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Govt in no mood to oblige
Regularisation of 1,700 unauthorised colonies hangs fire in the city
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 27
Even after several rounds of meetings between senior functionaries of the state government and representatives of the colonisers and developers, the crucial issue of regularisation and compounding of more than 1,700 unauthorised colonies within and around the mega city still hangs fire as the government has apparently adopted tough postures and does not seem to be in a mood to oblige the developers despite hectic lobbying by them.

With the stalemate continuing, and no revision in the existing policy for the compounding of unauthorised colonies in sight as of now, the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) will have no other choice, but to resume punitive action against 17,00 unauthorised colonies whose names have been uploaded on its website. Out of these colonies, 650 have already been served a month's notice to initiate the process for regularisation.

The developers of unauthorised colonies, who have already met SK Sandhu, Principal Secretary, housing and urban development department, twice and Cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia in the last fortnight without any result, are still pinning their hopes to the next round of talk with the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal in the next few days.

Both Kultar Singh Jogi, president, Punjab Property Dealers and Colonisers Association and Kamal Chatley, president, Ludhiana Property Dealers and Developers Association, said that the erratic policy on regularisation of unauthorised colonies was keeping the developers away.

"We have told the government to frame such a policy under which unauthorised colonies are regularised and license issued to developers on payment of lump sum development charges”, said Jogi while adding that the compounding of unlicensed colonies within the municipal limits and outside the city limits should be done on the same terms and conditions.

Chatley said the developers were prepared to get their unlicensed colonies regularised under the provisions laid down in the policy announced by the state government in January 2011 in which development charges were stipulated in various categories depending on the location of the colony. "We want the same policy to be implemented for colonies located within and outside the city limits. The condition about open spaces and width of roads and streets also needs to be relaxed on a realistic basis," he added.

As Baldev Singh, new Additional Chief Administrator (ACA) of GLADA, has taken over the charge just two days ago and round of talks between senior government functionaries and representatives of the developers already on, the regulatory wing of GLADA seems to have adopted a "wait and watch" policy for the time being. "We will chalk our next course of action depending on the talks between the government and the developers," said a GLADA official.

Stalemate continues

With the stalemate continuing, and no revision in the existing policy for compounding of unauthorised colonies in sight as of now, the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority will have no other choice but to resume the punitive action against 1,700 unauthorised colonies whose names have been uploaded on its website. Out of these colonies, 650 odd have already been served a month's notice to initiate the process for regularisation

Follow Jan 2011 policy, say developers

Developers say that they are prepared to get their unlicensed colonies regularised under the provisions laid down in the policy announced by the state government in January 2011 in which development charges are stipulated in various categories depending on the location of the colony. They want the same policy to be implemented for colonies located within and outside the city limits.


Hide-n-seek proves costly for two boys from Rourkela
Train brought them 1,700km away from hometown; were handed over to authorities of child helpline
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

The rescued children in the custody of RPF officials in Ludhiana on Friday.
The rescued children in the custody of RPF officials in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photo: himanshu mahajan

Ludhiana, July 27
Playing hide-n-seek in a train proved costly for two boys from Rourkela in Odisha, as the Hira Kund Express Train brought them around 1,700km away from their native place. The two boys identified as Sher Singh (8) and Naval Kumar (9) were spotted crying at the Ludhiana Railway station at midnight.

They told the police that they sat in a train while playing hide-n- seek on July 24. In the meantime, the train started chugging and left the Rourkela station.

"On that night, we slept empty stomach. But on July 25, we requested the passengers for food. They were kind enough and offered us "puri chholle". We asked for alms and brought more food in the afternoon. In the meantime, the train kept chugging. We were scared as fellow passengers could not understand our language. Finally, we decided to get down at the Ludhiana railway station," said Naval, as interpreted by the railway officials.

Fortunately, the weeping children caught the attention of Yashwant Singh, inspector, Railway Protection Force (RPF).

He offered them food and informed the child helpline. The boys were made to sleep in a guest room at a railway station and today they were handed over to the child helpline authorities.

"We have established contacts with the RPF officials in Rourkela. I hope to establish contact with the parents of the missing children," said Yashwant.

The incident has again brought to fore the indifferent attitude of Railway Officials as none of the railway employees travelling in the Hira Kund Express train, bothered to do anything for the missing children.



Man held with 560-kg poppy husk
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 27
The Jagraon police has arrested a drug peddler and recovered 560 kg of poppy husk from his possession. The accused has been identified as Sikandar Singh, a resident of Maherna Kalan village, Raikot.

As per information, the accused was arrested from his house during a raid conducted by a police team following a tip-off last evening. The police also seized 10 bags each containing 35 kg of poppy husk from his house during the raid.

Jagraon SSP Gurpreet Singh Toor said on receiving information that Sikandar Singh of Maherna Kalan village had stocked a huge amount of poppy husk at his residence, the police team led by SHO Dilbag Singh conducted the raid and nabbed Sikandar Singh.

Toor said the accused had confessed to have smuggled poppy husk.

“The accused revealed that he had also hidden six bags of poppy husk in his fields outside the village following which a police team went to the fields and recovered six more bags each containing 35 kg of poppy husk. With the recovery, the total quantity of poppy husk seized by the police reached 560 kg," added Toor.

The police has registered a case against Sikandar Singh under Sections 15, 25,/61/85 of NDPS Act at the Raikot police station and a probe is on.



11 bags seized at Machchiwara
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Machchiwara, July 27
The police has arrested three youths with 11 bags of poppy husk. Samrala DSP Jagwinder Singh Cheema said the accused were nabbed during a naka near Bhattian village. Seven bags of poppy husk was recovered from them. The accused have been identified as Gurpreet Singh, a resident of Daata village, and Makhan Singh, a resident of Kadhiana village. A case has been registered in this connection.

Four bags of poppy husk were recovered from a youth at Sherpur village. The accused has been identified as Harpreet Singh, a resident of Bag village. The police said the youths were wanted in several cases. The SHO said Harpreet Singh was sentenced to a seven-year imprisonment and was out on a bail.

The accused were produced in the court which sent them to a one-day police remand.

Meanwhile, the police arrested a youth and recovered 5 gm of smack from his possession this afternoon. The accused has been identified as Saurav Kumar Sabharwal. The police said the accused was arrested from the Disposal Road area of Jagraon following a tip-off. Jagraon SSP Gurpreet Singh Toor said on receiving information that the accused was on his way to deliver the contraband to his clients at Lehndi Bhaini Basti, they laid a naka and arrested the youth. The police also impounded the motorcycle of the accused. A case has been registered.



Towing away of vehicles
Now, police to face heat if vehicles get damaged
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 27
Finally, the Commissioner of Police has come to the rescue of the city residents whose vehicles are towed away by the police officials and are damaged in the process. Many vehicles that were towed away in the recent past had been damaged and following complaints made by the residents, Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh directed the police that the residents could lodge their complaint with the senior officials.

The Commissioner of Police said if the residents faced any problems or inconvenience they could contact the officials and file written complaints in case they came across any official using unfair means.

Suggestions for the improvement of traffic system can be given and information regarding traffic can also be sought from the officials, he said. Officials, including Satvir Singh, ADCP (Traffic), can be contacted on mobile numbers 9815900001 and 7837018509. ACP (Traffic) Naveen Singla can be contacted at 9779880857, he said. Inspector Beant Juneja can be contacted on mobile number 9815700010 and people can also access website www.traffic-ludhianapolice.in to file their complaints.



Rising gun culture taking toll on residents’ lives
It is the family members who become the prime target at household where firearms are kept
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 27
Suicide by 17-year-old son of a property dealer has yet again established that the craze for weapons is proving counter productive for city residents. The police said victim Rupinder Singh put the .12 bore pistol of his father in his mouth and pressed the trigger. Jasdev Singh, Rupinder’s father, maintained that Rupinder was not good in studies and took the extreme step in sheer frustration.

This was the second suicide case in the past two months, in which a youngster used a pistol to kill himself.

Earlier, 19- year- old Kulwant Singh, son of Sub-Inspector Nirmal Singh, shot himself in the head, by using the service revolver of his father on May 22.

The police has repeatedly sent advisories to residents to keep weapons out of the reach of children, but to no avail.

Not only the youngsters, but elders too are using firearms to commit suicide. Kewal Ahuja, 61- year- old former Punjab State Power Corporation official, shot himself in Hambra village on July 22 while he was sitting in his car.

The horrific killing of Avtar Singh Gora on January 7, 2001, who was shot dead by CAT- turned- policeman Gurmeet Singh Pinki and the recent broad-day light shooting incident in which former Sarpanch Bunty Bajwa succumbed to bullet injuries during the Municipal Corporation (MC) elections on June 10, is still etched in the memories of city residents.

Later, the city police nabbed a 24 -year-old youth, Karanbir, who belongs to an affluent family and has a criminal record, for killing Bunty Bajwa.

Situation turned ugly in a recently opened night club in Ghumar Mandi when some drunk youths pulled out pistols and trained those at each other following a heated argument. However, the owner of the night club along with the employees managed to handle the situation.

Psychiatrist Dr Rajiv Gupta blames the socio-economic and change in the value system for the increasing gun culture in the city. "The free inflow of money has changed the life of the people living in the region. Residents have made millions by selling their chunk of agricultural land. With money, came the social status, and guns and swanky cars became the social symbol. The use of firearm to commit suicides and settling scores is not new. Any country which encourages gun culture has to face such situations," said Gupta.

In any household where firearms are kept it is the family members who become the prime target," said Gupta.

Moreover, he said that the youngsters are at high risk, as they do not hesitate to take extreme steps in a fit of anger.



With anti-ragging panel in place, students feel ‘safe’
Manav Mander

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 27
Acting upon the directions given by the Additional Deputy Commissioner to form anti-ragging committees and squads, the local colleges have formed committees and displayed the list on the notice boards.

Maninder Kaur, a student of one of the local college, said, "It is a good initiative taken up by the college authorities. Although there is hardly any ragging done in our college, but still the anti-ragging committee formed by the college is a welcome step. With the phone numbers of the members of anti-ragging committee displayed on the notice board, one feels safe," said she.

Dr Narinder Kaur Sandhu, principal, Ramgarhia Girls College, said, "Ragging incidents are more in professional colleges and students in our colleges do not indulge in ragging. But since the administration has instructed all the colleges to form anti-ragging committees and squads we have also formed one and displayed the information regarding the same on the notice board of the college," she said.

Charanjit Mahal, principal of Guru Nanak College for Girls, said, "Our College has formed an anti-ragging committee and to help the students the list of members of the committee along with their telephone numbers have been displayed on the college notice board. If any student faces problem, he/she can contact the members on these number," she said.

Another student of a local college was all praise for the initiative taken by the college authorities. "With the number of incidents of ragging on the rise, forming such committees has become a must," she said.

If any student has any complaint regarding ragging he/she can contact at phone number: 0161-2404055.

Kachru opens portal

  • An anti-ragging portal has been designed by Raj Kachru, father of Aman Kachru, who lost his life to ragging at Tanda Medical College in 2009.
  • Anyone, who has been a witness to any ragging incident can lodge a complaint and get an identification number for the same to see if it has been followed up to the logical end.
  • The portal registers complaints in three categories - normal, serious and very serious. One can either call at 1800-180-5522 or lodge a complaint at www.antiragging.com



2 more test positive for dengue
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 27
Two more patients have tested positive for dengue. The health department confirmed today after testing the samples at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital Ludhiana.

Dr Puneet Juneja, District Epidemiologist, "Two cases which were reported from DMC yesterday have tested positive and one from Civil Hospital Ludhiana has tested negative. Out of the two positive cases, one belongs to Khanna and the other is from Una in Himachal Pradesh.''



Filing of Income tax returns
July 31 Deadline nears
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 27
With the July 31 deadline for filing of income tax returns nearing, there is a huge rush among taxpayers. While some are delegating the task to tax consultants and chartered accountants, others are busy filing the returns themselves. Filing of income tax returns online has emerged as a better option and is becoming increasingly popular.

"E-filing of return is easy, fast and secure and one can file return online. There are two ways of filing the return online. One is going to the Income Tax Department's website incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in. Filing of return through the website is free of cost, while the other way is to go to e-return intermediaries. Their fee ranges between Rs 250 and Rs 1,000, depending on the kind of service one avails of," said Jatinder Khurana, tax professional.

Avoid these mistakes

Not filing online returns if income above 10 lakh Make sure that you file your returns online if your gross total income is more than 10 lakh. It is a must to file returns online if your income exceeds this figure. You will have to log on to www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in and register yourself with your PAN. It will act as your user ID.

Selecting the wrong ITR form

It is important that you select and fill the right ITR form applicable to you. The e-filing site provides a detailed explanation about the relevant forms to be chosen. Make sure that you download or print the one meant for you. Ensure that you write one character in a box, else it may not be legible under the scanner.

Providing incorrect details

Do not fill the form in a hurry even if you are filing returns at the last minute as it could result in erroneous details on the form. This includes your personal information, PAN, e-mail ID, bank account number and MICR code.

Declare foreign assets

A new column has been introduced seeking details of foreign assets in the ITR forms for the 2012-13 assessment year. Taxpayers, who hold foreign bank accounts or properties, will now have to furnish details of their foreign assets which include information like country name, address of the bank, name mentioned in the account and peak balance during the year. A salaried person having any form of foreign assets, including shares or bond of foreign company, is required to fill ITR 2 instead of ITR 1.

Rectification fortnight in I-T office

To ensure fast clearance of refunds, rectification petitions and other matters, the Income Tax Department, Ludhiana, is observing a rectification fortnight from July 16 to July 27. People are thronging the IT office to get the rectifications done. Jatinder Khurana, said, "It has proved as a best opportunity for taxpayers to get the rectifications done and all corrections are made by the department in no time," he said.

Department sending reminder messages

The I-T department is sending reminder messages to the people to file their I-T returns by July 31.



Youth in the state to be technically skilled: Maluka
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 27
Punjab government is gearing up to introduce skill development courses at the graduation level to make the youth technically skilled for the jobs in the industrial sector. Sikander Singh Maluka, minister of education and languages, Punjab, made this announcement at a function held at Government College for Women here today.

"Today industry is facing shortage of skilled labour. The skill development courses will help youth to take up specialised jobs not only in the state but overseas as well, as majority of the Punjabi youth love settling abroad," he said.

Maluka said the higher education department had initiated projects with the help of Punjab Infotech, aimed at aligning the teaching and course curriculum at graduate schools with the industry requirements to give students an edge during recruitment.

"The project focuses on creating awareness and educating the teaching fraternity on global skill sets that includes communication skill enhancement training and analytical skill enhancement training. The training is meant for students as well as college teachers and principals," he said.

The minister said the government was committed to provide vocational training to unemployed youths in the state, and recognised the importance of skill development as an important tool for empowering the youth.

Informing about a new initiative of the state government to upgrade the infrastructure in colleges and schools of Punjab, Maluka said persons who donated a certain amount of money could get an educational institute named after their close ones. Under the new initiative, a primary school could be named after a donor's close ones by donating Rs 10 lakh, a middle school by paying Rs 20 lakh, and a senior secondary school by shelling out Rs 25 lakh. For renaming a college, one would have to cough up Rs 75 lakh. Many non-resident Indians had shown interest in this scheme, the minister said.



FBOs elated over extension of licence registration date
Anupam Bhagria

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 27
The extension of deadline to obtain mandatory licence or registration for food business operators (FBOs) for another six months, i.e. up to February 5, 2013, has brought a sigh of relief to the Halwai Association, Punjab.

Narinderpal Singh, President, Halwai Association Punjab, said, "Earlier, the deadline for obtaining licence and registration was August 4 but now the Food Safety and Standards Authority has extended the deadline by six months. We got to know about this from the internet and we are very grateful to the FSSA and Health Minister of the state for accepting our request.” The local Food Safety Department has been creating awareness among the food business operators and coordinating on issuing concerning licencing after mandatory inspections.

Ramesh Mittal, the chairman of the Halwai Association, Punjab, said, "Though the FSSAI has extended the date for obtaining the licence, the FSSAI 2006 rules are still applicable. The extended period may be used for upkeep of units and general conditions. We must set an example that every unit is serious about hygiene and committed to public health.”

Jagmohan Singh, General Secretary, Halwai Association Punjab, said, "We always seek support from the food department to train the FBOs for maintenance of hygiene and other parameters. We are grateful to the department for giving us notice rather than imposing a penalty."

Jagmohan said the department must get sufficient time to inspect the units. The department needs 60 days to process the application and about 30 days for compliance, he said. While the association was in an upbeat mood win the wake of the extension, District Health Officer Dr Kulwinder Singh said he was not aware of any such extension. "I am not aware of it as I did not get receive any intimation in this regard."



Trauma centre yet to become functional
With rise in accident cases on GT Road, there is an urgent need for it

Gurminder S Grewal

Khanna, July 27
The much-awaited trauma centre at the Civil Hospital in Khanna, the foundation stone of which was laid in January last year by former Health and Family Welfare Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla, is yet to become functional as the construction work on the building is still not complete. There is no infrastructure in place and staff is yet to be deputed there.

The residents have been demanding for it for many years.

Since the Civil Hospital is situated on GT Road, there is an urgent need for a trauma centre keeping in view the rising number of accidents and fatalities on the highway. Due to heavy vehicular traffic on GT Road, accidents are on rise and victims at times lose their lives in absence of a trauma centre at the hospital.

After one enters Punjab from the Ambala side, there is no trauma centre in a large radius. Suburbs of the Khanna town, including Samrala, Machhiwara, Payal, do not have access to a trauma centre. The newly constructed rooms of the trauma centre on the premises of the Civil Hospital have been locked.

When contacted, Senior Medical Officer of the Civil Hospital, Dr NK Singla said, "We have written letter to the higher authorities in this regard. We are still waiting for machinery and staff for the trauma center."



DMCH staff stages dharna
Accuses hospital management of adopting unfair labour practices
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 27
Alleging that unfair labour practices were being followed at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, the employee union of the institution staged a protest at the labour office here today.

Leaders of the union said employees were being harassed at the hospital by falsely marking them absent and handing over to them memos on absence from work.

Hardish Maseeh, secretary of the union, said: "Memos on absence from work are being issued to the employees even if they are on a leave or on a weekly off. Untrained staff is being appointed for the night duty and they are issuing letters stating 'sleeping on duty' to the employees. Following this, the employees are also being charge sheeted."

President of the Union Charandass said: "Employees are not being sanctioned leaves to restrict them from participating in meetings and rallies of the union. The employees are being treated like bonded labourers."

If the hospital management did not mend its ways, the situation would get worse, and for this the management should be held responsible, the president said.

The union was given a hearing at the labour office today. The next hearing will be held on August 3, Maseeh said.

Officer denies allegations

About six months ago we installed biometric system of attendance. Due to this, employees find it very difficult to come on time. We are also keeping a strict vigil on all the employees as far as their duty is concerned, as we are here to serve people. As far as leave rules are concerned, we have become very particular that they should get their leave sanctioned before proceeding on a leave. Earlier, they used to go on a leave by just informing the hospital authorities on phone. It has also come to my notice that an employee was sleeping on duty. So, we will take action against all such employees who do not perform their duty properly.

— Col (retd) JB Singh, deputy general manager, administration and HR, DMCH



Ludhiana scan
MC chief welcomed

A delegation of the Municipal Sanitary Inspectors Association, Punjab today met the newly appointed Commissioner of Municipal Corporation RK Verma to extend their welcome to him. The members of the association apprised Verma of the day-to-day problems faced by them. The MC Commissioner asked the sanitary staff to pay special attention to sanitation in city and take preventive steps against water-borne diseases rampant during the rainy season.

Officers to be inducted

The district officers of the Lions International shall be duly inducted during the installation ceremony to be held at the Guru Nanak Bhawan Bharat Nagar, Ludhiana on July 29. District 321-F has 160 clubs in different parts of Punjab and Chandigarh. Harish Dua took over as the district governor on July 1. Two signature projects have been conceptualised including save water and civic sense and clubs are doing various activities for the purpose. During the month of July, more than 50,000 trees have been planted and more saplings shall be planted in the ensuing period.

‘Punjabi Wiki-Workshop’

Wikipedia is organising Punjabi Wiki-Workshop at the College of Computer and Information Technology (CCIT) in Model Town on July 28. Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia with almost 40 lakh articles on different subjects. It also exists in all major Indian languages including Punjabi.

Deputation meets minister

A deputation of the Association of the Punjab School Education Board Affiliated Schools, Punjab met Education Minister along with other representatives. On the occasion, Rajinder Sharma and others gave a memorandum to the Education Minister regarding the various problems faced by the affiliated schools in the state. The minister assured the delegation to sort out the problem. — TNS



Rationalise posts before transfers, demands Computer Teachers’ Union
Charanjit Singh Teja

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana July 27
Computer teachers working in government schools of the state are seeking rationalisation of their posts before transfers. Education department had offered the teachers transfer to their choice stations. After these transfers, teachers would not be able to apply for the transfer of work stations for next two years, according to the state education minister.

As per the rationalisation policy of the education department, student-teacher ratio in Classes I-VIII is fixed as 30:1 and in Classes IX-XII is 40:1. Some department officials said a new criterion was being planned to be adopted for fixing the ratio, and now it would be 40:1 for the middle classes and 50:1 for the secondary classes.

About 600 computer teachers are working in government schools of the Ludhiana district. If the government implemented the new policy, then there would be a surplus of computer teachers in the district. Teachers are, therefore, demanding rationalisation before the transfers take place.

"The state government created 600 posts of computer teachers in the district in proportion to the number of students in government schools. If government will increase the number of students in classes then teachers would be surplus in district. So we are opposing the change in policy," said Gurvinder Singh, a computer teacher.

Tejinderpreet Singh Garewal, senior vice-president of the Computer Teachers Union, said: "If government wants to implement the new policy of rationalisation, then the education department should revise vacancies of teachers according to the present number of students in schools. Department should transfer the teachers after rationalization. Otherwise, the department would have to shift the stations again, which would lead to inconvenience to the teachers."

Rationalisation policy

The state government created 600 posts of computer teachers in the district in proportion to the number of students in government schools. If government will increase the number of students in classes then teachers would be surplus in district. So we are opposing the change in policy

— Gurvinder Singh, a computer teacher



Govt will put in efforts to achieve greater heights: Atwal
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 27
Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha Charanjit Singh Atwal today said the SAD-BJP government in Punjab had launched development programmes for infrastructure development in rural and urban areas and the commitment to provide a clean, transparent and corruption-free governance would be fulfilled.

While addressing senior officials of various government departments at Circuit House here, he claimed that it was the development agenda of the ruling coalition pursued during the last five years that had made the people give yet another mandate in its favour. "The government will make all possible efforts to achieve greater heights and usher in an era of all round development."

In the course of review of the progress on various development projects, Atwal said work was continuing on war footing on different projects which included bridge at the Lalheri Road in Khanna, railway overbridge at Sahnewal, flyover in place of Lakkar Pul in Ludhiana and bridge on Sutlej at Mattewara. "When completed, these projects will bring relief to the people," he added.

Atwal added that many new works had been brought under the purview of MANREGA. "But the real objective of the scheme will be achieved only if the officials make sure that more and more people are given employment and their wages are paid to them in time," he told the officials.

Santa Singh Ummedpuri, chairman, Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board, Rahul Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner, Ishwar Singh, Commissioner, Neeru Katyal Gupta, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Dr Subhash Batta, Civil Surgeon, Rishipal Singh, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), Ajay Sood, Mohinder Pal, both SDMs, Amardeep Singh Bains, district development and panchayat officer, Amarjit Kaur, Ranjit Singh Malli, both district education officers, and Dr AK Handa, deputy medical commissioner, were also present.



School notes
Boat race

Ludhiana: Penguin Castle Preschool, Udham Singh Nagar, organised a boat race for the students to wish the Indian contingent at the London Olympics 2012. The race was not the usual rowing kind with paddles and skulls, but a competition between little toy boats floating in the school swimming pool. The kids brought beautiful bright-coloured paper boats which were first exhibited and then released into the pool much to the delight of the kids.


The students of Ram Lal Bhasin Public School, Dugri, celebrated vanmahotsav -- festival of forests -- on the school premises. Students planted various saplings on the occasion. Class X students discussed the importance of trees, effects of deforestation and need to conserve the wildlife habitat. Students also wrote beautiful slogans on the occasion.

Saplings planted

A plantation drive was held at Ryan International School, Dugri, here. Students planted saplings at Government Senior Secondary School at Gahaur village. Principal and teachers asked the students to keep their surroundings clean and green.

Teej celebration

The students of Guru Nanak Public School, Model Town Extension, celebrated Teej on Friday. Cultural activities like giddha and bhangra marked the occasion. The children showcased their talent in the modeling round. The campus was decorated with flowers and balloons. A Teej mela was also organised where the children could get a glimpse of the rich Punjabi culture. Stalls of mehndi, bangles and eatables were put up. — TNS



college notes
Stress laid on girl education

Growth of a society depends on the education of girls, said Sikander Singh Maluka, minister of education and languages, Punjab. He was addressing students and faculty members of Government College for Women in a function organised by the college to honour its meritorious students on Friday. Maluka was the chief guest at the function. Principal Gurminder Kaur highlighted the achievements of the students. Maluka expressed his happiness over their accomplishments. He said that education is the foundation of every society. Maluka said in the coming years girls will outshine boys in every field. Education minister also said there is an urgent need to understand our duties as responsible citizens before we demand our rights.

Students join strike

On the sixth day of the stay-in-strike at the Kamla Lohtia SD College, students too joined the teaching and non-teaching staff of the college. Agitated at the lukewarm attitude of the management and the principal to the long-pending demands of the staff, students came out of their classes and raised slogans against the college management. If the demands of the employees were not met soon, the staff would resort to a chain hunger strike, said Prof Rohit Kumar, president of the teacher union. — TNS



Raksha Bandhan
Girls making a beeline to gift stores
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 27
With Raksha Bandhan nearing, the city residents have started making a beeline to gift shops. Whereas girls are seen buying rakhis, boys are busy looking for gifts. "It is not only an occasion to celebrate in general, but the time to celebrate the relation of a brother and sister. Raksha Bandhan is one Indian festival that celebrates the pious love between a brother and sister," says Anuj, who is employed with a private company. Festivals like Raksha Bandhan and Karva Chowth have a stronger and deeper significance as they are born out of tradition whereas the festivals coming from the west, including Mother's Day are Father's Day, are like a trend.

Greeting cards are also being bought by sisters along with rakhis. A store owner in Ghumar Mandi said response to the festival was more than expected.

"Although they may seem out of fashion, but I bought greeting cards to make the festival more special and more memorable for my brother," says Nidhi, a student. People are buying jewellery, expensive pens and expensive suits. A store owner says multinational companies are also cashing in on the festive season.

This is a great occasion to buy gifts for sister, says Saurabh, a businessman. Otherwise, particularly when sisters get married, this is the only appropriate occasion when you can gift something to your loving sisters, he says.



Good news for numismatists
Commemorative coin in denomination of Rs 1,000 to be released
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 27
Numismatists in the city have a reason to cheer as India Government Mint, Mumbai, is going to release a commemorative coin of the denomination of Rs 1,000. Many of numismatics enthusiasts have already booked the coin. This is a significant coin, as the highest denomination for commemorative coins so far has been Rs 150.

"Release of coin of such high denomination was awaited for a long time, but it is finally going to be out, and it is a matter of joy for numismatists," says Mukesh Malhotra, a numismatist and philatelist.

The coin is to be issued to commemorate 1000 years of Brihadeeswarar Temple in Thanjavur. The 35-gm coin has 80 per cent silver, whereas the coins released earlier had 50 per cent silver, 40 per cent copper, 5 per cent quantities of nickel and zinc each. Priced at Rs 4,875 for the proof set and Rs 4,535 for a piece, many of the collectors collect these coins out of passion, while others do so from investment perspective. "Value of these commemorative coins increases with time," says Manjit Singh, an avid collector. "For example, I am getting

Rs 10,000 for a 1996 coin with Rs 150 denomination," he says.

Dr Sanjiv Mehta, a numismatist, said, "Most of the commemorative coins so far have been of the denomination of Rs 100," he says.

The coins can be booked online at the mumbai mint website and through a demand draft till August 31.



World Hepatitis Day
Awareness on vaccination must: Expert
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 27
"A simple blood test can detect the presence of hepatitis B and C. Treatment of hepatitis varies depending on the type of the virus. But awareness about the vaccination for hepatitis B is still low. Hepatitis B and C are most life threatening and need to be diagnosed on time."

This was said by Dr Ajit Sood, Head Of Department of Gastroenrology, Dayanand Medical College while talking about perspectives on hepatitis and its prevention on the eve of the World Hepatitis Day.

Dr Sood said approximately one in 12 persons or some 500 million people worldwide are living with chronic viral hepatitis.

In India, about 250,000 people die of viral hepatitis every year.

Dr Sood said that five main hepatitis viruses are of greatest concern because of the deaths they may cause and their potential for epidemic outbreak. Hepatitis A and E are typically caused by ingestion of contaminated food or water. Hepatitis B, C and D usually occur as a result of parenteral contact with infected body fluids.

CEVHAP (Coalition to Eradicate Viral Hepatitis in Asia Pacific) is an organisation working towards eradication of hepatitis in Asia pacific. Dr Ajit Sood is a member of CEVHAP from India and is working on hepatitis eradication.



Stars converge on city
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 27
Star cast of the movie "Dil Saada Luteya Gya" came to the city yesterday. Ashmit Patel, who plays the lead in the movie was also present along with other actors, including Jonita Doda, Ridham Arora, director and producers of the movie.

Director Maanoj Punj said, "Most of the movie is going to be shot in Punjab and the shooting will begin in Ludhiana and Khanna."

Talking about choosing to do a Punjabi movie, Ashmit Patel said he wanted to do a Punjabi movie and despite being a Gujarati, everyone took him for a Punjabi from his looks. I have a lot of Punjabi friends, and my mother is a Sindhi, so I have had a good connection with Punjabi culture. So when I was offered this movie, I was happy to do it."

He said Jatt & Juliet had set new records for Punjabi movies, so these are exciting times to be part of Punjabi movies. "I have a good benchmark," he said.

He added that he would continue to work in Bollywood. His new movies lined up for release are Supermodel and Parivaar. "A television show will also be launched next month," he said.

Talking about his link-up with Veena Malik and Farah, he said they were good friends and it was just attraction which ended after the show.

Jonita Doda, the lead actress, said the fact that many Bollywood actors were doing Punjabi movies was a great sign.

Apart from this, she is also doing Yamle, another Punjabi movie. She is also doing Bollywood, Tamil and Malayalam movies as well. Jonita said she had been to Ludhiana many a times and had good friends in the city.



PAU notes
Kisan Club member awarded

Ludhiana: The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has conferred the ‘Jagjivan Ram Innovative Farmer Award 2011’ upon Rajvinder Pal Singh Rana, member of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) Kisan Club, in recognition of his innovative farming practices. PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon congratulated Rana for his achievement and said that such farmers were a source of inspiration for other farmers. There is much to learn from innovative farmers, the V-C said. He exhorted the farming community to adopt innovative techniques in agriculture and allied fields for profitability and sustainability. — TNS



Infocomm-2012 to begin on August 24

Ludhiana, July 27
Keeping in view the low IT input in the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector in present day scenario, the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (CICU) is organising Infocomm 2012 to promote and facilitate IT usage in the sector from August 24 to 26.

Sources in CISU said that technology up-gradation and modernisation of MSMEs would enable them to adopt e-business techniques to manage costs, enhance efficiency, attain competitive edge and develop exposure to global markets. Infocomm 2012, a national level expo on IT and communication, will take place at CICU Complex here. IT majors and companies will be participating directly or through their channel partners.



Member of inter-state gang held
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 27
The Dehlon police today arrested Dharminder Singh, member of an interstate gang of robbers, who had fled from the police custody in Bathinda when he was being presented in court over a year ago.

A team of police personnel nabbed Dharminder Singh alias Sunny, a resident of Fauzi Colony in Sultanpur Lodhi when he was trying to flee from the area today.

As further investigations are on, the police has ascertained involvement of the accused in at least seven criminal cases including robberies, snatchings and murder of a youth from Roshiana village.

Probe revealed that Sunny was a member of the interstate gang of robbers and snatchers and had been booked along with his accomplices in a number of criminal cases at various police stations in Punjab and neighbouring states.

The investigating team has established his involvement in at least seven cases of robberies, snatchings and murder.

Sunny was last booked under Sections 222 and 223 of the IPC at Kotwali police station in Bathinda when he had escaped from custody.

SHO Amandeep Brar said that disclosure of information from the suspect might affect the probe progress. The SHO added that important information about various crimes committed by Dharminder and his accomplices in the area would be extracted soon.

Other cases in which the accused is involved

  • At Dehlon police station under Sections 460 and 34 of the IPC in September 2009
  • At Dehlon police station under Sections 382, 392, 397and 34 of the IPC in February 2010
  • At Dehlon police station under Sections 392, 323 and 120 B of the IPC in April 2010
  • At Dehlon police station under Sections 302, and 34 of the IPC for allegedly Roshiana village resident in July 2010
  • At PAU police station, Ludhiana under Sections 382 and 34 of the IPC in June 2010
  • At Dabwali police station of Sirsa district in Haryana under Sections 356 and 379 of the IPC in 2010



Woman charred to death
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 27
A 24- year- old woman was charred to death in a one-room quarter located in Mundian here today. The incident took place in the wee hours here today when the residents saw the quarter on fire and tried to douse it.

The deceased has been identified as Puja Kumari. She was working in a knitting unit at the Focal Point and was living alone in Mundian.

The cause of the fire is not yet known, but it is suspected that a short-circuit could have been the reason behind the fire. The residents informed the police about the incident and after probing the police initiated inquest proceeding in the case under Section 174 of the IPC.



Proclaimed offenders held
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 27
The Jagraon police has arrested two proclaimed offenders wanted in two cases. The accused have been identified as Rachpal Singh, alias Vicky, a resident of Mohhalla Mori Gate, Jagraon, and Budha Ram, alias Fauji, of Bagh Kheta Ram, Jagraon.

The police said Rachpal Singh was arrested from Sherpur Chowk while Budha Ram was nabbed from Mehatpur near Nakodar last evening.

It said Rachpal Singh was booked under the Excise Act three years ago while Budha Ram was wanted in theft cases.

Budha Ram, along with two other persons, had stolen 1,400 bags of wheat from a grain store near Nanaksar in 2004. The accused were produced in the court, which sent them to judicial custody.



Habit-forming drugs seized

Ludhiana, July 27
Health officials today conducted a raid at a chemist shop and seized habit-forming drugs worth Rs 12,000.

Drug Inspector Sukhbeer Chand and Karuna Gupta,"We raided Kanchan Medical Store at Jawahar Nagar and seized the drugs. We seized 62 bottles of rexcof syrup, 1,000 capsules of parvon spas, 7,200 lomotil pills and six abortion kits." The officials also collected samples of six ice-creams. Food safety officer Manoj Khosla said,"The samples have been sent for testing." He added that a water sample collected from a roadside 'golgappa' stall had failed test. — TNS



Table tennis
DCM presidency, BCM, DAV share honours

Anil Datt

Ludhiana, July 27
Hosts DCM Presidency School, along with BCM Senior Secondary School, Green Land Public School and DAV Public School shared honours in the Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex (LSSC) Table Tennis Tournament that began here today.

In the boys U-16 category, DAV Public School, BRS Nagar branch, proved too good for Green Land Public School, Sector 32, whom they pipped 3-0 to advance into the last four stage while GMT Public School overpowered DAV Public School, Pakhowal road branch, 3-1 to enter the semifinals.

In the third quarterfinals, DCM Presidency School survived a scare against BCM School, Dugri branch, before romping home 3-1. The last quarterfinal encounter was held between Green Land Public School, Dugri branch, and BCM Senior Secondary School, Sector 32, in which the former came out triumphant 3-0 to secure a berth in the semifinals.

In the quarterfinals (boys U-19), BCM School, Dugri branch, defeated MGM Public School 3-1 while Green Land Senior Secondary School, Jalandhar bypass branch. blanked Green Land School, Sector 32 branch 3-0, BCM Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar branch, got the better of DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, 3-0 and BCM Senior Secondary School, Sector 32 branch, outplayed DAV Public School, Pakhowal road branch, 3-1 to complete the semifinal line-up.

Principal of the host school, Anita Mittal declared the championship open and wished the participants good luck. Over 60 teams drawn from 25 schools from all over Ludhiana district are taking part in the championship.

Harnoor Singh, captain of DCM Presidency School, and a state-level table tennis player took the oath on behalf of the participants to play in the true sportsmanship.



Basketball league from today
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, July 27
The stage is set for the third edition of Mahindra NBA Challenge Basketball League to be held at Guru Nanak Stadium between July 28 and September 9.

A record number of 112 teams drawn from different schools, colleges and clubs in the U-13, U-16 and U-18 categories will be seen in action during the seven-week league to be organised by the Punjab Basketball Association (PBA) under the aegis of Basketball Federation of India with the help of Punjab sports department.

The matches will be played on Saturdays and Sundays. Three floodlit courts will be used to play the league.

PBA general secretary Teja Singh Dhaliwal said this year the league would feature a new 'player development' programme called Generation Adidas and around forty upcoming cagers would be picked up to participate in two exclusive clinics to be conducted here on August 24 and September 6, respectively.



Badminton meet kicks off
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, July 27
The first day of the annual Open Ludhiana District Badminton Championship saw participants sweating it out in their respective matches at Shastri Hall near Guru Nanak Stadium here today. The preliminary round matches were held in the cadet, sub-junior, junior, senior and veterans categories. The championship will culminate on July 31.

Earlier, Bharat Bhushan Ashu, an MLA, inaugurated the championship in which over 250 participants are competing. Narinder Sharma Kala, councillor, municipal corporation, Ludhiana, along with Kartar Singh, district sports officer, Ludhiana, Harbans Singh, in-charge, Sports Authority of India (SAI) Training Centre, Ludhiana, office-bearers of the District Badminton Association, Ludhiana, and parents of budding shuttlers were present at the inaugural ceremony.

Performance during the five-day championship will be taken into consideration while selecting the Ludhiana squads for the upcoming Punjab state tournaments.



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