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Woman crushed to death
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Blood stains being covered with sand at the accident site in Ludhiana on Monday.
Blood stains being covered with sand at the accident site in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, November 5
A 45-year-old woman from Delhi, who was riding pillion on a motorcycle, was crushed to death under an overspeeding passenger bus near the Partap Chowk flyover here today.

The victim has been identified as Harjinder Kaur, a resident of Khayala in Delhi. Her husband, Charanjit Singh, was riding the motorcycle.

The incident took place at around 11 am here today when the duo was heading towards the Pakhowal road to meet their relatives.

According to eyewitnesses, an overspeeding passenger bus hit the rear end of the motorcycle.

Charanjit Singh lost control over the bike and fell on one side of the road while Harjinder Kaur fell on the middle of the road.

Instead of applying brakes, the bus drive pressed the accelerator, crushing Harjinder Kaur under the bus. The victim died on the spot. The bus driver sped away with the vehicle after the accident.

The eyewitnesses claimed that the bus belonged to a government agency. The police reached the spot.

The investigating officer said the police was looking for bus driver and a case under Section 304-A of the IPC for causing death due to reckless driving would be registered against him.

Jaspal Singh, a relative of the couple, said the duo arrived in the city two days ago. "They stayed at my house last night and took my motorcycle in the morning to meet other relatives. However, destiny had some other plan. While my aunt died on the spot, my uncle did not even receive a scratch," said Jaspal Singh.

Charanjit was in a state of shock. He showed no sign of emotion and was numb following the incident.

"Charanjit is still in disbelief. His whole world has crashed like a pack of cards in a few seconds. He is trying to come to terms with the tragedy," said Jaspal Singh.


Illegal colonies continue to mushroom
Developers having a field day as govt fails to come out with new regularisation policy
Kuldip Bhatia

A bulldozer at work in an unauthorised colony in Ludhiana.
A bulldozer at work in an unauthorised colony in Ludhiana. A file photo

Ludhiana, November 5
With the Punjab Government having failed to come out with the promised new policy for compounding and regularisation of unauthorised colonies in the state, and the respective local area development authorities also showing reluctance to take the desired regulatory action against unlawful development, developers are having a field day and a large number of residential colonies are being developed with impunity on the periphery of the mega city.

Colonisers, who were lying low for quite some time in the wake of strict regulatory measures and a demolition drive carried out by the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) during the past couple of months, have come out of hibernation and are back to their dubious acts. This is evident from the hectic pace of development works in progress at several unlicensed colonies all around the city, and in some cases within the city.

Even officials of the regulatory wing of GLADA admit that during a recent field survey conducted by their staff, as many as 74 unauthorised colonies under different stages of development were identified. These colonies were carved out only during the past few months.

"Of the 1,004 unlicensed colonies uploaded by GLADA on its official website about three months ago, 87 colonies, which were within the city limits and under the purview of the municipal corporation, were struck off the list recently. At the same time, 74 new colonies being developed without obtaining statutory licence under the provisions of the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act, have been added to the list," GLADA officials said.

Without mincing words, the GLADA officials maintain that the prevailing policy on compounding and regularisation of illegal colonies has failed to yield the desired results. "The regulatory mechanism and penal provisions are inadequate," said a senior official on condition of anonymity.

If insiders in the real estate sector are to be believed, the stakes are very high for the developers, and it is far more profitable for them to develop an illegal colony, sell the plots by making false promises, and then perform the vanishing act. "Of course, we have to keep certain officials of the regulatory body in good humour for this purpose, but at the same time, we save ourselves from hefty payment of licence fee, change of land use charges and external development charges," confided a developer.

Kultar Singh Jogi, president, Punjab Colonisers and Property Dealers Association, who represented the stakeholders in a series of meetings convened by the state government to get a feedback before finalising the policy for regularisation of unauthorised colonies, says the developers were hopeful that the government would announce a new policy soon and provide the promised relief to the real estate sector and buyers of property.

"The development of lawful colonies and construction activity has come to a complete standstill due to uncertainty prevailing over the fate of thousands of unlicensed colonies across the state. It is only a realistic and liberal policy for compounding that can revive the ailing real estate sector," he said.



45-year-old man commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 5
A 45-year-old alcoholic man committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his house in the Janakpuri area here today.
The victim has been identified as Yashpal. He was addicted to alcohol, because of which he was thrown out of his job.

The family was reeling under a financial crisis because of his addiction to alcohol.

According to his wife, he committed suicide today while he was alone at home.

The police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the IPC.



City roads a death trap for two-wheeler riders
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 5
City roads are turning into a death trap for two-wheeler riders, especially motorcyclists.
With horse-driven carts, luxury cars, auto-rickshaws and trucks all moving haphazardly on city roads, two-wheeler riders and pedestrians are at a great risk.

Today's incident in which a 45-year-old woman, who was riding pillion on a motorcycle, was crushed to death under a passenger bus near Partap Chowk has yet again highlighted the vulnerability of motorcyclists in the city.

"Many people lose their lives in road accidents, many of which involve passenger buses. Our repeated requests for installing speed governors in buses and trucks have fallen on deaf ears. Two-wheeler riders are the most vulnerable as they don't have much protection. Nearly 50 per cent of the fatalities in road accidents comprise two-wheeler riders. Besides, riding two-wheelers without a helmet is also adding to the fatilities," said Kamaljit Soi, vice-chairman of the Punjab Road Safety Council.

According to road safety expert Navdeep Asija, poor infrastructure is also to be blamed for the rising number of road accidents.

"The authorities are blindly following the western pattern while developing infrastructure. They haven't taken into account the fact that two-wheelers comprise 75 per cent of the total vehicular strength in the city, unlike the West. The situation is worse on the Gill road and the roads surrounding this area. These roads are designed for four-wheeler traffic (for factory owners), while no provision has been made for providing a safe passage for cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians," said Navdeep.

Another road safety expert said motorcyclists were also to blame. It has been witnessed that motorcyclists indulge in overspeeding, which often results in accidents.

Hit-and-run case

Meanwhile, the police is inching closer to nab the accused involved in a hit-and-run incident that took place at Model Town Extension on November 2. Ashok Kumar, SHO, Model Town, said the accused was travelling in a Hunyadi Accent. The police had found a broken number plate of the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run case. On November 2, three persons, including two girls, were hit near the cremation ground in Model Town Extension.

Those injured were Komalpreet Kaur (15) and Navreet Kaur (16), residents of Dugri, while the third one, a bicycle rider, was identified as Rajesh Kumar (35), a resident of the Cheema Chowk area. Navreet Kaur later succumbed to her injuries.



Heroin worth Rs 2 crore seized, two arrested
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 5
The city police today seized 200 gm of heroin in the Daba area here. It has arrested two persons in this connection. The price of the seized contraband is estimated to be around Rs 2 crore in the market.

The seizure took place here this evening when ADCP-II Bhuinder Singh Sidhu ordered a special drive to keep tabs on anti-social elements.

Sources said two youths, who were riding on a motorcycle, were stopped for checking. During search, 200 gm of heroin was seized. Beant Juneja, in charge of the PCR fleet, confirmed the development. However, the Daba police remained tightlipped and refused to divulge any details.

Jatinderjit Singh, SHO, Daba, said, "We are at the preliminary stage of investigation. Commenting anything at this stage would not be appropriate."

Earlier, during the day, Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh had said, "In view of the festive season, we have intensified checking across the city. Nearly 62 nakas have been laid in different parts of the city and around 1,200 policemen have been deployed at these nakas."

The police has so far checked 7,000 vehicles of which 1,600 have been challaned. Six stolen generators have been seized and two proclaimed offenders have been nabbed. One of them was wanted in a kidnapping case by the Haibowal police.

Over Rs 1 core of unaccounted cash has been seized so far and nearly 53 kg of poppy husk has been seized by the police during a special drive that began on October 30.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police has cautioned hotel owners to check the identity proofs of persons checking into their hotels. He has ordred the hotel authorities to mantian proper records of visitors. He said strict action would be taken against the hotel authorities if they were found violating the orders.



14 suspected cases of dengue reported
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 5
Fourteen suspected cases of dengue were reported at the DMCH and the CMC here today. According to Health Department officials, six of these cases belong to Ludhiana. Of the six cases, five are from the Islam Ganj, Basti Jodhewal, Tagore Nagar, Pakhowal Road and Hargobind Nagar areas, while one is from Sahnewal.

Eight suspected cases of dengue reported at the DMCH and the CMC are from other districts. Three cases are from Hoshiarpur, two from Sangrur and one each from Ferozepur, Patiala and Kapurthala.



LIC pensioners stage dharna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 5
The LIC Pensioners Association today staged a dharna in front of the divisional office in support of their demands.

Addressing the protesters, BL Bhatia, divisional secretary of the association, said the LIC management should understand the restlessness among the pensioners and they should prevail upon the government to immediately solve their problems. The Northern Zone Insurance Employees Association, showing solidarity with the pensioners, also joined the protesters during the lunch hour.


Major demands

Increase in ex gratia for pre-1986 pensioners

Full "neutralisation of dearness allowance" to pre-August 1997 pensioners 



Local Bodies dept gets notice
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 5
A group of 20 persons, who had cleared the recruitment process of the Ludhiana City Bus Service Ltd (LCBSL), approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court for permanent injunction. The court has now issued a notice of motion to the Secretary of the Local Bodies Department and Ludhiana Municipal Corporation Commissioner-cum- Chairman of the LCBSL.

The LCBSL had scrapped the recruitment of 160 drivers and conductors who were to be hired on a contractual basis in September. The recruitment process was in its final stages as the applicants for the posts of driver had completed their training and those for posts of conductor were waiting call for their final interviews.

On November 2, a group of 20 persons had filed a civil writ petition with the Punjab and Haryana High Court, alleging that they were kept in dark when the recruitment process was scrapped.

“After completing the necessary training and recruitment process, the LCBSL suddenly changed track and decided to recruit the drivers and conductors through a private contractor,” said Davinder Singh Gurna, the counsel of petitioners. “We hope to get justice in the court because the LCBSL authorities has cheated us,” rued one of the petitioners.

When the private contractor bagged the contract, it was found that the LCBSL will end up paying more than it is paying to the present drivers and conductors. At present, the LCBSL is paying 40 drivers and conductors a fixed monthly salary of Rs 4,000 in addition to Rs 1.5 per km and Rs 1.25 per km, respectively. Each bus travels around 200 km daily, which means that a driver earns around Rs 13,000, while the conductor earns an average salary of around Rs 7,500.

However, the private firm, which bagged the contract has quoted a per kilometre rate of Rs 3.19 for drivers and Rs 2.75 for conductors. Which means a driver and a conductor (if they travel 200 kilometres daily) will earn around Rs 19,000 and Rs 16,000 respectively.



Two-day painting exhibition begins
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 5
Noted artist Kalicharan Gupta was in the city for the inauguration of two-day painting exhibition "Art Beat" recently. While appreciating some of the works by the local artists, he said such exhibitions would give a boost to art in the city. Recalling his own journey , he said the beginning was difficult in the past days and in the 1960's it was difficult to convince parents to think beyond engineering and medical profession.

After taking admission as a engineering students at a college in Jaladhar, he had moved to Jamia Milia Islamia in Delhi. I expressed my desire to learn art but my father refused and told me to learn it myself, he added.

Gupta studied at College of Art in Delhi and after completing his graduation he went for postgraduation in fine arts. He has organised more than fifty solo shows in India and abroad. Besides exhibitions in Korea, England, Russia and Thailand, he was the commissioner for an art festival in Seychelles in 1992. He has been holding workshops and curating many shows.

Meanwhile, he lamented that with the arrival of digital age, plagiarism in art has set in. " Works of artists across the globe are now available through internet. Youngsters just try to create variations of original works," he said.

For budding artists, he says," They need to work hard and should develop skills at the craft as artists are craftsmen first." 



LED lamps to light up Divali
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 5
The festival of lights is round the corner and various types of lights for the festive season are now available in the market. Rather than lighting up the traditional diyas and lamps, people have choice of LED lamps. The LED lamps are powered by battery.

Chargeable lights are also available in the markets as they can be charged through induction mechanism and once charged can remain lit continuously for 14 hours.

A new type of electronic diyas are also available in the market. One just need to blow them off in a similar fashion as with the real diyas. Some of the lamps are colour adjustable and there are lights with touch sensitive buttons and remote controls, through which one can set the colour, selecting from 16 million colours, by a touch-sensitive colour-dial button.

"Besides, advantages of less electricity consumption, colour options, LED lights have a long life," says Jaspal Kaur, working at a Philips showroom. "People have shown interest in LED candle lights apart from other lights," she says. "Options for lights have increased now as a host of lights of different kinds are now available," says Vineet, an interior designer.



DC summons NGO, councillor
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 5
Jaspal Singh, who claimed to be the owner of khasra number 106 in Sunet village, which is the property of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, is believed to be the “supporter” of independent councillor Veeran Bedi. These facts came to light when the voter list of Ward Number 57 was checked and interestingly, Jaspal Singh’s vote was registered at Bedi’s house only.
Veeran Bedi, councillor
Veeran Bedi, councillor

The voters' list, in possession of The Tribune, shows Jaspal Singh, son of Hardial Singh (serial number 1234) as resident of 984, BRS Nagar, and Veeran Bedi, her husband Harpreet Singh, and her sons Gurpreet Singh and Kamalpreet Singh besides seven other persons are having their votes registered at the same address.

As per the Deputy Commissioner’s report, when District Revenue Officer Balraj Kaur had visited the area, Jaspal Singh had claimed that he was in possession of the property, which was sold to him by Surjit Kaur (mother of Veeran Bedi) two years ago. He told the DRO that the land was purchased by him from Surjit Kaur, wife of Maan Singh, a resident of Khanna and also submitted an affidavit in this regard. “But Jaspal Singh failed to provide any documents regarding the purchase of the land but claimed that he owned the land,” read the DC’s report.

In the presence of the DRO, Bedi family had claimed that they owned the land, which was located in khasra number 105. But as per the “Jamabandi” (land mutation) of khasra number 105, there was no mention of Veeran Bedi or her mother Surjit Kaur.

Col Jagdish Singh Brar, president, Maha Sabha,an NGO, Ludhiana, alleged that against the said land Harpreet Bedi had taken a loan of Rs 1.5 lakh from Ludhiana Central Cooperative Bank Ltd. “ The original sale deed of Veeran Bedi and Surjit Kaur is still lying with the bank as co-lateral security as they are yet to pay the loan amount. So the sale or purchase of the property in question does not arise at all,” alleged Col Brar.

He further alleged: “Councillor Veeran Bedi and Harpreet Bedi have encroached upon the prime MC land. They have misguided the MC, the district administration as well as the court. Few years back, another councillor had encroached upon MC land and his membership was terminated by the Local Bodies Department. We demand that Veeran Bedi’s membership should be terminated ,” said Col Jagdish Singh Brar. Harpreet Singh Bedi could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari said as per the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court he had called the petitioner (Maha Sabha, Ludhiana) and respondent number 3 (Veeran Bedi) for hearing on November 19. “Let both the parties produce documents to substantiate claims and further action will be taken accordingly,” said the DC.

Case History

In June, the MC suddenly “learnt” that around 2,200 sq yard of the prime land in Sunet village near Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar area was owned by the MC. When the MC officials went to take possession of the land they found that a local politician and another person have “encroached” upon it. When NGO Maha Sabha, Ludhiana, came to know about the fact, they raised the issue with the MC’s building branch. Despite several reminders no action was taken by the MC officials and the NGO then approached senior officials of the Local Bodies Department in Chandigarh, who directed the MC to get the land vacated at the earliest but no action was taken. Meanwhile, Maha Sabha, Ludhiana, approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which issueed directions to the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, to get the demarcation done. 



Mayor Gohalwaria pledges his organs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 5
Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria seems to be leading from the front. Gohalwaria has announced that he would donate his organs after death. Mayor Gohalwaria is the first Mayor of the city who had decided to donate his organs.

Mayor Gohalwaria said, "I feel that organ donation is a social cause because my organs can save eight other lives. Moreover, being the first citizen of the city, it's my duty to promote organ donation as it can save large number of lives."

While thanking the Mayor for the decision, Dr Baldev Singh Aulakh, president of GLODAS India and Professor of Urology and Transplant Surgery at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, said: "When the Mayor saw presentation regarding organ donation, he asked me to provide him a donor card. I am thankful that the Mayor is supporting the cause."

It is pertinent to mention that Punjab Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Dr Livtar Singh Chawla Baba, former Vice-Chancellor, Farid Medical Sciences University, and around 10,000 people had opted for organ donation in the city.



Knitwear traders meet excise officials

Ludhiana, November 5
A delegation under the leadership of Darshan Dawar, president, Knitwear Club, met HPS Gotra, AETC, and Jaskaran Brar, AETC, Excise and Taxation Department, and discussed the problems of knitwear industry today.

The delegation took up the issues of raids and survey conducted by the department which were creating panic among the traders. The said checking by the department was resulting in the harassment of traders. The delegation requested the officials not to harass the industrialists. with such activities.



Punjab's share in wheat production to decline further, says expert
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana,November 5
India produced a record 93 million tonnes of wheat during 2012, thus, creating a mountain of surplus grain but the share of Punjab in country's wheat production has declined from 22.3 per cent in 2001 to nearly 17 per cent in 2012. It will decline further to 13 per cent by 2030. This was stated by Dr Subrahmaniam Nagarajan, former chairman, Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Authority, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India.

Dr Nagarajan, an internationally known wheat pathologist, was here at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) on Monday to deliver a talk on the topic of "For Whom are We Producing This Huge Amount of Wheat", organised by the PAU Science Club, as a part of the golden jubilee celebrations.

Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, Dr RK Mahey, Registrar, PAU, Dr Rakesh Tuli, Executive Director, National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute, Mohali, Dr RS Sangwan, chief executive officer, Bio-Processing Unit, Mohali attended the guest lecture. Dr Nagarajan said wheat quality research in India lacked innovation and research on genomics was not cohesive.

He suggested for the integration of departments and programmes relating to wheat improvement, economics, engineering and product development under Wheat Technology Development Centre.

He also demanded functional autonomy for the centre. Dr Nagarajan advised the experts to focus on wheat programmes and make a paradigm research to promote innovation and to develop high-value products.

The Peninsular India (Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Karnataka) consumed value-added-high-quality wheat products and varied types of flour such as stone- crushed full grain flour and maida were also in great demand, he said.

Referring to wheat flakes, Dr Nagarajan said there was enough scope for research and development to make triticale, wheat, durum and barley mix muesli. Pointing out that ports were far away from Punjab and exports were largely viable from Gujarat and Rajasthan, Dr Nagarajan stressed on increasing value-added wheat bio-product export from Amritsar and Chandigarh.

On the occasion, Dr Dhillon exhorted the PAU scientists to work collectively towards processing and value addition of wheat products. 



Missing child found

Samrala, November 5
The Samrala police has claimed to have solved a case of missing child and recovered the child in just 10 hours after his disappearance. As per information, Shamshudin, a resident of Jassar village, and his wife had left their 8-year-old son Hassen Khan and 12-year-old son Moseen Khan in a madrassa at Samrala yesterday.

At night, younger son Haseen Khan kept on weeping and was repeatedly requesting to go to his home. In the morning at about 6 am the child left the madrassa and could not be found. After about five hours parents were informed about his disappearance. Meanwhile, parents informed the police. After searching for about five hours the police spotted the boy near Dhandari. — OC



High interest rate worries MSMEs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 5
The MSME sector, which helps in country’s exports, is getting squeezed due to high rate of interest with no easy credit. While its competitors are getting credit in the range of 5 to 6 per cent while the MSME exporters get credit anything around 14 per cent.

The main reason of charging high interest rates from MSME sector is the highest perceived risk weightage of this sector. In this connection, the sector has been arguing with the RBI that borrowers who have given sufficient co-lateral security should have no risk weightatge at all.

The MSME sector has urged the RBI and to the Finance Ministry to earmark separate quota of Bank credit to the MSME’s and the rate of interest from the sector should be drastically reduced.

“The precarious current account situation and balance of trade position require boosting of exports. Of all the borrowers, the MSME borrowers are getting the severest treatment by the banks both in the flow of credit and its cost. There has been a loud cry from the sector to the Reserve Bank of India and the Finance Ministry to set up a committee to monitor whether such enterprises are benefiting from the directives issued periodically to banks by the RBI but in vein. This sector will further face harsher conditions when other borrowers are getting softer terms of borrowing. Naturally, banks succumb to the pressures of profits and bottom line,” said PD Sharma, president of Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The increasing volume of Non Performing Assets (NPA) and loan structuring is putting pressure on banks. The RBI has raised the provisioning requirement for outstanding standard re-structured loans from 2 per cent to 2.75 per cent. This requirement is likely to increase further in a gradual manner to 5 per cent as per the Mahapatra Committee. The current increase will have a marginal impact of 1.4 per cent on the Bank’s profit before tax.

The regulations require that the banks should lend 40 per cent advances to sectors identified by the RBI as priority sector. Unfortunately, the list of categories within the priority sector is ever increasing.

“The finance ministry has mandated that 18 per cent credit within priority sector should go to agriculture. The remaining goes to home loan sector and many others and leave the MSME sector open ended. Moreover, there seems to the “D-emphasis” on the export sector. The foreign banks will no longer have a specific target in the total priority sector towards export credit,” said Gurpargat Singh Kahlon, president of the Auto Parts Manufacturers Association.

On the one side, the sector has pressure of competition from the other sectors and on the other side instead of encouraging it has been laden with high interest rate. “Despite our repeated requests the matter of lowering the interest rate for MSME sector has still not attracted any attention,” added another industrialist.



Good response to Pak stalls at fair
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 5
Artisans and craftsmen from Pakistan were happy with the response they received during the four-day CII fair. On the concluding day of the fair yesterday, people were seen flocking Pakistani stalls as articles.

Huzaifa Essabhai, sales and marketing head of Gul Ahmed Textiles Mills Ltd from Karachi, Pakistan, said that they have visited Ludhiana for the first time.

“Ludhiana, being a cultural and economical centre of Punjab has a vibrant and thriving market for their products. We have in house manufacturing facility, where products like salwar kameez are stitched. The fabric in our facility is made up of cotton, jute, viscose and wool paschmina. Our designer range for all seasons has been highly appreciated by the cosmopolitan public of Ludhiana,” said Essabhai.

Another participant, Afzal, from Pakistan, who runs a shoe company called Tourist Khusa is going back home with a smile on his face. Khusa is also known as Punjabi Jutti on this side of the border. He said besides trade, there are many memories that they cherish and take back home, as the culture of both the countries is very much similar making them feel at home.

“This time, we have brought kohlapuri chappals with us for ladies, which is handmade and specially made from camel and sheep leather and ranges from Rs 300 to Rs 800,” he added.

Another specialty from Pakistan on showcase is the Onyx stone handicrafts. Nadim Ahmed, from Nadeem Enterprises, said onyx is a natural stone and handicrafts made from it are very attractive. He said in layman terms, people know it as ‘sangmarmar’ and its unique specialty is that it is a translucent. The crafts made from this stone are handmade and are carved out of a single piece of stone; thus there are no joints in the sculptures. The stone is available in 5 to 6 colours and public is showing a lot of affinity to the products.



Police tightens noose around drunk drivers
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, November 5
Taking a serious note of a large number of fatal road accidents that took place during the past, the local police has increased surveillance in the Jagraon area. As most of the road accidents occur due to drunken driving, the police has launched a special drive to check this practice and prevent further road accidents.

The police has also issued a warning to the general public to evade driving in case they have consumed alcohol otherwise be prepared to face the strict police action.

During last couple of days, the police has also increased check-points in the area and the challans are being issued to the tipplers who are being found driving vehicles after consuming liquor.

According to the Jagraon traffic police in charge officer Inspector, Kanwarpal Singh, the traffic police is doing its best to prevent road accidents. "We have been organising workshops to create awareness among the general public regarding importance of traffic rules and risks of drunken driving but despite all our efforts, some people are still involved in this wrong practice. The person, who drives vehicle after consuming alcohol, not only puts his own life under risk but also causes a serious risk to the lives of other commuters," said Kanwarpal Singh.

He stated that it was noticed that most of the road accidents in the area during recent past took place due to drunken driving, the police has decided to tighten the noose around the persons involved in drunken driving. "We have challaned dozens of people who were found driving after consuming alcohol during last three days. We will carry on this drive in the coming days too," he added.

It is reminded here that during the past two weeks, over half a dozen road accidents have taken place on various roads in Jagraon area, which have claimed lives of more than dozen people. In some of the accident cases, the drunken driving was found to be one of the causes behind the mishap.

Inspector Kanwarpal Singh has appealed the people to cooperate with the traffic police and follow the traffic rules and warned the people to avoid driving after consuming alcohol. "The police will make no compromise in case any person is found driving after consuming liquor and a strict action will be taken against all such persons," added the traffic police in charge.



Now, check mutation status on website
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 5
For the convenience of general public, who often complain that they were not able to get to know whether the records had been changed (the mutation deeds) or not, a website www.ludhiana.nic.in has been launched through which the mutation (intekaal) status can be seen. The data is available for all the sub-divisions from April 2010-June 2012.

According to available information, the status of the land-records for all the seven sub-divisions including Ludhiana (West), Ludhiana (East), Jagraon, Samrala, Khanna, Payal and Raikot, from April 2010-June 2012 was available on the website.

Rahul Tewari, Deputy Commissioner, said efforts were being put-in by the department to enter all the records from July 2012 onwards. "It will take about a month to enter everything but it will be of great help to the general public as within a click, they will be able to check all the records in seven sub-divisions," said Tewari.

Govt issues fresh instructions on mutation deeds

As per latest instructions issued by the state government, a person can choose to get the "attested" mutation deed from the department by paying just Rs 60 (which includes the fees). For this, he or she has to provide full address to the department in addition to the fees and within stipulated time, the deed will reach to him/her on the given address.

It may be mentioned that earlier, the person had to pay Rs 25 to get the copy of the mutation deed but now by paying Rs 60, attested copy of mutation will be provided.

An official said, "There is a need to create awareness on getting the mutations of the properties. At times, residents expect that mutation will be automatically provided to them by the department. The department will make the changes in the records but if one needs the document, he or she will have to apply for it. And under the RTSA, it will be provided within 15 days."



CITU demands hike in wages
Unions to hold 2-hour ‘chakka jam’ on December 18
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, November 5
The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) called upon the Punjab Government to hike minimum wages of workers with immediate effect and implement the notification issued on May 30, 2012 for this purpose. In a bid to focus on the poor plight of workers, the trade union body has announced to resort to "chakka jam" for two hours from 12 noon to 2 PM on December 18, 2012.

The national general secretary of CITU and member of Rajya Sabha Tapan Sen said persistent failure of the state government to implement the notification for hike in minimum wages of workers was tantamount to denial of constitutional rights to over 50 lakh workers in Punjab.

Sen was addressing a "hall bol" rally at PUDA grounds on Chandigarh Road, convened by the Punjab state unit of CITU to highlight the injustice being inflicted upon the working class by the state government. He said the failure of the SAD-BJP government in Punjab to dispense justice to workers went on to prove that it had bowed down to the pressure of capitalists and money power.

Workers, carrying red flags from all parts of Punjab, including those working in the construction sector, hosiery factories, brick kilns, textile mills, industry as well those under anganwadis, mid-day meal, MANREGA and ASHA schemes, participated in great strength in the rally.

Addressing the rally, state secretary of CITU Raghunath Singh, president Vijay Mishra and other trade union leaders claimed that there was widespread resentment among the workers for being given a step-motherly treatment by the government. "The brewing discontentment is about to explode in the form of a decisive battle to achieve justice, they maintained.

The speakers demanded minimum monthly wages of Rs 10,000 for unskilled workers, Rs 15,000 for semi-skilled and Rs 20,000 for skilled workers without any further delay, implementation of notification issued on May 30, 2012, scrupulous implementation of labour laws, resumption of work at brick kilns, total ban on anti-worker policies of privatisation, contract system and outsourcing and restoration of trade union rights.

According to CITU leaders, prior to chakka jam agitation on December 18, the workers will hold gate rallies, demonstrations and protest dharnas against Punjab government on November 7 followed by protest marches from December 13 to 17 all over the state.



Income Tax Dept’s website being updated
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 5
Are your efforts of getting connected to the department of income tax going futile? Don’t panic, the website of the department www.incometaxindiafiling.gov.in is not accessible as the portal is being upgraded to provide more facilities like help desk. The current web services will remain close till November 8.

"The current e-filing website is being revamped to a new e-filing website with additional services. The current web services will remain close till November 8,” said a communiqué from Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).

In order to make the new portal "live", the data transfer from the old to the new set up is in process. Hence, the portal will not be available for the six days to file returns, the CBDT said.

Under the new e-filing setup, not only income tax returns (ITR) forms, but also other IT forms are proposed to be made available for electronic filing along with other web-enabled services.

"The e-filing services will resume with various new additional services like multiple mode of e-filing of returns: help desk through call centre and e-mail support, provision of online forms, pre-filing of data in forms, and availability of offline e-forms," the CBDT added.

Meanwhile, the time limit has been extended for filing the ITR-V Forms relating to income tax returns filed electronically (without digital signature) for assessment year (AY) 2010-11 and 2011-12 to December 31 or within 120 days date of uploading of the electronic return data, whichever is later. The due date for submission of the ITR-V is 120 days from the date of upload of e-return.



87,477 children given polio drops

Ludhiana, November 5
As many as 87477 children were administered polio drops on the second day of the five-day long pulse polio campaign. District Immunisation Officer Dr Sanjeev Hans said,"Five- days long campaign has started today in the urban areas of Ludhiana and semi-urban areas of Koomkalan and Sahnewal block.

Here, it will conclude on November 8, while in other areas, including Khanna, Jagraon, Samrala, it will be for three days from November 4 to 6."

He said 1,66,554 houses in the district were covered today. On the first day, 1678 teams of the District Health Department had administered pulse polio drops to 85,565 childrens up to 5 years of age. — TNS



Shiv Sena activists thrash tantriks, aides
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 5
In a brazen act, activists of the Shiv Sena allegedly thrashed tantriks and their aides near the Samrala Chowk area and the Dholewal Chowk area here today.
The incident took place this evening when the group of activists led by Rajiv Tandon, president, Shiv Sena, Punjab, reached the shops from where these alleged tantriks were operating. Sena activists allegedly thrashed the tantriks and their cronies.

Rajiv said these self-proclaimed witch-hunters were robbing innocent people. Taking action against them was imperative.

Rajiv said he had lodged a complaint with the police against the tantriks before going to their places.

The tantriks and their men complained that Tandon took law in his hand. The police has received the complaints from both factions. According to sources, both groups were likely to face action.



Draw for retail cracker shops held

Ludhiana, November 5
The draw for retail cracker shops was held at Police Training School here today. It was conducted under the supervision of DCP S. Bhupati. The retailers will sell crackers at the areas, which included Sector 39, Chandigarh road, Pakhowal Road, Model Town Extension, Dugri, New BRS.Nagar and Hambran road.

For Pakhowal road area, 31 applicants had come for 24 shops. These allottees will be given the licences on November 7. — TNS



Ludhiana Scan
Poetry recitation competition

The Language Department conducted creative writing and poetry recitation competitions at Punjabi Bhawan today. The competitions have been organised by the department to celebrate the Punjabi Week. The function was presided over by F. Neshara Khatun, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Social Welfare, Women and Child Development. She encouraged the children who took part in the competitions. Winning students were also honoured on the occasion.

Group song contest

A group song competition was organised by the Ved Prachar Mandal at BCM Senior Secondary School here today. Harish Rai Dhanda graced the occasion as the chief guest. About 200 students from over 12 schools participated in the competition. BC Arya Model Senior Secondary School and Guru Nanak International Public School were adjudged first in the competition.

Facilities for visually impaired

Visually impaired students will be provided all facilities so that they could perform well in academics. These views were expressed by the Mayor, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, while taking part in the 34th death anniversary of Giani Lachaman Singh Gandharv at a Gurdwara on the Gill Road. The Mayor appreciated the efforts put in by Giani Gandharv in serving the visually impaired persons. A kirtan was also held on the occasion.

Medical awareness camp

Aagaz Charitable Foundation, an NGO, organised a breast cancer and cervical awareness camp in collaboration with Mohandai Oswal Hospital at Bangispura village near Jagroan. As many as 80 villagers attended the camp in which a team of 15 doctors from the hospital provided consultation. Dr Shireen Gupta (consultant) and Dr Shikha provided free consultation to the villagers. Hospital staff and students preformed a street play to create cancer awareness. A talk show was conducted by the consultant doctors, who addressed all queries of the villagers. The team of experts examined the patients. “During our work, we have realised that the people in villages don't have an approach to bigger hospitals and they lack health awareness,” said Dr Shireen.

Hospital inaugurated

A Super Specialty Hospital was yesterday inaugurated by MLA Manpreet Singh Ayali. Ajmer Singh Kalra (owner), Dr Sukhdev Batra (owner), Dr Vishavnoor Singh (MBBS) and Dr Parampreet Pal Singh (BDS) were present and at the time of the inauguration. On the occasion, Kalra said: “We are here to serve the community. Here we will provide advanced treatment facilities and 24-hour services. Facilities available at the centre include echocardiography, dialysis, allergy treatment and test, CT scan, color dapple mammography, digital X-Ray, cancer treatment, neurosurgery, mother and child care, laparoscopic surgery and dialysis”. — TNS



From Colleges
Divali festival begins

A two-day Divali festival began at the SDP College for Women. It is also being organised at other SDP Institutions. Colourful flags, banners and rangoli designs were made by the students on the campuses. Students performed dance and sang devotional songs at SDP College. Fashion show, histrionics and Rajasthani group dance were also performed on the occasion. Principal Jasbir Kaur Makkar congratulated the students for performing well in the festival.

Placement week

A placement week was organised at RIMT Campus for B.Tech and MBA students of different streams. More than 400 students participated in the recruitment process. Over 70 students were shortlisted by the companies. — TNS



from schools
Plantation drive held

A plantation drive was organised at Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Udham Singh Nagar. Students of the school, NCC cadets in the able guidance of principal Bandana Sethi and project coordinator Dr Syed S. Hassan planted saplings on the occasion. Sethi told the students about the importance of plants and announced that it is “aahvan” from the BVM family to “Go Green”. He appreciated the efforts of Dr Hassan. About 100 saplings were planted in the school.

Vedic group song contest

Bhartiya Vidya Mandir (USN) participated in a Vedic group song competition organised by the Ved Prachar Mandal yesterday. Bhartiyans music maestros competed with other schools and brought laurels to the school by bagging the third prize. Relentless enthusiasm could be seen in all participants and the audience was left spellbound by the rendition of the school choir. The event strived for acquainting the Indian youth with their rich culture and heritage. Participants were also motivated to develop love for their motherland. Principal Bandana Sethi appreciated the efforts made by teachers and students.

Fancy dress competition

A fancy dress competition was organised at GRD Academy by the Kindergarten wing. Students were dressed up in various characters like Bhagat Singh, Rani Lakshmi Bai, fairy, doctor, military man, Krishna, Nehru, etc. Tiny tots presented their characters smartly on the stage with great enthusiasm. Students were given away prizes. Principal Meena Jain and headmistress Abhilasha congratulated the students for their performance.

National Aero Olympiad

Team from Guru Nanak Public School (GNPS), Sarabha Nagar, has qualified for the phase II of the National Aero Olympiad - 2012 being organised by the Aeronautical Society of India, Bangalore Branch. As many as 20 teams from the schools all over the country have been selected by a panel on the basis of the project reports submitted by them. The GNPS team comprising of Sarabjot Singh XI-B, Harkawlpreet Singh XI-A, Gursimran Singh X-H and Bhawneet Singh X-H will represent the school in the phase II of the competition being held in Bangalore from December 20 to December 22. The topic for the phase II is “Advancements in Aero plane Technologies in the past 50 Years”. During this phase, there will be competitive events in 3 groups - Individual, School Teams and Group Activities. The Aeronautical Society of India conducts this Olympiad to create awareness about India’s Aviation Programme and motivate participants to join the aviation industry as engineers, scientists and designers. The school management and principal Mona Singh have congratulated the students for their outstanding performance and hoped that they would do well in the final phase in Bangalore.

Vigilance awareness week

Vigilance Awareness Week was celebrated in New GMT Public School with great enthusiasm. Students made banners and posters with slogans related to “Consumer Awareness”. They also highlighted the role of the media in bringing public awareness.

Annual sports meet

Students of ABC Montessori School take part in the annual athletics meet at Don Bosco School in Ludhiana.
Students of ABC Montessori School take part in the annual athletics meet at Don Bosco School in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph 

Around 170 students congregated for the Annual Sports Day of ABC Montessori School. Students took part in a number of sports events and achievement day. Students from classes Pre-Nursery to UKG found a platform to showcase their sporting talents in a string of events. The opening ceremony was done by little cheer leaders. The individual events included cartoon race, jumping race, statue dance race, frog race, how to be a better husband race, cycle race, hurdle race, lemon and spoon race, stringing beads race, plate balancing, pick carry and run, reverse racing, ball and basket race etc. The group events included couple race, bride and groom race, cat and mouse race etc. Competitive spirit ran high as several houses of the school vied for the top spot. Some of the meritorious participants of ABC Montessori (BRS Nagar) were Riana, Chirayu Niyamat Ananya Pahal, Preet, Fateh Ribhav, Vanshika, Hussan, Khyati, Navraj, Akshara, Inayat and Aditi of Pre-Nursery to UKG. Other students of ABC Montessori (Basant Avenue) were Jannat, Nikunj, Jagjot, Manya, Samaira, Angel, Harshveer, Hargun, Rupam and Sunny of Pre-Nursery to LKG. — TNS



Proclaimed offender held
Was evading arrest for the past 15 years
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, November 5
The Jagraon police has arrested a proclaimed offender wanted in a criminal case for the past 15 years. The accused has been identified as Baljit Singh, alias Goldi, a resident of Harchoke village in Moga district.

As per the information, Baljit was arrested by a police team from the PO Wing of the Jagraon police yesterday evening from near Muktsar following a tip-off.

Giving the details of the incident, in charge of PO Wing Jaspal Chopra said the police had received a secret information that Baljit was seen in Bathinda a couple of days ago, following which a police team comprising of constables Sukhvir Singh, Raghuvir Singh and Balwinderpal Singh was sent to Bathinda.

“When the police team reached Bathinda, it learnt that Baljit had gone to Muktsar with a Bathinda-based businessman who had hired him as a driver. The police team chased him down and arrested him from near the Muktsar Bus Stand,” said Jaspal.

Jaspal said Baljit was wanted in a trespassing and assault case registered against him at the Sudhar police station in August 1997. Though he managed to escape from the police and since then he was living at Bathinda, along with his wife. Later on, a local court declared Baljit a proclaimed offender, added Jaspal.



GND varsity emerge victorious
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 5
Nanak Dev University (GNDU), Amritsar, overpowered hosts Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, 3-0 to emerge as champions in the PAU Golden Jubilee Hockey Tournament that concluded at the Olympian Prithipal Singh Memorial AstroTurf Stadium here today.

Teams from four universities namely PAU, Ludhiana, long with GNDU, Amritsar, Panjab University, Chandigarh, and Punjabi University, Patiala, battled it out for top honours in this four-day tournament which was organised to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of PAU, Ludhiana.

The final match was played on a brisk pace with players from the GNDU, Amritsar, and PAU, Ludhiana, displaying good stick work. They weaved some fine moves and raided each other’s territory time and again.

After wasting a couple of scoring chances in the initial moments, the GNDU players managed to surge ahead with just one minute to go for the lemon break.

In a solo attempt, Jagroop Singh got control of the ball near the half line, succeeded in dodging past defenders and also found the custodian on wrong foot to roll the ball into the net (1-0).

Six minutes into the second half, Hardeep Singh sounded the board to increase the lead (2-0) and three minutes later, Gurjant Singh found the target, which sealed hosts' fate 3-0.

Midway through the second session and towards the end of the title clash, PAU men made frantic forays into the opponents area but failed to capitalise upon the chances, which came their way.

In the match to decide the third position, Panjab University, Chandigarh, defeated Punjabi University, Patiala, 4-1.

Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, along with Charanjit Kaur, Jaspreet Kaur, wife and daughter, respectively, of Olympian Prithipal Singh, Dr Davinder Singh Cheema, Director, Students Welfare, PAU, Olympian Ramandeep Singh, former captain of the national hockey team, currently posted as deputy director, Sports, PAU, coach Harinder Singh Bhullar, former hockey players, Col Jasjeet Singh Randhawa, Ajay Pal Singh Poonia, Bhupinder Singh, Sudhir Kumar Malhotra, Arun Kumar, Dr Jasjeet Singh Kang and Dr Harpal Singh Bhullar were present there to watch the final.



Ludhiana swimmers dominate, score 72 points
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 5
The swimmers of Ludhiana secured 72 points to top the table in the Punjab Women's Games held at Amritsar, here recently.

Ludhiana's dominance was so complete as the second position holders managed to collect just 23 points. Kawalpreet Kaur, Shubh Karman Dhaliwal, Mani Mehtab Dhaliwal, Ishpreet Kaur, Armaan Kaur Khangura and Tamanna formed Ludhiana contingent and they proved too good for their opponents to reap a rich haul of medals to stamp their class.

Kartar Singh Sehmbey, District Sports Office (DSO), Ludhiana, appreciated the girls on this outstaning achievement. He also appreciated coaches, Amandep Kaur and Wasakha Singh.

The DSO wished the swimmers and their coaches good luck for the upcoming National Sports Festival for Women to be held in Orissa.



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