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Two bookies arrested
Experts in online betting, they had contacts and a vast network across the state
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
The police has arrested two bookies from a house in the Salem Tabri area for betting on the one-day match of the Champions Trophy League played between West Indies and Pakistan late last evening. The accused have been identified as Antarpreet Singh of Nava Mohalla and Pawan Kumar, alias Sunny, of the Mochpura area.

Meanwhile, three other bookies, who were also present on the spot, managed to escape. Two of the bookies who managed to escape have been identified as Sanjay, alias Chidi, of the Daresi road area and Nishant, alias Honey, of New Shivpuri.

According to the police, the Salem Tabri police got a tip-off that bookies were accepting bets on the cricket match from a house. The police party, led by Dharampal, SHO, Salem Tabri Police Station, and Surjit Sing, in charge, investigation cell, raided the house and nabbed the bookies. The police recovered a laptop,16 mobile phones, a TV set and some diaries from their possession.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (North) J. Elanchezhian said: "During the preliminary investigation, we found that the accused had been into this business for a long time. We suspect that they were also involved in batting during the IPL season. They are expert in online betting. They use to bet from Rs 1,000 to 1 lakh. They have a vast network across the state. We have found around 50 contacts in their diaries".

A case under section 420, 129-B of the IPC and 13 A/3/67 of the Gambling Act has been registered.


Gill road footpath
MC, LIT fail to provide info despite Commission orders
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
It seems that the officials of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation as well as the Ludhiana Improvement Trust are not taking the Right to Information Act seriously. This could be known from the fact that owing to the irresponsible attitude of these officials, the MC has been fined a total of Rs 15,000 and the LIT Rs 5,000 by the State Information Commission.

This fine has been imposed in four different cases. In all these four cases, the State Information Commission (SIC) had directed the MC as well as the LIT to supply some information, but the orders were not complied with.

An RTI activist, Kuldeep Singh Khaira, had sought information regarding three issues related to the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation. One of the issues is related to the Ludhiana Improvement Trust. When Khaira failed to get the required information, he approached the SIC, which issued directions to the MC and the LIT on April 11 to provide the information to him.

During a hearing held on June 4, Kuldeep Singh Khaira told the SIC that despite its orders, he had not got the information.

"I failed to get the information despite the orders passed by the Commissioner-cum-FAA. The MC, and in one case the PIO, are shying away from providing the certified sealed samples of the material used in the project of providing and laying 80mm thick interlocking tiles of octagonal design and construction of footpaths on Gill Road from Campa Cola Chowk to Sidhwan Canal due to the contractor's political background. The project is still incomplete despite the lapse of the stipulated period (more than one year) and the officials have failed either to impose any penalty on the contractor or blacklist him for the delay," said Khaira.

Taking this matter seriously, the SIC has now ordered all the Public Information Officers (PIOs) concerned to be present at the next date of hearing on June 27.



‘Jugaru limousines’ can land you in trouble
These are considered illegal and as such using these is an offence
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
A word of caution for all the "grooms" who have been dreaming of transporting their brides in "economy limousines" after their wedding ceremony as the very "showoff " can turn into an embarrassment for them. The police can seize the "jugaru modified limousines" on the spot.

The traffic police has appealed to the residents not to hire the "jugaru limousines" for marriage ceremonies as these are considered illegal by the Punjab and Haryana Court and using these is an offence.

It has been observed that a number of limousines are available in the market with varying rent packages. The cost of an original limousine is much more than a "jugaru" (locally manufactured) models of limousines in the market.

The trend of hiring limousines for wedding ceremonies is more than one decade old in the state. The NRIs introduced this and it gained popularity in the regions with a good population of NRIs.

Now, to show off their wealth, people often hire the locally manufactured limousines. They shell out Rs 10,000 or 20, 000 to hire these vehicles for one day.

According to the ACP, Traffic, Dhruman Nimbale, a writ petition has been field in THE Punjab and Haryana High Court against the use of modified limousines. The matter is sub judice and there is a stay on the use of modified limousines. He said: "We appeal to the residents that if they want to hire limousines for their wedding programmes they must hire the original ones. If they hire the modified (jugaru) limousines, then it can prove to be costly for them. The police will seize the vehicles on the spot. So, to avoid the inconvenience they should not hire such limousines for marriage programmes. Moreover, the use of such limousines is illegal and as such an offence," he added.

We appeal to the residents that if they want to hire limousines for their wedding programmes they must hire the original ones. If they hire the modified (jugaru) limousines, then it can prove to be costly for them. The police will seize the vehicles on the spot. So, to avoid the inconvenience they should not hire such limousines for marriage programmes. Moreover, the use of such limousines is illegal and as such an offence. — Dhruman Nimbale, ACP, Traffic



GLADA to develop PSPCL land as downtown area
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
To bring Ludhiana city on the tourism map and to develop it as a model project, the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) is planning to develop the prime Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd (PSPCL) land on Ferozepur Road here into a downtown place.

The authority plans to develop an amusement park, malls, shopping complexes, offices and even residential and corporate apartments on this prime land.

This PSPCL land is worth hundreds of crores. It is close to Nanaksar Gurdwara on the main Ludhiana-Ferozepur Road and houses offices and residences. The office of the Chief Engineer (Central), Ludhiana, and the Anti-Power Theft Police Station are also located on this piece of land.

"The proposed downtown place is a generation-next concept," GLADA Chief Administrator Rakesh Kumar Verma told The Tribune.

The decision was taken keeping in mind the location as well as the availability of land in the city. After the idea was first mooted by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, GLADA conducted a survey in the city and found this particular land suitable for the project.

Revealing further details, Verma said at present they had only identified the land. "The other modalities like the total cost of the project, how it would be financed are yet to be chalked out. The state government has held two meetings in this regard. Of these one was chaired by the Deputy Chief Minister. Once this project takes final shape, it will the first of its kind in the state and we plan to develop it keeping in mind the needs of future generations," said Rakesh Kumar Verma.

At present, only the Feroze Gandhi Market area of the city could be dubbed as a downtown place of this industrial city because a large number of financial institutions and other offices are located here along with the Ludhiana Stock Exchange. But, as the area is already "overburdened", the state government plans to develop the PSPCL land into a downtown place.



Students excel in BCom II exams
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
Panjab University, Chandigarh, declared the results of BCom II, here today. Once again, students from Ludhiana district proved their mettle by scoring top positions in the university. Niharika Mehta, a student from Aurobindo College of Commerce, has topped the BCom II in PU examination. Prior to this, another student from Aurobindo College Daanish Jalhotra had topped in the university in BCom I.

A diligent and meticulous student, Niharika had also topped in BCom I exams last year and had maintained her position by scoring 990 marks out of 1150. The college has once again done well in commerce and management education, as three of its students have grabbed positions in the top 10 merit list of the university. Priyanka Sohar stood fourth in the university with 964 marks and Jasleen Kaur secured the ninth position by scoring 949 marks. The college registered an overall 100 per cent result and 92.38 per cent students scored first divisions, whereas, 35 students scored distinctions.

The college principal, Dr R L Behl, announced with pleasure that the college had produced 19 top positions in the university in 2013 in BCom and BBA exams, which was a commendable achievement for the college and the city of Ludhiana. SP Oswal, the chairman of the college, congratulated the faculty and students for the outstanding results. Col PS Choudhry, director of the college said that the College focused on quality education.

It may be mentioned that in BCom I results, first, second and third positions respectively were grabbed by the students of Sri Aurobindo College. Besides these, three others had also secured positions among the first 10 in the university.

Meanwhile, the students of Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, have achieved outstanding results in BCom II. The college has secured 99 per cent result in BCom II examination, as 150 students has scored the first division. Aaina Gupta bagged Second position in the Panjab University by scoring 84.69 per cent marks.

Pritpal Singh Grewal, president and Dr SS Grewal, vice president, managing committee congratulated the principal, Dr Varinder Kaur Thind and the staff of Department of Commerce for their sincere efforts in generating the excellent results. They applauded the students for maintaining the tradition of the college in achieving stupendous results and also wished them luck to continue to scale greater heights in life.



Fashion designing students display their talent during ‘Neon Lights’
Tribune News Service

Models walk the ramp during a fashion show organised by INIFD in Ludhiana. A Tribune Photograph

Ludhiana, June 8
Inter National Institute of Fashion Design, Ludhiana, presented 'Neon Lights', the annual designer contest to mark the passing out of its final year students of fashion design at Guru Nanak Dev auditorium, Ludhiana, last evening.

In the evening, the budding designers displayed both class and creativity through their collections. As many as 10 collections, each based on a unique theme, were showcased by the students. Eventually, 'Revival of the 70's' theme won the hearts of the audience and the judges. Young designers Tarwinder Singh, Sangeeta Kamboj, Manpreet Kaur and Sukhpreet Kaur, designed the collection in a bid to recreate the magic of 70's, an era symbolising liberation, youth and carefree attitude'.

The designers extravagantly designed the collection using neon colours. The various stylised elements were inspired from the Bollywood of 70's. Tarwinder Singh said that his had hard work paid off, as they researched for a month before starting working on it. "We blended neutral colours with neon. We created contemporary silhouettes inspired from the 70's designs," he added.

'Tring- Tring' collection was close to the heels of the winning theme. It was an interesting theme, inspired from the ringing sounds of telephones used in 18th and 19th century. Motifs of telephones were printed on the fabric along with the usage of vibrant colours. Combining old and new fashion trends, it was designed by Sanchi Jain, Nupur Azad, Deepshikha. "The idea of Tring Tring struck, as we looked at a woman using a landline phone. Then we researched further about the phones of the bygone era, and came up with this fascinating theme," smiles Sanchi.

Another theme, which was rated as the most innovative by the judges was 'Anu'saa-zee'. This theme was inspired from the beautiful pottery made by Anu'saa-zee tribe of SouthWest America, the geometrical pottery designs were hand painted on the garments by young budding designer, Jagriti Kaur Garcha. It was considered as an elegant and enigmatic design and had only two basic shades of black and white.

Other themes included 'Hookah Bar' , 'West of Punjab',' Reflections', 'Golden Dusk', 'Paraandi', 'Chocolate',' Renasissance of Indian Origin 'and Hodge-Podge. All the themes were appreciated by the audience present.

New collection

'Tring- Tring' collection was close to the winning theme. It was an interesting theme, inspired from the ringing sounds of telephones used in 18th and 19th century. Motifs of telephones were printed on the fabric along with the usage of vibrant colours.



From schools
Summer workshops

Ludhiana: Various workshops were conducted at the Spring Dale Sr Sec Public School, which were not only to beat the heat but also to train the students in various fields of their choices. The students learnt all the activities with full enthusiasm. A valedictory function was held along with the workshop. Nirmal Singh Walia, the chairman, was the chief guest who was accorded a cordial welcome by Avinash Kaur Walia, founder principal and director. The students presented a cultural bonanza which included an English prayer song, karate display, western dance, commentary and speech in different moods.

Unleashing the hidden potentials, thousand of students are uplifting their creative, aesthetic and artistic skills in BVM's ten days summer workshops. Various activities including, music, dancer creative craft, home décor, cooking, bhangra, networking etc are being held. The hardworking hands and creative minds are showing wonders in making beautiful hangings, paintings, fancy artistic shoes, umbrellas and many other things. Keeping in mind that talent goes waste without tact so accordingly, a tactful dealing is required in order to keep all the learners constructively occupied with healthy relations. While elaborating this, Dr Rakesh kapoor, a famous psychologist conducted a seminar on handling students, with a real feeling of affection by overcoming anger. By overgrowing all the feelings of anger and by excellent teaching, every kind of enforcement could be converted into encouragement, he said.

Legal studies introduced

Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, has been authorised by the CBSE to introduce legal studies as an elective subject in class XI with effect from the current session. GNPS has been made a part of the pilot project started in selected 50 schools across the country. While speaking on the occasion, principal Mona Singh said that introduction of legal studies in class XI would provide a career option for students desirous of pursuing law after class XII. She said that the school had appointed a qualified faculty for the subject as per CBSE norms.

Summer camp

The closing ceremony of a summer camp was organised in BCM School, Basant City. During the summer camp, the students displayed their talent by performing yoga, skating, animation etc. Besides this, the tiny tots tapped their feet on the western dance and also displayed their Martial Arts performance. Some of the students performed skits on value based themes. The skating performance and rock dance by the students enthralled the audience. The also displayed their art and painting talent through an exhibition. All the parents praised their skills.

Theatre studies

BCM Arya School has been alloted, "Theatre Studies", as an elective subject for class XI for this season. The students can opt for this subject with combination of any three other electives, along with a language. CBSE has introduced this course with a view to empower the students of 21st century and to open new career avenues for them in the field of dramatics as a strong medium of expression. The subject is being introduced as a pilot course by CBSE in selected schools. — TNS



Police urges bank branches to take preventive steps to curb robberies
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 8
The local police has urged the in charges at various branches of commercial banks, at local town and surrounding towns, to take proper preventive measure for keeping miscreants and robbers away from their respective branches. They further said that any person, with an unexplained stay near the branches, should be identified.

The officials, representing the various branches of different banks, assured to take these steps during their routine work.

Deputy Superintendent of police at Amargarh Sukhdev Singh Virk said it had been observed that majority of bank officials were negligent about the security of their respective branches.

Keeping the branches Open beyond the working hours, deployment of security guards on other jobs and non functional CCTV cameras were identified as the major security lapses at almost all the branches of nationalise branches.

With an intent to aware the bank officials about modus operandi of the robbers and miscreants, the SHO City, Jasbir Singh and SHO Sadar Jarnail Singh convened the meetings of the officials of branches, situated in their respective areas.

The banks officials were told that the majority of robberies had been committed when there were no customers in the banks. Presence of joint custodians in the branch beyond business hours was another vulnerable factor for inviting miscreants.

The police officials cited the incidences, where the futile attempts had been made by miscreants to rob ATMs but concerned banks could not provide CCTV footage to assist the investigation. The bank officials were advised to ensure that the security guards performed their duty diligently and stayed armed till the bank was closed. The police furtehr said that those guards should be identified who worked at other places during night shift and compromise with their duty at the bank, which actually require higher vigilance.

The bank managers and their representatives assured the police that tips provided during the meeting would be implemented in letter and spirit.

Vulnerable points

The bank officials were told that a majority of robberies had been committed when there were no customer in the banks. Presence of joint custodians in the branch beyond business hours was another vulnerable factor for inviting miscreants. The bank officials were advised to ensure that the security guards performed their duty diligently and stayed armed till the bank was closed.



Relief to bus operators
High Court gives its order on windowpane glasses
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
With the recent orders issued by the Punjab and Haryana High Court that in case the films have not been manually put on windowpane glass and the glass is certified by the manufacturers as conforming to the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act 1988, then the petitioner would be free to approach the court for directions to the police against harassment and for imposition of damages on them.

The Judge said, “There is no dispute that on the side, on windows of the buses, films are pasted on the company fitted glass or by the fabricator of bus body, which are contrary to the directions issued by the Supreme Court in Writ Petition (Civil) Number 265 of 2011, decided on April 27, 2012.”

The Judge said the moment the petitioner admits that he had put black film on the glass; there was per se, the violation of the Supreme Court orders. Therefore, the question of police testing the glass for the Vehicle Light Transmission (VLT) any further does not arise.

The president of the Mini-Bus Operators Association, Punjab, JS Grewal, said: “With the recent orders issued by the High Court, the police had stopped imposing challans on the vehicles. At least the unnecessary harassment by the police and the District Transport Department had stopped now. We do admit that there are black sheep in our line too but only they should to be harassed or penalised and not all be considered the same. We are also of the view that violators should be punished by the authorities.”

The bus operators and the police/DTO Department were at loggerheads in recent times over the unnecessary challans being imposed on private operators. While operators stressed that they were abiding the rules in the Motor Vehicle Act, the police continued to impose challans and impound vehicles having tinted windowpanes. Following the alleged harassment, the bus operators had filed the writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.



Drawing competition

Ludhiana: The Xplora Design Skool organised a drawing competition. Sunil Nanda MD of the institute introduced students about all courses provided by institute. He said, “The institute is a recognised center of Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar University for Bachelors in Media Graphics and Animation.


Ram Niwas Dubey was elected as the president of Salem Tabri mandal of the BJP. Sarabjit was chosen as the general secretary of the mandal. District president of BJP Parveen Bansal said these appointments would make the party stronger at the grass root level in the region.

Protest by pharmacists

A dharna by rural health pharmacists, veterinary pharmacists and Class IV employees working in 1,186 rural health dispensaries and 582 veterinary dispensaries continued on Saturday. Posts of medical officers in 200 health dispensaries and 120 veterinary dispensaries are lying vacant. Following the dharna by pharmacists, work in the dispensaries remained suspended. President of Rural Health Pharmacist Association Kulraj Singh Haans said the association members have been working on small pay since June 2006. “This is akin to exploitation as it has become difficult to feed their families,” he said.

Admissions open for PGDCC

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in collaboration with the Satguru Partap Singh Apollo Hospitals has announced that admissions were open for the course of Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Cardiology (PGDCC) for the session beginning from July 2013. The last date to apply is June 15.

2-day seminar on healthy lifestyle

Mohan Lal Gupta speaks during a seminar on healthy lifestyle at the Guru Nanak Bhawan in Ludhiana.Mohan Lal Gupta from the Natural Lifestyle, Delhi, gave tips on living healthy and disease-free life without any aid of medication during a two-day seminar organised by the Arvind Forgings and Lions Club, Ludhiana. He said, “Human body is capable of repairing itself. Any kind of imbalance in human body results in acute diseases.” Talking about the importance of healthy eating, he stressed on the importance of eating light and fresh food. — TNS

Mohan Lal Gupta speaks during a seminar on healthy lifestyle at the Guru Nanak Bhawan in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma



Residents demand fire station, leaders fight to take credit for it
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, June 8
Even though the proceedings to bring the fire brigade service in Jagraon is supposed to take many months, a war among the leaders belonging to different political parties to take the credit for the same has already started.

It is reminded here that the local residents had been demanding to set up fire brigade station in Jagraon for last several years but the constant neglecting of this demand fuelled the residents with anger. The fire incident in a local departmental store, a few days ago, in which goods worth crores of rupees were gutted, infuriated the local residents further.

Following this incident, the local residents, led by a joint committee formed by various NGOs held a protest against the government and declared to launch a stir in case the fire brigade station was not set up at Jagraon. The pressure created by the residents increased the chances of setting up a fire brigade station in Jagraon manifolds.

Keeping in view the anger of the local residents, the leaders of various political parties stepped up to fulfil the demand of setting up fire brigade station at Jagraon. As their effort gained momentum, the credit war among political leaders also reached its peak. On one side, Jagraon MLA SR Kaler has stepped up to get issued the grant from the State Government, for setting up fire brigade station at Jagraon as soon as possible. Kaler who raised this issue before the Punjab Assembly some time ago and also held meetings with the Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal and Local Bodies Minister Bhagat Chuni Lal in this regard, claimed that the Chief Minister had promised him to provide funds for setting up fire brigade station at Jagraon. He further said that he would make sure that the fire brigade station was set up in Jagraon at the earliest.

On the other side, the leaders of Congress Party claim that Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting and Member Parliament, Manish Tiwari, from Ludhiana is ready to allot a grant required for setting up a fire brigade station in Jagraon from his MP quota funds. The Congressmen say that Tiwari has assured to issue a grant for setting up fire brigade station in Jagraon at the earliest, in case the Jagraon Municipal Council provides quotations of money required for the same.

Prior to this, BJP leader and Jagraon municipal council president Baldev Krishan Dhir attended a meeting called by members of various NGOs to discuss the same issue. During the meeting, he assured the members of NGOs to get passed a resolution by the municipal council for setting up a fire brigade station at the Jagraon as soon as possible.



Vigilance police urges social bodies to fight against corruption
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 8
Identifying corruption as being the root cause behind majority of the social evils, the vigilance police called upon the office-bearers of various constitutional and social organisations to join hands with the department in crusade against the evil.

An appeal was made by a team of vigilance officials, led by inspectors Sukhdev Singh and Kuljinder Singh Grewal, during closing the session of an awareness seminar organised at the block development office at Dehlon.

While maintaining that vigilance awareness was an ongoing process, being undertaken by the directorate of the vigilance bureau, Sukhdev Singh and Kuljinder Singh Grewal urged that social leaders, including sarpanches, panches, block samiti members and zila parishad members should act as bridge between the vigilance sleuths and those who were being exploited by corrupt officials in various departments.

Assuring that vigilance officials would be available round the clock, the officials said anybody with a concrete information about the corruption could contact the district-level officials on toll free number 1800 1800 1000 or email at sspvdldh@yahoo.com. Queries of the participants were answered during the question-answer phase of the seminar.

The social activist, Paramdeep Singh Deepa, zila parishad members, Parminder Singh Rangina and Jagdeep Singh Bittu and former chairman block samiti Dehlon Harbans Singh Gopalpur were prominent among those who participated in interaction session.



Aadhaar card enrolment drive from June 10:
Deputy Commissioner

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
A campaign will be initiated for the enrolment of Aadhaar cards for residents who had not enrolled themselves. The Deputy Commissioner, Rahul Tewari, said the campaign would start from June 10 to June 25. He appealed to all the residents to get Aadhaar cards made as all the government subsidies and schemes would be linked to Aadhaar cards.

He said, “The enrolment centres during these days will be set up at the BDPO offices at Khanna, Machhiwara, Samrala, Doraha, Payal, Jagroan, Sudhar, Sidhwan Bet, Pakhowal and Dehlon. They will function from 9 am to 5 pm. The enrolment machines will also be installed at the SDM office Khanna, Payal, Samrala, Jagraon and Raikot. Enrolments will also begin at sub-tehsils in Macchiwara, Koomkala, Dehlon, municipal committee office, Doraha, community centre, BRS Nagar, Durga Mandir, Sarabha Nagar, Guru Singh Sabha, Sarabha Nagar, Khoohisar Gurdwra, ATI Chowk, Kot Mangal Singh, Janta Nagar, SDPO office, Gill Road, Rakh Bagh, Rose Garden, Head Post Office, Central Post Office Mata Rani Chowk and post offices at Miller Ganj, Dholewal Chowk, Maloud, Doraha, Sahnewal, Jagraon, Raikot and Payal. These will also be started at tehsil offices of Jagroan, and Sidhwa Bet.”

“It is good that the enrolment campaign will be started in the city as I and many neighbours of mine have not gotten the Aadhaar cards made,” said Rajinder Singh, a resident of BRS Nagar.

“It will become easier to enrol at the community centre of the area for its proximity,” he said.



Punbus contractual staff threaten state-level strike on June 10
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 8
The members of the Punbus Contract Workers' Union staged a protest today against the state government at the Jagraon Depot of Punjab Roadways. A large number of union members took part in this state level protest organised for pressing the state government to get long pending demands of the drivers and conductors hired on contract basis fulfilled.

The protesting workers raised slogans against the state government as well as the Punjab Transport Department for constantly neglecting the demands of the Punbus Contract Workers. Later on, the protestors also assembled outside the office of Punjab Roadways Jagraon Depot General Manager and started raising slogans against the transport department. Following this, the local administration deployed huge police force at the venue of protest to avoid any untoward incident.

Earlier, while addressing the protestor during the occasion, Punbus Contract Workers' Union state president Mahima Singh Sidhu alleged that the Punbus contractors have been exploiting the workers hired on contract basis.

“The contractors of the buses, being run under Punbus system, only get Rs 3,000-3,500 as salary which is less than even the half amount of the money being paid by the management to the contractors as salary,” said Sidhu.

The workers of Punbus Contract Workers' Union have been on strike for over one and half month. According to union members, some time back the chief minister had assured them that their demands would be resolved on priority but nothing has been done in this regard so far. The union members have declared a state-level strike on June 10 in case their demands are not resolved.



Rice millers flay FCI’s procurement policies
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, June 8
The president of the Punjab Rice Millers Association, Tarsem Saini, today flayed the wrong rice procurement policies of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) in the general house meeting of the Punjab Rice Millers Association during the second day of the three-day long Rice Pro-Tech Expo.

Saini, also the president the Federation of All India Rice Millers, said that rice industry in Punjab was capable of processing the whole produce of the state within three months. The milling was extended till June due to lack of space with the FCI.

“Any quality issue in the custom milled rice should be sorted out in the lab which has members from the FCI’s technical committee besides representatives of the state government and our association,” he said.

He said the rice millers were under tremendous pressure, incurring heavy cost due to replacement of the custom milled stock by field staff of the FCI. “We need a permanent solution to this problem,” he said.

Several others issues were discussed during the meeting which was attended by office bearers of the association from various districts of the state. Prem Goyal, general secretary of the association, asked the state government to release the custom milling security of rice millers, which was pending since 2003-04

They also demanded for timely arrangement for additional storage space for this year’s custom milled rice, besides date for acceptance of custom milled rice of season 2012-13 be extended up to August 30, 2013.



22-year-old youth commits suicide

Ludhiana, June 8
A man committed suicide by jumping into a canal after being embarrassed by a woman. The deceased was identified as 22-year-old, Rajwinder Singh, a resident of Nanak Nagar. Jatinder Singh, brother of deceased, lodged a complaint against a neighbour, Joyti, that she had embarrassed Rajwinder in public which led him to commit suicide. Jatinder told the police that Rajwinder was in a relationship with Jyoti, wife of Pardeep Kumar, and they had some conflict in the past. Rajwinder had gone to Joyti's place to solve the problem but she humiliated him in public. Upset from the incident, he jumped into the canal. A case has been registered against Joyti.

Seven held for illegal sand mining

The city police has registered two separate case under the Mining and Mineral Act against seven persons for illegal sand mining. The police at Meharban police station had booked Sethpal Singh, a resident of Rahon Road. During the investigation, he failed to produce any license for sale of sand. In another incident, the police has registered a case against Malkeet , Jora , Avrtar, Kulwinder, Avtar , Baldev Singh and Gurmnam Singh, all are the residents of Kasabaad village. According to the police all were loading sand in trolleys without permission. The police has seized their vehicles also. — TNS



American students visit India for Hindi classes
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
Professor Afroz Taj from North Carolina University, who teaches Hindi in the Department of South Asian Studies said that the university gave a grant of one million dollars for funding the study and promotion of Hindi and access to Hindi lessons online.

He along with other professors, including John Caldwell, lecturer in South Asian Studies are on a six-week tour to India for teaching Hindi and Indian culture to 13 students of the university. Hindi, Indian history and culture are being taught during the 'Summer in India' program, under the department. The team has visited Delhi, Agra, Aligarh, Fatehpur Sikri, Rishikesh, Haridwar and would visit Amritsar. The point of teaching by bringing students here is that they see the culture, understand and interact with people here.

Interestingly, some of the students stayed with the families at Aligarh. Alex, one of the students who stayed with a family said he got a better perspective of how people lived here.

The way Aarti and evening prayers are conducted at Haridwar surprised the students. Gabrielle, a student said that she was impressed at how family and religion were important to people in the country.



Death of pregnant woman
Police awaits postmortem report
Our Correspondent

Khanna, June 8
The mystery about the death of a pregnant woman at CHC Manupur has still not been solved, since the postmortem report is still awaited. The SHO Samrala, Harjinder Singh, said that the police was recording the statements of the concerned in this regard. He said that they were also verifying about the location of the doctor at the time of incident and action would be taken after a proper enquiry.

It has also come into notice that the pregnant woman has a child of about four years, but he is mentally retarded. It has been learnt that the lady had also given birth to two other children earlier, but they had also died. The husband of the deceased, Jagdish Kumar, who is a labourer and vegetable seller, is a very poor person and he belongs to Sansi Bradri but lives in this village from long time. According to the police officials, they would record the statements of the persons concerned and would report to senior officials for further action. The police will also took into account the report of postmortem. 



Eminent persons to be felicitated today
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 8
The Ludhiana Sports Welfare Association and Jarkhar Hockey Academy, which are organising the annual Olympian Prithipal Singh Seven-a-Side Hockey Festival at the Mata Sahib Kaur Stadium, Jarkhar village, will felicitate five prominent personalities for their invaluable contribution in the promotion of hockey in the region.

They will be honoured at a prize distribution function at the final matches in the senior and junior sections of the hockey festival scheduled for June 9 at 8 pm.

Dr Ajay Pal Singh Mangat, president of the association, Paramjit Singh Neetu and Sukhwinder Singh, president and secretary, respectively of the Jarkhar Hockey Academy said that former captain of the national hockey team, Raj Pal Singh, president of the Punjab Sahitya Academy, Dr Gubhajan Singh Gill, Deputy Director, Sports, Punjab, Sohan Lal Lotey, Director, Sports, Punjabi University, Patiala, Dr Raj Kumar and Master Gurdev Singh Rurka for his invaluable contribution in the promotion of hockey in the region will be rewarded with “Life Achievement” awards.

“Both the final matches will be telecast live by the the Dordarshan Kendra, Jalandhar,” they said.



Industrial parks to get Zone I benefits
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
The industrial policy declared by the state government on June 3 will help industrial parks. They will get Zone I benefits.

The Hampton Park on Ludhiana-Chandigarh road, coming up on 40 acres of land, will be exempted from the VAT and CST up to 50-80 per cent. Besides, 100 per cent exemption of excise duty, 100 per cent exemption of stamp duty and 100 per cent exemption of property tax will be given to the industrial park by the government.

Sanjeev Arora, managing director, Hampton Courts, said: “On 60 per cent of the land, green industry will come up while on the remaining 40 per cent land residential flats/offices will come up. We intend to finish the project by May 2015 as not only buyers from Punjab but from other states and overseas have shown keen interest in the project, which is being marketed by Re/Max, a leading real estate consultant group from USA.”

Arora said though the project started in April but with the announcement of Industrial Policy more people have come forward for investment in the park.



Labour crisis to get over by June-end, says expert
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
The Industry in the city is feeling the heat and is expected to bear losses as the production of the units has come down up to 50 per cent in the last 2-3 months due to prolonged labour crises.

The labour-shortage phase, which was up to one month till recent years, had extended up to more than two months this time and the textile and garment industry was the major sufferer with the pendency of export orders up to two months.

SC Ralhan, president, EEPC (northern region), said industry was expecting that labour crises would get over by June end. "The phase comes every year but this year the shortage of labour period extended resulting in losses to units, particularly the garment industry.

They have got the pendency of about two months. To meet the deadlines, many of them may have to send the consignments by air and in that case they will incur losses." He said the movement of containers was cut-short to just 50 per cent.

"It is not that due to labour shortage, there has been slump in the market. The weak UK and USA markets have further added to the problems. If things do not improve by September then things will become worse and the industry will bear losses."



3-day workshop on Gurmat sangeet begins on June 14
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
A three-day workshop on Gurmat sangeet inspired from the ragas mentioned in Guru Granth Sahib will be organised at the Gurdwara Guru Gyan Prakash, Jawaddi Taksal, from June 14. The workshop will be convened by principal Sukhwant Singh, who has been a mentor to Ishmeet Singh and Devinder Pal Singh, stars of reality music television show from the city.

He said the three-day workshop will be free and anyone can learn music. “Two different classes for beginners and learners of Gurbani music would be conducted,” he said.

Training will be imparted in vocal music, stringed instruments, and tabla. Noted personalities from the field of music, including Bhai Nirmal Singh, Dr Gurinder Singh from Batala, Pandit Ramakant, Dr Nivedita Singh and Dr Alankar Singh from Patiala, Dr Kunwardeep Singh, Inderjeet Singh, Jatinder Pal Singh from Jalandhar, and Ustad Pandit Ganesh Prashad from Ambala will be there to mentor the students coming to learn at the workshop, said Sukhwant Singh.



Nishi Singh is Income Tax Commissioner
Ludhiana, June 8

Nishi Singh has taken over as new Income Tax Commissioner, Ludhiana. She was transferred from Ghaziabad after GS Randhawa, CIT, Ludhiana, retired last month. Manish Sareen from Jalandhar has joined as Joint Director (Investigations).

He has Ludhiana as additional charge. Additional Director (Investigations) Munish Gupta has been transferred to Delhi. All these transfer orders were issued by the Central Board of Direct Taxes. Jaspal Singh, Chief Commissioner, I-T (north-west region), Chandigarh, has issued orders for the transfer and shuffling of additional commissioners, joint commissioners and deputy commissioners. Sugandha Sharma has been shifted from Circle V to Central circle; Priyanka Singla from Range 1 has been shifted to investigation wing while Ranjeet Kaur has been transferred to Ludhiana from Chandigarh. Dr Gagan Kundra, Dr Rahul, Dr Maninder Kaur, Arvind Kumar Trivedi have been given promotions. — TNS



Women cops to get vehicle facility

Ludhiana, June 8
Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner of Police has ordered all Station House Officers (SHO) to ferry women police officials for their duty and spot. This decision was taken after finding that the female police officials deputed at different police stations used to reach their respective destinations late as they do not have vehicles.

The Police Commissionerate Ludhiana covers vast area of the district, under this comes as many as 32 police stations. The female staff deputed here has to travel several kilometres to reach their respective destinations. Deprived form government vehicles these newly recruited female police officials used to take public transport.

“I am punctual for my duty but it is quite tough to reach a spot without having any vehicle. We use to change three auto rickshaws to approach Samrala Chowk from the Police Line,” said female police official — TNS



Construction near Baddowal ammunition depot banned
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
The ADC (D), Neeru Katyal, today ordered that no person shall make any addition/alterations or carry out fresh construction in the restricted zone ie 1,000 yards from the outer parapet of the ammunition depot at Baddowal.

Katyal said earlier there were cases regarding unauthorised construction near the Baddowal Army Ammunition Depot and there was apprehension that there may be further danger to human life and disturbance of public tranquillity. The orders would come into force from June 8 to August 4, 2013.



Three drug peddlers held
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 8
The Jagraon police has arrested three alleged drug peddlers in separate operations during the last 24 hours and seized huge a quantity of habit forming drugs and 30 kg of poppy husk from them. The accused have been identified as Hardeep Singh, a resident of Khurshaidpura village near Sidhwan Bet and Rajinder Kumar and Naresh Kumar, both residents of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar.

The first accused was arrested from Jagraon-Sherpur Kalan link road by a police team from CIA Staff, Jagraon, following a tip off. Giving the details of the incident, CIA staff in charge inspector Prem Singh said that the police had received a secret information that a drug peddler was seen on Sherpur Road.

"Immediately after this, the police set up a check-post at Sherpur Kalan link road. After some time, the police personnels stopped a person, riding a scooter, and on conducting search, the recovered a bag kept on the scooter, containing 30 kg poppy husk. Following which, the police arrested the accused and also impounded the scooter", said Inspector Prem Singh.

In a separate operation, a police team from Jagraon Sadar police station arrested two youths from outside Malak village during a routine checking and seized a huge quantity of habit forming drugs from them.

According to Jagraon Sadar police station SHO Rachpal Singh Dhindsa, the police team recovered 1200 capsules, 1200 tables and 48 bottles of cough syrup from the youths. "When the police asked the youths to show the bill of the drugs, they failed to produce any document following which the police arrested them", said the SHO.

The police has registered separate cases against the accused at Jagraon Sadar police station and further investigation is on.



4 snatchers arrested

Ludhiana, June 8
The city police has nabbed four persons of a snatcher gang, who were allegedly planning for a big criminal activity in the city. The accused were identified as Sukhdev Singh alias Sukha, Raj Kumar alias Raju, Lalit Kumar and Yogesh Bharadwaj. The police officials have recovered sharp edged weapons from their possession. According to the police officials, they had received a tip-off that five members of a snatcher’s gang were planning for next action while sitting under a tree at Rakh Baag.

A police party led by ASI Jaswinder Singh raided the spot and arrested four accused while the fifth accused, Gurwinder Singh, managed to flee. The gang had snatched a chain from a woman near Ayali Chowk around 6 months ago. They have also snatched a ring and a gold bracelet from Y block of the Hambran Road. In another snatching incident, a gold bracelet and a ring were snatched by the gang members from Sabzi Mandi area. — TNS



Cricket tourney
Patiala pile up 644 runs against hosts
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 8
Powered by strokeful innings from Prabhjot Singh, Tanvir and Anmolpreet Singh, Patiala, hoisted a mammoth score of 644 runs and declared their first innings after losing eight wickets against Ludhiana on the second day of the four-day match in the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (U-19) for the Dhruv Pandove Trophy being played at the Punjab Agricultural University ground today.

At draw of stumps, Ludhiana was tottering at 70 runs for the loss of five after 33 overs.

Batting first after winning the toss, the visitors went on a leather hunt. Their innings revolved around Prabhjot Singh (166), Tanvir (162), Anmolpreet Singh (111) and Karan Kalia, who smashed 91 runs as Ludhiana bowlers seemed to be clueless.

Ludhiana's main bowlers, captain Sandeep Singh and Nikhil Chowdhary were not in their true elements and were found wanting due to injuries. They failed to impress with their bowling which virtually compounded miseries for the hosts.

Ludhiana began their first innings on a shaky note as it appeared that they were short of ideas. Soon, they were in deep trouble, losing five wickets with just 70 runs on the board.

Brief scores:

Patiala (first innings): 644/8 declared after 153.3 overs (Prabhjot Singh 166, Anmolpreet Singh 111, Tanvir 162 and Karan Kalia 91; Hartejasvi 1 for 103, Nabendhu Sharma 3 for 190, Sandeep Singh 2 for 39, Kabir Grewal 1 for 120 and Nikhil Chowdhary 1 for 85).

Ludhiana (first innings): 70/ 5 in 33 overs (Parul Mehndiratta 16, Nikhil Chowdhary 28, Chirag Maria 12 not out; Sidharath 2 for 10, Kara Kalia 1 for 11 and Puneet 1 for 28)



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