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Loans turn bad debts
LIT yet to recover Rs 3.5 crore from local bodies of Nawanshahr and Phagwara
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 11
The fund-starved Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) has been granting loans with both hands to other urban local bodies. However, there are little chances of the loan being returned. The LIT is facing a financial crisis of sorts as no new scheme has been taken up by the Trust and the colonies developed by it during the past two decades have been transferred to the municipal corporation for maintenance.

Though the Trust had granted loans to Nagar Council, Nawanshahr and the Improvement Trust, Phagwara, following the directions of the state government (read the erstwhile Minister for Local Bodies), still being public money, it was the moral and the constitutional duty of officials of the Trust to safeguard their own interests and also ensure that amount was paid back by the local bodies concerned as per the terms and conditions laid down in the agreements signed at the time of the disbursal of loans.

The audit report of the Trust for year 2011-12 obtained under the Right to Information Act by the Council of RTI Activists reveals that a loan of Rs 50 lakh was granted to Nagar Council, Nawanshahr, in February 2000. The loan was to be paid back in 20 quarterly installments along with 12 per cent interest and in case of default, the borrower was to pay penal interest of 3, 4 and 6 per cent for the delay of one, two and three months, respectively.

The auditors pointed out that the borrower Nagar Council has not returned even a single installment of the loan to date, while the principal amount and interest added together had gone over Rs 1 crore.

The LIT officials have also been rapped on the knuckles for their failure to take action to get back the loan amount with interest and penalty by attachment of the bank accounts of the borrower as per the provisions made in the loan agreement.

Another loan of Rs 3 crore granted by the LIT to Improvement Trust, Phagwara, in December 2008 has also met a similar fate. The audit report has mentioned that the loan was to be paid back in six half-yearly installments with 12 per cent interest with the first installment being due in May 2009.

As per the terms of the agreement, the loan was disbursed against a guarantee provided by the state government. Further, the borrower was liable to pay penal interest at the rate of 2 per cent per month in case of default in payment. The LIT was also empowered to get the bank accounts of the borrower attached and secure payment of its loan in case of delay of more than one year.

The auditors, however, noted that no installment of the loan had been paid back. The audit team has asked the LIT officials to seek intervention of the Local Government Department, Punjab, in respect of the default in repayment of loans both by Nagar Council, Nawanshahr, and Improvement Trust, Phagwara.

Generous LIT

A loan of Rs 50 lakh was granted to Nagar Council, Nawanshahr, in February 2000. The loan was to be paid back in 20 quarterly installments along with 12 per cent interest and in case of default, the borrower was to pay a penal interest of 3, 4 and 6 per cent for the delay of one, two and three months, respectively. Another loan of Rs 3 crore was granted by the LIT to Improvement Trust, Phagwara, in December 2008. The loan was to be paid back in six half-yearly installments with 12 per cent interest.


Parking lots: MC authorities fail to check overcharging
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 11
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation authorities, it seems, are helpless in checking overcharging by contractors at the recently auctioned parking lots alongside Ferozepur Road. Residents are still being charged Rs 30 for parking four-wheelers instead of Rs 10. As per the parking contract, Rs 10 is to be charged for parking a four-wheeler for the first hour and Rs 30 in case the vehicle remains parked for 1 to 2 hours. But all contractors are issuing slips of Rs 30.

Such incidents of overcharging were highlighted by residents even today, despite the fact that superintendent of the tehbazaari wing of the MC Naveen Malhotra claimed to have conducted a surprise check on the parking lots yesterday.

Naveen Malhotra had confirmed that the contractors were overcharging. “All parking slips of Rs 30 were seized. I have also warned the contractors against overcharging. The problem will be solved once the electronic ticketing machines are installed,” claimed Malhotra.

However, a city resident, Bir Inder Singh Sidhu, called up The Tribune office complaining that the parking contractor opposite Ansal Plaza was charging Rs 30. “He is charging a flat rate of Rs 30 and even the notice boards installed in the parking lot mention Rs 30 as the rate for parking of a four wheeler,” said Sidhu.

Another city resident, who did not wish to be named, rued that when he parked his car outside Silver Arc Mall, the contractor charged Rs 30. “I had parked my car for hardly half-an-hour, but I was charged Rs 30,” he alleged.

When contacted, Naveen Malhotra said that he would speak to the contractors and would direct them not to overcharge.


  • Rs 5 for a bicycle
  • Rs 10 for a two-wheeler
  • Rs 10 for a car or four-wheeler for first hour and Rs 20 for two-wheelers if parked up to two hours Rs 30 for four-wheelers for the same period.
  • If the vehicle remains parked for more than two hours, it will be towed away by the traffic police and a fine of Rs 1,000 will be imposed on the violator
  • The shopkeepers of the area will be allowed to park one vehicle each. They will have to pay Rs 100 per day
  • In case of any complaint, call Naveen Malhotra at 9780039410


Youth day
Change is in the air
City youngsters come forward for social causes,
carry out cleanliness drives
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 11
As International Youth Day celebrates the power of the youth to bring about a positive change, city youngsters are all set to volunteer for social causes and activities. The youngsters have undertaken initiatives for the welfare of the city. "Students and professionals are carrying out cleanliness drives and spreading awareness on environmental issues," said Dr Amandeep Singh Bains from RBS Roots.

"Whenever we go out for a work, including Panj Pani, for spreading awareness, three-four youngsters join us. School students in large numbers clean up the Sutlej twice a year and urge residents not to pollute the river," he said.

"People throw polybags in the Sutlej. We launch awareness campaigns and schoolchildren volunteer to spread awareness and contribute to the cleanliness drive," he said.

"More and more youngsters should take the responsibility and spread awareness. They will make a difference," said Jaswinder Singh, a businessman.

"There are obvious benefits of working with the youth as there is a lot of energy and enthusiasm. Youngsters are more fearless and optimistic," said Nikhil Ailawadi, secretary, Round Table Ludhiana. The organisation allows only people aged between 25 and 40 to become its members. "There was an unmistakable difference in the way Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal worked, being part of the same movement, and the Indian cricket team has been better off as a younger team," he said.



Celebrating the special bond
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

A woman takes a look at Rakhis at a shop in Ghumar Mandi in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Inderjeet verma

Ludhiana, August 11
The trend of tying ‘bhabhi rakhi’ is catching up in the city. Sisters not only tie rakhis to their brothers, but to their sister-in-laws too. The rakhi is tied to the bangles and on the middle finger. Called ‘lumba rakhi, these are in the form of ‘hathphool’.

The tradition originated from Rajasthani or the Marwari region, said a resident. "Rakhi is symbolic of love between brother and sister and also the brother's commitment to protect her. But brother's well-being is also looked after by his wife, so the rakhi is also tied to the brother's wife," says Sunita, a housewife.

“It is a way to create a bond of love not only with the brother but also with your sister-in-law, says Renu, a city resident.

“I have been tying bhabhi rakhi to my sister-in-law for the past couple of years. This is a great way to celebrate bhabhi-nanad relationship," says Srishti Goel.

"Available in a variety of colours and designs, these rakhis look like an ornament or a piece of jewellery,” she smiles.



Man falls to death from elevated road
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 11
A 50-year-old man died after falling off the elevated road near the Old Sabzi Mandi area today. The victim was identified as Nar Bahadur, a resident of Miller Gunj. The incident took place this evening when Nar Bahadur was returning home on his motorcycle from the Jalandhar Bypass area. When he reached near the Old Sabzi Mandi area on the elevated road, he met with an accident and fell off the flyover.

He was rushed to a hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.

Nar Bahadur had come to the city nearly three months ago and was working as a security guard at a factory.

Not the first incident

Two months ago, two youths were crushed to death by a speeding bus on the elevated road. Gurpreet, a student of Class VIII of a private school, died in an accident on the elevated road on February 8 while he was going with his father Kuldeep Singh. On September 25, 2011, Mohammad Mamin Khan (26) was killed while his friend Deep Kumar (22) suffered injuries when the bike they were riding hit the boundary of the elevated road. Both of them fell off the bridge. In March 2008, two youths died after falling off the elevated road at the same spot.



Motor vehicle tax
Mini-buses may come to a grinding halt: Union
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 11
The mini-bus operators in Punjab feel that they will not be able to continue with the services as the transport department has again increased the annual motor vehicle tax.

The operators said the government had burdened them with taxes. More than 1,000 bus operators have disposed of their buses and it is expected that another 1,500 mini-bus operators will follow suit if government fails revoke its decision.

The president of the Mini-Bus Operators’ Association, Punjab, JS Grewal, said the tax was increased from Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 per year. “On September 20, 2012, government increased the annual tax from Rs 30,000 to Rs 40,000. We will not be able to pay the increased tax as our buses ply within the 25 kilometers area. Though the government has increased the fares, but we will get just 40 paisa per kilometer. The maintenance cost has also escalated,” he said.

The mini bus service was started by the government to provide employment to youths, ex-army men and riot victims. “We have to dispose of our buses if the government fails to revoke its decision,” said Tarlok Singh, general secretary of the association from Batala.



Rajasthan woos industry
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 11
With the state government failing to address the grievances of the industry, lucrative proposals are coming its way from neighbouring states. The Rajasthan Government is now attracting industry from the city to invest in solar projects. Officials of a real estate company and government officials were in the city to woo the industry for investing in solar energy in Rajasthan.

“More than 50 per cent of solar plants which have got sanctioned are operating in Rajasthan. Sun-drenched for more than 300 days a year, the place is ideally suited for solar projects. The government is also giving subsidy to companies investing in the desert state,” said Naveen Bhatiya, chairman of Landbrokes, a real estate company.



Potholes dot National Highway-1
Delay in construction on NH-1 puts Sahnewal residents to inconvenience
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, August 11
Height of callousness on the part of the authorities concerned and delay in repair work has angered the residents of Sahnewal. Deep ditches and potholes abound on the path of NH-1 causing inconvenience to both residents as well as the commuters.

“The authorities collect lakhs of rupees in the form of toll tax and in return, give commuters the toughest ride possible. Do we pay toll tax to dismantle our vehicles or to break our bones? It is a shame on the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) which is making us pass through such telling times,” said a resident of Sahnewal. Another resident complained, “Every day while passing through the stretch, the commuters, in general, and the residents of Sahnewal, in particular, curse the authorities as they have to shell out at least half-an-hour to cross the stretch. The deep trenches made by frequent rainfall may either damage the vehicle or injure the occupant. Due to the pathetic condition of the road, the traffic also lies stranded for hours resulting in long queues of vehicles.”

“The residents of Sahnewal will not pay even a single penny in the form of toll tax to the government from now on. The purpose for which the government has been collecting the toll tax is not being fulfilled, then why should we take out even a single penny for such authorities who are deaf to our problems,” alleged another resident.

“Many a times the drivers are caught unaware as such deep ditches and potholes can never be imagined by anyone on a national highway. Why do we have to complain every time to make the authorities rise from their slumber? The authorities should themselves be responsible enough to construct the road,” said an agitated commuter.

The project director, NHAI, Vipin Sharma, said, “We are getting similar complaints from other places as well. The repair work has already been accomplished at Shahabad, Jalandhar where the situation was equally deteriorated. The rainy season is actually playing a spoil sport as the material for repair requires to be heated before it is finally placed. But if the condition is so poor, I will personally tell the contractor to undertake repair work at the earliest.”



Fearing robberies, residents go in for ‘thikri pehras’
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh/Dehlon/ Raikot, august 11
A week after the administration countered rumours of loot and robbery by the Kala Kachha gang and the African gang, residents of the area are not ready to compromise with their lives and property. Instead of leaving things on the authorities concerned, the residents have started taking preventive measures themselves, in case any unfortunate incident rises in the near future.

While rural youths have organised ‘thikri pehras’, the urban counterparts are all set to launch night vigil provided the authorities concerned approve it. Villagers were seen sharpening their swords and axes, while others were ready with their licensed weapons. Those without any traditional weapons were seen purchasing canes and other articles, to be used as a weapon of defense. There were still others who gathered heaps of stones and bricks on their rooftops to shoo away the attacker.

‘Thikri pehras’ were seen in almost all the nook and corner of the area. "Though initially we were scared to see these armed men on the road, interaction with their leaders boosted us to continue our journey safely," said Yogesh Goyal and Rishi Sharma, who travel at night due to work.

A former councillor, Bimal Sharma, like few others, feels that ‘thekri pehra’ had frustrated sinister designs of the anti-social elements who intended to continue their misdeeds by forcing residents to stay in their houses at night.

A youth of local town, Lalit Sharma, said, “Youths, who owned licensed weapons, have offered to organise ‘thikri pehras’, provided the administration approves the proposal.”

Social activists led by Tarsem Garg said they have already coordinated with the administration and volunteers of their organisations would be offering their services according to the directions of the officials concerned.

The Assistant Commissioner of the police at Gill, Gurpreet Singh Sikand, said he had advised the SHOs to ensure that ‘thikri pehras’ being organised in the area is supervised by the beat officers.

“"Though we appreciate the gesture shown by the volunteers, we can not afford leaving everything on them. Beat officers have been asked to ensure that volunteers work according to the tips provided by them and that no harassment is caused to any passersby," said Sikand.



From schools
Annual prize distribution

Ludhiana: The Kindergarten wing of Guru Nanak Public School organised its annual prize distribution function on Monday. The event commenced with the welcome of the chief guest and various other dignitaries by Arvinder Sahi. Thereafter, the annual report was read, highlighting the prominent achievements of the school during the academic year 2012-2013 in scholastic and co-scholastic areas. As many as 396 students performed in the school auditorium in various items. The nursery students mesmerised the parents with a welcome dance. The students enthralled the audience with the patriotic song. The tiny-tots depicted the importance of nutritive food through their item “the nutritive treat”. Principal Mona Singh extended her vote of thanks.

Students bring laurels

Students of GRD Academy, Humbran road, participated in an inter-school district championship held at the PAU. They clinched seven gold medals in different categories of swimming. The winners of the championship will now compete for the state-level championship to be held at the Hyderabad. Headmistress of the school Abhilasha Singh congratulated the students.


A meeting of the members of the Sarv Sikhsha Abhiyan, Rashtriya Madhyamic Siksha Abhiyan and Teachers Union was held under the presidentship of Ram Bhajan Chaudhry. The members said that due to gherao of the Chief Minister at Malerkotla on August 9, the state government had agreed to hold a meeting with the members on August 25. The union members said if their demands were not met, they will resort to agitation.

Independence Day

ABC Montessori was seen fully embossed in the spirit of patriotism on Monday. Children were seen dressed up in the attires of different characters like Bhagat Singh, Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, Sukhdev, Rajguru and Rani Lakshmi Bai to celebrate Independence Day. The school premise was decorated with flags and tri-colour balloons. Students were told about the importance of the day. On the occasion a rhyme show was also organised. Children recited rhymes which help to meet challenge with determination.

Fitness training programme

In order to make the students understand the meaning of “a healthy mind lives in a healthy body”, a fitness training programme was organised for the Green Grove students from classes III to VI. A special team from Fit Kids Education and Sports Pvt Ltd, Banglore, taught the importance of healthy living. The programme aimed at conditioning of minds of students and teaches them how to stay healthy and fit.

Teej celebrated

On the premises of Gupta Model High School, Teej was celebrated with great fervor. On the occasion a mehandi competition was organised. In the competition, students of three house participated with great enthusiasm. Parul Nagpal of Aryabhatt House clichéd the first spot, Cherry Gagat of Rohini House clinched second spot and Diya Narang of Bhasker House bagged third spot. Certificates were given to the winners by school manager Vineet Gupta.

GMT Public School

Teej was celebrated on the campus of GMT Public School. The girls from classes X to XII actively participated in the event. A cultural function was organised on the occasion in which several dance were showcased. A solo song highlighting the folk culture of Punjab was also performed. Group dances on the beats of foot tappings Punjabi songs mesmerised the audienceTeej Celebrated in St.Francis School

St Francis School

The festival of Teej was celebrated with fervor at St Francis School, Bhamian Kalan. The show was organised by 'Heritage and culture club' of the school. The auditorium was beautifully decorated with colourful 'phuekaris and swings' to represent the rich culture of Punjab. The students were dressed in lively Punjabi attires. School principal Rev Sr Ambili and Director Rev Bro Joseph appreciated and encouraged the students.

PAN card camp

A team of students from classed XI and XII of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, Ludhiana, organised a unique two-day camp on August 7-8 to facilitate the school teachers and class IV employees who do not own a PAN card. Students enthusiastically guided the teachers to fill forms, gave information regarding the procedures to prepare PAN card which were mandatory for the monetary transactions. As many as 25 teachers and class IV employees applied for the same and were delighted to get first hand information about this important document. Their queries were taken up by the students.

English festival

An English festival was held at Jatindera Greenfield School, Gursar Sudhar, on Friday. Students from over 20 CBSE-affiliated schools from Jagraon, Mullanpur, Sidwan, Moga Gursar Sudhar and Talwandi participated in the event. In the festival more than 150 students participated in poem depiction, paper reading, spellbee and calligraphy competitions. — TNS




Ludhiana: DAV College, Phillaur, organised a seminar on 'Success Mantra for Civil Services' under the aegis of the Punjabi Sahit Sabha. Professor Harjinder Singh Walia, Director, IAS Training Centre, Punjabi University, Patiala, was the key note speaker. In his lecture, he emphasised on six D's - dreams, desires, dedication, discipline, determination and direction for the success in every fields. Welcoming Dr Walia, college principal Dr SK Mahajan expressed happiness over the quality of contents of the lecture.

Fashion show

The Pinnacle Institute of Fashion Technology and F2 Raceway organised an Annual Fashion Show Fashionista -2013. The fashion show represented the latest style and fashion trends. The style, design, innovation and creativity was showcased by the graduating students from MSc, BSc Degree and Diploma from fashion - knitwear-Interior Design Department of the Pinnacle Institute of Fashion Technology. As many as 16 rounds were organised and professional models wore dresses designed by the students of the Pinnacle Institute of Fashion Technology. There was a round of kids wear as well.

Freshers’ party

A freshers’ party was organised on the campus of the DD Jain College of Education on Monday. A number of one-minute games were held on the occasion. Divya was adjudged "Miss Fresher" while title of "Best Smile" was bagged by Mona Bajaj and "Miss Graceful" title was bagged by Mini Baweja.


A seminar-cum-workshop on "Vedic Mathematics-Quicker Mathematics" was organised at the Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College of Pharmacy. Aman Goswami, Member of faculty at Indo-Soviet Friendship College of Pharmacy, Moga, was the chief speaker for the event. He delivered an interesting, descriptive, informative talk on the subject. He emphasised on how knowledge of mathematics was crucial for routine activities especially for the students and gave live examples for solving long and tricky mathematical calculations.

Internship camp

Inspire Internship Camp 2013, under the aegis of the Department of Applied Sciences, concluded on Monday at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana. The internship camp was aimed to attract young minds to Science was sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology. As many as 150 students drawn from various schools of the city participated in the five- day-long camp. Eminent Scientists and scholars from all over the country delivered lectures, held practical demonstrations and interactive sessions with the students and enriched their knowledge. — TNS



Dairy, fisheries officers’ workshop

Ludhiana: Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana, is organising a one-day workshop for dairy and fisheries officers of the state on August 12. G Vajralingam, Financial Commissioner, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairy Development, will inaugurate the workshop.

Inderjit Singh, Director, Punab Dairy Development Board, and BK Sood, Director and Warden, Department of Fisheries, Punjab will also grace the occasion. While speaking about the workshop Dr VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor, revealed that diversification to livestock is the best alternative to declining economics of wheat-rice system and to maintain water table and soil health in Punjab. He said, “Livestock sector, especially dairy and fisheries are playing an important role in food security, employment generation, asset creation, financial security and as coping mechanism against crop failure.”

He said the workshop has been planned to share the latest research finding, scientific know-how, extension methodologies and future strategies for effective transfer of dairy and fisheries education through dairy and fisheries officers to support higher productivity. It would provide an opportunity to the field officials to interact and share their experiences on the emerging issues in dairy and fisheries with scientists and researchers. The workshop will provide a platform to create an interface for exchange of knowledge, ideas and constraints at field level between university scientists and field officers that are working at grass root level.

Dr Taneja said, “The GADVASU is doing its best to uplift this sector further and every required effort will be taken care to reach the hitherto unreached livestock farmers.” Dr RS Sahota, Director Extension Education, GADVASU, said: “After the common inaugural session there will be different sessions for dairy officers and fisheries officers to update their knowledge. At the end a joint plenary session will be conducted to work out the recommendation and area of thrust needed to be focused.” — TNS



Independence Day or Republic Day ?

The activists of political parties never miss the opportunity to hog the limelight, especially when it is at public expense and at public places. Political parties are in the habit of installing banners and billboard at all public places to greet the residents on every festival and other occasions. It is a different story that most of these hoardings and boards are put up without payment of any advertisement tax to the civic body and in blatant violation of municipal laws. Making mockery of the national occasion (Independence Day), a publicity seeking outfit recently installed a huge banner at a busy intersection of the city, greeting people on the occasion of Eid-Ul-Fitr and Independence Day. However, in place of Independence Day, the banner mentioned the occasion as "gantantar diwas" (Republic Day) as if Independence Day and Republic Day were the same.

Let the law prevail

With an ever increasing population, the number of vehicles moving on the city road has made the scenario chaotic. Frequent protests by disgruntled groups of all sorts, religious processions, jagrans and bhandaras add to the miseries. Thus, causing inconvenience to the commuters. At times, some of the busy roads are totally blocked for erecting a stage for a jagran or religious congregation. The administration should take strict action against such people and at the same time they should be heavily fined.

For a cause

Ladies clubs spent lot of money on organising functions. Every other day we get press releases on the celebration various functions. The concept of the clubs is not a bad idea as ladies who do not go out to work also need little unwinding from their daily chores. Recently, I came across a ladies club who apart from holding functions on different festivals also organise visits to old age homes and orphanages. I really liked the idea that the members of this club not only spend their leisure time to make themselves happy but also bring a smile on the face of destitute.

Presence of mind

Every one tends to be smart in this modern world. It was observed that in a city clinic, a patient who has been suffering from fever for last many days came to get himself checked. After diagnosis, the doctor instructed his pharmacists, "Give him six PCM and six CZN." The patient who seemed to be quite upset with his health suddenly questioned the doctor. "Doctor please suggest me some other medicine. I am fed up with PCM and CZN. I know it is Paracetamol and Cetrizine." The doctor was taken by surprise when he listened to the full form of PCM and CZN and was left with no option than to change his prescription.

Contributed by: Kuldip Bhatia, Charanjeet Singh Teja, Manav Mander, Anupam Bhagria



Ludhiana scan

Namit Dewan has been appointed as the membership in charge of the Youth Congress from central zone. Harsimran Bajwa, secretary of the Youth Congress handed over the appointment letter to Dewan.

Education fair

The Australian education fair under the Cross Continental Institutional Networking Programme was held on Sunday. Over two dozen universities, present on the occasion, presented various courses for the students.

International Kavita Kumbh

A committee of city-based literary personalities was constituted to organise the 'International Kavita Kumbh'. The committee was formed in Punjabi Bhawan on Sunday. Kavita kumbh will be held on November 6. The committee comprised of Janmeja Singh Johal, Amarjit Singh Sherpuri, Parmjit Singh Barsal, Vimal Sharma, Ravinder Ravi, Ravinder Divana, Harnek Singh, Gurcharan Kaur Kochar, Jagdish Kaur, Harleen Sona, Nirmal Sodhi, Avtar Sidhu and Sukhdev Sidhu.

Medical camp

Sankara Eye Hospital, a division of Sankara Eye Care Institutions (SECI) conducted its 154th free eye check-up and surgery camp in Haidonwait village near Machiwara district, Ludhiana. As many as 367 people from over 31 villages visited the camp. Free surgery will be conducted on over 67 patients. Free-of-cost medicine was also distributed among the patients. Camp was inaugurated by senior resident and youth leader of Haidonwait. — TNS



Preparations for Martyrdom Day in full swing
Our Correspondents

Issru (Payal), August 11
To take stock of the situation of arrangements of the state-level function to be organised by the Punjab Government on the martyrdom day of Martyr Karnail Singh Issru on August 15, the Additional Deputy Commisssioner (ADC) of Khanna, Prem Chand, along with former MLA Ranjit Singh Talwandi visited the venue site today. The function will be organised at Nankana Sahib Public Senior Secondary School, Issru.

Prem Chand also held a meeting of the officials concerned of different departments and directed them to make proper arrangements for the function. The Chief Minister of Punjab, the Deputy Chief Minster and other cabinet ministers will participate in the function.

On the occasion, a water-proof tent will be put up, keeping in view the rainy season. Provision of proper seating arrangements, availability of safe drinking water and other significant arrangements has been completed. He said the traffic will be diverted through other routes for the welfare of the commuters.

The executive magistrate, Joginder Singh, said, “Over three spacious plots has been earmarked to accommodate vehicles coming from three sides of the locality. While light vehicles will be parked directly at the respective parking places; buses and heavier transport vehicles will be allowed to drop the occupants near the conference site.” The market committees of the segment have been entrusted with organising stalls for safe drinking water around the Pandal.

The Superintendent of the police (H), Satinder Pal Singh Khanna; the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Khanna, Anand Sagar Sharma; Deputy Superintendent of Police, Khanna, Pirthipal Singh; SGPC member Devinder Singh Khatra and were also present.



They paint dreams on canvas
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Akshiti Thaman and (below)Amarjot Singh with their paintings during an exhibition at MS Randhawa Art Gallery, PAU, Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, August 11
Seven amateur artists came together to showcase their mind on canvas at an exhibition 'Art Utsav' organised at MS Randhawa Art Gallery, Punjab Agricultural University. It was inaugurated by poet and artist Swaranjit Savi. They depicted different themes through various sections of media. Most of the artists are fashion designers.

Akshiti Thaman, an alumnus of Chandigarh Art College in Applied Arts, and a fashion designer, brings to her fashion her learnings in art. A versatile amateur artist, she loves sketching, illustration work and painting as well. Doing both abstract and realistic, she has sketches on different themes, a sketch of a glimpse of a joker done in charcoal, several illustrations, painted advertisement and product painting in poster colour. Her brushwork with poster colours and adroit sketch work justify her favourite media being pen and poster colour.

Another amateur artist teaches fashion at a fashion institute. Having pursued both fashion and art, he does both realistic and abstract. Nature is his recurrent theme in realistic work and abstract deals with different facets of life. He exhibited his work for the first time.

A knitwear designer, Amarjot Singh, delves into romance and nature and splashes in on to canvas. Lovers can be seen in his paintings. "Learning art and painting help, but the true art is an honest expression of heart, irrespective of the professional background you come from," said one of the artists. Paintings of Gunn Arora were a cross between realism and abstract. A fashion designer, she dreams her painting and paints her dream, she says. Rubina Birdi, another fashion designer, has done work in oils and other media.

Her artwork with mirrors is about looking at oneself as a piece of art, she says. Amateur artists Anup Singh is a finance adviser by profession whereas Rohit Dhiman is from IT background.



Panj Peer Road reeks of sewage
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Residents block Hambran Road in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, August 11
Overflowing sewage has become a bane of Panj Peer Road near Haibowal. Area residents today held a protest against the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation. They blocked Hambran Road. The residents alleged that due to defunct water pumps at Balloke Sewage Treatment Plant, the sewage flows on to Panj Peer Road.

The road was blocked by residents of Chand Colony, Mehar Singh Nagar, Mandeep Nagar, Dairy Complex B Block, Radha Shyam Colony, Corporation Colony and other adjoining areas.

The protesters were led by area councillor Balkar Singh Sandhu.

The residents lamented that the sewer line in Giaspura, Shimlapuri, Dugri, Gurdev Nagar, Sarabha Nagar, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar and other such areas gets connected to the sewer line on Panj Peer Road.

"As the water pumps at Balloke Sewage Treatment Plant are not working, sewage is not able to reach the treatment plant, which is why, it overflows and gets accumulated on roads. The sewage also enters houses which results in stink and can lead to water-borne diseases," said Balkar Singh Sandhu, Congress councillor.

An area resident, Randhir Singh, said they had brought the matter to the notice of the MC officials several times, but to no avail.

"When our pleas went unheard, we were forced to block Hambran Road. The apathetic attitude of the MC has cost the residents dear as they are living in a virtual hell," alleged Randhir Singh.

The residents, along with Ludhiana (West) MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu and councillor Balkar Singh Sandhu, submitted a memorandum to MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma.

Manjit Singh, MC Additional Commissioner (Technical) of Operations and Maintenance Cell, claimed that Balloke Sewage Treatment Plant is being run by the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board. "If there is any problem of water accumulation in the area, the residents should approach the sewerage board," he stated.

Gurmeet Singh Khosa, executive engineer of the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board, claimed that out of the total eight water pumps installed at Balloke Sewage Treatment Plant, five are working.

"We require only three pumps for the treatment of sewage at Balloke and as it is a low-lying area, even if no pump is running, the dirty water cannot overflow. I think that the sewer line is choked and it is the civic body's job to fix it," claimed Khosa.



Now, foreign donations on I-T dept’s radar
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 11
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has issued fresh directions stating that all foreign donations above Rs 1 crore will now come under the scrutiny of the Income Tax Department. The scrutiny is a diligent procedure applied by the I-T authorities to a select a few cases in order to check tax evasion every financial year.

The CBDT, in its directive, has asked the I-T authorities to check all foreign donations exceeding Rs 1 crore during 2011-12 fiscal (relevant for assessment year 2012-13) under the provisions of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) after picking them up from the official website of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The FCRA contribution details have been updated and made public by the MHA. "All international transactions (related to transfer pricing) over Rs 15 crore have now come under the compulsory manual scrutiny of the I-T officials. The new rules also provide mandatory checking of tax statements of all returns filed under Section 147 (re-open cases) and 148 (income which escaped assessment) of the I-T Act," said a senior IT official."Any official undertaking scrutiny of any return beyond these directives will not be considered valid. One has to follow the directives issued by the CBDT before taking up the cases for scrutiny," added Jatinder Khurana, taxation lawyer. The other cases which have been brought under the mandatory tax scanner include 'income from property held for charitable or religious purposes' and 'select cases where survey operations (tax raids on business premises) have been carried out on an entity'. The CBDT directives stated that the officials could pick up any case for scrutiny.

The following categories of cases/returns shall be compulsorily scrutinised

  • Cases where value of international transaction exceeds Rs 15 crore.
  • Cases involving addition in an earlier assessment year on the issue of transfer pricing in excess of Rs 10 crore or more which is confirmed in appeal or is pending before an appellate authority.
  • Cases involving addition in an earlier assessment year in excess of Rs 10 lakh on a substantial and recurring question of law or fact which is confirmed in appeal or is pending before an appellate authority.
  • Entities which received donations from foreign countries above Rs 1 crore.



Textile workers take out rally
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 11
Workers of textile units today took out a rally in support of their demands. Vishwanath, general secretary, Textile Hosiery Workers Union, said labour laws were being flouted in factories. "There is no job security and workers are thrown out at will. Even the labour department does not listen to the pleas of labour," he said. Another representative of the labour union said they were paid meagre salaries.

"Inflation is increasing but salaries are not increasing accordingly. It has become difficult to make both ends meet," he stated. The workers decided to prepare of charter of demands and submit it to factory owners and labour department. "In case our demands are not met within seven days, we will launch an agitation," they said.



Post office gets a few takers for Rakhi bumper
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 11
Lottery tickets being sold at the Head Post Office in the city are not receiving a good response. An official in the post office said out of the 1,000 Rakhi bumper lottery tickets, only 150 had been sold so far. “We are hopeful of selling more tickets by the time the lucky draw approaches, but people are not purchasing tickets from here.

Baisakhi Bumper got a good response. More than 800 lottery tickets were sold then, but there isn't much sale and the response by and large is lukewarm," said the official.

"One of the reasons for the poor response is that the tickets are available at many places and open counters. Another reason is that people are still not aware of the fact that the tickets are available in the post office," he said.

"I like to purchase lottery from the post office as the place is pretty accessible and there is also an assurance of the fact that these are not fake," said Ashok Singla, a resident.



Lok Sabha poll: BJP starts campaigning
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 11
As the Parliamentary elections are slated for next year, the state leaders of the BJP have started campaigning. They have started holding district-level meetings. Aiming at all 13 seats in the state, party activists led by state president of the BJP Kamal Sharma today held a meeting to discuss poll strategy.

At a press conference, Kamal Sharma said Punjab collected the lowest taxes from urban masses as compared to the other states.

"The party is committed to solving the problems of residents. A decision taken by the party is reviewed by the Akali Dal in case of any confusion," he said.The District Executive Committee also held a meeting at Guru Nanak Bhawan. Members of the Youth Morcha, Women Morcha, presidents of mandals, councillors and former councillors attended the meeting.

Senior leaders informed the activists about the policies of the SAD-BJP alliance. A training session was also held. Kamal Sharma read out a progress report.Kamal Sharma condemned the killing of Indian Soldiers.



CPI condemns killing of Indian soldiers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 11
The state leadership of Communist Party of India (CPI) has announced that the party will participate in the death anniversary of Harchand Singh Longowal on August 25. Dr Joginder Dayal, president, CPI, Punjab, while addressing the district council of the party, said the Communist Party of India (CPI) condemns the killing of Indian soldiers by the Pakistanis.

Dr Joginder Dayal said, "The CPI supports bringing the political parties under the purview of the RTI so that there is a financial transparency. The party is already doing it for the last several years. The CPI also welcomes the verdict of the Supreme Court to marginalise the criminal elements from contesting the elections."

He said the party strongly condemns government's failure to curb prices. The CPI will organise Jatha March to mobilise masses against rising prices, unemployment, steps to save the small business and industry.



Show zero tolerance towards discrimination, says Verka
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 11
Dr Raj Kumar Verka, vice-Chairman, National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Government of India, assured depressed classes of the society that no more discrimination will been allowed. "Everyone should show zero tolerance towards any kind of discrimination in the society," he said. Dr Verka was in the city to preside over a state-level function of the All-India Punjab National Bank Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes Employees Welfare Association.

During his visit, Dr Verka alleged that the Punjab police has been working under the Akali Jathedars in the state and harassment of the people belonging to SC/ST communities is going on the large scale.

"Supreme Court of India has already stated about the functioning of the Punjab police but still the police has been working under the influence of Akali Government," said Verka.

Today, Dr Raj Kumar Verka took notice of two police cases of Ludhiana District in which action of Police and administration was not satisfactory.



Folk art club to promote bhangra
Our Correspondent

Doraha, August 11
Rhythm International Folk Art Club has carved a niche for the country in different festivals held across the globe. The club is run by Anish Bhanot, who is a bhangra choreographer.

Bhanot along with his team has won laurels at the 12th International Ankara Music and Dance Festival in Ankara, Turkey, International Folk Dance Festival in Baku, Azerbaican, International Folk Dance Festival in Haymana, Turkey and International Folk Dance Festival in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Countries such as India, Bulgaria, Azerbaican, Turkey, Kazakistan, Cyprus, South Korea, Romania and Georgia collaborated to participate in the one-month-long festival.



Two booked for snatching gold chain
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 11
The police has booked two scooterists for snatching a gold chain from a woman outside her house. The incident took place opposite the residence of Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari near Rakh Bagh.

The victim's husband Rajesh Mittal, two persons, who were on a scooter snatched his wife's chain.

Theft at shop

Thieves struck at Karma Television Store at Tibba Road and decamped with television sets and cameras worth Rs 4 lakh.

The police said the entered the shop by uprooting the shutter on the first floor of the store.

The police has registered the case.

4 travel agents booked

The police has booked four travel agents, including a couple, for duping youths on the pretext sending them abroad.

The accused have been identified as Gopit Ram Shastri and his wife Shalini Shastri, Kashmir Singh and Raj Singh of Panipat.

A case has been registered against the accused on the complaint of Rajvir Singh, a resident of Panipat. The complainant stated that the four persons had taken Rs 8.51 lakh from him.

2 held for theft

The police has arrested two persons and recovered garments and an auto-rickshaw from their possession.

The accused have been identified as Bablu and Raju, both residents of Kailash Nagar. They were nabbed from Tibba Road.

Clash between milk vendors

A clash took place between two groups of milk vendors near Domoria Bridge today.

The two groups pelted each other with stones. Sticks and sharp-edged weapons were also used during the clash.

The incident let to a traffic jam at Domoria Bridge.

Soon the police reached the spot, but on seeing the cops both the groups fled the scene. The injured were rushed to the Civil Hospital.



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