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Two killed as car falls into stream
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 20
Timely action by the police and passers by saved the lives of four members of a family who sustained serious injuries after their car fell into a stream emerging from the Bathinda branch of the Sirhind canal near Karamsar village yesterday evening. However, two persons, including a custom official, died in the accident.

The bodies were handed over to the kin of the deceased after conducting a post-mortem examination under Section 174 of the Cr.PC.

Jatinder Singh (54) of Dhulkot village, posted as superintendent in the Custom Department, New Delhi, and his granddaughter Simranjit Kaur (10) were killed when the Swift car they were travelling in fell in the Bhikhi stream emerging from the Bathinda branch of the Sirhind Canal near at about 10 pm yesterday. Both were brought dead to a hospital at Doraha.

Jaspreet Kaur, Ravinder Jit Singh, Arash Preet Singh and Amanpreet Singh sustained serious injuries in the accident.

Investigations by the Ludhiana Tribune revealed that Jatinder Singh, along with other members of his family, had left New Delhi for Dhulkot village near here yesterday afternoon. Hardly had they restarted their journey after paying obeisance and partaking langar at Gurdwara Karamsar (Rara Sahib) that their vehicle fell into the Bhikhi stream. Jatinder Singh, who was driving the car probably, lost control over the wheel due to some coming vehicle coming from the opposite direction.

As all doors were locked with automatic system and the driver was using safety belt at the time of incident, none of the occupants could come out of the vehicle.

A police team led by Malkit Singh along with passers by rescued the occupants by breaking open windowpanes. Unconscious victims were shifted to a private hospital at Doraha from where Ravinder Jit Singh and Amanpreet Kaur were shifted to a tertiary medical centre at Ludhiana. They were put on life support equipment at the time of filing the report.

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Attack on Tehsildar
Govt officials to go on strike from tomorrow
Seek arrest of SAD councillor, Youth Akali leader
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 20
Following the brutal attack on Sub Registrar-cum-Tehsildar, Maj GS Benipal (retd) in his office yesterday, fear psychosis and resentment has gripped officials and employees working in various government offices in the district.

With fear in their mind, almost all officials and employees have decided to side with the tehsildars over the issue. They would also go on strike in this connection from Monday.

Talking to The Tribune, Chief Patron of Revenue Officials Association said they would not return to work till the police arrest all accused, including SAD councillor and Youth Akali leader, Simarjit Singh Bains.

He said the officials and employees were not satisfied with the police statement that it had arrested councillor Kamaljit Singh Karwal but spared Bains.

Randhawa said the PCS Executives Association had also decided to support them and would not function till justice would be meted out to Benipal.

In a meeting today, members of the Panchayati Raj Union, Block Development and the Panchayat Officers’ Union, PAU Workers Union, Motor Workshop Workers’ Union, CMC and the DMC Employees’ Union, Waseeka Nawees Union and the Ex-Servicemen Union had extended their support to agitating tehsildars.

The tehsildars, naib-tehsildars, revenue patwar union, ministerial staff union had announced strike yesterday only to press for justice to Benipal.

‘‘We don’t know how will we return to work. We are feeling unsafe in our offices now. The representatives of people, whom we used to treat with respect in the Indian democracy, have turned out to be criminals. They have attacked an official while he was discharging his duty. This has really shaken all of us, ’’ said Randhawa.

Almost all officials this correspondent talked to today expressed their resentment against the incident. They said the attack had really taken the faith out of their minds for politicians.

After Karwal’s arrest, they said they wanted Bains, too, to be arrested. A few of them even demanded that they should be thrown out of the SAD by the party supremo. ‘‘This is the only way for the ruling party to gain the confidence of the officials back, ’’ said an official preferring anonymity.

CPI, Cong flay attack

Meanwhile, people from all walks of life today condemned the attack on Tehsildar, Maj GS Benipal. They demanded justice for him.

Com Kartar Singh Bowani, Dr Arun Mitra and Com Ramesh Rattan of the city unit of the CPI criticised the assault on Major Benipal and demanded immediate arrest and stringent punishment against those involved.

Congress leader, Amrjit Singh Tikka said this incident had put the entire political leadership to shame. Retired IFS official, SS Chana also condemned the assault. ‘‘These leaders should not be spared,” he added.

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Old work not completed, MC invites fresh tenders
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Recarpeting of Roads
Recarpeting of Roads 

Ludhiana, June 20
Official-contractor nexus is once again going to “rob” the local municipal corporation. Yes, the fund-crunched corporation that does not have money to pay to contractors has today invited tenders above Rs 19 crore for recarpeting various roads in the city.

The tenders have been invited despite the fact that the already initiated work of road in various areas like Model Town, Dandi Swami and many other roads has not been completed. One does not need a documentary proof for it, as visuals are available on most of the roads. 

Tenders of these incomplete works were invited in January and work orders were allotted hurriedly in March before the code of conduct of the Lok Sabha elections came into force. Though not even half of these works has been completed, irony is that instead of taking these contractors to task the civic body has called new bids that would once again cause huge losses to the civic body exchequer.

The tenders, which are published in various newspapers, are short term and last date for submission of bids is July 8. All these bids are related to roads and the trouble is that the civic body is repeating its past mistakes of calling tenders at the time when the monsoon would have already hit the city.

Once again the contractors would be “facilitated” by the officers who never take the former to task despite the fact that official machinery has been criticised by the residents, vigilance officials and technical teams.

The tenders invited today of works like laying PC and BM, or in layman’s language road construction. They are for 84 different roads and the estimate amount varies between Rs 2 lakh to Rs 55 lakh. Although the work has to be completed within a stipulated time, which is between 1.5 month and 4 months, the contractors never stick to the deadline. Apart from it the officers have also claimed that the tenders would be opened on the same day, while not even a single tender in the past one-year has been opened on the same date of receiving them.

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Bid to rape NRI, three booked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 20
The division No. 4 police has booked three youth, notorious for their criminal activities, for allegedly attempting to rape an NRI.

The victim, who is currently residing at Basant Nagar near Shivpuri Puri, alleged that Pawiter Singh, Jaswinder Singh and Aakash Deep forcibly entered into her premises. They,then, thrashed her and even damaged the house. Thereafter, they allegedly tried to gang rape her, but with the timely intervention of the neighbours she was saved.

She alleged that the accused have an old enmity with her husband. One of the accused, Aakash Deep, alias Ashu, who was facing charges for murdering a gangster, was acquitted by the court just five days ago. Another accused Pawiter Singh, who is resident Sakhewal village, has been booked in several criminals cases. Accused are absconding.

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Revised scales for unaided colleges sought
Our Correspondent

Doraha, June 20
The Non-Government Colleges Management Federation of Punjab and Chandigarh while hailing the approval of the Cabinet over the grant of revised pay scales to the teachers of aided colleges on the one hand has at the same time resented the non-inclusion of unaided colleges and the unaided lecturers working in aided colleges.

Jaswant Singh Gill, secretary of the federation and director of GNN College, Doraha, said there were about 40 per cent such lecturers of the total teaching staff of the colleges. “The UGC has recommended pay scales to all the teachers irrespective of the fact whether they are aided or unaided. Moreover, an additional burden up to 80 per cent is to be met by the Central government and only 20 per cent is to be met by the state government. The Punjab government should not deprive flow of Central funds to the state because they have to share only 20 per cent burden. This is against the interest of higher education and the state in general,” he rued.

“It will not be possible for the managements to implement the revised grades without extending the benefits to the unaided lecturers. The managements may be forced to close down the colleges, if the revised scales are not extended to unaided colleges and unaided lecturers working in affiliated colleges,” added SC Sanwalka, president of the federation.

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State must provide security to its officials
KS Chawla

Ludhiana, June 20
There seems to be a chaos in Punjab with the state administration ignoring the cry for providing security to the state government officials. Ludhiana, the industrial capital of Punjab, has three offices of sub-registrars who are responsible for the registration of sale and purchase of property deals.

These offices have been in the news for the past more than six months since the Vigilance Bureau, Punjab, arrested one sub-registrar on the charges of corruption. There is no doubt that malpractices are committed in such offices and touts allegedly make good earnings every day.

The incidents of sub-registrars allegedly missing from their offices have been reported very often during the past six months in the face of protest from the people. The sub-registrars have also been subjected to assaults by some persons when the latter find difficulty in getting their jobs done.

The assault on a government official while on duty is a criminal offence and it is the duty of the state government to give protection to its officials, irrespective of the fact whether the said official has doubtful integrity or is a clean man. However, this is not the case in Ludhiana with the result the work suffers.

Lately, a sub-registrar had hired private security for his safety. This is a slap on the face of the state government, which claims to run the administration very efficiently.

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Summer Rush
Long waiting lists irk rly passengers
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 20
The failure of Northern Railway authorities to run adequate number of summer special trains and enhance the carrying capacity of existing trains on the long routes is giving passengers a tough time as there is virtually no room for weeks together for those going to Howrah, Mumbai, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar even as the summer vacations are on the verge of getting over.

The situation of “tatkal” tickets, which are offered five days before the commencement of journey, is even worse, thanks to the nexus between a few railway employees and operators of the reservation agencies in the city.

The Railways did announce to run a few summer special trains to meet the increased passenger load and to add more coaches to raise the carrying capacity of a few other trains running on the trunk routes, but there are just about four trains, which touch Ludhiana. Among these are Jammu-Mumbai, Jammu-New Delhi, Udhampur-Delhi and Amritsar-Mumbai summer special trains.

While there has been a huge increase in the number of passengers travelling to Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and other far off places, though the traffic is expected to further swell in days to come, majority of the long route trains either have long waiting lists or there is no room (even waiting is not available).

There are reports that those intending to book their tickets in trains like Howrah Mail, Howrah Express, Sealdah Express, Kisan Express, Pashchim Express (Deluxe), Dadar Express, Golden Temple Mail, Swaraj Express, Himgiri Express, Amarpali Express, Jan Sewa Express, Jannayak Express and Shaheed Express have to return disappointed as no reservation is available on most of these trains for the next couple of weeks.

The frantic rush and desperation for railway reservation to distant destinations during the summer break brings the frustrated passengers in contact with touts, who are said to be hand in glove with some of the employees at reservation centre or railway reservations agents who keep a watch on these people. It is alleged that these middlemen could arrange a reservation ticket, of course at a heavy premium, and the booty is shared with the railway staff concerned.

Railway officials here say they are helpless because introduction of new trains to meet the summer rush or enhancement of carrying capacity of existing trains is the prerogative of the Northern Railway headquarters at New Delhi which act on the recommendation of divisional office at Ferozepur.

About complaints that reserved tickets under the “tatkal” scheme are exhausted within minutes of the opening of the booking window, the railway reservation officials say there are only about 30 to 100 tickets under this category which are offered five days before the commencement of journey. Genuine travellers take these tickets as they are required to produce their identity proof and there is no room for any dummy booking by railway reservation agencies or irregularity on the part of railway employees.

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Jail employee levels graft charges against 2
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Harbans Singh
Harbans Singh

Ludhiana, June 20
In a significant development which could turn into a major scam, Harbans Singh, working as tent master in the Central Jail has levelled serious allegations against two jail officials for usurping raw material worth Rs 10 lakh meant for running various training programmes for the jail inmates.

According to Harbans Singh, who has given the details in writing to The Tribune, “The consignment of angle iron, pipe meant for sanitary and chair repair training was not in accordance with the tender signed by the Director-General (Prisons).”

Similarly, yarn meant for manufacturing clothes and raw material such as crujet oil and brozer meant to make phenyl was less than the quantity, which was prescribed in the tender.

However, the quantity mentioned in the gate pass was shown up to the mark, alleged Harbans and further added that due to this, the department of jails had suffered loss worth Rs 10 lakh.

Harbans alleged that the two jail officials told him to sign a document, which stated that the raw material supplied in the jail was sufficient.

“When I refused to sign the document, one of the officials told me to handover the keys of the storeroom. When I refused to do so, they snatched the keys and told me to leave the jail premises,” alleged Harbans.

He alleged that in order to suppress the matter the jail authorities were now asking the supplier to send the raw material to the jail factory unit so that shortage could be made up for.

Harbans and Pawan Sharma, president, Rashtrya Hindu Sewa Manch, have demanded an inquiry in this matter from a central agency. Superintendent Roop Kumar expressed ignorance about the matter.

On the other hand, Harbans said the issue was brought to the notice of the superintendent who even visited the vigilance department, but no action has been taken against the accused as yet.

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Rolling dough to eke out a decent living
Lovleen Bains

Children roll dough during vacations to support their family.
Children roll dough during vacations to support their family. Photo by the writer

Doraha, June 20
While most the urban children are enjoying their vacations by indulging in one thing or the other, there are others who cannot even afford to indulge in any such activities, as they are busy rolling the dough for preparing thin crisp spiced cakes to support their families. 

Neeta Sharma (name changed), a resident of Sahnewal, who appeared in B.Com final year examinations at GNN College, Doraha, does so to support her younger brother and sister. Neeta said: “ We visit the nearby papad factory early morning and are given 3 kg dough for rolling it into the cakes.

It takes at least two hours to roll 1 kg of dough for which we get Rs 21 in return. The factory allows working for maximum six hours for which we get Rs 63. As our mother is away for work, I and my sister help in household chores as well”. “It feels good to handover the hard earned money to parents at the end of the day,” she added.

When asked about her plans of pursing education, she said, “I am planning to take admission in M.Com, so that I may get a good job rather than depending on this work.

My college has supported me a lot as I was given fee concession as well. Also, I got the books issued for the whole year.” Her sister Simmi (name changed), who is in Class XII had secured above 80 per cent. But help her sister in this job.

“As my father is a tailor and gets work only on a contractual basis, it becomes difficult for the family to make both ends meet. Our mother, too, goes to the factory and work,” Simmi added.

“We have never viewed life as a source of entertainment. It has never been a cakewalk for us. But, these hardships have made us determined and bold,” she adds.

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Filth, flies dot railway station
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 20
Members of the local unit of the All-India Human Rights Association (AIHRA) recently visited the Railway Station to look into the amenities being provided by the Railways to commuters so that effective steps could be taken for improving the standard, wherever possible.

President of the district unit of the body Anil Sharma along with other office-bearers visited various parts of the station and found unsanitary conditions all around.

While addressing the mediapersons Sharma said the sanitation and public utility services at the station were in a pathetic condition. No attendants were found maintaining the bathrooms most of which were stinking. The lavatories were full of filth and flies, which carried the germs to the uncovered food and snacks being sold by the vendors at the platforms. 

Even in the IRCTC canteen, the cooks did not use the gloves and caps while cooking food. Semi-cooked food as well as ingredients was also found to be uncovered. Cold drinking water was also not available at some places.

The team further noticed that the passengers or others who queued up in front of the reservation counters were put to a lot of inconvenience. “No reservation request forms are available on the counter put up for this purpose. The enquiry counter was also seen to be left unattended till the time the team remained in the reservation complex,” Sharma added.

Several irregularities were witnessed in the parking lots. A large number of vehicles were not only parked in the “No Parking” zone outside the reservation office but attendants were also seen charging parking fee from vehicles parked in violation of the rules.

They, later, met Station Superintendent RK Sharma and put forth their findings in front of him. The Station Superintendent took note of the points raised by the team and assured to personally look into the matter.

Other members of the team were Himanshu Gupta, Ankur Ghai, Amit Kumar Arora, Shyam Sunder Sharma, Vishal Arora, Deepak Runthala, Dinesh Sharma, Vikas Manchanda, Reena Bhatia, Anil Sehegal, Naveen Runthala, Anil Rathi, Haresh Vekaria, Anand Rathi, Pankaj Malik and Amit Gupta.

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Plans afoot to install filtration plant
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 20
Finally the municipal corporation seems to have waken up from a deep slumber in the case of Budda Nallah and has started taking remedial measures to restore its pristine glory.

It is now planning to install a filtration system at its Jamalpur-based sewerage treatment plant. Municipal Commissioner GS Ghuman yesterday visited the site in this regard.

Talking to The Tribune, Ghuman said: “We are planning to install a filtration system to keep a check on the discharge from the dairy complex. It is basically filter the discharge so that it does not choke the sewerage treatment plant, thus hampering functioning of the latter.” He added that the proposal had already been sent to the sewerage board for study.

According to sources in the sewerage department, the dairies discharge effluents like straw that could choke the pipelines and the work is already being examined. “It’s being installed on the recommendations of the P.Ram Committee constituted for the Budda Nallah.

If the filtration work is carried out it would help maintaining the STP and increasing its efficiency.” Besides, the old wells in the dairy complex, too, could be put to use and the department is making plans about it, the sources said, adding that the work would be done only if the corporation pays them the prescribed amount.

They added that they were also planning to have a different discharge for dairy complex and a drum-type screen by a company was also under consideration.

The National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur, has in its report already criticised the functioning of the municipal sewerage treatment plants.

In its report NEERI had stated that problem for non-stabilisation of STP at Jamalpur was the excess flow being pumped for treatment than the plant’s design capacity. The plant designed for 48 MLD, has been pumping around 65 MLD of the wastewater resulting in hydraulic overloading. NEERI had suggested that after stabilisation the inflow of the plant should not exceed its design flow.

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Ward No. 29 
Residents complain of dirty water
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 20
Those residing in the ward No. 29 on the Vrindavan Road were elated after a new tube well started functioning in the area. But their joy was short lived as the water being pumped out turned out to be dirty.

The residents complained that the water being supplied to their homes had foreign particles and were unfit for human consumption.

Talking to The Tribune, housewife Meenal said: "For the past few days the water mixed with sand and some black particles is being supplied to our homes. Though officials have visited the area several times but they could not find a solution as the water level where tube well has been dug is very deep and earthy material can flow."

Her mother-in-law added that they had installed water purifier. But, the question was till how long would they continue to spend extra buck on water for drinking purposes.

Similarly, advocate Sunil Dutt, Meenal's neighbour, said, "The civic body and sewerage board officials should have taken utmost care before allowing boring. Earlier we had to face shortage of water in the area and now its water quality that is troubling us." Neither the officials nor the politicians seem to be serious about the health of the residents, he complained.

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Power Crisis
Small-scale units face closure
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 20
Several small-scale units, which have already been reeling under the effects of recession, are now on the verge of closure, thanks to the state government for its failure to provide adequate power supply to these units.

Industrialists had been maintaining that if the state government had provided them with regular power supply, they could have made up for their losses. However, with five-hour daily power cuts being imposed in the state, many of them had been forced to shut down their businesses.

According to sources, there were around 75 localities in the city where micro-household and small-scale units were being run. In each locality, around 5,000 units were in operation, taking up their total number to lakhs.

These units of cycle spares, automobile spares, engineering goods, embroideries and printing, etc. were being run in places like Janta Nagar, Dashmesh Nagar, Partap Chowk, Miller Ganj, Jodhewal Basti, Salem Tabri. However, power cuts had badly affected their businesses.

Local trade union leader Ramesh Rattan said: “The industry’s ‘no expansion/no extension’ formula has further deteriorated the situation. They cannot grow even if they want to. The worst affected are the small-scale entrepreneurs, who cannot afford to run their businesses on generators, which is too expensive. To top it all, labour shortage has added to their 
woe,” said Rattan.

He added that one such entrepreneur had confided in him that he was finding it hard to pay the school fee of his child. “We are collecting money to pay for the fee. You can well imagine their plight in the present scenario,” he said.

Meanwhile, Small-Scale Industrial Board chairman Inderjit Singh Pradhan said he was in constant touch with policy-makers on the issue of power crisis.

He said had the state government purchased power from neighbouring states a few months ago, things would have been different.

“We can understand their (small scale units) plight but hope that something would be done soon for their betterment,” he added.

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Power
Spot billing in two more divisions
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 20
After carrying out spot billing of power consumption on the premises of consumers immediately after taking the reading from their energy meters in two distribution divisions in the city for over one year, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has introduced the scheme in two more divisions - City West and Model Town divisions - from last month.

As against the earlier procedure of meter readers of the PSEB recording the power consumption of the consumers and thereafter manually forwarding the data for making entries in the main consumer database for issuance of bills, which took a considerable time, the PSEB employees carry a hand-held mini computer, take down the energy consumption, feed it to the computer and issue a bill on the spot.

The spot billing scheme, says HS Randhawa, deputy chief engineer, city east circle of the PSEB here, has led to saving of a lot of energy and manpower of the board.

Earlier, the employees had to visit the premises of the consumers twice - first for taking down the reading from meters and again for delivery of bills.

“Also, as the bills are prepared and delivered on the spot, the consumers concerned can verify the previous and current reading, thereby cutting down significantly, if not altogether eliminating, chances of wrong or inflated bills, which earlier took a long time for rectification,” he added.

The billing is being done by PSEB employees, who have been imparted special training in handling mini computers by technical experts of the company, which had supplied the computer hardware and software for the purpose.

In the two other distribution divisions of Sunder Nagar and Janta Nagar, where the scheme was launched last year, the work of spot billing was being outsourced to an IT company.

On certain complaints by a section of consumers and resident welfare associations that scheme had led to slight overcharging, as billing slabs were calculated on monthly basis even for those consumers under bimonthly cycle, Randhawa clarified that the mini computers were duly programmed for bimonthly billing cycle and slabs were being calculated exactly as per the manual billing pattern.

“However, in case of genuine errors or miscalculations, which cannot be completely ruled out, the affected consumers can contact the respective sub-divisional or divisional officials, or even their superiors if their wrongly calculated bills are not immediately corrected,” he stated.

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Vet varsity CET on June 23
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 20
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, is conducting common entrance test (CET), GADVASU, on June 23. The test will be held at RS Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, near Model Town, Ludhiana.

The timings of the test will be from 10 am to 1 pm. Roll number-cum-admit cards have already been dispatched to all candidates. Dr SK Jand, registrar, GADVASU, said all arrangements had been completed to provide comfortable atmosphere for the candidates.

Appropriate number of faculty members and employees have been deputed to conduct the test in a smooth manner. Dr Jand said a total of 832 candidates are expected to appear in the entrance test. Necessary security measures have been arranged for the smooth conduct of test. Dr SPS Sanga, controller of examination, said the paper would be of multiple choice answer type.

The CET-GADVASU result will be declared in two to three days and will be available on the website of the university, www.gadvasu.in, and its notice board also.

GADVASU is conducting the entrance test for BVSc, AH and BFSc (Bachelor of Fisheries Science) and BTech (dairy technology). The counselling for BVSc, AH and BFSc will be held on June 30, while for BTech (dairy technology) on July 1.

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Eve-teasers scare students away
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 20
Menacing eve-teasers are scaring away girl students, who depend on mini buses to reach their destinations everyday, from a local bus terminus in the city. Located near the Shaheed Sukhdev Memorial inter-state bus stand, the local bus stand has literally become a den of eve-teasers.

Students and employees who visit the city from nearby villages and vice versa mostly use the mini buses. As the bus stand remains deserted most of the time, a large number of young men make it almost impossible for the girls to pass from the area freely.

They ogle, at times brush past them and even pass embarrassing remarks at them. These innocent and helpless victims cannot do anything but stomach the indecent acts silently.

Things have come to such a passé that the girls are so sacred that not many go inside the bus stand to board the bus.

‘‘At times, especially in the evenings, we are scared to go inside the bus stand. Anything can happen there as strange men whet their appetites inside the premises. We have seen them indulging in objectionable acts but can’t do anything,” said a girl from Baddowal village.

She strongly resented the behaviour meted out to her by a few of these boys. She gets so upset at times that she could not even stop thinking about it in the college. This has affected her studies. ‘‘They have literally turned me into a psychiatric wreck. I feel so helpless. Who has given them the right to treat me like this?’’ she asked.

All this has made the private transporters unhappy. Most of them claim that their business has suffered in the past due to this. ‘‘Travelling by bus used to be a safer option for these girls. Now, they have started depending on auto rickshaws. This has adversely affected our business,” said JS Grewal, an office-bearer of private transporters’ association.

Sick of eve-teasers he has shot off a letter to the SSP to ensure security of these girls. ‘‘I have made him abreast of the situation. I have seen that even the guards posted inside are helpless as they are too small in number, ’’ said Grewal.

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Carpenter donates tools, coins to PAU museum
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 20
Piara Singh Saggoo, a resident of Bhai Himmat Singh Nagar, Ludhiana, donated a large number of old tools used by carpenters and a few old coins to the PAU Museum of Rural Life of Punjab.

He presented these, to be displayed in the museum, to the additional director of communication, yesterday. The donated items were a rare lock, chisels, files, drills, churners and jackplanes of different kinds.

Saggoo said he was impressed with the showcase of Punjabi culture, heritage and commodities connected with the Punjabi way of life. He said the items donated by him to the PAU belonged to his family of carpenters that was spread over three generations. He disclosed that his father Kehar Singh, who was a famous carpenter in Bhammipur village, had himself made many of the tools while some were acquired from his forefathers.

“We are proud to see our traditional tools placed in the museum that attracts visitors from within the country and abroad,” said Saggoo, adding that his family would feel connected with the PAU forever. He said Gurnam Singh Komal, a poet and a social worker, had inspired him to donate these items to the PAU museum.

Komal, who was also present on the occasion, said more and more people should come forward to donate traditional items to the museum for the sake of posterity.

Darshan Singh Lahoria, member, panchayat, had also accompanied Saggoo to make the donations. Also present on the occasion were his wife Paramjit Kaur, son Sukhwinder Singh, grandchildren Manveen and Gurnoor.

PAU additional director of communication Dr Jagtar Singh Dhiman thanked Saggoo and his family for donating rare tools to the museum.

He said after Vice-Chancellor Manjit Singh Kang’s appeal donate traditional material connected with Punjabi way of life to the museum, the PAU had been flooded with offers from various quarters for donating the valuable items to the museum. Kang also congratulated the efforts of the Saggoo family to enrich PAU museum showcasing Punjabi culture and heritage.

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At the Crossroads
Juxtaposing greatness and littleness in humans 

Generally, an ordinary person is not considered worthy of an element of greatness in him.Likewise, some sort of littleness in a great person is seldom noticed. In fact, there is greatness in littleness and littleness in greatness.

I feel that a man in the street is more compassionate and self-sacrificing than the high-ups.He safeguards his dignity as a human being and seldom compromises with his self-respect.He is always eager to hold his head high in his social circle.

The other day an impatient owner of a luxury car pushed me aside on a four-lane road.I fell down on the divider,while my legs were still under Honda Activa.My turban catapulted on to the road on the other side of the divider.Helplessness occupied my otherwise vacant mind at that moment.

Suddenly, some members of the working class, perhaps daily wagers, rushed towards me to help me extract my legs from under the scooter. Someone picked up my turban,from the other side,which I hurriedly put on my head like a headgear. Thus, I recovered my identity with the help of the unknown persons.All this happened while other luxury cars zoomed past me nonchalantly. Instantly, I perceived some element of greatness in ordinary persons.

Going back to the classics,I am reminded of some persons who achieved great heights although they were ordinary human beings.Christopher Marlowe reveals in the play, “Tamburlaine the Great” that a shepherd seeks the "sweet fruition of an earthly crown." In this period of time,he is in a mood to challenge even the supremacy of the Almighty.

In a little frame,so to say,great ambitions build nests.Greatness,of course,does not always lie in entertaining high ambitions and flaunting one's prowess in the field of activity. It is rather more evident when a renaissance person like Dr Faustus breaks the shackles of slavery to the medieval concepts of human life. Man's prominence in the scheme of things ultimately creates the right perspective in the universe.

The point at issue is man's ascendance, during the ages, to the great heights of invention and discovery. Some lesser mortals have been able to seek immortality in such fields as medicine, technology and jurisprudence. Like a bird, man can fly in the air and swim like a fish in the water. Nothing is impossible for him to accomplish. The great thinkers of the world were all the time conscious of their littleness as human beings but they achieved greatness by scaling intellectual heights.

On the other hand, there are innumerable examples of littleness in greatness. Achilles was a great warrior but the way he treated the dead body of Hector, the commander-in-chief of Trojan forces, showed littleness in his greatness. He used to drag, for sometime daily, Hector's corpse, face down, behind his chariot. The manner in which the English treated the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar after his surrender was condemnable, to say the least.

In this case the English nation's high profile was sullied. The same thing happened in the case of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and the other freedom fighters.

In regard to the great Indian nation, Taslima Nasrin's dishonourable exit and subsequent clandestine entry into the country, followed by another exit, is nothing but the manifestation of shabby treatment to a damsel in distress. — NS Tasneem 

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Huge cache of arms seized from snatchers
Our Correspondent

Raikot, June 20
The police has recovered a huge cache of ammunition, along with a genuine gun and two toy pistols. The police had nabbed two snatchers, Harsimran Singh of Noora Mahi Mohalla of Raikot and Hari Singh of Burmi village, on June 13 from Raikot.

On the identification of Hari Singh, the police recovered one .315 bore pistol and two live cartridges buried near the drain of Rupa Patti village near here.

Harsimran Singh revealed to the police the location of eight live cartridges buried near the stadium of Raikot and third accused Paramjit Singh alias Sony, to whom he had given one original .315 bore pistol and two original looking toy pistols.

The police nabbed him and recovered the arms, along with six live cartridges of AK 47 and eight live cartridges of 7.68 calibre pistol.

Earlier, the police had recovered nine live cartridges of 7.62 calibre gun from the accused. The police was probing the crimes committed by the accused using these arms and ammunitions in the area.

There was a possibility that many snatching and robbery cases committed in the area would be solved soon with these arrests, said the police. The police further added that many more arrests would be made in the near future on the information obtained from the accused.

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PO booked for opening fire
Tribune News Service

Samrala, June 20
A proclaimed offender (PO) fired 10 gunshots at Hedon village in the wee hours today and created panic there by shouting and abusing the occupants of a house for nearly half hour. However, the police party was late in reaching the spot and could not arrest the accused who threatened some villagers of dire consequences.

The PO, identified as Raman Kumar, fired gunshots in the house of Narottam Singh Bubby and broke windowpanes and other belongings of the house. However, no one received the bullet injuries as Narottam had switched off the lights of his house and lied down on the floor.

The family members narrating the incident said Raman, standing in front of the door of the house, started abusing them before firing gunshots. “He fired indiscriminately as soon as we put on the lights. Then we immediately switched off all lights and lied down,” said the family members.

The police said the accused was wanted in attempt to murder cases registered at Samrala police station. A case in this connection has been registered against him.

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Cheque Bounce
Man gets 1-year jail
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, June 20
Court of Mrs Jatinder Kaur PCS, Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate, Amloh, has sentenced an accused to undergo one- year rigorous imprisonment and a fine worth Rs 5,000 has also been imposed on him under Section 130 of the Negotiable Instrument Act.

Brij Lal Bansal, proprietor, M/s Bansal Steel Merchants and Ban-Bro Ispat Private Ltd, Mandi Gobindgarh, had filed two complaints against M/s Jindal Steel Industries through its proprietor, Amrit Jindal, under Section 138 as three cheques worth Rs 3 lakh, Rs 3.5 lakh and Rs 3.75 lakh issued by the former had bounced.

In the judgment pronounced separately in both cases in an open court on June 13, copy of which was obtained by the complainant today, the accused has been sentenced to undergo one-year imprisonment and Rs 5,000 fine has also imposed on him. In case he fails to pay the fine, the accused shall have to undergo a month’s imprisonment further. 

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Bid to rape minor, migrant beaten up
Tribune News Service

Machhiwara, June 20
A migrant was beaten up after he allegedly tried to rape a two-year-old child at Kuhara village yesterday night.

Raju, the accused, was admitted to Sahnewal Civil Hospital with injuries in his abdomen and thighs. According to police officials, the accused who own a meat shop at the Kuhara Chowk had gone to the house of Subhash in an inebriated condition. There, he allegedly tried to rape his two-year-old daughter. The wife of Subhash caught Raju red handed and raise an alarm.

Subhash’s neighbour gather in front of his house and thrashed Raju for trying to rape the child. Cops were called and Raju admitted to the Sahnewal Civil Hospital.

Meanwhile, Raju while talking to media at the civil hospital said he went to take Rs 5,000 he had given to Subhash a few days ago but his wife demanded more money. "When I refused to give more she levelled false allegation against me", he added. The police officials said the case in this connection would be registered after recording the statements of both complainant and the accused. The medical examination of the girl has been conducted. 

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Three feared drowned in Sutlej
2 bodies fished out
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 20
Three youth, who went missing three days ago, are feared to have drowned as the bodies of two of them have been fished out from the Sutlej near Kassabad and Ladhowal till now.

This startling revelation was made yesterday evening when the police questioned two youths, Sandeep Kumar and Rajesh Kumar, both residents of Kuldeep Nagar near Jodhewal Basti.

And what they revealed shocked everyone, the duo said they along with Pardeep Kumar (21), Gumadh Singh (23), Balwinder Singh (22), all residents of Jodhewal Basti, had gone for swimming in the river near Jamlpur Lallay village about three days ago.

According to them, no sooner Pardeep, Gurmedh and Balwinder entered they were swept away by the rapids.

Sandeep and Rajesh returned home and did not disclose the incident; it was today when the police that they revealed the entire incident questioned them.

Soon after the police started the search operation.

The body of Pardeep Kumar was recovered and handed over to the family after conducting the autopsy yesterday evening, while the body of Gurmedh was spotted in Ladhowal today.

Meanwhile, the police is taking the help of divers to locate Balwinder, who is also feared to have drowned.

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Another jewel in Pranav’s crown
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Pranav Chopra
Pranav Chopra

Ludhiana, June 20
Local shuttler Pranav Chopra has added another jewel in his crown when he annexed the title in the 8th edition of the Union Bank of India All-India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament that concluded at Bangalore, yesterday.

Pranav has already won a couple of titles in the national-level badminton tournaments during the last one month. Pranav with Sai Praneeth from Andhra Pradesh overpowered HS Prannoy of Kerala and Sumeet Reddy from Andhra Pradesh in straight sets to emerge as champions in the doubles category.

Exhibiting deft footwork and excellent match temperament, Pranav and Sai wrapped up the first set quite easily 21-12. In the second set, their opponents put up a strong resistance before going down 15-21, which cost them the match.

Earlier, this month, the duo of Pranav and Sai romped home victors in the Krishna Khaitan Junior National Ranking Selection Tournament held at Chennai and then the pair etched their name on the winners’ trophy in the Junior National Ranking Tournament played at Ernakulam.

These national ranking tournaments are the base for the shuttlers to take part in the international badminton tournaments. Besides, Pranav has been representing India for the last six years in the junior as well as sub-junior sections in the international-level tournaments where, too, he made his presence felt.

Recently, Pranav represented India in the Dutch Open Junior Championship and German Yonex Open Junior Championship, which were played in Harlem and Berlin, respectively, early this year.

Pranav, a trainee of the Ludhiana Badminton Academy (LBA), is sponsored by Air India and has been selected in the elite group of players for the 2010 Commonwealth Games scheduled to be held in New Delhi, next year.

The office bearers of the LBA appreciated Pranav’s performance and congratulated the upcoming shuttler for continuously bringing fame to the city as well as the state.

Pranav will be honoured by the academy when he returns to the city, said honorary secretary, LBA, Anupam Kumaria.

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Cyclist beaten up, succumbs to injuries
Our Correspondent

Amloh, June 20
A daily-wage labourer, Mohan Singh, a resident of Salana Dulla Singh Wala, was returning to his home around 8.30 pm on Thursday when his cycle hit an Alto at his village. Following the incident, he was allegedly beaten up by the car driver.

The victim was taken to a local doctor. Finding his condition to be serious, he was referred to the Civil Hospital, Amloh, where he succumbed to his injuries.

After the postmortem examination the viscera of the deceased were sent to Kharar for chemical examination. Ram Singh, cousin of the deceased, said the car was driven by Charanjit Singh, son of Swarn Singh, a resident of Salana Dara Singh Wala. A large number of villagers gathered at the Civil Hospital and raised slogans against the accused. A case has been registered.

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