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HC wants probe against MC officials completed by June
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 11
In a significant development, the Punjab & Haryana High Court has asked the state local bodies department to conduct inquiries that are pending against about two dozen municipal corporation officials who were issued charge sheets within three months. The court has ordered that till the time the inquiries are not decided, the officials concerned would not be allowed to function in their present postings.

Though some MC functionaries in Chandigarh said they had yet to receive a copy of the high court order, they admitted the officials in question would not be allowed to continue work in the change of land use (CLU) department till the inquiries against them were completed.

A senior local bodies department official in Chandigarh said the high court had disposed of the particular writ relating to the pending inquiries. "We’re waiting for the copy of the HC order. The department has already charge sheeted these officials and we’ll conduct the inquiries against them within three-months. Suitable action will be taken against those found guilty".

Meanwhile, MC commissioner AK Sinha said, “Ultimately the Punjab government had to take action against these officials as they come under the provincial cadre. As such I’ve no power to transfer or take action against them”.

The local bodies department had earlier charge sheeted about a dozen MC officials, including town planners, assistant town planners and draughtsmen, on several accounts.

Another senior local bodies department official said on condition of anonymity the civic body had limited staff. "In compliance with the HC order the charge sheeted officials would not continue working in the particular branch (change of land use). However, we may be forced to use their services as we have no other option. Whether they are guilty or innocent will be established after the inquiries against them are completed", the official said.

A public interest litigation had been filed against the municipal corporation for “adopting arbitrary methods” in authorizing change of land use, after which the high court had divested the MC of its power to accord this permission.


LIT sets aside Rs 4,300 lakh for development, infrastructure
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 11
The Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) today approved a surplus budget of Rs 10573.05 lakh for the financial year 2010-11 at a special meeting of the trustees.

With a tentative surplus of Rs 1864.56 lakh by the end of the next financial year, the trust has earmarked Rs 4,300 lakh for development schemes and infrastructure in its existing and new colonies while Rs 1,215 lakh will go towards maintenance of amenities like streetlights and green belts.

LIT chairman Ashok Juneja told the media that among the major sources of income would be sale of trust properties, which was expected to yield Rs 8,550 lakh, building and other fee Rs 200 lakh, composition fee Rs 500 lakh, realisation of debts Rs 947.89 lakh, bank interest Rs 100 lakh and securities and earnest money from contractors Rs 100 lakh.

The expenditure on salaries and allowances to staff would be Rs 750 lakh, contingencies Rs 25 lakh, cost of land Rs 1,000 lakh, computerisation Rs 20 lakh, legal charges Rs 75 lakh, advertisement Rs 50 lakh, refund of earnest money and securities Rs 100 lakh, among others.

The LIT also decided to transfer 2.10 acres in Rajguru Nagar to the department of cultural affairs, Punjab, free of cost for the setting up of the Ishmeet music academy. The DC, MC Commissioner and chairman of the LIT, along with the director of the cultural affairs department, have been included in the board of management, which also has Dr Charan Kamal Singh, uncle of the deceased singer, Ishmeet, as life member.

The LIT also gave nod to some other proposals, including the development of an apartment scheme at Shaheed Karnail Singh Nagar and enhancement of reserve price of 42 MIG flats and 72 LIG flats in Model Town Extension and 216 HIG and HIG super flats in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar.



Residents continue to dump waste in Sidhwan canal
Irrigation dept spent Rs 2 crore to clean it

Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 11
The drive to cleanse Sidhwan Canal undertaken by the department of irrigation, Punjab, recently with an incurred expense of Rs 2 crore stands defeated as the district administration has failed to implement the Punjab and Haryana High Court orders against dumping of any solid waste into the canal waters.

The city residents are dumping the offerings made to appease the deities, including flowers, coconuts, ashes from ‘havans’ and pieces of cloth as per the dictates of the astrologers and priests in temples.

In addition, a large number of residents living in unauthorised colonies are also dumping domestic waste along with polythene bags in the canal waters, which restricts its flow.

The promise made by the Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab, Sukhbir Singh Badal, to make Sidhwan Canal “the water feature” of the city has proved to be a Don Quixote statement as the district administration has yet to take serious notice of the offenders polluting the canal water.

Laxity on the part of the district administration is evident from the fact that a dozen fines were imposed on the people found guilty of throwing solid waste in the canal following the court orders, but nothing concrete has been done thereafter. People tend to ignore the warning boards put up by the irrigation department wherein it is clearly mentioned that throwing waste in Sidhwan Canal waters is prohibited.

Migrant populace living in slums on the banks of Sidhwan Canal are major contributors in polluting the canal water. In absence of lavatories and washrooms in their colonies, the hundreds of migrants living in the unauthorised dwellings on the Pakhowal Road, near Dugri and Gill road, use the canal for their routine errands.

As a result, the pollution level in the canal water has increased manifold, which is mainly used for irrigating the fields in Ludhiana district, Moga and Ferozepur. Rajinder Singh, a draftsman at the Sidhwan Canal Division, Ludhiana, irrigation department, Punjab, stated that: “The above material, along with the plastic bags, that are thrown into the water increase its toxicity which in turn also pollutes the land which is irrigated by the canal water.” “In order to steer clear the canal of the plastic bags that are clogging the flow of water in the channels under the bridges, we have deputed 10 men between the stretch of Lohara Bridge and Gillan Wala Bridge,” said Rajinder Singh.



Swindler on the run, landlord suffers
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 11
Renting out a room to a swindler proved costly for an elderly couple in the Model Town here, who are still answering police queries, from not only the state, but also Delhi, two years after the conman fled from their house.

Dr Ranjit Singh Dhanda, a retired PAU professor, and his wife Satwant Kaur, who retired from a college in Chandigarh, are tired of attending to police parties that descend on their house often in search of the accused, Arvinder Singh.

His unlawful activities are continuing and complaints are pouring in from different parts, including Ludhiana, Sangrur and New Delhi. Police teams keep visiting their house to look for him.

They had rented out a room to Arvinder Singh in February 2008. He had claimed he belonged to London and was writing a book on an Indian issue and had been sponsored by a publisher there.

However, he turned out to be a swindler and conned their neighbours and many other people in the area on the pretext of sending them abroad.

He accepted money ranging from Rs 20,000 to Rs 4 lakh depending on their paying capacity.

His designs were exposed when one of his victims, a dentist whose husband was in the US, lost patience and complained to the Model Town police.

He fled after scaling a wall of the house when the police arrived. “We got a phone call about him in the US. We were shocked as he looked like a scholar and a good human,” Satwant Kaur said.

“I was so fond of him that I specially got one of our bedrooms opened for him. Later we found that he had defrauded everyone, including our help, a constable, an AC mechanic, and a woman who he promised to marry. He had a pleasing and impressive demeanour,” Dr Dhanda stated.

He deleted all files from his computer, but forgot a packet of discarded SIMs that suggested he was often changing numbers. He had a collection of Osho’s books, a rare book on Chanakya and autobiography of Hitler.

A police party from New Delhi came yesterday to look for him. “He has cheated a woman whom he promised to marry. We do not know how many more people he would fool,” she added.



IT survey on firms, clinic yields Rs 2.81 crore
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 11
The Income Tax department, under the directions of Chief Commissioner of Income Tax GS Randhawa, carried out surveys at four firms and at a doctor’s place in the city. Survey was carried out at Modhi Solvex in Mundiani village.

The company surrendered Rs 70 lakh whereas Modi Food products, located at Talwandi Khurd village, surrendered Rs 35 lakhs.

Another survey was carried out at Chevron Hotel near a bus stand and it surrendered Rs 66 lakhs while Chevron Classic at Sherpur surrendered Rs 70 lakhs.

The department also conducted a survey at Dr Ajit Sood of DMCH and undisclosed income worth Rs 40 lakhs was recovered from him.



Grandfather, girl killed in accident
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 11
A 60-year-old man and his 11-year-old granddaughter were crushed to death on the Gill Road when they were going towards Gill Chowk here this afternoon. The man, identified as Gurbachan Singh, and his granddaughter, Pardeep Kaur, residents of Shimlapuri, were on their way back home on a scooter when a speeding truck (PB13D 5565) loaded with sand ran over them.

Both were injured badly and died on the spot. The truck driver was arrested and his truck was impounded.

Pardeep was studying in Class V at Marry Mind Public School, Janta Nagar.

The bodies were sent for the autopsy at the Civil Hospital. The report was awaited till the filing of this report.



Stir if panel fails to deliver, says BKU
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 11
The BKU has termed the formation of an 11-member committee, headed by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, as a huge success for agitating farmers as they could expect some relief to the farm sector in future.

BKU president Ajmer Singh Lakhowal and general secretaries Bhupinder Singh Mahesari and Ajmer Singh Gill, who returned from Delh, said a meeting would be convened on March 14 to chalk out further strategy and finalise modalities for bigger agitation if the committee-with Union Ministers for Food and Finance also as its members-failed to deliver.

The BKU leaders reiterated their demand for raising the minimum support price of wheat to Rs 2,250 per quintal, remitting all outstanding farm loans, coming out with a separate Budget for agriculture and making provisions for old-age pension to farmers.



Re-employment of professor
Vet varsity teachers continue stir
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 11
The teachers of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University continued their protest against the decision of the university administration to re-employ a retired professor of the department of animal breeding and genetics on contract basis on the same post with additional charge of university librarian.

The executive committee of the GADVASU Teachers Association held a meeting today wherein the members criticised the adamant attitude of the university administration regarding their demand of termination of contractual appointment of a former professor as university librarian, which they said was an administrative post involving finances with drawing and disbursing powers.

As per the GADVASU statutes and pension rules formulated for re-employment of employees who have retired on superannuation, the said employment is purely temporary and delegation of financial powers to a person hired purely on temporary basis is not permissible.

Dr Sandhu and Dr Randhawa, president and secretary of the GADVASU Teachers Association, expressed their gratitude to Jagjit Singh and Rajinder Singh, president and general secretary of the Non-teaching Employees Union of GADVASU, for extending their support to the ‘genuine’ demands of teachers.

They further said teachers of GADVASU would continue their agitation and observe a work to rule protest for the next two days on March 12 and March 15.

The executive committee of teachers’ body will meet again on March 15 and decide the future course of action, including participation of teachers in the forthcoming Pashu Palan Mela in the university campus on March 18 and 19.

The teachers’ body will also make appeal to the Governor of Punjab and Chancellor, GADVASU, and members of the Board of Management of GADVASU to terminate the ‘illegal’ contractual appointment of an ex-professor as university librarian.
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200 patients examined at medical camp
Our Correspondent

Amloh, March 11
Sheed Bhagat Singh Welfare Society in collaboration with Desh Bhagat Hospital and the State Bank of Patiala organised a free medical check-up camp at Ram Leela Bhawan here yesterday.

Civil Hospital, Amloh, organised an exhibition at the camp to spread awareness among people regarding social evils. Society chairman Surgan Singh, president Jatinder Singh, vice-president Darshan Kumar Chibba, joint secretary Sanjeev Abrol and other members of the society made elaborate arrangements for the success of the camp.

SAD district chief Jagdeep Singh Cheema presided over.

As many as 200 patients were examined by a team of doctors, including Dr Kulbhushan, Dr Gaurav Garg, Monika and Minakshi of Desh Bhagat Ayurvedic College, Mandi Gobindgarh, and medicines were given to them free of cost.

Surgeon Satwant Kaur Bhalla stressed on the need to spread awareness. Heart diseases and various health beneficial schemes launched by the government, including 24-hour free delivery facility in hospitals with payment of Rs 200 to each mother as travelling allowance, special attention was on to increase the delivery cases in the Civil Hospital, Amloh, which was 70 last year. Five heart patient children from the district were got operated at government cost and drug addiction among children in the age group of nine was a matter of grave concern for teachers and parents, she added.

SMO Jagdesh Kaur, BJP district senior vice-president Raj Pal Garg, former Block Samiti Chairman Gurdev Singh, Maghi Memorial Education Trust Secretary Tejwant Singh, former Municipal Council Chief Baldev Sedha, Manav Bhalai Munch Chief Som Nath Lutawa, MMS principal Manohar Lal Verma, Gurdwara Singh Sabha chief Harbhajan Singh and Poet Darampal Anwar were present.



Frequent closure of level crossings irks residents
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 11
Frequent and undue closure of level crossings at the Pohir and Jagera roads has not only become a nightmarish experience for motorists but also for residents, shopkeepers and pedestrians who suffer due to traffic jams on both entry roads.

The residents have urged authorities in the Ministry of Railway to direct local railway station officials to rationalise the schedule for the closure of the level crossing situated on both sides of the station.

“These crossings sometime remain closed for long duration for multiple train passage and shuttling of engine and a few coaches, thus taxing our patience,” rued Jagwant Singh Jaggie, senior vice-president of the district unit of the SAD. He alleged that officials cared little for rule governing operation of level crossings.

“On numerous occasions they kept the level crossing closed for long duration and then opened it though no train passed during this period. At times, they keep it closed for two trains to arrive and leave the station,” added Jaggie.

The residents allege that there have been frequent scuffles with the railway employee manning the crossing over the issue of closure of gate for longer durations.

All pleas to higher authorities in the Railways have fallen on deaf ears. Owners of shops and workshops located on both sides of the Pohir and Jagera roads alleged that their business was affected adversely due to frequent closure of level crossings during the daytime. Finding it difficult to negotiate the traffic jams, clients have stopped coming to these shops.

The menace has also given rise to the law and order problem for the police. Impatience of commuters usually leads to bottlenecks followed by scuffles. At times it takes hours to clear the jams and resolve dispute arising out of the situation. The residents demand that overbridges should be constructed to solve the problem.



J&K farmers learn about latest agri tech at PAU
Kanchan Vasdev

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 11
With Jammu & Kashmir gradually coming out of the shadow of militancy, farmers from the area have begun visiting Punjab Agricultural University here to acquire the latest farm technology to enable them to boost crop production back home.

A delegation of 40 farmers from various villages in Ramban district of Jammu province was on the PAU campus today to learn about the latest seeds, pesticides and ways and means to increase output. They were provided with all the information about the latest agricultural knowhow by the varsity’s extension education department.

Visibly happy, the farmers said they were impressed with the agricultural practices here. However they said the lack of advancement in farm technology in their state had proved to be a boon for them, as they were not overusing underground water and pesticides. “We’re now in the race to produce more and more, but that doesn’t mean we would start poisoning our land”, said Ghulam Nasoor, a farmer from Banihal village.

“Though we lag far behind when it comes to the latest farm techniques we’re well aware of the dangers of pesticide and fertiliser poisoning as well as depleting the watertable”, he added.

The farmers said they were fascinated with the machines and improvised seeds at the varsity. ‘‘We’ll be using paddy, wheat, okra, potato and other seeds developed by PAU and help hungry stomachs in our state”, said Ehsaan, another farmer.

Kuldeep Koul, agriculture extension officer of Ramban district, observed as peace was slowly but steadily returning to the Kashmir its farmers were now ready to work for its development. ‘‘We’re not going to be left behind in any way. It’s only that we were living in a region torn by militancy all these years, ’’ he said.

Koul went on to add the farmers’ delegation would also visit Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar and the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (PUSA), New Delhi in the next two days. ‘‘We’ll go back armed with knowledge,’’ he added.



From Colleges
GNIMT students excel in MCA exams
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 11
MCA (1st semester) students of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Gujarkhan Campus, brought laurels to the institute by excelling in MCA examination conducted by Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar. Pawandeep Kaur and Kiranpal Kaur bagged first and second position by securing 84.4 per cent and 80 per cent marks, respectively. Dr (Col) HS Singha, director GNIMT, congratulated the meritorious students.

Farewell party

A farewell function was organised by the boarders of Government College For Women in honour of out going seniors. Principal RK Aulakh was the chief guest. Cultural programme included choreography, Punjabi and western dance. Several students recited self-composed poems and sang farewell songs. Ramanpreet Kaur Randhawa was crowned Miss Farewell, Harmanjot Kaur and Khushpreet were Ist and IInd runner-up, respectively.


48th annual convocation of KCW was held today at the college. Dr Vijay Kumar Taneja, Vice-Chancellor of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University presided over. Principal Dr Varinder Kaur Thind read the annual report of the college and highlighted the achievements of the students in academic, cultural and sports. As many as 900 students were awarded degrees. In NCC, Liveleen Kaur was given the merit certificate for attending ATC ALC camps. Meanwhile, annual convocation and prize distribution function of Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College was held here today. Prof Prithipal Singh Kapur, president of the Gujranwala Khalsa Foundation Council said the need of the hour was to check the deteriorating academic standards. Principal, Rajinder Pal Singh read the annual report of the college. Roll of honour was given to two students. Four students were awarded medals, 20 merit certificates were awarded and 239 degrees to undergraduate students and 70 degrees to postgraduate students were awarded in the faculties of arts, science and commerce.



PAU don to head research society
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 11
Dr TS Thind, senior plant pathologist at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, has been elected national president of the Indian Phytopathological Society for 2010-11.

Considering his experience and contributions in plant disease research, the Plant Pathological Society of India with headquarters in Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, elected Dr Thind as its president.

Dr Thind will be the 63rd president of the society that was established in 1947 and has more than 2,200 plant pathologists as its members.

Dr Thind is recognised for his research on rational and need-based use of fungicides in plant disease control using disease epidemiological parameters and the phenomenon of variability in plant pathogens. He has developed effective technologies for management of several crop diseases that has helped the state farmers in getting economical yield returns.

He has executed several research projects on skillful fungicide use and the problem of fungicide resistance in plant pathogens funded by international agencies. He has also undertaken state-level campaigns for transforming technology to the farmers that has helped them, especially the potato growers in timely management of diseases.

Dr Thind is recipient of several awards and honours for his significant contributions in plant pathological research and has published more than 130 papers in various journals.

He is accredited with publication of five books and is on the editorial board of international journals. He is also associated with the national review committees of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, department of science and technology.



Lakme Fashion Week
City designers steal the show

Designers showcase their collection during the Lakme Fashion Week. Tribune photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, March 11
Young designers of International Institute of Fashion Designing (INIFD) proved their mettle by making an exclusive mark in the Lakme Fashion Week.

Sukhwant and Aastha, the designer duo selected in the category of the GenNext designers, presented their collection "Auction of Humanity" on the ramp. Bhavya Jain was selected for the implementation team for LFW.

The aspiration of reaching the pinnacles of success of fashion gave birth to the label Sukhwant and Aastha. The duo is pursuing graduation in fashion designing at INIFD. Their forte lies in intertwining various elements of mother earth to aesthetically create apparel lines for those who emphasise on style and comfort.

"The inspiration for our collection "Auction of Humanity" came from “Apathy and Repression” faced by slaves in the ancient continent of Africa. The "silhouettes" for the theme are structured one-piece with fitted waistlines, bondages on sleeves, legs and bodice with detailing as gathers and belts. Fabrics in dusty pastels (beige, grey and black) are coarse, reflecting the harshness of slavery. The collection is very somber and based on the ideas of international flavours," said the duo.

Models that carried their creations on the ramp were all praises for the magic of cut and sew that the designers had put in their ensembles. The internationally acclaimed model Diandra Soare complimented the students. — TNS



Shifting of dispensaries
Factory workers at receiving end
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 11
A large number of labourers working in factories across the city are at the receiving end ever since dispensaries at the Kailash Chowk, Gill Road, Millerganj and the Wazir Road were shifted to ESIC Model Hospital.

Seven dispensaries functioning from the premises of ESIC Model Hospital don’t even have infrastructure and facilities to treat the ailing workers.

These dispensaries were shifted to the ESIC hospital as the government was finding it hard to pay the increased rents to owners of the building.

The Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU) pointing towards the problems faced by the factory employees in getting treatment and benefits under the ESI scheme has given a representation to Punjab Health Minister Laxmikanta Chawla to shift the dispensaries from the hospital premises in areas where large number of labourers are living.

Avtar Singh, general secretary, and Upkar Singh, joint secretary of the CICU, have specifically stated in the representation that the dispensaries should be shifted and installed in areas like Hambran, Kohara, Machchiwara, Shimlapuri and Janta Nagar.

The office-bearers of the CICU also stated that the labourers living in the above areas are devoid of medical facilities provided by the state government.

A large number of workers ended up losing a day’s salary, as they had to commute from far ends of the city to get medicines and deal with other formalities pertaining to their benefits.

The state government’s recent orders of calling back medical officers, paramedical and clerical staff, dental mechanics, cooks and Class IV employees from the hospital has further added to the woes of the factory workers going to the hospital for treatment as they don’t get the services of specialists.

ESI Hospital was taken over by the Centre in 2002 and thereafter it was accorded the status of a state-of-the-art model hospital. But the hospital was operational on the basis of Centre-state partnership, which has recently been annulled by the state government.

But the center-run hospital has been unable to get the specialists despite their promises as orthopedic and eye departments are working in the absence of a full-time specialist. Now, to add to the problems, all postgraduate and experienced doctors of the Punjab cadre, who were working in the ESIC Model Hospital, have also been relieved from their services.



Sanctity of Rajya Sabha
Rights panel calls for political reforms
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 11
The Universal Human Rights Organisation (UHRO) today urged the President of India to prevail upon the government so as to initiate a process for bringing about political reforms, especially for electing the Rajya Sabha members.

In a memorandum submitted to the deputy commissioner, the UHRO activists pointed out that the Constituent Assembly, while adopting the parliamentary democratic system for India, had embodied the second house with the intention that senior politicians and statesmen could get an easy access to Parliament without undergoing the ordeal of general elections to the Lok Sabha.

However, in practice, the experience so far in selection and election of Rajya Sabha members, had shown that majority of the parties had failed to realise the sanctity of the upper house and filthy game of politics, more often than not, took precedence rather than sending the deserving persons to the august house.

The memorandum maintained that the parties, without exception, preferred to send those persons to Rajya Sabha, who had either lost elections to the Lok Sabha or the state assembly, or else whom they wanted to be sidelined from active politics in the respective state. “By doing so, the parties concerned not only show disrespect to the sanctity of the Constitution, but also play with the sentiments of those people who had given a clear verdict against such persons.”

BP Singh Gill, chairman, Satnam Singh Dhaliwal, president, and Surat Singh Khalsa, general secretary, who presented the memorandum on behalf of the UHRO made a fervent appeal to the President of India to assert on the parties to realise the spirit of Article 80(3) and send only those to the Rajya Sabha who had the qualification as envisaged by the Constituent Assembly.

On their part, the parties also ought to bring an amendment for the qualification of the members of Rajya Sabha to ensure that undeserving persons, especially those with criminal background, should not make it as law makers, they added.



Business expo gets big response
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 11
The ‘Business Opportunities Aapke Ghar’ expo, jointly organised by Franchise India Holdings Ltd and Indian Franchise Association, held here today presented 100 business opportunities from leadings brands, with over a thousand visitors attending the event.

The one-day event offered prime investing options for local businessmen.

Franchise India Holdings CEO Sachin Marya said, “The expo has been organized to create an economical, efficient and trusted way of business development giving a wider reach to small towns in the country. The idea was to bring back the confidence of the common man to invest in safer and respectful business options offered by leading companies. At the same time, an effort has been made to ensure franchise sale and to offer a campaign wherein we’ll be able to educate and organise small and medium business community on how franchised businesses make better sense.”

“The show kicked off to a really good start and the footfall was more than our expectations. We’re hoping for a similar kind of response to the expo in other cities”, Marya added.

About 500 buyers in the city benefited from the expo, which also assisted several companies in their franchise search. Leading brands like Reebok, Next, Gitanjali, Club Laptop, Coffee Nu, Asmi, Sangini, D’damas, Hauck, Nirvana, Nakshatra Jetking, Veta, Eurokids, ICICI Securities, Angel Broking and Remax presented the best of business opportunities to visitors and business seekers.

Business opportunities explored during the seminar included franchises, dealerships, distributorships as well as retailing.



Youth thrashes bus driver, damages vehicle
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 11
Unusual scenes were witnessed just outside the Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT), after a youth damaged a government bus and injured its driver here yesterday.

The incident took place following an argument between a conductor and the youth.

Manjinder Singh, the bus driver, while showing injuries on his arms said, “We have parked our vehicle in front of a hotel just outside the bus stand, when a youth came from behind and asked the conductor to remove the vehicle. We told him that the vehicles could not move due to the traffic jam. Meanwhile, the youth took out a sharp-edged weapon, which he was hiding behind his shirt, and broke the windscreen of the bus and thrashed me.”

The driver was rushed to a hospital. An assault case has been registered against an unidentified assailant.

Snatchers arrested

The cops claim to have busted a gang of snatchers with the arrest of four persons. They used to terrorize residents of Civil Lines, Guru Nankpura and the Deep Nagar area.

They have been identified as Arjan Verma, Deepak Verma, Saresh Kumar and Mandeep Singh. At least 12 mobile phones have been seized from their possession. All of them were drug addicts.

Two booked

The police today booked administrators of two institutes for defacing public property. A fountain and Bhai Wala chowks-based institutes were found to have pasted bills on police cabins in different areas. Two cases under Section 3(1) of the Defacement of Property Act were registered against the guilty.

2 killed in mishaps

Phillaur: Two persons died in accidents that took in this sub-division yesterday. Raju (35) was run over by a train while crossing a level crossing near Dhakka Colony yesterday.

Sarabjit Singh (27), a motorcyclist, died after a speeding car hit him near a dera on the GT road. Satnam Singh (63) committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at his house at Bilga village yesterday.



Untreated glaucoma can cause blindness
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 11
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that cause progressive damage of the optic nerve at the point where it leaves the eye to carry visual information to the brain. If left untreated, most types of glaucoma progress (without warming or obvious symptoms to the patient) towards gradual visual damage and may lead to blindness. Once incurred, visual damage is mostly irreversible, and this has led to glaucoma being described as the “salient blinding disease” or the “sneak thief of sight.”

Dr Ramesh, eye surgeon, said glaucoma was the second most common cause of blindness worldwide. Nearly 4.5 million people worldwide turn blind due to glaucoma and the cases would rise to 11.2 million by 2020.

Due to the silent progression of the disease- at least in its early stages- up to 50 per cent of affected persons in the developed countries are not even aware of having glaucoma. It might rise to 90 per cent in underdeveloped countries, the doctor added.

There is no cure for glaucoma as yet, and vision loss is irreversible. However medication or surgery (traditional or laser) can halt or slow-down any further vision loss. Thus, early detection is essential to limiting visual impairment and prevent visual handicap.



IT dept cautions tax evaders
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 11
The Income Tax department has cautioned tax payers to pay their dues voluntarily otherwise strict action will be taken against non-filers and stop filers. Showing concern over the less number of returns received Chief Income Tax Commissioner GS Randhawa said strict action was being taken against such defaulters.

Randhawa cautioned that the computerised system provides enough information related to high-value transactions reflected in the annual returns pertaining to different assesses, in cases of various modes and kinds of tax evasion.

“Strict action will be taken based on specific information available with the department,” cautioned Randhawa. Interactive sessions would be held with various business/trade organisations and beopar mandals to make them aware and inform them about the advantages of voluntary compliance and timely payment of the taxes.

Besides meeting, the department would urge the people through print and electronic media to pay their taxes on time.

People in general and marginal tax payers in particular would be reminded that the taxes collected from them are being fruitfully used for infrastructure development, public utility services and various social and welfare schemes for the underprivileged and downtrodden which are enunciated in the annual Budget every year,” he added.



Encroachments will be removed: Wakf Board
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 11
Mohammad Usman Rehmani Ludhianvi, a member of the Punjab Wakf board and chairman of the Religious Affairs Committee of Board, today said the board would take care of its land and encroachments would be removed soon.

Addressing a press conference, Rehmani said interests of the Muslim community would be kept in mind and their problems would be solved. He said the board would get back the possession of its land from the defaulters. “The defaulters, who will get their dues or case cleared before the action of the board, they will be regularised,” he said adding that he would visit entire state and prepare a list of problems of Muslims of Punjab.

Usmani said he felt satisfied that the state government had asked Muslims to look into the matters of the Wakf Board. He said the Board would work to open a Muslim school in the city. Besides, pension would be given to Muslim widows and various scholarships be given to meritorious students by the board, said Usmani.



MC ‘sufficiently placed’ with funds
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 11
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (LMC) has cleared bills worth Rs 18 crore towards various developmental projects in the last two months. As far as funds were concerned, officials term the LMC as “sufficiently placed’ as all payments up to December had been made by the civic body.

In a press statement, the additional commissioner, MC, Kamalpreet Brar, today said the corporation was regularly paying about Rs 1 crore for the past four months to the Sewerage Board for installation of tubewells, water-supply and sewerage connections etc.

“Besides, a whopping amount of Rs 27 crore was made towards Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNURM) on March 9.

All payments to contractors have been made till December and lump-sum payments are being made to ongoing major projects. Work on all ongoing projects is moving with good speed,” claimed Brar.



Insurance company told to pay Rs 4.5 lakh
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 11
The District Consumer Forum has ordered the New India Assurance Company to pay Rs 4.5 lakh, along with 9 per cent per annum interest to an aggrieved consumer whose truck was stolen.

Terming the denial of claim to be unjustified, the additional bench president, PD Goyal, and its member Rajesh Kumar also ordered the company to make the payment of Rs 1,000 as litigation expenses.

The bench observed that the company denied the claim with the plea that the complainant had fraudulently obtained 20 per cent concession on premium as no-claim bonus.

It was alleged that he misrepresented as he had also taken the 
claim during the validity of the previous policy.

The consumer forum disagreed with the contentions of the company and held that it was the duty of the company to verify the no-claim bonus at the time of issuing the insurance policy.

The orders came on a complaint moved by Jagjit Khan of Khanna. He had parked his truck near his house, but found it missing the next day. Despite lodging the claim, he was not given it.



CCTV cameras installed in Khanna
Tribune News Service

Khanna, March 11
The DIG, Ludhiana range, Jatinder Jain, yesterday said that CCTV cameras had been installed at various key points of Khanna and adjoining areas for security purposes.

Addressing mediapersons, he said six more CCTV cameras would be installed at Samrala Chowk (Khanna) and two at the Samrala road overbridge.

He handed over a CCTV camera to the Khanna SSP on the occasion. He also honoured havaldar Manjit Singh, in charge of the first aid post, Doraha, for his meritorious service. The DIG also distributed video CDs to some NGOs, depicting the lives of drug addicts in villages and the ill-effects of drugs. He said the CDs should be shown at villages to spread awareness on drugs.



LawAsia member appointed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 11
Former Punjab Additional Advocate-General Harpreet Sandhu has been appointed member of the LawAsia, which has its secretariat in Australia.

It is an international association of lawyers, judges and law academicians for the promotion of administration of justice, protection of human rights and maintenance of the rule of the law.

Sandhu says he will try to provide legal support to innocent people of the region who get stuck in legal trouble overseas.



17 cigarette vendors challaned
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 11
The department of health and family welfare today challaned 17 cigarette/tobacco vends operating within the 100-metre circumference of the educational institutes in the city.

A team of health officials, including epidemiologist Santosh Bharti, food inspector Abhinav Khosla, along with four police officials, fined Rs 200 each on people selling cigarette/tobacco within 100 metres of educational institutes.

District health officer Dr Daljit Singh Kochar said the vends operating near schools and colleges on the College Road, Arti Chowk, New Court Chowk, bus stand, Kailash Chowk, Atam Nagar, Dhuri Railway Line, Bharat Nagar Chowk and Bidraban Road were challaned for violating the Anti-Tobacco Act.



BMI camp at DMCH
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 11
Dr Laurent Layani, chief of bariatric (obesity) surgery and upper gastrointestinal surgery at Johnflynn Private Hospital, Queensland, Australia, will organise a BMI Camp and the obesity support group meeting on March 12 from 10 am to 2 pm.

The BMI of obese patients would be calculated and suitable diet plan advised to the patients accordingly. Any obese patient interested to get themselves registered for surgery can come to DMCH on March 13 at the Public Relation Department.

Thereafter, Dr Laurent Layani will visit DMCH on March 24 and 25 to do a live operative workshop along with DMCH team consisting of surgeons Dr Ashish Ahuja and Dr P.S.Nain.



CME on C-section
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 11
Department of obstetrics and gynaecology at the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), Ludhiana, will conduct a continuing medical education programme (CME) under the aegis of NOGSI on Caesarean sections and medico legal issues on March 14 at the hospital.

Speakers from Mumbai and Punjab who will speak on issues, including newer techniques, upcoming indications, management of complications and medico legal issues commonly associated with Caesarean sections.

The aim is to sensitise and update city doctors.



Health dept conducts raids

Khamano, March 11
A team of district health department headed by Food Inspector Rajdeep Kaur raided a few shops and took samples of cold drinks, mineral water bottles and other eatables for testing.

A large number of shopkeepers closed as soon as the news of the raid spread in market. She said raids were carried out in Khamano, Bassi Pathana and Kheri Naudh Singh. Samples of all the seized items would be sent to a laboratory for the test. SMO of the local civil hospital was also present during the raid. — OC



Woman held with smack
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, March 11
A woman employee at a Satjot Nagar boutique at the Dhandra road here was nabbed for peddling smack here today. Veena Bhatia, who worked at a boutique owned by Payal Bhatia, was arrested and 12-gm smack was recovered from her possession.

The police said both Veena and Payal were peddling smack under the garb of running the boutique. The police acted on a tip off and raided the premises and arrested Veena. Payal, however, gave the police a slip and was still absconding.

The police said Payal was the kingpin of the peddling racket. It would be exposed only when she was arrested and the involvement of all other members would come to light, it added.

3 booked

JAGRAON: The Sidhwan Bet police booked three persons for harassing a woman, Charanjit Kaur, for seeking dowry. On the statement of Nachhatar Singh of Sherpur Khurd, the police booked Jagtar Singh, husband of his daughter, Surjit Kaur, mother-in-law, and Gursewak Singh, brother-in-law, under Sections 406, 498-A and 120-B of the IPC.

He had complained to the police that his daughter was married to Jagtar Singh of Minia village, near Nihal Singh Wala, and spent more than Rs 10 lakh on the marriage. Charanjit was an NRI and took her husband along to Canada. The couple had a daughter from this wedlock. According to the complainant, the accused started harassing Charanjit for bringing inadequate dowry. Later on Jagtar Singh abandoned her and started living somewhere else.

The police, after verifying the facts of the complaint, booked all three accused.



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