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City fares well in CBSE Class X exams
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 30
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) declared the Class X results today. Over 900 students from the city scored 10 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA).

Students and parents were seen checking the CBSE website for results since morning. As soon as the students got to know about their CGPA, their phones started ringing and most of them reached their respective schools to seek blessings of their teachers.

Though the CBSE has not specified the number of students scoring 10 CGPA in the district, but the as per the rough estimates, over 900 students in the city have score 10 CGPA.

Arushi Gupta, who scored 10 CGPA, said she felt on top of the world. “It was efforts of the teachers and blessings of my parents that I was able to perform well. My aim is to become a doctor,” said Arushi.

Determined to achieve their goals

Navita Puri, principal of Kundan Vidya Mandir, said: “Gone are the days when students used to depend on their parents to choose their careers. They are aware and are determined to achieve their goals.”

Principal of BCM School Paramjit Kaur said: Students scoring 10 CGPA means that they all scored above 95 per cent marks. It is the joint effort of the students and teachers.” 


Peon’s son shines with 9.6 CGPA
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 30
Aman Sharma, son of a peon at Kundan Vidya Mandir, did his father and school proud by getting 9.6 CGPA in the CBSE Class X exams.

Aman, who scored 9.6 CGPA in the CBSE Class X exams, offers sweets to his father in Ludhiana on Thursday.
Aman, who scored 9.6 CGPA in the CBSE Class X exams, offers sweets to his father in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan 

An elated Aman attributed his success to his teachers and parents. "We live in a one-room house. My elder brother is pursuing BTech. Since my father is the sole breadwinner of the family, I could not afford to take tuitions and studied on my own. My brother and teachers used to help me. My aim is to become an engineer and support my father as he has done so much for us,” said Aman.

Cricket player excels

A state-level cricket player from BCM School, Shastri Nagar, Ankur Malhotra, who scored 9.6 CGPA in the CBSE Class X, feels that it is not difficult to maintain a balance between studies and games. "I have a passion for cricket and at the same time I never wanted to be poor in studies. I used to dedicate three hours to studies daily. I have played for the state and have recently given trails for the nationals.”

Weak eyesight no deterrent

A student with weak eyesight has scored 7.8 CGPA in the CBSE Class X. A girl student of BCM Shastri Nagar put in her best efforts to get good CGPA. Her class teacher told The Tribune: "She had such a poor vision that throughout the year, I made her sit on the first bench. She overcame difficulties and performed well.”



Mayor cracks whip against absentees
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 30
Five civic employees who were absent without leave have been served show-cause notices while six others who arrived late on duty in the C Zone office of the Municipal Corporation were given a warning during a surprise attendance check by Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwadia today.

Gohalwadia visited at the Zone C office of the MC on Gill Road at sharp 9 am and took the attendance register in his hand. After waiting for 20 minutes, the Mayor found that five employees had not reported on duty, nor had they submitted a leave application. Six other employees arrived late by 15 to 20 minutes.

Gohalwadia said the latecomers were issued warning and those absent without leave were served show-cause notices.

The surprise check by the Mayor had come just a couple of days after the zonal commissioner of Zone C AS Sekhon had reported "perfect attendance" during a similar exercise.

Gohalwadia said he was both happy and surprised at the report of the zonal commissioner that the employees were being punctual and devoted to duty. "But still the perfect attendance report nagged me and I decided to check the attendance personally to be absolutely sure. At the same time, I wanted to send a message to the staff that there will be no compromise with dereliction of duty, or taking things lightly by the employees will not be tolerated."

Among the late comers who got away with a warning were Anil Kumar, supervisor, suvidha centre, Kuldip Kaur and Angrej Singh, both sewadars in drawing branch, Jasbir Singh, clerk, B and R branch, Charanjit Singh Bhagat, clerk, building branch and Ashwani Kumar, sewadar, building branch.

Those absent without leave were Jagtar Singh Sethi, clerk, water supply and sewerage branch, Amarjit Singh Sherpuri, clerk, house tax branch, Harjinder and Mohan Singh, both draftsmen and Seema, sewadar, drawing branch. 



11 students injured as school bus overturns 
Tribune News Service

The bus that overturned; and (right) an injured child undergoes treatment at a hospital.
The bus that overturned; and (right) an injured child undergoes treatment at a hospital. Tribune photos

Ludhiana, May 30
Eleven students and a teacher suffered injuries after a bus they were traveling in overturned at Ramgarh village on Chandigarh Road today. The incident took place at 7 am when the driver of the bus was trying to avoid a collision with an auto-rickshaw.

The bus was ferrying students of Nankana Sahib Public School, Khasi Kalan.

The injured have been identified as Gurkaran Singh, Harshdeep Singh, Anreet Kaur, Ramandeep Kaur, Manjot Kaur, Harshpreet Kaur, Anmol Kaur, Navjot Kaur, Karamjit Kaur and a teacher, Harvinder Kaur.

Karamjit Kaur and teacher Harvinder Kaur suffered serious injuries.

Driver Jassa Singh, who also suffered minor injuries, managed to flee after the accident.

It is learnt that the bus in which Jassa Singh used to ferry students to the school developed a snag. Today, he borrowed another bus to ferry the students to the school.

Raju, owner of the bus, said the bus was not ferrying students. the bus was on its way to the railway station with passengers on board. 



Eight injured in group clash at Civil Hospital 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 30
Civil Hospital turned into a battlefield after two groups clashed on the hospital premises and pelted each other with stones.

Eight persons were injured during the clash. The injured have been identified as Baljinder, Narinder, their sister Karanjit Kaur, aunt Seema Rani and father Mohan Lal. The injured members of the other family include Balbir Kaur, Ravinder Kumar and Lakhwinder Pal.

Both the groups were at loggerhead over a piece of land at Fathegarh Gujaran. 



Material worth lakhs gutted in plywood factory 
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 30
A massive fire broke out at a plywood factory on Humbran-Mullanpur Road, about 20 kilometres from here today, causing extensive damage to the main shed, machinery as well as raw material and finished goods lying on one side of the shed.

Flames engulf a plywood factory on Hambran-Mullanpur Road;
Flames engulf a plywood factory on Hambran-Mullanpur Road; and (below) firemen try to douse the fire in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune photos
firemen try to douse the fire in Ludhiana on Thursday.

Five fire tenders of the municipal corporation and two others from the Indian Air Force Station at Halwara toiled for more than three hours to control the blaze. The fire fighters soaked the boundary of the main shed inside the factory to check the fire from spreading and causing damage to the factory building and other adjoining units.

The owner of the factory said the fire could have been caused due to short circuit or a spark flying inside the shed from the rear of the factory. "The fire broke out around 12 noon but since the factory was closed due to the weekly holiday, it took some time for the workers residing on the factory premises to notice the smoke and flames," said the owner of Sony Industries. The owner claimed that he suffered a loss of Rs 55 to 60 lakh due to the fire.

The owner of the factory blamed fire brigade for responding late as first fire tender from the MC arrived at the spot around 1.30 pm. "Sensing the gravity of the situation, the IAF fire tenders were also called in and the fire fighting staff also sought additional assistance when more fire tenders were rushed to control the fire," said the Additional Divisional Fire Officer Bhupinder Singh Sandhu.

Sandhu denied that there was any deliberate delay in sending the fire fighters to the spot. "The factory is located some 15-20 kilometres from the city and fire tenders were sent immediately on receiving the report," he said. The time taken by the fire fighters to reach the spot was what it takes in the normal course, he added.

The factory owner said some one-dozen-odd plywood units were located on Humbran-Mullanpur Road and the site was far away from the city. Since the raw material and finished goods in the plywood factories were highly inflammable, there was need to set up a fire station in the vicinity so that damage caused by fire incidents could be minimised in future.

A minor fire was reported from a plastic factory on Gill Road which caused damage to the machinery. One fire tender reached the spot and the fire was controlled in about half an hour, said a fire official. 



Agriculture not the reason for depletion, pollution of water, says farmers’ body
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 30
Maintaining that overexploitation and contamination by the industrial processes, and not the agriculture, has resulted in depletion and pollution of underground water, farmers of the region have urged the government to save human and animal lives by arranging supply of purified river water at least for drinking purpose.

While acknowledging this trend, functionaries of certain constitutional organisations, working for the welfare of farmers, said they had already initiated process for requisitioning remedial steps in the matter.

In separate communications addressed to higher authorities, including the Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal and the Panchayat and Minister for Agriculture Punjab Government. Mann Singh Garcha, a SAD leader and Managing Director of the Cooperative Bank and Zila Parishad members, Parminder Singh Rangian and Jagdeep Singh Bittu have demanded that the officials of the concerned departments should be impressed upon to check the further degradation of underground water table.

“It is a high time when we should try to comprehend the actual cause of depletion and contamination of the underground water, which has already reached an alarming end. Instead of blaming only the agriculture sector for the situation, we should understand that the industry sector has been recklessly exploiting the natural resources, including water,” reads communication written by Mann Singh Garcha, who further advocated that industrialists should be made to implement preventive measures in letter and spirit.

Besides seeking intervention of the State Government, the zila parishad members, Rangian and Bittu said they would raise the issue in the maiden meeting of the Civic Body and get the needful things done by the coordinating authorities in the industrial department.

Earlier, the farmers led by Punjab Kissan Sabha leaders Baldev Singh Latala, Sikandar Singh Jartoli and Amarjit Singh Mattu, office-bearer of another NGO fighting for the interests of the peasants, alleged that successive governments had been imposing bans on farmers on pretext of preserving underground water table.

“Unfortunately no organisation had since bothered to study the reasons behind the contamination and depletion of water. If at all agriculture might have contributed in depletion, how pumping of water could contaminate it with hazardous elements,” argued Latala, Jartoli and Mattu.

Maintaining that farmers had to shell out extra money for irrigation due to fast depletion of water because to industrial processes, farmers demanded that extra burden should be borne either by the government or the industry.

“As industrialists are earning handsomely, they should compensate farmers for the financial burden that farmers are made to bear, due to overexploitation of underground water by the industrial sector,” argued farmers' leaders.

They further added that the State Government should undertake remedial measures on its own, in order to cope with this situation. 



Industry worried about decreasing export to China
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 30
The Federation of Association of Small Industries of India met MSME Minister and expressed their concern over India's decreasing margin of exports to China and China's increasing margin of exports to India.

"On one hand, India's exports to important countries are increasing but on other hand the exports to China are decreasing by a huge margin of 16 per cent, which indeed is shocking," said Badish Jindal, president of Federation of Association of Small Industries of India.

India is exporting just 4.5 percent of its total exports to China, whereas it is importing more than 11 per cent of its total import from China. The trade imbalance between India is increasing year on year basis, he said during the meeting. 



USA’s major vegetable supplier visits PAU
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 30
Harbhajan Singh Samra, known as “king of Okra” perhaps would not have thought that while buying veggies from a wholesale market, for his brother's restaurant, he will hone his marketing skills and would become a major producer and supplier of vegetables of Indian origion in USA and Canada. (The word Okra is used most often in USA for Lady fingers).

Samra had recently visited Panjab Agricultural University (PAU) for a discussion with the vegetable experts.

Hailing from Mashiana village in Jalandhar district, he migrated to California in 1985. A postgraduate in Economics, he belongs to an agriculturist family. Talking to the Tribune, Samra said,"Initially I was associated with my brothers, who were settled in California and ran their own restaurants. But the restaurant business did not prove profitable for us as we were unable to meet the expenses. Thereafter, I started visiting vegetable market for buying the veggies to reduce the expenses of restaurant. I used to buy vegetables from wholesaler and sell these at Indian restaurants and markets in abroad. Slowly, I found this business as being more profitable and I opened a vegetable store at downtown, Los Angeles."

Samra started cultivation of vegetables of Indian origin by hiring a small farm in Delano. He said, "I found the climate of Delano was not suitable for the cultivation of lady fingers, which we used to grow in Punjab. Then I started farming at some other places in the USA, where the weather was hot and dry. Finally, I got success to grow the vegetables of South Asian taste."

Presently, Samra cultivates vegetables in 400 acres land of his own and also gets the veggies cultivated from other agriculturist on contract, in an area of 600 acres. Besides Okra, he also cultivates many other vegetable of Indian origin. Today, Samra provides employment to around 160 workers.

"Punjab Agricultural University has played a vital role in the improvement of the agrarian society in Punjab. I used to get seeds from this university. Our farmers can progress further by the judicious use of resources and adopting a futuristic approach", said Samra.



Keep children busy in vacations
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 30
Summer vacations are almost here and keeping children busy during vacations is extremely important to make their time productive. Parents should make sure that their children get involved in some activity or the other so that their time is not wasted.

We below discuss few ideas on how to keep children busy during vacations:

Hobby classes

Enrolling a child for hobby classes is one of the most preferred options by parents for keeping their child busy during vacations. One has a plethora of options and can choose according to the interest of the kid. Hobby classes include dance classes, arts and craft classes, computer, painting, cooking classes etc. Let your child decide about the hobby class which he or she would like to join on his or her own.

Summer camps

It is yet another option to keep your child occupied during vacations. Taking part in summer camps help to build confidence in child. In summer camps children can go on trekking, visiting new places, bird watching, forest ranging etc; which helps to enhance knowledge of child.

Yoga and meditation

Yoga and meditation camps are gaining lot of popularity these days. Some camps are specially designed for children. During these camps children learn vital and useful things like how to improve concentration power, how to beat study related stress, how to prepare for exams, how to improve memory and how to build patience.

Other options

* If your child is too small for hobby classes or summer camps, you can try different options to keep your child busy during vacations.

* You can get drawing and painting books for your child during vacations. If you have some time, you can sit with your child to help him/her draw and paint.

* Help child imbibe the habit of reading by getting good story books. You can take your child along with you for buying story books and buy the ones which your child likes.

* Encourage your child to help you in the household chores. You can give rewards to your child for helping you in household chores so that your child gets motivated to do so.



Designer water bottles catch fancy of residents this summer
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 30
As mercury is reaching its highest point in the summers, residents are taking to designer bottles for quenching their thirst. The cool new designer bottles that look very sporty are increasingly being used by residents.

Not only are the bottles necessity for keeping hydrated on the go in the midst of the soaring temperatures but also these are being picked up as much for their sporty and designer look. Apart from the sporty look, the benefits of keeping the water cool for long hours and ease of use have made these much fun.

Earlier, the lid of bottles or the 'thermos bottle' or vacuum flask had to be detached for use, but the new designer bottles have lids that open press of the button and close by just press it back, making it much easier to use.

"Although such water bottles have been around for sometime, these are becoming popular now, as the gym-going generation is using them more, as these look good and have designer look," says Ram Gopal Chowdhary, from a crockery store at Ghumar Mandi square. Even school children are now choosing these bottles rather than the old sling bottles.

"I just carry a water bottle to gym which is much more convenient to use rather than traditional water bottles," says Sarabjit, a regular gym-goer. "Taking large gulps of water interrupts my workout routine, but these water bottles are perfect for taking smaller sips while working out as I don't have to stop to open and close the bottles," he adds.

"I carry with me lime water, cold coffee or different kinds of shakes, so carrying these in the new vacuum flasks becomes much more convenient during the hot weather," says Aditi, a resident.



cicu seminar
‘Empowering young business leaders is the need of the hour’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 30
Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking organised session on "Sharing of Best Practices" amongst CICU-Young Business Leaders (YBL). Avtar Singh, general secretary CICU said that empowering Young Business Leaders for sustainable growth is the need of the hour as they are future engines of growth.

He advised the youngsters to play to their strength, never compromise on quality, improve technology, go for innovations, build up strong brand, provide unique customer service and seek blessings from all corners internally and externally connected with your profession.

Upkar Singh, joint secretary, CICU, said in order to groom young entrepreneurs to contribute for the growth and development of Industry, CICU, conducted special session on sharing of best practices for prospective new entrepreneurs, budding business leaders, young CEOs and senior entrepreneurs.

More than 80 YBL members attended this session and exchanged their ideas pertaining to cost reduction, waste control, environment protection, time management and increased productivity. Young entrepreneurs engaged in trade and industrial activities representing exporters, importers and manufacturers interacted and covered an overview of trade and industrial business opportunity for mutual benefits.

Over 10 companies comprising presented their presentations and were awarded with trophies.

This interaction would be great opportunity to develop comprehensive and holistic strategy to improve manufacturing efficiency and sharpen competitive edge by use of skills in their respective units. The silver-lining of opportunity will enable the youngsters to grow and expand their business maniolds.



Garbage a common sight at PAU
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 30
Following in the footsteps of the Municipal Corporation, Punjab Agricultural University has adopted the delaying attitude of lifting the garbage. Ironically, the heaps of garbage can be seen in the campus on different spots.

The bins installed outside various departments can be seen full with the garbage. Moreover, heaps of garbage also witnessed surrounding the bins. The employees, who reside on the campus, have the routine complaint with garbage lifting.

"Garbage lifting is a major problem in the campus. We see the workers lifting the garbage from road side regularly. But due to less workers deputed for this work. We got the turn after several days. The garbage should be collected on routine bases," said an employee.

It has been learnt that due to many trees in the lawns and along with the roads on campus, the cleanliness is quite tough in the university. Now, when the leaves from trees fall in huge quantity, workers seem helpless to broom them all and lift them.

"A system should be developed to collect the leaves and wastage separately," said another employee.

When contacted to Jaskaran Singh Estate officer PAU he was not available for comments.



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Cultivate soybean for crop diversification: PAU experts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 30
"Soybean can replace the paddy crop and play an important role in crop diversification," said experts of the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU).

Soybean is a major source of proteins (37-42 per cent) and is rich in calcium and magnesium, they told, adding that it also contains nearly 21 per cent oil, and a lot of fibre. Growing of this crop in cereal based rotations also helps immensely in improving the soil fertility by fixing atmospheric nitrogen through symbiotic activity of rhizobia bacteria in its roots, they added. Sowing of soybean should be done in the first fortnight of June, advised the experts, adding that the varieties namely SL744 and SL525, recommended by the PAU, should be grown for higher yield.

Referring to the seed rate and seed treatment, Dr Navneet Aggarwal suggested that the seed rate of 25-30 kg/acre should be used for the sowing of the crop. Seed should be inoculated with recommended rhizobium culture before sowing to enhance nitrogen fixation by the crop. The rhizobium culture can be obtained from the Department of Microbiology, PAU, he told.

Another expert, Dr Guriqbal Singh advised that the sowing of soybean should be done in good moisture conditions at the depth of 2.5-5 cm in lines 45 cm part with plant to plant spacing of 4-5 cm. Sowing of this crop on raised beds can save 20-30 per cent irrigation water, he informed. Soybean can be successfully intercropped with maize by sowing one line of the crop between the lines of maize spaced at 60 cm. Suggesting that mulch is helpful for soybean as it ensures proper germination and seedling emergence, he suggested the use of wheat or paddy straw as a mulch to cover the rows.



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Students bring laurels in CBSE Class X results
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 30
Tagore International School, Sahnewal Sahnewal: Two students of Tagore International School, Sahnewal, have secured the CGPA 10 while four of them have secured between 9 and 10. Shivam Verma and Anishudeep secured CGPA 10, Nikita got 9.8, Shipra 9.8, Amanjot 9.6 and Sanbir 9.6. Director, Bal Krishan Aneja, and Swati Aneja congratulated the students and their parents.

Green Grove Public School

Mohanpur: A total of 11 students of Green Grove Public School, Mohanpur, have secured CGPA 10 in the class X results declared here on Thursday. The students of class X with CGPA 10 are Jasdeep Singh Hara, Ripanjot Kaur, Aakansha, Harnishan Singh Kang, Raijan Kaur, Snehjot Kaur Boparai,

Shivani Nanchahal, Taranpreet Kaur, Rupinder Kaur, Harpreet Kaur and Hasrat. The president of the school and principal Suzi George congratulated the shining stars.



Ludhiana Scan


Meeting of Panth Rattan Sriman Master Tara Singh Yaadgari Trust was held here on Thursday. Harcharan Singh Narula, general secretary, while addressing the meeting said this year the birth anniversary of Master Tara Singh will be celebrated at Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College on June 22 from 10 am onwards. A calendar in the memory of Master Tara Singh will also be released on the occasion.

Training camp

With the help of Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee, a 20-day Gurmat Training camp by Gurmat Akademi, Patiala, and Gurmat Sikhlai Kender will be held at Gurudwara Charankawal Sahib, Maachiwara. The camp will commence from June 5 onwards and preparations have been made to impart training to nearly 500 students of various schools and colleges. Arrangement of boarding and lodging has also been done by the organisers.


A convention of Aanganwadi Union, Punjab, was held here on Thursday in which aanganwadi workers and helpers participated in huge number. Subhash Rani, finance secretary of the union congratulated the workers on the 33rd foundation day of CITU. She further said their organisation is fighting at the national level for the demands and rights of the workers. False police cases have also been registered against the workers and one worker Pal Kaur of Ludhiana has also laid down her life in this process. "But we are committed towards our work and we will not backtrack and keep fighting for our rights," she said.


A meeting of “Action Against Corruption” was held here on Thursday under the chairmanship of Jaspreet Singh. During the meeting youth leader Stephen Samson alongwith many of his fellows announced to join Action against corruption. Samson has been appointed secretary of the district wing.

Awareness session

Confederation of Indian Industry, Ludhiana Chapter, organised an awareness session on energy efficiency through energy audits in Ludhiana. The objective of the session was to spread awareness among industry members on energy efficiency practices being followed worldwide and to develop knowledge on techniques for effective energy management as these results in reducing both thermal and electrical energy consumption. Gagandeep Mohey and Manpreet Singh, expert counsellors from the CII, Avantha Centre for Competitiveness, Chandigarh, joined the session as key note speakers and interacted with the participating delegates during the session. While sharing his views Mohey said, “In today’s world the Indian industry is facing severe competition from international players due to liberalisation and opening up of the market. To face this global competition and to grow in a competitive scenario, the industry has to be cost competitive and innovative so as to withstand this challenge and for its development and growth. The energy conservation through energy efficient practices offers an excellent way to do so by reducing the operating costs and to add little more profits to the companies.

Legal-aid clinic established

Twenty ninth legal-aid clinic has been established by Gobinder Singh, district and sessions Judge-cum-chairman, district Legal Services Authority, Ludhiana, in Senior Secondary School, Ghudani Kalan village, Ludhiana. Literacy seminar for awareness the students of school was also organised. Gobinder Singh, while speaking on the occasion, said students are the best messenger of any fact. While remembering his childhood at Ghudani Kalan, he said it does not make any difference that a child is studying in govt school or convent school. Honesty and dedication always pays. While congratulating the inhabilatants of Ghudani Kalan village, he said that a legal aid clinic, opened at Ghudani Kalan, will work like a dispensary in Ghudani Kala village and now the residents need not to rush to city for any small legal advice. He said that for legal awareness, more in than 200 legal literacy clubs have been opened in schools and colleges. It was because of this awareness that people in a large number are approaching to District Legal Services Authority for free legal aid and about 7,239 person has been provided free legal-aid.

Awareness programme

An awareness programme on “World No Tobacco Day” was orgnaised at Hi Care Hospital, Dugri, here on Thursday. Dr Raghuveer Sharma and Dr Umesh Joshi delivered lectures. Dr Raghuveer Sharma, a physician at the hospital, said, smoking is one of the number 1 killers in the world. It not only kills smokers but also kills the people who around it. Tobacco contains nicotine which is highly addictive. So people addicted to it even they know smoking gives you cancer, heart disease, asthma and other health problems. Therefore, we totally believe that tobacco products should be banned because they are harmful, waste of money, and affects to the environment. Smoking can shorten your life by 10 years. — TNS



Building violations III
Ghumar Mandi

No check on illegal establishments 
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Shops constructed in residential areas at Ghumar Mandi in Ludhiana.
Shops constructed in residential areas at Ghumar Mandi in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, May 30
The MC has failed to check illegal commercial establishments at Ghumar Mandi. A number of shops are being constructed at Ghumar Mandi which is called the hub of commercial activity. Problems like traffic congestion and inadequate parking space plague the areas.

Residents said people visiting them had to to face inconvenience in the absence of adequate parking space.

"Shops are being constructed on roads in Ghumar Mandi. This will only add to the problem. I fail to understand why the authorities have failed to act against violators?" said a resident.

Another resident said whenever the Punjab and Haryana High Court pulls up the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation officials, they take prompt action against the violators, but when it comes to performing their own duties, the officials choose to look the other way.

Major Gurdial Singh Road, another road near the State Bank of India’s treasury branch, some roads of Maya Nagar and Maharaj Nagar are turning into markets and the MC officials are yet to swing into action.

"Action against the violators will not only help check illegal mushrooming of illegal establishments but will also help generate revenue for the cash-strapped civic body," said another resident.

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria has already ordered an inquiry into building violations at Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar.

The Mayor said he would ask the building branch officials to carry out a 
comprehensive survey of the area. 



Farooqui relieved of DIG charge
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 30
Senior IPS officer MF Farooqui was relieved of the charge of Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Ludhiana range. He has joined the BSF on central deputation.

Sources said the orders were issued by the home department last evening following which Farooqui left the city morning to join his new assignment in Delhi.

Farooqui, who took the reins of Ludhiana range in July 2011, following the transfer of PS Umranangal, earned accolades by bridging the gap between the police and public in his range.

In 2012, he met shopkeepers and visited the houses in Khanna and Samrala area on a PCR motorcycle.

He says crime can be curbed only by public participation.

Farooqui's coordination with Commissioner of Police Ludhiana Ishwar Singh led to the cracking of many crime cases, including the busting of notorious Fortuner gang that was involved in sensational Bonn and Kitty Bread robbery cases.

Farooqui has several such achievements to his credit. The arrest of Canadian NRI Anoop Singh Kahlon and seizure of 26 kg of heroin worth over Rs 130 crore by the Fathegarh police in March earlier this year was also made during his supervision.

In May last year, the police seized 365 bags of poppy husk and unearthed an illegal poppy husk manufacturing unit that was being run near Meergunj village in Bareilly district of Uttar Pradesh.

Known for his poetic bent of mind, Faroqui wrote two works of literature during his tenure in Ludhiana.

The novel "Vo teen din and poetry booked "Thora sa main" received critical acclaims from noted journalist and author Khushwant Singh. 



6 SHOs transferred 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 30
The Commissioner of Police, Ishwar Singh, today ordered the transfer of six station house officers and four chowki in charges with immediate effect. As per information, SHO (traffic) Buland Singh has been sent to the police lines.

Raj Kumar, who was the SHO of the Division No. 7 police station, has been given the charge of traffic and PCR branch.

Sumit Sood, who had taken the charge of technical staff after returning from a UN Mission, has been posted as the SHO of the Division No. 7.

Jatinderjit, who was sent to the police lines recently, has been appointed as the the SHO of Meharban.

SI Surjit Singh, who was posted as the SHO of Meharban, was sent to the police lines.

Inspector Ashwani Kumar has taken the charge of the SHO of Daba after inspector Rattanjit Singh proceeded on leave.

In charge of Hambra Chowki Kamaljit Singh has been appointed as the in charge of the city traffic, Mundian chowki in charge Navdeep Singh has been posted as the in charge of Mattewara chowki, in charge of Jeevan Nagar chowki Rajinder Singh has been posted as the in charge of Hambra chowki and Satnam Singh has been shifted from Mattewara to 



Samples of mid-day meal collected from schools
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 30
A team of health officials today collected 16 samples of mid-day meal from central kitchen at Sherpur Kalan and three government schools.

Food safety officer Harpreet Kaur said,"We collected 10 samples of cooked rice, cooked daal, raw rice, flour, besan powder, pulses, black grams and cumin from the central kitchen yesterday. The samples have been sent for testing. If these fail test, action will be taken under the Food Safety Act under."

The officials today collected samples of mid-day meal food from government schools.

Harpreet Kaur said,"We collected six samples of curry and rice from Government Senior Secondary School, Sekhewal, Government Primary School, Tarakh Karabara, and Government High School, Jamalpur Awana."

The health department told Sanjay Dhawan, manager of central kitchen, Sherpur Kalan, to get a licence issued under the Food Safety and Standard Act. He was also 
directed him to depute a special cook, use more ghee while preparing daal, follow dress code and wear footwear while preparing food.



Traders hail increase in limit for VAT returns 
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 30
The government's proposal to increase the limit for the audited VAT returns has find favours with the trading community. The proposal is to increase the limit to Rs 1 crore.

Some traders are of the view that the VAT returns should not be audited as they have already filed audited Income Tax returns.

Any firm or agency who has a turnover or sales above Rs 50 lakh has to get its annual VAT returns audited. After auditing the returns, a chartered accountant gives a certificate that he has audited the returns and also puts his signature authenticating the same.

Jatinder Khurana, a taxation lawyer, said the proposal to increase the limit for the audited returns up to Rs 1 crore which presently is Rs 50 lakh is a welcome step.

"Getting the returns audited is a waste of time.

The Income Tax returns are filed after getting audited so it should not be made compulsory for the annual VAT returns," he said. Satwinder Singh, a trader, welcomed the step. "The upper limit should be increased as Rs 50 lakh is not a huge amount. Time will be saved and people will get their returns submitted on time," he added.



change in definition of basic pay
Traders oppose govt’s decision
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 30
Industry representatives want the government to stall the Employees Provident Fund Organisation's (EPFO's) proposal to change the definition of 'basic pay' under the Employees Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act (EPF and MP Act) 1952.

Members of the Federation of Association of Small Industries of India (FASII) met Mallikarjun Kharge, Union Labour Minister.

Badish Jindal, president of the federation, said they did not want the government to change the definition of 'basic pay'. It is learnt that the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) wants to club various allowances with basic pay for calculating the employers' contribution to provident fund (PF).

Jindal said several industries are covering employees who are receiving salaries above Rs 6,500 under the EPF scheme. "If the government changes the definition, the industries will stop covering employees under the scheme," Jindal stated. 



Cow Slaughter Act: 4 booked
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 30
The Sadar police has booked four persons under various sections of the Cow Slaughter Act and Prohibition of Cruelty to Animals Act for allegedly detaining 23 oxen and calves at Baurhai village near here. The rescued animals were shifted to the local gaushala situated on Jagera road.

The accused were identified as Dilwar Sain of Rorian, Kulwinder Singh Kanwal alias Mithu of Jhuner , Surinder Singh of Baurhai and Rajwan alias Ranjan of Saharanpur in UP.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Amargarh Sukhdev Singh Virk said that a team of policemen led by Jarnail Singh, SHO Sadar, had recovered at least 23 oxen and calves, which had been detained at a house situated on the outskirts of Baurhai Kalan village on Kanganwal Rohira, during a raid conducted on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday.

Investigations revealed that the accused had been involved in collecting animals from various localities of the region and selling these to the slaughter houses, situated in various parts of the neighbouring states.

While Surinder Singh arranged the purchasing of the animals, Ranjan was instrumental in transporting and sale of these animals to the slaughter houses. Dilwar and Kulwinder managed the detention and rearing during the waiting period.

It was with the intervention of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Malerkotla, Rajesh Tripathi and SHO City, Jasbir Singh that the management of the gaushala agreed to accommodate the rescued oxen and calves.

Meanwhile, the Station Head Officer, Jarnail Singh said that Dilwar Singh and Kulwinder Singh were nabbed while they were trying to leave the area during the afternoon.



Two arrested for making extortion call
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 30
The police has arrested two persons for making an extortion call. A case was registered against Ranjit Singh of Prem Nagar near Ghumar Mandi and Amandeep Singh, alias Johny, of Chandigarh Road for threatening a city resident yesterday.

The accused threatened Balwinder Singh, a resident of Dyal Nagar near Ghumar Mand, to kidnap his two children. The accused had demanded Rs 5 lakh from Balwinder.

Balwinder said the accused had asked him not to approach the police. "They threatened me with dire consequences. They said they would kidnap my children if I failed to arrange the money," said Balwinder.

On Tuesday night, the accused called up Balwinder asking him to arrange Rs 2 lakh and reach Bharat Nagar Chowk within an hour. Balwinder Singh reached Bharat Nagar Chowk with demanded money. But nobody came to collect the money. The matter was brought to the notice of the police. A raid was conducted and the police nabbed Ranjit Singh and Jony. It was the second incident in which neighbours were involved in the crime.

Memorandum submitted

As many as 150 vegetable vendors handed over a memorandum to mandi secretary. They said they were being subjected to extortion and were being harassed.

5 booked for usurping land

The police has booked five persons for usurping the land of an NRI. The accused have been identified as Sukhwinder Singh, Dhir Singh, Kapil Lekhi, Pankaj Lekhi and Jujhar Singh. A case was registered on the complaint of Shamsher Singh, a resident of New Shakti Nagar. He owns two plots in Kirpal Nagar. The accused usurped his plots on the basis of fake registries.

One held with drugs

The police arrested one person with drugs yesterday. The accused has been identified as Chhutei of Uttar Pradesh. He resides in Moti Nagar. During search, the police seized 550 gm of seductive powder from his possession. The accused has been booked under Section 22/61/85 of the NDPS Act. Sukhpal Singh, alias Sonu, a resident of Gill Chowk, was held with psychotropic drugs yesterday. A case under Section 22-61-85 NDPS Act has been registered against the accused.

Car stolen

Dinesh Gupta, a resident of Raj Guru Nagar, reported to the police that someone had stolen his car from outside his house. A case has been registered.

Vehicle lifters held

The police arrested two vehicle lifters yesterday. The accused have been identified as Mithun Kumar and Sunil Kumar, both residents of Dhandari Kalan. The duo was on a motorcycle. On seeing the police, the two tried to flee, but the police managed to nab the accused. A case under Section 413 of the IPC has been registered against the accused.

4 booked for demanding dowry

The police has booked four persons for demanding dowry. The accused have been identified as Deepak Sharma, Kamal Dev and Surindera Rani, all resident of Shastri Nagar in Mandi Gobindgarh. The complainant, Tamanna, said she got married to Deepak in December 2009. Soon after the marriage, her husband and in-laws started harassing her for dowry.



Swimming meet from tomorrow
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 30
The 28th edition of the Punjab State Swimming Championship for sub-junior boys and girls will be held at Brajindra College swimming pool, Faridkot, on June 1 and 2.

The swimmers born in 2001 and 2002 are eligible to take part in sub-junior age group (11-12 years) while those born in 2003 and 2004 can compete in the age group (9-10). Performance in the championship will be taken into consideration while selecting Punjab contingents for the 30th Sub-Junior National Aquatic Championship scheduled to be held at Campal, Panaji (Goa), from June 20 to 23. 



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