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PAU students gherao authorities
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

PK Khanna, Registrar, PAU, and PS Lubana, Dean, College of Agriculture Engineering, at a press conference at PAU on Thursday
PK Khanna, Registrar, PAU, and PS Lubana, Dean, College of Agriculture Engineering, at a press conference at PAU on Thursday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, August 22
The move of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) authorities to "narrate their side of the tale" about the ongoing strike by students proved costly for them when the students, under the aegis of the Punjab Agricultural University Students Association, "hijacked their platform" on the campus here today.

More than 500 students gheraoed the authorities, including the Registrar and deans of various colleges of PAU at Communication Centre for two hours.

Registrar PK Khanna, Dean, College of Engineering, PS Lubana and some other senior officials of PAU gathered at Communication Centre to address a press conference this afternoon. Students, who were protesting outside the Vice-Chancellor's office, got information about it and gheraoed Communication Centre. The students raised slogans amid dhol beats and entered the hall and corridor of the centre.

The officials remained stuck for an hour and a half in the centre. At the press conference, the PAU authorities justified the rustication of a student and cancellation of the admission of two others and promised that if the students gave in writing that they were drunk on July 22, the Vice-Chancellor would review his decision.

Asked why PAU did not get the students medically examined if they were found in an inebriated condition, the Registrar said, "We have photographs of the students, which clearly depict that they were drunk. Moreover, the students and their parents have admitted that they were drunk on July 22."

RS Sidhu, Dean, College of Basic Sciences, said, "The claim of PAUSA that they have the support of all students is baseless. More than 70 per cent students of the College of Basic Sciences and Humanity have been attending their classes. PAUSA leaders have been forcibly involving students in the strike."

The students also held a rally on the campus and raised slogans. A meeting of PAUSA leaders and the authorities was held in the evening. The students refused to give in writing that they had consumed liquor.

Meanwhile, PAUSA submitted a list of demands to the authorities. Besides seeking a rethink on the action against the engineering students, it demanded the construction of a new hostel on priority.


Students using virtual space to mobilise support
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 22
Students of Punjab Agricultural University, who have been protesting against the university authorities for the past nine days in support of their demands, have left no stone unturned to exert pressure on the authorities.

Apart from the physical platform on the university campus, student leaders are equally active on the virtual space. During the ongoing agitation, students have been posting updates on Facebook regularly, which have become popular among university students.

"PAU Issues and Ideas" is a popular page among students, which often raises problems being faced by them in academics, campus life and hostels. Updates regarding the strike are being posted on it everyday.

Students also use the official page of the Punjab Agricultural University Students Association (PAUSA) for garnering support for the strike. Apart from Facebook, WhatsApp, a mobile application, is an easy tool for communication. There are several groups of students which communicate with each other regarding the venue of the strike and other modalities.

Sharanbir Singh, president, PAUSA, said, "Social networking sites and mobile networking applications are a common tool for communication among youngsters. We took help of these to mobilise students for the strike."

Karanvir Singh, vice-president of the association, said, "We are living in the age of technology in which social networking sites will play a significant role in any revolution."

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"PAU Issues and Ideas" is a popular page among students, which often raises problems being faced by them in academics, campus life and hostels. Updates regarding the strike are being posted on it everyday. Students are also using the official page of the Punjab Agricultural University Students Association for garnering support for the strike.



Dept puts DEO on notice over teachers’ transfers
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 22
District Education Officer (Secondary) Paramjit Kaur Chahal was served a show-cause notice by the department today following alleged discrepancies in the list of inter-district transfers sought by teachers, which was sent by the officer. She has been asked to reply to the notice within 10 days.

Sources in the department in Chandigarh said some teachers, who were not transferred despite having given their names to the authorities, had met Education Minister Sikandar Singh Maluka and other officials to know the reason. The teachers claimed that they had given their names to the DEO and had receipts as proof. Later, it was found that many names were missing in the list sent by the DEO. The minister suspended two clerks, Jagdish Singh and Jarnail Singh, for “callously” preparing the list.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, the Education Minister said many teachers, including deserving ones, could not be transferred due to the lackadaisical attitude of the DEO and some others.

“I have suspended the DEO, Faridkot, and have served show-cause notices on the DEO, Ludhiana, the DEO, Hoshiarpur, and the DEO, Ropar. Besides, about eight other officials have been suspended. We expect the staff to perform their duties diligently. The guilty will have to face the music,” said the Education Minister.



Garbage raises big stink, poses health risk
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 22
Even as the rainy season is under way and city residents are exposed to a risk of water-borne and vector-borne diseases, the sanitation level in the city, especially in disease-prone localities on the periphery, leaves much to be desired.

Complaints from residents regarding garbage strewn all around dumps and containers, non-clearance or partial lifting of garbage from the dumps and foul smell emanating from heaps of garbage are increasing with each passing day.

While officials of the health branch of the municipal corporation claim that the sanitation level in the city has shown some improvement during the past few days, residents of many localities assert that garbage is lifted from the dumps and containers only once a day, that too early in the morning.

"Garbage from residential areas, shops and other commercial establishments thrown after the dumps are cleared creates insanitary conditions and people have to suffer all through the day. The situation gets worse when it rains as overflowing garbage from dumps and containers gets littered on streets, giving rise to stench," said Gurinder Singh, a resident of the Guru Nanak Pura locality in Civil Lines.

The sanitation level in some posh areas is also not up to the mark. Residents of Maharani Jhansi Road, Dugri, Sarabha Nagar and BRS Nagar have expressed concern over the insanitary conditions prevailing around garbage dumps and containers, which pose a serious threat to public health.

Dr Charanjit Uppal and Dr Vipul Malhotra, MC health officers, however, claimed that the work of garbage lifting and disposal, being carried out by a private company, A to Z Waster Management Company, had, of late shown some improvement. They said safai workers deployed by the MC were also doing their best to improve the sanitation level.

The officials said major garbage dumping sites were cleared twice a day while containers and bins were emptied once. Asserting that there was no threat to public health, they sought the cooperation of the residents to keep the city clean.

"The residents can help improve the sanitation level by disposing of garbage in bags before the dumps and containers are cleared. They should not throw garbage outside the dumps," said an official.



CII, admn join hands to curb road accidents
Shivani Bhakoo and Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 22
As many as 147 lives were lost in about 200 fatal accidents in the industrial hub of Ludhiana from January to June. To check the rising number of road accidents in the district, representatives from the Confederation of Indian Industries, hospitals, the district administration and the police have come forward on a joint platform to find viable solutions.

A meeting in this regard was held at the DMCH here today in which the delegates, including Police Commissioner Paramjit Singh Gill and Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari, were of the view that necessary steps were needed to be taken jointly to prevent accidents. A representative of the CII said the public avoided taking accident victims to hospital, fearing harassment at the hands of police officials. "Officials are aware of the fact that many accident victims die on roads as passersby do not take them to hospital on time. It must be made clear to the public that it will not be bothered unnecessarily if it comes forward to help mishap victims," said the representative.

The delegates said there should be separate well-equipped ambulances.

Neeraj Satija, convener, CII, Ludhiana City Development Core Group, said, "The purpose of this initiative is to save precious lives during accidents. Punjab accounts for the highest number of road accident deaths in the country. More than 5,000 lives are lost every year in such accidents.



Sister-in-law booked for dentist's death
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 22
Panic gripped Krishna Nagar and the surrounding areas following the death of a 25-year-old dentist. The victim has been identified as Gurinderjit Kaur. The incident took place last night. Gurinderjit Kaur's mother was shocked to find her lying dead in the house when she returned from the market.

Initially, it was presumed that it was a death due to electrocution. However, the victim's mother alleged that it was a murder.

On her complaint, the police has registered a case against Tajinder Kaur, Gurinderjit Kaur's sister-in-law.

The victim's mother said the duo used to quarrel frequently and Tajinder Kaur killed her daughter while she was away to the market.



Panchayat sets up Suvidha Centre
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 22
While civic bodies of majority of villages of the region are waiting for grants and funds from government to come true to the expectations of the residents of their localities, panchayat at Shankar village in Dehlon block of Ludhiana district has established a Suvidha Centre to help people in availing all facilities entitled for them.

Facilitating account opening in nationalised banks, carrier guidance for senior students, organising self-help groups and mediating deposit of power and other allied bills are the avenue where the members of the panchayat led by Sarpanch Avtar Singh Lalla have already started working.

Avtar Singh said residents had been facing problems in getting work done in various government offices and commercial banks. Lack of knowledge about documentation and supporting documents was cited to be the major reason behind this tendency.

“Realising problems being faced by the residents we approached authorities at various branches of nationalised banks of the area and sought their cooperation in opening online accounts of beneficiaries,” said Avtar Singh.

He said, “The branch manager at Dehlon branch of the State Bank of India had agreed to organise camps for opening accounts at the village.

Another problem, the civic body solved was distribution of Adhaar cards to their holders without any delay. The cards received were categorised ward-wise and then handed over to their rightful owners by the panches.



Tax Bar members stage dharna
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, August 22
District Tax Bar Association observed one day strike, wore black badges and staged a dharna in front of the sales tax office here today. The main agenda of the strike was the poor working of the Sales Tax Department which caused harassment to the bar members and dealers of the town.

Bar Chief Jatinder Pal Singh highlighted various problems confronted by the bar at the hands of the department. He said, “RCs’ of the past year, pending amendments lying for the past 5 years are not implemented and the VAT refund process is very slow.”

He said the VAT refund is not refunded in time to the dealers which as per the VAT act if delayed for more than 60 days the department is bound to pay the interest last but is not implemented.

Jatinder Pal Singh also said working of the department should be covered under the Right to Service Act and Citizen Charter should be applicable on the terms of the Income Tax Department.

A memorandum has been submitted to the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal who also holds the responsibility of the Excise and Taxation Department. A copy of the memorandum is also given to Fatehgarh Sahib AETC Mannesh Sethi.



Aadhaar card enrolment to start soon at Suvidha Centre
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 22
The enrolment of Aadhaar cards would start at Suvidha Centre, BDO office, in about 15 days. This was said by DC Rahul Tewari. "We are prepared to start the enrolment but a code from the UID authority for enrolment machines is awaited,” he said. “Enrolment will start once that code for the enrolment is received,” he said.

“If a person has an enrolment number, Aadhaar card copies can be taken from the Suvidha Centre,” said Executive Magistrate Nisha Bhagat.

Aadhaar card enrolment was stopped at post office last month but it is still under way at different places.

“Transfer of subsidy on the the LPG cylinders to Aadhaar-linked bank accounts under the direct benefit transfer scheme will begin from September 1,” said District Food Supply Controller Sona Thind. “To take the benefit of the subsidy on LPG Cylinders, consumers must link gas connections with Aadhaar-linked bank accounts by August 31,” she said.



PT, Punjabi teachers for science, maths!
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 22
The state government is committed to upgrading the education system in government schools of Punjab by bringing reforms, implementation of the RTE Act and the rationalisation policy. Ironically, injustice is being done to students of Government Middle School, Jandali, where important subjects, science and maths, are being taught by PT and Punjabi teachers.

District Science Supervisor (DSS) Varinder Kaur, who, along with other officials did an inspection of the school, said, "In middle schools, there is usually one post for the subjects of Maths and Science. But the PT teacher or Punjabi teacher will not do justice to the students by teaching these subjects. We have brought this to the notice of authorities and hope that proper subject teacher will be placed at the school.”

In another example of lackadaisical approach adopted by the Education Department, Chandigarh, despite remaining absent from duties for long, no action has been taken against two clerks in government schools by the department so far. During an inspection of Government Schools, Hambran and Aliwal, by the officials of Education Department, two clerks, Inderjit Singh and Pradeep Kumar, were found absent from their duties.

The DSS said clerk Inderjit Singh was absent from duty from January, 2010, while Pradeep Kumar, another clerk, at Aliwal school was absent from duty since May 2008. "We have sent an online report of absent clerks to the DGSC Office today and action will taken by the department,” said Varinder Kaur.

Principals of both the schools had already brought the absenteeism of the clerks to the notice of authorities and an enquiry was conducted into the matter in April/May 2013, still no appropriate action has been taken against the erring clerks by the department.



Teachers of aided-colleges without salary for year
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 22
Over 1,000 teachers working in the aided-colleges in Punjab have not received their salaries for the past 12 months. Thanks to the dilly-dallying approach of the authorities in releasing the grants to colleges. Besides, over 2,000 teachers working in these colleges are without the salaries for the last nine months.

The General Secretary of Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers' Union Dr Kuldeep Singh said, “Teachers are sore over the apathetic attitude of authorities. The state government has released a grant of Rs 200 crore to colleges in four quarters but it has not been released for the last three quarters. About 1,000 teachers have not been able to get salaries for over a year now. We are so perturbed that government is not even bothered to give it a second thought that how could we survive without salaries?.”

A protest rally was also held outside the DPI Colleges, Punjab, by the teachers of the aided colleges at Chandigarh. There are about 136 aided colleges in Punjab who have been given 95 per cent grant by the state government, which is about Rs 200 crore. The remaining five per cent share is put by the college managements but in absence of major share, college managements can do nothing to rescue the teachers.

The teachers alleged that the staff at the DPI Office/Education Department has also cleared the bills.



Student union leader, aides injured in attack
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 21
Student politics took an ugly turn when a union leader and his two aides were attacked by armed assailants from the Student Organisation of India (SOI) today. The incident took place outside a government college this morning when nearly 20 assailants carrying swords and sharp edged weapons intercepted Amanpreet Singh Khangura and his two aides.

The trio sustained injuries. Kahngura was rushed to the Civil Hospital and his two accomplices were rushed to a private hospital.

Kahngura said the accused, including rival leader Gurjot Singh Gill kept assaulting him for nearly half an hour but the police was nowhere to be seen.

Sources said, "The problem started due to the tearing of poster of Gurjot Singh Gill, who is vying for the presidentship of the SOI."

Gill and his supports suspected that Amanpreet Singh Khungra and his men had torn the posters.



United Cycle and Parts Association poll
Charanjit Singh to contest top post

Ludhiana, August 22
Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma today officially declared his candidature for the post of president for the upcoming elections of the United Cycle and Parts Association (UCPMA). The elections are scheduled for next month.

Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma claimed that he has support of three former presidents, including Joginder Kumar, DL Pahwa and Manmohan Singh. Vishivkarma claimed that he has support of around 200 members of the association.

"If elected president, I will work for the upliftment of the small manufacturers. Big houses are already making it big and earning large profits. The need of the hour
is to support the small manufacturers and if I come to power my focus will be on the uplift of small entrepreneurs,” said Vishivkarma.

There are three main contenders for the post of president: Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma, DS Chawla and present president Gurmeet Singh Kular. Both DS Chawla and Charanjit Singh have also been the former presidents of the association. DS Chawla has been the only president to resign from his post during his tenure. — TNS



Sarabha Ladies Club celebrates Raksha Bandhan, Janmashtami
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 22
Sarabha Ladies Club celebrated Rakhi and Janmashtami with great fervour at a hotel on Ferozepur road. The programme at the club was directed and choreographed by Shammi Bindra and Bindiya Sood.

A musical skit, including dance and drama was presented to depict the brother-sister bond.

Sarabjit Singh, the Indian spy who passed away in Pakistani jail was the hero of the skit. The pain lived by his sister was highlighted in the skit.

On the other hand, 10 avatars of Lord Krishna were shown. It emphasised the victory of truth over evil.

Green drive was also carried out by the club members. Tree saplings were also given to club members on the occasion.



Heart camp on Sept 12

Amloh, August 22
Dr Raghbir Shukla, a social worker, in a press conference, here today, said, “Social organisations should spread health awareness and organise medical check-up camps. Health services provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and government are not sufficient.”

He said, “I have been organising free medical camps for past 35 years and the second heart check-up camp of the year will be held on September 12. A team of doctors headed by Dr Sanjeev Mittal, MD, DM cardiology from Satguru Partap Singh Apollo Hospital Ludhiana, has agreed to conduct the camp.” — OC




Seminar organised

Ludhiana: A seminar on religion was conducted on the campus of the Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College for Women, Jhar Sahib. Focusing on religious aspects, Sukhdev Singh, in charge correspondence studies, SGPC, Amritsar, imparted valuable knowledge to the students. He inspired the students to follow philosophy and ethics of religion. On the occasion, Principal Dr Paramjeet Kaur Tiwana presented vote of thanks and motivated students to join one-year course in religious studies.

KK Singla, Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, Ludhiana, inaugurates a legal literacy club at the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town
KK Singla, Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, Ludhiana, inaugurates a legal literacy club at the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town. A Tribune photograph

Legal literacy club inaugurated

A legal literacy club was inaugurated at the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus. KK Singla, Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, Ludhiana, was the chief guest on the occasion. The club was inaugurated in order to create legal awareness regarding the rights amongst the students. He was accompanied by Sukwinder Kaur, in charge, women cell. 25 students of the college were registered as its members. The inauguration function was followed by a seminar on protection of women and girl child from sexual harassment and techniques of self defense. Sukhwinder Kaur made the students aware of their rights and free legal-aid services. She also told the students regarding 1968 as toll free number which they can use in case any of their right was being violated. KK Singla congratulated the college for opening legal literacy club and stressed on its importance for the students. These clubs were going to work along with legal aid clinics to protect eight categories of victims, he said adding that women need to break their silence and made themselves aware of their rights. The status of women was changing now and their fight was not against men but against old traditions of society. He also shared the information regarding various rights of women like Right to Education, Right to Residence, right against harassment for demand of dowry and protection against domestic violence.

Technical club opened

Department of Electrical Engineering at the RIMT, Mandi gobindgarh, has formed a technical club ‘Elecstream’ which was inaugurated by the director of the Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA), Chandigarh, Balour Singh. Various technical events were organised by the students so as to commemorate the inauguration ceremony. Balour Singh said the club was formed to spread awareness regarding the energy conservation and utilisation of renewable energy resources. Department head MS Gill said, “Under the banner of the club, students will organise many technical and non-technical events during the semester so as promote the cause for which the club is formed.” Director of the RIMT Dr Harsh Sadawarti congratulated the students.


Training and Placement Cell of the GNDEC conducted a seminar-cum-workshop at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College. The workshop was addressed by Namrata Bharti (MBA, IE Business School, Madrid), Director of the TIME and her team. The seminar focused on various concepts tested during campus placements and the some important topics and tricks in quantitative aptitude and logical reasoning for the third year and final year students. There were suggestions made so as to improve the logical capabilities of the candidates. More than 300+ students attended the seminar, clarified their queries and doubts. Students were benefited from the seminar as it would help them in their forthcoming placement seasons. Namrata Bharti was impressed by the response of the students and wished them luck for their placements. — TNS




Students bring laurels

Ludhiana: The students of Green Land Convent School, New Subhash Nagar, Ludhiana, bagged third position in the District Chess Championship (boys U-14 category) at BVM, Kitchlu Nagar. As many as 18 schools participated in the tournament.

Tushar Dogra, a student of Class VII has been selected for the state-level championship to be held in Sangrur on August 27. Chairman of the Green Land Schools Rajesh Rudhra and Principal Sukhwinder Bansal congratulated the players for their victory. They both motivated other students to participate in games and bring laurels for the school. — TNS




Honour for Dr Sukhpal

Ludhiana: In recognition to his exemplary contributions for agricultural economy, the state government has awarded Dr Sukhpal Singh, Senior Economist, Punjab Agricultural University, with Punjab Government Parman Patra-2013. Dr Sukhpal Singh has made research contributions in the field of rural economy.

He has efficiently conducted door-to-door and village-to-village survey regarding farmer and agricultural labour suicides in all the six districts of Punjab. On the basis of this survey report, the state government provided compensation to the suicide victim families. Dr Sukhpal has written six books, six research manuals, 59 research papers, 37 extension papers and 36 research reports in the field of agricultural economics. As an Editor-in-Chief of the journal of agricultural development and policy, he has explored several contemporary issues of agricultural economics in the changing world economic order. His incredible research achievements have been recognized earlier by many awards, namely, Best Paper Awards in International Conferences, International Fellowship Award, Anna MitraSaha Prize Award, Agro Scientist Award- 2013 and Dr MS Randhawa Best Book Award.

Talk on protection of intellectual property

The Technology Marketing and Intellectual Property Rights (TMIPR) Cell, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), organised a lecture on "Understanding and Protecting Your Intellectual Property" on Thursday. Rajan Ailavadi, Managing Partner, CIP LEGIT (Intellectual Property Counsels), Gurgaon, delivered talk on the topic and highlighted the importance of intellectual property for the scientific community. In his address, Dr JS Dhiman, Additional Director of Research (Natural Resource and Plant Health Management), PAU, highlighted the significance of getting patents and commercialisation of technology, product and process.

Crop produce competition

Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) will organise a "crop produce competition" during its on-campus Kisan Mela, to be held on September 13 and 14. Giving details, Dr SPS Brar, Senior Extension Specialist (Field Crops) and Convener of Produce Competition Committee, said during the mela, the competition of the recommended varieties of vegetables, including okra (bhindi), bitter gourd (karela), chillies, ram tori, brinjal, radish, ghiya kaddu (long and round)/halwa kaddu, cowpea or any other seasonal vegetable would be held. — TNS




Second counselling held

Ludhiana: Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) conducted its second counselling for filling the vacant seats of BVSc and AH/BFSc and BTech (Dairy Technology) on August 19 and 20, respectively for the session 2013-14. All the seats have been filled except some reserved seats.

Now, the 7 vacant seats of various categories for BVSc and AH/BFSc programmes and one vacant seat of BTech (Dairy Technology) will be filled during the third counselling. GADVASU Registrar Dr PD Juyal said, “As per the prospectus, unfilled seats from reserved categories will be offered to the candidates competing on open merit if no candidate is available for respective categories.” — TNS




Medical camp

Ludhiana: A medical camp was organised by the Baba Farid Charitable Society at Jhande village. Gurmeet Singh from the society said one can get rid of any disease through this technique. Patients who attended the camp got benefited through acupressure, physiotherapy and a dental check-up camp was also organised on the occasion.

Plantation drive

A plantation drive was held by the United Youth Federation on Thursday. The drive was started by chairman of the planning board. Hira Singh Gabria was also present on the occasion. The drive started from the Jassa Singh Ramgarhia chowk. Speaking on the occasion, Gabria said plants play a pivotal role in our lives as they give us fresh air. "We should plant more trees to reduce pollution and global warming," he said. Workers of the federation also visited nearby houses and made people aware about planting trees.

Eye camp

Free eye check-up camp will be held on August 24 by the Dhan Dhan Baba Deep Singh Welfare Society at gurudwara Aalamgir Sahib from 9 am onwards. The camp will continue till afternoon. Jaswant Singh, president of the society, said: “Dr Ramesh along with his team will be present to check the patients.”


A meeting to launch the Punjab Chapter of International Society of Rational Pharmacotheraputics (ISRPT) was organised by the Department of Pharmacology on college campus, DMCH. The heads of departments and their colleagues from all medical colleges of Punjab attended it. The Punjab Chapter was constituted with the office-bearers, Dr Geeta Sharma, Director Principal, SGRDIMSAR, Amritsar, as president, Dr Jaswant Rai, Head of the Department of Pharmacology, GMC, Amritsar, and Dr Vijay Bajaj, Prof of Pharmacology, GMC, Patiala, as vice-presidents, Dr Sandeep Kaushal, Head of the Department of Pharmacology, DMCH, as secretary and Dr Shalini Arora, Professor, Department of Pharmacology, DMCH, as treasurer.

Power shutdown

According to a spokesperson of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited, the 11 KV Samrala road feeder will be shut down for urgent repair and maintenance work on August 23 from 10 am to 2 pm. Power supply to areas, including Adarsh Nagar, Dhai Marla Colony, Surinder Nagar, Subhash Nagar, Kalyan Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Post Office Street, Basant Nagar, Kila Mohalla, Jain Nagar, Shankar Puri, Bank Colony and Lakshmi Gali will be affected during this period. — TNS



Boorish cops tarnish police image
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 22
The arrest of Narinder Singh, in charge of the Raghunath Enclave Chowki, and Head Constable Harnek Singh for the custodial torture and illegal confinement of a nine-year-old boy has yet again brought to fore the fact that how the lower-rung policemen are still indulging in evil methods of policing.

It is the stick-yielding attitude of the police that is keeping the common man away from police stations. Stripping someone is not unusual in the police stations, rather it is the primary method of interrogation, alleged the member of a social organisation.

"Humility and etiquettes is a far cry. Constabulary is the face of the police and everyone knows how savaged they are. Recently, I was stopped at a police check point near a girls' college. The policeman rudely asked me to show the documents. I told him that I had no hesitation in showing the document, but he could be a little polite. This rattled the constable and he hurled abuses at me. My father and a police officer intervened and resolved the matter. However, the entire episode left me dejected," said Rishabh Khullar, who works with a multinational company.

Echoing similar sentiments, Dr Arun Mitra, a noted social activist, who played an instrumental role in bringing justice to a molestation victim, said people approached the police to lodge their complaints, but policemen, instead of listening to them, misbehave with them. The complainant then forgets about his complaint and he develops a grouse against the police. That is the primary cause of the common man's distrust in police," said Dr Arun Mitra.

Even a high-rank police officer admitted that misbehaviour and corruption are some of the prime reasons people preferred gazetted officers (GO) to conducted an investigation.

There have been instances when women were picked up by police teams sans policewoman.

In March this year, Jagjit Singh, SHO of the Moti Nagar police station, was in the dock for not following the rules. The police officer had allegedly picked up a woman from a shanty and had detained her throughout the day. She alleged that the police reportedly abused her as well. The woman, a mother of six children, was facing allegations of encroaching upon a shanty.

The woman’s relatives staged a dharna outside the Police Commissioner's office.

The ACP, Dhruman Nimbale, was investigating the matter, but the probe hit a dead end. Sources said the woman allegedly succumbed to police pressure and withdrew her complaint.



High drama at MC Zone-B office after impersonator caught red-handed
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 22
An inspector of the Municipal Corporation (MC) is in the dock for allegedly being hand in glove with the land mafia, who were planning to usurp the 400sq yd owned by an elderly woman.

However, her alert husband, Harish Sood, foiled their attempt and even apprehended the man who was working for the MC inspector.

The matter came to light on August 8, when Harish Sood visited the Municipal Corporation Zone- B office in connection with some personal work.

"On reaching there, I came to know some mischievous person, impersonating as my wife (Asha Sood), applied for TS-I of property No B- XXIV- 2567 and B XXIV - 2567/A by forging her signatures at Suvidha Centre, Zone- B," said Harish Sood, from Vigilance Bureau, Punjab, who was honoured for helping the authorities in bringing to book corrupt employees in various government departments.

On August 12, Sood reached the MC Zone-B office and a kept a watch on the impersonator.

After sometime, a man appeared and asked for the TS-I of Asha Sood's properties. Harish Sood raised alarm and claimed that the man, who was asking for the TS-I was an impersonator.

The man panicked and tried to escape. But, he was overpowered by Harish Sood and his son Raman Sood.

Soon, MC Zone-B Superintendent Neeraj Jain came out of his office. He was briefed about the incident. "Jain told the employees to take the impersonator to his office. The man told Jain that his name was Tarun and he worked for MC inspector working in the Zone-A office. "Soon, I received back-to-back calls from the MC inspector, who requested me to spare Tarun. He also spoke to Jain on my phone," said Harish Sood.

The MC inspector then made frequent calls on the Tarun's mobile phone. Later, Tarun was made to sit in a room and the employees came out of their offices. Amid chaos, Tarun escaped by jumping from a window. Sood also brought the matter to the notice of the senior MC officials.

The MC authorities forwarded the matter to the police. Police Commissioner Paramjit Singh Gill ordered to a probe into the matter. The order of inquiry, the copy of which is with The Tribune, has been marked to ADCP- I Nilambari Jagdale.



Trader, kin booked for murder bid
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 22
The city police has registered a case against a city-based businessman and his family members for assaulting his wife and forcing her to bring more dowry from her maternal house on Wednesday.

The accused has been identified as Jagdev singh (husband), Paramjit singh (brother-in-law) and Balwinder Kaur (sister-in -law).

A case has been registered against all the accused at Sarabha Nagar police station under Sections 307, 498 A, 406 , 341, 323 , 506 and 34 of the IPC.

The victim, Kamaljit Kaur, had lodged a complaint at Sarabha Nagar police station in which she had stated that she got married to accused in 1995 and at that time her parents had given several dowry articles, a car, 12 gold rings, two gold necklaces and a gold chain and Rs1 lakh.

She alleged that after her marriage, her husband and in-laws demanded dowry several times and her father was continuously accepting their demands.On Wednesday evening, her husband had again beaten her up and forced her to bring more dowry articles and even tried to strangulate her with a rope.At the time of incident, brother and sister of main accused were also present and they were also involve in the incident. After hearing the screams, her 15-year-old daughter intervened and raised an alarm. Meanwhile, the accused fled away from the spot.

The victim was rushed to a hospital and after medical examination the police registered a case.



Man held in murder case
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 22
The police has arrested Palwinder Singh, a resident of Chakar, who murdered Avtar Singh and Veerpal Kaur on the intervening night of August 20-21. According to the police, Palwinder Singh was arrested from Chakar village today morning.

The police has recorded the statement of Bant Singh, a relative of Avtar Singh, who was present at Avtar’s residence at the time of murder.

As per the statements of Lal Singh, Palwinder got angry over the conversation between her wife and the deceased Verpal Kaur about the desire of a son.

Lal Singh said that after hearing the discussion of Verpal Kaur, Palwainder went to a room on first floor of the house to sleep. But, he came down around 11.30 pm and murdered the duo with a sword.



Hearing in Knitwear Club case tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 22
The hearing of the Knitwear Club controversy case will now be held on August 24 so the faction led by Vinod Thapar, chairman of the Knitwear Club, will carry on with the meeting scheduled for late in the evening today.

Darshan Dawar, president of the Knitwear Club, has filed a suit in the court saying that according to the constitution of the club, only the general secretary can call a meeting with the consent of the president. So, the meeting called by the chairman is null and void.

Both the factions called the general house meeting of the club today at 9.30 pm at two different places since the premises of the club have been locked since past one month.

“We have already expelled the chairman of the club and he has no right to call the general house meeting,” said Dawar. Both the groups claim to have a support of at least 1,200 members.



Dues pending, preparations on for next kabaddi cup
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 22
While the state government has announced the dates for the World Kabaddi Cup-2013, a contractor's dues for the earlier kabaddi cup have not been cleared so far. The lackadaisical approach adopted by the Sports Department is to blame for the non-clearance of the dues, as even after sending all the bills about eight months ago, the payment of about Rs 1 crore has not been released to the contractor till date.

The grand closing ceremony of the next kabaddi cup will be held in Ludhiana on November 23 at an expenditure of Rs 1.25 crore. The local authorities have been asked to make the show a memorable event.

The Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana, Rahul Tiwari, claimed that money was not a problem as the authorities concerned received it in advance and bills were cleared on time. However, the officials of the District Administration are shying away from taking calls made by the contractor to whom payments pertaining to the last kabaddi cup are to be made.

The contractor, Even Management Company, which had been awarded the contract of arranging tents, food, stage setup, etc, for the last World Kabaddi Cup, has been striving to get its dues cleared.

An official said the district had organised several state-level functions but payments were yet to be released by different departments. "This year, too, Rs 1.25 crore is to be spent on the closing ceremony of the Kabaddi Cup but about Rs 1 crore on account of the last Kabaddi Cup is still to be paid. Besides, at the state-level swearing-in ceremony of the Zila Parishad members, about Rs 40 lakh was spent, but we are given about Rs 20 lakh. We are yet to get about Rs 1.25 crore from the government on account of the last kabaddi cup. We are literally making requests to people, whose dues are to be cleared, to cooperate with us but for how long? asked the official.

Meanwhile, Director Sports Shivdular Singh when asked about the delay in the release of funds for the last kabaddi cup said the events were held in 13 different districts and payments were released to 12 districts, leaving Ludhiana. "There may be some procedural delay as the bills were submitted late. Once we are clear with everything, payments will be made," said the Director.



Police DAV Public School lads emerge champions
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 22
Police DAV Public School, Civil Lines, outplayed Green Land Senior Secondary School, Jalandhar bypass, to emerge champions in the Inter-School Zonal Volleyball Tournament (PAU Zone) boys' under 14 category organised by the district Education Department at Kundan Vidya Mandir here yesterday.

In the final, Police DAV School spikers won the first set comfortably (25-13) but were taken aback in the second set as Green Land School players fought valiantly before losing it narrowly (23-25).

Earlier, in a semifinal match, Police DAV School overcame stiff challange from BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh road branch 27-25, 25-17 to storm into the final.

Lovedeep Singh, Jaspreet, Ajmer Singh, Puneet, Harmilap and Rohit performed well in this tournament to help their school to clinch the title.

Anu Verma, Principal of Police DAV Public School, appreciated the boys and their coach, Ravinder Singh Lucky on this outstanding achievement.



Mangat school beat Sutlej Public 2-1
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 22
Government Senior Secondary School, Mangat, quelled a strong resistance from Sutlej Public School, Rahon Road branch, before romping home winners 2-1 in the Inter-School Zonal Football Tournament (boys u-19), PAU Zone, being organised by the district Education Department at Amrit Indo-Canadian Academy at Ladhian village, near here, today.

In other matches (u-19), Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University, survived many anxious moments against Delhi Public School before winning it 1-0 while Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU, proved too good for Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar, 3-0.

In the boys' under-17 group, Government Senior Secondary School, Ayali, managed to scrape past Government Senior Secondary School, Ladhowal, 1-0; Amrit Indo Canadian Academy defeated Shree Guru Ram Rai School, Barewal, 2-1; Delhi Public School blanked BVM Senior Secondary School, Kitchlu Nagar, 3-0 and Government Senior Secondary School, Mangat, outplayed Government Senior Secondary School, Ayali, 2-0.



Delhi LIC hog limelight
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 22
The women participants from Delhi Division offices hogged the limelight booking themselves berths in the semifinals on the opening day of the Life Insurance Corporation of India North Zone Badminton Tournament held here at Shastri Hall near Guru Nanak Stadium today.

They include Shraddha Srivastva and Sunita Rawat, both from Delhi Division-I while Reema Sharma and Rajni Wazir from Delhi Division-II.

Rajesh Kumar of Karnal Division besides Siddarth from Rohtak Division, Alok Meena of Ajmer Division and Prem S Chauhan from Jodhpur Division wrapped up their matches to book places in the last four stage.



City team for Katoch Shield announced
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 22
A 16-member cricket team (senior) has been finalised for the first two matches of the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament for the Katoch Shield to be organised by the Punjab Cricket Association from August 26.

The names of the selected players are Karan Goel, Rahul Singla, Gitansh Khera, Anil Sihag, Baltej Singh, Deepak Bansal, Sunny Pandey, Akhil Aggarwal, Himanshu Shelly, Amritpal Singh, Davinder Sidhu, Ashsih, Sukhjinder, Bharat Malhotra, Abhinav Bhatia and Arjun Puri.

Former Ranji player, Ankur Kakkar has been appointed manager of the squad.



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