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Speed thrill proves fatal for youth
Sweets shop owner’s son killed after BMW Z4 driven by friend hits Ferozepur Road divider
Tribune News Service

Akshit Kharbanda, who died in the accident
Akshit Kharbanda, who died in the accident

Ludhiana, March 16
A 26-year-old youth was killed in a car crash late last night while the other youth, who was at the wheel, suffered critical injuries. The accident took place near MBD Neopolis on the Ferozepur Road while the deceased, Akshit Kharbanda, and his friend were riding in the latter’s BMW Z4.

Akshit Kharbanda, is son of Parveen Kharbanda, owner of Lyallpur Sweets, a leading shop in the city.

Akshit was sitting riding in the car with his friend Raji Chhabra, son of Bittu Chhabra, owner of Chhabra Wines and Hardy World.

Akshit's friends said when the accident took place Raji and Akshit were racing with their friend who was driving an Audi R8 on the Ferozepur Road. The Audi R8 is owned by the son of a real estate company owner who lives at Sarabha Nagar.

Akshit's uncle Kapil Kharbanda told The Tribune that Akshit and Raji had been together since evening. "They rode through Model Town, Sarabha Nagar Market and other such areas of the city. At around midnight, they hit the Ferozepur Road. We don't know whether they were racing or not but we have come to know that they were accompanied by another car. The accident took place after the car went out of control due to speeding," he said.

It is learnt the car hit the Ferozepur Road divider and the driver lost control over it. It somersaulted several times. Akshit died on the spot while Raji was rushed to the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital.

Kapil Kharbanda said Raji is stated to be out of danger.

Akshit did his Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management and got married in January last year. He is survived by daughter Swati, a three-month-old daughter, father, mother and a younger brother. He was cremated in the afternoon.


Show-cause notice to Bains, Ayali and Phoolka
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 16
Three candidates for the Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat have been issued show-cause notices for violating the election code of conduct.

District Electoral Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana Rajat Aggarwal said: "The candidate of the SAD-BJP alliance, Manpreet Singh Ayali, and independent candidate Simarjit Singh Bains have been issued show-cause notices for defacement of public property by pasting posters. The AAP candidate, HS Phoolka, has been issued a show-cause notice for holding a free medical check-up camp during the Kisan Mela at Gate Number 2 of Punjab Agricultural University."

They have been issued the show-cause notices by the Assistant Returning Officers and given one week’s time to file a reply.

On March 14, the District Administration got many party hoardings and posters removed in a joint drive with the Municipal Corporation. The Deputy Commissioner, Rajat Aggarwal, had warned all parties against pasting hoardings and posters without permission.



Project for installing CCTV cameras at Civil Hospital in limbo
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 16
The administration's plans to install close circuit television (CCTV) cameras at the Civil Hospital have been in limbo for the past about four years. While some attribute the delay to the fund crunch, others cite the lack of will on the part of the hospital authorities.

Fights among rival groups, undertrials fleeing from the hospital, negligence in treatment and the absence of doctors during the duty hours have failed to wake up the Health Department to the need for speeding up the work.

A similar proposal was also made in 2010. The Punjab Health System Corporation had proposed to install 196 CCTV cameras in six districts to keep a check on the behaviour of doctors with patients as also to step up vigil in the Civil Hospitals. The Ludhiana Civil Hospital was on the list of hospitals shortlisted for the project.

"There is already the fund crunch and we cannot afford to install CCTV cameras from our pockets. Nearly 40 CCTV cameras will be installed in every ward and department at an approximate cost of Rs 1.5 lakh. We have written to the Director, Health Services, for funds. Once we receive the money, the work will be started," said the Senior Medical Officer, Civil Hospital, Dr RK Karkara.

An employee in the Health Department alleged: "It has been nearly four years when the project was first proposed but nothing has been done in this regard so far. It seems the authorities themselves do not want the cameras to be installed since the doctor-patient behaviour will be under a constant vigil. After the installation of CCTV cameras, no doctor will be able to remain absent during the duty hours. These are the main reasons why the hospital authorities are not keen on the project".



Education Dept warns officials against keeping cellphones switched off
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 16
The Education Department will take action against its officials who switch off their mobile phones at weekends and after the office hours. In the directions recently issued by the Coordination Cell, all Zonal Education Officers, District Education Officers and Principals of Government Senior Secondary Schools have been told not to switch off their mobile phones.

Sushma Sharma, in-charge of the Coordination Cell at the office of the Director General School Education (DGSE), stated the officials of the department faced inconvenience due to the switched-off mobile phones of the employees.

"I have been instructed to convey to the officials that the department staff faced a lot of inconvenience while discharging official work due to the practice of switching off mobile phones on Saturday, Sunday and after the office hours. The officials have been instructed to avoid this practice," she said.

"If any of the officials or employees fails to adhere to the instructions, action will be taken against him," she added. The officials and employees of the department get mobile bill reimbursement.

Official work hampered

Sushma Sharma, in-charge of the Coordination Cell, stated that the officials of the department faced inconvenience due to the switched-off mobiles of the employees.



Bains supporters lay siege to police station
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

A car damaged during a clash between the supporters of Manpreet Singh Ayali and Simarjit Singh Bains
A car damaged during a clash between the supporters of Manpreet Singh Ayali and Simarjit Singh Bains

Ludhiana, March 16
Following last night's clash among the supporters of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) combine candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali and independent candidate Simarjit Singh Bains at Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, supporters of the Bains brothers, MLAs Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains, laid a siege to the Sarabha Nagar police station at night and again in the morning. They also held a protest outside the Police Commissioner's office.

At around 9:15 pm last evening, supporters of Bains, including his two nephews, were pasting his stickers on vehicles at Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar. Akali leaders of the area opposed it and heated arguments ensued.

Shiromani Akali Dal (Urban) district president Hira Singh Gabria said the Election Commission officials were informed about it. They reached the spot and took them to the Sarabha Nagar police station. "They were not only pasting stickers on vehicles by force, but also misbehaving with women," alleged Gabria.

Later, the supporters of Simarjit Bains, including councillor Kamaljit Singh Karwal, reached the police station and again entered into a heated argument with the Akali workers.

It was learnt during the clash, some cars were damaged in the area.

Simarjit Singh Bains alleged: "Ayali's brother Harvir Singh Ayali, Hira Singh Gabria, Sohan Singh Goga, Harpreet Singh Bedi and other Akali leaders attacked the members of his family. They have stooped so low as to target the children of our families. But we would buckle under any such pressure. The police have not taken any action against the SAD supporters. They have not even registered our complaint. I have informed the Chief Election Commissioner, Punjab, about the incident and sought deployment of paramilitary forces in the city."

A case under sections 341, 506, 188, 148 and 149 of the IPC has been registered against Jagmeet Singh, Jagpreet Singh, Inminder Singh Brar, Amanpreet Singh, Ravinder Singh Kalsi and Rahul Tiwari at the Sarabha Nagar police station and they have been arrested. The case has been registered on a complaint of Gurjot Singh, a resident of Block I of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar. In the FIR, the police claims to have recovered sharp weapons and swords from their vehicles. Proceedings under sections 7 and 51 of the CrPC have also been initiated.

Bains alleged they went to meet the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police regarding the case "but none of the ADCPs was present in the office. This clearly shows the police are just trying to harass children of our families."

Daljit Singh Bhola Grewal, an independent councillor and Bains supporter, said the police were working at the behest of the Akali Dal. "When we went to meet the ADCP for seeking bail, the officials didn't even receive our application and instead sent six children to the jail," he alleged.

On the other hand, Manpreet Singh Ayali said the clash took place among the area residents and the Bains supporters. "His supporters misbehaved with certain residents of the area, which led to a clash. None of my family members was present on the spot and even I came to know about the incident later. It’s wrong to say that we are harassing them," claimed Ayali.

Section 144 imposed

Police Commissioner Paramjit Singh Gill has issued orders under section 144 of the CrPC banning the assembly of five or more persons, carrying of weapons and inflammable products.

Flag march held

To prevent such incidents, the police carried out a flag march in the Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar and Sarabha Nagar areas on Sunday evening.

What DCP says

Deputy Commissioner of Police Harsh Bansal said six persons were caught by a flying squad team, headed by an Executive Magistrate. "They were forcibly pasting stickers on vehicles. They have been sent to the Central Jail for seven days as a preventive measure. We are just following the Election Commission’s guidelines and everything is being done as per law," he claimed.



City drenched in Holi colours
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 16
Residents played Holi in various parts of the city today. The festive mood pervaded even a day prior to the festival of colours, and the weekend added more to the enjoyment and fun.

Religious places also celebrated Holi in various parts of the city. Hola Mohalla was organised at gurdwaras in the city. Hola Mohalla, comprising various games, was played at different parts. Gatka and other games were played as well.

Pushp Holi was celebrated at a temple in Kitchlu Nagar last evening. At Dandi Swami Mandir, Pushp Holi was celebrated in the evening today.

According to Anil Aggarwal, one of the organisers of the festival at a temple, Lathmar Holi was also celebrated. He said Lathmar Holi is commonly observed at Barsana in Vrindavan. In Lathmar Holi, women playfully try to beat men with 'lathis' and men try to save themselves. Sankeertan was performed by Pt Harimohan and Rajeev Sharma from Vrindavan on the occasion, said Aggarwal.

Preparations for celebrating the festival were in full swing at other places. Sundar Dass Dhamija said the festival would be celebrated in a big way. Flowers, in quintals, have been delivered at Govind Godham, said Dhamija.

The Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle would also celebrate Hola Mohalla at Model Town.

Keertan Darbar was also organised at different gurdwaras to celebrate Hola Mohalla today. At Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Model Town Extension, a keertan was performed to mark Hola Mohalla.



Better Ludhiana: water pollution
Dyeing industry main contributor
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 16
Being an industrial hub, Ludhiana is flooded with various kinds of industries, which have provided bread and butter to lakhs of people not only from Punjab but also from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. At the same time, certain industries have proven to be the bane of Ludhiana as they have polluted the city to an alarming proportion.

The dyeing industry in the city is one such industry, which has proved destructive in terms of pollution generated by it. By discharging its toxic chemical residues into the Buddha Nullah, the industry has polluted the nullah to such an extent that even after spending crores on its cleanliness, the results have not been fruitful so far. Because of this, dyeing units are under fire not only from environmentalists and the general public, but also from fellow industrialists.

As per an estimate, there are nearly 275 dyeing units in Ludhiana. They are scattered in different parts of the city, including Tajpur Road, Focal Point, Industrial Area, Rahon Road and Bahadurke Road. Of the total units, around 110 are located on the Tajpur Road and Rahon Road alone. Recently, the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) took strict measures against these units for polluting water, after which many clusters of the dyeing units installed common effluent treatment plants (CETPs) at their own level.

Since most of the dyeing units are still discharging their effluents into the Buddha Nullah in an illegal manner, the dyeing industry gets “perturbed” when inspections are conducted by PPCB officials at the units to check the working of treatment plants. When any action is to be initiated against them, the dyeing industry seeks “political intervention” to stop the inspections and the woes of the industrial city continue.

The dyeing industry claims that no one can start a dyeing unit without getting a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Punjab Pollution Control Board. The board grants the NOC only after seeing that all arrangements have been made by the unit to treat polluted water at its own level.

As per the dyeing industry, its total discharge of water is around 100 million litres/day MLD (10 lakh litres = 1 MLD) and the polluted water is first treated at its own units before being discharged into Sutlej Treatment Plants (STPs) installed by the Municipal Corporation at three major areas for further treatment.

Water treated before discharge, claims industry

Ashok Makkar, president Ludhiana Dyeing Association, said the dyeing industry was always condemned for polluting the city and the Buddha Nullah but various other industries (electroplating in specific), too, were polluting the nullah. “We discharge treated water (through our own CETPs) into the main STPs of the MC, whereas the electroplating units have been discharging their waste directly. The three STPs installed by the civic body treat 48 MLD at Jamalpur, 257 MLD at Balloke and 161 MLD at Bhattiyan. Not even a single dyeing unit in the city is discharging waste without treatment,” said Makkar. To tight noose around the dyeing units, which were discharging their effluents directly into the Buddha Nullah, raids were conducted in Januray and warnings were also issued to the units flouting norms.

PPCB satisfied with steps taken by dyeing units

Ravinder Singh, chairman, PPCB, said on the whole, the dyeing industry in the city had started taking steps to minimise the pollution levels. He said raids were being conducted on a regular basis so that the industry maintains its treatment plants well. Besides, the industry was also taught to minimise its water waste. Once the wastage was minimal, the treatment would be better, said the chairman.

Ludhiana declared 'critically' polluted area

Due to the alarming levels of pollution, Ludhiana has been declared as a critically polluted area by the Ministry of Environment and Forests. The Ministry has already restricted the establishment of new projects and expansion of existing industries covered under the ambit of the Environmental Impact Assessment notification dated September 14, 2006, requiring environmental clearance.

Political patronage

Being well-connected, certain dyeing unit owners succeed in manipulating things easily. Almost half a dozen dyeing units recently connected their sewerage pipes directly with the main sewerage lines of the MC on the Rahon Road as they had the support of a ruling party leader. MC officials were finding it difficult to go against the wishes of the politician. When the media highlighted the matter, the two executive engineers concerned of the area were asked to reply on the issue.

Fact file

As per an estimate, there are nearly 275 dyeing units in Ludhiana. They are scattered in different parts of the city, including Tajpur Road, Focal Point, Industrial Area, Rahon Road and Bahadurke Road. Of the total units, around 110 are located on the Tajpur Road and Rahon Road alone.



shortage of funds
Poor state of affairs at MC schools
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 16
Owing to the lack of funds the Municipal Corporation (MC) is, reportedly, unable to take care of the seven schools, being run by it in the city.

All these schools, barring one or two, have shortage of staff. A school building has even been declared unsafe, while another school is being run from a gurudwara. Teachers say if the civic body took some interest, things would have been much different.

At Government Primary School, Ikbaal Ganj, there are a total of 102 students and only two teachers. This is against the Right to Education Act, according to which, there has to be one teacher for every 30 students. Besides the building in which the school is located is there since 1930. “Though the building has not been declared unsafe, but it is very old and needs repair,” said one of the employees.

Similarly at Government Primary School, Basti Jodhewal, just six teachers are taking care of around 265 students. At Government Primary School, Millar Ganj, 87 students are being taught by two teachers, while at Government Primary School, New Subhash Nagar, 303 students are being taught by six teachers.

Government Primary School, New Janta Nagar, is being run from a building of Gurudwara Akal Sahib, since 1973, and all the 71 students (from all classes) sit in a hall.

The information was provided by the civic body on an application filed by a local resident Ravi Sharma, under Right to Information Act, about the condition of schools run by the Municipal Corporation.

One of the teachers, on the condition of anonymity, said till recent times, the MC used to pay the salaries and attendance was submitted to the civic body itself. “But for past six months, the salaries are given by the Treasury Department here. Since MC is running the schools, it should take care of our needs and problems, too,” said the teacher, adding that all grants were received through Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan.



Celebrate April 30 as ‘Duty Day’, DC appeals to voters
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 16
Celebrate April 30 as "Duty Day" by exercising your right to franchise. This appeal was made by the District Electoral Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, while addressing voters during an awareness campaign launched here today in collaboration with "Raahgiri", an NGO. The event was held near Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar.

Aggarwal said electorate must exercise their democratic right to vote. Some youths took a pledge to exercise their franchise in the presence of Rajat Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner, and Isha Kalia, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), Ludhiana.

Artists of Ishmeet Academy also appealed to the audience to exercise their franchise.



Congress workers join AAP
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 16
Congress members and workers led by Balraj Singh Sekhon, an old Congress leader and its former state secretary, joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and vowed to support HS Phoolka, AAP candidate from the Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat.

Balraj Sekhon said: “Since the Congress and other mainstream parties are directly responsible for corruption, we should reject them and support the AAP, whose president Arvind Kejriwal triggered a movement against the mass-level graft.”

Along with Sekhon, other senior Congress leaders namely Tejpal Prashar, former block president of the party, Jarnail Singh Cheema, Kimi Pradhan, Numberdar Gurmail Singh, Rooplal, Gujjar Singh also joined the AAP apart from others.

While interacting with the new members of the AAP, HS Phoolka said: “On the one hand the Akali-BJP government is encouraging “gunda raaj” in Punjab, while on the other the Congress at the Centre has adopted pro-corporate and anti-people policies, which pave the way for more corruption".

He said: “If elected to power, the AAP will restore the administrative system. Politicians ask people to knock on their doors for any problem, which led to the collapse of administrative machinery. The AAP will make the administrative machinery efficient to wipe out corruption.”



CPI decides to support Sekhon
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 16
The Communist Party of India (CPI) has decided to support CPI-M candidate from the Ludhiana parliamentary seat Sukhminder Singh Sekhon in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

A meeting of the district council of the party held under the presidentship of DP Maur here today emphasised the need for unity between nationalist and democratic forces in order to give a befitting fight to communal and divisive parties.

Kartar Singh Bowani, district secretary of the party, while giving a detailed account of the party's strategy in the Lok Sabha elections, said the left parties had forged a joint front to contest four Lok Sabha seats in Punjab where they would make all possible efforts to defeat the communal Akali-BJP alliance and the anti-people Congress.

Dr Arun Mitra, assistant secretary, said in the present scenario, it was most essential that full support was extended to those candidates who were vociferous against communalism as well as neo-liberal economic policies, which had made common man’s life miserable.



Delay in paying advance tax
IT Department issues notices to tax payers
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 16
The Income Tax (IT) Department has issued notices to tax payers for not paying advance tax. “It has been found that some of the tax payers, who paid the advance tax last year, have failed to pay the same this year. Many cases have come forward where tax payers have paid a less amount of advance tax as compared to the previous year,” said Nishi Singh, Chief Commissioner, Income Tax.

She said they had issued notices to the tax payers where anomalies had been found in advance tax.

Meanwhile, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has extended the last date for paying the advance tax by three days. The time limit for the payment of advance tax for the March instalment was March 15, which has now been extended to March 18.

“The taxpayers can now pay their final advance tax instalment by March 18 without entailing any consequential interest for deferment,” said a senior official from the department.

Jatinder Khurana, taxation lawyer said anybody whose tax liability was more than Rs 10,000 during the current year was liable to pay advance tax.

Khurana said senior citizens who did not have business or professional income were exempted from paying advance tax.



It’s united colours of Holi vs dirty hues of politics this year

This year, the festival of colours, Holi, is coming amidst the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, which have been scheduled for next month. As people get ready to get drenched in colours of Holi and usher into an atmosphere of love, togetherness, bonhomie and tolerance, those seeking votes from the candidates, and even their supporters, seem to have tainted the city with colours of blood, hatred, enmity and intolerance, if the recent skirmishes and open clashes between supporters of rival parties are any indication in this regard. The city residents would definitely do well to maintain the true spirit of Holi. They won’t be, at any cost, be swayed by self-seeking political leaders, who are out to create divisions between various sections of the people for their personal or political gains.

Golden era of Pollywood not so bright for audience

The craze for Punjabi movies seems to be dying down slowly. With a new Punjabi movie releasing every Friday, the audience too has decreased over the years. A multiplex owner said earlier people used to anticipate the release of Punjabi movies, but now, a new movie is being released every week. “This has led to a decrease in their popularity. These days, people await Punjabi films of their favourite actors and discard rest,” said a multiplex owner. On the other hand, there is no denying the fact that the industry has entered a golden era of Pollywood with a movie releasing every week, but then audience have their own favourites.

Politicians on diet!

Everybody is becoming diet conscious these days. People are extra cautious about the amount of calories they consume every day. Politicians are a no exception in this case. During a recent political rally held in the city, all politicians sitting on the stage including Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal and others were seen consuming diet coke. An onlooker, during the rally, said as campaigning period has started, so politicians have turned diet conscious.

Non-communicative officials a big hurdle

Much of the work of reporters depends on effective communicative skills. For reporting factual news, a reporter has to listen to everybody, and to confirm the news, they rely on officials of the department concerned. The main hurdle is when certain officials do not respond or shy away from providing the facts. Almost all the top officials in the District Administration and Municipal Corporation, here, are helpful and provide the facts readily. But there are a few, who, do not even care to revert to the messages and calls made by the reporters. And these officials do not even bother to the requests made by their seniors to provide facts to the reporters. A top official, commenting on such officials, asked a reporter to get the details from him as some officials are not bothered to provide information and in case wrong story is published in the newspaper the next day, these officials won’t even care.

A ‘focused’ politician

During a political rally, held recently in the city, a politician was addressing the gathering. Soon after, workers and supporters came to know about the arrival of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. Many of them ran towards the stage and gestured the speaker to stop speaking on the occasion. But the speaker did not stop and continued to deliver the speech with complete concentration. He did not choose to conclude his speech in an abrupt manner and at the end raised three slogans ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’. One of the visitors said, “What a concentration he has!”

Malfunctioning traffic lights spell trouble

Whenever traffic lights go off, residents know they are in for a trouble. During such times, rather than stopping and allowing traffic to pass at regular short intervals, traffic personnel, conducting the traffic flow, wait for heavy flow of traffic to get cleared from one road. And this results in a heavy traffic. Due to the mismanagement, some of the commuters have to wait for their turn to pass through, for as long as 12 to 15 minutes. One of the residents commented that traffic personnel should be trained to act like traffic lights to avoid such chaos. “The wait turns endless for some,” said the resident.

Contributed by: Manav Mander, Kuldip Bhatia , Shivani Bhakoo, Puneet Pal Singh Gill, Anupam Bhagria, Gurvinder Singh



Don’t refer patients to labs without qualified pathologists, IMA tell docs
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 16
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has asked its doctors not to refer patients for investigation to laboratories that do not have qualified pathologists. The association is also sending letters to all its members in this regard.

The decision came after allegations came to the fore that doctors receive commission from labs for referring patients. This is one of the reasons lab tests are expensive.

It is an open fact that many doctors refer patients to specific labs knowing that they do no have qualified pathologists.

“Only a doctor with an MD degree in pathology can run a lab and sign reports. It is ethically wrong if some doctors are referring patients to such labs. According to law, nobody can run a clinical laboratory without an MD degree,” said Dr Manoj Sobti, president of the Indian Medical Association, Punjab Chapter.

“We feel that doctors should not refer patients to laboratories that don't have qualified pathologists. We never support such illegal practice,” said Dr Sobti.

“The doctors get commission for referring patients to specific laboratories. First of all, this practice should be stopped. If any doctor is found referring patients to labs, which do not have proper technicians, he should be taken to task,” said Gurdev Singh, a senior citizen from the city.

Another city-based doctor said it was illegal if any doctor was referring patients to the labs that do not have proper technicians. MD in pathology was necessary to operate a laboratory.



Hotels, guest houses told to maintain record of customers

Ludhiana, March 16
In view of the coming Lok Sabha elections, Police Commissioner Paramjit Singh Gill has issued orders to the owners of hotels, guest houses and dharamshalas to maintain a proper record of customers. The orders have been issued under Section 144 of the CrPC.

The Police Commissioner said the owners of hotels, guest houses and dharamshalas should take complete details, including driving licence or Aadhaar card, from the customers. In case any person failed to provide these documents, he/she should not be given a room. — TNS



Remove encroachments or face action, shopkeepers told
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, March 16
The local administration has decided to launch a drive against roadside encroachments in the town from Tuesday. This was stated by Apneet Kaur Rayat, SDM, Jagraon, after a meeting with the representatives of the Supreme Welfare Society, Jagraon.

During the meeting, members of the society also handed over a memorandum to the SDM demanding action against the shopkeepers who have encroached upon the roadsides.

"Encroachments on the roadsides have been causing various kind of problems. We witness regular traffic jams on various roads of the town almost everyday. The encroachments should be removed at the earliest,” said Sudarsham Sharma, president, Supreme Welfare Society Jagraon.

The Jagraon SDM assured full cooperation on the part of the local administration to the members of the society in removing roadside encroachments.

She also warned the shopkeepers of Jagraon to remove the encroachments outside their shops themselves before Tuesday or be ready to face action.

“We will not allow anyone to illegally encroach upon the roadsides in any part of the town,” said the SDM.



SPS Apollo Hospital organises workshop on suturing techniques
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 16
The Department of Plastic Surgery and General Surgery of SPS Apollo Hospital jointly conducted a workshop on suturing techniques. Dr Ashish Gupta, consultant and head, Department of Plastic and Microvascular Surgery, said, “The course was a half-day interactive and hands-on training on the very basic techniques of suturing. It forms the foundations of an MBBS doctor but, the pressures of entrance exams force them to back off from practical training.”

On the occasion, lectures by Dr Prafull Arya, professor and head, Department of General Surgery, was delivered on the history and basis of sutures. Dr HS Gill, senior consultant and co-ordinator, Department of Orthopedics, gave insights on orthopaedic suturing and the difficulties faced in trauma patients.

Dr Khetarpal, senior consultant, general surgery, and Dr Vikas Kumar, kidney transplant surgeon, were among the faculty who supervised the 35 delegates, learning suturing on special synthetic suturing boards made to give an appearance of a human skin.



Placement camp for MBA students

Ludhiana, March 16
The Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) Student's Chapter of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, Ludhiana, organised a placement camp for the students of MBA.

Students were asked to undertake an aptitude test by a team of Axis Bank. Around 52 students appeared for the test. Twenty-three students were shortlisted. The final HR interviews for the shortlisted candidates will be conducted in April 2014. Students will get a package of Rs 2.9 lakh per annum. — TNS



Administration speeds up shifting of malkhana
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 16
Lawyers have heaved a sigh of relief as the Administration is speeding up the process of shifting malkhana at the District Court Complex.

The vehicles were creating problems to the lawyers as proper space was not being provided to the legal fraternity.

Owing to this, lawyers had even launched an agitation in the form of strike.

A dharna was also staged to press the demands. Offices of the Deputy Commissioner as well as the Commissioner of Police were also ghearod in this regard.

The District Bar Association president Parupkar Singh Ghumman, vice-president Gurdeep Singh Salh, secretary Rustam Pal Singh, former bar presidents Naval Kishore Chhiber and Jagmohan Singh Warraich welcomed the move by the Administration and said the move will provide relief to lawyers.



PSEB physics exam: Students demand grace marks
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 16
Students, who appeared in the annual examination of Physics for Class XII by the Punjab School Education Board, Mohali, have demanded the authorities concerned to grant them grace marks. They alleged the question paper was not according to the scheduled pattern.

Acknowledging the aberration, authorities at various private and government schools of the region said they had forwarded representations received from students and their parents to the board authorities.

Parents of some students appearing at examination centres at Dehlon, Kanganwal, Bhogiwal, Sihar, Malaudh, Kilaraipur and local town said their wards were given question paper for the said examination that was not set according to the standard pattern and they must be granted grace marks.

“While teachers had told students that questions for 20 marks will be related to numerical problems, but in the examination, such questions carried 17 and 19 marks,” said Bimal Sharma, a guardian of a student.

Some students who received set C also alleged that many theory questions were unexpectedly tough.

Gurmit Singh and Balwinder Singh Grewal, in-charges at a local private senior secondary school and Government Senior Secondary School of the area, said they have already forwarded representations, received from various students, to the authorities.



Labour laws must be followed, say associations
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 16
Dr Shiv Gupta, deputy general secretary, National Front of Indian Trade Union, and Harish Kapoor, Hosiery and Industrial Workers Association, appealed to the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to check the enforcement of labour laws in factories.

The deputy general secretary, Gupta, and Harish Kapoor alleged that the labour laws were not being followed in private factories in the state and hosiery and cycle manufacturing units in the district.

They alleged that apart from few major factories such as Hero Cycles, Avon or Bhogal Cycles, nobody follows labour laws.

"Labour laws are not followed in more than 95 per cent of the factories. Benefits such as ESI, provident fund Act, bonus, gratuity, maternity benefit apart from many other provisions are also not been given to workers in the factories. The situation is the same in most of the hosiery industry as well," said the officials.

No fine is imposed on such factories which are openly flouting the labour laws, they said.

None of the compensations are paid to the families of workers who die and no medical benefits are given to them, added Kapoor and Gupta.

They have demanded strict implementation of labour laws and punishment to those violating the laws.

“Labour laws must be followed religiously,” said the deputy general secretary of the National Front of Indian Trade Union, and Harish Kapoor from the Hosiery and Industrial Workers Association.



Ailing child needs help

Ludhiana, March 16
Four-year-old Sahil Kumar has been diagnosed with a deadly disease and needs financial aid to undergo treatment. The child has been diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma and is currently undergoing treatment at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. Burkitt’s lymphoma is a relatively rare and aggressive form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which is a type of cancer of the lymphatic system.

The approximate cost for his treatment is Rs 2 lakhs. Rajesh Kumar, Sahil’s father, said, “My monthly income is Rs 6,000 and I am unable to bear the costly expenses of his treatment.”

Those willing to help Sahil can give cheque/draft in favour of 'Treatment of Sahil' along with CR No. 13600 written on backside of the cheque, said a spokesperson of DMC. — TNS



Card-making contest

Ram Lal Bhasin Public School observed the festival of colors. The principal, Suman Arora, in the morning assembly, highlighted the history behind celebrating the festival. The principal and staff of the school greeted students by applying colours. Card-making competition was also organised for the Montessori wing.

Eco-friendly Holi observed

Little Blossoms Pre School, at Basant City, celebrated eco-friendly Holi on the school campus. Kids enjoyed the rain of flowers and applied safe colours on each other.

150 participate in annual function

‘Relation Inmutable’ of Maple Bear Canadian Play Way and Nursery School was organised at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan. Children depicted different relations of family through their dance performances. More than 150 students participated in the function.

Graduation ceremony

Teachers, students, parents, family and friends of students and supporters of the Childhood Kindergarten Play-School, Punjab Mata Nagar, celebrated graduation ceremony 'Udaan' on Sunday. The ceremony started with Ganpati Vandana, followed by the lamp-lightening ceremony by guest of honour Meetu Nayyar. Students presented various dance items on the occasion. Poems and songs were also recited by students, which was appreciated by one and all present at the event. — TNS



Students of Ramgarhia college shine in exams

Students of MA Punjabi and MSc (IT) of Ramgarhia Girls College (RGC) performed exceedingly well in the exams of third semester, held in December 2013 by Panjab University, Chandigarh. Kamaljeet Kaur of MA (Punjabi) bagged second position in university and stood first in college with 72.5 per cent. Gagandeep Kaur and Pawandeep Kaur, scored 62.5 per cent and 58.5 per cent, notched second and third spot in the college, respectively. Amneet Kaur of MSc (IT) stood first in college with 74.05 per cent, Navneet Kaur clinched second position with 71.05 per cent and Karamjeet Kaur secured the third position. Karamjeet scored 70.5 per cent in the examinations. Principal Dr Narinder Sandhu congratulated the students.

GGN college holds seminar

A national seminar on emerging paradigms in banking sector was organised in GGN Khalsa College, under the patronage of Khalsa Educational Council and the principal of the college. General secretary prof Sohinderjit Singh, Gujranwala Khalsa Educational Council, was present at the inaugural function of the seminar. After the felicitations, prof Sohinderjit Singh welcomed the guests. Dr Deepak Walia introduced the theme of the seminar to the audience. Dr Sucha Singh Gill, director, Centre of Rural Research and Development, Chandigarh, presided over the inaugural session. In his keynote address, Dr MP Singh, director, School of Management Studies, lET, Bhaddal, dwelt upon the theme of the seminar and presented documentary proofs for effective understanding.

Hargun bags gold medal

Hargun Nagpal, a student of the Sri Aurobindo College Of Commerce and Management, bagged a gold medal for standing first in accounting theory and corporate finance in BCom honours. College principal and management congratulated her for this achievement.

Prize distribution function

The Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women celebrated annual prize distribution function. Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, Mayor, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, was the chief guest on the occasion. Dr Satish Kumar Verma, former Head, Department of Sports Science, Punjabi University, Patiala, was the guest of honor. Dr DP Bhatnagar, former head of the Department of Human Biology, Punjabi University, Patiala, was the special guest. College principal Dr Parveen Kaur Chawla, along with the members of the College Managing Committee, gave a floral welcome to guests.

100 attend personality development workshop

A two-day personality development workshop was organised in the college auditorium on Sunday. Dr SM Kant, director, centre for the youth and community development, was the resource person. Dr Kant interacted with students and gave them valuable views on the development of their personality. As many as 100 students attended the workshop.

Gian Singh notches first spot at youth fest

Gian Singh, a second semester MCA student of the Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT), Ludhiana, brought laurels to the institute by performing in classical instrument Solo (percussion) during the various levels of the PTU youth festivals. Gian Singh bagged first position at the Zonal Youth Festival at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana.

Sukhdeep bags third position in PU exams

Students of the Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, have achieved outstanding results in MSc (information technology), third semester examinations, results of which were declared by Panjab University, Chandigarh. Sukhdeep Kaur bagged third position in the university with 80.78 per cent, while Shweta Baweja stood seventh. She scored 79.21 per cent. Twinkle Nagpal clinched ninth position in the university by scoring 78.68 per cent.

Farewell party

A farewell party was organised by students of BA II, BCom II and BCA II to bid adieu to students of BA III, BCom III and BCA III. Principal Dr Meenu Sharma presided over the function. The function started with a bhajan sung by students of BA II. Harpreet Kaur (BA II) welcomed students of BA III. A cultural programme was also presented by students. Harsharan Kaur (BA III) gave a valedictory speech. The centre of attraction was the modelling contest organised for students of BA III.

Reena Thakur bags second position

The PG Department of Computer Science and Applications of Arya College, Ludhiana, showcased excellent result in MSc IT examination conducted by Panjab University, Chandigarh. Reena Thakur, of MSc IT bagged the second position in the Panjab University by securing 81.57 per cent. — TNS



Ayali honoured

Residents of Ward No. 47, under the aegis of ward councillor Harcharan Singh Dang, vowed to work day and night for the victory of Manpreet Ayali, parliamentary candidate of SAD-BJP. Speaking at the function organised at the Laughter Club, Mangat Park, Model Town, Ayali reiterated that he would work overnight to eradicate corruption and drug menace from the society. Regarding development of the city, he said Modi at the centre and SAD-BJP in the state have already started the fund flow. Dang also honored Manpreet Ayali on the occasion.

Environment campaign

Nature Care Movement, a wing of Atam Pargas Social Welfare Council (APSWC), Ludhiana, engaged in educating the society to save environment and establish value-based living standards launched a campaign to save environment by educating farmers at PAU Kisan Mela. According to Dr Nachhattar Singh, director, Nature Movement, APSWC, and Vice-Chancellor, Guru Kashi University, Talwandi Sabo (Bathinda), the council has network in about 250 schools spread in Punjab and other states of the country.

Holi celebrated

The District Valmiki Sabha organised a programme to celebrate the festival of colours. The BJP SC Morcha said it was the time to bring a change in the country by choosing the right government. The president, DP Khosla, said voters must choose the right candidate.

Health camp

The Ludhiana Mediways Hospital organised a free-of-cost multi-specialty, medical check-up and awareness camp at Gurudwara Shri Guru Singh Sabha, Rajguru Nagar, on Sunday. About 100 patients were provided free consultation by a team of medical experts. Sugar and BP tests were done free-of-cost and medicines were also distributed among the needy patients.

CMCH acquires new technology

The Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) got a new OCT (Optical coherence tomography, Nidek RS 3000 Lite) in the Department of Ophthalmology. The OCT is a machine which captures micrometer resolution, three-dimensional images from within the eye, specifically the retina.

Cultural event organised

A two-day annual cultural event ‘Ectopia-2014’ will be held at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) on March 18 and March 19. During the festival, undergraduate medical students will take part in various talent hunt competitions. Principal of DMCH Dr Daljit Singh said cultural activities form an integral part of leisure and recreation. Active participation by students in such cultural activities help in enhancing the overall development of their personality and provide an apt opportunity to exhibit their special talents.

Book released

A book titled "Te Main Aaya Bas" by Swaranjit Sawi was released during a function. Renowned writer Surjit Patar, during the book release and literary discussion, said modern Punjabi poems also walks in the line of technology. Dr Yograj Singh from PU, while reading Sawi's book, said, “Sawi's book has made us experience the world.” Dr Gurbhajan Gill, president of Punjabi Sahit Akademi, said Sawi's poems bring us close to nature and humanity. — TNS



One arrested with 40 kg of poppy husk
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, March 16
The Jagraon police have arrested one alleged drug peddler and seized 40 kg of poppy husk from his custody. The accused has been identified as Balwant Singh, alias Raju, a resident of Jassowal village near Jagraon.

A police team from the Criminal Investigation Agency (CIA), Jagraon, arrested the drug peddler from the Jassowal-Sudhar link road during a routine checking last evening.

Jagraon CIA staff in-charge inspector Ramaninder Singh said a police party, led by ASI Manjit Singh, was patrolling in the Sudhar area yesterday evening.

“When the team reached near the drain on the Jassowal-Sudhar link road, the police saw a person carrying a bag. On seeing the police, the accused tried to flee, which made them suspicious. The policemen gave him a chase and nabbed him at some distance. On search, the police recovered poppy husk from the bag the accused was carrying with him. Following this, the police team arrested him,” said inspector Ramaninder Singh.

Ramaninder said the total weight of the poppy husk seized from the accused was 40 kilograms. The police had registered a case against the accused, Balwant Singh, alias Raju, at Sudhar police station under the NDPS Act. Further investigations were on.

According to police, the accused had confessed to be involved in drug peddling for the past several months.



Synthetic milk seized
Our Correspondent

Samrala, March 16
The Samrala Police have arrested a person for preparing synthetic milk.

The DSP, Samrala, Jaswinder Singh, said that a case was registered under Sections 420,272, 273, 120-B of the IPC was registered against five persons, including the contractor. The police arrested the driver of the van, identified as Rajwant Singh.

A police party raided a Milk Chilling Centre at Mushkabad village after receiving information from chairman Ajmer Singh Bhagpur, Milk Plant, Ludhiana. The police have also recovered the synthetic chemical used to make the synthetic milk, along with 80 litres of synthetic milk. Further investigations are on in this regard, said a police official.



36 Under-19 probables selected
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 16
Thirty-six players (U-19) were selected at the trials conducted by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) on the Arya College ground here today.

These players were shortlisted as probables for the regional coaching centre being run by the association under the aegis of the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) at the same venue.

Vinod Chitkara, honorary general secretary, LDCA, said the following cricketers were finalised by the selection panel. They include Nikhil Choudhary, Nimit Malhan, Jaskaran Bhangu, Parul Mehndiratta, Rajat Arora, Deepin Chitkara, Harnoor Singh, Punit, Shivansh, Ramandip, Rahul Khanna, Karanvir, Pranav, Deepak, Harkunwar Makkar, Hatejaswi Kapoor, Rahul Sikka, Bhupinder, Manjot, Inderjit, Anmol Sharma, Navendu, Gony Khambe, Vishwanath, Shivam Bedi, Manvir, Akshit, Varun, Karan, Saurav, Ayush, Amit Kalra, Soham, Chandershekhar, Harkirat and Raghav.

“These probables have been advised to report to the coach, Sandip Kharwar, on March 20 on the Arya College ground at 4.30 pm. The Ludhiana District U-19 team will also be finalised from these players that will take part in the forthcoming Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament for the Dhruv Pandove Trophy to be organised by the PCA at different venues across the state,” said Chitkara.



Basketball league
DAV lads prevail over Khalsa College

Ludhiana, March 16
DAV College, Jalandhar, survived many anxious moments before romping home victorious (74-72) against Khalsa College, Amritsar, in the men’s section in the ongoing IMG-Reliance Punjab State Inter-College Basketball League here today. The league is being organised by the Punjab Basketball Association at Guru Nanak Stadium. Jalandhar outfit kept composure at crucial junctures, which helped them to wrap up the issue with a narrow margin of two points.

In another men’s section match, the College of Veterinary Sciences, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana, too survived a scare against Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, before winning it (44-39).

The third match was played between Public College, Samana, and the College of Agriculture, PAU, Ludhiana, in which the former proved too good to clinch it comfortably (64-42). The College of Agriculture, PAU, had a dismal day as they lost their second match also. Layallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar, came out triumphant (68-49).

In other matches (men), Khalsa College, Amritsar, defeated Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, (67-46) and DAV College, Jalandhar, beat Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib (40-26). In women’s section, the Physical Education College for Girls, Patiala, registered victory over the Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana. — OC



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