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Interpreting the Bard’s words in Punjabi
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
Many are familiar with the famous lines from William Shakespeare’s play, ‘The Merchant of Venice’: “The quality of mercy is not strain’d. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath………” However, few know about the Punjabi interpretation of the poem ‘Rahes da rahes’ wherein KBS Sodhi, a former professor of English at the city’s GGN Khalsa College, has decoded Portia’s words to Shylock that read: “Rehmat kade na upje kise de dhauns heth, ambran wichon barse wangu barish….”

Sodhi’s book, ‘Sach De Moti’, is a translation of 41 of famous poems and sonnets by the Bard of Avon. “The inspiration behind this unique translation was the immortal playwright himself as a most of his works have a universal touch,” he says.

Reproducing Shakespeare’s works was an experience for Sodhi, who woke up at 3 every morning for four months. “The serenity of the wee hours made me more profound towards the works of Shakespeare and enabled me to do justice to every piece that I wrote,” he shares.

“Students and others who are well versed in English are privileged to read and understand a playwright and poet of Shakespeare’s calibre but I in my capacity as a professor wanted to make his works accessible for the Punjabi literates,” said Sodhi.

In the preface of the book principal Tarsem Bahia, ex-fellow Panjab University, Chandigarh, has termed Sodhi’s work as a “superlative experimentation that in itself is an accolade to the Punjabi language”.

The references of Shakespearean phrases including “Frailty, thy name is woman”, “Cowards die many times before their deaths” and “As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods”, which for centuries have remained unsurpassed, also find a mention in this book.


Power: Fluctuation, disruption leave residents in flux
The residents are upset over the apathetic attitude of the supervisory officials of Powercom more than the disruption in power supply and damage caused to their household electrical appliances due to fluctuation
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 28
Hundreds of residents of Karol Bagh and Friends Colony localities on the Pakhowal Road here had to go without power supply for over 12 hours on Tuesday and Wednesday due to a technical snag, throwing their normal life out of gear.

The disruption in power supply was preceded by a sudden spurt in voltage yesterday, damaging household appliances like refrigerators, televisions, lights, fans and room coolers of several area residents.

Normal life was thrown out of gear during the snag between 7.30 am and 2.30 pm today. A similar situation prevailed yesterday when there was no supply between 1 pm and 6 p.m.

Irate residents of the affected area claimed that repeated calls made to the Powercom complaint centre at Phullanwal and personal visits to the divisional office at Model Town failed to evoke any response from the field staff.

“A couple of linemen had come yesterday when one phase was blown and there was a spurt in voltage. They restored the supply in part, that too, on a temporary basis and left. However, the supply was again disrupted this morning and the fault was

yet to be rectified till late in the afternoon. Though some areas did get power supply for about half an hour in between,” said Gurmeet Singh, a resident of Karol Bagh Colony.

The residents were upset over the apathetic attitude of the supervisory officials of Powercom more than the disruption in power supply and damage caused to their household electrical appliances.

Kultar Singh, another resident of Friends Colony, said staff at the divisional office were not even prepared to tell the name of the junior engineer (JE) of the affected area or his telephone number so that he could be contacted for early rectification of the fault.

Most of the households in the two colonies had to go without water supply as well this morning when the power supply remained suspended.

“Our family members, including wife who is in service and school-going kids, could not take bath and we had to fetch a bucket of water from a neighbour to run the kitchen,” said a fuming Gurmeet Singh.

The underlying problem of erratic power supply, maintain the area residents, is poor infrastructure and inadequate equipment.

“The transformer feeding the two colonies is overloaded and the entire distribution network in through PVC cables, which get overheated and burn often. Our pleas for erection of more electricity poles and laying of LT cables has not borne any fruit so far,” rues another resident of Friends Colony.

Powercom’s executive engineer of Model Town division Sanjeev Prabhakar was not aware of the problem but said the matter would be taken up with the JE concerned.

“The demand for taking load off transformer and laying LT lines would also be examined,” he added.



With only 4 JEs, MC unable to handle complaints
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
If waterlogging plagues your locality, the sewers are choked, drainage pipes are clogged, dirt and filth abound in every corner, the area’s tubewell is nonfunctional and your complaints to civic officials go unheeded, spare a thought for the junior engineers of the municipal corporation’s operations & maintenance (O&M) cell.

For, only four of them have to manage about 2,000 kilometres of water supply and sewage lines, about 76,000 road drainage systems, 90,000 manholes, 480 tubewells and 63 reservoirs (water-tanks, etc) owing to the acute shortage of staff.

The situation has arisen due to the illogical policies adopted by the Punjab government’s local bodies department that has failed to begin the recruitment process even after several representations made by the

Sources close to the MC said there are currently only four junior engineers (JEs) - Purshottam Lal, Sunil Kumar, Ekjot Singh and Ashwani Kumar - in the O&M cell, as against the 33 sanctioned posts. They are always on their toes, taking orders from 75 present and former coucillors, senior MC functionaries and other officials, the sources added.

"We’re always on the go, obeying one or the other order. The phone keeps ringing continuously. On days when it it’s raining we often get fed up tending to hundreds of complaints. We’re so tied up in resolving problems of well-connected people that we hardly find time to look into the grievances of the common man", rued a junior engineer.

These four JEs are supposed to get work from thousands of sewer men, sweepers in the city. Another JE, on condition of anonymity disclosed,” You can well imagine how difficult it is to get work from the class, who have well-established unions.

And four JEs cannot be present everywhere in the city, especially when problems relating to operations and maintenance multiply. In many places, blocked sewers have yet to be cleared and waterlogged roads are full of slush with many of them having caved in. The limited staff, which is also assigned other tasks including election and census duty, hardly get the time to look into the basic problems of city residents.

Senior MC officials have written to the Punjab local bodies department in Chandigarh demanding recruitment of about 90 JEs at the earliest but to no avail. The overburdened JEs had gone on an indefinite strike against what they called the “callous attitude” of the government but nothing has changed.

During a visit to the city by Local Bodies Minister Manoranjan Kalia The Tribune had raised the question of recruitment, to which he said: "Very soon, within two to three months, we’ll begin appointing new JEs". Over five months have gone by since the minister gave the assurance but nothing has been done so far.



Primary teacher accused of beating student
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 28
A decade after the Supreme Court banned corporal punishment in schools, yet another teacher has been accused of beating a student.Baljit Kaur, currently posted at Government Primary School, Shahpur, where she was earlier transferred from another school following similar complaints, allegedly thrashed Arashdeep, a class 3 student, for scribbling her name on a classroom blackboard a few days ago. The child was also reportedly beaten in the presence of his mother when the latter met the teacher to enquire about her son’s fault.

Baljit is said to have once again thrashed Arashdeep after some students told her the boy had uttered “disrespectful words” against her. The angry teacher allegedly ignored the school headmistress’ advice on dealing with the situation and decided to teach Arashdeep a “fitting lesson” if he ever returned to her class. The child is now so scared of attending school that all assurances by the headmistress to his parents have failed.

Accusing Baljit of treating their son like a “beast”, Inder Singh and his wife Gurdeep Kaur said, “She (teacher) had tried to snub our complaint by exerting political pressure and offering Rs 1,000 for our son’s treatment. Though we don’t want that the teacher should be hanged for beating our son, at least she should explain reason behind her brutal behaviour”.

They said they have left the decision on the course of action on the village sarpanch and other leaders.

Claiming that they had received many reports about Baljit indulging in corporal punishment, sarpanch Gurmit Kaur and her husband Gurmel Singh alleged the teacher had also beaten their granddaughter. “We had heaved a sigh of relief after she was sent on deputation to Dugri School. But she was again shifted here following protests against her behaviour,” alleged stated Gurmel Singh adding that a delegation of parents of students will soon be meeting higher authorities to demand action against the teacher.

Admitting the child’s mother had told her about the incident, Karamjit Kaur, the school’s headmistress, said she was on leave on the day when the incident reportedly took place.

Claiming she had herself advised Baljit to refrain from such behaviour, Karamjit said she would inform her seniors after a formal written complaint is received from the child’s parents.

Refuting the charge of beating the student, Baljit denied she ever resorted to such behaviour. “The issue is being blown out of proportion and given a political colour. I’ll personally talk to Arashdeep’s parents and try to pacify them.” 



Breaking the ‘mail’ bastion
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
It wasn't easy adapting to her new assignment as a "lady postman", but the gutsy 50-something took it up as a challenge when the postal department shifted her from stamp window two months ago to work as a post woman after three decades at her previous position.

Nirmala Rani grabbed her mail bag at the first given instance to become one of only two "lady postmen" in the city and take letters and mail from across long distances to eagerly waiting residents.

Dressed in her cobalt and navy blue postwoman's uniform she goes from door to door delivering mail. Never did she shy away from her duties, which called for long working hours, travelling over long distances on foot and braving the vagaries of weather.

Each morning, Nirmala takes an autorickshaw from her home to the post office on the Punjab Agricultural University campus where she works, sorts the mail, and walks miles carrying thousands of letters and packages for people who wait for the "lady postman" in the area.

"Earlier I found this job very tough as I used to get This ‘lady postman’ enjoys her new job lost in the various departments of PAU. But now with the passage of time things are becoming easier for me as I’m getting acquainted with the different departments and residential accommodations on the campus," she beams with joy.

How did she land up in this profession? "My husband worked in the post office and he inspired me to work along with him. I cleared the exam and then began working in the post office. Though we were both posted at different places it was really exciting working in the same organisation," she said.

Nirmala was working at the Sidh Peeth post office for the past thirty years before being shifted here. "I go to the field at around 12 pm and come back by 4 pm. But I always enjoy my work and love the curious stares of people who watch me delivering mail," she signs off.

‘Sexist element’

Interestingly, in spite of the postal department appointing women to deliver mail the position continues to be known by the name of "postman", or "lady postman" in the case of a woman. No official term has been coined till date for women appointed to deliver mail. This fact is often found to hurt the sensibilities of staunch feminists who demand the post should be redesignated as ‘postwoman’ or ‘postmistress’. They suggest the Indian postal department can also take a cue from the western countries and rename the post as ‘mail carrier’ to remove the “sexist element” attached to it.



Nursing Institute Row
Affiliation cancelled; director dubs it conspiracy
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, July 28
The Department of Punjab Medical Education and Research has terminated the affiliation of Jiwanjot Nursing Institute, run by Baba Nand Singh Ji Memorial Trust, which has been in embroiled in a bitter dispute for over a year. The institute director has termed the episode a conspiracy.

A year ago, a rift within the management resulted in a 7:2 split between trustees. The majority group ousted Dr Baldev Singh and his wife Davinder Kaur from trusteeship.

Dr Parminder Singh, with the support of six other trustees, took over the reins of the institute.

In February, the conflict turned ugly as both factions had a bloody clash in which Dr Parminder Singh and four of his supporting trustees were booked.

However, the Jagraon DSP, in his inquiry, found that Dr Parminder and his group were the actual victims in the conflict. They had suffered property damage besides physical injuries.

After the inquiry, the Jagraon Sadar police booked Dr Baldev Singh and his associates under Section 420 besides other sections of the IPC. The accused were still absconding in the case.

Dr Parminder Singh and his supporters were acquitted of charges under Section 307, IPC, in the case.

As per the order of the Director, Medical Education and Research, the affiliation of the institute had been cancelled with immediate effect under Section 9(1) B of Punjab Private Health Science Educational Institutional Act, 2006 and 32 students out of the total 80 studying there had been transferred to Baba Mangal Singh Institute of Nursing, Moga. The institute had gained affiliation in 2006. These students had given application for transfer to other college.

The affiliation has been terminated following recommendations of a three-member committee that inspected the premises on May 31.

The committee was formed after a special team visited the institute following the clash. The committee inspected the institute and its record and found books missing from the library and computers missing from the lab.

They also found that the record had not been updated and the land where the institute was set up belonged to the Punjab Wakf Board. The staff were also found inadequate.

Dr Parminder Singh said they had moved the Punjab and Haryana High court seeking revocation of the termination of affiliation and the court had issued notices to the parties concerned.



Teacher accused of tuition by force
Our Correspondent

Raikot, July 28
A teacher with the SGG Senior Secondary School at Gondwal, near here, has been accused of forcing children to take private tuition classes from him at his house.

The teacher has been charged with humiliating students who do not do so. A parent has reportedly withdrawn his two daughters from the school for this reason.

Addressing a press conference on Monday evening, Gurmail Singh accused Ravinder Verma, a physics teacher, of forcing her daughters to take private coaching from him.

He said when his daughters refused, he started humiliating them in front of the class on a regular basis. The matter was brought to the notice of the school administration and the principal, but to no avail.

He eventually withdrew his daughters from the school. He also wrote to the Chief Minister, the Education Minister, the Director-General (Secondary Education), the district education officer and others, seeking cancellation of school affiliation and action against the teacher.

When contacted, Verma said both girls were weak in physics and he had asked them to either approach him in his free time or arrange some tuition.

He denied pressurising or humiliating any student. He said he provided private coaching to students who approached him on their own.

The principal, Jatinder Bajaj, when contacted, said he had received the complaint and had forwarded it to the school management.

Satish Aggarwal, president of the school, maintained that the episode was a concocted one, but said he would look into the matter and take action accordingly.

He said he had instructed the principal to arrange an extra period at the school for weak students so that they did not need private tuition.

He maintained that Gurmail Singh had approached the principal, along with chairman Inderjit Singh, to get his daughters readmitted to the school.

Inderjit Singh denied that he had contacted the school management for the readmission of the two girls.



Helpline for diarrhoea, malaria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
The Ludhiana civil surgeon Dr Satwant Bhalla cautioned the people to take preventive measures against the seasonal diseases, including diarrhoea, fever, jaundice, hepatitis, dengue and malaria.

She called upon the people to contact on the control room number of civil surgeon office 0161-2444193 and on civil hospital’s number 0161-2610502, in case of 

The civil surgeon also said people should keep their surroundings clean and boil water before drinking. Avoid eating raw/uncovered food and follow hand-washing hygiene, Dr Bhalla advised.

She also said the coolers should be cleaned once a week and the broken utensils should be discarded from the rooftops as they become the breeding ground for mosquitoes. 



Catching time by the forelock

Way back in 1945 our professor of English told our second year class in the college that one should catch time by the forelock. Then he explained that time is like a bald-headed person who has a tuft of hair just above his forehead. In case one catches hold of him by the forelock, he will be in one’s control. Once he turns his back, one’s hand will only scratch his bald head while he beats a hasty retreat.

I am reminded of certain persons who were very close to me at one time. But they underwent a sea change when they gained power one way or the other. For example, a senior lecturer in a college promoted as principal by virtue of seniority or a principal or university professor occupying the chair of Vice-Chancellor. Such persons gain self-importance and start behaving in a patronising manner. Before long, they come back to square one and gradually lose their identity in the mist of time. The point I am driving home is that one should rise to the occasion when the opportunity so demands. In case somebody is in need of your help, action should be taken without any loss of time. Belated help defeats its purpose, like justice delayed which is in fact justice denied.

I know of a professor of English in Government College, Ludhiana, who acted on the spur of the moment to help his student. He learnt that a postgraduate student was unable to pay his examination fee to the university due to straitened circumstances. He passed on the required amount to the student to tide over the difficulty. Thereafter that student occupied a good post and retired as gazetted class-I officer two years ago. Had the professor denied or delayed his help, the fate of that student would have been sealed for ever. In my own case, something of the sort occurred during late 1960s, when I was in Government College, Faridkot. Once I found a lad of hardly sixteen years tending plants in the college campus. I was in fact lazing, seated in a chair, on that winter forenoon in the park in my vacant period. I just beckoned him out of curiosity-

“What’s your name?”

“Jagjit, sir.”

“How long have you been working here?”

“This is my first day of service as beldar.”

“What about your education?”

“Sir, I have passed my matriculation examination this year in first division.”

“Then you should seek admission in the pre-university class in this college.”

“No sir, I belong to a very poor family, I cannot afford higher education.”

“You can, if you intend to do so.”

I told him to get higher education through Giani (Honours in Punjabi). I procured a complimentary copy of the Guide for Giani examination from a local bookseller and passed it on to him the next day. He used to meet me in the campus off and on and wished me with folded hands. My patent question was-

“Parh rahe ho, naa?”

“Haan, sir.”

In about a year I was transferred from that place. In due course of time my memory about that boy and the incident faded. Then, during my stay in Government College, Ludhiana, in 1980s, I received a New Year greetings card wherein had been written -- “Remember, sir, that beldar whom you had given a Giani Guide 20 years ago. After my graduation through Giani, I was commissioned in the Army and have now been promoted as Lt. Colonel. I got your address with great difficulty. I know not, sir, how to express my gratitude for your act of kindness.....”

I wonder whether that was really an act of kindness on my part. It certainly was not such an act as I was not aware of such a feeling at that time. As a teacher I was prompted to act in that manner without any loss of time.

While returning home that day, I had placed the Giani Guide in the basket of my bicycle. The next day when I passed on that book to him, he said, “How much does it cost, sir? I shall make payment when I get my first pay.”

“It costs nothing, boy,” I replied.

To this day I know that it costs nothing when you take time by the forelock.

— NS Tasneem



From Schools & Colleges

Staff and students of Green Land Senior Secondary Public School continued with their endeavour to spread the message of “Each one, plant one” and “Save the environment” by planting hundreds of saplings on the third day of the week-long activities today.

A fancy dress competition was also held. Dressed up like trees, earth, sun, wild animals, rivers and oceans, students spread awareness on saving earth.

Poetry recitation

An English poem recitation competition was held at Kundan Vidya Mandir, city campus, today. Tiny tots presented poems taken from different phases of life. Pragati of LKG and Khushi from UKG won the first prize. Headmistress Namita Raj Singh gave away the prizes to the winners.


Teej was celebrated on the premises of Everest Play Way and Nursery School today with enthusiasm. Students came dressed in traditional Punjabi attires and presented a colourful programme. Tiny tots enjoyed the mela and relished kheer-malpure. Asha Sharma, coordinator, IGNOU and NIOS, distributed sweets and prizes among students.


The NCC unit of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan campus, Model Town, organised a motivational lecture by Lt Col Subhash Sehgal, Commanding Officer, 3Pb Girls' Battalion, Ludhiana. Principal Dr Karmjit Kaur Virdi welcomed the guests. The lecture was followed by a presentation on the role of NCC in career making. Colonel Sehgal motivated students to inculcate qualities like leadership, comradeship, discipline, positive outlook and hard work. Sandeep Khurana, in-charge, NCC unit, presented the vote of thanks.


The akhand path of Guru Granth Sahib was organised in Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, from July 26 to 28. In the series of events organised at the college, the akhand path marked the beginning of the new academic session. Students of music department recited shabads. Principal Dr Charanjit Mahal motivated students to participate in curricular and co-curricular activities.

Gurbir Singh, president of Guru Nanak Education Trust, congratulated the students who bagged top positions in Panjab University annual examinations.

BBA results

BBA II semester students of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT) have excelled in academics once again. As per the results declared by Punjab Technical University (PTU) recently, 86 per cent institute students passed with first division. Fifteen students got distinctions by securing above 70 per cent marks and three students got over 80 per cent marks. Randeep Kaur stood first with 83.3 per cent marks, followed by Sunjeet Kaur securing 82.3 per cent marks. Dr (Col) HS Singha, director, GNIMT, appreciated the performance of the students.


Punjab College of Technical Education has received two awards — Asia’s Best B-school Leadership Award and Innovative Leadership Award at Suntec, Singapore — recently. Swapan Chanana, deputy director, management and technology, represented the PCTE in Asia’s Best B-School Awards ceremony and received the award on behalf of the PCTE group. “The award function was organised by chief marketing officer (CMO) council, USA. The CMO Asia Advisory Board and the Advisory Council of World Brand Congress undertook the task and identified Asia’s best business schools,” said Dr KNS Kang, director general, PCTE Group. — TNS



Contests mark 10-day NSS camp
Our Correspondent

Doraha, July 28
A 10-day NSS camp is under way at Doraha College of Education here. Poster-cum-chart making and slogan writing competitions on Aids, road safety, save girl child, drug de-addiction and save earth were held for the volunteers today.

Extension lecture on “Family life and problems faced by newly wedded girls” was delivered by Dr Kuldeep Bhangu at Doraha village.

In the evening session, the volunteers prepared display cards related to the history of Mughal Sarai and its architectural designs. A cleanliness drive was also launched at the Sarai. An extension lecture was conducted on environmental issues by Dr RK Lekhi, director of the Doraha College of Management and Technology. He urged the volunteers to adopt the motto of NSS (Not Me, But You) in their lives.

A seminar was conducted by Dr SC Gupta, head of the department of health education and family welfare and general secretary of the Citizen Health Council, CMCH, on foeticide. “The need of the hour is to generate awareness among the masses about the position of girls in society,” he said. A rally was also held in this regard.



Unfulfilled Promises
Powercom engineers threaten stir
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 28
The PSEB (now Powercom) Engineers Association (PSEBA) has served an ultimatum on the state government and the Powercom authorities to launch a state-wide protest against what they term as unfulfilled promises and commitments made at the time of restructuring of the erstwhile Punjab State Electricity Board.

A meeting of the Ludhiana regional body of the association held here last evening resolved to hold protest meetings at zone level during next week, which will be followed by massive rally at the headquarters of Powercom and Transcom in second week of the next month.

According to regional secretary of the association Sukhbir Singh, there was widespread resentment among the engineers over the failure of Powercom management and the state government to hold any discussion/negotiation to sign the promises tripartite agreement for protection of service and working conditions as well as pensionary benefits in the newly created distribution and transmission corporations which had replaced the state electricity board (SEB).

Those present in the meeting stressed that tripartite agreement was of paramount importance for the engineers and employees since financial health of both the state government as well as the successor corporations of the PSEB was in a very bad shape. “The now disbanded PSEB had utilised more than Rs 1,800 crore from the provident fund deposit of the employees for capital works while the state government has neither created any statutory fund or trust to safeguard the interests of the employees, nor has extended any solemn guarantee for payment of retirement benefits or provident fund withdrawal,” the engineers lamented.

The Powercom engineers viewed with concern the lackadaisical attitude of the state government and the Powercom/Transcom managements over giving shape to the tripartite agreement. They noted that in stark contrast, the neighbouring state of Himachal Pradesh, which had started the process last month, had not only signed tripartite agreement with employees but also got the transfer scheme notification approved from the engineers and employees while assuring common seniority, no further unbundling of corporations, government guarantee for salaries/pensions, and a commitment not to privatise the corporations which had replaced the SEB.



Shab-e-Barat celebrated with enthusiasm
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
Shab-e-Barat was celebrated with enthusiasm here last night. Devotees prayed throughout the night. According to Muslims, Shab-e-Barat is the night when Allah writes the destinies of all men for the coming year.

“Shab-e-Barat means the night of forgiveness or day of atonement. It is also known as Boraks Night,” Shahi Imam of Punjab said at the Jama Masjid here last night.

“I have sent sevian to all my friends and distributed some things among the poor. Flowers are also offered at the graves of deceased family members in the morning,” said Shabana Akhtar, a devotee.



Satellite mapping to nail tax defaulters
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
Property tax defaulters, beware! The municipal corporation is all set to tighten its noose around the tax evaders with the help of satellite mapping as the city is all set to have its own Quick Bird view in collaboration with Punjab Remote Sensing Centre here.

The work on much awaited project of bringing city under satellite mapping is all set to be started soon as the memorandum of agreement (MoA) with Punjab Remote Sensing Center and the MC is to be signed in the next two days.

The satellite mapping project has an approximate cost of Rs 3.5 crores. To meet its target for the year 2010-11, municipal corporation, Ludhiana is expected to generate whopping amount of Rs 90 crores from the house tax and Rs 30 crore from water and sewerage tax, once the satellite mapping becomes operational.

Top officials of the MC told The Tribune once the MoA was signed, work will be started immediately. The official further added that the civic body did not mind spending about Rs 3.5 crores on the project as Rs 120 crores in the form of taxes could be generated in return. It will take about one-and-a-half years to complete the project.

Besides, the latest high-resolution satellite data (World View/Quick Bird) will take care of any changes in the MC boundary in the near future by merely clicking pictures of each building, its exact location, approximate area and number of storeys added.



Shingar Cinema bomb blast
Prime accused sent to police remand
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
Prime accused of the Shingar Cinema bomb blast Harminder Singh was brought to the city from Khanna for interrogation and sent to one-day police remand here today.

The dreaded criminal, who escaped from the police custody by allegedly hoodwinking a senior police official three years ago, following the Shingar Cinema bomb blast, was nabbed by the police on Thursday night.



Bank staff briefed on TDS filing
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
The income tax department held a special meeting with bank employees to make them aware about the technicalities regarding TDS and e-TDS returns.Income Tax Commissioner KK Sinha said nearly 5,000 income tax payees had filed incorrect PAN due to which they would be required to fill the returns again.

Income tax officer Pal Kaur said banks should note down the PAN of those whose TDS had been deducted. “Generally, PAN is noted wrongly when bank officials try to take it the number over the phone from clients,” she said.

Nearly ` 60 crore have been transferred to the suspense account by the department due to wrong PAN and other irregularities in forms.



ESIC hospital accused of tender violations
Anshu Seth/TNS

Ludhiana, July 28
Accusing officials of the Employees State Insurance Corp (ESIC) Model Hospital of being involved in a scam involving lakhs of rupees, a city based NGO has filed a written complaint against the hospital to the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) for providing an "invalid" web address in its tender notice.

The address - www. esihldh.org - mentioned in the hospital’s tender notice dated July 23, 2010 does not exist, which is a violation of the Central Vigilance Commission’s directions. The latter were issued to check corrupt practices by organisations in giving contracts to "favoured” contractors in lieu of hefty shares for administrative staff in the respective organisations.

The hospital had demanded Rs 500 for a tender form against applications for contracts of management of vehicle parking in hospital premises, providing security services male (ex-servicemen) female (civilian) and providing housekeeping services.

Accusing the hospital administration of "corruption", Rohit Sabharwal, president of the Anti Corruption & Crime Investigation Cell, the complainant NGO, stated in its letter to the CVC: "It is mandatory for all central government offices to display their tenders on the website so that contractors across the country may download them in order to secure an open and competitive bidding. However, ESIC Model Hospital has failed to do so in contravention of the CVC’s orders issued in 2004."

The amount involved in the contracts specified in the hospital’s tender is estimated at over Rs 1 crore as the housekeeping staff and security services gets an approximate salary of Rs 6,000 per month, besides the contract for the hospital parking lot. The contracts will be given for a term of one year.

It was a ‘mistake’

Hospital director Prakash Chand said the hospital had mentioned the old website address “by mistake”. "We’ve approached a new company for creating a new website," he said. However, he denied having violated the CVC norms. "According to the CVC’s instructions, we’ve advertised the tender notice in two newspapers. Thus, the allegations of favouring a few contractors are baseless," he asserted.



Organisers in a hurry to wind up meet, courtesy exam
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
The semester system introduced by the education department has proved to be a spoilsport for city players.With the examination for classes IX and XI scheduled in the first week of September, the education department is in a hurry to wrap up ongoing inter-school games.

And to wind up the games within the stipulated period, the organisers have introduced shorter versions of various disciplines, leaving students high and dry.

Consequently, 12-over cricket matches are being played at various venues hosting the games.

Even hockey and football matches are of 30 minutes and basketball games have been reduced to two quarters.

Similarly, the time for other games has been slashed for the convenience of the organisers.

Students of various government and private schools are taking part in around 30 disciplines of the games being organised by the education department.

The four-day sports fest commenced on July 26 and will finish on July 29.

“These events cannot be termed games. A 12-over cricket match and a 30-min hockey encounter seem to be a joke. The education department is merely completing the formalities,” said a physical education teacher.

The players also expressed their disappointment over abridging of matches.

A cricket player of Sargodha School complained: “Before we can actually get into the groove, the match is over. We go out and start hitting the ball blindly. The opponents played horribly, which helped us win the match.”

Assistant education officer (AEO) and games’ organiser Rupinder Singh Ravi said: “The first semester examination will be held in the first week of September. We do not want studies to suffer due to the games. Giving precedence to studies, we have decided to conduct the games in a hurry.” 



Workers’ federation seeks release of arrears
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
Grade III and IV workers of the Punjab Subordinate Services Federation, Ludhiana, held a rally to press for the release of arrears since January 1, 2006 under the pay commission.

District unit president Gurmel Singh Mailde said the government should initiate dialogue with agitating workers whose arrears had been stopped.

The president also demanded regularisation of contractual staff working in several departments. A memorandum was submitted to Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari by the protesters.

Amongst those present were Pradeep Kumar, Jeet Kaur, Vijay Kumar, Kulwinder Singh, Lal Chand, Bhanwar Singh Paramjit Singh and Satpal.



Driver shot at in blackmailing incident
Rakesh Gupta

Raikot, July 28
A driver of a Qualis car was shot at when he accompanied another youth, who was involved in an altercation with a middle-aged man of Jhorran village. The youth identified as Manohar Lal alias Murli, was blackmailing the middle-aged man identified as Beant Singh for the past one year and had extorted Rs 2.4 lakh from him. Murali was now demanding Rs 40,000 more from.

The incident occurred at Nanaksar Thaath of Jhorran village (popularly known as Terah Manjli Gurdwara). SHO Wariam Singh said Murli, was a vegetable commission agent at Raikot.

Beant Singh was a victim of Murli. He was blackmailing Beant Singh of Jhorran village and had extorted a hefty amount of money from him. Fed up with the constant demands of Murli and his accomplices, Beant Singh called them at gurdwara and warned them not to bother him but Murli threatened to expose him to the media. Having no other substitute he took out his licensed pistol and fired three shots at them.

Murli escaped the shots but Anwar Kumar, the driver of the Qualis Car (PB 10 AV 2587) was shot at in the stomach. Anwar was taken to a local hospital from where he was referred to Ludhiana hospital where his condition is stated to be stable.

Anwar said he knew nothing about Murli and Beant Singh and had gone with Murali as he had hired his vehicle and he was just the driver. He said while talking to Murli, Beant Singh suddenly opened fire and injured him. He said they some how came out of the gurdwara and returned to Raikot. He said Murli dropped him at the hospital and escaped on the pretext of arranging money for the treatment and did not return after that.

The Raikot SHO said the role of Anwar in the episode was also being probed. He said none of the offenders would be spared.

The Raikot police nabbed the accused in the evening and Beant Singh registered a case against him. Beant Singh, who is in police custody affirmed that he was being blackmailed by Murli and his accomplices. He said he fell in their trap a year ago when a girl called him at Kacha Kila Mohalla of Raikot and proposed to him for a fee of Rs 400. He Accepted the proposal but Murli and his associates clicked their photographs and made a video filmed and began blackmailing him.



Teacher arrested forbid to kill brother
Had implicated latter in false case
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, July 28
In an interesting turn of events, the police has arrested a complainant for the attempted murder of his brother.The complainant, a government schoolteacher, had earlier got his brother and eight others booked under Sections 452, 427, 447, 354, 148 and 149, IPC, after an inquiry by ASI Amrik Singh.

He had approached the Ludhiana SSP (rural) to take action against his brother and book him for assaulting him.

On July 8, Harchand Singh of Raqba village, after thrashing his younger brother Gurmeet Singh, had complained to the police against the latter for assault.

Both brothers had a dispute over property ever since their father’s death one and half years ago.

Harchand Singh was in possession of land more than his share. Of the total 10-acre agricultural land, Harchand Singh was in possession of over six acre. His younger brother had complained to the Dakha police but the police had not taken action against Harchand.

In a bid to kill Gurmeet to grab his land, Harchand attacked him in the fields but the former escaped.

Harchand then complained to the police against Gurmeet and got him implicated in a false case.

When Gurmeet learned about the case against him, he approached SSP (rural) Harinder Singh Chahal, who entrusted Jagraon DSP Joginder Singh to investigate the case.

During investigation, Joginder Singh found that the case registered against Gurmeet Singh was not based on facts.

The current and former panchayats along with over 200 villagers testified in favour of Gurmeet.

The DSP found that Harchand along with his son Paramjit Singh, alias Babbu, wife Kulwinder Kaur and domestic help Sukhvir Singh, alias Sukha, armed with a 12 bore gun and sharp-edged weapons had attacked Gurmeet to eliminate him.

Three of the four accused are government teachers with Kulwinder Kaur being the principal of Sudhar school.

As the value of the land ran into crores, Harchand wanted to own the entire property.

On the basis of the inquiry report, the SSP ordered the Dakha police to drop the FIR against Gurmeet and book Harchand, his son, wife and servant under Sections 307, 323, 325, 341 and 34, IPC.

The Dakha police has registered a case and arrested Harchand Singh and Sukhvir Singh. The other two are at large.

SHO Jangjit Singh said they had launched a hunt to nab the two.



Contractor ‘robbed’ of Rs 5 lakh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
A labour contractor today sent the police in a tizzy, when he complained to the police that three armed robbers allegedly snatched Rs 5 lakh from him.The incident occurred outside Bharat Nagar Chowk branch of Canara Bank this afternoon, when he was coming out of the bank after withdrawing money. Contractor Junesh Singh informed the police about the incident, but when the police swung into action, he started changing his statements.

Commissioner Ishwar Singh said the contractor later withdrew his complaint. Commissioner further added that Junesh seemed to be upset over something. He said, in his original complaint, the contractor stated that the incident occurred at 12 noon, but he lodged the complaint at 3 pm. He alleged that three unidentified persons robbed him of cash at gun point.

Later, he said he met with an accident while coming out of the bank and lost the bag containing cash, said ACP (W) Raj Kumar. The police got suspicious when he changing his statements. Initially, he said three robbers were involved and later he stated that two persons robbed him of money. When the police asked for a written complaint, he backtracked and said he lost the money in an accident.



Man, son held with 6 kg opium

Khanna, July 28
The police today claimed to have arrested a man and his son with 6 kg opium from near Machhiwara during a naka here.The SSP, Sukhminder Singh Mann, addressing a press conference, stated that the accused had been identified as Darbara Singh and his son Kuldip Singh, residents of Bhaini Sahib, near Sahnewal.

The accused were using a Scorpio to allegedly smuggle narcotics. They had illegally written “Press” on the vehicle to misguide the police.

The accused were reportedly involved in the smuggling of opium for the past several years and the police would look into their assets.

The police was also investigating the source of the opium and where they had been selling it. A case has been registered against the accused under various sections of the NDPS Act. — TNS



Rain stops play
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 28
Due to intermittent rain here today, matches in the Ludhiana Inter-School Zonal Cricket Tournament for boys u-14 to be played at GRD Academy, Hambran road, could not be completed.

The first match scheduled to be held between Green Land Senior Secondary School and Kundan Vidya Mandir (KVM), Civil Lines, was stopped midway.

Green Land School won the toss and chose to bat. After 7.4 overs, they were 24 for the loss of three wickets when it started raining, forcing the players to leave the ground.

Sumesh Handa was unbeaten on 10, while Manan and Anmol grabbed one wicket each for four and six runs, respectively. The match will resume tomorrow.

Matches in the under-16 group were postponed due to inclement weather.



Inter-School Zonal Tournament
BVM boys are soccer champs
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 28
Hosts Bhartiya Vidya Mandir (BVM), Kitchlu Nagar branch, outplayed Government Middle School, Mangat, 2-0 to emerge winners in the Ludhiana Inter-Zonal Football Tournament for boys u-14 organised by the education department at the BVM School here today.

The final was played on a brisk pace and BVM lads dominated the proceeding throughout, giving no chance to their opponents.

After wasting a couple of close calls, BVM drew the first blood in the 10th minute through Madhav and they increased the lead in the 33rd minute when Gaurav Banga found the target, which sealed Mangat players’ fate 2-0.

Towards the end of the encounter, Mangat players pressed hard to reduce the margin but could not capitalise on the scoring chances, which came their way.

Santosh Mehra, principal of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar, congratulated the boys and director (sports) of the school Baljeet Singh Gill on this achievement.



Sargodha school eves claim kho-kho title
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 28
Sargodha Government High School bagged title in the girls’ u-14 years section in the Ludhiana District Inter Zonal Kho-Kho Tournament held at Atam Devki Niketan, Kidwai Nagar, here yesterday.

Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Udham Singh Nagar branch, secured second position, while Government High School, Gohar, finished third.

In the girls’ u-17 years group, GMT School, Jalandhar bypass branch, came out triumphant and Government High School, Rajhowal, finished runners-up.

In the under-19 section, Government High School, Dakha, and Government Senior Secondary School, Katani Kalan, secured first and second positions, respectively.

In the boys’ section (u-14), Government Senior Secondary School, Gohar, emerged champions, while Government High School, Rajhowal, secured second position.

In the boys’ u-17 section, Government School, Talwandi Khurd, and Alpine International School, Ludhiana, secured first and second positions, respectively.



Paramjeet appointed TT coach
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 28
Paramjeet Singh from technical and development circle, BSNL, Ludhiana, has been appointed coach of the BSNL table tennis team for the 40th All-India Inter-Institutional Table Tennis Championship for men and women slated to be held from August 4 to 8 at Ajmer.

The teams will attend a coaching camp at Ajmer from July 30 to August 3 prior to their participation in the championship.

Members of the BSNL teams are: Men: Pankaj from Assam; Neelesh Vaid from Madhya Pradesh; Sourabh Pradhan from West Bengal; Samar Ghori from Madhya Pradesh and Janak Raj from BSNL CO.

Women: Swati Sharma and Bhawna Harbola from Uttarakhand; Ria Das Gupta from West Bengal; Sanjukta Gogoi from Assam and Varsha B Solanki from Gujarat.



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