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Outdated MC trucks having a free run on city roads
Have been involved in many fatal mishaps
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service
Akhilesh Maingi
Akhilesh Maingi

Ludhiana, October 14
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) killer truck (PB 10 Y 0659), which claimed the life of Akhilesh Maingi (18), has outlived its life and is not even having a fitness certificate, which is issued by the District Transport Office.

Not only this, there are four other such trucks which have outlived their life and are still running on the city roads.

With this attitude, the MC seems least bothered about the life of residents, as a total of five of its garbage trucks have outlived their life of 15 years, which is fixed as per the Motor Vehicles Act.

This information came to light after an NGO, Council of RTI Activists, sought information regarding the MC vehicles under the Right to Information Act.

Akhilesh Maingi, a class XII student of BCM School Shastri Nagar, was crushed to death by the over-speeding MC garbage truck at Guru Arjun Dev Nagar near Samrala Chowk here on the morning of August 6. The truck driver Darshan Lal was arrested and a case under Section 304-A of the IPC was registered against him.

Commenting on this development, the victim’s father Lokesh Mohan Maingi, said on August 8, he had met the Police Commissioner and had urged him to take action against these vehicles, which have outlived their life.

“Unfortunately, the police failed to take any action in this regard. Even the MC failed to take these vehicles off road. I would suggest that instead of calling them MC trucks, they should be called as killer trucks,” said Maingi.

Rohit Sabharwal, president of the Council of RTI Activists, said it’s unfortunate that the MC is least bothered about the life of city residents. “That is why, they are still using those vehicles which have outlived their life. Besides 17 of their total 39 garbage trucks, don’t even have a fitness certificate, which has to be taken every year from the DTO,” said Sabharwal.

Past incidents

  • October 30, 2010: Dr Sunil Kumar (30), a resident of Abhor, was travelling on a scooter near Issa Nagari located near the local Civil Hospital Ludhiana, when an over-speeding Municipal Corporation's truck ran over the MBBS doctor. Sunil was here to solemnise his marriage with a city-based girl
  • August 21, 2010: Mayank Jain (16), a Class X student of Sacred Heart Convent School, Chandigarh road, Sector 39, was crushed to death by an over-speeding MC garbage truck on the Tajpur road
  • March 13, 2010: Two students Rajinder Verma (17) and Rajnish Patel (15) were run over by an MC truck on the Tajpur road
  • March 22, 2010: An MC truck crushed to death a 19-year-old girl Kafia on the Tajpur road


Vehicular pollution in city to be studied
Five high-traffic areas identified by Punjab Pollution Control Board
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
To check the increasing pollution levels in the country’s most polluted city, the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has decided to study the vehicles’ contribution towards the problem in the city.

For this purpose, the PPCB officials would be collecting samples of ambient air quality from five parts of the city and would study them for 24 hours.

“This way, we would be able to know about the total extent of pollution caused by vehicles and take necessary action accordingly,” said PPCB Senior Environmental Engineer Karunesh Garg.

For this survey, the PPCB has earmarked five high-traffic areas, which include Bharat Nagar Chowk, Jagraon Bridge, Bus Stand, Samrala Chowk and Dholewal Chowk. A team of experts from the PPCB head office at Patiala is presently here and would collect samples from 8 am today till 8 am tomorrow. The experts would be taking samples of respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM), sulfur dioxide gas and oxides of nitrogen.

Dr Charanjit Singh, Scientific Officer and Deputy Director (PR), PPCB, said that these were the five places selected by the PPCB are the ones which are most prone to traffic.

“Due to traffic lights, people halt their vehicles for a long time and keep their engines running. This leads to air pollution and the whole city gets polluted. As per a study of the Central Pollution Control Board, traffic is a major contributor in air pollution, besides industry and some other factors. At 8 am, traffic is less, while it keeps on increasing during the day. This way, we would be able to know the extent of air pollution throughout the day. Besides, we would also be able to know about the air quality at that particular time,” informed Dr Charanjit Singh.

“We would be taking four samples each of these three things and that also for six hours each. The report would be prepared by Monday and after Ludhiana, the PPCB would be conducting the same survey in Jalandhar as well as Amritsar,” informed Dr Singh.



Thieves break SUV’s windshield, flee with laptop
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
Unidentified thieves broke the windshield of a sports utility vehicle (SUV) and fled with a laptop here today. The incident took place on the Gill road in the morning.

Narrating the incident, the complainant DC Goel, an industrialist, said, "My office is located on the first floor. After finishing some work in the office, I came downstairs. On reaching near the vehicle, I realised that I had forgotten some documents in the office. I put my laptop in the vehicle and went upstairs to pick up the documents. When I returned, I was shocked to see the windshield broken. The thieves had fled with my loptop."

Goel immediately informed the police about the incident. The police has registered a case and started investigation.



IT surveys
Income worth Rs 8.30 cr unearthed
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 14
The day-long surveys carried out by several Income Tax (I-T) Department teams in the city and Khanna town on Thursday led to a cumulative surrender of a staggering Rs 8.30 crore of concealed income.

Three steel mills in the city have disclosed undeclared income of Rs 5 crore, while three firms of a food-processing group in Khanna made a total disclosure of Rs 3.30 crore.

Officials of Range I had launched surveys on the business premises of three steel mills located in Focal Point and on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh Road. Several incriminating documents, computer data and papers were seized. I-T men also took the inventory of raw material and finished goods into their custody.

According to sources, Sunder Forgings had surrendered concealed income of Rs 2.60 crore, Khurana Steel of Rs 2 crore, while Arora Alloys made a disclosure of Rs 40 lakh. Similar surveys conducted at three firms of a food-processing group in Khanna brought forth a total disclosure of concealed income of Rs 3.30 crore. Darshan Foods made a surrender of Rs 2 crore, followed by Rs 80 lakh by Darshan Namkeen and another Rs 50 lakh by Darshan Bakers.



RDX seizure in Ambala: Police conducts search operation
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
The city police today conducted surprise checks at the railway station and other crowded places of the city following the seizure of RDX and detonators from a car in Ambala.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Kehar Singh led a search team in Dhandari and surrounding area here this morning.

The police team searched the abandoned vehicles parked near the crowded markets and impounded some vehicles as well.

Similarly, a team led by Kotwali SHO Inspector Amandeep Brar conducted search in and around the railway station. The police also randomly searched belongings of people.

Commenting on the search operations, Brar said, "We cannot leave anything to chance. We have strengthened security at crowded places. Plainclothes policemen have been postedto keep check on anti-social elements. The police is on its toes to foil nefarious plan of miscreants."



Karva Chauth
Mehndi Aroma pervades market places
The art of applying mehndi has become specialised and women folk look out for the best of designs
Tribune News Service

A rickshaw puller making his way through heavy traffic on the eve of Karva Chauth in Ludhiana
A rickshaw puller making his way through heavy traffic on the eve of Karva Chauth in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, October 14
Fragrance of freshly applied mehndi and the distinct aroma of clove oil applied to get the deep mehndi colour pervades the markets with the ubiquitous canopies set up as the omen patiently wait for their turn to get mehandi applied.

Karva Chauth is one festival, which is popular in the city and is braving the deluge of westernisation and modernity.

The art of applying mehandi has become specialised, thanks to women wishing to adorn their hands and feet with the best of the designs. Simple designs don't suffice. "You can get it applied at home, but then the designs are not that good. For the past three years it has become a norm for me and my friends to get out here and get it applied from the market," says Sonam Wadhwa, a resident of Agar Nagar, as she trudges back to the car with a gaggle of friends walking carefully with mehndi on their hands and feet, and fingers spread out.

The stalls of Karva thalis filled with little earthen pots and diyas fill the roadsides and shops. Even the mannequins that sport skirts, slacks, gawdy punjabi suits and fashionable clothes round the year get clad in the traditional bridals sari on the eve of Karva Chauth. The bangles that usually disappear from the wrists for the rest of the year are all out and ready to get their rightful place.

The cosmetics shops have full range of lipsticks of all colours on display with other cosmetics collections to catch the eye of the women customers. The multinational companies shower discounts, free "vanity boxes", make-up kits to embellish the visages of Indian women for the day. "We offer free vantity boxes on the purchase of cosmetics worth Rs 2,000, Rs 1,500. Special make-up kits are there for Rs 1,000 especially for the day," chirps Renu at a shop.

Women at the ladies clubs of the city are helping their members with all the preparations from suits, saris to sargi. The sweets shops a running a brisk business selling small and large mathhis, feniyan and sweets that will go to make the sargi for the women before the sun rises in the morning tomorrow.



With common goal, these women fast but in different ways
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
Women from different walks of life are going to observe Karwa Chauth fast tomorrow but in different way. On one hand it is women who are working are going to observe fast along with their office job. While on the other, there are housewives who have planned to spend the day watching films, playing cards and taking adequate rest. These women have plans to perform puja in the evening at a temple or a locality along with their friends and relatives.

Talking to the Tribune Harvir Kaur, a staff nurse at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, who will perform her duty tomorrow from 2pm to 8 pm in the Kideny Transplant Unit said,"I will observe fast while I am on duty. As far as puja is concerned, I will perform it after my duty hours. For me both fast as well duty is equally important. "

However Dr Asnhu Vatsayan, gynaecologist, said,"I will observe fast and will simultaneously attend to my patients. There will no alteration in my evening clinic timings. I do not want my patients to be affected due to my fast."

Similarly, another working woman Dr Deepika Khosla, a pediatrician, said, "Karwa Chauth fast I keep every year and its not new to me. I enjoy working while I keep fast. But tomorrow I will wind up my morning shift one hour early but will again see patients in the evening."

Performing her duty in emergency ward of DMCH, Kanwaljeet Kaur, a staff nurse said, "My duty will be from 2 pm to 8 pm. As far as puja is concerned, we will manage it."

On the contrary to this, housewives observing this fast have different plans altogether. They have planned a day out. Sanjogita Sharma a homemaker said, "I will go to watch a movie tomorrow along with my kitty members. At least three hours will be spent there. And then I will become busy with the puja schedule in the evening."

However Chhavi Mahendru another homemaker said, "I have invited all my friends at my place to play cards. We have planned our whole day in such a way that no one will get bored."

Meanwhile, a majority of maids have also decided to take off tomorrow from work. One of the maids said, "We too observe fast, so it become difficult for us to work ."



Celebrating the marital bliss
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
Come Karva Chauth and it is time for the couples in the city to rejuvenate the relationship and celebrate the marital bliss.

"After the wedding day, it's the only day in the year when I get to dress like a bride and feel that our marriage is kind of rejuvenated," says Ritu Dhanda, a resident of Civil Lines. Her husband Aman Dhanda, a businessman, agrees that it is refreshing to see his wife draped the traditional way and celebrate the day.

Husbands in the city won't let the fasts go awry, as they wish to uncover the surprise gifts only after the moon is seen in the evening. Ankush Bansal, a resident of Model Town, wants to gift a watch to his wife while Mithun Salvan, an Agar Nagar resident, has already bought a pair of earrings for the evening. Nikhil Garg has decided to give a pair of diamond bangles. "I'll slip on the bangles in her wrists s in the evening, right after the fast is over. Why not some gifts like a phone? "For Karva Chauth, is more about mutual husband-wife relationship. It's better to give traditional gifts," says Ravi Nagpal. "Other gifts can be given on other occasions or birthdays," he adds.

Anshul Gupta, a bank employee has taken a holiday for the day as he won't let his wife go it all alone. He will also keep the fast with her. "I consider it unscrupulous and unchivalrous to let my wife keep the fast for me and I don't. I also value her as much as she values me," he says. Sheenam Goyal says her husband also keeps fast for her.

Although Shipra Goel's husband is away in Bangaluru for a project, but that is not a hindrance for her in keeping the fast. "My husband works in an IT company. He had to go to Bangalore, but I'll keep the fast and break the fast by looking at him online," she says.



PAU to develop 2 model villages
Tribune news service

Ludhiana, October 14
Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, has decided to adopt two villages-Kili Nihal Singh (Bathinda) and Khokhar Khurd (Mansa) and develop them as model villages for conservation of natural resources. Disclosing this today, PAU, Vice-Chancellor Dr. Baldev Singh Dhillon said that these model villages would showcase resource conservation technologies and set an example for other villages of the state. The Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, New Delhi, has provided financial and technical assistance for this project and the needed equipment has already been purchased, he added. Dhillon further informed that new technologies of resource conservation to face the challenges posed by climate changes would be extensively disseminated among farmers of Bhatinda and Mansa districts. For this Krishi Vigyan Kendras of Bhatinda and Mansa would actively collaborate with the Departments of Agriculture and Cooperation of Punjab Government.

Dr. M S Gill, director of extension education, PAU, said two happy seeder machines will be sent to these villages to demonstrate the sowing of wheat directly in the paddy harvested fields. Chief agricultural officer, Mansa, will provide happy seeder for Khokhar Khurd while the PAU will provide happy seeder for Kili Nihal Singh. Special training programmes for these villages have also been planned for next year, informed Gill.



Art of clearing interviews discussed at seminar
Tribune News Service

Students attend a seminar on ‘Inerview Guidance’, at GGNIMT in Ludhiana on Friday
Students attend a seminar on ‘Inerview Guidance’, at GGNIMT in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, October 14
“Learn from your past mistakes, soon you will succeed and those mistakes will then become milestones” said Dr Param Siani, a US based psychologist and consultant while delivering a seminar on the topic: “Interview Guidance” organised by GGN Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) for the MBA and MCA students here today.

Dr Saini elaborated very extensively on how to prepare for an interview. She discussed in length on how to answer a set of commonly asked questions, while giving the students the magic mantra for interview success. She advised the prospective employees to be punctual, dress appropriately and practice thoroughly for a perfect interview. She exhorted that it is important to know the facts about your potential employer before hand.

Dr Saini told the students about Do’s and Don’ts of appearing in an interview. She also guided the audience to focus on selling their skills and emphasising their answers by giving relevant examples and sharing accomplishments. She also pointed out the things, which are not professional and that interviewers never want to hear.

The session concluded with the question answer round where the students shared their anxiety about the interviews and clarified all their apprehensions.



Ludhiana scan
‘Malaysia My Second Home’ campaign

In a sure sign of India’s rising affluence, Malaysia Property Incorporated (MPI), a government agency to promote corporate and individual Foreign Direct Investment, announced an upcoming campaign launch of Malaysia My Second Home in South and North India. The campaign was officially rolled out here today while the launches at Delhi and Chennai are slated for October 17 and 19, respectively. The company organised a presentation, which was attended by high net-worth individuals, influential real estate consultants and other dignified citizens. During the presentation, the MPI provided an overview on the types of properties available for investment, the main investment areas, prices and potential returns. The chief executive officer of MPI Kumar Tharmalingam said, "The campaign in India is the first of many joint initiatives between MM2H and MPI to offer Indian investors a more in-depth chance to understand the benefits of MM2H and navigating the rules of property investment in Malaysia.



NSS unit of RIMT-IET conducts education survey
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, October 14
RIMT Institute of Engineering and Technology is conducting a survey on the status of education in Punjab along with ASER (Annual Status Of Education Report). ASER is the largest annual survey of children in rural India conducted every year since 2005 by Pratham, in 2010 it reached up to 522 districts, over 14,000 villages, 3,00,000 households and almost 7,00,000 children. Facilitated by the chairman of RIMT institutes Dr Hukam Chand Bansal, the three-day district training from October 12 to 14 concluded here today. Director Dr Harsh Sadawarti was the Chief guest for inaugural ceremony. As many as 110 volunteers from RIMT-IET will conduct the survey of 50 villages in the district of Patiala and Fatehgarh Sahib after practical training on October 15 and 16.

Every year, the ASER found out whether children in rural India go to school, how well they could read in their own language and if they could do basic arithmetic. In 2010, a significant increase was noted in the number of five-year age group enrolled in schools and the enrollment increased from 68.3% in 2009 to 79.6%.

Earlier this year, an ASER 2010 report was released in New Delhi by the Honourable Vice-President of India, Hamid Ansari on January 14, 2011. Addressing the occasion, he said as a huge non-governmental citizen-focused effort involving over 25,000 volunteers and covering over 700,000 children in 15,000 villages each year, it demonstrates that the well being of our children is not just the government’s responsibility, and that citizens can and should do more to initiate, propel and direct public policy.” This is how management, staff and students of RIMT-IET took this moral responsibility to elevate the educational status of nation.



Research engineer awarded
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
Dr KG Singh, senior research engineer in the department of soil and water engineering, Punjab Agricultural University, has been awarded a gold medal in recognition of his contribution in the field of soil and water engineering by the Society of Recent Development in Agriculture (SRDA).

The award was presented to him at the recently concluded 'International Conference on Issues for Climate Change, Land Use Diversification and Biotechnological tools for Livelihood Security (ICLDBT-2011)', organised by the SVP University of Agriculture and Technology, Meerut (UP).



Gosain warns against adulterated sweets
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
Health and Family Welfare Minister Satpal Gosain has said that festival season is going on and anyone playing havoc with the health of people by selling artificial or adulterated sweets will not be spared and strict action will be taken against such culprits.

In a press release issued by the Health Minister, he said, "The government has decided to take strict actions against people for selling adulterated products. If anyone is caught while selling artificial and adulterated sweets, his license will be cancelled. Apart from that he will be booked under criminal case.”

Gosain appealed to the public in general to complain to the district administration or head office in case one comes across a shopkeeper dealing in adulterated or artificial sweets. The health officers should remain alert and launch a special drive, he added.

He said if the departments in any district acted in an irresponsible way after getting a complaint of adulteration, a disciplinary action would be taken against the District Health Officer, civil surgeon and drug inspector.



Three quintals of khoya seized
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
The health department seized three quintals of khoya in Khanna today. Food safety inspector Manoj Khosla said the khoya that was to be procured by a sweetmeat shop near the Khanna bus stand was being transported via road from Muzaffarnagar.

Khosia said he had taken six samples of sweets from sweetshops of Khanna and Issaru. “We took six samples i,e of Laddo, burfi, cheeni ke khilaune and three samples of khoya," he said.

The health department is further investigating the matter.



From schools
Chemistry fest closes at BCM Arya Model School

Ludhiana: A four-day chemistry festival “Chemistry-Our future our life”, concluded here today at at BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar with a poster-making competition. The festival was celebrated to commemorate the achievement of chemistry and its contribution to the mankind.

Global Handwashing Day

Penguin Castle Pre School, Udham Singh Nagar, celebrated Global Handwashing Day here today. A special session was conducted in which the children were explained the importance of washing hands frequently throughout the day, especially before and after meals. They were given a demonstration of the correct way of using soap and water, rubbing the lather properly into all the areas of the hands including fingernails for at least 20 seconds. The tiny tots then lined up to wash their hands at the small sinks provided for them in the school lawns.

Annual sports day

Annual SPORTS Day was celebrated at Sacred Sould Convent School. The students participated in various games including musical chair, balloon race, frog race, banana race, kho-kho. The students also participated in a parade.

Karvachauth celebration

Karvachauth was celebrated at Everest Playway and Nursery School, Maharja Ranjit Singh Park. The students celebrated it by decorating the dolls in bridal look. They also presented dance and songs.

Guru Gobind Singh Public School

Guru Gobind Singh Public School, Pakhowal Road won the first prize in the Gurmat Sangeet Open Championship organised by Punjabi University, Patiala.

Tribune Reporters



PCTE-IHM organises Hyderabadi food festival
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
Punjab College of Technical Education-Institute of Hotel Management organised food festival ‘Daawat-e-Khas’ here today on the theme ‘Hyderabadi cuisine’.

The event was organised by the students of the institute. The menu comprised of tempered cucumber salad, rasam, hyderabadi paneer, murg nizami, hyderabadi briyani, nawabi biryani, majiga pulusu, khubani ka meetha, gil-e-firdous.

The cuisine was special in itself because of the use of ingredients that are carefully chosen and cooked to the right degree and time. Utmost attention is given to picking the right kind of spices, meat, rice etc. Therefore, an addition of a certain herb, spice, condiment, or combination of all these add a distinct taste and aroma. The key flavours are of coconut, tamarind, peanuts and sesame seeds, which are extensively used in many dishes. The key difference from the north-Indian cuisine is the presence of dry coconut and tamarind in its cuisine. Prof Tahir Sufi, director of the institute, explained that organising these food festivals helps in honing entrepreneurial skills of the students and increases their confidence level.



Conditions laid down impossible to fulfil: Traders
Cracker-sellers skip meeting with local admn
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, October 14
The local police convened a meeting of the fireworks’ traders today and issued instructions to them to fulfil all requirements laid down by the administration while selling fireworks.

Tightening noose around the fireworks’ traders of the town, the Ludhiana (rural) police have issued strict instructions to all fireworks’ traders to abide the directions of the local administration while selling fireworks or else face police action.

Amar Singh Chahal, SSP, Ludhiana (rural) police, issued the instruction while presiding over a meeting with fireworks’ traders of the town today at his office. Chahal further said that the police would allow not even a single shopkeeper to display and sell crackers without the permission of the local administration.

Though a majority of the fireworks’ traders of the town gave a miss to the meeting and only six out of more then 200 shopkeepers, who sell fireworks on Diwali, were present during the meeting.

However, the SSP instructed the traders to follow all requirements laid down by the local administration regarding the sale of fireworks. He also made it clear that the shopkeepers who had the permission to sell the crackers must also fulfil certain requirements laid down by the administration and if any shopkeeper were found flouting the norms, action would be taken against him.

According to Chahal, the police has issued these instructions as a precautionary measure to evade occurrence of any unpleasant incident during Diwali.

It is pertinent to mention here that the raids conducted by Sales Tax Department officials on some of the major fireworks’ traders of the town last year have left such an impact on the minds of the local fireworks’ traders that a large number of the traders have not selling crackers this year. Besides a sense of uncertainty and panic still prevails among the fireworks traders who are dealing in the business.

The traders rue that there are certain conditions laid down by the administration regarding the sale of crackers which are almost impossible for them to fulfil.



NHAI road widening project
Link road to Jaipura village to be blocked once process is completed
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, October 14
It seems that soon no road will lead to Jaipura village, if the latest project of the widening of National Highway No1 is executed as it is. In the present plan, the villagers of Jaipura and more than half a dozen adjoining villages, find no separate provision for their entry and exit, unlike other towns and villages where the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has made adequate arrangements while initiating the process of road widening.

The residents of Chankoian, Gurditpura, Maksoodran villages and a number of such villages, who take to this route, will face inconvenience, if the authorities fail to rise to the occasion and think in terms of making proper arrangements for their entry and exit. If the existing plan is allowed to materialize, the villagers will either have to risk his way from the opposite side i.e. from under the flyover of the town or cover a distance of more than a kilometer and come from under the Kaddon Bridge.

Though a service lane has been provided but it fails to pave way towards the village road, thus giving the villagers a tough time. No other alternate route is available.

“We fail to understand if other villages and towns have been kept in mind and the provision of flyovers from over them has been made, why has this particular village and the adjoining villages been left out?” rued the residents of Jaipura.

“At present, the villagers too do not understand the complexity of the situation. As an alternate way is available for the time being, they find nothing awkward or wrong in what is happening. But once the road project nears completion, all will suddenly wake up to the problem. Then it will be too late to force the authorities to intervene and make necessary amends. All such cuts and spaces, which now serve as via route, will be filled up permanently and we will be rendered helpless for the times to come” expressed a resident of Chankoian village adjoining Jaipura.

“Till date we have no information whether we will be provided with an alternative arrangement or not but as per the developments it is being felt that the authorities have overlooked the convenience of these villages and made us helpless in his regard” the residents complained.

They alleged that neither was the contractor at the local level ready to listen to them nor did they know which course to follow. “I am not sure whether anybody will be able to understand our problem at Ambala office. This is our problem and we are directly related to it. Only we know what the repercussions of this will be. “The National Highway Authority of India should definitely think over the seriousness of the issue as it is not going to affect only a few individuals but a number of villages. Right now we can think of an alternate arrangement otherwise it will too late, ”rued an elderly villager.

As per a highway official at Ambala, “If the problem is so grave, the villagers should prepare a proposal and send the same to the office. If the office finds the proposal to be fine, it can in turn send it to the NHAI headquarters, demanding additional expenditure for the same”.



GADVASU youth festival concludes
Tribune news service

Ludhiana, October 14
Week long inter college youth Festival of Veterinary Varsity concluded with a note of gaiety. Dr. Baldev Singh Dhillon Vice Chancellor PAU was Chief Guest on this occasion whereas Dr. V. K. Taneja presided over the Function. Youth Festival had started on October 7.

Dr Darshan Singh Aulakh organising secretary said there was competition of about 30 events. Three in Campus Colleges, College of Fisheries, College of Veterinary Science, College of Dairy Science and Technology Participated alongwith School of Animal Biotechnology, Veterinary Polytechnic College Kaljharani, Bathinda, and Khalsa Coillege of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Amritsar. Renowned comedians Mehar Mittal and Bhajna Amli (Gurdev Dhillon) Exhibited their talent to develop hilarious environment. Students pageant their art in different fields like fine arts, theatre, singing, dances and literary events.

A number of important dignitaries attended the function.


CREATIVE WRITING:First prize: Eiza Neelima Matheu, School of Animal Biotechnology; Second prize: Janak, School of Animal Biotechnology; Third prize: Taranjot Kaur Sran, College of Veterinary Science.

HAAS RAS POETRY: First prize: Harmanjot Singh, College of Dairy Science And Technology; Second prize: Omardeep Singh, College of Veterinary Science; Third prize: Prabhjot Kaur, College of Dairy Science and Technology

POETRY RECITATION: First prize: Ravinder Kaur, College of Fisheries; Second prize: Amandeep Singh, College of Veterinary Science; Third prize: Manveer Singh, College of Veterinary Science.



LIC opens new satellite office in city
Our Correspondent

Senior divisional manager of the Life Insurance Corporation SK Aggarval addresses the gathering after inaugrating a satellite office in Ludhiana on Friday
Senior divisional manager of the Life Insurance Corporation SK Aggarval addresses the gathering after inaugrating a satellite office in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: inderjit verma

Ludhiana, October 14
The Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC), Ludhiana Division, today opened its new satellite office at Rishi Nagar.

Inaugurating the office, the senior divisional manager, SK Aggarwal, said that the office would serve the policy holders in and around this part of the city with offering facility for payment of premium and providing other information to the policyholders.

The LIC, he added, had 2,048 branch offices, 118 divisional offices, eight zonal offices, one central office and 1,123 satellite offices spread across the country. In addition, the service was being provided by 54 customer zones all over India.

Aggarwal further stated that with the addition of 3.70 crore new customers during the year ending March 2011, LIC enjoyed the confidence of more than 28.59 crore policy holders. "The first premium income of LIC rose to Rs 52,203 crore during the last fiscal with the total market share of 76.91 percent in terms of number of policies and 63.16 percent in first premium income during this period."

Focusing on the performance of the Ludhiana Division, he said during the last financial year 1,51,081 new policies were added with first-premium income of Rs 303.25 crore. As on August 15, 2011, the division had sold 45,260 new policies with first premium income of Rs 40.13 crore. During the previous year, a total of 1,01,402 claims of maturity and survival benefits, amounting to Rs 294.72 crore were settled.



Gang of highway robbers busted, one held
n 3 tractors, generator set recovered
n Cops on to nab accomplices
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khanna October 14
The Khanna police has claimed to have busted a gang of highway robbers with the arrest of a notorious criminal and with the recovery of three tractors and a generator set. Mandeep Singh Sidhu, SSP, Khanna, said during a press conference that the police arrested Sehajpreet Singh, a resident of Nathowal village, who during interrogation confessed his involvement in several cases of highway robberies with some of his other companions.

The police recovered three Swaraj tractors and a generator set worth of about 18 lakh on his information. The SSP said Sehajpreet confessed that he along with other gang members stole a generator -welding machine about one month ago with accomplices Gurmeet Singh, Jagmohan Singh, both residents of Ropar and some other gang members.

He reportedly also confessed to several highway robberies in Mohali, Ropar, Ludhiana, Khanna, Jagraon, Moga, Tarntarn and Amritsar.

The SSP stated that his gang members including Gurmeet Singh, Jagmohan Singh, Amandeep Singh, Manoj Kumar, Inderjeet Singh Vakil and Doctor are on the run and the police teams are conducting raids to nab them.

He further said that Sehajpreet Singh was nabbed from a deserted house near the Canal Bridge near Payal with a welding-generator machine and three Swaraj tractors while some of his companions managed to flee. He said that several cases of NDPS act, Arms Act, cheating, looting are pending against them at several police stations in different districts of the state.



Three booked for murder of woman
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Samrala October 14
Samrala police has booked three persons under Section 302 IPC in connection with the death of a married woman of village Mehdoodan near here. Lakhvir Singh, a resident of village Talwani near Sirhind, in a complaint to the police alleged that his sister.

Sandip Kaur (30), who was married about 10 years ago, was set on fire by his in-laws by pouring kerosene oil on her yesterday night. She was rushed to a private hospital at Doraha but died on way to civil hospital, Samrala at about 9pm. The statement alleged that Jasvir Singh, the husband of the deceased, was having illicit relations with the wife of his brother and that this was causing problems in their daily life. Yesterday too a brawl had erupted between husband and wife.

Following the brawl, Jasvir Singh with the help of his brother, Raju and his wife, Beant Kaur poured kerosene on Sandip Kaur and set her on fire resulting in her death

The deceased is survived by her her two minor children aged five and seven. The DSP Samrala said a case has beenregistered on the complaint of the brother of the deceased and that they were inquiring into the matter. Dfferences between the two families prevented a post mortem of the deceased. The body is still lying in the hospital mortuary. Jasvir Singh and his family members are alleging that Sandip Kaur had committed suicide and that they were innocent. They have demanded an impartial inquiry into the case by top police officials.

Kerosene used for setting her on fire

Sandip Kaur (30) who was married about 10 yrs ago was set on fire by his in-laws by pouring kerosene oil on her4 on thursday night. She was rushed to a private hospital at Doraha but died on way to civil hospital, Samrala at about 9pm.



GCW register win
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
Government College for Women won the Inter-Zonal Hockey Championship of Panjab University, Chandigarh. They defeated Khalsa Collge for Women by 6-0 in the final match in which Reena and Preeti scored two goals each. Gurpreet Kaur is the captain of the college team. Principal Gurminde Kaur congratulated the team for its win. Ten players from the college have been selected for the inter-university championship.



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