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Man kills himself over money
Body of class IV employee found hanging from tree on PAU campus
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
A 50-year-old class IV employee of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree on the university campus this morning. The deceased has been identified as Raj Kumar.

According to the police, he had lent money to someone. Raj Kumar was upset as the person did not return his money.

On Friday evening, he did not return to his house in the Rajguru Nagar area. He worked as part-time waiter at marriage parties during the night. His family members did not look out for him, thinking he might have gone to a marriage party.

He hanged himself from a tree near the canal road on the PAU campus.

In the morning, his body was spotted by passersby who informed the police. The PAU police reached the spot and initiated investigation into the case.

Surinder Kumar, PAU SHO, said after investigation, the police registered a case of abetment to suicide.

The SHO said the members of the deceased’s family stated that Raj Kumar was upset as a person known to him did not return his money. Sanjay Kumar allegedly borrowed Rs 20,000 from him and did not pay back. He had been harassing Raj Kumar over this issue, they alleged.

The police registered a case against Sanjay under section 306 (abetment to suicide).

Meanwhile, the body was handed to Raj Kumar’s family after a post-mortem examination was conducted at the Civil Hospital. “The police are further investigating the matter,” said the SHO.

Kin cry foul

The Station House Officer of the PAU said the members of the deceased’s family stated that Raj Kumar was upset as a person known to him did not return his money.


Cash-strapped civic body turns to ad agencies for revenue tips
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
To get suggestions from those running advertising agencies, the Municipal Corporation Commissioner, Pradeep Aggarwal, called a meeting at the Zone D office here today.

The members of the Advertising Committee, which was dissolved by the mayor a few days ago, said if they were asked to attend the meeting, they could have given better suggestions than others. At the same time, the officials maintained since the meeting was open to all, anyone could take part in it.

More than 15 representatives from different advertising agencies attended the meeting and put forth their suggestions about how the MC could get maximum revenue through advertising. Most of the contractors felt the MC imposed “strict conditions” on agencies, leading to poor response to tenders. They say tenders should be open to all.

“The approval for putting up advertisements on private buildings must not be given because it defeats the purpose of tendering. Private buildings, malls can be the great source of revenue for the MC. Leaving vested interests aside, interests of the civic body should be watched as it is in a dire straits,” said a representative, who attended the meeting and appreciated the Commissioner’s move.

The BJP councillor and chairman of the dissolved advertisement committee said: “We are for the betterment of the civic body. If revenue worth crores can be generated through advertisements, then the MC will certainly not face such financial crisis,” said Aggarwal.

The representatives were told that a notification on the building bylaws would be issued anytime by the state government. The aim of the meeting was to get suggestions from advertising agencies so maximum revenue could be generated by the MC.

Congress seeks CBI probe into ad scam

Congress leaders, who were “mum” on the issue till now, said a CBI probe should be conducted into the “scam” relating to advertisements on city buses.

“Not just display of advertisements on private buildings, for which allegations are being levelled against the ruling party, but a thorough probe should also be conducted into the advertisements displayed on vehicles of City Bus Service. There is no record of the revenue generated through advertising on the city buses,” said Gurpreet Gogi, a Congress councillor.



Parking space: 84 to get notices for bylaw violations
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
The Assistant Town Planner (Zone D), Monika Anand, said today that notices were being issued to defaulters for violating the parking norms or allegedly misusing the parking space for other commercial purposes. The violators have been asked to bring their documents, if any, within seven days or action against them will be initiated by the civic body for violating the parking norms.

Monika Anand told The Tribune that notices were being issued following a complaint made by an RTI activist, Rohit Sabharwal. “We have given the respondents seven days’ time to bring their record, if any, showing that they have MC permission for parking. In case they fail to do so, action as per law will be initiated against them,” she said.

On July 7, Sabharwal complained to the Minister for Local Bodies and other higher-ups both in Chandigarh and Ludhiana that these 84 buildings have not left proper parking space as shown in the approved maps. People visiting these buildings have to park their vehicles on roads, which causes inconvenience to the public.



Teachers block traffic
Our Correspondent

Khamano, July 12
Over 200 teachers, ferried to the area in six buses, blocked the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road for more than an hour here today.

The Sikhia Providers’ Union members, led by Gagandeep Singh Bathinda and Gursewak Singh Bhadson, alleged that their four leaders, including the state president, were detained by the Ropar police when they were on their way to meet the Education Minister.

The protesters demanded immediate release of the union leaders.

Due to the blockade, commuters had a tough time. Later, the traffic was diverted through other routes.

The Senior Superintendent of Police, Fatehgarh Sahib, Gurmeet Singh Chauhan; Deputy Superintendent of Police, Khamano, Ramandeep Singh; Sub Divisional-Magistrate, Khamano, Arina Duggal; and Superintendent of Police (D) Piratpal Singh Thind reached the site and persuaded the protesters to open the blockade.

After talking to the Ropar SSP, Chauhan asked the protestors to move to Ropar to meet their leaders.



Burger joint mistake lands man in hospital

Doraha, July 12
A man who was served a non-vegetarian burger, instead of a vegetarian burger ordered by him, at a local outlet of an international fast food chain had to be taken to hospital after he began vomiting here today.

Sikander, who was on his way to Ludhiana with his two friends, ordered four vegetarian burgers at the local McDonald’s outlet on the highway. However, on taking a bite, he realised it was non-vegetarian.

His friend Jugraj said Sikander, who cannot bear the sight of meat, started vomiting and his pulse rate dropped. The friends took him to a local hospital.

Manager of the outlet, Vishwa Nath Thakur, said the trio was served someone else’s order by mistake. SHO, Doraha, Rajneesh Kumar, reached the spot to verify the facts and record statements of both the sides. — OC



All set for writers’ body polls
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Preparations are in full swing for the biennial elections of the Kendri Punjabi Lekhak Sabha scheduled to take place tomorrow at Punjabi Bhawan.

The election officer, Janmeja Singh Johal, said that Dr Labha Singh Kheeva had already been unanimously elected the sabha president for 2014-2016.

Two more office-bearers—Manjeet Kaur and Amritbir Kaur—have been unanimously elected vice-president (reserved for women) and secretary (reserved for women) respectively.

Dr Karamjit Singh and Des Raj Kali are in contention for the post of general secretary. For the post of senior vice-president, the contest is between Sulakhan Sarhaddi and Atarjit.

There are seven candidates vying for four remaining posts of vice-president: Sukhcharan Singh Sidhu, Tarlochan Jhande, Hardeep Dhillon, Jasveer Jhajj, Ram Murti, Deep Devinder Singh and Maan Singh Dhindsa.

For the secretary’s post there are five contestants: Surinderpreet Ghaniya, Sukhdarshan Garg, Karam Singh Vakeel, Dr Kanwar Jasminderpal Singh and Varghis Salamat.

Johal said: “We have decided to go paperless. The election will be conducted through computerised system.”

The election officer said 3,137 members are eligible to vote. The polling will take place between 11am and 5pm.



Four make it to final at city auditions
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Auditions for the beauty pageant for married women, Mrs India Globe 2014, were held in the city today. Mrs India Globe 2013 Bir Kaur Dhillon was present at the launch of the pageant being organised by the Women on Women Welfare Foundation.

The pageant winner will compete with representatives of various countries at the Mrs Globe 2014, to be held in China later this year, said Dhillon.

In addition to Ludhiana, the auditions will be held in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Delhi, Kolkata, and Chandigarh. In all, 30 participants will compete in the finals.

The four finalists selected from the city were Sona Singh, Surabhi Soni, Shivangi Gupta and Simple Kwatra.

Dhillon said most pageants were limited to young, single women, but this competition recognised the contribution of those women who juggle with several roles and responsibilities, balancing their family and professional life.

The finals will be held at Neemrana Fort on the Delhi-Jaipur highway in August this year.

The contest winner will also be given the title of Mrs India Beauty Queen. 



Power pangs turn up heat in city 
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Even as power continues to play truant and there’s no respite from hot, humid weather conditions, the politics of ‘power’ continues. The District Congress today flayed the state government for making tall claims about the availability of surplus power in Punjab. “The state government is in habit of “weaving a web of lies” on issues of public interest,” alleged District Congress Committee Ludhiana (Urban) chief Pawan Dewan. “Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal have been claiming that the state was power surplus. Yet power supply situation is dismal in the state. Long and frequent power cuts are being imposed in industrial and domestic sectors,” said Dewan.

“The state government’s tall claims about uninterrupted power supply to industrial and domestic sectors stand exposed,” he added.

Dewan said the statements of the PSPCL chairman and the state’s Chief Minister on the availability of power in the state were contradictory. “On the one hand, the state’s CM is claiming that the state is power surplus while on the other, the PSPCL chairman has issued a circular that announces a daily 12-hour power cut in the industrial sector keeping in view deficient monsoon.” Dewan said it was clear who was telling lies. “One who is telling lies to the public should quit,” he said. Dewan said the industry was suffering because of long power cuts. 



Railway manager reviews work 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Divisional Railway Manager RC Goel today visited the Ludhiana railway station to review the construction work on Lakkar Bridge. RC Goel told officials to expedite work. He also inspected railway platforms.

Ravinder Sharma, Station Superintendent, said the official told them to maintain cleanliness.

The city railway station lacks basic facilities. Vendors selling soft drinks and packaged water overcharge passengers. In the absence of waiting rooms, the passengers are forced to sit on floors.

There is no drinking water facility and sanitation is given a miss at the staion.



DC inaugurates radiology centre
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal today inaugurated the state-of-art radiology and medical imaging centre at Fortis Hospital.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, the Aggarwal said providing cost-effective treatment, especially to the poor, was the need of the hour.

“The benefits of cutting-edge advanced medical technologies should be made accessible to all. No one should be left wrongly diagnosed or untreated for the want of money,” he said.

Iraq turmoil in focus at special talk

The ongoing events in Iraq and the Middle East pose a serious threat to world peace and India could not remain a mute spectator.

This was stated by Dr Ajay Patnaik, professor, School of Central Asian Studies, JNU, New Delhi, while delivering a talk on the ongoing conflict in Iraq.

He said the turmoil in Iraq was a result of the geopolitical strategy of the US and its allies to dominate the region for energy and strategic interests.

The event was organised by the Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) and Social Thinkers’ Forum.

Dr Patnaik said: “There is total chaos in Iraq and Syria. Egypt, too, is in turmoil. The US policy of regime change to establish democracy in the countries of the region stands thoroughly exposed as none of these countries has adopted democracy.” 



Rs 10 lakh grant announced
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 12
Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh Bittu has said he would be giving grants on priority to those villages and localities which had been ignored by the state government due to political reasons.

Bittu was addressing activists and office-bearers of the Congress near here today.

Bittu announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh for setting up of streetlights and of an equal amount for development of sports in the locality.

The MP said the SAD-BJP government was discriminating with villages and localities that had not voted in favour of the Congress.



Admn shelters 37 beggars
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
The district administration sent 37 beggars to the civic body’s shelter home today. Two weeks ago, Rajat Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, appealed to temple committees not to let the beggars sit outside religious places.

In the third phase of the anti-begging campaign, a team comprising Isha Kalia, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), Kamaljit Kaur, Assistant Town Planner, officials of the Municipal Corporation, Rajinder Sharma, member, Noble Foundation, and Shiv Ram Saroy associated with the Ann Jal Sewa Trust, visited Bharat Nagar Chowk, Shri Durga Mata Mandir, Jagraon Bridge, Dandi Swami Mandir, Kali Mata Mandir and sent 37 beggars to the shelter home.

Isha Kalia said, “We requested the beggars to move to the shelter home. Office-bearers of the temple committees were asked to put up boards to keep beggars off the religious places. We have asked them to cooperate with us and help us eradicate the menace.”

On seeing the officials, a few beggars ran away, leaving their belongings behind. Many were seen urging the officials to let them off.

So far, the administration has rehabilitated more than 100. Some of them have gone back home with the help of the administration. Eight beggars were sent to the de-addiction centre at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana.

The district administration is keen on rehabilitating the beggars, but the exercise is not as easy as it seems. Isha Kalia, ADC (D), said, “The beggars do not want to stay at the shelter home, but we try making them understand that this will only help them lead a good life.” 



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Poets to be felicitated

Gurdwara Shri Singh Sabha, Model Gram, will host Yaadgari Gurumati Samagam in the memory of young poet Paramdeep Singh Deep on July 13. Five panthak poets who have contributed in the field of Gurmati poetry will be honoured along with 25 young poets from all over Punjab. Yuwak Likhari Sodh and Sikhlai Kender, a unit of Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, is holding a three-day workshop to discuss works and skills of various poets.

Budget reactions

Irrigation Minister, Punjab, Sharanjit Singh Dhillon has hailed the debut Budget of the Modi government. He said the Union Budget was growth oriented and people friendly. Dhillon said the Union Finance Minister has taken care of all sections of the society. The Auto Parts Manufacturers’ Association, meanwhile, said the Budget failed to take into consideration genuine demands of the industry in Punjab, especially the MSME sector.


Textile Commissioner Kiran Soni Gupta visited Ludhiana Integrated Textile Park. Difficulties being faced by the knitwear and textile industry were brought to her notice. The need to establish a training centre for the benefit of poor youth was also brought up.

Legislation flayed

The Sikh Students Federation (Mehta) has condemned the Haryana Vidhan Sabha for passing the Haryana Sikh Gurdwaras (Management) Bill, 2014, that paved the way for setting up of a separate Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee for Haryana. The federation leaders said they will organise a protest against the Congress in Punjab on the issue.

Power pangs

Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta) district president Darshan Singh and district general secretary Sudagar Singh Ghudani said farmers in the district were distressed due to power shortage. They said farmers have to use generator-sets, leading to financial loss.


ETT Teachers’ Union members met Cabinet Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon and submitted a memorandum to him. They said 5,752 schools and 13,000 teachers should be added to the Education Department. — TNS



Reluctant to pursue studies, girl kills herself
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
A 16-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at Rishi Nagar last evening. According to her parents, she killed herself as she did not want to study further.

The deceased has been identified as Sukhwinder Kaur, a resident of G Block at Rishi Nagar. Her parents told the police that she failed in the class VIII exams was depressed. She didn’t want to pursue studies but her parents were forcing her for further studies. She was alone at home on Friday afternoon. Her mother reached home at around 4 pm and found Sukhwinder hanging.

She was rushed to the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) where doctors declared her dead on arrival.

Meanwhile, the police initiated investigation into the case. Surinder Kumar, PAU SHO, said: “The deceased failed in class VIII exams last year and was not interested to study further. She went into depression as her parents wanted her to pursue studies”.



FIRs lodged against 191 encroachers 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Following the complaint of the MC Joint Commissioner, the Division No. 5 police have lodged FIRs against 191 persons in Jawahar Nagar Camp for encroaching upon public land.

The civic body had acted against 450 defaulters in February 2013 following a contempt of court petition. After a few months, the defaulters constructed rooms/washrooms on government land. Three more complaints were filed as the encroachments resurfaced.

The High Court had directed the authorities to lodge FIRs against the defaulters. They were also told to impose a fine up to Rs 15,000 a month (per house) on them. Following the directions, the defaulters were sent notices, but to no avail.

The FIRs were lodged under Sections 283, 426, 447 IPC, Section 3 of the Prevention of damage to Public Property Act, 1984.

RTI activist Rohit Sabharwal said: “Nobody has the right to encroach upon public land. The authorities should recover the penalty,” said the activist.



Recovery cup: Shedding inhibitions sportingly 
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
The three-day Recovery Cup Tournament kicked off at the Growth Foundation Drug Counselling and Rehabilitation Centre, Chhoti Mundiyan, yesterday.

Twenty teams from various drug de-addiction centres are participating in the volleyball meet.

Harminder Singh (29), who is representing Ekam Foundation, Kharar, said: “Such events instil confidence in drug addicts.”

He extended gratitude to the Punjab State Drug Counselling and Rehabilitation Centres Union for organising the tournament.

A volunteer at Gurushakti Foundation, Hoshiarpur Maninder Singh, said he could not continue his studies. “I have been undergoing treatment for the past more than three months. We play volleyball at the drug de-addiction centre every day. The sport has boosted my confidence. I want all drug addicts to come out of the darkness and enjoy life as it is beautiful.”

Amarjeet Singh, president, Punjab State Drug Counselling and Rehabilitation Centres Union, said, “The tournament was inaugurated by Sarabjeet, Sagar and Amit Puri yesterday. The three have succeeded in shunning drugs. The matches ended at 4 am. Eight teams have steered into the quarterfinals of the tournamnet. Four teams will make it to the semifinals which will be held tomorrow.”

The closing ceremony will not witness any VIPs. 



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