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Collecting food samples on R-Day an exercise in futility
Report comes 4-5 days after food had been consumed
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 24
The exercise of collecting samples of the eatables to be consumed at the republic day celebrations is an exercise in futility, which has been carried out for years. The report of the samples of food and beverages to be served to the VVIPs and other dignitaries is received four or five days after these had been consumed, though the samples are sent to the laboratory the same day.

With Republic Day just a couple of days away, the Health Department staff are on their toes. The officials, including the District Health Officer and Food Inspectors, are busy collecting the samples of sweets, packaged water and beverages, which will be served during the celebrations. Four or six team comprising Food Inspectors and the District Health Officer have been formed.

"The samples of ‘laddoos’ and packaged water have been collected while the sample of lunch to be served on Republic Day will be collected the same day," said the District Health Officer, Dr Avinash Kumar.

Certain doctors are of the view it is a sheer waste of time and energy. "The sample of the lunch is collected on the day it is served. The entire process is a waste of manpower and energy as the result of these samples comes four or five days after the food had been consumed," said a doctor. 

Spot testing

Sources in the department said to make sure the food served to the VVIPs during the function was safe, the health officials tasted the food. 


Vidhan Sabha panel raps civic body
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, January 24
The top brass in the Municipal Corporation faced some tough moments while appearing before the Vidhan Sabha Committee on Local Bodies on the issue of poor progress of development projects in the city.

After a couple of visits to the city in the last few months to monitor the progress of the ongoing projects, the committee, led by SAD legislator from Mansa Prem Mittal, had convened a meeting in Chandigarh today. Besides the members of the committee, three MLAs from Ludhiana Ranjit Singh Dhillon, Balwinder Singh Bains (both from the SAD) and Bharat Bhushan Ashu (Congress) attended the meeting.

Talking to The Tribune on the phone from Chandigarh, Mittal said the status of work to cover an open drain at Islam Ganj, cleaning of Budha Nullah, railway over bridge in place of the Lakkar Pul and indoor stadium at Giaspura were reviewed during the meeting.

He said the MC was asked to conduct a survey of the colonies that had filed applications for regularisation under the revised policy of the government and crosscheck the documents submitted for this purpose. “This has been necessitated due to several complaints that unscrupulous developers have filed incomplete documents to evade penal action and in some other cases back-dated revenue papers have been used to show that colonies were carved out before the cutoff date.”

Mittal said the MC officials had assured the panel that one side of the ramp of the railway over bridge connecting the Clock Tower with the old sessions court chowk will become operational within the next one month.

Sources said the committee expressed displeasure at the working of the MC building branch. Complaints of violations of building bylaws in commercial complexes, illegal change of land use and connivance of the field staff with developers have been received.

Colonies under Trust

The MC officials were told that the government had decided in principle to reverse the transfer of five colonies of the LIT to the MC. Maharishi Valmiki Nagar, Sant Isher Singh Nagar, Bharat Nagar Extension, Rajguru Nagar and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar will remain with the Trust for the time being and Rs 3.21 crore deposited by the LIT with the MC for development works in these colonies will also be paid back to the Trust.



Brace for foggy days ahead
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 24
Sun will not shine on Republic Day as for the next two days, the city is likely to remain engulfed by fog.

Dr KK Gill, Assistant Agrometrologist at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, said: "Tomorrow, the weather will remain foggy and cloudy throughout the day. However on January 26 , there will be fog but it would be less cloudy. There are no chances of rain on both these days."

The weather expert said the minimum temperature has increased by 2 degrees Celsius. While the the minimum temperature today was 8 degrees Celsius, the maximum temperature decreased by one degree celsius at 18 degrees celsius.

Ludhiana district recorded 53 mm rainfall on january 22 and 23. Dr Gill said: "This rain is very good for the wheat crop. However, it will affect the potato crop and other vegetable crops."



CITU’s mass movement ends
On last day, government flayed over inflation, corruption, drug menace
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, January 24
The five-day mass movement launched by the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) concluded here today with focus on rising prices of essential commodities, “all-time high” corruption, alarming level of drug trafficking and lawlessness in the state.

Addressing the rally at the Mini-Secretariat, CITU state secretary Raghunath Singh, district president Jatinderpal Singh and former legislator Tarsem Jodhan said as a result of anti-poor and anti-people polices of the Centre and the state government, the prices of essential items were sky rocketing and lives of common people had become miserable. As if to add to the woes of the masses, the Punjab government had imposed property tax and compounding fee for regularisation of colonies on the urban population, said the leaders.

Lashing the SAD-BJP government in Punjab, the speakers said the health and education facilities in the state had crumbled, regular recruitment in all departments was banned and the government was exploiting the unemployed educated youth by offering them contractual jobs on meager wages.

Focusing on menace of illegal activities in the state, the CITU leaders accused the senior government functionaries of patronising illegal mining and black marketing of sand and gravel, drug trafficking and other unlawful activities such as land grabbing.

“The construction business and brick kilns are on the verge of closure, rendering thousands of workers unemployed,” they said.

The CITU leaders criticised the direct benefit transfer scheme for payment of subsidy on cooking gas while asserting that majority of the people in the state had not even enrolled for Aadhaar cards and were not in a position to claim the subsidy. They said that Aadhaar card-linked payment of subsidy scheme should be scrapped and the government should revert to the previous system of supplying subsidised LPG cylinders to the consumers.

The trade union leaders also demanded scrupulous implementation of labour laws, restoration of rule of law, recruitment in all government departments and payment of minimum wages to the workers.



Fog major cause of traffic chaos, accidents, says expert
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 24
Due to road accidents, more than 5,000 lives are lost in the state annually and over 15,000 are left crippled for life.

This was stated by Dr Kamaljit Soi, vice-chairman of the Punjab State Road Safety Council.

Fog is also one of the major cause of road accidents as visibility is almost nil during such climate.

A number of accidents reportedly take place during the peak traffic hours due to the poor visibility.

Even fog lights do not make much of a difference, as some motorists find it useful while some do not.

According to experts, the colour of the fog light is not important, but what one should keep in mind is that these lights should be mounted on or beneath the bumper to improve the visibility, as fog hovers about 12-18 inches above the ground.

As per vice-chairman of the Punjab State Road Safety Council, some of the important points that must be kept in mind while driving in such a climate are:-

Drive slowly: Driving at a speed of 20 miles is the sensible thing to do.

Drive with the windowpanes down and radio off: Sound is also muffled due to fog. Sometimes you have to rely on the power of sound to guide you safely to your destination.

Stick to familiar roads: Drive on roads you know well, even if they mean taking a longer route.

Don’t stay too close to the motorist in front of you: Follow the tail lights of the motorist in front of you, but carefully.

Always drive on low beam: Driving on low beam also helps others.

Turn on your headlights, fog lights: Regular headlights let other motorists know that a car is approaching.

Points to remember

* Drive slowly

* Drive with the windowpanes down and radio off

* Stick to familiar roads

* Don’t stay too close to vehicles in front of you

* Always drive on low beam

* Turn on fog lights



Mission saves lives, give people hope 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 24
Sarab Rog Ka Aukhad Nam Mission held an interactive session with the patients, who were cured of their diseases at the mission, recently.

The head of the mission, Hardial Singh, said, “We have treated patients who could not be treated of their diseases anywhere in the world.” Narinder Pal Singh claimed that he got cured from pancreatic cancer.

“I was suffering from cancer which had even spread to my liver and large intestines. It was in the terminal stage. But thanks to the mission , now I am fit and fine,” said Narinder.

Another patient, Kamalpreet Kaur, said, “From the past thirteen years, I was suffering from auto immune disorder. But now I am hale and hearty,” said Kaur.

Harbans was suffering from severe skin allergy from the last fifteen years. She thanked the mission for giving her a new lease of life. 



55 get trained in dairy farming at GADVASU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 24
A two-week training in dairy farming for farmers of Punjab and neighbouring states began at the Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education on the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University campus today.

Course coordinator Dr MP Gupta said 55 farmers were attending the programme.

While inaugurating the programme, Dr RS Sahota, Director of Extension Education, GADVASU, said after being trained at the university, unemployed youths can start their own enterprises.

"While on the one hand, it will provide employment, on the other hand, it will bring diversification in agriculture,” he said.



R-Day celebrations shifted to stadium
Venue has been changed keeping in view unpredictable weather these days
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 24
The venue for the district-level Republic Day celebrations has been shifted from SCD Government College to the Guru Nanak Stadium here. The step has been taken keeping in view the unpredictable weather.

A full-dress rehearsal was held at the stadium today.

Commissioner of Police Nirmal Singh Dhillon took salute from the march past during the rehearsal.

Various contingents of the Punjab Police, schools and NCC cadets participated in the march past and saluted the National Flag. The march past was led by DSP Amandeep Singh and Jasveer Singh. A cultural programme was also presented.

The Commissioner of Police said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal would be the chief guest for the Republic Day function and would take the salute from the march past.

The function will also include PT and lazium shows by schoolchildren.

Today's rehearsal was supervised by Deputy Commissioner of Police Harsh Bansal, Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Neeru Katyal Gupta, AIG (Intelligence) Gurpreet Singh Toor, Assistant Commissioner (General) Shena Aggarwal, SDM Kuljeet Pal Singh Mahi and SDM Ajay Sood.



Tricoloured cakes on R-Day menu
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 24
Residents have already decided to celebrate the Republic Day the gastronomic way this year.

Some residents have already placed orders for cakes in the colour of the flag to treat their taste buds.

Different shapes of cakes, pastries and puddings, available in the tricolour, seem to have already left the visitors asking for more.

“Republic Day and Independence Day have a special place in my heart and we celebrate the day by having cakes,” said Charanjit Singh, a city-based interior designer.

Harjinder Singh Kukreja from a bakery said they bake special cakes on Republic Day and Independence Day every year.

Honey from another bakery in the city said every individual has its own unique way to express their love for the country.

“Although I love my country, but Republic Day and Independence Day are the only days when we wear patriotism on our sleeves and express our love for the country openly,” said Gagan, a resident of Sarabha Nagar.

“It is strange that people celebrate birthdays and anniversaries by cutting cakes, but do not celebrate Independence Day and Republic Day the same way. It is a big day indeed,” said Amandeep, another resident.



Need for surveillance at grassroots: Official
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 24
A state-level workshop on the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act was organised in the city today. Held under the supervision of Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash Batta, the workshop saw participation of civil surgeons and medical officers from Ludhiana, Ferozepur, Faridkot, Fazilka and Moga districts.

Representatives of non-governmental organisations and members of the Indian Medical Association besides doctors from diagnostic centres also attended the workshop.

The chief guest, Director, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, Dr Jatinder Kaur, informed the gathering about various schemes initiated by the government to counter the dropping sex ratio in the state.

“As a result of these schemes, the ratio of number of girls to number of boys has increased considerably in Punjab,” she said.

Along with effective implementation of the PCPNDT Act, proper surveillance and monitoring mechanisms should be developed at the grassroots to stop the dropping sex ratio, she said. “Those caught indulging in sex selection should be accorded a fast and strong punishment,” said the chief guest.

The Health Department is holding these workshops to sensitise the district authorities on the provisions of the PCPNDT Act. Held every six months, these help clarifying roles and responsibilities of various functionaries.



Cop suspended for slapping Left leader

Ludhiana, January 24
A week after a senior citizen was slapped by a senior police officer, a policeman on PCR duty slapped a person at Fountain Chowk this evening. The Police Commissioner has suspended the policeman, Om Parkash.

The bike of Hari Kumar Sahni, a Left leader, broke down in the middle of the chowk. As he was trying to start his bike, Om Parkash came to him and asked him to remove the bike from the road. Hari Sahni asked for a few seconds. But, the policeman slapped him and talked rudely with him.

The leader, along with his supporters, staged a protest at the chowk. Senior officials reached the spot. They ended the protest after the erring policeman was suspended. — TNS



Cultural events, fashion show mark SIFT annual function
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 24
The seventh annual function titled ‘Avant Garde 2014’ of the Sportking Institute of Fashion Technology (SIFT) was held at Nehru Sidhant Kendra.

Dr Sandeep Kapoor from Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) was the chief guest and the chairman of the Sportking Group of Industries, Raj Avasthi, was the guest of honour on the occasion.

The executive director of the SIFT, RM Gupta, was also present at the event.

The annual report was presented by administrative officer Ratandeep Rekhi.

The programme started with the lighting of the lamp followed by a cultural programme. Group and solo dance performances, skits and songs were also presented by students.

A fashion show added tinge of glamour to the function.

A Punjabi skit enthralled one and all on the occasion. The fusion of the bhangra and Michael Jackson dance style was the highlight of the event. Thereafter a felicitation ceremony was organised in which students faring well in academics as well as extracurricular activities were honoured. Prizes for best attendance and all-rounder performance were also given away. The chief guest congratulated the SIFT management for conducting the event efficiently.



Doctors do little?
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 24
Not a single doctor from Ludhiana has been able to make it to the state’s top-10 doctors list in the past two months. The Department of Health and Family Welfare declares the top-10 performing doctors in the state every fortnight. Surgery, OPD and gynaecology are the streams from which the doctors are chosen.

Dr Subhash Batta, civil surgeon, Ludhiana, said the number of patients a doctor attended to in 15 days was an important parameter.

“Ludhiana is a big district. Generally, doctors from smaller districts make it to the list as they have a higher number of patients to cater to,” he said.

In the past, doctors from the rural belt in Ludhiana also made it to the list, he said.

Five doctors from Sangrur were named in the OPD list for November 16 to November 30, while the following fortnight, four doctors made it to the list. There were two doctors each from Bathinda and Sangrur among the top performing gynaecologists in the list in the first fortnight of November. Four doctors from Nawashahar were declared top performers in surgery from December 16-31.



63 teachers promoted, PCMA welcomes move
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 24
The Punjab Commerce and Management Association (PCMA) has welcomed the move of the state government to appoint professor-level teachers in the government colleges of Punjab.

Punjab has become the first state in the country to have implemented the decision of the University Grants Commission (UGC) to appoint 10 per cent of the associate professors as professors in the colleges.

As per the notification issued yesterday, the Governor of Punjab has promoted 63 teachers as professors and has given them the pay scale of Rs 37,400 to Rs 67,000 plus grade pay of Rs 10,000 from November 16, 2012. The teachers have been given promotion on the basis of the rational Academic Performance Indicator (API) scoring system and interview conducted by the Punjabi University, Patiala.

As per the notification, SCD Government College, Ludhiana, got 10 professors namely Dr Mukesh (Hindi), Dr Ashwani Bhalla (commerce), Dr Gursharanjit Singh (mathematics), Dr Ujjalbir Singh (commerce), Dr Puran Singh (economics), Dr Bhupinder (commerce), Dr Rajinder Jain (Hindi) and Dr Hardeep (Hindi), Dr Reetinder (English) and Dr Chandkeep (English). Dr Gursharanjit Singh is the only professor in the government colleges of the state who has been promoted as a professor of mathematics. Dr Ashwani Bhalla, professor in commerce, has become the youngest professor employed in the government colleges of the state.

Dr Bikramjit Singh Virk, president of the Punjab Government Colleges Professors’ Association (PGPA), and Dr Ashwani Bhalla, the general secretary of the PGPA, said this would also promote research and development activities in the colleges.

A similar API scoring system for the promotion of principals in the government colleges should also be adopted, said Bhalla.



30 schools inspected on Day 2
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana January 24
The joint team from the Ministry of Human Resource Development and Education Department conducted inspection in around 30 schools on Day 2.

Dr Jatinder Grover, one of the members from the team, said the central team randomly selected two districts of Punjab, i.e. Ludhiana and Fatehgarh Sahib, to review the implementation of mid-day meal scheme in schools.

“We are observing all the aspects of the mid-day meal scheme. The review report will be submitted to the Education Secretary of Punjab on January 27 and thereafter, the review report will be uploaded on the website of the Education Department,” said Dr Jatinder Grover.

Till then we can not divulge any details about the review reports, said Grover.

The team is visiting all the blocks and clusters of the district and scrutinising the problems being faced by school managements.

“It is a part of the policy-making. The team will review the problems and challenges faced by the management and then suggest the changes as per the requirement,” said Grover.

The team will continue with the inspections till January 25.

District Education Officer (primary) Ranjit Singh Malhi and district manager, mid-day meal, Tarsem Lal Banga also accompanied the team during the inspections.

Review Report

The review report will be submitted to the Education Secretary of Punjab on January 27 and thereafter the information will be uploaded on the website of the Education Department.



PAU notes

Combine harvester donated

To strengthen the industry-institution interface activities between Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and CLAAS India, Srinivas P Kamisetty, president and managing director of CLAAS India Private Limited, along with his team members, visited the College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology (COAE&T), PAU, on Tuesday. CLAAS India donated a combine harvester CROP TIGER 30 to PAU for strengthening the lab facilities being established by CLAAS India in the university. Srinivas handed over the key of CROP TIGER 30 to Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Dhillon acknowledged the initiatives taken by CLAAS India for strengthening the academic activities and developing professionalism in them. He underlined the need for cohesion between PAU scientists and industry experts for the development of cost-effective farm technologies and their adoption by farmers. Srinivas appreciated the professional expertise of the PAU faculty and infrastructure facilities for farm machinery development and testing. He evinced interest in collaborating with the PAU in the area of product development, field evaluation and skill development of manpower. Dr PPS Lubana, Dean, COAE&T, highlighted various industry participative activities being carried out at the PAU. He lauded CLAAS India for supporting the academic programmes of the university in terms of establishing lab facility, giving students’ scholarships, and providing training and job opportunities to graduating engineers of the PAU every year. Dr Gursahib Singh Manes, Head, Department of Farm Machinery and Power Engineering, shared various research and extension project activities with the experts from CLAAS India, who also interacted with the faculty of the department to explore collaborative work opportunities between the PAU and the latter. — TNS



From colleges

Students take part in quiz

The student chapter of the Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, organised a two-day quiz in which all students of the college participated. In phase-I, the students were given a written quiz test in their respective classes. From the 18 classes, four toppers from each class were chosen for the phase-II. The class toppers, 72 students, were again given a quiz test and 15 were selected from them. In the phase-III, the 15 students were divided into five teams of three students each. Later, a quiz of four rounds was held. Team E, comprising Tanmeet, Akash and Aanchal, won the quiz by 65 points, while Team D comprising Karan, Shaiffy and Rohan won the second prize. Team C with Kirti, Arun and Harmeet as its members bagged the third prize. Members of the audience who gave two or more correct answers of questions referred to the audience were also given prizes. Dr Sandhya Mehta, Deputy Director, conceptualised the quiz and was the overall coordinator. Pankaj Goyal was the quiz master.

Street play

Students of the DD Jain College of Education organised a nukkar natak (street play) at the EWS Colony in Jamalpur. They organised the play to show the importance of “Education for fulfilling the need of a family’. People from slums watched the play enthusiastically. Later, eatables were distributed among students.

Industrial visit

Guru Nanak Institute of Management & Technology on Thursday organised an industrial visit to the Verka Milk Plant, Ludhiana, for BBA and B Com (P) students. The visit was organised by the training and placement cell of the college, along with the Indian Society for Technical Education. During the industrial visit, officials from the milk plant interacted with the students and explained about the manufacturing process of milk products. They visited production department, table butter section, quality assurance lab, butter and ghee churning section, ghee packing and powder milk section. They were pleased to get an opportunity to interact with technical experts and learn about the functioning of the unit. Institute director Col HS Singha thanked the plant manager, Mukesh Kumar and assistant manager Sukhdev Singh for allowing the students to visit the plant.

Seminar on literature

The department of Punjabi, Government College for Girls, Ludhiana, organised a seminar to spread awareness among students about literature. The college organised the seminar in association with social worker-cum-writer Ishar Singh Sobti. Principal Gurminder Kaur was the chief guest. The HoD, Prof Krishan Singh, apprised the audience about the event. Karamjit Singh Aujla, author and editor of ‘Seva Lehar’, was the special guest. He praised the honorary guest's book 'Neki'. He provided a personal account of Sobti’s closness with Jawahal Lal Nehru, Pratap Singh Kairon and Vallabh Bhai Patel. Sobti discussed about his life and personal experiences. He gave his perspective on the art of writing. He was kind enough to distribute a copy of one of his published works to each student of MA and also motivated them for reading classic literature. The Principal expressed her views regarding the importance of literature. The students also participated in a discussion. Sobti, his wife Harman Kaur and Karamjit Singh Aujla were honoured. Staff members of the Punjabi department Prof Gurvinder Kaur, Prof Nirmaljit Kaur, Prof Uttamdeep, Prof Anita, Prof Rupinderjit Kaur and Prof Kamaljit Kaur were among those others present. — TNS



From schools

Patriotic flavour at city schools

Republic Day was celebrated at Babies Paradise Playway School, Dugri. The campus of the school was decorated with tricolour balloons, flags and quotes on freedom fighters. Children were given awareness about the importance of the Republic Day and the National Flag. Children sang the National Anthem and patriotic songs. They also paid tributes to freedom fighters on the occasion. Later, sweets were distributed among them.

Pallavan Preschool

Pallavan Preschool has celebrated the Republic Day with enthusiasm on Friday. The day started with the National Anthem. Teachers told the students about the importance of the day. The children enjoyed the march past by holding a flag in their hands, which were made by kids themselves during an art activity.

Bhartiya Vidya Mandir

Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Shishu Vatika, Cemetery Road, celebrated the Republic Day. The school wore a festive look, decorated with hues of the tricolor. Tiny tots recited poems and songs based on patriotism in their melodious voice. They also paid tributes to freedom fighters. Students participated in various activities. They also gave a colourful performance. Principal Bandana Sethi appreciated the efforts of students and helped them to understand the importance of the day.

Saraswati Modern School

Saraswati Modern School celebrated the Republic Day with patriotic fervour. Students performed a march past and saluted the Tricolour. The march past was followed by speeches and dance performances. A skit representing the first session of the constituent assembly was staged by students and was highly appreciated by all. Kamla Jain, founder, Saraswati Schools, Pradeep Jain and SC Saxena, manager, shared their thoughts and invoked a sense of patriotism in students. A beautiful dance performance was given by students of the junior wing. — TNS



Labourer dies in mishap at industrial unit
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 24
A labourer reportedly died in an accident while operating a machine at an industrial unit in the Focal Point area today.

The deceased labourer, identified as Diyal Singh, hailed from Uttarakhand. He worked at Appu International in Phase VII, Focal Point.

The police is investigating the matter.

Youth electrocuted

In a freak accident, a 23-year-old youth got electrocuted to death while installing decorative lights at a house.

The deceased has been identified as Shiv Verma, a resident of Mashiwara.

Shiv was reportedly helping a friend decorate his house before his wedding. 



Firm surrenders Rs 2 cr
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 24
A Miller Ganj-based firm reportedly surrendered Rs 2 crore to the Income Tax Department following a survey on its premises today.

The survey was conducted by the Range IV officials of the department. According to sources in the department, the firm that deals in paper and cardboard trading had three to four godowns.

Factory owner in police net

The city police have arrested a factory owner for producing bicycles using the name of a popular brand. The police, upon raiding the cycle-manufacturing unit, seized 121 cycles. The accused has been identified as Durga Parshad. He confessed to the police that he stated using the name of the popular cycle-manufacturing company recently. 



Business news

ICICI prudential equity savings fund launched

Ludhiana: The ICICI Prudential Asset Management Company has launched the ICICI prudential equity savings fund, a close-ended equity fund that focuses on investing in equity securities of companies which are likely to see expansion in return on equity (ROE) over the next three years. Nimesh Shah, MD and CEO, ICICI Prudential Asset Management Company, said, “The Indian economy with its latest macro-indicators has been going through a rough patch causing equity markets, in general, and some very good quality, large companies, in particular, vulnerable to be shunned by investors. Such companies with an outlook for improving profits or return on equity (ROE) are expected to be good investment opportunities in today’s tough environment. The opportunity becomes even more compelling given the strong linkage between the country’s GDP growth, the ROE of these large companies and their price performance.”

J&K Bank to focus on loan expansion

The Jammu and Kashmir Bank has set a target of delivering 15-20 per cent loan growth this fiscal. The bank expects lending loan to developmental projects within J&K and is focusing on expansion in other geographies as well. — TNS



Chamber identifies sites for relocating electroplating units
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 24
The Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (CICU) has identified three sites on the city’s periphery for relocating the city-based electroplating units CICU president Avtar Singh said the chamber along with the Ludhiana Effluent Treatment Society will work towards making the city pollution-free.

“The electroplating units located in residential areas will be shifted to these clusters. The society will install water-treatment plants at these sites,” he said.

Avtar Singh said the units which were sealed by the Punjab Pollution Control Board in recent past would be reopened. The PPCB had appealed to all such units to make arrange for lifting of effluents through the JBR technologies.

CICU, meanwhile, appealed to the owners of red-category industrial units in mixed land-use areas to follow the PPCB guidelines and avoid dumping of industrial wastage in sewage. Office-bearers of the chamber said they would not help any defaulter in future.

Special help desk

After the Municipal Corporation’s decision to give no-objection certificates to industrial units in mixed land-use areas, a special help desk has started functioning today. CICU appealed to all concerned units to make use of the voluntary disclosure scheme announced by the pollution control board.



Ludhiana scan

Poetic symposium

A poem by poet Sawaranjeet Savi has been selected to be a part of the National Poetic Symposium. The event will be organised by All India Radio. The poems submitted by the poets will be translated into all the languages and will be broadcasted on the eve of Republic Day, said Dr Gurbhajan Gill. The Punjabi Sahit Akademi congratulated Savi for the achievement.

Lok Adalat

Monthly Lok Adalt will be held on Saturday at District Courts Complex. As many as 48 benches have been formed and all the civil and criminal cases, apart from the complex ones, will be discussed and final decision will be passed on the spot.

Eye clinic opened

An NRI, Harjinder Singh Gill, has opened a free-of-cost eye clinic, in the memory of his mother Bhagwan Kaur, at Rania village. Eye testing through computers will be done in the clinic and initial care will be provided free-of-cost.

Interactive session

Dr Kunal Kala, a consultant psychiatrist from Mind First, conducted a talk-cum-seminar on the interface between physical and psychological health of children. Dr Kala presented latest research on child psychology on the occasion.

Slash VAT on petrol: Cong

The District Congress Committee, Ludhiana, urban and rural, Pawan Dewan and Malkiat, said instead of slashing VAT on ghutka and cigarette, the Punjab government should slash VAT on petrol.

Free treatment

Rana Eye and Maternity Hospital was granted recognition by the ECHS for treatment of its beneficiaries. The team of the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals visited the premises and recommended the hospital for cashless treatment of its ECHS members. The hospital is already offering free-of-cost treatment to ESI and BSNL workers. — TNS



Woman found murdered
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 24
The police found the body of a 22-year-old woman in the Focal Point area here today. According to police officials, the woman had been stabbed to death. She was wearing a jeans-top and sports shoes. In the preliminary investigation, it was established that the woman was murdered with a sharp weapon. The police officials said there were deep injuries on her face, throat and stomach.

The body was lying in a vacant plot near ICD Depot opposite the ICT institute. Passersby spotted the body and informed the police.

Investigation officer from the Focal Point police station stated it seemed the woman was an educated person and worked somewhere.

The police registered a case and sent the body to the Civil Hospital. It will be kept there for identification.

Road rage incident turns ugly; father, son thrashed

An incident of road rage turned ugly when a milkman and his father were attacked by six persons, who also threw a bottle of acid on them, at Mandi Ahmedgarh on Thursday evening.

Mandhir Singh, SHO of the Mandi Ahmedgarh police station, said the milkman, Gurpreet Singh was going towards his dairy last evening. The containers fixed on his motorcycle hit a car, which led to a scuffle between him and the car owner.

After the brief scuffle, Gurpreet went to his dairy while Karan called his father and friends and attacked the milkman and his father Lal Singh at the dairy.

According to the police complaint: "Karan, along with his father Jatinder and friend Kunal and three others, went to the dairy and thrashed Gurpreet and Lal Singh. While they were beating the father-son duo, Kunal threw a bottle of acid, which was kept there for measuring fat in milk, on them."

Mandhir said: "The victims have been admitted to the hospital".

The police have registered a case against six persons, including Karan, Jatinder, Kunal and three unidentified persons.

"The accused have absconded. We are raiding their suspected hideouts," the SHO said. 

Two lives snuffed out in accidents

Two persons were killed in separate accidents in the city on Thursday night. A speeding truck hit a person while he was crossing the road near Mohni Park. As the injured victim was lying on the road, another vehicle crushed him to death. The police sent the body for a post-mortem examination.

In another accident, a cyclist was killed after being hit by a truck at Shivpuri Chowk, near Jalandhar Bypass. The cyclist, who was heading towards Shivpuri Chowk, died on the spot. Commuters chased the truck but the driver escaped taking advantage of the dark. The police reached the spot and initiated investigation.



Crime briefs

Car of ex-Health Minister’s son stolen

Ludhiana: Former Health Minister Satpal Gosain's son has reported to the police that his car was stolen from Chaurai Sarak on Thursday night. Amit Gosain, a leader of the BJP Yuva Morcha, reportedly parked his Innova outside his relative's house, where he spent the night. In the morning, he found the car missing.

Man held with kerosene

The police arrested a person with 220-litre kerosene oil. The police said the accused, Suresh Gupta, used to sell the oil in black market. The police have registered a case.

Missing girl traced

Acting swiftly, the police found a 12-year-old girl who went missing earlier in the morning. Ragbir Singh, a resident of Ram Nagar, had complained to the police that his daughter was missing since early morning. The police flashed the message on wireless, and later found the girl in the Salem Tabri area. She was handed over to the parents.

Snatchers nabbed

The Daresi police have arrested two snatchers following a tip off. The accused have been identified as Noor Alam and Arshad. The police recovered six mobile phones and a scooter from their possession. Station house officer, Daresi, Sanjeev Kapoor said the duo was involved in several incidents of loot and snatching. — TNS



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