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Go organic this Holi
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service


n Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful colours.
n Apply a thick layer of coconut/ baby oil on your body and hair. This will help you wash off colours easily later.
n While washing off colours, use lukewarm water and keep your eyes and lips tightly closed.
n Avoid travelling. If you have to, keep the windows of your car tightly shut.
n Wear old clothes that can easily be discarded after the revelries are over.
n Play Holi at office and home only with willing persons.
n Avoid loud and rowdy parties, which might spoil the family environment.
n Stay at a safe distance from revellers if you take to the streets.


n Use metallic and harmful colours.
n Play rough, especially with women.
n Pester strangers, bystanders.
n Encourage children from playing Holi with eggs, mud or gutter water.
n Take intoxicating drinks.
n Walk alone on the streets. You will be a sure target for miscreants.

Ludhiana, March 10
Holi, the festival of colours, gaiety, fun and frolic is associated with Lord Krishna and his Gopis. To play a safe Holi, doctors advocate use of organic colours. One can imagine Lord Krishna mingle with his companions spraying fragrant radiant colours at each other in hues of red, green and pink from flowers like tesu, harsringar, marigold, hibiscus, rose and other organic derivatives. 

Same organic colours are in vogue these days as well. Seema, a housewife added, “The organic colours are good for the skin and did not harm the human body and also had therapeutic value. Till the 1950s, families used to prepare their own colours from the dried flowers in the form of powders called gulal. This year I am also preparing colours at home.”

A skin specialist from the city advocating the use of organic colours said the synthetic colours were dangerous to the skin, eyes, respiratory tract, and could cause renal disorder and some were even carcinogenic. “They do not wash away easily, get mixed in drains and sewage systems and pollute water bodies and soil,” she added.

A group of youngsters from the city advocating the use of organic colours have given the message “Holi ke rang, phoolon ke sang”. This group is creating awareness among the communities. “We took a pledge not to use synthetic colours in their homes and impressed upon the various nearby residents to revive the traditional ways of playing Holi,” said Smriti from the group.

“You not only smear your friends and family members with organic colours free of any side effect but also offer them sweets containing herbal colours,” said the group members. Now, the herbal colours used in sweets, biryani and pulao are also easily available in the market. The researchers have claimed that the chemical colours, which are now being used in food items, have adverse reaction on human bodies. It can also lead to cancer. But the colours made from flowers have no such effects.


Mass Copying
Board to take action against school
Rakesh Gupta

Raikot, March 10
The flying squad from Jagraon yesterday slapped six unfair means case on students of various schools in Jagraon and Raikot. A teacher of SGG Senior Secondary School, Gondwal, was caught while helping students copy. At the time of the incident, DEO (Secondary) Amarjit Kaur and a board member were also present. 

They were visiting the school to inquire into the facts of the alleged mass copying at the centre on March 5.

She was relieved from duty and the case has been forwarded to higher authorities for further action. The raids were conducted in the morning when the examination for English was on.

On the complaint of Amandeep Singh, an invigilator at the school, Hardev Singh, Balwinder Singh, both DPEs of the school, and Sonu had been booked under various Sections of the IPC.

Sonu is the son of the president of the school, Satish Aggarwal, and Sonu, alias Rohit Aggarwal, and Hardev Singh are the trustees.

Though no official comments are available, investigation by The Tribune revealed that Amarjit Kaur had inquired into the matter and on the basis of her report, a recommendation was made to the board authorities to cancel the examination centre of SGG Senior Secondary School at Gondwal and blacklist it till further orders. In 1996-97 also, the school had been blacklisted on similar grounds.



14 transferred SHOs sent back to police stations
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
As many as 14 SHOs, who had been sent to the Police Lines following the state Election Commission (EC) notice to SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill ordering transfers of the SHOs, were again sent back to their respective police posts today.

A letter from the EC on Sunday evening sent the city police in a trouble as it had stated that the cops had violated the model code of conduct.

The notice sought the transfer of 14 SHOs, who were shifted on March 2 to the Police Lines.

Due to the transfers of the SHOs, a majority of the police stations remained headless on Monday. The registration of cases took a back seat and investigation in some of the crucial cases came to a halt.

The EC orders left hundreds of complainants in the lurch.

“Due to the ongoing transfers, no work is being done in the police station for last fortnight. The previous SHOs were relieved from police stations on February 25 and stopped working much before their transfers. The new SHOs, who joined office on March, asked for some time to settle down before addressing the complaints and just when they started working, they were transferred to the police lines for flauting the ECs rules,” said NRI Harmail Singh.

According to police sources, SHOs of Division number 1, Division number 2, Division number 4, Division number 5, Division number 6, Division number 8, Shimlapuri, Salem Tabri, Sahnewal, Sarabha Nagar, Sadar, Laddowal, Marriage Dispute Cell and NRI police station were sent to police lines soon after the ECs orders.

Today, all 14 SHOs were given a clean chit by the police after an investigation into the matter.

The police also sent a request to the EC, stating that the transfer orders were passed on March 1 and thus their transfers did not violate the model code of conduct.



Leaders ridicule poll code
Political parties display advertisements in violation of rules
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
The announcement of poll by the Election Commission on March 2 has also brought the model code of conduct into force, but the way political parties and leaders have displayed their advertisements in the city, it seems the rules are not for them.

A new trend is being witnessed this time where political parties are putting up billboards provided by the civic body and other departments.

The biggest example is a banner carrying the photographs of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, AICC chairperson Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi displayed on billboards in front of General Post Office. The Congress advertisement carries a message "Congress di Pachan, vikas atte nirman" which means development is an identity of the Congress. The hoarding also carries the election symbol of the party.

Similarly, banners carrying photographs of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal can be witnessed from the flyover near bus stand. While a banner carrying Sukhbir and his wife's Harsimrat's photograph is displayed on the bus stand, another banner can be seen on the right side of the flyover.

Although the banner placed on the bus stand campus is an advertisement of "Nanhi Cha" and Harsimrat is connected to the NGO, one fails to understand why Harsimrat is accompanied by the photograph of her husband.

Another banner on a private property carrying a message "Ek nek, drin ate samarpit vyakti hi ek change samaj di sirjana kar sakda hai". It means a good and a dedicated person can built a good society and Sukhbir's photograph can be witnessed. Besides, the poster also carries some words used to describe Sukhbir.

Interestingly, one has to pay a certain amount to property owner for displaying banners on these unipoles. While the Municipal Corporation has to be paid for buying the billboard on roads, advertisers have to pay property owners some amount for displaying advertisements on their campuses.

According to the Election Commission's directions, if a political party is found to be violator, the party symbol would be confiscated. But it seems that neither the political parties, nor the politicians are serious about the election code.



House raided; tax evasion detected 
Tribune News Service

Mandi Gobindgarh, March 10
A large number of sales tax officials headed by its director today raided a house at Motia Khan locality here. Documents of fake firms and a government stamp were seized.

Tax officials said the raids were conducted following a tip-off. Fake bills of two firms, a transport consignment book and VAT refund forms of Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan, MP, Assam and West Bengal were seized, besides a government stamp used at the information collection centre was also recovered from the house.

It could be a fraud of crores of rupees and it would take about three or four months to reach at the bottom of the case, the officials said.



PAU honours students for research
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
“Success is a journey, not a destination”, said Dr Manjit Singh Kang, PAU Vice-Chancellor, while honouring students, who have brought laurels to the university by conducting an outstanding research.

The event was organised by the PAU Science Club here today.

The five students, who presented their projects at the “Anveshan 2009 North Zone”, were Aseem Verma of College of Agricultural Engineering, Baljinder Kaur of College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, Amandeep Kaur Sandhu and Shabir Hussain Wani of College of Agriculture and Nisha Verma of College of Home Science.

Aseem Verma won the first position in engineering and technology, Shabir Hussain Wani and Amandeep Kaur Sandhu bagged the first and the second positions in agriculture at Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur, Howrah.

Aseem Verma secured the first position at the National Students Convention in engineering stream and got a cash prize of Rs 1,00,000.

Kang said greater heights could be reached if one did not care who got the credit in a team.

Dr SK Mann, Dean postgraduate studies and chairperson of the PAU Science Club, said research work was being done by the students and it was an initiative to recognise their hard work.

Dr BS Sohal, secretary of the PAU Science Club, said the club served as a platform where learning was focused through specialised lectures, exhibitions, posters, national days and educational tours. 



Students felicitated 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 10
About 200 students were felicitated at an annual function held at Victoria Public High School, Lehra. Dev Raj Sofat, former ADM, Punjab Roadways, presided over the function and Jaspal Singh Jassie, SDM, Raikot, was the chief guest. 

Former CEO Maghar Singh Kalia and Ajit Singh Auloarakh were the guests of honour.

Rahul, Tapinder, Pawan, Samridhi, Mehak, Jiwan Jot, Jasline, Manpreet Kaur and Sahil were felicitated by the organisers for their outstanding achievements during the current academic session.

A cultural programme was performed by the students on the occasion. 



202 get degrees
Tribune Reporters

Raikot, March 10
As many as 62 postgraduation and 140 graduation degrees were conferred on students during the annual convocation of Swami Ganga Giri Janta Girls College, Raikot, today.

Dr Savita Uppal, principal of the college, and the chief guest, Dr RC Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, Chandigarh, also presented the roll of honor to12 students.as man as 38 students were also honoured for their all-round performance.


Mullanpur Dakha: Dr Swapan Jain from the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, conducted a workshop at the Peace Public School. Dr Swapan Jain did his PhD on “Investigating Small Molecule Interactions with Nucleic Acid Structures”. He was the winner of the best PhD thesis awards.

He demonstrated the most effective and modern methods of science teaching.

Students of Class X attended the workshop, he taught them a chapter of chemistry “Chemical Reactions”, and performed experiments. To reinforce the subject he conducted a quick test.

He said the talent of Indian students was unmatched worldwide. The only problem was in setting the goal for the students. Moreover, the heavy burden of syllabus and dependency on theory was another obstacle in the growth of student's mental ability. He said it was the main reason why even the failures in India shine abroad.


Jagraon: The postgraduate department of Punjabi at Khalsa College for Sidhwan Khurd conducted a national-level seminar on "Immigrant Punjabi Literature- Present Prospective" in collaboration with UGC.

More than 60 delegates attended the seminar from various colleges. The seminar was inaugurated by Dr SP Singh, former Vice-Chancellor GNDU, Amritsar, while Col. Chanan Singh presided over. The keynote address was delivered by Dr Harchand Singh Bedi.

Dr Jagbir Singh from Delhi University, Dr Gurpal Singh Sandhu from Punjab University, Chandigarh, Dr Dhanwant Kaur from Punjabi University, Patiala, threw light on diasporic literature.



4 lakh to appear in Class V exams
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
More than 4 lakh students will appear in the class V examinations that begin on March 16. The examination is being conducted by the Directorate-General of Schools Education, Punjab, this year under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan wing. Earlier, this examinations were conducted by the Punjab School Education Board.

Avtar Singh, Controller of the Examinations, told The Tribune today that 4,35,845 students had sent their admission forms till March 6 and the admission forms were received till March, 10. as many as 2,938 examination centres had been set up in the state. All centres were in the government schools.

The association of affiliated schools has been making hue and cry over the issue of not granting them permission to hold the examinations in the affiliated schools and pressed on the authorities of the education department to make their schools as examination centres too for the convenience of the students.

Avtar Singh disclosed that they had written to the Chief Secretary to permit them to open examination centres at the affiliated schools as well. But so far the permission had not been received.



Multipurpose rural camp ends
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, March 10
A 40-day multipurpose camp organised by PAU, Ludhiana, ended today marking Women’s Day at Chowkiman village. The programme was a joint effort of PAU Ludhiana, Nestle India IFFICO, Gram Panchayat, Tarlochan Singh and Youth Services Club of the Chowkiman village.

A large number of activities were conducted during this period in the village, including training camps, health camps, nutrition camps, stitching classes, seminars, workshops, usage of waste materials in normal life etc. 

The Lohri of daughters were also celebrated during this period and the women folk of the village and surrounding areas were made aware of women empowerment and their role in the society. A rally was also carried out in the village to aware the importance of water.

An exhibition was organised to exhibit the things made by the rural women during their training. The seminar was presided over by Manjit Singh Kang, Vice-Chancellor PAU, Ludhiana. Preetam Singh Sandhu, Tarlochan Singh, Marten Nestle, Dr B.S. Bhullar and Dr Satish Bansal also accompanied the chief guest and addressed the gathering.

Nestle India honoured the brilliant students of the area.



Three industrialists honoured
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Institute organised National Award Ceremony for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) here today. The objective of this award was to encourage the micro, small and medium enterprises to improve their quality.

Additional Development Commissioner of MSME KS Ladu was the chief guest of this function. Assistant director of MSME SS Bedi welcomed the chief guest and the participants of the award ceremony.

Director of MSME RC Chopra and GM, DIC Ludhiana, Vishav Bandhu also spoke on the occasion.

Kuntal Jain from M/S Duke Fashions India Ltd, Ludhiana and SP Dua from Falcon Industry, Ludhiana were selected under quality award and awarded by a trophy, along with a certificate and a demand draft of Rs 20,000.

Prathvi Raj Bassi from Moonlight Auto India Pvt Ltd was selected under ‘Outstanding efforts for entrepreneurship’ and awarded by a trophy, along with a certificate and a demand draft of Rs 20,000.

Director (Chem) of MSME BK Chaudhary coordinated the function and about 100 participants attended the function. The programme concluded by vote of thanks by Kundan Lal, assistant director, MSME DI, Ludhiana to the chief guest, all the dignitaries and participants of the workshop.



Seven couples tie knots
Tribune News Service

Jagraon, March 10
In a service towards downtrodden and poor families, the JCI club today solemnised the marrige of seven couples. A mass marriage programme was organised by the club at JCI bhawan.

The marriage ceremony was solemnised by Sant Baba Nichavar Singh under the holy presence of Shri Guru Granth Sahib. Bhag Singh Malla, chairman, District Planning Board was the chief guest on the occasion. 

The SP (D) (Ludhiana Rural) Jagraon, along with many others of the area, came to bless the newly weds. A common kitchen was arranged for all visitors and families in the mass marriage programme.

The society also provided the couples with gifts.



Poll code: Cong alleges violation by MC
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
The Ludhiana District Congress Committee today alleged blatant violation of the election code of conduct by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation authorities for distributing cheques for various development works in the back date.

In a complaint to the Election Commission of India, copies of which were circulated among the newspapers also, president of the legal cell of the district unit Dharamjit Singh Khera alleged that in order to hoodwink the guidelines of the Election Commission the municipal authorities were issuing the cheques in the back date. 

He alleged that since the SAD-BJP alliance government in the state had nothing to its credit to show to the people, it had now resorted to the fire fighting measures by launching various development activities. In this mad race it had thrown all rules and norms to the winds. So much so the money was being released in the back date.

Khera said, “While the elections were announced on March 2, the municipal authorities have been issuing payment cheques in the back date to hoodwink the Election Commission of India guidelines.” 

The DCC appealed to the EC to take strict action against the officials. The complaint said, “It is submitted that strict action may be taken against the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation authorities and they may be prevented from such activities as their actions are aimed at influencing the poll outcome in favour of the ruling alliance.”



Real estate sector continues to reel under recession
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, March 10
There seems to be no turn around in sight for the real estate sector which had nose dived in the mega city as a result of economic meltdown a couple of months back after a pretty long period of boom. There being no buyers for land or built up properties simply because of worst ever liquidity crunch, the market is virtually inactive.

While the prices of land and built up properties had not crashed initially as the buyers, especially speculators, were waiting for the market to pick up once again, there has, of late, been a downward trend in prices of land as well as residential and commercial properties as no buyer is coming forward for fresh deals.

Although knowledgeable circles in the property market maintain that the land prices in the industrial hub of the state had gone up in an unrealistic manner since early last year and a correction was due, the serious liquidity crisis witnessed towards the end of last year had led to a situation where the trend (of land and property prices) has now gone to the other extreme.

Kamal Chatley, president of Ludhiana Property Dealers and Colonisers Association, says, “Prices of property have gone down to some extent, but the main factor affecting the market is total absence of speculators who were the ones to keep the activity of sale and purchase going. Whatever deals are being made relate to genuine buyers, that too of small residential or commercial properties.”

Other property dealers in different parts of the city, as well as some of the booking agents of major real estate developers, express similar views saying the entire real estate sector is in a state of shock. 

“Whether or not the prices of property have crashed is immaterial because no major deals have been struck ever since the stock market hit the rock bottom as a result of economic slowdown. A clear picture will emerge only after buyers come out in the market and sellers quote prices for the properties held by them,” they remarked.

It was not only in the private sector that the recessionary trends had hit the sale of property, but government agencies involved with development of property were also finding it hard to sell their commercial sites at the expected prices.

Recently, the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) had withdrawn around one dozen sites of shop-cum-offices and single storey shops in Dugri, Phase I, from a public auction just because the bids were much below the expected price. Similarly, Ludhiana Improvement Trust had also put off sale of 2.22-acre commercial complex on the Maharani Jhansi road till the market conditions improved.

The slow down in the realty sector was also having an adverse impact on the revenue collected by the state government on conveyance deeds by way of stamp duty. “The average number of conveyance deeds registered in a month has fallen by almost 40 per cent, but the total value of the properties being transferred through sale deeds is not even 25 per cent of what it was a couple of months back. 

Especially, no body is buying land for development and all deals pertain to small pieces of land or built up houses and commercial properties of low value,” said GS Benipal, sub-registrar (Central).



Transporters want DTO to hire vehicles
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
Truck and tempo owners fear harassment during the hiring of vehicles during the elections. They have urged the government that the DTO should be given the responsibility in this regard.

Addressing a press conference here today, Charan Singh Lohara, president of the All India Motor Transport Congress, said the method adopted for hiring vehicles during elections was wrong. Members today urged the government that the DTO should be given the charge with regard to the hiring of vehicles.

The association has sent a memorandum to the Chief Election Commissioner and suggested that vehicles should be hired according to market rates.

Kirpal Singh Sandhu, president of the All Tempo and Mini Truck Operators Union, said the payment should be given in advance and conductors should be given full-day wage. He added that the police should not be involved in this process.

Talking about the prices of diesel, he said the prices of crude oil were very low and accordingly, the prices of diesel should be decreased. “Though we were assured on February 18 that the prices of diesel would be slashed, nothing has been done so far,” he said.

Also, the prices of aviation turbine fuel had been decreased for the 11th time, but there had been no cut in the prices of diesel. “There has been no cut in the tariff of airplanes while we have reduced our tariff,” added Lohara.

A meeting of the All India Motor Transport Congress would be held on March 21 to decide further course of action.

The Bharti Kissan Union has also lent their support to the transporters on the issue of diesel prices. Ajmer Singh, president, and Puran Singh, general secretary, of the union said the farmers should be given prices of their produce according to the Swaminathan Committee.

“The loans of farmers should be waived and a special package should be announced for the farmers of Punjab,” he added.



Form anti-ragging cells at IMA units: Doctor
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
Expressing shock over the death of Aman Satya Kachru, a first-year medical student at Rajinder Prasad Medical College in Tanda, Himachal Pradesh, a senior city doctor has written to the national IMA president to immediately form anti-ragging cells at IMA units across the country.

The student died on Saturday in mysterious circumstances following physical and mental torture at the hands of senior students in the name of ragging.

Dr Gursharan Singh, former president of the district unit of the IMA (Indian Medical Association) in a letter written to Dr Ashok Adhao (national IMA president) stated that despite the Supreme Court ban, ragging was going unabated.

"The recent incident is shameful for the medical community as it occured in the medical college and it is the duty of medical fraternity to see that such incidents do not happen in future," the doctor said.

Dr Gursharan suggested that the IMA in order to check this menace can have anti-ragging cells in its 2,000 branches across the country, especially where medical colleges and such institutes exist.

With the help of the administration of the medical college, an interaction between the IMA and fresher students should be arranged before the session begins. The freshers can be given a mobile number of the IMA local anti-ragging cell, the doctor suggested further.

Emphasising on the strengthening of the body, the letter further reads that this interaction will also boost the formation of a stronger IMA in future and these students can be enrolled as the members of the IMA student wing. Also, like-minded medical organisation like the IDA can be roped in.

Doctor, while pointing towards the responsibility of the colleges and institutes, stated that IMA could also use its offices in the Medical Council of India for stringent action and stated that the matter should be taken at the coming CWC meeting in the presence of the senior leaders.



Bonus not paid; labourers go violent
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
Frenzied labourers at Poddar factory in Kanganwal today attacked the factory premises and cars of owners to protest against the Holi bonus that was not given to them.

Despite being promised, the bonus was not paid as the cashier allegedly expressed helplessness stating there was no cash in the chest.

This angered the labourers who started throwing stones and broke windowpanes of official cabins and two cars parked inside the premises.

The mob was controlled by the police who forced the labourers to broker peace.

SSP Dr Sukhchain Gill said the labourers were persuaded not to protest violently. He said talks were going on and an amicable solution would be effected. He added they did not use any force to control the frenzied labourers. They were 
only persuaded.

Meanwhile, a heavy posse of the police was posted outside the factory. SP Harsh Bansal rushed to the spot and was supervising the police operation to control angry workers. Several workers were rounded up. No arrest has been made so far.



Stress on legal rights of women
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 10
The District Legal Services Authority yesterday held a seminar on women empowerment here at GMT College of Education. Various events, including declamation contests on female foeticide, domestic violence, and women empowerment were held to mark the function.

Lachhman Singh, Civil Judge Senior Division-cum-secretary legal services authority was the chief guest who stressed on legal rights of women.

He said due recognition must be given to the fair sex. He informed that free legal aid was being provided to every needy woman.

The prize winners were Sonali Naik (declamation), Ruchika (poem recitation) and Anjali Sharma (fancy dress).



Workshop on chemical reactions 
Tribune News Service

Mullanpur Dakha, March 10
A workshop on chemical reactions was conducted by Dr Swapan Jain from Georgia Institute of Technology, the USA, at Peace Public School today.

Dr Jain, who has done his PhD on "Investigating small molecule interactions with nucleic acid structures" and also been the winner of the Sigma XI Best PhD Thesis awards at Georgia Tech, demonstrated to the teachers the most effective and modern methods of teaching science.

Students of Class X of the school attended the workshop. He performed various experiments and made the children think independently. He emphasised that when children were a part of the process, they associated well and gain productively. 

Doing experiments, observing and then coming to the conclusion led to effective learning, rather than depositing daily quantities of information then withdrawing only during examination, he said.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, he said “ The talent of Indian students is unmatched worldwide. The only problem lies in setting the goal for the students. Moreover, the heavy burden of syllabus and dependency on theory is another obstacle in the growth of student's mental ability.” 



Flag march in Malerkotla
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 10
A convoy of at least 30 vehicles carrying about 400 cops organised a flag march in Malerkotla and the nearby villages.

It was held to instill the sense of security among masses during the festival season and pre-election period.

Sangrur SSP Naunihal Singh supervised the march.

Addressing residents, Gurpreet Singh Sikand, DSP, Malerkotla, said the district police had deputed an adequate number of patrolling parties to keep an eye on miscreants in their respective beats.

He called upon officers of social and political organisations to inform beat in charges about anti-social activities taking place in their respective areas.

The flag march passed through Momnabad, Akbarpur, Jandali Kalan, Jandali Khurad, Chhanna, Malikpur, Rohira, Baurhai Kalan, Kanganwal, Dulma and Kup villages. 



4 nabbed for robbery at Amloh 
Tribune News Service

Mandi Gobindgarh, March 10
The Fatehgarh Sahib police today arrested four alleged robbers, who were involved in different incidents of robberies, snatching and other crimes in Fatehgarh Sahib and its adjoining areas.

The accused have been identified as Rajesh Kumar, Sukhjinder and Jaspreet. The fourth accused was yet to be identified by the police. All accused are residents of Nabha and had been looting people at the gunpoint.

Two 315 bore home-made pistols, four cartridges and a snatched bike was recovered from their possession. Police officials said the Pulsar bike was snatched from Banur sometime back and the accused were using the bike to loot people.

Police officials said they were arrested on a tip-off from Jaura Bridge in Amloh. A case in this connection has been registered against the accused who would be produced before the magistrate.



Fixing Salary 
Process unfair, allege ad hoc lecturers
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
Though the High Court has fixed April 2 as the date of hearing in various contempt petitions and the state government has sought six-week time from January 31 to fix the pay of ad hoc lecturers and pay them pending arrears, the current exercise being undertaken at the office of the DPI (C) may prove to be futile as certain important things have not been taken into account, lecturers feel.

Prof Jaipal Singh, president of the Government College Teachers Association, Punjab, said 300 ad hoc lecturers all over state were being affected. He alleged that the DPI’s office was taking into account only continuous ad hoc service without any gap, which was illegal, arbitrary and discriminatory.

He said ad hoc service was to be counted on the basis of a UGC letter and the condition stipulated was only of ad hoc service of more than one year and not continuous ad hoc service.

“Even while giving pensionary benefits and for awarding annual increments, the total ad hoc service was counted and not just continuous ad hoc service. The total ad hoc service must be counted for placement in senior scale/selection grade,” he said.

Also, the DPI’s office must award senior scale/selection grade as and when a person completed the requisite number of years whether during ad hoc period or regular service.

On behalf of lecturers and the GCTA, he said the condition of attending refresher/orientation courses was being applied without taking into consideration various letters issued by the state government, the DPI and the UGC from time to time.

The lecturers have submitted their representation in this regard to the DPI (C).

Satinderjit Singh, a lecturer, said nobody gave them a patient hearing in the absence of a permanent DPI at Chandigarh. “Since Dr Kanwarjit Singh retired on September 30, there has been no permanent DPI and work is suffering,” he said, alleging that the fixation of pay scales or arrears was also being done in a wrong manner.



City Centre Scam 
Bail plea dismissed
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 10
Sessions Judge G K Rai today dismissed the application seeking cancellation of bail of 18 accused in the alleged multi-crore City Centre Scam, terming it to be not maintainable.

Applicant Sunil Kumar Dey, the witness of the Vigilance Bureau, had alleged that he was being threatened, harassed and tortured by several accused, so their bails should be cancelled.

He had levied allegations against the managing director, Today Homes, G K Gambhir, and 17 other persons related to the company.

The lawyers representing the accused had submitted that this court had no jurisdiction to decide on the application, as majority of the accused were granted bail by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The court adjourned the hearing on the application moved by VB officials against Captain Amrinder Singh for allegedly producing false medical certificate and an application moved by the Captain against Vigilance Bureau officials seeking strict action for contempt of court.



Jagdeep declared best athlete
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 10
Jagdeep Kaur, student of computer engineering, won three titles and was declared the best athlete in the two-day 12th Annual Athletics Meet of Sat Guru Ram Singh Government Polytechnic College for Girls, Rishi Nagar, which concluded today.

Jagdeep proved her mettle in the 200m race and triple jump events, besides romping home victorious in the 100m sprint to bag the best athlete title. She also finished runner-up in 100m hurdles race.

Another student, Gagandeep Kaur, too made her presence felt by winning two titles and finishing runner-up in another discipline. She clinched titles in 100m hurdles and high jump, besides securing the second position in triple jump.

Mandeep Singh Rai, Chief Commissioner, Income Tax, Ludhiana, gave away the prizes to the winners. He urged the students to take part in sports, which inculcated the habit of discipline and punctuality.

Results for the various events were : 200m race- Jagdeep Kaur 1, Harjinder Kaur 2 and Manpreet Kaur 3; 100m race- Jagdeep Kaur 1, Seema 2 and Divya 3; 100m hurdles- Gagandeep Kaur 1, Kamaldeep Kaur 3; high jump- Gagandeep Kaur 1, Simmi 2 and Sukhdeep Kaur 3; triple jump- Jagdeep Kaur 1, Gagandeep Kaur 2 and Sukhdeep Kaur 3; 400m relay race- ECE 1, CE 2 and IT 3; 800m race- Harjinder Kaur 1, Shveta 2 and Natasha 3.



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