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Body found in bed box 
Woman was missing under mysterious circumstances
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
A badly mutilated body of a 50-year-old woman was found from a bed box here today. The deceased was identified as Dorothy.
The deceased’s husband, Basant, said Dorothy was missing for the past four days and he had filed a missing report with the police.

Basant and residents of the area opened the bed box after foul smell started emanating from it. They were shocked to see the decomposed body of Dorothy.

The police reached the spot and started investigations. It is suspected that Dorothy was strangulated to death and her body was dumped in the bed box.

The couple had shifted to the city four years ago from Jalandhar. Basant’s son lives in Canada and his daughter is in Dubai.

A tenant and Dorothy’s husband were detained for questioning.

It is learnt that Dorothy was under depression. When she went missing, her husband also circulated pamphlets and posters to trace her.

The body has been sent to Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, for post-mortem. 


Man robbed of Rs 2.3 lakh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
An employee of a transport operator was robbed of Rs 2.3 lakh in broad daylight at Urban Estate, Phase II, today.
The incident took place this afternoon when Mukesh Kumar was on his way to his office at Jeevan Nagar after withdrawing cash from a bank.

When Mukesh reached near Urband Estate, Phase II, a speeding car came from behind and hit his motorcycle. Mukesh fell on the road and suffered injuries.

The miscreants travelling in the car fled with a bag containing Rs 2.3 lakh. However, the incident was captured on a closed-circuit television camerainstalled in the area.

It is learnt that the robbers were following Mukesh from the bank.

Mukesh was rushed to a hospital. 



CBSE warns erring schools 
Asks schools to develop website or lose affiliation
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
Schools affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) who fail to develop their websites by September 15 will lose their affiliation, said RJ Khanderao, regional officer, CBSE.

Khanderao was in the city today to attend a science exhibition at Sacred Heart Convent School.

“Students of schools who fail to develop their websites will not be allowed to sit in board exams and the schools might end up losing their affiliation,” added Khanderao.

The CBSE has directed the affiliated schools to develop their websites with comprehensive information about their setup and management. The information to be provided online in the web portal includes affiliation status, details of infrastructure, names and designation of teachers and their salaries, class-wise enrolment of students, postal address and email, telephone numbers and details of members of the school management committee. The schools have to prepare their annual report and upload the same on the website before September 15.

He said parents should inform the CBSE about the schools that falsely claim to be affiliated with the Board.

“Strict action will be taken against erring schools. There is nothing wrong if some schools claim of following the CBSE pattern. These schools only follow the pattern set up by the Board but are not affiliated with us,” he said.







CBSE orders go unheeded
Most private schools fail to upload teachers’ salary details
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
Most of the city schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) have failed to upload the information about salaries being paid to teachers, as directed by the board.

The CBSE had recently asked the schools to update their websites with the information regarding the fee structure, and for the first time it had asked schools to put the salary grades of teachers on the website as well.

The move aimed at bringing transparency and curbing the exploitation of teachers at the hands of private schools. Schools were given one month's time to do the needful. Barring a few (around 15), however, most of the schools affiliated to the board have protested the move.

Director of Green Land Schools Rajesh Rudra said schools were writing letters to the CBSE against the instructions.

"We are paying full salaries to teachers. Besides, the information is regularly given to the Income Tax department. There is no point in uploading the details on our websites,” said Rudra.

Harmit Kaur, director, Sahodaya Schools, however, said it was unfortunate that schools were not taking the directions of the board seriously.

"When we are paying the salary to our staff, then why should there be any reluctance in making it public? Schools being run by trusts have no problem in putting the entire information on their school website, unlike other private schools,” she said.

Harmit Kaur said there were many schools in Ludhiana being run by individuals who paid salaries to the staff as per their wish.

“The matter of meagre salaries being paid to teachers was brought to the notice of the CBSE, following which the board asked the schools to make the information public,” said Harmit Kaur. 

would wait for schools to adhere to directions

Director of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Vineet Joshi said the board would wait for the schools to adhere to the instructions. He said the board would take action against the schools accordingly. "None of the schools has raised any objection so far. We hope the schools will provide the information,” said Joshi.




Freedom struggle comes alive on 70 feet long canvas
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
As a tribute to the freedom fighters, students of KVM School, city campus, painted 70 feet long wall of the school depicting various phases of the freedom struggle.

Students of Classes VI, VII and VIII made an effort to depict the scenes from the freedom struggle ahead of the Independence Day. “Students choose one event from the history and paint their imagination on the wall," said Navita Puri, principal of the school.

A girl student was seen painting “Simon Go Back” on the wall. “I have shown freedom fighters opposing the Simon Commission and asking Sir John Simon to go back,” said a student.

Another student has depicted Mahatma Gandhi in his painting.

The principal said the students were working hard to complete the 70 feet long painting for the Independence Day function. 



Industry to pay lump sum tax on goods sent through trains 
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
The textile and knitwear industry today heaved a sigh of relief after the Excise and Taxation Department agreed to charge lump sum tax on the hosiery goods sent through trains. The lump sum tax will be applicable from tomorrow.

The rates fixed are Rs 1,500 per case and Rs 2,500 for big bag. The receipt of the tax paid will be collected from the counter of the department at the railway station and the same will be pasted on the consignment. The decision was taken at a meeting held here today which was attended by Surinder Kaur Riar, Joint Commissioner, Excise and Taxation Department.

It was a long-pending demand of the hosiery and knitwear industry that lump sum tax should be charged from them on the products being sent out of the city through the Railways. This move will also help curb ‘peti mafia’.

"The step taken by the department is appreciable. Now, there will be no checking of goods as receipt of the tax paid will be pasted on the consignment. Though we have recommended Rs 1,200 as lump sum tax per box, but it has been fixed at Rs 1,500 by the department. We will urge the department to reduce the tax,” said Naveen Sood, president of the Ludhiana Hosiery Association.

Darshan Dawar, president of the Knitwear Club, said genuine traders also had to suffer due to ‘peti mafia’. “But now every trader sending the consignment from the railway station will be paying a lump sum tax to the department,” he said. 



MC fails to check illegal construction
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Illegal construction on at a house in Sarabha Nagar.
Illegal construction on at a house in Sarabha Nagar. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, August 12
Ludhiana Municipal Corporation authorities seem to be in deep slumber as illegal constructions go unchecked in the Sarabha Nagar area. It has been observed in the past that the building branch officials react only after an illegal construction is over.

At present, a portion of a house located right opposite the Sarabha Nagar market is being allegedly converted into shops. But officials of the building branch of the MC were unaware of the illegal activity till The Tribune team informed them.

An area shopkeeper told The Tribune that a portion of a house facing the Sarabha Nagar main market was allegedly being converted into shops. "The owner of the house is carving out two shops by constructing walls in the porch," said the shopkeeper.

Last month, an ice-cream shop was constructed by 'renovating' a house in the same lane. After The Tribune highlighted the illegal construction, the MC officials swung into action and got the shop closed.

These shops are located in a residential area and as per rules the owners cannot carry out any business activity from the area.

Over the years, it has been observed that whenever officials of the building branch visit the place, the owners tell them that they were just 'renovating' their house. But when the same 'renovation' takes shape of an illegal shop and is opened overnight, the building branch officials fail to notice it for reasons best known to them.

The illegal construction is going on right opposite the Sarabha Nagar main market which is frequented by a large number of people, including MC officials.

When contacted, MC Additional Commissioner Isha Kalia said she would ask her staff to visit the area. "We will take action against the owner of the house if the house is being converted into a commercial establishment," she said. 



Fake pesticides flood market
Following rumours of pest attack, demand for pesticides goes up
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, August 12
With the reports about massive damage being caused to the paddy crop in Jagraon region, a considerable rise has been witnessed in demand of pesticides among the farmers.

The rise in demand has resulted in production of duplicate pesticides. Some dealers have been allegedly selling fake pesticides to the illiterate farmers at an unreasonably high price.

The Agriculture Department officials have reportedly failed to check on the sale of these pesticides to the farmers.

According to sources, the pesticide dealers in connivance with certain officials of the agriculture department have been deliberately spreading the rumours among the farmer community, to increase the sale of the fake pesticides and earn easy money.

Some educated farmers, however, said the situation is not as grave as being presented by the agriculture department.

"Only 15-20 per cent of the paddy crop is affected by pest attack, which is a normal occurrence. The number is not as alarming as compared to the previous years," said Manjit Singh, a farmer from Malak village.

Block Agriculture Officer Jagraon Balwinder Singh said, “Some pests are damaging the paddy crop. But there is no need to panic. As per our estimate, pests have damaged around 30 per cent of the paddy crop."

The block agriculture officer said he was not aware of the current trend of selling of duplicate pesticides in the market. Singh, however, advised the farmers to take suggestions from the agriculture experts before buying and using pesticides on their crops.



‘Never saw such terrible mishap’
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, August 12
Eyewitnesses of a road accident that claimed 10 lives and left over 25 passengers injured, when a private company bus collided head on with a truck on Ludhiana-Ferozepur Highway near Mehna village in Moga district this morning, recounted the horrific tale of the mishap.

"I have never seen such a terrible road mishap throughout my life. Some dead bodies were lying on the road, of which some were beyond identification,” said Ramandeep Singh, who was travelling to Moga in another bus behind the ill-fated bus that met with the accident.

Gurbir Singh, a student of an engineering college near Moga, considered himself fortunate to have survived the mishap. "I was traveling in the same bus but got off it at the Jagraon bus stand from where I boarded a Punjab Roadways bus along with my college mates who joined me at Jagraon. When we reached the accident site, I was shocked to see the mangled remains of the bus. If I hadn’t got off the bus, I would have been among the victims,” said Gurbir Singh.

"I was coming from Faridkot to Jagraon this morning in a bus. When the bus reached near Mehna, I saw some people lying dead on the road while many others were critically injured. I feel sorry for the people who lost their lives in the mishap. It was such a horrifying experience,” said Bobby, a resident of Jagraon.

There are reports of a middle-aged man hailing from Ramghar Bhullar village near Jagraon being killed in the mishap.



Residents oppose dumping of garbage
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, August 12
Irked by the failure of Jagraon Municipal Council to stop the dumping 
of garbage by the sanitation workers near their houses, residents of Agwar Ladhai, Kothe Rahlan and other localities near Bhadarkali Mandir staged a dharna today.

The protestors led by Kothe Rahlan sarpanch Gurcharan Singh and president of local Bahujan Samaj Party unit Mangal Singh raised slogans against the Municipal Council authorities. The protestors said the civic body officials had failed to solve the problems faced by the residents due to the dumping of garbage near their houses.

This was the second protest staged by the residents of the area in the past three days. On August 10, the residents, while protesting near Bhadarkali Mandir, raised the demand for shifting the garbage dump to some other area outside the town.

"When we staged a protest recently, the Municipal Council authorities assured us that they would stop the dumping of garbage in this area. The authorities, however, failed to keep their words, and the practice of garbage dumping by the MC workers is still going on,” said Gurcharan Singh.

Mangal Singh said the protest would continue till the garbage dump was shifted from the area.

Municipal Council president Baldev Krishan Dhir said the civic body had already started the process of shifting the garbage dump to some other location.

"We are doing our best to shift the garbage dump as soon as possible, but the process might take some more days for completion. Since, we do not have any alternative, I appeal to the residents to cooperate with us,” said Dhir.



Larvae found at two hospitals
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
Larvae of the aedes mosquito were found at two city hospitals today. On the direction of Civil Surgeon Dr Shubash Batta, a team of health officials visited BL Kapoor Hospital and Bhagwan Ram Charitable Hospital.

The team, under the supervision of District Epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma, checked 30 coolers and containers at BL Kapoor Hospital. Larvae of aedes mosquito, responsible for spreading dengue, were found in three coolers in the residential area and in two pits.

A meeting was held with the hospital staff and they were directed to replace water from coolers once a week. They were also asked to keep a lid on containers to avoid water accumulation.

At Bhagwan Ram Charitable Hospital 50 coolers and six containers were inspected. Here larvae were found in 12 coolers and all the six containers.

9 suspected dengue cases

Nine suspected cases of dengue were reported from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. One of the patients belongs to the city, while three are from the peripheral areas. Three patients are from Hoshiarpur while one each hail from the neighbouring states of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.



Dairy and fisheries officers get tips on better livestock management
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) organised a one-day workshop for over 200 dairy and fisheries officers of the state today.
Dr G Vajralingam, Financial Commissioner, Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries Department, was the chief guest. Dr VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor, GADVASU, presided over the function.

During the inaugural address, Vajralingam threw light on the role of livestock sector in food security, employment generation, asset creation and financial security in the agrarian economy of Punjab. He said the Punjab Government was doing its best to further uplift the sector further.

Dr Taneja, in his presidential remarks, said the workshop was held with the objective of creating an interface for exchange of knowledge, ideas and challenges and to develop a mutual dialogue between university scientists and field officers working at grass root level.

Dr Taneja emphasised on the need to strengthen the veterinary extension to disseminate technologies to farmers. He said the major challenges faced by the dairy sector were reproductive disorder and nutrition.

Inderjeet Singh, director, dairy development, said we should learn proper housing system for animals and other practices from developed dairy nations such as Israel. He said farmers should work on value addition of products.

BK Sood, director-cum-warden, department of fisheries, said there was a need to work on saline water fisheries. Farmers should come forward to work on ornamental fisheries as well, he said.

Various technical sessions were conducted to update the knowledge of officers. At last, a joint plenary session was conducted for working out the recommendations for planning the future strategies in livestock sector of the state.



Elevated Road a killer stretch
Civic body has failed to install grills on the road, officials indulge in blame game
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
As the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has failed to install safety grills on the Elevated Road, city residents often become victims of fatal accidents. Each time an accident occurs on the road, the MC officers get up from their deep slumber and begin playing the blame game.

The Elevated Road in the old city area was constructed for decongesting the city traffic, but it has been failing its real purpose as accidents occur on a regular basis and people lose their lives as there is an accident-prone curve near Master Tara Singh Memorial College, here.

In June, an NGO, had installed safety grills near the deadly curve, but still, a 50-year-old man became a victim to the curve last night. The NGO had got these grills installed with their own funds and the MC did not even bother to cover the remaining stretch with grills, later on.

This is not the first time that such an incident has taken place at the same spot. Gurpreet Singh, a 15-year-old student of Class VIII of a private school, died in an accident when he was going somewhere along with his father Kuldeep Singh, a mechanic, on the Elevated Road on February 8.

In March 2008, two youths had died after falling from the Elevated Road from almost the same spot. Several other residents have also lost their lives when they either lost control of their vehicles or met with an accident.

Sometimes, MC officials put the onus of the accidents on residents, but this time, the accident took place as the rain water had accumulated on the Elevated Road. And due to sludge, the road became slippery, which led to the accident. "The speed limit on this road is 40 km per hour but some residents still drive at a higher speed," claimed an officer, who did not wish to be named.


Why are safety grills not being installed

  • When the proposal of installing the safety grills on elevated road reached the MC Commissioner, he was surprised to see that the MC officials had proposed installation of safety grills on one kilometer stretch, which would have cost around Rs 60 lakh. Whereas, the senior MC officials felt that safety grills be installed only on the accident prone points.Later, another proposal of installation of safety grills on around 250 metres of Elevated Road was prepared, which would cost around Rs 18 lakh to the civic body.
  • Tenders were floated but due to poor financial health and poor track record of making payments, no contractor came forward.
  • The Finance and Contract Committee has authorised the MC Commissioner to get any development works done costing up to Rs 5 lakh done without any approval. The MC Commissioner can get grills installed at select points.
  • If the MC does not have funds or if no person is taking interest in the tenders, MC has failed to rope in private companies for the purpose.

Protests outside MC Commissioner’s office

After the accident, members of the Hindu Sikh Jagriti Sena held a protest outside MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma's office on Monday. They also said that they would be blocking the Elevated Road from Chand Cinema side from 11 am onwards on Tuesday. Youth Congress workers also held a protest outside Verma's camp office. They also burnt the effigy of the state government as well as Ludhiana Municipal Corporation.



Students to boycott classes at PAU today
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana August 12
Punjab Agriculture University Student Association (PAUSA) has called for the boycott of classes at the College of Agriculture Engineering tomorrow. The association is protesting against the Vice-Chancellor's decision of rusticating a student and cancelling the admission of two others on July 24.

The office-bearers of PAUSA took the decision after a meeting with students late this evening.

PAUSA president Saranbir Singh said: "We requested the Vice-Chancellor to review the decision a number of times. During a meeting, he even assured us that it will be reviewed, but nothing happened. The punishment will ruin the students' future, so we decided to raise our voice against the injustice."

The students were rusticated for allegedly lying on the roadside on the campus on July 21. While Dilpreet Singh Chahal, a fourth-year BTech student was rusticated, the admission of Harpreet Singh Brar and Jasandeep Singh to MTech was cancelled.



Curd fails purity test, four food samples collected
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
A sample of curd collected by the Health Department from Rajguru Nagar in July has failed purity test. The sample has been found to be substandard as the fat content was less in it.

District Health Officer, Dr Avinash Kumar said, "The sample was collected from a karyana store. Action will be taken against the owner under the Food Safety and Standard Act 2006 on the basis of the report.

Meanwhile, four more samples were collected by the Health Department. Samples were taken from eatries. The sample of "Aalu -Chane' was taken from Basant Chowk, cold drink from Ghumar Mandi, while soya nutri from a dhaba at Miller Ganj Chowk and mutton rogan josh from a restaurant at Pakhowal.



Construction of new footbridge starts at Ludhiana railway station
Expected to be completed within a year, say authorities
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service
Construction work underway at Ludhiana railway station.
Construction work underway at Ludhiana railway station.Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, August 12
The railway authorities started the construction work of the new footbridge, which will inter-link all the platforms at the railway station. They said that the bridge would be completed within one year and would provide relief to the visitors and passengers of the railway station.

Already, two footbridges exist that link certain platforms, but none of these link all the platforms. The passengers face inconvenience while moving from one platform to another. Moreover, one of the existing footbridges is too narrow and passengers have to slug it out while passing through it.

The Railways had started constructing a footbridge in 2010-11, which was planned to link all the platforms and both entries of the railway station. But due to some technical problems it did not materialise.

The railway authorities said that the space between tracks was insufficient to install pillars, so the authorities decided to design a new bridge. The footbridge is a long-pending demand of the residents and the former Railway Minister had assured the residents that it would be constructed soon.Ravinder Sharma, Station Superintendent, said, "The technical team found some problems in the proposed footbridge. Now, the higher authorities have decided to construct a bridge that links all the platforms of the railway station. It will provide relief to the visitors and passengers. We hope that it will be constructed within one year.”



Patwaris, kanungos go on strike
Protest against police inaction in a dowry death case of an employee’s kin
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 12
Led by activists of The Revenue Patwar Union, patwaris and kanungos from east and west subdivisions of the district today went on strike and held a dharna at Mini-Secretariat to protest against the failure of the police to arrest the culprits involved in a dowry-related death of Navtej Kaur, daughter of Kuldip Singh Mann, district president of the Kanungo Association.

The protesting revenue staff decided to strike work for an indefinite period against the indifferent attitude of the police and the district administration. Addressing the dharna, members of the "sangharsh committee" of the union alleged that even after two months of Navtej Kaur’s death, the police had failed to arrest all the accused persons named in the FIR even after the functionaries of the association had personally met the senior police and district officials.

Sukhminder Singh Virk, president of the association,said the patwaris and kanungos would hold demonstrations at the subdivision level in the entire district till August 14 and if the police persisted to side with the culprits, a district-level dharna would be staged on August 16, 2013.

Charging the police with extending overt and covert support to "killers" of Navtej Kaur, the protesting revenue staff pledged to continue the agitation till all the accused persons were arrested and justice was dispensed to the victim's family.



Tewari seeks revamping of Bio-remediation Project
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari has sought revamping and expanding the scope of the Bio-remediation Pproject for cleaning of Buddha Nullah. Tewari met Union Environment Minister Jayanti Natarajan in New Delhi today and apprised her about the undue delay in the completion of the project.

He also brought to Natrajan’s notice that the state government was posing as a road block and hence the project was being delayed. Natarajan assured Tewari that she would take up the matter with the state government and ensure that the difficulties and hindrances would be removed at the earliest.

He said, during a personal inspection on October 24, 2012, he was surprised to learn that the scope of the project had been narrowed down to 6 km from the original 16 km.

These six km are towards the end of the Buddha Nullah before it empties itself into the River Sutlaj, he said.

"While I can fully understand that it is important to mitigate the effluent that flow into River Sutlaj. However, what confounds me is that for all intents and purposes this project completely bypasses the 10 odd km, which are intrinsic to its course through the city, which has a thick population residing on its either side", he regretted.

Urging the minister to expand its scope, he said, "I will be obliged if you candirect the CPCB or the officials concerned in your Ministry to comprehensively and holistically review the scope of this project to ensure that it really benefits the 25 lakh odd residents of the Ludhiana city by cleaning up the entire 16 km stretch and not only the last sixkm".



from schools and colleges
Students raise a toast to science
Tribune News Service

A student explains the working of a model prepared by his team.
A student explains the working of a model prepared by his team.

Ludhiana, August 12
Sacred Heart Convent School was today abuzz with activity as it hosted a regional-level science exhibition of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

The CBSE-affiliated schools from all over Punjab and Chandigarh participated in the exhibition-cum-competition. Regional officer of the board RJ Khanderao inaugurated the event.

The main theme of the exhibition was "Science and Society", with different sub-themes including industry, natural resources and conversation, transport and communication, information and educational technology, community health and environment and mathematical modelling.

The exhibition showcased the scientific insight of today's youth. An array of working and non-working models vied for everybody's attention. The participating teams not only displayed their models but also explained the innovative application of scientific concepts to everyday life. The models were judged by a panel appointed by the CBSE.

National Library Day

National Library Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm on the campus of DD Jain College of Education today. Shiayali Ramamrita Ranganathan, the father of Library Science in India, was paid tributes by students and staff. A brief introduction on the life of SR Ranganathan was delivered by Mini Soni. It was followed by various PowerPoint presentations, speeches and poems depicting the importance of the library and reading books. Principal Dr Vijay Laxmi encouraged the budding teachers to read more books.

Interactive session

Ryan International School, Dugri, organised an interactive session with Sukhdeep Gill, member of Global Cancer Concern. Gill talked about the causes of cancer and remedies. School headmistress Ritu Syal said such awareness programmes were must for the growth of the children.

I-day celebrations

Independence Day was celebrated at ABC Montessori, BRS Nagar, today. The programme commenced by the hoisting of National Flag by director of the school Amanpreet Singh Arora. It was followed by a fancy dress competition, on which students of pre-nursery to upper kindergarten classes participated with great enthusiasm. Children also took part in other cultural activities.

Patriotic fervour

Independence Day was celebrated at Cherrylane Play School with patriotic fervour. Tiny tots came to school dressed as national symbols and made an impressive show in the fancy dress competition. The whole school was decorated in tricolour hues. Teachers staged a play.



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Dispute settlement

Members of the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers' Association (UCPMA) took part in the Zonal Dispute Settlement Committee meeting (central zone) on Monday. Chief Engineer Rachpal Singh presided over the meeting. As many as 20 cases of sub-urban, west and east circle, were discussed along with the alarming issue of prolonged power cuts, for over 24 to 36 hours, from sub-station focal point at phase-VIII. Members of UCPMA suggested amendments to be made accessible without any further delay.


Five city-based printers bagged National Awards for excellence in printing. The awards were instituted by the All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP). Noted personality, Javed Akhtar presented the awards to the awardees at the recently concluded award ceremony in Pune. Kamal Printers won a gold medal and a silver medal along with a certificate of merit. Active Print and Stick Swastik Knitwears won a silver medal each, and the Cranial Printers and Print Masters won a certificate of merit each.


Maintaining that Ayurveda has been recognised as the most ancient system of the medical sciences, Dr Bhupinder Singh Bedi, director, Sant Prag Raj Ayurvedic Medical College, Ahmedgarh, has urged the authorities concerned to prevent calling the practice as an alternative system of medicine at a seminar on Sunday. Dr Raj Pal Singla chairman of the Trust presided over the seminar.


An official from Dabur India briefs the media about the ‘Real Dil se Dua’ campaign in Ludhiana on Monday. Dabur India Limited announced the launch of ‘Real Dil se Dua’ campaign on Monday. Real Dil se Dua is a signature campaign, which will be run across the state, wherein against each signature collected from a consumer pledging against hunger and malnutrition, a pack of Real fruit juice will be distributed to an underprivileged kid.

An official from Dabur India briefs the media about the ‘Real Dil se Dua’ campaign in Ludhiana on Monday. A Tribune photo


The work for the installation of sewerage plant was inaugurated by councillor Randhir Singh Sibia at Golden Vihar Colony, Ward No. 1 on Sunday. “The long-pending demand of the area residents has finally been fulfilled,” said the councillor.


On the instructions of the Civil surgeon, city-based Dr Subhash Batta and Senior Medical Officer of the Community Health Centre, Sahnewal, Medical officer Dr Harpreet Singh and the Executive officer of the Municipal Council, Sahnewal, Sukhsagar Singh, inspected fruit and vegetable shops in Sahnewal. Over riped and half-riped fruits and contaminated eatables were destroyed and the vendors selling golgappe, tikki and other snacks were instructed to maintain proper hygiene. Pamphlets on adoption of safety measures against waterborne and vector-borne diseases were also distributed on the occasion. The primary motive of the inspection was to safeguard the public from waterborne and vector-borne diseases.


A meeting of Ludhiana First Club, led by the president of the club, Subash Aggarwal and Krishan Kumar Bhawa, was held on Monday. Ludhiana First Club honoured NS Nanda for his contributions towards the betterment of the society.

Medical camp

HDFC Bank Limited is conducting free eye-care camps at its branches. Visitors can walk-in at the branches to get their eyesight checked between 10 am to 4 pm at the one-day camps. The bank has tied up with Vasan Eye Care Hospital, Ludhiana, to arrange these camps, open for the customers as well as the general public. Jatinder Gupta, circle head, said, "We are happy to reach out to the people of Ludhiana through the eye-care camps. It brings us closer to the community we serve and enables us to contribute to their overall well-being in small ways. The camp will be held in Rishi Nagar on August 14, Phullanwal on August 16, BRS Nagar on August 20, and Gill road on August 23.

Plantation drive

A plantation drive was launched at Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital by CAPE-India and Ann Jal Sewa Trust on Sunday. Senior Medical Officer Dr Raj Krishan Karkara, Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, inaugurated the drive. Shiv Ram Saroay, president of the trust and Dr Sandeep Kumar Jain, chief coordinator, CAPE-India, along with the volunteers and members planted saplings such as kaner, dek, jamun, alstonia, acacia, amla 
and mulberry. Saplings of various other shrubs and trees were also planted during the drive.


A campaign will be started on August 14 at Guru Nanak Bhawan by the Youth Akali Dal for making Ludhiana green. It will be started by the party president, Vikram Singh Majithia.

Motorcycle march

A motorcycle march, dedicated to the people who lost their lives during the partition of India and to those who died during the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, reached in the city on Monday. The march is being carried out by the Internationalist Democratic Party.

Dental care campaign

Axiss Dental announced the launch of a special dental care campaign in the city on Monday. The campaign will offer free-of-cost consultation and digital X-ray to the people. The campaign aims at promoting healthy dental habits among children.


Shri Gyan Sthal Mandir Sabha organised a 'Ration Vitran' programme for giving out articles of daily use to widows. Wedding ceremony of two underprivileged girls was also organised by the organization.


Ludhiana District Brick Kiln Owners Association organised a meeting on Sunday. The meeting was chaired by the president, Darshan Singh Jawanda. The brick-kiln owners discussed about various problems being faced by them. Due to the alleged slump in the construction business, the kiln-owners had to face tough times. Congress leaders were asked to discuss the issue with Central authorities— TNS



Two drug peddlers held

Jagraon, August 12
The local police arrested two drug peddlers and seized 20 kgs of poppy husk from their possession during a routine patrolling.
The accused have been identified as Jammu Singh and Hardeep Singh, both residents of Ghungrana village.

Their third accomplice, Amarjit Singh, however, managed to escape. The police impounded the car they were travelling in. — OC



Two booked for duping woman of Rs 2.5 lakh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
The city police has booked two persons for duping a woman for Rs 2.5 lakh on the pretext of getting her daughter recruited as a government school teacher in Haryana. The accused have been identified as Avinash Singh and Gurdeep Singh Bhola, both residents of Delhi.The case has been registered following an investigation.

The incident took place in January, 2013. Livjit Singh, a resident of Guru Arjun Dev Nagar, said the accused took his mother-in-law in confidence and assured her that they would provide her daughter (Livjit's wife) a job as a government school teacher in Haryana. The deal was struck for Rs 2.5 lakh. As per the deal, the accused were given the money at Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib. But on January 8, the duo started demanding more money for the job. Livjit said that when she expressed helplessness to arrange the money, the accused started harassing her.The accused neither returned their money nor provided the job to the woman. The police has booked the accused under Sections 420 and 120-Bof the IPC. No arrest has been made so far.

One crushed to death

One person has been crushed to death by an over speeding SUV. The accused has been identified as Rajinder Singh, a resident of Janta Nagar. The incident took place here yesterday. Paramjit Singh, a resident of Doraha, said he and his brother, Jaspal Singh, were heading towards home on their motorcycles and when they reached near Nirankari Bhawan, Sangowal, the accused who was driving a Bulero hit the motorcycle of his brother. Jaspal Singh died on the spot. The accused managed to flee the scene leaving his SUV on the spot. The police has registered a case under Section 279, 304 A and 427 of the IPC for reckless driving resulting to death.

Vehicle thieves nabbed

The city police nabbed three vehicle thieves here yesterday. The accused have been identified as Sukhbir Singh and Bhupinder Singh, both residents of Katahri village and Simranjit Singh of Sarihn village.The accused were nabbed from Janta Nagar Chowk following a tip-off. The police was told that the accused were habitual offenders. The trio was heading toward Gill chowk on a stolen motorcycle in order to sell it. The police laid a trap and nabbed the accused. During the questioning they soon confessed that they had stolen the bike.The police has booked the trio under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC and impounded the stolen bike.

Two nabbed with 624 bottles of illicit liquor, Rs 7.8 lakh

The city police has nabbed to employees of a liquor vend and seized 624 bottles of illicit liquor and 7.8 lakh cash from their possession. The accused have been identified as Sukdeep Singh, alias Sokha, a resident of Butahri and Khambir Singh of Pakhowal Road.Giving details about the rest, Harbans Singh, Incharge( Anti Narcotic Cell), the accused have worked at various liquor vends, but lately, they were peddling liquor from other cities. The olice nabbed them from Jalandhar Bypass last night. Sukha was working as driver of liquor baron and Congress MLA Amrik Singh Dhillon. They had installed fake number plate on the car they were travelling in, when they were nabbed. 



Pakistan women’s team to participate this year
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 12
This time, the World Kabaddi Cup will be more interesting as the women team from Pakistan will be participating in the Fourth Chapter of the World Kabaddi Cup. The World Kabaddi Cup is scheduled to held in from November 9 to 23 this year.

The Punjab Kabaddi Association has received the response from the Pakistani counterpart that the national kabaddi team from Pakistan was keen to participate in the World Kabaddi Cup 2013. Last yea, six countries had participated. The organisers are keen on adding the Pakistani women team to make the matches more interesting. Sikander Singh Maluka, chairman, Punjab Kabaddi Association-cum-Education Minister Punjab said,""We have received the confirmation from Pakistan ", said Maluka. 



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