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SHO suspended on graft charge
Had demanded bribe from owner to release his stolen car
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
Till a few days ago, he was a hero of the Police Department, for bravely countering carjackers and recovering stolen vehicles. Barely a fortnight after his exemplary work in the line of duty, station house officer (SHO) of Khamano Varinderjit Singh has been suspended for seeking a bribe of Rs 55,000 from a person for releasing his stolen vehicle.

It was on September 11 that Varinderjit, along with a police party, had nabbed notorious car thief David, alias Davvy, in Khamano following a shootout.

Davvy, along with his accomplices Arjun Kumar, a resident of Ajamgarh, and Rahul, a resident from Mullanpur, had taken away a Hyundai Verna car from a couple at Ishmeet Chowk.

The SHO, Varinderjit demanded a bribe from the owner of the vehicle. The matter came to the notice of the DIG, Ludhiana range, MF Farooqui, who ordered the suspension of the SHO and additional Munshi for demanding a bribe from the owner.

Giving details about the whole episode, Rajesh Kapoor, whose car was taken away by the carjackers, said, "I came to know that the SHO, Khamano police station, Varinderjit, had bravely fought the robbers and recovered my car. I went to Khamano to take my car back and thank the police officer."

When he reached the Khamano police station, the additional Munshi of the police station asked for a bribe from him in lieu of recovering the car from the highway robbers.

"They asked for a whopping Rs 1.25-lakh bribe for releasing the car. I requested them to lessen the amount as my car had got damaged and a lot of money would be spent on it repairs. Finally, the deal was struck at Rs 55,000 and I paid Rs 10,000 as a token amount to them," he added.

Rajesh Kapoor, a property dealer, had never been into such a situation and was under the impression that bribing cops for releasing a car was a usual practice.

The matter was put to Farooqui’s notice.

According to sources, a trap was laid and DIG Farooqui arrived at the police station when Kapoor was handing over the amount to the police officials.

The SHO and the additional Munshi were suspended with immediate effect and sent to the Police Lines. The SSP, Fathegarh, HS Mann has confirmed the development. He said DSP Hardavinder Singh was conducting investigation into the matter. 

September ominous for cops

  • Varinderjit is the second SHO to have been suspended in the past one week. Earlier, SHO of Doraha Baljinder Singh was booked for accepting a bribe from a complainant who was facing a criminal case.
  • The vigilance bureau (VB) had booked DSP Gurcharan Singh for demanding a bribe from Motor Vehicle Inspector (MVI) Rakesh Gupta.
  • Two days ago, ACP (South) Naveen Singla had nabbed ASI Harjit Singh, posted at the Meharban police station, for receiving a bribe of Rs 5,000.


  • The SHO has been suspended and a departmental inquiry initiated against him after the prima-facie investigation. We want to send a clear massage to police officials that public harassment would not be tolerated at any cost"

- MF Farooqui, DIG, Ludhiana range


Case registered against 200 jobless teachers
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Police officials try to persuade them to lift their dharna
Police officials try to persuade them to lift their dharna

Ludhiana, September 24
The city police has registered a case against 200 unemployed teachers for blocking the national highway during their protest on Sunday evening. The case has been registered against all the office-bearers of the TET Pass Unemployed Teacher Union, including its president Amandeep Singh Phool, general secretary Ragveer Singh Bhwanigarh, president of the Ludhiana unit of the union Deep Raja and other unemployed teachers at the Salem Tabri police station.

Meanwhile, the unemployed teachers called off their dharna at the Kara-Bara chowk at 11pm after they got an assurance from the administration that it would fix their meeting with Chief Minister Parksah Singh Badal.

Dharmpal, SHO, Salem Tabri police station, said, "We have registered a case against the teachers for disrupting the traffic on National Higway-1. This is a bailable offence for causing danger or obstruction on any public way".

Meanwhile, Ragveer Singh Bhwanigarh said, “We condemn the action of the police as they have registered a case against the unemployed youth. Instead of providing jobs to the unemployed qualified youth, the government has been registering cases against them".

"We were gathered at the Grain Market to hold a peaceful rally. We have only demanded fixing a meeting with the Chief Minister but the administration failed to provide time for the meeting. Meanwhile, the police provoked us to block the highway by lathicharging the teachers," added Ragveer.

Amandeep Singh Phool said, "Yesterday, we called off our dhrana on the national highway after we got an assurance from Nilambari Jagdale, ADCP-1, that a meeting of teachers and the Commissioner of Police would be held at 10 am on Thursday”.

"Police officials promised us that no case would be registered against teachers but after we called off the dhrana, the police registered cases against teachers".

The teachers had blocked the national highway at the Kara-Bara chowk yesterday. 



Festive season: Route plan to Ghumar Mandi changed
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
In the wake of festival season, the traffic police has changed the route plan of Ghumar Mandi.
Earlier, the entry to Ghumar Mandi was from Rani Jhansi Road and National Road, but from tomorrow onwards, the entry to Ghumar Mandi would be from Prof Mohan Singh Chowk, better know as Aarti Chowk.

A traffic police said, around 12,000 vehicles enter in Ghumar Mandi on a routine day and figure is expected to rise during the festival season.

Further, the entry from National road and Rani Jhansi Road used to create traffic jam in Ghumar Mandi.

Sources said that the Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh has ordered to conducted diversion trial so that commuters do not have face traffic hiccup during the festival season.

There have been talks of turning Ghumar Mandi into "A no vehicle Zone" but the idea was opposed by the lethargic “Ludhianavis” along with the shopkeepers opposed the move. 



Husband also succumbs to injuries
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
A day after the death of Manisha Gupta, a resident of the Bharat Nagar Chowk area, who died in a road accident at Kishangarh, near Khanna, her husband Sanjiv, too, succumbed to injuries here today.

Their two-year-old son Ridham was stated to be serious. Sanjiv was cremated here this evening.

The six-year-old son of the couple, who suffered minor injuries, was in a state of shock. He does not remember how the accident took place.

"Poor child. He has lost his parents at the age of six and his two-year-old brother is on life support. Till yesterday the family was in celebration mode. Minisha was returning home after attending her niece's wedding. Today, a pal of gloom descended on Manisha Gupta’s house," said Ashish Thamman, who lives in the neighbourhood.



Harassed, disabled commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
A 65-year-old physically challenged man allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan in the Salem Tabri area here today. He was allegedly harassed by a financier.

The deceased, who has been identified as Ashok Kumar, used to sell rags at a makeshift shop near the Mini-Secretariat.

Ashok Kumar took the extreme step when was alone at the home.

Ashok has left a suicide note in which he has held a financier responsible for his extreme step.

He said he had borrowed Rs 10,000 from a financier and returned nearly Rs 2 lakh as interest.

The members of Ashok Kumar’s family complained that despite returning such a huge amount as interest the financier was harassing him.



Corporation apathetic to stray dog menace
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana September 24
More than 15,000 stray dogs are posing a big threat for the residents as the local Municipal Corporation has failed to launch any sterilisation drive. The breeding of dogs is continuing in the city unchecked. After the doggy-lane project, the Municipal Corporation has not started any effective drive for the sterilisation of stray dogs.

According to the MC officials, the corporation had sterilised 4,000 stray dogs between April, 2010, and April, 2011. The MC officials have been working on various projects for one year but still a final decision has to be made.

Joint Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, AS Sekhon said: "Earlier, the technique adopted for the sterilization of stray dogs was not effective. We have to keep the dog under our care for seven days. So, we started working on the CNRV project, which has been effectively running in Bangalore, but the animal welfare board has not given the approval for that project".

In the case of Ludhiana, no NGO or animal welfare body registered with the board come forward. According to specialists, the cost of sterilising a dog through the available technique is minimum Rs 2,000.

"Now, we have floated tenders and two companies had approached us. We have to set up infrastructure for sterilisation like operation theatres and other required accommodation. The process is going on," said Sekhon.

A number of cases of dog bite have been reported in the city in the last few months. Jugnu, a resident of Gandhi Colony, said: "The herds of stray dogs roam in our area. A girl was attacked by dogs a few days ago. We complained to the area councilor, but to no avail." 

Stay away from dogs during mating season

According to the veterinary specialist, Dr Satnam Singh, dogs become aggressive during their mating season and the cases of dog bite shoot up in these days. "Now, the mating season is going on. It starts in the first week of August and continues till the end of September. During these days stray dogs become more aggressive and residents should stay away from them during that period of time," said Dr Satnam Singh. 

Volunteers who take good care of dogs

Dr Ajaypal Singh Mangat, a veterinary specialist, operates stray dogs free of cost. Mangat has operated around 500 stray dogs free of cost.

Dr Ajaypal said: "I do not charge for the surgery but if someone wants to get his pet operated he has to pay for the post-operative care, food and antibiotics".

Meanwhile, Amarjit Batth, a retired army officer, also works voluntary to take care of stray dogs. He has treated countless injured and sick stray dogs.

"I never count the dogs and nor the money which I have spent on their treatment, the same way we never count the money we spend on our children," said Amarjit Singh.



Bittu got money from US, Europe
DIG (Counter Intelligence) quizzes Radical Sikh leader
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
Radical Sikh leader Daljit Singh Bittu, who is in police custody, had received money from his sympathisers based in Europe and the US.
The startling fact came to light during after his interrogation. Bittu, who had been associated with several terrorists during the days of militancy, was recently taken in police custody following inputs from intelligence agencies.

The DIG (Counter Intelligence), Ananya Gautam, also visited the city today in connection with his interrogation. The DIG questioned Bittu about the source of funds.

Some of the senior police officials also joined Gautam for questioning.

However, the police was reluctant to divulge any detail about the probe. But, sources said the police had come to know about the bank accounts from where the money was withdrawn from Europe and the US.

"The police is speedup the investigation to find the people who were behind the supply of money to Bittu and what purpose they had," said the sources.

Sources said the investigation conducted so far had revealed that Bittu had spent the money on distributing books, pamphlets figuring extremists among youngsters. He had also spent money on the members of terrorists' families.

The police has further conducted a search at Bittu's office and house. The officials have scanned Bittu e-mail account and are going through 5,000 e-mails, which the radical Sikh leader has received in the past few days.

In the absence of IT experts, some of the senior police officials are scanning the e-mails.

The police is also taking the help of the cyber cell located at Mohali.



Counting, results today
Candidates keep their fingers crossed
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, September 24
Candidates keep their fingers crossed as the counting for the senate elections, conducted on September 23, is to begin tomorrow and the results will be announced subsequently.

Most of the already sitting Senators believe that no one can threaten their position, while the comparatively newer ones think that they have a good chance to win the elections.

Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu, the sitting Senator from principals’ constituency said, “I am hopeful of winning. However, you cannot always predict what is exactly on in the mind of the voters. Moreover, when there are various pulls and pressures from all sides, no one can be 100 per cent sure.”

Dr Parveen Chawla, contesting Senate elections for the first time from principals’ constituency, said, “I am contesting for the first time. As everybody else, I am too hopeful to win. But election is election. All depends upon the voters as to how they rate a particular candidate.”

Mukesh Arora, who contested from teachers’ constituency and had been winning for the past four terms, is equally confident about winning for the fifth time. I won the elections with majority vote last time and this time too, I hope to win with a huge margin,” he said.

Dr Kuldip Singh, the sitting Senator, believes that from the teachers’ constituency if eight are to be elected, “the already sitting Senators are in a better position to win due to their links and strengthened base. They have strengthened their positions to such an extent that the voter cannot move out now. It may be a seat or two here and there at maximum.”

Prof Jagwant from SD College, Chandigarh, who contested from the teachers’ constituency, is fully confident of his victory this time as well. He said, “I think I deserve to win. My community knows me. They have tested me as I was the former general secretary of PCCTU, general secretary of PIFCTO and vice president of AIFCTO. I have tried to meet their expectations.”

Prof Harpreet Dua, from the same constituency, said, “Those of the sitting Senators, who have been in touch with the voters, need not worry.” However, Dr SS Virk, who is contesting for the first time from the teachers’ constituency, seemed to be no less confident. “Out of the eight, at least two or three shall be replaced. I find myself to be in a better position. I have left no stone unturned to convince the voters and I am almost confident of my victory. If you know that you enjoy the support of your community, it hardly matters whether one is new or old.”

Prof Jagpal Singh, who fought from graduates’ constituency, said, “I know I have worked for my people and the graduates, especially of my area and the surrounding ones, shall look for no other preference. I simply have no doubts about my victory.” 



450 patients examined at eye check up camp
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, September 24
As many as 450 patients were examined during a free eye check up camp organised at Gurduwara Vishavkarma near Adda Raikot by Ajaib Singh Saggu Memorial Welfare Council here today.

A team of doctors led by Doctor Ramesh conducted the camp. The patients were given free of cost medicines by the council. The team of doctors also selected 80 patients for eye operation.

According to the organisers, the Council will also conduct the operations of these 80 patients. "These surgeries would be conducted at Ludhiana. We have chalked out four days, September 29 and October 2, 4 and 6, to conduct the operations. The Council will be bearing the entire cost of operations, including the medicines," said Council president Darshan Singh Saggu.

He added the Council will also provide transportation facility to the patients whose operations would be conducted.

Dr Ramesh motivated the people to donate their eyes after death to help other people gain vision.

Earlier, the camp was inaugurated by Jagraon MLA SR Kaler.

While speaking to the people during the occasion, Kaler appreciated the efforts of Ajaib Singh Saggu Memorial Welfare Council in the field of public welfare. "In present times it is quite difficult for the poor people to receive the treatment due to high cost of medicines and operation and therefore the role of public welfare organisations becomes significant," stated Kaler.

The Council members declared to organise such camps on a regular basis to help the poor people. 



Organisers allege police inaction
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 24
Accusing the police of not taking action against offenders, the organisers of Mela Chhapar have today urged the authorities concerned to protect their rights to erect stalls in the land that they have taken on lease to organise a mela.

The organisers, led by Mangal Singh of Ludhiana, said they took the piece of land belonging to Nannu Patti through an open auction held at the site on August 31. They said they made the full payment of Rs 3,05,000 and they have a receipt of it as well.

Singh alleged that organisers of a conference, which shall be addressed by the Chief Minister, tried to dislodge him and his associates from the land on the pretext of hosting the event there.

"Now after we have put up our materials there and workers, including women, have settled there we are being forced to vacate the land. We are not only losing money but are also facing harassment," said Singh alleging that the police officials were silent spectators to the issue.

Denying the charges levelled by the organisers, Rachhpal Singh Dhindsa, SHO Jodhan, said the police had not received any complaint from anyone regarding the Mela Chhapar. "Till now we have not received any complaint either at the control room maintained at the Mela site or through our seniors. Proper action will be taken in case a complaint is lodged against any of the leaders irrespective of his or her political allegiance," said Dhindsa. 



2 months on, residents await high security number plates
Ashok Kaura

Phillaur, September 24
Though the transport department has introduced high security number plates to prevent vehicle thefts and their misuse by criminals, the residents of Phillaur and Goraya are still waiting for the new type of number plates.

Sunil Kumar of Phillaur told The Tribune here today that he purchased an Altis Car, but could not put up the high security number plate as the private contractor engaged by DTO office, Jalandhar, failed to prepare the plates even after two months. He said the residents of Phillaur and Goraya are being forced to visit the Jalandhar District headquarter, 50 kms away from Phillaur, repeatedly to know about the status of the plates they have ordered.

Arun Kumar, computer operator of the private company, said they were busy preparing the number plates for bikes and scooters. Now they will prepare the high security number plates of cars and other vehicles.

The vehicle owner could be challaned, if permanent number plate is not placed within one month of the purchase of the car. 



Protesters block highway; oppose hike in LPG, diesel prices
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, September 24
Commuters had a tough time for at least an hour as dozens of members of the Inqulabi Naujawan Vidiyarthi Manch blocked traffic on the Ludhiana-Moga highway at Chaunkiman near Jagraon today.

They were protesting against the recent hike in LPG and diesel prices by the Central government. The members of the organisation raised slogans against the Congress-led UPA government. Long queues of vehicles were seen stuck in the jam due to road blocked. The road blockage kept the traffic police on toes. It took them nearly an hour to clear the jam.

The protesters also burnt effigy of the Central government near the highway. While addressing the protesters, Master Hardev Singh, Manch leader, stated that it has already been quite difficult for the poor to make the both ends meet in present time of inflation. The protesters also raised slogans against the state government for imposing VAT on petroleum products.

"If the state government really wants to share the burden of the common people, it must rollback the VAT on petroleum products and power. The free electricity provided by the state government has been benefiting only the big landlords and the majority of the farmers are unable to benefit this facility as they do not get sufficient power supply when needed," added he.

The protesters also organised a march in various villages and urged the people to press the governments against anti-people policies. 



Snake scare at city hospital
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
A snake was spotted at a multi-specialty hospital here today. Panic soon sprad among the patients in the hospital. It was learnt that when a patient went to a washroom he spotted a snake of about 2.5 feet long. He was shocked and informed the employees of the hospital.

According to the patient, hospital staff later took the snake away. The patient, requesting anonymity, said hospitals should offer safe and secure environment for the patients. "I was too shocked when I saw the snake in the washroom," he added. However, the hospital authorities denied the incident. They said they were not aware of any such incident.



Growth in tourism motivates CBSE to introduce new courses
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
Recognising tremendous growth in the hospitality and tourism sector, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has introduced related courses as vocational options.

The CBSE has introduced two vocational packages: These are ‘Food Production’ and ‘Food and Beverage Services’. The new course consists of two vocational subjects each in Classes XI and XII.

"Besides the two vocational subjects, the students can take one language and two academic elective subjects relevant to the field. The students also have the option of taking up any two elective subjects besides the two vocational subjects. The students can also opt for sixth additional subject which can either be a language or an academic elective subject," said a teacher from a public school.

The Board had hospitality related courses earlier as well, but now it wants every school to take up the new subjects. In a letter circulated to schools, the Board has sternly said the schools should ensure that "no fresh admissions in the old vocational packages are made from the coming academic session”.

In the letter, the Board mentioned over five million tourists come to India every year and by comparison domestic tourism is significantly greater. It added that recent statistics reveal that India is likely to witness a further increase in both domestic and international tourists’ strength. "Demand for trained manpower, in hotels and restaurants, is 2.03 lakh per year approximately," the letter stated. 



SHO sent to Police Lines
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Machhiwara, September 24
SHO Machhiwara was transferred to Police Line when a person, who was taken to police station, escaped. The person was later arrested.
The incident took place yesterday morning when Dilawardin, a resident of Manewal, who was arrested by Machhiwara police with 500 gm opium, escaped from police lock up.

Dilawardin requested a policeman, who was on duty, that he wants to go washroom.

When the policeman opened the lock up, he thrashed the policeman and escaped. After several hours Dilawardin was again arrested near village Lakhowal.

The Machhiwara police on the statement of Munshi Amarjeet Singh has registered a case under Sections 353, 224 and 186 of the IPC against Dilawardin.

When SP D Bhupinder Singh was contacted in this regard he said the accused was arrested by the Machhiwara police and the District police is enquiring the matter.



Post-harvest training starts at CIPHET

Ludhiana, September 24
A total of 13 participants are taking part in the five-day training programme on 'Post Harvest Technologies for Rural Catchments' for farmers from Katol, Maharashtra, inaugurated today at the Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET). The training is sponsored by the Agricultural Technology Management Agency, Katol, Mahrashtra .

Inaugurating the training programme, CIPHET head of Transfer of Technology Division, informed the participants about various research initiatives taken by the institute. He informed that institute had done intensive research on technologies of groundnut milk, soyabean processing, pulse milling etc, which could especially benefit the farmers from Maharashtra as these crops are largely grown there.

Asking farmers to take keen interest in training programme, he said by processing the same produce grown in the fields, farmers could multiply their profits. "This would also provide affordable and better quality products to consumers," he asserted. Senior scientist Dr Sangeeta Chopra informed the participants about scheduled trainings and lectures to be followed in the programme .

?We would be especially excited to know about soyabean processing," said, Nilesh Namdevaro , a soyabean grower from Katol, adding that without value addition they could not increase their income. Five training programme would include millet processing , value added products from beet root crops, vegetable puree production, agro-processing technologies from All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on PHT, value addition technology for soyabean and EC Room, ginger and garlic dehyderation , marketing of agriculture produce. Besides, lecture on production of green chilli powder and puree, preparation of cattle food pellets from potato waste, minimal processing and Modified Atmosphere Packaging of vegetables. — TNS



Zonal Youth festival begins today

Khanna September 24
Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival of Zone Ludhiana-A will be held at AS College Khanna from September 25 to 28.

Stating this, the principal of AS College Khanna, RS Jhanji, said 14 colleges of the Zone, including AS College Khanna, Arya College Ludhiana, BSSG Government College Sidhsar, Government Evening College Ludhiana, GGN Khalsa College Ludhiana, Guru Nanak National College Doraha, GC Karamsar Rara Sahib, GPC Alour Gobindgarh, Kamla Lohia SD College Ludhiana, Malwa College Bondli Samrala, MGKM Shahi Sports College Samrala, SCD Government College Ludhiana, Shree Atam Vallabh Jain College Husshairpura and Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management Ludhiana. He said competition will be held in different items, including folksong, classical vocal, collage making, poster making, debate, bhangra, gidha and some other events. — OC



Not many as lucky as Master Mohan lal
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana September 24
No doubt, every retired teacher does not have luck like Master Mohan Lal, ex-Transport Minister, Punjab, that the department starts the pensions soon after the endorsement of notification. In an ordinary teacher’s case, it can delay for months or sometime years.

A 66-year-old local resident, JBT teacher, Kamlesh Thaman has been seeking for pension after the 8 years of retirement from the government-aided school and after the endorsement of notification her case is still not pursued.

The Punjab government endorsed the notification on August 1 this year to resume the pensions of government-aided school, with effect from June 1 2003. Earlier, the pensions were discontinued on May 31 2003.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had distributed pension payment orders (PPO) to 50 retired teachers out of about 3,000 retired personnel. Master Mohan Lal was the first recipient of the PPO from the chief minister as a retiree from Arya Senior Secondary School Pathankot.

But in the case of Kamlesh Tahman, the department is still doing the formalities of case, as the victim has been claming that she had pursued her case on December 20, 2011.

“More than 150 beneficiaries retired employees of the aided schools have died while waiting for the pension.

At the age of 66, one can't claim how many days are left. After a long struggle of retirees, the government has indorsed the notification. Everybody is responsible for the delay from the school administration to higher officials,” said Kamlesh Thaman (retiree).

Meanwhile, Jyoti Joshi, principal, Arya Girls Senior Secondary School, where Kamlesh Tahman used to serve, said, “The case of Kamlesh is in process. We have done all our formalities but the system takes time. The District Education Office has sent a letter to provide some other documents required in this case and we will send these documents on Wednesday.”



Police clueless about rice theft in warehouse
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, Sept 24
The Sadar police has initiated a probe into an incident in which more than 15 persons had allegedly looted over 389 bags of rice after tying watchman of a warehouse, situated near Ranwan village on the Ludhiana-Khanna road near here on Sunday.

Suspects of similar incidents noticed in the past and their accomplice are being questioned by the police besides clearing casual visitors to the godowns owned by the state agency.

Investigations revealed that some unidentified miscreants suspected to be more than 15 in number had taken away as many as 389 bags of rice stocked at the godowns owned by the Punjab Warehouse Corporation, yesterday.

Baljinder Singh, incharge of the godowns informed the police that the miscreants had tied watchmen Bhupinder Singh and Navneet Singh after beating them mercilessly and loaded bags in tractor trolleys. Leaders of the miscreants, whose faces had been covered, spoke in Hindi.

The miscreants broke mobile phones of the watchman before leaving.

It was only in the morning that Bhupinder succeeded in reaching another godown situated nearby and narrated the incident to watchman posted there.

The investigating team led by Gurpartap Singh, SHO Sadar police station, has coordinated with the SHOs posted at the police stations where similar cases were already booked.

Officials responsible for maintaining security of the godowns might face music too, as the watchman posted there are father and son duo, which ideally should not allowed.

Maintaining that the investigating team had received vital clues to the crime, the investigating team member Harnek Singh Ghuman declined to disclose the detail as it might affect the investigations adversely.



File audit returns before September 30 to avoid penalty
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
The last date for filing audit returns is September 30. All those, who have to get their returns audited, need to gear up and submit it to avoid penalty, as it is mandatory to file the audited returns online.

A senior income tax official while telling about the audited returns said, “All those whose sale is more than Rs 60 lakh and those whose profit less than 8 per cent and their turnover is up to Rs 60 lakh need to audit their returns,” he said.

He said that the department does not audit returns.

But in individual or a company has to get it done from a tax professional and submit it to the department online.

In addition to this digital signatures are also compulsory on the audited returns.

Penalty for not getting the returns include half percent of the total sales or Rs 1.50 lakh, whichever is less.

Jatinder Khurana, a tax professional, said, “Many people are unaware of the fact that they have to get their returns audited so they face penalty. “People should submit the returns by September 30 to avoid fine,” he added.



Diamond exhibition pulls crowds

Ludhiana, September 24
City fashionistas and diamond lovers flocked to an exclusive jewellery exhibition held at a hotel here today.
Nirav Modi's latest collection, Mughal Collection, remained the main attraction.

"I find diamonds tantalising. I strive to create jewels by maximising its luster by cutting out the metal used. This also makes the jewellery very light. With the Endless CutTM for instance, you just see one seamless halo of diamonds, the Ainra CutTM replaces the metal links traditionally used in jewellery and the Mughal Cut was developed to ensure that each flower petal could be a whole, undisturbed diamond," said Modi. — TNS



Gold remains favourite investment
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
Despite the high prices of gold, the metal still remains a lucrative option for investment among people so much so that it yielded higher returns compared to those in equity and real estate.

Those, who invested in gold, received double returns as the price of yellow metal is skyrocketing. “Gold has outdone all the other assets and it is likely to remain an attractive investment among the people. It is the safest investment and will continue to remain the same,” said Kishav Chaudhary, a business expert.

“No matter what the price of gold is, it is woven into our culture and people will continue buying it despite its high price. People find it as a suitable option for investment. Whenever, its price rises, people sell it off. That also helps during the tough times," added Ram Parkash, a jeweller at Ghumar Mandi.

Securing the future of the children is the dream of all parents. Keeping this in mind, Gurbaksh Singh buys a gold coin every year on his son's birthday. “It is a kind of investment for my son. These coins will be helpful for his future may be during his higher studies or during the hour of need,” he added.

Another jeweller from Civil Lines said, “Although the sale of gold has decreased over the years as its price is shooting up yet it has not deterred people from buying gold. People still buy it for investment and feel secure as it helps them during the tough times," said he.



BSNL conference begins today
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
The 6th All-India Conference of the BSNL Employees Union will be held in Punjab at Ludhiana for the first time. The conference will be of four days and will start tomorrow.

About 4,000 delegates and observers from all over India will participate in the conference. Representatives from the remote areas like Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nagaland, Manipur, Sikkim, Lakshdweep, Daman and Diu and Laddakh etc will take part in the conference. The conference will conclude on September 28.

RL Moudgil, president of the Reception Committee of 6th All India Conference, BSNL Employees Union said that various issue concerning the BSNL will be discussed by the delegates during the conference. Moudgil said that the BSNL was an unwanted child. The Department of Telecommunication (DOT) was performing well and with the emerging new technologies and latest inventions, it could have made the telecom service in India one of the best in Asia and even in the world. But the chance was denied to DOT due to liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation.

He said that introduction of mobile telephone service in India was overdue. The DOT (and MTNL), the incumbent telecom operators were fully justified in getting the first chance to provide this service in the country. But the government wanted the entry of private companies and grant them the benefit of the introducing mobile services in the country, said he.

In 1995-96, these newly formed private telecom companies were given licences to provide mobile services in the country while denying the same opportunity to the incumbent operators DOT (and MTNL), which have been providing telecom services in the country since its inception, added he. Moudgil further said that this injustice was justified by the government in the name of liberalisation policy and also assuring that the government will get thousands of crore of rupees through the grant of licences.

At one time, the BSNL was one of the biggest profit-making organisations. But the scenario started changing for the worse. Though the BSNL board was constituted yet the actual power remained with the DOT. All decision-making had to be approved by the DOT, since the BSNL was completely owned by it. The growth of the BSNL was completely blocked. Due to the shortage of telephone instruments, cables, drop wires etc. the services were adversely affected, which increased the surrender of landlines.

He added that the government should change its anti-BSNL policy and decisions. The National Telecom Policy 2012 should be modified so that the BSNL and that of the MTNL should be given priority and special status in the expansion and development of the telecom services, said Balbir Singh, General Secretary of the reception committee.

HS Sidhu, chairman of the committee said that the BSNL employees said for the betterment of the BSNL, the workers should be given regular training in their work and new technologies and services being introduced. More people should be recruitment so that there is continuation of workforce.

It is to be noted that most of the existing workforce in the non-executives may retire within 10 to 15 years.

During the conference, certain suggestions will be made. The importance of better customer service should be understood and implemented effectively. The workers should also remember that without a strong BSNL, their future was not secured, said he.



Ganesha festival gains popularity
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
“Ganesha Utsav” the festival of Hindus, a few years ago, was considered to be celebrated by the western and southern states in which people brought the idols of Lord Ganesha, worshipped Him for around 10 days and then immersed it in water (sea/canal) and seek blessings.

But for the past two to three years, the residents in Ludhiana have started celebrating it with religious fervour and the festival has gained a lot of popularity here.

Ganesh Chaturthi (or Vinayak Chaturthi, as it is also known) is an important festival especially in the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and South India.

Seeing the craze for the festival among devotees here in the past 2-3 years, the shopkeepers had ordered for the idols of Lord Ganesha in various sizes and poses, much in advance.

A shopkeeper at Dandi Swami, selling religious articles said, “We have got more than thousand idols for the particular festival this time. The demand was more, so we got more idols. We used to see devotees in south celebrating the festival on televisions only but now the people in North India, too, celebrate the festival in true religious fervour. They not only purchase the idols but all the accessories for the Lord. It depends on devotees for how many days they want to keep the idol at home. They worship the Lord, offer eatables and pray to God for the welfare and finally immerse it in water.”

A homemaker Radhika Malhotra said during these 10 days, they prepared all vegetarian meals at home. In the morning and evening, prayers are offered to the Lord.

“We are celebrating the festival for the past three years. On the day of God’s immersion, some adopt simple rituals while many devotees set grand pandals or stages, filled with fresh flowers and the idols are dressed up in colourful clothes and glittering ornaments. Sweets, especially laddoos and sugary modaks, which are a favourite of the God, are distributed among devotees. The idols, which are worshipped by the devotees, are taken out for immersion. Accompanied by firework displays, beating drums with devotees dancing and singing devotional songs, the idols are ritually immersed in a nearby sea, lake, canal or river. The immersion ceremony, which is known as the “visarjan”, marks the end of the festivities,” said Malhotra.



Use vocal cords softly, say experts
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
Usually nursery teachers, hawkers, leaders and vendor owners have to speak loudly and after sometimes some of them suffer from "nodules in throat". Such patients sound speaking like frog or they can only whisper. These are also known as teachers' module.

Dr Manish Munjal, professor in the ENT department of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital said, “Nodules become in throat when both vocal cords hammer against each other and the voice is used either aggressively or in a harsh manner. The site where there is maximum contact of these vocal cords becomes just like someone slaps the cheek and cheek becomes red. Similarly, the vocal cords have very fine blood vessels. So due to constant hammering, blood vessels may bleed in the vocal cords. This leads to small area of haemorrahage on vocal cords.”

Dr Munjal further said, “As a consequence of this reddish coloured nodules become visible in throat at early stage. We usually give medicine to the patients and also advice the patient to have voice rest and do voice modulation exercises, in which both the vocal cords may contact each other while speaking.”

But if the reddish modules are not treated on time, these become mature nodules and becomes whitish in colour. The patient starts feeling pain in neck and further worsening of voice. The patient starts speaking like frog or can only whisper.

In such a case we usually cure with a surgery. But recurrence of module takes place in case a patient fails to modulate his or her voice.

Dr Munjal said that he gets almost one such case daily in his OPD and in election days, some leaders also face this problem.

The haemorrhage leads to change in vibration of vocal cords and this further leads to change in voice. The ENT specialists advise not to speak harshly as it affects vocal cords.

Dr Rajiv Kapila, another ENT specialist, said, “It is very common these days. Mostly, it is the females who suffer from it.

Whenever, anyone suffers from it, one should consult a specialist and go for voice rest. People usually do gargles but these aggravate problem. The patients should rather opt for steam.”



from colleges
Model-making competition

The Civil Engineering Department of RIMT, Maharaja Aggrasen Engineering College, Mandi Gobindgarh, organised a model making competition. RIMT Director Dr Harsh Sadawarti, Maharaja Aggarsain Engineering College Director Dr DS Taneja and Dr Sukhwinder Singh Jolly were present on the occasion. The aim of the competition was to develop creativity and spirit of competition among the students as well as to motivate them for their future career. The students exhibited 16 different models. Models like types of stairs, types of foundations, floating bridge, dams and reservoirs, structure of highway, types of roofs and roofing materials were appreciated by the experts. The first position holders in the competition: Types of stairs (by Akaash Watal and Group, CE-A 3rd sem); Types of foundation (by Viney Sharma and Group, CE-B 3rd sem) and floating bridge (by Vishal Singla and Group, CE 5th sem) Dr Sadawarti appreciated the efforts of the students and encouraged them to work hard. Dr Taneja encouraged the students by saying “remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”

Students visit FCI

A visit to the Food Corporation of India (FCI) was organised by Sri Aurobindo College Of Commerce and Management. A group of 68 students and three faculty members: Jiinesh Jain, Atul Shiva and Suvidha Kamra, visited the FCI. The students learnt how grains are converted into wheat and the process of storing rice in stacks in godowns. Gurcharan Singh, Manager of Food Corporation of India, Jagraon, explained the whole process to the students. The grains are passed through elevators to distribute them into various chambers to perform the whole process. The authorities allowed us to examine them properly and showed us how the waste is first collected and then dumped, said the students. The wheat was stored in open due to lack of space and rice in godowns. The stacks of wheat were covered with a thick sheet to protect them from rain. The students were also given a chance to learn how everything is controlled by allowing them to go through the process in the control room.

NSS Day celebrated at Doraha institute

Under the slogan “Not me, but you” NSS Day was celebrated in the Doraha Group of Institutes on September 24. The day started with the blessing of the God by recitation of Shabad. Specially designed badges for the NSS were pinned to the guests and programme officers. Until the self is motivated to serve others, the service to society is a false proposition. The attitude for the social service comes through regular training and is values driven, said Prof Harpreet Singh, Principal of Doraha Institute of Management and Technology, who was the resource person on the occasion. The tendency to serve society needs a permanent change in behaviour and should not end when the students leaving the campus. The NSS volunteers highlighted the aims and objectives of NSS through PowerPoint presentation. An article on social service was also presented by the students. Rupinder Kaur, a BEd student, sang a self composition song on female foeticide and importance of trees. Dr Sandeep Sawhney, Principal of Doraha College of Education, emphasised on imbibing a penchant for serving society from our scriptures and literature, he stressed.

Field trip organised for MBA students

MBA first year students of Department of Business Administration, Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, visited exports unit in Machhiwara, Ludhiana. The students discussed various strategies like exploring new emerging markets, hedging the currency volatility risk, cost management etc. The top executives of the company apprised the students about the immense potential in spinning industry. Faculty members Dr Sukhdev Singh (HOD), Prof Harmohan Singh and Prof Amarpreet Kaur accompanied the students who later thanke the company officials for their valuable guidance to the students and also appreciated their warm hospitality. — TNS



from schools
Spring Dale Sr. Sec. Public School win tourney

Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School won the Punjab School Games Zonal Level Volleyball Tournament. The tournament was held at DAV. Public School, BRS Nagar. U-17 and U-19 boys team won first position and were awarded with gold medals and certificates. The U-17 team beat DAV (Pakhowal branch) and the U-19 team defeated the CFC Public School (BRS Nagar).

Table Tennis tourney from tomorrow

Alpine International Senior Secondary School will host the CBSE Cluster XVI Table Tennis Championship 2012-13 from September 26 to 29 this year. Over 50 schools from all over Punjab will participate in the championship. The events will be held in six categories i.e. U-14, U-16, U-19 boys and girls in team championship as well as six categories individually. Matches will be played according to the latest rules and regulations adopted by the Table Tennis Federation of India. Secretary, Rajeshwari Dhir, the principal of the School, the championship will be inaugurated by RJ Khanderao, the Regional Officer CBSE, Panchkula, as a chief guest on September 26 whereas Gurpreet Singh Toor, Deputy Commissioner of the Police will give away the prizes to the winners on September 29. — TNS



Ludhiana scan
Subsidy sanctioned

A meeting of the office-bearers of the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturer Association was held under leadership of president Gurmeet Singh Kular. The meeting was held regarding the subsidy to the tune of Rs 15 lakh given to them for China delegation by the ministry of MSME. In the meeting, the office-bearers unanimously decided to thank the MSME ministry for this gesture. The ministry has encouraged the industry to take part in such fairs in future as well. Such type of shows and fairs would help to improve the know-how between the two countries as well as to strengthen the economic condition. A meeting in this regards with all participants of China delegation 2012 was called by Gurmeet Singh Kular, in which he informed the members about the sanction of the subsidy.

Ganpati fest celebrations

The sixth day of Ganpati Mahotsav, organised by Sidh Data Sewa Society, was celebrated with religious fervour. This festival is being celebrated in Sidh Data Mandir near Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Jalandhar bypass, where a 101-foot tall Idol of Lord Ganesha has become the centre of attraction. Devotees were seen making a beeline to get blessings of the Lord Ganesha. The devotees also offered ladoos and fruits to the Lord. The president of Sidh Data Sewa Society, Rajesh Rudhra, said Lord Ganesha is omnipresent, benevolent and removes obstacles.

Scooter launched

India Yamaha Motor Pvt Ltd today launched the new Yamaha Ray scooter in the city featuring attractive design in six colours, telescopic suspension and powerful 113CC engine maintaining a fuel efficiency of 54 kmpl. Scooter variant by Yamaha was launched at MRPC Group, a business house in merchandising of oil and lubricants.

Farmers’ demand

A delegation of about 500 farmers, under the guidance of president Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, today left for Delhi to gherao the parliament. The farmers left for Delhi from the Railway Station. The farmer leaders said the protest was against the step-motherly treatment being meted out against the farmers of Punjab by the Central government. The farmers said they were not been given enough compensation by the Centre when they had to suffer losses due to drought. The farmers also said the long-pending recommendations of Swaminathan Committee must be implemented by the government as these would provide great relief to the farming community.

Death anniversary

The Moulder and Steel Worker Union will take part in the first death anniversary of revolutionary theatre personality Gursharan Singh, which will be held in Chandigarh on September 27. Harjinder Singh, president, said pamphlets regarding this were being circulated to the workers so that more and more union members could take part.

Trainers’ union

The Service Providing Trainer Union, Technical Education Department, held its meeting here today. The office-bearers condemned the state government for meting out step-motherly treatment to the ITI teachers. The trainers said they were working on meager salaries. The workers said many of them in far-off villages were not paid for six months those who were paid, were given half of the salaries. The union members said they will intensify the agitation if state government did not implement their demands.


Vir Abdul Hamid Foundation, during its drive to make surroundings clean, today visited the workers residing in vehras in the city. Under the guidance of Kamaljit Singh Pappu and Wasim Ahmed, the foundation members visited Karabara and its surrounding areas to create aware regarding hygienic living. The volunteers encouraged the workers to lead a healthy life to avoid diseases like gastroenteritis, dengue, cholera and etcetera. The volunteers also said that on Sundays, they will visit different vehras.


Punjabi Sahit Academy, Ludhiana, has condemned the government for putting restrictions on the publishers and editors. The officiating president Dr Anoop Singh and general secretary Dr Sukhdev Singh in a press note issued today stated the Sahit Academy was there with the publishers and editors and asked the government to release them under the SC/ST Act. The appeal was supported by Dr SS Johal, Dr Surjit Patar, Dr SP Singh, Dr Joginder Singh Nirala, Dr Sarabjit Singh, Dr Kuldip Singh Bedi, Dr Gulzar Singh Pandher, Jaswant Zafar, Prof Niranjan Tasnem and others.

Drive launched

Dr Meenakshi Wadhera, Director Clinical, Meenakshi Speech and Hearing Clinic (MHSC), in a press release issued here today, stated a week-long "hearing impairment prevention drive" has started on September 23. It will till September 30. The objective of the drive was to help the hearing impaired population of India. An awareness mela was organised, besides, free analysis, check-ups, medical solutions and preventive tips for all age groups. — Tribune Reporters



Govt High School defeat GMSSS-Doraha

Ludhiana, September, 24
The Zone Level Basketball Competitions (Sahnewal), organised by the Punjab Education Department at Doraha Public School, Doraha, concluded with some scintillating finals of U-14, 17 and 19 boys.

Seven teams competed under these age groups. In the U-14 age group: Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School (SGHPS) defeated the host school by 14-12 in a close finish. Government High School, Jamalpur, defeated Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Doraha, 84-0 in a one sided match to clinch the third position.

In the U-17 age group Doraha Public School defeated Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Doraha, 31-16 in the final. Sacred Heart Convent School, Sahenwal, defeated Tagore International Senior Secondary School, Sahnewal, to finish third. In the U-19 final Doraha Public School defeated USPC Jain Public School, Jamalpur, 25-20 in a closely fought match.— TNS



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