L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


Relief to industry, residents face longer cuts
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 3
Even as the power scenario in the state continues to be grim due to deficient monsoon and persistently hot and humid weather conditions, the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has relaxed, to some extent, restrictions imposed on industry.

However, in the wake of huge gap between the total availability of power and demand, the domestic category consumers will have to face power cuts of longer duration during the day.

Under the revised power regulatory measures which take effect from today, three compulsory weekly off days for the category II and category III industrial units, and four weekly off days for category IV (arc and induction furnace units) have been withdrawn. From today onwards, all categories of industrial consumers, except category IV, will observe one weekly off day. Besides it will get 11 hours day time supply during normal working days.

The revised power regulatory measures have apparently been announced following protest by the industry which has been facing the heat of the unprecedented power crisis for quite some time now. Several industrial bodies had announced to resort to indefinite strike and come out on the streets to protest against the failure of the state government and the PSPCL authorities to provide adequate power supply to the industrial sector.

Sources in the PSPCL, however, maintain that with the power utility is facing a shortfall of anything from 15 to 20 per cent in the total availability of power from all sources against the prevailing demand. The duration of power cuts being imposed on domestic consumers is bound to go up if additional power supply is provided to industry. “The residential areas will have to face cuts of longer durations," admitted an official. He said that revised regulatory measures are aimed at providing uninterrupted power supply to domestic consumers during night.

Apprehending more cuts to small and tiny industrial units located in mixed land use areas in the industrial capital of the state, the Federation of Punjab Small Industries Associations (FOPSIA) has condemned the revised power regulatory measures.

President of the FOPSIA Badish Jindal said while some relief has been provided to the category II and category III industries, thousands of small and tiny units located in mix land use areas in the city and covered under category 1 will have to face scheduled and unscheduled cuts of more than eight hours during the day which would hit their production and many of them will be forced to shut their units.

The PSPCL, Jindal said, was acting on a divide and rule policy to thwart the agitation by the industry as the revised measure would pit those located in designated industrial areas and mix land use areas against each other. 


Regulatory Measures

Under the revised power regulatory measures which take effect from Friday, three compulsory weekly off days for the category II and category III industrial units, and four weekly off days for category IV (arc and induction furnace units) have been withdrawn. From Friday onwards, all categories of industrial consumers, except category IV, will observe one weekly off day. Besides, it will get 11 hours day time supply on normal working days. The residential areas will have to face cuts of longer duration. 

Industry hails relief

The United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association (UCPMA), an industrial body representing 2,250 micro, small and medium enterprises units and Asia's largest body in single trade, has welcomed the relief given by the PSPCL to the industry. Gurmeet Singh Kular, president of the association, along with other office-bearers, said better power supply and curtailment of weekly off days would help the industry operate regularly, achieve the production targets and retain the industrial labour. The association also urged the PSPCL to withdraw the peak load restrictions on the industrial sector, which were still in place and were hampering smooth running of the industrial units.


City police cracks whip on eve-teasers
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 3
Cracking a whip on eve-teasers, the city police today laid a naka outside the Khalsa College for Women and nabbed miscreants who were zooming on motorcycles outside the women college and were indulging in eve-teasing.

The drive against eve-teasing was conducted in the afternoon when around 20 policemen led by Assistant Commissioner of the Police (ACP) Gurpreet Kaur Purewal laid a naka on the road outside the Khalsa College for Woman, popularly known as “geri route” among city youths.

The presence of the police came as a surprise for many who were seen taking an immediate U-turn on seeing the police. The youngsters nabbed by the police were seen calling talking to their ‘crisis uncles’ — politicians and policemen. Many were seen offering their phones and urging policemen to talk to politicians and senior police officials. However, their repeated requests went in vain.

Many youngsters were seen apologising and promising that they would not indulge in eve-teasing again. Many youths claimed that they were visiting the college to pick their relatives.

The college road wore a deserted look on Raksha Bandhan. However, barely 24 hours after the festival, it was choc-a-block with youths.

“Nuisance will not be tolerated and strict actions will be taken against eve-teasers. We are not doing moral policing. We are providing safe passage to college students who are harassed due to the repeated incidents of eve-teasing,” said ACP Gurpreet Kaur Purewal.

The action was taken following repeated complaints by parents of girl students studying in the college. Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh had earlier issued a notice that the victims of eve-teasing could directly contact him and lodge their complaints.

The college students, who were seen talking on mobile phones while coming to college on their scooters, were also pulled up. 

Flag march

Ahead of the Independence Day, Pawan Kumar, in charge, Ghumar Mandi police station, said a flag march was conducted at Kitchlu Nagar Tagore Nagar, Rose Garden and Ghumar Mandi. Sources said the police had stepped up security in the area following spurt in snatching incidents. 



Samples of milk, jam fail test
Health dept raids more eateries, collects 6 samples
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 3
Samples of milk and jam collected by the health department about 15 days ago have failed purity test.
On July 18 early morning, the health department had collected samples of milk from milk vendors from near Domoria Bridge and the Civil Surgeon's office.

Food safety officer Manoj Khosla said: "The milk sample collected from milk vendor Harish Kumar has been found substandard. The sample of jam collected from the Reliance store in Kidwai Nagar was not consumable as its shelf life was over."

Meanwhile, on the directions of Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta and District Health Officer Dr Kulwinder Singh, a team of the health department today collected six samples of eatables from different shops.

Food Safety Officer Manoj Khosla said: "We raided My Baap Sweet Shop near Old Sabji Mandi and collected two samples of sweets. These included pink coloured coconut burfi and desi ghee pinni. The sweets were being prepared under unhygienic conditions. The employees were not wearing clean cloths. Flies were seen on sweets in the absence of nets. We have issued improvement notice to the owner."

The team comprising Food Safety Officer Harpreet Kaur also collected two samples of ghee from Pure Milk Foods Private Limited, Alamgir.

Samples of tandoori chicken and curd were collected from Aaditya Hotel, Ferozepur Road. Khosla said: "The food was being prepared in most unhygienic conditions. The employees were wearing dirty clothes and their nails were not clean. There were flies and the floor was also not clean in the kitchen area. We have issued improvement notice to the owner."

Deadline extended

Raji Shrivastava, Commissioner for Food Safety, Punjab, on Friday confirmed that the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India has extended the deadline for licenses and registration for all categories of food business operators by six months. The new deadline is February 4, 2013. The previous deadline was August 4, 2012



3-member support cell formed
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 3
To speed up the Ludhiana Metro rail project, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation Commissioner has constituted a three-member support cell that would look into various aspects of the project, including land acquisition and coordination with government departments.

This team includes Assistant Commissioner (Technical) HS Khosa, Senior Town Planner (STP) Hemant Batra and SDO (Bridges and Roads) Sanjay Kanwar.

While Khosa will oversee the work of the Ludhiana Metro rail project as a coordinator-cum-nodal officer, Hemant Batra will study and prepare a detailed report regarding all government and private properties to be acquired for the project. Sanjay Kanwar will look into the office work of this support cell.

The state has already given a go ahead to the project which involves an investment of Rs 10,300 crore and is planned to be completed within the next five years.

A detailed presentation on the project was made by the Local Government Department and the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board with the top brass of the state government at a meeting held in Chandigarh on July 17. It was decided that the land required for the execution of the project would be provided by the state government with minimal displacement of the people across the city. Besides, efforts would be made to execute the underground Metro corridor, especially in the densely populated areas.

The newly appointed MC Commissioner, Rakesh Kumar Verma, has been actively involved with this project and has already attended a meeting with the Government of India at Delhi last month.

Verma said that the support cell had been constituted so that the work on the project could be carried out smoothly. "When this project would start functioning, Ludhiana will reach amongst a next level of cities," he said.

The project will include two corridors covering the entire city. The first corridor, with a length of 15.798 km, is planned from Ayali Chowk on Ferozepur Road to Bhakhra Beas Management Board (BBMB) Power House on Chandigarh Road with a total of 14 stations. The second corridor - 13.035 km long - is planned from Gill village to the Rahon Road octroi post with 13 stations along the route.



No salary for 5 months
Govt schoolteachers to boycott I-Day function
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 3
Agitated over not getting salaries for over five months, teachers of government schools working under “plan posts” have decided to stage protest against the government.

Teachers said they would boycott Independence Day function first and Teacher's Day functions later if their salaries are not released.

They urged the government to treat their service at par with other government employees.

“It is on record that we have never received our salaries regularly since we have joined the service. While our other colleagues get salaries and dues almost regularly and we have to wait for months together every now and then,” said teachers led by Ajit Pal Singh Jassowal and Harvinder Singh Bilga, office-bearers of the state body of the B.Ed Teachers Front (Punjab).

Regretting that they had been feeling embarrassed before their grocers and milkmen for not paying their bills, teachers alleged that they had to pay penalties due to delayed payment of bills and loan installments.

Criticising the state government for alleged unconcern to their genuine demands, the affected teachers lamented that their financial condition had become so poor that even their children’s desire are to be suppressed.

“What to talk of fulfilling demands of our children, we are unable to run our kitchen for obvious reason of not being paid salary for over five months,” said Jassowal and Bilga. They added their outfit had decided to launch struggle in a phased manner 
and boycott state functions including the Independence Day and the Teachers’ Day functions scheduled to be organised at various places in the region.

Incharges of various schools situated in the area maintained that the bills regarding various categories of teachers are to be prepared by the respective treasury officers and that unusual delay had been caused due to change in mode of payment of the salary.



College suspends professor
Teachers protest, studies suffer as strike enters Day 12
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana August 3
After the span of two years the management of Kamla Lohtia SD College and permanent college staff are again at loggerheads. The agitation of permanent staff including professors, non-teaching and the class IV employees continued today for 12th day. Meanwhile, studies of students have been suffering due to discord between teachers and the college management. The college does not have sufficient staff to teach the students.

Professors, who were staging protesting against the college management said, “We are protesting as the college authorities have suspended professor Sunil Aggarwal, a political science teacher, without any reason.” Professor Rohit Kumar, president Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) local unit KLSD College said: “If the management had some problem with prof Sunil Aggarwal, then it could amicably solve the issue. Suspension was not only the available alternative. Even management has created the kind of atmosphere that has forced the non teaching staff to go on strike.”

Meanwhile, the college management claims prof Sunil Aggarwal used foul language and blamed management with false allegations. So it suspended him by charging insubordination.

The major conflict between teachers and college management is about the status of college as college management claims that college is self-financed (unaided) college so they want to work as a private institute.

However, professors admit that the college is unaided but they expect all the benefits of aided colleges from management as the college is affiliated to Panjab University and UGC funded.

Teachers claim that college management has not been promoting the teachers to senior scale despite they meet the eligibility for promotions. Sandeep Kumar Aggarwal, vice-president of College Management Committee said, “Not a single teacher meets the eligibility of promotion.”

Another issue that worries teachers is that the college is going to drop the Bachelor of Arts (BA). Teachers, who teach graduation classes, feel unsecured. The college did not give admission to any student seeking admission in political science this year.

However, Sandeep said, “College is a self-financed body so if the management feels any course is not profitable then it can drop it. We do have not any political science teacher in the college so we do not want to cheat any student. So we denied the admissions.”

It needs to be mentioned here that there are 21 permanent teachers in the college, who used to protest against management in the past.



Bhattian STP's capacity up
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

A view of Sewage Treatment Plant at Bhattian village.
A view of Sewage Treatment Plant at Bhattian village. Photo: inderjeet verma

Ludhiana, August 3
After getting rap from newly appointed MC Commissioner regarding the delay, the sewerage board has increased the capacity of Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) in Bhattian village from 111 MLD (million litre per day) to 161 MLD. This upgradation of STP was running behind schedule and after MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma pulled up sewerage board officials, the project was completed.

But even after its completion, the sewerage board officials have not made it fully operational and carried its trial runs only.

Ever since the monsoon season started, the STPs in the city were not functioning properly and no proper passage has been made to drain out sewerage water. After the sewer disposals into the Budha Nullah were closed, the burden on the STPs had increased and there was an immediate need for their upgradation.

Also, the less capacity of the STPs might also lead to water logging on the streets as the rain water could not be drained out properly. Due to absence of storm sewer in most parts of the city, the rain water goes directly into the sewerage lines, from where it reaches the STPs. And when the Bhattian STP becomes fully operational, the MC would be able to drain out 50 MLD additional water whenever it rains heavy.

Speaking to The Tribune, MC Joint Commissioner A S Sekhon said that the Bhattian STP had been upgraded to 161 MLD from an existing capacity of 111 MLD. “The STP is presently on a trial run and soon it will be made fully operational. Once it becomes fully operational, the problem of water logging on the streets could be checked to a large extent. Soon, the other STPs will also be upgraded,” claimed Sekhon.

The STP in Bhattian village treats water from ward number 1-15 of the city. This STP was upgraded after the centre government provided a grant of Rs 35 crore under the Jawahar Lal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).



Central verge fixed at Old Court Chowk
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 3
From stiff challaning of traffic violators to towing away of vehicles, the city police seems serious in its endeavour to make the city roads safe for residents.
Today, the traffic police erected central verge (traffic cones) near Old Court Chowk to regulate traffic.

The cones were erected in the presence of Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh, ACP Swapan Sharma and ACP (Traffic) Naveen Singla.

Traffic zone in charge Kulwant Singh Malhi told the media that Commissioner Ishwar Singh said it had been seen that the commuters broke the queue during the green light, which led to traffic jams. With central verge and side verge in place, the commuters would not break the queue and traffic would move smoothly.

Until now the traffic police was using the cones which were removed during the evening.

"These traffic cones are highly durable and affixed in the road, so there is no need to remove these," said Kawaljit Singh Jaggi, a representative of the company that has donated the material to the city police.



Pay attention to hygiene in humid August
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana August 3
"Heat and humidity in August lead to the breeding of various types of insects and mosquitoes. Common diseases such as cholera, dysentery, typhoid, dengue and malaria spread in this weather. Moreover, children suffer from prickly heat, skin rashes and boils," said home scientists of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU).

Providing preventive measures for health and hygiene, Dr Kirti Grover advised people not to use contaminated water and maintain proper personal hygiene and environmental sanitation. She emphasised, "Drink boiled water in this weather, get proper vaccination done, avoid eating outside, avoid storing water in open containers, don't let water accumulate anywhere, keep the drains free from chokes and top up all defected ground surfaces to prevent accumulation of stagnant water." Dr Grover stressed on drinking safe and clean water to avoid ailments, dehydration and loss of electrolytes during diarrhoea.

PAU to train practitioners in precision farming

A training course on "precision technologies for fruits and vegetables" will be organised for the Horticulture Development Officers (HDOs) and scientists of Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) from August 7-9 at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). The PAU Directorate of Extension Education in collaboration with the training unit of the College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology will coordinate the course.

Divulging details, the Director of Extension Education, Dr MS Gill said that the PAU farm engineers would shed light on precision agriculture, techniques of citrus grading with focus on waxing and packaging, protected cultivation with green houses, declining water in Punjab and its remedial measures, fertigation through micro irrigation system and micro irrigation techniques for horticultural crops. 



BSNL staff stage dharna over erratic water supply
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 3
Led by activists of the BSNL Employees Union, the staff of Mata Rani Telephone Exchange and the Central Telegraph Office (CTO) today staged a dharna over disruption in water supply to the main building of the telephone exchange and the CTO on Mata Rani Road here.

Protesters said water supply to these offices of the central government had been disrupted for the past two weeks after a main water supply line was damaged during digging in some area carried out by the Municipal Corporation staff. "Repeated pleas made by the BSNL employees to senior officials had been ignored and no action had been taken to restore the water supply," they added.

Union leaders said both staff members and public visiting the telephone exchange and the CTO were facing problems due to disrupted water supply but officials had not paid any heed to the plight of the employees and the public.

They threatened that the agitation would not only continue but would be intensified if immediate and effective steps were not taken for the restoration of water supply to the telephone exchange and the CTO.

However, General Manager, Telecom (GMT), of the BSNL CL Bhanot claimed that a submersible pump was already operational at the Mata Rani Telephone Exchange building and water supply was available in the complex. Action was being taken to restore water supply to the CTO through the submersible pump. "We are also taking up the matter with the MC authorities for the replacement or repair of the main water supply line to the telephone exchange and the CTO," he said.



30 low-floor buses to reach city by Aug 31
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 3
The next lot of 30 low-floor non-AC buses is expected to reach the city before August 31. The final decision in this regard will be taken at the board of directors' meeting of Ludhiana City Bus Service Ltd (LCBSL) scheduled for next week.

Once these buses arrive in the city, they would ply on five new routes on the Chandigarh Road, Dhandra Road, Gill Road, Hambran Road and GT Road.

This lot of buses was earlier expected to reach the city last month, but after then MC Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi got suspended, this file got delayed. But, when Rakesh Kumar Verma took over as MC Commissioner, the file was again taken up.

These buses will be part of the 40 buses to be purchased from Tata under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) project.

The Chandigarh Road route will be 19-km long. The buses will start from the Ludhiana bus stand and will have stoppages near Preet Palace, Gill Chowk, Partap Chowk, Cheema Chowk, Samrala Chowk, Vardhman Mill, Sectors 32/39, Jamalpur, Mundian, Jhabewal, Ramgarh, Jandiali and Kohara.

The 6-km Dhandra Road route will start from the Ludhiana bus stand and will pass through Preet Palace, Dugri Bridge, Dugri Urban Estate Phase I, Dugri Urban Estate Phase II and Manakwal.

The Gill Road route will be 6.9-km long and will start from the Ludhiana bus stand and will pass through Preet Palace, Gill Chowk, Janta Nagar, ATI Chowk, ITI Chowk, Gill Canal Bridge, Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College and till Gill village.

Similarly, the GT Road route will be 15.5-km long. The buses will start from the Ludhiana bus stand and will have stoppages near Preet Palace, Gill Chowk, Partap Chowk, Dholewal Chowk, Sherpur Chowk, Giaspura, Dhandari Railway Station, Dhandari Kalan, Kanganwal, Jugiana, Pawa/Khakat and till Sahnewal.

While speaking to The Tribune, Baljit Singh, manager of the LCBSL, said once these 30 buses reach the city, six each of the new buses would be deputed on the five proposed routes.



Jewellers warned against robbers
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 3
The city police today told the goldsmiths and jewellers to stay alter as a gang of robbers is planning a strike in the city.
Anand Sikri, president of the Ludhiana Jewellers Association, said they received a call from the Division Number 8 police station this morning warning them against robbers.

Anand Sikri said, "The police official told us to remain vigilant and tighten security around jewellery shops as a gang of robbers is active in the area and planning a strike. We expect that the police will also provide us security."



Proclaimed offender arrested

Samrala August 3
The Samrala police claimed to have arrested a person who was declared a proclaimed offender by a court of Samrala.
The DSP Samrala, JS Cheema, said that a police party of the Samrala police was on checking near village Chahilan. The police party received secret information that a proclaimed offender, identified as Jagtar Singh, was roaming near bus stand Samrala.

When the police party reached near ITI Samrala, it noticed Jagtar and arrested him before he could flee.

The DSP said that he was declared a proclaimed offender by a court of the SDJM, Samrala, in 2009 under Sections 452, 323, 342 of the IPC and the police was looking for him.

The arrested Jagtar Singh was a resident of Bajigar Basti Samrala and was roaming here and there to evade his arrest. — TNS



Judges promoted
Rajneesh Lakhanpal
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 3
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has promoted KK Singla, Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division), Ludhiana, to the post of Chief Judicial Magistrate. He has been appointed as Secretary, Punjab Legal Services Authority, at Ludhiana.

Two Civil Judges (Junior division) working here have been promoted as Additional Civil Judges (Senior division). On promotion, Amrinder Pal Singh have been posted at Ludhiana. He will be replaced by Sukbir Kaur, Civil Judge (junior division). Judicial officer Vikrant Kumar has been transferred to Moonak on promotion. He will be replaced by Shilpa, Civil Judge (junior division), who has been transferred to Ludhiana from Gidderbaha.

Meanwhile, the Additonal Civil Judge (Senior Division) of Jagraon has been transferred to Gurdaspur. Gurdaspur Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division) Palwinder Jit Kaur will replace her.



from schools
Greeting card-making competition

Ludhiana: A greeting card making competition was held at GNP School, Model Town Extension (Primary wing), for the students of class I to III. The hues of all the festivals as well as good wishes were depicted by children on cards in a creative manner.

Impeccable contest

An English extempore competition was organised at Guru Nanak Public School, Birmi, in which students of class VIII took part. They spoke on the topics like 'Junk Food a Spice to life?', 'Corruption leads us Nowhere', 'Mobile Phones a Boon or Bane', 'Nature-How long will it be beautiful?', 'Go Green- Save Earth' etc. Gurmanveer Singh, Jaskaran and Shivam Gupta secured the first, second and third positions, respectively.

Dignity of labour

Don Bosco Global School, invited a cobbler to the school in order to acquaint the students with the concept of 'Dignity of Labour'. The cobbler showed his tools and ways to mend shoes to the tiny-tots. — TNS






from colleges
Talent Hunt Competition

Ludhiana: Sportking Institute of fashion technology organised the “Inter-school Talent Hunt Competition”. Over 25 schools from the district participated in the competition. Various categories including declamation, one-minute show, doll dress design, fashion sketching and creative craft were conducted where the participants showcased their talent. Anjali Avasthi, president, Sportking Institute Of Fashion Technology appreciated the enthusiasm and discipline the participants.

KCW students shine

Students of Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, have brought laurels to the college by performing well in BSc-I Biotechnology examinations, in the university results. According to the college authorities, Bhavya Malhotra has topped the university in the examination securing 81.7 per cent and Simranjeet Kaur scoring 78.4 per cent stood fourth.

Seminar on public health

A seminar on public health was organised by the NSS department of Doraha Institute of Management and Technology (DIMT). Ashwani Malhotra, Senior Medical Officer, Community Health Centre (CHC), Payal was the chief spokesperson on the occasion. He emphasised the importance of public awareness on the issues of water borne and vector borne diseases. He urged the students to contribute spreading awareness about increasing health standards through public participation. Students were informed about the reasons of diseases like dengue, diarrhoea and malaria. He introduced many health schemes of the government like those of cancer, TB and malaria where treatment is given free of cost in government run hospitals.

MA English results out

Students of MA English second semester, Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, have performed well in the Panjab University Examinations, 2012. Sakshi Sharma stood first in the college by securing 241 marks. Gurinder Kaur secured second position in the college by securing 239 marks whereas Anupama Shrivastav got third position in the college by securing 233 marks, respectively. — TNS



ludhiana scan
Conference of textile labour

Ludhiana: The first conference of the Textile Mazdoor Union (TMU) will commence here on Saturday at Dharamshala in Manjit Nagar near Abdulpura railway crossing here while the workers will also hold a public rally at GLADA grounds on the Chandigarh Road on Sunday. Vishavnath, a member of the steering committee, nearly 200 delegates were elected by more than 2,250 members of the union will take part in the conference which would deliberate and adopt constitution of the body. Office-bearers of the association will be elected in the conference, which would also discuss the economic and political conditions in the country.


A deputation of the Association of the Punjab School Education Board, Affiliated Schools, Punjab (Regd) met Maheshinder Singh Grewal, Chief Advisor to Chief Minister, Punjab, on the eve of raksha bandhan under the presidentship of Rajinder Sharma, along with IM Dutta, SS Sandu, and others representatives from the various districts of the state. On the occasion, Rajinder Sharma and others honoured Maheshinder Singh Grewal and gave a memorandum to him regarding the various problems confronted by the affiliated schools of the state. The main problems are the RTE Act, problems of Punjab Open School, recognition of affiliated schools, and regarding the charging of extra examination fee from the affiliated schools to create examination centre, if there are less students.

CMC City centre completes 1 year

The CMC City center at Sirish Hospital, Krishna Nagar, Ghumar Mandi has completed one year. Dr Vijay Obed, deputy director said that the number of patients attending the OPD at the City Center has been steadily increasing. Dr Abraham Thomas, director, CMCH, mentioned that the CMC City Center is a major step to get our services across the city to the citizens for their convenience. A large number of patients benefited from free consultations from doctors of the CMC Hospital.

Support group for breast-feeding

The department of gynaecology, neonatology and paediatrics at SPS Apollo Hospitals have launched a support group for breast-feeding. The support shall include doctors, specially trained lactation nurses and 10 mothers, who have volunteered to be a part of this group and help spread awareness and educate mothers regarding the importance of breast feeding. Managing Director, SPS Apollo Hospitals, exhorted all the medical professionals to unitedly work towards making universal breast-feeding for all babies a reality. He also gave certificate and badges to a group of seven lactation nurses who will help the mothers in breast-feeding.

Drugs seized

Health department today seized habit-forming drugs of worth Rs 5,000. Disclosing it drug inspector, Ekantpriy Singla said, “I raided Sandhu medical store at Ashok Nagar, near Salim Tabri and seized tablets of Lomotil, 1,000 tablets of momolit, Rexcoff syrups and 1,100 tablets of Pavonspas.” — TNS



Newlywed elopes with paramour
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 3
A 25-year-old newlywed woman has fled with her paramour after sedating her husband. They even took away the cash and gold jewellery lying in the house.
The matter came to light here today when the residents of the locality spotted 26-year-old Kamaljit lying unconscious in the house. Kamaljit was rushed to the civil hospital. He is unconscious, yet out of danger.

According to the SHO, Dugri, Bant Singh, the parents of the newlywed woman were called for questioning who told the police that their daughter had fled with her paramour.

They told the police that she was not willing to marry Kamaljit as she was having an affair with a boy from the Jagraon area.

The police suspects Kamaljit's wife had offered him food laced with sedatives. After Kamaljit fell unconscious, they fled with the gold ornaments and cash.



Woman's gold chain, purse snatched
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, August 3
Two unidentified youngsters, who were riding a motorcycle, allegedly snatched a gold chain and a purse from a woman near the Subhash Gate area here late last evening.

The victim, Inderjit Kaur of Barnala, visited Jagraon to tie rakhi on his brother Amarjit Singh's wrist, who is a resident of the Old City area.

Inderjit Kaur said, "I had visited a local market and when I was going back to my brother's house, two youngsters, who were riding a motorcycle and had covered their faces with cloth, came from behind and snatched my gold chain and purse," she said.

She said the gold chain weighed around 20 grams and here were about Rs 10,000 and some other valuables in the purse she was carrying with her. 



No clue to murder motive
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 3
It has been four days since 60-year-old Taranjit Kaur was murdered brutally, and the killing is turning out to be the most intriguing murder mystery for the police.
The investigating agency is grappling to find out the motive behind the crime and who could possibly be the killer.

The Taranjit Kaur murder has left many questions unanswered. The first and foremost question is why would anyone kill a 60-year-old woman who has no personal enmity with anyone?

If she was killed by some robbers, burglars or following a heated argument with rag pickers over the stealing of some material, as the police suspects, then why Taranjit did not retaliate?

If at all it was a robbery murder, then why the robbers did not take away the gold jewellery she was wearing?

If it was personal enmity then why particularly Taranjit was targeted and why not the other members of the family?

In the meantime, as many as 25 rag pickers were allegedly picked up by the Model Town police for questioning in connection with the murder case.

Rag pickers who frequent the Model Town area were let off after questioning.

Further, the police is also scanning the footage of the close circuit television (CCTV) cameras, installed in the houses close to the residence where the murder took place.

The police is primarily suspecting the rag pickers as the old desert cooler and television, which was dumped by the family on the roof of the house, were found on the ground floor on the day of the murder.

"One thing is for sure. The murderer was someone familiar as this was the reason why the victim opened the gate and let the assailants enter the house," said SHO Ashok Kumar.

The police today tried to contact Sukhdeep Singh, Taranjit Kaur's elder son, who did not attend her cremation.

Sukhdeep's absence raised many doubts. He had remained in jail for nearly a year in connection with his wife Amanpreet Kaur's death. Amanpreet died due to strangulation under mysterious circumstance on June, 2008. Amanpreet's family has been accusing Sukhdeep and his family members of murdering their daughter. Sukhdeep is at present in a rehabilitation and drug de-addiction centre at Kotdwar in Uttarakhand.

The police today reportedly wrote to the rehabilitation centre authorities and asked them whether Sukhdeep was in the rehabilitation centre on July 31.

Sources said Sukhdeep was present in the rehabilitation centre on July 31 and he was still there.

However, the police officials were reluctant to share the details of the conversation.

Sources said the police today questioned several persons, including Amanpreet's relatives, in connection of the murder case.


Questions Unanswered in Taranjit murder case

  • The Taranjit Kaur murder has left many questions unanswered. The first and foremost question is why would anyone kill a 60-year-old woman who has no personal enmity with anyone?
  • She was killed by some robbers, burglars or following a heated argument with rag pickers over the stealing of some material, as the police suspects, then why Taranjit did not retaliate?
  • At all it was a robbery murder, then why the robbers did not take away the gold jewellery she was wearing?
  • It was personal enmity then why particularly Taranjit was targeted and why not the other members of the family?



Inter-zone football meet begins at BVM
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, August 3
Teams from PAU Zone, Khanna Zone and Ludhiana Zone II recorded their comfortable victories in the Inter-Zone District Football Championship for girls U-17 being held at Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Kitchlu Nagar branch, ground here today.

The teams of players from different schools across the district are taking part in this 
championship being organised by the District Education Department under the patronage of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB).

In the inaugural match, PAU Zone blanked Jagraon Zone 3-0 to begin their campaign on a positive note. Guneet Kaur scored a brace while Lovepreet Kaur accounted for one goal, which sealed Jagraon Zone players' fate.

The second match of the day, played between Khanna Zone and Raikot Zone, too turned out to be a one-sided affair in which the former came out triumphant without facing any resistance (4-0).

Jaspreet Kaur found the target thrice for the winning side and Jaswant Kaur chipped in with one goal to help her team to wrap up the issue easily.

In the third match, Sahnewal Zone girls waged a spirited battle against Ludhiana Zone II before losing it 0-2. Parnika and Archna contributed one goal each that saw Ludhiana Zone II to romp home victors.

Earlier, MM Vyas, president, Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Trust, declared the championship open. Principal of the host school, Santosh Mehra, Ajitpal Singh, assistant education officer (sports), Ludhiana, Jagroop Singh, general secretary (conduct), District Tournament Committee Baljeet Singh Gill, Director, Sports of BVM Schools were also present at the opening ceremony.



HOME PAGE | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Opinions |
| Business | Sports | World | Letters | Chandigarh | Ludhiana | Delhi |
| Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |