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Punjab right to services ordinance
Claim your right to services, but at a ‘fee’
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

A view of Patwar Khana of Daad village, the main gate of which was locked in Ludhiana on Thursday
A view of Patwar Khana of Daad village, the main gate of which was locked in Ludhiana on Thursday

Ludhiana, September 29
Even though the state government has been claiming that the Punjab Right to Services Ordinance has been implemented in the state, and the government claims that the certified copies of Farad, Mutation, Jamabandi and Girdawri would be delivered in a day, a reality check about this shows that copies of all these documents can be taken within a day otherwise also. But for this purpose, one has to pay a nominal “facilitation fee”, which includes the government fee.

During a random check at some of the Patwar Khanas of the district, it was found that the department officials cited 30 days when it came to providing mutation (Intkaal).

Interestingly, when they were retracted about the Punjab Right to Services Ordinance, they immediately reiterated from their statements and claimed that this document could be provided in 15 days only.
A patwari prepares a ‘farad’ at Patwar Khana of Jodhan village in Ludhiana on Thursday
A patwari prepares a ‘farad’ at Patwar Khana of Jodhan village in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

A resident of Jodhan, who had come to take Jamabandi of his land, said that copies of Farad, Jamabandi, Intkaal as well as Girdawri can be taken in a day. “I wonder why the state government is claiming that this is its achievement?” he said. But when asked that how much did he pay to get the Jamabandi, he smiled and said, “Rs 200”.

The state government has been claiming that the Punjab Right to Services Ordinance as a feather in its cap, not even a single board about educating people regarding their rights under this ordinance was seen at four of the Patwar Khana’s, at Sunet village, Daad village, Jodhan village and J block of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, which The Tribune team visited today.

Leave aside a display board about this ordinance, the Patwar Khanas at Sunet, Daad and J Block of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar didn’t even have their own board, which indicates that the building is a Patwar Khana.

Ironically, the Patwar Khana at Daad village was locked from outside and one person sitting inside said that the Patwari had gone to court and that is why, it was locked.

A resident of Model Town, who had come to Daad village for some work, rued that this was the second time when he had seen the main gate locked. “Every time I come, I am told that the Patwari is in court,” said the resident, who did not wish to be identified.

When a person sitting in the Patwar Khana of J Block of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar was that how many days would it take for an Intkaal, he said one month. Similarly, a Patwari at Jodhan village and officials at Sunet village also shared similar views. This despite the fact that the state government is making tall claims that Intkaal would be provided within 15 days.


Textile units suffer Rs 2-cr loss daily
150 firms affected as strike enters 8th day
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 29
Textile manufacturers are incurring losses worth Rs 2 crore per day due to the ongoing strike by the Textile Mazdoor Union.

The strike appears to have reached a deadlock, with the labour department failing to come up with any solution to end the tussle between the Textile Mazdoor Union and textile manufacturers.

A large number of textile workers staged a dharna outside the office of the labour department on the Gill Road to protest against the “dilly-dallying” attitude of the department and the manufacturers in implementing the labour laws in factories.

The workers of about 150 units are on strike for the past eight days. Rajwinder, convener, Textile Mazdoor Union, while talking to The Tribune said though their protest had entered the eighth day, but nobody was eager to resolve the issue. “The textile manufacturers were supposed to hold dialogues with the union today, but nobody has turned up. We met officials of the labour department, but they have expressed helplessness in finding any solution. In case, they fail to come up to our expectations, we will intensify our agitation,” said Rajwinder.

The president of the Ludhiana Textile Manufacturers’ Association said, “Workers are blackmailing us. We are incurring losses worth Rs 2 crore per day. But, we won’t bow to their pressure. We are holding meetings with them on regular basis. We were scheduled to meet them today, but workers of more than 150 units went on strike suddenly. We have in a written communiqué to officials of the administration, police and the labour department told them that the strike is illegal,” said Jaggi.

Power loom units at Kashmir Nagar, Gaushala, Shakti Nagar and New Madhopuri are the worst affected as at least 2,500 textile workers are on strike.



Wire thief gets shock treatment
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 29
Sushil Kumar, a resident of Ludhiana district, got burn injuries when he, along with his three-four accomplices, tried to steal electric wires from a 63-KVA transformer at Bhanauhar village, Baddowal Feeder, Dakha, here last night.

After getting shock, Sushil Kumar fell on the ground in an unconscious state. His accomplices, thinking him to be dead, left the "body" in the fields and fled from the place.

The accomplices were also believed to be from Ludhiana district itself.

According to information, power supply to the transformer was shut and all thieves tried to steal wires from its main switch. Sushil Kumar, who was opening nuts and bolts through some keys, got the shock, as electricity was suddenly resumed to the transformer.

When the thief gained consciousness, he went to a religious function in the village to get “prasad”.

Today, when Sushil Kumar was about to leave the village, a villager said a thief had got a shock while he was trying to steal wires from a transformer last night. At this, some villagers got suspicious and asked the injured person about his identity. Sushil Kumar admitted to commiting the crime.

Block Samiti president Balwant Singh informed the police and JE, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited, about the incident."

The Dakha police had not registered any case till the filing of this report.



Man gets life for killing colleague
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 29
Court of Additional Sessions Judge Sunil Arora has convicted Vasu, an employee of Rishi Dhaba, of killing Hari Chand, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, by slicing his throat with a sharp-edged knife. He was sentenced to undergo rigorous life imprisonment and a fine of Rs 10,000 has also been imposed on him.

The court while delivering the verdict held that the prosecution has successfully proved the guilt of the accused. .

Initially, a blind murder case was registered under Section 302 of the IPC at the Division No. 2 police station on November 14, 2007, following the statement of Ajay, brother of

Hari Chand. The accused was arrested later on. Narinder Kumar, owner of Rishi dhaba, said both-Vasu and Hari Chand-were his employees. He was sleeping in his house on November 13, 2007, when the brother of Hari Chand informed him about the incident. The accused confessed to having committed the murder following a quarrel with Hari Chand. He even admitted having killed Hari Chand by slicing his throat with the sharp-edged knife.



Going great guns at 94
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 29
Age sits lightly on 94-year-old Gurdial Singh, the oldest gunner from the city. Ramrod straight and very active, he credits his physical fitness to his training in the Army. A man of few words, he believes that discipline is the key to happiness. His eyes trying to look back into time, he says he had joined the British Royal Artillery in 1935, and got his training at Ambala Cantonment. After the training, he was posted at Unit no. 14 of the Rajputana Rifles Mountain Battery, Abbottabad. Going down the memory lane, he chuckles, "I'm talking about the same Abbottabad where Osama Bin Laden was killed by the US Army a few months back."

For the past seven decades, joining the Army has become almost a tradition with Major Gurdial Singh's family. He has been a role model for his sons and grandson, who joined the Army thanks to his encouragement. Both his sons Captain Harjinderjeet Singh and Lt. Col Harmanderjeet Singh retired after serving in the Army. Now his grandson Major Gurminder Singh and his wife Major Mandeep Kaur are happy to be part of the armed forces.

"It's a matter of pride for me that three generations from our family have served in the Indian Army," says the laconic man.

His rich experience as a war veteran has only added yet more depth to his philosophy of life. Delighted to receive honours from fellow gunners during the 184th Gunners' Day celebrations at the Ludhiana Officers' Institute, he turns nostalgic. "When we fought wars, the weaponry was very different. The motto of our artillery forces suggested that we should stick to our values under all circumstances."

In 1940, he joined the First Indian Survey Regiment of the Artillery. That was the time of the Second World War. Major Gurdial Singh fought in the world war for the British Army, at Burma. He got injured during the war that ended in 1945. In independent India, he served as the Corps Bombardment Officer at Jalandhar, with the 11th Corps. He fought the Indo-Pak war in 1965 at the Wagah Border. Major Gurdial Singh retired in 1967 from the Indian Army. 



Ward No. 11 has sewage flowing in streets
MC insensitive to deplorable conditions of residents
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, September 29
Mosquitoes, flies, insects, foul smell and unhygienic surroundings - are all the attributes of Ward No-11 of this town. Residents of this ward have been having a harrowing time as sewage water has been flowing in the ward for the past two-and-a-half months.

The civic body has failed to address their problems.

Many complaints have been filed, protests launched, agitations organised but the the civic authorities has not yet taken any action. The municipal council on the other hand says that there is lack of drainage space in the town.

“This is not for the first time that we are encountering such a problem. It has been years together but now the situation has gone out of control, as we are unable to breathe in such dingy conditions. The foul-smell emitted out of the sewage water is unbearable” said Dalip Singh Cheema, a resident of the ward.

Inderjit Singh, a resident of this ward, says, “Our life has become miserable as we don’t get to breathe in clean air, no hygienic atmosphere to stay in and no proper sanitation and for this we hold the municipal council responsible. On every second or third day, the residents of the ward visit the municipal council’s office to register their complaints and talk to the officials who pay a deaf ear.”

“Soon an epidemic will spread here, as months have passed since any sweeper or sanitary official visited this particular ward. The sewer water not only floods the streets but also enters the houses of the residents, thus making the situation all the more deplorable. The drainage system gets choked to such an extent that even a small downpour leaves the condition of streets and houses miserable, ”complained the residents.

SI Vishnu Dutt however said that they had been evacuating the sewage flow every now and then. Even now a fresh pipe is being laid so that the residents may get some relief. “We are doing whatever we can to solve this problem but since the sewerage system in Doraha has outlived its capacity, we too are sometimes caught up in a fix as to how to handle the problem,” said Dutt.



Students of GADVASU demand filling of 147 vacant posts
Call off classes for two hours: ask juniors to join in
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Students of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University raise slogans against the state goverrnment on the univesity campus in Ludhiana on Thursday
Students of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University raise slogans against the state goverrnment on the univesity campus in Ludhiana on Thursday. tribune photo: himanshu mahajan

Ludhiana, September 29
Two month before passing out, the first batch of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), staged a protest on the veterinary clinic gate on the university campus. All classes were called off for wo hours and the juniors were asked to join the protest. The students were demanding that the vacancies of rural veterinary officer under zila Parished be filled.

Manbeer singh, a pass out student of veterinary college said, "About 582 posts were advertised by the sate government in 2006 under Zila Parished, but all were not filled. As many as 147 posts were still lying vacant and we are only 92 in number.

"We have met Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat, five times. They are using delaying tactics to deprive us of the job, he further added.

He said, "We will organise a foot march from the veterinary college to the deputy commissioner’s office to submit a memorandum to the DC. If the government will not give good response, the students will organise a rally in Chandigarah".

Jasneet Singh, another student said, "we are from the first batch of the veterinary college, and still struggling for employment. The government is going to start five new veterinary colleges. What does this mean? It means that the government is interested in increasing the number of unemployed degree holders."



MBA passouts keen on pursuing their own business
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, September 29
Every year a number of students seek admission in Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology. Surprisingly, nearly 40 per cent of the students don't enroll themselves for placements. According to the college authorities, some of the students pursue MBA; get involved in their family businesses and many others for matrimonial purpose. Sometimes, even gold medalist students are not interested in placements.

Director of the GGNIMT, Dr HS Singha, said usually it is perceived that colleges affiliated to Punjab Technical University (PTU) do not conduct the placement drives but things have changed due to the lack of interest of students in placements.

Singha said every year the colleges call multinational companies in their campus but feel very disappointed with the reaction of students towards placement. It was found that students are interested in joining their family businesses instead of any job in companies, he added.

Gurleen Kaur, a gold medalist in MBA said, “I did not enroll myself for placement because it was never my dream. I was good at academics and study is more than an employment for me. I did MBA for matrimonial value”.

Another gold medalist in BBA from GGNIMT, Jasleen Singh, said, “We have well settled family business, then why should I do a job in any other company. I did BBA for my family business. I don’t want to pursue even MBA because it is sufficient for my dreams.”



NRHM union holds dharna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 29
Employees working under the National Rural Health Mission today held a dharna on the Jagraon bridge.

The employees of Faridkot and Sangrur district partcipated in it. Dr Lakhveer Singh spoksperson of Sangrur district said, "We will continue our protest till September 30 with the hope to get some soultion to the long-pending demands. But if nothing is done, we will intensify our struggle.”



Zonal youth festival
Arya College wins group dance contest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 29
On the penultimate day of the ongoing four-day Panjab University Zonal Youth Festival of Zone ‘A’, held at Arya College, attractive performance in classical, group dance, gidha, creative writing and literary items were held in the morning session. In the evening session, the audience witnessed robust performance of bhangra by the teams from various colleges.

Results: Mimicry: Pawittar Singh, Arya College, Ludhiana, Sumit Kumar Bhalla, Government Evening College, Ludhiana, Gurmeet Singh, Guru Nanak National College, Doraha .

Drama (One Act Play): A.S. College Khanna, Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, Arya College Ludhiana and G.G.N. Khalsa College, Ludhiana.

Individual prizes: Kuldeep Singh, Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, Paramveer Singh, A.S. College, Khanna, Priyanka Sharma, Malwa College Bondli, Samrala, Puneet Watts, G.G.N. Khalsa College, Ludhiana.

Classical Dance: Kumar Sharma, Arya College, Ludhiana, Arsheen Kaur, S.C.D Government College, Ludhiana, Gaga Choudhry, Sri Aurbindo College, Ludhiana.

Group Dance (General): Arya College, Ludhiana (Rajasthani dance), Guru Nanak College (Haryanvi), SCD college (Maharashtriyan), A.S. College, Khanna (Haryanvi)

Individual prizes: Kirandeep Kaur, SCD Government College, Ludhiana, Deepika Dogra, Arya College, Ludhiana Ramneek Kaur Kohli, A.S. College, Khanna, Barjinderjit, Guru Nanak College, Doraha

Gidda: First prize: Guru Nanak National College, Doraha; second prize: Gobindgarh Public College, Khanna; third prize: Arya College, Ludhiana.

Individual prizes: First prize: Kamaljeet Kaur Guru Nanak National College, Doraha; second prize: Sandeep Kaur SCD, Government College, Ludhiana; third prize: Manpreet Kaur Arya College, Ludhiana and Sukhman Pal A.S College, Khanna.

Poetry Writing: First prize: Shalu Gupta, Sri Aurobindo College, Ludhiana; second prize: Talvir Singh, A.S. college, Khanna; third prize: Pooja Rani, SCD Government College, Ludhiana.

Essay writing: Ketan Mehta, Arya College, Ludhiana, Jaspreet Kaur, Guru Nanak National College, Saloni Kapoor, Sri Aurobindo, Ludhiana.

Short-story writing: Ranvir Kaur, SCD Government College, Ludhiana; Kanika Sharma, A.S. College, Khanna, Simarpal Singh, G.G.N. Khalsa college, Ludhiana.



Senior citizens’ to hold goodwill march on
October 1
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 29
The Senior Citizens’ Welfare Association will organise a "goodwill march" on October 1 on the eve of "senior citizens’ day" here.

Deputy commissioner Rahul Tiwari will flag off the march while commissioner of police Dr SS Chauhan will be the chief guest at the occasion.

Association president SP Karkara said that the march would commence from Shehansha Palace on Ferozepur Road and culminate at Embassy Palace near Bhai Bala Chowk.

The programme will focus on highlighting the issues concerning senior citizens, spreading message of peace and universal brotherhood and create public opinion against social and environmental evils. 



Democratic right to protest
NS Tasneem

Ludhiana, September 29
In our time, before India won freedom, lathi charge was the norm to disperse slogan-raising demonstrators. Generally, lathis were raised up to frighten mob but those were struck on the ground instead of targeting unarmed persons. I recall the days when we, the students in Amritsar, used to march during early months of 1946 to Jallianwala Bagh raising the slogan-

Lal Qile se aaee awaaz
Sehgal Dhillon Shahnawaz.

The younger generation held in high esteem Netaji Subhash Chander Bose as the great freedom fighter and members of the Indian National Army were considered his comrades-in-arms. From Jallianwala Bagh, after listening to songs and speeches for two-three hours, all students along with bystanders headed towards the Town Hall. There the police blocked our path and we were told to sit down on the road. After sometime, a magistrate addressed us and warned us against doing any mischief. Still we refused to disperse and resumed raising slogans.

At that stage, the police came into action and started striking lathis on the road. There was hue and cry at that time and some students dared to rush forward. They were apprehended and detained in the kotwali for some time. Thereafter, they were released after undertaking assurance from their elders that they would desist from such activities in the future. The next day, we again gathered in our colleges and went to the Jallianwala Bagh to participate in the struggle for the freedom of the country.

I remember what S Narinder Singh, who was DC of Amritsar for some years after the Partition, told us in a casual manner at the annual function of our college. In 1946, he was the city Magistrate at Lahore. He used to accompany demonstrators, along with the police force, for the purpose of maintaining law and order. The general rule was that the administration should not clash with people so long as they were non-violent. In case the peace was disturbed, then the police came into action but with restraint. Now in free India, slogan-raising demonstrators are at times manhandled even when they are exercising in a peaceful manner their democratic right to protest. Sometimes it so happens that some mischievous elements, who have nothing to do with the demonstration, start throwing stones at the cops to get malicious pleasure. At this, the hell is let loose and it is free for all. In that melee some persons are grievously injured. What pains the common people, who watch television or read newspapers, is the brutality of the force used to disperse the mob. Recently, I have seen in a newspaper a demonstrator in the grip of a cop while another cop is holding his stick in both hands to strike the helpless fellow with full force. This sight is unforgettable as the plight of the injured person can be well imagined. He will be in the hospital, even in the ICU, bleeding profusely or with a broken bone. Then the picture of the worried members of the family flits across the mind of the onlooker of the photograph in the newspaper.

I am reminded of the poem, “The Man He killed” by Thomas Hardy in which he says at the time of war, a soldier kills the soldier of the enemy as a matter of duty. Otherwise, if they happen to meet in a bar, they may entertain each other even as strangers or may possibly pass on a shilling to the needy person. In that context, I want to say that the cop who has been seen holding the rod with both hands, with a view to striking the fellow being with full force, may readily donate his blood to his victim if he sees him in a critical condition in the hospital.

This idea is not the figment of my imagination. I have also seen in the newspaper of the same day, a cop carrying an injured person across his shoulder after the clash between prisoners and security force in the jail at Kapurthala. This sight is like a balm on the bruises of the minds of the citizens who want the rule of the law to be enforced with compassion for fellow beings. William Shakespeare says the mob has no head, meaning thereby that a mob in fury can be guided by no one. At the same time the dictum conveys that the people in such a gathering lose their thinking power.

But then the point at issue is that the cops are answerable to their heads. So it does not behave them to bypass the authority while losing their heads like the mob. In a given situation they may be “willing to strike” but they should be “afraid to wound.” In the end, I quote an Urdu couplet by Amir Minai-

Khanjar chale aur pe tarapte hain hum ‘Amir’
Sare jahan ke dard hamare jigar mein hai.



From schools & colleges

Cleanliness drive

In an innovative drive to make the public aware that cleanliness matters, the students of KVM School went to the 'Chaupati Area' near Khalsa College and requested people to use trash bins. The vendors were also told to request their customers to use dustbins. Students also carried cartons to be used as bins. Principal Navita Puri said if the public joined hands with the little students, the drive could become a big wave in the interest of the nation.

Dance Competition

A dance competition 'hope of the tiny feet' was organised for students of pre-primary classes at Bal Bharti School. More than 200 students participated in the preliminary round where 75 students were selected for the final round. The children performed folk dances of different states.

Shaheed Bhagat Singh's birth anniversary

An NSS unit of Doraha College of Education celebrated Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s birth anniversary here on Tuesday. The topic for an extension lecture was “value shift-societal change from selfless to self centered society.” Chief speaker Dr Navneet Kaur, an asst professor of sociology, University Institute of Legal Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh delivered a lecture on the topic for an extension lecture on “value shift - societal change from selfless to self centered society”.

Placement drive

A three-member team from Shapoorji Pallonji, a group of companies, visited GNDEC here on Wednesday to hold a campus placement drive for the civil engineering students. The team visited the campus for a placement drive of the students.

Workshop organised

Fashion designing department of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, organised a workshop on “quelling and fabric” here today. A team from Pidilite company gave practical knowledge and technicalities on quelling and fabric painting.

PCTE rated best B-school

Punjab College of Technical Education has been rated as best business school of Punjab, Himachal, Rajasthan and J &K by the ‘Outlook' in the recently concluded B-school survey 2011. PCTE was ranked 38 among the private B-schools of the country. The survey was conducted by marketing research agency MDRA, a leading research agency through letters, e-mails, telephonic calls to students, alumni, faculty and personal visits by officials of the agency in the colleges. —TNS



Want to buy books, wait till October 10
Languages dept locked as staff on leave since Sept 12
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 29
Book lovers have no option but to wait for a book depot of the state languages department (Bhasha Vibhag) to open again if they have to purchase those published by the department. Its Ludhiana sub-office has not sold a single book for the past two weeks. This “prohibition” might continue till October 10.

This book depot located at the Punjabi Bhawan was locked 18 days ago as its keys are with one of its staff members, who has been on leave since September 12.

Satnam Singh, district bhasha official said, “There is a shortage of staff. We have to make do with only 20 per cent technical and 30 per cent clerical staff. It is hard to manage when someone goes on leave. We will sort out the problem within one or two days.”

When people come to buy books at the depot, a peon announces, “If you want to buy a book then you have to wait till the depot opens.” The state languages department, Punjab, recently republished a few of the rare books, which were in demand. Gurpreet Singh Khaksaar, a teacher from Govind National College, Narangwal, said, “I have visited the book depot thrice in the past 20 days to purchase a few books for pursuing my research work. But, I only found a lock dangling in its door.”

Inder Singh Ghaga, a religious preacher said, “The languages department of other states play an integral role in promoting regional languages. But the Punjab languages department has failed to attract readers as well as researchers. A large number of valuable books are out of stock and the department lacks proper building also.”

“People come here with a hope to purchase books on concession, but they return disappointed on seeing the depot locked. As the result, the department is also facing financial losses,” said an employee of the education department.



Travails of finding missing kin
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
Morale of Rekha Sharma (30), a resident of the Dhrub district, Madhya Pradesh, is very low. She has been has been forced to move from pillar to post to locate her husband Rajesh Sharma (36) and daughter Nandini (11), who had boarded a train from Madhya Pradesh on March 12 to finalise a land deal at Malpur, near Nawanshahr. But none of them has either reached Nawanshahr or returned to Madhya Pradesh. More than six months have passed, but neither the Nawanshahr police nor its counterpart in Madhya Pradesh has registered a case in this regard.

She had been staying in the Golden Temple, Amritsar, for the past six months. But, now, she has been asked to move out and find some work for herself. During her stay in Amritsar and Nawanshahr she came in contact of a few persons who recollected having seen her husband in Ludhiana. She is now making rounds of various police stations to lodge an FIR here.

Talking to The Tribune, Rekha said: “I am a shattered. I have lost my parents and in-laws. Not a single person is there to bank upon. Since we were living in a rented accommodation in Madhya Pradesh, the landlord threw me out. I don’t know what has happened to my husband and daughter. The persons who were interested in purchasing the piece of land in Nawanshahr aren’t even aware of it and claim that they (both husband and daughter) didn’t even reach the place.”

With tears in eyes, Rekha added: “I don’t know what to do or where to go. The police said since my husband left Madhya Pradesh, it couldn’t register the case there. The Nawanshahr police claims to have noted down the details. They have promised to inform me about my kin’s whereabouts, but refused to lodge an FIR.”



Dengue: 353 patients tested positive
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 29
Dengue is once again rearing its head in the city. More than 900 patients have been admitted to private hospitals. But, the district health department has confirmed only 353 cases so far.

As per the data collected from various private hospitals, more than 900 dengue patients have been tested positive. But, District Health Officer, Dr Kulwinder Singh, said: “We collect blood samples of patients, who have been tested positive by various private hospitals, and test these again. On the basis of our test report, we confirm whether the patient is dengue positive or negative.”

The District Health Officer denied anyone dying due to dengue in the district.



Wild growth removed from civil hospital
Tribune News Service

A JBC machine uproots weeds from the Civil Hospital
A JBC machine uproots weeds from the Civil Hospital. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, September 29
Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital is being extensively refurbished.

JCB machines have been pressed into service to clear the weeds from the hospital premises.

Dr Karanvir Goel, officiating Senior Medical Officer of the hospital, said, “We kept on postponing the deweeding exercise due to the rainy season. Now, we, on our own, have pressed JCB machines to uproot these weeds.”



Power Supply
Poor distribution network the bane of industry
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 29
The industrial sector continues to reel under acute power crisis and the situation gets compounded further by erratic supply due to the poor distribution network in the city in general, and the industrial pockets in particular.

The chief engineer, central zone, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), while interacting with industrialists expressed resentment against unscheduled power cuts, shut downs and tripping caused by overloaded and weak distribution network.

This interaction was organised by the Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry here last evening. Chamber’s president PD Sharma said the distribution network was in a shamble. The PSPCL either seems least bothered or else is reeling under resource crunch for not taking up much needed revamp of the distribution system, he added. “The industry is coping with scheduled power cuts and weekly off days as these are known in advance, but the unscheduled cuts or shut downs disturb the entire production schedule due to the element of uncertainty,” he added.

He further sought uniformity in compulsory weekly off days stipulated for the industry from time to time. “Realising the scarcity of power that the state is facing, if the PSPCL is not in a position to have the same off days for the entire industry, then the least it can do is bring uniformity in industrial clusters to have same weekly off days as most of the industrial units in clusters are interdependent,” he added.

The president of the chamber and numerous other representatives of the industry also focused on complaint booking and redressal mechanism, which left much to be desired. In the wake of drastic constraints in power supply to the industrial sector, it became all the more important that any disruption in power supply be rectified with a sense of urgency to save the consumers from avoidable loss of production.

The members of the industry also pointed out that if off days were imposed on weekly basis, the induction furnace units and the rolling mills should not be treated at par since the rolling mills ran on very low capacity and ought to be clubbed with general industry. “Similarly, small induction furnaces used for heating and melting purposes also merit some relief in weekly off days.”

The PSPCL chief engineer assured the industry that efforts would be made for bringing uniformity in off days in industrial clusters and streamline the system for booking and redressal of complaints.



Illegal power Connections
Activists clash with PSPCL officials, booked
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, September 29
The Ludhiana (rural) police has booked three activists of the Pendu Mazdoor Union and a few unidentified persons for allegedly manhandling officials of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) at Nanak Nagari yesterday evening.

This incident took place when a 15-member team of Powercom officials comprising Harpreet Singh, SDO, Jagraon; SDO, Sidhwan Bet; four junior engineers and nine others reached the Nanak Nagari locality of the Agwar Khuaja Baju area here to cut connections of a few defaulters.

The news spread like wildfire. Activists of the Pendu Mazdoor Union led by its general secretary Avtar Singh Tari gathered in front of a house. The activists of the union and people surrounded the PSPCL officials and exchanged words as soon as they came out of the house. They manhandled the officials and raised slogans against the state government.

The activists objected to the police intervention and eventually clashed with it. The police has booked Avtar Singh Tari and Madan Lal of the union, Inderjit Singh of the Naujwana Bharat Sabha and a few unidentified persons in this regard under Sections 342, 322, 353 and 186 of the IPC on the complaint of the PSPCL officials.



Protest against police inaction
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 29
Balak Nath, a constable with the Chandigarh police, staged a protest outside the Division No. 4 police station today. He alleged that the local police was not registering a case against in-laws of his daughter, who recently gave birth to a baby girl.

Balak Nath said: “My daughter got married to Manmohan Sharma, a resident of Kundanpuri. She gave birth to a baby girl recently. Today, I went to drop my daughter and granddaughter at her in-laws place, but they refused to accept the child since she was a girl. We went to the Division No. 4 police station, but officials refused to listen to us.”



Clash leaves two injured
Victims accuse SAD Zila Parishad member of assaulting them
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, September 29
A conflict between two groups of Dalla village near Jagraon for alleged possession of the Panchayat land of the village turned bloody when more than 10 persons of one group allegedly attacked two persons, including an elderly woman of the other group, and badly injured both of them this morning.

The injured have been identified as Jaspal Kaur (60) and Darshan Singh (55) of Dalla village. As per the information, the incident took place this morning at around 8 am when a group of more than 10 persons led by a leader of ruling party from the same village allegedly attacked the other side. While Jaspal Kaur was injured during the attack, Darshan Singh also received minor injuries during the incident. Both the injured were rushed to the Civil Hospital, Jagraon, soon after the incident and are undergoing treatment.

In her statement to the police, Jaspal Kaur has alleged that a group of more than 10 persons led by SAD Zila Parishad member Chand Singh Dalla attacked her and Darshan Singh with sharp-edged weapons to take possession of the Panchayat land of the village, which is presently in her possession.

“The attackers, who were led by Dalla and were carrying swords and other sharp-edged weapons and even ammunition with them attacked us with an intention to kill us,” alleged Jaspal Kaur. Dalla, when contacted, denied the allegations and termed them baseless. Terming the allegations levelled by Jaspal Kaur against him as a part a conspiracy conceived by his political opponents to defame him, he said he was not involved in any such attack.

The police has recorded the statement of the injured and begun probing the matter. Though no case was registered till the filing of this report. When contacted, Jagraon Sadar police station SHO Rachpal Singh Dhindsa said the police was verifying the allegations levelled by the injured and an appropriate action would be taken against anyone who was found gulty.



Gang of thieves busted, 5 held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 29
Yesterday, the Focal Point police arrested a gang of thieves who were involved in many theft cases and stolen items like motorcycles, mobile phones and gas cylinders were recovered from them.

According to information, the raid was conducted under the guidance of SS Atwal, ADCP II, and KS Khaira, ACP (West).

The five arrested accused include Mohni Singh, a resident of Sukhdev Nagar, Daba, Vikas Kumar alias Kekra, resident of Ajit Nagar, Daba, Ram Das, a resident of Kola Bari village, Kush Bihar, Raj Kumar, a resident of Bihar and Rakesh Kumar from Muzzaffarnagar, UP. Stolen goods, including three motorcycles, two gas cylinders and 10 mobile phones were recovered from the accused.

ASI Mukesh Kumar, Industrial Area in charge and ASI Dalip Singh, Chowki Sherpur In charge, on getting a tip-off arrested the accused from Eastman Chowk, Giaspura, here yesterday.

They committed thefts under the influence of drugs only. A case under section 379 and 411 IPC has been registered against the accused", said the official in charge.



Agricultrual college victorious in PAU cricket tourney
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 29
The Directorate of Students' Welfare organised the PAU Inter-College Cricket Tournament for the session 2011-12 from September 24 to 28.

College of Agriculture (CoA), College of Basic Sciences and Humanities (CoBS&H) and College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology (CoAE&T) of PAU participated in the league matches.

In the first match, CoA beat CoBS&H by 234 runs and in second match CoAE&T beat CoBS&H by 183 runs. The final match was played on September 28, between COA and COAE&T in which COA defeated COAE&T by 117 runs. Upkardeep Singh, COA, scored a century and half century in both the matches played by the COA. In the final match, Navjot Singh Kamboj, CoA was declared the Man of the Match. He scored 35 runs and took 4 wickets.

Dr D S Cheema, director, Students' Welfare, present during the final match, congratulated the teams. He appreciated the efforts put in by members of both teams and encouraged them to further improve their performances.

The selected players from the three colleges will represent PAU in forthcoming North Zone Intervarsity Cricket Tournament to be held at Dehradun in November.



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