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Former councillor gets life term for ‘honour’ killing
Had shot daughter and her fiance in cold blood
Rajneesh Lakhanpal
our legal correspondent

Ludhiana, July 11
Former councillor of Jagraon Municipal Committee Ravinder Sabharwal, alias Neeta, was sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment in an honour killing case by a local court here today. He was also ordered to pay a fine of Rs 10,000.

Delivering the verdict, Additional Sessions Judge Karmajit Singh Kang held that it had been proved that the accused shot his daughter Rajni and her lover Rajesh Kumar. The court had held him guilty on July 9 and reserved the pronouncement of sentence for today.

The court also sentenced him to undergo imprisonment of two years and imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on the charges of trespassing into the house of the boy. Both the sentences will run concurrently.

According to the prosecution, the accused was unhappy with the fixing of marriage of his daughter with Rajesh Kumar. At about 11.15 am on January 14, 2005, his daughter went to her fiance’s house to meet him and the accused followed her. He entered the house and fired shots at his daughter from his licensed revolver, which hit her chest. He then fired two more shots at her. She died on the spot.

Thereafter, he shot at Rajesh Kumar, who was seriously injured. The accused fled from the spot and the family of the boy took him to the Civil Hospital at Jagraon, where he succumbed to his injuries.

A case under Sections 302, 452 and 34 of the IPC and Section 25 of the Arms Act was registered against the accused at the Jagraon police station on January 14, 2005 , following the complaint of an eyewitness Rakesh Kumar and brother of Rajesh Kumar.

The nephew of the accused, Amit Sabharwal, was also named in the FIR, but was not challaned. He was declared innocent in an inquiry conducted by the crime branch.

Suspect justifies heinous act

The suspect in the “honour” killing, Ravinder Sabharwal, tried to justify his act of killing his daughter and her lover with an entirely different version in contrast to the prosecution’s story. He had stated in his defence: “I found my daughter engaged in an objectionable activity with Rajesh Kumar (her boyfriend) in a room that had been bolted from inside. I knocked at the door and when my daughter and her paramour came out I lost my self-control and killed them in a sudden fit of anger fuelled by provocation''.

Sabharwal had also denied his daughter’s wedding with the boy had been fixed. “I wasn’t aware of my daughter having illicit relations with the boy, Rajesh Kumar”, he added. He also took the plea that he was suffering from “mental derangement”, but failed to convince the court.


Victim’s father rejoices over court verdict
Says a strong message has gone out
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

A visibly happy Amarjit, father of the deceased, and his son after the man accused of killing his younger son was convicted in Ludhiana on Monday.
JUSTICE IS DONE A visibly happy Amarjit, father of the deceased, and his son after the man accused of killing his younger son was convicted in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, July 11
“Justice has been meted out to me. Though I lost my son and he’ll never come back to me a message has been sent across that one can’t get away with a so-called honour killing”, said a jubilant Amarjit Singh, father of Rajesh who was killed “for honour” six years ago.

Amarjit, who was unable to sleep properly ever since the tragic incident, said that he could smile after a long time after a court pronounced its sentence on his son’s suspected murderer, Ravinder Sabharwal.

“He killed my son because he loved his (Sabharwal's) daughter and both were set to get married on January 30, 2005. Even the wedding cards were printed and wedding hall was also booked. But Sabharwal eliminated both of them on January 14 that year”, he said while recalling the gory incident.

Having braved threats and pressure, Amarjit did not buckle under and continued his fight to bring the suspect to justice. ‘‘It’s so shameful to kill some one just to punish him for loving somebody, which isn’t a sin. And my faith in the judiciary has been upheld,” said Amarjit.



Minor lapses, say defaulting hospitals
PPCB issues show-cause notice on biomedical waste disposal
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
Four hospitals of the city have been issued a notice by the Punjab Pollution Control Board for not segregating the biomedical waste into different containers as per the colour coding prescribed in the Biomedical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules.

Dr Charanjeet Singh, Deputy Director of the board, Patiala, said the hospitals were Mohan Dai Oswal Multi-speciality and Cancer Hospital, Suman Hospital, Shah Nursing Home and Gulati ENT Allergy Hospital.

KS Pannu, Chairman of the board, said the show-cause notices had been issued to the defaulting hospitals under Section 5 of the Environmental Protection Act and those found guilty, would face action.

The board had sent 22 teams headed by senior environmental engineers to conduct raids throughout the state. As many as 108 hospitals were raided. The reports of these hospitals were scrutinised and 54 government and private hospitals were found violating norms.

Meanwhile, Dr Seema Garg, chief executive officer of the Oswal hospital, said: “We are following rules for segregating biomedical waste. We have placed bins in an AC room so that these do not emanate foul smell. The inspection team may have come across something which had been thrown in another bin by mistake. We are particular about the disposal of waste and have sent our reply to the board.”

Dr Navdeep Shukla, manager (operations) of the hospital, said the inspection team came across minor things. “We dispose of the biomedical waste through a government authorised agency,” he said.

Dr Vani Thapar of Suman Hospital said: “We were issued a notice on the basis of wrong information given by a laboratory boy who is new. We submitted our reply to the PPCB today.”

Rules say

Hospitals are required to segregate biomedical waste into different containers as per the colour coding. If a hospital does not have a waste treatment facility, it has to transport the containers to the common biomedical waste treatment facilities located in Mohali, Ludhiana, Pathankot and Amritsar.

Colour code

Yellow bin/polythene: Human tissues or anatomical waste

Red: Blood and saliva soaked cotton

Blue: Needles

Black: Non-infectious waste like paper



1,000 phones go dead in Bhadaur House area
Services likely to be restored by this evening
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
Nearly 1,000 phone connections of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) in Bhadaur House have gone dead owing to the shifting of telecom towers at Mata Rani Chowk to make way for the construction of a down ramp of the railway over bridge (ROB) in place of Lakkar bridge.

Residents are incommunicado since Saturday, as the phones are not working at Bhadaur House, Clock Tower and the adjoining areas. The whole network system has come to a standstill.

According to Suneet Kumar, a subscriber, "I have been trying to know the reason behind the problem, but all in vain. No authority is telling as to how much time it will take to get the numbers functional."

The subscribers are groping in the dark, as no one knows when the services would be restored. Sunita Rani, one of the subscribers, said, "I lodged my complaint but failed to know as to what was the reason that had given rise to the problem."

The residents say life has become difficult for them, as they are not able to log on to their Internet system. The area is predominantly commercial and many establishments depend on the BSNL Internet to run their business. “I am suffering losses. I am not been able to be in touch with my clients,” said a businessman of the area.

Harbhajan Dass, divisional engineer, phones, Mata Rani Exchnage area, said, "The Muncipal Corporation, Ludhiana, asked us to remove the three pillars of telecommunication installed at the site of the Post Office near Clock Tower. The Municipal Corporation gave us the deadline of three days, we removed these pillars and now they are being installed at some other place. We hope to restore the services by tomorrow evening."

As many as 25 circuits have been disconnected. It means the telecom wires connecting all ATMs of the area, banks and PBX numbers etc have been affected.

The DEP further said, "It is a big exercise as we have to get cables and other material issued from the store and then instal these."



Zone D file goes missing; MC chief cracks whip
Warns FIR will be filed again those responsible for lapse
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
Even files get wings in the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) and go missing much to the annoyance of RTI activists, who seek information, but are told that the “babus” are unable to locate a particular file.

A file related to the construction of zone D building, which is alleged to be an encroachment on a green belt owned by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), has reportedly gone missing after a local RTI activist, Kuldip Singh Khaira, sought information.

MC commissioner AK Sinha has instructed officials to locate the file within ten days, failing which a first information report would be filed with the police against those responsible for the lapse.

A city resident, Kuldeep Singh Khaira, had filed an application under the Right to Information Act for details about the file, in reply to which the civic body stated it was “missing”. When the matter was taken up with Sinha on Monday, he took strong objection to the development and issued the instructions to civic officials.

Interestingly, the zone D office building has been built on the green belt owned by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust. The MC’s building branch has given it in writing in reply to Khaira’s query that the civic body does not have any documentary proof to establish that the building belongs to it. The branch added it did not have records pertaining to the zone D building.

In his application, Khaira had asked about the MC's zone D office building, including plot number, name of the building, name of the owner, date and number of sanction of site plan and certificate, total area covered, number of basements, permissible height of the building, minimum parking area, name, address and class of registered architect/building designer to occupy building in pursuant of section 272 of the Punjab Municipal Act, 1976.

"The civic body failed to provide these details and even the building plan had not been approved by the assistant town planner. This building is totally illegal as it stands on area meant for green belt. Moreover, the MC is even charging rent from the state food & civil supplies department, whose office is situated on the third floor of the zone D building. This is totally against the rules," Khaira had asserted.

When contacted Sinha said: “The municipal corporation staff has been asked to locate the file within 10 days and, if it fails to do so, we’ll get an FIR filed with the police against those responsible for the lapse. I’ve already issued the order in this regard and have also asked two senior municipal corporation officials to conduct a departmental inquiry into the matter and submit a report within 75 days.”

‘Deliberate attempt’

y “Misplacing” a file is a common practice followed by “babus” who do not want to provide information to RTI activists. This was stated by Chief Information Commissioner Ramesh Inder Singh at a recent seminar held in the city. He said the practice was being curbed by the higher functionaries who were getting FIRs registered in such cases.



Double murder case cracked, 1 arrested
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
Rajiv Kumar (29), who was brutally murdered on June 30 at Subhash Nagar near Basti Jodhewal, paid the price for passing derogatory remarks against accused Gurvinder Singh’s sister and for illicit relationship with her. Gurvinder had stoned Sandeep Kumar (31), another accused, to death with a motive to eliminate the lone witness of this heinous crime.

Gurvinder was arrested from the Tibba Road and a case registered against him by the Basti Jodhewal police. The accused has been remanded in the police custody for two days.

SHO Jatinder Singh said Gurvinder Singh (accused), Rajiv Kumar and Sandeep Kumar (deceased) consumed liquor at one of the parks in Subhash Nagar on June 30. Rajiv, who had illicit relationship with Gurvinder’s sister, made some nasty remarks against her under the influence of liquor. Gurvinder objected to it. Heated arguments took place between the “friends.”

Enraged Gurvinder took a stone lying in the park and threw it towards Rajiv. The stone accidentally hit Sandeep. Gurvinder caught hold of an iron rod and thrashed Rajiv to death. To eliminate the lone witness, Gurvinder killed Sandeep Kumar also.

Narinder Kumar, father of Rajiv Kumar, in a complaint lodged with the police had stated that Gurvinder wanted to settle old scores with his son. He might have killed him. Sandeep had two daughters and his wife had deserted him while Rajiv was a bachelor. Gurvinder, Rajiv and Sandeep were friends and were hooked on to drugs. 

Notorious past

Rajiv Kumar was involved in several snatching incidents. He used to fight over trivial issues. Both, Gurvinder and Rajiv, were booked for snatching a purse of a Subhash Nagar resident. Prior to the incident, they had visited a Phagwara-based dera.



Visitors struggle sans facilities
People visiting the Sub-Registrar’s (West) office have to spend long hours under the harsh sun in the absence of proper seating arrangements and lack of public conveniences. Moreover, they have to pay ‘facilitation fee’ to agents go get their work done. Tribune Senior Staff Correspondent Puneet Pal Singh Gill spends a hot and sultry day in the Sub-Registrar’s (West) office and lists the problems faced by people.

People forced to stand at the Sub-Registrar's office in the absence of chairs.
People forced to stand at the Sub-Registrar's office in the absence of chairs. Photos: Inderjeet Verma 

People have to wait for hours to get their work done.
People have to wait for hours to get their work done. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

“The moment I reached the Sub-Registrar’s (West) office, my problems started,” lamented 25-year-old Hardeep Singh, a resident of Haibowal, who had come here to get the sale deed of his property registered.

Hardeep reached the Sub-Registrar’s office in the Zone D building of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation in Sarabha Nagar, at 10 am and got his file registered. “The wait seemed never-ending as I was forced to keep standing in the absence of proper seating arrangement. There are only 20-odd chairs in the office, which are not sufficient to accommodate the number of people visiting the office.

Like Hardeep, there are scores of residents who face a harrowing time in the office in the absence of parking space, seating arrangement, canteen, toilets and other amenities.

“Look at the public offices abroad. Everything is so spick and span there and here, it’s all sweat and grime.

People share one tumbler to drink water at the Sub-Register's (West) office in Ludhiana.
People share one tumbler to drink water at the Sub-Register's (West) office in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

There is not even a single chair to sit and people have to stand under the harsh sun in the absence of a shelter,” said Balwinder Kaur, a resident of Sarabha Nagar, who runs a kindergarten in the city. In the absence of seating arrangements and fans, visitors have no other option but to sit under the shade of trees and buildings.

“There is no provision of canteen. Moreover, there is only one water cooler and a single goblet, which is shared by all visitors. So one can imagine the state of affairs in this office,” lamented another visitor.

Shifted three years ago

The office of Sub-Registrar’s (West) office, which was located on the PWD land opposite Westend Mall on the Ferozepur Road, was shifted to the Zone D building of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation in Sarabha Nagar three years ago. Prior to this, the office was located in a rented accommodation in the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar market.

speaking out
No seating arrangement

The government earns crores of rupees through sale deeds every day. But when it comes to providing basic amenities, it fails on all fronts. There is no seating arrangement, no fans and public conveniences.
— DP Aggarwal, resident of Haibowal Khurd

There are hardly 20 chairs in the entire office complex. Most of the people have to wait in the scorching heat before they get a chair. I am in the office since 11 am and I got a chair at 11.45 am and that also when someone else got up.
—Gulzari Lal, resident of Jalandhar Bypass area

The government should at least provide proper seating arrangement to people visiting the office. All of us pay fee and we should get these facilities as it’s our right.
— Hardeep Singh, resident of Haibowal

There is only one plastic tumbler on the water cooler, which is shared by all. People have to wait for their turn even to drink water.
— Sushil Sharma, resident of Chander Nagar



Pay ‘facilitation fee’ for hassle-free work
Agents charge anything between Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000 to help visitors
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
‘Facilitation fee’ (read bribe) is the mantra to get the work done quickly at the Sub Registrar’s (West) office situated in Sarabha Nagar here. Those who don't want to be a part of this ‘system’, they have to wait for hours in scorching heat, sans seating arrangement.

“More then half of the people standing in the office complex are agents, who work on the behalf of the officials sitting in the office. If one doesn’t grease the palms of officials, it’s a slow procedure of work and if you do, one can get work done quickly. Even I have been approached by a lot of agents. What can we do in an office where bribing is the order of the day,” rued a visitor, requesting anonymity. Visitors rued that the pace of work in this office was slow and that’s why they were forced to wait for hours in the hot and humid conditions.

When this correspondent was standing in the complex, he overheard a conversation between an agent and a visitor, a senior citizen. The agent kept assuring the person that apart from other government fees, if he pays Rs 5,000 extra, he would not have any problem.

“Now, people have understood that the facilitation fee is required for getting the work done quickly in government offices and moreover in those offices where property related work is done. It’s not called bribe, its facilitation fee," the agent assured the senior citizen, who readily agreed and followed him to the other side of the office.

DC assures action

When contacted, Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari said if he receives a complaint in this regard, he would take strict action against the officials.

How it works

Apart from the government fee, the ‘facilitation fee’ at the Sub Registrar’s (West) office is between Rs 5,000 and 10,000. Besides, for every sale deed, a visitor has to pay Rs 500 to the lambardar. However, the Deputy Commissioner has issued clear-cut instructions that if any person is having an identification card issued by the government, that person can stand as the first witness to the buyer or the seller.



Illegal rooms in park demolished
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Razes illegal rooms constructed in a park near Sunet village on Monday.
Razes illegal rooms constructed in a park near Sunet village on Monday. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, July 11
Bowing to pressure of the area residents, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) today demolished two rooms constructed in a park near Sunet village this morning.

The MC authorities had to criticism after it demolished a liquor vend, which was situated in the same park, June 27, but left the two rooms untouched.

Ever since the liquor vend was demolished, area residents had demanded that the rooms should also be demolished else they would be forced to hold a protest against MC officials.

It was around 7 am today when a team of MC officials led by Assistant Town Planner Surinder Singh Bindra reached the spot and demolished the two rooms.

A portion of the park, situated in L block of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar near Sunet village, was encroached upon for running a liquor vend for almost a decade. The Ludhiana Improvement Trust had acquired this land after which some persons encroached upon a portion of it and gave it on rent to a liquor vend owner.

For several years, the area residents were demanding demolition of the liquor vend and stated that a park should be developed on the land. However, the MC claimed that the land was never acquired by the LIT. However later, the LIT confirmed that it had acquired the land for a park and the encroachments should be removed.

At a meeting of anti-encroachment monitoring committee, Municipal Town Planner Hemant Batra had proposed that the two rooms should be utilised for some social cause. He had proposed that one room could be used as a dispensary, while the other as the office of area resident welfare society.

Col J S Brar, president of the Maha Sabha, Ludhiana, which spearheaded a campaign against the encroachment, said now that the park had been made encroachment-free, the MC should maintain the park. 



Rotarians vow to conserve water
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 11
Office-bearers and activists of various branches of Rotary Clubs falling under district 3090 vowed to contribute their share in conservation of natural resources, including water, soil and plants.

An oath was taken during a function organised to inaugurate the first water harvesting plant at Sohrab Public School near Malerkotla near here. Amjad Ali, district governor, presided over the function and SK Girdhar, district chairman was the chief guest.

Sohrab Amjad, convener of the project, said office-bearers of various clubs in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan had coordinated with the administration for constructing rainwater-harvesting plants in their respective areas. At least 70 recharge plants will be constructed by clubs in the first phase and later owners of business, industrial houses and educational organisations will be persuaded to install such plants according to their needs.

Besides replenishing depleting water table and solve wastewater disposal problem, the endeavour would also protect roads from damaging effects of stagnant water, claimed the organisers.

Realising that a lot of water was wasted during household activities, women Rotarians led by Rehana vowed to minimise wastage of water at their respective houses.

The organizers planted about 100 hundred saplings of ornamental and fruiting trees on the occasion. 



8 years on, regular water supply still a pipe dream
No funds released for ambitious scheme launched in 2002
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
Despite the tall claims of the Municipal Corporation (MC) authorities, not all the city areas are getting water supply. The civic authorities usually put the blame on the frequent use of Tullu pumps by residents for scarcity and low pressure of water.

The MC authorities claim to have installed more than 450 deep-bore tube wells and around 200 shallow tube wells in the city in order to ensure regular and clean supply of water to residents. But even then, several areas of the city face scarcity of water.

The supply of clean and regular water supply still remains a distant dream despite the fact that a project for ensuring 100 per cent water supply in Ludhiana was inaugurated during the Congress regime in 2002. But even after more than eight years, the project still remains a dream.

According to department sources, the civic body has been able to cover only 85 per cent of the total city area under the corporation where the MC supplies water. For the remaining area, regular water supply is still a distant dream.

The former Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, laid down the foundation stone of the project for supplying 100 per cent water supply in the city at a public function held at the Focal Point in 2002. The Chief Minister had claimed that with this scheme, all areas of the city would get clean and regular water supply. But even after over eight years the project is still hanging fire.

Sources revealed that the announcement made by the then Chief Minister was just a political gimmick as no funds regarding the scheme had been released by the state government.

Even in some areas where the MC has laid pipes for water, people are not getting regular supply. The situation is particularly grim during the summer season.

Even councillors have raised the matter a number of times in the meeting of the MC general house, but nothing has come of it. Power cuts further add to the miseries of residents as the tube wells are rendered non-functional.



Accidental fall on fodder cutter proves fatal
Woman’s arm slashed, dies on way to hospital 
Our Correspondent

Grief-stricken family members of the woman who died at Cheemna village near Jagraon on Monday.
Grief-stricken family members of the woman who died at Cheemna village near Jagraon on Monday. Tribune photos

Jagraon, July 11
A middle-aged woman died after accidentally falling on a fodder- cutting machine at Chemmna village near Jagraon today morning. The deceased has been identified as Sukhdeep Kaur (31), wife of Harbans Singh, a resident of Malseehan Bhaike village near Sidhwan Bet.

The accident took place when Sukhdeep Kaur along with a few other farm labourers was working in the fields of a farmer Charan Singh, a resident of Cheemna village.

According to a labourer, Sukhdeep Kaur, who was carrying fodder, accidentally fell on the machine was dragged towards the cutter. One of her arms got slashed. She also sustained injuries on her head, spinal cord and other parts of the body.

Labourers immediately switched off the machine and pulled her out of it. The victim was taken to a nearby house and then to a hospital in a vehicle. Doctors declared her brought dead.

A police team from the Jagraon Sadar police station took the body in its custody and sent it for a post-mortem examination at the local Civil Hospital.

SHO Sadar police station Rachpal Singh Dhindsa said the exact cause of death could be ascertained only after the post-mortem report. Initially, it seems that the woman died due to the spinal cord injury.



Congress to form ward-level panels
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 11
The District Congress Committee (DCC) has decided to constitute booth-level committees in each ward of the Assembly segment to strengthen the party network and also spread awareness about the SAD misrule in the state.

After presiding over a meeting of the block presidents, District Congress Committee (DCC) president Pawan Dewan said today that committee members would also create awareness about various flagship programmes of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre.

Dewan said: “The SAD-BJP alliance have imposed additional taxes on all essential commodities making the life difficult for the common man. 



Admission process begins in colleges
Campus abuzz with activity; staff, faculty members on their toes
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
Government and private colleges in the city remained abuzz with activity as the admission procedure for various under-graduate and postgraduate classes began here today. Students, especially girls, were accompanied by their parents at the time of admission to various courses. The staff and faculty members were on their toes throughout the day.

At the Government College for Women, students took admission in BCA, BSc non-medical and medical and MA (Punjabi) courses. The cut-off for MA (Punjabi) was 63.9 per cent while for the BCA, it was 85.7 per cent. In BSc non-med, the cut-off went to 80.2 per cent and in BSc medical, it was 61 per cent. The college management claimed that all the seats would be filled today itself.

At Khalsa College for Women, admissions to courses, including BBA, BCA, MCom, MSc IT, MSc maths and MSc biotechnology were held on the campus. The cut-off for BBA was 78.8 per cent, for BCA 78.6 per cent and for MCom 79 per cent. The cut-off for MSc IT, it was 73.2 per cent and for MSc maths and biotechnology, 66 per cent and 70.8 per cent, respectively.

Students seeking admission at SCD Government College were disappointed as the college authorities had not put up the merit list except for MCom classes. Those seeking admission to BBA, introduced for the first time in the college, have been asked to come on July 21 instead of July 16 as some guidelines from Panjab University, Chandigarh, were awaited by the college management. 

BSc (Agri) gets good response

n A large number of aspirants turned up on the first day of counselling for the six-year BSc agriculture programme after matriculation. On June 20, the entrance exam for the particular course was held by the authorities and it had witnessed a good response. The seats will be filled after all the rounds of counselling.



PAU engineers are techno champs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
Four students Abhay Grover, Piyush Behl, Vasudha Sharma and Amandeep Koundal representing team ‘AGRINEERS’ of College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, Punjab Agricultural University, brought laurels to the university by emerging as the new Techno Champions-2011 in the Online Technological Innovation Contest organised by John Deere India Ltd at their Technological Innovation Centre, Magarpatta city, Pune.

The project submitted by PAU farm engineers on “Piezoelectric generator — harvesting vibration and mechanical energy of farm tractors to increase the fuel efficiency” won second runners-up position at all India level. There were 1,027 project reports submitted from all over India and a participation of 370 different colleges and universities, of which 144 were short listed and selected for the final round for detail grading.

The panel of judges selected top eight winners of Techno Champ 2011. The winning students were given trophies, certificates and cash voucher worth Rs 25,000.

Dr BS Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, appreciated the efforts of students and congratulated them. Dr Dhillon stressed upon strengthening the linkages between industry and institution for participative research and academic excellence. 



Blood sugar of 220 examined
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
A free diabetes camp was organised by Diabetes Free World and NIMA today at Deep Nagar.

Dr Surendra Gupta, secretary, NIMA and the managing director of the Diabetes Free World said the 111th free diabetes camp was organised to provide an opportunity to the poor and deprived segment of society and to get their blood sugar, lipids and blood pressure levels checked. They were treated free of cost.

A team of NIMA doctors, led by Dr Surendra Gupta and Dr KK Kharbanda, provided free professional services to the patients. Lipid profile of 50 people having high blood pressure, sugar or obesity was tested. About 220 people got their blood glucose checked.

More than 20 people falling in pre-diabetes spectrum were advised lifestyle modifications in the form of diet and exercise. Dr Surendra Gupta, while interacting with patients, said the recent spurt of diabetes incidence in India was directly related to sedentary lifestyle. The people who were pursuing jobs requiring vigorous physical activity were successful in maintaining healthy lifestyle.



600 examined at medical camp
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, July 11
Desh Bhagat Ayurvedic College and Hospital, Mandi Gobindgarh, organised a free medical check-up camp at Sounti village. A team of doctors, including principal Dr Kanwaljit Singh Ahuja, Dr Kulbhushan, Dr Rajni, Dr Jyoti, Dr Karuna, Dr Megha Jindal and Dr Medhashree, examined about 600 patients.

Medicines were provided free of cost. Most of the patients were suffering from stomach disorders, hypertension, leucorrhea, low eye vision, skin disorders, joint pains, asthma, diabetes, anaemia etc. Laboratory tests were also done free of cost.



PAU advisory for farm operations of paddy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
The interdisciplinary team of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) experts, apprising the farming community of the farm operations of paddy, advised farmers to complete transplanting of Pusa Basmati 1, Pusa 1121, Punjab Basmati 2, Punjab Mehak and Super Basmati during the first fortnight of July.

Suggesting that Basmati 370 and Basmati 386 should be transplanted during the second fortnight of July, PAU scientists asked the farmers to apply the first dose of 9-kg urea/acre after three weeks of transplanting basmati varieties 370 and 386 and 18 kg to other high yielding varieties of basmati.

The PAU extension specialists said 37-kg urea per acre should be applied to the paddy transplanted in June and in case zinc deficiency appeared, 25-kg zinc sulphate per acre should be applied.

On coarse textured soils (sandy soils), due to scarcity of water, iron deficiency could occur and in that case upper and new emerging leaves turned yellowish white in colour. To correct it, 1 per cent ferrous sulphate solution should be sprayed 2-3 times at weekly intervals, said farm experts.

PAU extension specialists advised the farmers that the rice fields showing more than 5 per cent dead hearts, due to attack of stem borer, should be sprayed with either of the insecticides — 350 ml of hostathion, 40 EC or 560 ml of monocrotophos, 36 SL or one litre of chlorpyriphos, 20 EC in 100 litres of water per acre.

Further application of any of these insecticides may be repeated as and when damage reaches the economic threshold level (ETL). Telling that these insecticides also controlled leaf folder, the scientists said leaf folder infested plants showed white streaks on leaves.

When the leaf damage reached 10 per cent then either of the insecticides should be sprayed. The experts said the crop planted early may show the kresek phase of bacterial leaf blight. In case of kresek attack, the whole plant wilted and became straw coloured, said the experts and asked the farmers to avoid excessive use of nitrogen and flooding of fields.



CIPHET gets Rs 2.2 crore for setting up lab
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
Aiming to strengthen the safety and quality of public food and to serve the food industry, Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) is going to set up a food testing laboratory for the northern region.

Ministry of food processing industry, Government of India, has granted Rs 220 lakh for establishing a highly sophisticated food testing lab in the Agricultural Structures and Environmental Control (AS&EC) division of the Institute.



Aanganwadi workers demand more wages
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 11
Led by activists of the district unit of the Aanganwadi Mulazam Union, the aanganwadi workers and helpers today held a protest demonstration at the Mini Secretariat to press their pending demands. District president of the union Subhash Rani and general secretary Bhinder Kaur said it was unfortunate that the government was not prepared to consider aanganwadi workers and helpers as government employees.

The honorarium given to these cadres was even less than the minimum wages of industrial workers. In the wake of ever rising prices, the poorly paid aanganwadi workers and helpers were finding it difficult to survive while the government was sleeping over their long pending demands, which had already been accepted in principle, but not implemented till now.



Researchers learn use of statistical software
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
For efficient utilisation of Statistical Analysis System (SAS) software, a six-day training programme on “Data analysis using SAS” for research personnel commenced here today. The programme has been organised by the department of mathematics, statistics and physics (DMSP), PAU, in collaboration with National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), Karnal, under the aegis of the National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP). The training involves the participation of 30 scientists from PAU, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) and Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET).

The chief guest, Dr SS Gosal, director of research, PAU, highlighting the importance of statistical softwares for analysis of agricultural research data, said statistical tools were vital in all fields, be it medical, engineering or basic sciences.

To minimise the human error in the research data, role of modern softwares is becoming vital for improving the quality of research and scientific interpretation of the research data. Laying emphasis on planning and conduct of experiments followed by data collection, analysis and presentation, Dr Gosal added that SAS was a key factor in agricultural research in this regard.

The training would provide an opportunity to the scientists to analyse data with modern software in an efficient manner, he said.

Outlining the objectives of the training, Dr Ravinder Malhothra, consortium co-principal investigator (CCPI), Karnal, said the project aimed at providing research guidance in statistical computing to the research managers, facilitators and trainees. 



Punjab government seeks Rs 25-cr Central assistance
Sprawling Maharaja Ranjit Singh war museum to be set up on four acres
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 11
Union Minister of State for Defence MM Pallam Raju today assured the Punjab government that the Centre would extend all possible assistance for executing Rs 25-crore project for the expansion of Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum.

Expressing keen interest in the exhibits displayed in various galleries, war-related mementoes, weapons and models of aircrafts and warships, he said the museum set up by the state government in sprawling 4 acres to perpetuate the memory of gallant soldiers and war veterans was a part of our rich heritage. It needs to be maintained and further expanded so that the younger generation could draw inspiration from the brave sons of the motherland who had sacrificed their lives during freedom struggle and while defending the frontiers.

The minister was here at the invitation of Punjab Minister for Defence Services Welfare Capt Balbir Singh Bath, who took the visiting dignitary around the museum.

In the course of detailed discussions on development and expansion of the museum, the union minister was given a presentation on the ambitious Rs 25-crore project, which has been conceptualized and designed by a prominent consultancy firm. It envisages enhancement of the visual effect of existing galleries and also creation of more galleries.

While indicating that the Centre would not be found wanting to ensure that the project chalked out for expansion and development of the war museum, he urged the members of business and industry to come forward for this task as the museum could emerge as a new landmark and a place of tourist interest in the industrial hub of the state.

Later, talking to media, Pallam Raju stoutly defended the Centre on the issue of corruption and various scams. He claimed that the UPA government was working in a transparent manner. “The government has sought resignations from all those Cabinet ministers who have charged with financial irregularities. The law is also taking its course against the guilty, most of whom have been lodged in the jail.”

He said it was the commitment of the UPA government to eradicate corruption from public life that made it bring a law like the Right to Information Act 2005 which had taken the form of a strong weapon against corruption.

C Roul, principle secretary, Defence Services Welfare, Punjab; Rahul Tiwari, deputy commissioner; Brig MG Jacob, station commander; Col Manmohan Singh, deputy director, District Soldier Welfare Board; Raj Mehta, Karam Singh, KS Aujla, GS Sodhi, all Major General (retd); Col Bhag Singh (retd) and Lt Col HS Kahlon (retd) were also present on the occasion. 



Boader accuses roommate of stealing Rs 2.50 lakh
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
A working woman, who lives in a local hostel has alleged that her roommate withdrew Rs 2.50 lakh by stealing former’s ATM card.

The complainant Gurpreet Kaur, a native of Mullapur, who lives in the hostel located near DMC, alleged that her roommate Surinder Kaur withdrew Rs 2.50 lakh by stealing her ATM card.

Gurpreet alleged that she used to keep the ATM card in an envelope and had written the password on it. She claimed that Surinder used to sneak with her ATM card and withdraw the money after she came to know about its password.

“I was taken aback by the huge amount of money withdrawn by the ATM card. Thus, I laid a trap on Saturday and caught Surinder as soon as she returned to the hostel after withdrawing the money.

Surinder Kaur, however, has refuted all allegations levelled against her. “I have given the money to Gurpreet and she was levelling false allegations to usurp the amount,” Surinder claimed.

SHO Division No. 5 Naveen Kumar said the matter was being investigated. 



’84-riot victims to hold protest in Delhi
Want SGPC chief to appoint Bhullar as Akal Takht head priest 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July11
Making a strong case for remission of death sentence awarded to Devinderpal Singh Bhullar, the Danga Peerit Welfare Society, Punjab, today urged SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar to appoint Bhullar as a head priest of Sri Akal Takht to save him from being hanged.

Presiding over a meeting of the body to review the preparations for the proposed protest on July 14 in Delhi to press for the release of Bhullar, president of the society Surjit Singh asked the SGPC chief to follow the example of Bhai Ranjit Singh, who was saved from gallows after he was appointed as the head priest of Sri Akal Takht by the then SGPC president Gurcharan Singh Tohra.

Claiming that preparations have been made to make the protest at Delhi a huge success, he said members of all Sikh bodies would assemble at Gurdwara Bangla Sahib from where a protest march would be taken out to submit a memorandum to President Pratibha Patil.

President of the women’s wing of the society Gurdeep Kaur flayed the Congress government at Centre for its failure to bring the main culprits of anti-Sikh riots to book even after 27 years. Chief adviser of the society Manjit Singh Chawla urged the President of India to remit the death sentence of Bhullar and facilitate his release to assuage the feelings of members of Sikh community. At the same time, the government ought to dispense justice to the victims by bringing the culprits to book.



45-yr-old city resident dies of malaria
Attendants had opted for leave against medical advice, took him to DMCH
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
Sudheer Kumar (45), a resident of Parkash Colony, who was suffering from Malaria died at the DMCH yesterday. He was, earlier, undergoing treatment at the local civil hospital. His attendants opted for leave against medical advice and got him admitted to the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital on July 9.

According to Dr Subhash Batta, Senior Medical officer, Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, “The patient Sudheer was down with fever when he got himself admitted on Saturday night. He was also suffering from epileptic fit. Thus, his attendants opted for leave 
against medical advice and took him to the DMCH.”

On being asked whether he was suffering from dengue or not, Dr Karamvir Goel, Medical Officer, Civil Hospital, said, “No, he was not suffering from dengue. He was down with malaria. He was also suffering from kidney failure and epileptic fits. As the patient needed CT Scan, so his attendants decided to get him treated at the DMCH yesterday.”

Pawan Kumar, son-in-law of Sudheer Kumar, said, “We became panicky when my father-in- law had epileptic fits along with high fever. We shifted him to the DMCH for further treatment, but he died yesterday afternoon. We were not aware of the fact that he had malaria or kidney failure. But he had high fever and had severe pain in lower legs.”

Dr Sandeep Puri, Medical Superintendent, DMCH, said, “The patient was suffering from malaria. As the platelet counts were also low, so we asked the patient to undergo test for dengue, but he died before that.” 



Terrorist victims to meet Sonia

A 51-member delegation of the Terrorist Victims Association, Punjab, will soon meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in New Delhi to apprise them of the their problems and pending demands.

In a meeting of the association, its president Krishan Kumar Bawa said they would impress upon the government to raise the pension of terrorists’ victims from Rs 2,500 to Rs 5,000 per month, ensure reservation in jobs and allotments to terrorism affected families and treat them on a par with freedom fighters as they had suffered for the sake of unity and integrity of the country.

‘Study abroad’ seminar
Healthways Immigration Consultants, a Chandigarh-based immigration consultancy, organised a three-day ‘study abroad’ seminar in which on-the-spot assessment and free consultation were provided.

Speaking on the occasion, Amit Kakkar, managing director of the company, said documentation under the programme was very easy and visa success rate of the company was more than 95 per cent.

Making an offer for various diplomas and degrees in several top colleges and universities in the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hungary, Cyprus, Ireland, Fiji, Poland and the USA, he said the Indian students could get a chance to study at international level.

Red cards for riot victims
The Danga Peerit Welfare Society president, Surjit Singh, said eligible victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots, who had till now not been issued red cards, could file their applications afresh at Dugri Gurdwara Singh Sabha.

He has asked all eligible claimants to submit their applications along with all necessary documents so as to be able to claim rehabilitation grant of Rs 2 lakh and also become eligible for allotment of booth and residential flat. — OC



Swindler tries to procure fake passport, nabbed
Mahesh Sharma

Malaudh, July 11
The local police has nabbed a swindler who has been staying in foreign countries on the basis of fake travel documents procured on testimonials of one of his relative who is now dead.

He was caught when he was trying to get another passport issued in the same name. It is yet to be established if the accused had undertaken some illegal business under fake identity. Kuldeep Singh, a resident of Shankar village, was booked under Section 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC for allegedly trying to obtain a passport in the name of Jaspal Singh of Katahri village, who was dead a long time ago.

Investigations revealed that Kuldeep Singh had been visiting the area frequently as his sister was married at Katahri village. Jaspal Singh, her husband, had died a few years ago.

During his stay at his sister’s house, he managed to take away testimonials of his brother-in-law Jasbir Singh and applied for issuance of an Indian passport. It was during character verification that the police led by SHO Ashok Singh became suspicious and came to know that Kuldeep Singh had fixed his photographs on identity proofs of Jasbir Singh.

Further investigations revealed that Kuldeep Singh had also obtained one passport on the basis of documents of Jasbir Singh when he ( Jasbir Singh ) was alive. He had visited some foreign countries on the basis of that passport and had stayed in Malaysia for about two years.

The police is yet to ascertain if some social and political leaders were aware of the sinister designs of the accused.

Kuldeep Singh was arrested when he was trying to leave Karamsar village yesterday.

The investigating team will be writing to senior officials so that the matter is taken up with the Mnistry of External Affairs so that details of activities in Malaysia or any other country are ascertained. 



School peon ends life 
Our Correspondent

Mandialan Kalan (Khanna), July 11
A peon at Government Elementary School, Mandialan Kalan, committed suicide by hanging himself with a fan hook in the school.

The deceased was identified as 47-year-old Rachpal Singh and was working as a peon in the school since 2002. A suicide note was recovered from the body. The family said he left for school early in the morning. When some students reached school, they found him hanging. They immediately informed the village sarpanch and other villagers, who informed the police.

The body was lowered in the presence of senior police officials. In the suicide note, he has held the school headmistress responsible for him taking the extreme step. The note mentioned that she was trying to stop his promotion, as she wanted to adjust another person of her choice.

On the statement of the brother of the deceased, the police registered a case under Section 306 of the IPC against the school headmistress. The deceased is survived his wife and two children. 



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