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Schools refuse to pay enhanced cost
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 16
The temples of learning in the city that were allotted huge chunks of land in posh localities by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) for a pittance seem to be in no mood to pay the enhancement.

Not only this, the Trust authorities failed to recover dues worth several lakhs from schools. Information provided by the LIT under the Right to Information Act to Rohit Sabharwal, president, Council of RTI Activists, revealed that 9.55 acres were allotted to Sacred Heart Covent School in the Sarabha Nagar area at the rate of Rs 20,000 per acre. The reserve price of the adjoining land was Rs 27 per square yard, which roughly works out to be anything between Rs 85,000 and Rs 90,000 per acre.

Other beneficiary schools which were allotted land on subsidised rates in the Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar locality, a posh residential area, include DAV Public School (32,000 square yards), CFC Public School (10,212 square yards) at Rs 25 per square yard and Sacred Heart Convent School (13,020 square yards) at Rs 14 per square yards. The reserve price of the adjoining land in this colony at that particular period was Rs 50 per square yard.

As per the conditions governing the allotment of land by the LIT, the allottees are bound to pay the enhancement, if any, which becomes payable to the owners for the acquired land at any subsequent stage following the orders of the court. And this is where the beneficiary schools defaulted on payments. The LIT officials also failed to discharge their duty diligently for the recovery of the enhanced cost.

Information provided by the Trust revealed that DAV Public School and CFC Public School were asked to pay an enhanced rate of Rs 14 per square yard in November 1985. In December 2012, they were asked to pay Rs 22 per square yard.

In other words, DAV School and CFC School have defaulted on the payment of Rs 4.48 lakh and Rs 1.42 lakh from November 1985. The amount has increased manifold as the LIT charges 18 per cent annual interest on dues. The three beneficiary schools located in BRS Nagar owe around Rs 12.15 lakh by way of enhancement of Rs 22 per square yard that was demanded in December 2012.

Officials of the Trust claimed that demand notices were served on the schools, but despite several reminders, the enhanced cost of land had not been deposited to date.


Now, get your building plan sanctioned in a day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
There is good news for city residents. The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has launched the Saral scheme under which the building plans will be sanctioned in a day. Initially, the building plans of plots up to 200 square yards will be sanctioned.

Residents will only have to provide the dimensions of the plot and the area to be covered. There is no need to provide three sets of drawings, internal dimensions, details or drawings to the MC.

As per the building bylaws, residents have to provide details such as the size of doors, windows and height of the building at the time of submitting the building plan. But under the Saral scheme, no such details will have to be provided.

Interestingly, the Finance and Contracts Committee as well as the state government are yet to clear the scheme.

MC Additional Commissioner Isha Kalia said the scheme was launched as not many residents were coming to get their building plans approved. “With the new scheme, we expect that a large number of residents will get their building plans sanctioned. They just need to fill a form and submit it at the Suvidha centres,” she said.



8 hurt as two groups clash over land
Our Correspondent

Bricks and stones on the street where the clash took place
Bricks and stones on the street where the clash took place. Tribune photo: Gurminder Grewal

Khanna, April 16
The ongoing tussle between two groups at Kot Panaich village over land took an ugly turn when some group members clashed leaving eight persons, including two women, injured.

The injured were rushed to the Khanna Civil Hospital. Eyewitnesses said the situation took an ugly turn when some Dalits demanded plots from the panchayat. This was opposed by members of the upper caste families as they said the land was meant for a playground.

Last night, the two groups entered into a brawl and hurled bricks at each other, said an eyewitness.

The members of the Dalit community alleged that they were attacked by the other group. The allegations were denied by the members of the other group.

Following the clash, heavy police force was deployed in the village.

Khanna SSP S Bhoopti said the police has registered a case. “No one will be allowed to take law in their hands. The situation is under control and police officials are camping in the village and keeping a close watch on the situation.”



Income Tax Dept to ‘name and shame’ habitual tax evaders
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
The Income Tax department has decided to name and shame chronic tax defaulters by publicising their names and addresses. It is in the process of finalising the procedures of compiling the names and cases pertaining to habitual tax dodgers and subsequently uploading them on its website.

Defaulters who have either a huge outstanding tax against their name and are absconding or they have been dodging the taxes for a number of times will now see their names on the department's website and public will be informed against such people.

"Our public campaign where we asked taxpayers to pay their dues has been a success. Now we will be adopting the name and shame policy to handle the chronic defaulters," said a senior IT official.

It is expected that the department would upload the names and addresses of tax evaders on the lines of the ‘wanted’ list uploaded by enforcement agencies like the police and investigating agencies like the CBI and the NIA on their portals.

"We have written to the taxpayers, sent notices and even asked for voluntary compliance, but some cases are tough to crack and we have no other option but to identify them," the official said.

The department may also consider measures to publish the names of such defaulters in newspapers as well.



Tremors panic residents
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana/Jagraon, April 16
A powerful earthquake and a series of strong aftershocks on Wednesday sent people scurrying from buildings. People rushed out of their houses, shops and offices after strong tremors were felt around 4.15 pm. The tremors lasted for 45 seconds followed by several aftershocks.

People were seen standing outside their homes and offices even several minutes after the quake. The panicked residents were also seen making phone calls to their relatives. Some remained glued to television screens to get the updates of the earthquake.

"After lunch, I was watching an IPL match while my son was sleeping. Suddenly I felt my bed shaking. I picked up my son and ran out of the house. When I came out, I saw several residents already standing outside their houses," said Ravinder Kumar, a resident.



Health dept, police raid 21 medical stores, drugs seized
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
On the directions of the Commissioner of Police, Ludhiana, Ishwar Singh and Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash Batta, five joint teams of the police and the health department today raided 21 medical stores in all five zones of the city.

Zonal licensing authority, drugs, Ludhiana, Dinesh Gupta said: “Five teams conducted the raids. Each team comprised a drug officer, an ACP and the area SHO. The drug inspectors included Lajwinder Singh, Roop Preet Kaur, Balram Luthra, Sukhbeer Chand and Navjot Kaur."

He said in a majority of shops, the team found contraventions in sale purchase record. The chemists will be issued notices and action will be taken against them as per the provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.

He said the seized habit-forming drugs that were without bill from Guru Nanak Medical Hall, Sunet. These included Rexcoff syrups, a packet of phinotill and 18 strips of allprazolam.

The administration has urged the chemists not to sell drugs without prescription.



Civic body fails to install safety grills on accident-prone Elevated Road
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has failed to install grills at the sharp curve on Elevated Road. Many lives have been lost in accidents on the road. After every mishap on the road, officials of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation visit the spot and claim that safety grills would be installed on the stretch for the safety of residents. But nothing has been done to date.

A 15-year-old boy, Gurpreet Kumar, died in an accident on the road in February. Even then, the MC had claimed that grills would be installed.

Due to the callous attitude of the MC, some NGOs and social organisations have also been holding protest outside MC Commissioner's official residence. One such organisation held a 'matka phod' protest outside MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma's residence today.

It is learnt that when the proposal of installing safety grills on the road reached the MC Commissioner's office, he was surprised to see that the officials had proposed installation of safety grills on a 1-km stretch at a cost of Rs 60 lakh. However, senior MC officials felt that the safety grills should be installed at the accident-prone site only.

Later, another proposal regarding installation of grills on a 250m stretch was prepared. This will cost Rs 18 lakh to the civic body.

MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma said he was going through the proposal and the MC would float the tenders in the next few days.



Railway tracks breeding ground for rats
No pest control management to keep a check on rodents
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

A file photo of a railway track at the Ludhiana railway station
A file photo of a railway track at the Ludhiana railway station.

Ludhiana April 16
In the absence of pest control management at the city railway station, rats and cockroaches have become a menace on tracks, trains and platforms. The railway authorities have failed to sign a contract with a private company to control the pests in the past one and half years.

The railway authorities had hired a private pest control firm two years ago. But after some time, the contractor left the job.

The situation has become worse at the railway station as rats and cockroaches can be seen roaming around in trains and railway tracks.

Earlier, the pest control workers used to be on duty of the Chief Health Officer at the railway station, but now, it is the responsibility of the engineering wing at the railway station, but there is no change on ground with the change of the departments.

Except from Track no.1 and 2, all other tracks are in a poor condition. Filthy track provide breeding ground for these pests.

Ravinder Sharma, Station Superintendent, said, "Rats are less in number on railway track 1 and 2 as the water cleaning system exists on these tracks.

On our own, we are making efforts to keep them in check. We hope that the Railways will hire a pest control firm soon and that should solve the problem".



Gold price continues to fluctuate
Ends at Rs 26,500 per 10 gram on Tuesday; recovery marginal
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
Gold prices continued to fluctuate even today. The price of gold today ended at Rs 26,500 per 10 gram while yesterday it ended at Rs 27,600. During the day the price also went down to Rs 26,300 and then recovered again.

Jewellers were relieved after the gold prices began recovering marginally. "Customers should not panic as the gold prices will normalise in a short while. Selling pressure has led to downfall in the prices. People who were waiting for the prices to go down further today came out of their houses to buy gold as the price rose marginally," said Anand Sikri, president of the Ludhiana Jewellers Association."While some are waiting for the prices to come down further others are taking the plunge and buying gold. Gold is a part of our culture so people think it is wise to buy when the prices go down. Many customers came today to buy even as the prices continued to fluctuate," added Mala Dhanda, another jeweller form the city.

The main reason for gold's short-term fall in prices is the rise of dollar due to the economic crisis in Europe. The dollar has also moved up on the hopes that the US economy is recovering from its crises, which could nudge the Federal Reserve to withdraw the stimulus package earlier than expected. Some investors were seen shifting money from safe havens like gold to riskier assets like stocks. "It does not mean you should dump gold from your portfolio. It is too early to do so. One should be careful because the metal is trading close to its long-term support levels," added Harman Ahuja, a broker.



procurement season
Farmers spend sleepless nights
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh/Payal, April 16
Harvesting period is giving sleepless nights to farmers of the area. Those who have chosen to harvest unripe wheat are panicky due to intermittently inclement weather. The others, who preferred to wait for the grain to ripe, apprehend losses due to delayed harvesting.

Commission agents also feel sandwiched between producers and officials of procurement agencies.

While the farmers pressurise them to 'manage' immediate procurement and lifting, the officials threaten to initiate action against them in case the producers are allowed to dump moisture-laden heaps in the yards.

Acknowledging the gravity of the situation, Vidhan Sabha Speaker and Payal MLA Charanjit Singh Atwal said he had advised the authorities in various procurement agencies to realise problems of the peasants and get the needful done for drying the produce if brought in markets with reasonably higher content of moisture. At the same time he stressed on sensitisation of farmers against harvesting unripe crops.

Farmers led by Baldev Singh Latala and Sikandar Singh Jartauli, general secretary and vice-president of the Punjab Kisan Sabha, regretted that the officials of the market committees had failed to impress upon the commission agents to make necessary arrangements for protecting heaps of wheat from adversaries of weather. Situation is worse in those markets and purchase centres where the produce has been dumped on kutcha ground in the open. Latala and Jartauli urged the authorities to impress upon the commission agents to arrange sufficient number of good quality PVC sheets to cover heaps in case of showers.

District Food Controller Sona Thind, AFSO Narinder Singh and Payal SDM Mohinder Singh assured Atwal that every effort would be made to purchase and lift produce brought by farmers in a liberalised manner.

Wheat destroyed in fire

Mandi Ahmedgarh: Wheat spread over 8 acres was destroyed in fire incidents that took place at different places today.

Stubble was also gutted. Sparking in high-tension loose power cables is being cited as the reason behind the fire. Investigations revealed that wheat and stubble standing in fields measuring about 10 acres was destroyed in fire incidents that took place at different place on Tuesday afternoon. Wheat crop standing in fields of Gurbachan Singh of Pohir village (3 acres) and Niranjan Singh of Dehlon village and Major Singh of Pohir (2.5 acres each) was gutted.

Villagers controlled the fire. Activists of the Punjab Kisan Sabha led by Baldev Singh Latala and Sikandar Singh Jartauli have demanded compensation.



Residents want officials to start work on judicial complex
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 16
Feeling isolated both administratively and politically after the reorganisation of Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies, residents of the town have urged the administration to start the construction of a judicial complex.

Residents led by patron of the Social Welfare Organisation Tarsem Garg, BJP division president Surjit Gogna and chairman, backward classes wing, Jaswinder Singh Sond regretted that seeking justice in court of law was a real ordeal for the residents as the present judicial complex was situated at a distance of about 22 km at Malerkotla. The residents have to shell out extra money for shuttling between the town and the complex.

"Any adverse situation causing a delay in reaching the court might affect the outcome of a case," apprehended residents.

Residents maintained that the new judicial complex would also revive trade and business in the town.

President of the municipal council Ravinder Puri said, "We have sent a proposal to the Punjab and Haryana High Court demanding establishment of a judicial complex. In case the demand is accepted, the council will also provide land measuring 8.5 bighas at Haathi Tobha," said Puri.

Referring to extant policies, Chetan Sharma, executive officer, said the judicial complex could be established where people had to travel more than 15 km to seek justice.



Newborn's death: Family approaches Commissioner
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
The father of the newborn, who died at Satgur Partap Singh Apollo Hospital on April 14, approached the Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh, alleging negligence on the part of doctors. Ramandeep Singh demanded that a criminal case be registered against the doctors who were responsible for his child’s death.

Following a protest by the family, the hospital authorities had agreed to mark an inquiry into the matter. The family today launched a campaign 'Mother without baby' on a social networking site.

"We want justice. The police should register a case against the doctors. We have launched a crusade and want people to support us," said Tamandeep Singh, a family member.

Dr Kapil Chibb, deputy director, Satguru Partap Singh Apollo Hospital, Ludhiana, said, "The inquiry report has ruled out negligence on the part of the doctors.

Now, we are looking into the allegation levelled by the family against the doctors' misconduct."



corruption at government offices
Poor response to toll-free number
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
To root out corruption, the Vigilance Department launched a toll-free number (1800-1800-1000) a week ago, but to date not even a single complaint has been filed by anyone. The department got the number pasted at all the sub-registrar offices. It has also displayed the number on buses.

"Following a number of complaints, we have pasted the number at all the sub-registrar offices to curb corruption," said SSP (Vigilance) Satinder Pal Singh.

When asked if the department had received any complaint in the past one week, the SSP said to date no complaint had been filed by anyone.

"Our motive is to make the public aware that they can contact us if officials or staff demand money from them and their identity will be kept secret," said the SSP.

But the recent raids at the sub-registrar office (West) has certainly jolted both the officials and staff.

"Tehsildars/naib-tehsildars/staff are all scared after the raids. Most of the work is done in the first half of the day at sub-registrar office (West)," said a tehsildar.

Rampant corruption in the sub-registrar offices refuses to die down. Yesterday, a person was "thrashed" by a few youngsters at the 'behest' of a patwari at Transport Nagar as the former refused to grease the palms of the staff for getting a simple farad. But no departmental action has been taken against the accused.

Naib tehsildar joins office

Naib tehsildar Harminder Sidhu, whose name was taken by an accused in a corruption case during the recent raids by the Vigilance Department on the sub-registrar office (West), joined the office on Monday. Neither the Revenue Department nor the Vigilance Department has initiated any enquiry against Sidhu due to his "well-established political links". SSP (Vigilance) Satinder Pal Singh Sidhu said the department was recording the statements of the staff and as and when required Sidhu would be called for questioning.

Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari said that department would take any action only when the Vigilance Department would write about it. "The case is with the Vigilance Department and it is investigating it," said Tiwari.



MC puts off demolition drive
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation yesterday postponed a demolition drive in Industrial Area. This is the third time that the drive has been postponed. The MC had decided to remove permanent encroachments on government land and streets.

The drive was postponed as the MC officials claimed that they did not get the required number of police personnel for assisting them in the drive.

For the removal of encroachments, the MC had prepared an action plan under which all encroachments would be removed from the city in a phased manner.

The action plan was prepared following the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

But after the February 26 drive, the civic body has been putting off the drives for one reason or the other.

In Industrial Area and Textile Colony, the MC had to remove a total of 406 encroachments.

As the MC was not able to carry out the drive on April 9 and 12, the authorities decided to clear the encroachments yesterday.

When the MC had planned the drive on April 10, it had demanded 300 police personnel, including policewomen.

But yesterday, they got 110 policemen.

MC Additional Commissioner Isha Kalia confirmed that the drive had to be postponed due to inadequate police force. "The police department told us that most of the personnel were on Navratra duty. But this does not mean that we have cancelled the drive," she said.

Drives that could not be carried out

  • Demolition of 30 shops in the Gur Mandi area on March 13
  • Demolition of 22 shops in Talaab Bazaar on March 21
  • Demolition of 64 structures from Sem Wala Nullah in Haibowal on April 2
  • Removal of encroachments from Industrial Area and Textile Colony on April 9 and 12

Demolition drives this month

  • April 22: Haibowal Kalan (56 encroachments have to be removed)
  • April 30: Saban Bazaar, Brown Road and Jail Road (10 encroachments are to be removed)

MC’s dilemma

The MC officials postponed the demolition drive as they claimed that only a few police personnel were accompanying the team. Most of the officials were on Navratra duty, they said.



Power utility staff go on statewide strike from today
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 16
Employees of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) and its transmission wing - Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited, will go on a statewide one-day strike from midnight today to protest against the failure of the respective managements to implement most of the accepted demands.

Under the banner of the PSEB Employees Federation (AITUC), Punjab, employees for West, Janta Nagar, Sunder Nagar, Aggar Nagar, Estate and Model Town divisions under the central zone held gate rallies today to focus on the pending demands which have hanging fire even after several rounds of meetings between the trade union leaders and the management.

Addressing the rally, Mushtaq Masih, state secretary of the PSEBF, charged the managements of PSPCL and PSTCL of going back on its promises and inflicting gross injustice on the employees who were agitating to seek security of service, better working conditions, removal of anomalies in pay scales, provisions for promotion channels and monetary benefits that were due to them.

Serving a warning to the managements of power utility, Masih and other activists of the federation said that if the accepted demands were not put into immediate effect, the employees would be left with no other choice but to further intensify the agitation.



Now, entry tax on vehicles purchased from outside state

Ludhiana, April 16
The Punjab government has imposed entry tax on vehicles if purchased from outside the state, but are brought into the local area of the state for the purpose of registration under the Motor Vehicle Act.

The entry tax will not be applicable on taxable person who is registered under the Punjab Value Added Tax Act 2005, and exclusively deals in the sale and purchase of motor vehicles.The tax will be applicable to those buying vehicles from outside the state ."Before submission of the documents of such vehicles for registration in the office of the registering authority or within a period of one month from the date of bringing such motor vehicles into the local areas of the state of Punjab, whichever is earlier," said a taxation official. — TNS




Airshow at school

Visual treat: Students enjoy an air show at Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, in Ludhiana on Tuesday
Visual treat: Students enjoy an air show at Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan report

NCC cadets with a damaged toy plane during an airshow at Guru Nanak Public School in Ludhiana on Tuesday
NCC cadets with a damaged toy plane during an airshow at Guru Nanak Public School in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana: In a bid to encourage students to join the Armed Forces, Mona Singh, Principal Guru Nanak Public School, invited Wg Cdr SS Kaila, Commanding Officer of No 4 (Pb) Air Sqn NCC, to deliver a lecture. The school's NCC officer, Gurdeep Singh, was the coordinator. The event started with a scintillating Aero-model Airshow which left the school students and staff thrilled and spellbound.

Under the guidance of Aero-modelling I/C Corporal Anand and Instructor Sandeep Singh, the senior cadets, Didar Singh and Pawan, showcased remote control flying as well as control line aerobatics on the school premises. The airshow was followed by a short presentation on training camp by school NCC cadets which was held in the auditorium of the school. The chief guest showcased the training activities/opportunities available to cadets in Air Sqn NCC. It was his motivational talk on defence services which struck a chord with both the senior and junior students alike. He exhorted them to dream big and take up the challenge of becoming a fighter pilot. While familiarising them with the procedure for joining defence services, he explained in detail about the National Defence Academy and asked the students to take up the challenge of NDA entrance exams & succeed in it. He also pointed out that in the Indian Air Force equal opportunities were available for girls to become pilots as well. The school principal thanked the chief guest. She also appreciated the efforts put in by the training staff.

Yellow Day celebrated

Tiny tots of Cherubs The Preschool celebrate Yellow Day in Ludhiana on Tuesday
Tiny tots of Cherubs The Preschool celebrate Yellow Day in Ludhiana on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Montessori students at Ryan International School, Jamalpur, celebrated Yellow Day with excitement and mirth. The students learnt the concept of colours in a play way method. They came dresses in yellow attire. They also danced to the tune of rocking numbers. Principal Parveena John said, “We lay special emphasis on explaining various concepts to students in an enjoyable and novel manner. We involve them in activities through which they showcase their talent and at the same time enhance their learning." Meanwhile, students of Cherubs The Preschool also celebrated the day. Teachers presented yellow flowers to students of pre-nursery and nursery. The school was decorated with balloons, ribbons and soft toys. Students and teachers came dressed up in yellow attire. Students made yellow flowers, yellow butterflies and recited "yellow yellow jolly fellow "along with their teachers.

Declamation contest

GMT Public School organised an English declamation contest. Students were divided into two groups. In first category, second and third prizes were won by Daman (Class X-D), Harsimran (Class IX-D), Loveena (Class X-A) and Payal (Class X-A), respectively. In the second category, Ravneek, Sheena and Naina won the first, second and third prizes, respectively. Vineet and Khushboo won the consolation prizes. Director and principal congratulated the winners. — TNS




Cong alleges injustice

President of the District Congress Committee (rural) and former minister Malkit Singh Dakha alleged that the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance was misusing its powers during the Panchayat elections. He said the government had not released the list of zones post-delimitation. While addressing party workers at Pakhowal Road on Tuesday, he said the Congress would fight the injustice.


Badish Jindal, national president of the Federation of Association of Small Industries, has been unanimously elected the vice-chairman of the National Productivity Council (NPC), an organisation that promotes productivity culture in India. The council functions under the the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion.

Grant given

President of the Ludhiana District Congress Committee (Urban) Pawan Dewan and in charge of Vidhan Sabha halqa (South) Ashok Prashar Pappi said quality education should be imparted to children. They handed over a cheque for Rs 3 lakh to Government Primary School, New Shimlapuri, Barota Road.

Cong leaders hold meeting

A meeting of the senior Congress leaders was held on Tuesday. They condemned the hike in power tariff. They said if this continued, the industry would shift its base not only due to power, but also the burden of taxes.

Seminar for traders

A seminar was organised by the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers' Association and the State Bank of India to apprise the industry of various bank schemes. S Gurmeet Singh Kular, president of the association, took up the difficulties faced by industrialist in getting loan from banks with bank officials. Anil Bhardwaj, regional manager, State Bank of India, Rajesh Gupta, branch manager, SBI, Miller Ganj, Sewa Singh, assistant general manager, and more than 50 members attended the seminar.

Showroom opened

Neva has opened a showroom at National Road, Ghumar Mandi. It was inaugurated by Nitin Jain, director chief operating officer, and Vishal Jain, executive director and CEO of Neva Garments. — TNS



Youth concocts robbery story
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
A youth residing in Chander Nagar took the city police for a ride after he told the police that two armed robbers barged in his house and took away his car. However, his robbery tale turned out to be concocted and the robbed car was also recovered.

The youth, Sahil Arora, alias Candy (20), son of a businessman, called up at the helpline number 100 and informed the operators that armed robbers barged in his house and took away the keys of his Alto car. He said before he could react, the youths fled with the vehicle. The police was also trying to understand the motive behind robbing a car from a narrow street that remained choked the entire day. "Why didn't he raise the alarm when robbers entered his house? Why did the robbers lay hands only on the keys, they could have taken away other valuables as well. We smelt a rat. We have recovered the car and the two persons managed to flee the scene. We have started a probe," said Vinod Kumar, SHO, Division No, 4. Sources said Candy had borrowed money from the youths. It is learnt that he handed over the car to the youths and concocted a story to save himself from the wrath of his father.



Man booked at 2 police stations

Ludhiana, April 16
The police seems to have gone overboard while registering cases against a youth involved in eve-teasing. In the latest incident, a youth, who was harassing a college student was booked by the police at two police stations.

The accused identified as Manu Jack, resident of Madhopuri, has been booked at Mehraban police station and Basti Jodhewal police station for eve-teasing and passing vulgar comments there by insulting a woman.According to information, Manu was stalking a student of BA-III of a local college. Manu wrote objectionable and vulgar letters and dropped them in her house causing her mental agony.She got panicked and reported the matter at two police two stations.On Tuesday, the police of both stations registered the FIRs agains Manu and started the investigation. — TNS



Woman rams car into house, 3 hurt
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
Three persons were hurt after a woman lost control over the car she was driving and crashed it into a boundary of a house located near Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMC&H).

The incident took place this afternoon when Jyoti, a resident of Science Block near CMC, lost control over her car and crashed the vehicle in the bounds wall of Saneh Lata’s house.

Her daughter Honey was present in the house when the incident took place and she had a miraculous escape as she was near the wall when the incident took place.

According to the eyewitnesses, Jyoti was overspeeding when she lost control over the vehicle.

Jyoti too suffered minor injuries.

In the meantime, the police has taken the statement of Saneh Lata and her daughter and started the investigation.



4 policemen sent to lines following complaints
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
Four policemen have been sent to the police lines following the orders of the Commissioner of Police. While the officers are terming it a routine transfer, but insiders said that thefour were sent to police lines following complaints. However, the nature of complaints is not known yet.

According to information, Sanjiv Kumar, in charge CIA zone-1, Makhan Singh from CIA zone-1, Kapil Kumar, in charge Dharampura police post (all ASIs) and HC Surinder Singh Shinda are among those who have been sent to the police lines.The move has left the CIA Zone - I headless. The forming of CIA in to Zones had also ruffled many feathers amongst the ranks and file of the polcie department.

There was complaints against CIA- Zone - I that it concentrated on petty crimes.

Woman nabbed with psychotropic drugs

The Moti Nagar police has nabbed a woman and seized psychotropic drugs worth Rs 1.50 lakh from her possesion. The woman identified as Aarti was nabbed following a tip- off while her brother Rajesh Kumar managed to flee from the spot. The police has seized huge quantity of cough syrups, tables and capsules from the possession of the accused.

Gold chain snatched

Two youths riding on a motorcycle snatched the gold chain of a woman in Upkar Nagar. The incident took place in the morning when Harpreet Kaur was returning home from walk in the park. In the meantime, two youths on a motorcycle came from behind and snatched her gold chain weighting three tolas.

Case registered for thrashing woman

Day after video footage of a woman being thrashed by two men was shown on news channels, the city police today got into action and registered a case against unidentified persons and started the investigation.The victim identified as Geeta , a resident of the Daba area, was thrashed by men for running an alleged sex racket in the area. While she was been thrashed someone recorded the incident on a mobile phone and circulated the MMS among mediape sons. The SHO, Daba, said a case was registered after the matter came to light. Recently a woman of the locality had complained against Geeta for assaulting her.



3x3 basketball tourney to begin tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana April 16
The Punjab Basketball Association is set to organise 3x3 (3-on-3) Junior Men and Women National Basketball Championship on April 18 and19 at Guru Nanak Stadium. The meeting of the organising committee was held today under the chairmanship of MF Farooqui, DIG, Ludhiana Range, to review the arrangements.

Giving details about the championship, Farooqui said that it was a proud moment for the city as it was hosting the first ever 3x3 junior national basketball championship of the country.

The Punjab Basketball Association sees 3x3 as a major vehicle for the promotion of the game throughout the state. "The 3-on-3 concept has all the elements and skills required for the game, and at the same time, it is the easiest and one of the most effective ways to encourage youngsters to take up basketball," said Farooqui.

India is the current women Asian champion in the 3x3 format and the men were fifth in the last 3x3 Asian championship. Both men and women won gold at the SAF Games in this format of the game.

Teja Singh Dhaliwal, Secretary General, Punjab Basketball Association, said, "As many as 19 teams in the men section and 18 teams in the women section have already confirmed their entry".

This format (3-on-3), previously known as FIBA 33, is a formalised version of three-on-three basketball. It is a form of the game initially developed on the inner-city asphalt outdoor courts in the United States of America.



Punjab players to get their due
102 sportspersons to be awarded scholarships tomorrow
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana April 16
Finally, the Punjab Sports Department will distribute the scholarship money to players who performed well in the Shaheed-E-Azam Bhagat Singh Punjab Games and Punjab State Games in 2011.

Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had announced at a function of the Shaheed-E-Azam Bhagat Singh Punjab Games that the government would award scholarships to sportspersons.

An award function will be organised on April 18 at the Guru Nanak Stadium in which Rahul Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, will be the chief guest. As many as 102 players (men and women) and 63 players (boys and girls under-16) who won a medal for Ludhiana in the Shaheed-E-Azam Bhagat Singh Punjab Games and the Punjab State Games for Boys and Girls will be given scholarships.

Grading of sportspersons was done according to their performance at the Shaheed Bhagat Singh games by the Punjab Sports Department.

"The players were selected according to their ranking by committees constituted by the Sports Department. The Punjab government released the fund within the stipulated time”, Kartar Singh Sehamby, District Sports Officer, Ludhiana, said.

Meanwhile, SL Lotey, Deputy Director (Sports), said, "Grading of players is a cumbersome procedure. We are glad that the players will get their due and this will motivate them".

The scholarship scheme was introduced by the Punjab Sports Department for the promotion of sports in the state.



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