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Commercial Buildings
Bylaws violated with impunity
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 29
Even as the building branch of the municipal corporation (MC) has claimed to have taken stern measures against those carrying out the construction of commercial and other buildings in the city in blatant violation of building bylaws, the offenders appear to be hell bent as the construction of commercial buildings without approved building plans continues unabated in different parts of the city.

Not only this, with each passing day, the lawbreakers are finding novel methods to hoodwink the authorities. Be it political patronage, money power or recommendations from top bureaucrats, the building owners go for whatever suits the purpose (of completing the construction without any interference from the building branch).

That people will go to any length to carry out unlawful building activity was witnessed in the Gobind Nagar locality near Punjab Agricultural University, when construction work on a commercial complex commenced on an old building just opposite the gurdwara. An “innovative” owner of a building put up a huge hoarding expressing gratitude to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal for delivering what they had promised. The hoarding carried the name of a SAD-B councillor as the one who had issued the advertisement.

Inquiries made by The Tribune revealed that the owner of the building did not have much of political connections or any direct link with the SAD-B councillor. But the purpose of putting up the hoarding at the time when the construction of the commercial building was in progress was to keep the MC staff at bay till the construction work was completed.

Even otherwise, it is not uncommon for political functionaries of every hue to come in the way of enforcement of building bylaws or even clearance of encroachments in the mega city. The situation is further compounded when some of the civic employees, out to make a fast buck, compromise their own position as well as make others also look away till the unlawful building activity is complete.

When contacted SS Bindra, assistant town planner, D zone, confirmed that the commercial building was coming up without any approved building plan. "The building owner has been directed to stop the construction work forthwith and a notice has been issued to him under the provisions of building bylaws of the MC," he said.

An “innovative” owner of a building put up a huge hoarding expressing gratitude to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal for delivering what they had promised. The hoarding carried the name of a SAD-B councillor as the one who had issued the advertisement. Inquiries made by The Tribune revealed that the owner of the building did not have much of political connections or any direct link with the SAD-B councillor. But the purpose of putting up the hoarding at the time when the construction of the commercial building was in progress was to keep the MC staff at bay till the construction work was completed.


Ayodhya alert
Quick reaction team deployed in city
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 29
Specially trained personnel of the quick reaction team (QRT), which was set up by the local police to handle any kind of eventuality following the Mumbai terror attacks, are being positioned all over the city to maintain peace tomorrow when the Allahabad High Court delivers its verdict on the Babri Masjid title suit.

Equipped with the latest weaponry, the QRT, which comprises over 30 cops of different ranks including subinspectors, ASIs and constables, would be used against “rebellious elements” trying to take the law into their hands.

The QRT, which was formed in 2008 by police commissioner Ishwar Singh, who was then DIG (Ludhiana range), is said to be the best unit in the Indian police force. Its combat trained cops can get to the location of any incident in the minimum time possible, plan the task and complete it effectively.

The QRT was trained to handle any eventuality in the city’s old market area. Being congested and overpopulated, the market can easily be made a target by antisocial and criminal elements.

At the time when it was set up the QRT faced criticism for inducting cops with potbellies. Initially the unit performed badly during mock operations. Police officials were also not pleased with the time taken by team members to complete the exercises.

The QRT personnel were later sent to Jahan Khelan near Hoshiarpur where they went intensive training to handle any crisis.

Deputy police commissioner Yurinder Singh said: "We’ve put all our resources into ensuring the safety of city residents and the QRT is very much a part of it.”

Bookies get active
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 29
While the entire country is worried about the fallout of the Babri Masjid verdict, bookies in the city appear to be having a gala time and are busy betting over the court’s decision. According to a bookie, crores of rupees are at stake over the judgment on the title suite verdict.

Bookies across the city are busy jotting down the rates in whose favour the judgment would be pronounced tomorrow.

"The court’s verdict on the dispute has provided us an opportunity to earn some quick bucks before the start of the India-Australia cricket matches scheduled from October 1," said a bookie on the condition of anonymity.

Not only bookies but tipplers too have joined the excitement. Reports say many tipplers who come to prestigious clubs in the city are also pacing bets on the Babri judgment.

"The verdict has given the nouveau riche a reason to gamble and spend their money. While the common man is keeping its fingers crossed over the sensitive issue, the rich have got another opportunity to spin the money," rued Yaspal Sharma, a city resident.

The police is also keeping a close watch on the development. Sources said it plans to search premises from where the bookies are operating. Special teams have been set up to nab the culprits who are betting over the Babri verdict.



3 women get RI for murder
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 29
A city court has convicted three women on the charges of killing Mohini of Dholewal by setting her ablaze. They were sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for life.

Those who were convicted include Kamlesh (26), Asha (35) of Ambedkar Nagar, Ludhiana, and Bholi (50years) of Kiranpura, Jallandhar. However, the court acquitted one accused Girdhari Lal of Ambedkar Colony, Ludhiana, finding no evidence against him.

Pronouncing the verdict, the court of Additional Sessions Judge Manjinder Singh held that prosecution had succeeded in proving the guilt of the accused beyond any reasonable shadow of doubt.

Initially, the police had registered a case under Sections 307, 34 of the IPC at the Division no: 6 police station on March 30, 2000, following the statement of Mohini, the victim.

Before her death, Mohini had recorded her statement to the effect that her husband expired two years back. She was doing the job of a cleaner.

She had alleged that Kamlesh doubted that she (Mohini) was having illicit relations with her husband Raju of Ambedkar Nagar. Bholi and Kiran were related to Raju.

This often led to arguments between them. On March 28, 2000, she had an altercation with the accused

persons. On the very next day, all accused came to her house and told her to put an end to her relations with Raju, otherwise she would have to face dire consequences.

When she resisted, Kamlesh poured kerosene oil on her body from a can. Bholi caught her by the legs and Asha lit the fire. When she raised an alarm, her neighbours came and got her admitted in the hospital, added the complainant.

After the death of Mohini, the accused persons were booked under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC. The police has also recorded the statement of four relatives of the deceased woman. But all these relatives turned hostile and retracted from their previous statements recorded with the police.

But after appreciating the evidence on record, the court found them guilty relying heavily on the dying declaration made by Mohini before the Judicial Magistrate.

The court held that the dying declaration was made voluntarily without any tutoring or prompting and her statement was recorded without any delay by the Investigating Officer as well as the Judicial Magistrate.



IT Returns
Last date extended till October 15

Ludhiana, September 29
In view of problems faced by the people due to the floods all over the country, the Central Board of Direct Taxes has extended the last date of filing the Income Tax returns for 2010-11 from September 30 to October 15.

Senior income tax official said, “The due date for obtaining tax audit report for corporate taxpayers and those whose accounts are subject to tax audit under Section 44AB has been extended till October 15.”

The date has been extended for corporate taxpayers, taxpayers whose accounts are subject to tax audit or audit under any other law and working partners of firms. However, the date for filing the returns for Jammu and Kashmir will remain November 30. — TNS



Sahnewal to have first modern police station of country
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 29
The stage is set for the first state-of-the-art police station to be constructed at Sahnewal. IG MK Tiwari, Managing Director, Punjab Police Housing Corporation, said: “Rs 2. 50 crore will be spent on building the modern police station. The state home ministry has given its nod to the project.”

Tiwari was here to inspect the site for the modern police station, which would be constructed at the vacant land behind the old police station.

The home ministry has chosen to build two modern police stations in the country.

He said while the proposal for the first modern police station had been finalised, the location for the second police station was yet to be decided.

This police station would be equipped with ultra-modern facilities for complainants and different cells for men and women. The police station would also have residential quarters for the personnel on duty.

This police station would be constructed in 14,000 sq ft. Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, chairman, Punjab Agro, said more such police stations would be constructed in the state.



Ayodhya Alert
Administration on toes, appeals for peace
Social, religious activists roped in to instill confidence among people
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana/Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 29
Dozens of localities falling under the jurisdiction of Ludhiana and Sangrur districts are inhabited by sizeable populations of two communities, which have been waiting for the outcome of 60-year- long legal battle on one of the most sensitive issues.

It will be a litmus test for the administration and residents for maintaining the law and order in these areas. The ministry of home has identified 32 sensitive locations all over the country and apprehends trouble after the announcement of the verdict on the Ram Janambhumi- Babri Masjid title suit in Allahabad at 3.30 pm tomorrow.

The administration besides making appeals for maintaining peace after the verdict has also started organising flag marches to instill confidence among members of both communities.

The rank and file in the administration is once again on toes after tackling the attack on St Thomas Church. To tackle any untoward incident by radical organisations of both communities, the administration has roped in office-bearers of various social and religious organisations of the area.

A series of flag and peace marches were organised immediately after receiving information about the outcome of the deferment case in the Supreme Court yesterday.

All circle officers have been advised to depute seasoned officials for keeping a vigil in the sensitive areas, identified by special teams.

The authorities have urged the office-bearers of social and religious organisations to persuade their activists to contribute in maintaining law. The local people have been urged not to lend credence to rumours being spread by the anti-social elements.

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

The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued an advisory to the Punjab government along other states and the Union Territories to keep the forces on high alert as the judgment could trigger sharp reactions.

Paranoid personalities threat to peace, says doctor
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 29
Psychiatrists and social activists of the area have identified paranoid personalities as major threat to communal harmony. Apprehending that religious fanatics, in order to make their presence felt, might take extreme steps on the pretext of the ongoing volatile issues, the experts emphasized on timely identification and counselling of such elements. Preventive steps if taken before the pronouncement of the verdict on the Ram Janam Bhoomi- Babari Masjid title suit can go a long way in maintaining peace in the region.

Office-bearers of social organisations and psychiatrists were worried about frequent unprovoked blasphemous incidents geared by fanatics from two different communities. Had the administration and genuine organizations not taken prompt steps these incidents could have proved more disastrous for peace and tranquility of the region.

Identifying the tendency as gravest internal threat to peace and tranquility of the state, the experts have said the leaders of all sects and religion should be involved in preventive stratagem and politicians should be asked not to exploit fanatics for their meager gains.

Acknowledging that most of communal riots and religious blasphemies were ignited by paranoid personalities, Dr Anshu Gupta, a psychiatrist, said persons having failed in their practical life did so to make their presence felt in society.

Though symptoms of the manifestations of the personality disorders are observed during childhood these usually go unchecked due to the lack of coordination among parents and teachers of the subjects. Lagging behind in studies and other school activities the affected child starts creating problems for the institute and tries to pose as a leader of particular community or sect after dropping out.

Maintaining that hyper-religiosity and mood disorders were harmful for society and the individual as well, Dr Gupta emphasised on the need for improving the quality of education in schools of the state. Instead of sticking to formal delivering of lectures the teachers should be advised to analyze personality traits of their students. Experts should be involved in counseling of those showing symptoms of personality disorders.

“Energy of fanatics in all religions and communities could have been used for constructive purposes, had their teachers fulfilled their urge to get recognised. They had adopted the radicalism to hide their inferiority complex generated during childhood, which could be avoided by tactful handling,” argued Dr Gupta.

Office bearers of social organizations led by Dr Ravinder Sharma and Dr B S Bedi urged the authorities to launch coordinated movement to educate people about hazardous consequences of radicalism and hyper-religiosity.

Admitting that the nation was facing severe problem on this front, the social activists emphasized on need of launching organized and coordinated movement to motivate fanatics for working for restructuring society. Religious leaders at all levels should be involved in the process and politicians should be asked not to exploit religious sentiments of innocent people.



Non-practising Allowance
Teachers to support vet officers’ demands
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 29
Teachers of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University have decided to support the demand of the Punjab State Veterinary Officers for grant of non-practising allowance (NPA).

The executive committee of the GADVASU Teachers' Association at a meeting here today decided to help the protesting field veterinarians.

It was also decided at the meeting that GADVASU teachers would not attend any functions like Pashu Palan Melas being organised by the department of animal husbandry, dairy development and fisheries till the protest of veterinary officers continues.

It is pertinent to mention that Punjab State Veterinary Officers are protesting since long and have boycotted all state-organised functions, including Pashu Palan Melas being organised by the Punjab government.

Dr HS Sandhu and Dr SS Randhawa, president and secretary of the GADVASU Teachers' Association, appealed to the GADVASU authorities not to put university teachers on any such duty or function, which has been boycotted by the veterinary officers.

They also appealed Punjab Chief Minister to consider their demands.



Development Projects
Sukhbir to lay stones on October 3
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 29
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal will lay the foundation stone of sewerage and water supply, roads and street lights projects at Sahnewal on October 3. The estimated cost of these projects is around Rs 75 crore.

Besides these, he will also lay the foundation stone of an ultra-modern police station. It will be constructed at the costs of Rs 2.5 crore. Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, chairman, Punjab Agro Industries Corporation, said this while addressing people of 13 wards here.

Dhillon said the state government was committed to the overall development of al the villages. He said Rs 555 crore was being spent for overall development of all villages in the state for providing basic amenities like sewerage, water supply, roads and streetlights.

He said that the government had launched water supply project for providing safe and quality drinking water to the villagers with Rs 1, 280 crore financial assistance. The project would be completed by March 31, 2011. He also urged people to attend the foundation-laying ceremony at Dana Mandi on October 3.

Santa Singh Umedpuri, chairman, Punjab Subordinate Selection Board, said the board had invited online applications for the post of clerks, junior scale stenographer, steno typist and assistant jail superintendent, welfare/ excise department. Qualified candidates can apply on <http:recruitment.cdacmohali.in>. He said that last date for sending the applications is October 5.



Gandhian Study Centre at SD College
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 29
Gandhian Study Centre was today opened at Kamla Lohtia SD College.
The centre has been established under the EPOCH scheme funded by the UGC, New Delhi. The college was given a grant of Rs 6.5 lakh.

According to sources, the college is the first one in Ludhiana to have this study centre.

Gandhian Study Centre was inaugurated on college campus by Prof Rajinder Bhandari, vice-chairman (Cabinet rank), Punjab State Planning Board.

He appreciated the efforts of the management committee, principal Dr RL Behl and college staff.

He emphasised upon the significance of the Gandhian principles and philosophy and their importance in life.

He exhorted the students to be courageous, optimistic, down to earth and truthful.

Prof Bhandari also visited the college PG block and computer labs.

Co-ordinator of the Gandhian Studies Centre Prof Sandeep Chanana, the man behind the concept, showed his gratitude towards Bhandari and the management for their co-operation.

He also thanked his team, including Prof Mohd Saleem, Prof Jaspreet Kaur, Prof Radha Arora, Prof Deepak Dhingra, Prof Shikha Mittal, Hoshiar Singh, superintendent and the entire teaching and non-teaching staff.

Prof Chanana said the centre would promote the Gandhian philosophy and organise events like inter-school competitions, seminars, extention lectures, educational tours etc.

President Sunil Aggarwal applauded the efforts of the staff members.

He also made the students aware of the religious depth of the Gandhian philosophy.

Sunil Aggarwal, Sandeep Aggarwal, RD Singhal, Shaman Jindal, Ramesh Bansal, Ashok Gupta, Jogesh Kumar, Ajay Garg, Puranmal Ruthra, Keshav Garg and Rajesh Aggarwal were present.



From Colleges


RIMT Maharaja Aggrasen Engineering College (MAEC), Mandi Gobindgarh, once again kept its tradition of winning golds in ZEITGEIST, youth festival held at IIT-Ropar from September 23-25. Anmol Singh, student of ECE played Rabab at the inaugural ceremony of the function and received award of honour and gold medal in non-percussion classical instrument. He had also won gold and silver medals in PTU Zonal and Inter-Zonal Youth Festival competitions last year. Hardeep Grewal, student of ME, grabbed a gold medal and a cash prize of Rs 4,000 in Punjabi solo-singing. Other candidates from RIMT group also earned fame by playing instruments like jaltarang and rock band. RIMT Group of Institutes chairman Dr Hukam Chand Bansal felicitated the winners.


In order to create awareness among aspirant teachers, Dr Mulk Raj Chilana, professor of education, National Council of Educational Research and Training, was invited to deliver an extension lecture on "How to make the best use of B.Ed?" here today.Dr Chilana asked the students to develop their personality holistically and "live in bliss - bliss in bliss" only. He also asked the teacher-trainees to deal with human values and promote harmony in the world so that they would enable themselves to play constructive and meaningful role for the whole society.


A seminar on the life and ideology of Shaheed Bhagat Singh was organised today at Malwa College, Bondli, Samrala, by the Punjabi Sahit Sabha of the college under the guidance of Dr Paramjit Kaur Sidhu. Writers Prof Hamdardvir Naushervi and Prof Baldeep were the key speakers. Dr Puri described Bhagat Singh as a socio-economic thinker, who was deeply influenced by the Marxian thought, Gurdwara Sudhar Movement and Arya Samaj. He brought about a comparison between the Gandhian ideas and those of Bhagat Singh while impressing that both were for the welfare of the human race.

Freshers’ party

Hostel welcome party was organised by senior students at Government College for Women. College principal Gurminder Kaur was the chief guest. The principal said the hostel life was very important for every student. She also informed the students that at the end of the session numerous prizes would be given to them including best room award. Several competitions were also held. Mehak was crowned Miss Fresher.


Master Tara Singh Memorial College Girls brought laurels to the college on the first day of the Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival. Out of five music (vocal) items, the girls bagged first position in three and second rank in two. Mandeep Kaur won first position in folk song and Ravneet Kaur stood first in classical vocal. The college also won first position in group song. In shabad gayan, college students bagged second position and Renu secured the second spot in ghazal. Krishma Sharma stood first in story-writing. Principal Dr Parveen Kaur Chawla congratulated the winners. — TNS



From Schools

Good wish party

Tiny tots of Maple Bear Playway School participate in a ‘good wish’ programme for Commonwealth Games in Ludhiana on WednesdayMaple Bear Playway and Nursery School, Udham Singh Nagar, today held a “good wish” party for the Commonwealth Games. The tiny tots and school management also sent a good wish message to the President of India for the successful completion of the event. Children attired in sports wear affixed their hand prints on a wall paper to be sent to the President of India. They also wished "all the best" to the nation for the games.
Tiny tots of Maple Bear Playway School participate in a ‘good wish’ programme for Commonwealth Games in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Grandparents' Day

Grandparents' Day was celebrated at BCM School, Basant city campus. Fun, frolic and games gave them feeling of their golden period. On the occasion they shared their experiences, emotions and feelings on open ground without any inhibition. School principal Amarjyoti Chawla said: "We condemn old age homes and want to infuse moral values among students."


A one-day workshop on spoken English was organised at DRV DAV Public School, Phillaur. All staff members attended the workshop. Teachers got an opportunity to acquaint themselves about phonetics and vowels in English. Ashwani Syal, professor in English, writer and journalist was the resourceperson. Yogesh Gambhir, school principal, extended his gratitude to Syal. He further added that English was not just a course subject, it involved overall development of a human being in all spheres. — TNS



Seminar on delayed payment for traders
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 29
In an initiative to guide traders and manufacturers of knitwear/textile Industry in linkage to the advantages of delayed payment under the MSME Development Act- 2006, Knitwear Club with the support of Apex Cluster Development Services conducted a seminar here.

SS Bains (director, Industries and Commerce, Chandigarh) was the chief guest.

The guest of honour included Balbir Singh (DGM) SIDBI, Vishavbandhu (GMDIC) and SS Bedi (assistant director). Key officials of the MSME SS Rekhi and BS Nagi were also present.

Balbir Singh (DGM) SIDBI started the event with a presentation on the Delayed Payment Act. He notified the benefits one could avail through the Act if the unit was registered under MSME.

Jatinder Aggarwal (AGM), SIDBI, enlightened the entrepreneurs about the beneficial schemes and financial loans on low interest rates.

Vishavbandhu and Rakesh Pathak talked about the advantages of entrepreneur memorandum no.

Chief guest Bains appreciated the efforts of Ludhiana Knitwear cluster, about its financial contribution to the nation and he advised the sensitisation and awareness of the government schemes with maximum gains from these schemes.

He promised to form a Delayed Payment Council in Ludhiana to notify the cases of Ludhiana industrialists.

He appreciated the efforts of Knitwear Club and DIC to promote these beneficial schemes and provide information to industries here.

Vinod K Thapar, president of the Knitwear Club, and Narinder K Miglani, general secretary of the club, welcomed the dignitaries.

Other noted personalities present were Rajinder Bhushan Maini, Rohit Rampal, Charanjiv Singh, Ashok Jain and Rakesh Jain.



Author in trouble for hurting Valmikis’ sentiments
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 29
Derogatory remarks against Maharishi Valmiki have landed the author of a children’s book in trouble. This despite the fact that the Punjab and Haryana High Court had passed a verdict contradicting the age-old fable about him.

Nita Mukherjee, author of New Seasons-A course in Communicative English, 3rd Literature Reader, is in the eye of a storm for addressing the legendary sage in a derogatory manner in “The Story of Valmiki”.

Repeated use of derogatory word against Maharishi Valmiki in a story meant for teaching in schools has enraged the members of the Dr Ambedkar Vichar Manch, Punjab. They have demanded immediate withdrawal of the book. Quoting the High Court’s verdict, they said 30 years ago a scholar, Dr Manjula Sahdev, had dispelled this notion. Her research was used as a basis for the High Court’s verdict, they added.

"Dr Majula, had, in her research, said before writing The Ramayana, Valmiki was considered to be the incarnation of Lord Vishnu and was widely worshipped. Her research was used as a basis for the HC's verdict," they said.

The verdict came following a petition filed by a Jalandhar-based resident, who went to the court against a TV serial ‘Bidaai’. Upholding his point, the High Court said Valmiki was a sage and not the one as addressed in the serial.

The book is prescribed to students in numerous renowned schools across the city and is a Pearson Education, A Division of Dorling Kindersley India Private Limited publication.

They have also threatened to take strict legal action against author Nita Mukherjee, publishers and the schools, which have prescribed it to their students, in case it is not withdrawn immediately.

Talking to The Tribune, members of the Dr Ambedkar Vichar Manch, Punjab, termed “The Story of Valmiki” as concocted. They also accused Nita Mukherjee of hurting the sentiments of the Valmiki community by using offensive language for sage Valmiki.



State Bank of Patiala opens new branch

Amloh, September 29
State Bank of Patiala has opened 29 branches in one day across the country said General Manager Salil Mishra on the inaugural function of the new branch at Khanian village near here today.

The new branches are being opened under financial scheme of the Reserve Bank of India with the addition of 29 new branches into the existing 903 branches the bank. He also highlighted various schemes for the farmers.

The function was inaugurated with the recitation of shabad. Maghi Memorial College superintendent Bhagwan Singh was the stage secretary.

Tehsildar Amloh Pardeep Singh Bains, assistant general manager SK Garg, chief manager Parveen Sharma, Bank Employees Union general secretary Sushil Gotam, Block Samiti Amloh vice-chairman Paramjit Singh Khanian and PPCC member Gurdev Singh Janjua also spoke on the occasion. — OC



Hindi Diwas ends at FCI

Ludhiana, September 29
The fifteen-day Hindi Diwas celebrations concluded here today at Food Corporation of India. Sandeep Sangal, regional manager, FCI, and Manhar Sharma, assistant regional manager, FCI were chief guests.

The function commenced with the lighting of the traditional lamp by the chief guests followed by a welcome song and Saraswati Vandana by school students.

Students of Kendriya Vidyala, Baddowal, presented a group song. Members of the FCI thanked the participants and congratulated the winners. — TNS



Fountain Chowk to get facelift
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 29
The unnecessary railing and barricades will soon give way to a road at the city's famous Fountain Chowk. The traffic police is going to trim the dividers and pavements to provide more space for the commuters to move their vehicles.

Traffic ADCP SS Cheema said the police had taken the issue with the MC authorities for creating more space to avoid traffic chaos.

Sources in the police said measures have been taken keeping in mind the construction of an over bridge in the Old Court area.

"We are preparing ourselves well in advance, as once the project of flyover at the Old Court will be completed, the place will witness heavy rush. So in order to tackle traffic, we are planning to create adequate space from the existing structure," said the ADCP, Traffic.

The police is in no mood to abolish the existing structure as it was the only round about left in the city besides Prof. Mohan Singh Chowk near Aarti Cinema.

Sources said the move of laying a road in place of railing divider was initiated after the commuters complained about the huge space laying unused.

The commuters complained that the traffic chaos could be controlled by trimming the dividers.

Cheema said, "We are planning to remove railings in order to give more space to the commuters. A space of three feet is enough for a two-wheeler to move. Our focus is to eradicate chaos."

However, the police is making efforts to make city road free from chaos, but it seems more problems are lying ahead. The residents have complained that a multi national company (MNC) has recently brought a land near Fountain Chowk. They company is constructing a huge mall there, which will pose a major traffic problem for commuters in future.



Cong MLA blames govt for misuse of grants
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 29
Qila Raipur MLA Jassi Khangura today lambasted the Punjab government for its failure to avail the grants provided by the Central government for various welfare schemes.

He said, the state government’s failure to secure grants under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act amounted to criminal negligence since it denied rightful dues to thousands of people.



PAU students protest, press government to provide jobs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 29
After veterinary doctors staged noisy protests during the recently held ‘Kisan Mela at Punjab Agricultural University, students are now on the warpath.

A large number of the varsity’s undergraduate and graduate students held a massive protest on the campus today to demand that the Punjab government should provide them jobs by filling all vacant posts in its agriculture and allied departments. The students, who were protesting under the banner of the PAU Students' Association (PAUSA), boycotted classes and also blocked gate no 2, the main entry to the PAU campus, for over an hour.

Earlier the students gathered outside the examination hall early in the morning to plan the schedule for the protest, where they were addressed by PAUSA president Ravinder Randhawa and other student leaders.

The meeting was followed by a protest rally in the campus with the students carrying banners and placards demanding government jobs and raising antigovernment slogans. The rally passed in front of all the component colleges of PAU before reaching gate no 2 of the campus where they blocked entry for over an hour.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Randhawa, who led the protest, said the state government had “forced the students to go on the warpath”.

"Over 1,000 posts of agriculture development officers and allied staff are lying vacant in the agriculture, horticulture, soil and other agricultural related departments, but the government isn’t filling them. This way we’re being denied government jobs. This is completely unjustified and uncalled for," he asserted.

Randhawa added that in view of the government’s “apathetical attitude towards students' welfare” the latter had decided to protest. "Protest is the only way to awaken the sleeping authorities out of their deep slumber and to be heard," he remarked.

The students said they had earlier met state agricultural minister Sucha Singh Langah to discuss the issue. "Though he promised us to address our grievance he failed to do so," said Daljinder Singh, another student leader.

The students have threatened to intensify the stir in case their demand is not met immediately. "If the government fails to fill up the vacancies immediately we will intensify the protest," they said.

Among others who addressed the protesters were student leaders Sumeet Singh Saini, Kirandeep Kaur, Yadwinder Singh, Gurpreet Singh Brar, Jaspreet Singh and Richa Sharma. 



Music takes centrestage at PU youth festival
Tribune News Service

A student gives final touches to a clay model during a contest at PU youth festival in Ludhiana
A student gives final touches to a clay model during a contest at PU youth festival in Ludhiana 
on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, September 29
The second day of the ongoing Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival of Ludhiana Zone-B being held at Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, provided a feast to the eyes and ears, as music instrumental and fine arts competitions were conducted today.

On this occasion, managing director, Kartar Agro Industries, Bhadson, inaugurated the auditorium of Ramgarhia Girls School. The guests felicitated school principal Kamaljeet Kaur Kalsi. The function began with the lamp lighting ceremony performed by Amarjit Singh; Ranjodh Singh, president, Ramgarhia Educational Council; Jagtar Singh, general secretary; principal Dr Narinder Sandhu and former principal Harmit Kaur followed by the recitation of the college shabad by the students.

Ranjodh Singh extended a hearty welcome to the guests. The musical items of the day included orchestra Indian, instrumental music-percussion and non-percussion, group folk song and folk instruments.

On-the-spot painting, rangoli, clay modelling, cartooning, collage making, poster making and still life drawing were the categories of fine arts contests. The competitions of debate, elocution were also held during the day.

Dr KS Aulakh, former vice-chancellor, PAU, and Gurpreet Kaur Purewal presided over the evening session of the function as chief guests.

Applauding the function, Aulakh said the programme presented by the students was commendable.



MP’s efforts to help bicycle industry hailed
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 29
Various industrial organisations representing bicycle-manufacturing companies have hailed the efforts of the Ludhiana MP and the national spokesperson of the All India Congress Committee Manish Tewari in helping the Punjab industry in general and the Ludhiana industry in particular.

A joint function of these organisations was held here the other day and all the leading members and representatives of the bicycle industry to felicitate Tewari attended it. Prominent among those who attended the function included DS Chawla, Satish Dhanda, Rajinder Jindal, Rakesh Gupta, Rajiv Jain, Omkar Singh Pahwa, Joginder Kumar, Upkar Singh Ahuja, Pawan Dewan, Gurmeet Singh Kular and others.

The speakers acknowledged the outstanding role played by Tewari in ensuring excise relief on the bicycle industry and four per cent tuff benefit. They also referred to the vigorous efforts he made against giving further extension on tax relief to other states, which had hit the industry in Punjab very hard.

Expressing his gratitude to the industry for acknowledging his efforts, Tewari said, he did not consider it to be any favour to the industry but his moral duty. “I have not done anything great, but performed my duty as your humble representative”, he said, while adding, he will always give his best to provide maximum relief to the people besides ensuring the progress of industry in Ludhiana as it was important for city’s progress and employment avenues.



CCTV cameras installed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 29
To keep a watch on anti-social elements ahead of the Ayodhya title suit verdict to be pronounced tomorrow, Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh has decided to instal CCTV cameras around all sensitive locations.

All sensitive areas will be video graphed and in case of any problem, the police will use footages as evidence to nab miscreants. It will also use riot-control trucks equipped with CCTV cameras. Besides, SHO Kotwali's official vehicles are equipped with CCTV cameras that can capture images from a distance of over 500meters. These can also record images for 48 hours.

Meanwhile, elaborate security arrangements have been made in all sensitive places of the city to maintain peace and harmony.

Ishwar Singh has also appealed to the residents to maintain harmony.

Police personnel have been deployed at Field Gunj, Amarpura, Kadwai Nagar, No. 3 Division, Sunet and Tajpur road areas.

"Anti- social activities will not be tolerated and strict action will be taken against those found guilty. We will not let mischievous elements to disrupt peace in the city," said the Police Commissioner.

Section 144 Imposed

The police on Wednesday imposed Section 144 of the CrPC in the wake of the Ayodhya title suit verdict, which is expected to be pronounced on Thursday.



‘Critical Care’ web conference

Ludhiana, September 29
The All-India Multicentre Web CME “anaesthesia and critical care update” was organised by the Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care Division, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), in association with faculty from Mayo Clinic, Rochester, US, under the auspices of Punjab Medical Council, Chandigarh.

This CME was broadcasted live at 10 satellite centres, including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Chennai and Ludhiana etc. About 150 delegates actively participated in discussions on recent developments in perioperative issues and management of critically ill patients.

Dr P L Gautam, organising secretary of the CME, during his welcome address, emphasised on the need of sharing the knowledge and experiences with international stalwarts to improve professional skills and patient care. — OC



Jilted lover throws girl out of car

Khanna, September 29
An enraged lover assaulted his girlfriend and threw her out of his car when she urged him to get married. The girl sustained minor injuries. The girl, who at present is residing at Chandigarh, had an affair with a boy of Mandi Gobindgarh. According to SHO Sadar, they met each other recently and developed a bonding for each other.

The girl often called the boy for marriage but he kept on ignoring her calls. Fed up of false promises she called his father and took the matter with him. When the boy’s father came to know about their relationship, he abused his son. They had heated arguments on telephone and she even threatened to come to Mandi Gobindgarh if he failed to meet her and to fulfill the promise of marriage.

On September 25, the girl hired a taxi and came to Gobindgarh with one of her friends. When she called her lover he told her to reach floating restaurant at Mandi Gobindgarh. There he tried to pacify her but she insisted on marriage. Then he asked her to accompany him in the car to which she agreed. He also took with them two of his friends in his Skoda Car. In the car, their heated arguments turned ugly and her lover beat her and tore her clothes. He threw her from his car near Bulepur village and fled away. A case has been registered against Amrinder Kumar, Inder Nagpal and one more unidentified youth. — TNS



Woman strangulated
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, September 29
A woman identified as Kulwant Kaur was reportedly murdered under mysterious circumstances at her residence in nearby Jaitowal Patti of Pasla village in the Phillaur subdivision yesterday evening.

Phillaur DSP, Parampal Singh, said today that all family members were away when a few unidentified accused entered her house and strangulated her.

A case under Section 302 of the IPC has been registered and the body handed over the body to family members after a post-mortem examination at the local civil hospital.

All three children, including her daughters Simarjit Kaur, Manpreet Kaur and son Navandeep Singh, had gone to pay obeisance to a religious place in Sultanpur Lodhi.

Harjinder Singh, husband of the deceased, was out for the job. Kulwant was alone in the house when she was attacked.



Thieves strike at cyber cafe
Flee with computer equipment worth Rs 50,000
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 29
Thieves broke into a cyber cafe located near the Gill chowk late last night and decamped with cash and computer equipment worth nearly Rs 50,000.

The incident came to light when Bhupinder Singh, owner of Cyber Space, opened the cafe and found it ransacked.

According to Bhupinder, the thieves had created a hole in the wall located at the rear of the shop.

"It is not the handiwork of a lone thief, five to six people might have been involved in the crime," said Bhupinder, adding that besides cash, the thieves decamped with four web cameras, an LCD screen and other equipment worth over Rs 50,000.

The police has registered a case.



Boy ends life
Mahesh Sharma

Mullanpur, September 29
Disappointed over failure to get admission in a computer course at an institute of his choice, a minor son of a Dalit family of Birmi village near here allegedly ended his life by hanging himself to a fan hook.

As the parents of the deceased did not suspect anyone, the Dakha police handed over the body after conducting a post-mortem examination under Section 174 of the CrPC.

Lovpreet Singh (17) of Birmi village allegedly ended his life by hanging himself to a hook of a fan in a room when he was alone at 12 noon today.

His younger brother first spotted his body, when he returned home in the afternoon. Investigations revealed that the deceased who was the eldest among three children of Mewa Sing had gone to Ludhiana to get admission in a computer course at an institute of his choice. However, he could not secure the admission.

Though the villagers had seen him returning, none of the family members noticed him. Both his parents had gone out for work at the time of incident.

His mother Kanwaljit Kaur was inconsolable. 



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