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Tragic Tuesday
In-laws kill pregnant woman, mother
24-year-old victim was staying away from her husband at her mother's house
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
In a shocking double murder case, the in-laws of a 24-year-old pregnant woman allegedly killed her and her mother with sharp weapons at Ekta Colony today.

The victims have been identified as Seema and her mother 45-year-old Usha Rani. The incident took place around 7.30 pm this evening when Seema and her mother were allegedly attacked by her father-in-law Subash and mother-in-law Darshana.

Both the victims bled to death on the spot. According to the investigating officer, Seema had married Sonu, who also lives in the same locality, over a year ago.

She left her in-laws' house about four months ago after they allegedly began harassing her for dowry. She then started living with her mother.

Subsequently, Sonu, who works as a driver with an industrial unit, was disinherited by his family. The victim's relatives said he used to visit his mother-in-law's house to meet Seema. Since he did not visit her for the last two days, Seema along with her mother visited her in-laws' house today to enquire about his whereabouts.

A heated argument ensued and in a fit of rage, her in-laws attacked them with sharp weapons and killed them before fleeing. The incident came to light when neighbours spotted the bodies lying in a pool of blood and informed the police.

The police has launched a massive manhunt to nab the suspects.

KFC employee strangled

A 21-year-old woman from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur, who was working at the KFC joint here, was allegedly strangled today.

The incident came to light at 9 pm when residents of Besant Avenue spotted her body lying in a vacant plot and informed the police.

The victim has been identified as Maninder Kaur. She took leave from work in the morning stating urgent work at home. She was staying at Besant Avenue as a paying guest and used to commute on a scooter.

The police stated that her mobile phone and scooter were missing. Her body has been taken to the Civil Hospital for a postmortem. The police has informed her parents about the incident.


Body of Rajanpartap found 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
The worst fear of Rajanpartap's family came true when the body of the 25-year-old youth was found near the hydro electric substation at Raiwala village, near here, in the wee hours of today. The body was found 35 km from the place of the accident.

Rajanpartap was among the five persons travelling in a car that fell into a canal near South City on Sunday. While four persons, including the driver, were rescued by passersby, Rajanpartap was swept away and feared to have been drowned.

His inflated body was spotted at around 4.30 am and was fished out with the help of divers. Charanpal Singh, the victim's father who runs a business of car accessories, was devastated on seeing his son's body.

"He was my only hope. Now, there is no purpose to live," he said heartbroken.

His mother Paramjit Kaur broke down: "Please, bring back my son. I cannot live without him. God has been cruel to me and snatched him at the fag end of my life."

The body was taken to the Civil Hospital for postmortem. It was during the afternoon that his body was brought home. Emotional scenes were witnessed during the cremation of the body this evening. His sisters Gurleen and Simrat were inconsolable and were requesting the other members of their family to wake him up from sleep.

His parents lamented that had his friends not planned to celebrate the birthday of Rajan's fiancee, he would have been alive. It is learnt that he was having lunch with his friends when they decided to celebrate Inderpreet Kaur's birthday in the South City area. 

Was to wed by year-end

Rajanpartap's death has brought his wedding preparations to an end. According to his family members, he was engaged to Inderpreet Kaur and the wedding was to be solemnised by the year-end.

Kin grateful to divers

The victim's family was grateful to the divers and residents of villages located close to the canal. Chamkaur Singh, a neighbour of the victim, said Rajanpartap was wearing a gold chain, three gold rings and a gold "kara". He was also carrying money, a credit card and an ATM card, but the divers did not touch anything. Four divers helped the family free of cost.



Two ‘suicides’ in one day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
Rohit, a 19-year-old youth working in a factory unit, allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at his house in Jodhewal Basti today.

The victim was reportedly depressed as he was “underpaid” for the job he was doing.

He did not report to work at the factory today and consumed some poisonous substance when he was alone at home.

His parents found him lying unconscious when they reached home and rushed him to hospital. Doctors at the hospital declared him brought dead.

In another incident, 19-year-old Laxmi, a resident of Salem Tabri, was found dead under mysterious circumstances at her house on Tuesday.

Laxmi had tied the knot only recently.

The police has not ruled out the possibility of murder. Her body has been taken to the Civil Hospital for a postmortem examination and a case has been registered.



Agent attacked, robbed of Rs 3.5 lakh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
Two armed motorcycle-borne assailants reportedly attacked a collection agent working with a local soap manufacturing company and robbed him of around Rs 3.5 lakh after injuring the victim with sharp-edged weapons near Gyaspura late this evening.

The twentyfive-year-old victim, identified as Rohit Kumar, was returning after collecting cash from shopkeepers of the area. He was riding a motorcycle. He told the police that the assailants attacked him from behind due to which he lost control over the vehicle and fell on the road.

He was rushed to the Civil Hospital where his condition is stated to be critical. The police has registered a case and started investigations. 



Dengue larvae found at three places
Alarmed, health department alerts city residents
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
The district health department has alerted residents after detecting dengue larvae at three places in the city. The Chief Medical Officer, Dr Subhash Batta, said: "During a field survey recently, our team came across dengue larvae at a house in Haibowal and tyre shops at Transport Nagar and the bus stand area.

Larvae are being found in coolers, flower pots, tyres in workshops and plant nurseries. They grow into adult mosquitoes in 10 days. So, it is very important to destroy them at this stage, failing which dengue will break out in the city."

He said every household could contribute in preventing dengue by taking simple preventive steps against the breeding of mosquitoes in its vicinity. "I appeal to all residents to take a look into containers on rooftops, coolers, flower pots, indoor plants, etc. so that the larvae do not grow in stagnant water. This should be done every week," he said.

Many times when teams of the health department visit a area to look for dengue larvae, residents usually do not cooperate and shut doors and windows when fogging is being undertaken. "The public should cooperate with the health department teams visiting their area," he added.

Another case of suspected dengue

The District Epidemiologist, Dr Puneet Juneja, said: "One more patient has been found suffering from suspected dengue and is under treatment at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. The patient is from Ferozepur."

Preventive steps

Do not allow fresh water to stagnate near your house

Do not keep containers like flower pots, broken items and tyres on terraces. Water can collect in them and go unnoticed

Create awareness among neighbours

Use mosquito nets/repellents

Keep arms and legs covered

Spray behind curtains and under furniture as mosquitoes responsible for dengue usually hide there

In case of fever, report to a dispensary at the earliest and seek medical advice

Do not take Brufen/Aspirin in case of fever. Use Paracetamol instead

Consume lots of water



GLADA resumes 16 sites; notice issued to 107 allottees
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 7
GLADA has initiated action against defaulters who failed to pay the balance amount of consideration money of commercial and residential sites sold through an auction. After being rapped by the audit department for failure to recover default amount, which had crossed a whopping Rs 50 crore by March-end, GLADA has resumed 15 commercial sites and a residential plot.

Information provided by GLADA under the Right to Information Act to the Council of RTI Activists reveals that cancellation notices had been issued to buyers of six SCOs in Dhandari Kalan, Phase 4; eight SCOs in Dugri Urban Estate Phase II; and a residential plot for the failure to pay the balance 75 per cent cost.

The notices say that under the powers vested by Section 45(3) of the Punjab Regional Town Planning and Development Act, the allotment of property, along with structure raised on the site, if any, is liable to be cancelled and 10 per cent of the total consideration amount of the property is forfeited.

The buyers owe over Rs 12.63 crore and most of them had failed to pay even a single half-yearly instalment after making a payment of 10 per cent as earnest money and another 15 per cent of the bid amount.

Notices for cancellation had also been issued to another 107 allottees who had defaulted in payment of instalments.

RTI activists said the time allowed for personal appearance and clearing dues in the final notices served on 107 allottees had lapsed months ago, but GLADA had taken no further action.



four-laning of Neelon-Doraha stretch
Dy cm lays stone 
Lovleen Bains/Jaswant Shetra

Doraha/Mullanpur, August 7
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal today laid the foundation stone for the four-laning of the stretch between Neelon and Doraha.

Inderjit Singh, XEN PWD, Ropar, said the total stretch was 5,474-km-long, which included four-laning from Neelon to Doraha and widening of 10 meter from Ropar to Neelon.

He said a sum of Rs 240 crore would be spent on the project. A flyover at the railway crossing near Rampur village and improvement of junctions at specific places would also form parts of the project.

"After getting clearance from the Forest Department, it will take around 18 months to complete the entire project. The funding agency for the same is the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board and the execution is to be done by the PWD," said the XEN.

Later, Badal inspected the project for the four-laning of the Ludhiana-Talwandi Road. He said this would be one of the most modern access controlled roads that would address the problem of the increasing traffic on the busiest artery of Punjab.

He said this road was being constructed on the design-build-operate and transfer model. This would have elevated road in the urban habitation like Mullanpur-Jagraon-Moga falling on the road and would have 56 bus bays.

Expressing concern over leaving a neck of about seven km out of the purview of the four-laning of national highways from 85 km to 92 km, Badal said after seeking permission from the Defence authorities, they would impress upon the NHAI to expand the scope of contract to the remaining stretch. He said if they had any problem, the Punjab Government would itself complete the four-laning of this crucial neck between the Ludhiana City and the starting point of this four-laning project.



Four-laning of Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway
43,000 trees to be axed
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, August 7
With the four-laning of Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway under way, residents have heaved a sigh of relief.

The project will considerably reduce the traffic congestion, thus bringing down the number of accidents on the highway which is also known as Sher Shah Suri Marg.

Environmentalists on the other hand are worried as thousands of trees are being axed under the project.

They said it would increase the pollution level that had already touched alarming proportions due to constantly increasing vehicular traffic and industries.

Under the project undertaken by the National High Authority of India, the national highway would connect Ludhiana with Talwandi Sabo covering a distance of around 78 km. The contract has been awarded to a Baroda-based construction company and the company employees have already started the work on the project.

The project will surly ease out the traffic woes of thousands of commuters who travel on the highway everyday. Moreover, the project will also reduce the number of accidents on one of the busiest highways of Punjab.

There has been an increase in the number of accidents.

As per information, several overbridges and some underpasses will also be constructed on crossings in various towns.

The fact that more than 43,000 trees will be axed has not gone down well with environmentalists who have expressed concern over the rising vehicular traffic.

However, after the completion of the project, the forest department will be planting saplings along the highway.

District forest officer Daljeet Singh Brar said, "Once the project is completed, the department will plant around one lakh saplings on both sides of the highway. "



Bridging gap between residents, police
Mohit Khanna/ Gurminder Grewal
Tribune News Service

Khanna, August 7
Police officials were in for a surprise when MF Farooqui, DIG, Ludhiana Range, and Inderbir Singh, SSP, Khanna, decided to ride a PCR motorcycle. Senior police officials were seen meeting people and asking them about their problems. They asked them whether they were receiving timely police assistance.

"Our motive is to break the barrier between the police and public. We are going to make PCR motorcycles a bridge between residents and police. The police should put forward the grievances of residents," said DIG MF Farooqui. They also visited some shops and enquired about the working of PCR teams near the GTB market.

The DIG said police personnel would be deployed at various areas. The DIG said ever since its inception a month ago, the PCR fleet had attained good results. He said, "If there will be a gap, residents will be reluctant to share." He added that drug peddlers would be dealt with sternly and appealed to the people to come forward to give information about drug sellers.

Among others present included Khanna SPD Neelambri Jagdle, SPH Sarabjit Singh Pandher and other officials.



PAU experts for cultivation of vegetables in net houses
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
Cultivation of vegetables in net houses can improve the quality of vegetables and economic status of farmers as it provides benefits to both grower and consumer. Now, when a section of society is well aware of pesticide-free vegetables, experts from Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) are expecting an increase in the area of net house in the state.

PAU started carrying out experiments on net houses in 2000 and recommended it to farmers in 2005. But only 1,200 net houses have been installed in Punjab till date. Dr Tarsem Singh Dhillon, a vegetable expert from the PAU, said with people preferring pesticide-free food and becoming quality conscious, the area will increase.

The PAU has introduced the net house technology in order to enhance the income of farmers.

Dr T S Dhillon, associate professor, department of vegetable, urged farmers to go in for net-house cultivation of capsicum, tomato and brinjal.

"Net houses are useful to grow pesticide-free vegetables. Net works as a barrier between crops and insects. We recommend underground pipes or drip system for irrigating vegetables to preserve them from insects and pests. Net provides shelter to veggies from harsh weather conditions".

PAU experts said the cost for a modified net-house spread over 1 kanal area was around Rs 1.5 lakh. The Punjab government provides financial help to farmers.

"The produce of the net-house, available in off-season, fetches high price in the market due to its better quality and early availability. We are evaluating other vegetables which can be grown in net house," said Dr TS Dhillon. 



Keeping dairy farmers updated through book 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
In order to keep dairy farmers updated, a book on "Dairy Pashuian da Prajanan Prabandh (reproductive management of dairy animals)" has been published by the scientists of Guru Angad Dev Animal and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU).

The book has been written by Dr HK Verma, RK Sharma and Rajesh Kasrija.

Dr Verma, head of Veterinary Animal Husbandry and Extension Education, said it would be of great help to dairy farmers. He added that it was a comprehensive book covering all aspects of reproductive management of dairy animals, including nutrition interaction, repeat breeding, anestrus, prolapse, bull management, artificial induction of lactation in sterile animals, record keeping and embryo transfer technology.

Dr Verma added that it took about a year and a half to write the book and the price was Rs 80 per copy, which was nominal. “Farmers have liked it so much that we are publishing 2,000 more copies of it. “It is a complete reference book in Punjabi language for the livestock farmers. A “Prajanan Calendar” has also been developed by the scientists of GADVASU for the benefit of dairy farmers of Punjab. The calendar will help the farmers keep a vigil on the current reproductive status of their animals. The reproductive records of animals can be easily analysed by using the calendar for the day of next heat, day of pregnancy diagnosis, expected day of delivery in cattle and buffalo. Thus, reproductive efficiency of animals gets improved leading to more calf crops resulting in higher milk production” said Dr Verma.

GADVASU is having various publications in Punjabi for the livestock farmers, including a monthly magazine Vigyanak Pashu Palan, too.



BKU seeks drought relief package for Punjab farmers
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 7
In response to a call given by the Bharti Kisan Union (BKU)(Ekta), farmers in large numbers, today staged a dharna at the Mini Secretariat here to demand for a draught relief package for Punjab in view of the failed Monsoon.

Addressing the rally, the BKU district president, Darshan Singh Koohli, highlighted the plight of the farmers who had to spend more on diesel and other inputs due to a scanty rainfall. "The promised power supply of eight hours for the farm sector also failed to materialise and the government appears to be clueless to tackle the draught."

He slammed the government for ignoring the farmers who were being forced to commit suicide due to increasing losses and persistent increase in the cost of agricultural inputs. The government was granting largesse to the corporate sector but those contributing to the food bowl of the nation had been left to fend for themselves, Koohli lamented.

The BKU leader and other speakers at the dharna called upon the government to declare the state of Punjab draught-hit without any further delay and announce a comprehensive relief package for the farmers. Under the relief package, the paddy producers (actual cultivators) be paid a compensation of Rs 10,000 per acre and those suffering total losses Rs 25,000 per acre while the farm workers be paid Rs 10,000 per family.

Other demands raised at the dharna included moratorium on repayment of all agricultural loans, 16 hours power supply for farm sector, 24 hours power supply for domestic consumers, 50 per cent subsidy to farmers on diesel and introduction of voluntary disclosure scheme for extension of load on tubewell connection without any fee.



Confusion over online filing continues
Traders were promised that the notification would be rolled back; to go on indefinite hunger strike from August 9
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
The excise and taxation department's recent notification on online filing of intra-state trade is still hanging fire. While the chief parliamentary secretary promised the industry that the notification would be rolled back, the department seems to be in no mood to revoke the same. The industry plans to go on indefinite hunger strike against the notification from August 9.

"Sarup Singla, chief parliamentary secretary, promised us that the notification would be rolled back but no such announcement has been made from the department's side so far. We are left in the lurch and do not know whether it will stay or go. The industry will be going on indefinite hunger strike on August 9 against the notification to file online information regarding intra-state trade," said Badish Jindal, president of the Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association.

A. Venu Parsad, excise and taxation commissioner, said the department would not be withdrawing the notification issued in relation to online filing of the details of the trade carried within the state. "The government withdrawing the notification is all rumours as no such thing will happen. Help desks have been formed at the offices of AETCs in all the districts where traders can understand the procedure related to the filing of the information online. Some traders have already started filing the information online. This step has been taken at the top to bring about transparency and curb bogus billing and will not be rolled back," added the commissioner.

Jatinder Khurana, president of the Taxation Young Lawyers Associations said, "The notification will be rolled back as it will not be viable for small traders to file online information of their every consignment as they do not have infrastructure at their place to do the same. Meanwhile, the power situation in the state will also become a hindrance in filing the information and the consignments of the traders will be delayed". 

The notification

As per the notification, information regarding intra-state movement of goods (within Punjab) will be required to be furnished by all persons making sales of Rs 3 lakh and above in a single transaction except in the case of iron and steel where the threshold will be Rs 2 lakh instead of Rs 3 lakh and above. It has been made applicable from August 10.



Mattewara soon to be tourist destination
Race course, jungle retreat and five-star hotel on govt’s agenda
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
The state government intends to develop Mattewara, 20 km from here, as a major tourist spot. The government is planning to acquire land from eight villages adjoining the Sutlej river. To make it a tourist destination, the government plans to come up with a race course (for dogs and horses), a five-star hotel, colleges and a jungle retreat (for walks in woods).

According to sources, one of the tehsildars in Ludhiana district has already conducted a survey of the land and he was expected to handover the initial survey report to higher officials on August 3. The sources informed that about 1,000 acre of panchayati land was available in eight villages, including Mattewara, Salempura, Hardes Nagar, Sekhowal, etc, which could be developed into a tourist spot. Besides, about 2,000 acre of land near Mattewara was under the Forest Department. A portion of it would be developed so that tourists could stroll in forest and enjoy the nature.

The Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) will develop the turf club here, which would be the first in the state. Besides, the SDMs, the district forest officer, telsildars, etc, have been asked to identify the available land in villages by making maps to make things clear.

"Applicants will be invited to bid for the available lands. About 900 acres of the land in the villages is absolutely clear while there is litigation going on over 100 acres of land. PWD B and R has been decided to be the nodal department for the entire project. This can be given on lease by the state government," said a higher official from Chandigarh.



Late arrival of postage stamps disappoints philatelists
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
Postage stamps continue to reach late, much to the disappointment of philatelists in the city.

"It was not the case earlier, but for about three to four months, it has become a regular thing that the postage stamps have started reaching the city too late," complains a philatelist.

They complain that even the postage stamps on Olympics did not arrive in the Head Post Office on time. Although miniature sheets had arrived, but the postage stamps did not.

An official of the post office said the postage stamps should ideally reach the office a couple of days before the date of release. "So that even if there are chances of delay by a day or two, these are available on the date of release," the official said.

Another official said the postage stamps and other stationery of the postal department were printed at Nasik.

But philatelists said, "The excitement of getting and sharing a postage stamp is a lot more on the date of release and the delay kills the enthusiasm." "It's a lot like release of the movie, for philatelists. If movies start hitting theatres late, what will be the fate of those movies," said Rohit, a philatelist. "For us, the craze for the release of postage stamps is perhaps more," he added. 



IT dept planning to do away with income tax verification
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
The income tax department may do away with the income tax verification (ITR-V) from the next financial year. If one is filing the returns online, he/she will not be required to mail the income tax verification (ITR-V) from next year. If the proposal works out than individual taxpayers, who do not have a digital signature will not be required to sign the ITR-V to complete the process of e-filing returns.

A senior income tax official said the work for doing away with the ITR-V was in progress and hoped it would work out. This would prove to be helpful for many as they would not be required to send the return with their digital or physical signature to the Bangalore office.

"If the proposal works out it will be implemented from the next financial year, but this year taxpayers will have to mail the ITR-V to the I-T department's Bangalore office," he added.

"If the proposal is passed it will prove beneficial for the tax payers as maximum number of tax payers do not send the ITRV to the department and hence their return remains incomplete and do they do not get the refund. The online filing of the returns will be made completely online which will prove beneficial for the tax payees and they will not be required to post the forms," Jatinder Khurana, tax professional, added. 

Present system

At present, those filing returns electronically need to either sign digitally or physically. Those who don't have a digital signature need to take a printout of the ITR-V after filing returns online and mail it to the Bangalore office of the I-T Department through ordinary or speed post. Unless this procedure is followed, returns are not considered filed. 

What might be the system in future?

It will work on a one-time pin (OTP), which will act as an authentication for the tax filer instead of a physical or digital signature. This OTP may be linked to tax payer's permanent account number (PAN) to maintain the confidentiality. This is how the new process may work, if approved.



Restrain from protests against US government: NRI Sikhs 
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 7
Showing satisfaction over action taken by the Greenfield police after the Wisconsin shooting incident, NRI Sikhs settled in various parts of USA and Canada have appealed to the Sikh organisations in India, to restrain their activists from protesting against the US government.

Besides affecting diplomatic relations between the Indian government and the governments of foreign countries, the protests might create problems in making extra arrangements for the protection of Sikhs by the governments of these nations, apprehended the NRI Sikhs.

Office-bearers of certain organisations working for the welfare of Sikhs settled in foreign countries, including the USA and Canada, led by Harbans Singh Jandali, an NRI from nearby Jandali village and former president of the Ontario Sikhs Gurdwara Council, maintained that the loss could have been much more, had the Greenfield Police not swung into action immediately after the incident.

"Though the families of victims have suffered an irreparable loss, we should also acknowledge that prompt action by the police saved many other lives," argued Jandali adding the armed policemen had reached the spot within minutes of the incident.

Referring to the information received from various government agencies, Jandali and other NRI Sikhs maintained that the administration in their respective localities had been taking preventive measures to check such incidents and communal hatred was never encouraged by the government.

Reminding that similar attacks on members of other communities had taken place at various places in India too, Jandali and his associates said, "We feel more secure and safe in the US and Canada, that when we are in India." 



World Breastfeeding Week celebrated

Ludhiana, August 7
World Breastfeeding Week was celebrated at the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, today. The event was organised by the Ludhiana Academy of Paediatrics (LAP), along with the Health Department of Ludhiana.

Civil surgeon Subash Batta was the chief guest on the occasion. Dr AK Handa, Deputy Medical Commissioner-cum-pediatrician and former president of the LAP, stressed upon the myths and facts about breastfeeding. About 50 staff nurses attended the seminar.

Dr Handa said: “Breastfeeding between half and one hour after delivery can save 22 per cent infants”.

He said this could also save children from diseases like hypertension, heart ailments and diabetes later in the life.

Dr KV Goyal, senior medical officer, Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, and Dr Ritesh Chabbra, president of the LAP, also attended the seminar.

The Inner Wheel Club of Ludhiana also organised an educative programme at SDP College for Women to mark the concluding day of World Breastfeeding Week - 2012.

Dr Paramjeet Kaur, principal of the college, Sushma Gupta and Harpreet, president and secretary of the club, respectively, advised the students to prepare themselves for the benefit of the younger generation.

Dr Rajinder Gulati, pediatrician from the Civil Hospital, Raikot, emphasised the importance of mother’s milk for the good health of newborn babies. — TNS



One-way traffic outside Sacred Heart school
From 6 am to 8 am and 12.30 pm to 2 pm
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
The city traffic police has imposed traffic regulation on the road near Sacred Heart Convent School and Guru Nanak Public School in the Sarabha Nagar area.

One- way traffic will be imposed from 6am to 8am and 12.30pm to 2pm on the roads where the two schools are located.

Giving details about the move, Beant Juneja, SHO (traffic) said the measures had been taken keeping in view the safety of schoolchildren.

These roads receive heavy traffic during school time. Erratic parking by parents who visit the school, either to drop or receive their wards, also adds to the traffic menace.

Juneja said the police would taken action and vehicles parked erratically on the road would be towed away.



Education staff can't work as journalist, warns DGSE
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
The Director General of School Education (DGSE) has instructed the employees of the Education Department with reference to the Government Employees Rules that no one can write articles for newspapers and work as a journalist.

In a circular issued recently, he warned the teachers that if someone violates the rules, strict action would be taken against him/her under the Punjab Civil Services (punishment and appeal) Rules - 1970.

The DGSE issued this letter with the prior sanction of the Punjab Government.

It was mentioned by the DGSE that according to the Government Employees (Conduct) Rules - 1966, no government employee would, expect with the previous sanction of the government or of the prescribed authority, publish a book himself or through a publisher or contribute an article to a book.

According to the rules, government employees could not participate in a radio broadcast or contribute any article to a newspaper/periodical, either in his own name or anonymously or in the name of any other person.

The condition when no such sanction is required is if such publication, contribution or broadcast is of a purely literary, artistic or scientific character.

"It is clear in the Government Employees Rules that no one can work as a journalist while serving in the government department. So, teachers should not violate the rules," said the DGSE.

Reacting on the instructions, Harjit Singh Balari, a government teacher and a columnist, said: "It is a contradictory decision of the government. While selecting teachers for the state award, the government considers the articles published in newspapers as a merit. Even school principals give 2 marks in the ACR according to the articles published in newspapers. Working with a newspaper as a journalist during the government service is a different thing".



PSEB book depot fails to supply books
Says does not want to add to confusion as probe into book scam is on 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
As an inquiry into the book scam is on, the regional book depot of Punjab School Education Board is not releasing books.

The board officials said an audit team from the head office in Mohali had been auditing the records of the book store. Now, the board officials are not releasing the books to avoid any confusion in the audit.

This year, the academic session in schools started on April 2, but a number of books were not available at the PSEB depot till May-end. Students are still deprived of classes IX and X maths books.

Baljinder Singh, depot manager, said, "We have received books under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and the supply and sale are in progress."

"Earlier the board authorities had asked us not to release the books," he added.

The PSEB had suspended former book depot manager Anil Sharma for financial irregularities a month ago.

"The board never fulfils the demand of students on time. This year, almost 26 books were not supplied to schools. There is no need to release books in August as most of the students buy guides to prepare for exams," said a teacher.



From schools & colleges

Science exhibition
Students of Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School have qualified for the national-level CBSE science exhibition. Two models prepared by Jasjeet Singh (Class XI non-medical), Raj Kumar (Class XI non-medical) on environment, Archit (Class XII non-medical) and Mayank (Class XI non-medical) on disaster management have been selected for the exhibition. Out of the 270 models displayed, 15 were selected.

Janamashtmi celebrated

The primary wing of BCM School, Dugri, celebrated Janamashtmi with zeal. Students enacted various scenes depicting the hurdles, birth and childhood of Lord Krishna.

Saplings planted

The eco club of GNI Public School, Model Town, carried out a plantation drive to mark Vanmahotsava. The club members planted saplings in a park at Preet Mohalla, Model Town, in the presence of committee members of the area. They also formed a human chain.


A drawing and painting competition was held at Shri Harkrishan Sahib Public Senior Secondary School. Principal Manjeet Kaur Lotey and director Prem Singh Sokhi encouraged students to take part in extra-curricular activities. The winners were given prizes.

Plantation drive

Ryan International School, Dugri, carried out a plantation drive in Sarabha Nagar Extension Welfare Society. Santokh Singh, president of the society, graced the occasion. He appreciated the efforts of students.

Seminar for MBA students

GGN Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) organised a seminar on “How to improve your communication skills” for MBA, MCA and BCA students. Kavita Wadhwa, principal, HallMark Public School, was the resource person. Wadha said good communication skills enabled people to achieve their goal. “Effective speaking and attentive listening are the important components of communication,” Wadhwa added. Wadhwa interacted with the audience.

Student council elected

The newly elected student council of Government College for Women takes an oath in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet VermaGovernment College for Women elected the student council. Gurminder Kaur, principal, said the council would make arrangements for the youth festival to be held from October 3 to October 6. The council comprises head girl: Swati Bhandari; associate head girl: Arshpreet Kaur; vice-head girl: Mehak Dhand; joint secretary: Praneet Dhaliwal and additional joint secretary: Pankhuari.
The newly elected student council of Government College for Women takes an oath in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

GGN institute to hold 'Matrix-2012'

GGN Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) is all set to host an inter-school fine arts, literary, computer and hospitality extravaganza, 'Matrix-2012', on August 9. Twenty-four schools from all over the city, including DAV Public School (BRS Nagar), Sacred Heart Convent School (Sarbha Nagar), KVM, Ryan International, Spring Dale, MGM Public School, Guru Nanak International Public School and others have registered for participation in more than 10 events. Dr Jaswinder Bhalla, a comedian and professor at the department of extension education, PAU, will be the chief guest. He will speak on stress management and will preside over the prize-distribution ceremony.


Prof Devinder Joshi, head, postgraduate department of Punjabi Arya College, Ludhiana, has been appointed general secretary of the District Congress Committee (U), Ludhiana. MP Manish Tewari said Professor Joshi’s appointment was a step in the right direction and it once again proved that the Congress had always valued intellectuals and professionals with high integrity. — TNS

Ludhiana: "Carbon nanotube plays a vital role in nano-devices," said Dr KP Singh, scientist, Directorate of Maize Research, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, while delivering a talk on carbon nanotube and its bio-sensing applications during a seminar organised by the science club of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here today. PAU Deans, senior officers, heads of various departments, faculty members and students attended the seminar. Dr Singh said carbon nanotube was a new form of carbon, which was several microns long. Nanotubes are either metallic or semi-conducting, depending upon how they are rolled up out of graphene. Referring to nanoscience and nanotechnology, Dr Singh said both were truly inter-disciplinary, as it involved physicists, chemists, engineers and many others.

Training camp

The Directorate of Extension Education is holding a training camp on August 9 at Kairon Kisan Ghar for members of the Seed Producers and Nursery Growers Association (SAPNA). The experts will share opportunities for seed producers, management of seed production for commercialisation, vegetable seed production and uses and abuses of the FDI in India. Dr HS Dhaliwal, additional director, Extension Education, said participants could register as members at Kairon Kisan Ghar with Dr TS Riar, coordinator of the association. — TNS



Man alleges being robbed by men in khaki at gunpoint
Police says missing links, still verifying facts 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
A kidnapping and robbery story by a 28-year-old man has put the city police in a tizzy.

Rajinder Kumar, a resident of Haibowal, claimed that four persons, including a woman, who were wearing a police uniform, kidnapped him on pistol point from J-Block in Sarabha Nagar last night.

The matter came to light here today when Rajinder lodged a complaint at the Sarabha Nagar police station saying that the robbers took Rs 1.28 lakh and mobile recharge coupons worth Rs 8 lakh and he was thrown out of the vehicle near Mullahpur.

However, the police has rubbished his claims and stated that the man was concocting a robbery story.

Narrating the incident, Rajinder said he was returning home from the Dugri area after selling recharge coupons and collecting cash.

He said when he reached near J- Block in Sarabha Nagar, four persons wearing a police uniform stopped him on the pretext of checking.

He said while he was showing them the bag, one of the assailants trained a pistol at him and told him to sit in a Maruti Alto car that was parked on the side of the road.

Rajinder said first they took him to the South City area, but after travelling few kilometres they changed their plan and took a U- turn. They then decided to head towards Ferozepur road.

On reaching Jagron, the woman accomplice alighted from the vehicle and took nearly Rs 50,000 cash, stated Rajinder.

He said before throwing him out of the vehicle near Mullahpur the accused persons snatched his mobile phone threw it in the canal.

He said it was around 9:30pm he borrowed a mobile from a roadside vendor in Mullahpur and informed his family members about the incident.

On the other hand, Sarabha Nagar SHO Manjinder Singh has found missing links in the robbery story.

"It is hard to believe that at 8:30pm Rajinder could be robbed that too near the MC Zone- D office by robbers wearing police uniform. We are verifying facts and reinvestigating the case. We will lay bare the truth behind the robbery," said Manjinder Singh.

In the meantime, it was learnt that the money that was robbed did not belong to Rajinder. It has come to light that some relatives had invested money in his business.



Shere Punjab Sports Academy pugilists shine 
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, August 7
Pugilists of the Shere Punjab Sports Academy, Chakar, near Jagraon gave yet another wonderful performance and brought laurels to the academy when they won six medals, including three gold medals at the 28th Sub-Junior State Boxing Championship held at Jalandhar recently.

Chief administrator of Shere Punjab Sports Academy Balwant Singh Sandhu said, the trainees won three gold, one silver and two bronze medals in the different weight categories during the event.

While Jagwinder Singh clinched a gold medal in the 42-kg weight category, Arashdeep Singh and Lovedeep Singh won gold medals in 40 and 30-kg weight categories respectively.

In 44- kg weight category, Paramveer Singh won a silver medal. Jaspreet Singh won a bronze medal in 54-kg weight category while Sukhpreet Singh won a bronze medal in the 70-kg weight category.

All the pugilists were given an arousing welcome when they returned to the village after taking part in the championship. Expressing satisfaction over the performance of the trainees at the academy, Sandhu said that this was not the first time that the trainees had brought laurels for the area.

Earlier too, the trainees have given done well in the state and national level events and credit of their success goes to all the villagers and NRIs supporting the academy, he added. 



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