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Shops razed at AC market amid protest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 14
Marred by protest and the allegations of pick and choose, the building branch of the Municipal Corporation (MC) conducted a demolition drive in the AC market under police protection here today.

Some shopkeepers had violated the building plan sanctioned by the MC and constructed shops under the stairs and in the parking area of the building.

A shopkeeper had moved the court against this practise, and the removal of encroachments was ordered by the court. Though some shopkeepers had got a stay, the MC got into action after the stay was vacated.

Though accompanied by a heavy police contingent, the MC team faced a tough time as shopkeepers locked the shutters of the market and did not allow the team to enter the complex.

The MC team had to break open the locks to enter the market. Two shops below the stairs were razed amid resistance from shopkeepers who alleged that the MC was adopting a pick-and-choose policy. Maan Singh, president of the market association, accused the MC of turning a blind eye towards other violations.

The situation turned uglier, when Youth Akali Dal leader Gurdeep Singh, along with his supporters, reached the spot and opposed the drive.

He exhorted the shopkeepers to oppose the drive, after which the MC staff started removing infringements at the parking. Gurdeep Singh had heated arguments with ATP Kamaljeet Kaur. Station House Officers Devinder Kumar and Nirmal Singh played a crucial role in pacifying the shopkeepers.

Under pressure, the MC team moved away without removing the whole infringement. Due to the drive, no business was conducted in the market. 


Drug-resistant TB cases on the rise in district
Anshu Seth/TNS

Ludhiana, December 14
With physicians in the private healthcare sector failing to administer directly observed therapy (DOT) to TB patients, cases of multiple drug resistant (MDR) and extensively drug resistant (XDR) tuberculosis are on the increase in Ludhiana district. The therapy was made mandatory in treating patients under the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP).

District TB officer Dr Ashish Chawla, while providing comparative data for the past three years, said 5,191 TB cases were diagnosed in 2008, 5,497 cases in 2009 followed by 4,757 cases till September 2010.

"However, 90 percent of these cases have been detected in government run hospitals and health centres as, despite repeated attempts, we’ve not been able to get the requisite support from private practitioners. Most importantly, the physicians in the private healthcare system are not administering directly observed therapy, which is why multiple and extensively drug resistant TB cases are on the rise," said Chawla.

There are 648 DOT centres in Ludhiana district besides 48 microscopic centres where sputum examination is conducted free of cost. The seven TB units have facilities for complete examination and treatment of patients suffering from tuberculosis.

Also, the World Health Organization has made directly observed therapy mandatory under the ‘patients’ charter for tuberculosis care’.

The government is procuring the best quality medicines manufactured by leading pharmaceutical MNCs which are being supplied at the DOT centres.

However, the private practitioners in order to get commissions from the pharmaceuticals are carrying with the practice of prescribing expensive "brand names" which are ineffective to cure tuberculosis. The worst aspect is the social stigma attached to TB that compels people in affluent families, suffering from the disease to go to private practitioners instead of seeking directly observed therapy at the DOT centres under RNTCP.

Dr J Vig, vice principal of the DMCH, who also heads the state task force for TB, stated: “Directly observed therapy has not been implemented in Punjab which is why patients suffering from multiple and extensively drug resistant TB are unable to get proper treatment. This is very costly and the absence of an accredited lab in the state for detecting MDR and XDR cases has given a further setback to the RNTCP.”



Industrialists recover land grabbed by ‘mafia’
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 14
Two local businessmen were today able to get back possession of their property in Mullanpur Dakha from members of the "land mafia" under police supervision. It was only after Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal intervened in the matter yesterday that the Jagraon police acted swiftly.

A case of land grabbing under sections 379, 511 & 506 of the IPC was filed against the four suspects who allegedly took unlawful possession of the property on December 10 night.

Mahinderpal, one of the two businessmen, told the Ludhiana Tribune: "We’re relieved about the fact that 3,000 square yards of land worth several crores of rupees in Dakha is back in our possession. The boundary walls have been reconstructed and gates will be erected by night".

Though the cops have made no arrest in the case so far the complainants have demanded the four suspects should be punished according to the relevant laws.

Kewal Budhiraja, the other industrialist who had filed an FIR in the case with the Jagraon police on December 12, said: “Our real estate property measuring 3,000 square yards was grabbed by members of the ‘land mafia’ on December 10 midnight. The land was unlawfully occupied by four people - Jaswant Singh, Lovely, Sohan Singh and Baljinder Singh, all of whom have been named in the FIR that we had filed”.

"Though we had lodged a complaint with Jagraon Police on December 12 and a case was registered under sections 447/427/147/149. It was after Deputy CM ordered strictly that more sections (379/511/506 IPC) were added into FIR. We had met Sukhbir Badal at the helipad on the PAU campus yesterday", said Krishan.

Superintendent of police (D) Paramjit Singh Guraya said a case was registered earlier on the basis of the statement submitted by the complainants. "We ascertained the facts and further sections were added to the case filed against the four suspects. We’re now searching for them", he added.

It may be mentioned here that on December 10 night four people reportedly attempted to take possession of the land located on the Ludhiana-Ferozepore highway and belonging to the two industrialists. The complainants alleged the suspects threatened the land’s caretaker with “dire consequences” if he “raised his voice”.

“The suspects demolished the property’s boundary walls on three sides and an iron gate. They are the same people who own about 2,000 square yards of land adjoining ours. They had even constructed their walls to grab the land worth several crores of rupees", said Mahinderpal.



PowerCom SDO held for graft
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 14
Varinder Kumar Garg, SDO PowerCom Unit 1, Janta Nagar, was caught accepting a bribe of ` 6,000 here late this evening. A case under Sections 7 and 13 (2) of the Prevention to Corruption Act has been registered against him by the Vigilance Bureau.

As per information, a complaint was lodged by Upkar Singh of Janta Nagar, who said he wanted to increase the power load of his factory, but despite making several rounds of the office, the load was not sanctioned.

He contacted the SDO who allegedly demanded ` 10,000 for getting the work done. The deal was settled for ` 6000. The complainant, however, informed the vigilance office.



2 inmates escape from jail
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 14
Putting a serious question mark on the security of the high-profile jail in the home district of state minister of jails, Hira Singh Gabria, two prisoners facing serious criminal charges made a dramatic escape from the Central Jail located on Tajpur Road around 7.30 pm here today.

One prisoner, Sukhbir Singh was a non-resident Indian (NRI), originally hailing from Kartarpur, while another named Sehajpal was undergoing a sentence of four years imprisonment under Section 364 (kidnapping).

No further details were available from the authorities till the filing of this report. But sources added that someone from outside the jail threw ropes inside the premises which helped the inmates to scale the jail wall and escape.



Online filing mandatory for some traders
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 14
The excise and taxation department has made it mandatory for some categories to file details of consignments online instead of filing them at the Information Collection Centres at barriers.

There are 36 barriers in the state and nearly 10,000 vehicles pass through these barriers everyday. Filing the details of every vehicle was a cumbersome job so the department has asked the traders to file the details on their own.

Though the process has lessened the burden of the department, the traders are facing difficulty due to lack of technical knowledge and infrastructure.

“Generally, it takes a lot of time at the barrier while furnishing information and matching the particulars. Now, it has been made mandatory for some categories to file the details themselves,” an official from the department stated.

The categories for which it has been made mandatory include transporters who are running two or more vehicles, courier companies, vehicles carrying more than five parcels, clearing and forwarding agents and cement vans.

After getting the user name and password from the excise and taxation department, the traders can fill the information online. Officials on duty will only have to match the date.

Santosh Verma, a trader, said: “The form is technical and I cannot fill it. Time will be saved at the barrier, but the department should impart knowledge to traders to fill the forms.”

Another trader, Tarsem Mankoo, said he had to face a lot of difficulty since he mentioned his order as “export” instead of “import”. His vehicle was detained at the barrier since the information provided in his form did not match the particulars. “It is a very technical process and should be done by officials only,” he said.

However, another trader expressed satisfaction over the decision, saying that earlier a lot of time was wasted at the information collection centre. It would become convenient for both traders and department officials, he said.

Jatinder Khurana, a lawyer, said the step was positive, but some traders did not have the required infrastructure at their place to fill the form.

Also, if a column was filed incorrectly, it would land the trader in a major problem.



8 docs appointed, villagers relieved
Anshu Seth/TNS

Ludhiana, December 14
Having been at the mercy of quacks for almost six months, residents of almost 20 villages in Ludhiana heaved a sigh of relief after the rural development & ‘panchayats’ department today recruited eight rural medical officers against vacancies in the village dispensaries.

The dispensaries, which function under the ‘zila parishads’, with each catering to residents of two or three villages, are located in Seeran, Lodhiwal, Alluna Miana, Sherpur Kalan, Dhanansu, Ramgarh Sardaran, Gharkhana, and Chorian Bet.

As some of these dispensaries had no medical officer for the past one year the villagers had to rely on quacks and registered medical practitioners or had to travel to the nearest town or even Ludhiana to consult physicians.

Said Sharanjit from Gharkhana: "The villagers faced a tough time during summer as a large number of children were suffering from dengue, malaria, diarrhea and other viral infections. However, due to no qualified doctors, some had no option but to purchase expensive medicines from nearby chemists. Others had to spend huge amounts of money to consult doctors in Ludhiana”.

However, some villagers expressed apprehension over the presence of doctors appointed by the rural development & ‘panchayats’ department in the village dispensaries. They said most of these doctors would be absent leaving the dispensaries at the mercy of pharmacists or auxiliary nursing midwives.

Ludhiana ‘zila parishad’ Secretary AS Gujaral said the recruitments had been done to safeguard the interests of the villagers. "We won’t let the village residents suffer on account of healthcare. The department will conduct periodical checks to ensure the doctors are present in the dispensaries," he added.

Meanwhile, Dr Aslam Parvez, president of the Rural Medical Services Association and convener of the United Doctors Association of India (UDAI), said: "Young physicians from across the state are waiting to serve people in rural areas, provided the jobs of rural doctors are regularized and pay scales are revised, as was promised by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. We hope the government’s decision will be in the best interests of those residing in villages.”



No stopping underage driving 
Shivani Bhakoo/TNS

Ludhiana, December 14
The incident in which two students of RS Model School hit two cyclists, killing one of them at Model Town last evening, once again brings to focus the menace of underage driving. Despite efforts at various levels, underage driving has not been curbed in the city.

Cyclists Rajinder (60) and Gian Inder Singh (44) were hit by Indigo Manza being driven by the accused. Manjinder Singh, SHO of the Model Town police station, said the statement of Gian Inder Singh, who had been hospitalised, could not be recorded as he had sustained head injuries.

“The student is a resident of Khanna and is staying with his uncle at Dugri,” the police said.

Principal blames it on parents

Parents are responsible for underage driving. They cannot blame the school management for such mishaps. They give their children plenty of money and cars to show off. How can we stop them from driving cars? But the incident is unfortunate and we should learn a lesson from it.
— ML Kalra, Principal of RS Model School

Police too blames them

The police has issued more than 80,000 challans in the city in the past 10 months. We are educating people about traffic guidelines. Booklets are being distributed in schools and colleges. We are the enforcing agency but underage driving should be checked by parents too.
— Ishwar Singh, Police Commissioner



Red-faced, PAU claims organisers hid facts
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 14
Reacting to criticism regarding the promotion of a film, the Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) authorities said the organisers had “concealed” facts and the university was not aware of the visit of actors Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif on the campus on December 12.

The university authorities maintained that had they known about the details of the event, they would not have allowed the organisers to use the PAU as the venue.

The Vice-Chancellor, Dr MS Kang, said it was an unfortunate incident and the damage caused to property would be adjusted through the security money deposited by the organisers. “The organisers had sought the venue for celebrating their third anniversary. On the basis of the letter, which mentioned nothing about actors or singers, the allotment was made. We are nowhere in the picture. We were not even the co-organisers. If the organisers had invited actors, it was their duty to arrange for proper security for the smooth conduct of the show,” he said.

Dr Kang said a three-member committee had been constituted for determining the criteria for the allotment of the mela grounds in future.

Meanwhile, the Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar (Panch Pardhani) has condemned the hooliganism at the event and ransacking of the university offices, besides consumption of liquor.

Blaming the university administration, local party organising secretary, Jasvir Singh Khandoor, said such functions should never be allowed in educational institutions as they distracted students.

Ludhiana unit president Sultan Singh Sodhi said of late, Bollywood shows, fashion shows and beauty contests were being held at educational institutions, which was not right. “If the trend is not arrested, it may become a social menace. Inviting scholars, scientists or eminent people who serve society in their unique ways to these institutions have become a thing of the past. The teaching community should worry about this unhealthy trend and join hands to maintain the dignity of the temples of learning,” he said.



MC staff told to drive by the book
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 14
Taking note of increasing deaths caused due to negligent driving by municipal corporation staff, the civic body authorities conducted a seminar for its drivers to raise awareness on taking safety precautions while driving vehicles here today.

According to statistics available, over five deaths have taken place due to the negligent driving of MC staff in the past one year, evoking public outrage. The matter was even raised by councillors during the general house meeting held two months ago. They had expressed resentment over increasing number of accidents involving civic body drivers and asked MC officials to take appropriate action against the erring drivers.

Some of them had even mooted the idea of organising a workshop to raise awareness among drivers on following traffic rules. Likewise, MC Commissioner AK Sinha asked Additional Commissioner Kuldeep Singh to organise a seminar on traffic awareness and educate civic body drivers.

Today’s seminar saw the participation of over 70 drivers of the civic body at the zone “A” office. Traffic volunteer Sham Sunder Juneja gave tips on safe driving to the drivers. Kuldeep Singh asked drivers to obey the traffic rules, as they had the responsibility of serving the general public.

The Additional Commissioner asserted that drivers should avoid the use of mobile phones while driving and not indulge in speeding. He added that the driver must take extra precautions while overtaking a vehicle. He said due to the frequent complaints of the general public regarding negligent driving by civic body drivers, they had started monitoring their driving and in case of negligence, strict action would be taken against the defaulters.

Talking to the TNS, the Additional Commissioner sought the support of the general public to keep a check on negligent driving by MC staff.



Probe sought into vandalising of idols

Mandi Ahmedgarh,December 14
With the administration still clueless about the identity of those who damaged three idols at Sitla Mata Mandir here 10 days ago, activists and office-bearers of various religious and social organisations have demanded a probe into the sequence of events leading to the sacrilegious act.

They have appealed to the Hindus to maintain peace and not fall prey to the sinister designs of those who intend to disrupt harmony.

Social and religious activists led by Surinder Kumar and Melu Ram Verma, president and vice-president of the Durga Sewa Dal, Bahadurgarh, regretted that the administration was clueless about the miscreants who damaged the idols even after 10 days of the incident.

Accusing certain office-bearers of a religious organisation of trying to shield suspects, the activists urged the authorities to initiate a fresh probe into the incident.

Referring to information collected from devotees going to pay obeisance at the temple, the activists said some area residents had been caught stealing offerings from the temple a few weeks prior to the incident. One of them was also beaten up by devotees.

Claiming that the investigating team had gathered important clues, circle-level officials maintained that disclosure of information at this stage would affect the progress of the investigation.

Responding to a call made by the administration, office-bearers and activists of various organisations have pledged their support to maintaining peace and tranquillity in the area. — OC



MC staff told to resolve complaints within 24 hrs
Manvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 14
After receiving strict orders from the Punjab government municipal corporation officials have instructed the staff of its operations & maintenance wing to ensure all public complaints are redressed within 24 hours.

A few days ago the principal secretary to the chief minister, Darbara Singh Guru, met civic officials and asked them to address complaints by city residents in an “efficient and timely manner”.

Following this, VP Singh, superintendent engineer of the operations & maintenance branch, held a meeting with the latter’s officials to brief them about the government’s directive to ensure regular water supply, proper cleanliness and desilting of sewage lines. He asked all executive and junior engineers as well as subdivisional officers (SDOs) of the branch to ensure even minor complaints were redressed within 24 hours.

“Since the state government would be regularly monitoring the matter, so laxity of any sort won’t be tolerated. The MC staff must discharge their duties in a proper manner so that the residents don’t have any reason to complain against its functioning. SDOs and junior engineers should personally go out in the localities under their jurisdiction and check all sewer manholes are properly covered”, Singh said.

He also asked all executive engineers to properly monitor the performance of their subordinates.

“The officials should maintain proper records of complaints received and at what time they were solved. They must also ensure the complaint registers are properly maintained so that they could be forwarded to the government if demanded”, he added.

When contacted Singh called the meeting with officials of the MC’s operations & maintenance wing “routine”, adding it was aimed at ensuring better functioning of the department.



Violation of Building Bylaws
MC to blame for mess
Manvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 14
Today’s action against the AC Market shopkeepers by the municipal corporation has brought to fore the problem of civic body’s apathy in passing building plans for paperwork alone, with officials not bothering to getting these implemented, leading to widespread violations of norms at a later stage.

Infringements in the AC Market are a testimony to the fact that lack of proper monitoring by MC officials has ensured that violations of buildings bylaws take place.

Sources say a large number of buildings exist in the city where the construction work has not been done in accordance with the plans sanctioned by the corporation.

In many big commercial buildings, basements have been passed as parking area in the original plan but they are being misused for commercial purposes, add the sources.

In spite of such blatant violations, MC officials have chosen to turn a blind eye and not take action against the violators.

Even most drives against illegal encroachments or violations have taken place only after courts have intervened and passed orders to the civic body authorities to take action.

Col Jagdish Singh Brar, member of the encroachment monitoring committee of the civic body, says the corporation has never bothered to monitor the construction of illegal buildings in the city, which has resulted in the chaos.

Holding MC officials directly responsible for the mess, Colonel Brar says all building bylaws’ violations take place due to direct connivance of civic body staff with builders.

Though admitting that violation of building bylaws has taken place, Municipal Town Planner (MTP) Tarlok Singh says it is largely because the building branch is facing acute staff crunch.

“We do face the problem of lack of monitoring but it is largely because we do not have the adequate staff for the job,” he adds.



Re-employment of employees
Sangharsh Committee opposes MC move
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 14
Raising the banner of revolt against the policy of the municipal corporation to employ the retired employees of the civic body on contractual basis, a delegation of MC employees met the civic body Commissioner AK Sinha yesterday.

The delegation of the Sangharsh Committee of the civic body, led by Hansraj Gagat and Lovely Pal Dishawar, opposed the move of the civic body to re-employ some of the retired employees of the civic body as it was against the rules.

It said if the MC wanted some more staff then it should call on fresh applications from the youth so that new people should get the job instead of hiring the retired personnel. The leaders of the delegation also levelled serious allegations of corruption against the re-employed MC staff.

The delegation asked the MC Commissioner to immediately disband all such appointments as it was not in the interest of the civic body. It also asked the Commissioner to take stern action against those driving the MC vehicles despite of the fact that they were not employees of the civic body.

It said as these drivers had no responsibility so they drive the vehicles recklessly due to which the MC had to pay compensation. It also asked Sinha to ensure regularisation of the sanitary workers.

The Commissioner assured the leaders of the delegation that all of their genuine demands would be accepted and timely action would be taken on them.



Paidal Yatra
YC activists reach out to youth, farmers
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 14
The “Nav Inquilab Paidal Yatra” being undertaken by the Punjab Youth Congress (PYC) under the leadership of PYC chief and Anandpur Sahib MP Ravneet Singh Bittu was today given a warm send-off at Humbran Road octroi post from where it passed through several villages under the Ludhiana (rural) territory to a rousing reception.

On its last leg, the yatra will reach its concluding point — Nanaksar near Jagraon — on Wednesday.

Jitendra Singh, general secretary, All-India Congress Committee, and MP from Alwar, Rajasthan, along with Rajiv Satav, president, Indian Youth Congress, who arrived here this morning to participate in the paidal yatra, were received by party workers at the railway station amidst slogans.

Addressing mediapersons at Ayali village on the periphery of the city, Singh and Satav said they had come with a message from AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi for the youth of Punjab. “Rahul earnestly wishes the Punjabi youth to rid themselves of the menace of drug addiction and to channel their energies towards creative work. Similarly, he has also set out a special agenda for the farming community to ameliorate them,” they stated.

PYC president Bittu pointed out that the yatra aimed at reaching out to the youth and farmers, both of whom seemed to have gone adrift.

“During month-long interaction with the youth and farmers across the state in the course of the yatra, we have tried to drive home the point to the youth to shun drugs and other intoxicants, while also telling farmers to adopt innovative and diverse farming and take up allied professions to supplement their income.”

Taking a dig at the ruling SAD-BJP coalition, Bittu said: “Development activities in the state have ground to a complete halt, the youth are in the stranglehold of drug addiction because of widespread unemployment. Similarly, the Punjabi farmer, once credited with ushering in green revolution, is under a heavy debt burden to the extent of committing suicide.”

Lambasting the government for giving a blind eye to the problems of farmers, trade and industry, he said the state was once ranked number one with highest per capita income, food grain production and industrial growth but wrong policies of the government had forced the industry to migrate to other states and pushed agriculture towards stagnation.”

DYC president Dimple Rana, District Mahila Congress president Leena Taparia, Vikas Upadhyaya, Sukhwinder Danny, Navdeep Cheema, Amandeep Toor, Munish Shah, Tejinder Chahal, Harish Dua, Sonia Hora, Anil Parti, Kuldip Sharma and Saabi Toor were also present.



‘Rahul’s outreach initiative paid off in Punjab’
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 14
“The ‘Nav Inquilab Paidal Yatra’ will be turn out to be a milestone in the future politics of the state,” said Jitendra Singh, MP from Alwar (Rajasthan) and in-charge of the IYC, while addressing a public meeting at Ayali Kalan, near here today.

The yatra entered the villages under the Ludhiana (rural) territory on its 44th day. Singh said Rahul Gandhi’s experiment of having a mass contact programme and becoming an “aam aadmi” (common man) had shown great results under the leadership of Ravneet Bittu in the state. Lauding the YC rank for the success of the yatra, he commented that PYC chief Bittu had created history by travelling through every corner of the state, mostly on foot, and connecting with the common man.

“Unlike majority of the present-day politicians, who like to travel in cavalcades and elaborate security bandobust, Rahul’s brigade has changed the vision of the common man of the state.”

On the yatra, Singh said the job was not easy for the workers as it involved travelling for over 1,300 km on foot for 45 days, but workers did it in spite of hardships.

He lauded Bittu for the endeavour, while expressing confidence that the momentum generated would continue to invigorate the YC rank. IYC president Rajiv Satav observed that the YC would bring about a revolutionary change in the attitude of Punjabi youth as great martyr Bhagat Singh and his associates had done before Independence.

“Now people of Punjab have understood that Rahul and his men can bring the state out of the present crisis and bring it back to number one position.”



MC gets Rs. 10-lakh aid
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, December 14
The civic body of Jassowal Kalar village, which falls under the Dakha constituency, received a grant of Rs. 10 lakh for various development works to commemorate the martyrdom of Shaheed Rajinder Singh. Manpreet Singh Ayali, chairman, zila parishad, Ludhiana, presented a cheque to SAD leaders of the village, led by sarpanch Kulwant Singh.

The amount will be spent on construction and repair of dharamsalas. Separate funds were granted for construction and repair of streets, sewage lines and sanitation and the renovation of public utility buildings.

Ayali claimed that funds worth Rs. 1.94 crore had been released for construction of water supply system and sewerage pipeline. 



Stalemate at birth registration office ends
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 14
In order to solve an impasse between the health branch and Municipal Corporation (MC) officials over the work pertaining to the registration of birth and deaths, the civic body held a meeting with the staff of both departments to ensure better services to residents.

According to information, there was stalemate at the office of the registrar, birth and death, after a confrontation between a health official and an MC officer over the post of Registrar (Birth and Death).

While the statistical officer (health), Balbir Kaur, who had been employed with the MC for collecting statistics regarding deaths and births, claimed that the government had appointed her Additional Registrar (Birth and Death), Dr Vipul Malhotra, present incumbent, objected to it.

As a result, work was suffering and the public was being inconvenienced.

After the matter was brought to the notice of the MC Commissioner, AK Sinha, he asked Additional Commissioner Kanwalpreet Kaur Brar to look into the matter. She held a meeting with both officials and said since Dr Malhotra had been appointed by the state government, his case was stronger. She asked Balbir Kaur to work as officer for collecting statistics of birth and death, but said the registration would be undertaken by Dr Malhotra.



Dharna by Bar assn
Our Correspondent

Amloh, December 14
In continuation of its daily two-hour dharna that began on December 6, the Amloh Bar Association staged a protest against the Family Court Act, 1984 at the courts complex here today.

Later, a deputation led by Bar chief Jatinder Karkara presented a memorandum to the tehsildar for further submission to the government.

The lawyers raised slogans against the policy of the government and the high court to transfer cases from sub-division courts to district family courts, which would result in getting justice a costly affair.



From Schools & Colleges
Quiz competition

LUDHIANA: GK quiz competition was held at Ram Lal Bhasin Public School here on Tuesday. The participants were divided into three teams namely Mars, Mercury and Venus. The quiz included in six rounds — audio-visual round, rapid fire round, current affairs, morning assembly questions and general knowledge questions.

The students participated with full enthusiasm. Team mercury with participants Aastha, Rupali, Piyush and Abhishek won the quiz. Headmistress Tarannum Fatma, appreciated the participation of the students and encouraged them by rewarding them prizes.

Prize distribution

Prize distribution function was held at Spring Dale School to mark the birthday of the school director, Avinash Kaur Walia, who is also the founder principal of the school. A cultural fiesta, consisting of plays “Sacha heera”, “Paaglon ki mehfil”, western dance and group dance, was presented by the students.

Prize distribution function was held in which achievers at national, state and district level were awarded. Principal Sandeep Raikhi in her speech inspired the students to achieve great heights in their lives.

SBS students visit Infosys

The students of Synetic Business School were taken for an industrial visit to Chandigarh recently. They attended Spark, a one-day programme, which raised the aspiration levels of students. This nation-wide programme focused on the advances information technology had made, Infosys’ role in the growth of IT and how students could learn from it all.

The aim of the programme was to enable the students to appreciate the opportunity to work amongst a highly-talented peer group, along with the learning opportunities that Infosys offered. In addition to this, they were informed about the IT service industry and the challenges associated with it.

The visit started with a corporate presentation of Infosys. Senior project managers informed the students about various business verticals of Infosys vis-à-vis the opportunities and the risk factors.

Students were also taken for a campus visit and they were impressed by the modern state-of-the-art infrastructure of Infosys. The visit concluded with an entrepreneurial skills test, where students were divided into groups and given a task to prepare business plan for a new IT company. — TNS



Directory launched
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 14
The Fastener Manufacturer Association (FMAI) has come up with a directory “Hardware professionals”, which will be displayed at India Mart Fastener Expo 2010 to be held from December 17 to 19 at Chennai Trade Centre.

The directory was formally launched by chairman of the association Mohinder Paul Jain. Narinder Bhamra, president of the FMAI, said their main motive for bringing out this directory was to promote the products of those member units at different platforms of national and international repute who can not personally participate on such events.

“Based on response to this event we shall plan further such programmes so that our members can take maximum benefit at low cost, ” he said.



3 booked for duping shopkeepers

Khanna, December 14
The police has booked three persons for defrauding some shopkeepers of the town. According to sources, three persons — Raj Kumar, a resident of Shaheed Labh Singh Nagar, Jalandhar; Ravinder Singh, a resident of Anand Nagar, Jalandhar; and Ravinder Kumar, a resident of Jahangir Puri, Delhi — formed a company, Best Insurance Broker Company, and opened its office in the GTB Market.

They recruited some staff at the office after issuing advertisements in newspapers.

After some days, they went to certain shops in the town and expressed their intent to make purchases for their office.

They bought mobiles from a shop and gave them a bank draft purportedly issued by a Noida branch of Punjab National Bank. Later, they gave another draft to a jeweller and purchased some gold coins.

They also bought 2 LCD TVs from a shop and gave them a draft of the same branch.

However, after making the purchases, the three disappeared. The drafts given to the shopkeepers were later found to be forged. The city police has registered a case against the accused. — OC



Man held for entering prohibited area
Mahesh Sharma

Halwara (Ludhiana), December 14
The police has initiated a probe into antecedes of a suspicious person who has been booked under Sections 447/3 and 7 of the Indian Official Secret Act, 1923, for allegedly entering a prohibited strategic area falling under the jurisdiction of the SK Range of the Indian Air Force station, Halwara.

Apprehended by the IAF officials late last evening, the suspect, Vinod Kumar, had been changing his statement about his whereabouts and reason behind entering the prohibited area.

The police is yet to verify the genuineness of his address -- Babu Lal Chand locality, Jalandhar.

The investigation revealed that Vinod Kumar (unconfirmed identity) was roaming about in the area falling under the jurisdiction of SK Range when an IAF official on duty apprehended him and tried to establish his identity.

The officials became suspicious about his integrity when he started changing statement about his name and address.

Establishing antecedents of the suspect became more difficult for the police as he had no document, like driving license or identity card, in his possession. He did not even have a mobile phone.

Though the investigating team has received two days police remand of the suspect, the officials were groping in the dark to ascertain his identity. Meanwhile, a police team has been sent to Jalandhar to verify the address stated by him.

News of arrest of the suspect spread like a wild fire in the region. Residents of the area were heard talking about arrest of a spy. Activists and office bearers of social and constitutional bodies, including panchayats, kept on receiving calls to confirm if some weapons were seized from the possession of the nabbed suspect.



Punjab Schools Athletics Meet
Muktsar, Jalandhar, Sangrur share honours
Our Sports Reporter

Girls take part in a hurdles race during the Punjab State Schools Athletics Meet in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
Girls take part in a hurdles race during the Punjab State Schools Athletics Meet in Ludhiana on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, December 14
Athletes from Muktsar, Jalandhar and Sangrur shared honours, securing two titles each, while players from Tarn Taran, Hoshiarpur, Mansa, Amritsar, Ropar, Patiala and hosts Ludhiana too were at centre stage, claiming one title each, on the penultimate day of the 56th Punjab State Schools Athletics Meet-2010 organised by the Punjab education department at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

Ludhiana district education officer Harbhajan Ram was the chief guest while district tournament committee president Paramjeet Kaur along with assistant education officer (sports) Rupinder Singh Ravi, Surinder Kaur (Tarn Taran), Satinder Kaur Gurm, Harpreet Kaur (Alamgir), Paramjit Kaur (Ayali Khurd), Harcharan Kaur, Nirmal Singh Sidhu and Makhan Singh (Sahnewal) assisted the organisers to conduct the meet.

Today’s results: Javelin throw: (boys u-19): 1 Malkit Singh (Tarn Taran), 2 Amirpal Singh (Muktsar); 3 Harjot Singh (Amritsar).

Cross country race (girls u-19): 1 Jyoti Saini (Hoshiarpur), 2 Harpreet Kaur (Hoshiarpur); 3 Kuljet Kaur (Tarn Taran).

3-km walk (girls u-19): 1 Jagjeet Kaur (Muktsar), 2 Ranjeet Kaur (Amritsar), 3 Daljeet Kaur (Ludhiana).

High jump (girls u-19): 1 Suman Devi Punia (Muktsar), 2 Sandeep Kaur (Sangrur) and 3 Kulbir Kaur (Tarn Taran).

5-km walk (boys u-17): 1 Sawraj Singh (Amritsar), 2 Harpret Singh (Amritsar) and 3 Baldev Krishan (Ludhiana).

400m (girls u-19): 1 Punampreet Kaur (Gurdaspur), 2 Amandeep Kaur (Kairon wing), 3 Sandeep Kaur (Patiala).

400m (girls u-17): 1 Kamal Kaur (Sangrur), 2 Juhi Jain (Ludhiana), 3 Harpreet Kaur (Kairon wing).

400m (girls u-14): 1 Sunita Devi (Ropar), 2 Manpreet Kaur (Sangrur) and 3 Priya Kumari (Patiala).

400m (boys u-14): 1 Simarjeet Singh (Gurdaspur), 2 Harmanjeet Singh (Gurdaspur) and 3 Ravinder Singh (Sangrur).

Javelin throw (boys u-17): 1 Vikas (Jalandhar), 2 Navjot Singh (Amritsar) and 3 Ravinder Singh (Sangrur).



Stage set for Jarkhar sports fest
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 14
Arrangements have been completed to conduct the silver jubilee edition of the annual sports festival being organised by the Mata Sahib Kaur Sports Club at Jarkhar village, around 15 km from here. This was stated by organising committee chairman Narinder Pal Singh Sidhu while addressing mediapersons here today.

“Prizes worth Rs 10 lakh will be given to position holders. Over 100 cycles will also be given as prizes by Avon Cycles Limited, Ludhiana, in addition to a Hero Honda motorcycle to the winner in the wrestling bout,” said Sidhu.

Competitions in 15 disciplines like hockey, handball, basketball, volleyball (smashing and shooting), kabaddi (academies), kabaddi (one village open), wrestling and others will be held in the meet.

Though the games will start on December 16, these will formally be inaugurated by Union Minister and Punjab Olympics Association president Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa on December 17 when the games’ torch, brought from the Olympian Surjit Singh Randhawa Stadium, Jalandhar, and Polo Ground, Patiala, would be lit in the stadium, he added.

Punjabi singers Harbhajan Maan and Amrinder Gill will be the main attraction during the sports festival.

The organisers will honour Padmashri awardee and former hockey star Pargat Singh, Sandeep Singh, Manjeet Kaur, Rani Rampal, Gurbaaz Singh, Balbir Singh Seechewal, Jagdev Singh Jassowal, Basketball Federation of India president Rajdeep Singh Gill and writer Baldev Singh for their contribution in different fields.



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