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Minister’s visit has MC on its toes
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 19
The efficiency of the municipal corporation appeared to suddenly rise today with employees and supervisory staff engaged in last minute efforts to spruce up the venue of a function ahead of Punjab Local Bodies Minister Manoranjan Kalia’s arrival there.

The minister was in the city to attend the function, organised by the District Industry Centre (DIC) in Miller Ganj. By 11 am, when he was scheduled to arrive, the area - otherwise known as a ‘garbage hole’ - looked sparklingly clean.

MC workers were seen removing garbage and debris scattered on the road with the help of tippers and JCB machines. Due to heavy rain during the past 24 hours streets in Miller Ganj were waterlogged. The workers were putting in their best efforts to put stone metal mixed with sand to stop seepage.

Surinder Singh, a shopkeeper in Miller Ganj dealing in auto parts, said: "I wish ministers come to these areas more often, no matter if it’s only for a day. At least the streets will be cleaned and the garbage and debris scattered on them for days on end will be cleared. Otherwise, even though we keep on making requests and complaints, neither councillors nor civic officials pay any attention. It’s not that the civic body can’t do the work but that they just prefer to look the other way. MC workers have managed to clean up the streets within two hours today".

An official with the MC’s operations & maintenance cell said on condition of anonymity that about 15 to 20 workers were on the job to “streamline everything” outside the function venue in Miller Ganj. "The continuous rain on Wednesday played spoilsport so we had to engage more workers to clean the area. Of course, the local bodies minister’s visit needs to be given priority", the official added.

City residents rued the MC always swung into action whenever ‘VVIPs’ visited the city and the streets were cleaned up within minutes. Jaswant Kaur, who lives near Khwaja Kothi, complained debris scattered on congested roads in the city’s interior areas were creating lot of inconvenience to the public.

"After the MC launched its anti-encroachment drive last week no one bothered to remove debris strewn on narrow streets. Apart from traffic jams the muddy sand outside our homes, add more problems. May be we also need to invite some VVIP to visit our area, only then our problems will be taken care of", she said.


Kalia has nothing new for industry
Echoes Sukhbir’s announcements
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 19
Local bodies and Industry Minister, Manoranjan Kalia today came to the city without doing his homework considering the fact that he repeated the announcements made by deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal during his recent visit.

Having nothing to offer to the industrialists, who were hopeful of some announcements, Kalia presented a rosy picture of the industry quoting World Bank report of 2009 stating that Ludhiana was the best place for investment.

The Deputy Chief Minister too, during his visit a few days ago, had also quoted the survey done by World Bank in 2009 that Ludhiana is a favourite destination for investment and was later ridiculed by industrialists, who had claimed that the industry was in bad shape.

Nothing new was offered to the industry today and Kalia poured the old wine into the new bottle. He went on to add that Ludhiana was the best place for investment, not only for property investment but for medium, small and micro enterprises (MSMEs) and 50 per cent investment from Punjab was being done in Ludhiana.

Further he added that Rs 57 crore would be spent on the development of focal point. "All the developmental work at the Focal Point would be completed by June," he said.

He repeated yet another old announcement that the government had given a major relief to defaulters of Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation Limited (PSIEC)by floating amnesty scheme enabling defaulters to pay additional price of their plots arising from enhancement in land compensation awarded by the respective judicial courts.

"The government has waived off the component of penal interest, which is otherwise recoverable from the defaulter allottees as per terms of allotment. Defaulter allottees shall now be required to make payment of their dues of additional cost in two equated quarterly installments. This includes installments falling due on September 30 and December 12 along with interest up-to maximum of 15 percent per annum on yearly compounding basis.

He also added the affidavit from the original owner while buying a plot at the Focal Point was not required now. The power of attorney will be acceptable instead. No personal verification of the purchaser will be done, he said.



Web portal of industries centre launched
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 19
The online portal of the District Industries Centre was launched here today by minister for local government, industries and commerce minister, Manoranjan Kalia.

The portal will aid in transforming industry interface. This facility is initially being introduced in the DIC Ludhiana and would be extended to other DICs across the state soon.

Speaking after launching the portal, Kalia said, applicants can apply as well as track status of their applications online.

"The portal will prove to be a boon for the industrial sector providing SME with an e-marketing platform for the promotion of business opportunities across India and overseas. It would also leverage information technology to deliver value to the industry," he said.

An important aspect of the portal is the introduction of e-governance to reduce the human interface and support industry in a way experienced like never before.

The portal is a business promotion platform connecting and bringing buyers and sellers at a common point. It offers an opportunity to supplier to demonstrate their products to millions of buyers and offers plenty of choice to buyer while buying a product.

In addition, a separate Suvidha Centre and information-cum-facilitation counter was also inaugurated which shall facilitate entrepreneurs for their applications under single window clearance system.



Portion of green belt caves in
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 19
A portion of a green belt, often used for parking vehicles outside houses, caved in near Sat Pal Mittal School at Dugri Phase II last night. Anoop Taneja, a resident of Phase II, said: “I was shocked to see a gaping hole in the green belt in the morning.

The portion caved in following leakage in drainage pipes. The entire stretch had become hollow due to continuous leakage. We usually park our cars outside but last evening we parked them inside the main gate. Had these been parked outside, we would have been in big trouble,” said Taneja.

The worried area residents said the municipal corporation should monitor amenities to ensure that such incidents did not happen in future.

“Such hollow pockets pose a big threat to the lives of motorists. This is a green belt outside houses. Heavy traffic hardly passes through it and still it caved in,” said Amarjeet Kaur, another area resident.

Similar incidents have been reported in different areas of the city this rainy season.

Recently, the roads of Gill Flyover, Deep Hospital and Field Ganj had caved in.



Ad mafia flourishes under ‘political’ patronage
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 19
Flourishing under the alleged patronage of politicians, the advertisement mafia is taking the liberty to put up hoardings on the forestland near Sidhwan Canal adjoining Ferozepur Road.

Despite repeated requests from the office of the district forest office to the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (LMC), nothing has been done to check the advertising mafia, allegedly being run by MC employees.

The forestland near Sidhwan Canal on Ferozepur Road has 120x15 feet hoardings, which the forest department had erected to promote eco-friendly messages in public interest. However, these hoardings have been encroached upon by the advertisement mafia due to its location.

At present, the hoardings earmarked for the forest department campaign is carrying the advertisements of DOCOMO, Axe Music Star and BSL Training Company.

In April, a land promoter had put up an advertisement of the Kabaddi World Cup final on one of the hoardings, which carried the photographs of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and Akali MLA Bikramjit Singh Majithia.

The advertising mafia does not refrain from intimidating officials of the forest department. The mafia even damaged the forest department's advertisement to promote the animal adoption scheme at Chhatbir Zoo and Tiger Safari in Ludhiana. The MC had ordered an inquiry into the incident, but to no avail.

According to sources, the forest department is facing problems in feeding wild animals at the city's tiger safari and zoo due to paucity of funds. The purpose of putting up hoardings was to advertise the animal adoption scheme. The department had spent Rs 25,000 to put up a long banner on the adoption scheme in March this year. However, the banner was damaged on March 27. 



Man gets 6 months’ jail after 11 years
Cheque-bounce case was tried before 10 judges
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, August 19
Disposing of a cheque dishonour case that had dragged on for eleven years, judicial magistrate Rajwinder Singh convicted Ashok Kumar of Gali no 4, Janakpuri, Industrial Area for the offence and sentenced him to undergo imprisonment for six months.

The case was tried before no less than ten judges during the eleven years since it was filed.

Pronouncing the verdict, the court held the charges against the suspect stood proved. The latter was also ordered to pay Rs 5,000 as fine. The order came on a complaint filed on Feburary 15, 1999 by Narinder Kumar, owner of Bharti Enterprises, Durgapuri, Haibowal Kalan, Ludhiana.

The complainant had submitted before the court that Ashok had purchased leather goods from him on credit and, in order to make the payment, he had issued three cheques.

Two cheques were made out for Rs 4,000 each with the third was written for Rs 12,000.

Narinder stated that Ashok, at the time of issuing the cheques, had assured him (complainant) they would be honoured on presentation to his bank. However, all the cheques were dishonoured due to insufficient funds. A legal notice was then sent to the suspect calling upon him to make the payment but he failed to do so, the complainant added.

On the other hand Ashok took the defence that he had already paid for the goods he had purchased from Narinder. However, he could not prove his claim.

The court also dismissed the defence lawyer’s contention that the complaint was filed after the expiry of the prescribed limitation period.



Power employees take govt to task
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 19
Responding to the call given by the Technical Services Union (TSU), Punjab, employees of the central zone of the Punjab State Power Supply Corporation, the erstwhile Punjab State Electricity Board, today staged a dharna at the zonal headquarters to protest against failure of the state government to fulfil the commitments made at the time of unbundling of the power board.

Addressing the protesters, state president of the TSU Gurdial Singh Bhangal alleged that the state government had made false promises to the staff as well as farmers at the time of creating two corporations for supply and transmission of power in place of the state electricity board.

“Now covert attempts are being made to reorganise the power supply and power transmission corporations. Several routine works like meter reading, distribution of energy bills and cash receipt have been privatised, while free power facility to farmers and weaker sections have been shrunk in the name of Sukhbir-Kalia report,” Bhangal lamented.

He said the power corporation staff apprehended attack on their service conditions, security of service and pay scales after being brought under the ambit of the Electricity Act, 2003. It was just a matter of time that major changes would be given effect with respect to the job profile of employees, pay scales, designations, seniority, retirement benefits and right to protest against injustice. "The employees face a bleak future while the government remains indifferent towards their plight,” he said.

Other speakers at the rally said it was ridiculous that the Centre as well as the state governments were moving towards hike in salaries and allowances of ministers, MPs and state assemblies in the name of inflation, but similar benefits were being denied to employees. They also launched an attack on the state government for non-payment of arrears for four years with effect from January 2006 and denial of justice to those facing victimisation and terminations.



Expert dwells on mechanisation of agriculture 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 19
The Punjab chapter of the Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (ISAE) organised a seminar at the PAU here today.

Dr Sun-OK Chung and Dr Dongil Chang from the department of biosystems machinery engineering, Chungnam National University, Korea, spoke on “Agricultural Mechanisation and Post-harvest Engineering in Korea”.

PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Manjit Singh Kang presided over the seminar and highlighted the role of the university in the mechanisation of agricultural operations.

He also stressed the need for interaction among scientists of the PAU and Chungnam National University.

Dr Chang touched upon precision agriculture, soil sensors, crop grow sensors, yield monitor and variable rate technology. Dr Dongil Chang also deliberated on the status of agricultural mechanisation in Korea.

Dr CJS Pannu, chairman of Punjab chapter of the ISAE, and coordinator, research (engineering), introduced the guests.

A large number of scientists and students of university attended the seminar.


The two-day state-level research and extension specialists’ workshop for rabi crops was inaugurated by Vice-Chancellor Dr Manjit Singh Kang here today.

New recommendations made by PAU scientists and feedback provided by extension functionaries were discussed.

Dr Kang stated that the university had developed 65 varieties/hybrids of different crops, 51 matching production and 58 technologies during the past three years.

He added that the feedback by farmers and field functionaries proved useful for need-based reprioritisation of research and other programmes.

There were several occasions when farmers, state-level functionaries and scientists interacted with experts, he added.

For viability of agriculture, a shift to crops with good industrial potential was needed. Agri-business and agri-processing with enhanced private sector participation would help enhance profitability. Agriculture should now have an agro-business face, remarked Dr Kang. Dr Gursewak Singh Sandhu, joint director agriculture, presented targets and problems of rabi crops production in Punjab.

Director (research) Dr SS Gosal highlighted the research achievements of the university on these crops.

He discussed research pertaining to emerging new races of insects, heat tolerance as well as cold-tolerant new varieties of different crops that the university was soon to carry out.



Withdrawal of NCERT books from schools
Intellectuals for screening contents before publication
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 19
Expressing concern over the alleged indiferrence of the authorities in the state education department towards maintaining sanctity of teaching elements of cultural heritage of Punjab to students of primary classes, intellectuals and office-bearers of various cultural organisations have urged the government to ensure screening of all reading materials before these reach the hands of students.

Demanding action against erring members of screening committees approving text and reference books containing objectionable material, the scholars advocated that all members of allegedly “defunct committees” should be asked to know the culture and history before accepting prestigious assignments.

Admitting lapses, Krishan Kumar Bawa, director-general (school education), has advised the head of reading cell in the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) to check inclusion of distorted facts about the culture and history of the state.

Reacting to reports of withdrawal of some volumes out of 40 books published by the NCERT and translated for reading cells of primary schools of the state, intellectuals and office-bearers of certain social and cultural organisations have urged the authorities to fix responsibility for the lapses that had created confusion about the rich cultural heritage and history of the state.

Dr Rajinder Kaur Dhindsa, a writer, regretted that the authorities had failed the sanctity of the system that was expected to aware students about the rich cultural heritage and history.

The screening boards and approval committee seem to have become defunct and office-bearers of these organisations, instead of analysing the drafts of books critically, prefer to give nod for publication due to reasons best known to them,” alleged Dr Dhindsa.

Dr Dhindsa argued that authorities in other states could not be expected to prevent misrepresentation of facts till the Punjab government checked the tendency in the state. In a big gaffe, one of the Gurus was portrayed as a dacoit in a book published in Rajasthan.

Dr HPS Walia, chairman, Global Punjab Foundation, said his organisation had demanded constitution of a screening committee that chould examine all cassettes, films and literature, including text and reference books depicting the history and heritage of the state.

Investigations revealed that as many as 40 books published by the NCERT were got translated by the state government.

It was later found that some books contained material contradictory to the historical facts and could create confusion among students and teachers.

At least three books — Gian Sarovar, Kachhe Aamb and Ballu De Vall — were withdrawn from reading rooms of schools.



Students’ Home Renovation
PAU authorities spring into action
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 19
The Punjab Agricultural University authorities today sprung into action to carry out the renovation work at the Students’ Home. The construction and maintenance work at the Students’ Home had been stalled for over a year.

Following the publication of report “Year on, Students’ Home yet to be renovated” in these columns today, officials and staff responsible for the renovation work reached the scene and took down details of the pending works. Also, an army of sweepers and gardeners cleaned the mess and overgrown grass from the lawns adjoining the Students’ Home.

Students expressed joy over the action initiated by the university, saying the changed look of the Students’ Home would be a bonanza for those staying in hostels. 



‘Goal setting raises self confidence’
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, August 19
The Department of Business Administration of RIMT Institute of Engineering and Technology. Here, organised one-day seminar on Goal Setting for students of MBA today.

The Function was chaired by college principal Dr Harsh Sadawarti and Prof JPS Sibia from PTU Centre of Excellence on TQM from Mohali was the resource person. Head of department Dr. Bimal Anjum introduced the theme and emphasised on the goal setting techniques, which have become essential for top-level athletes, successful business people and achievers in all fields.

Sadawarti said, “By setting goals, you will raise your self-confidence, as you recognise your ability and competence in achieving the goals that you have set’. Sibia said that goal setting was a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, and for motivating yourself to turn this vision of the future into reality. He said that the process of setting goals helped students to select their target in life.

By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where you have to concentrate. You'll also quickly spot the distractions that would otherwise lure you from your course.” 



Shingaar Cinema Blast
Accused wants to join politics
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 19
Ranked among the country’s 26 most wanted terrorists by the External Affairs Ministry, Harminder Singh, the prime accused in the October 2007 Shingaar cinema bomb blast case who was recently nabbed by the Khanna police from the Simlapuri area, intends to make a foray into politics. He is currently in police remand for a week in Jagraon.

“I’ve done enough to make my name, now it’s time to enter the bigger arena of politics and attain political power. The four walls of my prison cell wouldn’t be able to confine me for long. I’ll be out soon and make my political career,” the dreaded terrorist told the police during his interrogation, stating he would contest the next elections.

Citing the example of his counterpart, Daljit Singh Bittu, who is currently in jail for his alleged involvement in terrorist activities, Harminder told his interrogators: “Bittu was also a terrorist but later turned to politics and floated his own organisation, the Shiromani Akali Dal-Panch Pradhani. He has not only attained political influence but has also secured funds as well as sympathy from several Sikhs settled abroad who say they want to something to revive extremist ideologies in Punjab.”

Another terrorist who entered politics is Wassan Singh Zaffarwal of the Khalistan Commando Force. One of the most wanted fugitives in connection with the Punjab militancy, he was involved in more than 12 cases, including murder and attempted murder. He was arrested in 2001 and later contested in the state assembly elections.

The police confirmed Harminder’s association with the Babbar Khalsa terrorist group, who they claimed had also floated a “Tat Khalsa Fauj” and was the key plotter of the Shingaar cinema blast that killed eight persons and injured 32. He is also suspected to have been behind the planting of IED explosives near Nabha and Halwara.

The government announced a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head. Three Patiala-based accomplices were also nabbed in connection with the incident. Besides other weapons an AK-47 rifle and a grenade were recovered from the suspect’s possession. Harminder told the police he had entered the country through the Nepalese border and was planning to launch his own terrorist outfit along with his close aides. Sources said he had even named the new terrorist outfit as “Tatt Khalsa Fauj”.

Cops fight over remand

The Patiala and Jagraon police were engaged in a tussle over the issue of a production warrant for Harminder Singh. Recently, cops of both forces almost went to the extent of exchanging blows for staking a claim to get remand of the terrorist.

However, the Jagraon police eventually managed to get him on a production warrant. A court sent him to seven days’ police remand in Jagraon.



Harminder used Blackberry services too
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 19
The controversy surrounding the Blackberry mobile technology, which took the government by storm due to the security threat posed by it, has a Ludhiana connection too.

The police recently recovered Blackberry mobile phones from Shingaar cinema bomb blast mastermind Harminder Singh and Pakistan citizen caught spying for the ISI Nizam Baksh.

According to police sources, on the lines of terrorists who used Blackberry messenger services during the attacks in Mumbai, the Pakistan spy and Harminder Singh were also in touch with their masters in Pakistan through encrypted messaging service.

While the country’s security agencies already have access to other Blackberry services like voice and SMS traffic, the bone of contention remains the encrypted email and messenger services.

Emails and messenger data are encrypted and directly sent to RIM servers in Canada and other western countries but the Indian government views the Blackberry service as a potential security risk to the country, which could be exploited by terrorists.

The police officials said the Pakistan spy was getting footage of vital installations and saving it in draft of his email account.

Back in Pakistan, the intelligence agencies and the terrorist outfit, who were also in possession of the email password, were receiving the details and sending further instructions.

These instructions were also being saved in draft. The Pakistan spy would read the instructions and delete the massages from the draft.

“This was how people sitting in Pakistan were receiving all information by not even sending an email. These people were not even visiting cybercafes and operating Internet from smart phones,” said the officials.

The police said following the arrest of the spy, the Pakistan intelligence agencies had deleted the email account and suspended all access.

Similarly, Harminder used the Blackberry services to update his men based in Pakistan, Malaysia and Canada.

The sources added that following the recovery of Blackberry mobile phones, the city police informed the ministry of external affairs (MEA) about the development.



Anti-Smoking Law
Youth Cong calls for strict enforcement
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 19
The District Youth Congress has urged the district administration to implement the anti-smoking law strictly so that the youth don’t fall prey to this menace.

A deputation led by its president Dimple Rana met Additional Deputy Commissioner SR Kler here today. It sought an effective mechanism for ensuring that cigarettes, beedis and other tobacco products are not sold to underage persons. They also urged him to ensure that the ban on smoking at public places is strictly enforced.

In a memorandum submitted to the authorities, the party further wanted that the funds being released by the Central government under NAREGA should reach the genuine beneficiaries. The work under all Centrally funded welfare schemes ought to be carried out in a transparent manner. Taking exception to reports on misdirection of grants received under the Jawahar Lal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission by the state government, the party also wished that all such funds be released for the specific purposes.

According to Rana, party emphasised on making adequate arrangements for setting up special wards and treatment of dengue and swine flu patients in the Civil Hospital free of costs. The party also opposed proposal for the hike in the collector rate of land and property for the purpose of registration of sale deeds as the move was bound to further push up the real estate prices and inflict a blow on the people with limited resources.



‘Corrupt’ builder fails to provide amenities after sale
Flat owners left in the lurch
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 19
While a large number of people continue to suffer at the hands of developers of illegal colonies in the city for want of basic amenities and lack of regulatory controls, the plight of those who have invested their hard-earned money in the colonies that have been approved is not much better.

Barring a few exceptions residents of most of the legal colonies are also a harassed lot with the promised amenities and facilities remaining elusive once the sale agreements have been signed and the developer pockets the cost of the land or built-up property.

In a classic case of colony builders caring two hoots for those who bought built-up residential flats in GSB Apartments, a PUDA-approved colony on the Manakwal Road, the residents have been trying in vain to persuade the developer to provide the amenities promised at the time of the sale of the apartments.

In a complaint filed with the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA), more than 24 residents of the colony have accused the builder of failing to provide potable water and electricity supply, sanitation as well as the maintenance of roads and green belts. Further, the monthly rates of the water supply have been arbitrarily hiked from Rs 50 to Rs 75 and Rs 75 to Rs 125 for EWS and MIG flats, respectively.

“Not only this, the boundary wall erected around the colony has been demolished for reasons best known to the developer. Moreover, illegal construction or extensions are also being made in the colony in clear violation of the provisions of the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act and the conditions laid down in the licence granted to the builder”, the residents said.

According to Dhruv Giri, Jagdish Chand, Love Kumar Sarin and Subhash Sharma, residents of the colony, the builder, upset over their persistent demands for the promised amenities in the colony, had not only threatened to implicate them in false criminal cases but his goons had also bashed up a few of them for raising their voices. “We’ve lodged a complaint with the police and stated that we perceive a threat to our lives from the builder”, they stated.

The residents claim the builder had also made an attempt some time ago to get a mobile tower erected atop the block of residential flats in contravention of the building bylaws and layout plan in utter disregard of the Supreme Court ruling against installation of such towers in residential areas. However, the move was stalled after GLADA authorities intervened.

When contacted, the GLADA officials said they had sought a detailed report on the status of internal development and unauthorised construction from the builder.



AIR to air programme on post-harvest care 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 19
“Do Dooni Chaar,” an informative radio programme on post-harvest care, will now be presented in a new format of the feature documentary on All-India Radio (AIR), Jalandhar. Aimed at spreading awareness about technologies available at the Central Institute of Post-Harvest

Engineering and Technology (CIPHET), Ludhiana, “Do Dooni Chaar” would be aired from 7 pm to 7.15 on every first and third Wednesday of the month on medium wave frequency of AIR.

The programme will be aired in the first week of September. The recently concluded 10 programme series based on CIPHET technologies was a hit with the farmers in Punjab. The CIPHET has got a tremendous response in form of queries from the farmers from all over the state.

“Having created awareness among farmers/entrepreneurs about CIPHET technologies through studio interview of scientists in the previous series, the emphasis in the new format is on the trainings programmes and experience of entrepreneurs who have been licensed by the CIPHET,” said Vir Sain Malik, Programme Executive, AIR, Jalandhar.

All programmes would be recorded in the CIPHET and participants in training/licensing programme would be sharing their experience with the audience. 



Beauty training institute launched
Tribune News Service

Ludhiaan, August 19
Grace Beauty Clinic Ltd in association with Schwarzkopf Professional has launched the Grace Training Institute here today.

Najeeb Ur Rehman, Technical head of Schwarzkopf Professional, inaugurated the academy and oriented the guests about the curriculum, training, modules and expertise that Schwarzkopf Professional will provide to the aspiring students for various courses.

This initiative is conceptualised for students to provide a package which fulfills theoretical and practical learning. The academy training will hone skills on technical education and provide excellent guidance that will ensure good placements, based on individual performance. The courses are getting innovative in terms of offerings as the fashion industry is upgrading every level, so is the curriculum. Schwarzkopf Professional is trying its best levels to provide an edge above with their experience, talent and association with an international brand.



Undertrial flees from police custody
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 19
An undertrial fled from police custody while he was being taken out of the court following a hearing at District Court Complex here today.

The incident took place in the afternoon when the accused, identified as Asal Khan, a resident of Phillaur, facing snatching charges, was being taken to a jail vehicle.

According to the police, Asal, who was reportedly handcuffed, freed himself and fled towards the rear of the court complex.

The cops gave the accused a chase, but the latter managed to scale the wall and disappeared in the Model Gram area.

According to police sources, it was a planned move as the accomplices of the accused were waiting for the inmate at the rear of the court complex.

Meanwhile, the Division No 5 police has launched a manhunt to nab the accused.



Market panel seeks 3 cr for development
Our Correspondent

Amloh, August 19
The local market committee has spent ` 22.45 lakh on various developmental works at villages. The Punjab Mandi Board allocated this grant to it. This was stated by market committee chairman Randhir Singh Bhambri here today.

The committee is waiting for the mandi board’s approval for recarpeting and widening of village roads at a cost of ` 3 crore. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has agreed to address the people of this constituency during a sangat darshan.

The date for it will be announced by next month and the grants will be disbursed on the spot, Bhambri added. 



Doraha MC cleanliness drive turns messy
Lovleen Bains

A drain left open by civic officials.
A drain left open by civic officials. Photos by writer

Doraha, August 19
All doors seem to have been closed for residents, especially local shopkeepers, on living besides this particular stretch. The “planned” cleanliness drive by the municipal council is the reason behind the mess created on one of the busiest roads of the town.

The drive, as termed by council authorities, meant for improving the sanitary conditions of the town, has instead aggravated people’s miseries further. Their perception that the council often starts the work with much fanfare but ends up in a mess has come out to be true.

“With a view to clean the big drain, slabs and the extended portion in front of the shops have been dismantled. Since the work is going on at a snails pace, workers have left the drain open. Even after a few weeks, the open drain, especially during the monsoon and more so near a hospital, seems to openly inviting mosquitoes and flies. If left uncovered for long it might led to an outbreak of an epidemic,” a resident said.

“On the one hand the health department has sounded an alert after visiting educational institutions and various disease prone areas of the town, on the other the municipal council seems to be less bothered about residents’ fear it may lead to an outbreak of an epidemic,” another resident added.

“What is shocking is the breaking of the extended portion in front of the shops and the resultant blockage. This is one of the busiest stretches due to the commercial as well as other reasons. If the council has really woken up from slumber and is thinking of starting a cleanliness drive, it should at least have informed the shopkeepers whose business is suffering due to unjustified obstruction” rued a shopkeeper. “If it was so urgent, why wasn’t the work initiated at the war footing, thus giving tough time to the residents .Why was it not completed and the necessary amendments made at the earliest,” he asked.

It is, however, a hidden belief among the residents, especially the shopkeepers, that as the council had already served notices on shopkeepers regarding demolition for the purpose of six laning of the National Highway, this purposed cleanliness drive may be a part of their strategy to demolish the structures. But the way in which the process was initiated has enraged many a people and forced them to hold cudgels again the council authorities.

Mahesh Sharma, executive officer, Municipal Council, said, “It is almost 30 to 35 years that the main drain has not been cleaned for which we have to dismantle it and launch a massive cleanliness drive .The work is being carried on at fast pace and we are trying to rectify the things at the earliest. We will ensure that the residents and shopkeepers face minimum trouble. Our intentions are in no way to hurt anybody’s sentiments. When questioned about their strategy as alleged by the shopkeepers he said “The revenue officials, along with NHAI and PWD authorities, shall be arriving tomorrow and carry out the land demarcation, the one which was pending till date.” 



Patient with renal failure needs help
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 19
Having been diagnosed with severe renal failure, Shirley Victor (36), undergoing treatment at the Christian Medical College and Hospital, is on biweekly haemodialysis.

Shirley is a housewife and her deaf-and-dumb husband works as a tailor in the CMCH.

With two small schoolgoing children, Shirley is unable to afford the cost of her treatment.

Her parents are old and retired and are not in a position to help much.

The doctors and staff at the CMCH have called upon philanthropists to come forward and help the patient.

Cheques or demand draft can be sent in favour of “CMC,Ludhiana Society” for the treatment of Shirley, to Dr Timothy R, acting head, department of nephrology, Christial Medical College & Hospital, Ludhiana-141008.



Council celebrates Teej
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 19
The Children and Women Welfare Council celebrated Teej with fervour here today. Members were dressed up for the occasion. Mehndi was applied to the members as they danced to the tunes of traditional folk numbers.

Council president Monika Khurana said it was an effort to preserve the rich cultural heritage of the state.

The members later relished “kheer and malpuras” besides enjoying swings and folksongs.



Ludhiana Zone II surge ahead
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 19
PAU Zone prevailed over Raikot Zone 1-0 in the under-14 category of the Inter-Zonal District Football for girls organised by the education department at Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Kitchlu Nagar branch, here today. The all-important goal through Guneet.

In another match, Ludhiana Zone II fought a pitched battle against Khanna Zone to eventually emerge victorious 7-6. The match was decided through sudden death.

However, in their second encounter, Ludhiana Zone II faced little challenge from Jagraon Zone as they won it comfortably (4-0).



LBA enter semifinal league
Anil Datt

A match in progress during the 61st Punjab State Junior Basketball Championship in Ludhiana on Thursday.
A match in progress during the 61st Punjab State Junior Basketball Championship in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, August 19
On the penultimate day of the ongoing 61st Punjab State Junior Basketball Championship being held at Guru Nanak Stadium, here today, last year champions, Ludhiana Basketball Academy (LBA) in the boy’s section and Ludhiana district in the girls’ section wrapped up their matches to secure their berths in the semifinal league.

In the boys’ section, besides LBA, Ludhiana, Amritsar and Gurdaspur districts advanced into the last four stage while in the girls’ section, Gurdaspur, Jalandhar and Kapurthala overpowered their respective opponents to join Ludhiana in the semifinal league.

In the girl’s section, Jalandhar district outnumbered Gurdaspur district 78-52 while Ludhiana district fought valiantly to down their spirited rivals, Kapurthala district 41-38.

In the boy’s section, Ludhiana Basketball Academy overwhelmed Amritsar district 72-20 and defeated Gurdaspur district 38-18 to secure four points to lead the league phase while Ludhiana district beat Amritsar district 55-45.



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