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Another man dies cleaning sewer
Asphyxiation is said to be the reason behind death; no case registered so far
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 31
A factory worker lost his life due to asphyxiation when he entered a sewer line of a private factory located at Focal Point, Phase V, here today. The deceased, Lokesh Kumar (35), had entered the sewer line along with another factory employee to clear the choked sewer.

It is learnt that Lokesh’s brother Neeta works in the factory where this incident took place. The factory owner reportedly asked Neeta to hire some persons who could clean the sewer line. So Neeta called Lokesh and Anil, another factory worker, to clean the sewer.

After Lokesh entered the sewer line and did not come out after some time, his brother and a friend became worried and went inside to check what lokesh was doing. They found Lokesh lying in an unconscious inside the sewer line. He is believed to have died due to asphyxiation.

This is not for the first time that a person has lost his life while trying to clean a sewer line in the city.

One year ago, Pardeep Kumar, a contractual Safai Sewak of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation had lost his life for a meager Rs 200. He, along with two friends, had taken a private “contract” of Rs 600 for cleaning a sewer line near Dairy Complex in the Haibowal area but unfortunately, when Pardeep entered the manhole, the sewager swept him away.

After the incident, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation had decided to get an FIR registered against the scrap dealer, who had hired Pardeep Kumar, for cleaning the sewage line near Dairy Complex.

The civic body has already banned the opening of sewers by private persons in the city and one needs to take permission from the MC before getting it opened. This decision was taken in February 2011, when two MC employees had died while trying to open a private sewer line in the Bhagwan Chowk area of the city.

MC Joint Commissioner AS Sekhon stated that the deceased had no connection with the MC. “He was a factory worker and was hired by the factory owner to clean the private sewer line. The MC line passing from the area is not choked and maybe there was some problem in the factory’s private sewer line,” he claimed.

Even the sewer men employed with the MC constantly face threat to their lives as they are made to clear the sewer lines without any safety equipment. In case an MC worker dies while on duty, the family is paid Rs 2 lakh as compensation.

For several years, the sewer men were forced to use those safety kits, which weighed around 18 kg . It was impossible for the sewer men to enter a 12-inch diameter manhole after wearing this safety kit.

Gurtej Singh, SHO of the Focal Point police station, stated that they were still investigating the matter and no case had been registered so far.


MC set to take over three LIT colonies
Proposal to be discussed at MC House meeting on August 2
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 31
After taking over four residential colonies developed by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is all set to take over three residential colonies developed by the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) under its ambit.

These residential colonies include Sector 32-A, Sector 33 and Sector 40, which were developed by GLADA many years ago.

After carrying out a detailed survey, a proposal in this regard has been prepared and it will be formally put up before the MC House on August 2.

As per the proposal, the MC has asked GLADA to deposit an amount of Rs 1.84 crore as maintenance charges of the bridges and roads branch, operations and maintenance cell, light branch and horticulture branch and building branch. This amount has been demanded so that MC can carry out necessary development and maintenance works in these colonies.

While speaking to The Tribune, MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma, who is also the Chief Administrator of GLADA, stated that government agencies such as the Ludhiana Improvement Trust, PUDA or GLADA are basically there to develop a particular area.

“But once the area is developed by these agencies, there has to be a centralised system for development and maintenance. All the three areas have been developed by GLADA and 80 percent of the work is done and it is the right time for the MC to takeover so that the area can be developed in a more systematic way,” he stated.

The MC had recently taken over Rajguru Nagar, Rishi Nagar, Bharat Nagar Extension and Sant Isher Singh Nagar localities that were initially developed by LIT. Another LIT colony, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar on Pakhowal Road, is also in the process of getting transferred to the MC.

MC asks GLADA to deposit 1.84 cr

The civic officials have prepared the proposal to take over Sector 32-A, 33 and 40, which are currently under GLADA. The officials have asked GLADA to deposit Rs 1.84 crore as maintenance charges so that they can continue with the development and maintenance work at a later stage.



e-trip necessary to curb ‘peti-mafia’, says Excise and Taxation Commissioner
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 31
It is perhaps for the first time that few industrialists feel that e-trip is the need of the hour to curb massive evasion of VAT and other taxes by the "peti-mafia". The nefarious activities of "peti-mafia" in Ludhiana alone cause losses to the tune of several thousand crores to the state exchequer.

Even Anurag Verma, Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Punjab, said that e-trip was introduced not to harass the business community but to crack whip against the tax-evaders, who were duping government by sending consignments in an illegal way or were presenting bogus bills to get refunds.

At the same time, some department officials (Excise and Taxation Department) maintain that "peti-mafia" cannot function without political backing. An ETO, on condition of anonymity said that Ludhiana was the heart of Punjab and every official wanted to be posted in Ludhiana for "obvious reasons". "They can not get the plum postings without recommendations of politicians and latter leave no opportunity to get the returns by sending consignments of near and dear ones, who pay them for every illegal consignment sent", said the ETO.

A hosiery manufacturer at Sunder Nagar said that e-trip had to be introduced to keep a check on nefarious activities of "peti-mafia". He said that on one bill, several consignments are cleared at the Railway Station in connivance with officials from the Excise and Taxation Department and the Railways. "A majority of the politicians have their own quotas on a daily basis, their consignments get cleared without bills. For each consignment, they get between Rs 500 and Rs 1,000. It is unfortunate that more than 80 per cent of the goods, including hosiery items, readymade garments, expensive auto-parts get cleared illegally through the peti-mafia", said the manufacturer further adding that instead of getting minute details, the department should simplify the procedure for the business community by asking about the bill number, name of the firm, total amount, date of dispatch etc. "We are for the e-trip", said the hosiery manufacturer.

If the sources at the Excise and Taxation Department and the Railways are to be believed then goods worth between Rs 10 and15 crores on an average were being sent through "peti-mafia" from Ludhiana on a daily basis. "Peti-mafia" have been having a free run as the railway officials and the staff of the enforcement wing of the Excise And Taxation Department have been at loggerheads over inspection and seizure of goods once these enter the railway parcel office. And many times, there have been a few open confrontations between them over the crucial issue.



With Rakhi round the corner, customs officials are a busy lot
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 31
As the festival of Rakhi is round the corner, residents are already sending rakhis and gifts abroad from the city post offices.
Even though the festival is 20 days away, people are buying rakhis and gifts to send them to far off places and abroad, said an official at the Postal Department.

Parcels that are sent through registered post or speed post are checked by the custom officials. "For anybody sending parcels abroad through registered post or speed post, these are sent through the Head Post Office after being checked by customs officials here," said a postal official.

Ludhiana Head Post Office is one of the few post offices in the state, where customs officials come and check the parcels, because a large number of parcels are dispatched from here.

"I am sending a rakhi to my brother who lives in the USA. It will take some days to reach, so I'm sending it now, to ensure that it reaches him on time," said a resident.

The products are checked by the custom officials from 11 am to 1 pm at the Head Post Office. "We generally check about 15 to 20 parcels being posted abroad on an average day, but due to Rakhi, a lot of people are coming to get their parcels checked. Now days, we are checking more than hundred parcels in a day," said a customs official at the post office.

Some of the residents said that they faced a lot of inconvenience as there was a rush to get their parcels checked. "There is a lot of rush as a lot of people are coming to the post office to post their rakhis. Custom officials should extend their duration of visit during this time," said Rohit, a resident.

Duration of visit should be extended

Some of the residents said that they faced a lot of inconvenience as there was a rush to get their parcels checked. "There is a lot of rush as a lot of people are coming to the post office to post their rakhis. Custom officials should extend their duration of visit during this time," said Rohit, a resident.



More than 200 enrolled on last day in post offices
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 31
It was the last day of enrolment of Aadhaar cards at the post offices today. The contract between the India Post and the IT firm empanelled with the Postal Department carrying out the enrolment work Smart Chip ended today.

Being the last day, more than 200 people had gathered at the Head Post Office today. A large number of people had also gathered at the Central Post Office. Police personnel were deployed at the post offices to avoid any untoward incident. The process was carried out peacefully, says Navneet Verma, from Smart Chip. More than 75 persons were enrolled at Head Post Office and a same numbers were enrolled at the Central Post Office too.

"We reached the post office early in the morning today, so that we could get ourselves enrolled," says Deepak Ahuja, a resident.

"In the session we have carried out about 60,000 enrolments which began last year," he said.

People who were not able to get the enrolments done were disappointed. The government must set up enrolment centres. "Aadhaar cards take a lot of time to be made. It is not clear when the next phase of enrolments will be carried out," said Ramesh Kumar, a resident of Model Town. 



Confusion mars admissions
Syndicate gives nod to increase in number of seats; PU yet to notify
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 31
A meeting of the Syndicate of Panjab University (PU) was held on July 27 in which a decision regarding the increase in the number of seats in colleges was taken. But|the notification by the university is still awaited in the colleges.

Ever since the students and their parents came to know about the decision of increase in the seats of various courses in colleges, affiliated to PU, they have rbeen visiting the colleges to know if their children can be accommodated.

Dr Parveen Chawla, member of the Syndicate of PU, said verbally it had been approved in the Syndicate that seats had been increased in various courses like BCom, BBA, etc. “But till we get the instructions in written from the university, we cannot admit the students,” said Dr Chawla.

She said, “I have already asked the university authorities to send the notification to the colleges at the earliest as the students who haven’t got admission must be worried about getting a seat.”



Traders irked over lack of cleanliness
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 31
After numerous complaints about lack of cleanliness in various parts of the town and several protests organised by the residents of different localities against the Municipal Council authorities, the traders and commission agents of Old Grain Market, Jagraon, have also opened front against the local municipal council due to lack of cleanliness in the old grain market.

The traders and commission agents led by Jagraon Aahrtiya Association have installed a huge hoarding at the entrance of the Old Grain Market which depicts utterly bad condition of sanitation in various parts of the town as well as old grain market through the pictures of heaps of garbage and litter printed on it.

To embarrass the authorities of local municipal council, a line reading "Dengue Ate Gastro Da Purani Dana Mandi Vich Purzor Sadda" (Old Grain Market Appeals for Dengue and Gastro) has also been written on the hoarding.

Though some unidentified persons removed the hoarding past night but the traders installed a similar hoarding at the same place today.

According to the representatives of the Jagraon Aahrtiya Association, the local municipal council has paid no attention towards the sanitation in the old grain market despite countless appeals by the traders and the shopkeepers of the market to municipal council authorities.

"We even personally met municipal council president, Baldev Krishan Dhir, many a time. We informed him about the problem of lack of cleanliness in the market and requested to make proper arrangements for maintaining cleanliness. But all our requests fell on deaf ears and nothing has been done to clean the market," said Raj Kumar Bhalla, district general secretary of the Punjab Aahrtiya Association.

He further stated the sweepers deployed by the local municipal council at the old grain market for cleaning purpose rarely clean the market as a result of which huge heaps of garbage are laying in whole of the market.

Irked over the apathetic attitude and constant ignorance of demands of the local traders by the municipal council authorities, the traders and shopkeepers led by the Jagraon Aahrtiya Association held a protest in the market today and raised slogans against the municipal council officials.

It is pertinent to mention here that a business to the tune of several crores of rupees is done at the local old grain market every day. The shopkeepers and the traders have now threatened to hold protest outside municipal council office if this problem is not solved within a given time.

Municipal Council, president, Baldev Krishan Dhir, when contacted said the council has deployed three sweepers at the old grain market for cleaning the market. "The shopkeepers have informed me about the lack of cleanliness following which we have summoned the sweepers. If the traders of old grain market are not satisfied with their work, we would change the sweepers," said Dhir.



Panic grips Khanna as bus plunges into canal
Mahesh Sharma/ Gurminder Grewal

Khanna/Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 31
Panic gripped the region following the news of a bus falling into canal near Sirhind Bridge early in the morning today. Those, whose friends and relatives had gone to New Delhi recently, were among those who panicked more. Inability to contact expected travellers further enhanced anxiety.

Besides remaining occupied in enquiring about wellbeing of nears and dears, the residents remained busy in responding to calls made by their relatives and friends settled abroad and in other distant parts of the country.

Sources said the news about plunging of PUNBUS in water of the canal near floating restaurant near Sirhind town on the Ludhiana-Delhi highway had almost shaken everybody whose known ones were expected to travel on the route today. Upset persons included even those whose friends and relatives had gone to Dehli in private vehicles.

"I was worried about well being of one of my cousins who had gone to New Delhi in his car on Sunday. As he was supposed to return journey early in the morning today we were shocked to learn about the mishap, apprehending that he might have not boarded some bus due to some snag in car," said Narinder Singh of Payal town. It was only after Narinder succeeded in contacting his cousin that members of the clan heaved a sigh of relief.

Formers president Municipal Council at Mandi Ahmedgarh said owners and managers of some business establishments kept calling him to enquire about the well being of members of their families and employees who had gone to the national capital in connection with the business. Unavailability of an authentic information about the incident and details of the victims compounded problems for the local administration as nobody was in a position to give satisfactory answer to worried residents.

Naresh Kumar Sharma was among those residents who had started receiving calls from their friends and relatives settled abroad in the afternoon. "Though we rarely travel in bus between Delhi and out town, members of our families settled in Canada and the United States of America called us to rule out any possibility of being victims in the mishap," said Sharma.



Jagraon residents ‘forced’ to drink contaminated water
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 31
Residents of various areas of Jagraon are being ‘forced to drink’ contaminated water being supplied in the localities by the Water Supply Department of the local Municipal Council.

The residents of Gandhi Mohhala, Mohhala Mai Jeena, Lehndi Bhani Basati, Agwar Ladhai, Agwar Lopon, Bagh Kheta Ram, New Shastri Nagar, areas located near New Gaushala etc. complain that they are being supplied dirty drinking water for the past many days.

According to the residents, there are several people who have fallen ill only because of consuming this drinking water.

"During the past some days, more than half a dozen of residents of our locality have fallen ill. In most of the cases the patients are being diagnosed with diseases which are usually caused due to intake of dirty p water," says Parminder Singh, a resident of Agwar Lopon area of Jagraon.

Similar is the problem with the other localities where several people have fallen ill recently. Most of the patients have been suffering from water-borne diseases.

The local physicians who operate private clinics in the town confirm that they have been treating 8 to 10 patients suffering from water borne disease every day. The major reason behind such kind of diseases is the dirty drinking water, say doctors.

The residents of some of areas claimed that the drinking water has been mixing with the sewerage waste due to leakage in the water supply and sewerage pipes at some places leading to contamination of the drinking water. This might even cause outbreak of dangerous diseases, fear the residents.

A conspiracy hatched by opponents: Councillor

MC president Baldev Krishan Dhir rubbished the claims about supply of dirty drinking water. "These claims are part of a conspiracy hatched by my political opponents to defame me. In fact, some people want to take political advantage in the upcoming municipal council elections with such cheap tactics," he claimed.



Muslim community reduces Iftar party expenses, raise funds for Uttarakhand
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 31
Muslim community, that used to organise big Iftar parties during Ramzan, have decided to contribute towards rehabilitation of victims of the recent floods in Uttarakhand, by reducing expenses on these parties. Instead of organising elaborate parties they have decided to host token parties.

The saved money is being sent to social and religious organisations engaged in the rehabilitation of villages and educational institutes in Uttarakhand and surrounding regions.

Dr Arun Gupta, district governor, Rotary district 3090, informed that past district governor Amjad Ali, chairman of the HARF Charitable Trust, had donated Rs 51,000 towards total contribution of Rs 1,46,300 that was being sent for rehabilitation of the a village devastated during recent floods in Uttarakhand. While more funds were still coming draft worth Rs 1,46,300 was handed over to former Rotary International Club president, Raja K Saboo, by Gupta and Ali today.

Referring to information, received from Ali, Gupta said the philanthropist had decided to donate the money by canceling the routine iftar party.

Rafiq Mohammad, an office-bearer of the Rotary Club, Malerkotla, former councillor Dilshad and Munir Mohammad are among those who earlier used to organise elaborate Iftar parties but decided to stall the parties and contribute the saved money for the help of flood hit victims through some government agencies.

Sita Gogna, a social activist and Bimal Kumar Sharma, chairman of Shree Ram Mandir Committee, said they had also decided to withdraw decision to organise Iftar parties which were scheduled to take place in following days.



Keeping theatre alive for 25 years
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Theatre artistes of Lok Kala Manch, Mandi Mullanpur, perform in a play in Ludhiana.
Theatre artistes of Lok Kala Manch, Mandi Mullanpur, perform in a play in Ludhiana. A tribune photograph

Ludhiana, July 31
"We feel proud that we have been continuously running theatre and spreading this theatre cult for the past 25 years that we started as 17-year-old," says Surinder Sharma, one of the founding members of the Lok Kala Manch, Mandi Mullapur.

There are about 30-on stage members and 55 members doing the backstage work. A play is performed by the Lok Kala Manch on last Saturday, every month. This is being organised for the past 25 years.

The other founding members of the Lok Kala Manch there are Rajeev Sharma, Tejinder Dhir and Harkesh Chowdhary. Rajeev Sharma, who went onto become film director, have won the National award for best Punjabi movie Nabar, last year.

"We were studying when we started and wanted to do something for the society and theatre is the best way to reach common, we started this theatre group," says Sharma.

"It is our firm belief that true art is the one that is for people and inspires people, and is not just for art's sake, but is for the people and that is what are taking forward," he says.

They met the noted theatre personality Gursharan Singh when he came to Ludhiana once. After that they worked with him from 1988 to 1995. "We learnt a lot from him, as he stood for the downtrodden, underprivileged and the poor and their strife through his people's theatre," he said.

"We even built an auditorium dedicated to Gursharan Singh in 2007, and named it after him as Gursharan Kala Bhawan. It was inaugurated by Gursharan himself," smiles Sharma.

"We are proud that we built the auditorium on our own, without any government or political help, through the money earned by the theatre performances over the years," he says. This work is being done only for the passion for theatre, not for a living. All the members of our group are employed. Most of them are teachers, he says. Not only the members, but also their families, including their spouse and children, also perform in the plays.

"We have performed almost all plays of Gursharan, in addition to plays by many others, including Prof Ajmer Aulakh, Anita Shabdeesh, Pali Bhupinder, Dr Sahib Singh etc. There have been several performances of plays of the theatre members as well, including Harkesh Chowdhary's Khetan Da Putt, Hai Lal Hamare Pareshan and those by Sharma including “Ehna Zalema Da Ki Kariye, Choran Nu Mor.” His play Mashalan Balan Deo is about the need to speak out about the rape incidents happening in the country.

Youngsters are also getting inspired and learning theatre. "Students read literature at the library and also learn music in the auditorium premises. Most of us being teachers, we also teach the students and tell about various facts and realities facing the world," he says. Many people from the group, including Rajeev Sharma have gone onto spread the theatre and its legacy further. "So many of our members have started theatre in places they have moved to," he says. They are keeping the rich legacy of theatre for the people alive.



Fake Fakebook profile: Former Parliamentary Secy lodges complaint
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, July 31
Popular social site Facebook seems to be misused either by some politicians or by miscreants to defame their opponents.

Former Parliamentary Secretary and Ex-Punjab Mandi Board Chairman, Gurbinder Singh Atwal, a resident of Phillaur, after knocking the doors of district police has now written to the DGP Punjab and Cyber Crime Wing of the police and complained that some miscreants not only to tried to defame him but also they tried to spoil his entire political career.

Giving details of the complaint (copy of which is with The Tribune), he said that he is totally ignorant about computer technology. But he was shocked to learn that somebody has prepared a fake Facebook account on his name along with his photograph and pasted some confusing and harmful news cuttings.

The police has started the investigations.



Students display creativity

Ludhiana, July 31
A display of creativity was witnessed at Inter-National Institute of Fashion Design, Ludhiana, where students of final year displayed their talent through a runway project. As a part of their fashion design curriculum, students have to carry out certain runway projects in their full day workshops which aim at developing their design skills.

Over 40 students were the part of this workshop and there were 10 garments majority in the draped forms. Students were awarded with the prizes also after the judgement based on their creativity and design skills. — TNS



Transporters wary of e-trip
Department says they will have to file only one form
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 31
While the hosiery manufacturers have been given an exemption from the e-trip, transporters maintain that they will do no "extra work" for the hosiery industry.

The Excise and Taxation Commissioner Anurag Verma, however, has made it clear that transporters will not be asked to file another form; the Electronic Information Collection Centre (EICC) password was enough to serve the dual purpose.

The chairman of Ludhiana Goods Transport Association, Charanjit Singh Lohara, said the way things were going, it seemed that accountability was being put on the transporters.

"If we are asked to file another form, we will flatly refuse as we are already filing the EICC information for the inter-state consignments. The e-trip has basically been imposed on the industrialists and not the transporters; then why should we be penalised for it?" he said. Lohara said goods were also being sent through the Railways. “What is the department doing about such consignments?” he said.

Anurag Verma said the department would hold a meeting with transporters to make the things clear. He said transporters will not be asked to provide any additional information on e-trip. "There will be no burden on the transporters. As far as the Railways are concerned, we have already mentioned in Rule 64 (C) on the website that all the import and export will be done through the EICC only,” said Verma.



CISF DIG meets Police Commissioner over BJYM protest at Tewari’s house
A sub-inspector of Central Industrial Security Force was hurt in the incident
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 31
Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) DIG Ajay Kumar today met Police Commissioner PS Gill in connection with the protest by Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha outside Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari's residence, in which a CISF sub-inspector was injured.

Though, the police remained tightlipped about the meeting, sources said the CISF DIG expressed concern over the incident.

In the meantime, a delegation of Congress MLAs, too, met the police chief to lodge protest against the incident.

District Congress Committee (Urban) president Pawan Dewan, who was accompanied by MLA Rakesh Panday, Surinder Dawar and other Congress leaders, termed the protest by BJYM activists as a “naked show of hooliganism”.

Dewan demanded strict action against the activists who were involved in the vandalising of the minister's house. 



Cycle assn to meet on August 17

Ludhiana, July 31
A meeting of the managing committee of United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association (UCPMA) was held. Gurmeet Singh Kular, president of association, welcomed the members.

The annual general meeting of the association will be held on August 17. Kular said the meetings with DETC Ludhiana regarding VAT refund, concluded with positive response.The DETC said members would get genuine and speedy refunds, if recommended by the president of the UCPMA. In the meeting 68 new membership applications were approved.—TNS



City bus service office shifted to Zone C building
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 31
The office of Ludhiana City Bus Service has been shifted to the Zone C office building located on Gill Road. The MC officials said the shifting of office from the bus stand will save the money being spent on paying the rent there.

The city bus service, started before the Vidhan Sabha elections in December 2011, has been running successfully with a fleet of 50 low-floor, non-AC buses.

At present, LCBSL was having one of its offices at the bus stand. As there was only room that had been rented at the bus stand, the staff was finding it difficult to operate from there.

A senior LCBSL official said with a new bigger office, the staff would be able to perform their duties better. The staff has already been shifted to the new office.



Operators demand loans to buy new buses
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 31
School bus operators have demanded that they be provided loans to buy new buses.
During a meeting of School Bus Welfare Association at Sarabha Nagar, office-bearers also demanded an exemption from the payment of taxes on school buses, so that they could provide the service to students on a reasonable fare.

The operators also met Albert Dua, member of Punjab Minority Commission, to press for their demands. Dua reportedly assured them that he would raise the issue at the higher level.

Sukhjinder Singh Johara, a member of the working committee of the association, said: "We are earning our bread by ferrying students to schools. It is a job of responsibility and we are doing it with dedication. The job, however, does not pay well, and we can not buy new buses as per the court orders. We have sought a year’s time to complete the papers.”



Date of filing returns extended to August 5
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 31
The Central Board of Direct Tax has extended the date of filing the income tax return for the financial year 2012-13 to August 5. The returns can be filed both online and manually.

The date has reportedly been extended as the server was causing problems in the past few days. The general secretary of Taxation Bar Association, Katinder Khurana, said in the past few days, due to heavy rush, the income tax returns were filed by the tax professionals at weekends till 6 pm too.

"The extension in the last date has given relief to those who had not filed their returns yet,” said Khurana.

For persons having an income over Rs 5 lakh, the filing of returns is mandatory. The salaried persons with an income up to Rs 5 lakh are also to file returns this year.



Models showcase bridal wear
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 31
A fashion show titled ‘Fashion for the Soul’ was organised at Laxmi Ladies Club today. The fashion show showcased fashion collection by Sonu Gandhi.
The show was opened by Mrs Punjab 2013 Neha Asija, and was choreographed by Aman Sood.

The show had pre-bridal and bridal collections comprising trousseau and couture collections, said Gandhi. Stitched sarees, shararas, long jackets, skirts were also showcased.

"The focus is on comfort and style. The essence of my collection is tradition, especially for the bridal wear," said Gandhi.

Long and short jackets were the highlights of the show. The designer used fire colours, including yellow, red, orange and green, in the collection.

Rain almost played spoilsport during the event, as the models had to scurry for shelter after a sudden shower.



Will ensure railway overbridge is completed at the earliest: Tewari
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 31
Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari has called for an early completion of the railway overbridge at Lakkar Pul. During his recent visit to the city, Tewari also visited the spot to assess the progress of the work.

A number of people who met Tewari urged him to take up the matter with the Ministry of Railways, since the construction had been stalled for a long time.

The minister asked the Divisional Railway Manager to submit the status report at the earliest.

The Lakkar Pul railway bridge is an important link connecting the old city with the new city. While earlier there was only a foot bridge, now a concrete railway overbridge is being constructed to facilitate both pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

Tewari said he would talk to the minister concerned and ensure that the work on the overbridge was completed at the earliest. 



Rheumatic diseases affect people of all ages: Experts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 31
Rheumatic diseases affect people of all ages and are the most common cause of physical impairment in both young and as well as old people. This was said by Dr Amit Kansal (DM, Clinical Immunology), who has recently joined as a Consultant Rheumatologist at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital.

Dr Kansal said rheumatic diseases comprised a group of disorders of the connective tissue, joints and bones in which muscular-skeletal pain and stiffness were the prominent symptoms. He said, “It is a common rheumatologic condition affecting 1 per cent of the Indian population. In rheumatoid arthritis, multiple joints are painful, swollen and are tender to touch.”

Another important symptom of the disease is early morning stiffness in the joints, Dr Kansal said. Among the full range of rheumatologic disorders that are seen in India, the most common conditions are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. 



from schools
Mango festival

Students celebrate Mango Festival at Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School in Ludhiana.
Students celebrate Mango Festival at Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School in Ludhiana. A Tribune Photograph

The kindergarten students in Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School, dressed in mango dresses presented a wonderful scene on Wednesday. Various activities were performed in the school to mark the significance of the occasion. The students of Class I to III came dressed as mangoes and brought mango desserts in their lunch boxes and relished it. Collage making competition was also a part of the festival in which students of Class IV and V showed their talents. Avinash Kaur Walia, director and founder principal, appreciated the students for their superb participation and encouraged them to eat a lot of fruits as they are rich in vitamins and minerals and help to fight against diseases. The chairman S Nirmal Singh Walia, director Mandeep Singh, headmistress Kamalpreet Kaur, and academic advisor Amrita Gakhar also appreciated the students for their overwhelming response in the activities.

Homage paid

Bharti Vidya Mandir organised a function to pay homage to Shaheed Udham Singh. A speech elucidating the exemplary life of the patriot was delivered by Vanshika of Class VIII. She solemnised the valiant martyr with her eloquence and illumined the spark of patriotism in all the Indians. The poem “Jado vi anakh da sawal” recited by Eshna and Pawneet of Class VIII immortalised Shaheed Udham Singh and the sound of “Jai Hind” reverberated on the school campus. Bandana Sethi, principal, appreciated the relentless patriotic fervour of the students.

Poetry recitation

In order to bring out the hidden talent of tiny-tots, a poetry recitation competition was organised by Green Land Convent School. The themes were festivals, seasons, country, save earth, means of transport and birds–our helpers, etc.

Investiture ceremony

Investiture ceremony was organised at BCM School, Basant Avenue, on Wednesday. Deserving young students from the primary, middle and senior wings of the school were bestowed with the responsibility of leading the school with their confidence and competence. To mark the celebrations a motivational song was presented by the school choir. It was followed by inspirational words of Dr Vandna Shahi, principal, motivated the students with her words ‘If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more than you are a leader.’— TNS



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A state-level meeting of 3442 teachers union was organised here on Wednesday. Eleven member state committee of the union was elected on the occasion. Shivraj Singh Moga was appointed as the state president, Ajay Khatkad as vice-president, Gaurav Sharma and Bhupinder Singh were appointed as the general secretaries in addition to other appointments.

A herbal garden was inaugurated at Government Primary School, Dhanansu. It was started by students under the aegis of Punjab Science and Technology Parishad and Vatavaran Sambhal Society, to mark Environment day. Chief guest Karam Singh Gill said, "If children are made aware about the environmental issues, the environment can be saved."

Martyrdom day

Members of Shaheed Udham Singh Memorial Trust pay homage to the martyr on his 73rd martyrdom day in Ludhiana.
Members of Shaheed Udham Singh Memorial Trust pay homage to the martyr on his 73rd martyrdom day in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Inderjeet Verma

The 73rd martyrdom day of Shaheed Udham Singh was observed by various organisations in the city on Wednesday. Congress Sewa Dal Ludhiana paid the tributes. Former District Congress president Krishan Kumar Bawa and Nirmal Kaira, president of Congress Sewa Dal paid homage to the martyr during a programme organised at Basti Abdullapur. Shaheed Udham Singh Memorial Trust and the District Congress committee members also paid homage at Sarabha Nagar.


The Vardhman group donated Rs 25 lakh to the Prime Minister Relief Fund for Uttarkhand victims. The tragedy has caused immense loss to life and property, and people are still reeling in its after-effects. So, the group has contributed the amount to show their concern for the cause of those affected.


TEQIP-II sponsored Electrical Engineering Department organised one-week short-term training programme cum workshop on computational tools for engineers (CTE) which started on Monday i.e. on July, 29 2013 at the Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College. The versatility of the softwares in developing programmes was displayed. A case study was listed wherein a student at a foreign university had developed a wheel chair using Lab view which can help the handicapped. The chair can move according to the thought process of the person.


Jain International Trade Organisation (JITO) inaugurated its Ludhiana chapter in Hotel Maharaja Regency. Komal Kumar Jain, chairman of JITO Ludhiana chapter and chairman of Duke Fashions, said JITO have been working approximately for the last six years for various spheres of Jain businessmen, industrialists, intellectuals and experienced managers spread all over the world. JITO aims at the service of humanity, education, economical improvement and social upliftment of the Jain community so as to create social and moral values.

City girl brings laurels

Taikwondo player Damandep Kaur was welcomed to the city on Wednesday. She won two silver medals in the 7th World Taikwondo Culture Expo, a world championship organised at South Korea. People expressed happiness and hoped she would bring more medals to the country

Karate championship

Twenty-two students from Guru Gobind Singh Public School, Pakhowal Road, Daad participated in the District Karate championship organised at Guru Nanak Stadium. The students bagged 9 gold medals, 5 silver and 5 bronze medals. .—TNS



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Induction programme

North West Group of Institutions organised its induction programme for the first year students on Wednesday. Lakhbir Singh Gill, chairman of institutions, emphasised on the need of providing quality education to students of the region and the significant role of the group in empowering youth of 200 villages. Prabhpreet Singh, managing director of the group and Puneet Kaur Gill, director development of the group were the guest of honour. The MD spoke on the value of ethics and morality in a society driven by values of market.

Academic session

Doraha Institute of Management and Technology (DIMT) began its new session by organising ‘Shri Sukhmani Sahib Paath’ here on Wednesday. The students themselves recited the Gurbani in the auspicious presence of Sri Guru Granth Sahib. Holy hymns were recited by the ragis followed by ardaas. The completion of 12 years of the institute was also celebrated by cake cutting ceremony. —TNS



Two drug peddlers arrested
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, July 31
The local police has arrested two persons for drug peddling. The accused were identified as Satnam Singh and Sarabjit Singh, both residents of Nakodar. The police recovered 100 gm of intoxicant powder from their possession.

The accused were nabbed during a check post the Phillaur police. The police has registered a case against the accused and started the investigaton.



Youth hurt as wall collapses

A 25-year-old youth was injured after a wall collapsed at a garage near Punjabi Bhawan on Wednesday. The injured has been identified as Raj Kumar. He was visiting the garage for the servicing of his taxi. The injured man was rushed to the Civil Hospital for treatment. He sustained injuries on his head and back.

Three injured in attack

Three persons, including a 50-year-old woman, were injured when there tenant allegedly attacked them at Sham Nagar late Tuesday night. The injured have been identified as Varinder Sayal, his wife Rekha Sayal and their son Gaurav Sayal. They alleged their tenant Anil Kumar along with his accomplices attacked them. Gaurav sustained a serious head injury and was rushed to the Civil Hospital, where he received eight stitches. The police has recorded their statement, and started the investigation.

Snatchers target senior citizen

Two motorcycle-borne youths snatched the gold earrings of a 60-year-old woman at Rishi Nagar. The victim, identified as Usha Rani, was on her way home after an evening stroll when the incident took place. One of the accused, who was riding pillion, alighted from the vehicle and snatched her gold earrings. Her earlobes began to bleed and she started screaming.

Missing boy found

Nine-year-old boy Gautam of Dharampura, who went missing nearly 26 days ago, was found in Amarpura on Tuesday night. The boy’s father had not contacted the police yet. The police spotted the boy sleeping in a deserted place and took him to the police station. Later it came to light that Gautam was missing for the past 26 days. When the police asked his father, Raj Kumar, as to why he did not report the matter to the police, he said earlier too Gautam had gone missing.

78-year-old dies in road mishap

A 78-year-old man was crushed to death by a speeding bus on Tuesday night. The accused has been identified as Sukhjit Kumar. According to Garry Arora, a resident of Janakpuri, he and his grandfather, Sunder Lal, were on their way home when a bus ran over Sunder Lal near the Cheema chowk. Sunder Lal was rushed to the Christian Medical College and Hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. The accused, meanwhile, managed to flee. The police has registered a case under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC against the accused for reckless driving resulting to death.

One held with drugs

The Division No. 5 police on Tuesday nabbed one person and seized a huge quantity of pharmaceutical drugs from his possession. The accused, identified as Parvinder Singh, alias Binder, is a resident of Barnala. The police nabbed the accused near Bharat Nagar Chowk at a police checkpoint. On spotting the police, the accused tried to flee, but was apprehended. During the search of his bag, the police found psychotropic drugs, including injections, cough syrups and tablets. A case under Sections 22-61-85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused.

Man, mother booked in dowry case

A man, along with his mother, was booked in a dowry harassment case. The case was registered following an investigation. The accused have been identified as Harpreet Singh and his mother, Hardeep Kaur. The complainant, Simranjit Kaur, a resident of Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar, Chandigarh Road, got married to Harpreet Singh in 2008. After some time, the accused allegedly started torturing her for dowry. A case under Sections 406 and 498-A of the IPC has been registered against the accused. No arrest has been made so far.

Bag stolen from bus

The city police has booked an unidentified person for stealing a bag from a bus. The victim, Parul, is a resident of Delhi. The incident took place on the night of July 26. Parul was visiting Ludhiana for some work. The bag contained a laptop, gold ring, three debit cards and some other valuables and cash.

Parents accuse police of siding with accused

Parents of Sachin Gupta, who was allegedly kidnapped and killed by his neighbours at Basant Enclave in the Dugri area in May, met the Police Commissioner here today. They complained to the police chief that the police officers concerned were trying to help the accused in absolving them from murder charges. — TNS



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