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Non-filing of Returns
I-T dept shoots off notices to 2,000
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
The income tax department has issued notices to tax payees who have not filed their returns for the financial years 2007-08 and 2008-09. In Ludhiana alone, the department has prepared a list of nearly 2,000 tax payees. The process for dispatching the notices has already been started by the department. Notices are being sent to tax payees who have stopped filing their returns. “Notices have been sent to all such people. In case any tax payee claims to have filed the return, he/she needs to submit proofs of the same to the department,” a senior official stated, adding that penalty would be imposed if someone did not reply to the notices within a stipulated time.

“We are requesting the tax payees to respond to the notices on time, failing which they will be fined,” he said.

Jatinder Khurana, a tax professional, said if someone had taxable income and whose account books were unaudited and returns not submitted on time, could be fined Rs 5,000 in case of unaudited account books and Rs 1 lakh in case of audited account books.

A tax payee working in a private firm said he had been regularly paying his returns, but to his shock, he had received a notice from the department. “I will be submitting the proofs as early as possible, but the department should scrutinise the cases before issuing the notices,” he said.


Dengue cases in city soar to 250
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
The number of confirmed cases of dengue fever in the city has gone up to 250 with five to seven patients suspected of being infected admitted to the major hospitals every day. Christian Medical College & Hospital has already confirmed 40 dengue cases after the patients were administered the Elisa test.

Said Dr Kamal Masih, medical superintendent at CMCH: "Dengue cases are on the rise and today we received seven cases - the highest number in a single day this season. The patients have been put on curative treatment and are being administered platelets”.

Similarly, SPS Apollo Hospital too has admitted a total of 55 patients suspected to be infected during the past month. 15 of them have been confirmed to be suffering from dengue by the health & family welfare department and are being administered symptomatic treatment along with platelets.

The number of cases admitted to Dayanand Medical College & Hospital has exceeded 200 during the past month. Out of them 40 were from the city and the rest from Jalandhar and neighbouring areas.

Dr Sandeep Puri, medical superintendent at DMCH said: “Almost 30 patients with high fever and low platelet count are admitted to the hospital every day. However, not all are confirmed dengue cases. There are multiple conditions under which the platelet counts goes down drastically. The Elisa test determines whether the patient is infected”.

A number of patients are also undergoing treatment at GTB Charitable Hospital, Krishna Charitable Hospital, Ram Charitable Hospital and other hospitals in and around the city.

Health dept disputes hospital figures

Health officials have, however, refused to accept the number of "confirmed" cases of dengue fever announced by the city’s privately run hospitals. District epidemiologist Dr GP Mangla said: “14 dengue cases were reported today, taking the total number of cases to 128. All the cases have been confirmed positive after the patients were administered an Elisa test conducted by health department officials. We have not accepted the number of confirmed cases announced by hospitals due to various reasons”.



Conclave to focus on steps to check accidents
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

In the absence of any check, private buses often violate the one-way traffic rule on a flyover near the bus stand to reach the bus stand faster.
In the absence of any check, private buses often violate the one-way traffic rule on a flyover near the bus stand to reach the bus stand faster. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, September 20
Even as the city is set to host the first-ever conclave on road safety tomorrow to discuss the rising number of road accidents, several issues are facing the organisers.Nearly 450 persons lose their lives due to the dismal traffic scenario and “killer” roads every year.

According to Kamaljit Soi, member of the road safety council, who is organising the conclave along with a team of senior doctors at the CMCH, said the number of fatalities in road accidents was more as several accident cases went unreported.

“The haphazard manner of widening the National Highway-I has further increased the death toll in road accidents. To make matters worse, the ambulance staff deputed on the highway is not trained to provide medical aid to the victims,” he said.

Poor roads, reckless driving, underage driving and drunk driving were the other reasons behind road accidents.

Last fortnight, a woman bank employee, an ASI and two youths died in separate accidents. Two Jagraon students were crushed to death by speeding buses.

The accidents triggered massive protests, but nothing came of it. The department concerned were passing the buck, he claimed, adding that the objective behind organising the conclave was to bring the top bass of the administration, police and civic authorities on a single platform to address the issue.

“A district with a population of around 30 lakh witnesses 700 road accidents every month and nearly 150 persons sustain injuries. Such incidents have to be stopped,” he said.

The conclave would be presided over by the state minister for transport, Mohan Lal, DGP (Traffic) Chander Shekhar, Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh, Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari and MC Commissioner AK Sinha.

The experts would deliberate on road safety in India, trauma care, underage, drunk and rash driving, overspeeding and use of speed governors in public Transport, besides the role of enforcement agencies and paramedics.



Driver stops jail bus after collision, held
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
A car driver who became enraged when a jail bus carrying about a dozen prisoners to a court was involved in a minor collision with his vehicle could have unwittingly helped them in escaping. The incident occurred today morning at around 10:30 am at the Dholewal flyover.

The furious car driver came from behind and applied his vehicle’s breaks, forcing the jail bus to stop. The cops who were traveling in the bus took position, thinking it to be an attempt to free the prisoners, and immediately informed the police control room.

A high alert was sounded and all police station SHOs were reportedly told to set up checkposts at the city’s major intersections and roundabouts. The cops soon surrounded the car driver and even thrashed him before handing him over to the division no 6 police station. He was later identified as Gurjit Singh, 38, a resident of Model Town who owns a factory in Jamalpur.

Gurmit reportedly told the police he had no questionable intentions and simply wanted to “express his anger at the driver of the jail bus for colliding with his car.

ACP Naginder Rana said, “The manner in which the car driver behaved was wrong. The incident could have led to the prisoners escaping”.

The police is now trying to ascertain whether the incident was a case of road rage or Gurjit wanted to free any of the prisoners in the bus.

In almost a similar incident about five days ago a car driver trained a pistol at a youth following a minor collision with the latter’s vehicle near the Clock Tower area.



Coming up: litmus test for admn
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh/Ludhiana, September 20
At a time when the region is recuperating after the attack on St Thomas Church at Malerkotla and the ensuing tension, the efficacy of the Punjab police is again on test.

Days preceding and following September 24, when the Allahabad High Court will announce its verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit, will emerge as a litmus test for the police and the civil administration.

Taking note of reports of incidents of violence by miscreants and activists of some radical organisations in the past, the administration has geared up for tactful handling of any adverse situation after the verdict is announced on the scheduled date.

Chances of the situation remaining normal seem to be few as a large number of activists of radical organisations have been making their presence felt in the past.

Investigations have revealed that the rank and file in the police has been directed to gear up to tackle any adverse situation in the area after the verdict on the title suit next Friday.

Besides identifying notorious elements and tracking their activities, officials will keep liaison with office-bearers of various social, religious and educational organisations.

Heads of educational institutions have been directed to ensure that sensitive issues are not discussed in classrooms and morning assemblies.

A series of flag marches and peace marches may be carried out in the region. The administration plans to instil confidence among residents and spread the message about the need for perseverance.

Harcharan Singh Bhullar, Sangrur SSP, has directed all circle officers to depute seasoned officials for keeping a vigil in sensitive areas, identified by special teams.

“I have told my team that the role of every member is equally important. The worth of a constable can be much higher than that of a gazetted officer if he succeeds in extinguishing a spark that may have resulted in havoc if ignored,” he says.

He has appealed to office-bearers of social and religious organisations to persuade their activists to contribute in maintaining civilised society and urged residents not to lend
credence to rumours being spread by anti-social

Responding to the call by the administration, office-bearers of the organisations have appealed to members of both communities to maintain peace at any cost.

Punjab Waqf Board chairman Izhar Alam has urged the administration to strengthen the peace committee and increase the number of members to at least 30.

These members should actively work as a bridge between the administration and the members of various communities, he has opined.

He has suggested that proper arrangements be made for the stay of cops deployed for maintaining the sanctity of religious places in the area.



CME credits to doctors come under cloud
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
Making a mockery of credit hours given to doctors for attending lectures and workshops conducted under continued medical education (CME), a senior doctor has reportedly issued credit certificates to his friends and relatives who were not even present at any lecture.

In what amounts to a most unethical practice for a medical professional, the doctor, a former member of the Punjab Medical Council, signed the certificates in the capacity of a PMC member even after his tenure had expired.

As many as 200 certificates issued to doctors last February by the Ludhiana branch of the Indian Society of Anesthesiologists, which are in the possession of Dr GS Grewal, the PMC member from the city, bear white slips covering the signature of the former council member. The latter initially signed the certificates but when the matter was brought to the council’s notice they were sent to Grewal for his signature.

However, Dr Grewal refused to do so on account of what he called a "mess-up" in granting credit hours to doctors. He told The Tribune: “Credit hours are elemental in renewal of a doctor’s registration and only a PMC member is authorised to monitor the credit hours. I’ve refused to sign a single certificate as there is no record to ascertain whether the doctors concerned were present at Anesthesiologists-CME held in February this year”.

in a written complaint to PMC state president Dr Manmohan Singh, Grewal, who is also chairman of the political affairs committee of the Punjab chapter of the Indian Medical Association, has demanded “immediate action against the erring doctor”.

Interestingly, the council, ignoring a sitting member, had authorised a former member to represent the council in the forthcoming ENT-CME from September 24 to 26.

However, Grewal, in his capacity as a PMC member, objected to the development and wrote to Manmohan questioning him about the matter. Soon after receiving the complaint, the council replaced the former PMC member’s name with that of Grewal.

Meanwhile, senior doctors in the city have alleged certificates for participation in ENT-CME have already been made in advance. “The certificates will only be issued to the doctors with their signatures against their names in the registration of CME”, said Grewal.



Beaded jewellery is the in-thing
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
With the price of yellow metal going through the roof, beaded jewellery can be found everywhere, in all possible sizes and in myriad hues.Embraced by an increasing number of socialites and college students, beaded jewellery is in vogue like never before.

Whatever the style, there is scope for beaded jewellery, which appeals to people of all age groups and belongs to everyone.

Besides affordability, the fact that it makes a style statement is a strong reason for its wider acceptance. Trend setters have affinity with custom-made beaded jewellery.

“Hand-crafted beaded jewellery like necklaces, rings, bands, pendants and anklets are the latest way to express one’s creativity,” says Kunal Kothari from Jaipur.

“From Czech beads to Swarovski, from gem beads to semi-precious ones, from acrylic to wooden and terracota, beads are definitely in,” he adds.

“Small and light bracelets, beautifully beaded pendants, beaded necklaces and dangling earrings with glass beads are in great demand as those gel well with current fashion trends,” says Amit of Ghumar Mandi here.

“Multi-coloured glass beads or glitter beads that glow in the dark are an apt choice for adding the glamour factor to the outfit, be it simple or formal,” he adds.

“The shapes that beads can be cut into lend a feminine touch to it when worn with ethnic wear, but those look equally good on jeans,” says college student Swati Pathak.

“I love big and bold beads as those make for a perfect piece of jewellery and help catch the eye,” says student Harmeet Sethi.

Wild synthetic colours and bright rainbow hues are quite impressive. There is no dearth of exquisite pieces of beaded jewellery at local stores and on sidewalks.


If you are good with fingers, you have the option to be your own designer. Bead craft does not require many tools. For a beginner, you need wire thread to bead on, wire cutters and a wide assortment of beads. Look for interesting pieces for your beaded jewellery like clasps, hooks and eyes. You can start with a simple necklace or bracelet and then work your way up to more intricate patterns and styles. Make a longer bracelet (to wrap it around your wrist many times) or a multi-layered necklace. A beaded belt can be a fashionable accessory. Let your imagination and creative genius run riot with colourful beads, metal wires and hooks



Youth festival starts at GN College
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 20
Four-day Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival (Moga, Ferozepur), Boys Zone, started at GN College, Narangwal, near here today. Pritpal Singh Grewal, patron of the host institute, inaugurated the event.

Hundreds of students from Dharmkot, Muhar, Jagraon, Moga, Narangwal, Dhudike, Sadhar, Mullanpur Dakha, Ferozepur exhibited their talent during various sessions today.

Morning session’s events included shabad/bhajan, giddha, instrumental, folk and orchestra while events for the evening session were group song, light music (vocal), ghazal, folk song and classical song.

Various speakers, including Grewal and Deepak Manmohan, director, World Punjabi Centre, appreciated role of in charges of various teams for preparing students for the events.

Dr Hardiljit Singh Gosal, principal, welcomed and thanked those participating in the event dedicated to Baba Gurdit Singh.


Shabad and Bhajan recitation: Guru Har Gobind Khalsa College, Sudhar, 1, BKS College, Mohar, and Guru Nanak College, Moga, 2, DS College, Moga, and RSD College, Ferozepur 3;

Amrit Deep Singh of Sudhar College and Jasbir Singh of Gobind National College, Narangwal, won individual prizes

Folk instrument: GHG Khalsa College, Sudhar, 1, Gobind National College, Narangwal, 2, and Government College, Dhudike, 3

Tabla vadan: DS College, Moga, 1, and Gobind National College, Narangwal, 2

Instrumental music: Gobind National College, Narangwal, 1

Classical music: DS College, Moga

Folk orchestra: Government College, Dhudike

Quiz contest: GHG Khalsa College, Sudhar, 1 and DS College, Moga, 2 



‘Azolla’ top livestock feed: Scientists
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
Green forage is an essential component of feed for economic milk production. But the availability of green fodder is declining due to pressure on land for production of foodgrain, leading to increased dependency of dairy farmers on costly concentrate feeds for higher milk yields.

There is need to identify cost-effective, unconventional alternatives capable of mitigating pressure on land for fodder production. This was stated at a training programme on “azolla” cultivation for livestock feed organised by the department of aquaculture, College of Fisheries, GADVASU, here today.

As many as 70 officers of the state animal husbandry department from Punjab participated in the programme. Dr KS Sandhu, director extension, GADVASU, was the chief guest and stressed on the use of unconventional resources to supplement livestock feed.

Aquatic plants hold great potential as they grow fast (due to a very short life cycle) compared to terrestrial plants and yields higher biomass per unit area. Among the aquatic plants, aquatic fern “azolla” holds great scope for utilisation in livestock feeding due to its high nutritive value and exceptionally fast growth, Dr Kamaldeep Kaur, Dean, College of Fisheries, GADVASU, stated.

Dr Asha Dhawan, senior scientist-cum-head, department of aquaculture, spoke on culture and uses of azolla. She said it cost Re 0.20 to culture a kg of azolla. She said azolla could be used as a biofertiliser, feed and fodder, besides a biological control agent to check weed propagation and check the growth of mosquitoes.

Dr MPS Bakshi, professor and head, department of animal nutrition, explained the nutritional value of azolla. Being rich in proteins (13-30 per cent), essential amino acids, vitamins, growth promoters and minerals, it was a good feed supplement.

Dr Vaneet Inder Kaur, assistant scientist (fisheries), demonstrated the technology for azolla culture while

Dr Baldev Singh, joint director (feed and fodder), department of animal husbandry, Punjab, said the Centre was also keen to develop azolla as livestock feed.



PPCB teams raid 26 units in 2 days
Six caught violating pollution norms
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
Tightening the noose around violators the Punjab Pollution Control Board raided 26 dyeing units in the city. Six units were caught violating water and air pollution norms. One of the teams raided 12 units on Tajpur Road out of which five were found to be closed.

It was found that at least four of the other units had started the water treatment plant just a few minutes before their arrival. No records of chemicals being used at these units were found.

Besides, at two units the water treatment plant was installed very close to Buddha Nullah.

Another team raided 14 units located on Tajpur Road, Bahadur Ke Road, Focal Point and Rahon Road.

Out of these two units were found to be closed while at Sunny Scientific Dyers, on Rahon Road, the water treatment plant was found to be non-functional. The situation at the unit was dismal as water had logged.

The team also found that out of the raided premises, only Ekta Dyeing on Bahadur Ke Road was violating the norms governing the use of fuel. At Ekta Dyeing, pet coke pollution control equipment was also not installed.



Life in his dog!

Irked with her teenaged son, who refused to sit down to study for his ongoing exams even after several proddings, the mother found out a clever way. Long convinced of her son’s extreme love for their pet dog, this was her time to cash in on his emotions.

Picking up a stick, the mother darted towards the dog. Shocked, the son grabbed her arm. “If you want your dog to be secure, you better get down to your books. The more you ignore my instructions, the more I will thrash him,” the smart mother retorted back.

The threat worked wonders as the boy, without wasting any time, sat down to memorise his lessons. Smiling, the mother winked at her shell-shocked husband and whispered, “He is like that magician whose life resided in his parrot. Only, in his case, it is the dog!”

“Immobility plan”

Like his other pipe dreams, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal is said to have formulated a “mobility plan” for major towns in the state, including Ludhiana. But if the condition of roads, regulation and enforcement of traffic rules, absence of parking spaces and utter lack of road sense among majority of drivers and other road users are any indication, any plan to improve flow of traffic, at least in the city, seems to be a far-fetched idea.

The junior Badal appears to have forgotten that mobility plan to improve the state of traffic in congested areas is a secondary thing. Firstly, the towns and cities ought to have good roads, functional traffic lights, overbridges or under-passes, and skilled manpower to regulate traffic movement and enforce traffic rules.

Only then can any mobility plan achieve some degree of success, which too mostly depends on the will of the road users to abide by rules and observe basics of traffic sense.

Parenting blues

English cartoons dubbed in Hindi may be a boon for the students going to schools teaching in native mediums, but the dubbed versions have left the tiny tots of public schools in an utterly confused state.

Learning words like “saviour”, “mighty”, “bodyguard” at school, a student of Class II suddenly started using their Hindi substitutes like “rakshak”, “takatwar” and “angrakshak”, thereby leaving his parents bewildered.

Curious to know about the source of her child’s newfound vocabulary, the mother spent the whole day with her son sitting in front of television and watching cartoons and was surprised at the emphatic diction of every translated word.

What perplexed her most was the incorrect connotations picked up from some Hindi flicks that were indiscriminately used in animations. The parents closed the TV set and instead encouraged the boy to sit on the PC and watch occasional movies with them in cinema hall.

What followed was indeed a comedy of errors as the boy exhibiting extraordinary sense of retention started articulating the dialogues from movies, the most hilarious being “Ek chutki sindoor ki kimat aap kya jano mom” when he saw her quarrelling with his father.

Shopping list

Unable to contact her Army officer husband, who was posted in some remote area of Assam, an anxious wife made frantic calls to some of his colleagues in hope of getting news about her husband’s whereabouts.

Incidentally, she was able to talk to one of her husband’s juniors, posted at the same station. The junior offered to put her online with her husband through a conference call. Happy beyond words, at the thought of talking to her husband after a month, she agreed.

The call was made and pleasantries exchanged followed by a torrent of queries, emotional outbursts and complaints, all in the presence of the dormant conference caller -- the junior.

All was well till the wife started talking about an upcoming wedding in the family and the list of dresses she had selected for herself for the occasion. “I am waiting for you to come back and then we will go shopping,” she said excitedly.

At this, the husband, who was on the other side of the call, started complaining that the voice quality was poor and he could not hear her. The junior exclaimed, “Why sir, I can hear her clearly!” With his trick caught, the hapless husband retorted, “Then you might as well go and buy her all the expensive dresses.”

Contributed by Charu Chhibber, Kuldip Bhatia, Anshu Seth, Manav Mander



Chhapar Mela
Begging at fairs an organised trade
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 20
Like other parts of the state, begging has become an organised trade during social and religious functions in this part as well. The administration finds itself sandwiched between tradition and this social evil.

Officials receive criticism if this malpractice is ignored. On the other hand, event organisers, social organisations and human rights bodies demand action against those who deal sternly with beggars.

Investigations by the Ludhiana Tribune have revealed that a large number of beggars, mostly migrants, have been creating nuisance during fairs and social gatherings for the past several years.

Though the administration has started a drive to weed out gangsters, suspected to be exploiting beggars, it has failed to nab those who shift physically challenged, amputee and minor beggars to various venues.

The authorities have failed to locate those who bring beggars who are not able to sit or walk.

Their pitiable condition makes people donate generously.

Those who have been taking part in fairs claim that a gang has been shifting a beggar, with both legs amputated, to the vicinity of the place of worship for the last many years. Social activist Tarsem Garg has seen a person collecting money from the bowl of a beggar, with both legs amputated, who keeps lying prostrate.

Children below five years of age with serpents have been seen seeking alms during the Chhapar fair. Sonu Nath (14) and Monu Nath (10) of Sunam argue that it is obligatory for them to start their ‘professional life’ by seeking alms in the name of snakes.

Officials deputed at the shrine know that provisions under the Cruelty on Animals Act and the Wildlife Act are applicable on them.

Though the authorities realise that carrying poisonous snakes is dangerous, they cannot stop the practice, lest there is a religious controversy.



Free service offered
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 20
With the civil administration gearing up for the smooth and safe conduct of the Chhapar fair, social and religious organisations of the area have come forward to provide free essential services during the event.

Office-bearers of the organisations, including the Social Welfare Organisation, the Arhtiya Union Ahmedgarh, the Shree Ram Dharamsala Committee and the Hind Hospital Trust, have approached SDM (W) Prem Chand, who is mela in charge, with offers to organise free ‘langar’ and ‘chhabeel’, ambulance and medical camps during the fair.

The gesture is in response to a call made by Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari, who visited Guga Mari at Chhapar village, the site for the fair, near here, to supervise preparation for the event.

The rank and file in various departments, including public health, local bodies, power and industries, have been directed to ensure that the minimum inconvenience is caused to those coming to pay obeisance at the shrine during the fair.

Prem Chand has said officials have studied reports submitted by mela in charges of the past few years to identify impediments and threats. Eve-teasing, carrying of articles used as weapons and sale of illicit liquor have been major problems, in his opinion.



Tewari for independent probe into scams
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 20
Taking a serious view of the scams being reported in the office of the Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) here, MP Manish Tewari has demanded an independent probe into the matter.

In a statement here today, he said new skeletons were tumbling out every other day and the government was not taking any action. While the inquiry and action was yet to begin in the first scam involving Indira Awas Yojna funds, another scam had surfaced in the same office, he stated.

He alleged that there seemed to be connivance of people in power since the real culprits got away while lower-rung officials were made scapegoats.

Tewari said on the one hand, the government was trying to project that the Central government was discriminating against Punjab, but on the other hand it seemed funds released under Centre-sponsored schemes were being misappropriated.



Rs 5-lakh relief for steam plant victims’ kin
Our Correspondent

Khamano September 20
The local Lakshmi Energy and Foods Limited has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the next of kin of the five workers who had lost their lives due to the collapse of the steam plant here some days ago.

According to Janakraj Singh Uppal, chairman of the company, it will also provide a job and a pension of Rs 2,500 per month to the next of kin of each of the deceased.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira and district planning committee chairperson Satwinder Kaur Dhaliwal paid separate visits to the families of the victims.



Paddy here already
Purchase begins Oct 1
Our Correspondent

Khanna, September 20
Although the government is scheduled to start the purchase of paddy from October 1, paddy has started arriving at the grain market here.Some farmers who have brought their produce here are facing the wrath of nature as it has been drizzling almost everyday.

Some private players are offering between Rs 900 and Rs 950 per quintal, but farmers are not ready to sell the crop below the rate declared.

Sukhwinder Singh of Rahon village, who has been waiting here for the last four days, says he is anxious about his produce as it will not remain fit for purchase due to rain.

Former market committee chairman Harbans Singh Rosha has demanded that the government start the purchase of paddy at the earliest because of the weather.

The paddy is arriving at a fast pace. Some farmers allege that there are no proper arrangements for the purchase.

Market committee secretary Mohan Singh has said they are making arrangements, but it will take some days before purchase starts.



Delay in monsoon withdrawal to hit crops
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
The withdrawal of monsoon, which has been delayed by 15 days, is not good for cotton and paddy crops in Punjab, experts at the meteorology department of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here say.

Dr KK Gill, senior meteorologist, said the average temperature in September had lowered by 3 degrees, which had brought respite to people, but this could not be associated with the early onset of winter.

The crop was mature by this time and ready to be harvested, but untimely rain would damage the crops, he said.

He said it was advisable for farmers to harvest their produce to save it from the damage caused by excessive rain. The average maximum temperature in the month of September hovered around 33 degrees Celsius while the minimum remained around 22 degrees Celsius.

The constant rains this September had lowered the mercury as the average maximum temperature had been recorded at 30.6 degrees Celsius followed by a minimum temperature of 24 degrees Celsius.

Referring to the constant rain in the north-western region of India, Dr Gill said it was because of “no break in the monsoon, which is why the North-Eastern region received scanty rainfall”.

So far, there had been eight rain days in the city in particular and the region at large in September compared to the average of five rain days in this month. As per the weather forecast, September would see more rain, making it the wettest month in the last decade. 

Health Outlook

Doctors are getting a large number of cases with bronchial problems, allergies, body aches and low-grade fever. The causative factor for the problems is excessive relative humidity, which is at an all-time high this September. The doctors have advised people not to use air-conditioners, which they say would add to the problems



Reward for info on missing commissioner
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
After registering a kidnap case against an unidentified persons in connection with the alleged mysterious disappearance of Additional Commissioner (Income Tax) Umesh Chandra, the police today announced that a reward to Rs 50,000 would be given to a person for helping the police locate the missing commissioner.

The police has made an appeal to the public that they should give the police any information that they may have regarding the whereabouts of the commissioner.

The PAU SHO said the case had been registered following a complaint lodged by his family. The SHO, however, admitted that the police had failed to find any clue despite a massive manhunt launched by it.

Chandra, a 1989-batch Indian Revenue Service official, is suffering from depression and had undergone a month-long treatment at the DMCH. He has been missing since September 7. He had gone for a routine walk but did not return to his house in Rishi Nagar.

The police has appealed to residents to call at 98780-37374, Jaspal Singh (SHO PAU), and (ITO) 99150-86848 for any information pertaining to Chandra.



200 saplings planted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
The National Service Scheme (NSS) of Kamla Lohtia SD College organised van mahotsava on the college premises today. Rajinder Singh Sandhu, dean, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, Panjab Agricultural University, was the chief guest. As many as 200 saplings were planted on the college campus.

Principal Dr RL Behl welcomed the chief guest with bouquets. Dr Behl highlighted the achievements of the college in sports, academic and extra curricular activities. He appreciated the efforts of NSS programme officer Deepak Dhingra and Kavita Arora for organising these events to serve society.

Dr Sidhu acknowledged the efforts of the managing committee, principal and staff members for providing the state-of-the-art facilities to students. He shared his experiences with the NSS volunteers and motivated them to work hard. He also highlighted the importance of plants and motivated the students to contribute to society by planting saplings. Dr Sidhu assured every kind of assistance at his end for undertaking any philanthropic activity.

Dr Sidhu also visited the newly constructed PG Block (first floor), computer labs and women’s hostel.

NSS programme officer Deepak Dhingra discussed the objectives of organising van mahotsava. 



Using muscle power to grab land
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 20
A frustrated Sanjeev Kumar, owner of a prime piece of property on the main Ferozepur road, has lost faith in the law of the land. While certain influential persons are allegedly trying to grab his property with the help of musclemen and criminals, he has no one to help him. Even the police, he alleges, has assumed the role of a mute spectator, thereby extending tacit support to the land-grabbers.

Addressing a news conference here today, he said over a year ago, he had entered into an agreement with Chamkaur Singh, owner of a drug de-addiction centre, for the sale of a 70 sq yard shop for Rs 47.50 lakh, and a sum of Rs 10 lakh was received in advance.

The intending buyer was to get the sale deed executed within a period of a month, which he failed to do due to which the agreement became null and void.

He claimed that he heard nothing from the buyer of the property in the intervening period. “However, on September 16, some two dozen heavily armed persons came to my shop and made an attempt to take possession of the property. I raised the alarm and the police was also called in to stop the attempt to grab my property,” he said.

According to him, during the last four days, he had been constantly receiving threats to his life, and to his shock, the police was also putting pressure on him to sell the property to Chamkaur Singh on the basis of the agreement that had no legal sanctity.

“I am under pressure to sell my property at the price agreed upon a year ago whereas the present market price of the shop is well over Rs 1 crore,” he claimed.

He had been running from pillar to post seeking justice. “I have submitted a written complaint of the bid to grab my property to the PAU police station as well as the ACP (West), but neither has a case been registered against the offenders, nor has the police taken any action to curb the open defiance of the law by criminal elements,” Sanjeev complained.

When contacted, the SHO of PAU police station said the ACP (West), Raj Kumar, was looking into the matter. The ACP could not be contacted despite various attempts.



Punjabi films technically sound: Aman Dhaliwal
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
Hailing from Mansa, Aman Dhaliwal has made his mark in the film industry. After being a part of films like “Jodha Akbar” and “Coffee House”, Aman has also made a foray into regional cinema. Apart from doing films in the South, he is also in the latest Punjabi film, “Ek Kudi Punjab Di”.

“I am here to stay. Bollywood is every actor’s dream, but since I am a Punjabi and I love Punjab, I would love to be a part of the Punjabi film industry. Manmohan Singh is a director one would want to work with again and again,” he says.

Talking about the difference between Punjabi and Hindi films, he says technically, Punjabi films are no less, especially when directed by ace directors like Manmohan Singh. “He is the man who has taken Punjabi films to new heights,” he says.

Talking about “Ik Kudi Punjab Di”, Aman says the film is based on girls and their rights. “Though we have progressed a lot, at some point in time, the
difference between boys and girls emerges and girls are asked to compromise,” he says.

“I worked in numerous music videos and got a break with a role in ‘Jodha Akbar. After that there was no looking back. I adopted acting as a full-time career,” he remarks.



Man booked for killing wife’s paramour
Our Correspondent

Khanna September 20
A migrant labourer was murdered by two persons at Malkpur village last night. According to information, Subodh Sharma, who was a resident of Bihar, was staying at Nandi Colony, Khanna, from the past several years.

Dinesh Singh, another migrant labourer, was also staying there with his wife Kiran and three children. Subodh allegedly had illicit relations with the wife of Dinesh and the latter was aware of it.

Yesterday Dinesh came to Khanna with his brother Brejesh Singh, who is residing at Delhi. In the evening they called Subodh and consumed alcohol with him. After some time they told Subodh that one of their relatives had met with an accident near Malkpur village and they needed to go there immediately.

They brought a motorcycle and took Subodh to Malkpur village. When they reached there the accused attacked Subodh with sharp-edged weapons. Due to severe injuries he died on the spot and they both fled.

In the morning, a passer-by noticed the body and informed the police. The Khanna police had registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC against Dinesh Singh and his brother Brijesh Singh on the statement of Kiran, wife of Dinesh.



Indo-Pak kabaddi match on Sept 25
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
Kabaddi teams from India and Pakistan would lock horns in a friendly match on September 25.City-based NGO Malwa Yuvak Bhalai Club is hosting the contest. Vishal Nayyar, media advisor of the club, said the object behind the match was to consolidate cross-border relations.

“Sports is the only medium to improve relations between two countries. And in future also we are planning to host similar events to improve relations between the two countries,” said Nayyar.



Six city players to represent PU

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
Six softball players from Khalsa College for Women have been selected to represent Panjab University softball team in the upcoming Inter- University Softball Championship.

The players, including Mandeep Kaur, rupinder Kaur, Sandeep Kaur, Amandeep Kaur, Amanjot Kaur and Veerpal Kaur, were selected following their stupendous performance in the Inter- College Softball Championship.

The softball team clinched the gold medal by thrashing PU Campus softball team in the finals of the Inter-College Softball Championship concluded recently.

Expressing pleasure over the achievement of
students, principal Varinder Kaur Thind said the girls had brought laurels for the institution by winning the softball championship.

“Now, they have again made the college proud by securing a berth in the university team for the upcoming inter-varsity softball championship,” she added.



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