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bounced cheques
MC to act tough against defaulters
Move aimed at recovery of arrears of house tax, user charges; complaints filed in court
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 23
As part of a stepped-up drive for the recovery of arrears of house tax and user charges from defaulting city residents, the municipal corporation has decided to act tough on the issue of bounced cheques.

It has become a common practice among defaulters to issue cheques towards the payment of arrears whenever there is a threat of attachment of property or disconnection of water and sewer connections. However, when these cheques are presented to banks, many of these are dishonoured due to insufficient funds.

Addressing a press conference here today, PS Ghumman, Zonal Commissioner (Zone B), said under the directions of MC Commissioner RK Verma, action was now being initiated under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, which provided for imprisonment up to one year and a fine equal to double the amount of the bounced cheque.

He said under the provisions of the Act, notices for the payment of the amount of the bounced cheques were issued to defaulters, asking them to deposit the payment against the bounced cheques within 15 days of the receipt of the notices. "Complaints with the competent court have been filed against those who had failed to deposit the amount of cheque within the stipulated period," Ghumman said.

Giving details of the cheques which were not honoured by banks, he said in Zone B, 29 cheques (24 against arrears of house tax worth Rs 9,32,730 and five against arrears of water rate worth Rs 52,217) had been dishonoured. After following the provisions of the Act, complaints under Section 138 had been filed with the Judicial Magistrate against the defaulters. "After recording the statement of the complainant (MC in this case), the courts have issued summons for appearance of the accused," Ghumman said.

A senior MC official said strict instructions had been issued to other zonal commissioners in the city to file criminal complaints with courts against defaulters who had issued cheques which were dishonoured so as to secure the recovery of the arrears.


Youngsters thrash lawyer
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 23
Answering the nature's call on a wall proved costly for a lawyer as some youngsters of the area thrashed him. The victim, Harinam Singh Sandhu (26), received injuries.

The incident took place on Ferozepur Road when Harinam Singh was heading home on his scooter. He stopped his scooter near Bhiwala Chowk to answer the nature's call at a vacant plot in the street.

According to Harinam Singh, some youngsters came there and started abusing him. When he opposed them, one of the boys slapped him. Harinam called up his friend Arun, an advocate, and also the police control room.

Arun said, "By the time I reached the spot, the boys had taken Harinam to a nearby house. They locked the gate of the house and tied his arms and legs and beat him up. There were also dog bite marks on his arm."

A complaint has been lodged at the Division No. 5 police station.



Civil Surgeon inspects hospital
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 23
The Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta, conducted random checkings at the subdivisional Civil Hospital, Raikot, and Community Health Centre, Sudhar last night.

The Civil Surgeon reached the Civil Hospital around 8 pm. He said, "The hospital is on the preiphery of the town. The stretch which links the hospital with the main road was devoid of light and patients and their attendants were finding it difficult to reach the hospital in the dark. The staff did not have much workload as the number of deliveries and surgical cases were less. I instructed the staff to provide better health facilities to the public."

The officer also visited Community Health Centre, Sudhar, and was satisfied with its working. Dr Batta said, "About 20 delivery cases were reported and patients in the Emergency ward were being attended to properly. The staff was instructed to maintain better cleanliness."



Health Dept to publish handbook for specialists
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 23
Now, specialist doctors serving in various government hospitals in the state Health Department will get first-hand tips on major diseases. For the first time, the Health Department will publish a handbook on major diseases, which will have standard guidelines for different diseases.

Disclosing this, the Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta, said, "The aim behind publishing this handbook or reference book is to provide 'tips at a glance' to specialists in government hospitals while treating emergency cases. This will include major communicable as well as non-communicable diseases, with a focus on their symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and preventive measures."

The Civil Surgeon said experts from each district had chosen some subjects for this book. He said, "For Ludhiana district, I have selected three subjects for this book: haematology, surgery and cardiology. Dr Avinash Jindal, a medicine expert at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, said, "I will write about cardiology, Dr Varun Saggar will write about surgery and Dr GS Grewal and Dr Harinder Sood from the subdivisional Civil Hospital, Raikot, will write about haematology. We have to submit our assignments by September 3."

Dr Jindal said although all this information was available in big books, while dealing with emergency cases, a handbook was of great use. The handbook is expected to be released soon.



8 test positive for dengue

Ludhiana, August 23
Eight persons tested positive for dengue today. They are under treatment at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital for the past seven days. Of them, three are from Ludhiana district (one each from Jagraon, Shastri Nagar and New Kartar Nagar), two from Hoshiarpur, and one each from Kapurthala, Moga and Haryana.

The Integrated Diseases Surveillence Project Officer, Dr Anil Verma, said, "So far five cases have been reported from Ludhiana, one from Gurdaspur, two from Hoshiarpur and one each from Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Moga, Patiala, Haryana and Rajasthan." Meanwhile, an awareness talk on dengue and malaria was held at Government High School, Sunet. Students were briefed about preventive measures and water-borne diseases. — TNS



knitwear club row
Warring factions hold separate meetings
Tribune News Service

Darshan Dawar, president of the Knitwear Club; and (below) Vinod Thapar, chairman, address separate meetings in Ludhiana
Darshan Dawar, president of the Knitwear Club; and (below) Vinod Thapar, chairman, address separate meetings in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma
Darshan Dawar, president of the Knitwear Club; and (below) Vinod Thapar, chairman, address separate meetings in Ludhiana

Ludhiana, August 23
The future of the Knitwear Club hangs in the balance. Both factions of the club held separate meetings last evening during which the blame game continued. The annual general meetings were held by both factions at different places as the premises of the club is still locked, with the two warring factions having put their locks on the gate.

Both factions tried to showcase their strength at the meetings. Darshan Dawar, president of the club, while addressing the meeting, said according to the constitution of the club, nobody except the general secretary could call a meeting, that too with the consent of the president.

"We have filed a suit in the court on the issue. We have abolished the post of president and have expelled both the chairman and the treasurer of the club. Jaswant Takkar has been appointed the new treasurer of the club," said Dawar.

Meanwhile, Vinod Thapar, during a separate meeting, expelled president Darshan Dawar and general secretary Narinder Miglani from their respective posts.

"Elections to both posts will be held soon as both office-bearers have been expelled," said Thapar.



Civic body team pulls down three-storeyed building
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 23
A team of the building branch of the municipal corporation today pulled down a three-storeyed building near the cremation ground in Sunet village and secured the complete possession of a 2,200 sq yard chunk of land of the civic body, which was under encroachment for a long time.

It took the MC team around five hours to demolish the building. Four JCB machines were deployed during the operation. Mild resistance was put up by Darshan Singh, who had encroached upon the MC land, but the presence of adequate police force at the site kept those trying to obstruct the drive at bay.

Rajinder Sharma, Assistant Town Planner (Zone D), who led the demolition team, said another building constructed in a part of this piece of land was razed a few months ago. "At that time, Darshan Singh, the 'owner' of the unlawful structure, had given an undertaking that he will demolish the building on his own. However, since enough time had been given for this purpose and the building had not been removed, the MC had to act and raze the structure," he said.

The building razed in the course of an earlier demolition drive on this chunk of land was owned by Independent councillor Veera Bedi, and the MC team had to face a stiff resistance at that time before the demolition was carried out.



Stationery items to cost 15% more
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 23
Get ready to shell out more for buying stationery items, especially art paper, as the prices are going to increase by 15 per cent from September 1 onwards. In addition to art paper, prices of sweet boxes and packaging will also be increased. The falling rupee has cast its shadow on the printing industry also.

Offset printers has decided to increase the prices of paper, especially art paper, by Rs 3,000 PMT due to an increase in the dollar price as imported pulp is used in the manufacture of these papers. As per the communication received by the printers, paper mills continue to be impacted severely by an increase in raw material costs.

Since May 2013, the cost of wood has increased by nearly 200 per cent. Fibre procurement has become a huge challenge and the paper industry in India has started sourcing wood chips and logs from Australia, South Africa, Vietnam, Myanmar, etc.

Niraj Sinha, vice-president of Ballarpur Industries Ltd, estimates that approximately 1 million mt of wood chips and logs will be imported this year by the industry to meet fibre requirement for paper making.

“With the depreciation of the rupee by 1 per cent and its continuous slide against the US Dollar, the landed price of imported fibre and other inputs, too, has increased forcing paper mills to increase paper prices to partially offset the cost increase. The price increase will be effective from September 1 onwards on all uncoated wood free grades of paper, including poster and copier paper,” he said.

“So, with the rise in the prices of inputs, printers and packaging manufacturers have no option but to increase the price of their products. Prices will have to be increased minimum by 15 per cent to cover the cost of costly inputs,” said Gagandeep Singh, Secretary, Offset Printers Association (OPA).

“Price rise will take effect immediately as some paper manufacturers have already increased the prices of paper. It has been decided by the OPA that the prices of sweet boxes, stationery, packaging and all other printed items will be increased by 15-20 per cent. If the rupee keeps on declining, the prices may rise further,” he said.



action against pau students
Buffalo adds ‘zing’ to protest
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 23
Adding a new zest to the ongoing protest against Punjab Agricultural University authorities, the students today played "been" (a musical instrument) in front of a buffalo.

The students had posed buffalo as the PAU authority and alleged that their demands were falling on deaf ears so they were playing "been" to depict the lack of concern of authorities.

Sharanbir Singh, President, Punjab Agricultural University Students Association, said: "We are not creating drama by playing "been" in front of buffalo. It is to depict the attitude of authorities toward the students. The students have been protesting from last 10 days but authorities did not change their attitude toward the students."

However, the university authorities did not issue any statement today but according to students the authorities had been making phone calls to their parents that if the students do not resume classes they would be rusticated from the university. The university authorities have asked the parents to come on campus on Monday.

Meanwhile, the office-bearers of the PAUSA met Mangal Singh, Director, Agriculture Department, who was in the PAU to attend "Workshop for Rabi Crops" at the PAL Auditorium. The students had discussed their issues with him.

Karanvir Singh Sandhu, vice-president, PAUSA, said: "Instead of solving the issue, the authorities trying to suppress the students. The students did not consume the liquor so they will not confess it. The university is the responsible for the loss of our study. We will intensify the protest from Monday."

Today's action of the PAUSA, playing "been" in front of buffalo, seems more concerned to give an entertainment as they feel bored with the routine of raising slogans against authorities. The students arranged the buffalo of "Murra" breed from a nearby village on rent and hired a mini truck to ferry the buffalo from village to the PAU campus. The truck entered from the gate of the Veterinary Hospital of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University in the PAU campus. The students were seen clicking the photographs with the buffalo.



Increase in annual tax
Minibus Owners Association submits memo to DC
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 23
The Ludhiana Minibus Owners Association today submitted a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari regarding an increase in the annual tax to Rs 50,000.

“We have been requesting the government to decrease the annual tax to Rs 15,000, but at present it has been increased to Rs 50,000. In September 2012, the tax on minibuses was increased from Rs 30,000 to Rs 40,000. We have been requesting the government since then. But now in August 2013, the tax has been further increased to Rs 50,000. On the contrary, the increase in bus fares is very nominal i.e. Rs 4 per km,” said Gurpreet Singh, member of the association.

“We requested the government to rollback the increased tax by August 31, and the increase in the fare in the first stage should be Rs 10. We will hold a meeting on September 5 to discuss the further strategy in case the government does not rollback the increased tax,” he said.



Excise Dept raids two firms
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 23
The Mobile Wing of the Excise and Taxation Department today conducted a raid on two firms located in the Industrial Area-A, near Sufian Chowk. The firms are suspected to be evading VAT.

The firms namely Gajaj Traders and DP Steels dealing in scrap were raided under the supervision of AETC Jaskaran Brar. Inspections were also carried out in four godowns of the firm.

Incrementing documents and loose papers were seized by the department and the exact findings of the raid will be known only once the department studies the papers in detail.



Experts dwell on Companies Bill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 23
The Ludhiana Chapter of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India today organised a seminar on Companies Bill, 2013. The seminar was inaugurated by NK Jain, past secretary and CEO of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India, New Delhi.
NK Jain, past secretary and CEO of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India, addresses a seminar on Companies Bill in Ludhiana
NK Jain, past secretary and CEO of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India, addresses a seminar on Companies Bill in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

The Companies Bill was recently passed both in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha and is now with the President for his assent. This Bill will replace the 57-year-old Companies Act, 1956, with the new Companies Act, 2013.

The government has now classified companies based on their size and operations of business as small companies, listed companies, public limited companies and private companies. Further, the concept of one person company (OPC) has been introduced in the Bill. The new Bill provides for more transparency and corporate governance in companies. The auditor will hold office for five years and firm of auditors for 10 years. More investor protection measures have been introduced in the Bill.

The seminar deliberated upon the new provisions of the Companies Bill and opportunities for professionals. The Bill has enhanced the role of a company secretary in employment as well as practice. Now, secretarial audit has been introduced for certain companies.

The seminar was attended by people from companies, practicing professionals and students of company secretaries and other professional bodies.



FROM schoolS
Extempore competition
A student takes part in a radio jockey competition held at Bal Bharti School in Ludhiana
A student takes part in a radio jockey competition held at Bal Bharti School in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana: With a view to enhance the confidence and test the mental presence of the students, Green Land Convent School, New Subhash Nagar, organised an extempore competition for the classes VI and VII. The speakers were judged on memory, content, pronunciation and presentation. Tanya of Class VII bagged first position, Lovekaran of Class VI bagged second position, Muskaan of Class VI bagged third position and Karan Chaudhary of Class VII received consolation prize.

Janamashtami celebrated

Students of DRV DAV Centenary Public School, Phillaur, celebrated Janamashtami. The students came in the attire of Radha and Krishna and a bhajan competition was held from classes III to V. It was an inter-house competition. Principal of the school Yogesh Gambhir gave the trophy to the winning house.

Ram Lal Bhasin Public School

Spirit of devotion and festivity reverberated on the campus of Ram Lal Bhasin Public School where students celebrated Janamashtami with religious fervour .The whole campus wore the look of Gokul and was decorated with flowers. A scene featuring Krishna along with his friends steeling butter was enacted. The students presented devotional dances and songs devoutly. Lord Krishna’s life was narrated and senior students depicted important events of his life by creating various scenes. Rasleela of Lord Krishna and Radha along with gopis was the centre of attraction. The students of Class IX presented “Brij Ki Holi”. Principal Mona Thakur exhorted students to follow the righteous path shown by Lord Krishna.

Prize distribution ceremony

An annual prize distribution ceremony was organised at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, Ludhiana, on Friday. Dr Ramandeep Singh, Associate Professor, Business Management, PAU, was the chief guest on the occasion. The students from classes VI to X scoring, who had scored CGPA 10, position holders of Class XI and students with full attendance were awarded with certificate and trophies. The students who brought laurels to the school by winning different positions in NSO, NCO and IMO were also felicitated on the occasion. Chief guest Dr Ramandeep Singh congratulated all the winners and motivated the students through his words of wisdom by giving them the message of continuous learning and commitments to achieve their goal. Rev Father John, director of the school, and Rev Sister Christo, principal, appreciated the hard work of the students.

Student brings laurels

Arunima of Ryan International School, Ludhiana, displayed a commendable performance in the District-level Badminton Championship held at the Guru Nanak Sports Stadium from August 15-20. Arunima bagged the first position in U-10 girls, doubles category.

Painting competition

Students of Guru Gobind Singh Public School participated in an inter-house painting competition which was held on the school premises. Students made posters on topics, Independence Day, Raksha Bandhan, Save Environment and Save Girl Child. First prize was won by Bhai Veer Singh House. Second prize was won by Bhai Mati Das House. Third prize was won by Bhagat Puran Singh House. Principal Manjit Kaur congratulated the winners and appreciated their ideas and work of art. — TNS



Students bring laurels

Ludhiana: The declaration of MA History second year result by Panjab University, Chandigrah, was a matter of pride for Guru Nanak Girls College. Harpreet Rani bagged first position in college by securing 69.6 per cent. Kamaljit Kaur bagged second position by securing 67.2 per cent and Mandeep Kaur secured third position in college by securing 66.7 per cent. Principal of the college Dr Charanjit Mahal and president Gurbir Singh congratulated faculty and students for the success.

Book exhibition

The Department of Punjabi of Ramgarhia Girls College organised a book exhibition. The exhibition was inaugurated by the college principal Dr Narinder Sandhu along with college head girl Navroop Kaur, who clinched the coveted first position in the annual exams of BA-II, Panjab University. An array of books on various disciplines like Sikhism, History, Sociology and Home Science was put on display. The students benefitted immensely from the exhibition. Many students were seen browsing through the books, making up their minds on which ones they want to buy. While talking about the exhibition, Principal Dr Narinder Sandhu, said such book fairs encourage reading habits in the students and prove to be instrumental in widening their mental horizons.

Awareness programme

Women forum, legal literacy and anti-ragging cell, collectively, organised an awareness programme on the campus of Government College for Girls. Gurminder Kaur, principal of the college, graced the occasion with her benign presence. Prof Sukhwinder Kaur, convener of the women forum, accorded a warm welcome to the worthy guest and highlighted the importance of women in our society. The members of legal literacy cell presented a presentation on free legal aid available in Punjab. They made the audience aware of the efficient functioning of Lok Adaalats. The students from women forum presented a skit highlighting the rights of women in the society. While speaking on the occasion, Principal Gurminder Kaur said, "Ragging is a very serious problem. Some serious steps should be taken to curb the evil."

Survey conducted

Rs 33 per day in slums will not stop them from being called poor; the conditions in which these people are living are not up to the defined standards given by recent poverty statistics by government of India. Reality is far away from statistics as people did not have access to clean water, sanitation and what to talk about rest. Most of the children in slums have never stepped into any school and having access to information is totally a myth for this growing India. These are the major findings of the survey conducted by students of BCom second year of the Punjab College of Technical Education Group of Institutes. The survey was conducted under the guidance of Shweta Miglani, Senior faculty, Department of Business Management, PCTE. Students conducted research in selected areas of Ludhiana for carrying out survey. The areas selected were slums near Bhagat singh Nagar, Kitchlu nagar, Haibowal area, Dugri and jamalpur. Shweta said most of the people had an average family size of four to five members but have only one or two working members. During the survey students found that most of the people are earning Rs 2,500 to 3,000 per month and maximum amount is spend upon basic human need i.e. food. When asked, Majority of them said their income was just used to feed their family.

Workshop on SAP

A one-day workshop on SAP was organised at the North West Group of Institutions, Dhudike. Ashish Kaul, Strategic Account Manger, Dexler Solutions, Bangalore, who has expertise in SAP, was the resource person for the workshop. He spoke at length on all aspects of SAP and educated students on the opportunities available in the Industry after becoming a SAP consultant. Lakhbir Singh Gill, chairman of North West Group, emphasised on the need of providing quality education to students of region and also highlighted the significant role of North West Group in empowering youth of 200 villages. He promised to organise such kind of workshops for students in future also. Prabhpreet Singh Gill, MD, Northwest Group, assured the students that the Institute was committed to provide knowledge on latest technologies in the Industry and thereby empowering the students towards 100 per cent placements.

Birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda celebrated

The Swami Vivekananda Yuva Sandesh Yatra reached Gobindgarh Public College, Alour (Khanna), on Friday to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanada. Anil Aggarwal (President, GE&SWT), Principal Dr Neena Seth Pajni welcomed the yatra. CS Talwar and Prof Deepak Garg (Thapar University, Patiala) were the key speakers. While addressing the students, Principal Dr Neena Seth Pajni said the main motive of the yatra was to infuse confidence among the youth and inspire them to tread the path of progress and pave the way for nation building. — TNS



Harbans Kaur is Block Samiti chairperson
Our Correspondent

Doraha, August 23
Harbans Kaur and Kulwant Singh were elected the chairperson and vice-chairman, respectively, of the Doraha Block Samiti today. Both belong to the Congress.

The election was supposed to be conducted from out of a total of 17 members, including a MLA vote. Out of these, only 9 members, all belonging to Congress party, were present at the time of voting.

Harbans Kaur was unanimously elected as the chairperson and Kulwant Singh as the vice–chairman of the Panchayat Samiti of Doraha. Other 7 members, all from the Akali Dal, were conspicuous by their absence.

It may be mentioned here that the election of chairperson and vice-chairman was postponed earlier on August 5 as none of the 7 members of the ruling party was present even on that day.

The reason of their absence was stated to be the failure in serving the information about the stipulated date to all the members at their respective places. Today again, despite being informed, the members stayed away for the reasons best known to them.



Movement to check degradation of environment launched
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 23
The administration has launched a coordinated movement to check the degradation of environment in the region.

The movement was launched with intent to implement directions of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) regarding the identification and eradication of factors causing the degradation of the environment.

Joint teams, constituting officials from the Punjab Pollution Control Board, undertook comprehensive operations in their respective areas falling under the region of Ludhiana and Sangrur districts.

Owners, organisers and officials of various commercial establishments, educational institutes and industries were educated about the causes and consequences of environmental degradation including air, water and soil pollution.

Karamjit Singh, executive magistrate at Dehlon, and Kuldeep Singh, sub-divisional officer from PPCB, Ludhiana, said, “Teams of officials have visited various establishments situated at Payal, Sehora, Malaudh, Pohir, Sihar and Kilaraipur to ascertain violation of the National Green Tribunal Act 2010 and advised all concerned to ensure that pollution level at their premises was minimised without any further delay.

Maintaining that majority of the organisations, including banks, schools, colleges and commercial establishments inspected by the teams had installed devices to reduce the|pollution to a desired level. Karamjit Singh and Kuldeep Singh said violators were advised to remove the defective implements immediately. Some establishments which had installed uncovered electric generator sets were warned against the violation and required action was initiated against them. Some owners were advised to increase the height of the exhaust pipe of their generators so that the soot particles did not settle on the lower layer of the atmosphere.

Office bearers of various social and constitutional organisations were called upon to associate with the administration to enable the latter to provide ideal environment for healthy human life.

Meanwhile, local units of the Rotary Club and Lions Club led by Pardeep Sethi and Inder Pal Singh Walia announced to launch an awareness movement to educate masses about the need of preservation of the environment.



Comedy play staged
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 23
Actors Achint Kaur, Sadia Siddiqui Preiti Mermain and Saurabh Shukla were in the city to perform in “2 to Tango, 3 to Jive”, a comedy play, at Guru Nanak Bhawan.

The play was organised by the Ludhiana Sankritik Samagam. Director of the play Shukla, while talking about the title of the play, said: “life is easygoing like a classical tango dance until we get into a relationship of a husband-wife. Life becomes a wild dance with the entry of a second person in someone's life through an extra-marital affair."



SMEs struggling for survival, say experts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 23
Avtar Singh, general secretary of CICU, said Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are passing through crucial time and struggling for their survival and CICU is taking up their issues with the Central and state governments seeking solutions for their growth and developmen in this adverse economic scenario.

Now, CICU is organising an INFOCOM SME Roundtable Conference-2013 on the theme ‘Empowering SMEs for India-2020’. The event is sponsored by the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), Investors’ Protection Fund and SME Rating Agency of India (SMERA).

Upkar Singh Ahuja, Joint Secretary, CICU, said the roundtable conference aims to bring together the different stakeholders from SMEs vertical, industry and government from across the country who will discuss the key factors that can bring further growth and development of this segment. He has appealed and urged upon SMEs to participate and interact with the experts and industry leaders of their invaluable insights in the panel discussion.



Dept yet to make C forms available online
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 23
The Excise and Taxation Department has once again failed to fulfill its promise and have not yet started the C forms online. The department had announced earlier that the forms will be available online from this financial year.

As per the information, C forms were to be issued manually by the department for this quarter. As usual the forms are in shortage with the department and traders are facing a lot of inconvenience regarding the same.

It is necessary for the traders engaged in inter-state transactions to fill this form with their quarterly VAT returns. But, since the forms are generally out of stock they are unable to do so.

Manish Khanna, one of the traders, said, “Government failed to keep its promise. Now, it seems our struggle for procuring the C forms will never end.”

C forms

Traders engaged in inter-state transactions are required to fill C forms with their quarterly VAT returns. It is issued by the Excise and Taxation Department to the registered dealer for the purchase of goods outside the state at concessional tax.



3-day fashion exhibition begins
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 23
A fashion show titled ‘Preview Fashion Asia’ was organised last evening at Stallone Manor. A series of elegant bridal couture and jewellery were displayed at the fashion exhibition.
Designer creations on display on the first day of a fashion exhibition in Ludhiana on Friday
Designer creations on display on the first day of a fashion exhibition in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

The event saw various fashion designers and exhibitors. City-based singer Jasleen Royal performed during the programme. Former Miss India World Vanya Mishra along with models, including Indrani Das Gupta, Aanchal Oberoi and Karan Singh Chhabra walked the ramp to showcase attires by various designers.

Seven rounds showcasing the work of seven designers were held. Kavita and Meenu from Orange International attires showcased a rich and classy look. Colours like fuchsia, fiery red, lime green and cobalt blue with amalgamations of pastel hues like ivory and gold were used in the collection. Pankaj and Utkarsh along with Kheem Khab couture showcased a collection comprising of traditional Indian drapes, textiles into modern and an innovative structure that translate into global contemporary look. Deepak S Chhabra’s showcased his men’s collection. Rosy Ahluwalia's collection had two different apparels in various colours juxtaposed together. Chhui Mui by Reeti was also a juxtaposition of the old and the new. Alka Kumar showcased customised jewellery collection. Vajor Hongkong attires and jewellery collection were also showcased at the fashion show.



Judge bereaved
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 23
Additional Sessions Judge Kanwaljit Singh Bajwa's wife Ashu K Bajwa (39 years) died yesterday evening due to cardiac arrest.

She was cremated this afternoon at the Civil Lines cremation ground.

District and Sessions Judge G S Matharoo, District Bar Association President Parupkar Singh Ghumman, ex-parliamentary secretary Harish Rai Dhanda, former Bar presidents- Naval Kishore Chhiber, K R Sikri, G S Bal, senior judicial officers, lawyers were present at the time of cremation. She was working as associate professor at the PAU.




Ludhiana: A meeting of the State Ministerial Services Association was held on Friday. It was presided over by district president of the association Sushil Kumar. He said the association members would gherao the residence of Parminder Singh Dhindsa at Sangrur on August 27.

Teachers to meet CM today

A delegation of the Unemployed Teachers Union, Punjab, would meet CM Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday regarding their demands and filling of vacant posts. This was said by district president and state committee member

Kisan Union members meet DC

Members of Bharitya Kisan Union met DC Rahul Tewari. A member of the union said they had already submitted a memorandum at the DC office. — TNS



2 held with narcotics

Ludhiana, August 23
The police nabbed two persons and seized narcotics from their possession in separate cases here today.

In the first case, a police party at Dhiaan Singh Complex near the Inter-State Bus Terminal nabbed a person with 800 gm smack on the intervening night of August 22 and 23. The accused has been identified as Kuldeep Singh, alias Raunki, a resident of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Dugri Road.

Joginder Singh, ADCP-III, said after observing the activities of the accused, the police checked his luggage and found 800 gm smack from his possession. “The accused is in the police remand and we hope that we will get more information during investigation,” Joginder said.

In the second case, the Anti-Narcotics Cell nabbed a person with 35,000 habit forming tablets from the Gurdwara Kalgidhar Chowk here yesterday evening. The accused has been identified as Suresh Kumar, alias Bitu (50), a resident of Bajarian Mohala, Old City Area. The police said the accused was in the business of drugs for the past 4 years.

Paramjit Singh Pannu, ADCP (crime), said the accused was crossing the Gurdwara Kalgidhar Chowk carrying a heavy bag. On finding his activities suspicious, the police checked his bag. The accused failed to show any licence or permit of the recovered drugs.

“The court remanded the accused in police custody. We will investigate from whom he used to buy drugs and to whom he used to sell these,” said Pannu. — TNS



crime briefs
Four held in driving licence racket
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 23
The Crime Investigation Agency (CIA-1) has nabbed four persons from the Mini-Secretariat who used to get prepared driving licences on fake documents from the district transport officer.

A team of the Crime Investigation Agency raided their cabins today afternoon. However, the Crime Investigation Agency officials did not disclose the names of the persons.

According to sources in the Crime Investigation Agency, the accused used to work as agents in the Mini-Secretariat and they got prepared driving licences on fake documents. The Crime Investigation Agency officials seized the fake documents from them.According to information, the police found that these agents had allegedly helped some criminals get licences.The sources said the arrested persons would disclose major things during investigation.

Statements recorded

In the murder case of Gurinderjit Kaur, 25-year-old dentist at Krishna Nagar, the police recorded the statements of the brother of the girl and the domestic help.

The police has already booked Tajinder Kaur, sister-in-law of the deceased. The police officials said they were investigating the matter from all angles.

Case registered

The police has registered a case against the persons who attacked a student union leader here on Thursday.

Ranjit Singh, SHO, Police Division No. 8, said the police booked four persons for attacking the victim. The accused have been identified as Gurtej Singh, college president, Student Organisation of India, Benipal, Sona, and Sidhu.

Woman dies of burn injuries

A woman died of burn injuries in the Giaspura area here on Friday. The deceased has been identified as Vijay Kumari. The police said the woman was preparing food on a stove on late Thursday evening. Suddenly, she caught fire from the stove. Her husband, Kishan, who was sitting near her, also suffered burn injuries while trying to save her. The condition of Kishan is also said to be critical. He is undergoing treatment at the Civil Hospital.

Two robbers held

The police has nabbed two robbers of a gang here on Friday. The accused have identified as Sunny Bena, a resident of Basant Vihar, and Manjit Singh Mangi of Harpreet Nagar. The police said Vicky, the third member of the gang, was still at large. The police recovered cash and other goods from their possession.

Truck driver booked

The police has registered a case against a truck driver who crushed a 14-year-old girl to death on Thursday.

The deceased has been identified as Mansi, a resident of Mohit Singh Nagar, near CMC. The case has been registered on the complaint of Mansi's mother, Moncia. In her complaint, Moncia stated that she was heading toward her home from Nealon with her daughter on a scooter on Thursday afternoon. A speedy truck hit the scooter from the rear. Her daughter died on the spot while she suffered serious injuries in the mishap. The truck driver, identified as Karan Kumar, a resident of Kanpur, UP, is still at large.



Two killed, 2 hurt in road mishap

Khanna/Samrala, August 23
Two persons were killed while two were injured when a Safari in which they were traveling overturned. The accident occured at Saloudi village near Khanna today.

The deceased has been identified as Kulwant Kaur (50), wife of Jarnail Singh, a NRI, and a resident of Fatehabad, and Gurdial Singh, (70), a resident of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, while the injured has been identified as Rajinder Singh and Waryam Singh, both residents of Fatehabad district in Haryana. Kulwant Kaur died on the spot, while Gurdial Singh succumbed to his injuries at the Civil Hospital, Khanna. — OC



Table Tennis Tourney
Green Land paddlers excel
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 23
Students of the Green Land Schools chain gave an excellent performance and finished among position holders in all age groups in the Inter-School Zonal Table Tennis Tournament organised by the District Education Department at GMT Public School, Jalandhar bypass branch, here, today. They clinched 10 out of 18 titles, which were at stake.

In the girls’ U-19 category, Green Land Senior Secondary School, Jalandhar bypass branch, pipped Alpine International Senior Secondary School 3-2 to bag the title and three paddlers from the school, Ramanpreet Kaur, Kajal and Manpreet Kaur, were selected to represent PAU Zone in the District Table Tennis Championship.

In the boys’ U-19 group, Shubham Wadhwa, Saransh Arora and Nitin Dhawan enabled Green Land School, Jalandhar bypass branch, to romp home champions. In the final, they beat hosts GMT Public School 3-2.

Green Land School, Jalandhar bypass branch, edged out Delhi Public School 3-2 to win top honours in the boys’ 14-year section. Abhishek, Gurnoor and Pranav Garg from this school were selected to take part in the district tournament.

Girl paddlers from Green Land Convent School, Chandigarh road branch, blanked Green Land Convent School, New Subhash Nagar, 3-0 to lift the title in the U-14 category and students of the same branch outclassed Green Land School, Jalandhar bypass branch, 3-1 to emerge champions in the girls’ U-17 section.

Green Land Convent School, Dugri, thrashed Bal Bharti Public School 3-0 to clinch the title in the boys’ U-14 category.

Rajesh Rudhra, chairman-cum-director of Green Land Schools, congratulated the students, principals and coaches Sahil Sharma and Nirdosh Sood on this achievement.



Badminton Tourney
Shraddha, Siddarath retain titles
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 23
Defending champions Shraddha Srivastava from Delhi Division and Siddarath of Rohtak Division overpowered their opponents to retain titles in the women's and men’s sections, respectively, in the Life Insurance Corporation of India North Zone Badminton Tournament that concluded at Shastri Hall near Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

In the women's final, Shraddha Srivastava outnumbered Rajni Wazir, also from Delhi Division, 21-15, 21-16 to emerge champion, while Reema Shrama from Delhi Division beat Sunita to secure third position.

Siddarath managed to scramble past Prem Chauhan of Jodhpur Division 21-20, 21-19 to retain the title and Rajesh Kumar of Karnal Division outplayed Alok Kumar Meena from Ajmer Division to finish at third place.

KR Meena, Regional Manager (HRD), LIC of India, Delhi, distributed prizes among the winners.



Rifle shooting c’ship begins

Ludhiana, August 23
The three-day 14th edition of the Punjab State Inter-School Rifle Shooting Championship began at Gobind National College range, Narangwal, near here, today.

More than 200 participants drawn from as many as 56 schools from across the state are taking part in this championship, being organised by the Punjab Rifle Shooting Association (PRSA). The total cash prize money of Rs 10 lakh will be distributed among the position holders.

Punjab Cabinet Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon declared the championship open. Speaking on the occasion, he said the state government was committed to promoting all games at grass-roots level.

JS Brar and NS Bhogal, president and joint secretary, respectively, of the organising association, along with GS Garcha, secretary of the PRSA, principal of the host college, HS Gosal, Pritpal Singh Grewal, chairman of the college committee, Parminder Singh Brar and Jagjeevan Pal Singh Doraha were among other prominent persons present there. — OC



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