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'Rude'principal gets it
Students, staff go on the rampage
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana October 1
Teachers and students of Satyawati Oswal Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, G.T.Road, Miller Ganj, here, protested against the "dictatorial attitude" of the school principal here today.

Sore over the rude behaviour of the principal, the teachers alleged that they were not even allowed to sit or have their lunch together during the break. Students, too, supported the teachers and even broke the school furniture.

The teachers said principal Rakesh Kumari always threatened all teachers of dire consequences without any reason. One of the agitating teachers said they were on strike against the misbehaviour of the principal.

He said, "We had complained against the erring principal to the management a few months back also but no step has been taken by them. Instead, the principal has started taking more liberties and we feel as if we are not teachers but prisoners in a jail".

Another teacher said once they were all standing outside the school premises when some students of IX and X classes had started throwing plants and chairs, etc, on the ground floor. "The principal and some other teachers, who were inside the school, had never tried to stop those students. Instead, they levelled allegations against us that we had instigated those students to do such an act", said another teacher.

R.P.Singh, one of the representatives of the management, said the teachers were taking management at ransom. He said the principal had been cooperative to all teachers always, but discipline in the school had to be maintained at any cost.

"The teachers have their own vested interests and have no major issues. If they damage public property (through students) like this, management will raise objection? They are the role models to the students, they should know how to maintain decorum in the school", he said.



Parents sore over school facilities
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
Parents of a number of students of G.D.Goenka School here levelled allegations against the school management for not providing enough facilities to their wards as mentioned in the prospectus. They said there was no sufficient playground for students and the school was frequently changing their teachers. "The studies of our wards get disturbed and the courses have not been completed yet", alleged one of the parent.

Another parent said they had paid admission fee of Rs 35,000, apart from monthly tuition fee of Rs 2,000. "There are no good books in the library and just six computers for hundreds of students", he said.

Principal Deep Bedi said a majority parents were satisfied with the school performance. "We always want to recruit smart, young teachers, especially for junior section. One of the English teachers was on the family way and took a long leave. We were unable to find a good teacher in her absence for 15 days. The syllabus got a little delayed and parents started screaming at us to sign a bond with the teachers that they will not leave school for an year or so. How can it be possible? I took the classes of students. We have assured them that we will be held responsible for everything. But they refuse to listen to us", said Deep Bedi.



DC office: More problems, few solutions
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
Everyday there is a long queue of people outside the Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner’s office. They come from different places in the district. At best, they are referred further to some other official and at worst the DC is not available and they have to come again.

It is in exceptional cases only that the problems get solved and the rarest of the rare chances that the problem is solved instantly. Otherwise, complaints keep on being referred to one official or the other. If nothing gets done, the complainant returns to the DC after travelling around so many offices for so many days.

Like in the case of 85-year-old Piara Singh of Bhallak Gugran village, near here, who has been making rounds of the DC office for about two months. His case is not that difficult. He has won a case against Kuldeep Singh over the ownership of about five and a half kanals of land. But revenue officials are not demarcating his land.

He told The Tribune that whenever he approaches the DC, he is referred to ADC or the SDM or the tehsildar.

In another example, Ranjit Singh of Malod village has been seeking compensation from a rice sheller owner who is throwing the paddy husk into his field. He alleged that his crops had been damaged. He has also been making rounds of the office for about last two months.

An official, while clarifying about marking the applications to different departments, pointed out: “Suppose a complaint is against a police official, it has to be referred to the SSP.” He said it did certainly take time to follow it up. “You cannot expect the DC to do miracles or keep on following up each and every complaint that he marks to the officials,” he said.

What mattered was the follow up of the complaints. If a DC marked a complaint, case or application to any official, it was like an order and it had to be followed. It was the duty of the applicant to follow it up. “He can come back to the DC if the work is not done,” the official said. And that is exactly what is happening. 



For some, Gandhi's birthday means empty stomach
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
They take shelter under Mahatma Gandhi's memorial when he remains forgotten throughout the year. But these homeless are shooed away from his bust, put up on old GT Road, when the ‘‘ritual’’ of remembering him is performed on his birth and death anniversary twice a year.

A number of such people, who are without a house here, spend the night and even run their small time businesses.

But they will be forced to stay away when some important persons will pay tributes to the father of nation on his birth anniversary tomorrow.

For Sham Lal, a tea vendor, sitting under the memorial, the day will mean no earnings as he will not be allowed to sit there. ‘‘I will not come here tomorrow and attend to other chores as I cannot go and start selling tea anywhere. There are set clients like shopkeepers. They will not follow me to get their tea, ’’ he said, while adding that he would stay away only instead of being pushed away.

Another vendor, selling religious knick knacks near the memorial, said he too would stay away. Otherwise, the MC employees would come and throw his belongings that would mean losing money for him. ‘‘I will sit near some other temple tomorrow. Then we will come back in the evening,’’ he said.

Mahatma Gandhi might have fought for the downtrodden throughout his life. But these impoverished people would have no sympathiser on his birth anniversary.

Raj Kumari, who has found a home for herself and her two children at his memorial, does not know she will be pushed from there. Her children play near the memorial throughout the day when she is busy begging to arrange for two square meals.



No bhangra, it’s ‘Rockilution’

Ludhiana, October 1
The latest fashion in Ludhiana is not a bhangra contest, but what is known as “Rockilution” - a rock music contest.

The city went plumb crazy recently and swayed to performances by four professional bands from Punjab at “Rockilution”. The event was marked by drum beats, funky guitars and high-pitched vocals.

“The Innovatives”, “Wasted Soul”, “21 Rebel Street” and “Shell Shocked”, all joined to prove their talent in a pulsating contest organised at the Ludhiana Club.

“We have performed all over India, including Dhanbad, Pilani and IIT Roorkee. If we get promotion and sponsors from good brands, we definitely have a mileage,” said one of the members of “The Innovatives”.

“I have adopted Western and European style. The Westerners and Europeans are following Indian culture, so there is nothing wrong with us adopting their culture. It is like sharing each other’s culture,” said a member of another rock band.

The contest, which will hit seven cities across the country, promises to reward the winning band with a contract with a music company and a chance to cut its own album.

“This is the first rock show and the response has been good. But I want response to improve,” said an organiser of the competition. — ANI



Ex- tehsildar booked for forgery 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
A tehsildar posted as sub-registrar here in 2002, who had allegedly pocketed lakhs of rupees by preparing a duplicate sale deed of a plot in the Sherpur area in connivance of his employees and a car dealer, has been booked for cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy on a complaint of plot owner Satwinder Kaur.

The complainant resides in street No. 4 in Partap Nagar. She had to wait for five years to get justice. The case was being investigated by the economic offence wing. The FIR registered under Sections 420,465,467,468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC does not name the official. It also does not name the accused vehicle dealer, only a few persons of AV Motors were booked for buying the land.

Focal Point SHO Sandeep Kumar said the deputy commissioner had not issued orders for registering a case against them. The SHO said they would be arrested only after the economic offence wing completes its probe.

He is the second official from the revenue department to be booked for fraud within a week. Earlier, on September 23, the Model Town police had booked Jatinder Kumar, a patwari, on the charge of tampering with the revenue record of a drain and a piece of land at Jawaddi village. He had connived to usurp major portion of the drain. The patwari was booked on the recommendation of the deputy commissioner.

The deputy commissioner had conducted an inquiry on the complaint of Shashi Bharti of Jawaddi. The patwari was accused of dereliction of duty and for not informing senior officials about the drain being encroached upon.



Excise raid on yarn manufacturers

Chandigarh, October 1
The Directorate-General of Central Excise Intelligence today conducted raids on two yarn manufacturing units in Ludhiana for evading excise duty through “illegal” means. The directorate has estimated duty evasion to the tune of Rs 1 crore, sources said.

The raids were also conducted on the residence of owners of the units and its dealers who used to buy yarn from these units.

The units, manufacturing acrylic and polyester yarn, have been evading the central excise duty through “clandestine” removal of goods from the factory and undervaluation of manufactured items, the sources said.

“Owners were not recording the transactions on the central excise invoices while removing the goods from the factory in a bid to evade the excise duty. They were also engaged into the practice of under-invoicing of the finished goods for duty evasion purposes,” they said.

The excise duty on yarn was 16 per cent in 2004 and thereafter it stood at 8 per cent.

Joint director of the Directorate-General of Central Excise Intelligence Azajuddin has confirmed about the raids while refusing to divulge more details regarding this whole operation. —PTI



1 killed in accident
Our Correspondent

Amloh, October 1
One person was killed on the spot near Preet Nursing Home here yesterday when he was hit by a bus. The Bhadson police has impounded the bus (PB11W 0393).

The victim was identified as Rachhpal Singh (60), a resident of ward no. 8. He was returning home after taking medicine from a doctor. 



Blood Donation Day celebrated
Call to make blood donation a mass movement
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 1
To commemorate National Voluntary Blood Donation Day, a function was organised by Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here today.

Dr Amarjit Kaur, professor and head of Transfusion Medicine, said October 1 was observed as National Voluntary Blood Donation Day with the objective of creating awareness of blood donation and safe blood for transfusion to the critically ill patient which was only possible by regular voluntary blood donation.

"The message has to be conveyed to all donors so that blood donation can become a mass movement," she stressed.

The function marked the felicitation of more than 60 organisations and individuals from all across the state for their overwhelming support and contribution towards voluntary blood donation movement. Besides, the medical and paramedical staff of DMCH, who have been regularly donating blood at different occasions, were also honoured.

A slogan competition was held in the hospital in which MBBS and B.Sc. (Nursing) students participated. The winners were given awards by the dignitaries present at the function.

DMCH principal Daljit Singh emphasised the need to promote the noble cause of voluntary blood donation while observing that people must understand the importance of blood donation and come forward voluntarily to prevent blood shortages.

Prominent among those present were Prem Gupta, secretary of managing society, Dr Charanjit Kaur Mahal, principal, Guru Nanak Girls College, chief cardiologist of HDHI, Dr G S Wander, vice-principal of DMCH Dr J. Wig, medical superintendents Dr Sandeep Puri, Dr Rajoo Singh Chhina and Dr Jasbir Kaur, principal, College of Nursing.

Meanwhile, as a part of the National Voluntary Blood Donation Day celebrations by district health administration at the Civil Hospital, students of Sargodha Khalsa Model School took out an awareness rally which was flagged off by Dr Kuldip Kaur Sahni, senior medical officer. Painting and poster-making competition on the theme of blood donation were also organised.

Prominent blood donors, including Master Sham Sunder Khanna, who had donated blood for 65 times, were honoured.

Dr Jasbir Singh, blood transfusion officer, Dr Sumeeta Sehdev, paediatrician and Dr Yash Pal Mehta, deputy medical commissioner, spoke about the importance of voluntary blood donation.



BSNL celebrates seventh anniversary
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
Employees of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) celebrated the seventh anniversary of BSNL, here today.

Addressing the employees, S.K. Nigam, general manager, telecom, said the employees should strive even harder to improve services provided by the organisation.

“We should continue working towards the betterment of our organisation and results would follow. Customers should be given topmost priority,” he said.

The programme began with a song from BSNL employee Amar Singh. The students of BCM presented gidhha.



Training programme on plant disease diagnostics 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
The department of plant pathology, PAU, will organise an ICAR sponsored advanced training programme on “Plant Disease Diagnostics” from October 3 to 23. The director of this programme Dr S.K.Mann said this type of training was extremely important for timely detection and diagnosis of plant pathogens in planting material. 

The training will equip the participants with accurate forecast of diseases to improve the precision of chemical application as well taking other control measures. The training is being coordinated by Dr T.S. Thind and Dr S.S. Kang under the overall supervision of Dr H.S. Rewal, head of the department. 

Twenty-five participants from various SAU’s and ICAR institutes, representing state of HP, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Karnataka, Haryana, Manipur, UP, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir will attend the training. Lectures and practicals by eminent plant pathology scientists on quick detection of plant pathogens in the seed and planting material will be held in this training programme. 



1 held on abduction charge

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 1
The local police has arrested one of the two accused who had been booked under Section 363, 366-A and 120 B of the IPC for abducting a girl on pretext of marrying her and attempting to rape her.

Sheesh Pal Singh of Umarpura village was arrested for allegedly abducting a Class IX student of Government Senior Secondary School, Nathumajra. Another accused, Jasbir Singh, is still at large. — OC



Textile industry can provide more jobs: Kang 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
The clothing and textiles departments could play an important role in catering to the burgeoning manpower needs of the textile industry. This was the observation of the vice-chancellor of PAU, Dr M.S.Kang. He said this while interacting with participants attending an ICAR-sponsored winter school on “Developing competitive skills in apparel design, production and marketing” today at department of clothing and textiles, college of home science. He opined that being the second largest producer in the world, the textile and apparel industry in India has the potential to generate employment for a number of youth at all levels.

While giving the details of the school, course director and head, clothing and textiles, Dr Neelam Grewal said efforts were being made to bring in experts from the industry, professional bodies, facilitating and service agencies such as NITRA Power Loom Centre and the textiles committee for delivering lectures and holding demonstration to scale up the knowledge and skills of the participants that have come from different parts of the country.

An exhibition of the product range developed by Fashion Technology Park, Mohali, Venezia, Ludhiana and Patiala Handicraft and Handloom was also arranged on the occasion.

Dr Meda Ukalkar, associate professor and head of the clothing and textiles department, MAU, Parbhani (Maharashtra), shared her experiences of the winter school with the audience. Other present on the occasion were Dr Sushma Jaswal, dean, College of Home Science, Dr Subhashani Verma and M.K. Virk, heads of department of food and nutrition and family resource management, respectively.



Traders rush to deposit form-C on last day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
A large number of traders gathered outside the Excise and Taxation office in Mini Secretariat for depositing their form-C, for the goods traded outside the state, on the last date for submitting these forms here today.

On account of three consecutive holidays till yesterday, the rush was heavier than expected. To deal with large number of traders, the department has decided to accept returns till 10 p.m. today. Even as the industry expressed its unhappiness for not extending the last date, excise department officials said action would be taken against those found erring. A large number of those who could not deposit their form-C due to it non-availability deposited the balance amount of the Central Sales Tax (CST) in banks that were accepting it.

“We will work till late evening for accepting the forms as only after receiving them assessment procedure could be completed. Action will be taken against those who fail to furnish form-C as it is for the 2005-06 fiscal that the forms are to be submitted,” said assistant excise and taxation officer Amrit Kaur Gill.

The last date for submitting these forms had been extended a few times as the industry was finding difficulty in procuring form-C from other states. Industry, this time to, had demanded that the last date be extended by another three months, which the department did not accede to.

“We are quite unhappy that the last date was not extended. We have been continually requesting the government to reconsider it as we have been facing difficulty in obtaining these forms from other states. It is unfair on the part of the government for not extending the date as now traders who have not been able to submit the forms run the risk of being penalised. This despite the fact that the government will not suffer any revenue loss if these forms are not submitted,” said Varinder Kapoor, general secretary, united cycle and parts manufacturers association.

The excise department, however, contended that the date had already been extended on number of occasions. Officials said the industry was asked to submit the list in cases where it was unable to obtain forms. As it helps the department in verifying whether the details furnished in the returns are correct or not, the assessment process remains incomplete till these forms are submitted.

Ludhiana has roughly 55,000 traders who are assessed for VAT of which those engaged in selling goods outside the state are required to submit these forms.



Impose duty on bicycle imports, says industry
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 1
Finding themselves uncompetitive in front of China due to continues rise in steel prices, the local industry today demanded that the government should impose anti-dumping duty on imports of bicycles and engineering goods from China and also control steel prices.

“Rapidly rising steel prices are deteriorating the condition of bicycle and cycle-part industries. To top it cheaper imports of these products from China are aggravating the adverse impact. Industry is growing uncompetitive and there is a need to take strong measures for tackling the situation,” said Inderjit Singh Pardhan, president, Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU), here today.

He said, “Steel is a basic raw material for the cycle, cycle parts manufacturers and engineering goods manufacturing industries and continues rise in its prices was hitting the industry, particularly small-scale units.



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