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Sutlej Club manager stabbed, robbed
Was returning home after attending a wedding near Jalandhar Bypass
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 22
A catering manager of the Sutlej Club here was stabbed and robbed by four unidentified assailants late on Sunday night.

The matter came to light when the victim, identified as Hardial Singh, a resident of Moti Bagh Colony, Pakhowal Road, after being discharged from Civil Hospital, himself went to the police station to register the robbery complaint.

According to the victim, the incident took place around 12:30 am when he was returning home after attending a wedding near Jalandhar Bypass.

Hardial said when he reached near his residence, four youths, who came in an Indica car, waylaid him. The assailants told Hardial that they were cops. They told the victim to sit inside the car. When the victim resisted, three assailants alighted from the vehicle and overpowered him.

Before robbing the victim, they damaged his motorcycle and stabbed him on the back. Hardial said the robbers took his purse containing Rs 2000 and some important documents, including PAN card, and driving licence. They took his mobile phone and shoes also.

The robbers took him to Flower Enclave and threw him out of the moving vehicle. He said when he was thrown out of the vehicle, he fell unconscious.

"They wanted to kill me, as after stabbing me in the back, they tied my arms and legs. When I tried to shout, they stuffed my socks in my mouth. Due to loss of blood and continuous thrashing, I fell unconscious. When I regained consciousness, I somehow managed to reach the main road of Flower Enclave and requested the watchmen for help," said Hardial narrating the incident.

He said the watchmen called the police control room, but there was no response.

Finally, he called his friend, who took him to a private hospital and later he was rushed to Civil Hospital for treatment. The Sadar police today took the statement of the victim and started investigation.


Rap on knuckles for Sutlej Club from rights panel
Smoking at public places
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, December 22
The elite club of the city, Sutlej Club, is in the news again, but for wrong reasons this time.

The club, also known as the Officers’ Club with the Deputy Commissioner as its ex-officio president, has earned the wrath of Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) for creating a smoking area in a portion of the club in violation of the Central government notification on smoking at public places.

Disposing a complaint filed by Ajay Singh Bhandari, a club member and a resident of Bhandari Street, Civil Lines, here, chairperson Justice RS Mongia and commission member Justice Baldev Singh noted that the smoking area created within the club was also used for playing cards and liquor and eatables were also served in the smoking area, which was a clear violation of the Central government notification No GSR, 417 (E) dated May 30, 2008, which laid down that separate smoking area of space provided at a public place would be used only for the smoking purpose and no other service would be provided there.

In fact, the complainant had moved to the rights panel earlier this year also, bringing into its notice that orders of the Supreme Court on smoking at public places were being blatantly flouted in the club where smoking was rampant at all places.

The commission had disposed off the earlier complaint on May 14, 2009 by sending a copy of the order and the complaint to the Deputy Commissioner asking him to take necessary steps as per the law.

In its orders made on November 11, 2009, the PSHRC observed, “The commission considers it appropriate to dispose off the complaint by sending a copy of this order as also of the complaint to the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, to look into the complaint and dispose off the same in accordance with the law.” Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg to whom the orders have been sent for compliance said the smoking area was created as per the decision of the executive committee of the club.

In the light of fresh orders from PSHRC, the matter is being reviewed and a decision will be taken as per the prevailing law.



‘Misconduct’ of Cong leader
Catholic schools remain shut in protest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 22
All convent schools in Ludhiana remained closed today after the diocese of Jalandhar asked over 150 schools run by the Catholic Church in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh to shut down in protest against the alleged misconduct of a Congress party leader, Tarlok Singh Chackwalia. The latter along with his armed security guards were reported to have forcibly entered Sacred Heart Convent School in Takarpura in Patti, Tarn Taran last Saturday and manhandled its director, Fr Lawrence.

However, the ongoing examinations of various classes were conducted as per schedule.

The decision to close the schools was taken yesterday at an emergency meeting held in Jalandhar headed by the Bishop of Jalandhar Diocese Anil Couto.

Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School and its kindergarten, located in BRS Nagar, remained completely closed today even as the school’s Sarabha Nagar branch conducted the ongoing examinations of various classes that were scheduled for today. However, all other convent schools remained shut.

Soon after the meeting, chairman of the Catholic Education Board, Fr Josh Putanpura, had announced the schools would remain closed on Tuesday in support of their demand for Tarlok Singh’s immediate arrest.

Phillaur: All convent schools run by the Catholic Church in Phillaur, Phagwara, Nakodar and other towns situated in the diocese of Jalandhar remained closed on Tuesday in protest against the alleged misconduct of a Congress party leader, Tarlok Singh. The latter along with his armed security guards were reported to have forcibly entered a convent school in Takarpura in Patti, Tarn Taran and manhandled its director, Fr Lawrence, on December 19.

When this reporter visited the school today he found its gates closed and an announcement saying the school would remain closed today pasted on the notice board.



Loud music at night
DC orders probe
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, December 22
Deputy commissioner Vikas Garg has ordered an inquiry to find out whether the city administration had granted permission for loud music to be played by a DJ at a wedding function at Club Nirwana on December 11 night.

Confirming the development, Garg told The Tribune the senior divisional magistrate had asserted the order granting permission to play loud music at the wedding after 10 pm had been “tampered with”. “After some area residents made a written representation I marked an inquiry, which has been entrusted to additional deputy commissioner Kuldeep Singh”, he added.

The matter came to light when, acting on a complaint, the local police arrived at the club and tried to stop the DJ from playing music. However, the cops were shown a “permission certificate” issued by an official stating music could be played at the event till midnight.

However, the official in question denied he had granted such a “certificate” against the rules, saying he had never given permission to anyone to play music after 10 pm. He claimed the permission orders might have been “tampered with” by the wedding organisers.



Two linesmen thrashed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 22
Two linesmen of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) were allegedly thrashed by residents of Durgapuri in Haibowal Kalan here today.

According to the victims, they were replacing the 11Kv wire, which got burnt following a short circuit. It is learnt that the resident were miffed over delay on the part of the PSEB in restoring electricity supply. The residents alleged that they made repeated complaints regarding the power failure in their area.

The incident took place when two linesmen, identified as Daddan Prasad and Ashok Kumar, went to restore electricity supply following a complaint lodged by Vijay Kumar and other residents.

The PSEB employees on duty alleged that while they were fixing the snag, Vijay Kumar and his companion started abusing and even thrashed them. The duo sustained injuries on their head and legs and were rush to civil hospital for treatment.

Haibowal SHO Gurpreet Singh said Vijay Kumar and accomplice had been booked for assaulting the linesmen. The accused are on the run.

In the meantime, PSEB Chief Engineer PS Gill has condemned the incident. He said, "We are not going to spare anyone who have assaulted an employee, performing his duty."



MC demolition drive in more areas
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 22
Continuing with its demolition drive, the municipal corporation (MC) today removed encroachments from Brown Road, Laxmi Cinema Road and near the CMC for widening roads.

MC officials revealed that around 140 encroachments were removed today, including shutters and pillars, that had intruded on roads and resulted in traffic jams. “We didn’t face any sort of opposition and the drive was a peaceful affair,” said an MC official, adding that they would be doing regular patrolling to ensure that these encroachments don’t come back.



Rs 2.39 crore to uplift rural infrastructure
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, December 22
In an effort to uplift the all-round rural infrastructure and provide basic amenities to the rural areas, Manpreet Singh Ayali, chairman, Zila Parishad, Ludhiana, yesterday handed over grants of Rs 2.39 crore to various village sarpanches here.

These grants are to be used for construction of permanent structures to those who have temporary sheds, construction of sewage lines and sanitations, water supply and uplifting of otherwise neglected village ponds, which contribute to the village miseries.

Rs 2.15 crore was dispersed for villages of Dakha, Jagraon (Rs 49 lakh), Dehlon (Rs 18 lakh), Doraha and Payal (Rs 17 lakh) and Rs 7 lakh for sanitation of Raqba, Mohie, Roomi and Bagga Kalan villages.

Addressing gathering of all nearby sarpanches, panches and other prominent persons of various villages, Ayali said the government had no dearth of funds for the rural development but the sarpanches and panchayats should be hardworking.

He said he expected Rs 50 crore from World Bank for de-silting of the village ponds. He added that the negotiation was in the last phase and once World Bank team visited to examine the pilot projects already completed, the grant would not be far from their reach.

He said a five-member team from the Central government was already in the district to examine the projects undertaken by them. The team will be examining Dhatt, Rurka, Dhandra, Sarabha and Pamali villages.

More grants are expected from the Centre after the team submits its report. He said till date the Zila Parishad had dispersed grants of more than Rs 15 crore since he assumed charge as its chairman 18 months ago.

He stated that the Zila Parishad had selected 10 villages from the Dakha constituency to start with its pilot project of laying sewage system in the villages.

Ayali was accompanied by XEN Mohammad Istaq, Punjab rural water supply and sanitation project, being run by the aids granted by World Bank, Zila Parishad members Baldev Singh, Bir Gagra, Akhtiar Singh Roomi, Sukhwant Singh Tillu, Payal, Sukhdev Singh, Chak Kalan, Baljinder Kaur, chairperson of block samiti, Sudhar, besides the panches and sarpanches of various villages.



Anti-Tobacco Act
Implementation goes up in smoke
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 22
The state government has failed to ensure the implementation of the Anti-Tobacco Act (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) in Punjab as people are fearlessly smoking in public places.

Paying no heed to the implementation strategies formulated by the Directorate-General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government Of India, majority of government offices in Ludhiana have failed to display prominent signs of "no smoking" on their respective premises.

A large number of dispensaries falling under the Department of Health and Family Welfare, offices of district administration, offices of Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, Judicial court complex and various other offices do not have a warning sign board of "no smoking" which was made mandatory by the Government of India in year 2008.

So much so, that the Police Department even went to the extent of giving "misleading" information to Kuldeep Singh Khaira of Vigilant Citizens' Forum (a city based NGO) on the sign boards against the RTI application put up by him. Alleged Khaira, " The information officer at SSP office in Ludhiana said that 73 boards of “No smoking” have been put up at various police stations of Ludhiana but later on I found that the boards only existed in papers."

Moreover, the department kept giving me information on drug de-addiction banners on the pretext that they had no intimation from the state government on "No smoking" signs boards, Khaira alleged further.

It is specifically mentioned in the act that all public places and offices should put up boards containing the warning "No smoking area" and "Smoking here is an offence".

The district administration and the Department of Health and Family Welfare have failed miserably as far as implementation of the Anti-Tobacco Act is concerned. Despite the ban on smoking at public places under the Anti-Tobacco Act, people are fearlessly smoking at railway stations, bus stands, cinema halls, restaurants and other private buildings.



Grievances panel not functional yet: BJP leader
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 22
A senior BJP leader from the city, and a former councillor Pran Bhatia, has brought to fore the growing resentment and frustration amongst a large number of people over the non-functional District Grievances Redressal Committee, headed by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

In a communication to the Chief Minister, he said even though the SAD-BJP government had taken over the reins about three years back, and the district panel for redressal of grievances was constituted six months ago. But till now, the committee had not held even a single meeting even though scores of complaints had been filed by city residents, which were lying pending for disposal.

According to Bhatia, the first meeting of the committee was scheduled for December 1, creating a new ray of hope among the complainants, who were waiting for dispensation of justice. But due to other commitments of the Chief Minister, the meeting was cancelled at the last minute.

The BJP leader has made a suggestion to the state government that if the commitments of the Chief Minister did not allow him to devote time for holding regular meetings of the committee, which ought to ideally meet at least once a month, Badal could entrust the task of convening the meeting to one of his Cabinet colleagues.



17,000 examined at special medical camps
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 22
As a preventive measure against swine flu, the department of health and family welfare examined more than 17,000 students of various city schools in special medical camps organised in the past two days.

Students of Sargodha Senior Secondary School, Kalgidhar Senior Secondary School, KVM School, St Thomas School, Kochar Market, Government Primary School, Ahata Sher Ganj, and various other government schools were examined by health officials.

The teachers and students were also informed about the A, B and C categories of swine flu by the health officials and were also given written literature on the disease. The team was lead by Dr Manu Vij, in charge of school health in Ludhiana district.

“There is no need to panic over the disease as the person getting high grade fever, cold, cough and diarrheoa should immediately consult a physician,” said Dr Manu Vij, while addressing the students and teachers. Civil surgeon Ludhiana, Dr Maninderjit Singh, said the drive would be carried out in the coming weeks so as to prevent the further spread of swine flu in the city and district.



Docs must be sensitised on autism: Experts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 22
Lack of awareness amongst doctors is the biggest obstruction in early detection and intervention of autism in children, which in turn hampers their treatment and the process of settling down, observed the experts during the workshop on autism.

The five-day workshop was organised by Ashirwad, regional institute working for children with special needs under the aegis of National Trust, the statuary body dealing with cerebral palsy (CP), mental retardation (MR), autism and other disabilities.

The workshop aimed at creating awareness amongst parents, educators, teachers to help them to handle children suffering from different degrees of disorder called 'autism'.

Tanushree Saxsena, the speech therapist from Com DEALL Trust, Bangalore, who was one of the resource person in the workshop said, "Despite having taken up the matter with the Department of Health and Family Welfare in respective states, there is little change in the attitude of the doctors as far as their approach towards detection of autism is concerned. The National Trust is working in the direction but it is the will of the medical fraternity, which will make the real difference," said Tanushree.

Ludhiana Civil surgeon Dr Maninderjit Singh, who was a special invitee on the occasion agreed to the fact that there was the need to sensitise doctors on "identification" of autism, MR, CP and other disabilities. "I will take up the matter with the higher authorities in the Department of Health and Family Welfare so as to conduct special workshops for the doctors for the same in the state," Singh said.

Addressing the participants from all over the region, including parents, special educators, therapists, regular teachers from schools, Dr RS Sodhi, president of Ashirwad, pointed towards the need of raising voice for the civil and political rights of the people with disabilities.

"Inclusion of people with disabilities in every programme organised for their welfare is the best way to break the ice as it will bring them on the same platform with the people in the mainstream society, thereby, giving an impetus to their fight for rights," observed Sodhi.



Seniority Issue
Punjab police body hails SC order
Ashok Kaura

Phillaur, December 22
The Punjab Police Service Association has welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court to issue a notice to the state government and ordered “status quo” restraining the government from going ahead with implementing the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s orders of April 10, last year, which had directed the state government to determine the seniority of PPS officials in the ratio of “four to one” by applying the quota on a rotational basis from 1959.

The Supreme Court’s decision to stay the orders of th high court and fixing the next hearing on January 6, was hailed at the state-level meeting of the association, which was held at Phagwara on Saturday afternoon. Satinder Singh, SP(HQ), Jalandhar, and president of the association presided over the state-level meeting.

“More than 100 representatives of the promotee police officers from the PPS cadre of the Punjab Armed Police, CID, intelligence, crime wing, counter intelligence, I.R.B. and internal intelligence, besides the Punjab police from various parts of the state attended the meeting,” said Phagwara DSP Harkamalpreet Singh Khakh, a state executive member of the association, said.

Talking to journalists after the meeting here, the association president denied some media reports and clarified that neither any one of the 450 PPS promotees police officers would adopt any path of agitation nor anybody would go on mass-casual leave to press the state government.

Singh said that association would urge Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal to review their cases sympathetically and accept their long-pending demands, which include promotion on seniority of service from the date of joining and date of confirmation. He said that a new seniority list released recently by the government was likely to benefit 47 directly recruited PPS officers, who could be placed much above their fellow promotee officers in seniority, while the promotees contended, they were promoted as DSPs even before the joining of directly recruited police officers in the police service.

Meanwhile, one PPS officer Iqbal Singh posted as the SP human rights, whose seniority had slipped from number one position to 58 on the revised seniority list, was upset and said that the HC had relied on a 1979 SC judgement, which stood overruled by a 1990 Constitution Bench verdict.

As many as 450 PPS officers were reportedly affected by the impugned high court orders, but the Supreme Court would save their rights and interests, Iqbal Singh said. Association joint secretary RS Sohal, Raj Jit Singh and several other PPS officers were also present on the occasion and expressed their full faith in the Supreme Court.



Amandeep is Miss Fresher
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 22
A Fresher’s party, “Aagman”, was organised at Desh Bhagat School of Nursing, Mandi Gobindgarh, to welcome students of GNM I.

The event was graced by Dr Zora Singh, chairman Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes, who was the chief guest and Jagmeet Singh Sahota, municipal councillor, Mandi Gobindgarh, who was the guest of honour.

Tejinder Kaur, vice-chairperson Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes, Shalini Gupta, director-general Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes, and special guests from Kenya, Sukhwinder Singh, Sayeeda Karim Bakshi and Umar Singh, were also a part of the occasion. Desh Bhagat School of Nursing principal Kuldeep Longia welcomed the guests and new students.

A spectacular ramp show was presented by newcomers. Amandeep Kaur and Simrandeep Singh were adjudged Miss and Mr Fresher, respectively.

The students from the institute gave a remarkable display of their talent by presenting a variety of entertaining items.

A western dance, Punjabi folk dance and a comedy show were performed by them. All items were enjoyed and applauded by everyone.

The programme concluded with a vote of thanks by Moses, a student of GNM I.

He thanked the chairman for the encouraging words and other dignitaries for their kind presence.


Sadbhavna College of Education for Women, Raikot, has been awarded ISO 9001:2008 by Norsk Akkeditering of Norway.

The college had started BEd in 2006, which was recognised by the Punjab government, approved by the National Council for Teacher Education and affiliated to Panjab University.



DMCH Alumni Meet
A trip down memory lane
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 22
It was a trip down memory lane for the 300 odd old students of Dayanand Medical College & Hospital (DMCH) gathered at this year’s annual alumni meet held at Hotel Park Plaza. The students, residing in India and abroad, shared their experiences on the occasion.

Welcoming the alumni, DMCH vice principal and alumni committee chairman Jagdeep Whig said, “This is a time for students of old batches to reunite”. Students of the MBBS (admission) batches of 1984 were felicitated at the meet.

Emotions ran high with many old students taking to the stage to share memories their days at the institute. The meet concluded with a cultural programme presented by the alumni.



Weed management discussed

Ludhiana, December 22
Weeds can cause huge yield loss in crops if not controlled. Discussing about weed management in wheat, Dr US Walia, head, department of agronomy, said the selection of weedicide depended upon the weed species growing in the field.

He said the spray should be done in a straight strip and the nozzle should not be moved away from the strip and that flat fan or flood jet nozzle should be used as it gave better results than the cone type nozzles.

Dr Walia further added that during the spray, the nozzle should be kept about 45 cm above the crop and 100-125 liter water should be used per acre. He said the department of agronomy at PAU might be contacted in case of any clarification or technical know how pertaining to weed management. — TNS



Job fest at RIMT
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, December 22
RIMT Engineering Institute hosted second IT job fest for RIMT students, in which more than six IT and core electronic companies participated and offered jobs to BTech computer science, electronics and MCA students.

RIMT Group vice-chairman Vijayant Bansal inaugurated the fest and extended warm welcome to recruiting HR and technical team members of Webart Softech, Zimin Software, Recroitre Group, Blue Beacon Electronics, Canadian MNC Datawind and other participating companies.

He said such job fests helped organisations to search talented fresh resource for their current and future requirements.

All participating companies started with the placement test, followed by HR and technical rounds of interview. Amit Metharu, GM Webart, said the company would be hiring for the post of software trainee, web developer, web designer, business analyst, online marketing, search engine optimiser, etc.

Rajinder Singh, manager HR Blue Beacon Electronics Security Systems Private Limited, Jai Thakural, director Business Development India, Vishal and Aman, Zimin Software, also shared their experiences in IT sector with the students and encouraged them to be innovative and focused during their six-month industrial training programme.

Datawind, a Canadian MNC into manufacturing “mobile Internet device” called UbiSurfer, also conducted placement tests for BTech electronics students for the post of testing engineer.

Those selected will be getting a stipend during the training and an opportunity to pursue their career in GPRS and WiFi networks using Linux operating system.



PO box scheme fails to take off in govt schools
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 22
Despite the National Council of Educational Research & Training’s directive asking all government schools affiliated to the Punjab School Education Board to implement the post office (PO) box scheme, the move appears to have yielded little result. Most of the schools have yet to install a post office box in the school premises.

Directions issued by the Delhi-based council to district education officers in the state, urging them to ensure implementation of the scheme in “letter and spirit,” also did not have the desired effect.

Investigations by the Ludhiana Tribune revealed the post office box scheme, which was launched at the onset of the present academic session, had not been implemented in a majority of government schools in the area.

The authorities had observed that the electronic media had adversely affected some good habits among students, including reading books and letter writing. At the same time, the use of mobile phones had discouraged elders to correspond with their friends and relatives through letters.

It was also observed that students’ writing skills could not improved unless they were encouraged to write on their own.

Feeling concerned about this trend, a few months ago the Punjab director general (school education) as well as the Sarv Sikhya Abhyian Authority director had advised all district education officers to ask heads of various schools falling under their jurisdiction to install post office boxes in their respective institutions.

“You are advised to direct all schools to install post office boxes and depute some teachers as nodal officers. Students should be persuaded to distribute collected letters to their addressees,” read a communiqué written by the director general (school education) to all DEOs in the state.

Besides felicitating writers of outstanding letters, the heads were supposed to forward exceptionally well written letters to the higher authorities. Though no particular language was given stress, it is generally thought the state authorities had launched the scheme with a view to promote Punjabi.



Students from Dharwar visit PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 22
A group of 54 final-year students of B.Sc. Agriculture and B.Sc. Home Science of the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Dharwar, visited Punjab Agricultural University today.

Group leaders Dr. R. Basavarajappa, professor of agronomy, and Dr KJ Sandhu, assistant professor of home science, said the students, on a national tour to educational institutes, were keen to visit PAU.

The students had learnt about the contribution of PAU towards the green revolution in the country, said Dr Basavarajappa adding that the visit was immensely useful to them in learning about Punjab agriculture and the educational, research and transfer of technology programmes of the university.

The group visited the Farmers' Service Centre and learnt about the services, including plant clinic, seed sale, book window, being provided to the visiting farmers, all under one roof.

Director of Extension Education Dr MS Gill apprised the students group about the research-extension linkages and transfer of technology mechanism of the university. The students were apprised about the organisational set up of PAU.

The students showed keen interest in PAU publications. Earlier, the group also visited the Department of Plant Pathology and had interaction with the experts. The home science students also visited the College of Home Science at PAU.



MC encroachment drive an ‘eyewash’
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 22
For the past one month, the municipal corporation may be carrying out its demolition drive to remove encroachments, but the residents who had complained specifically about these in their areas rue that their areas are not being targeted.

These complainants, who are social activists trying to make Ludhiana a better place, are of the opinion that the civic body was still not strict and encroachers were enjoying complete freedom.

Terming the civic body’s anti-encroachment drive as an “eye-wash”, Environmental and Welfare Association president Sher Singh said, “The area of Gill Road is full of encroachments and this forced us to knock the doors of the high court. We filed a PIL in 2007, which was clubbed with a contempt petition this year and the action which is being taken by the MC these days is due to the rap from the High Court only. But I’m sorry to say that the MC has done nothing to remove encroachers.”

A retired official from the Railways said, “The MC should have first cracked its whip on big encroachers so that defaulters could be taught a lesson, but they are doing it the other way. Not even a single big encroacher till date has been targeted and they are claiming ‘big’ by demolishing steps, shelters and footpaths.”

Similarly, social activist SS Channa feels that despite his repeated9 efforts, the civic body has failed to clear encroachments in I-block of the Sarabha Nagar. “Following my complaint that car repair was being done in the parking lot of the market, a team of civic body officials came on December 10. But the encroachers in the market were informed before the raid and all vehicles under repair were parked in the bylanes within the residential area.” He added that he was shocked to see damaged vehicles parked in front of his residence. President of Federation of Pollution and Park Management Committees Channa said, “The prime reason for complaint is health hazard, as the car workshop employees were using lead regularly that was affecting health in the residential area. Nobody has the right to run commercial activity from government land nor to cause health hazard for the public.”

He added that a strategy needed to be chalked out by the civic body so that temporary encroachments on public parking and footpath don’t reappear. Traders and Property Owners Association, Feroze Gandhi, too echoed the same opinion. Market corridors and footpaths have been encroached and surprisingly no action has been taken. “We had revealed the same status to the high court too during the last hearing that greenbelt in the area was still being encroached and so was the public parking by car dealers,” said Col Harjab, adding that they were hopeful that action would soon come in their area too.



6 link roads inaugurated
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, December 22
Ajmer Singh Lakhowal recently inaugurated six link roads of the area. The roads were re-strengthened, as the condition was deteriorated to a large extent.

He inaugurated the link roads of Jagraon to Kothe Khajooran, Kothe Rahalan to Akhara village, Chachrari village, Kothe Haans village, Dholan village and Jagraon at a whopping cost of Rs 1.8 crore.

He was accompanied by chairman Bhag Singh Malla, Kewal Singh Badal, Har Surinder Singh Gill, Kamaljit Singh Malla, Chand Singh Dalla, village sarpanches and others.

He was apprised of the problems of the area coming within the jurisdiction of the mandi board. Advocating for the development of rural Punjab, he said the villagers deserved facilities at par with their counterpart urban-dwellers.

Giving details, he said after his assuming of the office, the income of market committees had risen nearly to double from Rs 351 crore to Rs 650 crore annually.

He said his strictness against the tax evasive firms and taming of corruption within the department had bought this rise in the collections.

He expressed his satisfaction for the paddy arrivals and procurement for the season.



‘Ghazal nite’ enthrals audience

Ludhiana, December 22
With Rotary’s commitment to family during December, the Rotary Club, Mid Town, Ludhiana, celebrated “Ghazal nite”.

Singers, including Suresh Mendiratta and Sonia Anand, enthralled audience.

Club president KPS Walia said December was observed as the Rotary international family month, as the family was the basic unit of society in the community, which needed to be strengthened in order to strengthen the social fabric. This is a part of the Rotary’s longtime commitment to community service and is also imperative for Rotarians to actively partake in activities being organised for the same. — TNS



Boy cut to pieces under sowing machine
Our Correspondent

Khamano, December 22
In a bizarre incident, a nine-year-old child of nearby Mohan Majra village was cut into pieces when he came under a sowing machine when he and his father were sowing wheat.

According to information, farmer Jharmal Singh was sowing in his fields. In the meantime his son Gursimran Singh came there and sat on the machine. Suddenly when the tractor took a turn, the child fell under the machine and he was cut into pieces with fast moving cutters and he died on the spot.



Two held in graft case
Our Correspondent

Raikot, December 22
The Ludhiana vigilance team today arrested two employees from the registrar office red-handed while accepting bribe.

There were reports of them threatening their clients to extort money from them on the pretext of their work to be done quickly. The vigilance team led by DSP Gurcharan Singh and inspector Bikramjit Singh raided the registrar office today afternoon in coordination with Sukhwinder Singh, a resident of Leelan village near Pakhowal, national secretary of an NGO, ACCP COPS (youth wing).

The team arrested clerk Mandeep Singh, a resident of Noorpura village, Raikot, and his private assistant Jagshir Singh, a resident of Leelan village, Pakhowal.

Interestingly, Manpreet Singh, his sister and Gurpinder Singh had approached the registrar office, Raikot, to obtain a late birth certificate, but Mandeep Singh refused to furnish them the certificate till they pay an amount of Rs 1,500 each.

Finally, the deal was struck at Rs 2,000 for all three. Both Manpreet Singh and Gurpinder Singh narrated the matter to Varinder Singh Sant, national president of organisation, who in turn took the vigilance department into confidence and laid the trap jointly.

But the accused somehow got the information of the raid and hide the graft money in the files of the adjoining room.

When the vigilance team raided the office and arrested the accused red-handed.



Two held for selling drugs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 22
The CIA- I police along with the Heath Department official raided two chemist shops on Jassia road and seised psychotropic drugs, including cough syrups, injection and capsules.

The police has arrested the two chemists Sukhdev Singh and Satnam Singh under the Drug and Cosmetic Act.

The raids were conducted following a tip off that the accused were selling psychotropic drugs without prescription. A team led by SI Raj Kumar and Drug Inspector Rajesh Suri raided the spot and nabbed the duo.



Woman nabbed for theft
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 22
The police today nabbed a woman, who was on the run for the past few months after committing a theft at a house in Haibowal.

The accused was identified as Parul Gupta, alias Suman Paul, who had earlier been booked for committing a theft at the house of a Delhi-based woman.

She was nabbed by the Haibowal police from the District Courts complex. She was here to attend a hearing in a case.



Hockey meet begins today
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 22
The 7th edition of the Doraha Gold Cup Hockey Tournament to be organised by Friends Club at Mehta Gurkul Academy, here, will begin tomorrow.

Top outfits of the country will be seen in action during this five-day tournament to be held on knockout basis. Four matches are slated for the opening day. Though the matches will start at 9 am, the tournament will be formally inaugurated by IRS Charanjit Singh Commissioner, Customs and Central Excise at 1 pm. Darshan Singh Rajgarh from Canada and Raghbir Singh from USA, both former hockey players will preside over the inaugural ceremony.

According the chief organiser of the club, Anil Parbhat Mehta, in the first match of this year's edition, Government School, Sector, 18, Chandigarh, will clash with SAI, Patiala, and the second match will be played between Kila Raipur XI and Malwa Academy.

Last year's joint winners, the Jarkhar Academy with (Punjab and Sind Bank) will begin its campaign against the Sangrur Academy while the fourth match of the day is scheduled to be played between the Doraha Academy and Sports School, Jalandhar.

Besides, these teams, other outfits which will be participating in this tournament include the teams from Punjab National Bank Academy, SAI, Orissa, SAI, Secunderabad, SAI, Bhopal, SAI, Hyderabad, SAI, Kurukshetra, SAI Sonepat, Chandigarh XI (sector 42), Ropar Hawks, Spring Dale School, Amritsar and the Dakha Academy, Bangladesh.



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