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Beware! Sweets may leave bitter taste
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 16
Try to avoid temptation for sweets this festive season as they could be adulterated. Sweetmakers and confectioners are busy preparing sweets in advance to meet the demand. With such heavy demand during the festive season, adulterated sweets are sold in bulk in the market.

Though the district health department has started collecting samples, but the drive is yet to pick up pace. Talking to The Tribune, district health officer Dr Kulwinder Singh said: “Collecting samples of eatables is an ongoing process. Yesterday, we collected samples of eight eatables, including sweets, and today we collected seven samples from Khanna.”

It has been observed that till the time the report of samples is out, adulterated sweets have been sold out. All samples are sent for testing at the food laboratory, Chandigarh. This means that eatables, especially sweets, are sold even if they fail purity test.

The district health officer said: “People should avoid buying sweets and other eatables from shops that have the history of selling adulterated stuff. As the festival season has started, the health department will start a campaign to collect samples.”

Set up testing lab in city

}We have alerted the sweetsmakers. I wish that all are using good quality khoya. About a month ago, the National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, held a training programme for sweetsmakers at the CIPHET. We were taught techniques of testing sweets. We have urged them to set up a laboratory in the city so that all sweetsmakers and customers can test the purity of eatables.

Narinder Pal Singh, president, Halwai Association

Penalty under Food Safety and Standards Act

  • Misbranded: Up to Rs 2 lakh
  • Sub-standard: Up to Rs 3 lakh
  • Food not of the nature or quality demanded: Up to Rs 5 lakh
  • Misleading advertisement: Up to Rs 10 lakh
  • Food containing extraneous matter: Up to Rs 1 lakh
  • Not complying with directions of the food safety officer: Up to Rs 2 lakh
  • Unhygienic and unsanitary processing or manufacturing of food: Rs 1 lakh

Samples that failed quality test in 2011

Mustard oil and cheeni ke khilone: Mander Karyana Store, Issaru

Khoya burfi: Aujla Sweets Shop

Packaged drinking water: Sunil Cold Drink, Haibowal Kalan

Sweets: Super Lovely Sweets, Lakkar Bazaar

Patisa: Shyam Lal Sweets, Dashmesh Nagar

Rasgulla: Sharma Sweets, Focal Point, Sherpur

Petha: Bhure Lal factory

Mustard oil: Calcutta Karyana Store, Pakhowal

Daal masur: Mohini Karyana Store, Kochhar Market

Pickle: Godowns in Udo Ram Dera Karabara and Dera Bazigar


Health department collects 15 samples of food items in two days
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 16
The Health Department collected seven samples of food items from different shops at Khanna today. A team comprising district health officer (DHO) Kulwinder Singh, district food safety officers Ravinder Garg and Harpreet Kaur collected the samples.

Food safety officer Ravinder Garg and Harpreet Kaur said: “We collected two samples of pulses from a karyana shop on the railway road in Khanna, zarda from Shubham Trading Company, rasgullas from Anand Sweets and Sagar Sweets and two samples of besan from Harjeet Sweets and Gurmukh Sweets."

Yesterday, the team collected one sample each of pakoras and bhujia from Desraj & Sons at Nanak Nagar. Besides, samples of ‘lasun pakori’ and bhujia were taken from Ganesh Bikaneri Bhujia Bhandar on Noorwala Road. Samples of barfi and murgi chaina were collected from Sant Sweets in the same area, while samples of gulab jamun and rasugulla were collected from Sidana Sweets at Haibowal Khurd.

The DHO also issued instructions to owners of both the sweetmeat shops to take care of sanitation and maintain hygiene standards in their respective workshops.

Garg said the workers at the sweetmeat shops were found to be preparing sweets in unhygienic conditions.



Colourful sweets can be harmful
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 16
Bright coloured sweets may look attractive, but these colours are often harmful. The sweetmakers freely use food grade colours like carmine, sunset yellow and green and their concentration is often more than the permissible limit, especially during the festive season.

The prescribed norm is 100 parts per million (PPM), but the concentration of colours is much more than that, say health officials.

Toxic colours, mostly carcinogenic and can cause cancer, are used because they increase the attractiveness of the sweets, are cheap and are available easily. Unhygienic condition in which sweets are often mass produced to cater to the festive season demand poses a serious health hazard. It's better to choose light coloured sweets as the chances of these being adulterated are less.

Kept in freezers, sweets are given shapes of fruits like apple, orange, melon, etc. And to give them a finishing touch, sweetsmakers use aluminium foil instead of silver foil. Aluminium foil is harmful to human body if consumed.

Not only sweets but dry fruits area also coloured with chemicals. Some shopkeepers also indulge in the practice of extracting oil from almonds and then dip the almonds in chemicals having essence of almonds to give them the original look.

District health officer Dr Kulwinder Singh said: “I always tell the eatery owners not to use colours in sweets. To make these look more attractive they use it injudiciously, which is wrong. I am not aware of almonds being dipped in chemicals.” Food Safety Officer Ravinder Garg said: “Many hotels and restaurants also use these colours in routine food and snacks, which is wrong." Dr Kanwal Maseeh, Medical Superintendent of CMCH, Ludhiana, said: “Use of colour is harmful, especially the synthetic ones. These may lead to cancerous growths in the body, especially in liver.”

How to differentiate

Ravinder Garg said: “It’s difficult for a common man to differentiate between pure and adulterated sweets. As far as khoya is concerned, a layman can check it by taking a small piece of sweet and rub it with fingers. If the fingers gets laced with ghee, it means it is pure and if gives the look of vermicelli, it means it is impure." Keep sweets with silver foil in oven. If it burns, it is aluminium.



Security beefed up, 1,000 policemen deployed
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 16
The police today deputed over 1,000 policemen in the city to beef up the security in the wake of the festive season. The move has been taken following intelligence inputs that anti-social elements would try to spoil the festivities in the city.

Giving details, Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh said that 1,002 policemen have been deputed to beef up the security. The policemen have been equally distributed in four zones of the city.

The force includes two companies of the Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB), two companies of the Border Security Force (BSF), while rest are the jawans of the Punjab Police.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone-I) Nilambri Vijay Jagdale has been deputed as the nodal officer.

Nearly 40 policemen have been deputed with traffic police personnel under the supervision of ACP (Traffic). The policemen would be deputed in the city for about a month. The policemen will be patrolling on roads, busy market places and will also set up check points.

A large posse of police force would be deployed near the Ramleela grounds across the city.

Flag March

A huge contingent of the police led by ACP (West) Gurpreet Kaur Purewal and SHO Alam Vijay Singh on Tuesday carried out a flag march in Sarabha Nagar in wake of the festive season. ACP Purewal said the flag march was conducted to instil confidence among the residents.



Kidnapping bid foiled
Suspect escapes from police custody
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 16
High drama was witnessed at Kitchlu Nagar this evening when the residents staged a dharna against the police inaction that led to the escaping of kidnappers. The incident took place at Kitchlu Nagar when a man, aged around 45 years, grabbed the eight-year-old nephew of Congress councillor Sanjay Talwar.

The kidnapper was about the take the child in an auto-rickshaw, but the child managed to free himself and raised the alarm. Alert residents nabbed the man who claimed that he was innocent. He was taken to the Kitchlu Nagar police station.

The residents were in for a shock when ASI Suninder Singh, in charge of the Kitchlu Nagar police station, reportedly told the residents to bring the man in the morning as Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal was in the town.

However, the ASI reached the Kitchlu Nagar chowki after the matter was brought to his notice.

Virinder Bhakoo, president of Kitchlu Residents’ Association, said the police was hand-in-glove with the kidnapper. ASI Surinder Singh and two other policemen took the kidnapper for verification.

However, the kidnapper managed to escape from the police custody. The residents have demanded a disciplinary action against the erring policemen.

ACP (West) Gurpreet Kaur Purewal pacified the residents and said the miscreant would be nabbed soon.



Gang of copper wire thieves busted
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 16
The Dehlon police has nabbed six persons of a notorious gang involved in stealing copper wire from electric motors and transformers installed in the fields. The gang was identified on the basis of information provided by some commuters who had seen some migrant labourers travelling with copper wire which instead of being good quality was being sold as scrap.

A special investigation team (SIT) led by Amandeep Singh Brar, SHO Dehlon, was constituted to nab Tarlok Chand, a scrap dealer of street number 42, Simlapuri, who besides purchase the stolen wire at throw away prices used to coordinate activities of the 'field members', mostly drug-addict migrant labourers. Other accused arrested from various places were identified as Mohammad Rajat Sheikh of Islamganj, Ludhiana, Ajij of Diptiya Slum Colony, Ludhiana, Anil Kumra of Tibba Road, Ludhiana, Mohammad Arif of the Kaurian Temple area and Nishad of street number 2, Gita Nagar, Ludhiana.

Assistant Commissioner of Police, Gill, Gurpreet Singh Sikand said commuters travelling in trains running on the Dhuri-Ludhiana route had identified a gang that had been causing massive losses to farmers of the area by stealing copper wire from electric motors and transformers installed in their fields. Some scrap dealers of Ludhiana were also suspected to be involved in the case.

Finding substance in the information and complaints lodged by five farmers, the police registered an FIR against Tirlok Chand and recovered stolen copper wire from his shop. Other suspects were identified on the basis of information extracted from the scarp dealers.

Though the accused had been active in the area for a long time, none of them could be nabbed as they used to travel by train only. As they used to walk in singles after de-boarding train during nights, nobody suspected them. Tools and equipment used for dismantling transformers was also carried in pieces. Rajat used to disconnect power supply to the target transformer and ensure that the suspects were not electrocuted during action ensure.



navratra special
Eateries gear up for Navratras
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 16
After a lull in “Shradh”, Navratras have brought cheers to residents who are ready to keep fasts in the coming days. For some residents, these are the days to get imbued in spiritual bliss. "I am excited about the coming days, as we start the days by worshipping the Vaishno Mata," says Aditya, a student. "We pray and go to the temple every evening during these days," he says.

"Although I visit the temple occasionally, but during the Navratras, I make it a point to offer prayers at the temple," says another resident.

Restaurants have already rolled out special menus. Special “thalis” and dishes without garlic and onions are going to be served.

"We have introduced special menus like paneer malai, seekh kebab, paneer tikka pinapple, tandori fruit etc especially for the Navratras" says Mayank Chhabra, from Roche restaurant.

Food stores have also brought in special products to be consumed by those on fasts. "We offer a range of health foods, including aaloo lachha, sabudana wada, vrat sev, papioca chips, apart from other healthy food alternatives," says Saurabh Ralhan from Well Being health food store.

With the range of foods available with restaurants these days, residents can relish delicious food without compromising on their religious beliefs, said another restaurant owner.

"The good thing nowadays is that there are a number of choices one really doesn't miss out on anything. All restaurants and outlets offer delicious meals put together especially for the Navratras," says Kamini, a resident.



Beware of fake SMSes doing rounds in city
It can bring down your mobile phone balance to zero
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 16
Beware of the fraudulent SMSes that are doing the rounds these days. These SMSes either announce you as the winner of some jackpot or ask you to switch off your mobile phone for a few hours.

Customers of almost all the mobile companies are receiving an SMS announcing that the recipient has won one million British pounds. The SMS mentions the senders name and sometimes it mentions that the draw was held in the UK by a soft drink company. Another SMS that is doing the rounds these days is asking the customers to switch off their mobile phones.

Ruchi, a subscriber said, "I was shocked to receive an SMS saying that I have won one million pounds in a jackpot and the message sender's name was mentioned as the UK Embassy. I knew it was a fake message and did not respond. In the message I was asked to send my name, mobile number, e-mail address and age details to some e-mail address mentioned in the message. It is a very serious matter, how can one use the name of an embassy for sending fake messages. The matter should be brought to the notice of the government authorities," said she.

Another subscriber, Rohan Sood, said, "A few days ago I received an SMS saying that I had won a jackpot and needed to switch off my mobile phone for a few hours so that my number could be stored in the list. I thought there was no harm in switching off the mobile phone and when I switched on my mobile I found that there was zero balance in my account. Since I am a pre-paid customer I got to know that all my money in the account was used".

Yet another customer, Gagan said, "It is very sad that these swindlers have now started using the name of embassies to make a fool of people and loot them of their money. Although we are aware but still some fall prey to such calls and SMSes as they keep devising new methods every few months".

Even the mobile companies are sending caution SMSes to the customers not to fell prey to such fake messages.

Mobile numbers that are sending fake messages in the name of UK Embassy are:








Muslim craftsmen busy preparing effigies of Ravana
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 16
Ahead of the Dasehra festival, around 20 Muslim craftsmen are busy preparing the effigy of Ravana at Daresi ground. Some are busy making jewellery, some in stitching costumes, while the remaining are busy painting the faces of the effigies.

One of these craftsmen Ahmed has been visiting the city for the last ten years to prepare these effigies that are burnt on the day of Dasehra. "Every year, I along with my group come here to prepare the effigy. This work gives me immense pleasure," he says.

Another craftsman, Abdul Razaq at Fatehgarh Mohalla near Daresi ground, says that the effigies prepared by his group are bought by different Dasehra committees. "We will be making nearly five to six effigies of Ravana, which will be bought by different Dasehra committees," he says.

A group of twenty people are busy round the corner for final day.

“Time is less, so we do not have even a minute to spare,” added another craftsman at Daresi ground.



Students showcase talent in music and fine arts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 16
Instrumental music and fine arts were at the centre stage on the second day of the ongoing Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival of Ludhiana Zone B being held at Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, here today.

Hira Singh Gabria, former cabinet minister, was the chief guest for the morning session. He performed the lamp lighting ceremony. The day began with musical items including Indian orchestra, instrumental music — percussion and non-percussion, group folk orchestra and folk instrumental. Students also showcased their talents in painting, rangoli making, clay modelling, cartooning, collage making, poster making, still life drawing and photography.

Literary events including debate, elocution and poem recitation were also held at the second venue, where the students hotly debated on the topic 'Higher education has misled students into paying for expensive education but resulting in low standards'. Dr SM Kant, former director, department of youth welfare, Panjab University, Chandigarh, graced the occasion as one of the judges for these events.

Satinderjit Singh, commissioner, Central Excise, Custom & Service Tax, Chandigarh, graced the occasion as the chief guest for the evening session. He commended the students for putting up an impressive show.



35 colleges take part in PTU youth fest

Mandi Gobindgarh, October 16
As many as 35 colleges affiliated to Panjab Technical University (PTU) will be participating in 27 different cultural and academic events lined up for the two-day zonal youth festival that began at the Desh Bhagat Institute of Professional Studies here today.

The first day saw students competing in various events including classical dance, group song, poem recitation and poster making. Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, and GNIMT, Ludhiana, excelled in most of these events.

While inaugurating the event, chief guest DIG, Intelligence, Vibhu Raj said that youth festivals played a significant role in the lives of the students. These festivals provided healthy entertainment to the students, developed their hidden talents and enhanced their organisational skills, he said. Panjab School Education Board Vice-Chairman Dr Suresh Kumar Tandon was the guest of honour on the occasion.

Earlier, Desh Bhagat Group Chairman Dr Zora Singh gave a floral welcome to the guests. — OC



Part-time lecturers await regularisation
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 16
Despite the state government recommending the regularisation of posts of part-time lecturer during a Sub Cabinet Committee meeting on November 26 last year, the part-time lecturers at Government College are still awaiting the implementation of the recommendations.

The Finance Department had also notified to the Principal Secretary, Higher Education, about the recommendations of the committee, and sanctioned Pay-Band-Pay, minimum grade pay and dearness allowance (DA) for these lecturers. The letter issued by the Finance Secretary stated that the regularisation of these teachers was under process.

A part-time lecturer at the Government College for Women said: "The lecturers have been working for a long time on minimal wages in government colleges. After a long struggle, the Cabinet recommended the regularisation of our posts last year. It has been about a year since this notification was endorsed by the Finance Department, but we have still not received any DA.”

"It is very disappointing that we are working on such low wages as compared to the regular lecturers. We have the same qualification, but get only the grade pay. We were very hopeful that with the implementation of the government's decision, we will start getting a satisfactory amount of salary. Government should implement its decision,” said another lecturer.



school notes
Kindergarten students learn healthy eating habits
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 16
In order to inculcate healthy eating habits among the kindergarten students, Healthy Food Week was organised at Green Land Convent School, Civil City. On the Fruits and Vegetables Day, the students came dressed as different fruits and vegetables. The students were apprised of benefits of eating vegetables and fruits.

Healthy Tiffin Competition was also held during the week. Students brought nutritious food to the school on this occasion. School principal Jyoti Pujara appreciated the efforts of students as well as their mothers who worked hard to win the contest.

Story-telling competition

A story-telling competition was organised in the Kindergarten section of Tagore Public School today. The students enacted the stories using props. The event was organised to enhance confidence of the students and remove stage fright. LKG-B won the first prize, followed by UKG-B and Nursery on the second and third positions.

Sameer shines in table tennis

Sameer Sharma brought laurels to GMT Public School by winning the junior boys title at the Prithipal Singh Memorial Open Table Tennis Championship. Earlier, he had won a silver medal at the table tennis championship held at BVM School, and a bronze medal at a competition held at Alpine International School.

KVM School wins cooking competition

The Hotel Management Department of Gujranwala Gurunanak Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT), Civil Lines, organised Teacher-Student Chef Competition here today. DAV Public School, USPC Jain School, KVM School, GGN Public School, Guru Harkrishan Public School, Baba Isher Singh Public School, Green Land Public School and Sargodha Public School took part in the competition. Prabhjot Singh, MD, Nagpal Regency, was the chief guest on the occasion. He said such activities should be encouraged to arouse the passion to cook among the youth. The participants were given three hours to prepare a salad, main course and dessert with the material provided by the institute. The results were based on team work, use of ingredients, presentation and taste. KVM School bagged the first prize, GGN Public School was adjudged second and Guru Harkrishan Public School stood third.



sidhwan canal expressway project
Company may jump deadline
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 16
It seems that the Sidhwan Canal Expressway project may not be completed by March, 2013, courtesy the work pertaining to the construction of the underpass on the Sidhwan Canal bridge on Ferozepur road is yet to start.

The private company constructing the expressway has been trying to start the work since August, but it is getting delayed due to one reason or the other.

On March 31, state PWD minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon had announced that the project would be ready by October, but on August 21, Dhillon announced a new date- March 31, 2013. Prior to this, February was the deadline for the completion of Sidhwan Canal Expressway project.

To start the construction of the underpass, one side of the Sidhwan Canal bridge on Ferozepur Road will be closed for vehicular traffic for three months. Work on a portion of the underpass has already been completed, the other side will also be closed for three months.

The traffic police, which had prepared a diversion plan for the project, had announced on October 5 that one side of the bridge would be closed from one side from October 6 onwards, but even after 10 days, the company has not been able to start the work.

When contacted, Pardeep Kumar, project manager of Supreme Infrastructure, said they had prepared the road (that has been widened). "Signboards will be ready by tomorrow and we expect to get permission for closing down one side of the bridge soon," he said.

The foundation stone of Rs 318-crore Sidhwan Canal four-lane expressway project was laid in 2009. The project has a total of nine bridges, including five canal bridges, two rail overbridges (ROBs) and two flyovers.



Step out of office, PWD minister tells staff
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 16
State PWD minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon today urged his staff to step out of their offices and pay field visits so that the development projects could be completed on time. Dhillon was addressing a gathering during a review meeting of all ongoing development projects for Mundian, Jamalpur, Dhandari and Sahnewal areas.

He said the officials should visit the project sites and listen to the problems of residents there. "Some problems can be solved on the spot. But because the officials don't go on field visits, residents are made to suffer," Sharanjit Singh Dhillon warned the officials.

He directed the officials to ensure that the ongoing sewerage projects are completed on time. "It's sad that the ongoing sewerage laying projects are going on a slow pace, which will not be tolerated. Action will be taken against all officials who are responsible for the slow pace of the works," PWD minister Dhillon added.

Dhillon stated that Rs 15,000 crore project has been started for four-laning and six-laning of the highways.

"After the completion of the project, Punjab will become the first state of the country where all state highways will be four-laned and six-laned," claimed PWD minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon.

Among others present included Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, Senior Deputy Mayor Sunita Aggarwal, Simranjeet Singh Dhillon, besides others.



MC to put in efforts for twin-city agreement
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 16
The Ludhiana municipal corporation will be putting in efforts to tie up with the London Borough of Hounslow (UK) so that a twin-city agreement can be reached between the two cities. Hounslow Mayor Pritam Singh Grewal, who belongs to the city, today held a meeting with his Ludhiana counterpart Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria in this regard.

Grewal's family hails from Kila Raipur village, which is known for its rural Olympics. His wife Ajmer Grewal is also a councillor in Hounslow.

Born in Ludhiana, Pritam Singh Grewal completed his schooling from Arya School. He did BSc from Arya College. In 1976, he migrated to the UK and joined the labour party in 1995.

Pritam Singh Grewal said it was in 2002 when he was elected councillor for the first time. "Leave aside an Indian, but even an Asian has never won from that ward. This is my third term as a councillor and fortunately this time I was elected the Mayor for one year," he said.

The London Borough of Hounslow is presently having the twin-city agreement with two cities, Paris in France and Lahore in Pakistan. "Around four years ago, we had tried for the agreement with Jalandhar, but things didn't fall in place. As I belong to Ludhiana, I would like to have this agreement with the civic body. On return, I will make efforts for the same," he stated.

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said he would raise the issue in the next General House meeting of the MC. "We will approve it in the next meeting and will send it to the London Borough of Hounslow," he said.

Interestingly, Grewal shared that the annual budget of London Borough of Hounslow is 670 million pounds while the annual budget of the Ludhiana MC is Rs 741 crore. The population of London Borough of Hounslow is 2.5 lakh while the population of Ludhiana is around 17 lakh.

Pritam Grewal comes from a sports background, with his father Ranjit Singh Grewal and younger brother Mohinder Partap Singh Grewal being national-level hockey players.



Pharmacist shifted to health centre
Accused of taking money from trainee for issuing certificate
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 16
After receiving a complaint from Senior Medial Officer of Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital Dr Karamvir Goel against a chief pharmacist of Ludhiana for indulging in corrupt practices while issuing a certificate to a trainee, Chief Medical Officer Dr Subhash Batta has shifted the pharmacist to the Primary Health Centre, Hatthoor.

CMO Dr Subhash Batta said,"I received a copy of the complaint yesterday. The trainee has also filed a complaint stating that the pharmacist had taken money for issuing the certificate. The case has been forwarded to the higher authorities."

The SMO of Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, said,''A panel comprising two doctors has been formed to probe the matter."

"The matter has been brought to the notice of the Civil Surgeon," he added.

Meanwhile, a city-based NGO, Active Anti-Corruption Group, has demanded that the chief pharmacist be placed under suspension.

President of the NGO Ramesh Bangar said, "The pharmacist had taken money from other trainees as well."



Traffic comes to a halt on National road
Shopkeepers protest against route diversion
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 16
Traffic at Ghumar Mandi and adjoining roads came to a halt this evening after shopkeepers staged a dharna to protest against the route diversion. The shopkeepers alleged that they were suffering losses due to the change in the traffic route plan at Ghumar Mandi.

They alleged that the route had been changed at the behest of shopkeepers and restaurant owners in Ghumar Mandi.

They demanded that the decision should be revoked.

Earlier, the commuters used to enter Ghumar Mandi from National road.

But in the wake of festive season, the route was diverted. As per the new route plan, commuters enter Ghumar Mandi through Aarti Chowk. The shopkeepers said the move had resulted in traffic chaos on National road. The dharna was lifted following the assurance of ACP (Traffic) J Elanchezhian.



Date for filing service tax return extended
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 16
The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has extended the date of submission of service tax for the period April 1, 2012, to 30 June, 2012. The last date for the submission of return for this quarter has been extended from October 25 to November 25.

"This is a right step taken by the CBEC. Since new forms will be released shortly before the due date, there will be a rush of assesses trying to upload their return, resulting in a snag. Extending the date by a month is a good step taken by the CBEC," said Girish Khanna, an advocate.

"There will be no rush for filing the returns and we will get enough time. It is a welcome step taken by the CBEC as now everybody can file their return within the time limit," added Jatin Gandhi, a service tax payee.



MLA's dog goes missing
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 16
Ludhiana MLA Ranjit Dhillon was in for a shock today when his favourite pet went missing. Soon, the security personnel went in search for the dog, but to no avail. The CCTV camera footage showed that a woman took away the pug.

The woman was being given instructions by someone.

The incident took pace at around 3 am when a woman sneaked inside the MLA's house through the main entrance and took away the pug that was sleeping in the lawn.

"The incident has exposed a security breach," said the MLA.



Security guard fell from rooftop: Police
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 16
The 35-year-old security guard, Anoop Kumar, who was found dead outside the HDFC Bank on Mall Road, reportedly died after falling from the top floor of the building. The police said this came to light after questioning of around 20 persons who were residing along with him in the building.

Anoop's roommates said that the deceased consumed liquor and slipped from the roof top. The police, however, has not yet ruled out foul play. The police is investigating if Anoop was pushed by someone.

Earlier, the police was suspecting that either Anoop was killed while thwarting a robbery attempt or was murdered by some roommate, following a heated argument.



Mayor refuses to attend function after it leads to traffic jam
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 16
The tents pitched on the Hambra Road to hold a function to honour Ludhiana MC Mayor Harcharan Singh Golbaria were removed after he refused to attend the function as it caused traffic jam here this evening.

The function was organised by Hambra Road Shopkeepers Association. The association members pitched tents in the middle of the road. The commuters informed the traffic police about the encroachment on the road.

After receiving the information, a police team reached the spot to remove the encroachment.

The police team in charge further brought the matter to the Mayor’s notice. The Mayor reportedly called the association members and told them remove the tents if they wanted him to attend the function.

It was after receiving this call that the association members reportedly removed the tents.



Decomposed body found
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 16
A badly decomposed body of an unidentified person was found alongside a link road near Sarhin village on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road near here today. The body, packed in a jute bag, was spotted by the staff of a marriage palace, after it started emitting foul smell. It was sent for post mortem by the Dehlon police.

Assistant Commissioner of Police, Gill, Gurpreet Singh Sikand said an FIR had been registered against unknown persons under Section 302 of the IPC.

Investigations revealed that the deceased belonged to the Hindu community as “Om” was tattooed on his right hand.

The police suspects that the victim was killed in Ludhiana city, and later his body was dumped under the garb of darkness.

The police, however, has not ruled out the possibility of the victim being thrown when he was still alive as his hands were tied behind his back and an adhesive tape was stuck on his mouth.

The investigating team has started collecting information about persons in thirties who have been reported missing from the city in the last ten days, as doctors have suggested that the victim had died over a week ago.



NRI commits suicide
Wife had left him for another man
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, October 16
A non-resident Indian, Karnail Singh, reportedly committed suicide by consuming celphos tablets at his house in Loh Garh village last night. Satish, son of the deceased, told the police that when his father had gone abroad a few years back, his mother had fallen in love with another person.

Though the deceased returned to India after hearing the news of his wife’s extra-marital relationship, she left the house with her paramour on October 7. The deceased reportedly consumed the tablets after feeling humiliated due to this whole episode.

The Goraya police has registered a case under Section 306 of the IPC against Kamaljit, wife of the deceased, and her two sisters, who are still at large. The body of the deceased was handed over to the family members after conducting an autopsy.



Rs 8.5 lakh, 500 gm gold burgled
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, October 16
Unidentified miscreants decamped with Rs 8.5 lakh, gold ornaments and gold biscuits weighing approximately 500 gms in an hour’s gap when the family was away on the first day of Navratras at the Pritam Nagar locality today.

Balbir Singh, owner of a tool company, left the house at around 10 am along with his family to his factory for puja. When the family returned at around 11.30 am, he was shocked to find that his house has been burgled. The unidentified persons entered the house from the iron gate and reached the room after breaking the windowpanes and took away cash, gold biscuits, gold bangles and diamond sets.

The SHO, Mandi Gobindgarh, reached the spot and started investigations.



Women's Games
Sonia adjudged best gymnast
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, October 16
Sonia, a trainee of the Coaching Centre, Ludhiana, secured 28.50 points and was adjudged the best gymnast in the Ludhiana District Women's Games organised by the Punjab Sports Department that concluded at the Guru Nanak Stadium today.

Her immediate opponent, Manju of Police DAV School, Ludhiana, collected 27.70 points to finish as runners-up while Bobby from Prince Model School, Ludhiana, accumulated 27.20 points to secure the third position.

Dr Rishipal Singh, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), Ludhiana, gave away prizes. Rupinder Pal Singh Ravi, state coordinator, Punjab School Education Board, was the guest of honour.

Second day's results

Swimming (100m free style): Shubhkarman Dhaliwal of MC Pool first, Kanwalpreet Kaur of GNPS, Ludhiana, second and Ishpreet Kaur of CFC Public School, Ludhiana, third.

200m free style: Kawalpreet Kaur of GNPS, Ludhiana, first, Shubhkarman Dhiwla of MC Pool, Ludhiana, second and Ishpreet Kaur of CFC Public School, Ludhiana, third.

400m free style: Kawalpreet Kaur of GNPS, Ludhiana, first, Shubhkarman Dhaliwal of MC Pool, Ludhiana, second, Ishpreet Kaur of CFC Public School, Ludhiana, third.

100m breast stroke: Mani Mehtab Dhaliwal of MC Pool, Ludhiana, first, Armaan Kaur Khangura of St College, Ludhiana, second and Tammana Jindal of BCM School, Ludhiana, third.

200m breast stroke: Mani Mehtab Dhaliwal of MC Pool, Ludhiana, first, Tamanna Jindal of BCM School, Ludhiana, second and Armaan Kaur Khangura of St College, Ludhiana, third.

100m butterfly: Kawalpreet Kaur of GNPS, Ludhiana, first, Ishpreet Kaur of CFC Public School, Ludhiana, second and Tamanna Jindal of BCM School, Ludhiana, third.

100m back stroke: Shubhkarman Dhaliwal of MC Pool, Ludhiana, first, Kawalpreet Kaur of GNPS, Ludhiana, second and Ishpreet Kaur of CFC Public School, Ludhiana, third.

200m back stroke: Shubhkarman Dhaliwal of MC Pool, Ludhiana, first, Kawalpreet Kaur of GNPS, Ludhiana, second and Ishpreet Kaur of CFC Public School, Ludhiana, third.

200m individual medley: Kawalpreet Kaur of GNPS, Ludhiana, first, Mani Mehtab Dhaliwal of MC Pool, Ludhiana, second and Tamanna Jindal of BCM School, Ludhiana, third.

Volleyball: KCW, Sidhwan Khurd bt KCW, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, 21-25, 25-20 and 25-21 and Rara Sahib bt Government Senior Secondary School, Kundanpuri, Ludhiana, 25-19 and 25-15.

Basketball: GCW, Ludhiana, bt Gymkhana Club 45-41; Khalsa Girls Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, bt Khalsa School Sports Wing, Ludhiana, 27-21; GCW, Ludhiana, bt Khalsa Girls Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, 51-34 and Gymkhana Club, Ludhiana, bt Doraha Public School, Doraha, 53-36.

Lawn tennis (final): Seerat Pannu of BCM School, Ludhiana, bt Yagini Kapoor of BCM School, Ludhiana, 6-4.

Gymnastics team championship: Coaching Centre, Ludhiana, first, Prince Model School, Ludhiana, second and Police DAV Public School, Ludhiana, third.

Hockey (final): Government College for Women, Ludhiana, bt Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, 4-1.

Kho-kho: Khalsa College for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, first, Government College for Women, Ludhiana, second and Government Senior Secondary School, Galib Kalan, third.

Kabaddi: Dashmesh Sports Club, Latala, first, Khalsa College, Ludhiana, second and Guru Hargobind Public School, Dadhahoor, third.



8-wicket win for Jalandhar
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 16
Jalandhar district thrashed Combined Districts XI by eight wickets to enter the final of the Punjab State Inter-District Senior Women's Cricket Tournament being played at the Green Land Stadium, Manj Phagowal, on the Ludhiana-Jalandhar road. Yesterday, Jalandhar eves overwhelmed Amritsar district by 157 runs.

Combined Districts XI who lost their first match against Amritsar district gave another dismal performance.

Batting first, Combined Districts XI were shot out for 41 runs in 23.1 overs in which Kamal and Baljit Saini contributed seven and five runs, respectively.

For Jalandhar district, Mehak was the most successful bowler who took five wickets for just nine runs while Asha claimed two for 15 and Ritu chipped in with one wicket for two runs.

Jalandhar district surpassed Combined Districts XI's total in 14.3 overs after losing two wickets to assure themselves a berth in the title clash match.

Asha and Reva scored 21 and 10 runs, respectively, to steer Jalandhar district to victory. For losers, Ruchi and Rajwinder Kaur claimed one wicket each.



8 teams to slug it out in Sahibzada Ajit Singh Hockey Meet
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, October 16
A whopping prize money of Rs 8.50 lakh will be at stake in the second edition of the All-India Sahibzada Ajit Singh Hockey Champions Trophy Tournament slated to be organised here at the Olympian Prithipal Singh Memorial AstroTurf Stadium in Punjab Agricultural University from October 21 to 27.

This was stated by Pirthipal Singh Batala, president of the Sports Council of Ludhiana, during a press conference held recently.

"Top eight hockey outfits of the country with a number of star players, including Olympians in its ranks, will battle it out in the highest prize money tournament of the country. Teams such as Indian Oil from Mumbai, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), Mumbai, Air India (Mumbai), ONGC (Mumbai), Punjab National Bank, Punjab and Sind Bank, Namdhari XI (Bhaini Sahib), besides the current national champions, India Army will be seen in action in the men's section during the week-long hockey extravaganza," said Batala.

"Similarly, four major teams in the women's section namely Central Railway XI, Gwalior Academy, Chandigarh XI and Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala will be vying for the top honours," added Batala.

"The opening ceremony as well as the final matches in both the sections will be played under floodlights. The main feature of the opening ceremony will be a spectacular cultural programme," said Dr Kulwant Singh, chief organiser of the tournament.

The winners in the men's section will be richer by Rs 3.50 lakh while the runners-up will receive a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh in addition to the trophies.

Likewise, the victors in the women's section will pocket a cash prize of Rs 1.25 lakh, besides Prof Nirpjit Kaur Gill Memorial Trophy and the team finishing at second place will get a cash prize of Rs 75,000.

Charanjit Singh Atwal, Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha will inaugurate the tournament on October 21 at 6.30 pm while Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, will be the guest of honour.

MLA and former director, sports, Punjab, Pargat Singh will be the chief guest on the concluding day.

Noted Punjabi singer Satinder Sartaj will entertain the spectators on October 27.



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