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Man bobbitised, right hand chopped off
22-yr-old Assamese native found lying in a pool of blood at Tibba Road in the wee hours
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 3
In a gruesome incident, the right hand and genitals of a 22-year-old Assamese native were chopped off by unidentified assailants at the Tibba Road here today.

The man was found lying unconscious in a pool of blood on the roadside, near a dharamsala, in the wee hours.

Upon receiving information, investigating officer inspector Harwinder Singh along with his team arrived at the spot. The ambulance was immediately summoned.

The victim was rushed to the Civil Hospital in a critical condition as the attack has caused huge blood loss. The police found tickets and a diary from his pocket

Investigation has revealed that the victim works at a factory unit in the city.

Inspector Singh said, “We found train tickets and a diary from the victim’s pocket. We’ve informed his relatives in Assam. They will be reaching the city soon. Prima facie it appears that the victim had returned to the city to rejoin work and was attacked at Tibba Road.”

The investigating officer, however, ruled out robbery to be the motive behind the attack.

“We found money in the victim’s pocket. Had it been a robbery case, the money would have been stolen,” added the inspector.

The police suspect that more than four persons are involved in the attack. “It appears the victim’s genitals were clinically removed. The expertise with which the entire procedure was carried out, more than four persons could be involved,” added inspector Singh.

The police have initiated an investigation to nab the culprits behind the gruesome attack. Meanwhile, the victim’s statement could not be recorded as he was still unconscious.

Gory tale

The Assamese youth was found unconscious lying in a pool of blood on the roadside, near a dharamsala. Tickets and a diary were recovered from the victim’s pocket. The police have ruled out robbery to be the motive behind the attack. The money in the victim’s pocket was intact. The police also suspect that the victim’s genitals were clinically removed.


lok sabha elections
4 candidates file nominations
Anupam Bhagria

Ludhiana, April 3
As many as four candidates filed their nomination papers at the Mini Secretariat today. The candidates included Sukhvinder Singh Sekhon CPI (M) candidate for the Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat, Amarjit Mattu of CPI (M), Independent candidate Rajinder Singh and Muhammad Naseem Ansari from the New All India Congress Party.

Rajat Aggarwal, District Electoral Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, said, “We received the nomination papers of four candidates. We issued them notices for not filling some columns in the forms and not attaching certain documents. The nominations will be scrutinized on April 10 at the office of the Returning Officer.”

At around 2 pm, CPI (M) candidate Sukhvinder Singh Sekhon arrived at the Mini Secretariat along with Charan Singh Virdi, State Secretary of CPI (M); Sunit Chopra, Central Committee Member; Vijay Mishra, constituency in charge and DP Maur, Assistant Secretary of the Ludhiana unit of the CPI (M).

Earlier, Sekhon addressed a rally near the bus stand.

Meanwhile, the last day for filing the nomination papers is April 9.

However, there will be no nominations on April 6 and April 8 due to public holidays. The names can be withdrawn on April 12 till 3 pm.



Absence of single window system troubles us: Phoolka
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 3
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Ludhiana, HS Phoolka, today met Deputy Commissioner (DC) Rajat Aggarwal at the latter’s office. The main issue that Phoolka raised was the “absence of a single window system” that was to come up for the candidates to seek permission.

“As the AAP follows the Model Code of Conduct, the absence of a single window system causes problems for us,” Phoolka told the DC.

Later, Phoolka visited Darpan School for autistic children at Gurdev Nagar. “It is disheartening to see that despite the Right to Education Act, children with special needs are turned away from schools in Ludhiana. These children have the Constitutional Rights like others. Any discrimination will not to be tolerated,” said Phoolka.

He claimed that the AAP is committed to the cause of special children and their needs. 



Health Dept collects food samples from bus stand 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 3
Following complaints about unhygienic food being sold at the bus stand, the District Health Department collected eight food samples from the premises today.

The Council of Right to Information (RTI) Activists had filed a complaint with the department in this regard.

As per information, the department officials collected samples of tomato sauce, patties, curd, cooked dal, aloo chana, popcorn, petha and bhujia from different stalls at the bus stand.

“Samples of various foods were collected by us. We had received several complaints about unhygienic food being sold on the premises,” said Dr Abnash Kumar, District Health Officer.

Rohit Sabharwal, president, Council of RTI Activists — who had filed a complaint with the Health Department — said, “Vendors sell unhygienic and adulterated food here. It is unfit for human consumption.”

“Despite being adulterated, the vendors sell food items at high rates. There is no concern for the health and safety of the masses,” he added.

Meanwhile, the officials also collected food samples from Daresi. These included samples of sauce, faluda, carbonated water and ice-cream.



Swindler dupes youth of Rs 20,000
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 3
A swindler posing as a bank official allegedly duped two youths and fled with Rs 20,000 here today. The duo was carrying the money to deposit it in a bank at Brown Road near the Civil Hospital.

The victim Gabbi Hussain (19) and his brother, residents of Islam Gunj, had gone to the bank to deposit the cash.

An unidentified man posing as a bank official approached them and offered to help them deposit the money.

Hussain handed him the money and within minutes the swindler fled from the scene. Sensing trouble, Hussain immediately informed the police.

Meanwhile, fearing a rebuke by his parents, Hussain and his brother allegedly staged a snatching drama.

However, during police investigation, the duo confessed that they staged a snatching drama to cover-up their mistake of handing the money to the conman. 



MC official ‘ignores’ orders of higher-ups?
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Illegal buildings being constructed in Zone A, Ludhiana.
Illegal buildings being constructed in Zone A, Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph 

Ludhiana, April 3
Even as the Additional Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, had brought to the notice of the MC official concerned about two illegal buildings being constructed near the Zone A office, “the official failed to address the issue”.

The two illegal buildings are almost nearing completion.

The ATP Zone A, Harpreet Ghai, “did not act on the orders of the higher-ups,” thereby resulting in the two illegal structures coming up outside the MC office. The two buildings are constructed near the Mata Rani Chowk on 200 sq yard and 350 sq yard, respectively.

Besides, both the commercial buildings have constructed six floors (each), covering 100 per cent and 90 per cent of area, respectively.

As per MC rules, one can do with 65 per cent of the ground-coverage. However, both the buildings don’t have any parking space.

“Equivalent car space has to be provided outside commercial buildings but no parking space has been left. Besides, six floors have been constructed in both the buildings, which is in violation of the building bylaws,” said an MC official on the condition of anonymity.

The official said the violation had been brought to the notice of the ATP Zone A, but nothing had been done till date.

Isha Kalia, Additional Commissioner, MC, said, “I had asked ATP Zone A to check the status of the buildings and submit a report.”

“Later, I got the additional charge of ADC (D) and could not do much in the issue,” added Kalia.

Meanwhile, ATP Zone A could not be reached for comments. 

Illegal constructions

The two buildings are constructed near the Mata Rani Chowk on 200 sq yard and 350 sq yard, respectively.

Besides, both the commercial buildings have constructed six floors (each), covering 100 per cent and 90 per cent of the area, respectively.



Pilot dies of bullet injury
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 3
A pilot succumbed to a bullet injury during routine shooting practice at the Air Force Station, Halwara, today.

The deceased pilot was identified as Shrikant Mudgi.

Army spokesperson Naresh Vig confirmed the incident and said a court of inquiry had been ordered to probe the matter.

Vig said the incident took place at 7:30pm. He refused to divulge further information. 



Placement agency’s owner held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 3
The Dholewal Police today raided a placement agency and arrested its owner for allegedly duping scores of youths to the tune of lakhs of rupees on the pretext of providing them government jobs.

Nirmal Singh Sidhu —owner of the agency situated near the Samrala Chowk — has been arrested. The raid was carried out following orders of Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal.

While giving details, the DC and Chief Agricultural Officer Bakhshish Singh Chahal said, “The accused recently placed an advertisement in a vernacular daily, inviting applications for various posts in the agricultural department.”

Taking a serious note of the anomaly, DC Aggarwal brought the matter to the notice of Kahan Singh Pannu, Secretary State, Agricultural Department.

The police have sealed the bank accounts of the accused.



Mid-day meal programme
Edu Dept’s initiative proves futile 
Helpline launched for feedback is lying defunct due to shifting of office
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 3
The initiative of the Education Department to get feedback from parents and teachers regarding the ongoing mid-day meal programme in government schools proved unproductive as the helpline number flashed by the department for giving feedback was not working at present.

The department had introduced a 24-hour helpline number for complaints and suggestions from the parents and teachers. The helpline number (0172-6541673) of the head office has been flashed on website of the department. The same helpline number has also been mentioned in the Annual Work Plan and Budget report of the mid-day meal programme.

The Mid-Day Meal Society, Punjab, which runs under the Punjab School Education department, is a competent authority to address the issues and complaints.

“I have some suggestion regarding the mid-day meal programme going on in government schools. I searched the helpline number on internet. But when I dialed the number, the automatic machine responded that the number does not exist. It is unfortunate that the helpline number is lying defunct. So, where can one give feedback or complaint about the mid-day meal programme?” asked a teacher of a government school.

When contacted, district manager, Tarsem Lal Banga informed that his mobile number has been allotted as the helpline number in the district. “I am not aware about any such helpline number regarding the mid-day meal. But the teachers and parents can contact me on my number,” he said.

Prabhcharan Singh, general manager of the society said, “The helpline is out of service due to the shifting of office. The contact numbers are yet to be shifted. We will shift the same number at the new building. The helpline will be revived soon.” 



from schools
Graduation ceremony

Ludhiana: Nursery students of Nightingale Senior Secondary School, Shimlapuri, have been graduated to primary section. All the students were awarded graduation certificates. On this occasion, a quiz competition, drawing competition and poem recitation competition were organised. The director and principal of the school congratulated the students for their success.

Hawan ceremony

To seek the blessings of the Almighty for the growth of the school and students, a hawan ceremony was performed at Tagore Public School to begin the new session. All the rituals were performed and the students joined in offering their prayers to the Almighty for the well being of the school and their best results which in turn will prove beneficial to the students in their overall development. Prasad was distributed among them.

Salad making competition

Khanna: Enthusiastic youngsters of Green Grove Public School, Mohanpur, Khanna, showcased their skills in the inter-class salad, snack and drink making competition. Satinderjeet Kaur Jolly, chairperson of the school, presided over the function. Snacks, shakes and variety of salads along with drinks were prepared by the students from Classes III to X, which were garnished and presented in a unique manner. Also, a special PowerPoint presentation on dining etiquettes and nutritious value of salads was also shown to the students.

Students welcomed

Phillaur: DRV DAV Centenary Public School, Phillaur, organised a ‘vedic hawan’ to commemorate the very first day of the new academic session and to seek blessings of the Almighty for bright future of the students and tremendous development of the institution. Students from Nursery to Class XII participated in it. Prasad was distributed among the students and staff members. Yogesh Gambhir, principal of the school, extended his warm welcome to the new students and encouraged them to work hard. — TNS



from colleges
Intenational students’ fest concludes

Ludhiana: The 10-day long International Students’ Fest concluded with a gala rejoicing amidst singing, dancing, fashion shows, drum playing, short presentations, documentaries and finally a grand dinner. HE Bothata Tsikoane, High Commissioner, The Kingdom of Lesotho, accompanied by Phillimon Ranthimo, secretary from The High Commission in New Delhi, were the guest of honour on the occasion. This is nineth visit of any ambassador at the PCTE.

HE Bothata Tsikoane said, “I have visited many international events in past but the kind of diversity displayed at PCTE is simply amazing.” Ambassador further stressed on the need of possible collaboration with the Government of Lesotho and PCTE, so as to build bright opportunities in education system. In the festival, foreign and Indian students played games, including soccer, cricket, volleyball, basketball and pool. In the finale, foreign students displayed their talent through fashion show, dramatics, music, dance etc, and documentary of their respective countries showing their culture and rich heritage was also shown on the occasion. Dr KNS Kang, director general, PCTE Group of Institutes, said PCTE has 184 odd international students from different countries such as Macedonia, Kyrgyzstan, Namibia, Burundi, South Sudan, Bhutan, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Afghanistan, Cameroon, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Lesotho, Angola, Nigeria, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo and exchange students from France, who are studying in different courses at PCTE.

MBA students outshine in PU exams

Students of Masters in Business Administration Commerce and Information Technology (MBACIT), Semester I, of the MTSM College for Women outshone excellent performance in December 2013 examinations conducted by Panjab University, Chandigarh. This professional course has always brought laurels to the college with excellent results. The overall result was 100 per cent. Principal Dr Parveen Kaur Chawla congratulated the students and wished them success in the future too. She also expressed appreciation to the staff for their efforts. — TNS



Non-release of grants to aided colleges
Mgmt Federation to move court
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, April 3
The Management Federation of aided colleges of Punjab has decided to move to the court as a total of 136 private aided colleges of all the three universities, including Panjab University, Punjabi University and Guru Nanak Dev University, have not received any grant for the past nine months even towards the end of the financial year.

Jaswant Singh Gill, general secretary, Private Aided Colleges Management Federation said, “Also, the colleges were instructed not to charge any fees from the SC students and that the government shall reimburse the same but the year has ended and no such concession has arrived yet. The scholarships for the SC students still elude them. The Punjab Government has failed to reimburse the leave-encashment and gratuity to the retirees.”

“If the state government is least bothered even during the elections, is there any scope for it to think any better during the non-election times. It is height of callousness and laxity on the part of any government. We fail to understand that when 100 per cent amount has been released by the centre and the Punjab Government has practically nothing to pay from its own pocket, where is the hitch after all?”asked SC Sanwalka, president, Private Aided Colleges Management Federation.

“The Punjab Government has proved to be a total failure. The tall claims of giving education the top priority have ended up in a fiasco. The promised scholarships and assured concessions have not arrived even after a long wait of a whole year. The college staff is without salary for the past nine months since no grants have been released,” said Dr SP Singh, former Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

“In such a case, we have no other choice but to move to the court and make the government pay to us forcibly if not by agitations by the Panjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union and various representations of the Management Federation and Principals’ Unions,” he added.

Official Speak

The Punjab Government has proved to be a total failure. The tall claims of giving education the top priority have ended in a fiasco. The promised scholarships and assured concessions have not arrived even after waiting for the whole year. The college staff is without salary for the past nine months since no grants have been released.
— Dr sp singh, former vice-chancellor, gndu, amritsar



Treat for art, fashion lovers under one roof 
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 3
An exhibition titled ‘Art and Fashion Fiesta’ was organised by Shweta Gupta at Artistry Art Studio today.

Fashion and art both are very creative and the idea of bringing fashion, art and their fusion to experience was for the more refined fashion and more stylish art, said Shweta. The exhibition was a treat both for fashion lovers and art enthusiasts, she added.

Artist Picky Bindra displayed her collection of hand-painted clutches. The collection had paintings of various themes and colours. Bindra said the hand-painted clutches were covered with a protective coating to make them last for long.

Kanika Dhanda from the studio exhibited her oil paintings. Apart from that, she also exhibited gift items that were especially hand-painted and had miniature oil paintings as part of the products.

A collection of Indo-western outfits was displayed by designer Sukhmeet. She said it was titled feather collection, and were designed using feathers. The collection was inspired from Parisian collection, she said. Shanu Sharma exhibited her collection of chocolates. “A tastefully done collection had unique flavours such as chili etc,” she said.

“It was great to see fashion and art come together. It was a truly aesthetic feel and experience of a true visual feel. Although art remains confined to canvasses, but it was great that hand-painted products and fashion accessories were on display,” said one of the visitors at the exhibition. Aanchal Gupta said she had never seen such a collaboration of art and fashion earlier and more such collaborative ventures should be organised for exchange amongst both art and fashion followers as well as designers.



pau notes
Foreign delegates apprised of agro tips

Ludhiana: A delegation from Kenya, Liberia and Malawi acquired in-depth knowledge about the Punjab agriculture during their two-day visit to the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU).

The delegation, led by Dr Vijay Intodia, assistant director, National Institute of Agricultural Marketing, Jaipur, appreciated the research and technology transfer programmes of PAU. The delegation visited Field Fresh Foods Private Limited, Ladhowal, on Thursday. The visit was organised by the Department of Processing and Food Engineering, PAU. Gagandeep Singh from Field Fresh Foods apprised the delegation of the state-of-art infrastructure, pack house, production farm, greenhouses and net-houses available with the industry and practices followed by them for export purpose. Dr PPS Lubana, Dean, College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, said the visit will be highly useful to the participating delegates. The PAU experts educated the visiting members about newly developed technologies, marketing of farm produce, conservation of natural resources and agro-processing. The delegation members appreciated the scientific know-how of innovative farming gained during their visit to PAU and said that they would apply this knowledge upon their return to their respective countries for the growth of agriculture. — TNS



fatehgarh sahib votes 2014
Voters demand assurance from candidates
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 3
Upgradation of local town to subdivision level, construction of a railway over-bridge and an education institute for higher studies are the major demands of the residents.

Office bearers of various social and trade organisations fighting for rights of the people have made up their mind to extend conditional support to candidates contesting election for Fatehgarh Sahib Constituency. Local political leaders are no exception to the tendency.

Residents led by SS Jain Sabha president and BJP district vice-president Vinod Jain said representatives of successive union governments had failed to come true to expectations of local residents. What to talk of modernization and urbanization the administration has failed to provide facilities required for dignified life, he added.

“Major reason behind the unconcern of earlier representatives was that local leaders had no direct liaison with them (MPs). This time we have decided to remove middlemen and had directly talked to the candidate launched by our party and will not hesitate in launching a protest against him if he betray the public after the election," said Jain.

Former president of municipal council Ravinder Puri and former councillor Bimal Sharma said they had agreed to join campaign of SAD- BJP candidate Kulwant Singh after he (Singh) assured that long pending demand of a railway over-bridge will be taken up on priority.

Acknowledging that demands of the town had remained unfulfilled due to unconcern of regional leaders in the past, Jatinder Kumar Bhola ,former president, municipal council and Ravinder Aggarwal, office bearers of local units of the Congress said they too had taken up local issues with the party nominee Sadhu Singh Dharamsot.

"Unlike earlier election campaigns, this time we had talked directly to the nominee and members of his family who assured that due importance will be given to local issues," claimed Bhola and Aggarwal.

Residents led by patron of Social Welfare Organisation Tarsem Garg lamented that candidates and their supporters had been betraying local residents by making false promises prior to election every time and then forgetting after winning election. Residents alleged poor sewage system and frequent traffic jams at level crossings had made the town hell and poor residents have to shuttle between distant cities and local town as majority of the public government offices were situated there. Town had no government college or high school. 



Independent candidate not able to file nomination
Tribune News Service

Gurbax Singh Middha shows his voter ID card.
Gurbax Singh Middha shows his voter ID card. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, April 3
Gurbax Singh Middha, general secretary, Indian National Democratic Party and an Independent candidate for Ludhiana Loka Sabha seat could not file his nomination here today due to non-availability of his name in the voter list of area.

According to Middha, he visited Deputy Commissioner's Office for filing his nomination. He said, "A certificate mentioning my name in the voter list was required to fill the nomination. I visited the office concerned to get the certificate. The officials informed that my name is not in the voter list".

Gurbax Singh Middha, a resident of Model Town Extension, Dugri Road, has a voter ID card for last 15 years, said he is a regular voter and used to cast his vote in every election.

"Last year, a political leader got my name deleted from the voter list using his influence. I have filled the forms again to get my voting right. But I got astonished when I found that again my name is missing from the list", said Middha.

Sukhdev Singh Bhangu, election tehsildar said, "Now the last date for applying the new vote or objection is over.

He is unable to file nomination. We will initiate enquiry only if we get any complaint regarding removal of his name from voter list."



Administration gears up for polio drive in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 3
Pulse polio drive will be held from April 6 to 10 in the city. Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Baldev Singh conducted a meeting in this regard to make the pulse polio drive a success.

While addressing the meeting, ADC said although World Health Organization (WHO) has declared India polio-free but people should not take this disease casually and should know that disease can re-lapse in the country.

Addressing the meeting today district immunization officer, Dr Sanjeev Hans said polio drive will be carried out in every city and village and each and every house will be covered during the drive. Pakistan and Afghanistan are still fighting with polio and the fear transmission of the disease lurks upon India," added Dr Hans.

ADC said the polio drives will be continued in the country and people should also be made aware not to adopt a causal approach towards polio after India being declared "polio-free". Kids in the age group 0-5 years should be administered polio drops.

He further said that all the slums, brick kilns, bus stands and other public places will be covered during the drive. He also directed the ayurvedic doctors to supervise the pulse polio drive in their respective regions.

During the drive, urban, rural and children of migrants will be covered. For carrying out the drive successfully 1,579 teams had been formulated, 99 mobile teams and 67 transit teams.

ADC further appealed to all the departments and non-government organizations to keep a strict vigil on the pilgrims going to Pakistan and every kid going to the neighbouring country should be administered polio drops before he/she leaves the country so that there is little possibility of them contacting with the virus during their stay there consequently spreading it here after their return.



SAD-BJP mobilise voters
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 3
The activists of SAD-BJP alliance held several meeting at separate locations to mobilise the voters in favour of Manpreet Singh Ayali, candidate of alliance from Ludhiana Lok Sabha Constituency. A meeting was held at Madhopuri Chowk near Islamia School. Large number of Akali -BJP workers gathered under the leadership of Davinder Jaggai, councilor, Ward No 20.

Another election meeting led by Sumit Malhotra, councilor, Ward 21, was held in Bajwa Nagar. Satpal Gosain, former cabinet minister said there is a nation-wide wave of Narinder Modi. The public has already decided to remove the Congress led UPA government. He said the local Manish Tewari never visited the constituency after his victory in the last Lok Sabha elections.

Meanwhile, some street level meetings were also by Surinder Kaur Diyal, president, Women Cell, SAD. Kulwinder Kaur Goga, chairperson of Nari Ekta Asara Organization also conducted door-to-door campaign. Surinder Kaur Diyal asked the residents to cast the vote for Manpreet Singh Ayali.

Meanwhile, Manpreet Singh Ayali and other Akali leaders also addressed several meetings.



BJP Morcha to celebrate BR Ambedkar’s birth anniversary
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 3
A function will be organised on the birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar by the district unit of the BJP SC Morcha.

On this occasion, a seminar will be organised in which the contributions made by Dr Ambedkar will be discussed.

A meeting in the regard was held by leaders Lakhwinder Singh and Manoj Chauhan. The morcha leaders said that rich tributes would be paid to Dr Ambedkar on his birth anniversary. 



PAN details of candidates under IT scanner
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 3
Income tax department is keeping its eyes and ears wide open to unearth discrepancies between the income declared by the candidates in their poll affidavits and income tax return filed by them. Permanent Account Number (PAN) is going to play an important role in detecting the same.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has asked the Election Commission to provide PAN details of candidates to check the financial antecedents.

The department will also look for fake PAN details by matching the same with the department's own database.

According to official sources the department will also compare the declarations made by the candidates in their poll affidavits with the income tax returns filed by them and PAN will be important when it comes to investigating a candidate's asset and income declarations in the poll affidavit.

Candidates with assets of over Rs 5 crore without a PAN card are set to come under the scanner of the department and Election Commission.

EC has also created an exclusive "Election Expenditure Monitoring Cell" while the Income Tax Department's investigation and intelligence units are also on the toes to check illegal funds and huge cash flows during the elections. Expenditure observer Kumar Aseem Vaibhav has already arrived in the city and is keeping a strict watch on the money spent by the candidates during elections.

This is part of a joint charter prepared by the Central Board of Direct Taxes and the Election Commission for scrutinising the poll affidavits of candidates contesting Lok Sabha elections.



Bains organises road show
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 3
During the road show of Simarjit Singh Bains, an independent candidate from Ludhiana Lok Sabha Constituency that started from railway station, leaflets appealing for the support to Bains were being distributed to anyone and everyone.

Some of the supporters also had the silhouetted pictures of Bains on their T-shirts with the tagline 'Assi Sare Bains Haa' (We all are Bains).

Not only were these stickers being distributed, but the stickers were being pasted on vehicles parked nearby as well, he said. The supporters were even pasting the promotional stickers with pictures of Bains on their shirts and backs of one another happily. Interestingly, the stickers were also pasted on the people standing by the enthusiastic supporters. Jugnu, one of the vendors at railway station got confounded when some supporter pasted a sticker on his shirt. When asked, he said he knew that these were for the election campaign, but had no idea who the candidate was, whose picture was on the sticker.



RTI official holds hearing
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 3
To hear bulk of appeals filed under the Right to Information Act (RTI), State Information Commissioner SP Singh came to the office of Municipal Corporation today.

The Commissioner conducted hearing of 20 such appeals today.

Talking to the Ludhiana Tribune, he said since there was large number of applications, he decided to hold the court at the MC. "I heard about 20 applications today. I will visit here tomorrow to clear the pending applications and then the cases will be decided accordingly," said SP Singh. 



Youth clubs to keep check on distribution of drugs 
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, April 3
With the aim of ensuring drugs and liquor free elections Sports and Youth organizations of Hathur area had declared to keep a check on the distribution of drugs and liquor during the coming elections.

The decision was taken during a meeting of Sports and Youth Welfare Clubs of more than dozen villages of the area. The representatives of more than 15 Youth and Rural Sports Clubs took part in the meeting.

The Youth and Sports Organisations also declared to boycott the political party found distributing drugs, liquor and money to the electorate during the general elections.

"We have decided to keep a check on distribution of drugs and liquor by the candidates and supporters of various political parties. It was also decided to boycott the political party which tries to attract the voters by distributing drugs, liquor and money during the elections," said Amarjit Singh, president of Hathur Youth Club.

According to Surjit Singh, president of Youth Welfare Club, different teams of volunteers will be formed to keep a check on distribution of drugs and liquor during the elections. We would also visit various villages to make the people aware against the distribution of drugs by political parties during elections, added he.

These organisations had also appealed to the people not to cast their votes to the parties distributing drugs or liquor during the elections to ensure drug-free elections. 



PAU bags winner’s trophy at sports meet 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 3
Participants representing the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) in the All-India Inter-Agricultural Sports Meet brought laurels to varsity by securing the overall first position at Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat (Assam), from March 24 to March 28.

The teams, including basketball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis (girls) and athletics won gold medal in their respective events. Athlete Tajinder Singh performed extraordinary by winning gold medals in discus throw as well as shot-put.

The Punjab Agricultural University Students’ Association gave a warm welcome to the winners. Speaking on the occasion, Karanvir Singh (president PAUSA) stated that participants revived the glorious history of the university as the students used to shine in the inter-agri and inter-university meets held in the past as well. “These participants have been practicing hard for several months,” said Karanvir Singh Sandhu, president, PAUSA.



Bittu slams SAD-BJP

Ludhiana, April 3
The Congress candidate from the Ludhiana constituency, Ravneet Singh Bittu, has alleged that due to the anti-industry policies of the SAD-BJP alliance, many units of the small-scale industry were closed down and others are on the verge of closure. He said the small-scale industry is the backbone of our economy and no state can overlook the interests of this industry.

Meanwhile, the Congress leaders led by Khanna legislator Gurkirat Singh Kotli kicked off door-to-door campaign from Dugri area of the Atam Nagar Vidhan Sabha constituency. Kotli said the area residents told him that they have been deprived of the basic facilities. “The roads of the area are in bad shape. — TNS



Religious fervour grips kitty parties
Tribune News Service

An attendant shows Navratra thali at a restaurant in Ludhiana.
An attendant shows Navratra thali at a restaurant in Ludhiana. photo: indetjeet verma

Ludhiana, April 3
Navratras fervour has taken over the residents of the city. People in the city had started taking to the Navratras food and thalis as part of the festivities.

Restaurants are also offering special Navratra thalis to make the most of the Navratras. A typical diet offered at restaurants includes puri, rice khichdi, aloo jeera, pakora, sabudana, papad, sweet curd and kheer. The use of garlic and onion is avoided.

Many people said Navratra food is also the special part of the Navratra festivities for them. "The whole day during the Navratras is about devotion. Having food feels great. Not only is the food healthy in its own way, but tasty as well," says Seema, a resident. Ruchi, a student said during Navratra she gives up non-vegetarian food and relishes the Navratra food.

Even though the contents of the Navratra food are quite simple, but some of the things like sabudana and papad are the things that I take only during these days of Navratras. So this food is quite unique for me, added another resident. During these days, having Navratra food and thalis is part of the prayers and worship for our family, he said.

Even kitty parties are being celebrated with the flavours of Navratras. "We had our kitty party and everyone wanted to have a Navratra thali. Having the thali added to the feeling of devotion," said Srishti, a resident. The great part of having Navratra food and thalis is that even while satisfying ones hunger, one feels the contentment of devotion, she said.

An attendant from a city restaurant said the Navratra thalis are selling well, and most of the groups coming for kitty parties order the special Navratra thalis.



Business News
Catch group plans expansion in Punjab

A company official from DS (Dharampal Satyapal ) Group addresses a press conference in Ludhiana.
A company official from DS (Dharampal Satyapal ) Group addresses a press conference in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana: A part of Rs 3,300 crore DS (Dharampal Satyapal ) Group, Catch salt and spices is set to expand its network, enhance its portfolio and break into newer markets. Catch has launched an international range of seasonings and flavoured salts- ‘Catch Miniz’, developed with recipes sourced from across the world.

Available in 9-in-1 pack, it is a premium product offering in portable and user-friendly packaging which can be used at home, outside and during travel. Speaking on the occasion, OP Khanduja, associate business head, Catch Foods, said the state of Punjab was an important market for the brand, contributing approximately 11 per cent to the total spice business in 2013-14. Khanduja added, “Catch salt and spices has shown a growth of about 23 per cent over the last financial year with a turnover of approximately Rs 300 crore. The brand has robust distribution network in Punjab with around 150 distributors and three CSA’s. The plan is to further increase this number to around 165 distributors. “We would like to take the Catch brand experience to a new level this year with a strategic 360 approach that will leave a long lasting impression of the brand amongst the consumers,” he said. Catch as a brand has always strived to offer the best to the consumers with regards to every aspect of the product. Therefore, celebrating the 100 per cent Indian woman’s match is the communication platform that Catch focuses on.

Chairman, vice-chairman for CII elected

Ajay Nayar and Neeraj Satija have been elected as the new chairman and vice-chairman, respectively, for the CII Ludhiana Zonal Council for the year 2014-15. Meanwhile, Amit Thapar will lead the CII Ludhiana City Development Core Group. Ajay Nayar holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from University of Kent, Canterbury, the UK. After completing his education, he joined his family business in 1987. Currently, Nayar is serving his organisation (FMI Limited) as the CEO. Neeraj Satija holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Edith Cowan University, Perth Western Australia. He is serving Hallmark Group as the director.

Seminar on Poka Yoke-Mistake Proofing

Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings conducted a one-day seminar on ‘Poka Yoke-Mistake Proofing’ at CICU Complex, Focal Point, in Ludhiana on Thursday. Avtar Singh, president, CICU, said in the present economic scenario, MSMEs were to be encouraged for raising talents and skills, which could lead them towards door of success in these challenging times. The participants will learn methods and procedures of Poka Yoke to be adopted in their organisations. He added that in this competitive scenario, the seminar would enable participants to deliver superior values and where to put in efforts to provide maximum gains for their companies. The programme was sponsored by Sangeeta Steel Corporation, Ludhiana, authorised distributor of Tata Steelium, CR Sheets and Coils. Upkar Singh Ahuja, general secretary, CICU, said consequent upon the increased globalisation of the Indian economy, MSME Sector was facing new challenges. This seminar made valuable contribution for the use of effective Poka Yoke skills for promoting participative management, fulfilling quality assurance, cost reduction and reliving workers of constant attention to worrisome problems, which are essential to compete, survive and prosper. — TNS



Two held with liquor
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 3
The police arrested two persons and recovered 150 boxes of liquor from their possession.

The accused were identified as Ravi and Honey, residents of Meharban, were arrested near Deepak Cinema today.

Ravi and Honey reportedly told the police that the liquor was not meant for elections.



2 cases of domestic violence reported
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 3
Two cases of domestic violence were reported in different parts of the city. In the first case, a 25- year-old girl from Patiala, who was recently married to a Shimlapuri resident, was found unconscious outside her house. She was rushed to civil hospital. Father of the victim said his daughter was subjected to domestic violence.

In the second incident, a woman married to a Daresi resident, was thrashed and thrown out of the house.

The injured woman was rushed to the hospital.



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