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NGO installs grills on road
Says its members spent money from their pocket after civic body failed to do the needful
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 11
With officials of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation in a "deep slumber", an NGO today set an example by getting safety grills installed on dangerous curves of an elevated road. Members of the NGO have installed these grills by spending money from their own pocket.

Ever since the elevated road was constructed, eight people have died in accidents due to the deadly curve near the Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women. These deaths seem to have failed to move the MC.

All these years, the MC has done little for the safety of city residents. Instead of getting grills installed, all it did was to float tenders twice. If no contractor showed interest in these tenders owing to the poor payment record of the civic body, no efforts were made by the MC to involve private players or NGOs to get these grills installed. Ironically, the MC office is at a stone's throw from this deadly curve.

Time and again, NGOs and social organisations have held protests outside the MC Commissioner's official residence as well as on the elevated road, but in vain.

Chanderkant Chadha, president of the Action Against Corruption, an NGO, alleged that the MC did not care about the safety of city residents. "We submitted several memoranda in this regard. Having failed to get any response, all of us decided to get these safety grills installed," he said.

No contractor showed interest

When a proposal for the installation of safety grills on the elevated road reached the MC Commissioner, he was surprised to learn that MC officers had proposed that grills be installed on a 1-km stretch, which would have cost around Rs 60 lakh. Senior MC officers were of the view that safety grills be installed only at accident-prone points. Later, another proposal for the installation of grills on a 250-metre stretch of the elevated road was prepared, which would have cost the MC around Rs 18 lakh.

Tenders were floated for the purpose, but due to the poor financial health of the MC and its poor track record on the payment front, no contractor showed interest.

Killer road

  • Gurpreet, a student of Class VIII in a private school, died in an accident on the elevated road on February 8 while he was going somewhere with his father Kuldeep Singh, a mechanic
  • On the night of September 25, 2011, Mohammad Mamin Khan (26) was killed while his friend Deep Kumar (22) suffered injuries when the bike they were riding on hit the boundary of the elevated road. Both of them fell from the bridge
  • In March 2008, two youths had died after falling from the elevated road at the same spot
  • Several other fatal accidents have taken place on the elevated road


lit plots
Eight months after draw, allottees yet to get letters
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 11
Allottees of 114 residential plots of 125 sq yards each in the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar Colony, developed by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), are a harassed lot as even after eight months of the draw, the allotment letters have not been issued to them.

The allottees have been making the rounds of the LIT office for the past several months without getting any satisfactory reply from officials and the staff concerned. The officials are not sure as to how much more time it will take for the allotment letters to be issued and for the physical possession of the plots to be handed over to the allottees.

The allottees, 123 in all, had to wait for over three decades for the draw of lots to be held. The draw was conducted on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The applicants had deposited earnest money for the allotment of plots way back in 1979 and 1982, but the possession of plots was not handed over to them even after their names had figured in the draw of lots conducted earlier because the land in question was acquired for the "infamous" City Centre project, which had to be abandoned following several controversies.

According to LIT officials, of the 123 eligible applicants, nine had been issued allotment letters as in their case the draw had been held before September 2012 on court orders. In the draw held on September 17, 2012, plots were allotted to another 41 applicants while the remaining 73 applicants figured in the draw held on October 30, 2012.

The allottees were happy as the draw had been held at a time when they had almost given up hope. However, the inordinate delay in the issuance of the allotment letters to them and handing over the physical possession of the plots is again creating a sense of uncertainty among them.

Devinder Kumar, a resident of Sidhwan Bet in Jagraon tehsil in the district and allottee of a plot in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, says he has been making the rounds of the LIT office for the past several months without getting any positive response from the staff and officials concerned. There are many more like Devinder Kumar who are also feeling disheartened due to the delay.

LIT officials assert that resolutions seeking the approval of the government for the allotment of plots were adopted and sent to the Local Government Department, Punjab. "Any further action, including issuance of the allotment letters and handing over the possession of the plots to the allottees, can be taken only after the resolutions get a nod from the government," an LIT official said.



7-yr-old girl falls off roof, dies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 11
A seven-year-old girl died after falling from the roof of her house in Vijay Nagar in Janakpuri here today. The victim has been identified as Payal. According to Payal's parents, she was playing with her friends when she slipped and fell from the roof. She was taken to a hospital where she was declared brought dead.

Woman thrashed by fiance

A woman was allegedly thrashed by her dumped fiance at BRS Nagar here today. The victim, identified as Mamta, was taken to the Civil Hospital for treatment.

She said Mahesh, who was engaged to her, entered her house when she was alone. He thrashed her and fled.



Graft charge against ASI
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 11
The role of an Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI), who was earlier posted at the Sudhar police station, has come under the scanner for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 10,000 to release a 22-year-old youth arrested on a charge of taking drugs.

The Vigilance Department had recently initiated a probe into the matter following a complaint by the youth's father. Sources said ASI Jarnail Singh had also recorded his statement a few days ago before Vigilance sleuths in this connection.

Haram Singh, Gurpinderjit Singh's father and a resident of Rajoana village, said on April 3, his son, along with his friend Jagjit Singh, was picked up by ASI Jarnail Singh from the main market in Sudhar in the morning.

Hakam Singh said when his son did not return home till late afternoon, he started searching for him and came to know that Jarnail Singh had arrested him on a charge of taking drugs.

The ASI had sent his son's blood samples to a laboratory at Kharar for testing.

He alleged that when he visited the Sudhar police station, Jarnail Singh demanded a graft of Rs 20,000. When Hakam expressed his inability to pay the money, the deal was fixed at Rs 10,000. Hakam Singh said he borrowed money from his friend Santokh Singh to pay the bribe.

After his son was freed, Hakam Singh appeared before Vigilance chief Suresh Arora and lodged a complaint against ASI Jarnail Singh.

The ASI refuted Hakam Singh's allegations. "Hakam's son Gurpinderjit Singh was caught while taking a narcotic substance. He was high on drugs and was indulging in hooliganism. He was apprehended and was taken to the Civil Hospital, where Gurpinder's blood samples were collected and sent for testing to a laboratory at Kharar. The results are awaited. Hakam Singh is levelling false allegations against me to mount pressure on me," said Jarnail Singh.



Man booked for uploading wife’s obscene photos on Net
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 11
A man has allegedly uploaded his wife's obscene pictures on the Internet. The city police has booked the man for blackmailing his wife by uploading her obscene pictures on the Internet.

The Division No. 7 police has also registered a case of molestation against Paras Kumar of Jamalpur.

The complainant told the police that she had married Paras Kumar, but soon the relations between them turned sour. Paras then went abroad, leaving her in the lurch. She filed a case of dowry harassment against Paras and her in-laws.

While she was pursuing the case, Paras told her that he was in possession of her obscene photographs. She said Paras started blackmailing her and asked her to withdraw the case.

She withdrew the case, but despite that the accused uploaded her obscene pictures on a social networking website.

Thieves strike at factory, decamp with machines

Thieves struck at a factory in Mangli village in the district and decamped with nine machines worth lakhs of rupees.

The incident came to light when Rajesh Kumar Jain, a resident of 33, Foota Road, visited his factory yesterday and found the machines missing.

He said the gate located on the rear side of the factory was broken. The thieves had decamped with nine machines from the factory.

Youth booked on kidnap charge

The city police has registered a case against a youth, Roshan Lal, of Jamalpur for allegedly kidnapping a 16-year-old girl on the pretext of marriage.

The minor's father said in his complaint that his daughter was working in a factory in Kanganwal. The accused, Roshan Lal, who was also working in the factory, coxed his daughter and kidnapped her on the pretext of marriage.

Her father appraoched the police, which registered a case against the youth.



Two suicide cases reported from city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 11
Two suicide cases were reported from different parts of the city today. In the first incident a 34-year-old man, identified as Charanjit Kumar of Rishi Nagar, reportedly committed suicide by taking pesticides at his house late last night.

According to his relatives, Charanjit Kumar was suffering from a prolonged ailment and was disillusioned over the increasing medical expenses.

Last night, he allegedly took pesticide tablets, following which his condition worsened and he was rushed a hospital, where he died.

In the second incident, Kamaljit Singh (35) of the Green Field area died after taking poison.

Kamaljit was spotted dead in a bathroom by his family members when they returned home after paying obeisance at a dera.

According to his relatives, Kamaljit, a cycle parts businessman, was suffering from depression after he suffered heavy losses in the business.

The Division No. 5 police took the body to the Civil Hospital for a postmortem.

Woman dies in hospital

Meanwhile, in another incident, a 45-year-old woman, identified as Sunita Sharma, who was undergoing treatment at a local hospital after taking poison, reportedly died today.



MC floats tenders for biometric attendance machines
Move aimed at keeping a check on latecomers: Mayor
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 11
To keep a check on the latecomers, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has floated tenders for the installation of biometric attendance machines in all its offices. The proposal for the installation of biometric machines was mooted several times in the past, but tenders have been floated for the first time.

It has been observed over the years that some MC employees report for duty late and leave early. As a result, people who visit the MC offices for their work suffer.

Ever since Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria became the Mayor of the city, he has been regularly carrying out surprise checks in the MC offices to keep a check on the latecomers.

For the past several years, the proposal for the installation of the biometric system of attendance in the MC offices has failed to materialise for one reason or the other. The MC has asked agencies to provide it with rates of 10 such machines by Monday.

"MC employees should understand that even if they remain away from their seats for 10 minutes, those who come to the office for work suffer. With the biometric attendance system in place in the MC offices, the employees will have no option but to report as well as leave the office on time. This will bring efficiency in their working," said the Mayor.


MC employees should understand that even if they remain away from their seats for 10 minutes, those who come to the office for work suffer. With the biometric attendance system in place, the employees will have no option but to report as well as leave the office on time.

Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, mayor



rte act
No rationalisation policy till July15
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 11
Keeping in mind the admission process going on in schools, Education Minister Sikandar Singh Maluka has announced that the rationalisation policy will be halted till July 15. The leaders of various teachers' associations and unions said about eight months back the department had done the rationalization. An assurance was given that no such move would be conducted for the next three years.

Parveen Kumar, general secretary, Government School Teachers' Union, said government claims that the new rationalisation was being done keeping in mind the Right to Education Act. The Right to Education Act says that for every 30 students there needs to be one teacher.

“The state government is not sticking to any such rules. They are doing rationalisation on the basis of number of students and number of sections of a class in each school. If due to lack of space, there is just one section of about 50 students then one teacher will teach the entire class. Then where is the rationalization?” asked Kumar.

He said, “The government just wanted to abolish the posts of teachers, which will be a drastic step, especially when the RTE is being initiated.”

The president of Democratic Employees Front, Ramanjit Sandhu, said: “If state government is adamant and wants to do rationalisation then it should follow the RTE Act. According to the Act, a teacher needs to perform other duties too. One teacher is supposed to take only 32 lectures but the Education Department wants that a teacher should take at least 40 lectures. This way a teacher will not be able to justify the job as he/she is already overburdened. The actual motive of the RTE Act will get lost somewhere. We are not against the rationalisation policy but it should be justified.”



Sub-Registrar offices without chests
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 11
To bring transparency in the work of the Sub-Registrar offices and to modernise the system, the state government has spent funds to provide several facilities in recent times. The major Sub-Registrar offices, including East, West and Central, have got a facelift too.

At the same time, the officials at the Sub-Registrar offices were supposed to make sure that the cash collected daily (the land record society fees or the other funds) was kept safe and deposited in the bank. But due to the absence of chests in all these offices, the cash collected daily is taken by the treasurer or tehsildar to their homes and they deposit it in the bank the next day.

One of the tehsildars said there was a provision that cash should be kept in a chest under the vigil of security personnel. "On an average up to Rs 4-5 lakh is collected daily at the main Sub-Registrar office. The cash should be kept in the office under the supervision of security. In the absence of the chest facility and security personnel, cash is often taken by the treasurer to their homes, who then deposit it the next day in the bank," said the tehsildar.

When asked was if it was safe to take the cash home and that too on a two-wheeler by an employees, another tehsildar said, "Now days there is a slump in the real estate business. Not many registries are done. Earlier, there used to a cash of up to Rs 15 lakh and we used to keep it in chests at the office and security personnel were deputed to take care of it. But now the cash collection had decreased. Besides, keeping the cash at the office is a big headache. One has to arrange for proper security and needs take care of it. Most of the officials either themselves or ask their trustworthy employees to take the cash to their home and get it deposited the next day. We admit that it is not just wrong but very unsafe too," said the tehsildar.

Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari said that if they make currency chests at all Sub-Registrar offices then there was a need of regular police guards. "There are over 15 Sub-Registrar offices in Ludhiana and they will require at least 75 police officials. We have to see whether the police department can spare that many officials or not," said Tiwari.



Plan to cultivate maize on 10,250 acres
Agriculture Department to give 75% subsidy on seeds
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 11
Punjab Agriculture Department is all set to promote maize cultivation in the state. The Agriculture Department has a target to get the maize cultivated on 10,250 acres of the district. The Punjab government has hired two private companies to provide the seed to the farmers at their door steps under the project.

Under the public-private partnership, the companies and the Agriculture Department will promote the maize cultivation by distributing the literature and interacting with farmers. The government will provide seeds at 75 per cent subsidy. Farmer can get the seed of main Kharif maize in Rs 45, which is available in market on Rs 200. According to sources in the Agricultural Department, government buys this seed on Rs 185.

For one acre land, around 8 kg maize seeds are required. Experts claim that farmers can get 25 -30 quintal yield from one acre by sowing hybrid seeds.

The Agricultural Department is putting in all efforts to promote maize cultivation in state. As per the officials in the Agriculture Department, maize is a profitable crop than paddy.

Bakshish Singh Chahal, Chief Agriculture officer, said: “Major advantage of maize crop is that it saves the water as two/third water consumption can be decreased. According to a study, we have to irrigate 175 lakh liters water per hectare meanwhile maize requires only 40 lakh liters water per hectare".

“Our field workers have been interacting with the farmers to make them aware about the advantages of maize crop. Government is insuring the procurement also,” he said.



Raj Kundra will come out clean, say his relatives
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Raj KundraLudhiana, June 11
The news of gambling charges and subsequent suspension of Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) till the pending inquiry has come as a rude shock for Kundra's relatives.

Kundra, whose ancestral house is located at Arya Mohalla in the Old Sabzi Mandi area, has allegedly been involved in the Indian Premier League (IPL) betting scandal.

The relatives termed the claims by the Delhi police that Raj had placed bets on IPL matches through his friend as premature and baseless.

"A London-based businessman, who was ranked by a magazine as the 198th richest British Asian in 2004, would not need to place a bet. He has ample money. For him Rs 2 or 3 core is peanuts. I am sure that Raj will come out clean in the betting scandal," said Sanjiv Kundra, Raj Kundra's cousin who lives in Arya Mohalla.

Raj's father, Bal Krishan Kundra, a diamond merchant, who left this city four decades ago, used to live in a joint family at Arya Mohalla.

Bal Krishan's brother, OP Kundra still lives in the house along with his family.

Sanjiv said: "Raj's phone is not working. It is obvious that the police might have confiscated it. I will speak to my relatives in the United Kingdom (UK) and try to get updates on the whole issue."

A resident said Raj's grandfather, Jagan Nath Kundra, was a well-known dyer of the city. He had a dyeing unit here.

"The family often talks about Raj and Shilpa. We wish they would come out clean and visit their ancestral house once again," an area resident said.



Street vendors seek vending zones, threaten agitation
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 11
In pursuance of their demand for the formation of a town vending committee and vending zones in the city, the National Association of Street Vendors of India, along with the Ludhiana Rehri Farhi Federation, has announced that if their demands are not met by June 20, the street vendors will launch a protest from June 21.

The vendors have demanded that the town vending committee (TVC) should have 40 per cent representation of street vendors. Besides, they have also demanded the creation of 75 vending zones in all four the MC zones.

The street vendors have said the MC officials kept on harassing and evicting them from their business places in the city.

While speaking to The Tribune, Ranjit Abhigyan, programme manager, National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI), said a national policy for street vendors had been in place since 2004.

"The stage is all set for the much-awaited central legislation in favour of street vendors. The city is for all and if our cities have to survive and grow in an inclusive manner, the working poor like street vendors would have to be integrated with the city development plans," he said.

Abhigyan said last year when Rakesh Kumar Verma took over as the MC Commissioner, "we had called on him to discuss the issues of street vendors, particularly the issue of non-implementation of the National Policy for Street Vendors. After discussion, Verma had called for a formal proposal, which we did. As many as 77 potential vending zones where there is no obstruction to traffic were identified. The MC officials also assured us that the proposal would be considered. But, it is unfortunate that instead of working on the proposal and providing a fair deal to the street vendors, the MC often carries eviction drives," he added.

Tiger Singh, secretary, Ludhiana Rehri Farhi Association, claimed that the city had enough space to accommodate the street vendors. "The places proposed by us have no traffic problems and a large number of municipal councillors are also in favour of setting up of such zones. We have been on the streets and will remain on the streets even when we are evicted by the MC, as we don't have any other option," claimed Tiger Singh.



Rural pharmacists to boycott national programmes
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 11
Unable to make both ends meet with a salary of mere Rs 7000, as many as 1,186 Rural Health Pharmacists in the state have been on strike for the past 10 days. Continuing their strike for the 11th day today, the pharmacists threatened that they would create hurdles in state programmes if the government failed to fulfil their demands.

Harjinder Singh, general secretary of the association, said: "The state Health Department appointed us as rural pharmacists in 2006. Since then we have been getting only Rs 7,000 as monthly salary. Two years ago, we were put on contract. In the Vidhan Sabha elections, the Akali party included in its manifesto our demand for the regularisation of Rural Health Pharmacists. However, the party has not fulfilled its promise. We demand that the government should give us the full grade of pharmacists."

District president of the association Jot Ram said: "We have been on strike for the last 10 days and it is affecting health services in the rural areas. The state government will be held responsible for inconvenience to the rural people."

The general secretary said: ''If the sate government failed to fulfil our demands, we will create hurdles in each programme of the state government. We will not participate in the national programme of Pulse Polio to be held from June 16 to 21 if our demands are not fulfilled."

He claimed that today, all the dispensaries of Sahnewal Block might have remained closed as we were on strike and the ANMs and medical officers were called for a Pulse Polio meeting held at Community Health Centre, Sahnewal.

However, the Senior Medical Officer of Community Health Centre, Sahnewal, Dr Parvinderpal Singh Sidhu, said: "We called only staff concerned for the Pulse Polio meet. The ANMs and trained midwifes had remained present in the government dispensaries throughout the duty hours and health services were not affected."



Paramjit replaces Ishwar as CP
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 11
In a rather unprecedented development, the Home Department has transferred Commissioner of Police ,Ludhiana, Ishwar Singh. Paramjit Singh Gill, who was earlier posted as IG, Patiala Range, has replaced Ishwar Singh as Commissioner of Police.

Ishwar Singh, who was also the first Commissioner of Ludhiana when the Commissionerate system was introduced in 2010, has held the office twice.

Ishwar Singh would take the charge of Inspector General (IG), Patiala Range.

While talking to The Tribune, Ishwar Singh said it was a pleasurable experience. "I thank the city residents for giving me an opportunity to serve them," he said.

Ishwar Singh is soon going to be promoted.

Ishwar Singh took the reins of Ludhiana police when the city had witnessed ugly migrant violence followed by the Sikh protest. He successfully handled communal tension on the Tajpur road.

During his stay as Commissioner, the crime graph witnessed a decline. He had cracked a case in a record time. Not only the leaders from the ruling SAD-BJP combine, but also the politicians from the Congress praised him for maintaining peace in the volatile city.

The 1991 batch IPS officer, Paramjit Singh Gill has been posted as DIG, Border Range.



Benefits of new PPCB policy discussed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 11
An interaction with Ravinder Singh, Chairman, and Dr Babu Ram, Member Secretary, PPCB, was organised today by the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking to highlight the benefits of the new PPCB policy.

Avtar Singh, general secretary, said the new PPCB Policy was indeed hassle free and Industry friendly. Upkar Singh, joint Secretary, CICU, said various schemes of UNIDO, the WTO and the Central Pollution Control Board should be channelised for forming clusters.

Babu Ram, Member Secretary, highlighted the main advantages of the new policy regarding Consent Management Authorisation. This policy, comprising 198 pages, is a real online policy, which is offered by the PPCB only. It is indeed hassle free and industry friendly.

Darshan Dawar from the Knitwear industry, KK Garg from the Induction Furnish Association, Manjit Singh Khalsa, chairman, UCPMA, Joginder pal Jain from the Electroplating Association, Avtar Singh, CEO, LETS, TR Mishra from the the Boiler Manufacturer Association, Charanjit Singh Vishavkarma, general secretary, LETS, Ashok Makkar from the Dyeing Industry Association and Gurmeet Singh Kular, president, UCPMA, raised the issues related to their respective industries.



Stress, work burden take toll on nurses
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 11
The word “nurse” brings to mind the image of an educated and trained person who takes care of the sick or disabled. Many a time, patients and their attendants complain of behavioural problems being faced by them while dealing with nurses. But, nurses have their own set of problems as they are overworked and stressed.

Talking to The Tribune, the attendant of a patient at a private hospital said: "The very impression of nurses in the male ward make you feel more sick. Do you know how rude they are while they offer medicine. If it is also the job of a patient’s attendant, then what are they doing here?”

Hemlata, the mother of a patient, said: "You keep calling the nurses for some help, but they come to you only when they get free from paper work and then shout, "Why do you disturb me again and again?”

A staff nurse at the Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital here said: "We are overburdened with work. Each nurse attends to 50 patients. Moreover, there is no visiting hours for patients' attendants who keep visiting at their own convenience. Many of these attendants do not go out of ward even when we are to change the bedsheets, etc. Sometimes, when there is no class IV or safai sewak on duty, we have to do multiple tasks. Just imagine, where will our stress level go?”

The CIvil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta, said: "I agree that there is shortage of staff. But over the years, the very enthusiasm among these nurses also disappear. Moreover, people should also consider their hectic schedule. People's behaviour with the nurses of public sector and private sector varies. After all, nurses' job is all the same in both the sectors.”

Gupreet Kaur, Nursing Superintendent of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, said: “Earlier, we used to get frequent complaints about nurses. But, for the last two three years, we have been conducting workshops for them with the focus on communication skills and better behaviour. We have observed a good change in them. The nurses who are highly qualified are better than the ANMs and GNMs.”



Power staff wear black badges against ‘anti-employee’ policies
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 11
Officials of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), Jagraon division, wore black badges today on the call of the Punjab State Electricity Board Engineers Association to protest against the “anti-employee policies” of the PSPCL Management. The protesting officials of the PSPCL also raised slogans against the management of the PowerCorp.

The regional secretary of the Association, Xen Gurpreetmahinder Singh Sidhu, said today's protest was held against the PowerCorp Management as they are not paying attention towards various long pending demands of the association.

The protesting officials urged the management to start the recruitment process for filling various posts which have been lying vacant for a long time to reduce the work load on the staff members.

The association members also threatened to hold protest rallies against the PowerCorp management at Ludhiana and Patiala on July 10 and August 21 if the management fails to meet various long pending demands of the association.

The Xen, PowerCom, Jagraon, Chetan Kumar, Jagraon SDO (City) Ravi Chopra, Jagraon SDO (Rural) Avtar Singh were also present during the protest.



Safai karamcharis end protest

Ludhiana, June 11
Protest by the safai karmacharis of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here ended today with the authorities assuring the staff of suspended sanitary supervisor Gurdip Singh's reinstatement.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Gurdip Singh said: "I was put under suspension yesterday by the DMCH authorities on certain charges. Now, the issue has been resolved amicably and I have been asked to join duty on June 17."

Confirming the development, Col JB Singh, Deputy General Manager, Administration and Human Resources, DMCH, said: "We have asked him to join back on Monday." — TNS



school notes
10-day summer workshop concludes

Ludhiana: A 10-day workshop, Summer Bonanza-2013, concluded at Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Udham Singh Nagar. As many as 724 Bhartiyans explored their latent skills in classical and western dance, style cooking, art and craft, pot painting, fabric painting, handicrafts, web designing, model making, mathemagic, martial arts and personality development.

Students exhibited their talent through an array of colourful presentations on stage. Active participation in model making was noteworthy. The students took keen interesting in learning various forms of art during the 10-day workshop. Stalls of mouth watering and chilled summer drinks catered to everybody's taste buds. Members of the BVM Trust, MM Vyas (secretary of the Bhartiya Vidya Mandir) and MM Bamba (manager of the Bhartiya Vidya Mandir), appreciated the participation of the students in rejuvenating activities of the summer workshops. Principal Bandana Sethi thanked parents for their support and trust members for their able guidance for making the workshop a success. — TNS



Placement drive

Ludhiana: A joint campus placement drive was conducted at the Ludhiana Group of Colleges, Ludhiana. The placement drive saw participation from over 400 students from different colleges of Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar and Bathinda. Companies that marked their presence were IBM, HCL Technologies and Beta Soft Solutions. Principal Dr Parm Pal Singh Sidhu expressed his satisfaction over the efforts of his team. General Secretary Rajeev Gulati and Vikram Grover, a management member, said such aggregation of jobs help both the students and the recruiters.

Industrial visit

The department of electrical engineering at RIMT-IET, Mandi Gobindgarh, organised a one-day industrial visit for the students of the second semester to a biogas power generation plant located at Ludhiana that runs under the supervision of the PEDA .The industrial visit was a part of four-week institutional training. During the visit, the experts gave a brief knowledge about the working of the plant and after that the students in groups were made to visit an operational site of the plant. They were accompanied by faculty members Kuldeep Singh and Parmjit Singh. Head of the department Prof MS Gill said industrial visit gives a better exposure to the students in understanding the theoretical concepts. — TNS



Annual prize distribution function

Ludhiana: The annual prize distribution function of the Non-Teaching Employees' Union of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) was held on Tuesday. Dr VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor, GADVASU, was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

Dr SPS Sangha, DSW-cum-EO and the Registrar, GADVASU, were the guest of honour. Rajinder Singh, president of the union, welcomed Dr Taneja, Dr Juyal and Dr Sangha. Chandan from men and Anu Kumari from women were declared best athletes. Prizes were distributed to the winners by Dr Taneja, Dr Sangha and Dr Juyal. Dr Taneja said sports improves health and confidence of employees and promotes good habits. Didar Singh, Sukhminder Singh, Tarlok Singh, Dilchain Singh and Satinder Kumar, all executive members, were present on this occasion. — TNS



Live surgery performed

Ludhiana: A live knee joint replacement surgery was performed in the presence of a panel of doctors of Ludhiana using the latest navigation technique of Orthopilot at the Dr JL Bassi Hospital on Tuesday. The surgery was performed by Dr JL Bassi and Dr Dhiren Bassi. A German surgeon Prof Dr Chrstof AlfredMuller,Director,Orthopaedics and Trauma at Klinikum Karlsruhe, Germany, was also present on the occasion.

Schoolteachers hold meeting

A meeting of the Aided-School Teachers' Union was held in Patiala on Tuesday. During the meeting, the union members said that from March 2013, the teachers at aided-schools had not received their salaries. The aided-school teachers said that the state government should make sure that teachers were given their salaries well in time.

International assembly

The delegation of the Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD), comprising of 22 persons, including 14 students and young doctors, attended the international assembly on "Social and Health Effects of Small Arms". It was organised by the physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) at Villingen Shwenningen in Germany from May 30 to June 2.


The chairman of the Subordinate Services Selection Board, Santa Singh Umaidpuri and chairman of the Market Committee, Sanhewal, Jagroop Singh, were honoured by the members of Shiromani Akali Dal (urban) on Tuesday. Speaking on the occasion, the SAD member Jagdev Singh Gohalwaria said, "Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal is working very hard for the progress of the state while on the other hand other parties are indulging in dirty politics and trying to create rift among people on the basis of religion and caste."

Training camp for girl cadets

3 PB GIRLS BN NCC is organising an annual training camp for over 400 girl cadets of Ludhiana, covering 19 colleges and schools, for a duration of 10 days. The training camp is scheduled from June 13- 22 at Guru Har Gobind Khalsa College, Sudhar. The camp would be commanded by Col Ashwani kumar, Commanding Officer 3 Pb Girls Bn NCC. Col Ashwani Kumar said maximum number of girls should join the NCC. Training imparted to the girls would empower them to fight any kind of violence and abuse. The girl would also feel confident.


Punjab Youth Congress has appointed in charges which include Yogesh Handa from Ludhiana (central), Kamal Sikka from north and Gurvinder Pal Singh from west. MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu on Tuesday honoured them at his office. Speaking on the occasion, he said he hopes that all the newly appointed member's work towards the betterment and development of the party. — TNS



SHO among three cops booked on charge of embezzlement
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 11
The Sadar police has booked four persons, including an SHO and two police officials, on charges of embezzlement of Rs 1.4 lakh and getting fake currency printed. No arrest has been made so far. The accused police officials have been sent to the Police Lines.

They are SHO Jarnail Singh, Teja Singh and Balwinder Rai. Amit Kumar, a partner of a printing press, has also been booked. Investigations revealed that the sadar police had recovered Rs 1.40 lakh from suspects arrested in a case registered long time ago. The money was allegedly "stolen" by someone from the police station. Instead of bringing a theft case to the notice of the seniors, the investigating team allegedly tried to bury the matter by getting similar notes printed from a local printing press. However one of the police officials brought the irregularity into notice of the Senior Superintendent of Police, Sangrur, Mandeep Singh Sidhu. Having verified allegations leveled against the accused the district police chief ordered registration of case against the four. The booked police offcials were sent to police lines so that they could not interfere in the process of investigation. DSP Sukhdev Singh Virk said the case has been registered on the basis of information collected during preliminary investigations. "Though exact sequence of events is yet to be ascertained," said Virk. He said the source of special paper and ink used in the printing was yet to be ascertained.



Four held for woman's murder
Became easy victim as she lived alone; miscreants’ leader performs kirtans
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Samrala, June 11
The police claims to have solved the case of a missing woman of the city with the arrest of four youngsters. They have confessed to murdering the woman and throwing her body into a canal. The body is yet to be recovered. The arrested youngsters are in their mid-twenties.

Khanna police official Satinder Pal Singh told media persons that Bal Kishan of Phagwara informed the Samrala police that her sister Krishna Kumari (55), a resident of Rama Mandi, Samrala, had been missing from June 7. His cousin and the son of the missing woman, who live abroad, had told him that his mother was not attending to his phone. Bal Kishan also informed the police that he also tried to contact his sister but her phone was not responding. He visited his sister's house but she was not at home and her belongings were lying here and there. He suspected that his sister was abducted for money by miscreants.

The police arrested Harjinder Singh of Ghulal village, Inderjit Singh of Mohanpur, Kirpal Singh of Mahanpur and Parminder Singh, also of Mohanpur village.

The youngsters said they met Krishna Kumari at her residence some days ago and came to know that she was living lonely. On June 7, they went to her house and took tea offered by the woman. After finishing the tea, they strangulated her with a piece of cloth. After murdering the woman, they put the body in the deceased's vehicle and threw it into the Sirhand Canal near Jhar Sahib village.

The youngsters killed her for money. He said the arrested youngsters would be presented before a court tomorrow.

The leader of the miscreants, Ghulal, performs kirtan in villages.



Illicit liquor seized

Ludhiana, June 11
Personnel of the Excise and Taxation Department today seized 11 cases of illicit liquor from a person, who has been identified as Mohan Lal from Fountain Chowk. The seizure include six cases of McDowell, two cases of Royal Stag, one case each of Officer's Choice, Dollar and First Choice whiskey. The cases were seized on the directions of the AETC, Bhupinder Gupta.

"This person is a habitual offender and had been implicated twice or thrice earlier. He was carrying the liquor in huge quantities but failed to produce any pass or permit. A case under the Excise Act has been registered against the person," said Parminder Singh, Excise and Taxation Officer. — TNS



Jalandhar win on basis of first innings lead
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, June 11
Fine bowling by Deepin Chitkara (6 for 34) and Lovish Dhir (3 for 12) went in vain as Ludhiana failed to surpass Jalandhar's first innings small total of 136 runs and were shot out for 120 runs to lose the match on the basis of 16 runs lead in the PCA Inter-Academy Cricket Tournament (12 to 14) played at the Punjab Agricultural University ground here today.

Ludhiana resumed at the overnight score of 46 for 3 and seemed to be cruising well to overhaul the visitors' score. But, Jatin Kumar and Lovepreet, bowlers of Jalandhar, weaved a web around the Ludhiana batsmen who fumbled and squandered away the advantage, seized through accurate bowling both by Deepin and Lovish.

Jatin captured five wickets while Lovepreet claimed three wickets and Madhav Sharma chipped in with the remaining two wickets in the innings.

For the Ludhiana team, Harmanpreet and Vaibhav Kalra were the only batsmen who could reach double figure.

Jalandhar, in their second essay were 21 for no loss when the two umpires called it a day. Ludhiana, now will take on Mohali at Mohali on June 14 and 15

Brief scores: Jalandhar (first innings): 136 all out in 55.2 overs (Rishab Saini 49 and Azam Nazar 33; Deepin Chitkara 6 for 34, Lovish Dhir 3 for 12).

Ludhiana (first innings): 120 all out in 54 overs (Harmanpreet 22 n.o. and Vaibhav Kalra 19; Jatin Kumar 5 for 41, Madhav Sharma 2 for 29 and Lovepreet 3 for 27).

Jalandhar (second innings): 21 for no loss (Rishab Saini 10 n.o and Azam Nazar 9 n.o.)



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