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Dowry devil
NRI ‘deserts’ wife
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
A bride was allegedly deserted by her NRI husband after her parents said a no to dowry. The girl's parents alleged that despite making repeated requests, the Sarabha Nagar police did not lodge an FIR against her husband and in-laws. Her father Gurmit Singh said his daughter Harjinder Kaur tied the knot with one Gurmit Singh Manchanda on December 1, 2013. But after a week, her in-laws started harassing her for dowry.

He stated that his son-in-law Gurmit Singh Manchanda was a permanent resident of Australia while his parents lived at BRS Nagar. "Against the rude behaviour meted out to my daughter, we got an FIR lodged at Paschim Vihar, New Delhi, on January 22, 2014, following which my son-in-law was not allowed to leave the country. Responding to the FIR, Harjinder's husband and in-laws went to Delhi, assuring us that they would accept the girl. Later, as per an agreement, we withdrew the FIR as the boy's family had to apply for my daughter's visa. The agreement was signed on February 19", said the father.

"On May 7, the FIR was quashed. The boy then left my daughter in Delhi and came back to Ludhiana. My wife called me up saying the boy had fled. We have been sitting outside the boy's house at BRS Nagar since last evening, but the family has locked the door. We know they are inside," lamented the father.

He said since morning, they had been making rounds of the Sarabha Nagar police station to get another FIR lodged against the boy/in-laws, but their statements were not being recorded and the police did not call anyone from the boy's side. Sarabha Nagar SHO said ASI, who had to interrogate the matter, had some work. The statements would be recorded in the evening," he said.



Flames engulf godown of Oswal Woollen Mill
Tribune News Service

Smoke billows out of the building on Daba Road in Ludhiana; and (below) a worker sprinkles water on the premises of a nearby fuel station on Saturday. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, May 10
A fire broke out at the godown of Oswal Woollen Mill on Daba Road this afternoon. A short circuit is stated to be the reason behind the inferno. No casualty has been reported. Scrap, newspapers and old bags lying in the godown were gutted. Sub Fire Officer Rajesh Kumar said 17-18 firefighters and four fire-fighting vans were pressed into service.

"It will take them three-four hours to douse the flames. There is a transformer near the wall of the factory and a short circuit in it could have led to the fire," said Rajesh Kumar.

The incident triggered panic as smoke engulfed the area. The fire was not controlled till the filing of the report.

Goods worth lakhs destroyed

Another fire broke at MG Rubbers in Kanganwal in the evening. Two fire brigades and more than 12 firefighters had to be rushed to the place to douse the flames.

Rubber tyres and tubes worth lakhs of rupees were destroyed in the fire. No casualty has been reported. It took firefighters more than an hour to control the fire. A short circuit is stated to be the reason behind the fire.

Rajesh, an employee of the fire department, said fire incidents were a routine occurrence during summer.



Nursing student killed in road accident in Khamano
Tribune Reporters

Khamano, May 10
A student of Kular Nursing College was killed after being hit by a tractor-trailer last night. The deceased was identified as Taranpreet Kaur (21), a resident of Hawara Kalan village. Her brother Inderveer Singh said Taranpreet was returning home on a two-wheeler. When she reached near the village, the tractor-trailer took a wrong turn and collided with the two-wheeler.

Inderveer, who was on a motorcycle, said the driver did not stop the tractor, killing his sister on the spot. When Inderveer cried for help, the driver fled. The body was handed over to the family after the autopsy. A case under Sections 279, 304A, 427 of the IPC has been registered against the driver.

One arrested with 40 grams of smack

Ludhiana: The police arrested one Vikram Singh and recovered 40-gram smack from his possession near Sherpur Chowk yesterday. The police said the accused was a labourer. A case under Sections 22, 61, 85 has been registered at the Focal Point police station.

42 bottles of liquor seized

The police recovered 42 bottles of liquor from Amit Kapoor and Dimple, both residents of Hargobind Nagar, during a naka yesterday. The accused confessed to have selling liquor at exorbitant rates. A case under Sections 61, 1, 14 (Excise Act) has been registered against the accused at the Salem Tabri police station.

Bag stolen

In his complaint, Sandeep Gupta, a resident of Mahavir Nagar, said a migrant labourer took away his bag containing Rs 1 lakh. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered.

Man killed

Machhiwara: A man was killed after his car collided with a tipper on Samrala Road in the wee hours of Saturday (see pic). The deceased was identified as Jai Pal Singh (42), a resident of Jalandhar. Machhiwara SHO Amardeep Singh said Jai Pal was going to Chandigarh to meet his children. The body was handed over to the family after the autopsy. A case under Sections 283, 304A and 427 of the IPC has been registered against the driver.



It’s amazing how they can speak right to our heart
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

A girl takes a look at a greeting card.
A girl takes a look at a greeting card. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, May 10
It is that time of the year when we look for a perfect gift for our comforting companion — our mother. With the passage of time, mother's preferences have also changed. Social networking sites have carved out a special place in their lives. Mothers are keen on uploading the latest happening on social sites. Komal, a parent, said she broke into a frenzy when her child started walking. She shared her joy by uploading the pictures of her baby on a site.

Earlier, it was not possible to share such things with friends, but now with the emergence of social media, they are able to share the joy of being a mother with friends and family.

"I keep taking pictures of my daughter and feel like sharing these with my friends. Social media has certainly added to the joy of sharing," said Raman, a resident.

Grown-ups have also started celebrating the festival. Many residents feel that Mother's Day and Father's Day reflect Indian values.

People say Mother's Day and Father's Day are western festivals, but there is nothing wrong in respecting parents and dedicating a day to them.

"The day must be celebrated and adopted by all cultural organisations as it reflects our values," said Anjali, another resident.

Greeting cards for mothers

Although greeting cards have been on the wane, children still make these to celebrate Mother's Day. They relate more to the idea of giving greeting cards as compared to adults who use the Internet and mobile apps, said Harneet, a schoolteacher.



Poll posters
Admn launches operation clean-up
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
The district administration is carrying out a cleanliness drive in the city. Posters and hoardings will be removed from different parts of the city. Isha Kalia, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), Ludhiana, said,"Yesterday, we met all candidates and asked them to help officials of the administration in removing the posters."

She said: "Students have also come forward to clean the city. They will join us on Monday."

Representatives of different political parties and residents have started cleaning their surroundings. AAP candidate HS Phoolka, who is in Varanasi, said,"My men are at work."

On May 2, Rajat Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, appealed to the candidates, NGOs and residents to help them remove hoardings and other election-related material scarring the city."

KK Bawa writes to ECI

KK Bawa, president of Desh Bhagat Yadgari Society, Punjab, has urged the Election Commission of India to ensure that a candidate bears the expenses of advertisements being telecast on television.



Police ensure security for farmers, agents in procurement season
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh/ Dehlon / Payal, May 10
The police have initiated preventive measures to ensure security of farmers and commission agents carrying heavy cash during the ensuing paddy season. Besides enhancing security near grain markets and branches of commercial banks, the police advised commission agents to minimise the movement of heavy cash by transacting business through cheques and other modes of electronic transfer.

Managers of various banks have been asked to advise their guards to be extra vigilant during the season and ensue that CCTVs work properly in and outside the bank branches.

ACP Gurpreet Singh Sikand and Balwinder Singh Bhikhi, DSP, Payal, said beat in-charges had been asked to enhance vigil at and around grain markets and branches of commercial banks falling under their respective areas. Farmers and commission agents had been advised to take preventive measures while transacting business through cash.

The circle officers claimed the extra alertness on part of all concerned would shatter sinister designs of miscreants who normally become active during the foodgrain procurement season.

As majority of farmers availing cash crop limits adjust their outstanding through cash during procurement season, extra precaution is required while moving the cash.

"Though enough security arrangements have been made for the safety and security of all concerned, co-operation of those carrying cash is utmost required," said Sikand adding SHOs at Sadar police station and Dehlon had been advised to persuade farmers to open accounts with banks of their choice so that proceeds could be transferred through cheques and other modes to their accounts.

Commission agents led by Surjit Gogna assured that the movement of cash will be minimised during the season.

Sikand said special teams had been constituted to patrol roads and streets leading to grain markets and branches of commercial banks situated in the region.

The bank managers were asked to enhance preventive vigilance at their branches. emergency alarms, CCTV cameras and weapons were checked for their functionality by the policemen.


College Notes
Annual prize distribution

Ludhiana: Malwa Central College of Education for Women, Civil Lines, organised annual prize distribution function today. Padam Shri Dr Surjit Pattar was the chief guest. Dr Naginder Kaur welcomed the guests and highlighted the achievements of the college during the session. He distributed prizes and exhorted students to work hard and wished them success. Prizes were awarded to M Ed, B Ed and polytechnic students for their achievements in academic, sports and co-curricular activities. Pritpal Singh Grewal, president, Gurdish Singh Grewal, secretary, Daljinder Singh, assistant secretary, and other members of Khalsa Dewan and principals of sister concerns were present on the occasion. Dr Surjit Pattar presented his poetical thoughts, which were given a musical touch by Dev Dildar.

National seminar

Faculty of Ayurveda and Research, Desh Bhagat University, organised a two-day national seminar ‘Ayurmanthan-2014’ on ayurvedic treatment, research and its importance in the present scenario. Eminent scholars, teachers and a large number of students from different parts of the country participated in the seminar. Dr Rakesh Kumar Sharma, director, Ayurveda, Punjab, was the chief guest. He lit the ceremonial lamp in front of Bhagwan Dhanwantri’s photograph and inaugurated the seminar. He said ayurveda is the mother of all medical sciences and there is a great need to conduct research about this discipline. He appreciated the initiative of the university and urged the ayurveda students to promote ayurveda among maximum number of people. Director, Faculty of Ayurveda and Research Dr. Kulbhushan Vashist welcomed all the guests. Speaking on the occasion, University Chancellor Dr. Zora Singh said that Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems that was developed thousands of years ago in our country.

Blessing ceremony

Blessing Ceremony was organised in the conference hall of the AS College for Women, Khanna. The occasion was presided over by college principal Dr Meenu Sharma. Outgoing classes of MA Hindi, MA Economics, MA Sociology and MSc Maths were given blessing on the occasion of farewell function. Principal Dr Meenu Sharma motivated the students to move ahead with selfless sririt, help each other and have dedication towards their work. Rakesh Goyal, president (AS High School Khanna Trust and Management Society, Khanna), Raj Kumar Sahnewalia (vice-president), Vijay Sharma (general secretary), Vikas Mehta (college secretary) sent their best wishes to the students for their forth coming examination.

Personality development

PIMT organised a free IPDC (Integrated Personality Development Course ) for the students of 12th class. This course covered the students of different regions such as Mandi Gobindgarh, Amloh, Sirhind, Sahnewal, Bijja, Sanghol, Manupur and Khanna. The main theme of the course is overall development of the students and thus includes classes in communication skills, basic computer skills, self grooming, web designing, self defense and yoga. Different recreational activities like antakshari, quiz and other games were also the part of program. All students participated actively and enthusiastically in the course.

City lad bags top position

Udit DhalI, a student of MBA third semester, University Business School, PU Regional Centre, Ludhiana, made the city proud. He stood first in Punjab University MBA IIIrd Semester Examination, the result of which was declared by the university recently. He secured 1549 marks out of 2000 marks. Dr HS Gosal, Director, PU Regional Centre, Ludhiana, said I am very happy on the achievement of students of my B-School. He said students are successfully carrying forward the legacy of academic excellence from previous batches. He said all this has become possible only because of the continuous hard work of the students and the faculty. Dr Gosal congratulated the students and the faculty of B- School on this achievement. He further said he and his faculty are committed to provide best quality education to the students. — TNS



Power tariff
Industry condemns proposed hike
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
The Fastener Manufacturer Association of India (FMAI) has condemned the decision of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) to hike power tariff. The association has urged the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister to intervene and issue instructions to the PSPCL to not only withdraw the hike, but also give relief to the industry, which is going through a crisis.

Association president Narinder Bhamra said, “In case the PSPCL fails to review its decision, the FMAI will go on an agitation along with other leading associations of Punjab. We will be forced to hold hunger strikes and dharnas to combat the tariff hike. The hike will also be challenged in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.”

Bhamra said it was unfortunate that instead of giving relief to the industry by reducing the tariff and waiving peak load hours, the PSPCL in connivance with the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) was proposing a tariff hike.

Bhamra said the association had raised the issue during a meeting with 
the PSERC chairman in February this year, but no heed was paid to the objections.

“Every year, power rate is increased arbitrarily and charged retrospectively, putting a huge burden on the industry,” he said.

The association has demanded the appointment of a retired Justice as the PSERC chairman.

Avtar Singh, president, Chamber of Industry and Commerce Undertaking (CICU), too, condemned the move of the PSPCL.

He said the unrealistic proposal was contrary to the tall claims of surplus power in the state announced by the PSPCL time and again.

Hiking power tariff every year to provide free electricity to farmers could not be justified as micro, small and medium-scale enterprises were also reeling under economic crisis, he said.

“All policies framed by the PSPCL are anti-industry and industrialists in Punjab are being supplied power at exorbitant rate as compared to other northern states,” said Avtar Singh

CICU general secretary Upkar Singh Ahuja urged the PSERC chairman not to allow the PSPCL to hike power tariff, which was bound to fuel inflation.



Ludhiana Scan
Awareness rally

In an event organised by Hindu Sikh Jagriti Sena, hundreds of students of Rajindra Model School took out an awareness rally against adulteration of milk. Praveen Dang and Ravinandan Sharma from the organisation said the milk with three per cent fat is being sold for Rs 45, whereas its price should not be more than Rs 25. They apealed to people to get milk testing machines in their localities and demanded that authorities should issue a helpline number for people to complaint against milk adulteration.

Talat Mehmood remembered

Asian Club International and Lions Club District 321 F today remembered the legendry hero and singer Padam Bhushan Talat Mehmood, on his 16th death anniversary. A musical program was organised for visually impaired and physically challenged students at Vocational Rehabilitation Training Centre, Hambran Road, under the leadership of Asian Club's founder Sukhminder and Navjeet Singh Chandok. The youngsters and children enjoyed the progarmme.

Effigy burnt

Several persons of the Dalit Samaj of the Khamano area today burnt the effigy of Baba Ramdev at main Chowk Khamano against his anti-Dalit remarks. A number of persons of the area led by BSP leader Rajinder Singh Raja raised slogans against Ramdev and flayed his remarks. The protesters demanded action against Ramdev and threatened that they will widen their struggle in the Dist. Fatehgarh Sahib in case of inaction against Ramdev. The protesters were also addressed among others by Jatinder Singh Barwali, president, BSP, Bassi Pathana. Meanwhile, Mohinder Singh Kalyan from SC/ST wing of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee said Yoga guru Baba Ramdev's comments that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi visits homes of Dalits for honeymoon and picnic have hurt Dalit community. He said SC/ST Wing of Punjab Congress demands that Punjab government and the Centre should take action against the Yoga guru under SC/ST Act. Effigy of Baba Ramdev was burnt at Jalandhar Bypass, he said. — TNS



Ban on Bullock cart races
Assn to file review petition
Our Correspondent

Samrala, May 10
A meeting was held under the banner of Malwa Doaba Bullock Association, Punjab, led by president Major Singh Kaddon and general secretary Nirmal Singh Nima Naulari. According to them they had won case from Punjab and Haryana High Court and they were not aware about any ban on these races by the Apex Court.

They decided that they will file review petition in the Supreme Court against the banning of these races and will even move petitions to the President of India to continue these races. They also declared that they will launch a crusade with the help of social and political parties and said they are ready to go to jails if needed to save these races.

In the meeting it was declared that the bullock cart races will continue in the state as there is no ban on bullock cart races. They also declared that they will oppose any ban on these races at all levels and will take all steps for the continuation of these races.

A number of race lovers participated in the meeting along with bullock carts. General secretary Nirmal Singh said the bullock lovers grew up their bullocks spending a heavy amount on them and they love the bullocks like their children. He said the ban on these races is injustice to them and they will oppose such decisions.

They said although the races of horses and other animals take place in several parts of the country but the banning of these races is injustice to Punjab bullock owners and lovers. They declared that they will intensify their struggle and will take part in these races at all places.



Four robbers held, one on the run
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, May 10
The Jagraon police have arrested four members of an alleged gang of robbers while another member of the gang manages to escape from the police. The police have also recovered a pistol along with 3 live cartridges and a large number of sharp edged weapons from the accused. The police have also impounded a jeep from the accused.

The accused have been identified as Satpal Singh, Satnam Singh (both residents of Moga), Sewa Singh and Gurpreet Singh (both residents of Chrik village in Moga district). The fifth accused who managed to escape from the police was identified as Sawaranjit Singh alias Sunny, a resident of Jagraon.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Surinder Kumar said the gang members were arrested from now disbanded Sugar Mill Jagraon past evening following a tip off. "An informer had passed on information to the police about the presence of some suspicious persons in the Sugar Mill. Following this, a police team lead by ASI Balwant Singh conducted raid at the mill and nabbed four gang members while fifth member of the gang managed to escape taking advantage of darkness.

The efforts to trace the fifth accused are on," said the DSP.

DSP said the members of the gang were planning to carry out a major robbery in the area.

The police have registered a case against all the accused at Jagraon city police station under various sections and further investigation is on. "During the preliminary investigation, the accused have confessed of executing many robberies in Jagraon and Moga areas," said ASI Balwant Singh.

Later on, all the accused were produced before a local court which sent them to two-day police remand.



Indian, Pakistani industrialists urge govts to open cycle trade
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
The PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry has urged the Indian and Pakistan governments to open trade of cycles between the two countries. Chamber's Ludhiana zone chairman Gurmeet Singh Kular discussed the matter with the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry president, Sohail Lashari, during a meeting presided over by Pakistan High Commissioner HE Abdul Basit. Pakistan Trade Minister Naeem Anwar and The Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairman M Khurshid Barlas also attended the meeting.

Both sides urged the governments to promote trade between the neighbouring nations, especially that of bicycle and its parts, which are in the negative list of Pakistan.

"In Pakistan, the roadster model of cycle costs Rs 6,500, which is available for Rs 3,000 in India. If bilateral trade in bicycles opens, Punjab will benefit the most as Ludhiana is the largest manufacture of bicycle and its parts. Also, with the city being located close to Wagah Border, freight charges will be very less as compared to money spent by exporters from China, Singapore and Dubai," said Kular.

The gathering also discussed the possibility of Indian bicycle and parts manufacturers organising an exhibition at Lahore or Karachi. Lashari invited the Indian manufacturers to visit Pakistan to explore business opportunities there. Chamber vice-chairman RS Sachdeva and regional director Dalip Sharma assured Lashari that they will arrange a delegation to Lahore and Rawalpindi in October this year to study the bicycle industry there.



Training in dairy farming begins
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
Dairy farming training for the farmers of Punjab was started in the Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana.

Dr RS Sahota, director, Extension Education, GADVASU, Ludhiana, said after getting training from the university, the unemployed youth can start their own enterprise, which on one hand can provide the needed employment and on the other hand bring diversification in agriculture. Dr JS Bhatti, head, Department of Veterinary Animal Husbandry Extension Education, interacted with the farmers and dealt with their queries. The farmers were advised to have proper planning in connection to land, funds and availability of loans.

Dr MP Gupta, technical coordinator of training course told that the farmers will be guided to make the green fodder available to their animals throughout the year. They will also be encouraged to make the concentrated feed at the farm itself. This will be ensured quality of the feed and it will be economical too. The farmers will be trained to differentiate between healthy and sick animals.

Role of regular vaccination, deworming and hygiene in prevention of diseases will be stressed. The first-aid methods for various ailments will be taught and practical demonstrations will be held. Tips for timely detection of heat, timely artificial insemination and care of pregnant and new born animals will be emphasised.



Finally, Jagraon gets fire tender
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, May 10
The long wait of Jagraon residents to have the fire brigade in the town finally ended with a fire tender arrived here. The residents say the arrival of the fire tender will help prevent the loss of property and human lives. In the absence of the fire brigade service, many people had suffered huge losses in recent fire incidents. Earlier, the fire brigade had to be called from either Ludhiana or Moga whenever any fire was reported in the area.

Residents led by various non-governmental organisations had organised several agitations to demand the fire brigade service for the town. In November last year, a local youth sat on a hunger strike for three days outside the municipal council office following a fire incident that killed some cattle heads.

Following this, the local administration stepped up efforts to procure a fire tender. Residents thanked local MLA SR Kaler and municipal council executive officer Davinder Toor for getting their long-pending demand filfilled.

Toor said another small fire tender would be procured to control fire in congested areas.



PSEB launches online career guide
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
In an attempt to address the major problem of youth of the state, the Education Department released ‘career guide’ to make the students aware about further studies for pursuing different professions after matriculation and XII examination. The Education Department uploaded the guide on its website.

As the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) is about to announce its result, this move of Education Department will be helpful for the students. As per the instructions the teachers will guide the students about the various fields for further study and employment.

It is worth mentioning here that searching for the job opportunities and further courses after senior secondary is a major hurdle for the rural students. In a study conducted by Dr Sukhpal Singh, Economist at Punjab Agricultural University only 4 per cent of the rural youth who passed class XII, further join the colleges. According to the experts the lack of career guidance is one of the major reasons for this dropout.

"Rich parents can arrange the career consultant for their children. Every parent can’t afford the consultancy fee,“ said Sarbjit Singh, a social worker, who gave career guidance to students.



30 patwaris face vigilance cases
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 10
Thirty patwaris are facing vigilance cases in the district. Data procured from the District Revenue Officer through the Right to Information Act reveals that cases were pending against 30 patwaris up to March 2014. Meanwhile, from January 2001 to March this year, services of 26 patwaris have been terminated due to various cases against them.

Ravi Sharma, an RTI activist, said the number of patwaris was more than any other cadre in any of the departments of the district.

"I have some bitter experience with the Revenue Department. So, I decided to get the information about patwaris. The number of patwaris who have been facing vigilance cases is more than officials of any other department," he said.

District Revenue Officer Mukesh Kumar said: "We have 218 patwaris in the district. They can explain the situation better."



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