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house tax arrears
Defaulters face the music
 Municipal Corporation hires ‘dhol wala’, resorts to public announcement system
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 12
Exasperated over tardy recovery of arrears of house tax and user charges (water rate and sewerage charges) the municipal corporation has adopted a novel method to make residents pay up the local taxes by the beat of drum and public announcement in front of the residential or commercial premises of defaulters.

During the last few days, a “dhol wala” (drum beater) has been hired by officials of the House Tax Branch of the MC for this purpose and more than two dozen public announcements have been made on the premises of defaulting residents in different parts of the city.

Besides naming the defaulter by public address system and beating of drum, final notices of recovery or attachment of property are also being served on the erring taxpayers, or in case of their reluctance to receive the notices, these are pasted on the doors of the residential or commercial premises.

Senior MC officials said for the time being only big defaulters, having arrears of more than Rs 25,000 or those whose cheques towards payment of arrears had bounced, were being targeted. Depending on the response of the tax payers and quantum of recovery, the mode of beating drum and public announcement will be adopted to effect recovery from other defaulters.

"By deploying a “dhol wala” and making announcements in front of the premises of the defaulting residents or shopkeepers, arrears of more than Rs 5 lakh were recovered from B zone in the last couple of days while around Rs 3 lakh was recovered from zone A in the last two days," said an civic official.

If the senior MC officials are to be believed, the arrears of house tax and user charges were mounting, and the cash-starved civic body was left with no other choice but to do something "different" to make the residents pay up.

It was officially stated that a majority of the defaulting tax payers chose not to avail the opportunity of clearing arrears in August 2013, when the state government had allowed payment of arrears without interest. "Against total outstanding amount of house tax and user charges of more than Rs 100 crore, only about Rs 10 crore has been recovered so far in the current financial year," the MC officials said.

Civic body pastes Notice on doors

Besides naming the defaulter by public address system and beating of drum, final notices of recovery or attachment of property are also being served on the erring taxpayers, or in case of their reluctance to receive the notices, these are pasted on the doors of the residential or commercial premises.


Assi Kalan: Dera chief’s wife kidnapped, complaint filed
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 12
In an incident, Tajinderpal Singh, alias Gulam Jugni, who runs a dera in Assi Kalan village has filed a complaint with the Dehlon police stating that his NRI wife was allegedly kidnapped by her parents, as they were opposed to the marriage.

Inderjit Singh, SHO, Dehon police station, confirmed that he had received a kidnap complaint from the dera chief.

"The dera chief (27) in his complaint has stated that his wife Taranbir Kaur (26) from Australia was kidnapped nearly 15 days ago. Tajinderpal Singh, alias Gulam Jugni, has levelled allegations that his father-in-law Swarnjit Singh kidnapped his wife. We have summoned Swarnjit Singh, but he did not come yesterday. We are investigating the matter, since the kidnapping complaint was lodged nearly 15 days after Taranbir Kaur left the dera. We are not ruling out marital dispute between the two parties," said Inderjit Singh.

Despite repeatedattempts, Jugni was not available for comments. Jugni's driver Raju said that the dera chief was in Mumbai.

He affirmed that Gulam Jugni's wife was kidnapped by her parents and Jugni filed the complaint with the police.

On the other hand, Swarnjit Singh, the girl's father, refused to comment on the issue.



As city rolls out red carpet for Dy CM, residents have tough time
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 12
Residents had a hard time today as the traffic was diverted in the wake of Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal's visit to the city.

Policemen keep the party supporters from approaching the stage at King Palace, Sunder Nagar, Ludhiana, on Thursday.
Policemen keep the party supporters from approaching the stage at King Palace, Sunder Nagar, Ludhiana, on Thursday. Tribune Photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Most of the roads in the city were blocked. Cars were unable to move from Bhai Bala Chowk towards Guru Nanak Bhawan, as barricades had been put up, till the Deputy CM left the city.

Residents felt that they always had a harrowing time whenever VVIPs visited the city. "Whenever a VVIP visits the city, there is traffic chaos and the situation becomes worse. The traffic is diverted and we have to take various routes to reach our destination," says Deepak Dhiman, a resident.

"I had to go to the Field Ganj area but because the traffic was held up so I had to take another route. It took me an hour more to reach there," says Surjit Singh, a resident of BRS Nagar. "There is no difference when protestors block the traffic or when a VVIP visits the city. Why can't they organize the event well rather than blocking the traffic. Commuters are taken for granted every time a VVIP comes to the city. It is very exasperating waiting on the roads till the traffic clears," he says.

"The city is turned into a fortress whenever a VVIP comess, people remain stranded or have to take other routes," said another resident. The Deputy Chief Minister was in the city for about four hours at different venues including Sunder Nagar and Guru Nanak Bhawan.

Gurbachan Singh, SHO, City (traffic) said that Ludhiana was an unplanned city and there were a large number of vehicles. So the inconvenience was inevitable. 




Deputy CM’s Visit: Sidelights

* The members of the colonisers' association kept harping on red-tapism in bureaucracy.
Punjab colonisers and property dealers honour Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal during a function in Ludhiana on Thursday.
Punjab colonisers and property dealers honour Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal during a function in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

* On the one hand, the president of the Punjab Colonisers and Property Dealers' Association, Kultar Singh Jogi, exhorted his fellow property dealers not to 'cut' any unauthorised colonies, and on the other, he requested the Deputy CM to keep the policies related to the regularisation of colonies soft. He also asked Badal to fulfil rest of the promises made by the state government.

* There was a surfeit of praise for Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. Showering praises on the Deputy CM, one of the speakers sang "Kinna Sohna Rabb Ne Banaya Tenu". Another song sung for the Deputy CM was "Bahaaro Phool Barsao, Mera Mehboob Aya Hai".

* The speakers threw all norms of gender equality to the wind. One of the speakers said: "Mardaan wale faisle keval mard kar sakde ne (Only men can take tough decisions).” Another speaker remarked, "Har ek chahnda hai ki putt hove te makaan hove (Everyone wants a son and a house)."

* Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia's constant refrain while addressing the gathering at Guru Nanak Bhawan was "Gussa Na Kariyo" (Do not get angry).

* Deputy CM Badal, while expressing unconditional support to the BJP, said whosoever may be declared as the BJP's Prime Ministerial probable, the SAD would back the BJP.

* Scheduled to reach at 11 am at the programme organised by the District Akali Dal (Urban), the Deputy CM reached an hour and a half late. Every time a speaker got on to the stage, an announcement was made: "The Deputy CM is reaching in four to five minutes." aInputs by Minna Zutshi and Gurvinder Singh



e-trip: Dy CM meets local traders, calls them to Chandigarh for discussion
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 12
Giving some relief to city-based traders, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, during his visit to the city today, assured them that he would look into the implementation of the e-trip within the city limits.

Badal also invited the traders, who are against the system, for a meeting at Chandigarh on Monday.

"Today we met the Deputy Chief Minister and discussed the implementation of the e-trip within the city limits. We told him that he had promised that the e-trip will not be applicable within the municipal limits of the city. After giving a patient hearing to us, he asked us to meet him at Chandigarh on Monday," said Mohinder Aggarwal, state secretary of Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal.

Sunil Mehra, state general secretary of the association, said they were hopeful of the meeting being fruitful.

"Small traders operating within the city limits should be exempted from the e-trip system," he said.

Two days back, the traders had observed Black Day against the system. No business was carried out that day. The traders threatened to take to streets if the e-trip within the city limits was not lifted.

The Punjab Government recently made amendments to the e-trip system. Filing of online information for the trade of six commodities transported within the state was exempted in case the 
bill amount was less than Rs 50,000.



Union pins hope on Dy CM
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 12
The Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) Union today expressed contentment over the outcome of the meeting with Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. The meeting was convened with the joint efforts of the district administration and the police, following an agitation held by the union recently.

The president of district unit of the TET union, Deep Raja, said the teachers were satisfied with the brief meeting and the Deputy Chief Minister has assured that their demands will be met soon.

“The Deputy CM and Bikram Majithia, Revenue Minister, have assured that a meeting of the TET representatives will be organised on Monday. We hope that our issues will be redressed soon,” said Raja.

He said it was the result of the efforts of the union that the Education department had put up the schedule for 5,178 posts of Rural Associate Teachers on its Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan website.

“From September 23, the department will start with the counselling process. The department also must fill the vacancy of as many as 690 teachers at the earliest,” said the president.

The TET teachers from across the state had gathered here in Ludhiana on September 8 to protest against the alleged apathetic attitude of the government. Scores of teachers had blocked the roads for four hours.

The teachers alleged that despite clearing the toughest exam (TET), they were not being given jobs.



INIFD students learn carpentry
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 12
Breaking the stereotypes, girls at International Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD), have enrolled for the carpentry workshop, to get a practical experience in the particular field. The girls are learning to create designs, prototypes and give a finishing touch to the products made from wood. The workshop is not only making them learn, but is also boosting their creativity.

“Carpentry requires a lot of hard work and is very tiring, but at the same time, it is fun to get such an experience. The workshop sounded tough to begin with, but getting to work hand-on teaches you much more than just observing,” said Ankita Minhas, a student at the institute.

“Although we have not chosen this as our profession, but we must learn as much we can. With the help of this workshop, I can guide a carpenter how to make something specific and maybe do something on my own, if a carpenter is not available,” said Taranjot Kaur, another student.

A faculty member at the institute said, “We are teaching the students how to make wooden products like photo frames, chairs, and tables to give them a practical exposure. They can learn finer points and the trade lingo so as to guide the workers in a much efficient manner.”



Part-time lecturers flay government policies 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 12
The issue of teachers eligibility test (TET)-passed candidates has still not settled down completely and now the part-time lecturers, working in different government colleges across the state, are up in the arms against the state government for not implementing the decisions passed by the Punjab Cabinet in a meeting held on December 3, 2011.

At the meeting it was decided that the guest faculty working in various government colleges in Punjab would be paid Rs 10,000 per month and in addition to it, they would be getting an increase of 10 per cent every year. The decision was meant to be implemented from December 1, 2011.

Jatinder Singh Chauhan, working at Government Science College, Jagraon, said the decision to regularise the part-time lecturers was also taken in the meeting. “It was decided that in the mean time, the part-time lecturers will get basic pay along with the AGP and DA with immediate effect. It is very unfortunate that the decision of the cabinet has still not been implemented,” said Chauhan.

The part-time as well as guest faculty lecturers said they were facing hard times both economically and mentally. “No political leader has come forward to extend support in our fight for our right. The regular teachers are getting salaries over Rs 1 lakh and we are meagerly paid by the government despite the fact that we share all the work at par with the regular teachers. Even the Apex court had passed the decision which said that the part-time teachers would be given arrears from January 2006 to July 2009, but till date we have got nothing,” said Satwinder Singh, a part-time lecturer.



Ex-Youth Cong prez joins SAD
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 12
Former District Youth Congress president Dimple Rana today joined the Shiromani Akali Dal during a function organised by the District Akali Dal (Urban).

Flower petals laid on the way to welcome the Punjab Deputy Chief Minister
Flower petals laid on the way to welcome the Punjab Deputy Chief Minister

Even as Rana said he was quitting the party in disgust, as he did not fit into the five-star culture represented by the Punjab Pradesh Congress (PPC) leaders, the President of the Punjab Youth Congress Vikram Chaudhary, while talking to The Tribune, said Rana has joined the party (SAD) that represents the seven-star culture.

"The five-star culture in the Congress is a figment of Rana's imagination. The Congress is the party that has never shied away from taking up the issues of the poor and the downtrodden," said Chaudhary.

He said Rana and others who have joined the Akali fold have committed a blunder and that they would soon regret it. "Some Akali Dal workers have been confiding in me that they feel suffocated in the party," Vikram Chaudhary said.

Rana, meanwhile, has said it was ironical that Congress leaders from Punjab who could not even win a village-level election were being given importance by the Congress high command in Delhi.

While refusing to comment on Rana's shift of loyalty from the Congress to the Akali Dal, District Congress Committee Ludhiana (Urban) Chief Pawan Dewan called Rana's allegations about the five-star culture of the Congress baseless.

Dewan said the Congress leaders from Punjab, including the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Partap Singh Bajwa, were connected with the masses.

"Which five-star culture is Rana talking about? The mass contact programmes of the PPCC Chief expose Rana's claims as hollow."



GADVASU fair to attract people from all walks of life
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, september 12
The Pashu Palan Mela at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University will be useful for people from all walks of life. Vice-Chancellor Dr VK Taneja expressed these views on the eve of the two-day fair.

With the theme slogan promoting livestock management and fisheries for agricultural diversification, the fair will also attract children, senior citizens and women with various items on display for them.

Dr Taneja said students pursuing vocational courses in animal husbandry and rural culture would benefit from the information on latest interventions in the field of animal husbandry, dairying and fisheries.

The experts of the university will provide on- the-spot information on the upkeep of pets and ornamental fishes. The pet owners will also get information about the latest products available in the market.

Visitors will also get the opportunity to taste and know about different mouth-watering vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies, such as sweetened and salted lassi, flavoured milk, ice-creams, yoghurt, cheese, paneer and different kinds of meat pickles prepared by the College of Dairy Science and Technology and the department of livestock products technology.

Financial institutes including banks and insurance agencies besides experts from the veterinary varsity will provide information to unemployed youth and marginal farmers interested in setting up their own business in livestock sector.

The food processing machinery will also be on display at the fair. University publications will also be available. 



PSEB schools in a quandary
 Say downloading question papers not an easy task
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 12
Already overburdened teachers are finding it difficult to download question papers from the Internet.

In its bid to raise standards of learning, the education department had decided to send the question papers of Summative Assessment-1 to PSEB-affiliated schools. The department had asked the schools to download the papers on September 12 and get these photocopied.

Following the orders, the government and private schools in the district downloaded the papers from the Internet and it was learnt that the department was able to save Rs 20 lakh this way.

But the task is not as easy as it seems. The Summative Assessment-I exams for classes VI to X are commencing tomorrow.

A principal of a government school said an English question paper ran into three pages which meant if there were 40 students in a class, the staff would have to get 120 pages photocopied.

"We will end up wasting funds on getting the papers photocopied," asked the principal, adding that if they were to set the papers, they would have used just one page.

"High schools have adequate funds, but middle schools cannot afford to spend all the money on photocopies," said a teacher of middle school.

The teachers said there were chances of papers getting leaked this way.

Every school has been given a code number and the number can be accessed by staff or senior teachers.

"Anyone can procure the question papers. Earlier, we used to set the question papers. Burdening teachers just to save money is unfair," said a teacher at a Government school, Jawahar Nagar Camp.



2 test positive for dengue

Ludhiana, August 12
Two patients tested positive for dengue today. One of the patients, a woman, is a resident of New Aman Nagar. The other is a male patient from Giaspura. To check the growing menace, health staff visited many areas to check the breeding of aedes mosquito that spreads dengue.

In the past one week, larvae have been found in desert coolers and containers in various areas, including Rajesh Nagar, Shivpuri, BRS Nagar, Shakti Nagar, New Kundan Puri, Kundan Puri, Shimla Puri, Jammu Colony, Sherpur, Ashok Nagar, Shahi Mohulla, Peru Banda, Dugri, Dal Bazar, Shahi Mohalla and Purani Sabji Mandi. The larvae were destroyed on the spot. — TNS



kisan mela begins
A platform to realise your dreams 
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 12
PAU Kisan Melas have played a vital role in strengthening the state's economy. The melas turn out to be a platform for entrepreneurs, corporate houses and multinational companies. They put their products on display and make a healthy profit.

Pashu Palan Mela at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University too is a big draw. Entrepreneurs put up stalls and both the universities earn a good revenue.

The PAU officials said the major attractions would be agro-industrial exhibition, soil and water testing, diagnosis of disorders in plant samples, field demonstrations, sale of farm literature/hybrid seeds and farmers' interaction with experts.

Six progressive farmers will be honoured during the mela.

Dr MS Gill, director, extension education, urged the farmers to participate in the mela. "Various departments of the PAU will educate the farmers about innovative farm technologies," he said.

Gulzar Singh Ranike, Cabinet Minister, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Dairy Development and SC/BC Welfare, Punjab, will inaugurate the mela tomorrow (September 13) at 10.30 am.

Dr KD Kokate, Deputy Director General (Agriculture Extension), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, will be the guest of honour while Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, PAU Vice-Chancellor, will preside over the inaugural session. On September 14, Dr GS Kalkat, chairman, Punjab State Farmers Commission, Mohali, and former PAU Vice-Chancellor will be the chief guests.

Dr Ravinder Kaur Dhaliwal, Additional Director of Communication, said three stalls of the PAU farm publications, would be put up near the main pavilion. 



GLADA earns Rs 8.64 cr from sale of booth sites 
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 12
Creating a history of sorts, the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) today sold 20 commercial booth sites in Dugri Phase I at a premium of 129 per cent. Ever since the realty market was affected by a slow down a couple of years ago, this is perhaps for the first time that all commercial sites were sold and that too at a high premium against the reserve price.

RK Popli, Estate Officer, GLADA, who conducted the auction with the additional chief administrator, Baldev Singh, said the total receipt from the sale of sites would be Rs 8.64 crore as against the floor price of Rs 3.67 crore.

The highest bid for a booth site with an area of 22.69 square yards and a reserve price of Rs 80,000 per square yard was Rs 2.79 lakh per square yard while one of the corner booths with an area of 23.72 square yards and a floor price of Rs 88,000 per square yard was sold for a staggering Rs 3.53 lakh per square yard.

In all, 83 bidders participated in the auction proceeding, each one of them having paid an eligibility fee of Rs 50,000. The successful bidders were required to make payment of 10 per cent of the total cost of the booth sites on the spot while another 15 per cent will be payable within 40 days of the auction. Balance payment can be made by the buyers either in lump sum or in equated half-yearly 



I-T raids on SEL Group 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 12
The raids by the Income Department on SEL Group continued for the second day today. The raids are being conducted on 14 premises of the group across the country.

The officials seized cash, jewellery and incrementing documents. Bank lockers have been sealed. The department suspects huge tax evasion by the group.

The group deals in yarn. Today, the raids were conducted at Doraha Road, Samrala Road, Nawanshahr, Himachal Pradesh and Madya Pradesh. The officials swooped down on the group's residential premises at Sarabha Nagar.

Excise dept to set up Suvidha Centre

The Excise and Taxation Department will be setting up a Suvidha Centre on Ferozepur Road.

Now, traders and businessmen will not have to run from pillar to post to get their work done.

"We are in the process of setting up the centre. The traders will be able to file returns at the centre. C forms will also be available there," said DETC Rishipal Singh.

Hailing the move, Gurbachan Singh, a trader, said now they would not have to make rounds of the offices.



Contractor denies allegations 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 12
A day after members of the BSNL union accused a contractor of misappropriating funds, Rohit Sabharwal refuted the allegations.

He said the union members were levelling false allegations against him as he had exposed a union leader who had submitted a fake qualification certificate. 



Health dept gears up for Pulse Polio
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 12
The District Health Department is gearing up for the Third Sub-National Immunisation campaign, which will start on September 15 and conclude on September 19. District Immunisation Officer Dr Sanjeev Hans said, "Our target is to administer Pulse Polio drops to 3,85,000 children up to the age of five years in a span of five days. 

The campaign will go on for five days in the city and peri-urban areas, including Sahnewal and Koomkalan blocks. However, in remaining blocks it will be held for three days.” The campaign will go on from 8 am to 4pm. 



gadvasu notes
Training programmes

The department of veterinary and animal husbandry extension education, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, organised two training programmes for dairy farmers of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra and Punjab. More than 50 farmers attended the programmes sponsored by Indian Immunological Limited, Hyderabad. Dr RS Sahota, director, extension education, was the chief guest. The university will be organising such events on a regular basis.

Advance course

The 26th national-level advanced training course on 'Cutting Edge Technologies in Diagnostic and Surgical Procedures for Veterinary Practice' started recently. It is being organised by the department of veterinary surgery and radiology, GADVASU. Dr NS Saini, director, CAFT, and professor-cum-head of the department, said 20 scientists/teachers were attending the three-week course. Training will be imparted in latest techniques of anaesthesia, surgery and diagnostic imaging. — TNS



from colleges
Fresher’s party

Ludhiana: The postgraduate department of business innovations at the SCD Government College organised a fresher’s party to welcome the newly admitted students. College principal Prof Rajinder Singh urged the students to innovate for the welfare of the society. Priyanka Swami was crowned Miss Fresher and Loveleen Bhatti was adjudged Mr Fresher. The function ended with colourful giddha and bhangra performed by the second-year students.

Personality development

A personality development programme was organised for the students of the postgraduate diploma in international business at Kamla Lohtia College. Raghav Kapila was the keynote speaker. During the five-hour workshop students were given tips on effective public speaking.

Installation ceremony

The Rotaract Club of Government College for Girls organised its installation ceremony in the college auditorium. College principal Gurminder Kaur was the chief guest and BS Chabra, president of Rotary Club, was the guest of honour. The principal appreciated the role played by the Rotary International in community service throughout the world. More and more girls should join the club, she said. Badges were given to the new office-bearers: Prabhleen (president), Manpreet (secretary), Parul (vice-president), Simran (joint secretary) and Lipika Khosla (treasurer).

Career tips

The Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management & Technology, Civil Lines, organised an interactive session on career options in information technology for the BCA students. Vikramjeet Singh, former software engineer, Hughes Software, and Sumit Kakkar, director, project management office, UTIBA PTE Ltd, Singapore, were the guest speakers. Singh motivated the students to shed their inhibitions. He shared his experience of studying at GGNIMT and then working in different MNCs in various capacities. Kakkar informed the students about the global job scenarios in the field of computers. — TNS



Ludhiana Scan


VR Iyer, chairperson and managing director, Bank of India, visited Ludhiana zone on Thursday to review the progress of business made by the bank. Iyer said, “Apart from extending financial support to different segments of the priority sector, the bank is actively associated with various school initiatives for the welfare of the masses. The bank has set up as many as 52 financial literacy and credit counselling centers under the aegis of ‘Abhay’, she said.

VR Iyer, chairperson and managing director, Bank of India, during her visit to Ludhiana on Thursday.
VR Iyer, chairperson and managing director, Bank of India, during her visit to Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


Ashwani Kumar has been elected as the general secretary of Milk Plant and Dairy Workers Union. He was selected for the post unopposed, as there were no other nominations for the post against him. Parminder Singh and Lalta Parsad have filed their nominations for the post of president. Sukhdev Singh Grewal, president of the union, said two nominations have been received for the post of president and the scrutiny of the papers have also been done. “Elections for the post of president will be held on September 17,” he said.

Interactive session

The members of Association of Ludhiana Machine Tool Industries held an interactive session on the measures to be taken for the progress of the manufacturing sector and evaluate as to why the policies of MSME has not yet yielded desired results. Manjit Singh Matharoo, general secretary of the association, said the policies have to be re-evaluated to suit the ground conditions. Madhav Lal, secretary, MSME, assured the industrialists that whole delivery system will be re-assessed and the common facility centers will be promoted.

Grievances aired

Auto Parts Manufacturers Association alleged the central government of adopting an indifferent attitude and discrimination towards the state, as the government has announced a continuation capital investment subsidy and transport subsidy to Himachal Pradesh. “With further extension of these concessions, industrial growth in the state has been adversely affected,” said Gurpargat Singh Kahlon, and Ranjodh Singh, president and general secretary of the association.


Punjabi Sahit Akademi will be giving its highest award in the form of fellowship to Prof Prem Singh Bajaj, who is also director of the reference library at Punjabi Sahit Akademi. He has been taking care of the library for the last 25 years. He is the man behind the introduction of book culture in as many as 40 villages.


A meeting of Handicap Help Society was held at Punjabi Bhawan on Thursday. During the meeting, a decision was taken to launch a magazine. A book by Pradeep Singh was distributed for free-of-cost among the handicapped children. During the meeting, members advocated to extend support towards the society.

Medical camp

Amloh: A social worker, Dr Raghbir Shukla, organised a free-of-cost medical check-up camp at the Nabha road on Thursday. As many as 200 patients were checked up by Dr Sanjeev Mittal along with his team from Satguru Partap Singh Apollo Hospital, Ludhiana. ECG and blood test were also conducted free-of-cost.


Government of Punjab issued notification on Thursday, according to which Gurmeet Singh Kular has been nominated for the post of chairman of ITI, Phillur, to impart maximum facilities for technical training. Om Parkash Munjal, chairman, Hero Cycles, congratulated him for this achievement .

General meet

A general meeting of Agriculture Officers Pensioners Association was held under the chairmanship of Dr Avtar Singh at PAU campus here on Thursday. The president of the association, Partap Singh, said a monthly meeting of the association would be held every month. General Secretary Balwinder Singh thanked the government for releasing funds to
the pensioners. —TNS



32-yr-old’s body found 
Our Correspondent

Samrala, September 12
A body was found on a road near a gurdwara at Ghulal village. The passersby informed the police who took the body to Civil Hospital, Samrala, for the post-mortem.

The deceased was later identified as a 32-year-old, Jagjit Singh, a resident of Ghulal village. He was reportedly hit by some unidentified vehicle on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road, near the village area, last night. Due to the absence of required medical care, the victim succumbed to his injuries. The body came to notice the next morning, when some passersby noticed the body lying along the road.

According to Boota Singh, brother of the deceased, Jagjit had gone to pay a visit to a religious fair in the village, but did not come back home.

The body of the deceased has been handed over to his relatives, after conducting a post-mortem.

A case has been registered against the unidentified vehicle. Efforts were on to nab the accused, said a police official. 



5-kg poppy husk, illicit liquor seized
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, September 12
Continuing the drive initiated by the local police against the drug peddlers active in the area, the local police today arrested one alleged drug peddler and seized 5 kg of poppy husk from his possession. Besides the police also arrested a person and seized 24 bottles of illicit liquor from him.

The alleged drug peddler arrested by the police has been identified as Joginder Singh, a resident of Mohalla Mai Jeena, Jagraon.

A case has been registered against the accused under the NDPS Act.

In a separate case, the local police arrested a miscreant and seized 24 bottles of illicit liquor from him. The accused has been identified as Chamkaur Singh, alias Raju, a resident of Rani Wala Khooh, Jagraon.

The police has registered a case against the accused under the Excise Act.

Investigations in both the cases were on, said Mohamad Jamil, station house officer, Jagraon. We would leave no stone unturned in nabbing all the persons involved in such illegal activities, said a police official.



50-yr-old man commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 12
A 50-year-old man, who was embroiled in a land dispute, committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at a house in the Field Gunj area today. The victim was identified as Inderjit Singh. The police has registered a case against Gurvinderpal Singh under Section 306 of the IPC for abetment to suicide.

Inderjit's relatives claimed that the victim committed suicide as he was being harassed by Gurvinderpal Singh.

Buses stolen

The police has booked a man for taking away two buses from the Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT). The complainant, Sunil Sharma, a resident of Prem Nagar, said he had some dispute with Mangal Khan, a resident of Libra village in Khanna.

On Wednesday, when he reached the bus stand, he was shocked to find the two buses missing. The watchman told him that Mangal Khan had stolen the buses.

The police has registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC.

Women booked for theft

Two women were booked for stealing bangles from a jewellery house at Mall Road. A case has been registered on the complaint of Jasbir Kumar, manager of Nikkamal jeweller. Jasbir said two women entered the showroom and made away with four gold bangles worth over Rs 2 lakh. 



dsp’s murder
Statement of witness recorded, case adjourned to September 23
Rajneesh Lakhanpal
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 12
The Court of Additional Sessions Judge, Priya Sood, today recorded the statement of prime prosecution witness Jaspal Singh in the DSP Balraj Gill and Monica Kapila murder case.

The accused had allegedly confessed before the witness. The witness supported the case of prosecution. After his evidence, the case was adjourned to September 23.

The witness will be cross-examined on the next hearing.

Earlier, the prosecution had examined Sanjay Agnihotri, the owner of farm house, where the murder was committed by the accused persons.

All the six accused were present in the court today. The father of the slain DSP along with his lawyer was also present in the court.

On January 15, 2013, charges were framed against the accused.

A case under Sections 302, 379, 465, 468, 471, 474, 201, 120 B and 34 of the Indian Penal Code was registered at the Haibowal police station on February 2, 2012.

Civil Judge appointed

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has appointed Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division), Phillaur, Jagdeep Sood as the new Civil Judge (Senior Division).

The post had been lying vacant after the promotion of Harjit Singh Khalsa as the Additional Sessions Judge in Ludhiana.

Ranjeev Kumar has been appointed as the new Chief Judicial Magistrate. He has replaced Muneesh Arora, who has been promoted as the Additional Sessions Judge in Amritsar.

Rajneev Kumar was promoted from the rank of Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division), Dera Bassi. Civil Judge (Junior Division) Atul Kamboj has also been promoted as the Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division).



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Mohali script facile win
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, September 12
The last day's proceedings were merely of academic interest as Ludhiana failed to put up any resistance and Mohali scripted an outright victory by 89 runs in the ongoing Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament for Katoch Shield being played at Punjab Agricultural University.

The hosts, requiring 208 runs to romp home victorious, began the day's play at 65 for 5 and eventually bowled out for 119 runs. Bharat Malhotra managed to wage a battle, but he too finally surrendered after adding 33 runs.

For the winners, Varun Khanna and Gurkirat Mann excelled with red cherry, chipping in with five and four wickets after conceding 56 and 30 runs, respectively. The next match will be played between Jalandhar and Ludhiana from September 15 to 18.

Brief scores

Mohali (first innings): 202 all out in 60 overs (Gurkirat Mann 22, Mayanak Sidana 18, Bir Virk 27, Anmol Preet 20, Harmit Bansal 31, Maninder Sidhu 15 and Saroop 35 not out; Amritpal Singh 4 for 59, Rahul Singla 1 for 65, Deepak Bansal 3 for 34, Anil Sihag 1 for 15 and Sukhjinder 1 for 15).

Ludhiana (first innings): 248 all out in 81.5 overs (Geetansh Khera 110, Devender Sidhu 20, Sukhjinder 23, Deepak Bansal 11, Bharat Malhotra 16 and Nikhil Chowdhary 16; Varun Khanna 5 for 104, Maninder 2 for 18).

Mohali (second innings): 253 all out in 68.5 overs (Gurprit Mandher 25, Sunny Sohal 96, Gurkirat Mann 88; Amritpal Singh 1 for 47, Anil Sihag 5 for 40, Rahul Singla 3 for 33 and Sukhjinder Singh 1 for 80).

Ludhiana (second innings): 119 all out in 70 overs ( Sunny Pandey 14, Arjun Puri 2, Anil Sihag 1, Nikhil Chowdhary 16, Geetansh Khera 11, Bharat Malhotra 33, Devender Sidhu; Varun Khanna 5 for 56 and Gurkirat Mann 4 for 30). 



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