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Minister stops tehsildar’s transfer
Shifting of office building contentious
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 28
Revenue Minister Jasjit Singh Randhawa today stopped the shifting of a Tehsildar in the Sub-Registrar’s office following a controversy over the shifting of the office issue.

The Sub-Registrar (East) office was shifted to the Fire Brigade building in Transport Nagar here today after the direction of the Finance Commissioner (Revenue) to the district administration.

Mr Randhawa, while talking to the Tribune over the phone, said a tehsildar had already moved to the new building but he had ordered that the second one should stay put on the old premises till further orders.

He added that he had a discussion with the FCR also over the matter and he would take up the issue at tomorrow’s Cabinet meeting and then decide the further course of action. The minister said he had received a call by a city MLA, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, who said some lawyers were angry over the shifting of offices.

‘‘I will listen to all the city MLAs tomorrow and if all of them want that the office should not be shifted then I will take the issue to a logical conclusion,’’ he said, adding that in any case a new building for the offices was under construction and it was only a stop-gap arrangement.

Shifting of the office was proving to be a contentious issue in the city for the past some days. Although the employees were demanding an alternative place as their office was housed in a basement without any ventilation and it was flooded during rains every year.

Officials said water-logging was a perennial problem in the office. The members of the public who used to visit the office during rains suffered as they had to stand in ankle-deep water.

The residents, however, complained of lack of facilities at the office today. They said there was total chaos on the first day of working, there were no seating arrangements and toilets were non functional.

The officials, however, passed these as teething problems and said that it would take some time for the things to settle down.

The shifting of offices was ordered by Mr A.K. Bhatnagar, Financial Commissioner (Revenue), during his last visit to the office two months. It is learnt that he had expressed his dissatisfaction at the flooding and had wanted the immediate shifting of the office. Since then the administrative officials had been trying to find a suitable place for it. Finally, the site was identified.

The move is, however, not going well with the deed writers and stamp vendors, who claim that there would be no place for them to sit in the new office and they would have to function from there only.

They added that the administration should have shifted the office from basement to some other floor. Otherwise they would be a plethora of new problems for the public.

The vendors said that they were allotted kiosks in the mini-secretariat and if the registries would be done there, people would have to travel 10 km to Transport Nagar and at times back to get their work done.



All set for paddy purchase from Oct 1
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 28
The Punjab Government has made all arrangements for the procurement of paddy notwithstanding the fact that the official purchase of paddy would start by October 1. Paddy would start arriving in the mandis from middle of next month.

According to official information available here today, the state Agriculture Department has estimated that paddy production would be around 137 lakh tonnes this year compared with 142 lakh tonnes of last year. The area under paddy this year was estimated at 23.45 lakh hectares against 24.71 lakh hectares of last year. There was diversion from paddy crop and 72,000 hectares were covered under some other crops.

The state Food Supplies Department has made all arrangements for the purchase of paddy from October 1. As many as 1500 purchase centres have been set up in the state and official procuring agencies, including FCI, Punsup, Markfed and Punjab Warehousing Corporation, have been fully geared to meet the situation.

The official agencies are hoping to purchase about 130 lakh tonnes of paddy this year. Last year, the agencies had purchased 116 lakh tonnes of paddy and the private traders and rice millers had purchased 21.82 lakh tonnes of paddy.

This year again the rice millers would be entering the markets in a big way.

The Central Government has already accepted the demand of the Punjab and Haryana Governments and raised the minimum support price to Rs 650 per quintal. Initially, the centre had fixed the MSP at Rs 610 per quintal. Paddy arrivals would be at peak in the middle of October, although some paddy produce would start arriving in the mandis next month.

Amritsar and Ferozepore districts start getting paddy earlier than other districts in the state.



Preparations for photo-ID cards complete
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 28
Claiming to have completed all preparations for issuing photo identity cards to voters of the Sherpur and Malerkotla Assembly constituencies, Dr Indu, Malerkotla SDM, said no significant change was recorded in the electorate of these constituencies.

She said the Malerkotla constituency had registered a growth of 0.98 per cent whereas Sherpur showed 0.16 per cent shrinkage. According to the schedule released by the office, photographs would be taken in September.

The detailed schedule for Malerkotla is Maherana Khurad and Rasulpur villages (September 1) Dehliz Kalan and Dehliz Khurad (September 2), wards of Ahmedgarh (September 3 to 13), Jandali Kalan and Malikpur (September 15) Momnabad and Akbarpur (September 16), Nathumajra Umarpura (September 17), Rohira (September 18 ), Baurhai and Asdulla Pur (September 19), Dilawargarh, Walaitpura (September 20), Kanganwal (September 22), Jitwal Kalan, Bathan, Anaitpura (Bechirag) Bhikampura (September 23), Kupkalan (September 24, 25), Bhogiwal, Wazidpur (September 26), Amir Nagar, Gaunspura Jitwal Khurad Alwelpura, (September 27) Phlaund Kalan, Ballewal, Naromajra, Chupka, Phalaund Khurad (September 28), Saraud (September 29), Badshapur Ranwan, Bhaini Kamoan (September 30), Malerkotla (September 1 to 11) Hussainpura, Shekhupur Khurad, Akhtiar Pura, Shekhupur Kalan, Ilatfatpura ( September 11), Matoi, Beer Ahmedabad, Beer Sherwani Kot (September 14) , Sadrabad, Mehmoodbad, Jamajpura, Kila Rehmatgarh (September 15), Sikandrpura, Bakanwal, Sultanpura, Hanimpura (September 16), Sherwani Kot, Kailo Zaffarbad, Mehboobpura (September 17 and 18), Bhudan (September 19), Rurka, Takhar Ehno, Faridpur, Mubarakpur (September 21), Hathan Kuram (September 22), Faizgarh, Buraz , Dalelgarh, Sadipur (September 23) Himtana, Mohamadgarh (September 24), Binjoki, Kalan Khurad, Ahmedabad (September 25), Manakmajra Upoki (September 26), Krishangarh Mailikalan, Sangala, Rustamgarh (September 27) and Naudhrani (September 30).



ADC assures justice to jobless teachers
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 28
The ADC asked teachers, who had not been appointed by Zila Parishad even after getting more marks than those 234 B.Ed teachers who were given jobs, to bring their papers today. He promised to give them justice.

These teachers had appeared in ADC's office with all their documents and took their letters of protest against the letters of appointment which, they felt, were not given according to merit, said Sukwinder Singh, Rupinder Singh and Baldeep Kaur of the Unemployed B.Ed Teachers Union.

In the office of the ADC, these teachers had been given fresh forms to be filled. The teachers said this was done to hide the fault of the office of the ADC and put the entire blame on the teachers.



Protest against hair-cutting incident
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 28
The sad incidents of forcible cutting of hairs of a Sikh student by other students in Jaipur and seizing of the passport of Sarabjit Singh, a medico in Saudi Arabia, evoked a strong protest by various Sikh organisations here today.

Members of various committees and political parties marched in a procession commencing from Gurdwara Kalgidhar Sahib to tehsil complex and presented a memorandum to Jaspal Mittal, SDM, Khanna.

Criticising such shocking and humiliating incidents, they demanded severe punishment to the guilty.



Murderer gets life term

Ludhiana, August 28
The Sessions Judge, Mr Harbans Lal, has sentenced Dharm Dass, aged 44 and hailing from UP, to rigorous life imprisonment on the charges of murdering a labourer, Prashad, in March, 2001, due to enmity.

A fine of Rs 5,000 was also imposed upon Dass. The convict was booked under Section 302 of IPC. — OC



Mandira to draw eves to ‘gully cricket’
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, August 28
“Last time when we held friendly matches for women in many cities, we found the response simply overwhelming. That made us start ‘Gully Matches’ in cricket again,” said Mandira Bedi, famous Bollywood star, who anchored the TV show ‘Extra Innings’.

In a telephonic conversation with this correspondent, she said the Max Channel wanted to create opportunities to play cricket.

She further said, “There is no stopping the women now. They have become very knowledgeable about the game as cricket evokes nation-wide passion.

“Moreover, every big Indian cricket star, from wily spinners to the most powerful batsmen, started his career on streets and the MAX celebrates this free sporting spirit by inviting everyone to come out and play cricket in their gullies.”

Mandira Bedi said, along with the naughty Sameer Khan and adorable Tiger Deewana, she would visit Hyderabad, Nagpur, Kolkata, Mangalore, Visakhapatnam, Coimbatore, Amritsar, Ahmedabad and Lucknow between September 7 and September 30, 2006, to take the cricket fever to the dingy bylanes.

She also said, “Sorry, we will not be coming to Ludhiana this time, but I invite city people to join us in Amritsar.”

She said ,“Maidens will pad up for yet another round of exhilarating willow work. And with kids already ‘pros’ on roads, Gully Cricket-2006 is surely going to be a grand family saga.

“What’s more, this is the first time that you can actually interact with the loving MAX mascot, Deewana, as you hit fours and sixes.”

When asked whether she would appear in her noodle-strap dresses , she said her wardrobe would be totally different. She would be seen sporting trousers and T-shirts.

The ‘gully cricket’ schedule is as follows:

Nagpur — September 7

Kolkata — September 10

Mangalore — September 15

Visakhapatnam — September 17

Coimbatore — September 20

Amritsar — September 23

Ahmedabad — September26

Hyderabad — September 28

Lucknow — September 30.



LIC pensioners put forth their demands
Our Correspondent

Mr M.L. Sharma (centre) at the LIC pensioners’ meeting in Ludhiana on Sunday.
Mr M.L. Sharma (centre) at the LIC pensioners’ meeting in Ludhiana on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, August 28
A meeting of LIC pensioners was held yesterday at Dugri. It was held under the banner of the All-India Insurance Pensioners Association. Mr M.L. Setiya, president, and Mr J.R. Mehta, joint secretary of the association, respectively, were the chief guests at the meeting.

Before starting the meeting tributes were paid to the pensioners who had died. Mr B.L. Bhatia, general secretary, Mr B.D. Sharma, president, AIIPA, Ludhiana unit, presided over the meeting.

Their demands included increase in ex gratia to the pensioners who had retired from LIC before January 1, 1986 and upgrading of pension and increase in family pension.

Mr Bhatia also demanded that the pending issues related to retired and working employees of the LIC should be solved at the earliest.

Office-bearers of the NZIEA, Ludhiana division were also present at the meeting.



NGO unites two kids with father
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 28
Nishkam Seva Ashram handed over two boys Sachin (7) and Rohit (5) to their father on Saturday. The boys were sent by SHO Div No. 3 Kuldeep Singh on Thursday night as their mother was being admitted to the CMC Hospital by a person.

Nishkam’s chairman Sarwan Kumar stated that Nishkam traced the father, Ranjit Kumar, of Naharpur village in Haryana.

Ranjit stated that his wife Bindu was missing since August 15 from her parents’ house at Pithipur (Haryana) and they had been searching for them since then.

Nishkam handed over the children in the presence of Harbans Singh (head constable) to meet their mother at CMC.



Tributes to Surinder Kaur
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 28
Tributes were paid to the late Surinder Kaur by members of Sutlej Club during Teej celebrations here last evening.

The club had invited Punjabi singer and her daughter Dolly Guleria to regale the audience with some songs by Surinder Kaur. Arshpreet of MH1 channel enthralled the audience with traditional Punjabi songs.

Competitions like Saawan Queen, best singer, best dressed woman and best hair style were also held for the members.

A modelling show, salsa on Punjabi number and a dance performance by children were the highlights. An awareness lecture on cancer was given by Dr J.S. Sekhon of the DMCH.



Punjab major market for Dish TV
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 28
Dish TV, that offers direct to home service, is expecting a significant rise in the number of its subscribers, particularly in this region this year.

“Thanks to limited options offered by cable operators, problems in services and charges, an increasing number of people are opting for Dish TV wherein all they have to do is get a dish and pay a nominal amount. Punjab is a major market for us and holds almost one-fourth share in the total subscriber base,” said Mr Ashish Kaul, senior vice-president, Zee TV.

The service, that was started two years ago, has more than 2 million subscribers across the country. “To get a connection, one has to pay a nominal amount and the services one gets are much superior in comparison to what cable operators offer. One can get over 140 channels, facilities like recording television programmes, movies on demand etc, something where routine cable operators have not even though of doing.”

On the cost factor, he said it had become quite affordable and the monthly cost, even after including pay channels was around Rs 200. “The element of certainty also gives an edge to this service. Subscribers often complain of arbitrary charging by cable operators. While in case of a routine cable connection, the quality of wire etc are critical factors, in this case you can enjoy television without any such hindrances.”

Mr Kaul said the market for this service was registering an enormous growth and Dish TV alone was getting around 3,000 subscribers on a daily basis. “Though the company is not directly permitted to offer Internet connections along with the same, it is possible. More companies are quite likely to come out with such offers as and when there are tie-ups,” he added. 



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