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Chemists hold up traffic 
Trigger: Civil Surgeon fails to meet them on time
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
Office-bearers and members of the Ludhiana District Chemists Association today blocked traffic on Dandi Swami Road in protest against the Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, for failing to meet them to accept their memorandum despite the fact that they had taken an appointment from him on Friday.

They held a dharna and blocked traffic for about 20 minutes, leaving commuters at the receiving end.

The commuters had to take longer routes to reach their destinations. The protesters lifted the dharna after police officials convinced them to do so.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Tikka Daleep Singh, president of the association, said, "The Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta, gave us an appointment on Friday and asked us to come to his office today. We reached at the stipulated time, but the Civil Surgeon wasn't there. We waited for nearly an hour. Later, the Assistant Civil Surgeon, Dr Kaushal Saini, told us that Dr Batta had to rush to attend to some important work and would be back within 20 minutes, but he failed to turn up. We then decided to block traffic."

Tikka said they had gone to Dr Batta's office to hand over a memorandum to Health and Family Welfare Minister Madan Mohan Mittal.

The protesters lifted the dharna following the intervention of police officials. Later, the Civil Surgeon met the chemists and accepted their memorandum. 

What the chemists say

  • The drug authorities are not issuing drug licences to qualified persons holding a diploma or a degree in pharmacy
  • The authorities are putting a "red stamp" on drug licences and even asking for an affidavit, which is a violation of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act
  • The police is interfering in the functioning of chemists and is harassing them on one pretext or the other such as registering false cases under the NDPS Act
  • Fearing harassment by the police, the Punjab Chemists Association has decided not to sell habit-forming drugs from Monday. They say if patients face any problem due to a shortage of such drugs, the entire responsibility will be that of the state government

Civil surgeon’s take

They had taken an appointment from me on Friday and I was supposed to meet them at the designated time. However, I had to rush to Mohan Dai Oswal Hospital to attend to an emergency case due to which I got late. I requested the association members to hand over the memorandum to the Assistant Civil Surgeon, but they refused to do so

Dr Subhash Batta, Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana


Auction of 82 outdated vehicles leaves civic body richer by Rs 1.1 crore
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
The cash-strapped Ludhiana Municipal Corporation today earned a revenue of Rs 1.1 crore through an auction of 82 outdated vehicles.
The vehicles, including trucks, tippers, tractors, JCB machines, three-wheelers, a Maruti Gypsy, an Ambassador car, a hydraulic sky lift, dumper placers and road-sweeping machines, had outlived their lives and were now parked in an MC workshop on Hambran Road.

A total of 101 bidders took part in the auction, which continued from 11 am to 5.30 pm. Of the 91 vehicles put under the hammer, the MC managed to auction 82. Most of the vehicles were of the 1990-99 models.

The MC earned the maximum revenue from the auction of a hydraulic sky lift, which is used to repair streetlights. It was auctioned for nearly Rs 3 lakh, while nine JCB machines were auctioned for an average price of around Rs 2.5 lakh.

Executive Engineer (XEN) Rajinder Singh said the Maruti Gypsy was auctioned for Rs 55,000 while the Ambassador car was auctioned for Rs 37,000. "The tractor was auctioned for Rs 85,000 and even the scrap was auctioned for Rs 39 per kg against a reserve price of Rs 28 per kg. We managed to auction the vehicles and scrap at a price which was 35 per cent more than the reserve price," he said.

The auction took place in the presence of Senior Deputy Mayor Sunita Aggarwal, MC joint commissioners AS Sekhon and PS Ghuman, Additional Commissioner (Technical) Kamlesh Bansal and XEN Rajinder Singh. 



Civic body seals mobile tower in residential area
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
A mobile tower installed on the house of a Ludhiana Municipal Corporation employee was sealed by the MC in the Vishal Nagar area on Pakhowal Road this evening following objections filed by area residents.

In August last year, the residents had complained against the installation of the mobile tower. After a gap of over seven months, the tower was finally sealed today by a team led by ATP Rajinder Sharma.

The tower belonged to a leading telecommunication company and was located on the corner house on Street No. 5, Vishal Nagar.

With the number of mobile phone users on the rise, thousands of mobile towers have come up in the city.

Senior citizen Pargat Singh Grewal, who lives in the same locality, said when the mobile tower was being installed in the area, residents had requested the owner of the house not to go ahead with the installation.

“We all know that radiations emitted from such towers are harmful for human beings. Despite this, people get such towers installed on their rooftops. The owner of house where this tower was installed, works in the health branch of the MC. We are thankful to the MC for sealing the mobile tower,” said Grewal.

The mobile tower menace has spread its tentacles in the city. People on whose premises such towers have been installed have now themselves started getting these removed or sealed.

Two such mobile towers, installed on property owned by a resident, Aseem Kalra, were sealed by the MC in the Shastri Nagar and RK Road areas in the city on January 16. But even for this family, it was not an easy job as it had to write hundreds of letters to government departments for getting the two mobile towers sealed.

On December 11 and October 5 last year, two mobile towers were sealed on the rooftops of two private buildings on College Road. On December 4, the MC had sealed two mobile towers installed on the rooftop of Raghunath Hospital located near Aggar Nagar on Ferozepur Road.

What the rules say

Earlier, whenever the MC granted permission for the installation of mobile towers, there was a clause (number 9) which stated that if any area resident objected to it, the tower would have to be removed. Now clause 9 states that in case of any such problem, the matter would be forwarded to the Cellular Operators Association of India, a private body. During the past few months, the MC has forwarded 22 such complaints, but has not received any response so far.

Affected residents can complain in writing to the building branch of the zone concerned of the MC. The assistant town planners concerned can be contacted at: Zone A: Kamaljit Kaur (9780968870); Zone B: Monica Anand (9815571786); Zone C: Banke Bihari (9988600064); and Zone D: Rajinder Sharma (9988878890) 



Cop misbehaves with girl, suspended
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
Satwinder Singh, a head constable posted at the Moti Nagar police station, has been suspended for allegedly misbehaving with a girl late last night.

The head constable allegedly misbehaved with a girl, who was with her male friend near the Vardhman ground. Her friend’s sister was also present on the spot.

According to Inspector Jagjeet Singh, SHO, Moti Nagar, the head constable was going towards his home. On the way, some people informed him that a couple was seen behaving in an indecent manner. He asked the girls to go home. The head constable was allegedly under the influence of liquor.

Expressing concern over moral policing, a senior BJP leader has condemned the head constable’s behaviour.

The BJP leader alleged that in some cases, policemen frighten helpless women in a bid to exploit them.

ACP Dhrumal Nimbule termed these allegations as baseless. “We found that Satwinder Singh was under the influence of liquor and suspended him. If any other allegations are found true, we will take action.”



Municipal Commissioner summons record of land
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
A day after the issue of a park in Joshi Nagar being allegedly encroached upon by three Ludhiana Municipal Corporation employees was highlighted by Ludhiana Tribune, the civic body today swung into action with the MC Commissioner summoning the record of the land in question.

The MC Commissioner said if any of his employees was found guilty, action would be taken and if it was proved that the land in question was part of a park, the land allotment would be cancelled.

According to the MC records, the encroached area, a piece of land measuring 1,045 sq yards, is a park. Area residents say a park used to exist on this land till a few years ago. A park management committee had also been set up for its proper upkeep.

In 1994, three MC employees (two from the horticulture branch and one from the building branch) were allotted land in the Balloke area in the city. Even after making payments, these officials were not given the possession of the land. Later, these employees approached the court, which directed that the employees be given land at an alternative place.

Some MC officials, in connivance with these three employees, allotted them land illegally in a park in Joshi Nagar. The building branch not only allotted them land, but also sanctioned their building plans.

The allotment of plots in the park was passed by members at a MC general house meeting.

MC Additional Commissioner Isha Kalia said there was a possibility that some MC officials might have misguided the MC House when the agenda of the land allotment was cleared.

"I have asked my staff to show me the file pertaining to the land record so that we can check whether a park existed on this land or not. Besides, I have also issued orders that other encroachments on this piece land should be removed. Hopefully, these encroachments will be removed within this week," she said.

In 2005, the 1,045 sq yard piece of land was converted into a park. A boundary wall was constructed there and saplings and flowers were planted there by the MC.

Area residents claim that the park management committee used to get regular grants for this park.



Two more robbers land in police net
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
The police has arrested two more members of a robbers' gang allegedly involved in the kidnapping and robbing of residents in a moving vehicle.
Surinder Singh, ASI of the PAU police station, said the accused had been identified as Avtar Singh Tari and Gobind Keshi, alias Nannu Nepali, both residents of Z block, Haibowal Khurd.

The police had arrested one of the gang members, Pawan Partap Singh, son of a PAU employee, on March 22.

Tari and Keshi were arrested at a police checkpoint near the Income Tax Colony. The police recovered 300 gm of drugs (in poweder form) from their possession. During interrogation, the accused reportedly confessed that they had kidnapped and looted people several times.

According to the police, one of the gang members, Gurpreet Singh Mota, a resident of Hairio village near Samrala, is still at large.

Tari is a hardcore criminal and was released from jail a few months ago. They reportedly used their own car in several kidnap and loot cases.

In a recent case, the gang allegedly looted a city resident, Pardeep Kumar, while he was returning home on his motorcycle on March 21. The accused were also behind the sensational kidnapping of Vijay Sharma, a travelling ticket examiner (TTE) with the Railways. Sharma was kidnapped on the night of March 12-13 while he was returning home at Aman Nagar near Ferozepur Road. 



A2Z staff go on strike
Demand hike in salaries; garbage-lifting work affected for 6 hours
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
City residents remained on the receiving end after there was no lifting of garbage from the streets till today afternoon. The lifting of garbage, which starts from 8 am everyday, started only around 2 pm as the drivers of the A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd today went on strike demanding increase in their salaries. More than 950 metric tones of garbage is produced in the city daily.

In August 2011, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation had granted contract of solid waste management to a private company named A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd. But ever since this company started its operations, it has often been accused of not lifting garbage properly and the residents keep on complaining about its working.

As per information, there are around 37 drivers with A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd, who drive the garbage trucks, which collect and dispose off garbage at the Jamalpur dump.

A senior MC official informed that as the festival of Holi is approaching, the drivers wanted an increase in their salaries. "Maybe that is why they went on strike, which took everyone off guard. Due to this strike, the garbage lifting of almost entire city was affected," informed an official, who did not wish to be named.

While confirming this development, MC Joint Commissioner and head of the health and sanitation branch AS Sekhon stated that after he came to know that the drivers had gone on strike, he took up this matter with the senior officials of A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd.

"They were asked to sort out their matter at the earliest so that the residents do not suffer. Now that the services have resumed, I have asked them continuing with garbage lifting tonight also so that there is no overflow of garbage on the streets," he told The Tribune.

BPS Chauhan, vice-president of A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.



Ensure judicious utilisation of funds: CLP leader
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Sunil Jakhar, while reiterating that the Congress in the state will oppose Property Tax, slammed the state government for "failing to fulfill its promises to the electorate".

Jakhar was in the city to extend his support to the Youth Congress activists, who were on hunger strike to protest against the imposition of Property Tax.

While speaking to The Tribune, he accused the government of "deliberately misleading" the public on the issue of Property Tax.

Charging the Akali-BJP combine with making "false promises to hoodwink the public", he alleged that the government is imposing taxes to make up for the shortfall in funds. "The fund-crunch is a direct consequence of the government's shortsighted policies that are a drain on the economy of the state."

Instead of imposing new taxes, the government must ensure that the funds allocated to it under various Centre-sponsored schemes are utilised judiciously, he added.

Alleging that the funds earmarked for developmental works are being diverted to other programmes, he said, "Funds to the tune of Rs 350 crore were allocated for slum rehabilitation programme in Ludhiana district. But have these been used for the said purpose?" he asked.

Meanwhile, the Punjab Youth Congress president, Vikram Chaudhary, urged the state government to rethink on the imposition of Property Tax. "Instead of burdening the public, the government should curtail the expenditure on the jaunts of its own leaders."

Chaudhary added that keeping in view the state government's response, the Congress will work out a strategy to oppose the imposition of Property Tax.

Later, the Youth Congress activists ended their fast.



CMCH alumni share experiences
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
Annual founder’s day celebrations of Christian Medical College & Hospital were held at the CMC & Hospital, here today. The day is celebrated in the memory of CMC’s founder, Dame Edith Brown, who realised the need for training doctors to serve the community.

The day started with a worship service in the Lady Willingdon Hall, CMC. Dr Subhash Singla, president, Association of the Medical Alumni, CMC welcomed the visiting alumni. Dr Abraham G Thomas, Director, CMC & Hospital and Dr SM Bhatti, principal, addressed the gathering.

There was a Continuing Medical Education Programme in which Dr GS Sandha from the reunion batch of 1982 delivered a scientific talk. Visiting alumni, alumni from the city and nearby towns and the CMC faculty and students attended the scientific session with great interest.

Dr Abraham G Thomas, Dr Kim Mammen and Dr SM Bhatti gave away the mementoes to the reunion batches. During the occasion, the alumni shared their experiences since graduation and also narrated anecdotes about their time spent in the CMC many years ago. The alumni also visited the hostels, college and hospital premises to relive old memories and to see the newer developments that have taken place at the CMC, since the days that they were here.



440 examined at medical camp
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
A free medical camp was organised by the Rising Youth Association at Gurudwara Singh Sabha, Abdullapur Basti here 

A team of doctors examined as many as 440 patients and rendered follow-up advice. Free medicine were distributed and diagnostic tests like BMD, spirometry, ECG and blood sugar were also conducted free. Civil Surgeon Ludhiana Dr Subhash Batta was the chief guest. Surjit Kaur Bhatia, councilor of ward number 45 honoured all the doctors who checked up the patients. Gurinder Chahal, president of the NGO said: “We are determined to spread the awareness regarding proper diet, professional important tests and quality health supplements by conducting health camp and provide the right solutions to maintain good health and wellness.

Meanwhile, to mark the martyrdom day of Bhagat singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, Lok Sewa Club Sawaddin Kalan in collaboration with Punarjot Eye Bank Society at Gurudwara Jhiri Sahib. About 750 patients were examined and as many as 125 patients were operated upon for cataract while 200 were given away spectacles.



Mayor discusses property tax issue with Amritsar counterpart
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria today discussed the issue of Property Tax with his Amritsar counterpart Bakshi Ram Arora during a meeting held at Mayor’s camp office in the Civil Lines, here today. Arora was also honoured by the Mayor and local later by councillors.

Bakshi Ram Arora, who is also a member of Punjab Pollution Control Board, had gone to attend a meeting in Patiala today and he stopped over at the Mayor’s camp office on his way back to Amritsar.

Mayor Gohalwaria informed that the issue of property tax was discussed in today’s meeting. “This is a much talked about topic these days and I want that before levying it on the city residents, I should discuss it with my other counterparts. Soon, I would also discuss the matter with other Mayors of the state as well,” he said.

Councillors, who attended the meeting, included Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal, Bhupinder Singh Bhinda, Jagbir Singh Sokhi, Kapil Kumar Sonu, Jaswinder Singh Bhola, Swaran Singh Mahauli, Sukhdev Singh Gill, Mandeep Kaur Sandhu, besides others.



PAU students clinch 9 medals in youth fest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
Students of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have brought laurels to the university by clinching nine medals at the Punjab State Inter-University Youth Festival, organised by the Directorate of Youth Services, Government of Punjab, from March 19 to 21 at Shivalik Public School, Mohali. The PAU students won gold medal in poster making, and bronze medals in skit, mime, folk song, poetry recitation, collage making, cartooning, clay modeling, and gidhha events. PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, and Director Students' Welfare, Dr Balwinder Singh congratulated the students for winning laurels at the state level youth fest and exhorted them to maintain this rich tradition.

Giving details, Satvir Singh, Welfare Officer, PAU, said all the universities of the Punjab state participated in this festival. The PAU contingent, consisting of 40 members, participated in the events of music, theatre, literary and fine arts, he informed.

SGPC donates Rs 10 lakh to PAU

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has donated a sum of Rs 10 lakh to the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) Endowment Fund. S Banta Singh, a representative of the SGPC, presented the cheque of Rs 10 lakh to Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU. The Registrar of the University, Dr PK Khanna was also present on this occasion.

Dr Dhillon expressed his profound gratitude to the SGPC and said this gesture will be beneficial for strengthening the farm research and transfer of technology programmes.

He stated that the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee is a historic organisation which has taught the people to work hard and serve the society with devotion and dedication. "As the rural populace is intensely associated with the farming, there is a need to encourage the youth to embrace agriculture as a profession and make vital contribution to the nation's food grain bowl," emphasised Dr Dhillon.

The contemporary agriculture, in the Punjab state, is confronting many challenges, he observed, saying that this gesture of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee will go a long way in addressing the farm issues through intensive research.



PU-affiliated colleges may end semester system
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
The semester system in the post graduation classes, being run in the colleges affiliated with Panjab University, Chandigarh, is on the verge of closure as the PU Vice-Chancellor has formed a review committee comprising representatives from different colleges to study and submit their feedback on the issue. The semester system is expected to be abolished from the coming academic session if the Syndicate provides its nod in April meeting.

The issue was discussed in detail during the meeting of the Senate of the PU, in Chandigarh yesterday. Talking to The Tribune, Harpreet Dua, one of the members said that the semester system in postgraduate classes was introduced about three years ago to get good results.

"The semester system is tough as there are not sufficient numbers of teachers in colleges. Secondly, in December, winter break is declared (holidays). But the students of the PG classes have to take examinations. The concept was introduced to get better results. But they are the same as were under annual examination system. Many of the Senate members raised the issue and we are hopeful that the semester system will be abolished," said Dua.

Another Senate member RPS Josh said under the semester system, another major problem was delaying of results. The session for the next semester starts in colleges while results of previous semesters get delayed many times. "The next meeting of the Syndicate is going to be held in April and we hope that the system will end if there is a unanimous decision," said Josh adding that the members also discussed that the Self-Financed Courses, which had no viability and were in deficit, should be stopped, too.



No headway in robbery case
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
The police is still clueless in the Shingaar Cinema manger robbery case, in which the manager of the cinema was shot at and robbed of Rs 3.5 lakh even after three days.
The police has summoned a huge number of blacklisted criminals for questioning in past three days. The police is also suspecting the involvement of insiders of Cinema.

Randhir Singh, SHO Police Station Division 6 said, "The efforts are going on to get any clue in this regard. The major problem in the case is that no one is able to identify the looters as they were wearing the helmets. We are working on different theories and hopefully get any clue in next some days.”

In a broad daylight robbery, two motorcycle borne robbers shot at the manager of Shingaar Cinema, took Rs 3.5 lakh cash cash from him and fled from the spot. The incident took place around 1pm on the Shingaar road when Gurdas manager of Shingaar Cinema was heading towards the bank on his motorcycle to deposit the cash.

In the meantime, two youths tried to intercept the robbers on their motorcycle. But the pillion rider of the robbers fired a shot towards them and injured one of the youths, who was chasing them.



Few takers for BSNL pre-paid broadband
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
There seems to be hardly any takers in the city for the pre-paid broadband service being offered by the BSNL. CS Bhanot, Senior General Manager said there are not many customers for the pre-paid broadband service in the city. He said, however, there is a good customer base for the post-paid broadband service and the pre-paid service is not being much preferred here. Had it been introduced earlier, it would have been better received in the market, he added.

A resident, said that one of the reasons for fewer customers for the pre-paid broadband is less advertisement about the service being offered, said Jaswinder Singh, a resident. He said that he came to know about the scheme from a banner hanging at the BSNL office, Bharat Nagar.

The service is only available from the head office, say the BSNL officials. If it were available from the other BSNL offices, its popularity would have been more, said a resident.

Rather than low customer base, some residents complain about inadequate recharge vouchers for the service at the BSNL office.

Some BSNL officials said there can be problems of shortage of recharge vouchers, if prepaid service is switched to, said another resident.

Another problem is that the recharge vouchers are available only at the BSNL office.

"I was really interested in the pre-paid service, as one can choose to get the vouchers filled whenever required, rather than paying the regular monthly rent for the post-paid service. But I had to shelve the plan to switch to the new service when I came to know about shortage of recharge vouchers," said Rohit, a resident.

Talking about the complaints of less availability of the recharge vouchers, the GMT said he had not received any such complains of shortage of vouchers as yet. But if there were any, he would look into the issue,” he said.



Hike in collector rates: Govt seeks feedback from DCs
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
Fearing a tremendous hike in the collector rates from the coming financial year, residents are rushing to the sub-registrar offices to get their land deals registered by March 31.

A sub-registrar said because of a call for strike by the ministerial staff for two days and then due to holidays for another two days, offices remained closed. With Holi celebrations and then a weekend, a very few working days remained, he said. "Residents believes that from April 1 collector rates will increase, so many land deals are being registered these days. We, however, have not received any instructions to increase the rates," he said.

The collector rates generally see a hike of up to 20 per cent every year. This year, however, due to an overall slump in the real estate business, the state government recently issued a letter to all the Deputy Commissioners, seeking their feedback on the issue: Whether the collector rates should be increased and how much should the hike be. The DCs from various districts have been holding meetings with their respective tehsildars before giving details to the government.

One of the DCs said he has convened a meeting with tehsildars on March 29 to discuss the issue, after which he would send the feedback. "The real estate market has not done well in the previous financial year; so the hike, if implemented, should be nominal,” said the DC.

Another DC said there could not be a single rule for all the areas. He said the real estate prices had increased tremendously in some of the areas, while other areas saw a slump. "The government needs to be realistic while increasing the collector rates. It is good that we have been asked to provide feedback on the issue. It will make it easy for the state government to take a decision,” said the official.



Shopkeepers meet MC Commissioner
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
Shopkeepers of Gur Mandi and Talaab Bazaar today held a meeting with the MC Commissioner. Submitted their side of the story, shopkeepers claimed the shops were the property of temples located in respective areas.

The MC had planned to remove the shops, which it claimed were encroachments on its property. The demolition of 30 shops at Gur Mandi was to be carried out on March 13, and 22 shops were to be demolished at Talaab Bazaar on March 21.

However, the MC officials had to call off the demolition drives, after the duty magistrates and the police claimed if the MC went ahead with the drive, the issue might take a violent turn.

In both the cases, the temple committees claimed if the shops were demolished by the civic body, it would mean the demolition of the temple.

Today’s meeting was chaired by MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma and was attended by former BJP minister Satpal Gosain and Talaab Mandir Committee president Vinod Jain, besides others.

After the meeting, the temple committee members claimed the MC Commissioner has assured them that instead of demolishing the shops, an alternative way would be found.

The MC Commissioner, however, said the next course of action would be decided after deliberating on the claims submitted by the shopkeepers and the committees.

MC Additional Commissioner and head of the building branch Isha Kalia said the demolition drive had been put on hold for some time. “This does not mean the demolition drive has been cancelled. We will study the matter in detail and the final decision will be taken after that,” she said.



Man’s leg comes under bus wheel
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
A bus ran over a man’s leg near the railway station today. The victim, Ram Aasra, reportedly jumped from a moving bus and his leg came under its tyre.

At the accident spot near the railway station in Ludhiana on Monday.
At the accident spot near the railway station in Ludhiana on Monday. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ram Aasra boarded a bus, belonging to the city bus service, coming from Jalandhar Bypass. However, when the driver told him that the bus was not going towards his destination, he jumped down before the driver could stop the bus. The driver, Pinder, said the victim did not give him ample time to stop the bus. "I even shouted at him, asking him not to jump from the moving bus, but he did not pay any heed to my warning."

ASI Bhajan Singh, investigation officer, said, "One of the victim’s legs was badly injured in the accident. He was rushed to the civil hospital.”



Faux pas: Minister’s chopper lands at wrong place
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, March 25
The local administration was caught unawares when the pilot of a chopper ferrying Punjab Revenue Minister Bikramjit Singh Majithia to a Sikh religious place in Jhorran village near Raikot reportedly landed the chopper mistakenly at Gurdwara Nanaksar Sahib around 5 kilometers from here today.

Majithia was on his way to Gurdwara Nanaksar Thaath to attend the 100th birth anniversary celebrations of Baba Isher Singh. The pilot, however, mistook Gurduwara Nanaksar Sahib to be the venue, sources said. Both the religious places are known as Nanaksar Thaath and look similar, they added.

Senior officials from the police department and the civil administration rushed to Nanaksar Sahib after received the information about the landing of Majithia's chopper. Majithia paid obeisance at Gurduwara Nanksar Sahib and spent around 10 minutes there before heading to the actual destination.

DSP, Jagraon, Surinder Kumar, who was deployed at Jhorran village in view of the planned visit of the Cabinet Minister, said he too learnt about the landing of the chopper at Nanaksar Sahib from a fellow officer.



Navneet deserved Miss India title for her beauty, humility and grace, say INIFD students
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
"She was so humble and down to earth," says Tarwinder, a student of the Inter-National Institute of Fashion Designing (INIFD), while recalling Femina Miss India Navneet Kaur Dhillon’s visit to the campus last year.

Tarwinder, now in the final year of BSc, Fashion Design, was in the second year when Navneet participated in the Lakme Fashion Week.

She wore dresses designed by students at the fashion week. Tarwinder was among the lucky few who met her.

She was very supportive and encouraging, say Sukhpreet, another student of the institute, while displaying the designer outfits that Navneet wore. "She encouraged us and appreciated our designs," she says.

"We had designed a dress based on phulkari, and being a Punjabi she really liked it," says Preeti Kakkar, another student. The outfit was designed on the theme of 'twisted tradition' that had traditional fabric technique twisted with the new designs.

Another collection, Jigsaw, had knits and prints brought together. A ‘Tana-Bana’ dress combined different weaving techniques, including acrylic and matte weaves, explains another student. "She wore six outfits designed by us," says Tarwinder.

"New in the industry at that time, she was a bit tomboyish, sporting a high pony tail and a nose ring," says Sapna, another student.

She was very confident and sashayed down the ramp in our designer outfits with panache, the students said.

"We feel very proud that we were able to make it to the reputed fashion week last year. What has added to that pride is the fact that our designer outfits were worn by a model who has now become Miss India," says another student of the fashion institute.

Talking about her friendly nature, students say that Navneet even exchanged e-mail addresses and phone numbers with them.

She is also in our friends' list on Facebook, say students. "She deserved this title not just for her great looks but for her humility and grace as well,” say all the students who met the new Miss India.



High drama at DMCH over blood sample
Woman says her ‘husband’s’ politician brother thrashed her
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
High drama was witnessed at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital over collecting blood sample from a patient.
Acting on the court orders, a panel of three doctors constituted by the civil surgeon accompanied by the DMCH doctors collected blood samples of Charanjit Singh, who is undergoing treatment at the hospital.

A city-based woman, who claims to be his wife, alleged that Charanjit’s elder brother, a local politician, had abused her and thrashed her brother while they were accompanying the medical team. However, Charanjit's brother denied the allegations. He said, "We did not object to any kind of activity at the hospital."

Ranjit Singh, SHO, Division No 8, said: "We were there to maintain law and order while the doctors executed the courts orders. Doctors collected the samples and no one expressed any objection."

Charanjit Singh has been suffering from brain hemorrhage and is in a critical condition. The woman claims that Charanjit is married to her and is the father of her two children. Meanwhile, Charanjit’s family has been denying these claims. They said the woman did not marry Charanjit and is concocting the story to lay claim on their property. A local court had ordered the hospital to get blood samples for conducting a DNA test in order to ascertain if he was the father of the woman’s children. 



Machine tool industry in city ready for image makeover
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
With the soft intervention for the cluster development of machine tool industry to be held shortly, the decade old industry is all geared up to change its image.
A meeting of Machine Tool Cluster was held under the chairmanship of Kirpal Singh Sagar, with Davinder Singh presiding over it. It was decided that soft interventions for cluster development will now be conducted by the special purpose vehicle of the cluster.

A detailed project report (DPR) for setting up of a common facility centre (CFC) will also be prepared and submitted for approval.

Ludhiana, which houses more than 1,000 small and tiny machine tool units, used to supply nearly 80 per cent of the machinery to the local industry. With the changing technologies, however, the industry is struggling.

The machine tool industry is all geared up to change its image by adopting new technologies, making delivery of orders on time and providing machinery to the local industry with the help of the cluster development programme.

“The machines which are currently imported from Korea, China and Taiwan will now be manufactured locally,” said Sagar. 



Davar new CII-North chairman

Ludhiana, March 25
Jayant Davar has been elected as the new chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Northern Region, for the year 2013-14. Zubin Irani will be the deputy chairman.

Davar is the founder and currently the co-chairman and managing director of Sandhar Technologies Ltd.

Theme of the organisation for the year would be ‘Reviving Growth in North - Present and Future’. The office-bearers would primarily focus on accelerating economic growth by attracting investments, building the ‘Brand North’, pushing for state-level policy reforms, leveraging sectoral competencies and strong societal connect in the region, said Davar. — TNS



NGO to adopt slums

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 25
Feed Foundation Punjab, an NGO, which serves poor and downtrodden, announced to adopt slums situated on outskirts of the town.

The announcement was made during a maiden function of the organisation held at Shree Ram Dharamsala today. Besides extending monetary help to poor families for marrying their daughter, office-bearers presented books and stationery to the needy students of Government Primary School. — OC



from colleges
Jyoti brings laurels

Ludhiana: Jyoti Bala of Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, Ludhiana, made her mark once again after winning first prize in phulkari embroidery during the Inter-Varsity Youth Festival organised by the Department of Youth Services, Punjab. She has also bagged first prize in other competitions before winning this prize at Shivalik Public School, Mohali, on March 22. Principal Dr Narinder Sandhu congratulated Ritu Sood, head, Department of Home Science for making efforts in reviving this traditional folk art of the state of Punjab.

Industrial visit

Students of Ludhiana Group of Colleges were taken to the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant at Bathinda on the first day. Students participated during the demonstration given by a plant employee about its working and various components like HP turbines, LP turbines, evaporators, cooling tower etc. — TNS



ludhiana scan

A meeting of Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission was held under the chairmanship of Romila Dubey, in which various organisations from the city was took part to discuss the matter of electricity, president of united cycle and parts manufacturers association. Ludhiana, Gurmeet Singh Kular while presenting his views strongly opposed the anti measures taken by the commission to increase the tariff of the electricity, strong resentment was given to the commission regarding two part tariff which is totally against the industry.

Pension mela

KK Singla Chief Judicial Magistrate and Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, Ludhiana, said a 'Pension Mela' would be organised at Halwara village on March 26 under the directions of Jasbir Singh, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court and acting chairman of Punjab Legal Service Authority. He said information about the several social welfare schemes to people during the event.


Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle would organise Holla-Mahalla celebrations on March 27 at four different places in the city inclduing Baba Isher Singh School, BRS Nagar, Malwa Khalsa School, Model gram, Gujjarkhan Campus at Model town and Gurudwara Sri Sukhmani Sahib in Dugri. Hardeep Singh, zonal president, in this event children, youth, senior citizens in all categories will participated in one-minute games. Gatka and tug of war would also be organised on the occasion.

BSNL employees’ strike enters 5th day

The strike by the BSNL Casual and Contractor Labour Union entered the fifth day here on Monday. They are demanding facilities like the PPF, payment of wages through bank, identity card, ESI card, regular maintenance of attendance register, minimum pay of Rs 308 per day. District president of the union, Shiv Kumar Parcha, said the contractor of the work although agreed to such demands of union if front of the BSNL officials, but it is not following the settlement and should be removed. Members of the union said that they should be directly employed by the department rather than through contract.

Irregularities in Aadhaar process

District Congress Committee (urban) president Pawan Dewan said he has written a letter to the UDAI chairman, Nandan Nilekani, to bring to his notice irregularities in the enrolment process of Aadhaar card. He said he demanded strict action for any such irregularities in the enrolment process so that it can be improved. He further said that the state government is claiming an undue credit for the facilities being offered the Central Government through Aadhaar card.

Zonal cultural competition held

A team participates in a cultural festival organised by the Industrial Training Institute in Ludhiana on Monday.
A team participates in a cultural festival organised by the Industrial Training Institute in Ludhiana on Monday. photo: inderjeet verma

Government Industrial Training Institute and Technical Education Department of the state organised zonal cultural competition and sports prize distribution ceremony at United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association auditorium at Gill Road. Teams from different ITI's from Ludhiana zone participated in the event.

300 examined in medical camp

Mandi Ahmedgarh: Over 300 persons were examined for dental and general diseases at a camp at Dhulkot village near here. The medical check-up and dental camp was organised by the management committee of Singh Sabha Gurdwara and teams of physicians led by Dr BS Shah from Deep Hospital and Dr Tadbir Singh from Christian Dental College examined and gave medicines to the patients. — TNS



from schools
Prize distribution function held

Ludhiana: To cherish precious moments of success, a graduation-cum-academic prize distribution function of Nankana Sahib Public School (NSPS), Gill Park, was organised amidst fervor and enthusiasm. Avtar Singh, president of the SGPC, was the chief guest on the occasion. Junior head girl, of primary block, NSPS gave the welcome speech and junior head boy proposed the vote of thanks to all present on the occasion. Children walked up the stage with graduation gowns. The students presented many foot-tapping numbers and made everyone dance to their tunes. The students, who excelled in academics, were awarded scholarship by the NSPS management. Principal, Harmeet Kaur, congratulated the parents of the students on their success. Extending her wishes to the students and parents, she laid emphasis on the overall development of children and also gave useful tips on effective parenting.

Ryan International School

Students of Ryan International School hold their degrees during a graduation ceremony in Ludhiana on Monday.
GRADUATES, ALREADY: Students of Ryan International School hold their degrees during a graduation ceremony in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma p

Graduation ceremony was observed at Ryan International School, Jamalpur, here on Monday. The theme of the show was "Mom-the magic bond".

The tiny-tots paid rich tributes towards their mothers and earth. Degrees were provided to the kids on this occasion at Guru Nanak Bhawan, where the function was held. The students welcomed the guests through a dance.

At the end of the programme, Ryan Prince and Ryan Princess were chosen. The school management congratulated the proud students and their parents on this occasion.

Students present a dance item on the annual day celebrations of Ryan International School in Ludhiana on Monday.
Students present a dance item on the annual day celebrations of Ryan International School in Ludhiana on Monday. photo: inderjeet verma

Graduation ceremony

Kids of Kids Quest Pre-School bade adieu to the outgoing batch in the graduation ceremony held here on Monday. The school was decorated. Passing out students were awarded certificates. Parents were asked to write messages for the school.

Annual function

An annual function of Shri Harkrishan Sahib Public Senior Secondary School was held here on Monday. The director of the school, Prem Singh Sokhi, was present on the occasion. The academic in charge Bhupinder Kaur read the annual report. The students from nursery to Class IX participated in the function. All the prize winners wore black gowns and certificates and trophies were given to the position holders.

Holi celebrated

The 'Holi Festival' was celebrated at Everest Buds Play-Way and Nursery School, Sector 39, with great pomp and show. The students came with flowers to celebrate the festival. Cakes and sweets were distributed among the children. There was a programme of dance presented by the tiny-tots. On the occasion, principal, Poonam Sharma, informed the students about the importance of the festival. She said the colorful festival of Holi was celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which comes in February end or early March. Holi festival had an ancient origin and celebrated the triumph of 'good' over 'bad'. The students celebrated the Holi festival with flowers and colours. — TNS



One held with poppy husk
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 25
The city police arrested a person with 19 kgs of poppy husk. The accused has been identified as
Iqbal Mohammad, a resident of Uttar Pradesh.  The police arrested the accused at a checkpoint in Cheema Chowk. On seeing the police, the accused tried to speed away from the scene.

The police caught him and recovered the poppy husk during the search of his belongings. The police has booked a case under the NPDS Act. 

Security demanded

Krishan Kumar Bawa, president of the Terrorist Victim Association, demanded the continuance of his security cover. The government had recently withdrawn his security cover.

He was on the hit list of terrorists. He said he required security as his fighting against terrorism was still in progress. 



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