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SCD college students assaulted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 26
Tension gripped SCD Govt College for Boys, near Rose Garden, today following an attack on a group of students by some outsiders. A group of youths brandishing swords and sticks attacked a group of college students who defended themselves by pelting bottles on the attackers.

Only three of nearly 10-12 accused youths have been identified. They along with others were booked under Sections 148, 149 and 452 of the IPC.

One college student was injured in the incident. However, the students were not disclosing his identity.

The students who were assaulted were Gurpreet Singh, Jagdeep Singh and Tejindarpal Singh.

The college and police sources revealed that the accused came in a lancer car and ran straight to the college canteen.

However, they failed to overpowered the college students completely as they were counter-attacked with empty and filled soft drink bottles kept in the canteen.

The motive behind the attack was said to be an altercation between the two groups earlier in the day.

It was alleged that the outsiders were frequenting the college. A group of college students did not like their presence and there was an argument between the two.

An outsider was allegedly manhandled in retaliation of which the said attack took place.

Inspector R.S.Sohal, SHO, Division No. 5 police station, said three of the accused persons have been identified and a case has been registered against them. 



Digital database on ex-servicemen on the anvil
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 26
The Department of Defence Services Welfare, Punjab, has launched a special programme to prepare the digital database of ex-servicemen in the state, with a view to efficiently providing all facilities being given to them under different welfare schemes of the state government.

This was stated by Ms Geetika Kalha, Principal Secretary, while interacting with the mediapersons after presiding over a state-level meeting of the District Sainik Welfare Officers and other senior officers of the department at Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum, here today.

Ms Kalha said for this purpose all district level offices of the department had been fully computerised and put on the Internet and all information regarding ex-servicemen and schemes would be available in all offices, including at state head- quarters at the click of the mouse.

She said at present the repeated verification of the ex-servicemen concerned was required to be made for dealing different cases in connection with different schemes and after the digitalisation of the data, the verification problem would be permanently solved and the efficiency of the department would be enhanced manifold.

Addressing the meeting, Ms Kalha said the Department of Defence Services and Army would organise an ex-servicemen rally on November 22 at Amritsar in which around 15,000 ex-servicemen from all parts of the state would participate. Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab, would be the chief guest of the rally and Lt-Gen J. J. Singh, Army Commander, Western Command, would be the special guest. Besides, many other highly decorated senior retired Army officers would address the rally.

Ms Kalha claimed that the state was giving best facilities to ex-servicemen and the number of ex-servicemen was also highest in Punjab. She said Punjab was the only state where government jobs to the next of kin of the martyrs of the Kargil conflict and J and K sectors and disabled Armymen (with more than 75 per cent disability) were being provided. Till date more than 200 such persons had been provided with government jobs. The Principal Secretary said another important scheme ECHS (health scheme) had been launched in Punjab, under which super-speciality medical facilities and free medicines would be provided to ex-servicemen and their families by organising special medical camps.

The Principal Secretary directed all officers to carry out the assigned duties to them efficiently, so that the maximum numbers of ex-servicemen could be persuaded to attend this rally and make the benefit of the welfare schemes.

Mr J. J. Jaswal, Director, Social Welfare, Punjab, while addressing the meeting said all efforts would be made to make the state- level rally a success. Commander Tarlochan Singh, District Sainik Welfare Officer, Ludhiana, proposed a vote of thanks. 



PAU staff hold rally over frozen demands
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 26
Peeved at the delay in implementation of their demands, the PAU Employees Union and PAU Fourth Class Workers Union held a rally near the Administration Block today.

Addressing the rally, union president M.P. Maur and general secretary Amritpal said there were more than two dozen demands of the employees which were awaiting implementation for past many years.

The representatives of the two unions had been raising the issue with the Vice-Chancellor and other senior officers of the varsity following which significant decisions were taken.

It was assured that a majority of them would be implemented very soon.

The demands affected all employees of the university and included filling of vacant promotional posts, strengthening of the Pension Fund Scheme, personal promotion policy and construction of a scooter stand near Thapar Hall which had been accepted in principle.

Other demands were inclusion of left-over categories into G-4 pattern, upgradation of LA's in 2:1 ratio, pay scale arrears to junior- scale stenographers since 1.1.1978, regularisation of ad hoc promotions for supervisory staff etc.

Issues relating to the victimisation of employees at various levels, including those at the Ludhiana campus as well as outstation, and creating a congenial atmosphere to improve the work environment in the varsity were also taken up.

The leaders who addressed the rally included Mr Hardev Singh Ghalori, general seceretary, PAU Fourth Class Workers Union, Mr P. S. Gill, Dr Gulzar Pandher, Mr Surinder Singh, Charanjit Singh Grewal, Joginder Ram and Mr Pal Singh.



1,400 more poor families to be identified
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 26
The district administration will identify 1,400 more families living below the poverty line to cover them under the expanded Antyodaya Anna Yojna (AAY). This was stated today by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Verma.

The scheme has been framed by the government to ensure food security for all and to serve the poor in rural areas. Mr Verma said under the scheme identified families would be provided 35 kg of foodgrains every month at the rate of Rs 2 per kg for wheat.

Mr Verma said the scheme was designed to cover the most needy sections of society such as old people, widows and disabled persons. Other categories included landless agriculture labourers, marginal farmers, rural artisans, craftsman such as potters, tanners, weavers, blacksmiths, carpenters, slum dwellers and persons earning their livelihood on daily basis in the informal sector like porters, coolies, rickshaw pullers, hand-cart pullers, fruit and flower sellers, snake charmers, rag pickers, cobblers and the destitute in both rural and urban areas.

Another category would include households headed by widows or terminally ill persons/disabled persons/persons aged 60 years or more or single women or single men with no family or societal support or assured means of sustenance.

Mr Verma was addressing a meeting of all Sub-Divisional Magistrates and directed them to identify these families in a time-bound manner so that benefit of the scheme could reach the poor people at the earliest.



‘Kiss Kis Ko’ stars visit city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 26
The highly charged brigade of the “Band of Boys” were here in the city today to promote their Hindi film, “Kiss Kis Ko.” Claiming the debut film to be a "total family movie", the group members — Karan Oberoi, Siddhartha Haldipur, Shireen Verghese, Chaitanya Bhonsle and Aparna Kumar — were critical of vulgarity in Hindi songs and films.

"Shock value has assumed importance today which is why we get to see a large number of videos offering sheer vulgarity," said Karan Oberoi, adding that "this is a phase that will soon pass away".

Narrating the difficulties they had to face to bring out their music video, “Meri Neend,” that became a chart buster, Oberoi rued that producers were keen to go in for videos that portrayed vulgarity. "It was very difficult for us because our video was not vulgar," he said.

Siddhartha said the film was based on a real story and was a romantic comedy that would show the struggle of the band.

Produced by Manu Kumaran and Ram Punjabi, the film is written by Pankaj Kapoor and directed by Sharad Sharan. Songs for the film, that has been shot in Bali and Jakarta, have been composed by the Band of Boys themselves. Bhoomika Puri plays the female lead for the film that is scheduled to be released worldwide on October 29.

The actors will go on a world tour for the promotion of the film soon after its release.



Four of a family killed in accident
Our Correspondent

Khanna, October 26
Four members of a family were killed and three injured in an accident near Bija village last night. The injured were referred to a Ludhiana hospital. According to information, Vinod Kumar, a resident of Jalandhar, and his family were going to Hardwar when their Indica car (PB-8-AE-9933) rammed into a truck (PB-4-2683) near Bija village. Four persons, including a woman and a child, died on the spot.

The deceased have been identified as Vinod Kumar, Tilak Raj, Vidya Vati and Gaurav.

The injured have been identified as Renu, wife of Tilak Raj, Pallavi, daughter of Tilak Raj, and Raju, driver of the car.

A team of the Bija first aid post reached the spot and took the injured to hospital from where they were referred to a Ludhiana hospital.

The relatives of the deceased told the Ludhiana Tribune that the family had first planned to go by train but on Monday, they changed their mind and cancelled the tickets.

The SHO (Sadar), Mr Dilbagh Singh, who reach the spot of the accident, said that the driver of the truck had absconded.



Ludhiana Calling

Three snatching incidents in a span of two hours on Monday evening within two-km radius of the city have once again exposed the inefficiency of the local police. The city residents are fast losing faith in the police which insists on having details of servants and tenants rather than being more vigilant against the criminal elements.

In all three incidents, the victims were women. Two scooter-borne miscreants were involved in all cases.

With the festive season in full bloom, women are busy buying gold ornaments. The criminals are well aware of this fact but the city police, appears to be blissfully ignorant.

Every time a snatching incident occurs in any part of the city, the city police goes ahead erecting barricades and so on.

‘Fake’ scribes

Photo by Inderjit VermaDespite the police drive to weed out fake journalists, there is no letup in cases where unscrupulous elements write the word “Press” on their vehicles and assign them with fancy designations that do not exists. This newspaper has reported incidents in the past where sweet shop owners, cloth merchants and many other write “Press” on their vehicles to evade tax. The Tribune lensman clicked yet another vehicle that not only had “Press” written on it, but also had a plate with the designation of the “fake” scribe that says “Press- Crime Action (Approved by Govt of India, District Bureau Chief, Ludhiana). Journalists in the city feel that the police must be more vigilant to curb such people from fooling the administrative machinery and the public. Even as per the Motor Vehicle Act this number plate invites a challan.

Fine on every miss

No newspaper organisation likes to miss important news. But the authorities of a Hindi daily seem to have gone too far in ensuring that reporters do not show laxity. This newspaper has imposed a fine of Rs 100 per news missed by a reporter. The money will be deposited in a special fund opened for charity purposes by the organisation. Not only this but also the authorities have also started comparing lines of a news report with those published in rival newspapers. The reporters are obviously upset at the undue pressure. Further, there are no rewards for an exclusive story.

Why politics in religion?

At all important venues of Dasehra celebrations, the chief guest was a politician without exception. Where is the need to invite politicians? Is it the compulsion of the organisation to get more popularity. Or is it to get financial assistance? Whatever be the reason, many feel religion and religious affairs should be kept separate from politics as the mixture of religion and politics has always been very explosive. Why cannot educationists and spiritual people be invited as chief guests?

Waning love for Test cricket

Cricket is the lifeline of sports lovers in the city but there are few followers of Test cricket. Life goes on as normal when a Test match is on. There are no special arrangements in hotels and restaurants for showing the match with offers of discounts or special offers if a boundary is scored. Everybody seems to be waiting for one-day cricket only.



Cattlefeed samples collected

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 26
A team of scientists from the Dairy Development Corporation visited units manufacturing cattlefeed here and collected samples. Dr Devi Dass, Deputy Director of the corporation, said the team visited units manufacturing cattlefeed. Five samples were collected.

Dr Dass said his department had been arranging free testing of milk and milk products so that people could know about the quality of the products they purchased. — OC



Meeting of grievances panel held

Khanna, October 26
A meeting of the Grievances Committee was held at the SDM court complex under the chairmanship of SDM, Khanna, Mr Jaspal Mittal here today.

Mr Mittal said the meeting of the Grievances Committee would be held every month.

Mr Najar Singh, Executive Officer, Municipal Council, Khanna, said the council had directed the contractors to install the information boards to inform the public about the development works. OC



Couple murder case: police gets clues
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 26
The murder of Mohinder Singh (60), an ex-serviceman, and his wife Balwinder Kaur (55) in their house at Talwandi Bhaike village on the intervening night of October 17 and 18 remains unsolved though the police claims to have got some clues.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Maruti car, colour television set, two rifles and ornaments had been stolen. The police had got a clue that Mohinder Singh had relations with two women. Photos recovered from his house show him with another woman in garlands. Villagers reportedly confirmed his relations with the women and that they had stayed with him in the village for the past about 18 months.

His brother was not on talking terms with Mohinder Singh. The police suspect that the women may be involved in the crime.

The police has taken into custody Balwinder Kaur’s sister’s son for interrogation though it has been not officially confirmed.

Mohinder Singh was also helping a party in a property dispute and the rivals were not happy over it.



PNB launches cheque truncation project
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 26
Harwant Singh, General Manager, Punjab National Bank, Punjab Zone, inaugurated cheque truncation project for the first time in India at MICR centre of Punjab National Bank, Bharat Nagar Chowk, here today.

He said PNB had become the first bank in the country to launch this service by introducing this technology at Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Chandigarh. He said the facility would be extended to all MICR centres of PNB in Jaipur, Nagpur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi, Allahabad, Agra, Phagwara and Panipat.

He added that this system would facilitate quick realisation of cheques and elimination of fraud elements. Paper work would be reduced, postal delays and loss of cheques would be completely removed. With the help of this system, inter-city cheques with image facilities would be cleared within 24 hours.


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