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Civic body’s efforts go astray
 Despite tie-up with NGO, stray cattle still roam on roads freely
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 6
The civic body seems helpless when it comes to tackling the perennial problem of stray cattle. Even though the MC has tied up with an NGO for taking care of them, the animals can be seen roaming freely on the streets.

As per the MoU signed between the municipal corporation and an NGO, Govind Godham, the civic body pays Rs 30 per cattle head per day to the NGO for rescuing as well as taking care of them. This MoU was signed in November 2010.

It seems that the MC is not serious about the issue because the payment is not made to the NGO on time. NGO members claimed that after the MoU was signed in November 2010, the MC made regular payments for the first three months, but then they stopped. It was after the intervention of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in December last year that the outstanding payment was cleared.

"The MC is yet to pay us Rs 16 lakh," claimed Sunder Dass Dhamija, chairman, Govind Godham. This amount is due for the last two months (December and January).

Despite the MoU, stray cattle can still be seen roaming freely on the streets in almost every nook and corner of the city. Some of them even lead to accidents and also cause hindrance to the flow of traffic. It has been learnt that most of these animals roaming on the roads are sterile or diseased, which are abandoned by dairy owners and farmers.

When the project was started, there were around 700 such animals on the city streets. Dhamija informed that at present, they are taking care of more than 800 stray cattle in two of their branches in and around the city. "Out of these animals, around 200 are bulls, while the remaining are cows and their calves," he said.

He said that they spent around Rs 150 per animal per day, while the MC paid only Rs 30 per animal per day. "Even the cost of fodder has increased manifold, but still we are happily managing the affairs with the help of a workforce of around 150, including four veterinary doctors. All we want to appeal to the MC is

that they should make the payments on a monthly basis. Soon, we will be constructing another hall that will accommodate around 150 animals more," said Dhamija.

MC Joint Commissioner Amarjit Singh Sekhon said that after the MoU was signed, Govind Godham was managing the affairs related to stray cattle quiet well. "We pay around Rs 7 to 8 lakh per month to the NGO because they are taking care of the stray animals," he stated.


‘Dowry hungry’ husband arrested, in-laws booked
 Woman, daughter brutally thrashed, locked in house
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 6
The city police has booked "dowry hungry" husband and his family members for murderous assault on wife and their one-year-old girl child. The brutality can be gauged from the fact that both arms of the child have serious injuries.

Victims Natasha and daughter Tanvi in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
Victims Natasha and daughter Tanvi in Ludhiana on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Natasha, along with her one-year-old daughter, was locked in a house after being allegedly thrashed by Honey, her husband, on February 2.

Natasha and her daughter were rescued on February 3 and rushed to Civil Hospital for treatment.

Finally, last evening Natasha broke her silence and complained to the police. The Model Town police immediately booked Honey, parents Som Nath and Santosh, brothers Sonu and Vini and sister-in-laws Rekha and Jyoti of Phase I, Dugri.

Natasha, a resident of Aggar Nagar, got married to Honey Dhingra in March 2011. The victim said that nearly Rs 15 lakh was spent on wedding besides gold ornaments and household goods.

She said that soon after the marriage, Harinder, alias Honey, and in-laws began harassing her for dowry. She stated in her complaint that he husband and in- laws demanded Rs 10 lakh cash and Toyota Fortuner mere 10 days after the wedding. The continuous demands not only put financial burden on Natasha’s parent, but they also went through mental agony.

She told the police that she gave birth to her daughter in November 2011.The birth of a girl child was a prelude to all her troubles. Natasha’s parents gave Rs five lakh to Honey and arranged for a ranted apartment at Model House.

But this did not quench Honey’s greed, stated Natasha. Recently, when her grandfather died, Honey started persuading the family to transfer the property located in Meena Bazar on his name. Honey got agitated when Natasha’s parents refused to transfer the property. Natasha said on the intervening night of November 1 and 2, Honey along with his family members allegedly thrashed Natasha. She said that Honey threw their daughter, Tanvi, on the floor and stood on her arms, crushing them.She alleged that later, Honey locked them (Natasha and Tanvi) in a room. It was on February 3 that Natasha’s family reached the house and rescued both of them. Both were rushed to the hospital.

Finally, she broke her silence and complained to the Model Town police that booked Honey and his family for attempt to murder and cruelty against woman. Honey has been arrested while the hunt is on to nab the other family members. 



Despite slump, auto parts industry in city registers 5 per cent growth
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 6
The slump in automobile sales has failed to deter the spirits of the local auto part manufacturers with a majority of them hoping to register at least five per cent growth in the current financial year.

A majority of the units belong to the small and medium enterprises (SME) that supply parts in the replacement market are making profits while the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are facing the slump. They are hit hard by the slowdown and are diversifying or increasing their presence in the replacement market to minimise the impact of the slowdown.

A majority of the auto parts industry based in Ludhiana come under small and medium enterprises and supply parts to the replacement market. It is only 5 to10 per cent of the auto parts industry that are OEMs. We are hopeful of registering a 5 per cent growth during this financial year," said Gurpargat Singh Kahlon, president of the Auto Parts Manufacturers Association.

"Our business has been affected by 30-40 per cent due to the slowdown in auto sales and we are now thinking of venturing into the replacement market as well since manufacturers who are catering mainly to the replacement market or after-market have not been hit to that extent," added a manufacturer engaged in OEMs.

A majority of the auto parts manufacturers have decided to put their expansion plans on hold until the situation shows signs of improvement, the manufacturers said further. Some small and medium industries catering to OEMs have also sought a rescheduling of their debts from banks in order to stay in business. “The industry is hit hard by the slump in the market, but thankfully it has failed to cast its spell on the local industry as we mainly cater to the replacement market. Although it is low, but we have registered a growth of 3-4 per cent during the year," added Jeevan Rai, another manufacturer.



I-T dept eager to catch them young
 Officials visit schools to make students aware about filing returns
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 6
With an aim to catch them young, the income tax department is visiting schools and interacting with students to make them aware about filing I-T returns. Students are also invited to the I-T office where they are told about the procedure of filing returns.

GS Randhawa, Chief Commissioner, income tax, said, "Children are our future and we want to catch them young and make them familiar with the important issues like filing income tax returns. The foundation of the children should be strong so that he knows his duties well when he grows up. Lessons taught in school are never forgotten".

Further Randhawa said that indirectly the message also goes out to the family members so that I-T returns are filed on time. "Every student discusses the proceedings of his school at home so he/she is bound to discuss about filing IT returns with parents," he added.

Five schools are covered per quarter. "Be it government schools or private schools, we try to cover as many schools as we can," he added.

Increase in revenue target
"The Income Tax Ludhiana Commissionerate that covers Jalandhar, Nawashahar, Khanna, Moga, Dasuya, Kapurthala, Jagraon, Phagwara, Nakodarand Malerkotla apart from Ludhiana has seen an increase in the target of revenue collection by 22.7 per cent. The revenue collection target for this year is ~2,876 crore while ~1,930 crore has already been collected. Last year, the department collected ~2,343 crore. The refund collection from Ludhiana has seen an increase of 17.7 per cent while nationwide increase has been 12.4 per cent" —
GS Randhawa, Chief Commissioner, Income Tax 



31-year-old man crushed to death
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 6
A 31-year-old industrial worker was crushed to death by a truck at Focal Point here today. The incident took place here this morning when victim Ashok Kumar, a resident of Durga Colony, was walking towards his factory unit.

An eyewitness said, a truck came from behind and ran over the victim.

The truck driver left the vehicle and managed to escape. The police impounded the truck and registered a case against the driver for reckless driving leading to death.

The incident also triggered a protest by migrants outside the Focal Point police station. 



Free legal aid to victims: CJM
Rajneesh Lakhanpal
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, Feburary 6
An awareness camp-cum-seminar on “Protection of women against sexual harassment, techniques of Self Defence and women empowerment” was organised by the District Legal Services Authorities today at the Government Technical College for Women, Rishi Nagar, Ludhiana.

KK Singla, CJM-cum-Secretary Legal Services Authority, exhorted the girls not to be shy, if they face any sexual harassment.

He said, “It is often seen that when a girl or a woman maintains silence and doesn’t react, it encourages the bad elements. In case of need, authority will provide free legal aid to the victims.”

Singla said, “The Delhi rape case has shaken the society. The judiciary is concerned and strict measures are being taken to ensure speedy and severe punishment to the guilty persons.”

“Two fast track courts have been set up in the city, especially to deal with the rape and dowry death cases,” he said. He also motivated girls to opt for judiciary as their career

A declamation contest for girls was also organised on this occasion. The girls shared their views on the topics- women empowerment, sexual harassment and female feoticide. As many as 13 participants took part in the contest and expressed their concern over the increasing incidences of crime against women.

MP Singh (college principal), SA Khan (vice-principal), Rupinder Kaur (programme officer), Harsimrat Kaur (lawyer) shared their views on the occasion. 



Ignored by forest officials, blue bull nursed by villagers 
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, February 6
A blue bull badly injured by the stray dogs at village Katani Kalan was rescued and nursed the villagers of Katani Kalan. The blue bull was later handed over to the authorities of the Deer Park at Neelon.

The sarpanch dresses the wounds of the injured blue bull in Katani Kalan village
The sarpanch dresses the wounds of the injured blue bull in Katani Kalan village . A Tribune photograph

Mohinderpartap Singh, sarpanch of Katani Kalan village, said: "As the axing of trees for the purpose of road widening is going along the Ropar-Doraha stretch, blue bulls that had been taking shelter in these forests are coming out on the roads in significant numbers due to the disturbance. Yesterday, one such blue bull entered our village. He was attacked by hounds that left him bleeding profusely."

"I lost no time and gathered other villagers. We brought the blue bull to a room in our village hospital. As we were ill equipped to handle the situation on our own, we rang to the forest department but they did not help us in any way. On the contrary, the reply we got from the other side was they don't have any vehicle and hence they were helpless in this situation. They instead asked us to leave the animal at the Deer Park, Neelon."

"I fail to understand that if the officials of the department have such an attitude towards this endangered species what else can be expected from them?" he said.

"Rescuing the blue bull and taking it to the deer park is certainly not our responsibility," said Jasvir Singh, a local resident.

The sarpanch said we dressed the wounds of the poor animal and after arranging a vehicle for him, we took him to the Deer Park, where he was handed over the authorities.

Sukhchain Singh, Kulwant Singh and Sukhwinder Singh, who together joined hands to save the animal and leave it in safe hands, too resented the attitude of the department. They alleged that the department was so ill-equipped that it has no means and sources to help the animal.

Balbir Singh, forest range officer, Doraha, said: "Katani Kalan village falls under Ludhiana jurisdiction."

DFO Daljit Singh Brar said: "This is really very disheartening if such has been the case. I have given instructions to my officials that in such a case they should act on the very spur of the moment. They are supposed to hire a vehicle and reach the spot immediately without loosing any time. But if such has been the case, I will look into the matter and bring the offenders to task."



Climate change posing threat to agriculture, say experts 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana February 6
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has a proposal for the establishment of “Centre of Excellence on Climate Change” on its campus. In this regard the PAU today organised a workshop on “Climate Change and Sustainability of Agriculture.”

During this workshop, Dr SS Gosal, Director of Research, Punjab Agricultural University, highlighted that Punjab is a leading agricultural state of India, producing 22 per cent wheat, 11 per cent rice, 10 per cent cotton, 40 per cent mushroom, and 37 per cent honey.

Dr Gosal said, “Abrupt climate change in terms of erratic rainfall, extreme events and EI nino effects is posing a threat to the agriculture. The change in temperature has also led to the emergence of new pests and that the minor pests are becoming major pests.”

“In wake of decreasing rainy days and nights becoming warmer, there is a need to adopt climate resilient technologies like precision laser land leveling, direct seeding of rice, crop diversification,” he said.

“The Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change reports that there has been a rise in the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere for the past 100 years. The increase in carbon dioxide by 29 per cent, methane by 15 per cent and nitrous oxide by 15 per cent has resulted into the increase of mean surface temperature by 0.4- 0.8° Celsius globally,” said Dr Gosal.

“In this direction, the PAU had started research work on developing climate resilient technologies under the Promotion of University Research and Scientific (PURSE) grant of the DST. As a follow up, an initial proposal for the establishment of “Centre of Excellence on Climate Change” at the PAU has been submitted to the DST,” said Dr Gosal.

The workshop was jointly coordinated and supported by the School of Climate Change and Agricultural Meteorology, PAU; Punjab State Council for Science and Technology (PSCST), Chandigarh; and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), New Delhi.

The executive director of PSCST, Dr Neelima Jerath, said: “The Centre of Excellence at the PAU will cater to the needs of north region and will take up farm issues, study their impact, in addition to focusing on inter-departmental linkages, technology dissemination, data and field management. In sustainable agriculture mission, the thrust will be on crop diversification, conservation of natural resources, value addition, livestock management, and fisheries.”

Dr Neha Pahuja, representative of The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI), appreciated the efforts of the farm experts for the timely organiSation of the workshop on climate change and farm sustainability.

Dr Surinder Pal, Director, Indian Meteorological Department, Chandigarh, said: “In view of depleting ground water table of Punjab and residue burning by the farmers, water resource and residue management requires special attention. Public-private partnership is also vital to work together and move ahead to deal with various agriculture issues.” 



CII holds work skill competition 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 6
Darshan Singh, member, Confederation of Indian industry (CII), Ludhiana Zonal Council, today addressed the inaugural session of the 25th CII Regional Work Skill Competition being organised by Confederation of Indian industry (CII) at Advanced Training Institute (ATI).

He said, “Skilled labour is one of the critical challenges being faced by the industry in the region. There is a dire need to promote vocational training and skill development projects at all levels in the institutes, industry and society to attain world class standards in skilled labour.”

“It is the responsibility of the industry to provide regular training to its workers from time to time to ensure that they acquire internationally benchmarked skills,” he said.

“CII is proactively working in the field of skill development and has initiated many projects and programmes in coordination with all the stakeholders like the government, corporate, overseas agencies, youth and institutes to achieve the target of 500 million skilled workforces by 2022,” said Pikender Pal Singh, regional director, CII.

Ram Raj, joint director, Advanced Training Institute, said “The competition has received very good response from the industry, with workers participating from companies like, Trident Ltd, Nestle, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, New Holland Tractors Ltd, Tata Motors Ltd, 
Denso India Ltd and Kiki Centre for Technology. Ram Raj appreciated and complemented CII for playing an active role in promoting skills in the country.”

Out of the 100 workers participating in the competition, 37 candidates took part on day-1 in various trades like electrician fitters, millers, motor mechanic, turner, welder, tool and die, tractor and motor mechanics. They were asked to make various products practically on machines at the venue. The rest 63 candidates will participate on February 7 and 8. 



Action against absent teachers
 DEO to send list of 170 secondary-level teachers who are on long leave
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 6
A list of around 170 schoolteachers of Ludhiana district who remained absent from duty for long will be sent to the Education Department for taking necessary action against them.

District Education Officer (Secondary) Paramjit Kaur Chahal said there were around 170 teachers at the secondary level who remained absent from duty for long. As per directions of the department, their names will be sent tomorrow, she said.

The step comes following a recent statement made by Education Minister Sikandar Singh Maluka that teachers who remained absent from duty for years together will be sacked. A Chandigarh-based higher official of the department said there were around 1,300 teachers in Punjab who did not report to duty for long. "The state government gave them a chance to join duty, but they failed to do so. Notices were also served to them, but still they did not respond. Majority of them have been absent for more than five years, compelling the department to take a strong stand,” said the official.

The general secretary of Government School Union, Punjab, Parveen Kumar said majority of these teachers had left the country and were settled abroad. They had not intimated the government about it, he said. "Five years is a pretty long time. If the government is taking a strong stand against such employees, it is justified to do so. Why should students suffer? New teachers should be recruited in their place,” he said.

The Education Department is also reportedly aiming at appointing as many as 5,000 teachers in various schools in Punjab. A capability test of teachers will also be reportedly conducted on March 10.



ADC expresses concern over deteriorating education system
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 6
Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) Rishipal Singh and District Education Officer (Secondary) Paramjit Kaur Chahal today made a surprise visit to the Senior Secondary School for Girls, Gill.

Expressing shock over the way students responded to his queries, Singh said he would write to the Director General School Education, Punjab, about the “poor quality” of education being provided at the school.

“Students could not respond to even simple questions. They were not even aware of laboratories or experiments which are there in syllabus. Teachers are doing a mere formality, he said.

He said regular surprise inspections would be conducted. “We will interact with students to gauge their competence. We will write to the higher authorities about discrepancies in the education system,” Singh said.



haibowal area
Garbage dumped in open paints sorry picture
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Garbage scattered near Lord Mahavira Hospital and on a street in the Haibowal area of Ludhiana.
Garbage scattered near Lord Mahavira Hospital and on a street in the Haibowal area of Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjit Verma

Ludhiana, February 6
Heaps of garbage scattered all around continues to worry residents of Haibowal area, while the authorities concerned have turned a blind eye to their plight.

A resident, JC Aggarwal, talking to The Tribune said heaps of garbage were scattered in almost all the streets near the Maruti workshop. "Despite repeated requests and complaints lodged by residents, garbage is not regularly cleared from the area. There are no permanent sweepers deployed for the purpose. After it rains, garbage emits foul smell,” he said.

Another resident, Krishan Gopal, said land in Haibowal area cost Rs 20,000 per square yard, while on the main road, it touched double the amount. He rued that after spending so much on land and construction, residents were being compelled to live in unhygienic conditions.

"Earlier, a garbage dump was kept in the area and residents used to throw waste in it. A few months back, however, it was lifted. Now residents throw garbage on streets,” said Gopal.

Residents accused the area councillor of not doing enough to get garbage lifted. 



Labour dept directs firm to address 108 Ambulance workers’ demands
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 6
For getting their demands fulfilled, 108 Ambulance Workers’ Union Punjab today held a meeting with head of human resource department of Ziqitza Health Care Limited Rohit Khatri and Assistant Labour Commissioner Mona Puri here today.

Employees of 108 Ambulance Workers’ Union meet Assistant Labour Commissioner Mona Puri in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
Employees of 108 Ambulance Workers’ Union meet Assistant Labour Commissioner Mona Puri in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet verma

After listening to all demands, Puri issued instructions to the company and asked it to file details of implementation of instructions by February 27.

Malkit Singh Sandhu, vice-president of the union said: "We discussed our pending demands which included issuing the notification of ESI, EPF, implementation of labour rules, providing residential accommodation, life insurance facilities, giving pension details to each employee, good quality medicines and supply of good quality equipment."

The ALC instructed the company to release salary on time and take other improtant measures Khatri expressed his approval to the instructions.



Hit and run case leads to traffic jam
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 6
The nabbing of man involved in a hit and run case led a traffic jam at Bharat Nagar Chowk here this evening. The incident took place around 6pm when car-borne youths intercepted a man identified as Major Singh, who was driving a Maruti Ritz car, at Bharat Nagar Chow lights.

Before anyone could understand, the youths alighted from the vehicle and pulled out Major Singh from his car and thrashed him. He sustained head injury.

The traffic police and Youth Congress Leader Lucky Kapoor intervened and rescued Major Singh.

The youths stated that Major Singh was driving recklessly and escaped after hitting a child at Jammu Collony.

As Major Singh’s condition worsened he was rushed to civil hospital for treatment.

Surjit Singh Nagra, in charge, Bus Stand police post, said, “We have not received any complaint yet, but we have impounded a Maruti Ritz car from Bharat Nagar Chowk. We have learnt that a man was rushed to civil hospital for treatment.” 



Gippy comes calling
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 6
A team of the upcoming Punjabi movie Singh vs Kaur was today in the city to promote it. Lead actor Gippy Grewal said for the first time a South Indian producer — D Rama Naidu — was venturing into the Punjabi film industry with this movie.

Singer and actor Gippy Grewal in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
Singer and actor Gippy Grewal in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

He said the movie was an out-and-out comedy with some action sequences as well. “South Indian technicians have worked in the movie,” Grewal said.

All the six songs in the movie have been sung by Grewal himself. Scheduled to be released on February 15, the movie stars Surveen Chawla, Japji Khaira, Diljit Kaur, Avtar Gill and Binnu Dhillon.

The movie has been shot in Punjab and Canada, Grewal said.



Liquor vendors put off protest

Ludhiana, February 6
After the assurance given by the Excise and Taxation Department, liquor contractors today did not close vends against the raid conducted by the department at the house of one of the liquor contractors.

Liquor contractors whose vends are situated within the limits of the Municipal Corporation had decided to shut vends for two hours from 12 pm as a mark of protest against the raid in which nothing illegal was found. Charanjit Singh Bajaj of the Ludhiana Wine Association told the press that the decision to shut vends was put off after the department officials had a talk with them.

"The officials said some miscommunication had led to the raid. They will be careful in future. On their assurance, we decided not to close vends," said Bajaj. — TNS



Man accuses sarpanch of showing disrespect to deceased father
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 6
High drama was witnessed at the crematorium in Partap Singh Wala village here this morning after a man alleged that the village sarpanch put construction material on ashes of his father.

Complainant Dharampal said his father Hari Singh who died two days ago was cremated there. When he went to collect his ashes, he found the village sarpanch had strewn construction material on the spot, Dharampal alleged. Soon relatives of the deceased also gathered at the spot and situation turned tense.

The police reached the spot and averted the situation from getting any worse. The construction material was removed and ashes were segregated. A complaint has been lodged against the sarpanch.



from colleges
Annual function

A girl participates in a debate competition during the three-day annual inter-batch cultural extravaganza, ECTOPIA-2013, at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana on Wednesday. A tribune photograph 

Ludhiana: The Political Science Society of Government College for Women organised its annual function on Wednesday. Vice-principal Sudarshan Mehta was the chief guest. A quiz competition was organised. Students who excelled in academics were felicitated.

Student shines at PU meet

Doraha: Rajani, a BEd student of the Doraha College of Education, made the college proud by winning two medals at the PU Inter-College Weightlifting and Power-Lifting Competition in Chandigarh. Rajani won a silver medal in the 75-kg category of weightlifting with a total weight of 94 kgs. In power-lifting, Rajani lifted 230 kgs to bag the bronze medal in the 72-kg category. — Tribune Reporters



from schools
Birth anniversary

Ludhiana: The birth anniversary of Param Sant Kirpal Singh was celebrated at Green Land Branches School with religious fervour. The students of the school recited hyms to mark the occasion. The principal of the school threw light on the teachings of the guru who stood for peace, brotherhood, harmony and spiritual attainment.

Talent series

The Harvest International School, Jassowal, Kular, hosted the “Talent Series-2013”. The tournament was inaugurated by Air Commodore RGK Kapoor, Vayu Medal. He addressed the gathering on the campus. Lt Col JS Maan, general manager, Harvest Campus, welcomed all the players to the Harvest International School. He said, “It is very important to maintain a balance between academics and athletics.”

Literary conclave

As many as 600 students from various schools and educational institutions of the city participated in “Literary Conclave-2013” organised by the Synetic Business School. It featured various events such as debate, declamation, essay writing, mock parliament, paper reading, poetry/story writing, painting and sports events. Ranking for various competitions was decided by the independent panel of judges. Rajan Sridharan (associate professor, GNIMT), Gurpreet Kaur and Narinderpal Kaur were the judges for debate and declamation. Narinderpal Kaur (senior lecturer) and Paramjit Kaur were the judges for story writing, poetry writing and painting competition. Dr MA Zahir, chairman of the institute; Roshan Lal Arya, general secretary of Ved Prachar Mandal; and Sarla Sharma, promoter and founder of Adarsh Vidalya Sr Sec School, addressed the students. AA Kathuria, deputy director before mock parliament briefed students about various provisions of the Constitution of India. Synetic Business School every year provides platform to students from various schools, colleges and other institute to demonstrate their abilities in their field of literature, cultural and sports activities. —TNS



Ludhiana Scan

Banks providing loans to start dairy farms

The meeting of the screening committee of diary development department was held on Wednesday. ADC Rishipal Singh, while addressing the meeting, said: "The Punjab government is promoting diary farming and training workshops are also being held for the same. The banks are also providing loans on less interest to start up diary farms."

Nagar kirtan on February 23

The meeting of Shree Guru Ravidas Mandir Parbandhak Sabha was held on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Jinder Pal. The preparations for the coming parkask utsav of Guru Ravidas were also discussed on the occasion. Nagar kirtan will be taken out on February 23 while Gurpurab will be celebrated on February 24 and 25.

Lunch hour demonstration

A lunch hour demonstration was held by Employees Provident Fund Staff Federation in view of their long pending demands which included enhancement of fixed medical allowance to Rs 3,500 and implementation of anomaly committee report constituted for the employees/officers of the organisation after 6th pay commission.

500 cash deposit machines to be installed

The Axis Bank today announced the installation of 500 cash deposit machines in various branches in over 300 cities across the country. RK Bammi, ED, Retail Banking, Axis Bank, said: "With the deployment of cash deposit machines, the manual cash deposit transactions at the branch will be diverted to the automated environment, thereby offering the customers benefits of easy operations which will further save their time."

Awareness on quality education

The thinkers and laureates of the region called upon office bearers of various social, religious and political organisations to launch coordinated movement to spread awareness about the significance of quality education in the society. This appeal was made during the UGC sponsored seminar on "Challenges for quality education" held at the Guru Nanak College of Education at Gopalpur on Wednesday. Dr Balwinder Singh Walia, chairman of the educational trust, presided over the seminar and assistant commissioner Apneet Riyat was the chief guest on the ocassion. Speakers, including Dr Iqbal Singh, secretary; Dr RP Kaushal, director administration; Manjinder Kaur Thandi, principal; Dr NR Sharma, Prof SK Yadav, and Dr Mukesh Arora, senator, Punjab University, said the disinterest of parents towards future of their wards had resulted in a situation wherein teachers were not able to impart quality education.—TNS



Municipal councillor booked for assault
Our Correspondent

Khanna, February 6
After some scuffle in the municipal committee's Khanna office, a complaint was filed by the Nagar Council Employees Union, president, Anil Kumar, the Khanna police has registered a case against an Independent municipal councillor, Vijay Sharma, and a contractor, Ambika, on the charges of assaulting on a man on duty.

Hans Raj, SHO, Khanna, said a case was registered against the councillor and investigation was underway.



Patwari held for graft
Arrest sparks protest, Union calls it pressure tactic
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 6
The vigilance department today raided the patwar khana in Dugri and nabbed the patwari red-handed while accepting graft. According to a vigilance official, the revenue official, identified as Satpal, had accepted Rs 20,000 from a decoy.

The patwari was caught following a complaint lodged by Prem Parkash Kaur, a resident of Dugri area.

Prem Parkash reportedly owned a plot of 3,000 sq yards. She wanted to change the mutation of the land in the name of her son Gunraj Singh Garewal and grandson Chandanveer Singh.

The patwari allegedly demanded Rs 50,000 as bribe. A deal was struck at Rs 40,000. Prem Parkash Kaur arranged half of the payment while the rest of the amount was to be paid after the work was done.

She also filed a complaint with the SSP (Vigilance), following which the vigilance sleuth laid a trap and nabbed Satpal.

The arrest led to a protest at the revenue office. Rupinder Singh Grewal, president of the Patwari Union, Darshan Singh, general secretary, and Gurmail Singh Patwari flayed the police action.

They termed the arrest as a pressure tactic and announced to go on strike.



Motorcyclist dies in mishap

Ludhiana, February 6
A youth was crushed to death near Ladhowal Chowk. The deceased, identified as Ashok Kumar, a resident of Bilga, was riding a motorcycle when a canter hit the rear end of the bike.

Ashok sustained serious injuries and was rushed to the DMC hospital where he breathed his last. The driver of the canter is absconding. — TNS 



Man booked for cheating, causing miscarriage 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 6
The Daba police has booked a man for causing miscarriage of his paramour, with whom he also allegedly got married in a temple.

The victim, a resident of Adarsh Nagar, told the police she was in a relationship with one Gagandeep Singh of Sahni village. A few months ago, Gagandeep forced her to elope with him, she reported. She carried Rs 1.1 lakh, two gold bangles and other gold ornaments with her, she said.

“We went to his house but his parents asked us to leave after 10 days. Then we started living in the house of my friend on rent,” she stated in the complaint.

The victim alleged they got married at a temple. The girl also got pregnant. Gagandeep allegedly took her to a private hospital and got the child aborted. Later, he deserted the victim and refused to get their marriage registered. Gagandeep has been booked for causing miscarriage, cheating, voluntarily causing hurt, breach of trust and criminal intimidation. He is yet to be arrested.

Two nabbed for gambling

The city police raided two gambling joints and nabbed two persons. The accused have been identified as Manoj Kumar of Amarpura and Vicky Bajaj of Prem Nagar. Rs 1,800 were recovered from them.

Pick-up vehicle stolen

A pick-up vehicle was stolen from Atam Nagar. Tarun Malhota, who runs the business of plastic sheets, said he had parked the Tata 207 outside his house at night. Following morning, he found the vehicle missing.

Three trucks impounded

The city police has seized three trucks for ferrying illegally mined sand at Ladhowal Chowk. Truck drivers, however, managed to flee from the scene. 



Gurpreet’s 5 goals power Namdhari XI into semifinals
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 6
Namdhari XI from Bhaini Sahib has secured a semifinal berth in the 7th All India Jagtar Memorial Hockey Tournament (U-21) at the Olympian Prithipal Singh AstroTurf Stadium on the Punjab Agricultural University campus here today. Other teams that made it to the final four include Kurukshetra XI, Surjit Hockey Academy, Jalandhar, and Sports Authority of India (SAI), Lucknow.

In their last league encounter, Namdhari XI defeated SAI, Bhopal, 5-2, after leading 3-1 at half time.

All the goals for the winning side came from the stick of Gurpreet Singh. He struck in the 12th, 21st, 30th, 48th and 58th minutes to complete the rout. For the losing side, Affan found the target twice (31st and 50th minutes) to reduce the margin.

In another league fixture, propelled by hat-trick by Pardeep Kumar, Kurukshetra XI beat Ludhiana XI 4-2 to join Namdhari XI in the semifinals.

Ludhiana XI earned lead when Devinder Singh scored a fine field goal in the 14th minute. Six minutes later, however, Naveen Sagwan neutarlised the lead. Kurukshetra XI surged ahead in the 28th minute through Pardeep Kumar who added two more goals (37th and 60th minutes) to complete his hat-trick. The second goal for the losing side came off Kanwarjit Singh's stick in the 46th minute.

The third match played between Centre for Excellence, Patiala, and Jai Bharat Hockey Academy, Delhi, ended in a draw (3-3). The tie was merely of academic interest as both the sides had already made an exit from the competition.

The last league match was held between SAI, Lucknow, and Surjit Hockey Academy, Jalandhar, in which the former came out triumphant 4-2. Despite this defeat, Surjit Academy too advanced further to complete the semifinal line-up.

In the first semifinal match tomorrow, Kurukshetra XI will take on Surjit Hockey Academy at 1 pm. In the second semifinal encounter at 2.30 pm SAI, Lucknow, will face Namdhari XI.



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