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Riot victims' protest hits rail traffic
Block tracks against Congress leader Sajjan Kumar's acquittal
Kuldip Bhatia

Policemen stand guard at the railway station.
Passengers wait at the railway station as several trains were delayed due to the protest.
Passengers wait at the railway station as several trains were delayed due to the protest. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, May 5
A "rail roko" agitation by victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots for over four hours here threw the rail traffic out of gear with more than a dozen trains running on trunk routes being delayed between one and five hours. Thousands of passengers were put to inconvenience due to the agitation.

The riot victims, their families and dependants, including women, were protesting against the acquittal of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a case involving the massacre of Sikhs in Delhi.

The protesters assembled at the railway tracks near the Jagraon bridge at 5.30 am and many of them squatted on the tracks. A goods train entering the Ludhiana railway station was stopped by the protesters. Many of them, including women, went on board the railway engine and brandished sticks and swords. They raised slogans against the Union Government.

With the tracks having been blocked by the protesters, trains on the Amrtisar-New Delhi and the Jammu-New Delhi section were either held up at originating points or midway at other railway stations.

Amid a heavy deployment of the police as well as GRP and RPF personnel, the protesters remained confined to the tracks and were not allowed to move towards the railway station or to get on board the passenger trains at the railway platforms here.

Surjit Singh, president of the Dangapeerit Welfare Society, Punjab, flayed the government and the judiciary, charging them with denial of justice to the victims of the anti-Sikh riots even after three decades of the indiscriminate killings.

With the rail tracks remaining under a virtual siege of the protesters for nearly four hours, several trunk-route trains were delayed and passengers waiting at the railway station had to face harassment. Many passengers were sore at frequent disruptions in the movement of trains by one protesting group or the other.

Brajesh Gupta, an executive with a private sector bank, who was waiting to board the Amrtisar-New Delhi Shatabdi, wondered at the complete helplessness of the police and the railway authorities in such situations. "If the protesting bodies have a grudge against the Centre, they ought to go to Delhi and stage a protest there. Why are innocent railway passengers being held to ransom and harassed," he asked.

Among the trains running late due to the agitation were the Chhattisgarh Express (5.35 hours), the Jalandhar-New Delhi Intercity Express (4.12 hours), the Begumpura Express (3 hours), the Garib Rath (3.35 hours), the Amrtisar-New Delhi Shatabdi (3.20 hours), the Amritsar-Chandigarh Superfast (3.45 hours), the Sachkhand Express (3.35 hours), the Amritsar-New Delhi Intercity Express (3.42 hours), the Malwa Express (2.20 hours), the Shane-Punjab (1.20 hours), the Amritsar-Bandra (Mumbai) Pashchim Express (3.45 hours) and the Amritsar-Haridwar Janshatabdi Express (3.45 hours).

Station Superintendent RK Sharma said the protest was called off and the riot victims dispersed at around 9.30 am. The rail traffic thereafter started returning back to normalcy except for the cascading effect which continued till late in the evening, he said.


Solid waste management
Civic body yet to clear dues: A2Z
Says its work is getting affected as several officials have not been paid
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 5
Officials of A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd, a private company that has the contract of solid waste management in the city, have rued that they are not able to perform properly because the municipal corporation (MC) has not been clearing their bills on time.

The company officials said for a bill of Rs 1 crore submitted in March, the MC had paid only Rs 66 due to which their work was suffering.

The contract for solid waste management was granted to the company by the MC in 2011. The company started its operations in August 2011. Since then the company has been under fire from several quarters, including private garbage collectors and councillors.

Speaking to Ludhiana Tribune, Rajnish Singh, vice- president, A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd, said for a bill of Rs 1 crore submitted by the company, the MC had paid only Rs 66 lakh. "This bill was submitted in March, but till date we have not got the full payment. Due to this delay, several officials are yet to be paid," Rajnish said.

It is learnt that the MC has asked the company to arrange for at least 200 more vehicles to lift garbage from localities. "At present, the company has around 110 such vehicles (Tata Ace) and we have told it that at least 300 more vehicles are required when the door-to-door collection of garbage starts in the entire city. It has been asked to arrange these vehicles so that the door-to-door collection of garbage can start in the entire city," said a senior MC official.

Sumit Jarangal, Additional Commissioner, MC, and in charge of the health and sanitation branch, said the MC had never defaulted on the payments of A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd. "If any payment is pending, it will certainly be cleared. I will look into the matter and make sure that the pending amount is cleared at the earliest," said Jarangal.



Operation clean-up continues
MC removes encroachments from roadsides in city
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 5
There was no respite for those who have encroached on the roadsides in the city as the relentless clean-up drive by the municipal corporation continued on Sunday (otherwise a public holiday). A team of MC officials foiled an attempt by certain used car dealers to set up a car bazar at the Gian Singh Rarewala market on Link Road. It later cleared encroachments from under a railway overbridge near Preet Palace Cinema here.

Naveen Malhotra, superintendent of the tehbazari wing of the MC, and other staff members accompanying him had to face the opposition of car bazar operators at the Gian Singh Rarewala market, who claimed to be politically connected and also tried to exert pressure in the name of senior police officials.

The MC team, however, stood its ground and firmly told that no car bazar could be operated on the roadside according to the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. An official of the team said the civic body was committed to implementing the orders.

Thereafter, the tehbazari officials went to the market located under the railway overbridge near Preet Palace Cinema where tandoors, furniture, rehris and other articles put up on the roadside by dhaba owners and eateries were either confiscated or dismantled.

The operation clean-up continued against fruit and vegetable sellers and other eateries on Dugri Road and Shastri Nagar near Guru Teg Bahadur Charitable Hospital. Vendors and shopkeepers, who had displayed or stored their merchandise on the roadside, were told that all articles, including goods or furniture, lying outside the shops would be impounded.

According to Malhotra, three truckloads of furniture, goods, rehris, counters and kiosks were impounded. Besides, a large number of banners and hoardings put up without the payment of the advertisement fee were removed and 70 challans were issued to shopkeepers and vendors for encroaching upon public roads and streets.



Little headway in Sachin kidnapping case
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 5
The police has failed to make any headway in the kidnapping case of 18-year-old Sachin Gupta. Sachin, a BCom first-year student at GGN Khalsa College, was kidnapped while he was washing his car outside his house in Basant Avenue near BCM School, Dugri, here last night. Police sources said the last location of Sachin's mobile phone was around Sat Paul Mittal School.

The police could not find any video footage from CCTV cameras installed in the street. Sources said none of the CCTV cameras was functioning.

DCP Harsh Bansal said, "We are working on various theories and teams have been sent in different directions to search for Sachin."

The anxiety of Sachin's kin, who have been camping in the house ever since the incident took place, has increased. The kidnappers have not contacted the family since last night. Everyone in the family is praying for Sachin's safety.

Some residents said the kidnapping incident had been widely covered in the media, which could have created panic among the kidnappers due to which they did not contact the family.

Last night, one of the kidnappers had called Ranju Gupta, Sachin's mother, and had demanded a ransom for releasing her son. She said the kidnappers were speaking in chaste Hindi.

The police today questioned several persons in connection with Sachin's disappearance.

A relative said Vijay Gupta, Sachin's father and a hardware trader, was on his way back from Kolkata.

Kidnappers spoke in chaste Hindi

Sachin, a BCom first-year student at GGN Khalsa College, was kidnapped while he was washing his car outside his house in Basant Avenue near BCM School, Dugri, here on Saturday night. One of the kidnappers had called Ranju Gupta, Sachin's mother, on Saturday and had demanded a ransom for releasing her son. She said the kidnappers were speaking in chaste Hindi



Screening of 'Shootout at Wadala' banned
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 5
Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh today banned the screening of a Hindi film, "Shootout at Wadala", following angry protests by activists of Dalit organisations. The screening was stopped midway at PVR cinemas and multiplexes when the activists barged into the cinemas and started raising slogans against the movie, having an alleged derogatory reference to Maharishi Valmiki.

The movie was released in cinemas across the country last Friday. "To prevent a law of order problem, I have banned the screening of the movie across the city till further orders," said the Commissioner of Police.

Dalit leaders said they would sue the producers of the movie, besides seekingcriminal action against them for hurting the sentiments of the community.



Freshers’ party

Ludhiana: A freshers’ party for the tiny-tots of Classes’ nursery and LKG was orgainsed in BCM Senior Secondary School, Basant City. Children wore bright dress and walked the ramp with confidence and style. Kanav Mehra and Vanshika Sharma were declared Mr and Ms Fresher for Class nursery whereas Agamjot Singh and Sukhleen kaur were the runners-up. From Class LKG, Aditya Rai and Geetsimran were declared Mr and Ms Fresher whereas Siya Kaushal, Yuvraj Singh and Jashanpreet Singh were the runners- up. All the also tiny-tots danced their fresher party. It was a fun time for them. Principal Amarjyoti Chawla appreciated the confidence and efforts of the students.

Sat Paul Mittal School

The mood at Sat Paul Mittal School was upbeat as the students of Class XII hosted a Freshers’ Party for the students of Class XI on Saturday. The freshers were given a rousing reception by the senior students. After an emotive welcome speech by Manveen Singh of Class XII -A, the students of Class XII impressed everyone with their scintillating dance performance. It was followed by a ramp walk wherein the boys and girls set the ramp on fire with their panache and style. The new students felt like an integral part of the institution. Principal Bhupinder Gogia welcomed the new students into the Satyan fraternity and congratulated the senior students for putting up a show of excellence .She motivated the students to be focused and result oriented in Class XI so that the course to Class XII becomes smooth for them. She motivated the students to excel in every aspect of life with headstrong determination and wished them success. Sanchit Dhall was declared Mr Fresher and Raageshwari was crowned Ms Fresher for the session 2013-14.

Inter-college debate competition

Advocating sustained management of natural resources, "Aqua Co-op 2013", was organised at Guru Nanak Public School to generate dynamic thinking among the students. The theme of the event was “save water save life”. Gazal Soni received the first prize in the competition. As many as 31 students from various reputed schools of Ludhiana participated in the event. “Can interstate water issues in India be resolved by co-operation and integrated water management?” was the debate topic between BCM Shastri Nagar, DAV BRS Nagar and DAV Phillaur. The speakers were judged on the basis of presentation, concept clarity and reasoning. The debate was followed by a thematic attire contest, in which the participants walked the ramp. Results of the two-day “Aqua Co-op” are as follows: Debate competition, BCM, Shastri Nagar, bagged the first position. DAV, BRS Nagar, bagged the second position. Model making competition: DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, bagged first position. GNIPS, Model Town, bagged second position. BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh road bagged third position. Consolation prize went to the DCM Presidency. One act play: GNIPS Model Town bagged first position, BCM Shastri bagged second position. DAV, BRS Nagar, bagged third position. Consolation prize was bagged by Nankana Sahib Public School, Gill road. A special award was given to BCM, Chandigarh road, for their One Act Play. Mime competition: BCM, Shastri Nagar, bagged first position. Jesus Sacred Heart, South City, bagged second position. BCM Senior Secondary School, Candigarh road bagged third position. DAV School, Pakhowal road, got the consolation prize. Thematic attire competition: BVM, Kitchlu Nagar, bagged first position. KVM, Civil Lines, bagged second position. DAV, BRS Nagar, bagged third position. BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh road won the consolation prize in this category. BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh road bagged the Jagat Singh Memorial Running Trophy. President of the GNPS Committee, Jasbir Singh, proposed the vote of thanks. Jasbir Singh and Principal Mona Singh gave away prizes to the winners of various events. Mona Singh said that “Aqua Co-op 2013” was an awareness initiative to encourage the students to take action and create momentum that continues after the end of the International Year of Water Cooperation.

Investiture ceremony

An Investiture ceremony was held at the Amrit Indo-Canadian Academy .The student house council was elected and honoured by President of the Amrit Educational Society Harminder singh ,who presided over the function as a chief guest. From each of the four houses: Sahibzada Ajit Singh Ji,Sahibzada Jujar Singh Ji, Sahibzada Zorawar Singh Ji and Sahibzada Fateh Singh Ji ,two junior prefects, two senior prefects and a house captain were elected in the ceremony .Lovedeep Kaur of Class XII A was conferred with the honour of school captain while karandeep Singh of Class XII A was honoured with the title of Vice-School Captain, Gurmanjot Singh of Class XII B as a Sports Captain (Boys), Jaskiran Kaur of Class XII A as Sports Captain (Girls). Taranjeet Kaur of Class XII A was elected as a caption of Baba Ajit Singh Ji House, Shivani Sharma of Class XII B was elected as a captain of Baba Jujar Singh Ji House, Amandeep Kaur Kooner of Class XII A was eleceted as a captain of Baba Zorawar Singh Ji House ,Simranpreet kaur of Class XII was elected as a captain of Baba Fateh Singh Ji House. All the elected members took oath in the presence of school students. They pledged to work for the honour of academy with the sense of extreme dedication, sincerity and belongingness.

Musical concert

The air was filled with melody and ebullience as the prestigious Music Group, Soul of Jesus, visited Ryan International School, Ludhiana. A special assembly was planned for the guests. They were accorded a musical welcome. Principal Parveena John felicitated the group members on behalf of the Ryan faculty. A foot tapping and melodious music concert was the highlight of the day which was presented by the music group. The students appreciated the concert and applauded their unmatched talent. The students of Classes I - IV got a golden opportunity to learn new action songs under the guidance the group. The day culminated with exciting inter-house music and dance competition which was judged by the group members. The students also showcased their creativity. Winning house was honoured with certificate and memento. The day ended on a promising note. Principal Parveena John said, “We extend our warm gratitude to the music group. Our students thoroughly enjoyed the concert which they will always cherish. Their presence was a morale booster for the students who participated in the inter-house music and dance competition.”

Fruit Day

Fruit Day was observed at St Soldier Divine Public School in which students came with buckets full of fruits like Apple, Guava, Banana, Papaya, Watermelon, Grapes. Students also wore fruit dresses. Principal Santosh Bakshi asked the students to eat at least one fruit daily.

Annual prize distribution ceremony

Bal Bharati Public School felicitated its star performers in academics and co-curricular activities (Nursery-Class I) during the prize distribution function held on May 3 and May 4. There were more than 250 awardees. The function was studded with well directed dances and plays based on the theme of importance of moral values in life. Principal Punam Dogra welcomed the guests and parents and congratulated them as their children have outshone in various activities and brought laurels to the institution. She urged them to develop a positive attitude in their children. The students of Nursery to Class I were awarded with the prizes under various categories. — TNS


Degrees conferred on students

A degree being conferred on a student during the annual convocation of the Guru Hargobind College of Nursing. A Tribune photograph
A student presents a dance item during the annual day function of the INIFD in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana: Over 100 students of graduate and postgraduate nursing courses received degrees and prizes during the annual convocation of the Guru Har Gobind College of Nursing on Saturday. BL Bansal, director of the GHG Educational Trust, presided over the function. Vice-Chancellor of the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences Dr SS Gill was the chief guest on the occasion. Appreciation the role of private organisations in the field of professional education, speakers, including Gill, Controller of Examination Dr Ravinder Kaur and Principal Shameem Sagar, said: thousands of rural girls had brought laurel to their families after receiving degrees from these institutes. A cultural program was presented by the students on the occasion. — TNS



Reporters’ diary
When you get time to clean veggies at office

You tend to meet different people in life everyday. The other day, I was buying vegetables from a street vendor. I purchased a small bunch of fenugreek, since the vegetable was almost going from the season. A person came near the vendor and said since he saw fenugreek in his hands, he thought he should also buy. He took a bunch and paid Rs 10 to the vendor and said, "Office baithe baithe main methis saaf vi kar deni hai" (While sitting in the office, I clean the methi). I was taken aback. Though I did not know him yet out of curiosity, I asked the person where did he work? He said he worked in Government Polytechnic College and he had an ample of time for such works. He also asked the vendor to give him half a kg of peas, too. "Matar vi nikal jaange, de hi de" (even peas will be peeled, just give it). I kept on looking at him and his dedication towards duty!

The jackpot

So many press notes and press releases are received in our offices. Many of these have more names than the content. Some of the events are seemingly 'created' only to find space in the newspapers and the press note becomes the 'ticket' to find some space in the newspapers. A sender of such a press note said that they have to mention all the names lest anyone should get offended at not being given proper 'attention' and 'honour'. Even the names of people not present on the occasion are mentioned as "were present", he said. "If some of the names get through in some newspapers, we feel we have hit the 'jackpot'," he smiled.

World is really small

In today's busy world, one hardly gets time to meet friends and well-wishers. Everyone is bound to the duties assigned. A few day ago, I received an sms stating, "Meri ibaton ko aise kar kabool E mere khuda! tere sajde mein sar to main jhukaoon lekin mujhse door har shakhas ki zindagi sanwar jaye." When I called up the sender, to my surprise, it was my college days friend who said, "Dear it is me, Deepika, remember? we studied together in the college."Her words not only relaxed me but also made me realise that although life is busy. But world is very small and one can always get time to remain in touch with like minded friends.

Of incomplete projects and missed deadlines

City residents have been at the receiving end for quite some time due to tardy progress at several major infrastructural development projects that were announced and work taken in hand with much fan fare. While the senior government functionaries were bending over backwards to take credit for these development projects, no one really bothered to make sure that these were completed in time. For example, the railway overbridge in place of Lakkar Pul, Express Highway along Sidhwan Canal, railway underpass on the Lodhi Club Road, eight-laning of the Ferozepur Road, indoor stadium on the Pakhowal Road and eight-laning of the NH-I have missed several dead lines. Work on most of these projects is stalled or being executed at a snail's pace, causing avoidable inconvenience to the people. Is some body listening?

Contributed by Shivani Bhakoo, Gurvinder Singh, Anupam Bhagria and Kuldip Bhatia




Ludhiana: Vinod Thapar, Chairman, Knitwear Club has been appointed as member of the Punjab Pradesh Advisory Committee by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI). Knitwear Club members congratulated Thapar on his appointment.

Delegation flagged off

A delegation of 51 members of the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association (UCPMA) was flagged off for 23rd China International Bicycle and Motor Fair 2013 from May 6 to May 9.

Magazine released

PWD Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon appreciated the efforts of Punarjot Eye Bank Society for the eradication of blindness from the northern India. On the occasion, Dhillon also released the society's magazine 'Punarjot' dedicated to NRIs for helping the society in the eradication of blindness. Dhillon assured all possible help from the government to the society in their noble mission of eye donation. Dr Ramesh, medical director of the society, appealed to the NGO's and welfare societies to get maximum benefit from their project 'Saanjh' and refer patients for free corneal transplantation.

Welfare association members meet VC

A deputation of the PAU Retirees Welfare Association met Vice-Chancellor of the university during which pensioners discussed their problems and requested him that pensioner's would be given their pension on first of every month. Single window system should be adopted to solve the problems of the pensioners. The Vice-Chancellor gave a patient hearing to their grievances and promised to solve the issues at the earliest.


The Mahasahyog Labour Union on Sunday burnt the effigy of Pakistan's secret agency, ISI, and condemned the neighbouring country for taking out the vital organs of Sarabjit Singh, who was killed after a clash in the jail at Pakistan. "To conceal the real cause of his death, the vital organs of Sarabhjeet were taken out," said the protestors.

Minister sees propaganda

"”The Industrialist and traders of Mandi Gobhindgarh have launched a "false wave" of propaganda against the SAD-BJP Government regarding the shifting of industry from Punjab to the neighboring state," said Local bodies Minister Chuni Lal Bhagat at the residence of former Municipal council Chief Dharma Pal Rao. He was there to attend the Rath Yatrra for Jagan Nath Puri. The minister said, "The Industrialists and traders want to get more tax concessions from the state government under the pretext of shifting the industry, which is evident from the tax received by government from the industry."

Birth anniversary

The Dr Ambedkar Educational Trust Punjab celebrated the birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar. A number of political personalities, including Bhagat Chunui Lal, Satpal Gosain, Ashwani Mehata, Ajmer Singh Bhagpur, were presents on the occasion. During his address, Cabinet Minister Bhagat Chuni lal appreciated the efforts of the Dr BR Ambedkar Educational Trust for providing education to the students belongs to the weaker section of the society.
Members of the Dr Ambedkar Educational Trust, Punjab, during the birth anniversary celebrations of Dr BR Ambedkar in Ludhiana. photo: inderjeet singh

Bhagwan Parsuram

The birth anniversary of Bhagwan Parsuram was celebrated on Sunday by the Brahman Samaj Vikas Parishad. District Planning Board chairman Hira Singh Gabria was also present on the occasion. He said that one should follow the path shown by Parshu Ram.

Rs 3 lakh grant for dharamshala

District Congress Committee Ludhiana (Urban) President Pawan Dewan on Sunday flayed the state government for deteriorating law and order situation in the state. He was speaking during a programme organised in the city. On the occasion, Dewan and Congress leader Gurmail Pehalwan gave a grant of Rs 3 lakh to the Shri Guru Ravidas Dharamshala. — TNS



Meeting on single window clearance held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 5
A district level meeting of single window clearance under the Punjab Industrial facilitation Act-2005 on the subject single window clearances was held today. The meeting was chaired by Rahul Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner, in the presence of Rahul Verma, Municipal Commissioner and Chief Administrator GLADA, KL Sharma, Chief Engineer, PSPCL, Kanwalpreet Kaur Brar, DETC, Mahesh Khanna, GM, DIC, Rishi Pal, Addl Deputy Comm Development, Ludhiana, and other senior govt officials heading various departments related to industry and commerce in Punjab responded with rectification measures on the issues faced by industrialist.

On the occasion, Avtar Singh, Upkar Singh Ahuja, Phuman Singh, Rajnish Ahuja, GS Kahlon, Badish Jindal, TL Mishra, Rajan Gupta, Jatinder Mittal enlightened various issues related with poor infrastructures of focal point and other link roads.

To the problem of pending VAT refunds Kanwalpreet Brar, DETC said, "The work for updating the department's website is in process and once it is done then every work in the department will be done online. Bogus firms will be detected through their transactions and VAT refunds will also be issued online," said Brar. Industry also raised question about procurement policy and mixed land coming under mixed land use.

Grooming and training of children above 14 years, keeping proper record of children above 14 years and handing over their names, age record to the concerned labour department to let them legally work for maximum four and half hours as per industrial labor policy, reviewing of minimum industrial investment clause under declaration of green category industry, registration of sale deed of plots at old industrial areas under industrial category not as commercial category were prominently raised in the meeting.

Brar, while answering the queries, said that refund cases will be disposed off on absolute scrutinising the quality and completion of all documents and updations will be made in terms of timely refunds of VAT within the stipulated period of 60 days as laid in the Punjab Industrial Facilitation Act-2005.

Municipal Corporation Chief Administrator, Rahul Verma, divulged details of upcoming proposed industrial expansion under an area spread over 1,200 acres to 2,500 acres earmarked in the proximity of Sahnewal, Chandigarh Road, near Kohara and Rahon road. He further also told that the rates of land under proposed industrial area will be decided keeping in view the demand and supply policy.

Verma also assured the provision of sufficient exhibition area very soon for the industry at the earmarked locations like a seven-acre plot lying at Phase V, related to the non-functional Punjab Govt knitwear corporation, near Kohara or at Rahon road.



Website comes up for senior citizens
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 5
Now the senior citizens' associations will use technique to mobilise the aged people and make the masses aware about the apathy of senior citizens. With the objective of senior citizen's welfare, Governing Body of Federation of Senior Citizen's Associations of Punjab (FEDSEN-PUNJAB) and Welfare Association Ludhiana (SCWAL) has launched a website here today.

The website of FEDSEN contained not only information about the federation but also about all Acts, policies and concessions available to the senior citizens.

In this meeting of Governing Body of Federation of Senior Citizen's Associations, 20 presidents of the federated Associations from across the state, Federation office-bearers and some special invitees were present.

Dr AS Khehra, federation president said, "Population as well as problems faced by elderly has been increasing over the years. Senior Citizens are already more than 10 percent in Punjab (next only to Kerala). Increasing migration, changing family structure, falling family structure, falling family values, increasing elder abuse and declining family support systems have added to problems of the elderly." SP Karkara, president of Senior Citizens' Welfare Association said, "Ironically, a majority of senior citizens are economically poor. In fact, the senior citizens form most vulnerable group within each section of the society is least organised. The government, society and the senior citizens themselves must plan and act to tackle the emerging problem. With appropriate policy formulation and effective implementation the increased population of the senior citizens can become an asset rather than a burden."



Mindless dieting ‘harmful’ for health
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 5
Everyone just wanted to get into the skinny mode a few years back, but now with increasing awareness, the trend is changing. Mindless dieting can lead to serious health problems. Not only does it cause deficiency of minerals and vitamins in the body, it also doesn't resolve problems of excessive weight. You tend to put on more weight than earlier, when you return to your normal diet," says a city-based doctor.

“Not having food for long periods can lead to slow metabolism and a host of other problems,” says Anvita Chatwal from a diet clinic. When the metabolism becomes slow, it causes digestion problems, as digestion becomes slow it results into higher accumulation of fat in the body.

"I used to diet earlier, but it caused a lot of health problems. I realised that health is not about losing weight or becoming skinny, but it is about fitness and health in any body shape and size," said Preeti, a resident. "Now people want to celebrate good health rather than slipping into a particular body shape," she added.

Thanks to this awareness, many diet clinics have opened in the city. "Dieting and starving yourself is not a solution as it may worsen your health, but what is required is rather diet 'editing' to enjoy healthy life and lifestyle," said Simrat Kathuria from another diet clinic in Model Town. “People in Ludhiana have high choleststrol as they take oil-rich food. If the problems are not acute, these can be managed by making changes in the diet," added Kathuria.



Check sale of over-ripe fruits: DC to Health Dept
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 5
Following the instructions of the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, Rahul Tiwari, has asked the Health Department to check the sale of over ripened or under ripened fruits. Now, the Health Department has come up with a roaster of activities the notice. However, the sale of cut fruit being sold in the city at some placs under unhygienic conditions is yet to be checked.

District Epidemiologist, Dr Puneet Juneja, said, "We have received these instructions recently. Following which we planned 11 activities for the month of May. Under this, we will check all high risk areas of the city. These include areas of Sherpur Chowk, Haibowal, Madhopuri, Field Ganj, Sabji Mandi, Basti Jodhewal etc. "He further said the health department has already visited area behind Vardhman factory last week and got desroyed rotten fruits overe there. Dr Juneja said, "Every week, we will visit any two areas for inspection and act accordingly."

He appealed to the public in general that they can report any outbreak to the control room at 0161 2444193. Last year, people used to ring up at this number and complain about littered garbage and requested to get the area cleaned, which of course is the job of the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, and not of the health department.



Violation of board rules
Report on affiliated schools yet to be submitted
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 5
The last date for submitting the report on the affiliated schools in the district to the Education Department is May 10 and by May 5 the respective committee members had to submit the reports to the District Education Officers (DEOs).

One of the principal and a committee member said it was not an easy task to find the schools which did not have even proper addresses and telephone numbers. "We kept on making rounds in the areas. Besides, there were many holidays too. The work of submitting lists to the DEOs will start from tomorrow only,” said the member. Another committee member said the department needs to buy more time as by May 10, the department will not be able to send the lists of affiliated schools, which were not following the Punjab School Education Board's (PSEB) rules.

District Education Officer Paramjit Kaur Chahl, however, said she was hopeful to get the lists within a day or two as they were to be sent to the Education Department by May 10. "In case, there is any problem, we will buy few more days for completing the task,” she said.

The PSEB had sent a list of 303 schools in Ludhiana district, which were constructed in below 500 square yards of land. Though the affiliated school managements got two more years to build required infrastructure as per the PSEB conditions, yet the committee was told to check if these schools were following all other guidelines of the board or not. 



Police to check number of cartridges used

Ludhiana, May 5
The controversy surrounding the mid-night face off between BJP worker Vipan and the PAU students refuses to die down as the police is now planning to count the number of shots fired during the fracas.

Nirmal Singh SHO Division No 5, while confirming the development, said: "We will soon conduct a check on the number of cartridges that were used by Vipan during the incident. We will also probe on number of weapons used."

The move took following allegation by the family members of Preetinder Singh, who suffered a leg fracture during the mid- night clash. Preetinder's brother said, "I have spoken to Preetinder, he told me that Sood and his aides had fired around 50 shots. Sood not only fired shots at him but kept firing shots while chasing Preetinder and his friends. When Preetinder was caught, Sood fired shots from point blank range to scare Preetinder. My brother was thrashed badly. He has not only suffered a leg fracture but had also developed a clotting in his head."

He said the case of attempt to robbery against his brother and friends, who are PAU students, has been registered under political pressure.

"While my brother has been left bedridden, Sood and his son Shivam did not suffer a scratch. Then how Sood is alleging that my brother and his friends had launched an attack at his house," said Shiwinder. A road rage had turned ugly and led to a ruckus outside the house of a realtor in Model Gram on Wednesday night. — TNS



Fraud by Chinese firms worries Indian Embassy
Issues advisory to Indian small and medium enterprises to be cautious
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 5
The Indian Embassy in China has expressed concern over the growing incidents of fraud by Chinese companies with the Indian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in import transactions.

An advisory for Indian business community to protect them from such frauds has been issued by the embassy. It also includes names of 86 Chinese companies in different 12 cities of China to create awareness among India companies.

Maximum cases of trade disputes have originated from the province of Hebei and the Tianjin towns of China and the amount involved under these cases of trade dispute was US$ 29, 35,016 last year.

"It is a good effort of the Indian Embassy which should also be started in other countries as well so that importers and exporters can feel secure," said Badish Jindal, president of Federation of Association of Small Industries of India.

Jindal revealed that it has been circulated to the SME units of Punjab and city particularly as several industrial units import their material from China.

The Indian company must run a complete credential check on the prospective Chinese partner before entering into an agreement with a Chinese company, advisory issued by the Indian Embassy stated adding that the Embassy could provide services for preliminary credit check on the Chinese companies.

The Embassy has brought out a list of dos and don’ts recommended for Indian companies interested in doing business with Chinese companies as follows:


  • Indian companies should run a preliminary Internet check on the credibility of the Chinese company.
  • Indian companies should insist on the copies of the passport/national identity card of the representatives of the Chinese company. This would help to track down the offender in case they go absconding.
  • Physical inspection of the goods to be carried out by the importing company at the point of loading in China.
  • Refer your trade queries to the Embassy of India or the Consulate Generals of India instead of B2B companies.


  • Indian companies must desist from placing orders on Chinese companies listed on B2B sites in India and China.
  • Never trust a Chinese B2B site, which is just in English and has no Chinese version. A site only in English with no Chinese version is fraud in all likelihood.
  • Advance payment through bank transfer is discouraged; unless the credibility of the Chinese company is proved beyond doubt.
  • Never trust email communications while confirming bank details. Always supplement it with communication through faxes/courier.
  • Do not fall for offers of cheap products from the Chinese companies.



PAU to celebrate Batalvi’s birth anniversary

Ludhiana, May 5
The Communication Department of Punjab Agricultural University is going to celebrate the birth anniversary of legendary Punjabi poet Shiv Kumar Batalvi on Monday. The function is scheduled to be held at 3pm at the committee room of the Communication Centre, in which poets from the city will present their poems.

Gurbhajan Singh Gill, Editor, Changi Kheti, said: “Shiv Kumar Batalvi was a poet of soil. He contributed a lot in Punjabi literature. A few people know that Batalvi was closely associated with the Punjab Agricultural University. He also wrote a song for the university. We initiate such function every year.” Mann Singh Toor, Manjinder Dhanoa and Tarlochan Lochi will present their poems on the occasion. — TNS



Man booked on charge of forging documents
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 5
Joginder Singh, a resident of Lull village near Samrala has been booked for obtaining a driving licence by submitting fake documents. During the inquiry it was found that the name of Joginder’s father was Ram Singh, but he intentionally filed a wrong name of his father to obtain the driving licence.

The police has registered a case of fraud against Joginder Singh and currently probing that why did he obtained a licence by misleading the office District Transportation Department (DTO).

Inmate held with drugs

Alert jail guards nabbed an inmate with drugs during a surprise check here last evening.

The inmate has been identified as Amritpal Singh, a resident of Dhoolkot. He was facing a rigorous imprisonment for 10 years in a criminal case.

Last night, the jail officials conducted a surprise check following a tip-off that the drugs were making way inside the jail.

The jail guards conducted a checked the prisoner in each barrack and found three pouches of drugs hidden in Amritpal’s undergarments.

The jail officials immediately informed the police about the recovery of drugs. The police has booked Amritpal in under the NDPS Act and started the investigation.

Man nabbed with habit-forming drugs

The city police has nabbed a man with a huge quantity of habit-forming drugs from a police check point in Shimlapuri area here last evening.

The accused has been identified as Rajinder Kumar, alias Raju, a resident of New Janta Nagar area. He tried to flee on seeing the police, which raised alerted the policemen and after giving him a chase, they managed to nab Raju.

On searching his bag, the police found a huge quantity including 52,760 tablets, 50,512 capsules, 636 injections, 550 cough syrups from the possession of the accused.

The accused was immediately arrested. It may be mentioned here that the menace of drugs is giving rise to crime incidents in Shimlapuri and surrounding area.

Youth booked for kidnapping girl

A youth from Pathankot has been booked by the city police for kidnapping a 15-year-old girl on the pretext of marriage.

The youth has been identified as Sahil, a resident of Phullanwal Mandir area in Pathankot.

According to the victim’s father, a resident of New Janta Nagar, Sahil, who is a relative of his daughter’s classmate entered the house on April 23 and took his daughter on the pretext of marriage.

After failing to get any details about their whereabouts, the girl’s father brought the matter to the notice of Shimlapuri police.

The police has booked Sahil for kidnapping a minor and started the investigation.

Owner of spinning mill booked

The owner of RD Spinning Mill was booked for hiring child labour at his mill. A case has been registered after a five-month long probe.

It was on December 20 that a team of the social security department had raided the factory unit and rescued children who were allegedly forced to work at a unit.

The accused has been booked under Section 24 of the Juvenile Justice Act 2,000 and Section 14 of the Child Blow Prohibition Act 1986.

Case against property dealer

A property dealer has been booked for duping a city resident. Karamjit Singh of Gill village has stated in his complaint that Nagesh Kumar, a resident of Durgapuri in Haibowal duped him and usurped his land.

Karamjit said Nagesh had promised him to sell a plot of 1650 sq yd located in Basant Avenue area. Karamjit said he had paid a token money of the plot to Nagesh on October 5.

Karamjit further stated to the police that instead of formulating a land deal, Nagesh sold the plot by bifurcating it in small sections.

A probe was conducted by the ADCP-III, Joginder Singh, following which a case has been registered against Nagesh Kumar under Section 420 of the IPC and 36 (1) of the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act 1995.

Man killed in accident

A 50-year-old pedestrian was killed in a road accident near Gill village here last evening.

Damanpreet, a resident of Gill village, said that the incident took place at 7.30 pm when he was on an evening walk with Deepak. He saw a motorcyclist coming from Alamgir side in over-speeding. The motorcyclists lost control and hit the pedestrian who sustained serious injuries and was rushed to a hospital in 108 emergency ambulance. The doctors declared the victim as brought dead.

Sources said Chandan, a resident of Jassian village, who was riding the motorcycle, has been booked under Section 304 of the IPC for reckless driving causing death.

Man booked for encroachment

The city police has booked Balwinder Singh, a resident of Central Town on the Pakhowal road for encroaching upon a land belonging to a woman.

A case has been registered on the complaint of Usha Gupta, a resident of BRS Nagar.

The complainant reported that when she was out of town, the accused, Balwinder Singh, tried to encroached upon her land located in Daad village. She brought the matter to the notice of senior officer after which Balwinder Singh was booked under Sections 447, 448 of the IPC for conducting illegal encroachment.

Fake registry

A resident of Golden Avenue in Jalandhar has been booked for formulating a fake registry and encroaching upon a plot.

Parveen Sharma, a resident of Field Gunj, said the accused, Kuljit Singh, of Golden Avenue Phase-II, Jalandhar, along with his accomplices formulated a fake registry by producing some imposter in front of the magistrate.

Parveen stated that when he was not at home, the accused trespassed into his property and to obtain illegal possession on it.

ADCP-II, Bhupinder Singh Sidhu, conducted a probe in the matter after which a case has been registered against the accused Kuljit Singh. The police has started the investigation.



Criminal nabbed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 5
Another notorious criminal of Chotta Lalla gang, Lakhwinder Singh alias Jassi, was nabbed by the city police. Jassi was wanted in eight cases, including attempt to murder, assault, gang war and possessing arms.

Giving details J Elanchezhian, ACP (North) said Jassi was arrested from a police naka at Sangam Palace last evening. Jassi, a key aide of Chotta Lalla, was involved in gang wars and opening fire in Kila Mohalla last month.

The police also recovered .315 pistol and a live cartridge from possession of the accused.

Chotta Lalla, who was caught a few days ago, was brought to the city for a production warrant. During interrogation, Lalla admitted before the police that he was in possession of a .315 pistol and two live cartridges. Following the information police raided the place told by Lalla and recovered the weapon.

J Elanchezhian, ACP (North), said the police was searching for the arms dealer from whom the two used to procure weapons. Sources said Jassi and Lalla had procured weapons from Uttar Pradesh (UP).

Recently rival gang leader Ajaypal and Sachin entered the house of Lalla in Haibowal area and opened fire. Lalla had survived the attack which led to a gang war between both the groups.

Jassi along with Chotta Lalla had trespassed into the house of rival gang leader Ajapal and Sachin. In order to create an explosion Lalla and Jassi had opened fire at LPG cooking gas cylinder.



Four arrested for drug peddling, gambling
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 5
The police has arrested four persons involved in different cases of drug peddling and gambling. As much as 140 kg poppy husk and a motorcycle driven cart was seized during the raid.

Sukhdev Singh Virk, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Amargarh, said the police team led by ASI Harnek Singh Ghuman nabbed Gian Singh of Matoyee village when he was going to distribute poppy husk on motorcycle driven cart (PB 28 C 0155) from the outskirts of Jitwal Khurad on Saturday. A bag containing 55 kg of the contraband was seized during the operation.

Another team led by ASI Gurmej Singh nabbed Kirpal Singh of Bhaini Sahib, Sahnewal, now a resident of Matoyee, when he was leaving the area near Rohira village here. As much as 65 kg poppy husk was seized from his possession.

Gauns Mohammad of Maan Majra village was found carrying 20 kg poppy husk by ASI Nirmal Singh. Rakesh Kumar, of local ward No. 3, was arrested by Jaspal Singh under the gambling Act. An amount of Rs 1,000 and paraphernalia used in the crime was also seized. 



Three siblings assaulted
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, May 5
Two orphan sisters and their brother were allegedly assaulted by migrants at Kirpal Nagar near Basti Jodhewal here today. During a scuffle, their clothes were also torn. The victims have been identified as Rajni, Mamta and their brother, Pawan. The trio were rushed to the Civil Hospital for treatment.

While Pawan and Rajni were discharged following treatment, Mamta was still under treatment in the hospital.

Rajni said, the incident took place this afternoon when she along with Mamta were alone at home.

Some migrants, who are allegedly occupying some portion of their house, started hurling abuse at them.

Rajni said Ram Singh along with his son and accomplices assaulted them.

They somehow managed to call their brother Pawan. Pawan said when he came to the rescue his sisters, the migrants assaulted him as well.



4 booked for fraud

Khamano, May 5
The police has arrested a local Akali Dal leader along with one more person after registering a case of fraud against four persons.

SHO, Khamano, Gurmeet Singh, said a person of Ranwan Balvir Singh village filed an application with the SSP, Fatehgarh Sahib, against some individuals of the same village that they had defrauded him by using some forged documents. After an enquiry, the police registered a case under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 of the IPC against four persons. The police arrested two persons, including local Akali Dal leader Kashmira Singh, a former director of a bank along with Nirmal Singh, while two others are yet to be apprehended.



City lad brings laurels
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 5
City lad Arpinder, who missed the qualifying London Olympics in 2012 by a minor margin has brought laurels in athletics through determination and continued practice.

A trainee at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre, Ludhiana, Arpinder, once again has shown his talent by clinching bronzes medal in Asian Grand Prix which going on in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 4.

On the first venue of the Asian Grand Prix, six-feet tall Arpinder Singh scaled 16.74 m jump.

Asian Grand Prix would be held on three separate venues. The first competitions held in Bangkok on May 4. The second championship would also be held in Bangkok on May 8 and last competitions scheduled on May 12 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Arpinder belongs to Harsha Sheena village, district Amritsar, and has been practicing at SAI centre, Ludhiana, since 2009. It is not the first time that he has achieved a medal, Arpinder has a long list of achievements. He won the silver medal in Junior Asia 2010 held in Vietnam.

In the Asian Grand Prix 2012, Arpinder clinched silver and bronze medals in separate events of triple jumps. Showing his mettle in National Games held in Ranchi he won gold medal.

Arpinder scaled 16.48m in recently held National Federation Cup on April 23-26 at Patiala in which he defeated Ranjit Maheswari, who won the bronze medal in Common wealth games in 2010.

SS Pannu, coach and Incharge of SAI Ludhiana said, "Arpinder is very efficient and committed player. We are expecting the medals from Arpinder. He got bronze in first event. We hope that he will achieve more in other two events at Bangkok and Colombo."



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