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Commissioner's transfer
Police department jittery
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
The transfer of Police Commissioner PS Gill by the Election Commission has put the department in a fix.

But the move has certainly come as a shot in the arm for the group led by Independent candidate Simarjeet Singh Bains who was accusing the top official of being partial.

Bains is also demanding the transfer of Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP II and ADCP III) Kehar Singh and Satbir Atwal, respectively, alleging that the officers were handpicked by the Shiromani Akali Dal.

Outgoing Commissioner PS Gill had recently replaced IG Nirmal Singh Dhillon in view of the elections. But soon after taking the charge, Gill was embroiled in a controversy after six supporters of Independent candidate Simarjeet Bains were booked for pasting stickers on vehicles of residents.

Subsequently, the controversial videos of SAD Lok Sabha candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali, in which the leader had allegedly claimed that no police officer would attend Simarjeet Bains' call and that he would tighten the noose around Bains, had caused more trouble for the Police Commissioner.

Congress leaders sensed the opportunity and launched a verbal attack on Commissioner Gill. Congress leader Ishwarjot Cheema even went on to say that the police were being used as puppets at the hands of politicians.

Sources said policemen were finding it difficult to tackle the growing rivalry between SAD candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali and Independent candidate Simarjeet Bains. The police officers are of the view that they are becoming a causality of a political fight between Bains and Ayali.

The officers complain that all candidates are 'targeting' the police in the run up to the elections.

"There are not many officers who want field duty during the elections. There remains a lot of pressure from the ruling party to favour their respective candidates. The opposition is always accusing the police of being bias," said a police officer.

It is not for the first time that Simarjeet Bains was at loggerheads with the police department and accused the the officers of favouritism.

During the previous Lok Sabha elections in 2009, Bains and his supporters were accused of assaulting the mother of the then Congress candidate, Manish Tewari, while she was canvassing for her son in the Shimlapuri area.

Bains had then accused the cops of favouring the Congress candidate. Similarly, the supporters of Bains and former jail minister Hira Singh Gabria had clashed during the previous Vidhan Sabha elections, which saw the transfer several police officers.

New chief takes charge

Sanjeev Kalra, a 1989-batch IPS officer, has joined as the Police Commissioner. Following the Election Commission's orders, Kalra replaced IG PS Gill.


Filing of nominations
No candidate shows up on Day 1
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
Not even a single candidate turned up for filing nominations at the district election office today.

Rajat Aggarwal, District Electoral Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, released Form 3-A (a document containing details of candidates filing papers). He said, "Candidates can file nominations till April 9 (from 11 am to 3 pm).

The papers will be scrutinised on April 10. Papers can be withdrawn on March 12 before 3 pm.

He said no nominations would be filed on public holidays (April 6 and 8). He stated that contestants are required to fill in Form 2 A.

The official said at the time of filing nominations, only five persons could accompany a candidate and only three vehicles would be allowed within the 100 metre radius of the office.

Good response

As many as 44,000 forms were submitted by first-time voters on Wednesday. People turned up in large numbers to get their voter cards made. Election Tehsildar (Ludhiana) Sukhdev Singh Bhangu said, "We have received a good response this time. Supplementary list of the new voters will be released next week."



Observer sets strict limits on poll expenditure
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
From now, candidates will have to tread with caution. Reason: Expenditure observer Kumar Aseem Vaibhav is in the city to check any violations.

Appointed by the Election Commission, Kumar is a 2008 batch Gujarat cadre official with the Indian Customs and Central Excise Services. He will be staying in the Ludhiana constituency till April 30. The observer monitors election expenditure and is here to help the district electoral officer (DEO) impart training to other employees.

"A candidate is supposed to spend Rs 70 lakh and he cannot exceed the limit. One can call up on 8146593189 for filing complaints," he said.

The Election Commission has asked contestants to maintain an account of their election expenses. Nominated officials will monitor the expenses in all districts. An assistant expenditure observer (AEO) will be appointed in every constituency to keep a check on the expenditure.

He urged the candidates not to distribute sops among voters as strict action will be taken against those unheeding the directions.

Tedious task

  • Expenditure observers check expenditure registers of candidates thrice during campaigning.
  • They coordinate with the Investigation Directorate of the Income Tax Department, police and nodal officer of the State Excise Department.
  • If surveillance teams, flying squads and police officers seize something, the observers fax a report to the Election Commission.



Building violations
MC Commissioner acts tough
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
Annoyed with the slack approach of officials, MC Commissioner Shruti Singh stated that the violation of the High Court's orders would not be tolerated. Singh asked the Assistant Town Planner (Zone A) to make assessment of 16 illegal buildings which were challaned in February and March.

Singh said, "I have asked ATP (Zone A) Harpreet Ghai to give assessment details to defaulters within three days. Violators will be punished and illegal constructions will be checked. It is the duty of the building branch officials to see that High Court's orders are not violated."

Additional Commissioner Isha Kalia has issued a show-cause notice to ATP (Zone D) Rajinder Sharma. Kalia said, "I have recommended strict action against the official as despite repeated attempts Sharma has failed to respond to our queries and kept the file with himself for long."

Sixteen 'illegal' buildings were being constructed in Zone A. When the officials concerned failed to take action against the violators, a complaint was filed by RTI Activist Rohit Sabharwal. Though notices were issued to the violators after a report was published in these columns, ATP Zone A Harpreet Ghai claimed that the notices were issued long time back. If notices were issued then, by now an action must have been taken against the violators. As far as show-cause notice to Rajinder Sharma is concerned, the Local Bodies Department had ordered action against Kalyan Jewellers for violating building bylaws following a probe report submitted to the then MC Commissioner, Rahul Tiwari. It was found that three MC officials, Assistant Town Planners Ramesh Chhabra, Surinder Singh Bindra and draftsman Mohan Singh, who were posted in the Zone D office when the building was under construction in 2009, were found guilty of approving the maps at their own level. Despite repeated attempts, Sharma had failed to take any action.

The building spans across 985 square yards and as per rules the layout of commercial buildings has to be approved by the Local Bodies Department. However, the owners in the case got plans of two separate plots (492.29 square yards and 492.50 square yards) approved and clubbed them to open a showroom, which was completely against the laws, stated the probe report which was sent to the Chief Vigilance Officer after an internal inquiry.



Civic officials act following HC orders
Visit site where coaching centre is being constructed in violation of bylaws
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
Following the High Court's directions, the building branch officials of Zone D visited the site where a coaching centre is being constructed in violation of the building bylaws.

An area resident had filed a Civil Writ Petition 5874 of 2014 in the High Court.

Justice Surya Kant and Justice Anmol Rattan Singh directed the MC Commissioner and Executive Officer of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust to take cognisance of the petitioner's complaint/allegations within a period of three days from the date of receiving a certified copy of the order. The orders were issued on March 27, 2014, with directions to the MC to depute a team of engineers, architects or town planner to visit the site with a 24-hour advance intimation to the petitioner as well as respondent (owner of the building) and take further action as per the law.

Petitioner Jaswinder Singh, a resident of BRS Nagar, stated that the coaching centre was being constructed in a residential area (BRS Nagar-103 E). "The construction was in violation of the sanctioned building plan," Jaswinder said.

"I had brought it to the notice of the MC earlier, but officials did not respond. I had to move court," said the petitioner.

Defying the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to act against violators, the commercial buildings are mushrooming in the city and the civic body has turned a blind eye to the violations.



3 arrested for kidnapping
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
The police have arrested three persons for kidnapping a man and demanding a ransom of Rs 20,000.
A surveillance team checks a vehicle near Domoria Bridge in Ludhiana
Poll patrolling: A surveillance team checks a vehicle near Domoria Bridge in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

The accused have been identified as Kulwinder Singh, Jass Singh and Harinder Singh of Chaunta village. Butta Singh of Garcha village had lodged a complaint with the police stating that three persons kidnapped his brother Gurdeep Singh on March 31 when they were returning home.

The trio called up Butta demanding a ransom of Rs 20,000. They even threatened to kill Gurdeep.

Butta arranged the money and reached Doraha, but the accused did not come there. Soon the police launched a hunt and rescued Gurdeep Singh.

Truck impounded

The police arrested six persons and impounded a truck loaded with 1,555 boxes of liquor. The accused, identified as Jamil Mohammed, Rajesh Kumar, Sardari Lal, Ram Avtar Kapil Dev and Sandeep Kumar, hail from Uttar Pradesh. They were arrested from Rajpura Road following a tip-off. 



Illegal mining: No action taken yet
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
The controversy surrounding the alleged illegal sand mining at Gurugarh village near Machhiwara refuses to die down.

Villagers say it has been nearly three months since the Punjab and Haryana High Court issued an order directing the Khanna police to take appropriate action, but nothing had been done so far.

Also, the probe launched by the district mining officer had made no headway, they said.

It was in November last year when nine persons, who belong to a youth club of the village, lodged a complaint with the police and the administration of illegal sand mining taking place on panchayat land.

They accused the village panchayat of carrying out the mining and reaping monetary benefit from it.

Later, two factions of the village had a clash on the issue. The police, reportedly, booked the nine complainants in an attempt to murder case.

Some villagers said the nine had to pay the price for raising their voice against injustice. They said if police had acted on time, the clash could have been avoided.

Mahesh Khanna, district mining officer, said he was told that the block development panchayati officer (BDPO) had given the nod for mining.

"As I am unwell, I cannot provide you the latest updates in the matter. It would be better you speak to the area in-charge Rajbir Singh," Khanna told this correspondent.

When contacted, Rajbir Singh said he was not aware of the issue.

"I am not aware of the sand mining case in Gurugarh village or whether the department had given the go-ahead," said Rajbir.

Sources in the administration said only the Deputy Commissioner (DC) had the authority to allow mining, after a committee formed for the purpose gave its nod.

They said BDPO Gurpreet Singh had not taken any such approval from the administration. Gurpreet Singh, however, said the panchayat availed itself of no monetary benefit from mining.

"The mining was done on a shamlat land of the village for the construction of a dharmashala. No monetary benefit came from it. We have written a letter to the DC for suggesting us whether an action should be taken against the village panchayat. I have a letter from the year 2011 in which the then Mining Department director had stated that mining could be done if there was no monetary motive involved," said Gurpreet Singh.



Transformer fire triggers panic in Sarabha Nagar
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 2
Panic gripped residents in Sarabha Nagar as a transformer installed on Malhar Road caught fire early this morning.

Huge flames and dense smoke was seen coming out of the transformer as well as from the oil that spilled on the ground.

Several residents rushed out as power supply was disrupted as well.

Naresh Mehra, a resident, said a major tragedy was averted as the transformer caught fire early in the morning when there were no pedestrians or vehicles on the otherwise busy road.

“Had the incident occurred later in the day, it could have been fatal,” he said.

Punjab State Power Corporation Limited officials said the technical field staff was rushed to the spot. They said by that time the staff reached, the fire had doused and only some smoke was coming out of the burnt oil spilled on the ground.

“The fault in the transformer was rectified and power supply to the affected area was restored after a short while,” said an official.



CRPF, city police take out flag march
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
The city police along with the personnel of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) today took out a flag march in different parts of the city.

Two companies of the CRPF had arrived here yesterday to help the local police in maintaining law and order in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections.

In the evening, teams of the CRPF personnel led by ACP J Elanchezian, ACP Deepak Hillori and ACP Mukhtiar Singh carried out the flag march in Atam Nagar and surrounding areas.

ACP Mukhtiar Singh said the exercise aimed at instilling confidence in the residents.

ACP J Elanchezian said the CRPF personnel would be deployed in different parts of the city to carry out search operations along with the local police officers.



Bittu meets residents, traders
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
Congress candidate from the Ludhiana Lok Sabha constituency Ravneet Singh Bittu today started his day with campaigning at Rakh Bagh.

Talking to residents who were there for a morning walk, Bittu said he would strive to provide a pollution-free environment, for which work had already been started.

He said it was unfortunate that the city was the most polluted in the country. He said the polluted environment posed a serious threat to the health of city residents.

Bittu also promised to try his best to give quality education, hospitals, roads, water and sewerage facilities to the residents.

The Anandpur Sahib MP spent time listening to grievances of the people and promised them that their complaints would be addressed if he wins the elections.

Ravneet Singh Bittu was accompanied by MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu, councillor Narinder Sharma Kala, Sunny Bhalla, KK Bawa, Surinder Aggarwal, Vinod Thapar, Satpal Beri and Pankaj Prabhakar.

Later, the Congress candidate along with former chairman of the Improvement Trust Surinder Aggarwal held a meeting with textile, hosiery and traders’ associations. The associations complained about high taxation and power crisis.

Chiding the SAD-BJP alliance, Bittu said due to adverse policies of the state government, it was impossible to run a business in Punjab.

Valmiki community extends support

Members of Valmiki Samaj led by senior Congress leader Samay Singh Birla also met Bittu and said they had always supported is grandfather—former Chief Minister Beant Singh—and will support him as well.



Joshi returns to Congress fold
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
Senior leader Ramesh Joshi today returned to the Congress fold at the party's election campaign office.

Punjab Pardesh Congreee Committee president has appointed him as the president of the urban development cell of the state wing.

Congress candidate from the Ludhiana Lok Sabha constituency Ravneet Singh Bittu welcomed Joshi. He said Joshi’s return to the party would set a benchmark for other leaders and workers who had left the Congress.

Bittu said the party would make all possible efforts to ensure that no member left the party again.

MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu also welcomed Joshi and said he would inspire the party workers.

Party members including Gurkanval Kaur, KK Bawa, Malkit Singh Dakha, MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu, District Mahila Congress chief Leena Taparia, former councillor Satpal Beri, Balkar Singh and former president of district women’s wing Usha Garg were present on the occasion.

The Congress had received a big jolt when Joshi left the party in 2012.



Ayali seeks blessings at church
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
SAD-BJP candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali today visited Catholic Church at Sarabha Nagar. Addressing the gathering there, Ayali said the NDA government would take care of minority rights.

Later in the day, Ayali conducted a roadshow. He said the Congress had done nothing for Punjab on the development front. He said the UPA government had pushed the state towards inflation, corruption and unemployment.

Ayali also addressed a meeting of party workers at Model Gram.

During another meeting at Ghumar Mandi, MLA Ranjit Singh Dhillon said Ayali would win with a huge margin. Dhillon said the SAD-BJP government had a particular agenda while the Congress was weak and was fighting on no specific issue.



PU exams start on a peaceful note
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
The examinations of undergraduate classes of the Panjab University started at local colleges here today. More than 20,000 students appeared for exams of three separate streams at 39 examination centres established by the varsity to conduct the examinations in the city.

PU has constituted 25 flying squad teams to apprehend cheaters. The flying squad teams conducted the inspection at several examination centres and did not find any major irregularity at any centre.

The examinations were conducted in two shifts. In the morning shift, the students of BA final year appeared for English examination. In the evening shift, BCom second year students appeared for Company Law examination along with BCA first year students appearing for English examination.

Gurjot Kaur, a student of BA final year, said, “The paper was quite tough. I have attempted all the questions and hopeful that I will score good marks.”

Suspended students get their roll numbers

Meanwhile, students of BCom final year, who were suspended for using derogatory remarks against teachers, got a clearance by the college authorities at the Government College for Girls today.

They apologised for their irresponsible behaviour at the farewell party on March 13.

The college authorities informed that the roll numbers have been given to the students.



compartment exam
Alleging paper is out of syllabus, students leave hall
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
The negligence on the part of the Panjab University authorities to inform about the changes in syllabi turned the ‘golden chance’, given to BA final compartment students, into a ‘no chance’ here today. The private students of BA final, who appeared for English compartment exam at local colleges, were left in a lurch.

The students were shocked to see the question paper which was set according to the new syllabi, which they were not aware of. Fourteen students at SCD Government College left the exam in between and opposed the negligence of the university officials. Meanwhile, 30 students who appeared at examination centre in Arya College also did not attempt any question.

The students told that the university did not inform them about the change in syllabi and they prepared the exam as per the old syllabi.

Aman Dhupar, a student, said, “We have submitted Rs 5,000 fee to get the golden chance. As per the rules, the university has to send separate question papers for compartment and ‘golden chance’ students. We got the question papers set according to new syllabi. We were not able to attempt even a single question.”

Raj Kumar Miglani, vice-principal, SCD Government College, said, “The students faced inconvenience due to unexpected questions from new syllabi. The university should have sent separate question papers for these students. We have written to the university on the behalf of these students. The varsity authorities will take further action.”



PU Senate members seek reservation in colleges for students in rural areas
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
Focussing on rural youth, a number of Senate members of the Panjab University seek reservation for students belonging to rural areas to get admission in colleges.

Senate member Dr Surinder Singh Sangha, principal Dasmesh Girls College of Education, Badal, has raised the issue during the meeting of senators.

According to Dr Sangha, all the other members also agreed to his proposal. PU Vice-Chancellor Arun Grover has also reportedly asked for a proposal in this regard.

Surinder Singh Sangha said due to the poor status of rural school education, the youth in rural areas cannot compete with the ones in urban areas. Most of the time students with good academic record are deprived of admissions to colleges and university in the urban areas.

“We want to create extra seats for rural students like the university has already created for NRI students, single girl child and cancer patient students,” he said.

“We don’t want this reservation for all students in rural areas. But for those students who have completed 12 years of education at a rural school,” Dr Surinder said.

Meanwhile, Dr Mukesh Arora, Senate member, said, “I agree with the proposal but we have to find out the real beneficiary. A number of reputed and influential groups of education sector have been running the schools in rural areas as they found it cost affective. If a student from such a school claims for reservation how the colleges can deny him?”

It is worth mentioning that Dr Sukhpal Singh, senior economist at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), has conducted a study on rural education which reveals that only 7.2 per cent of rural population gets admission in colleges after Class XII.

Dr Sukhpal Singh, senior economist, said, “It is bitter truth that our rural education is comparatively poor than the urban areas. Such reservation can provide relief to one or two students. We have to work to eliminate the disparity between rural and urban education. We have to uplift the rural education system to eliminate the disparity.”



from colleges
Prizes distributed among meritorious students

Ludhiana: A prize distribution function was organized at TSSM Senior Secondary School, Shimla Puri, in Ludhiana. On the occasion, principal Gurbachan Singh Grewal honoured the meritorious students of Class XI with certificates and trophies. Principal Gurbachan Singh Grewal motivated the students to achieve laurels in the coming board exams. He also appreciated the students and teachers for their performance and parents for their cooperation.

Students bring laurels

Students of Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, Ludhiana, brought laurels to the college by securing 100 per cent result in MA Hindi, Semester I, PU examinations. Sunaina Malik bagged the fifth position in Ludhiana and first in college. Aarti outshined by securing the second position in college with 68.50 per cent. Deepika Brahmani stood third in college with 67.7 per cent. College president Swaran Singh and principal Dr Parveen Kaur Chawla congratulated the students who worked hard to achieve their goals and faculty members for their proper guidance and teaching. They also wished the students for a bright future. — TNS



Tipplers on a sticky wicket
Find ways to dispose of surplus stock they bought when prices were slashed
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 2
Dip in liquor prices has resulted in a situation wherein tipplers are finding it difficult to stock and shift extra stocks which they had purchased during past days.

Some tipplers having exhausted their liquid money in purchasing brands of their choice at throw away prices were later compelled to adopt barter method for making payments of more essential goods, including fuel for their vehicles, and bribe money to government officials.

Office-bearers of some political outfits were reported to have stored extra stocks for entertaining supporters of their respective candidates for the Lok Sabha Elections.

There were still others who had to pay heavier price for their greed as they were caught and booked by the police under the relevant acts of law. Besides losing the purchased stocks, they had to grease palms of the officials for seeking favour of release on bail.

The tendency is bound to affect business of new contractors adversely as their will be lower number of takers on vends opened on Tuesday.

Observations revealed that dip in liquor prices due to clearance of stocks by outgoing liquor contractors had allured record number of tipplers to make heavy purchases.

Leader buys petrol in exchange of liquor

Regional leader of a political party, who was earlier engaged in business of liquor vending, purchased boxes of brands of choice of his followers in such higher quantities that he exhausted his wallet on return to his village.

The leader and his associates had to face embarrassing situation when the only Rs 500 note left in his pocket turned out to be fake when presented to the vender at a petrol station and he had to exchange liquor bottles with the fuel purchased for his SUV.

Acknowledging the tendency, another social leader preferring anonymity, admitted that he had purchased extra stocks in view of the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.

“Now when entertaining guests with superior brands of liquor had become a fashion we purchased extra stocks as supporters of various candidates will be visiting our home and office during the coming days. We do not find anything wrong in making hay when the sun shines,” argued the leader maintaining that he had purchased different brands from different vendors during the past two days.

Perusal of records further revealed that cases were registered under the Excise Act at various police stations of the region. Almost all NGOs were asked to hunt for people purchasing and carrying allegedly illegally purchased stocks.



Slum kids release book related to Gurbani
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
Drifting away from the league, writer Dr Kulwinder Kaur Minhas got her book released from children living in the slums. ‘Anmol Mankeyian Di Mala’ is her eleventh book and she thought of getting it released from kids which belong to the downtrodden society.

“The book is a compilation of good thoughts about life, death and true life extracted from Gurbani. While compiling the book I came across a thought by Guru Nanak Dev ji which says that God lives in every creature be it rich or poor. People belonging to downtrodden society may be poor but they are not poor at heart,” said Dr Minhas.

“My previous books were released by political and religious personalities but this time I wanted to be close to humanity. So, I got it released from the slum children. After interacting with the children in the slums, I came to know that some of them were very enthusiastic about their studies and a few got inspired from me and decided to become a writer,” Dr Kulwinder Kaur said.

“One can achieve success and higher goals in life by implementing these ideas. Every moment of my life is dedicated to literature and I believe in shaping my life by following what great people have to say,” Dr Kulwinder Kaur Minhas added. 



Youth spread social awareness via street plays
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, April 2
Street plays spreading awareness to curb drug addiction were staged by youth at Doraha recently.

A play entitled ‘Sarhaddan Hor Ve Ne’ directed by Dr Sompal Heera was staged at the Railway Road in Doraha. The play gave a message to the modern day youth, who rather than channelising their energies towards constructive purposes, have fallen into the deep trench of drugs. The play concluded with a moral that it is high time for youngsters to realise that life is a golden gift given to them by the Almighty and they should make the best of every opportunity that comes in their way.

Another play titled ‘Koi Deo Jawab’, based on Gurdial Dalal’s story ‘Anhi Gali Da Morh’, was staged by the artistes of Kala Kariti, Patiala, under the directorship of Parminder Kaur. It highlighted how wrong company corrupts a man and leads him towards destruction.

Master Pawan Kumar Kaushal said enactment was the best medium to spread a message to the public. “The audience is purged when it witnesses those acts happening in front of their eyes which are related to its day-to-day life. Thus such presentations, carries an everlasting appeal on their minds,” he added.

Pritam Singh Jaggi, a local resident, said, “The political leaders rather than giving lengthy speeches should try to deploy such ways and means through which people can practically learn. Moreover, the impression should be such that has the capacity, not only to transform their beings, but their perverted mental thinking as well.” 



NGOs, hospitals observe World Autism Awareness Day
Tribune News Service

Interactive session on autism awareness in progress at Hyatt Regency in Ludhiana
Interactive session on autism awareness in progress at Hyatt Regency in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, April 2
World Autism Awareness Day was observed by different hospitals and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Ludhiana today.

Hyatt Regency joined hands with Darpan, a registered NGO in Ludhiana, to create awareness on World Autism Awareness day. An interactive session was held at Hyatt Regency, Ludhiana. Niranjan Kumar, general secretary, Darpan, delivered a lecture on Autism which was attended by employees and associates of the Hyatt Regency.

Kumar said, “As an NGO we have taken the initiative to serve the needs of children suffering from autism and their families in north India.”

Meanwhile, SPS Apollo Hospital also observed the seventh Annual World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) today. Public awareness programme was conducted in the form of a painting competition for staff and lectures were delivered by specialists.

Dr Gurpreet Singh Kochar, senior consultant and peadiatric neurologist, stressed that public awareness was essential to understand millions of autistic people, who go to schools, shops, public offices and on public transport every day. “It is also the first step towards greater support from governments to uphold their rights as citizens with a disability,” he said.



Singer Diljit Dosanjh comes calling to city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
Singer-actor Diljit Dosanjh was in the city for the promotion of his upcoming Punjabi movie titled ‘Disco Singh’. Giving details, the actor said the movie was based on the story of a struggling singer who forms a music band titled after the movie.

Diljit said, “This is an entirely different movie from the ones I have done so far, as it contains a lot of drama quotient as well.”

Directed by Anurag Singh, the movie has seven songs of which he has sung five and others have been sung by Kamal Khan and Sunidhi Chouhan. The movie has been shot at different locations, including New Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida and Hyderabad.

The Punjabi singer added that there was a need for making movies on different subjects to add variety to Punjabi cinema, he said.

Other actors in the movie include Surveen Chawla, who is the female lead of the movie, along with Upasna Singh, Apoorva Arora, BN Sharma, Karamjit Anmol, Chandan Prabhakar and Manoj Pahwa. The movie will release on April 11. This is the first in-house production of PTC. Diljit interacted with his fans at Lodhi Club and regaled youngsters with his performances at the PCTE Group of Institutions and PAU. 



Mayor cancels meeting with contractors at last minute
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
A meeting of officials and contractors called by Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohlwaria at 11 am today, reportedly to review the developmental works being carried out in the city, was cancelled at the last moment keeping in mind the model code of conduct.

Officials of the civic body had informed the contractors about the meeting last evening.

Today, however, when they reached the Zone D office, where the meeting was scheduled to be held, they were told the meeting had been cancelled.

One of the contractors said the meeting was called to review the developmental works going on in the city. Besides, the controversy surrounding the use of substandard material could have been another issue of discussion, said the contractor.

Spokesperson for Congress councillors Parminder Mehta said meetings on developmental works could not be convened when the poll code was in force.

"We were surprised when we got to know the Mayor had convened a meeting of contractors and officials,” said Mehta.



Beer’s minimum sale price goes up
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
With the onset of summers, the consumption of beer increases. This year, however, people will have to shell out more as the cap on minimum sale price of beer has been increased.

With the implementation of the new excise policy yesterday (beginning of the new financial year), the price of beer has gone up Rs 10. The minimum sale price (MSP) of light beer has been fixed at Rs 75, which last year stood at Rs 65. The MSP of strong beer, meanwhile, has been raised to Rs 80 from Rs 70.

"The department has fixed the MSP, while there is no cap on the maximum retail price (MRP). There has been an increase of Rs 10 in the price of both strong and light beer," said Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner Amrit K Gill.

Questioning the policy, Kulwinder Singh, a resident, said: "There is a huge gap between the MRP and the MSP. Contractors unanimously decide the MRP and presently beer is being sold in the city for between Rs 100 to Rs 120. There should be a cap on the MRP, instead of the MSP."

Meanwhile, the Excise Department has reduced the monopoly in the trade by increasing the number of groups operating the state's liquor business from 245 to almost 500. It hopes that competition will cut down the retail price.

The price at which liquor will be sold for functions at marriage palaces has also been fixed. If any consumer is charged higher, the retailer will have to pay a fine of Rs 1 lakh for first offence, which will be doubled if repeated. The third offence will lead to cancellation of the licence.



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Dr Sanjeev Gupta, senior consultant, neuro surgery, addresses a press conference in Ludhiana on Wednesday
Dr Sanjeev Gupta, senior consultant, neuro surgery, addresses a press conference in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Indeerjeet Verma

Jatinder Pal Singh Bedi has been appointed as the chairman of the Beopar cell of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC). This was stated by Partap Singh Bajwa, president Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee.

Spine OPD services in city

Max Super Speciality Hospital in association with Lifeline Hospital brings neurological brain and spine OPD services in the city at Lifeline Hospital. The hospital will be holding neuro-surgery OPD for brain and spine disorders at Lifeline Hospital on every first Wednesday of the month. Dr Sanjeev Gupta, senior consultant, neuro surgery, Max Hospital, will be examining the patients. The first OPD was conducted on Wednesday and the next is scheduled on May 7. Dr Gupta said Punjab had observed an alarming increase in neurological cases even among the younger age-groups.

Ortho check-up camp held

Rotary Club, Ludhiana Greater, organised a free ortho check-up camp at Gurdwara Dhan Pothohar, kocar market. The camp was inaugurated by Dr Sanjeev Uppal (Head of Department of Plastic Surgery, DMCH) and Dr Rajanbir Singh Thind, president of the club. The patients were examined by Dr Mohd Yamin (Head of Department of Orthopedics and Joint Replacement, DMCH). More than 185 patients took the benefit of the camp.

Hospital gets accreditation

RG Stone and Super Specialty Hospital became the first Safe–I accredited hospital in Ludhiana. This claim was made by the hospital authorities. The certification is awarded to RG Stone by the National Accreditation Board of Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) on the basis of the implementation of Infection control practices and protocols. The Medical Superintendent of RG Stone, Dr Chan Bir Singh, said the hospital enrolled for this programme eight months ago. From enrolling to finally getting the certificate it required a lot of hard work by all the consultants, nursing staff and other para-medical staff, including daily classroom trainings.

Hypertension clinic at DMCH

Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) will be launching Dr Mohinder P Sambhi Hypertension Chair and Clinic on April 4. The chair and clinic is being established under the research and development centre of DMCH.


SAD-BJP and Modi’s motive of coming to power in the forth coming Lok Sabha elections is to make India a super economic power of the world. This was said by Ashok Juneja, convenor economic cell (BJP) Punjab and former chairman of Ludhiana Improvement Trust, at a meeting of the party at his office on Wednesday. Besides, modes and measures were discussed at length, that how the SAD-BJP alliance could win all the seats of Punjab and Chandigarh and what was to be done for landslide victory of Manpreet Ayali in Ludhiana.


The renovated gymnasium at Lodhi Club was inaugurated on Wednesday. Deputy Commissioner Rajat Agarwal inaugurated the new extended and renovated gymnasium and club library. Members of the club said the latest machines and equipments had been installed in the new gymnasium. Summer swimming sessions have also been started at the club.


Sewa Singh Chowhan has been appointed as a member of National Khadi and Village Industries Board of the state. Earlier, he has served as ex-vice president Khadi Board, Punjab. Chowhan has been appointed as a ‘special invitee’ for a period of three years. — TNS



Seven vehicle thieves arrested, 12 two-wheelers recovered
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
With the arrest of seven persons, the city police today claimed to have busted a gang of vehicle thieves. The police, reportedly, recovered 12 stolen two-wheelers from their possession.

The accused have been identified as Balwinder Singh, Rinku, Raj Kumar, Anthony, Pardeep Kumar, Kuldeep Singh and Raju Yadav. They were arrested from different parts of the city following a raid, the police said.

Balwinder and Rinku, reportedly, were arrested from Dugri area following a tip-off. During their interrogation, the two revealed they were running a gang of vehicle thieves.

Following the information, the police arrested five more persons and recovered the stolen motorcycles.



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