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MC lifts vehicles, students fume 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 15
It was a tense Monday afternoon for students of BCM School, Shastri Nagar, after the tehbazaari wing of the municipal corporation lifted their vehicles from outside the school.

The students, teachers, and passers-by were shocked as they could not locate their vehicles.

Though the MC authorities said it was a part of the ongoing anto-encroachment drive, school authorities said they had been singled out as they refused to toe the line of an Akali representative holding a key position in the MC.

In order to settle scores with the school authorities, the authorities harassed the students. The students had to suffer for more than an hour. The students were told that the tehbazari wing of the MC had lifted the vehicles which were parked wrongly. The students, including girls, a majority of them from Classes XI and XII, raised slogans against the MC.

Shivam, a student, said they should have given a warning before lifting the vehicles.

Principal of the school Paramjit Kaur said the authorities removed the vehicles without notice. “Moreover, the vehicles were parked along the school wall and not on the road. The action is uncalled for,” said the principal. One of the senior teachers said one of the elected representatives of the Akali Dal had asked the school to accommodate a few students which could not be done as the school did not want to do injustice to the meritorious students. "So, we have been targeted,” said the teacher. 

Part of ongoing drive: MC

Superintendent of the tehbazari wing Navin Malhotra said it was a part of the ongoing drive against encroachments. On being asked why the school was targeted, he said: “We are adhering to High Court orders. Besides, we removed encroachments from outside the KVM last month too. When the schools have their own parking areas, then why two-wheelers are parked on roads?” questioned Malhotra. He said vehicles were returned to students after issuing a warning.

Schools don’t allow vehicles

A majority of two-wheelers belonging to students are parked on the roads outside schools and colleges as educational institutions do not provide them parking space. A school principal said: “Most of the students don’t have driving licences due to age factor. How can we compromise on rules? The drive initiated by the authorities against underage drivers is justified, but the authorities should not adopt a pick-and-choose policy,” said the principal. 


Cut in petrol prices hailed 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 15
Petrol price was today cut by Re 1 per litre, without taxes, effective from midnight today. The estimated decrease in the prices in Punjab, including taxes, will be around Rs 1.20 per litre.

"It’s good news for consumers. The price of petrol was last revised on April 3 and was reduced by 85 paise (without taxes), while the price of diesel was last increased on March 23, by 45 paise," said Ashok Sachdeva, general secretary of the Petrol Pump Dealers’ Association.

“The cut in petrol prices is a welcome step," said Bhawana, a city resident.

Oil firms review the price of petrol every two weeks. While petrol prices have been deregulated since June 2010 and the price is market determined, the government still controls the price of diesel and allows only minor revisions.

As the meeting of oil companies is held between 14 and 16 of every month, people rushed to petrol stations to get the tanks filled. However, most of the petrol stations were out of stock. 



Fashion designing student ends life
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 15
A 22-year-old fashion designing student committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan in her hostel room on the campus of Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College in Model Town last night.

The deceased was identified as Tajinder Kaur, a resident of Guniana Mandi in Bathinda. She was a third semester student of MSc in fashion technology.

The incident came to light around 9 pm on Sunday when Tajinder did not come downstairs for dinner.

The girls in the hostel called her repeatedly, but she did not reply. Finally, the hostel staff called the watchmen and broke open the door. They were shocked to find Tajinder hanging from the ceiling fan.

The hostel authorities said Tajinder was putting up alone in the room for past the few days. No suicide note was found from the spot. She was introvert and used to write a diary.

Sukhpal Kaur, principal of the Guru Nanak Institute of Design and Technology, said: "She was behaving normally when we conducted the head count at 5.30 pm. We are clueless as to why she took such a step."

She said that they had informed the police and the deceased’s family members.

Davinder Kumar, SHO, Model Town, said inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC had been initiated.

The principal said Tajinder was good at studies. However, the deceased’s father Surjit Singh said that his daughter was a below average student and used to take too much stress of exam.

Class X student sets herself afire, dies

Sahnewal: A teenager committed suicide by setting herself afire here this morning. She died on the spot.

The deceased, identified as 16-year-old Rashim Tripathi, was a student of New Model School, Sahnewal, and had appeared for her Class X exams.

The deceased’s father, Harinderpal, who was inconsolable, said: “Rashim was a sensitive girl. She used to work hard but failed to score well in her exams. She was not expecting good marks in her Class X exams.”

Rashim went to the third floor of the house this morning, sprinkled kerosene on her and set herself afire. “Hearing her shrieks, we rushed to rescue her, but it was too late.

“The incident has shattered me. She and her brother were born twins .My son is so upset that he has not uttered a word after the incident,” said the inconsolable father.

ASI Narinder Kumar said inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC has been registered and the body has been sent for post-mortem to the Ludhiana Civil Hospital.

48-year-old hangs himself to death

A 48-year-old man committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan in the Shimlapuri area today.

The victim Chamkaur Singh, was involved in a property dispute, it is learnt. The incident came to light this morning when the deceased’s wife did not find Chamkaur Singh in his room. She went to look for him in the other room and was shocked to see him hanging from a ceiling fan.

She told the police that Chamkaur used to remain depressed after their neighbour allegedly usurped their property.

Investigating officer Mohd Rashid said a case under Section 306 (abetment to suicide) of the IPC has been registered against the deceased’s neighbour Devi Chand and his son Saurav. 



44-year-old man suffers a fall, dies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 15
A 44-year-old man was killed after he fell from the second floor of his house at Majit Nagar near Abdulahpur Basti last night.

It was learnt that a few youths were pelting stones at his house following a brawl involving his son.

The victim has been identified as Bakshish Singh, a cloth merchant, and a resident of Manjit Nagar.

The police said the Bakshish Singh's son Charandeep entered into a brawl with some youths of the locality last night. Bakshish intervened and resolved the matter.

It was during midnight that nearly eight unidentified youths started throwing bricks at Bakshish’s house. They broke a windowpane of the house and damaged the vehicles parked outside. When Bakshish went to the second floor to see what was on, one of the miscreants threw a brick at him which hit him on his head. He lost balance and fell from the second floor and died. The Model Town police today booked Sunny, Honey, Raju, Babbu, Prince and their three accomplices for murder. 



Wheat arrival yet to pick up at Jagraon grain market 
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, April 15
The arrival of wheat crop at the Jagraon grain market, which is the second largest grain market in Asia after the one in Khanna, has not gained the expected momentum so far. Though a bumper harvest is expected due to good weather during the season, the arrival has not yet picked up.

Usually the wheat arrival starts during the first week of April and thereafter it starts gaining momentum, but the situation is different this time around. The official procurement of wheat crop in Punjab started on Friday and four days have passed since then, the arrival of crop has been quite slow.

The delay in harvesting is considered to be the main reason behind the slow arrival. Only a few hundred quintals of wheat have arrived so far in the grain market here. Similar is the situation in majority of the grain markets located in rural areas around Jagraon.

According to the Jagraon grain market secretary, Jaswinder Singh, around 700 quintals of wheat crop has arrived yet, which is quite low as compared to the last year. "Around 700 quintals of wheat has arrived, out of which nearly 400 quintals has already been procured," said Jaswinder Singh.

Sudden influx worries market committee

The wheat arrival is expected to pick up in the coming days. Although the market committee has made elaborate arrangements for the smooth and early procurement of wheat crop, with more than 100 purchase centers been set in Jagraon, the members are worried about the expected sudden influx of the crop in coming days.

"The next few days are going to be quite hectic for us as the wheat arrival will pick-up suddenly. It will surely lead to problems related to procurement and clearing of the procured crop," said Jaswinder Singh.



DC directs company to expedite work
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 15
The authorities have taken a serious note of the delay in the completion of Wada Ghallughara Kup Rohira Memorial, which is being constructed to commemorate the sacrifice of 35,000 Sikhs, who were massacred by invader Ahmed Shah Abdali in 1762.

Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur, Kumar Rahul and SDM, Malerkotla, Rajesh Tripathi, after inspecting the site, directed the officials of the company responsible for the construction to expedite the work so that the memorial could be opened for the public.

Recognising the role of the state government in reviving the cultural heritage through memorials, the DC maintained that the Chief Minister was keen to see the memorial opened for the general public. "The department concerned has been asked to depute required staff for guiding visitors," he said. 



Illegal possession of govt shop: Block Samiti chief writes to CM
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, April 15
The controversy surrounding the alleged illegal possession of a shop owned by Block Development Office (BDO), Jagraon, took a new twist when Block Samiti Chairman Malkiat Singh Roomi complained to the Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, about the issue.

In his complaint to the Chief Minister, Roomi alleged that a local resident had been illegally occupying a shop owned by the BDO in connivance with certain local officials. Demanding an inquiry into the matter, Roomi requested the Chief Minister to intervene and get the shop vacated as soon as possible.

Apart from the Chief Minister, Roomi also submitted a memorandum to Cabinet Minister Surjit Singh Rakhra demanding an action against the person who allegedly took the illegal possession of the shop as well as the officials who allegedly misused their position and violated norms for allotting the shop.

There are many shops on the ground floor of the building housing the Block Development Office on Tehsil Road, a prime commercial area of the town. These shops were allotted to various persons on rent through an open auction. Some time back, one of the shops was sublet by a shopkeeper to another person.

Since then, Roomi and many other members of the Block Samiti have been protesting against the illegal possession.

"As per norms, the department needs to hold an auction for allotting shops on rent. But in this case, the shop was allotted on a little rent, that too without any auction,” alleged Roomi.

Roomi claimed that the person who had been occupying the shop had close ties with certain officials of the department concerned.

BDO, Jagraon, Amarjit Singh termed the allegations baseless. "This shop was sublet by the person who was the actual tenant. When the issue came to my knowledge, I immediately issued a notice to the person who has been occupying the shop. We will take an appropriate action against the guilty according to the law,” he said. 



Medical camps held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 15
Nearly 600 patients were treated at two separate medical camps here today.

One of the medical camps was organised by Swami Vivekanand Hospital and Trauma Centre at Threekay village.

The camp was conducted under the supervision of Pawan Goyal and Tarun Chandok, trustees of the hospital. Chandok said 239 people were treated at the camp.

In another free heart and medical camp, around 350 patients were examined by a team of doctors led by Dr GS Wander from the Hero DMC Heart Institute.

Free investigative tests were conducted and medicines were distributed free-of-cost to all the patients.



District needs 10 fire tenders, Admn tells Chief Secy
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 15
The District Administration has reportedly told the Chief Secretary, Government of Punjab, Rakesh Singh that the district needs at least 10 fire tenders for the market committees so that no untoward incident takes place during the procurement season in mandis.

The procurement season, which has already started, will be on for about next three months.

Sources said there were about 30 fire fighting vehicles in the district and a majority of them were in a bad shape. Experts said the life of a fire engine was about 10 years, but the fire department had to rely on the vehicles manufactured in 1980. The department has got only 10 new models since 2002.

The letter, reportedly sent today, states that there were 10 market committees in the district.

"The procurement season continues for three months in a year and fire tenders are needed to ensure that no untoward incident takes place during the procurement season in mandis. Each market committee must be directed to purchase a fire tender. These fire tenders can simultaneously be used by both the market committees and MunicipalCorporation/Municipal Committees on Purchase/Maintain basis," the letter read. In the recent past, many incidents came to light where wheat worth lakhs was gutted due to a short-circuit in the wires.

A fireman said on the peripheral areas, there was a shortage of fire fighters.

"Before taking the crop to mandis, farmers keep the stock in open fields. In case of a fire, tenders reach the spot late, thus incurring huge losses on farmers. The department needs more vehicles," said the fire fighter. 



Excise and Taxation Dept lifts cap on beer prices
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 15
Aiming at earning more revenue, the Punjab Excise and Taxation Department has lifted cap on the beer prices.

The department had put a cap on the beer prices last year. The price of light beer was fixed at Rs 70 while strong beer cost Rs 75.

After fixing the MRP, liquor mafia pocketed the profit and the department was forced to take the decision.

Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner Kanwalpreet Brar said liquor contractors were not selling beer as per the fixed price. They sold beer for Rs 120-160 per bottle which resulted in losses. The department was suffering while the contractors were making hay, he said.

A city resident said, "With the department lifting cap on the beer prices, the contractors are going to make the most of it. The department should be alert and see that beer is not sold at a high price," he added.



Opening of liquor vend opposed 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 15
The Communist Party of India (CPI) have opposed the opening of a liquor vend in Chander Nagar locality.

Party assistant secretary Dr Arun Mitra said several party workers today joined protesting residents at the Mini Secretariat and submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner expressing serious concern over the rampant use of the intoxicants including smack and heroine in the city.

"This is ruining the lives of the youngsters. It is unfortunate that drug peddlers enjoy political patronage with the result that the menace remains unchecked," stated the memorandum. The Punjab Istri Sabha and All-India Working Women Forum (WWF) have also come out in support of the residents.



Gadgets a blessing in disguise for children 
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 15
With the changing times, the way children are brought up is also changing.

Children are increasingly being exposed to technology. Many parents have started giving tablets to children as young as one or two.

Although these are aiding learning and becoming a part of the learning process, experts say the use of tablets and technology should be limited.

Children look at adults as role models and want to imitate them playing with tablets and mobile phones.

They should be allowed to access gadgets, just to satisfy their curiosity, says a city-based psychologist Dr Ravinder Kala.

"Parents should stop comparing children with others. This can lead to anxiety among children," she said.

Parents bring a sense of security among children. But when parents start pushing children, they become anxious and develop complexes.

"Children should be given a natural environment to learn," she says. "Children should not be given gadgets. They learn a lot by observing," said Dr Kala. One of the reasons why some people give gadgets and teach technology to children is to display to others that their children can use these gadgets. Parents should avoid 'displaying' the capabilities of children in front of others and praising them too much, as children tend to become attention seekers and feel bad when they don't get attention from others.



Sale of plots: GLADA nets Rs 10.42 crore
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 15
The Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) today netted Rs 10.42 crore from sale of 19 residential plots in Sector 32-A on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road.

More than 50 bidders, each having paid an eligibility fee of Rs 50,000, took part in the public auction conducted by Estate Officer RK Popli along with the additional chief administrator Baldev Singh. Popli said the total reserve price of the plots put under the hammer worked out to be Rs 8.78 crore and the total sale yielded a premium of around 20 per cent. Against the reserve price of Rs 28,150 per square yard, a plot measuring 150 square yard was sold for Rs 39,300 per square yard whereas the lowest successful bid was Rs 28,800 per square yard.

On offer for sale through public auction were six plots with an area of 125 square yard each, 11 plots measuring 150 square yards each, seven having area of 300 square yards each and three plots with area of 400 square yards each. Out of these all plots of 125 and 150 square yards were sold while one each measuring 300 and 400 square yard found the buyers. The offer for sale of six plots measuring 300 square yard and two with an area of 400 square yard each was withdrawn as the bids offered for these plots were considered on the lower side by the GLADA officials conducting the auction.

Popli said the successful bidders were required to pay 10 per cent of the total cost of plot at the fall of hammer and another 15 per cent within 30 days of the date of auction. The buyers had the option to pay the balance amount of 75 per cent in lump sum with a rebate of five per cent or in six equated half yearly instalments along with 12 per cent interest.

He said as per terms and conditions of the sale, the plots were offered on "as is where is" basis. The plots were meant to be used exclusively for residential purpose with no change of land use permissible at any stage and further that no division or sub division of the plots would be allowed.



Mentally challenged gets shelter
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 15
A mentally challenged man, who had been spending nights on a roadside, has found shelter in Guru Amar Das Apahaj Ashram, Sarabha.

On seeing the man, a few area residents called up the founder of the ashram, Dr Naurang Singh Mangat, seeking help.

Mangat rushed to the spot and brought the man to the ashram. The man has been identified as Gurdial Singh. When he was asked about his family and address, he was unable to recall anything.

He even tried to run away from the ashram.

Mangat said in the past one year, about 20 persons were provided shelter in the ashram.

The ashram is home to destitute, disabled, blind, orphans, poor, homeless and elderly.

The inmates are provided with food, medical help and nursing care.



Linesman dies of burn injuries 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 15
In a shocking accident, an assistant linesman died after a line-breaker at 66 KV power grid at Phase VII in Focal Point exploded today. The incident took place around 2.30 pm. The deceased, Laxman Singh, was a resident of Ballo Ke Road, Haibowal. "The breaker developed a snag. When Laxman went to fix it, it exploded." Laxman suffered 100 per cent burns. He died on the spot. The police reached the spot and started investigations.

Man electrocuted

A man died after coming in contact with high-tension electricity wires.

The deceased was identified as Raj Kumar of the Gagan Vihar area.

The incident took place last evening. He died on the spot.



students’ creativity being affected
Education Department directs school heads to check use of help books
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 15
Showing concern over the use of help books and guides by teachers and students of government schools, the education department has asked heads and teachers of schools to ensure that these books do not find their way to the campus.

Taking cognizance of observations made by teams inspecting schools in the past months, Director General (School Education) Kahan Singh Pannu has advised all the district education officers and heads of various government schools to not allow the use of help books and guides in schools.

Maintaining that teachers of the government schools were highly qualified and experienced, Pannu said the use of these books was a major impediment to the learning process. "Use of help books and guides is leading to a decline in the creativity of students, which is affecting their intelligence and curiosity," reads his directive.

Directing heads of schools and subject teachers to obey orders in letter and spirit, Pannu also advised inspecting teams to ensure strict compliance in schools.

Observations had revealed that majority of the students in government as well as private schools were increasingly depending on help books and guides. Textbooks supplied free-of-cost to students by the government had mostly remained unused during the past years. Subject teachers were no exception to the trend as a large number of them were observed to have consulted this relatively poorer study material for teaching purposes.

Although a few years ago the administration had taken a serious note of this tendency and warned the teachers against the use of help books and guides, a poor follow-up resulted in the reemergence of the trend.

Allurement given to teachers by publishers for recommending these books to students and the hefty commission given to sellers are cited to be the major factors behind the increased use of this restricted literature. Some publishers give up to fifty per cent commission to sellers which is learnt to be divided among sellers and school authorities.

With intent to improve the standard of education in government and private schools, certain organisations had urged the administration to ban the use of help books and guides.



Schools welcome open-book system
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 15
Local schools and students have given a thumbs-up to the open-book system of examination that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is set to introduce. Students are eagerly waiting for the open-book section that will carry 20 per cent weightage in the final examination of Classes IX-XI from the current academic session and in Class XII board examination from the next year.

"The proposal is a welcome step. Once the proposal is finalised and implemented it will definitely help students," said Paramjit Kaur, principal, BCM Arya Model School.

“The idea is to do away with rote learning and improve students' ability to understand and apply concepts. Generally students do not understand the concepts but just cram them, which does not help them in the long run. To make students go deep and understand things is the motive behind starting the open-book system,” said Navdeep, a school teacher.

The open-book section will be introduced in all subjects in Classes IX and X. At the Class XII level, however, the CBSE has identified only four subjects to start with: Biology, economics, geography and a language. Case studies from each subject will be given four months in advance, i.e. in November this year. All questions in the final exam will be from the given material.

The open-book examination will be a part of the Summative Assessment II for Class IX and also for those students who opt for the school-based Class X exam under the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) scheme. The CBSE would release guidance material for students and parents to help them prepare for the examination



Vet varsity opens admissions 

Ludhiana: Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University opened admissions to various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in veterinary, fisheries and dairy technology for 2013-14. 

The admission to undergraduate programmes are made on the basis of Common Entrance Test (CET) to be held on June 26. The prospectus along with application forms will be available from April 15 onwards from the office of Dean, College of Veterinary Science. The last date to apply is May 10. The admission to master's programmes is based on the merit of the qualifying examination. The last date to apply is June 28. — TNS



From schools and colleges

English competition

Around 50 students from various schools took part in an English reading and writing competition. The event, attended by students from Ryan International School, DCM Presidency School, USPC Jain Public School, Sacred Heart Convent School, KVM School and St Thomas School, was conducted to analyse the basic language skills of the children. Mehakdeep Kaur of Sacred Heart Convent School, Sector 39, stood first, while Jasneet Kaur of USPC Jain Public School, Jamalpur, got the second position and Surveen Kaur of St Thomas School bagged the third spot. Kamal Sehgal, founder chairman and CEO of the organising institute, Career Tracks, gave away cash prizes to winners.

Students meet senior citizens

Students of Doraha Group of Institutes visited Heavenly Palace, home for senior citizens, on Baisakhi. The event was attended by residents of old-age homes run by the NGO in New Delhi, Amritsar, Ropar and Jalandhar. Renowned agricultural economist and philanthropist Dr SS Johl welcomed the guests and participants on the occasion. He said the NGO was running many welfare programmes for the poor. Magic show, puppet show and dance performances were part of the celebrations. Students took part in bhangra, giddha, skit and other events.


Drishti Dr RC Jain Innovative Public Senior Secondary School, Narangwal village, Pakhowal Road, brought laurels to the city by being recognised at the national-level for its eco-friendly practices. Around 750 schools from across the nation and from Sri Lanka had sent entries to the Centre for Science and Environment, Government of India, for an audit of ‘green’ school. The local school was considered as one of the best waste managers. The five students representing the school impressed the audience by their presentation on the eco-friendly practices followed by school. The centre acknowledged the successful composting campaign of the school through which it manages to reuse 97 per cent of its waste material and water.

Baisakhi celebrations

Baisakhi was celebrated at DRV DAV Centenary Public School, Phillaur, to mark the beginning of the harvest season. A special assembly was organised in which teachers delivered speeches and students presented a role play on the constitution framed by Dr BR Ambedkar. Tiny tots presented an energetic bhangra performance. Vice-principal Rita Kalia addressed students and told them about the importance of Baisakhi.

Ram Lal Bhasin School

Ram Lal Bhasin Public School organized Baisakhi. Students came attired in folk dresses. Giddha, bhangra, and other folk performances were presented. Director of the institute S Verma along with the principal, Mona Thakur, told students about the importance of Baisakhi and its relevance to the Punjabi culture. They also enlightened them about the fairs at Anandpur Sahib and Amritsar.

Green Land School

Baisakhi was celebrated with great zeal and excitement at Green Land Convent School, Civil City. The kindergarten wing and the staff members came dressed in Punjabi attires. The function began with a group folk song, ‘Tappe’, which highlighted the historical background of festivals in Punjab. The primary wing presented folk dances. The senior section students took part in an inter-house group dance competition. Students were made aware about the rural life of Punjab through the display of phulkari, charkha, chhaj, chatti, madhani, pakhi, chulha, etc.

Annual fest

The three-day annual fest of the RIMT College of Architecture, Mandi Gobindgarh, Shilp Master 2013, was inaugurated by chairman Dr Hukam Chand Bansal. Students of the college divided in four groups — Romans, Aryans, Greeks and Egytians — participated in events related to mural design, panel design, quiz, paper presentation, debate on architecture-related topics, sketching, face painting, clay modelling, duet song, skit, mono acting, and Mr and Ms Fresher. — TNS



Ludhiana scan

Baisakhi celebrations

Baisakhi was celebrated by members of Gayatri Ladies’ Club amid beats of dhol. The members danced on popular songs and also staged a comedy skit. New office-bearers of the club led by Jyoti Goyal organised the event. Tambola was also played on the occasion. Members of the club were given surprise gifts. All the women enjoyed Navratra delicacies. "As people generally don't celebrate festivals together because of their busy schedules, ladies’ clubs give them an opportunity to socialise and share festivities,” a club member said.

Councillors meet MC chief

Independent councillors came on a common platform for redressal of their problems. A group of around eight independent councillors met MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma and apprised him of the civic problems being faced in their respective wards. The independent councillors who met the MC Commissioner included Raghbir Singh Beera from Ward No. 33, Anita Krishan Kharbanda from Ward No. 32, Kashmir Kaur from Ward No. 26, Jasbir Singh Jassa from Ward No. 40, Gurpreet Singh Khurana from Ward No. 37, Kulwant Kaur from Ward No. 24, Kala Navkar Jain from Ward No. 19, and Neha Nayyar from Ward No. 38.

Protest against price rise

The Marxist Communist Party of India (MCPI) will stage a protest against rising prices, unemployment and corruption at the Mini-Secretariat on April 25. The party members will also submit a memorandum to district authorities on demands of the working class and peasantry. The state committee meeting of the party opposed the policy of deregulation of petrol and diesel prices and cut in the subsidy on cooking gas and many other items. The party also opposed the hike in 
power tariff.

Blood donation camp

A blood donation camp was organised by Bhai Ghanaya Mission Sewa Society on the occasion of Baisakhi at Gurdwara Manji Sahib, Aalamgir. Inderjit Singh Makkar, general secretary of Youth Akali Dal inaugurated the camp. “Blood donation is a unique way of serving the humanity and people should come forward for this noble cause,” he said.


Satwinder Singh Boparai has been appointed as the president of Fatehgarh Sahib chapter of Kissan Youth Organization of India. "We are committed to solving problems of farmers along with the youth. We will also be helping those addicted to drugs in coming out of this hell," he said.

Teachers flay merger

During a meeting of the Government School Teachers' Union, Ludhiana, members flayed the merger of around 1380 schools under the rationalisation policy. Both teachers and students would suffer due to this policy, said Parveen Kumar, general secretary of the union. The merger will result in abolition of regular posts of teacher in schools. Besides, students will have to travel further distances if schools were merged, he said.


A meeting of Central Direct Taxes Advisory Committee was held in which some important decisions were taken. As per one of the decisions, Income Tax Officers will not be allowed to fix the cases for scrutiny decisions for this financial year. The scrutiny will be done according to the Computer Tracking System. TDS will be refunded to the payer irrespective of the fact whether the returns were filed or not.


Prof Kulwant Singh Jagraon Yaadgiri Award will be conferred upon Prof Kamalpreet Kaur Sidhu. She will be given this award for her poetic composition ‘Uneendre Chiraag’. This award is given every year by the family of Prof Kulwant Singh to a young and promising writer.

Awareness on kidney stone

Kidney stones can be caused due to dehydration, which happens due to a rise in temperature. The water loss due to sweating in summers leads to higher urine concentrations, which in turn increases the risk of kidney stone formation, said Dr Anand Sehgal, chief urologist, RG Stone Urology and Laparoscopy Hospital. “It is advisable to regularly drink water. A rough formula is a glass of water every hour,” he said.

Saving birds

A movement to save and take care of birds has been launched by Paanchi Sewa Samiti, Rakh Bagh. Ashok Thapar, president of the body, said the population of birds was decreasing and the onus lied on humans to do something. "It is our responsibility to save birds and we should take every step to ensure their security," he said.

Development works

Keeping in view the upcoming panchayat elections, Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, PWD Minister, Punjab, inaugurated many development works in the Sahnewal constituency. He laid foundation stone of a new block at Government High School, Kohara. The villagers had been demanding construction of new rooms. Dhillon said Rs 50 lakh would be spent on the construction over the next two months.

Awareness camp

An awareness camp on Venture Capital Assistance Scheme (VCAS) was organised by Small Farmer Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC). The scheme offers venture capital to set up agri-business projects.

Bank opens branch

The Oriental Bank of Commerce opened its 2,005th branch at Jhar Sahib in Chuharpur village, Samrala. It is the 72nd branch under Regional Office, Ludhiana. Shashi Jain, deputy general manager and regional head, Ludhiana, said the bank crossed the milestone of Rs 3,00,000 crore business with 2,000 branches at the close of 2012-13.

Cycle industry body meets

An emergency meeting of the managing committee of the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association was held under the presidentship of Gurmeet Singh Kular. In the meeting there was a discussion on the hike in power tariff, VAT refund and property tax. After a long discussion, it was unanimously decided that a meeting will be held on April 17 to decide the further course of action. — TNS

Man run over by train

Ludhiana: Listening to mobile phone while crossing a railway track proved fatal for 32-year-old man as he was run over by a train near the grain market at Gill Road on Monday. The victim was identified as Karamjit Singh. He was working at a workshop near the railway track. Before he could react, he was run over by the train. — TNS



Woman accuses estranged husband of abduction, raging modesty
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 15
A woman of Brahampur village has accused her husband of allegedly beating her in public and raging her modesty by detaining her illegally at a deserted place on Friday. She was allegedly abducted from a local bus stand when she came here for work.

The police has booked her husband, Balwinder Singh of Dhaipayee village, under Sections 365 and 323. The complainant was admitted for a medical examination to Civil Hospital, Sangrur.

The couple was married around eight years ago. They have a daughter. The complainant had started living at her maternal house after a domestic dispute around six months back. Both are embroiled in litigation against each other.

The woman alleged some other persons accompanied the accused during the incident and she was threatened that they would harm her brother in case she resisted.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the complainant had been detained against her wish, but the police was yet to verify allegations regarding physical exploitation. 



Goraya police nabs two robbers
Had allegedly chopped off a scrap dealer’s hand on April 8
Ashok Kaura

Phillaur, April 15
The Goraya police today arrested two members of an inter-district gang of the robbers who had allegedly chopped a scrap dealer’s hand during a robbery bid on the Rurrki-Ghurrka road near Goraya on the night of April 8.

The accused, identified as Parambir Singh and Lakhwinder Ram of Nawanpind Naichian village, have been booked under Sections 397 and 307 of the IPC.

DSP, Phillaur, Paramjit Singh Pannu said the police recovered one motorcycle, a sharp-edged weapon and 500 gms of a contraband from the accused.

He said the victim, Santokh Lal, was returning to his village, Gurrka, on his cycle, when the motorcycle-borne robbers stopped him and asked him to hand over his money to them. He was carrying only Rs 350. When he resisted, the robbers chopped his left hand and sped away.

DSP Pannu said a police party headed by SHO, Goraya, Sarabjit Singh Rai raided several places and succeeded to nab the accused on Pasla Road today. SHO Sarabjit Singh Rai said the arrested gang members were wanted by the police in more than dozen incidents of robbery and snatching in Phillaur, Goraya, Zandiala, Noormahal and Apra.

Earlier, Santokh Lal was admitted to the Phillaur Civil Hospital. Senior Medical Officer, Phillaur, Dr Hari Singh said the victim was recovering, but his chopped hand could not be joined back. 



Crime brief

NRI booked for demanding dowry

The police has booked a Spain-based NRI and his family members residing in Patiala for demanding dowry. Gopal Krishan, SHO, NRI police station, said the accused, Lovepreet Singh (groom) now settled in Spain, his father Surinder Singh and his mother Sukhdev Kaur, were booked under Sections 406 and 498-A IPC for criminal breach of trust and subjecting a married woman to cruelty. The complainant, Amandeep Kaur, a resident of Police Colony, said she got married to Lovepreet Singh in 2008. Soon after the marriage, her in-laws started demanding dowry. In the meantime, Lovepreet went abroad and snapped all ties with her. She was facing a tough time and finally she approached the police and got the case registered.

Surprise check

The police today conducted a surprise check at the railway station. A team led by ACP North J Elanchezhian reached the station and frisked passengers. The ACP said such drives kept anti-social aliments at bay. The drive continued for nearly an hour.

2 snatchings reported

Two incidents of snatching and robbery were reported in the city today. In the first incident, a man carrying a sharp-edged weapon entered a boutique and robbed its owner of Rs 10,000 and bangles at Saidan Chowk near Daresi. The complainant, Rajni Kapoor, said the man entered her boutique at 4.30 pm on the pretext of collecting a suit which her wife had given for stitching. He then asked Rajni if she had installed CCTV cameras in the boutique. On learning that there were no cameras, the man pulled out a sharp-edged weapon (kirpan) and threatened to kill her and her workers. She handed over cash and bangles to him. In the second incident, a youth riding a motorcycle snatched gold earrings from an elderly woman in BRS Nagar, I Block, this evening. The victim, Rajinder Kaur Dhami, was on foot. She reported the matter to the police.

Truck overturns

A major tragedy was averted when a sand-laden truck overturned at Rajguru Nagar, C Block, today. The incident took place near Sandhi Beaker around 9.30 am when a truck carrying goods was going towards a basement which was under construction. As soon as it entered the basement, it turned turtle. The driver of the truck had a narrow escape. Sarabha SHO Nagar Mandeep Singh said that driver and conductor escaped unhurt. Three persons were killed at the grain market near the Jalandhar bypass a few weeks ago after a basement gave way.

Man found dead

A man was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his residence in the Division No. 2 area. He was identified as Mohan Gupta (42).The deceased was a mechanic. The incident came to light when Gurcharan Kaur, owner of the house, knocked at the door Gupta's room. When he did not open the door, she entered the room and found Mohan lying on the floor. She raised the alarm. The police reached the spot and sent the body to the Civil Hospital for post-mortem.

Snatching bid foiled

A resident of Parkash Nagar foiled a snatching attempt in the Jawaddi area on Sunday night. The complainant, Pinku, said he was taking an evening walk when three motorcycle-borne youths intercepted him and asked him to hand over cash to them. When Pinku resisted, they overpowered him and tried to take away cash from his pocket.Pinku raised the alarm and passersby rushed to help him. While two snatchers managed to flee, the third one was overpowered by the passersby, who thrashed him black and blue before handing him over to the police. The police said the snatchers were chronic drug addicts.



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