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Suspecting woman, husband kills her
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
The suspicion of infidelity led to the murder of a 40-year-old woman at Kirpal Singh Nagar, near Jodhewal Basti, here today. The incident took place here this morning. Mohd Aseem (45) smashed a brick repeatedly on the head of his wife Salma following a heated argument.

The victim succumbed to her injuries on way to hospital. According to the police, Aseem suspected his wife's fidelity.

The couple was married nearly 18 years ago and had migrated to the city. They had three children. Their eldest son narrated the incident to the police, which led to Aseem's arrest.

Aseem suspected that Salma was having an illicit relationship with someone. The suspicion caused frequent fights between the couple.

Salma got miffed at her husband's habit of suspicion. She left the house and started living with her sister at Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh.

Nearly three days ago, Salma returned home to meet her children. In the morning, Aseem again started accusing his wife of infidelity. Salma refuted the allegation.

Amid the argument, Aseem picked a brick and smashed it repeatedly on Salma's head. The accused was arrested and booked under Section 302 of the IPC.


Woman pushed to death
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
A 25-year-old pregnant woman who was allegedly pushed from the staircase by her husband at Jamalpur late last night, succumbed to her injuries here today. The victim, Meena from Uttarakhand, married Anil Kumar nearly three years ago. They had a son. She was five-months pregnant.

Victim's father Hira Lal alleged that Anil pushed her. He said Anil had been torturing her for dowry.

The Jamalpur police registered a case against Anil and his parents. The accused were on the run.



Family blames wife for youth’s death
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 19
The case of death of a Jagraon youth, whose body was found under mysterious circumstances last morning, took a new twist today, with the family holding the deceased’s wife responsible for the death.

The family of deceased Baldev Singh, alias Bablu, alleged that Baldev’s wife Kiran had illicit relationships with other persons and Baldev was killed under a preplanned conspiracy by his wife with one of her paramours as he was objecting to the relationship.

The deceased’s family and neighbours, accompanied by municipal council president Baldev Krishan Dhir, met Jagraon SSP Gurpreet Singh Toor at his office and complained that Baldev was murdered for objecting to the illicit relationship. They also demanded an impartial inquiry into the matter.

Baldev of Mohhalla Rampura, near the railway crossing on the Sherpur road, went missing two days back and his body was found at a vacant plot on the rear of the New Grain Market yesterday.

After recovering the body, the police registered a case under Section 174 of the CrPC, though deceased’s mother Gurmail Kaur suspected murder She alleged, "Kiran had extra-martial relationships with some persons and Baldev was objecting to those, which led to the murder."

She further claimed, "My daughter-in-law had eloped with a youth some time back and then stayed with her parents for six months. We brought her back after the intervention of the panchayat, but she did not mend her ways."

She further alleged that on the day Baldev went missing, he had heated arguments with his wife on the same issue. After that he left for work, but did not return. Toor assured the family of an impartial inquiry.



Man shoots neighbour
Another hurt; mob on rampage
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 19
The only breadwinner of a family was shot dead by a member of a neighbouring family following a tiff over drainage of waste water into a sewage pit here today. All three adult male members of the other family were booked under Sections 302 and 307 of the IPC and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act.

A youth belonging to some other family was injured in the incident. Mohammad Yameen (32) of the Old Tehsil Area was killed and Shiv Kumar injured.

Amrit Singh Sodhi allegedly shot at them with his .12-bore gun. Yameen was declared brought dead at a local private hospital and Shiv was shifted to a multi-speciality hospital in Ludhiana.

According to the FIR lodged at the local police station on the statement of deceased's relative Parvej Akhtar, the victim's family and the accused's family had a dispute over the disposal of waste water.

According to sources, Sodhi's brother, a former councillor and SAD leader, and Yameen were quarrelling outside their houses when Sodhi and his father came to his support.

The news spread like wildfire and supporters of the victim's family started protesting against the suspects and the police.

An irate mob attacked houses and shops owned by the accused, smashed windows and damaged goods lying therein. Shopkeepers and managers of almost all establishments in the market downed shutters.

Senior police officials, including Sangrur SSP Harcharan Singh Bhullar, SP(D) Paramjit Singh Gorayan and Amargarh DSP Sukhdev Singh Virk held meetings with office-bearers of various social and religious organisations to cool down protesters.

The administration remained on its toes, confronting rumour-mongers who claimed the imposition of curfew in certain parts of the town and surrounding localities.

The post-mortem examination was conducted by three doctors under tight security at the Civil Hospital in Malerkotla.



All not well with MC, says Information Commission
States assistant public information officer overstepped; awards information-seeker Rs 10,000 as relief
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
Taking serious note of the careless approach of the municipal corporation (MC) in dealing with applications under the RTI Act, the state Information Commission has observed that all is not well with the functioning of the MC and a mess has been prevailing, especially in the wing dealing with RTI applications.

It has also observed that no system has been set up by the MC authorities to deal with applications moved to it under the RTI Act, as per its provisions, and if any system has ever been set up, it has not been working properly due to the apathetic attitude of officials concerned, who are bound to run the system in a flawless manner.

Rajesh Aggarwal of the Bagh Wali Gali here had moved an application with the MC on February 12 last year, seeking information pertaining to details of the tenant at shop six on the Naulakha Cinema road from 1988 to 2011.

After getting a wrong reply in connection with the application, Aggarwal approached the commission on December 22 last year and stated that wrong information was given to him on March 24 last year. After he approached the commission, he was given correct information on March 30 this year.

The commission took the matter seriously and issued show-cause notices to Amarjit Singh Sekhon, zonal commissioner; Naveen Malhotra, superintendent (tehbazari); and Kuldeep Singh, additional deputy commissioner at Muktsar, who was MC joint commissioner-cum-public information officer (PIO) when the information was supplied.

Kuldeep had submitted a written reply, stating that the information was given by Malhotra, superintendent-cum-assistant public information officer (APIO), at his own level and the matter was never brought into his knowledge. Malhotra had claimed that it was the duty of the PIO to supply the information.

The MC Commissioner had entrusted the duty to all APIOs and deponent was the APIO, who had supplied the information in this case, he claimed in his affidavit.

He further stated that the information was sent in good faith, believing that the clerk concerned had put up the file after due scrutiny.

The commission observed that as per the RTI Act, the APIO was only supposed to receive applications and was not empowered to supply the information straightaway to the information-seeker without bringing the matter to the knowledge of the PIO.

"The second question is whether a PIO stands absolved of obligations under the RTI Act on the plea of not being aware of the application. The answer must be in the negative. The Act provides that the PIO can seek the help of other officials, but cannot shift obligations," the order read.

The commission observed that Malhotra overstepped and supplied information without bringing the matter to the knowledge of the then PIO. "We are of the view that this case deserves action against the authority concerned. We award a compensation of Rs 10,000 to the information-seeker," the order further read.



Employees yet to get poll duty payment
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
Thousands of employees put on election duty during Assembly elections in Punjab on January 30 are yet to get remuneration. The departments concerned have failed to disburse the dues among employees even almost six months after the elections due to their lackadaisical attitude.

A list of about 10,000 employees put on election duty and an approximate budget of about Rs 1.25 crore had been sent by the election department here about a month back, but the files had not been cleared by the finance department in Chandigarh.

Requesting anonymity, an agriculture officer here said he had performed the duty under category A, but had not been paid despite sending several reminders to the district election office.

Employees who had performed the duty were divided into four categories by the chief election officer, the remuneration for the categories being Rs 12,000, Rs 10,000, Rs 7,500 and Rs 5,000 each. "Though it is a meagre amount, but if it has been decided that it has to be paid, this should be done on time," rued an official.

"We have been told not to wait as the finance department may take a few more months. The ways of working of government departments is strange and disgusting," he added.



40-year-old woman crushed to death
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
A 40-year-old woman was crushed to death under the wheels of an overspeeding truck near the Arora Cinema here today. The victim, Anita of Ambedkar Colony, near Model Town Extension, was returning home with her brother-in-law on a motorcycle after visiting her relatives at Shimlapuri.

According to an eyewitness, an overspeeding truck hit the motorcycle from the rear when they neared the Arora Cinema. The motorcyclist lost control and fell on the road. Before Anita could react, she was crushed to death under the wheels of the truck.

Her brother-in-law managed to save himself. The driver of the truck managed to speed away from the spot.

The police recorded the statement of the victim's brother-in-law and registered a case under Section 304-A of the IPC.



Fearing tow-away, man hit by bus
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
A panic-stricken 40-year-old man, running to his vehicle on seeing a tow-away truck, was hit was by a PRTC bus near Preet Palace here today. The man sustained serious injuries and was rushed to a hospital. His condition was stated to be critical.

The incident took place this afternoon. The man, Bharat Bhushan of Barnala, arrived here and parked his Mahindra Xylo in front of Preet Palace.

He went across the road to buy some car accessory. While he was purchasing it, he spotted the tow-away vehicle near his vehicle.

He left everything at the shop and rushed to his vehicle. In the process, the forgot to notice the PRTC bus and was knocked down.

He was immediately rushed to a hospital, where his condition was stated to be serious. He was working as driver.



Police close to solving double murder case
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
Two days after the double murder that rocked the city, the police today claimed that it was inches from cracking the case. On July 17, Narinder Kumar Anand and his granddaughter Reva were found murdered at a house in Punjab Mata Nagar.

The assailants tried to set the bodies on fire to eliminate evidence. The police ruled out the possibility of robbery as the motive since the house was not ransacked.

The police was suspecting it to be the handiwork of an insider. Sources confirmed that an insider had been nabbed in this connection and was being questioned.

Manjinder Singh, SHO, Sarabha Nagar police station, said, "It will not be appropriate to comment on anything at this point. We are close to solving the case."



Theft of power meters on rise
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 19
The electricity meters being installed by the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited outside the houses to check power theft have become the new target of the thieves. During the last few days, many incidents of theft of electricity meters have taken place in various areas of the city.

In two similar incidents, two electricity meters installed by Punjab State Power Corporation Limited outside houses of local residents to prevent the power theft were stolen past late night in Jagraon. Both these thefts took place at the Karnail Gate locality situated on Tehsil Road, Jagraon.

The incident came to light today morning when Charan Singh, a resident of Karnail Gate came out of his house around 6:00 am and found the electricity meter installed outside his house missing from the meter box.

According to Charan Singh, the theft might have taken place around 2:30 am past night when the power supply was snapped suddenly. "As the power cuts being imposed by the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited in the city during the night have become a common thing for last some days, I thought it was a usual power cut. But when I woke up and went outside my house today morning, I was shocked to see the electricity meter installed outside my house missing," said Charan Singh.

The second electricity meter was also stolen from a house situated in the same locality. This meter was installed outside the house of Ranjit Singh and it was also stolen during the past night. Ranjit Singh too narrated the same story as told by Charan Singh. Following these thefts, both the residents registered complaints with the police and also brought the incidents into the notice of local authorities of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited.

Confirming the development Baldev Singh, in charge officer, Jagraon Bus Stand Police Chowki, said that the police has registered cases regarding these thefts and started the investigation.

Meanwhile, the local residents have appealed the police officials to increase vigil during the night to prevent such kind of incidents in the future.



Policeman beaten up while mediating
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 19
High drama was witnessed at the local Raikot road past night when a cop was allegedly beaten with his own stick by a person. The incident happened when the cop intervened to resolve a clash between two sides.

As per information, a tempo driver parked his tempo in front of a shop situated near Raikot Adda police chowki past night around 8:00 pm and went to purchase some vegetables. But when he returned he found one of the tyres of his tempo punctured. When he asked the shopkeeper before whose shop he had parked his tempo about the punctured tyre, the shopkeeper started arguing with him. Soon the arguments turned into a clash. Meanwhile, another youth known to the shopkeeper arrived and joined the shopkeeper in the clash.

According to sources, when a cop standing outside the police chowki noticed the clash he arrived there to resolve the matter. The youth accompanying the shopkeeper snatched his stick and allegedly hit him a couple of times. A huge crowd had gathered at the spot by then. When the police personnel present at the Raikot Adda police chowki came to know about the incident, they immediately rushed to the spot and rescued the cop.

After this, the police took both the sides to the chowki and gave the youth, who had reportedly hit the policeman, a beating. However, the matter was resolved after some time with the intervention of some local leaders. SHO Jagraon Surinder Singh said ,"I am not aware of any such incident."



Residents suffer as MC fails to repair Boparai road
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, July 19
The Boparai road, dug up for the installation of sewerage pipes two months back, has not been levelled and reconstructed thereafter. Resultantly, it has become a source of inconvenience for the residents and the commuters, especially the school children, as the road leads to four major schools of Doraha.

A fuming resident said, "God knows if the sewer pipes put on the road shall be ever functional, but the road that was functional has now been miserably dug up and is in a pitiable condition. There are big potholes throughout the road which are problematic not just for two-wheelers but even for pedestrians who cannot pass the road without soiling their clothes, especially during rainy days. The wet slippery mud spreads all around and plays havoc with the residents and the commuters."

"We fail to understand that if the authorities cannot ease our problems, they should at least not create one more nuisance. Now we are in such an awkward position that we have to think twice before moving out of our homes. Sometimes the condition becomes so miserable that children, fearing slipping and inviting the wrath of the teachers at school, prefer to stay back. Many people have slipped due to the uneven road," complained another resident.

"We have told about our problem many a times to the committee officials who every time give an assurance that the needful will be done but nothing gets done. Now we have left all hopes of our problem being redressed in the near future. The sewer water accumulation was at least better as it was generally in the drains and receded with the passage of time but this problem seems to stay. The water accumulation now is the worst. In the wake of all sorts of water borne diseases common in this weather, anybody can fall sick," rued still another.

When contacted, MC chief Inderjit Singh Kala, said, "The weather is as yet not favourable for the construction of road. We have tried to level the road as far as possible but for the construction of the road, tenders have to be passed first. Not only sewerage pipes, but pipes for water supply too are to be laid. Since the work of laying sewer pipes is going on in the town, the residents have to understand the problem on our front too. Rather than raising a hue and cry for every problem, they should at times bear with us. The work will be started most probably in August. I am personally directing GLADA officials to finish off the work as soon as possible so that the residents and the commuters do not face problem on account of the laying of sewerage pipes."



Changes made in VAT return filing
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
All those filing VAT quarterly return will now be required to give only one cheque instead of three as earlier. The department has also updated their software and as a result e-forms have also been changed.

Giving information, a senior official from the department said earlier the traders were required to give three cheques, one in the favour of assistant excise and taxation commissioner, another for Punjab Municipal Fund and third in favour of Punjab Municipal infrastructure and development fund. But from now traders will be required to give only one cheque in the favour of AETC.

In addition to this, the department has also updated their software and as a result e-forms have been changed. Traders have to either get their softwares updated or download the e-form from the department's website and then upload the same.

Jatinder Khurana, president of Taxation Young Lawyers Association, said it is a welcome step as things have been simplified by the department and traders will now be required to give only one cheque. As far the software update is concerned, the department should inform the traders in advance so that they also get their software updated simultaneously and do not face problem at the time of filing return.

Hailing the move, Lalit Khanna, a garment trader said giving one cheque instead of three is a welcome step. "Things have been made easier and will consume less time. The trading community hails the step taken by the department," he added.



Sunil Shetty, Rajpal Yadav in city to promote movie
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
Actor Sunil Shetty was in the city for the promotion of his movie ‘Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baki Hai’ along with Rajpal Yadav and director of the movie Rajnish Raj Thakur. Sunil Shetty said that his character in the movie is someone who wants to make a movie to raise social issues, like rape victims and their struggle, but the movie ends up becoming something else.

Talking about the movie, director of the movie Rajnish Thakur said that the movie would show the problems faced by the film industry and in film making. The movie has a black humour, he said. Explaining the gap of a couple of years, he said that he was doing movies. Also the release of several movies, including Enemy, Shooter and Afra Tafri is one the cards.

Talking about the launching of his daughter Athiya into movies, he said that she is still studying at New York Film Academy. He further said that he is proud of the film industry and any actors and actress in the movie can grow as much as they want by working hard. He said that there are ten times more expectations from star kids and thus they have to prepare more.

Rajpal Yadav who plays a shady character in the movie, said that he hates to be labelled as a comedian, as he has done diverse roles in many of his movies. He said that although movies are being made on all subjects and themes these days, but only the movies that appeal to families become superhits.

Talking about the demise of Rajesh Khanna, Sunil Shetty said that it was a big loss to the industry. In a span of a couple of days, stalwarts like Dara Singh, who was a symbol of strength, and Rajesh Khanna, who was a symbol of romance, in the film industry have gone. Two pillars of Bollywood have fallen with the passing away of the two actors, he said.



Opening of liquor vends
Students, residents stage protest
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
Students of Florence Public School and residents of Janakpuri street number 3 are up in arms against setting up of a liquor vend near the school and held a protest today. About 200 students and residents, along with politicians of the city sat on a dharna in front of the proposed shops for liquor vend today.

Florence Public School principal Anu Joshi said, “Students come to a school to learn how to make society better. But it is the government, which is setting up a liquor vend in front of the school. One can imagine as what impression the students will get from the surroundings of the school. We oppose the government’s policy to set up liquor vends near schools and residential areas.”

One of the students said, “On one hand, the government spends crores on healthcare services, on the other, they are encouraging liquor vends in the state.”

Gurmukh Singh, a resident said, “The government hasn’t any proper policy for setting up of liquor vends. Ironically, some anti-social elements are going to set up liquor vend in same street where two schools, a gurdwara and a mandir are located. We will not sit quite till the vend is shifted from our area.”

Interestingly, BJP district president Parveen Bansal and Congress district president Pawan Dewan also protested and demanded shifting of the vend.

“I have talked to senior officials of the excise department and the party’s senior leaders for not opening the liquor vends in the residential areas. The department amends the rules as per their convenient, but we are representing the public, so we are opposing such things,” said Parveen Bansal.

Past incident

Earlier it was on April 19 when students of Nishkam Vidya Mandir High School and members of the Women and Children Welfare Society protested against the opening of a liquor vend in their area at Ambedkar Nagar.

What rules say about location

  • As per the rule, no liquor vend shall be permitted to be opened at any place of worship, educational institute and place of public entertainment.
  • No liquor vend shall be allowed to be opened at a distance of less than 150m of the national highway except within MC limits.
  • The distance shall be measured from the main entrance of the liquor vend.
  • Administration reserves the right to refuse permission for a particular location for the reasons of public morality, health and order.



Residents of colonies up in arms against contractor
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 19
Residents of more than dozen colonies around Maharishi Valmiki Nagar, a residential scheme developed by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), have raised a banner of revolt against opening of a liquor vend, which has been opened in the built-up booths, constructed in the commercial pocket of the colony.

As if to add insult to the injury, liquor contractor has encroached upon the corridor, meant for common use, in front of an adjoining booth where a drinking place (ahata) has been set up.

The residents of the area have lodged a complaint with the LIT authorities against the highhanded manner of the liquor contractor, who has covered the entire portion of the corridor in front of the booth where a counter for sale of snacks has been set up, while a refrigerator and other material has also been stored in the corridor, making it impossible for people to make use of the common facility.

According to Sunil Vashisht, secretary of Rishi Nagar Residents’ Welfare Association, the residents of Ashok Vihar, KVM Colony, Surya Vihar, Raman Enclave, Nirmal Chhaya Apartments, Gitanjali Apartments and Mandeep Nagar in a memorandum submitted to the district authorities have expressed opposition to the opening of the liquor vend in the commercial pocket of the colony, which had come as a big nuisance to the area residents.

The miffed residents maintain that the liquor vend was located closed to an educational institution, College of Pharmacy, and in addition, there is a vast movement of schoolchildren in the market all through the day, as they board and alight from buses of many reputed schools in the city from in front of the market.

“The liquor vend and drinking place will have a devastating effect on the children and women would also not be able to freely move in the market due to a threat from those under the influence of liquor,” the residents asserted while asking the authorities to act swiftly for closure of the vend and removal of encroachment from the corridor in front of the commercial booths.

When contacted, LIT officials said they had received no formal complaint about any encroachment in the Rishi Nagar from the residents. “However, no one will be allowed to block the corridor and put the facility to use for the commercial purpose or storage of material. If someone is making unauthorised use of the common facility, a suitable action will be taken for the removal of the encroachment,” they added.



Help desk at Punjab Pollution Control Board inaugurated
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
For assisting industrialists in filing their application in the regional offices of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) at Ludhiana, a help desk facility has been started at the PPCB office located on the Gill road here. The help desk will cater to the needs of the industrialists.

The help desk will be manned by an official of the board in the rank of assistant environmental engineer during the working hours. He will scrutinise applications of entrepreneurs and will inform the deficiencies, if any in one go. He will also guide them regarding various provisions of the environment laws and compliance thereof.

If the industry feels any difficulty for applying online, the official of the board will be available to guide them.

PPCB chairman Ravinder Singh inaugurated the help desk facility here today.

The chairman said the help desk facility was being initiated, as it was observed that entrepreneurs faced difficulties in filing the application for clearance of the PPCB.

“The industry may now obtain all application forms from this help desk and may submit the same at the help desk. There will be a facility for applying online for no-objection certificate or consents for large or medium and small scale industries,” said the chairman.

Krunesh Garg, senior environmental engineer, informed that the help desk has been launched as the pilot project in Ludhiana. “Soon this facility will be launched in Patiala, Mohali and other districts of the state,” informed Garg.

Later, a meeting between Ravinder Singh and owners of electroplating units was held. The electroplaters rued that they are being harassed and their units are being closed by the PPCB. While replying, the PPCB chairman said all those electroplaters whose units had been closed due to paper work alone, they should raise their hands. Interestingly, none of them raised their hand.

“We take action only against those who are polluting the environment and if any one of you continues to pollute the environment, we would continue taking action against you,” he told the electroplaters.



Health dept gets 3,200-l kerosene for fogging
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
To combat with breeding of Aedes mosquito and its larvae in stagnant water, which is responsible for spreading of dengue, the health department has finally succeeded in getting sanction of 3,200 liters of kerosene oil from the director, food and civil supply controller, Punjab.

Chief medical officer, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta said, “I talked to the director food and supply controller yesterday about our requirement of kerosene for this cause and he agreed to it. Today, I sent an employee from my department to get the sanctioned letter from his office. Now, we will be able to procure the required amount of kerosene oil from the district food and civil supply department, Ludhiana.”

Earlier the district health department approached the district food and civil supply controller, Rajneesh Kumari, for providing them kerosene oil, but she refused to give. Rajneesh Kumari said, “I refused after consulting the higher authorities of my department at Chandigarh.”

The health department will use this kerosene oil along with a chemical pyrethrum for fogging. The department had only one fogging pump functional and so it procured five more from Ferozepur district. But Dr Batta said, “Some other fogging pumps, which were earlier lying defunct, have also been made functional now. By now, we have already done fogging in some areas.”

According to sources, till last financial year, the DFSC department used to get historical quota of 10 kilo liters of kerosene oil for providing it to the health department, religious organizations, NCC camps, etc. But from this financial year, it has been stopped. Only 586 kilo liters of kerosene oil is supplied to the Ludhiana district now to disburse to the ration-card holders through 2,128 ration depots.



Students suffer during power cuts
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana July 19
On one hand, the Central Government is claiming to have provided computers and other hi-tech technology in government schools to uplift the education standards, and on the other hand the state government is not able to provide electricity to run the equipment installed in schools.

Due to power cuts during school time, students often miss their lectures on the EduSat system. Students are also not able to operate computers during power cuts. The department has installed UPS with all the systems but during long power cuts the UPS get discharged. Some of the schools have generators for EduSat labs but they have no funds for diesel.

Moreover, it is hard for students to sit inside the rooms during the power cuts. Students sit outside in corridors or under trees in school premises.

A number of schools in the city are without open grounds, verandas and trees. Students and teachers can be seen using hand-held fans in every school.

Jasjit, a teacher from a local government school, said, "Almost all the teachers and students have a hand fan in their bags. "

"Students sitting without a fan in a humid room is very inconvenient. But we feel that the major problem which students face due to power cuts is the loss of studies. EduSat labs and computer labs are not properly functioning these days and the government should take care of this," said Darshan Singh, a teacher.



Students asked to clean school
With no safai karmachari posted at the school, authorities at government institution in Bilga say they are helpless in dealing with the situation
Ashok Kaura

Phagwara, July 19
On one hand, the state government is claiming to provide better education in government schools to compete with private educational institutions, and on the other hand the students of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Bilga, are being forced to clean the rooms and verandas of the school before attending their classes.

Parents, requesting anonymity, alleged that their kids get really tired after cleaning the school and find it difficult to concentrate on their studies.

Some students also said that no safai karamchari is posted in the school and they are being forced to join in the cleaning operation. In total, there are 449 students in the school and they are divided in four different sadans.

The names of the Sadans are Kalpna Chawla, Mother Taresa, Dr Ambedeker, Shaheed Bhagat Singh. These sadans have been allotted alternate days for conducting cleanliness drives in the school. When contacted, school principal Pyara Lal told that no safai karamchari has been posted in the school and they are helpless.

District Education Officer Neelam Kumari said that rules would strictly be implemented and violation of the rules will not be tolerated.



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New basmati variety of PAU notified

Ludhiana: The central sub-committee on "Crop Standards, Notification and Release of Varieties for Agricultural Crops," in its 62nd meeting, approved the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) developed variety "Punjab Basmati 2" for notification.

The variety was approved during a meeting held under the chairmanship of Prof Swapan K Datta, deputy Director General (Crop Science), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi. The head of department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Dr Allah Rang said that this variety has been developed by PAU by crossing two traditional basmati cultivars, Basmati 386 and Super Basmati. This semi-tall (125 cm) and weakly photoperiod-sensitive variety possesses extra-long slender and clear translucent, strongly scented grains which get nearly double length after cooking and are non-sticky and soft to eat, said Dr Rang. Giving about 20 per cent higher yield than Basmati 386 variety, this cultivar matures in nearly 140 days after seeding, he added.

Talk on crop production, marketing held

"Rise in number of landless farmers, shortage of farm labour, abrupt climate change, use of unprescribed pesticides and spurious chemicals by farmers, soil nutrient profile, quality of water, prices of competing products in local markets, poor crop knowledge among farmers, lack of appropriate cultivars and cold chains and availability of seeds, pesticides and fertilisers are some of the agricultural challenges being faced in the contemporary scenario." These views were expressed by Sameer Sachdeva, head, export business, Field Fresh, while delivering his talk on "Accessing the fresh produce export market, building export oriented supply chains: Learning and Opportunities" at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here today. The seminar was organised by Society for Advancement of Academics, Sports and Cultural Activities (SAASCA), PAU. PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Registrar Dr RK Mahey, deans, directors, additional directors, heads and faculty of various departments of PAU attended the seminar. — TNS



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Students excel

Students of the Ludhiana Group of Colleges (LGC) have achieved commendable results in the PTU exams. The overall performance has shown the rising academic graph of the institute, said principal Dr Parampal Singh Sidhu.

B Tech (second semester) students, Satinderpal Kaur Deol, Prabhjot Kaur and Gagandeep Kaur have achieved excellent result with 84 percent, 83 percent and 80 percent respectively. BBA student Pradeep Kaur has scored 77 per cent whereas BCA student Gurinderjeet Kaur scored 75 per cent. MCA (second semester) student Harpreet Kaur did the college proud by securing 86 per cent whereas MBA (fourth semester) student Varinder Kaur brought laurels to the college by achieving 83 per cent. Principal congratulated the achievers and the faculty members for their hard work. He also felicitated the students and their parents on the occasion.

Professional commerce courses at institute

Ivanna Institute has been granted affiliation from Punjab Technical University for BCom and MCom professional commerce courses to be run under their PTU DEP courses. These courses are designed for higher level career placements. Ivanna Institute has always been focused in delivering education in varied streams which meet the growing demand for specialised HR skills. “Already running degree and post graduation degree courses in Hotel Management, Fashion technology and Interior design, I have seen the growing demand for accounting and marketing professionals in the industry around as well as overseas. Students from these professional courses will be able to handle more diversified business needs and skills as compared to traditional commerce graduates and post graduates,” said Director Manmeet Sodhia. Careers that follow this professional qualification are accounting, investment banking, portfolio management, stock broking, risk management, teaching, chartered accountancy, company secretary, foreign exchange trading, etc.

Institute shines

Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology got A++ (Punjab Double Plus) rating which is the highest rating achieved by any Business School so far, claimed Dr (Col) HS Singha. Punjab Technical University had assigned the responsibility of conducting the rating to Onicra Credit Rating Agency of India Ltd. This rating also mentions that the “Institute has resources and processes that can deliver the 'Highest' quality management education in Punjab.” The GNIMT was also rated A-1 by All India Management Association (AIMA) in 2010 and 2011. It has again been rated as the best institute in Punjab, Haryana, J&K, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh (except NCR), added Sangha.

Workshop concludes

A series of free workshops on basic computers, English speaking and personality development, named ‘Energy’, concluded here at the Doraha Institute of Management and Technology (DIMT) campus.The comprehensive workshop was attended by students of BCom, BBA, BCA and MBA. The activities were aimed at preparing the students with the basics of computer applications, communication skills and the use of library resources as required for professional courses. Sukhpal Singh, chairman, DIMT, while addressing the students, said that this versatile programme will help students to prepare themselves for this competitive world. This initiative was taken for the overall personality development of the students and to provide career guidance in the fields of commerce, management and computer applications. Harpreet Singh, principal, DIMT, informed that the training methods involved audio-video analysis, presentations and interactive sessions for English, personality development, basic computer applications, body language and internet applications. The experts dwelt upon the basics of learning and communication skills, he added. — TNS



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Plantation drive

Under the supervision of Dr Ajit Singh Chawla, Senior Medical Officer, Primary Health Center, Kum Kalan, a plantation drive was initiated in the block. Dr Chawla said that about 500 samplings of different varieties were planted on the first day. The target is to plant as many as 5000 saplings within a week. Also present on the occasion were pediatrician Dr Rajinder Gulati, Medical Officer Dr Amanpreet Kaur, Ayurvedic Medical Officer Dr Jagjit Kaur, Health Inspector Gurdev Singh and other staff members.

Punjabi Sahit Akademi holds seminar

Punjabi Sahit Akademi, Ludhiana, organised a seminar on the topic "Punab Di Rajneetik Arthikta" in Chandigarh yesterday. A discussion on the economic-political challenges in Punjab was held during the seminar. General secretary of the academy, Dr Sukhdev Singh Sirsa, said that the debate on the economic and political condition of Punjab was important. Prof Sucha Singh Gill, Director General, Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development, said that the development on the lines of capitalism has increased the economic gap between financially secure and low earning farmers and has lead to an increase in farmer suicides.

Saplings planted in Ward no 2

Workers of Youth Congress Vidhan Sabha (East), under Anurag Taparia, planted trees at the Panchsheel Colony in Ward No 2. Every worker of the party was assigned the responsibility of taking care of two saplings each. About 200 saplings were distributed amongst the residents of the area. An awareness campaign was also conducted under Mahila Congress leader Leena Taparia. — Tribune Reporters



Problems in power sector highlighted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
The problem of unjustified power rates and its applicability coupled with high taxes on power is disturbing the industry. Punjab government’s power secretary Anirudh Tiwari called a meeting of industrial consumers in which the Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry was also invited.

Apex chamber president PD Sharma highlighted all major problems in the power sector. “It is unfortunate that while declaring the tariff, 4 paisa per unit surcharge has been kept a secret,” he said.

It was also suggested by Sharma that the total revenue by way of new tariff may be realised in the remaining months of the year. So, the new tariff can be made applicable from the present and not from April 1.



Rotten fruits destroyed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
A team of the health department today destroyed rotten fruits and vegetables at the CMC road, Baba Thhan Singh road and Shingar Cinema road areas. The team also made fruit and vegetable sellers aware of the ill-effects of rotten eatables. People were also distributed pamphlets related to water and vector-borne diseases.

District health officer, Dr Kulwinder Singh, appealed to public to drink clean water, eat fresh food, wash hands before eating, to not allow water to be stagnant anywhere near the house, to drain out water from coollers every week and wear dresses, which can cover maximum parts of the body.



Congress condemns Punjab power tariff hike

Ludhiana, July 19
Denying that there is any factionalism in the Congress, the Congress Legislature Party leader, Sunil Jakhar, during his Ludhiana visit yesterday, said there could be a difference of opinion among the party functionaries. "When there are too many senior people, there may be a difference of opinion," he added.

Flaying the SAD-BJP combine for the hike in power tariff, he said the government should offer a package to the industry in Punjab to check its migration. "The BJP raised its voice against the petrol hike. Why has it not done the same in case of the hike in power tariff?" he said. — TNS



1 held, one revolver recovered from accused’s possession
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
The police has nabbed a notorious fugitive criminal, who along with his accomplices was committing robberies at gunpoint. The accused, identified as Tajinderpal Singh, alias Bunty, was arrested from the T-point in Civil Lines area by CIA-I following a tip-off.

The police has recovered three country-made pistol and one revolver from the possession of the accused. The accused had kept these weapons in a bag. Harjinder Singh, ADCP (crime), said Tajinderpal Singh was wanted by the police in nearly six cases of robbery.

Harjinder Singh said while the accused was nabbed, his accomplice managed to escape.

He further claimed that with the arrest of notorious criminal, the police has foiled a robbery bid.

The accused were involved in sensation robberies that took place in the past. They snatched Ford Endeavour at the gunpoint from an hotelier in Sarabha Nagar last year.

The SUV was further recovered from Meerut. Later, they snatched a Hyundai I-20 from a woman from Mohali.

Tajinder told the police that he used to sell the stolen vehicles to Hira Lal for Rs 50,000. Hira Lal, who had also jumped parole, used to further sell in Meerut.

Tajinder's father was also jailed in a drug peddling case.



Three injured in attack
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
Three persons were injured following an attack by armed assailants at a car workshop located near the Orient Cinema in BRS Nagar here today. The injured, identified as Dibag Singh, owner of JS Automobile, Tajinder Singh and Sucha Singh, a business partner and an employee, respectively, were rushed to the Civil Hospital.

The incident took place here this evening when seven armed assailants travelling in two vehicles arrived at the automobile shop. The assailants with sharp-edged weapons, including swords, attacked the trio.

An eyewitness said the assailants caught the mechanic off guard and attacked him. Sucha Singh sustained maximum injuries. According to paramedics, Sucha Singh sustained serious injuries on the head and his condition was reported to be serious.

Narrating the story, Dilbag Singh said a few days ago, some persons arrived at the workshop for getting a mechanical snag fixed in a car.

After the repair, the assailants fled in the vehicle and did not pay the bill amounting to Rs 5,000. They were chased and intercepted by the mechanics near the MBD Mall on Ferozepore, said Dilbag.

He further added that the persons threatened the mechanics of dire consequences and fled the scene.

Today, they came along with the armed assailants and attacked the mechanics and shop owner. Dilbag said the assailants were known to Jeewan Singh, a resident of Sunet. The man who arrived to fix the car snag came with the reference of Jeewan.

In the meantime, the police has recorded the statement of the victims and started investigation.

Sources said the mechanics had beaten up the unidentified persons near the MBD Mall on the Ferozepore road a few days ago for not paying the bill of car repair and today they came with assailants and settled the score.



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