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MC set on razing shanties under bridge
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
Having decided to act tough on all encroachments in the city, the municipal corporation in its next move intends to demolish the shanties under the Jagraon Bridge. Prior warnings followed by notices have already been sent to the slumdwellers to remove the shanties on their own or face the consequences. Though the slumdwellers have been trying to buy time civic officials have made up their mind to get the prime land vacated from encroachers as soon as possible.

MC commissioner AK Sinha told The Tribune the civic body could take “action” against the encroachers any time. “We’ve nothing personal against any one but are only following the Punjab & Haryana High Court's orders. Encroachments are being removed all over the city. Though we’ve been facing many problems while getting back possession of public property we’re not going to compromise on anything and will move ahead".

There are over a hundred shanties on the road under the Jagraon Bridge near the division no 5 police station. Most of the slumdwellers who live in them are migrants dealing in scrap, while many others force their children to beg for alms outside the Durga Mata temple. They have been there for more than a decade.

Rangi, a migrant from Bihar, said he had been living in one of the shanties under the bridge with a relative for the past seven years but the MC had not served any notices before.

"We should be given time to move from this place. It’s unfortunate civic officials are bent on uprooting us", he said.

It may be mentioned here these slum-dwellers had recently held a ‘dharna’ (sit-in) to protest against the move to evict them outside the division no 5 police station.

ATP SS Bindra said “pressure tactics” would not work. “We’re adamant on demolishing the shanties. Some of their occupants have begun cooperating by keeping out their belongings but many others still refuse to listen to us. Action against them can be initiated any time", he added.

An MC official said on condition of anonymity that officials were now keeping plans for major demolition drives under wraps.

“The recent exercise to get 4.5 acres of vacant land on Hambran Road vacated was kept a top secret. Even officials of the MC’s building branch weren’t aware which land was being vacated and were asked to follow their bosses’ instructions. This particular land, valued at crores of rupees, reportedly belonged to a serving state minister. Had the plan been disclosed earlier the land would not have been vacated", the civic official stated.


Cong cadres sore over PPCC delegate seats
Norms decided upon by Rahul Gandhi ‘disregarded’
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 5
According to the opinion of a crosssection of Congress party functionaries in the city the recent election of delegates of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee was a “farce” and had “come as a shock to loyal and dedicated workers”.

“The only beneficiaries from the process have been senior leaders including former ministers besides sitting or former legislators who have not let go the opportunity to push their close family members and get them elected to the state body," the party functionaries say.

“There is a general sense of betrayal among the party workers at the shameless manner in which most of the senior party leaders have preferred their own kith and kin over the loyal and dedicated workers”, says a former Congress district president.

"It seems the party has now gone to the wealthy and the affluent sections, and there is no place for those who have been serving the party for decades with unflinching faith”, he added.

Requesting not to be identified, the Congress functionary lamented that while dividing the posts of delegates between themselves, senior party leaders had also disregarded “certain norms” that had been decided upon by All India Congress Committee general secretary Rahul Gandhi.

"Among those elected as delegates from urban assembly segments are those who had defected, contested elections against official candidates of the Congress party and even those who have not formally joined Congress till now," says the dejected former district chief who claims to have been working for the party for more than three decades now.

A senior Congress Sewa Dal leader, who requested anonymity for obvious reasons, said not even a single freedom fighter nor any of his family members, a ‘dalit’, or a “hardcore” party worker had made it to the post of delegate to the PPCC. He added front organisations like Mahila Congress and Sewa Dal has similarly been ignored.

"Does the party comprise of just the former or sitting legislators, former ministers, or sons, wives, mothers, brothers-in-law or sons-in-law of the party leaders who matter," he asked.

Many other Congress party activists with whom The Tribune spoke to said they had not come out in the open against the “nepotism” and “favouritism”, which they said had been the “hallmark” of election of delegates to the state body, only because of party discipline.

"However, the fact remains that the party leadership has further alienated the rank and file who are feeling rather disgusted over the way the elections were used by the senior party leaders to further the political careers of their close family members," the party activists maintained.



Highway robbers flee with Rs 3-lakh hosiery goods
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
Two local hosiery manufacturers suffered a double blow after robbers fled with hosiery goods worth Rs 3 lakh being transported in a vehicle on a highway near Murthal in Haryana today morning. As if to rub salt on the industrialists’ wounds the Murthal police thrashed the vehicle’s driver and refused to register a case in the incident.

Rajiv Malhotra, owner of Seyhog International, said he has been shuttling between the city and Murthal since morning to pursue the matter.

Narrating the incident, Rajiv's father, SL Malhotra. Said” "The truck, which was owned by Delux Transport, was ferrying clothes of our company as well as export materials belonging to another firm, Kapoor Exports. At about 5:30 in the morning I received a phone call from Damodar, the driver of the vehicle that was transporting the materials, who said highway robbers had fled with the goods”.

Damodar said he had stopped at Murthal to answer the call of nature. “In the meantime the robbers, who were traveling in two trucks, parked them behind my vehicle and began shifting the goods in it to their trucks”, he added.

Witnessing the robbers stealing the materials, Damodar said he rushed to the spot and raised an alarm. “One of the robbers then put a knife on my neck and ordered me to stay quiet. The robbers then made a quick exit. Neither of the two trucks bore a registration number plate. The entire incident took place just a few yards from Bal Gunj Chowki”, he stated.

Damodar claimed he then rushed to Bal Gunj Chowki to file a complaint with the police. He alleged instead of registering a case the cops thrashed him and threw him out of the police post.

SL Malhotra said both firm suffered a total loss of about Rs 3 lakh but they would not be able file a claim with the insurance company to recover the amount as no FIR was lodged with the police.

"With incidents of robbers striking on highways rising it’s getting increasingly difficult to transport materials to other places. Moreover, the attitude of the police is very demoralising. In today’s incident instead of investigating the matter the cops reportedly began beating up the complainant. In such a scenario how can we do business?" he asked.



Teachers’ Day
Restoring their lost glory
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 5
Holding successive governments responsible for the plight of teachers, leaders of the community have urged office-bearers of social and educational organisations to launch a movement to restore the lost glory of nation builders.

Disappointed teachers feel that the National Commission on Teachers, constituted to recognise the role of teachers, has failed to yield the desired results.

Veteran teachers led by Dr Rajinderjit Kaur Dhindsa, winner of several awards, said defective policies of successive governments had deteriorated teacher-pupil relationship.

“Students feel that teachers are paid for their job and they owe them nothing. Under such circumstances, a teacher is not in a position to take any disciplinary action against a student. Instead, there are times when teachers have to apologise for scolding a student,” said Dhindsa.

Recognising privatisation and commercialisation of education as other major factors for the present situation, teachers lamented that thousands of teachers at private schools and colleges were drawing salaries much lower than the Class IV employees of the state government. Disappointed over the trend, hundreds of doctorates and postgraduates, who wanted to opt for teaching, were now applying for posts of constables.

Maintaining that the tendency if allowed to continue would prove fatal for the overall development of students, teachers urged social and educational organisations to launch a coordinated movement.

Manpreet Kaur Sahota, a college lecturer, said teachers had not lost their importance.

Admitting that certain black sheep in the profession had cost the community dear, another teacher said heads of various educational institutes should adopt a reward-punishment strategy to improve working of erring teachers.

“There are good teachers and at the same time, there are bad ones too. One can’t say that bad teachers are incapable. It’s just that they have lost the right direction,” said teachers.

They added that a tactful handling would bring the desired improvement in teachers.



Black day for some
Choose Teachers’ Day for protest
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, September 5
Irked over the dilly-dallying of the government towards their long-pending demands, members of the Ludhiana Democratic Teachers’ Front observed Teachers’ Day as black day here today.

At least 50 members of the front held a meeting with members of the ETT Teachers’ Union and the Government Teachers’ Union at the Mini-Secretariat here this morning. It

was chaired by the front’s district unit president Mahinder Singh Kamalpura.

After the meeting, members of the unions raised slogans against the Punjab government and the Director-General School Education (DGSE), Krishan Kumar, in front of the Mini-Secretariat and later burnt an effigy of the DGSE for anti-teacher policies.

Addressing the gathering, Kamalpura said their demands included abolition of the post of DGSE and exemption for teachers from mid-day meal duties.

He said the mid-day meal scheme took most of teachers’ working hours and left little time for classes, resulting in poor results.

The teachers also demanded that computer teachers be regularised and their grades revised as per recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, the Padho Punjab Scheme be closed, the decision to merge primary, middle and secondary schools be reversed and government schools under the jurisdiction of zila parishads be brought back under the education department.

The protesting teachers threatened to intensify their agitation if their demands were not met immediately.

Mandi Ahmedgarh: Having failed to persuade the authorities in the education department to release their nine-month salary, teachers of recognised and private-aided schools observed Black Day here on Sunday.

Activists of the Punjab State Recognised and Aided School Teachers Union wore black badges against the apathetic attitude of the state government towards their genuine demands.

Teachers did not greet each other on the birth anniversary of Dr Radhakrishnan. They even refused to accept gifts and compliments from their students. Teachers said how could they celebrate the day when they had not received salaries for the past nine months.

Office-bearers of the organisation led by Rajinder Singh and Gian Singh said employees of the Punjab government private aided schools had observed Black Day and wore black badges.

Rajinder Singh of GHG Khalsa Senior School, Bahadurgarh, said the office-bearers had decided not to interrupt studies during their protest.

“As the government has failed to redress our grievances, we will have to intensify the agitation,” said Rajinder Singh. Other demands of the union included resumption of the pension scheme, higher grades and lifting of ban on recruitment of teachers.

Teachers of private aided schools, including MGMN Senior Secondary School, Guru Nanak Kanya Maha Vidyalya and Jain Muni Shree Kundan Kanya Mahavidyalya, have not received salaries. Family members of these teachers also joined the protest.

With even grocers refusing to give ration on credit, teachers had started absenting themselves from social functions.

Lenders, including friends and relatives, besides ration and milk suppliers had also started squeezing them.

They had to borrow money to pay power, water and sewerage bills.



MC leaves work half done
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
Two roads in Sarabha Nagar G block were dug up last year for the setting up of the storm sewer but it seems the Municipal Corporation has forgotten to re-carpet the roads. These two roads are giving tough time to the commuters living in the area. Though stones have been laid but further work has been halted.

Rajbir Singh, living nearby, had a narrow escape last week while he was riding his motorcycle. "Since it was dark I could not see the road clearly. I fell from my bike and suffered minor injuries. Though I had an escape but it could prove fatal to someone else," he said.

Both roads have been in a pathetic condition for the past one year. Some people have started making their own temporary arrangements by putting sand and other material in front of their houses.

"Whenever any vehicle passes over these roads, dust in large quantity enters our houses. It has become impossible to sit in our lawns and we are forced to keep our windows and doors closed throughout the day,” added Jagdev Singh, a resident of G block.

The condition worsens during rainy season when the pits on the roads get filled with water. “Stagnant water becomes a source of breeding ground for mosquitoes. Although Sarabha Nagar is considered as one of the posh localities of the city look at the condition of these two lanes,” added Jagdev Singh.

Another resident further said the developmental work done loses its significance when it is left in between. “Lying of the storm sewerage was a good step but since the roads have not been re-carpeted it loses its meaning. Once a work is started, it should be completed,” she said.

When contacted, the Municipal Councillor of the area, Amrita Varsha Rampal, agreed that the condition of the two roads were pathetic. The reason for the delay in re-carpeting of the roads is the ongoing rainy season.

“The work of laying the storm sewerage had finished by April, stones have been spread but the construction of the road has been halted due to the rainy season. If the road is at this time it will not last and that is why the work has been delayed,” she said.



Man commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
A 25-year-old man allegedly committed suicide under mysterious circumstances in Jodhewal Basti here today. The deceased, identified as Ramesh Kumar, ran a printing unit from his residence.

According to the police, the deceased was debt-ridden and was under depression.

He hanged himself from a ceiling fan at his residence. The deceased was reportedly alone at the time of the incident.



Free blood transfusion for thalassaemic kids
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 5
A sense of happiness and cheerfulness prevailed among families of children suffering from thalassaemia, as the Salaam Zindagi Foundation announced to bear all their expenses. Ashok Dawar, president of the foundation, and Nishant Arora, secretary, Youth Chemist Welfare Club, announced that they would bear the expenses of blood transfusion of 36 children.

The foundation organised a function at Gurdwara Dukhniwaran Sahib today. They said a bank account had been opened at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in which funds had been deposited to meet the requirements of the sponsored children. “Henceforth, these children just have to go to the hospital and get the blood transfusion done without making any payment.”

Tikka Dalip Singh, president, and Surain Singh, secretary of Ludhiana District Chemist Association, announced that "Kelfer", which was an expensive medicine, would be sponsored by them and given free of cost.

Gurpreet Singh Winkle, patron, and Taranjit Singh Sidhu said household items given to these families were sponsored by Gurdwara Dukhniwaran Sahib and other philanthropists. “The idea behind giving full-month ration to the families of afflicted children is that the family saves money on food articles and spends it on medical or other expenses.”



From Schools and Colleges
Principal awarded

Ludhiana: Chantal, principal, Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, received the prestigious CBSE Award-2009. The award was presented by Kapil Sibal, Union Minister, HRD, Government of India, at India International Centre, New Delhi, yesterday. D Purandeswari, Union Minister of State, HRD, Government of India, was also present on the occasion.

Teachers’ Day celebrated

Tagore Public School: To acknowledge the hard work and efforts put in by teachers in educating generations, Teacher’s Day was celebrated with zeal and gusto at Tagore Public School here today. Teachers were given a warm welcome by members of the managing committee, including Amrit Lal Aggarwal, manager, Baldev Kumar Aggarwal, president of the society, Prem Gupta, president of the school, Jaspal Singh, vice-president, and secretary of the school Sukhjiwan Rai, Varinder Kumar Singla, Sunil Kumar Goel, directors, Kuldeep Kumar Singla, Lt Col Kulwant Singh Thind, Shekhar Gupta, educationists, Pawan Garg and Bhushan Kumar Gupta, parent members and principal Suman Arora. A cultural programme was also held on the occasion. The principal congratulated teachers and urged them to follow the footsteps of great philosopher Dr Radhakrishan. Sarabjit Kaur, in her speech on Teachers' Day, felt the need to become a perfect example for students by dedicating herself completely to the cause of education. Citations and gifts were given to all teachers by members of the executive committee to appreciate their contribution in the field of education. Teachers, in turn, appreciated the management for the arrangements.

Sacred Heart School: “Teachers are the pillars on which the temple of knowledge stands.” This message was spread during a Teachers’ Day function held at Jesus’ Sacred Heart School, DX-1, South City. Students thanked their teachers for disseminating knowledge through their wonderful speeches and performances. It was a day filled with exuberance and thrilling events as students organised fun games. Chairperson Amarjit Sehgal, managing directors Pawandeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh and principal Anju Banga presided over the function. They appreciated the efforts of teachers and also reminded students of the wonderful work of Dr Radhakrishnan, whose birthday is celebrated on the day. The principal emphasised on the importance of teachers by saying, “An average teacher tells, a good teacher explains and an excellent teacher inspires.”

Partap Public School: Zest and fervour marked Teachers’ Day celebrations at Partap Public School today. The morning assembly witnessed a reversal of teacher-student roles. Teachers conducted the school choir, read speeches and recited poems. School boards had a rich display of information that invited the attention of almost everyone on the campus. Teachers were treated to an exclusive session of poetry, renditions and songs. Prof Harbhajan Singh Deol, former commissioner, Linguistic Minorities in India, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Shankuntala Shrivastava sang songs and added immensely to the mood of the moment. Dr Bhupinder Parihar’s speech interspersed with personal anecdotes proved highly motivational. Dr Parihar’s rendition of Urdu couplets in his sonorous voice invited many an encore. The teacher of the year 2009-2010 award was presented to Sonika. The highlight of Teachers' Day was the contribution made by all teachers and a majority of students towards helping the Leh cloudburst victims. All teachers were presented a set of books.

Teachers honoured

Teachers' Day was celebrated by the Lions Club, Ludhiana. The club honoured Dr Deepak Kapur, director, Panjab University, Regional Centre, Ludhiana, Dr Amarjit Kaur, professor and head, Transfusion Medicines, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, and Dr Ravi Inder Singh, reader, Panjab University Regional School, Ludhiana.

Balwant Singh Jandu, president, Sanjeev Monga, secretary, along with KK Verma, Charanjit Singh, Pritpal Narang and other members of the club, honoured the teachers.

Club president Jandu said the day was dedicated to Dr S Radhakrishnan, former President of India. The club presented a shawl, memento and a plaque to teachers. — TNS



‘Minor fall can result in pelvic fractures’
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 5
Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) started a “pelvic and acetabular” course today. The course was inaugurated by DMCH principal Dr Daljit Singh who was accompanied by vice-principal Dr Jagdeep Whig, Dean, academics, Dr Rajoo Singh Chhina and medical superintendents Dr Sandeep Puri and Dr BS Shah.

Course chairperson Dr Mohammad Yamin, professor and head of orthopaedics, extended a warm welcome to dignitaries.

In his address, Dr Yamin observed that the course in orthopaedics presented a significant challenge to orthopaedic surgeons all over the world. “The range of severity of pelvic injuries is wide and can include simple pelvic fractures, which may limit the activity of the individual patient for only a short period of time. The injuries can cause severe, complex or even open pelvic fractures.”

Scientific sessions during the course included various guest lectures by experts in the field of pelvic and acetabular surgery, who shared their invaluable experiences and latest advancements in the field.

The experts opined that the treatment plan for a patient with a pelvic fracture depended upon the type of fracture and the associated injuries. Stable fractures, which comprised a little over half of all pelvic fractures, generally healed rapidly because of the rich blood supply of the cancellous bone of the pelvis. The treatment consisted of bed rest, management of symptoms and pain control. Overall mortality rates for patients with pelvic fractures could be as high as 55 per cent, depending upon the severity of the fracture and the other injuries.

Course coordinator Dr Ramesh Sen said, “To understand what happens when pelvic bones are fractured, understanding the shape of pelvis was necessary. It is a ring-like structure made up of three bones-sacrum and two innominate bones. A pelvic fracture occurs when one or more pelvic (hip) bones are broken.”

“The pelvis is made up of five bones-sacrum, coccyx, ilium, pubis, and ischium shaped in a circle. It protects and supports organs inside the body.”

It was elaborated by guest speakers that pelvic fractures were caused during road mishaps or after suffering a fall. Some pelvic fractures were the result of minor falls or injuries.

An athlete may injure his or her hip when a sudden movement causes the muscle to tear a piece of hip bone. These are called avulsion fractures.



Humanitarian values no longer teachers’ concern
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, September 5
The highly professional approach of the teachers in today’s age is the root cause in encouraging the rote system, thus making students as automation machines, incapable of handling broader issues of existence. Even if the students tend to be inherently motivated, humanitarian concerns may not be able to cope up with the business minded approach of the mentors - both in and out of the classrooms.

“Humanitarian values seem to have taken a backseat. In the present set up, the vacuum in the relation of a teacher and students has widened to an inconsiderable limit. The teachers have no more remained their role models. A broader macro-perspective is necessary to have an in-depth analysis of the real cause of this critical situation. The held-up values have been loosened to the extent that neglect, abuse and unprofessional behaviour have come to dominate the scene at present,” shared an intellectual.

“Education is turning into an industry and stakeholders into machines devoid of all human sentiments. The over accommodation of science and technology in our day-to-day lives has eaten up the finer concerns of human existence. While we seem to be marching forward to a technocratic lifestyle, our mind and heart lie at variance, especially in terms of our long preserved value system and their undisputed acceptability today,” he added.

Another educationist opined, “The proliferation of so called education shops have forced the educationists and intellectuals to screen the matter of vanishing human values, their repercussions and rehabilitation. The noble thought of providing “vidya” by the so-called trusts and organisations has landed in a flux. These profit-making institutions can stoop to any level of compromise- be it in quality, sub-standard and incompetent human resources. This under-valued recession has destabilised our economic, social and cultural life. Further, corruption, nepotism, favouritism has given birth to a “visionless future” where the future generation can merely transfer the already conveyed but is sure to falter when it comes to communicating of real expressions.”

“In the wake of serious moral and ethical crisis, it is the role of the teachers, which is being called to question time and again. The most important responsibility of the teacher is imparting value-based education. Former President of India, Dr Abdul Kalam said, ‘The teachers have to teach humanity and humanism to the students,” a teacher opinion.

“The concerted efforts of the teachers in the restoration of humanistic attributes in an individual and society can by all means yield rich dividends. In order to make students act as catalysts of moral regeneration and social transformation, a teacher must never falter in presenting himself or herself as an instructor and counsellor. A teacher, it is said, has the capacity to bring the entire world to the classroom. So the general and specific responsibilities of a teacher seek an immediate merger in order to produce motivated and moralised learners,” expressed a college lecturer.



Bank staff protest against price rise
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
On the call given by the Central Trade Unions viz All-India Bank Employees Association, a majority of organisations of bank employees in public sector banks, private banks and foreign banks protested against the price rise, huge job loses, large scale disinvestment and violation of labour laws.

Continuing the chain of agitation programmes, the Punjab Bank Employees Federation today staged a dharna in front of Canara Bank.

While addressing the employees, Naresh Gaur, secretary of the association, said looking at the alarming price rise, all essential commodities should be made available at fair prices under the public distribution system.

Adding further, he said they wanted the government to take proactive and concrete measures to protect the jobs of workers and wanted strict enforcement of labour laws without exception or exemption and stringent punitive measures for violation of labour laws by employers.

“The government has become a spectator or rather a willing partner in this atrocity. In the public sector banks, the government is attempting to disinvest their shares to private hands.

Again in the banking sector, like in other sectors, permanent jobs are being outsourced and these outsourced employees do not have the protection of trade unions or any defined service condition,” added another leader of the federation.



Tewari lashes out at state govt on development
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 5
Claiming that the meagre development taking place in the state is on account of funds provided by the Centre, Ludhiana MP and national spokesperson of the All-India Congress Committee, Manish Tewari, has rapped the Punjab government for tall claims on the development front.

Tewari was talking to the Ludhiana Tribune after interacting with party activists and office-bearers of surrounding villages, including Hargobindpura, Chhappar, Dhulkot, Latala and Bahadurgarh. He distributed development project grants at localities here.

“Let Badal and his associates count development projects accomplished by their government without the help of the Centre. In Punjab, it is only the Badal clan that has flourished,” said Tewari, after a meeting at Hargobindpura village.

Congress’ local unit in charge Jagpal Singh Khangura said co-ordination between the Centre and the state government was a must for development, which was not happening in Punjab.

The ruling coalition in the state was not only misusing and misdirecting Central grants, but also defaming the Centre and accusing it of being anti-Punjab to draw political mileage, the Congress leaders alleged.



City will have another focal point: Gabria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
Hira Singh Gabria, Minister for Jails, Tourism and Cultural Affairs, presided over the second general meeting of Micro, Small and Medium Entrepreneurs here last evening. He said the state government was putting in efforts to tide over the problems faced by the industry.

Gabria said efforts were on to simplify the process of VAT refund. He said a high-level committee comprising ministers like Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon and Tikshan Sood had already submitted its report to the CM on the issue.

He said the government was thinking of covering certain small units (in residential areas) under mixed land use. He said getting new electricity connections and asking for load-increase would no longer be a herculean task for small and medium entrepreneurs.

Gabria added that another focal point would come up in Ludhiana. “An amount of Rs 34 crore is being spent on the maintenance of existing focal points in the city,” he said. He said no business could progress without power and to make city power surplus, earnest efforts were being made by the SAD/BJP government in state.



Shopkeeper alleges assault, damage
Owner’s heir refutes charge; probe begins
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 5
The local police has initiated a probe following the complaint of a local trader against his landlords of damaging the roof of his shop in an attempt to dislodge him. The complainant alleged that his landlords, along with some goons, had assaulted him after forcibly entering the shop.

Refuting the allegations, Ashupam Kaur maintained that they had got debris removed from the roof in compliance with court orders and did not know anything about damage to the roof.

In a communication to the authorities, including the Sangrur SSP, Harish Kumar alleged that some persons damaged the roof of his shop at the instance of Ashupam Kaur on Thursday night.

Ashupam Kaur claimed to be the legal heir to Darshan Singh, who had rented the shop to the complainant many years ago.

Harish Kumar also alleged that goons assaulted him while he was attending to customers on Thursday evening.

“Other shopkeepers came to my rescue after I raised the alarm. They threatened me of dire consequences before leaving,” alleged Harish Kumar, demanding protection to his life and property.

Sangrur SSP Harcharan Singh Bhullar directed the local police to initiate action after verifying the allegations.

SHO Shibeg Singh said further action would be taken after verifying facts from the market where the shop was situated.



Meritorious students felicitated
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 5
Eight meritorious students of Sarabha Dental College, Sarabha, including six top position holders in the university examinations, were felicitated by the management committee of the institute.

Avtar Singh Grewal, chairman of Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Charitable Trust, presided over the function organised on the college premises yesterday.

According to Dr SK Batish, Lovepreet Kaur (473 marks), Manmeen Kaur (462), Gagandeep Kaur (461), Samdisha (458), Kamaldeep Kaur (452) and Navpreet Kaur (451), who achieved first six positions in first year of BDS examination conducted by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, were felicitated at a function organised.

Kirandeep Kaur (443) and Sheena Gupta (441), who bagged the eighth and ninth positions in the university, respectively, were also felicitated.

Presenting special prizes worth Rs 25,000, Rs 15,000 and Rs 10,000 to three toppers, respectively, Avtar Singh Grewal announced to provide special facilities to the meritorious students of the college.



BJP biased against Cong constituencies, says Tewari

Ludhiana, September 5
Ludhiana MP and national spokesperson of the All-India Congress Committee Manish Tewari today lambasted the SAD-BJP government in the state for discriminating against the assembly segments represented by the Congress. He was addressing a series of public meetings in Dakha, previously Qila Raipur assembly constituency, represented by Congress MLA Jassi Khangura.

Tewari was disappointed with the callous attitude of the government. He said once the government is formed, it must not discriminate against those people who did not vote for the government.

He particularly referred to villages under Qila Raipur assembly segment which were being victimised and discriminated against by the coalition government as they had elected a Congress MLA.

"The Akalis have a habit of victimising their opponents. They either implicate their opponents in false cases or stop development in their area." Tewari, however, assured the people and said: "Once there is a change in guard, there will be no discrimination.” — OC



Jail inmate dies of ‘depression’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
Nearly three months after his bride called off their marriage while the ceremony was under way at a gurdwara, Gurdeep Singh lost his brother here today.

His younger brother died under mysterious circumstances at the Central Jail. Inderjeet Singh had been undergoing a jail term, along with his mother and brother, in connection with a dowry harassment case filed by Jaspreet Kaur.

According to jail officials, he succumbed to depression. He had been undergoing psychiatric treatment from Dr Sudha. Before his arrest, he was being treated by an Amritsar-based psychiatrist.

Jail officials said Inderjeet went into depression after Gurdeep was granted bail two days ago.

The incident came to light during head count this morning. Inderjeet was found dead at his barrack.



Saplings planted
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 5
The Society for Welfare of Education and Environment Protection (SWEEP) organised a sapling plantation drive at Rishi Nagar here today.

Exhorting residents to plant more trees, Dr Manisha, secretary of the NGO, said environment pollution was posing a major threat to human life.

“It is the moral responsibility of every individual to save the earth for the sake of future generations. There is a dire need for each one of us to follow the slogan- each one, plant one,” she said.

Rajinder Bhandari, vice-chairman of the Punjab Planning Board, who presided over the function, urged the people to go in for afforestation in a big way.



50 donate blood
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 5
Around 50 volunteers came forward to donate blood at a blood donation camp organised by All-Christian Federation (The Warriors) at Kalvary Church Community Hall to mark the 121st birth anniversary of Sadhu Sunder Singh here today.

Chief guests at the camp were Surinder Dawar and Rev Warris Masih, while guests of honour were Johnson Gill, secretary of the PPCC, and Dr Kamal Masih, medical superintendent, Christian Medical College and Hospital.

Dawar said voluntary blood donation was a noble cause. He said more and more people should be motivated for making blood donation a mass movement.



New AETCs take charge

Ludhiana, September 5
Jaskaran Singh Brar has taken charge as assistant excise and taxation commissioner (AETC), district II, and LK Jain as AETC, district III.

HPS Ghotra has been transferred to Patiala and HL Bansal to the information collection centre at Shambu barrier. The new AETCs held a meeting with the staff after assuming charge. Taxation Young Lawyers Association president Jatinder Khurana welcomed the officials. — TNS



Hayer is new DCP
Tribune News Service

Yurinder Singh Hayer Ludhiana, September 5
Yurinder Singh Hayer took charge as Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) last evening. Previously AIG CID here, he took reins from Parmod Ban, promoted to DIG (Vigilance).

Hayer was recruited as Deputy Superintendent of Police in the 1990 batch of the Punjab police. “I am aware of the problems and my priority will be to properly implement the changes brought about by the commissionerate system for better policing,” he said.



Two robbery accused escape from CIA HQ
One rearrested, 2 cops booked for negligence
Mahesh Sharma

Jagraon, September 5
Two suspected robbers, who had been overpowered by local residents and handed over to the police, escaped from the CIA headquarters here yesterday. One of the suspects was later nabbed last evening while the second was still at large. The police has booked the suspects and two cops under Sections 223 and 224 of the IPC for fleeing from custody and dereliction of duty, respectively.

The robbers, identified as Balwinder Kumar and Salwinder Kumar of Kapurthala, allegedly robbed workers of the local Sidhu Gas Agency of Rs 66,000 two days back.

Some residents of the tehsil road area, where the incident took place, nabbed them and handed over them to the police.

As the miscreants were thrashed by the residents, they were admitted to the Civil Hospital, from where they were taken to the CIA headquarters for interrogation on Friday night.

ASI Manjit Singh and havildar Jarnail Singh were deputed to interrogate the suspects to find the possibility of their accomplices being present in the area.

During the course of investigation last afternoon, Manjit Singh was called by a senior officer and the suspects succeeded in fleeing.

Investigations further revealed that the suspects escaped through a ventilator in the room where they were detained.

The ventilator had neither a piece of plywood, nor iron bars to prevent the entry or escape of criminals. The cops had not bothered to shift them to the lock-up when they were not being interrogated.

DSP Bhupinder Singh constituted special teams to nab the accused. A team led by Rachhpal Singh Dhindsa nabbed Balwinder Kumar from the outskirts of the town while he was trying to leave the area.

This is for the first time that such a lapse had occurred at the CIA headquarters, where hardcore terrorists had been detained for weeks together.

Three cops, including the then Dehlon SHO, were facing charges of eliminating a youth of Nangal Khurad village, who according to police records, had escaped from police custody five years ago.



PAU Club scrape past Ludhiana academy
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 5
In a see-saw battle, PAU Club, Ludhiana, managed to overpower their spirited opponents, Ludhiana Basketball Academy (LBA), in the men's section during the fifth week matches of the inaugural edition of the Mahindra NBA Basketball Challenge League being held at Guru Nanak Stadium. PAU Club were trailing 23-31 at half time.

After enjoying lead for most of the time, LBA players lost the rhythm to allow their rivals to take control of the proceedings. As the third quarter began, PAU Club bounced back to hand out LBA their first defeat in the league.

PAU Club’s fight was led by Amit who contributed 29 points, followed by Fateh who netted 17 baskets. For LBA, Daman and Sunil played well with 19 and 17 points, respectively.

In the second match played in the men’s section between Polo Ground Club, Patiala, and 152 Sikh Regiment, Ludhiana, the former emerged victorious comfortably 64-33. For the winners, Vikramjit excelled with 25 points.

In the women’s section, Hindu Kanya College, Kapurthala, scripted an easy 62-34 win against Polo Ground Centre, Patiala. Rajwinder Kaur scored 18 points for Kapurthala, while Harjeet Kaur contributed 19 points for Patiala.

The match played between Guru Nanak Club, Ludhiana, and MGM Public School, Dugri, Ludhiana, in the youth boy's section turned out to be a well fought one in which Guru Nanak Club emerged winners 34-21 after leading 19-11 at the end of the second quarter.

In the youth girl’s section, Hindu Putri Pathshala, Kapurthala, scored an easy 39-6 win over BCM Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, Ludhiana, with main contribution coming through Himanshu who netted 11 points.



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