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Fire safety not MC concern
None of the municipal offices have obtained fire safety certificates
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
In a startling revelation, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, which is responsible for the safety of city residents and manages the fire brigade, is itself not serious about the safety of its officials. This could be known from the fact that none of the MC offices have obtained fire safety certificates.

Even the offices of the Deputy Commissioner, the Police Commissioner and several other government offices have not obtained fire safety certificates from the fire brigade.

These facts came to light when a city resident, Rohit Sabharwal, sought information under the Right to Information Act.

The buildings without fire safety certificate include offices in Zone A, Zone B, Zone C and Zone D, Ludhiana Improvement Trust office in Feroze Gandhi Market, the Commissioner of Police's office, the Deputy Commissioner's office, the Civil Hospital, Sutlej Club, Lodhi Club, the office of Chief Engineer (Central), Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd, EPFO Office, near Bus Stand in Sham Nagar, the Excise and Sales Tax office in Feroze Gandhi Market, the Income Tax office in Rishi Nagar, the LIC building near the Clock Tower, the BSNL telephone exchange at Bharat Nagar Chowk, the telephone exchanges at Transport Nagar and Mata Rani Chowk and Guru Nanak Dev Stadium.

The government offices, which have obtained fire safety certificates, are GLADA office on Ferozepur Road, ESI Model Hospital near Bharat Nagar Chowk, Punjab Pollution Control Board office and Bus Stand, Ludhiana.

Rohit Sabharwal said it was sad that these government departments were playing with the residents' lives. “Leave aside making proper fire safety arrangements in their respective offices, they have not even bothered to apply or obtain fire safety certificates. Even the MC has not taken this certificate for its offices, when everyone knows that one of its own offices issues these certificates,” he added.

The MC Commissioner, Rakesh Kumar Verma, said maintaining adequate fire safety arrangements in the MC offices was certainly his priority. “I have also asked my staff to conduct a fire audit in all the buildings of the city.”


  • Zone A, Zone B, Zone C and Zone D offices of the MC
  • Ludhiana Improvement Trust office in Feroze Gandhi Market
  • Commissioner of Police office
  • Deputy Commissioner Office
  • Civil Hospital
  • Sutlej Club
  • Lodhi Club
  • Office of Chief Engineer (Central) of Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd
  • EPFO Office near Bus Stand in Sham Nagar
  • Excise and Sales Tax office in Feroze Gandhi Market
  • Income Tax office building in Rishi Nagar
  • LIC building near Clock Tower
  • BSNL telephone exchange building in Bharat Nagar Chowk
  • Telephone Exchange in Transport Nagar
  • Telephone Exchange in Mata Rani Chowk
  • Guru Nanak Dev Stadium building.

Notices to Sarabha Nagar shopkeepers

The Fire Department on Saturday issued notices to shopkeepers of the Sarabha Nagar main market, who have not obtained fire safety certificates. Being one of the most prominent markets of the city, a large number of people visit the market everyday.


No paid parking at Children's Traffic Park in Model Town for time being
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
A paid parking lot at the Children's Traffic Park in Model Town, which was being run by the contractor of the parking lot at the Mini Secretariat here, has been discontinued for the time being. But, the District Administration maintains that the Suvidha Centre at the park in Model Town was a part of the DTO's office, Mini-Secretariat.

When the contract of the parking lot was awarded to the contract for six months for Rs 45 lakh, the "shifted" Suvidha Centre was a part of that particular contract. And now when it has been shifted to the Model Town Area, the contractor felt that he would suffer losses as about 200-300 people now parked their vehicles at the Suvidha Centre, Model Town.

Talking to The Tribune, Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari said a letter was sent to the Municipal Corporation by his office, stating that since the Suvidha Centre was a part of the Mini-Secretariat about a month ago and it came under the parking contract, and now when it has been shifted to Model Town for residents' convenience, its parking contract should be given to the same contractor.

"At the same time, in the particular letter, it was also mentioned that if the authorities had any objection to the issue, they must explain it. But nobody raised any objection. Since it was a part of the whole parking contract at the Mini-Secretariat, we allowed the contractor to issue parking slips there as his claim was right," said the Deputy Commissioner.

When he was apprised of the fact that the contractor was reportedly "illegally" parking vehicles on the main public road, Tiwari said if it was the case, he would conduct an enquiry into it. "If anything is being done in an illegal manner, we will take action against the contractor," said the DC, adding that ever since he came to know that Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria had raised an objection to the parking lot, he had asked the contractor to stop charging parking fee immediately till the things were cleared.

Recently, the Mayor had objected to this "illegal" parking and said the municipal authorities had not authorised anyone to issue parking slips at the park.



Crumbling towers of Health Department
Wireless system towers, which have hardly been used, are collapsing
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
The wireless towers installed by the Health Department have become mere show pieces. Many rusted towers have collapsed. According to sources, during 1990-91 the state Health Department had installed wireless towers at Civil Surgeons' offices, Primary Health Centres and Community Health Centres with the aim of conveying important messages to centres by the Civil Surgeons concerned. In those days, landline phone facility was not easily available?

The Assistant Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Kaushal Singh Saini, said: "These towers were installed to convey important messages related to health care to Primary Health Centres and Community Health Centres.?

It is surprising that these are rarely used in the state for the very purpose. With the passage of time these are rusting and collapsing. Only a few days ago, one such tower installed at the Civil Surgeon's office here collapsed.

A retired officer of the Health Department said:?"I have worked in the peripheral areas in the 90s but we never received any such message through the wireless system. We always received circulars of the Health Department by post". ?

An employee said: "Nobody used the wireless system for conveying messages as no employee was given proper training on how to use it".?

The Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta, said: "The tower installed here was not in use. With the passage of time it rusted and collapsed".



Minor abducted; two booked
Our Correspondent

Amloh, February 16
A 14-year-old student of class VIII of Government High School, Tibbi, was allegedly abducted by car-borne miscreants here today. Sandeep Singh, Sarpanch, and Baldev Singh, Panch, of Rayyewal village, who were accompanying the girls' parents, had filed a kidnap complaint.

The Sarpanch and Panch said: "The girl, along with another girl, was going from Rayyewal village to their school at Tibbi when the car-borne youngsters abducted the girl. Her friend informed the victim's parents about the incident. The parents brought the matter to the notice of the police personnel at Amloh and the Bugga check post. The panchayat members and villager had remained on their toes for the whole day.''

It was around 3.30 pm, when the car-borne youngsters came to the village to drop the girl. The panchyat members informed the police and they were advised to follow the youngsters. Soon, the police reached there and the car was impounded”.

Ravinder Kumar, SHO, said: "We are investigating the matter". District police chief Hardyal Singh Mann said: ''I have sent SP (D) Gurpreet Singh to the Amloh police station to look into the matter’.

When the panchyat brought the matter to the notice of SC Commission member Dalip Singh Pandhi, he said: "It is a very serious matter. The victim should have been medically examined and I have told the SSP of Fatehgarh Sahib about the incident".

The Sarpanch said: "The suspects are influential persons and the police is acting slow in this case.''

The SSP, Fatehgarh Sahib, Hardayal Singh Maan said: "We have registered a case against two persons under section 376 of the IPC. The girl's medical examination will be conducted tomorrow."



Traffic goes haywire in rain
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, Feb 16
Rain hit vehicular traffic in the area due to erosion of berms and stranded vehicles during wee hours here today. Railway traffic was no exception routine checking and rectification of track resulted in flowing down of the speed, accompanied with disruption.

Maintaining that no major disruption had been caused in the region, divisional traffic manager claimed that Dhuri bound train had been stopped between Ludhiana and Gill stations when members of gang responsible for maintenance of the track were busy in tightening fixtures and fish plates in the morning.

Observations revealed that the showers during last night had hit vehicular traffic in the area during morning hours today. Erosion of berms of road between Jagera-Karamsar, Jandali-Kalyan Bridge, Damdama Sahib Gurdwara-Micro Hydel Plant and local Jandali road resulted in deceleration of traffic drivers of vehicles coming from opposite sides preferred to drive in middle of road.

Dhulkot road, Lohatbaddi Road, Dehlon-Majri road, Kalakh road, Dehliz road, Baurhai Road and Kanganwal road were among link road where vehicles remained stranded for long times.

Acknowledging the observations, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Gill Gurpreet Singh Sikand, said he had advised beat officers at all the police stations to ensure that vehicle stranded due to rain and technical snags were removed to prevent any untoward incident due to obstruction.

Employees posted at local town and surrounding localities who commute between Ludhiana and Ahmedgarh were worst affected as the Dhuri bound train that left Ludhiana railway station at about 9.30 am, remained stranded for over 20 minute before reaching Gill railway station.

Viney Kumar Verma, a resident of Mullanpur, said he and his co-passengers were shocked when the train halted suddenly between Ludhiana and Gill stations shortly after it starting journey. They, later, came to know that members of team of track examiners had observed loosening of fixtures probably due to rain. "Though the authorities had initiated remedial steps immediately, the passengers had to wait for at least twenty minutes," said Verma adding the authorities had not allowed to people to come near the spot were track had developed problem.



Police Control Room helpline flooded with pointless calls
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
The yesterday's incident where a tipsy woman called at the police control room and took the city police for a ride was not a stray case. According to police officials, from mobile recharge to tracking the identity of anonymous caller, the city residents are increasingly using helpline 100 for assistance. The pointless calls have left the policemen deputed at police control room high-and-dry.

"Recently, it has been observed that residents make useless calls at the Police Control Room. We are looking into the issue. The helpline 100 was launched to help the residents in emergency. I appeal to the residents that avoid making unnecessary calls," said Commissioner of Police, Ishwar Singh.

Rattled mothers-in-law and daughter-in-laws also frequently call at helpline 100 and seek police assistance following their petty argument.

"In majority of the case we resolve the issue by counseling the women, while certain cases are referred to women cell," said a cop deployed at control room. He said majority of the useless calls were recorded during late nights.

"Recently, a drunkard lost his way home while returning from a wedding. He called at helpline 100 and asked for directions. He could not tell his present location. What we could do to help him," said the police officer.

The 40-year-old woman, identified as Sunita, a native of Napal, who was presently residing at Daba area, called at the police control room and stated that her life was in danger.

Soon after receiving the information, the police swooped in to action and read the house of Sunita. They tried to contact her but she did not take the call. Finally, the police along with the area residents enter the house of woman and were shocked to find her drunkard. It was found out that Sunita had played prank on the police. It was not the first time she had played hide-and-seek with the police. Earlier, too, she used to call on helpline 100 and harass the police. She was booked for hooliganism.

Depressed people among callers

Residents suffering from depression also call at helpline 100 frequently. They concoct stories and seek the help of the police. When the police reach the house for assistance they are told about the person condition. This also results in a waste of time and energy.

Recently, it has been observed that residents make useless calls at the Police Control Room. We are looking into the issue. The helpline 100 was launched to help the residents in emergency. I appeal to the residents that they should avoid making unnecessary calls. — Ishwar Singh, Commissioner of Police



Ludhiana scan
'Maat-Bhasha Mela' on Feb 21

Sunil Kant Munjal speaks during a press conference about the forthcoming play, “Kabeer”, to be staged in Ludhiana on February 23.
Sunil Kant Munjal speaks during a press conference about the forthcoming play, “Kabeer”, to be staged in Ludhiana on February 23. A Tribune photograph

The Punjabi Sahit Akademi will organise 'Punjabi Maat-Bhasha Mela' on February 21 on the occasion of International Mother Tongue Day at Punjabi Bhawan. On the occasion, Mata Jaswant Kaur Maulik Children's Book prize ceremony will also be organised on the occasion. Prof Gurbhajan Singh Gill, president of the academy, said: “The prize will be presented to Jagtarjit for his book 'Addhi Chunjh Wali Chidi'.”

Indo-Pak Expo 2013

Many people visited the visited Indo-Pak Expo 2013 organised by the PHD CCI on the second day of the exhibition. The four-day exhibition comprises of designer suits, furniture, food court and kitchen ware. People from various places, including Lahore, Multan, Islamabad, and Karachi from Pakistan have displayed the stalls with different products.

National conference

The IDPD national conference was inaugurated by the Mayor of Ludhiana, Harcharan Singh Golwaria. He expressed full solidarity with the movement for the abolition of nuclear weapons as launched by the doctors and medical students under the banner of IDPD. The inaugural session was addressed by Dr LS Chawla, President; Dr Daljeet Singh, Principal DMC; and Dr Manoj Sobti, President IMA Punjab. Dr Arun Mitra gave an over view of the activities of the organisation.

Meeting of commission agents

A meeting of commission agents of Ludhiana Sabzi Mandi and Bahadur Ke road was organised. Som Nath Fauji, president of the body, said: “The contractor is covering more area than the allotted area and is charging excess amount fixed for rehri, which is against the terms and conditions of the contract.” The members of the association requested the secretary and district mandi officer to hold an inquiry into the illegal charges by contractor.

Directions on number plates

Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh has directed the agencies and shopkeepers dealing with the making of number plates of vehicles to make the number plates according to the directions of the Motor Vehicle Act. He also directed that the number plate should only be prepared after taking documents like RC of the vehicle, driving license, engine and chassis number, identity cards, Aadhaar card and mobile numbers of the customers. He also directed them to maintain records so as to prevent the use of forged number plates. Strict action will be taken by people not following the instructions. These instructions will be valid from February 13 onwards.

Paediatric Emergency

Indian Academy of Paediatrics - Intensive Care chapter Punjab state branch- in association with the Society of Trauma and Emergency Paediatrics’ organised the 5th National Assembly on Paediatric Emergency Medicine (NAPEM 2013) at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan. Theme of the conference was "Bringing Emergency Care Closer to Home." Main purpose of the conference is to strengthen the paediatric emergency services in Punjab state.

Anil elected state NIMA president

Dr Anil Joshi of Khanna branch of the National Integrated Medical Association (NIMA) has been elected as state president of NIMA. While two other members of Khanna branch also include Dr Om Parkash Jhamb and Dr.surinder Sharma has been elected as General Secretary and as finance secretary respectively. All the three were elected unopposed at the state level election meeting of NIM held at Mukatsar Sahib. — TNS



Residents of Landa street cry foul
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, February 16
The villagers of Landa are facing the tough times as panchayat and administration at large has failed to listen to their tale of woes as far as a particular street of their village is concerned. The street, passing from the rear side of the village Gurdwara, has reduced the life of the villagers staying on this part to a virtual hell.

“It may be the case in other villages as well but we feel that in this particular village the party politics is playing its ignoble role in a very vicious manner. The reason being that all other streets in the village have been rectified but for one and this being mainly due to the clash between interests of two political parties. What if most of the villagers of this side belong to the party other than the ruling one, does it mean that they should be left in the lurch? We have been told that the panchayat is facing paucity of funds but how come that every other developmental work in the village is being carried out non-stop but this particular street is over looked every time,” rued Harjinder Singh, whose house is on this side of the street.

“It is the step motherly treatment that is being meted out to us for the past number of years. How many times have I approached the sarpanch of the village and how many times have the panchayat secretary been contacted, I even fail to count but we just know that I life has been reduced to a mere hell due to this muddy street,” he added.

“Not only this, the condition of the road, with the passage of time, has deteriorated to the extent that it has developed deep ditches. Resultantly, the water, which stays collected in theses ditches for days together even after a small shower, proves terrible for the passers-by. It has lately stared finding way into the nearby houses, the occupants of which, are busy taking it out every now and then,” complained another villager residing in the same street. “The street is taking a heavy toll of villagers especially in the rainy days when the wet slippery clay mud spreads all around on the road allowed for passage and plays havoc .The condition of the street is such that many a times the passers-by are caught unawares and are hurt by accidentally falling in one such ditch,” was another residents’ reply.

Panchayat secretary Kamal Bharti, “The work is pending due to the insufficiency of funds. We have written to the authorities regarding this but unless and until the funds are released, we are helpless. But as soon as we receive the same, we shall do it on the basis of priority.”



Miscreants make merry at deserted Octroi post
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
The abandoned vacant rooms of the Octroi Post located on main GT Road near Jalandhar bypass chowk are being used for all the wrong reasons. This was known from the fact when a makeshift bed was seen in one of the rooms and liquor bottles were seen lying scattered there.

A view of the vacant room; (right) an empty bottle lying in the room of the defunct octroi post near the Jalandhar bypass chowk. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

There is every possibility that the rooms of this Octroi post are being used by anti-social elements. Not only the two rooms of this Octroi post, but even two illegal encroachments near this place have failed to catch the fancy of Ludhiana Municipal Corporation. One of them is a Dhaba while the other is a religious place, which is slowly coming up near the Octroi Post for past few months. The MC officials have failed to take any action against it.

The Octroi in the state was abolished in the year 2005 and ever since, all Octroi posts on the city roads are lying unattended. Some of such Octroi posts have been demolished or rented out by the civic body, while this Octroi post has been lying unattended by the MC. A visit by The Tribune team to the Octroi post revealed that the two rooms are in an utter state of neglect.

An area resident said, “Two rooms of the Octroi post are being used by anti-social elements for all kind of wrong things. People consume drugs here. Few persons also bring women here at night because these rooms are open 24X7. “

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said, “This is a serious matter. If anything wrong is going on in these rooms, we will either demolish them or will rent them out. As far as the encroachments are concerned, I will personally visit the area and make sure they are removed.”



Pensioners resent lack of super specialist doctors in railway hospital
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 16
Railway pensioners are the harassed lot due to the absence of adequate medical care, especially the super specialist doctors at the railway hospital which was upgraded from a health unit to a sub divisional hospital (SDH) two years ago.

In a memorandum submitted to the Chief Medical Director Health, Northern Railway, New Delhi, the Northern Railway Pensioners Welfare Association chairman Sher Singh has termed it as most unfortunate that the railway headquarters (at New Delhi) were, perhaps, unaware of the upgradation of the hospital because of which no post graduate/super specialist doctors were appointed as consultants at the hospital.

He has asked the railway authorities to at least provide part-time specialist, physicians, surgeons and orthopaedic surgeons at the SDH for the benefit of railway pensioners and serving employees at Ludhiana.

Sher Singh, while calling upon the railway authorities to ensure that comprehensive health and medical cover is available to the beneficiaries, demanded yearly medical check-up for the pensioners crossing the age of 70 years and for those above the age of 75 years. He said, “Some more diseases like viral fever and dengue to be added to the list of diseases for which OPD treatment will be made available to the pensioners at the SDH.”

The chief of the pensioners' body, while drawing attention of the railways towards reports that the union government could earmark 5 per cent of the GDP for health sector, asked Union Railway Ministry to make a suitable allocation for the health and medical care of serving employees and pensioners.



MC commissioner pulls up building branch officials
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma today pulled up the building branch and warned the officials of departmental action in case they fail to keep a check on illegal buildings mushrooming in the city.

The commissioner said categorically that he would not suspend them but would initiate departmental proceedings against them.

The building branch staff has also been asked to recover outstanding amount in the form of challans from the city residents. The MC Commissioner will take a weekly update on it.

Interestingly, as the MC Commissioner was having a meeting with the building branch, the construction of a commercial complex was going on full swing in Bhadaur House, which is hardly 100 m away from the MC Zone A office. When the Zone A building branch officials were informed about it, they visited the spot. "No person has got the building plan of this site approved and we will take strict action against them tomorrow," said the building branch officials posted in Zone A.

A building branch official informed that today's meeting included all Assistant Town Planners, building inspectors, draftsmen and head draftsmen. He was already having a list of all properties from where the building branch is to recover an amount of more than Rs 1 lakh. Every concerned official was asked about each case and the reasons why the amount has not been recovered yet, said an official.


  • The city residents must not carry out any construction without getting the building plan approved.
  • The plan can be submitted at the Suvidha Counters of your respective Zonal Commissioner's Offices. There shall be no unnecessary delays in getting the plan passed and it can be done within 7 days itself.



Cognizance 2012 winners felicitated
Ludhiana girl Gurpreet wins second prize

Chandigarh, February 16
Winners of The Tribune scrapbook competition, Cognizance 2012, were felicitated at Panjab University’s Law Auditorium here today. Around 15,000 students from classes VI to X in Chandigarh, Panchkula, Mohali, Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar participated in the competition from November 27 to December 31 last year.

Alok Kumar, CDRSM, Indian Oil Corporation, was the chief guest and Nimrit Kaur from Nivia Sports was the guest of honour on the occasion. The highlight of the function was performances by Bal Shree awardee Rahul and Punjabi singer Jeet Hakam.

Students of Chandigarh and Mohali bagged the first prize in all the five categories. They included Mankeerat Narang (class VI) of YPS, Mohali; Jaiyta Sood (class VII) of Carmel Convent School, Sector 9; Triman Kaur (class VIII) of Delhi Public School, Sector 41, Suman Gautam (Class IX) of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Sector 25; and Sukhveet Kaur (class X) of Sant Waryam Singh Memorial Public School, Ratwara Sahib, Mohali.

Students who received the second prize included Mehar Kaur of Sacred Heart School, Sector 26; Sehaj Roop Singh of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27; Gunpreet Kaur of DAV School, Ludhiana; Ashray Gakhar of St John’s High School, Sector 26; and Sarvupkar of Shivalik Public School, Sector 41.

The third prize went to Kanishka Wadhera of St Kabir School, Sector 26; Erakrit Vohra of DAV School, Mohali; Diksha Sapra of Guru Harkrishan Public School, Amritsar; Rahat Kaur and Kashika Chawla, both of Senior Study School, Amritsar.

The jury comprised of DS Bedi, director, Shivalik Group of Schools; Rosy Sharma, principal, DAV School, Mohali; Anu Kumar, principal, Stepping Stones School, Chandigarh; Vandana Saxena, principal, Tribune Model School, Sector 29; Jyata, principal, Saupins School, Panchkula; and Ritu Oberoi, principal, GGSVM, Ratwara Sahib. — TNS



Shefali’s artwork on display in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
A three-day exhibition of Shefali Sehra's artwork is being organised at Gallery Artmosphere. Her work is a mixture of sculpting and painting. Rather than oil, acrylic or traditionally available colours, she experiments her paintings with a variety of materials to create art.

She touched paint brush after a hiatus of long nine years after her marriage. “Always interested in art, I moved to Chandigarh after marriage. After going the family way, and bringing up my son, I finally found time about nine months back. And since then, I have worked long hours to create paintings,” she said.

“It was my long-cherished dream to create something different and interesting,” she said.

Experimenting with different media and various themes, her works have a variety.

Even the traditional canvass is painted with glass colours. The 'meena' work traditionally found in jewellery is also the part of her artwork. Rather than using paint brushes, she used 'cones' to get an interesting outline.

She also uses materials like m-seal and putty, traditionally used in sculpting to give depth to her paintings. She creates her own colours and experiments with hardeners and chemicals. Her works also includes various themes like Egyptian, Mughal and abstract art. “Egyptian artwork form particularly attracts me,” she said.



Mild rain to continue, thunder showers at some places
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
The metrological department has forecasted mild rains and cloudy sky in the city, with thunder showers at certain places in the next 24 hours. Surinder Paul, director, Weather Department, Chandigarh, said: "The weather will get cleared by evening tomorrow. Till afternoon there will be clouds and mild rainfall at certain places. The temperature at night is expected to fall day after tomorrow and the day temperature will rise too by Monday. The weather and sky will be get clear by tomorrow evening."

Meanwhile, the sudden rainfall and chilly winds have once again brought back the winter season. "For the past few days, the days were bright with sunshine. So, we kept the huge quilts in almirah expecting that winter season was off. But last night again, we had to take them out as it was too cold," said Neeta Sharma, a home-maker.

While, due to the intermittent rains in the last 24 hours, the normal life of the residents got disturbed. The school children had to rush to their schools in rains in the morning while the hawkers and milkmen reached late to their destinations due to the sudden rains. "The sudden change in the weather is unpredictable. After Basant, the days become slightly hot but now, the chill has knocked again," said Daljit Singh, a morning walker at Leisure Valley.



From schools

Ludhiana: Delhi Public School Khanna conducted a seminar on "The future of education." Vipin Shishodiya was the resource person for the event. This workshop was on cognition neuroscience technology, which is the future of education. A large number of parents attended the seminar. They appreciated the efforts made by the school for organising such workshops, which help them understand the changing face of education.

Prize distribution function

DN Everest Model High School, Chak Sarai Road, Jaspalon village organised its annual prize distribution function here on Saturday. Dr Inderpal Singh, Former Pro Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar was the chief guest. While addressing the students he lauded the remarkable progress made by the school in the field of education and sports. He advised the students to endeavor to shine in every sphere. They should dwell upon character training and take it as the first and foremost mission in life. With it come all the qualities, which will make their life successful. Students presented cultural programme. Dr Inderpal Singh, Rajinder Oberoi gave away the prizes to the participants and the outstanding students of the institution. On this occasion 30 awards were given to sports winners. More than 200 students participated in the function. — TNS



PAU former scientists form alumni association

Ludhiana, February 16
Retired scientists of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have set up a new tradition in their monthly meeting as scientists conduct proceeding of monthly meeting in poetic form. Jagmohan Singh, a member of the Alumni Association, PAU, informed that a retired professor Dr Gurdev Singh Sandhu gives poetic touch to the proceeding of meeting of retired teachers and alumni.

The association organises a meeting on every 7th of the month at Student's home.

"Retired scientists discuss their pension and other affairs during this meeting. They have social concerns and professors discuss currant matters. Some time our alumni who work with other organisation come to attend this meeting and share their valuable experiences with us. We avoid to discuss politics but organise a separate session for literary presentation," informed professor Jagmohan.

Talking about the objective of this meeting, Jagmohan said, "Professor contributed to this institution for the whole of their lives and institution contributed a lot to us. There is an emotional attachment with PAU to organise this meeting," he added. — TNS



LIT to auction Jhansi Road complex in March
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
The Ludhiana Improvement Trust has again decided to auction its commercial complex located on Maharani Jhansi Road, near Ghumar Mandi, on March 6. This complex was unsuccessfully auctioned in December, 2009. No bidder had taken part in the earlier auction.

This time also, the LIT has fixed a reserve price of Rs 197 crore for the auction of this 2.22-acre four-storey commercial complex that has been constructed at a cost of Rs 16 crore. The complex will be auctioned as a single unit.

The complex is located in the midst of posh residential localities and is close to the Ghumar Mandi area.

The ultramodern complex, the construction of which started in 2000, has a long history. When its construction was near completion in 2003, the site was attached and work stopped after three litigants obtained a court stay order. The stay order was also upheld by the High Court and the LIT had to fight an extended legal battle the Supreme Court to get it vacated.



BSNL employees hold protest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
BSNL Employees Union held a dharna in front of the BSNL, Bharat Nagar, office here yesterday. The call for dharna was given by the Central Head Quarter of the BSNL Employees Union against the non-settlement of 78.2 per cent Industrial Dearness Allowance (IDA) merger with the basic pay.

Balbir Singh, from the BSNL Employees Union said the decision of the merger was taken in December last year during a meeting held between the BSNL unions and BSNL management.

The approval for the same was given by the BSNL Board of Directors, but the department of telecommunication is delaying the approval, on one pretext or the other, he said. The wage revision of the executives and the non-executives was done from January 1, 2007 and IDA merger is also due from the same date, he added.



Fuel price hike making life miserable: Residents
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
There was a mood of despondency amongst residents as the fuel prices were increased yet again, . The price rise was steep and frequent. The price of petrol and diesel were hiked by Rs 1.5 and 50 p, respectively.

The price of petrol and diesel in Punjab now are Rs 76.45 and Rs 46.10, respectively. Few months back, there were vehement protests across India if the fuel price was hike even by a few paisas. But owing to the spate of fuel hikes, no such protests and processions were carried out.

People are now getting started used to the fuel price hikes. The prices have increased sixth time in the last couple of years.

“Nothing can be done about it. Our protests fall on deaf ears,” said Harjit Singh, a resident of Civil Lines.

“Rather than shielding the people from rising inflation, the government has not done anything about the rising price hikes. The day is not far when petrol prices will hit Rs 100 a litre,” said Ramesh Verma, another resident.



Senior Agronomist of PAU felicitated
Ludhiana, February 16

Dr Jasjit Singh Kang, a Senior Agronomist of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana was given the Award of Honour for his outstanding contributions in various fields.

Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, honoured him during the prize distribution function of the annual athletics meet. Dr Kang joined as an assistant agronomist in 1989 at the regional rice station of the university, Kapurthala.

Dr Kang joined BSC Agriculture (Hons) at the PAU, Ludhiana, in 1981 and was given the merit scholarship (1981 to 1986). During this period, he represented the PAU hockey team at the North Zone Inter-Varsity Hockey Championship and the All-India Hockey Tournaments. He also represented the All-India Combined Universities hockey squad in the National Hockey Championship twice. Dr Kang was a member of the Ludhiana cricket team in the Punjab Cricket Championship held in 1983 at Chandigarh. — TNS



Man held with 52 kg poppy husk
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
The CIA-I branch of the police has arrested a man with 52 kg poppy of husk. The man has been identified as Jatinder Singh, alias Kaka (24), a resident of Ayali Kalan village, here. The accused owns a shop, Kewal Opticals, in the Guru Teg Bahadur Market, near Clock Tower, here.

The police had set up a 'naka' near the Civil Hospital at around 8 pm yesterday. Jatinder Singh was on a scooter (number PB 10 CD 2566) and had tied a gunny bag carrying 52 kg of poppy husk on his scooter.

Nilambari Vijay Jagdale, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, said when he was stopped for checking, the police recovered the contraband in the bag.

“During the course of investigation, it was learnt that Jatinder was having a rivalry with a gangster named Lovely Lamme due to which his brother and father were booked in an attempt-to-murder case at the Division Number 1 police station. His expenditure increased and to earn more money, he started smuggling and selling poppy husk. Most of his buyers were truck drivers. Yesterday also, he was on his way to deliver the drug to a person in Transport Nagar,” she added.

A case under sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against him at the Division Number 2 police station.



3 arrested with heroin

Ludhiana, February 16
The local police has nabbed three persons for carrying 20 gm of heroin here yesterday. The accused have been identified as Dinesh, Rajesh both residents of Dhuri and Vikas of New Vijay Nagar.

The police nabbed the accused at a checkpoint near Malhotra Chowk. On seeing the police, the three car borne accused tried to flee but were nabbed by the police. During their search, the police seized 20 gm of heroin from their possession. The accused has been booked under Section 22-61-85 of the NDPS Act.

One held with stolen car

The city police has nabbed a person with a stolen car from Transport Nagar here . The accused has been identified as Satnam Singh, a resident of Ram Nagar near Chandigarh road. The accused, who was driving the car tried to flee away on seeing the police at checkpoint. However, the police got hold of him.

During the questioning, the accused confessed that he had stolen the car.

The police has impounded the car and booked the person under Section 379-411 of the IPC. — TNS



Man gets life term for raping, killing seven-year-old girl
Rajneesh Lakhanpal
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 16
The court of Additional Sessions Judge Mandeep Pannu has convicted Asif Khan (24) of Bhajneek Da Dhaba, Sham Nagar, Ludhiana, on the charges of raping and killing a seven-year-old girl. He has been sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment and slapped a fine of Rs 15,000.

The Judge has also ordered the convict to pay Rs 50,000 as compensation to the deceased's mother. Her mother had told the police that on February 7, 2011, her daughter was playing outside her house. Asif, who resided in the neighbouring house as a tenant, took her to his room. She heard the cries of her daughter. She ran towards Aasif's room and was stunned to see that he was sitting on the girl and was throttling her. When she raised an alarm, he ran away, but not before killing the girl.

A case under sections 302 and 376 of the IPC was registered against Asif at the Division No: 5 police station on a statement of the victim's mother.



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