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Badal cold to PAU cash crunch
Says make do with what you have
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 13
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today skipped the crucial issue of financial crisis faced by the PAU, instead he suggested that it should “introspect” how much it could do with the available resources.

Badal did not appear to be too happy with the pace and progress of research in the university. Talking to reporters after inaugurating the annual kisan mela at the PAU campus today, he said, “The PAU has very good regional stations and let them (the PAU authorities) ask the people there how many times they have gone to farmers to learn about their problems.”

When told that these were two different issues, Badal remarked, “At least they can utilise the already available resources.”

He said the government was trying to find some way out so that the PAU did not starve for funds. He had same opinion about the government staff working in various departments. Asked when the government was going to fill the vacant posts of agriculture officers, Badal remarked, “Do those who are already appointed do anything?”

He said the “mindset” and the work culture needed to be changed for the betterment of the state. About getting central university status for the PAU, Badal said he would try for it as “we have a strong case.”

There were many expectations from the CM but he came complaining, much to the disappointment of scientists and students alike.



9464000005 goes for Rs 9 lakh 
Shveta Pathak

Ludhiana, September 13
Bidding for BSNL’s vanity numbers, the auction of which ended today, went as high as Rs 9 lakh. The auction by the telecom player, that continued for almost a week, received tremendous response.

Of the 3,000 numbers put for auction, bids were received for around 980.

The number for which the highest bid was received is 9464000005. Telecom subscribers sent their bids through SMS.

“We are quite happy with the response. Earlier, these numbers were given away for almost nothing. Considering that the reserve price was between Rs 100 and Rs 3,000, the auction is now fetching quite a significant amount,” DGM Sanjay Aggarwal said.

Recently, a city resident was in news for spending Rs 15.5 lakh to obtain a vanity number of a private telecom company. After private players, the BSNL also decided to go in for auction.

The craze is being attributed to the high-spending power and also a desire to appear important.

It was the first time that the BSNL auctioned its numbers for pre-paid and post-paid subscribers. The auction was conducted for mobile numbers of new level series, 94640 and 94641.

Among the numbers that received high bids were 9464000001 which attracted Rs 7.5 lakh, 9464000018 that got Rs 8.5 lakh and 9464000786 that fetched Rs 1.1 lakh.

In the 94641 series, 9464100000 was auctioned for Rs 3.5 lakh while 9464100001 got Rs 4.5 lakh.



BSNL told to put VIP no. on hold

Ludhiana, September 13
The district consumer forum has directed the BSNL not to allocate cell number 94640-00000 to any person. These interim orders were issued by the president of the forum, A.S. Narula while hearing a complaint by Neeraj Chawla, president of the anti-corruption federation of India.

It was alleged by the complainant that he had been allocated the same number and even the SIM card had been provided to him but it was not being activated.

He apprehended that the BSNL would allocate the number to somebody else through auction.

The case will come up for hearing on September 20. — OC



City Centre Scam
Raninder, Raminder appear before VB
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 13
Raninder Singh and Raminder Singh, son and son-in-law, respectively, of former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today appeared before the Ludhiana Vigilance Bureau in connection with the infamous City Centre scam.

Accompanied by Perneet Kaur, who was waiting outside the office, both of them were questioned by acting SSP, vigilance bureau, S.S. Grewal.

According to vigilance bureau officials, they were asked to produce statements of their bank accounts starting from 2002. The officials said they had objected to the bureau's demand stating that the statement of 2002 was irrelevant in the case as the work on the City Centre started in 2005. Hence, there was no need to study their bank statements prior to that.

Sources said the officials wanted to know about the financial status of the family before the alleged scam. Hence the demand. The vigilance bureau has asked them to appear again on October 4. 



5 robbers fall in police net
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 13
The police today claimed to have busted a gang of robbers and solved a number of robberies committed in the past few months.

The robbers were reportedly planning a robbery in Dharaur village when they were nabbed with arms and cartridges.

Addressing a press conference here today, the SSP said the accused had been identified as Neeraj of MHOW, Sanjay Kumar of Balia, Ghanayia Singh of Balia, Arvind Kumar of Gazipur and Anil of Unao, all from Uttar Pradesh.

They were nabbed by Dilpreet Singh, in charge, CIA staff, Ludhiana. The accused were staying in Mundian Kalan village near the city.

A .32 bore pistol and three live cartridges were seized from Neeraj, a .303 bore pistol and five live cartridges were seized from Sanjay, while a knife each was seized from Ghanayia Singh and Arvind Kumar. A countrymade pistol with four live cartridges were seized from Anil.

The SSP said they were wanted in several cases and they would break into factories by holding security guards captive. 



3 farmers honoured
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 13
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today honoured three farmers at the inauguration of a two-day kisan mela at the PAU here today.

Kartar Singh Sekhon from Langroa village in Nawan shahr was given Ujjagar Singh Dhaliwal Memorial Award while Balwinder Singh Tikka from Lambi village, Muktsar, was presented with the NRI award. Meharban Singh from Sahouli village, Patiala, was given Dalip Singh Dhaliwal Memorial Award.

Each award carries a citation, shawl and cash prize of Rs 25,000. Badal announced to sponsor the overseas visit of these farmers to upgrade their knowledge and skills in the diverse fields of agriculture. He also released a set of publications brought out by the university.

Badal asked the field staff of the PAU and the agriculture department to regularly interact with the farmers to apprise them of the latest technology and research.

Dr Manjit Singh Kang, VC, said the kisan mela offered a platform to the farmers and they should make maximum use of this forum.



860 gm tumour taken out from heart
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 13
In a complex surgical procedure that lasted for more than two hours, cardio-thoracic surgeons at a hospital here removed a tumour weighing 860 gm from the surface of the heart of a female patient. The normal weight of a female heart is just about 225 gm.

According to Dr K.C. Mukherjee, cardiac surgeon at SPS Apollo Hospial, Rajwinder Kaur (27) was suffering from severe chest pain and breathing problem for the past one month. 



Livestock fair at GADVASU 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 13
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal inaugurated a livestock fair at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) here today. Vice-chancellor V.K. Taneja was the guest of honour. “Uromin Lick”, a feed supplement prepared by the nutrition department was released by Badal on this occasion.

Director, extension education, O.S.Parmar, revealed that the main attraction of fair was the show of animals like murrah buffaloes, bulls, crossbred cows, goats, pigs, rabbit, poultry, and fish. Monthly Punjabi magazine “Vigyanik Pashu Palan” was also released on the occasion. The books on animal husbandry, university highlights and GADVASU diary were also available for the farmers.

All departments of the university, including the Punjab dairy development and fisheries departments, Milkfed, Markfed, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and milk processing machinery had put up their stalls in exhibition. Various associations like the progressive dairy farmers association, Punjab piggery farmers association, innovative fish farmers association and the Punjab goat farmers association had also put up their stalls. 



Depositor seeks action for postal fraud 
Our Correspondent

Amloh, September 13
Madan Lal, resident of Gobindpura village near here, posted as line-man at Bhadson sub-division office of the PSEB, who believed that the post-office deposits were the safest, was not aware that he would be defrauded in small saving deposits. Talking to mediapersons, he disclosed photo copies of his complaint submitted to senior superintendent, post officer, Patiala, and senior officer of the department at Chandigarh. He has alleged misappropriation of Rs 1 lakh 46 thousand and 800.

It was alleged in the complaint that he opened six small-saving accounts in the name of his family members and deposited Rs 50,000 in each of the four accounts and Rs 44,000 in two accounts. He was surprised to know, out of Rs 2 lakh 44 thousand, only Rs 97,200 were shown in the post office record.

On August 27, a complaint was given to the senior superintendent and on August 28, he presented a complaint to N.C.Kalia, CPMG, Punjab circle in Chandigarh. Superintendent Mohinder Singh recorded the statement of concerned persons on September 1 at Bhadson post office and took the pass books containing entries in his custody. But no case has been registered till date, said the complainant.

When contacted, the in charge, Bhadson sub-post office Renu Malhotra said the statements were recorded but enquiry was still pending. 



CSD canteen inaugurated
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, September 13
The CSD canteen was today inaugurated by NRI Buta Singh, chairman welfare society of ex-servicemen, at Lopon Ashram, Jagraon, which has become operational from today. This shall be open on second and fourth Thursdays of every month from 10 am to 4 pm. Col. Bhag Singh, VSM president of Indian ex-services league, Punjab and Chandigarh unit, Ludhiana, said this has been possible due to their long struggle carried in collaboration with the district Sainik Board.



Traffic congestion

Ludhiana city is facing a lot of traffic problems. Recently, with the publishing of news by Ludhiana Tribune, the Traffic Police department came to action and as the result traffic congestion problem in Ghumar Mandi, Mall road and Malhar cinema road has been solved. Similarly, there is traffic congestion at Dugri Bridge, particularly in the evening as the bridge is very narrow. There is heavy rush of scooters, cars, three wheelers and other vehicles coming from Preet Palace side. Urban Estate Welfare Society, Dugri, have brought this problem in to the notice of the authorities concerned from time to time but no action was taken.

H S Lamba, Ludhiana.

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One held for theft
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 13
The Dehlon police has arrested a member of a gang of thieves and recovered two motorcycles from his possession. The vehicles were stolen from Rania village in Ludhiana Sadar police area and Jagera Bridge near here.

According to Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, a police party led by Prem Singh, SHO, Dehlon, had arrested Sat Pal, son of Rulda Singh of Chhanna village, during a naka.



In-laws booked in dowry case 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 13
Neha (24), a resident of Model Town Extension, got married less than two years ago and her in-laws have allegedly been harassing her. An English (Honours) graduate from Khalsa College, Gujjarkhan campus, Neha was married to Anurag Chhabra, a local business, on May 5, 2005.

Despite all this, she was consistently being harassed by her husband and in-laws for bringing a small car in her dowry. During her one and a half years of marriage, she was allegedly beaten up by her husband. ‘‘I would often hear from my in-laws that Anurag never liked me. He doubted my character and would often tell me to sign divorce papers. I lived in that house like an unwanted guest and was constantly taunted,” she alleged.

She was not even allowed to meet her parents and make a call to them. After going through all this, Neha was sent home on October 6, 2006, by her mother in-law on the pretext of observing “karva chauth” at her parents’ house. After two days, her father got a feeler through a cycle parts manufacturers association that she would not be called by her in-laws.

‘‘I was really upset. My husband filed a divorce suit in a local court. Later, he filed another suit in the women cell in January,” she added. After her husband refused to take her back, the Model Town police booked Anurag Chhabra, his father Jagdish Chhabra and mother Shakuntla Chhabra under Sections 406, 498 of the IPC on May 5. Since then the accused are absconding. 



Kent launches dental jet
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 13
Kent RO Systems has launched Kent Ozone Dental Jet - a high pressure ozonised water jet for daily dental cleaning.

The product is a high pressure jet to clean hidden or stuck food particles between the teeth or in the crevices. It supplies a sharp water jet mixed with ozone gas, a natural disinfectant which sterilises and disinfects the mouth by killing harmful germs, the company said in a press note issued here today.

The product is available across the country at a price of Rs 4,500.



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