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Encroachments removed from service lanes
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

The anti-encroachment drive in progress on Ferozepur Road in Ludhiana on Sunday
The anti-encroachment drive in progress on Ferozepur Road in Ludhiana on Sunday
The anti-encroachment drive in progress on Ferozepur Road in Ludhiana on Sunday
A senior citizen argues with MC Additional Commissioner Sumit Jarangal in Ludhiana on Sunday
A senior citizen argues with MC Additional Commissioner Sumit Jarangal in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, February 17
The tehbazaari wing of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation today removed encroachments from the service lanes on Ferozepur Road, from Aarti Chowk to Hotel Le Baron opposite PAU gate number 2.

However, the encroachments resurfaced again after the MC officials left the spot. A similar drive was carried out in the area last month.

The MC team comprised Additional Commissioner Dr Sumit Jarangal, who is also the Zonal Commissioner of Zone A.

A large posse of police personnel also accompanied the MC team to make sure no person opposes the anti-encroachment drive.

The MC removed generators, kiosks and stalls from the service lanes and issued challans to the violators. The permanent encroachments, including green belts and pavements, were also razed with the help of a ditch machine.

A marriage palace owner urged the MC team to allow him to use the service lane for parking vehicles. “We have been using the service lane to park vehicles for the past many years. We are paying Rs 1 lakh fee to the MC. We are willing to pay Rs 2 lakh. We have been running the marriage palace much before the service lanes were constructed,” he said.

Superintendent of the tehbazaari wing Naveen Malhotra said goods lying on the service lane were seized. “Some of the marriage palace owners urged that they should be allowed to use the service lane in front of their premises for parking vehicles. Additional Commissioner Dr Sumit Jarangal the marriage palace owners that he would take up the matter with the MC Commissioner,” said Malhotra.


Fake travel agent attempts suicide
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
After duping several residents of their hard-earned money, 30-year-old Delhi-based travel agent tried to commit suicide by consuming poison.

The police has booked Mahinder Singh of the Bhamia area. Recuperating in a hospital, Mahinder told the police that he had duped several persons of lakhs on the pretext of sending them abroad.

Mahinder said he had married Sukheinder Kuar and took money from her for taking her abroad.

However, the persons from whom he had taken money started pressurising him. Left with no alternative, he consumed poison and tried to end his life. His condition worsened and he was rushed to the Civil Hospital. The police has booked him under Section 309 of the IPC.



Pickpockets have a field day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
Sale at a cloth showroom proved to be a boon for thieves and pickpockets as they slipped away with cash and mobile phones of three women and a man at Ghumar Mandi today.

The incident took place around 6 pm when Vikas Sharma, a resident of Model Gram, found his cellphone missing.

As the showroom authorities started searching the cellphone, Pinky Ahuja of Krishan Nagar complained that someone had stolen her purse containing Rs 12,000, a cellphone and an ATM card.

Another visitor to the shop, Ravinder Duggal of Haibowal, reported that his sister lost her cellphone.

Sonia of Shivpuri area told the showroom authorities that pickpocket fled with her mobile phone and Rs 2,000.

This led to chaos at the showroom and costumers started looking at their belongings.

Soon the matter came to the notice of Ghumar Mandi chowki in charge Pawan Kumar, who reached the spot and started investigations.

"The miscreants took advantage of the rush. They mingled in the crowd and slipped away with mobile phones and purses. The showroom authorities have installed CCTVs and we are scanning the recordings to zero in on them. We have told the showroom authorities to deploy more security at the gate to avoid such incidents," said sub-inspector Pawan Kumar.



High Court summons top officials
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
The High Court has asked Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari, Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh and Municipal Corporation Commissioner Rakesh Verma to appear in person for the hearing of a case February 22.

A section of riot victims had filed a civil writ petition in the High Court saying they were not being allotted houses by the administration. The next draw for the flats will be held in Ludhiana on March 29.

"The High Court is concerned that the riot victims had not been given houses even after 30 years. The riot victims are facing problems in allotment of red cards, cancellation of cards, non-allotment of flats and houses illegally occupied other persons," said an official.

He said a tough decision could not be taken against some 'self-styled' riot victims as it could lead to a law and order problem in the district. "We have to look into the problems faced by the riot victims. The High Court has summoned top officials to get the details on this sensitive issue," said the official.



A2Z company to continue work: MC
Valmiki Samaj Bachao Andolan’s threat to hold protest on Feb 23 fails to affect civic body
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
It seems that the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is not paying heed to the "threat" of members of the Valmiki Samaj Bachao Andolan (VSBA).

The VSBA members had threatened that if the MC did not stop operations of A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd in the city by February 18, they would hold a protest in Moga, where the byelections are to be held on February 23.

The senior MC officials claimed that stopping operations of the company was not possible, but giving proper remuneration to the private garbage collectors could be worked out.

To counter the VSMA "propaganda" that A2Z would take away jobs of private garbage collectors, the MC as well as A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd have planned a drive to educate the private garbage collectors about the benefits of solid waste management as well as the monthly salary that they would be paid in addition to some other benefits.

The members had threatened that if the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation did not stop A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Limited from lifting garbage in the city, they would hold a protest against the Shiromani Akali Dal at Moga.

A senior MC official claimed that A2Z had promised to hire almost all private garbage collectors operating in the city. "They are willing to pay a monthly salary of Rs 6,000, besides the private garbage collectors will also be paid separately if they segregate polythene out of garbage, which they already do. I think some people are misguiding them. We will approach the private garbage collectors and will educate them about the benefits of solid waste management," said the official, who did not want to be named.

Ever since the A2Z company started its operations in the city, it has been facing flak from the members of Valmiki Samaj Bachao Andolan as well as private garbage collectors. In some cases, the A2Z officials were even attacked and the company had to lift garbage under the police protection.

At present, the company is involved in door-to-door lifting of garbage in around 25 wards of the city. But as per terms and conditions fixed by the MC, the company has to cover its operations in all 75 wards by February 28. With 11 days left for the deadline to end, it seems that this would certainly be a hard task for the A2Z company.



Illegal colonies find no mention in proposed policy on housing
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 17
The much-awaited policy on housing and urban development proposed to be framed by the Punjab Government has failed to address the crucial issue of regularisation of the existing unauthorised colonies in the state.

Besides, the government has shown no inclination to provide relief to the developers of unlicensed colonies.

The draft Punjab Housing and Urban Development Policy, 2013, which has been put on PUDA website for inviting suggestions and comments, mentions that as a result of disproportionate growth of the urban infrastructure, including housing, there is a huge shortage of housing, especially for lower income groups.

The draft policy says: "There is a huge gap in the demand and supply for housing which has resulted in the mushrooming of illegal colonies in and around the urban centres. These colonies have not only spoiled the urban landscape, but also lack social and physical infrastructure."

Without making any mention of thousands of the unauthorised colonies developed across the length and breadth of Punjab, the policy says the Punjab Government has identified 50 sites for setting up of urban estates in different cities of the state. Further, the government had rationalised development controls and charges.

“The government has decided not to charge external development, change of land use and licence fee for the development of affordable housing for the low income groups of the society. Moreover, the powers for the approval of various projects in the department of housing and urban development have been decentralised to facilitate promoters," the proposed policy says.

The government is in a mood to tighten noose around unauthorised and unplanned development in the housing sector as the concluding para in chapter 10 dealing with illegal colonies in the draft policy mentions that to discourage the development of illegal colonies in the state, the provisions in the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act, 1995, are being made stringent to punish developers of illegal colonies and officials.

President of the Punjab Colonisers and Property Dealers’ Association Kultar Singh Jogi said the stakeholders were still going through the draft policy. He said the proposed housing policy would fail to serve the purpose unless the government decided to regularise the existing illegal colonies on "as is where is" basis.



Government should take over private aided schools, feel teachers
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
With the managements of aided schools expressing helplessness in contributing

5 per cent share to run these schools, teachers feel that the government should merge private aided schools with government institutions.

Dr Satish Thaman, an RTI activist and organising secretary, All-India Senior Citizens Organisation, said he was in touch with the teachers and was putting in efforts to tide over their problems.

A majority of the teachers and managements of aided schools wanted that they be merged with government schools as 95 per cent of their salary was being given by the government to aided schools.

Thaman said when the government refused to revise pay scales in 1996, tough time for the employees started.

In 2003, the then Chief Minister of Punjab, Amarinder Singh, barred the existing pension scheme and imposed a ban on new recruitments. After the issue reached the court, the state government restored the pension scheme in aided schools, but the ban on new recruitments was not lifted.

The teachers serving in aided schools maintained that there were 508 such private schools in Punjab, but due to the ban on fresh recruitments, 4,500 posts were lying vacant.

They said, "Most of these schools are running without a principal or a headmaster.

At many schools, there are a few teachers. How can one impart quality education to students when there are no teachers?"

Thaman said the government had decided to provide free education to poor and meritorious students up to Class VIII and for girl students, education was free till Class XII. "It has become difficult for the managements to run the show and contribute

5 per cent of their share. To streamline everything, either the government should take over these schools or should merge these with government schools as the government is paying Rs 250 crore as the provident fund in aided-schools," said Thaman.



Abolish 2 per cent excise duty on bicycle: Industry
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
The cycle industry considered as one of the pillars of Punjab's economy is facing acute problems and finding it difficult to survive.

With India negotiating with European Union (EU) for a free trade agreement, the local manufacturers seek the most preferred nation's status for export of bicycles to Europe since it will ensure 0 per cent import duty on bicycles in Europe against the present 14 per cent.

The other demand raised by the industry is that 2 per cent excise duty on bicycle should be abolished.

"This should be withdrawn because the impact of about Rs 75 is beyond the bearing capacity of a poor person," said PD Sharma, president of the Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

A bicycle manufacturer from the city said the manufacturing process was labour intensive. "The inflation is eroding the buying capacity of the poor. With the

ever-increasing cost of labour, raw material and capital cost, the manufacturers cannot afford to keep the price of the bicycle within the reach of the poor man. The MGNAREGA scheme should be scrapped," he said. "In order to boost the bicycle industry, the duty drawback should be increased from 12.3 percent to 15 per cent," said Sharma.

The cycle industry is worth 1.2 billion dollar with an annual production at 15 million units. Although, there are four major producers of bicycle, over 90 per cent of the production of component in Punjab is mainly in Ludhiana. China is another populous country and its cycle industry is worth 8 million dollars producing 84.5 million units. India has the density of 90 bicycles for every 1,000 people whereas China has 149 units per 1,000 people. China is also far ahead in export of bicycles by exporting 50.7 million units annually as compared to India's 1.8 million units.



Their photographs speak a thousand words
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
When most of the people are lazying around on Sundays, these guys are busy capturing scenic beauty of the city.

Up early, they grab their cameras, and go on photo walks, clicking photographs.

The Ludhiana Photography Enthusiasts Group, Ludhiana PEG, gathers every Sunday morning at a place and clicks photographs.

The group comprises 30 young and old photography enthusiasts from different walks of life, including a couple of girls.

Not restricted to any age group, this is an open group of photography enthusiasts in the city that anybody can become a part of irrespective of age and background.

They go to various places in the city such as Leisure Valley, Rakh Bagh, Rose Garden, Clock tower, railway station and go on photo walks in groups or individually and then gather at one place.

Active for about six months now, the group members vouch for improvement in their photography skills. "Earlier, I was not aware of a few things. I didn't know about this 'levitation' technique in photography, in which the subjects are 'levitated' above the ground level. For example, it would seem that someone is sitting, walking or doing any activity above the ground level. I also learnt about a device called "Raynox" that helps in doing better macro photography after joining the group. So it is interesting to meet and learn from like-minded photographers and going on photo walks together," he says.

Gaurav Pal Singh, another photographer, said after the photowalks, they share their pictures on Facebook and post honest comments about the pictures. So all learn in the process and improve their 'eye' for photography, he says.

Shikhar Sharma, who formed the group, says the group is planning to hold a photography exhibition soon. Residents appreciate different facets of the city they get to see through our Facebook page, he says. Some of the pictures regularly feature on some of the webpages about the city, he adds.



Two supporters of Namdhari Sangat 'manhandled'
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
Members of the International Namdhari Sangat (INS) alleged that two of their supporters were beaten and manhandled by a group of persons at a Basant Panchami function in Bhaini Sahib yesterday.

The INS members claimed that their supporters were taken to a room, where they were kept for over seven hours.

However, the Namdhari Darbar said no such incident had taken place.

Navtej Singh, president, INS, claimed that two of their supporters, Mandeep Singh, a resident of Suraj Nagar in New Shimlapuri, and Basant Singh, a resident of Preet Nagar in Shimlapuri, had gone to attend the function at Bhaini Sahib yesterday.

"When they were clicking photographs, six persons snatched our cameras and mobile phones and took us to the house of Satguru Jagjit Singh. There, both Mandeep and Basant were slapped, punched and kicked in the presence of senior Namdhari leaders. Later, they were made to sign some blank papers and were also made to sign some documents stating that Navtej Singh and INS chairman Jaswinder Singh had sent them to click photographs," claimed Navtej Singh Namdhari.

He said some of their supporters were also manhandled at Yamunanagar and Siarh villages.

HS Hanspal, chairman of Namdhari Darbar, said he was not aware of the incident. "A few members of the International Namdhari Sangat are raising such issues for getting cheap publicity. The Namdharis are peace loving and why would they assault or manhandle anyone?" questioned Hanspal.

The INS members have also submitted a written complaint to the Commissioner today.



Vegetable, fruit prices stable
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
Although India's inflation rate dipped to a three-year low in January but the grocery prices did not see any downward trend and the prices continued as the same. The Wholesale Price Index, India's main gauge of inflation, eased to 6.62 per cent in January, down from 7.18 per cent in December.

The prices of vegetables, fruits remained stable during the week. Much to the relief of the people no further increase has been witnessed in the prices. Onion remained stagnant at Rs 30 per kg.

The price of other vegetables were same as last week. “I was expecting the prices of onion to go up further but thankfully the price remained stable at Rs 30 per kg," said Shruti, a homemaker.

"Prices of vegetables depend upon the weather. Now that weather is normal we are hopeful that the price of vegetables will also remain stable. Peas are at Rs 30 per kg while carrot is being sold at Rs 10." added Mian ji from a grocery shop at Aggar Nagar.



13 lakh students take problem-solving assessment test
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
Director of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Vineet Joshi said 13 lakh students took the problem solving assessment test conducted in 13,500 schools all over India yesterday. Joshi was in the city to take part in the one-day event organised by the CBSE Schools Punjab Association at Greenland School.

He said the aim of the test was to develop critical thinking among students.

He said results for Class IX would be declared by March 15 and for Class XI, the results would be out by March-end.

At a function in Green Land School, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said the UPA Government was committed to bringing excellence in education.

Tewari urged the unaided schools to implement the Right to Education Act in its true spirit.

The Minister assured the Association of Private Unaided Schools of Punjab that he would help them meet the HRD Minister so that they could discuss their problems with him. Tewari praised the efforts of the association for working towards the improvement of the quality of education. He said the Right to Education Act was proving a boon for millions of underprivileged children.

Among others present included president of the association Rajesh Rudra.

Nearly 500 members of the management, principals from various CBSE/ ICSE schools of Punjab participated in the function.

The association honoured Manish Tewari.



reporter’s diary
New outfit for scarecrows

LUDHIANA: Scarecrow is probably one of the oldest methods used by the farmers to scare away crows and other birds from their fields. With the passage of time, the outlook of scarecrows may have changed but the foundation remains the same. Earlier, the scarecrow used to have clothes made of waste material, but now the farmers dress the scarecrow, just like men. Farmer said, "Even the birds have become smart and they are no longer scared of scarecrows with shabby dress, so I made a special outfit for the scarecrow. This outfit gives them an impression as if men are working in the fields and accordingly scares them," said a farmer from a nearby village.

No fear of law

A much taunted tow-away drive, carried out by the traffic police in the city, aimed to put some road sense in the minds of the motorists. Further, the imposing the penalty on a wrongly parked vehicle was meant to serve as a deterrent. But unfortunately, the whole exercise of towing away the vehicle and imposing penalty failed to serve the desired purpose as the car drivers continue to violate traffic rules with impunity by jumping red lights, parking the vehicles in a haphazard manner, changing lanes without any indicator, or honking to show their an utter contempt to the other road users. If the traffic planners are to be believed, the problem lies within the mindset of the drivers, and awareness campaigns or challans for violation of traffic rules can never solve the problem. The habitual offenders take it for granted that they can get away with anything by paying a few hundred rupees as penalty or as bribe. The traffic police is ought to bring some order to the chaotic condition, prevailed on the city roads since the fear of law is lacking among the road users.

Let him drive

It's a common practice that when one drives a vehicle, the other person sitting besides him, talks endlessly. For such talkative people, Traffic Police Ludhiana, has made a request at Kailash Chowk that states,"Let him drive, do not gossip" I wish there could be at least some followers of it.

Adorn the canal

Canals and rivers are the beauty of any city. Looking at the Sidhwan canal, one of the visitors from abroad said that such a canal could become a centre of attraction. Several restaurants with spectacular views could be built around it and the banks could be beautified. A walking or jogging path along with beautiful lights and a boating area should also be created. Not only would it become a great intra-city tourist attraction but would also generate revenue for the government, he added.

Contributed by Manav Mander, Kuldip Bhatia, Anupam Bhagria, Gurvinder Singh.



From colleges

Annual Convocation

Information & Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari today emphasized upon the need for equal and equitable representation of women in the work force, if Indian aspired to make the 21st century to be truly an Indian Century. Appreciating the fact that the participation of women in the work force was gradually on the rise, Tewari underlined the need for creating a free and a safe environment for the women. He said this while addressing the students at the annual convocation of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, here.

Tewari further said, the government was putting in all the effort for providing a free and safe atmosphere to the women folk, but legal and administrative action alone could not succeed unless the society also pitched in and supported the government effort. The Minister said that on their part, the women would also have to play a bigger role in eliminating social evils, including the bane of drug abuse. He said that there were certain areas, where the women were being ignored and had to face all types of discrimination and had to tackle all kinds of prejudices.

Felicitating the students, Tewari exhorted them to strive for excellence in the present globalised world and valiantly accept the challenges which the life threw up. Tewari opined that there was a need for providing education with a blend of cultural, social, moral and spiritual values. Earlier, the Minister conferred degrees on 841 students, including 373 Post Graduates. Welcoming the Chief Guest, Principal Dr Charanjit Kaur Mahal highlighted the achievements of college in various academic, sports and extra curricular activities. Gurbir Singh, President of Guru Nanak Education Trust presented the vote of thanks. On the occasion Tewari was honored by the institution with a memento.

Conference held

The inaugural function of two-day national conference on “Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental aspects of Wastes and their Utilization in Infrastructure Projects(GGWUIP)" was held here at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College (GNDEC). Dr JN Jha (HoD Civil Engineering Department, Chairman GGWUIP) introduced the topic and theme of conference and also explained the relevance of topic in the present scenario. Dr S Unnikrishnan Pillai (ex-principal NIT Calicut) was the Chief Guest of the occasion and he stressed on the role of quality in all type of projects, including solid waste disposal. He further emphasised on the planning of such projects and at the same time he stressed on the technological advancement of India in terms of machinery, planning and skill of the labour.

Sanjeev Srivastav, MD, Assotech was the Guest of Honour. He talked about self-sustainable projects in housing sector, need for building by-laws amendment for better infrastructure. At the same time he emphasised on the poor town planning and the difficulties being faced by the contractors. Manoj Dutta (Director PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh), who was the keynote speaker of the occasion, motivated the delegates for innovation and importance of proper town planning. He also spoke about how the future designs of the cities would be like.

New administrative block at Arya College

In a ceremony held at Arya College, Dr Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharti Enterprises Limited, was honoured and was formally thanked for his much needed financial help for the construction of the new Bharti Administrative Block in the Women Section. On this occasion, Bharat Bhushan Ashu, MLA, an alumnus of the college, was the Guest of Honour. Principal Dr RC Tejpal extended a warm welcome to both the distinguished guests and introduced them to the pride of the college- Shehnaz Akhtar, the first runners- up in the popular Zee programme, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. He was proud while mentioning that people of such great stature distinguishing themselves in various fields, were associated with this college.

A cultural programme was also organised on this occasion. The star attraction of this programme was a melodious performance by Shehnaz Akhtar who regaled the audience and created a magical atmosphere of excitement with his choice of songs. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Rakesh Bharti Mittal traced his long association with the college and inspired the students to develop a holistic personality and prepare themselves for the tough world wide competition in this age of globalization.

He also said that college should introduce new courses in order to cope with changing scenario.

GPC students visit Nahar Sugar Mill

Gobindgarh Public College organised one-day industrial visit for the students of BBA-II & BBA-III to Nahar Sugar Mill, Amloh. The college principal Dr Neena Seth Pajni said that 40 students visited the Nahar Sugar Mill office to learn about the production process of sugar, research and development of plants under the supervision of Prof Rajesh Kumar & Prof Gurpreet Kaur.

Extension lecture in English at GNKCW

The Post-Graduate Department of English of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan, organised an extension lecture by Dr Sudhir Kumar, a Professor of English at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Indian Perspectives on Literature.

Dr Sudhir Kumar underlined the use of Indian critical theories in order to understand and evaluate the literature written in English, Hindi or any Indian language.

He delivered an extensive lecture on the Rasa Siddhant or the Theory of Aesthetic Emotions, by quoting examples from the prescribed texts. He also highlighted the need to create a secular literature. The lecture was concluded after an active interaction session with the students. — TNS





The Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting (IC) Manish Tewari has asked the party men to make sincere efforts for propagating the Centre's welfare and development programmes door-to-door. Addressing a public meeting at Preet Nagar in the municipal ward (No.61) here, he said the ruling SAD-BJP combine government in Punjab was taking "anti-people" decisions, following which people were being unnecessarily economically burdened. Tewari thanked Bibi Gurdip Kaur, a former Municipal Councillor, for arranging the public meeting and said he would accede to any demand for bringing development out of MP Fund of area falling under the municipal ward (No. 61). In his address, former Punjab Minister Malkit Singh Birmi also expressed his concern over Punjab’s deteriorating law and order situation day-by-day. The District Congress Committee (Urban) president Pawan Dewan, on behalf of the party workers assured Tewari that they would bring the party programmes at the grass root level and make people aware about the failures of the present state government.


A chartered accountant’s convention was organised by the Ludhiana branch of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. The convention started with welcome address by Ludhiana branch chairman, Jasminder Singh, who shared the about the theme of the convention, 'Visualise-Plan-Achieve" and all about schedule of convention. Ashok Batra, a service tax official gave a talk on the topic "Service Tax on Import and Export of Services and Reverse/Joint Charge Mechanism". He explained its implications and answered the queries of audience. Sunil Arora, an eminent expert on Income Tax Matters, delivered his speech on the topic "Recent Developments in Issues and Pricing of Shares”. He explained its implications and answered the queries of audience. The participants not only immensely benefited from the insights of the speaker but also received answers to their questions as well. Later, Vishal Garg, Chairman, North India CA Students Association, also addressed the audience.
Artificial limbs being distributed among the differently abled at Freemasons Hall, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana
Artificial limbs being distributed among the differently abled at Freemasons Hall, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Artificial limb donation camp

A free artificial limb donation camp was organised at Freemasons's Hall, Sarabha Nagar, by Freemasons organisation in collaboration with Bharat Vikas Parishad, here . The cost of the prosthetics was borne by a family of NRI's. The freemasons of Lodge Vishwakarma are working hard to ensure organisations of such camps, according to the organisation representatives.

VAT issue discussed

Meeting of District Taxation Bar Association (Sales Tax) was held here, during which problems and suggestion related to newly introduced VAT-15 forms were discussed. Listing the problem, Ashish Thaman, secretary said, "The site of department is not working properly and it is very difficult to generate password. At times the password reset option by wipro takes 2 hours". Further, he said, in VAT-23 and VAT-24 there was no option to select Phagwara, khanna, Phillaur, Jagraon, Raikot, Malerkotla, Machhiwara, Zirakpur, and so many other cities of Punjab which were not available. Meanwhile a meeting of Taxation Bar Association was also held here today during which recommendations were sent to the finance minister, regarding the forthcoming budget. GS Chopra, president of the associations said, the income tax exemption limit should be raised upto 3 lakhs while goods and service tax should also be implemented. Jatinder Khurana, press secretary also gave his recommendations and said tax rate should not be more than 20 percent. The Indian National Bank Employees’ Congress has also written a letter to finance minister mentioning that since rate of inflation is going up and accordingly the income tax exemption limit should also be extended to Rs 3 lakhs.

Medical camp organised

RG Stone Urology and Laproscopic Hospital organised a free medical checkup camp in collaboration with Mann Mediciti Hospital. Around 50 patients were examined by senior consultant urologist Dr Punit Bansal. Free investigations and free medicines were also distributed among the patients. Dr Punit Bansal also provided information how to prevent prostate cancer and how to prevent kidney stone. Marketing Manager Harmeet Singh Bhatia said that hospital was regularly organising such camps in Punjab.


Parmod Sharma, General Secretary, Associate Bank Officers’ Association, Unit State Bank of Patiala and General Secretary, All India Bank Officers’ Confederation, Punjab Unit said that there would be complete strike on 20 and 21 February, 2013 against Central Government policies. Over 10 lakh bank employees and officers will observe a two days strike. The strike is against anti-banking sector policies of the government. Prices are increasing exponentially. Government is encouraging outsourcing in banking industry, instead of new recruitments. Also wage revision in banking industry is due w.e.f November, 2012, but the government is delaying it and no talks have taken place till date, added Sharma.

Foundation stone laid

The foundation stone of Des Raj Jairth Lions Blood Bank was laid down. This project is initiated by PR Jairth in the memory of his parents. The total value of project is approx Rs 5 crore and it will be completed in two years. Moreover, will be one of the biggest blood banks in Punjab, claim the club authorities.

Letter to MC

Krishan Kumar Bawa, senior congress leader has written a letter to Municipal Commissioner, stating that various posters of Akali Dal have been posted on the sign boards thus creating difficulties for the commuters. "Sign boards are put up to help the people in finding their way but instead what commuters all get to see is pictures of Akali leaders.”, he said. — TNS



Group clash leaves seven injured
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
Seven persons were injured in a group clash at Janta Nagar today. Old enmity was stated to be the reason behind the clash.

The injured, Jagdish Singh, Ravinder Singh, Jagmeet, Vikram, Gurpal, Gurcharan and Ravi, were taken to a hospital. Jagmeet’s condition is stated to be critical. Both the parties have filed complaints.

Man held with psychotropic drugs

The police has arrested a person with a huge quantity of pharmaceutical drugs.

The accused, identified as Bhupinder Singh, a resident of Sant Vihar in Haibowal, was nabbed last evening during a naka on Jassian road. Bhupinder Singh runs a medical store. Psychotropic drugs, including injections, cough syrups and tablets, were recovered from him.

7 booked in attempt to murder case

Seven persons were booked by the Daba police in an attempt to murder case.

The complainant, Ricky Kumar, said he was on his way to Jain colony on February 15, when seven persons, identified as Ravi, Angrez Singh, Rahul, Sonu, Baba, Honey, Darshi and Sonu, attacked him with sharp-edged weapons.

He suffered serious injuries and was rushed to a hospital.

The police today recorded the statement of the victim and booked the accused under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC.



Man booked for kidnapping minor
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
The police has booked Ravinder Singh, a resident of Sherpur Road, for allegedly kidnapping a 13-year-old girl on the pretext of marrying her. In his complaint to the police, the victim's father said Ravinder kidnapped her on February 14.

Muslim welfare body formed

The Muslim Welfare and Shariat Society (ImarateShariya) was formed at Dana mandi today. Mohammad Izhar Alam, chairman, Punjab Wakf Board, said the Muslim community had been lagging behind and the government had done nothing for the betterment of the community.



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