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DC mum on security
Sub-Registrars bring guards to work
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
As the Deputy Commissioner’s office remained silent on the issue of providing security guards to Sub-Registrars, two of them today brought their own private guards to the office and worked under their cover.

The Sub-Registrars had asked for personal security from the Deputy Commissioner yesterday following an attack on SR (E) Jagsir Singh on Tuesday by a lawyer in the office.

Sub-Registrar (E) Kanwar Narinder, who went to the Sub-Registrar’s (Central) office today as a stop-gap arrangement since Major GS Benipal is on leave, was accompanied by private guards. They remained around him the entire day and work went on smoothly.

Sub-Registrar (W) JS Tiwana also has two private security guards in his office.

There was order in the office and nobody created any ruckus. “It was a good day to work. Otherwise someone or the other creates problems and makes the work suffer,” a Sub-Registrar said.

“Somebody could kill us. What would we do then? It has become a risky job. Moreover, we handle a lot of cash every day. So, it is better to do something about it now, rather than regret later,” he added.

They had given a representation to the Deputy Commissioner yesterday and had demanded that other than office security, they should be provided with personal security guards.

They had claimed that they were functioning under fear from lawyers and politicians, who were hogging headlines for launching an attack against them.

On Tuesday, a lawyer and his accomplices misbehaved with naib tehsildar Jagsir. They even pelted his car with stones. He had to leave the office midway to save himself.

A few days ago, the SR Central had also complained against a councillor for misbehaving with him. That time too revenue officials had met the DC and submitted their complaint.


New films fail to draw crowd
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
Although the tiff between multiplex owners and producers has been resolved, but the movies released today failed to pull the crowd. Ticket windows at cinema halls and multiplex wore a deserted look. Very few people showed interest in watching movies on the first day of their release.

“Kal Kisne Dekha” and “Luv U Bobby” were released today. Anju who came to watch the first show of “Kal Kisne Dekha” said it was after a long gap that she came to the multiplex to watch a film, but it failed to click with the audience.

“The movie failed to pull the crowd as newcomers play the lead. I am waiting for ‘Kambakkth Ishq’,” she added.

“We are happy to see the crowd. But it will take about 15-20 days for the release of big budget films. The marketing and promotion campaigns will take more time,” Aditya, manager at the PVR, said.

Also, the ongoing T20 World Cup is also likely to hit new releases and it seems that big films would release only July onwards.

As summer vacation is on, everyone is anxiously waiting for the release of films like “New York” and “Kambakkth Ishq”.



Revenue asst caught taking bribe
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 12
The vigilance bureau of the Punjab police arrested Vinay Kumar, a revenue assistant at the Focal Point subdivision of the PSEB yesterday while allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 10,000 from a consumer Amandeep Singh for “hushing up” a case of power theft through kundi connection.

The kundi connection for running a 1.5-ton air-conditioner was detected at the house of Amandeep Singh by PSEB officials on June 6 and a case of power theft was registered.

SP (vigilance bureau) Ravcharan Singh Brar, who led the team, said the consumer was called to the Focal Point subdivision for the disposal of a power theft case, where an SDO reportedly told him to meet revenue assistant Vinay Kumar.

“The revenue assistant threatened Amandeep Singh that an FIR for power theft would be lodged against him and he might have to go to jail, besides having to pay a hefty penalty. He allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 20,000 and ultimately the deal was struck at Rs 10,000, with the understanding that no FIR would be lodged in the case of power theft and the penalty would also be minimal,” Brar said. Amandeep agreed to pay the amount at the place mentioned by the accused, but at the same time tipped off the vigilance bureau, who laid a trap and caught the PSEB official.

A case under the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against Vinay Kumar while the role of the SDO concerned is also being investigated, Brar said.



Married woman hangs herself
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
The police today found a 28-year-old married woman hanging in her rented house at Sherpur here today.

The deceased had been identified as Kavita Devi and the case was allegedly stated to be of suicide.

The neighbours of Kavita informed the police today that a pungent smell was coming out from her room and when the door was opened the deceased was found hanging.

The investigations revealed that Kavita’s husband Kamlesh was ill and had gone to his village in Patna on Wednesday after which the neighbours did not see the deceased.

Kavita was married to Kamlesh in 2004 and her husband had to undergo a surgery.

He had gone to bring money from his village in this connection.



State of Health - V
An apology for a hospital
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana/Raikot, June 12
Situated in the middle of nowhere, the Civil Hospital at Raikot is inaccessible for people during late evening and out of reach of people living in nearby villages who don’t have a conveyance.

The presence of “hadda rori” (dump of dead cattle/animals) near the hospital points towards the apathy of the government towards the public health sector as stray dogs who feed on the dump attack patients and hospital staff coming on foot.

This reporter visited the hospital and only found medico-legal cases in the wards. The watchman on duty said there was no public conveyance available in the town which made it impossible for people to cross the secluded stretch of almost 2 km from the main road.

The attitude of the administrators in the past few years has given a further blow to the hospital’s reputation as patients who have to be operated during power failure have to make arrangements for the diesel in the generator.

Maintaining anonymity, a surgeon while pointing towards the existing anomalies said: “The OT recovery room has been converted into labour room and the changing room of the surgeon and assisting staff has become the staff room. The actual recovery room was turned into the store as there is no store at the hospital and the present medicine store in the hospital was originally a gynae ward.”

Vacant quarters of doctors and staff on the hospital premises points towards the sorry state of affairs at the hospital. However, the SMO, Dr US Sooch, said doctors were always present on duty and never skipped emergency duties.




Rail booking at post office yet to take off
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
The joint initiative taken by the Postal and Railway department to start the railway ticket reservation at post office has failed to take off. While people still have to stand in long queues at the railway station to get their ticket reserved, this scheme has also fizzled out for the time being.

This service was to start with the main head office at Bharat Nagar at the initial stage while later two more post offices at Miller Ganj and the central post office were planned for this service.

This service was expected to provide relief not only to both departments but also to the public at large. Keeping in view the large number of migrant population in the city who frequently commute, this service would have been a hit.

Though the one-month initial training for the postal department employees was completed, no counter has been set up for the ticket reservation at the post office.

The Railways has also completed the survey for installation of machines and setting up of booking counters at the post office. It would have proved a win-win situation for both departments as the pressure on the Railways' booking counters would have been reduced and on the other hand the postal department would also have generated extra income into their revenue.

Sources in the department reveal that post office is ready to take up the services and it is the Railways to be blamed for the delay. "Our employees have already undertaken the training and ready for the job," said the source.

Ramdin, a migrant labourer from Bihar, rued that booking a railway ticket is a cumbersome job. "I have to spend plenty of time in getting my reservation done. When I last went to the post office for sending my money order, I was told that the railway ticket reservation will be done here but nothing happened till date. I hope the reservation soon starts at the post office so that less time is consumed in getting the tickets booked," he said.

While VK Raizada, senior superintendent of postal office, said their employees had even undergone the necessary training session but the Railways had failed to set up a reservation counter and provide them the necessary software.

"We will be able to start the reservation process only when we are provided the infrastructure by the Railways".



MC not carrying out work, complain Cong councillors
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
Congress municipal councillors Sanjay Talwar, Rakesh Parashar, Jasbir Chaddha and Ashok Bagga said the works in their wards were not being undertaken by the Municipal Corporation.

They discussed it during a meeting held among them.

They said: "Every councillor gets around Rs 45 lakh as quota per year, but neither have we been allowed to work from this reserved amount, nor from the sangat darshan, due to which innocent public was being harassed." They added that they had completed the two-year tenure and could ask the MC to do work worth Rs 90 lakh, but the MC officials had stated that there were no funds.

They said under the garb of the Lok Sabha elections, the work in outer areas was started by the SAD government, but not in their areas. "Works in our wards were added to the Sangat Darshan list, leading to a chaos," said the councillors, adding that they were feeling cheated by the Punjab government.

Similarly, the BJP councillors held a meeting under the leadership of Senior Deputy Mayor Praveen Bansal regarding the fire at Talaab Bazaar and decided to urge the Municipal Commissioner to take a drive to remove these encroachments, as it hampered the movement of fire brigades.

Talking to The Tribune, Bansal said: "Encroachments have become a major problem for the city and some strong measures need to come now. I, along with BJP councillors, have decided that we will help MC officials in this drive and teach encroachers a lesson".



Sangat Darshan
Decisions hit MC hard
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
Bearing the brunt of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s sangat darshan, the MC today decided to hand over its land at Barewal, measuring 10,785.5 sq yard, in lieu of Rs 20 crore by PUDA.

The decision of land transfer was taken at a high-level meeting in Chandigarh today, which was attended by Municipal Commissioner GS Ghuman and PUDA officials from Ludhiana.

Talking to The Tribune, Ghuman said: “PUDA officials agreed to take a Barewal-based site and within a week, the land would be transferred to the department.”

He said the officials were given a choice between two lands at Barewal.

According to MC officials, both lands were priced at Rs 17,000 per sq yard and the market price of both lands is estimated to be above Rs 18 crore. They revealed that earlier a land at Jawaddi was offered to PUDA, but it refused, citing encroachments as reason.

The sangat darshan has already created a lot of trouble for the fund-crunched MC as announcements are made without considering their practicality. Besides, no monetary help came from the Punjab government for the civic body, who was forced to start a lot of development programmes in the wake of the Lok Sabha elections.

With almost no funds to carry on with these works, the MC is now depending on its land and trying to sell or mortgage it.

Even after the transfer of the Barewal land, the MC would be left to pay back a loan amount of Rs 20 crore to the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board as half payment for the Rs 40 crore handed over by the CM.



PAU Notes
Forms for innovative farmer awards
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
The PAU would honour innovative farmers with four awards, namely S Dalip Singh Dhaliwal Memorial Award, Parvasi Bharti Award, S Ujagar Singh Dhaliwal Memorial Award and S Surjit Singh Dhillon Award, said Dr DS Dhillon, officiating director of extension education.

S Dalip Singh Dhaliwal Memorial Award will be given to self-cultivating farmer of field crops in Punjab. It carries a cash prize of Rs 5,000 along with a plaque and a citation.

Parvasi Bharti Award will be given to self-cultivating farmer engaged in diversified farming system. It carries a cash prize of Rs 8,000 along with a plaque and citation.

S Ujagar Singh Dhaliwal Memorial Award will be given to self-cultivating vegetable grower, who puts at least 60 per cent area of their operational holding under vegetable crops in winter as well as summer seasons. It carries a cash prize of Rs 3,100 along with a plaque and citation.

S Surjit Singh Dhillon Award will be given to self-cultivating small farmer having land up to five acres.

These awards will be presented to the selected farmers on the eve of Kisan Mela to be held at the PAU in September.

The application forms for these awards can be obtained from the deputy directors (training), Krishi Vigyan Kendras in different districts, director, regional stations, PAU, district extension specialist (SM), chief agricultural officers, deputy director horticulture in different districts of the state and directorate of extension education, PAU.

The last date for the receipt of applications in the office of director of extension education is July 15. For each award, separate application would be required, said Dr Dhillon.

Importance of pulses

Pulses, being rich source of protein, play an important role in human nutrition. With the development of improved varieties and complimentary production technology by the PAU, farmers could grow pulses profitably, said Dr DS Dhillon, officiating director of extension education while addressing participants of the field day on moongbean at Galib Khurd village, near Ludhiana.

He said the PAU, in collaboration with Sir Ratan Tata Trust, had demonstrated the technology on the moongbean variety, SML-668, to promote pulses. He suggested farmers to come forward for the adoption of latest technologies developed by the PAU, to visit the Kisan Melas and to maintain a liaison with farm scientists.

Dr JS Sandhu of department of plant breeding and genetics shared importance of pulses in agriculture and human diet.

Dr Ravinder Singh and Navreet Aggarwal discussed various aspects of crop protection in pulse crops.

Dr CS Arneja and Dr HS Bajwa highlighted the PAU programmes of training and demonstrations for the benefit of farmers.



Reading Hours
PU library authorities, students at loggerheads
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
Student members and authorities of Panjab University extension library are at loggerheads over the reduction of the reading hours in the library during summer vacations.

Students preparing for competitive exams have been using the reading room from 9 am to 12 am. But now the timings have been reduced from 9 am to 6 pm.

Students allege that even the chairs and tables have been taken away from the reading hall and the chairs provided are old and half broken. Students further allege that they are not able to read books in the main hall of the library due to bad light and fans also don't function properly. About 45 students have submitted a memorandum to the library authorities.

Talking to The Tribune, the students said regular readers were harassed to show their identity card and if any member forgot to bring the ID card he or she was thrown out of the library.

Parvinder and Gagan who are preparing for IAS and CA exam, respectively, said since they could not find a proper reading environment elsewhere, they had been regularly visiting the reading room for their preparation. They had been studying here till 12 am but now with the reduction of the hours and closure of the library on holidays their studies had been affected.

Besides, water samples of the library have failed and have been found unfit for drinking by the health department.

According to Dr SS Dhir of the health department, three samples of water were taken from the library, one from canteen, one from corporation water and one from water cooler. The sample of the water cooler failed, while the other two were fit for drinking.

Dr Ratan Singh, officiating director of the library, said official timings of the university are from 9 am to 6 pm and the extension of the reading hours from 9 am to 12 pm were only during examinations.

“Due to vacations there is shortage of staff and there are only a few students who study till 12 am. When the vacations are over on July 14, we will increase the timing from 9 am to 9 pm. Ever since he has taken over the charge as director there are maximum 20 readers in the reading room and they need another chair to spread their legs which is against the ethics.”



Aurobindo students excel in B.Com exam

Ludhiana, June 12
Students of Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, Ferozepur road, Ludhiana, have shown excellent results in Panjab University Annual Exams held in April 2009, securing top positions in the university.

The aggregate pass result of the college in BCom is 100 per cent.

88 per cent students got first division and 14 students got distinctions. Ritika Thapar maintained her top university position by scoring 88 per cent. Dinesh Garg secured second position in the college with 82.3 per cent and Arunika got third position with 79 per cent.

Declaration of BCom result was a matter of jubilation for Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, Ludhiana. Seema Nagpal got first position in the college with 74.17 per cent. Second and third position in the college was bagged by Khushboo Chawla and Nisha who secured 72.26 per cent and 70.95 per cent, respectively.

Gobindgarh Public College bagged 12 first divisions. Kiranpreet Kaur stood first in the college by securing 80.7 per cent. Rekha Gupta stood second with 74.61 per cent and Rubina Sadana stood third by securing 70.35 per cent in the college. Megha Dhingra of Devki Devi Jain Memorial College for Women stood Ist in the college by securing 80.17 per cent, Shallu Jindal stood 2nd by securing 78.95 per cent and Shruti stood 3rd by securing 78.08 per cent. — TNS



150 students take mock engg test
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, 12 June
Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology yesterday conducted a free mock test for IIT-JEE/AIEEE/CET aspirants on its campus at Tagore Public School Agar Nagar, Ludhiana.

More than 150 students had appeared for the test. Jasleen Kaur of Sacred Heart Public School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Ludhiana, topped the test that was carrying a cash prize of Rs 5,000.

Jasleen was awarded with the cash prize by Vijay Gupta, chairman of the Institute today at a function on college campus.



Lack of Instructors
Students protest against mgmt
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 12
Students of Web Com computer Institute today protested against the management for not providing courseware and taking their classes.

They raised slogans against the institute and its management before the institute situated at Tehsil road here. About twelve students said they had taken admission in the institute for one-year diploma course of Indian Institute of Financial Accounting. They complained that out of Rs 30,000 full year fee, they had already deposited Rs 18,000 per student.

Mandeep Kaur of Fatehgarh Sivian village, Kulwant Singh of Jagraon, Ravinder Kumar of Malak village and Jagraj Singh of Sidhwan Khurd said till four months, the institute provided them instructors but after that there was no instructor provided to them by the management. He rued that they were also not provided any courseware as said promised at the time of admission. Some students on the condition of anonymity said Harjot Singh of Cheemna village near here, owner of the institute threaten them if they ever raised any complaint against him or the centre.

Harjot, however, refuted the allegations. On the other hand, he alleged the Ludhiana office of the institute behind all this. He said after collecting fees, he had deposited it at the Ludhiana office after deducting his commission. He stated that he had not cheated anyone. Rather the Ludhiana office of the institute had cheated him. SHO Jagraon Navinpal Singh reached the spot and managed to disperse the students.



Seminar on 300 years of Gurta Gaddi
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, June 12
A seminar dedicated to celebrate 300 years of Gurta Gaddi was held at the auditorium of Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences in Mandi Gobindgarh.

Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, presided over. The prominent scholars who read out their papers included Dr Sarbjinder Singh, Dr Paramvir Singh, Dr Harbhajan Singh and Prof Achhru Singh.

Dr Jaspal Singh said the world had undergone a lot of change in the past 500 years. “Now, when we are heading towards multi-polar world where every one is struggling for his identity, language and culture, only Guru Granth Sahib can provide solace because of its pluralistic approach,” he said.

Dr Zora Singh, chairman, Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes, said teaching of Guru Granth Sahib holds utmost importance in today's world, where materialism and commercialisation had taken centrestage and human values are deteriorating. Guru Granth Sahib is not only a religious book but it also tells us how to live our life.

Prof Shalini Gupta, director general of Desh Bhagat Group, said the relevance of Guru Granth Sahib is of key significance in today's world, as it seems to be in a state of complete oblivion.

Prof Achhru said the Sikh religion is unique not only in its form and faith but also in content and philosophy.



Goods worth lakhs gutted in godown
Tribune News Service

Khanna, June 12
The godown of Godrej Limited company at the focal point caught fire this afternoon. It took three hours for the firemen to bring the fire under control. Goods worth lakhs of rupees got gutted in this fire.

Employees of Markfed were amongst the first ones to spot the flames emanating from the building.

They tried to douse the flames using water from nearby tubewell before the fire brigade took over the fire extinguishing operation.

Apart from Khanna, fire tenders from Mandi Gobindgarh were also pressed into service. A senior official of Godrej Limited, DS Bhullar, said the company had suffered losses of Rs 20 lakh.

Municipal Council president Iqbal Singh and executive officer Ranvir Singh also reached the spot. The cause of the fire could not be ascertained.



Six booked for land possession

Raikot, June 12
The Sudhar police has booked six persons for forcibly possessing shamlat, common village land, on Wednesday night. Balbir Singh of Halwara village, near here, complaint to the police that accused Daljit, Surjit, Bhajan, Surjit Kaur and Sarabjit Kaur, from Halwara village, and Paramjit of Bhaini Arraian village had tried to forcibly occupy the village panchayat land by putting a wall on it. He alleged that when he tried to stop them, the accused attacked him using swords, injuring him seriously. — OC



Ludhiana contain Patiala to 262 runs
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 12
Ludhiana contained Patiala to 262 runs all out in 85.5 overs in the third match in the ongoing Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament for the Katoch Shield being organised by the Punjab Cricket Association at the Punjab Agricultural University here today.

Ludhiana won the toss and invited Patiala to bat first. Their decision to put the visitors to bat yielded results as Patiala were restricted to 262 runs.

The main scorers were Ravinder (83), Pankaj Dharmani (20), Ruptinder Singh (37), Mohit Mahindra (33), Ankur Jand (40) and Hardavinder (16).

Ludhiana bowlers who were among wickets included Karan Goel (4 for 66), Varun Verma (2 for 64), Deepak Bansal (2 for 67) and Gagandeep Dhand (1 for 34).

Ludhiana played cautiously, making five runs in 7 overs with all wickets intact.



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