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Youth drowns in Sutlej 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
A youth drowned while taking a dip in the Sutlej along with his three friends this afternoon. The deceased had been identified as 20-year-old Mohammad Shahrukh, a resident of the Dharampura area near Baba Than Singh Chowk. The body was fished out this evening.

The Ladhowal police has sent the body to the Civil Hospital for post-mortem.

Shafiq Mohammad, the deceased’s father, said his son used to work at a hosiery unit. On Sunday, he went to an amusement park in the Ladhowal area along with his three friends Cherry, Pardeep and Karan.

The deceased’s friends told the police that after spending some time at the amusement park, they decided to take a dip in the Sutlej.

His friends said Shahrukh entered into deep waters and lost his balance. He was swept away by the strong current of water. They raised an alarm and informed the police.

The police took the services of divers to find Shahrukh. The divers fished out the body after an hour-long struggle.

Inspector Mandeep Singh, SHO of the Ladhowal police station, said the police was patrolling along the banks of the river to stop people from entering into the Satluj. 

Not the first incident

On May 20, three youths, 18-year-old Prabhjot, 20-year-old Purneetpal Singh and 18-year-old Rajdeep Singh, all residents of Ghamnewal village near Hambra, drowned while swimming in the Sutlej. Their bodies were fished out on May 21 and 22. 


Travelling by bus to cost more in city 
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
Travelling by low-floor city bus service will cost more. Keeping In view the diminishing profits, the Ludhiana City Bus Service Ltd (LCBSL) has decided to increase the fares from next week.
Low-floor city buses in Ludhiana.
Low-floor city buses in Ludhiana. A file photo

A total of 50 low-floor non-AC buses are plying in the city. The authorities charge Rs 5 per passenger up to five kilometres. For travel between five and 10 kilometers, the fare is Rs 10, between 10 and 15 kilometres Rs 15 and for travel above 15 kilometres, the fare is Rs 15 plus Rs 0.75 per kilometre.

But from next week, the fare for up to five kilometres will be Rs 8. The fare for a distance of five to 10 kilometres will be Rs 15, for 10 to 15 kilometres, it will be Rs 20, and above 15 kilometres, a passenger will have to pay Rs 20 plus Re 1 per kilometre.

The city bus service was started in December 2011 with a fleet of 20 low-floor non-AC buses. The price of diesel then was Rs 38 per litre, which at present is Rs 49.50 per litre.

City bus service officials said the profits have been on the decline for the past few months. “We have decided to increase the fare at the right time,” said an official.

Confirming the development, Baljit Singh, manager, LCBSL, said the state government had approved the revised fare. “Our running costs have increased since December 2011. We don’t have any other option but to increase the fare,” he said.



Leaking storm water pipe inconveniences commuters
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
A leaking storm water pipe on Elevated Road has been causing inconvenience to commuters. Residents have to face the similar problem every rainy season. Shopkeepers said despite a number of requests, the MC had failed to tide over the problem.
A leaking storm water pipe on Elevated Road in Ludhiana.
A leaking storm water pipe on Elevated Road in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Inderjeet Verma 

They said they had been suffering losses as the road remained waterlogged.

The MC officials have failed to get the pipe repaired. Several commuters take the road to reach their respective destinations. The stretch beneath Elevated Road also remains waterlogged.

It becomes difficult for residents to commute on the road.

A shopkeeper said the authorities should address their grievance.

Those riding two-wheelers are the worts affected.

A shopkeeper said, “Rainwater gets accumulated on the road in front of their shops. This can result in the outbreak of water-borne diseases. Pre-monsoon showers have exposed the ill-preparedness of the civic body officials.”

Kamlesh Bansal, Zonal Commissioner (Zone A), said he would get the storm water pipe repaired soon.



Thieves strike at restaurant

Ludhiana, June 16
Thieves struck at a restaurant in posh Sarabha Nagar Market and decamped with Rs 50,000, a plasma TV and other valuables. The owner of the restaurant, Andad Kher, was shocked to see the premises ransacked this morning.

SHO Sarabha Nagar, Deepak Hilori and CIA Incharge Harpal Brar reached the spot. Angad said the thieves entered the restaurant by breaking the door of the kitchen. The thieves broke open the cash counter and took away Rs 50,000. They also took away a plasma TV other valuables.

It is learnt that the police has got the CCTV footage of the theft. — TNS



Kidney racket
Accused amassed Rs 60 lakh in 6 months 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
The kingpin of the kidney racket, Perth Perteen Gahai, alias Baba, a resident of Assam, made nearly Rs 60 lakh in six months by duping residents. Baba was presented before a court today following a two-day police remand. The court extended his remand till June 19.

Investigating officer Ram Pal Singh said Baba had Rs 54 lakh in his saving accounts while a few lakhs in his other two accounts. “We are looking for Baba's accomplice Narinder Kumar, a resident of Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh as he too had duped innocent patients and their relatives on the pretext of arranging a kidney donor,” said Ram Pal Singh. Baba and Narinder formed a gang nearly six months ago. Ram Pal Singh said Narinder (50) was undergoing treatment at the PGI, Chandigarh, when he met Baba, a postgraduate in music from Assam. Baba had been visiting the city for the treatment of his mother. As both had to spend a lot of money on the treatment, they decided to dupe gullible patients on the pretext of arranging a kidney for them.

Baba confessed that he used to give advertisements in vernacular newspapers to entice people suffering from renal disease. They also contacted technicians working in private hospitals and promised a share in profit for referring patients to them. Baba was arrested on Thursday afternoon from the bus stand area while he was planning to dupe a resident. Baba and Narinder were booked following a complaint by Gurjit Kaur. She stated to the police that the duo took her to Kolkata. The duo took Rs 15 lakh for arranging a kidney for her. Gurjit said she was made to stay in Kolkata for six months. She lodged a complaint with the police when her condition deteriorated. 



Dist health officials issue contradictory statements 
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
The district health officer and the food safety officer, it seems, are in a confrontation mode. The former claims that the practice of collecting legal samples started after he joined as the district health officer in Ludhiana, but the latter belies his claims.

Talking to the Tribune, district health officer Dr Avinash Kumar said: “Before I joined, the district health department used to collect quality samples of eatables. The collection of legal samples started during my tenure. In May, we collected 16 samples of eatables, out of which three failed the purity test.”

Refuting his claims, food safety officer, Ludhiana, Harpreet Kaur said: “We were collecting legal samples even before the district health officer joined in Ludhiana. We collected five samples of mid-day meal from the central kitchen situated at Sherpur Kalan last year before Dr Avinash Kumar joined in Ludhiana."

However, taking a U-turn, the district health officer later said: “I was not aware that the legal samples were being collected in the district before my joining.” 

3 samples fail test

The district helath officer said: “In May, the health team collected 16 legal samples of mid-day meals from different places, including the central kitchen. The samples of raw rice were found substandard. A case will be filed in the court of adjudicating officer-cum additional deputy commissioner (general). The other samples were of cooked rice, which were found unfit for human consumption. The cases will be filed in the court of the chief judicial magistrate.”

What’s the difference?

Food safety officer Harpreet Kaur said: “In both cases, we send the samples to a laboratory. In case of a legal sample, action is taken through a court under the Food Safety and Standard Act. However, in quality control samples, a violator is issued an improvement notice.” 



Sewerage water supply
Improvement trust fails to recover user charges 
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 16
The fund starved Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) has failed to recover water and sewerage charges from residents. This despite the fact that the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board has threatened the LIT to snap connections in several colonies due to the non-payment of maintenance charges. The LIT has also failed to check illegal water and sewerage connections.

Information obtained under the Right to Information Act by Rohit Sabharwal and Arvind Sharma, president an secretary of the Council of RTI Activists, revealed that the LIT was to recover Rs 47.32 lakh from residents of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar Colony.

In a reply to the RTI application, the LIT stated that arrears of water supply and sewerage in blocks C, D, E and F in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar till March 2013 were to the tune of Rs 30,53,195. Further, Rs 13,61,288 was outstanding as user charges against residents of six-storeyed Housefed Flats in the E Block of the colony. Residents of Kabir House Building Society in @@continued on page 2

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the F Block of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar are yet to pay Rs 3,18,042 to the LIT.

As many as 92 illegal water and sewerage connections are operational for last several years in the D, E, F, G and H Blocks as well as in the commercial pocket of the colony causing huge financial loss to the Trust.

The LIT evaded a part of the information on fixing the responsibility of the staff for the non-recovery of user charges saying that the officials were transferred on regular intervals. It lao failed to provide copies of the notices served on residents having illegal water and sewerage connections.

LIT officials asserted that notices were served on the defaulting residents and follow-up action was being taken.

Sources in the Trust, however, said the officials were not keen to act against the defaulters since the colony would be handed over to the municipal corporation for maintenance. 



Over 80,000 given polio drops
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
Migratory round of National Pulse Polio campaign kicked off today in the district. In this five-day long round, district health department has a target of administering polio drops to as many as 3,85,000 kids upto five years of age. District Immunisation Officer Dr Sanjeev Hans said,"In this round our volunteers are administering polio drops by going house to house. Today our 1,587 visitors visited 1,67,243 houses and administered pulse polio drops to 80,024 children upto five years of age."

He further said that this five-day campaign would be conducted in the areas, including Koomkalan, Sahnewal and Ludhiana Urban. However, in the remaining health blocks, the campaign would be of three days. The health department has also established 76 transit booths at the different public places for facilitating the little kids.



Residents live under constant threat
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, June 16
The residents, shopkeepers and commuters of Sahnewal are residing under the shadow of death, as the electricity wires and meters installed in the low lying grain market are immersed in rain water. The situation has become all the more tense, when one finds that all the other passages from and to the town have been closed due to the construction work. The only passage left open to the residents and the commuters is through the grain market, which has now become life threatening.

An open junction box at Grain Market in Sahnewal.
An open junction box at Grain Market in Sahnewal. A Tribune Photograph

At present, the entire traffic has been diverted through the low lying old grain market of the town, as the main market road has been closed due to construction work. Till now the things were running smooth since the grain market is big enough to accommodate the entire traffic of the town. But as the first rain poured, the passage through the market became next to impossible. It is not just the knee-deep water which is giving a tough time, rather the electricity cables and open meters immersed in water are the major reason for not taking that way.

The Electricity Department disconnects the supply as soon as the water gets collected in the market and every time it rains the department does the same. “Though it is for our safety, for how long will this continue? In case, the disconnection of power supply is delayed and a commuter or a resident happens to go through the rain water, there is no chance of an escape,” complained a resident.

“It is a grave issue but the authorities are entirely ignorant. The irony is, only an actual happening shall wake them up. The grain market is located in the heart of the town and hence it is the busiest spot. The issue should be given priority over all other works. The major question is, does the disconnection of power every time solve any purpose? What about those shopkeepers and residents who have to go without power supply for hours?” asked another resident.

“The open electricity meters and the cables immersed in water are hair raising issues for the entire locality. But the residents are left with no choice but to take that way, since all the other passages have been closed. The commuters have been rendered pathless and feel completely cut-off from the market on the either side. We do not understand the reason as to why the administration has not taken any step till now. As a result, the residents have been left to their own fate," said a resident from the locality.

In this regard, when Amandeep Singh, SDO PSPCL, Sahnewal was contacted, he said, "This problem came to our notice when it rained on the very first day a few days ago. The subsequent rain showers made the situation all the more serious. Although there does not seem to be any permanent solution, but we have thought of erecting huge pillars, on which the meters shall be installed. Thereafter, no matter how much rain water accumulates at the place, the meters and commuters shall be safe from all the angles”



Fear of flood rises with level of water
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara June 16
Though the farmers are upbeat over the heavy rains to sow the paddy crop, the increasing flow of water in Sutlej around Dhusi Bandh has caused the havoc of floods in the minds of the area residents.

In Ludhiana district, villages from Ghumana upto Shergarh three points have been termed as sensitive by the drainage department, where the water is flowing very close to the Dhusi Bandh.

There was a flow of water of around 17 thousand cusic in the Sutlej, till yesterday evening, but today the level has increased upto 27 thousand cusic. According to the drainage department, there is no danger of floods upto 70,000 cusic but the area residents are in fear.

Three points named Shergarh, Dhulewal and Sansowal are declared as the sensitive by the department but the increasing water level flowing near Shergarh is affecting the land near the river and is proceeding towards Dhusi Bandh.

It is learnt that the drainage department had raised a demand of 11 crore from the government for the better arrangements around Dhusi bandh area. But only 2.60 crore had been approved and hence the proper arrangements could not be completed.

The Station House Officer, Machiwara, Harjinder Singh, visited the Dhusi Bandh and met several residents of the area to remain vigilant in the rainy season.

If it rains heavily during the monsoon season, then the danger of floods will increase as the flow of water level is increasing day by day in the Sutlej river, resulting in fear of floods in the minds of the people of the area.

An official of drainage department Varinder Pal Singh said that they were fully prepared to meet with any situation. 



Rain brings joy, misery for farmers
Good for paddy, extensive damage to other crop in Jagraon
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 16
A heavy rain in the region during the last few days has evoked mixed reactions from the farming community. On one side, the rain has provided a huge relief to a large number of farmers willing to sow paddy in their fields. But on the other side, it has caused heavy financial losses to some other farmers who were yet to reap their crops, other than rice.

According to the farmers, the heavy rain during the last few days has damaged the crops, including mint and various kind of cereals completely. As a result, the farmers who had cultivated these crops in their fields were forced to face heavy financial losses. As per the data collected by The Tribune, the crop of mint and cereals was cultivated in an area of around 500 acres in Ludhiana district. These crops were completely damaged due to heavy pre-monsoon rains, resulting in losses worth Rs lakhs to the farmers.

Even though the number of farmers, who had cultivated crops, like mint and cereals in their fields, is very low as compared to the paddy growing farmers, but the loss caused by the rain to such crops cannot be ignored.

At a time, when the government as well as agriculture experts have been campaigning to motivate the farmers to switch to crops, other than wheat and paddy, in view of constantly reducing underground water level and declining fertility of the agricultural land due to the wheat-paddy circle, the damage caused by the rain to these crops has resulted in a huge blow to this campaign.

In fact, there are only a few farmers who took this initiative of breaking the wheat-paddy circle and gave preference to these crops over paddy and wheat. The damage caused by the rain to these crops might shake the farmers' faith and make them reluctant to grow other crops in stead of wheat and paddy. This would in fact further reduce the number of farmers growing other kinds of crops.

The farmers whose crops were damaged due to rain have demanded a suitable compensation from the government.

"I grew mint and cereals in more than 100 acres and whole of my crop was damaged due to heavy rain. The government should provide maximum compensation to farmers like me, for preventing farmers' community from moving back to wheat-paddy circle", says Bhagwant Singh, a progressive farmer of Sherpura village, who had cultivated mint and cereals in 110 acres of his agricultural land.

Dozens of other progressive farmers had also cultivated these crops and incurred heavy losses due to rain. They have also demanded compensation from the government.

However, the plantation of paddy has been going on full swing following the rain.

The rain has reduced farmers' dependency over electricity which would cover up the difference between supply and consumption of electricity up to some extent.



Health team visits tyre market, finds violation
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
Following the directions of Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Subash Batta, a four member team visited the tyre market near the local bus stand and found the tyres lying in open and on roof top were full of water.
A team of the Health Department visits a tyre market in Ludhiana.
A team of the Health Department visits a tyre market in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahanjan

District Epdemiologist Dr Anil Verma said, "A meeting was arranged with the local residents regarding problem of dengue with the stagnant water. They were asked to keep the tyres in covered area so that water could not accumulate in them and breeding of mosquitoes could be prevented. They promised that by the next day the dump would be cleared by cutting tyres and tyres kept on roof top would also be cleared."

The team also visited Transport Nagar along with Kulwinder Kaur ANM Transport Nagar and found four places having tyres in open, on the roof top and one truck loaded with tyres.

Being Sunday some shopkeepers were not available at their shops, but their neighbours had promised that by next day they would get it cleared as they did not want to get effected with dengue. Besides, health awareness was also given to them.

The team included District Health Officer Dr Avinash Kumar, District Epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma, Satinder Singh and Manpreet Singh Health Supervisor.



Water-borne diseases: Admn pulls up socks 
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 16
The local administration department has pulled up socks and swung into action, after the Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner issued the instructions to the officials of various departments, to prevent the outbreak of various kinds of water-borne diseases, during the rainy season, following two days of heavy rain.

A team of Health Department officials visited various areas of Jagraon to analyse the hygiene conditions in these areas. The team members even distributed chlorine tablets among the residents of these areas. Besides, the team members also spoke to the residents of various localities and asked them to maintain the cleanliness in their surroundings to prevent various kinds of water borne diseases during the upcoming rainy season. In order to create an awareness among the residents regarding the importance of sanitation, the team also distributed the pamphlets, containing the information about how to prevent water-borne diseases.

The authorities of Jagraon Municipal Council have also increased their efforts to clean the town and remove filth from drains to stop waterlogging. According to Jagraon Municipal Council executive official Davinder Singh Toor, the municipal council has formed as many as six different teams to check sanitation level in the various localities of the town.

"The members of these teams would visit various areas assigned to them on regular basis to check the cleanliness. The team members have been strictly instructed to prevent waterlogging in their respective residential areas," said Toor.

He further informed that the Municipal Council officials would remain in touch with the Health Department officials and all the works would be carried out with coordination of Health Department officials. 



Reporter’s diary
Breaking laws with impunity

The city traffic police is doing all it can to enforce the traffic rules and improve the chaotic situation prevailed on the roads in most parts of the city. But at the same time, they are not doing anything to put their own house in order. Moving along the city roads, one often comes across the policemen riding on the front seat of the three-wheelers along with the driver (which is an offence), driving two-wheelers without a helmet, jumping red lights, parking their vehicles in no parking zones and even violating the no entry rules on certain roads, especially the one going from the Prince Hostel to Police Lines. If people are be made aware of traffic rules and violators indeed ought to be brought to book, then traffic policemen, a primary state agency, needs to set right example.

Thanks O blessed administration!

Looking at a TV programme about the canal system of Amsterdam, it was great to see people using boats and canals as an alternative to roads. A resident quipped that although many of the residents cannot visit the cities like Amsterdam or Venice, people here should be so very thankful and indebted to the city administration, for letting them experience the job and how it feels when roads turn into canals as every effort is being made by the administration for the allowing the memorable scenes of water every where, not on the road sides, but beyond, into the homes and buildings. "We can imagine the experience that people have in those cities like Amsterdam. The only things missing are the boats and the gondolas," said the resident.

In silence zone

After a day's hard work, every one needs rest. For this purpose, some opt for meditation, others go for outing, whereas, a few opt to switch off their cell phones that keep troubling them. A few days ago, I called up a doctor for some information, but his phone was switched off. After a few hours, I again tried without any success as the phone was still off. The next day, I again called up the doctor. As he attended the phone, he said,"Sorry for not taking your call yesterday. I was in a silence zone. I was very tired due hectic activities and opted to go in a silence zone by switching off my cell phone. But now I am available." I really wondered as to what would be the fate of patients who might have tried his number in case of some medical emergency. But then one does have a personal life and at times, every one needs some free time to recharge oneself.

Contributed by Kuldip Bhatia, Gurvinder Singh, Anupam Bhagria and Puneet Pal Singh Gill



Exporters gain as rupee falls 
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
The rupee’s fall against the dollar has cheered the city’s apparel exporters and cycle manufacturers. The rupee on Monday hit a record low of 58.16 against the dollar. Apparel exporters from Ludhiana have been in an upbeat mood over the rising consumer confidence in the US which is one of the major export destinations.

"Depreciation in the rupee will positively impact the apparel export as we are already getting good number of orders from the US. After the fall in rupee our goods will now be cheaper in dollar terms in the international market,” Suresh Kansal, a garment exporter.

“Rupee devaluation will help garment exporters increase shipments. The benefits for the exporters due to fall in rupee will be ‘short-term’,” said another garment exporter Vinay Sood.

Sood said customers abroad were aware of the fall in rupee and were demanding discounts. Therefore, exporters' gain from higher margins due to the fall in local currency would be shot-term, he stated. Apart from the apparel exporters, the ailing cycle industry also has something to cheer. The present scenario is proving a boon for the domestic cycle makers.

The fall has discouraged and restricted large scale import of bicycles from China. "It is becoming costlier for local importers to source bicycles from China," said Gurmeet Singh Kular, president of the United Cycle Parts and Manufacturers Association.

"It has helped in putting a halt to the import of Chinese bicycles and as a result the demand in the local market is escalating," he said.

All smiles

Apparel exporters from Ludhiana have been in an upbeat mood over the rising consumer confidence in the US which is one of the major export destinations. 



Holidaying abroad becomes costlier 
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
If you are holidaying abroad this summer, brace for greater expenses. The rupee's free fall has led to an increase of 5 to 10 per cent in tour packages. As a result people are preferring closer destinations to spend their vacation.

Most travel firms charge an additional 50 paisa to Re 1 on the currency value as a hedge against any possible fluctuation in the value of rupee.

"In the current scenario, people have become increasingly value conscious. Customers have begun weighing all options and trends indicate a shift to short-haul destinations, including Far-East Asia, Dubai and Sri Lanka," said Madhu Khosal, a trip adviser.

Travel companies are reducing the number of days from the packages to make it more affordable for globe trotters. "Most customers opt for shorter duration stays,” she said.

"With the slump in rupee, we are thinking of shortening our stay by a night or two. Hotels, especially those in Europe, are very expensive, which affects the overall cost of the trip. We are re-thinking and re-planning our trip,” said Sumit Sharma, a city resident.

Firms are trying to attract customers through unique offers and some have introduced EMIs. "The EMI option is meant for people who want to spread the impact of the rupee depreciation," said an agent of a travel company. Anticipating price sensitivity, some firms have also launched packages to cover three kinds of trips: super budget, budget and value to premium.

Short-haul and value destinations like Far East, Dubai, Mauritius and Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Philippines, and Cambodia are also catching travellers’ fancy.

With the depreciating rupee bringing down the overall package cost, India has become an attractive destination for inbound customers. "The depreciating rupee has given an unprecedented focus to domestic travel with India re-emerging as a viable option," said Shekhar Khanna from a travel company. 



Delay in VAT refund worries traders 
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
A major chunk of the money invested by industrialists is lying with the excise and taxation department in the form of VAT refunds. Although the government claims to make the department paperless, it seems to be a distant dream.

The department had promised to make the process of filing VAT refunds online, but nothing has been done in this direction so far.

Ashok Juneja, president of the Punjab Tax Bar Association, said as per rules, the refunds should be issued within 60 days from the date of application or else it should be issued along with the prescribed rate of interest and explanation of the staff concerned.

Refunds of some tax payees have been pending for the past three years.

"On failing to file the return on time, we are penalised. The department should also be fined in case it delays refunds," said Raman Gopal, a trader.

"It is mandatory for the department to refund 75 per cent of the VAT within 60 days," said Harbinder Singh, a garment manufacturer.

Mohinder Parkash, owner of a dying unit, who has not got refunds for the past two years, said, "The department has put us in a fix. It has delayed refunds. If this continues, businessmen will stop paying taxes."

Taxing times for residents

Pending income tax refunds has left taxpayers worried.

Ranjeet Singh, a resident, said he had filed his return in August 2012, but did not get the refund.

Samik, who filed his return in July 2012, said, "Despite making several rounds of the department, I did not get the refund."

"The department had promised to refund money within four months, but it has failed to do so. A huge amount of money is lying with the department," said Jatinder Khurana, general secretary of Taxation Bar Association.

Mohan Singh, a senior citizen, said, "I did not get the refund as my PAN number has not been transferred. I was posted at Uttar Pradesh and post-retirement I settled down in Ludhiana."

Rajesh Kumar, who has been waiting for the refund for the past two years, said, "The department says two PAN cards have been issued in my name. I have even written an application to the department to rectify the error, but to no avail."



Police launches anti-snatching drive in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
The police today carried out an anti-snatching drive. All SHOs were told to lay nakas in their respective areas. Youths riding two-wheelers were also stopped for checking. Those, who failed to produce documents, were seen making the policemen talk to some senior police officer or politician for evading challan.

DCP Harsh Bansal said the officers had been instructed not to harass anyone while checking vehicles.

Allegation levelled

Charanjit Singh Gill, on whose complaint, a case of fraud was registered against ward no 29 councillor Renu Sharma and her businessman husband Rajesh Sharma, stated that the councillor had falsely stated herself to be a graduate whereas she was an undergraduate.

The BJP leaders had yesterday slammed the police for registering a case against the councillor and her husband.

On June 11, the city police had registered a case against Renu and Rajesh for furnishing false documents before the returning officer during the Municipal Corporation elections.

Records stolen

Miscreants struck at the office of a human rights activist and decamped with the photocopies of records of Hondh Chillar incidents in which seven Sikhs died. The complainant, Manvinder Singh, a resident of Giaspura, stated that some miscreants had taken away important documents.

The incident took place on June 12. Manvinder Singh's office is at Baba Gaja Jain Colony in Moti Nagar where the photocopies of the records of Hondh Chillar and Patti incidents were lying. The accused came in an Indica car bearing Haryana number, broke open the door of his office and decamped with the photocopies of the records. A case under Section 454-380 IPC has been registered.



A bonanza for art lovers 
Tribune News Service

Visitors take a look at paintings during an exhibition at Gallery Artmosphere in Ludhiana.
Visitors take a look at paintings during an exhibition at Gallery Artmosphere in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan 

Ludhiana, June 16
Artspace, an exhibition, was organised at Gallery Artmosphere today. Organised by city-based artist Ayushi Gupta, the event saw 26 artists showcasing their work. "I wanted to prove that there is no dearth of talent in the city," said Ayushi.

Apart from the city, artists from Mumbai, Pune, Jalandhar and Mohali also displayed their work.

They touched social issues in their artworks.

Ashmeet Bhatti, an amateur artist, made sketches inspired from poems. One of the sketches depicted various colours of an earthen lamp, another showed hope and faith.

Shivam Pahwa exhibited paintings using spray paints and fluorescent paints.

A portrait of MF Hussain was also displayed.



fathers’ day
A man with many roles
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
With the changing times, the role and involvement of a father has undergone a change. Earlier, the role of a father was much more defined,” said Dr Sukhdev Singh, professor, sociology, PAU.

Dr Ravinder Kala, a city-based psychologist, said, “In the West, it is not uncommon to see men doing part-time jobs to bring up children.”

Apart from the circumstantial changes, men have also started enjoying their role as fathers and feel emotionally richer in the new roles. Now, psychological involvement of fathers has increased, says Dr Kala. "Now, parents spend more time with their wards,” says Dr Singh. Now, parenting has become wholesome and fulfilling for father as well as children, says Dr Kala.

But one must not forget that overindulgence can make children go haywire.

"In many instances, fathers say they are like friends to their children and support them, but don't understand why their wards don't listen to them," says Dr Kala. In order to improve communication, fathers become friends with their children, which can make them more assertive.

Fathers should rather improve their communication with children and remain firm, a source of guidance and support while remaining as loving and caring.

Children need loving caring, nurturing and supportive. 



Industry upbeat over corridor plan
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
The recently announced Amritsar-Delhi-Kolkata Industrial Corridor (ADKIC) has brightened the industry's hopes of development in Punjab. The local industry wants that the proposal should be turned into a reality.

Dharampal Singh, a garment manufacturer, said, "It will lead to a new era of development even in the backward regions of border districts of Punjab. To accelerate the growth of the SME sector, the rate of interest should be reduced. Another industrialist Raman Kashyap said the ADKIC would generate employment in the northern region. "The government should turn it into a reality as soon as possible. Punjab is a land lock state and ADKIC will prove boon for the industry,” said Kashyap.

The textile sector is the second largest employment provider segment after agriculture. As the sector is facing acute problems, we need support from the government," said Jatin Dhiman, another garment manufacturer.



from colleges
Annual training camp

To inculcate the basic qualities of discipline, punctuality, leadership and self-confidence, a 10-day Combined Annual Training Camp is being organised by 3PB Girls BN NCC Ludhiana at GHG Khalsa College, under the command of Camp Commandant Col Ashwani Kumar. The fourth day of the camp was full of enthusiasm and information.

A lecture on traffic rules was delivered by the three traffic marshals from an NGO "Safe Drive Stay Alive". Naval Kaura, president of the NGO, and Paramjeet Singh, executive member, made the cadets aware of the importance of following traffic signals. Paramjeet Singh told them about the golden rule for avoiding accidents: "Always overtake from the right side and always walk on footpath".

Camp Commandant Col Ashwani Kumar welcomed the members of the NGO and thanked them for educating the cadets about road safety.

Campus programme

Infosys Technologies announced the beginning of their soft skills "Road Show" under the Infosys Campus Connect Programme today at the RIMT Group of Institutes, Mandi Gobindgarh. Interacting with the aspiring engineers, Infosys campus connect officials Anuradha and Pankaj said, "The Infosys Campus Connect is an industry-academia partnership programme which aims to strengthen the industry academia bond and build foundation for the future needs of both academia and the emerging IT industry by aligning engineering talent with the global needs of the industry".

On the occasion, the officials also interacted with the engineering faculty members and discussed the need of upgrading the system and including the emerging concepts in student assignments.

RIMT Group chairman Dr Hukam Chand Bansal and vice-chairman Vijayant Bansal felicitated the team Infosys for initialising this endeavour at the RIMT Institutes. — TNS



Ludhiana Scan

The BJYM members during a press conference at the Circuit House in Ludhiana on Sunday.
The BJYM members during a press conference at the Circuit House in Ludhiana on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Modi to visit Punjab
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Punjab on June 23 to pay tributes to Shyama Prasad Mukherjee on the latter's death anniversary. The Punjab Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) President, Mohit Gupta, said this during an interaction with the media persons at the Circuit House. He said it would be Modi's first visit to Punjab after his appointment as the chairman of the BJP 2014 Lok Sabha poll campaign committee. The Yuva Morcha state chief said that on June 23, blood donation camps would be organised across the country. He added that from July 6 to September 6, the Yuva Morcha would organise a membership drive in the state.

AAP holds meeting

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Ludhiana, today held an open meeting in the form of Jansabha at Rakh Bagh. The State Convener, Harjot Singh Bains claimed that the citizens were totally disappointed from all the political parties. He added that Arvind Kejriwal, National Convener, AAP, would be contesting against Shiela Dikshit from the New Delhi constituency in the Parliamentary polls. The party has announced that no ticket would be given to any candidate having criminal background and no two tickets would be given in one family, he added.

Condolence meeting

Jagdev Singh Jassowal, Chairman of Desh Bhagat Yadgari Society, Krishan Kumar Bawa, president of the society amongst others had a condolence meeting on the demise of CPI leader Satpal Dang. They said that Dang worked for the upliftment of the downtrodden all his life. Jassowal said that life of Dag should be an inspiration of politicians of today, for he always abided by truth and simplicity. Kuldeep Singh, secretary, Puujab State Committee, MCPI mourned the death saying that he was a leader of working class and was an idealist communist, and worked for the poor and downtrodden people. He was a great nationalist, he said.

Colonies regularised

Regularisation of the five thousand illegal colonies by the state government is a big relief to the residents of these areas, according to Gurdeep Singh Gosha from Youth Akali Dal. Regularising the colonies would help in the development of the colonies, he said.

Social activist honoured

All India Human Rights Committee has bestowed social activist Ramajit Lali with the best social activist award. He was awarded for raising voice against human rights violations, corruption and campaigning against social evils.

Workers to hold protest

Members of the Factory Workers' Union, Textile hosiery Workers' Union, Naujawan Bharat Sabha would hold a protest at the DC office on June 18 against extortions from labourers and factory workers, their security issues, said the members of the unions. The decision was taken during a meeting at the office Textile Hosiery Workers Union at Tajpur Road.

Closing ceremony

The closing ceremony of summer camp of career tracks, Jamalpur, was organised today. As many as 80 students learnt art and craft, dance, self defence skills, calligraphy and English during this camp. Students displayed the creations they made during summer camp.

Save earth campaign
Members of the Sarv Kalyan Parishad launch a save earth campaign at Guru Nanak Bhawan in Ludhiana.
Members of the Sarv Kalyan Parishad launch a save earth campaign at Guru Nanak Bhawan in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Inderjeet Verma

A programme to start the campaign to save the environment, country and religion was organised today. Titled 'Desh Dharm Dharti Bachao Jan Abhiyan, the programme was organised by Sarv Jan Kalyan Parishad at Guru Nanak Bhawan today.

Nik Baker's opens store

Nik Baker's launched its first store in Ludhiana at Sarabha Nagar Main Market today. The director and head chef, Nik Baker's said, "Considering quality as the most important factor, we endeavour to provide best bakery products and effective and prompt service so as to achieve total customer satisfaction at all times. We have a lot of loyal customers from this region, especially from Ludhiana and Jalandhar which encouraged us to open a store in Ludhiana and bring our delights to cater this city. We at Nik Baker's focus strongly on taste, decoration and quality to provide the best of European bakery experience to our customers." The product categories are spread across nine verticals of gifts, breads, cakes, gelato, cookies, pastries, chocolates, sandwiches and pies and puddings.

NRIs problems discussed

District Congress Committee, Ludhiana (Urban), Chief Pawan Dewan has said the Punjab Government must resolve the pending issues of NRIs so that the NRI community plays a more vital role in the development of the state. Dewan made this statement during his Canada visit. He toured the parliamentary constituency of the Canadian MP, Param Singh Gill. On the occasion, MP Gill, on behalf of the Canadian Government, presented a special honour to Dewan. Dewan said he was very much impressed after seeing the working of the Canadian Parliament, where the opposition did not create hindrance in the working of the Parliament, and perform its duties in a better manner after coordinating in a peaceful manner with the government. He further said there was no place for corruption in the Canadian System. A deputation of the NRIs also met Dewan and demanded the restoration of direct flights between Delhi and Canada. 



Three thieves nabbed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 16
The Division No 7 police has nabbed three thieves who had allegedly struck at a house in Sector 32 on June 14. The accused have been identified as Amit, Sukhdev and Sunny.

They were nabbed following a tip-off, the police said.

The accused had decamped with an LED TV, a laptop and a DVD player from the house.

The police has also recovered the stolen electronic items from their possession.



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