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Firm lifting sand with garbage: Residents
Move aimed at increasing weight of waste material to get more payment
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

An earthmoving machine lifts garbage from a collection point near the Dugri Road intersection in Ludhiana.
An earthmoving machine lifts garbage from a collection point near the Dugri Road intersection in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, May 3
A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Limited, a private company, that has the contract of managing the solid waste management of the city, has been accused of lifting sand and debris with garbage. The company is paid according to the weight of the garbage collected from the city and residents allege that the practice is adopted to increase the weight of the waste material.

However, the officials of A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Limited have rubbished these allegations as baseless and claimed that they were lifting the garbage from the collection points only.

As per the contract between the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation and A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd, the civic body pays Rs 395 per tonne to the company. At present, the A2Z company is lifting around 1,000 tonne of garbage daily from within the municipal limits.

Residents accuse the company of lifting debris as well as sand along with the garbage from near the collection points. Even Akali Dal MLA Balwinder Singh Bains has pointed fingers on the working of A2Z firm and has demanded that the company should carry out a probe in this regard.

“Big potholes have appeared at the collection point near the Dugri Road traffic signal along the Sidhwan Canal, as the company is lifting sand along with the garbage. Since the company is being paid according to the weight, we suspect that they have adopted this practice just to increase the weight,” Bains alleged.

Rajnish Singh, vice-president, A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd, claimed that they were lifting only garbage from the collection points or from the houses. “If any person mixes debris with garbage and throws it at our collection points, we can’t separate it them. Besides, potholes have appeared at some of the garbage collection points because garbage is collected from there with the help of a ditch machine,” claimed Rajnish Singh.

MC Additional Commissioner Dr Sumit stated that he had already asked the staff to plaster the surface at all the collection points so that no potholes appear in future. “Besides, I will also look into the matter so that we are sure that no debris or sand are being lifted by A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd,” he claimed.


Rs 290-crore project mooted to upgrade water supply in city
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 3
The municipal corporation (MC) has mooted a Rs 290 crore project under the centrally-funded Jawahar Lal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNURM) to augment water supply network in the city, which will not only provide water supply to outer areas on the periphery, but will also benefit residents in the old city localities where water supply pipes laid decades ago needed replacement at a huge cost.This was announced by SAD-B legislator Simarjit Singh Bains in a "sangat darshan" programme held in Ward No 37 comprising residential and commercial areas in Subhani Building, Field Ganj and the Mochpura Bazar localities in the old city here today.

Talking to The Tribune, Bains said in most of the old city localities, the water supply network had outlived its normal life. In many residential and commercial areas, there were frequent complaints of leakage of main water pipes, which led to the contamination of water and outbreak of water-borne diseases. "Apart from this, scores of new localities on the periphery of the mega city is still without potable water supply."

In order to address all these issues, the MC had chalked out a comprehensive project for expansion and augmentation of water supply network in the outer areas as well the old city localities where existing pipes would be replaced with ductile iron (DI) pipes. In most of the outer areas where people do not have access to the piped water supply, new tubewells are also proposed to be installed under the JNURM project, Bains added.

Kamlesh Bansal, MC Zonal Commissioner (Zone A), said that the project had earlier been appraised and funding curtailed to Rs 244 crore, but the MC had sent a revised project of Rs 290 crore, which was expected to meet the approval of the Centre for funding.

Gurpreet Singh Khurana, area councilor, raised the issues of choked sewerage lines, a garbage dump in Iqbal Ganj and harassment of shopkeepers by staff of the tehbazari wing of the MC during the anti-encroachment drive.

Bains issued instructions to the MC officials to explore the possibility of shifting to garbage dump and attend to complaints of the residents about sewerage network on a priority basis. At the same time, he asked the shopkeepers and residents to clear temporary and permanent encroachments at their own level to avoid confrontation with the MC staff who, most of the times, were acting on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to remove encroachments.



Firing into the air: Realtor to be booked
Mohit Khanna
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, May 3
BJP worker and realtor Vipan Sood may land in the soup for firing shots at the students, as the police has decided to book the former in an attempt to murder case. Confirming this, Nirmal Singh, SHO, Division No. 5, said, “We have recorded the statement and we are in the process of registering a case. The gravity of the offence is serious and an attempt to murder case cannot be ruled out.”

In the meantime, Preetinder Singh’s condition continues to be serious. Kulwinder Singh, Preetinder’s uncle said nearly Rs 1 lakh has been spent on the treatment of Preetinder, so far. He was thrashed mercilessly. His leg was also fractured in the process. Further, the car in which the students were travelling also got damaged.

Preetinder’s father Gurcharan Singh, who is the mandi superintendent of the Market Committee in Maur Mandi, Bathinda, demanded stern action against Sood and his accomplices.

Later during the day, the students of the PAU staged a protest and demanded the registration of a case against the accused. Girl students also participated in the protest. The students raised slogans against MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu for favouring Vipan Sood, who opened fire and thrashed the youths.

On the other hand, Sood’s supporters lambasted the move of the police. “Miscreants entered Sood’s house and created a ruckus. He fired a shot when the miscreants entered his house for the second time and subsequently informed the police. While he was chasing the miscreants, the police team was accompanying Sood. We strongly object to the police highhandedness, who instead of coming to his rescue, is helping the criminals, who trespassed into his house at midnight,” said Ishwarjot Cheema, Congress leader and close aide of Bharat Bhushan Ashu.

It has come to light that the youths, including Preetinder, and his friend gathered at the entrance of Sood’s residence three times. Preetinder allegedly first indulged in a heated argument at 1am. Karamvir Singh, a PAU student, said Preetinder reportedly called his relative Gurpal. Gurpal took his friend along with him and reached Vipan Sood’s house at 2 am. The youths gathered outside the house at 3am which ultimately led to the chasing.


A road rage turned ugly and led to a ruckus outside the house of a realtor, Vipan Sood, in Model Gram on the intervening of Wednesday and Thursday. Sood, allegedly fired shots into the air and chased the students and subsequently thrashed them. A youth, identified as Preetinder Singh, a resident of Muthadda Road in Bathinda, fractured his leg and his friend Kushaldeep was detained by the police for trespassing the house of Sood.



Wife, paramour held for man’s murder
Mohit Khanna
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, May 3
The Focal Point police today arrested Amit and Rani in connection with the blind murder case of Krishna. It was the wife and her paramour, who had killed Krishna and dumped his body near a pond in the Dhandari area on November 30 last year. The body of Krishna whose head was smashed was recovered by the police and an attendance card of a factory bearing the name Krishna was also found in the pocket of the shirt of the deceased. Nobody came to claim the body so the police cremated it.

A friend of Krishna, who was also a co-worker at the factory, had seen Krishna’s wife Rani with another co-worker. He smelt a rat and informed Gurtej Singh, SHO, Focal Point. The police began the probe and questioned Krishna’s wife and her paramour.

It was found that a love triangle was the reason behind the murder. The police arrested Rani and her paramour, Amit Singh. Amit told the police that Rani was his childhood love. Rani’s parents got her married to Krishna, but they continued to meet each other. Krishna too came to know about their love affair and tried to stop them from meeting. The duo planned to eliminate Krishna on November 30.



Ludhiana scan
Uniforms distributed

Shaheed Memorial Sewa Society here on Friday distributed uniforms to needy school students of different schools. Members of the society visited three different schools and distributed uniforms to students. "It is a noble cause and every individual should come forward. Education is the basis of society and those who cannot afford were given uniforms by us today," said a member of the society.

Ban on hookah

Deputy Commissioner, Rahul Tiwari, ordered to ban hookah bars in the district by using his powers under Section 144. In his orders, the DC stated that no restaurant or hookah bar can serve the hookah to visitors. These orders will implement in all the villages Municipal Councils and Municipal Corporation. As per the orders, strict action would be taken under the IPC 188 against the violators.


Sushil Malhotra has been nominated as a Telephone Advisory Committee Ludhiana. Sushil Malhotra also had been member of TAC in 1994-96. Since long Malhotra has serving as member of NSUI then he was also designated as president NSUI, Ludhiana in 1989 and then press secretary NSUI, Punjab. From 1989 to 2003, he also worked in the Punjab Youth Congress in different posts press secretary, joint secretary, general secretary and vice president. He has also been honoured with Punjab Rattan Award in 2005.

Plea against stubble burning

Sarv Jan Kalyan Samiti has made a strong plea for taking appropriate action against farmers who were resorting to stubble burning after harvesting of crops. In a memorandum to the district administration, DP Kholsa, national convenor, said the menace of stubble burning destroyed the soil nutrients while also causing pollution and air-borne diseases. The samiti urged the authorities to check unrestricted movement of overloaded trucks and tractor trolleys who were transporting uncovered debris, sand or rice husk as these were posing a threat to public health and also led to road accidents.


An important meeting of the governing body of Federation of Senior Citizens Associations of Punjab (FEDSEN-Punjab) will be held on Sunday in the seminar hall of Punjab Management and Extension Training Institute (PAMETI) on the PAU Campus. The meeting will be held under the chairmanship of Dr Amarjit Singh Khehra, president of FEDSEN and former Vice-Chancellor of PAU. Besides office-bearers, meeting will be attended by presidents of about 25 organisations of senior citizens from all over Punjab as well as president of Chandigarh Senior Citizens Association.

PSEB books problem discussed

A general body meeting of the association of the Joint Action Committee was held here on Friday under the presidentship of Rajinder Sharma along with other members of the committee to discuss various problems confronted by the affiliated schools of the state. The main problem is the availability of books published by the Punjab School Education Board. Rajinder Sharma, speaking on the occasion, said from April 1 to April 16, the board had supplied books to the Sarab Shikya Abhiyan authorities. But the regional book depot had not supplied book to any affiliated schools. "Now when we approached the regional book depot they provided us with books on only three to four subjects whereas the list is of 35 titles. In spite of repeated visits to the book depot we have not received any other books," he said.

Chinese intrusion condemned

Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad condemned the Chinese intrusion into Indian land. Umesh Dutt, national president, said that instead of indulging in corruption, the Central Government should pay attention towards safeguarding the nation. The intrusion should be dealt with seriously and government should adopt some serious measures to tackle the situation.

Free medical check-up

A free medical check-up camp will be held here on Saturday at Asian multi-speciality hospital during which patients related to heart, chest, bones will be checked by a team of doctors. Dr Dheeraj Aggarwal, medical specialist giving information said that diet consultation will also be given by doctors.

Workshop for disabled girls

Training workshops for physically challenged girls started here on Friday at Vocational rehabilitation training centre, Jamalpur. Girls between the age group of 18-40 are being imparted training in stenography, sewing and embroidery. The course will be offered for one year. Hostel facilities will also be offered to the students along with the mess.

Wheat procurement

Deputy commissioner Rahul Tiwari said till May 2 total wheat arrival in the mandis in the district was 8,45,099 metric tonnes. Out of this, 8.32,114 mt had been purchased by the traders and procurement agencies. The total purchase of wheat as against total arrival till date was 98 per cent while payment of 91 per cent of the total purchase had been made to the farmers. Lifting of wheat was also in progress, and till now over 80 per cent of the purchased wheat had been shifted to storage spaces. — TNS



From schools
Teachers’ training programme

Ludhiana: The teacher training programme was organised at GISTC (Government Inservice Teachers Training Centre, Ludhiana) and DIET (Direct Institute of Elementary Training), Jagraon, here on Friday. Lectures on English language for more than 300 schoolteachers from Ludhiana district commenced today at these institutes in the first phase of English Language training programme.

Resource person Dr Neelam Bhardwaj, faculty member from Government College Boys explained about the fundamentals of grammar. “With the use of appropriate words teachers could do wonders with English language,” said Dr Bhardwaj while interacting with teachers at GISTC. She also discussed non-activity sentences and activity sentences. Sneh Lata Saini, Head of GISTC spoke about the importance of English language.

Inter-school declamation contest

The 20th Inter-School Declamation Contest was organised by Nehru Sidhant Kender Trust at its Joginder Pall Panday Auditorium in the memory of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. The contest was held in three languages, English, Hindi and Punjabi. Over 64 Students from 32 schools vied with each other for the Nehru Championship Trophy and the first three positions. Students spoke with zest and expressed their views confidently on burning topics of day to day interest. While welcoming the chief guest Radhika Jaitwani and the members of the Nehru Sidhant Kender Trust, Bipin Gupta, general secretary of Nehru Sidhant Kender Trust spoke about the social, educational and charitable activities of the Nehru Sidhant Trust. Floral tributes were paid to Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. The chief guest said the topics of the declamation were very well selected and covered all the burning issues of the day. The results areas follows: English: Anishka Gupta of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, Ludhiana, 1. Viren Sood of Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, 2. Rishab Jain of Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, 3. Ose Singh Bansal of Sat Paul Mittal School, Dugri and Mehak Arora of Ram Lal Bhasin Public School, Dugri, got consolation prize. Hindi: Dev Priya Dang of DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, 1. Mrinal Jindal of KVM, Civil Lines, 2. Kundan Mishra of BCM Senior Secondary School, Focal Point, 3. Palak Khurana BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, and Vikrant Sharma of Delhi Public School, South City, Ludhiana, got consolation prize. Punjabi: Himanshu Giya of BVM School, Udham Singh Nagar, and Sargunpreet Kaur of GGN Public School, Near Rose Garden, 1. Simarpreet Kaur of Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Jalandhar Bye-Pass, Ludhiana, 2. Simerpreet Kaur of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar. GGN Public School, Near Rose Garden, Ludhiana, bagged the running championship Nehru Trophy. — TNS



Health officials find district courts’ canteen unhygienic
Take samples of samosa, mineral water from the kitchen
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 3
A Health Department team inspected the canteen on the premises of the district courts and found it very unhygienic and took samples of the food here today. Food Safety Officer, Ludhiana, Harpreet Kaur said, "It was very unhygienic, so we instructed the owner to get it white-washed and install fly catchers here. We observed the entry of visitors to the canteen from the kitchen. It makes the kitchen more unhygienic. So we asked them to close down this entry point."

The team also included District Health Officer Dr Avinash Kumar and Food Safety Officer Manoj Khosla also instructed the canteen staff to wear proper dresses, use net doors and get the medical examination done. Two samples of samosa and mineral water were also collected from the kitchen.

While four samples of the mid-day meal were also collected from the Central Kitchen situated at Sherpur Kalan. These included samples of daal, rice, raw rice and wheat flour. The Food Safety Officer said six samples of cold drinks of different brands were taken from Ludhiana Beverages Private Limited. However, samples of pasta and ice-cream shake were collected from two restaurants situated on Pakhowal Road.

On the instructions of Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta, another team of the Health Department destroyed the overriped fruits under the guidance of Dr Parvinderpal Singh Sidhu, Senior Medical Officer of the Primary Health Centre, Sahnewal. The team conducted random checking of eatables being sold on reharies in the areas, including the main market of 100 feet road, Palace Road, fish market, etc. The team checked fruit, sugarcane juice, mango shake, samosa and burgers being sold unhygienically. They also destroyed juice and warned the rehari owners to sell hygienic food items.

This team was comprised of Raghbir Singh, Jagat Ram and health inspector Satpal Singh.



Pau notes
Reduce cost of cultivation: Experts to farmers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana May 3
A monthly training camp for the members of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Kisan Club, including ladies wing was held here. A total of 380 farmers and farm women from different parts of the Punjab state participated in the camp. Meanwhile, a state level training-cum-workshop for Progressive Beekeepers Association (PBKA) members was also organised at PAU.

President of the club, PPS Pangli, impressed upon the farmers to reduce the cost of cultivation and make judicious use of agro-chemicals. Sharing the production experience, he emphasised, "Keeping in view the increase in prices of farm inputs, farmers must get the soil tested to use the fertilisers in right amount and at right time."

Highlighting the activities of the Club, Dr TS Riar, programme coordinator, stressed on strengthening the research-extension-farmer linkages for agri-sustainability. He disclosed that PAU will be organising a training programme for small scale industries on May 6 to the boost agro-processing. Sarwan Singh, president, PBKA, held an elaborate discussion on beekeeping with the members of the beekeepers association.

Training course for FCI officers

The Directorate of Extension Education of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) will be organising a one-week training course on "Safe Storage of Food Grains and Quality Standards" from May 6 to 11 at Farmers' Service Centre of the University. The officers of category II and III of Food Corporation of India will participate in the course.

Giving details, Dr MS Gill, Director of Extension Education, informed that the PAU subject-matter specialists will dwell upon the factors affecting quality of food grains; quality control equipments and procedures; operation and management of grain moisture meters; and grading, classification and quality assurance of cereal and coarse grains. Besides, cleaning, grading, drying, aeration and air tight storage; effect of various factors on storage of food grains, importance of moisture and temperature, and quality assurance to the consumers will be other thrust areas.



KVM school staff denied increment, hold protest
School management suspends six class IV employees
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 3
High drama was today witnessed at KVM School after Shanti Parsad, president of KVM class IV employees union fainted during a protest. The union members have been protesting since last two days after the school management suspended six class IV employees.

Shanti Parsad was rushed to the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH). Union members alleged that the hospital authorities are in connivance with the school authorities and have asked us to take the patient from the hospital after signing.

"We have asked the hospital authorities that we will not take him home as he is not well and if they think he is in good condition than they should give him discharge themselves," said Rajesh Kumar, secretary of KVM, class IV employees.

Union members are protesting outside the school after the school management refused to give them annual increment and dearness allowance.

"Every year we get an annual increment of 20 per cent at the start of the financial year. But this year, no increment was given to us while teaching staff have been given the same. When we asked the authorities about the same, they bluntly told us that non-teaching will not be given increments from this year onwards. Those who strongly opposed this move were suspended from the school," said Rajesh Kumar.

Union members have submitted an application with the police station division number 4, submitted a memorandum with the Deputy Commissioner and also met Commissioner of Police in this regard.

Commenting upon the issue, Namita Puri, principal of KVM School said, "The class IV employees have been getting above the minimum wages and now the management has adopted monetarism. Management was still ready to listen to their grievances and find a middle way but when they started abusing, we suspended six employees for their misbehaviour. When one of the union members fainted today I arranged for the ambulance and also sent some people with them. Now that the patient is alright, they are not getting him discharged from the hospital and I am getting calls form the hospital to get the patient discharged."



CBSE tells schools to start skill development courses
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 3
To make the younger generation self-sufficient, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked affiliated schools to offer skill development courses from class IX onwards. The board has also identified private education service providers with whom the schools can tie up to offer skill-based vocational courses for students from class IX to XII.

The main aim behind this is to make to the students job-ready as soon as they pass out of school. The communiqué written to the schools mentions that, "The board expects students signing up for these courses to excel and emerge successful in real life situations of both work and life, in addition to creating skilled manpower for industry right from school.”

"This is the need of the hour as every should be self-sufficient in life as jobs are not easy to find. Students have an option to choose these competency-based skill courses along with the general academic subjects in order to enhance their skills in their chosen field," said Navdeep, a teacher from private school.

"It is a very positive step taken by the board as students will develop a base and if the subject interests them they can also pursue higher education and later career in the same line. Students will have a fair idea of their interests and calibre at a very early stage in their lives which will help in building their future, said Manveen, a parent.



PAU govt school favourite with students
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana May 3
On the one hand, where majority of the government schools are facing shortage of students and the education department has made the lists of such schools to shut them but on the other hand Government Senior Secondary School on Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) premises has been presenting a different story. This year again, a huge number of applicants approached to the school for admission in different streams in class XI.

PAU Government School received around 2,200 applications for admission in class XI for 410 seats of all streams. School received 700 applications for 100 sets of non-medical and only those students succeeded to get admission, who got above than 73.3 per cent marks in class X. Same in the medical stream in which around 300 students applied for 50 seats and only students having more that 72 per cent got admission. For the 50 seats of commerce section the students having more than 78 per cent marks got admission.

Vocational subjects are also in the demand at Government School PAU as the cut list for admission in Computer Science was 68 per cent for 25 seats. Meanwhile, students having more than 70 per cent got admission in auto engineering.

Sanjiv Thapar, principal of Government Senior Secondary School, PAU, the reason of this response is due to the good infrastructure, huge building, and faculty and education environment.

"Last year our seven students were in merit list of the PSEB and one of our students got fifth position in overall Punjab. I want to give the credit of these achievements to dedicated and hardworking school staff," said Sanjiv Thapar.



No check on PAU hostellers
Wardens say it is difficult to watch students 24 hours
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana May 3
In a recent incident of road rage on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday in which hostellers of PAU were also involved yet again highlighted the lack of concern of PAU authorities about the university hostlers.

It has been learnt that there is no check on the hostellers in PAU campus as students can move anywhere even midnight. However the girls' students in the same campus can not go outside from the hostel after 7 pm but there is no such restriction on the male hostlers.

It is not the first time when the hostellers went outside as it is a routine affair for them and they enjoy this liberty in routine.

However, this practices is totally contradict the hostel rules. According to the rules, no one can go outside after 9.30 pm. Hostel warden mark the attendance of present hostellers. After the attendance entry and exit is restricted.

One of the hostel wardens said, it is a tough job to make such restrictions on the boys as it can prove costly to wardens.

US Tiwana, Chief Hostel Warden, at PAU said, "We did not allow to someone to go outside after 9.30 pm. Hostel warden can not watch the students 24 hours. In the absence of boundaries of hostels boys violate the rules."



Stamp on 100 years of Indian cinema enthuses philatelists
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 3
A postage stamp, commemorating 100 years of Indian cinema released by the postal department, had city philatelists enthused. The postage stamp though is yet to reach post offices in the city.

According to a postal department official, the department would release miniature sheets comprising the postage stamps. These would reach the city around four weeks later, the official said.

"The postage stamp on Indian cinema is dual delight for me. Indian cinema is always appealing and glamorous. For philatelists, these stamps are all the more interesting and appealing," says Rohit, a city-based philatelist. "The stamp release celebrates 100 years of Indian cinema," he says. "I am just going to grab these stamps as soon as these are available with post offices as I love postage stamps as well movies," said a philately enthusiast.

"Indian cinema has not only captured the picture of Indian society over the decades, but also gave an identity to India celebrating the great legacy of film-making and one of the oldest cinemas in the world," according to Jaswinder, a movie buff. "I would definitely get the postage stamp even though I am not a keen stamp collector," he says.



Cotton a hot favourite this summer
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 3
Come summers and cotton rules every woman's wardrobe. Best for its absorbent quality cotton is the preferred cloth. Be it kurtas, shirts or salwar-suit, cotton has huge variety of colours and prints.

Pastel shades like peach, pista, off white, lime yellow, sky blue and mauve soothe everybody's eye during summers. These colours have maximum sale during summers. A little shade lighter or a little shade darker, these are the basic colours of summers and have maximum sale, said Dheeraj, a salesman at a garment store at Mall Road.

"Nothing matches the comfort and quality of cotton during summers and white is my colour for this season. I mix and match white with other pastel shades like sea green or yellow but white has to be there as it gives a cooling effect," added Pooja, a school teacher by profession. Synthetics is a big no during summers. It is only cotton that can be worn comfortably during summers as temperature usually is on the higher side.

"Be it a formal occasion, or an informal get together or an office meeting I wear cotton suits and sarees. There was a time when cotton was regarded as poor man's fabric. But today it is worn by people of every class and is as low as Rs 100 per meter to as high as Rs 2,000 per meter," quips Swati, a working woman.



'84 riot victims' to hold protest tomorrow

Ludhiana, May 3
Victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots will resort to a statewide "rail roko" agitation against the acquittal of Sajjan Kumar on May 5. Surjit Singh, president of the Danga Peerit Welfare Society, Punjab, while seeking the cooperation of all Panthic bodies and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee in the protest to build pressure on the government for awarding punishment that was due to the perpetrators, said the riot victims, their families and dependents would squat on rail tracks and obstruct rail traffic during the agitation.

Alleging that the Punjab Govt was making attempts to scuttle the "rail roko" agitation, he charged the government with double standards. "On one hand, the govt was shedding crocodile tears over the denial of justice to the riot victims, on the other, it was not permitting them to express their sentiments against the culprits," he added. — TNS



USA delegation visits vet varsity
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana May 3
A delegation of Dr KG Raghothama professor and Associate Director of International Programmes in Agriculture and Dr Karen Plaut, Associate Dean, and Director of Agriculture of Research Programmes, Purdue University, USA met GADVASU Vice-Chancellor, Dr VK Taneja and other officers of the university.

Dr Taneja in a presentation briefed the delegates about the academic and research programmes operational in the university. He stated that the university in a short span of time has built up its reputation in quality of research, innovation and education. The university can collaborate with Purdue University in the areas of food safety, quality, environmental health, animal waste management, methane emission, vaccines and diagnostic imaging, critical care and value addition of meat, fish and milk products. Dr Karen Plaut appreciated the work done by GADVASU and highlighted the potential areas of collaboration in which the Purdue University will be interested.



One booked on rape charge
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, May 3
The local police has booked one person for raping a woman. The accused has been identified as Diya Chand, a resident of Pavitar Nagar in Haibowal Kalan. The incident took place on Wednesday.

The complainant reported that it was around 7.30 pm when she was alone at home. The accused came to her house and asked for money and started thrashing her.

Soon the accused overpowered her and raped her. The accused is still at large. The police has registered a case and started the investigation.

Man killed

Four persons have been booked for crushing a pedestrian to death, killing two cows and leaving three injured. The accused have been identified as Rinku, Jassa, Surinder and Lucky.

The investigating officer said that the accused were ferrying cows to Delhi. The driver lost control over his vehicle at Shimlapuri bridge and the vehicle overturned.

Two cows and a man died on the spot. The police has registered a case of reckless driving resulting in a death case against the four and started the investigation.



One booked for firing into the air in Samrala
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Samrala May 3
Three persons including two women were injured in a land dispute at Bhaurla village near here. A man named Gurmit Singh also fired in the air and the police has registered a case in this regard.

Samrala SHO, Harjinder Singh, when contacted said that the two parties have some minor dispute over a piece of land. Some persons also tried to settle the issue but it took an ugly turn and some fight took place.

The injured persons including Sukhvir Singh his wife and sister were rushed to the Civil Hospital, Samrala, where they are under treatment.

The SHO said a case was registered in this regard against Gurmit Singh for firing in the air. The police has started the investigations.



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