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Only 4 of 13 parking sites auctioned
Ludhiana Municipal Corporation nets Rs 83.40 lakh; no bidder shows interest in nine sites
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 26
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation today managed to auction only four of the 13 parking sites on Ferozepur Road. No bidder showed interest in the remaining nine sites. The MC earned a revenue of Rs 83.40 lakh through the auction of these four parking sites.

The auction was held on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The court had directed the MC to auction these parking zones to check encroachment on Ferozepur Road.

The four parking sites auctioned today were from New Courts till A Hotel, from Hotel Park Plaza till Punjab Furniture, from Punjab Furniture till Aarti Chowk and from Aarti Chowk till the Gurdev Nagar road. These were auctioned for Rs 13.10 lakh, Rs 23 lakh, Rs 25.10 lakh and Rs 22.20 lakh, respectively.

The reserve price for these sites was Rs 10.08 lakh (New Courts till A Hotel), Rs 11.95 lakh (Hotel Park Plaza till Punjab Furniture), Rs 13.68 lakh (Punjab Furniture till Aarti Chowk) and Rs 14.40 lakh (Aarti Chowk till the Gurdev Nagar road).

The auction was scheduled to start at 3 pm, but got delayed and started around 4.30 pm. A total of 25 bidders took part in the auction.

The MC has fixed Rs 5 for parking a cycle, Rs 10 for a two-wheeler and Rs 10 for a car or other four-wheelers for the first hour and Rs 20 for two-wheelers and Rs 30 for four-wheelers for the next one hour. If the vehicles are parked for more than two hours, then according to the court orders, the vehicles will be towed away. Area shopkeepers will be allowed to park one vehicle and they will have to pay Rs 100 per day.

Among the remaining nine parking sites, the reserve price for the site from Shiraz Hotel to Bharat Nagar Chowk has been fixed at Rs 28.80 lakh, for the site from Bharat Nagar Chowk till New Courts Gate at Rs 21.60 lakh, from Gurdev Nagar till Gulzar Motors at Rs 57.60 lakh, from Gulzar Motors to Malhar Road at Rs 17.56 lakh, from Malhar Road till the Sarabha Nagar Mandir road at Rs 39.60 lakh, from the Sarabha Nagar Mandir road till Vishal Mega Mart at Rs 11.52 lakh, from Circuit House till Aarti Chowk at Rs 24.48 lakh, from Aarti Chowk till Bhai Bala Chowk at Rs 57.60 lakh and from Bhai Bala Chowk till the District Courts Complex at Rs 21.60 lakh.

MC Additional Commissioner Isha Kalia said only four of the 13 parking sites were auctioned today. “No bidder showed interest in the remaining nine sites. However, the four sites were auctioned for amounts far above the reserve price,” she said.


At least 5 acres needed for colony in MC limits
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 26
The Punjab Government has announced that the minimum area required for developing a colony within the municipal limits in the state, except for area falling under the jurisdiction of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA), will be five acres whereas for areas lying outside the municipal limits, it will be 10 acres.

In a memorandum issued by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Punjab, it has been mentioned that under partial modification of the minimum area requirement for setting up residential, commercial and industrial colonies within the MC limits, a minimum of five acres of land will be required. Outside the MC limits, the minimum requirement will be 10 acres for residential colonies and 50 acres for industrial colonies.

The government has decided that the only exception will be made in cases where there is no scope of further addition to the existing piece of land, and the area of such a piece of land is 1,000 sq metres or above. Such an area can be considered for setting up a colony/estate provided that the location of such a piece of land fulfils the conditions and guidelines laid down in the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act.

Developers have, however, flayed the government decision, saying that it is flawed and will hit regulated growth in most towns, especially in the "high-potential zones" of Ludhiana, Amritsar, Bathinda, Jalandhar and Patiala.

"The minimum requirement of five acres of land for the development of a colony within the MC limits will indirectly promote the development of illegal colonies because big chunks of land are no longer available within the MC limits in cities like Ludhiana," said Jagtar Singh, a property developer, adding that the limit of 10 acres fixed for areas outside the MC limits was acceptable and practicable.

Expressing a similar opinion, Gulshan Kumar, a leading city-based coloniser, said within the city limits, the existing colonies should be regularised on "as is where is" basis on the payment of the prescribed compounding fee and development charges without applying the condition of the minimum area.

"If the government insists on the minimum area of five acres for the development of a colony within the MC limits, developers of most of the existing unlicensed colonies will not be able to apply for regularisation and mushrooming of unauthorised colonies will continue unabated," he said.



MC has funds, but works will have to wait
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 26
The financial condition of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation may have "improved" after a loan of Rs 100 crore was sanctioned for it, but development projects may still have to wait as the rainy season is under way. Of the Rs 100-crore loan, the MC has received around Rs 77 crore.

The loan was sanctioned by Canara Bank in the second week of May on 10.25 per cent interest per annum for a period of three years.

Prior to the sanctioning of this loan, the MC was facing a severe financial crunch and many of its development works were suffering. Some contractors had even stopped construction activity at several places. Fresh tenders floated by the civic body failed to elicit a proper response from contractors.

Now that Rs 77 crore has already been transferred to the MC account, residents are expecting that development projects in their respective wards will take off. However, an MC official said development works would have to wait for some time due to the rainy season.

“As the rains have already started, we cannot start new development works. Right now we are executing only priority works,” he said.

Another MC official said if works were carried out in the rainy season, it would be a sheer wastage of public money. “Though we are not short of funds anymore, we want to start new development works only after the rainy season,” he said.



2 councillors get judicial remand till July 9
Supporters hold protest outside Deputy Commissioner's office
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 26
Supporters of Independent councillor Daljit Singh Grewal, who was arrested on a charge of attempt to murder during a clash in the Shakti Nagar area, held a protest outside the Deputy Commissioner's office during a hearing in the case in the District Courts this morning. A large number of supporters of Grewal and another Independent councillor Gurpreet Gora were present in the court complex where they raised slogans in favour of the arrested councillors.

The police produced Grewal and Gurpreet in court after a two-day police remand. The court remanded them in judicial custody till July 9.

Ranbeer Singh Sibia, an Independent councillor who was leading the protest, said, "We will chalk out our next programme after a meeting with Independent councillors. A number of Independent councillors, including Raghbir Singh Toor, Hans Raj, Ashis Kumar, Krishan Kharbanda and Prasher, are supporting us. We will also meet the Mayor in this regard".

"We are demanding that the police should register a counter-case in the incident," he said.

The police has booked 15 persons, including two Independent councillors, in the case.

Akali politicians in the city are divided over the issue with MLA Simarjit Singh Bains supporting the Independent councillors and demanding an inquiry into the case. 



Railway quarters in a shambles
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 26
Decades-old railway quarters occupied by its drivers, guards and Class IV employees in Ludhiana are in a pathetic condition as the Railways has failed to renovate the same.

Most of the quarters have old-fashioned roofs. Kitchens and washrooms in these quarters have no permanent roofs but are simply covered with ordinary cement sheets that have broken many a times.

Residents of the Railway Colony No. 11 said the rainy season was the worst time for residents of railway colonies. “Rainwater accumulates in these houses due to the blockage of sewerage and the leaking roofs further add to our woes,” said a resident.

“My family has been residing in the railway quarters for the past 20 years. We did not receive any funds for the renovation of the same. We have to repair it on our own,” said another resident.

Daljit Singh, Divisional General Secretary, Northern Railway Mazdoor Union, said: “The Railway quarters are in a pathetic condition. Even the rail authorities have not been issuing funds even for whitewashing of these quarters.”

“We have discussed the issue several times with the higher authorities but nothing has been done in this regard. We have also talked with the General Manager of the Northern Railway about the issue during his visit at Ludhiana,” he said.



Panchayat poll: 157 elected unopposed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 26
Withdrawal of nominations of candidates contesting for panchayat elections concluded here today.

The total number of candidates contesting for the posts of sarpanch is 1,975 for 12 blocks. Meanwhile, 157 candidates have been elected unopposed.

The total number of panchayat members who have been elected unopposed in the district is 2,067 while 8,562 candidates are still in fray for panchayat members.

In 131 villages in the district, there will be no elections as members have been unanimously elected.

Rahul Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer, has banned the carrying of weapons in the district from June 25 to July 4.

Tiwari said to conduct the elections in a peaceful manner in the district, weapons, arms, explosives would not be carried by anyone except for police personnel and army personnel. Action would be taken against those found guilty, he added.




Police gears up for panchayat poll
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 26
Besides intensifying vigil in rural segments of this region falling under Ludhiana and Sangrur districts, the police has taken steps to prevent violence during the panchayat elections.

Among these are identification of anti-social elements and keeping a watch on them, ban on carrying of weapons and a check on the use of liquor, drugs and narcotics.

Observations revealed that the circle officers at Amargarh, Malerkotla, Raikot and Gill, with an intention to prevent violence during the poll days, had alerted SHOs and beat officers to intensify vigil in their respective areas.

SHO City Mandhir Singh, SHO Sadar Jasbir Singh, SHO Sudhar Rajesh Sharma, SHO Malaudh Bikram Jit Singh and SHO Dehlon Satinder Pal Singh had launched a comprehensive patrolling to rule out the presence of miscreants and outsiders who might create disturbance through various means.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Gill Gurpreet Singh Sikand said he had directed all SHOs and beat officers to prepare the lists of anti-social elements who could create law and order problems on the instance of political leaders and candidates contesting the elections. Reports on factionalism in particular areas and inputs by inelegancy agencies were to be considered while preparing the lists of suspected miscreants.

“As Zila Parishad and the Block Samiti elections were held recently, officials are already prepared for handling the situation. We have advised all SHOs and beat officers that the activities of suspected miscreants should be watched closely and preventive action should be taken without any discrimination,” said Sikand, claiming that more than 75 weapons had already been deposited with various police stations.

Sikand said special nakas were organised to check the use of drugs and narcotics.



Industry delegation meets Badal over power issue
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 26
A delegation of the All-Industries and Trade Forum (AITF) today met Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Industries and Commerce Minister Anil Joshi under the leadership of Gurmeet Singh Kular, convener, AITF, and president, United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association (UCPMA), regarding the frequent tripping from 220 KVA Lalton Kalan substation between 9.30pm and 4am.

The delegation made the Chief Minister aware about the frequent tripping issue that had cause hardships for the industry as well as the public. The most affected area is the MSME sector that is a hub of industry and also thickly populated.

It urged the Chief Minister that this issue should be checked as it will hit the production of the industry.

The PSPCL has imposed two weekly off days on general industry and three weekly off days on arc/induction furnaces. To save the industry, he was requested to rollback this decision.

A delegation of UCPMA also had a meeting with Executive Engineer Punjab State Power Corporation Limited JS Jandhu of the Janta Nagar Division.

Gurmeet Singh Kular, president, UCPMA discussed the issues faced by the Industry situated in the mix land use area, especially Janta Nagar, Dashmesh Nagar, Arjun Nagar, Kot Mangal Singh Nagar, Partap Nagar and other areas.

As already announced by Chief Engineer KL Sharma that connection applied before May 11, 2011, will be sanctioned without Change of Land Use (CLU) where compliance to demand notice has been done.

The Executive Engineer told the industrialist that consumers have to submit fresh load installation test report along with fresh affidavits required by the department. In this connection, first 51 consumers have been issued letter for compliance.



Drug abuse in Jagraon reaches dangerous proportions 
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, June 26
Notwithstanding the tall claims of the state government about the prevention of drug abuse in the state, a large number of people, particularly youngsters, have been still getting addicted to drugs.

A huge rise has been witnessed in the number of drug addicts in Jagraon and surrounding areas during the recent past and many more people continue to fall prey to the menace. As a result, drug abuse has reached dangerous proportions.

Despite the strict vigil by police officials to check the peddling and consumption of drugs, it has been increasing sharply. With each passing day, more and more people, including the teenage school students, have been getting addicted to drugs.

The menace of drug addiction has ruined the lives of hundreds of people and devastated their families. Despite this, the drug addicts seem to have learnt no lesson from the ill-effects caused by the same and they continue to consume it.

Though the menace is not new and it has been going on for the past several years, the only difference is the rise in the consumption of drugs like smack and heroine among the new generation.

Earlier, people used to consume drugs like opium and poppy husk.

The consumption of heroine can be judged from the fact that the police has seized huge quantities of heroine and smack from drug peddlers during the past six months.

Sources said the major reason behind the rise in heroine and smack consumption was the easy availability of these drugs.

At present, over 12 drug addicts were undergoing treatment at different drug de-addiction centres, the sources added.

Surinder Kumar, DSP, Jagraon, said the police had been doing its best to check drug peddling.

“We have arrested several drug peddlers with huge consignments of heroine and smack. But it is difficult to stop the smuggling of heroine completely because this drug can be hidden easily", the DSP added.



Exporters give thumbs up to 24x7 clearance of goods

Ludhiana, June 26
Exporters have given a thumbs up to the 24x7 clearance of all export goods. From July 1 onwards, the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) will facilitate customs clearance of all export goods on a 24x7 basis from four major air cargo complexes/airports - Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.

This will help all exports from the country, including those made under export incentives scheme as well as duty drawback scheme, to be moved out of the country on a seamless basis.

“It will facilitate the exporting community and boost the country’s export by reducing delays and enabling exporters to meet their deadlines. Earlier, 24x7 clearance was given to the perishable commodities. But, extending it to all commodities is a positive step that will help exporters in a long way,” said Yuvraj Singh, an exporter.

The expansion of the 24x7 facility at the four major air cargo complexes comes close on the heels of similar customs clearance facility for exports made under free shipping bills, i.e., without claiming export incentives.

Jatin Kalra, another exporter, said: “This step will boost the exports from the country as we will be able to deliver the orders on time. Sometimes, orders were delivered late due to backlog, but now this problem will not be faced by exporters.” — TNS



Farmers' union protests against tractor agency
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, June 26
Activists of the Bharti Kissan Union (Ekta) staged a protest against a tractor agency here today. A large number of activists took part in the protest held in front of the showroom of the tractor agency at the Tehsil Road, Jagraon. The activists also raised slogans against the owner of the tractor agency for allegedly harassing a farmer who had purchased a tractor from the agency a few months ago.

The protesters said Mukand Singh, a farmer belonging to Khai village in Moga district, had purchased a tractor from this agency in September 2012.

“The engine of the tractor developed some technical fault only a couple of months after it was purchased by the farmer. Following this, Mukand told the officials of the agency about the fault in the tractor, but the officials paid no attention to it,” said Bharti Kissan Union general secretary Gurmit Singh, while speaking to the media after the protest.

Mukand, who had purchased the tractor, said he had brought his tractor at the agency twice on May 17 and May 21 for repair. “I requested the agency officials to replace the faulty parts of the tractor as per the guarantee given by the company. But, the officials refused to entertain me in spite of the pending guarantee,” he said.

Mukand said when the officials refused to replace the faulty parts of the tractor, he approached the activists of the Bharti Kissan Union, following which the activists staged a protest against the agency today.

Naresh Joshi, manager of the tractor agency, said neither the agency nor the company was liable to replace the faulty parts because the farmer did not get his tractor serviced on time.



e-filing of I-T returns may soon be hassle-free
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 26
You may soon not need digital signatures to file income tax returns. The Income Tax Department is contemplating giving electronic PIN (personal identification numbers) to taxpayers, which will make the electronic filing of I-T returns a hassle-free task.

The new system will require a change in the Information Technology Act. “The proposal is in the advanced stage. The department is hopeful that it can begin this system from the second half of this year,” said a senior income tax official.

Official sources said: “The department expects that the changes in the Information Technology Act will be made by September. But, individual taxpayers will not be able to benefit from this facility in the current year as their deadline for filing returns is July 31”.

At present, taxpayers have to submit a paper verification form ITR-V if they do not have digital signatures even if they have filed electronic return to validate their return.

A return is considered filed and processed only after the verification form is received at the Central Processing Centre in Bangalore. Taxpayers have 120 days to send their verification form.

Under the proposed system, the department will generate an EPIN as soon as the income tax return is filed by a taxpayer sans a digit signature. The EPIN generated will have to be communicated to the Central Processing Centre, which will then process the return.

“In keeping with the growing popularity of e-filing, the department is also introducing a new feature in electronic returns that allow taxpayers to get the details of tax deducted at source once they feed in their permanent account number. Moreover, the department will also validate private software available in the market to ensure that returns are filed in a proper format to ensure speedy processing and faster refunds,” said an official.



Residents offer prayers for Uttarakhand flood-hit
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 26
Residents of the town and surrounding localities are offering prayers and rituals at various religious places in memory of those who died in the natural calamity in Uttarakhand and also for the safe evacuation of the stranded people.

Path of Guru Granth Sahib and Ardas were performed at Gurdwara Singh Sabha at the Railway Road, Ravidass Gurdwara, Jandali Road, and Gurdwara Baba Namdev at the Chhanna Road. Office-bearers of committees running affairs of these organisations led Sikh devotees in seeking the well-being of those stranded at various places in Uttarakhand, besides praying for the peace of souls of those who lost their lives in the rain fury.

Followers of the Ram Sharnam Sect organised a “Mass Jaap” at Ram Sharnam Mandir situated in Ward No. 12. Besides praying for the peace of the deceased souls, the devotees wished for the safe return of the stranded people in Hemkund Sahib, Gauri Kund, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Rudraprayag, Uttarkashi, Karanprayag and other regions of the calamity-affected hilly division.

Ram Mandir, Shree Sat Narayan Mandir, Geeta Bhawan, Ram Talayee, Shiv Mandir and Hanuman Mandir were other religious places where devotees prayed for the peace of the flood-hit victims before “Aarti” in the morning and evening.

Pardeep Sethi and Bimal Sharma, office-bearers of committees managing religious organisations, said similar prayers were offered at religious places situated at Dehlon, Kanganwal, Malaudh, Barundi and Kup Kalan.

Social organisations, including Social Welfare Organisation, Rotary Club, Lions Club, Har Har Mahadev Langar Committee, Gandhi Chowk Welfare Organisation and RS Friends Club, organised condolence meetings at various places in the town.

Families of stranded victims organised rituals and prayed for their safety, and those who returned safely offered thanksgiving prayers. More enthusiastic individuals and couples kept fast for the safety of stranded people and performed puja for their safe return.



Strict norms for PAN on the cards
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 26
After the Income Tax Department came across a few cases of fraud, it is now all set to make the verification process more stringent and now getting a Permanent Account Number (PAN) may not be an easy task.

Ration card and rent receipts may no longer be accepted as a proof of identity and address, while the Tax Department may ask for the proof of date of birth for issuing a PAN card.

“Instead of rent receipt, rent agreement along with the proof of address of the owner will be accepted. Aadhaar number, gas connection, a certificate issued by the employer in a prescribed form at will also be accepted as identity/address proof after changes to the Income Tax Rules are made shortly,” said a senior income tax official.

The proposed move comes after the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) found that some foreign nationals, particularly from Afghanistan, were using fake PAN cards as a proof of identity.

“A notification to this effect may be issued next week and the new rule will come into effect immediately after it. It will apply only to fresh applicants,” the official said.

Presently, as per Rule 114 of the Income Tax Rules, depository account statement, bank account statement/passbook, ration card, passport, voter identity card, driving licence, property tax assessment order and a certificate signed by an MP or a member of the Legislative Assembly or Municipal Councilor or a Gazetted Officer are accepted as a proof of identity as well as address.

“Currently, there is no prescribed format for the certificate issued by these authorities. Now, we will prescribe a format for PAN verification and issuance of such certificates. It will be similar to the procedure followed in KYC (Know Your Customer),” said an official.

The official said in most cases of fraud, people furnished a fake bank account, ration card or certificate issued by a gazette officer



Blind murder case solved
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 26
The city police claimed to have cracked a blind murder case here today. The accused has been identified as Dharminder Kumar alias Narad Muni (23), a resident of Gopal Ganj Bihar. The police said the accused was already behind bars at the Central Jail in Ludhiana for a murder during a robbery in the Focal Point area a month ago.

The personnel at the Police Station Division No. 7 interrogated the accused during the production warrant where he admitted that he had murdered a person in the Focal Point area.

The deceased was the accomplice of Dharminder Kumar. The deceased, Sunil Kumar alias Sonu, a resident of Devariya (Bihar), used to reside near Vishwanath Mandir in the Focal Point area. They used to commit burglaries. Dharminder suspected that Sunil was cheating him as Sunil used to give him less proportion of the looted goods and money.

Satish Malhotra, ACP (East), said Dhraminder admitted during the investigation that he killed Sunil on April 6 at GLADA ground near the Chandigarh road. He assaulted his head with a brick.



‘Jatt and Juliet 2’ star cast promotes film in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 26
Star cast of the coming Punjabi movie “Jatt and Juliet 2” was in the city today for the promotion of the movie.

Daljit Dosanjh, who is playing the male lead role, said: “This is a golden time for the Punjabi cinema. It is not only becoming a phenomenon, but also providing employment to lakhs of people now”.

He said: “Though film-makers are mostly making comedy movies these days, a change is needed as these movies should not only entertain, but also inspire”.

Neeru Bajwa, the female lead, said: “The movie is entirely different from the first one. This movie is already leading the popularity charts, as its trailers had received lakhs of likes on You Tube within 24 hours”.



Submission of forms: City colleges witness huge rush
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 26
Various colleges in the city have been witnessing a huge rush of students during the submission of forms. Both government colleges in the city again remained the favourites among youngsters due to various courses being offered at reasonable rates as compared to private institutions.

Principal, Government College for Girls, Gurminder Kaur, said the college had sold approximately 12,500 prospectuses this year for all courses.

The process of submission of forms started on June 24 and would continue till July 3.

In the past two days, the college got about 3,500 forms submitted, which shows that students were interested to join the institution,” the Principal added.

At SCD Government College, 14,000 prospectuses were sold this year. There were about 1,700 seats for various undergraduate courses and students were interested to get seat in the course of their choice. As per information, about 3,000 forms had already been submitted in the college.

BCom and BCA courses remain favourites among students.

Sandhya Sharma, a student, who wants to take admission to the Government College for Girls (GCG), said she had her fingers crossed for getting admission to the BCom course.

“But the competition is tough. Students have secured great marks and merit will be too high. I hope that I get admission as I got 89 per cent in Class XII,” said the excited Sandhya.

The college managements though claim that they have already started getting many “references”, the admission process will be transparent.

“Merits cannot be ignored at any cost. Everything is so transparent that we cannot give admission to a student scoring less marks. Moreover, parents and students are also aware and they can approach the court if transparency is not maintained,” said one of the senior lecturer at GCG.



Students’ parents protest against seating arrangements
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 26
High drama was witnessed today as a group of parents protested outside Guru Angad Dev and Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) and at the Ishmeet Chowk against the separate seating arrangements of some of the students appearing for an entrance test conducted by the university.

The Combined Entrance Test (CET) for admission to Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry (BVSc and AH), Bachelor of Fisheries Science (BFSc) and BTech (Dairy Technology) courses was conducted by the university today.

As many as 2,252 candidates appeared for the test. Out of these, 83 students were provided seating arrangements at GADVASU and the rest were to take the tests at RS Model Senior Secondary School and BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar.

Parents and relatives accompanying students protested against the separate seating arrangements of only some students at the university and the rest outside.

They alleged that there were only 83 seats for the course and 83 students were taking the exam inside the university, “implying that the final selection has already been made”.

Registrar at the university Dr PD Juyal said this was the best possible seating arrangement for conducting the entrance test. The university authorities, including Controller of Examinations Dr Sushil Prabhakar, said the seating arrangements for 83 candidates was made who have studied both biology and mathematics at the Class XII level and applied for BVSc and Animal Husbandry, BFSc and BTech (Dairy Technology) courses. The examination for these candidates was of four-hour duration due to additional portion of biology and mathematics, they said.

While for those candidates who have applied for a single course, the seating arrangement was made in both schools and the paper was of three- hour duration, they added.



From schools

Summer camp

A summer camp, “Summer Euphoria 13”, was organised recently at Aryabhatta Tutorials to train young students in the fields of personality development, dance, art and music. The workshop was aimed at making learning fun for children where they learnt different nuances through fun and easy activities. They also worked on the basics of bhangra, hip-hop, contemporary, dervish in the dance classes. The workshop was held by experts from their fields like personality development sessions by Sivia Goyal, MDI alumni; dance by Swati Narang Goyal (international-level performer); music by Ribhu Chawla (national-level winner and composer in elements band); and art by Divya Narang (gold medallist in fine arts). As part of the workshop and working on the overall development of the regular Class XI and Class XII students, a cricket tournament was also organised in the morning, which was a refresher for otherwise science students. On the occasion of the closing ceremony, the students displayed what they had learnt by putting up a performance.

Grand finale

The grand finale of Natkhat Steps was organised at the Ludhiana Club. Tiny tots danced to the tunes of popular Bollywood songs. Students of spoken English course delivered speeches on different topics. Adarsh Kundra, Manju Dewan and Harminder Boparai were the chief guests on the occasion. A cooking competition was also organized for mothers.

Orient Convent School

The summer camp organised by Orient Convent School concluded here recently. It included various activities like dance, English speaking, computer course, etc. During the closing ceremony, director Vikram Sharma paid tributes to the people who died in the Uttarakhand floods and the Army men killed in the chopper crash. Vikram Sharma and principal Sharda Sharma gave away certificates to the participants of the summer camp. —TNS



Ludhiana scan

Cricket tourney

The winning team of the Punia Wires Cricket Club with prizes at Chhapar Stadium near Mandi Ahmedgarh. a tribune photographMandi Ahmedgarh: The Punia Wires Cricket Club emerged winner in the 3rd APL Cricket Tournament organised by the Gandhi Chowk Welfare Club at Chhapar Stadium near here. Baba Happy from Ram Talayee Chhapar gave away prizes to the winners during the concluding function chaired by councillor Bimal Sharma. Ravinder Puri, president, Municipal Council, lauded the role of organisers in motivating youths to adopt sports as an element of their lifestyle.

The winning team of the Punia Wires Cricket Club with prizes at Chhapar Stadium near Mandi Ahmedgarh. a tribune photograph

Prayer for departed soul

The man who introduced the tradel printing machine in the city, Ratan Singh Matharoo, died on June 19. The prayer for the departed soul will be held on June 28 at Sri Gurdwara Master Tara Singh. The tradel printing machine manufactured by the deceased industrialist was in a great demand in and outside Punjab at that time, but the demand decreased with the arrival of offset printing machines in the city.

Eco-friendly rickshaws gifted

Ludhiana-based Hi-bird bicycles manufacturer and exporter of eco-rickshaw cabs has gifted 5 eco-friendly rickshaws to the Chandigarh Administration. The eco-rickshaw cabs were received and launched by Chandigarh Administration advisor KK Sharma. The eco-rickshaw cabs will help the City Beautiful residents in conserving the environment. These bicycle rickshaw cabs are not only light in weight and easy for rickshaw pullers but also have all safety features in place. In many towns of Punjab, this rickshaw is running under the scheme, “Dial a Cab”.

Applications invited

The Children Welfare Council, Punjab, has invited applications from children who have done some act of bravery till September 15. Awards have been divided into different categories which include the Bharat Award, Geeta Chopra Award, Sanjay Chopra Award, Bapu Gayadhani Award and general awards. Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari said these awards were given every year to facilitate brave children and encourage others. The incidents, which the children will be quoting in the letters, need to have occurred between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013. The incidents should be explained in not more than 250 words and need recommendation from any two officials, which include president of the Children Welfare Council, Punjab, or Secretary, principal of the school, head of the the panchayat or the zila parishad, deputy commissioner or Superintendent of Police. The applications should be written either in Hindi or Punjabi and should have date of birth certificate, FIR related to the incident quoted or cuttings of the newspaper in which the incident got mentioned.

Relief material

Two trucks containing necessary articles have been flagged off to Uttarakhand by the Mohalla Sudhar Committee, Gobind Nagar. Apart from food stuff, clothes have also been sent for the Uttarakhand flood-hit victims. Meanwhile, Krishan Kumar Bawa, convener of the Ludhiana Sewa Samiti, handed over the articles from the truck to the residents of Rishikesh.

World Continence Week

With an aim to spreading awareness of urinary incontinence, India’s largest Urology and Laparoscopy chain RG Stone Urology and Laparoscopy Hospital is celebrating World Continence Week from June 24 to June 30at all its 16 branches across the country. RG Stone will provide consultation and special continence health check-ups to men and women during the week.

Plantation drive

A group of 10 persons coming from different facets of society in Ludhiana organised a plantation drive in the city. The group headed by Atul Goyal, who hails from Ludhiana and practices at the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh, had organised a similar event in Ludhiana in 2008 and planted 200 trees but this year they resolved to plant 500 trees in the city. Ten teams approached at least 2,000 residents in the city and planted 500 fruit trees, including mango, guava, pomegranate, oranges and jamun inside and outside their houses.


Mandi Ahmedgarh: Staff members of the State Bank of India (SBI), Dehlon, were felicitated for promoting the organisation's policy to help small and marginal farmers through liberalised agricultural loans. The branch had won 'Gold Crown Award' for achieving hundred per cent target in agricultural gold loan. The award includes a citation and cash prizes. NK Charie, Chief General Manager, North India, SBI, presented the award to Sher Singh, the branch manager, during the felicitation ceremony held at Chandigarh. Singh, Annapurna Arora, and MK Sharma received cash prizes. — TNS



Robbery bid foiled; worker shot at
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 26
In a broad daylight robbery attempt, two robbers shot at a worker of a fruit entrepreneur in the Salem Tabri area today. The injured worker, Vinay Kumar, was taken to the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH). He condition is stated to be out of danger.

The incident took place around 1.15 pm when cashier Krishan Kumar and Vinay Kumar, alias Veenu, employees of Dhingra Fruit Company, located at the fruit market, were going towards the Clock Tower area on a motorcycle to deposit Rs 1.5 lakh in a bank.

According to the Salem Tabri police, as soon as they reached a petrol pump near the grain market on the GT Road, two motorcycle-borne robbers tried to snatch a bag containing the cash from cashier Krishan Kumar.

Krishan Kumar handed over the bag to Vinay Kumar, who was riding pillion on the bike. Vinay got down from the motorcycle and ran towards the petrol pump to foil the robbery bid.

The robbers allegedly opened fire on his back. According to Krishan Kumar, the robbers fired three shots. Vinay received a bullet on his leg. Soon, passersby gathered at the spot. However, the robbers managed to flee.

According to eyewitnesses, the police failed to reach on time despite the fact that the incident took place near a police station.

Dharampal, SHO of the Salem Tabri police station, said the police had reached the spot immediately. A case has been registered.



5 held in engg student's murder case
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 26
The city police has arrested five accused, including a son of Akali leader Kirpal Singh, in the Arsh Jangra murder case. Arsh was a student of electronics engineering at a college in Mandi Gobindgarh and was stabbed to death in Partap Nagar on 
Monday night.

The police had arrested four accused, Maninder Chahal, Dara Singh, Satwant Singh Satti and Inderveer Singh, late last evening while another accused, Sukhwinder Singh, was arrested today. One accused, Jyoti, also a son of Kirpal Singh, is still at large and efforts are on to arrest him.

Meanwhile, relatives of the victim and supporters of Akali MLA Simarjit Singh Bains again staged a protest at SPS Apollo Hospital to exert pressure on the police to arrest all accused and not to buckle under political pressure.

During the protest, the protesters alleged that the police was working under the influence of a senior politician.

The last rites of the victim, Arsh Jangra, were held today.

The police said it had got the footage of a CCTV camera installed outside a house in the same street. According to the police, the movement of some of the accused at the time of the murder was visible in the CCTV footage, which can serve as vital clues in the case.

Later, police officers assured the protesters about a fair probe into the case following which the protest ended.

Bhupinder Singh Sidhu, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP-2), denied the allegations of the Arsh's family. "We are conducting a fair inquiry. Five of the accused have been arrested. We will arrest the sixth accused soon."



Aadhaar card executive thrashed

Ludhiana, June 26
High drama was witnessed at the Head Post Office here today after an executive working for the Aadhaar card enrolment programme was allegedly beaten up by a police official reportedly at the behest of Subhash Chander, Superintendent, Circle Stamp Depot, who also holds the additional charge of Senior Postmaster.

The incident took place when a resident complained to Subhash Chander that his Aadhaar card was not being made by the executive. Subhash Chander went to the executive and asked him to enrol the resident. He said his instructions should be followed since he was the Senior Postmaster.

However, the executive said the enrolment was being done on a first-come-first-served-basis, and the resident could not be enrolled at that time since there were already people waiting for their turn.

Subhash Chander allegedly called the executive to his cabin and also called an ASI, who was on duty. The ASI allegedly beat up the executive. He was slapped and kicked. The executive was even made to sign on a paper stating that he misbehaved with Subhash Chander. His voter card was also taken forcibly.

Subhash Chander said the boy misbehaved with him. The ASI posted there overheard him and scolded the boy, he said. — TNS



Crime briefs

4 held for hurting cop

The city police has nabbed four persons who tried to crush the policemen standing at a checkpoint on Gill Canal on Tuesday morning. The accused has been identified as Ajit Kumar of Shimlapuri, Bhupinder Kumar of the Daba Road, Sunil Kumar and Mahinder Singh Daba. The police said a car was coming from the Lohara village side at 2.30am. The police personnel standing on the checkpoint gave a signal to the car driver to stop the car. Instead of stopping the vehicle, the driver speeded up the car which broke the barricades and struck with the police vehicle and injured a policeman. The accused tried to flee the spot after the incident but they were nabbed at a checkpoint.

Case registered

The police station division-1 has registered a case of fraud against an unidentified person on the complaint of a city resident. Complainant Sukhninder Kaur of Salem Tabri said she went at the Bank of India at 11.40am on June 25 for depositing Rs 45,000. Sukhwinder said when she reached the bank, an unidentified person posing himself as bank employee demanded money from her to deposit in my account. According to the victim, she gave the money to him and the unidentified person fled from the bank with the money. The police registered a case under Section 420 IPC against the accused.

Migrant booked for abducting girl

The city police has registered a case against a migrant for abducting a minor girl on the pretext of marriage. According to the complainant, Raju Singh of Sherpur, a migrant worker Rahul, resident of Balia district, UP, abducted his 14-year-sister on the pretext of marriage. The police has registered a case against the accused. No arrest has been made in this regard. 



Coaching Centre prevail over Pankaj Club
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 26
Fine century by Naman (104 not out) went in vain as Pankaj Club lost to Coaching Centre by two wickets during the 18th Chaman Lal Malhotra Cricket Cup Tournament (U-15) being played at Satish Chander Dhawan Government College ground here today.

Batting first, Pankaj Club scored 190 runs for the loss of three wickets in 30 overs. Naman scored an unbeaten 104 runs. Nipun scored 18 runs, while Ketan chipped in with 15 runs.

For Coaching Centre, Tushar, Manuj and Karan captured one wicket each, conceding 39 runs, 28 runs and 19 runs, respectively.

Pankaj Club failed to capitalise Naman’s contribution as Coaching Centre achieved the target after losing eight wickets in the last over of the match. Karan was the highest scorer with 45 runs, followed by Abhinav, Dilprit, and Tanishq who contributed 30 runs, 18 runs and 17 runs, respectively, to record victory.

For the losers, Nipun and Nikhil grabbed three wickets and two wickets after giving away 36 runs and 20 runs, respectively, while Akshit took one for 20.

In another match, Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU, defeated National Club by six wickets.

National Club scored 146 runs for the loss of four wickets in 30 overs. The main contributors were Chanderkesh and Jashan who scored 50 runs and 30 runs, respectively, while Tarandeep made 25 runs and Harkirat scored 11 runs.

For PAU School, Mohan got rid of two batsmen, while Adarsh and Vikram shared one wicket each.

Chasing the target, PAU school needed 26 overs to surpass the National Club's total and lost four wickets in the process. Raghav (36), Vikram (35 not out), Nonit (19) and Sukhmanjit (12) were the main scorers for the winning side.

National Club’s Akshit Bhardwaj secured two wickets for 30 runs. Chanderkesh scalped one for 32 runs, while Paras got one for 22.



Deepin scripts win for Ludhiana Club
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 26
An excellent all-round performance by Deepin Chitkara (4 for 28, and 59 runs) enabled Ludhiana Club record a six-wicket victory over Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU, in the annual Hot Weather Cricket Tournament (U-18) being organised by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association under the aegis of the Punjab Cricket Association at SCD Government College ground here today.

In the stipulated 30 overs, PAU school could muster 126 runs after losing 8 wickets in which main contributions came through Nipun (47), Sher Bahadur (18) and Chhattarpal (20).

For Ludhiana Club, Deepin Chitkara and Simar Singh were the pick of the bowlers. Deepin claimed four wickets and Simar captured three wickets for 32 runs, while Vaibhav Kalra grabbed one wicket for 12 runs.

Ludhiana Club made the required runs in just 22 overs after losing four wickets. Deepin (59) was again at the centre-stage, emerging as the highest scorer. Harnoor Mand followed him with 30 runs.

For PAU school, Sajid (1 for 30), Sher Bahadur (2 for 19) and Anil (1 for 3) were the main wicket-takers.



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