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Memorial fails to enthuse visitors
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 29
Showing solidarity with their leaders and listening to speeches remained the priority of thousands of activists of the SAD and BJP who thronged the Wada Ghallughara Memorial at Rohira village near here today.

Officials deputed at various buildings of the complex discouraged visitors from going near the memorial.

The Wada Ghallughara Kup Rohira Memorial constructed at Rohira village near here in memory of 35,000 Sikhs who were massacred by Ahmed Shah Abdali on February 1762, failed to enthuse visitors to its interior today when Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal dedicated the same to the humanity.

All visitors, dominantly activists of various units of the SAD and BJP, preferred to accompany their leaders to the pandal to paying a visit to various buildings of the memorial.

Interpretation centre, museum, open-air theatre, tourist complex and reception centre were unfamiliar words for a majority of visitors, who interacted with this reporters on the conclusion of the function.

“We were under this impression that the tower, which is visible from a distance is the only structure that has been constructed to commemorate the martyrs of the biggest holocaust so we did not bother to go inside the building,” responded Kuldeep Singh of Baurghai and Ranjit Singh Lohgarh.

Ravinder Singh and Ramesh Kumar of Dhuri regretted that the cops on duty had not allowed them to go inside various buildings. “They told us that public will be allowed to enter various building only after the staff is deputed to supervise the complex,” reacted Singh and Kumar.


Timings changed, but flights fail to take off
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
tribune news service

Ludhiana, November 29
Does the city really have an operational airport? The track record indicates otherwise. No flight has taken off from the Ludhiana (Sahnewal) airport after November 17. This despite the fact that the timings of the lone Air India flight operating from Ludhiana airport have changed from evening to afternoon. However, it has hardly helped as the flights failed to take off ever since the timings changed from November 23.

After the change in flight timings, the flights were cancelled on Wednesday, Friday and Monday. The airport authorities say that the reason behind the cancellation of the flights is because the airport was not upgraded before the flights started last year. “Both the SAD as well as the Congress wanted to take credit for the flights operating from Ludhiana. In this mad race, leaders of both political parties forgot to upgrade the airport, resulting in problems for us,” an airport official stated.

Actor-comedian Jaswinder Bhalla, who is a resident of the Model Town Extension area, says that since there is no surety of a flight taking off from the city, he does not fly from the airport. “It’s easier to book a Shatabdi train ticket than an air ticket,” he says.

The other reason given by residents for travelling in Shatabdi is that it takes around an hour to reach Sahnewal. “Before boarding a flight, we have to reach the airport at least two hours before the departure time, which means three hours are gone. Then the flight is for over an hour, which means to reach Delhi, one has to spend around four hours. Shatabdi takes almost the same time. I prefer Shatabdi because it is mostly on time while the flights from Sahnewal get delayed often. If I have to fly to Mumbai, I take a flight from Chandigarh as it is more convenient. The airport should be upgraded so that residents can avail of the facility,” said Tej Partap Singh Sandhu, a photo artist.



4 doctors booked for illegal abortion
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 29
Four city doctors have been booked in connection with the illegal abortion of a five-month-old foetus at a local hospital late last night.

It is ironic that the incident took place right under the nose of the district health authorities and that also in the hometown of Health Minister Satpal Gosain.

A case has been registered against Dr Manjit Singh, his wife Dr Gagandeep Kaur, both working at a nursing home in Abdullapur Basti, Dr Inderjit Singh, an anaesthesiologist, and Dr RS Maheshwari, working at a hospital on the Gill Road here.

The Civil Surgeon, Dr Subhash Batta, said at around 10.30 pm last night, he had received a tip-off from someone that an illegal abortion was going to be performed at the nursing home.

“A team was immediately set up and dispatched to conduct a raid on the nursing home. The raid was conducted at around 12.30 am and by that time, the foetus had already been aborted. An attendant at the nursing home handed over a five-month-old foetus to the health department team. Later, we checked the records of the hospital and found that the case had been referred to the nursing home from the hospital on Gill Road,” the Civil Surgeon stated.

The Civil Surgeon also said that as per rules, the nursing home was not authorised to conduct any procedure regarding the medical termination of pregnancy (MTP). “Today, a raid was also conducted on the premises of the hospital on Gill Road, but by that time, the doctor had already fled and the room was locked. We have sealed the premises of the hospital,” the Civil Surgeon stated.

Inspector Navreet Virk, Station House Officer of the Model Town police station, said that following a complaint by Dr Sanjeev Hans, District Family and Welfare Officer, a case under Sections 315 and 201 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Sections 4 and 5 of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971, and Section 29 of the PCPNDT Act, 1994, was registered against the four doctors at the Model Town police station today.

“Now that the case has been registered, the doctors would be behind bars soon,” the police said.

Satnam Singh Dhaliwal, president of the Universal Human Rights Organisation, said that the woman, a resident of Shastri Nagar, who had got the foetus aborted had a six-year-old son and a daughter who was over four years old.

“The woman was accompanied by her husband when she went to the nursing home,” Dhaliwal stated.



Govt schools to have pre-primary classes
Charanjit Singh Teja
tribune news service

Ludhiana, November 29
The state education department has given a nod to start pre-primary classes in government schools from the next academic session. Now every child above three years of age can seek admission in government schools. Earlier, a child less than five years old was ineligible for admission in these schools.

The proposal was recommended by the core committee of the Punjab Education Advisory Board in a recent meeting with the education minister, Director-General School Education and other officials.

Educationists were worried about government school students because they were not able to compete with private school students in the same class due to late start. On the other hand, the department was facing the problem of low enrolment in primary classes because parents preferred private schools.

The core committee suggested formal education in pre-primary classes for children over two years old.

Dr SP Singh, convener of the Punjab Education Advisory Board, said: “Education is divided into two parts.

The rich make their children study from the age of three years in private schools, but the poor have no choice but to begin the school education of their children from the age of five years in government schools. We are working for structural changes in the education system. The education department has given assent to our recommendation, but these changes require development in the administrative system also.”

However, a child psychologist said five years was the appropriate age to enrol children in schools.



BJP infighting gets murkier
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 29
The infighting within the BJP seems to be getting murkier. During the General House meeting of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC), two senior BJP leaders openly opposed each other when a proposal related to increasing the MC limits was put up by Dakha MLA Darshan Singh Shivalik here yesterday.

Both the Health Minister Satpal Gosain and Senior Deputy Mayor Parveen Bansal, who are political opponents, were at loggerheads over the issue. It seemed as if Bansal was leading a group of Congress councillors who were opposing the proposal while Gosain was leading Akali councillors who were in its favour.

Most of the BJP councillors sat there like mute spectators while the two groups -- one of Congress councillors and Parveen Bansal and another of Akali councillors and Satpal Gosain -- were having heated arguments.

Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura, who is from the SAD, looked helpless and was seen urging both the groups to at least listen to Gosain, who was the seniormost leader in the House. “At least listen to him,” Giaspura was seen urging Congress councillors and Bansal with folded hands. But to no avail as tempers ran high.

When contacted, Parveen Bansal said he did not want to comment on the issue. “I represent city residents and will fight for their rights 

even if I have to go against my real brother. For me, my residents come first,” he said.

A councillor, who was present in the meeting, quipped that when Bansal and Gosain were opposing each other, it looked as if it was BJP vs BJP. “But we enjoyed every bit of it,” he remarked.

This is not the first time that the two BJP leaders have opposed each other. When the cost of the Rs 19.75-crore project to cover Ganda Nullah (a project in which Gosain was interested) was increased to Rs 22 crore, Bansal had opposed it in the finance and contract committee meeting.

Last year, supporters of Gosain had allegedly pasted posters against Bansal in his Ward Number 41. Bansal had said a senior BJP leader was behind it.

When the project of constructing wells in connection with a storm sewer project were planned at Kidwai Nagar (area represented by Bansal), Gosain’s supporters had opposed the move. Now, the wells are being constructed at Mini Rose Garden, a project close to Gosain’s heart.



Endless seminars cost students dear
Charanjit Singh Teja
tribune news service

Ludhiana, November 29
Students of government schools are compelled to study on their own as teachers are busy attending seminars under various schemes of the Sarva Sikshya Abhiyaan (SSA), Rastriya Madvik Sikshya Abhiyaan and computer education. Teachers alleged that the seminars were a mere formality in the name of training and were being conducted only to utilise Central government grants. These were causing a loss of academic days and the studies of students were getting affected. A teacher has to attend three seminars under these schemes for 15 to 20 days in a year.

Often, the department conducts the seminars continually, making it impossible for teachers to take classes. Moreover, high school teachers get the same training in two different sessions. The RMSA and SSA have the same training pattern.

Earlier, the department used to conduct seminars at the government in-service teacher training centre, but now it conducts seminars in government schools. This leads to indiscipline in school, where 40 or 60 teachers go for the seminar in a single batch.

Resource persons also admit to lack of proper planning. “The DGSE give the instructions to us to wind up the training in one-and-a-half months. In teachers’ training session, we always are in a hurry to conclude the session. November and December are teaching months. The department should change the schedule of the training,” said a resource person.



Garbage dumping by MC staff irks residents
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, November 29
Dumping of garbage by the local municipal council employees on the Disposal Road here has irked residents of different localities situated near the location where the garbage is being dumped. The foul smell emanating from the garbage has made the lives of nearby residents miserable.

Urging MC officials to stop the dumping of garbage near the above mentioned site, the area residents rued that the area on the Disposal Road was susceptible to diseases. Besides, the residents also feared that it could also lead to outbreak of epidemics.

The worst hit are the residents of Shastri Nagar, Bajwa Colony, Geeta Colony and New Gaushala Road as the foul smell emanating from the garbage has made it difficult to live there.

“We are facing problems because of the dumping of the garbage on the Disposal Road. The foul smell from the heaps of garbage has worsened the situation further. We are forced to live in dirty and stinking surroundings where one can not even spend a few minutes without covering his mouth” lamented Arun Gupta, a resident of the Shastri Nagar locality.

Though the local municipal council has a particular place for dumping of garbage near Mangal Giri Dera on Dalla Road but still most of the employees of the municipal council continue to dump the garbage on the Disposal Road.

“I fail to understand as to why the MC employees dump the garbage here when there is already a location available with the municipal council for dumping the` garbage. I along with some other area residents had even asked the MC employees not dump garbage here but they continue to do so for their own convenience”, said another resident, Inderpal Chawla.

According to area residents, they have raised this issue with the MC officials as well as senior authorities of the Local Bodies Department a number of times in the past but to no avail. “We have taken up the issue with MC president Baldev Krishan Dhir and some other senior officials of the municipal council. Though we were assured that the issue would be resolved at the earliest but nothing concrete has been done so far and the practice of dumping garbage there continues”, complained Jatinder Kumar, who resides in Bajwa Colony.

The residents have threatened to protest against the officials concerned if they did not stop dumping of garbage there.

Meanwhile, MC president Baldev Krishan Dhir said he would instruct the MC employees to not dump the garbage on the Disposal Road. He admitted that some of the MC employees continued to dump garbage there for their own convenience as the dumping ground of the municipal council a bit far away. Dhir said if any MC employee was found dumping the garbage here he would be dealt with strictly.



Teachers’ strike AFFECTS studies 
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, November 29
The studies of students of approximately 175 private-affiliated colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh are sure to be affected, as the joint action committee of the Non-Government Colleges’ Management Federation, Punjab and Chandigarh; Federation of Association of College Principals, Punjab and Chandigarh; Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union and Non-Teaching Employees’ Union of Punjab, has decided to observe a college bandh tomorrow.

Strikes, rallies and protests by teachers and subsequent closure of colleges at this stage are giving a real tough time to the students.

The students rue, “Earlier even if regular staff of the colleges had been on strike off and on, ad hoc teachers continue to take classes and hence we were kept in touch with studies, but now with the closing of the colleges and that, too, at the peak time, our studies are sure to be affected. The December examinations, whether terminal or semester, are just at a stone’s throw and in such a condition, closing of colleges is giving us the real shock. Our syllabus is yet midway and if the colleges remain closed this way, we shall not be able to fair well in our exams.” “Everyday we find our teachers sitting on dharnas, participating in strikes and rallies. I simply don’t understand why can’t the government look into their demands seriously and sought them out permanently rather than putting us in a tight spot? We are really fed up of all these things. The moment we make our minds to attend classes seriously, the non-academic atmosphere of the college disrupts it,” complained Rashmi, a student of a private-aided college.

Joint action committee president SC Sanwalka, on the other hand, said, “We are aware of the studies of the students being affected, but we have been forced to resort to such a move, as the government is not giving a serious thought to our problems. The protest is being conducted in order to entreat upon the government to immediately implement the pension gratuity scheme approved by the Akali-BJP government on December 12, 2001.”

He added, “Further, the ban on recruitment imposed in July 2005 should be lifted, non-teaching employees shall be granted pay scale and allowances in parity with their counterparts in the government colleges with effect from January 1, 2006 and other genuine grievances of the staff should be addressed.”



College students visit Ludhiana Stock Exchange
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 29
The MTSM College for Women, Ludhiana, organised an industrial visit for students of MBA in commerce and information technology. Around 65 students visited the Ludhiana Stock Exchange (LSE) along with Priya Ahuja, Minakshi T Bajaj, assistant professors. The purpose of the visit was to make students aware of the working of stock exchange. Sadhu Ram from the department of training and education interacted with the students.

Prof PP Kansal, chairman LSE, and Puja M Kohli, executive director, officiating, answered the queries of students and enriched their knowledge regarding share trading.

The students were allowed to have a look into various steps involved in the process of live trading. Principal Dr Parveen Kaur Chawla said such industrial visits would enhance the practical knowledge about stock exchanges.

Declamation contest

The Women Forum of GCW organised a declamation contest on Tuesday. The function was presided over by principal Gurminder Kaur. The principal said there was a need to create equality in society so that society could be developed. Rupali Gupta of BSc-II stood first, while the second position was bagged by Gurpreet Kaur of BSc-II. Parul Sidhwani of BA-I

Secured the third position in the competition and consolation prizes were won by Baljeet Kaur of BA-III, Kamalpreet of BA-III and Kavita of BA-III.

Bhangra team wins laurels

The bhangra team of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhana campus, Model Town, bagged the inter-college and inter-zonal gold medals in the PTU Youth Festival and represented PTU in the North Zone Inter-University Competition. The team bagged a silver medal in the inter-varsity youth festival and is all set to represent PTU in the National Inter-University Youth Festival to be held at Nagpur University from January 22 to 26.

Bandh today

The joint action committee of non-government colleges comprising management federation, principals’ association, PCCTU and PCCNTU decided to observe a bandh tomorrow. A district rally of Ludhiana will be held at Chattar Singh Park, near bus stand, Ludhiana, tomorrow and centre rally at Sector 25, Chandigarh, on December 7. District president PCCNTU Hoshiar Singh appealed to all units of the Non-Teaching Unions’ of Ludhiana to observe the strike as per the directions of general secretary, Centre Union, ML Khullar, and president Rajiv Bhasin. Bhasin added that the agitation will continue till the demands are not fulfilled by the state government. The main demands of the union are to implement the Pension Gratuity Scheme already approved by the Akali-BJP government in December 2001 and lifting of ban on recruitment imposed in July, 2005.

Trip to Kasauli

A one-day trip was organised by staff members and students of the Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Vocational Studies, GGN campus, for IT and commerce students. As many as 50 commerce students accompanied by two faculty members visited Kasauli. Another batch of 50 students pursuing graduate and postgraduate IT courses, along with two faculty members went to religious places at Anandpur Sahib.


The postgraduate department of business innovations and commerce
will organise a one-day workshop on “Indian business environment: Issues and challenges” tomorrow for the benefit of MCom business innovations students. RS Arora, senior professor at faculty of business studies, Punjabi University, Patiala, will deliver the keynote address. The key issues, which will be discussed in the workshop, include fundamental concepts of business environment, changes at the global level, currency changes, economic slowdown, competitiveness of the Indian business. 



Degrees conferred on students
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 29
The convocation and prize distribution function of the College of Home Science was held at Punjab Agricultural University on Tuesday. A total of 148 degrees and diplomas were awarded.

Besides, three gold medals and 12 certificates of merit were also awarded. Dr Gurbachan Singh, chairman Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board, said home scientists could play a key role by providing skill-based vocational training for income generation. He also said women could play a crucial role in agriculture and rural development, as they constituted about 60 per cent of the total agricultural labour. A majority of activities related to post harvest and livestock management are in the hands of women.

Mainstream of women in agriculture is extremely important for inclusive growth and development of rural future, he said. He expressed concern that a significant youth workforce is shifting from agriculture to non-agricultural activities. He gave away Baljinder Kaur Brar Memorial Prize for 2009, 2010 and 2011 to Anupriya Singh, Dipti Chowdhary and Payal Bansal.

Training camp

A monthly agricultural training camp will be organised for members of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) Kisan Club. The camp will take place on December 1 at Dr Boralug Wheat Auditorium on the campus. Dr TS Riar, club coordinator, said experts would equip trainees with the management and plantation of seasonal flowers and cultivation of poplar. Besides providing useful marketing tips to the participants, the experts would appraise the women wing of the care of clothes and on the post-harvest handling and processing of medicinal plants.



500 take part in Shaan-e-Saalana
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 29
Shaan-e-Saalana was organised at Partap Public School. Approximately 500 participants created a virtual riot of colour, rhythm, music and various dances ranging from garbha, dandia, naga, western, classical, Rajasthani, Marathi and bhangra. A Hindi skit “Panch Parmeshwar” inspired and evoked rich riot of emotions. “Lagi nazar Punjab nu” struck a contrast between the web of good and evil that weaves the fabric of present-day Punjab. A book of school prayers was released and school website was also launched.

Sports meet

DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, organised its annual sports meet. A total of 2,200 students participated in the meet. Children participated in balloon race, three-legged race and blind fold race. A number of events, including 100m, 200m flat race, relay race, sack race and obstacle race were organised for different age groups. The best classes were adjudged according to the number of medals won by them.

Workshop on career counselling

Students of Classes IX and XII of GN International Public School, Model Town, attended a workshop on career counselling through an interactive session.

Steven Rudolph, director Jiva Foundation, also an American educator, was the resource person. To clear the dilemma of selecting the right profession, Steven had devised a “multiple nature test”. After undergoing this 30-minute test, students were evaluated and told which profession is best suitable for them, according to their aptitude. 



Trade unions put off protest at CM rally
Badal meets activists, promises to fulfil demands

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 29
Tactfulness and promptness of local SAD leaders and officials in the administration avoided the situation from turning sour during a rally addressed by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at Rohira village near here today.

Officials led by Amargarh deputy superintendent of police Narinder Pal Singh Ruby not only succeeded in persuading activists of trade unions to put off their programme to lodge a protest during the rally but they also kept their promise to organise meetings of delegations of the outfits with the Chief Minister and cabinet minister Tikshan Sood.

The Chief Minister assured to get their long-pending demands implemented soon. However, the activists organised the rally earlier at Indira Colony near Akbarpur village. Speakers threatened to intensify their stir in case their demands were not accepted.

Stoppage of alleged victimisation by the board management, withdrawal of police cases against the activists of the union and cancellation of chargesheets were major demands of the union.

A delegation of office-bearers of the Punjab State Ministerial Services Union led by Raj Kumar Arora was persuaded to stagger their protest. The Chief Minister asked Tikshan Sood, minister, to listen to the representatives of the outfit patiently and do the needful to solve their problems.



Sounding a note of caution
Blood donation camp on December 1
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 29
World AIDS Day will be observed at a state-level function here on December 1, 2011. Dr Kulwinder Singh and Dr US Sooch, district health officers, said a comprehensive awareness programme would be organsied at Kings Palace in Sunder Nagar in which people would be educated about the condition, its risk factors and prevention through poems, songs, distribution of pamphlets and an exhibition.

Punjab Minister for Health and Family Welfare Sat Pal Gosain will be the chief guest at the function while Minister for Jails, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Hira Singh Gabria along with district president of the BJP Rajiv Katna will be the guests of honour.

A blood donation camp will also be organsied on the occasion, and experts will apprise the people with the noble task of voluntary blood donation to make available safe blood for critically ill persons. "Senior officials from the health and family welfare department and other experts will share their knowledge and experience with the people during the interactive sessions.

Sounding a note of caution, Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash Batta said awareness and prevention were the only safeguards against the deadly virus. Its important that people should get necessary information about the condition and focus on the preventive measures to stay away from AIDS.



Education goes hi-tech
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 29
Earlier there used to be course books for students, but now there are teachers’ manuals that work in sync with these books. These manuals have additional techniques and exercises for each topic that featured in the students’ course books. There are CD ROM’s for teachers and online support is alsi available.

Education is transforming and with the change, the ways of teaching are also witnessing a change. The “ruler-carrying” disciplinarians and hard taskmasters as teachers of yesteryears are no more tto be seen these days. The profession is changing, as education today focuses more on the all-round development of a child. The role of a teacher is expanding with these changing times as a mentor, a witness and a moulder of all actions of a child and delivering information and changing in the digital world.

With the advent of complete comprehensive evaluation (CCE), a teacher has to be a keen observer keeping tabs on all activities and behaviour of the students.

Smart classes in the schools were one of the first initiatives that brought in the winds of technological change in the city schools. Now many players are arriving in the market that are all set to revolutionise the teaching mechanism. Books by Oxford University Press have CD-ROM’s with all their books and along with teachers’ manuals. Harneet Singh from Sat Paul Mittal School says, “There is no place for stagnation in the profession, as they have to remain up-to-date with the latest happenings along with the ways of teaching.”



New portal to help connect, interact better
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 29
Students, teachers and parents can now have a better connection online as they can now share a portal where all of them can access the progress children are making online. An online portal by all of them can make learning more interesting and interactive for children.

As part of the new technology, a CTS class transformation system has also been launched that will provide a new paradigm in digital learning.



Alumni meet on Dec 2
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 29
The Alumni Association meet of the College of Agriculture (COA), Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), will be held on December 2 in the Pal Auditorium.

Dr Gurbachan Singh, chairman, Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB), New Delhi, will be the chief guest, while Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, will preside over the meet.

Giving details, Dr DS Cheema, dean COA-cum-president of Alumni Association, said that the meet would provide an opportunity to the alumni to interact with each other.

He told the alumni elevated to coveted positions would be honoured by the chief guest, besides honouring the alumni appointed as directors and deans in universities and national/state institutes. The meet will see the presentation of awards to the best extension workers, alumni who brought laurels and students for achievements in the field of academics and sports.

Disclosing that the two technical sessions will be held, Dr Cheema said in the first technical session Dr Gurbachan Singh will deliver a lecture, while in the second technical session outstanding extension workers (state departments) and retired alumni (VCs, directors, deans, heads of the departments) will be honoured.



Ludhiana Scan

Seminar: A seminar was conducted by the Legal Literacy Club at the Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women. The seminar was presided by District Sessions Judge-cum-chairman District Legal Services Authority SP Bangur. The Sessions Judge threw a light on various Acts and Sections about free legal service, public courts, Hindu Marriage Act, dowry, divorce, traffic, female foeticide and drugs.

Honoured: Harpreet Sandhu, former Additional Advocate General, Punjab, has been honoured by the Chief Justice of India on the Law Day function for authoring his book titled “Indo-European Legal System - A Comparative Study” at the Supreme Court of India. The certificate of honour has been issued by the Supreme Court Bar Association, New Delhi.

Seminar on cost audit: Cost audit has been made mandatory for various industries with some riders as to criteria for turnover, capital, etc. That means the companies falling in the ambit of mandatory cost audit will have to follow the generally accepted cost accounting principles as well as cost accounting standards as formulated by the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India and as approved by the Cost Accounting Standard Board. This was disclosed here by Rakesh Singh, vice-president of ICWAI, who was speaking at a seminar organised by Ludhiana Chapter of Cost Accountants. He also dwelled on the latest developments related to cost audit and profession of cost accountants.

‘Release arrears’: Yash Paul Ghai, general secretary, Punjab Government Pensioners’ Association in a press release issued by the association has urged the CM to release travel concession arrears. - Tribune Reporters



432 bottles of liquor seized, two held
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 29
Police Division Number 1 arrested two persons with 432 bottles of liquor here last evening. Three persons were carrying 36 cases of liquor in a Santro car, when the police chased them. Two persons were arrested on the spot while the third accused fled from the scene.

Giving details about the incident, the SHO, Amandeep Singh Brar, Division Number 1, said that the three persons, namely Satish Kumar alias Sunny, a resident of Salemtabri, Amit Kumar, a resident of Basti Jodhewal, and Sarjeevan, a resident of Ghati Mohalla near Daresi, were carrying 36 cases of liquor (432 bottles) along with them in a grey coloured Santro car (number- PB 10 BC 5812). On a tip off ,Satish Kumar and Amit Kumar were arrested from near the Mata Rani Chowk last evening while Sarjeevan managed to escape. The accused were coming via Jalandhar bypass, said Brar.

He further added that 34 cases out of the total 36 cases were of Punjab make, including brands like First Choice (30 cases), Officer Choice (2 cases), McDowell (2 cases) and Royal Arms Haryana make (2 cases).

"The price of one case is about Rs 700-800 but here in Ludhiana it is sold for about Rs 3,000 (per case) to migrant labourers. Since these are the lower brands, a majority of migrants and people from lower-income group purchase the bottles from them. The accused must have got the cases from the areas where the sales are low", said Brar.

A case under Section 61,1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered against the accused. The SHO further added that the car number was also fake. "Another case will be registered against the accused for using a fake number on the vehicle", said Brar.



52-year-old man run over by truck
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 29
Fiftytwo-year-old Makhan Singh, a resident of Street Number 18, New Shimlapuri, was crushed to death by a speeding truck near Mangli village here today.

A case under Section  304, IPC, has been registered against the driver Mani Lal who has been arrested.

The in charge of the Sherpur police post, Dalip Singh, said the victim was working at an industry in Phase 7, Mangli village.

“This morning when he was coming from Sahnewal to Ludhiana on his bicycle at around 7.40 am, a truck hit him from behind.

He was rushed to the Civil Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries,” he said.

The truck driver, a resident of Himachal Pradesh, was arrested on the spot. The victim was the only breadwinner in his family. He is survived by his wife and two sons.



Two men run over by train
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, November 29
Three persons were killed in different mishaps. In the first incident, an unidentified middle-aged man was run over by a train near the railway station here. He was crossing the track at the time of the incident, the railway police said.

In the second incident, Jasbir Singh of Bilga village in Phillaur Subdivision consumed acid by mistake in place of wine in his house last night. He was admitted to a hospital in Ludhiana where he died.

In the third mishap, Harneik Singh of Rehala village was run over by a train near the Chiherru railway station last night.



Woman succumbs to burn injuries
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 29
Reenu, 21, a migrant woman from Lalhiyan village, Uttar Pradesh, succumbed to burn injuries at the Civil Hospital here today. The police has registered a case under Section 174 of the IPC.

Surinder Singh, SHO, Salemtabri, said that Reenu along with her husband Sunil Kumar and father Ram Singh lived in Bindra Colony in a quarter provided by their employer Harnam Singh. On November 17, while preparing dinner on the stove, she got burnt. When Sunil Kumar tried to save Reenu, he also got burnt in the process. Ram Singh also burnt his left arm while saving them.

Reenu along with her husband was admitted to Civil Hospital here on November 17. After struggling for so many days, she succumbed to her injuries today. "There is no foul play as the statements of both husband and her father have been recorded.", said Surinder Singh.



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