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Govt to set up more IT units
Science minister stresses on vocational education 
Our Correspondent

Mr Rakesh Pandey, state Minister for Science and Technology and Industrial Training, Punjab, inaugurates branch of GT Computer Hardware Engineering College, Jaipur, at Model Town extension in Ludhiana on Monday
Mr Rakesh Pandey, state Minister for Science and Technology and Industrial Training, Punjab, inaugurates branch of GT Computer Hardware Engineering College, Jaipur, at Model Town extension in Ludhiana on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, July 4
Mr Rakesh Pandey, State Minister for Science and Technology has said with a view to create maximum job opportunities in the Information and technology (IT) sector, the state government had chalked out a special programme to bring more and more IT units in the state. He said a many big IT companies had already been set up at Mohali.

Mr Panday was addressing a function after inaugurating a newly set up Jaipur-based GT Computer Hardware Engineering College at Model Town extension here today.

Mr Pandey said as per a new survey, the expansion of computer hardware industry would touch the mark of Rs 75000 crore during the coming three years and by 2010, it will jump to $ 62 billion in the country and this sector would create enormous job opportunities to the IT for computer trained youth.

Mr Pandey stressed upon the need of imparting vocational and technical education to the youth instead of routine education. This will help them in making the most of the job opportunities created with the fast spread of IT sector. He said with the fast development of IT and computer sector, the whole world had shrunk into a small village and every one had the access to the unlimited information through the Internet. He claimed that the development of the IT sector had given a big boost to country’s economy.

Referring to the rumours of the privatisation of industrial institutions in Punjab “being spread” by some unions of employees, Mr Pandey made it clear that no ITI in the state was being privatised, but the government was planning to provide latest infrastructure and quality training in ITIs.

Mr Ankesh Jain, Regional Manager ( Punjab and Haryana) for GT College, informed that the GT group was established in 1980 with a motive to provide international level training to the students in Jaipur till date, the institution had imparted training in electronic and computer hardware to 15,000 students. He claimed all the passed out students had got placements in reputed companies in different countries. He said there were more than 50 training centres of the college functional in different states including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Orissa and Uttar Pradesh.

Those who were present on the occasion included Mr J.S. Kular, Director, Science and Technology Entrepreneurs Park (STEP), Mr B.S. Dhillon, General Secretary Punjab Electronic Industries Association and Mr Kuldeep Soni, Director GT, Ludhiana.



MC clears hyacinth growth from Buddha Nullah
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 4
With the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, (LMC), claiming to clear Buddha Nullah of water hyacinth growth, there is a ray of hope for the residents living along the nullah who live under the threat of floods every year.

MC officials today claimed that at least 14 km stretch of the nullah falling within the MC limits was cleared of the hyacinth thereby increasing the water carrying capacity of the water body.

A team of MC officials, including the Joint Commissioner, Dr Jaswant Singh, and Assistant Commissioner, Mr B.K. Gupta, showed the cleared nullah to mediapersons today.

The mediapersons also visited the Kirpal Nagar area on Tajpur Chowk. Here, the nullah was cleared of the weed and water was flowing normally. Mr Gupta said except for the 3,000 feet area of the nullah, the entire stretch had been cleared. He added that the work would be completed within two three days.

Dr Jaswant Singh said the MC had agreed to pay an amount of Rs 3.13 lakh to drainage the department for cleaning the nullah within the limits of MC. He said the drag lines of drainage department were working overtime to clean the water body.

The Joint Commissioner also said the Local Bodies Department was also going to pay Rs 17.37 lakh to drainage department for cleaning the nullah on the outskirts of the city. The work on the outskirts had already started, he claimed.

The MC appealed to the residents not to throw garbage and factory waste in the nullah so that it remained clean. The officials said though the major problem was caused by the weed, residents living along and littering in the nullah were also responsible for its bad condition.

They said those persons found littering the nullah or dumping any kind of waste in it would be challaned as inspectors had been instructed to do so.



Coming to terms with tragedy
Mahesh Sharma

Mukandpur (Ahmedgarh), July 4
Trying to come to terms with his fate, septuagenarian Ajaib Singh started responding to the questions of those who had unsuccessfully tried to console him and the surviving members of the family that had lost 12 members in Chachrari road accident yesterday.

Meanwhile, the village panchayat has urged the Chief Minister Punjab, to send the grant announced for the family of the deceased before the bhog ceremony that would take place on July 12.

Surrounded by his close relatives and friends, Ajaib Singh curses the moment when a majority of his family members left for Amritsar and he insisted on remaining at home. “Had I accompanied them then at least I would have been saved from suffering this agony,” sighs Ajaib Singh. Pritam Singh, a resident of the village, said the elders had tried to make the old man cry but to no avail. “Seemingly composed today he is still in a state of shock. All our efforts to make him cry have failed,” explained Pritam Singh.

Mr Jang Singh Mukandpur, Sarpanch, and Mr Jagjit Singh Mukandpuri, a Congress leader, informed that the bhog ceremony of the deceased would take place at village gurdwara on July 12. Leaders of different political and social parties have urged the Chief Minister to impress upon the authorities to release the grant announced by him yesterday before the bhog ceremony.

Meanwhile, Mr P. Bharti, ADC (D), called on the victim family and assured that the financial assistance from the state would be given as early as possible. Mr Jagpal Singh Khangura, a Congress leader, Mr Ram Singh, SDM, Mr H.S. Brar, DSP, Mullanpur, Gurmit Singh, the Naib Tehsildar, and Mr Amarjit Singh Khaira, SHO, Dehlon, also visited the family.

A pall of gloom descended on this village yesterday, and heart-rending cries could be heard as the news of the tragedy spread in the village. Ss many as 15 persons belonging to a Dalit family, headed by Ajaib Singh, were killed and five children of the same family were seriously injured. Trax jeep they were travelling in, had rammed into the rear of a truck, allegedly parked negligently on the G.T. Road near Chachrari village.

The deceased, included seven women and four children. The victims were rushed to the Civil Hospital, Phillaur, where 15 were declared dead while the five seriously injured children were referred to DMC Hospital, Ludhiana. The relatives of the family are still busy attending to the injured children in Ludhiana.

The village crematorium had never received so many bodies at one and as a result shared pyres had to be lit.



Rain bares ugly face of city roads
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 4
While “cosmetic” carpeting of roads all across the city has been taken up, most of the interior lanes and bylanes continue to remain in poor condition. One strong shower and all the work done for better roads is undone. The routine work being carried out by various agencies, particularly the telecom companies, also add to the problem. Barring a few main roads which are on the route map of the VIP, other roads remain full of potholes.

An angry resident of the Civil Lines area remarked, “Road repair is nothing but cosmetic patchwork which only lasts for a few weeks at the most”. The condition of roads in the areas like Rishi Nagar, Kitchlu Nagar, Haibbowal and also in the industrial area is seen to be believed. “Nobody bothers to take note of it and only we are made to suffer”, said Sunil Kumar a resident of the Rishi Nagar area.

Resentment prevails among people as residents believe that the authorities only tend to repair and improve the roads which remain in public glare. The interior roads are in the very poor condition. Like in the industrial area where the industry pays huge developmental charges, roads remain in a pitiable condition. Mr D.V. Saharan, a leading industrialist, disclosed that although the rains are yet to start, the roads have already started getting submerged. The water has already started getting accumulated everywhere as there is no arrangement for proper drainage. He pointed out that water logging causes severe damage to the roads.

Another nuisance is the digging work carried out by various telecom companies. The telecom companies, however, maintain that they pay the road repair charges in advance to the local authorities so that they would repair the road themselves. But usually the damaged roads are left unrepaired and the people are left with no choice but the public to suffer. The authorities too instead repairing the roads instantly, keep the repair work pending for reasons best known to them.



Doraha college students win top 3 positions
Our Correspondent

Doraha, July 4
Students of Guru Nanak National College here have excelled in the M.A. I (Political Science) and B.A. II results for which were declared by the Panjab University today. Deepinder Kaur (D/O Mr Gurdev Singh) got first position in M.A. I (Political Science) by securing 259 marks out of 400.

Narinder Kaur (D/O Mr Karam Singh) and Inderjit Kaur (D/O Mr Surinder Singh) got second and third positions by securing 254 and 252 marks respectively. A total of 13 students secured first divisions.

Similarly the result of B.A. II girls is 99 per cent and that of boys is 98 per cent. A number of students have secured first divisions.

Mr J.S. Grewal Officiating principal of the college, and Prof Balwant Singh Pangli, general secretary of managing committee congratulated the staff and students for putting in their best efforts and making the college proud once again.



No trace of missing salesman
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 4
The Sherpur police has failed to locate Parmod Kumar, (29), three weeks after he was reported missing by his elder brother and wife. According to the report lodged with the police, Parmod was working as a salesman of grocery items on the shop owned by his elder brother Sailesh Kumar.

On June 13, he left Sherpur for Bhagat Singh Colony where he had to pay Rs 1000 to a shopkeeper. But he did not reach at the shop to make the payment nor did he return home. A worried Sailesh Kumar informed the police the same evening but a formal complaint could be lodged only three days later as copies of photographs were required .

Sailesh Kumar told Ludhiana Tribune that he had been frequently visiting the Civil Hospital and enquiring about unclaimed bodies for the past three weeks. According to him, Parmod’s wife was not keeping well for the past some time and he seemed to be under stress due to his poor financial condition. Parmod is the father of a three-year-old son, added his elder brother.



Probe Hawara’s ‘link’ with police officers, demands Kanwaljit
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, July 4
The observations of Delhi Police that the alleged terrorist Jagtar Singh Hawara had the support of some police officers of the state has exposed the real face of Congress government in the state and the matter should be probed by a Supreme Court judge, asserted Captain Kanwaljit Singh, general secretary, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and former finance Minister. The Captain was talking to the mediapersons after a function organised at the residence of Mr Mohinder Singh at Kharori village near here today to celebrate the victory of Mr Mohinder Singh as a Director of the rural development Bank’s election on July 1 . SAD has been of the confirmed opinion that the Congress at the Centre and at the state has lost faith of the voters due to its “anti-people policies.”

The Congress wanted to grab power by creating fear of terrorism in the minds of people which was evident from the past experience that terrorism developed during the Congress rule. There was no explosion or terrorist killing during Akali-BJP rule from 1997 to 2000 in the state, the Captain maintained.

He termed the announcement of the state government regarding recruitment of teachers, free power to small farmers and abolition of octroi in the urban areas as a vote-capturing strategy to misguide the electorate for the coming general elections as it has been practised in the past.

Exposing the anti-people policies of the Congress government, he pointed out that with the introduction of VAT in the state a burden of Rs 850 crores has been imposed on the people. “During my tenure as a Finance Minister, I had brought 28 items including flour, pulses, salt, cycles, cycle parts etc, out of VAT.” Four time hike in power supply in a year was a clear picture of government’s failures,” he maintained.

SAD has plans to organise a big dharna in Chandigarh against the “anti-people policies” of the Congress government, he said.



Randhawa blamed for Cong defeat
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 4
All six newly-elected directors of Primary Agricultural Development Bank, Fatehgarh Sahib, all belonging to the SAD, took out a victory procession and paid obeisance at Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib. They were presented siropas by SAD leader Didar Singh Bhatti.

The defeat of Congress candidates in the recently concluded elections has disappointed the ruling party leaders and workers and boosted the morale of the SAD. Both Congress MLAs from the district, Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, and Mr Sadhu Singh, Parliamentary Secretary, had campaigned vigorously for Congress candidates. They attributed the defeat of Congress candidates to strong factionalism in the Congress and unity among the Bhatti, Libra and Cheema groups of the SAD.

While talking to The Tribune, Dr Harbans Lal said the Congress was not defeated by the people, but by its own leaders. He said Cabinet Minister Jasjit Singh Randhawa had been interfering in his constituency and he had created factionalism in the Congress in the district.

He said not only in these elections but also in the elections to various other cooperative institutions, Mr Randhawa tried his best to defeat his candidates and the officer in charge of his department also behaved in different manner. Same was the position in the Amloh constituency. Mr Sadhu Singh had also been alleging that the minister interfered in his constituency.

Dr Harbans Lal said earlier too they had brought the matter to the notice of the Chief Minister and would again discuss the issue with him. 



Power remains disrupted in villages
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 4
Residents of Sudhar, Halwara, Boparai, Jodhan, Mansuran, Rakbaa and Sarabha villages had to go without electricity for more than six hours today.
Power remained suspended yesterday and for several hours today also due to some snag at the Jagraon sub-station.

“There was no power yesterday and even today for more than six hours. Such irregularities are not just a bad for residents, they also affect industries that are engaged in processes requiring continuous power supply,” said Mr Jaswinder Singh, a factory owner in Jodhan village.

Mr Tarlochan Singh, XEN, Mullanpur, said: “Due to overloading, an equipment at the Jagraon sub-station burst as a result of which power was disrupted. We arranged for power supply from some other line. But it has now been restored completely and there is no problem now.”



Goods worth 20 lakh gutted
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 4
Goods and property worth Rs 20 lakh was destroyed in a fire that broke out at GIS Mills situated on the Ludhiana- Malerkotla road yesterday evening. Fire brigades of local Shryans Industries Limited and Fire Station Sangrur fought blames for more than an hour to put off the fire.

Referring to information received from the management of the mill, Mr Harjinder Singh SHO Sadar said the fire was first noticed by a worker in Mixing Blow Room. He informed the management which swung into action and tried to control the fire by putting hydrates and fire extinguishers into service. The fire brigades fought the fire for another one hour.

Though authorities were yet to estimate the losses, Mr B.S. Cheema, general manager of the mill, said it was around Rs 20 lakhs. 



Rotary club celebrates Van-Mahotsav
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 4
Rotary Club of Ludhiana North celebrated Van-Mahotsav by planting trees and ornamental plants around Pensioner’s Bhavan at Civil Secretariat yesterday. The tree plantation was done jointly with members of Pensioner’s Bhavan. In addition to this, a voltage stabiliser was also donated for protection of water cooler at Pensioner’s Bhavan.

The bhavan remains open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for exchanging information with visiting pensioner’s/retires for helping them in their work in the Secretariat offices, including Treasury Office. A large number of members from Rotary Club and Pensioner’s Bhavan were present on this occasion. Prominent among them were Rotary president Jatinder Chawla, secretary Er. R.S. Behal, P.P Rtn. D.R. Chadha, Rtn. P P B.S. Kataria and Rtn. Ranveer Vij. From Pensioner’s Bhavan president B.R. Kaushal, secretary Gurmail Singh and many others were present.



Serial planned on NRI Punjabis 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 4
To highlight the achievements of the NRI Punjabis in the country of their adoption and back home , a serial Pardesi Put Punjab De has been planned by Surjit Bhagat. It will be telecast on Doordarshan and beamed in 56 countries. He has been associated with Punjabi journalism for the past 15 years.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Bhagat said that many Punjabi NRIs had sent a lot of money to their native villages. Kharodi and Brahmpur villages were living example of the endeavors of NRIs to provide most modern schools and sports complexs in their villages.

Surjit Bhagat wants to highlight their achievements so that other NRIs get inspiration to emulate them. He will visit England to shoot some episodes. 



New Punjabi channel
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 4
Labh Singh Ahluwalia, managing director and SP, Director, ASV Broadcasting Channel, stated in a press note that they would start a new channel in Punjabi by end of July. For a few months, the channel would be beamed in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pardesh later on, it will become a national channel.



Rs 15 lakh in cash, jewellery stolen from house
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 4
Cash worth Rs 15 lakh and jewellery worth Rs 5 lakh were stolen from the house of a jeweller in Raman Enclave near Rishi Nagar here while the family of the jeweller was sleeping in the house.

Rakesh Bhandari, a jeweller in Sarafa Bazar, woke up this morning to find that his valuables were missing and the house was ransacked by thieves. He told the police that he, his wife and three children were sleeping in the verandah in their house. When he woke up in the morning, the door of his front room was locked from inside. He entered the house from the back door and found that his house was ransacked. He reported a loss worth Rs 20 lakh to the police.

He said it was surprising that while the thieves kept on ransacking the house, they could not come to know anything about it though all of them were sleeping hardly a few metres away from the spot.

In another incident, cash worth Rs 3.5 lakh was robbed from Narinder Kumar, a worker of Mr Vijay Kumar, owner of Shiva Traders in Kesar Ganj Chowk. Narinder Kumar was going to hand over the cash to a Nabha-based person at around 1 pm today. He had alighted from an auto-rickshaw and was going to board a bus when he was kidnapped by four persons, who fled with the cash.

The police claimed that it had solved the case and identified the two alleged robbers, Mandip and Manjit. Investigations are on to arrest the other two also. The police said the duo had to settle a score with Mr Vijay Kumar as the formers’ father worked as a truck-loader with the latter and there was some dispute involving money.

They finally kidnapped Narinder Kumar to settle a score with Mr Vijay Kumar and went away with his cash. The two incidents spread panic in the city as within three days four such incidents have taken place. The residents are feeling insecure. They say every year, during this season, such incidents rise. 



Child raped

Ludhiana, July 4
A four-year-old mentally challenged girl was allegedly raped by an unidentified person here last evening. She was recovered from near a railway track near Gyaspura in the wee hours today. She was shifted to local Civil Hospital in the morning. — TNS



Reduction in steel prices hailed
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 4
Reduction in steel prices has been welcomed by industry these is a feeling that the prices should not be allowed to be raised after a month or so as has been declared by some steel producers.

Mr Inderjit Singh Pradhan, president and Mr Avtar Singh, general secretary, chamber of industrial and commercial undertakings, Ludhiana, said here today the reduction in steel prices was a positive step and would help the industry in raising the production and boosting the exports.

They were of the view that the steel prices should have been reduced in one go as some reduction was effected last month. The reduction of higher magnitude would have helped in establishing the production of the industry.

Mr Avtar Singh said that the now steel prices were at par with the international market where HR coils were being sold for 550 $ per tonne. In the local market the price was quoted at Rs. 27,000 per tonne following reduction of Rs. 2000 per tonne. Similarly, the price of coils was quoted at Rs. 37, 000 per tonne. Mr Avtar Singh said that ‘ satta’ of steel was also taking place which was not in the interest of the industry as this resulted in price fluctuations.

Mr Pradhan and Mr Avtar Singh strongly felt that export of bicycle parts had fallen by almost 50 per cent with the withdraw lot 50 per cent duty draw back on the same. The duty draw back ranged from 14 per cent to 16 per cent audit had now been reduced to 8 per cent on all items, they said. This had given a big set back to the bicycle industry.



NOC for load extension waived for ‘green industries’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 4
The 95 exempted categories of industries will not have to obtain a no objection certificate (NOC) from the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) for the extension of electricity load. According to the PSEB, these industries can get their load extended only by furnishing an affidavit to the electricity board. “The PPCB has also agreed to the proposal initiated by the Chief Engineer, Ludhiana, Mr P.K. Aggarwal,” said officials.

The decision has come to the relief of the industry which had to wait for over two months to obtain an NOC from the PPCB.

“Now as soon as they submit the affidavit, it will be immediately extended. There will be no other formalities,” an official said.

The 95 categories of industry are the ‘green industries’ which were regularised in February this year. These form over 70 per cent of the SSI units in Ludhiana. When the industries had been regularised, the PPCB had laid a condition that these units had to apply for an NOC to the pollution control board.

The industry, meanwhile, is happy with the decision. “The decision comes as a relief to the industry and will save not only its time in obtaining an NOC, but will also prevent harassment to the electricity consumers,” said Mr Varinder Kapoor, general secretary, United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association.


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