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Info panel fines LIT
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 14
There seems to be no end to the woes of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) officials as far as applications and appeals under the Right to Information Act, 2005, are concerned. In a second instance of its kind in less than a fortnight, the State Information Commission has penalised the public information officer (PIO) of the LIT for delay in providing information to applicants. The commission also reprimanded officials for not taking the provisions of the RTI seriously.

Disposing of an appeal filed by a city-based RTI activist, Arvind Sharma, the State Information Commissioner, Narinderjit Singh, noted that the respondent (LIT) had made a written submission vide letter dated March 11, 2013, that the information desired by the applicant had already been provided.

The applicant had sought compensation on the grounds that he faced harassment and detriment due to the delay on the part of the PIO in supplying information despite the direction of the first appellate authority (Deputy Director, Local Government, Punjab),

Directing the PIO to be personally present on the next date of hearing, the commission awarded a compensation of Rs 2,000 to the applicant.

The orders of the commission announced on April 11 mention that in view of the submission of the appellant, the public authority, Ludhiana Improvement Trust, is directed to pay an amount of Rs 2,000 as compensation for the harassment and detriment caused to the appellant through a bank draft within 10 days.

The case will come up next for hearing on June 4, 2013.


Reshuffle in MC’s RTI wing
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 14
The RTI wing of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has been changed in a big way. From now on, MC Additional Commissioner Davinder Singh would be the first appellate authority in place of MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma, while zonal superintendents would be public information officers (PIOs) and inspector-level officers would be assistant public information officers (APIOs).

KP Singh has been appointed as PIO (headquarter) and inspector Rajeev Saggar will be APIO (headquarters).

RTI activists rued that these appointments were not as per the RTI Act. But MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma clarified that the changes had been made as per the RTI Act.

Ever since the Right to Information Act came into being, the PIOs of the buildings and roads, horticulture and operations and maintenance were officers of the superintending engineer-level, while the municipal town planner was the PIO of the building branch. The zonal commissioner-level officer was the PIO of house tax, while other senior officers were the PIOs of other departments.

As per the new orders, superintendents Jasdev Singh, Neeraj Jain, Surinderpal and Ranjit Kumar would be the PIOs of Zone A, B, C and D, respectively, and Ashok Garg, Vivek Verma, Naresh Kumar and Gurdev Singh would be the APIOs of Zone A, B, C and D, respectively.

RTI activist Kuldeep Singh Khaira rued that as per a state government notification (dated June 2, 2009), only the MC Commissioner could be the first appellate authority, joint, deputy and assistant commissioners as PIOs and branch superintendent or in charge would be the APIO.

In another case of 2009 related to a city resident Rohit Sabharwal, the State Information Commission in one of its orders had stated that if the MC Commissioner wanted to appoint a joint commissioner as the first appellate authority under Section 52 read with Section 408 (2) of the Municipal Corporation Act, 1976, the MC Commissioner might request the government to amend its notification dated June 6, 2009, for delegation of powers under the RTI Act.

When contacted, MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma justified the decision claiming that the delegation of powers to new officers had been done as per the RTI Act. “This would speed up the cases related to the Act as information would be provided on time. And still if any the PIO fails to provide information within 30 days, action would be taken against him,” he said.

New team

As per the new orders, superintendents Jasdev Singh, Neeraj Jain, Surinderpal and Ranjit Kumar will be the PIOs of Zone A, B, C and D, respectively, and Ashok Garg, Vivek Verma, Naresh Kumar and Gurdev Singh will be the APIOs of Zone A, B, C and D, respectively.



Man sets himself afire in police lock up
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, April 14
A murder accused reportedly tried to set himself afire in a police lock up at Salem Tabri today. The accused was out on bail but was detained for harassing residents of the Salem Tabri area. The incident took place this afternoon when 37-year-old Rinku Ghai, a resident of Valmiki Colony, got hold of a matchstick and set himself afire.

Only two policemen were present at the police station at the time of the incident. Dharampal, SHO, Salem Tabri police station, said he was supervising security arrangements at two political rallies conducted by the Congress and the BSP at Dana Mandi.

It is learnt that the policemen rushed to police station as soon as they came to know about the incident.

Rinku was taken to a multi-speciality hospital with 9 per cent burns. He was discharged after treatment.

Rinku was booked under Section 109 of the IPC for hooliganism and harassing the residents of the locality. A sharp-edged weapon was also found from his possession. It is learnt that the accused was a chronic drug addict. He had even urged the policemen for a cigarette.

ACP (North) J Elanchezhain said: “Munshi Sethi Kumar and constable Gurmeet Singh have been suspended and the police is probing how Rinku got hold of a matchbox.”



Driving with their vision, for a cause
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 14
In a reversal of roles, visually impaired youngsters guided the able sighted through the course of the rally organised here today. The visually impaired persons acted as navigators and guided participants through the rally route by reading Braille map.

The route of the rally, which was approx 45 km, was printed in Braille. The route could only be interpreted for the driver by a visually impaired person.

Each car had a visually impaired navigator. Most of the participants were with their spouse and children and were seen interacting with the visually impaired.

The rally was flagged off from Carlton Woods on Canal Road in South City. The rally saw the participation of over 100 cars which moved across the city covering all prominent areas of the city. The organisers had placed officiating marshals at predetermined points on the route to report the time taken by each car to cover various sectors into which the rally route had been divided. Each sector had to be covered by the participants within a certain timeframe.

The visually impaired youths sported a smile of achievement on their faces.

Sukhwinder Singh, a visually impaired navigator, said: "I have enjoyed the race. I didn’t find any complication following the route. It was the nice experience.”

Ankit Kumar, another visually impaired navigator, said: "I was nervous initially, but when the rally started, it was a fun. We got confused at one point as the marshal was not present on the route point.”

The theme of the event was: "Drive with their vision. Drive for a cause”. The true to the spirit of this punch line was the enthusiasm shown by the participants and their family. The organisers said the objective of the rally was to raise funds for the education of underprivileged children.



Notorious gangster opens fire, booked for attempt to murder
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, April 14
In yet another case of gang war, notorious gangsters Sachin Kumar along with his accomplices entered the house of his rival gang leader Vijay Singh, alias Chota Lalla, and opened fire. The police has registered an attempt to murder case against Sachin.

The incident took place in the Haibowal area this afternoon. The incident spread panic in the area and residents fled helter-skelter for cover.

No one was hurt in the incident. The accused had come in a car and fled after opening fire. While escaping, Sachin and his men brandished weapons in the air to scare the residents. It is learnt that Chota Lalla came to know about Sachin's plan and fled.

Sources said nearly five rounds were fired. It is learnt that members of Sachin’s gang opened fire in relation as Chota Lalla had allegedly assaulted a member of his gang.

The police has registered a case of under Section 307 of the IPC for attempt to murder against Sachin and his accomplices, including Ajaypal, Kakri, Shiva, Kali and some unidentified persons on the complaint of Chota Lalla's younger brother Varinder Sidhu.

He said the four accused were carrying country-made pistols while others had swords in their hands.



Man strangulates son-in-law’s father

Payal, April 14
Failing to pay the promised money to a ‘middleman’ for getting his mentally challenged son married proved dear to a farmer of Gobindpura Nawanpind who was killed at his house on Saturday afternoon.

The deceased, identified as 56-year-old Harbhajan Singh, was allegedly strangled to death by Surjit Singh of Malerkotla, maternal uncle of Harbhajan’s daughter-in-law.

The Payal police has arrested the suspect after registering a case under Section 302 of the IPC.

Investigations revealed that Harbhajan had allegedly promised to pay Rs 6 lakh to Surjit Singh for solemnising his niece’s marriage with his son Mangpreet Singh four years ago. Surjit wanted to receive the assured money before the marriage, but Harbhajan urged him to wait for some time. Fearing social stigma, Surjit preferred to compromise with the situation and waited till Harbhajan paid him the amount. But Harbhajan managed to stagger the payment till yesterday when Surjit reached his home to settle the things.

All other members of the family had gone to pay obeisance at a gurdwara on the occasion of Baisakhi and Harbhajan and his sister were alone at home. It is alleged that the refusal to pay the amount led to an altercation between the duo and Surjit allegedly tried to open fire at him. When the revolved did not work, Surjit allegedly strangulated him.

Harbhajan was rescued by his neighbours. He was rushed to the Payal Civil Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. — OC



Man sells daughter’s newborn, booked
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, April 14
A 20-year-old woman has accused her father of selling her newborn in connivance with a nurse. The complainant, Noori, a resident of Iqbal Nagar in Basti Jodhewal, along with her mother approached the police and lodged a complaint against her father Firoz. She told the police that her father allegedly sold her five-day-old son for Rs 45,000.

Noori was deserted by her husband nearly four months ago. As she was five months pregnant, she started living with her parents.

Noori alleged ever since the birth of the child, her father wanted to sell her son. She alleged that her father is hooked to drugs and does nothing to earn living.

Balwinder Singh, SHO, Jodhewal Basti, said he had received a complaint and hunt was on to nab the accused.



Ludhiana Scan
MCPI opposes power tariff hike

Ludhiana: Marxist Communist Party of India (MCPI) stated that committee had strongly opposed sharp increase in power tariff, terming it as an unbearable burden and a big blow to the people of Punjab. The state secretary of the party Kuldip Singh said power tariff hike would further fuel the inflation and lead to the prices of essential items going out of reach of the common man. He said any increase in power tariff was totally unjustified in the wake of power cuts and inadequate power supply to the farmers and other consumers.

Eye camp

Sankara Eye Hospital conducted its 100th free Eye surgery camp at Focal Point here on Sunday. The camp was inaugurated by Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, Mayor, Ludhiana. While Bharat Bhushan Ashu, MLA, Sunita Gupta, Senior Deputy Mayor, Ludhiana, were also present there.

On this occasion more than 25,000 persons were screened and free of cost surgery was performed on more than 3,000 poor. During the camp as many as 425 persons came to get their eyes, blood pressure, sugar checked and 33 patients were recommended for surgery. Medicine & spectacles were also given for free to the needy patients.

Swimming pool opened

The swimming pool of Lodhi Club was opened for the season here today. On this occasion, a cake cutting ceremony was held besides the members were provided breakfast too. The members said that they had been waiting impatiently, for the pool to start during this season as swimming was an excellent sport-activity. All the office bearers were present on this occasion.

Medical camp

The team of NIMA (National Integrated Medical Association), Ludhiana, led by Dr Surinder Gupta held a medical check-up camp here. At Sidh Peeth Dandi Swami Mandir. More than 250 patients were checked-up here. Dr Surinder Gupta said that apart from free consultation, on the spot blood glucose test & neuropathy tests were done. The glycilated haemoglobin test HbA1c was done on as many as 30 patients. Patients who were following dietary and exercise guidelines sincerely had better control of diabetes than those who were relying solely on medicines.

New dispensary

Thandi Chanv, on their second anniversary, started Thandi Chanv dispensary at Guru Arjan Dev Nagar here. The District Congress President Pawan Diwan inaugurated the dispensary. Appreciating the efforts made by the organisation, Dewan said that it had done a lot for poor and needy women and had made them self-reliant during the last two years. The dispensary will provide medicines to poor and needy and experts will hold free medical camps, said Diwan.

Baisakhi celebrated

The festival of Baisakhi was celebrated at Baba Banda Bahadur Bhawan here under the guidance of Jagdev Singh Jassowal, chief patron of Baba Banda Bahadur International Foundation. The members present on the occasion said that Baisakhi gave an inspiration to fight against injustice in society. The members also appreciated efforts made by the Haryana Government to start a chair in the name of Baba Banda Bahadur at Kurukshetra University.

Milk bar opened

Verka Milk Plant, Ludhiana, opened a Milk Bar at Machiwara. It was inaugurated by Ajmer Singh Bhagpur, chairman of Milk Plant, Ludhiana along with former MLA Jagjivan Singh Khirnia. Ajmer Singh said at this time that Verka Milk Plant Ludhiana daily collected four lakh litres of milk from the farmers of the villages and supplied two and a half lakh litres to the consumers and other milk made products. He assured that milk plant was committed to the welfare of farmers and consumers and to supply quality products.

Blood donation camp

A blood donation and a free homoeopathic medicine camp was organised on the occasion of Baisakhi by Baba Deep Singh Welfare Council at homoeopathic dispensary in Gurdwara Sri Kalgidhar Sahib, Chet Singh Nagar, here. As many as 125 volunteers donated blood for the needy patients. Earlier, the camp was inaugurated by Dr Tejinder Pal Singh, Vice-President, Shiromani Akali Dal and honoured the donors thereafter. Among others who were present on this occasion included Senior Akali leader Gurinder Pal Singh Pappu, general secretary of council, Jagmeet Singh dua

Protest against liquor shop

The Aam Aadmi Party, ludhiana, organised a candle march at Chander Nagar to mark the protest against opening of a liquor shop. Along with AAP volunteers, local residents participated in the candle march. Several residents came out and supported the movement. The protest today entered in 14th day.

Ban on construction

Neeru Katyal Gupta, Additional District Magistrate, has imposed a blanket ban on any construction or extension within the1000 metres of Field Armament Depot at Baddowal. In the orders under Section 144 the CrPC, it is clearly stated that any unlawful construction activity being carried out around FAD, Baddowal, could pose a threat to the national security and interests of the people. The ban orders will remain in force upto June 6.

Campaign to save girl child

An event was organised at Nita Mehta's Kelong Cafe to support save the girl child cause. The cafe has tied up with Indian Association of Health and Fitness for the promotion of the campaign "Save the Girl Child India". "We would be contacting various other NGOs and sending out help to the women by providing free books, sewing machines, medicines," said Ripandeep Kaur founder of the organisation.

Marriage solemnised

Nishkaam Kirtan Sewa Society, Mandi Gobindgarh, organised the marriage of the daughter of a needy family at Naraingarh village today. The Amloh SHO, Ravinder Kumar blessed the newly wedded couple. He appreciated the social service activities of the society, which diverted the public attention to help the needy people. The society chief, Karamjit Singh Bitto said, '‘The society runs free sewing training centres to help the girl and also provides try cycles to the handicapped,". After the Anand Karaj, necessities of daily use were given to the couple. — TNS



From schools
Annual function

Students present a skit during the annual function of Maa Sharda Vidya Peeth School at Guru Nanak Bhawan in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana: The annual function of Maa Sharda Vidya Peeth School was held at Guru Nanak Bhawan on Sunday. The school is being run for the underprivileged children by Nobel Foundation. Students were given bags and books on this occasion. Patriotism was the theme of the function, in which students performed various cultural items depicting sacrifices made by freedom fighters. They presented a skit, group songs and gave speeches on the life of martyrs.

Adventure camp

Children are powerhouses of energy. In order to harness this abundant energy, an adventure camp was organised at the KVM City Campus under the guidance of expert trainers. Rope climbing, spider web, monkey crawl, Burma bridge, double trouble and treasure hunt were among the major activities held. Over 200 students, along with teachers, participated in the camp. They were also given healthy and nutritious food items. Headmistress of the school Namita Raj Singh encouraged students to actively participate in such programmes.

Orientation programme

The KVM City Campus also organised an orientation programme for parents of students admitted to the kindergarten section. The programme was conducted by the school counsellor, Shivani Singh. The headmistress too addressed the parents and urged them to contribute to their fullest in all the school programmes so that they could work along the school in bringing a positive change in the lives of their children.

Workshop for teachers

A workshop on teaching skills was organised on the premises of St GDS Convent School. Teachers were apprised of ways and means to tackle problems faced while teaching. They were told about ways to inculcate moral values in students. School director and principal asked the teachers to work hard in making the school students ideal citizens.

Baisakhi celebrations

Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Kitchlu Nagar, celebrated Baisakhi with enthusiasm and gaiety. Thanking God for a bountiful crop, all children performed giddha, bhangra and took part in other recreational activities. Both boys and girls of Classes I and II came dressed in colourful attires to take part in the fancy dress competition. Folk songs competition was enjoyed by everyone. Students were made aware of the significance of the day. A performance depicted the Jallianwala Bagh massacre paid rich tributes to the freedom fighters.

Penguin Castle Pre-school

Children were told about the history and significance of the Baisakhi festival during celebrations at Penguin Castle Pre-school, Udham Singh Nagar. They learnt that for the farming community, the day marked the time for harvesting the winter crops and was regarded as a New Year. They coloured drawings of food items made from wheat. The religious significance of the day as with regards to the creation of the Khalsa Panth by Guru Gobind Singh was also explained to the little ones. Kamal Preet Kaur, director of the school, said the purpose of the special activity was to ensure that youngsters became familiar with our traditions and festivals.

Cherubs The Pre-school

Baisakhi was celebrated with great zest at Cherubs The Pre-school, Dugri. Dressed in the typical folk attires, students performed Bhangra. School was decorated with cut-outs of farmers, fulkari and balloons. Children did sponge painting on ‘Happy Baisakhi’ worksheets. School teachers told the children about the importance of the festival and how on this day Guru Gobind Singh selected the Panj Piaras and established the Khalsa Panth.

Maple Bear Canadian School

Maple Bear Canadian Play Way and Nursery School, Udham Singh Nagar, celebrated Baisakhi with great fanfare and enthusiasm. Children enjoyed the festive food. As the song ‘Jatta Aai Baisakhi’ was played during the celebrations, children started dancing to express their joy.

GMT Public School

GMT Public School celebrated Baisakhi during the morning assembly. After prayers, a folk song competition was organised for students. The school also organised an inter-house board decoration competition. Tagore House bagged the first position, followed by Bhagat House and Subhash House. Turban-tying competition was also organised for students of Classes VIII to XII. Certificates and prizes were given to winners. Later, students visited Husainpura village to see the standing wheat crop.

ABC Montessori School

ABC Montessori School, BRS Nagar, celebrated the harvest festival with girls dressed as Punjabi ‘mutiars’ and boys as ‘gabroos’. The tiny tots performed bhangra and giddha. The Nursery students sang Punjabi songs. They relished jalebis and kheer. Children were also taken on a field trip to farms.

Shifaly Public School

The month of Baisakh was welcomed with usual fervour at Shifaly Public School, Sunder Nagar. Wearing traditional dresses, students enacted scenes such as harvesting, Jallianwala Bagh massacre and the establishment of the Khalsa Panth. Celebrations started with the recitation of a shabad. Students also presented a cultural programme.

Kids Quest Pre-school

Best dressed ‘gabroo’ and ‘mutiar’ were awarded during the Baisakhi celebrations at Kids Quest Pre-school. Children were told about the importance of the festival by their mentors. They danced on popular Punjabi songs.

Drishti Dr RC Jain School

Baisakhi was celeberated with fervour at Drishti Dr RC Jain Innovative Public Senior Secondary School. It began with ‘shabad-gayan’ by students of Classes VI and VIII. The pitiable condition of farmers was highlighted through a play. V Puri, manager of the school, urged students not to waste food.

Little Blossoms Pre-school

Tiny tots of Little Blossoms Pre-school, Basant City, visited neighbouring farms to see the Golden Crop of Punjab ready for harvesting. Children realised the importance of agriculture in our daily lives. Later at school, children had ‘Preeti Bhoj’.

Don Bosco Global School

Baisakhi was celebrated by the pre-primary and primary section students of Don Bosco Global School. The tiny tots came dressed in colourful attires and tapped their feet on Punjabi beats. Parents too attended the function.

Green Land School

The festival of harvest, Baisakhi, was celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm at Green Land Convent School, Dugri. The chief guest, Rajesh Rudhra, chairman of Chain of Green Land Schools, enlightened the students about the importance of the Day. Students presented a cultural programme. Principal Jitender Kaur Gupta congratulated them on their performances.

St GDS Convent School

During the morning assembly, students of St GDS Convent School praised the Almighty on the occasion of Baisakhi. Students of primary classes came dressed in colourful attires. Teachers encouraged the students to follow the path of Shri Guru Gobind Singh, who laid the foundation of Khalsa Panth on this day in 1699.

Paradise Playway School

Tiny tots of Babies Paradise Playway School, Urban Vihar, celebrate Baisakhi. The school was decorated like a village and children were shown charkha, dholak, chaj, pakhi, etc. School director Shalu Sachdeva explained the importance of Basakhi. — TNS



Woman, daughters missing since April 8
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, April 14
Police has registered a case of suicide after recovering a suicide note from the room of a married woman of Machhiwara, who went missing under the mysterious circumstances on April 8, along with her two minor daughters.

In her letter she had stated that she decided to commit suicide when she came to know about the illicit relationship between her husband and her sister. The missing woman has been identified as Jasbir kaur (28), a resident of Bairsal Kalan in Machhiwara. The alleged accused has been identified as Chander Shekhar, a resident of Rajpura. The police have registered a case under Section 306 of the IPC in this connection.

The SHO, Harjinder singh said that he had received a complaint from Amarjeet singh, father of the missing woman that his daughter who was married to the alleged accused and had two daughters had allegedly committed suicide. He further revealed that as per the complainant, the alleged accused allegedly developed illicit relations with his other daughter. As the deceased was fed up with such a relationship, she tried to stop her husband but failed took this extreme step.

The SHO, said that after registering a case in this regard they were enquiring the matter and something concrete could be said in this connection only after the completion of enquiry. The SHO further said that although they had registered a case on the complaint and after recovering a suicide note but the whereabouts of jasbir kaur and her two daughters were still unknown and they were trying to locate her.



Yellow metal gets cheaper
Keep your fingers crossed
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 14
Gold prices have come down to Rs 28,200 per 10 grams for 24 carats. The sudden decline in the prices has come as a "shock" for both the jewellers and buyers. The prices have been the lowest since April 2012.

Now, both the jewellers and investors are waiting for the real trends in the international market.

President of the Ludhiana Jewellers Association Anand Sekri, "There has been a panic in the market. Some people feel that the prices will slash further. I feel that the prices will see an upward trend by Monday evening", said Sikri.

The jewellers maintained though there were buyers in the market, they had adopted a wait-and-watch policy. "The investors are keen on investing in yellow metal as its encashment is immediate while one cannot get the liquid cash by selling properties as and when required. Still, they are waiting for tomorrow to see the trends,"said Sikri.

Meanwhile, the sudden slash in rates has come as a "rude" shock for many investors in the city.

A businessman said since there was a wedding in the family, he purchased gold both for making ornaments and investment purpose, when the prices were around Rs 30,000 per 10 grams. "While half of the gold was used for making jewellery, half was kept as safe investment.

The rates reached to an all-time high at Rs 33,000 per 10 grams. Since there was an increasing trend, I thought to keep it for some more time. But it is shocking that the prices have hit such a low. I am not going to sell it off at this time. I will wait for two-three months," he said.

For women, it is a right time to purchase gold.

Tina (name changed) said, "I just got my kitty amount, I will prefer to invest it in gold."



Work on Jugiana road begins
Our correspondent

Sahnewal, April 14
Finally, the work on the Jugiana village road has started. Ironically, the only road leading to Jugiana village, now under ward number-75 of Ludhiana's Municipal Corporation, and to a number of industries, firms, was hitherto in the worst of states.

"The re-carpeting work may take another month or so, but as far as the immediate repairs are concerned, we have started the needful", said Sarbjit Singh Garcha, the councillor.

"The work has though been initiated but it just seems to be a temporary arrangement and the manner in which the big and heavy vehicles tread on this road as a matter of routine, it should be repaired properly. Moreover, they have just filled the mud in the potholes and nothing above that .Only if they make an effort to re-carpet it properly that the purpose will be solved. Otherwise the mud will further add to our woes, being raised with every passing vehicle and getting troublesome with a slight shower", complained a factory owner.

"This road is used by thousands of vehicles ranging from two wheelers to heavy commercial vehicles. Due to absence of any re-carpeting, coupled with poor maintenance, the condition of the road has worsened both for the two wheelers and the four wheelers, plying in big numbers on this particular stretch. The commuters have no other option as they cannot even adopt and alternate route .The big potholes have made travelling for the two wheelers next to impossible", rued a villager.



Tributes paid to Dr BR Ambedkar
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 14
The city residents, including social political and religious organisations paid homage to Baba Sahib Dr Bheem Rao Ambedkar on his 122nd Birth anniversary here. A number of functions were organised in the city to celebrate his birthday.

Dr Rajkumar Verka, Vice-Chairman, National Commission for Schedule Cast, who was in the city to celebrate the birth anniversary said, "The contribution of Dr Bheem Rao Ambedkar for the Dalit awareness is invaluable. He fought against the cast-discrimination and made the dalits aware about their social and political rights".

Dalit Bachao Adhikar Morcha organised a programme at Jalandhar bypass to mark this occasion. A number of political social and religious leaders were present on the occasion.

Meanwhile, Bharti Valmiki Sewa Dal organised a scooter rally Ambedkar Nagar Dugri wherein a huge number of youths participated.

In a programme organised by Sarvjan Kalyan Parishad, Senior Deputy-Mayor RD Sharma and Dr DP Khosla, national president Sarvjan Kalyan Parishad paid the homage to the Dr bheen Rao Ambedkar. Another organisation, Dharmik Ekata Welafre Society and Bhagwan Valmiki Jan Kalyan Sanstha organised a function at the congress Bhawan.



Poor arrangement for wheat procurement at Khanna
Heaps of garbage, damaged shed welcome farmers
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khanna, April 14
Despite claims made by the market committee here regarding arrangements made before the arrival of the wheat crop, heaps of garbage greet farmers and visitors to the grain market. The inauguration of wheat arrival to reportedly Asia’s biggest grain market was held two days back, yet the market paints a sorry picture. The administration has also failed to reconstruct a shed which was damaged by a truck collision a few months back.

Farmers who brought their crops to the grain market alleged that no proper arrangements were made for drinking water. Some also said the market committee also failed to make proper arrangements for electricity supply and there were no ceiling fans.

Harjit Singh, a farmer, said a damaged shed was also not reconstructed. “In the absence of sheds, farmers will be compelled to dump their crops in open,” he said. He said it was a cause of worry for farmers as the weather could take a turn for worse and any sudden showers could spoil their produce.

Market committee secretary Darshan Kumar said the shed will be repaired after the sanction of funds under the new Budget. Kumar admitted a shed was needed in the grain market. He, however, said the wheat procurement will be completed without causing any problem to the farmers at the grain market. He said all arrangements were in place and the garbage would be cleared soon.

Procurement process begins at Amloh

Amloh: Wheat procurement was inaugurated on the eve of Baisakhi at the Amloh grain market. “The Punjab government has made elabborate arrangements for wheat procurement, so that farmers do not face any difficulty,” said Jagdeep Singh Cheema, halqa in-charge, at the inaugural function. The Arthiya Association chief, Harichand Mittal, officials of procurement agencies and the market committee were also present during the function. — OC



DVOR device to be operational by next Month
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 14
The Doppler Very High Frequency Omni-Directional range (DVOR) device, which was installed at the Ludhiana (Sahnewal) airport around six months ago, is expected to start functioning from next month.

If the device becomes operational, visibility requirement for flights will come down from 5 km to 2,500 m.

This will streamline the flight operations to and from the Ludhiana airport.

The flights from the Ludhiana airport had started in April 2010 and since then the airport authorities have been urging the government to upgrade the airport.

Even though the lone Ludhiana-Delhi flight had become operational, it was cancelled quiet often owing to low visibility at the Ludhiana airport.

In the absence of the DVOR device, visibility of 5,000 m is required and if the DVOR device starts functioning, the visibility requirement will come down to around 2,500 m.

Local MP and Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari said he had been informed by the chairman of the Airports Authority of India about the commissioning of Ludhiana DVOR.

He said, “The service will be made operational by May." Tewari said the airlines found it very difficult to operate in a limited space. "After the commissioning of the DVOR, the visibility will improve to a large extent," he said.

Due to frequent cancellations in the absence of proper infrastructure, the Ludhiana-Delhi flight has not been able to pick up, with a few people availing of the facility.



Hike in power tariff gives sleepless nights to residents
Pensioners welfare association demands rollback
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 14
The Northern Railway Pensioners Welfare Association has flayed the 9.06 per cent increase in power tariff. They urged the Punjab government and Punjab State Power Corporation Limited to roll back the hike as it was an unbearable financial burden for residents.

Members during the monthly meeting of the body held today with SM Sharma in the chair also opposed the free power supply to the agricultural sector.

"If the government earnestly wants the power utility to come out of the financial mess, the free power supply should be restricted to small and marginal farmers with land holding of 10 acres or less," said Sharma.

Chairman of the association Sher Singh and other speakers at the meeting expressed their reservations about the much hyped "atta-dal" scheme of the state government. Asserting that the benefit of the scheme was not reaching the "intended" beneficiaries, they said the scheme should be scrapped and instead, the government should announce unemployment allowance and monetary relief for the underprivileged.

The members lashed the Central government for not raising income tax exemption limit for senior citizens below 80 years of age to Rs 4 lakh while both the Centre and state governments came under sharp criticism for their failure to contain inflation.

Other demands raised by the pensioners included free medical care and higher concession in rail travel for senior citizens.



For a special cause: Rusk-making unit opens for differently abled children
Tribune News Service

Children perform during the inaugural ceremony in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, April 14
Adding another feather to its cap, Ek Prayaas, an institute being run by Social Action Group for children with special needs, inaugurated a rusk-making unit in collaboration with Rotary International on its premises on Pakhowal Road here today.

President of the group Samira Bector said the unit was started with the aim of providing employment opportunities to differently abled children that would boost their confidence and help them in earning their livelihood.

The school principal highlighted achievements of the school and appreciated efforts of the staff and the students. He also mentioned achievements of those students who brought laurels to the institute by winning various medals at the three-day 15th Punjab State Special Olympics held in Sangrur last year. After the inauguration ceremony, a cultural programme was also presented by the students.

They sang and danced, exhibiting their hidden capabilities.



Punjabi writers demand passing of Library Act
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 14
The general body meeting of Punjabi Sahit Akademi was organised here today. Writers, poets and persons associated with the academy attended the meeting. During the meeting, Punjabi writers demanded passing of the Library Act to uplift the Punjabi language in the state. Dr S Tarsem, a renowned writer, said it was a long-pending demand of Punjabi lovers. “Several meetings have been conducted in this regard but nothing materialised,” he said.

Gurbhajan Singh Gill, a member of the Library Act Committee, said former education minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan was about to introduce the Act in the Assembly before the state elections. “Now, a meeting for the drafting of Library Act is scheduled on April 17, and we hope that the Act would soon be passed.”

A report of activities of Punjabi Sahit Akademi was also presented during the general body meeting. General secretary Sukhdev Singh announced the budget and enumerated achievements in the past one year.



Students get warm send-off
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 14
It was a special moment for the outgoing students of the civil engineering department at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College as they attended the farewell party on the college campus.

Students spent a memorable afternoon taking part in various fun-filled activities. A cultural bonanza consisting of song and dance performances marked the occasion.

The function reached its zenith when the outgoing students sashayed down the ramp during Mr and Miss Farewell competition.

Wearing ethnic dresses and displaying unbridled confidence, they exhibited their panache amid applause. They also participated in a question-answer round in order to win the titles.



Blind murder cracked, 2 held
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, April 14
With the arrest of two persons, the police has claimed to have cracked a blind murder case. Ashok Kumar, a resident of Durgapuri in Haibowal, was murdered on the night of July 11, 2011, at his house. The killers turned out to be the brothers of Ashok's wife and the woman he tired to molest.

ACP (Crime) J Elanchezhian said Ashok Kumar used to thrash his wife Shakuntla, following which she left her in-laws' house and started living with her parents.

It was learnt that Ashok molested another woman and tried to develop physical relations with her. He even thrashed the woman in full public view.

Shakuntla's brother Naresh Kumar, a resident of Jawahar Nagar camp, wanted to settle scores with Ashok for ruining the life of his sister and the brother of the second woman whom Ashok tried to molest, Sunny Kumar, also wanted to teach Ashok a lesson.

Ashok had rented out accommodation to Sunny.

They both kept cordial relations with Ashok and planned to kill him.

On the night of July 11, 2011, there was a 'Jagran' in the area, where Ashok lived. Sunny and Naresh took liquor and the trio drank. After Ashok was done, the duo killed him and fled the house. No clue was found at that time.

“The duo was intercepted at a checkpoint near Sangam palace this morning. During questioning, they revealed that they had killed Ashok Kumar," said SHO of the division number 4 police station Vinod Kumar.

Body found

Panic spread in the Dhandari area today when the body of a 37-year-old man was found from a roadside.

The man was identified as Nand Kishor, a resident of Durga Colony, Dhandari.

The police said Nand Kishor left the house last night to attend a 'Jagran' in Dhandari area.

Residents spotted his body in the morning and informed the police about it. The body has been sent to the Civil Hospital for post-mortem.

The victim had suffered head injuries.



3 women burglars strike at shop
Tribune News Service

Jagraon, April 14
A local shopkeeper dealing in ready-made garments business was allegedly duped of clothes worth Rs 5,000 by three women in Jagraon today. The incident took place in the Anarkali Bazaar, which is one of the busiest markets of Jagraon.

The three women, who seemed to be from good families arrived at this shop and asked the shopkeeper to show them some ladies garments.

Thereafter the women selected 10 suits and allegedly asked the shopkeeper to pack them.

Gurtaj Singh, the owner of the shop, alleged that when he was packing the garments, selected by the women, one of them came to him and sprayed something on his face. "Immediately after this I fainted and when I recovered from the faintness all the women had disappeared till then. I was shocked to see that the suits selected by the women and some other garments were missing", said he.

Though Gurtaj Singh along with some other shopkeepers tried to search the women, all their efforts went in vain. According to the shopkeeper, the approximate value of the garments stolen by women was around Rs 5 thousand.

Following this, the shopkeepers of the market informed the police about the incident. However, no case has been registered by the police in this regard so far. However, Kanwalpal Singh, the SHO Jagraon said that the police had registered no case in this regard since no formal complaint had been received so far.



Thieves decamp with cash
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, April 14
Thieves struck at a house in Maha Singh Nagar in the Daba area and decamped with cash and gold ornaments worth lakhs of rupees. Kulwinder Kaur, owner of the house, said the thieves took away Rs 2.5 lakh in cash, gold ornaments and electronic appliances. She said the miscreants might be having duplicate keys of the house as after ransacking the premises they locked the main gate to make it appear that everything was normal.

On March 27, Kulwinder's husband Narang Singh and son Sonu had a scuffle with their neighbour.

Narang and Sonu were booked by the Daba police. Kulwinder Kaur had started living with her parents.



Two of family killed in road accident
Our Correspondent

Samrala, April 14
Two persons were killed while two others suffered injuries in a road accident near Neelon Bridge, Sirhand Canal. As per information, Satish Kumar Jain (50), a CA, his wife Neelam Jain, father-in-law Sripal Jain and mother-in-law Sulakshna Jain were coming back from Ludhiana after attending a wedding.

On reaching the bridge, Satish who was driving the car, lost control and rammed the vehicle into a tree. Sripal Jain and Sulakshna Jain died on the spot while Satish Kumar Jain and Neelam Jain were rushed to the Civil Hospital, Samrala, where doctors referred them to Chandigarh. The bodies of the elderly couple have been kept in the mortuary of the Civil Hospital. No case was registered till the filing of the report.



Ruckus at cinema hall

Ludhiana, April 14
Drunk miscreants created ruckus at the cinema hall of a shopping mall on Ferozepur Road last night. Eight youths entered the hall and started passing lewd remarks on the characters of film “Daddy Cool Munde Fool”.

Industrialist Rahul Verma, who was watching the film with his family, alleged that the duty guys came inside and instead of taking those guys out, they allotted seats to them. Things worsened when the youths started clicking pictures of a woman. When her husband objected to it, the youths thrashed him.

Families sitting in the hall caught hold of the miscreants.

It was learnt that they were close to some politician and were let off by police. — TNS



Dumping of waste opposed

Ludhiana, April 14
The Bharat Jan Gyan Vigyan Jatha (BJGVJ) has taken a strong note of a report published in these columns regarding the arrival of 825 tonnes of waste from Europe at dry port.

In a statement, Maj Sher Singh Aulakh (retd), president, and MS Bhatia, organising secretary of the BJGVJ, said the matter needed to be investigated as to how and in whose name the waste arrived in the city. They asked why the person concerned was refusing to take the delivery of the consignment. — OC



Girl student commits suicide

Mandi Gobindgarh, April 14
A class XII girl student, Meena Rani (19), daughter of Mukesh Kumar, resident of Kacha Santi Nagar, Mandi Gobindgarh, allegedly consumed some poisonous substance.

She was taken to the local Civil Hospital from where she was referred to Rajindra Hospital Patiala, in a serious condition, where she, breathed her last. The police has registered case. The body would be handed over to her family after postmortem. — OC



Non-residential cricket academy opened
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April 14
Veteran cricketer and chairman of the Punjab Selection Committee (seniors) Chaman Lal Malhotra inaugurated the PCA Non-Residential Cricket Academy at Arya College today. The academy is being run under the aegis of the Punjab Cricket Association at selected venues across the state where budding players (12 to 14 years) are selected and imparted training.

The players also get a chance to take part in the inter-district academy cricket tournament.

The players undergoing training at the academy were picked up during the trials conducted by the PCA recently.

Chaman Lal Malhotra told the boys that discipline, punctuality, hard work and sincerity could help a player achieve his goal," said Malhotra.

The players are Nihal Wadhera, Harmanpreet Singh, Kashish Joshi, Lovish Dhir, Tanroop, Krishna Kanojia, Shivam Dua, Vinayak Bansal, Gurvir Singh, Anubhav Bansal, Varun Sharma, Manjot Singh, Vaibhav Kalra, Aditya Vir Singh and Gokul. Satwinder Singh, an NIS cricket coach, has been appointed the in charge of the academy.

Office-bearers of the Ludhiana District Cricket Association Rajinder Nath Mahajan, Prof FC Chopra, Neelam Kanish, Vijay Aggarwal, Vinod Chitkara, Pawan Pandey, Satish Garg, Naresh Kumar and Dinesh Puri and parents of the players were also present.

They also gave tips to the players.



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