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Power network bears brunt of storm
Several areas go without electricity for the whole night as gusty winds uproot trees, poles
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 16
The dust storm and high-velocity winds that lashed the city late last evening wreaked havoc on the power supply and distribution system with many localities in the city going without power for the whole night.

Residents in many areas where the power supply could not be restored till late morning had to go without water supply also as tubewells were rendered non-functional due to the power failure.

According to Rachpal Singh, Chief Engineer (Central Zone), Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), more than 500 feeders in the city, suburban and Khanna circles were affected due to large-scale uprooting of trees during the gusty winds that continued for over half an hour.

"Our field staff did very well, and the power supply was restored in many localities by late night. However, work could only be undertaken at several places in the morning since huge trees had fallen on LT or HT power cables, while at several places the transformers had suffered damage," he said, adding that the line staff and supervisory officials spent most part of the night in the field in a bid to restore the power supply at the earliest.

The power supply network in suburban and Khanna circles sustained extensive damage due to uprooting of trees which damaged HT, LT and PVC cables, plunging most localities into darkness, said an official. At many places, electric poles were also uprooted or damaged as tree trunks fell on the electrical installations. More than a dozen 66 kV HT lines and at least two dozen transformers were also damaged, which further compounded the problem.

Reports gathered from PSPCL officials said nearly 25 per cent feeders providing power supply to city localities remained disrupted for the whole night. Residents on the PAU campus, South City, Focal Point, parts of Dugri, Haibowal, Sahnewal, Dhandari, Salem Tabri, Model Town, Gill Road, Mundian and several localities along Ferozepur Road had to go without power for the whole night.

"The power supply was disrupted, inverters also went off after a few hours, mobile phone batteries went dead, and to make matters worse, no information was available from the PSPCL call centre of the complaint office regarding when the power was expected to be restored," said a resident of a colony along Gill Road.

The PSPCL Chief Engineer, however, claimed that the power supply in most areas in the city had been restored by noon, and only individual complaints of disruption in power supply were pending, which were being attended to.



Winds blew at 82 kmph
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 16
The velocity of winds that lashed the city yesterday was recorded at 82 kmph. The winds were so strong that trees got uprooted while hoardings fell on several roads. KK Gill, Assistant Agrometrologist at the PAU, said, "Usually during this season, hardly strong winds are witnessed. These high-velocity winds were the outcome of snowfall on hills and withdrawal of the monsoon. Now, there will be no further increase in the temperature."

The winds that swept across the city yesterday led to a dip in the maximum and minimum temperatures.

Gill said the weather would remain partly cloudy during the next 24 hours. The high-velocity winds damaged paddy crop in some parts of the region.


Rs 26-crore loan fraud unearthed, 5 booked
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 16
In one of the biggest white collar crimes reported in recent years, the city police has booked five persons on a charge of taking a loan of Rs 26 crore from a bank on the basis of fake land documents.

The land, located in Jugiana village, belongs to US-based NRI Gurdev Singh. The fraud was detected over four years after the incident. The accused had taken the loan in March 2010.

The accused have been identified as Jagjit Singh, Balvir Singh and Gurdev Singh, residents of Jamalpur, Kanganwal village and Gobindgarh Mandi, respectively, while the names and whereabouts of their two accomplices are not known yet.

The accused got a fake registry done of the land belonging to Gurdev Singh and took a loan of Rs 26 crore by pledging the property. The case was registered on a complaint of Gurinder Singh, a resident of Model Town.

The fraud came to light in August this year when Gurinder Singh spotted notices of the bank pasted on his wall.

The bank stated that as the owner of the property had failed to pay the loan instalments, the bank was going ahead with an auction of the property.

The bank notice came as a shock for Gurinder Singh. He replied to the bank, claiming that the land belonged to his uncle Gurdev Singh. He told the bank that Gurdev Singh had never taken any loan from the bank.

Bank officials visited his house and told Gurinder that the bank had given him a loan of Rs 26 crore on the basis of his two plots, measuring 2,255 sq yd and 8,120 sq yd in Jugiana village.

After going through the revenue record, Gurinder and the bank employees came to know about the fraud and reported the matter to the police. The police has not ruled out the involvement of employees of the Revenue Department and the bank in the scam.

The accused have been booked under Sections 420, 465, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC.

Fake documents

The land, located in Jugiana village, belongs to US-based NRI Gurdev Singh. The accused got a fake registry of the land belonging to Gurdev Singh done and took a loan of Rs 26 crore by pledging the property. The fraud was detected over four years after the incident.



MC bankrupt? Councillor’s salary cheque bounces
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 16
As if the stalled development and maintenance works of the municipal corporation due to paucity of financial resources were not enough, now cheques for petty amounts issued by the civic body to contractual workers and even councillors towards their salary are being dishonoured by banks due to insufficient funds.

Last week, two cheques issued by the MC to tubewell operator Sanjay Kumar in zone A for Rs 6,200 and another to a councillor from ward No. 36 Rakesh Parashar for Rs 12,000 were refused payment by the Miller Ganj branch of ICICI Bank due to insufficient funds.

When the shocked Congress councillor tried to find out the reason, he failed to get a satisfactory reply as to why the MC had issued cheques without making provision for sufficient funds in the account.

A cheque (No. 466612) dated September 5, 2013, drawn on the Miller Ganj branch of ICICI Bank, was issued to councillor Rakesh Parashar against his monthly salary from the current account of the MC (account No. 631905012502). The councillor deposited the cheque in his account maintained with Punjab National Bank on September 11, 2013, and the drawee bank returned the cheque unpaid on September 12, 2013, citing "insufficient funds" as the reason.

Parashar said everyone was aware of the poor financial health of the MC. "However, the fact that the financial crisis has reached such an extent that cheques for a few thousand rupees have stated bouncing has come as a bolt from the blue," he said, asking the Punjab Government, especially Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal, to put all his ambitious development projects for Ludhiana on hold and first of all provide a few hundred crores to the civic body to enable it to meet the burden of salaries and urgent maintenance works.

Senior MC officials holding the powers of drawing and disbursement of funds were not available for comments.



Differently abled woman raped
33-year-old man tries to molest six-year old girl in Daba, arrested
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 16
Two incidents of crime against women have been reported from the city during the past 24 hours. In the first incident, a factory worker alleged raped his speech-and-hearing-impaired colleague in Sahnewal, while in the second incident, a 33-year-old man attempted to rape a six-year-old girl in Daba.

Balwinder Kaur, in charge of the women workers at Garg Factory in Sahnewal, told the police that the accused, Mandal Yadav, a resident of Kanganwal village, raped a woman employee yesterday.

The victim belongs to Panjgariyan village near Moga.

Mandal Yadav, overpowered her during lunch and allegedly raped her. Due to her disability, she could not scream for help. Women workers caught Mandal Yadav red-handed and raised the alarm. He was handed over to the police and booked under Section 376 of the IPC for rape.

In the second incident, a 33-year-old man attempted to rape a six-year-old girl living in the neighbourhood. Area residents nabbed the accused and handed him over to the Shimlapuri police.

The accused lured the girl inside his one-room quarter in the Daba Chowk area on the pretext of offering her sweets.

The mother of the girl, who was looking for her daughter, was informed by somebody that Arvinder Singh had coaxed her daughter to enter his room. She was shocked to see the accused trying to rape her daughter. She raised the alarm, following which area residents came there and caught hold of the accused. Inspector Varinder Singh, SHO of the Shimlapuri police station, said Arvinder had been arrested. The police had registered a case under Sections 376 and 511 of the IPC against the accused.



Chhapar mela
Unions plan to disrupt SAD rally
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 16
The proposed venue of the SAD conference scheduled to be held at Chhapar Mela tomorrow, is sure to become a battlefield for protesters and policemen. The administration, however, has initiated steps to check convergence of protesters near the pandal, where Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal will address the conference.

Observations revealed that office bearers and activists of various organisations protesting against the state government have decided to disrupt the SAD rally. Unemployed Linemen Union and Elementary Teachers Training (ETT) Union are among the outfits which have already announced their strategy to draw attention of the government to their long pending demands.

Office bearers and activists of Unemployed Lineman Union led by state president Peermal Singh and district president Gurbakhshish Singh Chhanna, in a meeting held at Sangrur, announced to launch do or die struggle from Mela Chhapar.

Accusing rank and file of the SAD for betraying them for a long time the union activists regretted that senior leaders including secretary general Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa had failed to keep their promises to get a meeting arranged with the Chief Minister.

The protesters felt ditched during earlier occasion when organisers of conferences had persuaded them to stagger action by promising a meeting with the CM.

Caring little about police, activists of the ETT Union are also enthusiastic about their proposed action at the mela site.

Balwinder Singh, an office bearer of the union, said unemployed ETT teachers and members of their families were ready to give any sacrifice for getting promised jobs.

"This time we will be reaching along with our families and protest against the government during the conference of the SAD. Though we do not care for our lives we want to see how the chief minister will order the cops to cane charge on our kids," said Singh.

The police on the other hand claimed to have made foolproof security arrangements this time. Claiming that unprecedented security plans had already been drafted SSP Ludhiana (Rural) Ashish Chaudhary said nobody will be allowed to disrupt peace during the event.

Observations further revealed that special teams of activists of the SAD and BJP had also been constituted to tackle the situation. Aggressive reaction by the activists of parties in power is not ruled out.

Responding to a question by the Tribune, activists of SAD led by Harvir Singh Ayali and Yadwinder Singh Phallewal said they would do anything to prevent disruption in the conference. chhapar"How can we tolerate that somebody makes nuisance when our leaders are addressing the conference," argued Ayali and Phallewal.



Chaura Bazar losing sheen
Shopkeepers sore over encroachments, poor amenities
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 16
Chaura Bazar, once known as the main shopping area in the mega city, of late is losing its sheen to the extent that most of the major stores have shifted to other commercial areas and a majority of the shoppers, especially the old-timers, who have seen the glory and attraction of this famous market, are shunning it.

If over 400 shopkeepers at Chaura Bazar are to be believed, massive encroachments, most of them in collusion with certain shopkeepers, poor amenities and slack enforcement of traffic regulations have pushed the once bustling commercial hub to a state of decay.

In a meeting of the Chaura Bazar Traders’ Association held here today under the presidentship of Deepak Kwatra, the affected shopkeepers said till the recent past, the market was known as a prestigious shopping centre. But sheer apathy on the part of the Municipal Corporation, which has led to the proliferation of rehris-fehries and other vendors squatting in front of most of the shops, has created a situation in which a majority of the shopkeepers are finding it difficult to stay afloat”.

He said collusion of corrupt MC staff and laxity on the part of the traffic police to enforce traffic regulations had made the things worse.

The chairman of the association, Manmohan Singh, said merchandise and other stores stacked outside the shops with the connivance of MC employees, hordes of pushcarts and other vendors had made the movement of people even on foot in this particular market difficult.

“More than a dozen shobha yatras are taken out through this market, which adversely affect the business as the whole area is made out of bounds for the people during the period of shobha yatra,” he said.

The functionaries of the association also flayed the civic body for poor amenities, especially drainage of rainwater, which enters into shops and causes damage.

“Repeated representations made to the officials of the MC, traffic police and the district administration had failed to yield any positive response,” the shopkeepers said.



Ludhiana scan
Public education programme

Dewan Hospital organised a CME and Public Education Programme on Sunday. Dr Narotam Dewan spoke about “pain in abdomen and gall stone disease”. Dr Dewan said these diseases were very common in our society. One can hardly find a person who would not have suffered from pain in abdomen. The incidents of gall stones were about 8 per cent in the population above the age of 40 years. Dr Dewan said: “We should take pain in abdomen as a signal or alarm about something requiring attention and correction inside our body”.

Cheque presented

Union Information & Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari presented a cheque of Rs 15.50 lakh to the citizens of Ward No. 48 to set-up a tubwell in Shastri Nagar, Model Town Extension, through district president Pawan Dewan and PPCC secretary Sushil Malhotra. Dewan and Malhotra expressed satisfaction over the projects brought to Ludhiana by Tewari for the rural and urban development of the district.

Mass rally

JCI Ludhiana City organised a mass rally on eye donation with the help of students in the prominent areas of Model Town on Saturday. The aim of the rally was to generate awareness among the general public about eye donation. More than 500 students of RS Model took part in the rally. They were carrying banners and raising slogans in favour of eye donation. The rally was organised in association with the Punar Jot Eye Bank Society under the leadership of Dr Ramesh. Deputy Mayor of Ludhiana RD Sharma, who was the chief guest on the occasion, flagged off the rally. He said people should donate eyes and motivate others to do the same.

Meetings held

A meeting of the Unemployed Linemen Union was held here on Monday at Chatar Sing Park under the presidentship of district president Damanpreet Singh. Unemployed linemen, along with their family members, were present at the meeting. Addressing the meeting, Pirmal Singh said they had been struggling for the past 15 years for getting employment, but to no avail. The state government had made promises several times but never fulfilled them. Anger among the unemployed linemen has increased manifold and now they had no other option but to come on the roads.

A special meeting of the Dr Ambedkar Sarv Saanji Sabha, Punjab, was held here on Monday to overlook the recruitment drive initiated by the sabha at the ground level. The members are recruited at the block level to strengthen the sabha at the ground level. President Jagdish Atwal appointed Vishal Kumar as the vice-president of the Punjab unit, Rajvir Singh as the ward president and Honey Sabharwal as the ward president.

A meeting of the social workers and religious organisations was held under the leadership of former Cabinet Minister Heera Singh Gabria at the Veer Palace, Jamalpur, here on Monday. Vice-president Akali Jattha (Urban) Inderpal Singh Marwaha said the Deputy Chief Minister had succeeded in fulfilling his promises. The meeting was attended by Manprete Singh Manna, Jaspal Singh Bhola and Jagdish Singh Oberoi.

Fire incident

A fire broke out at a shop on the Gill road at 8:25 am on Monday. Gurmail Singh, fire officer of the Gill road fire brigade station, said: "The fire broke out at 8:25 am. We pressed one fire tender into service to control the flames. The shop was having bicycles of children".

Pen-down strike

On the call given by the Punjab Health Clerical Association, a pen-down strike will be observed by different departments and offices under the Health Department. Sukhwinder Singh, state president, and general secretary Jagdish Thakur said the association had been struggling for long to get its demands fulfilled.

Pak singer visits city

Famous Pakistani singer Akram Rahi was in the city on Monday at the Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology. His latest album “Udeek” will be launched in India soon. During his visit to the city, the singer said: “Both the countries are the same and only a thin line divides them. Music knows no boundaries and he has fans on both sides of the border,” said Rahi. — TNS

Pakistani singer Akram Rahi interacts with students at the Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology on Monday. Photo: Inderjit Verma



From colleges
Workshop organised

The Department of Business Administration, GNDEC organised and coordinated one-day workshop on “Enhancing Leadership Skills” under TEQIP II for the faculty of the institute. This workshop emphasised the need and importance of leadership skills amongst the faculty. The workshop aimed at building strategies to grapple with the charged environment because of the foray of foreign universities that too through corporate sector, the institutes need to build leaders who can carry the institute on a sustainable path.

Pulse polio camp held

The NSS unit of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, organised a five-day pulse polio camp in collaboration with Urban Family Welfare Unit, Model Town. The camp started on September 15. Students of GNKCW camped outside the New Krishna Mandir in morning as a part of drive. After that, they went from door-to-door giving drops to infants in the Model Town area. Every day a new area would be covered under the drive.

Extension lecture

The Post Graduate Department of English of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus held an extension lecture by Dr Aneel Raina, professor, Department of English and Cultural Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh. Dr Raina delivered lectures on Marxist theory of Culture and Wordsworthian Concept of Poetry. By employing these two critical approaches, Dr Raina apprised the students about the role of literature in society. He also explained that the main function of a poet is not only to see but to perceive a familiar thing and charge it with fresh energy. The session was followed by an interaction with the students. On the occasion, principal Manjit Kaur Ghuman underlined the relevance of such lectures which throw light on the inter- relation of literature and life.

Industrial visit

Master Tara Singh College for Women organised an industrial visit to Coca Cola plant for MBACIT students. The purpose of the visit was to make students aware of the various aspects of beverage industry. It also enabled them to have a practical understanding of the business process. DP Singh, vice- president and Satinder Singh, general manager, quality, interacted with the students and provided them valuable knowledge about how the company works to achieve high quality, error-free production continuously. The students were given in-depth insight of the various manufacturing concepts by taking them to various departments. Principal Dr Parveen Kaur Chawla said such industrial visits would enhance the practical knowledge about production and quality management. The various management concepts being taught in the classrooms get clarified after experiencing them physically in the industry itself. She added that such visits would continue to be there for MBACIT students so that they can learn the concepts with a better approach.

Freshers welcomed

The beginning of every new academic session comes with a plethora of hopes, excitement, thrill and warmth. GGNIVS family welcomed its freshers by organising an event. Kuldeep Singh, director, GGNIVS and Manjit Singh Chhabra, co-ordinator GGNIVS, were present to bestow their blessings on the students. Kuldeep Singh welcomed the new students saying, "We are really happy to have you in our campus, we expect you to study diligently and make your college and nation proud. We wish you all the very best for the years to come." There were number of dance items and other recreational programs. Himanshu of B.com 1st was adjudged Mr Fresher, Avneet Pahwa and Manav Chawla bagged Mr Attitude and Mr Charming respectively.



PAU Notes
Hindi fortnight celebrations

The Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) on Monday organised a special function to inaugurate the Hindi fortnight celebrations for the promotion of the national language. A series of events would be organised at the institute to mark the event. Speaking on the occasion, the director of the CIPHET, Dr SN Jha, said all the employees of the institute should participate in these events. He said for the past several years the institute had been conducting a number of programmes for the promotion of Hindi.

Dr RK Gupta, chairman of the Hindi Pakhhwara Samiti, revealed the details of various competitions to be held at the institute. Dr SK Nanda, project coordinator (PHT), hoped that the participants would enjoy these events, along with the promotion of the national language. Project coordinator (PHT) Dr PR Bhatnagar said the elite section of society was not giving due place to Hindi. Assistant administrator officer BC Katoch, technical officer Mukand Narayan and Avtar Singh also participated in deliberations.

12-member delegation visits PAU

A 12-member delegation of agriculturists from the USA and Afghanistan visited Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) on Monday to have an overview of the Indian agriculture in general and Punjab agriculture in particular. The delegation members, led by Brent Webster Beck, USA, visited the experimental area of the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Agrometeorology Observatory, and mushroom farm at PAU. The group leader, Beck, said the aim of their visit to PAU was to apprise the Afghan agriculturists of new farm technologies and give them educational experience in agriculture. A delegation member, Dr Mohammad Hassan Rashiq, Professor, Agriculture and Animal Sciences, Kabul University, Afghanistan, said: “We have come to PAU to learn about the academic programmes of the university, to study India’s experience in agriculture and see its application in Afghanistan.” Another delegate, Mariam Ghazanavi, Afghanistan, said they want to study the agriculture process of Punjab and wish to have a look at the farms. The PAU experts explained the visiting members about the cultivation of various crops and the climate scenario of Punjab. — TNS



Deputy CM fails to keep date with city’s industrialists
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 16
The Deputy Chief Minister failed to keep date with city’s industrialists today. During his last visit to the city on September 12, Sukhbir Badal had invited a group of industrialists to Chandigarh for discussion on e-trip. But, the meeting was called off as the Deputy CM was not in the capital.

“We were informed that the meeting has been cancelled since Sukhbir Badal was not in Chandigarh. Now, the meeting is scheduled to take place on Friday. We are hopeful that the meeting will take place and the issue of e-trip will be discussed with him,” said Mohinder Aggarwal, state secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal.

“We need to discuss the issue of e-trip within the city limits. When e-trip was implemented, Sukhbir Badal promised that it would not be applicable within the city limits. But after the notification was issued, it was applied within the municipal limits of the city also,” said Aggarwal.

They demand that small traders trading within the city limits should be exempted from the e-trip system.

“If nothing is resolved after the meeting, then we will have no other option but to move to the court. That will be our last resort,” said Aggarwal.

The Punjab Government recently made amendments in the e-trip system in which the bill amount for six commodities for filing online information has been reduced to Rs 50,000. It is applicable for the commodities transported within the state.

No notification for plywood industry yet

Meanwhile, the government promised to impose lump sum tax on the plywood industry and exempt it from the e-trip system, but no notification has been issued so far. Though department officials have sent the proposal of lump sum tax on the plywood industry to the government, it has not been notified yet. “Our fate is still hanging in fire as the government has promised but has not notified the matter yet,” said Ashok Juneja, chairman of the Punjab Plywood Manufacturers Association.



Schoolteachers await salary
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 16
Teachers in the state after struggling for over six months, at last got their salaries released by the state government on September 6 but thanks to the “mistakes” committed by the DPI Office, Chandigarh and the alleged lackadaisical attitude adopted by the DEO office here even 10 days after the of release of the salaries, the teachers are still struggling to get their dues.

The president of the Aided School Teachers' Association, Savinderjit Kaur said she had no idea whether to blame the stars or condemn the negligence of authorities that a grant of about Rs 10.92 crores was given to the District Education Office here but it had still not given salaries to the teachers.

Ironically, the mistakes have been committed by the DPI Office, Chandigarh, which allocated wrong budget to the aided schools. The budget of Nauriya Mal Jain School here was approximately of Rs 56 lakhs but the school was sent a sanction letter of Rs 1.30 crores by the department. Similarly, Rs 10 lakhs had been decreased from the budget allocated for Arya Girls Senior Secondary School, Purana Bazaar. Due to the negligence on part of the department here or at Chandigarh, the teachers are still suffering.

Devinder Rehan, press secretary of the association, said even if any mistake or error was committed by DPI Schools, the DEO office would have resolved it as early as possible because teachers have been raising hue and cry to get the pending salaries. "We are not aware whether the DEO office here is doing anything or not but we are too perturbed over their lethargic attitude," said Rehan.

Meanwhile, the DEO Paramjit Kaur Chahal said grant has already come but due to some mistake at DPI office, the lists have been sent again for corrections. "Once we get the changes done, aided-schools teachers will be given salaries", she said.



Parents fume over hike in school bus fare
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, September 16
Resentment prevails among parents of students of a reputed convent school in the area against massive hike in the school bus fares. As per the information, the school bus fares of the students studying at a convent school located on Ludhiana-Ferozepur Highway have been doubled. Earlier, the school used to charge 500 rupees per month from a student as bus fare. But some days back, the bus fare was hiked up to 1000 rupees per month.

The parents of the students complain that when they took up the issue with the school authorities, they refused to entertain them. "The school authorities say that the school bus fares have been hiked by the operators of the buses which are hired by the school for ferrying students. We were told that the school has no control over the operators of the school buses as these buses are hired by the school on contract basis," rued Mukesh Kumar, father of a 5th class student.

The parents of the students further said when they spoke to the bus operators they told us that the decision to increase the bus fare was taken by the school. "I am not in a position to bear the cost of increased bus fare. While the school authorities are holding bus operators responsible for the hike in school bus fares, the bus operators on the other hand claim that the decision to increase the bus fare has been taken by the school authorities. Both the sides are not ready to take responsibility and I don't know with whom I shall take up the issue", said a woman, who is a single parent of an eighth class student.

Annoyed over the massive hike in school bus fares, a large number of parents visited the office of SDM, Jagraon, Apneet Rayat and demanded her intervention into the matter.



Suicide by farmers
Compensation sought for kin
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 16
The Bharti Kisan Union Ekta-Ugrahan held a rally outside the DC office for the kin of farmers who had committed suicide due to debts. The union leaders said their families must be provided compensation and their debts should be waived by the government.

Darshan Singh Koohli, president of the district unit, said the kin of the farmers who had committed suicide must be given Rs 2 lakh each as compensation and their wards should be given government jobs.

Besides, he said a law must be framed on the loans taken by the farmers, which must safeguard their interests. Atrocities on the farmers must be stopped and the cases registered against them should be withdrawn by the government, the union demanded.



From schools
Workshop held

Ludhiana: To pace with the changing scenario of education, a one-day workshop on CCE (Continuous And Comprehensive Evaluation) was organised by MGM Public School for the faculty members where all the necessary components, especially the inclusion of value based education and PSA examination, introduction of CCE in CBSE pattern, its application methods and the expected outcomes were detailed out to the teachers by the competent resource personals.

Urvashi bags 1st position

Keeping up the tradition of bringing laurels to the institution, Spring Dalian Urvashi Saggar of X-Pink has grabbed 1st position in the district-level science essay writing competition and has been selected for the State- level competition. The competition was organised by Punjab Government. Bableen Kaur of X-Red has also made all the Spring Dalians proud by winning 3rd prize in the same competition. The director and founder, principal Avinash Kaur Walia congratulated the students.



Teachers hold protest outside DC’s office
Tribune News Service

BEd teachers hold a protest rally in front of the DC’s office in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, September 16
The BEd Teachers Front, Ludhiana district, today held a protest outside the DC office. Avtar Singh Halwara, district president of the union, said teachers were being given step-motherly treatment by the state government and they felt neglected and deprived.

Halwara said teachers were struggling for their genuine demands but department was not paying any attention towards them.

The district president said the clubbing of primary and middle schools, the merger of schools, salaries not being given timely, implementation of old pension scheme and early release of DA installment etc were the major demands of teachers. Besides, the transfers of teachers on political backing must be stopped, said the president.

After the dharna, a protest march was held by the teachers and latter submitted a memorandum to the District Education Officer.



Camp on Sept 28, 29
Docs gear up for mega cancer camp
Tribune News Service
Anupam Bhagria

Ludhiana, September 16
In continuation with the drive against cancer, the state government is going to organise two-day cancer detection and awareness camps at all the district government hospitals on September 28 and 29. Aimed at providing proper services to the suspected cancer patients, the State Health Department held a training workshop for the experts of 16 empanelled hospitals of the state under the Chief MInister's Cancer Relief Fund (including three medical colleges and hospitals) at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana. Director, Health Services, Punjab, Ashok Nayyar monitored the training workshop.

In December 2012, the state government had organised "cancer awareness and symptom-based cancer detection camps". During these camps, 87,000 suspected patients were detected. Of them 44,000 had come for primary investigation. As many as 2,201 patients were already getting treatment for cancer while 7,500 tested negative. However, more than 40,000 did not report for primary investigation.

Dr Jai Singh, State Programme Officer, Cancer Control Cell, Chandigarh, said: "Now, the remaining 40,000 suspected cancer patients (of the previous survey), along with new suspected cancer patients will be screened free of cost at these cancer-detection camps. Experts from the Max hospital, both from Bathinda and Mohali, which are in a public private partnership with the state Health Department, along with the empanelled private hospitals under the Chief MInister's Cancer Relief Fund will examine patients at the camps.

Each district will be divided into two blocks. This way half of the patients will be examined on September 28 and the remaining on September 29. The preliminary tests included ultrasound, X-ray, Punch Buply, Fine Needle Aspiration Citology. These will be conducted free of cost for all the suspected cancer patients.

Civil Surgeon Subhash Batta said: ''ASHA workers, auxiliary nurse midwives (ANMs) and multipurpose health workers will bring patients to the camps."

In this training workshop, medical officers/gynaecologists and surgeons were trained on how to screen cancer patients as sometimes patients suffering from other diseases also come to these camps. Data entry operators from each district were trained as to which information about any suspected cancer patient should be fed in the software. Senior medical officers will be the nodal officers and Civil Surgeons and SMOs, in collaboration with principals and medical superintendents of medical colleges and hospitals, will monitor the functioning of the camp.



CMCH employees oppose meagre interim relief
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 16
The employees of the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) raised slogans against the hospital authorities while protesting against the recommendations of the Salary Scale Revision Committee constituted by the governing body of the CMCH.

The Medical Council of India had instructed all private medical colleges to constitute salary scale revision committees to revise the employees' scales.

Today, the management of the CMCH announced the report of its committee, which was earlier presented at the governing body meeting on September 12. Dr Rajinder Gaini, Chairman of the governing body, and Dr Kim J Mammen, Deputy Director, presented the report in which the committee recommended Rs 400 as interim relief from October 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014.

Responding to the report, the employees, who gathered at the auditorium of the hospital, started raising slogans against the authorities. The employees had remained there from 10.30 am to 1 pm.

General Secretary of the Brown Memorial Hospital Employees Union BM Fredrik said: "We oppose the recommendation of the Salary Scale Revision Committee. When the inflation is at its peak in the country, the CMCH authorities have been playing with the emotions of the employees by giving Rs 400 as interim relief. The decision is unjustified so the employees opposed it on the spot".

Dr Kim J Mammen, Deputy Director, CMCH, said: "We conveyed the decision of the governing body to the employees today. They wanted some clarification. So we have explained the decision to all. The matter was resolved on the spot".



Residents resent police inaction
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 16
The residents of Chand Colony have resented the alleged failure of the police to arrest the culprits who had been booked for molesting a woman on August 19. While addressing a press conference, they said the miscreants had been roaming around scot free for nearly two months.

Social activist Arun Mitra said it was after much effort that a case of molestation had been registered against the four youngsters.

"But the ADCP-III has again initiated a probe and bothering the girl every now and then on the pretext of calling her to the police station for recording her statement. This is not only hampering the promising BSc medical student's studies, but also causing her a lot of mental agony. Where is the need of conducting repeated investigations and forcing the girl to visit the office to record her statements? The officer could visit the victim's house to take her statements," said Dr Arun Mitra.

The girl was allegedly molested by four tipsy youngsters while she was watering the plants outside her house in Chand Colony, near Rishi Nagar, on July 9.

Several women leaders, including Jit Kumari, secretary of the Punjab Istri Sabha, veteran women's leader Chanchal Gupta, Dr Narjit Kaur, convener of the Working Women's Forum, Avtar Kaur and Tejinder Kaur, member of the Legal Cell Services, demanded that the ADCP should fulfil his promise to visit the area and arrest the culprits.



CM agrees to defer Clinical Establishment Bill, says IMA
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 16
To apprise Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal of the doctors' concern over the Punjab Clinical Establishment Bill, a 30-member delegation of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Punjab, led by its president Manoj Kumar Sobti, met him in Chandigarh today.

The delegation explained the Chief Minister that the Bill, if passed, would lead to a rise in the cost of treatment. The delegation told him that the doctors in the small-scale sector were providing primary and secondary medical care to over 80% population. Moreover, they are participating in various national health programmes. The common man has an easy access to them. This Bill will only help the corporate sector and the health care will become out of reach for the common people.

The CM agreed to defer the Punjab Clinical Establishment Bill and assured the delegation that he was for the development of the small-scale sector. Dr Sobti said the IMA apprised the Chief Minister of health care problems in flood-affected areas.



High transactions under I-T scanner
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 16
The Income Tax Department has now set its eyes on the bank accounts showing high-value transactions. The department is scanning the bank accounts where transactions woth Rs 5 lakh or Rs 10 lakh have been done within a span of 30 days.

"The department is taking the details of the bank accounts where high-value transactions have taken place within one month. Accounts where amount between Rs 5 lakh Rs 10 lakh has either been withdrawn or credited are under the department's scanner," said a highly placed source in the department.

Source add things had become easy for the department after linking transactions above Rs 50,000 with of the PAN.

With the marriage season on the cards, the department will also be scrutinising the accounts of marriage palaces. The department will be scanning the whereabouts of the people booking the marriage palaces and the amount of money being spent by them on each function.

The department is keeping a strict vigil on the bank accounts in cities like Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Hoshiarpur and Ferozepur.



Assn chief announces core committee
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 16
After taking charge of the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association, president Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma announced the formation of a core committee of senior leaders of the bicycle industry for the smooth functioning of MSME industries and trade of the bicycle sector.

Manjit Singh Khalsa has been nominated as the convener of the committee, while Joginder Kumar, GL Pahwa, Joga Singh Deol, Avtar Singh, Upkar Singh Ahuja, Avtar Singh Bhogal, RD Sharma, Parveen Gupta, Gurdial Singh Gemco and Badish Jindal have been nominated as the committee member.

The president also nominated Manjit Singh Khalsa as the spokesperson for the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association.



Youths decamp with cash, jewellery
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, September 16
Two motorcycle-borne youths decamped with Rs 13,000, jewellery and silver coins from a house at Vikas Nagar here. Sarita, a woman, said: “The youths came to her house on a motorcycle. One of them entered her house, while the other stood outside.

The youth requested her to provide drinking water to his accomplice. When the woman went to give water to him, the other one decamped with the cash and jewellery and fled the spot”.

The neighbours informed the police about the incident. SHO inspector Rajpal Singh Gill, along with a police team, reached the spot. The police said the culprits would be arrested soon.




Ludhiana: The police has registered a case against four members of a family for committing a fraud by mortgaging property on the basis of fake documents. The accused have been identified as Amit Behal, Uday Behal and Anu Behal, all brothers, and their father Ram Sharan Behal of Durgapuri.

Gang busted

The police has arrested members of an inter- state gang that was behind many snatching incidents in the city. The accused have been identified as Satvinder Singh, alias Sajan, of New Kuldeep Nagar and Lal Chand, alias Lala, of the Kailash Nagar area. Tony of Mohalla New Kuldeep Nagar managed to give the police the slip. The police arrested them at Kailash Nagar on Sunday evening and recovered three gold chains, one earring, eight mobile phones and 300 gm of narcotic powder from their possession.

Three kidnappings

As many as three cases of kidnapping were reported in the city. Amongst the victims two were minors. The Division No. 7 police registered a case against an unidentified person for the abduction of a minor girl on a complaint of her father Chela Ram of Vijay Nagar. The Division Number 5 police registered a case against a person for kidnapping a minor girl. Her father Babu resident of Jawahar nagar told the police that his daughter went for work but did not return. In the third incident, a 17 year old girl ,a college student, was abducted on the pretext of marriage. — TNS



Kawalpreet sets pool on fire
Wins 16 gold in swimming; sets 9 records
Anil Datt

Kawalpreet KaurLudhiana, September 16
Kawalpreet Kaur from Ludhiana stamped her superiority and bagged as many as 16 gold medals besides creating nine new records in the Panjab University Inter-College Swimming Championship held from September 11 to 13 at Chandigarh.

Kawalpreet, a student of BCom I of the Government College for Girls, Ludhiana, created a history of sorts as she competed in 16 events and emerged victorious in all these to steal the limelight.

Kawalpreet proved her class to bag top honours in the 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m free style events. She established new meet records in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m events

Kawalpreet also scripted victory in the 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly events. She put to shade the existing records in the 50m and 200m butterfly event.

She won gold medals in the 200m and 400m individual medley events with new meet timings. Kawalpreet pocketed gold medals in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke in addition to the gold medals in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke events to leave each and every opponent stunning.

Gurminder Kaur, Principal of the college, congratulated the promising swimmer and her coach, Bisakha Singh, on this stupendous achievement. She wished her more success in the forthcoming Inter-Varsity Swimming Championship.



Jalandhar restrict Ludhiana to a modest total
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, September 16
Fine innings by Abhinav Bhatia, Anil Sihag and Geetansh Khera went in vain as Ludhiana failed to score a big total on the second day in the match against Jalandhar in the ongoing Inter-District Katoch Shield Senior Cricket Tournament played at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) ground here today.

Yesterday, Jalandhar won the toss and invited Ludhiana to bat first. After losing a couple of early wickets, Abhinav Bhatia and Anil Sihag of the hosts team steadied the innings. The duo shared 126-run partnership for the third wicket and at the end of day's play, Ludhiana were 224 for four in which main contributions came through Anil Sihag (73) and Abhinav Bhatia (89).

Today, Ludhiana could not capitalise upon valuable contributions made by Geetansh Khera and Bharat Malhotra as their firs innings ended at 332 runs. Geetansh remained unconquered on 72 while Bharat chipped in with 46 runs.

For the visitors, Yogesh was the most successful bowler who scalped five victims for 86 runs.

Jalandhar began their reply on a sound note with the scoreboard reading 118 runs for the loss of just two wickets. Taruwar Kohli and Luv were on the crease with 71 and 24 runs against their names.

Brief scores: Ludhiana (first innings)- 332 all out in 134 overs (Arjun Puri 14, Anil Sihag 73, Akhil Aggarwal 0, Abhinav Bhatia 89, Geetansh Khera 72 n.o. and Bharat Malhotra 46; Navdeep 1 for 85 and Yogesh 5 for 86).

Jalandhar (first innings)- 118 for 2 after 40 overs (Mandip Jr 46, Taruwar Kohli 71 n.o., Luv 24 n.o.; Deepak Bansal 1 for 25 and Rahul Singla 1 for 25).



Baseball: Guru Nanak Khalsa College eves shine
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, September 16
The Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Model Town, Ludhiana, came out triumphant in the super league of the Panjab University Inter-College Baseball Tournament held on the PU Campus, Chandigarh, recently.

The college girls wrapped up all the league matches by a convincing margin. In the first match, Guru Nanak Khalsa College drubbed Panjab University campus, Chandigarh, 7-0, in which Ramandeep and Arashdeep Kaur accounted for two runs each.

In the next match, they overpowered Ramgarhia Girls College, Ludhiana, 14-8. Amandeep, Ramandeep, Virpal and Arshdeep contributed two runs each for the winners.

In the third match, Divya and Ramandeep Kaur excelled for Guru Nanak Khalsa College as they beat the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh, 7-4, which fetched them the title. Five players from this college, Ramandeep Kaur, Amandeep Kaur, Arshdeep Kaur, Virpal Kaur and Divya have been selected to attend the preparatory camp for the Inter-University Baseball Championship.



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