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Now, Central team to probe welfare scheme scams
Team was in city yesterday n No FIR in 8 months even after state audit report’s recommendation
Kanchan Vasdev
tribune news service

Ludhiana, May 20
Eight months after a scam in Indira Awas Yojna (IAY) came to light and the subsequent disclosure of the government in a special audit report that funds were embezzled in all Central and state government welfare schemes implemented through the Additional Deputy Commissioner’s office, the state government has failed to register an FIR in the case even as a special team of the Auditor-General (AG) of the Government of India has initiated an inquiry into the alleged scams.

The team was in the city last evening to look into the record of the office of the Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development). The team conducted a special audit and will be submitting a report shortly.

Confirming yet another special audit by the Central team, the Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari said the latest audit had recently been ordered by the Union Government.

Interestingly, in the audit ordered by the state government, the Chief Secretary had in October directed the local authorities to get an FIR registered into the scams. Even after six months of the recommendation, there is no FIR.

“We are waiting for the Central team’s report. We will club both reports and then get an FIR registered,” said Tewari. The scam in the Indira Awas Yojna was unearthed in September last year. The government then ordered a special audit of all schemes implemented through the ADC’s office and the report stated that the money was siphoned off from almost all schemes.

Shockingly, it was found that a whopping Rs 1.15 crore was used without following proper procedures while Rs 1.52 crore was embezzled in the official’s office accounts.

The misuse of funds was found in all 13 schemes implemented in the district. The grants were meant for the education of children of the labour class and SC/STs and for public conveniences.

Interestingly, while the former ADC (D) Davinder Singh was transferred out of the city following the scam, his name did not even figure in the report.

The report had, however, clearly stated that the funds were embezzled from the main bank account of the ADC (D) office, Indira Awas Yojna, Total Literacy Mission, National Child Labour Project, Special Component Plan for SC/ST, Punjab Nirman Programme, Rural Development Fund, DRDA Fund, Nirmal Puraskar Yojna and Dwarka Scheme.

Moreover, the bank account of the ADC (D) was operated by fake signatures since 2002 and nobody came to know about it all these years. As many as 90 bank accounts were opened for the schemes without the permission of the finance ministry. 

Findings of state audit report

* Rs 1.15 crore used without following proper procedures

* Rs 1.52 crore embezzled in the official’s office accounts

* Bank account of ADC (Development) operated by fake signatures since 2002

* 90 bank accounts opened without Union Finance Ministry’s permission 


Strike affects work at Civil Surgeon’s office
Protesters to take a decision on strike today
Anupam Bhagria
tribune news service

Ludhiana, May 20
The ongoing strike of the Punjab State Ministerial Services Union has affected the work at the Civil Surgeon’s office where people have been making rounds to get certificates issued.

The clerical staff is on strike. Ravneet Singh from Sidhwan Khurd said: “I arrived in the city today for the third time to get the death certificate of my uncle who expired about six years ago. But every time I had to return without it as the clerks are on strike and officers do not have the stationery required to issue certificates.”

The Civil Surgeon’s office issues death and birth certificates to people of rural areas who want it from old record; handicapped certificates and reimbursements of medical bills.

Food sampling work is also being affected adversely. Food slips used to seal food samples are also in the custody of clerical staff. These slips have a secret code which remains with the health authorities. But due to the strike, the work of food sampling has also come to a halt. Vijay Maharaja, chairman of the Punjab State Ministerial Services Union, Ludhiana, said the union would hold a meeting in Mohali tomorrow in which 20 units from all districts would participate.



Suspected kidnappers of 6-yr-old held
Tell cops they overheard boy’s father boasting about his money
Mohit Khanna
tribune news service

Ludhiana, May 20
The police on Friday arrested two men, identified as Narsi and his accomplice Abhishek, alleged to have kidnapped a six-year-old boy who surfaced three days later at the train station in Bharatpur in Rajasthan and was reportedly unharmed. The suspects, both migrant labourers and residents of Bharatpur, were apprehended near the Jawaddi canal road in the city.

In hindsight, boasting about his “fat bank balance” proved costly for the boy’s father, Sham Lal, who sells ice cream on a pushcart. The two suspects overheard his conversation and later abducted his son, Beeru, for ransom.

According to the police the two used to visit a ‘vehra’ (makeshift dwelling) located in Punjab Mata Nagar to meet their relatives, who were neighbours of Lal. After being grilled by the cops they soon broke down and narrated the entire sequence of events.

The suspects told the police a few days ago they visited their relatives and saw Lal making “tall claims” about his “political clout” and bank balance. “We overheard Sham Lal claiming his father was a politician and that his family has saved Rs 6 lakh to buy an SUV for campaigning in the elections”, said Narsi.

Both he and Abhishek then hatched a plan to abduct Lal’s son. They visited the ‘vehra’ on the evening of May 12 and took Beeru with them. As the child knew them he did not resist. While Narsi fled to Bharatpur, Abhishek camped in the city to inform his accomplice about the latest developments in the police investigation of the abduction.

According to the plan Narsi called up Lal and asked for a ransom for freeing the boy. This call was made from a cellular number of Bharatpur that was procured on fake documents. The next Narsi went to Mathura and made another call from a public call office (PCO). He told Lal’s family to arrange the ransom money and told Lal to wait for his next call in which he would be told about the location where the money was to be delivered.

In the meantime Abhishek got panicky and fled to Bharatpur. He and his accomplice duo got scared and the next day released the child at the Bharatpur train station. The child was taken to the city and the police proceeded with further investigations.

On Friday morning the police was tipped off that the two men had returned to the city. A team led by Dugri police station house officer Mandeep laid a trap and nabbed the suspects, who were later produced in a local court that sent them to police custody.


* May 12: Beeru abducted while playing with his sister on a street outside his home

* May 13: One of the kidnappers called boy's father, Sham Lal, on the evening of May 13 and demanded ~ 6 lakh in ransom

* May 14: Lal, who ekes out a living by selling ice cream, had expressed his inability to come up with the ransom money. The police set up teams to nab the suspects

* May 15: Boy found unharmed at Bharatpur train station in Rajasthan

* May 20: The two suspects, Narsi and Abhishek, arrested near the Jawaddi canal road



Cops zero in on shooting suspects
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 20
Two days after a police assistant subinspector was shot at twice by suspected robbers in the city’s Bhagat Singh Nagar locality, and who is now struggling for his life at a local hospital, the cops are reported to have identified the two suspects.

However this has not been confirmed by police commissioner Ishwar Singh, who said: “We are yet to nab the suspects but close on their heels”. Both men, one of whom is a resident of Jodhewal Basi and the other from Jalandhar, are said to be recidivists and have been repeatedly in and out of jail in the past. According to sources they met each other while incarcerated in prison and formed a criminal gang.

Meanwhile, two days after the shooting the condition of the injured cop is said to be stable but critical. Doctors said his nervous system had suffered serious damage adding his recovery would be difficult. The police released sketches of the two suspects late on Thursday evening.

It said on Friday the two suspects were the same men who had robbed a principal and his grandson near the city’s Lodhi Club a month ago.



Garment units rope in prisoners

Faced with an acute labour crisis, the garment industry has engaged prisoners in the Central Jail to stitch uniforms and T-shirts that would be supplied to various stores. The scheme has been launched with the aim to generate jobs for the inmates and make them self-reliant.

According to jail officials half of the profits from sale of the garments would go to the prisoners while the rest would accrue to the state exchequer.

Said SP Khanna, superintendent of the Central Jail: "There are 10 sewing machines in the jail and recently a Madhopuri based garment manufacturer approached us with T-shirt samples. Those inmates who have been put on the job are excited about it.”

Jail officials have also received an order for students’ uniforms from a government school.

"Equipment like overlock and folding machines for stitching garments will also be installed to speed up production. Our objective is to turn the jail inmates into skilled workers. Once they realise they can lead an honourable life by doing hard work they will themselves quit a life of crime," said Khanna.



Ludhiana scan
Minister presented with set of books

People of Punjab and Bengal have played a laudable role towards India’s struggle for freedom. Stalwarts like Rabindra Nath Tagore, Kartar Singh Sarabha, Bhai Sahib Bhai Randhir Singh, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, who motivated fellow countrymen to struggle for freeing the country from the British, acted like a bridge between the two states. The youth needs to be made aware of the untold sacrifices made by them.

These views were expressed by Upinderjit Kaur, Finance Minister, Punjab, during her interaction with the executive members of Punjabi Sahit Akademy here on Thursday. She said the political scenario of the country would have been different had people from Bengal and Punjab not plunged in the freedom struggle with strong determination together.

Akademy president Gurbhajan Singh Gill, while thanking her for the contribution of Rs 2 crore for constructing of Sain Mian Mir Bhawan at the premises of Punjab Sahit Academy and for strengthening the cause of Punjabi, culture and heritage, presented her with a set of 12 books of Rabindra Nath Tagore translated in Punjabi by various writers. The publications marked the 150 years celebration of Rabindra Nath Tagore, he said.

Defence pension adalat

Defence pension adalat will be organised by the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Western Command), Chandigarh, at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan here on June 24 and 25.

Stating this in a press release here on Friday, Manmohan Singh, District Sainik Welfare Officer, said the grievances of defence pensioners would be redressed in this pension adalat on the spot, who are drawing their pensions from DPDOs, public sector banks, treasuries at Ludhiana and its surrounding areas.

He said the defence pensioners having pension-related grievances may submit their applications on prescribed application form to him at the office of Defence Pension Disbursing Officer by May 31.

Blood donation camp

The undergraduate students of agriculture, biotechnology and food science and technology at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) took active part in the blood donation camp organised here on Friday. More than 50 boys and 15 girls donated blood for the blood bank.

The team of Dr Puneet Gupta from the local Dayanand Medical College and Hospital headed the camp.

The chief guest on the occasion was director, Students Welfare, Dr PS Aulakh, who himself donated blood after inaugurating the blood donation camp.

In his remarks, Dr Aulakh said each blood donor would be issued a blood group card and the blood report. He shared that PAU students had donated blood on various occasions and that a list of students with their blood groups was available with them.

Ban on plastics discussed

The Rising Youth Association organised a meeting at Chander Nagar here to discuss the ban on plastic bags. Members of the NGO noted with concern that ban on polythene bags was being violated in almost all parts of the city, while the administration was yet to get hold of any of the defaulters.

According to RYA president Gurinder Chahal, the shopkeepers pleaded that other substitutes for polythene bags like paper bags, cloth bags were expensive and the customers were also not prepared to pay for carry bags made from other material.

“The intention behind the move (ban on plastic bags) is noble, but several practical problems of customers as well as the shopkeepers also have to be taken into account,” said a shopkeeper.

NRI journalist honoured

Baba Banda Singh Bahadur International Foundation president Krishan Kumar Bawa felicitated Inderjit Singh Saluja, a USA-based NRI and chief editor of Indian Panorama newspaper, here on Friday. Bawa presented a shawl and memento to Saluja.

Lauding the service being rendered to the Punjabi community and culture in the USA through his newspaper being published from New York, Bawa said the Indians, especially Punjabis settled overseas, always preferred reading electronic and print media run by their fellow countrymen for redressal of their grievances. — TNS



Burden that health department is forced to carry
Leaking roofs, missing electrical connections, staff shortage, unavailability of medicines in dispensaries has become the Achilles’ heel of the health department of Punjab . Tribune’s senior staffer Anshu Seth and photographer Inderjeet Verma visited a few urban dispensaries in Ludhiana to review the prevailing state of affairs. 
People wait for medicines at a dispensary in Sunet People wait for medicines at a dispensary in Sunet 

Basti Abdullapur

Staff: One medical officer, three auxiliary midwife nurses, a pharmacist and two Class IV employees.


This dispensary operates from a small park owned by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation for the past 25 years. Due to inadequate staff it is unable to cater to the area populace. In absence of proper storage, medicines meant for TB patients, given under directly observed treatment-short course (DOTS), have been dumped in a corner. Layers of dusts could be seen on the packs of these medicines. Expect for Class IV employees, dispensary staff were nowhere to be seen at 9.30 am.


Staff: One medical officer, five ANMS, one pharmacist and two Class IV employees.


This dispensary functions from an old community building. Patwarkhana and anganwari departments also share it. There is one entrance for all three centers. There is no electricity connection as a result, the doctor along with her staff sits in corridors to examine the patients and dispense medicines.

The building is unsafe and has developed cracks. Shockingly, it doesn’t even have a proper sewerage system. The place become a hell during the rainy season. No medicines have been given to the dispensary for patients coming to the outdoor patient department (OPD) for the past six months.


Staff: One medical officer, six ANMs, one Class IV employee


This dispensary, which caters to the populace staying in 12-kilometre radius, is short of staff. The areas have been categorised as “high risk” owing to migrant population, which lives in the slums and the vehras. The patients are poor and cannot afford to buy medicines on their own. But, they are disappointed as medicines are alays in short supply.

Guru Nanak Pura

Staff: One medical officer (on deputation), one pharmacist, one ANM, two class IV employees


This dispensary functions from two small rooms and have four broken chairs and two tables. One ANM caters to the populace of more than 27,000 in stark contrast to the stipulated ratio of 5,000 persons per ANM (as determined by the ministry of health and family welfare, Government of India). It is ironical that the dispensary has a footfall of 25 to 30 patients per day, but they return empty handed as there is no availability of the medicines. At least 15 diabetics living in the vicinity are disappointed for not getting medicine for the past five months.

Chawni Mohalla

Staff: One medical officer, one staff nurse, three multi-purpose health workers, one Class IV employee


This dispensary functions from a small room, which is located on the main road of the Chawni Mohalla. The medical officer is available for a few hours. Most of the time he can be found at Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital to perform post-mortem examinations. The dispensary caters to the population of 33,226, but is in shambles. Despite having pooled in money to build the dispensary in 2002, area residents have failed to get the medicines or first aid, reason being the "short supply" from the department of health and family welfare. So much so that even the medicines and contraceptives, which are, must to be provided under the family planning programmes are always "out of stock" in the dispensary. 

DC writes to Chief Secretary

Looking at the sorry state of affairs of these dispensaries and the pressure on the civil hospital, the department of health and family welfare has decided to tag them with the urban health care centres. Having successfully built such centres in Bathinda district, the department is in the process of constructing similar centres in Ludhiana and Jalandhar districts. The estimated cost for each urban health centre is Rs 2.5 crore. These will be constructed over 2,000 square feet and will have 10 beds each.

The Civil Surgeon was asked that the process of acquiring land from the Improvement Trust, GLADA and the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation be initiated, but the department heads have refused to oblige. The Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari was approached the authorities in this regard.

Five sites of 2,000 square yards each have been identified in Rajguru Nagar, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Samrala Road, Meharban village, Hambran Road and an observation home in Shimlapuri. The authorities of these departments are waiting for a green light from their respective headquarters. The Principal Secretary (Health) Satish Chandra has also convened a meeting with the heads of these departments for the purpose.



MC seals Calibre Plaza office
Dismantles canteen for building bylaw violation
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
tribune news service

Ludhiana, May 20
A team of municipal corporation officials sealed the office of M/S Calibre Plaza, located in the basement of a building situated near Bhadaur House, for violation of building bylaws here today.

The team led by assistant town planner (ATP) Kamaljit Kaur also dismantled an “illegal” canteen operating from the building’s basement.

The ATP said the office of M/S Calibre Plaza was sealed as they had failed to rectify the violations inside the building in spite of having been served several notices.

“Goods and even mannequins had been kept by the shopkeepers in the corridor, the lift had been shifted from the place where it was originally shown in the site plan with the MC and escalators installed in the market complex had not been working. Similarly, two bathrooms meant for use by shopkeepers had been locked, depriving the shopkeepers and visitors to the market of the facility. We also got a complaint regarding the supply of water from the RO plant installed in the market to other areas outside the market complex,” ATP Kamaljit Kaur said.

In March, the MC officials had set a deadline of two months for shopkeepers to remove the violations. At that time, municipal town planner (MTP) Hemant Batra had held a meeting with representatives of the Shopkeepers’ Association of Calibre Plaza, also known as AC market.

When the officials visited the multi-storey Calibre Plaza today, they found that the shopkeepers had not rectified the violations. The canteen in the basement, which was dismantled on December 14 last year, was also functioning as usual.

“The canteen was dismantled and the owners gave us an undertaking that they would not run the canteen in the future. Even the shopkeepers have promised to rectify the violations. But if they don’t remove the violations, we will take strict action against them,” the ATP added.

However, after the MC team left the scene, shopkeepers were back in business, putting goods (including suits and dress material) in the corridors of the basement of the plaza.



Demolition drive begins on Lalheri road
Our Correspondent

Khanna, May 20
The long pending removal of encroachments on the Lalheri road started today with a group of the civic body officials and the local administration, armed with a JCB machine and the police force present on the spot.

The work to construct overbridge on the Lalheri road railway line was pending from the past several months as the shopkeepers had taken a stay order and the work was stalled.

However, now with the efforts of the civic body officials the stay was vacated and the administration started demolishing shops that were encroaching the area.

Due to halting of the work the commuters passing through the road had a tough time as they had to cover a large distance to cross this railway line and the traffic route was also diverted from the other side.

The administration was also having a tough time to handle the situation as there was chaos around the railway line. Though shopkeepers flayed the demolition today, SDM, Khanna, said the demolition was in people’s interest.



MC to engage extra hands for dog sterilisation
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
tribune news service

Ludhiana, May 20
Following the slow pace of work on the sterilisation of stray dogs in the city, the municipal corporation is set to involve more companies for the job. Tenders for the purpose will be floated and the work is expected to start soon.

This time, the MC authorities are planning to adopt the CNVR (catch, neuter, vaccinate and release) scheme being followed by the civic bodies of Bangalore and Mysore. This is a quicker way of sterilising a stray dog as compared to the conventional method. There are over 20,000 stray dogs in the city and the MC authorities had launched its much-awaited dog sterilisation drive last year.

The contract for the purpose was given to a private company but the company had been able to sterilise just 3,000 stray dogs so far.

“We have decided to adopt the new CNVR methodology, which will give us speedy results. The company involved was given the target of sterilising 750 dogs every month. However, their work is slow and that is why we have decided to engage some extra hands. We hope to rope in at least two more companies for this purpose,” said MC Commissioner AK Sinha while speaking to The Tribune today. The MC officials currently pays Rs 550 to sterilise a male dog and Rs 650 for a female dog.

“The CNVR methodology will cost us almost the same but as it’s a quicker process, it will help us in our endeavour,” said Sinha.

Under the conventional methodology, it takes at least five days to sterilise a dog, while the same job can be done in just six to eight hours in the CNVR scheme.

However, it is learnt that the CNVR methodology is not recognised by the Animal Welfare Board of India.

Dr Sandeep Jain, chief coordinator of CAPE India, said the CNVR method is a good process, provided it is carried out by competent surgeons and under complete aseptic conditions. “The operation theatre and equipment should be kept clean if the authorities want this methodology to be successful,” he added. The MC officials are expected to invite fresh tenders to hire new companies soon.



Revenue Patwar Union protests police inaction
Official record was damaged last year
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 20
The members of the Revenue Patwar Union, Ludhiana East and West, held a protest at mini-secretariat here today. Gurmel Singh Grewal, president of the union, said one Harjinder Singh had misbehaved with a patwari, Jeet Singh, in 2009.

“He not only misbehaved with him, but even damaged the official revenue record,” Grewal alleged. On January 5, 2009, Jeet Singh was asked to present a record in a particular case by the police department.

Rupinder Singh, district president of the Revenue Patwar Union, Ludhiana, said when Jeet Singh produced the record Harjinder misbehaved with him and later damaged the official record.

“Jeet Singh had submitted a written complaint in this regard to the Deputy Commissioner. But even after passing of more than two years, no action has been taken against Harjinder Singh. Even Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari had written to Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh on October 27 last year for registering a case against the accused.

But unfortunately, the police is not taking any action against the accused, which is demoralising for our department,” Rupinder Singh alleged.



Voter cards to be ready by June 30 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 20
Kusumjit Sidhu, Chief Election Officer, Punjab, said yesterday that all deputy commissioners of state had been directed to prepare photo identity cards of all voters by June 30. They have also been told to make arrangements for conducting free and fair Vidhan Sabha elections in Punjab.

She said this while addressing meeting of the deputy commissioners-cum-district returning officers of Ferozepur, Moga, Faridkot and Ludhiana.

She asked returning officers to launch a special campaign for preparing photo identity cards by June 1 and complete the entire exercise by June 30.

He also directed deputy commissioners to identify voters who are yet to be issued identity cards and prepare the same on priority basis. A call center had been set up in Chandigarh for redressal of complaints. These, then, would be forwarded to the returning officers’ concerned. Call Centre no: 0172-2701910



4,610 needy given free legal aid under govt scheme
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 20
The Punjab Legal Services Authority has provided free legal assistance to 4,610 persons under the state government scheme for free legal aid to the poor.

Presiding over a meeting of the District Legal Services Authority at the courts complex here today, its chairman-cum-District and Sessions Judge SP Bangar said under the Legal Services Act, those belonging to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe categories, besides women, children, mentally or physically challenged persons, victims of natural or other calamities, industrial workers, undertrials or all such persons whose annual income was less than Rs 1 lakh were entitled to free legal assistance.

He said the access to free legal service was simple and hassle-free. The eligible persons were required to submit a simple application with an affidavit and the prescribed application forms were available free of cost from the offices of additional civil judges at the sub-division level, and assistant district attorney legal services, civil judge senior division or the district and session judge at the district level.

According to Bangar, the eligible persons under the free legal assistance scheme were not only provided legal aid without any cost but even the legal fee of advocates and other incidental expenses were borne by the government. In the district, a panel of 18 advocates had been set up to extend free legal assistance to eligible persons under the scheme.



City’s top cop pays visit to police stations
Inspects work on upcoming resource centres
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 20
Close on the heels of the shooting incident in which an ASI, Gurdial Singh, was shot at by robbers, Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh visited the police stations across the city here today.

He inspected the ongoing construction work on resource centres at the police stations. The police official also inaugurated the newly built Kotwali police station.

Talking to the TNS, Ishwar Singh said the aim of the visit was to inspect the construction of police recourse centres, which would get operational soon.

The resources centres would cater to small complaints pertaining to the status of passport verification, submission of RTI applications, etc. and would decrease the pressure on the police to a great extent.

The residents will no longer have to travel to the Police Commissioner’s office to seek mandatory permission for holding a religious programme or procession. Rather, they can visit the resource centre located in their area to file their application.

The Commissioner said trained staff would be recruited for the resource centres and they would not wear the uniform. The work culture would be that of a corporate office, he added.



Just four of 27 commercial sites go under the hammer
PUDA raises Rs 2.52 cr from auction of SCOs, shops
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 20
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority today sold two shop-cum-offices (SCOs) and two shops on the Old Jail Road, near Civil Hospital here, for Rs 2.52 crore through a public auction.

PUDA additional chief administrator Jaswant Singh along with estate officer Jeet Ram conducted the auction proceedings for sale of eight SCOs and 19 shops.

However, due to lukewarm response of the buyers, only two shops and as many SCOs could be sold at a marginal increase of around one per cent in case of the SCOs and 10.2 per cent in the case of shops over the reserve price.

According to PUDA officials, the two SCOs measuring 148.22 sq m and 144.92 sq m were sold at Rs 71,200 and Rs 71,000 per sq m, respectively, while two shops measuring 27.87 sq m each fetched a price of Rs 78,000 per sq m. All sites had a reserve price of Rs 70,422 per sq m.

Even though as many as 27 commercial sites were on offer in the thickly populated old city locality, the fact that just about half a dozen bidders turned up at the auction and deposited eligibility fee was an indicator that of late the buyers, especially the investors, were not showing much interest in the sites or built-up commercial properties being offered for sale by PUDA or other government agencies.

Buyers not too keen

* Even though 27 commercial sites were on offer, only half a dozen bidders turned up at the auction, indicating that buyers, especially investors, were not keen on purchase of sites or built-up commercial properties being offered by PUDA or other government agencies



New IT, central excise chiefs take over 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 20
Jagdeep Goel today joined as the new income tax commissioner, CIT III. Goel has replaced KK Sinha, who has been transferred to Karnataka. Goel is from 1989 batch and joined the department as the assistant commissioner at Surat.

He has also served at Chandigarh and Delhi. Hailing from Bathinda, Goel has studied at Punjabi University, Patiala, and had also done LLB from Meerut University.

Meanwhile, Rajiv Bhatia joined as commissioner of central excise and customs department.

He has joined in place of Charanjeet Singh who has been transferred to Daman. Prior to this Bhatia was posted at Chandigarh.

The Taxation Young Lawyers Association today welcomed both the commissioners and said they were hoping full co-operation from both the commissioners.



Residents hold protest against police
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 20
Members of the Trade Union Coordination Centre held a protest against Jagatpuri police officials after a woman was allegedly snubbed by the police in a theft complaint against her here today. 

The protesters sought justice for the victim, Noor Jehan. Addressing a gathering, Hari Singh Sahni from Trade Union Coordination Centre said if the case was not impartially investigated, they would intensify their protest and hold dharnas in the city. On Monday evening, two persons had submitted a complaint against Noor Jehan at the Jagatpuri police station alleging that she had committed theft in their houses. Later, the woman was summoned to the police station, after which several women of the locality staged a dharna against the police. At that time, Noor Jehan had alleged that the two, with whom she worked as a maid, had not given her wage for one month.



From schools
Investiture ceremony at GMT school

Check-up Students examined in a dental camp at Saraswati Modern School students of GMT Public School take part in the Investitutre ceremony
Check-up Students examined in a dental camp at Saraswati Modern School; (left) students of GMT Public School take part in the Investitutre ceremony Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana: The valedictory function was organised at GMT Public School during morning assembly. The decipline committee of the school elected a perfect council on the occasion. Four houses presented their perfects before the entire school. The head boy and the head girl were announced for the new session. The council was adorned with sashes and badges by school principal. Amrinder and Jasleen from Class XII were elected head boy and head girl while Jatish and Simranjeet of Class VI and VII, respectively, were elected junior head boy and head girl.

Salad-making contest

An inter-class salad-making contest was organised at Kundan Vidya Mandir here today. Main objective of the contest was to instill teamwork, sharing and caring culture among schoolchildren. Students of Class VI prepared a fruit salad; Class VII green salad and those from Class VIII prepared a pasta salad. Sonia Verma said: “The heat of summer can best be beaten by cold drinks and salads. Monica Maini judged the contestants. Best presentations were displayed in principal’s office. Section heads asked questions from students and told them about nutritious value of these salads.

Saplings planted

Students of pre-nursery and primary classes along with their teachers of Radcliffe School visited Kipps market, Orient Cinema and BRS Nagar and planted saplings. They also presented handmade cards to residents of these areas with a request to take care of the saplings planted by them. They were told about the benefits of trees in the morning assembly. The principal advised the children to plant saplings and grows plants in pots in their houses.

Prize distribution function

A prize distribution function was organised at Government Senior Secondary Model School, PAU, to motivate the students to work hard. Principal Sanjeev Thapar and Davinder Chhawla presided over the function. Shruti Sharma, who stood 16th in All-India ranking of the Civil Services Examination, was the special guest. She inspired students to work hard and excel in every field. The result of calligraphy competition (English, Hindi and Punjabi) was declared. In all 33 students were honoured for securing first three positions in different categories. At least 56 well-dressed students were also honoured on the occasion. Dr Piara Singh Chahal, PTA member, Maj Sher Singh Aulakh, RSMA member, and Sanjeev Thapar, principal, motivated students.

PAU visit

Class VIII students of GMT Public School along with the science head Ramanpal visited the horticulture department of the PAU on Thursday and Friday. They were taken to the Punjab Rural Life Museum and told about crop management and various other techniques. The students also attended a organised seminar by Dr HS Bajwa. They were also told about the crop management and various methods related to the horticulture.

Pool party

Small Wonders Nursery School organised a pool party today. Children splashed water on one another, played water games, sang and danced. Kids also got to taste mangos during a party organised on the school premises. The principal and staff decided to organise such parties every year.

Rally against drugs

Anti-Tobacco Day was organised on the premises of SDP Senior Secondary School. Students also staged a rally against drug addiction. Principal Teena Gulati told students to inculcate healthy food habits and say no to drugs.

Check-up camp

A dental check-up camp was organised at Saraswati Modern School. Dr Vikas Jindal and his team examined the students on the occasion. They were made aware of several tooth-related problems and remedies for the same. Dr Jindal also advised the students to brush their teeth twice a day and avoid eating junk food.

Poetry Recitation

A Hindi poetry recitation competition was organised for Kindergarten section of KVM School. Namita Raj Singh, headmistress (city campus), presided over the function. The result was as follows: LKG: Angel stood first, Tanvi second, Bhumika stood third and Sahaj got appreciation award; UKG: Aishna stood first, Pushkar second, Aanya stood third and Ayan received appreciation award. 



Woman killed in fire mishap
Was preparing meal for her family on a gas stove
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, May 20
A woman died yesterday after coming in contact with fire while she was preparing meal for her family on a gas stove in the kitchen of her house.

The deceased has been identified as Harbans Kaur (38), wife of Avtar Singh of Bhamipura village, about 12 km away from Jagraon.

According to family members of the deceased, Harbans Kaur was working in the kitchen in the evening when the incident took place.

The family members of the victim rushed her to a private hospital in Jagraon where she succumbed to burn injuries after some time.

Harbans Kaur was born in Pona village, near Jagraon, and was married to Avtar Singh 18 years back.

Avtar Singh works as a waiter with various marriage palaces on daily wages.

The police had not registered any case in this regard until the filing of this report.

When contacted, SHO, Sadar police station, Jagraon, said neither the parents of the deceased woman nor her in-laws wanted any probe in this case.

Besides, the members of the village panchayat termed it an accidental death and requested the police not to take action, added the SHO.

Harbans Kaur is survived by her husband and two teenaged children, including a boy and a girl.



Softball meet from May 30
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 20
The 11th edition of the Ludhiana District Softball Championship for sub-junior boys and girls will be held at Ramgarhia Educational Complex here from May 30 to June 2.

Players born on or after January 1, 1997 are eligible to participate in the tournament. Each team is required to submit roster forms in duplicate besides age proof certificates along with two photographs one day before the start of tournament, according to honorary secretary, Punjab Softball Association, PN Passi.



Cricket trials
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 20
Trials to select cricket probables (u-22) will be held at the Arya College ground here on May 22 at 8.30 am, according to Ludhiana District Cricket Association honorary general secretary Vinod Chitkara.

Players born on or after September 1, 1989 are eligible to take part in the trials. 



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