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400 units to get Rs 20 cr subsidy today
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 24
Over 400 urban industrial units will get pending capital subsidy to the tune of around Rs 20 crore tomorrow.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will hand over the cheques to industrialists at a function here that would be presided over by industries and commerce minister Manoranjan Kalia. With this disbursement, industrialists are hopeful that the backlog would be cleared soon.

Cheques would be handed over to 50 units from Ludhiana, 75 from Malerkotla, 40 from Jalandhar, 30 from Patiala and 54 from Gurdaspur.

The government had disbursed over Rs 22 crore as the first instalment of pending subsidy to more than 300 units in April last year. A total amount of around Rs 100 crore was disbursed in the last financial year.

Pending subsidy had become a sore issue with industrial units, most of who had been waiting for the disbursement for over a decade. Capital subsidy, declared in 1996, was calculated at Rs 565 crore, of which only Rs 112 crore had been disbursed in 10 years.

Several units that had availed loans hoping to pay off through subsidy later, had lost hope and shut operations.

While the cases of those that had closed down during this period have not been cleared so far, the government said it would consider a review of these cases.

Industry leaders expressed happiness over the government’s decision on subsidy. “We are relieved that the government is addressing the long pending issue of subsidy. The units that get it would be in a better position to conduct their operations while many others can expect to restart the functioning,” S.C. Ralhan, regional chairman, Engineering Export Promotion Council, said.

Industry representatives, however, felt that the government should also consider interest on subsidy and inflationary factors. They said for the units that had closed down, a special incentive package for revival should be framed.

Industrialists said after the subsidy was cleared, the government should work on framing a special incentive package to give a boost to the industry in Punjab.



Bribe Charge
Two customs officers arrested
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 24
A vigilance team led by the DSP, Gurcharan Singh, arrested two customs and excise officers for allegedly permitting trolleys loaded with iron scrap to pass after allegedly receiving a bribe of Rs 30,000 at Dhandari Kalan this afternoon.

The accused, Resham Singh and Bihari Lal, were nabbed by the Vigilance and the two trolleys were impounded.

The team also recovered Rs 30,000 from the accused, which they had reportedly received as bribe.

Vigilance inspector Lovedeep Singh, said the accused were seeking a bribe of Rs 50,000 from the scrap dealer for “executing” the deal. Eventually, the deal was finalised at Rs 30,000.

The Vigilance had received a tip-off from the complainant and scrap dealer, Sandeep Kumar, that the officers were harassing him and asking for a bribe to get the work done.

The accused have been booked under Sections 3, 13(2) and 88 of the Prevention of Corrup-tion Act.



Atta-Dal Survey
Fall in blue, BPL cards
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 24
The number of blue cards made during the atta-dal survey has decreased from 1,32, 921 in December 2007 to 1,27,508 in subsequent inspections, which indicates the unsystematic approach adopted by the administration in conducting the survey.

A similar decrease has been seen in the BPL cards that are made exclusively for people falling below the line of poverty, as the number of cards has decreased from 3, 964 in December 2007 to 3, 569 in April 2008.

An official from the department of district food, civil supplies and consumer affairs marinating anonymity said, “Around 30 per cent of the blue cards holders come from privileged class.”

The teachers, who were deputed on survey duties, informed that they were given targets to make the lists of maximum people. Ironically, very few areas were identified during the survey, as employees on survey duties had gone to the most posh localities of Ludhiana.

District president of the Indian National Trade Union Congress Swaran Singh termed the surveys as a political gimmick.

“I personally talked to hundreds of people in and around Sahnewal in the recent past, but even the most needy do not figure in the Atta Dal list,” alleged Swaran.

Controller of the District Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (East) V.K. Sharma said it was for the district administration to look into the matter. He added that their department dealt with procuring and supplying of wheat and pulses.

The figures obtained from the DFSC office shows a cut of 93 cards made under the Antodya Ann Yojana, as the present count of cards is 8,414 compared to that of 8,507 in December. The rate of wheat under this scheme is just Rs 2 per kg and the maximum wheat that a person can obtain is 35 kg per month.



Return suit or pay fine, dry cleaner told
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 24
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Redsun Drycleaners and Dyers, Civil Lines, to return the clothes of a consumer within 30 days or pay Rs 6,000 as cost of clothes.

The orders were pronounced by the forum while deciding a complaint filed by Bhim Sain Aggarwal who said he had given some clothes for dry cleaning in 2007, against a receipt issued by the dry cleaner. He was asked to collect the clothes after four days. Later, he was asked to come after some days. When he was given the clothes, he found a defect in the laundering of a suit and the dry cleaner retained it with a promise to fix it.

He went to the shop several times, but the suit worth Rs 6,000 was not returned to him. The dry cleaner failed to appear before the forum after being summoned. After appreciating the evidence on record, the forum passed its orders.



From akharas to shopping malls
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 24
After high-end pubs and discotheques, shopping mall are recruiting strongmen as security guards. Most guards at the malls have trained in “akharas” at Alamgir village.

Sukhwinder Singh Sukha, over 6 ft tall, says: “We have toiled in the “akhara” mud since our childhood. I was conscious of the fact that wrestlers are not on the priority list of the government and sports promoters. Hence, the job here is a dream come true.”

Having bodies worthy of envy, Rajiwinder Bhattal and Sunny are also working as security personnel at the mall.

Sukhwinder says: “We came to know about the employment opportunity through our head at the “akhara” who was approached by a local private security agency. The agency was looking for physically fit and good communicators to man malls in the city. The terms of the agreement and the payment suited us and we accepted the job.”

Rajwinder Bhattal is responsible for checking the contents of bags being carried by customers. “I have also been asked to keep a check on hoodlums trying to create a nuisance. My job is from 2 pm to 10 pm and it has reduced my financial worries on the expenditure I incur on body building exercises.”

Sunny feels secure with the money he is earning and is planning his future.

Arvind Bharadwaj, store head of a mega store, says: “The discipline and dedication of these wrestlers made us hire them in the security wing of our mall. Not only mall owners, even visitors feel secure in a relaxed atmosphere.”



Congmen: Stagger Kila Raipur poll
Threaten to stage dharna, move EC

Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh May 24
Congress leaders of the Kilaraipur constituency have urged the Election Commission of India to impress upon the Election Commissioner of Punjab, to stagger the polling at villages where decision on complaints was still pending.

The leaders complained that the district authorities had failed to take appropriate action even after two days of the orders being passed by the state election commissioner in connection with a few aspirants from Jurahan, Jand, Ghungrana and Akalgarh Chhanna villages.

Denying allegations, ADC Priyank Bharti claimed that the complaints were being examined and final orders would soon be passed.

Congress leaders led by Raj Singh Jand and Bhag Singh Dardi alleged that the authorities had not only ignored nomination papers of a large number of Congress-supported candidates but also not taken action on complaints forwarded through the state election commission.

“How can we expect impartial action by an officer who kept us waiting for two days to receive complaint recommended by the state election commissioner,” rued Raj Singh Jand after they threatened to stage a dharna in front of the deputy commissioner’s office today afternoon.

The leaders claimed that a few Congress activists from Jand, Jurahan, Ghungrana and Akalgarh Chhanna villages had filed nomination papers for the post of panch before returning officer Sukhwinder Singh on May 16. Later on, the candidates were shocked to learn that the authorities had rejected their nomination papers.

State election commissioner A.K.Dubey directed the Ludhiana deputy commissioner to look into the matter and take appropriate action.

“With barely a day left before the polling we don’t expect the authorities to include our names in the ballet papers. So, we have urged the Election Commission of India to impress upon the state commission to stagger the polling at our villages,” said Bhag Singh Dardi.

Besides Jand and Dardi, Major Singh, Gurmel Singh, Krishna Devi, Baljinder Kaur, Tejinder Singh and Ranjit Singh are among the effected candidates.



VIP patients at GADVASU — Badal’s ponies
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 24
Two “VIP patients” are being treated at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary University of Animal Sciences (GADVASU) here. Traver and Humanshu, the two miniature ponies of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal are being treated for fever and acute anaemia.

Dr Kirti Dua, head of the department of medicine, GADVASU, said the ponies were suffering from acute anaemia, mild fever and respiratory problems. “Their condition was serious as the haemoglobin had come down drastically. Blood transfusion is being undertaken,” she said.

Sources said the white colts with scattered brown patches developed some infection and were brought to the hospital on May 20 in a Gypsy from Badal village in Bathinda district.

“They have shown signs of recovery, but seem to be missing their farm. They were imported from Dubai in December,” a caretaker said.




Traffic blues

There is heavy traffic on Domoria Bridge during peak hours. At every meeting of the MC, the commissioner assures immediate construction of a wooden bridge on the railway line, linking the new flyover with the Civil Lines area, but nothing has been done so far.

There may be some problems, but those must be sorted out in the interest of the public.

Electric poles in the middle of the road further add to the traffic chaos. Will the MC and PSEB come to the rescue of commuters?

Krishan Chitkara

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SAIL’s Ludhiana warehouse best
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 24
The Ludhiana warehouse of the Steel Authority of India (SAIL) has been adjudged the best-managed warehouse for the year 2006-07. A function was organised to award the Ludhiana team. The function was attended by industrialists, customers and employees of SAIL and PSIEC.

It is for the first time that the Ludhiana warehouse bagged this award. Anil Dhawan, general manager (warehouse), SAIL, presided over the function.



NSS camp concludes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 24
The 10-day NSS camp, which was under way at the Government College for Women, concluded here today. More than 150 students participated in the camp. The students presented skits and group songs. Sukhwinder Kaur was declared best worker, Puneet Soni best speaker, Shifali most disciplined student and Jaswinder outstanding volunteer.

In creative writing, Neetu Gupta won the first prize. Madhurita stood first in mehndi, and Amritpal Kaur was adjudged best in art and craft.



From Schools
Tity tots show poetic talent
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 24
A poetry recitation competition for primary classes was organised at Guru Gobind Singh Public School, Daad, Pakhowal Road. Inderjeet Kaur, Taranjeet Kaur and Shalini Sidhu were the judges. As many as 43 students participated in the competition.

Quiz Contest: A quiz contest was organised at BVM Shishu Vatika, Kitchlu Nagar, here today. Tiny tots were asked questions on environment, water, trees, nature, earth etc. Team Earth (KG Pansy) stood first. Principal Anu Kathuria encouraged the winning team by giving certificates.

Declamation: A Vedic declamation contest was held in SDP Senior Secondary School, Hazuri Road, here today. Eleven students participated in the contest. Sumit Jaryal, Rohan Anand and Manish Sahota bagged the first, second and third prizes, respectively. Balraj Kumar Bhasin, president of the SDP Sabha, laid stress on the importance of such programmes.



Workshop on anti-aging medicine
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 24
Anti-aging medicine is popularly referred to as age management medicine across the world which is widely being used for treating age-related disorders and for improving the quality of men and women’s lives, said Dr Anoop Chaturvedi, a research scientist from the USA.

Dr Chaturvedi was in the city to conduct a workshop for physicians and other healthcare professionals. He talked on the importance of hormones in health and wellness. Having established Anti-aging Medicine and Research (AMAR) in India, Dr Chaturvedi is emphasising on creating awareness among people through professionals.

Dr Harpreet, a local physician, would look after the North Indian chapter of the society wherein physicians and healthcare professionals would register themselves to chalk out programmes.

Dr Chaturvedi accredited Indian medical science for having evolved a similar system during the Vedic era wherein sages understood the implications of hormonal imbalance and successfully prepared medicines, still being prescribed in Ayurveda.



Hassanpur school lads win a thriller
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 24
Government Senior Secondary School, Hassanpur, scored a thrilling one run victory over Barewal XI in a cricket match played at Hassanpur today.

The match was organised to prepare the school team for the forthcoming Ludhiana district inter-school cricket tournament.

Hosts won the toss and elected to bat first. They made 99 runs in stipulated 20 overs. The main contributors were Gulwinder Singh (28), Manjinder Singh (19), and Lakhbir Singh (19).

For Barewal XI, Sat Paul and Ninder Paul grabbed three and two wickets, respectively, after conceding 21 and 18 runs each.

Chasing the target, Barewal XI scored 98 runs for the loss of five wickets, loosing a nerve wrecking battle by only one run.

Their innings revolved around Mohammad and Satbir Singh who scored 22 and 19 runs, respectively.

For the winners, Gulwinder Singh captured three wickets for 8 runs while Sukhbir Singh claimed two wickets for 15 runs.

Gulwinder was the best all-rounder player of the match while Manvir Singh of Hassanpur who took two catches and saved as many as 15 runs, was adjudged the best fielder. They were given cash prizes by the school principal, Dr Jasbir Singh. DPE Kuldeep Singh and G.S. Sodhi coordinated the match.



Varun wins chess title
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 24
More than 200 students, both boys and girls, in different age groups (u-9, u-11, u-13, u-15, u-17 and u-19) participated in the one-day inter-class chess tournament at Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Udham Singh Nagar, here today.

The winners were given mementoes by school principal Sunil Arora. In charge of the sports department Baljit Singh Gill conducted the meet.

Results: (boys) u-9 years: 1 Varun, 2 Pranshu, 3 Kunal; u-11 years: 1 Vinay, 2 Tushar, 3 Akash; u-13 years: 1 Akhil, 2 Didar, 3 Jatin; u-15 years: 1 Rishav, 2 Deepak, 3 Vijay; u-17 years: 1 Tushar, 2 Rahul, 3 Rachit; u-19 years: 1 Vipul, 2 Himanshu, 3 Charan.

Girls: U-11 years: 1 Meghana, 2 Vanshika, 3 Vibha; u-13 years: 1 Divya Gupta, 2 Roopdeep, 3 Lovina; u-15 years: 1 Lovina, 2 Twinkle, 3 Aaina; u-17 years: 1 Deepika, 2 Ishita, 3 Surbhi Narang; u-19 years: 1 Anshul, 2 Priyanka and 3 Jaleen.



Chess federation for blind
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 24
To encourage the visually impaired chess players, who have performed well in various tournaments and brought laurels to the state, a body named Punjab Chess Federation for the Blind has been formed.

According to a press release issued here today, a meeting of the federation was held during which Sandeep Minhas was unanimously elected its president.

The other members of the federation are: Puneet Soni-honorary general secretary, Bikrampreet Singh-vice president, Amarjeet Singh-joint secretary, Hemant Kumar-secretary, Ravi Kumar-cashier and Davinder Singh-media secretary. Dhanish Mahajan and Lal Singh Thakur have been nominated as executive members.



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