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Job aspirants stage dharna 
District court interviews deferred
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
Despite the District and Sessions Judge already informing candidates through the media regarding the postponement of certain interviews originally scheduled for today, a number of aspirants reached the mini secretariat and created ruckus.

The Judge, Mr Harbans Lal, had already announced some days ago that the interviews for the posts of clerk, steno-typist and class-IV employee scheduled for March 3 had been postponed. Besides conveying the message through the media, he had even got a banner put up in the mini secretariat.

However, the postponement did not go well with the aspirants who sat on a dharna on the mini secretariat ground and raised slogans against the authorities. They claimed that they had come from all parts of the state for the interview as they were not informed about the change.

Mohan Singh, an aspirant, who led others in a procession, said the authorities had addresses of all aspirants and they could have informed them personally. The official version remained that there were 10,000 applicants and they could not have sent so many letters. Moreover, they had done their bit by publicising widely.

Some aspirants alleged that the authorities wanted to ‘‘adjust" certain people so they had postponed the interview. They also alleged that they had come only to find out a banner in the morning that the interview would not be held today.

‘‘The fact that so many candidates have turned up today clearly states that the authorities did not convey the message clearly. If we can read the advertisements, how can we skip another notice regarding the same.’’

They added that: ‘‘If they had to conduct interviews in May, they would have advertised it accordingly. Unemployed youths like me are already suffering a lot and with this kind of treatment we feel disappointed. ’’

The agitators had kept sitting on a dharna for two hours. Cops posted on duty in the complex remained on their toes to check any untoward incident.

The banners said:" The next date for the interview for the above said posts will be intimated later on through newspapers on a 15-day notice. Most probably the interviews will be conducted in last week of May."

The applications were invited for 33 posts of clerk, steno-typist, orderly, peon and chowkidar in the District courts for which about 10,000 applications were applied.



Plus two student commits suicide 
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 3
Constant disturbance in the examination hall allegedly drove a youth of Ghungrana village to suicide as he could not perform well in the examination. The Dehlon police has registered a report under Section 174, CrPC. The controller of the examination centre claimed to have submitted a report to the higher authorities in the Education Department.

Sarabjit Singh, son of Kewal Singh of Ghungrana and a plus two student of the local M G M N Senior Secondary School, committed suicide by hanging himself from a fan at his home yesterday.

According to Kewal Singh, father of the deceased, his body was found hanging at about 7 pm yesterday. “Sarabjit Singh hanged himself to death with the help of a turban after returning from the school in the evening as he had not fared well in the chemistry paper,” he told the Dehlon police.

The police handed over the body after postmortem. The body was cremated at the village crematorium today. A large number of persons, including teachers from local schools, attended the funeral.

Tribune investigations revealed that disharmony among staff and the superintendent at the examination centre being conducted by the Punjab School Education Board at the school had caused inconvenience to a majority of students appearing in the examination.

A perusal of records revealed that students had been harassed unnecessarily. The students remained disturbed for about half an hour when Mr Manjit Singh Sodhi, superintendent of the centre, tried to stop Mr Baltej Singh, deputy superintendent, and his wife, Ms Inderjit Kaur, an invigilator, from using mobile phones in the hall.

“Instead of conceding to my request to abide by regulations laid down by the board, the duo tried to pressurise me and asked me to talk to somebody on the mobile,” reported the superintendent to Mr Pardeep Sharda, controller of the centre.

Admitting the students had been harassed unnecessarily, the superintendent stated that he had not allowed students to avail of an extra time as demanded by them.

Mr Baltej Singh and Ms Inderjit Kaur denied the charges levelled against them and maintained that they were being framed as they had been working to curb the menace of copying. They alleged that the regulations laid down by the board were being violated at the centre. 



Taxmen call on hosiery group, mop up Rs 1.78 cr
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 3
Survey operations carried out by income tax officials on two business premises of a leading hosiery manufacturer here yesterday led to the surrender of concealed income of Rs 1.78 crore.

The additional tax liability will be cleared by the firm by March-end when the current financial year closes.

Officials of Range III of the Ludhiana Chief Commissionerate, led by Mr Deepak Kapoor, Joint Commissioner, had launched survey operations on business premises of Sachdeva Hosiery Group on Bahadurke Road and Sekhewal Road. The officials carried out detailed inspection of books of account, sale and purchase record, stocks of raw material and finished goods. Computer data of the firm relating to business transactions was also minutely studied by the IT sleuths.

The survey continued till late in the night when the owners offered to surrender the additional income and volunteered to pay due tax on it.

Sources in the Income Tax Department revealed that in the face of a huge revenue collection target of Rs 1,150 crore for the current financial year, pressure would be maintained by the department to unearth tax evasion under the Ludhiana Chief Commissionerate.

The department was understood to have prepared a comprehensive data base of high-value transactions with inputs from commercial banks, stock exchange, mall plazas and other high-end stores in the region. As a follow-up measure to mop up tax collection, notices were issued to a large number of firms and individuals to prove that the transactions were accounted for.

Suitable action under the relevant provisions of Income Tax Act would be taken against those found to be evading taxes, the sources added.



Factory worker found murdered
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
A 35-year-old watchman of a factory was allegedly robbed of thousands of rupees and murdered by unidentified persons here last midnight. Sources said three jackets of police cops and a handcuff was found from the scene of the crime. The police denied the same.

The victim, Kanwar Bahadur Singh, a migrant, was working with Jagdev Industry at Sooa Road in Dhandari area. His friends said that he had to go to his village in Uttar Pradesh and had kept cash with him.

His throat was slit with a sharpedged weapon. He was also stoned.

The body of Kanwar Bahadur Singh was spotted by his employer, Balwinder Singh, who visited the factory after the former did not respond to his calls. He informed the police which sent the body to the Civil Hospital for post-mortem.

The police sealed the scene of the crime. A dog squad was pressed into service. Fingerprint experts collected valuable information from the spot.

Further investigations were on. A case under Section 460, IPC, was registered against unidentified persons. The police denied that any material related to the police was found at the crime scene.

Factory workers said some PCR cops used to sit there at night. The deceased used to work in the factory and stay there at night too.



Major power cut today

Ludhiana, March 3
City residents are in for a tough time as power will remain suspended in most areas from six to eight hours tomorrow. The cut, which is being imposed to carry out maintenance work, would affect residents in most areas between 9 am to 5 pm and in several areas between 9 am to 3 pm.

According to the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), 66 kv sub-stations in Dholewal, Millerganj, Basant Park, Giaspura and G.T. Road would be shut down so as to carry out repairs and maintenance.

The Areas that are affected from 9 am to 5 pm are Nirankari Mohalla, Gobindpura, Ahluwalia Market, Fish Market, Manju Cinema and areas around the Fire Brigade office, all falling under the Dholewal substation, Textile Colony and Kailash Nagar, that fall under the Millerganj sub-station, Bhagwan Chowk, Partap Nagar, Pahwa Hospital, Millerganj, Sangeet, Dashmesh Nagar and Ram Nagar.

In Jassian, Subzi Mandi, Bhadhaur House, Madhopuri and Brahmpuri area, power will remain suspended from 9 am to 3 pm. — TNS



Johar gives grant to DBA
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 3
The Punjab Education Minister, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, today handed over a cheque of Rs 2 lakh for library and maintenance of bar room. Mr Johar had announced a grant of Rs 2 lakh at the New Year function organised by the District Bar Association (DBA).

The cheque was received by the District Bar Association President, Mr Naval Kishore Chhiber, Senior vice-president, Mr Sunil Dutt, senior lawyers, Mr B.P. Singh Gill, Mr Ashok Bhakri and Mr Harish Narang.

Mr Chhiber thanked the minister for his benevolent act. He said Mr Johar had helped legal fraternity by providing grant to them on several occasions. 



Unclaimed body of infant at DMCH
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 3
An unclaimed body of an infant lies in Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here for the past five days. The one-day old male child was admitted to the emergency on February 26, where he was expired in a couple of hours later. The body was sent to mortuary so that family members of the deceased could claim it since no attendant was present when the child expired.

At the time of admission, the person who had brought in the ailing child, had given his address as Ram Janam, resident of 2-1/2, Geeta Nagar, Tajpur Road, Ludhiana (Mobile Number 93178-09011). The hospital administration had also sent a written communication about death of the child at the given address.

A spokesperson of the DMCH said in case the body was not claimed in next 24 hours, the hospital would shift the body to the Anatomy Department with the consent of the police. 



Change reimbursement rules: pensioners 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 3
Under the reimbursement rules, a pensioner suffering from a chronic disease is required to get a medical certificate from any government medical colleges, located in Patiala, Faridkot, Amritsar, PGI, Chandigarh, and AIIMS, Delhi, to claim the medical reimbursement.

Pensioners of Ludhiana district are required to visit Govt Medical College, Patiala, to get the certificate.

Earlier, the pensioners were required to get the certificate by appearing before the medical board constituted at the district level. That was the right course. In all fairness, the previous practice should be restored, says Mr Yashpaul Ghai, general secretary of the Punjab Govt Pensioners Association in a press note.

For an octogenarian pensioner, it was difficult to visit Patiala twice or thrice. He or she might collapse while travelling, the press note said.



Man hurt in cylinder blast
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
A 35-year-old man was injured in a LPG cylinder blast which took place at his residence in Shimla Puri here today. The injured, Pardeep Singh, was rushed to a local hospital. After the blast his house caught fire and the roof developed cracks. The fire brigade had to press three fire engines into service to control the fire.



Cop injured
Our Correspondent

Khanna, March 3
The Machhiwara police has registered a case against unidentified driver of a Tata Sumo under Sections 279, 337, 338 and 427 of the IPC on the complaint of Mukhtiar Singh, a police constable, posted at Samrala.

As per the information, the cop along with his friend, Lala, was going to Bahlolpur village on a motor cycle (PB-43-A-8759) when a Tata Sumo hit it and fled. They were taken to the Civil Hospital, Samrala.


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