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Rain pours misery on city again
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
The rain that had lashed the city for an hour today threw life out of gear once again. Within an hour, the roads and the streets were deluged.

The road in front of the MC Zone A office, near Mata Rani Chowk, caved in; and (right) passengers run for cover as rain pours down at the railway station.
The road in front of the MC Zone A office, near Mata Rani Chowk, caved in; and (right) passengers run for cover as rain pours down at the railway station. 

It rained heavily in the Bhadaur House area, Field Ganj, Islam Ganj, Civil Lines, Ferozepur Road while Asha Puri and BRS Nagar received no rain at all.

A road was caved in at Mata Rani Chowk, near the Zone A office of the Municipal Corporation.

Commuters had to face a tough time while crossing the water-logged roads. The worst affected were two-wheeler riders and pedestrians. Many school and college vans broke down on the water-logged streets and roads. As soon as the rain stopped, the residents in the low-lying areas were seen taking out rainwater from streets.

Kirpal Singh, a resident of Civil Lines, said their street was at a lower level than the main road and it was flooded whenever it rained. “If we fail to take measures, rainwater floods our houses,” he said.

Civil Hospital wall collapses

Another wall of the Civil Hospital collapsed during the rain today. Though no casualty was reported, a car parked adjacent to the wall was badly damaged. Recently, a wall of the hospital collapsed during heavy rain.

Shiv Ram Saroy, a social worker, said the wall which had collapsed earlier had not been reconstructed to date.

The residents living close to the Civil Hospital said the nobody bothered to improve the things at the hospital which is in a state of neglect. 


Illegal change of land use
ATPs told to report within 15 days
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
On the directions of Additional Commissioner (R) Rishipal Singh, demi-official (DO) letters have been issued to two Assistant Town Planners (ATPs). They have been asked to report within 15 days what action did the Municipal Corporation take against persons who have started commercial activities in various housing schemes of the government without taking permission for change of land use.

The letters were issued to ATP (Zone A) Harpreet Ghai and ATP (Zone B and D) Monica Anand recently. An RTI activist, Rohit Sabharwal, had complained to the Principal Secretary, Local Government, Punjab, regarding illegal change of land use in these housing schemes. Sabharwal has stated in his complaint that the public authorities concerned had miserably failed to perform their statuary public duties of checking the illegal change of land use in various planned government schemes.

The housing schemes where allottees have illegally changed land use fall in the BRS Nagar, Sarabha Nagar, Model Gram, Sunder Nagar, Kitchlu Nagar, Tagore Nagar, Udam Singh Nagar, Maya Nagar, Model Town, Rakh Bagh and Vrindavan road areas.

Rampant illegal change of land use in these schemes has defeated the purpose of setting up these housing projects, which had initially attracted many buyers. They are forced to live with the changed basic structure of the schemes where many allottees have started commercial activities by illegally changing land use.

In almost all these schemes, commercial activities are being carried out on residential plots.



Assault victim kills himself 
Was frustrated over police inaction in case, say kin 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
A 54-year-old person allegedly committed suicide in the Basti Jodhewal area. The deceased has been identified as Sarabjit Singh, a resident of Bharpur Nagar. He was a factory worker.

According to information, Sarabjit was thrashed by two persons while he was returning from factory. He was admitted to the Civil Hospital. He lodged a police complainant but no action was initiated, alleged relatives of the deceased.

Sarabjit was discharged from the hospital on Saturday. He reached home and committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his house.

Randhir Singh, Station House Officer of the Jodhewal police station, said the police initiated investigation into the case and the body was sent to the Civil Hospital.

Pvt firm manager, kin booked for fraud

The Police booked a manger of a Delhi-based private company and his brothers for perpetrating a fraud of Rs 25 lakh here yesterday. The accused have been identified as Dharminder Bhardwaj, Mamata Bhardwwaj, Varun and Vashist, residents of Mundian Kurad.

Ankur Moudgill, Business Head of Supply Chain Company, complained to the Sadhar police that the company had a suboffice at Threeke village where Dhraminder Bhardwaj was serving as manager. He used to fraudulently send the vehicles from his brother’s transport companies. Moudhgill alleged that he defrauded the company of more than Rs 25 lakh.

Gurdial Singh, investigation officer said the police were investigating the matter. No arrest has been made so far.

In-laws thrash woman, suffers miscarriage

The husband and in-laws of a pregnant woman allegedly thrashed her for not fulfilling their demand of dowry at Butahari village of Dehlon. The woman had a miscarriage.

The Dehlon police, following a complaint filed by the woman, have registered a case against her husband Sukhminder Singh, father-in-law Janmeet Singh and sisters-in-law, all residents of Butahari village.

The victim, Harpreet Kaur said she got married to Sukhminder Singh on December 11, 2013. Soon after the marriage her husband and in-laws started harassing her mentally and physically over dowry. The thrashed her and she suffered a miscarriage.

Amandeep Singh Brar, Dehlon SHO, said they had registered a case under section 406, 498, 323, 313 and 34 of the IPC. The accused are at large.



Delay in delivery of number plates
DTOs asked to pull up contractors
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
The applicants for high security number plates at the District Transport Office, Ludhiana, were relieved as Anurag Aggarwal, Principal Secretary, Transport, ordered all the District Transport Officers to pull up the contractors for the delay in installing the plates.

Anil Garg, District Transport officer, Ludhiana, said: “We got these instructions from Anurag Aggarwal, Principal Secretary, Transport, Punjab, yesterday at a meeting held in Chandigarh. I will visit the venue at Dana Mandi where high security number plates are issued by the concerned company, on Monday.”

Applicants complain these high security number plates are not issued on time and they have to do rounds of the venue to get these. Rajinder Singh, whose son has applied for a number plate about a month ago, said: “I was asked to collect the number plate after a week. Three weeks have passed but we are yet to receive it.”

Applicants coming from distant places are a harassed lot. Kamal Dhir, a resident from Dugri, said: “My son applied for high security number plate two months ago, but he is yet to get one.”

Anil Garg said: “Although the company concerned has been issuing 600 or 700 high security number plates daily, a number of application are lying pending. Around 1,60,000 applicants from Ludhiana district are awaiting high security plates. On Monday, I will ask the contractor the reason for the delay and will act accordingly.”

Sources said the higher officers had also been asked to cancel the contract of the companies for the delay.



100 items cleared at F&CC meeting
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
About 100 agenda items were cleared at the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) meeting, which continued till late this evening.

Over 100 items in the agenda were discussed by the members, including Commissioner Municipal Corporation Pradeep Aggarwal, Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, Senior Deputy Mayor Sunita Aggarwal and Deputy Mayor RD Sharma.

The remaining items in the agenda of the Finance and Contract Committee would be discussed in another meeting, which will be held in a day or two.

Almost all major items of the agenda were discussed at the meeting. Regarding a liquor vend at Chawni Mohalla, the Finance and Contract Committee has constituted a three-member committee to decide on the issue.

next meeting soon

The remaining items on the agenda would be discussed in another meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee, which will be held in a day or two.



Acid attack case
Police pick holes in statement given by victim

Ludhiana, August 2
There is no headway in the acid attack case where a 30-year-old man was attacked with acid two days ago. The police suspect the victim is hiding something.

According to the police, the victim has not blamed anyone for the attack. His relatives have also not accused anyone of the attack.

According to information, the condition of the victim is stable. The police recorded his statement today.

Sukhdev Singh, Moti Nagar SHO, said: “As per the victim’s statement, his son was sleeping with him on the same bed. How is it possible that not only a single drop fell on him?

“We hope we will solve the case soon,” the SHO said.

Four persons threw acid on Sita Ram at his house in Rajeev Gandhi Colony on the Chandigarh road on the night of Wednesday.



Learner’s licence: Server becomes functional
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
The server of the learner’s licence wing at the District Transport Office branch in Children’s Park, Model Town, has started functioning.

Disclosing this, Anil Garg, District Transport Officer, Ludhiana, said: “The server had stopped working after the office was flooded with rainwater on July 28.”

The work related to learner’s licence had remained suspended for three days.

To get a learner’s licence, one has to appear for an online test in which questions related to traffic and road safety rules are asked.



Saharanpur riots
Attacks stage-managed: MP 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
HS Phoolka, senior advocate, Supreme Court of India, who has been handling cases pertaining to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, and Harinder Singh Khalsa, MP from Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab, visited the affected areas of Saharanpur. They interacted with victims whose shops and other commercial establishments were destroyed in the riots. They also interacted with members of Sikh and Muslim communities. Hindu organisations called for peace and harmony.

Khalsa told the victims that he met Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday saying some anti-social elements had stage-managed the attacks. Khalsa requested Yadav that such persons should be identified and dealt with sternly. Yadav assured him of taking appropriate steps. Phoolka told the affected shop owners that the plea of the administration that no compensation for loss of commercial properties had ever been given in any riots, was absolutely wrong. “Almost in every riot, the compensation for commercial properties is given,” he said. He said the government should conduct a survey and assess the loss suffered by the victims of commercial properties, vehicles and residential houses. The victims should not destroy the evidence and clean the shops till the survey is conducted. Khalsa and Phoolka have demanded that in view of the repeated incidents of commercial violence in UP, the government should consider getting the group insurance of the properties done. The victims should get immediate and full compensation of loss of their property.


Phoolka said in JK Traders versus state of Andhra Pradesh wherein a theatre was gutted in the riots after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991, the Andhra Pradesh High Court granted a compensation of Rs 1 crore. Phoolka said the Madras High Court in R Gandhi versus the Union of India had directed the Tamil Nadu government to give full compensation to the victims of Coimbatore Riots in accordance with the report of the Collector of Coimbatore assessing the loss. Phoolka referred to the Prime Minister Relief Package of 2006 for riot victims in which Clause VI clearly mentioned that compensation for loss of commercial 
properties was also given. Clause (VI) reproduced below.

"Ex-gratia for damaged uninsured commercial/industrial properties would be paid 10 times the amount minus the amount already paid."



Environmental degradation raises concern 
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, August 2
Environmentalist Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal feels that it is the modern lifestyle and casual approach of the new generation that has led to environmental degradation. Seechewal said the level of soil, water and air pollution had assumed alarming proportions. Stressing the need of conserving environment from pollution, Seechewal said it was the duty of every individual to protect environment from further degradation by planting more and more saplings. “A majority of the people, particularly youngsters, are still not serious about preserving the environment,” he said.

Seechewal stated this while addressing a gathering at a seminar and awareness programme at a gurdwara in Bharowal Kalan village near Jagraon. “A lot of efforts are required to save the environment. Moreover, the government alone cannot solve the problem,” he said.

He said: “Keeping in mind the present situation, the involvement of masses is needed to stop the increasing pollution. It is high time to preserve the environment.”

Seechewal also planted saplings in the village. Jeewanjot Samaj Bhalai Sanstha president Bhawandeep Singh, secretary Gurmail Singh Bharowal and lecturer Mandeep Kaur also spoke on the issue.



Health officials survey 896 houses 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash Batta, Dr Anil Verma, District Epidemiologist, along with five health teams, surveyed 896 houses, covering a population of 4,314 in Ranjit Nagar, Muslim Colony, Fauzi Colony, Deep Nagar Sherpur and Shiv Colony, Dhandari Khurd.

Only three cases of fever and two cases of pain in abdomen were reported. Two cases of diarrhoea surfaced in Ranjit Nagar. Twenty-one group meetings were held. Around 855 chlorine tablets and 110 ORS packets were 


  • Drink boiled water
  • Increase fluid intake
  • Do not eat overripe fruits
  • Do not eat uncovered food items
  • Wash hands before having meals
  • Check water accumulation



Get decked up from head to toe
Tribune News Service

A woman tries a neckpiece
A woman tries a neckpiece; and (below) designer handbags put on display during an exhibition in Ludhiana. Tribune Photos: Himanshu Mahajan
designer handbags put on display during an exhibition in Ludhiana.

Ludhiana, August 2
Fashion and lifestyle labels from Delhi, Chandigarh and Pakistan exhibited their products, including fashion outfits, bridal wear, accessories and home decor.

From footwear, jewellery, decor, children’s room products, Indian suits to fashion outfits, the exhibition had a wide range of fashion and lifestyle products. 

Ankit from Heaven Under Hell, dealing in fashion accessories, said the response in Ludhiana was always good. Saleem from Pakistan said he always enjoyed coming to India. “There is always an appreciation for Pakistani clothes, prints and designs in the city,” he said. 

A jewellery designer from Delhi said residents of the city always looked for something new and different, so she brought newer designs every time she came. “Ludhianvis have a good fashion sense and they keep in touch with me. 

So I inform them about my participation in exhibitions before I come,” she said. The residents said they were happy that another exhibition was organised in the city. “I think exhibitions are the city’s lifeline,” said Barkha,a resident. 




Vet varsity develops, transfers technology

Ludhiana: Propagating the need of processing and value addition, the Department of Livestock Products Technology, GADVASU, has developed and transferred the technology of Shelf Stable Pork Pickle to Arohan Foods Private Limited, Guwahati, Assam. The technology has been transferred on a multi-user basis for Rs 50,000. Dr Manish Chatli, HoD, Livestock Products Technology, said a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between both parties in the presence of Dr Vijay Kumar Taneja, Vice-Chancellor, GADVASU, and Anabil Goswami, managing director, Arohan Foods. Dr Taneja applauded the efforts of scientists. He insisted that feedbacks on the product should be gathered from the end users, which will be instrumental in improving technologies. Dr SNS Randhawa, director of research, GADVASU, signed the agreement and congratulated the scientists. — TNS



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Lok Janshakti Party holds meeting

A meeting of the Lok Janshakti Party was held here on Saturday. Kiranjit Singh Gehri, president of the party, said to end the alleged loot at toll plazas, the party would start a campaign on August 11.

Ghana minister visits Ludhiana

The Minister of Energy and Petroleum, Government of Ghana, Benjamin Dagadu, along with CEO Percy Agezo from the Ministry of Petroleum Ghana, visited Ludhiana, during his visit to Punjab. He visited advocate Harpreet Sandhu. He interacted with several citizens, businessmen, agriculturists, professionals, doctors, educationists, engineers. He said his visit to Ludhiana was fruitful. He said he was impressed with the hospitality during his visit to Ludhiana.

Installation functions

Rotary Club of Ludhiana Midtown conducted an installation function at Hotel Majestic Park Plaza on Friday. The new team comprising president Sanjiv Gupta and secretary Dr Ajit Singh Chawla, along with new board members, was installed. Meanwhile, Rekha Sharma, export director of Hi-Bird Safari Group, took over as the president of the Inner Wheel Club of Rotary Midtown for 2014-15 during a joint installation function of Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs at Hotel Park Plaza. Justice Narinder Sood (retd) and Kavita Uppal were the chief guests on the occasion. Renuka Munjal took over as the vice-president and Anupama Gupta as the secretary. Other office-bears Rekha’s team are Anju Kapur, Monika Mital, Manisha Gupta, Vanita Saluja, Ashu Sharma, Vanira Garg. — TNS



From Schools

Athletics meet

Students of Green Land Senior Secondary School have fun during the Teej celebrations.
Students of Green Land Senior Secondary School have fun during the Teej celebrations. Photo: Inderjeet verma

Sacred Heart Higher Secondary Convent School, Jamalpur, hosted the ASISC zonal-level athletics meet-2014. The meet was inaugurated by Father Emannuel, director, Sacred Heart Convent School, Bhattian. A large number of events were held for boys and girls (junior and senior). Participants from Raikot, Samrala, Jagraon, Sahnewal, Bhattian and Ludhiana came to attend the meet. Sacred Heart Higher Secondary Convent School, Jamalpur, won 22 gold, 20 silver and 11 bronze medals in various track and field events. Harshit Kapoor and Shreya Bajaj were adjudged the best athletes among boys and girls, respectively.

Pool party

Tiny tots of GMT Public School had lots of fun at a pool party. The students enjoyed showers and had fun with their friends by splashing water on each other. They played with water toys. The students sang songs related to rain. They also danced by holding colourful umbrellas in their hands.

Teej celebrated

Teej was celebrated with fervour at BVM Shishu Vatika, Cemetery Road. Tiny tots enjoyed swings and relished “kheer-malpuas”. They performed giddha and bhangra on the occasion.

Mehandi competition

A mehandi competition was held at Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Moti Nagar. The students presented a colourful programme. Girls from secondary and senior secondary classes performed giddha.

Investiture held

An investiture ceremony was organised at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar for formally investing the newly elected office-bearers of the school proctorial board. PPS Maingi, provident fund commissioner-II, Ludhiana, was the chief guest. Principal of the school Dr Paramjit Kaur asked the students to be enterprising, optimistic and enthusiastic.

Display Board contest

To judge the creativity and imagination of blooming buds, a display board competition was organised by Guru Nanak Public School, Model Town Extension (primary wing), for the students of Classes I and II. Class I students exhibited their creativity on the topic, “Nature”. Class II students displayed charts on the topic “Fabulous Food”.

Talent-search competition

KVM, City Campus, organised a talent search contest on Friday. Headmistress Namita Raj Singh presided over the function. Sushma Kaushal was the guest of honour. The programme was adjudged by Chander Has and Anshu. A large number of items were presented on the occasion.

Online library launched

To keep pace with hi-tech and competitive world and to promote reading habit among students, Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, launched an online library. School principal Navita Puri inaugurated the library. The principal said this online book manager would reduce the gap between teachers and students. It would enable students and teachers to access school library anytime and anywhere.

Students perform giddha

Teej was celebrated with fervour and enthusiasm at the kindergarten section of GNIPS, I-Block, BRS Nagar. The children danced to the beat of Punjabi beats. A mehandi competition was also held for the girls of senior classes. The festival was also celebrated at Shifaly International School. Students performed giddha and sang Punjabi folk songs. — TNS



Manpriya wins debate contest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
A “school-level debate competition 2014” was organised by the Board of Studies (BoS) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) at ICAI Bhawan here today. It was hosted by the Ludhiana Branch of the NIRC of the ICAI.

The theme of the competition was to create awareness among students about their career and various options available to them as choice of career.

Students of Classes XI and XII of various schools participated in the competition. The students debated on various topics such as “smartphone: a friend or foe in my social life”; “demographic profile of India: is it an asset or liability?”; “reservations: is it promoting or dividing the nation?”.

Manpriya from DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, won the competition.



exhibition begins
It’s time to plan a holiday

Ludhiana, August 2
Speaker of the Punjab Assembly Charanjit Singh Atwal today inaugurated India Travel Mart, an international travel and tourism exhibition. Exhibitors, delegates, media, travel agents, tour operators, hoteliers from Punjab visited the exhibition.

The three-day event is offering Independence Day, Dasehra/Diwali/ X’mas/ New Year packages.

India Tourism, Rajasthan Tourism, Gujarat Tourism, Himachal Tourism, Kerala Tourism, Hyatt Regency, Ludhiana, East Bourne Resort & Spa, Shimla, Surya Vilas Resort- Shimla, Yatra.com, Thomas Cook, Club Mahindra Holidays, Paul Merchant Ltd, Pearls Tourism Ltd, Spiceland Holidays-Kerala, Royal Orchid Fort Resort-Mussoorie, Banon Resort-Manali, Country Inn Hotels & Resorts, Golden Palms Hotel & Spa, Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess, ITFT Chandigarh, Tulip Inn, Prakriti Kasauli, Tour Mantra and ITTA, Chandigarh, are participating in the mega event. — TNS




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Illegal liquor seized, two arrested
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, August 2
The police have arrested two persons and seized 50 boxes of illegal liquor from their possession.

The accused have been identified as Parminder Singh and Lalit Kumar, both residents of Jagraon. The police have also confiscated a Tata Ace vehicle in which the liquor was being smuggled.

The illegal liquor was seized by a police team led by Adda Raikot police chowki in-charge ASI Amarjit Singh near Kothe Pona village located on the outskirts of Jagraon yesterday evening following a tip off.

ASI Amarjit Singh said: “The police received secret information that two persons were trying to smuggle illegal liquor in Jagraon. Following this, we conducted a raid and seized the liquor and arrested two persons near Kothe Pona village”.

The police have registered a case under the Excise Act against both accused at the Jagraon City police station.



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