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City suffers as power plays truant
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 11
Extremely hot and humid weather, coupled with frequent unscheduled power cuts and load shedding, has made the life of city residents miserable. In addition to sweating it out during the day and night, the people also have to go without water supply when power fails during the water supply timings.

The already grim power scenario in the state suffered yet another setback when hydel projects of Himachal Pradesh suddenly stopped supplying around 300 lakh units (LUs) on a daily basis due to technical snags.

According to officials of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), the state was already having a shortfall of 450 to 500 MW of power due to the closure of one unit each of Ropar and Lehra Mohabbat thermal power stations. The newly commissioned first unit of the Rajpura thermal project was also not generating power to its capacity (700 MW).

While the PSPCL top brass continued to maintain that no power cuts, as yet, were imposed, residents in most of the localities complain power goes off for half an hour or more for at least six or eight times during the day and night.

The city residents are particularly sore at the power cuts coinciding with the water supply schedule. “Since the tube-wells installed for water supply do not have generators, the water supply is dependent on power. In case of power failure during the water supply timings, the taps remain dry and the overhead water tanks cannot be filled,” said Avinash Chander, a resident of Upkar Nagar.

Residents of Durgapuri Colony (Haibowal) complained they had to go without power for more than 14 hours from late evening to morning due to a technical fault in the distribution network.

Meanwhile, the PSPCL has withdrawn peak-load exemption granted to consumers fed from category I, II and III feeders (industrial units and large supply consumers) from July 11, 2014, till further orders. The regulatory measures were necessitated due to the peak demand and a shortfall in power availability, the orders said.

No respite from heat

According to the Agro-meteorology Department of Punjab Agricultural University, the maximum temperature was 38.8 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature was 30.4 degrees Celsius on Friday. The humidity level in the morning was 60 per cent while it was 38 per cent in the afternoon. The weather is expected to remain hot and dry in the next 24 hours.

“It is the most difficult weather. Sweat and heat continue to bother us,” says Aman, an executive. “Mine is field work and I have to go out on a motorbike during daytime. In this hot and humid weather, it is almost impossible to venture out during daytime. I pray for the monsoon to hit the city soon,” he says. — TNS


student’s rape case
Teachers condemn govt action
Say suspended teachers have been made scapegoats
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
Government schoolteachers affiliated with different teachers’ unions today held a protest outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office.

While condemning the Education Minister, Dr DS Cheema, for suspending three women teachers, including the headmistress, of Government School, Sunet, in the wake of the rape of a minor girl during the school hours on July 5, the teachers said if the three teachers were not reinstated till July 15, then they would carry out a massive protest against the government.

Union leaders, including Hardev Mullapur from the Democratic Teachers Front, Jaswant Jeerakh from the Inqulabi Kendra, Punjab, and Sukhwinder Singh Leel from the Democratic Employees’ Front, said the Education Department had washed its hands of by making the three teachers scapegoats.

The teachers have been unnecessarily victimised for no fault of theirs. They are very depressed.

Manoj Kumar from the Master Cadre Union and Charan Singh from the Government School Teachers’ Union demanded a high-level probe into the rape case. They demanded that only the guilty should be punished and the teachers should not be made scapegoats.

As the Deputy Commissioner was not present, the representatives of the unions handed the letter to the ADC, General.

The Education Minister yesterday suspended headmistress Joginder Kaur and two teachers, Tarwinder Kaur and Yojna Sharma.



Beat of drum yields MC Rs 5 lakh
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 11
In the course of stepped-up drive for recovery of arrears of house tax and user charges for water supply and sewerage, the cash-strapped Municipal Corporation today made a recovery of more than Rs 2 lakh while some more defaulters gave an undertaking to deposit the money on Monday and Tuesday.

According to Zonal Commissioner (Zone B) Kamlesh Bansal, the method of making announcements about defaulters in front of their respective properties had proved to be an effective way to make recovery of arrears.

Today, a recovery team engaged a drum beater, who went round several localities in Zone B and announced the names of defaulters in front of their properties.

The MC recovered Rs 2,04,157 from residents of Tajpur Road, Tibba Road, Hargobindpura, Hira Nagar, Kidwai Nagar and Transport Nagar. Two other defaulters gave an undertaking to pay Rs 2.93 lakh within the next two days, Bansal added.



Mid-day meal samples collected

Ludhiana, July 11
The Health Department collected 13 food samples from in and around the city today. A team, under the supervision of District Health Officer Abnash Kumar, collected the samples of curd, mixed vegetable, soft drink and milk from dhabas on the Samrala road. 

A sample of flour was collected from a mill while the samples of paneer, milk and soft drink were taken from a dhaba on the Dayalpura road. Another sample of panner was collected from a sweets shop at Jamalpur.

Meanwhile, a team of food safety officials checked the mid-day meal at Government Primary School, Model Gram, and collected the samples of “kheer”, rice and flour under quality control. The team also checked the mid-day meal at Girls’ Government Senior Secondary School at the Bharat Nagar chowk and took the samples of “khichdi” and flour. — TNS



Missing man found dead

Ludhiana, July 11
A 26-year-old man, who had gone missing from his house at Guru Harrai Nagar on Thursday morning, was found dead on the Jassian road here today.

ASI Kuldeep Singh of the Salem Tabri police station said the deceased had been identified as Harikrishan, a native of Uttar Pradesh. He was a driver at a local mall.

His body was found near a slum on the Jassian road this morning. The local residents informed the police about the body. It was learnt, the deceased was a drug addict and used to do drugs at the same place where his body was found.

The body of Abhishek Banerjee was also found under similar circumstances near SCD Government College a few days ago. — TNS



Aedes larvae found in Dugri
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
To keep dengue under check the health department today checked coolers and containers at different parts of the city.

Under the direction of Civil Surgeon, Dr Subhash Batta and under the supervision of District Epidemiologist, Dr Anil Verma checking of coolers and container was done in many areas of Ludhiana by breeding checkers and larva of aedes were found in 2 coolers at MIG flats, Phase-I, Dugri. The information regarding the same has been passed to Municipal Corporation. Dr Verma advocated the people not to let water stagnant in and around their houses. “Citizens must play their role to keep their households and surrounding areas clean all the time. Bottles, flower pots, old tyres and containers that can store water must be disposed of properly,” said he.



Awareness drive launched
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 11
The administration has launched an awareness drive against the outbreak of waterborne and other infectious diseases prevalent in hot and humid weather conditions.

Besides organising seminar for health workers and target population at Community Health Center and Primary Health Centers situated in surrounding localities, doctors led by Dr Rajesh Garg, SMO, organised awareness camps at educational institutes and financial organisations of the area.

Owners and managers of canteens, restaurants, roadside dhabas, tea stalls and other eateries in the area have been asked to update their workers about the need for sanitation, cleanliness, personal hygiene and other preventive measures against the outbreak of such diseases.

Showing satisfaction over response received from all concerned SMO Dr Rajesh Garg said majority of managers of eateries and counters providing fast food had implemented tips given by the medical experts during seminar organised recently.

Besides maintaining cleanliness in their kitchens and pantries the restaurant owners had been told to take care of health and hygiene of their staff.

Appreciating initiative taken by the health authorities Rishi Sharma, owner of A-one Fast Food Center said he had realised importance of small things after he attended seminar organised at local civil hospital.

“It was after attending the seminar that owners of restaurants thought to ensure that the staff, especially those deployed for cooking and serving food items, had their nails cut and also wore gloves and disposable caps as headgear,” said Sharma adding he like many others had started process for getting medical fitness certificates of all employees of the organization.

Authorities had directed owners of eateries to get themselves registered under the Food Safety Act and follow the directions of the department. 



Actress promotes tele epic in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
Television actress Shafaq Naaz was in the city for the promotion of the television series of Mahabharat today. She said she likes Punjabi culture and was happy to be in Punjab. Naaz said she hails from Meerut, and went to Mumbai to pursue acting as a career. 

She had to work very hard to find the right roles to begin with. But after all the struggle and hard work she has put in has paid off. She said that she is happy to have bagged television series. She said it is great to be a part of the epic television series of Mahabharat and she is enjoying acting in this series. 



Celebrating recovery from addiction
Volleyball tourney aims to help former drug addicts join the mainstream
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
After shunning drugs or still on the path of recovery, 120 persons are pinning their hopes on the Recovery Cup: a three-day volleyball tournament that kicked off at Chhoti Mundiyan today.

Eighteen teams representing various drug de-addiction centres from across the state are taking part in the tournament being organised by the Punjab State Drug Counselling and Rehabilitation Centres Union at the Growth Foundation Drug Counselling and Rehabilitation Centre, Chhoti Mundiyan.

Union president Amarjeet Singh said: “Most players have completely shunned drugs and are leading a healthy life. Some are still recovering and are undergoing treatment. The aim behind this tournament is make society aware of the fact that after leaving drugs, a person can lead a normal life and join the mainstream.”

The tournament was not inaugurated by any VIP, but by a former drug addict.

One of the contesting players, Gurpreet Singh, who is undergoing treatment at the hosting centre, said: “I am an NRI and belong to Patiala district. My addiction started with cocaine and ended with heroin. I am undergoing treatment for the past five months and feel much better now. I look forward to play today’s match.”

Amarjot, a former addict, said: “I am ‘clean’ now. I was stuck in a very bad world. It attracted me and ruined my life. Now, I have recovered and have reconnected with my family.”

Amarjot, who earns his livelihood through agriculture, said he was sure his team would win the match.

“If we can win over drugs, then why not this match?” he said.

The top three teams in the tournament will receive cash awards. The winner will get Rs 31,000, the other finalist Rs 11,000; and the second runners-up will get Rs 5,100.

Organiser an ex-addict

The president of Punjab State Drug Counselling and Rehabilitation Centres Union, which is organising the tournament, was a drug addict. The president, Amarjeet Singh, said: “I had been an addict for seven years and somehow managed to shun drugs. I am 34 years’ old. I can understand what goes through the mind of former addicts when they have to return to the mainstream of society. Keeping this in view, I thought of helping such persons come out of the darkness. The message of this tournament is very clear: We all are human beings and will always strive for a better and healthy society.”



illegal construction
RTI activist demands probe
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 11
In a complaint lodged with the vigilance wing of the Local Government Department, Punjab, the Council of RTI Activists president, Rohit Sabharwal, has alleged that a commercial building being constructed on a 200-sq-yd plot at Old Sabzi Mandi Chowk had made 100 per cent coverage, a non-compoundable violation of the building bylaws.

The complainant said the MC building branch had issued a challan to the owner of the building, but thereafter no follow-up action was taken against the defaulter, as provided under Section 269 of the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act 1976.

Demanding a high-level probe into the matter, Sabharwal said the inaction on the part of the MC against such brazen violations clearly indicated that the regulatory staff was a party to the illegal building activity for monetary gains.

Assistant Town Planner (ATP), Zone A, Harpreet Ghai, while admitting that the said building was being constructed without an approved building plan, said the building owner was in the process of pulling down parts of the structure where excess coverage had been made.

“We have made it clear to the owner that non-compoundable violations will have to be removed and rest of the unlawful construction will be compounded as per the provisions of the building bylaws,” he said.

Sources in the MC said that issuing challans for illegal construction and then taking no follow-up action was a standard practice of the field staff and officials of the building branch.

“Several factors, such as political interference, financial gains or, at times, legal recourse, stand in the way of taking action against the violations,” the sources said.

Another ATP in the line of fire

Former Punjab Health Minister Sat Pal Gosain has targeted another Assistant Town Planner, charging her with corrupt practices for approval of building plans.

In a complaint made to the Chief Minister and the Minister for Local Bodies, Gosain accused ATP (Zone B) Monica Anand of making a personal fortune while the MC was suffering a loss of revenue.

Stating that illegal buildings were being constructed with impunity in the city, Gosain demanded an inquiry.

Monica Anand, however, refuted the allegations saying the complaint was motivated.

“We had moved to stop work at an under-construction illegal building in Janakpuri area, while Gosain wanted the construction to be allowed without any approved building plan,” she said.



Dept issues new VAT 15 quarterly return form
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
The Excise and Taxation Department has issued new VAT 15 quarterly return form for the April-June quarter. The department has made an amendment under Section 13 (1), according to which traders will be able to claim the input tax credit (ITC) only after the sale of any good.

The input tax credit is given at the time of purchase of a good. Now, traders will be able to avail themselves of the credit after the good is sold. Earlier, it could be claimed after the purchase.

“The new forms require detailed information. Many new columns have been added in the forms enquiring about office stock, ITC, purchases inside the state, balance stock, ITC that is to be carry-forwarded and stock percentage,” said Jatinder Khurana, executive member of the Indian Taxation Advocates’ Association.

Another lawyer, Rajiv Johar, said the department has introduced the new forms when the last date of filing the return is just round-the-corner.

“The department should give at least 30 days to fill in the forms after making amendments to an existing form,” he said.

Sanjay Garg, another lawyer, said on checking a few days ago, he could not find the new forms uploaded on the website.

“The department should give some time for filling in the forms as these require complex information and the last date is approaching,” he said.



Good Samaritans: NGO gives wings to budding cricketer’s dreams
Tribune News Service

Lovjeet with the cricket kit and bicycle gifted to him by members of the Global Social Foundation in Ludhiana.
Lovjeet with the cricket kit and bicycle gifted to him by members of the Global Social Foundation in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, July 11
An NGO has taken the initiative to fulfil the cricketing dreams of a budding player, Lovejit. At an age of 10, the gifted cricketer practises for eight hours a day. The Global Social Foundation has gifted him a bicycle and a cricket kit, seeing his passion for the game.

His father, Manjit Singh, said Lovejit had been practising since the age of three.

He said his son played excellent cricket and faced fast balls with great prowess.

To fulfil his father’s dream of seeing him play professional cricket, the foundation decided to help Lovejit as he comes from a financially weak background.

Rahul Sharma from the Global Social Foundation said: “The boy is very talented. We came to know that he practises hitting the ball blindfolded.”

Lovejit considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol and has places the great cricketer’s idol on the terrace where he practises daily.

“Lovejit wants to represent the country in the 2023 Cricket World Cup,” said Manjit.



Man seeks CBI probe into son’s murder
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
A Prem Vihar resident has demanded a CBI inquiry into the alleged kidnapping and murder of his son in 2012.

The complainant, Jagdish Chand, alleged that his son, Shivam (14), was allegedly kidnapped and murdered by Sunil Kumar, Lallu and their accomplices on May 1, 2012. An FIR was registered against the duo on May 22, 2012, and Sunil was arrested in the case, while a Ludhiana court declared Lallu a proclaimed offender, said the father.

Later, however, the court acquitted the two on February 28, 2014, as Jagdish failed to appear in the court and provide sufficient evidence.

Demanding a CBI inquiry, Jagdish alleged the suspects were roaming free and threatening him of dire consequences if he talked to the police or mediapersons.

“I wrote a letter to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini, seeking justice, but to no avail,” he said.



Stillbirth: Man accuses docs of negligence
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, July 11
The father of a stillborn baby has accused the doctors at the Community Health Centre (CHC), Sahnewal, of negligence leading to the stillbirth of his child at the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana.

Pinku Kumar, whose wife was admitted with labour pains at the CHC at 3 am on Wednesday, said it was her first delivery.

“We asked one of the doctors if there was any risk involved, but she assured us that everything was fine and the baby would be delivered in the next few hours. For the whole day, there was no progress. At 7 pm, the doctor asked us to take my wife to the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, immediately,” said Pinku.

He said a doctor called an ambulance to send his wife to the Civil Hospital and made his sister sign an undertaking that the kin were responsible for whatever happened to the mother and the child.

“It took an hour to reach the hospital and another hour to begin the surgery. Till then the child had died. The Civil Hospital doctors reprimanded us for bringing my wife when the case had turned too critical,” said Pinku Kumar.

One of the deceased’s kin said if it was not possible to deliver the child at the health centre, doctors could have at least hinted towards making alternative arrangements rather than telling them not to worry throughout the day.

Pinku Kumar demanded strict action against the erring doctors. He said he tried to submit a complaint to the Senior Medical Officer (SMO), Sahnewal, but he was not available.

The SMO, Parminderpal Singh Sidhu, told The Tribune: “The doctor did whatever was possible to perform a normal delivery. However, when it became necessary to do a C-section, the patient was told to go the Civil Hospital. We are facing an acute shortage of doctors. The lack of gynaecologists led to the incident.”



City remembers Zohra

City-based personalities associated with cinema, theatre reminisce performances of the grand old lady

"I met Zohraji a few times. The last time I met her when she won Gyanpeeth award. She was not only a great actress, but also a great human being. There are very few persons who are extremely committed to their work. She was full of life and was very helpful to everyone. She lived a long life, earned respect and admiration with her zest for life." —Dr Kewal Dhir, Chairman, Adeeb International

"She was a great actor. She had a strong willpower. Not only did she live long, but also had a long career as she worked till late. Her last movie was in 2007. What makes her great was her great willpower and she continued working and remained active for a very long period." —Jaswinder Bhalla, actor

"She was a great actor and contributed to theatre, cinema and dance in a big way. She was a powerful personality and earned appreciation for whatever art she performed, whether it was acting or dance. I particularly remember her narration." —Surender Sharma, theatre artist 

"She is an inspiration. Whenever I read about her, it always inspire me as despite age, she was so full of life and continued to do good roles. She was a great lady. With her demise, it is curtains on a great career, but her contribution to theatre, dance and cinema and as a great human being would always be cherished and remembered." —Nirmal Rishi, actor and theatre personality

"Zohra was known for her passion and her longevity. She remained full of life and active almost throughout her long life. She would be remembered enthusiasm and passion."—Jagdev Singh Jassowal, a social and cultural activist



pau notes
Training course concludes

A five-day training programme on “Agro-based Industries” concluded at the Department of Processing and Food Engineering, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), today. The training course saw participation of a total of 25 farmers/rural youth from Punjab interested in setting up the agro-processing complexes. Farmers were provided training in the area of various agro-industries such as grain milling, oil seed and pulses milling, processing of spices, animal feed milling and gur and khandsari making etc. Apart from that, farmers were also provided platform for interaction with banking experts for taking loans and state agencies for subsidies. Many farmers have established agro-processing complexes and are running them successfully after getting training from the University. Chief Guest, Dr HS Dhaliwal, Director of Extension Education, appreciated the efforts of the department in organising the training and encouraged the farmers towards value addition and farm level processing.

Training for agro-advisors

A training programme on “Preparation and Dissemination of Agro-advisories” was organized by the School of Climate Change and Agricultural Meteorology at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), today.

PAU Director of Research Dr SS Gosal said agro-advisory is vital to make best use of favourable weather conditions and for making adjustment with adverse weather. He added that the significance of weather advisories has increased under the present scenario of climatic variability. Dr Gosal said agricultural production has a direct link with weather. “Although a great progress has been made in terms of infrastructure, techniques and mode of dissemination of weather based information to the masses, yet the accuracy of prediction needs to be improved,” he observed. He said the liaison between India Meteorology Department (IMD) and PAU needs to be further strengthened to serve the cause of agriculture. He emphasised on the development of district level advisories. — TNS



college notes
Students excel

Students of Khalsa Institute of Management and Technology for Women, Civil lines, have excelled in the academic result of PTU examination. Students made a mark by securing above 80 peer cent. Gitanshu of MBA III semester stood first with 84 per cent followed by Richa Singla 83 per cent and Baljeet Kaur 82 per cent where as Geetanjali of MBA I scored 78 per cent followed by Surbhi Jain with 77 per cent and Surbhi Garg with 76.93 per cent, respectively. In BBA V semester Inderjit Kaur scored 80 per cent, Jyoti Arora 79 per cent, Ishita 78 per cent. From BBA III semester Harmanjot Kaur stood first with 80 per cent, Avneet Kaur scored 80 per cent and Khushdeep Kaur scored 78 per cent. Whereas Mandeep Kaur of BBA I semester scored 75 per cent, Karamvir Kaur Grewal and Sakshi Berry scored 72 per cent, Karampreet Kaur scored 71 per cent.

GGNIMT students bring laurels

BCA II students of GGN Institute of Management & Technology (GGNIMT), Civil Lines, brought laurels with their exceptional performance in PTU final examination-2014 .Geetanjali was placed at the first position with 88.28 per cent, while Kuljeet Babber was placed at 2nd position with 82.71 per cent marks. Manpreet Singh stood at the 3rd position with 79.85 per cent marks. Geetanjali attributed his success to hard work, regular studies and the guidance provided by the faculty members. Principal Dr PS Khattra applauded the achievers and advised them to carry on with their efforts for a successful career.

World Population Day

Mata Ganga Khalsa Girls Collegiate Senior Secondary School (under the management of SGPC, Amritsar) organised a seminar on World Population Day. On this occasion, Dr JB Singh (SMO, Payal) shared his valuable views on population problem and the contribution of girls in controlling the population of the world. He stressed on the need of female education.



school notes
Face painting competition

MGM School organised an inter-house face painting competition. Each house demonstrated the artistic dexterity. Gurleen Kaur of Ajmer House won the first prize followed by Prabhjot Singh of Hemkunt House and Simran Birdi of Vatican House getting second and third prize, respectively. Principal Poonam Sharma felicitated the winners and laid emphasis on the importance of art and colour in human life.

Vegetable modelling

Maple Bear Canadian Playway and Nursery School, Udham Singh Nagar, Ludhiana, organised a vegetable modelling show. Students wearing cutouts of vegetables participated in the competition. Kids came dressed in colourful outfits posing as brinjal, carrots, capsicum , ladyfinger, onion and tomato.

Workshops on effective communication

A workshop on effective communication skills was conducted by Sunita Kadian from Mac Million Education at Ryan International School, Ludhiana. The session helped the teachers to establish the bridge of communication to increase team bonding. Principal Dr Parveena John said, “Such inspirational and effective workshop holds a key role in enhancing the knowledge and teaching skills.

Fruit party

To keep unhealthy junk food at bay, Green Land Convent School, Sec-32, Ludhiana, celebrated fruit party. Students came to school dressed as fruits. The tiny tots were looking captivating in their attires. It was celebrated with a purpose to make the children aware of the benefits of fruits. Principal Vinita Sanan in her address laid importance on eating fruits to lead a healthy and disease free life.

World Population Day observed

World Population Day was observed here today at Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School, Sherpur Road. A lecture was delivered on the theme — Population growth and its ill-effects— in the morning assembly. Students made posters and wrote slogans in their activity periods and then they raised slogans to spread awareness about the ill-effects of population explosion. Sharing her opinion on the overgrowing population, the Managing Director Avinash Kaur Walia said population growth is one of the serious issues and needs to be controlled. Chairman Nirmal Singh Walia, director Mandeep Singh, principal Sandeep Raikhi, headmistress Kamalpreet Kaur and academic advisor Amrita Gakhar were also present on the occasion.

Investiture at Radha Vatika

Khanna: Radha Vatika School, Khanna, organised an investiture ceremony to motivate students to understand their responsibilities. Members of the newly-formed student council were honoured with sachets and badges. Chairman Nirmal Parkash Sofat, director RP Sharma and principal Arvind Sakarsudha were present on the occasion. Ex- head boy Ayush Gupta and ex-head girl Nikhita Sharma marched forward and handed over the responsibilities to head boy Rahul Narang of Class XI (comm.) and head girl Vinny Jaidka of Class XI (science). They stood with the school flag along with vice-head boy Trinator Shourie, vice-head girl Jasmine, secretaries, deputy secretaries and prefects. On the occasion, a pledge was also taken in order to maintain the decorum of the school. — TNS



Ludhiana Scan

Ailing man needs help

Rajinder Kumar is undergoing treatment at Christian Medical College and Hospital. He is suffering from non right tibia. He is currently on I/V antibiotics, physiotherapy and suture line dressings. The approximate cost of his treatment is 85,000. He is not very well off financially and needs some help. For further details and those interested in donating money can contact at 9872346233.

ESIC starts Amnesty Scheme

To reduce the number of litigation by providing a mechanism for resolution of disputes outside the court, Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has come forth with Amnesty Scheme 2014 for settlement of court cases by employers raising disputes on coverage or assessment of contribution and complaints filed by the corporation. Employers of both closed and running units may avail benefits as envisaged under the scheme.

Mazdoor union flays govt

Karkhana Mazdoor Union, Punjab Textile Hosiery Kaamgar Union has condemned the government’s decision for introducing a law where people and organizations will be required to sought permission from the government before holding any rally dharna and demonstration. Strict punishment will be given even for minimal losses. The union has asked the government not to bring this law into enforcement.

Medical camp

Round the clock medical camp is going on at Dharamshala in Sihora after diarrhea outbreak. Today 12 new patients were examined till 5 PM and no new case of diarrhea was reported. All were old cases of diarrhea or cases of pain abdomen and other ailments. 697 houses were surveyed and in those houses only 7 old case of diarrhea are taking treatment at home. Out of 12 samples collected from Sihora Village 8 were bacteriological unsafe.

Tree plantation drive
Member of an NGO, Sambhav Foundation, address a press conference about Earth Hour in Ludhiana on Friday.
Member of an NGO, Sambhav Foundation, address a press conference about Earth Hour in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

After the successful implementation of traffic diversion plan at Jagraon bridge initiated by Sambhav Foundation in support with district administration, Sambhav an NGO in collaboration with VMAD team dreamt of having a pollution-free green ludhiana. Sambhav & VMAD initiated a movement under the name of Earth hour Ludhiana which involves plantation of 1 lakh trees in 1 hour. The intention of the event is to involve citizens of the city into taking ownership of the city. City residents have already pledged more than 90,000 trees to be planted on 20th July. Jatinder Singh Manchanda member of Sambhav and a resident of Dugri said, “Children of all age groups are volunteering for the cause and are fully excited about the event.” Gagandeep Singh, a volunteer of the project, said, “I am so surprised to see the enthusiasm of residents for such initiatives. I receive more than 500 calls daily of people willing to join the revolution.” Support from various groups and institutions have been coming in, including Smile Playway School, Devki Devi Jain College, NCC Cadets, Indian Army, CICU, Ludhiana Management Association, Edu Square and many more industrial and educational institutions. Special support is being provided by Deputy Commissioner, Mayor, Municipal Corporation Commissioner and DFO of Ludhiana.

Shiv Sena submits memorandum

Shiv Sena Punjab has submitted a memorandum to ADC (Development) and Zonal Commissioner Isha Kalia to cancel the contract given to Prasanna company within ten days in the view of loss being incurred. Rajiv Tandon, Chairman of Shiv Sena Punjab said the city bus service is incurring a loss of Rs 2.25 lakhs per day, and the contract should to be cancelled. — TNS



22-year-old commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 11
A 22-year-old, who was allegedly suffering from hair fall, committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan in her house at Raji Colony, near Hambra road, here today.

The deceased has been identified as Rajddep Kaur. Her parents found her hanging this morning and informed the police.

The police has initiated inquest proceeding under 174 of the CrPC.



15 booked for duping woman
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, July 11
The Jagraon police have booked 15 persons, including four Canada-based NRIs, for duping a woman of Rs 30 lakh on the pretext of sending her daughter to Canada after marriage.

The case was registered against the NRI groom and 14 others, including five women, on the complaint of Amarjit Kaur, a resident of Gagewal village in Barnala district. In her complaint to the police, Amarjit Kaur stated that in 2008, Gurbax Singh and his wife, Balvir Kaur, of Bassian village near Raikot had introduced her to a Canada-based NRI, Rajpal Singh, who was searching for a bride.

“Rajpal Singh demanded Rs 30 lakh for marrying my daughter and taking her to Canada, to which I agreed,” stated Amarjit Kaur.

Besides paying the said amount, she spent around Rs 8 lakh on the wedding that took place in November 2008, stated the complainant.

“After the wedding, Rajpal Singh returned to Canada and promised that he will call my daughter there soon. But he never called her to Canada,” stated Amarjit Kaur.

The woman lodged a complaint with the Senior Superintendent of Police, Jagraon, Ravcharan Singh Brar, who marked an inquiry into the matter.

The investigating officer, Sub-Inspector Jaswinder Singh, said the police have registered a case against Rajpal Singh, his NRI relatives Balraj Singh, Gurtej Singh and Davinder Singh and 11 others under various sections of the IPC at the Raikot police station. The other suspects include Bassian residents Gurbax Singh, Balvir Kaur, Jaswinder Singh, Kulwant Singh and his wife, Rippy, Raj Singh and his wife, Jaswinder Kaur, of Baghapurana, and Jagraon residents Kulwant Singh, Darsho, Boota Singh and Gurdeep Singh. None of the suspects has been arrested so far.

“All of them are absconding. They will be arrested soon,” said the SI.



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