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High drama over axing of trees
Resident comes in way of society's move to expand street for parking space 
Tribune News Service

A tree that was axed for widening a street in Agar Nagar in Ludhiana.
A tree that was axed for widening a street in Agar Nagar in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, February 15
High drama took place at Agar Nagar, Block A, today after a resident objected to the chopping of trees. An association of residents had brought and earthmover for uprooting trees for the expansion of a street when the incident took place.

Bhupinder Singh Dhillon, who lives in the area, objected to the felling of trees.

"These Ashoka trees cover a small space in a corner of the street and provide shade to several residents. These are also a resting place for many birds. These should not be chopped for the expansion of a street," said Dhillon.

Dhillon had a heated argument with workers and members of the association and did not let them chop the trees installed outside his house.

Neha, a maid, also came out against the chopping of the trees. She said, "The government is axing trees on highways while residents are doing so In colonies. Trees provide us shade during scorching summers. If trees continue to be axed like this, the time is not far when no tree will be left in the city."

Finally, the work on the axing of trees was stalled after Dhillon lodged a complaint with the Forest Department.

Forest officials said primarily the municipal corporation had to deal with the matter. However, if the case was referred to them, action would certainly be taken in the matter.

Krishan Kumar, manager of the Ludhiana Agar Wala Cooperative House Building Society, said residents of Block A had requested in writing that both ends of the street should be expanded so that they could park their vehicles there. “We had started a development project in all streets with their consent,” he said.

He said it was necessary to uproot trees to install interlocking tiles on edges of the street concerned. “We will plant saplings in the place of the uprooted trees,” he said.

District Forest Officer Daljeet Singh Brar said the area did not fall under his jurisdiction. Additional SHO of the PAU police station said they would be able to act only when somebody lodged a complaint.

Forest guard Jasveer Singh, who was present at the spot, said he could not do anything as the area fell under a private society.

Resting place for birds

These Ashoka trees cover a small space in a corner of the street and provide shade to several residents. These are also a resting place for many birds. These should not be chopped for the expansion of a street
— Bhupinder Singh Dhillon, a resident of Agar Nagar, Block A


ight over loud music leaves man dead
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
One person was killed and another injured after a fight among neighbours over the playing of loud music turned ugly on Tibba Road here last night.

The victim has been identified as Jagannath (40). He died while being taken to a hospital. The condition of Amit, who was injured in the clash, is stated to be serious.

The incident took place last night when Moti Lal, a resident of Tibba Road, was celebrating his son's birthday. Jagannath and Amit were invited to the birthday party by Moti Lal.

During the party, neighbours came and asked Moti Lal to slow down the music as it was disturbing their sleep.

This led to heated arguments between Moti Lal and his neighbours. The arguments soon turned into blows. Five neighbours got hold of Jagannath and Amit and thrashed them badly. While Amit was taken to a hospital last night, Jagannath's conditioned worsened this morning and he succumbed to injuries while being taken to a hospital.

The police has registered a murder case against Pawan Kumar and his five associates and started investigations. None on the five persons has been arrested so far.



Court records statement of victim's father
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhaina, Feburary 15
The trial in the infamous DSP Balraj Gill and Monika Kapila murder case started today with the recording of the statement of the first witness in the case.

The statement of slain DSP's father Kashmira Singh Gill was recorded in the court of Additional Sessions Judge Paramjit Singh.

It took more than two hours to record his statement. The father narrated the horrible scene when he saw the bodies lying in a pool of blood on the floor at a farmhouse.

He identified the articles: two mobile phones , a watch, a ring and a purse, which were recovered from the accused persons during the investigation by the police, claiming that these belonged to his son.

The local police had registered an FIR on Feburary 2, 2011, following the statement of the victim's father, a day after the murder of the duo in the Golf link area near Hambran Road.

In April, six accused were arrested in this case. Thereafter, a chargesheet was presented in a local court on June 12. Charges of murder and conspiracy had been framed against the accused: Harminder Singh, alias Binder, Pritpal Singh, alias Ladoo, and Umesh Karda, residents of Talwara village, and their accomplices Ravinder Singh, Hussanjit and Davinder Pal Singh Laddi of Ludhiana. The case will come up for hearing on March 6 for a cross-examination of the DSP's 



Security beefed up in city
No headway in diamond merchant, egg trader's robbery cases 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
The city police has tightened security following two back-to-back incidents where bikers fled with cash. While in the first incident, two men conned a Mumbai-based diamond trader, Sanjiv Mehta, and fled with diamond and gold jewellery worth Rs 12 lakh, in the second incident, three men opened fire and fled with Rs 2 lakh from an egg trader, Ashok Kundra.

The police has failed to make any headway in the cases and is groping in the dark. So far, the police has got hold of a blurred CCTV footage in the diamond trader's case.

Night vigil has been increased and senior officers are monitoring the security arrangements.

Police checkpoints have been set up at various places and suspected vehicles are being checked.

Police vehicles, equipped with a camera on top and directly connected with the control room, have been stationed at key locations in the city.

It is learnt that Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh is monitoring the progress of the diamond merchant case.

The police is suspecting it to be the handiwork of some recidivist elements, who have been out of jail and are indulging in criminal activities.

According to police officials, both cases were well-planned. The accused had conducted a recce of the places before committing the crimes.

Hotel staff questioned

Two days after the incident in which two swindlers fled with diamond jewellery worth Rs 12 lakh by conning Mumbai-based diamond trader Sanjiv Mehta, the police swooped down on the hotel and questioned its staff. The police suspects that some insider may be involved and perhaps shared information with the swindlers and told them about the diamond jewellery that Sanjiv was carrying.



Trade expo draws huge crowd
Merchants from India, Pakistan display range of products
Tribune News Service

A visitor looks at flowers at a stall during the Indo-Pak International Trade Expo, which began on Friday.
A visitor looks at flowers at a stall during the Indo-Pak International Trade Expo, which began on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, February 15
Indo-Pak International Trade Expo, IPEX-13, kickstarted at Hotel Gulmor here today. The exhibits range from Pakistani onyx marble, textiles, dry fruits from Kabul, Kashmiri carpets, Jaipur jewellery, home appliances, wellness and healthcare products, high-end leather bags and crockery, quilts, besides wrought iron furniture and artificial flowers among others.

Huge rush was witnessed on the opening day of the expo. The expo proved to be paradise for women-shoppers as suits in different materials, patterns, embroidery by Pakistani traders are displayed here.

Visitors to the expo are welcomed with the Pakistan singer's soulful renderings. A group of musicians have specially flown in from Pakistan to entertain the guests. Food court is another crowd puller at the expo. Authentic Pakistani dishes cooked in the aura of spices and herbs are tickling every visitor's taste buds.

Upkar Singh Ahuja, convener, Ludhiana Zone, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry after the inauguration of the expo said that this is the ninth such expo in the series of trade fairs being organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry to promote bilateral trade amongst the participating countries.

The very objective of organising such expos is to engage masses in people to people dialogue leading to peace and harmony. The main aim of such expos is to build people to people (P2P) connect and then from people to P2P to B2B relations, he said. Khursheed Barlas, CEO, Pakistan World Trade and Expo Centre said that as per a recent statement issued by Indian High Commission, Islamabad, the bilateral trade has had a whopping 66 percent growth over the last year. Barlas added that credit goes to such exhibitions and expos as these, which go a long way in confidence building. Bilateral trade is perhaps the only such thing, which can pave way to peaceful and harmonious co-existence of the allies. Bilateral trade between India and Pakistan has increased by a whopping 66 per cent as compared to previous year.

Looking at the good response of the previous year's Indo-Pak expo (IPEX), this year the stalls by Pakistani participants in Ludhiana have increased from 50 to more than 70.



Government college teachers get arrears
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
The long-pending arrears of the government college lecturers (since 2006) were released by the state government to the respective colleges. The Government college teachers though have expressed gratitude towards the government for releasing the arrears, but at the same time the teachers say that the interest amount should also be given to them as they had got the arrears much late than the government employees working in other departments.

Talking to The Tribune, Prof Jaipal Singh, general secretary Punjab Government Teachers' Association said that approximately Rs 90 crores were released by the government. "Our arrears had been pending for a long time and we had to struggle hard to get our dues. Many of us had to even move to courts. Other employees had got the arrears about two years ago. But we will be getting the first installment in coming days. We should be given compensation (interest) for the late release of the arrears," said prof Jaipal.



Bureaucrats give tips to students
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
"The road to success is not difficult. Your IQ can improve with hard work. Don't ever give up, your hard work is your fixed deposit. You will face many set backs in life, but these should not deter you to achieve success." These were some of the encouraging lines spoken by the IAS, IPS and PCS officers, who shared their experiences with the college students, coming from various backgrounds to take part in a seminar on career counselling, conducted by the district administration at Guru Nanak Bhawan here today.

Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh said money could not provide the satisfaction and happiness in life. "I have seen people who, after earning crores, are doing something for the noble cause. One can get the satisfaction to serve the poor and needy by joining the Civil Services. We have got tremendous talent in the country, there is a need for regular orientation," said the commissioner.

While Rahul Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner, said the aim for organising the seminar was to share their struggle with the youngsters. Tiwari said his father was a clerk and he had failed in five subjects in class VII, but he did not give-up. The struggle had taught him what life was.



Lodging false complaints costs 3 dear

Ludhiana, February 15
Lodging false complaints proved costly for three city residents as the police has decided to take action against them under Section 182 of the IPC. The control room (100) received a complaint at 10.30 am yesterday that windowpanes of two shops were broken and some articles were stolen from "RSS Decorate" and "Shyam Metal Store" near Samrala Chowk. During the questioning of Sajid, the owner of the "RSS Decorate", the theft complaint turned out to be false.

Similarly, the complaint of Pardeep, owner of "Shyam Metal Store", was also found to be false. In another case, Mohinder Roy complained to the control room at 8.30 pm yesterday that some youths had snatched his mobile phone and Rs 1,000, which also turned out to be false. — TNS



LIT to put 42 properties under the hammer on February 26
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 15
In a bid to mop up the much-needed resources for development projects, the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) will sell 42 commercial, institutional sites and built-up properties through a public auction on February 26.

On offer for sale are nine built-up booths in block D, one built-up booth in block C and a coal depot site under the Model Town Extension, Part II scheme, one built-up shop-cum-flat under the Bharat Nagar Extension scheme, one school site in Kidwai Nagar, 10 built-up booths in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, two booth sites and eight built-up booths in Maharishi Valmiki Nagar, one SCF site in Rajguru Nagar and eight built-up booths in block F of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar.

According to Avtar Singh Azad, Executive Officer of the LIT, the properties proposed to be sold through auction have a reserve price of Rs 13.66 crore with a school site measuring 8,250 sq yards in Kidwai Nagar alone commanding a floor price of nearly Rs 9.62 crore.

All bidders, he added, would have to deposit 10 per cent of the reserve price of the property as earnest money before commencement of the auction, while the successful bidders would have to deposit 25 per cent of the bid amount at the fall of the hammer. The buyers would have the option to deposit the balance 75 per cent amount either in a lump sum with a rebate of 5 per cent or in five equated half-yearly instalments with 12 per cent interest.

The construction on the commercial or institutional sites would have to be carried out strictly as per the approved building plan and prevailing building bylaws within a period of three years, Azad said.



3 held for illegal sand mining
Remanded in judicial custody; three trucks, tractor-trailer impounded
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 15
Three persons have been arrested on charges of illegal mining and smuggling of sand a police team with the help of officials of the local Mining Department in the Sidhwan Bet area.

The accused have been identified as Gurmit Singh, a resident of Rania in Sirsa district of Haryana, and Kewal Singh and Gurmit Singh, both residents of Ellenabad, also in Sirsa district.

The police has impounded a tractor-trailer and three trucks, bearing registration numbers (RJ 31 G 5637), (PB 08 AP 7939) and (RJ 19 G 0666), from the accused.

According to an officer in the Mining Department, Gurcharan Singh Deol, the department had received a tip-off that some people were indulging in illegal mining of sand from the Sutlej in the Sidhwan Bet area. "Following this, a police team, accompanied by our officials, conducted raids on the riverside and arrested three persons involved in illegal mining of sand," said Deol.

Deol alleged that illegal mining of sand was going on a large scale on the river bed on the Nakodar side of the Sutlej.

SHO of the Sidhwan Bet police station Jangjit Singh said the police had registered a case against the three accused under the Mining Act. The police produced the accused in a local court today, which remanded them in judicial custody till the next hearing.

"We will continue our drive against illegal sand mining and nobody will be allowed to excavate sand from the Sutlej illegally," said Jangjit Singh.

The Sidhwan Bet police had arrested six persons for illegal mining of sand a couple of days ago.



Sports meet concludes at Khalsa college
Our Correspondent

Samrala February 15
Ninth Khalsa Khel Utsav concluded at Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College for Women Jhar Saheb in which over 2,200 players from 26 colleges participated.

Results: Girls Hockey final Khalsa College, Patiala, came first while Mata Sahib Kaur Girls College, Gahil Barnala, came second. In march past, Mata Sahib Kaur College, Gahil Barnal, came first while Bhai Behlo Khalsa College for Girls, Fafre Bhai Ke, came second. In gatka competition Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College, Jhar Sahib, won the first place while Sri Tegh Bahadar Khalsa College, Anandpur Sahib, came second. In table tennis, Khalsa College, Patiala, came first while Guru Nanak College, Budhlada, came second.

In boys handball, Khalsa College, Patiala, bagged the first position while Shri Guru Tegh Bahadar Khalsa College, Anandpur Sahib, came second. In girls handball, SGGS Khalsa College, Jhar Sahib, came first while Guru Nanak College for Girls, Muketsar, came second. In kabaddi, Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, came first while as Guru Nanak College Budhlada came second.

The overall trophy of these games in girls section was win by Mata Ganga Khalsa Girls College Kottan while SGGS Khalsa College, Jhar Sahib, came on second spot. In boys section Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, came first while Khalsa College Budhlada came second. The trophy winner teams were given a prize of one lakh one thousand while the runner up were given fifty one thousand. SGPC president, Avtar Singh, inaugurated the championship and he also gave away the prizes to the winners. College principal Dr Tiwana thanked all for participating in this Khed Utsav.



Jaspreet, Kamaljit are best athletes

Ludhiana, February 15
Jaspreet Singh of BA second year and Kamaljit Kaur of BA first year emerged as best athletes in boys and girls categories respectively during two days long 45th annual athletics meet of Lajpat Rai DAV College, Jagraon.

Former Olympian and Director Sports Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, Ramandeep Singh Grewal, was the chief guest during the athletics meet concluded here today. — TNS



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