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unsafe bridge
Child drowns, 2 booked
3 kids were playing near canal, kin allege foul play
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 30
Unsafe bridge on the Sirhind canal proved disastrous for three families of Maholi Khurad village near here.

While the only son of a family died of drowning, sons of two other families have been booked under Sections 304 and 34 of the IPC for causing his death.

The Sandaur police has booked Sukhpreet Singh and Manpreet Singh, both students of Class VIII of a government school, for allegedly causing death of their classmate Gur Simranjit Singh three days ago.

Investigations revealed that Gur Simranjit had fallen into the Sirhind Canal while he was playing with his friends near an unsafe bridge in their village at about 4 pm on Tuesday.

While Sukhpreet and Manpreet maintained that Gur Simranjit had slipped into the canal; Sher Singh, father of Gur Simranjit Singh, alleged that his son was thrown into the canal with an intention to kill him.

He alleged that the suspects entered into a scuffle with Gur Simranjit before pushing him into the canal.

Family members have been searching for victim’s body all these days. Though eyewitnesses had seen the boy being taken away by water current, people hoped he could have been saved.

But their hopes shattered when his body was recovered today.

SHO Randhir Singh said action would be taken only after verifying the facts.


42-yr-old woman commits suicide
Kin was to get married after 4 days
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 30
Barely four days before her daughter’s marriage, a 42-year- old woman committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at a house in Shimlapuri today.

The victim identified as Savita was a heart patient and used to remain ill. A lot of money was being spent on her treatment. She was upset as family was unable to save money for the marriage due to the ailment.

The incident took place this evening when she was alone in the house.

Her daughter had gone to the market for shopping along with her brother. Sanjiv Kumar, a cable operator, arrived at the house at around 8pm and saw Savita hanging from the ceiling fan and raised an alarm.

The Shimlapuri police has sent to the body for post-mortem examination.



Electricity consumers, industry in a fix
PSPCL asks them to switch over to open access system
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 30
Consumers are in a fix after Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) asked those needing 1 MW and above to switch over to open access. Thus, distribution licensee shall not be liable to supply power to such consumers. This has created panic in the industrial sector.

The corporation’s move is based on decision taken by the Ministry of Power, Government of India, under the Electricity Act 2003. In case any consumer is interested in getting power from PSPCL, he will have to inform it one month in advance. Such consumers have to tell PSPCL about the quantum of power which includes hourly KVA along with daily/monthly requirement of power.

“This decision has made consumers panicky. Firstly, the open access market is yet not fully developed. This market, at the moment, is evolving. On the other hand, there is acute shortage of power in the country. Moreover, bulk of power requirement goes to the agriculture sector in a cyclic manner and the quantum of power for this sector remains uncertain. In such a scenario individual consumers will not be able to negotiate with producers of power,” said PD Sharma, president, Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Requirement of power for industry also varies according to the prevailing business conditions. Therefore, consumers can precisely tell about their requirement. Under this situation, PSPCL will not be under any obligation to satisfy the requirement of such consumers. The net result will be that consumers with 1 Megawatt and above shall always remain in the lurch. This is a nightmarish scenario for the industrial sector, added Gurpargat Singh Kahlon, president, Auto Parts Manufacturers’ Association.

In Punjab, the situation is unique yet in another sense. Large chunk of power is being given either as free or highly subsidised. The burden of this uncalled for subsidy will fall on smaller consumers and they may be crushed under this burden, said Sharma.

Industry representatives today met Director (Distribution), PSPCL, Arun Kumar Verma, in this regard. The latter clarified that industry could avail of all options available to it. Industry with a load of 1 MW and above can get its power supply wholly from open access; partly from open access and partly from PSPCL or power can be had from PSPCL.

“At present, Rajasthan was the first state in the country to implement Government of India’s decision on open access. However, the Regulatory Commission of Rajasthan stayed the operation. Punjab is the second state to implement this order. But permission of the Punjab Regulatory Commission has not been obtained by PSPCL so far,” said Verma.

He gave all options to industry in this regard. Requirement of power of different sectors is different. Verma told that spinning industry had proposed to avail 60 to 70 per cent of its power requirement from PSPCL and the remaining from open access system. Other industries can have different pattern to avail power from both sources. He further informed that PSPCL was also trying to give another option to industry to avail power during night at concessional rates.

Advance notice

The corporation’s move is based on decision taken by the Ministry of Power, Government of India, under the Electricity Act 2003. In case any consumer is interested in getting power from PSPCL, he will have to inform it one month in advance



Himanshu makes it to IFS
Secures 5th rank all over India
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 30
Himanshu Gupta, a resident of the city, has secured All-India 5th rank in the Indian Forest Service (IFS) examination. The results were declared online today evening.

He completed his electrical engineering and electronics from BITS, Pilani, in 2009, after a stint with a government organisation. Then, he set out to realize the dream of his father to see him as an IAS officer.

With a wish to join the Central services, he left his well-paid job in Bangalore with a reputed government organization and came to Delhi to prepare for Civil Services exams. “It was during this preparation that I decided to sit for IFS as well.” It was his first attempt.

His father Ravi Kumar Gupta, a government contractor, said he wanted Himanshu to become IAS officer, so he wasn’t perturbed when his son left the job to prepare for the civil services.

“This is a challenging job. The laws exist, but it needs to be implemented to bring about the change. The development model being pursued today needs to be improved and people sensitized about the need to save the environment,” he says.

He is a classmate of namesake Himanshu Arora at KVM School who topped in Punjab Civil Services (Judicial) exams. He is a bright student and had topped the district in the All-Indian Engineering Entrance Examination.

He has also appeared in the interview round for Indian Administrative Services (IAS) exam this year and is awaiting the result.

Maths and Physics were his optional subjects. He believes that his technical knowledge impressed the panel during the interview. He used to study for minimum eight hours a day. His mantra: There are no shortcuts and one just needs to stay focused. “Have faith in yourself and in God as well,” he says.



Want to zoom in super luxury cars, fork out
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 30
City people are known for zooming in style in their swanky cars. But, rich and famous will have to shell out more money for buying these imported super luxury cars post-Budget.

The Finance Minister’s Budget proposal to increase customs duty on imported vehicles means one need to fork out an additional Rs 20 to Rs 40 lakh to own posh sedan like the Ferrari, Porsche or Lamborghini.

There would be a rise of nearly 20 to 25 per cent on the earlier sticker price of these imported vehicles. This increase, dealers and experts say, will lead to deferment in purchases, or even cancellations.

One of the businessmen from the city who already owns a fleet of car and was planning to buy another imported luxury car has postponed his purchase as of now. “No doubt, I will buy my dream car, but as of now I have postponed it. The increase in duties on luxury cars is definitely a surprise move. Many clients will defer their plans even if they don’t cancel them like me,” he added.

Sushil Kapoor, an expert from the car market, said the increase in duties could also lead to cancellations because even those customers who had placed orders for such vehicles earlier would now have to pay according to the revised prices list. Normally, there is a time gap of four to eight months between the date of booking and the date of delivery of these cars.

“The 15 per cent increase in duty will mean an increase between Rs 20 lakh and Rs 40 lakh. Though the buyers belong to high end class but still the short-term impact will surely be there and buyers’ decision will get affected,” he said.

Even as a general hike was affected across all vehicles sold in India through an increase in excise duty, the impact of the proposed move would be the most for imported luxury cars and sports utility vehicles brought into the country.

Rachna Jain, who is presently driving a Porsche, said her family was planning to buy a Jaguar but the increase in the prices due to hike in custom duty has forced them to think otherwise.



Son of SAD leader dies in car crash
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 30
A 26-year-old son of a SAD leader died in a car crash near Sahnewal last night. The victim identified as Saravpreet Singh, son of Lakhvir Singh Klalmajra, chairman, Khanna Market Committee, was returning to Khanna along with his brother-in-law when this accident took place.

According to the police, Saravpreet’s sports utility vehicle (SUV) rammed into a tractor-trailer parked in the middle of the National Highway No. 1 near Sahnewal.

An eyewitness said Saravpreet could not locate the vehicle parked in the middle of the road and rammed his SUV into its rear end.

The impact of the collision was so strong that Saravpreet died on the spot. The condition of Saravpreet’s brother-in-law, who was rushed to a hospital, was stated to be stable.

The death has come as a double whammy for relatives of Klalmajra. The SAD leader had suffered heart attack a week ago and was recuperating in a hospital.



Class IX student kills classmate
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 30
In a shocking incident, a Class IX student was stabbed to death by his classmate following a quarrel inside a gurdwara at Thakarwal village near here yesterday.

The victim has been identified as Krishan Singh (16). The incident took place yesterday when accused Gurpreet Singh and Krishan Singh exchanged blows inside gurdwara.

According to Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP-III) Kulwinder Singh, the motive behind killing is not known as yet.

However, police sources said they fought over the issue of memory card of a mobile phone. In a fit of rage, Gurpreet rushed out of the gurdwara and got hold of a knife lying at the vegetable shop of his brother.

The accused then entered the gurdwara and stabbed the victim. The attack proved fatal and Krishan Singh bled to death on the spot.

After stabbing the victim, Gurpreet Singh fled from the spot. He was nabbed by the police later on.



Domestic consumers beware
Agencies found selling LPG beyond expiry date
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 30
Domestic gas cylinders with expiry dates are being delivered to consumers as the latter are little aware of this fact.

Generally customers are unaware of the fact that cylinders, too, have an expiry date which is printed on their pillars.

Mona Sabharwal, resident of Sham Singh Road, said she came to know about the expiry of gas cylinder after she found some anomalies in hers. Gas was leaking from the cylinder and when I got it checked I was made aware of the fact that these too have an expiry date. I wonder how the gas agencies can play with the lives of people by distributing expired cylinders,” she added.

“When I contacted the dealer he immediately agreed to replace expired cylinders with new ones,” she added. Sukhchain Singh, another customer, said he had on numerous occasions observed that the dealers deliver the gas cylinders with expiry dates. “Since not many people are aware of the fact so these companies take consumers for a ride,” he said.

“Gas companies should check these details at the time of filling at the plant itself so that these cylinders cannot be filled and circulated after their expiry. Strict action will be taken against the offenders,” said Rajnish Kumari, District Food and Supplies Controller.

Decoding the date

The expiry date is printed with month codes as A, B, C or D along with year of expiry. A stands for months January, February and March, B stands for April, May and June, C stands for July, August and September and D stands for October, November and December. After the alphabet, year of expiry is printed. For example A 10, means the expiry is in March 2010.



ZP nod to Rs 36-cr budget
Focus on all-round development, elimination of corruption
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, March 30
The Punjab Government will undertake works to carry out all-round development of this district on a war footing and improve on governance by launching a comprehensive campaign against corruption.

This was stated by Zila Parishad (ZP) chairman and SAD legislator from Dakha Manpreet Singh Ayali while presiding over a meeting of the ZP in which the annual budget-2012-13 of Rs 36 crore for the Zila Parishad, 12 panchayat samitis and the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) schemes was approved.

Giving more details to the media after the meeting, Ayali said the ZP would spend Rs 4.28 crore on development works during 2012-13, the panchayat samitis will undertake development works worth Rs 14 crore while a sum of Rs 17.35 crore had been earmarked for as many as 3,146 development projects to be executed under the MGNREGA schemes.

According to Ayali, the projects to be undertaken under the MGNREGA schemes will provide employment to more than 45,000 persons. "From April 1, the daily wage being paid under the MGNREGA schemes are being increased to Rs 166. Among the development projects intended to be taken up for rural development were 35 Rajiv Gandhi Sewa Kendras to be set up at a cost of Rs 3 crore," Ayali added.

He asked all the members of the ZP and panchayat samitis as well as the government officials to maintain a proper coordination for timely completion of the development projects and to address people’s problems on priority. Ayali also outlined various steps being taken to provide the basic amenities to the rural population while claiming that almost all the villages in the district would have access to safe drinking water within the next six months.

The Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), Pradeep Aggarwal, presented a detailed report on the budget proposals and also dwelt upon the development works carried out this year.



Cuncillors, parties get active
Local Bodies Minister promises to hold MC poll before schedule
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 30
After the statement of Local Bodies Minister that the Municipal Corporation (MC) elections would be held before the scheduled time, councillors have already sprung into action and many of them today held closed-door meetings with their supporters. This has also come as a surprise for many councillors who were expecting that the elections would be held either in August or September this year.

The sitting councillors as well as aspirants from different political parties have already started lobbying for getting tickets.

Senior Deputy Mayor Parveen Bansal, who unsuccessfully contested the Vidhan Sabha elections on the BJP ticket from Ludhiana North, might not contest the elections while Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura, who, too, unsuccessfully contested the elections on the SAD ticket from Ludhiana South, claimed that he had not decided whether to contest the elections or not. He said he would abide by the party decision.

While speaking to The Tribune, Mayor Giaspura, whose son Jaspal Singh Giaspura is also an MC Councillor, claimed that he would abide by the party decision. “I am a dedicated party worker and if the party wants me to lead from the front and contest the MC elections, I would do so, and if the party wants me to concentrate on the Ludhiana South constituency for the 2017 Vidhan Sabha elections, I would abide by it. I don’t have any personal aspirations and would do whatever the party president tells me to do,” Hakam Singh Giaspura claimed.

The Bains group, comprising two independent MLAs, brothers Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains, have already announced that they would be fielding independent candidates from all the 75 wards of the city. They are at present having the support of seven councillors, Parminder Singh Soma from ward number 68, Kamaljit Singh Karwal from ward number 66, Swarandeep Singh Chahal from ward number 69, Daljit Singh Grewal from ward number 8, Gurpreet Singh Gora from ward number 9, Sunita Rani Lohara from ward number 64, and Simarjit Singh Bains himself from ward number 71.

Akali councillor Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal from ward number 59 said the party was ready for the MC elections. “Even if the Bains brothers field candidates in these elections, our party would not be affected. Such people should understand that people always side with parties and not independents,” said Dhaliwal.

The MC elections this time would also see some fresh faces as four sitting councillors, Bharat Bhushan Ashu (Congress), Simarjit Singh Bains (Independent), Ranjit Singh Dhillon and Prem Mittal (both from the SAD), have been elected as MLAs. So these MLAs might lobby hard to get tickets for their supporters from their respective constituencies.

The SAD urban unit held a meeting at Gurudwara Pheruman Shaheedan in Dholewal yesterday, where Hira Singh Gabria, a former minister, announced that the party was geared up for the upcoming MC elections. “We would repeat history by once again coming into power in the MC,” claimed Gabria.



Cyber crime
Girls prime target, says DIG
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, March 30
"The damage caused by cyber crime may have a much deeper implication for an individual than other kind of crimes," says Kuwarvijay Pratap Singh, DIG, Cyber Cell. Kuwarvijay Pratap Singh was here to attend a national conference on "Cyber Crime and Security Threats" organised at GGNIMT.

He revealed that fake profiles of girls on Facebook is a frequently reported cyber crime which is committed by those who are not aware about the cyber crime limitations. The success rate in solving cyber crime cases is more than 90 percent. He said that most of the time cyber criminals think that police cannot locate them, but it is very difficult to escape after committing a crime on the internet.

He advised that users active on social networking sites should not add unknown friends to their accounts or upload unnecessary photographs. DIG Kuwarvijay Pratap Singh, said that cyber crime is an important and sensitive issue in Punjab for which the Cyber Crime Investigation Cell was setup in 2011. He said that the district units of cyber crime cell would soon be strengthened.

The computer applications department of GGN Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) organised this two-day PTU sponsored national conference on the topic "Cyber Crime and Security Threats in Digital World".

The key note speaker, Mukesh Saini, chairman and MD XCySS Pvt Ltd, Noida, set the tone of the conference by highlighting the nature, characteristics and growth of cyber crime in India. He said that ‘Cloud Security’ is an emerging challenge and as of now there is no governance and no law for the same. He also talked about the career opportunities available in the cyber world, highlighting the lucrative jobs and salaries for IT professionals, forensic experts and network analysts in the field.



Stink fills Patel Nagar streets
Contractor blocked sewerage to raise height of manholes
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, March 30
The residents of the Patel Nagar locality, which is situated on the Railway Road here, are facing a tough time these days due to the chocked sewerage. According to the residents, the sewerage of the locality has been chocked for the last three days and sewage has started stagnating on streets.

In fact, the local municipal council has been carrying out the work of laying interlocking tiles on the Railway Road. Under this project, the contractor also needs to increase the height of manholes due to which the employees of the contractor have blocked a sewer line connecting the Patel Nagar sewers. This has led to the chocking of the sewerage of the locality.

“The local municipal council has been causing an unnecessary delay in the construction work. The construction work on this road had started about three weeks ago and the contractor has not finished even the half of the work yet. Due to the ongoing construction work, the sewerage of our locality had been chocked and we are facing a lot of inconvenience due to this,” says Bal Krishan, a resident of Patel Nagar.

The residents said they had lodged a complaint regarding the blockage of sewerage with the MC officials two days ago, but to no avail.

“We have informed the authorities of the local municipal council about the chocked sewerage and requested them to sort out this problem as soon as possible. But it seems all our requests have fallen on deaf ears. Due to the chocked sewerage, we are forced to walk through sewage”, complained Anmol Singla, another resident.

The residents have warned that if the municipal council fails to solve this problem, they will be forced to launch an agitation against the municipal council.

President of the MC Baldev Krishan Dhir said the residents of Patel Nagar had filed a complaint about the blockage of sewerage. He said the sewerage could not be cleared because of the on going laying of tiles on the Railway Road. He claimed that now when the manholes have been constructed, the sewage would be discharged into these very soon.



Lalton Khurd village a model for judicious use of fertiliser
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 30
The Department of Soil Science, PAU, in collaboration with the Agriculture Department, organised a field day at Lalton Khurd village, near here, on judicious use of fertiliser (nitrogen) using the leaf colour chart (LCC). The chief guest, Dr Gursharan Singh, Dean, Post Graduate Studies, appreciated the farmers of the village for adopting the LCC technology recommended by the PAU for the optimum use of the nitrogen fertiliser in the village.

Dr Bijay Singh, a Professor, cautioned the farmers against the harmful effects of the excessive use of fertiliser. He told them that the nitrate content in potable water in Punjab had already increased during the last four decades from 0.5 mg/litre to 5-6 mg per litre. He said 10 mg/litre is the WHO permissible limit beyond which water is not fit for drinking.

Dr Upkar Singh Sidana, Head, Department of Soil Science, called upon the farmers to follow the LCC-based recommendations for appropriate use of urea in crops. Farmers can save more than Rs 170 crore only by following the LCC in rice, wheat and maize.

Dr Varinderpal Singh, Soil Scientist, said the village had emerged as a model village for judicious use of fertiliser nitrogen by ensuring the use of the LCC-based fertiliser application and has saved the nitrogen fertiliser worth Rs 1.8 lakh in wheat cultivation.

Discussing the harmful effects of the excessive use of urea, he said along with nitrate contamination of potable water gaseous losses due to excessive and untimely application of urea (nitrous oxide) led to dissolution of ozone layer and consequently global warming. The excessive use of urea increases insect-pest attack chances thus leading to extra spending on high doses of insecticides and pesticides, environmental pollution and poor quality of the produce, he said.



Giving paintings her own artistic blend
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 30
She has been a veteran at applying colour on canvass, painting intricate details and applying deft strokes with the brush for over two decades now. Yet Kirandeep Kaur realised only a couple of years ago that there was an immense joy in painting. The joy came from her own creations, she says.

She organised her first solo exhibition at the Artmosphere art gallery here today. "Although I have been painting and drawing since childhood, I was replicating art created by others," she said. It was only when her sister prompted her to create her own work, she began all anew, venturing out on her own. "I realised that creating your own work gives you much more happiness and satisfaction," she said.

And satisfaction also comes to her from the spiritual theme of paintings she has created so far. Painting the Sikh Gurus, Krishna, Shiva and Lord Buddha were her first inclinations, and within these, but she lends these paintings her own artistic blend. "The painting of colourful and grey portion depicts Budhha transition that he went through while renouncing comfortable life," she says. A couple of other paintings having only a portion of the face of Guru Nanak Dev and Guru Gobind Singh having eyes, depict the "sawalli nazar" of the Gurus, that fact they are watching us all the time in all their benevolence." Another painting shows a woman moving towards the sea having the images of Buddha shows "the beginning of the spiritual journey of a person."

Apart from these, she has on canvas the flowers from her home garden, and captured the still life, apart from her abstract pieces. She has also dabbled with the acrylics, painting abstract shapes on cloths an on wooden lamps.

A fan of MF Husain, she says he became a great artist starting from the mundane painting life.



Federation welcomes customs duty on bicycles, parts imports
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 30
The Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association (FOPSIA) held a meeting with RS Gujral, Finance and Revenue Secretary, and thanked him for enhancing customs duty on bicycles and parts and also requested him to fix the revised floor price of customs on bicycles and parts.

The federation had also met Gujral before the presentation of the Union Budget 2012-13 with regard to the enhancement of customs duty on bicycle and bicycle parts. He was assured by Gujral that he would look into the matter seriously.

"We are thankful to the Finance and Revenue Secretary for enhancing customs duty from 10 per cent to 30 per cent on bicycle and 10 per cent to 20 per cent on bicycle parts. It was all due to the efforts of FOPSIA that bicycle and parts come under enhanced basic customs duty. The federation had raised this issue at the National Board of MSME, and had also raised it in pre-budget meeting. We had raised the issue of under-invoicing of imports from China,"said Badish Jindal, president of FOPSIA.

The federation apprised the Finance and Revenue Secretary that there was a vast variety of bicycles and parts. Prices of bicycles start from Rs 1500 and go up to Rs 1 lakh. But, the imports from China are coming at the lowest price which is still effecting the bicycle and bicycle parts industry.



recovery target
MC offices abuzz with activity
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 30
Even as the current financial year is coming to an end, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation seems all set to surpass its target of Rs 40 crore, which it had set for the recovery of pending house tax, water and sewerage bills, building branch dues, etc. Today, the MC recovered around Rs 2.5 crore, taking up the figure to Rs 35.5 crore.

As just one day has been left for this fiscal to end, there was a hustle and bustle in the MC offices as the officials were seen making efforts to achieve their targets today.

Taking a tough stand against the officials showing lax attitude towards recoveries, MC Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi had even chargesheeted two employees while issuing show-cause notices to six employees of the civic body.

A senior MC official said it is likely that the target of Rs 40 crore would be surpassed easily. “Even when it was Punjab Bandh on March 28, we had managed to recover around Rs 3 crore on that day. Similarly, we have been recovering around Rs 2 crore on an average for the last two or three days so the Rs 40-crore target will be achieved easily,” said the official. In the month of February, the MC had recovered Rs 20 crore.

Tomorrow being the last day of this fiscal, it is likely that the amount of recoveries would be high. “Some people come to pay their pending dues on the last day and there are still many such people in the city. So we expect heavy recovery tomorrow (March 31),” said another senior MC official.

When contacted, Jaggi claimed that the target would be achieved easily by tomorrow. “Not only this, we might even surpass the target. But the exact amount of recoveries would be known only on Monday,” claimed Jaggi.



Badeenpur villagers await water supply from tank
Rs 38-lakh overhead tank non-functional for one year
Bhushan Sood
A water supply tank at Badeenpur village
A water supply tank at Badeenpur village. Photo by writer

Mandi Gobindgarh, March 30
Under the government policy to supply potable water to the rural population in the state, a water tank was set up at a cost of Rs 38 lakh in Badeenpur village, near here. However, residents of the area have not received water from this tank for the past one year.

The gram panchayat, on March 15, was asked to pay Rs 33,930 against the power supply bill. This despite the fact that there has been no supply of water to the residents from the water tank for the past one year, said Sarpanch Nahar Singh.

Block Samiti chairperson Maninder Kaur said: “The gram panchayat has provided land for the water supply project free of cost and the beneficiaries had paid rs 10 lakh as one fourth of the total cost of the project in advance, which is to be adjusted in their bills”.

Paramjit Singh, SDO, said: "When the matter was brought to his notice by some villagers, he instituted an inquiry. It was found that the private fittings got done by the consumers are defective and there is no fault on the part of the department".

The villagers said they brought the matter through a memorandum to Fatehgarh Sahib Deputy Commissioner Yasveer Mahajan on February 14. He had assured them that action would be taken, but they are still awaiting water supply from the tank.

When this correspondent visited the site, he found that some migrant labourers residing near the water tank have diverted the flow of an open drainage towards the water tank.



2 hurt as tree falls on them
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 30
Two persons sustained injuries and more than 10 vehicles got damaged after a tree suddenly fell on them at Mini-Secretariat today afternoon.

This incident took place when residents were resting under the shade of the tree located outside the Suvidha Centre.

Two residents got trapped and nearly 10 vehicles that were parked under it got damaged. Two of them were rushed to a nearby hospital and were discharged after doctors gave them first aid.



Poster contest held

Ludhiana, March 30
To commemorate World Health Day-2012, the department of community medicine, DMCH, organised a poster competition for MBBS students. The theme for the poster competition was 'Ageing & Health'.

Dr Daljit Singh, Principal, DMCH, and Dr Lily Walia (Head of Department, Physiology) were the judges. Gurupriya Anand, Srishti Arora, and Sandeep Bhatia were declared winners. — TNS



Ludhiana scan
Tricycles distributed

Punjab National Bank's social welfare wing "PNB Prerna", in association with the Bharat Vikas Parishad, distributed tricycles to the needy today. HS Bhatia, field general manager, said that the bank has a responsibility towards the society and to fulfill this responsibility the bank's social welfare wing undertakes such initiatives. "Last time we distributed books and stationery material among the needy students, and this time we distributed tricycles," he said.

BSP holds meeting

The district unit of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) held a meeting led by the Punjab zone incharge, Parkash Singh Jandali, and general sectary Balwainder Singh Bita. The participants in the meeting appreciated BSP national president Kumari Mayawati’s decision of appointing Avtar Singh Kareempuri as the in-charge of Punjab and Gurlal Shella as Punjab president.



pau notes
Training programme for beekeepers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 30
The Directorate of Extension Education of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) will organise two training programmes for the members of Progressive Beekeepers Association (PBKA) and the PAU Kisan Club (ladies wing) on April 4 in the university premises. Divulging details of the event, Dr MS Gill, PAU Director of Extension Education and the programme director, informed that a state-level training-cum-workshop for the PBKA members will be held at Kairon Kisan Ghar of the university.

Workshop on disposal of domestic sewage

The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, is organising a four-day training workshop on "Sustainable disposal of domestic sewage effluent using agro-forestry systems". The evevnt will be inaugurated on April 2 at 10.00 am by PAU Director of Research Dr SS Gosal. Head of the department, Dr Avtar Singh, informed that the workshop is being held under the Aus-AID Project. The training aims to develop agro-forestry systems for sustainable re-use of sewage as an alternative to disposal of poorly treated effluent into water ways and onto edible crops, said Dr Singh. The issues concerning the disposal of sewage will be deliberated during the workshop.

Training course on seed production

Two training courses entitled "Seed Production of Vegetable Crops" and "Vocational and Career Development Programme" will be organised by the Directorate of Extension Education of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) at Kairon Kisan Ghar (KKG), which is located on-campus.

Dr MS Gill, Director of Extension Education, said that the training course on "Seed Production of Vegetable Crops" will take place on April 3-4. The function will see the participation of Horticulture Development Officers (HDOs), District Extension Specialists (DESs) and Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) scientists. Dr Gill said that during the course, PAU experts on vegetable crops will equip the trainees with in-depth knowledge of seed production of pea, garlic, carrot, beans, cucumber, onion, brinjal, pumpkin, coriander, muskmelon, potato, radish, watermelon, okra and bitter gourd, etc.



from colleges
680 students awarded degrees

Ludhiana: Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, organised the college’s annual convocation here today. Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala was the chief guest on the occasion. Addressing the gathering, Ranjodh Singh, president, Ramgarhia Educational Council, said that the staff has always worked to provide practical exposure to the students. The function commenced with a shabad recital. Principal, Dr Narinder Sandhu, presented the annual report highlighting the achievements of the college. 680 students, including 566 graduates from the disciplines of BA, BCom and BCA, and 114 postgraduates were awarded degrees. The chief guest felicitated the students and exhorted them to face challenges with a positive attitude and achieve excellence in everything they do. Guest of honour Usman Malik, along with his better half Madia Malik from Lahore, Pakistan, congratulated the degree holders and wished them good luck in their future endeavours. The function came to an end with the National Anthem.

Student wins star chef award

Yuvraj Sharma, a PCTE (III year) student, Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology, won the Star Chef of Punjab Award-2012, Categary C-culinary student at FCI, Hoshiarpur. The competition was organised by the Food Craft Institute, Hoshiarpur, under the guidance of hotel and tourism industry associations of Punjab. In the final competition, eight winners of preliminary rounds from various districts of Punjab participated and competed for the overall title. The winner of the title was given a cash award of Rs 25,000, trophy and certificate. Prof Tahir Sufi, director of the institute, appreciated the achievement of the student. In the final round, there was basket cookery, out of which Yuvraj prepared ‘Ludhianavi Murg Tari Wala’ as the non-vegetarian main course, ‘navrattan mix’ as vegetarian main course and ‘paneer kher’ as dessert. Dr KNS Kang, Director General, PCTE Group of Institutes, congratulated the winner, students, faculty and staff of the PCTE.



school notes
Everest school holds annual fest

Ludhiana: The annual prize distribution function of Everest Model High School, Giaspuara, was held at the school premises here today. Rajinder Sharma, president, Association of the Punjab School Education Board Affiliated Schools, Punjab (Regd), Ludhiana, was the chief guest on the occasion.

The function started with a Saraswati Vandana, followed by a colourful programme on the occasion. The students performed skits on different themes and presented folk dances and songs. Principal Dheeraj Sharma welcomed the guest saying that it was a great privilege to have such a distinguished guest among them. Rajinder Sharma, while addressing the students, lauded the remarkable progress made by the school in the field of education and sports. He advised the students to endeavour to shine in every sphere. They should focus upon character building and take it as the first and foremost mission in life. With it come all the qualities, which make one successful, he said.

Prize-distribution ceremony

The annual result declaration and prize distribution was held in Khalsa Girls Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines, here today. The chief guest of the event was Ravinder Kaur Grewal, manager of the school. Prizes were distributed to the students who had excelled in academic, sports and NCC. The students participated in the function with great zeal and enthusiasm. Prize Winners: Class XI Arts: 1st Priya Gupta with 69.80 percent, 2nd Renu with 69.50% Class XI Commerce: 1st-Karishma with 87 percent, 2nd-Meghna with 84 percent. Class XI Science: 1st-Harsimranjit Kaur with 78 percent, 2nd-Daljit Kaur with 76.20 percent. Best players: Nagma and Sandhya.



Move to appoint PCS officers in sub-registrar offices hailed
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 30
Nearly an year after he quit as member of the advisory committee in protest against corruption in the revenue department, the general secretary the Youth Akali Dal, Kanwaljatinder Singh Bajwa, is a relieved man today, and appreciates Deputy Commissioner (DC) Rahul Tiwari’s move of deputing PCS officers in all the sub-registrar offices to nail corruption.

Bajwa has suggested that the DC should reshuffle the Patwaris who have been on the same postings for over three years. “If cops could be transferred after a certain period of time then why these Patwaris are not being reshuffled. Are they enjoy “special powers”? They have created a nexus and that is the root cause behind corruption,” Bajwa.

Bajwa had triggered a storm last year when he announced a boycott of the advisory meeting and tendered his resignation. He wanted that the charges levied by the government for issuing ‘farad’ and ‘intqaal’ (mutation) should be made public and the rate list pasted outside Patwari’s office.

“The SAD govt, especially Dy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal, is striving for governance reforms. I am elated that the DC, Ludhiana, has taken the first step in the direction to root out corruption. Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia is also committed to eliminating corruption in the department,” said Bajwa.

He said these sub-registrar offices had become dens of corruption. “Agents were having a field day in these offices. While the common man keep standing in long queues, agents, who are hand in glove with the employees of the department, get the work done easily,” said Bajwa.



196 conferred degrees
Our Correspondent

Doraha,March 30
The annual convocation of Doraha College of Education for BEd students was organised yesterday. Chief guest prof Paramjit Singh Jaswal, Vice-Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala, delivered the convocation address. Prof Rajesh Gill, chairperson, Department of Sociology and Women’s Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh, was the guest of honour for the prize distribution ceremony. Sukhpal Singh, chairman of the Doraha group of Institutes, Umal Kaur, chairperson of the Doraha Public School, Japvir Singh, Tapvir Singh and Dr Navneet Kaur were also present on the occasion.

A total of 58 students were given academic prizes for their performances in the Panjab University annual examination. Dr Sandeep Sawhney, principal, presented the annual report of the college and highlighted various activities of the students in sports, academic and co-curricular activities.



Girls college upgraded

Mandi Gobindgarh, March 30
The government has upgraded Jawahar Lal Nehru Govt College for Girls, Tooran, Mandi Gobindgarh, by introducing MA Punjabi regular classes and making the college a co-education institution from the coming academic session.

This was stated by the Principal, Vijay Kumar Sharma. The college is situated is the only govt college in the district. — OC



Theft in Prem Nagar
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 30
Thieves struck at a house in Prem Nagar, near Kadwai Nagar, and decamped with cash and valuables worth Rs 1.5 lakh.

Subash Kumar Dadyal complained that he had gone to Hisar to attend the funeral of his relative. Today when he returned home, he was shocked to find the house ransacked.

He said thieves stole silver ornaments, cash and a television set from his house. Subash said he had yet to report the matter to the police.



Robbery bid foiled, five held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 30
The city police claims to have foiled a robbery bid with the arrest of five persons, including an NRI.

The accused have been identified as Hardeep Singh Lalli, Iqbal Singh, Dharampal Singh, Sandeep Singh and Karamjit Singh of Moga and Sahnewal, respectively. They were nabbed by the Jamalpur police from Mundia last night while they were planning to commit a robbery.

Besides recovering two automatic 7.65 pistols and three magazines, the police has seized huge quantity of sharp-edged weapons.

One of the accused Iqbal Singh, native of Ajitwal, Moga, is a permanent resident of Canada. He returned to India in 2010 and started purchasing disputed properties.

He further formed a gang to commit robberies, said the investigating officer. The accused were produced before the court and remanded in the police custody.



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