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Two women crushed to death by truck
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
In a tragic incident, two women were crushed to death by an over-speeding truck near the Tajpur road here today. The victims were identified as Ranjit Kaur (37) and Harjit Kaur (32), both sisters-in-law. They were residents of Karamsar Colony near the Tajpur road.

The duo was returning home after visiting Chaura Bazar. According to the police, Ranji's son Sherry was riding the motorcycle and the duo was sitting pillion. Sherry had a narrow escape in the accident.

The incident took place in the evening when Sherry entered the Tajpur road after crossing National Highway No 1. Eyewitness said the driver of the over-speeding truck driver could not apply brakes on time and run over the motorcycle, killing the duo on the spot.

The truck driver, identified as Harjit Singh, was soon arrested by the police and the truck was impounded.

The police has registered a case under Section 304-A of the IPC for causing death by rash and negligent driving against the truck driver.

Traffic Jam

The incident led to a massive traffic jam on the National Highway 1 and left hundreds of commuters stranded. After failing to restore the traffic flow, the police diverted the traffic. It took nearly two hours to normalise the traffic flow.

Pall of Gloom

A pall of gloom descended on the house of the victim here today. Brothers Gurmail Singh and Lal Singh were inconsolable as the wives of both siblings died on the same day.

Ranjit's husband Gurmail Singh, a Head Constable (HC) in the Punjab Police, who is posted in Patiala, said Ranjit and Harjit loved each other like sisters. The family was very happy after shifting into a new house. Today, Ranjit and Harjit went to Chaura Bazar along with Sherry to buy curtains. "Life cannot be the same again. I would somehow manage to spend the rest of my life, but what about my children? There is no one to look after them now," he rued.


Man brutally murdered in Preet Nagar
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
While the double murder case of Moga DSP Balraj Singh Gill and Monica Kapila continues to remain a mystery, another brutal murder took place at Jeevan Preet Nagar in Jodhewal here today.

According to the police, the body of the unidentified man, believed to be in his early thirties, was spotted by schoolchildren this morning.

Soon the police, including ADCP Sushil Kumar, ADCP Crime Harjinder Singh and ACP Swapan Sharma, reached the spot and initiated the investigation.

The man was stabbed to death and his neck was slit. The police is working on the theory of robbery killing, as no mobile phone or wallet was found from the pocket of the victim.

What the man was doing in the vacant plot was still a mystery. The police was also investigating how the victim reached the vacant plot.

Later during the day, policemen questioned area residents and asked the factory owners about the identity of the victim.

The investigating officer said that the victim appeared to be from the good family.

He said the real motive behind the killing would be known after the victim was identified.



double murder case
Police pins hopes on vehicle number plate makers
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
After failing to find any clue of the accused behind the brutal double murder of Moga DSP Balraj Singh Gill and Monica Kapila, the police today conducted a meeting with number plate makers of the city to get information pertaining to the accused who took away the vehicles of the DSP and Monica after killing them.

According to the police, the accused had changed the number plates of the vehicles and kept roaming in and around the city. The fact came to light on February 5, when the police found both cars abandoned at two different locations in the city.

The investigators were pinning their hopes on number plate makers. If the number plates of the vehicles were got changed from the market, the painters could identify the accused, they believed.

During the meeting, the fake number plates were shown to the painters and number plate designers.

The police also requested the number plate makers to support the former in solving the double murder mystery.

The police officials also made it clear that during the investigation if any number plate maker was found to have helped the accused in making fake number plates, strict action would be taken against the culprit.

Helpline Numbers

The special investigative team (SIT), probing the double murder case, made its mobile numbers public here on Thursday. DCP Ashish Choudhary has appealed to the residents to share any information pertaining to the accused in the double murder case with the members of the SIT. The identity of the residents would be kept a secret.

Mobile Nos: DCP Ashish Choudhary 99153-11444,ADCP- I Manjeet Singh Dhesi 98146-00786, ADCP- Crime Harjinder Singh 78370-18508, CIA-I 97794-00022, CIA- II 98158-00135.



Firm tells MC to clear garbage on NH 1
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
The Soma Company, which has been given the work of widening the National Highway No. 1, has written a letter to the Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, with a copy to the Deputy Commissioner, for action to remove the garbage from the middle of the NH 1 and the service road as garbage dumps were proving to be a major hindrance in road widening.

In its second reminder to the authorities in four months, the company officials have written regarding removal of garbage from the middle of NH 1 and the service road from Transport Nagar to Jodhewal Basti (both left and right hand side) while coming from Panipat to Jalandhar. But so far, no action has been taken in these areas.

Instead, the Municipal Corporation was dumping the garbage in same area due to which the company was unable to execute the works in the particular area, rued the company officials.

The project manager for the company has requested the authorities to take the necessary action to clear the said area and instruct the person concerned not to dump the garbage in the NHAI area in future strictly, so that the construction activity was not held.

Earlier, on September 10, 2011, too, the company officials had written to the MC to clear garbage from near Transport Nagar to Samrala Chowk and from Buddha Nullah to Jodhewal Basti chowk as due to garbage dumps, the construction of service road for traffic was being delayed.



Cell call in court costs Rs 200
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 16
Judicial Magistrate Monica Sharma today slapped a fine of Rs 200 on a litigant when his mobile phone started ringing in the court room, causing nuisance and disturbance during the court proceedings.

Later the cellphone was taken into possession by a court official for sometime. A notice was served on the litigant Varinder Kumar, who had come to pursue his petition seeking eviction of a tenant from his premises. The litigant tried his best to show that he was not at fault.



GLADA swings into action against unauthorised colonies
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 16
The Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) seems to have gone into an overdrive mode to enforce regulatory measures against unauthorised colonies on the periphery of the city.

A massive demolition operation was launched by the GLADA authorities, led by the additional chief administrator (ACA) Jaswant Singh, on Wednesday when a team of the regulatory staff dismantled roads, sewerage manholes, electric poles, boundary walls, entry gates and other internal development works in some 20 colonies which were being developed in an area of more than 200 acres.

The unauthorised colonies targeted during the drive were located in Dhandra, Kheri, Jhameri and Dhulo. The GLADA team, accompanied by police force, did not face any resistance.

GLADA ACA said the drive against unauthorised colonies continued for the second day today as well when internal development projects in half a dozen colonies, being carved out in an area of around 80 acres in Balloke and Chuharpur villages, were pulled down. "The developers have been issued stern warning to discontinue all development works forthwith and desist from carrying out any further development without obtaining approval from GLADA under the provisions of the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act (PAPRA)."

According to Singh, GLADA chief administrator Kahan Singh Pannu, after assuming office, had carried out a detailed review of the growth of unauthorised colonies around the mega city. "The CA has issued strict directions to the regulatory and enforcement staff to continue a relentless drive against unauthorised colonies and ensure scrupulous compliance of the provisions of PAPRA and other rules related to real estate development," he added.



PSPCL also to blame for their mushrooming
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 16
If the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) and local area development authorities, including the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA), remain under attack for their failure to check proliferation of unauthorised colonies in the mega city, and elsewhere in the state, various other departments associated with the development of real estate are no less responsible for the alarming proportions that the menace of unauthorised colonies has assumed.

While the regulatory and enforcement measures being taken by PUDA or GLADA leave much to be desired, the wrong policies of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) are also to be blamed for the unrestricted growth of illegal colonies, which have virtually become “urban nightmares.”

As per electricity manual 2011 released by PSPCL, there is no need for a no objection certificate (NOC) from urban bodies like municipal committees, municipal corporation, notified area committees or PUDA/GLADA for domestic connections. But in case of the colonies approved by the state or local area development authorities, NOC from the Punjab State Pollution Control Board has to be obtained by the promoter.

According to senior officials of PSPCL, the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC), vide its orders dated July 12, 2011 had ordered the release of electric connections to “unauthorised residential colonies” subject to recovery of service connection charges at double the applicable normal rates from these consumers.

As per the PSERC orders, recovery of service connection charges at double the normal applicable rates was justified to secure the dismantlement charges on actual basis from the applicants, consumers in the event of the development of the unauthorised colonies is declared illegal by the state government at a subsequent stage.

Sources in the real estate sector, however, maintain that while issuing directions for release of electricity connections in the unauthorised colonies, PSERC failed to take into consideration the policy of the state government for regularisation of such unauthorised colonies. Moreover, PSERC also did not formulate any mechanism to check whether any criminal proceedings or criminal cases were pending against such illegal colonies where electricity connections were being sought.

“These faulty policies for the purpose of release of power connections in the unauthorised colonies have boosted the morale of unscrupulous developers, who, are even otherwise known for violating every law of the land and taking gullible people for a ride,” added the sources.

On the other hand, when it comes to grant of electricity connections to approved colonies, the promoters have to lay local distribution (LD) system, 11 KV lines distribution transformers up to maximum of 300 KVA capacity, low tension (LT) lines, pillar boxes, MCBs for housing individual meters near the LD transformers, said another property developer, who had been waiting for a couple of months for the inspection and approval for the electricity network from PSPCL.

Terming PSPCL policy (for release of electricity connections in unauthorised colonies) as ill-conceived and counter-productive, the realtors want that for new electricity connections, approval of building plans by the municipal corporation within the city limits and PUDA/GLADA outside the MC limits be made mandatory.



Crime on rise in Sahnewal
Businessmen raise slogans, shut shops in protest
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, February 16
Sanjeev Kapila, a shopkeeper, was attacked with a knife and a baseball yesterday here. The shopkeepers’ association of Sahnewal today kept the shutters of their shops down till afternoon to protest against the allegedly “deteriorating law and order situation” in the town. They raised slogans against the police, while the latter assured them of safety and security on their part.

The shopkeepers alleged that the failure of police in nabbing criminals and miscreants has created terror in the minds of residents of the town.

According to Sanjeev Kapila, “Last night as I closed my shop at 8.30 pm and was heading towards my home with a bag in my hand, three young boys aged between 25-26 years tried to snatch my bag and attacked me with a knife and a baseball. As I shouted for help, people around gathered in no time and the miscreants managed to escape, leaving their motorcycle behind.”

“The gang of robbers, which is active in the town, does everything with a pre-planning. The miscreants who attacked me are often seen in the town. Yesterday, too, they were seen by the residents of the town roaming in the town between 6 and 6.30 in the evening. The robbers gather information before hand and after committing the crime, they managed to escape easily from the spot without any fear or fret,” the victim informed.

Rajiv Kapila, the convener of the protest, said, “The other day, snatchers snatched a chain from a woman. In another incident, the locks of an ATM of Punjab and National Bank were found broken. We, at present, are living under the shadow of fear. Our town, it seems, has become a haven for the criminals and miscreants.”

Jeevan Kapila, president of the shopkeepers’ association, said role of the police in the entire scene was almost negligible. “For the past one month, the incidents of crime have increased in the town. We have been informing about the same to the police, but to no avail. We have handed a memorandum to the SHO of the Sahnewal police station and mailed the same to the DGP, Chandigarh, Police Commissioner, Ludhiana, and DSP, Sahnewal.”

Arvind Puri, SHO, Sahnewal, when contacted said, “The allegations are baseless. Whatever incidents of crime have taken place, the police has been striving hard to trace the culprits at the earliest. The owner of the motorcycle, which the miscreants left, has already been traced. We will be able to trace those responsible for the crime soon.”



Bank lending cost
MSME sector faces problems galore
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
The Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector is facing numerous troubles in bank lending. Service charges, high base rate system, service charges are some of the problems it faces while transacting in banks.

PD Sharma, president, Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the MSME plays a vital role in the economy of our nation but sadly it is facing tough times. "Recently Virbhadra Singh, Minister of MSME, said banks charge more than 10 per cent interest from the MSME sector. But the reality is that banks charge interest from the MSME sector around 15 per cent as a general rate. Some units may even be charged higher than this. On the other hand, others have to pay much lesser rate of interest," pointed out Sharma.

Some demands

Priority Sector

In the past, priority sector included small industry, agriculture and some special schemes related to poor sections of society. At present, it has been extended greatly by adding home loan, auto loans and various social welfare schemes. As a result of this priority sector's composition is a mere mess. Banks have no problem of fulfilling the requirement of 40 per cent lending to priority sector by excluding lending to MSME sector. MSME sector demands to ensure that at least 15 per cent lending is done to the MSME sector.

Base Rate System

Now bank lending is done on base rate system. One of the main purposes of this system is to deny lending below the base rate. The problem of the MSME sector has become miserable with this system because there is no cap on lending rate. The government, in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India, should fix reasonable cap of lending rate for the MSME sector as existed earlier.

Risk Weightage

By and large, collateral security given by the MSME units to banks is more than the loan amount. In such a situation what is the risk weightage? In cases where collateral is less than the loan amount banks must be doubly sure about the credibility of the borrower

Service Charge

In addition to the high lending rate from MSME sector, banks are charging rather fleecing the borrowers by imposing heavy burden of processing charges. It is worthwhile to mention here that there is service charge on almost all activities of bank vis a vis borrowers except the free entry in the branch.



Plagued by high bank interest rate
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
The micro small and medium enterprises (MSME), which are considered as the mainstay of Punjab’s economy, as they contribute significantly towards the generation of revenue and employment opportunities, is pressed under high bank interest rate.

This sector has demanded to fix the cap for MSME when bank lending is secure due to secure collateral.

PD Sharma, president of Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said, “Big sharks are given one type of treatment and small fish is treated entirely differently. The continuation of this contrast is not in tune with the emerging ethos of the vibrant society. One has not to stretch hard to imagine that MSMEs and others are engaged in a similar competition,” he said.

In that situation, handicapping the one and facilitating the other does not look logical. The MSME sector contributes more than 40 per cent to exports and is the major provider of employment. The MSME sector can be ignored only to the peril of the nation, said Sharma in a letter written to Duvvuri Subbarao, Governor, Reserve Bank of India.

“High rates have rendered the existence of MSME sector shaky in these competitive times. Due to the acute shortage of labour and demand for adopting new technologies have made things still worse for this sector,” added Harvinder Singh, another businessman.

Adding further, he said there was an urgent need to provide adequate credit at cheaper rate of interest to the MSME sector that has been marginalised under existing institutional mechanism. The banks should also offer special scheme for cluster development, which will help promote industrial growth trajectory in our state.

Banks are charging 14-18 per cent interest on loans to micro and small enterprises. Though the cash credit limit for a loaner should be 20 per cent of the projected sale figures of the approved project, but banks in general were not willing to grant this facility to the MSMEs.



Effigies of Punjabi singers burnt
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana February 16
Women activists of Istri Jagrti Manch burnt effigies of Punjabi singers, who allegedly sing vulgar songs. A number of women activists gathered in a park in front of the mini-secretariat here today. They raised slogans against Punjabi singers like Diljit, Honey Singh, Miss Pooja, Geeta Zaildar and Gippy Grewal and burnt their effigies.

“Such singers are using cultural platform to earn money. They are depicting a wrong picture of the Punjabi culture. The current trend of Punjabi singing is promoting drugs, weapons and vulgarity, which is not our culture. So, we are opposing this vulgarity, which is being spearheaded on the name of culture,” said Sandip Kaur Galib, an activist of the Istri Jagrti Manch.

Meanwhile, Geeta Zaildar, a Punjabi singer, said, “We are serving the Punjabi culture and people by creating awareness about the drug addiction and other social evils through our songs. Sometimes, listeners perceive songs wrongly. The women, who are protesting against us, are like our mothers and sisters. I apologise and in future I will sing keeping in mind their sentiments.”



Union budget
NGOs may see tightening of income tax provisions
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
The non-profit organisations (NGOs) set up for charitable purposes may see a tightening of income tax provisions applicable to them in the coming budget. It has been learnt that the government has made significant progress in streamlining its administrative set-up to handle such non-profit organisations during this financial year, keeping in mind the provisions of the proposed Direct Taxes Code (DTC).

It is expected to either announce steps to take the tax provisions handling non-profits either closer to DTC or their implementation from 2012-13 itself, rather than waiting till April 2013. The Direct Taxes Code is now expected to come in 2013-14 instead of the earlier deadline of 2012-13.

It is expected to push at least those provisions of the new regime in the next financial year which are associated with enhancing compliance and may also help in collecting more money.

As a part of an exercise to improve the administrative mechanism for non-profits through the country, the income tax department brought all non-profit organisations filing returns under its scanner.

In the Direct Taxes Code, the income of non-profits whose activities are for public, religious purposes are proposed to be exempt. On those set up for charitable purposes, it is proposed to levy a tax on their surplus at the rate of 15 per cent.

Donations to non-profits whose surplus is proposed to be taxed will be eligible for tax deduction under the DTC.



It’s Herculean task for teachers
Maintaining discipline among students
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
To maintain discipline among students at almost all schools in the city seems to have become a Herculean task for teachers. It is not just the indiscipline, which creates problems for the teachers, but drug addiction and “immature affairs” among the students, too, have become a major headache for school teachers.

As if this was not enough, the “mobile culture” among the students has also become a cause of concern for the teachers. If the teachers teaching students of higher classes are to be believed then it had become difficult for the teaching community to tackle adolescents in the schools.

A school teacher on the condition of anonymity disclosed, “Smoking is common among urban students. Meanwhile, rural students consume different forms of drugs. We consider our schools tobacco free, but we know reality is different. Mostly youth is attracted towards drugs due to the media influence,” said a teacher from a local school.

Renowned educationalist Kushwinder Kumar stated, “Drug addiction has been increasing in the youth because of the change in social set up. About a decade ago, there was a respect among relationships. The youth had no dare to consume drugs in front of parents and other relatives. Now, in every party and function, the youth can be seen taking drugs openly in front of the parents.”

The media is also responsible for promoting drugs. The virtual reality is influencing the youth more than the ground reality,” he further added.

Param Saini, a psychologist, said, “There are a number of reasons for increasing influence of drugs and other problems in the youth. Due to the lack of morality, our value-based social system is about to vanish. Now, our role models are film stars and actors of daily soaps. Drugs, mobiles and having a girlfriend or a boyfriend have become our status symbols. We are copying the western culture in a wrong way. Even parents have no time to supervise their children. Moreover, frustration and having no goal in life are also causes of drug addiction in the youth.”



Lack of awareness a major factor
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh/Mullanpur Dakha, February 16
Poor general knowledge, disinterest in global current affairs and lack of awareness about competitive exams have emerged as major factors behind poor representation of rural Punjabi youths in the Central pool of administrative services.

What to talk of students of rural educational institutes, a majority of teachers and members of management committees of these institutes, do not know the procedural details about the selection process to administrative services. Believing that a huge amount was needed to “purchase” higher jobs for their wards, parents of these students do not think beyond getting them employed in clerical cadre.

These inferences were derived by officials of IAS and Allied Services Centre at Punjabi University, Patiala, during an interaction with the students participating in workshops and seminars organised at GTB College, Shanti Tara College, Akbarpur Chhanna, and Khalsa College, Sandaur.

Regretting that the successive governments had failed to include general knowledge and current affairs in curriculum of degree students, Dr Harjinder Pal Singh Walia, director of the centre, lamented that a majority of teachers and members of management committee running educational institutes in rural parts of the state did not know much about various stages for entry into administrative services.

Referring to observations made during the interaction with rural students, their parents, teachers and members of management committees of educational institutes, Walia said a majority still believed that huge money was required to get the administrative jobs.

Career counseling being conspicuous by absence in rural colleges, a majority of the students and teachers did not know much about subject combinations, too. A large number of students were disappointed to know that the subject combinations, they had opted, were not allowed in preliminary and main examination for the state civil services, IAS and allied services.

“Unfortunately, we have failed to exploit the potential of our students, who could have achieved highest positions in the administrative services, had they been properly guided. It is high time when they should understand that fixing target lower than one’s competence was no less than a sin,” said Walia claiming that persistent daily efforts of 10 to 12 hours would enable an average rural student compete his or her urban counterpart within a year.



British parliamentary debate kicks off

Ludhiana, February 16
The national-level British parliamentary debate today kicked off at the PCTE Group of Institutes. The Ludhiana Management Association (LMA) is organising the debate along with the PCTE Group of Institutes. The competition is being organised in memory of Dr DR Singh, a known academician and founder-president of LMA. Winners of the debate will be given cash prizes worth Rs 75,000.

Harpreet Kang, chairperson, Students Forum of LMA, said 34 teams representing management and other professional institutions across the country registered for the debate. The participating teams were given orientation and exposed to demo debate today. — TNS



13 meritorious students felicitated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
The Asian Club, Ludhiana branch, honoured meritorious students in a function at Government High School, Jawaddi Kalan. The function was organised under the leadership of club founder and MD Sukhminder Singh and school headmaster Pradeep Sharma.

As many as 13 students were honoured for their excellent performance in academics. These were Pardeep Kaur, Avinash Kumar, Vikul, students of class VI; Munish Kumar, Pooja Rani, students of class VII; Rekha, Shiwalog Kumar, Harkirandeep Kaur, students of class VIII; Parminder Kaur, Jaspreet Kaur, Kamaljeet Kaur, students of class IX; and Devi Kumar, Rahul, students of class X.



50 attend seminar on presentation techniques
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
The Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU) conducted a seminar on effective communication and presentation skills. CICU general secretary Avtar Singh emphasised that the Indian industry had a challenging time ahead, which could sustain and grow by working hard.

He informed that CICU is conducting seminars and workshops, so as to provide innovative and empowering solutions crucial for development of the MSME industry. MSMEs have to cope with the changing times by adopting effective communication and presentation skills. It is imperative to adopt these skills, so as to enhance efficiency and productivity.

CICU joint secretary Upkar Singh said consequent upon the increased globalisation of the Indian economy, the MSME sector was facing new challenges. Excellent business communication skill is a key differentiator - a true leadership skill. The power to persuade is the power to succeed.

Throughout the ages, the ability to speak has been a prerequisite for leadership. Even in a computer-dominated society, persuasive speaking skills are essential to being an effective executive. For a few people, the art of making a crisp and well-organised presentation comes naturally. But, for most of us, it is a skill that we must learn and work at constantly.

More than 50 participants comprising proprietors, partners, directors, general managers, plant heads and senior-level managers representing various industries attended the seminar and significant strategies emanated for developing skills, efficiency and strengthening execution capabilities in organisations.



from schools
International food festival at BCM school
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
Students of BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar, showed their culinary skills when they organised the international food festival. Children tried their skills and showed their talent at Chinese, continental, Mexican, Thai and Italian food. Mouth-watering dishes attracted the attention of all students and teachers.

Students win laurels

Students of different schools from Jagraon tehsil bagged top two positions in the state-level debate competition held recently. The third position went to a student from Ludhiana district. The competition was organised by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) at GMN Senior Secondary School, Roopnagar. As many as 54 students from 18 schools participated in the competition held for students of classes IX to XII. Simaranjot Kaur Sidhu, a student of class IX, Sacred Heart Convent School, Jagraon, won the first position in debate, while Amandeep Kaur, a class-X student of Government Senior Secondary School, Sohian near Jagraon, bagged the second position. The third position was bagged by Satish Kumar, a class-XII student from a government school in Ludhiana.

Path held

To seek blessing of the Almighty prior to the board exams of class XII, students and faculty of GN International Public School recited path of Shri Sukhmani Sahib. Shabad from Guru Granth Sahib was recited by music teacher Gobinder Singh and school choir team.



Auction of Khanna ponds stayed
Our Correspondent

Khanna, February 16
Giving jolt to the local Municipal Committee, the deputy director, local bodies, Ludhiana, has stayed its proceedings regarding the auction of three ponds on the common land in the city. The regional deputy director issued a memo vide letter no 8/5/2012-4 SS3/150 dated 13/2/2012 and stayed the resolution no.2/203 dated 27/5/2011 till the next orders a copy of which is with The Tribune.

The committee has auctioned three ponds, the Singhare pond, Kartarnagar pond and Khanna Khurd pond on November 24, 2011.

The auctioned came under the scanner when it came to light that the said ponds cannot be auction as there are parks and aanganwari schools on the auctioned land. While keeping aside all norms and rules of the auction, the Khanna municipal committee authorities auctioned the ponds.

The residents of the Kartar Nagar area, along with others, had complained to the higher authorities of the local body regarding this and demanded a stern action against the erring officials.

It is pertinent to mention that while a majority of the councillors were against this auction, the officials concerned ignored their opposition and called bids for the auction.

Executive Officer, Municipal Committee, Khanna, Ranbir expressed ignorance about receiving such orders. Vijay Sharma,municipal councillor, has demanded a through probe into this matter.



3 held for attacking cop on New Year eve
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
The city police today arrested the three youths who assaulted a policeman on the New Year eve. The accused, identified as Lovedeep Singh, Gagandeep Singh and Pardeep Singh, all residents of the Dholewal and Parbhat Nagar areas, were arrested here this morning.

The trio, who were drunk, had created ruckus and assaulted Ranjit Singh, a police constable, near Ishmeet Chowk on the New Year night.

Narrting the incident, Ranjit Singh stated that on the New Year eve, he spotted the trio creating ruckus and tried to stop their vehicle. Instead of stopping the vehicle, they attempted to run over him.

The constable got injured after being hit by the vehicle. Later, the trio alighted from the vehicle and thrashed him.

After thrashing Ranjit, the trio fled from the scene. The accused were booked under Section 307 of the IPC following the complaint of Ranjit Singh.

Sources said the police received the information yesterday that the three were behind the attack. Today the police conducted a raid and nabbed them.



Doctor duo booked

Ludhiana, February 16
The doctor duo of Dr Anil Kumar Pandey of Shiv Balaji Nursing Home and his woman partner Dr Dheeraj have been booked following the complaint of a resident in the Jodhewal Basti area.

The duo was administering door-to-door chickenpox vaccination in the area and was charging Rs 100 per dose. According to the police, the doctor duo had not taken the permission of the health department before conducting the door-to-door drive. — TNS



Athletics Meet
Sapna adjudged best athlete
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 16
Sapna Saini was adjudged the best athlete, while Harpreet Kaur was named the best player in the 69th annual athletics meet of the Government College for Women, which concluded here today.

This year’s meet was dedicated to Satguru Ram Singh and other Namdhari freedom fighters. On the final day, SL Lotey, officiating director sports, Punjab, was the chief guest.

In her welcome address, she expressed gratitude towards Lotey, who, she said during his tenure as the district sports officer helped the college for the promotion of sports. She further said sports not only built character but also revealed the character of an individual.

Lotey said sports were must for the overall development of the students. He added that sports and studies go hand-in-hand. He urged the sportspersons to participate in sports and also to devote time to their studies.

Lotey said sports inculcate values like team spirit, perseverance, discipline and patience in the youth. “The Government College for Women, Ludhiana, has always helped the sports department in the promotion of games in the city,” said Lotey.

He further said the Punjab government had adopted the gradation policy regarding 35 games in the state, while players of the national and international fame get admissions on the basis of their performance in sports.

A spectacular dance performance and giddha was presented by the students. Former international hockey player and head of the sports department, GCW, Sharanjeet Kaur, read out the vote of thanks.

Final results:

100m race: 1. Deepika, 2. Ranveer Kaur, 3. Rajwinder Kaur; 200m race: 1. Sapna Saini, 2. Komalpreet Kaur, 3. Rajwinder Kaur; 400m race: 1. Sapna Saini, 2. Ranveer Kaur, 3. Anshita; 1,500m race: 1. Sapna Saini, 2. Sunita, 3. Parwinder Kaur; 4x100m relay race: 1. Sapna Saini, Jasdeep Kaur, Sarabjeet Kaur, Komalpreet Kaur, 2. Ranveer Kaur, Deepika, Rajwinder Kaur, Anterveer Kaur, 3. Gagandeep Kaur, Parwinder Kaur, Sunita, Soni.

Javelin throw: 1. Ranveer Kaur, 2. Jasdeep Kaur, 3. Chandeep Kaur.

Discus throw: 1. Priya, 2. Antarveer Kaur, 3. Ranveer Kaur.

Chatti race: 1. Simranjeet Kaur, 2. Parampreet Kaur, 3. Navneet Kaur.

Sack race: 1. Savita, 2. Sarabjeet Kaur.

1,500m fast cycling: 1. Navjot Kaur, 2. Preeti, 3. Pawanjot Kaur.

100m hurdles race: 1. Ranveer Kaur, 2. Jasdeep Kaur, 3. Rajwinder Kaur.

Spoon and potato race: 1. Sukhveer Kaur, 2. Mohita.

Three-legged race: 1. Sandeep Kaur and Harjeet Kaur, 2. Sukhveer Kaur and Gagandeep Kaur, 3. Manpreet Kaur and Manpreet Kaur.

Old student’s race: 1. Satveer Kaur, 2. Sharanjeet Parmar, 3. Dr. Mohinder Kaur Grewal.

Lab staff race: 1 Joginder Singh, 2. Manjeet Singh, 3. Davinder Singh.



coca-cola cup
Nikhil, Raghav script KVM win
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 16
Fine all-round performance by Nikhil Chowdhary, who remained unbeaten on 49 and grabbed two wickets, while Raghav, who chipped in with three wickets, helped Kundan Vidya Mandir (KVM), Civil Lines, to script a thumping eight-wicket victory over St Thomas School near CMC in the opening match of the PCA Inter-School Cricket Tournament (U-16) for the Coca-Cola Cup being organised by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association at Satish Chander Dhawan Government College ground here today.

KVM won the toss and invited St Thomas School to bat. St Thomas School could not survive its full quota of 50 overs, as their innings folded at 114 runs in 26 overs.

The main contributions were made by Rohit and Abhishek, who made 51 and 11 runs, respectively. Gaurish scored nine runs, while Ravneet contributed seven runs. For KVM, Raghav was the pick of bowlers, who scalped three victims for 17 runs, while Nikhil got rid of two batsmen. Jaskaran, Nimit Malhan and Kumud captured one wicket each to restrict St Thomas School to a modest total of 114.

The target of 115 runs turned out to be a meager one as KVM made the required runs in just 23.1 overs after losing two wickets. Nikhil remained unconquered on 49 runs, while Nimit Malhan made 21. Khushwinder and Gurish scored 15 and 14 runs, respectively.

Both wickets that KVM lost were consumed by Khushwinder, who claimed two for 47. Tomorrow, in the second match, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University, will take on Teja Singh Swatantar Senior Secondary School.



2 women boxers for all-India meet
Our Correspondent

Samrala, February 16
Two women boxers of the Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College for Women, Jhar Sahib, have done the college proud by getting selected in the Panjab University team for the All-India Inter-Varsity Boxing competition to be held at Lovely Professional University Phagwara on February 24.

The two boxers, Jagdeep Kaur of class BA (II) and Sumneet Kaur of BCA (II), were selected for the Panjab University team due to their performance in the camp held on January 21 to 23 at Panjab University and later the trials were held on February 10 where both excelled.

At present, both boxers are undergoing training in Panjab University that will continue till February 21. College Principal Dr Paramjit Kaur Tiwana and staff of the college congratulated both girls and expressed the confidence that both these boxers would do better during the competition.



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