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City fire brigade feels the heat
Has a tough day as multiple fire incidents reported across the city, no casualty reported
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 11
A major fire broke out at a godown near Raikhy Cinema Chowk here this afternoon. Plastic stocks worth lakhs of rupees were destroyed in the fire. However, no casualty was reported.

The three-storey building of Ashoka Readymade deals in uniforms for Army personnel and tarpaulin. On the upper story, there were rooms for labourers and four LPG cylinders were kept there. The fire-fighters immediately removed these cylinders to prevent a big tragedy.

The fire broke out at around 1:30 pm. The fire brigade reached the spot soon as the fire station was nearby. Till the filing of the report at around 5:40 pm, the firefighters were still struggling to completely put out the fire as there were huge stocks of plastic material in the shop.

PAU Vice-Chancellor BS Dhillon at the spot where a fire broke out after a duststorm Firefighters in action at a showroom at Raikhey Cinema Chowk in Ludhiana on Wednesday
PAU Vice-Chancellor BS Dhillon at the spot where a fire broke out after a duststorm; and (left) Firefighters in action at a showroom at Raikhey Cinema Chowk in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photos: Inderjeet Verma/Himanshu Mahajan

Two JCB machines were pressed into service to remove the huge piles of stocks kept in the shop so the firefighters could reach the back of the shop where fire was spreading fast.

Chief Fire Officer Bhupinder Singh, who was present at the spot, said the front of the shop was too narrow and a huge quantity of material was stocked there, making it difficult for the firefighters to douse the fire. “Six fire brigades are struggling to douse the fire. It is not being controlled because there is no way to reach the flames,” he said.

Meanwhile, the nearby shopkeepers said there was a vacant plot on the back of the shop where somebody put garbage on fire. A wooden door on the back of the showroom caught fire and it spread to the entire showroom in no time. The authorities got the nearby shops vacated and the traffic at Raikhey Cinema Chowk was diverted to prevent obstructions in firefighting operations.

This has been the 10th fire incident in the last two months. Thick smoke engulfed the area and panic was writ large on the faces of shopkeepers.

Fire at hospital parking lot

Meanwhile, a fire broke out at the car parking lot of Kapoor Hospital, near Mata Rani Chowk, at around 6 pm. Two fire tenders were sent to the spot. According to the fire officials, a short-circuit on an electricity pole was the cause of the fire, which spread to the dry weed. No casualty was reported. The firefighters doused the fire within a few minutes.

Vehicles damaged in sawmill fire

Yet another fire broke out at a sawmill in Moti Nagar late on Tuesday night. Fire brigades were immediately rushed to control the fire. Two vehicles parked at the sawmill were partially damaged in the fire.


At Khanna, factory fire devours raw material worth crores
Our Correspondent

Khanna, June 11
A massive fire broke out at Abinash Industries, a feed plant at Focal Point here. The fire was so massive that all raw material, used in the manufacturing of cattle feed, worth crores was damaged in a few minutes. Around six fire tenders from the neighbouring districts were pressed into service to put out the fire.

Eyewitnesses said they saw smoke billowing out of the unit. They immediately informed its owners who reached there soon.

The owner of the unit, Taresm Singla claimed they had not installed any electric connection in the godown keeping in view the flammable nature of the raw material. One of the raw materials, DOC, comes in the category of self-ignition material. He said he had suffered losses worth several crores.

Yash Pal Gomi, Fire Officer, Khanna, said they got information about the fire at an industrial unit at Focal Point early morning. He claimed that they rushed to the spot. There were huge flames and dense smoke all around. They managed to make way for some firefighters to enter the premises. Gomi said around six fire tenders were called from Patiala, Mandi Gobindgarh, Samrala and Ludhiana.

He said the DOC, a raw material which is used for manufacturing cattle feed, was stocked there. The DOC comes in the category of self-igniting material. It catches fire in the prevailing searing heat. He, however, said the exact reason of the fire could be ascertained later.

The Fire Officer said after struggling for more than 7 hours, the firefighters brought the fire under control.



Wanted criminal nabbed after evening shootout
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 11
The police nabbed an infamous criminal after a shootout on Ferozepur Road at around 6 pm today. Panic gripped residents in the surrounding areas as shootout between criminal Davinder Singh and the police was going on.

According to information, the Faridkot police was on the trail of Davinder Singh who was wanted in two murder cases. After a brief firing, the police arrested an injured Davinder near the Mini-Secretariat. According to police sources, during the exchange of fire, Davinder was shot. However, he is out of danger.

Lakhveer Singh, in charge, Faridkot CIA, said the police had Davinder’s mobile on tracer. A police party, led by DSP Sukhdev Singh Brar, had been following Davinder and his accomplice Gursharan Singh from Faridkot. The police party overtook Davinder’s car near Bhaiwala Chowk. Seeing the police, Gursharan got off the car and tried to escape while Davinder opened fire at the police. The police opened fire in retaliation.

According to eyewitnesses, around 25 shots were exchanged. Davinder was hit on the arm. According to the police, Davinder hid in a nearby house but the police found him.

The police found a pistol and 21 bullets on Davinder, who is a resident of Bambiha Bhai village in Moga district.

On September 4, 2013, four armed youth helped him escape from police custody near the Central Jail while he was being brought back from Ferozepur.

The Faridkot police had also visited Hazoor Sahib, Nanded, and Gujarat to trace him. The police have launched a manhunt for Gursharan Singh, who escaped during the shootout.

Meanwhile, the city police officials said no resident was harmed in this action. A case has been registered against Davinder and Gurshran for opening fire at the police. Davinder Singh has been admitted to Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana.



Residents sweat as power plays truant
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 11
As the mercury keeps rising in the region, erratic power supply and unscheduled power cuts have added to the misery of the residents. While senior officials of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) claimed yesterday that adequate power was available to fully meet a spurt in the demand during the paddy-sowing season, which officially commenced on June 10, the ground reality is entirely different.

Residents from different parts of the city complain outage for a duration ranging from half an hour to an hour or more during daytime and even during the night has become a routine. Unscheduled power cuts and disruption in the supply due to a variety of reasons has made their life miserable in this extremely hot weather.

As if the problem created by the dismal power scenario was not enough, a mild storm that lashed the city in the afternoon made the going tough for the people and the field staff of the PSPCL.

“Several trees were uprooted and some of them fell on the power cables, affecting the power supply to the Punjab Agricultural University campus, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Dugri, Haibowal, Prem Nagar, Sarabha Nagar and many other localities across the city,” said a PSPCL official, adding that once power supply is disrupted due the felling of trees, restoration takes time because the entire distribution network has to be inspected to prevent a short-circuit.

Most people in such localities, where erratic power supply has become a routine, chided the PSPCL for making false claims of having enough power to cater to a spurt in the demand due to the paddy-sowing season.

“The PSPCL management seems to be out to please their political masters by making such false claims whereas people in almost every locality in the city are facing frequent power failures, either due to unscheduled power cuts, load shedding or snags in the distribution system,” said Jaswinder Singh, a resident of Chhawni Mohalla.

The representative bodies of the local industry are also critical of the PSPCL for imposing several constraints on power supply to industrial units and providing power supply to the agricultural sector at the cost of other categories of consumers.

PSPCL statement hollow

Most people in such localities, where erratic power supply has become a routine, chided the PSPCL for making false claims of having enough power to cater to a spurt in the demand due to the paddy-sowing season.



MC yet to act against encroachers
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 11
As per civic body’s estimate, there are 100 encroachments in the city. Religious bodies have encroached upon public land. Barring institutions, all other encroachments need to be removed as per instructions issued by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Some of the encroachments are decades old while many others have mushroomed recently. Due to the apathetic approach of the authorities, the encroachments could not be removed.

The instructions issued in Contempt of Court Petition 4886 by the High Court states that all encroachments in city had to be removed. The court has asked the authorities to frame a policy on institutions. “But all other religious encroachments, be it gurdwaras, temples, mazars or police posts, need to be removed. We are in touch with our higher-ups to know how to go about it,” said Assistant Town Planner (Headquarters) Kamaljit Kaur.

Several “religious” encroachments have mushroomed at Chandigarh Road, near Greenland School, GT Road, Ghumar Mandi and Basti Jodhewal.

A person took a shop on rent in Basti Jodhewal and converted the shop into a religious place where “devotees” started paying obeisance and the owner had to knock at the doors of the police for help. The case is pending with the police.

The mushrooming of mazars on government land in the city has been condemned by the Muslim community.

Usman Rehmani, Naib Shahi Imam, Jama Masjid, Field Ganj, said Islam believed in masjids. “We really do not know who open mazars, but we are not supporting them at all. We can see several such mazars on government land.The authorities need to act against violators who fool innocent persons,” said Rehmani.



Posters of LS candidates scar city
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, June 11
The civic body has failed to remove posters and hoardings of Lok Sabha candidates from various places of the city. During the elections, it is the duty of the District Election Office to get the posters and hoardings removed, but once the elections are over, the MC has to get these removed.

The posters can be seen in every part of the city. Be it Civil Lines or Dandi Swami, Salem Tabri, Dholewal, Sherpur, Dhandari, Industrial Area or Focal Point, these dot all buildings and the authorities seem least bothered.

It is the duty of the tehbazari wing of the MC to take care of the problem and get the posters removed. In-charge of the wing Devinder Singh, Additional Commissioner, MC, said he could not comment on the issue as he was on leave till the end of this month.

The new Commissioner, Pradeep Aggarwal, said the posters would be removed in three to four days.



DC wants smokers to keep off offices
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 11
Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal met representatives of various departments and asked them to entrust officials with challaning of violators under the tobacco Act. For the past 15 days, not even a single challan has been issued by the chief sanitary inspectors (who have been given the duty of challaning defaulters) in all four zones.

It is learnt that the inspectors are finding it difficult to ask their “acquaintances’” not to smoke in offices/public areas.

Dr Charanjit Uppal, health officer, Municipal Corporation, said the DC office had provided them four challan books, to be maintained at four zones — A,B,C and D. “The chief sanitary inspectors have been assigned the job. If they find any person smoking at office/zone, they will bring it on record and issue challan to the person. The step has been taken to curb smoking,” said Dr Uppal. When asked if any challan had been issued so far, Dr Uppal said not to his knowledge to date.

A chief sanitary inspector said: “Sweepers, inspectors and safai karamcharis work under us. We do see them puffing cigarettes and bidis at times, but we cannot stop them for the simple reason that they will gang-up against us. They will create trouble for us. Who are we to stop them? In case, they start behaving rudely, what will be our position? We can just ask them politely not to smoke at public places, but we cannot force them or take action against them,” said the inspector.

Mayor speaks

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwrai said the directions needed to be implemented. “If a person, who has been asked to issue challans, is himself a smoker, how will he stop others from puffing cigarettes?” asked Gohalwaria.



FIFA World Cup: Eat, watch and enjoy
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Restaurants and hotels are promoting the event in Ludhiana
Restaurants and hotels are promoting the event in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, June 11
The city is running football fever. As the FIFA World Cup is all set to start, youngsters are excited. Most of the restaurants and hotels are celebrating and promoting the sporting event.

Raghav, a football fan, said the fan-following for football in India was fascinating. “The love for cricket draws more from patriotism and has jingoistic touch as India is playing. But people watch football because of the love for the game itself, even though India has not been able to make the cut to play in the World Cup,” he said.

Kunal from Bakehouse said they had started getting orders of cakes that were based on the theme of football. “We are changing the decor of the restaurant,” he said.

The menu at Radisson Blu Hotel is transformed with FIFA flavours. Snacks on the platter have been termed as ‘Free Kick’ and ‘Penalty Kick’ to add football mood to the taste.

“Watching games, particularly football is exciting. The roar and passion of the fans is infectious and watching the game while dining out or taking a shot or two with friends is exciting,” said Karan Chhabra, a resident.

Naveen from Brewmaster said the menu at the restobar had been changed according to the names of the players. Flags and cut outs on the theme of FIFA would be placed throughout the tournament. “Even though the schedule of many of the matches doesn’t match Indian timings, we will play some of the key matches, including the final, live no matter what time it is,” he added. “In any case, people watch the replays of the game intently during the FIFA World Cup, as enthused by the excitement about the event,” said another manager at a restaurant.



Artificial sweeteners: Too sweet to handle
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 11
With everybody going health conscious, people are increasingly switching over to sugar substitutes while some are proudly sipping diet cola to restrict their calorie intake.

Artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes are found in a variety of food and beverages marketed as “sugar-free”, including soft drinks, chewing gum, jellies, baked goods, cake, candy, fruit juice, ice-cream and yoghurt.

These are synthetic sugar substitutes, but may be derived from naturally occurring substances, including herbs or sugar itself.

“Research has shown that long dependence on artificial sweeteners may cause health problems, including cancer. We never recommend sugar substitutes to patients suffering from diabetes and hypertension. The sugar free products do not have added sugar, but the natural sugar in the product cannot be extracted and preservatives also have sugar content in them,” said Dipti Chauhan, deputy dietician at Christian Medical College and Hospital.

Nidhi Kukreja, another dietician, said these were not magic bullets. Smart use of non-nutritive sweeteners could help you reduce added sugars in your diet, therefore lowering the number of calories you eat, but taking them as magic pills to reduce weight can lead to health-related problems.

But people think: “I am drinking diet soda, so it’s okay to have cake,” she added.

“Artificial sweeteners increase your appetite, so you may end up eating more. Studies show that artificial sweeteners stimulate high insulin levels in the blood which promote storage of body fat,” added Kukreja.

Health risks

  • Headache.
  • Weight gain and hunger pangs.
  • Gastrointestinal problems.
  • Increased cancer risk.

Natural alternatives

  • Maple syrup: It has nutrients and antioxidants.
  • Stevia: It is a non-caloric herb and is 300 times sweeter than sugar.
  • Honey: It is a good choice for tea and an all-natural sweetener.



Wait for VAT refunds gets longer
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 11
The refund of Value Added Tax (VAT) amounting to Rs 25 lakh will be released after the excise and taxation commissioner’s approval. This has left traders worried. The assistant excise and taxation commissioners will prepare a list of the refunds and will send applications to the official.

Sources said the step had been taken keeping in view bogus refunds which had been issued in the past, but at the same time it was causing inconvenience to the traders.

Raminder Singh, a trader, said the process was already slow.

“First assistant excise and taxation commissioners will write to the excise and taxation commissioner, then he will clear the file. Files from the entire state will be sent to the official,” he added.

Taxation lawyer Jatinder Khurana said refunds were already pending with the department.

“Despite filing the return on time, we do not get the refund. Now that the commissioner will be pursuing the cases, the release will be delayed. The department should not make the traders suffer,” he added.



Allegations levelled against PPCB
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 11
Avtar Singh, president of the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking, in a press release, alleged that the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) was harassing the electroplating industry.

Charanjit Singh Vishwkarma, president of the United Cycle Parts and Manufacturing Association, said unrealistic directions issued by the PPCB had resulted in resentment and created panic in the electroplating industry.

“Such policies are being framed by the PPCB. These are anti-industry,” he stated.

They have urged Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to instruct the chairman of the PPCB not to issue directions which were causing harassment to the electroplating industry.

PPCB officials have directed owners of electroplating units to install water meters.

“This is a futile exercise. Water supply through different sources is used by the units for manufacturing goods, cleaning toilets and cooling,” said Avtar Singh.



DC does some tough talking
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 11
Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal today instructed all sub-divisional magistrates and block-level officers of the district to review the ongoing developmental works on weekly basis. The DC told the officers to bring any discrepancy to his notice immediately. He said this while holding a monthly review meeting of various departments.

Taking a serious note of the failure of the block development and panchayat officers to submit the utilisation certificates within the stipulated time, the DC directed them to meet at the district headquarters at 5.30 pm every day. These meetings will continue till all certificates are submitted.

Aggarwal instructed the district welfare officer to distribute all pending cheques under the Shagun scheme within 15 days.

The DC told the officers concerned not to allow encroachments on government and remove the existing onese. He also instructed the Revenue Department officers to register mutations of registries done between January 1 and May 30 by June 20. He said in future all mutations should be registered simultaneously.

Aggarwal told the district education officers (primary and secondary) to keep a strict vigil on the mid-day meal being served in schools and clear all pending bills.

While addressing the government committee of Suvidha, the DC said visitors should be attended properly so that they did not fall into the trap of agents.

He asked the SDM (west) to ensure that none of the visitors were overcharged while parking vehicles at the multi-storey parking of the Mini-Secretariat complex.

Keeping in view the upcoming rainy season, the DC instructed officers concerned to get ponds cleaned.

All block development primary officers were instructed to get new works started under MGNREGA while the civil surgeon was told to ensure that death and birth certificates were issued within stipulated time.

The DC asked officers of the Water Supply and Sewerage Board to continue with the helpline number, and submit its monthly reports to him.

Absentees to get show-cause notice

Taking a serious note of the absence of some officers, Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal told Additional Deputy Commissioner Isha Kalia to issue show-cause notices to them. These officers included Superintending Engineer, PSPCL, and District Food and Civil Supply Controller (East and West).



Bhaini Sahib sarpanch, supporters protest against Dhillon
Say Cabinet Minister got village head implicated in false cases after he got a case registered against his relatives
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 11
Bhaini Sahib sarpanch Sukhdev Singh and his supporters protested against Cabinet Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon outside the office of Police Commissioner here today. The sarpanch alleged that SHO, Koom Kalan, Surjit Singh Nagara has implicated him in five false cases on Dhillon’s directions.

Sukhdev Singh said he was being targeted as he had got a case registered against Dhillon’s relatives who had killed a resident’s dog.

He said the Koom Kalan police had booked him on the charges of illegal possession of panchayat land, farming on government land and theft besides registering a case against his son for attempt to murder, without any medical report. Sukhdev Singh said the police raided his house to harass him and his family.

The protesters were pacified after two hours due to the intervention of the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, Paramjit Singh Pannu, who assured them that the case will be investigated and appropriate action would be taken accordingly assured them to investigate the matter.

The SHO, meanwhile, refuted all allegations.

He said: “Earlier, an inquiry had been marked in this regard. He was exposed in a video, which he had recorded himself.”

Allegations are baseless, says Minister

"The allegations made by the sarpanch are baseless. I never interfere in any such matter. Residents of Bhaini Sahib village visited me a number of times with complaints against the sarpanch. I did not interfere in the matter, as the police are doing their duty. The sarpanch is not having a good reputation. The inquiry will disclose all facts"

— Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Cabinet Minister



Dairy animals need extra care in summer: GADVASU expert
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 11
The rising mercury coupled with increase in relative humidity, which is expected to exceed 90 per cent in coming days, will play havoc with the health of dairy animals. The hot weather has already led to a dip in milk production.

This was stated by Dr AL Saini, head of the livestock production and management department at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University.

Dr Saini said well-ventilated shed with proper resting space must be provided to dairy animals.

“The open end of the shed should be covered with thatched bamboo, jute or hessian curtains. Asbestos or sheet roof may also be covered with thatch or the rooftop may be painted white. Shady trees should be planted around the sheds for further cooling,” said the livestock management expert.

As water is the most essential input in summer, special care should be given to this, he said.

“Water splashing, showering, sprinkling and fogging of water on animals, resting in the shed, three to four times during the hottest part of the day (11 am to 4 pm) reduce heat load and enhance productivity due to evaporative cooling. Animals should be wallowed in clean water ponds during extreme hot weather. Wallowing arrangement should be made on the farm itself, as making them to walk to and from the pond under scorching sun neutralises beneficial effects of wallowing,” said Dr Saini.

Concentrated mixture containing more than 18 per cent digestible protein and 70 per cent energy contents along with palatable, digestible and laxative fodders should be offered to the animals, said the expert. Also, proportion of green fodder should be increased and long fodders must be chopped before feeding, he said.



Child labour continues unabated
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 11
Children below 14 years of age continue to work in homes, shops and factories in violation of the Child Labour Act in the city. Though the Child Labour Act and the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act exist to prevent a children below 14 to work as labourers, these rules are being flouted openly in commercial units, factories and homes.

“According to a report published by Global Slavery Index last year by the Walk Free Foundation, India had the highest number of modern-day slaves. Children form a large number of these slaves,” said a resident.

Sukhdhir Singh Sekhon, president, Navchetna Child Welfare Committee, said the problem of child labour was pathetic in the city.

The condition of the children working in factories was worse due to the hostile and unhealthy environment there. They are also underpaid, he said.

There should be strict implementation and persons employing the children should be arrested on the spot and they should get harsh punishment for it. As of now, a child rescued as child labourer is sent to the Child Development Project Officer. The parents come and take the child from there and later, a case is registered against the employer. However, due to this lax procedure, there is no fear in the minds of people,” he said.

“The administration must carry out raids and give strict punishment to persons employing children below 14. It is only because of the lax procedures that people employ children,” said Harinder Singh, a resident. “Many of the times, people employing children tell them to tell their age as over 14. As children are unaware about these things, they follow what their employers tell them,” he added.

The government must devise ways to check the age of children or make submission of age-proof of the children mandatory for all employees, he said.

Persons hiring minor children as labourers must be dealt with strictly as they have no right to kill their childhood for selfish gains, said Rohit, another resident.



Labour shortage hits paddy cultivation in Jagraon
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, June 11
With the commencement of the paddy cultivation process in the state, farmers of the region are facing the problem of labour shortage due to decline in the number of migrant labourers coming from other states to Punjab in search of work. The farmers also fear delay in cultivating the paddy crop in their fields due to shortage of labourers.

In fact, the number of migrant labourers coming from other states to Punjab in search of employment have declined marginally during the past some years. Earlier, plenty of migrant labourers used to come to Punjab from other states such as Uttar Pradesh and Bihar during this season.

Though the big landlords have roped in local Dalit labourers by offering them higher wages in the absence of migrant labourers to cultivate their paddy crop, farmers with smaller lands are reluctant to hire local labourers as they charge more money as compared to the migrant labourers. The small farmers say they are not in a position to afford the labour cost of the local labourers.

“The migrant labourers use to charge about Rs 1,400 to 1,500 per acre for the same whereas the local labourers have been charging more than Rs 2,000 from farmers. A majority of small farmers like me cannot afford this cost. Besides, the output of local labourers is quite less as compared to the migrant labourers”, says Sukhwinder Singh, a farmer from Jandi village near Jagraon.

Some of the farmers from adjoining villages can be seen camping at the local railway station and the bus stand for the past few days in hope of hiring migrant labourers in advance so that they can start paddy cultivation on right time. Moreover, some farmers are even offering liquor to attract them to do their work.

“I had been visiting the railway station and bus stand since the past four days. But I have not been able to hire any labourer so far. In such a situation, the cultivation of paddy would surly get delayed,” said Surjit Johal, a farmer of Janetpura village.

Decline in number of migrant labourers

The number of migrant labourers coming from other states such as Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to Punjab in search of employment has declined marginally during the past some years. Earlier, plenty of migrant labourers used to visit Punjab during this season.



Poor condition of Jagraon-Dalla link road irks commuters
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, June 11
There seems to be no end to the miseries of commuters travelling on the Jagraon-Dalla link road that has been in a shambles for a long period of time. The commuters traveling regularly on this road have to face a lot of difficulties due to the poor condition of the link road.

This link road, which connects six villages - Agwar Lopon, Kothe Rahlan, Dalla, Malha, Rasoolpur, Chakar - with Jagraon, has been proving a perfect picture of government’s neglect towards providing basic amenities to the common man.

Residents of these villages said this link road had neither been constructed nor repaired for a long time and they had been facing a tough time due to bad condition of it.

During a visit to the place, long stretches of the road were found broken from several places.

Residents said this link road was last repaired many years ago. Though the villagers as well as various NGOs had been raising the issue at various levels, nothing concrete had been done to fulfill this long- pending demand of residents. The continuous delay caused by the state government in constructing the road has annoyed the residents.

“The road lying damaged since 2008. Since then, we have been running pillar to post to get it constructed, but our efforts have yielded no fruit so far. All our requests regarding the same seem to be falling on deaf ears,” said Gurdev Singh, a resident of Agwar Lopon village.

Annoyed over the delay caused in the construction, commuters have started using alternative routes. Though the alternative routes have increased the journey of the commuters by around three km, they find it convenient to travel from those routes.

Jagraon Market Committee secretary Jaswinder Singh, when contacted, said the construction of the road was delayed due to lack of funds.

“We had written to the government recently to release the funds for the road construction. Hopefully, we receive the funds soon. The construction work on the road construction would be started after that,” he said.



Giving wings to their imagination
Our Correspondent

Doraha, June 11
The Youth Welfare Department of Panjab University has released a magazine that contains creative writings of students who won at zonal and inter-zonal youth festivals. Titled “Jawan Tarang”, the magazine that contains 71 such creative writings in its first edition is going to be an annual feature.

“The published works will be a source of inspiration to other students,” said department director Dr Nirmal Jaura.

PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Arun K Grover said the magazine would serve a dual purpose.

“First, it would record the activities of the department, and second, it would compile outstanding creative writings of students,” he said.

College Development Council Dean Prof Naval Kishore said “Jawan Tarang” would promote a culture of original writings among students.

Dr Narinder Sandhu, principal, Ramgarhia Girls College, and editor of the magazine, said: “Students’ writing skills are still at the stage of infancy; these would be polished by these youngsters with the passage of time.”



Industrialists meet state minister
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 11
Representatives of the Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organisation (FICO) along with office-bearers of other industrial associations, including Laghu Udyog Bharti, met the State Industry Minister, Madan Mohan Mittal, to raise issues concerning the industry.

The delegation requested the minister to reduce value-added tax on cycle and cycle parts to two per cent.

“Rs 150 crore in the form of VAT refund is lying with the department. It should be cleared within a month,” said FICO president Gurmeet Kular.

The delegation complained to the minister that in the new industrial policy, there was no tax benefit given to micro industries in the state

“The eligibility limit should be reduced to Rs 15 lakh from Rs 1 crore,” said the delegation.

The industrialists also demanded the setting up of one more common effluent treatment plant in Ludhiana.



PTU gives golden chance to students
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 11
The Punjab Technical University (PTU) has given a golden chance to students who could not get their degrees because of failure in one subject. These students can appear in a special examination in July this year. The last date for submitting the forms is June 23.

It can be downloaded from the PTU website (www.ptuexam.com) and submitted at respective colleges. If students face any difficulty in filling in the form, they can contact the PTU staff through e-mail (dcoeptu@gmail.com) or phone (9478098092).



Dengue case reported

One more dengue case has reported. The patient is a eight-year-old boy. The patient belongs to the Rahon Road and is admitted to Preet Hospital on Wednesday. Till now, the number of dengue patients have reached seven, out of which three belong to Ludhiana and four to other districts.

Drive against corruption

SAD leader Dimple Rana, during a function organised on Wednesday, said it was difficult to put an end to corruption and drug addiction without the support and cooperation of residents. Newly appointed Chairman of the local unit of the Anti-Crime Bureau said the organisation would campaign against corruption and drug addiction and make students aware about these evils.

Fashion collection displayed

Students of the Pinnacle Institute of Fashion Technology presented a fashion collection on the theme of ‘Fusion of Himachal, Punjab and the Western Culture’. The students visited various areas of Himachal, including Kangra, Dharamsala and Shimla, to depict their culture and values through their attires, said students.

Cong leader greets Amarinder

District Congress Committee, Ludhiana (Urban), president Pawan Dewan greeted former CM Capt Amarinder Singh in New Delhi for his appointment as the deputy leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha. He was accompanied by party leaders Gurmail Singh Pahalwan and Rajiv Raja. He thanked Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi for the appointment of Amarinder on the post. — TNS



Two held with stolen goods, jewellery
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 11
The police have arrested two persons and recovered a large number of electrical goods and jewellery from their possession. The accused have been identified as Sunny Sharma and Parveen Kumar, residents of Gopal Nagar, Bathinda. The duo has committed a number of thefts in Bathinda.

The police said the accused had stolen home appliances, gas cylinders, cameras, jewellery, television sets, utensils, washing machines and coolers.

The two were nabbed at Silver Kunj near Bhora village. On search, an LED, two gold earrings and a ring were found from the accused.

Kewal Krishan, SHO, Salem Tabri, stated that the accused had confessed to have committed several thefts in Ludhiana.

The police have recovered three cameras, a watch, a pair of earrings, 15,000 in cash, a laptop, bed, two mattresses, two sofas, a washing machine, seven cooking gas cylinders, two television sets and two coolers from the possession of the accused.

The police have arrested one Rakesh Kumar and recovered three motorcycles from his possession. The accused told the police that he stole the bikes from the Ghumar Mandi area. Drug peddlers held

The police have arrested a head constable and recovered 150 gm of heroin from his possession. The accused has been identified as Nirmaljeet Singh, a resident of Bhorshi Rajputan village, Amritsar district. The accused was nabbed at a naka.

The police said a probe was on into the matter.

The Daba police nabbed two drug addicts and recovered 10 gm of heroin from them. The accused have been identified as Chetan Veram and Ravinder Singh.

The authorities of the Central Jail have nabbed a person for supplying heroin to inmates. The accused has been identified as Amritpal Singh.



Missing man’s body found from canal
Our Correspondent

Doraha, June 11
The body of a missing man of Chankoian Khurd village was recovered by the Doraha police yesterday from a canal near Ranike village. The deceased, Pal Khan (38), had gone missing since June 7. He parked his motorcycle at a parking lot in Doraha and went to deposit some bill and collect money from Sultan Mohammad on that day.

A missing report was registered at the police station after Lakhwinder Khan, the brother of the deceased, filed a complaint.

“One of his legs was tied with a rope that indicated that the deceased was first murdered and then thrown into the canal,” said SHO Rajneesh Kumar.

A case under Section 302 of IPC has been registered. The body has been sent to the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana for autopsy.



Youth held with drugs

Machhiwara, June 11
The police claimed to have arrested a youth and recovered about 1,500 intoxicant tablets from him. A police party, led by ASI Barjinder Singh, had set up a naka on the Sherpur-Behlolpur road. It signalled him who was on foot to stop. He tried to escape but was overpowered.

About 1,500 intoxicant tablets were recovered from him. The arrested youth was identified as Sukhwant Singh (28) of Machhiwara.

SHO Jarnail Singh said the accused was sent to 14-day judicial remand. — OC



Cricket: Ludhiana record win
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 11
The two-day match between Ludhiana and Mohali remained unresolved. However, on the basis of first innings lead of 177 runs, the hosts were declared winners and secured three points in the match of the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Championship (U-25) being played at Punjab Agricultural University.

In reply to Mohali’s first innings total of 135 runs, Ludhiana resumed with overnight score of 172 for four and declared their first essay at 312 for seven after 90 overs. Anil Sihag who was at the crease with 67 runs, went on to score 145 while the other not out batsman, Ankit Pursharthy, added 17 runs to his overnight score of 29 runs before losing his wicket.

Facing a deficit of 177 runs, Mohali batsmen appeared a different lot in the second innings. They exhibited a resolute batting performance and denied the hosts an outright victory. They were 187 for four when it was decided to call it a day.

Gurkirat Mann, an Indian Premier League star, played the pivot role by remaining unbeaten on 72. He was ably assisted by Bikanwar who managed to keep his wicket intact till the end with 52 runs against his name.

Brief scores: Mohali (first innings): 135 all out in 40.2 overs (Arshdeep 49 and Kunal Mahajan 22; Deepak Bansal three for 25, Sukhjinder four for 25, Amritpal Singh one for 33 and Abhishek Talwar one for 23).

Ludhiana (first innings): 312 for seven in 90 overs ( Abhishek Talwar 20, Abhinav Bhatia 25, Geetansh Khera 17, Anil Sihag 145 and Ankit Pursharthy 46, Sandeep 34; Gurkirat Mann two for 74, A Sidhu two for 73, Gurpeet two for 75 and Barinder one for 36).

Mohali (second innings): 187 for four in 43 overs (Gurkirat Mann 72, Bikanwar 52, Kunal Mahajan 46; Amritpal Singh two for 31, Deepak Bansal one for 29 and Abhishek Talwar one for 14).



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