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Heated exchanges among SAD councillors
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, December 7
The first business meeting of the municipal corporation’s general house witnessed heated exchanges between two factions of the ruling SAD councillors and a stern warning from mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura to the elected representatives after Simarjit Singh Bains of the SAD levelled allegations of corruption against commissioner Vikas Partap.

Reacting to the allegations levelled by the councillor, the commissioner left the meeting in a huff as Bains refused to listen to him. Other senior officers, present in the meeting, also followed suit and gathered outside the hall and raised slogans against the Bains to express their solidarity with the commissioner.

The matter was raised by Bains, a known adversary of the mayor within the party, as soon as the proceedings began and a few items on the agenda were about to be discussed. He alleged that bills worth Rs 2.5 crore were approved by the municipal officials in relation to preliminary survey, drawing and design of a proposed flyover at the Campa Cola Chowk in the city and the contractor, entrusted with the work was reported to have paid Rs 25 lakh as bribe to the commissioner.

The stunned house watched a walk out by the entire municipal council officials and angry protest by the staff outside the meeting venue for more than half-an- hour. Sat Pal Gosain, deputy speaker, Harish Rai Dhanda, chief parliamentary secretary, and Darshan Singh Shivalik, MLA, intervened and the commissioner, along with other officers rejoined the meeting and the proceedings were resumed.

Mayor Giaspura, senior deputy mayor Parveen Bansal, as also leader of the Congress councillors Prem Mittal condemned the manner in which the SAD councillor had raised the issue in the house without any substantiating evidence. The mayor said remarks made by Bains were expunged from the proceedings of the meeting.

The house, thereafter, gave its nod to development works relating to carpeting and strengthening of roads, pavement of streets, augmentation of water supply and sewerage, maintenance of parks, providing street lights and other civic works worth Rs 50 crore from the quota of councillors in different parts of the city.

Some items like purchase of material, approval of commercial building plans and use of fly ash were put on the hold till sub-committees for this purpose were formed and the issues were reviewed by the committee. 



Bar Council Election
Battleline drawn in ‘sensitive’ Ludhiana 
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, December 7
With voting for elections to the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana scheduled to be held tomorrow, candidates have gone all-out to woo voters. The last day of canvassing turned out to be a power show, in which the voter became the VVIP.

The Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana has declared Ludhiana a sensitive booth.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune from Chandigarh, Rajeev Duggal returning officer said former bar association president Jagmohan Singh Warraich has been appointed observer for Ludhiana. In order to avoid any untoward incident, letters have been written to deputy commissioner and SSP for providing “extra security” arrangements.

Assistant district attorneys and additional district attorney would not be entitled to cast vote. Their names have been deleted from the voter’s list under the decision of High Court, added Duggal.

SSP (Ludhiana) R.K. Jaiswal said they would ensure peaceful elections. SP City-I Dr Sukhchain Singh has been instructed to take preventive measures.

He said outsiders would not be allowed near the polling booth at district courts complex.

Sources claimed that the reason for declaring Ludhiana sensitive was that Harish Narang, a close associate of chief parliamentary secretary Harish Rai Dhanda, Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) member Harpeet Singh Garcha were contesting the election. The latter is the son of former MLA and senior Akali leader Mann Singh Garcha.

Another contestant is sitting member of Bar Council Balwinder Goel. He had remained president of the District Bar Association Ludhiana twice. His candidature is being strongly backed by present District Bar Association president Hemant Kalia.

Another contestant Kulwant Singh Boparai is heavily relying upon the support of local lawyers.

The voting will start at 10 am and end at 5 pm in Bar room at the district court complex. There are around 2,500 voters in the Ludhiana district, out of which 1,902 voters are registered with Ludhiana city booth.

There are 134 contestants in the fray for 25 seats. Voting will be held at Khanna, Samrala and Jagraon subdivisions as well.

Several senior bureaucrats and politicians have been canvassing for their candidates.



7-yr RI for killing wife
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 7
Additional sessions judge Gurbir Singh has sentenced Jagjit Singh of Khurshaidpur village, Sidhwan Bet, to seven-year rigorous imprisonment on charges of killing his wife. A fine of Rs 2,000 has also been imposed on him.

Delivering the verdict, the judge held that the accused had hit his wife on the head, with the knowledge that it was likely to cause her death.

On the other hand, the accused pleaded innocence. He said his wife had hit him and in self-defence, he had thrown a brick toward her. He had no intention to kill her, he had contended. 



BVP distributes woollens among 250 students 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, December 7
The local unit of the Bharat Vikas Parishad (BVP) in association with M/s Pawan Commodity Private Ltd organised a function at Ram Bhawan here today to provide woollens to the needy students.

DEO Roshan Lal Sood was the chief guest and the function was presided over by the former district governor of the Lion Club International, Sawanjeet Singh Bagly.

As many as 250 students from elementary schools were given woollens. Vikas Prishas PRO, Prof RK Sharma, acted as the state secretary. BEO Surjeet Kaur was honoured for her services in the filled of education.

The chief guest lauded the roll played by NGO’s and social organisations to promote sports and education which help to eradicate social evils of drug-abuse and female foeticide. Rajesh Gupta, company director of Pawan Company, assured the audience that the company will always work for the welfare of the people. 



Wax statue for Badal on his birthday
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 7
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s birthday tomorrow is an event of special joy for wax sculptor Chander Shekhar Prabhakar who has made a wax statue of the CM as a tribute to the political leader. The life size statue, which gives an illusion of a “real Badal”, took this artist nearly 4 months to complete.

Shekhar, who has created 24 statues so far, said he was quite impressed with the Chief Minister’s integrity and political acumen and it was these qualities that encouraged him to make the statue.

The artist now waits for the birthday celebrations to unveil this creation, after which it would be sent to the Hardy’s World wax museum here.

Among Prabhakar’s highly appreciated statues are the ones of Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh, Indira Gandhi, former President Kalam and several others. Making these statues is a hobby for which he charges nothing.

The inspiration to create them, he says, came on a visit to Madam Tassaud's museum in UK. “Creating them fills my heart with joy. Seeing the life sized statues, which look very real, gives me immense satisfaction. I feel quite happy when people appreciate the art and enjoy seeing them.” 



500 Nihangs seek govt’s help
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 7
A delegation of about 500 Nihangs from the district gathered at the deputy commissioner’s office and handed over a representation urging the government to stop Bhai Balbir Singh from occupying the powerful seat of the Nihang sect.

Jathedar Kulvir Singh Khalsa, a sect leader of the Ludhiana district, said:” Till Baba Santa Singh was alive, none else can become the sect leader. This was against the sect’s tenet. ”

The Jathedar alleged that Bhai Balbir Singh had amassed huge property “illegally” and added that he should clarify before continuing to hold the highest seat. The Nihangs also demanded that Baba Santa Singh should immediately be transferred to the PGI for better care.



Labour lok adalat held
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 7
The District Legal Services Authority today organised a labour lok-adalat under the supervision of Additional Sessions Judge-cum-Presiding Officer of Labour Court, H.P.S Mahal.

As many as 26 cases were settled by persuading the labourers and their employees. An amount of Rs 1,35,274 was disbursed to the labourers. Pappu Abinash Singh, member of Legal Services Authority, Chaman Lal Vashisht, Bar Association President, Labour Court, P.D. Sharma, representatives of labourers, Bhola Nath and Nageshwar Singh actively participated in the lok-adalat. 



Excise officials raid factory
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 7
Officials of the state Excise and Taxation Department raided Garg Acrylics on the Kanganwal Road here today.

A team of officials, including ETOs G.S. Bal, Parkash Singh and Naresh on directions of AETC H.P.S.Ghotra carried out the raid today morning.

The officials reviewed the stock lying at the factory and also directed the assessee to produce sale and purchase details, records of which were computerised, said one of the ETOs. The department is investigating the details. 



Admn celebrates Armed Forces Flag Day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 7
In a yearly ritual, the district administration celebrated the Armed Forces Flag Day and cleaned the statue of flying officer Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon, which carried filth for entire year.

The statue of flying officer who sacrificed his life in the service of the nation receives birds dropping for the entire year and no one care to clean the statue, except for this day.

The statue of Nirmaljit Singh is situated at a corner with his Rocket No. IE1079 in the mini secretariat ground.

Today, the ground’s man was hurriedly washing the statue and the rocket, before the arrival of DC Sumer Singh Gurjar.

Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon grounded two rockets of the rivals and sacrificed his life in the battle of December 14, 1971 war. He was posthumously awarded with the Param Vir Chakra award.

K.B.S Sodhi said, “We are more indulged in glorifying Bollywood heroes rather than the real heroes who sacrificed their life in the service of the nation.”   



Inactive not inefficient

The PAU scientists are not inefficient, but have been inactive because of lack of required funds by the previous governments since 1983-84. The vice -chancellors brought this difficulty before the faculty.

The faculty was asked to carryout research on those projects only, which did not require extra funds. Or they had to arrange funds from other agencies. As time passed, the day came when Dr G.S. Kalkat had to make payment of salary from university’s provident fund of employees.

Even for the purchase of tractors or establishment of tubewells, the Encalyptus at the boundary was auctioned. The present generation scientists are very intelligent and more technically sound than their teachers. They are capable of delivering the desired results, provided sufficient funds are made available to the university

The present vice-chancellor is capable of taking the university to new heights. Government should create internal competition by filling vacant posts of teachers which is very necessary for research and development.

K.K. Sharma, Ludhiana 



Man shot at for seeking refund; 2 held 
Tribune News Service

Mandi Gobindgarh, December 7
The local police have booked three persons for having allegedly shot at a youth who had asked them to repay the loan they had taken from him.

According to the police, Munish Kumar, a resident of Shivpuri locality, was reportedly shot at by Sukhwinder Singh, a resident of Ambhemajra village and his two accomplices, Gurcharan Singh and Rupinder Singh, both resident of Nasrali locality. The three owed some money that they had taken from Munish as loan some time ago. Recently, Munish had asked them to repay the loan, which resulted in the shot out, the police added. Munish sustained serious gun shot injury and was immediately rushed the hospital.

The police said as per the victim’s statement, the three accused descended on his (Munish’s) house at 9.30 p.m. and beckoned him outside. Following this the three started beating him up and in the process Sukhwinder Singh took out his .32 caliber revolver and fired at Munish that hit him in his stomach causing serious injury.

Hearing the gun shot, Munish’s mother rushed out and raised an alarm on seeing her son laying in a pool of blood. Seeing neighbours approaching, they fled from the crime scene. Munish was taken to the local civil hospital from where he was referred to DMC, Ludhiana.

A police team rushed to the spot and registered a case against the three accused. Though, Sukhwinder and Gurcharan have been arrested, the third accused Rupinder Singh, is absconding, the police added.  



Nursing institute introduces new courses
Tribune News Service

Mandi Gobindgarh, December 7
A team from the Waiariki Institute of Technology, New Zealand, today visited the Desh Bhagat School of Nursing, Mandi Gobindgarh, where they started a degree course in nursing after the completion of diploma. 

Alison Anderson, nursing lecturer, and Robin Uncles, course coordinators, from New Zealand said the course had been introduced for the pass out students of general nursing who wanted to upgrade their professional skills. They said the courses would commence in July, next year.

Principal of the Desh Bhagat School of Nursing, Kuldip Longia, said it was an opportunity for the students to receive world class education. He also motivated the students to upgrade their education, knowledge and skills to meet global challenges.

Chairman of the institute, Dr Zora Singh, said viewing the interest of younger generation to study abroad, the institute had decided to go for international tie-ups so that the students could take opportunity to go for further studies in 
New Zealand after completing home studies at Desh Bhagat. 



Students call off strike
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 7
Agitating students of the College of Agricultural Engineering at Punjab Agricultural University today called off the strike after a round of discussion with Prof M.S.Kang, the vice-chancellor.

Students were demanding that the university should withdraw its move to deduct marks in the papers in which the students could not appear during the mid-term examination.

Amanpreet Singh, student, said the VC heard them patiently and assured to help the students of second and third semester. 



BCM tiny tots take part in athletics meet
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 7
Excitement and enthusiasm marked the three-day long Annual Athletics Meet of kindergarten section at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School grounds in Shastri Nagar here today. Students attired in myriad coloured dresses, danced to the tunes of western and folk beats and mesmerised the spectators with their rhythmic steps.

Tiny tots really had a gala time having fun and frolic, away from their regular classroom learning.

Results: UKG-A (camel race): Sahil Gosain 1st, Amritpal 2nd, Dhruv 3rd; UKG-B (partner race): Vasu- Anhbav 1st, Bhanik- Himanshi 2nd, Jasroop and Nikita 3rd; UKG-C (kangaroo race): Gautam Mehta 1st, Utsa 2nd, Abhinav 3rd.

UKG- D (watering and pot race: Ajay Vir 1st, Damanpreet 2nd, Mudit Beri 3rd; UKG-E (back race): Diksha 1st, Arya 2nd, Samridhi 3rd; UKG-F (sack race): Anchal Goswami 1st, Bhavika Goyal 2nd, Vanshika Bajaj 3rd.

UKG- G(obstacle race): Neeraj 1st, Akshay 2nd, Anmol 3rd; UKG-H (one -leg bird race): Lovelin Kaur 1st, Parbhkirat 2nd, Gaurav Jain 3rd; UKG- I (patato race): Tanish 1st, Udai 2nd, Jayan 3rd.

Father’s race: Ritesh 1st, Sanjay Singla 2nd, Anup Ghulati 3rd.

Mother’s race: Anju Chugh 1st, Sutapa 2nd, Rajni 3rd. 



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