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Unsafe road not MC concern
Eight people have lost lives in separate accidents on the elevated road sans safety grills
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
It seems that eight deaths are too little to bring the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation officials out of deep slumber. The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation officials seem the least concerned about the city residents' lives because even after eight deaths in different accidents, the civic body has failed to install safety grills on the curve on the elevated road here.

Every time a resident falls prey to this deadly curve, all we get to hear is that the tenders have been floated for the installation of safety grills or that the MC does not have funds for the installation of grills. Ironically, once the memory of such an accident fades away, the MC officials don't act to solve the problem.

Maybe that is why, the civic body officials, whose headquarters are just a stone's throw from this deadly curve, are still deep in slumber.

Due to this callous attitude of the MC, some NGOs and social organisations have been holding protests outside the MC Commissioner's official residence as well as on the elevated road almost on regular intervals.


  • When the proposal of installing safety grills on the elevated road reached the MC Commissioner, he was surprised to see that the MC officers had proposed the installation of safety grills on 1 km stretch, which would have cost around Rs 60 lakh. The senior MC officers felt that safety grills should be installed only on the accident-prone points.
  • Later, another proposal of installation of safety grills on around 250 metres of the elevated road was prepared, which would have cost around Rs 18 lakh to the civic body.
  • Tenders were floated but due to poor financial health and poor track record of making payments, no contractor came forward.
  • The finance and contract committee has authorised the MC Commissioner to carry out any development work costing up to Rs 5 lakh without any approval.
  • The corporation has even failed to rope in private companies for the installation of these grills.

accidents on elevated road

  • Gurpreet, a student of class VIII in a private school, was killed in an accident while he was going somewhere along with his father Kuldeep Singh, a mechanic, on the elevated road on February 8.
  • On the night of September 25, 2011, Mohammad Mamin Khan (26) was killed while his friend Deep Kumar (22) suffered injuries after their bike hit the berm and both of them fell off the road.
  • In March 2008, two youngsters had died after falling off the elevated road almost at the same accident-prone spot.
  • Several other residents had also lost their lives after falling off the elevated road or in accidents on the road.


We are in the process of getting safety grills installed. I urge some companies to install these grills free of cost as part of their social responsibility.

Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, Mayor


Man murders wife
Concocts story to implicate youth in neighbourhood
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
In a major breakthrough, the city police has arrested a 25-year-old man, who allegedly killed his wife and tried to hoodwink the police by accusing certain youngsters living in the neighbourhood of murdering her.

The accused, who has been identified as Vijay Kumar, alias Sonu, is said to be a drug addict. He is employed in the Punjab Home Guards. He has been arrested under section 302 of the IPC (murder).

The incident took place last night when the victim, identified as Jaspreet Kaur (21), was attacked with sharp weapons at her house in the Daba area.

She was rushed to the Christian Medical College ad Hospital (CMC& H) where she succumbed to injuries this morning.

Sonu reportedly told the police that youngsters, including Channa, Kamma, Hinda, Monu and Bhola, who were living in the neighbourhood, barged in his house and tried to attack him with sharp weapons.

Sonu said his wife Jaspreet tried to stop the assailants. In the process, Jaspreet suffered injuries and was rushed to the hospital where she succumbed to injuries.

Saroj, Sonu's mother, too, supported his son and blamed the youngsters living in the neighbourhood for the murder.

The ADCP- II, Bhupinder Singh Sidhu, visited the crime scene and ordered ACP Mukhtiar Singh and Daba SHO Ashwani Kumar to thoroughly probe the case.

During the investigation, it was found that Sonu was trying to hoodwink the police. When grilled further, he cracked and confessed to having killed his wife. The police recovered a piece of blood soaked cloth and sharp weapons that were used to kill Jaspreet Kaur.

He reportedly told the police that he suspected Jaspreet of having an extra-marital affair. He revealed that Jaspreet had not been talking to him for the past four days. Last evening, she said she was leaving the house. Sonu objected to it and the couple entered into a fight.

Sonu attacked Jaspreet with sharp weapons. Jaspreet suffered serious injuries.

In the meantime, Sonu reported the matter to the police stating that the youngsters residing in his neighbourhood attacked his wife and killed her.

"Sonu tired his best to hoodwink the police. He has been booked for murder and action will be taken against his mother as well," said Assistant Commissioner of Police Mukhtiar Singh.



Grocery shop gutted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
Goods worth lakhs were destroyed in a fire, which broke out at a grocery shop near Basti Jodhewal Chowk here early this morning. A short-circuit is believed to be the reason behind the fire.

The shop, Khaneja International is located opposite a petrol pump. At around 8:30 am today, the owner shut the shop after storing some goods offloaded from a truck. The shutters were downed as the shop was to be reopened a few hours later.

Rajinder Sharma, fire safety officer, MC, said when the owner downed the shutters, there was some sparking, which led to the fire. “The owners, along with some other residents, initially tried to put out the flames themselves using sand. By the time we reached the spot, the fire had engulfed the shop. We had to break the shutters to gain entry into the shop,” he added.

It is learnt that the owner’s house located near his shop. It took four fire engines more than two hours to douse the flames.



Student of nursing college goes missing
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
A 22-year-old student of a nursing college went missing under mysterious circumstances today. The girl, identified as Puja Teresa of Jalandhar, a second-year-student of a nursing college located in the Division No. 3 area, left the hostel last evening.

The incident came to light when she did not return this morning. The Principal of the nursing college informed the girl's parent and the police about her disappearance.

The police swung into action and tired to track the girl through her mobile phone, but the mobile phone was found switched off.

The SHO of the Division No 3 police station, Brij Mohan, said they had received a complaint and some vital clues in the case. He said the girl would be traced soon.

Conductor booked for siphoning off Rs 7.5 lakh

The city police has registered a case against Jagpreet Singh, a conductor in the Punjab Roadways, for siphoning off about Rs 7.5 lakh.

The embezzlement of funds came to light during an audit of the previous accounts.

During the audit, it was found that of Rs 57.24 lakh collected through the sale of tickets, Jagpreet Singh deposited only Rs 49.73 lakh.



Sidhwan Canal bridge to be opened soon
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
Providing much-needed respite to commuters using the busy Ferozepur Road, the newly constructed Sidhwan Canal bridge is likely to be thrown open to vehicular traffic this week. This bridge has been constructed in place of an old one, which was demolished two months ago. The construction work started on April 5.

Once this bridge gets operational, it would improve traffic flow on the road, especially vehicles going towards the Ferozepur side, as the span of the bridge has been increased from earlier seven metres (about 21 feet) to 12 metres (about 36 feet).

Ferozepur Road is one of the busiest roads of the city. Thousands of commuters daily take this road.

An official of the company engaged in its constructing said the bridge was almost ready. “The remaining work would be completed within two days. We have already intimated the PWD officials that the bridge has been completed and now its up to them when they want to open it for vehicular traffic,” said the official.

“We plan to complete the underpass by September-end or the first week of October. Once the underpass is complete, both the bridges would be opened to traffic,” the official added.

This bridge is part of the expressway project, which has a total length of 26.9 km. It has carriage ways on either side, providing a bypass for the traffic going towards Ferozepur.

The foundation stone of this project was laid in 2009. Initially, the state government had fixed February 2012 as the deadline for the completion of this project, but it was later extended to June. But, the project is likely to miss this deadline, too, as two rail over bridges, an underpass and a bridge near Doraha are yet to be completed, besides several other works.



Politics over foundation stones again to the fore in city
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
Factionalism in the ruling SAD came to the fore when a foundation stone, which was got installed by Akali councillor Jagbir Sokhi, was vandalised by certain persons, believed to be an Akali MLA's supporters. This foundation stone was laid for the re-carpeting of roads in the Preet Nagar area of his ward number 63 last evening.

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria had laid the foundation stone at a function held last evening. The local residents were taken aback when they saw it vandalised this morning.

The residents said this foundation stone was broken at the behest of an Akali MLA, who had been at loggerheads with Jagbir Singh Sokhi for a long time.

According to information, a proposal for the re-carpeting of the roads (number 31-45) in the Preet Nagar area, Shimlapuri, was cleared around six months ago and the work on it started yesterday. The total cost of the project is around Rs 50 lakh.

While speaking to The Tribune, Sokhi said it's sad that some politicians had stooped so low that they had started breaking foundation stones. “They not only broke the foundation stone, but even took the plaque away,” he informed.

Sokhi said, “After this childish incident, the area residents are angry because all they want is development. As this foundation stone was laid by Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria in the presence of hundreds of local residents, we will be installing another one the same place. We will also install a notice board along with the foundation stone, with a request to ‘thieves’ to spare this particular stone and place an order with us in case they want a similar one,” he added.

An Akali leader said if such incidents continued, “the Akali Dal will suffer in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections”.

Politics over foundation stones is not a new phenomenon here. Leaders had come to blows over staking claim to development projects. A few months ago, Akali MLA Ranjit Singh Dhillon and independent councillor Daljit Singh Grewal had an altercation over the inauguration of a development project in the Ludhiana (East) constituency.



Jagraon MC president vows to set up fire station
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, June 2
Outcry pertaining to the demand of the set up of fire brigade station at Jagraon took a new twist when the Jagraon Municipal Council president, Baldev Krishan Dhir, vowed to initiate the procedure of setting up a fire brigade station in Jagraon within one month. Jagraon MC, president, Dhir, pledged this before the representatives of various Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) during a meeting held here today.

Actually, the meeting was convened by the members of NGOs to chalk out the strategy for the strike purposed to be held on June 4 as a mark of protest against absence of fire brigade station in Jagraon. However, the members of NGOs decided to postpone the purposed strike and protest rally when local municipal council president gave assurance of initiating the process required for setting up fire brigade station in Jagraon at the earliest.

In fact, the local residents and the representatives of the various NGOs had declared to hold a strike and protest rally on June 4 following a fire incident in a local departmental store some days back. The goods worth more than one crore rupees were gutted during this fire incident in absence of fire brigade station in Jagraon.

Frustrated over the fire incident, various NGOs joined hands and declared to hold a strike and protest rally on June 4 with the aim of creating pressure on the authorities of the Jagraon Municipal Council as well as the state government to get formed a fire brigade station in Jagraon.

The pressure created by the NGOs finally paid off when local municipal council president, Baldev Krishan Dhir, arrived during the meeting and assured the office bearers of different NGOs to start the process of constructing the fire brigade station in Jagraon on priority basis.

It is reminded here that the residents of Jagraon area have been demanding to set up a joint fire brigade station for Jagraon, Mullanpur Dakha and Raikot towns at Jagraon for a long time. But despite the repeated demands of the local residents, nothing concrete was done by the government to set up a fire brigade station at Jagraon. Due to the failure of the government to set up a fire brigade station at Jagraon, the local residents were forced to suffer huge financial losses in fire incidents.

Kanwaljit Khanna, secretary of Inqulabi Kendra Punjab, said now the members of the NGOs have decided to hold a meeting on June 30 to review the efforts of the local administration in direction of setting up fire brigade station. He also warned that they would intensify their struggle further in case the MC president, Dhir, fails to keep his words.

While declaring to submit a memorandum comprising the demand of setting up a fire brigade station with SDM Jagraon, the members of NGOs also decided to form a committee to keep a check on the process of establishing fire brigade station. "The members of the committee would keep reminding the administration about the demand of setting up fire brigade station on regular basis," added Khanna.



MC takes action against owners of horse carts
Were causing traffic congestion on busy roads
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 2
Authorities at local civic body office and the police launched a coordinated movement to curb menace of horse cart vends which has emerged as major factor behind traffic congestions and law and order problem during recent past.

At least 15 such vends which were causing nuisance on busy roads and markets were detained and later let go with the intervention of senior leaders various political parties and social organisations.

The authorities agreed to allow owners of horse carts to sell vegetables and fruit by parking their carts at vacant plots or at grain market yard during off season only. However, the cart owners will ensure cleanliness of the place where they halt for transacting business.

Sources said that a team of policemen, led by SHO City Jasbir Singh, had detained at least 15 horse carts which had been causing traffic jams during busy hours on already congested roads of the local town.

The problem compounded during mornings and afternoons when vehicle carrying students and employees commuted on the roads. Situation turned ugly on many occasions when traffic congestion led to scuffles among drivers and occupants of vehicles stranded due to parking of horse carts displaying vegetables and fruits. Ambulances carrying patients were among stranded vehicles.

Referring to information received from executive officer, Chetan Sharma, Jasbir Singh SHO said the officials of the municipal council had warned the owners of horse carts against parking on busy roads including Railway road, Galla Mandi, Bhagat Singh Chowk, Gandhi Chowk and Sabzi Mandi.

Having failed to convince cart owners to move to less congested places, the officials had sought help of the police and the policemen helped them take the carts to compound of the council.

Ravinder Puri president municipal council said the action had been initiated on the demand of residents who had been feeling harassed due to the tendency.

"Though there is no provision in law to allow vends on horse carts we have asked the officials to allow those carts which do not cause inconvenience to public," said Puri adding the cart owners were allowed to go after they promised not to cause hindrance in vehicular traffic.



Movies to be screened in memory of Balraj Sahni
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
When the Indian cinema is celebrating its century at the same time, people across the country seem to be remembering the legend of Indian Cinema, Balraj Sahni, and his art work. The city also seems passionate about celebrating the birth centenary of Balraj Sahni as literary and cultural organisations have been planning to organise different functions.

Cinema lovers remember Blaraj for his movies like "Do Bigha Zameen" and "Garam Coat" whereas, literature lover like his travelogues, novels and works of fiction.

Balraj was closely associated with the city and used to come here to meet his friends and communists. He was active member of Punjabi Sahit Akademi Ludhiana and used to organise the conferences of the academy in other states.

Punjabi singer K Deep, eminent Punjabi novelist, Jaswant Kawal, remembered Sahni as his friend in the connection with city. Jaswant Singh Kawal, a renowned novelist and close friend of Balraj, said, he was a great man and master of various arts. After getting fame in Hindi and English, he was convinced by Rabinder Nath Tagore to write in his mother tongue, Punjabi. Someone told him that Jaswant Kawal was a novelist, who resided at village.

He found me at my home and spent months with me at my home. He was a fantastic man but his life was full of tragedies. During his last days, he made commitment with me that he would settle in Punjab and work for Punjabi but the destiny was not with him."

"It seems that he took birth for the cinema. Balraj was the real son of soil. He acted in movies, performed in theatre, wrote travelogue and novels to express his love for the soil of Punjab.

"From Lahore to Bombay he never forgot Punjab and Punjabi, paying back to the mother land and mother tongue. We have planned to organise some plays and screening of his movies at Punjabi Bhawan," added Gurbhajan Gill, president, Punjabi Sahit Akademi.



Industrial policy to be announced today
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
Wait of the industry will be finally over tomorrow as Industry Minister Anil Joshi will be announcing Punjab's new industrial policy. Ludhiana industry has pinned high hoped on the policy and hopes that their long pending demands would be met in the policy as they had failed to get any relief from the state budget.

Ever since Joshi became the minister, he has been delaying the release of the policy. First it was to be announced by January 2013. Later, he said he was releasing it by March end, which then became the end of April. Now it will be finally released on June 3.

Punjab will be developed into an industry friendly state in the coming five years. On the model of Gujarat, Punjab will also be developed into an industrial hub. This was stated by Anil Joshi, Minister for Trade and Commerce had said during his maiden visit to the city.

“The draft policy will focus largely on the need to attract information technology and consumer manufacturing industry to Punjab,” said the sources.

The main demand by the United Cycle and Parts Association (UCPA) is to design a new focal point adjacent to the city.

“At the very outset, we suggest marking proper area / zone for new focal point as the development presently has declined due to congestion in the limited square kilometres area of city,” said Gurmeet Singh Kular, president of the UCPA.

“While formulating the industrial policy, the government must consider the interests of the existing/expanding small scale units, which mostly fall under micro-enterprises sector. The small scale industry, which is the real backbone of Punjab economy, is passing through very critical situation, which needs government's attention,” said Vinay Kansal, an entrepreneur.

“Another focus area of the policy will be to give faster clearance to new industrial projects so that it should not be held up for want of approvals. The procedure for giving approvals to industrial projects should be simplified,” said another cycle manufacturer from the city.

“If the Punjab government fails to formulate a concrete policy tobenefit industrialists, the cycle-part and hosiery-item makers of Ludhiana will be the first to move out in three to four years,” he said.



Unsafe school buildings to be razed
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
Secretary-cum-Director General, School Education, Punjab, in a letter written to the District Education Officers (DEOs) of the state has asked that unsafe buildings of the schools, in place of which new constructions had already been made, must be demolished for the safety of the students.

In a recent letter written to the DEOs, the Director General School Education, Punjab, has said that in the schools where new rooms or buildings had already been constructed with the grants given by the department, the unsafe buildings must be demolished by taking the school management committees into confidence.

It may be mentioned that in many schools in Punjab, unsafe buildings were witnessed and even the High Court, had instructed the state government to accommodate the students to other buildings as the unsafe buildings posed great threat. The unsafe buildings were reported at various schools in Punjab and in Ludhiana district alone, authorities had sent a list of about dozen schools, where unsafe rooms/ buildings posed threat to the lives of students. But it has come to the notice of the department that despite constructing the new buildings, the unsafe building in several schools were still not demolished.

The department has asked the DEOs to ensure that before the onset of rainy season in the region, all the unsafe buildings in schools must be demolished as these could prove fatal for the students. It has also been instructed that in association with the school managing committees, by selling the gravel, after demolishing the buildings/ rooms, must be used for the basic needs of the schools. Besides, the report on this has to be submitted to the main office, instructed the secretary cum director general school education.



Proposal for joint purchase of fire tenders floated
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
To tackle the situations arising from natural disasters and to curb the fire incidents, the departments including Municipal Corporation, Municipal Committees and Mandi Board should jointly prepare themselves well with the necessary equipment. The decision was taken during a recent meeting of the Principal Secretary, Coordination, Secretary Local Government and Secretary of the Punjab Mandi Board.

As per the Chief Secretary's recent instructions, the Municipal Corporations need to prepare themselves to face any eventuality like natural disasters or fire incidents. Besides, the secretary of the local government said that a proposal was being sent to the Government of India for coming up with the Directorate of Fire, in case this proposal was accepted, all the expenditure would be borne by the Government of India.

Besides, Secretary Punjab Mandi Board said that joint efforts were being made by the Mandi Board and Municipal Committees over purchasing of new fire tenders. The board has already provided funds for purchasing fire tenders.

The Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana had written to the chief secretary that there were not sufficient numbers of fire tenders in the district in case of emergency. He had proposed that fire tenders be purchased jointly by the Municipal Corporation, Municipal Committees and Mandi Board.



Youth falling prey to cough syrup, opium addiction
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 2
Cough syrups and opium are not only being used as suppressant and sedative by those suffering from chronic ailments but are also being also used by the youth as neurological opiates as a part of their lifestyle.

Thousands of youths have fallen prey to the addiction of opium and cough syrups. Thus, serving standard syrups and opium is fast emerging as a fashion during celebrations.

While some caterers have started serving these opiates off the menu secretly, time is not far when youngsters of flourishing families will impress upon their parents to organise stalls serving bottles of cough syrups and capsules containing opium during marriage celebrations too.

Though the authorities, responsible for checking abuse of the pharmaceutical, denied bulk sale of cough syrups, empty bottles of popular brands-'opiate'-near educational institutes, public places, hostels and canal bridges contradicts their claim.

The Sadar police also admitted that owner of a marriage palace situated on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road near here had been booked under the NDPS Act recently 350 gm of opium was recovered from a cupboard of his office. Sources close to the suspect, who is yet to be arrested, maintained that he (owner) had been involved in a false case.

Increase in the abuse of adducts including cough syrup and opium by youth had virtually made it unavailable for genuine users and needy. Corex, rexcoff and phensdyl, which are frequently prescribed as suppressants by the physicians, are either not available to genuine patients or they had to pay premium price for the same. Reason behind this tendency is that the addicts are ready to pay double and triple price for purchasing these brands.

Unlike earlier trend, when youths used to gulp the syrup hurriedly and ingest opium in hiding without being noticed, groups of youths relish the narcotic in leisure time. These youths can be seen enjoying near bridges, banks of canals, other picnic spots and during parties.

A wholesaler, dealing in medicines, disclosed that youths had been approaching him for supplying standard brands of cough syrups in bulk. These were to be served to young guests during birthdays and marriage anniversaries.



Malaria cases being reported in city
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
Despite the ongoing heat wave, segregated cases of Malaria are being reported from different parts of the city. Dr Puneet Juneja, District Epidemiologist, Ludhiana, said: "In this season as many as 11 cases of malaria have been confirmed by the Health Department till now. We are keeping a strict vigil in high risk areas, including Haibowal , Giaspura, Basti Jodhewal, Daba Road and Lohara ."

State Epidemiologist Dr Gagandeep Singh Grover said, "We have already supplied required medicines for malaria patients. These are chloroquinine, primaquinine and ACT (kits) for testing malaria. We have also given insecticide sprays to the Health Department."

Meanwhile to strengthen surveillance on vector born diseases the Health Department has taken in loop both the Christian Medical College and Hospital and Dayanand Medical College and Hospital along with six other medical colleges of the state. The medical colleges and hospitals are being instructed to follow the guidelines of Government of India while diagnosing and treating patients of vector born diseases.

Dr Gagandeep said, "We have asked them to use nets for suspected and confirmed patients of dengue and make isolated wards for dengue patients."



reporters’ diary
No stopping ‘tantriks’ in Ludhiana

Though the police cracks whip against tantriks, whenever, complaints are lodged yet their "business" has been flourishing in the city. On an average, one pamphlet or the other is being sent in the newspapers everyday by the so-called tantriks/babas. Though, lot of awareness is being spread by the NGOs, social organisations, who ask the masses not to fall prey to such practices, still the number of followers of such "agents" has not decreased. These babas claim to provide 100 per cent guaranteed solutions to 99 per cent people of the problems ranging from business, personal, marital, property disputes etc. Ironically, the law enforcing agencies have not been able to nab the culprits who take innocents for a ride!

Publish news!

To get the news published in the newspapers, reporters get daily press notes etc. Besides, the prior information about events, press conferences, rallies, protests etc is given in the offices, so that the organisers get the good coverage in the media. The reporters get telephone calls as "reminders" for such events. Some of the organisers bless the reporters with long and happy life while others say "lunch/dinner/high tea is arranged for you". The other day, I got a call from someone who wanted to get the report published in media. He asked, "Are there any charges for publishing news?", I said ,"absolutely not." "Chalo phir appko lunch hi kara denge, khabar achi laga dena". (Ok then, we can offer you lunch, you publish the news nicely). Though the statement made by the person was hurting but I tried to take it in lighter vein!

Cost of status symbol

Although it is considered to be a status symbol now to use paper napkins, diapers for kids, tissues, disposable 'glasses' but the amount of waste these are generating is staggering. Not only the tree cover, but the amount of water that goes waste into making of this 'disposable' and waste is amazing. Yet, it goes on unchecked. "The world is going crazy. Use of tissues etc. is a complete waste. Why can't you simply use a handkerchief, for instance? This culture of using 'disposable' things not really needed must be disposed of to save the planet," a resident said.

Free after results

Results of classes X and XII of the CBSE have been announced and students have heaved a sigh of relief. Students were worried and anxious since they appeared for the exams. But their smiles, finally, came on their lips after the results were announced (see pic). "Now, we are feeling like free birds and planning a trip to Dharamshala to meditate, to relax and unwind. We need to get ready to face the tough challenges ahead. It is just that we have crossed the first hurdle. We are ready to rock our lives," said one the student who passed her class XII exam recently. That is the spirit and that is the young blood-full of fire and energy. It reminded me of my school days.

Contributed by Shivani Bhakoo, Gurvinder Singh, Manav Mander




Shakti Kumar, an English teacher from Shaheed-e-Aazam Sukhdev Thapar Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar Chowk was handed over a cheque of Rs 1 lakh and was bestowed with Malti Gyan Peeth Puraskar 2013 by Mohinder Singh Syngle Education and Research Society, New Delhi, recently. The award was given by Lal Krishan Adwani in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab Sukhbir Badal and Education Minister, Sikandar Singh Maluka. The award ceremony was held at Sirifort Auditorium, New Delhi.

PAU employees meet DC

Representatives of PAU Employees Union met the Deputy Commissioner-cum-Election Officer, Rahul Tewari, and demanded that appropriate help be provided to the family of an employee of PAU who had died while on poll duty. Pritpal Singh met an untimely demise on May 21. He was on election duty for zila parishad and panchayat samiti election. He was 32. He is survived by wife and three children.

Free eye checkup camp held

Over 200 patients attended free eye check-up camp organised here on Sunday by Eyeca Eye Hospital, on the Chandigarh Road. The camp was inaugurated during the opening of branch of Eyeca Eye Hospital. During the camp, people got their eyes checked by Dr Amit Sharma. Besides, over 52 patients got registered for cataract operation. Their operation will be conducted next week. The specialists and volunteers also calmed those who were quite worried about the operation and also spread awareness among all regarding the operation.

Grant given for tubewell

Remaining amount of grant for the setting up of a tube well was given to the ward No 14. A cheque of Rs 10 lakh was given to the local residents for the setting up a tube well from the quota of Union Minister, Manish Tiwari. Now the residents of this locality will not face water shortage during summers.

Summer workshop

Bright Sunday marked the opening of a summer workshop at Bhartiya Vidya Mandir School, Udham Singh Nagar. Students and teachers commenced the day one with the prime morning activity of yoga and serene meditation, which was followed by multifarious activities like dance, art and craft, music, cooking, model making, painting, personality development and web designing. An induction programme on psychosocial morbidities among adolescents, was conducted in Dr Hedgewar Auditorium in the afternoon. The renowned resource persons, Dr Sarita Saini and Dr Deepika, experts from the Department of Human Development, PAU, highlighted the problems and pressures faced by the adolescents at individual and peer level.


District Unit of Bharatiya Janta Party has observed 122th birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar here on Sunday. Kamal Sharma, state president of BJP, presided over the function at Bahadur House market. All the leaders from city were present on the occasion. A good number of BJP activists are also present. While addressing the function, Kamal Sharma said, that Bharat Rattan Dr BR Ambedkar was a great revolutionary who fought for the rights of Dalits. We have to adopt their teachings and ideas in our lives.

Effigy burnt

Shiv Sena burnt the effigy of Bharatiya Janata Party for not protesting against Shiromani Akali Dal on various issues. Shiv Sena condemned the activities to SAD to glorify Khalistani activists at Golden Temple, Amritsar. They demanded from BJP leaders to oppose such decisions of Akali Dal. — TNS



Pledge against tobacco smoking

Ludhiana: Students of Government Senior Secondary School, Guru Nanak Institutes of Medical Sciences and Education, Government Elementary School, Kilaraipur, Rangian and Gopalpur, respectively, vowed to join hands with the administration in crusade launched against the menace of tobacco smoking. An oath was taken in response to call given by doctors led by Dr Preet Inder Bhatiani, SMO at the Government Civil Hospital in Kilaraipur.

Workshops kicks off

A ten-day summer workshop, aiming at enhancement of work ethics, aesthetics and adding manifold dimensions to the personalities of the students, got a wonderful started here on Sunday. Hundreds of students participated in various workshops like music instrumental, music vocal, creative craft, home decor, computer networking, photography, cooking, bhangra, mehndi, personal grooming and vedic maths. The core idea of this innovative project was to generate the creativity amongst students. Taking all advantages of the time, special coaching classes were also arranged for students of Classes VIII to XII.

Summer workshop concludes

A week-long summer workshop concluded in Ram Lal Bhasin Public School. The last day of the workshop was marked by a party when students tapped their feet with their peers and even enthusiastic parents joined in. School principal, said that the purpose of the workshop was to provide students with a quality time. This explored their creativity through various forms of art and craft: painting using various objects, cooking, dancing and origami. They not only enjoyed but also added a new leaf to their personality.




Ludhiana: Ten students were selected in a joint campus placement drive held on RIMT Campus here on Sunday. Speaking of occasion, RIMT group chairman said, “This is the first ever recruitment drive in Punjab by a company, wherein students of BTech (CSE/IT/ECE), batch 2013 participated. More than 200 students from RIMT, Chitkara University, DAVIET, Punjabi University, LPU etc were present in the recruitment process carried out by the company officials. The final selected students will be placed as remote support administrator with a package of Rs 2.7 lakh per annum.

Students excel in exams

Students of Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, Ludhiana, brought laurels to college by showing excellent performance in final examination of MA III semester (music vocal), conducted by Panjab University, Chandigarh. Overall result of the college is 100 per cent and all students secured first division. Simran Kaur stood fourth in university with 82.5 per cent marks. Amarpreet Kaur stood second in college with 79 per cent and Karamjeet Kaur got third in college with 78.5 per cent. College principal congratulated the students. — TNS



Problems faced by taxpayers discussed

Ludhiana, June 2
Taxation Bar Association (TBA) organised a seminar during which various problems were discussed. BR Kaushal, a tax professional, was the speaker of the occasion. He elaborated recent important judgments of the Delhi High Court.

Numerous problems faced by the taxpayers across the country. “Assesses are harassed due to the income tax department's fault. That tax payers are facing difficulties in receiving credit of TDS and refunds on account of adjustment towards arrears. Thereafter, as an interim measure to provide immediate relief to the tax payers, the Delhi High court passed an order by which gave detailed directions,” said Kaushal. TBA President Balbir Khanna and General Secretary Jatinder Khurana said, “The Income Tax Section 245 postulates two-stage action. First a prior intimation to the assesses and then, if warranted, the subsequent adjustments of the refund towards arrears. This is not being followed by the department because the computer itself adjusts the refund due against the existing demand.” — TNS



Badish Jindal to take part in Geneva meet

Ludhiana, June 2
Badish Jindal, National President of Federation of Associations of Small Industries of India (FASII), will represent India in the International Labour Conference (ILC) to be held in Geneva from June 3 to 20.

Jindal will visit Geneva as an Advisor from the Government of India. The ILC is a major international event in which the issues of social security will be discussed. On the occasion, Jindal will raise the issue of support to the MSME's of the world to ensure green jobs. — TNS



People from all walks of life join Layalpuri’s cremation

Ludhiana June 2
Veteran communist leader, Jagjit Singh Layalpuri, who died on May 28, was cremated here today. People from different walks of life and leaders of communist parties from all across the country were present during the cremation.

The MCPI leaders M Rajan from Kerala, Mohammad Gauns from Andhra Pradesh, Vijay Kumar Chaudhary from Bihar, Gopi Krishan and Rampal Saini from Rajasthan laid the wreaths. Leaders of various political parties besides family members, including his son Dr Navdeep Singh were present on the occasion. — TNS



Villagers extort money from truckers
Mining firm lodges complaint, seeks action against them
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, June 2
The firm holding the contract of mining sand from Satluj at Parjian Biharipur mining site near Sidhwan Bet today alleged that some residents of Abupura village have been harassing the owners and drivers of the trucks and other vehicles transporting the sand excavated from Parjian Biharipur mining site by forcibly extorting money from last several days.

The officials of the mining firm holding the contract of excavating sand from the riverbed at Parjian Biharipur mining site said that the firm has been facing heavy financial loss due to the illegal extortion of money by the villagers from the owners or drivers of the vehicles transporting sand.

The firm also lodged a complaint with the Jagraon police in this regard today seeking action against the villagers involved in alleged illegal extortion of money. The copies of this complaint have also been sent to the Mining Department and the Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana.

In the complaint filed to the police, mining firm's site in charge Dharmendar Singh alleged that the sand laden vehicles bound for transporting the sand to different locations have to pass from link road connecting Parjian Biharipur with Sidhwan Bet through Abupura village.

"More than 50 persons belonging to Abupura village have put up a tent on the roadside. These people stop the vehicles transporting the sand and forcibly extort Rs 1,000 to 1,500 from the driver of each vehicle. In case, the drivers refuses to pay the money then these people issue threats to such drivers as a result of which several people have stopped visiting this mining site due to which we have been forced to suffer heavy financial loss," alleged Dharmendar Singh.

As per the information, the state government had awarded the contract of Parjian Biharipur mining site of Satluj on March 1 through an auction. The government had awarded the contract for this mining site to the Puneet Singh Mining Contractor from March 1, 2013 to February 28, 2015 at a cost of Rs 18.20 crore.

Area Mining Officer Subodh Jindal said he has no information about the money being extorted by the villagers from the vehicles transporting sand. He said, "The practice of extorting the money from the vehicle owners forcibly is completely illegal."

DSP Jagraon Surinder Kumar confirmed that the police has received a complaint from the mining firm in this regard. "We are investigating into the matter. We are also holding talks with the villagers to resolve the issue. An appropriate action would be taken against the guilty if the facts mentioned in the complaint are found true," said the DSP.



Two held with illegal weapons
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 2
The Sidhwan Bet police has arrested two youths and allegedly seized three illegal weapons, including two country made pistols, one revolver with magazine, one small gun and several live cartridges from them.

The accused youths have been identified as Davinder Singh alias Pinder of Kamalpura village near Jagraon and Balwinder Singh alias Bobby of Bhani Baringa village near Raikot.

According to the police, both the accused youths were arrested from Kishanpura Chowk of Sidhwan Bet by a police team during routine checking on Saturday evening. The police has also impounded a Mahindra Scorpio SUV (PB 02 BD 0271) from the accused.

According to Inspector Jangjit Singh, when the police searched the vehicle it recovered two country made pistols, one revolver with loaded magazine, one small gun and several live cartridges from the vehicle. "When asked about the licenses of the weapons, the youths failed to produce the documents following which we arrested both of them. A police case has been registered against both the youths at Sidhwan Bet police station and further investigation is in progress," he said.



Missing boy found at Ladhowal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
A six- year- old boy, Nirbhau alias Rahul , who went missing while following her mother on May 31, was recovered from a Gaushala in Ladhowal today. What surprised the police was the fact that the boy covered the distance of over 12km after being separated from her mother.

SHO Division No 7 Sumit Sood confirmed the development and said, "The boy is healthy and was handed over to the parents. A massive search operation was launched under the supervision of Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh and ACP Satish Malhotra. We received information today morning that the boy was in Gaushala in Ladhowal. Without wasting time we reached the spot and took the possession of the boy."

It was Friday morning (May 31) when Rahul, who was following her mother Preeti from Indrapuri Colony near Tajpur road got strayed.

"When I reached a distance and looked back, I was shocked to find my son missing," said Preeti in her complaint.



Three die in separate road accidents
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
Three persons died in separate incidents last evening. In the first incident, a scooterist died after being hit by an over speeding car near Katani Kalan Chowk. The victim has been identified as Roopinderpal Singh (24) of Koom Kalan village.

In the second incident, a motorcyclist was crushed by a speeding car near Sangowal village.The victim has been identified has Gurpreet Singh. In the third incident, a woman died in a road mishap near Rahon road. she has been identified as Suman.



Three injured in road mishap in Khamano
Our Correspondent

Khamano June 2
Three persons of a family, were injured after they were hit by a speeding car. The incident occurred when the victims, including a child and a woman, who were going on a mobike, were going on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road near Jatana village near here. Suddenly, a Swift car hit them and fled from the spot.

The injured were rushed to the Civil Hospital, Khamano in 108 van. They were identified as Harminder Singh, his wife Gurpreet Kaur, and their son Jobanpreet Singh. However, one of their children, Simranpreet Singh, escaped unhurt.

ASI Sarwan Singh of the Khamano police said the police has started the investigation.



350 gm of opium seized

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 2
The Sadar police has recovered 350 gm of opium from office of a marriage palace situated on Ludhiana Malerkotla. Sadhu Singh, owner of the palace, was booked under the NDPS Act. He succeeded in fleeing from the palace after the police raided the office.

Acting on a tip-off, police officials supervised by SHO Sadar Jarnail Singh raided office of the Master Palace and recovered 350 gm of opium. The police is yet to ascertain the modus operandi of the suspect who pleaded innocence on the plea that some unknown persons had placed the contraband in a cupboard of the office and called the police with intent to implicate him in a false case. — OC



Ludhiana, Patiala, Jalandhar share honours in swimming
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 2
Ludhiana, along with Jalandhar and Patiala districts shared honours, securing four titles each in the 28th Sub Junior Punjab State Swimming Championship for boys and girls that concluded at Brajindra College swimming pool, Faridkot, today.

Swimmers from Ludhiana district proved their supremacy in the 50m free style (girls IV), 50m breast stroke (girls IV), 50m butterfly stroke (girls III) and 50m butterfly stroke (girls IV) events. Similarly, participants from Patiala proved their mettle in events 4 x 50m medley relay (girls IV), 50m free style (girls III), 50m breast stroke (girls III) and 4 x 50m medley relay (girls III). Swimmers from Jalandhar matched them well to clinch four titles on the concluding day. They bagged top honours in 50m free style (boys III), 50m breast stroke (boys III), 4 x 50m medley relay (boys III) and 100m free style (boys III) events.

Final day's results- 4 x 50m medley relay (girls IV)- Patiala first, Ludhiana second and Faridkot third. 50m free style (boys III): Arun Guleria of Jalandhar first, Dilberjeet Singh of Sangrur second and Abhikaran Bhullar third. 50m free style (girls III): Gurmant Kaur of Patiala first, Deepali Attri of Sangrur second and Simrandeep Kaur of Sangrur third. 50m free style (boys IV): Ishan Sharma of Hoshiarpur first, Jobanpreet Singh of Sangrur second and Diljot Singh of Faridkot third. 50m free style (girls IV): Bhavjot Kaur of Ludhiana first, Simranjeet Kaur of Sangrur second and Tanisha Jain of Patiala third. 50m back stroke (boys III): Gursimranjeet of Ferozepur first, Arbaz Khan of Patiala second and Pranav Sharma of Patiala third. 50m back stroke (girls III): Simrandeep Kaur of Sangrur first, Deepali Attri pf Sangrur second and Navrose of Faridkot third. 50m back stroke (boys IV): Ishan Sharma of Hoshiarpur first, Jobanpreet Singh of Sangrur second and Ratinder Singh of Patiala third. 50m back stroke (girls IV): Simranjeet Kaur of Sangrur first, Bhavjot Kaur of Ludhiana second and Tanisha Soni of Patiala third. 50m breast stroke (boys III): Arun Guleria of Jalandhar first, Tanmay Das of Jalandhar second and Gurprabhleen Singh of Sangrur third. 50m breast stroke (girls III): Gurmanat of Patiala first, Disha Thakur of Ropar second and Chilman of Jalandhar third. 50m breast stroke (girls IV): Bhavjot Kaur of Ludhiana first, Tanisha Jain of Patiala second and Simranjeet Kaur of Sangrur third. 50m butterfly stroke (girls III): Pavit Sofat of Ludhiana first, Sudhristhi of Ferozepur second and Navya Gulati of Amritsar third. 4 x50m medley relay (boys III): Jalandhar first, Sangrur second and Patiala third. 4 x50m medley relay (girls III): Patiala first, Sangrur second and Jalandhar third. 100m free style (boys III): Arun Guleria of Jalandhar first, Dilbarjeet Singh of Sangrur second and Gurkirat Singh of Ludhiana third.



Dhruv Pandove Trophy
Ludhiana's innings fold at 290 runs
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 2
Jalandhar dictated the terms on the second day by restricting Ludhiana to 290 runs and then scored 187 runs for the loss of just three wickets in the four-day match in the Punjab State Inter District Cricket Tournament (U-19) during the ongoing Dhruv Pandove Trophy being played at the Punjab Agricultural University ground today.

Ludhiana resumed an overnight score of 233 for the loss of 4 wickets. They were bowled out for 290 runs in 122.2 overs. Sandeep Singh (74) and Hartejasvi Kapoor (31) were separated today after adding 14 runs when the former was bowled on his individual score of 83 runs.

However, Hartejasvi found an ideal partner in Chirag Maria and the duo continued to play cautiously. Hartejasvi lost concentration and was stumped by Himanshu with the score board reading 281 for 6. He contributed 53 runs, facing 152 balls and consumed 226 minutes.

This followed a virtual collapse with the last four wickets falling after adding just nine runs to the total. For Jalandhar, Manpreet Bhullar, Mohit Mariya and Rishin Sharma shared the bowling honours, chipping in with three wickets each.

Jalandhar began their reply on a strong foot as the opening pair of Rajat Sharma and Anurag Parkash put on 54 runs. At draw of stumps, the visitors were 187 for three after 67 overs.

Brief scores: Ludhiana (first innings): 290/10 in 122. 2 overs (Nimit Malhan 49, Gurkaran Singh 27, Parul Mehndiratta 29, Nikhil Choudhary 6, Hartejasvi Kapoor 53, Sandeep Singh 83, Chirag Maria 19, Anirudh Aggarwal 6; Manpreet Bhullar 3 for 85, Mohit Mariya 3 for 66, Rishin Sharma 3 for 70 and Rhit Chauhan 1 for 47). Jalandhar (first innings): 187/ 3 in 67 overs (Rajat Sharma 17, Anurag Parkash 42, Himanshu Sharma 58, Mansab Gill 53 , Sahil Lal 4 ; Hartejasvi Kapoor 1 for 37, Sandeep Singh 1 for 33 and Nabendhu Sharma 1 for 30).



Grewal Club, Kila Raipur, enter semis
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 2
Grewal Club of Kila Raipur and Sant Fateh Singh Club of Dholan recorded victories in the fifth round matches to assure themselves berths in the last four stage in the senior section of the 4th Olympian Prithipal Singh Memorial Seven-a-Side Hockey Festival being organised by the Ludhiana Sports Welfare Association (LSWA) and Jarkhar Academy at Mata Sahib Kaur Stadium, Jarkhar near here today.

In the first match of the day, Sant Fateh Singh Club, Dholan got the better of Guru Gobind Singh Club of Ludhiana 8-5 finish at the spot in the points table and secured a place in the semi finals.

Kulwinder Singh, Kirandeep Singh, Harjinder Singh and Harpreet Singh scored a brace each to complete the rout while Jasdev Singh of GGS Club, Ludhiana's hattrick went in vain. Other two goals for the losers came off Sukhwinder Singh and Rampal Singh's sticks.

In another keen tussle, Grewal Club, Kila Raipur, survived many anxious moments against the reigning champions, the Friends Club of Doraha before scrambling past 9-8.

The two sides were tied 4-all at half time.

With this victory, Grewal Club topped the points table to storm their way in to the last four stages in the senior section.



Entry to Guru Nanak Stadium restricted
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
The sports officials at the Guru Nanak Stadium have finally decided to implement the decision to reserve the right of entry in stadium. The officials have decided to ban the entry of outsiders to park their vehicle in the sports complex. The decision came after the resent clash between a District Sports Officer and a politician on May 21.

The department had taken such decision in the past also but failed to implement it. The Guru Nanak Stadium is at the prime location in the city. People use the sports complex for the parking the vehicles. A number of bureaucrats and other influential residents live in the surrounding of stadium, which makes the implementation a tough decision. Though the sports department officials are again keen to implement its decision to ban the entry of outsiders in sports complex and parking of vehicles, they have issued entry passes to people concerned with the Guru Nanak Stadium. Kartar Singh, District Sports Officer, said: “We welcome the residents who come here to watch the sports activities. But the miscreants and anti-social elements had started misusing the public property.”

“To avoid miscreants, we have now issued the passes to our players, employees and other people associated with sports department. We will not allow unauthorised people to park their vehicles on the premises of the complex,” he said.



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