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3 bikers crushed to death
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
Three migrant labourers riding a motorcycle were crushed to death under an overspeeding Mahindra Bolero in the Dhandari area last night. The victims have been identified as Dharminder Yadav (30), Sham Paswan (38) and Om Parkash (32).

The incident took place when the trio was returning to the migrant quarters at Jagdish Colony in Dhandari village after finishing the evening shift at a dyeing unit in Focal Point.

According to an eyewitness, the overspeeding Bolero hit the motorcycle from the rear side.

The impact was so strong that the trio was tossed into the air and fell at a distance. The Balero then hit a tree and came to a halt. While Dharminder died on the spot, Sham Paswan and Om Parkash died at a hospital. The Bolero driver, Surinder Yadav, fled from the spot.

Bansi Lal Premi, president of the Dr Ambedkar Yuvak Dal, along with hundreds of his supporters, today staged a dharna and blocked traffic on the National Highway No. I against alleged police inaction in the case.

Following the protest, the police swung into action and arrested the driver, Surinder Yadav, and Radha Krishan, owner of the vehicle. The duo has been booked under Section 304-A of the IPC.

Premi alleged that the police was lax and did not want to arrest the driver and the veicle owner. He said last night the police merely visited the area as a formality, while the trio was rushed to the hospital in an auto-rickshaw.

Premi demanded compensation for next of kin of the accident victims. The trio was the sole breadwinner of their families, said Premi.

Sham Paswan is survived by four children and wife, Dhariminder's has left behind two sons, a daughter and wife, while Om Parkash has a son and wife.

Were returning home after work

The victims have been identified as Dharminder Yadav (30), Sham Paswan (38) and Om Parkash (32). The incident took place when the trio was returning to the migrant quarters at Jagdish Colony in Dhandari village in Ludhiana after finishing the evening shift at a dyeing unit in Focal Point.


girl kidnap case
Two RPF officers booked ‘under pressure’
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
A day after two Railway Protection Force (RPF) officers were booked for kidnapping a three-year-old girl and wrongly confining a woman and her elder granddaughter, it has come to light that the Government Railway Police (GRP) has registered a case under pressure "to avoid action from the Punjab and Haryana High Court".

Sources in the GRP said the woman, whose granddaughter was kidnapped on Januay 19 this year, had filed a writ petition in the HC. The court has summoned Inspector General (IG-GRP) Rohit Choudhary in this connection on September 9.

Sources said the registration of a case was a face-saving measure by the GRP so that the officer concerned could state in the court that action had been taken against the RPF officers and the matter was under investigation.

On the other hand, the registration of a kidnapping case against ASI Manohar Lal and constable Surjit Kaur has not gone done well with RPF officers.

Yashwant Singh, RPF Commandant, said the registration of a kidnapping case against the two officers was uncalled for.

"Do you think we are kidnapping children here? We had rescued 38 children last year, who were forced into child labour and this year too we have rescued 24 children so far and safely handed them over to the child helpline. We have never faced such allegations. I admit that there was dereliction of duty on the part of the two officers, but that does not mean that they are hand in glove with criminal," said the RPF Commandant.

The FIR, a copy of which is with Ludhiana Tribune, was registered yesterday after victim Urmila (grandmother) (50), a resident of Ambedkar Colony in Khanna, with the help of social activist Sameer Vij, brought the matter to the notice of the higher authorities. Urmila is a juggler and performs acts on moving trains to eke out a living. She said the incident took place on January 19 when she was returning home from Mullapur.

Urmila told the police that when the train reached Baddowal, a woman grabbed her by the arm. "The woman said she was a child rights activist and rescued children, who were forcibly made to work. I told her that both the girls were my granddaughters and were not indulging in child labour," said Urmila in her complaint. She said the woman took her to the RPF office where ASI Manohar Lal and constable Surjit Kaur confined her and her elder granddaughter for nearly half an hour, while the woman took away her three-year-old granddaughter. She said when they were released, she asked the police about the whereabouts of her younger granddaughter. Manohar Lal and constable Surjit Kaur told her that the woman had taken her granddaughter to an orphanage.

The RPF Commandant claimed that Urmila version was not true.

He said Urmila and the woman had a heated argument on the train and both of them were brought to the RPF office. "As the case fell under the jurisdiction of the GRP, we told them (Urmila and the other woman) to lodge their complaint at the GRP station. The only fault of the two policemen was that they did not accompany the two women to the GRP station and the other woman fled with the little girl."

No clue to 3-year-old girl

While the GRP washed its hands of the incident by registering a case against the ASI and the constable, no move has been taken so far to trace the three-year-old girl, who was kidnapped nearly eight months ago.



Online settlement of challans fails to evoke desired response
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
The online settlement of challans, an initiative taken by the district administration to provide respite to the public from doing the rounds of offices, has failed to evoke the desired response. Started nearly two months ago, only 80 challans have been settled online in Ludhiana so far.

Shikha Bhagat, Executive Magistrate, who is also the in charge of the Suvidha Centre here, said the facility was started for the convenience of the public. "By logging in at www.ludhianatraffic.com, the defaulter can get the details about the challan and the particular offence by providing the number of the vehicle. Within a few minutes, one is able to get all details and through debit cards, the payment can be made online. The receipt is sent through e-mail. However, the response to the facility has not been up to the mark," said Bhagat.

She said to make people aware about the facility, while issuing a challan, a stamp is put on the paper telling them that the challan of non-commercial vehicles can also be settled online. "We can only create awareness among the public. Now, it is up to people whether to opt for it or not; we cannot force anyone to do so," said Bhagat.

Meanwhile, an attendant at the Suvidha Centre said, "At times challans are settled within half an hour, but when there is a huge rush, the public has to wait for even more than two hours to get the work done. Since there is another easy option of settling the challan on the spot, most residents prefer to exercise this option. The traffic police issues receipt on the spot."



Lawyers strike work
Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 2
The District Bar Association today observed a strike in protest against the assault on city lawyer Aman Mehta and his family. Association president Parupkar Singh Ghumman alleged that the law an order situation was deteriorating by the day in the city, resulting in a feeling of insecurity among people.

He alleged that the failure of the police in taking timely action against the culprits was the main reason behind this. The victim had to run from pillar to post for the registration of an FIR. Resentment was seen among the legal fraternity over the incident. They were of the view that anti-social elements had no fear of the police.

The attack on the lawyer and his family in Silver Arc Mall on Ferozepur Road by more than 10 persons exposed the security lapse on the part of mall management, said Gurdeep Singh Salh, vice-president of the DBA.

Former DBA presidents Jagmohan Singh Warraich, Naval Kishore Chhiber, Balwinder Goel and KR Sikri, DBA secretary Rustam Pal Singh and Lawyers Brigade president Sanjiv Malhotra have demanded strict action against the attackers. Two attackers arrested on the spot by the police are in police remand.



direct cash Transfer
Aadhaar must for LPG subsidy: DC
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari has said the Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG (DBTL) Scheme has been launched in 20 districts in the country, covering 7.3 million LPG consumers. He said under the scheme, the cash subsidy for LPG cylinders was transferred directly to the bank accounts of the consumers while the sale took place at the market price.

He said to avail of the scheme for the transfer of cash subsidy to the bank account, the Aadhaar number had to be linked to the LPG consumer number and the bank account of the consumer, for which a three-month grace period from the date of the launch was provided.

He said the scheme was now slated to be launched in 34 more districts in the country, including Ludhiana, covering 14.7 million LPG consumers. Tiwari said the Aadhaar number was mandatory for availing of the LPG subsidy in districts where the scheme had been launched.



‘Nutri’ sample fails test
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
A sample of "soyabin nutri", collected from a dhaba near Vishwakarma Chowk by the Health Department, has failed the purity test. The District Health Officer, Ludhiana, Dr Avinash Kumar, said, "A team, including Food Safety Officer Manoj Khosla and another official Harpreet Kaur, had collected seven samples of eatables from shops on August 29 and August 30."

These included samples of "rasgulla and barfi" from a sweets shop in Field Ganj, of noodles and cold drink from kiryana shops in Amarpur, of kulfi from an ice cream factory on Chandigarh Road, of a cold drink from a dhaba on Jalandhar Road and of a samosa from a shop at Bhog village near the Jalandhar Bypass.



Fill vacancies in Railways, says union
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
The introduction of new trains, increase in the number of coaches and length of tracks, and construction of swanky stations is a positive development for the progress of the country, but the Railways is not recruiting employees required to meet the increased workload, said office-bearers of the Uttariya Railway Mazdoor Union during a gate rally organised here today.

The union said around two lakh more employees across the country were required to run the Railways properly. The union alleged that thousands of vacancies in all sections of the Railways were lying vacant from years.

ML Prashar, general secretary of the Uttariya Railway Mazdoor Union, Ferozepur Division, said, "Due to a shortage of staff, the workload and burden has increased on the employees. We are not against the development of the railway network and infrastructure, but for managing this, employees need to be recruited."

"It has been learnt that railway employees have to work in double shifts on important posts. Investigation into several major rail accidents has clearly indicated that increased workload on the employees concerned was one of the reasons for the accidents. The Railways should fill vacant posts on priority," said an activist of the union.

In the gate really held at Diesel Shed, the employees discussed several issues concerning. Speakers criticised the UPA government for its anti-railway employee policies.



land acquisition
GLADA to send report to govt on objections soon
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 2
With a large number of farmers and owners of non-agricultural land expressing opposition to the acquisition of land, the proposed 1,125-acre integrated industrial park and urban estate near Sahnewal planned by the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) seems a distant dream.

GLADA Additional Chief Administrator Baldev Singh, who has gone through the statutory provision of "personal hearing" for those who had filed objections to the acquisition of the land, said he would send his report to the state government in about a week's time. "The ball is now in the court of the government. A final decision in this regard will be taken by the government keeping in view the interests of the farmers and other land owners."

Around 750 farmers and owners of land in at least six villages, including Sahnewal Kalan I, Sahnewal Kalan II, Mangli Uchi, Mangli Neechi, Nandpur and Ramgarh, had filed objections to the acquisition of their land citing various reasons.

If the proposed project is shelved due to the reluctance of the land owners to part with their land for development of an industrial park and urban estate, it will also put the expansion of the existing airport near Sahnewal in jeopardy as some 300 acres of land of the the total 1,125 acres was to be provided to the Department of Civil Aviation for the extension of the runway and infrastructure development.

Baldev Singh said those opposed to the acquisition of land had shown little or no interest in the scheme of land pooling, which provided for a share of the land owners in the proposed project. A vast majority of the farmers, it is learnt, had asserted that the agricultural land proposed to be acquired was their only source of livelihood. Some others were against acquisition of their built-up properties (houses and commercial establishments) as they would lose their source of livelihood and residence.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development, Punjab, had issued a notification under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act on June 5, 2013, for the acquisition of 1125.42 acres of land in eight villages in and around Sahnewal for the development of a dedicated industrial park, commercial pockets and residential area. The project also envisaged provision of land for the extension of the airport.



highway in bad shape
Villagers threaten to block road
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, September 2
Residents of Jugiana village and Gobindgarh today tried to disrupt traffic and raised slogans against the private company that looks after the maintenance of National Highway No 1. The service lane of Jugiana village is in a bad shape. It mostly remains waterlogged.

The stretch has developed big potholes, which may prove to be death traps for commuters. The plight of commuters and residents has been highlighted several times in these columns, but to no avail.

“The officials apathy towards the worst condition of the road has forced us to go for a protest. We don’t know who to approach and where to go? There is no other way for us to show our resentment. If the authorities remained unmoved, we will close this road permanently,” said a villager.

“We have been surviving in such sordid conditions for the past many months but the private contractor has never tried to understand our problem. The underpass and the surrounding places become deadly pools of water in the rainy season. No a single day passes when a pedestrian crossing the underpass on foot do not curse the highways authority,” said a resident of Dhandhari Kalan. “Today, an auto-rickshaw turned turtle as the driver was making his way through the potholes. The same is the plight of two-wheeler drivers,” said another villager.

“The condition here is really miserable as the stagnant water has started stinking and it is difficult to breath while crossing the underpass. Mosquitoes and flies, coupled with filth and dirt, have become a part of our lives. The contractor has to initiate immediate repairs or we will bring him here on our own expenses and ask him to see the hell we are living in. We were far better when there was no toll. It just means pay and become sufferers,” said a shopkeeper, who has his shop on the road.

Private contractor Parmod said he would ensure that repair work was initiated at the earliest. 



LIC celebrates 57 years of service
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) completed 57 years of its incorporation here on Monday. LIC has played a significant role in spreading life insurance among the masses and the mobilisation of people’s money for people’s welfare.

Rajendra Kumar, senior divisional manager, Ludhiana division, said even after the entry of 23 private insurers for over a decade now, LIC continued to be the frontrunner in the industry in terms of market share. Today, LIC had over 29 crore plus policyholders, with Life Fund to the tune of Rs 14, 33,103.14 crore and had assets of over Rs 15 lakh crore. During 2012-13, 367.82 lakh policies were sold commanding 83.24 per cent of the market share of new policies issued and its total first year premium income was pegged at more than Rs 76,245.64 crore i.e. 71.25 per cent of the market share. In Pension and Group schemes, new lives insured were 304.61 lakh under conventional business and 132.24 lakh lives under social security schemes.

He said, “In the year 2012-13, 183.63 lakh claims amounting to Rs 74,077.84 crore were settled i.e. 88.08 per cent of non-early death claims were settled within 15 days of intimation. The outstanding maturity claims ratio is as low as 0.53 per cent and the outstanding death claim ratio is 1.04 per cent. Ninety per cent of the total payments have been made through NEFT.

The LIC Golden Jubilee Foundation has supported projects ranging from the construction of hospitals, school buildings and classrooms, libraries, computer centres, old age homes, hostel buildings for children in tribal areas and vocational training centres for differently abled persons so as to provide infrastructural facilities to needy persons in various pockets of the country. Mobile medical vans, ambulances, school buses and vans specially designed for transportation of differently abled children have also been provided.

While sharing the contribution of the Ludhiana Division,Kumar said it comprised of Samrala, Khanna, Jagraon, Bathinda, Mansa, Rampura Phool and Ludhiana city itself and had performed very well during the financial year ending March 31 when 1,50,996 new policies were added with first-premium income of Rs 171.69 crore.



Rotary International members take oath to serve humanity
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 2
Activists and office-bearers of about six dozen units of the Rotary International falling under district 3,090 vowed to launch a coordinated movement to achieve heights in various avenues of service of the humanity.

The oath was taken in response to the call made by leaders of the organisation during the concluding session of the District Membership Development and Rotary Image seminar held at Bhogiwal village on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road today.

The seminar was presided over by the district Governor Dr Arun Gupta and member of Rajya Sabha Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa was the chief guest.

Besides following a set of ethics at their homes, business establishments and offices, members of the organisations always contributed generously towards various service projects including education for poor, preservation of environment and water, etc.

Appreciating the concern of the organisers towards the eradication of various dreaded diseases, Dhindsa claimed that the menace of Polio could not be curbed without the help of the Rotary on international level. "What is Rotary", "Polio Status and challenges ahead" , "Effective Public Relations" and "Our Purpose membership growth" were the topics discussed during the seminar.



Make burns unit functional: NGO
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
The newly constructed burns unit at the Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital has become merely a show piece as patients with burn injuries are treated along with other patients. This was alleged by Shiv Ram Saroy, founder of Ann Jal Sewa Trust, an NGO, in a press note issued here today.

He has alleged that if a poor patient with burn injuries visits the hospital, he is either not admitted or treated along with other patients in wards. In the ordinary wards, there is no cleanliness and patients with burn injuries remain at high risk of catching infection.

Despite bringing the matter to the notice of the Health Department and the state government, this unit is not being made functional. He has urged the Health and Family Welfare Minister Madan Mohan Mittal to start this unit immediately by deputing a plastic surgeon and staff there and providing the necessary equipment.

The SMO of the hospital, Dr Rajkuma Karkra, said: "We will start it by this weekend."



Skyscraper Day today
City should expand vertically: Architects
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
As the city expands, a number of huge buildings are coming up in the city. The future of big cities is skyscrapers, say city-based architects. "Going vertical is inevitable now," says architect Sanjay Goel. As the city expands, population rises. It is important to go vertical for more open areas, parks, lawns, parking areas and more agricultural land, he says.

"Although, some people don't like the skyline being disturbed by skyscrapers, there are benefits as well. You get fresher air above two or three storeys. People are already living high-rise building in metros and this trend is rapidly coming to tier-2 and tier-3 cities," says Rinku who lives in apartments at Dugri.

Those living in apartments can have common areas at the terrace, where a garden, swimming pool, lounge can be built, says Goel. People can have extended balconies for settin up small gardens. “For a better urban living, we must cover less area on the ground and going vertical is the future for the city now, he says.



E-trip verification
Industry to move court
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
E-trip has become mandatory on certain items from September 1, 2013. The local Industry feels that it had agreed to what the department had proposed but there were certain issues which were still not agreeable to the Industry and against which it was set to file a writ petition in the court.

Talking to The Tribune, national president of the Federation of Association of Small Industries of India Badish Jindal said the four-stage verification was not agreeable to the Industry.

"If I purchase some material from someone and the latter has not paid duty, it will be paid by me. If tax has been evaded by the person from whom I have purchased the material, then why should I be asked to pay the penalty. It was the lapse on the part of the department officials, too, who did not nab evaders. Against this four-stage verification, we are planning to move to the court. Besides, we will file a petition seeking exemption to the fasteners, too, because it is a part of the forging and if e-trip on forging has been exempted then it should be extended to the fasteners as well".

The e-trip has been imposed on items, including oils, steel, fasteners, yarn, etc. "The hosiery industry has settled the issue by and large. We are moving the court against e-trip over fasteners. On steel, we want the government to come up with some policy. Yarn and oil remain the two commodities on which e-trip will be imposed, we feel," said Jindal.

District Excise and Taxation Commissioner Rishipal Singh, however, said e-trip had been implemented from September 1 and the department was not facing any infrastructural problem.



City’s musical tribute to Ishmeet
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
A musical programme to commemorate the 25th birth anniversary of singer Ishmeet Singh was organised today at Ishmeet Singh Music Institute, Raj Guru Nagar. Titled 'Yeh Shaam Ishmeet Ke Naam', the programme saw people from music fraternity gathering for a musical evening. Mentor of Ishmeet, Principal Sukhwant Singh was the guest of honour.

A documentary on the life of Ishmeet was screened on the occasion. Amateur and professional singers from the city performed various genres of music. Students and faculty members from the institute also performed. Sumangal Arora and Hargun of Voice of Punjab fame sang a few renditions. A Sufiana 'kalam' Nazar-e-Karam was presented by classical singer Kapil Sharma and his students. Director of the institute Charan Kamal Singh presented a Punjabi song dedicated to Ishmeet Singh.

Faculty members, Nazima Badi and Gurpreet Singh, presented a song Kora Kagaz. Gurleen Kaur, cousin of Ishmeet, sang a song 'Meri Adhuri Kahani'. Dean of the institute Preei Behl sang 'Tum Dena Saath Mera'. Father of Ishmeet, Gurpinder Singh along with Ashim Nagpal was also present on the occasion. A group song Tum Yahan Main Wahan was presented by the students of the institute.



Farmers hold protest outside DC's office, demand monthly pension
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana September 2
Ludhiana district unit of the All-India Kisan Sabha today held a protest outside the office of the Deputy Commissioner at Mini-Secretariat. They were demanding monthly pension for the aged farmers, 'khet mazdoor' and artisans.

Kartar Singh Bowani, vice-president of the Punjab Kisan Sabha, said: "The economic level of rural people is falling day by day. It is an irony that there is no social security in the old age for the food providersof the country. We can see the aged farmers and labourers in poor condition in every village. The recent changes in social system are also a cause behind this irony. To address this problem we demand monthly pension of Rs 3,000 for farmer, khet mazdoor and artisans."

The farmers also demanded loans waivers towards poor farmers and increase in the minimum support price (MSP) on the crops during the protest.

While addressing to the farmers, Kartar Singh Bowani said, "Due to the policies of privatisations and liberalisation, the government has virtually stopped spending on rural development and agriculture. The government is not implementing the recommendations of the Agriculture Commission. All the natural and state resources are being handed over to the big corporate houses at the throw away prices."

Surinder Jalaldiwal, president, Punjab Kisan Sabha, said: "Diesel, fertilizers and chemicals are becoming expensive day by day. This will affect the economy of the agriculture badly."

The speakers at protest criticised the allegedly anti-farmer policies of the government. Farmers alleged that Centre and state governments are ignoring their demands which have led to large number of suicides by the farmers throughout India, including Punjab.



Principals participate in awareness programme

Ludhiana, September 2
The District Education Office under the guidance of District Science Supervisor Varinder Kaur conducted a programme for the principals of over 150 schools in the district so that they can make their students aware of the adolescent education and AIDS. The programme was held at RS Model School.

The DSS said the state government sends grant for the schools to conduct a programme, so that they further educate their students about the problems and offer them solutions.

"It is mandatory to conduct 16 hour programme on adolescent education in one year. Seminars/ lectures/ awareness is created to make students aware about the tender age," said Varinder Kaur.

On December 1, to observe the AIDS Day, schools conduct various programmes. They organise competitions, workshops, on AIDS and its prevention. But this time, due to a financial crunch the Education Department has cut-short the budget and has allocated only Rs 400 per school to hold the programme. Last year, the best government/ aided schools were provided up to Rs 1,000 and others were given Rs 500 to conduct awareness programmes on AIDS Day.

"We will manage this time. Prizes are given to the students who make the best charts/collage. It is just a token but the main objective is to make them aware about the issue," said one of the principals of a government school. — TNS



5 days on, PAUSA yet to receive notice from PAU
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana September 2
Although five days have passed when the Punjab Agricultural University Students Association (PAUSA) held a compromise with the PAU authorities but the PAUSA is yet to receive notice from the authorities to revoke the rustication of students.

However, the PAU authorities told the students that Vice-Chancellor is out of station today so they did not issue the notice.

Students of Punjab Agriculture University had called off their 16-day-long strike on Wednesday after the university officials assured them verbally that the decision of rustication would be revised.

Dr PK Khanna, Registrar, PAU, on Wednesday (August 28) had said that the notice would be issued next morning. On August 29, authorities told the PAUSA that Vice-Chancellor was not on the campus. He has gone to Chandigarh to attend a management meeting. Then officials and office-bearers of the PAU and teachers' union, who played the role in ending the strike, told students that notice would be issued on Monday.

The office-bearers of the PAUSA were hopeful today but authorities did not issue notice. Meanwhile, Karanvir Singh, vice-president of the PAUSA denied commenting on the issue.



Training programme on welding technologies held

Ludhiana, September 2
The Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings conducted a training programme on innovative welding technologies and latest welding equipments today. Upkar Singh, Joint Secretary, CICU, said: "Indian manufacturing sector is passing through a turbulent time, issues like cheaper products from neighbouring countries, skill gap, poor Infrastructure, h are the major pitfalls.

Use of latest techniques in our industry will benefit a lot with respect to the product quality, productivity, process time, saving of consumable materials and electric power as the Indian industry has been experiencing a very stiff competition." More than 50 participants, comprising of proprietors, partners, technical managers and representatives of various industries attended the workshop. The interactive program was conducted by Ashish Singh, Senior Training Faculty of Panasonic India Ltd and Kuldeep Singh, General Manager, Technical, Fairdeal Agencies, Ludhiana. — TNS



Apneet Rayat assumes charge as Jagraon SDM
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, September 2
The residents of the Jagraon area have been upbeat since the announcement of IAS officer Apneet Rayat as Jagraon SDM. An alumni of the Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara, Apneet Rayat was selected for the 2011 IAS batch. Apneet Rayat had bagged the 79th position in the IAS examination.

Apneet Rayat is the second woman IAS officer to be appointed Jagraon SDM following Isha Kalia, who served on the post before and during the Assembly elections.



Seminar on human rights organised

Jagraon, September 2
A seminar was organised to spread awareness on human rights by the Protection of Human Rights Group, Punjab, at Sanmati Vimal Jain Senior Secondary School. It was presided by Advocate Harmohan Singh Sakrali, president of the group.

In the technical session, Sakrali spoke in detail regarding the atrocities on human beings and asked them to work hard for the security of the human rights. He also urged the audience to work for an end to human rights violations and encouraged them to remain active for human welfare. — OC



Music therapy workshop

Ludhiana: Ryan international School, Dugri, organised a music therapy workshop for the students of classes V-VIII. The workshop was conducted by Pallavi Nagpal, a well known music therapist. She explained the importance of music in our daily day-to-day busy life to the students. She conducted various activities and trained students in increasing concentration with meditation. She said music therapy was useful for children who had difficulties in hearing, moving, thinking or responding. Children who experience obstacles in forming relationships with other children can benefit by music therapy.

Seminar for parents

Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School conducted a one-hour seminar on Continuous Evaluation Programme (CCE) for parents of classes X and IX. The seminar started with Shabad Gayan. Amrita Gakhar, academic advisor, highlighted the basics of the programme. Anil, coordinator, and Neeraj Sharma gave all details about the CCE. Power point presentation on school and its activities was also presented by Gakhar. Avinash Kaur Walia, principal and director, attended all sessions of the seminars. She counseled parents to give quality time to their children and to involve themselves fully for their improvement and polishing their skills.

‘Best out of waste’ activity

How to use a discarded thing at its best was the chief objective of MGM Public School behind organising the 'best out of waste' activity on the school premises. Principal Poonam Sharma felicitated the students for their creativity and anticipated to harness their potentials in equal proportion in both scholastic and co-scholastic arena.

Students bring laurels

Students of Green Land Convent School, Civil City, brought laurels by winning medals in various games. Yashmi Laroiya (U-14 girls’) who went to perform gymnastics at Khanna in Punjab got silver medal in hoop, ribbon and free hand category. She also bagged silver medal in overall gymnastics championship. Shiva Sharma (U-17 boys’) stole the limelight as he has been selected for the state-level gymnastics championship. Sailesh Pujara (U-14 boys’) bagged silver medal in the district-level table tennis tournament held at BCM School, Dugri, and has been selected for the state-level table tennis tournament. Principal of the school Jyoti Sachdev Pujara congratulated the winners and the school coaches for their excellent performance in the tournaments and also wished them success in future.

GNIPS adopts 7 girls

Guru Nanak International Public School (GNIPS), Model Town in an exemplary move to support the on Monday presented a cheque of Rs 1.09 lakh to the SOS Village, Rajpura, in a bid to adopt seven orphan girls. The amount presented will cover the expenses of boarding, lodging and education of the orphans for a year, which will be renewed every year. This was done under the aegis of the principal Gurmant Kaur Gill, in keeping with the tradition of inculcating a spirit of charity, benevolence, kindness and compassion amongst the students. — TNS



Panel discussion

Ludhiana: Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT), Civil Lines, organised a panel discussion on the topic "Current Economic Crisis in India" for the BBA, BCom and MBA students on Monday. The experts who deliberated on the issue included: Dr DS Chawla, industrialist, cycle industry, Ajit Lakra, industrialist, knitwear, Kahlon, industrialist, auto parts and Arvind Malhotra, academician, Arya College. DS Chawla described the present scenario as a man-made tsunami. He held factors, high current account deficits, semi-fixed exchange rates, extremely high dependence on foreign capital inflows and borrowings, inefficient asset creation, major factors responsible for tattered health of the Indian economy. He made an appeal to the youth of the country to raise their voice, express views and wisely choose their leaders. Ajit Lakra highlighted attributes such as fiscal deficit, current account deficit, slow infrastructure growth and lack of foreign investments as the primary symptoms of the current Indian economy. He also attributed these factors to be responsible for a high inflation rate in the country.

Talent hunt programme

The BCM College of Education organised a three-day-long talent hunt programme to explore the hidden talents of the students. On the first day, debate, declamation, elocution and poetry recitation competitions were organised. On the second day, geet, gazal, traditional songs ,poster making ,collage, cartooning, clay modeling competitions were organised .Third day of the talent hunt was dedicated to the dramatics and dancing competitions in which student showcased their talents through performing drama, skits ,mimicry and various dances, including giddha and bhangra. Rajat of MEd was declared as best actor and Jashanpreet of BEd the best actress. Sargam got first position in poetical recitation and Rajat stood first in declamation contest. Addressing the students, Principal Dr Khushvinder Kumar said every educational institution should organise such cultural activities to instill confidence among the students.

GCG girls shine in varsity exams

Three girls from the Government College for Girls brought laurels to their alma mater by securing top positions in music instrumental of Panjab University exams held in April, 2013. Amandeep Kaur from MA-I secured first position and Radha of MA-I got sixth position. Three girls from fine arts secured university positions. Nishtha MA-I secured first position, Sukhpreet Kaur MA-I secured second position and Prabhjot Kaur of MA-I secured third position. Principal Gurminder Kaur appreciated and congratulated the students and encouraged others to work hard and secure top positions in the university exam.

Freshers' party

The Punjab Institute of Management and Technology (PIMT) organised a fresher's party on Monday. The party was celebrated with great pomp and show .The party was inaugurated by the PIMT staff. All the events were artistically and beautifully presented in different colors and style. The audience was kept enthralled for three hours by mind blowing performances of dance, songs, and mimicry. Participants were supported and encouraged by everyone as they performed on stage. The main challenge of the evening was the selection on Mr and Miss fresher. Freshers' were selected on the basis of their performance. Mr Fresher Hasif (Management) Junaid (IT) and Miss Fresher JAsmeet Kaur (Management) , Ravneet Kaur (IT ) were selected and prizes were given by the chairman. — TNS



Farewell function

Ludhiana: Two senior officials of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), AC Rana, Comptroller, and Dr HS Sehgal, Additional Director Communication (ADC) and professor of zoology, were given warm send off upon their superannuation. A farewell function was organised on the campus wherein Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, Dr PK Khanna, Registrar, and university deans, directors, heads, faculty members, and non-teaching employees were present. Students of zoology also attended the function. Wishing AC Rana and Dr Sehgal a happy post-retirement life, VC Dr Dhillon said, “We are proud of both of you and your services at the PAU.” He praised Rana for his unblemished image, positive attitude and excellent financial management. Dr Dhillon also lauded Dr Sehgal's vital contributions to the PAU as a liaison officer and as the ADC. In his remarks, Registrar Dr Khanna said both the senior officials have set up an example of dedicated workers. He lauded Rana for being an “honest and upright person” and described Dr Sehgal as a complete scientist, a good administrator and a methodical person. Dr Dhillon honoured Rana and Dr Sehgal with the shawls and mementos.

CIPHET experts give tips to potato growers

A team of experts from the Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) delivered lecture to potato growing farmers during a meeting organised by the Canara Bank to bring farmers, experts, research institutes and financial institutes on a common platform at Jalandhar. Officials from the National Horticulture Mission also attended the meeting. Speaking on the occasion, Ajay Agrawal, business manager, Business Planning and Development (BPD) unit of the CIPHET, informed the farmers about mandates of the CIPHET and technologies developed by the institute. Pointing out that about 25-30 per cent losses occurs during the post harvest handling. — TNS



Five-day training programme concludes

Ludhiana: A five-day training programme on "Scientific Pig Management" under the auspices of the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana was organised jointly by the Department of Livestock Production Management and the Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU). At the concluding function, Dr Harish Verma, professor, Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education, said: "The GADVASU since its inception is helping the farmers through trainings and inputs of scientific know-how for motivating the youth and progressive farmers to adopt pig farming on scientific terms." — TNS



Man tests positive for dengue

A male patient belonging to district Hoshiarpur has tested positive for dengue. He is under treatment at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital.

Memorandum submitted

Members of Dr Ambedkar Naujawan Sabha hand over a memorandum to the ADC in Ludhiana on Monday
Members of Dr Ambedkar Naujawan Sabha hand over a memorandum to the ADC in Ludhiana on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Dr Ambedkar Naujawan Sabha has written a letter to the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) regarding the condition of Dr Ambedkar Bhawan. They have complained that the building of Dr Ambedkar Bhawan is in dilapidated condition. The washrooms are incomplete. During the day time it is surrounded by cars parked in the area. Members of the organisation have demanded that the stuff lying around the building should be removed, cars should not be allowed to be parked around the building, pending construction work should be completed and a signage pointing towards the building should be installed at the entrance of the courts complex.

Grants given to schools

Rakesh Pandey, MLA from North Ludhiana, and DCC (U) president Pawan Dewan distributed grants worth Rs 7 lakh out of MPLAD Fund belonging to Manish Tewari, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, on Monday. Out of this amount, government primary school at Karabara was handed over a cheque worth of Rs 5 lakh for the construction of the building and the purchase of computers. Duglaspura SD Girls Senior Secondary School, Haridev Mandir, was given a grant of Rs 2 lakh for development works.

Collection of shoes launched

Louis Alberti and Egle launched a classic collection of shoes at the Mochi and Metro shoe stores on Monday. Alok Rai, director, Milano Impex, said, “Men's shoes reflect style, attitude and class and no outfit is complete without the right pair of shoes. Keeping this in mind we at Louis Alberti and Egle have launched a classic collection of shoes for men. Be it office meetings or a dinner party our classic collection in black will surely fetch you flattering remarks.”


Mahindra First Choice Services Limited (MFCS), a multi-brand car workshop company, launched its very first workshop in Punjab in Ludhiana on Monday. The facility is spread over 25,000 sq ft with 16 bays and a monthly capacity of servicing more than 1,000 cars of various brands, according to company representatives.

Plantation drive

CAPE, India, and Shanti Van Shamshan ghat and the Gaushala trust, Sham Nagar, Ludhiana, celebrated Vanamahotsava. It is fifth tree plantation activity during the plantation drive by the CAPE-India. Dr Sandeep Kumar Jain, chief coordinator, CAPE-India, and co-opted member of the Animal Welfare Board of India (Ministry of Environment and forests , Government of India) along with Swami Arun Attri and the volunteers and members of both the NGOs planted the saplings of Kaner, Dek, Jamun, Alstonia, Acacia, Amla and Mulberry.

Letter submitted

The Mahila Congress members submitted a letter to the Mayor for beautification of the area around the statue of Mahatma Gandhi near MC office, Mata Rani Chowk. The letter said the vicinity of the statue was polluted. Several MC officials pass from the area, but there is no maintenance and cleanliness around the statue.

Grant for Senior Citizen Forum

Senior citizens are the anchor of society and the society can gain the treasure of experience from them. This was said by Distrct Congress Committee (Urban) president Pawan Dewan and MLA Surinder Dawar. They said this while giving a grant of Rs 3 lakh from the parliamentary quota of Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tiwari for the construction of building for Senior Citizen Forum at Kidwai Nagar.

Aam Aadmi Party campaign

A contingent of Aam Aadmi Party members and volunteers met Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi and assured him that they will campaign day and night for the Aam Aadmi candidates to ensure their victory in Delhi for the assembly elections to be held in November this year. Arvind Kejriwal gave the task of campaigning in two constituencies to the Punjab team in Delhi- Hari Nagar and Tilak Nagar which have a sizable Punjabi population.


A meeting of Multipurpose Health Supervisors and Multipurpose Health Workers Sangarsh Committee was organised in Ludhiana on Monday. They condemned the government for the FIR against the convenors of the organisation while they were staging a dharna in Chandigarh. They demanded that the case should be withdrawn and the demands should be accepted.


Tarsem Lal was made the SC Morcha president of Shivpuri Mandal of the BJP. He was appointed during a programme organised at Basti Jodhewal. — TNS



14 drug peddlers booked
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
Fourteen persons, including a woman, were booked by the city police under a special drive launched against drug peddlers. The drive was launched yesterday following the orders by Sumedh Singh Saini, Director General of Police. Besides, seizing 20 kg of poppy husk, the police has also seized 650 gm of heroin worth over Rs 70 lakh.

The accused have been identified as Manish Rai, a resident of Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar, Maninder Singh, a resident of Dugri, Balwinder Singh, a resident of Jamalpur, Davinder Singh, a resident of New Moti Nagar, Vikan Kumar, a resident of Salem Tabir, Lalan Shah, a resident of Dhandari Kalan, Shambhu Prashad, a resident of Giaspura, Dhananjay Mistri, a resident of Dhandari Khurd, along with Manjit Singh, a resident of New Shimlapuri, Kulwant Singh, a resident of Shimlapuri, Sonu Kumar a resident of Indira Colony, Ravi Kumar, a resident of Sandiyan, Kuldip Singh, a resident of Ghakat village and Vatira, a resident of Rangiya village.


The police seized 650 gm of heroin, 2.370 kg of psychotropic powder, 9 gm of smack, 600 gm of ganja, 20 kg of poppy husk and a large quantity of habit-forming drugs from their possession.



Three held with contraband
65 kg of poppy husk, I.25 kg opium seized
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khanna, September 2
The police has arrested three persons and recovered 65 kg of poppy husk and I.25 kg of opium from their possession in and around Khanna. The accused have been identified as Amit Hans of Khanna, Jeon Singh of Mohapur village and Muna Lal of Uttar Pradesh.

The SP(D), Rajwinder Singh Sohal, while addressing a press conference, said police parties launched a search operation after they got a tip-off that drug peddlers were spreading their network in and around the town. A police party noticed a car whose driver was trying to flee on seeing the police personnel at a check post. The police nabbed the driver after a brief chase. The checking of the car yielded 55 kg of poppy husk. The car driver has been identified as Amit Hans of Khanan.

In other incident, the police nabbed Jeun Singh of Mohanpur village, near here, while he was roaming around near a check police post. The police got suspicious and frisked him. He was carrying 10 kg of poppy husk, the SP(D) said.

Meanwhile, the police claimed to have recovered 1.25 kg of opium from Munna Lal, a native of Uttar Pradesh. Sohal said during interrogation, the accused confessed that he was into the drug trade and had brought the contraband from UP.

Samrala DSP Jagwinder Singh Cheema and other officers were also present.



Stolen cars recovered
Our Correspondent

Doraha, September 2
The Doraha police has recovered stolen cars, one of which was stolen on Friday night. DSP Payal Balwinder Singh said during investigation, the police arrested Karan Sharma alias Honey, a resident of Doraha, who was trying to flee from the place with a stolen blue Maruti car (Number-PB-10-AL-6655).

On further investigation the accused admitted of having stolen another white Maruti car (Number CH 01-R-4352).

The DSP said the police, under the guidance of Amardeep Singh, SHO Doraha, launched a massive hunt after Jaswinder Singh, whose car was stolen, informed about the same on Friday night.



Criminals’ gang busted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
With the arrest of six persons, the city police claims to have busted a gang of criminals who used to rob people by offering them a ride in their auto-rickshaws. The accused have been identified as Mohammad Isyad of UP, Mohammad Israil of Bhar, Vijay Kumar of UP, Mohammad Islam of Bihar, Mohammad Shah Alam of Star Colony, Manakwal, and Jasvir Singh of village Jhammat.

The police nabbed the accused near Basant Avenue following a tip-off. They had robbed a couple of their gold and silver ornaments five days ago and threw them out of the moving vehicle near the Sherpur chowk.



Weapon smuggler nabbed

Ludhiana: The city police conducted a raid at Civil City in Sandu Nagar and nabbed a notorious weapon supplier Ramandeep Singh, alias Ramnna, a resident of Bhora Colony, and found a .32 revolver and six cartridges on his. The accused was booked under various sections of the Arms Act.

Ramnna was evading arrest in many cases of weapon smuggling. He was recently booked in two cases of weapon smuggling by the Salem Tabri police station.

He used to smuggle weapons from UP and MP and was supplying them to criminals across the state. He was also booked by the Shambhu police but managed to escape.

Man sets house on fire

Mohinder Singh, an auto-rickshaw driver, set his house on fire following a quarrel wit his wife Asha Rani in Janta Nagar here on Sunday night. According to the neighbours, the couple used to fight everyday over petty issues.

On Sunday night, the couple fought again, following which the man set his house on fire.

The fire was put out with the help of the local residents. The police has started investigation.

Two snatchers nabbed

The accused  in police custody in Ludhiana on Monday
The accused in police custody in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

The city police has nabbed two snatchers, who had snatched a woman's earrings on August 22.

The accused have been identified as Balwinder Singh and Surjit Singh, both residents of Jamalpur.

According to Dilpreet Singh, a resident of New Manjit Nagar, he, along with his mother, was heading towards Saroan village to pay obeisance at a religious place. Two motorcycle-borne youngsters started following them. He got scared and stopped his vehicle. In the meantime, the accused snatched the god earrings of his mother and fled the scene.

The police has recovered 4 gm of gold earrings and Rs 16,000 cash from the accused. The duo has been booked under section 382, IPC.

Another theft at Civil Hospital

In the latest incident of theft at the Civil Hospital, a thief stole Rs 6,000 by tearing the purse of a woman who was standing in a queue for a medical check-up.

The woman told the police that while she was standing in the queue, a woman, who was standing behind her, took Rs 6,000 by tearing her purse. She came to know about the theft when the doctor was examining her. — TNS



Asia Cup Performance
Now, future of Indian hockey in safe hands, say fans
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, September 2
Even though the Indian hockey team lost in the final of the Asia Cup to South Korea 4-3, the hockey fans are very much satisfied with the performance of the young and inexperienced Indian team.

The most satisfying thing for the hockey fans is that the Indian team has qualified for the Hockey World Cup to be held in Holland later this year by reaching the final and finishing the first runners-up.

"The young and inexperienced players of the Indian hockey team really showed the fighting spirit as they equalised after trailing to South Korea by two goals. The young boys never gave up and gave a tough fight to South Korea," said Amarjit Singh, a hardcore fan of Indian Hockey.

Most hockey fans said this Indian team should be given more time to get some exposure at the international level. "I want to congratulate the team for this wonderful performance. The more this team play competitive hockey, the more it would improve," said another fan Manjit Khehra.

Dr Balraj Singh, a former hockey player, expressed satisfaction over the Indian team's performance in the Asia Cup. "When this young and inexperienced team was selected for the Asia Cup, nobody expected that it will reach the final and qualify for the World Cup. But, the players took up the challenge and showed that they had the guts and spirit to take Indian Hockey ahead," said Dr Balraj Singh.

"I am very much impressed with the performance of the Indian team in the Asia Cup. Indian team was a bit unfortunate as the referee allowed a penalty corner to South Korea in the final minutes. This controversial decision dashed the hopes of the Indian team as South Korea scored a goal," he added.

But a majority of fans feel the future of Indian Hockey appears to be in safe hands.



Katoch shield cricket: Amritsar tame Ludhiana
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, September 2
Amritsar scripted 24-run victory over Ludhiana to earn 6 points on the penultimate day of the match in the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament for the Katoch Shield played on the Punjab Agricultural University campus ground here today.

Enjoying 21-run lead in the first innings, Amritsar began play at 178 for 8 and their second essay ended at 205 after 113 overs setting a target of 227 runs for the hosts.

Ludhiana began their chase on a positive note with the opening pair adding 70 runs, followed by 53 runs partnership for the second wicket. But, the middle order surrendered meekly as the hosts' innings folded at 202 runs in 73.2 overs.

Ludhiana will play their next match against Mohali from September 7 to 10 at Mohali.

Brief scores: Amritsar (first innings) 118 all out in 51 overs (Sharat Loomba 17, Mohit Handa 24 and Abhinav Sharma 15; Amritpal Singh 5 for 24, Rahul Singla 3 for 36 and Deepak Bansal 1 for 15).

Ludhiana (first innings) 97 all out in 25.5 overs (Anil Sihag 18, Geetansh Khera 12 and Baltej Singh 22; Kamal Passi 3 for 11, Charanjeet Singh 6 for 56 and Vinay Chopra 1 for 13)

Amritsar (second innings) 178 for 8 after 101 overs (Sharat Loomba 47, Aman Bawa 48, Abhinav 35 n.o and Mohit Handa 23; Rahul Singla 3 for 55, Deepak Bansal 4 for 26, Anil Sihag 1 for 34 and Himanshu 1 for 3).

Ludhiana (second innings)- 202 all out in 73.2 overs (Sunny Pandey 34, Nikhil Chowdhary 41, Geetansh Khera 12, Himanshu 26, Amritpal Singh 12 and Rahul Singla 9 n.o; Bharat Loomba 1 fof 19, Kamal Passi 2 for 34, Charanjit Singh 4 for 69 and Vinay Chowdhary 3 for 65).



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