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44 child labourers rescued
Admn imposes penalty of Rs 20,000 per child on factory owners
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 26
Cracking a whip against persons exploiting innocent children by making them work in factories, the district administration and the Labour Department today rescued 44 boys who were working as child labourers.

The team included Labour Commissioner, Assistant Labour Commissioner, Tehsildar and others. The children were rescued from SP Hosiery and SK Rinku Hosiery located in the New Shivpuri area of the city.

Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal said it was unlawful on the part of owners of factories to employ innocent children at their units. “The administration is not going to take the issue lightly and raids will be conducted on a regular basis. The medical examination of children is being conducted in the Civil Hospital. The administration has also made arrangements for their boarding and lodging. They will be shifted to the Observation Home at Kurali,” said the DC.

ML Sharma, who accompanied the rescue team, said the employers with whom these children were working, will be asked to pay a penalty of Rs 20,000 per child. Besides, the employers have been asked to pay a compensation of Rs 5,000 per child. This amount will be deposited in the treasury for the rehabilitation of these children.

Additional Deputy Commissioner (G) Neeru Katyal said the administration would reunite the children with their parents. “Others will be sent to the rehabilitation home at Kurali after medical examination. We will make sure that they are rehabilitated and are not trapped again by the factory owners,” said Katyal.

Though banned, factory owners continue to exploit children up to 14 years of age for vested interests.

On being asked why the children were hired by factory owners, a hosiery manufacturer at Sunder Nagar said it was easy to employ children. "They are not paid on a par with skilled or unskilled labourers. Besides, factory owners can ask them to do any kind of work as they do not complain,” he said.


1,200 children forced to work in factories: NGO
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 26
The Bachpan Bachao Aandolan, a non-governmental organisation, claims that more than 1,200 children are working in factories in the district.

The NGO said the complaints regarding child labourers are still lying pending with the district administration. This was disclosed by Dinesh Kumar, an activist of the NGO, which rescued 44 child labourers today from two factories in the Shivpuri area of the city.

Talking to the Tribune, Dinesh Kumar said: “I have written around 20 applications to the administration for getting the child labourers rescued. Even for today's raids, I wrote an application to the district administration about six months ago. About a week ago, we wrote an application to State Child Rights’ Protection Commissioner Sudesh Kalia, following which the raids were conducted today at two places.”

The rescued children were served food by another NGO, Ann Jal Sewa Trust, being run by Shiv Ram Saroy, after their medical examination.

About the NGO

The Bachpan Bachao Aandolan came into existence in 1980 and has rescued as many as 85,000 children to date from across the country. Activist of the NGO Dinesh Kumar said: “Out of these, 50,000 children have joined the Bachpan Bachao Aandolan.” In Punjab, he said, the NGO had rescued 300 children in the past three years.



MC’s financial hopes get a boost
World Bank team visits city to study development projects
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 26
Hopes of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation to get funds from World Bank for some of its existing and proposed infrastructure development projects were strengthened after the visit of a two-member team to the city today.

The duo of Sri Nivas Rao and Rajesh Balasubramaniam from World Bank held detailed discussions on the 24x7 canal-based water supply system, solid waste management, storm water drainage network, cleaning of Budha Nullah and upgrade of the existing sewage treatment plants (STPs).

After extended interaction and a detailed presentation on the projects, the WB team, accompanied by officials of the operations and maintenance (O&M) wing also visited the STP at Balloke.

MC Joint Commissioner AS Sekhon and Additional Commissioner Sumit Jarangal apprised the visiting experts with the feasibility study on canal-based water supply system, the proposed storm water drainage and solid waste management projects, ongoing work on Budha Nullah and the status of STPs.

The WB officials were told that all these projects entail an expenditure of more than Rs 3,000 crore and the MC had set the ball rolling to seek funds from World Bank as well as under the Centrally-funded Jawahar Lal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNURM).

It will be premature to speculate anything about the financial commitment of World Bank for these projects, but the visiting experts assured the MC officials that the bank would soon send consultants to carry out feasibility studies and prepare detailed project reports (DPRs), which would form the basis for sanction and allocation of funds for the infrastructure development projects in the city.

"The visit of the WB officials is another step forward towards turning the dream projects into a reality," said an MC official, who escorted the visitors.



Dengue: 18 more test positive
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 26
Eighteen more persons tested positive for dengue at city hospitals today. Of these eight are from Ludhiana district.

Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme Officer, Ludhiana, Dr Anil Verma said: “Eight patients who were undergoing treatment at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital and Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, for the past five days tested positive for dengue. These include patients from Harcharan Nagar, Dhandari Khurd, South Model Gram, Janta Nagar, Haibiwal Kalan, Jagraon and Delhon. Besides, seven patients tested positive from other districts. These include one each from Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Sangrur, Patiala, Fathegarh Sahib, Barnala and Nawanshahr. Three patients from Jammu and Kashmir have also tested positive for dengue.”

With this, the number of dengue patients this season in Ludhiana district has reached 78.

Ludhiana Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash Batta and District Epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma have appealed to the people to take preventive measures to save themselves from the dengue menace.

Things to keep in mind

  • Aaedes aegypti mosquito stings during the day
  • The mosquito breeds in containers having fresh water like flower pots, water coolers and water tanks
  • Clean and dry coolers once a week
  • Keep rooftops clear of containers and tyres
  • Wear full sleeve clothes and keep your feet covered in the morning and evening
  • Spray insecticides under tables and behind curtains
  • Use anti-mosquito nets
  • For any query, call on the control room number 0161-2444193



Lakkar Bridge turns into parking lot
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Vehicles parked on the incomplete Lakkar Bridge flyover in Ludhiana on Thursday
Vehicles parked on the incomplete Lakkar Bridge flyover in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, September 26
Encroachments are rampant at Bhadaur House. After encroaching upon the roads, shopkeepers have started parking their vehicle on the incomplete Lakkar Bridge.

Despite being aware of the fact the incomplete elevated bridge was being used as a parking lot, the police has turning a blind eye to to the menace.

A private parking contractor recently removed a bolder from the bridge and started parking vehicles. The contractor is backed by a politician of the area who is receiving a cut from the money collected from the illegal parking lot. The parking lot turns into an open-air tavern in the evening.

Some enthusiastic youngsters are even using the incomplete bridge for motorbike and car stunts.

The vacant space underneath the incomplete Lakkar Bridge flyover is serving as parking lot for shopkeepers of Caliber Plaza.

Deepak Hilori, the newly appointed ACP (Traffic) said he would speak to the SHO concerned about the menace and appropriate action would be taken against the violators.



Youth killed, six hurt in mishaps
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, September 26
A youth in his twenties was killed while six others, including two women, were injured in separate road accidents near Jagraon during past 24 hours.

Kuldeep Singh, a resident of Jagraon, was crushed to death by a speeding vehicle on Sherpur Road last evening.

ASI Baldev Singh said the victim was on his way to a godown where he used to work as a security guard. “The youth was hit by a vehicle when he reached near Old Grain Market. He died on the spot. The driver of the vehicle fled from the spot,” said ASI Baldev Singh.

The police has registered a case against the driver of the vehicle on the statement of the victim's brother, Ravinder Singh. The police handed over the victim’s body to the family after conducting a post-mortem at the Jagraon Civil Hospital.

In a separate accident, six persons, including two women, were injured when three cars collided with each other near Kothe Baggu village on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway today.

The injured have been identified as Kulwant Singh of Ferozepur district, Raghav of Ganganagar, Jaswant Singh of Jangpur near Ludhiana, Balwinder Singh of Bathinda, Sukhwinder Kaur and Amarjit Kaur of Fazilka.

The injured were admitted to the Civil Hospital. Their condition is stated to be out of danger.

Investigating officer ASI Baldev Singh said the accident took place when a car coming from the Ludhiana side collided with another car coming from the opposite direction while trying to overtake another car. Within seconds, another car coming from the Ludhiana side also rammed into the car, said the ASI.

The police has impounded the cars involved in the accident and has recorded the statements of the injured.



White-collar crime on the rise in city
Couple booked for taking Rs 9.5 lakh loan on fake documents
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 26
The industrial city is fast turning into a hub of white-collar crime. A day after the police busted a gang that was behind a multi-crore loan scam, the city police today booked a couple, who in connivance with the manager of a bank, had taken a loan on Rs 9.5 lakh on fake documents.

The accused, Ashok Garg, a resident of Shimlapuri, was today arrested by a team of the Economic Offences Wing, while his wife Veena Garg and Harish Sharma, former manager of ICICI Bank, Miller Gunj branch, are still on the run.

Gagandeep Singh, in charge of the wing, said the couple Ashok and Rajni, who own Ganesh Auto Industry, had taken two loans of Rs 5 lakh and Rs 4.5 lakh by submitting fake property documents.

The fraud came to light when the couple stopped paying instalments to the bank. The bank started 
the process of attaching the property as per RBI guidelines.

Sandeep Gurgeesh, the manager of ICICI Bank, Miller Gunj branch, said the bank employees were shocked to learn that Ashok and Veena had already availed a loan of Rs 16 lakh from UCO Bank, Chaura Bazaar, and Allahabad Bank, Seeta Nagar branch, Jassian Road. It was found that the former bank manager Harish Sharma was involved in the scam and received a huge cut after Ashok availed the loan.

Yesterday, the city police had arrested three persons, including an 80-year-old retired soldier, for taking loans from banks by preparing forged documents of property.

The trio has been identified as 30-year-old Raj Gill, who originally hails from Moga and has taken a showroom in the Ghumar Mandi area, and his accomplices Gurdev Singh an 80-year-old retired Army man and Kuldeep Singh (40), both from Moga. One of their accomplices Amit Kumar is still on the run.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (Atam Nagar) said Mukhtiar Singh said the accused had taken a loan of Rs 3.6 crore from the Bank of Baroda, Phagwara branch, by forging land documents. “Gurdev had posed as a landlord to avail the loan. A case was registered in May this year when the bank authorities learnt about the fraud,” said the ACP.

The gang members used to randomly find a house and click a photograph. They then used to prepare fake documents. The accused had applied for a Rs 3 crore loan from PNB and had also applied for a loan of Rs 7 crore by forging the documents of property in Gobindgarh village. Raj Gill, the kingpin of the gang, is a school dropout.



Hosts claim overall trophy
Tribune News Service

Girls present a giddha performance on the concluding day of the Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival at the Khalsa College for Women in Ludhiana on Thursday
Girls present a giddha performance on the concluding day of the Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival at the Khalsa College for Women in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, September 26
The Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival concluded today at the Khalsa College for Women with the hosts winning the overall trophy.

A wide array of folk and classical dance performances besides traditional songs, kali and kavishri competitions were held on the final day.

In the classical dance category, Aishwarya Daula of the Government College for Girls bagged the first prize. Tanya Thakur from Guru Nanak Girls College came second, while Charu Sachdeva from the Khalsa College for Women bagged the third prize.

In the group dance category, Guru Nanak Girls College, Khalsa College for Women and Ramgarhia Girls College won the top prizes. Tanya Thukur from Guru Nanak Girls College, Himanshi Dhingra from the Khalsa College for Women and Gurpreet Kaur from Ramgarhia Girls College won the individual prizes.

In kavishri, Master Tara Singh Memorial came out victorious. The second and third spots were claimed by Ramgarhia Girls College and Guru Nanak Khalsa College respectively.

Individual prizes were won by Gurjit Kaur, Sukhandeep Kaur and Vineeta.

In vaar, Master Tara Singh College, Guru Nanak Girls College and the host college won the top three prizes.

In kali, Master Tara Singh College came first, followed by the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women and Khanna-based AS College for Women. Individual prizes went to Jasmine Akhtar, Prabhjot Kaur and Sukhandeep Kaur.

In the folk dance category, Guru Nanak Girls College, Government College for Girls and Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women won the top prizes. Sandeep Kaur, Gursharan Kaur and Kanika Bhandari won the individual prizes.

In traditional songs event, Ramgarhia Girls College bagged the first prize. Guru Nanak Girls College and the AS College for Women won the second and third prize repectively. Jeewanpreet Kaur, Arvinder Kaur and Ramandeep Kaur won individual prizes.

The versatile performer

Sunny, who sang both Gujarati and Marathi songs during the youth festival, can sing in as many as nine Indian languages, including Rajasthani, Haryanvi, Dogri and Sindhi, besides English. "Although I can't speak the languages, I can sing in these languages to perfection,” he says. Sunny says music is more about melody; so, he can learn any song, irrespective of the language. Besides singing, Sunny can also play 12 musical instruments. To showcase his talent, he travels to various states to participate in college fests and musical programmes, he says.



surprise checking
600 railway passengers challaned
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 26
The Railway authorities have challaned more than 600 persons in an inter-divisional surprise checking at Ludhiana railway station. They were travelling without ticket and were violating other norms.

The drive of the Commercial Department of the Railways continued till late evening. However, the authorities did not disclose that for how long they would run the drive, but it was expected to continue on Friday.

A team of Travelling Ticket Examiners from Ambala led by Additional Commercial Manager, Ferozepur Division, began checking the tickets of the passengers this morning.

Tarlok Singh, Additional Commercial Manager, Ferozepur Division, said, "We have challaned more than 600 persons for not carrying tickets and violating other rules. We can't say for how long the drive will continue. The passengers have been our main focus today. We did not count the amount, collected during the ongoing drive".



2 factories raided, documents seized
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 26
The Excise and Taxation Department conducted raids on two factories and seized documents.

The raid was conducted by the mobile wing of the department, under the supervision of Jaskaran Singh Brar.

According to available information, the raids were conducted at MR Fibres and Narula Traders. MR Fibres, manufacturers of crackers, with two units at Machhiwara and Jalandhar Bypass, respectively, surrendered Rs 39 lakh to the department.

The officials seized the documents of Narula Traders to make an assessment of their income and penalise them accordingly.



Withdrawal of facility proves costly for bank
Told to pay Rs 5,000 as compensation to consumer
Rajneesh Lakhanpal
Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 26
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed IndusInd Bank to pay Rs 5,000 as compensation to an aggrieved consumer on account of mental pain, agony and harassment suffered by him.

Charging money from the customer, as non-maintainance charges, despite providing zero balance facility, proved costly for the banker, as they were also directed to pay Rs 2,000 as litigation costs.

District Consumer Forum president RL Ahuja and its member, Priti Malhotra, passed the orders while deciding the complaint filed by a city lawyer, Sanjay Vashisht. The bank was also ordered to return the money charged from the consumer.

The complainant had submitted before the court that at the time of opening the saving account at the Feroze Gandhi market branch of IndusInd Bank, he was provided zero balance facility by the banker along with other lawyers.

It was claimed that the same facility was provided to a large number of city lawyers, who had opened their account with the bank, when the said branch was established a few years ago. But last year, the bank authorities backtracked and withdrew the same unilaterally.

He objected to the same, but all in vain. The bank officials kept on dilly dallying with the matter on one pretext or the other, but failed to return the money deducted from his account.

On the other hand, the bank officials denied that they had provided the zero balance facility to the complainant.

It was pleaded by them that the complainant was having no legal right to file a case.

But even then they had already reimbursed the amount charged on account of not-maintaining the minimum balance in the saving account of the complainant, in order to avoid any unnecessary litigation, claimed the Bank.

But after appreciating the evidence on record, the forum did not agree with the version of the bank.

It also found that the bank officials failed to reimburse the amount, as claimed by them.



CBDT tightens norms to deal with ‘non-filers’
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 26
Non-filers of Income Tax be cautious as the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has tightened norms to deal with "non-filers" of income tax returns and has also asked its officers to follow uniform procedure in handling such cases.

In order to streamline the processing of cases related to non-filing of income tax returns, the CBDT has issued standard operating procedure to ensure consistency in monitoring "Non-Filers Monitoring System" (NMS) cases by the Assessing Officers.

"The existing procedure for monitoring cases of non- filers of IT returns have been examined by the Board. At present, cases of non-filers are not being uniformly monitored by the Assessing Officers due to lack of consistency in approach in dealing with such cases," the CBDT said in a communication to its top officers.

"As per the guidelines, the Assessing Officer has to issue letter to the assessee within 15 days of the case being assigned in NMS, seeking information about the return of income flagged in the system," said a senior IT official.

In cases where the assessee has been identified and no return has been filed within 30 days of the time given in the letter, the Assessing Officer should consider initiation of proceedings as prescribed.

The department has also made it clear that it will to go after recalcitrant taxpayers and the exercise will continue till all potential non-filers are covered.



Naib tehsildar arrives late, applicants suffer
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 26
Visitors to the Sub-Registrar’s office (East) were put to inconvenience as the official concerned (naib tehsildar) was not in his office till 1.30 pm today.

More than 250 applicants had to wait for three hours to get their land deals registered. An applicant said: “We have come from Mumbai to get our land deal registered and are waiting since 10 am for the official. But the staff has no clue when the official will come.”

Shiv Ram, another applicant, said: “Though we have been given tokens, we don't know for how long we will be made to wait. The authorities should have deputed somebody else for the work.”

DC issues instructions

Taking a serious note of the inconvenience faced by applicants, Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal issued standing instructions to tehsildars and naib tehsildars at all Sub-Registrar offices that the registries should be done on a priority. “Though the officials were busy in election training, it does not mean that the applicants are made to suffer,” said Aggarwal.



property tax
Tewari flays state govt
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 26
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari today lashed out at the Akali-BJP government in the state for imposing the property tax on the people of the state. “It simply amounts to picking pockets of helpless people to fill the empty coffers of the state,” he said, in a statement issued here today.

Demanding the immediate withdrawal of the tax, he said, it was not only exorbitant but “absolutely uncalled for”.

Tewari, who represents the Ludhiana parliamentary constituency, said these taxes would not revive the economy.

The Minister said the government should rather build the trust of the people and the investors, which could lead to revenue generation.

Meanwhile, Tewari sought an early start of the Amritsar-Lal Kuan (Uttarakhand) train via Chandigarh, which had already been approved by the Railway Ministry. Tewari said the train would provide a long-awaited rail link between the people of Punjab and Punjabis settled in the Terai region of Uttarakhand.

He also sought a stoppage for the train at the Bazpur railway station.



Dancers showcase cultural diversity
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 26
"Had it not been for the youth festival, I wouldn't have known that such a wonderful dance form existed," said Arshpreet Kaur, after performing Marathi Gondal during the group dance competition on the concluding day of the zonal youth festival at the Khalsa College for Women.

Arshpreet, who was a part of the group from SDP College, said: "There were many simple but elegant steps in the dance, and it was very rhythmic.”

"Although dance shows have become very popular on television, classical dances are missing from the shows,” said Anjani, a dance teacher.

The reality television is more about acrobatics and less about dance, she said.

“There should be competitions for classical dancers as well,” said Anjani.

"Although we read about India’s rich cultural diversity, we only get to see it at such youth festivals that showcase various classical dance forms," said Neelam.

"Although I was planning to learn Salsa, after the festival I’ll rather go for Indian classical dance forms. These are rooted to our culture," said another participant.

‘Comparing apples with oranges’

With a bowl of water on top of her head and a metal plate on which she balanced herself, Charu swayed her neck and moved her eyes, as she captivated the audiences with her Kuchipudi performace.

Aishwarya too moved energetically during her Kathak performance. Keeping pace with the beats of the drum and the vocal notes, the sound of her ghungroos reverberated in the auditorium.

At the end of the performances, however, many wondered how the judges will compare a Kathak performance with a Kuchipudi one.

"It is like comparing apples with oranges," said a dance trainer.

One of the judges, Dr Nahar Singh, however, said it was not possible to have different categories for different dance forms. He said the judgement was based on how well an artiste performed.

“Parameters such as rhythm, expressions and body language are common to all the classical dance forms,” said Dr Nahar.



Drama dominates Day 2 at Doraha
Lovleen Bains

Students stage a play during a youth fest at Guru Nanak National College in Doraha on Thursday
Students stage a play during a youth fest at Guru Nanak National College in Doraha on Thursday. A tribune photograph

Doraha, September 26
Drama dominated the scene while histrionics, skit, mime, mimicry, elocution, poetry and debate went side by side on the second day of Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival being organised for the Zone-A colleges of Ludhiana at Guru Nanak National College here.

Former state transport minister Tej Parkash Singh Kotli was the chief guest. After congratulating the college authorities for taking the initiative to conduct the festival, he exhorted the students to exhibit their talent and carve a niche for themselves and their institution.

Principal of the college Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu welcomed all the dignitaries.

The top three positions in various events were claimed by the following:

  • Drama: AS College, Khanna; GNN College, Doraha; SCD Government College
  • Drama (individual): Amarjit Singh (AS College, Khanna), Rahul Rajpal (SCD Government College), Vasuda Jain (Sri Aurobindo College)
  • Histrionics: Arya College, GNN College, Govt Evening College
  • Mimicry: Prabhjot Kaur (GNN College, Doraha), Balram (Arya College), Varun Kaushal (GPC Alour)
  • Elocution: Harmanpreet Kaur (KLSD College), Partik Kumar (Atam Vallah Jain College), Ritisha Dua (SCD Government College)
  • Poem recitation: Himani Vaid (Atam Vallabh Jain College), Vipun Gupta (Kamla Lohtia College), Deep Kamal (SCD Government College)
  • Group singing (team): Guru Nanak National College, Doraha; SCD Government College; AS College
  • Group singing (individual): Sunaina (GPC College, Alour), Fariyad Ali (GNN College, Doraha), Mithun Kumar (SCD Government College)
  • Folk song: Fariyad Ali (GNN College, Doraha), Harwinder Kaur (GPC College, Alour), Hinna Rani (AS College)
  • Geet/ghazal: Rajnish Kumar (SCD Government College), Simranjit Singh (Khalsa College, Ludhiana), Tanu Verma (AS College, Khanna)



MCPI rules out coalition with Congress, BJP
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 26
Ahead of the Parliamentary polls, MCPI (U), during its state-level meet at Doraha, pitched for ‘alternative front’ based on alternative economic policies. Ruling out any coalition with the two major political parties, BJP and Congress, the leaders said the left democratic parties should come together on a common platform.

The party discards the Prime Ministerial candidates from both the Congress and the BJP, said the senior leaders.

The leaders said instead of promoting personality cult, the political parties should choose the leaders who reflect the aspirations of a common man.

Accusing BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi of playing the communal card, the party leaders said Punjab should wean itself away from the communal politics.

“While Modi lacks secular credentials, Rahul Gandhi is too inexperienced to lead the country,” alleged National general secretary Kuldip Singh.

The MCPI (U) politburo meet discussed various national and international issues that have far-reaching ramifications. Among those who attended the meet included, M Rajan from Kerala, VK Chaudhary from Bihar, TN Singh and Mohammad Gaus from UP and Andhra Pradesh, respectively, and Gopi Kishan from Rajasthan.



0001 fetches Rs 4.10 lakh
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 26
The craze for vanity numbers among city residents refuses to die down, as series PB 10 DQ, 0001 was sold for Rs 4.10 lakh at an auction today.

The auction was held by the District Transport Office at Bachat Bhawan. The department generated Rs 29.87 lakh through the auction of vanity numbers.

District Transport Officer Anil Garg said that the auction of vanity numbers had always got a good response from residents. "Besides, DQ series, the remaining numbers of PB 10 DN series were also auctioned today, which fetched Rs 1.18 lakh to the department", said Garg.He further said that he was happy with the response.



pollution control
Delegations meet PPCB chairman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 26
A delegation of CICU and other Industrial Associations held a meeting with the chairman, Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), to bring down the pollution level in the city.

Ravinder Singh, IAS, chairman, PPCB, accompanied by member secretary, Dr Babu Ram, and senior environmental engineers Kamlesh Garg and Kulwant Singh, held a meeting with the key representatives of Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings, Effluent Treatment Society and United Cycle Parts and Manufacturing Association and urged the industrialists to make every possible efforts to control the pollution level discharged from their units.

“All those who are yet to become a member of Ludhiana Effluent Treatment Society should attain their membership by October 15, so that they become eligible to get their effluents lifted,” said the chairman.

The chairman also ensured to hold meeting with Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, for working out on an amicable solution regarding problems being faced by industrialists for approval of a site plan. He stated that in case of harassment by any official of his department, necessary action will be initiated.

Meanwhile a delegation of Bicycle Research and Development Organisation (BRADO) also met the chairman, PPCB, at Circuit House and submitted a memorandum regarding the problems faced by industries.

The delegation requested the chairman to impose the VDS scheme, so that industries which were not covered under the board and were not lifting effluents to JBR technologies could get enrolled without any penalty.

Besides the delegation also discussed issues related to the set up of separate pipelines, from Phase VIII, to Common Effluent Treatment Plant.



Students welcomed

Ludhiana, September 26
A welcome function was organised to greet the newly-admitted students of the College of Basic Sciences and Humanities (COBSH) of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). Diverse themes of concern such as heal the earth with love, corruption, female foeticide, terrorism, deforestation and inflation were highlighted during the programme.

Dr RS Sidhu, dean, COBSH, encouraged the new entrants to work hard to achieve their targets. A ‘Handbook of Media Laws’ was also released on the occasion. — TNS



Teachers of aided schools get salaries

Ludhiana, September 26
The Treasury Department today cleared and released the salaries of around 500 teachers of the aided schools in the district that were pending for five months.

Thanking Principal Secretary, Finance, Punjab, DP Reddy, the president of the Aided School Teachers' Union, Shivinder Singh, and press secretary Devinder Rehan said he had always given a patient hearing to them.

“Though the grant had been released, anomalies on the part of the Directorate Public Instruction delayed the disbursement of salaries,” said Rehan. — TNS



from schools
Children post cards
Students post handmade cards to their parents in a replica of a letterbox at Penguin Castle Preschool in Ludhiana
Students post handmade cards to their parents in a replica of a letterbox at Penguin Castle Preschool in Ludhiana. A Tribune Photograph

Ludhiana: Students of Penguin Castle Preschool, Udham Singh Nagar, learnt about the working of postal services. They were told how a letters were collected from a letterbox, taken to the post office, sorted out and delivered by the postman. The children posted handmade postcards addressed to their parents in a replica of a letterbox put up in their classroom. The school would deliver these postcards to their parents, said school director Kamal Preet Kaur.

Dance competition

A solo dance competition was organised for the Kindergarten students at the GRD Academy. Wearing colourful costumes, children danced on various songs including “Nanha Munha Rahi Hu”. The best two dancers from each class were given prizes.

Gender equality

Raising the issue of gender equity, students of Ram Lal Bhasin Public School observed Girl Child Day. Senior students voiced their concern over many sensitive issues including child marriage and physical as well as mental violence against girls. They also recited many poems giving the message to save the girl child. Students of the middle wing made posters depicting the brutal treatment meted out to girls. — TNS



Ludhiana Scan
State function

On the occasion of International Elderly Day, a state-level programme dedicated to the elderly people will be organised on October 1 at Government College for Girls. This was informed by the social security officer, Inderpreet Kaur.

PPCC meeting

A meeting of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee was held on Thursday in Dugri. Speaking on the occasion, the senior Congress leader, Krishan Kumar Bawa, alleged people are suffering under the rule of the Akali-BJP government, as they are yet to fulfil the promises they made during the times of elections.

Attacks flayed

Jagdev Singh Jassowal, chairman of Desh Bhagat Yaadgiri Society, Punjab, condemned the recent attacks in Pakistan and Kenya. “Efforts should be taken at an international level to curb such kind of horrific attacks. We can progress only if peace is maintained, steps should be taken for the same,” said Jassowal.

Union meeting

Jatt farmers have been omitted from the list of backward class category. A meeting of Bharti Kissan Union was held here on Thursday in this regard. Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, president, speaking on the occasion, said, Jatt farmers should be included in the list of backward class so that they can also avail the benefits given to this category.

Fashion week
Actors Simran Kaur Mundi and Arjan Bajwa at a press conference held for the announcement of a fashion week in Ludhiana on Thursday
Actors Simran Kaur Mundi and Arjan Bajwa at a press conference held for the announcement of a fashion week in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Blenders Pride Punjab International Fashion Week (BPPIFW) will be organised for the fourth consecutive year, said actor Arjan Bajwa, who was in the city for the launch of the fashion week. Bajwa said the fashion week has been providing platform to Punjab-based fashion designers and also bringing in big-brands and designers to the city. The fashion week will be organised from October 3 to 6. Actor Simran Kaur Mundi along with designers Sonu Gandhi, Mandeep Litt, Sundeep Singh and Sulakshna Monga were also present on the occasion. Rose Creations, Sonu Gandhi, Mumtaz Khan, Riyaz Gangji, Jattinn Kochhar, Mandeep Litt, Sundeep Singh and Ravi Singh, AD Singh, Aslam Khan and Rocky S would participate during the fashion week, the organisers announced.

Prayer meet

Vets Club, Ludhiana, held a prayer meeting, on the premises of the club, wishing for a speedy recovery of Dr SK Kalia, IPS, SSP, Pathankot. Kalia is being treated for severe accidental injuries, in Fortis hospital, Mohali. Dr Kalia, also a veterinarian, was seriously injured while travelling in his official car, which was hit by a truck, a few days ago. Kalia was on his way to attend to a complaint against the illegal sand mining mafia.

Grievances aired

A delegation of Bajigar Mahamandal met Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal. The delegation was led by Kasturi Lal Khiva. They congratulated the new DC for his appointment here and apprised him of the problems the Bajigar community is facing at present, said a member of the delegation. —TNS



Habit-forming tablets seized
Our Correspondent

Khamano, September 26
The Khamano police has arrested a person at a naka near Kalewal village and recovered as many as 800 tablets of Phenotil from his possession. The accused has been identified as 21-year-old Jatinder Singh, a resident of Sanghol.

Assistant Superintendent Inspector Baljinder Singh said, at a naka near Sanghol, Khamano police team signaled the accused to stop, who was going on his motorcycle. The team checked him on grounds of suspicion and seized eight pouches of Phenotil, containing 100 tablets each, and a total of about 800 tablets. He was arrested on the spot.

A peon at a government school, a case is already lying pending against the accused at a court. On an earlier occasion, smack was seized from him, after which he was produced in a court, which sent him to a 14-day judicial custody.

A case has been registered against the accused. Investigations were on.

13-kg poppy husk recovered, 1 held

Machhiwara: The Machhiwara police has arrested a person and recovered 13 kg of poppy husk from his possession. The accused has been identified as 35-year-old Balbir Singh, alias Bira, a resident of Mehadipur village. He is a truck driver by profession.

As per Station House Officer, Machhiwara, Harjinder Singh Benipal, “A police party of Machiwara police had laid a naka near Mehadipur village. The accused was signalled to stop, but he tried to escape. He was later nabbed by the policemen and during the interrogation; 20 kg of poppy husk was recovered.”

A case under the NDPS act has been registered against the accused. He has been sent to 14 days judicial custody.



crime briefs
Two drug peddlers arrested
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 26
The city police today arrested two drug peddlers and seized 40 gm of heroin and 90 gm of psychotropic powder from their possession.

The contraband estimated to be over Rs 21 lakh in the international market was being taken by the accused identified as Gurinder Singh and Davinder Singh, both residents of Kishore Nagar and Tibba Road respectively, for the purpose of selling it further. Satish Malhotra, ACP- East, said that the duo who were riding a motorcycle, were nabbed from Kishore Nagar following a tip-off.

Two commit suicide

Two persons committed suicide by hanging themselves from a ceiling fan at their respective houses in different parts of the city today. In the first incident, Kuldeep Singh (36) committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his house in Ambedkar Nagar. He was 36- year- old and was a chronic drug addict. His wife had also disserted him recently. In the second incident, Pawan Kumar, a daily wage earner and a resident of New Kuldeep Nagar, committed suicide at his house by hanging himself from a ceiling fan. Financial crisis were stated to be the reason behind the extreme step.

Woman booked

The city police has arrested a woman under the Essential Commodities ACT for illegal selling of subsidised kerosene in black. The police has arrested Usha Rani, a Karyana shop owner, and seized 350 liter of kerosene from her possession. The police said, Usha Rani, a resident of Kabir Nagar in Salem Tabri, was procuring the subsidised kerosene and was selling it in factory units.

Freak accident

A 52-year-old private security guard working for an industrialist died after an accidental fire from a double barrel rifle in Tagore Nagar last night. The victim identified as Ranjit Singh, a resident of Purran village near Mullapur, was working as a private security guard for Dhruv Garg. The incident took place at Dhruv Garg's residence when the fire went off accidentally from the personal weapon of Ranjit Singh and the bullet hit him in the neck. Ranjit was rushed to Civil Hospital where he was declared brought dead. The police has initiated inquest proceedings.



Sher-e -Punjab Sports Academy pugilist shines
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, September 26
Another feather was added to the cap of Sher-e-Punjab Sports Academy, Chakar, near Jagraon when Karandeep Singh, a trainee of the academy clinched a gold medal in the 46th Punjab Junior Boxing Championship. The event was organised at Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School, Doraha.

As per the information given by Balwant Singh Sandhu, chief administrator of Sher-e-Punjab Sports Academy, Karandeep Singh defeated pugilists from Ludhiana, Moga and Sunam to reach the final of the championship. In the final bout, Karandeep Singh defeated Kuldeep Singh of Patiala to clinch the gold medal.

Karandeep was given a warm welcome by the villagers and administrators of the academy when he returned to the village after taking part in the meet.



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