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Two held with fake currency
 Accused used to print, sell notes; scanner, computer, printer seized 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
The city police arrested two persons and seized Rs 11.04 lakh in fake currency from their possession here today. The accused have been identified as Mohinderpal, a resident of Shivala Road, and Major Singh, a resident of Ghudani Kalan.

The accused in police custody
The accused in police custody; and (below) the police show fake currency notes at a press conference in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photos: Inderjeet verma
the police show fake currency notes at a press conference in Ludhiana on Wednesday.

The Moti Nagar police got a tip-off that some persons were selling fake currency (Rs 1 lakh for Rs 25,000) in the Moti Nagar area. A police team, led by Jagjeet Singh, Station House Officer of the Moti Nagar police station, set up a naka at Malhotra Chowk.

The accused, Mohinderpal and Major Singh, were coming from the Gol Market side on a scooter. The police nabbed the duo and seized Rs 5.04 lakh in fake currency from their possession.

During investigation, the accused confessed that they used to print fake currency. The police later raided the residence of Major Singh at Ghudani Kalan village and seized Rs 6 lakh more in fake currency. The police also seized the scanner, printer and computer, which were used to print the fake currency.

The Station House Officer said, "They have sold fake currency in the market. Both accused have a poor educational background, but know the technique well. They used to scan original currency notes and print fake ones. They used to print the currency on ordinary paper and it was easy to identify that the currency was fake."

The police have registered a case under Sections 489-A, 489-B, 489-C, 489-D and 489-E of the Indian Penal Code at the Moti Nagar police station.

"We are investigating the matter. We will round up the persons who bought fake currency from them," said the SHO.


Two killed in road accidents
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
Two persons were killed in road accidents in the city during the past 24 hours. A 55-year-old person was crushed to death under a truck at Basant City Chowk on Threeke Road here this evening.

The deceased has been identified as Harjeet Singh, a resident of Threeke. Harjeet Singh was employed at the Verka milk plant and was on his way home after finishing his work.

Eyewitnesses said a speeding truck hit him from the rear side, leaving him severely injured. The police reached the spot. An ambulance was called which took the victim to took to the DMCH, where doctors declared him brought dead.

The deceased is survived by his son Jatinder Singh and wife Sukhwinder Kaur.

In another incident, a 19-year-old youth was killed after he fell from a motorcycle at Kidwai Nagar last night. The deceased has been identified as Ankush Sachdeva of the Hargobind Nagar area.

The youth reportedly lost control over the motorcycle while returning home. He used to assist his father in a garment business.

Ankush died on spot. The Division No. 2 police reached the spot and sent the body to the Civil Hospital. After a postmortem, the police handed over Ankush's body to his parents today.

The police said Ankush had three sisters.

It said the marriage of the victim’s elder sister was fixed for January.



Sarabha Nagar market to have paid parking from January 1
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation will start paid parking at Ghumar Mandi, the Sarabha Nagar market, Bhadaur House and on the stretch from Malhar Road to the Shastri Nagar rail crossing from January 1.

The paid parking will be started on a trial basis for a period of three months.

The MC will charge a flat rate of Rs 10 for four-wheelers and Rs 5 for two-wheelers.

"Initially, we will start it on a trial basis from January 1 till March 31. If we get a positive feedback, we will continue it. We hope to float the tenders shortly," said MC Commissioner Rahul Tewari.

These areas witness a huge rush of vehicles. Being prominent markets, thousands of residents visit these areas daily. In the absence of public parking in these markets, residents often park their vehicles on roads, which leads to traffic congestion.

Two roads -- from Reikhy Cinema Chowk to Master Tara Singh Chowk and from Ghumar Mandi Chowk to Aarti Chowk -- will be declared no-tolerance zones. "I have issued orders to the Tehbazaari wing to ensure that no rehris and farhis are parked on these roads and shopkeepers don't encroach upon these areas. Violators will face strict action," said the MC Commissioner.

The MC has decided to permanently close down several "road cuts" on Gill Road and Link Road permanently. The MC will also get trees, which cause a disruption in the flow of traffic and at times lead to accidents on roads, removed.

Pay Rs 5 for two-wheelers, Rs 10 for four-wheelers

The paid parking will be started at Ghumar Mandi, the Sarabha Nagar market, Bhadaur House and on the stretch from Malhar Road to the Shastri Nagar rail crossing from January 1 on a trial basis for a period of three months. The MC will charge a flat rate of Rs 10 for four-wheelers and Rs 5 for two-wheelers.



Improvement Trust under Vigilance scanner, probe on
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, December 11
The Vigilance wing of the Local Government Department is understood to be sifting through a large number of files of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust pertaining to the allotment of residential plots, transfer of ownership, especially those where the ownership of properties was transferred on the basis of the power of attorney during the tenure of Raj Kumar, who was holding the additional charge of Executive Officer (EO) after the then EO, Avtar Singh Azad, was sent on compulsory retirement.

The state Vigilance Bureau (police) is holding a separate probe into the allegations of corruption and connivance of the LIT staff in the illegal change of land use of shop-cum-flats in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar.

It is learnt that 400 files of the Trust, pertaining to the allotment of residential plots and subsequent transfer of ownership, were seized by the Vigilance wing of the Local Government Department when the allegations had surfaced that the then EO, Raj Kumar, had indiscriminately cleared a large number of pending files relating to the transfer of ownership on the basis of the power of attorney. The dubious role of certain property dealers, who had vested interests in these particular plots/houses, was also being widely talked about.

Sources in the Vigilance wing indicated that most of the files taken away by Vigilance teams from the LIT office in the course of the inquiry had been returned. However, further action on 33 files had been stayed by the inquiry officer.

LIT Executive Officer Jatinder Singh confirmed that while some 300-odd files had been returned by the Vigilance wing, 33 files had been held back and directions had been issued not to take any further action on these files.

A senior officer of the Vigilance wing of the Local Government Department said some employees and officials responsible for the irregularities in the change of ownership and the power of attorney would face action as per rules. “Whoever has been found guilty, will not be spared,” said the Vigilance official, requesting not to be named.

Meanwhile, the Vigilance Bureau of the Punjab Police had already recorded the statement of the complainants to ascertain the role of the field staff and officials of the LIT in the illegal change of land use of the SCFs in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and other schemes of the Trust. “The probe is on and further action, if warranted, will be taken after the allegations levelled by the complaints are corroborated with hard evidence,” the sources in the Vigilance Bureau said.



Ban sale of acid in city, says Aam Aadmi Party
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
The local unit of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today demanded the implementation of the Supreme Court guidelines on the sale of acid in the city. The party condemned the recent incident of an acid attack on a bride at a beauty salon in Sarabha Nagar.

In a memorandum submitted to Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal, the Aam Aadmi Party urged the district administration to raid shops which were selling acid in the open market. They also urged the administration to issue directions to the shopkeepers to strictly follow the guidelines of the apex court on the sale of acid.

Ravi Sachdeva of the AAP said, "This is a serious issue. The sale of acid should be banned and we request the administration to take necessary steps in this regard immediately to ensure women's safety".

Dupinder Kaur Bharaj, another activist, said, "The acid attack has once again highlighted how vulnerable women are. The administration should adopt a proactive approach to deal with the situation."

A spokesperson for the AAP said if the administration failed to take the necessary steps, the party would be forced to launch an agitation in this regard. 



Conductors join stir; won’t budge, says LCBSL
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
Worries for Ludhiana City Bus Service Ltd (LCBSL) do not seem to be ending soon as now conductors have also joined the drivers' strike. Due to the strike, the LCBSL has been suffering huge losses. Only one low-floor bus plied on city roads today. The LCBSL has a fleet of 75 buses.

Yesterday, only two buses were seen on roads as the remaining buses were parked at the LCBSL workshop on Tajpur Road and at the bus stand.

However, the LCBSL is in no mood to budge under pressure and has asked the contractor, from whom the drivers and conductors were hired, to arrange for replacements for the staff who are on strike.

"The LCBSL is a company and we will run it like a company. We will not budge under pressure and will replace all drivers and conductors, who are on strike. I have personally spoken to the contractor and have asked him to provide new staff so that we don't suffer losses for long. If we budge now, the drivers and conductors will keep pressuring us in the future too," said Isha Kalia, CEO of the LCBSL.

The plan of outsourcing drivers and conductors by the LCBSL seems to have backfired because ever since the outsourced staff have been hired, the MC has been suffering losses due to protests and strikes.

The two-year contract of drivers and conductors hired directly by the LCBSL had expired on November 15. Now, the LCBSL plans to hire them through a contractor, but they are not ready for this. They have been holding protests since November 15.

"We were asked to hand over the keys of the buses yesterday. The contractor, who recruited us, has been changed by the LCBSL and the new company is yet to offer us employment. LCBSL officials are not assisting us in any manner," alleged the striking drivers and conductors.

City residents are bearing the brunt of the slugfest between the 
staff and the LCBSL authorities. 



Soon, you may get SMS alerts regarding your post
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
Do you feel worried when a postman delivers an important letter at your home in your absence? This may soon become passe as the Department of Posts is planning to send you an SMS before the delivery of your post and also after it has been delivered.

An official said on condition on anonymity that there was a proposal that postmen would send an SMS before and after the delivery of post. For the purpose, it will be mandatory to provide the mobile number of the recipient, the official said.

According to the plan, it would first be introduced in the South Indian circle of the Department of Posts and later in other parts of the country, said the official. Another official said once introduced, it would be a great relief for residents as well as the postal staff. "If some article gets lost, irate residents come and argue with the staff and blame postmen," said an official.

Sunil, a resident of the Civil Lines, said such an initiative would be a great relief as one could make it convenient to be at home if some important post was expected.



Sewage woes in Mandi Ahmedgarh
 Low-lying areas in the town flooded with sewage; Dhulkot, Dehliz roads worst hit
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, Dec 11
Even as the skies have not opened up recently, low-lying areas and roads in the town are frequently seen flooded. Inefficient sewage disposal system is to be blamed for the inconvenience that the residents of the town are put to due to sewage spilling onto the streets.

Pedestrians are the worst sufferers as they are forced to walk through the stinking sewage stagnated at many places, including the entry roads, residential colonies and main markets. The accumulation of sewage might lead to breeding of pathogens if remedial actions are not taken immediately.

Acknowledging that there was a need to strengthen and improve the sewerage system, officials in the sanitation, sewerage and water supply departments of the local Municipal Council said the present situation was the result of certain damaged pipes of the disposal system. However, the problem would be resolved after necessary repairs were undertaken, claimed the officials.

Former councillors said there was no laxity on the part of the officials of the civic body. They maintained that the problem had persisted due to the delay in execution of work for laying main drains supposed to be undertaken by the Punjab Sewerage and Water Supply Board. They claimed that the Municipal Council had taken up the issue with the officials concerned but the supplementary projects could not be undertaken due to dissolution of the civic body.

Observations revealed that some low-lying roads and streets were often flooded with sewerage water. The condition was worst at the Dhulkot and Dehliz roads.

The residents have urged the leaders of social and political organisations to impress upon the authorities concerned to provide them with basic amenities and to expedite the process of strengthening the sewerage system and sewage disposal.

Ravinder Puri, a former president of the Municipal Council, said the issue had already been taken up with the higher authorities and the legislator of the segment, Iqbal Singh Jhoondan, had assured that work on strengthening the existing sewage system would be started soon.

Fact file

* Pedestrians are the worst sufferers as they are forced to walk through the stinking sewage stagnant at many places, including the entry roads, residential colonies and main markets.

* Acknowledging that there was a need to strengthen and improve the sewerage system, officials in the sanitation, sewerage and water supply departments of the local Municipal Council said the present situation was the result of certain damaged pipes of the disposal system. However, the problem would be resolved after necessary repairs were undertaken, claimed the officials.



Ice-cream contest
Ludhiana producer’s ice-cream adjudged best
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
The city-based Basant Ice-creams has won a gold medal in the Great Indian Ice-Cream Contest conducted by the company in association with the Indian Dairy Association.

As many as 70 companies from across the country took part in the six categories of the contest and about 500 samples of various ice-creams were presented, said Charanjit Singh, managing director of the Basant Ice-cream.

Rajinder Singh Basant, chairman of the Basant Icecream, said that a panel of 24 members adjudged their ice-cream as the best in the standard vanilla frozen dessert category. The Basant ice-cream also bagged the bronze medal in the Standard Chocolate dessert category, said Charanjit Singh.



PSEB pensioners seek release of 10% DA
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
The PSEB (now Punjab State Power Corporation Limited) Pensioners Association has urged the PSPCL management to immediately release the 10 per cent dearness allowance to the pensioners without any further delay.

During a meeting held here, the pensioners' body also demanded that the arrears pertaining to the allowance should also be released forthwith.

Move to sell PSPCL land flayed

The meeting condemned the decision of the state government to sell prime land of the PSPCL headquarters in the city for the purpose of developing it as commercial area and asked the government to reconsider the move.



Surprise checks against dummy admissions
 Ahead of 2014 board examinations, two-member teams to visit schools affiliated with the CBSE
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will be conducting surprise inspections in schools affiliated to the board in the region to check dummy admissions in Classes X and XII.

The inspection teams will be conducted checking before the examinations begin in 2014.

The board has made a list of the principals of nearly 250 schools who will be paying surprise visits to identify “errant” schools.

It has come to the notice of the board that some schools were allowing drop-outs of other schools and students, who are not enrolled in their schools, to appear in the board examinations.

Sources revealed that some of the school authorities were indulging in the malpractice of allowing some students to take the board exams even as they were neither enrolled with their schools nor did they attend regular classes.

The sources further said private schools would be under stricter vigilance of the inspection teams.

Surprise inspections will be conducted anytime before the 2014 board examinations.

"An inspection team will comprise two principals and can visit any CBSE-affiliated school of the region anytime,” added the source.

Fact file

* It has come to the notice of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) that some schools were allowing drop-outs of other schools and students, who are not enrolled in their schools, to appear in the board examinations.

* Sources revealed that some of the school authorities were indulging in the malpractice of allowing some students to take the board exams even as they were neither enrolled with their schools nor did they attend regular classes.



Poultry training concludes

Ludhiana, December 11
Forty-two persons from various districts of Punjab underwent two-week poultry training organised by the Department of Veterinary & Animal Husbandry Extension Education at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University (GADVASU). The participants included poultry businessmen, graduates and unemployed youths. A complete capsule training programme on poultry was provided to the trainees on all aspects; from selection of land, housing design, poultry management, feeding management of poultry, control of various diseases and vaccination schedule, handling of eggs, marketing of poultry birds etc.

Dr RS Sahota, director of the Extension Education, was the chief guest at the concluding function. Dr JS Bhatti, head, Veterinary Extension, informed the trainees that the department had been providing training in dairy, pig and goat rearing and value addition of the livestock produce. He also emphasised that the need of the hour was to adopt scientific way in poultry farming so as to earn more income. — TNS



Entrance test for MBBS, BDS on May 4
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
The All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Entrance Test, 2014 will be held on May 4, 2014. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will be conducting the exam.

The CBSE has invited online applications for admission to MBBS/BDS courses, both under 15 per cent all-India quota and the seats under the control of participating states/universities/institutions, for the academic session 2014-15.

The AIPMT entrance examination will consist of one paper, containing 180 objective type questions from physics, chemistry and biology (Botany and Zoology).

The last date for submission of application forms without late fee is December 31 while applications can be submitted with late fee of Rs 1,000 from January 1 to January 31, 2014. 

Fact file

The last date for submission of application forms without late fee is December 31 while applications can be submitted with late fee of Rs 1,000 from January 1 to January 31, 2014. 



Agricultural varsity comes up with multi-grain flour for diabetics
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
For the prevention of diabetes, the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has come up with a multi-grain flour for diabetics. In order to promote its product, the PAU entered into an agreement with the Agrineer Foods Private Limited, Ludhiana, today.

Dr SS Gosal, director, Research, PAU, and Manpreet Kataria, managing director and chief executive officer, Agrineer Foods, signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU).

The pact was inked in the presence of Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, PAU Vice-Chancellor. Dr Dhillon said, “As the Punjab Government is laying emphasis on strengthening of agri-food industry in the state, the PAU is focusing on establishing close links with the agro-industries to promote its farm products.”

Stating that the PAU also seeks to promote entrepreneurship in the state, he said it was vital for the secondary agriculture in near future.

Dr Gosal said the multi-grain flour was a blend of six cereals with different bio-chemical compositions, essential for nutritional security.

He highlighted that the university has developed a variety of products such as high-protein pasta, vegetable enriched pasta, multi-grain snacks, fruit-flavoured instant porridge, whole grain instant porridge, etc. Dr Gosal added that the company, under this MoU, will produce and sell multi-grain atta, based on the formulation developed by the university.



City prof elected secy of PU body
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
Dr Ashwani Bhalla, senior faculty in SCD Government College, Ludhiana, has been elected unopposed as the secretary of the Faculty of Business Management and Commerce, Panjab University Chandigarh, for the term 2014-15. 

During a meeting held in the Senate hall of the university on Tuesday, Dr Bhalla' name was proposed by senior advocate of Punjab and Haryana High Court and former Mayor of Chandigarh, Anu Chatrath, and seconded by Gopal Krishan Chatrath, former advocate general of Punjab and Dr Karamjit Singh, director of the Academic Staff College, Panjab University, Chandigarh. He pledge before the faculty that he will work wholeheartedly for the betterment of academic improvement in the university and bring innovations in the curriculum of commerce and management programmes.



Raikot bypass in need of attention
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, December 11
The Raikot bypass, constructed to reduce the flow of traffic from city roads, has been in a pitiable condition for a long time. The condition of this road has been so bad that a large number of commuters have left using the same.

In fact this road, which connects the the Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway to the Jalandhar-Barnala highway, was proposed to reduce the flow of traffic from city roads, but its poor condition fails to help the commuters.

There have been uncountable huge pits on 3-4 kilometers’ long stretch of the road. Local residents said this road was last repaired around six years ago and at present the road had been in a pathetic condition.

Though the residents took up the matter with the authorities, little has been done to improve its condition. “The issue was also raised during Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal's Sangat Darshan programme in Jagraon a couple of years ago but nothing has changed so far,” said Beant Singh, a resident of Kothe Khajooran village located on the same road. Besides the road, the bridge built over the drain passing from outside the town has also been in shambles.

Sources said the bridge could collapse any time. The safety railing had also been missing at the bridge that could lead to fatal accidents.

The situation becomes more dangerous during the night hours when the sharp curves on both sides of the bridge become almost invisible. Several accidents have taken place in this area during the past but the authorities have paid no attention towards the issue.

The residents have appealed to the government to begin work on the road as soon as possible.

Punjab Mandi Board SDO Amandeep Singh said the construction work on this road was delayed due to lack of funds.

“We have asked the government to release the funds for the construction of this road. As soon as we receive the funds, we would float the tenders for the same,” he added.



Exemption from advance tax
Lesser applications received after official visits
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
The number of applications received by the Excise and Taxation Department for exemption from advance tax from yarn dealers has relatively come down after the department decided to personally visit the units to ascertain if the knitting of the fabric is taking place and machines are in functional order.

Advance tax was levied from October and the district I has given exemption to six units while 30 cases are pending, whereas the district II has given exemption to seven units. The district III has given exemption to 25 cases while 34 cases are still pending.

In the recent past, many frauds have been detected by the department where dealers were getting exemptions by quoting that the yarn is being converted into cloth. But in reality, the dealers were not converting it into cloth and did not even have machines at their units to do the same. They were found selling yarn in its raw form.

Balaji Sales Corporation had imported yarn amounting to over Rs 6 crore but did not pay any tax on it, taking the plea that they will be converting it into cloth which is tax-free.

Senior official from the department said the number of applications coming for the exemption from advance tax has come down as dealers now know that department officials would be visiting the premises of factories without giving the certificate of exemption.

Besides checking of machines, the department also checks the details of electricity consumption record to confirm that if the owner was a genuine fabric manufacturer. The act helps in safeguarding the legitimate government revenue.



PPCC chief's kin cremated
Our Correspondent

Machiwara, December 11
A commission agent of Machiwara, who was found dead in the grain market two days ago, was cremated today at Machiwara in the presence of a big gathering. Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee president Partap Singh Bajwa, a close relative of the deceased, was also present along with some leaders of the Congress and other parties.

Earlier, the autopsy of the deceased was conducted by a five-member team of doctors. Amrik Singh Kahlon, the commission agent, had gone on a morning walk on December 9. Later, his body was spotted lying in a poll of blood in the grain market of Machiwara.

On getting information, the Machiwara police, led by SHO Harjinder Singh, reached the spot. Later, senior police officials, including the Khanna SSP, also visited the site.

The police came to know that Kahlon was crushed under the truck. The police registered a case and arrested two youths, who were in the truck at the time of the incident, along with the owner of the vehicle.



Police gear up for closing ceremony of kabaddi cup
 Issue route map for convenience of spectators 
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
The city police has geared up for the final match and closing ceremony of World Kabaddi Cup on December 14 at Guru Nanak stadium. Senior police officials, led by Commissioner of Police Nirmal Singh Dhillon also visited the stadium to check the security arrangements today.

Meanwhile, the police also issued a route map for the convenience of spectators who will visit the stadium to watch the World Cup Kabaddi.

As per police officials, the commuters who would come from the Mullanpur, Raikot and Pakhowal side on heavy vehicles would park their vehicles at Feroz Gandhi market and two-wheelers could be parked in the new parking lot at the Punjab Bhawan and the parking space at the Mini Secretariat.

People from the Jalandhar Road, Hambran Road and Haibowal side could park their vehicles in ground at the old court chowk area. The commuters who will come from the Malerkotla, Dugri and Shimlapuri side will park their Vehicles at the ESIC Hospital, Kocher Market.

The commuters coming from the Delhi and Chandigarh side can park their vehicles at the ground of Government College for Girls opposite the Durga Mata Mandir near theb Jagraon bridge.

To maintain the smooth flow of traffic, the police had also prepared a traffic diversion plan according to which, the traffic from the Chandigarh road to the Ferozepur side will be diverted from the Tibba bridge to Pakhowal and then to Raikot, Jagraon and Ferozepur.

The heavy traffic from the Chandigarh side to the Jalandhar side will be diverted from Kohara to Phillaur.

The traffic from Delhi to Ferozpur will be diverted from Sahnewal, Kohara along with the Sidhwan canal.



Officials not taking court orders seriously
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
The local Commissioners, appointed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, in their report submitted before the court today have observed that the administrative heads in the city are not taking the court orders seriously.

In their report, they said encroachments could still be seen along the Ferozepur Road and some hotels were not using their designated parking spaces.

Two local commissioners appointed by the court had visited Ferozepur Road, including all its service lanes, newly allotted parking lots and adjoining areas such as Feroze Gandhi Market on December 7. This visit was made on the evening of December 7 and that also without prior intimation to any of the parties.

The report of local commissioners, a copy of which is with The Tribune, has showed some concerns which still remain wherein action may be taken.

“The two-hour deadline fixed by this court is being followed more in its breach. Embassy Palace, a prominent marriage palace hall, is operating without a designated parking space, unlike other commercial establishments, and this is causing impediments to the use of the service lanes for traffic purposes. Basement parking lots of Hotel Nagpal Regency and Friends Regency are also not being used for parking purposes and instead guests are using the paid parking spaces,” states the report.

It further reads, "Several encroachments such as seating arrangements for eateries, fruit and vegetable shops were found on the parking lots. No action was taken against them. Several vehicles were found parked on the main road/highway as well as on the service lane. Sufficient action was not initiated on the same. No effort being made to ensure that visitors to commercial establishments park their vehicles only in the parking provided by the said establishments, in consonance with the orders of the court," read the report.

Harpreet Sandhu, advocate for the applicants, who was present in the court hearing today, said the next hearing had been fixed for January 15.

What the report says

Two local commissioners appointed by the court had visited Ferozepur Road, including all its service lanes, newly allotted parking lots and adjoining areas on December 7. In their report submitted before the High Court, they said encroachments can still be seen along Ferozepur Road and some hotels are not using their designated parking spaces.



e-comics a hit among readers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
People are downloading e-book versions of comic books and their applications and reading these on their smartphones, computers and e-book readers. “My son loves reading comic books. He used to watch cartoons earlier, but now he has got hooked to comic books on a tablet computer.

These are much more convenient to carry anywhere I want, said Sarabjit, a businessman.

“I have downloaded some comics and gave these to my son to read on a tablet. I have especially bought a tablet computer for him to read comics,” he said.

These comic e-books are not only attracting youngsters who have been into reading comics but also introducing many to the world of comics.

“I was not into reading comics earlier, but now find many comics addictive after reading these on my father's smartphone,” says 11-year-old Manya.

Not only youngsters but adults are also reading such comics online.

“Going to buy hard copies of comic books and reading these are a hassle, but purchasing online and reading on tablets and in guise is a much better option for adults,” says another resident.

“These are greatly reminiscent of my childhood," says Ishu, a Dugri resident. “Rather than watching comedy shows on television, these are much more entertaining,” he added.



Poster making contest

The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited in association with the Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) organised an inter-school poster making competition at Green Land Senior Secondary Public School to mark the Energy Conservation Day. "Energy conservation and theft of electricity" was the theme of the contest. All branches of the school participated in the event. Nearly 60 children in two categories, junior and senior, exhibited their talent by making beautiful posters. They made an appeal in an artistic way to save energy. The chairman-cum-director of the school, Rajesh Rudhra, and principal Baldeep Pandher appreciated the performance of the participants. Marks were given on the basis of creativity, innovation, colour design and theme.

Football tourney

Victoria Public School, Lehra, organised the Sahodaya CBSE School Complex Football Tournament for boys and girls under 19 years of age. Chief guest DR Sofat, the chairman of the school, inaugurated the three-day tournament on December 9. The first match was played between girls of Victoria Public School, Lehra, and Sacred Heart Public School, Ludhiana. The former won the game 4-0. In the second match, Raikot Public School, Raikot, defeated Nankana Public School, Ludhiana, 4-0.

Inter-house quiz

An inter-house GK quiz was organised by the Junior Humanities Forum at Kundan Vidyamandir for students of the primary section. The aim was to help students cultivate interest in general awareness in the initial stage of their lives. The quiz was divided into various categories like science, national and international events, sports, information technology, flora and fauna, personalities and visual rounds. Each team comprised four members who participated with great enthusiasm. Nimardeep Kaur, Gurmanjot Singh, Payas Paul and Kunal Pruthi of Gandhi House were the winners.

Athletics meet

Students of Class III took part in various events organised on the third day of the annual athletics meet of Green Land Convent School, Civil City. Enthusiastic cheering by spectators encouraged the participants to perform with full zeal and confidence in the events like 100-m race, sack race, hurdle race, back Race, lemon race, relay race, three-legged race etc.

Art contests

The Student's Art and Development Society organised drawing, painting and handwriting competitions at Ryan International School, Dugri. Tejaspreet Singh of Class I-A and Gunvir Singh of Class IV won the best artist award and were honoured with gold medal and certificate.

Adventure tour

Students of Ryan International School, Ludhiana, had a fantastic opportunity to spend a day at the Wonderland in Jalandhar. Students of Classes 6-8 along with their teachers set out for the adventure on a jovial note. Students enjoyed numerous adventurous rides at the venue. — TNS




Dy CM mourns CICU chief’s death

Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has expressed grief over the demise of Inderjeet Singh Pradhan, president of the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU). In his condolence message, Badal said Pradhan started from a scratch and rose to became the pioneer in the industrial sector of the state. He remained active in getting significant modifications made for the betterment of the Industry. His passing away has caused a void in the trade and commerce sectors, which could not be filled, he added.

‘Encroachments going unchecked’

Sher Singh, president, Environmental and Welfare Association, has claimed that encroachments were fast cropping up on the Gill Road allegedly due to laxity of Ludhiana Municipal Corporation officials. He claimed that for want of strictness on the part of the Tehbazaari wing, shopkeepers and vendors encroach upon the majority of footpaths meant for pedestrians; some shops dealing in old two-wheelers were still operating; and sanitation was poor as roads are not broomed properly. Sher Singh has written to the MC Commissioner requesting him to direct the MC staff for redressal of these problems.

Protest held

The Council of RTI Activists protested outside the office of the Civil Surgeon claiming that according to government orders, the Health Department team should be conducting tests on 100 samples of food products sold in the district every month, but they conducted only 295 tests from January 1 till September 27. Out of these, 28 samples failed the purity test. The activists attributed the details to the information procured under the RTI Act. District Health Officer Abnash Kumar said since the beginning of the calendar year, the department had collected 409 samples and 51 samples failed the purity test. He said ideally, the department was supposed to conduct 100 sample tests. However, the department was doing its best given the available resources and conditions. He claimed that they collected the highest number of samples in the state.

Support for Anna

Members of the Jantantra Morcha have supported the hunger strike by social activist Anna Hazare. Kurwar Ranjan Singh and Gurwant Singh from the front said the Parliament must pass the Janlokpal Bill without delay to rout out corruption from the country.

Dengue: Four more test positive

In the last two days, four patients from Ludhiana district have been confirmed to be suffering from dengue. The patients are undergoing treatment at the DMC, the CMC, the Apollo and the Government Medical College, Patiala. Out of four, two patients belonged to Ludhiana city while one each is from Khanna and Sahnewal. Besides, one dengue patient each from Sangrur, Jalandhar and Bathinda districts are recuperating at the hospitals here.

Meeting held

A meeting to take stock of the preparations for the upcoming Fateh Rally for the visit of the Bharatiya Janta Party's prime ministerial candidate Narenra Modi was organised on Wednesday. Vishal Bagga presided over the meeting. Rajinder Hans, district vice-president of the party, said BJP winning in Assembly elections in four states indicated that people wanted to see Modi as the Prime Minister of the country. — TNS



Man held on charge of impersonation
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
The city police have arrested a person posing himself as a drug inspector here today. The accused has been identified as Manish Verma, a resident of Brota road. The police said the accused runs his hosiery unit. The accused was heading towards the Gill Road when the police stopped him at a checkpoint on the canal bridge. 

The accused started an argument with police personnel and told them that he was a drug inspector and going for his job. The former got suspicious and demanded his identity card. The accused failed to show any document in support of his claim. The police also recovered two fake driving licenses from his possession. A case has been registered under Sections 170, 420, 465, 467,468, 471 of the IPC.



250 take part in athletics meet at Kila Raipur school

Winners of the annual athletics meet being felicitated at Khalsa Girls Senior Secondary School in Kila Raipur.
Winners of the annual athletics meet being felicitated at Khalsa Girls Senior Secondary School in Kila Raipur. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, December 11
Khalsa Girls Senior Secondary School, Kila Raipur, organised its annual athletics meet today. Around 250 students took part in various events, including 100-m and 200-m races, discus throw, shot-put and discuss throw. Winners of the top three positions in each event were awarded. Sanju Kumari, Manjeet Kaur, Parvati and Neetu collected the maximum number of medals.

Earlier, the pesident of the managing committee, Kuldeep Singh, formally inaugrated the meet. School principal Jasveer Kaur said, “The meet would help the school in tapping the young talent." — TNS



Garima wins gold at tae kwon do tourney

Ludhiana, December 11
Students of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, brought laurels to the college by winning one gold medal, two silver medals and equal number of bronze medals in the Ist Open School and College District Tae Kwon Do Championship held at New Era School, Ludhiana, on December 7 and 8. 

Garima Jain ( BCom-III) won gold in the 67-74 kg category. Krishma ( BCom-III) got silver medal in the 56-60 kg category while Tanya (BA-I) stood runner-up in the 67-74 kg category. Palak (BCA-III ) settled for bronze in the 35-46 kg category while Neha (BCA-I) won the medal in the 51-55 kg category. College principal Manjit Kaur Ghuman congratulated the winners on their achievements.— TNS



Raikot, Nankana Sahib schools excel in football
Our Correspondent

Winning team members in a jubilant mood at Victoria Public School in Lehra.
Winning team members in a jubilant mood at Victoria Public School in Lehra. A Tribune photograph

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 11
Football teams of Raikot Public School, Raikot, and Nankana Sahib Public Senior Secondary School emerged victorious in the CBSE Sahodya Football Tournament that concluded at Victoria Public Senior Secondary School, Lehra, near here, today.

Guru Nanak Public Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, was adjudged third in the event.

Charanpreet Singh of Raikot was declared the best player of the tournament.

SP Sofat, convener of the event, said as many as 18 teams from the CBSE Sahodya had participated in the three-day event. 



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