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Local industry gives thumbs down 
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
The Budget is a bag of mixed emotions for the city residents. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has failed to impress the residents as nothing has been announced for the city in general and the industry in particular.

The family of Rajeev Jain, secretary, Federation of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking, has nothing to cheer about this budget. “We are unhappy with the negative attitude of the government and condemn this move of the ministry, which has totally ignored this basic industry. The government has left us to perish gradually,” said the Jain family.

The local industry gives jobs to half a million. A few demands were submitted to the Finance Minister to arrest the decline of the industry. However, Jaitley has taken no step to save it, said Jain.

“Not even a single demand has been fulfilled. Cheap imports will kill this industry and old technology will leave it far behind,” he said.

While the Aggarwal family, which was expecting some income tax exemption, is dismayed at the announcement of just Rs 50,000 increase in the exemption limit and proposal to increase investment limit under Section 80C from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh.

Rohit, an advocate, and Natasha Aggarwal, deputy manager at a private bank, said the budget had nothing to offer to the common man.

“The proposal to make readymade garments costly is not a welcome move and in the age of the Internet, the government has made online advertising costlier,” said Natasha Aggarwal.

“Some promises, such as village-level broadband connectivity, have been doing the rounds for,’ added Monika, president of the Women and Child Welfare Council.

Jatinder Khurana, a taxation expert, said: “There should be a proper policy to curb black money but it seems the government is just making claims and not working towards it,” he said.

Now, shell out more for travel by taxi

Imposition of service tax on radio taxis has not been well received by the residents. “Whenever I have to travel to the old city area, I prefer to hire a cab. Now, I will have to shell out more to reach my destination,” said Palak Khanna, a resident.


Homemakers upbeat 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
Budget has brought smiles on the faces of women. Packaged food will now cost less with excise duty on food processing and packaging equipment having been reduced by 6 per cent.

“Packaged food is the necessity of every kitchen and with a cut in excise duty on food processing and packaging equipment, its prices will come down. Homemakers have given thumbs up to this decision of the government,” said Sonia Mahajan, a homemaker.

Deepak, owner of a bakery, said: “Finally, some relief for us. Packaged food is used by everyone, be it professionals, amateurs or homemakers. The cut in excise duty on food processing and packaging equipment has definitely brought relief to professionals,” he said.

With the 6 per cent cut on the duty, mobile phones, TVs, computers and footwear will also cost less. “I was planning to buy an LED set and the Budget has brought some really good news for me. Now that prices will come down, I can immediately plan my shopping,” adds Lalit, a city resident. 

Things to become cheaper

* LCD, LED TVs below 19 inches

* Footwear

* Computers, mobiles

* Health and sports equipment

* Packaged food



Efforts to make city smoke-free get boost
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
Increased taxes on cigarettes (from 11 to 72 per cent), cigars, and non-manufactured tobacco and gutka products will result in an increase in the prices of these products. The announcement about the increase in taxes on tobacco products has come as a breather for the Health Department, which has been making efforts to make Ludhiana smoke-free.

“We are happy with the announcement as it will help us in our initiative. We are working to make Ludhiana smoke-free and now that the prices of all these products have gone up, their consumption will see a definite decrease,” said Civil Surgeon Subhash Batta.

Deepika Jain, a mother of two school-going children, said the increase in the prices of soft drinks would prove to be a blessing in disguise for her. “Children are becoming obese due to consumption of fast food and aerated drinks. Since we have fixed the monthly pocket money for the children, I hope the increased prices of soft drinks will lead to a decrease in their consumption,” she said.

Nirmala Bhasin, a social activist, said it was a good step. “Instead of increasing the rates of essential commodities, the government should increase the rate of products like cigarettes and tobacco. We hope to see a positive change after the increase in their prices”.



Union Budget cheers residents 
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
The NDA government’s maiden budget has been hailed by residents who had high hopes from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Budget has turned out to be a morale booster to the sagging business confidence.

Manjinder Singh Sachdeva, general secretary of the Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organisation, said: “Residents have hailed the Rs 50,000 increase in the income tax exemption. Investment incentive of Rs 25 crore has cheered the industry. For roads, Rs 37,000 crore has been allocated. It is a growth-oriented budget.”

Badish Jindal, president of the Federation of Association of Small Industries of India, said: “In the Union Finance Bill 2014-15, the enhancement of wage ceiling of the employees provident fund limit from Rs 6,500 to Rs 15,000 has jolted the industry. This will increase the wage and salary budget of the industry by 8-10 percent. Employees will have to bear an additional burden of 12 per cent.”

Sanju Dhir, member of the Kali Sadak Garment Manufacturers Association, said: “We are happy that excise duty has not been imposed on garments. Allocation of Rs 1,000 crore for the implementation of One Rank One Pension Scheme has come in as a relief.”

Ashok Juneja, president of the Punjab Tax Bar Association, said: “To increase the number of assesses, the Income Tax Department has to work on the basis of “Annual Information Report”. Cooperative measures and friendly approach should be adopted by the department towards assesses and tax payers.”



BKU flays Modi government
Accuses it of not fulfilling poll promises, dashing farmers’ hopes
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 10
Terming the nominal increase in the support price of kharif crops a cruel joke, the Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) accused the Narendra Modi-led NDA government of going back on its poll promises and dashing the farmers’ hopes of having “achhe din” (good days).

Addressing a news conference after a state committee meeting here today, BKU president Ajmer Singh Lakhowal said seeing the working of the NDA government, it had become clear that farmers would once again have to resort to agitation to seek justice.

Giving details of the deliberations at the meeting, Lakhowal said the union had called for a waiver of all agricultural debts on the pattern of remission of bad debts of industry and corporate houses.

“Also, to save farmers, the farm policy should be suitably amended to provide a support price for all crops, which should be at least 50 per cent more than the total cost of cultivation,” said Lakhowal.

He said the BKU demanded eight-hour uninterrupted power supply to the farm sector, old-age pension to farmers and adequate increase in the upper limit of loans to farmers in order to save them from exploitation by commission agents and money lenders.



Nagar Sudhar Sabha knocks at MLA’s, SDM’s doors
Tribune Reporters

Jagraon, July 10
A delegation of the Nagar Sudhar Sabha, Jagraon, met local MLA SR Kaler and Sub-Divisional Magistrate Apneet Rayat to press various long-pending demands.

Submitting a memorandum to Kaler, sabha president Master Avtar Singh and secretary Kanwaljit Khanna urged him to make sure various development works were carried out in a time-bound manner.

The delegation also raised the issue of illegal encroachments on the roadside by shopkeepers and demanded their removal to ease traffic flow. Nuisance due to stray animals and pathetic condition of roads were other issues raised by the sabha members. The delegation also sought reduction in the sewerage and water Supply bills.

In the other meeting with the SDM, the delegation demanded the opening of a community centre on Raikot Road besides recruitment of adequate staff in the Fire Brigade.

Both the MLA and the SDM gave a patient hearing to the delegation and promised to fulfil their various demands soon.

Panel decides to get strict against traffic violations

Khanna: A meeting of the Road Safety Committee was held under the leadership of Additional Deputy Commissioner, Khanna, Ajay Sood.

District Transport Officer Anil Kumar Garg, Sub-Divisional Magistrates of Khanna, Payal and Samrala and other panel members attended the meeting.

The members decided to get traffic lights installed at key points besides putting up directions for the welfare of visitors.

The Additional Deputy Commissioner directed officials to form special teams to check traffic violations. The members decided on expediting the work of laying underground electricity wires as the overhead wires were causing problems to larger vehicles.

Long-pending demands

* Carrying out all development works in a time-bound manner

* Removal of roadside encroachments to ease traffic flow

* Reduction in sewerage and water supply bills

* Tackling nuisance caused by stray animals

* Repairing roads



MC chief announces Sangat Darshan 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
MC Commissioner Pradeep Aggarwal has announced to start Sangat Darshan at the Zone A office from every Tuesday 10 am to 1 pm. During the interaction, residents will be given a fair chance to air their grievances, if any.

The residents will be able to talk to the Commissioner and since officials from all departments will be present during the session, many queries will be answered on the spot or instructions will be issued to the officials to get the needful done.

One of the officials with the MC said the residents would be able to keep their problems before the Commissioner. “In many cases, files are not cleared. The pendency of work will now be curtailed as the officials will be held accountable. Besides, many illegal buildings are coming up in the city, the residents can bring such violations to the notice of the Commissioner. The officials concerned will be issued instructions accordingly and every official will be answerable as follow-ups will also be done,” said the official.

Sher Singh, a senior citizen, said it was a good initiative. In the past also, such programmes were started, but soon they were fizzled out for one reason or the other. But if this one succeeds, the city will surely be improved and the residents will not be deprived of the basic facilities, Singh stated. 



MC fails to act against encroachers 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
Encroachments in Zone C has failed to catch the eye of MC officials. Shopkeepers have conveniently encroached upon corridors, giving virtually no space to passersby to move.

An RTI activist, Arvind Sharma, said the building branch of the MC was not doing anything, except sending notices to defaulters. The shopkeepers had started occupying more space. Ditto was the situation at Model Town Extension where residents had covered space outside their houses. The officials have turned a blind eye to encroachment in the Dugri area. 



Vehicle owners accuse company staff of harassment 
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 10
Owners of motor vehicles are facing a tough time. They are upset over the way they are treated by officials of a private company that has been given the contract for fixing high security registration plates (HSRPs).

The owners said they were forced to make rounds of the workshop in the Grain Market as the company staff was delaying the installation of high security registration plates.

The staff of the company has also been accused of overcharging and misbehaving with people. Taking cognisance of a complaint lodged by Rohit Sabharwal, president of the Council of RTI Activists, the District Transport Officer (DTO), who is also the Motor Vehicles Registration Authority, admitted that the allegations against the company of causing harassment to the people and delaying the installation of the number plates were established.

In an official letter to the State Transport Commissioner (No 2612 dated July 4, 2014), a copy of which is with The Tribune, the DTO has asked officials to take action against the company for its lapses and inefficiency.

He said an inquiry conducted into the working of the company (M/s Agro Impact) had revealed that the vehicle owners were being harassed by the staff of the company who visited the workshop for getting the HSRPs fixed.

The DTO has charged the company with going slow in fixing the number plates.

He said till now 2,46,955 applications were received for the number plates against which the company had affixed only 87,192high security registration plates .

The allegation of a snap lock not being fitted to the HSRPs to check tempering was also found correct. Sabharwal levelled charges of harassment, misbehaviour and causing undue delay in fixing the HSRPs against the employees of the company.

In the dock

The DTO has asked officials to take action against the company for its lapses and inefficiency. He said an inquiry conducted into the working of the company had revealed that the vehicle owners were being harassed by the staff.



World Population Day: Let there be light, and not blight
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 10
As World Population Day falls tomorrow (July 11), youngsters rue lack of initiatives by the government to provide them enough opportunities for their career and growth. This year, the theme is “Investing in Young People”. Youngsters said the government needed to provide more opportunities and create youth clubs for providing various opportunities to the youth for the betterment of the nation. Sanchit, a student, said: “There has to be more free vocational training programmes. The government should invest a major proportion of the budget in education and youth, he said.

Another student said sports and fitness clubs should be set up. “In Australia, my cousin and other relatives go to play in nearby playgrounds every evening. They have playgrounds in almost every locality there. But here, there are no playgrounds and libraries,” said Navneet, a student.

“Let alone investing in the youth, the government has not been able to eradicate drug addiction,” lamented residents.

Harjit, a resident, said the major problem that was blighting the youth was drug abuse. “It is the government’s responsibility to stop the distribution of drugs and saving the youth from the menace. Sports, vocational training and career counselling can save the youth,” he said.

A few residents said the government needed to provide adequate infrastructure to the district. The population in the district is increasing, but the infrastructure is not being able to match up to the rising population. Residents struggle through long queues, crowded roads, traffic jams, but the resources and infrastructure remain limited. It is the most populous district of the state, with the population exceeding 34 lakh according to the 2011 Census. “The population of the district is increasing, but the government should take steps to control it,” said Nitika, another resident. 



Police come to rescue of elderly couple 

Ludhiana, July 10
The police came to the rescue of an elderly couple, whose son had thrown them out of the house.

Ramesh Chander (74) and his wife Vinod Anand (68) thanked Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal, Commissioner of Police Pramod Ban and Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP West) Ravinderpal Singh Sandhu for helping them. Ramesh said he had filed two cases of fraud against his son Sumesh Anand. He said Sumesh had locked them up in the house on June 19 and disconnected the electricity connection.

He said the PCR freed the couple on June 20. Sumesh continued to harass them and on June 28 threw them out of the house. — TNS



18 fined for smoking in public places
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, July 10
A team of the Health Department today challaned 18 people for smoking at public places in the town.

The team, led by Senior Medical Officer (SMO) Dr Sukhjiwan Kakkar and comprising Dr Surinder Singh and health inspectors Gurdev Singh and Hari Singh, carried out raids at Tehsil Road, Sadan Market, New Grain Market, Old Grain Market, College Road, Railway Road, Nehru Market, Kamal Chowk, Rani Jhansi Chowk and other areas of the town.

The team members told kiosk operators not to sell cigarettes and other tobacco products to teenagers.

“Kiosk operators and tobacco sellers have been instructed to write warnings about health hazards of tobacco use on their kiosks and shops. Strict action will be taken against those found violating the rules regarding the sale of tobacco products,” said the SMO.

He said a ban on the sale of tobacco products was in place within 100 metres of educational institutes.

Dr Kakkar said the drive would continue in the coming days to ensure compliance with the rules.



Close liquor vends, says Belan Brigade
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
The Belan Brigade today demanded the closure of all liquor vends running in the state.

Talking to mediapersons at Circuit House, organisation president Aneeta Sharma said if the government was serious about ending drug addiction, it needed to first close all liquor vends.

Putting an open question to the government, she asked: “Sarkar sharab nu nasha manndi hai ke nahi (The government considers liquor to be an intoxicant or not?”

“On the one hand youngsters are falling prey to drug menace and on the other hand the government is giving licences for the sale of liquor, earning crores of rupees through these,” she said.

Stating that addiction started with liquor, she questioned: “Why not nip the evil in the bud instead of just starting de-addiction centres?”



Goods worth Rs 3 lakh destroyed in BRS Nagar shop fire 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
A major fire broke out at an electronic goods shop in L Block of BRS Nagar last night. The shop owner claimed goods worth more than Rs 3 lakh were destroyed in the fire.

The fire broke out at 12.45 am and the shop owner, who resides on the second floor of the same building, got to know about it at around 1 am. The shop owner, Paramjeet Singh said when he came to know that his shop was on fire, he tried to get down the stairs. But the whole ground floor was engulfed by flames.

He called up his neighbours and asked them to inform the fire brigade. Two fire brigades reached the spot.

Rajinder Sharma, Station Fire Officer, said: “We reached the spot within 10 minutes and found the goods were burning. The shopkeeper’s family was stuck up on the third floor. We rescued all the five members of the family first and then started operations to control the fire.”

It took the fire brigade 2 hours to control the fire. However, the cause of the fire couldn’t be ascertained. According to the preliminary investigation, the shopkeeper used to refill small gas cylinders from big ones.

According to the fire officials, there were four gas cylinders and two small cylinders lying on the ground floor. “If we had not reached there on time, the cylinders would have burst due to the heat,” said Sharma.

Arminder Singh, Sarabha Nagar SHO, said: “We have been investigating the matter. The cause of fire is still not clear. We will take action after investigation”.

Paramjeet used to repair electronic goods and gas stoves.



From a drug addict to a deadly disease fighter
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
Surinder Singh (name changed) wouldn’t have imagined in the wildest of his dreams that he would fall prey to AIDS.

Surinder, a resident of Gill Road, succeeded in shunning drugs after undergoing treatment for more than two years. But his sufferings did not end there. His world came crashing down when he was diagnosed with the deadly disease. He said: “The pleasure costs hundreds of youths their lives. Sharing his plight, Surinder said: “I started smoking and boozing at an early age. My friends introduced me to drugs. It gave me a high. I stopped focussing on my work and became an addict. I lost appetite and stopped socialising. I even stopped talking to my parents.”

Surinder started staying away from home and did not talk to anyone, except his friends. He said, “If my family refused to give me money, I threatened them. They were forced to sell jewellery and property. I would take medicines, but still wouldn’t recover. On being diagnosed with AIDS, I started undergoing treatment at the Opium Substitute Therapy Centre. He said he used to share infected needles with friends. “I have given up the bad habit. I am hopeful of recovering soon,” Surinder said. 



Surprise check in 103 schools 
14 teachers found absent, 15 caught coming late to schools
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
As many as 12 teams, constituted by Director General School Education (DGSE), conducted surprise check in 103 schools in the district.

As many as 14 teachers were found absent and 15 were found to be arriving late.

The state coordinator for inspection, Satpal Sharma, said the main objective of such inspections is to check punctuality and discipline in schools.

On the occasion, the inspection teams also reviewed the state and Centre-sponsored schemes in the schools. The team members also examined the quality of the mid-day meal and visited the school labs.

The inspection was totally confidential and education officials at the district-level had no clue about the checking.

Satpal Sharma said the report is satisfactory in the district. “Some of the schools were lacking in discipline and cleanliness. We have asked to the school authorities to maintain the discipline and hygiene,” said Sharma.

Government Senior Secondary School, Chuharpur, was adjudged best school of the district. Government schools at Bahadargarh, Jattan and Gidarwindi village were also found to be up to the mark.

Director General School Education (DGSE), GK Singh, said, “It was a routine checking and we will continue such inspections in future. We urge the teachers to work with complete dedication.” 



Govt School PAU draws meritorious students

Ludhiana, July 10
Government Model Senior Secondary School PAU released the cut-off lists for medical, non-medical and commerce streams of Class XI. As many as 119 students, scoring more than 80 per cent, have got admission to the school. Twenty-two students, with more than 90 per cent, got admission in non-medical stream (Class XI). Highest scorer Pooja, who got 96.67 per cent in Class X, also preferred taking admission in the government school.

The school was flooded with the applications of students aspiring to take admissions in Class XI. Meanwhile, the Education Department got poor response to school, which would provide free education and other facilities to students. —TNS



Teachers draw flak from parents 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
The minor’s rape has yet again brought to fore the callous attitude of government schoolteachers.

Until now, performance of work-shy government schoolteachers used to reflect the poor results of students.

“There are jokes that the government is paying teachers for stitching sweaters, but the rape of the 12-year-old girl during school hours, has shocked everyone,” said residents of Sunet village.

The victim’s parents said the teachers of Government High School, Sunet, were least bothered whether the students were attending the lecture. The victim’s relatives said there were complaints against the accused in the past as well, but he was shielded by Yojna, a computer teacher, and Tarwinder, a social science teacher. They alleged that the victim was raped during the social science lecture, but Tarwinder did not inquire about the two students. Education Minister, Punjab, Dr Daljit Singh Cheema yesterday suspended headmistress Joginder Kaur and two teachers Tarwinder Kaur and Yojna Sharma. District Education Officer (Secondary) Gurtjot Singh, who visited the school on Tuesday, had raised doubts over the veracity of the victim’s statement. He added that he had recorded the statements of teachers and the victim’s parents. “A report will be submitted to the Principal Secretary, Education, Anjali Bhawra,” he said.



PAU notes

Agronomist visits the Netherlands

Dr Charanjit Singh Aulakh, agronomist, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), and Pawanjot Singh, secretary, Potato Growers Association (POSCON), visited the Netherlands, under the Dutch Potato Chain Programme, for four days. The visit was conducted by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Netherlands, for the representatives of different countries. The head, Department of Agronomy, PAU, Dr GS Buttar, said te Netherlands leads in seed potato exports in the world. This exposure visit was aimed at showcasing the strengths of their potato programme to representatives of different countries, he added. The Dutch Potato Chain Programme consisted of visits to the potato breeding companies, Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR), potato farmers, potato processing machinery manufacturers and potato processing units. Ingrid Korving, policy advisor from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Netherlands, discussed the possibilities of having collaborations with the participating countries in this regard. The issue of setting up of the Potato Centre of Expertise at PAU was also discussed with the scientists of WUR.

NSO camp concludes

A 15-day National Sports Organisation (NSO) camp concluded at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) on Thursday. The camp was organised by the Directorate of Students’ Welfare, PAU. The best male camper, Japjeet Singh, and the best female camper, Rajwinder Kaur, were given bicycles. The chief guest, Dr Ravinder Kaur Dhaliwal motivated students to compete with the true spirit of sportsmanship. The guest of honour, Dr HS Dhaliwal, Dean, College of Agriculture, advised students to strike a fine balance between academics and sports. This will help in the development of all round personality of students, he added. Dr TS Riar, president, PAU Basketball Committee, said sports are a vital part of life as well as the education system. Dr Ramandeep Singh, deputy director, sports, while proposing the vote of thanks, highlighted the importance of sports in life. Kamaljeet Kaur, deputy director, physical education, also spoke on the occasion. — TNS



College notes

GGNIMT students shine in PTU examinations

BCA (sixth semester) students of the GGN Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT), Civil Lines, brought laurels to the institute by performing well in the PTU May-June 2014 final examination. Yogesh Prasad stood first in the class. He scored 91 per cent. Saurabh Makkar bagged the second rank with 90.3 per cent and Amandeep Singh Rai got the third position with 87.2 per cent. About 80 per cent of the students scored more than 75 per cent. More than 93 per cent of the total students passed the examination with flying colours.

Students excel in BBA examinations

BBA (second semester) students of the GGN Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT), Civil Lines, excelled in PTU examinations. Noorbir Singh Batra with 86.31 per cent bagged first position, while Charanjeet Singh Pal Singh stood second with 84.76 per cent. Harkanwal Preet Kaur notched third position with 81.69 per cent. Noorbir said, “Regular studies and guidance provided by the faculty members did the trick.” Prof Manjit Singh Chhabra, co-ordinator, GGNIMT, congratulated students for their stupendous results and wished them luck for their bright future.

Consultancy cells come up at RIMT

The RIMT Institutes have set-up five consultancy cells with latest equipments for carrying out testing as per relevant Bureau of Indian Standards. The cells will be set-up on the premises of the institute. Material Testing Cell, Soil Testing Cell, Transportation Cell, Survey Cell and Environment Lab will be set up in the institute. The cells will be analysing cement, concrete, bricks and designing of concrete mix, survey for roads, contour maps for the area, plate load test for soil bearing capacity, california bearing ratio value of aggregate and water/waste water analysis. Inaugurating the consultancy cells, RIMT Group chairman Vijayant Bansal said these cells have been established to provide services to the industries, agencies, consultancy organisations, contractors and general public. “They will enable them to carry out preliminary investigation at the site and calculate strength of the various material used for construction and for quality checks at the site,” said Bansal. In addition to this, general water testing for industrial use and waste water analysis will also be carried out. These facilities have been created on the public demand of the area as they have reliance on the technical competence and infrastructure available with the RIMT.

Arjuna award recipient joins Desh Bhagat varsity

Desh Bhagat University has appointed Arjun Awardee and one of the strongest players of the Indian women hockey, Dr Roopa Saini as director-sports. She has served Indian hockey for more than two decades and has a long sports, teaching and administrative experience. Roopa was then the youngest sportsperson of the country to get Arjun Award. The Punjab government also felicitated her with Nishan-e-Khalsa and several other awards. — TNS



School notes

Montessori school students told about traffic rules

Students learn about the traffic rules at ABC Montessori School in BRS Nagar, Ludhiana. A tribune Photograph Students of ABC Montessori School, BRS Nagar, were apprised of traffic rules. Bhavgun Bedi of UKG was dressed as a traffic policeman. He spoke about the traffic rules and the importance of traffic lights. Rhymes on traffic lights were also recited on the occasion. Powerpoint presentations were also held at the school and teachers took the sessions.

Students learn about the traffic rules at ABC Montessori School in BRS Nagar, Ludhiana. A tribune Photograph 

Student notches 18th rank in English Olympiad

A student of Ryan International School, Dugri, Hargun of Class II secured international rank 1123 and state rank 18 in Punjab and Chandigarh in the fourth International English Olympiad.

Shreya secures top spot in talent exam

G Shreya, a student of Class II at BCM Senior Secondary School, Sector 32-A, bagged first rank in All-India Maths Science Talent Exam (AIMSTE-2014). More than 1 lakh students from Classes I to X of 26 states participated in the test. The principal of the school, DP Guleria handed over a cheque of Rs 6,000, awarded by the Centre for Excellence, New Delhi. — TNS



Ludhiana scan

Community service

The new team of Lions Club, Ludhiana Greater, will be undertaking a number of community service projects under the leadership of president Sanjiv Monga. The team narrowed down to activities such as plantation drives and medical camps during a meeting recently.

Army recruitment

The Army is organising a recruitment rally at Dholewal Military Complex. Tokens will be issued to candidates from Ludhiana (South, West and Central) and Khanna on July 31. On August 1, tokens will be issued to candidates from Raikot, Payal, Jagraon and Samrala. The medical examination will be conducted on August 6 and 7. A written examination of candidates, who go through the rally, will be held on August 31.

Poetry workshop

A wing of Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle is organising a three-day workshop for young poets from July 11 to 13. Experts will throw light on various aspects of poetry during the event.

Railway Budget condemned

Terming the Railway Budget elitist, the Marxist Communist Party of India (United) has said it offers nothing to the common man. Party general secretary Kuldip Singh said bullet trains have overshadowed interests of the common man. He said by failing to withdraw the recent hike in fares, the minister has added to the burden on passengers.

Saplings planted

The People For Animals, Ludhiana, organised a plantation drive at Jeev Kalyan Kendra and Bhagwan Mahavir Abheyshala at Khwajke village on Thursday. Organisation president Dr Sandeep K Jain along with his team and staff of the animal shelter planted saplings of mango, neem, gulmohar, sheesham, amaltass, jamun trees. Dr Jain said besides providing shade, these trees would provide food and shelter to animals and birds. — TNS



Gang of looters busted, 5 arrested with booty
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
The police today claimed to have busted a gang of looters by arresting five of its members here yesterday. The police recovered sharp weapons and looted money from their possession.

The suspects hail from Palari village of Dhoti district in Nepal. They have been identified as Keshav Bahadur, Lakshman Bahadur, Ujwal Bahadur, alias Rinku Bahadur, Amar Bahadar and Dhan Bahadur.

Ashok Kumar, in chargem Crime Investigation Agency (Headquarters), said a team on patrol duty at Kohara Chowk, Chandigarh Road, got a tip-off about the gang. A police party, led by Ashok Kumar, raided a closed industrial unit in the Nichi Mangali area.

According to the police, the suspects were planning another strike. The police nabbed them and recovered booty worth Rs 2.5 lakh from them. The police also seized several sharp weapons from the spot.

Ashok Kumar, in charge, Crime Investigation Agency, said: “During investigation, the accused confessed that they had looted Rs 2.5 lakh and valuables from a house in the Haibowal area”. They also confessed that they had perpetrated several loots on Ferozepur Road, Hambran Road and Samrala Road.

The police registered a case under sections 399 and 402 of the IPC and 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act at the Sahnewal police station. The suspects were produced before a local court that sent them to police remand.



Godown owner booked for storing seeds illegally
Our Correspondent

Khanna, July 10
An enforcement team of the Agriculture Department, Ludhiana, recovered large quantities of illegally stored seeds of different maize varieties during a raid at a godown on the Amloh road.

The police have booked the godown owner, Arun Gupta.

The godown had Gurswhan Steel written outside it. It was stocked with seeds without any licence.



Thieves strike at government dispensary 
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, July 10
Some unidentified thieves broke into the government dispensary at Mallha village near here and took away a gas cylinder, stove, regulator and other valuables the previous night.

The incident came to light this morning when a Class IV employee of the dispensary arrived there.

The employee, Sarabjit Kaur, said when she entered the dispensary, she found locks were broken and various things were missing.

On getting the information of the theft, dispensary in-charge Manjit Kaur informed the village panchayat, which further informed the police.

Station House Officer, Hathur, Shiv Kanwal Singh said the police have registered a case against unidentified thieves after recording Manjit Kaur’s statement.

“Efforts are being made to trace the accused,” he said.

Village sarpanch Gurmel Singh said incidents of theft were on the rise in Mallha and nearby villages. He said more than half a dozen thefts have taken place in the village during the past fortnight. Five gas cyclinders, stoves and valuables have been stolen, said the village head.

Thefts on the rise

Incidents of theft are on the rise in Mallha and nearby villages. Village sarpanch Gurmel Singh said more than half a dozen thefts had taken place in the village during the past fortnight.



Man arrested in corruption case 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
Vigilance officials nabbed senior associate of the Community Health Centre (CHC) of Shanewal for demanding a bribe of Rs 5,000 from a Class IV employee working in the same centre.

The accused, identified as Gurdev Singh, was caught taking cash in the presence of government witness Iqbal Singh, Block Primary Education Officer (BPEO), Dehlon, and Jaswinder Singh, Filed Officer, PUNSUP. SSP (Vigilance) Satinder Singh said Lalit Mohan, a resident of Shivpuri and a Class IV employee at the CHC, Sahnewal, lodged a complaint with the department stating that Gurdev Singh had demanded Rs 5,000 for converting his record of absenteeism into medical leave.

Soon after receiving the complaint, the vigilance officials laid a trap and nabbed Gurdev Singh.

The SSP said the accused had been booked under Sections 7,13 (2) 1988 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The SSP has appealed to the residents to inform the vigilance department if any government employee sought bribe in lieu of getting work done. The SSP said strict action would be taken against such an employee.



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