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City bus service loses Rs 50,000 per day
Authorities plan to intensify checks, start e-ticketing system to keep a tab on pilferage
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
Ludhiana City Bus Service Limited is suffering a loss of around Rs 50,000 per day.

Reason: In the absence of checks, conductors don’t give tickets to passengers and share the money with drivers. Some passengers complained that they were issued already used tickets by conductors. The LCBSL has only six inspectors to keep an eye on the drivers and conductors.

Ever since the bus service was launched in December 2011, 11 drivers and two conductors have been shown the door. Some of them were even found overcharging the commuters.

To put an end to the menace, the LCBSL has decided to intensify vigil. It has also planned to introduce the e-ticketing system, besides launching an awareness campaign for commuters.

Isha Kalia, MC Additional Commissioner and CEO of the LCBSL, said the commuters should be made aware of their rights. “Every person travelling on the city bus is entitled to get a ticket, which should be punched by the conductor. The commuters should not return the ticket to the conductor. We are also planning to introduce e-ticketing to check the menace,” she claimed. 

Revised fare
The LCBSL started charging revised fare from Wednesday. A passenger will have to pay Rs 8 for travelling up to 5 km, Rs 15 for 5 to 10 km, Rs 20 for 10 to 15 km and above 15 km, a passenger will be charged Rs 20 plus Re 1 per km.

Baljit Singh, manager, LCBSL, said the daily income of the LCBSL would increase by around Rs 40,000.


Audit team pulls up GLADA for overspending
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 19
The audit wing has raised a serious objection to overspending by the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) on deposit works to the tune of Rs 1.09 crore. The works were carried out on the behalf of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Science University (GADVASU) during the 2011-12 fiscal.

The audit team pointed out that the excess expenditure by GLADA was in violation of the directions issued by PUDA. The audit wing has directed the authority to fix the responsibility of officials of the engineering and accounts departments for the lapse. The audit report, copies of which were obtained under the Right to Information Act by the Council of RTI Activists, revealed that GLADA had executed 20 construction, renovation and repair works in GADVASU during the period where the amount was spent far in excess than the funds deposited by the university. Besides, at least seven projects were carried out without advance or proportionate deposit having been received by GLADA.

Raising an objection to the gross financial irregularity, the audit team quoted the directive issued on September 20, 2005, from the PUDA headquarters stating that full funds or proportionate funds (50 per cent in the first instance and as soon as the remaining 25 per cent) should be deposited by the department concerned. In case of excess expenditure, the officers in the engineering and finance wings will be held responsible for the lapse.

The auditors disagreed with the contention of GLADA officials that necessary approval would be obtained from GADVASU for the excess expenditure incurred on deposit works and provided at the time of the next audit. “The reply is not tenable as per codal provisions. Officials of the engineering and finance wings are responsible for the lapse and action has to be taken against them under intimation to the office of the Accountant General (Audit), Punjab," the audit team observed.

Excess amount spent
GLADA executed 20 construction, renovation and repair works in GADVASU where the amount was spent in excess than the funds deposited by the university.



MC summons records of Calibre Plaza
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
The building branch of the MC has summoned the records related to Calibre Plaza after some unidentified persons broke the seal on Tuesday. MC officials said action would be taken against the culprits.

Following several building bylaws violations and getting directions from the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the MC had sealed the office of Calibre Plaza located near Bhadaur House on May 20, 2011.

Violating rules, some unidentified persons allegedly broke the seal on Tuesday and took away goods lying in the office. The illegal act was recorded on a CCTV camera.

Satish Kumar, who owns a shop at Calibre Plaza, reported the matter to the MC.

When contacted, Assistant Town Planner (Zone A) Harpreet Ghai said he had summoned the record related to Calibre Plaza. “After the office was sealed in May 2011, the MC had filed a number of affidavits in the court. The culprits will not be spared,” he said. 



3 women held for shoplifting
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
The Kotwali police claimed to have busted a gang of shoplifters with the arrest of four persons, including three women, last night.

The accused were nabbed for shoplifting at a showroom on Brown Road.

The accused have been identified as Madhu, Seeta, Veena and Raj, all residents of Delhi. They were arrested from a hotel in the old city area.

They laid their hands on four rolls of unstitched cloth. The police has recovered 14 suits from their possession.

According to the complainant, Jatin, the accused entered his shop on Tuesday evening. While the man and a woman engaged him in conversation, the other two women decamped with rolls of cloth.

He learnt about the theft when the gang members suddenly made and exit from the shop.

Jatin said he came to know that the shoplifters were staying at a hotel in the city.

He informed the police. The police conducted a raid and arrested the accused.



PPCC secy booked for abetment to suicide
Mohit Khanna

Ludhiana, June 19
A day after the police booked a Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee (PPCC) secretary, Almudin Saifi, and his two aides after the death of one Mohammed Khurshid at Mayapuri in the Tibba road area, the leader today cried foul and said he became the victim of political vendetta. He alleged that SAD MLA Ranjit Dhillon instigated the deceased’s relatives against him. Mohammed Khurshid died due to cardiac arrest after his two sons were rounded up by the police in connection with a yarn theft case.

“The police has registered a case at the behest of the SAD. I had neither made a call to Mohammed Khurshid nor demanded money for the release of his sons. Dhillon fuelled the protest against me, claimed Almudin Saifi.

He said Khurshid's sons Baseem and Nafis were allegedly involved in a yarn theft case which took place a few days ago at Ganga Dyeing.

“I had nothing to do with Baseem and Nafis. I had gone to meet an official at the CIA as an innocent person was rounded up by the police for questioning," said Saifi.

On the other hand, SAD MLA Ranjit Dhillon termed the allegations as baseless. “I had never heard of Almudin before. It was after this incident that I got to know that he was posing as a police tout," said Dhillon.

Meanwhile, around 500 persons blocked the National Highway-I near Jodhewal Basti Chowk to protest against Almudin. The protesters also gathered outside the office of the Commissioner of Police and staged a dharna.

The protesters sought the arrest of Almudin and his aides. The residents alleged that Almudin was pressuring the victim for arranging Rs 60,000 for getting his two sons freed from the police custody. There was a lot of pressure on Khurshid and he suffered a cardiac arrest.

The police has registered a case on the complaint of the victim's nephew, Anis Ahmed, against Almudin Saifi, Nasim Sirfata and Ahsaan under Sections 306 (abetment to suicide) and 120-B of the IPC.



BJP gears up for Modi’s visit
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
The state BJP is all prepared for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Punjab, the first visit after Modi's appointment as the chairman of the BJP Lok Sabha poll campaign committee. This was said by the state BJP president Kamal Sharma during his visit to Ludhiana today.

He said Modi was visiting Punjab on June 23 to pay tributes to Shyama Prasad Mukherjee on the latter's 60th death anniversary. Sharma claimed that Modi's 'sankalp rally' at Madhopur in Pathankot will be a historic event.

Though the leaders of the Akali Dal, the senior coalition partner of the BJP in Punjab, have been invited to the programme, it is entirely the BJP show. Many senior BJP leaders, including former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Shanta Kumar, will be attending the programme.

Replying to a query during media interaction, Sharma said the Congress that has been tagging Modi as communal is only reflecting its "Modi phobia". "It has become a fashion to criticize Modi," he added.

Questioning the secular credentials of the Congress, Sharma said that a party that has "no qualms in taking recourse to a non-secular position when that suits it", should not level allegations against other parties.

Meanwhile, the Yuva Morcha of the BJP today said that 20,000 Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) members will attend the programme at Pathankot. "To make the programme a success, we have delegated responsibilities to various state and district level office-bearers," said BJYM state president Mohit Gupta.



Red Cross Society hands over abandoned child to orphanage
The newborn boy was found at Panghura in Amritsar
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, June 19
The authorities of the Red Cross Society Amritsar handed over a new-born abandoned child to an orphanage run by the Swami Ganga Nand Bhuriwale International Foundation at Talwandi Dham near Jagraon today.

Red Cross Society assistant secretary Thakur Randhir Singh said, "Somebody had abandoned a few days' old child at Panghura some days ago."

"When we informed Amritsar Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal, he instructed us to hand over the baby to a government-recognised orphanage. We contacted the authorities of the Swami Ganga Nand Bhuriwale International Foundation and requested them to admit the child at the orphanage run by them," said Singh.

Foundation president Jasbir Kaur and secretary Kuldeep Singh Mann said they had got the child medically examined. "The new member of our orphanage is a boy child and he is few days' old. The child is healthy," said Jasbir.

Mann said there are over 50 children living at the orphanage and most of them are girls. "The foundation not only provides shelter to the children but also provides best possible education to them. Many children have been adopted by some couples from India and abroad," said Mann. 



Health Dept inspects Jodhan, Lalton Baddowal

Ludhiana, June 19
Villages, including Jodhan and Lalton Baddowal, were inspected by the Health Department. Ten samples of medicines were taken from the local medical shops.

Drug Inspector Lajwinder Kumar said, "The samples of medicines were collected to check if the medicines being sold are of good quality." He said under the provisions of the Drug and Cosmetic Act, 1940, quality of medicines being sold at chemist shops should be according to medical standards —TNS



Farmers advised to give preference to maize rather than rice
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
Chief Agriculture Officer Bakhshish Singh Chahal today said that farmers should give preference to maize rather than rice as the crop of rice needs an average of 175 litres of water, while much less is required for maize cultivation.

He said this while sending off promotional vans for distributing promotional literature regarding sowing of maize in 11 blocks of the district. A campaign has been started by the state government to bring 10,000 hectares of land under maize cultivation, instead of the area under rice cultivation. 2,000 acres of land has already been brought under maize cultivation, he said.

He said, "75 per cent subsidy is being given to farmers on maize seeds and block agricultural officers have already provided 236 quintals of maize to farmers."

He said awareness camps regarding maize cultivation would be organised to encourage farmers to sow maize as part of diversification of agriculture. "To seek further information, farmers can contact Block Agriculture Officer or the office of Agricultural Development Officer," he said.



Rain fury in Kedarnath
City trader’s son goes missing
Mohit Khanna

Ludhiana, June 19
Pilgrimage to Kedarnath went horribly wrong for a businessman of Rishi Nagar as his 11-year-old son went missing in the cloudburst and subsequent flash floods on June 16.

Businessman Sandeep Salwan managed to established contact with his mother Sudershna Salwan and brother in-law Sandeep Rampal today.

“While Sandeep (45), his wife Menakshi (40) and daughter Manvi (16) are safe, his 11-year-old son Servesh is missing as he got separated from the family during flash floods,” said Sandeep Rampal.

Manoj Bharadwaj, a family friend, said: “Sandeep left the city on June 13. On June 15, he contacted us. Our common friend Rajiv Goel also accompanied Sandeep. As Rajiv's son got ill at Gupt Kashi, he decided to stay there. Sandeep along with his wife and children reached Kedarnath."

“Sandeep borrowed a phone from someone today and managed to contact us," added Manoj.

Their neighbour Sunil Dutt said Sandeep's driver Aman was also stranded at Kedarnath. Aman managed to contact his family today and is safe.

Sandeep’s mother Sudershna was worried about her grandson. She said her grandson was a student of Class VI at DAV School in BRS Nagar. She said they all advised Sandeep against visiting Kedarnath due to incessant rain, but Sandeep ignored nature's indication.

Sandeep, his wife and daughter had reached an Army relief centre at Gori Kund.



Stranded pilgrims walk to safer places
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 19
Having exhausted means at their disposal and seeing no ray of hope in remote areas, panicked residents stranded at various places in eastern hilly states have decided to walk down to safer places on their own.

While some have already left their temporary abodes, the others will start moving after a day or two.

If revelations made by the trapped devotees are to be believed, the rescue measures by the administration and organisations working in remote areas cannot be called satisfactory and enough.

The families of a group of residents are content to the extent that they have come to know about their whereabouts through efforts of the local leaders, but nobody can say how much time they will take to reach homes safely.

Having taken shelter in a hotel at Janki Chatti hamlet in Uttar Kashi district, the group preferred walking down to safer place to waiting for the clearance of the blocked roadway.

"As the hotel owner has already informed us about exhausted stores, gas and diesel, we cannot afford to sit idle and wait for the help to come," said Joshi, adding that the locals had told them that it would take at least over a week to get the roads cleared. Panic was also the outcome of the apprehensions of fresh incessant showers in the coming days.

Though the administration has announced that the stranded devotees should not pay for boarding and lodging to owners of hotels and rest houses, a majority of the natives of those areas are all out to exploit the helplessness of the visitors.

"But we do not mind paying for the services and eatables, but there should be some check on the exploitation by the locals," said Sekha, adding that drinking water, hygienic food and medical aid were not available easily.

A social organisation from Barnala town had organised a community kitchen for the devotees there, but when the organisers ran out of stock, they had to close the free facility. Sekha said the group would not stay there for more than one or two days.

Devotees said a large number of residents of Malwa were stranded in remote areas and a majority of them were yet to meet the other members of their group.

Devotees had failed to contact their families due to poor connectivity of their mobile phones. The local devotees contacted their families by borrowing mobile phones of certain companies.



Auction of parking zones
Civic body to upload terms and conditions today
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
As the auction of parking zones along Ferozepur Road is scheduled for June 26, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation will upload the terms and conditions related to reserve price and parking hours on its website by tomorrow afternoon.

The MC has identified 28 such zones along Ferozepur Road. The parking zones are located between the Ferozepur Road and its service lane.

To check mushrooming of illegal structures on Ferozepur Road and its service lane, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the civic body to auction the parking zones.

It is learnt that the MC officials plan to charge Rs 15 for car parking, Rs 10 for two-wheeler parking and Rs 5 for bicycle parking.

The terms and conditions and the rates will be uploaded on the MC's website (www.mcludhiana.com) by 3 pm tomorrow.

MC Additional Commissioner Isha Kalia said, "We have already finalised the terms and conditions which will be uploaded on our website by 3 pm tomorrow. Those interested can check the terms and conditions. It will be first of its kind auction as it is being held on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. We want more companies to take part in it. We are hopeful of fetching a good price."

Perturbed over encroachments on Ferozepur Road and its service lane, a resident living in a house located opposite Punjab Agricultural University's gate number 2 had approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court highlighting the misuse of the service lane. The court then directed the MC to get the service lane vacated. It was during the hearing of the same case that 10 violators were identified. During the last hearing, the court had directed the MC to auction these parking zones.



panchayat poll
35 candidates file papers

Ludhiana, June 19
Thirty-five candidates filed nomination papers on the first day.

The gram panchayat elections are scheduled for July 3 in Punjab. Kamalpreet Brar, ADC (D), who is the in charge for the elections, said the last day for filing the papers was June 22 till 3 pm. On June 24, papers would be scrutinised and on June 25 the candidates could withdraw their nominations, Brar said.

Brar said for Dehlon and Doraha block, SDM Payal Mahinder Pal would be the returning officer. "For Jagraon and Sidhwan Bet, SDM Jagraon Gurmeet Singh will be the returning officer. Anand Sagar Sharma, SDM, Khanna, will be the returning officer for Khanna and Ludhiana I. Pakhowal will be taken care of by KS Mahi, SDM (West). SDM (East) Ajay Sood will be the retuning officer for Ludhiana II while Ghansham Thori, SDM, Samrala, will be the returning officer for Machhiwara and Samrala blocks. JP Singh, SDM, Raikot, will be the returning officer for Raikot and Sudhar blocks," Brar stated. — TNS



Employees’ stir fails to affect power supply
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 19
With around 80 per cent employees observing a strike, the work came to a halt at Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL).

Cash counters in different parts of the city remained fully or partially closed.

The senior officials claimed that the strike did not affect the power supply.

Technical workers, employed on a contractual basis, rectified faults and ensured that the supply was not disrupted, the officials claimed.

Striking employees held a rally at the old circle office on GT Road where speakers slammed the PSPCL management for its failure to implement the genuine and accepted demands of the employees.

Trade union leaders, including Parkash Singh Maan, Swarn Singh, Jagir Singh, Ramesh Sharma, Pawan Kumar, Rachpal Singh and others threatened to intensify the agitation, if the government did not intervene immediately.

The speakers regretted the inconvenience caused to the consumers during the two-day strike, adding that they were left with no other alternative than to strike work so as to highlight the apathetic attitude of the state government and the PSPCL management toward the demands of the employees.



Pen-down strike by clerical staff
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
The clerical staff in the DC, SDM, ADC and all sub-registrar offices today went on a pen-down strike.

The work remained affected in the offices.

"In the next two days, there won't be any registration work in sub-registrar offices," said the protesters.

President, DC office, Karamchari Union, Ludhiana, Baldev Singh said they were forced to launch the agitation as the state government had failed to issue a notification regarding their demands accepted on April 30, 2012.

The president said the demands of the employees were genuine.

The workload had increased manifold in 22 districts, they said.

"The government needs to fill the vacancies in all districts," said Baldev Singh.

He said Grade II Superintendent was not being recruited.

Besides, the government had also agreed to start a legal cell in DC offices, but had failed to notify it. Apart from this, scales needed to be upgraded.

"We are not in favour of the strike. When the government has failed to issue the notification, the verbal agreement does not matter. We will call-off the strike if the government issues the notification tomorrow," said Baldev Singh.

A month ago, the clerks had observed a three-day strike.

The strike hit the common man hard. The government had to suffer losses running into crores.

The district is one of the top districts in Punjab as far as generating revenue through the sale and purchase of land deals.

The strike will cause a huge loss to the state exchequer. A tehsildar said that on an average, about 200 land deals get registered at sub-registrar offices, which generate a huge revenue. In Ludhiana district, as many as 175 employees are on the the three-day strike.



Pharmacists’ stir: Stalemate continues

Ludhiana, June 19
The rural health pharmacists, veterinary pharmacists and Class IV employees working in 1,186 rural health dispensaries and 582 veterinary dispensaries continued their agitation on the 16th day today.

The work remained affected at dispensaries.

President of the Rural Health Pharmacist Association Kulraj Singh Haans said they would continue the strike, until their demands are met.

They said the members would gherao the office of Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Surjit Singh Rakhra on June 24. — TNS



Income tax department to do away with paper verification
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
Taxpayers filing electronic income tax returns will soon get relief from sending the mandatory paper verification form by post as the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has decided to stop the practice.

The department will introduce electronic verification of online returns. The new measure, expected to be made operational this year, will save taxpayers from the hassle of sending the form (ITRV) by post and tracking its acknowledgement.

"The online filing of returns has made the process of filing returns easy, but the compulsory dispatch of paper documents to Bangaluru-based central processing centre of the department is tedious," said a senior official.

The department has been receiving a number of complaints from taxpayers with regard to following these rules and is also getting suggestions to do away with paper documents and make e-filing more user-friendly.

When taxpayers file returns online, they are required to send a mandatory ITR V by post to the I-T department's CPC. It then sends an electronic acknowledgement to the tax return filer. "In case of digital signatures (used by corporate entities), a bona fide statement that verifies the identity of the sender has to be created by paying fee. It requires regular renewal," said Jatinder Khurana, tax professional.

The CBDT, according to the officials, has decided to stop the practice as it wants more and more people to file e-returns and it is also bolstered by the spurt in e-filing numbers. The department also wants to introduce a third-party validation of utilities developed for e-filing to avoid mistakes in returns and make the interpretation of tax laws uniform in their filing.



District Magistrate issues instructions
Tribune news service

Ludhiana, June 19
District Magistrate Rahul Tiwari has issued orders that no official would leave the headquarters till August 16, keeping in mind the rainy season ahead.

He said no one would be allowed to leave the station without his prior permission. The District Magistrate said those violating the orders would face the music.



When it comes to taste, street food rocks
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
As the dark descends, flames on roadsides start glowing, attracting street food lovers to munch on tikkis, burgers and mouth-watering food that can be best enjoyed on a street.

Despite a number of restaurants coming up in the city, the craze for gol gappas, dahi bhallas and burgers at roadside eateries remains the same.

"Even though we go to fine dining restaurants and have gourmet food, having food along a road is fun," says Devika, a resident of Civil Lines.

Pizza, pav bhaji and burgers remain the hot favourite with foodies. Gurpreet, a vendor at Rani Jhansi Road said pizzas and pav bhaji were particularly in demand. "Apart from the traditional tikkis, pav bhaji, chhole kulche, golgappas, momos and soya 'chaamps' have become immensely popular in the city in the past couple of years," says Suresh from a roadside fast food joint at Model Town. "I love pav bhaji and momos," says Tejinder, a resident.



No sample papers for Classes X, XII: CBSE
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
Keeping in view the trend among students to prepare for their exams by consulting sample papers have caught the eye of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The board has now decided not to issue sample papers for Class X and XII board exams.

The decision was made by the board after it realised that students were identifying particular areas of the syllabus from past year papers and limiting their studies to those sections.

The CBSE has also introduced a range of methods that include open book learning and application-based questions to discourage learning through notes.

“The decision of the CBSE will have both pros and cons. It will prove positive for the bright students as they will study the entire syllabus thoroughly. But those students who are not too good in studies will suffer as they use to take help of the sample papers while preparing for their exams. Now, teachers will be required to work harder and make sample papers for weak students,” said Navita Puri, Principal of KVM School.

"The news is a surprise to me as sample papers have been available since 1993. I do not agree with the statement that students restrict their studies to sample papers. It is just that one comes to know about some important questions that are repeated frequently,” said Navpreet, a student.

Another student Deepak Makhija said, “Studying from past year’s question papers is a common revision technique for students. I used to revise my syllabus through sample papers but will now have to study the entire syllabus,” he said.



Teachers on vacation asked to be on duty for panchayat polls
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
On the instructions given by the Director, Education Department, Chandigarh, almost all the teachers in the district, are being sent the messages that they have to be prepared for their duties in gram panchayat elections, which will be held in Punjab on July 3.

Though the teachers in government schools are on vacations (summer-break) till June 30, still they have been contacted by the authorities. Most of them have given assurance that they will come for the rehearsals, while some of them feel that they had to cut-short their holidays due to election duty.

Kamalpreet Brar, ADC (D), who has been appointed as In charge for the gram panchayat elections in the district told The Tribune that she had already conducted a meeting with the District Education Officers and the Cluster Heads.

She said that almost all the teachers from government schools in the district have been put on the election duty and rehearsals.

“The response by the teachers is very positive. They have given assurance that they will perform the election duty and will be there for the rehearsals too,” said Brar.

The Director, Education Department, Punjab, had recently written to all the District Education Officers to contact the teachers, who were on summer vacations.

The letter by the Director, Education Department, says: “Every local authority in a district shall, when so requested by the District Electoral Officer, make available to any Returning Officer such staff, as may be necessary for the performance of duties in connection with an election,” following which the DEOs sent the lists to the district administration for putting teachers on election duties.

Meanwhile, a government teacher Satnam Singh said he had got a package booked for Goa for the entire family, now that he had to perform the election duty, he got it cancelled.

"We could not go earlier because of admission of my child and now due to election duty and rehearsals again we cannot go. I understand the limitations but it becomes difficult to make the family understand,” said the teacher.

The teachers have given assurance that they will attend the rehearsal session and report to their duties at the given polling booths in spite of their summer vacations. 



from colleges
NCC camp

Girls participate in a self-defence training session during the NCC camp at Guru Nanak Khalsa College.
Girls participate in a self-defence training session during the NCC camp at Guru Nanak Khalsa College. A Tribune Photograph

Ludhiana: A 10-day combined annual training commenced on June 13 at Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Sudhar, under the command of Camp Commandant Col Ashwani Kumar. The aim of organising the camp was to create awareness amongst the cadets regarding diverse cultural heritage of the country by organising talks/discussion.

Cadets attending the camp were given chance to fire with weapon .22 deluxe on Wednesday. They practically experienced the essentials of firing. During the camp, the cadets were given an exposure to self defence technique. Karan Thaper, Tae kwan do coach of Ludhiana unit along with his team gave a demonstration pertaining to self-defence techniques that they can use to defend themselves from any kind of abuse, chain snatching and eve-teasing. He made cadets aware about the vulnerable parts of the human body which can be hit. He along with his team demonstrated the basic moves which were highly beneficial for girls. Camp Commandant Col Ashwani Kumar told girl cadets that these camps were giving them opportunity to become strong and confident so that their status as weaker section in society would change. Physical and mental fitness were equally important, he stressed. An environment awareness rally was organised by 403 girl cadets attending the camp. Col Ashwani Kumar said the NCC cadets have always been on the forefront for spreading awareness about social service and community development. Various competitions, including cultural competition like solo song, solo dance, group song, group dance, drill, pilot debate, poster making and race competition were conducted to bring forward the hidden talent amongst the cadets. — TNS



pau notes
Tips on farm sustainability

Ludhiana: In view of the steep fall in groundwater table and degradation of soil and environment in Punjab, the crop diversification has become inevitable for the farm sustainability of the state. In this context, maize is considered as the most promising alternate crop to rice because of its multiple end uses and comparatively shorter maturity period.

This was stated the experts of the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). The diversification to maize crop would help in conservation of precious natural resources, they said, while adding that the crop can be sown up to the end of June. An expert, Dr SPS Brar, said the hybrids, including PMH 1 and PMH 2; composite varieties like Parbat and Kesri and some special purpose varieties like Punjab Sweet Corn 1 and Pearl Popcorn have been recommended by the PAU for sowing in kharif season. Parkash, a hybrid and Megha, a composite, are recommended for cultivation under rainfed conditions.” About baby corn, Dr MS Grewal said that its cultivation provides good profitable alternative for crop diversification, thus, leading to the development of small food processing industries. Stating that the baby corn has a great export potential in developed countries, he said that this crop can be sown at any time from April to August. An early maturing hybrid “Parkash” and composite “Kesri” are the most appropriate varieties for getting high yield of quality baby corn, he told, saying that they give on an average 7.0 and 5.7 q/acre yield of dehusked ears, respectively. Dr GK Gill said that by growing special purpose maize variety “Pearl Popcorn,” the income of the farmers can be enhanced. This composite has an average yield has an average yield of 12 q/acre and its popping is very good, said Dr Gill. Dr Jasvir Singh said that corn cultivation can ensure additional income to the farmers by selling it at the premium rates. — TNS



from schools
Trip to Dalhousie, Khajjiar

Ludhiana: Students of Ryan International School went on a trip to Dalhousie and Khajjiar in Himachal Pradesh. Traversing the foothills of Himalayas, students wereStudents of Ryan International School, Ludhiana, during their excursion to Himachal Pradesh. captivated by the architectural finesse and scenic beauty of Dalhousie, the summer capital of British. En-route to the popular city of Chamba, students saw the famous Chamera Dam built on Ravi. Principal Parveena John said, “Excursions go a long way in connecting children to thier rich cultural heritage.”

Students of Ryan International School, Ludhiana, during their excursion to Himachal Pradesh. A Tribune photograph

Summer camp concludes

A 15-day summer camp concluded at Rose Playway Preschool. The camp started on June 3 and concluded on June 18. It was organised for the school-going children, who were having summer holidays and lot of time to spare. The summer camp was aimed at purposefully utilising the free time of the children and at the same time keeping them fit and allowing them an opportunity to explore their creative instincts and acquire various art skills. The camp included various activities like dance, craft, spoken English, etiquettes and personality development. The students enrolled themselves enthusiastically in all these activities and learnt these skills. On the last day of the camp, the parents were invited to see the creative work done by the children and also to see the skills acquired by them. Prizes were taken out in various categories like calligraphy, dance and overall performance. — TNS



BSNL lines snapped

Ludhiana, June 19
Hundreds of BSNL connections snapped following the downpour. Manjeet Singh, a resident, said the BSNL staff had failed to rectify the fault.

Another resident said he had a fax machine attached to his telephone connection and that he received important documents through fax. "Now, that my phone is not working, I am facing a lot of difficulty. I have filed a complaint," he said. CS Bhanot, general manager, BSNL, said damaged cables were being repaired. — TNS



Rs 50,000 snatched from trader
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, June 19
Two unidentified motorcycle-borne persons snatched Rs 50,000 from a shopkeeper last evening. Santosh Telecom Proprietor Preetpal Singh said, “I was counting the cash in my shop around 9.30 pm when two youngsters stopped their motorcycle in front of my shop and one of them came inside the shop and demanded a mobile charger, while my younger brother Sukhwinder Singh was showing him the item, he snatched cash from me, while doing so, the main glass door was broken which injured my brother. My brother is undergoing treatment in a private hospital in Khanna.”

SHO Division No 1 Shivinderpal Singh said, “We have visited the site and the investigation is under way.



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Nishi Singh is I-T Chief Commissioner

Ludhiana: Taxation Bar Association executive team welcomed new Income Tax Chief Commissioner Nishi Singh. TBA President Balbir Khanna, General Secretary Jatinder Khurana, Vice-President Ravinder Garg, BR Kaushal, Shaveta Vohra, Harminderjit Singh and other members also discussed the problems relating refunds and rectifications on the occasion. Meanwhile, members of Knitwear club also met CCIT. Vinod Thapar, chairman, Knitwear Club, made her aware about the knitwear/ textile industry that it has completed more than 100 years of his existence in Ludhiana and enjoys the reverence of Mother Industry. "This industry also capturing the rank of major revenue generator and employment provider," he said. Thapar discussed the problems faced by knitwear/textile industry of Ludhiana. Nishi Singh gave a patient hearing and assured to mitigate the problems as soon as possible. The Chief Commissioner took keen interest about the strength of knitwear industry in ludhiana.

Workers of Youth Congress plant saplings on the occasion of Rahul Gandhi's birthday. Saplings planted

Workers of Youth Congress on Wednesday celebrated the birthday of Rahul Gandhi by planting trees. Apart from planting the trees, saplings were also distributed among people. "This is the best gift one can give to near and dear ones on a special day. With global warming increasing it has become very important to plant trees and save environment," said one of the party workers.

Workers of Youth Congress plant saplings on the occasion of Rahul Gandhi's birthday. Photo: Inderjeet verma

Foundation day

The 11th foundation day of the Punjab Pensioners Bhawan was celebrated on Wednesday under the aegis of the Pensioners Information Center Management Committee. SS Wasan, zonal manager, UCO bank, was the chief guest of the occasion. GL Bajaj, chairman of the Pensioners Information Centre Management Committee, lambasted the Punjab government for its non-implementation of accepted demands as per report of the Punjab Fifth Pay Commission's recommendations.

Tributes paid

Members of the Punjabi Sahit Akademi have expressed grief over the demise of Satpal Dang. Floral tributes were paid to the departed soul. Prof Gurbhajan Singh Gil, president of the Akademi, said that he would be remembered for his work.

Polio campaign

On the fourth day of the pulse polio campaign, 1,44,131 houses were visited and 64,047 children were vaccinated. This was said by the officials of the District Health Department. — TNS



Two held with intoxicants worth Rs 20 lakh

Samrala, June 19
The Samrala police has recovered intoxicants worth Rs 20 lakh. Two persons have been arrested in this regard.

The recovered intoxicants were to be sold in Samrala, Khanna, Khamano, Kurali, Kharar and Mohali. SSP Khanna S Boopathi said there were reports of sale of intoxicants in the area. Samrala police officials led by their SHO and a team of Anti Narcotics Cell on a tip-off raided Neelon bridge, where two persons on the basis of suspicion were apprehended.

During the search operation, the police officials recovered 1,300 bottles of Rexcof, 48,000 capsules of Spasmo Proxyvon, 17,000 capsules of Parvonspas, 5,00,000 tablets of Phenotil, 14,000 capsules of Paevodex, 40,000 tablets of Micralit, 300 injections of Diazpam, 100 injections of Avil and 1,000 capsules of Proxyvon. SSP said the recovered intoxicants were valued Rs 20 lakh in the market. The arrested persons were identified as Bheem Singh, a resident of Ludhiana, and Ajay Kumar, a resident of Phagwara. — OC



3 held with 150 stolen cycles
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
With the arrest of three persons the city police has claimed to have busted a gang of cycle lifters, who have so far stolen 150 cycles.

The gang kept mingling money, as people do not approach the police to get an FIR registered in cycle theft case and whenever some resident approached the police, the latter did not register a case.

Udham Singh, in charge, CIA- Zone - I, said the accused have been identified as Vicky, Ramesh Kumar and Vijay of Baag Sufian, Dholewal bridge area and Vijay Nagar, respectively.



Man robbed at gunpoint

Ludhiana, June 21
Two motorcycle borne youth snatched Rs 1,000 from a commuter at gun point in Meharban area. The accused have been identified as Daljit Singh and Mukhtiar Singh, both residents of Mundian area. According to the complainant, Jarnail Singh, he was returning home when the accused intercepted him. Before he could react, the accused pointed a pistol at Jarnail Singh and asked him to handover the money. He got panicked and handed over the purse to the accused.

High drama at police station

High drama took place outside the Division No 3 police station after a 21-year-old girl allegedly eloped with her paramour here this evening. Angry relatives of the girl gathered outside the police station. They first thought of lodging a complaint, but soon they decided otherwise as the girl was major.



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