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Braving protest, MC clears encroachments
Drive carried out in Chhawni Mohalla under heavy security
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, November 22
It was a hard day for officials of the building branch of the municipal corporation who were assigned the task of carrying out a demolition drive to clear structures and parts of houses constructed on government land in Chhawni Mohalla alongside the Old GT Road from Sabzi Mandi Chowk to the Jalandhar bypass here.

As men and machines of the MC launched the drive this morning to clear encroachments, affected residents, including a large number of women, and activists of the Dalit Vikas Board made the going tough for them.

In the face of heavy odds, the MC team, however, successfully carried out its assigned task and removed encroachments from 16 identified points, most of these being part of residential houses.

The MC team had gone prepared for the demolition drive. Having had to call off the drive and return four times earlier from the same spot due to angry protests and political intervention, the MC team, led by MTP Raj Kumar, ATP (Zone A) Kamaljit Kaur and other officials of the building and tehbazari branches, was accompanied by 60 police personnel, including women constables and commandos, in addition to the police squad attached to the MC.

"Residents, including women, hurled abuses on us and the accompanying police personnel, and many of them squatted in front of JCB machines to disrupt the demolition drive," said an official, who was part of the anti-encroachment drive.

Even as MC officials were finding it difficult to tackle the irate residents, Vijay Danav, chairman of the Dalit Vikas Board, arrived at the spot with his supporters and asked the MC team to stop the demolition drive. He claimed that the so-called identified encroachments were in place for several decades. "The MC has been misleading the Punjab and Haryana High Court on the issue of these particular encroachments," he asserted.

Unfazed by the continuing protest by the affected residents, the MC officials carried out the assigned demolition of 16 houses, which were partly razed and the encroached government land was got cleared.

In a statement, the MC maintained that the demolition drive had been carried out today on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Jhuggis razed

In a separate but related development in the city, the MC staff, led by ATPs SS Bindra and Rajinder Sharma, razed half a dozen jhuggis constructed on a park on Panj Peer Road behind Altos Nagar. Jhuggi dwellers put up a mild resistance. Later, sensing the mood of the MC staff, they removed their household articles before the structures were pulled down.


PAU campus being decked up for President’s Nov 27 visit
1,080 delegates to attend conference on sustainable agriculture
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
In view of President Pranab Mukherjee's visit to Punjab Agricultural University on November 27 for the "International Conference on Sustainable Agriculture for Food and Livelihood Security", the university is being decked up. Buildings and halls are being spruced up, roads recarpeted and roadsides done up with paint to give a new look to the university.

Work on recarpeting of roads on the PAU campus is going on in full swing, which had earlier been halted. The PWD is making all-out efforts to complete the recarpeting work before the President's visit.

Footpaths and dividers are being painted. Flower pots have been installed at entry points of buildings. PAU gardeners are busy making the gardens look beautiful. Apart from the outdoor decoration, employees are also busy decorating indoor areas which the President is likely to visit.

According to university officials, Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, politicians and top scientists will participate in the conference.

Dr Allah Rang, secretary of the organising committee, said, "As many as 1,080 delegates will participate in the international conference from all over the world. We have received 900 research papers. Dr Gurdev Singh Khush, Dr Rajinder Singh Paroda, Dr David Mackill, Dr Rattan Lal, Prof Harjinder Singh, Dr Hans Peter Piepho, Dr Kulvinder S Gill, Dr Achim Dobermann, Dr Zora Singh, Dr Upmanu Lall and Dr Baljit Singh will be among those who would present their papers during the conference." 


Theme areas of the conference

  • Crop breeding for food security and climate resilience
  • Natural resource conservation: A key to sustainable agriculture
  • Crop protection
  • Food processing and nutritional security
  • Advances in veterinary and animal sciences for sustainable livestock development
  • Joining hands for economic development


Entry banned

 In view of the President's visit, the district administration has prohibited the entry of sportspersons and morning walkers in the university grounds for security reasons. Besides, the district-level hockey tournament of the ongoing School Games has been postponed. The tournament, scheduled for November 26, has been postponed to November 28.



Tight security in place
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
Security in and around Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has been beefed up in view of President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to the university, scheduled for November 27.

The President will visit the university to attend the inauguration of the "International Conference on Sustainable Agricultural Development for Food and Livelihood Security".

He will also preside over a function regarding the golden jubilee celebrations of the PAU.

The special security group of the President will visit the city on November 24 to check the security arrangements.



Sarna aide Channi's house raided
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
The city police raided the house of Charanjit Singh Channi, an aide of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Paramjit Singh Sarna, in Dugri last night.

Sources said the raid on Channi's house, who had been termed a "bad character" in police files, was conducted in connection with a clash that took place at Gurdwara Rakabganj between two factions of the DSGMC, one owing allegiance to the Shiromani Akali Dal (D) and the other to the Delhi State Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), a few days ago.

The sources said the Delhi police wanted to know about Channi's involvement, who had formed the Khalsa Panchayat a few years ago, in the clash that left scores of persons from the Badal faction injured.

Satwinder Singh Virk, SHO of the Dugri police station, said since Channi was a bad character in police records, the police visited his house in 
connection with routine investigation.

Channi's family protested the police move. “Policemen scattered all articles and clothes while searching almirahs and rooms in the house,” alleged Balvir Kaur, Channi's wife.

The family claimed that Channi was undergoing treatment at a local hospital.

The sources claimed that Channi had come to know about the police raid and in order to avoid his arrest, he got himself admitted to the hospital.

The family alleged that the police misbehaved with the family members. The police has denied the allegations, terming these as baseless.

The sources said the state police had been directed to round up all leaders who has connections with the Sarna group.



PAU employees hold protest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
PAU Employees Union launched a protest in front of the Thapar Hall at the PAU campus due to non-payment of 70 per cent arrear of revised pay scales here today. Five employees namely, Joginder Ram, Lakhwinder Singh Sandhu, Jarnail Singh, Iqbal Singh Lally and Kartar Singh sat on the dharna.

While addressing at gathering, Paramjit Singh Gill, President, general secretary, of the union said that pay scales of the employees were revised w.e.f. January, 2006 by the Punjab Government during May, 2009 as per recommendations of Fifth Pay Commission. The arrears, w.e.f. 1.1.2006 to 31.7.2009 (43 months), were to be given to employees by the Punjab Government in three installments viz 40 per cent in May 2011; 30 per cent in May 2012 and 30 per cent in May 2013, respectively.

Baldev Singh Walia, senior vice-president disclosed that the PAU employees have not been given any installment of arrear (neither in May, 2011 nor in May, 2012) and both the installments (70 per cent) are due.

The state government is showing dillydallying attitude with the PAU employees by not releasing the required funds for disbursement of arrear. On the one hand, PAU is celebrating its Golden Jubilee function(s) during the 2012 calendar year, on the other, the employees have not been given their arrear of revised pay scales, which is the legitimate right of the employees.



Schools told to upload data on monitoring website
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
Office of the Director General School Education has sent instructions to schools to update the data on the schools monitoring website www.epunjabschool.com .
According to the instructions sent, all the government websites have to upload the data about the students, school staff and infrastructure.

Rajveer, Deputy Manager, Management Information System (MIS) said, the process of collection of data began a couple of months ago.

Collection and monitoring of data would help, he said, as every time some information was required, a letter was sent, and data was updated, and then the process used to take about a month. The information has to be uploaded by November 30. One the datum is uploaded, it would be "locked". The schools would have to update the data every month.

"Availability of data online would enable better analysis of the data, infrastructural requirements etc, and help streamlining work for increasing the efficiency and filling the gap," he says.

Schools had been given deadline upload all the information and upload accurate data on the website. At one time, due to the problem of all the schools updating on the website during the same time duration, the website became inaccessible due to heavy traffic on the website. So a time span for uploading the data was divided according to the district.

"This is a great initiative by the education department, because every time the schools have to ask for appropriate infrastructure and staff vis-a-vis students strength. But now, as the department would be able to monitor the data online, appropriate staff and infrastructure and better distribution of resources would be possible," said Karamjit, a government school teacher.



College teachers observe 2-period strike
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, November 22
The joint action committee, comprising members of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU), Retired Employees Association and the Non-Teaching Employees Union, support of the Principals’ Federation, has decided to fight tooth and nail the alleged insensitive attitude of the Punjab Govt towards the implementation of the pension and gratuity scheme at the earliest. The teachers observed a two-period strike in their respective colleges. The members of the committee will start a chain fast tomorrow.

Dr Kuldip Singh, general secretary, PCCTU, said: “Earlier, the Joint Action Committee of the employees of the 136 aided colleges of Punjab attended a massive state-level rally in Bathinda on Tuesday to press the govt for the fulfilment of their demand of implementing the pension and gratuity scheme of 18/12/1996, an order regarding which was passed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in its interim order of 10/10/2012. Our chain fast is going to begin tomorrow and it would continue till the goal is achieved. If we fail to get a positive nod, we will start our final agitation of jail bharo andolan.”

Tarsem Bahia, former principal, AS College, Khanna, said: “The pension gratuity scheme was part of the manifestos of the SAD govt headed by Parkash Singh Badal in 1997 and 2002. It was unfortunate that the scheme could not be implemented because of the election model code of conduct thrice, i.e. in 1997, 2002 and 2007. We have to get our right due.” Dr SS Virk, special invitee to office-bearers, PCCTU, said: “It is very unfortunate that despite being among the top 20 states of the country, including neighboring states of Haryana and UP, Punjab is the only state which has not yet implemented the pension gratuity scheme for the staff of aided colleges.



Man falls into trench, hospitalised
Lovleen Bains

An injured Rajinder Singh; and (right) his scooter in the trench.
An injured Rajinder Singh; and (right) his scooter in the trench. Photos by writer

Doraha, November 22
A resident of Kaddon village, near Doraha, suffered serious injuries after his scooter fell into a trench that had been dug up for linking sewerage lines, on Tuesday night. The contractor, who has been awarded the work, had allegedly not installed any safety reflectors at the spot and the trench had been left uncovered.

Rajinder Singh, who was returning from work and heading towards his native village of Arraichan on Tuesday night, was caught unawares as the lights of the vehicle coming from the opposite side blinded him, and his scooter fell into the nearly 7-foot-deep trench dug up by a private contractor hired by GLADA.

“There were no indicators or reflectors installed near the trench. My son had been injured seriously and is in the intensive care unit at a local hospital. His left leg got fractured and doctors have said it would take months to recover him from the injuries,” said Mewa Singh, the father of the injured. The victim was not in a position to give a statement.

“My son worked as a labourer and is the only breadwinner of the family. Moreover, we have nothing to pay to the doctors. We haven’t got any compensation from the authorities, whose negligence has led to the accident,” he added.

Almost all the roads of the town and its adjoining areas are in a bad shape. Contractors have dug up each and every corner of the street. The Jaipura road, Kaddon road and Doraha village road, all have been dug up. But, there seems to be no urgency on the part of the authorities to repair them, so that commuters are not inconvenienced.

Meanwhile, ACA Baldev showed ignorance about the case. The SDO of GLADA did not pick up the phone. The XEN, BK Chawla, said he would talk to the private contractor and comment only the next day. However, he was aware that the victim’s family had reached a ‘compromise’. But, he could not reply to the query regarding the possible action to be taken against the erring contractor.



From schools
Students felicitated

Ludhiana: Over 200 students of Government Senior Secondary School Dehlon, who achieved distinguished position in academics and extra-curricular activities during the year, were felicitated at the Annual Jollification function organised at Dehlon village near here on Thursday. Balwinder Singh Grewal, principal, presided over the function, while Darshan Singh Shivalik MLA Gill, was the chief guest. A cultural programme was presented on the occasion during which the performers spread awareness about adverse effects of social evils, including dowry, illiteracy and female foeticide.

Children's Day celebrated

Children present an item during an inter-district dance competition organised at Nehru Siddhant Kendra in Ludhiana on Thursday
Children present an item during an inter-district dance competition organised at Nehru Siddhant Kendra in Ludhiana on Thursday. photo: inderjeet verma

Children's Day was celebrated at Guru Gobind Singh Public School, Pakhowal Road, Daad. Healthy baby show, fancy dress competition and poem recitation competition was also organised at the school here on Thursday. Students from playway and nursery schools from around the city competed in the healthy baby show, fancy dress competition and poem recitation competition.

Baby show

A baby show was organised in GGN Public School, Rose Garden, Civil Lines. Over 100 children participated in the show. The little children presented songs, poetic recitation and dances. Over 21 prizes were won by children in different games and the parents also participated with a lot of enthusiasm.

Anti-drug drive

A seminar on drug abuse was organised at Green Grove Public School organised a seminar on drug abuse here on Thursday. It was designed to enlighten the adolescent students about the accidental or purposeful misuse of drugs and how addiction seeps in making one a drug addict.

Awareness rally

DRV DAV Centenary Public School, Phillaur, organised various programmes against drug addiction day here recently. Students participated in essay writing. Poster making, slogan writing on the topic 'Say No to Drugs'. Students also spoke describing the harmful effects of drugs. Winner were awarded trophies. Rally was also organised to make the people aware about the bad effects of drugs.

Inter-school quiz

Inter-school quiz competition was organised at Amrit Indo-Canadian Academy here recently. It was organised by National Information Centre of Earthquake Engineering, IIT, Kanpur, in collaboration with National Geo-Hazards Society India. Teams from eight schools from all over the state participated in the event. The quiz was won by the Kundan Vidya Mandir, Ludhiana.

Fancy dress competition

Fancy dress competition and Children's Day was celebrated at Little Stars Play Way. The children were attired in different clothes on the occasion. — TNS



ludhiana scan
Notices served on 1,500 encroachers

Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari said that encroachments on the link roads will not be tolerated. Slapping notices to about 1500 defaulters in the district, Tiwari said in Ludhiana, there were link-roads in 5,000 kilometers and on more than 1,000 kms roads, the land-mafia had encroached. He asked the defaulters to remove the encroachments within 15 days else criminal cases will be registered against them.

Meeting held

On the call of Indian Overseas Bank Officers Association, Ludhiana Region, a general body meeting of all comrades from Punjab was held at Punjabi Bhawan, Ludhiana, here on Thursday. The meeting was addressed by assistant general secretary, Punjab, comrade Rajesh Maria, All-India Association president, comrade J D Sharma who came from Chennai along with joint general secretary, Comrade B Srinivasan and DGS- Punjab and Chandigarh, comrade T D Singh. The central leaders impressed upon the comrades to arrest the mounting NPAs, expedite the recovery of NPA Accounts, improve the CASA deposits and provide efficient customer service.

Economic census to start in December

Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari while chairing a meeting of the officials today informed that the sixth economic survey would be held from December 2012-January 2013. He said that Census would take place in both urban and rural areas. He said that ADCD will be the incharge for the Rural Census and Deputy Director Local Government will be the incharge for urban areas (excluding MC limits). For this, 30 charge officers, 2234 counting employees, 1117 supervisors and 10 master trainers will be doing the job.


Punjab Khet Mazdoor Sabha held its convention here on Thursday under the presidentship of Swaran Singh Nagoke. The members said that the condition of Dalits in the country was pathetic. They had no houses; no work and majority of Dalits lived the Below Poverty Line. The members alleged that the grants meant for the Dalits were being utilised on other purposes and they were living in miserable conditions. They were not being given the benefits. Government must keep separate budget for mazdoors for uplifting their living standards. Dalits must be given plots and cash under the Indira Awaas Yojna. Their wards were not being given the scholarships, the shagun schemes were not being implemented, which was unfortunate, said the members.

Valmiki Sammelan

National Coordinator of Bhartiya Valmiki Adi Dharam Samaj (BHAVADAS) Dr DP Khosla said that on November 26, Valmiki Sammelan will be held at Valmiki Central Temple, Hathi Gate, Amritsar. Dignitaries from religious, political and social organisations will take part in the sammelan. Dr Khosla said that all the preparations were done for the purpose.

Safai karamcharis meet Commissioner

To improve the better civic amenities in the city, the members of Municipal Karamchari Dal, under the presidentship of Lakshman Dravid met Commissioner, Municipal Corporation Rakesh Verma. The members briefed the Commissioner about various problems being faced by them in the city. They suggested that by adopting certain measures, the Corporation could bring improvements. They said collection points should be made in the wards for the collection of garbage. Lifting of sand and gravel should be done by the workers from B and R department, said the members.

Talent show finalists share views

The three finalists for Big Punjaban reality television talent hunt show being air of Spark Punjabi shared their views that the channel has given housewives to showcase their talent and cultural knowledge. The made it to the top through a series of rounds include Bill Da Maamla, Tu Te Main, Zaraa Nach Ke Dikha, Virse Di Rani, Monto Minti. The finale of the show would be aired on December 29.

Nagar kirtan

Nagar Kirtan from Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran was taken out here on Thursday from the Gurdwara and culminated there later in the evening after going to various parts of the city. Schoolchildren from different schools participated in it. Gatka, religious music and keertan were performed by the devotees.

Mega health camp held

A mega health camp was organised at Primary Health Centre Koom Kalan under Rashtriya Swaasthya Beema Yojna (RSBY). As many as 136 smart card holders attended the camp and free health check were done by the team of doctors. Free medicines were also distributed among card-holders. Along with smart card holders 126 ASHA workers and 34 ANMs also attended the health camp. Dr AK Handa, Deputy Medical Commissioner-cum-District Nodal Officer explained the facilities given under the scheme. For further treatment like surgery etc, 32 patients were referred to Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, and 30 patients referred to nearby government hospital like SDH, Samrala, CHC, Machhiwara, and Sahnewal.


Master Kamikar Singh has been appointed as the vice-president of the District Congress Committee (DCC), Urban. According to a press release issued here on Thursday, Singh was formally given the appointment letter during a programme organized by MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu at Model Gram here on Thursday. Ashu claimed that the party high command had made new appointments to strengthen the DCC (Urban). — TNS



Kingpin of drug peddlers’ gang held

Mandi Ahmedgarh, Nov 22
The Dehlon police has nabbed the kingpin of a gang of drug peddlers and seized a rich haul of pharmaceutical products at Dehlon near here today. The accused has been identified as Md Shakeel of Bhoomsi Mohalla at Malerkotla in Sangrur. The Assistant Commissioner of Police, said the police arrested the accused while he was on his way to supply a consignment of habit-forming drugs to his customers.

A bag containing 30,000 tablets of phonotil, 2,500 capsules of Parvon Spas, 6,000 tablets of Carisol and 50 bottles of Rescof was seized.

Investigations revealed that the accused had been involved in drug trafficking for a long time. He, along with his accomplice, used to carry drugs in bags and travel in public transport. The accused, who used to sell drugs at his vegetable shop, posed as a journalist of a vernacular newspaper. — OC



3 arrested for murder charge

Mandi Ahmedgarh, Nov 22
The police claimed to have arrested three residents of Kup Kalan village for allegedly killing two persons including an under-trial woman of the same village 4 days ago.
The accused have been identified as Sandeep Singh, Kulwinder Singh and Bhawkhandan Singh of Kup kalan village.

They had allegedly beaten Paramjit Kaur of Kup and Raju of Jitwal by entering their house forcibly on the intervening night of November 17 and 18 and the duo had succumbed to their injuries at the Civil Hospital at Malerkotla the same night. The deceased woman's son, Ajay Kumar, was seriously injured in the attack. Senior Superintendent of Police at Sangrur, Harcharan Singh Bhullar, said a police team led by Gur Partap Singh SHO Sadar had arrested the accused from different places when they trying to leave the area yesterday. The police was yet to recovered weapons used in the crime.

Investigations revealed that Paramjit Kaur and her daughter, along with other accomplice had allegedly beaten Tola Singh, a resident of the same village on September 24, 2010 and he had later succumbed to his injuries at hospital. It was during trial of the case that deceased's son, Sandeep, had threatened to avenge the woman a lesson.

Gursewal Singh, son of the deceased woman informed the police that Sandeep and his accomplice who were armed with lethal weapons had attacked their house on the fateful night and thrashed his mother Paramjit Kaur, brother Ajay Kumar and Raju a labourer from Jitwal village.

Profusely bleeding injured were shifted to the Civil Hospital at Malerkotla where Paramjit Kaur and Raju succumbed to their injuries. — OC



2 hurt as minor argument turns violent
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, November 22
Two brothers were critically injured in a clash following a minor argument on the Raikot Road this afternoon. The place where the clash took place is close to the Raikot Adda Police Chowki, but no policemen reached there even as the clash continued for around 20 minutes.

Harpreet Singh and Gurpreet Singh, both real brothers and residents of the Kothe Khajura road area on the outskirts of Jagraon, were injured seriously.

According to sources, there was a minor argument between both the sides after one of the brothers tried to take over a motorcycle. They called their friends. Soon, around one dozen youngsters from both sides, who were carrying sticks, baseball bats, swords and other sharp weapons, reached there and attacked one another.

After injuring Gurpreet Singh and Harpreet Singh, the members of the other group fled the scene. Both the injured were rushed to a local private hospital by their friends.

The local residents complained that though there is a police chowki situated only a few metres away from the crime scene and certain residents informed the police about the incident, no policemen arrived at the scene for a long time.

Jagraon SHO Muhammad Jamid stated the police had registered a case against unidentified persons and taken the statements of both the injured.

The sources said both the brothers had a long criminal background and had been involved in such kind of incidents in the past too.


Police reaches the scene late

The local residents complained that though there is a police chowki situated only a few metres away from the crime scene and certain residents informed the police about the incident, no policemen arrived at the scene for a long time. 



Kabaddi camp fails to kick off
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
A coaching camp for women probables for the 3rd edition of the World Kabaddi Cup, which was scheduled to begin at the Guru Nanak Stadium here today, could not be conducted, thanks to the casual approach of the Punjab Kabaddi Association (PKA). Just one week is to go for the start of the World Kabaddi Cup.

A coach for the women’s squad is yet to be appointed. As many as 31 probables, including 11 from the neighbouring state of Haryana, were selected for a training-cum-coaching camp. Whereas the girls from Haryana reported for the scheduled camp today, the others failed to turn up. According to sources in the Sports Department, the girls were taking part in the ongoing inter-college kabaddi competition.

Gurdeep Singh Malhi, secretary, PKA, said the camp could not be held today due to some technical compulsion. "Since the appointment of coach has not been finalised, we are unable to conduct the camp. The organising committee will meet in Chandigarh tomorrow under the chairmanship of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal during which a decision to appoint the coach will be taken," said Malhi.



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