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Residents stall demolition drive, attack MC team
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 21
A team of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation was attacked when it went to demolish encroachments in the Haibowal area today. These encroachments are on Sem Nullah near Pavittar Nagar in the Haibowal area of the city.

Resident of the area pelted the MC team with stones even tried to set their vehicles on fire. Some MC and police officials were injured in the attack.

As per the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, officials the MC building branch, accompanied by 100-odd policemen, reached the Sem Nullah this morning to remove encroachments.

The residents objected to the demolition drive claiming that they were living at the place for the past more than 20 years.

The residents, including women, tried to stop the ditch machines by lying on the road. The residents got agitated after the police tried to push some protesters. The situation went out of control when the residents pelted the anti-encroachment team with stones.

Police and MC officials ran helter-skelter for cover in nearby houses. Some officials even left their vehicles behind. ATP Monica Anand hid herself in a MC ditch machine.

The agitators also damaged the official Gypsy of ATP Kamaljit Kaur and even tried to set it on fire. Windscreens of two ditch machines were also damaged.

"We ran for cover when residents started throwing stones at us. Ironically, none of the residents let us enter their houses and when we managed to take shelter in a house, the owner scolded his son for letting us in. Had we not left the spot, many of us would have been injured," said ATP Kamaljit Kaur.

MC officials rued that even the area SHO refused to visit the spot.

MC Additional Commissioner Isha Kalia said she had urged the district police for 300 policemen for the drive. "But we got only 56 police personnel," she said.

the MC has lodged an FIR against the attackers.

Police Commissioner Nirmal Singh Dhillon said the MC was provided adequate police force. "Providing police force to MC is an ongoing process and it already has a force of 110, which is enough to assist the officials in such drives," he said.

Politicians come to rescue of residents

Congress councillors Gurpreet Gogi, Balkar Sandhu, Maharaj Raji and Narinder Sharma visited the spot after the incident. BJP leader and vice-chairman of the State Planning Board Rajinder Bhandari also visited the spot. They tagged the anti-encroachment drive as inhuman and demanded regularisation of encroachments.


Spine-chilling breeze to make a killing
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 21
Brace yourself for bone-chilling cold as the weatherman has predicted further dip in the minimum and maximum temperature. The minimum temperature, which is hovering around 7-8 degrees Celsius, is expected to drop in the coming days.

Director, Metrological Department, Chandigarh, Surinder Paul, said the weather was expected to remain cold with possibility of rain in some parts of the region in the next 48 hours.

The minimum temperature on the Christmas Eve is expected to remain 4 to 5 degrees Celsius.

The maximum temperature is expected to remain between 15 and 16 degrees Celsius, he said.

Flights grounded

The Airports Authority of India has withdrawn flights from the Sahnewal airport on Monday and Friday. Amrik Singh, in charge, Sahnewal airport, said flight operations have been suspended on Monday and Friday since November.

Uncertainty prevails on the Wednesday’s flight as a thick blanket of fog has engulfed the region.

Parents a worried lot

Though most of the schools, government as well as private, have changed the timings keeping in view the inclement weather conditions, parents are worried for their wards. Sujata Sharma, a parent, said: “My seven-year-old child has to leave for school at 7 am as the school van comes too early.

Passengers continue to suffer

Fog continued to disrupt rail traffic on Saturday with most of the trains either running behind schedule or being cancelled due to poor visibility. Passengers had to face a tough time waiting for their trains at the Ludhiana railway station.

Sukhpal, a native of Uttar Pradesh, said he had to brave the chilly weather at the railway station as his train was six hours late.

Station superintendent R Sharma said a majority of the trains were late by 1 to 4 hours except for the New Delhi-Amritsar Express which was about seven hours late. The New Delhi-Jalandhar train had to be cancelled. Besides, the Bhagalpur-Jammu Tawi, Katihaar-Amritsar, Banaras-Jammu and Howrah -Jammu trains were late by three hours.



Tailor held for molesting designer
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 21
The Sunder Nagar police have arrested a tailor for allegedly molesting a woman designer working at a factory unit in Sunder Nagar. When the designer retaliated, the tailor hit her on head with a tiffin box. The accused has been identified as Mukhlal. The incident took place when the woman designer, who is a resident of Chandigarh, was supervising work. She alleged the accused touched her and when she objected, he hit her on the head. However, Mukhlal said that he might have touched the woman designer by mistake.

On being asked why he assaulted the victim, Mukhlal said he hit her in retaliation as she repeatedly slapped her in front of his colleagues.

Kapli Kumar, in charge of the Sunder Nagar police post, said the victim’s statement had been recorded.

He said the victim suffered a head injury. She was discharged from a hospital after treatment.

Youth held with 250 gm of heroin

A 20 -year-old youth was arrested with 250 gm of heroin by the CIA staff- II from Jalandhar Bypass on Saturday.

The accused has been identified Kiran Pal Singh, alias Kiran, of Rajpura Bhayian village in Hoshiarpur.

The value of the seized contraband in the international market is around Rs 1.25 crore.

The accused alighted from the bus at the Jalandhar Bypass chowk when the police nabbed him. Sub-inspector Rajesh Kumar, in charge, CIA staff-II, said the police arrested the accused following a tip-off.

4-year-old succumbs to injuries

Four-year-old Arjun Rampal, on whom an entrance gate of a house had fallen two days ago, succumbed to injuries at Dayanand Medical College on Saturday. The incident occurred on December 19 when Arjun, son of an industrialist, was playing near the entrance gate of his house in the posh Mall Enclave area near Mall Road and the gate weighing 200 kg fell on him.



Ludhiana scan
Christmas procession

Residents take out a Christmas procession in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Christmas fervour pervaded the city, with residents taking out a procession. Singing carols, children dressed as Santa Claus, spread happiness. The procession started from Issa Nagri ground and passed through various parts of the city, including Baba Than Singh Chowk, Chaura Bazaar, Field Ganj, Brown Road. Samson Dogar, secretary of the Council of Churches, said 200 churches in the district participated in the procession. Tableaux were presented. Sweets were distributed. The residents also carried the pictures of Jesus Christ. Children enacted the scene of Christ's birth. At the Civil Hospital, Ann Jal Sewa Trust cut a cake. Patients also savoured the cake. SR Saroay, president, Ann Jal Sewa Trust, said they distributed woollens among the patients.

DC issues orders

District Magistrate Rajat Aggarwal issued orders under Section 144 of the Civil Procedure Code CPC 1973, stating that vendors selling acid would have to maintain a register mentioning details of buyers. The orders will remain in force for two months. He said the vendors should ask the purchasers for identity cards, voter cards and address. As per the orders, only a person above 18 can buy acid. The vendors will have to submit details of sales to the police and the SDM every week.

Office-bearers elected

The Indian Institute of Architects, Ludhiana centre, elected its office-bearers on Saturday. The following are the elected office bearers. Chairman: Sanjay Goel; vice-chairman: Balbir Bagga; treasurer: Harpreet Kaur; joint secretaries: Harinder Singh Boparai and Rajan Tangri; executive members: Yogesh Singla, Bimaldeep Singh, Tarsem Chand Goel, Sumit Sharma and Baljit Singh Bawa.

CME on knee course

A CME on 'Techno Knee Course' was organised by Fortis Hospital in collaboration with PIMACON. A discussion on knee replacement and pin hole surgery was held.


A two-day 'Estate Avenues Real Estate Carnival-2013' started at F2 Raceway. The projects exhibited North India's leading real estate developers, including up-market apartments, villas and community housing projects in Ludhiana, Delhi, NCR, and Kullu-Manali in Himachal Pradesh. — TNS



From colleges
Literacy campaign

On Day 2 of the week-long NSS camp of Doraha College of Education, Doraha, NSS volunteers performed Yogic exercises and meditation, under the guidance of Achyara Panjali Youg Pith Shri Satpal Sharma. After having breakfast, the volunteers set out for the cleanliness campaign at Government Elementary School, Gurditpura, under the leadership of the programme officer, Sukhwinder Singh. The NSS volunteers decorated the school campus with beautifully prepared charts. They carried out a campaign on literacy titled "Each one teach one", wherein every volunteer taught atleast one school child for his betterment. Dr Kusam Arora, MBBS from Community Health Centre, Payal, delivered a lecture on the problems of "Drug-de addiction and apprised villagers, children and NSS volunteers of significance of keeping good health. Later on, a tree plantation drive was also carried out, wherein various evergreen trees such as neem, tulsi, ashoka were planted on the premises of the school. The volunteers carried out a rally on Drug De-addiction to raise awareness among the people on harmful effects of consuming drugs.

Prize distribution function

Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Vocational Studies (PTU Learning Centre) felicitated its meritorious students in a prize distribution function. As many as 85 students who have completed short term courses such as Java, .Net, PHP, and English speaking from the institute were given away the certificates for their good performances. The coordinator, Manjit Singh Chhabra, while addressing the gathering said, “The culture of the institute is 'beyond books’, Carrying forward the tradition, the institute, this year, initiated many short term courses such as PHP, Java, English speaking, Net. Such courses are a great way to help filling the gaps in the knowledge of the students and give them a competitive edge.” The general secretary, Gujranwala Khalsa Educational Council, Gursharan Singh Narula, and Prof Prithipal Singh Kapur, member, were also present on the occasion. Prof Prithipal Singh, while highlighting the role of education and short term courses, said, “Education is of paramount importance and it helps in transforming the personality of a person,” said the member of the council. Prof Prithipal motivated the students to come forward for such courses and give their best in whatever they do to succeed in life. — TNS



Curiosity leads to innovation
Seven-year-old Imesh Aggarwal designs a working model on road safety
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 21
An idea leads to innovation and that has what triggered seven-year-old Imesh Aggarwal to design a working model on road safety. A student of Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, the Class II student took 15 days to complete the working model with the help of his parents and teachers.

The principal of the school, Navita Puri, recalled the incident which led Imesh to think about the model. “Imesh, along with his parents, went to a hotel recently. In the washroom, the water came out of the tap automatically and the dryer too dried his hands, without turning on any switch, this made him grow inquisitive and he asked his father how does it happen, to which he replied the sensors do the needful. It was then the idea stuck to his mind and he asked his father that why can’t sensors be used to regulate the flow of traffic and put the defaulters under scrutiny,” said the principal.

His father supported his idea and motivated to put in whatever was there in his mind.

Imesh succeeded in making the working model which displays traffic lights and small cars.

“In the battery-operated model, if the small cars (models) cross the red lights, the signal is automatically sent to the controlling room and the picture of the car is recorded on the CCTV camera. Besides alarms also start ringing if the car violates the traffic rules,” said Navita Puri.

“I asked him several questions regarding the model and he answered to all my queries, which is very appreciable. He has a very clear concept about it,” said the principal.



Facilities remained off-track
Kuldip Bhatia

Passengers wait for their respective trains at the Ludhiana railway station; and (below) the incomplete wider foot overbridge. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, December 21
For the Railways, there was not much to write home about for the year that is coming to an end. Nothing was done to spruce up the railway station and platforms. Most of the times, trains failed to keep their schedule for one reason or the other.

Passengers continued to face harassment at the hands of travelling ticket examiners and the GRP.

The reservation complex as well as general ticket counters remained overcrowded due to disproportionate number of functional counters. About the condition of waiting areas at one of the biggest and the highest revenue earner railway stations in the region, the less said the better. Even the much-awaited visit of the Northern Railway General Manager to the city early this month failed to bring about much improvement in terms of amenities and facilities to the travelling public, except certain cosmetic touches, that, too, temporary in nature. Things were back to square one after the official left.


  • The New Delhi-Ludhiana-Moga Shatabdi train converted into a daily service, with the train going up to Moga two days a week and on the remaining days operating between Ludhiana and New Delhi.
  • The Ludhiana-Chandigarh rail link via Sahnewal and New Morinda became operational which cut down the travelling time from Ludhiana to Chandigarh by almost 40 minutes.
  • A new intercity express train introduced from Chandigarh to Amritsar via Ludhiana.


  • The railway overbridge in place of Lakkar Pul and the new wider foot overbridge linking all platforms and providing entry/exit both from Old GT Road and Civil Lines miss several deadlines and still incomplete.
  • Poor cleanliness at the railway station, especially alongside tracks and waiting areas.
  • Overcharging and sale of substandard food items by vendors.
  • Overcrowded reservation and general ticket counters.
  • Poor quality of food items on board the trains. Even food served on board the elite Shatabdi trains failed to meet standards of quality.


  • Touts and agents operating with impunity at the railway reservation complex, fleecing travellers by promising 'out-of-turn' reservation and even Tatkal tickets.
  • Harassment by TTEs and extortion by the GRP.



Food inspector aspirants on edge
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 21
The future of candidates appearing for the food inspector (Group B) exam remains uncertain as the authorities are yet to decide on the status of the exam conducted on December 15. Some applicants have asked the authorities to cancel the exam as more than 70,000 aspirants could not reach the centre due to traffic jams at entry points to Chandigarh. A few others said the paper was leaked.

Simranjit Singh Kang, an aspirant, said the exam should not be cancelled. "It is the responsibility of a candidate to reach the exam centre on time," said Kang.

Jaideep, another candidate, said if the paper was leaked, it should be cancelled. There were two shifts, morning and evening. "The authorities should cancel only the evening shift exam. I went to Chandigarh a day before the exam to avoid the last-minute rush. If the candidates could not reach the centre on time, it is their fault," he said. Another aspirant Prabh said even if a student reached late, he was allowed to take the exam, so were those candidates who failed to reach the centre.

"The candidates should have started from their respective places an hour or two hours before to reach on time. There is no logic in asking for the cancellation of the exam as many students failed to reach the centre on time," he added.



Seminar at Bicycle Research & Development Organisation
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 21
A technical seminar was organised at Bicycle Research and Development Organisation (BRADO) which focused upon the need of modernisation of design process in cycle industry.

With the introduction of design software on computer, the process has become simpler now. Similarly, making models of new products is also feasible now, which makes it much easier to analyse and test the products with respect to its actual usage even much before we make the first physical prototype, leading to a more refined physical model.

Ludhiana cycle industry has been mainly focusing on old traditional roaster models which were only for domestic consumption. But now with increasing globalisation and tough competition from international suppliers, need for more sophisticated design and manufacturing techniques with shortest possible lead times and cost effective products has been generated.

This is possible only by a complete makeover of the working culture.



Cultural programme by parents enthrals audience
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 21
Sat Paul Mittal School organised Parents' Thanks Giving Day on the theme 'West meets East', here today. The function was organised by the Parents School Association.

The show was organised to thank and appreciate the contributions of teachers in making the students of the school the empowered leaders of tomorrow. The chief guest for the function was Bipin Gupta, vice-chairman, Governing Council, Sat Paul Mittal School.

The cultural programme began with a Gujarati dance performance by a group of parents. An English song, followed by a Hindi poem on the role of a teacher and his value in the life of a student was presented by parents. The cultural programme culminated with the address by the principal, Sat Paul Mittal School, Bhupinder Gogia, followed by the vote of thanks by the treasurer, PSA, Deep Kiran Bedi. In his speech , Bipin Gupta congratulated the teachers for their constant endeavours for taking the school to such great heights and for inspiring and nurturing the students in the right direction.




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One more murder accused arrested
Tribune reporters

Khanna, December 21
The police have arrested another accused involved in the killing of an elderly man at Nasrali village on the night of December 14. Khanna DSP Pirthipal Singh Batala said they had received information that one of the accused, identified as Sunil Kumar, was seen at the railway station and he was about to leave for Nepal. A police party reached the station and nabbed the accused.The police recovered Rs 2,000 from his possession. Three youths attacked Karnail Singh with sharp-edged weapons. The third accused is at large.

Two held for pilfering LPG

Ludhiana: The anti-narcotics and anti-illicit liquor smuggling wing arrested a man and his son for pilfering liquid petroleum gas on Friday. The police recovered 31 gas cylinders and the motor used to fill the gas. The accused have been identified as Lakshman Parshad (50) and his son Tarkeshwar Yadav (25) of Gurnam Nagar. The accused runs a grocery shop in the area.



4 more booked for poppy husk seizure
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 21
A day after an alleged drug peddler was arrested by the Ladowal police, the officials have revealed that the seized 16-quintal poppy husk was ferried from Rajasthan. The police have impounded a car in which the accused, Surjit Singh, alias Pappu, a resident of Marhali village, Nurmahal, was loading the poppy husk.

The police have also registered a case against four of his accomplices, including Sukhdev Ram, Manjit Singh, Mrik Singh and Nirmal Singh Nimma.

Station house officer, Ladowal, Kawaljit Singh said the police party was patrolling in the area when they found some persons loading bags of poppy husk dumped in a vacant plot at the Bahadurke road.

The four accused, however, managed to escape, while one of the accused who was on the driver seat was nabbed by police.



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