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Missing girl found at Golden Temple
Had gone to buy rusks from a nearby grocery shop, but did not return home
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 1
After keeping parents and the city police on their toes for about 12 hours, a 13-year-old girl, who went missing this morning, has finally been found at Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar, this evening.
Missing girl’s kin and policemen look at the CCTV footage from where the girl went missing at Jodhewal Basti in Ludhiana
Missing girl’s kin and policemen look at the CCTV footage from where the girl went missing at Jodhewal Basti in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ramandeep Kaur, a resident of Street No. 10, New Shakti Nagar, went missing at 6 am today from the Basti Jodhewal area.

The Basti Jodhewal police and family members made all the efforts to look for the girl and finally got success at around 7pm.

Gurdarshan Singh, father of the girl, said, "She went to a nearby grocery shop to buy rusks for morning tea. We waited for Ramandeep for about half-an-hour, but she did not return. We got worried, as the shop is just a five-minute walk from our place. We approached the shop owner, but he said that Ramandeep did not come to his shop. We tried looking for her in and around the area for two hours".

After searching for Ramandeep in the streets of New Shakti Nagar and the adjoining areas, the parents of the girl informed the police of Basti Jodhewal police station. Balwinder Singh, SHO, Basti Jodhewal police station, reached the spot and sent an alert to all the police stations of the state regarding Ramandeep. The police also watched the CCTV footage of all the cameras installed in the nearby area. However, the police and the parents were clueless till 6.30 pm.

Balwinder Singh said, "It was around 6.30pm when we got information from Amritsar that a girl had been found from the Golden Temple. We have sent a police party to bring her back to Ludhiana. As per the preliminary information, she went all alone to Amritsar, as she wanted to visit Harmandir Sahib. The whole picture will be clear once she is here".

As per information, the family members of Ramandeep informed their relatives who reside at Amritsar that Ramandeep had gone missing since morning. When the relatives went looking for her at Harmandir Sahib, they found Ramandeep sitting in the “parikarma” of Golden Temple. 

Another missing girl traced in chandigarh

The girl who went missing under mysterious circumstances from the Model Town area on Saturday was found in Chandigarh on Monday. Dikhsha (14), who had gone out to play, did not return home in the evening. Station House Officer, Model Town police station, Davinder Chaudhary said, "Instead of coming back home, Diksha went to Chandigarh. The police personnel at the Chandigarh bus stand sent her to a children’s home. On Monday, her parents received a call from there, informing them about her whereabouts.”


MC staff survey parking sites along Ferozepur Road
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 1
The field staff of the tehbazari wing of the Municipal Corporation today carried out a survey of nine parking sites along both sides of Ferozepur Road which could not be auctioned on June 26, 2013. Out of total 13 sites, the MC had auctioned four sites for paid parking on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which had fetched Rs 83.40 lakh as against the reserve price of Rs 50.11 lakh.

Disposing of a bunch of writ petitions against parking of vehicles in service lanes and vacant areas along Ferozepur Road (a national highway), the HC had directed the MC to identify vacant areas and provide paid parking facility to the people. Accordingly, the MC had identified 13 sites for this purpose, out of which four were auctioned while the remaining found no bidders.

Senior MC officials said, the bidders present at the auction conducted on June 26 were of the view that the reserve price of the remaining nine parking sites was higher and needed to be scaled down.

"The survey is being conducted to assess the average number of vehicles that are parked at the nine sites so that proper recommendation on the revised reserve price can be given in the meeting scheduled to be convened tomorrow for this purpose. The fresh date of auction will also be decided at the meeting," the officials said.

The nine designated parking sites which could not be auctioned on June 26 have a total parking area of 3,68,533 square feet and the total reserve price of these sites has been fixed at Rs 1280.36 lakh. As per the available parking area in these sites, nearly 1,550 four-wheelers, along with two-wheelers and three-wheelers can be parked in the designated parking lots.

The sites that are still to be auctioned include Shiraz Hotel lane to Bharat Nagar Chowk, Bharat Nagar Chowk to Mini-Secretariat, Gurdev Nagar to Gulzar Motors show room, Gulzar Motors show room to Malhar Road, Malhar Road to Temple Lane (Sarabha Nagar), Temple Lane site to opposite Vishal Mega Mart, Circuit House to Aarti Chowk, Aarti Chowk to Madhok Complex and Bhai Bala Chowk to Canal office.

As per the terms and conditions fixed by the MC on the basis of directions of the HC, the parking contractor will charge Rs 5 from bicycle riders, Rs 10 from scooter, motorcycle, three-wheelers and four wheelers owners for the first one hour while parking fee beyond one hour and up to two hours will be Rs 20 for two-wheelers and Rs 30 for four wheelers. Four-wheelers parked at these paid parking lots beyond the duration of two hours will be towed away by the traffic police and will be released only after the payment of penalty and towing charges.



3,800 policemen to keep vigil
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 1
For conducting the gram panchayat elections in a peaceful manner, heavy police force will be deployed in the entire district. The police force will be deployed by both the DIG Range and the Commissionerate, Ludhiana.

Talking to The Tribune, Ashish Chaudhry, SSP, Jagraon, said that total 1,440 police personnel would be deputed in the district to ensure that elections were conducted in a smooth manner. Chaudhry said that a list of sensitive and non-sensitive booths had already been made and sent to the SDMs and Returning Officers concerned and more police force would be deployed at sensitive booths.

"About 1,440 police personnel, including 52 non-gazetted officers, 354 head constables, 700 constables, 337 police home guards will be put on duty on July 3. Apart from this, two platoons of Anti-Riot Police have been kept as reserves. The police is well prepared to conduct peaceful elections", said Chaudhry.

Meanwhile, Harsh Bansal, Deputy Commisioner of Police, here, said that 2,400 policemen, including all the gazetted officers, the SHOs, Sub-Inspectors and Assistant Sub-Inspectors would be put on duty during the elections. "The force is ready to perform the duties religiously during the election time. The police force also includes women constables ", said Bansal.



panchayat elections
Be tough on miscreants during polls: DEO to cops
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 1
The Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer Rahul Tewari today asked the senior officials from the Police Department to be tough on miscreants, trying to disturb the peace, during the gram panchayat elections, to be held on July 3.

Tewari said if any clash was reported from any of the booths, the police would be held responsible for that. He asked the officials not to succumb to any pressure as none would be allowed to interfere in the smooth conduct of elections. Besides, it was the duty of both the police and civil servants to ensure that voters exercised their franchise without any fear, he said.

Tewari was chairing a meeting with the police officials, SDMs, BDPOs at Bachat Bhawan here to give necessary instructions to the officials for the coming elections. Besides, giving instructions to the Civil Surgeon, Tewari said that all the government hospitals and dispensaries in the district would be opened on July 3 and 4.

He added that out of total 928 panchayats in the district, polling would be held in 801 panchayats as the rest 127 panchayats had been chosen unanimously. On July 3, voting will be held from 8 am to 4 pm and the counting would be done the same day. "Since counting will take long, the SDMs and ROs are requested to make sure that there are proper lighting arrangements at all the polling booths and stations", said Tewari. He said that first, the counting will be held for the panchayat members and afterwards, the votes of sarpanches will be counted. The colour of the ballot papers for sarpanches will be pink while for panches, the ballot papers will be of white colour to avoid any confusion.

The DEO asked all the SDMs to hold a meeting with the Returning Officers and DSPs and provide all the feedback about the arrangements and security to KP Brar Additional District Election Officer by evening. He also said that two Observers, including Dharampal Gupta, Special Secretary, Science and Environment, and Samir Kumar, Secretary (Home), had been deputed in the district. 


* Police officials to make sure that voting is conducted peacefully

* Officials told not to bow to any kind of pressure and hold elections fairly

* On July 3 and 4, government hospitals and dispensaries to remain open

* Elections to be held for 801 panchayats

* SDMs and ROs instructed to make proper lighting arrangements

* Ballot papers for sarpanches will be of pink colour and for panches white



Man duped of Rs 3.95 lakh, seeks action against immigration firm
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana July 1
A victim of an immigration fraud from Chandigarh has demanded action against the owner of a Ludhiana-based immigration agency here today.

Victim Sumit Ahuja, a resident of Sector 45, Chandigarh, lodged a complaint at the Sarabha Nagar Police Station that Gagandeep Singh Ahluwalia, a travel agent of the Sarabha Nagar area, had been running an unregistered immigration agency and duped him of Rs 3. 95 lakh. The city police has challaned Ahluwalia under Section 24 of the Immigration Act.

Sumit said he had approached Ahluwalia after reading an advertisement in a daily newspaper on 12 August 2012, in which he had offered a job of a supervisor in a company at Singapore. He alleged, "He promised to give me 1,200 SGD per month salary, free food and accommodation in Singapore. Lured by the prospect, I gave him Rs 3, 95,000. He gave me an appointment letter of a site manager at JAS Builders and offered a salary of 2,200 SGD per month."

When Sumit asked Gagandeep as to how he arranged for the job in the construction line when he didn’t have any experience in the field. He said that it was just a formality to reach Singapore. He told Sumit not to worry.

Sumit further said," When I reached Singapore on February 1 and approached the mentioned company, they offered me 600 SGD per month salary for eight hours of work. The days that I spent there were the worst period of my life. I came back India on March 13, 2013".

Parveen Ahuja, mother of the victim, said, "We demand action against the accused so that he does not dupe other innocent people. The police should register a case under Section 420 against the accused and arrest him". 

firm owner challaned

Victim Sumit Ahuja, a resident of Sector 45, Chandigarh, lodged a complaint at the Sarabha Nagar police station that Gagandeep Singh Ahluwalia, a travel agent of the Sarabha Nagar area, had been running an unregistered immigration agency and duped him of Rs 3,95000. The city police has challaned Ahluwalia under Section 24 of the Immigration Act.



World UFO Day
For some, UFOs are fiction, for others reality
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 1
As World UFO Day is observed, children in the city are all excited about the idea of an UFO. Some of the youngsters think of these are just a part of science fiction, but some of them believe that UFOs exist.

“The very idea of UFOs and aliens coming from another planet is very exciting”, said Shivam, pursuing graduation. Looking at the vastness of the universe and the earth being only a tiny planet in the vast, unknown expanse, the idea of existence of life elsewhere is very plausible, he says. It is just a matter of discovery, says Sanjana, a Class IX student.

"Not many youngsters in India were too fascinated by the idea of UFOs and aliens, but with Bollywood movies like “Koi Mil Gaya” and “Krissh, the idea is very much indigenous, now. It is a part of the popular culture of the West and the people in India are equally interested in the concept, whether they believe in their existence or not," says Rahul, a student.

"I have seen so many cartoons, movies and read in children books about the existence of UFOs, that I almost started believing in them and thought that they were a part of the real world," said Deepak Juneja, a resident. Even now, news about these being spotted somewhere flash in the newspapers, so whether they exist or not, remains a mystery. It is a fascinating subject and one can keep on pondering over it, he says. 



Cops clueless as snatchings become the order of the day
Snatchers have targeted six women in the last three days
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 1
Women have always been an easy prey for snatchers and they have targeted six women in the posh area of Sarabha Nagar, Model Town and Bhai randhir Singh nagar in last three days. The police has registered four cases in this regard and a few have gone unreported. This has put city policemen in a tight spot and it is busy charting out a fool proof plan to nab the snatchers who are still at large.

In an incident that took place on Saturday evening, Tejdeep Kaur, Professor at Punjab Agriculture University, had come to Model Town for shopping. She said, "I was shopping in Model Town at 7 pm on Saturday. I observed that two youths on a motorcycle were following me. I ignored them as I was not aware about their intention. Then I parked my scoter outside a boutique and went inside. When I came out after five minutes, I found that the glove box of my scooter was lying wide open and the miscreants had fled away with my purse.

"Some eyewitnesses gathered on the spot and said that it was now a routine job of the miscreants in the area. I have lost a mobile phone which I had bought only two days ago. It cost me Rs 3,000. I am still shocked and have started feeling insecure when I go out to shop in any market", added Tejdeep Kaur.

Since snatching incidents have become a routine affair that police says that they are on their toes and soon they would nab the gang members.

Dhruman Nimbale, ACP (Crime), said," We are aware about the recent snatching incidents, but we don't think that they are the handiwork of any new gang as the modus operandi is the same as the cases in the past. We suspect that there is some gang that has become active after getting released from the jail. We have demanded the list of miscreants from the jail administration who have been released from the jail recently. Moreover, we have been establishing special check posts to nab the miscreants".



Laying of drainage pipes going at snail’s pace
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 1
The work of laying underground water drainage pipes undertaken by the local municipal council some time ago has been moving at a snail's pace, thus causing a lot of inconvenience to residents.

The slow pace of work for laying the underground pipes has annoyed the residents and they continue to grapple with the issue of water logging during the rainy season.

In fact, residents of various localities of Jagraon have been facing this issue during the rainy season for the past many years.

The situation is worse in localities surrounding the Old Grain Market area where rainwater in a large quantity accumulates due to chocked drains.

The residents as well as traders of these areas rue that they were being forced to face a lot of difficulties during the rainy season every year in the absence of a proper drainage system.

Keeping in mind the hardships faced by them, the municipal council had undertaken the project of laying underground drainage pipes at the Disposal Road to drain out rainwater from areas like the Old Grain Market, Nehru Market, Shastri Nagar and Lajpat Rai Road.

But the work of the project has been moving at a snail's pace and there seems to be no relief for the residents in the near future.

“The work of laying pipes on the Disposal Road was started over three weeks ago, but it has been moving very slow," said Ankush Jain, a shopkeeper of Nehru Market.

The streets dug up for work are left open and despite repeated appeals and complaints by residents, the MC authorities have not taken any steps to cover the same.

“For laying the pipes, some recently constructed streets have also been dug up. The authorities have not bothered to repair the streets dug up for laying the pipes due to which we have been facing a lot of inconveniences,” rues Inderjit Singh, a resident of the Disposal Road.

However, municipal council president Baldev Krishan Dhir said the work had been going fast and it would be completed soon.

“Half of the work of laying pipes has been completed while the remaining work would also be accomplished within a few days,” Dhir added.



Schoolteachers hold protest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 1
Apprehending that they will loose their jobs subsequently due to the opening of a CBSE-affiliated school, teachers of SAN Senior Secondary School today protested outside the school campus. Students also joined the protest.

Teachers became anxious when they found a lock hanging outside the main gate of the school and only a small gate was opened for the entry of the teachers and students.

SAN Senior Secondary School is a government-aided school and affiliated to the Punjab School Education Board while another school that has come up in its premises will be affiliated to the CBSE. This school is yet to get affiliation from the CBSE.

The protesting teachers alleged that the school management is making all these changes in the building and infrastructure of the latter school as its affiliation to the CBSE is due this year.

Speaking on the occasion, Government-aided School Employees Union president Shavinder Kaur said during the summer vacations the management had done the construction and built a new building and that too from the building fund collected from students of the PSEB-affiliated school. Some teachers had also been removed from their jobs.

“The PSEB-affiliated school is a government-aided institution and its management cannot open another school inside its campus. Earlier, it has given many rooms and laboratories to the newly opened school and now the main gate of our school has also been shifted,” said Mohan Lal Pathak, a teacher.

Principal of the school SC Malhotra said the new school inside the main school was being run since 2010.

"The management has taken permission from the government and only then it has opened another school. The strength of the PSEB-affiliated school was going down and classrooms were lying vacant that was the reason why we shifted the classrooms from the main school to the new school. The gate of the school has been shifted so that both schools can use a common playground,” Malhotra added.



Clarify stand on uniform civil code: Manish Tewari to Akali Dal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana , July 1
The Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Manish Tewari, today asked the ruling Akali Dal in Punjab to spell out its stand on the uniform civil code with regard to the assertion made by Narendra Modi, chairman of the campaign committee of its alliance partner BJP.

Addressing a function after inaugurating a tubewell in Ward No. 35 on Gujjar Mal Road here today, Tewari said the people of the country in general and Punjab in particular wanted to know from Badal his views on Modi's stand on the uniform civil code and the Article 370, since it aimed at undermining the diversity and distinct identities of the people, challenging the very idea of India.

Taking a dig at Modi and Akali Dal, Tewari said it was so “ridiculously surprising” that he was speaking against terror in presence of the same Akali Dal leaders who had supported, condoned, endorsed and glorified terrorism whenever it suited them. "This either betrays their (BJP) double standards or lack of moral courage to call spade a spade", he said.

In another function he lauded the role of various social organisations in helping the underprivileged. He said social organisations usually supplemented role of the government in providing relief to people.

Speaking at a function after presenting a cheque for Rs 5 lakh from the Member Parliament Local Area Development Fund to Maharaja Aggarsen Agarwal Sabha in Sunder Nagar, he said these organisations need to augment their role in social upliftment and fighting various ills facing the society.

Speaking on the occasion, local MLA Surinder Dawer lauded the contribution made by Tewari in development of the city. Earlier, sabha president KK Gupta and general secretary Sushil Gupta felicitated Tewari.



U’khand calamity: Students pay tributes to victims
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, July 1
Columbian Institute, Jagraon, organised a memorial service for victims of the Uttarakhand disaster. Students and faculty members of the institute paid tributes to people who lost their lives in the natural disaster that struck Uttarakhand recently.

A candlelight vigil was also held on the occasion in the memory of the victims.

The memorial service started with the observance of a two-minute silence for the victims.

The students and faculty members also prayed for the safe return of those people who are still struck in the flood-ravaged state.

While paying tributes to them, District Education Officer, Moga, Prof Baldev Singh motivated the students to join hands and donate whatever they could afford to help people hit by the natural disaster.

“Little support from us can make a big difference in the lives of them,” he added.

Executive officer, municipal council, Jagraon, Davinder Singh, also paid homage to the victims and prayed for the safe return of the people who have been still missing in various parts of the flood-hit state.

Karamjit Kaur Mann, who came from Canada to take part in the memorial service, expressed condolence to the people who lost their family members and relatives in the tragedy. She also insisted upon the need of taking measures to prevent such incidents in the future.



Outfits seek probe into attack on Sehajdhari Sikh Federation chief
Mahesh Sharma

Raikot, July 1
Labelling attack on president of the Sehajdhari Sikh Federation as politically engineered, office-bearers of various social, constitutional and religious organisations of the local area have sought probe into the sequence of events leading to the incident in which the activist was allegedly beaten up mercilessly at Chandigarh a fortnight ago. If no action was taken against the assailant, no leader would ever come to rescue women in distress, claimed activists.

Regretting that the Chandigarh Police has failed to nab the assailants who had allegedly beaten up Dr Ranu when he had gone to defend a woman, activists led by Jagtar Singh Dhaliwal, general secretary of the federation, urged the higher authorities to get the matter probed by an outside agency.

In a communiqué to the higher authorities, including the Governor and the CM of Punjab, they alleged that some politicians had conspired to create circumstances that led to scuffle between him and in-laws of the aggrieved woman who were holding a conference. Allegations of the activists were supported by details of calls received on Ranu's mobile phone. Ranu has allegedly beaten up by a Mohali resident and his relatives in Chandigarh on June 1. The suspects were addressing a press conference alleging that Ranu had illicit relations with the women in question. When Ranu reached the venue along with the woman, a scuffle broke out and Ranu was allegedly beaten up. He had received injuries and was hospitalised. It was after his return to his native town that the activists convened a meeting and demanded probe by some independent agency.



Woman complains against city doctor
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 1
A Sant Nagar resident has submitted a complaint against a local doctor for overcharging and misbehaving with her. In the complaint submitted to the Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash Batta, Sunita Gupta alleged that a local eye specialist had overcharged her.

She said she had gone for an eye check-up to the doctor’s clinic on June 25, for which he charged Rs 300, valid for up to one week.

She said that when today she visited the clinic, he again demanded Rs 300.

On being informed that the previous slip was valid for one week, the doctor allegedly misbehaved with Sunita Gupta, and did not return the receipt as well.

“When I said I will complain to the heath department officers, he threatened me,” she said.

Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash Batta said he would look into the matter and mark an inquiry into the matter.



Keep your meals simple during monsoons: Experts
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 1
The monsoon season has set in and there are more chances of contracting Infections, as bacteria grow faster than usual in humid conditions, so one needs to be cautious while eating anything.

Dr Anshu Vatsyayan, a city-based ayurvedacharya, said, "In the rainy season digestive system gets weakened, so one should eat light food, which can be easily digested. Stale food should be avoided. One should not take curd and salad at night."

She further said that since the humidity level is more, the intake of water should be more in between two meals. Vatsyayan further said that one should take fibrous food, like whole grain meals, oats, wheat etc. Late night dinner should be avoided."

Dr LS Chawla, a gastroenterologist of the city, said, "One should not eat over -ripe fruits and take a normal diet. Fried food is not good as it has trans-fats in it. If you fry the eatable the second time, it become almost poisonous as it has more trans-fat in it."

He further said that every person should get his or her lipid profile checked every month after the age of 40.



RBI to curb gold sales
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 1
After adopting measures to clamp gold imports, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has now decided to curb retail consumption of gold as well. The RBI has asked banks not to convert gold purchases done through credit cards into equated monthly installments (EMIs) besides directing that cards should not be accepted for purchase of gold coins at branches.

Many banks offer EMI facility on purchase of mobile phones, air tickets and gold jewellery. Normally, if the transaction is for a value of more than Rs 10,000, banks offer its customers the option to convert the dues into EMIs.

"The RBI wants banks to discourage gold sales. This has been communicated to the banks. So, we have stopped offering the EMI facility on gold purchases. Besides this, banks have been asked not to push gold coin sales aggressively," said a senior official from a private bank.

Earlier, the RBI had also moved to curb loans against gold coins. It had asked banks not to lend against gold coins weighing over 50 gram.

These actions, besides the recent increase in import duty on gold, are part of the drive of RBI and the government to lower the demand for the yellow metal, so that its import can be brought down.

The norms for gold imports had also been tightened. The RBI had instructed banks that import of gold on the consignment basis would only be allowed for meeting genuine needs of jewellery exporters.



Market volatility adds to industrialists’ woes
 Consumers wait for prices to stabilise
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 1
Depreciation in the value of rupee and drop in the price of gold are giving a tough time to the city-based industrialists and jewellers. Gurmeet Singh, a garment exporter, said the overseas buyers had started asking for discounts as the value of rupee has depreciated.

"Right now we are dispatching the orders that were booked before the value of rupee depreciated. We have also slowed down the booking of orders as it may cause losses in the coming times, when the value of rupee improves," he said.

Mohinder Lal, an induction furnace unit owner, said the industry had to halt the import of scrap after the value of rupee started depreciating.

"The value of rupee is going down, and it is becoming very difficult to buy scrap at that price. We have stock for nearly 10-15 days, and things will become difficult once the stock gets over," he said.

Although the price of gold marginally recovered yesterday, it only added to the prevailing uncertainty.

While those who want to buy gold are waiting for its price to come down further, those interested in selling are waiting for the price to go up, said Jank Ram, a Sarafan Bazaar-based jeweller.

"We are sitting idle, waiting for customers. Customers who do come to the shop, just ask about the gold price and leave," he said.



panchayat polls
Congress confident of winning in Payal
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, July 1
The party may have doubts about its victory in other villages; but at Payal, Congress leaders and workers seem to be confident about winning majority of the seats during the panchayat elections.

“While Akali Dal leaders are recounting their achievements and trying to use their position of power during the campaigning, the Congress strives at hard work and taking the people along,” said former Transport Minister Tej Partap Singh Kotli while campaigning at Kaddon village today. He blamed the ruling alliance for its failed pension scheme, deteriorating law and order situation, sand crisis and harassment of farmers and dalits.

“People are fed up of Akali Dal and say they won’t support its leaders again. The public has already shown this in this part of the state in the earlier elections,” said Tej Partap Singh Kotli’s son Gurkirat Singh.

The Akali leaders are also busy campaigning in the area. Apart from Vidhan Sabha Speaker and local MLA Charanjit Singh Atwal, his son and former MLA Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal and daughter-in-law, Mandeep Kaur Atwal, are also seen campaigning.

Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal is asking people to vote in favour of development and far-sightedness. “The electorate should decide wisely, without any external pull or pressure. The developmental phase, through which the state has passed through all these years, must be enough to make the voters decide as to which party actually deserves to win,” he said.

Charanjit Singh Atwal said the candidates in the fray were unanimously selected by the villagers to contest the elections.

Minister felicitates 52 sarpanches

Ludhiana: SAD general secretary and PWD Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon on Monday honoured 52 sarpanches besides panches who were elected unopposed in Sahnewal. Over 300 sarpanches, panches and party members gathered at Dhillon's residence in the Barewal Road area. Dhillon said the panchayats that had been elected unopposed should start working for the development of their villages from today itself. — TNS

Independents fear violations

Mandi Ahmedgarh: Apprehending gross violation of code of conduct during the panchayat poll on Wednesday, independent candidates have urged the authorities to enhance vigilance at polling booths at villages, including Gill, Sarinh and Lohgarh. They fear that candidates supported by the ruling party might get fake ballots printed besides coercing voters. Candidates led by Kuldeep Singh, in the fray for the post of panch at Gill village, said SAD-supported candidates would try to win elections by hook or crook. Kuldeep Singh said they had urged the higher authorities including the Chief Election Commissioner and the Governor to take preventive measures in this regard. — OC



Singers should move to acting only if they are good at it: Labh Janjua
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 1
Singer Labh Janjua was in the city for the shooting of a religious album at Shri Geeta Mandir in Vikas Nagar. The singer, who became popular owing to his song 'Mundeyan to bach ke rahi', said he had been recording religious albums and singing devotional songs at jagrans.

Hailing from a Khanna village, Janjua learnt music from Jaswant Bhamra. He says those were the days of struggle, as he used to bicycle through the city looking for work. “But struggle and hard work pays off,”  he says.

Although he had already recorded many songs, 'Mundeyan to bach ke rahi' made him an overnight star. The song was used in a Bollywood movie and an American movie, American Desi, as well.

Janjua has recorded around 135 songs for the Mumbai film industry, and another 100 will feature in forthcoming movies.

Other than singing, he has also written and composed many songs. “In all I have recorded over 1,000 songs in my career so far,” he says.

Attributing his success to divine power, he says, “Many people think I don't sing devotional songs at jagrans any longer. That’s not true. I still sing to show my gratitude to the divine power."

Some of the current devotional albums have music derived from some of his Bollywood songs, he says.

Janjua has also performed in movies in 1980s, Putt Jattan De being one of these. He has rendered several roles in Punjabi movies, including Kudi 420 and Don't Laugh (where he played three roles). At present, he is acting in seven movies.

Janjua said although many Punjabi singers were jumping onto the acting bandwagon, they should do so only if they were good at acting. "Many singers are doing movies, but are failing miserably. It is not necessary that if the audience loves you as a singer, they would accept you as an actor as well,” he says.

Pardeep Dhall, general secretary of the temple management, said they did not allow shooting of songs on the temple premises, but an exception had been made for Labh Janjua. He was a religious person and had recorded many devotional songs, so he was welcomed to shoot the song, Dhall said. 



attack on dig
Sunny Johar brought back to Central Jail

Sunny Johar Ludhiana, July 1
Youth Akali leader Maninder Singh, alias Sunny Johar, who is accused of thrashing Assistant Inspector General of Police Surinder Jeet Singh Mand, was brought back to Central Jail here today. Sunny Johar was shifted to Rajindra Hospital Patiala for treatment on May 30.

Superintendent, Central Jail, Ludhiana, Surinderpal Khanna, said: "Sunny was admitted to hospital due to some medical complications. Now, the hospital has discharged him, as he was found fit after treatment. Everything happened as per procedure.” — TNS



MCA course
Colleges ask PTU to reconsider decision

Ludhiana, July 1
The recent Punjab Technical University (PTU) notification stating that the master of computer application (MCA) will now be a five-year course (three-year bachelor plus two-year master) has failed to find favour with colleges affiliated to the varsity.

College managements and teachers said not just the institutes will incur losses due to this decision, but posts of teacher will also become surplus. The university must reconsider the decision for the sake of educational institutes, teachers and students, they said.

Dr Vijay Asdhir, director, Khalsa Institute of Management and Technology, said the MCA degree was equivalent to the MTech degree, a six-year course after Class XII.

“With the recent notification, however, MCA would become a five-year course, i.e. three years for BCA and two years for MCA. Majority of the students who opt for this course, are the BCA graduates, who will get direct admission to MCA-II. It is unfortunate that there will be a loss of finances to the institutes, and the posts of teacher will become surplus. The decision taken by the university is not justified and it should be reconsidered,” said Dr Asdhir.

Dean Academics, PTU, Buta Singh, however, said the decision had been taken as per the guidelines of the All India Council for Technical Education. — TNS



pau notes
Lecture on climate change

Dr Ram Niwas, Professor and Head, Department of Agricultural Meteorology, Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, visited Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and delivered a thought-provoking lecture on ‘Climate Change and Agriculture’.

The lecture was organised by ClimOClub, School of Climate Change and Agricultural Meteorology, PAU.

Dr SS Kukal, Director, School of Climate Change and Agricultural Meteorology, PAU, observed that both maximum and minimum temperatures being higher during the wheat season this year have resulted in decline of wheat productivity in Punjab.

He emphasised the need for collaborative research to combat the negative effects of climate change in the state in the future.

Training course

The Directorate of Extension Education of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) will be organising a training course on “Operation, Adjustments and Maintenance of Farm Machinery” for farmers and farm women on July 2 and 3 at Kairon Kisan Ghar of the university.

Dr MS Gill, Director, Extension Education, said the trainees would be imparted theoretical as well as practical training in repair and maintenance of the tractor’s fuel system, cooling, power transmission, battery and electrical maintenance systems.

Besides, PAU farm engineering experts would apprise them of the repair and maintenance of farm machinery like laser land leveller, rotavator, seed drills, planters, and precision machinery, he added.

The registration for the course will be held on July 2 at 9am at Kairon Kisan Ghar of the PAU.

The monthly training camp for the members of the PAU Kisan Club would be held on July 4 at Dr Borlaug Wheat Auditorium of the university, Dr Gill added.

Training on foodgrain storage

A six-day training course on “Safe Storage of Food Grains and Quality Standards” organised for the officers of the categories II and III of the Food Corporation of India, began on Monday at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). The PAU Directorate of Extension Education is coordinating the course.

Divulging details, Dr MS Gill, Director of Extension Education, said the PAU experts would educate the trainees about the factors affecting quality of food grains; quality-control equipment and procedures; operation and management of grain moisture meters; and grading, classification and quality assurance of cereal and coarse grains.



Ludhiana Scan

Founder’s Day

Staff of the State Bank of India vowed to make their organisation the first choice for financial dealings.

Oath was taken by members of the staff at Dehlon, Sehora, Jodhan and Raekot branches of the bank, besides the local branch on the occasion of Founder’s Day celebrations of the organisation.

Function at the Dehlon branch was presided over by Sher Singh, Manager.

Sweets were distributed among clients visiting various branches on Monday.

Doctor honoured

Dr Sunil Katyal was honoured and awarded a fellowship at a national-level conference held at Gurgaon recently. He is the Professor and Head, Department Of Anesthesia, DMC&H, Ludhiana. He also delivered a lecture on ‘Teaching and Training in Anesthesia’ at the conference.

The fellowship was awarded under the aegis of Indian College of Anesthesiologists - an academic wing of the Indian Society of Anesthesiologists (ISA).

Doctors’ Day

Dr Sobti, president, IMA, Punjab said observance of Doctors’ Day shows how important doctors were to patients and how valuable the treatments were to cure them.

He said Doctors’ Day is celebrated on July 1 across the country to honour the legendary physician and the second Chief Minister of West Bengal, Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy. Dr Karamvir Goyal, president, IMA, Ludhiana, said there had been instances of public violence and protests against doctors.

European diploma in intensive care

Dr Rabinder Singh Sobti, currently serving as consultant in critical care medicine in Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, has added another feather to his cap by clearing European Diploma in Intensive Care (EDIC) in London. It was conduced by the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine.

In 2010, he also topped in the All-india Examination of Critical Care Medicine, conducted by the National Board of Examination, New Delhi.

He did MD from PGIMER, Chandigarh, and Fellowship in critical care medicine from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi.

Trade forum

Today, a delegation of All-Industries and Trade forum, under the leadership of Gurmeet Singh Kular, convener of the forum and president of the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association, met Manish Tiwari, Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, to discuss the issues faced by the Industry as well as people specially regarding central excise duty and air connectivity and the New Shatabdi Express from Ludhiana to New Delhi. In this regard a memorandum was submitted to the minister.

The main issue in the meeting was central excise on bicycle and its parts. The mnister was requested that the two per cent central excise duty on bicycle should be abolished.

Blood donation camp
A blood donation camp in progress in Ludhiana on Monday.
A blood donation camp in progress in Ludhiana on Monday. A tribune photograph

A blood donation camp was organised on Monday by the Ludhiana branch of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India to mark Chartered Accountants Day.

During the camp, 162 units of blood were collected. A ‘Go Green Campaign’ was also launched in which chartered accountants (CA) with their families participated to re-affirm their commitment to carry on the rich tradition of excellence of ICAI. A ‘Go Green Rally’ was also organised on the occasion.

AITUC meeting

The state council meeting of the All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) was held under the leadership of Bant Singh Brar.

The meeting started with the observance of a two-minute silence in the memory of victims of the Uttrakhand calamity. The meeting condemned the attack on IAS Officer KS Pannu and demanded that the culprit should be brought to book. The meeting decided to hold AITUC state conference in Ludhiana on July 29 to focus the burning demands of workers. It demanded that the workers should be employed on a regular basis and the contract system should be abolished and all service benefits including health, education, pension and promotion should be ensured to them.

MSME customer meet held

Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) organised MSME Customer Meet on Monday at its Arya College branch, Ludhiana, in collaboration with Mid Corporate Branch, Civil Lines Branch, Main Branch, Industrial Area Branch and Miller Gunj Branch. Chief Regional Manager S Kedarnath gave approval for credit facilities to Micro and Small Enterprises (SMEs) on the occasion. In this function, AGM Surender Mohan and senior branch manager Awakash Sinha from IOB elaborated about various loan schemes and other next-gen banking products like Internet banking. Principal, Arya College, RC Tejpal expressed his thanks to the IOB for the excellent service extended to customers. — TNS



Two booked for fraud
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, July 1
The Mandi Gobindgarh police has booked two persons for committing a fraud of Rs 15.7 lakh by deceiving a Class XII student. Vinod Kumar Aggarwal, the father of the student, has stated in his complaint that his son Khush Hall was receiving private tuition from Krishan Gupta, who is also a MBA student.

Khush Hall was not sure about his success in the examination. His tuition master allegedly took Rs 20,000 in advance from him to get him passed.

Aggarwal, who is a coal dealer, went to Delhi for the treatment of his daughter and had left cash worth Rs 15.5 lakh at home which was allegedly taken by Krishan and his father Sandeep Gupta, who began to demand Rs 9 lakh more from him.

As a result, Khush consumed some poisonous substance and was admitted to a private hospital in Khanna.

SHO, Mandi Gobindgarh, Savinderpal Singh, said: “Krishan and his father Sandeep have been booked under Section 420, IPC, and the police is investigating the matter.”



Thieves strike at photo studio
 11 cameras, 15 mobile phones, Rs 10,000 stolen
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 1
Some unidentified burglars struck at a photo studio and lab at the Gill Road and decamped with cameras, mobile phones and cash on the intervening night of June 30 and July 1.

As per information, the theft took place at Amual Studio and Colour Lab, situated on the Radha Swami Road in the Gill Road area.

Gurvinder Singh and Sukhwinder Singh, owners of the lab, said the burglars had stolen 11 cameras and 15 mobile phone handsets and Rs 10,000 from the shop.

As per the preliminary investigation of the police, they entered the shop from a window at the first floor. However, CCTV cameras have been installed in the lab but during the theft both cameras were not functioning.

Surjit Singh Nagra, SHO, Shimlapuri said: “The cost of the stolen equipment is around Rs 7 to 8 lakh. We have registered a case of theft against unidentified persons and started investigations.



Gang of burglars busted
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, July 1
Busting a gang, the Ludhiana police today arrested six burglars and recovered stolen goods from them. The accused have been identified as Nirmal Singh, alias Nimma, Shabdalpur village in Patiala; Karamjeet Singh from Jagraon; Gurmail Singh from Shabdalpur; Satnam Singh from Raipur Bet; and Jagdeep Singh and Manjit Singh, both residents of Shabdalpur.

The police recovered 25 truck tyres from them. In-charge, CIA, Gurbans Singh Bains said the gang was involved in several criminal cases. Nimma, kingpin of the gang, was facing charges in 45 cases, he said.

Two nabbed with heroin

The city police has nabbed two persons and recovered 15 grams of heroin from their pocession. The accused have been identified as Hariqbal Singh, alias Happy, from Dugri and Haswinder Singh, alias Hasu, from Javadi.

The police had established a special check point to nab the accused. A case has been registered against the duo. According to the police, the recovered contraband is worth Rs 15 lakh in the international market.

Drug peddler held

The Model Town police nabbed a woman drug peddler here last evening. The accused has been identified as Sarbjit Kaur, alias Bhabi, a resident of Kamla Nagar, Dhuri Lines.

The accused was nabbed from a railway crossing at a police checkpoint at Dhuri Lines. She was on her to Kamla Nagar. On spotting the police she tried to flee, but was apprehended.

During the search of her belongings, the police found 250 gms of opium. A case under Sections 18, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused.

Two die in accidents

In two separate hit-and-run cases two persons died here yesterday. In the first incident, Kishan Kumar died after a speeding truck hit him from the rear side.

The victim was on his way to Dholewal along with a friend when the incident took place.

His friend Neeraj Kumar, a resident of Suraj Nagar, Shimlapuri, who was accompanying him, was also seriously injured. The police has registered a case against the unidentified truck driver.

In the second incident, a speeding motorcycle hit a girl, killing her at the spot, at the Vardhman vegetable market. The girl, Kanchan, had accompanied her mother to the market.

Youth held for molesting minor

Mandi Ahmedgarh: The local police has arrested a migrant youth for exploiting molesting a minor girl yesterday. The accused, who resides in the Ward No. 5 area had been booked under Section 376 of the IPC and 3-4 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offence Act.

The accused, identified as Gulam Rasul, hails from of Maznipuchhaha village in Banka district of Bihar.

According to the FIR lodged on the basis of statement given by the victim, the accused allured her to his room when other members of her family had gone out.

While initially, the girl’s parents hesitated in lodging a complaint, her worsening condition necessitated it.

The accused was arrested when he was trying to leave the area. 

Travel agents booked for fraud

The Salem Tabri police has booked two travel agents in a case of fraud. The accused have been identified as Manjinder, a resident of Rishi Nagar, and Gurdev Singh from Ganna village in Jalandhar. The police got a tip-off that the accused had been duping innocent people on the pretext of sending them abroad. The police nabbed the accused from the Jalandhar bypass, and recovered three passports and ~1.34 lakh from their possession.



embezzlement case
Gumbar admits to transferring Rs 1 crore to personal account 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 1
Vishal Gumbar, former chairman of Ludhiana Stock Exchange Securities Limited, today once again failed to appear before the inquiry committee probing into the embezzlement case. Gumbar, who resigned from his post after the scandal came to the fore, howeve, admitted to having transferred Rs 1 crore to his bank account through writing.

Ajay Chaudhary, who is heading the inquiry committee, said Gumbar failed to appear before the committee, instead sending a letter stating that he was unwell.

"We had given a chance to Gumbar to give an explanation before the committee, but he, instead, sent a letter. He mentioned in the letter that he had transferred the said amount to his account. We have prepared the report on the basis of this admission, and will be submitting it to the board of directors, who will decide the further course of action,” said Chaudhary.

Besides Gumbar, Ananpreet Kaur, general manager of Ludhiana Stock Exchange Securities Limited, and Jasmeet Singh, head of accounts, had also resigned from their posts last week. 



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