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Two shot at in city
Petrol station staff hospitalised,critical
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 31
Two sequential firing incidents in Raikot and Rajguru Nagar has again raised question mark on the security scenario in the city and surrounding areas in the wake of Assembly elections.

In the first incident, robbers shot an employee of a petrol station in Raikot, while in the second incident; a resident of Rajguru Nagar was shot on the hand by two unidentified motorcycle-borne youths.

Initially the police suspected both incidents to be the handiwork of the same gang, but after investigation it found that while robbers committed first incident the second smacked of personal enmity.

The first incident took place at Raikot at around 8.30 pm last night when, the robbers shot Raju, an employee of the Gobind petrol station, situated on the Barnala-Ludhiana road.

Profusely bleeding Raju, who sustained bullet injuries near girdle, was shifted to a multi-specialty hospital in the city. His condition was stated to be critical.

Investigating officer Dilbag Singh revealed that three robbers, all clean-shaven, had come on a Bullet motorcycle and decamped with Rs 1,000. Fortunately, the owner of the petrol station had collected day’s cash half-an- hour before the robbers’ struck.

The police suspects that petrol station robbery to be the handiwork of “Swift gang”, who committed series of robberies on the National High No. I 15 days ago.

“Earlier the robbers were using white Maruti Swift car to commit the crime, perhaps they might have got information that the police was hunting for them. This time they changed the mode of transport and struck at a petrol station on the motorcycle,” said the police officer.

While the second incident took place at Rajguru Nagar at around 9:30pm last night, has raised suspicion. Victim identified as Vineet Aggarwal (32), a resident of Rajguru Nagar, was shot on the wrist. He was rushed to the DMC hospital. Surprisingly, Veneet refused to divulge the details.

He reportedly stated to the police that the unidentified assailants neither tired to snatch the bag nor asked him for money.

The assailants came close to him fired a shot and fled the scene. The family members of Vineet Aggarwal are also tightlipped about the incident.


Life in city all fogged up
Commuting for office goers turns chaotic
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 31
Residents today woke up to the beauties of the nature as many areas of the city were engulfed with dense fog, while some were free from it. Commuters were forced to drive in almost zero visibility.

Office goers had a tough time in reaching their respective destinations at around 9.30 am due to dense fog. The traffic could be seen moving at the snail’s pace on all city roads. People stuck in the jam for long could be seen honking due to the poor visibility. Fog cleared after the sun shone bright at around 12 noon.

As today was the last day of the year, so people who could not go for outing for New Year celebrations were happy. Aarti, a homemaker, said, “Earlier we planned to go to Nainital, but could not do so. The weather has become so good that it gives the feeling of a hill station here itself.”Talking about the sudden fog, Dr KK Gill, agrometrologist, PAU, said, “The partial fog in the city is due to smog and more water vapours in the air. Coming days have also been predicted a foggy.”She further said the minimum temperature is already showing a downward trend (less than normal by 2°C to 3°C. Similarly the maximum temperature is also below normal. It is between 19°C to 20°C.

Trains distrupted

  • Paschim Express from Mumbai to Amritsar: Running late by two-and- a- half hour.
  • Sachkhand Express from Nanded to Amritsar: Running late by at least three- and- a- half hour.



Online booking leaves people cold
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana December 31
Online booking of LPG gas cylinders was introduced for the convenience of people, but it seems to have become a matter of inconvenience for the costumers. Long queues can be seen outside the gas agencies as they are facing difficulty in understanding the online booking procedures and workers at the agencies are guiding them. According to the costumers, it is proving costlier and stressful, as they have to call on landline phone numbers, which are not toll free. The computerized enquiry about the language, city code, agency number, and copy number takes long time which leads to huge deduction of the mobile bill.

On other hand, most of the costumers are unable to access the online booking so they have to visit the agency for taking help from attendants in the agencies.

“I think it is an unnecessary burden on people as they have to own a mobile phone before subscribing to the service. This has made owning a mobile phone a necessity and unnecessary burden on consumers,” said Nirmal Devi.

Another consumer complained that earlier he had the connection on his grandfather’s name, but because of the new procedure, he had to get connection on his own name.

Naveen Talwar, a gas agency owner, said, “It is natural when someone introduces any new system for some time feel the teething troubles and some inconvenience”.

“This system will be very helpful for the costumers because people used to complaint that attendants are not responding their calls. Moreover, it will prevent black marketing and corruption,” he added.



new year
They serve others with a smile
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 31
While residents were busy welcoming New Year by holding dance and dinner parties, a few in the city were serving others with smile throughout the night. From milk vendors to police personnel, there were some who were busy doing their duties even on the eve of New Year.

Talking to The Tribune Dr Ravinder Kumar Thakur, Medical Officer, Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, said, “I will retire in January 2013. Although I will not be able to celebrate New Year with my family as my duty starts at 8 pm and ends at 8am, but I am happy that at least I am serving the sick and ailing humanity.”

As the evening started progressing, the city clubs, restaurants and hotels also started humming with activity. People were seen enjoying fireworks. But there were 22 firefighters and drivers of the fire brigade, who were ready to meet any eventuality under the supervision of two sub-fire officers. Tilak Raj, sub-fire officer, said, “Our duty starts at 8 pm and will end at 8am. Although we are there to serve the public, but we wish a happy New Year to residents.”

Busy in attending to the calls Harbhan Singh, a telephone operator in the Control Room of the Civil Surgeon Office, said, “I hail from Bilga village. It takes one-and-half hour to reach my place. Although today is the New Year eve, but I am here with two of my colleagues-Balbeer Singh, a driver, and Balbeer Singh, a watchman. I will retire in two-and-half year, but will miss this day and my colleagues.”

While Jeeta, a milk vendor, who caters to people living in Prem Nagar, said, “For me every day is New Year. I love watching TV at my owner’s place. I know many programmes will be aired on TV, but I will not be able to watch much as my work will end at 10:30 pm. But to earn a livelihood one has to do duty.”



1984 riot
HC tells Tewari to prepare list
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 31
The Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh, has directed Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, Rahul Tewari, to prepare the list of riot victims, who are yet to get immovable property (houses, booths and flats) from the government.

Tewari said: “The High Court issued these orders while disposing of a writ petition No 21924 of 2011. After preparing the list, process will be initiated to allot the immovable property to the riot victims.”

The list of the riot victims has been prepared and uploaded on www.ludhiana.gov.in <http://www.ludhiana.gov.in>. If a riot victim has not been included in the list, but is a red card holder and not allocated any immovable property he should send a registered letter to room No. 6, R RA branch, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, before January 31 along with attested copies of the red card and residence proof. Riot victims whose residential addresses have changed, they should send required documents through registered letter, he added.

The Deputy Commissioner said riot victims who had not received red cards as yet or whose cases are under consideration at the GLADA office, can get their cases solved and send the decision to this office though registered post before January 31.



Ishwar new police chief
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 31
Ishwar Chander has replaced Dr SS Chauhan as the new Police Commissioner of the city. This step was taken following the orders of Election Commission to transfer Dr SS Chauhan. He was transferred following allegations that the top cop was helping the ruling collation.

The Election Commission had yesterday sought a panel of three officials from the home department and selected Ishwar Chander’s name as the New Commissioner of Police.

A 1991 Batch of Punjab Cadre IPS officer Ishwar Chander has done M A (World History) and MBA (Human Resource Management). He has worked as Senior Superintendent of Police in various districts of Punjab, AIG/Intelligence and Deputy Inspector General of Police, Ferozepur Range.



Lobbying for youth akali chief begins
Tanvir Dhaliwal, Meetpal Dugri, Maninderpal Johar are frontrunners
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 31
With the post of Youth Akali Dal (YAD)district president falling vacant following Simarjit Singh Bains’s expulsion from the party, different Akali leaders have started lobbying hard for this post. Simarjit Singh Bains, who was the YAD district president till Thursday, was considered close to YAD president and Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal’s brother in-law Bikram Singh Majithia.

Ever since Bains’s expulsion from the party, several youth leaders, who have been trying to become YAD district president, have once again started lobbying hard.

Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal, a municipal councillor from Ward Number 59 and Meetpal Singh Dugri, YAD vice-president, are learnt to be the front runners for the post. When Bains was re-appointed as YAD district president few months back, at that time also Dhaliwal was one of the main contenders but due to the approaching Assembly elections, party chose Bains over Dhaliwal.

Other leaders in race for YAD district president’s post are Kanwaljit Singh Dua and Maninderpal Singh Sunny Johar.

A senior Akali leader said that out of all the youth leaders vying for this post, only Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal was an elected representative and held great influence in his ward.

“Even though all others have been working hard for strengthening the party, but its only Dhaliwal, who had contested the last MC elections and won. Meetpal Singh Dugri is also a strong contender as he, along with his group, had organised two big functions in October and then in November. A large number of youths had attended both these functions and were attended by CM Parkash Singh Badal as well as Bikram Singh Majithia. He also holds good repute with Majithia, who would be the main deciding authority in this case,” said the leader.

Dua had remained YAD district president before Simarjit Singh Bains, while Sunny Johar is a close confidant of Bikram Singh Majithia. They could also be considered for this post.

Sources within the Akali Dal told The Tribune that new YAD district president would be appointed in the next few days. “Not even a month is left for the Assembly elections, that is why, YAD will be making this announcement anytime soon,” said sources.



Wholeheartedly with Bains brothers: Nimana
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 31
Cabinet minister Hira Singh Gabria had to face an embarrassing situation when Taranjit Singh Nimana, district president of the Shiromani Akali Dal’s dharam Parchar” wing, who was “honoured” and brought back to the party fold by Gabria yesterday, later addressed a press conference and said that he would support only Simarjit Singh Bains.

Nimana said that Gabria came to his house himself and later honoured him by presenting a siropa. After rebel Akali leaders Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains were expelled from the party on Thursday, three Akali councillors- Parminder Singh Soma, Swarandeep Singh Chahal and Sunita Rani, along with Taranjit Singh Nimana had resigned from the SAD in protest and in support of Bains brothers.

Yesterday, Hira Singh Gabria, along with some local Akali leaders went to Nimana’s house and honoured him by presenting a siropa.

“Gabria had come to my house himself. Actually one of our relative’s, who is close to Gabria, had come to my house and they themselves called Gabria without even informing me. I could not stop Gabria from honouring me as he is senior to me. But I want to make it very clear that I am wholeheartedly with Bains brothers,” claimed Nimana, while speaking to The Tribune.

On the other hand Gabria showed surprise about Nimana’s decision and said that Nimana himself had called him to his house. “Why would I go to his house without any reason? He had himself invited me and even when I presented him a siropa, he did not oppose it. But now he is issuing such statements, which are surprising,” said Gabria.

Taking a dig at Gabria, Simarjit Singh Bains said that not only Nimana, but even many former Akali MLA’s are supporting him. “Gabria is known from such tactics, which backfire most often. He should stop indulging in such bad tactics,” warned Bains.

Embarrassment for Gabria

Taranjit Singh Nimana, district president of the Shiromani Akali Dal’s Dharam Parchar wing, who was brought back to the party fold by Cabinet Minister Hira Singh Gabria on Friday, said he would only support expelled SAD leader Simarjit Singh Bains



Traders unhappy with Rs 2.5 lakh limit
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 31
Although Chief Election Commissioner of India has increased the cash-carrying limit from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh, yet industrialists are unhappy with it. They strongly feel that the industrialists should not be brought under this clause. Talking to The Tribune Avtar Singh, general secretary, Chamber of Industry and Commerce Undertaking, said, “We want the industry to be freed from any such rule. It is very difficult for us to follow it. This rule can be applicable for others, but not industrialists.” While Vinod Thapar, president, Knitwear Club, said, “On behalf of the Knitwear Club I regret that the industry is extremely annoyed with the ordinance mentioning it is mandatory to submit the ID of the particular person and details of the cash in the income tax department carrying even Rs 2.5 lakh.”

In a letter written to Chief Election Commissioner of India SY Quraishi, Vinod Thapar had written that this would not go in the favour of the industry.



11-member committee to move court
Will seek cancellation of 105-year-old inn’s registration
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, December 31
The controversy surrounding the 105-year-old Lala Devi Chand Inn took a new turn, with 11 members of the Virasat Bachao Action Committee declaring to approach the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh, to seek cancellation of the registration of inn land.

The decision to approach the High Court was taken during a meeting of the committee members held here today. The members also launched a signature campaign in the city to save the inn. More than 1,300 residents of the town signed the application seeking the cancellation of the registration of the inn land.

Earlier, the Ludhiana (rural) police had registered a case against nine persons, including two colonisers, for allegedly trying to occupy the inn a few days ago. The case was registered at the Jagraon city police station following a complaint by a local shopkeeper, Bal Krishan Kaura, in which he had alleged that the colonisers tried to forcibly take the possession of Lala Devi Chand Inn on the night of December 28.

Kaura, who owns a stationary shop near the inn and have a rented godown there, alleged that the colonisers accompanied by several unidentified goons had broken the wooden gate of his godown and erected a concrete wall in its place with a motive to occupy the inn.

Additional SHO Hari Mittar said the police had booked Sudarshan Kumar, Raj Kumar, Rehant Jain, Vivek Jain of Jagraon, Ravi Verma, Jagraj Singh, Parwinder Singh and Vishal Garg of Khanna and Tejinder Singh of Poorba village near Samrala under Sections 447, 511, 457 and 380 of the IPC.

“While Sudarshan Kumar of Jagraon has been arrested, the remaining eight accused have been absconding and raids are being conducted to nab them,” said Hari Mittar. The police produced Sudarshan Kumar before the local judicial magistrate, who sent him to a 14-day judicial remand.

However, after the alleged bid by the colonisers to forcibly occupy the inn land, shopkeepers staged a protest against the former who had purchased the land. The shopkeepers kept their shops closed for more than two hours.

Lala Devi Chand Inn had courted controversy when a local resident, Tarsem Lal Beri, who claimed to be the owner of the inn, had sold the land to some colonisers. Tarsem Lal Beri claimed that he had all documents to prove that he was the real owner of the inn.

The shopkeepers, on the other hand, alleged that the inn was a public property and the land of the inn had been sold on the basis of forged documents.

Following which local municipal council president Baldev Krishan Dhir had demanded a probe into the matter.



‘New Year celebrations not for us, but for the rich’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 31
The New Year has no relevance for those who spend their nights shivering out in the cold or sleeping without having proper meals in the city.

The underprivileged in the city frown when they hear the words like New Year celebrations. "What New Year? Life is the same for us day after day and year after year. We struggle everyday to make ends meet," says Suraj Kumar, a rickshaw puller. The prices of everything have increased so much that it becomes difficult for a poor man like me to afford a single decent meal, he complains.

"While everyone celebrates Diwali and the New Year, if only people would spent that money for the well-being of poor people or on the education of our children, it would have been so nice on their part. But hardly any one thinks about us," said Ram Chand, who works as a cobbler. "The New Year is only for the rich, not for us," he rued.

For Sunita Rani, occasions like the New Year are only increases her workload as she has more cleaning to do in the houses she works in. "I am happy when I see others happy and partying. But I can only see those celebrations, but can not be a part of them. When I was a child, I hoped that one day things would be fine for me. But as I grow, the hopes were shattered," she laments.

"Every day is a new day for us, a day of struggle to fill our stomach and that of our children. These are cold shivering days and harsh sleepless nights," said Abdul Karim at Ambedkar colony. "The New Year is only for the rich," he said.



Younger brigade for corruption-free India
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 31
The sun rises in the same way, and night descends in the same manner yet with the change of date, New Year brings with it new hopes and dreams. With the dawn of New Year, almost everyone makes resolutions to achieve something, shed the old ways-the difference being that some people promise themselves tacitly, while others make a written agreement.

In a bid to know what youngsters in the city have planned for New Year, we tried to catch up with some of them.



Dr Karamvir Goyal is president of IMA
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 31
Dr Karamvir Goyal was elected president of the IMA, Ludhiana. The election to the president’s post was held today at the IMA House. Total votes cast were 307.

Dr Karamvir Goyal got 250 votes, while Dr Satish Nauhria got 55 votes.

The process was conducted by Dr GS Grewal, Chief Election Commissioner, Dr JS Chugh and Dr Bharti Uppal, members of the Election Commission.

Other elected office-bearers include Dr Ajit Singh Chawla, senior

vice-president, Dr Gaurav Sachdeva, vice-president, Dr Narjit Kaur, secretary, Dr PS Jassal, finance secretary, and Dr Narinderjit Singh Toor, joint secretary.

Dr Manoj Kumar Sobti was elected president elect (2013) of the IMA, Punjab.

Dr Arun Mitra, Dr Sunil Katyal and Dr Kulwant Singh, members of the Punjab Medical Council, congratulated the new team. Dr Karamvir Goyal thanked the IMA members for electing him.



Cleanliness drive

Mandi Ahmedgarh , December 31
More than 50 volunteers of the National Service Scheme unit of Government Senior Secondary School, Kanganwal, carried out a cleanliness drive at the village and surrounding localities during the seven-day camp that concluded on the school campus yesterday.

Dr Maghar Singh, former circle education officer, presided over the function, while former chairman Sinder Singh Chahal was the chief guest.

Rajinder Kumar said 54 students of senior secondary classes had contributed towards the promotion of environment. — OC



NSS camp ends
Tribune News Servicre

Ludhiana December 31
A seven-day NSS camp at SCD Government College concluded here on Saturday. Iqbal Singh Sidhu, commissioner, Punjab State Right to Service Commission was the chief guest during the occasion

A senior group leader, Satwinder Singh, presented the annual report highlighting the activities performed by the volunteers during the year 2011-12.

Trophies and prizes were given to various committee members of NSS and to the best volunteers.

A special prize ‘Bhai Ghaniya Award’ was given to Sadhu Singh.



Tarun emerges overall winner
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 31
Tarun Malhotra overcame a stiff challenge from his immediate opponents to emerge as the overall winner in the Mr Libra Bodybuilding Competition organised at the Libra Health Club, Ferozepur road, here last evening.

As many as 50 participants in three weight categories; light, middle and heavy weight vied for top honours in the competition.

Results: Light weight-First Tarun Malhotra, second Dinesh Sharma and third Ashwani Kumar.

Middle weight-First Rahul Kumar, second Piyush Sethi and third Saurabh.

Heavy weight-First Tarun Kumar, second Harminder Singh Harry and third Simrat Singh.

All the position holders were given mementoes and citation.



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