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Violation of Bylaws
Town planner, 2 draftsmen nabbed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
The Vigilance Bureau today nabbed a municipal town planner, Amritsar MC, Shakti Sagar Bhatia and draftsmen Mohinder Pal and Nirmal Singh of the local MC in a case of building bylaw violation.

Bhatia worked as an MTP with the MC till last year and was transferred to Amritsar.

The trio were nabbed in a case pertaining to a commercial building at Chauri Sarak that had come up in 1999, allegedly in violation of building bylaws.

The complainant, Rajesh Jain, had moved the high court stating that the owner had constructed a commercial building even as he had got a plan approved for a residential structure.

Bhatia was the MTP then and a compounding fee had been charged. Later, the file pertaining to the case was found missing from the records of the MC.

A case had been registered against the trio under Sections 420, 65, 67, 71 and 120-B, IPC, in 2005.



AIDS society fouls up on address
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
The Punjab State AIDS Control Society(PSACS) is carelessly distributing pamphlets that bear the old address of the office and even its official website.

The matter has been highlighted by various groups to the authorities concerned, but nothing has been done.

The office of the society had shifted from Sector 35-C, Chandigarh, to Prayaas Building in Sector 38 more than two months back, but the pamphlets distributed among the public at different venues, even outside the city, continue to carry the old address. People have complained that they have had to travel to the old office because of the wrong address on the pamphlets.

The address has not been changed even on the official website of the AIDS control society. Members of the Punjab Networking of Positive People (PNPP) have also complained, saying that the society should have informed it to change the address on the pamphlets before distribution.

“Luckily, we gave our contact number and pamphlets to people during a recent AIDS awareness rally,” Jagjit Singh Mann, president of the PNPP, said. The PNPP had taken out a rally across the district and in several villages.



Complainant brother arrested for murder
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 25
The police has arrested Pyara Singh of Heran village, a farmer and complainant in the murder case of his brother Lal Singh, for allegedly killing his brother to implicate someone else in the case.

Lal Singh was assaulted when he was asleep at about 4.30 am on January 3 and succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in Ludhiana on January 16.

The police had registered an FIR on the statement of Pyara Singh, who was later found to be the main accused.

Investigations revealed that Pyara Singh and his associates had a dispute with Gurmit Singh and Jaswant Singh of Rajoana. In order to implicate them in a false case, Pyara Singh, his wife Baljinder Kaur and other members of the family conspired to kill Lal Singh and accuse their rivals of the crime. Desire for land was also a reason behind the murder.

Circumstantial evidence made the investigating team suspicious of the role of Pyara Singh. It was found that the victim was killed by Pyara Singh and his accomplices. Suspects were identified as Baljinder Kaur, Ram Singh, Kulwinder Singh Kindi, Lovely and Sukhcharan Singh.

The police has arrested Pyara Singh, Kulwinder and Sukhcharan Singh so far. A sharp-edged weapon used in the crime has also been recovered.



Traffic violators to pay more
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
The district transport department (DTO) has decided to get tough with those flouting traffic rules by imposing heavy penalty on defaulters.

If figures available with the office is any indication, the department is generating a revenue to the tune of Rs 50,000 and above in a day through challans. About 700-800 challans are cleared each day. The challans were earlier cleared at the local courts.

Sarabjot Singh, a defaulter who had come to the DTO office today, said he was fined for not wearing a helmet and using mobile phone while driving his two-wheeler. “I have been asked to pay a fine of Rs 1,200. Earlier, the fine used to be Rs 400-500,” he said.

A clerk with the DTO office said their workload had doubled in the past few days. “We are already running short of staff and this additional burden has aggravated the problem. The department is witnessing a huge rush these days, but people do not understand our problem and keep complaining. We try to clear as many challans as we can,” he said.

DTO Chander Gaind said the department was running short of workers.

The additional duty of clearing challans was given to them in the first week of March. “Till now the challans were cleared by duty magistrates at local courts.

The state government has formulated a new policy under which the defaulters will have to pay a heavy fine. Everything has been computerised and it would take four-five days to get a challan cleared by the office,” he said.



Rickshaw-puller gets 12-year RI
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 25
The court of the additional sessions judge, A.K. Mehta, has sentenced Shashi Kant (27) of Shivpuri to 12 years of rigorous imprisonment on the charges of possessing poppy husk. A fine of Rs 1 lakh was also imposed on him.

The judge said the prosecution had proved the charges levelled against the accused.

An FIR was registered against the accused in 2004. According to the prosecution, a police party saw the accused coming from the opposite side. After seeing the police, he stopped his rickshaw. On suspicion, the police searched the rickshaw and seized 10 bags of poppy husk.

He claimed to have been falsely implicated.



Parents protest mandatory sale of stationery at school
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
About 100 parents today staged a protest against the Tagore Public School authorities for selling stationery items along with course books.

The parents staged a protest this morning after they were told by the book seller that books would be provided only after they agreed to take stationery items worth Rs 800.

They alleged that the book seller was selling the items more than the MRP. Some parents also alleged that the school authorities were involved and reaping huge profit.

Amrita Ghakhar, principal, expressed ignorance and said the whole issue had been blown out of proportion. “I had put a notice in this regard that the purchase of stationery items along with books is not mandatory. The school authorities had made special arrangements for the convenience of parents, but some of them started instigating others and held a protest,” she said.

She said such an unpleasant incident had happened for the first time in over 36 years.

A group of parents said the book seller told them that he had submitted Rs 3.50 lakh in advance to the school and course books would be provided only after they agreed to buy stationery.

An agitated parent claimed, “I purchased books worth Rs 2,600, but I was astonished to see that the book seller made a bill for Rs 3,400. When I refused to take the stationery, he kept the books aside and said the books will be sold only after I took it.”



21 booked for water pollution
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
The police has booked 21 residents in 10 different cases for polluting water bodies.

The police has registered four cases under Section 430 of the IPC for polluting Budda Nullah. Dairy farmers Paramjit Singh, Tochi, Sadhu Singh, Ram Singh, Sham Lal, Sardara Singh, Narain Singh, Ravinderpal Singh, Om Parkash, Raj Kumar, Raghbir Singh, Balkar Singh, Kulwinder Singh Bittu and Sarabjit Singh of the Haibowal dairy complex have been booked for dumping cow dung in Budda Nullah.

The cases were registered on the complaint of an assistant engineer at the MCL.

The police has also registered two cases against Radhey Shyam, an ahata owner, Harish Kumar and Balkar Singh under Section 188, IPC, for violating the district magistrate’s orders against dumping of garbage in Sidhwan Canal. The accused were found dumping waste in the canal. The cases were registered on the complaint of the SDO of the canal.

In another incident, three more persons were booked under Section 188 for polluting Budda Nullah. They are Sulakhan Singh, Puran Singh and Darshan Singh.

Lucky, a scrap dealer, was also booked for polluting Sidhwan Canal.



Corpus fund to boost research: PAUTA
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
The Punjab Agricultural University Teachers’ Association (PAUTA) has expressed gratitude to the Punjab government for allocating Rs 50 crore corpus fund to Punjab Agricultural University to give impetus to agricultural research.

PAUTA has been raising the issue of unstable financial condition of the university at various forums and have repeatedly requested Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal and agricultural minister Sucha Singh Langah to provide adequate funds to the university. The shortage of funds was hampering the smooth conduct of the research activities at the university.

The grant of this corpus funds will boost the moral of the university scientists and they will strive hard to come to the expectation of the farming community in the state.  PAUTA also thanked BJP state unit president Prof Rajinder Bhandari and Harish Rai Dhanda for their wholehearted support to the university. PAUTA requested the leaders to solve other pressing issues of the university. They also urged the leaders to find a permanent solution to the pensioners’ issue.

Meanwhile, the pensioners heaved a sigh of relief today as they got their pension cheques by the university.” We have been given cheques for two months, the remaining amount will be disbursed in the coming days,” said Ved Nath, one of the pensioners.



Violation of Bylaws
MC warns business complexes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
Municipal corporation commissioner Vikas Partap today warned representatives of around 45 commercial complexes to follow building bylaws or face the music.

Partap was addressing a meeting of representatives at the corporation office.

He asked them to make parking arrangements within a month or face sealing of their outlets or ultimately demolition by the corporation.

The representatives of hotels, marriage palaces and other commercial complexes agreed in principle to follow the rules in letter and spirit within stipulated time.

The commissioner said it was the duty of the building owners to make arrangements for parking in their buildings according to building bylaws drafted in 1997.

He said if buildings did not have arrangements for parking in their buildings, they should pool in resources with other building owners and make alternative arrangements.

He stated that corporation did not want to affect anybody’s business by sealing as it just wanted to make people follow rules.

Addressing the meeting, joint commissioner Ashok Bajaj said they had started the drive in February but several councillors and city mayor had asked them to postpone the drive for that time being and give some time to the owners.

Then at a meeting held on March 10, it was decided to give one month’s time to building owners so that they could make their arrangements.

He added that the notice was already published in newspapers. Marriage palaces, hotels and restaurant association members advised the corporation to allow parking in the front as well as on the top of the building only.

Officials said they would consider the option. The members promised to convene a meeting of the association to spread the message on building bylaws.



Boiler Blast
Rs 10 lakh relief sought for victims’ kin
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
Worker unions here have sought Rs 10 lakh each as compensation for families of workers who died in the boiler blast that took place at Mandi Gobindgarh yesterday.

“Each family should be given a compensation of Rs 10 lakh and the injured provided with free treatment and suitable compensation,” said Harjinder Singh, president of Moulder and Steel Workers Union.

The death of two workers in the boiler blast at a forging unit has posed a question mark on the safety norms being adopted by risk-prone industrial units.

The city has nearly 300 boilers that are primarily used by dyeing and finishing units and in forging industries. Mandi Gobindgarh has a high number of boilers used by forging industries.

In spite of the high risk that they are exposed to, a large number of industrial units are lax when it comes to appointing experts in operating the boiler.

In several industrial units, the job at times is handled by unskilled labour. Sources said in spite of routine checking, the number of violations was not less.

“The operation of a boiler is to be handled by an expert professional. In routine course, boilers are checked and licence is renewed only after yearly checking. In such a case, it is the operator of the boiler who is to take cautionary measures,” said Rajat Sood of the Ludhiana Dyeing Association.

Experts pointed out that adoption of safety measures can prevent such accidents. 



Rally on female foeticide
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 25
To generate awareness on female foeticide and drug addiction, activists of the Registered Medical Practitioners Association, Punjab, organised a rally here today.

Pakhowal SMO Dr R.S. Gill and child development project officer Jasmel Kaur flagged off the rally at Pakhowal. Jaswinder Singh led the rally.

Addressing gatherings at various places, speakers urged office-bearers of social and religious organisations of the area to join hands with the association and contribute towards curbing social evils.

Activists raised slogans against the vices during the rally, which passed through Andloo, Barundi, Latala, Chhappar, Dhulkot, Kalakh, Mehman Singh Wala, Lohgarh, Ghungrana, Gujjarwal, Narangwal and Jartoli villages.



Improve power supply

Frequent power cuts in the city are giving a tough time to residents, particularly students. It’s been months now, the unscheduled cuts have thrown life out of gear.

Even water pressure remains so low that it is not possible to get the supply without electric motors.

Keeping exams in view, the PSEB and state government should provide full-day electric supply.

Jaigopal Kusla, Haibowal Kalan

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Biz Word

LAUNCHED: KFC, a chicken restaurant chain, on Tuesday launched ZingKong Box, a meal-in-a-box that includes various items from the restaurant’s menu. Unnat Verma, marketing director, KFC India, said: “The new portable meal pack is available at all KFC outlets for Rs 149 and is a perfect choice for all of those who are looking to fill up on all their favourite KFC items.” — TNS



180 BEd students get degrees
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
The ninth annual convocation of BCM College of Education, Chandigarh Road, was held on the college campus here today. As many as 180 students of the college were awarded degrees by Prof S.S. Bari, registrar, Panjab University, Chandigarh. Lata Sharma bagged the first position in the college and fifth in Panjab University. 

Sukhdeep Kaur stood second in the college and sixth in the university while Taranjit Kaur was third in the college and 12th in the university. Principal of the college Dr Khusvinder Kumar presented the annual report. Prof S.S. Bari released the college magazine "Srijna". In his convocation address, Prof Bari congratulated the degree holders and urged them to dedicate their lives to the cause of education. He advised the students not to forget the contribution made by their parents and teachers. 

Satyanand Munjal, co-chairman, Hero Cycles, was the guest of honour. He exhorted the students to get ready to for the professional challenges. S.K. Mehta, secretary, college management committee, proposed a vote of thanks.



Param Pun moves to second round
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 25
Param Pun beat Paramvir S. Bajwa (6-2) in the first round of boys’ under-10 in the 4th L.D. Kapoor Memorial Tennis Championship that started at YMCA, Sector 11, here yesterday. The other budding players, who made into the second round were Parth Rastogi, third seed Nihit Rawal, Santbir Singh, Rishabh Sharda and Param Pun.

In the boys’ under-12 age category first round, Ankit Malhotra beat Chetnya Mittal in one-sided match at 6-0. Anubhav Gupta got the better of Rijit Kansal 6-5 (7-4) in the toughest match, which lasted for over one hour. Santbir Singh, Aditya Vermani, Paramvir Bajwa, Bir Gurman and Yogesh Dahiya moved to the next rounds. Earlier, Amitabh Singh, MD, The Fort Ramgarh, declared the tournament, which saw a total of 150 participants in various age categories of boys and girls, open.



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