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Satpal Gosain does a U-turn on Police Commissioner’s transfer
Claims to be under pressure to settle issues with the top cop
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune news service

Ludhiana, June 27
Taking a complete u-turn from his stand that the law and order situation had become a casualty, thereby demanding the transfer of the Commissioner of Police, the health minister, Satpal Gosain, today said that he had “settled the issues” with the city’s top cop, Ishwar Singh, and his deputy Harsh Bansal.

Gosain had termed the functioning of the police as “ineffective” and “ridden with corruption” on June 19. He had given an ultimatum that if both the officers were not transferred within 10 days, he would sit on a dharna outside the Commissioner’s office till the government was forced to take action.

However, talking to The Tribune today, Gosain, who had taken a hard stance, said he was “under pressure” from various quarters to “effect a compromise” with the Commissioner. He refused to say anything further and maintained a calculated silence on the issue of a woman, Mamta, he had taken up while gunning for the Commissioner.

He even refused to comment on the law and order situation and “shoddy functioning of police” that in his opinion was a cause of major concern until a week ago.

Mamta had tried to immolate herself in front of the Commissioner’s office, alleging that the police was not booking her estranged husband. Gosain had held that the police was “heartless” in denying justice to the woman and was not registering a case.

With Gosain changing his stand, Mamta has lost the saviour she found in the minister, who has of late turned indifferent to her case. The police has not booked her husband yet.

Gosain was so angry with the police that he had decided to show a detailed list of recent incidents of crime to Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal.

He had expressed concern over the recent killing of ASI Gurdial Singh, who was shot at by an armed robber, by making an observation that “even the cops are not safe in the city leave alone the safety of the residents”.

Targeting ADCP Harsh Bansal, the minister had said the officer was in a habit of “sitting” over cases and it amounted to justice denied.


Police recovers 2 kids caught up in carjacking
Vehicle abandoned after stalling in field, suspects still at large
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 27
Four young men who sped away in a car after pulling out a woman sitting in it, were in for a surprise when they spotted two children sleeping on the back seat. They then abandoned the vehicle after it got stuck in a paddy field in Malak village near Jagraon.

The incident occurred at around 11:30pm on Sunday night when Parminder Singh, a timber merchant, was returning home along with his wife, Manjinder Kaur, and two sons after vacationing in Simla.

According to Sarabha Nagar police station SHO Gurdev Singh, Parminder, who had sustained a minor injury, went to Raghunath Hospital to get it treated treatment while his wife and kids waited in the car. In the meantime four youths arrived near the car and dragged the woman out. Before she could react the men fled with the vehicle with the two children - Jashan, 9, and Karan, 11, fast asleep on the back seat.

The matter was brought to the notice of the police commissioner and soon the entire force was pressed into service. In no time the carjackers became “most wanted” child kidnappers and the police in three districts - Ludhiana, Jagraon and Moga - was searching for the suspects.

All the cops were ordered to report on duty and SHO were instructed to conduct strict checking of vehicles on all the entry and exit route of the city. Special teams were formed and search was carried out in villages and possible hide out of the suspects.

It was around 5am that the residents of Malak village spotted the vehicle. The children were reported to be fine and handed over to their parents. But due to the incident they were paranoid and refused to talk.

"Our primary motive was the safety of the children. Now that we have successfully recovered the children, we would launch a manhunt operation to nab the culprits”, said additional deputy police commissioner (III) JS Sidhu.

Despite repeated attempts to contact them, Parminder and his family members, who reside in the city’s BRS Nagar locality, refused to comment on the incident.

According to sources, the timber merchant’s children told the police when they began crying the suspects slapped both of them and told them to remain quiet. After driving the car for some distance they stopped the vehicle midway and turned towards a paddy field where it soon got stuck. Before leaving the scene they locked the vehicle from outside.

The children later gave area residents their parents’ cellular numbers, following which the latter arrived at the scene along with cops, the sources added.

Alert sounded

The matter has been brought to the notice of the Police Commissioner. The entire force has been pressed into service. The carjackers have become the “most wanted” child kidnappers and the police of Ludhiana, Jagraon and Moga is searching for the suspects. All policemen have been ordered to report on duty. SHOs have been instructed to conduct strict checking of vehicles on all the entry and exit routes of the city.



Auction ends in disappointment for GLADA
No buyer for prime commercial site; high reserve price responsible
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 27
The turn around in the real estate sector, at least as far as the commercial properties are concerned, it seems, is yet to come if the last few unsuccessful attempts made by the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) to sell large chunks of prime commercial land in the city are any indication.

Almost in an action replay of the proposed auction that failed to take place on March 14 for two commercial sites on Ferozepur Road here, yet another commercial pocket on the main road in Dugri, Phase I, to be put under the hammer today, found no takers.

After waiting for a considerable period, GLADA Additional Chief Administrator Jaswant Singh announced that the auction had been called off since not even a single intending bidder had deposited the eligibility fee of Rs 49.36 lakh for the freehold commercial site measuring 5506.72 square metres, and the floor price of little less than Rs 50 crore at Rs 75,000 per square yard.

Some intending buyers did make enquiries and also inspected the site but none of them turned up today and the auction had to be put off. “It is always more difficult to sell large chunks of commercial land because the buyers have to consider many things before making such a huge investment in commercial property,” he remarked.

The freehold commercial site which was to be auctioned, is strategically located with sound business potential. The site had a permissible floor area ratio of 1:3, unrestricted height subject to clearance from the Air Force authorities, and maximum ground coverage of 40 per cent with permission to construct a basement.

Sources in the real estate sector said even though the realty market had shown some signs of revival, it has still to go a long way before heading north. “Moreover, the reserve price of the land was on a higher side which also kept the buyers away,” they said.

Auction called off

The auction was called off since not even a single intending bidder had deposited the eligibility fee of Rs 49.36 lakh for the freehold commercial site measuring 5506.72 square metres, and the floor price of little less than Rs 50 crore at Rs 75,000 per square yard.



Finally, liquor vend on park land goes
Land ‘owners’ offer resistance, but MC demolishes vend
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune news service

Ludhiana, June 27
Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) officials received stiff resistance when they went to demolish a liquor vend situated on a piece of land meant for a park at Sunet village this afternoon.

People argue with police officials during a demolition drive; and (right) workers take out liquor bottles from the vend that was razed by the municipal corporation in Ludhiana on Monday.
People argue with police officials during a demolition drive; and (right) workers take out liquor bottles from the vend that was razed by the municipal corporation in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

A group of people, who claimed to be the owners of the particular piece of land, said the land had not been acquired by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust and they would not let the MC demolish the liquor vend.

But the MC officials maintained a tough stand and demolished the structure in the presence of a heavy police force.

The MC team, led by Assistant Town Planner Surinder Singh Bindra, reached the spot and asked workers at the vend to vacate it. Just then, a group of people claiming to be the real owners of the land reached the spot and started arguing with Bindra. They accused the MC of high-handedness.

Bindra showed them documents regarding the acquisition of the land. They then said they were not served any notice before the demolition and even threatened the MC officials that they would not let them raze the vend.

Police officials, who were present on the spot in large numbers, intervened and asked the group to keep quiet and let the MC team do its job.

Senior Town Planner Balkar Singh Brar and Municipal Town Planner Hemant Batra also reached the spot and asked the group to show documents to substantiate its claim.

It took over an hour to demolish the vend. The MC also demolished a shop adjoining the vend, which was also on the land meant for the park.

Col JS Brar (retd), who spearheaded the issue, said he was satisfied with the drive carried out by the MC. “I hope they also demolish two other rooms which are on the park land,” he said.

Kuldip Singh, who was running the liquor vend, said he had cooperated with the MC team. “I had taken the land on rent and now I will look for another place nearby,” he said.

The park, which is situated in the L block of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar near Sunet village, had been encroached on. The Ludhiana Improvement Trust, in a memo dated May 11, 2000, had written to the MC stating that the land had to be developed as a park. After the MC took over the area, some persons removed the grills of the park and encroached on it. The MC had then claimed that the land had not been acquired by the LIT.

Area residents, on June 21, had held a protest against Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura and MC Commissioner AK Sinha, after which the matter was expedited and it was found that the land had actually been acquired by the LIT.


l A large number of liquor bottles were stocked in the relatively smaller vend. A Tempo and a Jeep were filled to capacity with the bottles.

l Some people were seen frantically calling their “political bosses” to have a word with the MC officials, but the officials refused to take any such call.



2 city students shortlisted by Balaji Telefilms
Selected during training programme in Mumbai
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service
Visibly happy Anjali and Kanchan, who have being shortlisted by Balaji Telefilms, pose for a picture
Visibly happy Anjali and Kanchan, who have being shortlisted by Balaji Telefilms, pose for a picture. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, June 27
Two students of Sacred Heart Convent School, Chandigarh road, have been shortlisted by Balaji Telefilms, Mumbai.Geetika Gulati and Anjali were selected during a training programme in Mumbai.

Geetika Gulati one of the finalists of “Chak Dhoom Dhoom”, a dance competition, and a Class IX student of Sacred Heart Convent, Chandigarh road, said, “It was a wonderful experience for me and I was quite confident of my selection for TV serials.”

She has participated in many dance competitions and is equally good in studies. Her mother Vandna Gulati, a home maker, said, “Last year, due to her audition for “Chak Dhoom Dhoom”, she could not take her final exams. But the school promoted her on the basis of her previous performance and still she stood third in the class.”

She has a sister and her father Rajinder Gulati is a businessman. Fond of painting, dancing and acting, Geetika who has been participating in various events for four years, said, “A few months ago, I participated in an event at Kala Sangram in Chandigarh, where I received a lot of appreciation. At the training session of Balaji Telefilms, Mumbai, I honed my skills.”

While another one is Anjali, a Class VI student of the same school, who has been selected for the serials by Balaji Telefilms. Her father Dr Sanjeev Sharma, who is a franchisee holder of Remo Dance Institute, and managing director of Broadway Dance Institute, Model Town, said, “Anjali started dancing at the age of two. She has won more than a dozen gold 
medals in different dance competitions.”

The budding artiste said, “I want to dance like Madhuri Dixit. Eldest among the four siblings, she has also auditioned for “Chak Dhoom Dhom”. Her mother Rashmi Sharma, a home maker, said, “My daughter went all alone for the training in Mumbai. She is also good in studies.”

Kanchan another trainee, who studies in Satluj Public School, has also worked in a telefilm “Don't judge a kitaab by its cover” and wants to have her career in dancing and acting. While Anjali has worked in a telefilm “Pyari maa”.



Six hurt in road mishap
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, June 27
Six persons, including a Superintendent of Police and his driver, were injured in a road accident on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway near Malak Road Chowk, Jagraon, today.A stray animal was also killed in the mishap.

The injured have been identified as Khanna SP (H) Pushkar Sandal, his driver Nikhil Sharma, Balraj Singh, his father Shinder Singh and two relatives Manohar Singh and Paramjit Kaur of Raoke village in Moga district.

The accident took place at 11.30 am when SP Pushkar Sandal, along with his driver Nikhil Sharma, was going towards Ludhiana after attending a meeting at Jagraon in a Mahindra Bolero (PB 65 E1958).

As they reached Kacha Malak road, the vehicle collided head-on with a private bus (PB-29 F 9301) coming from the opposite direction. Before colliding with Mahindra Bolero, the bus belonging to Jujhar Transport Private Limited, had hit a Maruti Alto car (DL 9 CJ 8775).

The injured were rushed to the Civil Hospital by the police, from where SP Pushkar Sandal was referred to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), Ludhiana.

According to an eyewitness, the accident took place when a stray animal suddenly appeared in front of the bus and driver in a bid to save the animal lost control over the bus and hit a Maruti Alto car before colliding head-on with a Mahindra Bolero coming from the opposite direction.

Driver and conductor of the bus fled from the spot. No case was registered till the filing of this report.

According to sources in the police department, the driver of the bus had been identified by the police. But it denied having any information about the driver. “We have got some clues about the bus driver and raids are on to nab him,” said SHO Inderjit Singh.



Power cuts giving residents sleepless nights
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, June 27
Scheduled and unscheduled power cuts at Jugiana village have made residents’ lives miserable.Apart from a two-day weekly cut, unscheduled outages have aggravated their woes.

As per data available with the telephone exchange in Jugiana, a 34-hour power cut was imposed on June 1, on June 18, June 25 and June 26, the supply remained suspended for 22 hours, 17 hours and 15 hours, respectively.

A slight change in weather hits the power supply here.

“We have asked Powercom department to do something as for the past two months the power supply has been erratic. Villagers are now planning to start an agitation. Frequent power cuts and fluctuations have adversely affected the working of our bank and the customer service, too, has suffered to a great extent. Our UPSC stopped working yesterday. We have asked the department to do something, but our pleas have fallen on deaf ears,” said BP Mittal, manager, UCO Bank, Jugiana.

Manjit Singh Dhillon, a dairy farmer, said, “The situation becomes all the more grim when the power is restored after a gap of nearly 10 hours and goes off again in not more than 10 minutes due to heavy load and occasional faults occurring in the supply. By the time, the fault is cleared, the time for another unscheduled cut begins. At night, too, there is no respite from these cuts and the worst sufferers are children and elderly people who fail to get any rest in the day and have to endure a hellish night ahead.”

The power crisis has aggravated the problems of shopkeepers as well. “Our flour mill has suffered heavy losses due to frequent power cuts,” lamented Dharmapal, a flour mill owner.

“Powercom seems to have turned a blind eye to our problems. Why is it sleeping over the issue?” asked Rajinder Kaur Bulara, former MP, Jugiana.

Farmers on the other hand, too, seem to be worried. In the absence of power supply, they are finding it difficult to water their fields for sowing paddy. “Power cuts were imposed in the past, too, but this summer has been awful. The government has failed to ensure a 24-hour supply,” said a farmer.

“The recent hike in diesel prices has only worsened the situation,” lamented another farmer.

Xen Powercom, Sahnewal, when contacted said the problem arose due to road widening. “We are doing everything to stabilise the situation.” 



Paddy spread over 1,000 acres damaged
Farmers blame blocked drains for the loss; demand compensation
Mahesh Sharma

submerged paddy field near Brahampur village in Mandi Ahmedgarh. A submerged paddy field near Brahampur village in Mandi Ahmedgarh. A Tribune photograph 

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 27
The damage caused to paddy spread over 1,000 acres at villages of this region falling under Sangrur and Ludhiana districts has been attributed to blockage in drains and inadequate equipment for draining out water.

Farmers and residents of Maherna, Brahampur, Rachhin, Dehliz, Butahri, Kilahans, Sihar , Bhikhi, Khatra, Nangal, Rurka, Gopalpur, Kalakh, Majri, Dehlon, Guram and Mukandpur are the worst affected.

Accusing officials in the drainage department and civil administration of not getting the drains cleaned up on time, office-bearers of the farmer unions have sought compensation for farmers whose crops were damaged in the recent rain.

Hundreds of farmers had to suffer as their crop was submerged following heavy downpour. Water entered fields due to blockage in drains. High-level roads further compounded the problem as westward flow of the water was obstructed.

Farmers led by Baldev Singh Latala and Sikandar Singh Jartoli and office-bearers of the Punjab Kissan Union alleged that the administration had failed to help farmers in pumping out rainwater from their fields. Paddy spread over 1,000 acres was damaged due to the apathy of officials.

Mohanjit Singh, sarpanch, Gurbant Singh of Panchayat Rachhin and Aantpal Singh demanded that the government should rescue the affected farmers by helping in draining out rainwater and giving them paddy seedlings free of cost. 



75 examined at health camp
Our Correspondent

Khamano, June 27
A free medical camp for heart patients was organised by Rana Clinic and Hospital at hospital premises. DM (cardiology) Dr Harpreet Singh Gilhotra of Ivy Hospital, Mohali, examined heart patients and gave them tips to prevent some heart related problems.

About 50 patients with heart problems and 25 other patients were checked during this camp free of cost.

Blood sugar and ECG tests were conducted free of cost and free medicines were distributed to needy patients while ECHO tests were conducted at nominal rates.



Traffic cop roughed up
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 27
The uniform of a traffic cop was torn after he tried to stop a fight between two groups near Sector 32 on the Chandigarh road here today.The incident took place this afternoon when traffic cop Nirmal Singh saw two groups exchanging blows.

He immediately rushed to the spot and tried to separate the two groups. In the process, one of the groups manhandled the cop and tore his uniform.

Soon cops from the division no 7 police station reached the spot and nabbed the youth. 



Uncool: Fungus in cold drinks
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 27
Check the bottle before drinking a soft drink. A Doraha resident, Suresh Sharma, showed four bottles of Coke, Fanta, Maaza, and Limca which he bought from a local dealer in Doraha.

“I got a crate of soft drinks from a local trader about a week ago. I was shocked to find that four bottles contained insects and fungus.

I called up the general manager of Coca Cola company and he sent two employees to check the bottles. They took down the manufacturing date along with the batch number. Later, an employee came to me for negotiation, but I refused,” he said.

The cold drink bottles were filled on April 29, May 30, June 7 and June 10. All efforts to contact the local dealer proved futile. The general manager of Coca Cola (sales), Ludhiana, Rajneesh Kapoor, however, said: “No one has contacted me. Someone might have tampered with the bottles as it is impossible to have fungus or any microorganism in the sealed bottles. Being in sales I cannot say much. You can talk with the production department.”



More oral substitute therapy centres likely
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 27
After receiving an overwhelming response in Ludhiana, “Oral Substitute Therapy Centres” will be opened in five more districts, including Jalandhar, Amritar and Tarantaran.

This was announced by Health and Family Welfare Minister Satpal Gosain while addressing a gathering at a state-level function on International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking at Government College for Boys.

Gosain said action would be taken against illegal

de-addiction centres. He said, “To curb the menace, we are going to appoint more drug inspectors.”

Presently, there are only 19 drug inspectors in the state.

He said it was a matter of deep concern that after Nagaland, Punjab is ranked second in drug-addiction.

While director, Health Services, Punjab, Dr Ashok Nayyar said, “In Punjab 65 to 70 per cent youngsters are drug-addicts.”

While a psychiatrist Dr Shiv Jain said 62 per cent youngsters in the 19 to 24 age group had tasted drugs. He said need of the hour was to spread awareness about de-addiction.



Draftsmen intensify stir, resume strike
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 27
After observing a five-day pen-down strike from June 20 in support of their pending demands, the engineering drawing cadre of 21 government departments has decided to intensify its agitation in the wake of “indifferent attitude” of the state government. Resuming the strike from today, the draftsmen will continue the strike till June 29 and go on a mass casual leave on June 30 and July 1.

Making this announcement at a rally organised at the office of the Panchayati Raj division here today, functionaries of the Punjab Draftsmen Association said the government had been indifferent to the agitation of the drawing cadres which had left them with no choice but to strike work.

“The draftsmen will resume work only after their pending demands are conceded and implemented,” they said, adding that the protesting cadres would continue to hold dharna and demonstrations at the subdivisional and district levels during the strike.

They said the 12-year bar on the promotion of junior draftsmen in force since last 26 years was arbitrary and unjustified. Similarly, the denial of quota of recruitment to the post of SDO from among the draftsmen was also wrong.

They also slammed the government for ignoring the recommendation of the 4th Pay Commission about the re-designation of the post of draftsmen while the subsequent recommendations of the 5th Pay Commission had been given effect.



Farmers get tips on planting ornamental plants

Ludhiana: Floriculturists of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) gave tips to residents on planting saplings of ornamental plants. They said rain provided an ideal environment for planting shrubs and creepers.

“These should be planted in well-prepared pits measuring 3'x3'x3' and for shrubs and creepers 2.2 x 2.2 x 2.2. Propagation of most of the shrubs like hibiscus, chandni, bougainvillea, hamelia and jatropha can be done through terminal cuttings,” they added.

Dr Kushal Singh, head of the department of floriculture and landscaping, PAU, said, “If the sky is overcast and it is drizzling, the indoor pot plants may occasionally be brought out in the open. This will induce new life into the plants. In case of over-grown potted plants, the same can be multiplied after taking them out from the pots, dividing them and re-potting by using fresh and rich mixture of soil and farm yard manure (FYM).”

Talking about chrysanthemum and canna, floriculture experts said the plantation of terminal cuttings of chrysanthemum in pure sand or in the burnt rice husk could be continued. Such cuttings, which were planted last month, must have thrown out roots by this time and the same could be transplanted in the pots or in the beds as per requirement, they added. Subject-matter specialists said, “Canna rhizomes, which were taken out of the soil, can now be replanted in well-prepared beds at a distance of 50-60 cm from row to row and plant to plant.”

‘Rainwater can improve groundwater availability’

“Rainfall is a primary source of water and rooftop harvesting of rainwater has tremendous scope in improving groundwater availability and quality,” observed PAU expert Dr Rajan Aggarwal of the department of soil and water engineering. Providing an in-depth knowledge to the farming community, the scientist disclosed, “More than 96 per cent of the cultivated area in Punjab is under irrigation and out of this; about 70 per cent is irrigated by groundwater. The number of tubewells has increased from 1.92 lakh to 12.76 lakh in the period between 1970 to 2008-09. The excessive exploitation of groundwater has created a declining water table situation in Punjab,” Dr Aggarwal added.

He said there was a dire need to conserve water using all possible techniques to enhance groundwater availability.

The expert said, “Rainwater collected from the rooftop, is free from chemicals and biological contamination. Moreover, with 1 cm of rainfall, 1,000 litres of water can be harvested through 100 m² roof area. In Punjab, there are 1376,189 and 2545,919 residential houses in urban and rural areas and by assuming average covered area of each house to be 100 m², about 135 million m³ of rainwater can be harvested for groundwater recharge each year, based upon average rainfall condition of each district.”

“Cost of the structure depends upon the roof area, rainfall pattern and geological condition of the area. In general, the cost varies from Rs 15,000 to Rs 50,000 depending upon the site for the roof area 100-500 m2. The life of these structures is 15-20 years which can be improved by cleaning the filtration unit/roof periodically or by not allowing the first rain storm water through filtration unit.

The scientist said, “In Punjab, 26 lakh hectare area is under paddy cultivation. The paddy field can also be used for conserving rainwater by increasing the height of the field. It has been recommended that for maximum rainfall conservation point of view, the optimum effective dike height in paddy fields should be 15, 17.5 and 22.5 cm for light, medium and heavy soils, respectively. Apart from reducing flood hazard, these techniques will also improve groundwater quality substantially.

“In view of about 18,000 village ponds in Punjab, these ponds can be deepened and renovated for direct irrigation and recharge purpose,” added Dr Aggarwal while suggesting farmers that the inflow of pollutants towards these ponds should be checked immediately. — TNS 



NH-1 project in city faces four-month delay
Firm accuses civic body, Powercom of ‘not cooperating’; says MC slow in removing encroachments
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 27
There is more glum news for city residents - work on widening National Highway-I within the municipal limits to six lanes will be delayed by another four months. The firm that was contracted the Rs 2,750 crore project has now extended the deadline for its completion from next November to March 2012.

Company officials claimed the reason why construction work was being delayed was that they were not getting “full cooperation” from the municipal corporation and state-owned power utility Punjab State Power Corp Ltd. “The civic body has failed to remove encroachments at many places in city, due to which haven’t been able to construct slip roads on which traffic would be diverted for widening the highway, besides many other factors”, the officials added.

"Earlier we had set a deadline for November, but now this has been extended to March next year as the MC is going very slow on removing encroachments in many areas including Basti Jodhewal Chowk where the slip roads are to be constructed. Until the slip roads are built we can’t divert traffic from main road and in the process work on the project has been affected," said a senior official of the firm awarded the contract for six-laning of NH1.

The official further said another reason extending the deadline is the delay on account of the ban on mining of sand in the state. "Without sand we can’t carry out any construction activity. Punjab State Power Corp is giving us very little time to shift electricity poles and cables. Besides, now that the monsoon has arrived, there will be attendant delays in construction work and the company may incur financial losses," the official added.

The project, work on which commenced in 2008, involves a six-laning of a stretch of NH-1 from Sahnewal to the Sutlej river bridge and includes nine flyovers, six underpasses, seven foot overbridges and other structures.

So far the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has left only one entry point on the highway - from the Sahnewal side - for traffic headed to the city from Delhi. However, after entering the city by using the service road, motorists would have no exit point and if they have to go to Jalandhar they would get an exit point only at Phillaur near the Sutlej. Civic officials had earlier told NHAI that after entering Ludhiana commuters would have to travel more than 30 km to exit the city, which would create more traffic hassles.

When contacted MC commissioner AK Sinha said: “If the company officials are facing any problems related to removal of encroachments, they can contact me any time”.



Goods gutted in shop
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 27
Goods were gutted in a fire which broke out on the first floor of a shop in Saban Bazaar Chowk this morning. However, the shop owners claimed that they did not suffer huge loss due to this fire incident.

Akshay, owner of Suman Store, near Saban Bazaar Chowk, said he sold goods used in marriages. “The fire broke out on the first floor of my shop and we suspected that it was due to short-circuit. Thankfully we did not suffer any major loss due to this fire,” said Akshay. Fire department officials said the extent of fire was not too much and one fire tender was used to douse the flames.



Youth missing since 8 days found dead
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 27
A youth of Chachrari village near Jagraon, who had gone missing some days back, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in the grain market of the village this afternoon. The deceased has been identified as Sukhbir Singh, alias Sukhi (26), of Chachrari village.

The incident came to light when an announcement regarding the body lying in the grain market was made from a gurdwara. Following the announcement from the gurdwara, the family members of Sukhbir, along with some other villagers, rushed towards the grain market where they found a completely rotten body of the youth.

The villagers informed the police about the incident following which a police team from Chaunkiman police post reached the spot and took the body in its custody. The body was in a bad condition and could not be recognised.

The youth had apparently died 3-4 days back and some animals had devoured the upper part of his body. When searched, the police found some documents, including an identity card, from the pocket of the trouser worn by the youth from which the police identified him as Sukhbir Singh.

According to the youth’s family members, Sukhbir was missing since June 19 when he left his house without informing the family members. When he did not come back for many hours, the family members started searching for him.

The family members contacted all their relatives and also visited various religious places in search of him. When they did not find him anywhere, the family members lodged a missing complaint with the police.

Meanwhile, the police has registered a case in this regard under Section 174 of the CrPC at the Chaunkiman police post on the statement of Sukhbir’s brother Manwinder Singh.

The police has sent the dead body for the postmortem and the exact reason of the death would be known only after the autopsy report. In his statement to the police, Manwinder Singh stated that Sukhbir had no rivalry with anyone and the family did not suspect foul play.

l The incident came to light when an announcement regarding the body lying in the grain market was made from a gurdwara. The family members of Sukhbir, along with some other villagers, rushed towards the grain market where they found a completelya rotten body of the youth.



Shortage of patwaris irks Khamano residents
Our Correspondent

Khamano, June 27
Shortage of patwaris in Khamano patwar circles is harassing residents of the area who have to get their revenue related matters settled. There are 25 posts of patwaris in 25 circles, but at present there are only nine patwaris and the rest 19 posts in 19 circles are lying vacant.

The nine circles that have permanent postings of patwaris include Khamano, Lakhanpur, Raipur Raian, Chari, Sanghol, Kalewal, Hargana, Ajner and Badla while the posts at Khant, Amrala, Sidhupur Kalan, Panjkoha, Bhamian, Manela, Ratangarh, Hawara, Barwali Kalan, Jatana Ucha, Farour, Bhambri, Kheri Naud Singh, Bhari and Saidpur are lying vacant.

Besides, the posts of kanungo and his two assistants are also lying vacant. Some patwaris of permanent circles have been given the additional charge of more than one circle and are burdened with extra work. Residents of these areas also have to face a tough time as they have to wait for getting their routine matters done.

BKU leader Bahadar Singh Ranwan said the posts should be filled at the earliest for smooth functioning of revenue matters and to save the time of the people of the area. SDM, Khamano, Roopanjali said she was aware of this problem and had written about it to the Deputy Commissioner who assured her that the situation would improve in coming days.



Fake currency: Depositors, bank staff at loggerheads
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 27
Three days after the CIA-I police busted a fake currency racket, high drama was witnessed at the treasury branch of the State Bank of India on Sham Singh Road here this afternoon when few depositors went on loggerheads with the bank staff for not returning currency notes of Rs 1,000 denomination that were found to be counterfeit.

Sources said the trouble began when the State Bank of India treasury branch cracked down on agents operating from various departments in the district administration, who came to the bank to deposit government money.

The bank authorities refused to return the fake currency. On the other hand the agents claimed that they would run into losses as their clients, from whom they took the money to deposit in the bank, would not believe them until they handed over the rejected currency to them.

“We get Rs 100 as fees from every client to deposit money in the treasury branch. It is a tedious process so people happily give us the money. But as the bank staff has refused to return the counterfeit notes we would have to pay the penalty,” said one of the agents while standing outside the treasury branch.

Later, the bank authorities conducted a meeting with the authorities of the Indian Railway, Punjab State Road Transport Corporation and Post Office.

They were categorically told that the bank staff would not be liable for any kind of fake currency being deposited in the treasury branch. Further the bank would not return the fake currency notes.



City resident saves injured peahen
Tribune News Service

kind gesture A peahen that was rescued by Rattandeep Kaur (right) in Ludhiana on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, June 27
A local resident has saved an injured peahen by handing it over to forest department officials here today.Rattandeep Kaur, a resident of Sangowal village, spotted a peahen that was not able to walk for the past two days.

She reported the matter to CAPE India activists, who further informed forest department officials.

Wildlife officials took the bird to their office for treatment and would keep it for some time till it gained strength at Baddowal nursery.

Dr Sandeep Jain, member, Punjab State Board for Wildlife, has asked the officials to release the peahen in its original habitat at the earliest.



Ludhiana scan
Hike in diesel prices opposed

The Marxist Communist Party of India- United (MCPI-U) has condemned the government for increasing the prices of diesel, cooking gas and kerosene oil, terming it back-breaking burden on the common man and farmers. At a meeting of the Punjab state committee, the party activists said the hike was bound to affect the already skyrocketing prices of essential commodities. The party has decided to hold protest dharnas against the anti-people step on July 1 
at the district and sub-division levels.

City printer invited to China

City-based offset printer Kamal Chopra has been invited to attend an award ceremony of “Top 10 of Chinese Printing Industry” to be held at Beijing’s Diaoyutai State guest house on July 12, 2011. Offset Printers Association president Praveen Aggarwal said it was an honour not only for the offset printers in the city, but also for the entire printing industry. Talking about Chopra’s contribution to the field, he said it was a unique 13-page calendar offering a complete history of printing that went back to over 100,000 years. Considering its importance as a valuable article and a huge contribution to the history of printing, the calendar found a place in the “Printing History Museum” in Beijing, China.

Seminar for CAs

The local branch of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India organised a seminar on “XBRL-Practical Applications for Chartered Accountants” in continuation of its commitment to continuing professional education for its members. Eish Taneja while making a presentation on XBRL, said the Ministry of Corporate Affairs had made it mandatory for the listed companies to report in the XBRL by March-end.

Pool party

The Lodhi Club organised a family pool party at the club’s swimming pool which turned out to be a joyous occasion for children and their parents. In accordance with a specific theme, sprinklers were laid all around the pool, and a special shower system was installed for rain dance. The entire pool was covered with rose petals, colourful floating tubes and balloons. Sports secretary of the club Vikas Dua, along with general secretary Jagmohan Krishan Jain, coordinated the event.

Canada releases occupation list

A Vancouver (Canada)-based immigration consultant Sandeep Jain said the new occupation list under federal skilled worker has been released by the Canadian government and all applications submitted from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012, will be processed under the revised list which comprised 29 occupations with a decreased cap of 500 applications as against prevailing 1,000 for each occupation. He said Canada had already proposed a new point system from June, 2012, onwards under which certain professionals would need seven bands in IELTS to meet the entry requirement with further reduction of points as per age and work experience.

Workshop ends

A four-day workshop organised by Abhay’s Piazza Hair and Beauty Institute, BRS Nagar, Ludhiana, concluded here recently. Students learnt latest colouring techniques.

Writers’ problems discussed

Sirjandhara, a literary organisation, held its monthly meeting recently under the presidentship of Karamjit Singh Aujla and Dalveer Singh Ludhianvi. They discussed problems being faced by writers in getting their work published. — TNS



Cong worker, 2 others held for black marketing
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 27
While the Congress Government in the Centre is jacking up the prices of kerosene, an activist of the Congress, along with two persons, including a woman, was caught for black marketing kerosene.

The trio, identified as Sameer Sharma, former personal assistant of Congress heavyweight leader Jagmohan Sharma, along with Bholli Rani and Sarabjit Singh, was arrested following raids at Shivpuri, Islam Gunj and Division Number 7 area in the wee hours here today.

The police recovered 600 litres of kerosene from Sameer Sharma, while 1,800 and 200 litres of kerosene was recovered from the possession of Sarabjit Singh and Bholli Rani, respectively.

Sameer had kept the kerosene in three drums, while Sarabjit had stored it in six drums. Sarabjit owned a paint shop.

Bholli Rani told the police that her husband Paramjit Singh, who ran a ration shop, had stored 200 litres of kerosene. According to SHO, Kotwali, Swapan Sharma, the raids were conducted following a tip-off.

The police claimed that the accused used to purchase kerosene from depot holders for Rs 20 and used to sell it in the open market for Rs 35 to 45 per litre.

Jagmohan Sharma denied having any personal relation with Sameer. “He is just a party worker,” said Jagmohan.



1 arrested for murder
Our Correspondent

Amloh, June 27
With the arrest of Jagjit Singh, alias Judge, the Amloh police claimed to have solved a murder case here today. Amar Singh, a resident of Chehallan village near here, had stated that his wife Bakhshish Kaur (50) had left for Amloh on March 21 but did not reach there.

Amar Singh lodged a complaint on June 26 with the police that his wife Bakhsish Kaur was murdered by his relative Jagjit Singh of Ghuman Nagar-B, Patiala, and his elder daughter-in-law Gurmeet Kaur, alias Harmit Kaur, wife of Harvinder Singh.

Jagjit Singh was produced in local court and sent to police custody till June 28. The police said the accused had admitted that he had illicit relations with Gurmeet Kaur, which was not tolerated by Bakhshish Kaur.

With the aim to remove the hurdle, the accused hatched a conspiracy to eliminate her. The other accused, Gurmeet Kaur, was still absconding.



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