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unholy nexus
Railway officials act tough
 Erring employees, touts feel the heat
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 8
In the wake of persistent complaints of rail commuters about utter chaos prevailing at the local railway reservation complex, Northern Railway authorities have decided to act tough to break the unholy nexus between employees and touts, who are fleecing the public as it is becoming difficult to get confirmed reservation in long distance trains due to the huge rush.

Those planning to travel to distant places during summer vacation are the worst sufferers because most of the trains are full to capacity and tickets issued in “tatkal” category are also taken by the touts and middlemen with the help of a few “obliging” employees, and then sold to desperate passengers at a premium.

Since Sunday last (June 4), the senior railway officials are maintaining a strict vigil at the reservation complex and elsewhere at the railway station to curb malpractices in the railway reservation centre and the parcel office as well as overcharging by the railway vendors. At the same time, unauthorised vendors at railway platforms and touts operating at the reservation centre are also being targeted.

While Senior Divisional Commercial Manager of the Northern Railway MM Singh raided the reservation centre and the railway platforms on Sunday, Divisional Traffic Manager Parminder Singh, along with commercial inspectors and RPF officials carried out an inspection at the reservation centre early in the morning on Wednesday. The RPF officials continued the exercise on Thursday also when two touts, waiting to get “tatkal” tickets, were apprehended.

In the course of surprise check by Singh, three booking clerks at the reservation complex were found with excess/short cash and were proceeded against. Similarly, three booking counters were found closed with the result that there were long queues of waiting people at the functional counters.

The railway officials assert that they would continue to mount pressure on touts so as to ensure that only bonafid passengers were issued reservation tickets or those under “tatkal” category. However, the sources maintain that the touts and agents were of course lying low for the time being, but their dubious operations were still continuing for the simple reason that the colluding railway employees would not let go opportunity to make easy money through underhand sale of railway reservation tickets in the “tatkal” category.


...At loggerheads with excise dept
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
The excise and taxation department is still waiting to take the goods, which were seized by them at the railway station yesterday, in their control. The department wanted to seize 51 parcels, but could not do so after the railway authorities refused to help them quoting that it is illegal as nobody else except the recipient of the parcel can take the delivery of the goods without prior permission.

“Goods are still lying at the railway station, as we had kept the parcels in the RPF protection. We were not allowed to lift the parcels and have asked the railway authorities to inform us whenever the recipient of the goods comes to lift them. We have received no call from the railway authorities yet,” said Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner Inderjeet Singh Bhanwara.

If the parcels are lifted and we are not informed then we will seek legal recourse. Meanwhile, Kuldeep Sharma, chief parcel superintendent said the matter was sorted out yesterday. “We are not liable to inform the excise department when the person comes to collect the parcels. They can catch him when he is out of the railway station’s premises,” he added.



ISBT not disabled friendly, lifts lying unused
 Only one attendant to man 2 elevators
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
Two elevators for physically challenged persons at Saheed Sukhdev Inter- State Bus Terminal are lying useless as ISBT authorities have employed only one attendant to man them. Authorities have installed one elevator at the ISBT for facilitating physically challenged persons from going to the ISBT to the local bus stand. There is a need for two attendants - one for each elevator on the inter-state terminal side and also on local bus stand side.

Ironically, the elevators are not even accessible to common man in the absence of an attendant. When the sole attendant takes care of one side of elevator, the other side remains closed. If a physically challenged person wants to approach inter-state bus terminal from the local bus stand side he cannot use this facility in the absence of an attendant.

These elevators were dysfunctional for almost a month after of the gates broke. Moreover, people aren’t aware of these elevators.

Surjan Singh, a bus conductor, said, “Only a few people are aware of these lifts, as the authorities not placed any signboard.”



Impersonator held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
The CIA-II has nabbed a swindler, who was posing as district transport officer (DTO) and pocketing huge amounts of money by creating fake registration certificates (RC) and other vehicle-related documents.

The accused, who has been identified as Jasvir Singh, was nabbed by a CIA-II team at a naka near the Bharat Ngar chowk here yesterday.

According to the CIA-II officials, they received a tip-off that Jasvir Singh, a resident of Sadar Nagar in Doraha, was visiting the city to create fake registries.

The police has recovered fake stamps and other important documents of the DTO department.

During the interrogation, the accused confessed that he was posing as DTO and was conning innocent residents by creating fake RCs and other vehicle-related documents.



Dog Bite case 
Delhi official visits Raikot
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
After getting a query on dog bite from the International Health Regulation Authority, UK, the Joint Director of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Delhi, Dr Udayvir Singh, visited Raikot on Wednesday for conducting an epidemiological study.

Sources said the officer from the NCDC met people near the Nalwa Chowk at Raikot. District Epidemiologist Anil Verma and Senior Medical Officer, Civil Hospital, Raikot, Moninder Singh were also with him.

When contacted, District Epidemiologist Anil Verma said, "I escorted him to Raikot but was not aware about the purpose of his visit." While the SMO, Raikot, Dr Monider Singh said, "An officer came from Delhi to Raikot but I am not aware about the motive of his visit as I had no prior information about it".

Dr Deepak Bhatia, State Nodal Officer for Integrated Disease Surveillance Project, Punjab said, "Dr Udayavir Rana from the NCDC, Delhi, visited Raikot today. The report will be sent to the International Health Regulation Authority, UK, by Delhi centre." It was on April 1 when an NRI, who was on a visit to Raikot in Ludhiana district, was bitten by a dog and on April 4, when he was in England, he was allegedly diagnosed with rabies. Following this, the International Health Regulation Authority, UK, contacted NCDC, Delhi.



school notes
Rural school shines

Ludhiana: Government Senior Secondary School, Isewal, has achieved 100 percent result in Class XII examinations conducted by Punjab State Education Board. In this rural school, all the students have passed in first division. Ramanpreet Kaur stood first with 797 marks.

Shri Harkrishan Sahib Public Sr. Sec. School

Shri Harkrishan Sahib Public Sr. Sec. School, Daba Road, has achieved a 100 per cent result in all the streams -- arts, commerce and science -- with all students passing in first division. Commerce stream secured four merit positions -- Gurpreet Singh (91.4 per cent), Prabhjot Kaur (90.8 per cent), Jaspreet Singh (90 per cent), and Priyanka Sharma (89.7 per cent). In science stream, Harpreet Kaur stood first, with 88.9 per cent marks. Ramanjeet Kaur (88.6 per cent) and Atul Tripathi (87.6 per cent) stood second and third, respectively. Priya secured the top position in arts stream with 89 per cent marks, followed by Urmila (87.6 per cent) and Ravneet Kaur (86.5 per cent).

Everest Pb. Sr. Sec. School

Everest Pb. Sr. Sec. School, Moti Nagar, has secured 100 percent result in Class XII examinations in arts, commerce, science and vocational streams. Gunika (commerce) with 89.3 per cent marks got merit position in PSEB merit list and stood first in the institution. Roopa Yadav (commerce) and Satish (science) stood second and third with 87.2 per cent and 86.6 per cent marks. — TNS



Toppers Speak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
With government and corporate sector having their individual charm, we asked toppers of classes tenth and twelfth in the city, how they perceive the two sectors, and which side would they like to be in their career.



City students chill-out in summer camps
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
An eight day summer camp was organized from June 1 to 8 in MGM Public School, Ludhiana. Various activities, such as dance, art and craft, pot and block painting, foil embossing, spoken English, and yoga, were organized to enhance creativity and imagination of the students. Cricket, football and karate coaching was also part of the camp. An activity show was organized on the last day of the camp where children showed the skills they learned in the camp.

Maple Bear Pre-School

A magic show was organised for the young students of Maple Bear Pre-School, Udham Singh Nagar, as part of the ongoing Rainbow summer Camp 2012. The magician showcased various tricks — ball game, card game, newspaper game, candle lighting, handkerchief and flower game -- to make the kids aware that these tricks are only an illusion of eyes. Kids enjoyed the event and learnt these tricks.

BVM School

BVM School has organised a ten-day summer workshop from June 3 to 12. The camp aims at over-all personality development of the students.



Children found ‘begging’, PAU clueless
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
After city roads and chowks, one of the prestigious institutions of the country-Punjab Agricultural University-is slowly turning into favourite spot for beggars. Small children could be seen begging on the campus. But, university authorities are helpless in controlling this menace.

A large number of children enter the campus along with their parents, who work in fields, as vendors or temporary workers.

They could be seen seeking alms from group of girls. Besides this, students home and areas are their favorite hunting grounds.

“We don’t know from where these children enter the university. They could be seen roaming near cafeteria. It is difficult to get rid of them at times as they keep on pestering us for money,” a PAU student said.

Sunil (7) said: “My father is a vendor. A few security guards manning the PAU gates are known to my father so no one stops us from entering it. I make about Rs 30 to Rs 40 in a day. I buy cookies, chocolates, samosas and cold drinks with the money. I am fond of fast food. As my parents can’t afford these, so I beg.”

Jaskaran Singh, PAU Estate Officer, said, “We will take strict against those found begging on the campus. We have banned the entry of those who used to come to the offices to collect donations.” 



Quality healthcare must for everyone: Doctor
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
A three-day Implementation Course for National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH) Standards for Hospitals was held at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital.

According to the secretary of DMCH Managing Society, Prem Kumar Gupta, the course aims to give guidance on implementation of NABH standards to the hospital management and staff.

Principal Dr Daljit Singh said the healthcare sector in India has witnessed marked changes over past years and there is a growing demand of quality healthcare services to everyone, regardless of their income, social or economic status.

With medical tourism gaining momentum in India, it has become essential for the hospitals to get NABH Accreditation to provide global standards in healthcare services, said Dean Academics Dr Rajoo Singh Chhina.

In their address to the participants, the visiting faculty, Dr Uma Nambiar and Dr Vinay Kapur, said that healthcare quality is the guiding principle in assessing the performance of country’s health system in improving the health of the citizens. 



Parties bet on youth
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
To empower the youth of the city, major political parties have given due representation to youngsters in the distribution of party tickets. The SAD has given party ticket to a 22-year-old MBA student named Manpreet Singh Manna while many candidates in their late twenties and early thirties have been given tickets by the Congress.

Manna, who is the SAD candidate from ward number 39, is also the youngest of all the candidates contesting the MC elections on the party ticket in the state.

He is doing MBA through correspondence from Symbiosis. Before joining MBA, he completed his BCom two years ago and is at present studying as well as taking care of his family business.

Getting an Akali Dal ticket was not an easy job for this 22-year-old youth. “When I first showed my desire to contest the MC elections, my father Harbans Singh objected to it. He wanted me to focus on my studies, but I wanted to serve the people and politics could be the best way of doing it,” he said while speaking to The Tribune.

Once he convinced his family, he applied for the party ticket and was fortunate enough to get one. “Once I got the ticket I was surprised with the kind of support I got from people. Even the local leaders have supported me during campaigning,” he said shyly. Manna, who did his schooling from Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, here, is pitted against Congress heavyweight Sanjay Talwar, a sitting councillor.

Another youngster on the political scene is 28-year-old Parvinder Singh Lapran, who is the Congress candidate from ward number 45. Pitted against Kamaljit Singh Karwal of the Akali Dal, he comes from a political family. His father Gurdev Singh Lapran has been associated with the Congress for several decades.

A post graduate in International Marketing from Humber College in Canada, Parvinder Singh Lapran did his Bachelors in Business Administration from the Punjab College of Technical Education, Baddowal, and schooling from Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, here.

He returned to Ludhiana in 2007 and since then has been associated with the Punjab Youth Congress. “I was the general secretary when Dimple Rana was the district president. In the Youth Congress elections held last year, I was elected as secretary of Lok Sabha, Ludhiana. Since then I have been working for the party and I am thankful that they chose me to contest the elections,” he said.

Even 30-year-old Pardeep Singh Saabi Toor is a new entrant to politics and is the Congress candidate from ward number 31. Coming from a political background, he is the elected vice-president of the Youth Congress from the Ludhiana North constituency. “We are today’s generation and are well aware of the happenings across the globe,” he says while responding to why he should be chosen.

Other youngsters who have been allotted party tickets are Rupinder Singh Sheela (Congress candidate from ward number 60), Rakhwinder Singh Gabria (SAD candidate from ward number 61), Priyanka Basant (Congress candidate from ward number 57), besides some others.



Leaders give final touches to campaign
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
Even as the sub-text of the rebel factor continued to run through the Municipal Corporation (MC) Ludhiana poll arithmetic, leaders of the political parties went on to give the final touches to the poll campaign in the city. The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Captain Amarinder Singh wrapped up his two-day tour to the city last evening.

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal too was on a campaign tour to the city yesterday. Playing the development card, he said in a rally organized at the Tibba Road that in the coming three years, Rs 5500 crore would be earmarked for providing the complete basic facilities to the people of Punjab.

He claimed that the four thermal plants would be operational after one year and that Punjab would be able to produce surplus power.

Wrapping up his campaign for the MC polls, the local MP and Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari played the Opposition's role. He alleged that Ludhiana was the worst-managed city in terms of traffic. He also alleged that more than half of the people living in the city did not have access to the safe drinking water. He promised that as an MP he would continue to get more Central grants for the city.

The People's Party of Punjab leader Bhagwant Mann, who had come to the city today for the inauguration of a party candidate's office, exhorted the people to vote for a corruption-free leadership. His address was marked by an uncharacteristic style that was minus his trademark humour.

Meanwhile, allegations and counter-allegations of groupism continued doing rounds. Talking to The Tribune, Congress party worker Harjinder Singh, whose wife Avtar Kaur is contesting on the party ticket from ward number 6, said some people had informed him that a senior party leader was seen campaigning for the rebel-turned-Independent candidate from the same ward.



City Centre project in limelight again
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
The issue of restarting the Ludhiana City Centre project and bringing Kabir Society under the control of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has once again hogged the limelight after area councillor Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal submitted a memorandum in this regard to Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal. The sitting councillor from ward number 59, Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal, has promised that if re-elected, he would fulfil this promise.

Kabir Colony is the F-block of the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar area on the Pakhowal Road and is managed by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust. The residents have been demanding for a long time that the MC should take over Kabir Colony so that development should take place there on a large scale.

While speaking to The Tribune, the Akali candidate, Dhaliwal, said: “If the area is taken over by the MC, I will be able to get a large amount of funds for carrying out development works. That is why I have been taking up this issue with the state government for a long time and when I came to know that Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal will be addressing an election rally in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, I decided to submit him a memorandum in this regard.”



Friends turn rivals
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
Once considered close friends, Atam Nagar MLA Simarjit Singh Bains and councillor Jagbir Singh Sokhi have now become arch rivals. Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal had attended a rally in support of Jagbir Singh Sokhi and the Bains brothers were conspicuous with their absence. Interestingly, this rally was organised in the ward, which falls under the constituencies represented by the Bains brothers.

According to the information, Jagbir Singh Sokhi had organised a rally at his house located in the Shimlapuri area here last evening. Sukhbir had attended this rally but the Bains brothers, MLAs Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains, did not attend it.

Before December 5, 2011, Sokhi and Simarjit were like real brothers. But differences between them started growing when Sokhi's wife Sukhwinder Kaur, a member of the SGPC, was not given the party ticket during the last SGPC elections.

Sources close to Jagbir Singh Sokhi said he had discussed this matter with the Bains brothers and suspected that they did not make efforts to get ticket for his wife. Though Sokhi was seen with the Bains thereafter, he started distancing himself from the latter's camp. Sukhwinder Kaur was later co-opted into the SGPC with former Cabinet minister Hira Singh Gabria's efforts.

After Sokhi joined hands with Gabria, the Bains group distanced itself from him, because even though both Gabria and the Bains are from the SAD, they are known political opponents and have been openly accusing each other in the public.

Even when the allotment of tickets for the MC elections was being discussed by the SAD high command, the Bains brothers wanted that Sokhi should not get the ticket. He still managed to get the party ticket from ward number 63, from where he is a sitting councillor.

Jagbir Singh Sokhi confirmed that the Bains brothers did not attend the rally at his house in Shimlapuri, but did not comment further.

When contacted, MLA Balwinder Singh Bains said the rally at Sokhi's house in Shimlapuri was his personal function. "How can we attend any personal function? We had organised a public rally at Guru Angad Colony on the ATI Road last evening and Sukhbir Singh Badal had attended it too".



mc poll
4 cases against Cong candidates
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
It is 4-0 as far as police cases registered against the Congress as well as the SAD are concerned in the run-up to the municipal corporation elections. While four criminal cases have been registered against Congress candidates and their relatives, no SAD candidate has been booked so far in any criminal case.

While Congress candidates claimed that the recent cases were part of vendetta politics, SAD is washing its hand of from the issue and maintain that the candidate were paying the price for violating the law of land.

It all started about a month ago when Congress candidate from Ward No. 39 Sanjay Talvar was booked in a criminal case for allegedly instigating gamblers, who further went to attack a policeman in the Division No 3 area.

This followed the registration of attempt to murder case against MP Jawaddi and Harry, son and nephew of Congress candidate from Ward No 59 Satwinder Jawaddi, in connection with the Sarabha Nagar shootout incident. One person was injured in this incident which took place on May 31.

Subsequently Congress candidate from Ward No 63 Palwinder Singh Taggar was booked for thrashing SAD candidate JS Sokhi and his supporters in Shimla Puri during campaigning.

The liquor hoarding case on four persons marked the fourth criminal case against the Congress. The police action triggered protest and Congress worker led Maharaj Singh Raji surrounded the police station.

However, Congress MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu saved the situation from taking an ugly turn and pacified the mob.

“Recent criminal cases against the Congress worker speak volumes about the vendetta politics. The police cases show that only Congress workers are violating the law. But what about SAD candidates, aren’t they violating the law too,” asked Congress leader Amarjit Singh Tikka?

Security beefed up,says DC

Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh said the security had been beefed up in the wake of MC election, the polling of which is scheduled to be held on June 10.

The police today imposed Section 144 of the Cr. PC thereby prohibiting the gathering of five or more persons in the vicinity of 200 meters of the polling stations.

DCP Ashish Choudhary would supervise the security arrangements in the city he added. Polling for 75 wards would be held at 963 polling booths. While 62 polling stations have been identified as most sensitive, nearly 194 polling stations have been listed as sensitive.

Extra force would be deployed on these polling stations to foil the plan 
of miscreants.

The government has appointed senior IAS officers VK Janjua and Ramesh Kumar as poll observers.



Woman candidate alleges threat by rival’s family
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
A day after Congress leaders were attacked in the Mullanpur area, a Congress candidate from ward number 23 has feared that the Akali candidate from the same ward might hurt her supporters. She has alleged that the members of the Akali candidate’s family are threatening her supporters and even indulging in anti-social activities.

In ward number 23, which comprises Shivpuri, Sekhewal village and other adjoining areas of the city, the main fight is between Kulwant Kaur Dhillon of the SAD and Manjeet Kaur Grewal of the Congress.

While Kulwant is the mother is sitting councillor Ajit Singh Dhillon, Manjeet is the mother of Congress block president Manpreet Singh Grewal. Interestingly, both Dhillon and Grewal live in Sekhewal village.

Ajit is the cousin brother of Ludhiana East MLA Ranjit Singh Dhillon of the Akali Dal and Manpreet is a close aide of Ludhiana North MLA Rakesh Pandey from the Congress. Both of them have fielded their mothers after this ward was reserved for women.

While addressing a press conference today, Manjeet Kaur alleged that for the past many days, the members of Dhillon’s family and their supporters had been threatening her, her family and supporters on one pretext or the other.

“They have not only threatened our supporters, but even hurled stones at their houses. I have come to know that the Dhillons have called their supporters from other parts of the district, who are indulging in such rowdyism. I urge the police department to depute cops in heavy numbers in the ward on June 9 and June 10 so that they are not able to harass or threaten our supporters. I also suspect that if these anti social elements are not reined in, they might create some law and order problem,” said Manjeet Kaur Grewal.

When contacted, Manjit Singh Dhillon, son of Kulwant Kaur Dhillon, stated that the the Congress candidate had foreseen her defeat in the MC elections. “That is why she is now cooking up stories. If they believe we have done something wrong, they can contact the police anytime. I want to clarify one thing, we don’t have time to waste over such things and will instead devote time on campaigning,” said Manjit.



Chamber for timely completion of thermal plants 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (CICU) president Inderjit Singh Pardhan has applauded Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for assuring industrialists that the MSE sector would not have face major power cuts.

Avtar Singh, general secretary, CICU, said, “The MSE sector is one of the vital cogs in the Punjab’s wheels of progress. This sector is the main stay of the Punjab’s economy, only next to agriculture. It contributes significantly to the states industrial production, exports, employment and creation of entrepreneurial base towards generation of revenue and employment avenues.” “The regular power supply will help the industry to emerge as a potential centre at par with the adjoining northern states. The MSE sector will flourish, which will definitely boost the industrial trade in this competitive market,” said Pardhan.

He also appealed to the Punjab government and the Punjab State Power Regulatory Authority not to hike power tariff in the state. Upkar Singh, joint secretary, CICU, said the MSE sector was passing through a veracious circle of low profit, low investment in technology and brand building. The uninterrupted power supply would create conducive environment for the growth and development of the SSI sector.

Members of CICU further requested the Chief Minister for timely completion of thermal plants and major developmental projects. These would further promote industrialisation in the state. To meet the ever growing demand for power all available sources like hydro, thermal, nuclear, solar and wind should be tapped on priority basis, the members added. 



Where govt lags behind, NGO takes step forward
 NGO provides free services of ambulance, mobile mortuary van and funeral van 
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
Whereas the state government lags behind in a noble cause of providing deep freezers for the mortuary at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, an NGO, Samvedna Trust, has come forward again with a plan to provide deep freezers to the mortuary.

Disclosing this, Dr Vikas Jindal, general secretary of the Samvedna Trust, said: "Keeping in view the requirement of deep freezers at the mortuary, we are planning to add 1 or 6 deep freezers to the existing lot. Our NGO has already installed six deep freezers here last year in June."

The mortuary earlier had three deep freezers, which had been lying defunct for many months. The hospital authorities are still waiting for approval from the state government for repairs.

The NGO, which has provided five mobile mortuaries to preserve unclaimed bodies till the time these are cremated and a 'shav vahan' for carrying bodies to crematorium in the past, is also planning to come up with an air-conditioned 'shav vahan'.

Ravinder Arora, president of the NGO, said: "It was in the September, 2009, when we started free service to accident victims and for citizens who need it in emergency within a radius of 40 km. We got a very overwhelming response and this inspired us to provide deep freezers to the mortuary".

A few days ago, the State Bank of India donated an ambulance to the Samvdena Trust, which is the brainchild of Ravinder Arora. It has now 21 trustees and 150 members, who contribute Rs 1,000 per month for the noble cause.

Subhash Gupta, chairman of the NGO, said, "Services of all the ambulances, mobile mortuary vans as well as 'shav vahan' are for free. Anyone who needs these services can contact us at number 9501 500101. And if anyone wants to donate for the noble cause can contact us on the same number."



Biking expeditions fun for them
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
It's summer time, and the buzz is not uncommon during the season. The buzz, roars engines have become common in this period of season with bikers undertaking motorbike adventure trips to far-off places. Bikers in groups of friends or as part of biking clubs have started going to far-off expeditions given the vacation time and easy access to various destinations.

"There is a sense of adventure, freedom, exhilaration that is unmatched when it comes to going to destinations on motorbikes. Travelling in cars or trains can never be that thrilling and fun," says Rajeev Kashyap, who has returned from an all-bikers trip from Leh and Ladakh.

"Biking is all about learning from new experiences and it is great fun. There is a freedom and flexibility to choose any path and interesting road, which is not possible during a train trip," he says.

Vihag Gupta, along with friend Puneet Chudhary, were in the city, en route from Delhi to Leh yesterday. Both of them work in Bangalore and have taken time off, especially for their Leh trip.

"It is kind of a break session. There is a sense of freedom while biking. This freedom to take any path and explore places that capture your attention are only possible by travelling on motorbikes," says Puneet.

If there is freedom and fun on bikes, it also requires planning. So any motorbike trip should be preceded with preparation as well, he says. Planning out which routes to follow, where to stay, how to handle any possible problems, carrying the needful equipment and tools are important, he says. "We also take training for knowing the motorbikes, for you have to know how to repair them, in case of any problems," he says.

Vihag said wearing the safety gear, including the riding jackets, pads and helmet are important to avoid injuries for protection. Hitting the highway, without proper safety gear is putting yourself at risk, he says.



Power employees stage dharna 
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 8
Employees of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) today staged a dharna at the office of the Central Zone to press for their pending demands in response to a call given by the PSEB Employees’ Federation (AITUC), Punjab.

Addressing the protesting workers, SP Singh, president, Suburban circle; Balwinder Singh Goraya, president, West circle; and Gopal Singh, president, East circle; who comprised the presidium, charged the management with failure to implement the accepted decisions.

“The PSPCL staff is also being discriminated against in the matter of revised pay scales. At the behest of a few pro-management unions, pay scales have been revised in such a manner that the salaries are getting reduced with each passing month,” the trade union activists alleged.

They further said the PSPCL management was encouraging outsourcing and contractual system of working, which was draining the already cash-strapped PSPCL. Not only this, with the contractors compromising with the quality of the work by using substandard material, the employees were exposed to grave risk to their lives while working on the transmission and distribution system.

Reiterating the pending demands, the speakers at the rally asked the management to immediately recruit eligible family members of deceased employees, implement the principle of similar pay for similar work in thermal power projects, regularise employees working on ad hoc basis or contract, create new posts on the basis of work load and revive more than 28,000 posts, which were abolished, revise uniform allowance and start regular recruitment.



Knitwear Club writes to Badal

Ludhiana, June 8
The Knitwear Club has shot a letter to the Chief Minister after a few excise and taxation officials tried to seize goods from the railway station yesterday.

Vinod Thapar, chairman, Knitwear Club, wrote in the letter that the excise officials were harassing the industry on the pretext that the goods lying on the platform, which were imported from other states, were delivered without the bills.

“The excise officials neither have right to inspect goods on the platform nor could they seize these without obtaining permission from the parcel department as per the orders of the Baroda House. But they are making industrialists panicky by ignoring rules and orders of the excise dept. The authorities could check the goods at the barriers on the premises of the railway station and we will cooperate with them,” Thapar added.

“We request you to save the industry, which is the major revenue generator for the government,” said Darshan Dawar, president of the club. — TNS



Protest leads to traffic jam 

Ludhiana, June 8
Family members of Kewal Krishan Dawar, who was stabbed to death, today staged protest at the Gill Chowk and demanded arrest of two more persons in this connection.

The relatives led by Deepak Dawar squatted on the road and blocked the traffic.

They claimed that two more persons, who were involved in the killing of the Dawar, had not been booked so far. — TNS



Award for Gurbhajan
Lovleen Bains

Doraha,June 8
Gurbhajan Gill, President Punjabi sahit Academy and eminent Punjabi poet, shall be conferred the prestigious Punjabi Sath Award by the Punjabi Sath at village Lambran on June 10.

Gill has till date authored a number of anthologies of Punjabi poetry, including 'Sheesha Jhooth Bolda Hai', 'Har Dhukhda Pind Mera Hai', 'Bol Mitti Diya Bawia', 'Agan Katha', 'Do Harf Rasidi', 'Dharti Naad', 'Man De Buhe Barian', 'Khair Panjan Panian Dee' and an illustrated book 'Camere Di Akh Boldi' on civic life highlighting social issues.



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