L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


Anything for Aish’s glimpse...
  Actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan took Ludhianvis by storm on her first-ever visit to the city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 22
Eager fans jostled for space to catch a glimpse of Bollywood actors Aishwarya Rai Bachchan who visited the city for the inauguration of a jewellery showroom today. The film star’s first-ever visit to the city was marked by excitement. Even hours of wait for the actress failed to dampen the enthusiasm of fans.

Actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looks at her waiting fans before alighting from a car in Ludhiana.
Actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looks at her waiting fans before alighting from a car
in Ludhiana.
While trying to stop others, even the security personnel tried their best to get a glimpse of the actor.
While trying to stop others, even the security personnel tried their best to get a glimpse of the actor.
Fans break into a frenzy on seeing the popular star.
Fans break into a frenzy on seeing the popular star.

Residents were seen crowding near Kalyan jewellers since morning, they waited patiently on both sides of the cordoned off road, atop rooftops of the nearby buildings, so that they could see the diva in person. People of all ages thronged the venue and the road too was overcrowded. Women and girls were seen in large numbers.

More than 100 policemen and 50 security personnel were deployed to keep a check on the security and keep the fans from overcrowding. As she arrived, people were into frenzy, they shouted, hooted, called out her name and cheered her. She waved out to the waiting fans saying that she was in the city to inaugurate a jewellery showroom. Aishwarya said that she was very happy to be here. She thanked her fans for all the love and support they gave to her, her husband and daughter Aaradhya. She did not answer to mediapersons’ querry when they asked her about a notice that was served on her father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan on tax evasion.

Advocate Harpreet Sandhu said that he met Aishwarya at the Sahnewal Airport, and presented her with his book for which a letter of appreciation was written by Abhishek Bachchan. He told her that he had been engaged as a lawyer in copyright cases concerning some movies of the Bachchan family, he said.

Beauty’s shine blinds city

* Since hundreds of people gathered on the road, the traffic had to be diverted.

* Security personnel had a good time as they watched Aishwarya from close.

* The venue was so overcrowded that she didn't even light up the inauguration lamp she was supposed to.

* Fans who waited for Aishwarya outside the showroom overcrowded the venue even after she left.

* People had climbed atop buildings just to see Aishwarya. After she had left, a restaurant and eateries nearby were fully occupied.

* A stage was set just outside the showroom to address the gathering. Anchors from Patiala, including Ravneet Singh and Kavya, were entertaining the crowds and building up the tempo before Aishwarya arrived.

Picture perfect

Aishwarya kept her cool and her smile was intact as she posed for the media. As she entered the car, fans went crazy. They were happy to see her in person.

Whatsapp abuzz

Social media went abuzz as soon as Aishwarya arrived. Whoever was able to click her pictures were seen sharing them and the videos with others. Many were sharing the videos and pictures on the social media, mobile and chatting applications. "It is not that celebrities like Aishwarya come here everyday. I shared the video I made of her with all my friends," said Nitin, a resident. Images of Aishwarya went viral on the social media and mobile chat applications minutes after the programme.

I am a bigger fan, now
"I am a big fan of Aishwarya and I have seen her for the first time from such a close proximity. She looked even more beautiful in person than she looks on screen. I am a bigger fan of hers now, after seeing her in person. Many celebrities have started visiting the city, but to me, Aishwarya's visit is the most special one. I am her biggest fan"— Navneet, a student

A lifetime opportunity
"It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us. I can boast perhaps all my life that I saw Aishwarya from close quarters when she came here. She is very beautiful" — a security personnel

It was like a festival
"It was like a festival. We are treating ourselves after having waited and watched our favourite actress. Such a moment comes once in a lifetime" — Jyoti, a resident 


Property tax comes into effect
 Will come as a relief to cash-starved MC; set to mop up Rs 150 crore
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 22
With the Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil giving his assent to the ordinance for the amendment of the Punjab Municipal Act 1911 and the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act 1976, imposition of property tax in the state has taken effect retrospectively from April 1, 2013. The new local tax, which replaces house tax, will come as a huge relief to the cash-starved Municipal Corporation which, going by the rough estimates, hopes to mop up an additional Rs 150 crore revenue during the current financial year.

Although the Punjab Government has fixed the last date of payment of property tax, to be calculated through self-assessment, with a rebate of 10 per cent by September 30, 2013, it is likely to be extended to October 31, 2013, said MC Commissioner Rahul Tiwari, who attended a meeting convened by the Principal Secretary, Local Government, Punjab, at Chandigarh, in this regard on Saturday. The residents can pay the tax by December 31, 2013, without any rebate, while payments made thereafter will attract penalty.

With the property tax regime taking effect, people in all cities and towns living within the limits of the municipal corporations or the municipal committees will have to pay the tax on all commercial and residential property, including vacant plots. However, religious institutions, cow shelters, care centres for stray animals and charitable institutions, those living below the poverty line and freedom fighters have been kept out of the ambit of the tax.

As per the new formula devised by the government, collector rates will be added to the construction area of the property to arrive at its total value after deducting 10 per cent as depreciation charges for residential houses. Thereafter, five per cent of the total value of the property will be worked out as the annual value of the property on which the tax is to be levied.

For self-occupied houses of up to 50 square yards, a consolidated Rs 50 per year would be charged while for houses between 50 to 100 square yards, the tax will be Rs 150. For self-occupied houses between 100 and 500 square yards, the tax will be charged at a rate of 0.5 per cent of the annual value, while for the houses above with an area of 500 square yards or more, payment is to be calculated at a rate of one per cent of the annual value. For vacant plots and un-utilised buildings and plots, the tax will be 0.2 per cent of the annual value.

Talking to The Tribune, Tiwari said the MC was awaiting formal communication and a proforma from the Local Government Department for self-assessment of the property tax. 



Six more test positive for dengue
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 22
Six more patients have tested positive for dengue in the city. Three patients belong to Ludhiana district while the remaining three are from other districts.

Dr Anil Verma, Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme Officer, said, "All the six confirmed dengue patients are under treatment at the DMCH. The three cases that belong to Ludhiana district are from Gurdev Nagar, Dhandra and Tajpur. The three patients that belong to other districts are from Hoshiarpur district and Jalandhar district." So far, different hospitals of Luhdiana district have received 55 cases from Ludhiana, 57 from other districts and 11 from other states during this season."

Take care

* Dengue spreads through a mosquito that bites during the day.

* Mosquitoes breed in fresh water containers like flower pots, water coolers, water tanks etc.

* Clean and dry the coolers once a week

* Keep rooftops clear of containers and tyres

* Wear full sleeved clothes and cover your feet during day

* Spray insecticides under the tables and behind curtains.

* Use mosquito nets



Double murder case cracked; wife, paramour arrested
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 22
With the arrest of a woman and her paramour, the city police has claimed to have cracked the murder case of two men, who were poisoned to death. The accused were identified as Paramjit Kaur (32), of Jamalpur village near Phagwara and her paramour Kashmiri Lal(30).

A special investigation team (SIT) consisting of GS Bains, ACP (crime), and inspector Ashok Kumar nabbed the duo for mixing cyanide in liquor that led to the death of the two persons.

Baldev Singh (52) and Surjit Singh (50), died on October 19 last year while consuming liquor in Gahlewal village.

The police had then launched an inquest proceeding in the matter under Section 174 of the CrPC and sent the viscera for chemical examination. Recently the viscera report in the matter took the police by surprise. It was found that Baldev Singh and Surjit Singh died duo to the mixing of cyanide in the liquor they had consumed.

On September 10 a case was registered against four persons, including victims’ friend Gurmail Singh, his wife Kailash Kaur, Jaspal Singh and Sewa Singh on the complaint of Jaswinder Kaur. The police further launched a probe in the matter. Beside, questioning the suspects, the police also questioned the victims' relatives. The role of Baldev's wife, Paramjit Kaur, was under scanner. She was reportedly living with a youth identified as Kashmiri Lal, who was previously arrested in a murder case by the Bilga police.

PS Pannu, ADCP, said Paramjit Kaur's first husband died nearly 12 years ago. Following his death, Paramjit Kaur, mother of two children, married Baldev Singh (52). Paramjit was least perturbed over the death of her husband and was comfortably living with Kashmiri Lal. Paramjit Kaur was questioned and she confessed to have committed the crime by adding poison to the liquor the victims consumed.

She said that Kashmiri Lal had arranged for the poison and she added it to the bottle.

On Octomber 19, Baldev Singh took the bottle and went to Gurmail's house in Gahleal village along with Surjit Singh. Gurmail Singh was in the washroom and told the duo to start drinking. When he came out he was shocked to find the duo dead. She reportedly told the police that she was relieved at the fact that since the duo died in Gurmail's house, no one would suspect her involvement.

Paramjit and Kashmiri Lal were nabbed by the police last night. Paramjit reportedly told the police that she was having extramarital affair with Kashmiri Lal, who was also living in Jamalpur village near Phagwara. She had thought of marrying Kashmiri Lal following the death of her first husband. But destiny had other plans, as Kashmiri Lal was arrested for murder she married Baldev Singh instead, who was nearly 20 years elder to her. After coming out of the jail, Kashmiri Lal started living near Paramjit Kaur's house. Finally both of them decided to eliminate Baldev Singh as he was an alcoholic.

ADCP Pannu said that Kashmiri Lal had procured cyanide from a labourer, who has further procured the poison from a factory employee. 



mela chhapar
Mela ground attracts crowd
 Event concluded on Saturday but stalls continue to catch fancy of residents
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, Sept 22
Mela Chhapar formally concluded on Saturday, but the mega event continued to attract crowd, as a large number of residents were witnessed visiting the site today.

Devotees dig earth as a token of worship to Guga Mari; and (right) a hermit performs a ritual on a devotee at Mela Chhapar on Sunday.
Devotees dig earth as a token of worship to Guga Mari; and (right) a hermit performs a ritual on a devotee at Mela Chhapar on Sunday. Tribune Photographs

Policemen from Latala chowki and Jodhan police station found it hard to maintain law and order at and around the mela site. Some occupants of four-wheelers allegedly argued with the policemen as they were not ready to park their vehicles at the allotted parking places. Some did not even allow them to search their vehicles saying that they could not be stopped to carry weapons as the ban imposed by the administration was effective only till September 22. Occupants of some vehicles maintained that they could not be stopped from entering the venue as it was the only road to Rachhin, Rasulpur, Lohatbaddi and Brahampur, said a police official.

Owners of fun rides, such as maut ka kuan, merry-go-round and mini circuses, however, made good business as women and children outnumbered men today. “We have paid rent, so we will try to continue our business for maximum number of days,” said a vendor.

The organisers said, “The mela normally runs for a period of four days. It commenced on Tuesday and should have concluded on Friday. While the police had made elaborate security arrangements for two days, the Latala and Jodhan police was supposed to manage things for the rest of the days.”

Acknowledging that only cops from Jodhan police station were performing duty today, Gurmel Singh from the Latala chowki said the vendors have been asked to close their stalls.



Cops, organisations join hands to make region drugs free 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, Sept 22
Office-bearers and activists of social, religious and constitutional organisations joined hands with the Gill Circle police to make the region free of drugs. An oath was taken to put an end to the growing menace of drugs during a drug de-addiction camp, jointly organised by the police and management of the Doctor Kotnis Health and 
Education Center at Gurwara Manji Sahib Alamgir, Ludhiana, on Saturday afternoon.

Addressing a gathering of volunteers of various organisations, Assistant Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Sikand in his keynote speech asserted that drug addiction was a major factor behind over 90 per cent cases of the recorded crimes.

Appreciating the role of station house officer (SHO), Dehlon, Inderjit Singh Boparai, and SHO, Sadar, Amandeep Singh Brar, in roping in office-bearers of various organisations, Sikand claimed that a majority of sarpanches, panches, block samiti members and zila parishad members had assured to help the police identify and nab those involved in the illegal trade of drug peddling.

Sikand said crusaders working against eradicating the menace of drug addiction would be felicitated at a function.

Dr Inderjit Singh, Medical Superintendent of the heath center, said the organisation would help treating the addicts.



Local health centre to be upgraded 

Mandi Ahmedgarh, Sept 22
Madan Mohan Mittal, Health Minister, Punjab, has assured to upgrade facilities at the local community health centre, being run by Punjab Health Systems Corporations.

Office-bearers of a social organisation submits a memorandum to the Health Minister, Madan Mohan Mittal, in Mandi Ahmedgarh.
Office-bearers of a social organisation submits a memorandum to the Health Minister, Madan Mohan Mittal, in Mandi Ahmedgarh. A Tribune photograph

Assurance was given to a delegation of local residents led by chairman Sat Pal Garg and president Naresh Kumar, Maharaja Aggarsen Seva Sadan Trust, after they submitted a memorandum to the minister, demanding an upgrade of the center.

Tarsem Garg, spokesman of the trust, said Mittal had directed the authorities concerned to ensure that vacant posts of doctors are filled without any further delay.

The residents have demanded that the health centre should be upgraded to at least a 50-bed hospital, as residents of as many as 50 localities, besides local town, are dependent on the health centre for preventive and curative medical facilities. —OC



engineering expo
Global firms to converge on city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 22
The Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (CICU) has recently announced the first mega engineering expo, “International Engineering Technology and Sourcing Show (IETSS)-2013”, at the Glada Ground. The expo will be held from November 29 to December 2.

Upkar Singh, joint secretary of the CICU, said here recently that the main purpose of the expo was to showcase the products manufactured in Punjab and acquire the latest technology from outside the world.

“The exhibition will have the participation of over 300 exhibitors from Indian and foreign companies of countries like Japan, China, Germany, Yemen and many more. Special focus will be given to micro and small sectors. It will open a new era for micro and small sectors of Punjab, which have not seen the light of the modern world. The National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) will provide about 60 stalls at subsidised cost to micro and small units. Besides, a special hall for micro sector comprising 1x1m area will be provided at a nominal cost,” he said.

The focus sectors of this show will be machine tools, hand tools, sheet metal components, auto parts, tractor parts, bicycle parts, sewing machine parts, fasteners, agro engineering products, power tools, engineering measurement devices, pneumatics and hydraulics products, CNC machines, transformers and industrial electricals, light and heavy batteries, forgings, security and surveillance, solar energy products, food processing machinery, textile and knitting machinery and products for low cost auto machines.

The expo will also offer a lucrative opportunity to encash the presence of Indian/foreign business representatives from respective engineering companies and other manufacturing giants from different walks of engineering sectors to associate with them in terms of vendor development programme or buyer-seller meet. 



Book on collection of stories released
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 22
A book by Ajmer Sidhu was released by the Punjabi Sahit Akademi at the Punjabi Bhawan today. The book - ‘Khushk Akh Da Khaab’ - is a collection of stories. This is the third book of stories by the author.
Writer Ajmer Sidhu with his book ‘Khushk Akh Da Khaab’ in Ludhiana on Sunday.
Writer Ajmer Sidhu with his book ‘Khushk Akh Da Khaab’ in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Sidhu has emerged as one of the younger crop of Punjabi story writers and had gained critical acclaim for his books. Some of his stories have also been included in the academic syllabi of some schools and colleges.

The Nawanshahar-based writer is a school teacher by profession. He has redefined many concepts and have brought fresh perspective to many aspects in the Punjabi literature. He has depicted feminism in a new light in his stories.

He has earlier written two books of stories titled ‘Nachiketa Di Maut’ and ‘Khooh Girda Hai’.

The themes in his stories deal with major issues of Punjab, including the change that new media techniques, corporate is bringing to the social and cultural fabric of the state and the change in human psyche, and life of marginalised sections of society.



There should be more writers like Kabir: Fazli
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 22
“Sab shehar ek jaise hain” was the answer of Nida Fazli, famous Hindi and Urdu poet and writer, when asked about Ludhiana. He said: “In Bombay there are seven Bombays, Bombay of Bollywood, Bombay of slums, Bombay of Politicans and so on. So, almost all cities are alike in one way or the other.”

Poet Nida Fazli addresses a function at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan in Ludhiana on Sunday.
Poet Nida Fazli addresses a function at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

The writer, who has 24 books of poetry and prose to his credit said: “I have written on almost every subject. But still I am in search of an “Adami” (human being) who is not bound to the tentacles of commercialisation and politics.”

Fazli was in the city to attend a function of Punjab Sahit Akademi, Chandigarh, organised at the local Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan.

Talking to the Tribune, he said: “In the present time everything is election oriented in the country. It is unfortunate that writers are still not getting their due.”

Appreciating the poetry of Kabir and Meera, Padma Shri recipient Nida Fazli said: “We do not write about the common man. Unlike Marathi language that has a lot of literature related to the common man written by writers like Daya Pawar and Naam Deodhsal, we do not have much literature in other languages, which depicts issues of the common man. There should be writers like Kabir and Tulsidas who touched the common man's plights in depth.”

The poet has penned a number of popular ghazals and songs for films and TV serials.

When asked as if there is anything he still wants to achieve, he said: “There are disillusions of destination but there is no end to destination. So I will keep writing. Zindagi ka mukaddar safar dar safar, Aakhiri saans tak bekrar aadmi.”

Eminent Punjabi poet Surjit Patar, Jaswant Zafar and other literary persons were among those present.

Born in Delhi in a Kashmiri family, Nida Fazli attended school in Gwalior. His father was also an Urdu poet. He moved to Mumbai in search of a job in 1964. In the early days of his career, he wrote in ‘Dharmayug’ and ‘Blitz dialects’. His poetic style attracted the notice of filmmakers and writers of Hindi and Urdu literature. He was often invited to Mushairas to recite his poetry.

He became known among readers and ghazal singers for his elegant presentation and exclusive use of colloquial language for ghazal, dohe and nazm.

He published his first collection of Urdu poetry in 1969. Childhood imagery persistently reflects in his poetry as elements of nostalgia. Primary themes which run through his poetry are contradictions in life, the search for purpose, nuances of human relationships, differences between practice and preaching, and the groping for that which is lost.

Fazli has been honoured with the National Harmony Award for writing on communal harmony. He has 24 books to his credit in Urdu, Hindi and Gujarati - some of which are assigned as school textbooks in Maharashtra.

He received the Mir Taqi Mir award for his autobiographical novel ‘Deewaron Ke Bich’ (citation needed) from the Government of Madhya Pradesh. His best known works are ‘Mor Naach’, ‘Ham Qadam’, and ‘Safar Me Dhoop To Hogi’.



Cultural-literary fest ends at PCTE
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 22
‘Koshish’ - a cultural and literary festival - culminated at the PCTE. Around 2,700 students of the college participated in 26 different cultural and literary events during the festival.

Dr KNS Kang, Director-General, PCTE Group of Institutes, gave away the prizes to winners during a prize distribution function held last evening.

Students of MBA final year Section C won the overall trophy in the senior wing of the festival and BBA first year Section A won the overall trophy in the junior wing.

In nukkad natak senior wing, BBA 3A won the first prize, MBA-1C won the second prize while MBA-1A won the third prize. In Junior wing, BBA 1A won the first prize, BCA-2A won the second prize and BCA-1C won the third prize.

In choreography senior wing, MBA 2A won the first prize, BBA 3A won the second prize while MCA 3 won the third prize. In the junior wing, BCA 2C won the first prize BBA-IC won the second prize while BCA-2 C won the third prize.

Dr Kang said the festival like ‘Koshish’ provided great learning to the students.

Through these events students learn the art of being self-reliant and to develop a kind of competitive spirit.

He congratulated MBA 2C and BBA 1A for winning the overall trophy in the senior and junior wings.



Funds released to renovate hostels
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana September 22
Addressing the long-pending demand of students, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) released funds for the renovation of various hostels. The directorate of students’ welfare at the PAU deposited the funds with the engineering unit of the PAU.

In the recent strike by students, the renovation of hostels was one of the major demands of the protesting students on the university campus. The university authorities had told the students to address the demand.

As per details released by the authorities, funds to the tune of Rs 43.34 lakh released for the repair of bathrooms, wood work and other renovation works of Hostel No. 1.

Meanwhile, Rs 72.54 lakh has been released for civil works, repair and renovation of Hostel No. 2.

The hostel No. 4 received Rs 33.93 lakh for repair of washrooms and other renovation work and Rs 35.8 lakh for the renovation of mess, washrooms and the building of Hostel No. 6.

As the Hostel No. 7 is in a good condition, the authorities released Rs 21.17 lakh.

The authorities have also decided to renovate the Girls’ Hostel and Farm Women Hostel by spending over Rs 59.93 lakh.

Meanwhile, a new hostel for girls is under construction and a fund of Rs 1.20 crore has been deposited for the same.

Karanvir Singh, vice-president, PAU Students Association, said: “We welcome the move of the authorities. Some of the hostels are in a pathetic condition and these need renovation. The authorities have to construct a new hostel for boys to accommodate all students.”



Librarian honoured in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 22
Principal Prem Singh Bajaj was honoured with the 'Akademi Sarav-Ucch Sanman Fellowship' by the Punjabi Sahit Akademi for his dedicated efforts for the uplift of the Punjabi literature and the work towards the maintenance of a research centre and a library at the Punjabi Bhawan.

Kamalpreet Kaur Sidhu was bestowed with ‘Prof Kulwant Jagraon Yadgari Sanman’ for her book ‘Uneendre Chirag’ on the occasion. A special honour was given to Raghbir Singh ‘Bharat’ for his book ‘Punjabi Shaeran Da Tazkara’, which has been written in Gurmukhi from Maula Baksh Kushta’s book of the same title. Dr Niranjan Tasneem said publication of this book that was an important book of Punjabi was a historic step.

Dr Surjit Patar said the library was the heart of the Punjabi Bhawan and it was because of the untiring efforts of Dr Bajaj that it was so rich.

Dr Bajaj said though he did not consider himself worthy of the honour bestowed upon him, he said he had always believed that if one dedicates himself to a cause, nothing was beyond achievement. Many noted literary personalities were present on the occasion.

Dr Surjit Patar, Dr SP Singh, Dr Nachhatar Singh Malhi, Prof Niranjan Tasneem, Prof Gurbhajan Singh Gill, Dr Anoop Singh and Dr Sukhdev Singh Sirsa were among the dignitaries present.



Encroachers invade Bhadaur House 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 22
It seems that Bhadaur House and encroachments get along well. The vacant space underneath the incomplete Lakkar bridge flyover is serving as a parking lot for shopkeepers of Caliber Plaza. Footpaths have been encroached upon and sacks of garments can be spotted lying on pavements.

Haphazardly parked two-wheelers lead to a traffic jam
Haphazardly parked two-wheelers lead to a traffic jam; and (below) sacks lying on a footpath at Bhadaur House in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma
sacks lying on a footpath at Bhadaur House in Ludhiana

A shopping complex with no parking facility and extended floors has been constructed by PUDA in gross violation of the building bylaws at Bhadaur House.

Auto-rickshaws and haphazard parking by traders visiting Caliber Plaza have also added to the chaos.

Area residents said the situation worsened on weekends, particularly on Sundays. Roadside vendors have encroached upon the vacant space. A parking contractor, who is backed by a politician of the area, charges Rs 40 for car parking on Lakkar bridge.

Rickshaw-pullers wait for passengers in the middle of the road, causing traffic congestion.

Traffic jams have become a routine occurrence here. Road rage is common and people can be seen exchanging blows to grab an inch of the parking space. Cops simply turn their back and blame the MC authorities for the menace.

Ironically, the MC's Zone A office is situated merely 100 yards away from Bhadaur House, but the officials sitting there seem to be least bothered. Vehicles are parked on the road, despite the fact that the MC multi-level parking and another parking of Calibre Plaza are situated in the area. The residents complain that the MC employees are hand in glove with the shopkeepers. The tehbazarri wing of the MC carries out anti-encroachment drive on Mondays when the entire market remains closed.

Surinder Kumar, a bank employee, said, "The Bhadaur House market was constructed in 80s. It was built on the lines of the shopping mart in Chandigarh. But over the years, the market has witnessed gross violation of building bylaws. The MC and PUDA authorities did not take action as encroachers greased their palm. The construction of Caliber Plaza compounded the problem as people constructed shops by converting the parking space into shopping mall." MC Commissioner Rahul Tiwari said, "I have just joined the office and will see what can be done to redress the grievances of residents."

Deepak Hilori, the new ACP (Traffic), said he would take stock of the situation and appropriate action would be taken to prevent traffic chaos.



Hike in duty drawback cheers garment exporters 
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 22
Garment exporters have hailed the recent hike in duty drawback rates. The revised all-industry rates came into effect yesterday. The drawback rates for cotton, manmade and silk have been increased to 7.6 per cent, 10.2 per cent and 7.8 per cent, respectively, for 2013-14.

Duty drawback is the refund of duties on imported inputs for export items. Last week, the Finance Ministry had rationalised the duty drawback and brought more items under the scheme for tax refund to exporters to give a boost to overseas shipments.

"The move will give a boost to overseas shipments. The government has announced duty drawback for garment cotton, manmade and silk for 2013-14. We all needed this much-awaited incentive," said Jatin Gandhi, a garment exporter. "The increase in the rate of duty drawback came as a breather after all that devaluation of the Rupee against the Dollar," said Reshambir Singh, another garment exporter.

He said following the Rupee's fall, overseas exporters had been asking for discounts. "The increase in the rates will help us sustain the aftereffects of the weak Rupee," he said.

Exports on a high

India's garment exports grew by 19 per cent, reaching USD 1.27 billion in July. The country's overall exports rose to a two-year high of 13 per cent in August on account of an improved global situation.



Teachers take to road, seek regularisation
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 22
Fed up with false promises, members of the SSA/RMSA/CSS unions today took out a rally. The have been urging the state government to regularise their services. The teachers lamented that despite working honestly, the government did not acknowledge their hard work.
SSA, RMSA and CSS teachers take out a rally in Ludhiana on Sunday.
SSA, RMSA and CSS teachers take out a rally in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

State president of the union Deedar Singh Mudki said as many as 14,000 teachers had been working in Punjab for the past five years. As per the state government policy, teachers are regularised after three years of service. "But even after serving for five years, we have not been regularised by the government. The teachers working under the CSS were going through a rough patch as they had not been paid salaries for the past 18 months.

Making it even worse, the monthly salary of the teachers has been reduced to Rs 10,300 from Rs 18,000.

"The teachers have also been asked to pass the Teachers Eligibility Test," said the president. The teachers took out the rally from Atam Nagar Park to DC office. General secretary of the union Sunil Kumar said the government had adopted 'anti-teacher' policies. False cases were registered against the teachers who were taking out a peaceful march in Bathinda on June 8 and May 5.

"The government seems to be in no mood to address our problems," said Mohali. 



PPCB raids electroplating units
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 22
The Punjab Pollution Control Board has found anomalies in 29 electroplating units. Raids were conducted in Ludhiana and Jalandhar.

Sources in the department said out of 33 units, violations were noticed in 29 units. "Some units were found using plastic pipes while the others were not discharging water into the treatment plant," said sources.



reporters’ diary
New posting orders in abeyance

Though dust has now settled down, complete uncertainty prevailed at the top administrative level in the industrial capital of the state all through the last week when Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari, MC Commissioner and chief administrator of GLADA Rakesh Kumar Verma were shifted from their respective posts. While Verma was not given new posting orders and Tiwari was to swap places with Rajat Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner of Amritsar, the State Election Commission (EC) threw the spanner in the works, and all new posting orders were held in abeyance. It was only after a nod from the EC that ultimately Tiwari was appointed the MC Commissioner whereas Verma took over as the chief administrator of GLADA. In the meantime, Aggarwal had already joined as the new Deputy Commissioner.

In search of loyalty

Some people firmly believe that dogs are more loyal than human beings. One such dog-lover pasted a sticker on a windowpane of his car, “The more I meet people, the more I love my dog". Perhaps the car owner was also in search of loyalty in mankind and could finally found in his dog only.

Love for city

Ludhiana - the mega city has always attracted officials, be they serving under the state or the Central Government. Most of the officials, even when they are posted to some other district or state, after serving here in the city for long, are keen to keep their “base” in Ludhiana. One such official said: “Though I am posted in some other district, I do not want to disturb the family. I have kept my base here only. Twice or thrice a week, I come here and spend quality time with the family.” Interestingly, many of these officials have still “retained” the government houses, allotted to them while they served here in Ludhiana. Another official in a lighter vein said: “It is a fact that no one wants to leave Ludhiana.”

Standing tall

Nina Davuluri, who was recently crowned “Miss America”, received racist remarks after her win. Nina, who is of Indian origin, is now based in the US. Sushmita Sen and Aishwarya Rai's victory at International beauty pageants had encouraged many young girls to walk down the ramp. Nina's win also give a boost to Indians settled abroad to be a part of the coveted beauty pageants. Now, such contests are a regular feature at educational institutions and during one such contest, a winner of the beauty contest (see photo) said: “Davuluri, who is of Indian descent is a girl next door and is evolving with the ever-evolving diversity of America. I salute her and appreciate her for standing tall after she received online backlash after winning the pageant. “The pageant is a celebration of diversity through cultural competence,” said the winner.

Contributed by Manav Mander, Anupam Bhagria, Kuldip Bhatia, Shivani Bhakoo




Blood donation camp

Blood donation camp was organised by the Nectar Human Care organization. As many as 85 people donated blood. Speaking on the occasion, Baldev Singh, chairman of the organisation, said an individual must donate blood atleast once a year.

Mela concludes

Jod mela and bhandara at Basti Jodhewal culminated with a shobha yatra on Sunday. Many singers paid rich tributes to Tilla Sai Baba Sheikh Farid and Baba Saun Shah, on the occasion.

Office-bearers elected

A special meeting of the Bhartiya Janta Party SC Morcha (Rural) was held on Sunday at Circuit House, under the leadership of the District president, Ramesh Bhagat. The meeting was addressed by state co-incharge, Dharampal Singh. He appealed all the party workers to get ready for the forthcoming elections. On this occasion, new executive of SC Morcha (Rural) was also announced. Ramesh Bhagat was elected as president, while Channi Kular, Ashwani Kaka, Sarabjeet Singh, Talwinder Singh, Maninder Singh and Jasbeer were chosen as vice-presidents.

Grants given

District Congress Committee (Urban) president Pawan Dewan handed over a grant of Rs 15.50 lakh for setting up a tubewell at Ward Number 2. He alleged that the Akali-BJP government has made the financial position of the state very weak.

Onam celebrated
Women make rangoli with flowers during the Onam festival in Ludhiana on Sunday.
Women make rangoli with flowers during the Onam festival in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Kerela Kalavedi organised festival of Onam at Veer Palace on Sunday. As many as 1,000 people assembled to have the Onam feast together. About 17 types of South Indian dishes were served on banana leaves along with a special kheer, made with 200 coconuts. PWD Minister Sharanjeet Singh Dhillon and Mayor, Ludhiana, H S Gohalwaria were the chief guest. A cultural programme showcasing varied forms of South Indian dances was also held on the occasion. Rangoli made of flowers was the main attraction of the function.

Survey ordered

Deputy Chief Minister has ordered a survey for revision of the master plan of Ludhiana to identify the Industrial mixed land use area. The initiative will benefit as many as 15,000 industrial units located in around 80 areas, said Darshan Dawar, president of Knitwear Club. Members of the club have extended their gratitude to the Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal, for giving a quick and positive response to their problem, related to the mixed land use areas.

Ration distributed

Ration distribution function was held at Akhil Bhartiya Samaj Sewa Society on Sunday. Underprivileged were given necessary grocery articles.

Anniversary observed

Baba Vishkarma International Foundation celebrated the birth anniversary of Bhai Lalo, aide of Guru Nanak Dev, on Sunday. Various speakers speaking on the occasion said the state has been a land of gurus and saints and people of today’s generation should follow their principles.

Felicitation function

The Congress leader, Ahmed Ali, was selected as a member of the Film Censor board. Mohd Khalil Ansari, convener of the All India Muslim Intjamia society, was in the city to attend the function, on this occasion. He said restrictions imposed on the media are very saddening. “We will soon meet the Prime Minister in this regard,” said Ansari.

Committee meeting

The Executive Committee meeting of Punjab chapter of Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), Chandigarh, was held in Ludhiana for the first time on Sunday. The meeting was attended by office-bearers from cities such as Jalandhar, Amritsar, Patiala and Bathinda. Manmohan Khanna, chairman, IIA, chaired the meeting. Surinder Bahga, chairman of IIA Publication Board, India, briefed about the ARCHIBUILD-2013, to be held in Chandigarh from September 27 to 29 in collaboration with the PHD chamber of commerce and industry. — TNS



5 booked for kidnapping woman
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 22
The police has booked five persons for kidnapping a woman. The victim, identified as Maninder Kaur, is still missing and efforts are on to trace her. Inderjeet Singh, a resident of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, reported to the police that his daughter tied the knot with Gurpreet Singh in 2005 and after the marriage, her husband and in-laws started harassing her for dowry.

She left the house and started living with her parents.

Gurpreet promised Maninder that he would not harass her, following which she went with him.

On September 18, Maninder's in-laws called up Inderjeet Singh saying his daughter had gone missing.

Inderjeet Singh said Maninder had a heated argument with her husband, mother-in-law and they kidnapped her. A case has been registered against Ranjit Kaur, mother-in-law, Ajit Singh, Happy and Kamla under Sections 342, 406, 498A and 34 of the IPC. 



5 arrested with contraband
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 22
The police has arrested five persons and recovered a huge quantity of poppy husk and habit-forming drugs from them.
One of the accused in police custody in Ludhiana.
One of the accused in police custody in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma 

Two youths were held with 7 kg of poppy husk. The accused haven been identified as Amritpal Singh and Des Raj, residents of Partap Singh Wala and Rose Enclave. The duo were nabbed by the PAU police from a checkpoint. The accused who were in a Tata Indigo car tried to flee on seeing the police.

The cops suspected their movement and intercepted their vehicle. On checking the vehicle, the police recovered 7 kg of poppy husk.

One Sunil Kumar, a resident of Haibowal, was arrested with 3 kg of poppy husk. The Sadar police nabbed Hoshiar Singh of Lalton and recovered a huge quantity of habit-forming drugs from his possession. The police recovered 5,000 tables, 300 capsules and 10 bottles of cough syrup from the possession of the accused.

SHO Sadar Amandeep Brar said the accused, who was in a car, tried to escape on seeing the police, but was intercepted.

The Dugri police nabbed Amit Sood, a chemist, and recovered 900 tablets from his possession.



They are better than the rest
 3 differently abled players make it to Special Olympics 
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 22
They have the spunk to achieve greater heights. Three differently abled players of Nirdosh School have made it to the Special Olympics, Asia Pacific Games, to be held in Sydney from December 1 to 7.

Kamalpreet Singh, Lovepreet Singh and Monu Bhalla were selected for the international during a camp in Chennai.

The trio will participate in bocce sport, an Italian game. Players are supposed to roll a ball closest to the target ball. As many as 2,000 players from 32 countries will participate in the Special Olympics. Around 250 players from India will take part in various events.

The players have been practising the game at Nirdosh School for the past few years. With the efforts of Surat Singh Duggal of Nirdosh School, they have got an opportunity to prove their mettle in an international event.

Kamalpreet's father Ranjit Singh said, "My happiness cannot be expressed in words. It is his grit that has helped him achieve his goal. The sad part is that the state government does not do anything to encourage such players. Haryana gives Rs 1 lakh to all mentally challenged players participating in international events. The Punjab Government should follow suit," he said. 



HOME PAGE | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Opinions |
| Business | Sports | World | Letters | Chandigarh | Ludhiana | Delhi |
| Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |