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No stopping carjackers
Residents parking vehicles outside malls to save fee become easy victims
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
Residents who park their vehicles outside shopping malls on the Ferozepur road are increasingly falling easy prey to carjackers. Three incidents have taken place in the past one month where armed assailants took away vehicles at gunpoint. This is despite tight security around the local malls.

The Ludhiana- Ferozepur highway provides a perfect setting for carjackers to commit crime, as it has many escape routes.

After perpetrating a crime, carjackers take the Mullanpur route. They soon cross the Ludhiana police commissionerate limits, and enter Mullanpur, which falls under the Jagraon police division. Then, they either head towards Moga or escape towards Raikot, said a police officer.

The police has failed to identify the gang behind a spate of carjacking incidents.

Mandeep Singh, SHO, Sarabha Nagar, said carjacking could be prevented if residents park their vehicles in the parking lots of shopping malls.

"Instead of parking vehicles in the parking lots at shopping malls, the residents park them on the service lanes near malls and become easy prey to carjackers, who attack them and flee away with their vehicles," said the SHO.

The residents cite the exorbitant parking fees charged by shopping malls as the main reason why they park their vehicles outside the mall.

"Nowhere else in the region parking fees are so high. Shopping malls charge Rs 30 for parking of vehicles for three hours. One minute over three hours and you will end up paying Rs 70 or Rs 100. If the authorities want to encourage parking at malls, then they have to slash parking rates," said Rishabh Khullar.

Parking managers of two shopping malls located on the Ferozepur road said parking charges were nominal. "Strange are the ways in Ludhiana. People do not think twice before buying expensive cars but they would hesitate to spend money on parking their vehicles inside a mall," they said.

Time line

  • November 30: Four armed assailants kidnapped a banker, and later took away his Chevrolet Magnum car, leaving him at a secluded place in the Dehlon area.
  • January 20: Four youngsters fled away with an elderly person's car on the Lodhi Club road.
  • Feb 5: Four car-borne robbers trained a gun at a veterinary doctor and took away his Volkswagen Polo.
  • Feb 28: Armed carjackers attacked an employee and drove away in his Alto.


2 held for theft bid at ATM
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
The city police has arrested two persons who had attempted to break an automatic teller machine (ATM) at Jodhewal Basti on the night of March 1. The accused, identified as Amit Kumar and Shiva of the Chawni Mohalla area, were nabbed by the Jodhewal police following a tip-off.

The accused confessed to the crime. "Both the accused are chronic drug addicts and they tried to break the ATM to buy drugs. It is not the first time that the duo had attempted to break an ATM. Earlier also, they had broken an ATM in the Jodhewal Basti area. But, both their attempts went futile," said Balwinder Singh, SHO, Jodhewal Basti police station. They tried to break the machine with bricks and iron rods.

The area watchman provided vital leads to the police in cracking the case.



11 low-floor buses to be flagged off today
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
Strange are the ways of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation officials' working. Even as 11 low-floor buses, meant for the city bus service, reached the city around 20 days ago, the buses will be pressed into service tomorrow. Sources said the senior MC officials, who wanted to hold a ‘formal’ inauguration of these buses, took around 20 days just to finalise the plan.

The lot of 11 low-floor non-AC buses reached the city on February 11. The officials of Ludhiana City Bus Service Ltd, which is managed by the MC, wanted to run these buses on two new routes, from the octroi post on the main GT Road to the octroi post near Jalandhar Bypass and from the octroi post on Gill Road to the bus stand.

A few days were spent on getting the buses registered and drawing the routes while for the remaining days officials had been busy formalising the inauguration plans. These 11 buses (each costing around Rs 48 lakh) would now be flagged off by Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria tomorrow morning.

These 11 buses are part of a lot of 30 low-floor non-AC buses, which are being readied at the regional sales office of the Tata company near Chandigarh. Ludhiana City Bus Service Ltd (LCBSL) had placed an order for 40 low-floor non-AC buses with the Tatas under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) project. Of these 10 buses were delivered to the LCBSL in December 2011.

At present, the LCBSL is having a fleet of 20 low-floor non-AC buses, which are plying on two routes, from the octroi post near Jalandhar Bypass to Atam Park and from the octroi post on Ferozepur Road to the railway station.

Earlier, the LCBSL was operating with a fleet of 20 low-floor non-AC buses, of which 10 each are of the Tatas and Ashok Leyland.

Baljit Singh, Manager, LCBSL, said these buses would start operating tomorrow. “The octroi post near Jalandhar Bypass-Atam Park route has been extended till the Dhandra Road octroi post and five new buses would ply on this route. Similarly, six other buses would go up to the Sahnewal octroi post,” he added.


After the lot of 11 low-floor buses reached the city on February 12, another lot of 10 low-floor buses has reached the city. The process of finalising their routes and getting them registered has started.


The 11 buses, which reached the city on February 12, had been parked at the bus stand all these days. The LCBSL has to pay Rs 90 per bus per day for their parking to the bus stand authorities.

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3 months on, Health Dept employees await salaries
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
Employees of the Health Department working as Swasthya Sahayaks under the anti-larva programme are not alone who have not got salaries for the past three months, but certain officers and PCMS doctors have also been waiting for their salaries. It has been more than two months that officers and PCMS doctors of the department have not received their salaries.

The employees of the anti-larva programme keep protesting against the department for not releasing their salaries but little do they know that the officers, who receive their memorandums, have also been facing the same situation.

A senior officer of the department said: "In the new year, we have not got salaries. We are still waiting for the salaries for January and February."

Another officer said: "Almost all the programme officers of the district are yet to receive the salaries of the past two months. We have been told that it will be released in a few days. We hope for the best."

The employees working under the anti-larva programme started a dharna in front of the Civil Surgeon's Office in the second week of February. After getting an assurance from Civil Surgeon Subhash Batta that salaries would be released soon, they discontinued the agitation.

Dr Hardeep Singh, state president of the PCMS Association, Punjab, said: "Getting salaries irregularly is a regular feature of the department. Not only doctors but also paramedics get salaries late."

Sources revealed that the annual budget allocated for 2012-13 proved to be insufficient. So, a new budget has been allocated for the release of salaries.''


I have talked to the Director, Health Services, Punjab, and the Joint Controller, Finance and Accounts, Health Department, who deal with the budget. They were not aware of the reason behind the situation. I will look into the matter tomorrow if there is any hitch on the part of the Finance Department.

— Satish Chandra, Principal Secretary, Finance

officers hit

Almost all the programme officers of the district are yet to receive the salaries of the past two months. We have been told that it will be released in a few days. We hope for the best

— An officer



Shifting of Civil Surgeon's office in doldrums
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
After a span of 10 months, when Health and Family Welfare Minister Madan Mohan Mittal made an announcement that the Civil Surgeon's office would be shifted to a safer building on the premises of the Civil Hospital, there seems to be no streak of hope for the staff and officers working here.

Many months ago, there was a proposal that the Civil Surgeon's office would be shifted to a new building coming up on the premises of Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital in Ludhiana. Even this proposal is yet to take the final shape. According to highly placed sources, "Mother-Child Hospital is coming up on the premises of the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana. This hospital will also have a cafeteria. On the second floor of this cafeteria, the Civil Surgeon Office's will be constructed."

The sources said the final approval to this plan was pending with the state government. The present office of the Civil Surgeon is in a dilapidated condition. A part of verandah of this office collapsed last year before the onset of monsoon. After removing the debris from the collapsed part, the Health Department has displayed huge posters on its different schemes there.

On May 7 last year, the Health Minister said the Civil Surgeon's Office would be shifted to a safer building on the premises of the Civil Hospital. The minister said the present building would be sold out and the amount would be used for the construction of a new office and upgrade of the Civil Hospital.

'Not aware of latest development'

I am not aware about the latest development. But there is a dire need to shift this office.

— Dr Subhash Batta, Civil Surgeon

'We will certainly do something'

I know the Civil Surgeon's Office is in a dilapidated condition but I am not aware that its verandah had collapsed. As of now, there is no such plan to shift this office to the second floor of the Mother-Child Hospital. But, we will certainly do something.

— Madan Mohan Mittal, Health and Family Welfare Minister



Attack victim succumbs to burns
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
A 22-year-old woman, who was set on fire by assailants on March 1, succumbed to burns at the Civil Hospital here last night. The victim, who has been identified as Rani from Bihar, lived along with her husband Harinder Singh in Latto Dana village, near Kohara, on Chandigarh Road.

In her statement to Duty Magistrate Ashish Kumar, she had said unidentified persons barged into her room and set her on fire after pouring kerosene on her. She said when the incident took place her husband was taking liquor with some persons who resided in the labour quarters. Rani had stated that she could not identify the assailants as their faces were covered.

According to the residents, her husband and other residents douse the fire and rushed her to the Civil Hospital in a critical condition.



Aadhaar enrolment
Residents face inconvenience
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
Since Aadhaar cards enrolment machines have been sent to educational institutions for enrolment of students, residents coming to the post office for enrolment are facing inconvenience. After the orders of the Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari, that preference would be given to the beneficiaries of the government schemes. The preference is being given to students.

Officials working with the postal department said that there were seven machines operational with the postal department for Aadhaar card enrolments and all of them were moved out of the post offices. Because of this, the residents who had already been given appointments for enrolment prior to the DC orders were being told to wait. "Many residents are offended as they don't know about the DC’s orders," said an official at the postal department.

"The process started almost after one year has again been disrupted," said a resident. 'I was disappointed to learn that the enrolments are not being done at the post office," he said.

Beneficiaries to be enrolled first

Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari said there were 34 schemes under which the benefits would be given to enlisted beneficiaries under the direct cash transfer (DCT) scheme. As the beneficiaries are students of educational institutions, including government schools and ITIs, so preference was being given to students for enrolments, he said.

Schemes available

Scholarships and schemes like post-matric scholarship for SC and ST students, pre-matric scholarship for Class IX and X students of SC communities, post-matric scholarship for OBC students, handicapped students, merit-cum-means scholarship for school children and Union Government's incentive scheme for secondary school girl students are some of the schemes.

Scholarship to be directly transferred to Aadhaar-enabled accounts

Earlier, the scholarships were sent to states, and then to DEOs in district, which were then sent to schools and further distributed amongst students. But with DCT, the scholarship amounts will be transferred directly to the Aadhaar-enabled accounts of students, he said.

Sanjiv Thapar, principal, Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU, "Under this process, the chances of error will be minimum. Earlier, the scholarship money used to get delayed and would sometimes reach schools after the students passed out of the school. The direct cash transfer will ensure timely transfer of money to students," he said.

Nodal officers appointed

The Deputy Commissioner said that nodal officers had been appointed for this purpose and 'seeding' of Aadhaar accounts with the bank accounts of the beneficiaries was being done. As the process is scheduled to start by April 1 this year, so the direct beneficiaries are being given preference, he said. "Although it is not possible to enroll all the beneficiaries within this span of time, but we are trying to get the maximum of them enrolled," he added.



No dustbins at railway platform No. 1
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
In the absence of dustbins at Platform 1, passengers passing from here are forced to throw garbage on the railway track. The platform receives maximum number of trains daily, yet there is no dustbin installed here.

Few months ago railway authorities removed vendors from platform 1 citing security reasons. The dustbins kept by the vendors have also been removed.

The passengers have no place to throw the disposable glasses, plates and other packings material of eatables. People throw such things on track which adds to a shabby look of the station.

It was observed that not only on tracks but empty tea cups and paper napkins can also be seen littered here and there on the platform itself.

"I am not in the habit of littering garbage. While waiting for my relatives, I bought a cup of tea from railway station. After finishing it I could found no place to throw the empty paper glass. I had to visit musafir khana to dump the used glass," said Ranveer Singh a city resident.

Ravish Mahajan, a passenger from Delhi, said: "Railway authorities displayed the boards on walls and poles at station which says, "Keep the railway station neat and clean", but how it is possible without proper arrangements?"

A safai sewak said, "I don't know why the authorities do not keep dustbins at platform 1. We have to work more to clean the platform and track. Platform 1 is an important platform."

Ravinder Sharma, Station Superintendent, said: "Platform 1 is very important from the security point of view. Most of the important trains come on this track. It was a decision of the higher authorities to remove vendors. We have removed vendors and dustbins due to security reasons as there were some incidents of bomb blasts by using dustbins in the country."



Gurdwara flower show draws large crowds
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
It was a riot of colour at “Balehari Kudrat Vaseya”, annual flower show, held at Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Sarabha Nagar, today. Competitions saw participation of a large number of residents here.

The annual flower show was being organised to launch a movement for improving environment as per the teachings of the seventh Sikh guru Guru Har Rai Sahib, who was an environmentalist of his time, Jatinder Sandhu from the gurdwara said. This is an effort to make people love nature and environment, he said.

"After the Delhi-rape case, we have decided to include martial art from this year onwards," he said. Apart from self-defence, martial art was also a form of exercise which helped in developing sound mind and body, he added. Registrations have been started for martial art training as well.

During the flower show, prizes were given to the best of 22 varieties of flowers, 23 varieties of foliage in addition to bonsai, cacti and succulents. Flower varieties, including antrorrhinum, branchycome, calendila, candytuft, dahlia, iceplant, marigold, pansy, petunia, phlox, salvia, stock, alyssum were there on display. Foliage varieties, including asparagus, coleus, dracaena, ficus, kalanchoe and geranium were included in the competition.

A flower “rangoli” and flower arrangement competition were also organised.

A mixed martial art demo was held at the start of the function where Rashpal Kaur stressed on the need to focus on Khalsa martial art with gatka training. Poetess Gurdish Kaur Grewal eulogised Mai Bhago.

Environmental activist Satvir Kaur of the EcoSikhs spoke in detail about the need to preserve the environment following the teaching of Guru Har Rai. She also called upon all to celebrate Guru Gaddi Divas of Guru Har Rai on March 14 as Environment Day in gurdwaras.



Mayor has green plans for city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
On the concluding day of the flower and baby show organised by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation at Nehru Rose Garden, here today, the Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria promised that all green belts, parks, road dividers and chowks would be maintained properly so that the city could be given a green makeover.

Winners of various competitions were given prizes.

Though the MC horticulture wing blames it on shortage of staff, many parks, green belts and chowks are not maintained properly.

Even the Nehru Rose Garden in the Civil Lines area does not present a very rosy picture, where flower beds are not maintained properly.

Gohalwaria said that a massive tree plantation drive was already underway. A total of 2,221 entries were received for on-the-spot painting competition, dhol competition, rangoli competition, besides other competitions. Verka Milk Plant won maximum prizes, Ireo Water Front Pvt Ltd was second. As many as 202 prizes for the first and second positions were distributed among the winners by the MC today.

In the on-the-spot painting competition, first prize was won by Rehmat Kaur and second by Aakshi Jain. Siya Jain, Ramanjot Kaur, Jasleen Kaur and Kunjum Jain won first prizes in different categories. In the baby show, Aaina Jain, Aarav, Gunjan, Manjot and Shifa won first prizes in different categories, while Guneet, Aarshu Ran, Ajay Shardima and Aabhas won second prizes.

Urban Estate Welfare Council, Dugri, won the first prize amongst the participating Park Management Committees and Ashok Vatika Park, Jamalpur, won the second prize. Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Memorial, Kundan Vidya Mandir, and DAV Public School, also won prizes in different categories. Leisure Valley in Sarabha Nagar and Mini Rose Garden in Giaspura won the first and second prize, respectively, amongst the MC parks’ category.



Janmeja Singh Johl has 30 Punjabi fonts to his credit
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
He began creating Punjabi fonts in 1990, when people had not even thought of creating fonts for Gurmukhi script. "Although I didn't know this, according to Surinder Dhanjal, who has the data of the creation of Punjabi fonts, I was the first one to create the fonts," says Janmeja Singh Johl, who has to his credit the creation of more than 30 Punjabi fonts.

Although Punjabi fonts were developed later on, but these fonts were available at high prices, he says.Talking about the reason for developing the fonts, he said that development of the language was not possible without easy access and free availability of fonts nowadays.

The fonts he created had exact shapes and alignments, as compared to the ones available. "Having an engineering background, I was able to create fonts on the coordinate base rather than on the physical base," he says.

Rather than working on the 'phonetic' keyboard, he used 'Remington' keyboard, which was widely being used for typewriters, he said. "So for using the fonts, people were immediately able to shift from computers to my fonts, without having the need to learn typing on computers," he said.He has also created a font converter, through which any user can choose to work with any font and then convert the font to the fonts they want, he says.

As a lot of firms charge for such facilities, Johl is providing the fonts created painstakingly for free. He says that this is the only way to pay to society, which has enabled me to become what I am," he says.



Sartaaj mesmerises audience with poetic verses, Sufi songs
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
A musical concert, "Afsaane Sartaaj De", was held yesterday. The concert was organised by the Punjab Cultural Society. Dressed up in a long traditional kurta, Satinder Sartaaj presented Punjabi-Sufi music and later on mesmerised the audience with his poetic verses.

Apart from singing his own songs, he paid a tribute to poets like Waris Shah and Shah Muhammad by singing their songs.

Sitting in the middle of the stage, flanked by his team of traditional instrumentalists, Sartaaj was making gestures along with the music, playing the traditional 'chimta' at times, presenting a picture of new-age musician with the traditional touch, rooted in culture.

Gurbhajan Singh Gill, chairman, Punjab Cultural Society, said concert was organised for promoting singers like Sartaaj who are working as a 'pehredaars' of culture in the times when there is a storm of vulgarity in the music industry.

"He is phenomenal, not only for his singing, but the poetic lyrics that he writes," said one of his fans in the audience. The rapt audience applauded his all-popular 'Saain'. SP Singh Oberoi, who was instrumental in rescuing the lives of 17 youths in UAE, was honoured by Punjab Cultural Society on the occasion.



Zonal-level convention of SBoP staff discusses price rise, anti-labour policies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
The zonal-level convention of the State Bank of Patiala Employees Federation was held today. The main objective behind holding such convention was to discuss the alarming price rise, anti-labour policies, trade union rights, banking reforms and outsourcing.

On the occasion, the State Bank of Patiala Employees Union also felicitated SK Gautam, General Secretary, All India State Bank of Patiala Employees Federation, for being elected as joint secretary of the All India Bank Employees Association.

SK Gautam said, "The high inflation of food prices and stagnation of the economy are the characteristics of the crisis that has engulfed the nation."

"The government has no policy to control the prices and recession of the economy. They throw the entire burden on common people. ," said Gautam.



Chartered accountants share views on Union Budget-2013

Ludhiana, March 3
A seminar on Union Budget-2013 was organised by the Ludhiana branch of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India at KVM Auditorium. As many as 500 Chartered Accountants from Ludhiana and adjoining areas participated in the event.

On the income tax proposals made in the Union Budget, renowned expert Dr Girish Ahuja said, "Tax on distribution of dividends on DEBT Mutual Funds has been increased to around 28 per cent from around 16 per cent and they will be born by the investors."

Ashok Batra gave a talk on "Changes in service tax proposed and enacted by Union Budget-2013".

He said, "Service tax on air conditioned restaurants will be burdensome for common man and food stuff will be costlier by 4.09 per cent. Service tax has been imposed even on mess, canteens, food shops in malls and all eating places which are air conditioned.” — TNS



Supply books by March 25, says School Sangh

Ludhiana, March 3
The School Sangh Punjab (associated, affiliated and recognised schools) organised a seminar on the Right to Education Act. The representatives from different schools attended the seminar and discussed the problems being faced by them.

The school principals said that fees of the students should be deposited directly to the account of the Punjab School Education Board. With this the Principals of the schools could save their time and the manpower of board could also be utilised for some other tasks.The school heads also demanded that the books must be supplied by the board by March 25. — TNS



Social organisations to create awareness on drug addiction

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 3
Office bearers and activists of the social organisations today announced that they will launch a coordinated movement to educate youth of the area about causes and consequences of drug addiction.

The move was launched in response to a call given by Kumar Rahul, Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur, during a felicitation function of the 6th Sudhir Memorial Blood Donation Camp organised by the Social Welfare Organisation Ahmedgarh (SWOA) at the local Grain Market today. — OC




Art exhibition

The Department of Fine Arts of Atam Devki Jain College organised an art exhibition. Students displayed their creations in different categories. The event was inaugurated by Poonam Sareen, officiating principal of the college. On the occasion, an inter-class competition in different categories was also organised. As many as 60 students participated in the competition. Prizes were given to the winners in different categories.

Farewell accorded

It was a special moment for the students of the Post Graduate Department of Management as juniors bid farewell to their seniors. Gurbir Singh, president, Guru Nanak Education Trust, and Principal Dr Charanjit Mahal presided over the function. To add colour to the occasion, the students presented an entertaining cultural programme of dance and songs. The main attraction of the programme was modelling. Jasleen was adjudged Miss Farewell. Manisha and Kirti were crowned as 1st and 2nd runners-up, respectively. Gurleen, Geeta, Ria Luthra and Ria Kakria were crowned as Miss Elegant, Miss Beautiful Smile, Miss Best Outfit and Miss Catwalk, respectively. The panel of judges included Dr Surinder Bhathal, Sukhwinder Cheema and Rupinder Grewal.

Prize distribution function

The Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, held its annual prize distribution function. Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, Mayor, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, was the chief guest on the occasion. Principal Manjit Kaur Ghuman read out the annual report of the college. The chief guest gave away the prizes. He also inaugurated a flower arrangement exhibition by Home Science Department and the annual fine arts exhibition-2013. As many as 295 students were awarded for their hard work, for the session 2012-13, in academics, co-curricular activities and sports. In addition, general prizes were also given to students who have excelled in various fields. Lakhwinder Kaur was declared the best singer. Harjot Kaur was adjudged best in dramatics and Gurleen Kaur won the best artist title. Sukhjeet Kaur was honoured as the best player for the session 2012-13.

Annual athletics meet

Tri-coloured balloons flying, crackers, well organised march-past and wide spread enthusiasm and applause marked the beginning of Annual Athletics Meet at Kamla Lohtia SD College, Ludhiana, on Thursday. The gala event was organised under the command of Rohit Kumar of department of physical education. MLA Ranjit Singh Dhillon was the chief guest on the occasion. Students participated in events like races, long jumps and shot put. Charanjit Singh Attwal, Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, was the chief guest for the closing ceremony. He felicitated the principal and college managing committee for holding the event and guided the students to build up their stamina. Sagar Chauhan and Anjum Khan were declared best athletes-men and women-respectively. Five outstanding sportsperson of the college- Arshpreet Kaur Grewal, Ajay Kumar, Amarpal Singh Grewal, Abhishek Kumar and James Babu-were given cash prize of Rs 4,500, Rs 5,000, Rs 4,000, Rs 8,000 and Rs 7,000, respectively by Atwal.

BCM College of Education

The 15th annual athletic meet was organised at the BCM College of Education. All the students of BEd and MEd participated in the event. Dr Jagdish Kaur Bains, principal, Dev Samaj College of Education, Ferozpur, was the chief guest on the occasion. The chief guest in her address said, “If we want to achieve something in life then we must be disciplined. Hard work is important for achieving our aims.” In the athletics meet students proved their mettle in different sports event such as shot put, long jump, 100m race, 400m race, chatty race, sack race, slow cycling race and 200m race. SK Mehta, secretary of the college, was also present on the occasion. Jaswinder Singh was declared best athlete among boys and Sonia was declared best athlete among the girls. — TNS




Annual day

Ludhiana: The primary section of Drishti Dr RC Jain Innovative Public Senior Secondary School, Narangwal, celebrated its annual day. DIG MF Farooqui, Ludhiana Range, Punjab, was the chief guest on the occasion. “Disha Bodh”, a musical presentation, was presented by all the students. The students of class I-V showed how anger, greed, love and ego control our five senses and distract us from our goal. Farooqui, guests and parents greatly appreciated the show. Farooqui, a renowned Urdu poet, mesmerised the audiences with his couplets.

Guru Har Krishan Sr Sec School

Mandi Ahmedgarh: Adarsh Kumar and Arashpreet Kaur were declared best students of Guru Har Krishan Senior Secondary School during the annual function held on the school premises at Phallewal village. Labh Singh Ahluwalia, chairman of the Guru Har Krishan Trust, presided over the function. Sugandha Sharma, IRS, deputy commissioner (Income Tax), Ludhiana, was the chief guest on the occasion. Appreciating the role of private organisations in providing quality education to students of rural area at their doorsteps, speakers, including Sharma, Harjinder Singh Nathumajra former chairman, Yadwinder Singh Phallewal, Bhupinder Kaur principal and Dr Rupinder Singh said the effort had resulted in improving the lifestyle of members of the agrarian society. Skits, choreographies and plays portraying causes and consequences of social evils, including illiteracy, drug addiction and female feticide were appreciated by all. — TNS




1 more tests positive for swine flu

A 62-year-old male patient from Gurdaspur, who was admitted at Mohandai Oswal Hospital, has tested positive for swine flu. This was disclosed by District epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma.

Contractual staff’s demand approved

Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal has approved the demand of contractual employees that there is need to regularise them. He said when the National Rural Health Mission gets withdrawn; the state govenment would be responsible for these employees. He said this while conducting a meeting with the contractual employees of health department who are working under NRHM.

De-addiction camp

A camp for the distribution of artificial limbs and de-addiction was held by the Bharat Vikas Parishad. As many as 120 people were given artificial limbs free of cost. Speaking on the occasion, Suraj Jyoti, president, Bharat Vikas Parishad, said: "Till date we have provided artificial limbs to nearly 37,800 people and will continue working towards the noble cause."

Fix property tax rates: Cong

Local Congress committee has decided to boycott the state government if it did not listen to the people's representatives in fixing rates for property tax. Pawan Dewan, district president said if the voice of the people is suppressed while fixing the rates, they will launch an agitational programme against the government.

Kabaddi Cup

The kabaddi teams of the sports club of the Rurka and Chhapar villages emerged victorious in their respective categories in the two-day Annual Kabaddi Cup that concluded at Jandali Kalan village. Kaind and Sihar teams were declared as the runners-up. The tournament was jointly organised by the village panchayat and the social welfare club of the village. It was inaugurated by Gagan Deep Singh of Jandali and Baba Bhim Singh of Damdama Sahib. Punjab Vidhan Sabha speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal was the chief guest on the ocassion.

Seminar on Budget

Ludhiana Chapter of Institute of Company Secretaries organised a seminar on Union Budget - 2013 at Hotel Friends Regency. Amit Sachdeva, senior associate of Vaish Associates wasthe keynote speaker for direct taxes. Nitesh Kanchrla, associate of Lakshmi Kumaran, and Sridharan was the speaker for indirect taxes. — TNS



Two drug peddlers held
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, March 3
The Sidhwan Bet police has arrested two drug peddlers in separate operations and seized huge quantity of habit forming drugs from their possession. The accused have been identified as Gurmit Singh and Sanjiv Kumar, both residents of Sidhwan Bet near Jagraon.

As per the information given by Sidhwan Bet police station SHO Jangjit Singh, Gurmit Singh was arrested by a police team from link road connecting Kiri and Madarpura villages during a routine checking.

“A team lead by ASI Jagga Singh was on a routine patrol when they saw Gurmit Singh coming from Kiri village. On seeing the police, he got afraid and tried to flee away from the spot but the police party nabbed him following a small chase. When the police searched his belongings, 45 bottles of cough syrup, 600 capsules and 7,000 tablets used in drugs were recovered,” said the SHO. “When he was asked to show the bill of the drugs, he failed to show any bill following which the police arrested him,” said the SHO. In another incidence, a police team lead by ASI Jaspal Singh arrested Sanjiv Kumar from Pamal village near Sidhwan Bet following a tip-off. The police seized 55 cough syrups, 800 capsules and 8,000 tablets from his possession.

According to SHO Jangjit Singh, the police has registered two separate cases against the accused under NDPS Act at the Sidhwan Bet police station and started the investigation.



Kundanpuri murder: Accused known to victim, says police
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 3
The city police got a clue in the murder case of 65-year-old MC employee Ramesh Kumar, who was gagged to death by robbers at his house in New Kundanpuri, yesterday.

Vinod Kumar, SHO, Police Division No. 4, said that it was clear that the accused were known to the deceased. They stayed for three to four hours at his house before murdering Ramesh. "Two tenants of Ramesh Kumar are absconding. The police investigation is going on and we will nab the accused soon", said Vinod Kumar.

Contractor booked

The police booked contractor Nirmal Singh, resident of Bharti Colony, in the wall collapse case, in which three workers died during excavation work.

Nirmal Singh was carrying out the construction of councillor Randhir Singh Sibia's office. He was named in the same FIR lodged by Ravi Kumar, brother of deceased Ram Lal. The police arrested Nirmal this morning.

Dharam Pal, SHO, Salem Tabri police station, said, the police arrested contractor Nirmal Singh this morning. He has been arrested under Section 304-A, which is a bailable offence, but no one, has turned up for his bail". Meanwhile, Sibia is still at large.

Complaint against car company

A local resident, Vinay Vig, alleged that a car manufacturing company was not responding to his complaint. Vinay informed that his 2008 model SUV had caught fire, while he was driving down to Saharanpur on February 10. He is disappointed with poor after-sales service of the company as no help has been received from the company till date.



2 booked on rape charge

Ludhiana, March 3
A 35-year-old woman and mother of two children has levelled rape allegation against her brother-in-law and his relative. Brother-in- law Ravi Kumar and his kin Amit Kumar were booked on the victim's statement.

The victim, who is undergoing treatment at civil hospital, stated to the police that Ravi raped her last night at his house in Gandhi Nagar. She further stated that Amit Kumar had threatened her children of dire consequences if she would report the matter to the police.

While the duo is on the run, the medical examination of the victim was conducted at the civil hospital today. The doctors will file their report tomorrow.

On the other hand, the kin of Ravi and Amit are allegedly threatening the victim. They said that the rape charge was mere allegation by the woman to settle score.

They said that woman and her husband were booked in a fraud case recently. While the woman was granted bail by the court, her husband was still at large in the case, claimed the relative. — TNS



Thief arrested, 20 mobile phones recovered

Ludhiana, March 3
The GRP police has arrested a thief and recovered 20 mobile phones and three laptops from his possession. The accused has been identified as Kulvir Singh of Golden Avenue Amritsar was nabbed by GRP police here today.

During interrogation the accused confessed before the police officials that so far he has committed 30 robberies. There were two cases registered against him by the Amritsar police. He said that he used to board AC compartments of the trains and escape with mobile, cash and other valuables of the passengers. — TNS



Gurmeet declared best raider in kabaddi tourney
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 3
The teams of Baba Zorawar Singh Fateh Singh Kabaddi Academy, Fatehgarh Sahib, and Baba Lakhbir Singh Kabaddi Academy, Ghariala, emerged winner and runnersup in the two-day Baldev Singh Khatra Memorial Annual Kabaddi Cup Tournament that concluded at Khatra village today.

Gurmeet Singh Mandian was declared best raider and Gurpreet Gogi ofManki and Sattu Khadoor were felicitated as best stoppers jointly.

The tournament, which was organised by the Harman Khatra Kabaddi Sports Club, was inaugurated by Education Minister Sikandar Singh Maluka and Scot Slessor, Commissioner, Canadian High Commission, and Paramjit Singh Gill, IG, Patiala, were guests of honour.

Mahesh Inder Grewal, former minister, Avtar Singh, SGPC, president, Hardayal Singh Mann, SSP, Fatehgarh Sahib, and former MLA Ranjit Singh Talwandi gave away prizes to the winners. The event gave boost to the kabaddi players.



Contractual coaches sans salaries for three months
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana March 3
Coaches, working with the Sports Department, Punjab, have been facing financial crunch, as they have not been receiving salaries for the last three months. As many as 150 coaches have been working with the Punjab government on contract basis for the last five years.

The government deputed them on marginal salaries and after five years there was no hike in their salaries.

Parminder Singh, president, NIS Qualified Contract Coaches Union, said, "It's not the first time when we have not received our salary. Delay in payment of salaries of contract coaches is common. We are being paid very less ".

"Higher officials did not respond to any query regarding our salary. Now, it is hard to manage our household in these circumstances", he added.

The government has hired us on contract basis and promised to regularise us after six months. But after five years of recruitment we are still working on contract basis. No one cares for us. ", said a coach from Ludhiana.

District Sport officer Kartar Singh said, "The procedure of paying salaries to contract employees is very complex. Sometimes, district offices do not send the bills on time and some times, the delay occurs at the head-office level. The system should be upgraded so that no one faces inconvenience".



Athletics meet
Jagdeep Singh emerges victorious in discus throw
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, March 3
The annual athletics meet of Sri Ram College, Dalla, began today. Various field events, including 100 meter race, 200 meter race, high jump, long jump, javelin throw, discus throw, hammer throw etc were held. Students participated in these events with a lot of enthusiasm.

On the first day of the games, Jagdeep Singh of BA final year emerged victorious in discus throw event in the boys’ category. He was followed by Pargatdeep Singh of BA final and Gurpreet Singh of BA second year, respectively. In the girls’ category, Harjeet Kaur of BA final year bagged the first position while Amandeep Kaur and Sarabjit Kaur of BA second year won the second and third place, respectively.

In the 200 meter race, Veerpal Kaur of BA first year was declared the winner while Lakhvir Kaur of BA final year stood second and Amandeep Kaur of BA first year was third.

Acclaimed writer Avtarjit Dhanjal was the chief guest during the opening ceremony of the athletics meet and declared the games open. Later on, the chief guest also felicitated the students who emerged victorious on the first day.

Bhag Singh Mallha, former Jagraon MLA and chairman of Sri Ram College Management Committee, members of village panchayat, college principal Balwant Singh and faculty members of the college were also present there.



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