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Strike disrupts life, commuters face harrowing time
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service
Members of the trade unions during the strike.
Members of the trade unions during the strike.
A girl looks out of the window of a car during a traffic jam in Ludhiana on Wednesday
A girl looks out of the window of a car during a traffic jam in Ludhiana on Wednesday
An elderly protester argues with an auto driver
An elderly protester argues with an auto driver
A policeman at the bus terminus
A policeman at the bus terminus

Ludhiana, February 20
As the 11 central trade unions and various independent federations, associations observed a strike today, it was the common man who was at the receiving end.

For about five hours commuters and passengers had to suffer due to the protest by the trade unions outside the Inter-State Bus Terminal. From 11 am to 4 pm, passengers had to face a tough time as the trade union workers blocked both sides of the flyover outside the bus stand here.

The protesters punctured the tyres of buses of Pepsu Road Transport Corporation and blocked the main gate. The passengers, including the elderly, and children women, had to board private buses to reach their destinations.

The elderly and women along with their children looked exhausted as they had to walk a long distance with luggage in their hands to board a private bus outside the bus stand.

The traffic on the entire stretch, starting from Bharat Nagar Chowk till Preet Cinema, went haywire. Commuters were seen taking alternative routes as hundreds of striking workers blocked the main roads outside the bus stand.

The patients visiting the ESI Hospital had to face a tough time as the police stopped all vehicles at a distance from the hospital. The patients and their attendants had to walk to the hospital. Malti, a migrant woman, said her husband was not well and they had to go to the ESI Hospital. But it was nothing less than an ordeal, she said.

As the main road outside the bus stand was blocked, the commuters going towards Model Town, Dugri, Model Town Extension, Shastri Nagar, Atam Nagar and Dholewal faced a harrowing time in the absence of alternative routes. The roads were choked during the peak hours.

PRTC loses Rs 12 lakh

The Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC), Ludhiana, had to bear the loss of Rs 12 lakh due to the strike. Around 110 buses of the PRTC remained off road on Wednesday. DPS Kharbanda, MD, PRTC, said the corporation was not in a condition to bear losses.


Banking operations hit
Traders face loss of Rs 200 cr on Day One
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
Normal banking operations were hit today as employees of public sector banks went on a two-day strike in response to a call given by the central trade unions to press for the wage hike.

Ludhiana district witnessed a loss of Rs 200 crore on the first day of the strike. Apprehending disruption in normal banking operations, many banks had informed their customers in advance and had fed additional cash in the ATMs to meet the needs of the customers.

Bank unions are pressing for an early wage revision, which they said is due from November 2012. They are also opposing the banking sector reforms and the plan for the merger of banks.

The bank strike is a part of the general strike call given by 11 central trade unions, including the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and the All-India United Trade Union Centre.

Workers affiliated to the All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), INTUC, BMS, CTU, TUCC and CITU observed strike today. They gathered at the bus stand and held a massive protest rally in support of their demands.

The protesters included a large number of women, construction workers, industrial workers, public health staff, contractual workers, employees of corporations, university, private hospitals and roadways.

Addressing the gathering Bant Brar, general secretary of AITUC, Punjab, said the government should fix minimum wages of the workers. For unskilled workers, the monthly salary should be Rs 10,000, for semi-skilled Rs 15,000 and for skilled workers it should be Rs 20,000 per month. He said the contractual system should be put to an end.

He cited low wages in the state as the major reason for the shortage of labour. The protesters demanded all anti-worker acts recently promulgated by the Punjab Government to be withdrawn with immediate effect. The speakers said the labour laws in the state.

Members of the Northern Zone Insurance Employees’ Association also struck work today. Harbans Singh, divisional president of the association, said the UPA government's policies were anti-people and anti-worker. The government was favouring the capitalists, he said. “The government has failed to control the price rise and unemployment. We oppose the government's decision to hike FDI in the insurance sector," said Harbans Singh.

The industry has estimated a loss of Rs 20,000 crore from the 48-hour strike. However, the trade union leaders have defended the protest saying the social loses were so huge that they were forced to strike work.

Keshav Jain, an industrialist, said he could not get a demand draft due to the strike. Offices dealing with the public should not go on strike," he said.

A city resident, Gaya Parsad, was taken aback when he went to the post office to send a money order to his family in Bihar. "I had to send money to my family since my father is not well. Now, I will be able to send it only after two days," he lamented.



Fire brigade officials conduct checks at shops
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
On learning that most of the shops located in the main market of Sarabha Nagar do not possess fire-safety certificates, the fire brigade officials today conducted checks at the shops.

They held a meeting with the members of the Sarabha Nagar Market Shopkeepers Association and directed them to make fire-safety arrangements and procure certificates.

A city resident had approached the officials, following which notices were issued to the shopkeepers of "Kipps Market".

They were asked to make fire-safety arrangements after which the fire brigade officials were to conduct checks.

After receiving the notices, only one shopkeeper applied for the certificate.

Today, the fire brigade team led by Additional Divisional Fire Officer (ADFO) Bhupinder Singh Sandhu visited the market and inspected several shops there.

ADFO Sandhu said the fire-fighting arrangements in a majority of the shops were not up to the mark. "We have again issued notices today and have given the shopkeepers three days' time to make the arrangements. And if they still fail to do the same, we will write to the authorities for sealing the shops," said Sandhu.

Hotels that possess fire-safety certificates

  • City Heart Hotel, Mata Rani Chowk
  • Maharaja Regency Hotel, Aarti Chowk
  • Radisson Blu, MBD Neopolis, Ferozepur Road
  • Gulmohar Hotel, Bharat Nagar Chowk
  • Friends Regency Hotel, Ferozepur Road
  • Nagpal Regency Hotel, Ferozepur Road

Hotels sans certificates

  • Majestic Park Plaza
  • Hotel Fortune Klassik
  • Keys Hotel
  • Aveda Hotel
  • Hotel Mahal
  • Hotel ONN
  • A' Hotel
  • Hotel Samrat
  • Imperial Executive Hotel
  • Hotel Classic Retreat
  • Hotel Chevron International
  • Hotel Nanda
  • Hotel Maharaja (Bhadaur House Market)
  • Hotel Taksonz
  • Dhawan Hotel (near Railway Station)
  • Embassy Hotel (Chaura Bazaar)
  • Great Wall Hotel (Bhadaur House)
  • Hotel Abhishek
  • Hotel Aditya
  • Hotel Khurana
  • Hotel Kohinoor
  • Hotel Grand Marian
  • Hotel Neelgiri

City hotels sans fire-safety certificates

It is learnt that most of the prominent city hotels do not possess fire-safety certificates. In reply to an RTI application by a local resident, the fire brigade confirmed that out of the total 30 prominent hotels of the city, only six hotels have been issued fire-safety certificates. Additional Divisional Fire Officer Bhupinder Singh Sandhu said notices would be served on the hotels.



City to have model railway station
Kuldip Bhatia
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana February 20
The Ludhiana railway station will soon be renovated and upgraded to an adarsh (model) station. It is already listed as the category A-1 station.

The railway ministry has prepared a list of 970 railway stations across the country that will be made model railway stations, said Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, who was on a surprise visit to the city today.

During a brief stay of about 15 minutes, Bansal visited platform number 1, inspected the existing footbridge and also visited the ticket window area on Civil Lines side. He said the objective of his visit was to have the firsthand knowledge of the facilities at the railway station.

On the ongoing infrastructure development projects and the delay caused in their execution, the minister said: “I have been discussing the issue with senior railway officials and a mechanism is being put into place for the constant monitoring of the progress of the pending projects on a day-to-day basis.”

Though Bansal did not say anything about the fare hike in the coming railway budget, his assertion that the Railways were suffering a loss of some Rs 25,000 crore every year on account of low fares was indicative of the things to come.

“My priority is to improve infrastructure and provide more facilities to passengers at railway stations and on trains,” he said.

"Our focus is to improve the existing system rather than a haphazard expansion. The Railways cater to around 2.3 crore passengers daily. Due to the scarcity of resources, development works have been lying pending for years. I am focusing to strike a balance between the rail fare and the facilities with a special emphasis on sanitation and security,” the minister remarked.

Senior officials also apprised the minister of the prevailing facilities at the railway station. The minister was told that the ticket booking counters on the Civil Lines side needed expansion and a computerised reservation counter was also required to cater to a large number of passengers. Speedy completion of a new foot overbridge linking all platforms and the railway overbridge in place of Lakkar Pul were also discussed.



Members of apex chamber meet Pawan Bansal at railway station
Demand escalators for senior citizens, separate entry, exit points
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
A delegation of the Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry met Pawan Kumar Bansal, Union Railway Minister in Ludhiana today. After the meeting, the Bansal visited the railway station to personally assess the proposals mooted by the Chamber.

The problems of the city related to the Railways were discussed in detail. PD Sharma, president of the apex chamber, stressed on implementing some proposals to ease out the traffic problem of the city.

Sharma said," The Ludhiana railway station is situated in the heart of the town. Some trains which usually run for Bihar and UP migrant workers or pass through these states should have no have stoppage at the Ludhiana station and instead should stop at Dhandari Kalan railway station. The station can be suitably upgraded. The minister took note of the problem and assured immediate action.

At present, the opening and exit of the railway station is on one side i.e. towards the old city and so there is maximum congestion. They have made make-shift opening towards the Civil Line side as a temporary measure. The side can be developed as a full-fledged entry and exit like the New Delhi railway station. The Minister directed RN Goyal, zonal manager, Firozepur Division, to give a detailed report on this.

The problems of old citizens were also discussed in detail. The elderly find it difficult to walk the stairs to reach platforms particularly Platform No. 1 and 2. Many trains stop on these two platforms.

"Escalators are needed to facilitate the old citizens’ movements and others on the platforms. This facility is available on many leading railway stations. The Minister has assured that the facility will be provided immediately on Platform No. 1," said Sharma.



Allotment of flats
GLADA holds draw of lots
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 20
The Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) today conducted a draw of lots for allotment of 217 four-storeyed 2BHK apartments in Dugri, Phase II, being constructed under a self-financing scheme.

GLADA Additional Chief Administrator Baldev Singh along with Estate Officer RK Popli and Superintending Engineer RK Sharma conducted the draw in the presence of a large number of applicants.

The applications were invited for the allotment of residential flats from November 1 to 30, 2013, for flats with a covered area of 535 square feet having one drawing room, two bed rooms, one kitchen, one WC, one bathroom and stilt parking. The flats on ground floor have a price tag of Rs 15.30 lakh while those on first, second and third floors are being offered for Rs 12.75 lakh, Rs 11,85,750 and Rs 11,09,250 respectively.

RK Popli said in all 7,482 applications were received out of which seven applicants had sought refund of the earnest money.

From out of 7,475 valid applications, 6,831 were from general category (flats allotted 149), 429 from SC/ST category (flats allotted 33), freedom fighters 10 (4), physical disability 130 (7), serving and retired defence personnel 46 (9), 100 per cent disabled soldiers 2 (2), gallantry award winners 1 (1), sportspersons 1 (1) and riot victims 25 (11).

2 BHK flats in Dugri, Phase II

The applications were invited for the allotment of residential flats from November 1 to 30, 2013, with a covered area of 535 square feet having one drawing room, two bed rooms, one kitchen, one WC, one bathroom and stilt parking. 



Dept ‘burdens’ teachers
Asks them to prepare list of students deprived of scholarship benefits
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
The state government may not be that serious to know what kind of quality education is being imparted to students in primary schools, but as far as putting the teachers on "official work" is concerned, the government wants "perfection".

Primary teachers in government schools have been asked to prepare a list of students, who had not been given scholarship benefits since 2010. But the teachers lamented that it was not a part of their job and the staff in the education department had to prepare and submit the list and not the teachers.

The president of the Democratic Employees Front, Ramanjit Sandhu, said the primary teachers in the district had been preparing the lists of students belonging to Scheduled Caste/Backward Class/Dalits since 2010, who had not been provided the scholarship benefits by the government.

"The activity is on for the past 15 days. The toughest part is that a majority of the schools are without computers or the teachers are not tech-savvy, so they have no other option but to go to the cyber cafes to make a soft copy of the lists. For this, the teachers are shelling out money from their pocket. Besides, the teachers have been asked to measure the body mass index (BMI) of the students in order to find out if mid-day meals had brought any improvement in their health," said Sandhu.

The teachers added that each school had to shell out up to Rs 1,000 or even more to get the CD made, which was demanded by the education department.

Sandhu added that it was not a part of their duty to perform such work.

"Block panchayat officers have got the computers and the staff, they should get the CDs made in their offices. But teachers are left with no other option but to abide by the directions issued by the higher-ups," said the president.

There are more than 1,000 primary schools in the district and a majority of these have been asked to prepare the lists. The lists had to be submitted within two-three days but it has been more than 15 days now. The teachers are still busy preparing the lists for the department, which have to be made under "Anmol Lipi" in a particular format.



Amusement park project hangs fire
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

he land (yellow) under litigation
The land (yellow) under litigation. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, February 20
The fate of the Mattewara Amusement Park and Tourist Destination hangs in balance as about 600 acres is under litigation.

The land that belongs to Sekhwan Panchayat was given a stay by the High Court. The state government has reportedly filed an application in the High Court for the early hearing of the case. Since the land is in dispute, the project could not be moved further.

One of the higher officials said the dream project of the state government was to be constructed on 1,300 acres in Mattewara, covering about eight villages along Sutlej Canal. While about 600 acres was clear, but there was a dispute between the Sekhwal Panchayat and the horticulture department over the land and the case was pending in the High Court.

"Till the High Court gives its decision, the state government cannot start with the project. The land is the heart of the project. In order to bring it on the fast-track court, the state government has also moved an application in the High Court. Though regular meetings of the higher officials have been organised in Chandigarh, there cannot be any progress unless there is some decision on the land by the High Court," said one of the officials of the high-level committee on the project from Chandigarh. In Mattewara, the state government wants to come up with an amusement park, tourist destination, race-course and a casino by involving private players from overseas.



Delegation to provide need-based help for development of industry
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
A special meeting of Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (CICU) delegation comprising Avtar Singh and Upkar Singh, general secretary and joint secretary, respectively, was held under the chairmanship of Karan Avtar Singh, principal secretary, Industries and Commerce, along with his team consisting of Vikas Partap Singh, Director, Industries, and other officials.

Karan Avtar Singh assured the CICU delegation, that the Punjab government was committed to provide need-based assistance for the growth, development and uplifting of industrial sector.

A separate policy for providing permanent solution to red category, small-scale units, especially zinc and electroplating, operating in the mix-land use areas at different locations in Ludhiana was under consideration.

Formation of exhibition centre on modern lines for Industry use in Ludhiana is also being considered.

He announced the formation of different committees for making suitable recommendations pertaining to blocks of land at Focal Point, removal of discrepancy especially transfer of 80 industrial plots where units were already operating in the Strip Land within Phase-V, Focal Point, Ludhiana, provision of warehousing facility and execution of sale deeds of the remaining freehold allotted plots at allotment price.

He assured the delegates that a friendly atmosphere for the smooth running, growth and development of the industrial sector would be provided.



Nuts, bolts traders want norms relaxed

Ludhiana, February 20
Manufacturers of the nuts, bolts and fasteners are finding it hard to comply with the Bureau of Indian Standards and want that the norms be relaxed. A seminar was held by the production and general engineering department of the Bureau of Indian standards (BIS) here yesterday.

Narinder Bhamra, president of the Fasteners Association of Ludhiana, said that the standards laid down by BIS are very tough to follow and moreover the language used by BIS is too technical and beyond the grasp of workers.— TNS



FCI workers strike in Jagraon
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 20
Members of the FCI Workers Palledar Union held a protest at the gate of the Jagraon Depot of Food Corporation of India (FCI). A large number of workers led by president Nahar Singh assembled at the gate and raised slogans against the government. The protesting workers observed a day-long strike. National general secretary of the union Amar Singh Bhattian said the government had not fulfilled pending demands of the union, including regularisation of workers.He stated that the government should revoke its decision to divide the allowance bill of the labourers.


Jagraon: Members of the Non-teaching Employees Union held a demonstration at Lajpat Rai DAV College today. The employees were protesting in support of their pending demands.

The main demands of the union include implementation of revised pay scales, release of dues and filling of vacant posts. The union members led by Jagraon branch president Rakesh Sharma observed a strike and raised slogans against the state government for not fulfilling their just demands. — OC



Farm varsity Kisan Mela from March 1

Ludhiana: The theme for the PAU Kisan Melas will be "Ghar Di Sabzi-Dal Ugao: Sihat Banao, Paise Bachao (grow vegetables and pulses in your kitchen garden: Save money and stay healthy)". The seven Kisan Melas will be held in March 2013. Director of Extension Education said the first regional Kisan Mela would be held at Ballowal Saunkhri (Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district) on March 1, followed by the second and the third melas at Khalsa College, Amritsar; and at Gurdaspur on March 5 and 7, respectively. The fourth regional Kisan Mela will be organised at Rauni (Patiala) on March 11, the fifth mela will be held at PAU on March 15 and 16 while the sixth and the seventh regional Kisan Melas will be organised at Faridkot and Bathinda on March 19 and 21, respectively.

Meanwhile, the first day of the on-campus Kisan Mela will witness a crop produce competition. Dr SPS Brar, senior extension specialist (field crops) and convener of the produce competition committee, said the competition of the recommended and approved varieties of vegetables, including potato, carrot, green onion/onion, green garlic, brinjal, radish, turnip, tomato, peas, chappan kaddu, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumber, green chillies, sweet pepper (simla mirch) or any other seasonal vegetable, would be held. "Besides, the competition in other crops such as sugarcane (recommended varieties), shakker/gur, gram plants with pods, turmeric, or any other crop will also be organised," he said.

Training course

The department of entomology, Punjab Agricultural University, will be organising a special basic training course on "Beekeeping" for SC/ST from March 18-22, 2013, at the university apiary. The course will be held under the aegis of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY). Dr Balwinder Singh, head, department of entomology, said the course would have a provision for only 40 trainees, belonging to the SC or ST categories.


"Natural Resource Management is a serious concern in contemporary Punjab agriculture," said GS Sandhu, IAS, Financial Commissioner (Development), Punjab, who visited the PAU on Wednesday. He visited the polynet houses installed on the university campus and held parleys with the experts on different aspects of the resource conservation technology. Director of Research, Dr SS Gosal, Additional Director of Research (Natural Resource and Plant Health Management), Dr Jagtar Singh Dhiman and Additional Director of Research (FM&BE) Dr Jaskaran Mahal also took part in the discussion.


A meeting of the PAU Preparation Mela Committee was held near the Students Home, PAU. In the meeting, catering, guest arrangements, registration and news committees were formed. Former president Rup Singh Roopa said a large number of employees, pensioners and retirees of Punjab Agricultural University and Guru Angad Dev Veterinary University were joining the mela. Bhangra will also be held.— TNS



from schools
'Butterfly Day'

Ludhiana: Ryan International School, Dugri, celebrated "Butterfly Day" with zeal. Tiny tots gleefully enjoyed the joyous and wonderful activities. A PowerPoint presentation on the life cycle of butterflies was shown to students.

School gets award

Ryan International School, Jamalpur, has been conferred International School Award, 2013, for implementing the international assessments through planet education.

Farewell party

A farewell party was organised for the students of Class XII at Saraswati Modern Senior Secondary School. The function commenced with the lighting of a lamp by the founder and president of the school, Kamla Jain. Students presented a dance. Various games such as peeling potatoes, assembling pens and inflating balloons were held. Abhay Bansal and Navjot Kamal were crowned as Mr and Miss Saraswati, respectively. Principal Aneeta Kundra advised students to work hard in order to achieve their goal.

Sports meet

Kids Quest Pre School organised its annual sports meet. Students participated in events such as Halloween face, reverse race, pick carry and run, super heroes on the track. Winners were given prizes. Parents also participated in lemon and spoon races, snack race and dress-up race. Director of the school congratulated the winners.


The management, staff and students of Green Grove School organised a function to bid adieu to the students of Class XII. It was a grand celebration. President of the school JPS Jolly, who was accompanied by chairperson Satinderjit Kaur Jolly lit the traditional lamp.

Water conservation

The United Nations has declared 2013 as the international year of water cooperation. Earlier, DAV School had taken up "Project Boond" by organising a rally on water conservation. To strengthen the cause, DAV organised an inter-school declamation contest in the school on wednesday. Various schools of the city participated in the competition and spoke on topics such as "Save Water, Save Life", "Rain Water Harvesting- A Solution to Water Scarcity", "Don't Pollute! Devise Ways to Purify It" and "Water Scarcity a Man Made Problem". — TNS



Ludhiana scan


A two-day workshop on "Space-based Information Support for Decentralised Planning" is being organised by the Punjab Remote Sensing Centre (PRSC) under the aegis of the department of space. GS Sandhu, Financial Commissioner (Development), inaugurated the workshop and launched the new website of the PRSC, www.prsc.gov.in. Dr B Pateriya, director, PRSC, urged the departments to participate in the generation of data for decentralised planning. Dr SK Srivastava, Raja Shekhar, Dr Harish Karnatak from the department of space and Dr VK Verma from the PRSC gave an overview of the project data requirements, current status and future plans of the project. About 50 officers are attending the workshop.

2 test positive for swine flu

Two patients hailing from Jalandhar and Patiala tested positive for swine flu on Wednesday. They are undergoing treatment at the SPS Apollo Hospital, Ludhiana.

Strike cripples city

Members of the Knitwear Club while expressing their views on a two-day strike by the trade unions said the country was already reeling under severe economic problems and the strikes were coming in the way of progress.


Charanjit Singh Atwal, Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha, on Wednesday said the overall development of all cities and villages of the state would be the main priority of the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janta Party alliance. Atwal stated this while inaugurating a project at Gobindpura village in the Payal constituency.

Enforcement of Cow Slaughter Act

Sandeep Jain, member, Animal Welfare Board of India, has written a letter to the Chief Minister, urging him to enforce the Punjab Prohibition of Cow Slaughter Act-1955 under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. In a recent incident in Ludhiana, cows were taken to Mizoram, without following the procedures laid down under the above said laws. A police case has been booked against the offenders. It was learnt that cows were transported without following from Sunam in Sangrur district on Wednesday.

Blood donation camp

To mark the 70th Foundation Day of the Oriental Bank of Commerce, the bank organised a blood donation camp at the Sarabha Nagar market. Shashi Jain, deputy general manager-cum-regional head of Ludhiana, inaugurated the camp. A large number of employees of the bank and residents donated 111 units of blood. The bank also distributed school bags and sweets among schoolchildren.

Eye camp

An eye camp was organised by Pander family in memory of Gurnam Singh on Wednesday. Around 40 patients were operated upon at the camp. A training camp for government and private doctors for issuing death certificates concluded on Wednesday.

BSNL workers raise demands

Non-executive staff of the BSNL went on a strike on Wednesday. The workers are demanding that the BSNL should not be disinvested and the VRS should not be enforced in the BSNL. They also opposed price hike, attack on public sector undertakings and violation of labour laws. The workers demanded that daily wagers should get Rs 10,000 per month. They also sought bonus and pension for all workers.

Campaign to root out polio

ADC Rishipal Singh said to eradicate polio in the country, a campaign to administer polio drops to children till the age of five was being launched from February 24 to 28. He stated this while addressing the district task force during a meeting at Bachat Bhawan on Wednesday. He said during the campaign, 5.75 lakh children would be covered, 3.70 lakh children would be from the city while 2.05 lakh children would be from rural areas. He said health workers would launch a door-door campaign at Koomkalan and Sahnewal. He said pulse polio booths would be set up in Payal, Manupur, Machhiwara, Maloud, Sudhar, Pakhowal, Hathoor and Sidhwa Bet. He also advised primary and secondary schools to support the teams. — TNS



From colleges


Ludhiana: Students of the department of computer science and engineering, Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology, Katani Kalan, visited Ludhiana beverages. As an integral part of engineering degree programme, 64 students of BTech paid the industrial visit. The students were told about assembling, manufacturing and testing of Coke bottles. Meanwhile, students of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College paid a visit to Cooperative Sugar Mill, Budhewal. They were accompanied by Dr Sukhdev Singh and Prof Amarpreet Kaur. The students were familiarised with the entire production process of the mill.


The non-teaching staff of Arya College staged a dharna on Wednesday. The striking employees have been demanding an early release of the arrears as per the recommendations of the Fifth Pay Commission. They demanded that the ban on fresh recruitments be lifted and medical allowance be increased from Rs 250 to Rs 350. The non-teaching employees said the state government had promised that it would come to the rescue of college teachers and employees, but nothing had been done so far for. they said the government was unnecessarily dilly-dallying their demands. — TNS 



crime briefs
Man booked for abducting 14-yr-old girl
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
The police booked Shalu Kumar, a resident of EWS Colony near Division No 7, for abducting a 17-year-old girl on the pretext on marrying her. The victim's father told the police that Shalu lured his daughter and abducted her on February 17.He said initially, he kept looking for his daughter. Later during the day, he came to know that Shalu had abducted her. The police has registered a case under Sections 363 and 366-A of the IPC against the accused who is still at large.

Thief caught with stolen motorcycle

A person was caught with a stolen motorcycle, near ESI hospital, here last evening. The accused has been identified as Arun Kumar, a resident of Jawahar Nagar Camp. On seeing the police, the accused tried to flee, but was caught. During questioning, he confessed that he had stolen the motorcycle. The police has booked the accused under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC and impounded the motorcycle.

One nabbed with huge quantity of drugs

A man was caught and huge quantity of pharmaceutical drugs seized from his possession.The accused identified as Utamjit Singh, a resident of Dhoka Mohalla, was nabbed last evening from a police checkpoint at Focal Point. On seeing the police he tried to escape, but he was soon intercepted. The police found his activities suspicious and nabbed him. On checking his bag, the police found a huge quantity of psychotropic drugs, including injections, cough syrups and tablets. A case under Sections 22,61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused.

Two moneylenders booked

The Focal Point police today booked two moneylenders for kidnapping a youth, who could not pay back the money.The duo identified as Avinash Shukla and Dalip Kumar were booked following a complaint of Raj Kumari, a resident of Street No 4, Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar, in Giaspura. She told the police that her son Manoj Kumar had taken loan from the duo and could not return the same on time. On January 17, the duo took his son on the pretext of giving him work at a marriage palace. She said since then her son did not return home. Initially, she kept looking for him and even lodged a missing report with the police. Nearly a month after her son's disappearance, she came to know that the duo had kidnapped her son. Avinash and Dalip are on the run.

Thieves strike at two shops

Thieves struck at two shops located near Division No 3 and decamped with cash, mobile phones and recharging coupons worth lakhs of rupees.The incident came to light this morning when the watchman was checking the locks of the shops in the Division No 3 area. He was shocked to find the locks broken ad informed the shop owners about the incident. Rakesh Bhatia, owner of Bhatia Mobile Repair Shop, said that the thieve broke open the lock of his shop and took away cash coupons worth Rs 80,000, 50 mobile phones and Rs 30,000 cash. Ashok Kumar, Chawala Karyana Store, said the thieves took away Rs 6,000 cash kept in the cash counter.
A fire that broke out in a house at Kot Mangal Singh Nagar in Ludhiana
A fire that broke out in a house at Kot Mangal Singh Nagar in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Woman suffers burn injuries

Minakshi (35), sustained serious burn injuries after a fire broke out in the one- room apartment in the Kot Mangal Singh area here today. Her husband, a soldier, and daughter managed to escape. The cause of fire is not known yet. Minakshi was rushed to the hospital with nearly 80 per cent burns. Her neighbour rescued the woman and rushed her to the hospital.

30-year-old commits suicide

A 30-year-old woman committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan in a servant quarters located on the Pakhowal road. The deceased has been identified as Rinku, wife of Ramesh Kumar, who is working as a cook, at the house of a homeopath. The incident came to light this afternoon when Ramesh entered his room and found his wife’s body hanging from a ceiling fan of the room. He informed his employer, who further informed the police about the incident.The body was taken to Civil Hospital for post-mortem examination.



Two youths get 10-year jail for raping minor
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, Feburary 20
Surinderpal Kaur, Additional Sessions Judge, has convicted two youths Mohammad Dulal, alias Dulla, hailing from Katihar (Bihar) and Jai Karan Mourya of Mundian Kalan, Ludhiana, on the charges of kidnapping and raping 14-year-old minor girl.

Both were sentenced to undergo 10 years rigorous imprisonment. They were also ordered to pay Rs 25,000 each as compensation to the victim.

Keeping in view the nature of offence committed by the accused, they were not entitled to any lenient attitude, observed the court while dismissing the plea of leniency put forward by them.

A case under Sections 363, 366, 419, 376 and 120-B of the IPC was registered against the accused at the Focal Point police station on September 2, 2008, following the statement of the father of the victim.

The complainant had stated to the police that he was running a “dhaba” in the Jamalpur area and the accused Dulal was working at his “dhaba”. Her daughter was missing since August 19, 2008. Dulal was also not coming to work. So he apprehended that his daughter had been kidnapped by the accused. It was also alleged by the complainant that the accused were demanding ransom of Rs 1.5 lakh from him by making phone calls from different places. The girl was traced in June 2009. At that time, she was pregnant.

The accused pleaded innocence and claimed that he was being implicated falsely. But after appreciating the evidence on record, the court observed that the guilt of the accused was proved beyond any doubt.



joint Athletics meet
Simarjit, Amanjit, Navdeep, Amanjot, adjudged best athletes
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 20
Simarjit Kaur of Khalsa College for Women, Amanjit Kaur of GHG Harparkash College of Education, Navdeep Kaur of Sikh Girls Senior Secondary School and Amanjot Kaur Gill of GHG Institute of Law, were adjudged best athletes at the Joint Annual Athletics Meet of Sidhwan Educational Institutions near Jagraon. More than 200 students from Sidhwan Educational Institutions, including Khalsa College for Women, GHG Harparkash College of Education, GHG Institute of Law and Sikh Girls Senior Secondary School, took part in the joint athletics meet that concluded yesterday.

Gurmeet Singh, Director (Sports), Punjab University, Chandigarh, was the chief guest and gave away prizes to the winners. He motivated other students to take up sports so that they could keep themselves physically and mentally fit. He said that sports helped in the all round development of one’s personality.

Earlier, Dr. Paramjit Kaur, principal, KCW, welcomed the chief guest and other dignitaries following which Gurmeet Singh hoisted the flag and took the salute from the march past contingents of all the four institutions. Various track and field events, including 100 meter race, 200 meter race, 400 meter race, 4 x 100 meter relay race, three-legged race, shotput, hammer throw, javelin throw, long jump, high jump and triple jump were held during the athletics meet. Some contests like throw ball matches were also conducted for the faculty members of all the institutes.

Dr SK Naik, principal, GHG Institute of Law, thanked all the guests and congratulated the winners. Sapinderjit Kaur of KCW and Swarna Saini of GHG Harparkash College of Education read the annual sports report. Sidhwan Educational Institutions Trust president Dalbara Singh, secretary Surjit Singh, manager Shivinder Sidhu and principals of all the institutions were present on the occasion.



18 football players to represent district
Tribune News Service

Players during football trials at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Wednesday
Players during football trials at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana February 20
The District Football Association selected 18 players to represent Ludhiana district in the Senior Punjab Football Championship to be held at Bassi Pathana, Fatehgarh Sahib district, on February 28. The association conducted a selection trial at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

As many as 30 players were present participated in the trails. Shivtar Singh Bajwa, president, District Football Association, a majority of the players were from football teams of different colleges of the district. Some of the players who participated in trials were from football clubs too.

"These are open trials and everyone can participate in it. We welcome all players from the district weather they play for clubs or colleges teams" informed Bajwa.

Talking about the thin attendance at the trials, Bajwa said, "Most of the players who play for football clubs are playing rural tournaments. They prefer to play rural tournaments as organisers award them money. We were expecting 150 players but very less number of participants turned up".

Gurmukh Singh, Gurjit Singh, Amarpreet Singh, Ruipudman Singh, Lalkar singh, Harpeet Singh Pawanpreet Singh, Kamalpreet Singh, Naveen Kumar, Jatinder Singh, Vipin Kumar, Parteek Joshi, Avtar Singh, Simranjeet Singh, Adabpreet Singh, Lakhwinder Singh, Rahulpal Singh and Ankit were selected to represent the district. Meanwhile, Lovepreet was selected as a standby player for the district team.



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