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No respite for Rail passengers
 Most long-route trains running late due to bad weather; vendors overcharging at station
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, January 2
With weather conditions in the region showing no signs of improvement, rail passengers continue to be a harassed lot as most long-route trains are running behind schedule by several hours. Passengers coming from or going to Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Rajasthan and the North-East are the worst sufferers as some of the trains on these routes are running late by up to 14 hours.

For the past three days, the rail traffic on the Ludhiana-Delhi section has improved a wee bit as the up and down Shatabdi trains have been running on time. Today, only one train on this route, the New Delhi-Amritsar Shane Punjab, was delayed by 25 minutes while all other trains were almost on time.

According to railway officials, the Howrah-Amritsar Mail was delayed by 14.15 hours, the Ajmer-Jammu Pooja Express by 11.35 hours, the Saharsa-Amritsar Jansewa Express by 10 hours, the Katihar-Amritsar Amrapali Express by five hours and the Durg-Jammu Superfast Express by four hours and 35 minutes.

Among other trains running behind schedule by two to four hours were the Varanasi-Jammu Begumpura Express, the Delhi-Jammu Express, the Jabalpur-Jammu Durgawati Express, the Guwahati-Jammu Lohit Express, the Jamnagar-Jammu Sidhu Express, the Kolkata-Amritsar Superfast Express, the Indore-Amritsar Weekly Express and the Jaynagar-Amritsar Saryu-Yamuna Express.

The erratic running of the trains has become an ordeal for the passengers, who have to wait for hours together at railway platforms to board their trains, and also for those waiting for their relatives or family members to arrive by trains. Railway vendors selling eatables tend to take undue advantage of the situation and have allegedly been overcharging and selling poor-quality eatables.

Several passengers waiting at the railway platform here complained that the public utilities were poorly maintained and there was no check on the rates
and quality of the items sold by vendors on the railway platforms.


NRI’s Murder
Police questions victim’s daughter-in-law 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 2
A day after the murder of US-based NRI Balwant Kaur, the police today formed a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the case. The crime investigation agency (CIA-I) will also simultaneously probe the murder case. The police has questioned Amandeep Kaur, daughter-in-law of the victim, in this connection.

Balwant Kaur (65) was stabbed to death at her house in Bachitter Nagar here yesterday. Amandeep Kaur had reportedly locked herself and her two sons in a bathroom. A neighbour had spotted her sitting inside the bathroom. Amandeep reportedly told the police that she got panicky and did not raise the alarm.

While Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh refused to divulge any details, ADCP-III Joginder Singh said the police was close to cracking the murder case.

He said the police had got some crucial leads and the murder case would be cracked soon. He confirmed that they had questioned Amandeep Kaur in this connection.

The police also questioned youths, who go to a gymnasium located near Balwant Kaur's house.

Amandeep Kaur, victim's daughter-in-law, was still in a state of shock and was trying to come to terms with the tragedy, said a relative.

Harwinder Singh, Amandeep's brother who received Balwant Kaur at the Delhi airport and took her to the city, has also been shocked by the murder.

"I stayed with Balwant Kaur for some time. She was very happy on seeing her two grandsons. I later returned to my house in Jassowal village. In the morning, my sister Amandeep Kaur told me to bring sweets as she wanted to distribute these among residents. While I was busy purchasing material, I received a phone call from a resident who broke the tragic news," said Harwinder Singh.

Balwant Kaur was here to meet her twin grandsons for the first time. She was planning grand Lohri celebrations, but fate had something else in store for her.

Parjeet Kaur, Balwant Kaur's daughter, who lives in the US, said, "My mother had celebrated her 65th birthday on December 20. My dad had died in 1996, and to us (three sisters and a brother), she was our role model. In the absence of our father, she got all of us educated and married. She was seeing her twin grandchildren for the first time."

Parjeet Kaur said her sister-in-law Amandeep Kaur could help the police in identifying the criminals.

Hair retrieved from victim’s fist

In a major breakthrough in the Balwant Kaur murder case, the police has got hold of hair, which was stuck in the victim's fist. Samples of the hair were collected during the postmortem of the victim, conducted at the Civil Hospital here on Wednesday. Police sources said the hair samples appeared to be that of a woman. The investigating officer said the hair collected from Balwant’s fist would be sent for DNA examination. The hair would be matched with the hair of the suspect. According to the police, the victim may have got hold of the hair while retaliating to the assault.



AIG Brawl Case
Suspect surrenders in court
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, January 2
A suspect in the AIG (Counter Intelligence) SS Mand brawl case, Nitin Jethi of Raghbir Park, Jassian Road, Haibowal Kalan, Ludhiana, today surrendered in a local court.

Jethi surrendered in the court of Judicial Magistrate Rahul Garg.

It is learnt that the police was raiding Jethi's hideouts and it had become difficult for the suspect to evade arrest. Following the pressure, the suspect decided to surrender.

AIG Mand, who was reportedly beaten up badly in the brawl, is still under treatment at a local hospital. His leg was fractured in the incident. He has been operated upon by a team of doctors.

Defence lawyer Sunil Dutt has submitted before the court that the police was out to arrest him in Mand’s case. However, he claimed that his client was innocent and had no connection with the brawl.

The suspect was taken into custody by the court. The court informed officials of the Division No. 8 police station, following which they reached the court to arrest him. With the permission of the court, the suspect was formally arrested in the case.

Assistant Public Prosecutor Neelam Pathak had sought three days' police remand for the accused. After hearing the submissions, the court granted two days' police remand.

The owner of Hub, a discotheque situated in Ghumar Mandi, Maninder Pal Singh, alias Sunny Johar, and his accomplices, Rishi Banda and Aman, had already been remanded in judicial custody till January 14. Two more accused, Harpreet Singh and Gurpreet Singh, were also sent to judicial remand yesterday by a local court.

Two-day remand

Assistant Public Prosecutor Neelam Pathak had sought three days' police remand for the accused. After hearing the submissions, the court granted two days' police remand.



Jakhar seeks probe by retired HC Judge
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 2
Jumping into the AIG Mand brawl case, Sunil Jakhar, Congress MLA and Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly, has demanded a probe into the incident by a retired judge of the High Court to uncover the truth.

"The CCTV footage clearly shows that AIG (Counter Intelligence) SS Mand was bashed up and broke his leg in the incident. The ADGP and the Deputy Chief Minister must admit the goof-up of issuing misleading statements and acknowledge the fact publicly," said Jakhar in a statement.

Targeting Mand, Jakhar said the officer was behaving like a stooge of the SAD and when he was the SSP, Vigilance, Ludhiana, he was transferred on the orders of the Election Commission during the 2012 Vidhan Sabha elections.



Registration of Land Deals
District may fall short of revenue collection target
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 2
It seems this time Ludhiana district may not be able to meet the revenue collection target through registration of land deals. In the absence of a clear policy on "unapproved" colonies, increased prices of PUDA-approved colonies and the overall slump in the real estate business, the district will find it difficult to achieve the target.

Though Ludhiana remains among the top districts in revenue collection by way of registries, this year investors have been hesitating in making huge investments in property.

Data available with the Revenue Department shows that in recent years, the district has surpassed the targets in generating revenue through land deal registrations. This time, the data shows slow revenue collection. In 2010-2011, the target was Rs 420 crore, while the district collected Rs 422 crore. Similarly, in 2011-2012, the target was Rs 510 crore, while the district collected Rs 580 crore, Rs 70 crore more than the target. In 2012-2013, the target has been set at Rs 590 crore. Till November 2012, the district has been able to collect only Rs 337 crore.

An official said on condition of anonymity that if the average was taken, by the end of March 2013, the revenue generation would be around Rs 510 crore. "In December, there were more land deals as there was a proposal that registries would not be done on the power of attorney after December 31. Though we have not got anything in writing, people came in good numbers to get their land deals registered in December. This means that the revenue collection in December will be more than the average," said the official.

Investors in Ludhiana feel that in the absence of clear policy on unapproved colonies, people prefer not to invest in property. Sunil Jain, an industrialist, said there was a slump in the real estate business and investors preferred to invest in gold, the value of which had increased manifold in recent times.



Railways to resume work on flyover soon
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, January 2
A flyover, coming up in place of the Lakkar Pul, which connects old city localities with the Civil Lines, may finally become operational by March 31 after missing many a deadline during the past more than a decade if the railway authorities are able to complete the remaining portion of the flyover according to a fresh schedule.

The portion of the flyover from the Civil Lines to the railway tracks and the up and down ramp of the flyover from Clock Tower Chowk and Bhadaur House were completed by the PWD a couple of months ago. The portion of the bridge over the railway tracks, which was to be constructed by the Northern Railway, is still lying incomplete.

Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Northern Railway, NC Goyal, during his visit to the railway station here on Saturday, had visited the site of the flyover and issued instructions to resume work on it. The work is expected to begin on January 15.

Goyal said the work was held up due to a delay in approval of the final drawings by the engineering wing of the Railways. The approval had come now. "We have chalked out a detailed schedule for the suspension of rail traffic on the up and down tracks as well as tracks providing access to the railway yard so that the supporting structures for the flyover can be constructed. The schedule has been sent to the control room for compliance," he said.

Later, the DRM, along with other railway officials, visited the site of a foot overbridge near the parcel office on platform number 1 where an escalator is proposed to be constructed to provide direct passage for passengers to various platforms outside the railway station without touching platform number 1.

Goyal said the Railways had approved the project in principle and funds had also been earmarked. Once the final design of the escalator got a nod from the Railway Board, work on this project would be started.

On the under-construction new foot overbridge, the DRM said the engineering and safety wings had pointed out certain shortcomings. The proposed design was being reviewed and a final decision would be taken soon on this project, which was stalled for the time being.



Trader held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 2
A Vigilance team today arrested Ashutosh Goel, a trader, in connection with the multi-core Pungrain scam. Ashutosh, who was evading arrest for the past few months, was arrested following a tip-off.

According to Vigilance officials, Ashutosh, in connivance with officials of Pungrain, was illegally selling wheat in the open market. The wheat was meant to be sold at ration depots.

Ashutosh, who was running a trading company, provided fake documents to the accused.



Ban on mobile phones in girls’ college parents feel insecure
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 2
Though there is no unrest in the Government College for Girls for banning the use of mobile phones on the college premises yet a debate is always there.

Around 3,000 girls study in the college without mobile phones in the era of modern technology. The ban was imposed some years ago. It has become a condition for admission in the government college as the college authorities have mentioned this condition in prospectus.

Interestingly, there is a division in the opinion of college principal, parents and students on the issue and everyone has valid points to justify their argument.

As many as 300 girls, who reside in college hostel, have been "suffering" more from the ban as compared to those of day scholars. They claim that the ban disrupt their connectivity with their parents.

However, some parents, who are unhappy with the ban, visit to the college and show their concern about the connectivity.

To defend their position on connectivity, the college has installed a PCO booth on the college campus and has provided two mobile sets with incoming call facility at hostel warden's office.

Use and misuse of cell phones is also an issue. Misuse of the mobile phone is a strong argument of college authorities to justify their act of ban.

Despite the ban, some of the girls succeed in keeping the mobile phones in the hostel. In a recent checking, the college seized over 40 mobiles from the possession of girls.

"It is unfortunate that in the era of technology, the college has imposed ban on the cell phones. We feel inconvenience while travelling from our college to home. Moreover, college students are mature enough and do not misuse the phones," said a girls requesting anonymity.

"With the recent highlighted incidents of crime against women across the country, parents feel insecure about their daughters without phones during travelling. They want to know the position of their daughters after every fifteen minutes on mobile. Mobile is useful for the safety of girls,” said a father.

Principal Gurvinder Kaur, Government College for Women said, "I do not think that mobile phone is required in students' lives. There is no end of such luxury items. Students come to college to study not for gossiping on phones. Our students are coming with excellent results in every field because we have maintained discipline in well manners.”

"We have installed a PCO booth on campus and on the hostel so that girls can talk to their parents. Moreover, we have to learn to live independently, why our youth is so dependent on mobiles. They learn to face challenges in hostel life so this type of discipline improves the personality of students," she added.



Avoid basking in sun, fall prey to plethora of diseases
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 2
Gone are the days when people used to bask in sun in winters and also used to work directly under sunrays even in summers. But in the busy schedule of these days, when nobody has time to enjoy the winter sun and moreover, nobody prefers to work under open sky in summers with a fear of getting tanned.

People specially, women, keep themselves covered from head to toe even while diving on two-wheelers. But little do they know that this way they are falling an easy prey to plethora of diseases as their body becomes deficient of Vitamin-D.

Dr RS Sodhi Head of Dr R S Sodhi Head of Orthopedics Department and Medical Superintendent of Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital said, "Majority of people are deficient of Vitamin-D. Women are more deficient. India is a country where sunrays are available throughout the year, yet I really wonder that people escape from this natural gift of health. By avoiding sunrays, they fall an easy prey to osteoporosis as their bones weakens, body pain, muscular pain, laziness and heart problems etc."

The richest source of vitamin D are sunrays. Dr Rajnish Garg professor of orthopedic at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital said, "Vitamin D helps in absorption of calcium. But when people do not get exposed to sunrays (which are the richest source of Vitamin-D) calcium of their stomach doesn't get absorbed as vitamin D helps in calcium absorption. So their bones get weak, brittle and sometimes also get fractured too."

Many people also apply sunscreen lotions to save themselves from tanning. Skin specialist Dr Vidushi Malhotra said, "People, below 18 years of age should not use sun screen lotion as growth of bones takes place till the age of 18 years."

Early sunrays are best

Dr RS Sodhi said, "The best time for exposing to sunrays is before 10 am or 11 am as during this time Ultra-Violet rays are milder at this time and these help in activating vitamin D in the body."

Dos and Don’ts

* Expose yourself to sun

* Avoid junk food.

* Adopt healthy life style i.e. regular exercise is must

* Take lots of green leafy vegetables and milk and milk products

* Avoid smoking and alcohol



NGO distributes woollens among needy
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, January 2
An NGO, Ann Jal Sewa Trust, today distributed woollens to the youngsters, children and women under treatment at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana. The youngsters, who visited OSD centre today, were also given away jackets to protect themselves save from the cold.

Shiv Ram Saroy, founder of the NGO said, "We distributed woollies to about 125 needy persons, as it is extremely cold these days and many people do not have even a single sweater with them."

Senior Medical Officer, Ludhiana Dr Karamvit Goyal, Deputy Medical Commissioner Dr A K Handa were also present.



Extra care needed for animals in winters, says expert
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 2
For the progressive dairy farmers in the region, the extreme weather conditions may not be any reason to get worried as a majority of them rear hybrid animals.

But those having buffaloes and ordinary cattle, the months of December and January remain ‘troublesome’ as they need to be extra-cautious to protect their animals. Besides, the milk production of the crossbred cows decrease in winters as compared to hybrid cattle.

Sarabjit Singh, a dairy farmer at Haibowal said that they need to take extra care of their animals in winters.

The sheds for animals need to be properly dried and made cozy as the chances of ailments like pneumonia, fever, coccidiosis, diarrhoea etc increase in severe winter conditions. Young animals have more chances to catch the infections.

Dr AL Saini, Head of the Department, Livestock Production Management, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) said that farmers need to pay more attention towards their animals in this season.

The precautions include environment alteration through proper shelter management, improving body reserves through nutritional management and proper health care of animals.

Dr Saini stressed farmers must use curtains in the sheds of loose housing system to obstruct the flow of wind at animal level. Curtains can be made from tarpaulin, bamboo, dry grass, paddy straw, gunny bags, jute etc. Shady trees around the shed should be trimmed to encourage the infiltration of sunlight in the shed which will not only provide warmth but will also disinfect the animal houses due to action of ultraviolet rays.

Furthermore, animals should be permitted under direct sun exposure during daytime in open paddocks. Their shed and its floor should not remain wet and cool for longer periods of time.

The expert further suggested that the direct contact of animal with cold floor would lead to more body heat loss through conduction. Paddy straw, dry grass, wheat bhusa, saw dust, rice husk etc should be used as bedding material.

Clothes made up of gunny bags may also be used on larger animals to provide them insulation and warmth during extreme winter season.

"Shed should be cleaned at least twice in a day for proper disposal of wastes and minimum piling up of ammonia gases. Animals should be cleaned regularly with a clean cloth or some brush. Hair of animals should not be clipped during winters. Bathing of animals with cold water during winter should be avoided," said Dr Saini.



Cold wave takes toll on people’s health
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, January 2
Due to the ongoing cold wave, many have become an easy prey to flu, cold, cough and fever. Almost all the hospitals and clinics have been receiving patients of different age groups suffering form these weather related ailments.

Dr Anurit Gill, senior consltant at SPS Apollo Hospital said, "We receive 15 to 20 such patients in our hospital everyday. It is all due to exposure to chilled weather."

Dr Rajinder Gulati a pediatrician at the Civil Hospital, Raikot, said, "Cold predisposes children to respiratory infections. So extra precautions should be taken in case of infants and younger children. They should not be taken out during the extreme cold and should be kept covered properly."

However, Dr Hardeep Singh Medical Officer at Mini Primary Health Centre, Mohi said, "Maximum patients that we attend to these days have weather related ailments. It is advisable to take necessary precautions in extreme weather."

Do's and Dont's

* Immediate exposure to chilled weather should be avoided.

* Keep yourself well covered.

* Have good healthy food, balanced diet and avoid junk food like pizza, burger, bread, noodles etc as it decreases body immunity.

* Keep yourself fit with regular exercise, as it will make digestion better



Harminder Singh wins best art work award
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 2
Assemblage of an old discarded bicycle saddle frame, a silencer and some iron pipes depicting logo of a famous music company fetched the Best Art Work award by Harminder Singh Boparai for nearby Ghudani village during the First Delhi International Film Festival that concluded at Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi recently.

Serving as an arts teacher with Sat Pal Mittal Public School at Ludhiana, Boparai was among one hundred artists who had been short listed from over six thousand entries called to participate in the competition.

"I came to know about the award only when my name was called from the stage and I was invited to receive the award," said Boparai showing the citation and the award. Earlier, sculpturing of an idol of Lord Ganesha from scrap had fetched him Lalit Kala Award.

A diploma holder in Art and Sculpture, Boparai has created more than 170 sculptures by now. Anything lying waste, new or worn out generate new ideas in his mind regarding probable sculptures. "Positivistic message is only criterion in my mind when I decide my recourse to new sculpture," maintaining that majority of his creations had been appreciated by organisers of exhibitions held in major cities of the state.

Ostrich made with old discarded petrol tanks of Enfield, electric generator hose, a steering wheel and discarded cycle parts and mother and child carved with brass utensils were among most liked creations.

For Boparai, art is not means of livelihood rather it is for just for his satisfaction that he spends his spare time on it. He prefers to keep his creations than selling them as he said that the collection would carve out name and fame for him and his clan. His aim is see the wastes speak their stories.



Training on crop production begins at PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 2
A three-month training course on "Crop Production," organised for the rural youth, began today at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). Nearly 45 participants from across the state are attending the course, being coordinated by the Directorate of Extension Education of the PAU.

In his remarks, the chief guest Dr MS Gill, Director of Extension Education, PAU, exhorted the youth to inculcate scientific temper in life and become self-sufficient in agriculture. The youth should make vital contribution to the field of agriculture and its allied sectors, said Dr Gill, while urging them to make best use of the technical advice and guidance of the PAU experts.

Dr TS Riar, Course Coordinator, said the subject-matter specialists will hone the skills of the trainees and educate them about crop production, horticulture, animal husbandry, bee-keeping, mushroom cultivation and various other farm related activities.



Police may drop rape charge against 3
 Investigations reveal complainants concocted rape stories to frame suspects in two cases
Mohit Khanna/Mahesh Sharma
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana/Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 2
While the whole nation is on the boil over the rising incidents of rape, certain women are abusing the harsher sections of rape to settle personal scores.

In one such case, the city police has scrapped the section of rape against a Patiala-based doctor.

The city police on December 29 booked Dr Kawar Samrat for cheating and raping his fiancee. The victim, in her complaint, stated that she got engaged to Dr Samrat, a resident of Samana, Patiala, in May this year.

On October 10, Kawar allegedly called her to a hotel in Daad village on the pretext of helping her to fill in a form for admission to an MSc course. At the hotel, he established physical relationship with her against her wish, she alleged.

The woman said after some time he started blackmailing her and ultimately broke the marriage.

During the course of investigation, the charge leveled by the girl turned out to be false. It was found that Kawar and the girl had met each other in the hotel on several occasions in the past.

Commissioner of Polcie said following the investigation, the doctor had been booked for cheating while the rape charge against him had been withdrawn.

In another such case, the Jagraon police came to the rescue of two youngsters, who were arrested on the charge of raping a girl of Saholi village.

The Ludhiana (Rural ) police has decided to review the case. The decision to review the case was taken after the investigating team found that the story narrated by the complainant was concocted by her.

Police sources said the girl concocted a story after she was caught along with the boy.

Investigations by The Tribune revealed that the police had initiated the process for a review of a 'rape' case registered against Gurmeet Singh and Dharminder Singh on a statement of a girl of the same village.

The complainant, a first year student of fashion designing, had alleged that the suspects had allegedly raped her in a room at her native village on the night of Thursday.

She had stated that the suspects had offered her a lift on their motorcycle when she was waiting for a bus to her village at the Mullanpur bus stand on Thursday. The suspects took her to a deserted house after drugging her, she had alleged.

However, the investigation team, led by SHO Rachhpal Singh Dhindsa, found the story narrated by the girl was concocted by her as she could not explain how and where she was drugged by the suspects. Investigations further revealed that the suspects and the complainant had known each other for a long time. The girl and Gurmeet Singh used to frequently talk to each other on the phone.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ashish Choudhary said he had directed the investigating team to review the case in the light of evidence provided by the suspects' parents.

"Though we have already started reviewing the case, the process for cancellation of the case will be initiated immediately after observations made during investigation are substantiated with the required evidence," said Chaudhary, apprehending that the girl had probably lodged a complaint to escape her parents' wrath.



Now, row over Diljit’s song
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 2
Close on the heels of a controversy involving Punjabi rapper Honey Singh, famous singer Diljit Dosanjh has been embroiled into a row over his song in the upcoming Punjabi movie "Sadi Love Story".

Diljit has sung a song, which goes: "Oye Aaja tainu kidnap karan sonhiye". A programme for the promotion of the movie was scheduled to be held in a local mall where the star cast of the movie, including Diljit, was to arrive. However, singer-actor Diljit failed to turn up.

Talking about the controversy, film director Deeraj Ratan said: "It is unfortunate that a controversy has erupted over the song. The song is a decent one. The movie is a decent love story and the viewers can enjoy it. I am a responsible director and I never support vulgarity in any form."

"Diljit was about to come for the programme but he was stuck somewhere," he added.

However, Kuldeep, Diljit’s personal assistant, said: "The event management company did not invite Diljit to the promotional programme. He was in the city and waiting for their phone. But no one rang him up."

The Istri Jagrati Manch, a women organization, agitated against the song. It has demanded the registration of a case against Diljit for the song, which allegedly promote crime against women.

Meanwhile, Amrinder Gill, Punjabi singer and co-star in the film, said: "I am not aware about the controversy. We were not invited to the promotional programme in Ludhiana”.



Industry, PSPCL resolve power issues
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 2
The Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry held a meeting with KD Chaudhary, CMD, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited, and Arun Kumar Verma, Director (Distribution), during which various problems faced by the industry were discussed.

During the meeting, the demand of the power-intensive units to enforce night tariff was agreed to. The process has been started to finalise the tariff and it is likely to be implemented by the year-end, said PD Sharma, President, Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The problem of billet heating of forging units was also resolved. Now, many progressive units will be able to heat steel through electric process. Casting units, which run on small induction furnaces, had been subjected to severe power cuts on the pattern of cuts on large furnaces so far. Now, they will be subjected to power cuts on the pattern of the general industry.

Chaudhary told the industry that a one-time settlement mechanism had been formulated and the same was being sent to the offices of the PSPCL for implementation.

The medium industry has been asking the PSPCL to allow it to run their enterprises on the basis of contract demand instead of connected load. Chaudhary said procedures had been modified to the extent that medium consumers would not be harassed on the basis of connected load.

The industry had a demand that weekly off day in the Focal Point area should be the same for all the phases except those having the load of 1000 KW or above. The PSPCL has agreed to implement the same shortly.



Lawyers to support bandh call
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 2
The District Bar Association today held a candlelight march in the district courts complex in memory of the Delhi rape victim. They were led by president of the District Bar Association (DBA) Jagmohan Singh Warraich.

Secretary of the DBA Gurvinder Singh Sodhi, vice-president Ashok Sharma, joint secretary Aman Sharma and other office-bearers condemned the incident.

They have also decided to abstain from work on January 3, 2013, in support of the Bharat Bandh call on this issue. Supporting the bandh call, a resolution was passed by the DBA today. The copy of the resolution was sent to the judicial officers.



CPI lashes out at SAD-BJP government
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 2
The Communist Party of India (CPI) has flogged the SAD-BJP government in Punjab for the deteriorating law and order situation in the state.

The district committee of the party, which met here under the leadership of DP Maur, said it was a matter of great concern that even senior police officials were not safe in Punjab what to talk of the common man. The meeting observed that several recent incidents in different parts of the state had proved that even police officials had to face the wrath of goons, who were allegedly thriving under the patronage of senior government functionaries.

Expressing concern at an alarming rise in the crime against women, the party noted that women were not safe. "Incidents at Faridkot, Amritsar and Patiala have proved how well-connected persons are indulging in crime against women. As if this is not enough, drug peddling is on the rise, which is destroying the youth of the state."

The CPI activists alleged that drug mafia, land mafia and sand mafia were all active in the state without any fear. High prices of sand have brought construction activities in the state to a standstill. Many brick-kilns have closed down and thousands of labourers have been rendered jobless. 



Now, kiosk comes up on park site
 MC had removed an encroachment on the land last year
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 2
Even though the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation had removed an encroachment raised at a park in Sunet village in June last year, it has failed to convert this vacant piece of land into a park. Now, a person has set up a “khokha” in front of this piece of land.
A kiosk, which has come up on a piece of land meant for a park in Sunet village near Ludhiana.
A kiosk, which has come up on a piece of land meant for a park in Sunet village near Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ever since a liquor vend was demolished on this piece of land on June 27, the local residents have been demanding that the MC should develop a park on this piece of land before someone encroaches on it again.

When this liquor vend was demolished, the MC team had to face resistance from a group of persons, who claimed to be the “real owners” of that particular piece of land. They had claimed that “their” land was never acquired by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust and that is why they would not let the MC demolish this liquor vend.

Meanwhile, Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said the “khokha” would be removed in a day or two. “Once that particular piece of land is cleared of the encroachment, I will make sure that a well-maintained park is developed there,” asserted Gohalwaria.

The park, which is situated in the L block of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, near Sunet village, was encroached upon by certain persons who raised a liquor vend there. The Ludhiana Improvement Trust, in a memo (number LIT/4065), dated May 11, 2000, had written to the MC, stating that under its scheme, this land was developed as a park. They had also written that after the MC took control of the area, some persons removed the railings at the park and encroached upon it.

At that time, the MC officials claimed that this land was never acquired by the LIT. The local residents, on June 21 last year had held a protest against then Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura and then MC Commissioner AK Sinha, after which the matter was sped up. It was found that the land was actually acquired by the LIT. Later, the encroachment was removed.



from colleges
Seminar held on environmental issues

Children participate in a drawing competition during the Youth Inspirational Programme of Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle.
Children participate in a drawing competition during the Youth Inspirational Programme of Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle. photo: inderjeet verma

Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology (LCET), Katani Kalan, Ludhiana, is organising a seminar on social and environmental issues-role of technology from January 3 to 4. Eminent speakers like, Dr Sarabjit Singh Sooch, Dr Ramesh Kumar, Dr Maninder Singh and Dr Vinay Kumar Masih will address social and environmental issues with reference to renewable energy resources.

NCC camp

A 10-day annual training camp is being organised by No 4 Pb Air Sqn NCC at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Dhanansu, from Dec 27. The camp will be concluding on January 5. The cadets have been familiarised themselves with aero-model making, skeet shooting and remote control aero-model flying. Additionally, the cadets are shown videos, which showcase flying (especially fighter aircraft) and the official video of Indian Air Force "Aakash Yodha".




from schools
New Year celebrations

Students of Sant Bir Santosh Public School take part in the New Year celebrations in Ludhiana.
Students of Sant Bir Santosh Public School take part in the New Year celebrations in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana: Sant Bir Santosh Public School, Chandigarh Road, celebrated Christmas and New Year. Many students presented various performances like singing, dancing, modeling etc. Students of pre-KG, nursery and other primary classes were dressed up in angel, military, vegetables and fruits costumes. The event started with lamp lighting ceremony by chief guest Yash Sharma, BL Sharma, Sakshi Sharma, Amit Sharma, Varun Sharma with Principal Avleena Singh and President Meenakshi Sharma followed by dance performance on Ganesh Vandna by the students.

Group discussion

A group discussion was organised at OP Gupta SDP Model Senior Secondary School here on Wednesday. Students from X to XII standard took part in this discussion. — TNS



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On the occasion of New Year, an Anti-Corruption and Investigation organisation held a meeting at the Ludhiana Club. The organisation has announced that they will be working for the welfare of society in helping of the poor girls and work strictly against the corruption.

Condolence meeting

A condolence meeting was held by Punjab Draftsman Association, Ludhiana district here on Wednesday to condole the sudden death of Gurbinder Singh Walia, head draftsman in a fatal accident here recently. The members prayed for the peace of the soul and provide courage for the family to bear the loss. Many draftsmen were present in the condolence meeting.

Strike enters 42nd day

The strike of the PAU Employees Union completed 42 days. Sitting on strike since November 19, the employees said that during the Golden Jubilee Celebrations, the Finance Minister, Punjab Parminder Singh Dhindsa had promised that the grant of Rs 10 crores will be released soon and the employees’ arrears will be released. But till date, nothing has been done by the government. The employees will hold protest rally at the Thapar Hall on January 3.

One tests positive for dengue

Gurmukh Singh of Phillaur (Jalandhar) has been confirmed of Dengue here on Wednesday. With this, Ludhiana has received 205 cases of dengue. While 165 patients from other districts and 37 from other states have also been treated in different hospitals of the city.

Rape incident condemned

The State Committee of Marxist Communist Party of India United (MCPIu) here on Wednesday condemned the brutal and tragic death of 23-year-old young girl in Delhi (rape-victim). The members said that the incident had shown the real picture of law and order existing in the country and the brutal mindset against the women in India. MCPIu said that apart from stringent laws and speedy trails, preventive steps had to be taken and the mindset of society had to be changed with the participation of people at large. Further the members described the minimum support price of wheat as insufficient and un-remunerative and demanded adequate MSP for wheat and other crops. State Committee also condemned the statement of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh made in National Development Council in further increasing the petrol/diesel prices.


Paramjeet Singh of the BSNL Technical and Development Circle, was appointed as manager-cum-coach of the BSNL Table Tennis team for the 741th Senior National and Inter-State Table Tennis Championship is to be held at Table Tennis Hall Spare School Parisar, Buda Park Raipur, Chhattisgarh from January 7 to 12. The team will attend a coaching camp at Raipur from January 5 to 6. Prior to their participation in the championship Member of the BSNL are: Men Team Neelesh Vaid Madhya Pradesh Sourahh Pradhan West Bengal Janak Raj BSNL Corporate Office Vishal Andhra Pradesh Munish Bharatwaj Punjab Women Team: Shally Dhawan Punjab, Jhansi Rani Tamil Nadu, Mandakni Sharma Punjab Shikha Mahadik Madhya Pradesh Anita Nayak Maharashtra. — TNS



Gang of snatchers busted in Khanna
Our Correspondent

Khanna, January 2
The district police has claimed to have arrested five members of a mobile snatchers’ gang and recovered 30 mobile phones and big knives from their possession.

Addressing a press conference, senior police official Bhupinder Singh said a police party had put up a naka near Bullepur village yesterday. During the naka, the police signalled a motor cycle, which was coming from the Mandi Gobindgarh side, to stop. On seeing the police, the bike riders tried to escape. However, they were overpowered by the police.

Two big knives were recovered from their possession.

Meanwhile, two youngsters were arrested near the Asmail Pur bridge and two knives were recovered from their possession. According to the police official, the youngsters told the police that they had committed several snatchings, targeting laborers, near Bidhi Chand Colony, Khanna, and in the Gobindgarh area for the past few months.

They said they snatched mobile phones from the labourers and sold them off to a shopkeeper, named Gurdeep Singh, a resident of Ladpur village. The police recovered at least 30 mobile phones from the members of the gang.

According to the police official, the arrested youngsters were drug addicts and had a criminal background.



Yashi dreams big at a tender age
Becomes state TT champion at the age of 11 years
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 2
Eleven-year-old TT player Yashi Sharma has once again established her supremacy by winning the Table Tennis State Championship title in Jalandhar recently.

Yashi Sharma shows her table tennis medal.
Yashi Sharma shows her table tennis medal. Photo: Inderjeet verma

According to her coach and father Tapinder Sharma, it is a record in the state as in the history of Punjab table tennis no one had become the state champion in the women’s category at the age of 11 years.

The daughter of former table tennis player Tapinder Sharma, Yashi started playing tennis five years ago. During the last five years, she has won several championships.

She came into the limelight when she won the Sub-junior School National title at the age of seven years.

In 2012, Yashi lived up to her reputation and bagged a medal in the 38th National Women Sports Championship held in Chennai.

She did not disappoint her coach and fans in the DCPL National Ranking Table Tennis Championship, which was organised by the West Bengal Table Tennis Association. Yashi got the third position in this championship.

"My main goal is to play in international events. I am confident that I will get this opportunity. I practise hard every morning and evening to achieve my goal," said Yashi.

Her father said: "She is a very promising player and has extraordinary strength.”



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