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Fireworks at MC General House
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
The second General House meeting of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation witnessed fireworks. Congress and independent councillors spewed venom against the MC officials. A councillor from the Bains group went to the extent of misbehaving with the Mayor alleging that he was not given a chance to speak his mind. Sixteen agenda items were tabled during the meeting and most of these were cleared. The proposal to convert residential roads into mixed-land use was put on hold as the Congress, independent and some Akali councillors objected to it.

The BJP councillors wanted the agenda item to be cleared. The meeting started at 2 pm and ended at 7.15 pm.

The issue pertaining to the clash between the supporters of Akali MLA Ranjit Singh Dhillon and independent councillor Daljit Singh Grewal led to a heated argument among the councillors. The councillors from the Daljit Singh Grewal group demanded that the MC house should pass a resolution against an FIR registered against Grewal and his supporters, a copy of which should be sent to the Police Commissioner so that the FIR be cancelled.

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria told the house that he would support a resolution seeking an inquiry into the matter. But the councillors were in no mood to listen to him and stood firm on their stand. A majority of the councillors said a resolution for the cancellation of the FIR should be passed.

Daljit Singh Grewal urged the Mayor to ask the MC officials whether the development work in question was to be carried out from the councillors quota or the MLA quota. After having a word with the officials, the Mayor announced that the work should be carried out from councillor quota.

Congress MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu said now everyone knew who was the victim. Later, a resolution was passed and it was announced that it would be sent to the Police Commissioner for the cancellation of the FIR. Following a clash between the supporters of councillor Daljit Singh Grewal and MLA Ranjit Singh Dhillon, an attempt to murder case was registered against Grewal and he was recently released from jail. MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar told the house that it was unlikely that A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd could set up a plant for producing electricity out of solid waste.

Councillor misbehaves with Mayor

As the Mayor, Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, announced that the MC secretary should start reading the agenda items so that those could be cleared, councillor Swarandeep Singh Chahal objected to it. He went towards the dais where the Mayor and MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma were sitting and misbehaved with the Mayor. The Mayor told him to mind his language, after which Chahal left the committee room. The Mayor then announced in the house that he would urge the councillors to pass a resolution against Chahal so that he could be suspended from the house and barred from attending the General House meetings. BJP councillor Gurdeep Singh Neetu also demanded that Chahal should be barred from attending at least two meetings while some councillors demanded that he should not be allowed to attend five meetings.

On the floor

  • MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma stated that the Lakkar Bridge project could not be completed by July 31 as some of the prefabricated slabs to be used in the project got damaged due to rain
  • The proposal for converting Shingar Cinema Road, Kashmir Nagar Road, Hambran Road into mixed-land use was put on hold after MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Akali councillor Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal and Congress councillors demanded that Pakhowal Road, Ishmeet Chowk Road, Kaka Marriage Palace Road and Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar Road should also be converted into mixed-land use
  • Akali councillor Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal demanded that an ROB should be constructed on Pakhowal Road level crossing. He also demanded that the City Bus Service should be started on Pakhowal Road
  • Councillor Parminder Singh Soma lamented that the MC was wasting money on making DPRs.
  • BJP councillor Gurdeep Singh Neetu demanded that mushrooming of illegal religious places in the city should be checked
  • BJP councillor Narinder Singh Malhi demanded that the garbage dumping site along Budha Nullah should be shifted


HC orders defied
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
An RTI activist lamented that residents were not allowed to see the proceedings of the MC General House meeting despite High Court's orders whereas the MC had issued visitor passes to kin of several councillors. Some of the councillors were seen attending the meeting along with their supporters. This was probably the first time that the MC had issued such passes.

RTI activist Kuldeep Singh Khaira claimed, "In a writ (PIL) filed against the Municipal Corporation, Amritsar, and the state government, it was ordered by the Punjab and Haryana High Court that all local bodies (Municipal Corporations, Committees, Nagar Panchayats etc.) would strictly comply with the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, 1976."

"But the civic body is not ready to allow the public to see the proceedings of the house. Police officers were not letting the public enter the meeting hall. I submitted a representation to the Commissioner as well as the Mayor requesting them to allow me to enter the house to see the proceedings, but they did not pay heed to it. This is violation of Section 62(4) of Punjab Municipal Act, 1976, which mandates that every meeting shall be open to the public, unless a majority of the members present at the meeting decide that any inquiry or deliberation pending before the corporation shall be held in private," stated Khaira.

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria stated that the committee hall where the meeting was held was not spacious to entertain the public. “Once we get a bigger hall, we will not stop any person from witnessing the General House proceedings,” claimed the Mayor.






On duty, they serve humanity
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
Mahatma Gandhi has rightly said the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. Going by the saying, the crew of 108 Ambulance today helped three women deliver babies on the way to the Civil Hospital. Timely help by the crew has given many a reason to smile.

Emergency medical technician Jagjivan Singh and pilot Shamsher Singh of 108 Ambulance stated, "We received a call for rushing a delivery patient to the hospital at 2.32 am. When we picked Meena Devi up from her residence at Ayali Kalan village, she went into labour. On reaching Octroi Post on Ferozepur Road, we stopped the ambulance and she gave birth to a baby girl at 2.41 am.

The second woman who had called up for the ambulance service was from the same village. Shamsher said,"Twenty-one-year-old Pinki was picked up at 4.35 am and on the way to the hospital, she delivered a baby boy at 4.44am." It was around 7 am when the same crew got another call from Green Avenue, Barewal Road. Jatin Malhotra, cluster head, Ludhiana XI for 108 Ambulance, said, “Sita Devi (28) was not in a condition to be rushed to the hospital so our crew helped her deliver a baby boy at her home only."



Big, fat state-level functions in city
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
Is it that the government wants to shift the capital of the state? It seems so as in just 25 days, four state-level functions have been organised in Ludhiana district. Lakhs are spent on these functions. The entire government machinery is on toes as Chief Minister, Cabinet Ministers, Director General of Police, Principal Secretaries and several other local leaders grace the functions.

The first state-level function was organised to administer oath to the Zila Parishad members while on August 4, sarpanches and panches of about 950 villages will be administered oath. The chief guest will be Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

On August 15, a function will be held at SCD Government College which will see CM as the Chief Guest and on the same day another state-level function will be held at Issru. An amount of Rs 85 lakh will be spent by the Punjab Government (excluding publicity advertisements) on these four-functions. While Rs 40 lakh was spent on July 19, on August 4, Rs 15 lakh is expected to be spent.

On Independence Day, Rs 10 lakh will be spent while on the function to be held at Issru, Rs 20 lakh will be spent. If highly placed sources in the Finance Department, Chandigarh, are to be believed, payments (of about Rs 65 lakh) will be disbursed through the treasury on receiving bills from the authorities. The authorities have already received Rs 20 lakh spent on July 19 function. At all these functions, 10,000 visitors (each) are expected to turn up. The officials are busy making arrangements. To top it all, the officials from almost all the departments will be on toes till August 15, providing security cover to Cabinet Ministers, DGP and Principal Secretaries.

Official's take

When asked about the arrangements for the functions, Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari said the officials were working overtime as flood alert had been sounded. "They are also making arrangements for the state-level functions. Under such circumstances, we will not be able to meet visitors, but will be clearing files. We will ensure that work does not suffer," said Tiwari.



Dhuri line rob
Rly agrees to provide subway
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 2
Conceding to the demand of the shopkeepers, who were denied access to the their commercial establishments due to the construction of a railway overbridge (ROB) on the Ludhiana-Dhuri line, the Railways has decided to construct a subway to provide a passage to residents of the area.

At a meeting convened by MK Gupta, chief engineer, Northern Railway (Headquarters) at New Delhi, office-bearers of the Canal View Market Welfare Association highlighted the problems being faced by shopkeepers and residents in the absence of a passage. Jaspal Singh Sachdeva, president of the association, said the affected shopkeepers pointed out that the proposed ROB over the level crossing on the Ludhiana-Dhuri line was aligned with the road which provides access to shopkeepers and residents of the area.

“With the construction of the ROB, the existing road will come under the ROB. The shopkeepers will have no access to their shops,” said an affected shopkeeper. He said the Railways should either provide a subway or a manned level crossing along the ROB.

Gupta told the shopkeepers that the Railways had formulated a policy to do away with the manned level crossings all over the country in a phased manner, but a subway could be provided at the site, which is also feasible at the site.

It was decided at the meeting that as per the site conditions and availability of the land, an underbridge with an opening of 4.25 metre width and 3 metre height would be constructed. The road would be 3.15 metre wide (including a drain). The top cover of the drain would form a passage to the shops. Sachdeva said the proposal for providing a subway was also discussed by the railway officials with the chief engineer, PWD, Punjab, the executing agency for the ROB.

Sachdeva and other office-bearers of the association claimed that this was perhaps for the first time that the Railways had given its nod for providing a subway along the ROB to mitigate the problems of the shopkeepers and residents of the area.



From colleges
Workshop ends

The one-week-long TEQIP-II-sponsored STTP-cum-Workshop Computational Tools for Engineers (CTE'13), organised by the department of electrical engineering, Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, concluded on Friday. Arvind Dhingra, convener of the workshop, said the programme was designed as to impart practical training in addition to the theoretical knowledge to participants. Experts from the industry and academia gave lectures during the week-long event. The expert speakers included Karun Jain from LabView NI, Bengaluru, Mandeep Singh from Thapar University, Tejinder Singh from PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh, and Pushkar Tripathi from IIT, Roorkee.


Students of the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, brought laurels to the college by securing four first divisions in MA English, second semester examinations held in May this year. College authorities said Harleen Kaur scored 63.50 per cent and stood first in the college, Tajinder Kaur, who scored an aggregate of 62.75 per cent, stood second in the college, Karanneet Kaur Nayyar secured the third position by getting 62.5 per cent marks. In MCom, fourth semester examinations, 32 students secured first division. Baljeet Kaur scored 81.7 per cent marks and stood first in college. Priya Harjai, who scored an aggregate of 78.87 per cent, stood second in the college. Gurpreet Kaur Kohli secured the third position by getting 76.16 per cent marks.

Students excel

Students of MA (English) 2nd semester, AS College, Khanna, have brought laurels to the institution. Ravneet Kaur stood first in the college by scoring 66.75 marks Amardeep Kaur stood second with 65.50 per cent marks. Kamalpreet Kaur and Priyanka Goyal stood third in the college with 64 per cent marks.

Students of the Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, Ludhiana, excelled in MA English, second semester, examinations. Kuljeet Kaur bagged fifth position in the university by scoring 70.50 per cent marks. Khushbu got the sixth position in university by securing 70.25 per cent marks.

Installation ceremony

The installation ceremony of the newly elected members of the college student council was held on the GCG campus on Friday. Garima Syal was elected head girl, Riya Bansal and Arpit Kochar as deputy head girls. Pankhuri, Jinny, Sakshi Mahajan, Megha Dhir, Insiya Yadav, Parampreet Kaur and Ramandeep Kaur are other members of the student council. — TNS



From schools
Teej celebrated

The pre-primary wing of Guru Nanak International Public School, Model Town, celebrated Teej on Friday. The section was beautifully decorated with flowers and phulkaris. Around 1,000 students, dressed up in traditional outfits, attended the function. A cultural programme was presented on the occasion. Swings were also put up for the tiny tots on the premises. Besides, stalls of eatables and games were put up for the students.

Teej was also celebrated at Childhood Kindergarten Playway School, Punjab Mata Nagar. Girls performed giddha.

Jovial smiles and high spirits marked the Teej celebrations at Green Land Convent School, Civil City. Students and teachers came attired in colourful Punjabi dresses. The school was decked up with flowers, buntings and balloons. A group dance competition based on Punjabi culture and folk was organised which added life to the colourful atmosphere.

Investiture ceremony

Investiture Ceremony was organised at Ryan International School. Members of the student council were elected through computerised voting. Dance and musical programmes were organised on the occasion.

Road-safety session

BCM School, Dugri, organised a camp for primary and middle class students, where the representatives of Honda gave instructions on road safety and traffic rules.

They also guided the students about the traffic symbols. A demo session was given to the students instructing them on the safety measures to be taken while driving two-wheelers. Students of Class II got an opportunity to win prizes in the knowledge testing round.

Trip to USA

Students of Guru Nanak Public School, Mullanpur, returned after a 10-day educational trip to the University of New York, West Bury and Oswego. Baljit Kaur, principal, accompanied the students and said such trips were beneficial for the students.

Students bring laurels

Students of Guru Gobind Singh Public School brought laurels to the school by bagging third position in kho-kho matches held by the Punjab School Education Board at Sacred Soul Covent School. A total of 28 teams participated in the event. Principal Manjit Kaur congratulated the winners. — TNS



Ludhiana to be developed as green city: Principal Secy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
An industrial interaction with Principal Secretary of Industries and Commerce, Punjab, Karan Avtar Singh was held at the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU) Complex.

The interaction aimed at finding solutions to the problems being faced by the city-based industrialists.

The Principal Secretary told the industrialists that an amendment to the master plan was due in September this year. He said after surveying the areas where both residential and commercial units existed, necessary amendments will be made in order to categorise the mixed–land use areas.

Karan Avtar Singh also assured the gathering that initiatives would be taken to develop Ludhiana as a clean, green and pollution-free city within next three years.

The Principal Secretary asked the CICU office- bearers to pay a visit to Andhra Pradesh, especially Hyderabad, where the common industrial infrastructure had been developed significantly in order to resolve issues relating to funding, sewerage, repair and maintenance of roads and internal working of special purpose vehicles (SPVs) under Punjab Industrial Infrastructure Maintenance Act.



Ludhiana scan
Oath-taking ceremony

The oath-taking ceremony of the newly elected panches and sarpanches of the district will be held on August 4 at Anaj Mandi, Jalandhar Bypass. The event will be presided over by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari said the CM would conduct the oath-taking of 7,006 newly elected panches and sarpanches.

Ex-minister flays Tewari

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari is obstructing the developmental works started by the State Government, alleged former state health minister Satpal Gosain. He said the completion of rail overbridge projects at different places were pending due to Tewari's non-approval. The Union Minister did not want the projects to be completed before the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, said Gosain.

BSP workers meet police chief

BSP workers and party leader Ramajit Lali met Police Commissioner Paramjit Singh Gill. They apprised Gill of the increasing number of crime incidents in the district. They discussed other issues including traffic chaos and drug abuse.


A seminar on A2 Milk and Indigenous Cattle Breeds was organised at Guru Nanak Bhawan on Friday. The organisers of the event were Gou Gram Sewasmiti, A2 Prachar Manch, Arogya Bharti and Vishwa Ayurveda Parishad, Punjab. The main speakers were Dr Ashok Kale, from A2 Prachar Manch, Pune, and Dr DK Sadana, principal scientist, NBAGR, Karnal. — TNS



Block samiti chiefs elected
Gurminder S Grewal

Khanna/Samrala, August 2
Akali Dal candidate Gurcharan Singh was unanimously elected chairman of the Machiwara block samiti during a meeting of the newly elected members at the BDPO office. Gurcharan Singh’s name was proposed by Rajwinder Kaur and seconded by Joginder Singh.

Later, his namesake Gurcharan Singh Mithewal, also from Akali Dal, was elected as the vice-chairman. Of the 15 members of the block samiti, 14 are Akali Dal supporters, while one belongs to the Congress.

Meanwhile, Sukhwinder Singh Nagra was unanimously elected as the chairman of Samrala block samiti. His name was proposed by Rupinder Kaur Balala and seconded by Bhalwinder Singh Madpur.

Bahadar Singh Manki was declared elected as the vice-chairman of the block samiti. The meeting was attended by 10 members from the Akali Dal and five from the Congress.

At Khanna, a meeting of the block samiti members was held at the BDPO office, in which all the 13 members of the Akali Dal participated.

During the meeting, Jeet Singh Alour was declared elected as the chairman, and Sukhwinder Kaur was named as the vice-chairperson. Five block samiti members belonging to the Congress stayed away from the meeting.

Polls conducted peacefully

Superintendent of Police (Headquarters) Satinder Pal said the elections in the Khanna police district were conducted peacefully. No untoward incident was reported, he said.



2 killed in accidents
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
Two persons were crushed to death by speeding vehicles in separate incidents. The city police has booked an unidentified person for reckless driving resulting in death. The deceased was identified as Sant Ram, a resident of Samrala Chowk.

The incident took place on July 24. According to Ram Sawant, deceased's father, his son was on his way home when a pick-up hit him. He suffered serious injuries and was rushed to the Civil Hospital. He was later referred to Rajindra Hospital, Patiala. After struggling for life for a week, Sant Ram succumbed to his injuries on July 31.

In another incident, the city police has booked the driver of a truck, Mukhtiar Singh, a resident of Sangrur, for mowing down a person. The deceased was identified as Ramesh Kumar. The incident took place on July 31. According to Phul Chand, deceased's brother, the truck hit his brother near Oswal Cancer Hospital. He was admitted to the hospital. The accused manage to flee. Ramesh succumbed to his injuries today. The accused has been booked under Section 279, 304-A and 427 of the IPC.



Cheque-bounce case: Woman convicted
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 2
Judicial Magistrate Jagmilap Singh Khushdil has convicted Harjit Kaur, a resident of Ward No 4, Guru Bazaar, Doraha, in a cheque bounce case.

She was sentenced to six-month imprisonment. The court has also imposed a fine of Rs 3,000 on the convict. The orders were pronounced by the court while deciding the complaint filed by Harjeet Kaur, the convict’s neighbour. The complainant had submitted that the accused had taken a friendly loan of Rs 1.5 lakh. The cheque issued by the woman was dishonoured for want of funds in her account on September 10, 2004. She failed to make the payment despite service of notice, added the complainant. However, the accused pleaded innocence. But after appreciating the evidence on record, the court found her guilty.

Suicide bid

The city police has booked a women for attempting suicide. According to the complainant, the accused was running a flesh trade racket. She was forcing her and her sister to indulge in the racket. When the complainant approached the police, the accused allegedly consumed poison on July 31. The police has booked the accused under Section 309 of the IPC.



Amritsar lads bounce back
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, August 2
After failing to perform well with the bat (98 runs) in the first innings, Amritsar did a fine job by restricting Ludhiana to a modest total of 103. The visitors then went on to score 71 runs for the loss of four wickets on the second day of an ML Markan Cricket Tournament (under-16) tie at the Punjab Agricultural University ground here today.

Amritsar started the day's proceedings at 88 for 8. They added just 10 runs before their first innings culminated in 77.2 overs.

The hosts, however, failed to take any advantage as their first innings too finished before any flourish. They could muster only 103 runs in 102.3 overs.

Except for Harnoor (37), Gurjot (20), Vaibhav (13) and Anmol (12), no other batsman could put up any fight back.

Amritsar, after conceding a lead, though a slender one, went on to score 71 runs for the loss of four wickets at the end of the day's play.

Earlier, on the first day, Ludhiana won the toss and invited the visitors to bat first. Their decision to field turned out to be a calculated one, as Ludhiana bowlers immediately found the rhythm. Anmol Danny bowled 26 overs to scalp four victims for 30 runs. Deepin Chitkara claimed three wickets for 24 runs in 12 overs while Shivam Puri grabbed one wicket for 10 runs in 13 overs.

The match will decide the qualifiers for the inter-district tournament. The tournanment is being organised by Ludhiana District Cricket Association under the aegis of Punjab Cricket Association.

Brief scores

Amritsar (first innings) 98 all out in 77.2 overs (Kunwar Pathak 41, Danish 12, Rahul 12, Anmol Danny five for 37, Deepin Chitkara four for 27, Shivang Puri one for 10)

Ludhiana (first innings) 103 all out in 102.3 overs (Harnoor 37, Gurjot 20, Vaibhav 13, Anmol Danny 12, Abhishek three for 27, Shubham two for 8, Rahul two for 19)

Amritsar (second innings) 71 for 4 in 22.5 overs (Marshal 20, Abhishek 16, Kunwar Pathak 14, Shivang Puri one for 20 and Simar one for 12).



City cagers beat Bathinda
Our Sports Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 2
Ludhiana lads started their campaign on a winning note at the 64th Junior Punjab State Basketball Championship that kicked off at Guru Nanak Sports Complex here today. In the boys' category, Ludhiana district faced little resistance from Bathinda, beating the visitors 62-39. In other matches, Faridkot romped home victorious without being challenged by Barnala district (83-15) and Gurdaspur district outdid Fazilka 75-42.

In the girls' category, meanwhile, the team from Mansa district had to toil hard against Faridkot, before coming out victorious 42-35.

Earlier, GS Toor, AIG Intelligence, Ludhiana, declared the championship open. Twenty-two teams in the boys' category and 16 squads in the girls' category are taking part in the meet.



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