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Finally, residents reach ashore
Punjab Government reverses transfer of five colonies to Municipal Corporation
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 11
Much to the relief of the residents of five colonies developed by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), the Punjab Government has decided to reverse the transfer of the colonies to the Municipal Corporation. The Local Government Department, Punjab, through its memo number 14/70/2013-3LG dated January 24, 2014, informed the MC Commissioner that resolution number 35 dated March 12, 2013, (in respect of taking control over LIT colonies) had been cancelled.

The MC has also been directed to refund the amount of Rs 321.15 lakh deposited by the Trust for development works in the colonies.

The LIT had transferred Rajguru Nagar, Maharishi Valmiki Nagar, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Sant Isher Singh Nagar and Bharat Nagar Extension colonies to the MC for maintenance under the provisions of the Punjab Town Improvement Act.

The MC had also sought approval from the General House for taking over the colonies and a resolution was sent to the government which was sanctioned in June 2013.

Even as the MC officials were busy preparing estimates for the development and maintenance works in the colonies, the government stalled the transfer without stating any reason.

The fate of the colonies has been hanging fire for the past one year, with the LIT and MC washing their hands off the maintenance and development works in the colonies.

Arvind Sharma, member of the Residents Welfare Association of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, said the development and maintenance works in the colony had come to a halt. "The residents of the colonies were left in the lurch as the Trust authorities stated that the colonies stood transferred to the MC while the MC could not take up any work," he said.

The residents urged the LIT authorities to survey Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar as well as other colonies to assess the need for repair and maintenance works.

"Works related to sanitation, repair of roads and streets, maintenance of parks and streetlights should be taken up on a priority basis," the residents said.

The 5 colonies

The LIT had transferred Rajguru Nagar, Maharishi Valmiki Nagar, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Sant Isher Singh Nagar and Bharat Nagar Extension colonies to the Municipal Corporation for maintenance under the provisions of the Punjab Town Improvement Act


16 persons fined under Tobacco Act
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 11
The district Health Department fined 16 persons for smoking in public place in the city today. A file of Rs 1,510 was collected from persons who were spotted smoking in Civil Lines, Transport Nagar and Samrala Chowk. A city-based oncologist said: “Tobacco kills more than five million people every year worldwide and one out of 10 tobacco-related deaths are due to passive smoking.”

“Passive smoking, often dubbed the silent killer, is more dangerous than you believe. Getting exposed to second-hand smoke is just as bad as active smoking. Passive smokers often suffer from lung problems, breathlessness and allergies,” he added.

Section 4 of the Act

  • Smoking in all public places is prohibited. The term public place is vaguely defined and refers to any place to which the public have access. It includes auditoriums, hospital buildings, railway waiting rooms, amusement centres, restaurants, public offices, court buildings, educational institutions, libraries, public conveyances and places which are visited by the general public. It does not include any open space.
  • Creation of smoking areas: In restaurants, hotels and airports, smoking areas are to be physically segregated in such a manner that smoke does not circulate to the non-smoking areas.
  • Display of prominent non-smoking signs "Smoking here is strictly prohibited" is mandatory at all public places.



Banking operations hit
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 11
Bankers' strike had a crippling effect on the city. With automated teller machines (ATMs) running out of cash, residents had to face a tough time. Office-bearers of the United Form of Bank Unions said 80 per cent of the ATMs were without cash in the city. Bank employees stocked the money machines on Saturday.

Manjeet Singh Jaggi, district manager, Lead Bank, said the two-day strike had hit banking operations as 1.60 lakh cheques worth Rs 2,500 crore could not be cleared. There are 600 ATMs in the city. Of these, 523 ATMs are of public sector banks. The employees will resume work on Wednesday.

To press for a revision in wages, as many as 10 lakh bank employees and officials working in public sector banks, old generation private banks, regional rural banks, workmen employees of foreign banks went on a nationwide strike on Monday.

The local unit of the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) took out a rally in front of Canara Bank, Bharat Nagar Chowk, today.

Naresh Gaur, convener, UFBU, said, "We are ready to negotiate. If the authorities fail to meet our demands, we will agitate. We have high hopes from the Indian Banks Association."

Gaur said they did not want to inconvenience the residents.



3 bidders willing to 8-lane Ferozepur Road
Tribune News Service

The government had allocated Rs 210 crore to eight-lane Ferozepur Road. A file photo

Ludhiana, February 11
Three bidders have shown interest in undertaking the project to eight-lane Ferozepur Road. The companies are Simplex Constructions, Navyug Constructions and Seagle India. The bidders reportedly kept certain conditions before the civic body.

They asked the MC authorities to provide bank guarantee, but the officials refused to do so. The bidders wanted that the MC should be instrumental in getting no objection certificates (NOCs) from all departments. To which, the MC replied that it was not supposed to do all this.

The civic body, however, agreed to waive penalties (work-wise goals within given time-frame) in case the companies were able to complete the work on time. The government had allocated Rs 210 crore for the project.

Earlier, two bidders had come forward to accomplish the project. But they demanded hefty sums. In a fix, the civic authorities sought help from the state government which formed a three-member committee of Chief Engineers. The panel told the civic body to go in for re-tendering of the project.



Kisan Sabha stages dharna
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 11
Activists of the district unit of All-India Kisan Sabha, farmers, farm workers and members of other working classes today staged a dharna at Mini-Secretariat to press for their demands.

Protesters demanded remission of loans of poor farmers, increase in the minimum support price (MSP) and timely purchase of farm produce by government agencies and monthly old-age pension of Rs 3,000 for every farmer.

While addressing the rally, Punjab Kisan Sabha vice-president Kartar Singh Bowani said under the policies of privatisation, liberalisation and corporatisation, the government had virtually stopped public spending on rural development, agriculture and irrigation. He said as per the new economic policy, the government was spending less on the agriculture sector and the investment in farm research had also been cut down. As a result of the down-spending, Punjab Agricultural University was also short funds. Bowani further maintained that the government was not implementing the recommendations of the Farmers Commission.

Surinder Jalaldiwal, district president of the sabha, said that the inputs like diesel, fertilisers and agricultural implements were becoming expensive.



17-year-old girl dies as scooter falls into canal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 11
A 17-year-old girl drowned, while two of her friends suffered injuries, after their scooter fell into a canal at Hambran village yesterday. Gurbir Kaur, the only child of her parents, was cremated today.

The girl was a student of Guru Nanak Public School. Her relatives said had there been fencing or boulders alongside the road, the tragedy could have been averted.

Gurbir Kaur, along with her friends Harmandeep Kaur of Hambran and Kamalpreet Kaur of Swaddi Mullapur, was returning home after attending tuition classes.

Kamalpreet Kaur, who was riding the two-wheeler, lost control and the scooter fell into the canal. The trio was rescued by passerby. The girls were taken to the hospital. While Gurbir Kaur died during treatment, the condition of Harmandeep and Kamalpreet is stated to be critical.



Man dies following surgery
Kin take to road, allege medical negligence
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 11
The relatives of 45-year-old ASI Avneesh Kumar, who died following a heart surgery in Sobti Hospital last night, blocked Rajpura Road near DMC Hospital. They held a protest demanding the registration of a criminal case against two doctors.

The relatives alleged negligence on the part of the doctors. They claimed that the licence of one of the doctors from Jalandhar was cancelled by the government, but still he performed the surgery.

The protest led to a traffic jam, leaving hundreds of commuters, including schoolchildren, stranded.

Policemen deputed outside Sobti Hospital; and traffic chaos on Rajpura Road. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

A police party led by ACP (North) Raj Kumar reached the spot and pacified the protesters.

The ACP took the licences of the doctors who performed the surgery.

Dr Kulwant Singh said the patient suffered a heart attack on February 7 and was admitted to the hospital.

"Since the patient was a diabetic, it took us two days to stabilise his condition. We conducted the angiography and found that three arteries of the patient were blocked. We decided to place a stunt and his family consented to the surgery. The patient was operated upon by Dr Anwar Khan and Dr AK Aggarwal. He suffered multiple heart attacks. We tired to revive him, but failed," said Dr Kulwant.

He said the licence of one of the doctors was not cancelled. "Both are senior surgeons and have an experience of more than 20 years. We have shown their licences to the Civil Surgeon," said Dr Kulwant.

Dr Manoj Sobti said the deceased was not suffering from neurological problem. He had suffered a heart attack, he stated.




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LPG consumers at receiving end
In the absence of circular, gas agencies still charging Rs 1,203 per cylinder
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 11
In the absence of any official circular telling the residents that no linkage using Aadhaar card was required to get a subsidised LPG cylinder, the gas agencies have not yet amended their rules and it is the customers who are at the receiving end. The price of a non-subsidised cylinder in February is Rs 1,203, including VAT, while it was Rs 1,310 in January. There are about 9.5 lakh LPG customers in the city out of which only 45 to 46 per cent have got their Aadhaar cards linked to their bank accounts to avail the subsidy. The remaining customers are purchasing the cylinders on non-subsidised rates.

Those, whose Aadhaar cards are linked to their bank accounts rue that they have not been receiving subsidy on time as there is some problem in connection between banks and the national server. The customers demand that the government should clear the confusion soon. “We are paying almost triple the price for a domestic cylinder and feel that the Centre is just playing with the emotions of the common man. The confusion should be cleared soon because it is the customer who is suffering,” rued Balwant Singh, a resident of Vikas Nagar.

Meanwhile, the gas agency owners claim that they are yet to receive a formal circular in this regard. “Whenever our staff go to deliver the cylinders, people often argue with them. Some even accuse us of being corrupt. We just follow the government rules and don’t overcharge any customer,” said a gas agency owner.

Officialspeak: DFSC (East) Sona Thind said she was in touch with the representatives of oil companies. “They have conveyed that no such circular has been received by them. So till the time the circular arrives, residents will have to pay Rs 1,203 for a domestic LPG cylinder. I hope that the circular will be issued within a week’s time,” she claimed.



Orders issued

The Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), Baldev Singh Dhillon, has ordered not to construct any new building or renovate an old building within the circumference of 1,000 square yards of the Ammunition Depot, Baddowal Army. The orders, issued under Section 144 of CrPC, will be effective till April 10.

BJP meet on Feb 14

The BJP will hold a meeting on February 14 at Jagraon to chalk out the schedule for prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s visit in Ludhiana. Modi is scheduled to address a rally at Jagraon on February 23. The Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Badal, who was in the city on Tuesday, also discussed the arrangements to be made with senior leaders.

Sangat Darshan

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria conducted a Sangat Darshan at Ward Number 40. Mayor was accompanied with the officials from departments such as B and R, Sewerage Board, Water Supply, Health etc. Mayor listened to the grievances of the area residents and assured solution to their problems soon. Besides he assured that rehris from the area will also be removed and shopkeepers extorting money from vendors will be challaned too

Zone B inspected

The Zonal Commissioner B, Kamlesh Bansal, inspected the zone office to check the attendance of the employees on Tuesday. Two employees were found absent from their duties but when they were called, they gave genuine reasons which justified their absence. Bansal gave appreciation letters to the employees and asked them to work with this dedication in future as well.

Work on tubewell begins

The work for installation of tubewell started at Ward Number 7 by Pawan Dewan and in charge, East Constituency, Gurmel Pehalwan, on Tuesday. The funds were given from the MP fund of Manish Tiwari. Dewan said tubewell will be installed soon and the area residents will be able to get safe drinking water.

Award ceremony on February 22

The Punjabi Sahit Academy will give Comrade Jagjit Singh Anand award and Mata Jaswant Kaur, child award, to recipients on February 22 at Punjabi Bhawan. Prof Gurbhajan Gill, president of the academy, said Comrade Jagjit Singh Anand award was started by Roop Singh Rupa, in the memory of his father Kehar Singh. First award will be given to Gurbhajan Singh Bhullar.

NRIs honoured

The president of Malwa Sabhyacharak Manch Pawan Dewan honoured two NRIs Dosanjh Daini and Amarpreet Aulakh for their affection towards the country on Tuesday. On the occasion, mementoes were also given to the two NRIs at Sarabha Nagar.


Ramgarhiakom organised a meeting at Dashmesh Nagar on Tuesday. On the occasion, gratitude was expressed to the union government for releasing postal ticket in the memory of ghazal singer Jagjit Singh. Members said Jagjit Singh was a great singer and generations will continue to remember his contributions to the music industry.

Blood donation camp

The Inter National Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD) in association with Blood Connect and Red Cross Society organised a blood donation camp on the institute premises. The camp was a part of the Blood Connect's benevolence campaign. This was the first blood donation camp organised at INIFD. Over 60 students, out of which 40 per cent donors were female, donated blood on the occasion.

Communist leader passes away

Comrade Visakha Singh, a Communist leader, died at the age of 93 in Ludhiana. He remained member of the District Council of Communist Party for long period of time and fought for the country’s independence. He also represented Punjab Kisan Sabha as its member.

Privilege card launched

SPS Apollo Hospital has launched a neighbourhood privilege card for citizens of Ludhiana. Offered under the ‘SPS Apollo Neighbourhood Privilege Initiative’, the card will entitle members to a range of discounted medical facilities and related amenities at the SPS Apollo Hospitals and centres located across the city. The gold card will also entitle holders to discounts on health checks, dental health examinations and participation in health forums. — TNS



Kitty parties go ‘unisex’
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 11
The kitty party culture has always been a rage among women. Breaking the stereotype, even men anticipate the occasion eagerly now. The general name used for pooling in money is usually called ‘committee’ and men have been pooling in money since years, but now they prefer to term the practice as ‘kitty party’.

They too pool in money and await lucky draws with the same zeal and anxiety as women.

Those who attend kitty parties have no qualms about admitting that they are indeed fond of one because they are refreshing.

“We too now get together at a restaurant or a bar. We meet our friends and grab a drink or two with them. Who says men cannot organise kitty parties? It is such a refreshing change,” says a Dugri resident, Abhishek.

“The word ‘kitty party’ itself does the trick. My wife does not stop me from going out in the evening, as she too goes for kitty parties,” said Harinder, a Model Town resident.

"No matter how much they want, even if our wives ask us not to go, we just remind them that they too go for their parties,” said Abhishek.

Naveen, a restaurateur, said men frequently organise kitty parties at least once a week at his restaurant in the city mall.

Unlike women, who generally hold kitty parties at noon, men prefer it in the evenings after work, said Naveen.

A perfect distraction: Breaking the stereotypes, men too organise kitty parties and hava a gala time hanging out with their friends. Those who attend kitty parties have no qualms about admitting that they are indeed fond of one.



Strengthening of tributaries will benefit farmers: Deputy CM
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 11
The Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab, Sukhbir Singh Badal, said renovation and strengthening of tributaries in the region would benefit thousands of cultivators of the Malwa region, without affecting underground water resources.

Badal advised the Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur, Dr Indu, to ensure that project of strengthening of Rohira and Kanganwal tributaries is completed within the stipulated period, so that peasants can start harvesting benefits of the scheme without any further delay. The project is estimated to be completed at cost of Rs 25 crore.

Addressing a gathering at Akabarpur Chhanna after laying foundation stones of Rohira and Kanganwal tributaries, near here today, Sukhbir Singh Badal claimed that the SAD-BJP government had brought unprecedented development in the region.

Recounting achievements of the state government, Badal said enrollment of beneficiaries for certain schemes, deadline for which had lapsed, would be continued for a stipulated period.

Responding to appeal made by legislator Iqbal Singh Jhoondan, Badal announced to upgrade the Government High School, Akbarpur Chhanna, and agreed to send in more grants for development works in the region.

Meanwhile, Dr Indu, Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur, said process for construction of drains in question was initiated immediately after the foundation stones were laid.



V-Day mania grips city residents
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 11
With the onset of the Valentine week, it has become difficult to escape the mania that has gripped the city. From hearts and roses to teddy bears all are available in the market or is just a click away. Not only the youth, but even the middle-aged people and elderly too are being targeted by the market.

“These ‘symbols’ of Valentine’s Day are ubiquitous and hard to resist,” says Anita, a resident. “Even though we don't particularly celebrate the day, but my husband and I end up celebrating it to some extent by shopping some articles for each other,” she says.

Present trend

Nowadays, the celebrations start a week ago naming it as the Valentine week. Some people feel ‘pushed’ to celebrate the day, because the popularity of the days is intense. “Earlier I used to surprise my beloved with a gift on the Valentine’s Day. But now, I have to gift a rose on the Rose Day, a teddy on the Teddy Day and shell out for chocolates on the Chocolate Day before planning something for the Valentine’s Day,” says a resident, preferring anonymity. “Just because everyone knows and the markets are flooded with such gifts, the person also starts expecting the gifts, so you are sort of ‘compelled’ to gift these,” he says.

Media behind popularity

Some people blame the popularity of the days on the markets and the media. A mother of a six-year-old said she knows about the days, thanks to the messages she receives every morning from her friends. “I was not interested in these kinds of superficial celebrations, but I am being fed with this information everyday, through media and social media. The market has driven people to celebrate the day,” she says.

“Nobody wants to lose the opportunity to make a quick buck as the day are so popular that these would surely sell,” says Rakesh, owner of a gift shop.

“I was flabbergasted to see a shop selling sacred things such as Gurbani Gutkas and things of religious significance in Harnam Nagar, displaying teddy bears and Valentine gifts on their windows,” said another resident. “These Western festivals are consuming and replacing our cultures and driving people here,” he says.



Day of love to be warm this year
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 11
City residents would celebrate a shiny Valentines’ Day this time as the weather experts say that sunny days would continue till February 14 at least. They informed that there would also be an increase in the day temperature. With the sun shining bright today, it was after several days that the residents have got respite from the clouds and thunder showers.

Dr KK Gill, assistant professor, School of Climate Change and Agricultural Meteorology, PAU, said, “Our forecast says sunny weather would continue till February 14.”

The weather is considered to be good for wheat crop. But PAU experts feel that yellow rust disease in wheat might multiply in sunny weather.



Anti-encroachment case
MC chief told to appear in court
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 11
In a contempt of court proceedings related to an anti-encroachment case, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked the Commissioner of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) to appear before it with relevant records during the next hearing.

The next hearing is on February 25. During the hearing of the case today at Chandigarh, Isha Kalia, Additional Commissioner, was present in the court.

Sources said the MC had reportedly pleaded before the court that it was making efforts to remove encroachments in the city but was facing resistance from protesters, a majority of who were poor and needy persons. The civic body said that it had also written to the state government to formulate a policy under which these persons could be rehabilitated.

The MC said for about 400 buildings (houses/shops etc) which came under the panchayati land, the DC had reportedly been asked if the land had been allotted to the occupants, who were living there for more than two decades.

Further, the MC has requested the court to reconsider the cases of 2,300 encroachments, which came under the Town Planning Scheme violations.

“At that time, the MC area was limited, but slowly the limits were extended. The occupants of 2,300 buildings under the Town Planning Scheme have reportedly been cheated by the respective developers of the colonies. We have requested the court to take a lenient view on the encroachments and requested the state government to consider the cases of the Town Planning Scheme violations", said one of the senior officials of the MC. He further said that out of the total 6,300 encroachments, 2,000 were removed during the tenure of the then MC Commissioner, AK Sinha. Around 100 buildings housed schools/dispensaries and for 200 buildings, the residents had taken stay orders. There are just 1,300 encroachments, which had to be demolished by the MC.

The civic body had submitted a list of 6,300 encroachments to the High Court six years ago, which were scattered all over the city. But a majority of the encroachments were at Sem Nullah, Gur Mandi and in the Talab Bazaar area.

In 2009-10, when many cases of contempt of court were filed against the MC for not removing the encroachments, AK Sinha had presented an action plan before the court that the encroachments would be removed as per plan and no new encroachments would be allowed on the MC land. At that time, the court had disposed of the cases of contempt till the next one was filed by an RTI Activist, Rohit Sabbarwal (COCP 27 of 2013), which said that no progress had been made in removal of encroachments.



Awareness camp

Ludhiana: Under the guidance of Dr Manohar Singh Saini, director, Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, an Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp (EAC) is being organised at Science and Technology Entrepreneurs' Park (STEP), a sister concern of GNDEC from February 11 to 13. During the camp, students will interact with prominent personalities from the field of IT and Entrepreneurship. Prof Nirmal Singh Grewal, the executive director of STEP, said the interaction aims at motivating, encouraging and inspiring the students to succeed in their respective fields, taking the cue from the example and rich experience of the successful entrepreneurs.

New courses introduced

Sportking Institute of Fashion Technology has introduced four new professional courses, the batches for which will start in March 2014. The institute has planned to add some new short term courses to the already existing list of programmes. Two courses, entrepreneurship development programme and computer-aided management are of five months duration and the other two courses, pattern making and computer hardware and networking are of three months duration. Anjali Avasthi, president of SIFT said short term courses of three and six months such as embroidery, designing, cutting were already being conducted at SIFT.

Personality development workshop

Khanna: Gobindarh Public College, Alour (Khanna), organised a personality development workshop for the students of BA-III on the campus. Prof Manmeet Kaur from PIMT, Mandi Gobindgarh, was the resource person. She motivated the students to develop learning and presentation skills. She also discussed the ways and means by which students could to concentrate on their studies and succeed in achieving their goals. More than 150 students participated in the workshop.

Extension lecture

An extension lecture on 'SAP and SAP Modules' was conducted by Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Vocational Studies (GGN Campus) on its premises on Tuesday. About 100 students pursuing different graduate and post-graduate courses in IT, management and commerce attended the lecture. Shalini, from OSSAGHO Corporation, a 12-year-old ISO certified IT company, was the guest speaker. — TNS



Students attend United Nations conference

A team of BCM Arya School, including five students and one faculty advisor, visited the US to participate in the Harvard Model United Nations (HMUN) Conference which brought together more than 3,000 students from 200 schools and 36 countries to grapple with the issues of serious international import. BCM Arya was the only school from Punjab, India, to participate in the four-day conference. The four-day conference was a truly international experience of thought-provoking debates, negotiations, resolution-writing and consensus building.

Dental awareness programme

Ryan International School, Dugri, organised a dental awareness programme for the students of Classes I to VI. A toothpaste company conducted a seminar through which the students were educated about dental hygiene in an interesting manner. Principal Ritu Syal said it is the need of the hour to educate students about dental care especially small children for good and healthy teeth.

Lecture on nutrition and health

An informative lecture on ‘nutrition and health’ was organised at Government Senior Secondary School (Multipurpose) for students of Class XI. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Rajinder Gulati, senior pediatrician from Civil Hospital, said the two important stages in the growth of an individual were infancy and adolescence. “Adolescence is the final stage during which one’s health and physique can be improved. Neglect of health during this period reflects upon the person’s general well-being as he/she grows older,” he said. He further said healthy eating helps prevent high cholesterol and high blood pressure and helps reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes. — TNS



30 farmers attend course

The Directorate of Extension Education of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) organised a training course on 'Production of cereal crops and their processing' for the farmers of Bihar. About 30 farmers participated in the course, held under the guidance of Dr HS Dhaliwal, dean, College of Agriculture and Director of Extension Education, PAU. The course coordinator, Dr TS Riar said the trainees were educated about food production and its management. Special focus was laid on the cultivation and processing of wheat, barley, and maize, he said, adding that the experts of various departments of the university imparted theoretical as well as practical knowledge to them. The trainees were taken to the farms of the progressive farmer, Parminder Singh. Dr Rupinder Kaur proposed the vote of thanks.

Agriculture work experience programme concludes

A 'Rural Agriculture Work Experience Programme (RAWE)' organised for BSc Agriculture (hons) final year students of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) in the adjoining villages of Humbran ended on a high note. Nearly 150 students participated in the programme that was coordinated by the Department of Extension Education, PAU. — TNS



People unaware of procedure
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 11
The Lok Sabha elections are on the anvil. People, whose constituency changed due to one reason or the other, do not know how to get their votes prepared in the new constituency. Narayan Singh, a resident of Dugri, said, “I have been running from pillar to post to get my daughter-in-law’s vote made here. But no one has guided me properly. I got it done after putting in efforts for many days.”

Election Tehsildar Surinder Singh Bhangu said, “Such voters should fill Form-VI along with a passport size photo. Any voter whose constituency has changed should fill Column-IV properly. All details of previous constituency such as name of the constituency, vote number, booth number, etc should be filled. After filling the form, it should be submitted to the Electoral Registration Officer of the new constituency. The voter’s vote in the new constituency will be prepared within one month and will be delivered by the Booth Level Officer.”

However, our office will intimate the election staff of old constituency for getting the old vote deleted from the previous constituency, Bhangu said.

In case there is any mistake in the voter’s details, one can get it corrected by filling Form-VIII. Similar form along with a photo should be filled if wrong photo has been carried.

The Form-VI and Form- VIII are available in the offices of election Tehsildar, Municipal Corporation Offices, Tehsildar and SDM offices of the district.



Tributes paid to Khanna shootout victim at Goslan
Our Correspondent

Khanna, February 11
Tributes were paid to Kulwinder Singh Kala at Goslan village. Kala had died in a shootout at Khanna recently. A large number of people, including youths from the area and political leaders, attended the bhog ceremony amidst heavy police force. Samrala SHO was also present on the occasion.

Kin of the deceased demanded justice and urged the authorities concerned to nab the alleged accused at the earliest.

Several political leaders such as former MLA Ranjit Singh Talwandi, Congress MLA, Samrala, Amrik Singh Dhillon, SGPC member Sarbans Singh Manki, BJP leader Ranjit Singh Jeeta and Zila Parishad member Barjinder Singh Lopon attended the bhog ceremony.

Father of the deceased, Mohan Singh, mother Dayal Kaur and eyewitness Amrinder Singh Soni demanded strict action against the accused, who is still at large.

Some villagers, alleging police inaction in the concerned case, said they would be forced to hold a protest if the alleged accused was not arrested at the earliest.



District Red Cross team meets ex-soldier
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 11
A team of District Red Cross Society and deputy director Sainik Bhalai Board visited Narender Singh, an ex-Army man and a soldier of Azad Hind Fauj, at Government Senior Secondary School, Dholewal.

Narender Singh, who lost 26 members of the family during the riots of freedom struggle and his sister in 1970, has been living in this school since 1950.

He said, “I have served Indian Army for more than 5 years and have also worked in Azad Hind Fauj under the leadership of Netaji Subhash Chander Bose.” Ludhiana Tribune highlighted about Narender Singh on February 8.

Deputy director of Sainik Bhalai Board Kanwarpreet Singh Atwal said, “Narender Singh is getting old-age pension through the Defence Department."

While two employees of District Red Cross Chander Singh and Vinod Singla also visited Narender Singh.

Chander said, “We tried our level best to motivate Narender Singh to shift to Senior Citizen Home, but he didn’t agree. He is willing to stay there only. I have given him my cell number and have asked him to contact me in case he needs any medicine or health care.”



Pollution control officials visit city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 11
A team of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) is in city for collecting the samples of water and air. The team has been taking the samples from various areas of the city and its outskirts. The team will stay for three weeks in city and will submit the report of samples after three months.

Gulshan Roy, chief engineer, Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), said the team visits to get samples annually. The members of team will visit at separate areas of the city and get the samples of water and air to observe the status of pollution.

The central team will collect the samples of ground water and dumped water from Budha Nullah and Gandha Nullah to measure the pollution in the city.

The report of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) team is used for policy making and further planning.

“The team will not collect the samples from any particular industrial set up from a specific area in the city. They would collect the samples to observe the status of pollution in the city in general,” Roy said.

The PPCB officials also visit Jalandhar anually for the same purpose.



NGO felicitates environmentalist
Tribune News Service

Members of the Ecology Club plant saplings at Manav Vidya Mandir in Ludhiana on Tuesday. A tribune photograph

Ludhiana, February 11
Manav Vidyak Mission, a non-governmental organisation, today honoured Dr Arvind Kaur Walia during the Basant celebrations of Manav Vidya Mandir, Bet area.

Dr Dildar Singh, founder president of the NGO, felicitated her. He appreciated her work for the environment and motivated members of the Eco-Club of Manav Vidya Mandir to be environment friendly. Preetam Singh, secretary of the NGO, said the NGO aims at educating downtrodden children of Bet area and providing better environment. He said, “We are already following all the ways for betterment of the environment.”

Dr Walia gave appreciation certificates to the members of Ecology Club of Manav Vidya Mandir and motivated the students to keep the environment clean and green.

Dr Walia is a lecturer of Environmental Science at Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women and has 25 books on environment to her credit.



Robbery: Police groping in the dark
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 11
The police have failed to make headway in the Rs 15.9 lakh robbery case. A forex trader, Deepak Kumar, was shot at and robbed of Rs 15.9 lakh when he was returning home in Mullanpur on Monday evening.

When Deepak reached near his house, two motorcycle-borne youths intercepted him. Before he could react, one of the assailants, who was riding pillion on a two-wheeler, fired two shots at him. He snatched the bag containing cash and fled. Deepak's father Ashok Kumar tried to chase the robbers, but in vain.

“I have never seen the assailants. Both were in their mid-twenties,” said Deepak.

The police recorded the statement of the victim today.

DSP (Rural) Navreet Singh said there was no development in the case. The police said the robbers knew that Deepak was carrying cash. Such incidents are on the rise in the city. The police should intensify patrolling.

Robbed: A forex trader, Deepak Kumar, was shot at and robbed of ~15.9 lakh when he was returning home in Mullanpur on Monday evening.

500-gm smack recovered: The Mullanpur police have rounded up four youths with 500 grams of smack. The police also recovered a revolver from their possession. Their relatives, however, maintained that the police were implicating the youths.



Schools, Civil Hospital get grant from govt
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 11
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal dispatched financial assistance for the up-gradation of schools and hospital infrastructure, where he visited last week. Rajat Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, said the CM made a visit to PAU along with other schools located at Haibowal Kalan, Cemetary Road and Model Town.

He said during the visit the CM personally felt the need for modern ICU at the Civil Hospital. He had directed the authorities to send the proposals immediately.

Aggarwal said the total amount announced for the up-gradation of schools was Rs 5 crore whereas Rs 2 crore was announced for the Civil Hospital.

He said the first installment of Rs 1 crore for schools and Rs 50 lakh for the Civil Hospital had been received on Monday.

The Deputy Commissioner added that the tender had already been floated which would be opened on February 17.



School accused of fraud
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 11
High drama took place when students of DD Jain College for Girls along with their parents reached Division Number 2 police station and demanded the registration of a case against the head of the Computer Department.

They also demanded the registration of a fraud case against the college authorities for closing the computer designing course in the middle of the session. The girl also alleged that when they asked the reason for it, the department head hurled abuses at them and locked the department.

ACP Deepak Hilori has marked an inquiry into the allegations and told SHO Division No 2 Dalip Bedi to conduct a probe.

Despite repeated attempts the college authorities were not available for comments.



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