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PSPCL launches VDS for consumers
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 28
Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has launched voluntary disclosure scheme (VDS) for all categories of consumers to enable them get their electrical load extended on the basis of actual connected load.

The scheme will remain open for three months - March 1 to May 31, 2014, and will be open to domestic supply (DS), non-residential supply (NRS/commercial), small power (SP), medium supply (MS) and agricultural power (AP).

As per a commercial circular issued by the Chief Engineer (Commercial) of the PSPCL, the field staff will not check the connected load during the period the VDS remains open and further no penalty will be levied on unauthorised extension of load disclosed voluntarily.

The PSPCL has also decided to allow a 20 per cent rebate in the service connection charges to the DS and NRS consumers. For DS connections, the service connection charges have been fixed at Rs 300 up to one KW, Rs 360 up to 3 KW, Rs 600 upto 7 KW and Rs 900 up to 100 KW. The charges for the NRS consumers will be Rs 300 up to one KW, Rs 600 up to 3 KW and Rs 900 up to 100 KW.

Similarly, the DS consumers will have to pay initial security of Rs 500 per KW for load up to 50 KW and Rs 370 per KW for load up to 100 KW. For the consumers covered under spot billing, the amount of initial security will be Rs 370 and Rs 185 per KW for total load up to 50 and 100 KW respectively. The amount of initial security for the NRS consumers will be Rs 700 and Rs 470 per KW for the load up to 50 and 100 KW respectively while those covered under spot billing will be charged Rs 470 and Rs 235 per KW. According to the circular issued in respect to the SP and MS (industrial) consumers, the service connection charges for these consumers have been fixed at Rs 1,900 per KW under the VDS on which a rebate of Rs 20 per cent will be allowed. The rate of initial security recoverable will be Rs 500 per KW for the SP and Rs 750 per KW for the MS consumers which will be calculated for the extended load only.

The circular further says the AP consumers (power supply for tubewells will have to pay service connection charges of Rs 3,000 per BHP as against the prevailing rate of Rs 4,500 per BHP and the initial security recoverable on additional/extended load will be Rs 200 per BHP.

Senior PSPCL officials said the VDS scheme had been reintroduced at a very appropriate time. Now, there was adequate power supply in the state to meet the demand of all categories of consumers after the new thermal power plants at Rajpura and Talwandi Sabo become operational.

“Once the consumers disclose their actual connected load and get the same extended voluntarily when the VDS remains in force, the PSPCL will be in a position to install additional distribution equipment to bring about qualitative improvement in power supply,” said an official.


Relief for taxpayers
I-T Dept extends time limit for filing of ITR-V form till March 31Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 28
Bringing relief to taxpayers awaiting refunds, the Income Tax Department has extended the time limit for filing the IT return verification (ITR-V) forms for three assessment years, including FY10, FY11 and FY12 till March 31.

The decision has been taken to provide relief to people whose returns were being termed invalid for want of the ITR-V.

The time for submitting ITR-V forms for above assessment years was extended on earlier occasions also but it was reported that some electronically filed returns with refund claim were still pending with the Income-tax Department due to non-submission of ITR-V within the prescribed time frame.

"ITR-V form has to be filled by assesses filing the income-tax returns electronically without a digital signature. The form, duly signed, has to be sent to central processing centre in Bangalore, only after which the return is termed as valid," said taxation lawyer Jatinder Khurana.

In such cases, the concerned taxpayer may ascertain whether his ITR-V has been received at the CPC, Bangalore, or not by logging onto the website of Income-tax Department and entering his/her Pan Number and assessment year or e-filing acknowledgement number, added Khurana.

"It may be noted that thefinal opportunity is being extended to the taxpayers to regularise their returns where refunds continue to remain pending for Assessment Years 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 for want of valid ITR-V form," said a senior IT official.

Taxpayers concerned are advised to take benefit of this relaxation so as to enable the tax authorities to further process their otherwise valid refund claims," added the official.



Vanity Nos: Online auction from March 6
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 28
Finally, District Trasnport Office is going to start the online auctioning of vanity numbers from March 6. Ludhiana will be the first district in Punjab to start online auctioning. This was revealed by Anil Garg, District Transport Officer, Ludhiana, while talking to the Tribune.

Garg said, "From March 6, anyone who is interested in getting vanity numbers can apply for online auction. One can apply for this through the website of the Punjab Transport Department - www.Punjabtransport.org.com. After opening the website, click on e-auctioning and then click on user login and create ones ID here. Enter particulars along with the bidding fee for the particular vanity number. After one week, the bidding will be closed and the numbers will be assigned to the highest bidder. Following this, the bidder will have to pay final amount through the online system."

He further said that in case a person failed to deposit the highest amount for the vanity number within one week, then the next bidder would be given that number. If no one comes forward to take that particular number even in the next week, then that number would be automatically transferred to the general category."

Bidding fee is different for different numbers

Vanity number Bidding fee

1 Rs 2,000

2-9 and 786 Rs 1,000

10-99 Rs 500

For any number other than the above mentioned numbers the bidding fee is Rs 200 each. 



Angry residents of Sarabha Nagar question delayed action by police
Policemen round up two PAU students for questioning
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 28
A day after the shooting incident at Sarabha Nagar G-Block market, there is panic among area residents.

The residents of the G-Block market feel that the place had become haven for warring groups to settle personal scores.

Yesterday's incident was not the first case where two groups had opened fire at one another.

Similarly on April 23, 2009, two groups had indulged in fierce gun battle, in which an innocent barber, Jeevan Mattoo, was shot dead. Besides, several clashes had taken place in the market that have gone unreported.

The residents claimed that the firing went on for nearly 15 minutes yesterday. The place where the shooting incident took place housed the residence of senior SAD leader Jagdev Singh Talwandi. Some police officers also live in the same area. During the incident, the armed assailants took shelter in the houses of few residents and damaged their valuables lying in the house.

The residents complained that had the police acted on time the incident could have been averted.

"We went through hell yesterday. There was lawlessness. Those involved were firing indiscriminately and a stray bullet could have hit any one of us. We were really worried about our children and hid them in safe places. Was the police sleeping? Why didn't they act on time? Where were the police vehicle and PCR motorcycles?" said the angry area residents while showing damaged valuables.

In the meantime, sources said that the police had rounded up two Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) students for questioning. They were picked up from a private hospital on Ferozepur Road following the shooting incident.

Most of them were high on drugs

When the youngsters involved in the shooting incident were being taken in the police van, they were crying and were so scared that they refused to come out of the police vehicle. Most of them were under the influence of drugs. 



Sixteen food samples collected

Ludhiana, February 28
The Health Department today collected 16 samples of food on the directions of Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash Batta.

The samples were taken under the supervision of District Health Officer Dr Avinash Kumar.

The team collected samples of juice, salt and soda from Dugri, the sample of pastry was collected from Ladowal. Another sample of juice was collected from Noorpur Bet and Mallak Pur. A sample of tea was collected from Haibowal while samples of cold drink and water were collected from Civil Lines.

From Ghumar Mandi, the team collected the samples of tea, daal and cold drink while the samples of soda and salt was collected from Ferozepur Road. The samples of “namkeen” and juice were also collected from Sarabha Nagar. The samples have been sent to food laboratory in Chandigarh. — TNS



Political parties condemn shooting incident
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 28
Political parties condemned yesterday's shooting incident at Sarabha Nagar. HS Phoolka, Lok Sabha candidate of AAP from the Ludhiana constituency today met the Police Commissioner, Ludhiana, in this regard.

In a press note issued, Phoolka said that he had urged the Commissioner to instil confidence among the people of the area so that they could feel secure and move around in the markets freely. A demand was made that some action against the SHO and the beat constable of the area be taken. After discussion with supporters, Phoolka said that AAP after a referendum would decide whether the beat constable and the SHO should be suspended or not.

Meanwhile, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) today condemned the incidents of violence occurring in the state and blamed the leaders of the Youth Akali Dal (YAD), headed by Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia.

In a joint statement issued here today, PPCC general secretary Major Singh Bhaini, MLA Surinder Kumar Dawar and president District Congress Committee, Ludhiana (Urban), Pawan Dewan condemned the incident of indiscriminate firing in the city.

The Congress leaders said that many incidents went unreported due to political pressure on the police. They said that they would take up the matter with the Governor of Punjab and the Election Commission of India to take preventive steps to avoid violence during the Lok Sabha elections.

Artar Singh Bowani, district secretary, Arun Mitra and DP Maur assistant secretaries of the Communist Party of India (CPI) in a statement released here said that the incident had exposed the Akali BJP government who had failed to check the deteriorating law and order in the state.

They demanded that the incident should be investigated by a high-powered committee of professionals without any political intervention. 



Don’t leave station without approval, DC tells officers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 28
Rajat Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, today ordered officers of all the departments not to leave station without prior approval till Sepetmber 3. He issued the orders while holding a review meeting of officers organised here today to take stock of the preparations for the monsoon season.

He asked the officers to be ready to combat any flood-like situation in the coming monsoon.

The DC asked the District Revenue Officer and SDMs concerned to keep in contact with prominent persons, leaders, sarpanches and panches, ex-servicemen, numberdars, divers and youth clubs of villages adjoing sensitive areas of Satluj and prepare a list of their cell numbers so that in case of any emergency they could be provided help. He instructed the Health Department to constitutes teams of doctors and provide all details to the DC Office. While instructing the Police Department, the DC said that wireless systems should be installed as sometimes cellphones don’t work during such situations.

He ordered the officers of the Drainage Department to ensure cleaning of drains before the monsoon season. He said that JE rank officer of the department should file his report by March 31 about verification of Satluj River with all the details as to where the maintenance work was required. He said that nambardars of villages adjoining the river should maintain a register about points that are already checked.

He also ordered the PWD Department to maintain all the roads and paths leading to these villages. The Forest Department officers were asked to arrange electrical cutter with the help of Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, from private organisations so that in case of emergency it could be used for cutting down trees and use them in damaged part of “dhussi bandh”. He said that the department should also procure required JCBs, cranes, tractor-trailers, other vehicles, ropes and man power etc with the help of the MC, GLADA, DTO office and SDMs and sand bags etc should also be arranged.



Dy CM lays foundation stone
Rs 145.7 cr sewerage and water supply project to be completed in 18 months
Our Correspondent

Khanna, February 28
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal laid the foundation stone of Rs 145.7 crore sewerage and water supply project here today. The projected is expected to be completed in one-and-a half year.

While addressing a gathering at the GTB Market, he appealed to the people to make India free from the Congress rule in the upcoming parliamentary elections. He termed the Congress party as the enemy of the people and said the people should vote for 
the NDA and its prime ministerial candidate Narinder Modi.

He said the Congress had no vision for the country and it only indulged in mall-practices and corruption. Sukhbir said Modi had a profound vision for the country and he had done a great job in Gujrat.

He said the Punjab Government had initiated the work of sewerage and water supply in at least 150 cities and around 52 grain markets. He claimed that there would be no need of generators and inverters in the coming summer.

He introduced Kulwant Singh, candidate from the SAD for the Fateh Garh Sahib constituency.

Earlier, halka in-charge, Ranjit Singh Talwandi, highlighted the development works done by the SAD-BJP alliance at Khanna and appealed the voters to support their candidate. He laid two foundation stones - the first one of water supply at the GTB Market and the other on Lalheri Road.


*Due to the visit of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, the GTB Market, where the programme was organised, wore a deserted look as the shops and commercial establishments were forcibly closed down.

*The electricity supply in the market was cut off and the trees were felled because of security reasons.



Disgruntled LPG consumers say new subsidy through banks proving costly
Lovleen Bains

Doraha/Sahnewal, Feb 28
The LPG consumers feel cheated because of the confusion created by the new mode of giving subsidy through banks. They say they end up paying more through this new process.

The rate of a subsidised cylinder, at present, is Rs 435 while that of a non-subsidised one is Rs 1203. The subsidy being deposited in the accounts of the consumers is Rs 736.98. Consequently, the cylinder costs them Rs 466, instead of Rs 435.

“The difference of Rs 31 costs us all the more dearer apart from this mess of subsidised and non-subsidised cylinders. The consumers are disappointed at this new system. Instead of levying VAT on the original price, the government, it seems, is making the best use of the new situation by charging VAT on the non-subsidised rates. All those who ignored the government instructions are the gainers while we, who followed the government orders, are the ultimate loosers,” said Harbans Singh Sains of Sahnewal.

“It seems that the declaration made by the Central Government of reverting to the earlier mode of purchasing cylinders is nothing but a cruel joke on the consumers,” said Amana Baba of Young Citizens Association.

“The governments are just looting the common man. They would reduce him to a pauper, unable to meet his daily requirements and die in a state of utter penury. It has been generally observed that hike in rates is implemented from midnight but when it comes to a pro-consumer decision, it takes weeks and sometimes months to implement it,” said Jandeep Kaushal, a social worker of Doraha.

Pawan Kumar Kaushal, the State Secretary of MCPI (U) said if it was declared then the government should immediately instruct the owners of the agencies to revert to the original mode.

“Moreover, the subsidy must be given in cash instead through banks as the consumer has to pay Rs 30 to 40 more than the cost of subsidised cylinder, in the form of VAT. Is it possible for a daily wage earner to leave his work to make rounds of the banks to enquire about the subsidy?” he said. 



Remote sensing centre organises workshop

Ludhiana, February 28
The Ludhiana chapter of Indian Society of Remote Sensing (ISRS), in collaboration with Punjab Remote Sensing Centre (PRSC), conducted a one-day workshop to commemorate 25 years of successful operational services of the Indian Remote Sensing Satellite (IRS) programme for natural resource management.

Director of Agriculture, Punjab, Dr Mangal Singh Sandhu, said remote sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS) could play a major role in preparing crop diversification plans to maximise returns in farming. He appreciated the work carried out by Punjab Remote Sensing Centre.

Chief guest Dr PG Diwakar, deputy director, National Remote Sensing Centre, Department of Space, Hyderabad, highlighted the history and success of the IRS series.

President of ISRS, Ludhiana, Dr VK Verma, gave the overview of the ISRS activities. Head, ACM and Secretary ISRS, Ludhiana, Dr Anil Sood, conducted the proceedings of the workshop. About 125 officers from different departments/organisations of the state enriched their knowledge pertaining to recent developments in remote sensing.—TNS 



New SSP promises strict implementation of law and order
Our Correspondent

Khanna, February 28
The newly appointed Senior Superintendent of Police, HS Bhullar, said criminals and drug peddlers would be dealt strictly. Implementation of law and order and action against anti-social elements would be on the priority list of the Khanna police, he said.

Talking to mediapersons at his first introductory meeting, the SSP said the drug menace must be stopped at all cost. He said special teams would be formed to crack the firing cases that occurred at Khnana in the last few days.

Before joining as the SSP, Khanna, Bhullar had worked as SSP Barnala and SSP Sangrur, twice. He had worked as Joint Director of the Vigilance Bureau and also as SP (D) Fatehgarh Sahib.

Recruited as a DSP in 1993, he also worked as DSP, Rajpura. He said his main focus would be to give protection to the city residents and to maintain their confidence in the police.



PAU guards demand regular job 
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 28
The decision of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) authorities to hire private security has not gone down well with the existing contractual security guards. The existing guards rue that instead of hiring new staff, their services should be regularised.

For manning the university campus, PAU is having 50 security guards on permanent rolls while 92 daily-wagers.

Sources informed that PAU plans to hire 15 security guards as per some policy of the state government.

“We have come to know that the security guards would be deputed on trial basis at gate number 2 and 4 of the university because outsiders are allowed to enter from these two gates only,” informed a guard, preferring anonymity.

The security guards rue that on one side the PAU authorities claim that they don’t have funds for regularising their services, while on the other they are hiring new staff. “The contractual staff is paid around Rs 6,000 per month and it’s becomes difficult to make ends meet in the time of inflation,” rued a contractual security guard.

Attempts were made to contact Jaskaran Singh Mahal, PAU Estate Officer, but he did not answer the calls despite several attempts. 


To man the PAU campus, the university has appointed 50 permanent guards and
92 daily-wagers.



PAU notes


Floriculture Dept holds group meeting:

The 23rd group meeting of All-India Coordinated Research Project on Floriculture organised jointly by the Department of Floriculture and Landscaping, Ludhiana, and Directorate of Floricultural Research, New Delhi, from February 25-27 at the Conference Hall of PAMETI, PAU, concluded successfully on Thursday. Vice-Chancellor Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon inaugurated the group meet. There were seven technical sessions in all and 80 delegates from different parts of the country participated in the meet. An important session on interface with industry and farmers was held on February 26 in which Avtar Singh Dhindsa, MD, Beauscape Farms; Dr Allahrang MD Biocarve Seeds; Wahid Ali of Plantsman’s Seeds and many progressive flower growers participated in the discussion.

PAU signs MoU

The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Agrineer Foods Private Limited, Ludhiana, under which the university will offer non-exclusive rights to the company to produce and sell ‘gluten-free atta’ based on the formulation developed by the university. Dr SS Gosal, director of research, PAU, and Amarjit Singh of Agrineer Foods Private Limited signed the agreement. The MoU was signed in the presence of Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU and Dr SS Chahal, director, IPR Cell and Technology Marketing; Dr PS Chahal, associate director of Research; and Dr Amarjit Kaur, head, Department of Food Science and Technology, PAU. Agrineers is a group of three agricultural engineers namely Amarjeet Singh, Manpreet Kataria and Ramandeep Singh Romana. All are PAU graduates. Dr Dhillon said the university had developed a variety of extruded products and desires to establish good linkages with the industries for the commercialisation of its products.

New course

The Punjab Agricultural University has decided to introduce a BSc Agriculture (Honours) programme at Regional Research Station, Bathinda, from the academic sesson 2014-15. Presently, the university is running BSc Agriculture (Honours) 6-year programme at the institute in Gurdaspur, which has become a popular choice among students. Admission to the programme is made on the basis of merit in the entrance test. Students after matriculation are eligible for the course. The decision to start the course was taken by the Academic Council of PAU in its meeting held on Friday. — TNS



From colleges


Educational trip to Mumbai

 An educational-cum-excursion trip to Mumbai was organized by Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management. As many as 32 students from BCom and BBA along with three members of faculty went on the educational tour. The objective of the tour was to gain knowledge about the formation of monetary policy and its impact on the economy. The students were taken first to the Monetary Museum of RBI. They got an opportunity to interact with Sangeeta Das, Director, RBI, and Rakesh Kumar, senior research officer, RBI. After the visit to RBI, students also got the opportunity to interact with Rajat Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in Chief of India TV, at the live show of Comedy Nights with Kapil.

Alumni meet

Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, held its alumni meet on the college campus on Friday. Former students shared their experiences and memories on the occasion. Paramjit Kaur (vice-president, Alumni Association) highlighted the importance of time management, discipline and moral values in the lives of students. Jaswinder Bhalla, Parveen Sharma, and Meena Girotra (ex-TV artist, Doordarshan) expressed their gratitude towards their teachers in the function. Inderjit Kaur and Ritu Priya also walked down the nostalgia lane and revived their memories. Games such as musical chair and thread game was also played followed by a cultural programme. Principal Manjit Kaur Ghuman wished the former students success for all their future endeavours and motivated them to lead a life of high morals, honesty and dignity.

Placement drive

Schneider Electric, a French company, organised a campus placement drive at AS College, Khanna. Fifty-five students of BCom (third year) participated in the on-line test conducted by the company followed by interviews of the shortlisted students.

Lecture on project management

Mandi Gobindgarh: The Departments of Computer Science Engineering and Information Technology organised an expert lecture on ‘project management’ at RIMT-Maharaja Aggrasen Engineering College on Friday. The objective was to make the students aware of the basic essence behind project management. Accenture Health and Public Sector, Chandigarh, PE and CE consultant Abheyjit Singh Sodhi delivered an effective lecture on project management wherein he apprised the students of various problems regarding projects. He gave the information about the key elements of project life cycle, project management area, project success factors, project stake holders and skills of project managing. More than 200 students attended the lecture. — TNS



Private schools’ body justifies annual fee hike
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 28
The Association of Private Unaided Schools of Punjab justified the fee structure and regular fee hike in schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Association (CBSE).

In a meeting of the office-bearers at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, president of the association Rajesh Rudra said running private schools had become a herculean task due to mammoth pressure from parents and the government.

While justifying the fee hike, Rajesh Rudhra said, "Even the High Court has given us the permission to raise fee and demand development charges every year. The schools can increase monthly fee by 10-15 per cent and the development charges can be increased as per the existing infrastructure. However, this amount cannot be deposited in the account of the trust and society."

According to the office-bearers of the association, parents get confused with the unclear and confusing instructions of the government and the CBSE. The instructions regarding fee waiver under the Right to Education Act and for a single girl child are major examples.

"The latest hue and cry about the books and uniform sale on the school premises has led to harassment of the school authorities. All parents send their consent for setting up books and uniform counters in the schools for their convenience every year. A notice will be displayed on the board informing parents that books and uniform can be bought from outside the campus as well. It is not compulsory for them to buy it from the school counters," said Rudhra.

Alleging that the CBSE adopts double standards, Rajesh Rudhra said, "Every year, the board increases its fee for affiliation and sports and instructs us to organise commercial programmes. Otherwise, the commercial activities in the school have been banned by the board."



From schools


Eye check-up camp

 An eye check-up camp was organised at BIS Senior Secondary Public School, BRS Nagar, in Ludhiana on Friday. It was organised by Dr AK Bhandari, chief eye surgeon of Bhandari Star Life Eye Hospital. Eyes of students of Classes Nursery to XI were examined during the camp. The doctor advised the students to take care of the eyes as it was the most sensitive part of the body. A seminar was also conducted by the doctor. Students of Classes VIII, IX and X attended the seminar. A presentation regarding the structure of an eye and how its different parts function was shown.

Principal appointed

A warm welcome was given to Suman Arora on her joining as the principal at Ram Lal Bhasin Public School, Dugri Phase-I. Suman Arora is a well qualified and experienced teacher and has a number of awards and recognitions of excellence on her credit. The principal expressed her gratitude by assuring the management and faculty members to take the school to zenith’s height with the team work. The President of SDP Sabha, Balraj Bhasin, congratulated the principal.

Fitness week

Apple Tree Pre-school organised a fitness week to inculcate habits of healthy eating and daily exercise amongst children. A week-long structured format of wide variety of physical activities in the form of games was held to build coordination, balance and confidence in the children. On the concluding day, many races, including under the table, obstacle race, burst the balloon, bunny hop and frog race were organised. The little stars flaunted their medals and gained appreciation and applause from one and all.

Cricket match

A cricket match was organised for the students of Mont–I and Mont–II at Bal Bharati Public School. After a long practice session, two teams ‘Dhoni’s Achievers’ and ‘Sachin’s Successors’ were structured. The students were made aware of the rules and techniques of the game.

School holds sports meet

Children took part in various fun games during the annual sports meet organised at the Kiddies' Paradise School near Kochhar Market here today. The school teachers and parents cheered for the kids. School principal Taranjit Kaur gave away prizes to the winners of various events.

— Tribune reporters



Global flavours fail to mar charm of street food 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 28
Opening of a number of international-level restaurants and food joints have not really suppressed the street food culture of the city. In fact, the culture is proliferating and continues to offer great taste to city residents.

Many people find it tastier and cheaper. “Not only the taste is great, but standing or sitting out in the open and having food is fun. It cannot be matched to sitting arrangements in closed or formal setting at a restaurant or high-end food joint,” said Mandeep Kaur, a resident.

Hygiene may be questioned in case of street food. But people consider the preparation and service at street food counters as more ‘transparent’. “In restaurants, you don't know how things are prepared. Step into their kitchens and those are generally no different from street side. Rather street-side food counters maintain a minimum level of hygiene for food is made in front of everyone, in the open,” says Rahul, a student.

There is a strange love for both kinds of food for some of the residents. “I go to top-notch and fine-dine restaurants almost every weekend. But I cannot do without non-vegetarian street food,” says 31-year-old Harneet. “The taste is totally different and loveable. Street food has its unique taste and cannot be matched even by five star hotels,” he says, chomping the food at a street-side cart.

These food joints offer a great variety too, says street-food enthusiasts. “Quick tikki, dosa, chicken tikka, soup, pav bhaji, you name it and you have it in a moment,” says another resident. “Nowadays, soya champs have become immensely popular. These taste super and are mostly available at street-side food outlets and carts,” he said.



MC General House meet on March 3
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 28
The Municipal Corporation (MC) will be holding its General House meeting on March 3.

Till recently, most councillors used to complain that the MC did not hold General House meetings regularly.

Contrary to the prevailing practice, the civic body has called yet another General House meeting, which will be third in the last one month.

The meeting has been convened to approve the items on the agenda approved by its Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC). Besides, other important issues are to be given nod before the Model Code of Conduct is imposed by the Election Commission of India, maintain MC officials.

A top MC official, wishing anonymity, said another General House meeting was being called as in the last meeting, only the MC budget was passed while there were many other important issues, which were to be discussed in detail, were left out. "Then, it was decided to hold another meeting soon so as to discuss the pending items on the agenda,” said the official.

Sources said apart from the agenda items of the F&CC, another major issue of bringing amendments in the Master Plan would be discussed during the General House meeting.

A councillor said the Punjab Government wanted to modify the Master Plan of the city, following which many new areas would come under the mixed land use.

"This will be for the betterment of city and its residents. The Shingar Cinema road or Kashmir road are wide enough to be declared as commercial areas. This can be done only when the General House gives its approval. Besides, the civic body has to clear other items before the Model Code of Conduct is imposed,” said the councillor.

The other items to be discussed during the meeting include providing service to the kin of deceased on compassionate grounds, giving the work of beautification of rotaries (about 11 in the city) to industrialists and converting a house in Sardar Nagar, which belongs to the civic body, into an old-age home.

"The approval of the General House was required to convert the house into the old-age home, said an MC official.

Fact file

* The meeting has been convened to approve the items on the agenda approved by the MC’s Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC). Besides, other important issues are to be given nod before the Model Code of Conduct is imposed by the Election Commission of India.

* The other items to be discussed during the meeting include providing job to the kin of deceased on compassionate grounds, giving the work of beautification of rotaries (about 11 in the city) to industrialists and converting a house in Sardar Nagar, which belongs to the civic body, into an old-age home.



Bhadaur House traders losing business, write to MC
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 28
Perturbed over the problem of waterlogging every time it rains, shopkeepers at the Bhadaur House and AC market have written to the MC to provide a permanent solution to the problem which existed due to blocked sewers in the area.

It is learnt that the shopkeepers have sent a written communication to the Senior Engineer (Technical), Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Wing, Municipal Corporation (MC), to look into the matter at the earliest.

The shopkeepers maintained that after every rain, water gets accumulated in the market and gets mixed with blocked sewerage water.

“The stagnant water emits foul smell throughout the day. It has made our lives hell as even after regular complaints, the choked sewerage has not been cleaned by the MC. The sewerage water gets clogged for several hours but authorities are yet to find a permanent solution to the problem,” lamented a shopkeeper.

Another shopkeeper complained that the whole parking lot becomes a pool of sewerage water and buyers feel reluctant to visit their shops. "The problem of stagnant water does not only pose inconvenience to us but is also affecting our business,” he maintained.

Following the rain last night, rainwater entered the low-lying shops and it took hours for shopkeepers to drain it out. In the area, rainwater is logged for the past 12 hours but the authorities concerned are yet to resolve the problem.

The in-charge of the O&M wing, Kamlesh Bansal, said the problem persisted as there was no stormwater sewer system.

"Talks are being held with the World Bank for laying a stormwater sewer in the city. However, we will find a solution to the problem at the earliest,” said Bansal.



48K to benefit in Sahnewal, says Minister
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, February 28
The Atta Dal scheme will now benefit as many as 48,000 beneficiaries in Sahnewal. This was stated by Food and Civil Supplies Minister Adesh Partap Singh Kairon while addressing a gathering at Koom Kalan village here today.

"Hitherto, the scheme was catering to 20,000 people in the town. Now, 28,000 more beneficiaries have been registered under the scheme. It will cost the state exchequer Rs 1.45 crore to provide benefit under the scheme to beneficiaries in Sahnewal. Also, rather than providing wheat at different intervals, it would now be made available twice a year - in June and December. It would be ensured that no one is left unattended and unserved," said the minister.

Speaking on the occasion, PWD Minister Sharanjit singh Dhillon said, "For the past three months, a grant of Rs.7.5 crore has been disbursed for development projects in the villages of Sahnewal Assembly constituency and Rs 5.5 crore have been spent on increasing the power network in the area."

"Sahnewal town has always been dear to me and its development is my priority," he said.

Taking a dig at the Congress, Dhillon alleged that the party had been in power at the Centre for more than 50 years and did nothing for the overall development of the country.

"The poor is becoming poorer day by day and Congress leaders are busy in making scams," the PWD Minister said.

Among those present were Gurpartap Singh Kairon, Simarjit Singh Dhillon, Director Food Supplies Department Satwant Singh Johal, Dr Sona Thind, Lokesh Shara, OSD to PWD Minister Sehajpreet Singh Mangat, Rachpal Singh and Bhag Singh Mangarh. 



Bicycle for Rs 1.6 lakh on display at int’l expo
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 28
The United India International Cycle Expo-2014 saw a variety of cycles and e-bikes.

Hero Cycles displayed its Jaguar 3.0 costing a whopping Rs 1.65 lakh. Meanwhile, Firefox Cycles exhibited its Domane 4.3 priced at Rs 1.63 lakh. Organisers said the cost of bicycles displayed at the expo began at Rs 2,500 and ran into lakhs.

Charanjit Singh Vishwakarma, president, United Cycle and Parts Manufactures' Association, said, "The variety of products was the main attraction for visitors."

Entrepreneurs and manufacturers from Japan, Taiwan, Holland and China have showcased their products at the expo.

Yolada, the export manager of a Chinese company, said India was the major market for bicycles and people love to try their hands on new cycles and e-bikes. "The electric vehicles are not common in India as compared to China. There is an immense scope for e-bikes in India," Yolada added.

Apart from the residents, folk singer Malkiat Singh aka 'Golden Star' also visited the exhibition. He recounted how he enjoyed riding bicycle during his childhood. "Despite having luxury cars, I still prefer to cycle around. It helps you keep fit. I even praised riding bicycle in my songs," said Malkiat Singh.

There are 250 stalls of cycle, cycle parts and e-bikes at the expo.



Ensure parking space or face the music, hospitals told
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 28
The hospitals, whom the Municipal Corporation (MC) had given 15-day notices to fulfill the parking norms, will have to adhere to the instructions or they will have to face the music. The 15-day deadline ended yesterday.

Mayor HS Gohlwaria said the High Court had given strict directions for compliance of parking norms. "The civic body has slapped notices on about 30 medical facilities in the city to provide proper parking space outside the hospitals/nursing homes and submit their reply to the MC. Strict action will be taken against the hospitals that continue to flout the parking norms," he said.

The Assistant Town Planner (ATP), Zone D, Rajinder Sharma, said he would make a list of hospitals, which have sent their replies by Monday, and further action would be taken accordingly.

The MC had served notices to about 30 hospitals falling under Zone D, in the posh areas on the city, to provide ample parking space outside their premises.

The MC swung into action after it received an RTI application seeking information regarding parking arrangements made by about 42 hospitals in the city. The MC replied that about 30 hospitals and nursing homes did not have proper parking space/facilities. Later, the MC served notices on them.

Not possible now: Docs

* Doctors maintain that the MC did not ask them to ensure parking space at the time of construction of hospitals and had approved building plans.

* “Now all of sudden, the MC has asked us to provide parking space, which is not possible. We met the Mayor and he has assured to do something to resolve the matter," said Dr Manoj Sobti, president, Indian Medical Association, Punjab.



Swampy ground greets visitors
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 28
The heavy rain late on Thursday evening played a spoilsport at the United India International Cycle Expo-2014, which kicked off on the grounds of Government College for Girls here today.

Although canopies were installed by the organisers, rainwater got accumulated inside the exhibition area and affected the movement of visitors. The car and scooter parking area wore a muddy look. Visitors faced inconvenience while parking their vehicles.

"I had learnt that the international cycle brands exhibited their products at the Expo. I wanted to buy a cycle. I came here and found rainwater accumulated in the parking area while the area where exhibition was being held was swampy. Either the venue should have been covered with waterproof sheet or it should have been held indoor," said Gundeep Singh, a visitor to the Expo.

Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma of United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association said, "Despite hailstorm and heavy rain, we managed to organise this Expo in a good manner. It is our long-pending demand that the government should provide us with an exhibition hall."

Meanwhile, the chief Guest on the occasion, Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, personal adviser to the Punjab Chief Minister, announced that the government would help the industrialists construct an exhibition hall. 



Ludhiana scan

Congress workers meet

During a meeting of the party workers at Ward Number 58, the president of the District Congress Committee, Pawan Dewan, and Malkiat Singh Dakha said in the coming Lok Sabha elections, the residents would vote for Manish Tiwari as he had done a lot of work for the city. The Congress leaders said only Tiwari could bring grants and projects from the Central Government for the welfare projects.

MC removes roadside vends

The Tehbazari Wing of the Municipal Corporation removed rehris and roadside vegetable vends to clear the roads in Jawahar Nagar Camp area here on Friday evening. Most of the rehris were of eatables.
The Tehbazari Wing of the MC removes roadside vends at the Jawahar Nagar market in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photo: Inderjeet verma
The Tehbazari Wing of the MC removes roadside vends at the Jawahar Nagar market in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photo: Inderjeet verma

Medical camp

A medical camp was organised on Friday by Arora Maha Sabha at Durga Mata Mandir in BRS Nagar. Chairman of the sabha, Sunder Das Dhamija, said patients in large number visited the medical camp. They were given medicines free of cost.

Association submits memo

Rural Health Pharmacist Association on Friday submitted a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner, Rajat Aggarwal. The main demands of the association included revision of their pay scale and permanent jobs. Chairman of the association Satpal Cheema said they would protest if their demands were not met.

Inauguration work at govt schools

Minister of Public Works Department Sharanjit Singh Dhillon inaugurated the construction and renovation work at three government schools here on Friday. These schools were recently visited by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. Dhillon said the government would spend Rs 5 crore to upgrade these schools. — TNS



Jasjeet, Bhagwant adjudged best athletes
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 28
Jasjeet Kaur was adjudged the best athlete among girls while Bhagwant Singh was declared the best athlete among boys in the 60th Annual Athletics Meet of Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa (GGNK) College held here today.

Arjuna Award winner and Olympian Baljeet Singh Saini was the chief guest on the occasion while an international athlete, Hakim Singh, was the guest of honour. They encouraged the students to continue their efforts in channelising their energy in the right direction and for meaningful purpose.

Prof Prithipal Singh and Prof Sohinderjit Singh, president and general Secretary of Gujranwala Khlasa Education Council, respectively, welcomed the guests and presented them college souvenirs. College principal Prof Manjit Singh Chhabra congratulated the winners and proposed the vote of thanks.


Boys: 1500-m race: Jagdeep Singh 1, Bhagwant Singh 2 and Hardeep Singh 3; discus throw: Harsimrat Singh 1, Jasmeet Singh 2 and Bhagwant Singh 3; and 100-m race: Baljinder Singh 1, Dinesh Kumar 2 and Sanjay 3; Girls: 400-m race: Jaspreet Kaur 1, Bandhana 2 and Priyanka 3; and Long jump: Jaspreet Kaur 1, Shilpa 2 and Jaspreet Kaur 3. 



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