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Metro project in city viable; to cost govt Rs 10,516 cr: DMRC
The proposed routes are from Rahon Road to Gill village and BBMB Power House to Ayali Chowk Station
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 30
The two-member team of the Delhi Metro Rail Project (DMRC) that carried out a feasibility study of the metro rail project in the city stated today that it was possible provided the Punjab government and the PIDB were ready to spend more than Rs 10,516 crore on it.

DMRC officer CH Srinivas said, "The project is being looked after by the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board and we were asked to submit a detailed project report for Ludhiana. We have given all details to it but the PIDB had told us that the project was very costly and we should give an alternate way to reduce the cost."

Since the present project report has prescribed underground corridors, the cost of setting up of metro has gone so high.

"We were asked to study feasibility of elevated corridors instead of underground ones as option, we have just taken a round of the routes with MC officials," added Srinivas.

He revealed that the total area to be covered through metro is 29 kilometres, adding that it was the PIDB that would take up the project and decide on it.

The proposed routes for which the report has been submitted are from Rahon Road to Gill Village and BBMB Power House to Ayali Chowk Station. Both these routes will coincide at Guru Nanak Stadium where commuters can change their metros.

The report states that the Punjab government should set up a special purpose vehicle for the project and it should be registered under the Companies Act.

It should be made a public sector undertaking (PSU) and could be named as Ludhiana Metro Rail Corporation. Besides, a special consultant should also be hired for the first year of the project functioning. The report also states that a light metro will serve the purpose of population for the next 25 years. 


Fire in Taalab Bazaar godown
Materials worth lakhs gutted
Tribune News Service

The godown that goes up in flames in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
The godown that goes up in flames in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, September 30
A fire broke out at a godown in Taalab Bazaar of the old city area here today, reducing material worth lakhs into ashes. However, no loss of life is reported.It took around four hours for seven fire tenders to douse the flames and bring the situation under control.

"The fire started from a godown on the first floor likely due to short-circuit and burnt all material stored in it. We were able to control it in two hours, but within few minutes, the fire revived and flames went up to the second floor where a temporary godown was made, using tin sheets," said a fire officer, adding that shops on the ground floor were saved.

Fire department officials rued that due to narrow streets and encroachments on roads, they had to struggle a lot while driving fire tenders to the place. "The old city is a powder keg and even than shopkeepers are not ready to mend their ways. Moreover, the new facility offered by the MC to allow putting up of tents on roads for Rs 5 per square metre has added to our woes," said the firefighters, adding that senior officers should think twice before issuing such orders.

Eyewitnesses revealed that the building caught fire in the first floor where a godown was storing accessories like gotta, tilla, etc around 1.15 pm. The fire was noticed when smoke started coming out of the building.

“We were busy with our daily chores when suddenly someone spotted smoke coming out of the godown. We immediately raised alarms and soon saw flames coming out of the building. Since there were four shops on the ground floor, their owners were asked to vacate the area. Shopkeepers in the area revealed that the godown was owned by Surinder Jain.



H1N1-affected girl out of danger
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 30
Palak (9), a resident of Sant Nagar, Ludhiana, having been tested positive for swine flu, has been shifted to Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH).

The girl, who contracted Influenza A (H1N1) infection at Chaman Vatika School in Ambala, has already been put on curative medicine. The girl had been kept in complete isolation at her home for a day but following acute vomiting, she was shifted to CMCH.

Dr Kanwal Massih, medical superintendent (MS) at CMCH, declared Palak to be out of danger, adding that she had been kept in a special isolation chamber. "Three senior doctors, three nurses and one helper have been assigned the special duty to look after the girl. Also, two persons from the technical staff have been kept in reserve in case of emergency."

Dr Massih stated that all contacts, including the staff and paramedical staff, too are being administered tamiflu as preventive medicine.

Dr Massih further stated that Palak would be kept in isolation for five days and be discharged soon after her condition was normal. Family members would be allowed to visit her under medical supervision, stated the medical superintendent.

"It's their prerogative and we can't force anybody to get admitted to the hospital despite the best care and treatment promised by the hospital and district health authorities," District epidemiologist Dr GP Mangla added.

However, sources said it was the poor infrastructure at the hospital that had added to the reluctance of the girl's parents to get their ward shifted to civil hospital.

A senior Punjab Civil Medical Service (PCMS) doctor stated, "The unclean corridors, stinking washrooms and casual attitude of the staff is the reason enough for an educated and cultured family to say no to admission in the civil hospital." 



Mud-slinging, boycott mark LSE poll
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 30
Unruly scenes with mud-slinging on each other marked the elections for the posts of three directors of the Ludhiana Stock Exchange here late last evening.

The elections, which are the annual feature otherwise, were conducted this time after about eight years. One faction, which boycotted the elections, alleged that "bogus" votes were cast by the rival group, while other maintained that those levelling allegations came to know that the defeat was certain, hence they boycotted elections.

Jagmohan Krishan, one of the contestants for the post of director, said the rival group had always been dominating the elections. There was mismanagement during elections as a number of fake votes were cast in favour of the rival faction.

"We boycotted the elections as nobody was listening to our pleas. Three out of five scrutinisers had left the venue in protest. The opening of ballot boxes, counting and declaring of results at 5:30 in the morning were illegal. So there was no fun of contesting such illegal elections", said Krishan, adding that RM Singla, RK Verma and he himself were the three contestants for directors.

Joginder Kumar belonging to the rival faction, however, said as per the Company's Act, proxies had to be deposited in the office 48 hours before the elections. Then the office/scrutinisers scrutinised the names. After verification, names were put on the notice board so that anybody having problem could raise the objection within 24 hours. The annual general body meeting was held at 4:30 pm yesterday and both groups inspected the proxies. If they had any doubts, they could raise objections", said Joginder Kumar, further adding that the rivals had come to know that the defeat was certain, so they raised hue and cry.

About 400 votes were cast in the elections the group with Joginder Kumar, Satish Nagpal and Sanjay Nand were declared the winners.

Meanwhile, a meeting of the board of directors of the Ludhiana Stock Exchange was being held here today on the election issue. Nothing came out till the filing of the story as the meeting was expected to continue for long.



Farmer to get dues tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 30
The district administration will clear the dues of farmers of Barwala village, whose land was acquired for laying Ludhiana-Chandigarh railway line, on October 2.SDM (E) Manpreet Singh Chhatwal said 80 per cent dues of farmers were cleared earlier and the remaining 20 per cent would be cleared on October 2 at 10 am at Circuit House here.

He asked the farmers to come with voter's card, ration card or any other identity card as proof to claim money.

Chhatwal said the land had been acquired for Ludhiana-Chandigarh railway Line in five villages, Sahnewal Khurd, Kanech, Bir Sahnewal, Barwala and Katani Kalan, falling in Ludhiana East Subdivision.

He said the entire payment had already been given to four villages, Sahnewal Khurd, Kanech, Bir Sahnewal and Katani Kalan. Now only Barwala residents were to be paid the compensation.

He suggested to land owners to get refund of income tax from Income Tax Department, they should get their PAN card prepared. 



Vikas Raikhy blames cops for inaction
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 30
The dispute of the Raikhy family is getting intense with each passing day, as Vikas Raikhy, the elder son of Romila Raikhy, today fired a fresh salvo, alleging the police was not taking any action against his relatives for forcibly throwing him out of his ancestral house.

According to Vikas, the police is deliberately dilly-dallying the assault case. He further alleged that his brother-in-law and younger brother Manik Raikhy are hand in glove and trying to prove that he had no claim on Raikhy theatre.

He further alleged that both Kartik Kilachand, his brother-in-law, along with his brother, Manik Raikhy were trying to usurp the entire property and even tried to shut the theatre also but they did not succeed in it.

Kartik Kilachand has employed personal security guards at their Lajpat Nagar residence. “We do not want to take any risk. Even last time, he forcibly entered the house and further made an assault complaint against us. Soon after that incident, we recruited private security guards so that such episode would not take place here again,”alleged Kartik.

On the other hand, Vikas showed the keys and claimed that these keys were of his ancestral house and said, “Look I have the keys. If I was not living here then how the keys are with me,” said Vikas.

It is learnt that it was after the intervention of DGP PS Gill that the police started probing the case.

A complaint has been directed to SSP SS Gill to look into the matter.

“Some politicians are also adding fuel to the fire and not letting the matter settle down,” alleged Vikas.



Less profits from fruit exports: Kachru
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 30
The Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) inaugurated a winter school on theme of "Quality Assurance and Shelf Life Enhancements of Fruits and Vegetables Through Novel Packaging Technologies" here at CIPHET, Ludhiana campus.

Experts from ICAR institutes and various state universities are participating in the school to be concluded on October 15. CIPHET director Dr RT Patil and CIPHET head, transfer of technology (TOT), Dr DR Rai welcomed the chief guest. Dr RP Kachru, chief guest, former assistant director general, ICAR, New Delhi, said there was a paradigm shift globally from growing field crops to horticulture. "Global share in the horticulture has increased significantly, especially during the second half of the last quarter," he said, adding that India was one of largest growers of fruits and vegetables but not able to earn profits due to less attention to packaging and marketing.

"We are third in potato production in the world and second in onion production, but sadly export only 0.7 per cent of vegetable crops," he said.

Saying that Indian agriculture needs to work on supply chain and value addition, Dr Kachru cited examples of some of the most successful farmers, who are doing wonders by growing fruits on small land. "One of them is earning Rs 22 lakh a year from just 3.25 acre of land by exporting pomegranates," he said, emphasising that maintaining both, quality and establishing brands, were important for successful marketing.

Dr R.T Patil said CIPHET had just 34 scientists but they were doing remarkable work. "We have 44 projects and 45 research papers were published in reputed journals last year. The institute has filed seven patents in 2008-09, two companies were given consultancies and students from various institutions completed their 40 dissertations in the CIPHET."

"By just holding packing in hands, one gets idea what is inside," he said, adding that “We produce 40 per cent of world's mangoes but not able get global market.” He added that there was a need to work on improving transportation, packaging and above all maintaining quality.

Dr DR Rai said they had got a great response for the winter school. "More than 75 participants wanted to join it, we could accommodate only 25 of them," he added, during workshop participants would be made aware of various recently developed technologies for packaging and increasing shelf life in fruits and vegetables.



Follow path shown by Bhagat Singh, students told
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, September 30
The management, principal, staff and students of Bhutta College of Engineering and Technology celebrated the birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh with enthusiasm on the college campus today.

The students prepared posters depicting the ideas, thoughts and philosophy of the martyr, who has become a legend for the times to come. Prof Jagmohan Singh, the nephew of the martyr, was the chief guest while the function was presided over by Jagdish Singh Garcha, former Technical Education Minister.

Dr V K Sharma, principal of the college, on behalf of the institute, presented bouquets to guests as a token of regard. In his welcome address, he reminded students of the supreme sacrifice made by Bhagat Singh for his motherland and the people of his country. He also lauded the efforts of Jagmohan Singh for propagating the ideas and philosophy of the great martyr.

Jagmohan Singh, on his behalf, exhorted the students to follow the path shown by him. He said the generation of the day, rather than destroying their lives by taking deadly drugs, which ultimately lead to death and destruction, needs to intoxicate themselves by the feeling of liberalisation from all shackles of castes, creed and religion.

He also advised the students to shun materialism and unhealthy competitive spirit. He advised them to be bold enough to call spade a spade as their grand savior Bhagat Singh did.



‘Globalisation influencing human behaviour’

Ludhiana , September 30
The Gurbani Research and Study Centre of the Guru Gobind Singh study circle organised a special lecture on the "message of Gurbani in the context of globalisation and changing human behaviour".

DM Singh, a renowned poet and thinker, said the whole world population should have one religion - brotherhood of humankind.

Guru Nanak presented the ideology, which was universal in its nature and gurbani goes deep in the psychological and spiritual layers of humanity, observed the speaker.

He further emphasised on the changes in human behaviour with reference to their social, economic, ethical, political, technological and academic lives.

Other thinkers who participated in the discussion were Dr Ranjit Singh, Dr Ajit Singh Sikka, Dr Paramjit Singh, Dr Sarabjot Kaur, Gurnam Singh Komal, Dalbir Singh Ludhianvi, Col Dalwinder Singh and Jaspal Singh, director. — TNS



Hindi Divas celebrations end
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 30
The Hindi Diwas celebrations, organised by the Food Corporation of India (FCI), concluded here tdoay.The day started with Saraswati vandana by FCI staff members, who later mesmerised the audienecs with a welcome song and other popular numbers.

On the occasion, Pramod Kumar Sharma, secretary, Committee for the Promotion of National Language, was the chief guest. SK Vadhera exhorted the employees to work in Hindi language.

Sharma later introduced participants with the importance and constitutional expectations from Hindi. He also highlighted the simplicity of the language and the ease of work through the medium of Hindi in government departments.

Sulakshna Gaba conducted the proceedings of the day. Others who were instrumental in making the event a success included Sudheer Kumar, Amarjeet, Rajinder Gupta, Komal Sharma, Ram Avtar and Vasudev Veena.



Blood Donors Day
Honour for NGO today
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 30
Having donated 2,224 units of blood for the help of thalassaemic children for the past 20 months, the Salaam Zindagi Foundation in less than two years has come a long way in promotion of the cause of voluntary blood donation in the state.

The NGO will be awarded at a state-level function in Sangrur on National Blood Donors Day tomorrow.

Taking a step ahead, the NGO will sponsor 20 thalasaemic children from January, 2010. Manjit Saini, organisation president, said," The children will be supported in terms of education and also be assisted to become self-dependant citizens of the nation."

Saini also called upon the people to come forward for the help of these children, stating, "A very few people in the society know about the problems faced by thalassaemic children as it is an inherited blood disease wherein the genetic defect results in reduced rate of synthesis of one of the globin chains that make up haemoglobin. Making these children self-reliant is the only way to enable them to deal with their medical needs and expenditure," Saini went on to add.



Powerful CM of ‘powerless’ state

The other day when Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was in town, he had to face embarrassing moments when mediapersons questioned him on the issue of acute power shortage and 8 to 10-hour cuts being imposed all over the state. On being asked as to what the government was doing to tide over the power crisis, Badal said: “Electricity is not like sweetmeat which one can go to any sweatmeat shop and purchase. Power generation projects are both capital intensive and take time to complete.” Well they added Mr Badal “But you failed to mention that four new power projects which are integral parts of your speeches and those of your son (Sukhbir Badal), still remain on paper and not a brick has been laid on these projects for nearly three years that your government has been in saddle.

News impact

Whenever there is a breaking news, it has a direct impact on newspaper offices. Everyone gets busy in finding true facts and figures. Journalists and those sitting on the desk become busy like a bee. While journalists make it a point that the investigations are up to the mark and report is filed in detail with minute facts on the other hand those on the desk pull up their socks to give a good and excellent display to the story filed by the reporter so that it stands out from other newspapers in the morning. 

But once the newsroom gets busy in breaking news they generally forget about their families waiting for them at home. During one such breaking news a newly married girl was struck up at the office till 5 am and she even forgot to inform her husband. In the morning when her husband realised that her wife had not returned home last night he rushed to the office and right away went into editor's room asking how can he ask his staff to stay so long. 

It was only after he was pacified by the editor and was told about the importance of the breaking news due to which his wife had to stay overnight. Sharing a coffee in the morning with the editor of the newspaper the husband realised how tough and un-predictable the life of those working in the newspaper office is.

Name dropping

A few Ludhianvis are known for name dropping. They leave no chance to show off their contacts who are well placed. Just sitting with a name dropper one gets to hear a number of names. 

A local resident went to far when he painted on his scooter that he was working for a former city Mayor. He painted on the front of his scooter that he was on duty of a former Mayor. Perhaps he thought he would go scot free at all traffic chowks. Nobody knows but there could not be any other way to flaunt one's closeness to former mayor. (see pic)

Mistaken identity

At one of the parties recently, a middle-aged woman received a call. Within no time, everyone watched her screaming on the caller saying "Why should I call you again and again when I don’t know you. Stop threatening me with police action". A gentleman sitting next to her got the phone to abuse the caller, when suddenly a pleasant voice said "if you are being harassed by such unwanted callers, subscribe this facility immediately with monthly charges of Rs 50". The gentleman could not hide his emotions and started laughing loudly. Poor woman gave sheepish smile when came to know that it was nothing but company's message!

Son’s protest

Protests rallies and dharnas have become a part of Indian lifestyle ever since Mahatama Gandhi lead the "Civil Disobedience Movement", "Satyagraha" "Quit India Movement" during the British rule. The movements were an inspiration for the leaders to bring together people willing to raise their voice for a common cause. But, the credit for changing the course of protests rallies or dharnas goes to the local leadership of small unions who with their compelling oration could mobilise even the housewives and children. The most hilarious being three-old boy raising slogans against his father who was SDO in the Punjab State Electricity Board. As the father shares, "As I went to pacify the crowd of almost hundred board workers protesting against their deputation at a nearby sub-station, I was astonished to spot my son raising slogans with the crowd saying ….…….. “SDO hai hai” and “Jo hum se takrayega chur chur ho jayega.”


My career in Ludhiana has been just of more than a year and the response from readers of my articles has left me spell bound. Since I have no other platform to thank them, I thought of expressing my gratitude to them through these columns. Their word of appreciation in form of letters and phone calls has become my strength. Sir/Mam, its really great to have a readers like you who really want to bring a change in society and the system. Thanks once again!

All for a cause

Student leaders are known the world over to fight for students' rights and work for social causes. However, there is a different league of leaders whose works depict a totally different school of thought. One such local student organisation, recently, held a lavish function to clean and wash the statue of a well-known political leader, which is installed in a crowded area of the city. The members of the organisation held the "snan (bath) ceremony" amid great fanfare. The event was not only a good news for those city residents who have always been concerned about the upkeep of the public property but they were also happy that the younger lot of society was socially responsible and believed in working for a cause. When contacted, one of the student members of the organisation remarked, "All student leaders fight for the cause of students but no one seems to be bothered the upkeep of public property in the city. So we took the lead and did what we feel strongly about. Afterall, it is our responsibility to take care of the public property. If we don't then who would?"

Cotributed by Kuldip Bhatia, Manav Ghuman,Kanchan Vasdev, Shivani Bhakoo, Anshu Seth, Jyotika Sood &Charu Chhibber



Power Cuts: Relief, but not for industry
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 30
With the gap between demand and availability of power in the state going down after reduction in electricity supply to the agricultural sector and the state being able to procure some power from West Bengal under power banking agreement, the duration of power cuts on mixed feeders in the urban areas has been substantially cut down during the past two days.

However, the improvement in power scenario has, in no way, provided any benefit to the industrial sector as of now since the directorate of power regulation and control of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has extended the prevailing restrictions on power supply and usage by the industry till October 7.

As per the directions of the PSEB, industrial consumers, getting supply from category II, III and IV feeders, will continue to observe weekly offs and peak-load restrictions till October 7 in accordance with a circular issued on September 22. Initially, additional restrictions on power supply and consumption by the industry were to remain in force till September 30.

The major relief that the city population received from the improved availability of electricity was the withdrawal of the one hour power cut in the morning from Monday, which was earlier imposed from 6 am to 7 am or 7am to 8 am in different parts of the city. Since the time of power cut clashed with water supply time in the morning, a majority of the city localities either had to go without water supply or the curtailed supply of drinking water.

Senior officials of the PSEB claimed that the duration of power cuts, which had gone from nine to 10 hours, now stood at five hours, while all power cuts imposed during nights last week, had been withdrawn.

Highly placed sources at PSEB headquarters in Patiala revealed that the gap between demand and power available to the state, which had gone up to 550 lakh units till a few days back, now stood at some 250 lakh units. The improved availability was attributed to resumption of power generation by one unit each of Lehra Mohabbat power project and Bathinda thermal power station, which had tripped about a week ago, cutting down power supply to farm sector as the paddy crop had almost matured and procurement of 100 MW power from West Bengal under banking agreement.

The sources further said the situation with respect to availability and demand of power was being reviewed on a daily basis and more relaxations in power cuts or other restraints, as warranted, would be announced as and when possible.



Signboards on Footpaths
Rights panel asks MC to submit report
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 30
Failure of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) to stop installation of signboards on footpaths seems to bring more trouble for the civic body, as the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has taken cognizance of the matter.

The commission has asked the Municipal Commissioner to inquire into the allegations filed in a complaint and to submit a report before the date of hearing on October 19. A copy is also issued to the Deputy Commissioner.

According to information, Arvind Sharma, a city-based social activist, has filed a complaint with the support of a story, “Signboards eat into sidewalks”, published in The Tribune on August 1, seeking the commission’s intervention.

Sharma in his complaint had alleged that the Municipal Corporation with an intention to earn money had allowed advertisement agencies to install the signboards on the footpaths and public was facing a lot of inconvenience.

He had stated that due to the installation of the signboards on the footpaths, there was no space left for pedestrians.

He added that the public interest should not be kept at stake in exchange of revenue.



Tuition Fee Hike
Education dept told to frame rules
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 30
The Education Department has been asked to frame rules for the reasonable enhancement of the tuition fees to be charged by the private public schools affiliated to the CBSE.

District Education Officer (Secondary) Amarjit Kaur told The Tribune today that Additional Deputy Commissioner Kuldip Singh, who conducted an inquiry into the hefty fee by the CBSE affiliated schools had referred the case to her for framing the rules. This step was taken up after the Supreme Court passed the verdict that the CBSE affiliated schools could not raise tuition fee arbitrarily. However, the department agreed to frame rules for the reasonable enhancement in consultation with the parents.

Kuldip Singh had conducted the inquiry into the hike in the tuition fee and other charges on the direction of Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg after the parents’ organisation took to the streets.

He had indicted the school managements for the arbitrary hike in the tuition fee and other charges in his report to the Deputy Commissioner.

The Deputy Commissioner asked Kuldip Sing to serve show cause notices on the managements of the CBSE affiliated schools. Garg said he was on leave and would return tomorrow evening. Only then will I be able to talk on the subject, he added.

Amarjit Kaur said a committee of educationists would be formed to study the Additional Deputy Commissioner’s report and records and rules would be framed out in the consultation with the educationists.

The state government also is also planning to set up a regulatory authority for keeping a check the fleecing of the students by the private schools.



Leprosy patients not untouchables: PAU don
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 30
A three-day training course on the socio-economic rehabilitation for those who once suffered from leprosy but have now been cured, is going on at Kairon Kisan Ghar.The programme is being organised in collaboration with a Pune-based International Leprosy Union-Health Alliance and the World Health Organisation.

Those taking part in it seems to have a will power for leading a normal life in society but their own people were not accepting them in their homes due to the social stigma attached to the disease, said many of them.

Addressing them, Dr Jaswinder Singh Bhalla, Professor of Extension Education, said these people needs compassion and sympathy on one hand and acceptability on the other.

“Science has made progress in curing diseases like leprosy and our people must understand that those who have got cured is not regarded as untouchable,” he added.

Dr TS Riar and Dr Nirmal Jaura also spoke on the occasion.

Anjana Sharaf of the International Leprosy Union-Health Alliance said this type of course was being organised at the PAU for the first time. The course is being attended

by 32 participants hailing from Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Meghalaya.



NSS camp at govt college
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 30
An NSS camp for boys and girls was organised at Satish Chander Dhawan Government College here today.The camp was inaugurated by principal Jasbir Kaur Makkar. She stressed upon extra-curricular activities and appealed to volunteers to make the environment pollution free.

Saurabh Kumar and Anshika Grewal, senior group leaders, presented the annual report.

Prof PS Grewal and Prof Parveen Gupta were honoured for their services rendered for the NSS activities performed last year.



492 trainees passout from police academy
Tribune News Service

Phillaur (Ludhiana), September 30
DGP-cum-director, Punjab Police Academy (PPA), RS Gill today exhorted passouts of the academy to work sincerely and truthfully towards rendering their services to public and improve the image of the police.Gill was addressing the passing-out parade of PPA, Phillaur, after taking salute from 492 trainees, who passed out from the academy.

He also asked the trainees to keep themselves abreast of latest happenings and amendments in the laws if they wanted to serve the people in a better way. He asked them not to be bowed under pressures. 

“Pressures are on everybody. Whosoever overcomes these forces and gives his best remaining within the ambit of law becomes a successful police officer. Things are not same now. People knock at the doors of courts when they think justice eludes them,” said Gill.

As many as 26 trainees were given prizes for their exemplary contributions in different fields during the training.

A colourful cultural programme, which included motorcycle show, tent pegging, dog show, malkhamb and malwai giddha was presented after the parade.

The medal and award-winning officials and staff members of the academy were also honoured. They included DSP JS Cheema, who was given President's police medal for distinguished services, Inspector Mohan Lal, SI Bhupinder Singh, HC Balwant Rai and Inspector Mangat Rai Arora.

Among others who were present included Dr DJ Singh, senior deputy director, dean MF Farooqui, deputy director, Yurinder Singh, deputy director, and Dr Narinder Bhargav, deputy director of academy.



PSEB complaint centre closed for hrs
Tribune News Service

Khanna, September 30
A section of residents today complained that the complaint centre of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) remained closed for hours together during day and night hours.

Complainants were forced to wait for employees to get their complaints registered at the PSEB complaint centre in the city.

“Nobody was picking up the phone at the complaint centre since morning so I decided to go to the centre to lodge the complaint but found that the centre was closed and nobody was there to listen to the complaint,” said Suresh, a resident of Khanna.

The residents said earlier also they had to wait for the employees to listen to their complaints. As per the norms, the complaint centre should never be closed and at least one person should be available in the office to listen to the complaints, said the residents.

No senior PSEB functionary was available for comments, however, an area XEN said three persons were deployed at the complaint centre and two of them had to go for repairs but at least one person should remain there.

The problem could be due to the shortage of employees in the board, he said.



Man booked for seeking dowry 
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, September 30
The Dakha police on the instructions of the SSP Ludhiana (Rural) has booked a man for seeking dowry.Jagdip Kaur, a resident of Hassanpur village near here, had lodged a complaint against five members of her in-laws family for harassing her for bringing insufficient dowry.

She had got married to Sarbjit Singh of the Tehsil Road on February 8, 2004. Just after two months of the marriage, her in-laws started harassing her mentally and physically for bringing insufficient dowry and she was even turned out of the house on May 18, 2008. She lodged a complaint with the SSP Ludhiana (Rural) who directed the Jagraon DSP to enquire into the matter.

The DSP acquitted her father in-law Jagga Singh, mother in-law Binder Kaur, brother in-law Amardeep Singh and sister in-law Reshma Kaur and held Sarbjit Singh guilty.

After taking legal opinion from DA (legal), the SSP Ludhiana (Rural) recommended registration of a case against the accused at the Dhaka police station. The accused was booked under Sections 406 and 498A of the IPC. 



1 held with 14 wine boxes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 30
The local police arrested a man identified as Charanjit Singh and seized 14 boxes of wine from him.

According to the police, accused Charanjit was arrested from near the Cheema Chowk, while he was on going to deliver the consignment. A case under the Excise Act has been registered by the division No. 6 police. 



2 sisters commit suicide
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, September 30
Two teenaged sisters reportedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance last night. Renu (17) and Meena (16), daughters of a migrant gardener Vinod Kumar, who owns a nursery at Sadarpura village on the Sidhwan Bet Road.

Mothers of both girls had expired on September 3 and both were under depression. They had been missing since evening. When Sanju, their brother, searched for them he found them lying in an unconscious state at an isolated corner of the nursery.

A can of insecticide spray was lying near them. They were taken to the local civil hospital where they breathed their last. Vinod Kumar originally hailed from Meerut but was living in the village for the past 10 years. SA case under Section 174 of the Cr.PC registered and the bodies handed over to Vinod Kumar. 



Scooterist hurt in mishap
Tribune News Service

Samrala, September 30
A resident of Gharkharan village sustained injuries in a road accident. Surinder Singh, the victim, was on his way from Samrala to his village on a scooter when an unidentified vehicle hit him near the Punjab National Bank branch at around 8.30 pm. A vehicle of the police control room reached the scene and took him to the local civil hospital. The victim was operated upon for leg fracture and referred to a hospital in Ludhiana for further treatment. The police has registered a case against an unidentified vehicle. 



Gully Cricket
Ludhiana A outperform Ludhiana B
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 30
Fine batting by Chinton Sehgal (33), Sunny Kumar (27) and an equally valuable contribution with the ball by Varun Verma (two for 12) steered Ludhiana A to a comfortable 32-run victory over Ludhiana B in the second edition of the T-10 Gully Cricket played here at Satish Chander Dhawan Government College yesterday.

Ludhiana A won the toss and chose to bat first. In the allotted 10 overs, they scored 104 runs for the loss of three wickets.

Their innings revolved around Chinton Sehgal, Sunny Kumar, Piyush Likhi and Jagarpreet who scored 33, 27, 22 and 17 runs, respectively.

For Ludhiana B, Nirmal Sharma, Gurinder Singh and Jatin Joshi captured one wicket each and gave away 7, 27 and 16 runs, respectively.

Ludhiana A bowlers restricted Ludhiana B batsmen to 72 runs in the stipulated 10 overs.

Nirmal Kumar top scored with 15 runs, followed by Arjun Puri (13), Vivian (12) and Dilman (9).

For Ludhiana Arun Verma chipped in with two wickets for 12 runs, while Jagarpreet Singh and Ravi Kumar scalped one victim each after conceding seven and 15 runs, respectively.

Earlier in the league, Ludhiana A defeated Ludhiana D by five wickets, while Ludhiana B beat Ludhiana C by 32 runs.

Meanwhile, the following players have been selected to represent Ludhiana in the inter-city T-10 Gully Cricket Championship to be held at Panchkula in the third week of this month.

Balwant Singh Jandu, prominent sports promoter and colonizer, inaugurated the matches and Kanta Jain, chairperson of Sarswati Modern Schools, distributed the prizes.

The names of the boys are:Chinton Sehgal (c), Jagarpreet Singh, Varun Verma, Shakun Verma, Rahil Nanda, Piyush Likhi, Nirmal Sharma, Ajay Sharma, Gurjinder Walia, Sanjay Kumar, Sunny Kumar, Arkun Puri, Vaneet Sehgal and Karan Puri. Standby: Arjun Adhikari, Kuldeep Kumar and Dilman.

They have been asked to attend the coaching-cum-training camp scheduled to start at 6 am on October 3 at Bachan Singh Cricket Academy ground, Balloke village on the Humbran road.



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