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Villagers flay admn’s failure to fortify bundh
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

 Unused boulders block the road at Kasabad village
Unused boulders block the road at Kasabad village:Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, August 25
Efforts by the district administration to save the 70 feet long dhussi bundh on the Sutlej river in Kasabad village, which had developed a breach early this morning, have been unable to evoke a positive response from the villagers. They fear the heavy rain during the past four days may cause more breaches in the bundh, triggering floods in six village including Kasabad, Bhattian, Bahadarke and Jamalpur Lele.

Accusing the administration and politicians of negligence in “maintaining” the bundh, a group of villagers from Kasabad said the current flood like situation could have been averted with timely work on strengthening the bundh.

The "studs and spurs" is the only solution that the department concerned had failed to initiate despite having procured materials worth Rs 40 lakh in July. Water had entered the fields on the riverbed on either side but there has been no major damage as it receded in a short span.

A labourer tries to plug the trench in dhussi bandh at village Kasabad.
A labourer tries to plug the trench in dhussi bandh at village Kasabad.A Tribune photograph

Labourers hired on contract by the drainage department along with the villagers are plugging the breach with axed trees and sandbags. However, the high velocity of the water flow is causing obstacles in the restoration work.

Rued Roshan Singh, ‘sarpanch’ of Jamalpur Lele village: "We lost the only boat worth Rs 40,000 in the first gush of the Sutlej. As the villagers were forced to depend on a boat to cross the river we’ve been pleading with the administration to provide it but to no avail. Over a hundred people from 40 households used the boat to transport their vegetable produce in the market," he said.

Meanwhile, Punjab minister for tourism, jails & cultural affairs Hira Singh Gabria, when asked about the reason for "unused" boulders lying on the village road, said: “They were procured to be used in an emergency and we didn’t foresee a breach in the dhussi bundh”. He added he would order an inquiry into the matter.

Evacuation centres set up

Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari said among the 15 sensitive spots, Issapur, Kasabad, Khera Bet, Rampur and Madepur were identified as "highly sensitive" where vigil had been increased. "A unit of 7 national disaster relief battalion from Bathinda will arrive in the city Ludhiana tomorrow. This will ensure the safety of villagers in case of an emergency," he stated. He added 22 evacuation centres with provision for drinking water, food and medicines have been set up


Unable to forget bitter memories of Partition
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Shabbir Ahmed Mufti Ludhianvi
Shabbir Ahmed Mufti Ludhianvi

Ludhiana, August 25
His last wish is to be buried at the place where he was born, where he played among his friends and spent his youthful days. 75-year-old Shabbir Ahmed Mufti Ludhianvi's eyes still get wet while talking about the sad saga of the partition of the Indian subcontinent. His family had no other option but to move to Pakistan after the split and leave behind their home at Mohalla Mochpura in Ludhiana.

Shabbir is presently visiting India and is in the city at his sister's place.

Recollecting that fateful day, he says: "I still remember the moment when the news (of the partition) was announced. My mother was kneading dough at home. She left it in between and we all had no other choice but to climb the walls and run to save our lives. We lived in tents for nearly four days at Chowani Mohalla and then boarded a train to Pakistan".

Shabbir's family including his father, mother, three sisters and two brothers settled in Bahawalpur. His father soon got a job but then took to agriculture.

Shabbir graduated from college with a masters in history but later joined his father in farming. “Today Pakistan has also progressed a lot. Women are working and the ‘purdah’ system has almost vanished, he said.

"My daughters are also working and I wish I could get one of them married in India but cannot due to the present situation in both countries. If there were no restrictions and we could freely visit India then not only I but many others in Pakistan would prefer to have their daughters married here," he adds.

Shabbir is crazy about Bollywood movies and Priyanka Chopra tops his list of favourite actresses. Among actresses of yesteryear the best loved is Meena Kumari while Madhubala and Nargis are also his favourites.

"The Indian film industry has taken our country by storm. Few watch movies produced in Pakistan. Almost all the cinemas there have been turned into food or shopping plazas, he quips.

Remembering some the buildings that were earlier considered as city landmarks, he says the Subhani building, which has now been demolished, belonged to Mohammed Habib Subhani. “His son is now in Pakistan”, he adds.

Then there is Kawaja Kothi and Naulakha cinema. "Strange are the ways of nature. Buildings still survive here while their actual owners live across the border," said Shabbir, becoming pensive.



Forex trader duped of Rs 2 lakh
Con man, wife among three nabbed
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
A con woman and her two accomplices have been nabbed for duping a forex trader for ` 2 lakh. The accused, identified as Shafia Begum, her husband Saleem Aalam and a relative, Suraj, were nabbed by the police, but another accused, Ishfaq, managed to flee.

The police said the gang had been operating in various parts of the city. Shafia would visit the forex outlet and lure traders on the pretext of selling dollars at cheaper rates and her husband would dupe traders.

The police said she visited a crockery shop and showed the owner, Pankaj, a $10 currency note. She told him that she had plenty of US dollars and wanted to sell those in the market.

Pankaj introduced her to Ajit Singh, a forex trader. After a brief discussion, Shafia called him at the Shivpuri road on August 20. Ajit arrived and met Saleem, Shafia and Suraj.

He handed over ` 2 lakh to the trio and in return, Saleem gave him a packet, supposedly containing the dollars.

The trio then fled the scene and Ajit lodged a complaint with the police that the packet contained newspapers.

The police received a tip-off last night that the gang was putting up in the Meharban area. Sources told the police that the gang was planning to pull off another con.

The police laid a trap and nabbed the accused. Ishfaq, however, escaped.

According to SHO Davinder Kumar, the police has launched a manhunt to nab Ishfaq. Sources said Ishfaq would arrange dollars for the gang.

The accused had allegedly committed fraud in Kolkata and had recently shifted to the city. The accused were produced before the court and sent to police remand.



Taxation dept hits roadblock
Rly refuses check post near parcel office
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 25
Efforts of the state excise and taxation department to put a check to the dubious activities of “peti mafia” which play a vital role in massive tax evasion by facilitating the transportation of goods by railways have suffered a setback as the Northern Railway authorities have refused to permit construction of a permanent sales tax check post near the parcel office.

The railways are understood to have turned down the plea by the excise and taxation department for providing a place adjacent to the parcel office where a check post could be set up. Instead, the department has been asked to operate from its existing makeshift check post at the entry point to the parcel office, that too on payment of rent/lease on market rate.

The “peti mafia”, employing musclemen as operators, has been a thorn in the flesh of the excise department as it puts a huge drain on tax collection by inward and outward transportation of goods without proper bills, invoices and payment of taxes. “Tax evasion worth several crores is taking place by way of transportation of goods through the railways, but our hands are tied,” remarked a senior taxation official, requesting not to be identified.

The department has to fight against the mafia and non-cooperation by the railway staff. While lower rung railway employees at the parcel office allegedly extend support to the mafia, higher officials have been asking the department to operate from outside the railway station as goods having been brought inside for booking could not be permitted to be seized or inspected.

However, denying that the railway employees had anything to do with alleged tax evasion by the trade and industry with active assistance of the mafia, a senior railway official maintained that the excise and taxation staff was blaming the railways for their own shortcomings. Railway officials said even the rules governing the transportation of goods through the railways did not permit inspection by any agency once the goods had been brought inside the parcel office. 



Man tries to throw acid on woman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
A youth tried to throw acid on a woman, whom he used to refer to as his sister-in-law, here last night. The accused, identified as Charku, a resident of Jharkhand, has been booked.

According to the victim, Kunti Devi, the accused was staying with them at Sahnewal. She alleged that he wanted to develop illicit relations with her, but she reprimanded him. Last night when she was alone at home, he entered the room with a bottle of acid in hand. He told her that he would throw acid on her face so that no one would look at her.

He threw the acid at her, but she ducked. Some acid drops fell on her hand. The victim raised the alarm. In the meantime, her husband Subhanshu, who was returning home, heard her screams and rushed inside, but Charku fled. 



Junior Wadali comes calling
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
Variation is the key to survival in today’s fast-paced world, says the son of legendary Sufi singer Padmashri Ustad Puran Chand Wadali, Lakhwinder.

Lakhwinder, Sufi and pop singer-cum-actor, admits that succumbing to the demand of the urban youth, he has to bring in western influence in his singing and make a gradual shift towards pop music.

“That does not mean I have drifted away from Sufi music. It still remains my first love and carrying forward the Sufiana legacy passed on to me by my father and uncle is my dream,” says Lakhwinder, who was in the city today as part of a promotional tour of his forthcoming Punjabi film “Chhevan Dariya” at Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women.

“Sufi music is the legacy of the revered gurus of music and has the rare quality of touching the soul. It has no comparison. Contemporary form of music has short life,” he says.

“However, just as it is important to keep the legacy of our gurus alive, catering to the popular demand is also essential to sustain in today’s times. The youth is highly aware and have their own tastes and likings,” he states.

“After a number of requests as well as complaints from my younger fans, I decided to venture into pop singing and it has been an interesting journey,” he remarks.

The junior Wadali reveals that his first Sufi album with his father Puran Chand Wadali and uncle Pyare Lal Wadali will be ready for release in October. His first audio-video album with his father, “Mahiya”, was well received and Lakhwinder is expecting a better response to the second one.

He is also excited about his second Punjabi movie, “Chhevan Dariya - The Sixth River”, which is set for September 3 release. “This is a movie with a strong social message and depicts the condition of Punjabi youths getting into drugs -- the sixth river. I am excited about this project,” he says.

He had earlier worked in “Akhiyan Udeekdiyan”, which revolved around the burning issue of foeticide. “Sending out a social message through movies and singing gives me immense satisfaction and helps me connect with society,” he says, adding that his third Punjabi film is in the pipeline.

“That, too, will be based on a relevant social issue and have a strong message. The audience will relate to it,” he says.

On acting, Lakhwinder says: “Acting in films is not very different from acting in music videos. However, music videos give a singer ample exposure as well as help to strike a cord with film directors,” he says.



Students bunking classes become a nuisance
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 25
Unaware of the fallout of their inability to retain students in classes and impart instruction till the schools close for day, teachers and heads of most state-run schools have aggravated problems for parents as well as la enforcement agencies.

Falsifying attendance registers maintained by their class teachers, a large number of students in school uniform can be seen flouting traffic rules on roads, teasing girls on streets and near educational institutes and frequenting restaurants situated far away from their schools.

Students who are ignored by teachers haven been often found taking drugs after bunking classes.

Admitting it was the responsibility of school principals and teachers to keep their students busy in their classes, the director general of school education has asked all district education officers to ensure no student was allowed to leave school before the classes were over. “School heads should ensure no class was without a teacher”, the official added.

Investigations by The Tribune revealed the apparent unconcern of school principals and teachers about attendance in classes had resulted in a situation wherein the administration was finding it difficult to maintain law and order in the society. The situation was worse in government-run schools.

Senior education department officials have also noticed this trend. “It’s been observed that students go home after recess in a large number of schools. No efforts are being done by the heads of these schools to keep students in class and teach them,” reads a communication received from senior officials by all government schools in Ludhiana and Sangrur districts.

Inadequate interaction between teachers and students’ parents has also been identified as a contributory factor. While parents, presuming their wards were attending school and tuition regularly, do not hesitate in providing them facilities like motorcycles and extra money for refreshment, the latter often misuse these.

Money received from parents on pretext of payment for private tutors is used for meeting expenses on loitering. By the time parents come to know about fate of their child, it is too late to mend his (son’s) habits in the normal way.

“Had I known school officials didn’t bother to keep track on my son’s progress I would have withdrawn him from the school last year. It was towards the end of the session that I came to know that he (son ) had fallen into bad company,” rued Karnail Singh of Lohgarh. He wondered how could the teachers show his son present in the class whereas he along with his friends had remained absent for weeks and months together.

Observing that reckless driving by school students had become a nuisance for society, an SHO of the area regretted the administrations of educational institutions had done nothing to check the menace. “If students aren’t permitted to go out during school time the situation can be ameliorated to some extent”, he averred.



Nagar Panchayat
No confidence motion against acting chief
Our Correspondent

Khamano, August 25
A no confidence motion was presented against the acting president of Nagar Panchayat, Khamano, by eight councillors out of eleven.

They gave the copy of no confidence to Surinder Kumar, enforcement officer, Khamano, for further action.

The no confidence motion includes the signatures of councillor Balamjit Singh, Ravinder Kumar Babla, Balbir Singh, Amarjit Singh Billa, Jaswant Singh Jassa, Baljeet Kaur, Gurdeep Kaur and Sarabjit Kaur.

In their letter, they alleged that acting president was paying deaf ears to their concerns regarding the development works in the town.

Enforcement officer Surinder Kumar confirmed that he had received a no confidence motion against the acting president and he has forwarded a copy of the motion to the acting president.

Meanwhile, acting president Kamlesh Kumari, however, denied all the allegations against her and said that she will fight back.



TV researcher gets US scholarship
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
Dr Anil Kumar Sharma, assistant director (TV), Centre for Communication and International Linkages, has been selected by the Foreign Fulbright Scholarship Board (FSB) in Washington and approved by the United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the Government of India (GOI) for a Fulbright-Nehru Environmental Leadership programme fellowship.

Dr Sharma will work for four months starting from September at Albama Cooperative Extension System, Auburn University-College of Agriculture, Auburn, Albama, with Dr Paul Mask on "Transfer of Technology System in Agricultural Universities from the US.”

Dr Sharma is the youngest scientist to have successfully bagged the Fulbright fellowship.

Meanwhile, Heidi J Exline, master's student in Urban Planning, at Hunter College, New York City, has been awarded a Fulbright US student programme scholarship to India in economics to conduct study at Punjab Agricultural University.

She will be conducting research with Prof Kamal Vatta of department of economics and sociology at PAU for nine months to understand the effects of malnutrition and hunger on different household types.

Exline, who is at PAU, said after completing her research “The Effects of High Food Costs on Indians”, she would develop a project team with the support of PAU to conduct community food assessments (CFA) in Punjab and Uttrakhand.

The CFA will consist of a process of interviews, focus groups, and surveys with local food vendors and community residents that will provide information about their food access and nutrition rated challenges and accesses.

The study will analyse factors of availability, utilisation and access to food, said Prof Vatta adding that the comparative analysis of Punjab with 28 per cent population below poverty line (BPL) and Uttrakhand with 40 per cent population BPL will help understand how to mitigate some of the effects of food prices and food price spikes in relation to people having access to food within their communities.



From Colleges

The Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology organised a two-day national conference on the “recent trends in mechanical and automobile engineering” with the objective of providing a common platform to researchers, academicians, industrialists and professionals to interact on this topic.

The programme started with the recitation of shabad kirtan. Dr Pawan Kumar, college principal, welcomed chief guest Dr Anil Jain, president, Vaiseska Electronics Devices, Ambala. Head of the mechanical and automobile engineering department, Ajay Singh Rana, welcomed the delegates and briefed them about the college and the department.

Dr Jain shared his views on mechatronics, providing unlimited scope for the mechanical engineering to work in the field of technology for better environment. Dr Sehajpal Singh, head of mechanical engineering department, Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, delivered a keynote address on the subject of hybrid machining, another fascinating area for the engineers to advance in the area of fine machinery.

Dr Ravinderjit Singh Walia, assistant professor, PEC Chandigarh, delivered on the subject of optimization of experimental observations to find the best alternative.

Plantation drive: Vanmahotsav was celebrated by the botany department in association with the NSS and the Rotaract Club at Herbal Garden of the Government College for Women today. The students planted saplings of medical plants. College principal Gurminder Kaur was the chief guest. She stimulated the students to nurture the saplings enthusiastically so that these grow into healthy trees.

Placement drive

Director (HR) Subba Rao along with senior administrator Neha Lal conducted interviews at Ramgarhia Girls College to shortlist candidates for a two-year course of the vision care technicians to be appointed at Sankara Eye Hospital.

The hospital is providing this course without any charges. The hostel facility is provided free of cost and the course is recognized by the UGC. 



From Schools
World Earth Day

World Earth Day was celebrated in Tagore International Senior Secondary School, Sahnewal, with great enthusiasm. An interactive function was organised on the school campus to make students aware of their duties towards the earth. Students delivered speeches on the importance of this day and vowed to make earth green and clean.

They also took part in the sapling plantation drive. They planted 500 saplings on the school premises.

Rakhi-making contest

Students K.G. and junior section of GMT Public School enthusiastically took part in the rakhi-making competition. Best three rakhis were selected from each section. The principal and coordinator appreciated the efforts of the students.

The students were also told about the significance of this festival.

Brahm Kumaris

BK Sweety and BK Divya visited DRV DAV Public School, Phillaur, yesterday. They addressed the students and emphasised on the significance of the Raksha Bandhan. They tied rakhis on the wrists of Yogesh Gambhir, principal, and other teachers. Vice-principal Rita Kalia welcomed the Brahm Kumaris. A rakhi-making competition was organised on the occasion. Small kids danced and sang songs to mark the day. —TNS



1,500 saplings distributed
Our Correspondent

Samrala, August 25
Mata Kaulan Ji Bhalai Trust of Amritsar organised a two-day religious examination at Nanakana Sahib Public School in which 4,000 students took part. According to organisation’s president Lakhvir Singh Balala, a seven-year-old speech challenged boy Balbir Singh of Jharr Sahib village was specially honoured for writing “Waheguru” one lakh times.

Abdul Rehman called “fateh” and presented several ‘sakhies’ orally. About 1,500 sampling were also distributed among participants along with certificates.

SGPC member Jathedar Kirpal Singh Khirnian and a few other religious leaders of the area were present on the occasion. 



Doraha health sub-centre sick
Overgrown grass, stagnant water, snakes, unsafe surroundings enough to turn healthy person sick 
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, August 25
This town, as far as ensuring adequate heath facilities by the health department is concerned, seems to have been abandoned altogether.Leave aside the shifting of a civil dispensary suddenly to a village, the only hope left of ensuring better health services to the town i.e. the sub-center, is in hopeless condition.

There is, however, no dearth of facilities at the centre that fully ensure in making a healthy person a patient for the rest of his life. The sub-centre only helps in aggravating the ailment rather than easing the pain of the indisposed.

The reason is not difficult to understand-unsafe surroundings, over grown grasses, moss and azure, stagnant water pools all around, fear of water animals even snakes and much more. “So much so that the foul smell emitting from the pool and the flies and mosquitoes that multiply on the stagnant pool are befitting carriers of any sort of contagious diseases,” rued a villager.

The parents of the kids earlier used to bring them regularly, in order to get the vaccination administered but from the time the position of the sub-center has turned from bad to worse, they desist from taking any risk. Hence the health center is being visited nowadays by only few patients as they believe that they are sure to invite disease for themselves, rather than getting cured, rued the villagers.

The ANM posted there, finding no way out, had to shift to a rented accommodation nearby “as Tuesday being a vaccination day, such a temporary adjustment had to be made at the earliest” she contended.

Insensitive Government

It is shameful that the government that boosts of providing best medicare to its people is insensitive towards those residing in and around Doraha. Health officials, too, are at their wits end. There is literally no one to seek aid from in case of an emergency or at the time of outbreak of an epidemic. We urge the government to either open a primary health or trauma centers



No stopping underage driving
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
The death of a 15-year-old student of Sacred Heart Convent School, Mayank Jain, on Saturday, has once again brought to the fore the issue of underage driving. He had died in an accident when he was driving a motorbike gifted to him by his father.

This is not the first instance where parents let underage children drive vehicles.

The vice-chairman of the Punjab Police Apex Committee on Road Safety, Dr Kamaljit Soi, referring to the danger of underage driving said the best way to address the issue was to provide road safety education to both children and parents.

“Teenaged drivers (16-19 years) are four times more likely to crash.

They are also more likely to speed, jump lights, make wrong turns and drive after consuming alcohol or drugs. Inexperience is the reason why they are more likely to underestimate a hazardous situation,” he said.

Citing facts from an international report, he stated that the presence of teen passengers increased the risk of accidents by underage drivers and these mostly occurred on Friday and Saturday between 9 pm and 6 am.

The high number of underage drivers going for a joyride could be attributed to peer pressure and a feeling of youthful invincibility, he remarked.

Research also indicated that teenagers had the lowest rate of helmet and seat belt use.

Dr Soi said parents could be held liable for the negligent acts of minor drivers and most parents were not even aware of the extent of the liability.

The law had laid down punishment for owners/parents who allowed minors to drive. “Section 3 of the Motor Vehicles Act bars minors from driving and spells out punishments of up to three months, or Rs 1,000 (or both).

The same punishment can be handed out to a person held guilty of allowing a minor to drive like parents/elders/friends/ relatives,” he added.



3 sustain burns as cylinder catches fire
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
A woman and her two daughters suffered burns after the gas cylinder in their house caught fire in the Mayapuri area near the Tibba road.The victims are Asha Rani (37), Renu (16) and Aarti (14).The gas agency authorities effected a compromise with the woman and compensated her with Rs 5,000. They, however, did not take the victims to a hospital.

The incident took place when Asha Rani was cooking dinner in the one-room quarter and the cylinder suddenly caught fire.

She was engulfed with flames and was rescued by her daughters, who sustained burns in the process.

Later residents doused the fire and informed the gas agency about the incident.



Protest by power loom unit workers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
Workers of power loom units at New Shakti Nagar held a demonstration outside the labour office here today. The main demands of the workers include increment in wages and implementation of labour laws at industrial units. They handed over a charter of their demands to the Labour Commissioner.

Karkhana mazdoor union president Rajwinder said their demands included the implementation of labour laws and they be issued identity cards, ESI cards and PF. “Workers are grossly under paid and increment in wages is one of our major demands,” he said.



Multiple Murder Case
With entire family killed, bodies await last rites
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
Till Saturday night, the Lal’s residence was just like any other house where children cracked jokes and parents talked about old days. But things have changed now.The Lal’s residence in Durgapuri Haibowal wears a deserted look. The locked house narrates the gory tale of an illicit relationship led to the brutal killing of the four family members.

Ramit Bhandari, a resident of the Jassian road, mercilessly killed Roshan Lal (72), his wife Shankutla (70), children Rajesh (34) and Nisha (32) on Sunday morning.

The bodies of four family members have been kept in a mortuary and are waiting for the last rites. The only member left in the family is their eldest daughter who is married and lives in England.

According to distant relatives, who reside in Phagwara, the elder daughter wanted to see all family members for the last time.

“She will arrive in India tomorrow, following which we would decide whether to perform the funeral in Ludhiana or Phagwara,” said Sukhwinder, one of their distant relatives.

Confusion prevails about who would actually cremate the bodies. According to Hindu rituals only a male family member can perform the last rites. Since the entire family has been eliminated, distant relatives have left it to their elder daughter to take decision in this regard.

However, Ramit, who is said to be a distant relative of Lal’s, has maintained that Nisha was blackmailing him and was seeking money. But his claims seem to hold no ground as the victim’s family was well off and recently sold a property worth Rs 70 lakh.

It was Bhandari who saw the house for Lal’s in Durgapuri a few months ago and pursued the latter to purchase the property.

Ramit also borrowed money from Roshan Lal on interest and was reluctant to return it.

Bhandari, who got married four years ago and has a three-year-old daughter, hold evil intentions for Nisha. The girl was a divorcee and was living with her parents in Durgapuri.

Bhandari succeeded in his evil designs and developed relationship with the girl.

He reportedly told Nisha that he would desert his wife and start living with her. Their relationship went on smoothly for sometime, but soon Nisha became impatient and started reminding Ramit about his promise.

The indecisiveness on the part of Ramit resulted in frequent quarrel. According to sources, a night before the incident Nisha called at Ramit’s residence and narrated the entire story to his mother. 



Youth Congress to gherao corrupt govt officials
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 25
Charging government officials with poor disposal of work in the offices, and causing harassment to common man in the process, the District Youth Congress (DYC) has threatened to gherao corrupt, inefficient and politically biased officials if they failed to mend their ways.

Addressing party workers in Meena Bazaar (ward No 35), its president Dimple Rana alleged that work in almost all government offices had come to a standstill, and only those files were being passed which had the recommendation of one or the other leader of the ruling coalition. “Pending files are mounting up in the government offices while the harassed common man had no one to turn towards for their work.”

In a note of caution to the bureaucrats and other government officials, Rana said the policy of disposal of work at the behest of politician without taking the merit of each case into consideration, will cost the government machinery dear. Moreover, the ruling coalition will also have to pay a heavy price for ignoring the masses in the coming elections.

President of the district unit of the Mahila Congress Leena Taparia, who also attended the meeting, lauded various projects undertaken by the unit for community welfare in different parts of the city under its ongoing drive “aam admi ka sipahi”. 



Careless Driving
SSP’s SMS sways Rotarians to launch drive
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 25
“Caution and care make accidents rare” reads an SMS sent on behalf of the SSP, Ludhiana, by the police. These SMSes are being forwarded to the residents who in turn are passing the same to their friends.

Acknowledging initiative taken by the Ludhiana police, a local branch of the Rotary Club, led by SP Sofat has launched a movement to make people aware masses of the causes and consequences of the attention diverters while on the wheels.

Labeling use of mobile while driving as the most dangerous factor in causing vehicular accidents, Sofat maintained that majority of the conversations were unnecessary and could easily be avoided.

Referring to the tendency of making phone calls, on seeing friends or relatives driving his or her vehicle on the same busy road, the Rotarians regretted that a large number of inattentive drivers (using phone) were creating circumstances leading to accidents daily.

The organisation has drafted a plan to organise seminars on the issue.



Youth hangs himself
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
A 24-year-old youth committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at Haibowal here yesterday.The deceased has been identified as Vijay Kumar. He got married in January and was working as a daily wage earner.

According to the police, he committed suicide in the wee hours. He was reportedly suffering from depression due to frequent domestic quarrels.

The other members of the family were sleeping at the time of the incident.



Cheque Bounce Case
Businessman gets 2-yr jail
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 25
Judicial Magistrate Vipindeep Kaur has convicted Jaspreet Singh, owner of M/s Satpal Hosiery Factory, in a cheque bounce case. He has been sentenced to undergo two-year imprisonment. A fine of Rs 2,000 was also imposed on him.

The judge also asked the convict to pay Rs 5,000 as compensation to the litigant who pursued the case for years.

The orders came on a complaint of Amarjit Gupta, owner of M/s D R Enterprises. The complainant had submitted before the court that he dealt in acrylic yarns and the accused had purchased yarn from him worth over Rs 3 lakh in 2006 on credit.

The accused issued him two cheques for Rs 1,25,000 each and a cheque for Rs 57,000 in November 2006. However, the cheques were dishonoured by the bank. A legal notice was served on the accused, requesting him to make the payment, but he failed to do so.

On the other hand, the accused pleaded innocence and claimed false implication. He said the cheques were given as security and the complainant failed to supply the yarn as promised and he demanded his cheques back several times. It was also pleaded that the complainant could not prove that the goods were supplied to him, the accused added.

The court, however, observed that it had been established that the cheques were issued for discharging liability.



Tae kwon do: BVM girls romp home
Our Sports Reporter

Players in action during the Ludhiana District Inter-School Tae kwon do Championship on Wednesday.
Players in action during the Ludhiana District Inter-School Tae kwon do Championship on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, August 25
Girl students of the host Bhartiya Vidya Mandir (BVM) Senior Secondary School, Kitchlu Nagar branch, proved their mettle to emerge champions in the under 14 and 19 categories in the Ludhiana District Inter-School Tae kwon do Championship organised by the local education department yesterday.

BCM Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar branch, came out victorious in the under-17 category. BVM girls secured 39 points in the uder-14 years group to stamp their class and accumulated 31 points to clinch the title in the under-19 year section. BCM eves collected 18 points to win the title in the under-17 year group.

In the under-14 year section, BVM, Udham Singh Nagar branch, and KVM, Civil Lines, scored 14 and 8 points to secure second and third positions, respectively.

BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh road branch, and BVM, Kitchlu Nagar branch, garnered 13 and 8 points to finish at second and third places, respectively.

In the under-19 year group, BVM, Udham Singh Nagar, secured eight points to be in the second spot, while Arya Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines branch, with five points, finished at the third place.


(Individual) u-14 years: below 16 kg- 1st Ritika of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar; 16 to 18 kg- 1st Tamanna of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar; 18 to 20kg- 12th Kritika of VBVM, Udham Singh Nagar; 20 to 22kg- 1st Shruti Sharma of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar; 22 to 24kg- 1st Tanvi Negi of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar; 24 to 26kg- 1st Somya of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar; 26 to 29kg- 1st Sanjana of Arya School; 29 to 32kg- 1st Nitiya Sood of BCM, Shastri Nagar; 32 to 35kg- 1st Riya of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar; 35 to 38kg- 1st Simranpreet Kaur of KVM; +38kg- 1st Kunjam of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar.

U-17 years: 32 to 35kg- 1st Shivani of Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU; 35 to 38kg- 1st Meena of Arya School; 38 to 41kg- 1st Rachita of BCM, Shastri Nagar; 41to 44kg- 1st Amritpreet Kaur of BCM, Chandigarh road; 44 to 48kg- 1st Aashima of BCM, Shastri Nagar; 48 to 52kg- 1st Jyoti of Government School, Kundanpuri; 52 to 56kg- 1st Yashasvi of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar; 56 to 60kg- 1st Aushita of BCM, Chandigarh road; +60kg- 1st Harveen Kaur of BCM, Shastri Nagar.

U-19 years: below 40kg- 1st Richa of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar; 40 to 43kg- 1st Shivani of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar; 43 to 46kg- 1st Kajol of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar; 46 to 50kg- 1st Savita Rani of Arya School; 50 to 54kg- 1st Ridhima of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar; 58 to 62kg- 1st Latakshi of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar; +62kg- 1st Surbhi of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar.

Meanwhile, the following are the results of Ludhiana District Inter-School Tae kwon do Championship (boys) organised at Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Kitchlu Nagar branch here today.

18kg- 1st Yashik of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar, and 2nd Akshit of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar; 21kg- 1st Anmol of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar,and 2nd Nitin of Arya Senior Secondary School; 23kg- 1st Shubham of RS Model School, Shastri Nagar, and 2nd Sunny of Arya Senior Secondary School; 25kg- 1st Aryan of BCM School, Shastri Nagar, and 2nd Nikhil of KVM; 27kg- 1st Mudit Sood of BCM School, Shastri Nagar, and 2nd Panini of KVM.

29kg- 1st Geetansh of BCM, Shastri Nagar, and 2nd Kaushal of RS Model School; 32kg- 1st Rahul of Arya Senior Secondary School and 2nd Sahil Chaudhary of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar; 35kg- 1st Lakshay of BCM, Shastri Nagar, and 2nd Karan of RS Model School; 38kg- 1st Manoj of RS Model School and 2nd Sarth of BCM School, Shastri Nagar; 41kg- 1st Surya Rawat of GRD Academy and 2nd Ashish of BCM, Chandigarh road; above 41kg- 1st Vikas of RS Model 
School and 2nd Jasmeet of GRD Academy.



Throwball Championship
Everest School clinch title
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 25
Girl students of Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Moti Nagar, won the title under-19 year category in the District Inter-School Throw ball Tournament organised by the local education department at Sacred Heart Convent School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, yesterday.

In the under-17 year final, they defeated RS Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, 2-0 to romp home as champions. However, in the under-19 year final, they went down fighting 1-2 against RS Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar.

Director and principal of the school, Rajinder Sharma, appreciated the outstanding performance by the students and their coach.



LBA shuttlers win 4 titles
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 25
Players of the Ludhiana Badminton Academy (LBA) won four titles in addition to finishing runners-up in two categories in the Sub-Junior Punjab State Badminton Championship held at Jalandhar, recently.

In the under-13 girl's double, Raunak Gilhotra and Neha Rani came out triumphant while the pair of Sania Singla and Simranjeet romped home victors in the doubles section (under-10). In the singles (under-13), Neha Rani proved her class to emerge as champion and Dhruv Kalia won title in the boy's singles (under-13).

Besides, Sania Singla and Diksha finished runners-up in the girl's under-10 and 13 years group, respectively.



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