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New IT return forms no more ‘saral’
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 16
Assessees are in for a tough time as the latest income tax return forms, introduced as a replacement to 'Saral', are being found much complicated in comparison to the previous one by professionals.

Unlike the previous form, that had only one page and was being used by all kinds of assessees except companies, as per the new requirement each category of assessee has to file different forms. Each of these forms have a large number of columns and require much more information pertaining to income sources than what was being asked for previously.

As assessees this time have to submit the new forms only according to taxation department's instructions, implementation of the same is likely to prove a tough task.

"The new forms require quite detailed information which would be difficult for common man to supply. The number of columns is much more and practically an assessee, say a salaried person does not keep documents pertaining to all transactions, which he would be required to furnish now. It is going to give assessees a tough time," said Jatinder Khurana, president, Taxation Young Lawyers Association.

The new forms seek details like cash inflow and ouflow transactions etc, which, added Khurana, are something a common man does not necessarily keep track of.

Professionals in the field opine that prior to introducing the change , the department should have given assesees some time, at least a year, and also taken steps to generate awareness on this.

The previous form, that was being used for over seven years and the information required was minimal. All an assessee had to furnish was total income, sources of income and compute tax mentioning whether tax was deducted at source. The information that was quite easy to provide encouraged more people to file returns and also resulted in rise in tax revenues.

"Saral was quite simple and also resulted in growth in number of taxpayers and tax revenues over the years. However, the new forms seek very elaborate information which even an expert would find difficult to furnish," said P.D. Sharma, president, Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

He said information and particulars that are asked for in the new forms would take away a lot of time, money and energy of assessees.

New forms require people to provide cash inflow, outflow information apart from details like particulars of assets and liabilities that stretches to more than 60 columns, particulars of depreciation, streching to almost 50 columns, details of capital gains, again over 60 columns, etc. Besides, a lot of particulars are asked for related to deductions and exemptions claimed.

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Library staff suffer as PU salary cheques bounce
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana May 16
As many as 12 employees of Panjab University Extension Library here were refused the payment of their salaries by the State Bank of India (SBI), Civil Lines branch, as there was no money in the university’s account with the bank.

The harassed employees of the library said either the university, which was an established institution, was facing a severe financial crunch or it was sheer callousness on part of authorities, who had not bothered to deposit the required amount in the bank in time.

Almost six library assistants and an equal number of peons of the extension library got their salary cheques on May 13 and 14, which were prepared by the university on May 7. Manpreet Singh, one of the library assistants, said he presented the cheque in the bank on the same day. “But when I went to get the cash after two days, the bank officials returned the cheque to me saying there was no balance in university’s account, and the cheques will be cleared once the amount was deposited. It is disgusting. My family’s budget depends on the meagre amount of Rs 4,000 and if it is not given in time, what is the fun of working here?", he asked.

Another employee Jasbir Singh said he was making rounds of the bank daily but without any success. “Panjab University is such a reputed institution. I don’t think that there is any sort of financial crunch. I feel it is callousness on part of certain people because of whom we are suffering”, he said.

Another employee said they had talked about it with their Assistant Registrar A.R.Randhawa. “He had spoken to the authorities in Chandigarh who told him that Rs 10 lakh had to be deposited in the bank and that the money will be deposited at the earliest”, said the employee on condition of anonymity.

Ludhiana Tribune spoke to R.L. Dhawan, deputy registrar, finance, Panjab University, who said he was in no position to comment on the issue. But added that if there was any such problem then the bank could have contacted them. The bank officials, on the other hand, maintained that it was not their duty to inform the university that there was no fund in its account. “They have to timely deposit the amount, we are not responsible for anything”, said a bank official.

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DPCs revived to ensure peace
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 16
The local administration has brought into force district peace committees (DPCs) to avoid violence, riots, breach of peace, law and order problem arising out of the Dera Sacha Sauda controversy.

The administration has further constituted sub division and police station level peace committees to assist it in maintaining peace and persuade people to refrain from any kind of provocation.

Regarding this, a resolution was passed in the meeting of the DPC held at the Bachat Bhawan last evening under the chairmanship of minister for jails, tourism and cultural affairs Hira Singh Gabria that the residents should not get carried away by the controversy that was posing a law and order problem.

During the DPC meeting, Garbria lauded the city residents for having presented an example of brotherhood and maintaining peace during the past three days. Chief parliamentary secretary Harish Rai Dhanda called upon all political parties to exercise their influence to help the administration maintain communal harmony in the district.

SSP R.K. Jaiswal said full vigilance was being exercised by the police and no opportunist element would be allowed to exploit the situation. He directed the SHOs to constitute police station level peace committees comprising representatives of all  sections of society. According to a senior official of the administration, they were roping in all NGOs, political parties, religious organisations and those with strong social status to ensure peace by guiding masses against getting provoked.

“The DPC was constituted during the trouble torn days of militancy in the state. Later the need did not arise. But due to the reports of arson from all parts of the state, we have decided to better constitute this committee that would make sure that nothing goes wrong”, said the official.

He added that if a respectable person of society asked people to stay calm, it surely had an effect on their psyche. The residents of Ludhiana had already acted very responsibly over the entire issue. Though there were reports of ugly incidents from other districts, the city was broadly calm and the residents should be congratulated for this, said the official.

Deputy commissioner Sumer Singh Gurjar said the city residents had already exhibited maturity in dealing with the situation as no report of violence was received from any part. He said all political, religious and social leaders of the city had extended full cooperation in maintaining law and order and peace in he city. The administration was also keeping a vigil on the situation.

“I have an appeal for people to stay vigilant and inform the administration if they see some situation turning ugly. The residents can contact the SDM, the DSP and the SHO of the area if they smell trouble”, added the DC. 

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Robbers loot, injure truck driver’s family
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Bonker Dogra(Laddowal), May 16
In the first incident of the paddy season infamous for robberies and dacoities, a suspected gang of a notorious criminal tribe looted and badly wounded five members of a truck driver's family in Bonker Dogra village near Laddowal at about 2 am today.
The ransacked house in Bonker Dogra village where robbers struck
The ransacked house in Bonker Dogra village where robbers struck on Wednesday. — Photo by I.V.

The injured included the driver's wife and four children, including three teenagers. The robbers decamped with cash and jewellery worth over Rs 1 lakh. The robbers pulled the earrings worn by women, leaving them with bleeding ears.

Such gangs were regularly striking at the outskirts of the city before the police had nabbed several notorious robbers last year in these months. The criminal tribes come in the garb of migrant labourers heading to Punjab during the paddy season.

The robbers, said to be five in number, were armed with sticks and sharp-edged weapons. They scaled the low boundary wall of the house of driver Tehal Singh, who is away to Andhra Pradesh for the past three months. He had sent Rs 20,000 to his family two days ago.

His wife Manjit Kaur and children were sleeping outdoors. The robbers sought to render them defenseless by hitting them with sticks on their heads. The injured, however, survived the blows. The robbers overpowered them and left them unconscious.

Manjit Kaur, her elder son, Gurjit Singh were still unconscious at the Civil Hospital with broken jaws and severe head injuries. Her daughters Sandeep Kaur (18) and Rajni (12) had gained consciousness and were under treatment for same injuries.

Only the youngest son Baljit Singh escaped with minor injuries as he feigned unconsciousness after a minor blow of a stick on his head. He slipped under the cot.

The Laddowal police detained four persons on suspicion. One of the injured girls, Rajni, has reportedly recognised an assailant. The robbers were speaking a mix of Hindi and Punjabi. Only one of them had covered his face.

Rajinder Singh, younger brother of Tehal Singh, told Ludhiana Tribune that he learnt about the robbery at about 3 am when Baljit Singh called him up. He lives in the same village. He along with other villagers shifted the injured immediately to hospital.

Twelve-year old Baljit Singh informed them and the police later that the robbers were five in number. He was witness to their violence and ransacking of the house. The robbers took away eight tola of gold jewellery besides cash and other valuables.

Police sources said some person known to the family could be one of the assailants. Only an insider could know about the cash that arrived two days ago. The robbers could have performed a recce of the house a few days ago, taking advantage of a marriage ceremony in the neighbhourhood.

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2 teenagers crushed to death
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, May 16
Two students, Amrinder Singh (19) and Aman Kumar (17), were crushed to death today morning near Garhi Bet village, 2 km from here. Amrinder and Aman were on way to their college and school, respectively, when a truck coming from Ropar road hit their motorcycle.

Amrinder, a student of B. Pharmacy II at Amar Shaheed Ajit Singh Jujhar Singh College of Pharmacy Bela (Ropar), died on the spot, while Aman, a student of 10+2 (medical) of Government Senior Secondary School, Hambowal Bet, breathed his last while being brought to PHU Machhiwara. Ironically, both used to go to their educational institutions by bus everyday and today was the first time when they were going to their destinations on a motorcycle.

Amrinder was the eldest son of Satinder Pal Singh, a local chemist, while Aman belonged to a very poor Dalit family. He had lost his father and had one brother and two sisters.

Amrinder Singh was going to his college to appear in a practical exam.

On April 26 also two scooter-borne persons had died at the very same spot when their scooter was hit by a car.

The police has registered a case against the absconding truck driver and handed over the bodies to the families after the post mortem examination. 

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Protests against dera chief unabated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 16
Outrage against Sacha Sauda dera chief continued in the city for the third day with protest rallies taken out at several places leading to massive traffic jams.

Though there was no report of violence or clash from the district as policemen were present in large numbers, the administration had not taken any action against the protesters for violating the Section 144.

Protesting activists of the various organisations took out a march, while brandishing swords and sharp edged weapons at Basti Jodhewal, Jalandhar bypass chowk, Jagraon over bridge, Dugri and at GNE College.

The police prevented burning of effigies at several places but activists managed to burn one at Basti Jodhewal.

The followers of the Sacha Sauda dera, however, made no retaliation or reaction to the protests for the second consecutive day.

Deputy Commissioner Sumer Singh Gurjar and SSP R K Jaiswal have appealed to the public to remain calm and pay no heed to rumours.

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Apply by May 31 for MC ticket: BJP

Mandi Gobindgarh, May 16
The BJP local unit in a meeting held at Ram Bhawan here today discussed the strategy and selection of the candidates for the civic poll of the ‘A’ class Municipal Council of the state.

The meeting was presided over by the mandal chief, Ram Niwas Jain. The meeting was attended by the district chief and former council president, Dharam Paul.

Jain suggested the prospective candidates desirous to contest the Municipal Council elections, to submit their application forms to the mandal chief or secretary before May 31.

Among the party leaders Ran Singh Kalsi, Rakesh Gupta, Ravinder Gupta, Bal Mukand Aggarwal, Parkash Chand Garg, O.P. Gupta, Dr Jit Singh, Harjit Kaur, Madhoo Bala and Bimla Sharma took part in the deliberation. The meeting expressed condolence on the death of Krishna Devi, mother of Parveen Sharda, RSS district president. 
— OC

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Raids to check sale of rotten fruits, vegetables
Health officials seize intoxicating drugs 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 16
The officials of the food and drug branches in the health department conducted joint raids in Machhiwara town in this district yesterday to check the sale of rotten fruits and vegetables as also intoxicating drugs.

Giving this information here today, civil surgeon Dr S.P. Sharma said a team comprising district drugs inspector Sanjeev Garg, health officer Dr Ajay Pal Singh and food inspector Hemant Kumar inspected several fruit and vegetable shops, stalls and vendors. They got a huge quantity of rotten and unripe items destroyed.

The drug authorities conducted a raid on a chemist shop and seized 5,800 tablets, 1,000 capsules, 55 injections and four bottles of cough syrup. These drugs were being stocked without proper licence and were allegedly intended to be sold as intoxicants.

The drug inspector later visited another chemist shop in the Subhash Nagar locality in Basti Jodhewal and took two samples of medicines, which were sent to the government laboratory for analysis.

Dr Sharma maintained that the drive to check the unregulated sale of intoxicating substances, adulterated food stuff as also rotten or unripe fruits and vegetables would continue relentlessly in the district to check the menace of drug addiction and the outbreak of diseases in the wake of continuing hot weather conditions.

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Residents demand recarpeting of Gill Road
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 16
While the municipal corporation has already announced to recarpet all major roads after monsoon, residents of the zone C of the city today vehemently complained against potholes on the Gill Road and demanded that it be relaid immediately.

During a sangat darshan organised by the MC, a number of complaints regarding the poor condition of the Gill Road, besides choked sewers, water supply problems and TS-I forms were received.

Responding to the complaints, additional commissioner of the MC M.S. Kainth said the Gill Road would be recarpeted after monsoon only and public would have to make do with patchwork for the time being.

Not only the Gill Road but all other major roads in the city needed immediate attention. The civic body had recently done patchwork on the Ferozepur Road and the Pakhowal Road. The MC authorities had taken the plea that in view of the ensuing elections, they were not able to take up the major projects.

They had also stated that the model code of conduct would be implemented shortly and then they would require time to call tenders and then get approval from the F&CC committee. All these formalities would require a lot of time. So it was decided that only minor works like filling craters would be taken up at this time.

However, in many areas like Dugri, Urban Estate, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar the roads were in a bad shape. During the last two sangat darshans held at the zone A and the zone B, the residents had demanded recarpeting of the road. Then, the commissioner had directed the officials concerned to do patchwork wherever needed.

Some days ago, residents of Udham Singh Nagar had also complained that they had to commute on bad roads. They had even said though former MLA Rakesh Pandey had released some grant from his fund for the project, it was never initiated. They had asked the MC to give accounts of the grant.

During the sangat darshan as many as 395 complaints were received out of which 16 were related to house tax, 38 of TS-I, 62 related to police challans, 77 related to water and sewerage, 10 related to drawing branch, 45 cases pertaining to licences, 23 of garbage and 23 tehbazaari. 

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Mulajam Front to meet CM
Our Correspondent

Amloh, May 16
The Mulajam Front will meet the chief minister of Punjab, Parkash Singh Badal, at Punjab Bhawan, from 9 am to 12 noon on May 24, said Karamjit Singh Bhagrana, state president of Karmchari Dal, here, today.

Nachhater Singh Jahagir, incharge of Mulajam Front, Surinder Singh Pehlwan, president of Mulajam Front, accompanied Bhagrana to the chief minister yesterday to fix the date for the meeting.

Bhagrana said implementation of the promises assured in the election manifestos will be discussed in the meeting. 

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Man abducted, assaulted; police yet to register case
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 16
Even three days after receiving a complaint regarding the alleged abduction and thrashing of a driver of Kalarh village, the Sihar police is yet to register a case against a transporter of Saharanmajra village and his goons.

Accusing the police of trying to shield the culprits the victim family has urged higher authorities to order a probe and initiate action against officials who, instead of registering a case, had been forcing the complainant to withdraw the complaint.

The SHO, Payal, Randhir Singh claimed that he had already asked Jaswant Singh, in-charge, to investigate the matter and initiate proper action against the suspects. “As both the complainant and the suspects have levelled allegations and counter allegations we have to verify facts before proceeding against any of the parties,” said Randhir.

According to a complaint lodged at Sihar police chowki on the basis of the statement of Ranbir Singh Lambardar, his nephew Jagjit Singh, son of Avtar Singh, had allegedly been abducted and thrashed by Nikka, a transporter and his goons on Sunday.

The police, instead of initiating action against the suspects and ensuring safety of the victim family, tried to force the complainant to withdraw the complaint and arrive at compromise with the suspects.

Narrating the sequence of events Manjit Singh told the Ludhiana Tribune that his brother had served as a truck driver with Nikka for about one year. As the transporter had to pay an amount of about Rs 5,000 to a trader of Gujarat on account of shortage of iron rods, he wanted to deduct the loss from salary of the driver. About two months ago Jagjit Singh left his job and joined a Khanna-based firm.

It was on Sunday morning that a group of persons in a red Maruti car and on motorcycles chased Jagjit Singh when he was returning from the town to his native village. They allegedly stopped him at a deserted place near Jagera village and dragged him into the car and abducted him to an agricultural motor room situated on outskirts of Saharanmajra village.

According to him Jagjit Singh was thrashed by about eight goons of the transporter and a financier of Nathumajra village had forced him to sign stamp papers and blank papers. “They made my brother ring me up and ask me to give Rs 20,000 to a person who would be reaching our house. As I had overheard some voice along with that of my brother I became suspicious and started searching for him,” said Manjit Singh adding that Jagjit had been left on the outskirts of the village in an unconscious condition late in the evening. The matter was brought to the notice of the police and the victim was admitted to civil hospital at Malaudh from where formal information was also sent by the staff.

“But instead of initiating action against the culprits the police kept on threatening us of dire consequences in case we insisted on registering a case,” alleged Manjit Singh adding that the family had now urged higher authorities, including Chief Minister and DGP, Punjab, to impress upon the SSP, Khanna to get the matter probed by a gazetted officer.

The victim was today sent to civil hospital Ludhiana for conducting X-rays. 

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100 cases settled at sangat darshan
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, May 16
Alik Nanda Dayal, deputy commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, settled around 100 complaints out of 150 during sangat darshan programme held at seven villages of Amloh sub-division here yesterday.

Shiromani Akali Dal working committee member Randhir Singh and sarpanch Jarnail Singh Kumbh urged the deputy commissioner to provide relief to the residents of Mandi Gobindgarh sub-tehsil. The deputy commissioner directed Naib Tehsil Rajesh Kumar to initiate necessary steps into this matter. She also promised to widen the road of Kumbh village and allot a grant for the improvement of cremation ground.

At Jassran village, Swaran Singh Billu, Jagmeet Singh, Bahadur Singh and Balwinder Singh alleged discrimination by the Panchayat in the allotment of 120 plots to the homeless families. The deputy commissioner directed Manish Kumar, SDM, Amloh, to look into this matter.

The chairman of Government Middle School Sounti of Puswick Committee, Nirbhai Singh Dhumi, demanded grant for the cycle shed of the school. Tilak Raj Sharma, sarpanch, Bhadal Thuha village, welcomed the guests at his village. The problems of Anian, Bholi and Naraingarh villages were also discussed at the sangat darshan. The district and sub-division officers of different departments were also present on the occasion. 

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Water sampling at Samrala

Samrala, May 16
According to Dr Harvinder Singh, senior medical officer, Samrala and a team from civil surgeon office, Ludhiana, under the supervision of Dr Sanjiv Hans, district expidemtologist, along with members of the Municipal Council, Samrala, took sewers’ water sample from different parts of the city here today. — OC

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Rs 24,000 snatched from truck driver
Our Correspondent

Jagraon. May 16
Eight persons allegedly assaulted a resident of Kamalpura and snatched Rs 24,000 from him on Wednesday. The local police has initiated proceedings against all of them.

According to information, Paramjit Singh, 31, who is a truck driver, was going from his village on his scooter No. PB-10-6579 around 8 am towards Jagraon. When he reached near the Mital filling station on the Raikot-Jagraon Road eight persons in two cars, one black and other white, intercepted him and forced him to stop.

He identified three of them to be his uncle Kirpal Singh and his two sons Jagga and Binda. They hit him with a baseball bat and snatched Rs 24,000 from him and fled in the cars.

The assailants were allegedly carrying sharp-edged weapons. According to Paramjit, he was carrying Rs 54,000. The assailants are absconding.

5 booked for harassing girl

Surjit Singh, Balwinder Singh of Talwandi and three others have allegedly sexually harassed a girl of Raikot and also used indecent language against her. The Raikot police has registered a case under sections 294, 354, 363, 511, 120-B, IPC.

4 booked for assault

Paramjit Singh, Gurdial Singh of Cheema and two others have allegedly assaulted Amarjit Singh of their village. The accused also fired from a .12 bore pistol. The local police has registered a case. Injured Amarjit has been admitted to the DMCH, Ludhiana. Some old enmity is said to be reason behind the attack. No arrest has been made so far.

Man held with liquor

The Sidhwan Bet police has arrested Karam Singh from Kotli Bhundari village and seized 6,750 ml of illicit liquor from his possession. A case under the Excise Act has been registered.

One held with poppy husk

The Sudhar police arrested Gurmail Singh from Mohi village while he was carrying 22.2 kg of poppy husk on cycle on Wednesday. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered.

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Gold chain snatched
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 16
Usha Kakkar, a teacher at Arya School, Daresi ground, was shocked when two motro-cycle borne youths snatched her gold chain, while she was returning home riding pillion on a scooter with her daughter here today.

The two youths came quite close to her scooter and pulled away her gold chain. They were following her from the school itself. The woman was robbed at street number 5 in Upkar Nagar today after noon.

Despite police being posted all over the city to prevent such crimes, the snatchers easily managed to take away woman’s gold chain. Although, the victim noted the motorcycle number but it was found to be fake.

She suffered bruises in the snatching. The police have registered a case but no headway has been made so far in identifying the youths.

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Hotel association launches website
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 16
The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Ludhiana launched its website, www.ludhianahotels.in, here today.

Addressing a press conference, general secretary of the association Amarvir Singh said, "The website contains information about all the 125 members apart from details of places of tourist interests. Not only would it benefit visitors to the city but also help owners of hotels and restaurants who can be directly contacted through the site."

The site facilitates online booking and also online yellow pages that contain all important numbers like those of hospitals, emergency service, administration, municipal corporation, railways, telephone services etc. Besides, vacancies in hotel industry are also listed on the site.

"It is our endeavour to promote tourism in the city. Information on places like Clock Tower, Hardy’s World, Leisure Valley, Gurdwara Alamgir, Gurdwara Dukhnivaran, tiger safari, Punjab Agricultural University and Qila Raipur games etc, would help promote these places."

Singh added that the association was taking various steps to reach out to a larger section of people, forming a website being one of the initiatives in the direction. In case of hotel and restaurant owners who have their individual websites, those too can be accessed from the main site, he said.

President of the association Manjit Singh Nagpal said the association was making various endeavours towards the betterment of hotels and restaurants in the industrial town. "We recently met the tourism minister who assured us that the problems being faced by the industry here would be taken on priority basis. We have already formed a sub-committee that would give suggestions to the government," he said.

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