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Pull up socks, DC tells officers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
Deputy Commissioner Ashok Kumar Gupta has called upon officers to perform their duties honestly and efficiently and give maximum time for the redress of problems of the public concerning various departments.

He was addressing a meeting of the officers of the district administration and district heads of all departments after taking over the charge as DC.

Mr Gupta said the functioning of the administration would be revamped and regular monthly meetings would be conducted to review the progress of development projects on the second Thursday of every month.

He directed conveners of various meetings to prepare the agenda and get the time of the meeting fixed in consultation with him.

He said departmental officers could meet him in his office on every Thursday and could discuss the agenda of the meeting and other issues relating to their departments.

On other days, the officers would attend to their routine office work and redress the problem of the people.

The DC cleared that no corrupt practice by any officer or official would be tolerated.

He said top priority was being accorded to the completion of development works being carried out with the grants being given under the Punjab Nirman Programme of the government and directed the officers concerned to complete the works by the end of this year.

He asked Mr Pryank Bharti, ADC (D), to hold fortnightly meetings of officers to review the progress of the development works and ensure the proper utilisation of funds.

He asked the DDPO and BDPOs to prepare a schedule to ensure the disbursement of pensions from the sixth to the 10th of very month.

He told them to prepare a roster of each Panchayat Secretary for the disbursement of grants in the villages of their circles and the secretary must be present to disburse the pensions.

He said in case any sarpanch was found intentionally delaying the disbursement of pensions, action would be taken against him.

Mr Gupta told district heads of all departments to attend his meetings.

Later, addressing employees of all branches of his office, the Deputy Commissioner asked them to keep the records in a proper manner.

He asked them to give clear notings on files so that immediate action could be taken to clear the cases. He also told them to get a report from the SSP concerned in cases of parole.

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4 head of cattle burnt alive
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 28
Timely help by residents of Dhaler village near here and the availability of power saved the habitation from devastation even as a fire at a house located in the middle of the village left at least four head of cattle burnt alive today.

The cattle were the only source of income of Kukka Khan who has a family of eight members.

The incident took place at around 2.30 pm when he was having lunch after tying the cattle inside a kutcha shed.

“I had just taken the first bite when I heard the cries of children passing through the street. I was shocked to hear that the shed had caught fire and the door was not opening,” he sobbed, adding that his hopes of getting his eldest daughter married had dashed.

Sukhwinder Singh, Sarpanch, said the fire could have caused havoc in the village as the house was situated in the middle of the village. “The losses could have been much more if the residents, including children, did not help in putting out the fire. Had there been a power cut at that time, we would have failed to save the adjoining houses,” he said.

He urged the administration to compensate the victim.

Dr Indu, SDM, Malerkotla, who supervised the rescue operations said the villagers had played a commendable role. “At least they prevented the fire from spreading to the adjoining houses and that saved the loss of life and property,” she said, adding that she had sought a report on the incident.

Dr Harnek Singh and Dr Jagdev Singh from the Animal husbandry department and Mr Harmesh Kumar, Kanungo, were present on the occasion. 

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Farmers surrender encroached land
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh
Only one day after the appeal made by the SDM Malerkotla, Dr Indu, to surrender land held illegally along link roads, a large number of farmers came forward today to leave the possession so that roads could be widened. The ADC (Development), Mr Harnek Singh, supervised the process of demarcation and filling up of land surrendered by the farmers of Dehliz and Chhanna villages, near here, today.

He supervised the demarcation of boundaries of the link roads leading from the local town to Maherna and Dehliz to Rasoolpur. While talking to Ludhiana Tribune, he said, “Contrary to common belief, the farmers instead of posing resistance appreciated the move launched by the administration to widen the link roads.” He said the officials of PWD (B and R) and the state Forestry Department had been asked to start the process to widen the roads and plant saplings of along the widened roads.

Mr Mukesh Sharma, Executive Magistrate, Mr Balwinder Singh SHO, Sadar, Mr Manoj Dhand BDO, Mr Harmesh Kumar, Kanoongo, Mr Dulla Khan sarpanch, Dehliz, Ms Harmeet Kaur sarpanch, Chhanna, were also present on the occasion.

“When the farmers were told that the land that actually belonged to the state government would be used for widening of roads to facilitate transportation of agricultural inputs and produce, the farmers not only agreed to surrender illegal possession but offered to contribute in restructuring process,” maintained Dr Indu, SDM, while talking to this reporter.

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Raped, 3-year-old battles for life
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
A three-year-old girl is battling for life at DMC Hospital here after a drunkard youth kidnapped and allegedly raped her at 3 am today in Barrewal here. The accused threw the badly bleeding girl in a ditch near the Barrewal bridge.

The timely arrival of a Sarabha Nagar police team and relatives of the girl, who were searching for her, saved her in time to be recovered alive. Hospital sources told Ludhiana Tribune that the girl was on a ventilator.

Her condition was stable but serious.

The police team, led by SHO Pawanjit, who arrested the accused after chasing him in the fields. The accused has been identified as Vinod Sharma, a 27-year-old labourer belonging to Darbhanga in Bihar. He is unmarried.

The girl’s parents were in a daze over the incident while her two elder sisters, aged six and nine, were terribly scared and shaken.

The SHO said the accused and the victim family lived in the courtyard of Harnek Singh in Barrewal along with several other labourers. The victim’s parents, along with her sisters, were sleeping in the open.

The accused, allegedly in an inebriated condition, picked up the girl and took her to a small ditch covered with bushes in the fields.

Meanwhile, the victim’s mother woke up and raised the alarm. While labourers began searching around, other area residents informed the police control room.

A police team was patrolling in a nearby colony. The SHO said they found out that several families lived in the courtyard in rented rooms. However, only Vinod Sharma was missing.

The police team and the labourers later found him running after dumping the girl.

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Textbooks in short supply

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 28
Leaders of various social and educational organisations of the area have demanded a probe into the alleged nexus between certain officials of Punjab School Education Board and private publishers, resulting in delay of printing and supply of textbooks for various classes.

Mr Sikannder Singh Jartoli, general secretary, Government Teachers Union, Sangrur, and Mr Harbans Singh Aulakh, president, Punjab Subordinate Services Federation, Malerkotla, alleged that certain officials of the PSEB had deliberately delayed printing of textbooks for almost all classes. Accusing the authorities of being hand-in-glove with owners of certain publishing houses, the leaders claimed that a probe by some Central agency would expose a mega scam. "The fact that textbooks for important subjects, including English, mathematics, Punjabi and social studies, are not available in the market even after one month of commencement of the new academic session and inaction by the authorities proves beyond doubt that the practice had been continuing to give economic benefit to the publishers," argued trade union leaders .

Mr Balbir Singh and Mr Kamikar Singh, officer-bearers of the Adhayapak Dal, alleged that a nexus between the board authorities, the state Education Department and certain private publishers had been existing for many years. OC

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Fight exploitation, workers exhorted
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 28
The Centre of Trade Unions (CTU), Punjab, has called upon the working class to take a vow on International Labour Day on May 1 to intensify the struggle against exploitation of workers by the government in pursuance of policies dictated by imperialist global forces.

In a statement here today, the CTU president, Mr Tarsem Jodhan, and the general secretary, Mr Chander Shekhar, alleged that a systematic campaign had been launched by the USA and its allies to take away the achievements of the labour movement the world over under the garb of globalisation and liberalisation. “The poor countries are subject to not only economic exploitation by the WTO, the IMF and World Bank but are also made to suffer armed attacks, highhandedness and blackmail by self-styled world leaders.”

Mr Jodhan, a former legislator, charged the Centre with bowing down to the “anti-employee and anti-national” policies of globalisation and privatisation which had pushed the workers, peasants and the middle class towards poverty, unemployment, illiteracy and increasing debt burden. While the indigenous industry, trade and farming were facing disaster, developed countries were thriving in the vast Indian market.

The CTU leaders said in order to divert the attention of the masses from real issues, political parties were playing the cards of communalism, casteism and regionalism. They asked the toiling workers to observe May Day in such a manner that the fight to safeguard the rights of the workers could get strengthened.

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Awareness camp held for rural women
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 28
The Vocational Rehabilitation Training Centre (VRTC) for the Blind/Disabled, Habowal Road, here organised an awareness camp for women at Pamal village, from April 24 to 28 under the auspices of the Punjab State Social Welfare Advisory Board, Chandigarh. Ms Jaswinder Kaur, Sarpanch of the village, inaugurated the camp. Ms Sara Johnson, Executive Director of the VRTC, briefly explained the aims and objectives of the camp.

Faculties from various institutions delivered lectures at the camp. Ms Santosh Bhatia from the CMO’s Office, Dr Anurag Chowdhary and Ms Manpreet Kaur from DMC, Ms Sunaina Anand and Ms Veena Kalia, advocates, and Dr D.P. Vij covered the various aspects. More than 60 women took part.

The camp programme came to an end with a valedictory function. Mr Sher Singh, Project Officer from the Punjab State Social Welfare Advisory Board, Chandigarh, was also present.

The function was attended by many people, including Mahila Mandal president and its office-bearers. 

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Accidents claim two lives
Our Correspondent

Khanna, April 28
The Samrala police has booked Kala of Gharkhana village under Sections 279 and 304 of the IPC on a complaint of Jarnail Singh of the same village. According to information, Jarnail Singh, along with his brother Karnail Singh (35), was returing from the fields when a speeding car driven by Kala hit him. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital, Samrala, and then to the CMC Hospital, Ludhiana, where he died yesterday.

In yet another accident, Ashwani Datta was hit by a car on the G.T. Road, Khanna, today.He was taken to the Civil Hospital where he died. The police has registered a case against the car driver.

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Youth’s death: five arrested
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
The Sadar police today succeeded in arresting five of the 10 persons charged with attacking and killing a youth at Rama village last week. The youths were on the run after Kuljit Singh was shot dead. One of their alleged accomplices Namma Singh was also killed when some relatives of Kuljit Singh fired back in self-defence.

SHO Sandeep Sharma told Ludhiana Tribune that five youths — Ramandeep Singh, Sandeep Singh, Ravinder Singh, Sohan Singh and Amandeep Singh — had been nabbed in raids.

He said the youths had claimed that Kuljit Singh and his friends had beaten their friend Kamal Singh who had to be hospitalised. They all decided to take revenge and attacked the house of Kuljit Singh.

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BSNL errs on bill
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
Strange are the ways of the BSNL. Even in competitive times, the BSNL prefers to remain laidback. Sunil Datt, a BSNL subscriber and resident of Kitchlu Nagar, learnt this the hard way. He had applied for the shifting of his telephone to Rishinagar on February 6. Even though three months have passed, the telephone has not been shifted. The distance between the place of shifting and his present address is less than a kilometre.

Interestingly, Mr Datt has been issued a bill for Rs 1,273 for February and March. His enquiries did not yield any result. It is only after a lot of personal efforts that he could trace his file.

To his surprise he was told that all communication to him returned undelivered although he remained present at his new house. He pointed out to officials that they had been communicating with him on a wrong address. Instead of 19-F Rishinagar, the BSNL had addressed the communications at 19-F Kitchlu Nagar.

A senior BSNL official admitted to the mistake, saying that it could be a human error. However, he did not have an answer to how the subscriber got a bill for Rs 1,273 while his telephone was under the process of being shifted. He said the case would be looked into. 

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