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Fire at chemical factory
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
A major fire broke out at Hindustan Chemicals around 11.30 am at Gyaspura here today, destroying material worth Rs 50 lakh.

When fire officials reached the spot, around five persons of the unit were trying to douse the flames with the help of hydrants and were caught in the fire.

They sustained minor injuries, but were rescued by the fire department, which continued with the operation for over two hours.

Fire officials said: “A major mishap was averted as high-tension wires were overhead and the fire failed to reach the underground tanker where chemicals in huge quantity were stored.”

They said the situation was tense as the tankers containing chemicals were exploding. Assistant district fire officer Kartar Singh said: “The real problem with the fire was that chemicals were highly inflammable. The department had to use foam in large amounts and over eight fire engines were pressed in service to douse flames.” He said even the fire-fighting system installed on the premises was not as effective.

Talking to The Tribune, an eyewitness, Ramesh, working in a nearby unit said: “There were suddenly huge noises of something blasting and within seconds, there was panic as people realised Hindustan Chemicals was on fire. I along with my friend rushed out and saw that men working there were shouting and trying to put off the flames on their own. They told us to call the fire brigade and inform the owner.”

“When we reached there, we saw that the storeroom near the chemical tankers had also caught fire,” he added.

The unit owner, Rishi Pal Sood, said: “We cannot ascertain the exact loss, but it is likely to be over Rs 50 lakh. But we thank God and the fire department officials that no loss of life was reported.”


Quack menace: No will to act
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
The district health department expressed its helplessness to carry out checks and raids on quacks on the pretext of no clear guidelines from the government, which was contradictory to the statement given by the Punjab Medical Council (PMC) and the legal cell of the Indian Medical Association (IMA).

The IMA reiterated the Punjab and Haryana High Court directions issued in 2005 wherein the director, health services, Punjab, and the DGP, were asked to take immediate action against quacks.

The PMC and the IMA stated that a medical practitioner who was not registered with the Punjab Medical Council, the Medical Council of India, medical councils of other Indian states and ayurveda and homoeopathy councils was a quack.

Hundreds of quacks practising at Haibowal, Salem Tabri, Shimlapuri, Dugri, Sherpur and various other slum areas were acting as agents of reputed hospitals and doctors in the city as they were paid hefty commissions for bringing patients.

Sources revealed that even certain senior medical officers were not sending reports of the quacks in their respective areas to the civil surgeon’s office as they were taking stipulated monthly remuneration from them.

Dr OPS Kande, chairman(legal cell), IMA, said the Punjab government had been directed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court to eradicate quackery against a petition in 1998.

But the state government came up with a proposal of registration of quacks after six months training, which was challenged by the IMA in 2000.

The case went on for five years and the court redirected the state government to take action against quacks.

“Unfortunately, the health authorities and the police administration have failed to take any action against quacks as there is no political will,” added Dr Kande.

Similarly, PMC president Manmohan Singh said there were 35,000 certified doctors in Punjab, who were either registered with the PMC, the Medical Council of India or medical councils of other states.

The department of health and family welfare had the authority to check the certificate and degree of a person, who was posing as a doctor followed by a registration of a case by the police under relevant Sections of the IPC, he said.



PSEB call centre in place
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 5
The PSEB call centre (phone no. 5055510) in the city is set to become operational and would assist in booking complaints from any part of the city round the clock. The call centre has 30 extension lines and can take 250 calls at the same time.

According to HS Randhawa, deputy chief engineer of the city east circle, the call centre has been set up at the Janta Nagar divisional office which would register complaints of consumers related to power supply and forward the same to the PSEB central control room after lodging the time and nature of the complaint.

The field staff would intimate the call centre through the control room and the data would also go to the main computers.

Outsourced from a Jaipur IT company at an estimated cost of Rs 5 crore, the project is part of PSEB’s endeavour to offer better customer care.

He said while the main control room had been set up, the process of setting up nine divisional-level control rooms had already been initiated, which was expected to be completed in a month’s time.

Initially, the facility would be available in Ludhiana city alone, but later, control rooms would be set up at Patiala, Bathinda, Mohali, Jalandhar and Amrtisar.

“The underlying purpose of the project is to make the registration of consumer complaints hassle-free while at the same time, evolving a mechanism for recorded data on the rectification of the faults and disposal of complaints. The data available with the call centre on the disposal of the complaints will help in fixing responsibility in cases of delay in attending to the grievances of the public,” added Randhawa.



Grievance committee has a problem
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
The district grievances committee constituted by the Punjab Governor to redress the grievances of people is plagued by a grievance that the administration never acknowledged its existence.

The fact came to light today when six members of the committee, representing the city, met unofficially and stated that though the committee was notified six months ago by the Governor, the Deputy Commissioner, who happens to be its secretary, never held an introductory meeting.

The members, Vijay Danav, Hira Lal Goyal, Renu Thapar, Sarabjit Kaka, Sunil Mehra and Chaudhry Yashpal, said though they had received innumerable complaints, no meeting had been held to redress them. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal happens to be the chairman of the Ludhiana committee.

As many as 21 members from Ludhiana, Jagraon, Khanna and Samrala are on the panel which also ensures peace and helps the district in disaster management.

“We are just paper tigers. We are on the panel, but nobody cares. The DC here is also busy and has not bothered to even meet us once,” Danav said, adding that while all other advisory committees that were not notified had met in the district, nothing had been done about the grievances committee.

Renu said during the recent Vienna backlash incident, they could have helped the administration in ensuring law and order, but they were not taken into confidence.

“This means that the administration has never bothered to make our presence
felt,” she said.

Each district has a grievance committee, usually headed by a minister. Issues relating to the functioning of the MC, district transport offices, sales tax, industrial units, etc. and their impact on society figure at the meetings of these committees.



Computerisation Only in Name — II
Dept computers not even linked
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
The idea of no paper work seems to have failed at government offices in Ludhiana as the departments under the district administration that had graduated from using typewriters to computers use computers only to make entries.

The district administration has a Suvidha Centre which is completely computerised, but various departments falling within the purview of the Deputy Commissioner’s office are only partially computerised in the real sense.

Investigations by The Tribune revealed that almost every department had two or more computers, but none of those were interlinked and were being used to store records, just the way entries through typewriters were made. Apart from it, the computers in each department were also not interlinked.

Officials working in various departments, especially the revenue, said various sub-registrar offices in the city had computers and the contract of work and maintenance was given to private contractors.

The situation was the same in the district transport office. The employees working on computers in these departments were recruited by the contractor himself.

The department where computerisation is still at the initial level was the district courts where computers are still alien.

Besides, the presence of huge bundles of files and documents in every government office reveals that computerisation of old records is still to be undertaken.

Computer experts use the term computerisation of offices when paperless work is done, but this does not apply to government offices.

The presence of a computer system means that technology has been incorporated and that’s what the “babus” in Punjab feel.

Computer help, which is coming to the district administration is through the
National Informatics Centre, mainly a central government initiative, which had
opened its office in 1988.

District informatics officer Kashmir Singh said: “A data centre is being created at Chandigarh and the facilities available online at present are mainly passport and arms licenses. Computerised affidavits have also been introduced.”

However, he added that there was no generalised software with the departments. Giving an example of the DTO office, he said: “There is a specialised software for the registration and allotment of licenses and vehicle registration, but none of these were being used in the city at present.”



Anusha first in district
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
Anusha Monga topped the district by securing the 338th rank in the All India Pre-medical Test (AIPMT) conducted by the CBSE, the results of which were declared here today.

She is a student of BCM Senior Secondary School and attributes her success to her teacher, parents and grandparents.

Aastha Gupta from DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, has secured the 350th rank while Harshit Khosla and Shagun Chahal, students of the same school, are ranked 1096 and 1100, respectively.

Aastha said: “I had devised a systematic study mechanism while preparing for the entrance examination. Besides regular classes, coaching at a good study centre can help. I had secured 90 per cent in the CBSE examination declared recently.”

Harshit said: ‘I am not fond of sports and spend maximum time studying online, especially medical-oriented subjects.” He also took coaching for the examination.

Shagun said NCERT books had built her base before she appeared for the examination. “I only needed coaching in biology. I am fond of reading classics.”



Non-functional grid
Hargana residents rue voting for SAD
Tribune News Service

Hargana (Khamano), June 4
A large number of residents of Hargana and surrounding villages rue having voted for the SAD in the recently concluded general elections.

During the electioneering, SAD candidate Charanjit Singh Atwal had reportedly assured the villagers that the power grid that caters to needs of nearly 54 villages of Fatehgarh Sahib and Khanna would start working once the poll was over.

“The villages took Atwal’s promise seriously and voted him to power,” said Nirmal Singh of Hargana village.

He said Atwal got a lead of nearly 3200 votes from 40 villages that were directly affected by this grid.

“In our village Atwal was leading by a margin of 267 votes,” he added.

In Suhavi village the SAD candidate was defeated with the margin of just 13 votes, added the villagers.

Before the poll, the villagers have decided to boycott the elections in the wake of the non-functional grid.

“When we decided to boycott the poll, the local contractor swung into action and started the work on the war footing,” said villagers.

However, as the days of election came nearer, half of the labourers went missing from the construction site and by the time results of Atwal losing election poured in, almost all workers vanished.

“With SAD having lost from this place, we have little hope left,” villagers added.

The grid at Bhari, about 10 km from Hargana village, is catering to 52 villages since 1970. Of late, the situation has worsened as the power consumption has multiplied.

A senior official of the electricity department said power lines that were laid in 1970 were running equipment, which have multiplied at least five times. Overloaded lines trip frequently.



Technical snag disrupts power supply
Cuts go up by an hour
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 5
Power supply to nearly 12 localities was disrupted in the wee hours of today after one of the three transformers at 66 KV Ferozepur Road sub station had a snag.

While the power supply in many affected areas was restored after about one hour, other localities like Gurdev Nagar, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Sarabha Nagar and Rajguru Nagar faced interruptions at regular intervals with rotation.

According to PSEB officials, a component of the transformer, current transfer (CT), had burnt down due to a technical fault and the transformer became inoperative.

After identification of the snag, some delay occurred in its rectification, as the replacement current transfer was not available and had to be procured from Moga.

While the transformer became functional by the evening when the defective component was replaced, power supply to some localities fed from 66 KV Ferozepur Road sub station had to be cut off by rotation during the intervening period.

Officials said the power supply to many other localities, which was not connected to the Ferozepur Road sub station, was also affected for sometime when the transformer developed a fault.

Basically, a 66 KV line coming from Humbran tripped that took about an hour to repairing and restoration of supply.

Meanwhile, the one-hour power cut officially announced in the city from June 2, has now gone up to two hours.

The localities falling under city I, II and III areas faced power cuts from 1 to 3 pm, 3 to 5 pm and 5 to 7 pm, respectively.

Sources of the PSEB headquarters said due to four-hour power supply to agriculture
sector from June 1 and rising demand from urban areas, courtesy the scorching
heat, the gap between the demand and availability of power had crossed the 150
lakh unit mark.

Barring pre-monsoon showers, which seemed to be a remote possibility at present, the power situation was bound to worsen in days to come when the power cuts up to four hours might have to be imposed daily, they said.



PAU inks pact with US varsity
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Wisconsin (UW), Madison, USA, to develop a collaborative liaison of mutual benefits and jointly undertake educational and scholarly activities.

The MoU was signed by the PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr Manjit Singh Kang, and Dr PS Minhas, director of research from PAU, Chancellor, University of Wisconsin, and dean of College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UW.

Terming the event as an important stride towards international partnership development, Dr Kang said the teamwork would be based on symbiosis and synergy rather than competition with each other.

He said it would be a good for the university as well as for the University of Wisconsin. There would be a lot for students to learn, he added.

Dr Minhas said the collaboration envisaged in the accord would aim at strengthening teaching, research and outreach to encouraging improved techniques in the management of agricultural systems to facilitate academic cooperation for quality assurance, institutional development and exchange of students, faculty and staff.

He further informed that organisation of training courses, seminars and conferences involving faculty and students of both the institutes, development of improved farm technologies and facilitating their adoption by farmers were covered under the pact.

The pact would be valid for a period of five years, he added. The directors of the university, deans of colleges and other officers were also present on the occasion.

‘Read labels before using pesticides’

Pesticides come in containers that provide relevant information about their usage. This was stated by scientists, including Sandeep Jain, Gurdarshan Singh and Jyoti Jain of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Muktsar.

In their recently published article in June, 2009, about progressive farming, the scientists said farmers generally did not read labels on pesticides and applied without referring to important information written on the same.

Reading the labels before application increases knowledge about the product and helps to prevent any untoward incident, the scientists said.

It would keep a tab on the sale of spurious products in the market, they added. They advised the farmers not to buy an unsealed container.

The scientists said the container must have a product trade name and technical name, as an agro-chemical may be sold under several trade names.

The information such as 25 per cent EC is important as it indicates that the product is of emulsifiable concentrate (25 per cent strength). The users must read the details from the leaflet, they added.



CMCH keen on tie-up with PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
A 13-member delegation of doctors and heads of department from the CMCH, led by Dr AG Thomas, director of the CMCH, visited Punjab Agricultural University here.

The delegation held an interaction with Dr Manjit Singh Kang, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, and other experts for a collaborative tie-up.

Dr Kang informed them on facilities of biotechnology, nano-technology and electron microscopy at PAU that could play a vital role in medical research and education.

He said both the institutes had already inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for collaboration in research and training in identified areas.

Dr Kang said a tie-up with CMCH would be mutually beneficial for both institutes.

Dr Thomas said there seemed to be enormous opportunities of furthering collaboration with the PAU as the cost intensive infrastructure available in one institute could be gainfully used by the other through this collaborative approach.

Dr Neeta D Kang, head of innovation, Betty Cowan Research and Innovation Centre, CMCH, said PAU facilities in molecular biology, biotechnology, electron microscopy imaging and nano-science could be involved in medical education and research.

Dr VR Prasad, director, electron microscopy and nano-science (EMN) laboratory, said the facilities of nano-technology had enormous applications in dentistry, drug delivery and other areas.

Dr SS Gosal, additional director of research (agriculture), said biotechnology could augment research in disease diagnosis, pathological investigations, etc.

The delegation visited the EMN laboratory and discussed ways in which the facilities of nano-technology could be used in precision diagnostics of certain ailments.



Be sympathetic towards AIDS patients: Doctor
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
Dr Rajoo Singh Chhina, medical superintendent, DMCH, today delivered a lecture on HIV/AIDS at the Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines.

The talk was a part of the “health education lecture” wherein Dr Chhina discussed about symptoms, causes and treatment of HIV/AIDS infected patients. He emphasised on the need to take precautions for avoiding such critical illness.

He also discussed myths and wrong assumptions about the disease that adds to the apprehensions of the people.

According to him, AIDS is a condition that gradually destroys the body’s immune system and makes it vulnerable to AIDS.

HIV is the virus that causes AIDS and it is a disease with many stages, he added.

People can have HIV for many years without feeling or looking sick. Over the period of time, HIV damages the body’s immune system, he added.

Referring to the misconception Dr Chinna made clear that HIV is not passed simply by hugging or sharing of food and sharing of utensils. Sympathetic attitude of the family and friends is of utmost importance for the patients.

He further revealed that in less than 15 years, AIDS has become one of the principal killers of Indians between 15 to 49 years of age. HIV in sufficient amount is transmitted through blood, semen, vaginal fluid, and breast milk.

For prevention of HIV, the best ways is to have monogamous relationships, practise safe sex and avoid multiple sexual partners, the doctor emphasised.

Dr Ashima Taneja, associate professor, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, DMCH, spoke on breast cancer.

Every year, nearly two lakh women are diagnosed as suffering from the breast cancer and out of them 40,000 die.

Maintaining a healthy weight, following a low-fat diet, getting regular exercise, quitting smoking and reducing alcohol consumption are the ways to prevent the causes of breast-cancer.



Migrants adopting local culture: Study
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
The priorities and behavioral pattern of migrants in the city are changing fast. It has been noticed that mobiles and TVs top the most preferred list of purchase among the migrants rather than the cycle, which earlier used to be top in their priority list.

These facts have come out from a research work undertaken by Gurkaran Singh, MBA final year student, Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE), Ludhiana.

The research was carried out under the supervision of PP Singh, senior faculty, business management department, PCTE. The title of the project is ‘Sanskritisation v/s Urbanisation: A case study on migrants in Ludhiana’.

Dr KNS Kang, director-general, PCTE Institutes, said, “ Migrants have become the essential part of the city. It’s good to notice that the awareness level among migrants towards education, technology, and right use of money has increased noticeably. This is a good sign of growth for nation as well.”

The research was done on 160 migrants, 40 each from different occupational groups, namely, construction, labour and technical works, own business and trading work, which was taken up to gain insight into maximum strata of the migrants.

The main objective of the research was to know the changes the migrants have gone through over the period of time, when they stayed from their native place, which was Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in most cases, till they settled in Ludhiana.

The study revealed out that the migrants who mainly stuck to agricultural work, which may be as a labourer or as an owner, at their native place, were open to any form of work in Ludhiana and did not restrict themselves to any particular field.

As per the study, this added up to the money earned by the migrants. Now, it has increased from a mere Rs 500 per month to Rs 3,500 per month and in some cases to Rs 4,000 per month.

Numerous changes have also taken place in the behavioural aspects of the migrants. They have, now, learnt the value of education, opened their bank accounts.

One of the noticeable changes that has taken place their inclination towards the public sector banks; rice has been replaced by chapattis, saris by suits, the language spoken is mainly Punjabi.

The behaviour of people at their native place has positively changed a lot towards them; the awareness level of migrants towards family planning, eating and drinking habits has also increased.



Playway kids learn magic tricks
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
Maple Bear Canadian Playway and Nursery School, Ludhiana, organised a magic show during the ongoing Rainbow Summer Camp -2009.

More than 100 children participated in the magic show, which was organised by magician ‘King Kobra’.

Various tricks were played by the magician, including popping up of toffees from the empty box, pigeons from the air, ball game, card game and other magical tricks. They enjoyed the company of the magician and asked their queries.

School principal Veena Aggarwal emphasised the need of holding such activities, as it brings charm to our monotonous life.

Traffic week

Traffic week is being observed in the city in order to apprise the NCC cadets of
the traffic rules.

They will be provided knowledge about controlling traffic and providing assistance to the civil administration in the wake of requirement.

The programme is being organised by 19 Pb Bn NCC under the stewardship of Col. KJ Singh, group commander, NCC, Ludhiana.

A lecture was delivered by Ludhiana Superintendent of Police Harsh Bausal (IPS) at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, where in he addressed associate NCC officers, JCO’s, NCO's and nearly 130 NCC cadets.

Harsh deliberated on the main problems of the city, increasing population, haphazard expansion of city, growing number of vehicles and lack of civic sense among public.

While highlighting the need for regulated flow of traffic in the city, he asked the cadets to observe the problem of traffic at various traffic points of the city from 9 to 11 am daily for a week.



Kids told to go green
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
An awareness lecture on the occasion of World Environment Day was organised at Spring Dale Senior Secondary School here today.

Dr Sandeep K Jain, member of Punjab State Board for Wildlife and chief coordinator, CAPE-India, was the key speaker on the occasion.

He stressed the need to preserve natural resources like water, air, electricity and advised students to save paper, electricity and petrol by adopting a pool system.

He also advised the students to make the planet green in order to save it from
global warming.

He asked them to reduce pollution by promoting the use of green technologies to improve transportation, create energy-efficient buildings and home appliances.

School director Avinash Kaur Walia and Rakesh Jain of Jain Chetna Manch were present. The students pledged to plant and gift saplings on their birthdays.



NGO distributes 200 saplings to residents
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
A tree plantation drive was held by Rising Youth Association at Grecian Hospital, Sarabha Nagar, as part of “World Environment Day” celebrations here today.

Tanvir Dhaliwal, councillor, was the chief guest. As many as 200 saplings were distributed among residents for plantation at different places.

Dr RK Goyal, medical adviser, RYA, expressed concern over depletion of water table and increasing air pollution.

He said bringing more area under plantation could play a vital role in dealing with these problems in an effective manner.

Gurinder Chahal, president, RYA, said members of the NGO had vowed to plant at least 1,000 saplings in city localities every year.

He stressed the need for planting more trees to conserve environment and to check the alarming increase in pollution.

Ludhiana lived to its reputation of being the most polluted city in the state even as the rest of the world celebrated environment day today.

The local industry continued to pollute the air and water and the vehicles emitted poisonous gases like any other day.

Sukhpreet Sandhu, Rising Youth Association chairman, spoke about the need of saving environment from pollution, consuming healthy and clean food.



Concern over falling water table
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 5
Office-bearers of various social organisations stressed the need for planting more trees to conserve environment and check alarming increase in pollution in Punjab.

Presiding over the ‘World Environment Day’ celebrations organised by CB Welfare Organisation at Aggarwal Dharamsala here, organisation chairman Tarsem Garg expressed concern over depletion of water table and increasing air pollution due to a large number of polluting industries and motor vehicles.

Bringing more area under plantation could play a vital role in addressing these problems in an effective manner, Tarsem claimed.

Avtar Krishan Sharma, president of Rotary Club, and Bimal Sharma, patron of Eco Club called upon the office-bearers of social organisations to launch a drive against use of plastic bags.

Pardeep Sharda, principal of MGMN Senior Secondary School, persuaded the students to planting saplings on various occasions.



Two held for killing wives
Rakesh Gupta

Jagraon, June 5
A woman of Gagra village was found murdered last evening. The deceased was identified as Ranjit Kaur (52), an NRI of Hong Kong.

Ranjit was staying with her parents in Andlu village and used to pay frequent visits to her husband in Hong Kong.

Three days back, her husband Harnek Singh had returned to Gagra village from Hong Kong. Ranjit, along with her nephew Chamkaur Singh, went to meet her husband.

Next day, Ranjit was found dead under mysterious circumstances. Her neighbours informed the police.

Somebody had hit her head with a heavy weapon and she died on the spot. According to sources, she was having some dispute with her daughter-in-law.

She was alone at the time of murder and her husband, both sons and daughter
had gone out.

The police after investigating the matter arrested Harnek Singh, who confessed his crime. A case under Section 320 of the IPC was registered against the accused.

In a similar case, a woman was poisoned by her husband, his brother-in-law and sister-in-law today morning. The deceased was identified as Sukhpal Kaur (35).

The couple had a minor altercation as her husband Sarabjit Singh had beaten up their eight-year-old son Jobenpreet and she had objected to it.

Ekam Singh, father of the deceased, had lodged a complaint against Sarabjit Singh with the Sudhar police.

Ekam Singh in his complaint stated that Sarabjit Singh, his brother Paramjit Singh and sister Jaspreet Kaur had poisoned Sukhpal forcibly.

When her condition deteriorated, they took her to the hospital, where she narrated the entire incident and died.

On the other hand, Sarabjit Singh claimed that Sukhpal used to loose temper frequently and consumed poison on her own.

Raikot DSP Narinder Pal Singh Ruby and Sudhar SHO Tehal Singh reached the
spot for investigation.

A case under Sections 302, 34 of the IPC was registered against the three. Sarabjit Singh and Paramjit Singh have been arrested, while Jaspreet Kaur is absconding.



Two killed in accidents
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 5
A pedestrian died yesterday night after being hit by a speeding car. The man has been identified as Sukhdev Singh of Halwara at Jodhan village.

He was hit by a man driving a Maruti Swift car. The car driver, however, managed to escape. Chamkaur Singh, brother of the deceased, lodged the complaint.

A case under sections 279, 304A, 337 and 338 of the IPC was registered against the unidentified driver.

Meanwhile, another pedestrian identified Gurmeet Singh died after being hit by a speeding motorcycle.

Pardeep Singh, an accomplice of Harbans Singh Syian, senior vice-president of the SAD, hit Gurmeet near Syian Khurd.

Gurmeet Singh and Jaspal Singh were going to Indore on his vehicle and had stopped to answer the nature’s call. He was hit while crossing the road.

The accused have been booked under Section 304A of the IPC on the statement of Jaspal Singh, friend of the deceased.



Youth arrested with smack
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 5
The Sidhwan Bet police arrested a youth with 100 gram smack here yesterday. He was identified as Sarabjit Singh, alias Sabi, of Ravidas Nagar, in Jalandhar district.

He was arrested when he was carrying the contraband in a polythene bag near the bandh on the Satluj at Khurshidpur village.

The police party led by sub-inspector Rampal held him near the bandh. On search, they recovered the contraband from his possession. A case was registered against the accused under the NDPS Act.



Ramp on Dhussi bandh razed, 2 held
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 5
The Sidhwan Bet police has arrested two persons for allegedly demolishing a ramp on the Dhussi Bandh on the Satluj at Bahaderke village.

Those arrested have been identified as Joga Singh and Gurnam Singh, a resident of Chak Kanian Kalan village near Dharamkot.

Both happen to be brothers. Since the ramp was passing through their portion, so they decided to demolish it and reconstruct it.

While they were demolishing the ramp a few persons who use to envy them informed the SDO (drains) in Ludhiana.

The SDO, then, lodged a complaint with the Sidhwan Bet police on May 29. An
inquiry was ordered.

Both the brothers were booked under Sections 283, 431, 427 and 34 of the IPC
and arrested.



Cops beat up youth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
PCR cops allegedly beat up a youth and also damaged his vehicle at Jawahar Nagar here today.

The hour-long drama started at Gurdev Nagar, where the youth identified as Harmeet Singh sped his car when he was stopped by the PCR cops.

The cops chased him and managed to nab him at Jawahar Nagar. The enraged cops reportedly broke the windshield of the car and beat him up.

The thrashing of a youth infuriated shopkeepers of the area, who came out in support of the youth and complained against the cops.



Graft Case
ETO remanded in police custody
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 5
Chief Judicial Magistrate Lachhman Singh remanded Excise and Taxation Inspector (ETO) Jagdish Singh in police custody for a day today.

Officials of the Vigilance Bureau had sought the police remand of the accused on a plea that they needed more time to interrogate the accused about rampant corruption in the excise department.

However, the defence lawyer had strongly opposed the bureau’s contentions that the alleged ill-gotten money had already been recovered. So, there was no ground for remanding the accused in he police custody.

The ETO was arrested by the Vigilance Bureau sleuths on the charges of accepting Rs 2,000 as bribe, on a complaint lodged by Ramesh Bangar of Amarpura.



Lachhman Singh new CJM
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 5
Judicial officer Lachhman Singh today took over as new Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ludhiana. He replaced AS Virk, who had been transferred to Bathinda, on request.

Meanwhile, Jatinder Pal Singh joined here as Civil Judge (Senior Division), Ludhiana. Earlier he was posted at Ferozepur.

Additional Civil Judge(Senior Division) KK Bansal has been transferred from Ludhiana to Ferozepur. He will be replaced by Lukhvinder Kaur, Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division) on transfer from Nakodar.

Judicial Magistrate Charanjit Arora has been transferred to Fazilka. He will be replaced by Jarnail Singh, JMIC of Fazilka.

JMIC SS Jossan has been transferred to Faridkot. His court will now be headed by JMIC Balwant Singh, who was earlier posted at Faridkot.



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