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Love leads to killing of youth
Attacked by armed assailants at midnight, dies in afternoon at hospital
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
Falling in love proved to be a fatal decision for a 27-year-old youth, who left his nursing course and returned from England to unite with his beloved. Sandeep Peter, a resident of Dai Ahata, near the Civil Hospital, has become the latest victim of suspected honour killing. If the eyewitness, a rickshaw-puller, is to be believed, the victim was chased by armed assailants who were brandishing swords.

The moment Peter lost his breath while running, he suffered a fatal stab. The sword pierced through his heart. Then another fatal strike went through his neck. Sandeep lay lifeless in a pool of blood when a watchman saw him and informed his family about the incident. After struggling for life, Sandeep, son of a CMC nurse, Sardara Peter, succumbed to injuries here this afternoon.

The police has booked the maternal uncles and certain persons for killing the youth. The police also booked Micky, the alleged girlfriend of the victim, for conspiring Peter's killing. It was Micky, who engaged Sandeep in a telephonic conversation till late night, which proved to be an ideal setup for killing the victim.

According to Namrata Peter, the victim's sister, her brother had developed relationz with the girl for the past eight years. He left studies in England and returned to India in December. But the members of Micky's family were dead against the relationship of the duo and even declined the marriage offer, said Namrata.

The incident took place during midnight when Sandeep went outside the house and sat on a pavement while talking to Micky. When he did not return home till 2 am, her mother rang him up on his mobile but there was no response.

After sometime, a watchman, who saw Sandeep bleeding profusely, rushed to the house and told the victim's mother that her son's blood-soaked body was lying on the road.

Sardara Peter raised an alarm and rushed to the spot along with her neighbours. Sandeep was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to injuries this afternoon.

It was after the death that the police was informed about the incident. Soon after receiving information, SHO Maninder Bedi reached the spot and started the investigation.

After recording the statement of the victim's mother, the police has registered a case of murder against the girl's maternal uncle and booked her for plotting the killing.


Unauthorised Colonies
GLADA tightens noose around unscrupulous developers
Officials get power to punish those violating PAPRA

Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 21
In the wake of mushrooming of unauthorised colonies on the periphery of the mega city and surrounding areas, the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) has assigned specific areas to officials of its engineering wing so as to maintain strict vigil and take appropriate legal action against those violating the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act 1995 (PAPRA).

In an office order issued today, Chief Administrator of GLADA Rahul Tiwari has directed the designated officials to obtain copies of revenue records, including jamabandi and title deeds of the piece of land, where unauthorised colonies are being developed and lodge FIRs as provisions of PAPRA. The officials will also follow up the ongoing court cases against the colonisers till alternative arrangements are made.

The office order says that the designated officials will carry out a survey in their respective areas and prepare lists of already developed and under-development unlicenced colonies. And these lists, signed by the officials will have to be submitted in the review meeting to be held on May 31.

The orders make it clear that after completion of the surveys and submission of lists of the unauthorised colonies, the officials will be held responsible and face disciplinary action if any more unauthorised/unlicensed colonies come to the notice of GLADA.

Tiwari further said the review meeting on regulatory action taken against development of unauthorised colonies would, henceforth, be held once in every fortnight. The Estate Officer (Regulatory) of GLADA would submit complete information in this respect received from the field staff and supervisory officials.

Some officials who have been assigned specific areas for maintaining strict vigil and take appropriate legal action against those violating the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act 1995 are: Karnail Singh, Assistant Engineer: from right side of the Ferozepur road to the left side of the Jalandhar.



Girl’s body found
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
The naked body of a girl, aged around 14 to15, packed in a bag and thrown on roadside in Kashav Nagar in the Daba area, ceatated panic among residents here late at night.

The body that was stinking badly was opened by residents in the presence of the police. The body was found in a decomposed condition and had been consumed by maggots. The policemen suspected that the victim might have been murdered after rape and her body was packed in a bag and thrown on the roadside to eliminate evidence.



No end to visitors' harassment
Sub-Registrar offices in Ludhiana district
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
Higher officials may be trying their best that the visitors were not "harassed" at the Sub-Registrar offices in the district in the absence of tehsildars/naib tehsildars concerned but the practice continues.

More than 150 visitors kept on waiting for more than three hours in scorching heat at the Sub-Registrar Office (East), but the tehsildar/naib tehsildar failed to make it on time and start with their routine work today. This resulted in angry visitors raising slogans against the "callous" officials.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Kanwar Jatinder Singh Bajwa, member, advisory committee, Revenue Department, said despite waiting for more than two hours at the Sub-Registrar (East) office, the telsildar could not make it on time.

"We here to get our land deals registered. We have to go to our workplace too. Some have to open their shops/business establishments. But a lot of time has been wasted here, as there is no official to get our land-deals registered. We feel helpless as the lower staff is also not providing us the exact information whether officials will come or not," said Bajwa.

Jagdev Singh, a resident from Peerubanda, Chander Nagar, said he had reached the office at 10 am sharp. Till 12 noon, none of the officials reported on duty due to which the public got agitated and raised slogans against officials. "What else we could do. The authorities must ensure that the public is not harassed. Either the tehsildar or naib tehsildar should report timely so that normal working is not affected," said the visitor.

A staff member said the work started late as new naib tehsildar had to join the duty at the office today. "He reported at around 12 noon, but by that time the public got panicky. But there is no backlog and every registry was done," said the staff member.

Meanwhile, Naib Tehsildar Harwinder Sharma, who joined today, said since it was his first day of joining here, certain formalities were to be done. "As soon as I completed the formalities, I came here to join my duty," he said.



Motorcyclist killed in accident
No help on road; 'ambulance came late'
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
An accident victim kept struggling for life for nearly half an hour and the public kept watching him in agony like mute spectators. Gagan Singh, a bank employee, however, mustered courage and informed the police and the emergency 108 ambulance service about the incident.

If Gagan is to be believed, the delay by the ambulance service led to the death of the accident victim.

The incident took place this afternoon when the motorcyclist, coming from the Sahnewal side met with an accident at a flyover on National Highway - I near Dhandari.

According to Davinder Kumar, SHO Focal Point, the victim, who has been identified as Davinder Singh, a resident of Daba area, was returning home from Rishikesh along with his friend Ajay Kumar, when an over-speeding car hit the rear end of the bike.

The impact was so strong that the motorcycle carrying the duo was tossed on to the other side of the road.

While Davinder succumbed to injuries, Ajay suffered serious injuries and was rushed to hospital.

The accident caused problems for a city based family heading towards Delhi. It is learnt that the motorcycle was tossed in the air and went on the other side of the flyover and collided with the vehicle coming from the opposite side.

The police initially detained the car driver, but later during the day, the driver was let off following the statement of Ajay Kumar, who claimed that he was hit by some other vehicle. The police has registered a case under Section 304-A of the IPC.



Destiny plays a cruel joke with this actor
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
For a veteran actor and football player, spending the evening of his life at the Old Age Home of the Red Cross at Sarabha Nagar here is a sad quirk of fate. Eightytwo-year-old Gurdarshan Singh worked in about 60 movies, playing leading roles with the bigwigs of the yesteryear. It was the "golden" period of his life when he played football for India between 1950 to 1960. But during one of the matches, he fractured his leg and was declared "unfit". As veteran Bollywood director Somnath Mukherjee was his fan, he asked Gurdashan Singh to work in his movies.

But fate had something else in store for him. And after "losing everything" that he had, Gurdarshan Singh today sits alone in a room at the Old Age Home.

Welcoming this reporter with a warm smile, he asks her to take a seat. At the same time, he requests her to speak a little louder as he was unable to hear clearly. But at the age of 82, he remains "independent" and neatly dressed.

While starting the conversation, he says, "Gulon se khaar ache hain, jo daaman thaam lete hain, apnon se ghair ache hain jo naam to lete hain"... "I am happy, why to crib? I know even after cribbing, my destiny is not going to be changed, so accept everything gracefully", said the veteran actor, who landed here about a decade ago.

Sharing the nostalgic moments, he said, "Those were the days when I lived my life. I had everything- nice family, name and money. Today, I have nothing. My young son and daughter died in mysterious circumstances decades ago and after two years, I lost my wife. My relatives, who wanted to share my pain, ultimately caught hold of everything, which includes a three bedroom flat at Juhu Beach, the worth of which would be several crores of rupees."

Born in Nabha and brought up in Rajasthan, Gurdarshan Singh said it had become too difficult to live with so much inflation, especially when he had very limited resources. He said every month, he had to shell out Rs 1,800 on meals, about Rs 1,000 on electricity bill, Rs 600 on the sweeper and Rs 1500 on medicines.

The memories of golden times are still fresh with Gurdarshan Singh, who said,"Kajol and Rani Mukherje were too small when we used to have great fun with Somnath Mukherjee (Kajol's grandfather), Surinder Kapoor (Anil Kapoor's father) and Raj Khosla. Asked if anybody contacted him after he came to Ludhiana, he said, "Muskura kar har dard chupaya hamne, zeher peete rahe muh na banaya hamne, aur ab is dile ghamgin ko bahut samjhaya hamne". 



Thieves strike at factory
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
Two former employees struck at a factory unit on RK Road near Cheema Chowk and decamped with motor spare parts worth over Rs 4 lakh by sedating three security guards of the unit.

The incident came to light when factory employees reached the unit here this morning and found the security guards, Chander Bahadur, Sher Bahadur and Yogesh, unconscious.

The employees further informed the factory owner Deepak Soni of Raj Industrial Corporation and the police about the incident. Soon the police team, led by Anil Bhanot, SHO Division No 6, reached the spot and started the investigation.

The security guards regained consciousness in the afternoon and narrated the entire story behind the theft.

The guards stated to the police that Siya Ram, along with his namesake, who used to work as electrician and helper in the factory unit, arrived at the factory unit and took liquor and fish.

"Last night, Siya Ram, the electrician, along with the helper, arrived at the factory and told us that he was blessed with a grandchild and wanted to throw a party. He brought liquor and fish. He cooked it inside kitchen and served us. Soon after eating fish, we fell unconscious," said the security guards.

According to the police, soon after sedating the security guards, the accused loaded the motor spare parts in a pick up truck and fled from the scene.

On reaching Shepur Chowk, the thieves shifted the material in another vehicle and left the empty stolen truck behind.

The factory owner said the loss could have been more, as the thieves had loaded motor spare parts into another truck as well but due to some mechanical snag, they failed to start the truck.

The police has booked the duo and suspect that the accused were behind a similar theft took place on the same road a month ago.

The thieves had created a hole in the wall and fled with tools worth Rs 20 lakh after sedating security guard Raju on April 20.

The SHO said he had not ignored the involvement of more members in the gang. "Since we have identified them, we would nab them soon," said SHO Anil Bhanot.



Six laning of NH 1
High-tension wires shifted
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
For speeding up the ongoing work of six laning of the National Highway number 1 within the municipal limits, the district administration got high tension wires shifted from Shivpuri Chowk this morning. Accompanied by heavy police force, officials of the district administration, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) and Soma Enterprises, the company constructing this project, managed to persuade owners of the land where the electricity poles would now be installed.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP) Manjit Singh Dhesi, ADCP Sushil Kumar, Assistant Commissioner of Police Ramneesh Chaudhary, Inspector Mandeep Singh, accompanied by heavy police force was seen present on the spot where the electricity poles were shifted.

Soma Enterprises officials have always maintained that the reason for delay in this project is because the municipal corporation as well as PSPCL is not cooperating by removing the hurdles.

Soma officials had earlier said the MC had failed to remove encroachments due to which they were not able to construct slip roads, where the traffic would be diverted for construction of the main road, besides many other factors.

But on Saturday, the MC had demolished 15 shops and a portion of a government school in Basti Jodhewal in view of this six lane project.

PSPCL officials accompanied by officials from Soma Enterprises and police department reached the Shivpuri Chowk and started the process of shifting the electricity poles. High tension wires pass from top of this chowk and as a flyover is to be constructed here, these high tension wires need to be lifted up.

An official from Soma said earlier owners of the land, where the electricity poles have to be shifted now, were not allowing them to go ahead with their work. That is why, we had to request the police and district administration to help us. Today, we managed to persuade the land owners and the poles would now be shifted so that the project gets complete soon, said the official.

Meanwhile, Karamjit Singh Dhillon, a resident of Sekhewal village, in whose land an electricity pole will be installed rued that he has not been given any compensation. “My land is worth crores and I will approach the court for seeking compensation,” he said.

This Rs 2,750 crore project started in 2008. From Sahnewal till Sutlej river bridge, nine flyovers, six underpaths, seven foot overbridges and other construction activity is to be carried out.



RTI activists stage peaceful dharna
‘Corruption’ in Ludhiana Municipal Corporation office
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
To highlight the blatant corruption in the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC), several RTI activists of the city have taken on to “Gandhigiri”. For this cause, they sat on a peaceful dharna against the MC Commissioner and other officials outside the MC Zone D office today.

Six persons, namely Col (retd) Jagdish Singh Brar, Rohit Sabharwal, Kuldeep Singh Khaira, advocate Surinder Pal, Sarabjit Singh Kahlon and Arvind Sharma, observed a one-day hunger strike.

Demonstrators were protesting against the rampant corruption in the MC, non-completion of time-bound inquiries, non-action on administrative complaints or representations, non-supply of information, evasive orders on first appeals under the RTI Act and non-implementation of Section 4 of the Act, which demands proactive disclosures.

Kuldeep Singh Khaira said all senior officials of the municipal corporation except the assistant town planner and two superintendents were missing from the office in order to avoid protestors.

Their absence caused immense harassment to people visiting Zone D for their works, as they were compelled to return. MC Commissioner MS Jaggi was sitting in the camp office and kept minute-by-minute track of the agitation, but did not feel it necessary to accept the memorandum from the agitators. Consequently, the activists were compelled to submit the memorandum to his staff in his absence. The protestors continued the demonstration from 9 am till 5 pm, said Khaira.

The activists have expressed their annoyance over irresponsible and evasive attitude of the MC officials. They have warned of stern action in future in case the MC Commissioner does not wake up from the slumber and passes speaking orders on the memorandum.

Col Jagdish Singh Brar said they distributed pamphlets, highlighting problems confronting the common man and corruption prevailing in the municipal corporation to people who visited the MC Zone D office today. If the MC officials did not mend their ways to snub the RTI activists and do not start taking action on complaints or representations, we will start conveying these pamphlets to people by inserting in newspapers, said Col Brar.

The MC Commissioner did not respond to calls made on his mobile phone.



Ward no. 28: Need to focus on underdeveloped areas
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

The only park of the ward has been encroached upon by the police.

This road was carpeted recently.

Ludhiana, May 21
The condition of roads, potable water supply, sanitation and sewerage in ward no. 28 is somewhat better compared to the adjoining wards. However, the residents of Bank Colony, Indraprastha Nagar and Gopal Nagar are the most unsatisfied section of the ward. Certain residential areas are deprived of water supply and sewerage whereas development work is going on in other areas. Some of the roads in the area are full of bumps and potholes.

However, Joshi Nagar and Ranjodh Park are the well-maintained areas of the ward. Despite some development in Gopal Nagar, the residents are still facing a number of problems due to negligence obn the part of the civic body. Poor water supply and non-existent streetlights haunt residents in some areas such as Sheller Road. Vacant plots are the usual dumping grounds in Haibowal village. The MC has failed to provide garbage bins to the area. Areas near Budha Nullah are facing the problem of illegal encroachment.

The ward is deprived of play grounds and parks. There is a park in front of the police station which is used by the police to park accidental and confiscated vehicles. The councillor, Mukhtiar Kaur, claimed that all his requests to the authorities concerned to get the park vacated have fallen on deaf ears. Cannabis can be seen in the vacant plots and roadside.

Mukhtiar Kaur is the mother of Paramjit Singh Raji, a Congress worker. Last time the ward was reserved for women so Mukhtiar Kaur contested from the ward. This time Paramjit would contest the election.

The ward consists of Joshi Nagar, Ranjod Park, Patel Nagar, Santosh Nagar, Prem Nagar, Indraprastha Nagar, Gopal Nagar, Pavitar Nagar, Guru Nanak Dev Nagar, Bank Colony, Haibowal village and Sher-e-Punjab Nagar.


Five years back the area was alien to development. The condition of the roads and water supply was was worst in Bank Colony and Inderprastha Nagar. The roads were full of potholes in Gopal Nagar. Sewerage was also a problem in major area. I have spent Rs 11 crore on roads, Rs 3 crore on sewerage during my tenure. As many as four tubewells have been sunk in the area. Sewerage work is going on in some parts of Bank Colony and Indraprastha Nagar. Garbage dumping was a problem in the area but after the services of the A to Z company were hired, its has almost been solved. The only park has been encroached upon by the police in Haibowal village. I will get at least 15 parks developed in my next tenure~

— Mukhtiar Kaur, councillor of ward no 28



Ward no.29
Councillor blames poor development on politics
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
Ward number 29 could not be taken as a well-maintained ward. It's been maintained only in patches. Garbage strewn in many parts, open drains, ill-maintained parks and roads full of potholes, this ward has it all.

The residents say the area councillor, Sushil Raju Thapar, has not been able to perform up to the mark. They say the roads have not been re-carpeted despite the fact that work orders for the same had been issued a long time ago. They also blame the councillor for not taking any steps to solve the problem of garbage disposal.

Some residents also claim that stray animals, mostly stray dogs and stray bulls, have made their lives miserable. They claim that stray bulls keep roaming on the streets and lead to accidents and stray dogs are quiet a nuisance. Many children of the ward have been bitten by stray dogs and that the area councillor should give some attention towards it, they add.

The residents also say most of their ward is a residential area, but due to a lack of awareness, it's turning into more of a commercial area, which has made their lives miserable. Owing to encroachments, there is traffic congestion in the area.

Residents even don't buy Thapar's claim that he suffered because he was from the Congress. They say if this was the case, all other wards represented by the Congress councillors would have a sorry state of affairs. Several Congress councillors have managed to get their wards developed despite being in the Opposition.

Thapar is from the Congress. He is a two-time councillor and was elected as councillor for the first time in 2002. Post-delimitation, this ward has now been reserved for women candidates and that is why Thapar will project his wife Indu Thapar as the next candidate.

The ward consists of areas such as Bindraban Road, Vivek Nagar, New Vivek Nagar, Deep Nagar, Vishnu Puri, Prem Nagar, Kundan Puri, Kapoor Street, Bhandari Street, Satsang Road, Kailash Chowk Road, Rajinder Nagar, Ram Nagar and Gandhi Street.



Army recruitment rally in city from July 2
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
Aspiring candidates, who are dreaming to become a soldier and serve the Indian Army, must not forget to take the relationship certificate stating that they are bachelor otherwise they would be shown the door even before taking part in the recruitment rally.

Col MS Mahar, the recruitment officer, said many candidates don’t bring their marksheets, their caste certificate and other important documents. This creates problem for the recruitment staff and even result in the disqualification of candidate.

Colonel Mahar said this while addressing a press conference at recruitment office here today. He informed that the Army’s open recruitment rally was being organized at Guru Nanak Stadium by the Army Recruiting Office in Ludhiana from July 2 to July 7.

It will cover four major districts of the state, including Moga, Ludhiana, Roopnagar and Mohali (SAS Nagar).

Colonel Mahar said candidates from Moga district would get tokens on July 2, those from the city would get on July 3, candidates from Roopnagar and SAS Nagar (Mohali) would get these on July 4.

He also informed that candidates for clerk, storekeeper technical, technical and nursing assistants could take part in the rally from all districts of Punjab on July 5.

Colonel Mahar added that candidates should come with documents in original along with two attested photo copies of education certificates issued by the education board, residency, domicile and caste certificates issued by the tehsildar/ SDM, school character certificate signed by the principal and character certificate from village sarpanch.

Unmarried certificate from the candidate duly countersigned by the village sarpanch would be necessary.

Candidates, who are sons of serving soldier/widows and ex-servicemen, will have to produce discharge book and “relationship certificate” obtained from and duly signed by the record officer with round stamp affixed.

Candidates from the Kandi area, who are less than 170 cm in height, should bring Kandi area certificate signed by the SDM with round stamp affixed for relaxation in height.

He further said candidates should bring 20 copies of latest passport size photographs taken in the six months only.

Sikh candidates should bring 20 copies of photographs with turbans and 20 copies without turbans. He said for the posts of soldier clerk/store keeper technical and soldier technical and soldier nursing assistants, the candidates from across the state could apply. 



No respite from heat
Despite drizzle max temp 39.2°C
Charanjit Singh Teja

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana May 21
Residents were hopeful that early morning drizzle will reduce the temperature, but the day ended with maximum temperature at 39.2°C. However, the minimum temperature dipped to 23 °C due to the drizzle.

According to the Meteorology Department of the PAU, light showers were due to western disturbance. Dr KK Gill, agro-meteorologist from the PAU, said, “These showers have little impact on weather. It is a circle of western disturbance. There is no possibility of rain in the next two to three days. Today’s minimum temperature dipped due to showers. Maximum temperature would rise in the next a few days.”

“As compared to previous year, the temperature is not exceeding 41°C, but last year it was recorded 44°C,” Gill added.

Talking about the monsoon KK Gill said the monsoon would arrive on Kerala coast on May 25 or 26. This will clear the picture of the arrval of monsoon in Punjab.”

Meanwhile, providing useful tips for the household activities in summer, scientists of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have called upon the home makers to pay proper attention to the care of clothes, health, home and children this month.

Stressing on cleaning and cooling of home, Dr Surinderjit Kaur said, “Apply castor oil as polish on light fittings, bulbs, switches, channels, grooves and fans to keep the flies away. For keeping cockroaches away, pour a jug full of boiled water and a cup of kerosene oil in all the drains in house at least once a week at night. Use phenyl or salt in water for mopping floors to keep the flies and ants away.” Asking the home makers to use thick curtains to keep the rooms cool, she underlined the need to clean the home daily to avoid accumulation of dirt and foul smell.



Cyber crime
Fake Ids on Facebook, a pain in neck for parents
Shivani Bhakoo

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
Cyber crime is on the rise in the city. Everyday one resident or another lodges complaints with the police that SMSes are being sent to them from various telephone numbers (some international) of they having won a lottery. As if it is not enough, an SMS was sent to the disciples of a particular sect recently.

The sender had threatened to “kill” their patron in it. This made disciples panicky. Had the police not cracked the case on time, it could have taken a communal angle. Besides, the students, including girls, are complaining that their fake IDs are being created on Face Book accounts and obscene pictures displayed. Since most of these IDs are fake, the worried parents continue to send e-mails to the companies to close these down.

Ishita Grover (name changed), a parent, whose daughter studies in +2 in a reputed school said her daughter could not access laptop as her father was strict. “But it was shocking when a friend of mine told me that the picture of my daughter was pasted on Face Book, but she said derogatory comments were written about her daughter. I got so worried and called up my husband.

We saw our daughter’s picture (which was clicked by some friend at a birthday party of her friend) with all comments/likings/hobbies etc, which were too disturbing. We contacted the company and sent several e-mails. After three days, we heaved a sigh of relief when her account was freezed by the company,” the mother added.



Exporters have nothing to cheer as buyers seek discounts
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
Buyers globally have started putting pressure on Indian exporters to offer discounts or cut down prices as they are gaining due to the depreciation of the rupee against US dollar.

The rupee has hit its record low level of Rs 54.46 against the dollar.

The exporters are of the view that the dwindling value of the rupee would not prove much beneficial for them as most of the orders were booked earlier and at present the buyers either want rates slashed or discounts.

“The situation would have proved a blessing in disguise for the exporters as they get their payments in foreign currency, but it is opposite. Due to stiff competition, they are forced to reduce the prices and buyers have also started asking for the discounts as rupee value is dwindling,” said Badish Jindal, president, Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association (FOPSIA).

Time is ripe to have an edge over our competitor China, as their currency price is fixed. Due to competition, exporters are forced to cut down the prices while booking new orders, he added.

“The excitement of the depreciating rupee against the dollar is short-lived, because buyers have started compelling us to offer the maximum discount on export orders,” said another exporter Vinay Kansal.

However, for a few exporters, the fall in the rupee value against the greenback is not seen as a boost in view of a consistent increase in input costs.

“Depreciating rupee is not a thing to cherish for us as input costs have gone up substantially,” another exporter added.



Minimum wages
Hike will spell doom for industry
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector will be hit hard by the proposed substantial increase in minimum wages in Punjab. The MSME sector is the mainstay of the state’s industrial economy and has been contributing significantly toward the gross domestic product and generation of employment avenues. But, the Minimum Wage Advisory Board’s recommendation has not been welcomed by this sector.

Avtar Singh, general secretary, Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (CICU), said, “The Minimum Wage Advisory Board of Punjab has recommended substantial increase in minimum wage. If implemented, it will become difficult for industry in Punjab to sustain. It is passing through difficult phase in this adverse economic scenario.”

All neighboring states of Punjab are benefiting from various industrial incentives given by the Central government. This is resulting in closure and shifting of industry from the state. Upkar Singh, joint secretary, CICU, said the proposed exorbitant hike in the wage would result in further closure and exodus of the industry. This will have serious repercussion for resolving unemployment in the state.

The minimum wages were last revised in 2009. These were fixed at Rs 3,200 per month. But due to neutralization with cost of living index it is presently fixed for Rs 4,268 per month.



RBI guidelines fatal for MSMEs
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
To check depreciation of rupee, the Reserve Bank has asked exporters to convert half of their foreign exchange reserves into rupee to make available dollars in market.

As such all foreign-exchange earners can maintain only 50 per cent of their inward forex remittance in the Exchange Earners Foreign Currency (EEFC) account. The balance has to be surrendered for conversion to rupee. Since the Micro Small and Medium Enterprise (MSMEs) make substantial exports for the country, this provision will adversely affect their exports.

“The MSMEs sector will suffer huge loss due to the RBI’s directive. This sector does not have the skill to handle foreign exchange risk. Micro units, therefore, should be completely exempted from this mandated requirement. If necessary a limit of exemption can be fixed. This sector may be allowed up to $1.5 lakh or Euro or pounds in each account,” said PD Sharma, president, Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“This direction will prove fatal for us. Such interventions by the RBI are useful only when the pressure on the currency is transitory. The RBI has already spent more than $ 20 billion this year until two months ago in refunding the rupee,” said Suhkraj Mehta, a small manufacturer.



No nominations at Goraya, Phillaur on day I
Ashok Kaura

Phillaur, May 21
No candidate filed nomination papers in Goraya and Phillaur on the first day of the filing of nominations for the scheduled elections to the Goraya Nagar Panchayat and ward number 2 of the Phillaur Nagar Council today.

Confirming this, Phillaur SDM-cum-Returning Officer Jasbir Singh said here today that the nominations could be filed by May 24 and the last date for their withdrawal is May 28. He said the voters of total 13 wards, including 11 of Goraya and two of Boparai village, would caste their votes on June 7.

It is learnt that more than 10,000 voters will decide the next Nagar Panchayat of the small industrial town of Doaba in Phillaur subdivision on June 7.

The municipal elections in Goraya are being held after seven years. However, the numbers of wards would be the same at 13. Though the residents of all the 13 wards are still facing much inconvenience due to a lack of basic amenities there, they have now been empowered to decide the fate of politicians by casting their vote on June 7.

A total of 10,557 voters, including 5,434 men and 5,123 women, will be the kingmakers on the polling day. During a round of the different wards, this correspondent observed that lack of water and sewerage facilities is the main problem of the small town of Goraya.



DC asks officials to make arrangements
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
As the municipal corporation (MC) elections are nearing, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Rahul Tiwari held a meeting with officials of various departments to make all necessary arrangements on time.

According to sources, a major meeting on the MC elections will be held by officials on May 23 at the Bachat Bhawan where everything will be finalised about counting centres, strong rooms, etc. But today, Tiwari reportedly asked the officials from the National Information Centre (NIC) to be ready with their software and feed everything related to the elections in it.

Meanwhile, Additional Deputy Commissioner (G) and (D) Rupanjali Karthik said the elections related material was to be purchased. The tenders for items, including pins, carbon papers, drawing pins, rubber pins, rubber bands, thread ball, knives, ink pads, candles, matchboxes and photostat papers were floated, which will be opened on May 25 at 3 pm. The firms quoting lowest rates will get the orders. In case the companies fail to supply the material till May 26, then the tenders could be cancelled and the order will be placed to other company, said the ADC.



Australian delegates visit PAU

Ludhiana, May 21
A two-member delegation from TAFE, New South Wales, (state department of education and technology) and the Association of Trainee Farmers’ Employees, Australia, visited Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today to explore the possibilities of collaborative venture with PAU in agriculture and its allied fields.

The delegation members comprised Phil Pamment and Dr Om Jhorar. Emphasising on the possibility of strengthening the international ties between the two, the delegates interacted with Dr RK Mahey, PAU Registrar; Dr Gursharan Singh, dean of postgraduate studies; Dr TS Thind, additional director of research (NRM).

Dr Mahey apprised the delegates of the academic programmes of PAU and said there were prospects of entering into cooperation for students-exchange programme. — TNS



Ludhiana scan


A seminar on saving cultural heritage and environment was organised by the Vishav Punjabi Virasat Foundation. It was said preserving the environment had become the biggest challenge. Experts talked about carbon dioxide, farms and crops, pesticides and environmental education.


The new committee of the Punjabi Lok Sabhyacharak Manch during an organisational council meeting on Sunday chose nine members, in which Amolak Singh was chosen as the president and Dr Areet as senior vice-president.


The Asian Club honoured new district president of the District Bar Taxation Association, Varinder Sarma. Sukhminder Singh from the club said Varinder Sharma had been associated with the club as an advisor for a long time.

Blood donated

A blood donation camp was organised by the Helping Hands Club at Ram Darbar Mandir, Kitchlu Nagar. The camp was especially organised for helping children suffering from thallasaemia. — Tribune Reporters



PAU staff agitate, demand salaries
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
Traffic goes for a toss at the Firozpur road, as agitated Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) employees staged a dharna and blocked the road here today.

The employees were agitating as their arrear and salary for April were not paid till date. The PAU Employees’ Union and PAU Class IV Workers’ Union have been struggling from a couple of days for the same.

According to the employees, the PAU has no funds to pay their salaries because the Punjab government imposed a heavy cut on the need-based grant of PAU. Since the Punjab government is not giving the need-based grant to PAU, resentment in the employees is increasing day by day.

Addressing the employees, PAU Employees’ Union president Paramjit Singh Gill stated, “During the current crop season, the yield of the wheat crop has increased at a large scale and the Punjab government has got extra revenue of Rs 700 crore in the form of tax from the central procurement agencies. Only one-seventh share of this additional tax can solve the financial crises of PAU. But the policies of the Punjab government are anti-PAU and the Punjab government is showing step-motherly attitude towards PAU.”



Cong men pay tributes to Rajiv Gandhi
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 21
The District Congress Committee Urban (DCC-U) today organised a function to mark the 21st death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Paying tributes to the youngest Prime Minister of the country, DCC president Pawan Dewan said it was Rajiv Gandhi who had granted the right of vote to the youth at the age of 18. Similarly, he added, the then Prime Minister had introduced the Panchayati Raj Act and also ushered in an information technology revolution in the country.

The DCC chief maintained that it was unfortunate that Rajiv Gandhi died at the hands of terrorists in the prime of his youth and had he been there for more time, India would have progressed more. He appealed to the youth of the country to follow his path and realise his dreams.

Functionaries of the Terrorists Affected Organisation, Punjab, led by Krishan Kumar Bawa and Nirmal Kaira observed the death anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi as the “anti-terrorism day” at the Gill Road here. Activists took a pledge to follow the path shown by the then Prime Minister.



Cop hurt as car rams into tree
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, May 21
A policeman sustained serious injuries when the Maruti Alto car (PB29 C 0048) in which he was travelling rammed into a tree near Chaunkiman village on the Ludhiana-Moga highway today afternoon.

The injured has been identified as Manohar Singh, a constable with the Moga police. Manohar was on his way to Moga from the city when he lost control over the car and rammed into the tree near the Chaunkiman police post.

The policemen stationed at the Chaunkiman police post pulled out the critically-injured Manohar with the help of residents. He was admitted to the DMCH.



19 kg poppy husk seized, one arrested
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, May 21
The local police has seized 19 kilograms of poppy husk in two raids. A drug peddler has been arrested while another managed to escape from the police custody under the cover of darkness.

In the first incident, a police party from the local police station led by ASI Balwant Singh arrested a person and recovered 9 kilogram poppy husk from his possession.

The police party had barricaded the area near Lehandi Bhaini Basati on a tip off. The man, who was coming on a cycle, turned back on seeing the police. This made the cops suspicious. The police team chased the suspect, nabbed him and seized 9 kilogram poppy husk from his possession.

The accused has been identified as Kulwant Singh, a resident of Agwar Khwaja Baju locality in Jagraon. A case has been registered against him under the NDPC Act.

Meanwhile, the Jagraon Sadar police seized 19 kilograms of poppy husk from a person near Sidhwan Kalan village on the Ludhiana-Moga highway last evening. SHO Rachpal Singh said a police team led by ASI Malkiat Singh was patrolling Sidhwan Kalan village when they saw a person coming on a two-wheeler from Ludhiana side.

He tried to flee when the cops signaled him to stop. In the melee, the bag he was carrying fell on the road. The police found 10 kilograms poppy husk from the bag. The suspect managed to escape under the cover of darkness, the SHO added. A case has been registered against unidentified person at the Sadar police station. 



Proclaimed offender arrested
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
The Division No 4 police arrested a proclaimed offender (PO), who was evading arrest for over six years. The accused, identified as Soni Ghora, was booked on July 27, 2006, in connection of an assault case was evading arrest for the past six years.

The police received a tip-off that the accused was spotted in Haibowal. The police team further laid a naka and nabbed the accused.

Driver booked

The city police has booked the driver of a businessman who fled with Rs 2 lakh cash from Shivaji Nagar.

Kishan Lal, a resident of Janakpuri in Delhi, was returning home after taking obeisance at Mata Chintpurni shrine.

He reportedly stopped at Shivaji Nagar to meet his relatives. After meeting his relatives, Krishan Kumar came out of the house and was shocked to find the cash missing. He called his driver, Anil Kumar, but he was also nowhere to be seen. It did not take much time for Krishan Kumar to understand that the driver had fled with the cash.

He informed the police and got the case registered against the driver.



Grewal Academy win first match
Prithipal Singh Memorial Hockey
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 21
Grewal Academy of Kila Raipur survived a scare before romping home victorious 4-3 against Randhir Academy of Dhamot in the junior section in the Prithipal Singh Memorial Seven-a-Side Hockey Festival being organised jointly by the Mata Sahib Kaur Hockey Academy, Jarkhar, and the Ludhiana Sports Welfare Association at Jarkhar village on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road, about 15 kilometers from here last evening.

The festival is being conducted under floodlights. Six teams in the junior section and same number of teams are competing in the senior (above 35 years) group.

In the first match, lads of Randhir Academy gained lead when Pawan Kumar put his team ahead. However, their joys were short-lived as Harpreet Singh of Grewal Academy scored the equalizer in the 7th minute. They made it 2-1 in the 27th minute when Gurpreet Singh sounded the board.

Kila Raipur players further increased the lead four minutes later through Jaspreet Singh (3-1). Dhamot lads restored parity as Gurjot Singh and Karamveer Singh found the target in quick succession (3-all).

All important goal for the Grewal Academy came off Adesh Kumar stick immediately into the second half that sealed Randhir Academy’s fate 4-3. In the senior section, the first match was played between Fateh Singh Club, Dholan (Jagraon), and Gill Sports Club, Dhamot, which remained unresolved 3-3.

Manohan Singh, Ramandeep Singh and Tejinder Singh scored one goal each for Gill Sports Club, Dhamot while Joga Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Kulwinder Singh accounted for one goal each for Jagraon Club.

The second match played in the senior section between Jarkhar Club and Guru Nanak Club of Ludhiana turned out to be a mis-match as the former came out triumphant 14-3.

In the last match (senior), Grewal Club, Kila Raipur defeated Friends Club, Doraha, 5-3 after leading 3-1 at half time.

Randir Singh Rakhra, Chairman, Food Grains, Punjab, inaugurated the festival. Before the formal inauguration, a two-minute silence was observed in the memory of hockey star and Padmashree awardee, Prithpal Singh.



Cricket tournament
Day 1: Ludhiana 32 for 3
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, May 21
Host Ludhiana was placed precariously (32 for 3) against Amritsar at close of play on the first day of the three-day Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (u-19) for the Dhruv Pandove Trophy being played at Punjab Agricultural University today.

Earlier, Amritsar’s first innings folded at 232 in 75.1 overs. Navnit top scored with 44 runs. He was ably assisted by Karan and Abhinav, who contributed 36 runs each. Satbir Singh chipped in with 30 runs while Vinay and Rohan Marwaha made 25 and 13 runs, respectively.

For Ludhiana, Sandeep Singh, Amritpal Singh and Nikhil Chowdhary shared the bowling honours. Sandeep grabbed four wickets for 68 runs, Amritpal Singh gave away 50 runs for his haul of three wickets while Nikhil scalped three victims for 48 runs.

Ludhiana began their reply on a cautious note, losing three wickets cheaply. Sunny Pandey made 13 runs.

At draw of stumps, Nikhil Chowdhary and Abhinav Bhatia were at the crease with 11 and 2 runs, respectively, against their names. For the visitors, Sunny took two wickets for 11 runs.



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