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Sahnewal flights from July: MP
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
The state government will keep its promise and start domestic flights from the Sahnewal airport in July this year. This was stated by member of Parliament from Ludhiana Sharanjit Singh Dhillon during a meeting of city MLAs, officials and leaders of the MC.

The meeting was chaired by special principal secretary to chief minister S.S. Sandhu, who invited proposals for improvement of the city.

Sandhu announced that the Sidhwan canal would be developed as a tourist spot. The canal border would be developed for children’s games. The project had been given to Punjab Infrastructure Development Board.

Chief parliamentary secretary Harish Rai Dhanda suggested that the old courts complex be made a green belt so that residents of the old city could have a whiff of fresh air.

MLA Hira Singh Gabria suggested that Transport Nagar be re-located out of the city in the interest of public health.

MC commissioner Vikas Partap and the SSP suggested a comprehensive public transport system for the city. The former emphasised that pending projects needed immediate attention.

The participants highlighted the problem of stray dogs and poor sewerage. The meeting was attended by MLAs Harish Bedi, Harish Rai Dhanda, Darshan Singh Shivalik, Satpal Gosain and Hira Singh Gabria, mayor Hakam Singh Gyaspura and senior deputy mayor Parveen Bansal.



Bank fined for forcibly taking away vehicle
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, May 23
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has ordered IndusInd Bank to pay Rs 1 lakh to a consumer for the forcible and illegal seizure of a truck.

The forum directed the bank to pay Rs 30,000 as compensation and Rs 2,000 as cost of litigation. The bank was also restrained from recovering Rs 70,863 shown as arrears from the complainant as it was not justified.

The orders were pronounced while deciding the complaint of Gursharan Singh of Dhudike village in Ludhiana.

Referring to the law laid down by the Supreme Court, the forum said due to the failure of the loanee to make the payment of the loan, banks were not empowered to seize a vehicle. The seizure could only be undertaken through legal means.

The complainant had submitted before the forum that he had got a truck financed from the bank by obtaining a loan. He claimed he had been paying the instalments in time. He said the last instalment was paid by him on February 28, 2006. Despite this, his vehicle was forcibly taken into possession by employees of the bank on March 18, 2006, without intimating him.

The bank had pleaded that the complainant had not been paying the instalments regularly. He was informed by sending letters and reminders. Though it denied taking the vehicle into possession, it said it had the legal right to repossess the vehicle.



Metro Rail
Experts take soil samples
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
Work on laying the metro rail network in the city began today with a team of engineers from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation taking soil samples from various parts.

The team comprising three officials was led by deputy chief engineer of the corporation.

MC commissioner Vikas Partap said the work was in initial stages. After soil testing, the team would decide on the sites where overbridges and underbridges could be constructed. The proposed track was yet to be identified too.

A team from the MC was accompanying the DMRC officials.

The metro network would be a boon for the city. The laying work would be taken up in three phases and the MC has prepared a rough plan for the same.

‘‘The officials have already studied the geography of the city. The plan would be finalised after effectively considering the traffic chaos, needs of the residents and other parameters, ’’ explained an official.



Mobile transformer for quick fix
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 23
The Model Town division of the PSEB here has introduced a fully functional 200 KVA mobile transformer for immediate restoration of power supply in case of disruption due to a fault in transformers in residential areas.

Officials said there had been instances when the power supply remained disrupted for hours when transformers got burnt or developed a snag due to overloading.

Even during the day, the replacement or repair of a transformer was a time-consuming task and people had to suffer if a transformer failed at night.

“It is in such cases that the mobile transformer comes handy. Installed on a mobile trolley, it only has to be transported to the site. Feeding cables and distribution lines are hooked to it for the restoration of power in a matter of minutes,” the officials said.

The engineer-in-chief, B.S. Bath, said the mobile transformer had been introduced here as a pilot project. Instructions had been issued to all nine distribution divisions in Ludhiana to have one such transformer.

“These transformers would also help in revenue because the PSEB suffers heavy losses when power is disrupted for hours in any area,” he added.



‘Kidnapped’ boy returns
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
A 17-year-old boy of Haibowal, missing since May 19, returned home today, ending the four-day drama in which he himself made a ransom call of Rs 20 lakh to his father.

The police said Pramod Kumar had run away from home fearing a poor result in his exam. He thought he would later return on his own and get sympathy from his parents.

The SHO, Gurpreet Singh, said the boy went away on May 19 to Amritsar from where he made a call to his father. A daily-wage earner, his father Deen Dayal had no means to pay such a ransom.

“We had come to know two days ago that the boy had made the ransom call himself. The police party had shown his picture to a PCO owner who confirmed that the boy had made the phone call,” the SHO said. The boy had stolen Rs 1,000 from the house and it would not have sustained him for long.



Threat from Aroosa: Shahi Imam
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
Barely two days after the state government withdrew his security, Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid here claimed that four persons in a car followed him this morning.

Addressing a press conference this afternoon, the Imam, Habib-ur-Rehmann, said he was facing threats from the ISI and Aroosa Alam, a Pakistan journalist.

He said he also faced threats from certain terror outfits. He claimed that the car occupants would have attacked him had there not been passersby.



Curb beggary

Children begging is a common sight in every corner of the city. Lack of education and income force these poor people into begging.

With the rise in number of beggars, chances of crimes like snatching, theft and pick-pocketing have increased.

Small children are often seen cleaning vehicles in the hope of getting alms at each traffic signal, despite the risk to their lives.

The local administration must curb the problem by providing food, education and employment to these children. Crime will then automatically come down.

Chander Garg, Ludhiana

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Travel agent couple booked for fraud
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, May 23
The Raikot police has booked Jagraj Singh and his wife Beant Kaur of Bhaini Dareran for fraud. According to information, Harwinder Singh of Burj Hari Singh came in contact with Jagraj Singh and his wife, who ran a travel agency.

He struck a deal for Rs 28 lakh in May, 2007 with the accused, who assured him of making arrangements to send him to Canada. The complainant paid the couple Rs 22 lakh in three installments in May, June and July, 2007 and handed over his passport to them.

The balance was to be paid after the completion of the arrangements. However, the couple failed to send him abroad and returned his passport. They allegedly refused to return the money.

The complainant approached the Jagraon SSP who forwarded his complaint to DSP Raikot Narinder Singh. After preliminary inquiry, the DSP ordered the registration of a case.



Man held with 192 liquor bottles
Our Correspondent

Khamano, May 23
The Khamano police has arrested Surmukh Singh of Luhar Majra village and seized 192 bottles of liquor, meant to be sold in Chandigarh, from his house.

According to sources, following a tip-off a police party of Kheri Naudh Singh police chowki under the Khamano police station raided the house of the accused around 10.30 am and seized the liquor. A case has been registered at the police station. The seizure includes 72 bottles of country-made liquor.



2 die in accident

Khanna, May 23
Two villagers riding a motorbike were killed in an accident today. They were going to sell vegetables on a scooter.

The victims have been identified as Charanjit Singh (45) and Munip (35), both residents of Bhammadi village. The incident took place in the morning when a speeding car hit them near Kavri. They died on the spot. A case has been registered against the unidentified car driver. — TNS



Buyers visit hosiery units for advance orders
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
With buyers across the country visiting them much ahead of schedule, the hosiery industry has got busier at least two months in advance this time. If the trend continues, profits may jump by several crores of rupees this year too.

Woollen stocks with manufacturers and retailers got completely exhausted last winter and buyers do not want to waste any time this coming season due to which they have already begun visiting manufacturers for samples.

Production, as a result, is expected to reach its peak by the end of next month itself, said industrialists.

“Unlike previous years when buyers started visiting us only around August and September, this time they are keen on business much in advance. Many are also placing orders due to which manufacturers have got busier preparing samples,” said Vinod K. Thapar, president of Knitwear Club.

Given the trend, production is expected to reach its peak by the end of next month. “This year, there are no pending stocks due to which buyers do not want to wait. If they place orders now, they can assure sales soon as the demand arises. Production will begin in full swing soon though we hope that power situation remains normal so that we are able to meet our orders,” said Raj Verma, a hosiery manufacturer.

Industrialists are taking an equal care of trends likely to be in vogue in the coming winter. “Multiple colours would be in this time and most industrialists are focussing on them,” another industrialist said.

While a good business is expected due to orders in advance, manufacturers said increased cost of yarn and dyeing this time will force them to either compromise on margins or devise ways to deal with increased costs.



Rising Prices
Secondary steel producers blamed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
The Fastener Manufacturers Association of India today blamed secondary steel producers for increasing prices of the material causing hardships to industry.

Association general secretary Naresh Sachdev said in spite of a levy of 15 per cent export duty on iron and steel exports, steel consuming industry had not benefitted much.

“A few major traders have hoarded material which they procured from main producers on cheaper rates and have created an artificial scarcity of the material and selling the material at exorbitant prices. The prices of iron and steel have gone up by Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,000 per metric tonne within the past two-three days,” he said.

Urging the government to take measures against those causing artificial scarcity, the association said if concrete steps were not taken the industry would not be able to b suffer further losses.



From Schools
Students observe biodiversity day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School, Sherpur, celebrated World Biodiversity Day on the school premises today. The theme of the programme was“Sustainable Agriculture”. The programme started with the inauguration of a plant nursery in the school by Pradeep Kapoor, district science supervisor, who was the chief guest.

Students gave a power-point presentation on biodiversity and sustainable agriculture. Project “Eco-Friendly Plastic Fuel” prepared by Anantpreet Singh Bedi and Ashish Arora was exhibited and demonstrated.

A rally was also organised by the students. They carried banners and placards raising slogans like, “Earth is beautiful”, “Keep your city clean and green”, Each one plant one” etc.

The chief guest appreciated the efforts of the school management, science teachers and students.

orientation programme: Pidilite Industries Limited, Mumbai, organised Creative Craft Curriculum Schoolteachers’ Orientation Programme at BCM Arya Senior Secondary School here today. Principal of the school Paramjit Kaur inaugurated the workshop.

About 30 teachers from various city schools attended the programme. A number of art activities like crackle painting, emboss painting, tie and die with silk colours and other craft works were demonstrated by the experts.

ACTIVITY DAY: Small Wonders Nursery School, Sangat Road, Civil Lines, organised a fun and activity day for the kiddies. Children undertook various activities like printing and pasting with the help of their teachers. Children made colourful umbrellas with craft paper and sticks. The principal and staff gave a warm send-off to kids and wished them happy holidays.



UK varsity honours RIMT students
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, May 23
A team from Robert Gordon University, Scotland, UK, visited RIMT-Institute of Management and Computer Technology today. The team was led by dean of the university Dr Robert Newton.

The team was here to felicitate 10 MBA students of the 2005-07 batch, who secured top positions in their respective specialisations.

Chairman of the RIMT group Hukam Chand Bansal said the RIMT institutes were striving hard to achieve academic excellence.

Dr B.S. Bhatia, director general, RIMT-IMCT, talked about various initiatives being taken by the institutes to revitalise the MBA programme according to the changing global business practices. Dr Robert Newton appreciated India’s strides in today’s world.

Later, he gave away prizes to the meritorious students of the institute. The students, who were honoured, included Bhagat Singh, Jitesh Kumar and Vinay Kashyap (marketing); Ashima Singla, Vandana Verma and Swati Goyal (finance); Supriya Puri, Chandni Malhotra and Sulkashna (HR). A special award was presented to Simranjeet Kaur for excelling in communication during the course.



Class VIII Result
Girls outclass boys
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
City girls yet again outclassed boys in the Class-VIII board examination conducted by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB). Approximately 57 girls of the district figured in the merit list.

Twenty-eight boys of the district have also made it to the merit list. As many as seven girls and four boys from different schools of the city figured in the top 100 students of the state. Top 10 city students, who have figured in the merit list, include Ankit Luthra, Hemlata, Paramjit Singh, Monika, Ishit Sehgal, Amanjot Kaur, Vishvajit Moudgil, Amarjot Kaur, Kamaldeep Kaur and Preeti Yadav.



Chaos at Punjabi Bhawan
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
Chaos was witnessed at Punjabi Bhawan as the Class-VIII board result was released by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) here today.

Booksellers thronged the bhawan to get the first copy of the gazette issued by officials of the board at 4 pm.

Sensing the rush, director of Punjabi Bhawan Kamaljit Kaur requested the authorities to depute some police personnel.

Once the gazette was made available for the shopkeepers, it was free for all as everyone tried to grab the first copy.

Even the police failed to control the ruckus.

As many as 291 gazette copies arrived at the bhawan out of which, 275 copies were sold.

Jasjit Singh, a bookseller, said, "It is not the fault of the authorities, rather, it's the booksellers, who, in order to be the first one to display the result, pounced on each other to grab a copy."

The government schools and affiliated schools will have to wait as the results will reach their respective schools on Monday.

The result will be available on the internet from 10 pm onwards.



All that jazz from New York
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 23
Soul stirring dances are the best way to keep one physically and mentally fit, feels Puneet Jewandah, a young jazz trainer from the Institute of Alvin Ailey in New York.
Hailing from Chandigarh, Puneet is here to conduct a 12-day jazz workshop at Growing Roots Academy in Gurdev Nagar from Monday.

The workshop will feature special sessions of street jazz, hip-hop and contemporary dances for all age groups.

Trained at Alvin Ailey in New York for two years, Puneet has had her formal training at Shaimak Dawar’s dance school in Mumbai also.

“I was one of the privileged members of Dawar’s dance troupe that performed at Commonwealth Games in Australia — my first step towards realising the dream to become a choreographer,” adds Puneet.

Determined to follow her heart, Puneet started young to achieve her goal — to make dancing her career and not just restrict it to mere hobby.

Knowing her will to explore various dance forms, her family supported her in all her endeavours, which included her training in Bharatnatayam during school days.

Puneet’s resolution was evident in her words as she expressed her desire to evolve different styles in fitness exercises “to break the monotony of archetypal aerobics”.

Speaking from her experience in New York, the young trainer feels: “Dancing coupled with workout not only helps in distressing but also tones muscles, which is why a large number of physicians have started recommending dance exercises for weight reduction,” she quipped.



Basketball Meet
Rajan, Jagroop to lead Punjab teams
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 23
Rajan Sharma of Ludhiana Academy and Jagroop Kaur of Amritsar have been selected to lead Punjab boys and girls’ teams, respectively, in the 59th Junior National Basketball Championship to be held at Bhilwara, Rajasthan, from May 25 to June 1.

According to association honorary general secretary Teja Singh Dhaliwal, following boys and girls have been chosen to represent the state in the forthcoming championship: Boys: Rajan Sharma, Kanmoni, Harwinder Cheema, Veer Anand, Sandeep, Lakhbir Singh and Lovedeep Sharma (all from Ludhiana), Gurwinder Singh (Faridkot), Parminder Singh (Muktsar), Surinder Pal Singh (Mansa), Akash Gill (Ludhiana) and Mandeep Singh (Kapurthala).

Dr S. Subramanian, former director, NIS, Patiala, and senior basketball coach, has been named coach of the team, while Balkar Singh Brar will accompany the squad as manager.

Girls: Jagroop Kaur (Amritsar), Mandeep Kaur (Kapurthala), Harpreet (Ropar), Chetna, Amandeep Kaur, Kulwinder Kaur, Rohini Bharadwaj and Sukhwinder Kaur (all from Gurdaspur), Nagma Mirza, Chand Deep, Jasdeep Kaur and Harpreet Kaur (all from Ludhiana). Mukti will be the coach-cum-manager of the team.



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