh 2. Ravinder Singh 3. Satnam Singh.

800m race: 1. Ravinder Singh 2. Gurjot Singh 3. Aman Moudgil.

Triple jump: 1. Rajandeep Singh 2. Sonikbir Singh 3. Atinder Deep Singh.

High jump: 1. Mukhmeet Singh Deol 2. Atinder Deep Singh 3. Chasandeep Singh.

Shot put: 1. Jugraj Singh Mahal 2. Jong Matoshi Jamir 3. Manjinder Singh.

Girls’ javelin throw: 1. Taranjot Sran 2. Navajot Kaur Pannu 3. Amardeep Kaur.

1500m race: 1. Rubal 2. Ramanjot Kaur 3. Taranjot Sran.

800m race: 1. Ramneet Kaur 2. Rubal 3. Taranjot Sran.

200m race: 1. Ramneet Kaur 2. Rubal 3. Mandeep Kaur.

Broad jump: 1. Ramneet Kaur 2. Rubal 3. Taranjot Sran.

The faculty members along with employees and the students were present there to cheer up the participants. Dr SPS Sangha, Director, Students Welfare, GADVASU, congratulated the position holders.



Ek Pehal to hold sports meet
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 14
To promote sports in this part of the state, a local organisation, Ek Pehal, will be organising an open competition in athletics, table tennis and badminton at the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) Sports Complex, Sector 38, on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road here from April 6 to 13.

This information was given at a press conference by Amit Kapoor, chief coordinator of this event, here today. The players from Ludhiana district are eligible to take part in this meet.

Giving details of this eight-day sports event, Amit said competitions in three disciplines would be held in four age groups, i.e. under 14, under 17, under 21 and senior citizens, for which entries close on April 2 at the venue.

The winners will be given prizes while the fastest runner of the meet will be suitably honoured at the concluding function. Talented players will further be given coaching to prepare them to take part in the state and national-level tournaments, added Amit.



Shivtar Bajwa re-elected president of soccer body
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 14
Shivtar Singh Bajwa was been, unanimously, re-elected the president of the District Football Association (DFA), Ludhiana. Varinder Kumar Sharma, an advocate was elected honorary general secretary of the association.

They were elected at a meeting of the association held, here today during which Vija Bali, an observer of the Punjab State Football Association, and assistant observer, Kuldeep Singh, were the special invitees to oversee the meeting. They have been appointed for a term of six years.

The meeting was attended by the members of the football clubs affiliated with the DFA. It was resolved at the meeting to authorise Bajwa to appoint new members of the body.

Meanwhile, Bajwa and Sharma pledged to promote the game of football at grass root level and encourage the youngster to play the game which is the most popular sport around the globe.



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