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Goods worth lakhs gutted
Incident took place in woollen mill in Dhandari area; 25 fire-tenders used
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
Goods worth lakhs were gutted in a fire incident that took place at a woollen mill in the Dhandari area this morning. The fire is believed to have started due to a short-circuit and the mill owner claimed to have suffered a loss of around Rs 50 lakh in the incident.

The extent of the fire was such that the fire brigade had a tough time dousing the flames. From 11 am to 4.30 pm, a total of 25 fire-tenders were used by the fire brigade.

Brij Mohan, owner of Haryana Woollen Mills said he was at home when he came to know about this incident at around 10.30 am. “The factory workers told me that fire had broken out in the godown where we store our yarn. As it was a windy morning, fire increased and within minutes, the entire godown was in its grip,” he claimed.

This is the second such incident in the same factory. Brij Mohan said in 2008 also, a fire incident had taken place in his factory.

Avtar Singh, Assistant Divisional Fire Officer, said the cause of the fire could not be known yet. “But yes it was a major fire and a total of 25 fire-tenders were used to douse the flames. We have even stationed a fire-tender at the spot as a precautionary measure,” he said.


NHAI corridor
PSPCL, admn officials to meet today
Removal of high, low-tension wires from Sahnewal to Jalandhar bypass

Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
Senior officials of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), district administration and the police department will meet tomorrow for getting the low and high-tension wires removed from Sahnewal to the Jalandhar bypass as these were creating hurdles. The project of widening the 32-kilometer corridor, which was taken up by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), has been reportedly moving at a slow pace due to this.

“The district administration has asked us to attend the meeting with two senior officials so that physical survey could be carried out and status report prepared. The project is moving at a slow pace due to electricity wires and encroachments. There are basically four major points where the low-tension and the high-tension wires are creating obstacles. These need to be removed immediately,” the official added.

According to sources, the project directors for Soma Company, which has been given the task of widening the NHAI corridor, had requested the authorities to shift the lines and remove encroachments.

A police official said, “We have to remove encroachments from 14 places. This is not an easy task. We need to do it in an organised manner.”



Post poll, Sutlej Club vicinity full of litter
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Litter strewn on the road outside the Sutlej Club after the elections on Sunday.
Litter strewn on the road outside the Sutlej Club after the elections on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, March 26
After the elections of elite Sutlej Club here got over, the road outside was full of litter. To top it, the litter was set on fire and that also at such a place which is adjoining Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari's official residence.

The road outside the club gave an insight into the "elite" and "civil" ways of the club. Litter containing promotional slips and sheets and disposable glasses and plates was strewn across the stretch of the road leading to the club.

The road outside was choc-a-block with "supporters" of all the candidates handing out leaflets and sheets bearing the names and pictures of candidates and messages soliciting votes. Every member or person who went through the passage was accosted by multiple supporters of the candidates, seeking their votes and handing out these pieces.

"I was given more than 40 such leaflets as I went to vote," said a senior member. "It was insane. I voted for the person I had to vote for. They only created mess outside by handing out these leaflets," he said.

"The mess outside the club only reflected the callousness of the members and candidates," said Vikas, a resident living in the vicinity of the club. "Things should have been done in a manner befitting the elite in a gentlemanly way," he said.

"I hope good sense would prevail on the members and henceforth they would behave in a manner expected of gentlemen," said a member.

‘Civilised’ way to fore

The road outside the club gave an insight into the ‘elite’ and ‘civil’ ways of the club. Litter containing promotional slips and sheets and disposable glasses and plates was strewn across the stretch of the road leading to the club.



MC clerk suspended
Delay in providing information under the RTI Act
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
The delay in providing information under the Right to Information Act to a local resident proved costly for a clerk posted in the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation who was suspended by MC Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi today.

Parminder Singh, an RTI clerk in the health branch of the civic body, had remained absent from duty for the past two-three days without any intimation, which resulted in delay in providing the information.

Local lawyer Surinder Pal had sought information related to the functioning of Doggie Lanes, a company involved in the sterlisation of stray dogs. This information was sought on January 11.

It was the weekly hearing of the RTI Act cases in the office of MC Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi today. RTI activist Kuldeep Singh Khaira had appeared before Jaggi on behalf of Surinder Pal.

“When Jaggi inquired about the related information, the officials told him that the information was with Parminder Singh, who is absent from duty,” claimed Khaira.

AS Sekhon confirmed that Parminder Singh was absent from duty for the past two-three days. “That also without intimating anyone in the MC. The information is with him and before proceeding on leave he didn’t even hand it to any other official, which resulted in this delay,” said Sekhon.



Notorious biker gang members identified
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, March 26
The three persons of the notorious biker gang have been booked by the Sahnewal police. The trio of Deepak Kumar, Jaswinder Singh and Balwinder Singh were targeting migrants in the Dhandari and Sahnewal areas.

The accused, equipped with sharp-edged weapons, robbed migrants of cash and valuables. In the latest incident, the trio had snatched the mobile phone and cash of a migrant labour in Sahnewal and fled from the scene.

According to the police, the trio was from Mangat Colony in Machewara and operates in the Dhandari, Focal Point and Sahnewal areas.

After committing snatchings, the accused flee to Machiwara and remain in hiding for a few days before committing another crime.

The police today launched a massive manhunt operation to nab the accused.



10-year-old boy dies of burn injuries
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
In a shocking incident, a 10- year- old boy succumbed to his burn injuries after reportedly catching fire at his house in the Dhandari area here today. The incident took place here this afternoon when residents saw the victim, identified as Gurpartap Singh, a student of Class IV student, in flames.

The residents doused the fire and rushed the victim to hospital. After struggling for life for nearly an hour, the victim died in the hospital.

Gurpartap’s mother had died four years ago. The reason behind the incident could not be ascertained till th filing of this report.



Rajoana hanging
Police on watchout for troublemakers
Rajoana village turned in garrison, police conducts flag march

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
As public sentiment is against hanging of terrorist Balwant Singh Rajoana, the city police is keeping a close watch at Rajoana village, about 30 kilometers from the city, in Raikot.

Nearly three companies of the CRPF from Chandigarh are in the city for strengthening the security apparatus. The city police personnel conducted flag march in different parts of the city today.

The reserve police forces would erect barricades and conduct raids in different parts of the city. Intelligence agencies have already sent inputs that the anti-social elements were looking for an opportunity to exploit the situation. They have also cautioned the local police to keep a tab on disruptive elements visiting educational institutions to instigate students.

In the wake of ongoing controversy, the Kotwali police today frisked passengers coming out of the railway station. “I was shocked when two burly men started opening my luggage without seeking my permission. When asked, the duo told that they were undercover cops. They added that they were tipped off about weapons being hidden in a luggage being taken to the city,” said a Batala-based businessman.

A police official added the hoax bomb call, which, spread panic at bus stand and followed by a massive search operation, could be a prank played by a mischievous element.

However, the police did not officially confirmed specifics about intelligence inputs. But hectic activities were noticeable at all police stations of the city.



High drama over Rajoana flag
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, March 26
High drama was witnessed near Chaura Bazar when Baljinder Singh Jindu, president, Sikh Welfare Council, was stopped by a head constable for putting up a flag of Balwinder Singh Rajoana on his car.

The incident took place this afternoon when Jindu, a resident of Model Town, was heading towards the Jagraon bridge along with his friends on his car. The trouble began when a cop indicated Jindu to stop the car at a check point near Cinema Road.

“The cop abused me and tried to pull off the flag. I objected to his action but the cop was adamant. This led to a heated argument between me and the cop,” said Jindu.

SHO Surinder Mohan reached the spot and took the leader to police station. There ACP Swapan Sharma managed to settle the issue and the matter was resolved.



Radio cab or ambulance?
Callers dial emergency number to be dropped at desired destination

Lovleen Bains

Doraha, March 26
Ambulance 108 crew, who are doing the noble task of saving lives, are felling cheated and let down due to the non-cooperation of hospitals, especially private ones besides pranks people tend to play on them. These, they feel, are the greatest hurdle in the performance of their duties.

Jagdeep Singh, the cluster head of Ambulance 108 of Ludhiana-I, said, “On the one hand, a patient’s life is hanging between life and death while on the other, doctors, especially at private hospitals, are busy searching the former’s pocket to ensure whether he or she is in a position to pay the hospital fee or not. Sometimes the hospital authorities refuse to admit such patients.”

He said, “We have, on numerous occasions, received calls where the callers had no such emergency but rung up simply to be dropped at their desired destinations. The other day, someone called us up from Madpur village saying that a patient was suffering from severe stomach ache and had to be taken to a hospital immediately. We reached, picked him up, but to our surprise, the patient on reaching Doraha expressed his wish to be dropped there as the pain had subsided. It was later revealed that the patient had just fooled us as he had no conveyance to reach Doraha, he played a prank on us.”

“Not only this, people use Ambulance 108 to buy medicine, go to an OPD and visit a doctor. The crew have to attend to each and every call and reach the spot, come what may,” said Jatin Malhotra, cluster head of Ludhiana-II.

“Last week, we got a call from Katani Kalan village. A boy, we were told, had fractured one of his feet. As usual, we had to rush to the village and take the boy to the Civil Hospital at Sahnewal. But we were taken aback when the nurse told me that there was no need to bring the child in the ambulance, as it was a minor injury. To our surprise the child got up and started running. But, a fatal accident took place at the Kaddon Chowk in Doraha. People had sustained serious injuries and were to be admitted to a hospital immediately. We were in a fix. We called up an ambulance at Sahnewal, but it had gone to some accident spot. Then we informed an ambulance at Khanna, but it could not reach before 30 minutes and the victim died,” said an emergency medical technician, who was on duty at that time.

“We get satisfaction by saving lives. But only if the hospitals, especially the private ones, are cooperative enough to at least provide first-aid, if nothing more, a large number of lives could be saved,” lamented cluster head, Jagdeep.

“Our problems can be solved if people, rather than playing pranks on us, takes the matter seriously. After all, it is the question of someone’s life at stake. Other things become less significant,” added Jatin, cluster head, Ludhiana-II.



PCS (J) Exam roll of honours
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
Congratulations and jubilations for these youngsters from the city came rushing in as soon as the results of Punjab Civil Services (Judicial) examination-2011 were declared. Himanshu Arora has clinched the first rank in the state in the examination. Prabhjot Kaur from Sahnewal has secured the eighth rank, Inderjeet Singh the 21st rank and Jagmeet Singh has secured the 42nd rank in the examination. Jaspreet topped the list in the BC category while Jaspreet Kaur and Manpreet Kaur have secured the first and third rank in the SC category, respectively.

Himanshu Arora, 24, is a pass-out of 5-year degree from the Army Institute of Law, Mohali. He was inspired from his father SK Arora, who is Additional District and Sessions Judge, and mother Seema Arora, Deputy District Attorney, in the city. Prabhjot Kaur completed her BALLB from Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala, in 2011. She has wanted to become a judge since childhood. Friends Inderjeet Singh and Jaspreet Singh completed their LLB from Panjab University Regional Centre, Ludhiana, in 2009 after their BCom from SCD Government College.

Jaspreet Kaur, 27, hails from a family of advocates as her father and brother are both lawyers.

Having done LLB and LLM from Panjab University, she is working as assistant professor at Panjab University Regional Centre in the city.

Manpreet Kaur, 29, was inspired by the authority and power of decisions the Judiciary enjoys while taking up law. She is working as part-time assistant professor at the University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS) and pursuing PhD after completing her LLB and LLM from the university. Jagmeet Singh, 24, passed out from UILS in 2010. He was inspired by his advocate father Baldev Singh Arora.

Himanshu says apart from law subjects for the examinations, one should also focus on language examinations as well.

Jaspreet Kaur advises hardwork and regular studies to aspirants while Jagmeet emphasised self-study rather than taking coaching classes. "There is a notion among youngsters that one can't clear the exams without coaching. I want to give a message that aspirants can clear the exam on their own without any coaching," he said. They should maintain a healthy routine, workout regularly and study consistently he said.



A dancer since childhood
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Hrithik Sharma (13) who has qualified for the next round of TV reality show “Dance India Dance”.
Hrithik Sharma (13) who has qualified for the next round of TV reality show “Dance India Dance”. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, March 26
His genial smile, confidence and fluency impress you first. His energy and agility of his quick dance moves bowl you over. Hrithik Sharma (13) is raring to go for the next round of a TV reality show, “Dance India Dance”.

He went to the show earlier, but could not get selected last year. "Judges told me that I should work on my dance," says the perky teenager. "So I came back, joined an institute and improved my steps," he smiles.

He loved dancing right from childhood and made it to the show last year as well. He learnt dance watching TV, he says and loves the dancing styles of Michael Jackson and Hritik Roshan. He is studying in class XI at NM Jain School.

"He used to love dancing since childhood. So I only encouraged him towards his passion," says Divya Sharma, his mother. "My husband passed away a few years back. So he understands his responsibility and more mature than children of his age," she says.

"Thanks to my trainer, there is more sharpness and finishing to my dance steps," Hrithik Sharma said. Hip-hop and lyrical hip-hop are his favourite genres as he also performs Bollywood and salsa.

His trainer and choreographer Shrikant Raikwar says that he has a flair for dancing. "He is a quick learner. He needs to be taught once and he immediately picks up the dance moves and performs adding his own colour to it," he said.

There would be a solo performance round. If he clears that he would be in India's top 18, which would be very good, said Kamal Nanda, from the training institute.



From colleges
400 conferred degrees

Ludhiana: The annual convocation and prize-distribution function of Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College was held here in Guru Nanak Hall on Monday. About 400 graduate and postgraduate pass-outs were conferred degrees of Panjab University. Prof BS Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab Agricultural University, was the chief guest.

Dr SP Singh, former Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, welcomed the chief guest. Prof Sohinderjit Singh, president, Gujranwala Khalsa Educational Council, presented a memento to the chief guest.

Dr BS Dhillon, an eminent agricultural scientist, exhorted the students to pursue their careers with grit and determination. Quoting instances, Dr Dhillon asserted that hard work and single-minded devotion to their professions would take them to the highest echelons in their respective fields. He sensitised the degree holders about the demands of education and the trend of Indian students opting for higher studies abroad.

Principal RP Singh presented the annual report of the college highlighting its distinct achievements in academics cultural and sports activities.

Earlier, an army recruitment and motivational lecture was held under Major Dave’s able guidance.


Clad in black robes with colourful scarves on proud shoulders, a large number of pass-out students from the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, were conferred degrees during the annual convocation of the college. As many as 467 degrees were awarded to graduates of BA, BCom, BCA and BBA in addition to honours and postgraduate classes of MA (English), MCom and PGDCA. The gathering consisted of members of the college governing body and parents.

The ceremony started with a poised guard of honour for the chief guest, Kuldip Singh, Commissioner of Income Tax, Ludhiana. It was followed by invocation to the Almighty and the ceremonial lighting of the lamp by the chief guest, Prof Gurbir Singh, Gurvinder Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Harmohan Singh and Kawaljit Kaur, Principal.

Kawaljit Kaur read out the college report, supplemented by a power point presentation. The chief guest conferred the degrees upon the students and felicitated the special awardees with seven memorial medals, 26 roll of honours, 16 college colours and six merit certificates. This red carpet event was further embellished with the release of a placement brochure.

On the occasion, Dr Satish Kumar Verma, Professor Punjabi Department and Director, Youth Welfare, Punjabi University, Patiala, was presented with Award of Honour for his achievements in theatre and translation. He has around 55 books to his credit. Inspiring young minds, he asserted that one should never forget the gratitude and reverence towards ones mother and mother tongue.

MBACIT result

Students of MBACIT (1st semester) of Master Taras Singh College for Women demonstrated excellent performance in December-2011 examination conducted by Panjab University, Chandigarh. According to a press note, the students this professional course had always brought laurels to the college with excellent results. The overall result was 100 per cent. There were many distinctions and the entire batch got first division. Nikita has stood first in the university by scoring 80.3 per cent marks. Lovleen and Namrata have secured the second and third position by scoring 78.16 per cent and 77.8 per cent marks respectively. The Principal, Dr Parveen Kaur Chawla, congratulated the students and wished them success in the future. — TMS



Employees’ sports meet ends on colourful note
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
To mark the end of the 7th Annual Employees’ Sports Meet, a cultural programme and prize-distribution ceremony was held at Dumra Auditorium here last evening. The employees of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital and Hero DMC Heart Institute presented a colourful cultural programme on this occasion.

Col JV Singh, Deputy General Manager (Administration and HR), extended warm welcome to the dignitaries present on the occasion. The chief guest on the occasion was SK Goel, Chairman, Central Board of Excise and Customs, who gave away prizes to the participants of sports meet and the cultural programme.

In his address, the chief guest congratulated the organisers and all the participants for their brilliant performances and their active participation in the sports activities.

The winners and runners-up of various sports events held during the annual sports meet were awarded prizes by the dignitaries present on the occasion. Among the prominent guests present on the occasion were Gian Chand Dhawan and Amrit Nagpal, Vice Presidents of DMCH Managing Society, Prem Kumar Gupta, Secretary of DMCH Managing Society, Dr Daljit Singh, Principal, Dr Rajoo Singh Chhina, Dean Academics, Dr GS Wander, Chief Cardiologist and Dr Sandeep Puri, Dr. B S Shah and Dr Ashwani Chaudhary, all Medical Superintendents.

The programme began with a devotional song followed by solo-song performances, vigorous solo and group dances and entertaining skits, which were highly appreciated by the jam-packed audience. Giddha, jhumar and Malayalam dance performances were the main attractions of the event.

After the plays and skits, it was the turn of peppy Punjabi folk dances like bhangra and giddha which enthralled the audience.

Among the various performances, the highlights include a thought-provoking skit on the theme, “Cruelty towards woman”, comedy skit by Narinder and group, group dances, and a qawwali by Vikas and Group.

The following awards were given: Best dancer (1st prize to Manish Rana, 2nd prize to Sandeep Kaur); solo song (1st prize Nidhi Bhatti, 2nd prize to Jaspal). The award for the Best Sportsperson was given to Vikram Singh and Sandeep Kaur. In the group dance category, giddha bagged the first prize followed by jhumar. A consolation award was given to the Malayalam dance.



Jaura’s play befitting tribute to World Theatre Day
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, March 26
Nirmal Jaura’s lyrical play “Main Punjab Bolda Han”, tracing the history of Punjab, its trials and tribulations to gain its present status and its efforts for diversification in order to unite or in other words transform the world into a global village, is being considered a befitting contribution to the World Theatre Day being observed tomorrow, i.e. on March27.

Beginning on World Theatre Day, dedicated to the centenary celebrations of Punjabi Natak and Rangmanch, it is planned to be staged at different places both in India and abroad throughout the year. It will be staged at Tal Kotara Stadium, Delhi, on Baisakhi, i.e. April 13.

Dr Nirmal Jaura, a teacher in Mass Communication at Punjab Agricultural University, through his lyrical play “Main Punjab Bolda Han” has traced the role of a ‘singular’ Punjab from the time of Aryans to the emergence of a ‘diversified’ one. “As we are celebrating the 50 years of World Theatre Day tomorrow, we should be focusing on its aim to strengthen mutual understanding across borders. Jaura’s play has the positive and constructive role of Punjabis towards the realisation of this effect,” said Gurbhajan Gill, President, Punjabi Sahit Sabha.

“On the occasion of World Theatre Day, his play tries to give a constructive message to the world that Punjabis have grown taller by passing through trial and tribulations and this ennobling effect is now being felt, as much in the non-Punjabis as in Punjabis itself, both here and abroad,” expressed Surjit Patar, winner of Saraswati Award.

“I was prompted to write this play when I discovered the craze for Punjabi language in the kids of Gurukul Art Academy at Toronto in Canada,” viewed the writer and director of the play, Nirmal Jaura. “The people of Punjab are known for their large heartedness, which I am confident, would go a long way in putting an end to all sorts of narrowness and communalism, prevalent in the world today,” Jaura added. “It is through this play that the writer has tried to work towards the change of hearts and instil the feeling of living as a whole and living with a purpose,” said Dr Sewak Singh, president, Rangmanch Sansthan.



Jewellers strike lingers on, people face hardship
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
Jewellers, who were demanding exemption from the proposed excise duty, continued to hold countrywide strike today as well. City-based jewellers, under the banner of the All-India Jewellers’ Trade Forum, went to lodge their protest against the budgetary proposal.

Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee announced a 2 per cent rise in import duty on gold, proposed an increase in excise duty on unbranded precious jewellery and doubled the customs duty on standard gold from 2 per cent to 4 per cent in the Budget.

“We are protesting against budgetary provision to levy excise duty of 1 per cent on 30 per cent of the transaction value. Our strike began a day after the Budget presentation and will continue till the duties are rolled back,” said Anand Sikri, president, Ludhiana Jewellers’ Association.

“We don’t want to come under the excise net as it would be difficult for small jewellers to comply with the complexities of this duty,” he added.

Secretary of the association Vaneet Dhanda said: “The Central excise duty was earlier levied on branded jewellery. Bringing unbranded jewellery under its ambit will directly affect the unorganised sector of jewellers, which deal in it. The imposition of these taxes will also increase gold prices for the consumer, who will then be paying 6 per cent more for every unit of gold. This means that for every unit of gold, a consumer will have to pay Rs 1,800 more.”

Customers are at the receiving end due to the ongoing stir by the jewellers. People are unable to place or collect the orders.

Shalika Sharma, whose daughter is getting married next moth, said, “I am really worried. What will I do if the shops don’t open within a few days? I have already selected the designs but am unable to place the order due to the strike. If the strike does not end then I will go for the readymade ornaments.”

Ravi Khanna said he had no option other than giving a gold coin lying in his house to his would be daughter-ion-law due to the strike.

“My son’s marriage got fixed suddenly. I am unable to gift a gold ornament to my would be daughter-in-law. It is a ritual. Thus, I gifted the gold coin that was lying with us,” he added.



From schools
Flower Show

Ludhiana: An eye-catching flower show was organised at Ryan International School here on Monday. The parents were mesmerised by the beauty of a variety of flowers blooming in diverse hues, which gave a very fresh and colourful look to the ambience. The parents of the students from class I to V had sent the potted flower plants as their entry for the flower show. The Guest of Honour Inderjeet Kaur, Principal, Home and Heaven School, was the judge and the winner students and their parents were honoured and appreciated by one and all. Speaking on the occasion, the Principal, Parveena John, said: "Through this flower show we wanted to provide a platform to our students to display their aesthetic sense, to show their concern towards our environment and at the same time sensitise the masses to work hand in hand for making our surroundings green and healthy".

Annual function

Rising Stars Playway School, Jassian Road, Haibowal Kalan, celebrated its annual function with zeal and enthusiasm. The function, which was organised under the guidance of Principal Sonia Sharma, started with the lighting of the lamp by chief guest Pawan Pandey, Kewal Krishan Gupta (Akalpuri) and Youth Congress leader Deepak Khandoor. The function was preside over by other chief guest Bharat Bhushan Ashu and Mamta Ashu, councillor.

A colourful programme was presented by the little students. The main attraction of the programme was a song on Holi. Bhangra and dance on English songs were also presented by the students. — TNS



City’s date with glamour
Tribune News Service

Sufi icon in city
: Rabbi Shergill with his album “III” in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, March 26
It turned out to be the city’s date with glamour as the maverick singing star Rabbi Shergill visited the city and star cast of Punjabi movie in the making Yamley Jatt Yamley also visited the city.

It is a matter of pride and appreciation as Punjab is the only place in the country where independent music by artists is not only survives but is thriving as well. In the influx of TV, radio and Bollywood, not much independent music is coming out, and most of it is being released on through TV and radio, Rabbi said.

Talking about vulgarity in Punjabi music he said that vulgarity to some extent has always remained in society, but presenting women in a certain manner today and the sleazy songs is condemnable, he said. Yet, singers like Satinder Sartaj and Wadali Brothers are doing good making clean and good music.

Actors from Punjabi movie in the making Yamley Jatt Yamley touched down in the city as they completed the shooting of the movie in Punjab.

It is the first Punjabi movie to be shot in Goa, as they head to the state for the shooting.

Director and actor Savy Dadwal, Guggu Gill and Jonita Doda were in the city for a press conference. The movie according to the Doda is an entertainer and has action scenes with situational comedy sprinkled in.

Talking about the newer Punjabi movies focusing on the urban youth and urban culture, Guggu Gill who has played various movies in the past, said that people miss the village and culture themes in Punjabi movies. It has been shot in Chandigarh, and other parts of Punjab including Doraha. Apart from Dadwal, Doda and Gill, the film stars Gurpreet Ghuggi, Bharti Singh, Rana Ranbir. Savy Dadwal has worked as assistant director in Rang De Basanti and Dabang.



17 students caught copying
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
A flying squad of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) to curb copying in the board examination got success when it caught 17 students copying in the second semester math examinations of class X today. All these cases were registered by the flying squad team led by Surinder Singh Gerewal from Hmabran and Bhoondri villages.

Among the 17 students, the flying squad nabbed 11 students from Government Senior Secondary School, Hambran, who were using slips, guides, hand-written and printed material without any fear. Other six students were caught at Government Senior Secondary School Bhoondri. All were solving the paper by sitting together. The board authorities registered unfair means cases (UMC) against these students. Centre superintendent, deputy superintendent and an invigilator were relieved from duty for allegedly helping the students.

Surinder Singh Grewal, in charge flying squad said, "Our team visited at four examination centres we caught 17 students while copying from two centres. When our team reached Government Senior Secondary School Bhoondri, students having same paper code were sitting together. Some of them were caught with others paper. I have sent a report to the District Education Officer and PSEB chairman."

"We relieved superintendent, deputy superintendent and an invigilator from duty. Team also visited Nurpur Bet and Sidhwan Bet villages but everything was going well", he added.



Delay in road construction annoys residents, shopkeepers
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, March 26
Delay in the construction of a road on the Railway Road has annoyed those living in localities situated on this road. The residents have criticised the local municipal council for its failure to get the road constructed within a stipulated time.

In fact, the municipal council had undertaken the work of laying interlocking tiles on this road a few months ahead of the Assembly elections. But the contractor had only managed to fix the interlocking tiles on less than half portion of the road as the work was stopped due to the poll.

The council resumed the work of fixing the interlocking tiles on the remaining portion of the road three weeks ago. But the work is going on at a snail’s pace as a result of which people are facing a lot of difficulties.

“Though the work was started more than 20 days ago, yet the council has failed to finish 20 per cent of the work so far,” says Atul Mittal, a resident of Ram Nagar on the Railway Road.

The commuters have been forced to pay through the nose due to the delay in the ongoing work of fixing interlocking tiles. “We are literally fed up with this constriction work. I fail to understand why it is taking so long to finish less then 100 meter stretch of the road,” says Kapil Khanna, another resident.

This avoidable delay in the road construction work has also left the shopkeepers on this road fuming. They are suffering losses as customers hesitate to visit this market due to the chaotic situation.

President of the municipal council Baldev Krishan Dhir admitted that the work was going on at a snail’s pace. He, however, added that he would take up the matter with the contractor and ensure the work is completed at the earliest.



NRIs beware! IT dept could net you for unaccounted money
Manav Mander

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) having unaccounted money beware! Sleuths of the Income Tax Department can bother them for that. There is no intention to stop NRIs from returning or bring back their assets to the country. But, if an employed person returns from abroad after two years with $ 1 billion in pocket, he would have to explain the amount, added a senior official from the department.

“But generally it is very clear that there is no such intention. India wants to attract NRI investment and remittances and we wholeheartedly want them to return,” he added.

Regarding re-assessment of income in relation to any asset located outside India, the government in the Budget, has proposed reopening of assessments of up to 16 years, against six years at present. Besides, it also plans to make it compulsory reporting requirement in case of assets held abroad.

The time limit of six years is not sufficient in cases where assets are located outside India because gathering information regarding such assets takes more time on account of additional procedures and laws of foreign jurisdictions.

The 16-year thing is an enabling provision where it is found that the person whether NRI or anybody is not able to explain as to how he acquired and whether taxes has been paid on those money, whether in India or abroad. Experts said such a move could create unnecessary reporting requirements and harassment for NRIs.



Civil hospital nurses stage dharna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
Staff nurses of the local Civil Hospital staged an hour-long dharna against the non- payment of monthly salaries to them. They raised slogans against the state government and urged it to release their salaries at the earliest.

Lovy Kalyan, president of the union, said a few nurses had not received their salaries after December. “That is why we staged the dharna today,” she added. The dharna was lifted after the Senior Medical Officer promised to look into their demands and discuss it with senior officials of the health department.

At least 250 nurses from the state took part in a meeting of the Punjab Government Nurses Association. Jasvir Kaur, state vice-president of the association announced that the association had been dissolved and a new Punjab Government Nurses Action Committee formed.



1 killed, 8 hurt in mishap
Our Correspondent

Khamano, March 26
One person was killed and eight were injured in a road accident that took place on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road near Khamano. Three persons were on their way to Morinda in a tempo when a mini bus of a cotton factory collided head with it near Khamano.

The accident was so fierce that the tempo driver died on the spot. Two others on board the tempo and six girls of the mini bus sustained serious injuries in the accident.

The injured were rushed to the local Civil Hospital. The girls were referred to the ESI Hospital in Ludhiana. Two tempo travelers were referred to GMSS, Sector 32, Chandigarh in serious condition. The tempo driver, who died on the spot, has been identified as Raj Kumar(24), a resident of Kot Isse Khan village. Those injured have been identified as Manpreet Singh, a resident of Ghaloti village, and Baljit Singh, a resident of Kot Isse Khan village.

The injured girls have been identified as Karamjit Kaur, Gagandeep Kaur, Dalvir Kaur, Pinki and Baljinder Kaur, all residents of Badwala and Lullon villages, respectively. The injured girls were employees of Malwa Cotton Spinning Mill and were going to the mill in the mini bus when the accident took place. A case has been registered in this regard. A manhunt has been launched to nab the mini bus driver who is absconding.



Drug addict held for stabbing
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, March 26
The youth who had stabbed a man in the Shimlapuri area following a road rage yesterday has turned out to be drug addict. The accused, identified as Love Shakti, a resident of Bhagwan Nagar, was nabbed from the Sidhwan canal bridge in the Shimlapuri area here this morning.

The accused had yesterday stabbed Balram Singh in the Shimlapuri area following the road rage.

During the search, the police found 11 gm of smack from him. Love Shakti confessed before the police that he was under the influence of drugs when he stabbed the victim Balram Singh.



2 singers booked
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, March 26
Two Punjabi singers have landed in trouble for hurting religious sentiments.

Taking swift action, the Division No. 4 police today booked Mohd Irshad and Gurmeet Singh under sections 295 of the IPC.

According to the complainant, Satnam Singh, the language used in the song was bad.

“I was watching the programme and got aghast to see the vulgarly dressed girl. The song hurt my religious sentiments,” stated Satnam in his complaint to the police.



Cricket trials
Fourtyseven players shortlisted
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 26
Forty-seven boys have been picked up after the trials conducted by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) for selecting the probables (u-16) for its regional coaching centre at Arya College yesterday.

The selection panel comprising Chaman Lal Malhotra, Sham Lal, Pawan Pandey, Navneet Sharma, Dinesh Puri, Ankur Kakkar and Naresh Marwaha judged the aspirants during the trials.

The selected players have been enrolled with the centre being run at the same venue under the aegis of the Punjab Cricket Association.

The names of the selected players are: Anirudh, Deepin, Gurjot, Balbir, Shivansh, Ramandeep, Harnoor Singh, Lakhwinder, Sumer Singh Virk, Debashish, Rahul Khanna, Akash, Gurtej Singh, Shivang, Rohit Jindal, Bhupinder Singh, Shubendu, Manjot Singh, Sher Bahadur, Manuj Saharan, Manan Jain, Jai Sharma, Kamaldeep, Raghav Sharma, Arshmit, Rupinder, Chirag Sikka, Pranav Mishra, Manav Gupta, Shaurya, Rahul Sikka, Kunwar Makkar, Anmol Sharma, Simer Singh, Kunal Chopta, Vaibhav Kalra, Karan Singh, Kartik Khatri, Manvir, Mohit Singh, Rohit, Bhuvnesh, Gaurav Verma, Japesh, Lovish Dhir, Udit Sethi and Yuvraj.

According to Vinod Chitkara, honorary general secretary, Ludhiana District Cricket Association, the selected boys have been advised to report at Arya College ground at 4 pm on March 27.

The Ludhiana district team for the upcoming Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Championship for ML Markan Trophy will also be finalised from these probables, Chitkara added.



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