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Four killed, 2 hurt in accidents
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ashwani Khullar, father of Jatin Khullar (inset), who died in a road accident near the Dhandari area in Ludhiana on Friday.
Ashwani Khullar, father of Jatin Khullar (inset), who died in a road accident near the Dhandari area in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, February 8
Four persons, including two minors, were killed while two others were injured in three separate road accidents in the district today.

Two persons lost their lives in a road accident at Jandiali village on Chandigarh Road, while two others were killed in separate accidents in the city.

The deceased have been identified as Bikkar Singh (35), a resident of Dhanansu village, Qutubdin Ansari (13), a resident of Muslim Colony, Ludhiana, Jatin Khullar (20) of New Shastri Nagar and Gurpreet Kumar (15), a resident of Hazoori Bagh Colony near Bhattian.

Both Bikkar Singh and Qutubdin Ansari were crushed by a speeding Punjab Roadways bus (PB-08-BG-4659) near the T-point of Jandiali village on Chandigarh Road.

Jatin Khullar was crushed to death by a speeding bus near Dhandari, while another youth, Gurpreet Kumar, lost his life when a car hit the scooter he was riding on the elevated road. When the car hit the scooter Gurpreet, a student of Class VIII, fell off the bridge and lost his life.

In another accident, two persons were crushed to death by a Punjab Roadways bus that was coming from Chandigarh. The bus hit a tempo when it reached the T-point at Jandiali around 10 am. Qutubdin Ansari, who was travelling in the tempo, died on the spot, while his brother Shahbaaz Ansari was injured.

After hitting the tempo, the bus hit a motorcycle. Bikkar Singh, who was riding the motorcycle, died on the spot, while Pappi was injured. The bus driver fled from the spot and the passengers had to take other vehicles to reach their destinations.

In a separate incident, a 20-year-old boy, Jatin Khullar, was crushed to death by a bus (PB-23-F-7789) near the Dhandari area on GT Road. A resident of Street Number 6, New Shastri Nagar, Jatin was working with a private company at Doraha.

His father, Ashwani Khullar, a labourer, said his son had recently completed a diploma in mechanical engineering from Moga. Jatin was the only son of his parents.

The police has registered separate cases and has launched a hunt to nab the erring drivers.


Harassed by neighbour, 17-year-old girl ends life
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
A 17-year-old girl committed suicide by consuming acid at her house in the Hargobind Nagar area of Haibowal following harassment by her neighbour.

The girl consumed acid around 8.15 pm yesterday and was rushed to a private hospital in Haibowal from where she was referred to Dayananad Medical College and Hospital (DMCH). She breathed her last at 2 pm today.

The deceased girl’s family and the accused hail from the same village in Bihar and they were neighbours in the Hargobind Nagar area. The deceased had 11 siblings, including seven brothers and three sisters.

The Division Number 4 police has arrested three persons. Rajesh Thakur, in charge of the Jagatpuri police post, said the accused, Kundan Shah, used to harass the girl.

“She didn’t inform anybody about it till her father saw Kundan harassing her. The girl’s father questioned her why she kept quite. We suspect that the girl felt humiliated and consumed acid used to clean the floor. She was rushed to Toor Hospital from where she was referred to the DMCH,” said Thakur.

A case under Sections 306 and 34 of the IPC has been registered against Kundan Shah, his brother Abhinandan Shah and father Somnath Shah.



aig mand brawl case
Youth Akali leader denied bail
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, Feburary 8
Additional Sessions Judge Kamaljit Lamba today dismissed the bail application moved by Maninder Pal Singh, alias Sunny Johar, and Amandeep Singh of Ludhiana in the AIG Mand brawl case.

The case had hit headlines as AIG (Intelligence) SS Mand’s leg was fractured during a brawl on the Christmas Eve in a discotheque — Hub —at Ghumar Mandi. He was operated upon in the DMCH and remained hospitalised for a number of days.

Dismissing the bail plea, the court remarked that keeping in view the serious allegations against the accused, they were not entitled to the concession of bail.

Maninder Pal Singh and Aman were arrested on December 26. They remained in police custody for four days and were then were sent to the jail.

Additional public prosecutor Sukhchain Singh told the court that a pistol and a revolver were recovered from Sunny. Complainant NRI Paramjit Singh’s mobile was recovered from Amandeep Singh.

The defence lawyer today pleaded that the accused were innocent and had been implicated in the case. Even AIG Mand, whose statement was recorded on January 23, 2013, had not stated that the accused thrashed him, he said.

On January 28, the same court had dismissed the bail application of Rishi Banda, a resident of Tagore Nagar. The accused was facing charges of beating and launching a murderous attack on the complainant and snatching his pistol.

A case under Sections 307, 395, 148 and 149 of the IPC was registered against the accused at the Division No. 8 police station on December 25, following the complaint of Paramjit Singh, an NRI friend of AIG Mand.



Health dept wakes up from slumber
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
The health department has woken up from slumber following four swine flu deaths in the district. The authorities have now started sensitising residents against the flu.

Another swine flu patient, a 57-year-old resident of Ludhiana, died at the CMCH. Confirming this, district epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma said: “Last year, one swine flu death was reported and nine patients were tested positive. This year, the district has reported four deaths and 15 patients have tested positive for swine flu.”

State nodal officer for swine flu Dr Deepak Bhatia said: “A total of 88 positive cases of swine flu have been reported this year. We are sensitising medical officers and residents against the influenza."

Category A: Mild cough, sore throat, low-grade fever. The patient is not isolated but is kept under observation for 48 hours with symptomatic treatment

Category B: Respiratory problems, high-grade fever with mild breathlessness

Patients below five years and above 65 years, pregnant women, patient suffering from chronic disease fall in the high-risk zone

Category C: High-grade fever, breathlessness, blood in sputum and vomiting, fall in blood pressure

In this case, samples are collected and tamiflu is started immediately. The patient is hospitalised and is kept in an isolation ward

Dos and don'ts

Cover your mouth and nose with a handkerchief or tissue when you cough or sneeze

Wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand gel

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth

Avoid crowded places

Stay more than an arm's length from persons afflicted with flu



Input Tax Credit claimed illegally
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
One more case of claiming Input Tax Credit (ITC) illegally came to light today after the Excise and Taxation Department booked the owner of New Bhagat Chemicals and Jain Impex at New Shivaji Nagar.

Both the firms are owned by one person. The firms had claimed Input Tax Credit to the tune of Rs 85 lakh fraudulently. The department has given a month’s notice to the owner to deposit the amount along with penalty, which comes out to be Rs 2.89 crore.

Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner HPS Ghotra said: “The firms were found guilty of claiming Input Tax Credit illegally.”

What is ITC?

Input Tax Credit (ITC) is the tax paid by a dealer on purchases for which he is entitled to claim a credit. The ITC has to be claimed in the tax period in which a dealer records tax invoice and can be adjusted against the tax liability of the dealer on sales during a particular tax period.



Road or deathtrap?
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
The MC had constructed an elevated road near Master Tara Singh Memorial College with an aim to ease congestion, but it did not know that the road would turn into a deathtrap.

The death of a 15-year-old boy after falling from the elevated road has once again brought to the fore the demand for installation of safety grills or high railing at the spot.

A 15-year-old boy, Gurpreet, and his father Kuldeep Singh, a mechanic, were on a scooter, when a Maruti Swift Dzire car hit them. The car was being driven by one Paramjot Singh, a resident of Model Town Extension.

The injured were rushed to a hospital, where Gurpreet was declared brought dead.

In March 2008, two youths died after falling from the elevated road. Both the youths, who were on a bike, could not anticipate the turn on the road near Master Tara Singh Memorial College and banged against the wall and died on the spot. Several commuters have lost their lives on the road.

A senior MC official said accidents took place due to overspeeding.

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria claimed, "There is nothing wrong with the design of the elevated road, but the commuters do not follow the speed limit of 40 km per hour on the road. I will ensure that safety grills are installed near such curves. I will ask the staff of bridges and roads branch to prepare a proposal in this regard." 



It’s the same shabby city rly station
Despite tall promises to make it world-class, development work still hanging fire
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
The budget is presented every year and many projects are proposed, but there is no improvement in the condition of the Ludhiana Railway station.

The Ludhiana Railway Station is one of the most income-providing railway stations of the country, but the higher railway authorities have turned a blind eye to its upkeep.

Many development projects have been hanging fire due to lack of planning and laid-back attitude of the railway officials.

The work of installation of wider foot bridge from platform number one to Civil Lines side has not been completed even after 10 years. The work did not resume in 2012.The flyover, which is being constructed in place of the Lakkar Pul may not even meet the new deadline of March 2013. There is no progress in the construction work of a multi-storeyed parking.

Besides platform No 1 and 2, all the other platforms are filthy. The platform number 6 and 7 are doted with garbage, as the railway station authorities have not installed washing equipments on these two platforms. The Railways hired a private firm for washing and cleaning the rail tracks of platform No. 1 to 5. But the contract for cleaning the tracks of platform No. 6 and 7 has not been given to any one.

Union Minister Manish Tewari promised to make Ludhiana railway station a world -class station, but nothing worthwhile has been done, so far. This time,the officials at the railway station are hopeful that they will be allotted funds in the new budget.

Ravinder Sharma, Station Superintendent, said, "We are expecting that Railway Minister Pawan Bansal will focus on sanitation. We need more funds for re-carpeting of tracks and renovation of buildings".

Platforms in deplorable condition
The work of installation of wider foot bridge from platform number one to Civil Lines side has not been completed even after 10 years. The work did not resume in 2012. The flyover, which is being constructed in place of the Lakkar Pul may not even meet the new deadline of March 2013. There is no progress in the construction work of a multi-storeyed parking.Besides platform No 1 and 2, all the other platforms are filthy.



Parking lot charges higher than that of civic body
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
Passengers and visitors who park their vehicles at the Ludhiana railway station parking lot are being charged comparatively more than at the parking lots owned by the municipal corporation.

According to rates approved by the North Railway Division of Ferozepur, Rs 10 is charged for parking a vehicle from one minute to four hours. If the vehicle is parked from four hours to 24 hours it costs Rs 15. The contractor charges Rs 25 for every 24 hours. If someone parks the vehicle outside the parking lot, he/ she has to pay Rs 150.

The railway station authorities justified the tariffs being charged to avoid unwanted parking at the station.

Railway officials said the rates have been fixed by the North Railway Division of Ferozepur. "I agree that the parking rates being charged here are higher than the other parking lots, but these rates are justified" said a railway station official.Ravinder Sharma, Station Superintendent, said, "We used to face a number of problems when the charges were less. The railway station is located in the old city area and the market is congested so people come and park their vehicles at the railway station ".

"With the hike in rates, people who used to park their vehicles at the railway station have now started parking their vehicles at the MC and other parking lots. Our daily passengers and visitors have benefited as there is lesser number of vehicles being parked and they can park their vehicles comfortably, now ", added Sharma.



MC stops construction of illegal structure in Jagraon
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, February 8
The civic body officials today foiled an attempt of raising an illegal structure by a shopkeeper at the old grain market today.

The officials warned the shopkeeper not to raise an illegal structure.

The officials also instructed him to demolish the structure.

"When we came to know about the incident, we immediately reached the spot and stopped the construction work. We have warned the shopkeeper not to make such an attempt in future. If he does it again, we will take action against him," said municipal council inspector Sukhdev Singh.

It was learnt that the shopkeeper was close to municipal council president Baldev Krishan Dhir.

Sources said when the MC team reached the spot, the shopkeeper called the president and tried to persuade the MC officials to allow the construction of the first floor. The shopkeeper also misbehaved with mediapersons.

Municipal council president Baldev Krishan Dhir said he did not intervene in the matter. "We will never allow any shopkeeper to construct illegal structures," said the president. 



Free legal aid for women to fight harassment
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
"Before getting married to an NRI, girls must do a background check," said KK Singla, Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Secretary, Legal Services Authority, during a programme on "Mental and Social Trauma among Women deserted by NRI Husbands" at the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan.

He said in such cases women must come forward and use free legal aid available for prevention of any harassment to women. "The Punjab Legal Security Authority provides free legal aid, including a lawyer, to women," he said.

Talking about the legal provisions, he said women could seek maintenance under Section 125 of the CRPC. Under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, a woman may also claim to stay at the residence of her husband with the court's order.

"Parents and girls must check the credentials of NRIs before marrying their daughters abroad," said Daljinder Singh Dhillon, SP, NRI Affairs

He said a cell was set up for assisting the NRIs, but it received more complaints against the NRIs. "More than 16 per cent of the cases among these are to do with abandoned wives. He said the cell dealt with 300 such cases last year and 166 cases were still pending.

GS Saun, director, Indian Council of Social Science Research, said girls should be consulted before marriage and it should rather be made mandatory. Singla added that people should educate their daughters well. He said there was no dearth of opportunities in India.



registration of eateries
Food authority extends deadline
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
The Food and Safety Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) has extended the deadline for the registration and procurement of licences for running eateries by six months (till February 2014).

The deadline has been extended for the third time.

Earlier, August 4, 2012, was the deadline. But last year in August, the deadline was extended for the implementation of the Food Safety and Standard Act, 2006. The first deadline was extended to February 4, 2013. On February 1, 2013, the deadline was extended to August 2013 and on February 5, 2013, the deadline was extended to February 2014.

Food safety officer Ravinder Garg said,"Owners of food joints can get the registration done by February 2014."

In Ludhiana district, 900 licences have been issued while more than 500 files are pending. Similarly, about 5,500 eateries have been issued registration number while more than 400 applications are pending. An employee of the health department said, "Less than 50 per cent people who are in food business got a licence and registration number while others are yet to apply."



from schools & colleges
Educational tour

A student takes part in a mehandi competition during Ectopia-2013 at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana.
A student takes part in a mehandi competition during Ectopia-2013 at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana: Maple Bear Canadian Playway and Nursery School organised an educational tour to the Fire Service Station on Hambran Road. Students were told how fire tenders extinguish fire. Veena Aggarwal, principal of the school, said, "After paying a visit to such places, students share their experiences with their teachers and parents.

Poster making

A poster making contest was organised for students of classes III and IV at Guru Nanak Public School. Students gave presentations on safety rules, good habits, birthdays and picnics. An MS PowerPoint presentation competition was organised for the students of Class V.

Farewell party

Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, organised a farewell party for their seniors. A cultural programme was held. A havan was also held.

Group discussion

Students of DRV DAV Public School, Phillaur, participated in a group discussion. The conference was organised by the former Prime Minister of England, Tony Blair's Foundation (Face to Face). Simmi Kher organises such events in India. Students of Bal Bharti School, Delhi, Union School, Dehradun, and DAV Public School, Phillaur, discussed and exchanged knowledge about regional festivals. DAV, Phillaur, is the first school in Punjab to have participated in such a conference.

Training programme

A one-week faculty induction training programme began at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College. Sixty 60 delegates are attending the programme. The programme will be shown through video conferencing. Experts will dwell on quality assurance in technical education, R&D, instructional media: e-content generation and distribution, developing creativity among students, role of teacher in transfer of appropriate technology for rural sustainable development.

Extension lecture

An extension lecture on banking sector reforms was organised at Kamla Lohtia SD College. Dr RK Uppal, associate professor and head of the department, DAV College, Malout, was the key speaker. He deliberated upon the role of IT and e-delivery channels in Indian banks. Hundred students attended the lecture. Dr Uppal spoke on the productivity and profitability of selected banks pre and post financial sector reforms. He dwelt on problems and prospects of adoption of IT in banks particularly public sector banks.

Declamation contest

SDP College for Women organised an inter-college declamation contest in memory of late Ram Lal Bhasin, a great freedom fighter and a philanthropist. Topics for the contest were higher education at a cross road, the nerve-breaking competitions, culture of use and throw, FDI: Will it make or mar India? Sukriti Sharma, a student of SCD Government College, Ludhiana, won the first prize, Jannat Virk of AS College from Women, Khanna, finished second while Suvida Jethi, a student of Guru Nanak Girls College, Ludhiana, bagged the third prize.


An exhibition on "Innovative Physics World" and "Biotechnology Through Ages to Current Scenario" is being held at the Khalsa College for Women.Students exhibited models on energy rich metabolites, stem cell therapy, cloning, micro-array, tissue culture, DNA sequencing, drug designing and microbiological aspects. Prizes were given to students.

Ectopia-2013 ends

Ectopia-2013 concluded today at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. A rock band, Street Zammer, performed last evening. Today's events included group songs, T-shirt slogan writing, ramp walk, turn coat extempore, break ke baad (Ad-Fads). The 2008 batch hogged the limelight while the 2010 batch finished second. The first position in Ad Fads was secured by 2008 batch, second by 2009 batch while 2010 batch stood third. A fashion show was also held. — TNS



Four proclaimed offenders held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
The police has arrested four proclaimed offenders, who had been on the run for long. The POs have been identified as Kuldeep Singh, a resident of street number 1, Vishwakarma Nagar, Ravi Kumar, a resident of Jaswant Nagar, Jaswinder Singh, a resident of Barnala and Raamu Dhuria, a resident of Fauji Colony, Focal Point.

Two booked

The Sarabha Nagar police has booked two persons, Jeevan Jain and Atul Bansal, for misbehaving with the officials of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on February 7. An FIR has been registered under Sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 204 (destruction of document or electronic record to prevent its production as evidence) and 34 of the IPC. The accused are yet to be arrested.

Case registered

On the complaint of the director, Social Security and Women and Child Development, Chandigarh, the Dugri police has booked an organisation, International Union for the Health Promotion and Education Punjab, for misappropriating funds to the tune of Rs 10 lakh. A case under Sections 406 (Punishment for criminal breach of trust) and 177 (Furnishing false information) of the IPC has been registered.

One booked for fraud

The police has booked an attendant working with Guru Nanak Dev Polytechnic College, Gill Road, for fraud. The accused, Kuldeep Singh, a resident of Ishar Nagar, had furnished a false affidavit claiming that his annual income was less than Rs 2 lakh. He had furnished the affidavit as he wanted to get the fee of his daughter waived. 



SAI (Lucknow) emerge hockey champs
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, February 8
Sports Authority of India (SAI), Lucknow, warded off stiff challenge from Kurukshetra XI before coming out triumphant 4-3 to clinch the title in the seventh All-India Jagtar Memorial Hockey Tournament (U-21) that concluded at the Olympian Prithipal Singh AstroTurf Stadium of Punjab Agricultural University campus here today. The issue was resolved through a tie-breaker as the two sides were locked 3 all at the end of the regular period.

Kurukshetra XI players gained an early lead when Naveen Sagwan converted a penalty corner in the very third minute of the title clash. Elated at the success, they went all out to increase the lead but fumbled at crucial junctures.

They continued to storm into the rival’s territory and their repeated attacks resulted in penalty corners in quick succession. In the 14th minute, Mukesh Kumar added a goal off penalty corner 2-0.

Down by two goals, SAI, Lucknow, did a commendable job as two minutes later, they forced a penalty corner and reduced the margin (1-2).

SAI boys restored parity in the second half when Abhishek Singh struck off penalty corner (2-2). They surged ahead in the 57th minute as Abhishek again found the target (3-2).

Undeterred at the reverse, Kurukshetra XI players kept their composure that yielded the desired result. Just three minutes before the long hooter, they scored the equaliser through Naveen Sagwan (3 all).

Since the stipulated period failed to elicit any result, the tie-breaker rule was applied and in the very third minute, Raj Kumar Paul scored the all important goal to help SAI, Lucknow, wrap up the cliff-hanger and lift the winners’ trophy.

Deepak Yadav of SAI, Lucknow, who emerged the highest scorer in the tournament, was adjudged the best player.

Earlier, in the match for the hard-line cup, Namahdari XI of Bhaini Sahib pipped Surjit Hockey Academy, Jalandhar 2-1 to secure third position. For the winners, both the goals came off Kuldeep Singh while the lone goal for the losing side was scored by Varun Kumar off a penalty push. Dr Ajaib Singh, member of the National Minority Commission, along with Suresh Sharma, Inspector General of Police, Punjab, and Jagjit Singh Dardi, editor, Chardikalan newspaper distributed the prizes.

Match stopped for 10 minutes

Tempers ran high, players almost came to blows and the play remained suspended for more than 10 minutes. This happened during the match being played for the third place between Namdhari XI and Surjit Academy, Jalandhar, when the umpire awarded a penalty corner to Surjit Academy. However, the other umpire disagreed with this and opined that a penalty stroke should be given. To this, Namdhari XI players objected and argued with the umpires.

This stalled the match. But soon, the issue was resolved and penalty stroke was awarded.



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