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Mayor wants hoardings carrying his picture removed 
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 9
Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria has urged councillors and local leaders not to install hoardings with his picture. He said the existing hoardings would be removed.

Such hoardings are illegal and the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation had started a drive against these a few months ago. Such hoardings were removed from several parts of the city, which led to an altercation between the then MC Commissioner, Malwinder Singh Jaggi, and supporters of now Senior Deputy Mayor Sunita Aggarwal and BJP district president Parveen Bansal.

Ever since Gohalwaria became the city Mayor, a large number of hoardings were installed in several parts of the city. In some wards, there was a “competition” among Akali leaders regarding "who will install more hoardings with the Mayor’s picture".

It is learnt that this “mad race” between leaders did not go down well with the Mayor. He asked his supporters to spread the message that all such hoardings will be removed. “We all know that such hoardings are illegal. As Mayor, Gohalwaria has to keep a check on these. That is why he does not want his picture in such illegal hoardings,” said a leader close to Gohalwaria.

The Mayor told Ludhiana Tribune that he had asked all local leaders and councillors that they should not install hoardings with his photograph. “They should remove such hoardings and instead focus on the development of their respective areas,” he said.

Gohalwaria has also asked city residents that if they want to organise any function in his honour, such functions should not be organised during the working hours (between 9 am and 5 pm).

Addressing his first official press conference after becoming the city Mayor, Gohalwaria said he wanted to focus on the overall development of the city.

“It has been only two weeks since I became the Mayor. I have several projects on my mind. Generation of funds is our priority and for this purpose, we will recover outstanding dues worth crores from residents. I want to make it clear that if any politician tries to interfere in the working of MC officials, I will not tolerate it,” warned Gohalwaria.

These are illegal

We all know that such hoardings are illegal. As Mayor, Gohalwaria has to keep a check on these. That is why he does not want his picture in such illegal hoardings.

— Gohalwaria's confidant 


More Items on Indo-Pak Trade List
It's a welcome step, says industry
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 9
Trade between India and Pakistan through the Attari-Wagah land route is expected to get a major boost from next month with the two countries agreeing to dismantle the negative list for trade between them.

The local industry is happy and has given the thumbs up to the decision.

As against the permission to trade in just 137 items through this route, the number of items that can be traded in the future is expected to go up to 6,000.

"The decision to increase the number of items on the trade list coming through the Attari-Wagah land route by dismantling the negative list by the end of October is a welcome step. Earlier, many things manufactured in the city could not be sent across the border, but now it will be possible to do so," said Rajesh Singla, a trader.

"This will give a major boost to the trade ties with the neighbouring country, as removal of restrictions will enhance exports from India, which are till now transported through the sea route," said Rajesh Kukreja, a garment manufacturer.

"With more items allowed to be traded through the land route, the economy of the state will benefit a lot, as much more business will come to the state," he added. 

6,000 items

At present, 137 items, including fruits, vegetables, livestock, cement, gypsum, dry fruits and paper, are traded through the land route

Nearly 6,000 items will now be allowed to be traded after the negative list goes. The same number of items is traded between the two countries through the Mumbai-Karachi sea route



Three girls feared drowned
Victims belong to migrant families; had gone to take a dip in canal on Jeetia Parn fest 
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Machhiwara, October 9
Three minor girls belonging to migrant families are feared to have drowned in the Sirhind canal at Sehjo Majra village near Machhiwara town in the district late last evening. The girls had gone to take a dip in the canal on the occasion of the Jeetia Parn festival.

The victims (from left) Seema, Ria and Cheeku

The girls have been identified as Ria (12), her sister Seema (17) and their friend Cheeku (17), all residents of the Labour Colony in Sehjo Majra village. Cheeku was the only child of her parents.

Even though 24 hours have passed since the incident took place, the police has not been able to locate the missing girls.

A pall of gloom has descended on the Labour Colony at Sehjo Majra village, where several migrant laborers live.

The migrants were celebrating the Jeetia Parn festival when the incident took place. Women from the Labour Colony went to take a dip in the Sirhind canal before ending their fast. While the women were taking a dip in the canal, Ria (12) lost her balance and slipped into the canal. In a bid to save Ria, her elder sister Seema (17) also slipped into the canal. Cheeku, who was also taking a dip near the spot, tried to save the sisters, but she too slipped and all three of them were washed away in the strong currents of the canal waters.

The women raised the alarm and the Machiwara police was informed. A police party reached the spot and installed search lights at some places along the banks of the canal. Divers were pressed into service, but to no avail.

Family members of the girls and some villagers have been guarding some places near the canal in a bid to locate the girls.

Meanwhile, Bheem (12), a boy of the Labour Colony, had a miraculous escape after he slipped into the canal. He was saved after he managed to catch a part of the saree thrown into the canal by women.

Ganesh and Kalpana, Ria and Seema’s parents, are inconsolable as their lives have been shattered. Shobha Devi, Cheeku's mother, is in a state of shock as Cheeku was her only child.

Samrala DSP JS Cheema said they received information about the incident late last evening. “We started the rescue work immediately by installing search lights along the Sirhind canal. Divers have been pressed into service,” he said. 

Two sisters

The girls have been identified as Ria (12), her sister Seema (17) and their friend Cheeku (17), all residents of the Labour Colony in Sehjo Majra village. Cheeku was the only child of her parents 



Two held with opium, poppy husk
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, October 9
The Jagraon police has arrested two drug peddlers in separate incidents and seized 2.5 kg of opium and 30 kg of poppy husk from their possession. The accused have been identified as Baljinder Singh of Kular village near Gurusar Sudhar and Chotta Singh of Ramghar Bhullar village near Jagraon.

Jagraon DSP Surinder Kumar said Baljinder Singh was arrested by a police team, lead by SHO of the Jagraon Sadar police station Rachpal Singh from the Sirhind feeder canal bridge near Akhara on the Jagraon-Raikot road.

SHO Rachpal Singh said the police had set up a naka near the Sirhind feeder canal bridge. The police saw a person coming from the Raikot side in a suspicious manner. The police stopped him and on search 2.5 kg of opium was seized from his possession.

The police has registered a case against the accused under the NDPS Act at the Jagraon Sadar police station.

In another incident, a police team from the CIA staff, Jagraon, arrested Chotta Singh on a tip-off that a person of Ramghar Bhullar village had hidden poppy husk in his fields. The police raided the place and seized 30 kg of poppy husk.



Procurement of paddy begins
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 9
Paddy arrival has begun in the district. Till now, about 30,772 metric tonnes of paddy has already arrived in the mandis in Ludhiana district.

According to officials, the district is expecting to get about 16 lakh metric tonnes of paddy this season.

Giving details about the procurement, Punjab Mandi Board deputy general manager Rajpal Singh Dhaliwal said a total of 30,772 metric tonnes of paddy had arrived, out of which 28,774 metric tonnes had been sold to the government and private agencies.

Still 1,998 metric tonnes of paddy was lying and lifting of 10,665 metric tonnes of paddy had been done in the mandis. About 10,747 metric tonnes of paddy had been procured by private players, while rest of the procurement was done by the government agencies.

“Last year, about 14.75 lakh metric tonnes of paddy was procured from Ludhiana district and this time, the figure was expecting to touch 16 lakh metric tonnes,” said Dhaliwal.

According to information, to check all arrangements in mandis and to get the direct feedback from the farmers about the procurement process, the Patiala division Commissioner will visit the district on October 12 with senior officials and he was expected to visit the major mandis in the Ludhana district.

Meanwhile, Charanjit Singh Atwal, Speaker Punjab Vidhan Sabha, today visited the grain market in Payal. He assured the farmers that they will not face any problem while selling their crop and the dues will be given to them within the stipulated time. At the same time, Atwal appealed to the farmers to bring dry crop so that mandi officials did not face any problem.



Department collects seven samples of milk products
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 9
The Health Department collected seven samples of milk and milk cream from milk vendors and dairies today.

Food safety officer Ravinder Garg has collected these samples at the Haibowal road and Pakhowal road, along with district health officer, Dr Kulwinder Singh, and food safety officer Harpreet Kaur.

According to Ravinder Garg, a team of the health department has collected these samples to check adulteration in milk and milk products.

“We have taken five random samples from private milk vendors on the Haibowal road, while one sample of milk and one of milk cream has collected from a dairy at the Pakhowal road,” said Ravinder Garg.

According to the food safety officer, the department will give report of these samples after 15 days.



Residents hold candlelight march
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 9
Residents of the Jawahar Nagar area organised a candlelight march at the Chain Chowk, seeking fair probe by the police in the case of death of Lekhraj at a hospital on October 7.

Lekhraj, a 23-year-old youth, was a victim of a road accident.

Baljinder Singh Bunty, president District Congress Committee, said, “The objective to conduct the candle march is to raise our demand in front of the district administration. We want fair police investigation. The city police has been pressurising the victim’s family to compromise with car owner.”



Indefinite strike by industrialists ends

Mandi Gobindgarh, October 9
The indefinite strike and fast by traders and industrialists at Mandi Gobindgarh under the banner of Gobindgarh Steel Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GSCCI) ended today when Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, general secretary, Shiromani Akali Dal (B), offered juice to agitators.

Earlier, a 22-member committee formed by various trade and industrial associations headed by GSCCI president Bharat Bhushan Jindal met Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal regarding their demands.

During the meeting, five proposals were presented by Jindal. It was promised by the Deputy CM that a concrete decision is likely to be taken within four or five days. — OC



Pvt college teachers stage protest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 9
Teachers of private colleges affiliated to Panjab University (PU) have stayed away from work from 11 am to 1 pm and sat on a dharna today.

The Punjab Chandigarh College Teachers Union has been struggling for its demands for a long time.

According to Dr Manjit Singh Komal, district president, Ludhiana, said because of the ban on the recruitment of 95 per cent grant-in-aid posts, the quality of education had gone down.

Dr Hargunjot Kaur, convener, women wing of the union, said, “Schemes of pension and gratuity have been passed by the Punjab Vidhan Sabha since 1999 and notification has also been issued, but not implemented. The conditions imposed by the UGC on teachers working in the colleges have not been followed in which the retirement age has been raised to 65 years. Arrears of revision of pay scales have not been given till date.”

“We demand the removal of ban on the recruitment with an immediate effect. Pension and gratuity scheme should be given. The release of grant-in-aid to colleges on time should be made mandatory. If our demands are not met, PCCTU will protest on October 15 in front of the DPI office, Chandigarh,” said Dr Manjit Singh Komal.



Gang of robbers busted
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khanna, October 9
The Khanna police has claimed to have busted an inter-state gang of robbers with the arrest of its three members, which have robbed 30 persons of their cars and extorting money from truck drivers as police officers during night.

The SP (D), Khanna, Bhupinder Singh, informed that a revolver, police uniforms, a car and a motorcycle were recovered from their possession.

He said a police party led by SHO, Doraha, Satwant Singh and CIA in charge Purshotam Singh Bal laid a naka at the Gurthali Pul. When they stopped a Lancer car, its occupants tried to escape, but three out of four persons were overpowered, while one managed to flee.

During search, a 7.62 bore revolver and four live cartridges were recovered from the possession of accused, identified as Dalvinder Singh, a resident of Bilga, and also the kingpin. Other accused were identified as Baljinder Singh, a resident of Prem Nagar, Mullanpur Dakha, and Hardeep Singh, a resident of Jaspal Bangar, while the other who is still at large was identified as Jaspreet Singh, a resident of Bilga.

The SP (D) further revealed that the gang has robbed about 30 Maruti cars from different places of Punjab and later sold these cars to scrap dealers. He said affidavits of about 15 Maruti cars had been recovered from their possession during interrogation apart from a Maruti car and a motorcycle.

He further said a fake identity card of the rank of inspector was also recovered from Dalvinder Singh. A case under Sections 379, 411, 420, 467, 468, 471 and 171 of the IPC and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms act was registered against them.



teenager’s death
Book accused in 24 hours: Cong to police

Ludhiana, October 9
The women cell of the Congress has given a 24-hour ultimatum to the district administration and police to arrest accused who had burnt a 17-year-old girl in Basti Jodhewal area about four days ago or the Basti Jodhewal police station will be gheraoed by workers of the Congress.

Leena Taparia, president of the women cell, said it was unfortunate that even after four days of the heinous crime, the police had failed to arrest the accused. — TNS



Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum to clash in final
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, October 9
The last year’s winners, Indian Oil from Delhi and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) survived anxious moments before securing their berths in the title clash encounter on the penultimate day of the Eighth All-India Guru Gobind Singh Gold Cup Hockey Tournament being organised by the Ludhiana Sports Welfare Association at the Prithipal Singh Memorial AstroTurf Stadium, Punjab Agricultural University campus, today.

In the semifinals, the defending champions prevailed over the current national champions, Army XI (Bangalore) 5-3, while the BPCL overpowered Punjab and Sind Bank 6-3 in a tie-breaker to settle for the final.

In the first semifinal, Indian Oils struck in the seventh minute when Olympian Prabhjot Singh dodged past Army XI’s defense.

Army XI restored parity in the 22nd minute through Saraj and surged ahead five minutes later when Purma weaved a good move and managed to sneak into the rival’s territory to read the scoreboard 2-1.

Just four minutes before the lemon break, Prabhjot Singh sounded the board to level the score 2-all.

Indian Oils pumped in two goals in the initial stages of the second half through Inderjeet Singh Chadha and Roshan Minz to further cement the lead 4-2.

In the 65th minute, Purma scored his second goal to reduce the margin 3-4, while two minutes later, Indian Oils’ Gurjinder Singh Gogi converted a penalty corner, which fetched them the match and assured a place in the final.

The second semifinal match between BPCL and Punjab and Sind Bank, too, witnessed a fierce battle, as the two teams were tied 3-3 at the end of regular period and eventually the issue was resolved via tie-breaker in which the former came out triumphant 6-3.

In the junior section, Sports Wing, Kila Raipur, outwitted Sangrur Academy 3-1 to book a place in the final where they meet Mata Sahib Kaur Academy, Jarkhar, who had already made it to the summit clash.



SAI judoka wins laurels
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 9
Rahul, a trainee of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Training Centre has brought laurels to the state as well as the nation in the Youth Asia Judo Championship held at Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) recently.

A budding judoka, Rahul, a student of Spring Dale Public School, Sherpur, Ludhiana, was selected to attend the national camp at Lucknow from where he was picked up to represent the country in the 13th Junior Asia and the sixth Youth Asia Judo Championship in Taiwan.

It was Rahul’s maiden overseas tour and he did not disappoint selectors. A number of star judokas from all over the continent competed in this event and Rahul secured fifth position in the below 66kg category.

Rahul also took part in the seventh Open Taipei International Judo Tournament held last week, in which he again finished at the fifth place.



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