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Man loses fingers in tavern brawl
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 12
A fight over charging Rs 20 extra turned ugly when tipsy customers called their friends and they attacked the staff of a tavern situated near Arora Cinema on the Gill Road last night. A man, who had come to rescue the tavern owner, lost three fingers in the fight.

The tavern owner, Manjeet Singh, who is recuperating at a multi-speciality hospital, said two youngsters consumed liquor at his tavern. The duo entered into a heated argument when the tavern staff asked them to foot the bill. When the youngsters paid Rs 120 against the bill of Rs 140, the tavern staff asked for more, he said.

Manjeet said soon, the youngsters’ accomplices, equipped with sharp weapons, arrived at the tavern and assaulted him and his employees. A customer, identified as Satpal Sharma, intervened. One of the assailants pulled out a sharp weapon and attacked Satpal Sharma, chopping his three fingers. However, Sharma escaped. After the assailants had left the tavern, Sharma took his chopped fingers and rushed to the hospital for plastic surgery.

Manjeet Singh told the police that the duo regularly visited his tavern. Police sources said the assailants had been identified. However, the police refused to divulge their names as they didn’t want to alert the attackers.

All five accused arrested

The Shimlapuri police arrested Laxman, Vinay, Tura, Deepak Kumar and Monu, who had attacked the tavern owner and his staff. They have been booked for attempt to murder under section 307 of the IPC. The police have recovered the weapons used in the assault.

Crime on the rise

February 20: Thieves struck at the Punjab and Sind Bank branch on the Dugri Road.

February 22: A Rajpura-based buffalo trader was allegedly murdered by a private financier. Two policemen were also booked in the case.

February 25: Armed assailants struck at the house of a businessman in Jodhewal Basti and decamped with cash and gold ornaments worth about Rs 50 lakh.

February 27: Exchange of fire between two groups, led by Kulwinder Sharma, alias Kinda, and Sandeep Singh, alias Kaka Grewal, took place.

February 28: A leader, Baljinder Singh Jindu, shot at Jatinder Singh Ghalotra in the leg.

March 9: An auto-rickshaw driver was killed following a dispute over Rs 120.



Excavation near DMCH gives patients tough time
Tribune News Service

A trench left unfilled outside the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, March 12
An excavated portion of the road adjoining the main gate of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) has been left unfilled for the past couple of days, giving a tough time to ambulance drivers. Although traffic jams are a regular feature here, the unfilled trench has only worsened the situation.

The road was dug up by a private company to lay cables. Not only the main road reading to the DMCH, but also the roads leading to the Hero Heart unit have been dug up and left unfilled. One can witness frequent traffic jams on these roads.

Ajit Singh, relative of a patient, said the ambulance ferrying the patient had been stuck in a traffic jam near the main gate of the DMCH for about 20 minutes. “For a critical patient, every minute is important. Getting stuck in a traffic jam just outside the hospital gate is very annoying,” he said. Excavation should be carried out at night and should be completed at the earliest to avoid traffic jams.

Subhash, a worker at a nearby medicine shop, said ambulances enter or exit from the hospital every now and then. “Today, a patient was being brought from a nearby town in a private ambulance and it got stuck in a jam. We had a tough time clearing the way,” he said.

“The hospital authorities should also ask the private company to speed up the work of lying cables. It is one of the major hospitals in the city and a number of patients are daily brought here,” said another patient.



Civic body officials shut eyes to bylaw violations
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 12
In utter violation of the building bylaws, commercial establishments are mushrooming in many residential areas without paying change of land use charges. Still, the Municipal Corporation has initiated no action against the defaulters. The cash-strapped MC is not only losing revenue by not taking action against the defaulters, but also encouraging such violations.

Four such commercial buildings have been identified in Zone D. Two of these buildings have been sealed twice.

A shop has been constructed on the main road between Prince Hostel and New High School without paying charges for change of land use. It was reportedly sealed twice by the MC authorities. Still, it is running business. In another such violation, owners of the HIG flats on the Rani Jhansi Road have constructed shops by changing the basic plans of the flats. Following complaints, the MC officials "sealed" the shops. But after some time, these started business again.

One of the residences on the main road in Model Town (opposite Lyalpur Sweets) has been turned into a commercial establishment, without getting the land use status changed. The MC has not taken any action against the owner despite complaints as he enjoys a good rapport with a local Akali leader.

At Green Field, the owner of a plot on the main road near the level crossing has constructed shops on it while the building plan has been sanctioned for a residence.

About a week ago, the Assistant Town Planner, Zone D, Rajinder Sharma, had said he needed two days' time to look into these violations. He would tell an Inspector to visit these buildings.

Commissionerspeak: MC Commissioner Shruti Singh said this was a serious matter. "I will get these files checked and will ensure action as well as disciplinary action against the employees if any lapse on their part is established," the Commissioner added.



Discharging dyeing effluents into sewerage
XENs told to reply immediately
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 12
Taking cognisance of a report on dyeing units discharging waste into the main sewerage of the Municipal Corporation published on March 10, Zonal Commissioner Kamlesh Bansal has asked two Executive Engineers to immediately submit their replies to him and Additional Commissioner Sumit Jarangal.

Zonal Commissioner Kamlesh Bansal issued notices to the Executive Engineers, Pradeep Kumar and Rajinder Singh, yesterday, asking them to reply immediately as to how come the dyeing units have managed to connect their pipes carrying waste water with the main sewerage of the Municipal Corporation.

Bansal said: "The dyeing units cannot discharge their polluted water into the main sewerage of the MC on the Rahon Road. The sewer on the Rahon Road is already loaded and we have to take help of suction machines to clear it. We cannot allow the dyeing industry to use the MC sewerage in this illegal manner," said Bansal.

Ludhiana Tribune had highlighted how the dyeing units, having alleged patronage of a ruling party leader, had connected their pipes with the MC sewerage on the Rahon Road. Officials of the civic body have shut their eyes to this illegal practice.



Farmers get agri tips at mela
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 12
Kisan Melas are the storehouse of knowledge where farm experts address the queries and provide technical guidance to the farmers for the growth of agriculture. These views were expressed by the chief guest Hardev Singh Riar, member, Board of Management, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), while inaugurating the Kisan Mela at Regional Research Station (RRS), Gurdapsur, today.

Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, vice-chancellor, PAU, presided over the mela. On the occasion, Dr Baldev Singh Boparai, former Member, Board of Management, PAU, and Dr Ravi Kumar Sabharwal, chief agricultural officer, Gurdaspur, were also present.

The mela was based on the theme, “Belore Rasayanan Uppar Kharch Ghatao, Vatavaran Bachao, Munafa Vadhao (reduce expenditure on the use of unnecessary agro-chemicals, save environment and enhance profit).”

Riar applauded PAU for producing great stalwarts in the field of agriculture at national and international levels. He appealed to the farmers to avoid show off, wasteful expenditure and said manual hard work is the key to success.

Riar said the crop varieties developed by PAU hold great significance for Gurdaspur district. He urged the farmers to read PAU publications regularly.

In his presidential remarks, Dr Dhillon described farmers as scientists who conduct experiments and give valuable feedback to PAU, which helps in research programmes. Dr Dhillon said this year the mela aims at advocating judicious use of agro-chemicals, as the indiscriminate use of agro-chemicals has resulted in the rise of farm expenditure and environmental concerns. He emphasised the importance of conservation of natural resources for future generations. He said the appropriate use of fertilisers should be made only after soil testing. For crop diversification and nutritional security, Dr Dhillon said it is good to adopt the kitchen garden model. He encouraged the farmers to grow vegetables and pulses in one kanal area to save money and stay healthy. He also called upon the farmers to make efficient use of Internet for the development of agriculture.

Dr SS Gosal, director of research, told the farmers to avoid the use of varieties that have not been recommended. He called upon the farmers to follow PAU recommendations from time to time and maintain constant liaison with the university experts.

Earlier, Dr HS Dhaliwal, director of extension education, said Punjab is contributing vitally to the nation’s food grain bowl. Punjab, at present, is producing 37 per cent of honey and 42 per cent of mushroom in the country, he said. The farmers should take full benefit of 17 Krishi Vigyan Kendras functioning across Punjab and remain in touch with the farm experts, he added.

Dr Boparai said the RRS, Gurdaspur, is making important contributions to agriculture. It is a kind of small varsity where every facility is available, he added. Dr Paramjit Singh, director, RRS, Gurdaspur, proposed the vote of thanks. On this occasion, an exhibition was put up by various departments of the university.


Swine flu case reported

One more patient has been tested positive for swine flu. Patient belongs to Kapurthala and has been admitted to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital.

Four-lane highway

The 78-km long Ludhiana-Talwandi Expressway will be converted in to a four-lane highway. The project will be executed on DBFOT-basis under NHDP Phase-III in consortium with PAN India Network promoted by the Essel Group of Companies. The cost of the expressway is estimated to be around Rs 735 crore. Kaushik Pal, COO, Essel Infra said, the four lane highway will be a boon for the Punjab and will definitely bring people closer. We will complete the project before the September 2014 deadline.

Member appointed

Simranjeet Singh, a singer and music producer, was appinted as member of the Advisory Panel for Central Board of Film Certification, Delhi. Simranjeet Singh said it was great honour and he will try to do justice with the responsibility given to him. He thanked Manish Tiwari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for giving him the opportunity.

Belan Brigade visits villages

The Belan Brigade visited Mansuran, Pamali and Jodhan villages and requested villagers to support candidates, who do not use drugs while campaigning. They also asked womenfolk to contribute whole-heartedly in coming Lok Sabha elections.

Phoolka dismisses rumours

The candidate of the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) from Ludhiana, HS Phoolka, has said rumours are being spread by the activists of rival parties that he is “vacating” Ludhiana seat. “It is apparent that this is being done as they (the opposition) was facing the heat of AAP’s popularity in Ludhiana,” he said. Phoolka added he joined the Aam Aadmi Party to contest elections from Ludhiana only. Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Ludhiana, along with his party members, will be meeting the Election Commissioner at Chandigarh tomorrow to lodge an official complaint against the “blatant violation of the “Model Code of Conduct” by the Shiromani Akali Dal.

Office inauguration

Sukhbir Badal will inaugurate formally the office of Manpreet Singh Ayali, the Shiromani Akali Dal candidate from Ludhiana, on March 14. Badal will address the party workers and leaders on the occasion.

Meeting held

A meeting of the members of Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh was held today. The state president Sukhminder Singh Dicky said a charter of demands along with a memorandum was submitted to the Prime Minister by the members. He said social security should be provided to the members. The employees should be given pension of Rs 3,000 per month. The contract system should be stopped and permanent employees should be recruited. — TNS



School notes
Awareness rally

In order to create awareness about the conservation of environment, a rally was taken out by the students and teachers of Nightingale School, Shimlapuri. Students carried banners of environment-friendly slogans to spread awareness about the ill-effects of environment pollution and environmental issues. Director of the school Ravinder Singh and principal Amarjeet Kaur were present during the event.

Interactive session

Shifaly International School, Rahon Road, held an interactive session for teachers as well as for students on topic “Indian way of life”. Sumit Singhal from Australia who worked as a policeman in Australian, now working as an aviator was the resource person. While sharing his experience he said. “I have done comparative analysis of Australian and Indian life style. He said one should take breakfast as a prince and dinner as a pauper. He said one should avoid usage of aluminum foil and micro wave.” He said if one wants to live long and healthy life then adopt Indian life style and say good bye to western life style like sleeping late and eating late night.

Declamation contest

A declamation contest was held for the teachers at DCM Presidency School. Teachers enthusiastically participated and articulated their views on various topics. They expressed their views on topics like social networking, reading among students, impact of media, diminishing moral values. They emphasised on decreasing reading habit and how social media has invaded today’s world. Principal Amita Mittal said such activities give a platform to the teachers to elicit their ideas independently and share them with their fellow teachers. — TNS



Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar Colony
Garbage dump raises stink
Kuldip Bhatia

Stray cattle near the garbage dump at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar Colony in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, March 12
A garbage dump constructed recently by the Municipal Corporation in 475 acres Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar Colony, developed by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), has become a big source of nuisance due to poor workmanship and substandard quality of material used by the contractor. In addition, it also poses health hazards to the residents.

Residents of the area said tin sheets put up as temporary roofs on the garbage dump were flown away by high velocity winds that lashed the city earlier this week. The sheets were just put up to cover the dump without using guest plates and securing them with nuts and bolts. To make the matter worse, the tin sheets scattered around the dump had been taken away by jhuggi dwellers.

Dr Vijay Kumar Sareen, a resident of the colony, said the open dump had become a favourite hunting ground for stray animals, while the garbage and other waste material lying in the open keep flying into the houses located around the site.

Karamjit Singh Narangwal, another resident of the area, who is an architect, has pointed out several shortcomings in the material used for construction and the workmanship.

He said 8mm iron bar (saria) was used for the construction of pillars in place of the required 12 mm. Rings to secure the iron bars were placed 1.5 feet apart as against the standard norm of 9 inches.

“The tin sheets laid on the top of the dump were not placed over a guest plate and secured with nuts and bolts, which is the laid down practice for tin roofs,” Karamjit said.

Arvind Sharma, an RTI activist and a resident of the colony, in a complaint lodged with the Vigilance Wing of the Local Government Department, said due to uncertainty prevailing over the maintenance of the colony, both MC and LIT officials were passing the buck as far as fixing responsibility for the poor quality of construction material as well as the repair of the dump was concerned.

Demanding a probe and action against the guilty officials, he said a huge amount of public money was wasted in the construction of the garbage dump that was causing nuisance, rather than serving the purpose.



SIT finds drug case accused innocent
Vipan Kumar a victim of property dispute between two NRI brothers, say police

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 12
A man caught with nearly 3 kg of opium nearly two years ago turned out to be a victim of an ugly property dispute between two NRI brothers. Addressing a press conference here, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police-III Satvir Atwal said seven persons, including a Punjab Police head constable and an NRI, had been booked for planting opium in the car of Vipan Kumar.

The accused have been identified as Harcharan Singh, a native of Dadd village settled in US, head constable Jugraj Singh, Manoj Kumar, a mechanic, Lakhvir Singh, a close aide of Harcharan Singh, Pawandeep Pappu and two drug smugglers Gagandeep Singh Robin and Gurmeet Singh Kali.

While Robin, Kali and Jugraj have been arrested, Harcharan Singh, Manoj Kumar and Lakhvir Singh and Pawandeep are absconding.

Vipan was arrested outside the Mini-secretariat on July 19, 2012, and nearly 3 kg of opium was recovered from his possession.

Ever since he was booked in the case, Vipan had been maintaining that someone had planted opium in his car.

Recently, Harcharan's brother Harbhajan Singh appeared before the Commissioner of Police, PS Gill, and demanded a reinvestigation in the case by a special investigation team (SIT).

The Commissioner of Police constituted an SIT, comprising ADCP-III Satvir Atwal, ACP-West RS Sandhu and SHO, Division No 5, Dharampal. The team cracked the case and booked seven persons for hatching a conspiracy to frame Vipan.

ADCP-III Atwal said the accused NRI, Harcharan Singh, was at loggerheads with his brother Harbhajan Singh over a piece of land. Both the brothers had filed cases against each other staking claim to the property.

While Harcharan Singh had given the power of attorney to Lakhvir Singh of Dadd village, Harbhajan had given the power of attorney to Vipan Kumar for fighting legal cases in their absence.

During July, 2012, Harcharan, Jugraj and Lakhvir Singh hatched a plan to frame Vipan in a false case. As per the plan, Jugraj and Lakhvir along with Pawandeep purchased 3 kg of opium from Robin and Kali. Later, they hired Manoj Kumar, a car mechanic, who planted the opium in Vipan's car while the latter was appearing for a hearing in the court. Once the contraband was planted, Jugraj informed the police about it following which Vipan was arrested.

One held with 4 kg opium

The intelligence wing of the police nabbed one Rakesh Singh of Madhya Pradesh and recovered 4 kg of opium from his possession. The accused was arrested from Salem Tabri area following a tip- off.



Spend more time with children, parents urged
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 12
When an Indian falls into a trouble, he has two fine excuses - the system will never change and what can I do alone. This was stated by Suhel Seth, founder and managing partner, Counselage India, New Delhi, at a session organised by the Ludhiana Management Association on the topic “The Politics of Business - The New Paradigm”.

Suhel Seth is India’s marketing and management guru and a columnist. He highlighted the nexus between businessmen and politicians, which has made the whole system corrupt.

Commenting on the sadistic attitude of society where people feel happy at other person’s failure, he said everyone was driven by easy ways to mint money without taking into consideration the benefit of the nation and the deprived sections of society.

He asked the parents to spend more time with their children and teach them about the values and the culture of the nation.

He said business played a pivotal role in development and upbringing of society and the businessmen should fulfil their responsibilities with utmost importance.

He threw light on the dilapidated state of democracy of the nation where we vote to throw out a person, rather than electing in a person. People were urged to build a strong education system and focus more on literature, arts, culture and history. The paradigm shift in the attitude of youth was also focussed as youth has started questioning the authorities and leaders of the country.

Seth said, “We Indians need to act as a safeguard for our country’s inherited culture and preserve it for the generations to come”.

He urged the Indians to continuously innovate, keep an enquiring mind and start acting against what is wrong.

The speech was followed by an interactive session. Sachit Jain, president of the Ludhiana Management Association, said, “Seth had shown everyone a mirror that we all are responsible for the poor state of our country”.



Extension to CMD, directors of power utilities
Power engineers invoke work-to-rule till March 26
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, March 12
In response to a call given by the PSEB Engineers’ Association, power engineers of the central zone, comprising Ludhiana, Khanna, Doraha, Mandi Gobindgarh, Fatehgarh Sahib, Jagraon, Ahmedgarh and Raikot, have announced to observe ‘work-to-rule’ from today. They are protesting against the state government’s decisions to raise the upper age-limit of the chairman-cum-managing director (CMD) and directors and to allow entry of IAS officers in the management of power companies.

As a direct consequence of the agitation, which will continue from Match 12 to 26, power supply in the central zone might be affected.

Bhupinder Khosla, secretary, central zone, said during the ‘work-to-rule’ agitation, the power engineers would perform their duties strictly during duty hours only and would not perform the duties of subordinates. “In case of tripping of any unit at any of the thermal or hydro power plants in the zone and in case, there is a fault in transmission or distribution system during off-duty hours, both power generation and distribution might suffer, which will be the responsibility of the state government and the management of power companies,” he said.

Khosla said there was resentment among power engineers over the move to increase the retirement age of the CMD and directors from 62 to 65 years, and allowing entry of IAS officers in the management. It was against the concept of professionalism in the power sector as well as a violation of the tripartite agreement made in 2010.

Khosla added that power engineers were also upset over non-recovery of liquidated damages to the tune of Rs 1,000 crore from private thermal plants due to the delay in commissioning of plants at Talwandi Sabo and Goindwal Sahib, which would translate into increased cost of power in Punjab.

“A lopsided policy of the state government to rely on private generation means an additional burden of Rs 1,250 crore per annum on account of imported coal whereas Punjab has sufficient coal for its own thermal power plants,” he said.

“Further, the government will pay capacity charges amounting to Rs 1,700 crore for this financial year to private thermal plants without getting a single unit of power. Such financial burdens would only be shifted to consumers by increasing the power tariff,” Khosla added.

Lashing out at the managements of power companies, Khosla said on the one hand, the managements were resorting to incurring unproductive expenditure in building guests houses while on the other, genuine demands of the employees were being overlooked on the pretext of austerity.



DMCH's Annual Convocation
42 medical graduates receive degrees
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 12
The golden jubilee annual convocation of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) was held today with traditional grandeur and gaiety. Forty-two medical graduates of the MBBS 2008 batch were awarded degrees and prizes.

Dr Yogesh K Chawla, director of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, was the chief guest. The convocation began with the welcome address by Sunil Kant Munjal, president of the DMCH Managing Society.

In his address, Munjal said it had been a glorious fifty-year journey for Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, blossoming from Arya Medical School to the present state-of-the-art leading tertiary care medical college and hospital.

Principal Dr Daljit Singh read out the annual report of the college and highlighted the achievements and progress made by the faculty and various departments in the past one year.

The chief guest congratulated the graduates who will be taking up the responsibility of delivering quality healthcare to society.

He urged the graduates to translate their Hippocratic oath into reality and heal the sick to bring solace and happiness in the country where inequality and poverty still exists. In his address, Dr Chawla said the profession of medicine was prestigious with ample scope for growth. He reminded the students of the responsibilities, which lay on their shoulders.

“There are people, especially in the rural areas, who are suffering due to substandard health care. There is a need of skilled doctors for providing quality health care services to such people,” he said.

Dean Academics Dr Rajoo Singh Chhina administered the Hippocratic oath to the graduates before presenting them their degrees. The gold medal for the best graduate was presented to Dr Sudanshu Mahajan and the silver medal to Dr Shaifali Mahajan. The Best All-Rounder and the Best Intern Award also went to Dr Ridhi Sood.

The chief guest awarded 60 prizes and 15 medals to the students who had excelled in various subjects.



Vet officers attend seminar on parasitic diseases
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 12
A seminar on “Control of Parasitic Diseases and Judicious Use of Anthelmintics” for veterinary officers of the Punjab State Animal Husbandry Department was organised by the Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Extension Education. It was held in collaboration with the Department of Veterinary Parasitology, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana.

A total of 80 delegates, including deputy directors, senior veterinary officers and veterinary officers from the Punjab State Animal Husbandry Department, attended the seminar.

Dr JS Bhatti, professor-cum-head, Department of Animal Husbandry Extension Education, GADVASU, Ludhiana, while welcoming the delegates, highlighted the problems faced by farmers and veterinarians to control the parasitic diseases of livestock in Punjab.

The chief guest, Dr PD Juyal, registrar, GADVASU, emphasised the need for control of parasitic diseases. He also urged scientists of the university to work for mapping of important gastrointestinal (GIT) parasites in the region.

Dr RS Sahota, director of Extension Education, congratulated the organisers for holding a seminar on the important problem of anthelmintics resistance and diagnosis of parasites in animals.

Dr LD Singla, professor-cum-head, Department of Veterinary Parasitology, outlined the topics to be covered during the seminar.

Dr Singla explained about the importance of GIT parasites, their pathogenic effects and control strategies.



Delegation attends cycle show at Taiwan
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 12
A delegation of the Bicycle Research and Development Organisation (BRADO) visited Taiwan and attended the Taipei Cycle Show-2014. The delegation members also visited an exhibition there. The display at the exhibition was of fancy frames/forks/brakes made of carbon, aluminium, alloy, magnesium and titanium. Disc brakes, gear shifters and derailers were of high-end quality. Anti-puncture tubes were exhibited at the exhibition.

“We even got a chance to visit Pacific Cycles where we saw joining of two metallic parts with glue. This joint is stronger than a welded joint (TIG, MIG and brazing). During the visit to Pacific Cycles, we went to a bicycle museum where we saw approximately 150 high-end bicycles, which were ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 with models varying from fancy frames, folding bicycles, tricycles and e-bikes,” said Gurmeet Singh Kular, president of the Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organisation.

“There was a particular model ‘Birdy’, which was a folding bicycle. George Lin, owner of Pacific Cycles, told us that customers ride this bike for cross-country travel without fear. He even told us about a customer who owns 14 ‘Birdy’ bicycles,” said Gurmeet.

“To understand the basics of fancy frames, we visited a few frame welding and hydroforming industry. There are approximately 13 process involved in finished hydro formed frame/tubes,” said Gurmeet Singh Kular.



Fiat rolls out ‘New Linea’

Fiat Group Automobiles India Private Limited on Wednesday inaugurated its first exclusive world-class dealership in Punjab. Dada Fiat showroom near Dholewal Chowk is Fiat’s first exclusive dealership in the state with a full service workshop and a tailored design to cater to a unique Fiat experience. The company rolled out its New Linea to a generation that aspires for luxury and comfort. The new version of Linea comes with newly designed stylish exteriors and premium interiors with rich loaded features. Speaking on the occasion, Fiat dealer Rishi Dada said, “The car is equipped with new cruise control feature for comfortable and safe driving at high speeds and is also equipped with high-end safety features such as ABS with EBD, dual stage airbags along with early crash sensors. The car is the longest in the segment with best-in-class ground clearance”.

New range of pumps launched

Kalyani Pumps launched a new range of pumps on Wednesday. Initially, the company concentrated in manufacturing the centrifugal and monoblock pump sets. Submersible pump sets, open well submersible pump sets, polder pump and dewatering pump sets are some of the products of the company, which are already doing good in the market. "The forthcoming product line includes RO water purifiers, domestic appliances like geysers and other utility home appliances," said officials of the company. — TNS



Poll scene hots up at Sutlej Club, schedule not out yet
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 12
Hectic political activity has begun even as the date for elections of the ‘prestigious’ Sutlej Club is yet to be announced. The annual general meeting of the club is scheduled for March 18 during which the election date can be announced by Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal, who is the president of the club.

However, campaigning by contestants, their better-halves and supporters has already started. Members of the club are getting messages on Facebook and WhatsApp seeking their votes.

Candidates are approaching ‘influential’ officials, councillors and political leaders for their ‘blessings’. They are not leaving any stone unturned to woo the members.

While ‘strong’ candidates feel that the date for elections be announced at the earliest, ‘weak’ candidates have asked the president of the club to postpone the elections on a plea that since officials will be busy in Lok Sabha elections and black money could be used to hold club election parties.

The club remains in news every elections as ‘dirty’ politics comes into play.

TS Bakshi, one of the oldest members of the club, said of late, the club elections were being considered as national political event.

"Contestants spend lakhs of rupees on organising parties and wooing members. If they spend so much, they must be wishing to gain something too. Such practices should be banned in the interest of the club and its members,” said Bakshi.



IT growth rate in city below national average
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 12
Despite being an industrial city, Ludhiana has shown a low growth rate in net collection of income tax. Nishi Singh, Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (CCIT), Ludhiana, said the net collection in Ludhiana region was Rs 2,365 crore as against the target of Rs 3,510 crore. The region registered a growth rate of 13.5 per cent till March 11 as compared to the all-India growth rate of 14.5 per cent, she said.

“The growth rate is substantially low as compared to the growth rate of neighbouring regions like Amritsar (19 per cent) and Panchkula (20.7 per cent),” said the CCIT.

The department collects a large amount of information through annual information returns (AIR) in respect of cash deposits exceeding Rs 10 lakh in savings account, purchase and sale of properties exceeding Rs 30 lakh, investment in mutual funds, bonds, shares and credit cards. “Besides, the Directorate of Income Tax (Intelligence and Criminal Investigation) collects information from over 40 sources,” she said.

The Chief Commissioner of Income Tax appealed to those who have not filed their IT return for the assessment year 2013-14 to file it by March 31, 2014, to avoid penalty.



300 students get degrees at convocation
Our Correspondent

Khanna, March 12
Mata Ganga Khalsa College for Girls, Manji Sahib, Kottan, under the management of SGPC, Amritsar, proudly hosted the annual prize distribution and convocation on the college campus. Jathedar Avtar Singh, president, SGPC, Amritsar, was the chief guest on the occasion. Inderjit Singh Loppon and Raghbir Singh Sahranmajra also graced the occasion with their presence. Principal Dr Jatinder Kaur welcomed the guests and presented the annual college report.

Jathedar Avtar Singh distributed the prizes to the students for their academic, sports and co-curricular activities. Convocation was hosted in the afternoon and Dr Naval Kishore, dean, Colleges, Panjab University, Chandigarh, was the chief guest. After introducing the academic procession to the chief guest, the programme started with the University Anthem and College Shabad. Principal Dr Jatinder Kaur read out the annual college report highlighting the achievements of the students and staff. As many as 300 students were given degrees for their academic achievements. Famous flute player Mohit Namdev regaled the audience with his performance.



Overuse of fertilisers in fodder harmful
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 12
Dr Inderjit Singh, deputy director, Animal Husbandry, said that overuse of urea and fertilisers for increasing the yield of green fodder can be dangerous for animals and can be fatal. Consuming such fodder increases the amount of nitrates in animals, reducing their body temperature and often leads to death of the animals. He said this in light of the death of about 36 animals and illness of about 400 cows in a Gaushala at Jagraon, a couple of days back.

He said cattle keepers must use organic compost rather than using fertilizers and urea. He said fertilizers and insecticides must be used to the minimum in the fields where fodder is grown. He added that the fields should not be irrigated with sewage water. The fodder plantation should be tested at GADVASU, RDL Lab of the Animal Husbandry department at Jalandhar or at Veterinary hospitals at Tehsil-level, he added.



Students hold rally

Samrala, March 12
Students of Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College for Women, Jhar Sahib, near here, took out a rally on the occasion of Women’s Day. College principal Dr Paramjeet Kaur Tiwana flagged off the rally. About 250 volunteers participated in the rally. NSS program officer Rupinder Kaur, Kamlesh Rani (convener, Eco Club), Ravita Saini (convener, Red Cross Society) and several others took part in the initiative. The students went to Kacha Machhiwara, Bhorla, Khanpur Mand and Kmaalpur villages.

The students walked in the lanes of these villages and made people aware of social evils such as dowry system, female foeticide and violence against women. Students raised slogans and took banners with them. The villagers also appreciated the initiative and took active part in the informative session. — OC



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