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Rail travel becomes costlier
Residents, representatives of trade and industry oppose 2 per cent hike
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 8
The 2 per cent hike in train fares, which came into effect from Monday, has burnt a hole in passengers’ pockets who are already feeling the burden of inflation and rising prices of all essential commodities.

With the increase in fares on account of fuel adjustment component (FAC), travellers in all classes from second sleeper to fist AC will have to shell out more money while a marginal increase of 1.7 per cent in freight rates will also be applicable from October 10.

Travel to New Delhi by the Shatabdi Express will cost Rs 23 more in Ist AC and Rs 11 more in AC chair car. Similarly, rail travel to the national capital in 2nd sleeper will become dearer by nearly Rs 3, in AC chair car by Rs 9, Rs 11 in 3 AC sleeper, Rs 15 in 2 AC sleeper and Rs 25 in Ist AC.

Those travelling to Mumbai will have to pay Rs 12 more in 2nd sleeper, Rs 31 in 3 AC sleeper, Rs 45 in 2 AC sleeper and Rs 77 more in Ist AC sleeper.

Travellers in the Rajdhani Express from New Delhi to Bangaluru will have to pay an additional Rs 95 in the Ist AC sleeper.

Officials of the railways said the increase in the cost of diesel and electricity during the current year had put an additional burden of more than Rs 1,200 crore on the Railways. The price of diesel has gone up by 7.3 per cent while the electricity has become dearer by 15.5 per cent. "This has necessitated hike in rail fare by two per cent and freight by 1.7 per cent on account of the FAC,” said an official.

Even as the increase in rail fares is marginal, there is resentment among city residents, especially members of business and industry.

Mohinder Aggarwal, secretary, Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal, said: “This is the second increase in the fares during the current year. Travel had become costlier when the fares were revised in January 2013 before the Railway Budget. The government is putting burden on passengers whereas no facilities are being made available both on the railway stations and on board the trains.”

Rajiv Sethi, a hosiery manufacturer, said the hike in freight rates would have a cascading effect on the price line as the burden will have to be ultimately passed on to the consumers.


Regularisation of properties: Relief for residents
Govt exempts colonies developed before 1995 from paying development charges
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 8
Residents of illegal colonies that were developed before 1995 heaved a sigh of relief after the state government relaxed norms for regularisation.

It is learnt that almost half of the 50,000 illegal units identified by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation fall in colonies developed before 1995.

With this, the plans of the civic body to earn revenue have been dashed as around 100 illegal colonies have been developed before 1995.

The process of regularisation of illegal and unapproved colonies and properties started on August 28 with October 7 as the last date to submit forms. However, the government extended the date till October 25 on Monday. The government also issued orders to exempt colonies that were developed before 1995. “The residents of illegal/unapproved colonies developed before 1995 who have already deposited development charges and compounding fee would not get a refund,” said an official of the MC. The MC has also decided to seek clarification from the state government about illegal structures (not falling in illegal/unapproved colonies) constructed before 1995. “We want a clarification whether the structures constructed before 1995 and not falling in illegal/unapproved colonies, have been exempted,” said a building branch official. 

Civic body collects Rs 25 lakh

The number of applicants visiting the MC offices fell considerably on Tuesday after the government extended the last date for getting properties falling in illegal/unapproved colonies regularised till October 25. The MC managed to collect just Rs 25 lakh on Tuesday.



6 more test positive for dengue
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 8
Six more cases of dengue were reported from hospitals in the district. Out of these, four patients belong to Ludhiana.

District epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma said: “No dengue death has been reported in the district so far.”

Source revealed that a patient who died at Mohandai Oswal Hospital on October 6 was suffering from acute respiratory distress syndrome.

The patients who tested for dengue today are undergoing treatment at the CMCH, Ludhiana. They belong to Aman Nagar, Islam Ganj, Hargobid Nagar and Khanna. Two patients are from Jammu and Kashmir.

With this the number of patients suffering from dengue in the district has reached 201.

The Civil Surgeon has urged the residents to keep their windows and doors open during the fogging operation.

The joint teams of the health department and the municipal corporation will carry out awareness drives. The teams will also check coolers, uncovered containers and issue challans to defaulters.

The residents have been advised to keep their coolers clean and to dry them once a week. They have been asked not to keep uncovered water containers and tyres near their houses.

The advisor has also been issued to schools, colleges, hostels, hotels, restaurants and under construction buildings.



Two wild cats cremated
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 8
The carcasses of two Royal Bengal tigresses, who died on Saturday and Sunday, were cremated near the tiger safari today.

The wild cats were not buried as the wildlife department wanted to make sure that their skins were not misused.

As the tiger skin and body parts are in great demand. The authorities thought that it would be difficult to secure the area from tiger skin smugglers.

There have been incidents in the past when smugglers had exhumed the carcass of wild cats for their skin.

“The tigresses were cremated due to security reasons," said divisional forest officer (DFO) Daljit Singh Brar. The post-mortem of tigresses Mohini (15) and Elaichi (17) was conducted at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University.

The tiger safari now has three wild cats, two males and a female.

The authorities are planning to bring more tigresses from Chattbir zoo.

Dr Kirti Dua, head of the head of wildlife centre, GADVASU, also suggested conducting blood tests of all animals at the zoo to detect weather the tigress died of any alien infection.

The symptoms behind the death of both the wild cats were the same. It is suspected that the meat provided to them could have weakened their metabolism.

Carcass has to be destroyed: Officials

A wildlife official said the practice of destroying the carcass of animals was introduced so the animal was not killed deliberately for its skin and other parts. “As per the Forest Conservation Act, we have to destroy the carcass. We cannot sell the remains of the animal for monetary benefits," said DFO Daljit Singh Brar.



Taxpayers inconvenienced
Computers lying defunct for the past one month at Tagore Nagar office
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 8
Taxpayers of Range III of the Income Tax Department located at Tagore Nagar are facing inconvenience in filing their returns manually as the computer system at the office is lying defunct.

Last month, there was a short circuit at the office, following which the computer system got corrupted. It has been nearly a month and the department is yet to rectify its system. As a result, the sticker receipts are not being issued by the department.

"I have been making rounds of the department to get my returns filed manually. Initially, they were not accepting it and now that they have started accepting it, but they are not issuing sticker receipts for the returns submitted. The department is putting a stamp on the returns filed. But the banks only accept the sticker receipt. When I asked a department official, they asked me to collect be receipt later on," said Sukhjinder Singh, a tax payer.

Adding further, Jatinder Khurana, president of the Taxation Young Lawyers Association said that the department should have opened a counter at Rishi Nagar main office as the tax payers are facing a lot of difficulty. It is very sad that the system is still not fully functional yet," said he.

Another tax payer said that he was able to deposit his return after making several rounds of the department, but the work was still incomplete as he was not issued sticker receipt by the department, rued Manjit Singh.



NRHM employees call off strike
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 8
After observing two days pen-down strike, NRHM employees have called off their strike and have decided to resume to their duties from Thursday.

Dinesh Gulati, president of the NRHM Union, said, "Our Punjab president Avtar Singh told us that the Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab, held a meeting with the NRHM Union today at Chandigarh and assured that the process of regularising the ANMs would be completed by Diwali. And on the basis of this, other employees of the NRHM will also be regularised. On getting this assurance we called off our srike."Earlier, the employees stayed away from their respective offices and did not work for the whole day. This affected the functioning of the Health Department as the clerical staff, ANMs, homeopathic medical officers and ayurvedic medical officers working under the National Rural Health Mission remained on strike.

Gulati said that if their demands were not fulfilled till Diwali, they would again intensify their struggle.



adulteration of food
Fine imposed on restaurant owner

Ludhiana, October 8
Keeping in view the coming festival season and the malpractices of adulteration that is rampant during this time, the Additional Deputy Commissioner (G), Neeru Katyal, today fined some of the eating joints and shop owners for violating the Food Security Act.

"The reports of the samples collected earlier have come now and we have imposed a fine on those who have been found guilty. Keeping in view the upcoming festival season, we want people to know that adulteration is a big problem faced by our nation and awareness is the only solution. The samples of ghee, cheese, sweets and chutney were collected by us. Those found guilty will have to pay a fine between Rs 10,000 and Rs 5 lakh," said Katyal.

Those found guilty include Chawla Restaurant and have been fined Rs 10,000. The sample of chutney collected from the restaurant failed the test. Meanwhile paan masalas of Dabang Paan Masala and Shehnai Paan Masala brand were without the label of the manufacturer. Both the samples were collected from a departmental store . — TNS



Youth festival kicks off at Vet varsity
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 8
Not only fun and recreation but serious issues of society also seem to be primary concerns of today's youth. The spirit was reflected in the ongoing youth festival of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU). The day was of formal inauguration of song, dance and theatrical events. Dr VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor, GADVASU, inaugurated the fest at open air theatre of PAU.

Dr Taneja said these movements will remain long lasting and cherished memories of youth. We must enjoy this time to recollect in our old age. Prior to inauguration ceremony, three on-campus colleges of the vet varsity along with School of Animal Biotechnology, Vet Polytechnic Kaljharani, Khalsa College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Amritsar, exhibited beautiful and meaningful pageant in their procession.

The procession started from college of veterinary science and it showcased the social issues of female abuse, lawlessness, female feticide, corruption, dowry and animal safety. Beautifully choreographed, these scenes depicted social concerns of existing era as well as expressed the high level of awareness and vision of students. The dedication towards responsibility was apparent from their acts. Dr Satinder Pal Singh Sangha, DSW and convener of the Youth Festival said the students were very excited for participation in youth festival. It was a valuable time which shows the multi-dimensions of life through art, culture and literature. In today's event, all the three colleges on campus along with School of Animal Biotechnology, Vet Polytechnic College, Kaljharani, Khalsa College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Amritsar, particapted. Dr Darshan Singh Barhi, organising secretary, revealed the results of today's events.

Cultural procession: 1. College of Dairy Science & Technology, 2. College of Fisheries, 3. College of veterinary Science.

Folk song (solo): 1. Vikram Kamboj (College of Veterinary Science), 2. Barinder (Khalsa College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Amritsar), 3. Sumanpreet Kaur (College of Veterinary Science).

Creative dance (solo): 1. Anirudh (College of Veterinary Science), 2. Manvi (Khalsa College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Amritsar), 3. Gulgul (College of Fisheries).

Dr Darshan Singh Barhi, said tomorrow's events in the morning session will be shabad gayan/bhajan, western song and afternoon session of mimicry and one-act play. The venue will remain same, Open Air Theatre at the PAU.



ban on student politics
Youngsters face leadership deficit
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 8
The ban on electoral student politics seems to have led to an unproductive political practice in colleges and universities. It is a routine affair that self-styled student leaders paste their posters in the educational institutes and their rival groups tear it. The practice has been prevailing for the past several years without contributing anything to the state politics.

Learning no lessons from the clash that took place a week ago due to posters, the students of Punjab Agricultural University entered "poster war" yesterday too.

The political experts from the city blamed the main stream political parties, not to withdraw the ban on the student politics in the state.

"The politicians of the main stream parties have their own interest to ban the students' election in the state. In the absence of student politics the established politicians get chance to establish their family members as politicians,” said Santokh Singh, an educationalist.

Dr Amarjit Singh Bhullar, a senior professor at the PAU said, “The ban on the student politics has been making exclusion of the natural talented leaders, who come from common people. In the absence of the student elections, the participation of poor and backward individuals is negated. People of a particular class have been dominating in the politics which are not from.”

“It was during militancy, when the state had imposed s ban on the students' politics. But since now there is peace in the state, so ban is not justified. The student politics used to train school for the students in past. The self-styled groups on the name of student politics are highly condemnable. The government has to take strict actions against such leaders,” said Jaipal Singh, a senior professor at SCD Government College.



Lobbying on for district Youth Akali Dal chief
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 8
Hectic lobbying for the post of the president of the district (urban) Youth Akali Dal (YAD) is on.

The October 1st and the earlier “Go Green” rallies of the YAD in the district were individual shows of strength by aspiring district chiefs.

Three rallies under the headship of YAD general secretaries and other youth leaders were held during the October 1st visit of YAD chief Bikram Singh Majithia in Ludhiana. The Naujawan Chetna Rally was led by YAD national general secretary Gurpreet Singh Babbal, while the “Halla Bol” rally was organised by YAD national general secretary Jasdeep Singh Kaunke, councillor Tarsem Singh Binder and YAD media in charge Surinder Singh Grewal. The Lalkar Rally was organised under the leadership of YAD general secretary Tanvir Dhaliwal, who is also a councillor.

Leaving no stone unturned to ensure an impressive turnout, the YAD leaders were eager to put their best foot forward during Majithia’s recent visit. The youth leaders admitted that they had worked hard to ensure an impressive gathering at their respective rallies.

Among the aspirants for the post of the YAD district (urban) chief include Dhaliwal, Binder, Babbal, senior youth leader Gurdeep Singh Gosha, national YAD vice-presidents Meetpal Singh Dugri and Ravinder Pal Singh Minku.

Ahead of parliamentary polls, it’s imperative to strengthen the YAD at all levels as the youth are a significant component of the electorate, said a senior party leader, adding that it was expected that the district chief would be nominated within a fortnight.

“The YAD has played a significant role in past elections. Whosoever is nominated as the district chief will have to discharge his duty with utmost responsibility and sincerity,” said Dhaliwal.

There are indications that two or even three YAD leaders may be nominated as the district (urban) chiefs. The rural wing of the district YAD has two chiefs – Kanwaljit Singh Malla and Yadvinder Singh Yadu. However, a Youth Akali Dal leader, requesting anonymity, observed that too many district chiefs would diminish the authority of the YAD district chief.

When contacted, YAD president Bikram Singh Majithia said he had already consulted Punjab Deputy Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal.

“As soon as the first meeting of the Akali Dal body (post Sukhbir Badal’s re-election as the party president) is convened, the future course of action for all wings of the Akali Dal will be chalked out,” he added.



Voter-ship bill demanded
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana August 8
The Voters’ Party International organised a meeting at the Circuit House here today.

Bharat Gandhi, Incharge, parliament affairs cell of the party, presided over the meeting.

Bharat Gandhi said that there were many people who were condemning the political parties for various reasons but no one had an alternative to solve the problems of the nation.

When honest leaders like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and VP Singh failed to bring any change, how could other leaders do that. Gandhi demanded that the votership bill in the parliament be passed to solve existing problems .

As per this proposed bill by Gandhi, every voter in the country would be able to get voter pension, which would be Rs 1,750 per month.



PAU to beef up security
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana August 8
The authorities of Punjab Agricultural University are going to beef up the security to prevent the outside youths, who enter the campus with "evil intention".

According to the sources, senior officials at the PAU have decided to keep a tab on the outsiders in a meeting today. Meanwhile, leaders of both the students' groups keep visiting offices to get the recognition from the authorities.

However, the security officer yesterday said they would remove all the posters of both the groups but they have failed to do so. The students of Hostel No 1 denied their involvement in the incident that happened yesterday.

Aarjun Singh, a final year student of College of Agricultural, said, "No one from Hostel Number 1 is involved in the yesterday's incident. The hockey sticks and other weapons were not recovered from the students belong to hostel number one. Some miscreants came with the hockey sticks are weapons to defame the students of Hostel Number 1."

Teerath Singh Rai, a student leader said, "Some of the notorious student entered in our peaceful gathering to defame the unity of students. The students from all the hostels are supporting us."

Balwainder Singh, Dean Student Welfare said, "Both the groups approached us today. We will try to maintain the peace and friendship among the students. The students' groups have to elect their leaders jointly. We will try to clear the confusions between both the groups.”



Boy unites with family after 6 years
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 8
A 14-year-old boy, who had gone missing nearly six years united with his family in Mandi Gobindgarh here today. The boy, identified as Deepak Chaudhary, had gone missing in December 2007 while returning from school.

Deepak, who was then seven, found himself on the streets of Banaras. It is not yet clear how he reached Banaras. Fortunately, a good samaritan then sent him in a government-run Child Home.

He used to tell the authorities of the Child Home authorities that he had gone missing from Gobind Nagar in Ludhiana. Finally, the child home authorities find the whereabouts of Deepak's parents after communicating with city authorities.



FASII to develop website on defaulters
Will provide details of persons who have stalled payments to suppliers
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 8
Adopting a self-defence mode, the Ludhiana industry is soon coming up with a website which will provide details about those defaulters who have not been making payments to suppliers regularly. Keeping legal points in view, it will also try to upload the photographs of the defaulters on the website and thus teaching a lesson to the defaulting party.

The increasing list of payment defaulters is becoming a big hurdle in running the Industry, due to which genuine manufacturers and traders are suffering.

To make the industry aware of the defaulters, the Federation of Small Industries of India (FASII) will soon launch the website, www.badpaymasters.info .

The increasing trend of late and dead payments have resulted in closure of many units. Recently, many companies have disappeared without clearing the dues of innocent manufacturers.

"Many large-scale companies, exporters and traders have disappeared without clearing the dues of some manufacturers and traders and these in return are forced to seek loans from the banks at a very high rate of interest just to run their units. To make people aware of such defaulters, FASII is launching a website and will be uploading the names of the defaulters," said Badish Jindal, president of FASII.

The Banks have CIBIL to detect the defaulters whereas for industries there is no such information site from where one can get the data of defaulters.

"FASII will try to gather maximum information of defaulters in India and their information will be available online so that these people do not be-fool other manufacturers.

FASII will also try to gather the information of cheque dishonour cases pending in various courts and the name of defaulters will also be made available online," added Raj Kumar Singla, general secretary, Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association.

There are two types of defaulters, one is a genuine defaulter the other is an intentional one. Now days, mostly there are intentional defaulters, who are enjoying a good living on the money of innocent manufacturers. In many cases these defaulters blackmail manufacturers and ask them to continue the supply of material without paying them, added Jindal.

MSME Act not of much help

As per the Act, no company can delay the payment of any MSME unit beyond 60 days, but the Delayed Payment Act of MSME is also not of much to the MSME manufacturers to get their amounts reimbursed and also the court procedures for recovery of amounts are cumbersome and takes years to get justice.

Free service

FASII will provide the service free of cost and will also provide the advocacy services to the sufferers. The only purpose of the website will be to unearth the intentional defaulters and bad pay masters of India.



Now, goods sold on MRP will not attract service tax at AC restaurants
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 8
The Central Board of Excise and Customs today clarified that any good sold by an air-conditioned restaurant on maximum retail price (MRP) will not attract any service tax.

The budget for 2013-14 had brought under the service tax net that services provided in the restaurants with air-conditioning or central air heating in any part of the establishment at any time of the year. “If goods are sold on the MRP basis (fixed under the Legal Metrology Act) they have to be excluded from total amount for the determination of value of service portion,” the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) said in a clarification issued.

This means that a bottle of water or cold drink, purchased while dining in an air-conditioned restaurant, will not be included in the bill while levying the service tax.

The services provided by specified restaurants in other areas of hotels are also liable to the service tax. This means that the food served by the swimming pool or an open area attached to the restaurant will also attract the service tax. The CBEC has given relief to non-air-conditioned restaurants that source food from a common kitchen that serves air-conditioned restaurants as well.

“In a complex, if there is more than one restaurant, which are clearly demarcated and separately named but food is sourced from a common kitchen, only the service provided in the specified restaurant is liable to service tax and service provided in a non-air-conditioned or non-centrally air-heated restaurant will not be liable to service tax,” the circular said.

However, there is no respite for ice-cream parlours. But retail vendors of packaged ice-cream sold on the MRP basis would not have to levy a service tax.



from colleges

Ludhana: The management committee of GHG Khalsa College, Sudhar, has claimed to have completed preparations for a five-day residential workshop for budding scientists from over 20 senior secondary schools of the region. The event will commence on Friday.

The Indian Society for Technical Education Student’s Chapter of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, Ludhiana, organised a workshop on various Andriod and PHP technologies conducted by A2IT Chandigarh for the MCA students. GV Reddy, Business Head, Munish Kumar, Anjali, Himanshu, and Gursimrat were the resource persons from the company, who gave a very motivating and informative presentation on the topic to the students who attended the workshop. The students were enlightened about the latest technologies and programmes in the field of Android and Android applications. — TNS



from schools
Paper-reading competition

Ludhiana: Activities like paper-reading competition and song competition of classes III and V were conducted in Victoria Public School, Lehra Ahmedgarh. The school principal distributed the prizes and certificates to Ravneet Kaur, Gurmanpreet Kaur, Kirpal Kaur, Devanshu, Jashanpreet Singh, Arshdeep Kaur, Krishna and Ishavdeep Kaur, winners of the events. The chairman of the school, Dev Raj Sofat, congratulated the students and showered his blessings.

Air Force Day

Air Force Day was celebrated on the premises of SDP Senior Secondary School, Basti Jodhewal, in which the students expressed their views through speeches. The managing director of the school, Avinash Kaur Walia, remembered the Indian Air Force martyrs who sacrificed their lives in wars and recently in Uttarakhand, saving the lives of thousands of pilgrims.


A CCE workshop was organised in Radha Vatika Senior Secondary School by MDN Edify Education Pvt Ltd (impanelled with CBSE). Principal and teachers from Radha Vatika, CS International and Saint Mother Teresa participated in the workshop. — TNS



Policies flayed

The executive committee of the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (CICU) organised a meeting to discuss the Property Tax issue, imposed by the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, on Tuesday. Avtar Singh, general secretary, and Upkar Singh Ahuja, joint secretary, said considering the variation of tax rates between the residential property and industrial property, the tax imposed is not at all justified. They urged the authorities concerned to take an appropriate step in this regard.

Dr Jai Gopal Jolly remembered

Dr Jai Gopal Jolly, also known as the father of transfusion medicine in India, was remembered in Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), Ludhiana. Jolly died at the age of 87 on October 5 due to a prolonged illness. He is known for setting up the state-of-art blood bank in DMCH. Dr Daljit Singh, principal, DMCH, Ludhiana, said, “He was the pillar on which the blood bank of DMCH was set up.” Dr Jolly was always looking for ways to improve the existing transfusion regime, said a former principal of DMCH, Dr LS Chawla. Professor and head, department of immuno-hematology and blood transfusion, DMCH, said, “Apart from being a great teacher and a good colleague, he was a mentor of our institution.”

Project launched

Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Charanjit Singh Atwal claimed that the Punjab government has launched a mega-project to ensure adequate water supply and sewage system at villages and surrounding localities. Following the incidents of residents falling sick in rural areas due to contaminated water and accumulation of the chemical pollutants, Chatwal announced the launch of the mega project on Tuesday. Atwal also directed civil administration officials to ensure cleanliness of streets and drains.

Grant disbursed

A grant of Rs 3 lakh was given to Central Park Welfare Society by the District Congress Committee (Urban) president, Pawan Dewan. Speaking on the occasion, Tiwari said trees and plants are the necessity of every human being. With increase in global warming, we must strive to plant more and more trees to save our environment, said Dewan.

Congress meet

The monthly meeting of the District Congress Committee, East, Block-I, was held on Tuesday. Block president Sanjay Sharma said, “We will be laying stress on making the party strong on the grassroot-level. More and more people will be inducted at the ground-level so that the foundation of the party becomes strong.”

Memorandum submitted

A delegation of the Federation of Industrial and Commercial organisation, under the presidentship of Gurmeet Singh Kular, met District Treasury Officer (DTO), Ludhiana, Rashpal Singh Sidhu. A memorandum regarding the pending VAT refunds of Rs 54 crore and an online disbursement of VAT payment, and recommendations pertaining to a speedy refund of VAT of industry, was submitted to the DTO. Sidhu assured the delegation of clearing the pending refunds online by October 15. The delegation also suggested that like banks, the department should also send text messages, on the mobilephones, after crediting the refund. —TNS



80 bags of poppy husk seized
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 8
The Jagraon police has seized 80 bags of poppy husk from three different vehicles at a checkpost set up on the Jagraon-Barnala road near Akhara village.

Three alleged drug smugglers involved in the crime have been identified as Charan Singh and his son Sanpreet Singh, both residents of Akhara village, and Balvir Singh, a resident of Kurar village, near Mehal Kalan in Barnala district. While the father-son duo has been arrested, the third accused is absconding.

As per the information, the drug being smuggled into the area was seized from an oil tanker, a jeep and a Toyota Innova SUV. The police has impounded the vehicles.

Deputy Superintendent of Police, Jagraon, Surinder Kumar said, “A police team led by station house officer Dilbagh Singh of the Hathur police station saw a jeep followed by an oil tanker and the SUV and signaled the drivers of the the vehicles to stop. The driver of the SUV, however, jumped out of the vehicle and fled. The behavior of the driver made the team suspicious.

When checked, the police recovered 72 bags of poppy husk from the oil tanker, and seized four bags each from the jeep and the SUV.”

Following this, the police arrested Charan Singh who was driving the oil canter and his son Sanpreet Singh, who was driving the jeep. “The police team gave the third accomplice a chase, but he managed to escape,” said the DSP.

A case has been registered against all the three accused under the NDPS Act at the Hathur police station. The arrested accused have been sent to a police remand. Efforts were on to nab the third accused, said the DSP.



crime briefs
Patwari caught taking bribe
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 8
A patwari was caught on camera taking bribe. Ramesh Bangar of the NGO, Active Anti-Corruption Group, said that the Patwari had sought money from Kunal Sachdeva for handing over documents.

Kunal Sachdeva brought the matter to the notice of the NGO. Patwari was caught on camera counting the money. The NGO also brought the matter to the notice of the Deputy Commissioner.

Cheque-bounce case

Mega Betty, nursing OPD Coordinator at CMC, has landed in the soup in a cheque bounce case.ASI Jasveer Singh of Jeevan Nagar Chowki said non-bailable warrants had been issued against Betty in a cheque bounce case of Rs 5 lakh.

Woman alleges rape

A woman today visited the office of the Commissioner of Police and lodged a complaint against the Daba police for misbehaviour. She said that she visited Daba police station to lodge a rape complaint, but the policemen at the police station misbehaved with her.

Boy kidnapped

A three-year-old boy was kidnapped while he was playing outside his house near EWS colony in the Tibba Road area here today. The boy has been identified as Sameer. The boy's father, Bhanu, a scrape trader, said the incident took place in the morning when Sameer was playing in the park along with other children of the locality. There was no clue of the boy, till the time of filing of the report.

Manager detained

The incident took place this evening when Jasjot Singh, who is working a manager in an export unit at Kanganwal, objected to the defacing of wall.He said that a businessman, who owns a unit near the export house, was pasting poster on the wall of his (Jasjot's) factory. Jasjot went outside and tore the posters. A heated argument ensued following which businessman and his employees took Jasjot in their factory and detained him. The matter came to the notice of factory owner Vikram Singh, who further informed the police and rescued Jasjot Singh.

Four persons booked

The city police has booked four persons for creating a ruckus during a wedding ceremony. The accused has been identified and Vishal Seyal of Salem Tabri, Ram Kumar, Suresh Kumar of Aman Nagar and Raj Abbas and they have been booked for hooliganism. The case has been registered on the complaint of Sarwan Kumar. He said the four persons went on the stage during his niece's wedding and manhandled the visitors.



Two held with 30-kg contraband
Our Correspondent

Samrala, October 8
The Samrala police has arrested two youths with 30-kg poppy husk near Ghungrali Sikhan village.

The accused have been identified as Nishan Singh, a resident of Haryana, and Balwinder Singh, a resident of Barwala village.

According to information, a police team deployed at a naka signaled a Ritz car, coming from the Kitla Shamashpur village to stop. The driver of the car allegedly tried to speed away his car, but in vain.

During interrogation, the police team seized 30-kg poppy husk clad in a piece of cloth.

The accused have been booked under the NDPS Act and were sent to a two-day police remand. Investigations were on to ascertain the kingpin and to find the parties involved in the illegal activity.



Two robbers nabbed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 8
The Sadar police has nabbed two persons who had robbed a passenger near Gill village on October 6.

The accused have been identified as Sanjiv Sharma, alias Dana, and Satyajit, both residents of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and Basant Nagar, respectively.

Complainant Inderjit Singh of Mohalla Hargobindsar said, he was returning from Raniya village on an auto-rickshaw on the evening of October 6 when he was robbed. He said when the vehicle reached near Gill village, the auto-rickshaw driver stopped the vehicle and the passenger sitting next to him pulled out a weapon. They snatched Rs 12,000 from him.

Inderjit reported the matter to the station house officer (SHO), Sadar, Amandeep Singh. The police officer investigated the matter and found that the duo Sanjiv Sharma, alias Dana, and Satyajit , who were in possession of the stolen auto -rickshaw had been robbing innocent passengers in the past too.

The accused were nabbed following a tip-off last night. The police has recovered Rs 32,000 and a stolen auto-rickshaw from their possession.



Hockey team felicitated
Our Correspondent

Sudhar, October 8
The management committee of GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar, Sadhar, felicitated members of the college hockey team that brought laurels to the institute by bagging first position in the Inter-College Hockey Championship (Division A) held at the university camp.

Manjit Singh Gill, president of the college governing council, and Dr SS Deol, principal, presented mementoes to Tejinder Singh Sidhu and Malkit Singh Gill, in charge and coach of the team.

They also felicitated the players and encouraged them.

The team had reached the final by defeating Guru Nanak College, Narangwal, Government College, Ludhiana, and DAV College, Chandigarh, in the league earlier.



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