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Man dies of ‘cold’ near night shelter
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 1
Causing much embarrassment to the district administration and the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, a middle-aged man died due to suspected hypothermia in the city. His body was recovered from near Reikhy Chowk, this morning. Ironically, a night shelter being run by Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is situated hardly few meters from the place where his body was recovered.

The body of the deceased, whose identity was not been established yet, was found lying near Reikhy Chowk. On being informed, the police reached the spot and took the body, a blanket and shawl in their possession. "We have also recovered some painkillers from his pocket," informed Inspector Surinder Mohan, SHO, Division Number 1 police station.

Shopkeepers of the area said that the MC night shelter remained locked most of the time. "Even the MC fails to educate the area shopkeepers or residents about the facility where the homeless can spend night during the ongoing winter. If the deceased knew about the night shelter or if the MC officials took him there, his life could have been saved," informed an shopkeeper.

It is often observed that whenever a senior MC officer visits the night shelter, the subordinate staff makes sure that the night shelter is full to its capacity. "Such drives to 'help' the homeless is more of a photo opportunity for the MC staff. They even use their vehicles to ferry homeless to the night shelter and when the officers go back, the situation becomes worse. I have hardly seen anyone availing this facility," said another shopkeeper, on condition of anonymity.A few weeks ago, when Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria had visited one such night shelter near Manju Cinema, he was shocked to find it locked. He had to break open the locks to enter it and the MC staff was pulled up for this negligent attitude.Inspector Surinder Mohan said “The body had no injury mark. our preliminary probe suggests that the deceased died due to hypothermia," 

‘When officials visit, shelter is full ’

Shopkeepers said that the MC night shelter remained locked most of the time. It is often observed that whenever a senior MC officer visits the night shelter, the subordinate staff makes sure that the night shelter is full to its capacity. 


Overloaded rice husk trucks a threat to commuters 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 1
Overloaded rice husk trucks are posing grave danger to commuters travelling on Ferozepur Road at midnight.

Due to the dense fog, the extended portions of these trucks can not be located by the driver of a smaller vehicle and often result in accidents. The police, including the PCR motorcycle squad, remain deployed at the midnight at all the major roundabouts on Ferozepur Road, but the policemen instead of taking any action prefer to look the other way.

Residents allege that policemen on duty are receiving huge kickbacks from the rice husk contractors for allowing the overloaded trucks an easy passage."The law exists only for the common man. The police show extra interest in checking the vehicles of the residents, but they do no challan the drivers of these overloaded tucks," said Sushil Kumar, a businessman, who had a tiff with a rice husk truck driver following an accident near Aarti Cinema Chowk.Taking a jibe at the ruling SAD- BJP government, Congress leader Ishwarjot Cheema said, "Instead of challaning the rice husk truck drivers and banning them from plying on Ferozepur Road, the government is widening the road to provide an easy passage to them. During elections, the government will take money from them."

‘No parking space for impounded trucks’

A police officer deployed on Ferozepur Road, expressing his helplessness, said, "The drivers of the rice husk trucks do not carry documents. So we have to impound these vehicles. We have paucity of space at police stations and the impounded trucks further pose parking problem. Next morning, the "politically well connected" truck owners come and free their vehicles. So our whole effort goes in vain."



Wakf Board rebuts govt’s claim
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 1
Chairman Wakf Board, Punjab, Izhar Alam denied the claims made by the Punjab Government, in advertisement published in newspapers, of spending Rs 3 crore to construct Islamia Public School at Rahon Road.

While talking to The Tribune, Izhar Alam said, “Wakf Board, Punjab, will spend the money on the project, which it generates from the lease of properties belonging to the Board.” Later, after the foundation stone-laying ceremony of Islamia Public School, the Chief Minister, Prakash Singh Badal, announced only Rs 10 lakh for the project.

The state government got published in an advertisement mentioning that it is spending Rs 43.72 crore for the development of Ludhiana.

“The Board works under the Department of Home Affairs and Justice but the school will be constructed on the land owned by the Punjab Wakf Board,” said Alam.

The school will be up to Class XII having science and arts streams. The medium of education will be Punjabi but the main focus will be on English. Urdu and Islamic languages will be optional, Izhar Alam said.

According to the school management the monthly fee will be charged 1/3 in comparison to other public schools and it will be run on ‘no profit, no loss basis’.



Sarpanch to go on hunger strike 
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 1
To protest against the alleged injustice meted out to him by the district administration, Balaur Singh, a retired Army Captain and now a sarpanch of Bhamipura Kallan village near Jagraon, has declared to sit on an indefinite hunger strike at Block Development and Panchayat Office (BDPO) in Jagraon from February 3.

Captain Balaur Singh, as called by the villagers, belongs to the Congress party. He won the Panchayat elections held around 7 months ago by defeating three candidates, including the ones from the ruling party, to become the sarpanch of Bhamipura village.

However, the administration, under the pressure of the ruling party has been allegedly causing delay in giving him the charge of the village sarpanch. “After winning the elections, I have been requesting the senior government officials to give me the charge of village. But, till now my efforts have yielded no result, therefore, I have decided to sit on an indefinite hunger strike. I would not end my strike till I get the charge,” says Captain Balaur Singh.

According to Captain Balaur Singh, he has met DDPO, Ludhiana, ADC (Development), Ludhiana, SDM, Jagraon, and MLA, Jagraon, several times in this regard. “Every time, I was given an assurance that the charge will be handed over to me soon. But, nothing practical has been done by any official so far,” alleged Balaur Singh.

BDPO, Jagraon, Amarjit Singh said, “Balaur Singh would be given the charge of sarpanch soon. We are trying to convince him to change the decision of sitting on hunger strike.”

Balaur Singh also met senior Congress leader and Jagraon constituency in charge Isher Singh Meharban on Saturday and sought support from the party. But, Meharban refused to offer him the support saying that the party would not interfere in the personal fights.



PPCB inspects dying units on Tajpur road
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 1
To check the proper working of water treatment plants in the dying units, the team of Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) inspected the units today. The PPCB teams have inspected the several units on Tajpur Road in the past two days.

Gulshan Roy, Chief Engineer, PPCB, stated that the teams did not find any major defaulter during the inspections. A majority of the dyeing units had water treatment plants".

"During the visits, minor irregularities were found. To save on power bills some unit owners had not made the water treatment plants functional. Some of them were using the bypass system. We will take action as per law", said Gulshan Rai.

Lalit Jain, a dyeing owner, said, "More than 90 per cent dyeing units have water treatment plants. The dying units do not release metal substance in the nullah. So the PPCB do not take action against the units.”

Ashok Makkar, president, Ludhiana Dying Industry, said that it was a routine checking. He also confirmed that the dyeing unit owners were not violating the directions of the PPCB.

The PPCB has conducted raids on the electroplating units and asked the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) to disconnect the power connection of 60 units in January as they were not following the directions of the PPCB.



Farmers should unite to save agriculture: CM 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 1
Farmers should unite for the noble cause of saving agriculture from the ongoing crisis. This was stated by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during an interaction with progressive farmers after inaugurating Kisan Hostel and Scientist Home at the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, here today.

The CM bemoaned that the regressive policies of the Union government has made agriculture a non-profitable venture. He said due to exorbitant hike in agriculture inputs coupled with the non-remunerative MSP, the profit margins of the farmers have been squeezed.

“In this crucial time, farmers must adopt the allied farming activities so as to supplement their income on one hand and save the agrarian economy of the state on the other hand,” the CM said.

He said in a bid to curtail the huge expenditure meted out by the farmers on
agricultural equipments, the state government had already approved to enhance the subsidy from 33 per cent to 50 per cent.



Councillors given the cold shoulder 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 1
The councillors of Ward Numbers 7 and 8 struggled to get the road infrastructure project sanctioned, but it took just 10 minutes for Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to inaugurate the project.

The area councillors were not even invited for the inauguration ceremony.

The CM laid the foundation stone for laying internal roads in Wards 7 to 10. The project will cost Rs 28 crore and will be undertaken by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust.

Local MP Manish Tewari said: “It is good that the government has woken up to the woes of Ludhiana. But it is too little and too late.”

Terming it as a "hijacked" function, independent councillor from Ward 8 Daljit Singh Bhola Grewal said he and councillor from Ward 7 Gurpreet Singh Gora had struggled to get better roads in the area. But today, when the project was to be inaugurated and their efforts were to be recognised, it was hijacked.

“We respect the Chief Minister that he spared time to inaugurate the projects, which otherwise is the work of the area councillor or the MLA, but why were the area councillors not invited? When Rahul Gandhi came to Punjab, the CM had alleged that the protocol was violated as he (CM) was not invited. Where is the protocol today? The project was cleared due to our efforts, claimed Grewal.

The authorities did not allow the councillors to hold a separate function to thank the area residents.

The Congress councillors, however, maintain that the announcements of development projects by the Badals were nothing but an attempt to lure voters for the coming Lok Sabha elections. Spokesman of Congress councillors Parminder Mehta said projects worth several crores were always announced but are never completed. 

Not invited

The CM laid the foundation stone of the project for laying internal roads in Wards 7 to 10. The project will cost Rs 28 crore and will be undertaken by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust. The area councillors alleged that they got the project sanctioned, but they were not even invited for the foundation stone laying ceremony



Encroachments removed

Ludhiana, February 1
The tehbaazari wing of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation today removed encroachments from the Zone B areas, including Focal Point IV. The MC team accompanied by policemen removed rehris, shanties and temporary encroachments from the area. 

The drive was led by Additional Commissioner Devinder Singh. Rahul Ahuja, president of the Confederation of Indian Industries, said industrialists were facing problems due to encroachments. He said they had spoken to MC Commissioner about it he had assured to take action against encroachers. — TNS



Business news

Hero Group to set up university

Hero Group is all set to start BML Munjal University (BMU) on the outskirts of Gurgaon in July. Sunil Kant Munjal, chairman, BML Munjal University, said: “The university is our endeavour to help young men and women to acquire knowledge and skills so that they are equipped for leading their organisations to success. Thus, the focus of the BMU will be to impart a holistic, practical-oriented, industry-aligned education.” He added: “We have inked a pact with Imperial College, London, which is the fifth best university as per the QS World University Rankings, 2013, for our School of Management. We believe that our innovative academic framework will give our students a global exposure and instil in them the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation. The School of Engineering & Technology will have 360 seats for BTech programme, while the School of Management will have 60 seats each for MBA and BBA programmes. The BMU will follow a multi-dimensional evaluation process to assess an applicant’s suitability for the courses offered by the university.

ERP solution

Gurgaon-based Enterprise Recourse Planning (ERP), a software developing company, held a meeting with industrialist to attract them for ERP solution, which replaces the manual work in industries for managing the data. The company officials claimed that Tally-based ERP software improves the capacity of data managing in industries, especially production units. Kunal Singhal, an ERP expert and the founder MD of the company, said the ERP was used for maximum productivity. 



From schools

Fancy dress competition

Green Land Convent School, Civil City, organised Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex Fancy Dress Competition for the students of the Kindergarten wing on Saturday. Rajesh Rudhra, chairman of Green Land Schools, was the chief guest. More than twenty-five teams from various CBSE schools of Ludhiana participated in the competition with enthusiasm and vigour. The competition started with the ceremonial lamp lighting and a vibrant dance performance. Dr Shivangi Rudhra and Seema were the judges of the event. Students take part in Sahodaya Schools Complex Fancy Dress Competition at Green Land Convent School, Civil City, in Ludhiana on Saturday. A Tribune Photograph The competition was conducted in three categories. Students of each category were given a different theme. The participants of category- I comprised of children of age group 3 to 4.5 years, who came dressed on the theme 'Eat Healthy, Be Merry'. The contestants of category- II were from the age group 4.5 to 5.5 years and followed the theme of 'Incredible India'. 'Save Earth, Save Life' was the theme for the participants of category- III of 5.5 to 6.5 years age group.
Students take part in Sahodaya Schools Complex Fancy Dress Competition at Green Land Convent School, Civil City, in Ludhiana on Saturday. A Tribune Photograph 

NSS camp

The week-long NSS Camp of SDP Senior Secondary School, Hazuri Road, concluded at Government Senior Secondary School, Chaunta village, in Ludhiana. NSS volunteers took an oath to curb the use of tobacco. A rally led by NSS Programme Officer Neena Sharma was carried out to spread awareness among masses about its ill effects. Principal Jasveer Singh Chauhan congratulated the NSS volunteers for their active participation.

Farewell party

In order to bid adieu to Class XII students, Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, organised a grand farewell function on Saturday. Looking their best, the Class XII students sought the blessings of the Almighty and performed havan. Later, a gala cultural programme was presented by the students of Class XI in the auditorium. The Class XII students expressed their nostalgic emotions through a multimedia presentation. — TNS




High time to root out VIP culture

The VIP and VVIP culture, which is on the rise, needs to be curbed at the earliest or else the democratic set-up would be meaningless. Nowadays, the public is harassed to ensure convenience for politicians. The culture is rarely noticed in foreign countries, especially in the Western nations. The incident of January 17 (reported in Ludhiana Tribune) wherein the ADCP, Ludhiana, slapped a senior citizen as he argued to travel on the Mall Road, which was closed for public as the cavalcade of the Deputy CM was to take that route, as a case in point. The elderly was then taken to a police station and was made to apologise for confronting with the police. Strict legal action should be taken against such erring police officials. Further, efforts of the AAP and the PPP of raising their voice against the VIP and VVIP culture need to be appreciated.

Sher Singh, Ludhiana

Unending traffic woes

There seems to be no end to the traffic problems being faced by city residents. The residents of Saroop Nagar, Clock Tower Road, Netaji Colony and Gandhi Nagar have become used to traffic jams. Hour-long traffic jams on these roads have become a routine affair and one can see commuters stuck in traffic jams throughout the day. In the absence of traffic cops, the visitors often park their vehicles on roadsides, which obstructs the smooth flow of traffic. Also, the roads in Salem Tabri, New Janakpuri and Chhawani Mohalla are in a pitiable condition. Deep potholes and debris of construction materials lying on the road have become commuters’ nightmare. Though commuters have been repeatedly demanding re-carpeting of roads for a long time, the requests seem to have fallen on deaf ears. The municipal councillors representing these areas should take up such issues seriously and ensure that residents of their wards are provided with proper civic amenities.

Sunita, Ludhiana



Youth killed, 5 injured as bus hits tractor at Samrala
Our Correspondent

Samrala, February 1
A youth was killed and five others injured when a bus hit a tractor near Chahilan village on Ludhiana- Chandigarh road here today.

The youngsters belong to Rampur village in Ropar district and were on their way to see Kila Raipur.

The deceased youth has been identified as Harmit Singh (26), a resident of Rampur village.

As per information, six youths boarded an Escort tractor and left for Kila Raipur via Morinda and Samrala. When they reached near Chahilan village, suddenly a bus coming from Ludhiana side hit the tractor hard while trying to overtake another vehicle. The impact was so great that the front portion of the tractor was fully damaged and all six youths thrown to the ground. They sustained serious injuries. Some passerby took the injured youths to Civil Hospital, Samrala, but one of the youths succumbed to injuries while five were admitted to the Emergency Ward of the Civil Hospital.

Later, three youths were discharged after first aid while seriously injured Kamaldeep Singh and Bachitar Singh are recovering at the hospital and are said to be out of danger. SHO Rajnish Kumar said that they had registered a case in this regard and were trying to identify the bus driver who fled from the scene.

The SHO said that the body of the deceased youth was kept in the mortuary and would be handed over to his guardians after a post-mortem examination tomorrow. 



SUV stolen, 3 booked 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 1
Three unidentified persons stole a Toyota Fortuner (SUV) from a beauty parlour owner in the Dugri area on Thursday morning.

The accused not only stole the SUV but even kidnapped their employee, who at the time of incident was sitting inside the vehicle, and released him a few kilometers away from the spot.

After the incident, SUV owner Chamkaur Singh, a resident of Baba Nand Singh Nagar, lodged a complaint with the Dugri police and a case was registered following an investigation yesterday.

In his complaint, Chamkaur Singh stated that it was around 11:20 am on Thursday when his wife along with employee Surinder Kumar reached her beauty parlour in the Dugri area. "She handed over the Toyota Fortuner keys, a laptop and a camera to Surinder and asked him to sit in the car. When my wife came out of the shop, she saw that three unknown persons came near her SUV and drove it away along with Surinder Kumar," Chamkaur Singh told the Dugri police.

The accused released Surinder Kumar near the 200-feet road in the area. Satwant Singh, SHO, Dugri police station, said when the incident took place, the accused were not aware that Surinder was also sitting inside the vehicle. "They had only seen the parked and the keys were on the ignition switch," he said.

Meanwhile, on the complaint of Chamkaur Singh, a case under Sections 379, 365 and 34 of the IPC has been registered against the unidentified persons at Dugri police station.



Pet dog bites woman, owner booked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 1
A woman registered an FIR against a house owner whose pet dog bit her yesterday. The incident took place in G-block of the Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar area of the city.

As per information, Jony, a resident of Sunet, who works as a domestic help at a house located in G-block of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, told the police that when she went to work at a house yesterday morning, a pet dog from a nearby house bit her on the ear.Harpal Singh Grewal, SHO of the Sarabha Nagar Police Station,said after the dog bit Jony, a medical examination was done at Civil Hospital and an MLR (medico legal report) was also registered.

"It was following a complaint by Jony that an FIR was registered against the owners of House Number 194-G, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar. We are investigating the matter and action will be taken as per law," the SHO informed. Meanwhile, on the complaint of Jony, a case under Sections 289 (negligent conduct with respect to animal) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the IPC has been registered against the owner of the dog.



5 year-old boy’s body found near drain 
Tribune News Ser vice

Ludhiana, February 1
A body of a five-year-old boy was recovered from near a drain of the Kashmir Nagar area this evening. The deceased, whose identity is still unknown, was wearing just a red -coloured cap.

A passerby on seeing the body raised the alarm and informed the police. The Division Number 3 police on being informed reached the spot and took the body into their possession.The police are yet to ascertain the identity of the boy and the reason behind his death. The body has been sent to Civil Hospital for a post-mortem examination. However, the police are not ruling out the possibility that the child mayhave been sodomised.

Brij Mohan, SHO, Division Number 3 police station, said the body had no injury marks. "We are not sure about the reason behind his death," informed the SHO.The police are also working on another theory. "He may have died of drowning after falling in the drain, but we cannot say anything till we get the post-mortem report," said the police.

May be a case of sodomy: Police

The police are yet to ascertain the identity of the boy and the reason behind his death. The police are not ruling out the possibility that the child may have been sodomised .



The unstoppable man, machine and beast 
Our Correspondent

Kila Raipur, February 1
Greyhound races continued for the second day on Saturday when Sugar Chitri, a female dog, owned by Dhat brothers defeated Raunaki Kala, owned by Baldev Singh Sidhu.

In the Bhagwant Memorial Hockey Tournament, Hockey Academy, Kila Raipur, defeated Bhudlada 3-2 and Bhudlada got the better of Grewal Club, Kila Raipur, 2-1.

In the women’s section, Kairon Hockey Academy defeated Kila Raipur 5-0 and Badal Hockey Wing defeated Government College, Ludhiana, 4-0.

Malwa School beat Bhatinda by eight goals to three in six-a-side hockey, while Jarkhar Academy defeated Baba Bakala 12-3.

Chajju Ram from Dhanaula village emerged the fastest runner (veteran), followed by Nachhattar Singh of Khanna and Dalvir Singh of Madpur .

Shavi of Patiala emerged as the fastest woman. She surpassed Shiksha of Chandigarh and Manvir Kaur of Patiala.

Other results

Cycling U-19: Kuldeep Singh of Amritsar (first), Lovpreet Singh of Sangrur (second) and Gaganvir Singh of Patiala (third).

200m boys U-19: Ranjit Singh of Hoshiarpur (first), Narinder Singh of Patiala (second), Amritpal Singh of Jalandhar (third).

400m boys U-19: Manish of Lucknow (first), Narinder Singh of Patiala (second), Abhishek Kumar of Lucknow (third).

200m girls U-19: Manvir Kaur of Patiala (first), Sandeep Kaur of Patiala (second) and Amandeep Kaur of Jalandhar (third).

400m women: Pushpa Chahal of Delhi (first), Shavi of Patiala (second) and Sandeep Kaur of Patiala (third).

100m senior citizens (60-65yr): SP Sharma of Hoshiarpur (first), Raghu Singh Bhullar of Mohali (second) and Pal Singh (third).

Cycle race 3000m: Kuldeep Singh of Amritser (first), Roobalpreet Singh of Amritsar (second) and Lovepreet Singh of Sangrur (third).

400m men: Neeraj of Lucknow (first), Sandeep Kumar of Punjab Police (second) and Manish of Lucknow (third).

Shot put senior citizens (60 plus): SP Sharma of Hoshiarpur (first), Raghuvir Singh of Mohali (second), Balbir Singh of Ludhiana (third).

Shot put men: Tajinderpal Singh of Moga (first), Gurvant Singh of Patiala (second), Parvinder Singh of Fatehgarh Sahib (third).

Shot put girls: Manpreet Kaur of Patiala (first), Gurleen Kaur of Tarn Taran (second) and Kulwinder Kaur of Sangrur (third).

Mule cart race: Pavitar Singh of Ghawadi (first), Sarup Singh of Pakhowal (second) and Sadiq Khan of Hathan (third). 



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