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Aviation company duped of lakhs
Two booked for forging parking permit
Mohit Khanna
Tribune news service

Ludhiana, October 21
The city police has booked two men for duping an aviation company of lakhs of rupees on the pretext of procuring an aircraft parking permit at the Guru Ram Das International Airport, Amritsar, from the Civil Aviation Ministry. The fraud came to light when the aircraft landed at Amritsar airport where the authorities denied parking rights to the aircraft.

A case was registered following a complaint from Karan Raina, managing director Sel Aviation in Delhi.

Karan said Himanshu Shekhar and Amit Tiwari, residents of Noida and Jaipur, respectively, assured him of getting an aircraft parking permit at Guru Ram Das International Airport. They took Rs 5.5 lakh for providing the company the parking permit. The deal was finalised at a restaurant in the Jamalpur area and the parking permit was handed over to Karan.

The complainant told the police that the fraud came to light when the aircraft of the company landed in Amritsar on July 7. The airport authorities denied parking to the aircraft and Karan was shocked when he found that the documents were forged.

Kulwant Singh, Station House Officer (SHO), Jamalpur, said: “Karan had purchased a six-seater King 3090 aircraft from the US and was looking for someone to procure parking permission for the plane. Karan came in contact with Himanshu and Amit and a deal was struck. Karan received parking permission till June 30. But due to some legalities, the aircraft could not receive flying permission from the USA and the deal got delayed. Karan applied for permission to extend parking from the Civil Aviation Ministry through Amit and Himanshu. But instead of legal approval from the ministry, the accused gave him a forged letter.

“The forgery came to light, when Karan’s aircraft landed at Amritsar and during checking, the documents were found to be fake. We have registered a case under Section 420, IPC, as the deal was struck in the city. The accused are on the run,” the SHO stated.


police commemoration Day
Police remembers its valiant men
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, October 21
Police Commemoration Day began with a parade in the Central Police Lines here today morning. The names of at least 700 officers and men were read out on the occasion. At least 53 personnel, who laid down their lives for the safety and security of the people during the dark days of militancy, were remembered on the occasion.

A policeman pays floral tributes to martyrs on the occasion of Police Commemoration Day in Ludhiana on Friday.
A policeman pays floral tributes to martyrs on the occasion of Police Commemoration Day in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Contingents of the Punjab police paid salute to the martyrs. A police band also performed on the occasion. Commissioner of Police Dr SS Chauhan was also present on the occasion. He lauded the role of the martyrs, who sacrificed their life for the security and integrity of the country.

Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP) Harjinder Singh read out the names of officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Mandi Ahmedgarh: Police officers from various units, including SHOs attended ceremonial parades at their respective district headquarters and paid tributes to more than 683 policemen who had laid down their lives during the terrorism days.

Functions were organised at the Police Lines to commemorate the day.

SSP (Sangrur) Harcharan Singh Bhullar, SSP Ludhiana (rural) Amar Singh Chahal and SSP (Khanna) Mandeep Singh addressed the policemen at their respective headquarters today morning.

Policemen from Sudhar, Jodhan, Malaudh, Payal, Sandaur, Latala, Kup Kalan and Dehlon besides local units of the Punjab police attended parades organised at Sangrur, Jagraon, Khanna and the Ludhiana Police Lines also.

Paying tributes to more than 683 policemen, who laid their lives during action from September 1, 2007 to August 31, 2008, the officers called upon rank and file in the force to value prime sacrifices of martyrs and live up to the expectations of their seniors.

“We should remember that family members of the martyrs have su8ffered the most due to the terrorism and all of us owe a lot to them,” said Bhullar.

Earlier, police teams saluted and laid wreaths on the martyrs. Names of the martyrs were also read out on the occasion. Family members of the martyrs, civil officials and retired police officers attended the function.






Cops pay tributes to martyrs

Ludhiana: Police Commemoration Day began with a parade in the Central Police Lines here this morning. The names of at least 700 officers and men were read out on the occasion. At least 53 personnel, who laid down their lives for the safety and security of the people during the dark days of militancy, were remembered. Contingents of the Punjab Police paid salute to the martyrs.





ACP recollects brother’s sacrifice
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
While other police officers were busy paying homage to the martyrs, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Naginder Rana lost control of his emotions and kept on staring at the third photograph on the extreme left of the list.

When asked, Rana in a chocked voice said, “It is my brother Bhupinder Singh Rana’s photograph. He laid down his life fighting the terrorists and saved the then SSP DR Bhatti during a terrorist attack on the Mini-Secretariat in September 21, 1983.”

He was posthumously awarded gallantry police medal, said the ACP with a sense of pride. Bhupinder was 33-year-old when he sacrificed his life to protect his senior.

Rana said, “Bhupinder was elder to me. Both of us joined the police force and were working as head constables. While my brother was attached with the then SSP DR Bhatti, I was serving in Hoshiarpur.”

“SSP Bhatti was entering his office when dreaded terrorist Bakhsish Singh Rodday waylaid and opened fire on him. My brother shielded Bhatti and sustained a bullet injury. He, however, killed Rodday in crossfire. Sensing trouble, he pushed SSP Bhatti inside the office. Meanwhile, more terrorists reached the spot and sprayed bullets on my brother. Eight bullets were pumped into his heart. He laid down his life for the safety of the officer.”

Rana said: “The very thought of the day sends a shiver down my spine. The news of my brother’s death shattered me completely. My sister- in- law was in utter despair. She soon left the country along with my niece and nephew. This day reminds me of my brother’s courage and I get emotional. Bhupinder was elder to me and I always looked up to him. After his death, I am left alone. I later learnt that the terrorist who killed my brother were shot dead in a police encounter.”


Day’s significance

y A small contingent of the police personnel was attacked by Chinese troops in 1959. At least 10 men were killed in the attack. Since than all states and union territories have been observing the day and paying homage to valiant officers and soldiers, who sacrificed their lives for the country. 


Compassionate Commissioner

Commissioner of Police Dr SS Chauhan met elderly women and addressed their grievances on the spot. He told them to remain seated and relish breakfast. He ensured that families of the police martyr were served breakfast first. He told his reader to table there complaints by Monday. 



Thin attendance

The occasion got marred due to thin attendance of relatives of the police martyrs. As against 77 families who attended the function last year, only 46 turned up to pay tributes. They complained that the SHOs of the respective areas used to take them to the venue earlier, but this time no one offered to ferry them. Surinder Kaur, wife of a martyr, who lives in Krishna Nagar, complained that she wasn’t even informed about the occasion. We used to go in a police vehicle.





Gurdial's family skips function
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
The absence of family members of ASI Gurdial Singh, who was allegedly shot dead by a few snatchers in March, raised many a eyebrows on the occasion. The matter came to light while a few police officers were found discussing the issue. Sources said the family members of slain ASI were upset over the delay in nabbing the accused who had killed the cop seven months ago.

While family members of Gurdial Singh refused to comment, a few police officers remained tightlipped over the issue.

To pay respect to the slain officer, ADCP Harjinder Singh made a special mention of ASI Gurdial Singh, while he was reading out the names of police martyrs.

ASI Gurdial Singh, who was appointed in charge of the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar police station, was tipped off about the presence of a gang of snatchers in Pakhowal. He chased the snatchers and intercepted them near Kanchan Colony. The ASI along with a cop and a tea vendor managed to overpower two snatchers. Two snatchers shot at him. The shot proved fatal for the ASI. 



Want to eat sweets? Think again
Insects found in samples
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
This Diwali, think twice before relishing sweets as most of these are not only of substandard, but also infested with insects. Test reports of various sweet samples collected by the health department have revealed this.

Dr Kulwinder Singh, district health officer, Ludhiana, said, “We took samples of ‘rasogulla’, ‘burfi’ and ‘petha’ from Super Lovely Sweet Shop at Lakkar Bazaar. Nine dead insects were found in samples of the ‘rasogulla’ and ‘burfi’. Refined oil used for preparing these sweets, too, was of substandard quality. Its BR reading (which tells whether refined has been used or it is milk fat) was also higher than the permissible limits. Thirteen insects were also found in the ‘petha’ samples. All these samples were found unfit for human consumption.”

Similarly, ‘petha’ samples collected from Bhure Lal’s factory was also found unfit for human consumption. The District Health Officer said, “Two honeybees and two houseflies were found in the samples collected from the factory.”

“Patisa” samples taken from Sheesh Ram Shop at Dasmesh Nagar in Jagraon, too, was unfit for human consumption as foreign starch was used for preparing it. The owners of all these shops have been booked under the Food Safety and Standard Act.





Reports of pickle samples awaited

Ludhiana: Two days ago, 225 quintals pickle infested with fungus was seized by the district health department from two godowns near Uddu ka Dera and Dera Bazigar at Bahadur Ke Road. Although the health department has sent the samples of pickle for testing at the Food Laboratory, Punjab, Chandigarh, in Sector 11-D, after sealing all the jute bags and containers, officials are still waiting reports before taking further action.

Dr Kulwinder Singh District Health Officer, Ludhiana, said, "We have requested the laboratory officers to send us reports of the pickle samples at the earliest. We hope to get these by tomorrow. We are in a hurry as we cannot take further action till we get the results of the test reports."

Manoj Khosla, Food Safety Officer, Ludhiana, said, "We sealed all the pickle bags lying in the open after getting the surety bond filled by an area resident. If anyone tries to tamper or retain any of these pickle-filled bags or containers, he would be booked under Section 60 of the Food Safety and Standard Act".

Meanwhile, foul smell continues to emanate from the unhygienic pickle. About 200 quintals of pickle was seized from Madan Lal's godown on Bahadur Ke Road. However, 25 quintals of pickle was also seized from another godown of Vickey near Dera Bajigar on Bahdur Ke Road.



Safai sewaks’ meeting with CM on Oct 31
Tribune news service

Ludhiana, October 21
The meeting of the Safai Karamchari Sangharsh Morcha Punjab with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, local bodies minister Tikshan Sud and other officials in Chandigarh this evening did not yield any result. The meeting has been put off to October 31.

The safai karamcharis have been protesting against awarding of contract of solid waste management to private companies. Garbage across the state was not lifted from October 4 to 9 following a strike.

Valmiki Samaj Bachao Andolan chairman Surinder Kalyan said they had told the CM and other officials that they should let private garbage collectors gather garbage from houses. “I told the Deputy CM that we could bring garbage from houses till the garbage dumps and from there, company officials can take it away,” he said.



13 samples fail; cases pending in court
Tribune news service

Ludhiana, October 21
In October last year, the district health department had collected as many as 98 samples of various eatables from across the city and sent them to a laboratory for testing.

Out of these samples, 13 had failed. But when asked about the action taken against the defaulters, Dr Kulwinder Singh, District Health Officer, Ludhiana, said: “Cases against the owners are pending in court.”



Strike by junior engineers disrupts work
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 21
A statewide strike by junior engineers (JEs) of more than a dozen government departments today had an adverse impact on the routine work.
The junior engineers working in the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana Improvement Trust, Punjab Mandi Board, public works department, public health department, Punjab water supply and sewerage board, irrigation, canal lining department and draftsmen in the engineering wings of these departments, were away to Chandigarh to participate in a rally in support of their demands.

Gursewak Singh Sangha, executive engineer of the provincial division of the PWD, said some departmental work had been put on hold due to the absence of JEs. But he said no inconvenience was caused to the public due to the strike as “the duties of JEs do not entail much public dealing.”

HS Khosa, executive engineer in the Municipal Corporation, and AK Garg, trust engineer in the Ludhiana Improvement Trust, also made similar observations. Routine works like preparation of estimates for development works or site reports would get delayed due to the strike, they admitted.

During a quick round of several government departments, it was only in the zone D office of the MC that a person had to return without getting his work done as the JE concerned was not available due to the strike.

People face inconvenience

In the PWD Department work was put on hold due to the absence of JEs. But no inconvenience was caused to the public as the “duties of JEs did not entail much public dealing.”In the Municipal Corporation, routine works like preparation of estimates for development works or site reports were delayed.



Creativity at its best at BCM Arya
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
A bouquet of events were held on day two of “Fusion 2011” which provided a wonderful opportunity to young students to show the best of their creative abilities and artistic skills. The students were seen enjoying at the mela. The students participated in various compititions



‘Dhiyan Da Mela’ a hit with students
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
"Dhiyan Da Mela" was inaugurated by Upinderjeet Kaur, Punjab Finance Minister, here today. A large presence of colleges and school girls marked the occasion.
Authorities displayed huge boards to invite the housewives and public. But a very few women attended the mela. Kashmiri dance by Kasmiri artistes and Harianvi drum players caught the attention of the Punjabi crowd.

On the occasion, Hira Singh Gabaria, Punjab state minister, was also present. He said the cultural heritage of Punjab was rich and that “we should adopt and follow our own culture instead of running behind Western culture”.

Upinderjeet Kaur, state finance minister, said that women empowerment was a must for the social development of the country. She said, “We should create such a society in which there must be equal status for the women. In a male-dominated society social and economic development was not possible. The western countries have developed as they have given equal status to women.”.

In the evening session, Lakshmi Kanta Chawla, cabinet minister,Punjab, was the chief guest. She said that Punjab was a state in which social security had been provided to women. There was free education for women up to the graduation level in various colleges. She also distributed the prizes to the winners of various competitions held today.College principal Gurminder Kaur and S. Ranjodh Singh, president, Punjab Arts Council, welcomed the guests.


Poster making: Pawandeep Kaur- Ramgarhia Girls College, Ludhiana, Gurpreet Kaur- Government College for Women and Niharika Sharma- Khalsa College for Women, Ldh.

Slogan writing: Sukhpreet Kaur- Government College for Women, Ldh, Arvinda Kaur - Ramgarhia Girls College Ldh, Neelam Rani - Master Tara Singh Memorial College, Ldh.

Wall painting: Sharanpreet Kaur and Manpreet Kaur- Mata Ganga Khalsa College for Women, Kottan, Neetu Singh and Supreem: Government College for Women Ldh, Raveena Rani and Harsimran Kaur - Master Tara Singh Memorial College, Ldh.

Kavishari: Ramgarhia Girls College for Women, Ldh, Government College for Women, Ldh, Master Tara Singh Memorial College, Ldh.

Individual prizes for kavishari: Sandeep Kaur- Guru Gobind Singh for Women, Jhar Sahib, Simran Kaur- Master Tara Singh Memorial College, Ldh, Navneet Kaur- Mata Ganga Khalsa College for Women Kottan.

Poem recitation: Manpreet Kaur- Mata Ganga Khalsa College for Women, Kottan, Karishma Sharma - Master Tara Singh Memorial College, Ldh, Mandeep Kaur Government College for Education, Malerkotla, and also Veera Kaur- Swami Ganga Giri Janta Girls College, Raikot.

Quiz: Ramgarhia Girls College, Ldh, Master Tara Singh Memorial College, Ldh, and also Government College for Women Ldh, Government College, Karamsar Rara Sahib, Ldh.

Folk song: Amrit Kaur: Ramgarhia Girls College, Ldh, and Amarpreet Kaur: Khalsa College for Women, Ldh.



Students showcase painting abilities
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
An inter-house painting competition was organised at Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, wherein 88 students participated.
This contest was a part of the Diwali celebrations which will continue up to October 25. The main theme was 'Say No to Crackers'. Along with the best wishes for Diwali the students sent out a loud and clear message to boycott crackers and be eco friendly.

The air and noise pollution is so great that it creates innumerable problems for the people. The aim behind the inter house poster making competition was to create awareness.


First prize : Shailja Singla(X Tagore) and Prafulit Singla (XI FMM); second prize : Megha Thapar, (X Frost) Mehak Garg, (X Frost) Manpreet Pabla (X Milton) Muskan Miglani ,(X Milton), third prize: Heena Thakur,(X Keats) Jashan(X Keats), Mehak Garg(X Frost)and consolation Prize : Deepshikha Mazoomdar (IX Frost), Navjot Grewal(X Milton), Gurveen Kaur(X Chaucer) , Muskan Nagpal (VII Chaucer) Simran Pandher (VII Chaucer) and Vineeti Gumber (VII Chaucer).



From schools
Honing literary skills of students

Ludhiana: Diocesan Inter-School Literary Competitions concluded at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, B.R.S Nagar, with the prize distribution ceremony here on Friday.

To hone the literary skills of students the Diocese had organised a number of activities at different convent schools from September 6 to October 21.

Students of 12 schools showcased their writing skills in essay writing competition held at Sacred Heart Senier Secondary School, Khanna, on September 6, which was followed by checking their proficiency in speaking through a debate and extempore contest held at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Jamalpur on October 18 and Sacred Heart Convent. School, Sahnewal, on October 19.

Diwali enthusiasm

Maple Bear Canadian Play way and Nursery School, Udham Singh Nagar, celebrated Diwali with great enthusiasm and fanfare. The children decorated diyas and candles with their little hands and lit the earthen lamps. Teachers also made rangolis and decorated the school with a massage “Welcome To The Gods”.

Sports Quiz

DRV DAV Centenary Senior Secondary public school, Phillaur, organised inter-house sports quiz competition. Students from class VII to X took part in this competition. The participating teams were tagged by the names of the renowned sports personalities — OC



Ludhiana scan
500 patients examined

Ludhiana: Nearly 500 patients were examined at a free-eye and dental checkup camp organised by Maa Bhagwati Club, in association with Punarjot Eye Bank Society at Dandi Swami Chowk here. Madan Lal Bagga, vice-chairman, Punjab Small Traders Board, inaugurated the camp. Noted eye specialist Dr Ramesh along with a team of doctors comprising Dr Ashok, Dr Sunit Singh, Dr Praveen examined the patients suffering from eye ailments while dental checkup of the patients was conducted by Dr Sarvesh Arora and Dr Monika Arora.

Date extended

The date for amendment of photo voter lists on the basis of eligibility of January 1, 2012, which was to be carried out till October 20, will now continue till October 24. Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer Rahul Tiwari said objections and claims would be disposed of till November 19 while updating of data base, merging of photographs, updating of control tables and printing of supplements will be carried out from November 19 to 26, 2011. Final publication of the electoral rolls will be made on January 2, 2012.

Hindi fortnight felicitation

The district office of Food Corporation of India (FCI) organised a Hindi fortnight felicitation function at Punjabi Bhawan here. Lighting the lamp, area manager Anuj Tyagi dwelt upon the promotional scheme announced by the Union Home Ministry while exhorting the employees to use Hindi language in the day-to-day working. Bachi Ram Sharma, manager (Hindi) in the zonal office, Punjab, also stressed the need for switching over to Hindi language as per the guidelines of the government. Students from the Kendriya Vidyalaya, Baddowal, entertained the guests with bhangra while several employees recited songs and poems. —OC



Three take away car at pistolpoint
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
Three armed men snatched a Maruti Swift car from a city resident at pistolpoint near Sukhdev Avenue at Threeke village here this morning.
This incident took place at around 5.30 am when Chand Parkash, a poultry farm owner, returned home after dropping his family at the railway station. Chand Parkash told the police that three youths arrived in a car and parked their vehicle near his house, while he was parking his car inside the house.

He locked his car and came near the gate. Before he could lock it, one of the youths entered the house and trained a pistol on him. After this, two other youths also entered the house. They snatched the car keys from the victim. While one of the youths snatched the car keys and fled in the car, others held Chand Parkash hostage.

They fled from the spot after a few minutes. Chand Parkash raised an alarm, but to no avail. He informed the police about the incident. Investigating officer Balwinder Singh said the accused might have been following the victim from the railway station itself and intercepted the latter at his house. A case has been registered in this regard, he added.


Youths entered house and trained pistol at owner

Chand Parkash said three youths arrived in a car and parked their vehicle near his house while he was parking his car inside the house. He locked his car and came near the gate. Before he could lock it, one of the youths entered the house and trained a pistol on him.



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