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MC booked for power theft
 Booster pump on water supply line running on 'kundi' connection
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 26
The municipal corporation (MC) has been caught on the wrong foot for installing a booster pump on a water supply line at the Chhawni Mohalla in Ward 32 in the old city, allegedly under political pressure.

Officials of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited have found the monoblock pump running on a 'kundi' connection.

A case has been registered with the anti-power-theft police station against the MC. Penalty proceedings for getting unmetered supply are also being initiated.

Residents of the area allege that newly elected councillor Anita Kharbanda and her husband Krishan are instrumental in the installation of the booster pump at the Phullanwali Gali with the intention of augmenting water supply to houses of some of their close supporters.

To substantiate the charge, they say a photograph of the councillor and her supporters at the time of making the pump operational was published in some newspapers on July 21.

"A large number of people have been deprived of their normal quota of water supply. Not a drop trickles in during the time the booster pump remains operational in at least two adjoining streets," several residents of the area affected say.

MC Zone A executive engineer (O&M) Pradeep Kumar tried to make it out to be a trivial issue. In a bid to wash his hands off the case, he told the Ludhiana Tribune that the booster pump was installed on a trial basis and to his knowledge, electricity was to be provided from an adjoining shop.

"The civic body did not apply for a regular electricity connection for the booster pump because it was just an experiment to augment water supply to certain deficient pockets. It was obtained on a loan from a firm and not purchased. If residents felt that the booster pump did not serve the desired purpose, it would be removed," he added.

Another MC official, requesting anonymity, said the circumstances leading to the registration of a power-theft case would be looked into so that responsibility could be fixed for the embarrassing development. Despite repeated attempts, Anita and Krishan Kharbanda could not be contacted for comment.


A2Z contractor, driver booked
 Protest outside police station forces action in Neha death case
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
Three days after 10-year-old Neha drowned in a pit dug by employees of A2Z, a private garbage-lifting company, the city police today registered a case against the contractor and the driver who excavated the earth.

Migrant workers sit in protest outside the Sarabha Nagar police station in Ludhiana on Thursday.
Migrant workers sit in protest outside the Sarabha Nagar police station in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

The incident took place on July 23, when Neha, along with her younger brother Karan, and some other children of shanties located at the BRS Nagar were taking a swim in rain water that had accumulated in the pit.

Nearly 100 residents living in shanties close to the Orient Cinema gathered outside the Sarabha Nagar police station here this morning and protested against police inaction.

They threatened that they would not end the sit-in till a case was registered against the erring employees responsible for the death.

Manjinder Singh, SHO of the police station, said a case of causing death due to negligence was registered under Section 304-A of the IPC against the driver and contractor of the company.

"Talks with company officials are on. They have been told to reveal the names of the contractor and the driver who were assigned the task of lifting garbage from the area," the SHO said.

"I have lost my child. I do not want a repeat of the incident. Strict action should be taken against the people responsible for digging the pit, which led to the death of my daughter," Neha's father Thakur said, leading the protest.

Early showers on Monday opened a plethora of problems for Neha's parents Thakur and Seema. The couple, living in shanty, were nursing their two-month-old son, who was ill.

Neha and Karan decided to swim in the rain water pool that had formed nearby. Some other children of the locality accompanied them.

There was a ditch in the artificial pond that was formed due to the heavy rain. Neha entered the deep end and drowned while Karan was rescued by residents.

Talks fail

Sources said the company was offering Rs 5 lakh and a job to Thakur, but talks failed due to some persons, who reportedly told him that they would fetch Rs 20 lakh by exerting pressure. It was learnt that they wanted a huge cut in the compromise deal, while led to its failure.



High-security number plates a headache
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
The state government has introduced high-security number plates to provide benefits and safety, but getting those issued has become a virtual headache for the public.

Tall claims of the state government and the transport department have fallen flat as vehicle-owners fail to get the number plates even two months after filling in forms and depositing fees despite making various rounds at the office concerned.

As if this is not enought, the district transport department here seems to have surrendered to the situation. Officials maintain that they are fed-up with the process of issuing the number plates by the contractor.

Sore at this callous attitude of the authorities concerned, vehicle-owners rue that the authorities will not act unless some unruly incident takes place.

Dr DV Jindal, professor with a college here, says it has been more than 45 days, but he has not been able to get high-security number plates for his three vehicles.

The district transport department takes Rs 300 per number plate as fee, he adds. He states that he was told that he would be intimated withing 10 days to collect the number plates from the Dana Mandi, near the Jalandhar bypass.

"Till date, I have not got any telephone call from the office. I went to the garage at the Dana Mandi where the number plates are being made. The attendant asked me to find the number plate myself," he further says.

"There were thousands of number plates lying there. How could I find mine? The attendant asked me to come and try my luck again after 15 days. I have failed to get the number plates," he adds.

V Bhandari says certain telephone numbers were given to him to check if the number plates were ready.

"I tried to get through, but the telephones were never answered. When I went to the garage and asked a person the reason for not picking up the telephones, he said those ring the whole day," he adds.

The person said he neither had the time, nor the patience to answer to telephone callers. It has been more than 20 days, but I am still to get the number plates," he further says.

District transport officer Manpreet Chatwal says the public in all districts is suffering at the hands of the contractor, who has been blacklisted in Chhatisgarh. He says they have had a meeting on the issue in Chandigarh and the contractor is expected to lose the contract. He adds that it took at least five days to get the number plates for his vehicle. He further says the staff does not bother to answer queries of the public as they have not been paid salaries by the contractor.



Sugar dealers on strike against VAT
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
Sugar traders today observed a strike in protest against the imposition of 5 per cent VAT on sugar. Wholesale dealers kept their shutters down at the Kesar Ganj market.

Jagjit Singh, president of the Wholesale Sugar and Vanaspati Dealers Association, said VAT was imposed despite their requests.

"We will keep our shops closed tomorrow as well," he further said.

A sugar trader said they would be required to get registration certificates. "I am a simple wholesale trader and complexities of the tax system are beyond me. I will have to shell out money for professional help," he added.

Another sugar trader at the Kesar Ganj market, Sampuran Singh said, "Punjab has imposed VAT on sugar while other states have not done so. Instead of controlling pricess, the government is levying taxes and increasing prices."



Bus overturns, seven injured
Our Correspondent

Raikot, July 26
At least 40 students and staff members travelling in a school bus had a miraculous escape when the vehicle overturned in a field along a link road connecting the Raikot-Jagraon road with Seeloani village, near here.

Seven persons, including the driver, were injured. The minibus (HR1-0438), with about 40 students of the Raikot Public School, overturned in a paddy field when the driver lost control while giving some vehicle coming from the opposite direction a pass.

As the field had been irrigated recently, windows and doors were stuck in mud and water and passersby and the police had to break the windshield to pull out the students, who were crying in panic.

Sukhpreet Kaur, Harmandeep Singh, Arman Singh and Supreet, besides driver Baljit Singh, were among the injured. A police ambulance shifted the injured to the local Civil Hospital, where doctors discharged them after treatment.

Investigations revealed that the driver took this route as the main road was closed for repairs. Due to the narrowing of the link road, the driver could not manoeuvre the vehicle. Executive magistrate Tarsem Sharma supervised rescue operations.



23-year-old man commits suicide
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
A 23-year-old man committed suicide at the Daresi area here today. The deceased, Atul Kumar, was a hosiery manufacturer. The incident came to light this morning when Atul did not come out of the room despite being called.

A family member went to Atul's room and found him hanging from a ceiling fan.

He had been under depression after his wife deserted him following a dispute.

The police initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC.



2 held with alleged flesh-trade worker
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
There was high drama at a school in Mundian Kalan village when two persons, including the school principal's son, were caught with an alleged flesh-trade worker around 11:30 pm last night.

The incident took place when the residents of the locality locked the school door from outside and informed the police about the presence of an alleged flesh-trade worker and two persons.

Soon after getting information, the police reached the spot and detained the two persons and the alleged flesh-trade worker.

The residents were shocked when they identified one of them as the principal's son. They started agitating and demanded strict action against the offenders.

According to the residents, they were worried as boys and girl used to visit the school at night. They had complained to the school authorities, who had paid no heed to them.

The residents said a woman driving a car left the alleged flesh-trade worker in front of the school gate and the boys were already present there.

Soon after, they entered the school premises and the residents locked the door from outside, they further said.

Gurmeet Singh, in charge of the Mundian Kalan police post, said the girl and boys wrote an apology and were let off.

The residents further stated that the police succumbed to political pressure, due to which a compromise was arrived at.

A few persons claimed that some students were having a party and the issue was blown out of proportion. Despite repeated attempts, the school authorities could not be contacted for comment.



17-year-old boy shoots himself
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
A 17-year-old boy shot himself in the head using his father's licensed revolver at his residence at the Ishwar Nagar Colony in the Daba area today.

The boy was identified as Rupinder Singh, son of Sukhdev Singh, a property dealer. The incident took place around 9:30 pm.

The boy took the licensed revolver of his father following a heated argument. He shot himself in the head and died soon after. His father informed the police about the incident. He further said Rupinder was under depression as he was not doing well in studies.

The SHO of the Daba police station, Jatinderjeet, said the police recorded Sukhdev's statement and initiated an investigation into the case.

The police not rule out the possibility of murder. It Police took the revolver with which Rupinder allegedly shot himself into possession.



Ludhiana-Moga stretch turns into death-trap 
Jaswant Shetra

File photos of road accidents that have taken place on the Ludhiana-Moga highway
File photos of road accidents that have taken place on the Ludhiana-Moga highway.

Jagraon, July 26
The Ludhiana-Moga highway is fast turning into a death trap. More than 24 persons have lost their lives this year in different road accidents that took place on less than 50 kilometer-long stretch from Ludhiana to Nawa Chooharchak. Besides, many persons have been injured, several critically, in the road accidents during the same period of time.

In July so far, four persons have lost their lives while 15 persons have been injured in different road mishaps. Most of these accidents have taken place near Chaunkiman and Nanaksar, which are considered as the most accident-prone areas.

A two-km long stretch between Sidhwan Khurd and Chaunkiman villages and another five-km long stretch from Jagraon to Nanaksar on the said highway have emerged as the most vulnerable points for accidents and a majority of the accidents have taken place in the last six months near these points.

Heavy flow of traffic, which is increasing with the passage of every month, blatant violation of traffic norms, rash driving particularly by the drivers of private buses, over speeding, drunk driving, presence of a large number of stray animals on the highway, absence of reflectors on road dividers and roadsides etc are some of the factors which are to blame for most of the accidents.

Besides this, the presence of a large number of marriage palaces on both sides of the road has worsened the situation further as the people attending weddings and other functions often park their vehicles on the roadsides thus disrupting the smooth flow of traffic. This practice has also led to frequent accidents during the past but the administration has failed to resolve the problem.

A large number of people attending wedding ceremonies and other functions in these marriage palaces often indulge in drunk driving thus risking their lives and others.

Being a national highway, there has always been a heavy flow of traffic on the road and in the last few years the traffic has increased manifold due to increase in the number of vehicles, but the road has not been widened so far.

Now, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has planned to turn the highway in to a four-lane road which might reduce the number of accidents. But the project is still in the initial stage and it might take many years to be completed. Residents of the villages and the towns situated near the highway have urged the authorities to step up the pace of the work of four-laning of the road so that the commuters undertake safe journey. 

Road accidents in July

July 22: Five persons, including a woman, were injured when a Tempo Traveller collided head on with a car near Alighar.

July 21: A pedestrian was killed when a car hit him from the rear near Nanaksar

July 14: Two cyclists were crushed to death by a SUV near Nawa Chooharchak village

July 13: A policeman died while 10 others were injured when a police jeep collided head on with a speeding bus near Nawa Chooharchak village. 

Official Speak
"We should create awareness among people about traffic rules. Many accidents are taking place due to heavy flow of traffic and violation of traffic norms on the highway. The public should abide by the traffic rules to avoid accidents. We are organising traffic rules awareness camps and appealing to the people to obey traffic rules on a regular basis. The public should themselves realise that traffic rules are meant for their safety"
— Gurpreet Singh Toor, SSP, Jagraon 



Factionalism visible in SAD-BJP alliance
Our Correspondent

Raekot, July 26
Factionalism once again surfaced among councillors owing allegiance to the SAD and the BJP in the Raikot Nagar Council elections, when those enjoying patronage of former parliamentary secretary and SAD leader BikramJit Singh Khalsa declared their candidate vice-president, even though the district administration had staggered the meeting called for the purpose.

While the group of eight councillors supporting Charanjit Singh Babbu rejoiced over their victory and those supporting the opposition candidate Alle Kaur termed the meeting as void.

Investigations revealed that the administration had called a meeting of the municipal council to fill vacant post of the vice-president on Wednesday, but the same was staggered at the nick of time. When councillors enjoying patronage of Khalsa and supporting candidature of Charanjit Singh Babbu declined to accept the verbal message, executive office Shakti Kumar circulated a written message that the meeting had been staggered in pursuance of the orders received from Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari.

However, councillors Buta Singh Chhapa, Nachhatar Singh, Charanjit Singh Babbu, Budh Raj Singh, Vijay Jain, Raj Kumar Raju, Dr Harpal Singh Grewal and Satish Aggarwal , led by Khalsa convened a meeting in a closed room and declared Babbu elected as the vice-president.

Alle Kaur, another aspirant, who claimed support of five SAD councillors led by president Amandeep Singh Gill and one Congress councillor besides the legislator of the assembly segment, termed the meeting as null and void as it was not convened by the government representatives.

Claiming that meeting had been conducted in presence of the executive officer according to the rules and regulations and schedule intimated to all members in advance, Khalsa said he had taken up the matter with the higher authorities for getting the decision implemented in letter and spirit.

Avoiding questions on interference of other SAD or BJP leaders, Khalsa said, "At the moment I can not comment on the level of interference by any other leader, but I am sure that we have not taken support of any congress councillor of leader in the matter."



Power crisis bugs Industry 
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
Power cuts and spiraling power prices has proved a double whammy for the city's industry. Power cuts have almost brought the industry to a grinding halt in the city.

The industry is warning the government of relocation of units if the power situation stays the same. Two weekly offs in general category and three on arc, induction and rolling mills have been imposed, giving sleepless nights to industry.

"Even after increasing power tariff, the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) is unable to provide electricity. After announcing the tariff in July, it are imposing it from April 1, but is still unable to provide undisrupted power," said Badish Jindal, president of the Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association.

"For giving water to the agriculture sector, the government is ruining the industrial sector. We cannot even purchase electricity from outside. It has become impossible to survive in such conditions," he added.

Joginder Kumar, president of the Ludhiana Electroplaters Association, said the unprecedented power tariff hike, three-days power cut and unscheduled cuts had made things very difficult for the industry. This was the first power crisis to such an extent in the state," he added.

Shyam Aggarwal, owner of a shawl-manufacturing unit, said production in his unit had gone down by nearly 50 per cent.

"The PSPCL has hiked power tariff from a back date and is imposing power cuts on industry. Apart from scheduled cuts, unscheduled cuts are also imposed. Under these circumstances, how will the industry survive," he added.

The lack of power had also resulted in labour-owner disputes.

"Labour does not want us to deduct wages while three-day compulsory off has been imposed on our category," said another industrialist.

Rolling mill owner Kartike Gupta said, "Three-day compulsory off and unscheduled power cuts have been imposed on us. When will we work in such a situation? Production has gone down drastically and we are incurring huge losses. Will the government pay up for our losses?"

Production decreases
The overall production of the Ludhiana industry has gone down by 33 per cent, official sources have confirmed. The hike in power tariff has been imposed from April 1. "The hike in power tariff from a back date will lead to an increase in input costs, but we cannot charge the same from clients now as order prices had already been fixed," said an industry representative.

Reasons to oppose
The Ludhiana Electroplaters Association has opposed the power tariff hike on the grounds that the PSPCL's operational losses have reduced from Rs 1,580 crore during the last fiscal to Rs 250 crore; its line losses have been cut to 17.5 per cent, with loss per unit loss being 0.07 paisa; and it has sold power worth Rs 11,326 crore during 2011-12 and has got Rs 4,188 crore as tariff compensation from the government.



PPCC leaders meet Sonia Gandhi
 Tell her that acting chairman’s appointment invalid
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
A deputation led by former Ludhiana MP and chairman of the Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes department), MS Kalyan, met the Congress President, Sonia Gandhi, in Delhi.

MS Kalyan said,"We met Sonia Gandhi and Congress Working Committee member and in-charge for Punjab and Chandigarh and Bihar Gulchain Singh Chadak. We told them that Lal Singh Sailani had been appointed as the acting chairman of the Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes department), but the Congress high command said she was not aware of it."

Kalyan said,"Lal Singh Salaani's appointment as the acting chairman is invalid and he has no right to make new appointments. I being the chairman have constituted wings of the SC department at different levels and have been working very actively on each occasion, including Dasuha byelections and the SC department has been working actively for the welfare of Dalits."

He said Gulchain Singh Chadak had written a letter to the President of Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee Capt Amarinder Singh stating that he was not aware of the appointment. Chadak had written to Amarinder to tell him about all details of the appointment and also requested him to instruct Sailani not to make any appointments till further instructions are issued."

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee's spokesperson said, "MS Kalyan has not been removed from the post of chairman of the Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee (scheduled castes and scheduled tribes department). Kalyan continues to be the chairman. Sailani has been made the acting chairman as Kalyan has not been keeping well. The move will streamline the functioning of the Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee."



Hepatitis clinic

Ludhiana, July 26
The department of gastroenterology inaugurated a hepatitis clinic on the eve of World Hepatitis Day.

The clinic will be led by a team of expert gastroenterologists and support staff under the leadership of Dr Nirmaljeet Singh Malhi, senior consultant and coordinator.

Dr KapilChib, deputy director, medical services, SPS Apollo Hospitals, said "The clinic aims at providing counselling to patients." The clinic will have counsellors to provide emotional and lifestyle support. — TNS



Stamps on London Olympics out
 Philately enthusiasts, sports lovers disappointed as those are yet to reach Punjab
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
The department of posts has released postage stamps to commemorate the London Olympics as the Games kick off in London tomorrow. Four stamps have been released, along with a miniature sheet, by the department bearing the logo of London Olympics.

The four stamps feature four sports disciplines, badminton, yachting, rowing and volleyball. Two are priced at Rs 5 and the other two at Rs 20.

An information brochure, a first day cover and a 'sheetelet' have also been released. Philatelist Yashpal Bangia says he has many earlier Olympics collections.

"Although many countries have been launching postage stamps over the last couple of months, I was waiting for Indian stamps," says philately enthusiast Aman.

Many philately enthusiasts and sports lovers are disappointed that though the stamps have been released, those are yet to reach post offices in Punjab.

"It is highly disappointing that the one of the main and the most important Olympics stamps are yet to reach the city," says philatelist Mukesh Malhotra.

"I have been collecting stamps on sports. I have almost a complete collection of the 1980 Moscow Olympics. I plan a collection of the London Olympics," says retired PAU professor RL Bansal.

District Hockey Association secretary Ajay Pal Roomy says, "Stamps on Olympics are a great gesture. Those are much-awaited every time. More stamps should be brought out on sports, Olympians and athletes."

"As stamps are more sought after by children, those will contribute to the awareness and promotion of sports among them," he further says.



Inconsolable child puts police in a fix
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
An inconsolable abandoned six-year-old child put the Sarabha Nagar police in a spot of bother here this afternoon. The incident took place when a migrant rickshaw-puller, Arvind Kumar, left a child he found abandoned near a temple at Sunet village two days ago.

"I found him on the evening of July 24. The boy identified himself as Rajan. He had panicked and could not tell the name of his parents," he said.

Father of four children, he left the child at the Sarabha Nagar police station today. While the police was sounding an alert about the missing child, the boy started crying loudly.

The police tried to console him, but Rajan did not stop. Arvind was called again at the police station. On seeing him, Rajan rushed to him and clasped him tightly.

The police told Arvind to take Rajan. SHO Manjinder Singh said the child was handed to Arvind till Rajan's parents were found, adding that the child helpline was informed.



Work diligently, DC tells officials
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari has asked the officials of various departments to work diligently and ensure that the public was not made to suffer.

He said on the directions of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, it was mandatory for the officials to be in their offices from 9 am to 5 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Tiwari was conducting a monthly review meeting with the officials. He said on three days, the attendance of the officials would be marked through the telephone and in case of absenteeism, strict action would be taken against the officials. He asked the SDMs to check the attendance and development works of the departments, including Civil Hospitals, veterinary hospitals, water supply projects and aanganwari kendras.

He asked the officials to get the work of berms completed along roads so that farmers could encroach upon those again. He asked the officials to make sure that villagers/residents got potable water. He told the officials to get non-functional streetlights replaced within two days.

On the complaint of Block Development and Panchayat Officer, Raikot, regarding the broken taps and wastage of water, Tiwari asked the authorities concerned to look into the problem. He said from September 15 to October 15, cattle census would be held in the district and it was the duty of Block Development and Panchayat Officers to make aware the public about it. 



Region faces 68 pc rainfall deficit
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
Weather experts, farmers and residents have every reason to be worried as it has been a weak monsoon so far. Though it has rained in the city in the last 48 hours, the showers in July are peanuts compared to the rain last year. If weathermen are to be believed, the state is facing a rainfall deficit of 68 per cent, which is a cause of concern.

Though experts believe that they expect some good rain in August, it will not be enough to fill the deficit.

As per data available with the agrometeorological department at the Punjab Agriculture University (PAU), just 54 mm of rain took place in Ludhiana so far this month.

"This is less compared to last year, when rain crossed the 114-mm mark in July," said Dr KK Gill, senior agrometeorologist at the PAU.

"There was 353 mm of rain in June last year, 513 mm in August and 177 mm in September. There is not much to cheer about this time," he added.

He said experts considered 500 mm of rain normal in Punjab and last year, it touched 476 mm, which was near normal.

"To the best of our knowledge, the deficit will not be cleared this monsoon. The normal rain in August is usually 180 mm, but less rain is expected this time," he added.

The underground water table, which had risen last year due to excessive rain, was going down due to the dry spell, he further said.

Due to the humidity, parents had requested the managements of various schools to either close for some days or get over classes by 11:30 am to save children from heatstroke and weather-related viral infections.



Govt to acquire 300 acres
 Extension of Sahnewal airport
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
The state government will acquire 300 acres under the extension plan of Sahnewal Airport. This was stated by Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal while discussing extension plans of the airport with officials of the Ludhiana Administration and PWD Minister Sharanjeet Singh Dhillon at PAU.

PWD Minister Sharaneet Singh Dhillon said,"The Deputy Chief Minister, who was on his way to Chandigarh, landed on the PAU ground and dwelt on various issues pertaining to the extension of the airport.

Sources said, "The Deputy Chief Minister was to pay a visit to the city but he had put off it. He stayed for 10 minutes and left after briefing the officials about the extension plans."

The police personnel were deployed at several places and traffic was diverted ahead of his visit, but when they learnt that he had postponed his plan, the traffic was restored.



construction of bridge
Deputy Mayor inspects work
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 26
Senior Deputy Mayor of the city Parveen Bansal, who also heads the district unit of the BJP, today visited a bridge which is under construction on an open drain near Gaushala Shamshan Ghat (cremation ground) in the old city to review the progress of the project.

Bansal was accompanied by party activists and officials of the O and M wing of the municipal corporation.

Later, he said the MC officials as well as the contractor executing the construction work, had been directed to expedite the work which was expected to take another 10 days when it would be thrown open to the public.

He also told the civic officials to clear the approach roads of all obstacles and also carry out a comprehensive garbage clearing drive so that the bridge, constructed at an approximate cost of Rs 65 lakh, could provide an easy access to the area residents.

Bansal added that the entire area around the bridge and the approaches would be given a facelift in a couple of days. 



Punjabi movies attracting crowds
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
Punjabi movies are doing well, say movie buffs in the city. It is great to see clean posters of "desi" movies, many admit.

"Design, presentation and photography of posters as part of advertising are the first introduction to the movie. The clean design and good photography with enough white space in Jatt and Juliette posters was the first refreshing change in the way posters of Punjabi movies are designed, says Raman, a city-based graphic designer. "And now the posters of Carry On Jatta as well as other upcoming Punjabi movies have better designed promotional material," she says.

Although the designing has to be done according to the message intended as well as in accordance with the sensibilities of the target audience, says Raman.

Now, the aesthetic sense of the audience has changed with the changing times, given the exposure to better art and design from Hollywood and Bollywood, says Nitin, a self-professed movie buff.

Punjabi movies are targeting not only the domestic market, but overseas markets as well, and movies can truly tap the overseas markets if these are sound on design and technical grounds, says Kamaldeep, a city-based graphic designer. "Also with the increase in budget, all aspects of movies have improved, be it production, post-production. And now importance of sound promotion is better understood by people in Punjabi cinema for the success of movies," he says. "So designing has improved tremendously for Punjabi movies, as these have a clean and nice design nowadays. Promotion and designing part is being done by top advertising and design firms," he says. 



Furnace owners to go on 4-day strike
 Unhappy with 12.08 per cent hike in power tariff
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
Owners of induction furnaces in Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Mandi Gobindgarh will be going on a four-day strike from August 3 to protest against the 12.08 per cent hike in power tariff.

The industry has also unanimously decided that it would not pay bills if increased rate was charged retrospectively.

KK Garg, president of the Induction Furnace Association, North India, said the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) had announced electricity tariff for 2012-13 on July 17 and implemented in from April 1.

"The decision will affect the steel furnace industry. With this every steel furnace unit will have to incur losses of which is very difficult to recover. Our rates are determined by demand and supply and that also on a day to day basis. No industry can absorb any cost increase retrospectively as it is one of the major inputs for making steel through induction furnace process and accounts for 40 per cent of the cost of conversion," said Garg.

Adding Badish Jindal, president of the Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association, said for the first time after almost seven years, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) imposed peak-load restrictions even on the MS category which is going to affect a majority of the industrial units.

Mohinder Gupta, president of the Mandi Gobindgarh Induction Furnace Association, said PSERC had become an extension counter of PSPCL and above that the state government had a say as far as the working of PSERC was concerned due to which the consumers' interest had been totally ignored. 

Suggestions by industry

* Electricity duty should be made specific so that there is no cascading effect.

* Any increase in tariff or electricity duty should never be with a retrospective effect.

* Instead of framing policies to block open access of power indirectly, the government should take measures to make open access of power a viable option.

* Chairman of the PSERC must be a person from the judiciary and members should be appointed from other states. 



Six cattle heads die
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Machiwara July 26
Six cattle heads, including five buffalos of a Gujjar family, were killed when they came in contact with an livewire at Behlolpur village. As per information Hussain Ali was taking his cattles to the fields to fend them.

When Hussain Ali reached near the Powercom office near an electric pole his buffaloes came in contact with a livewire.

Hussain Ali and anoher person just managed to save their lives as they were far away from the accident site.

SDO Hem Raj Saini was denied that powercom department was responsible for the incident in any way. After getting information, the SHO of Machiwara visited the site with a police team. No case was registered as the two parties reached a compromise.



College Notes

GMT results out

Ludhiana: Students of GMT College of Education brought laurels to the college. Anupama Sidana stood first with 81.46 per cent in BEd examination conducted by Panjab University, Chandigarh. Ruchi Gupta secured the second position with 81.36 per cent while Pooja Sharma secured 81 per cent. The college has achieved 100 per cent result and out of 198 students, 197 have secured the first division. College Principal Dr Shikha Soni and president S Kashmir Singh Thind congratulated the toppers.

Doraha college

Students of Doraha College of Education, Doraha, performed well in BEd examination conducted by Panjab University. About 115 students made it to the merit list. Gurpreet Kaur topped with 80.7 per cent while Jaspal Kaur stood second and Jaspreet Kaur secured the third position. Dr Sandeep Sawhney, principal of the college, congratulated the students.

Govt College for Women

Students of Government College for Women scored good marks in MA Punjabi-II examination. Manpreet Kaur Virdi of MA-II Punajbi stood first by securing 582 marks. Jasmeet Kaur got 563 marks and stood second. Principal Gurminder Kaur congratulated students.

Guru Nanak institute

Guru Nanak Institute of Design and Technology, Gujarkhan Campus Learning Centre of PTU, organised a seminar on weaving. Resource person Rajdeep Kaur from Punjab Agricultural University gave a PowerPoint presentation. She apprised students of loom operations such as shedding, picking, beating and taking up and letting off, different types of weaves and looms. An interactive session was also held.

Malwa college

Students of Malwa Central College of Education for Women, Ludhiana, have done the college proud by performing well in BEd examination. Out of the 248 students who took the examination, 242 secured the first division, 122 attained more than 70 per cent while 35 students scored more than 75 per cent. Shradha secured the first position with 898 marks, followed by Puneet Kaur (889), Parminder Kaur (869) and Deepika Makkar (869), who got second and third positions, respectively. Principal Dr Ravinder Kaur congratulated the students and teachers. — TNS



Ludhiana Scan

Literary programme

Ludhiana: A literary programme in memory of Shaeed Prithipal Singh Randhawa will be organised at Punjabi Bhwan on July 29 by the PLS Manch. In a press note issued here, organiser Kasturi Lal stated that a seminar on "vulgar singing and pro-people changes will also be organised on the occasion.


To meet the growing demand of English language and related soft skills, the British Council Library is going to organise English language teaching workshop in Ludhiana on July 28. The workshop will be organised at Bal Bharti Public School, Dugri, for the teachers and trainers of English language.

Awareness on water-borne diseases

Under the directions of Civil Surgeon Dr Subash Batta, a medical team visited Nahouria Mall Jain Model Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar, to make students aware about the water-borne diseases during monsoon and summers. The team suggested that on should live in hygienic and clean surrounding to avoid diseases.


The backward class wing of the Shiromni Akali Dal held a state-level meeting at Royal Paradise Palace, Chandigarh Road, here on Thursday. The meeting was presided over by Heera Singh Gabria, senior Akali leader and former minister. Gabria demanded that possession rights of government property be given to the backward classes.

Implementation of project

Understanding the prime importance of the country's first project for cashless treatment of road accident victims, the Punjab government has constituted a high -level committee for successful implementation of the project under the chairman ship of Principal Secretary DS Bains, vice-chairman of the Punjab State Road Safety Council, Dr Kamaljeet Soi has been appointed as the state coordinator to coordinate the project.

Facilities for senior citizens

Functionaries of the Flower Dale Parl Society, led by Mewa Singh Gujjarwal and VK Khanna, chairman of the Government Pensioners Welfare Association have asked the Punjab government to set up senior citizen homes and special clinics for senior citizens on Haryana pattern at all district headquarters. In a memorandum submitted to the state government through Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari, the society demanded that the senior citizen homes should have facilities for specialised medical care to the elderly persons for timely detection and treatment of age-related diseases.

DMCH doctor delivers lecture

The sixteenth World Congress on Controversies in Gynaecology and Infertility was recently held at Singapore from July19 to 22. Dr Suman Puri, associate professor in obstateric and gynaecology at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital delivered a talk on the role of “Uterine Artery Embolisation as a treatment and salvage procedure in patients with obstetrical and gyneacological emergencies”. Puri said that it was a great experience to share the work done at DMC Hospital with doctors from all over the world.

Anti-corruption movement

Five members of the India Against Corruption movement sat on an indefinite fast in support of social activist Anna Hazare team at Shaheedi Smarak on the Jagraon Bridge. The members of the organisation said that the fast started by the Anna team was because the Central Government did not oust tainted ministers from the Cabinet. They said that the support for Team Anna had been started in 15 districts.

1,500 saplings planted

Residents and members of the Mahavir Enclave Welfare Society organised a plantation drive in their area. The residents of the colony planted around 1,500 plants in their colony. The saplings of medicinal plants like aswagandha (withania somnifera), amla (emblica officinallis), tulsi (ocimum sanctum), amaltas (cassia fistula) and gulmohar (delonix regia) were also planted by the residents and councillor. One of the resident Harsh Kumar Jain (55), businessman, gave an idea to convert the existing park into a herbal garden. The idea was appreciated by all. DFO Daljit Singh Brar promised to send medicinal plants at the earliest.

Birth anniversary

The Ludhiana branch of Asian Club on Thursday organised birth anniversary of the great poet, Tulsidas, at Government High School, Haibowal Kalan. Under the leadership and direction of club's managing director, the children gave speeches on the life of Tulsidas. 10 needy girls were given various stationary items worth Rs 300 each.


The SSA/RMSA/CSS Teachers’ Union will organise a rally on July 29 at the Jalandhar bypass. The rally will be conducted against the unfulfilled promises made by the state government before the assembly elections.


The Punjab state committee of theMarxist communist Party of India (United) discussed the latest economic situations in India. "Economic crisis has further deepened as a result of anti-people neo-liberal policies being pursued by the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre" said Kuldip Singh, state secretary of MCPI.

Medical camp

A medical (diabetic) camp was orgnised at Ludhiana Mediways Hospital near the Octroi Post on the Ferozpur Road in which 300 patients were examined. Th camp was inaugurated by councillor Bupinder Singh. — TNS



One nabbed with habit-forming drugs, another escapes
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 26
The Sidhwan Bet police under the Jagraon police district has arrested an alleged drug peddler and seized huge quantity of habit-forming drugs from his possession. Though another accused accompanying him arrested by the police managed to escape from the spot.

The arrested accused has been identified as Gurcharan Singh of Dhaki village near Sidhwan Bet while the other accused who managed to escape from the police has been identified as Hardeep Singh alias Deepa.

Giving details of the incident, Jangjit Singh, SHO, Sidhwan Bet, revealed that the drug peddler was arrested by a police party from near Gorsian Khan Mohamed village near Sidhwan Bet last evening.

"A police party led by ASI Sukhdev Singh had set up a Naka near Gorsian Khan Mohamed village last evening. In the meantime, the police saw two persons coming on a motorcycle, but on seeing the police, they tried to run away which made the police suspicious. The police party chased them and nabbed one of them from some distance," informed Jangjit Singh. The other accused who was riding the motorcycle managed to escape from the police taking advantage of the darkness, added the SHO.

Jangjit Singh said, when the bag the accused was carrying was searched, 93 bottles of cough syrup was found after which the police arrested him.

During the preliminary investigation, the drug peddler who escaped from the police was identified as Hardeep Singh by the arrested accused, said Jangjit Singh.

Meanwhile, the police has registered a case against both the accused at the Sidhwan Bet police station under various Sections of the NDPS Act and started the investigation.



Body found in train
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
There was panic at the Sahnewal railway station when the body of an unidentified man in his mid-thirties, stuffed in a gunny bag, was found in a special food train of the Food Corporation of India.

The incident took place this morning when workers complained of stink from the gunny bag. They were in for shock when what they considered rotten grain turned out to be a mutilated body.

On seeing the body, the workers left the gunny bag. They immediately informed the police about the incident.

The police reached the spot shortly and started an investigation. ADCP Sushil Kumar said prima facie, it seemed that the person had been strangled to death.



Woman duped of Rs 1.6 lakh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26
A man posing as a bank employee duped a woman of Rs 1.6 lakh. In her complaint, Balbir Kaur said she had gone to the bank located at Miller Gunj to deposit cash.

Her son Munish went out of the bank to get some documents photocopied.

In the meantime, a man who claimed to be the bank employee took money from her on the pretext of depositing it.

She said it was after sometime that she realised that the man who took the cash from her had fled with the cash. A case under Section 420 of the IPC has been registered in this connection.



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