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Servant strangulates 2 sisters, flees
Manish Sirhindi & Lovleen Bains
Tribune News Service

Chamkoiyan (Khanna), February 16
Two women aged 75 and 65 years were strangulated late last night by the servant they had hired about a month ago. Their bodies were found in their house by neighbours in the morning.

Bhupinder Kaur (75) and Amar Kaur (65), who lived with their brother Teja Singh, were done to death by their servant, Manu, who fled away after committing the crime. Preliminary investigations revealed that both were murdered with an intention to loot the house. According to Teja Singh, about 200 grams of gold and Rs 10,000 in cash was missing from the house.

Both women, who were unmarried, lived with Teja Singh and their nephews, Laddi and Lali, were staying with them for the past few days. Last night, Teja Singh along with his nephew, Laddi, had gone to visit their relatives at Nathumajra village, while Lali, who is mentally disabled, was stayed back.

Manu, who belonged to Bihar, made Lali drink some intoxicant and locked him on the terrace of the house after which he tied the hands of both women and throttled them to death. The police was examining the manner in which the crime had been committed, it appeared that Manu was accompanied by two or more accomplices, but the exact number of persons involved in the crime was yet to be ascertained.

SSP Gautam Cheema said though the body of Amar Kaur was found in the dairy of the house, Bhupinder Kaur’s body was found dead in the house itself. The house had been completed ransacked, he added.

A team of senior officials of the district police reached the spot to take stock of the situation following which it recorded the statements of other villagers. None reportedly heard anything last night and the crime was executed in a professional manner, the police added.

The SSP said police teams had been dispatched and special checks were being conducted at nearby railway stations and bus stands in order to prevent Manu from fleeing. He said the police had already stumbled upon a number of clues and the accused were likely to be nabbed soon.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the victims had not got the credentials of their recently hired servant verified by the police.



Senate Election
Teachers seek Central status for Panjab University
Favour check on ‘acadmic shops’

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
Academicians, including a few Senate and Syndicate members of Panjab University, Chandigarh, feel that there were certain issues, which require immediate attention for improving the academic standards of the university.

The long-pending issues raised during the coming Senate elections in September, will immediately be noticed by the policy-makers of higher education.

PCCTU president Dr Kuldip Singh said in the coming Senate elections, for which canvassing and campaigning had already begun, members wanted one representative of the government college teachers’ association (GCTA) and the Punjab and Chandigarh college teachers’ union (PCCTU) as ex-officio member or special invitee to the Senate like that of the Panjab University Teachers’ Association (PUTA) president. He said they fully supported the demand of granting Central university status to Panjab University but at the same time would not allow colleges of Punjab being disaffiliated from it.

President of the Punjab educationists forum Tarsem Bahia said they would focus on compliance of university calendar regarding the service conditions of teachers which includes demands like 10 per cent deduction on total salary in colleges affiliated to it, implementation of six months maternity leave for women teachers and also to make provision of paternity leave for men teachers as per the Punjab government’s rules.

He added that they would seek strict implementation of calendar’s provisions while granting affiliation to newly- established institutions to check the mushrooming of “academic shops”.

Former PCCTU president Prof K.B.S. Sodhi said pending demands would be raised during these elections. There was a need to improve the service conditions of Panjab University teachers. “Medical insurance must be provided to the teachers in case of exigencies while being on duty. There was need for evolving a mechanism so that teachers are not harassed by principals or managements for completing their refresher or orientation courses.

Sodhi said the Senate should jointly try to revive the state- funded education so that it might be imparted to each and everyone.



NRI accused of sexual exploitation
Tribune News Service

Payal (Khanna), February 16
The district police today issued a Look Out Notice (LOC) for an NRI who was yesterday booked on charge of sexually exploiting a 16-year-old girl. Mewa Singh, an NRI, was booked after the girl’s father, a resident of Sayian village, in a complaint lodged with the police alleged that Mewa Singh continued to sexually exploit the girl on pretext taking care of her. The father stated that Mewa Singh had adopted her daughter and had promised that he would take good care of her and would bear all expenses of her education and marriage.

He alleged that the NRI continued to exploit her and later left his daughter with his in-laws at Gobindpura village near Payal.

He had stated that the Mewa Singh had met his in-laws and wished to adopt his daughter. He said the family in hope of finding a better future for their daughter allowed him to take care of their daughter.

A few days Mewa Singh told him that his daughter had eloped with Pavittar Singh as both wanted to get married. However, after a few days his daughter called him up on his mobile and told her that the NRI was sexually exploiting her and wanted her to marry Pavittar Singh.



Now, traders campaign for one-way traffic
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
The controversial issue of imposing one-way traffic from the National Road to Ghumar Mandi has not only resulted confrontation between the police and shopkeepers but also divided them into two groups. Earlier, one of the groups had employed private guards to regulate the traffic. Now, another group has launched a signature campaign in support of the police for imposing one-way traffic.

President of the national road shopkeepers association Harbhajan Singh has in a letter to SP (Traffic) Rupinder Singh highlighted the traffic chaos on the National Road. The letter carries signature of at least 40 shopkeepers, a copy of which is with The Tribune.

It states that the one-way traffic helped in boosting commercial activities in this area, but due to some reasons the scheme was terminated.

Harbhajan Singh said: “The chaos has now intensified as the traffic from other regulated roads enters this road. The commercial activities are suffering.” The width of the road is only 35 feet and due heavy traffic no space is left for customers to park their vehicles. The road remains blocked throughout the day due to which the shopkeepers are suffering losses. The letter which has been signed by 40 shopkeepers requested the S.P to impose one-way traffic again.



Acid thrown on youth for harassing girl
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
The Model Town police suspects that the harassment of a girl at the hands of a married man could have led the two youths to throw acid on him at Durgi late last night.

Vishal Kumar, 31, father of two children, sustained burn injuries on his head and back when two motorcyclists threw acid on him.

Though he has not divulged anything about the suspects to the police, investigations revealed that he was involved in an old and torrid case of stalking a girl despite being married.

SHO Warryam Singh said the injured man, admitted to DMCH, had reached a compromise with the girls’ family, who had complained against him a few months ago.

He said the compromise case was far from over. The trouble is that he is maintaining silence either because of fearing social backlash from his family or there is something else which he wants to hide.

The injured is otherwise medically fit to record the statement.



INTUC: Raise tax slab to Rs 2.5 lakh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
The Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) has urged the Union finance minister to raise the minimum amount of income tax slab from the existing Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh. The union also urged the minister to exempt senior citizens with income up to Rs 5 lakh from being taxed.

In a memorandum to the minister, INTUC state president Balwant Rai Kapoor sought rationalization of tax slabs and said 10 per cent should be charged in case of income between Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 5 lakh, 20 per cent on income between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 10 lakh and 25 per cent for more than Rs 10 lakh. The rationalization would improve compliance, he added.

In order to promote health insurance for citizens, the amount of mediclaims under Section 80 D should be allowed up to Rs 1 lakh.



Park Panels
MC okays move to appoint 2 women
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
The local municipal corporation has decided to include two women each in the park management committees (PMCs) in the city. A decision to this effect was taken during its meeting held here yesterday.

The issue of giving an equal opportunity to the women was raised by chief parliamentary secretary, Local Bodies, Harish Rai Dhanda, who said the two women should also made members before registering the committees. The meeting was attended by commissioner Vikas Partap, XEN (Horticulture) J.S. Bilga, city mayor Hakam Singh Gyapsura, senior deputy mayor Parveen Bansal, besides other committee members from across the city.

Bansal said the panels would be registered on February 29 and become functional from March 1. The panels would be paid Re 1 per sq mts for the maintaining the parks.

“The parks will again wear a green look. We have asked the panels to come up with suggestions and the problems which they face. We will hold a meeting to review the arrangement in the first week of March to find out what else is needed to be done,’’ said Bansal.

During the meeting, members of the existing panels aired their grievances and discussed the issue in detail. S.S. Chana, president of the park management committee, said 128 panels already exist for maintaining 467 parks. The existing panels should be identified and bonafide of the newly-constituted ones should be properly checked.

Chana said if the cooperation between public-people for maintaining the parks turns out to be successful, the corporation could set an example for other cities to follow, not only in the state but in the country also.



Arya College staff stage dharna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
Teaching and non-teaching staff of Arya College staged a dharna on the college premises today in protest against the dilly delaying attitude of college authorities in accepting their legitimate demands.

The dharma began when college was about to start functioning. It continued for about two and half hours. The college principal informed about the plan to stage dharna 72 hours before it began. It was one of the on-going struggles planned by the teachers who have been agitating since November 2007.

The staff had been trying hard to get their demands related to the payments that became due as per the calendar of the Panjab University, Chandigarh, and norms of the DPI (Colleges), Punjab. They have been demanding arrears of 50 per cent merger of DA with the pay for 23 months that was being paid in installments for reason better known to the college authorities.

The other demand was 10 per cent CPF on the gross salary which was a statutory condition for employment. In one of his addresses to the staff members in 2007, the president of the Arya College Managing Committee had categorically accepted that the management was fully aware of the statutory requirement of paying 10 per cent CPF since it was receiving the grant-in-aid at 95 per cent of the salary budget but later it was declared that they were not going to implement it in a near future, said R.P.Sabharwal, president of the Arya college teachers union.

“We have been struggling to hold talks but the management never showed any sincerity and seriousness to reach a workable solution by sitting across the table. As a result, since last dharna, which was held 22 days ago, the teachers have been going on two period strike every day without a break by duly informing the principal of the college and authorities”, alleged Raj Kumar, president ACNTEU adding that during the course of this period, the authorities had remained totally unconcerned and inert.

The staff had been trying to get their demands fulfilled as per the Panjab University, Chandigarh, calendar and norms laid by the DPI (Colleges), Punjab. They have been demanding arrears of 50 per cent merger of DA with the pay for 23 months that was being paid in installments for reason better known to the college authorities.



Venu, Harpreet emerge winners
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 16
Venu Gopal Sharma and Harpreet Kaur emerged winners in the declamation contest and poetry recitation competition respectively, during the annual function of Government College Karamsar (Rara Sahib) near here, yesterday. Dr Sushma Gupta, principal, presided over the function and Dr D.S. Gill, former principal SCD Government College was the chief guest.

Appreciating the role of teachers in promoting talent among students of the college, Sushma Gupta and D.S. Gill said the rural youth could come at par with their urban counterparts if a persistent effort is made to exploit their potential. They called upon the students to strive hard to achieve their goals.

According to Loveleen Bains, in-charge cultural society of the institute, around a hundred students participated in various activities, including declamation, poetry recitation, creative writing, rangoli and mehendi application competitions.

The judges for various contests included Rajdeep Singh Gill, Bindu Jain, Parminder Gill and Jaspreet Kaur. Nirmal Singh, vice-principal, read the annual report and presented the vote of thanks.


Declamation contest: Venu Gopal Sharma 1, Shakti Vinayak 2, Surinder Kaur 3, Swaranjit Kaur 4.

Poetry recitation: Harpreet Kaur (BA) 1, Hapreet Kaur (B Sc) 2, Surinder Kaur 3, Jaspreet Kaur 4.

Creative Writing: Davinder Kaur 1, Gupreet Kaur 2, Jaspreet Kaur and Prabhjot Kaur 3, Jodh Singh 4.

Rangoli: Amanpreet Kaur 1, Sandeep Kaur 2.

Mehendi: Manpreet Kaur 1, Parwinder Kaur 2.



Print Industry
Workers to get training at Glasgow
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
Around 12 professionals from the print industry would undergo an eight-week training programme at Glasgow Metropolitan College (GMC) in UK. Shengchun Yao, international director of the college, who was in the city today, said the initiative by NIPA Educational Trust would go a long way in helping professionals associated with the industry upgrade their skills.

Kamal Chopra, general secretary, Offset Printers Association, said the Indian packaging and printing industry was facing shortage of skilled professionals and the training programme would be of great help.



Inter-college contest in teaching skills
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
GMT College of Education organised an inter-college competition in skill-in-teaching and on-the-spot teaching aid preparation under the guidance of principal of the college Dr H S Sidhu, here today. Sixteen colleges participated. Dr P.S Sangha, dean (faculty of education), Panjab University, was the chief guest.


English teaching (skill-in-teaching): Aarti Arora (BCM College) 1, Neha Bali (DAV College, Hoshiarpur) 2, Priyadarshini (GMT College of Education) 3.

On-the-spot teaching aid preparation: Chandni Jaggi (Doaba College) 1, Yovika (DAV College, Hoshiarpur) 2, Kamalpreet Kaur (GMT college of Education) 3.

Hindi teaching (skill-in-teaching): Supinder Kaur (GMT College of Education) 1, Renuka Rani (Dev Samaj college, Chandigarh) 2, Sunita (Government College of Education, Chandigarh) 3.



Sukhjeet adjudged best athlete
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 16
Sukhjeet Kaur, a student of BA-II, was adjudged the best athlete at the annual athletics meet of the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, Ludhiana, here yesterday.

Rajveer Kaur, also of BA-II, was named the runners-up while Neha Dholli was declared the best player of the year.

A large number of students competed in different regular and fun sports. Arjuna award winner Pargat Singh, director, sports, Punjab, was the chief guest. Dr Manju Chawla, principal, read out the annual report.

Gianinder Singh Sandhu, district sports officer, Ludhiana, Raj Kumar, secretary, Punjab Volleyball Association, Avinash Maini, chairman, Punjab Softball Association, and members of the college management committee attended the prize distribution function.

The meet concluded with Gurvinder Singh Sarna, joint secretary of the committee, presenting a vote of thanks and congratulating the winners.



Paramjeet pockets 11 medals
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 16
Paramjeet Kaur stamped her authority by clinching eleven medals in the annual athletics meet of Malwa Central College for Women, Civil Lines, here today.

She bagged top honours in the 100 m, 200 m, 400 m, 800 m, relay race, high jump, javelin throw, discus throw, long jump, 50 m rope skipping race and three-legged race events. Paramjit was adjudged the best athlete.

In the other events, Amandeep Kaur proved her mettle in shot-put while Baljit Kaur got the better of her opponents in spoon and potato race.

Ranjeet Kaur romped home victorious in sack race and Priya came out triumphant in ‘chatti’ race.

Harish Rai Dhanda, chief parliamentary secretary, Punjab, distributed the prizes. Earlier, Dr Ravinder Kaur, college principal, declared the meet open.



Gurwinder upsets Punjab champion
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 16
The annual inter-club snooker championship held at the Lodhi Club here recently witnessed a major upset when Gurwinder Singh Gulati beat the national player and Punjab champion Dhruv Verma.

Gurwinder won the final by four frames to three. Nitin Gupta shared the second position with Dhruv Verma, while Sanjeev Bharti secured the third place.

Chief parliamentary secretary Harish Rai Dhanda gave away prizes to position holders.

A large number of participants from the Lodhi Club, Sutlej Club, Nirvana Club, Ludhiana Club and the Model Town Club vied for top honours in this championship.



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