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Election glitches
Voters don’t know their wards 
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 7
Even as the elections are less than 24 hours away, voters in many of the 75 wards are still facing a lot of confusion about their wards. The fresh delimitation of wards, undertaken in a hasty manner amid hue and cry from the parties, has added to the confusion.

The exercise of delimitation had been carried out to increase the number of wards from 70 to 75 in the wake of the rise in population, with a result that all old ward numbers have been changed and the localities freshly demarcated.

Residents in several colonies complain that either there names are not included in the voter list of the new ward or in some cases, they are shown as voters in two wards. Many voters don’t know where to vote.

Residents of Lakshmi Street in the Civil Lines area said earlier the locality was included in Ward No. 70 but after the delimitation, the area was shifted under Ward No. 29, whose candidate came to them for votes. However, a few days ago, one of the candidates from Ward No. 52 (reserved for women), along with her supporters, undertook a door-to-door campaign, claiming that the area fell in her ward.

Not only this, the residents were given voter slips for this particular ward, wherein the polling station was mentioned as Shastri Hall in Guru Nanak Sports Complex.

They, however, pointed out that in the voter slips, their address was mentioned as police quarters, Rakh Bagh, which was incorrect. Going by the voter slips given earlier by one of the candidates from Ward No 29, they were to cast their votes at Arya College for Women.

Elsewhere, a large number of residents complained that their polling booths were very far.

Officials in the district election office said the rectification of such mistakes was not possible at this juncture but affected residents could lodge a complaint with the election office. The complaint would be taken up after the election process was over.

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... and they can’t vote
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
With the city going to the polls tomorrow, several residents have complained that their names have been excluded from the voter list and they would not be able to vote.

Some residents of Sham Singh road said their names were not included in the list even though there was no change in address. They said they had been staying in the area for the past many years and had always participated in the elections.

Rakesh Khanna, a resident of Khanna Bhawan on Sham Singh road, said his area fell in Ward No. 52 but his name was not in the list. His wife Sushma said she had come to know of it some days ago and had asked the department to review the list, but even then their names were not included.

Earlier, the names of at least 60 persons from this lane were not included but after they protested, their names were included. ‘‘Now all those people can vote but not six members of our family. I cannot do anything at the last minute,’’ Khanna said.

‘‘Every vote makes a difference. If many people have been deprived of this right just because of clerical errors or the irresponsible attitude of the authorities concerned,’’ his wife said.

Rajiv Mehra, a resident of Sarabha Nagar, said he did not know whether his name was there in the list. His name was not there during the Assembly elections. ‘‘I do not know whether it has been included this time. No candidate has come to give me the voter slip. That means it is not there. I will only come to know about it tomorrow,’’ he said

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Counselling of medical students from August 9
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 7
On account of the hike in the tuition fee of private medical, dental, Ayurvedic and homoeopathic colleges in Punjab, the annual fee for MBBS courses in private colleges (government quota) will be Rs 1.15 lakh per annum. On the management quota seats the fee will be Rs 3 lakh.

For BDS and BAMS/BHMS courses, the annual fee in management quota seats has been fixed at Rs 2.30 lakh and Rs 1.10 lakh.

The private medical and dental colleges will continue to charge equivalent of $75,000 and $30,000 for NRI seats (15 per cent) in MBBS and BDS.

Sources in the medical education and research department revealed that following the fee issue having been settled, the counselling for admission to undergraduate courses in medical and dental streams would be resumed on August 9.

Directions had been given to Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, which would conduct the counselling at Amrtisar.

The counselling for admission to MBBS and BDS courses, which commenced 

on August 2 at Government Medical College, Amrtisar, had to be put off after the managements of three private medical colleges, including Dayanand Medical College, Ludhiana, along with eight dental colleges, had boycotted the counselling on the issue of fee structure, decided by the government, being unviable to run the
institutions.

Meanwhile, the Punjab Civil Medical Services Association (PCMSA) and the local branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) have expressed resentment against a steep hike in the fee structure of medical and dental professional courses in the private colleges.

These bodies felt that the the move would be a step towards commercialisation of professional education and discriminatory against the meritorious students.

In a joint statement here today, Dr Hardeep Singh, state chief of the PCMSA, and Dr Arun Mitra, president, IMA, observed that the state government appeared to have bowed down to the pressure tactics and arm-twisting methods, adopted by the private professional colleges in Punjab.

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Rebel’s husband opens fire, injures 2
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
Gunshots allegedly fired by the husband of a rebel Akali candidate at the supporters of a SAD-BJP woman candidate, Sunita Rani, left two persons wounded near Gill Chowk this evening.

DSP Harmohan Singh said Kuldeep Khalsa allegedly opened fire after an argument over the setting up of an election booth outside a polling booth near Gill Chowk.

The injured, Sukhdev and Dashrath, have been admitted to the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital.

The supporters of Sunita Rani blocked traffic, seeking the immediate arrest of the accused.

Heavy police force was deployed in the area to prevent further escalation of violence. 

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Poll Jitters
Candidates move door to door
Some pay obeisance at shrines
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
In their last-ditch effort to woo voters, the candidates in fray for the municipal elections went door to door today in a bid to strike a personal rapport with voters and ensure victory.

With electioneering coming to an end yesterday, the candidates remained on their their toes, visiting voters in their respective wards.The more spiritual ones turned to God and paid obeisance at religious places.

“Meeting people gives you a high and this was the only way to get over stress,’’ said Bhupinder Kaur, BJP candidate from Ward 1.

‘‘We carried voting slips. This way we helped the residents who otherwise would have wasted a lot of time searching their names in the list,’’ said Jasbir Jassal, Congress candidate from Ward 45.

For BJP candidate Parvin Bansal it was a visit to Govind Gau Dham that helped him to fight stress. Soonafter, he was out on the streets meeting people of his area.

Rupandeep Kaur Malhi, an Independent from Ward 31, started her day early to be among the residents.Though suffering from a sore throat, Malhi addressed nukkad meetings. ‘‘Efforts would continue till the very last. If elected, I will get a bridge over Budda Nullah and a community centre for senior citizens. I will also concentrate on improving the condition of roads.”

Parminder Mehta, another Congress candidate, also remained busy meeting voters in his ward.

Former mayor Nahar Singh Gill says he is confident about his supporters, but ultimately it is the result that matters.

Another former mayor, Apinder Singh Grewal, says it is to be seen if his good image translates into votes

Harjinder Lali, an Independent from Ward No. 6, is cautious and does not want to leave anything to chance.

Prem Mittal, a former senior deputy mayor, feels politics is a game of uncertainty and one can never be sure. 

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16 Cong rebels shown the door

Ludhiana, August 7
In its effort to impose discipline in the party, the Congress today expelled 16 rebels who were contesting against the party candidates.

The DCC (urban) president, Jagmohan Sharma, said the party had waited for them to retire in support of the official nominees, but since they refused, there was no option but to expel them.

Those expelled from the party include Rakesh Sharma, Babu Ram Kashyap, Ashwani Bhagi, Bajinder Kaur, Ashok Thapar, Charanjit Bhatia, Milkait, Surinder Chhinda, Subash DAwer, Pushpa Sahni, Sikender Singh Lohara and Narinder. — TNS

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Alert youth foils murder attempt by domestic help
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Bhaini Sahib, August 7
An alert youth of the family of a farmer in Bhaini Sahib foiled a robbery and murder attempt by a domestic servant this morning.

But the police at the Katani Kalan chowki allegedly told the family members to trace the accused on their own, as there was no spare staff. Male members of the family finally nabbed the accused and an accomplice by noon.

It was only after the family approached senior officials, the area cops took their statements. When they caught the accused, they said it was a case of theft and not attempt to robbery and murder. The cops allegedly also told them to bury the hatchet as the money had been recovered.

Narrating the stressful day-long experiences, Pardeep Singh, a 27-year-old youth, told Ludhiana Tribune that when he woke up, he saw his domestic servant Dalbir was standing near the bed of his elder cousin, Sukhdeep, with an axe in his hand, ready to strike.

He raised an alarm at which Dalbir ran away throwing the axe. Pardeep went to other rooms to see if his sister-in-law and other relatives were safe. They found the accused had absconded with a mobile phone set and Rs 6,000.

Pardeep and Sukhdeep said they caught hold of the accused near Machhiwara. They had caught his alleged accomplice Tara, a farm labourer. Tara was found near his house. He confessed that Dalbir had told him he would kill the entire family after which both would loot at leisure.

SSP R K Jaiswal ordered the registration of a case immediately as per the complaint and the statement of the family members.

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Stalemate continues in PCCTU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
To put an end to the prevailing stalemate between the office bearers of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU), Dr Kuldeep Singh, general secretary, PCCTU, Punjab, said some unceremonious events happened in the recent past which threatened the unity and solidarity of the PCCTU. He said it was his responsibility to resolve the issue at the earliest. But the standoff between the two groups refused to die down with Hundal group alleging that the general secretary was sabotaging their every action and was working against the interests of the union.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Dr Kuldeep Singh said he had called a meeting of the PCCTU executive committee on August 9 to chalk out the agitation plan.

Dr Singh alleged that the state government was not considering their demands, as a result of which, the PCCTU members would court arrest in Chandigarh on Teachers’ Day (September 5). He said the SAD-BJP alliance had betrayed the teachers and had failed in implementing its poll promises like pension and gratuity to teachers, 95 per cent grant in aid, lifting of ban on recruitments, leave encashment etc.

He further said the teachers did not have any other option. “These arrests can be in the form of district wise jathas of teachers starting from September 5 and will culminate with the arrest of the office-bearers and executive committee members on October 8 on the eve of World Teachers’ Day.”

Meanwhile, prof S.S.Hundal, president, PCCTU, Punjab, said the meeting to be convened on August 9 was “illegal” as the general secretary had not taken consent of the president to hold it. He said the general secretary could call a meeting any time provided agenda, time and venue were decided well in advance.

Hundal alleged that in the history of the PCCTU, no minority group ever tried to sabotage another group. “We are ready to court arrest but we should be told well in advance. Till date, I have got no information regarding the meeting on August 9, called by the general secretary”, said Hundal.

Prof Rajinder Singh, district president, PCCTU and a supporter of Hundal, said Kuldeep Singh was working against the interests of the union. The executive had total 31 members, out of which, 17 were Hundal supporters while 11 were on Kuldeep Singh’s side. “But no minority group has ever created such problems in the past like the present general secretary is doing”, said Rajinder Singh.

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16,000 teachers to be recruited soon: deo
Our Correspondent

Amloh, August 7
Teachers from inactive groups in science and commerce streams in government schools would be shifted to other schools as per the requirements, to cover staff shortage and to provide quality education, said Vijay Kaushal, district education officer, Fatehgarh Sahib, on the inaugural function of vanmahotsav at Government Secondary School (Boys), here today.

The shortage of staff would be covered up after the recruitment of 16,000 teachers in the schools within two months, he asserted.

Kaushal gave away prizes to the toppers of the board classes, besides honouring the NCC cadets, NSS volunteers, state and national level players.

School principal Novtejinder Kumar welcomed the guests and congratulated the staff members for showing good results in senior secondary examination.

The students presented a cultural programme on the occasion. Staff secretary Balbir Singh Ghuman was the stage secretary. Scout-master Manmohan Sharma praised the scouts for achieving the Governor Award.

The DEO inaugurated a submersible pump, underground pipe system at the play grounds laid with a cost of Rs 51,000 donated by NRI Rachhpal Singh Toor, an old student of the school, now settled in Canada. He had also provided sports material of the equal amount to the school to promote sports. Toor was also honoured by the chief guest on the occasion.

Saplings of silver oak, molsery and fakkas, provided by the Good Earth Club, led by prof Gurkirpal Singh Ashak of Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, were also planted. Among others, PTA chief Ram Saran Sood, PASVAK committee chairman Dr Harpreet Singh, representative of Munshiji Trust, Kailash Chand, also spoke on the occasion. 

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International Breast Feeding Week concludes
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, August 7
To mark the conclusion of International Breast Feeding Week, Desh Bhagat Ayurvedic College and Hospital, Mandi Gobindgarh, organised a function at the college campus.

The function was inaugurated by Dr Zora Singh, chairman, Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes. On the occasion, Karnail Singh, general manager, Verka (Milkfed), Gurmail Singh, deputy manager, Verka, Patiala, Nutan, district programme officer, Dr Mohan Singh, senior medical officer, Primary Health Centre, Chanarthal Kalan, discussed the benefits of breast feeding. Students of the college presented Bhangra and Giddha.

Mandi Ahmedgarh: Terming breastfeeding to be the most effective natural method to generate immunity among children, students of various schools of the town and surrounding villages impressed upon office-bearers of social organisations to create awareness about it.

Students of Sanatam Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, DAV High School and Janta College for Women, through essay-writing contest, urged the leaders of various social organisations to contribute towards noble cause by creating awareness about it.

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SAD, BJP may wade through
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
The SAD-BJP alliance appears to be having the edge over the Congress. Although the going may not be as smooth as it was during the Assembly elections, it enjoys a comfortable position compared to the Congress.

There are multiple factors that place the odds heavily in favour of the alliance. Traditionally in the state and in Ludhiana in particular, the MC has gone the way of the ruling party.

In 1997, the Akali-BJP government was in the saddle in the state and the corporation also got an alliance majority. The same trend was repeated in 2002 when the Congress came to power followed by a majority in the corporation.

Even Congress leaders admit in private that it is difficult to defeat a ruling party in the local bodies elections.

Also, the alliance leaders have been promising moon to the people of Ludhiana. The acting president of the SAD, Sukhbir Badal, has promised an investment of over Rs 5,000 crore in the city. The state BJP president, Rajinder Bhandari, has claimed that the alliance would turn Ludhiana into Shanghai.

The Congress, however, has nothing to promise, except asserting that the Akalis are hijacking their projects as they had nothing new to offer. Ultimately it is the state government which has to sanction the projects and provide funds.

The alliance leaders are upbeat. The party general secretary, Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, and the chief parliamentary secretary, Harish Rai Dhanda, claimed that the alliance was set to sweep the elections.

However, for some Congress leaders, like Kila Raipur MLA, Jassi Khangura, the game is far from over. He remarked, “We are known to spring surprises, as we did in Kila Raipur where nobody even imagined that the Congress could win and we won hands down by a huge margin.”

He claimed that the honeymoon period of the Akali-BJP was over and the euphoria about the new government had fizzled out. 

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High alert in state
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
Security forces went on high alert in the state following an alleged terror threat of blowing up railway stations, cinema halls and some religious places in Ludhiana, Patiala and Phagwara on Independence Day.

A mysterious letter signed and written by one Talseem Maulvi, who claims to be from Jaish-e-Mohammad, sent the alarm bells ringing. The Government Railway Police station received the letter this morning.

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VB summons Cong candidate

Ludhiana, August 7
In what is being termed as a political game to upset Congress leaders prior to the elections, the Vigilance Bureau yesterday summoned Sanjay Talwar, Congress candidate from Ward No. 39 and a former trustee with the Ludhiana Improvement Trust, in connection with the City Centre scam.

The bureau has also summoned Bhupinder Singh Basant and Kala Navkar Jain who were also trustees. 

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Student, friend assaulted
Our Correspondent

Khamano, August 7
Two youths, including a student of 10+1, were seriously injured when they were attacked by a group of car-borne youths near Gur Shakti School, Khamano, with sharp-edged weapons. According to information, Karandeep Singh of Mohan Majra village, who is a student of 10+1 of Gur Shakti School, was stopped in front of the school by his friend Manpreet Singh of Chari village, who was on a cycle on his way to Khamano.

Suddenly, a Maruti car stopped there and six youths, including a student of Shiwalik School, came out of the car and attacked them with sharp-edged weapons. Both of them were seriously injured and they were rushed to the civil hospital, Khamano.

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Varun, Anuj win paediatrics quiz
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 7
The college round of 20th Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP) "paediatrics quiz" for undergraduate students was held at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital’s auditorium here.

Four teams, comprising Varun and Anuj, Priyanka and Madhuri, Danish and Gurpal and Sheenam and Shikha, took part in the quiz which focused on different aspects of pediatric diseases, their management and treatment.

The team of Varun and Anuj was declared winner through a tie breaker in the final round against the team of Danish and Gurpal.

According to Dr Harmesh Singh Bains, professor and head of pediatrics department at DMCH, the quiz is organised every year in all medical colleges of the country. The winning team from the college-round takes part in the divisional contest and winners of this round enter the zonal round. After winning these rounds they take part in the national-level quiz contest.

Secretary of the DMCH managing society Prem Gupta. Principal and professor of pediatrics at DMCH Dr Daljit Singh conducted the quiz. In his welcome address, Dr Bains said such quiz competitions were an excellent method of knowledge enhancement while also help in entertaining undergraduate students. A vote of thanks was proposed by professor of pediatrics Dr Praveen C. Sobti.

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Tones at no extra cost
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
Hutch now enables its subscribers to search for caller tunes of their choice at no extra cost. The service was unveiled today and is applicable to any local Hutch number.

To avail this service, the subscriber has to SMS the name of the desired film name to the toll free number 55655. The subscriber can receive a list of four songs to choose from that particular film.

To set a particular tune from the list, the corresponding song serial number (i.e. 1,2,3,4) has to be typed and sent back to 55653. Charges applicable after selection of a caller tune are Rs 30 for monthly subscription fee and Rs 15 for for tune selection.

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Sarpanch arrested, released
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 7
Sarpanch of Brahampur village, Ranjit Singh Rana, who was booked under Section 336 for allegedly challenging and firingbullets, was arrested and released on bail yesterday.

Some dispute over the non-payment to a tractor agency of Jagraon was said to be the reason behind the incident. The .12 bore rifle used in the incident was also recovered from the possession of the accused.

The weapon has been sent to the state forensic laboratory.

According to information, Rana had been booked on the statement of Jaspal Singh Billu of Brahampur village for allegedly firing at him after abusing and threatening.

“When my brother Amarjit Singh asked Rana to repay the balance of the tractor which he had purchased from an agency at Jagraon, he threatened us of dire consequences. I was standing near my house today, Rana, from the roof of his house, challenged and fired at me from his double barrel rifle,” Billu told the police.

Investigations further revealed that the incident had followed an altercation between the two parties at the police station.

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Letters
Vote judiciously

The citizenry of this Manchester of Punjab i.e. Ludhiana, is going to elect an area council to run one of the largest councils of North India on August 8, through a poll in which 75 councillors will be elected.

In this election, 580 candidates are contesting for 75 seats and there are many new faces along with the old ones.

As the co-convener of newspaper readers forum, I want to appeal to the voters that they should use their right to vote judiciously, keeping in mind the deeds and misdeeds of the previous councillors.

A.K. Bhandari, Ludhiana

Readers are invited to mail letters (not more than 200 words) at "ludhiana@tribunemail.com" or post the same to The Tribune, 1, 2 Improvement Trust Building, Badaur House, Clock Tower, Ludhiana.

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Man held with poppy husk
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, August 7
In two separate incidents, the Humbran police has booked a person and nabbed other and seized 22 kg poppy husk. Amarjit Singh alias Mattu of Talwandi Noabad was intercepted by the police in Walipur Khurd village when he was going on his scooter (PB-10 AG-6763).

The accused managed to flee living his scooter behind. The police seized 9 kg of poppy husk from the scooter. In other case, the police intercepted scooter (PB-10BZ-2248) and arrested Jagir Singh of Gonswal from the same village and seized 13 kg of poppy husk. Cases under Sections 15,61,85 of the NDPS Act have been registered and the police also impounded the vehicles.

3 booked for fraud

The Humbran police has booked three persons on the charge of fraud. Sukhdev Singh of Salempura and Dharminder Singh Cheema of Humbran allegedly fabricated false documents and occupied two and half acre of land belonging to Karam Singh of Salempura. The police has registered a case under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471, IPC. The fraud was committed in September, 2005. Darshan Singh of Khaira Bet allegedly entered into an agreement to sell his land at Birmi to Ashok Gupta of Tagore Nagar, Ludhiana, and received Rs 15,00,000. Instead of executing the sale deed, Darshan Singh returned Rs 11,00,000 and retained the balance with him and did not returned the rest of the amount in spite of demand. The police has registered a case.

4 booked for assault

Davinder Singh, Tajinder Singh, Parminder Singh Chawla and Harnek Singh of Walipur were booked by the police on charge of assault.

According to information, they allegedly stopped Manmohan Singh of Humbran in Walipur Khurd village and assaulted, threatened and abused him. Manmohan Singh fired with his licensed revolver to save himself. The police has registered a case. Davinder Singh and Harnek Singh were arrested whereas other accused were absconding.

Two held for gambling

Sukhwinder Singh alias Dhakarh and Sukhwinder Singh alias Nikka Singh of Gidderbindi were arrested by the Sidhwan Bet police from their village and the police recovered Rs. 80, along with playing cards. They were alluring people to multiply their money by investing in some number. A case under the Gambling Act has been registered.

3 booked for trespass

Sidhwan Bet police booked Gurvinder Singh alias Soni, Pamma and former sarpanch Sukhminder Singh of Sherpur Kalan under Sections 458, 511, 148, 149 of the IPC on charge of assaulting Jaswant Singh of their village. According to information, Jaswant Singh was sleeping when the trio tried to forcibly trespass into his house. Apprehending trouble, Jaswant Singh fired shot in the air but when the trio did not leave him, the latter fired shots in his defence which injured Gurminder Singh and Pamma.

Murder bid

Raikot police has booked seven persons on the charge of bid to murder. According to information, Gurmail Singh, Jagga Singh, Jagtar Singh, Joginder Singh, Gurprit Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Hakam Singh, all of Kamalpura, intercepted Jagdev Singh alias Jagga of their village, assaulted him, threatened and fired with their .12 bore rifle injuring Jagdev Singh. The injured has been admitted in civil hospital, Raikot. The reason behind the assault was said to be some election dispute.

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Burglars decamp with 3 lakh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
Burglars broke into the house of a government teacher couple in Guru Tegh Bahadur Nagar here and decamped with gold ornaments and cash worth Rs 3 lakh in the afternoon yesterday.aNirmala Devi and Madan Lal Kande had returned from their school in the afternoon only to find their locks and almirahs broken. They said that 150 grams gold and cash worth Rs 75,000 was stolen from their house.

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Rise in petro price to hit industry
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
The rising price of crude is taking a heavy toll on the industry. Fuel oils like furnace oil have become very costly to upset the cost of product being manufactured.

In various countries, governments are diverting to alternatives to face this challenges. Blending of petrol and diesel with ethanol is very common. At present, blending with ethanol is 5 per cent and efforts are being made to raise it to 10 per cent.

The government is taxing ethanol very heavily to the extent of 45 per cent. The cost of ethanol is Rs 18.75 per litre and it goes up to around about Rs 27.29.

So far ethanol here is being produced from molasses of crushed sugarcane. Prices of sugarcane are determined by the government and thus this ethanol is unviable. Like in the USA, producing ethanol from maize is the alternative.

The only plant to produce ethanol from maize is being put up in Maharashtra. This plant will also produce extra neutral alcohol that will be sold to liquor manufacturers.

With this trend the prices of grains like corn and wheat have gone up by 30-50 per cent during the last year. However, advance countries have ensured the price of petrol and diesel to come down heavily. Here in India, consumers are suffering on both fronts, high prices of petrol and diesel and high prices of grain. This is most unfortunate.

The cost of converting corn into ethanol is between Rs 12.52 and 12.76 a litre. In the case of sugarcane it is 9.84. The plant being set up in Maharashtra is based on this pricing.

Ethanol-blended petrol and diesel reduces omissions and are pro-environmental.

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Samsung’s offer on TV
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
Samsung India has announced the 'DNIe Vision Monsoon Bonanza' offer for its colour television range in the northern region of the country.

The offer, applicable in the northern states of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan, is valid till August 31. As part of this promotional offer, any purchase of a Samsung television entitles the customer to an assured holiday voucher and a chance to win 1 gm of gold, the company officials said today.

"The new technologies coupled with the promotional offer will definitely give a strong fillip to our colour television business," said Neeraj Sethi, Samsung India regional manager for the northern region.

The company is aiming to double its flat TV sales during the promotional period as compared to its colour television sales in the corresponding period.

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