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Day 2: City roads still waterlogged
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
It has been more than 24 hours since the rain stopped but many areas of city are still waterlogged. Low-lying areas in Industrial Area and Focal Point are still waterlogged, posing inconvenience to workers and industrialists.

Just two hours of rain yesterday took a heavy toll on the roads. “There is no drainage here. It will take one or two days for stagnant water to subside. It is a miserable state of affairs in Transport Nagar and Industrial Area. We have appealed to the officials of the Municipal Corporation to come to our rescue, but to no avail,” said Sukhchain Singh, manager of an auto-parts manufacturer at Focal Point.

The residents of other low-lying areas such as Janak Puri and Saban Bazar also faced similar problems.


Employees at Mini-Secretariat basement dread rain
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
Each time it rains heavily, there is chaos in the basement of the Mini-Secretariat here. As soon as rain stops, employees of different government departments get busy draining the rainwater from their respective offices. There has been no improvement in the situation there for the past many years.

An employee said: “Whenever it rains heavily, it becomes difficult for us to work in our respective offices as the whole basement stinks for days together . The government must take some concrete steps to solve this problem”.

Parminder Singh, who usually visits the Mini-Secretariat, said: “The state government collects so many taxes from the public but when it comes to providing them with the basic amenities it keeps its eyes shut. This complex looks so good from outside but once you go in the basement on any rainy day, you get to know the hard reality, which the visitors face.

“A few years ago, I had to wade in knee-deep in the basement. Suddenly, I realised that something had hit my foot. When I pulled my foot up, I was shocked to see a dead rat stuck in it”.

What Deputy Commissioner says

"The level of the Ferozepur road has gone up compared to that of the Mini-Secretariat. The Mini-Secretariat complex does not have the facility of storm-water pipes. Last year, the Public Health Department prepared a proposal for tackling this problem. I am trying to go through the proposal. I will discus the proposal with the departments concerned and see what can be the best solution to the problem."

— Rajat Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner

Offices stink

"It becomes difficult for us to work in our offices as the whole basement stinks for days together. The government must take some concrete steps to solve this problem."

— An employee



Two lives snuffed out in accident
Tribune News Service

VijayLudhiana, July 29
Two bikers were killed in an accident on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh highway early this morning. An unidentified vehicle hit the motorcycle near Rampur village at around 4:30 am.

The deceased were identified as Vijay Kumar (26) of Namandeep Colony and Niranjan Thakur (17), a resident of Shanker Colony on the Bahmia road. Vijay used to run a grocery shop on the Bahamia road and Niranjan helped him at the shop.

Devraj, Vijay Kumar’s father, told the police that both Vijay and Niranjan left the home for Kohara at around 4:15 am.

NiranjanThere were no eyewitnesses. The police said the accident might have occurred at around 4:30 am. A vehicle hit the motorcycle from behind and the victims were tossed several feet away.

According to police sources, both died on the spot. The bodies were badly mutilated.

Commuters found the bodies and the damaged motorcycle lying on the roadside. The Ramgarh police reached the spot and sent the bodies to the Civil Hospital for post-mortem.

Sawaran Singh, in charge of the Ramgarh police post, said: “On a complaint of the father of one of the deceased, a case has been registered against the driver of an unidentified vehicle. We have started investigation and trying to trace the vehicle. The bodies were handed to the relatives after post-mortem”.



2 hurt in group clash at Joshi Nagar
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
Two persons were injured in a clash between two groups in the Joshi Nagar area of Haibowal late last evening. One of the groups fired shots into the air. The injured have been identified as Pawan and Gurpreet, who work with a liquor contractor.

According to the injured, they were returning home from work in a Jeep last evening. When they reached Joshi Nagar, some persons attacked them with sharp weapons. The injured were rushed to the Civil Hospital.

The Jagatpuri reached the spot and initiated investigation.

The police denied shots were fired. The complainant alleged that one of the attackers snatched his revolver and fire shots into the air.

In charge of the Jagatpuri police post Sukhdev Singh said they had initiated investigation and would register a case after investigation. The police seized the revolver and rounded up around five persons.



Civic body keeps Rs 5 crore underpasses locked
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
The underpass near the Mini-Secretariat, which has been constructed at a huge cost, seems to be a waste of money as it has been “locked” for the past more than a month. Interestingly, nobody in the Municipal Corporation knows who ordered the closure of the underpass.

The Mini-Secretariat underpass was inaugurated by a minister of the ruling party.

An official of the B and R Department, MC, said it was thrown open to the public on time. But he was not aware who ordered for its closure. He said: “There are a few shops on the underpass, which are to be rented our or sold.”

The underpass at Aggar Nagar has also been closed. About Rs 5 crore was spent on the construction of the two underpasses.

Another official of the Municipal Corporation said the Mini-Secretariat underpass was not used by pedestrians. Anti-social elements and beggars had started taking shelter in it, he added.

“Pedestrians feel insecure while taking the underpass because of the presence of unscrupulous elements. It was because of that reason the authorities concerned decided to lock it,” said the official. Moreover, the person put on duty at the underpass had retired and no one has been appointed to fill the vacancy.



Community centre: Warrants against welfare society chief
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 29
The State Information Commission has issued bailable warrants against Vinod Sharda, president of the Welfare Society of Block H and I, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, for his failure to comply with the provisions of the Right to Information Act and non-appearance before the Commission at the hearing of an appeal filed by a local resident.

In an appeal (case number 2469 of 2013) filed by Baljeet Singh, a resident of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, before the state information panel, he had complained that the public information officer (PIO) of the society (Vinod Sharda) had failed to provide him a copy of the bylaws of the society, list of office-bearers and members of the working committee, financial details for 2012-13 and a copy of the balance sheet for the past 10 years, which were sought by him under the Right to Information Act.

Pronouncing orders in the appeal, the State Information Commissioner, Narinderjit Singh, observed at the last hearing on March 25, 2014, the PIO (Vinod Sharda), was asked to be personally present at the next date of hearing, failing which the commission would be constrained to issue bailable warrants under Section 18(3) of the Right to Information Act, 2005, read with the relevant provisions of the Civil Procedure Code (CPC).

“Today again, Vinod Sharda, PIO, is not present. Taking a serious view of his absence, this Commission is constrained to issue bailable warrants against Vinod Sharda, PIO-cum-president, Welfare Society, H&I Blocks, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, in exercise of powers conferred under Section 18(3) of the Right to Information Act, 2005, read with the relevant provisions of the Civil Procedure Code,” said the orders.

The Commission further directed the PIO to produce the relevant record relating to the information sought by the appellant on the next date of hearing fixed for September 9, 2014.

A copy of the order was endorsed to the Commissioner of Police, Ludhiana.

According to Baljeet Singh, the Punjab Government had already issued directions to the Ludhiana Improvement Trust for the cancellation of allotment of the community centre land under occupation of the Welfare Society for default in payment and construction of the building without an approved building plan. He said the community centre had been converted into a marriage palace and 30-odd rooms constructed in the building were being rented out in violation of the terms and conditions of the allotment of the land.



Mall authorities defy orders
Were told to remove barricade in parking area two years ago
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
Three days’ time was given by the Assistant Town Planner, Zone D, to the authorities of a mall on Ferozepur Road to remove plastic barricade in the parking area. The letter was issued on July 12, 2012, (letter number 2870/ATP-D) to MBD Neopolis, but even after two years, the barricades have not been removed.

The Municipal Corporation has failed to act against the violators, who have been inconveniencing the general public.

The notice, sent two years ago, stated: “Within three days, plastic barricades should be removed and the public should not be stopped from parking their vehicles in the parking area. And in case, the authorities failed to comply with the instructions, action as per law will be taken against it.”

An RTI Activist, Rohit Sabharwal, filed a complaint with Principal Secretary, Local Bodies, saying as visitors were not allowed to park their vehicles in the parking area, vehicles were parked in service lanes in a haphazard manner, resulting in traffic jams.

The traffic jams led to unwanted accidents. If there is parking space in front of the mall, the public should not be stopped from parking vehicles there.

The authorities should take action against the violators and allow the visitors to park their vehicles in front of the mall.

Spokesperson for MBD Mall Manav Guram said the visitors avoided using the basement parking in order to save Rs 30. “They park vehicles in the service lanes at their own risk. We can allow a person to park a vehicle in front of the mall only when the basement parking is full. People park vehicles at their whims,” said Guram.



Four new jails to come up in state: Cabinet minister
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
Sohan Singh Thandal, Cabinet Minister, Jail, Tourism, Cultural Affairs, Printing and Stationary, said new jails would soon come up in the state. He said inmates would be shifted to those jails.

Sohan Singh Thandal visited the Central Jail, Ludhiana, for the first time. He met Muslim inmates in the jail. He urged them to become a good human being.

Thandal said jails in state were flooded with inmates and to manage the rush, four new jails were being constructed. “Fifty per cent of the work has been completed,” he said.

On drug peddling, Thandal said they had taken steps to check smuggling.

He said the jail department had eight sniffer dogs to check drug peddling and that the dogs were undergoing training at the Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur.

The minister said in the past few months, hundreds of drug peddlers and addicts were arrested by the police and admitted to the de-addiction centre of the jail.

“Most of them have given up the bad habit,” said Thandal.

The minister took a round of the jail and checked facilities.

He also visited the bakery and the de-addiction centre.



Eid: After fasting, feasting begins
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
It was feasting time for the Muslim community today. People flocked to markets to buy vermicelli. The day started with prayers and then the preparation of sheer korma and badam phirni followed. The traditional vermicelli pudding was also on the platter.

Sheer means milk while korma is made of dates. Sheer korma is served to guests in the morning.

“Sewaiyan soaked in date-flavoured milk and topped with almonds, coconut, rose water, pistachios and saffron is the speciality of the day. Every guest is greeted with a bowl of sewaiyan on Eid. The celebrations are incomplete without vermicilli,” said Fehmida Begum.

Not only Muslims, but others too relish the tempting sewaiyan.

“Every Eid, I prepare sewaiyan and distribute it among friends and relatives,” said Divya, a city resident.

Iftekhar, a trader, said: “It’s the busiest period. We get only two to three hours to sleep.”


Eid was celebrated with gaiety on Tuesday. Illuminated mosques at Field Gunj, near Arya College, and Gyaspura were a sight to behold. A state-level function was held at Jama Masjid. Shahi Imam said Eid spreads the message of peace and love. MLA Ravneet Bittu, Hira Singh Gabria and former Mayor Hakam Singh Gyaspura were also present.



Eid transcends barriers
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 29
Devotees of the region celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr after observing 30 days of rozas (fasting) today. People clad in colourful garments gathered at mosques in the town and surrounding villages of Malerkotla, Dehliz Kalan, Rohira, Kanganwal and Rasoolpur.

The community members gave alms to the poor. The festivities continued after the prayers as they distributed sewiyaan among their relatives and friends of all communities. Eid Milan programmes were also organised at various places in the town.

Iqbal Singh Jhoondan, MLA, Amargarh constituency, visited various places to greet the devotees who had turned up in large numbers to offer prayers.

Addressing the devotees, religious leaders and chiefs of various Masjids reaffirmed the belief of sacrifice among human beings. They said Islam preaches peace and brotherhood among different communities. They regretted that certain leaders with vested interests were trying to identify Islam with violence and terrorism.

Hindus and Sikhs also celebrated the Eid. They distributed sweets, gifts and exchanged greetings.

Former councillor Kedar Kapila said he greeted all his Muslim friends on the pious occasion of Eid that spreads message of universal brotherhood.

Accompanied by his friends and associated he visited families of his friends and presented Eidee (token money given to children) to youngsters besides sharing sweets.

Amjad Ali, chairman of Sohrab Group of Educational Institutes and Industries, said he along with his friends had greeted all his friends and relatives, including Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims.

Regretting that leaders of certain radical groups had been trying to keep members of various communities apart, social activists Jagjit Singh Jajjie and Tarsem Garg said their families celebrated Eid.



Traders relieved as amendment to VAT Act withdrawn
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
Traders and Industry today finally heaved a sigh of relief after the government decided to withdraw the amendment to Section 13 (1) of VAT Act. According to the amendment, traders were to get Input Tax Credit (ITC) only after their commodity was sold. Generally traders claim ITC after buying a commodity but after the amendment it was made compulsory to sold off the item first to claim ITC.

Huge hue and cry was raised among the industry after the section 13(1) was introduced. Many trade organisations said they will not submit their VAT returns till the amendment was taken back.

Badish Jindal, president of Federation of Association of Small Industries of India said it is a welcome step and thanked to Anil Joshi for supporting them as he had threatened to resign from his post if this amendment was not revoked.

Jatinder Khurana, president of Taxation Young Lawyers Association said it will be a big relief for the traders as things were made very difficult after the amendment.

Gurmeet Singh Kular, president of Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organisation and other office-bearers welcomed the step of the government for withdrawing the amendment and said that it was very difficult for industry to calculate the utilisation of ITC and there were hundreds of items of bicycle parts and it would have been too difficult to submit the statement of stock of each and every parts.

Arun Kanwal, president of District Taxation Bar Association also welcomed the move and said things would have become very difficult if the amendment had been implemented.

Excise and taxation commissioner Anurag Verma said the amendment has been withdrawn and the notification regarding the same will be issued soon.



Nourishing Punjabi culture in the land of midnight sun
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Harveen Kaur
Harveen Kaur. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, July 29
Harveen Kaur, a 22-year-old resident of Norway, has been working for the promotion of Punjabi culture. She creates awareness about Sikhism. She said while growing up, she felt different in her school as she used to speak in a different language at home and outside.

She uses her experience of growing in a multicultural society for counselling other minorities in Norway.

She is a student of clinical psychology. She is proud of Punjabi culture and being a Sikh. “In Norway, as soon as children become adults, they move to other homes and there is less connection with the elders, but our culture teaches us to respect elders. I really admire that in our culture,” she added. Sikhism is my lifestyle and I love everything about it, but one thing that I really appreciate is the sense of equality that Sikhism stands for. Not only among castes but equality among man and woman.

Although the values are not necessarily practised by all Sikhs, but the Gurus stood for equality, she said. Norwegians appreciate this value. “I feel proud that women have been given such a high status in Sikhism,” said Harveen. She learnt Punjabi, and now teaches Punjabi at a school in Norway. “To create awareness about Sikhism in Norway, we hold an event in which residents are wear a turban and it is gifted to them. We also tell them about the significance of turban,” she stated. She said as being fit is significant part of Punjabi culture and Sikhism, they also hold walking and cycling events, and also create awareness about environment. To apprise the youngsters of the culture and also teaches Giddha and participates in Punjabi plays.



Purnoor wins second best camper award
Our Correspondent

Doraha, July 29
Purnoor Jawanda of Guru Nanak National College Doraha was declared second best camper among girls during the Youth Leadership Training camp, organised by the Youth Welfare Department of Panjab University, Chandigarh, at Dalhousie.

Purnoor got first position in extempore, second in debate competition and declamation contest. A total of 110 students, from different colleges affiliated to Panjab University, Chandigarh, attended the camp. During the camp, several activities were organised in order to polish the leadership skills among campers and to inculcate confidence in them.

Various competitions such as debate, declamation, poem recitation, singing, dancing, extempore, creative writing and humour were organised during the camp. The students took part with great

enthusiasm and gave spellbound performances.

The campers went for trekking and visited Panchpula and Kalatop Khajjiar.

The campers listened to experts who delivered lectures on various

topics such as preserving Punjabi language and culture, positive thinking, personality development, physical education and yoga. “Charde Suraj”

programme team from Doordarshan, Jalandhar, also accompanied the campers and recorded all the activities.

Purnoor shared, “The camp taught us to adjust ourselves according to all the situations without complaining. It also taught that it’s our moral duty to preserve our environment and culture. I came back with lots of inspiration which I would surely utilise for the development of our nation. Overall the camp was a great success.”



Railway reservation resumes at post office
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
After over nine months, the railway reservation counter at the Head Post Office started functioning today. New Senior Postmaster SP Pahwa said railway reservation had started at the Head Post Office.

Officials of the postal department said the railway authorities did not pay heed to get the fault rectified. Hardware and screen and developed a snag.

Amarjit Singh, a senior citizen, said now, he would not have to worry about the railway bookings. He said he faced inconvenience all these months. “Agents take extra commission,” he said, adding that getting the reservation done from the railway station was tedious because of the long queues.

“It was remiss of the part of the post department that the railway reservation system had been non-functional for so long. I think that they should learn a lesson and not let this happen again,” said Suresh Dhir, another resident.

Another resident expressing happiness said the Head Post Office was the centre of the city and it was much more convenient to get the tickets from there. Tickets are booked at the centre till 3 pm.



Employees to get universal PF account numbers soon
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
People will soon receive universal Provident Fund (PF) account numbers. After that, they will not be required to apply for the transfer of their provident fund (PF) accounts while switching jobs anywhere in the country. This service is likely to be started around October 15 and by March 2015, it is expected to cover all employees.

The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) is speeding up work on universal account numbers (UANs) for subscribers.

“Employees now are allotted another PF account numbers when they switch companies. Earlier, it used to take a while to get accounts transferred. This will become even faster with the UANs,” said Badish Jindal, member of the Central Board of the EPFO.

Employees will merely need to update their new employee identity numbers provided by the new employers in their UANs when switching jobs and their accounts will be automatically shifted.

Once a UAN is allotted to an employee, he or she need not go through his or her employer to provide details to the EPFO, unlike now.

“There will be no need for an individual to go through the employer. This system will be employee-centric. In addition to this, all accounts that remain un-operated will be closed down,” he said.

However, companies will initially have to provide know-your-customer (KYC) details of employees. KYC details include other identification numbers like Aadhaar, population register number, savings bank accounts and income tax permanent account number (PAN).

Conditions for UAN service

  • The employee has to obtain Universal Account Number (UAN) from his/her employer with member ID.
  • The employee has to activate the registration through the online portal.
  • User name and password need to be created for accessing UAN-driven member portal.
  • Scanned copies of KYC documents need to be uploaded.



Interactive session for mothers held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
As part of Himalaya’s efforts to deepen engagement between doctors and mothers, the company’s baby care division held an interactive session for mothers in Ludhiana.

Talking about the initiative, Mukesh Patney, Business Head, Pharmaceutical Division, The Himalaya Drug Company, said: “The initiative, “My Baby and Me”, is a platform for mothers to engage in discussions with doctors and other mums and to address their own health issues as well as concerns about their baby’s health. The programme has been well received by doctors and mothers. We are excited to bring it to Ludhiana where the acceptance and understanding of ayurveda is high.”

Patney said: “It is equally important for parents to consult their doctors when it comes to choosing personal care products for their babies.

During the event, about 25 participating mothers were addressed by Dr Vidhu Modgil, renowned obstetrician and gynaecologist from the city, and Dr CP Shukla, manager-scientific services, Pharmaceutical Division, The Himalaya Drug Company. Rocky Micheal, noted physiotherapist who was also present on the occasion, demonstrated techniques of massaging infants.



Tributes paid to singer Ishmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
A musical show, “Sarb Dharam Shardhanjli”, was organised to pay tributes to singer Ishmeet Singh on his sixth death anniversary at Ishmeet Singh Music Institute. Students, faculty members, city-based singers and members of Ishmeet’s family offered prayers.

Dr Charan Kamal Singh, director of the institute, shared the memories of Ishmeet Singh.

Gurleen Kaur paid music tributes to the singer though Shabad from Gurbani “keerat prabh ki gao meri rasna”, while Kamla sang qawwali.



Medical camp for diarrhoea patients

Ludhiana, July 29
A round the clock medical camp is going on at Community Hall, Street no 3, Parkash Nagar, Jawwadi, after diarrhoea outbreak on July 23. Today 21 patients were examined and no new case of diarrhoea was reported from Parkash Nagar.

Out of 21 there were three cases of diarrhoea belonging to Dugri and Punjabi Bagh area. Situation is under control. No patient was admitted today. 415 houses were surveyed covering a population of 1,884. ORS packets, chlorine tablets were distributed. — TNS



School/College Notes
Lecture on women empowerment

Ludhiana: A lecture on women empowerment was delivered by Rakesh Kumar Popli, Estate Officer GLADA, at ITI (W) here. More than 100 students and all staff members of the institute attended the session. Popli also presented a lecture on “how to prepare for civil services”.

During his presentation, he talked about laws and government policies that empower women. He spoke on the Women Reservation Bill, maternity benefits, the Dowry Prohibition Act and the Marriage Act. He also talked about “Nanhi Chan”, “Janani Shishu Suraksha Yojna” and the “Crèche Scheme” for the children of working women. Popli gave details on how civil services can be an empowering career for women. Later, he held an interactive session with the students.

Solo-dance competition

Tagore Public School organised various activities for students of all age groups. For students of Classes I-V, there was a solo dance competition in which participants mesmerised the audience with their performance. An inter-house poster-making competition was organised for senior and junior students on the themes “Patriotism” and “Life of a soldier”. The competition gave the students an opportunity to know in detail about the “Operation Vijay”.

Exhibition on mathematics

DAV Public School, BRS Nagar Ludhiana, organised an exhibition on the topic, “Wonder World of Math”, related to mathematics. Students form Classes 1 to X participated in various creative and interesting activities related to mathematics. They prepared various models, charts, illustrations and power point presentations. They took up various topics such as making diagrams, mental calculations, making scrapbooks and compiling photographs and life history of renowned mathematicians. Dr Arvinderpreet Singh, who is PhD in education and working as a professor of mathematics in the Malwa Central College of Education, was the chief guest on the occasion. School principal JK Sidhu lauded the efforts of the students and the teachers.

Doraha student excels in PU exam

Priya Rani, a student of the Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Application (PGDCA) of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, has secured seventh position in Panjab University. Priya Rani has secured 83.6 per cent marks, while Amandeep and Anita Kumari have secured 81.9 per cent and 81.5 per cent marks, respectively, in the PGDCA exam. All students, who appeared for the exam, have secured first division. Dr Narinder Sing Sidhu, principal of the college, said on the basis of a news item published in these columns regarding Preeti Sharma, college topper of BA-I, who despite severe financial constraints secured good marks, a philanthropist has come forward to help Preeti. Surinder Saini, a philanthropist from Canada, has written to the college that he would provide financial assistance to Preeti Sharma not only for graduation but also for the Master’s degree. The philanthropist has also written that he is ready to start a scholarship programme in the college to help the needy students. President of the college management committee Roop Brar; senior vice-president Jogeshwar Singh Mangat; general secretary Harpratap Brar; treasurer Pavittar Pal Singh Pangali and principal Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu congratulated the students, parents and staff members for putting in their best possible efforts and bringing laurels to the institution and the entire area. — TNS



Protest held

Residents of the Field Ganj area which was flooded with rainwater hold a protest against the authorities for not coming to their rescue. The residents held a protest against the Councillor Ward Number 42 Gurdeep Singh Neetu. The residents alleged that because of dilly-dallying tactics of the councillor and MC, they had to bear the brunt and the dirty water entered into their premises.

Author’s death mourned

Members of Punjabi Sahit Akademi expressed grief at the demise of noted writer and educationist Dr Gian Singh Mann. President of the academy Dr Sukhdev Singh Sirsa said Dr Gian Singh Mann was a multi-faceted and multi-lingual litterateur who wrote 70 books in Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu and English. Some of his prominent books were “Ik Rath Chhe Pahiye, Veena Vaadni Vardeh, Mrig Trishna, Aatank Dar Aatank and Dhyan Kive Kariye.”

Safety alarm creates panic

Panic triggered at State Bank of Patiala Gill Road Branch when safety alarm installed in bank start ringing after working hours due to technical error today evening. The residents and passerby gathered outside the bank and called to the police. — TNS




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Contractor accused of harassment
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
The Ludhiana Private Employees Union accused a contractor of harassment. They said the contractor’s workers indulged in violence while collecting money. Those, who objected to the nefarious activities, were assaulted.

A complaint was lodged with the Police Commissioner recently.

President of the Ludhiana Private Employees Union Surinder Pal said the at Jalandhar bypass were to give Rs 50 to the contractor, but his men demanded Rs 880-Rs 2,000 as advance from the vendors.

“The contractor took Rs 200-300 from tempo drivers, who parked their vehicles for loading/unloading of goods,” the president said. He appealed to the authorities to take action against the contractor.



Chain snatched

Ludhiana. July 29
Snatchers targeted a woman and snatched a gold chain from her at Pakhowal road here. The victim indentified Gurpreet Kaur was on her way to market to buy vegetables.

According to the information, a youth snatched the gold chain and ran towards the car parked on opposite side of the road. The victim ran behind the snatcher but he managed to flee. The victim noted the registration number of car. The police registered a case against unidentified snatcher. — TNS



Ludhiana Mediciti Hospital
HC tells purchasers to hand back possession
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
The High Court today directed purchasers of Ludhiana Mediciti (now Ludhiana Mediways) to hand back possession of the hospital to the bank. The hospital will now be re-auctioned by the bank.

Ludhiana Mediciti Hospital (now Ludhiana Mediways) was auctioned after the owner failed to repay loan. The hospital was auctioned for Rs 23.9 crore by UCO Bank in April 2012 following the non-payment of loan by the owner.

Dr Baldeep Singh, Dr Rohit Kapoor and Gurmeet Kular were the new promoters of the hospital after the auction.

Former promoter of the hospital had moved the court on the plea of insufficient time period given to him after the notice.

The High Court today directed the auction purchasers to hand back the possession. The auction purchasers of the hospital will get their money back (without interest).

“The hospital will be re-auctioned by the bank. We will move the Supreme Court,” said Gurmeet Singh Kular, one of the auction purchasers of the hospital.



Commonwealth Games
Local weightlifter strikes silver
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, July 29
Vikas Thakur, a trainee of the Ludhiana Weightlifting and Bodybuilding Club, clinched a silver medal in weightlifting during the ongoing 20th Commonwealth Games at Glasgow in Scotland.

As Indian lifters continued to occupy the centrestage at Glasgow, Vikas Thakur, hailing from Himachal Pradesh, currently employed with the Indian Air Force and posted at Chandigarh, added another medal to his contingent’s kitty. Vikas Thakur won the silver medal in men’s 85kg weight category. He lifted a total of 333kg (150+183) to clinch the silver while New Zealand’s Richard Patterson won a gold medal with a total lift of 335kg (151+184).

Canada’s Pascal Plamondon too lifted 333kg (151+182), but Vikas Thakur bagged the silver on the basis of less bodyweight. It was a keen tussle between Patterson and Thakur as former’s second attempt of 184kg in clean and jerk was declared no lift, but he made a clean lift in his third attempt, which helped him lay his hands on the gold medal. Vikas Thakur’s parents owe it to his dedication, discipline and training under the watchful eyes of coach, Parvesh Sharma, who himself won gold medals in the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland, New Zealand, Commonwealth Championship at Malta and World Weightlifting Championship at Amsterdam.

Brij Lal Thakur, a guard with the Indian Railways, shared his happiness with his relatives and sports lovers. Parvesh Chander Sharma, coach of Vikas Thakur, appreciated his achievement.



Badminton meet
Lakshya, Jasmehar script facile victories
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 29
Lakshya Sharma, Punjab champion (U-10), and Jasmehar Singh Virdi (U-13) scripted easy victories in their respective categories on the opening day of the Ludhiana District Badminton Tournament that began at Shastri Hall near Guru Nanak Stadium today.

In the U-10 category, Lakshya Sharma came out victorious against Jasraj Singh. Lakshya faced no resistance as he wrapped up the issue without being challenged 21-2, 21-2. Jasmehar got the better of Krish Dhupar whom he outplayed 21-7, 21-7 to begin his campaign in style.

Around 250 boys and girls are taking part in the four-day tournament in which competition in the U-10, U-13 and U-15 categories is being held.

First day’s results

Boys (U-10): Krish Chadha bt Parth Kapoor 21-5, 21-3; Lakhsya Sharma bt Jasraj Singh 21-2, 21-2; Ujjwal Bhatia bt Aditya Jaiswal 21-8, 21-7 and Preetam Jeet Singh bt Parth Jain 21-9, 21-15; boys (U-13): Samidhya bt Paras Kapoor 21-5, 21-8; Jasmehar Singh Virdi bt Krish Dhupar 21-7, 21-7; Harsh Sethi bt Aditya Jain 21-11, 21-7; Prabhal Bansal bt Lakshya Kanda 17-21, 21-18, 21-12; Parth Bansal bt Jashanjot Singh 21-12, 21-19; Chirag Sharma bt Shaurya Garg 21-8, 21-2; Aryan Bhardwaj bt Aryan Tangri 21-5, 21-5 and Jasleen Singh Saini bt Karthik Dhingra 21-5, 21-7; boys (U-15): Samyak Jain bt Jishant Gupta 21-12, 21-6; Agrim Kapila bt Gutam Garg 21-5, 21-7; Akshit Sood bt Deepak Duggal 21-16, 21-18; Arnam Galhotra bt Rishab Jain 21-13, 21-16 and Khush Fateh Singh bt Manik Nayyar 21-6, 21-3.



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