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MC gets third time lucky
Auctions 3 parking lots alongside Ferozepur Raod, generates Rs 61.2 lakh
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has finally some reason to cheer. Out of the nine parking lots alongside Ferozepur Road, the MC has managed to auction three. The MC managed to generate Rs 61.2 lakh from the auction of three parking lots. The MC was able to generate Rs 83.4 lakh from the auction of four parking sites alongside the same road on June 26.

The parking sites auctioned today include Bharat Nagar Chowk to New Courts Gate, Sandhu Tower to Malhar Road and Aarti Chowk to Bhai Bala Chowk (Hotel Nagpal Regency side).

The Bharat Nagar Chowk to New Courts Gate site was auctioned for Rs 14.4 lakh against the reserve price of Rs 14 lakh, Sandhu Tower to Malhar Road site was auctioned for Rs 17.8 lakh against the reserve price of Rs 17.54 lakh and Aarti Chowk to Bhai Bala Chowk site for Rs 29 lakh against the reserve price of Rs 28 lakh.

The parking lots which the MC was unable to auction include Shiraz Hotel to Bharat Nagar Chowk with the reserve price of Rs 14.4 lakh, from Gurdev Nagar to Sandhu Tower with the reserve price of Rs 14 lakh, from Malhar Road to Mandir Street, Sarabha Nagar, with the reserve price of Rs 12 lakh, from PAU gate number 1 to Circuit House with the reserve price of Rs 11.52 lakh, from Circuit House to Aarti Chowk with the reserve price of Rs 20 lakh and from Bhai Bala Chowk to Irrigation Department office site with the reserve price of Rs 21.6 lakh.

This was the third time that the auction was conducted. Out of the 13 parking lots, the MC has been able to auction only four during the first auction on June 26, while no person had shown interest in the nine remaining sites in the second auction held on July 18.

Superintendent of the MC’s tehbazaari wing (Zone D) Naveen Malhotra said out of total nine parking sites, the MC was able to auction only three. “The auction of remaining six sites will be held soon,” claimed Malhotra.

Parking charges

Following the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, a paid parking lot alongside Ferozepur Road was made functional on July 13. For parking a bicycle for one hour, residents have to pay Rs 5, for a two-wheeler Rs 10 and Rs 10 for a four-wheeler for the first hour. The residents have to pay Rs 20 for a two-wheeler if parked for more than one hour and less than two hours and Rs 30 for a four-wheeler for the same period. If the vehicle remains parked for more than two hours, it will be towed away by the traffic police. The violator will have to pay a fine to Rs 1,000.


Improvement Trust allots plot to ineligible applicant
Audit note says LIT failed to act against officials
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 29
In yet another act of criminal negligence, the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) has allotted a residential plot to an ineligible applicant. It has also failed to take action against the negligent officials despite being clearly directed by the state government to do so. The fact came to light in the audit report of the LIT for the year 2011-12, a copy of which was obtained under the Right to Information Act by the Council of RTI Activists.

As per the audit note, a city resident, Balwant Singh, had deposited the earnest money of Rs 1,200 vide receipt number 44398 dated November 18, 1982, for the allotment of a residential plot in the 475 Acre Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar scheme. However, as the Trust failed to conduct a draw for the allotment of plots in the said scheme as per schedule due to prolonged litigation, the applicant sought refund of his earnest money which was made to him on April 24, 1992.

The auditors further pointed out that in the draw conducted by the LIT in July 1999, the name of the applicant, Balwant Singh, was included in the draw even as he had taken the refund of his earnest money and was not eligible to participate in the draw of lots. Whether it was by design or otherwise, Balwant Singh was among the successful applicants and the Trust made the allotment of a 150 square yard plot (185-E). Accordingly, the applicant made the payment towards the cost of the residential plot and obtained the possession as well.

The fact came to light when Balwant Singh filed an application to obtain a no dues certificate in August 2003 in respect of the plot that had been allotted to him.

Citing directions of the Local Government Department, Punjab, in this particular case, the audit report mentioned that the LIT authorities had failed to carry out the government orders which said that the staff/officials responsible for inclusion of the name of Balwant Singh in the draw of lots even after he had taken the refund, be sent to the department so their responsibility could be fixed.

The audit report has sought compliance of the directions of the Local Government Department in letter and spirit under intimation to the office of the Auditor General, Punjab.

The lapse

In the draw conducted by the LIT in July 1999, the name of the applicant, Balwant Singh, was included even as he had taken the refund of his earnest money and was not eligible to participate in the draw of lots.



Mixed response to PSEB’s online system
Will bring efficiency and accuracy, but will hit studies, say teachers
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 29
Online registration and enrolment of students admitted to schools affiliated and associated with the Punjab School Education Board, Mohali, has received mixed response from the staff, parents and students. Enhanced efficacy and accuracy were cited as the immediate benefits of the new system while adverse affect on classroom teaching emerged as a major flaw.

Lack of technical staff at most of the rural schools and disparity in particulars of students and their parents were other impediments in uploading of data.

Observations revealed that the PSEB authorities had directed heads of all schools affiliated and associated with it to undertake enrolment and continuation of students being admitted in senior classes from Classes IX to XII.

Earlier, the information was sent to the board in written after the completion of admissions and the board officials used to record particulars of students after the admission process was over.

Appreciating the new trend, Krishana Sharda, principal, Government Senior Secondary School, Bilaspur, claimed that the software uploaded by the board on sites of various schools would prove beneficial during all phases of admission, examination and preparation of results. Besides avoiding repetition of clerical work, the new system would minimise the chances of spelling mistakes and figure work, claimed Sharda.

However, some teachers found the system as complicated and harmful for the classroom study. They alleged that the system had added to the already swollen non-teaching work forced on them. “How can we justify our role in classroom when we are expected to uploads particulars of students being admitted from time to time during the session which commenced on April 1, 2013,” argued a teacher from a local senior secondary school. He apprehended that the uploading work would not be completed by the deadline of August 13.

Parents led by Tarsem Garg apprehended that the new system would create problems for the students in case the staff concerned makes even a small mistake as no amendment would be allowed once the date is uploaded. Automatic translation from English to vernacular language was also prone to mistakes as there were more than one ways of spelling a particular name.



Bharara kidnapping
Businessman under scanner for selling wireless sets to accused
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
After the Khanna police booked a tailor who stitched police uniforms for kidnappers, a printer who made fake police identity cards and two store employees who sold a replica of the AK-47 rifle to the kidnappers of Manish Bharara, the role of a businessman who sold walkie-talkies to the accused has come under the scanner.

Gurarpan and Deepali, the main accused in the Manish Bharara kidnapping case, not only arranged the police uniform and fake AK-47 rifle, but in order to appear like real policemen they purchased wireless sets from a shop in Sant Nagar near Ghumar Mandi. The wireless sets were used by Gurarpan and his accomplices for communicating with each other, following the kidnapping of Manish Bharara from Doraha.

Gurarpan had purchased the wireless sets for a few thousands rupees. The owner of the shop, who sold the wireless sets to Gurarpan, did not even bother to verify his antecedents. The Khanna police visited the shop from where the walkie-talkies sets were purchased and quizzed the owner of shop.

SSP, Khanna, S Bhupati had earlier maintained that strict action would be taken against those who provided uniform, weapons and other material to the criminals, which led to Manish Bharara’s kidnapping.



e-trip system
Department to send SMS alert
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
As the industry has been raising hue and cry over the e-trip system, it fears that the password of the consigner could easily be hacked. To curb this menace, the Excise and Taxation Department, Punjab, has decided to alert the consigner through an SMS. The SMS will provide details like the names of the consignee and the consigner, bill number and date of the e-trip.

Giving details, Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner HPS Ghotra said the department would tie-up with a telecom company to send alert to the consigner regarding the e-trip. “Industrialists feel that the password will be hacked and anyone can have an access to it. This facility will be provided so the traders get an alert,” said Ghotra.

Badish K Jindal, national president of the Federation of Association of Small Industries of India said the department lacks infrastructure. “The department has failed to stop the bogus billing. There is no security as the password can be hacked by anyone. Earlier, many excise and taxation officers were found guilty of cheating the department in connivance with the industrialists. The department wants to burden the industrialists,” said Jindal.



Man crushed to death
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, July 29
A 38-year-old man was crushed to death while another person accompanying him suffered serious injuries when a two-wheeler they were travelling in was hit by a speeding mini-truck on the Ludhiana-Moga highway near Sherpura Chowk in Jagraon this morning.

The deceased was identified as Kala Singh while the injured had been identified as 44-year-old Chamkaur Singh, both residents of Dhudike village in the Moga district.

Eyewitnesses said the two-wheeler was completely damaged and Kala was crushed under the wheels of the mini-truck.

A police team from the Jagraon bus stand police post reached the spot and rushed both the victims to the Civil Hospital where the doctors declared Kala Singh brought dead. However, Chamkaur Singh’s condition is stated to be out of danger. ASI Baldev Singh said the police had impounded both the vehicles and the driver of the mini-truck had been arrested. "We have recorded Chamkaur Singh’s statement,” said ASI Baldev Singh.



Chaos mars parent-teacher meet
Inadequate parking space along Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway leads to snarl-up
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 29
Parent-teacher meet in a school, located about five kilometers from Jagraon on the Ludhiana side, resulted in a chaotic situation on Ludhiana-Ferozepur National Highway due to lack of parking space outside the school premises, on Saturday.

The commuters traveling on the national highway as well as the parents who had come to attend the meeting of their wards had to face a tough time. In absence of parking arrangements at one of the premium school in Jagraon area, the parents of the students had no option but to park their vehicles on both sides of the road, thus disrupting the flow of traffic on the national highway.

During a visit to the venue, it was found that more than 100 cars were haphazardly parked on both sides of the highway outside the school campus while, several other cars were seen parked on the road divider. The parking of vehicles on the roadsides has been a routine practice for a long time now.

Besides this, the wrong parking of vehicles on both sides of the Ludhiana-Ferozepur National Highway, which is one of the busiest highways in Punjab, also pose a grave risk of accidents for the commuters as well as the visitors.

The narrowing of the road due to the ongoing construction work on the project of converting it into a six-lane highway, the parking of vehicles on the roadside further increases the risk of accidents manifolds.

Kanwarpal Singh Bajwa, Jagraon Traffic Police incharge, said he was unaware of the practice of wrong parking of vehicles on the roadside outside the school. “It is the responsibility of the school managements to make proper parking arrangements. We would take up the issue with the school management and if the traffic is disrupted due to lack of parking space in future, we would take appropriate action,” Bajwa said.



4 suicides in a row shock residents
Our Correspondent

Koom Kalan/Machhiwara, July 29
Four suicides in just about 23 days in Koom Kalan village has raised a wave of fear among area residents. The family members of the deceased youths are in great shock after the incidents.

Harparshad Singh Virk, Sarpanch of the village, said the act of suicides started after the death of a youth named Rupinder Singh Rubi in an accident near Katana Sahib when he was going to pay obeisance at Gurdwara Katana Sahib.

The first incident took place on July 4, when Paramjit Singh, a village youth, committed suicide at Jandiali village by strangulating himself.

After his death his cousin brother Amandeep became mentally upset. He often used to say that his dead brother calls him. Also, he used to feel his brother’s presence a lot of times, he said.

Later, he committed suicide by jumping into Sirhand canal near Katana Sahib village when he was returning on a motorcycle from Gurdwara Sahib.

In another incident, Arvinder Singh, a resident of the same village, also committed suicide by jumping into the canal. His parents recognised the mobile and purse that he left outside the canal before committing suicide.

During a search operation, to find the victims, Rachpal Singh, another youth and the only son of his widow mother, was also found dead. It was learned that he committed suicide by jumping into the same canal near Gurdwara Katana Sahib.

His father and brother had died earlier and he was the only bread earner of the family. Body of Arvinder Singh is yet to be recovered while body of Amandeep was recovered.

The family members of the deceased youths and villagers are in grief over the untimely deaths and they have started performing Paath in the village for the well being of the village and its residents.

While, some villagers are citing various reasons for these deaths.



Ludhiana scan
Trolley launched

Members of the Ann Sewa Jal Trust, an NGO, inaugurate a trolley of eatables at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital in Ludhiana
Members of the Ann Sewa Jal Trust, an NGO, inaugurate a trolley of eatables at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital in Ludhiana on Monday. A Tribune Photograph

Ann Jal Sewa trust, a non-governmental organization, launched a trolley for carrying eatables for patients at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana. Shiv Ram Saroy, founder of the NGO, said the patients were provided free of cost meals. The trolley was inaugurated by Prem Sagar Jain, a city-based industrialist.

Meeting postponed

The meeting of Punjab Athletics Association scheduled for July 30 was postponed. Ajaib Singh Kaleke, president of Punjab Athletics Association, said the fresh date and venue shall be communicated to the members in due course of time.

Trip organised

Guru Ki Ladali Fauj Sewak Jatha organised a trip for the Sikh pilgrims here on Monday. More than 200 pilgrims left the city to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Taran Taran Sahib, Goindwal Sahib, Sultanpur Lodhi and Baba Budha Sahib on three buses. The organisers said the Jatha was keen to serve the Sikh sangat and would arrange such trips in future as well.

Literary programme held

Preet Sahit Sadan organised a literary programme here on Monday. A book titled ‘Sanchiyta’, written by Dr Asha Aneja was released by Dr Kalisah Nath Bhardwaj. A number of literary personalities were present on the occasion.


Hibiscus Retail announced the launch of the first flagship store of ‘Garcia Jeans’ at MBD Neopolis Mall on Monday. Jitendra Rohra, director of Hibiscus Retail, said this was the second store of the brand. It will be launched in other cities also, including Mumbai, Chandigarh, Delhi and Amritsar in next six months.


Duke one of the leading fashion apparel brands of India has been crowned as the Indian Power Brand at a function of Power Brand Glam 2013 held at Hotel Grand Venetian, Las Vegas, the US. The award was presented to Komal Kumar Jain, chairman, and Kanchan Jain, director of Duke Fashions, by Alisia Pulella, National Gaming Chief, the US.

Samaroh organised

Shri Hindu Nyaypeeth would prepare a taskforce to keep tabs to prevent incidents of cow-slaughtering and selling of beef. This was said by Praveen Dang from the organisation during 'Gau Raksha Sankalp Samaroh' organised at Himachal Bhawan, Bhagwan Nagar here on Monday. The taskforce would inform the administration of any such incident, and if the administration doesn't take any action, the taskforce would take an action itself.

Memorandum submitted

Parents and activists of Feed Foundation submitted a memorandum to Neeru Katyal Gupta, Additional Deputy Commissioner, regarding the issue of high fee at Ryan International School, Dugri, on Monday. They alleged that the school charges high amount of fee, inspite of no affiliation from the CBSE.

Hunger strike

Santosh Tiwari from Nidhan Singh Nagar Welfare Society was on hunger strike from past one week against the construction activity at a government plot on Hambran Road. This was informed by RB Malhotra, secretary of the society. Tiwari was demanding action against the alleged encroachment in his area which is causing inconvenience to commuters. Area residents went to the residence of Manish Tiwari, Union Information and Broadcasting minister and local MP, and briefed him about the matter after which Pawan Dewan, president of DCC, assured that he would get justice. — TNS



Commuting not easy on city roads
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

A damaged road in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar (E Block), Ludhiana. Tribune photo: HImanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, July 29
Roads constructed by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation have developed potholes. Every year due to water accumulation, roads get damaged, after which crores of rupees are spent on the repairs. Instead of finding a permanent solution to the problem, the Ludhiana MC chooses to spend hefty sums every year.

MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma had once told The Tribune that only the 9 per cent area of the city had storm sewers.

He stated that talks were on between the civic body and World Bank for laying storm sewers in the entire city.

But it is an open secret that these storm sewers don't function properly because they are never cleaned.

During rainy season, water gets accumulated on the roads.

Situation becomes worse in areas where the MC has not laid storm sewers.

A drive on the city roads exposes the MC's claims that all roads are properly taken care of. Be it Pakhowal Road, Ferozepur Road, Malhar Road or roads near Fountain Chowk, potholes are a common sight.

These not only give bumpy rides to motorists, but can even lead to accidents. Several lives are lost due to these potholes every year.A resident of Barewal Road, Deepinder Singh Grewal, said residents paid taxes because they expected that the MC would provide proper civic amenities to them. "During rainy season, the MC officials claim that the roads develop potholes due to rain, but what happens after the rainy season," he said.

Pawanpreet Singh Dhillon, a resident of Rajguru Nagar, said it had become difficult to ride a two-wheeler at night. "The MC should ensure that people are not made to suffer," said Dhillon.

A senior MC official claimed that they kept repairing the roads throughout the year. "Sometimes it becomes impossible to repair the roads, especially during rainy season. We will make it a point to repair the roads at the earliest," he claimed.



Minister lays emphasis on livestock occupations
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
A one-day workshop for animal husbandry officers kicked off at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) on Monday. Gulzar Singh Ranike, Cabinet Minister, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries, was the chief guest. He said research on livestock professions should be focused on the requirements and constraints of the state.

He said while drafting new research policies, small and marginal farmers should not be ignored as they formed 70 per cent of the farm community.

He said the animal husbandry department and GADVASU should carry out a joint research.

"Passouts should be equipped with modern and scientific know-how of the profession," he said.

He stated that an extension programme should be organised to apprise people of new facilities and techniques. He said camps and cattle fair should be held and efforts should be put in to carry out a research on livestock.

Des Raj Dhugga, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, was guest of honour. He said the optimum use of resources was the need of the hour. "We have good resources, but we are not utilising these in a balanced manner. A majority of livestock farmers are not aware of scientific recommendations.

Dr VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor, GADVASU, said the development of livestock professions in a scientific manner also brought new problems in the area of diseases, treatment, housing, production and research. He said value addition would help farmers make a profit. Dr Taneja said feed were prices had touched an all-time high.

The government should frame a policy as the prices are going through the roof. Dr HS Sandha, director, Animal Husbandry, Punjab, said livestock professions were contributing 9.2 per cent to the state GDP and 30 per cent to the agriculture GDP.

Therefore, diversification through livestock may be more beneficial. Ranike also released a compendium booklet, a compendium CD, vet alumni magazine and the monthly magazine of the university 'Vigayanak Pashu Palan'.



More varsities needed in state: PTU VC
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Students enact a play during the Toppers’ Day function at BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar, Ludhiana; and (below) Vice- Chancellor of Punjab Technical University Rajneesh Arora shares a light moment with the principal of the school. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, July 29
Talking about the controversy arising from irregularities in the distance education programme of Punjab Technical University (PTU) and corruption charges against him, Vice-Chancellor of the university Rajneesh Arora said there were malpractices in the university and being the head of the institution, it was natural for people to point fingers at him.

He said the services of the erring officials had been terminated.

He was in the city to attend the Toppers Day function at BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar.

Saying that Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal wanted that Giani Zail Singh College, Bathinda, should be turned into a university, Dr Arora said he also wanted the same. In Haryana, there are universities like Sir Chhotu Ram University, Sonepat, Guru Jambeshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar, and Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak. "We need more such universities in Punjab to unburden the universities," he said.

When asked about the large number of seats lying vacant in PTU affiliated colleges, he said the university introduced new courses according to the professional and industrial demands, but with the passage of time only a few opted for the courses, which was why the seats kept lying vacant.

He said an institute for teachers technical training and research was being set up by the university on Jalandhar-Ladhowal Road where teachers would be provided advanced training in teaching and technical aspects.

Become job creators not job seekers, says Arora

More than 130 students were honoured during the Toppers Day function organised at BCM Arya Model School. Twenty-five teachers were also given trophies for their excellent performance. While addressing students and parents during the function, PTU Vice Chancellor Dr Rajneesh Arora said toppers must utilise their potential for the growth of the nation and society.

Seeking high-paying jobs is the general attitude of the students. Parents also want their children to grab good jobs. "Rather than looking for jobs, toppers and high-performers in schools and colleges should focus on becoming job creators rather than being job seekers," said Dr Arora. He said top scorers got the best education and they looked for high-salaried jobs. But their salaries, even if high, would remain a fraction of their high potential, because policies of companies were profit making and cost cutting. So rather than going for jobs, toppers should utilise acumen into being entrepreneurs and become job creators. Profession of teaching should also be given a preference as good teachers nurture talent. He said agriculture and allied sector, business-entrepreneurship and teaching should be preferred by toppers. Students should choose their career according to their strengths and weaknesses, he said.



Anil Joshi bats for Modi
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
The Minister for Industry, Punjab, Anil Joshi, said the country needed leaders like Narender Modi who would run the show in a better way. He sought support for Modi as the elections could be announced anytime at the Centre. Joshi was invited by the Cloth Merchant Association which wanted to thank the minister for his support and cooperation.

When asked about the hue and cry over the e-trip issue, Joshi asked the industrialists not be swayed away with what the Beopar Mandal was preaching. He said the Beopar Mandals had their own vested interests. As far as the issue of e-trip was concerned, problems could be sorted out by sitting amicably and not by coming on roads to protest, said Joshi.

He told the industrialists not to lose cool as the issue of e-trip was being discussed with the authorities. Cracking whip against the corrupt officials, Joshi said a list of corrupt bureaucrats was being prepared and it would be sent to the government soon.

A core committee meeting of the state body of Beopar Mandal was held in Ludhiana today. Mahinder Aggarwal, general secretary of the mandal, said the protest was initiated by the mandal itself. He said in January too the state government had proposed the e-trip and following the agitation of the mandal, the decision was revoked.

"e-trip means that the business community in Punjab has to shell out at least Rs 1,000 crore to get the desired infrastructure/setting. And as per the government, it will get about Rs 250 crore by imposing e-trip. To get the revenue, businessmen are being asked to shell out Rs 1,000 crore. Is this justified on the part of the government?" asked Aggarwal.



Mad scramble for Aadhaar cards
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
With the last date for the enrolment of Aadhaar cards nearing, a large number of people have started making a beeline for the post office. As the enrolment agency officials are able to enrol 75 persons a day, heated arguments are witnessed between the applicants and the postal officials. The officials give token numbers to residents coming to the post office in the morning.

"Residents keep trickling in throughout the day, inquiring about the Aadhaar card enrolment and argue when they are told to come the next morning," said an official of the postal department.

"People are given a queue number in the morning and asked to come according to their turn, but they don't go back and keep waiting," said the official.

The residents said, "We are worried as the last date is nearing.

"Even though I was here in the morning, people who came before me were given queue numbers and now I will have to come tomorrow," said Ramesh Kumar, a resident.

"The government must start enrolments at a designated place so that the process is conducted with ease. My entire family and I are yet to enrol for Aadhaar cards and it isn't possible for us to come so early in the morning," said Deepika Sehgal, another resident.



Furore over digging work
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
Residents of Sham Singh Road, Civil Lines, accused a resident of 'illegally' digging up the road for connecting a sewer connection with the MC sewer line. The residents raised objections and called the police which impounded the JCB machine.

A resident said the house owner tried to dig up the road in the morning, but was stopped by the area residents. "But he managed to damage a large portion of the road in the evening. By the time, the area residents reached the spot, he had dug up almost half the width of the road. It was then that we informed the police which reached the spot and impounded the JCB machine," said the resident.The residents also called up Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, who sent the MC officials to the spot. The MC officials initially claimed that no digging had taken place in the area. But when the residents objected to their indifferent attitude, the MC officials claimed to take action against the house owner as well as the owner of the JCB machine.

MC Executive Engineer Ravinder Garg said he was not aware of the matter. SDO Balwinder Singh, who visited the spot, could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.



Vigilance Bureau’s bid to root out corruption
Our Correspondent

Amloh, July 29
To create awareness among people against the menace of corruption, the vigilance bureau has decided to hold public meetings at sub-division level. This was said by Balwinder Singh Randhawa, vigilance DSP of Fatehgarh Sahib, here today.

The DSP, during a meeting of municipal councilors, sarpanches, staff and students of Maghi Memorial College, said, “Public co-operation is necessary to eradicate corruption.”

He suggested for sending information at toll free numbers pertaining to the admission in courses without merit, for change of transformers in the villages, misuse of government grants, etc.

Kailash Amlohi, chief of Punjabi Lakhari Sabha, while comparing the country with Canada said, “Law in Canada treats everyone equally.”

Inspector Iqbal Singh appealed the audience to extend co-operation for the cause.



BSNL workers raise demands
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
One lakh casual/contractual workers have been working for the BSNL for the past 12 years. Though the BSNL corporate office has issued orders asking the officials concerned to revise wages, implement social security measures like EPF and ESI, nothing has been done in this direction so far.

This was stated by VAN Namboodiri, president of the BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation and BSNL Employees Union, while addressing mediapersons today.

He said in Punjab circle, the employees were getting Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000. They should be paid Rs 8,000. They do not get the benefits of the EPF and ESI. They have not even got their identity cards so far.

They are facing a number of problems, but the authorities have chosen to turn a blind eye.

As per the orders of the BSNL corporate office, the wages should be paid through a bank or by a cheque, but the employees are given cash.



Protest outside Tewari’s house was peaceful, claims BJP
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
Refuting allegations of the District Congress Committee that the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) workers created a ruckus outside MP Manish Tewari's residence yesterday, BJP workers said the protest was held peacefully.

Addressing a press conference here today, president of the district unit of the BJP Parveen Bansal and president of the BJYM (Ludhiana) Harsh Sharma said the party workers went with currency notes of Rs 5 denomination and cutlery plates asking how was is possible to afford a full meal for Rs 5, as the Central government ministers were claming.

The ministers were making a mockery of the poor by making such statements, said Sharma.

However, Pawan Dewan, president of the District Congress Committee, said the BJP workers created a ruckus outside Tewari's house and the police turned up very late, despite repeated calls.



Oath-taking ceremony on Aug 4

Ludhiana, July 29
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will be the chief guest on the oath-taking ceremony of sarpanches and panchayat members on August 4. As many as 7,000 members will be administered oath during the ceremony. Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari held a meeting with the heads of various departments at Bachat Bhawan.

He asked the officials to ensure that no untoward incident took place during the function.

As many as 10,000 people are expected to turn up at the function.Officials of the health department were asked to make arrangements for drinking water while the Municipal Corporation and Mandi Board officials were asked to make sure that the approach roads were in a good condition. Besides, the officials were asked 
to make seating arrangements. — TNS



2 booked for assault

Ludhiana, July 29
The city police has booked two persons for attacking a youth with sharp-edged weapon. The accused have been identified as Rupinder Singh of Jiwan Nagar and Sukhwinder of Vishwakarma Nagar. Ajit Kumar, a resident of New Puneet Nagar, said the incident took place on Sunday evening when his son Vicky and his friend were heading toward Dera Bhurelal near Samrala Chowk.

The accused started demanding Rs 20,000 for organising a fair on the dera premises. But Vicky refused to pay the amount which led to heated arguments. In a fit of rage, the accused attacked Vicky with a sharp-edged weapon. He suffered serious injuries and was rushed to a hospital.

Cyclist crushed to death

A person was crushed to death by a truck. The accused has been identified as Jasvir Singh of Tarn Taran. The incident took place on Saturday evening. Uday Yadav, a resident of Mundian Khurd, said he and Ravinder Sharma were on their way back home when a truck hit Ravinder’s cycle. He died on the spot. A case under Sections 279, 304 and 427 of the IPC has been registered. — TNS



Man feared drowned, 4 booked

Machhiwara, July 29
The police has booked four persons, including two brothers, for the alleged disappearance of a worker of a sand contractor. The accused allegedly attacked the worker and in order to save himself, he jumped into the Sutlej and was washed away.

The missing worker’s father, Kuldip Singh, said his son along with three other workers had gone on Dhusi Bandh near Dhulewal village to check illegal mining.

When they reached near Dhulewal, they spotted some persons armed with baseball bats and hockey sticks, who allegedly attacked them. Their vehicle was also damaged. Fearing threat to life, the workers, including Gagandeep and Narinder, ran through the fields but Gurjit Singh ran towards the river. In order to save his life, he jumped into the river. He is still missing. The police had booked four persons, including Balwant Singh and Nachatar, both brothers and residents of Dhulewal village and two others. — OC



Sports coaches shift base
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
Lack of job security has forced temporary coaches working in the state to move to Haryana. It is learnt that the state will be recruiting 500 junior coaches. The coaches claimed that they had put in efforts to promote sports in the state, but the sports department failed to regularise their services. They said they held a number of protests, but the department chose to look the other way.

The sports departments is facing an acute shortage of coaches. There are less than 50 permanent coaches in the state. The sports department failed to fill 225 posts of junior coaches advertised in July 2011. Fifty-five contractual coaches had filed a writ petition and go the recruitment process stalled as the department did not grade them on the basis of their experience.

Parminder Singh, president, Contract Coaches Association, said," We have worked hard to promote sports in the state. We work hard during the World Kabaddi Cup every year. Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, too, had promised us to regularise our services, but nothing has been done so far."

"We want to serve the state but due to lack of job security we have to go to Haryana. The sports department there takes the experience of the coaches into consideration while recruiting them."

The coaches have been working with the sports department since 2008. They are paid meagre salary.

An outsourcing company recruited them and the department paid them salary through the company.

SL Lotey, Deputy Director, Sports, said, "We have found an alternatives to run the sports wings as a large number of qualified coaches are unemployed. The department had advertised permanent job to adjust the coaches but they filed the writ petition. It is difficult to work in another state."



This budding shooter eyes medal in Olympics
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
Fifteen-year-old Malaika Goel, a budding shooter, wants to strike a medal in Olympics. Malaika has done the city proud by clinching two gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal in the recently held championships in Germany.

Malaika clinched one gold medal and one bronze medal during 'Meeting of Shooting Hopes' and bagged one gold medal and one silver medal in the Junior International Championship at Shul in Germany. She won the medals in the10-m air pistol event.

She has been selected for the Youth Asian Games to be held in China from August 16 to 24.

Malaika eyes a medal in the Olympics.

A student of Class XI, Malaika, started honing her skills in 2008. In the past four years, she has achieved a lot. She has won several national and international championships.

She practises at the shooting range in SCD Government College.

Her coach Gurjit Singh said, "Malaika is shaping up well. She is one of the best shooters. She has been performing well. She wants to prove her mettle in the Olympics and we hope that her hard work pays off."

Aiming high

A student of Class XI, Malaika, started participating in various championships in 2008. In the past four years, she has won several national and international championships. She practises at the shooting range in SCD Government College everyday and aims at proving her mettle by striking a medal in the Olympics.



Speed Sprint from August 3
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
Speed Sprint (car and bike rally) will be held on August 3 and 4. This is the fourth edition. The first two editions were held in Chandigarh in 2012 and the third edition was organised in Jaipur in June 2013. Entries from various parts of the country, including Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttaranchal, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Chandigarh and Panchkula are being registered. The event will be held at Ireo Waterfront.

Gulpreet Aulakh, an organiser of the event, said the event aims at promoting motorsport in the country.

The event will be held on a specially-designed tarmac track spread over 5 km. The track will have a number of obstacles and tricky turns to test the skill of the drivers.

Speed Sprint will be organised in Indore, Delhi and Agra. For Speed Sprint Ludhiana, the scrutiny of vehicles will be done in the morning on August 3. The competitive rounds will begin on August 4.



BVM School script win
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
BVM School beat GMT School, Jalandhar bypass, in the U-14 Cricket Tournament organised by Punjab School Games Organisation today.

A 15-over match was played at GRD School. BVM won the toss and elected to field first. The team bowled out the rivals for 48 runs.

Tanroop performed well and took four wickets for six runs in three overs while Vardan claimed four wickets for 15 runs in three overs.

BVM School won the match by eight wickets. Coach Ramandeep Sharma said the decision to field first proved beneficial for the team.



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