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Relief for small property developers likely
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 21
With the Lok Sabha polls expected to be announced any time, the state government is understood to have finalised a new policy on colonisation in a bid to resolve the deadlock between the regulatory agencies (PUDA and GLADA) and the colonisers. Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal will announce the new policy at a state-level convention of the colonisers here on February 26, granting major concessions to small property developers.

A delegation of the Ludhiana Property Dealers and Colonisers’ Association, along with Harish Rai Dhanda, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, met Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in Chandigarh last evening to put their views and demands before him. The colonisers made a strong plea for granting approval to thousands of unauthorised colonies in the state, which stand fully or partially developed on payment of reasonable development charges.

It was also impressed upon the Chief Minister that norms for granting licences for development of approved colonies also needed to be radically changed.

After assuming power, the SAD-BJP government had brought about major changes in the policy, fixing a minimum area of 75 acres for development of an approved colony as against previous 10 acres. The external development charges were also raised from Rs 3.5 lakh per acre to a whopping Rs 35 lakh.

It was reliably learnt that the government had agreed in principle to grant approval to existing unauthorised colonies on payment of stipulated development charges, which were being worked out on actual cost basis for laying basic amenities and necessary infrastructure. For new colonies, the requirement of minimum area of land will also be lowered to around 25 acres while the external development charges of Rs 35 lakh per acre are also expected to be slashed to a reasonable level.

Talking to The Tribune here today, Kamal Chatley, president of the association, made a strong case for change in policy in favour of small colonisers. He said in the wake of severe recessionary trends, the business of real estate needed to get a boost. "In the prevailing situation when small colonisers are not being allowed to operate, their huge investment in purchase of land and undertaking development has gone dead. Government is also losing revenue, which could have been generated through licence fee and development

charges from approved colonies." Refusing to elaborate as to what had transpired at the meeting with the Chief Minister, he simply said that almost all major demands of the colonisers, had been accepted and would be incorporated in the new policy.

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City harsh on greenery
17,00 trees sacrificed for building
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
The city has always been unkind to trees. History has showed that major green belts in the city have been sacrificed at the altar of development and colonisation. No wonder that the city watched silently as 1,700 trees of medicinal and environment importance were axed recently for a building.

Old persons said it was not for the first time that they were feeling sad for the green cover, commonly known as green lungs of the Civil Lines. There were many other areas that had thick green cover, but were converted into concrete jungles as a result of the never-ending greed for land.

The Municipal Corporation office, near Mata Rani chowk, and electricity board office were well known green belts. Trees like peepal and neem were found here in plenty. But when these were felled and offices came up, nobody could realise.

A part of Government College for Boys at Civil Lines and boys’ hostel had numerous guava trees. ‘‘I still remember having eaten guavas from this orchid,’’ said Dr Ravinder Vatsayayan, an ayurvedic practitioner in the city.

He added that even the Daresi ground had huge peepal and other trees. Ground was partly grassy and it was morning walkers’ paradise. The present Seeta Nagar and Harpal Nagar near the bus stand were collectively known as “Seeta Singh Ka Bagh” during the days of partition. ‘‘Jamun and guava trees were in plenty at both these places. Over the years, colonies were developed in these areas and trees were felled.’’

Salem Tabri was also well known area for its neem trees. Entire city used to bring soft leaves and branches of these trees for medicinal use from there. The Jalandhar bypass too had shady trees on both the sides of the road. These were sacrificed when the roads’ way was widened. Not even a single tree was planted afterwards.

‘‘All this is a sad state of affairs. We constructed houses, industries, commercial establishments and what not on the land. We forgot that we were felling trees, a very important part of the planet. We are not realising their importance. Felling of 1,700 trees recently stands as a testimony to the fact,’’ said SS Chana, a crusader for environment in the city.

He said money was the most important factor with the government behind this. ‘‘They could have reserved this area for a green belt. A leisure valley could have been set up here for the residents who swarm the round-about at the Fountain chowk in summer evenings. But where was the vision? They could not foresee what all we were losing in the mad race of development.’’

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Rash driving jolts family
1 killed, 3 injured
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
In yet another case of rash and careless driving, Shivam (8) lost his life while his father Jatinder (30) is fighting for his life at the Ludhiana Mediciti hospital. Other two members of the family, Mona (28) and Khushi (6), too, have received serious injuries and are undergoing treatment.

It was an ill-fated day for the family, as it was run over by an over-speeding SUV near Waddi Haveli on Ferozepur Road in the morning today. Their motorcycle was hit by a Scorpio car when they were coming back after attending a wedding in Mullanpur. The incident took place at around 10:30 am.

The Mullanpur Dakha police have registered a case against the car driver, but the grief-stricken family is demanding a harsh punishment against him. 
Inconsolable yet furious, Jatinder's brother-in-law Pradeep said, "The driver was driving recklessly and he should get nothing less than life imprisonment. The little boy is dead, while his parents and sisters are still fighting for their lives."

Medical superintendent at the Ludhiana Mediciti hospital Dr Gaurav stated that Jatinder's condition is very critical. He said the patient had received serious injuries on the head and one leg has been completely crushed, which would be amputated.

Following the news of the mishap, the shopkeepers in the Barsaati bazaar, where Jatinder owns a cosmetics shop, closed down their shops and demanded a strict action against the culprit. They also said the cops should be deployed on this so-called 'killer stretch' to monitor the speed limit of the vehicles as a majority of the SUVs and heavy vehicles plying on the road do not drive safely.

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Cheque Bounce Case
Man gets 1-yr jail
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 21
The court of Judicial Magistrate Randhir Verma has convicted Kultar Singh, a resident of Sarabha Nagar, in a cheque bounce case. He has been sentenced to undergo one-year imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1,000 has also been imposed on him.

The orders were pronounced by the court while deciding a complaint filed by Chaman Lal, owner of M/s Batra Silk and Sarees, Ghumar Mandi, Ludhiana.

The complainant had submitted that accused was partner of M/s Sardar Traders, Sarabha Nagar. He had issued cheque for Rs 6,62,300 in favour of the complainant, in order to discharge his debt liability. But the cheque got dishonoured and returned by the banker of accused with the remarks 'account closed.'

On the other hand, the accused pleaded that he was neither owner of M/s Sardar Traders nor was he having any concern with the same.

He also denied to have taken any loan from the complainant or have issued the cheque to the complainant. But the Judge held in its judgement that the accused had not specifically put suggestion to the complainant that cheque was not signed by him (accused). Though it was recorded in the statement under Section 313 of the Cr.PC before the court. But the judge was not convinced with the submissions of accused.

The judge suspended the sentence, as the convict moved an application seeking time to file an appeal before the Sessions Court.

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‘Video-linkage can curb escape of criminals’
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
Every time a prisoner absconds from custody while he is being produced in court for hearing, Minister for Jails and Tourism Hira Singh Gabria comes up with the statement that video-conferencing will start soon.

The minister has repeatedly said that the matter has been sent to the President for consideration, but it seems that he has forgotten to keep a tab on the latest development.

The President has already given his assent to an amendment in the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), under which the persons in judicial custody could be produced before the courts either in "person" or through the medium of “video-linkage.” It has been three months since the bill for the amendment in the CrPC was passed in the Punjab Assembly, but nothing has been done in this direction for the reason best known to the Minister.

On the other hand, senior police officials feel that video-conferencing is the only remedy to restrict criminals from escaping from court.

A senior police official said video-conferencing is cost-effective, as it costs a lots of money to the police department to ferry the prisoners from jail to courts or vice-a-versa.

He said it is during this time that most criminals flee from police custody. If the state government goes ahead with the plan to start video-conferencing, the dreaded criminals will be left with no chance to escape.

The anouncement was made when notorious criminal, Rajiv Raja, abconded from the police custody while he was being taken for a hearing from Moga to the city.

The jail minister again made a similar announcement when another criminal absconded from jail two days ago.

"Why we always learn when the damage is done, but hats off to jail minister, he has not learnt anything even after the damage has been done," said a senior police official.

Repeated attempts to contact the jail minister went in vain, as the mobile phone of the minister was switched off.

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LCD TVs, laptops worth Rs 10 lakh stolen
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
Thieves decamped with cash, computer accessories and LCD televisions approximately worth Rs 10 lakh from August Computers at the Gobind Nagar chowk near the PAU gate No.3 in the wee hours today.

According to owner GS Bedi, the thieves stole seven LCDs, seven laptops and Rs 2.50 lakh cash from the shop.

The incident came to light in the morning when the owner found the locks of the shutter broken. "The broken locks were covered thermocol sheets to evade suspicion,” said Bedi.

A senior officer on the condition of anonymity admitted the handiwork of an organized gang behind the theft.

The theft was so meticulously planned and executed that the residents did not get the inkling of it.

Meanwhile, Gurpreet Singh, president, association of computer entrepreneurs, has called for closure of all computer shops.

He said, "Tomorrow we will handover the keys to the SSP and sit on the road. Someone has to hold accountable for the theft. Thefts are increasing with each passing day."

He lamented that proper safety measures were not provided to the businessmen. If the police fails to take action the local businessmen will be forced to move out of the city.

Fingerprinting experts and the dog squad were also pressed into service. Harsh Bansal, SP (City- I), said the investigations were on and the thieves would soon be nabbed.

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164 mobiles stolen
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
Thieves are giving tough time to the police these days. In yet another incident, about 164 mobiles were stolen from a Nokia Priority’s outlet situated at Field Gunj, in the wee hours today.

The thieves broke open the lock and fled away with the latest models of the mobile sets, which were on display. This incident was noticed when Sumit Madan, outlet’s owner, came to the shop and found the lock broken. He immediately informed the police about the theft. 

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Thieves turn hi-tech, steal gadgets with ease
Mohit Khanna

Ludhiana, February 21
It has been more than six months since the thieves started targeting computer shops, but the police is still groping in the dark and have not been able to solve a single case.

As the city is turning into a hi-tech hub, thieves are also turning towards hi-tech gadgets. Besides conventional thefts, the city has witnessed a steep rise in the number of computer accessories and components installed at Mobile towers going missing.

It has been more than six months since the thieves started targeting computer shops, but the police is still groping in the dark and have not been able to solve a single case.

Thieves have targeted five major computer shops and stole equipments worth crore of rupees. The mode of theft indicates the hand of some organisation behind such thefts. The first incident took place at Synergy electronic near Iqbal Nursing Home, where employees were made hostages and thieves stole goods worth Rs 10 lakh.

Another incident took place in which the owner of the Big Bite Computers, Rajiv Bansal and his staff were detained in the store at gunpoint by the thieves.

In today's incident, computer accessories and LCD televisions of Rs 20 lakh (approx) were stolen from the August Marketing at Gobind Nagar chowk.

A police source said a gang consists of technicians from Bengal, who were trained in dismantling the equipment, was behind these incidents.

Gurpreet Singh, president of the Association of Computer Entrepreneurs expressed concern over the prevailing scenario. He said such incidents show that the criminals had no fear of the police and administration.

Recently, the Sadar police claimed to have busted an inter-state gang of thieves, which had stolen things worth Rs 2 crore. 

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Master Tara Singh college wins Gurbani competition
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, February 21
A gurbani singing competition was organised at the Nihang Shamsher Singh auditorium of GHG Khalsa College Gurusar Sudhar today.

The participants were from Mata Sahib Kaur Girls College, Talwandi Sabo, Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College for Women, Kamalpura, GHG Khalsa College of Education, Sudhar, GHG Khalsa College of Pharmacy, Sudhar and Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Girls.

Bakhatawar Singh Gill, former president of the trust was remembered on the occasion for his services rendered to the trust.

Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Girls, Ludhiana bagged the first position and Mata Sahib Kaur Girls College, Talwandi Sabo and GHG Khalsa College of Education, Sudhar bagged second and third positions. In individual competition, Manmeet Kaur of Ludhiana, Satwant Kaur of Talwandi Sabo and Mandeep Kaur of Ludhiana bagged first, second and third positions.

Mohinder Kaur Gill, principal, Dr Swaranjit Singh Deol, principal, Dr Harjinder Singh Brar and principal VK Kapoor distributed the prizes to the winners.

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College Notes 
Punjabi Day celebrated 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
Students of GMT College of Education celebrated “Punjabi Day” today. The students expressed their love for the Punjabi language in the form of poems, folk songs and speeches.

According to the survey by UNO, Punjabi language is ranked thirteen out of 3000 languages of the world.

Fashion show held

The departments of Fashion Designing, Cosmetology and Home Science of Ramgarhia Girls College organised a fashion show today. The vibrant hues of the spring season found expression in the multi-coloured robes. The motive behind the show was to provide a platform to the students for showcasing their work.

National Seminar

Two students of MA (Hindi), SCD Government College presented their papers at the National Seminar held in the Punjabi University today.

Tina and Shivani were invited to present their papers on "Female Foeticide: Role of Society and Technology" by the department of Social Work, Punjabi University. They were the only students, while the rest were all professors and research scholars from different universities and colleges from all over the country. Tina stressed that there was a need to change the deep rooted psyche of the masses that went for abortion of a female child. While Shivani put forward the point that religion and NGOs could play an important role in curbing this heinous crime.

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Punjab board exams begin
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
There was smooth beginning of the examinations of class VIII and XII of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) here today.

According to Amarjit Kaur, District Education Officer (secondary) as many as 422 examination centres have been set up for morning papers and 362 centres for evening papers.

She said section 144 CrPC had been imposed around all the examination centres and police was also posted. The superintendents of the examination centres had been asked to seek the help of the police officials, whenever needed. Strict vigil was being observed to check use of unfair means during the examinations.

She added there were nine flying squads, which were making surprise visits to the examination centres to prevent copying and cheating by the students. There was complete prohibit on taking the mobile phones inside the halls.

Besides, the flying squads from the PSEB headquarters, Mohali were also making surprise checking of the examination centres.

She said no incident of unfair means had been reported from any part of the city and the examinations were held smoothly. 

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Workshop on computer applications
Our Correspondent

Doraha, February 21
A two-day workshop on computer applications organised by the Doraha Institute of Management and Technology (DIMT) concluded here today.

The workshop was inaugurated by Sukhpal Singh, chairman, Doraha Group of institutes. In his inaugural address, he stressed upon the need to keep abreast of new developments.

Dr RK Lekhi, Director, said such workshops were organised to develop curiosity among students.

Japvir Singh, chief coordinator, Supreet Kaur, coordinator, Tapvir Singh, coordinator, Doraha College of Education, trust members Davinder Kaur and Amarjit Singh and other faculty members were among those who were present.

KS Mann, Dean, training and placement officer, Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, talked about insight into the basics of computing. He educated the students about micro-processor, Random Access Memory (RAM), hard disk, work-station and network operating systems.

SS Grewal, HOD, Information Technology, Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology presented various operating systems, their types and relevance. He also told the students about process management, memory management and device management.

Ajay Shiv Sharma of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College gave an insight into licensed software and open source software. Arvind Dhingra spoke on softwares and languages in computing. Kamalpreet Kaur, coordinator of the programme, presented the vote of thanks. 

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Miles of Style by INIFD 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
The annual exhibition of Inter National Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD), "Miles of Style", went underway today. Students displayed thousands of innovative creations related to fashion, textile and interior design.

The collection included designer semi-formal tops, jerseys, elegant upholstery-cushion sets, waistcoats, men's shirts, jackets, suits and kids wear. The accessories on display were chunky jewelry, mobile covers, hand bags, pouches and belts.

In addition to these, fancy lamps and pots added to the fashion-quotient.

Another major attraction was the set up of a commercial area which included a PVR display, waiting lounge of a hair saloon, corridor design and theme-based sitting area designs. 

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RIMT signs MoU with Centre
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, February 21
The RIMT Institute of Engineering and Technology, Mandi Gobindgarh, signed an MoU with the Government of India. The objective of the MoU is to develop business skills among students. It was signed by chairman of the RIMT Group of Institutions, Hukam Chand Bansal and director RC Chopra, MSME Development Institute, Ludhiana.

During the inaugural function, Chopra highlighted qualities of successful businessmen and advised students to plan their own business units. Kundan Lal, assistant director, MSME Development Institute, Ludhiana, expressed the importance of self -employment. Rajnish Kajla advised students to take initiative to establish business units for economic growth. Dr Bimal Anjum, HOD -MBA said, in the programme, Dr BS Bhatia, GP Bakshi, IP Singh, director KVIC, banks representatives, tax consultants and engineers shared their valuable experiences with participants. Experts discussed entrepreneurial motivations, dynamics of entrepreneurship, business planning, goal -setting, creativity, quality management tools, quality control tools, role of banks in financing the project, tax planning, inventory control etc, on the occasion.

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Tax Concessions
Punjab industry suffers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
For the last ten years, the Punjab industry, especially the engineering, has been suffering a lot due to the tax concessions provided by the Central government to the neighbouring states like Himachal Pradesh, J&K and Uttranchal.

In this regard, the Central government remained indifferent towards Punjab and adamant to provide such package in spite of making requests several times.

Gurpargat Singh Kahlon, president of the Auto Parts Manufacturers’ Association, said now Haryana had also come forward to hit the industries in Punjab. "With the setting up of special economic zones for industries, in which several tax concessions are being provided for longer period, will attract the Punjab industries to shift their base."

Surinder Singh Bhambra, general secretary, said special economic zones had created an alarming situation for Punjab industries. "If it happened so, definitely industries of Punjab would shift there to take benefits of tax exemptions. The auto-parts’ industry is already passing through great crisis due to global meltdown and the indifferent and anti-industry policies of the Central government will put the industry of Punjab in great trouble, also harming the state economy," he said.

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Eunuch castrates youth 
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 21
A eunuch and a few of his accomplices allegedly chopped off the genitals of Dilshad, a resident of Malerkotla. Another eunuch, Bhola Mahant, and some neighbours brought profusely bleeding Dilshad to the civil hospital.

Thirty-five stitches were used for sewing his chopped genitals.

He blamed Sabri, alias Bimla Mahant of Mullanpur and his accomplices, for this heinous act after he retuned to his old employer a few days ago. Bimla Mahant used to pressurise him to return. Dilshad said he spent nearly 12 years with Bhola and was doing the job of musician with him.

Due to some differences he left him and joined Bimla for some time. Since the attitude of Bimla was not good he decided to return to Bhola Mahant. This led to animosity between Dilshad and Bimla.

On Thursday night Bimla Mahant and his accomplices abducted him from the Raikot Road and took him to some undisclosed location and chopped off his genitals with a blade. He somehow escaped and reached Bhola’s dera, who along with neighbours and municipal councillor Chander Parkesh Mauji got him admitted to the civil
hospital.

However, SHO Jagraon, Naveen Pal Singh, said no case had been registered as the victim had stated that his genitals got chopped off accidentally and nobody was responsible for it.

He said he could not take action till a formal complaint was lodged with the police. He further said Dilshad had in an affidavit stated that he does not want to lodge a complaint against anyone.

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No end to woes of Dugri residents
PUDA failed to earmark sites during colony’s development 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 21
Resentment prevails among residents of Dugri Urban Estate, Phase I and II, one of the posh localities, over the PUDA’s and the municipal corporation’s failure to provide basic amenities to them. PUDA had developed the colony, which was later handed over for maintenance to the municipal corporation.

According to Kuldeep Singh Kreer, general secretary, MIG Welfare Society (Phase II), this residential area lacks infrastructure like healthcare centres, educational institutions, garbage dumps, police station, public conveniences and postal services. Ironically, the PUDA had failed to earmark sites for these services at the time of colony’s development. Later on, even the municipal corporation overlooked the matter.

In the absence of enforcement staff vendors, shopkeepers and others have encroached upon large areas. A few residents said the municipal corporation staff not only worked half-heartedly when it came to removing of encroachments but some of them were hand in glove with the unlawful occupants on the roadside.

The ongoing construction work on the main road in Dugri and the new bridge on the Sidhwan canal had added to the woes of the commuters and office-goers who frequently get stuck in traffic jams during peak hours in the morning and evening.

Kreer said all these issues were raised in the “sangat darshan” programme of the Chief Minister in November 2008, but officials concerned sidelined their pleas. "On the paper, the municipal corporation officials claim to have started a few development projects for the colony, and quite a few tenders are said to have been floated in this regard, but on the face of it, situation remains the same.”

The residents apprehend that once the Lok Sabha elections were announced and the code of conduct came into force, all promised development projects would be stalled and they would be left to fend for themselves once again.

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Congress wins Amloh civic poll
Puri elected vice-president
Our Correspondent

Amloh, February 21
Municipal Councillor Jiwan Kumar Puri was today elected as the vice-president of the local municipal council. At least 13 municipal councillors and local MLA Sadhu Singh Dharamsot called a meeting for electing their leader.

Poonamdeep Kaur, SDM, presided over the meeting. Harpreet Singh proposed the name of Jiwan Kumar Puri (Congress), which was seconded by Councillor Balbir Singh. Puri got 10 votes out of 14. The name of SAD-BJP candidate Jaspreet Kaur was proposed by Councillor Jatinder Singh and seconded by Kamlesh Mittal, but she could manage only four votes.

Election to the municipal council was held in September 2005. Lal Chand Garg was elected as its president and Harpreet Singh as the vice-president. Though, the term of vice-president is only for a year but was not conducted with the hope that the party candidate may be able to capture the vice-president’s office. The vice-president’s election was fixed for January 6, 2009 and February 11,2009, but was postponed twice. It was the Congress, which managed to capture the seat. 

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SAD-BJP rally to be held in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
The SAD-BJP rally that was to be organised at Mullanpur Dakha on February 23 would be held at grain market, Gill road, here. The Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal, would address the rally. 

This was stated by MP Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, while addressing a meeting of SAD and BJP workers at Model Town here today.

The change of venue has brought a much-needed relief to the private transporters, whose buses were to be impounded for the rally. They said the change of venue meant that not many buses would be impounded.

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Bus stand to be named after martyr
Our Correspondent

Samrala, February 21
Transport Minister Mohan Lal while attending the 194th “Parkash Utsav” at Bhaini Sahib today announced that the fully air-conditioned bus-stand to be constructed at Patiala, would be named after Satguru Ram Singh.

The cost of construction was estimated to be Rs 500 crore, and he claimed that it would be completed within 18 months. He also said that the Malerkotla bus-stand would be named after martyr Bishan Singh.

Satguru Ram Singh persuaded several youths to fight for the freedom of the country. He also stood against social evils like female foeticide. We should all learn from his teachings, he added.

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Australian bravery award winner meets DGP
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
The first Indian recipient of the Australian Bravery Decoration Award, Dr Albel Singh Kang, met RS Gill,DGP, and other Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, officers today. 

Dr DJ Singh, Senior Deputy Director and Dean of the Academy presented a paper on the “role and importance of international police partnership programmes.”

In his address to the academy officers and trainees, he said the Punjab Police Academy’s training was an integrated one whereas in Australia the training is imparted for specific roles.

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Indian-American honoured
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 21
The Loins Club and the Sikh Students Federation (Grewal) has honoured Indian-American Mayor Amarpreet Singh Dhaliwal for getting re-elected as the mayor of San Joaquin County, California, for the third consecutive time. San Joaquin, a smallest city in Fresno County, has the population slightly over 3600. 

It’s surrounded by some of the richest and most fertile agricultural land in the Central Valley and is only 30 miles West of Fresno’s urban centre.

While addressing a massive gathering at the Lion’s Bhawan Mayor Dhaliwal said, “We are proud of our mother tongue, Punjabi. Though I have acquired the US citizenship, I am still attached to my hometown, Jagraon. He urged the Indian government to pass a notification regarding the dual citizenship so that the NRIs settled abroad could retain Indian citizens also.

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CME at DMCH
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
The department of Physiology and Biochemistry, DMCH, organised a day-long CME (Continuing Medical Education) on "Problem-oriented learning in Physiology and Biochemistry", in the Dumra auditorium today. The CME was given four hours accreditation by the Punjab Medical Council.

In the scientific lectures held during the CME, Dr Sabyasachi Sircar, professor, department of Physiology at UCMS, Shahdra, spoke on "Learning to find problem in what is taught".

He said that students should be encouraged to ask questions for better learning and in-depth knowledge of any subject.

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Letters

To control the traffic near railway station at Ludhiana, use of elevated road should be increased. There should be stairs from elevated road at important places, like entry and exit points of the railway station. 

Elevated road can be connected by a bridge with the station.

Auto-rickshaws should not be allowed to stand at main road. Encroachments should also be removed.

Underground parking space is need of the hour. Trains for Bihar side should stop at Dhandari Kalan..

Surjan Singh Sahota, Khanna

Readers are invited to write to us. Send your mail, in not more than 200 words, at news@tribuneindia.com or, write in, at: Letters, Chandigarh Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh – 160 030

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Despite raid, pirated CDs being sold
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
A day after the police claimed to have officially seized 2.70 lakh pirated CDs ad DVDs of latest Hollywood, Bollywood and porn movies, it was business as usual for the traders of the multi-crore markets of the pirated CDs. The dealers were seen selling such CDs and DVDs freely without the fear of being caught by police.

However, it was a lean day for the shopkeepers, who run their business at Bhadaur house as movie buff did not turn up to buy the pirated CDs and DVDs.

A wholesale trader of on the condition of anonymity said, "No one visited our shop today most probably due to the fear of raids conducted yesterday. If four persons were caught for selling pirated CDs it does not mean that all are involved in this dirty business."

The pirated CDs and DVDs were sold unabatedly in Ghumar Mandi on the streets of Sunder Nagar, Janta Nagar, Industrial Area, Focal Point and Shimla Puri.

A vendor said Bhojpuri and porn movies were hit among the migrants. While in Ghumar Mandi, which caters customers from the surrounding posh colonies, it was the pirated Hollywood movies, which sells like a hot cake.

Meanwhile, the court has remanded the four accused in eight days judicial remand. Their bail applications will be heard tomorrow.

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Judo coach held for carrying pistol 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
CIA staff arrested a judo coach from the platform No.2 of the railway station for carrying a pistol and lives cartridges today. The accused has been identified as Rajveer Kaur (35), a Jammu-based judo coach.

She was caught after the CIA staff got suspicious about her movement. On being searched .351-bore pistol and cartridges were recovered from her possession.

A CIA official stated that Rajveer Kaur is the wife of District Sports Officer, Jammu, and has a 12-year-old son also.

An official said the coach was under depression due to the marital discord.

Rajveer Kaur sighted security reason for carrying weapon. During the interrogation it was found that the judo coach does not even have a license for carrying the weapon. She was produced in a court and has been sent on two days remand.

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Psychotropic medicines seized
Our Correspondent

Raikot, February 21
Health authorities raided a chemist shop at Pakhowal and recovered unaccounted psychotropic medicines today.

A team of experts led by SMO Pakhowal Dr Ravinder Pal Singh Gill raided the shop Komal Medical Hall situated near Post Office in famous for selling psychotropic medicines as Bittu Medical Hall on February 17.

The team recovered psychotropic medicines from the shop including 370 tablets of chlorodiazepoxide 10-mg and bottles of Rex cough syrup. Besides this, there were heaps of empty packs of psychotropic medicines outside the shop including lomotil, letrazepam, paravonspas, Rex cough syrup, etc.

The team also recorded the statement of a customer Gurpreet Singh who had gone to the shop to buy lomotil tablets for his drug addict father.

The shop is owned by Rupinder Pal Singh, but Davinder Singh of Leel village manages the shop by using the pharmacist’s license of Kavita Jindle of nearby Toosa Village. After confiscating the objectionable material from the shop, the SMO Pakhowal gave an application to SHO Raikot, Gurdial Singh. The application was forwarded to SSP, Ludhiana who ordered to register a case.

The Raikot Police registered a case against Davinder Singh under section 22/61/85 IPC.

No arrest have been made so far. 

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Rimpledeep shines in tennis tourney
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 21
It was a triple delight for Harvest Tennis Academy's trainee Rimpledeep in the AITA Championship Series Tennis Tournament.

The championship concluded yesterday at Jassowal, Ludhiana. Rimpledeep won both singles and doubles titles for girls under -18 event and won singles titles for under -16 event. In singles under -16, she had a close win over Rajbir Kaur with score 7 -6 (5), 6 -0 on the board. In singles under -18, Rimple defeated Gundeep Kaur with score 6 -4, 6 -4. In doubles, Rimpledeep and Rajbir Kaur defeated Priyanka Rawat of Uttranchal and Baljinder Kaur of Haryana, with score 6 -1, 6 -1.

Rimpledeep, 13, a class 8th - student of Govt High School of Jassowal village, gave the credit of her victory to coaches of the academy, management and specially Harvinder Singh Harvey, president of the Harvest Tennis Academy(HTA), who gave her the opportunity to excel in tennis. She said, around 120 players were taking coaching of tennis. She started playing tennis three years ago, after the establishment of the HTA at her village. Rimple is a big fan of Serbian tennis player Ana Jovanovic and Jelena Jankovic. She wants to go a step ahead of Sania Mirza and win all championships .

Col JS Mann said, it was the teamwork that led to the victory of the HTA trainees. He further added, Rimpledeep Kaur was the first girl of Punjab ranking top ten position. He said, she was on the 9th position in India, in under -14 event for girls. In Asia, her rank was twenty -one in under -14 girls. He said, Punjab got this honour only because of Harvinder Singh Harvey.

Harvinder Singh, the president of the Harvest Tennis Academy(HTA), said on phone, he was relieved with performances of Rimpledeep Kaur and other trainees.He said, besides providing world class training to the players, the academy would soon be opening an international school under Cambridge University. He said, the school would provide these players a world class education also. 

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