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Property dealer murdered
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service
It inspects the SUV in which the body was found
It inspects the SUV in which the body was found. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, September 6
A property dealer was brutally murdered by some unidentified persons. The deceased has been identified as 48-year-old Pritam Singh, a resident of Manekwal village.

Pritam Singh’s body, which was recovered from his Balero SUV near Lodhi Club this morning, had 35 stab marks on the chest, head and shoulders. The police said he was attacked with an ice pick.

The police said Pritam Singh left his home last evening at 5.30 pm with his friend. Pritam Singh’s wife spoke to him on his mobile phone at 8:30 pm and asked him to bring medicines for her. When he did not return, the family members tried to call him on his mobile phones, all three phones were switched off. The family got worried and filed a complaint at Dugri and the Sadar police stations.

At 7 am today, passers-by saw the body in the Bolero and informed the police. Police officials, including DCP GS Toor, the ADCP and the ACP, reached the spot. The body had stab marks and the deceased was still wearing the seatbelt. Pritam Singh’s wallet and mobile phones were also missing. The deceased was reportedly carrying around Rs 2 lakhs with him which was also missing.

The deceased is survived by his wife and a son.

DCP GS Toor said it could be a case of personal rivalry. “But it is too early to say anything as we are working on several theories and recording the statements of the family members and others,” said Toor.


Encroachments on prime land removed
Kuldip Bhatia

The occupant of the land being taken away by the police in Ludhiana on Thursday
The occupant of the land being taken away by the police in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, September 6
Officials of the building branch of the Municipal Corporation, accompanied by the police, today took possession of a prime piece of land which was under unlawful possession for more than two decades. The present market value of the land is estimated at Rs 3.2 crore.

Assistant Town Planner (D Zone) SS Bindra, along with other officials and field staff of the civic body, reached the spot at 10 am and ordered demolition of five rooms and two cattle sheds constructed on the MC land measuring around 1,600 square yard.

The occupant, Amar Kaur, put up a resistance and lied down in front of the earthmoving machine which was about to pull down the illegal structures.

However, the police force accompanying the MC team handled the situation tactfully and the elderly woman was removed by a couple of policewomen from the site. Some residents of the area also made attempts to disrupt the demolition of structures and removal of the unlawful occupant from the site, but they were persuaded to keep away quoting court orders.

Assistant Town Planner (D Zone) SS Bindra said the land, which formed a part of the notified Town Planning Scheme known as “bank colony”, had been under protracted litigation and an order under the Public Premises Act was recently pronounced in favour of the MC.

The demolition was carried out and the land belonging to the MC was repossessed as per the court orders and directions of the senior MC officials, he added.



Additional VAT of 0.5 per cent
Prices of essential commodities go up
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
With the Punjab government levying an additional VAT of 0.5 per cent, the prices of essential commodities have gone up by 10-15 per cent. Buying pulses, oil and cooking gas has become a costly affair.

"Instead of tiding over the problem, the government is aggravating the woes of the common man. The rising prices are burning a hole in our pocket," said Ramesh Verma, a bank employee.

Shrishti Aggarwal, a homemaker, said, "It is becoming difficult for us to make both ends meet. The prices of pulses and flour have also shot up. Levying tax on property and other luxuries is understandable, but the rise in the prices of essential commodities is beyond my comprehension."

Meanwhile, Suresh, a trader, said the department had issued the public notice on the same day the additional VAT was levied. "The notice should be issued a month before," he added.



8 per cent VAT on optical industry
Traders demand rollback
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
With 8 per cent VAT being levied by the Punjab government on optical industry, the Optical Association of Punjab held a meeting to discuss the issue with its members.

The meeting was chaired by president of the association Dr Subhash Bansal.

Members of the optical industry, including shopkeepers and retail traders, turned up in large numbers from Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Phagwarah, Kapurthala, Bathinda, Sangrur, Moga, Hoshiarpur, Ferozepur and other parts of the state.

During the meeting, members of the association submitted a memorandum to the vice-chairman of the Punjab Small Traders Board, DP Chandan, urging the Punjab government to rollback the immense burden that had been put on the industry by introducing 8 per cent VAT.

"When VAT was introduced to replace the sales tax, the Punjab government had assured the industry and members that the amount of VAT introduced would be unanimous among all northern states. But the Punjab government has introduced an extra 3 per cent VAT on the industry in Punjab, even though the

neighbouring states of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Chandigarh and Delhi have only 5 per cent VAT, " said Dr Subhash Bansal, president of the association.

DP Chandan assured the members of the association that he would take up the issue with Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and make him aware of the problems being faced by the industry.

Bansal added that due to the Punjab government’s decision to implement 8 per cent VAT, not only the industry but the public in general was also suffering due to higher costs. He said the Punjab government should understand that optical business line was like a medical line, where a person with weak eyesight had a necessity of wearing spectacles just like a sick person needed to take the medicine. Association’s chairman Surinder Pal Singh stated that due to higher VAT levied by the Punjab government on the industry, it was becoming difficult for them to survive.



Undertrial escapes from police custody
Two head constables arrested
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
Two head constables were taken by surprise when an undertrial gave them the slip while they were having lunch at Haveli restaurant near Mullanpur.

The police has arrested the head constables for negligence. A local court has sent the policemen to 14-day judicial remand.

The incident came to light today when the two policemen revealed the truth a day after undertrial Jagseer Singh, alias Seera, fled from their custody. They were escorting him from Moga to Ludhiana. Seera is facing trial in 10 different cases.

Prem Singh, SHO, Dakha police station, said: "Jagseer Singh Seera, a resident of Bhekha village near Bagha Purana in Moga district, was lodged in Moga sub-jail for his alleged involvement in carjacking cases. Superintendent of the sub-jail deputed the two head constables — Dalveer Singh and Raj Singh — for taking him to Ludhiana and Barnala for court hearing the same day.

The policemen revealed that when they were about to board a bus for Ludhiana at the Moga bus stand, Seera suggested them that one of his relatives owns an SUV and they could hire it easily to reach Ludhiana. The policemen agreed to it. On their call, two youths and a girl, who claimed themselves to be relatives of Seera, came with the SUV, picked up the undertrial and the policemen and headed for Ludhiana.

After reaching Ludhiana, the policemen presented the undertrial in a court and left for Barnala for another hearing. On their way, they stopped for lunch at Haveli restaurant near Mullanpur.

Before having lunch, Jagseer urged the policemen to remove his handcuffs and they agreed to it. After having lunch, Jagseer ran towards the SUV, boarded it and disappeared. The policemen did not disclose the incident to anyone and kept on searching the undertrial at his native village.

Prem Singh, SHO, Mullanpur, said: “The policemen also concocted a story that Jagseer fled from a Ludhiana court. But when they failed to prove it, they revealed the true story at the Mullanpur police station. The head constables have been arrested.” 



Detailed project report updated
Officials discuss modalities; to put the Metro Rail Project on fast track
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 6
Officials of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the project coordinator, Rail India Technical and Engineering Services (RITES), Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) and Local Government Department, Punjab, along with the top brass of the Municipal Corporation today took stock of the progress on the proposed Metro Rail project for the city and discussed modalities to put the project on fast track as directed by the Punjab Government.

Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal had recently directed the MC officials at a meeting held in Chandigarh on September 2 that the project envisaged at a total cost of Rs 10,300 crore be planned and executed in such a manner that it was completed within the scheduled period, and further that it should cause minimal displacement to the people whose properties lie on the proposed corridors of the Metro rail.

Giving details of the meeting, MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma, who has also been designated as the managing director of the Ludhiana Metro Rail Corporation, said the detailed project report (DPR) for the Metro rail in the city was prepared by RITES in 2008. Keeping in view the development that had taken place during the intervening period, an exhaustive exercise had been undertaken to update the DPR.

He said the representatives of RITES, the technical consultants, who were in the process of preparing the amended DPR, made a detailed presentation of the proposed changes in the final alignments of the two corridors at the meeting which was also attended by Suresh Kumar, Principal Secretary, Local Government, Anurag Aggarwal, managing director of PIDB and Amit Garg, DMRC general manager.

Verma said the officials providing technical consultancy and those coordinating the project at Delhi were apprised with the deliberations that took place at the meeting with the Deputy Chief Minister on September 2.

The RITES officials were also asked to make sure that the amended DPR was completed by September 30, 2012.

"The directions of the government that minimum number of private properties be acquired for laying the tracks and construction of railway stations even if it meant construction of greater length of underground tracks which cost Rs 325 crore per kilometer as against elevated portion which involves an expenditure of Rs 175 crore per km," he said.There was unanimity at the meeting that once the amended DPR was ready and the bidding process set in motion, all the departments who needed to undertake construction on government lands and dig up roads to provide public utilities, be specifically told to maintain complete coordination with the MC so that work to be taken up on the Metro project was not hampered in any manner.

Project should cause minimal diaplacement: Dy CM

Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal had directed the MC officials at a meeting that the project envisaged at a total cost of Rs 10,300 crore be planned and executed in such a manner that it was completed within the scheduled period, and further that it should cause minimal displacement to the people whose properties lay on the proposed corridors of the Metro rail.



Govt’s coffers empty: Capt

Phillaur, September 6
The SAD-BJP led Punjab government has reached on the verge of bankruptcy. Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Captain Amarinder Singh made this claim while talking to the media here today.

He alleged that the vehicles provided for his security were plying on his personal expenses. Sunil Jakhar, leader of opposition in the State Assembly, said his vehicle was parked in his garage in absence of fuel. — OC



Check this before eating out
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
Spicy food available at roadside eateries may tickle one's taste buds, but one may not know that many a times synthetic colours are added to the eatables.

Relishing daal, bhaji, mixed vegetable and paneer may cost one dear.

The district health department has come across a number of such eateries. During a raid conducted recently, officials of the department had found that synthetic permitted food colours were added to the eatables. Food safety officer Ravinder Garg said,"We love to relish bhaji and daal at these eateries, but these may affect our health. The colours that are usually added to these foods are brilliant blue, sunset yellow, erithrocin and green. Recently, a sample of sauce collected from a chicken shop had failed the test.

District health officer Dr Kulwinder Singh said,"These colours are supposed to be used in micrograms. But owners of eateries use it in more quanity which may result in cancer. Therefore, we keep telling the owners to avoid using these." Contrary to natural colours, kesar and turmeric powder do not pose any health hazard. But eatery owners avoid using these.

The DHO said,"Synthetic permitted colours should be used in snacks, ice-creams and that too in small quantities. These can lead to serious health problems, therefore one should avoid eating at these eateries."



Non-compliance of order
DC told to attach property of gifts shop owner
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, September 6
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has ordered the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, to attach the movable properties of M/s Classic Gifts, Ghumar Mandi, for non-compliance of its order.

The movable properties which have been ordered to be attached include two air conditioners, one wall fan, two CCTV cameras, one computer, two tables and three chairs.

The orders came on a petiton filed by Nitin Verma of Kundan Puri, Civil Lines, Ludhiana.

In its order, the District Consumer Forum president, RL Ahuja, has mentioned that in September 2011, the owner of M/s Classic Gifts was ordered to replace the defective handset of the consumer with a new mobile.

The shop owner was also ordered to pay compensation of Rs 1,000 within 30 days, but he failed to comply with the order.

Earlier, the consumer had alleged before the forum that he had purchased one Samsung mobile handset in December 2010 from M/s Classic Gifts.

The mobile set was not working properly.

The handset was given to the Samsung service centre but the defect could not be rectified.



MC regularises153 sanitation workers on last day of tenure
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
As the term of the present Ludhiana municipal corporation ended today, the civic body regularised a total of 153 sanitation workers.

A formal list in this regard was issued in the evening.

The MC had regularised 1,450 contractual sanitation workers in April this year. While 60 of them were handed over appointment letters on April 9, the remaining were sent the letters by registered post.

The contractual workers were earlier getting a monthly salary of around Rs 4,000 (as per the DC rate) and now that 153 of them have been regularised, they will now get a monthly salary of around Rs 10,000.

Senior Deputy Mayor Parveen Bansal said he had checked all details. “I have a computerised copy of their employment record. All 153 cases are genuine," claimed Bansal.

1,450 already regularised

  • The MC had regularised 1,450 contractual sanitation workers in April this year. While 60 of them were handed over appointment letters on April 9, the remaining were sent the letters by registered post.
  • The monitoring committee of the MC held a meeting in the Zone D office on Thursday. Col J S Brar, member of the committee, said several issues related to the encroachment menace were discussed in the meeting. “An illegal liquor vend was removed from a park last year, but instead of sprucing up the park, people keep dumping garbage there. One can see debris strewn all around. Besides, several encroachers and land sharks are active in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar and it seems that the MC building branch has deliberately turned a blind eye to the menace," alleged Col Brar.



Govt aided Schools
Teachers without salary for 6 months
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
Teachers of government-aided schools have not received their salary for the past six months.

The teachers alleged that they were yet to get their salary. There are 48 government-aided schools in Ludhiana district which means that 95 per cent of the grant is provided by the state government and 5 per cent is contributed by the management committee of that particular school. Davinder Kumar, a teacher at Nauhria Mal Jain Model Senior Secondary School, here alleged that they had not been receiving salary on time for the past three financial years.

"In 2010-11, our salary was late by eight months, in 2011-12, it was late by seven months and in this financial year, there is a delay of six months. We usually get salary on a quarterly basis, which is a sad state of affairs. If permanent teachers can get salary every month, why does the government delay our salary" he lamented.

It is not only the teachers, but the Class IV employees are also suffering due to the indifferent attitude of the state government.

"Even in 2011-12, we had to approach the court for getting our salary. It was after the court intervened that the matter was resolved," said Kumar. Paramjit Kaur Chahal, District Education Officer (secondary), said there had been a delay in the disbursement of salary.

"We had sent the estimate to the state government, but there was some objection, due to which the salary got delayed. Now, we have again sent the estimate and we are hopeful that the state government will disburse their salary soon," claimed Chahal.



Health dept collects six samples of milk
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 7
The District Health Department today collected six samples of milk, burfi, cream and namkeen (matar).

A team comprising Dr Kulwinder Singh District Health Officer, Ludhiana, Ravinder Garg, Food Safety Officer, and Harpreet Kaur collected the samples.

Garg said, "We colleted three samples from milk vendors, one of cream and one of burfi from Mukesh Sweet Shop. While one sample of namkeen (matar) from Thakur Sweets Division Number 3 area was taken."



Comply with norms, govt tells steel makers
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
Steel manufacturers are fearing losses as the government has made it mandatory to comply with the specific norms prescribed by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) from September 12.

So, consumers can soon expect standardised steel products meant for construction and infrastructure sectors, as BIS norms will be applicable for almost all steel products while steel producers are feeling the pinch of recession as the demand for steel is decreasing and they are having heavy inventories.

Many producers of induction furnace industry do not follow the quality standards and need to upgrade their facilities. The move is aimed at ensuring that quality of steel products like bars, rods and wires, is as per the standard specifications. Till now, it was not there.

Industrial users are trying their best to convince the government to revoke the order.

“The order seems to have come into being with the connivance of main steel producers. Secondary producers like induction furnaces producing steel can’t afford to have registration with the BIS," said PD Sharma, president of the Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“Our main steel producers have always been keeping the steel prices as high as possible to earn undeserved profit to the great disadvantage of the user industry. Steel producers have always on a lookout to discourage steel import into the country. Now, they have a technical tool in the shape of BIS to discourage imports and to handicap the secondary steel producers,” added Ramesh Singla, another industrialist.

Steel under quality control

The ministry has brought steel under 'quality control'. The move will come into effect from September 12. All steel producers will have to get registered with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).



Underpass rendered useless
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, September 6
The underpass at Kaddon Chowk, constructed for the convenience of commuters, has been converted into a parking lot with a number of trucks and tempos taking a permanent shelter under the pass, rendering it useless for the commuters.

The chowk serves as a major link between Doraha and a number of villages and towns. Earlier, when the pass was not there, minor to major accidents were reported every now and then. With the construction of the underpass, the commuters heaved a sigh of relief as they thought that it would save precious lives.

“Despite there being three roads for the commuters to pass the chowk, they have been rendered pathless, thanks to trucks and tempos parked there,” said Amritveer Singh, who commutes daily from Kaddon to Doraha. “Are the commuters supposed to fly over the bridge?”

“Every day commuters face a harrowing time, but the authorities have not felt the need to intervene,” he added.

Baljinder Singh, station house officer of Doraha police station, told this correspondent that the owners of the trucks and tempos who parked their vehicles on the road would be asked to remove them. The defaulters would be fined for blocking the road, the SHO added.



Jagraon turning into haven for drug peddlers
Drugs worth several lakhs seized in last one month
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
Jagraon seems to have become a perfect hub of drug-peddlers as pharmaceutical drugs, including capsules, tablets and syrups and other habit-forming drugs like opium, smack, heroin, poppy-husk, liquor etc worth several lakhs of rupees have been recovered in the last one month. Peddlers get the drugs in good quantities from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, where these are officially sold at controlled rates. These are then sold at higher price to youngsters and old drug-addicts in Jagraon, maintained the police.

In August 2012, a huge quantity of drugs has been seized by the Jagraon Police and several cases have been registered under the NDPS Act. The datas available with the police department (Jagraon) show that one kg and100 gm of opium was recovered by the police in August. One case has been registered and one arrest has been made.

While about 44 grams of heroin was recovered in August. Four cases have been registered and four persons have been arrested under the NDPS Act in this connection.

Another drug, smack, (about 27 gm, 500 mgs) was recovered by the Jagraon police in August. Four cases were registered and four persons were arrested. Besides, 1,670 capsules, 57,300 tablets, 478 bottles of cough syrup were recovered in August.

It is even more shocking that in the last just five days, the Jagraon Police has recovered 39 quintals, 19 kg of poppy husk, 20 gm of smack and 2,540 tablets, 61 bottles of syrup, 190 capsules and 106 injections of morphine from the drug-peddlers.



Medicos celebrate Teacher’s Day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
To express their gratitude to teachers, students of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) celebrated Teacher’s Day yesterday evening.

The function started with 'antakshri' in which teachers contested along with students. Principal Dr Daljit Singh and Dr Navjot Bajwa enthralled the audience with their melodious voice. Dr Rajoo Singh Chhina also enchanted the audience with his mouth organ rendition of some old melodies. Other performances included solo songs, group dance and stand-up comedy by students of various batches.

While addressing the students, the principal said teachers had a vast potential to bring about positive social reforms in the society. The function got concluded with a vote of thanks in which the student organisers expressed their deep gratitude towards teachers, whom they described as guiding forces in helping them shape their future.



Book of poems released
Our Correspondent

Doraha, September 6
Market domination is expanding so fast in the modern era that the mind of human beings is being captured by the market, while the body is being controlled by advertisements. These views were put forth by Dr Sukhdev Singh Sirsa, general secretary of Punjabi Sahit Akademi and chairman of Punjabi department at Panjab University, Chandigarh, while delivering the presidential address at a function to release a book of poetry by Sukhminder Rampuri at Rampur village.

Sirsa further said today is an era of "shameless consumption" wherein ammunition has been replaced by the market. He said Rampuri’s poetry exposed this dirty face of the market and strived to ensure harmony in the society. Sukhminder Rampuri also recited his poems from the newly released book “Tuhaanu Kiven Laggdi Hai”.



Forest cover in state to go up from 7 pc to 33 pc: Minister
Our Correspondent

Pirthipur (Samrala), September 6
Around 4,000 saplings were planted on a six-acre common village land here today. The plantation drive was attended by Punjab Forest Minister Surjit Kumar Jianai who said the government aimed at increasing the forest area in the state from 7 per cent to 33 per cent under the Punjab Haryaval Lehar scheme.

He said under the first phase, the forest area would be increased to 15 per cent for which a grant of Rs 67 crore had been released by the Chief Minister. He said the forest department had earlier planned to plant and supply 1.2 crore saplings in the present financial year; however, the target was increased to 1.75 crore saplings. He said within the next year, around 4 crore saplings would be planted.

The drive would cover all types of common lands including village common lands, educational institutes, and hospitals, he said. The problems of pollution and global warming could only be solved by planting more and more trees and the Haryawal Lehar was a step towards it, Jianai added. 



60-yr-old run over by truck
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
Jagdish Lal, a 60-year-old man died while his 13-year-old grandson, Sunny, was seriously injured in a fatal accident that took place near Gill Canal here this afternoon.As per available information, Jagdish Lal had gone to get his grandson from school on a scooter, while on his way back home with the grandson, a truck hit their scooter from behind.

And both the victims along with the scooter were run over by the truck. The passers-by pulled both of them out and rushed them to the Civil Hospital, where doctors declared Jagdish Lal brought dead while the grandson was referred to another hospital.



Man found dead in front of hospital
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
A body of a migrant was found from the Model Town area this afternoon.

The deceased identified as Kailash Mishra, native of Kalolpur village of Behlolpur district, in Bihar.

Sarbjit Singh, In charge, Police Post, Bus Stand, said that someone informed the police around 1.30 pm that an unidentified man was found lying outside the Deep Hospital in Model Town. When the police reached the spot they found that the person was dead.

Eye witnesses said the deceased had been lying in front of the Deep Hospital since morning.

He was an alcoholic and today he had consumed liquor.

In the preliminary investigation, we found that Kailash was working as a driver with a resident of Model Town.

He had been consuming liquor for the past three days. We have sent the for post-mortem examination”, said Sarbjit Singh. Meanwhile, the police said that they had informed his family.

Man was found lying since afternoon

Sarbjit Singh, In charge, Police Post, Bus Stand, said that someone informed the police around 1.30 pm that an unidentified man was found lying outside the Deep Hospital in Model Town. When the police reached the spot they found that the person was dead.



College notes

Industrial visit
Students of GMT College take out an awareness rally in Ludhiana
Students of GMT College take out an awareness rally in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana: The training and placement cell of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT) and GNIMT ISTE chapter, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, Ludhiana, organised an industrial visit for MBA third semester students to Ludhiana Stock Exchange (LSE). Sadhu Ram and Pooja Kohli, director, of the LSE, spoke on various issues. The visit was coordinated by Aspreet Kaur, placement coordinator, Pankaj Goel and Munish Kapila, faculty members of the GNIMT, accompanied the students.

'Andaaz 2012'

Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, Ludhiana, organised "Andaaz 2012". Students were dressed in colourful attire. They performed various dances, skits and musical items. Gaitri was declared Miss Diva, Varinderjeet Kaur was named Miss Awesome, Shweta became Miss Charming, Kavita won the title of Miss Elegant while , Priyanka and Harmandeep Kaur were named Miss Glamorous and Stylish Outfit, respectively. College principal Dr Parveen Kaur Chawla congratulated students.


Government College for Women, Ludhiana, organised a thanks giving function. Principal of the college Gurminder Kaur was the chief guest.
Students of Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management during a cultural fest
Students of Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management during a cultural fest. A Tribune photograph

Lecture delivered

A plantation drive was carried out at GMT College of Education. Ashwani Jaitly delivered a lecture on the importance of trees. Students planted saplings. Dr Shikha Soni, principal, said such drives would be carried out frequently.

Book release

A book "Health And Physical Education" penned down by Dr Sukhdev Singh Sandhu was released by Dr Ravinder Kaur, principal of Malwa Central College of Education, on Teacher's Day yesterday. Satwant Kaur, Dr Naginder Kaur and Dr Avnider Preet Singh were present on the occasion. Students presented poems, speeches, skit and bhangra.

Book exhibition

A book exhibition was organised at Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujharkhan Campus, Model Town, Ludhiana, here on Tuesday. Gurmat Pustak Bhandhar of Model Town displayed books of publishers from various cities of Punjab like Patiala, Jalandhar and Ludhiana. A variety of subjects were covered by the organisers ranging from novels, poetry anthology, cookery books, dictionaries and books on acupressure. A separate section was devoted to books on Sikhism and holy scriptures. The students and teachers showed keen interest in the exhibition. Books on the history of Sikhs and historical figures like Hari Singh Nalua were a draw. Principal of the college Kawaljit Kaur said such exhibitions were frequently organised by the college authorities.


The training and placement cell and ISTE students chapter of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT) organised an industrial visit for MCA fifth semester students to HCL Infosys, Mohali. About 49 students took an aptitude test. The company shortlisted 22 students. The students also visited Pingksho Technologies Inc. Balvinder Taneja and Jaspreet Kaur coordinated the visit. Dr (Col) HS Singha advised the students that they must equip themselves with latest technologies.

Talent hunt

Talent hunt and cultural fest "Manthan 2012" kicked off at Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management. The programme commenced with a Saraswati Vandana. Students presented a dance. The programme was coordinated by Prof Jai Parkash and Prof Meenu Goyal. Students came dressed in colourful attire. Collage making, cartooning, poster making, on-the-spot painting and clay modelling were also held. — TNS



Ludhiana scan

Processing fee opposed

Members of United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers have opposed the levying of a processing fee by the Excise and Taxation Department. The department has directed every taxable person to pay an annual processing fee of Rs 800 in October along with the filing of their quarterly return. Gurmeet Singh Kahlon, president of the association, said the move was unfair. It would affect small industries, he said.

Employees’ body stages protest

In response to the call given by the Punjab State Electricity Board Employee Federation (PSEBEF), the employees of City West division of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited and Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited held a rally at Fountain Chowk to press for implementation of their already accepted demands. Mushtaq Masih, secretary of the PSEBEF, said in a series of meetings between the trade union leaders and the management, many of their demands were accepted in principle; however, going back on its commitment, the PSPCL and PSTCL managements did not implement the provisions. Masih also flayed the 
policies of privatisation and outsourcing being pursued by the power companies.

Free medical camp

To commemorate the 56th anniversary of the Life Insurance Corporation of India, a free medical check-up camp was organised for the employees and their family members on Thursday. The camp was conducted by a team of doctors led by Dr Harpreet C Singh from AIIMS, New Delhi.

Teacher’s Day celebrations

To mark the Teacher’s Day, the Bharat Jan Gyan Vigyan Jatha (BJGVJ) held an interactive session at the New Public High School to create awareness about healthy environment. The students were called upon to inculcate environment-friendly habits such as conservation of water.

District-level quiz

The language department of the state organised a district-level quiz competition at Punjabi Bhawan on Thursday. Satnam Singh, district language officer, said such contests helped in the development of intellect of children as well as enhanced their literary, religious and cultural awareness. The quiz was held under three categories: middle school, higher secondary and graduation level. Sandeep Kaur from Senior Secondary School, Bassiyan; Amarpreet Kaur from Public School, Bassiyan; and Aasma Grover from Dhand Government Collegewon the quiz in the respective levels.

Death mourned

Members of Punjabi Sahit Akademi expressed grief at the demise of Sufi singer Hakam Sufi. Officiating president of the academy Dr Anoop Singh and general secretary Dr Sukhdev Singh said his demise had created a void in Punjabi music.

Seminar on counselling

A one-day national seminar on child, school and family counselling was held at the Punjab Agricultural University on Thursday. During the seminar, emphasis was laid on the need to remain rooted in the cultural and moral context. Urwinder Kaur Grewal, member of the management board of the university, said the changing lifestyle was leading to stress, increasing the need for counselling.

Drive against docs hailed

Universal Human Rights Organisation has praised the drive initiated by Punjab's parliamentary secretary Navjot Kaur Sidhu against government doctors doing private practice. "Now the people of Punjab can hope that the condition of the government hospitals will improve," said UHRO officials

Bank donates water purifiers

Mandi Ahmedgarh: Paying gratitude to teachers for their contribution in spreading education and knowledge, officials of various branches of the State Bank of India organised functions on the occasion of Teacher's Day. As a part of the organisation's corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme, electronic water purifiers were donated to many schools. The main function was held at Government Senior Secondary School, Kilaraipur.

Awareness on use of pesticide

The All India Rice Exporters' Association, apex body of Indian rice exporters, has taken an initiative to generate awareness on appropriate use of pesticides. The step has been taken to address the growing concern among the exporters arising from the rejection of consignments because of the pesticide residues found in the processed grain that are above the permissible limit. — TNS



Man goes missing, brother alleges foul play
Our Correspondent

Khanna, September 6
A person, missing from Salaudi village from two days, was allegedly murdered and thrown into the Bhakra Canal by his wife and her paramour.

Tejinder Singh, brother of the missing person, Major Singh, made this allegation in a police complaint filed today.

As per his statement, Major Singh’s wife had an illicit relationship with her nephew. They gave him some drugs to make him unconscious and then threw him in the canal, Tejinder Singh alleged.

Additional Station House Officer Jaswinder Singh said that the police had registered a case and was investigating the matter. He said divers were searching for the body in the canal.



Clash leaves 3 injured
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
A clash between two groups left two injured at Hakikat Nagar, Haibowal, here today.

The injured, Sonu, a shopkeeper, and Amardeep, a DJ, were rushed to the Civil Hospital.

Another group attacked the two in the hospital and a youth sustained injuries.

SHO Jatinder Singh said a case had been registered and a probe was on.



Member of carjacking gang arrested
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 6
The police arrested another member of Moga-based carjacking gang here today. Gurbans Singh Bains, In charge, crime investigation agency -II, the accused, Dogar Singh, was involve a kidnapping case and the police was searching for him from the date of incident.

The police claimed that he was the only member of the gang who was not in the jail. All the others are behind bars.

Dogar Singh(23) is a gang member of Satbir Singh Satta's Gang. Who was arrested a few days ago.

The police said, Dogar was arrested at the Sidhwan Canal Bridge on the Feorzpur road near the PAU at a checkpoint on Wednesday evening. Gurbans Bains, said, "Dogar was carrying a country made pistol, but when he saw the police, he threw it in the Sidhwan canal.



Youth beaten to death
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, September 6
Tragedy struck a newly married couple when a youth died of injuries on being allegedly attacked by his wife’s kin in Noormahal yesterday night.

The deceased, Karamjit of Janta Nagaron village, had married Jyoti in a court three months back. The marriage reportedly was not acceptable to the parents of the girl.

Sharanjit, brother of the deceased, reported to the police that his brother was on his way to his village on a motorcycle, when five assailants attacked him with sharp-edged weapons, critically wounding him.

Karamjit was admiited to Noormahal Civil Hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries. The police has booked Gurnam Singh, father of the girl; Amarjit Kaur, mother; and uncles Lucky, Manga and Vicky.



Katoch shield
City earn three points on basis of first innings lead
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, September 6
The four-day match between Ludhiana and Jalandhar in the ongoing Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament for the Katoch Shield that concluded at the Punjab Agricultural University ground here today remained unresolved but on the basis of first innings slender lead of 20 runs, hosts were declared winners and earned three points.

Ludhiana made 288 runs in their first essay while Jalandhar were bowled out for 268, yielding a small lead and last day's proceedings were merely of academic purpose since no result was in sight.

Today, Ludhiana resumed at overnight score of 63 for no loss and their second innings culminated at 281 in 89.2 overs. The main contributors were Devender Sidhu (77 n.o), Geetansh Khera (58), Nitin Goel (49) and Ashish Kumar (46).

The visitors required 302 runs for victory in the remaining mandatory 33 overs but could muster only 29 runs, losing one wicket in 18 overs when the two captains decided not to continue with.

Brief scores

Ludhiana (first innings): 288 all out in 105.5 overs (Nitin Goel 13, Ashish 17, Bharat Malhotra 13, Karan Goel 32, Akhil Aggarwal 23, Geetansh Khera 67 and Himanshu 60; Subheg Gill 1 for 40, Yogesh 2 for 75, Gurkirat 1 for 39, Ishan Malhotra 3 for 48and Taruwar 2 for 27).

Jalandhar (first innings): 268 all out in 78.2 overs (Robin 23, Pargat Singh 34, Taruwar Kohli 14, Abhishek Gupta 15, Satawaan 32, Sarabjit 38, Ishaan Malhotra 54, Yogesh 33, Gurkirat 21, Baltej Singh 6 for 82, Rahul Singla 2 for 42, Sukhjinder 1 for 54 and Karan Goel 1 for 47).

Ludhiana (second Innings): 281 all out in 89.2 overs ( Nitin Goel 49, Ashish Kumar 46, Geetansh Khera 58, Akhil Aggarwal 20, Devender Sidhu 77 n.o, Yogesh 4 for 56, Navdip 2 for 43, Gurkirat 3 for 99 and Ishaan Malhotra 1 for 29)

Jalandhar (second innings): 29 for 1 in 18 overs ( Ishaan Malhotra 20 and Himanshu 1 for 6)



Winners felicitated at school
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 6
Under-19 (girls) and Under-14 (boys) teams of Green Valley Public Senior Secondary School were declared winners and runners-up respectively in the zonal-level kho-kho tournament of the state education department that concluded at Bhogiwal near here on Wednesday.

Bhushan Goyal, secretary of the school management committee, said nine players of (girls U-19), four of (boys U-19) and 4 players of (boys U-14 team) were chosen for the district team. Three players of cricket team were also selected for the district-level contests.

Members of winning teams and outstanding performers were felicitated by the schoolmanagement committee today.



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