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VAT Refunds: Excise dept yet to return Rs 95 cr
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 22
Despite tall claims by the state government of following liberal policies and providing proper means to facilitate the small-scale industry, local small-scale industrialists have been suffering a lot with the industry's VAT refunds, running into several crores, pending with the Excise and Taxation Department.

This has been happening for years now. Despite the fact that the stipulated timeframe for the VAT refunds after filing for the same is 30 days, the department delays it by seven to eight months or even more every year, claimed the industrialists.

"Though it’s difficult to ascertain the exact amount of the industry's VAT refunds pending with the Excise and Taxation Department, it’s very heavy, affecting the growth of the industry in difficult times like the present crisis," said GS Kahlon, president, Auto Parts Manufacturers' Association.

If sources in the Excise and Taxation Department are to be believed, the VAT refunds of the industry pending with the department stands at a whooping Rs 95 crore. However, according to PD Sharma, president, Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Punjab), "This is an underestimate. Our pending refunds amount to much more than Rs 95 crore."

"The industry's working capital has shrunk because of the pending refunds, which, in numerous individual cases, are over Rs 5 lakh. Liquid cash is the need of the hour since the industry is already reeling under the global economic crisis. The department is adding to our woes by not clearing our refunds on one pretext or the other," he added. According to industrialists, the reason for the delays in VAT refunds is that it is "short of cash due to the state government's wrong policies."

Kahlon said: "The government is short of funds to pay our VAT returns. The state government has introduced numerous subsidies for which it does not have enough money. Thus, it block our refunds and utilises the same for other purposes before repaying us," added Kahlon.

"The normal waiting period after one file for VAT refund is 30 days. However, the Excise and Taxation Department harasses us and delays the process over months and sometimes, even years. At present, there are several cases wherein the refunds are pending since over a year," said Kahlon.

The representatives of the Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Punjab), on the behalf of the industry, has made numerous representations to the government for ensuring a system of payment of VAT returns every month since returns are filed on a monthly basis but to no avail. "When we file returns every month, why do we not get them every month. Why do we have to wait for seven-eight months, even a year to get our refunds?" questioned S.P. Sharma, president, Valves and Cocks Manufacturers' Association.

"Anybody who is ready to shell out extra bucks and grease the palm of taxation lawyers, go home with their VAT refunds while upright people who do not encourage bribery, continue to suffer at the hands of the authorities. All one needs to do is pay 2-3 per cent to the lawyers and get immediate refunds. I have documentary proofs to substantial my claims," said Virender Kapoor, general secretary, United Cycle Parts Manufacturers' Association.

However, deputy excise and taxation commissioner Parampal Singh said the department does not delay VAT refunds on purpose. "It is a continuous process. Taxpayers keep filing returns and the department keeps clearing the same. The normal processing time is definitely taken but we also have norms to follow. Proper verification needs to be done which requires time but we make sure to clear the payments within the stipulated time frame."

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Swindler dupes farmers
Lured them to pay Rs 50 lakh on pretext of availing loans for undertaking contract farming of medicinal herbs
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 22
The Ludhiana (Rural) police has initiated the process for getting the production warrants of Hardip Singh Deol of Gurdev Singh Nagar, Ludhiana, a swindler, who has been arrested by the economic offence wing of the Ludhiana police and is wanted in connection with a case registered under Sections 420 and 406 of the IPC at the Dehlon police station.

He had allegedly duped a large number of farmers of the area worth lakhs of rupees on the pretext of starting a contract-farming venture dealing with herbal plants.

While the Dehlon police had initiated the process for getting the swindler declared a proclaimed offender, cops of the economic offence wing, led by Jaswinder Singh Mangat had arrested him in connection with another case registered on the statement of Iqbal Singh, an advocate.

According to Dehlon DSP Paramjit Singh Gorayan, Deol was wanted in connection with an FIR registered on statement of a few farmers of Rachhin village near here about a year ago. He had allegedly duped each of them of Rs 3.6 lakh on the pretext of availing huge loans for them for undertaking contract farming of some medicinal herbs in their fields.

The police suspected that Deol had duped farmers of about Rs 50 lakh. While majority of the farmers had kept quite on being duped two of them came forward for lodging a complaint.

Investigations revealed that Deol had introduced himself as a dairy owner and an agricultural scientist to the farmers. Having suffered heavy losses in traditional agriculture, a few peasants of the area fell prey to Deol’s sinister designs.

Deol had allegedly duped Iqbal Singh by selling him a house situated Onkar Vihar on which at least two nationalised banks had marked lien. 

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Gang of drug peddlers busted
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 22
The local police has nabbed three members of a notorious gang of drug peddlers that has been involved in distributing drugs and narcotics in a high-profile manner.

Seven bags of poppy husk weighing 210 kg and an Innova bearing blue bacon used in crime were seized from their possession.

The kingpin of the gang is reported to have close links with higher officials in the police and transport departments and justice-providing agencies.

Jagtar Singh Jaggie of Jagraon, the kingpin and his accomplices Malkit Singh Meeta of Khasi Kalan in Koom Kalan and Lakhwinder Singh Vicky of Partap Singh Wala were arrested from near the Jagera road while they were on their way to handover a consignment to an agent yesterday afternoon.

According to Malerkotla DSP, a patrolling party led by Harinder Singh and Bimal Sharma nabbed the accused when they tried to flee on seeing the cops yesterday. The cops become suspicious when driver of the bacon-bearing vehicle tried to change the path. The peddlers were nabbed after a brief chase.

Investigations revealed that Jaggie had been into the business of drugs and narcotics distribution for many years. The Ludhiana police had booked him for allegedly carrying 206 bags of poppy husk in a truck. But, he had managed to get his name removed from the case by getting ownership of the vehicle changed from authorities in the transport department.

Though Jaggie owns a big house in his native town he used to live in rented accommodations in big cities like Ludhiana. At present he was staying in one of the city’s posh colonies. The police is yet to recover equipment used in weighing and packaging of drugs and narcotics.

The seized vehicle has been running on roads of Punjab and neighbouring states without registration for the past two years. 

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SAD Rally 
Sukhbir’s visit bears fruit 
No more bumpy rides on Gill Road
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 22
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal's visit to participate in a SAD rally at Dana Mandi tomorrow is proving to be a bane for residents of the Gill Road, who used to have bumpy rides for the past many months.

The entire stretch of potholed and badly damaged Gill road till the venue was given a patchwork treatment in a jiffy throughout the day today. The entire government machinery worked overtime to give the venue a clean look.

The municipal employees remained on their toes levelling the roadsides, collecting garbage and repairing the road by filling and recarpeting the potholes. The entire road was swept clean. Besides the manpower, machines, too, were pressed into service. By the evening the venue presented a clean look.

‘‘Look at the way they have worked today. The work was done on a war footing. I am proud that they are capable of so much. But only to please their political bosses,” said Sher Singh, a resident, who is fighting a legal battle for cleaner Gill Road.

Despite High Court orders in the past to the corporation, the road was always marred by encroachments, littered with garbage and dirt and never swept. Iron rollers occupied half of the road. This was not allowed today. Even the plants in the central verge were washed clean and watered.

Sher Singh continued to fight for the better road. Much to his dismay, the condition never improved. Today, it was different from others.

‘‘It is the height of everything. What they could not do over the years, they did in a day. It is surprising. Anyway, the inconvenience during VIP visit notwithstanding, we wish Sukhbir travels on the Gill road everyday,’’ he added. 

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Despite restriction, MC demolishes road
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, January 22
The contractor who had got the tenders passed in his name started demolition of the concrete road in Shastri Nagar near Kanya Pathshala laid by Municipal Council here. The road was laid about a year ago after Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal gave a grant of Rs 3 crore to the MC, Jagraon.

The MC president and the EO had called for the tenders for re-laying of streets by inter-locking tiles. Some of these tenders were passed by the House in gross violation of rules of the local bodies department. As per rules, concrete road once laid cannot be re-laid within 5 years and three years in case of brick streets.

In case the road gets damaged, action against the contractor is to be taken. After reports started appearing in some news dailies, deputy director, local bodies, Ashok Sikka passed a verbal order that no streets in Jagraon be demolished unless verified by some independent officer.

However, despite this restriction the demolition goes on unabated. When contacted, the EO, Municipal Council, Jagraon said since there were three holidays, he was out of station and could not say anything at this stage. He, however, refused that any restrictions had been imposed by the deputy director. On the other hand, president, MC, Jagraon, Baldev Krishan Dheer said the contractor had started the demolition as he did not know the restriction orders by the deputy director.

He said he would stop the contractor from demolishing the street. However, neither the president nor the labour demolishing the street divulged the name of the contractor.

Investigation by The Tribune revealed that the rules were being violated by the president and the EO just to please the councillors who voted in favour of the president during the election for the seat of the president.

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Nine booked for assaulting 3 women
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 22
Nine persons have been booked for assaulting three women of Hathoor, a few days ago. In the complaint lodged with the Hathoor SHO Bhajan Kaur stated that she owned a kanal plot in which a family used to live in a room within its boundary.

The accused brandishing sharp-edged weapons entered the plot and assaulted her and her daughters, Paramjit Kaur and Gurdev Kaur. They also took possession of a passage through their land after forcibly getting the boundary walls demolished.

The accused have been identified as Chand Singh, Tersem Lal, Nand Singh, Mohinder Singh, Taro, Sibo, Chint Kaur, Bachan Kaur and Kewal Singh. All victims have been admitted to the local civil hospital. A case under Sections 2448, 451, 452, 427, 323, 324, 148 and 149 of the IPC has been registered against the accused. One of the accused’s Nand Singh has been arrested while others are still at large. Raids are being conducted to nab the other accused from their possible hideouts.

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Doc lays stress on meditation, yoga for better living
Our Correspondent

Doraha, February 22
A seminar on ‘healthcare’ was organised by the Human Rights Protection Mission in collaboration with Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, at Dr Ishwar Singh Memorial Hall of the college on Saturday.

Sajjan Singh Cheema, SP Ludhiana, was the chief guest. He asked the students to develop a healthy attitude towards life by actively engaging in games and sports. He also exhorted the students to say no to drugs and channelise their energies towards the construction of society free from social ills and deadly diseases.

Dr Gurpreet Singh Wander, a cardiologist, educated the listeners regarding dietary and physical changes in the present lifestyle. He sounded a word of caution for blood pressure, diabetes, and stress related problems. He stressed that meditation, yoga and a positive attitude towards life should be followed.

Dr Gursaran Sidhu, director and chief of department of medicine, Sidhu Hospital, too educated the students regarding the actual quantity of protein, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins required for the healthy growth.

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Entrepreneurship programme ends
Our Correspondent

Doraha, February 22
A three-day programme on entrepreneurship awareness concluded at Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology, Katani Kalan Ludhiana, today.

The programme was organised for the final year students of BTech. Dr PPS Grewal, former principal Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana, was the chief guest.

Dr Kulbhushan, training and placement officer of the college, said the main objective of this programme was to provide a platform to the qualified candidates to reach their goals.

“It is a crucial interface between the completion of academic programme and final entry into the professional world, so the students have to be vigilant regarding choosing a particular career line, apart from keeping abreast of the changed global happenings”, Dr Kulbhushan added.

Dr Grewal opined that the purpose of education is to change the people and the society. “In the present scenario a person is judged by his or her ability. So, students have to make efforts, to bring ideas and use resources, which will bear fruit,” he added.

Dr Surinder Bir Singh, former principal, Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana, shared his views on ‘Historical background of Indian values vis-à-vis entrepreneurship and the present scenario’.

SBS Dhillon, president electronics manufacturing association, delivered lecture on ‘Identification of opportunities for entrepreneurs in the field of IT /electronics for setting up of SSI units’.

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GT Road, a commuter’s nightmare 
Tribune News Service

Khanna, February 22
Numerous accidents are taking place on the GT Road, as most of buses plying from here to various other stations halt on the roadside for picking up the passengers.

Instead of entering into bus stand these buses are picking up passengers from the roadside. "It’s completely chaotic as the bus drivers park their bus in the middle of road, with no one to check them. The situation worsens during peak hours," said Amritpal, a resident of the Lalheri road.

Commuters have to fight for space for maneuvering themselves and vehicles on the road. Residents of the alleged that traffic police officials remain mute spectators. "Rarely a cop is seen ordering bus drivers to enter the bus stand.

They don’t even bother to navigate traffic or ease the congestion," said Sarup Chand, a businessman.

Vendors and pedestrians encroach upon the roadsides. Sometimes it becomes impossible to drive, as one has to stop or move at a very slow speed, added Reema, a resident of a nearby locality.

The residents rued that despite bringing matter into the notice of senior functionaries, nothing had been done in this regard.

Every new SSP vows to take action against erring motorists and pull up traffic officials as well. "These claims remain on papers and are not practically implemented," added another.

Police have erected barricades and also put up ropes as divider adjoining GT road. This has been done to stop parking of buses, but to no avail.

Besides this, traffic lights adjoining bus stand don’t work at all and at times there is hardly any cop deployed on this road.

Meanwhile Mukesh Kumar, traffic in charge of the city, said a permanent traffic constable had been deployed for smooth flow of the traffic on the Samadhi road.

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Tributes paid to Justice Gurnam Singh
Tribune News Service

Singer Harbhajan Maan performs during the function.
Singer Harbhajan Maan performs during the function. A Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, February 22
A function was organised at Guru Nanak Girls College to commemorate the 110th birth anniversary of Late Justice Gurnam Singh, former Chief Minister of Punjab, here yesterday.

Principal Charanjit Mahal while welcoming the guests highlighted the contributions of Justice Gurnam Singh in Punjab’s development and paid rich tributes to him.

Several prominent singers like Labh Janjua, Harbhajan Maan, Bhagwant Maan, Sarabjit Cheema, Satwinder Bugga, Kanth Kaler, Ravinder Grewal, Surjit Bhullar, Rani Randeep and Sukhbir Rana entertained the students. Meritorious students were awarded appreciation certificates.

HS Mattewal, advocate-general, Punjab, was the chief guest. He said Justice Gurnam Singh was a great son of Punjab, who served the nation with distinction as a statesman, sportsperson, judge and an educationist. He added Justice Gurnam Singh could be credited for fixation of minimum support price of food rains by the Government of India for making Punjab the richest state in the nation. Harish Rai Dhanda, Chief Parliamentary secretary, Punjab, was the guest of honour. He said the city of Ludhiana owed a lot to Justice Gurnam Singh.

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Paramjeet enthrals audience 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 22
Audience had a gala time during the gazal nite here yesterday. Ustad Paramjeet Singh enthraled the audience with performance. Born in Patiala, he represents the third generation of musicians in his family.

Ustaad Paramjeet is equally adept at singing khayal, thumri, ghazal, folk geets as well as bhajans and presented all these in one musical sitting.

One of Paramjeet's specialties is his voice culture. His vocal range spans over four octaves.

Paramjeet taught music in Punjab University for over six years and travelled all over India and many parts of the world -Africa, America, Canada and Britain amongst others, sharing his knowledge freely to the interested souls. He gave performances as well as conducted several workshops in these countries and taught music to people of all ages and backgrounds.

His father, Kripal Singh was his first teacher and laid a solid foundation of gurbani and kirtan singing in him. Paramjeet Singh did his postgraduation in music from Punjabi University and research in music from Delhi University.

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Bhang most sought after on Shivratri
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 22
Bhang, offered as ‘prasad’ in almost all Shiv temples on Mahashivratri, is not just popular amongst sadhus, but is the most sought after intoxicant for a large per cent of urban and rural populace.

A day prior to Shivratri, dozens of roadside vendors are selling ‘thandai’, a concoction of bhang, milk, butter, yoghurt, kesar and various other herbs at the Gill road, Dholewal chowk, Urban Estate, Dugri, Jawaddi, Sunet and many other areas in and around Ludhiana.

A single glass of bhang is priced between Rs 3 and Rs 10 depending upon the quality of brew. The vendors are selling 1.5-litre bottle for Rs 20 to Rs 25.

The migrant labour who are staunch followers of ‘Mahadev’ (Lord Shiva) have bought their share of bhang a day in advance in order to avoid extra payment as the bhang sellers tend to increase the price two to three times over on Shivratri.

Rampal Singh, a ‘Nihang’, who is in the business for the past three years, received a bulk order from a locality in Basant Enclave. “I am preparing special bhang for the residents of the colony with ingredients including ajwain, black pepper, salt, cardamom, cloves, milk and yoghurt.

There would be two concoctions — the lighter one for women and the stronger one for men,” stated Rampal Singh.

Interestingly, Gurcharan Singh, who has years of experience in making sweet ‘thandai’ says that it is not just a business for him, but a passion to serve people with this ‘prasad’ of Lord Shiva.

A group of sadhus staying at a city temple carry the intoxicant in various forms, including bhang ‘golis’, bhang ‘barfis’, bhang powder and ‘monakka’ as they believe that it is nothing but ‘prasad’ of Lord Shiva.

However, the doctors feel that excessive consumption of bhang leads to hallucinations, palpitations, disorientation of space/time and can even cause damage to the nervous system.

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Activists protest against LPG dealer 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 22
Activists and office-bearers of a few social organisations protested against a gas agency dealer at the Ambedker Chowk here today.

The protesters raised slogans against the dealer and the administration. They alleged that norms were being violated while supplying LPG refills.

Jaipal Singh, dealer of Ahmedgarh gas agency, denied charges levelled against him and his staff. He said the shortfall of gas had been created due to higher consumption during winters and there was cut in its supply from the company.

“Though refills are not available for domestic consumption, these are being illegally supplied to commercial organisations, including restaurants and dhabas,” alleged Jatinder Bhola, former president, Ramesh Ghaie, former BJP president, Hari Bhagwan Thapar, president, Khatri Sabha, and Gurdev Raj Bhumbla, trade union leader.

A joint committee has been constituted to look into the matter. The organisers said the fast would continue till normal supply of the LPG was restored. 

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Hopes to set world record
Youth pokes 3,100 pins in hand
Rakesh Gupta

Mullanpur Dakha, February 22
A youth from Baddowal village is all inclined to get his name in Guinness Book of World Records and Limca Book of World Records. Pritpal Singh (22) of Baddowal village, a civil engineer by qualification, did his diploma from Guru Nanak Engineering, Ludhiana last year and is presently running an eating joint here.

He is excelling in poking pins in his left hand by using the other. He poked 3,100 pins in his hand recently in 12 hours.

Talking to The Tribune, he said about a month back he had thought of getting his name entered in Guinness Book of World Records and Limca Book of World Records. A friend of Pritpal, Gurdeep Singh, jokingly asked him to poke pins in his hand and it was then he got this idea.

He said it took him 14 hours to poke 2,100 pins in his hand on February 8. He said now he had set a target to poke 5,100 pins in his hand in just 10 hours. He added that he was looking for some sponsors as it costs around Rs 2 lakh plus travel and accommodation costs for the adjudicator. However, he does not know if there was any record in this field or not.

He said he gets all the nickel plated pins sterilised before use besides having a tetanus injection as a precautionary measure before performing this task.

Dr AK Banergee of the Sadbhavana Society has agreed to come forward to help Pritpal in getting his feat noticed by various authorities.

He also offered to contribute in case the adjudicator from Guinness Book of World Records or Limca Book of World Records was invited to judge his performance. He further said all the precautionary measures had been taken by Pritpal.

Swaranjit Singh, father of Pritpal and a sub-inspector in the agriculture department of Punjab, said he opposed the move of his son earlier, but respecting his dedication he paved way for his desire to get fulfilled.

Pritpal gets all nickel-plated pins sterilised and injects a tetanus injection as a precautionary measure before performing the task

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SAD to reserve 33 pc LS seats for women: Kanwaljit 
Our Correspondent

Amloh, February 22
“We should create awareness to eliminate illiteracy among girls, to eradicate social evils like female foeticide, which is the result of the trend developed among parents when the invaders entered through our borders, looted people and carried the girls away with them,” said Cooperation Minister Captain Kanwaljit Singh.

He was addressing the convocation-cum-prize distribution function of Maghi Memorial College for Women here today. “We should change with time. As girls are excelling in every field, they have come forward for the security of the country and carrying out duties in the defence forces and other fields,” the Captain maintained.

Now, women have equal rights and the SAD had adopted the policy of 33 per cent reservation for women in the municipal council and zila parishad, which would also be extended to Vidhan Sabha and Lok Sabha seats, he asserted. The minister conferred 125 students of the college with degrees and honoured the meritorious students in the academic, cultural, sports and NCC fields with medals.

The Captain announced a grant of Rs 2.5 lakh for the college.

Principal Tarlochan Singh Sohi welcomed the chief guest. College management secretary Tejwant Singh, advocate, said 103 students of the college were placed in the first division, 170 in the second and 74 in the third division in the degree examination.

The function began with a ‘shabad’ and the chief guest lighted the ‘jyoti’. District police chief Kaustabh Sharma, zila parishad chairperson Rajinder Kaur Salana, PPCC member Gurdev Singh Janjua, deputy director education Roshan Sood, CDPO, Amloh, Satish Kumar, former MLA Balwant Singh Shahpur, Bharat Vikas Manch president Ashwani Abrol, Manav Bhilai Manch chairman Som Nath Lutava, secretary Manohar Lal Verma were also present at the occasion.

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Galib’s posters with SAD leaders dot city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 22
Even as a senior Congress leader and former Ludhiana Member of Parliament, Gurcharan Singh Galib, is yet to formally join the Shiromani Akali Dal, his banners with Badals have already dotted the city.

Though there is no official word, he is likely to join the SAD during a rally to be held at Dana Mandi tomorrow.

However, his joining became obvious after the banners were put up in the city.

These had pictures of Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, his son and Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Badal.

Galib resigned from Congress in the morning today but he did not make any announcement regarding his defecting to the SAD.

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Tributes paid to DK Oswal 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 22
To pay tributes to their former chairman, DK Oswal, on his second death anniversary, constituents of Shryans Industries, Malikpur, donated blood at a camp organised at the administrative block of the industrial group recently.

A medical check camp was jointly organised by Hind Hospital and health authorities. Over 400 persons, including workers and members of their families were examined by a team of doctors led by Rajesh Goyal and Dr Sunit Hind. Technical team of mobile unit of Civil Hospital, Sangrur, performed diagnostic tests, including ECGs.

The camp was inaugurated by Rajnish Oswal, chairman of the group, and Dr KC Goyal, SMO, Malerkotla, was the chief guest.

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Award for novelist Mittar Sen
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 22
Mittar Sen Meet was conferred with the Bhai Mal Singh Yadgiri award during the annual function of a literary organisation ‘Sirjandhara’ here today.

Prof Niranjan Tasneem said Sen's novel "Sudhar Ghar" had been very popular with readers and people would definitely learn lessons from his writing.

Joginder Singh Raahi said Sen's novels explored the realities of life.

Karamjeet Singh Aujla added Sen has shown the life of the jail inmates in an excellent way in his novel.

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Seminar on hair transplantation
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, January 22
A seminar-cum-free medical checkup camp for hair transplantation was conducted by Dr Aman Dua at his clinic. About 47 cases of hair fall were checked at the camp in which tips regarding prevention of hair fall were given to patients.

Dr Dua said hair transplantation is a novel cosmetic surgery in which we take one’s own hair from the back of head or from body and transplant it to the front of scalp under local anaesthesia unlike other artificial methods like wigs, weave, patch or artificial hair. She said overall success rate of the surgery is around 70-90 per cent.

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GCW wins quiz contest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 22
Government College for Women won the first prize in the state-level geographical quiz held at SCD College, a press release said here today. The GCW won the contest for the second year in succession.

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Nine killed in road mishaps 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 22
It was a fatal Saturday for city residents. At least nine persons lost their lives in incidents that took place yesterday.

Two friends, both residents of Uttar Pradesh, were run over by an over-speeding truck near Sahnewal Khurd.

Both of them have been identified as Raman Sharma (25) and Baljit Singh (24). While Baljeet Singh was working in KFC, Raman Sharma was working in McDonalds at Doraha.

On Saturday both of them were heading towards the city from Doraha on a scooter, when they reached Sahnewal Khurd, a speeding truck hit the rear end of their scooter, due to which they lost control and fell on the road.

According to eyewitness, the truck driver who was in inebriated condition tried to drive away the vehicle but could not go far, so he left the truck and escaped.

The driver has been identified as Mukesh Kumar, a resident of Uttar Pradesh.

A rickshaw puller was crushed to death by a speeding vehicle near the Sahnewal Chowk.

The incident took place when the rickshaw puller was turning from a roundabout near Sahnewal, just when he reached the middle of the road, a speeding vehicle came from behind and tossed the rickshaw a few metre away from the road.

The man died on the spot. He has not been identified. The vehicle drive, however, managed to escape from the spot.

An over-speeding Tata Sumo crushed a scooterist near Khasi Khurd.

According to the deceased's brother Komal Singh, Malkit Singh was riding pillion with her daughter Suman Kaur to Khasi Kalan, when a speeding Tata Sumo vehicle rammed into the vehicle and the driver fled away from the spot.

While, Malkit Singh died on the spot, the condition of her daughter is stated to be serious.

A SUV run over a scooterist, living one dead and three injured near Mullanpur bus stand.

The man has been identified as Shivam (8), while his father Jatinder (30), Mona (28) and Khushi (6) are in serious condition.

The accused Varinder Singh, a resident of Moga, managed to flee from the spot.

A youth allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a speeding train near a level crossing near Islam Gunj. According to relatives, the youth, Gurbir Singh, was suffering from depression after a girl betrayed him.

A labourer died due to a blast caused by a technical snag in the air compressor machine installed at a rolling mill at the Focal point. The deceased has been identified as Badri Yadav (35), a migrant from Bihar.

A youth was strangulated at Jamakpuri yesterday evening. He has been identified as Manoj Kumar (50), who was living in a rented accommodation. However, no clue of the accused has been found so far.

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Pawandeep Kaur adjudged best athlete
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 22
Pawandeep Kaur of BA II was adjudged best athlete in the sports meet at the Mata Ganga Khalsa College for Women, Manji Sahib, Kotan.

Principal Manjinder Kaur inaugurated the meet and SGPC secretary (education) Joginder Singh presided over the concluding function.

Raghbir Singh Saharanmajra, member, SGPC, Inderjit Singh Lopon, vice-president, Santa Singh Umaidpuri, SAD leader, and Bhupinder Singh Cheema gave away the prizes.

Results:

100 m: Pawandeep Kaur 1st, Palabhdeep Kaur 2nd and Maninder Kaur 3rd. 200 m: Palabhdeep Kaur 1st, Pawandeep Kaur 2nd and Tapinder Kaur 3rd. 400 m: Jaskaran Kaur 1st, Palabhdeep 2nd and Pawandeep Kaur 3rd.

Shotput: Manpreet Kaur 1st, Daljit Kaur 2nd, Mandeep Kaur 3rd. Long Jump: Karamjit Kaur 1st, Gurkanwaljit 2nd and Sapreet Kaur 3rd. Discus Throw: Manpreet Kaur 1st, Harmit Kaur 2nd and Harjit Kaur 3rd. 3-Legged Race: Amninder Kaur and Navneet Kaur 1st, Kiran and Rajan 2nd, Kirandeep and Jasdeep Kaur 3rd. Chatti Race: Manpreet Kaur 1st, Ramandeep Kaur 2nd and Amandeep Kaur 3rd. Sac Race: Pawandeep Kaur 1st, Navneet Kaur 2nd and Amandeep Kaur 3rd. Potato Race: Ramandeep Kaur 1st, Daljit Kaur 2nd and Pawandeep Kaur 3rd.

CRs’ Race: Prabhjot Kaur 1st, Sukhjit Kaur 2nd and Amrinder Kaur 3rd.

Prof Baljit Kaur was declared winner in the chatti race for staff.

Bibi Bhaani House was declared best in overall performance and march past.

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Balbir wins 800 m race
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 22
Amandeep Kaur and Harkewal Singh were adjudged the best athletes among girls and boys in the 11th Annual Athletics Meet of BCM College of Education, Chandigarh road, here today.

Dr C S Grewal inaugurated the meet and Mahesh Munjal, Managing Director, Majestic Auto Ltd presided over the function.

Results: (Boys) 800m race- Balbir Singh 1, Harkewal Singh 2 and Manjinder Singh 3

Shot put- Swarn Singh 1, Munish 2 and Manjinder Singh 3

100m race- Harkewal Singh 1, Harjit Singh 2 and Keshav 3

200m race- Balbir Singh 1, Munish 2 and Harjit Singh 3

Long jump- Ramandeep Singh 1, Harkewal Singh 2 and Amandeep Singh 3

Triple jump - Harkewal Singh 1, Manjinder Singh 2 and Jasbir Singh 3

Discus throw - Swarn Singh 1, Ramandeep Singh 2 and Tarlok Singh 3.

(Girls) - Shot put- Paramjit Kaur 1, Neelkamal 2 and Mandeep Kaur 3

Long jump - Jasmeen Kaur 1, Eqvinder Kaur 2 and Navdeep Kaur 3

100m race - Amandeep Kaur 1, Jasmine Kaur 2 and Eqvinder Kaur 3

200m race - Amandeep Kaur 1, Jaspreet Kaur 2 and Gifty 3

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Athletics Meet
Ramta rules the roost
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 22
Ramta, student of BCom III was declared the best athlete in the 39th edition of the annual athletics meet of Arya College (women section) held here yesterday.

Divya Tewari, an international athlete, inaugurated the meet in which a large number of students competed in various games.

Principal, Dr SM Sharma alongwith PK Pannu, member of the college management committee were also present.

Results:

100m race- Ramta 1, Rupali 2 and Lovepreet 3

Long jump- Aarti 1, Jatinder 2 and Ramta 3

Shot put- Jatinder 1, Rupali 2 and Rajwinder 3

400m race- Ramta 1, Aarti 2 and Seema 3

Discus throw- Rupali 1, Ramta 2 and Aarti 3

200m race- Ramta 1, Rupali 2 and Lovepreet 3

Javelin throw- Aarti 1, Ramta 2 and Jatinder 3

100m race (staff)- Shalja 1 and Sarita Behal 2

Peon race- Jai Gopal 1 and Sunder 2 

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