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MC nod to development works worth crores
Oppn councillors ignored
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 8
With an eye on the Assembly elections to be held in the state next year, the SAD-BJP coalition in the civic body seems to have gone a bit too far to woo the electorate by allocating huge development projects without showing much concern for the funding.

The finance and contracts committee (F&CC) of the municipal corporation, which met yesterday, approved more than 350 development projects worth several crores in various wards of the city, with the lion’s share going to the wards represented by councillors of the ruling alliance.

Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura presided over the meeting which was attended, among others by MC Commissioner AK Sinha, senior deputy mayor Parveen Bansal, deputy mayor Sunita Aggarwal, members Pal Singh Grewal and Simarjeet Singh Bains, besides other senior officials of the civic body.

The development works pertain to the strengthening and carpeting of roads and streets, sewerage, water supply, maintenance of parks and installation of streetlights.

The move, however, has not gone down well with a section of councillors representing the opposition, including the Congress, who feel that the MC panel had not only transgressed the directions of the local government department to confine the number of agenda items of the F&CC meetings up to 100, but also the opposition councillors had been discriminated against in the allocation of funds and development works.

Moreover, several councillors pointed out that most of the ongoing major development projects of the MC were either stalled or moving at a slow pace due to financial constraints. “From where will the funds be arranged for fresh development projects?” they wondered.

That political and other considerations were behind such mass-scale approval of development projects is obvious from the fact that legislators of the SAD-BJP had made recommendations for massive development projects in their respective Assembly segments and even within their constituencies, wards represented by councillors of the ruling combine were reportedly given preferential treatment.

“The general house of the MC is scheduled to meet next week and the top brass of the civic body has distributed lollipops (in the form of development projects) among the councillors on selective basis to keep them in good humour and avoid trouble in the house meeting,” remarked a councillor.

Although it was not officially confirmed, it was learnt that the Mayor and MC Commissioner had a heated exchange of words over lodging an FIR against MC officials indicted in the fake bill scam. Giaspura is said to have expressed his displeasure at not having been consulted before the Commissioner wrote to the police to register a criminal case against the accused. Sinha, however, stood his ground and said he had acted on the directions given by the state government.


Dengue: Private hospitals using substandard kits?
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 8
Denying reports of private hospitals regarding positive dengue cases, the district health authorities have accused private hospitals of using substandard kits to carry out the tests.The district epidemiologist, Dr GP Mangla, stated that a majority of the hospitals were using substandard kits manufactured by a specific pharmaceutical which did not give accurate results.

As a result, the reports of private hospitals and the health department were contradictory, thereby causing harassment and monetary loss to patients and their families.

The confirmed cases undergoing treatment at leading hospitals become “negative” following re-tests conducted by the health department, but by then the patients had already spent huge amounts of money during their four-five day stay in hospitals. The expenses varied from Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000 in the private health sector.

Contradicting the reports of 1,000 dengue cases, Dr Mangla stated that only 350 cases had tested positive in the tests conducted by the health department. The positive cases from Ludhiana was not more than 169 as the rest of the cases were from other districts.

The district epidemiologist said: “It is shocking that out of a dozen deaths reported by various hospitals, five patients had tested negative in the Elisa tests.”

Giving details about the recent 75 cases of dengue confirmed by the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), Dr Mangla said: “Only 18 out of a total of 75 cases confirmed by the hospital tested positive in the Elisa test conducted by us using standardised kits.We are using Elisa kits of Pan Bio and Maclisa company. The department has recommended the same to private hospitals to ensure accuracy in tests,” added Dr Mangla.

The DMCH being a tertiary care centre in the region is getting maximum cases with dengue-like symptoms and owing to the shortage of space, patients are being refused admission. The suspected cases are then taken to other hospitals where they are charged hefty fee under the garb of “life threatening situation”.

Kits at DMCH

The medical superintendent (MS) at the DMCH, Dr Rajoo Singh Chhina, said the hospital was using Pan Bio kits which had been recommended by the health authorities. “We had used alternative kits for two days as there was shortage of Pan Bio kits owing to a sudden surge in the number of dengue suspects coming to the hospital,” he said.



Sportspersons to protest ‘misuse’ of stadium
Mohit Khanna/Anil Datt
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 8
At a time when the country’s sportspersons are shining at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, a pall of gloom descended over the Guru Nanak stadium here today. The entire sports fraternity was left fuming over the district administration's decision to allow a “spiritual guru” to hold a seminar in the stadium on November 12.

As the group organizing the seminar plans to go ahead with the event, various sports associations have decided to collectively protest against administration officials. In a memorandum submitted to deputy commissioner Rahul Tewari, the associations have asserted they will not let the administration hold a “spiritual" programme at a sports stadium.

"We’ll not allow any one to organise a ‘religious’ or ‘spiritual’ programme at the stadium as it would open the floodgates for other such events to be held here”, said Shivtar Singh Bajwa, president of
the Ludhiana Football Association.

The sports fraternity, which was upset over the use of the stadium for music concerts in the garb of ‘kabaddi’ competitions, had earlier lambasted the district administration for organising a concert featuring Punjabi singer Gurdas Mann singing concert at the Guru Nanak stadium. Empty liquor bottles and leftovers of nonvegetarian food were littered on the ground following the concert.

Said former national hockey player Jagbir Grewal: "Sports grounds and stadia shouldn’t be used for activities other than sports. It’s time draw the line - whether to allow cultural festivals and other non-sporting events to be
held there or use them only for sports”.

With Punjab having negligible participation in the ongoing Commonwealth Games, no wonder the use of stadium for purposes other than sports is playing a big role in sorry state of sports in the state.

Teja Singh Dhariwal, who was visibly upset over the administration’s move to allow a "spiritual" programme at the Guru Nanak Stadium, said: "Our sports stadia are being used for concerts, ‘bhog’ ceremonies and ‘spiritual’ discourses. All big events are conducted there, leaving them in a mess. We’re hypocrites - on one hand we ruin the places which nurture sportsmen and on the other expect them to win gold medals at international events."



Author booked for sacrilege
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 8
Dr Ambedkar Vichar Manch has filed an FIR against author Nita Mukherjee and publisher of the book “The Story of Valmiki” for addressing Valmiki as “robber”. This, it argued, despite the fact that the Punjab and Haryana High Court had passed a verdict contradicting the fable about Valmiki being a robber.

Nita Mukherjee, author of New Seasons A course in Communicative English, 3rd Literature Reader, and the publisher Dorling Kindersley India Private Limited, have been in the eye of a storm. The author had addressed the sage as a robber.

Members of Dr Ambedkar Vichar Manch, Punjab, had earlier demanded withdrawal of the book, which is prescribed to students in numerous schools.

They had also threatened legal action against the author, the publisher and schools that had prescribed the book to their students if the book was not withdrawn.

Quoting the HC’s verdict, they said 30 years ago, scholar Dr Manjula Sahdev had dispelled the notions that Valmiki was a robber.

Dr Manjula had 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 verdict, they said.

Meanwhile, Green Land School landed in trouble over the issue when the manch mentioned the school address in the FIR as the “place of occurrence”. The school had prescribed the book for Class III.

The chairman of the school, Rajesh Rudra, said immediately after the matter came to his notice, he withdrew the books. 



Dugri residents concerned over rising crime
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 8
With the city’s Dugri locality fast becoming a hotbed of snatchers, car lifters and thieves, the general secretary of the area’s MIG Welfare Association, Kuldip Singh Kreer, has called upon police commissioner Ishwar Singh to personally visit the locality to address residents’ grievances.

“The law and order situation here is deteriorating day by day and chain snatching and theft cases have become commonplace in both phase I and II of Dugri. Incidents of ‘eve teasing’ are also on the rise”, Kreer said.

In the latest incident in the area thieves stole a Suzuki Alto LX car (PB10 CA7602) late last night. In his complaint to the police the vehicle’s owner, Maninder Pal Singh, stated he had parked his car in front of his house. The theft was discovered only today morning when he woke up and could not locate his vehicle. 



TV stars wax nostalgic about Navratras in yesteryear
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 8
With Navratri festivities getting under way in the city, residents appear to be set for ‘dandiya raas’ and ‘garba’ dances as well Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati ‘pujas’ - each for three days. We catch up with some of the most popular television celebrities as they reminisce about how they enjoyed the nine-day long festival during their younger days.

Suhasi Dhami

Suhasi Dhami"Every year I look forward to celebrating Navaratri till the day it gets over. As a child I made sure I had nine new dresses for all the days of the festival. I remember performing the ‘garba’ dance even if I had an exam the next day. I had lots of friends in Bombay and we would meet up and take part in the ‘garba’ together every year without fail. Navratri is special because I love dancing. Moreover, this is the only time of the year when I can catch up with all my friends whom I’m not able to meet any other time of the year due to my hectic shooting schedule".

Ashwini Kalsekar

Ashwini Kalsekar"Navratri brings back memories of my college days when we used to participate in all the ‘garba’ dances and our motto was to win no matter what. We used to wear the traditional ‘ghagra cholis’. Preparations for the festival began four or five months before when we practiced our signature steps and looked into every minor detail so that we didn’t miss out on anything that would make us lose. The 10 'o' clock deadline is a big dampener these days. As college kids we used to dance from 10 in the night till 6 in the morning and I really miss those days. Now there’s hardly any time or the kind of energy that we used to have, but I still cherish every memory associated with the festival".

Nishant Malkani

Nishant Malkani“We always celebrated Navratri with much gusto at our home in Calcutta. My entire family would come together for the ‘pujas’ and we would dance the nights away. Though I’m a little shy about dancing in public I always enjoyed the quality time spent with my family members. The entire house would be lit up beautifully and my mom would make us delicious sweets every year. How I wish I could have some of her sweets this year as well! Unfortunately I’ll not be able to go home due to my packed shooting schedule".

Binny Sharma

Binny Sharma"Navratri has always been a cherished festival for me. I follow all the traditions related to it, be it ‘puja-archna’, ‘chhetri’ or ‘jao ugana’, " for all the nine days. 

‘Kanjake’ is one of the more important traditions.

I actively participate in ‘garba’ dances. This year I'm going to miss all the action due to my busy schedule.

Karan Grover

Karan Grover"As I’m a bad dancer I don’t go out and take part in ‘dandiya’ dances. I get very embarrassed when people around me dance gracefully and I’m clumsy with the steps. There’s one particular incident that is etched in my memory - when I was an event management student and was taking part in a ‘garba’ event where (Bollywood actress) Karishma Kapoor was the guest of honor. Throughout the evening I kept on admiring herbeauty and still remember the way she greetedeveryone and distributed gifts. I think that was the only memorable ‘dandiya’ in my life".

Additi Gupta

Additi Gupta"With all the travelling that I have done right from my childhood I have many Gujarati friends and this is one of the reasons that I have always loved Navratri! Since I have lived in small towns mostly, the celebrations were always on a huge scale and the most exciting part about going out when I was in high school was getting ready. The planning would begin weeks before and I’d make sure to have a different outfit for each day of Navratri. My friends and I would make it a point to go to every ‘dandiya’ venue in town. I’m a pretty good ‘dandiya’ dancer even if I’m saying this about myself!"



New DEO keen on upgrading libraries
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Harbhajan Ram
Harbhajan Ram

Ludhiana, October 8
Immediately after taking charge as the District Education Officer (secondary), Harbhajan Ram vowed to improve the state of secondary education in the district.

“My top priority at this moment is to make the best available to my students and teachers in the district,” said the new DEO while talking to Ludhiana Tribune.

Looking into the infrastructural requirements of various schools, addressing staff shortage and teachers’ problems, making student welfare schemes available and filling of vacancies top the agenda of DEO Harbhajan Ram.

“Working towards the proper implementation of various school, student and teacher-oriented state and Centre Government policies is my priority,” he adds.

Another thing Harbhajan Ram wants to do is to upgrade the libraries in the district. “Our students have been deprived of the treasure called books. Proper, well-stocked libraries will be a boon for them,” the DEO said.

Harbhajan Ram, who has served the state education department for over two decades, first as a teacher and later as a DEO (primary), is keen to address the problems being faced by the teaching community.

“Teachers will get my full cooperation and support. I will represent them and their demands before the higher authorities and make sure to take the talks to a logical conclusion at the earliest,” Harbhajan Ram said on the mass teacher unrest in the state.

Harbhajan Ram took over the charge of DEO (secondary) on October 5 after his predecessor Bachhitar Singh took voluntary retirement last month.

Meanwhile, the principal, staff and students of Senior Secondary School, Jatana, celebrated the joining of Harbhajan Ram as DEO, secondary education, at a get together yesterday.

Principal of the school Maya Devi and senior lecturer Jagdev Singh said Harbhajan Ram’s dedication, devotion and honesty towards work took him to such a commendable position and that working of the board was surely going to improve and move towards betterment under his able command.



PPCC hails Centre’s offer on loan waiver
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 8
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) Legal Cell has hailed the UPA government’s offer on loan waiver.In a meeting held here today, PPCC Legal Cell chairman Dharamjit Singh Khera, secretary Rana Harjasdeep Singh, convener Ashok Bhakri accused Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal of playing petty politics.

The leaders said the Centre’s offer to waive Rs 35,000 crore debt of the state government was for the state’s betterment.

As the Badals were less interested in the welfare of state, they tried to suppress the voice of state finance minister Manpreet Badal, said Khera.

Among others present on the occasion included PD Sharma, Gurdish Singh Grewal, SK Pathak, Rajwant Singh, Kamaljit Sharma, Ramesh Lakhanpal, B K Baweja and 
Vishal Tiwari. 



From Schools

Ludhiana: “Idea” in collaboration with Derek O'Brien Associates organised “Know What’s Your Idea”, an innovative inter-school quiz, at BCM Arya Model School today. It is the first national inter-school skit fest. Under the programme, 100 city champions will be selected from 100 cities who will slug it out in the semifinals. Of the total participants, 10 finalists will vie for the top position in a show to be hosted by celebrated quiz master Derek O'Brien. In today’s quiz, nearly 320 students from 32 leading city schools participated in the grand show. Showman quizmaster Steven Samuel kept up the fizz in the quiz, filling the mind-game with a dash of excitement and fun. He kept the audience and teams at the edge of their seats with the innovative and interesting questions. It was organised to assess the knowledge and skills of students. Students of classes VIII to XII participated in the quiz. A written qualifying round was held and top six were selected who went through five rounds of quizzing. The rounds were based on life skills, speaking skills, logic skills, mind twisters and story telling.

BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, bagged the winners’ trophy, DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, finished as first runners-up, while Sat Paul Mittal School was declared the second runners-up. Audience also got a chance to win prizes when they answered questions correctly.


Baba Gurmukh Singh Memorial Inter-School Shabad Gayan Competition was held at Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, today. Various schools from the district competed for the top prizes. Junior team and senior team of the school participated, but did not compete for prizes. Judges of the contest were Harminder Kaur, head of the music department, Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women; Rajinder Kaur, head of the music department, Mata Ganga Khalsa College, Kottan; Charanjit Kaur, head of the music department, Ramgarhia Girls' College. Participants recited shabads in the ragas given in the Guru Granth Sahib. First prize was won by Guru Nanak International Public School, Model Town. GGN Public School, Civil Lines, stood second and Springdale Public School, Sherpur Chowk, stood third. BCM Arya Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, won the consolation prize. School managing committee chairman Jasbir Singh, secretary Surinder Singh and other members, along with principal RS Gill, gave away prizes. Cash prizes of Rs 11,000, Rs 5,100 and Rs 3,100 from GS Auto International were given to winners. Surinder Singh proposed the vote of thanks.


Students take part in a marathon at Tagore International Senior Secondary School, Sahnewal, on Friday.
Students take part in a marathon at Tagore International Senior Secondary School, Sahnewal, on Friday. A Tribune photograph

A marathon "Run and Race" was held at Tagore International Senior Secondary School, Sahnewal, here today on the account of Delhi 2010 XIX Commonwealth Games. It was inaugurated by Harbans Lal Aneja, chairman of the school, and Manish Sharma, branch manager of HDFC Bank. The marathon was organised to create awareness among masses and to inculcate the importance of games in students. The rally started from railway road and ended up at Sahnewal. Winners were awarded with medals and cash prizes. Sahnewal residents gave a very positive response to the marathon.


MGM Public School students celebrated the winning spree of India in the Commonwealth Games 2010. As many as 300 students participated in the event. They prepared banners, charts and play-cards exhibiting their events, positions.

Students spoke on the importance of Commonwealth Games and prayed for the glory of the players of India.

Managing director Gajjan Singh Thind, director, academics, Ashok Kumar Setia and principal Poonam Sharma applauded the victory of players and exhorted students to become good sportspersons. — TNS



From Colleges
Workshop on network security

Ludhiana: Training and placement cell of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Model Town, organised a workshop on network security for BCA and MCA final year students. A warm welcome was accorded to resource person Ashok Maurya, director of Livon Tech. He was accompanied by Sumit Mishra, cyber crime investigator, CCNA.

 Deliberating upon the topic, resource person Ashok differentiated between HTTP (hyper text transfer protocol) and HTTPS (secure hyper text transfer protocol). Profile of cyber criminal was also explained. Explaining about cyber crimes, Sumit Mishra said, “With the growth in technology, crimes are also concurrently increasing. Hacking, password cracking, web defacement, foot printing and denial of services are some of the examples of cyber crimes.” 

The resource persons enlightened students about prevention from cyberpunks, hacker methodology, stegnography and network security. They advised students to stay away from such malicious activities. Wg Cdr SS Arora (retd), training and placement officer, coordinated the event and explained the purpose of the workshop. Dr Sandhya Mehta, deputy director, said, “It has always been our endeavour to keep students aware about latest technologies.”She thanked the resource persons for sharing their views on network security with students.

NSS camp concludes

Closing ceremony of the seven-day and night NSS camp was held at SDP College for Women here today. Lekh Raj, vice-president of the SDP Sabha, presided over the ceremony. Dr Meenu Sharma, principal of the college, welcomed the chief guest. The NSS volunteers mesmerised audience with their spell-binding performances that included songs, dances, skit and choreography items. They also exhibited paintings, posters and cards, which they had prepared during the seven-day camp. The chief guest applauded the energy and presentation of students and congratulated them. — TNS



Ambedkar Community Centre
DC, ADC visit proposed site

Ludhiana, October 8
Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari, along with Additional Deputy Commissioner SR Kler and officials of the revenue department, today visited the proposed site for construction of a community centre near Jalandhar bypass here.The centre will be named after Dr BR Ambedkar.

After inspection of the site and discussion with representatives of several dalit organisations, the DC directed the patwari and kanungo to demarcate the proposed site and submit report within two days so that it could be forwarded to the Chief Minister for approval. He said construction of the memorial comprising a community centre would begin after a nod from the state government.

BSP leader Ramanjit Lally, activists of Bhartiya Valmiki Dharam Samaj Vijay Danav and Lakshman Dravid, councillor Hans Raj and president of Dr Ambedkar Employees Federation Resham Sidhu were present on the occasion. — OC



Parking Woes
Residents, shop owners encroach on roads
Kuldip Bhatia

No-parking signboards displayed in front of a residence in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma 

Ludhiana, October 8
In the face of the acute shortage of designated parking places, coupled with increasing number of vehicles in the city, problem of parking has assumed an alarming proportion with owners being at their wits' end to find a parking lot while out shopping, visiting banks, offices or even the eating joints.

The parking problem has further been compounded by quite a few residents, commercial complexes and big showrooms putting up signboards of "no parking", or even barricading areas outside their buildings in blatant violation of rules while the civic authorities choose to look the other way for reasons best known to them.

At several places in upmarket commercial areas like the Mall Road, College Road, Sarabha Nagar, Model Town and the Maharani Jhansi Road, a large number of residents and traders have displayed "no parking boards" while others have put up iron chains to cover the area in front of their buildings to stop shoppers and other visitors from parking their vehicles even as the traffic police have got yellow lines painted on both sides of the roads in these areas to facilitate parking of the vehicles.

"Such brazen encroachment on public roads and streets in posh localities is disgusting and speaks volumes of the inefficiency of the regulatory bodies (read MC). On one hand, the municipal corporation has been removing encroachments from different parts of the city on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court while on the other more encroachments on public roads and streets are taking place with each passing day without evoking any action from the authorities," said Rajneesh Gupta, a trader at College Road, pointing towards "no parking boards" put up all along the front portion of a residential house in the area.

Another area resident lamented that objection over parking a vehicle at the entrance or main gate of a residential or commercial complex is understandable, but how can the people stop others from parking their vehicles on a public road or street when provision of parking has been provided by the authorities through painted yellow lines?

A municipal official admitted that the problem was indeed serious and such transgression of rules needed to be sternly dealt with. "But who will bell the cat," he asked adding that those behind such acts are influential. 



Labourer found dead
Our Correspondent

Samrala, October 8
A resident of Sihala village died under mysterious circumstances last night. The man, identified as Rampal Singh (48), was working as a labourer.He was found lying near his house at 7.30 pm yesterday.

The police was informed about the incident. The body was handed over to family members after the post-mortem examination.

The police has not registered any case and is waiting for the post-mortem report to ascertain the cause of the labourer’s death.



Stray dog mauls two children
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 8
Two children sustained injuries after being attacked by a stray dog near Bhai Vir Singh gurdwara. One of the victims, identified as Pari, a daughter of doctor couple, and Khushi, a daughter of a social activist, were rushed to a multi-specialty hospital in Ludhiana.

Pari and Khushi were playing in their respective houses near Bhai Vir Singh gurdwara when the stray dog, suspected to be rabid, attacked them. More children could have fallen pray to the stray dog had residents not scared it away. The children sustained injuries on their faces, necks and shoulders. They were still under post-operative care at the hospital.

In spite of the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s direction to the state government for finding a solution to the ever-growing menace of stray dog, residents of the area are suffering from it even as the authorities refuse to acknowledge it.

Stray dog menace has always troubled the residents of the local town and surrounding localities falling under Ludhiana and Sangrur districts.

A large number of dogs devouring carcasses at Hadda Roris situated along the link roads connecting the town with its surrounding localities were reported to have attacked passersby frequently. Realizing avoidance to be the only solution, the residents have started taking alternative routes to Kanganwal, Jhaner and Dhaler villages after many of them were attacked by dogs near it.

Earlier, a group of dogs had reportedly eaten a calf at Jassowal village near Kuhara. Village sarpanch Rajinder Kaur had then urged the authorities to do the needful to protect people and their livestock.

Another group had entered a house at Kalal Majra village near Payal and ate a newborn calf. Though the matter has been raised on numerous occasions, the pleas have gone unheeded and stray dog continue to cause nuisance on the streets. 



Road dug up by telecom company hinders traffic
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 8
The road dug up by a telecom company for lying cables near Rose Garden is hindering the smooth flow of the traffic. The company had dug up the road a few days ago, but failed to re-carpet it. A huge mound of mud could be seen lying in the middle of the road just opposite to the PAU gate No 4.

Kirti, who was returning from the office, had a narrow escape while crossing the road yesterday. “It was dark and I could not make out that there was a huge heap of mud lying at the crossing. My scooter slipped but I was lucky enough to escape injuries. It is one of the busiest roads of the city and should be repaired at the earliest,” she lamented.

“It is the responsibility of the telecom company to re-carpet the road at the earliest. Leaving the road in this condition is against the law. The dug up road is just at the crossing and every vehicle has to take a detour to avoid fatal accidents,” said Rajat Khanna, a resident of Udham Singh Nagar.

Balkar Singh Sandhu, a morning walker, said the authorities should get the road repaired at the earliest. “Ideally it is the responsibility of the company which had laid the cables to re-carpet the roads but if they have not done so, the municipal corporation should get it repaired. They can question the telecom company afterwards but their first responsibility is to get the road done re-carpeted,” he added. 



Lakhbir Singh market panel chief
Our Correspondent

Khanna, October 8
Lakhbir Singh Kalal Majra took charge of the local market committee chief in the presence of jail minister Hira Singh Gabria and a few other key functionaries of the Punjab government. He promised to get the problems faced by farmers in the local grain market resolved at the earliest.

Gabria said the state government was committed for the welfare of all sections society, including farmers. Chief parliamentary secretary Bikramjit Singh Khalsa, mandi board chairman Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, Prem Singh Chandumajra, SS board chairman Santa Singh Umaidpuri and MLA Jagjivan Singh Khirnian were among others present on the occasion.



Man electrocuted, suffers 90 pc burns
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 8
A middle-aged man was electrocuted after he came in contact with overhead high-tension cable near Gurdwara Dukhniwaran Sahib here today.The victim suffered 90 per cent burns.

The incident took place this evening when residents spotted the man with severe burn injuries near the railway track close to the gurdwara.

The man has been identified as Kulwinder Kumar, a resident of Jalandhar Cantonment.

It was not known how the victim came in contact with the overhead high-tension cable.

Residents took the victim to the local Civil Hospital, where his condition was stated to be critical.



It’s fiscal emergency, not sibling rivalry: Khangura
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 8
Qila Raipur MLA Jassi Khangura yesterday asked Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal not to dismiss finance minister Manpreet Badal’s concern about the state economy summarily, but address these concerns seriously.

He observed that it was a grave issue of fiscal emergency and must not be 
trivialised as if it were a sibling rivalry.

He also condemned the politics being played within the Shiromani Akali Dal on the issue that was apparently aimed at marginalising Manpreet within the party and pronouncing him as a pariah to ensure one-upmanship of Sukhbir Badal.

Khangura regretted that the current Punjab leadership wished to permanently live in denial.

He said Manpreet Badal deserved support for at least opening the matter for public debate.

“Whilst the father and son wish to bury the issue with their usual undue haste, the gravity of the matter means that it will simply not go away,” he warned, while adding: “Manpreet deserves credit for rising above petty politics to reveal to the people the financial abyss that we are facing.”

“Punjab legislators have a constitutional right to be fully briefed on the fiscal interactions with the centre, something that the incumbent government is simply not willing to consider,” the Congress MLA pointed out, adding that it was tragic for Punjab and represented a colossal lack of judgement by both father and son.

Expressing concern over the state of Punjab’s economy, Khangura said every borrowing entity, individuals, companies and governments had a borrowing limit.

It was clear that Punjab was close to that point. “Hence, the current fiscal emergency,” he warned.

“Had this government created a suitable environment for robust economic growth, stronger revenues would have allowed the government more flexibility. Instead, it is caught in a vicious cycle of borrowing more funds simply to pay interest on earlier loans.”



Centre inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 8
Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya chief Rajyogini Dadi Janki inaugurated the Vishwa Shanti Sadan at Jhande village, near Aurobindo College, here today.Vishwa Shanti Sadan, the new BK Rajyoga Centre, built over an acre, is dedicated to the goal of establishing a value-based society.

The aim of the centre will be to spread godly knowledge and help people transform their outlook and attitude to bring harmony in human relations and kindle a spirit of brotherhood, love and co-operation around.

Meditation courses, stress-management programmes and soul-elevating classes will be part of regular spiritual services that will be delivered at the centre.

Addressing a gathering, she inspired them to take to a journey of self-transformation with the companionship of the Almighty and use His protection to conquer difficulties.



YC rallies around Rahul
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 8
The District Youth Congress (DYC) today joined issue with BJP and RSS functionaries over the remarks of All-India Congress Committee general secretary Rahul Gandhi, terming the RSS a communal and disruptive body.

Presiding over a meeting of party workers at the Congress Bhawan here, DYC president Dimple Rana said the BJP and the “sangh pariwar” were upset over the increasing acceptance and popularity of youth icon of Congress (Rahul Gandhi), and these organisations did not let any opportunity go to launch attacks against him on one pretext or the other.

He said Rahul Gandhi’s family had made unparalleled sacrifices for the sake of the unity and integrity of the country.

On the other hand, the BJP had always exploited religious sentiments for political gains.

“The BJP and the RSS are known to have always pursued politics of religion and have never hesitated to use the name of Lord Rama to foment communal tension.”

In a word of caution, Rana asked the BJP and the RSS ranks to exercise restraint and refrain from maligning Rahul Gandhi, failing which YC workers would be forced to come out on streets and give the detractors of the Congress and its leaders a befitting reply.

Congress workers, led by PPCC secretary Sarbjit Bunty, also held a protest against the RSS near Chand Cinema here.



Carnival to showcase special creations
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 8
Nirdosh, a school for mentally challenged children, is once again buzzing with activity with a two-day exhibition, “Carnival of Lights”, set to showcase creations of special children.The exhibition-cum-sale being organised under the aegis of “Joie De Vivre”, an initiative of Divya Dhanda to help mentally-challenged children, will commence here tomorrow.

“Carnival of Lights”, as the name suggests, is all about festivities of the much-awaited “Diwali”.

The event is being organised for the past four years with an aim to encourage mentally-challenged children to mingle with people in mainstream society.

“I feel these children are extra special, as they make efforts to create objects that add value to our celebrations, thus this exhibition is an occasion to laud their efforts,” says Dhanda.

Kitty Bakshi, one of the directors of Nirdosh School, while attributing the success of the school to children and their parents said it was sheer determination on their parts to beat the “handicap” and stand victorious against all odds.

School members call the exhibition “a bazaar with a cause” as despite the obstacles, the children have made envelopes, rangoli colours, paper bags, candles, diyas, office folders and various other decorative items.

The children are provided with the uniforms, books and various other facilities by NGO members 
running school.

The city philanthropists, wives of the industrialists and even doctors have been supportive of the school, which pioneered in imparting education and vocational training to the mentally challenged in the city.

The special children will also share the place with reputed designers and exhibitors from outside the city.

Every buyer, visitor and exhibitor is elemental in promoting the cause of self-sustenance among mentally-challenged children.



Woman, daughter held for worker’s murder
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 8
The mother and daughter duo, who had once spread terror in and around Kup Kalan village, are cooling their heels behind the bars ultimately.Identified as Paramjit Kaur and her daughter Mandeep Kaur, the duo along with their accomplice; were booked under Section 302 of the IPC for allegedly killing Tula Singh, a worker at a private factory at Kup Kalan village.

A police team led by SHO Sadar Amritpal Singh arrested them while they were trying to leave the area last evening.

Terming strained relations among members of the family as major reason behind their ill fate, the suspects repented their behaviour that led to death of the victim.

“But we never wanted to kill him. It was under fit of rage we manhandled him and he received fatal injuries,” stated Paramjit Kaur and Mandeep Kaur.

They were remanded in judicial custody after being produced in a court at Malerkotla.

Meanwhile, the body of Tula Singh was cremated after getting post-mortem conducted. The viscera of the victim were sent to the state chemical laboratory for examination.

Tension had gripped the region following the death of Tula Singh, who was beaten up mercilessly by the suspects on September 21.

Spinal chord of Tula Singh had got fractured in the incident and he was shifted from one hospital to another for the treatment.

Activists of a few labour unions led by Tarsem Jodhan had protested against the alleged inaction of the police following the death of the victim. They were demanding arrest of the suspects who got the bails by allegedly misguiding the authorities. 



Land Grabbing
IPS ex-officer’s sister, nephew booked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 8
Sister and the nephew of a retired IPS officer of the rank of the director-general has been booked for allegedly usurping the latter’s 11-acre worth over Rs 15 crore in Noorpur.

NS Sandhu, retired IPS officer, who had served in the ministry of home affairs, alleged that his sister, Nachatter Kaur and her son Surjit Singh, had tired to usurp his property by forging his signature on the land documents and electricity metres.

He said after being selected in IPS cadre, he had made his sister caretaker of his agricultural land in his absence.

He alleged that his sister along with her son tried to usurp his property and even installed the electricity metre in their name by forging his signature. They even started construction work and claimed themselves to be the sloe owners of the property.

The matter came to the notice of Sandhu, who further reported it to the Ladhowal police station.

A case has been registered against Nachatter Kaur and Surjit Singh under Sections 420, 465, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC in this regard.



Rs 3.5 lakh goes missing from car
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 8
Just a day after an iron trader claimed that two armed youths had robbed him of Rs 10.5 lakh at gunpoint from Dugri road, another businessman put the city police in a tizzy when he alleged that his bag containing Rs 3.5 lakh was stolen from his car parked in front of Preet Cinema here today.

Interestingly, the bag kept on the rear seat of the car was stolen when the driver was present in the car.

The incident took place at 11.30 am when Manoj Kumar, a resident of Besant Nagar Avenue, went to a shop opposite the Preet Cinema to get number plates fixed on his newly-purchased vehicle.

According to Manoj, he went inside the shop, while his driver Sukhdev Singh remained seated in the car. He came out after half an hour and sat in the car. However, he could not spot the bag containing Rs 3.5 lakh there.

On being asked if he had kept the bag in his custody, driver Sukhdev claimed he had not seen any bag in the car.

Sukhdev said he had no idea if someone had picked the bag.

He claimed that he had been in the car all the time.

Manoj informed the Atam Nagar police about the theft and the police started the investigation.

ASI Sukhbir Singh said the case was in its preliminary stage and it was premature to comment on it.



Sheller owner booked for siphoning off paddy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 8
In a development that may blow the lid off a multi-crore scam, the police has booked a sheller owner for siphoning off paddy worth Rs 1.92 crore. The paddy belonged to the state government-run Pungrain.

The case of criminal breach of trust was registered following complaints by the district food and supply controller (East).

DFSC Rajnish Kumar had claimed that Pungrain had given paddy worth Rs 1.92 crore to the sheller owner for milling, but the latter allegedly siphoned off the paddy.

The DFSC said MSDSL Rice Mill located on the Raiya Road, near Kumkalan, was allotted the paddy for milling last season. However, 39 trailers of grain was still pending with the sheller.

Interestingly, the cheques submitted as security by the sheller owner had also bounced due to insufficient funds, following which the department had lodged a police complaint against the sheller owner.

It was not the first case registered against the mill owner.

Earlier, too, Punsup had registered a case against the sheller owner for siphoning off 20 trolleys of paddy sent for milling.



City Centre Scam
Captain seeks relief from court appearance
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 8
Former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has sought exemption from personal appearance in the alleged multi-crore City Centre scam hearing fixed before the court of Sessions Judge SP Bangarh tomorrow.

In its application filed through his lawyer, Capt Amrinder Singh has stated that he was to attend a case before a Mohali court tomorrow. The case relating to the alleged Amritsar Improvement Trust scam was pending with the court of SK Garg, in charge, Sessions division, Mohali.

This application would come up for hearing with the main case tomorrow.



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