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School bus operators end strike
DC pulls up school managements, asks them to sign agreement prepared by DTO
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 18
The eight-day-long strike by school van operators came to an end today following an assurance by the Deputy Commissioner that their interests would be taken care of provided they completed their documents.

Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari said the school managements should support the van operators. The school bus operators were on strike since July 10 as the District Transport Office had impounded buses of a leading school that were running without valid documents.

Lambasting the school managements for not taking the responsibility of students’ safety, the DC said: “Don’t test my patience. You have to take the responsibility of students and sign an agreement to provide permits to the school vans. The students are your responsibility. I had to chip in as you have failed to find any solution to the ongoing problem.”

The DC and District Transport Officer Anil Garg had called an emergency meeting with the school managements at Bachat Bhawan this evening to end the impasse. He said the next date of hearing of the case regarding the safety of schoolchildren was scheduled for August 1.

“The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued directions that the DTO cannot issue permits to school vans. We cannot issue licence to outdated school buses. The school managements need to share the responsibility,” said the DC.

The DC said some schools had signed the agreement with the DTO to ensure the safety of students. “The schools that are not serious about the safety of students will not be spared. I get around 200 messages from parents daily who are facing tough time in dropping and picking up their wards. Strict action will be taken against schools that fail to sign the agreement with the DTO within two days,” said Tiwari, adding that he was not bothered about the protest by the school managements.

Schools to face action

The DC said the managements of schools would be given two days’ time to sign the agreement prepared by the DTO. “If they fail to sign the document, we will write to the CBSE to disaffiliate the schools besides taking legal action,” he said.

Camp at BCM School

The DTO organised a camp at BCM School, Shastri Nagar, to check documents and provide permits to school vans. About 150 bus operators were allowed to ply their vehicles. DTO Anil Garg said the office was ready to hold such camps in other schools. “We are here for the safety of schoolchildren,” said Garg.

Congress flays DTO

Pawan Dewan, president of the District Congress Committee, flayed the district administration and the Transport Department for ‘harassing’ the school bus operators. He said the authorities had failed to end the impasse for their vested interests


3 held for series of snatchings
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 18
The city police arrested three persons allegedly involved in a number of snatching incidents. ACP (North) J Elanchezhian said Mohit and Gaurav Taneja, who were arrested yesterday with a stolen motorcycle, turned out notorious criminals.

SHO, Division No 4 police station, Vinod Kumar said the accused were involved in 90 snatching incidents that took place in different parts of the city, including the PAU, Civil Lines, Sarabha Nagar, BRS Nagar, Udham Singh Nagar, Moti Nagar and Upkar Nagar.

The SHO said Mohit and Gaurav were habitual criminals and had been in and out of jail.

The police has also recovered 14 mobile phones and Rs 1,200 from their possession.

The SHO said nine cases of snatching were registered against the accused.

Meanwhile, Amandeep Singh, SHO, Sadar, said the police had nabbed a youth who had committed 25 snatchings in various parts of the city.

The accused, Manpreet Singh, a resident of Kidwai Nagar, was nabbed by the police from the Bachittar Nagar area last night while his accomplice Rakesh Kumar managed to flee. The police also recovered a stolen motorcycle, two mobile phones and a sharp-edged weapon from his possession.

A case has been registered against the accused under Sections 382 and 411 of the IPC.



Khaki did the trick for Gur Arpan
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 18
The fear of khaki did the trick for Gur Arpan and his accomplices, who kidnapped industrialist Manish Bharara and his driver Hem Raj on July 13. The kidnapping of Manish was no secret for the workers of his factory. They witnessed the entire episode like mute spectators. The workers could not muster the courage to stop the kidnappers.

Narrating the incident, Sanjay, who runs a tea stall near the factory, said when Manish came out of the factory unit the workers were also leaving for home. "The workers stopped at my kiosk for purchasing grocery items. Meanwhile, six ‘policemen’ stopped Manish's vehicle and started searching. The ‘policemen’ pushed Manish in their vehicle and headed towards Khanna," said Sanjay.

Soon Manish's father, Harminder Bharara, arrived at the scene and called the police. He was shocked when the Doraha police arrived at the spot and said they had not set up a checkpoint. Sanjay said the kidnappers, posing as policemen, set up a checkpoint as soon as Manish came out of the factory. The next day the workers came to know that Manish had been kidnapped.



Absconding robber shot dead
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 18
A person who tried to rob a jeweller at gunpoint yesterday was found shot dead at Subhash Nagar in Basti Jodhewal today. Vinay Singh (22), a resident of Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, was on the run after an alert goldsmith foiled a robbery bid on Rahon Road.

The police said Vinay's body was found near a crematorium in Subash Nagar. A country-made weapon and two live cartridges were also recovered. The residents of the area spotted the body and informed the police.

Balwinder Singh, SHO, Jodhewal Basti, said: “Vinay may have committed suicide of the fear of being caught.”

The police was also working on a theory that Vinay was killed by his accomplice, Shivpal, following a tiff. On the other hand, some human right activists working in the area have accused the police of staging a fake encounter.

The incident took place yesterday afternoon when Shivam, Vinay and Shiv Singh entered Jasbir Singh’s shop and pointed a pistol at him. Jasbir Singh said the trio asked him to hand over cash and gold ornaments to them.



Auction of parking sites on Ferozepur Road called off
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 18
The auction of nine parking sites along Ferozepur Road — a national highway — failed to take off due to poor response by bidders. This is the second time that the bidders decided to stay away from the auction even after the Municipal Corporation slashed the reserve price based on the actual movement of vehicles in these particular parking areas on both sides of the road from Jagraon Bridge to Sidhwan Canal.

The MC had earlier conducted the auction for 13 sites identified for paid parking following the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on June 26, 2013. At that time, only four sites were auctioned for Rs 83.40 lakh, marginally more than the reserve price. The bidders had, at that time, termed the reserve price of the remaining nine sites on the higher side.

Thereafter, the MC’s field staff carried out an elaborate exercise to monitor the movement of vehicles at the remaining nine sites and on the basis of its report, the MC had decided to reduce the reserve price of these sites by almost 20 to 25 per cent. However, even the reduced reserve price failed to attract the bidders. They said the sites would not generate enough revenue as compared to the reserve price of the parking sites.

MC Additional Commissioner Isha Kalia, who supervised the auction with more than a dozen prospective bidders present at the Zone D office of the MC in Sarabha Nagar, said the auction had been called off. She said the reserve price of the remaining nine sites would be reviewed.

The paid parking sites proposed to be put under the hammer today were from Shiraz Hotel to Bharat Nagar Chowk (reserve price Rs 14.40 lakh), Bharat Nagar Chowk to Mini-Secretariat (Rs 14 lakh), Gurdev Nagar to Sandhu Tower (Rs 14 lakh), Sandhu Tower to Malhar Road (Rs 17.56 lakh), Malhar Road to Mandir Street Sarabha Nagar (Rs 12 lakh), PAU Gate No 1 to Circuit House (Rs 11.52 lakh), Circuit House to Aarti Chowk (Rs 20 lakh), Aarti Chowk to Bhai Bala Chowk (Rs 28 lakh) and Bhai Bala Chowk to Canal office (Rs 21.60 lakh).

Meanwhile, four paid parking sites along Ferozpeur Road that were auctioned by the MC on June 26 and made operational only a few days ago were also not running smoothly. Tiff between residents, shopkeepers and the parking contractors is a routine at these parking sites.

The shopkeepers have been protesting against payment of Rs 100 per day for a vehicle. The contractors, however, lament that in the absence of proper entry and exit points, several vehicle owners evade payment of parking fee. On their part, the contractors have also failed to install electronic machines to check duration of the parking as the HC orders were explicit that a vehicle could be parked in these parking sites for a maximum period of two hours and thereafter the traffic police would tow away the vehicle.



Foreign students get a taste of Punjabi hospitality
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 18
Punjabis have always been recognised for their big hearts and hospitality. And keeping the tradition alive, some families of the city are playing host to foreign students under the student exchange programme. This all started from the railway station where the families extended a cordial reception to the students on their arrival.

A student from France, Marion Choufa, will stay with a Punjabi family in interior part of the city for about 10 months. Her host, Reena Malhotra, said it was a wonderful experience to get such a sweet guest at home. “She is like my elder daughter. In fact, my daughter, studying in Sacred Heart School, Sarabha Nagar, volunteered for it. We were briefed about her stay by the school authorities and she will be with us for the next 10 months. I hope she likes our hospitality,” said Reena.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Marion said she took admission to Class XI at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School here. “India is altogether different, but I like it. People are so warm-hearted here. Today, I wore a suit (the school dress) to go to school which was provided by my host. The food is excellent, but little spicy. Today, I had a formal introduction with the school principal and the staff. I will join the classes from tomorrow,” said Marion.

Since Marion wanted to learn kathak and Bharatnatyam, her host took her to a dance academy at Sarabha Nagar.

Five more families of the city are playing host to foreign guests.

Principal of BCM School, Shastri Nagar, Paramjit Kaur said: “Foreign students cme every year and they learn about the Indian traditions and culture. Families volunteer to keep the students at their homes.”

The principal said not many students from India opt for the exchange programme.



Roads at Jagraon Grain Market a shambles
Punjab Mandi Board, Market Committee blame each other for delay in construction work
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 18
The Jagraon Grain Market, which is the second largest grain market in Asia after the Khanna Grain Market, has been in a state of utter neglect. Jagraon Grain Market and the roads connecting the grain market with main roads have been in a bad condition due to prolonged delay in construction work.

Countless pits in the grain market and pot-holed roads themselves speak volume about its bad condition and the government’s apathy towards improving the situation there. The farmers face the brunt whenever they bring their produce to the local grain market.

The commission agents based at Jagraon Grain Market too complain of the inconvenience they face due to the bad condition of the roads there. The commission agents say that the roads were repaired four years ago after which no construction or repair work has been has been undertaken making the situation worse.

The commission agents and the farmers rue that they have made several requests to the government demanding improvement in the local grain market in the recent past, but to no avail. "Despite our repeated requests, the Punjab Mandi Board authorities have done nothing to improve the situation. All our demands seem to have fallen on deaf ears", said commission agent Rajinder Singh.

Sources said neither any construction nor any repair work had been undertaken for improving the condition of the grain market. Though the Punjab Mandi Board had started the work about two years ago, the work has not been completed so far. "The Punjab Mandi Board had laid stones on the roads two years ago, but the department has failed to lay the concrete material on them ", claimed the sources.

Moreover, the commission agents had even raised the issue before Jagraon MLA SR Kaler when he visited the grain market on June 1. Kaler who was accompanied by the authorities of the Punjab Mandi Board during the visit had promised that the construction work would be accomplished within 15 days. But no work in that direction has started so far.

Meanwhile, the blame game has started between the authorities of the Punjab Mandi Board and the Market Committee for the delay in construction work. Gurmail Singh of Punjab Mandi Board claimed that the construction work had been delayed as the Market Committee did not pay the required funds for the construction work. On the other hand, Jagraon Market Committee secretary Jaswinder Singh says that the Market Committee had already released the funds for the construction work.



Industrial body demands setting up of auto park in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 18
Automotive parts and auto companies have demanded a separate policy for proper growth and development of the sector. Avtar Singh, general secretary, Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking, in a statement issued today said that despite of the fact that there was good demand for trucks, cars and two-wheelers due to high per capita income, no original equipment manufacturing (OEM) plant had been set up in Punjab.

Auto components is a sun-rise industry, therefore, maximum investments are coming up in the sector. The need of the hour is to formulate a separate policy for automotive parts and auto components industry for its growth.

Upkar Singh, joint secretary, CICU, further said that Ludhiana was famous as the capital of the small-scale industry in India. This is the second largest flourishing hub from where containers cargo for India’s overseas trade originate. Global brands throng this industrial town to get a pie of its huge consumer spending in key cargo generating hub of northern industrial hinterland. As such, there is an urgent need for setting up of an Auto Park near Ludhiana, which has now become indispensable for this industrial city.

He further requested that in the special policy, vehicles and parts manufacturers should be permitted to set up units by allowing all fiscal incentives being provided to integrated textile park by the Punjab Government. He said the support was required to beat the challenge and maintain growth trajectory, which would enable automotive and auto components industry, to survive in the local and global market in the present hostile economic scenario. This measure would accelerate flow of funds, output, employment and exports for this sector.



zila parishad and block samitis
Huge gathering expected at oath-taking ceremony
CM to be chief guest; police, administration officials on their toes
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 18
Over 10,000 persons from all over Punjab are expected to visit the city tomorrow to witness the state-level oath taking ceremony of the zila parishad and block samiti members. The police and officials of the Health Department, Municipal Corporation and Punjab State Power Corporation Limited are on their toes making preparations for the event, in which Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will be the chief guest.

Additional Deputy Commissioner (D) Kanwalpreet Brar told The Tribune that the administration had made all the arrangements to hold the function tomorrow.

As many as 331 newly elected zila parishad members from Punjab and 2,728 block samiti members will take oath at the grain market near the Jalandhar bypass.

Raising concern over the possible traffic congestion, an industrialist said that it was a main highway which was abuzz with activity. Earlier, when teachers had blocked the road commuters had to face a lot of inconvenience.

"We fear that such a huge number of vehicles can not be accommodated in the grain market alone. Those in hurry will park their vehicles on the main roads, blocking the traffic,” he said.

Kanwalpreet Brar, however, said the grain market had enough space to accommodate hundreds of vehicles.

"There will be a separate designated parking space. On the front, vehicles of zila parishad and block samiti members and the public will be parked along the road, while vehicles of ministers will be parked inside the grain market. Arrangements have been made for drinking water, seating, etc. during the function,” said Brar.

A Municipal Corporation said although authorities had made all the arrangements, no one could control the weather. “If weather remains hot and humid, people will have a tough time as the function is in the open,” said the official.



bihar mid-day meal tragedy
School heads in region taking no chances
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 18
The Bihar mid-day meal tragedy has come as a wake-up call for those responsible for preparation and supply of meals to students in the region. They were jolted by the death of nearly 30 students due to negligence of teachers responsible for the execution of the scheme in Saran district of Bihar.

Though no fresh guidelines have been received from higher authorities in this regard, heads of various government and private aided schools in Ludhiana and Sangrur districts have directed the in-charges of the scheme at their schools to be more cautious while purchasing material and getting the food processed.

While antecedents of cooks and helpers are being verified to rule out any foul play at any stage, they have been asked to maintain better personal hygiene. Cleanliness of the kitchen, proper cleaning of utensils and surveillance of cooked food have also been stressed on.

Maintaining that fundamental guidelines were being followed while preparing and serving meals to students in his institute, principal of MGMN Senior Secondary School Pardeep Sharda said he had enhanced surveillance besides advising the in-charge to be extra vigilant while procuring and preparing food.

"As the issue concerns the safety of hundreds of students, we are taking no chances," said Sharda, adding that the background check of cooks and helpers was being conducted.

Balwinder Singh Grewal, principal of Government Senior Secondary School, said he had advised the scheme in-charge to ensure that all food items were tasted by two adults and enough time was allowed to lapse to check for any reactions before serving the food to students.

"We are making sure that the food is served to students after ensuring that it is safe for their consumption,” said Grewal.


  • Check the expiry date in case of preserved food items including salt and condiments
  • Check rice, pulses and cereals for the presence of insecticides
  • Fresh vegetables to be washed
  • Stock perishable and non-perishable eatables in storerooms where no other material is kept
  • Cover pans and utensils carrying cooked and uncooked food
  • Keep kitchens and storerooms free from lizards and insects. Refrain from frequent fumigation
  • In case of any abnormal observation, students should be kept under medical observation



Industrialists apprised of trade opportunities
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 18
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), in collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI), organised an outreach session on free trade agreements (FTA).

The session highlighted the opportunities that the Indian industry can explore through the FTAs signed by India with many countries. Senior officials of the ministry addressed the gathering and interacted with the industrialists.

Vice-chairman, CII Punjab State Council, Sanjeev Pahwa during his welcome address said that 50 per cent of the world trade was on account of trade agreements. He also described the policy being followed by India under which exports are being expanded through FTAs. Except USA and China, India has engaged all major continents and trading blocs, he said.

Director, MoCI, Avinash P Joshi spoke about the FTA engagement with ASEAN countries. He said India-ASEAN trade rose from USD 30.72 billion in 2006-07 to USD 76.73 billion in 2012-13.

Deputy secretary, Trade Policy Department (Services), Sonia Pant talked about the service sector. She said in services trade, India enjoyed a surplus of over USD 65 billion.

Other speakers included Rajender Kalwani, under secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and TS Vishwanath, a member of the CII International Policy Council and principal advisor, APJ-SLG Law Offices.

cycle manufacturers meet ministry officials

A delegation of United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers’ Association (UCPMA) had a meeting with Avinash P Joshi, director, Ministry of Commerce and Industries, and Darshan Singh, joint director of foreign trade, to discuss the problems faced by the exporters under the Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The traders urged that bicycle should be included in the positive list instead of negative one so that the industry may compete with the neighbouring countries such as China and Taiwan. They said this would not only be beneficial for the industry, but also earn foreign exchange for the country.



Have you paid wealth tax?
File returns before July 31 or face stiff penalty
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 18
Very few taxpayers have heard of the wealth tax while even fewer have paid it. With notices being served on farmers pertaining to the filing of wealth tax, it’s important to be familiar with it.

"The Wealth tax is a direct tax, charged on the net wealth of the assessee. It is a tax based on the benefits derived from the ownership of a property. The tax is to be paid year after a year on the market value of the property owned, even if the property yields no income. It is payable if the market value of certain assets exceeds Rs 30 lakh. The tax is one per cent of the combined value of such assets," said a senior IT official.

Wealth tax targets unproductive, non-essential and idle assets. If you have bought a second house and not given it on rent, the value of the property will be included while computing your wealth tax liability. Gold and silver, whether bought, gifted or inherited, will also be included while calculating the tax. Even the cash you keep in your locker at home is liable to be taxed, said Munish Singla, a tax professional.

However, productive and financial assets, such as commercial property, bonds, fixed deposits, stocks, gold funds, mutual funds, saving account bank balance and gold exchange traded funds (ETFs’), are exempt from wealth tax.

There is a stiff penalty for evading wealth tax. An incorrect declaration of wealth can invite a fine of up to 500 per cent of the evaded tax. A person can also be jailed for up to seven years if the tax due is over Rs 1 lakh. Wealth tax evasion is easy to detect because the assets are tangible.

Wealth tax can be paid online or deposited at any designated bank branch. The wealth tax return is to be filed using form BA before July 31. If the assessee is liable to audit, the last date is September 30.

You must know

Assets chargeable to wealth tax

Guest house, residential house, commercial building, motor car, jewellery, bullion, utensils of gold, silver, yachts, boats and aircraft, urban land, cash-in-hand (over Rs 50,000), only for individual and Hindu undivided family (HUF)

The following will not be included in the assets

  • Any of the above held as a stock in trade
  • A house held for business or a profession
  • Any property in nature of commercial complex
  • A house let out for more than 300 days in a year
  • Gold deposit bond
  • A residential house allotted by a company to an employee, or an officer, or a whole time director (gross salary apart from perquisites, and before standard deduction should be less than ~5, 00,000).

The assets exempt from wealth tax are

  • Property held under a trust
  • Interest of the assessee in the coparcenary property of a HUF of which he is a member
  • Residential building of a former ruler
  • Assets belonging to an Indian repatriate
  • One house or a part of house or a plot of land not exceeding 500 square meters for individual and HUF assessee



A night of mixed emotions
Man’s car stolen from nursing home as wife gives birth to twins
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 18
It was a night of mixed feelings for a family belonging to Meerpur Hans village near Jagraon when some unidentified thieves stole a car from outside a nursing home where a woman of the family gave birth to twin boys.

Harinder Singh’s family broke into celebrations when they came to know that his wife had given birth to a boy child, ending their long wait. The couple was earlier blessed with a daughter 12 years back.

But the celebrations turned sour very soon when the family realised Harinder’s Maruti car parked outside the nursing home on Raikot Road had been stolen.

When Harinder Singh was to leave for the police station to report the incident on Tuesday night, the nursing home staff informed him that he had been blessed with another boy. The news of the birth of twins washed away the anguish of the theft.

"It is the most memorable day of my life as the God has blessed me with twins. Although my car was stolen, it somehow did not upset me,” said Harinder Singh.

Harinder Singh reported the car theft to the local police yesterday morning. Investigating officer ASI Satpal Singh said the police had registered a case against unidentified thieves.



interlocking of tiles on club Road
Residents sore over shoddy work
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 18
Residents of Club Road ought to be happy for the Municipal Corporation has taken in hand the work of fixing interlocking tiles on the footpaths on both sides of the road. But the poor quality of workmanship and lack of proper supervision has left them fuming and fretting instead.

The area residents complain that the work of fixing tiles was being carried out by unskilled workers without proper supervision of skilled staff or even the field staff of the Building and Roads Branch of the Municipal Corporation.

Col SK Sood, an Army officer (retired), said that he had apprised the area councillor, Narinder Sharma, as well as the MC Additional Commissioner, Isha Kalia, with the shoddy work being executed in a careless manner without any positive response from any quarter so far.

"Of course the public money is being spent in the name of beautification of the area, but if the quality of work being carried out is any indication, the money is just going down the drain with no body giving bothering about it," he said in a frustrated tone.Many other area residents rued that the labour deployed for fixing tiles was indifferent to the lapses being pointed out to them. The progress of the work, they added, was very slow and at times, the entire work force disappeared for days together. Not only this, the debris and other material have been left at the site where fixing of tiles has been completed.

"Over all, the area where tiles have been fixed does not give a neat and tidy look which ought to be the basic purpose of the beautification project," the residents pointed out.Both Narinder Sharma and Sunil Sharma, SDO of the B and R branch of the MC said the work was being constantly supervised by the field staff of the MC.

The work of fixing interlocking tiles on Club Road is still under progress and the contractor executing the work has been strictly told to maintain good quality of workmanship," said Sunil Sharma.

He further said that once the work was completed, it would be inspected by the officials concerned and only if it met the laid down standards of quality, the final bill of the contractor will be accepted for payment in the due course.



monsoon woes
Use kitchen herbs to stay fit: Experts
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 18
Acidity and indigestion are common problems during monsoons and immunity system also becomes weak. But one can keep fit by using a few basic kitchen herbs while cooking. A city based ayurvedacharya, Dr Ravinder Vatsayan, said, "Amla is very good for combating acidity and for improving the immunity level.

One can use 5 to 10 dried flakes of amla by boiling these along with vegetables and daal. It is a rich source of Vitamin C, which never gets destroyed even after overheating."

During the monsoons, people who start their day with tea should add a slice of ginger and a few leaves of Tulsi to their tea while preparing it. Those who have cough, saunf (fennel) and cardimum (chhoti iIlaichi) tea is the best."

Vatsayan further said, "If one suffers from body aches, one should take Tulsi and daalcheeni tea."

While an ayurvedic medical officer, Dr Monika Malhotra, said, "Due to acidity some people lose their appetite i.e. anorexia. They must take small slices of ginger with rock salt, 15 minutes before having meals. It helps in secretion of digestive juices."

Vatsayan said, "To keep the electrolytes of the body balanced, one should drink shikanjavi with salt, sugar, black salt, ajwain and zeera. People who are prone to diarrhoea should have isabgol husk (unrefined) with curd during the day time in this season."

Allovera and gloe are also useful herbs. Allovera can be taken in the form of a dish (sabji) once or twice a week. People, who suffer from the problem of uric acid, should take gloe. The experts say that one can take small quantity of gloe (size of an index finger), crush it and squeeze out the juice.

Take the juice everyday. Vatsayan said, "For controlling the cholesterol level and triglycerides, one can take two gm of triphala powder intermittently (two to three times in a week) with honey or warm milk. It clears the stomach and reduces toxicity, but one should not make it a regular habit."



Miraculous escape for 25 students on Hambran Road
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 18
Twenty-five students of Jesus Sacred Heart School had a miraculous escape when a bus they were travelling in collided with a milk tanker on Hambran Road near Dairy Complex today.

The incident took place around 7 am when the school bus ferrying children was heading towards Hambran Road. Eyewitness said the bus was being driven at a high speed. It collided with the tanker which was being reversed. The driver of the bus claimed that no student was on the bus when the incident took place.

However, onlookers said the students suffered minor injuries. Another bus was arranged for ferry the students.





Union workers’ protested outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office in support of the Maruti Sazuki workers who were jailed after violence erupted at the Manesar plant of the company on July 18, last year. “The workers’ legal demands should be accepted and they should be released from the jail. The whole worker fraternity is with them,” said a worker from Karkhana Mazdoor Union.

Traders meet Deputy CM

A deputation of traders and businessmen led by former minister Satpal Gosain, general secretary of Punjab Beopar Mandal Sunil Mehra and former vice-chairman of Punjab traders’ board Baba Ajit Singh apprised the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal of the problems of traders relating to the Vat and Sale Tax Department and demanded an immediate solution. The meeting was held at the SAD National vice-president Dr Tejinder Pal Singh’s residence. Another deputation of Dasmesh Welfare Society demanded an improvement in civic conditions and traffic in the city. Problem of people dealing with real estate was also elaborated by a deputation of property dealers headed by Jatinderpal Singh Saluja and Pritam Singh Bharowal. Badal said that he will ask the authorities concerned to look into the matter and find a solution at the earliest.

Medical camp

A free medical check-up camp was organised by Ma Bhagwati Club and Punarjot Eye Bank Society at SS Public School, Prabhat Nagar, Dholewal. As many as 292 patients were checked up by Dr Ramesh and Dr Sarvesh Arora. Free-of-cost medicines were distributed to the patients.


State-level meeting of Janata Dal (United) was held under the presidentship of Arun Vastav on Thursday. Vice-president of the party, Rachpal Singh Gill, said the party needed to be strengthened at the ground-level. The deserving workers will also be awarded, he said.


Congress councillors continued with their dharna for the fourth consecutive day. The protesting councillors asked the Mayor to seek a trust vote during the MC General House Meeting. — TNS



kidnapping case
‘It’s tough to make out the real cops’
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 18
Anyone wearing a khaki uniform is not a policeman. The July 13 kidnapping incident where six men posing as policemen kidnapped industrialist Manish Bharara proved that. "Who should we trust? when kidnappers wear khaki uniforms, the real policemen arrived at my eatery in plain cloths," said Hardeep Singh, a dhaba owner reflecting the sentiments of area residents following the kidnapping incident on National Highway I, near Doraha.

The kidnapping took place barelya few yards away from Hardeep's dhaba. He said that a day after the kidnapping incident, a policeman arrived at his eatery to get details."The policeman was in plain cloths. So I asked him to show his identity card. When I asked for his ID, he smiled at me. I told him that ever since the incident took place we have lost faith in man wearing khaki uniforms," said that Hardeep Singh.

He said that kidnappers knew that no one would intervene and save Manish if they would come dressed as policemen."The workers did not intervene as they feared that the police would arrest them along with Manish," said Hardeep Singh.

Gurdail Singh, a resident of Ram Nagar village, said that that the police should keep a tab on the sale of police uniforms so that similar incident do not occur again."People are scared of khaki uniform and the kidnappers were aware of the fact.

They purchased the uniforms and committed the crime in a planned manner. hile everyone was thinking that Manish was being arrested, he was actually being kidnapped in full public view," said Gurdial Singh.



Calls were made from different locations to hoodwink police
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 18
"I am kidnapped," was the first message that accused Gur Arpan had sent from Morinda on Manish Bharara's mobile phone. Sources said that after kidnapping Manish Bharara and his driver Hem Raj, Gur Arpan switched off their mobile phones and took them to his (Gur Arpan’s )farmhouse in Khatra village near Khanna.

After a few hours, Gur arpan took out his Mercedes and headed towards Morinda. On reaching Morinda he switched on Manish's mobile phone and sent an SMS to Manish's father.

After sending the message, Gur Arpan switched off the phone again. Investigating Officer Waryam Singh said Gur Arpan did this to hoodwink the police."He wanted to deflect the police investigation and wanted to create an impression in the minds of the police that Manish was being taken towards Chandigarh," said Waryam Singh.

A senior officer said that the plan was fool proof, Gur Arpan demanded ransom by using Manish's mobile phone. And each time he made use of the phone, the call was from a different lactation. He was doing so that he would not be traced, said the officer.Gur Arpan's farm house is located barely 20km from Manish’s factory.



2 booked for kidnapping woman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 18
The city police has booked two brothers for kidnapping a 22-year-old woman on the pretext of offering her a job. The accused have been identified as Santosh Kumar and Shiv Poojan, residents of New Partap Nagar, Haibowal Kalan.

The accused were running a placement agency. Yog Raj, a resident of Salem Tabri, brought the matter to the notice of police after his daughter did not return home till the evening on June 18.

He got a call from Santosh Kumar informing him that that his daughter was with him and will return after getting a job. After that he allegedly switched off his phone.

The police has recorded the victim's statement and registered a case under Sections 363, 365 and 120-B of the IPC.



After six years on the run, PO held
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, July 18
The Jagraon police has arrested a proclaimed offender on the run for the past six years. The accused, Rakesh Kumar, alias Meshi, of Raikot, was booked in an illegal liquor seizure case in May 2007.

He was arrested by a police team from Raikot following a tip-off today. Jagraon PO wing in-charge Jaspal Chopra said they received information that Rakesh Kumar had come to meet his family at Raikot. Following this, he was arrested in a police raid.

"The accused had been absconding since the police booked him. During the preliminary investigation, the accused has revealed that he had been staying at different places to evade arrest,” said Chopra.

The police produced the accused before a local court, which sent him to judicial custody till the next hearing of the case. Earlier, Rakesh Kumar had also spent some months in jail in a theft case.



I-T Dept employee charged with fraud
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 18
A computer operator at the Income Tax office was allegedly found issuing fake income tax refunds in her and her family's name. Sources in the department revealed that since she was aware of the passwords of the Income Tax officers, she accessed the logins and issued refunds worth Rs 89,000.

The computer operator issued four refunds worth Rs 22,000 each in her and her family's name from different logins. She deposited refund cheques in her account.

The fraud came to light when there was a mismatch of data regarding the TDS and refunds. Sources revealed that the department had attached her bank account and had recovered Rs 70,000.



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