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More fake VIPs nailed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 25
Continuing strict action against the persons who pose as VIPs to escape “nakas” and challans, the traffic police issued challans to 15 person, including a doctor, Manpreet Singh of Amritsar, who has installed a blue beacon on his vehicle, here today.

The traffic police stopped a person during a “naka” at Tagore Nagar as he was driving an SUV with tinted windowpanes. The police asked his show permission documents, but he failed to show any. The SHO (Traffic), Vinod Kumar, said the police warned the person and removed the black film from the windowpanes.

The police also challned 14 vehicle owners who had got designation plates installed on their vehicles.

Vinod Kumar said: “We will not tolerate fake designation plates any more. We appeal to the residents that if they don’t have the authority to get the plates installed on their vehicles, then they should remove them on their own”.

The traffic police in charge also appealed to the parents of schoolchildren not to give super bikes to them.

Earlier, the police had challenged 30 persons, including some fake VIPs, on Thursday.

The traffic police had initiated a drive against underage drivers and those driving vehicles with fake designation plates a few days ago. According to senior traffic police personnel, the “nakas” will be set up outside schools in the city.

Vinod Kumar said people often got fake designation plates installed on their vehicles to escape from “nakas”. Most people argue with the police and make them talk to influential persons to escape challans. “We will take action as per the law against all violators,” he said.


Police geared up for Republic Day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 25
On the eve of Republic Day, security and vigilance in the city have been stepped up. Police personnel have been deputed in every nook and corner of the city. Checking has been intensified around the venue of the Republic Day function, Guru Nanak Stadium, where Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will unfurl the Tricolour.

The police have announced traffic restriction so the general public will not face inconvenience tomorrow. The stretch from Mata Rani Chowk to Fountain Chowk will be closed for the general public.

Around 1,700 security personnel have been deployed across the city. Senior police officials said CCTV cameras and metal detectors had been installed at sensitive points.

Sukhpal Singh Brar, ADCP, Headquarters, said: “We have made foolproof arrangements for the day. Security has been beefed up and the police are well prepared to tackle any situation. We have also installed equipment for electronic surveillance”.

Traffic diversion

The stretch from Mata Rani Chowk to Fountain Chowk will be closed for the general public.

City of rich people posts low sale of Tricolours

Though the city is known for its rich people, it has witnessed a low sale of national flags, speaking volumes about patriotism among Ludhianavis. "The sale of the Tricolour has been pretty low this time. Perhaps, it is because of the severe cold," said Sunny from a flag shop at Ghumar Mandi.

Daljit Singh, another shopkeeper, said the sale of the national flag was lower in comparison to that on Independence Day.

Rubal, a resident who was purchasing a flag, said the national flag is a symbol and identity of the country and should be there in every home and office, he added.



ADC’s post cleared for Jagraon
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, January 25
Jagraon MLA SR Kaler has finally silenced his political opponents with the Chief Minister giving his approval to the appointment of an Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) here.

"In a move to facilitate the people residing in and around Jagraon, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has given his nod to the creation of the post of Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) in Jagraon," said an official press note issued today.

"The file has been cleared by the Chief Minister and the approval for the ADC’s post will be sought in the next Cabinet meeting," said a spokesperson for the Chief Minister's office.

The residents of Jagraon had been demanding the deployment of an ADC in the area since they had to go to Ludhiana for their routine administrative works. The Chief Minister had made the promise of deploying an ADC at Jagraon during a state-level function organised at the Sugar Mill of Jagraon to kick start the Mai Bhago Vidya Scheme on October 25.

"I met the Chief Minister two days ago and reminded him of his promise. He assured me of giving his nod to the appointment of an ADC at Jagraon very soon. I also demanded more funds for the development of Jagraon and he assured me of releasing funds very soon," said Kaler.

Respite for residents

The residents of Jagraon had been demanding the deployment of an ADC in the area since they had to go to Ludhiana for routine administrative works.



City youngsters not well informed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 25
Although city youngsters are growing up in this information age where one can get any information on his smart phone, they are unaware about some of the milestones in the history of the country. Queries put to many youngsters about the significance of Republic Day drew a blank. Someone from a group said: "The Constitution came into force this day." Some said they knew about it, but had forgotten right now.

When asked about who drafted the Constitution, many looked at one another before one of them answered: "BR Ambedkar".

They said they celebrated Republic Day and had been attending the functions in schools and colleges. There were no answers from some youngsters when they were asked about the Fundamental Rights and Duties. One of them said: "Right to Freedom". Another said: "Right to education". Most of them did not know their Fundamental Duties. A college student said these were the things he'd read in a general knowledge book when he was a "kid", but he did not remember them all now.

On the contrary, most of them were vocal about the way the country is being governed. The rules of the Constitution are not being followed, they say. The laws should be strictly implemented and corruption and crime should be wiped out from our society, one of them said. "There is too much corruption these days," says Parvinder. And so many years after the Independence, there is no let up in the incidents of crime, said Roma, a student of BA final year. We love our country and want it to be better, they say.



Missing youth’s body retrieved from canal

Doraha, January 25
The decomposed body of a Doraha youth, who had gone missing in November, was retrieved from the Sirhind Canal by the police today.

Sarbjit Singh of Doraha had gone missing along with Gurjot Singh of Begowal village on November 10, 2013. The duo was last seen on the night of November 10 in the Innova car (PB 11 AG-2377).

“As the water level of the canal lowered, the car, along with the decomposed body of Sarabjit Singh, was spotted in the canal,” said Balwinder Singh Bhakhi, DSP, Payal.

Meanwhile, a case has been registered on a statement of the mother of the deceased against Gurjot. She has alleged that Sarabjit was called up by Gurjot on the night of November 10 and the two left together. — OC



2 snatchings reported
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 25
Two incidents of snatching had been reported here in the last 24 hours. A snatcher targeted a woman at Sarabha Nagar last evening. In her complaint to the police, Indu Panesar said she was shopping in the BRS Nagar market at 7.45 pm. When she came out of a shop, a biker snatched her purse and sped away. The woman said the purse was containing cash and important documents. Passersby tried to catch the snatcher but he escaped.

In another incident, motorcycle-borne persons snatched a Chauri Sarak resident’s gold chain. Vaneet Grover said he was waiting for his friend at Sofain Chowk at 9 am today when a person, riding a black bike, snatched his gold chain.



District celebrates Voter’s Day
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, January 25
District administration today celebrated National Voter's Day at Government College for Women. While addressing the students, Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal said, "To cast the vote is our duty as well as a right. By making right use of vote, the youngsters can play an important role in the country and it is the need of the hour."

On the occasion he handed over voter ID cards to 10 students of Ludhiana Vidhan Sabha constituency-64. He also honoured officers for doing heir duty with dedication for making people aware about getting their voter ID cards prepared.

The honoured officers included SDM(East) cum ERO Ajay Sood, supervisor Dr Pankaj Singh, BLO Kulwinder Kaur and Nodal Officer cum Principal of Government College for Girl Gurminder Kaur.

On the eve of foundation day of Election Commission of India, SDM Rajdeep Kaur distributed 40 new voter cards at Suvidha Kender today. Addressing the voters and other officials, she said, “One should rise above casteism and cast vote without any fear or temptation and strengthen the democracy.” As many as 100 voter cards were distributed among the voters at Government Middle School by BLO Gurpreet Singh and Bholi Devi. Mandi Ahmedgarh: The youth of rural localities of this area falling under Ludhiana and Sangrur districts were enthusiastic about getting their photo identity cards and to cast their votes during the next general elections.

Responding to a call given by management of the Shanti Tara College for Women Akbarpur, Chhanna, students of the institute vowed to get them registered as voters in their respective constituencies without further delay.

Similar functions were organised at Guru Har Krishan College for Women, Bhutta Group of Colleges Bhutta, Guru Nanak College of Ayurvedic Medicine and Nursing Gopalpur, Janta College for Women, MGMN Senior Secondary School and Victoria Public Senior Secondary School.



Left parties take out march
Oppose inflation, rise in crime, increasing burden of taxes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 25
The CPI and CPI(M) cadre today marched form the railway station to the Clock Tower chowk, protesting against inflation, rise in illegal activities and other “anti-people policies” of the state government.

Questioning the deteriorating law and order situation in the state, various speakers said even police personnel were not safe, as seen in the case of death of an ASI who was trying to save his daughter’s honour.

The protestors accused the politicians of interfering with the functioning of the police. They said land mafia, sand mafia and drug peddlers were carrying out their illegal activities without any fear.

The speakers also flayed the government for imposing taxes to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore on the people of Punjab, in the form of property tax, increase in bus fare, hike in vehicle registration fee, electricity tariff hike, etc.

They said making the matters worse, employees were not being paid salaries on time and pensions were not being disbursed at all.



ADC raids gas agency
Our Correspondent

Khanna, January 25
Gurmeet Singh, additional deputy commissioner-cum-chairman improvement trust today conducted a surprise check at Sumitra Enterprises Gas Agency (HP), Amloh Road, Khanna and seized unauthorised articles being sold by gas agency. Addressing media persons, ADC told that the checking was done to solve the grievances of LPG consumers. The working of the gas agency was not up to the mark. There will be a regular checking of all the gas agencies one by one in future, he added.

Manager of gas agency Monika said they only sell apron, gas lighter, hot plate along with gas connection, nothing else but when the agency's office was visited, many other articles were found. We seized packets of turmeric powder, chili powder, tea leaves, refined oil and some other articles from the gas agency, ADC added.

ADC said a complete report will be sent to gas agency headquarters and district food & civil supplies officer for further necessary action.



Girl’s body identified

Ludhiana, January 25
The police have identified the girl whose body was recovered from Focal Point on Friday morning. The deceased has been identified as Sonia, a native of Muzaffarnagar. She worked at an industrial unit. Her family resides at Guru Amardas Colony in Giaspura. The cause of death is still not clear.

High drama at hospital

A high drama was witnessed at the Civil Hospital when some people informed the police that a woman was trying to leave the hospital without her newborn. The police caught up with her and handed the baby over to her. The police said the woman, who was a little disturbed, was just leaving to get food. — TNS



Woman accuses police of inaction
Says was raped by father in July 2013, case registered in Dec
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 25
A woman has accused the city police of not acting on her complaint against her father, who allegedly raped her in July last year.

The woman, who got married to a Morinda resident in 2008 with whom she has two children, moved back to her paternal home at Gandhi Colony on Tajpur Road after a tiff with her husband in January 2013.

On July 2, she alleged, her father, Rajinder Kumar, came to her room drunk, carrying a knife. The father, a widower, allegedly raped the woman and threatened her of dire consequences if she informed anyone about the incident. Following this, the woman moved to a relative’s house and told her husband about the incident.

The husband, a taxi driver, said they got a case of rape registered against the father in December 2013.

The police, however, did not take any action against the accused, he said.

When contacted, the Assistant Commissioner of Police (East), Satish Kumar Malhotra, said: “We have formed a special investigation team that includes a woman officer. The SIT is probing the matter. We will take action against the accused after it submits a report.”

‘SIT probing case’

ACP (East) Satish Kumar Malhotra said a special investigation team, which included a woman officer, is probing the matter.



illegal activity
MC fails to act against school
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 25
The Municipal Corporation has failed to take any action against New High Senior Secondary School for carrying out an illegal commercial activity on its premises.

In this newspaper, dated January 22, it was reported how the Sarabha Nagar-based school had leased out a building to a city’s leading scooter dealer for storing brand new two-wheelers.

When contacted, MC Additional Commissioner Isha Kalia said the employees were busy with a local bodies committee meeting held in Chandigarh yesterday.

“I will ask my staff in the building branch to take up the case by Monday,” she said.



Grant released for nursery schools
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 25
Grant for nursery schools running under the National Child Labour Project was released after a span of about 7 months. This brought much needed relief to the school staff, which was waiting for their salaries.

Baldev Singh Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) Ludhiana said, "The central government issued grant of Rs 55 lakh for Ludhiana district. We have 40 such schools in the district."

The grant has brought much relief to the staff of these schools which had been waiting eagerly for their salaries. Requesting anonymity a teacher said, "The whole festival season passed without salary and it was very difficult for us to manage."

It needs to be mentioned here that Government of India has started these schools under National Child Labour Project to curb the problem of child labour in India. The aim of this project is to eliminate child labour in hazardous industries and educate children below 14 years of age. ADC (D) said these schools have all those children who never went to school earlier.



Minister inaugurates ROB

Khanna, January 25
PWD minister Shranjit Singh Dhillon and speaker of Vidhan Sabha Charanjit Singh Attwal along with Ranjit singh Talwandi inaugurated a railway over bridge (ROB) at Lalheri Road, Khanna today.

While addressing the gathering Dhillon said people of more than 40 villages along with city residents will benefit from this ROB. He said the ROB was completed in the record time of two years. Dhillon further stated that the repairing of village roads will start soon and the money meant for this purpose had been arranged. — OC



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Republic Day celebrations

On the eve of republic day, the students of Xplora Design Skool celebrated republic day with fervour. The students participated in various activities to lend a festive ambience to the historic occasion. All the students followed a Tricolour dress code to mark the three colours of the National Flag. They played many games with a patriotic fervour and with lots of enthusiasm to commemorate the true spirit of Independent India. The Ex-Servicemen Welfare Society celebrated Republic Day. Organisers said the situation in the country was so disturbed that constitutional and statutory authorities were not working as per law of the country. The Khas Admi and Aam Admi was treated as per his/her economic as well as political status. The aim of Aam Admi Party had come up only to address the issues of downtrodden people of India so that the VIP culture may be removed. Ex-servicemen of this society were disturbed and perturbed that VIP culture should be removed and all men should be equally treated as per our Constitution.

VIP culture flayed

The members of Mahatma Gandhi Peace Mission said politicians and policemen must take pledge this Republic Day to shun VIP culture at the cost of exchequer. Organsising Secretary of the Mission Brij Goyal while congratulating people for sustaining Indian democracy despite all odds and neglect by the state said they suffer in daily life to meet their both ends. "We decry VIP culture in the nation particularly in our own state Punjab and the luxuries, comforts enjoyed by politicians at the cost of exchequer." President of Mission Gurbinder Singh Atwal demanded that government must arrange free distribution of copies of Constitution of India to general masses.

Hunger strike

Bibi Dhan Kaur, sister of Kartar Singh Sarabha had threatened to hold a hunger strike on January 27 at Bhai Bala Chowk in case government fails to meet her long pending demands. Dhan Kaur said it was sorry state of affairs in state where the martyrs were not given the due respect and their kin were being neglected. She added that hundreds of people from various walks of life will be coming to support the cause.

Training workshop

A training workshop on Medical Certification of Cause of Death (MCCD) was organised at Dumra Auditorium of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana. The medical officers of Ludhiana district and different health institutes of city participated in the training. The workshop was held in collaboration with the Directorate of Census Operations, Punjab (GOI).

Volunteer meet

The Aam Aadmi Party organised a volunteer meet on Saturday. A large number of people turned up to join the party and became volunteers in the political revolution. Harjot Singh Bains, state convenor, Punjab, Aam Aadmi Party said “Aam Aadmi Party will be contesting all the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab. He said the number of registered members in Punjab had already crossed 4 lakh and it was expected to cross 7 lakh." Ajay Mittal, district convenor, addressed the meeting and said “We had set up ward committees in almost all wards of Ludhiana and by 30th January we will be setting up ward and block committees in every ward and block of Ludhiana so that we have an organisational structure in place for the coming Lok Sabha Elections." — TNS



Auto-rickshaws cause congestion

Auto-rickshaws in the city have become a matter of concern for the residents. They are the main contributors to traffic congestion on the city roads. Besides, continuous increase in the number of auto-rickshaws has also caused a lot of other problems like rash driving, haphazard parking. It often leads to increase in number of accidents. No restriction is being imposed by the administration on auto-rickshaw drivers and they feel free to ply through every corner of the city. Further, in the absence of proper halt for these auto-rickshaws, drivers usually park their vehicles haphazardly anywhere they wish to and create traffic chaos. These auto drivers can often be seen in a race to get maximum number of passengers that often leads to accidents but the authorities are yet to take any concrete measures to tackle the problem.

Ravi Chander, Ludhiana

Streamline circle rates

The Deputy Commissioner has not fixed circle rates of residential houses situated on Mall Road, Ludhiana. In the absence of fixed rates, Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is asking residents to pay property tax as per commercial rates. It is very high and subject to revision downwards. The DC should declare circle rates for residential properties on Mall Road. It should be normally 40 per cent of the commercial rates. The DC and Mayor are aware of this, but are not taking any action. People living on Mall Road are facing difficulty.

Baldev Gupta, Ludhiana

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