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Student dies in mishap
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 13
A 21-year-old student was killed while her friend suffered injuries in an accident near the Gill bypass here yesterday. The deceased, identified as Megha, was a resident of Postal Colony in the Tagore Nagar area. She was a BCom (final year) student at the Government College for Girls.

According to information, Megha, along with her friends, planned to visit Gurdwara Alamgeer Sahib located on the outskirts of the city after college. While returning from gurdwara they spotted a truck parked on the road. When Megha, who was driving the scooter, tried to pass the truck, a vehicle hit her scooter from behind. Megha and her friend Mehak Sood fell on the road. The tempo driver could not control the vehicle and crushed Megha. She died on the spot. Mehak suffered injuries on the arm.

Their friends called up 108 Ambulance and rushed her to the DMC Hospital, where doctors declared Megha dead on arrival.

On a complaint of Chetan Parkash, her father, the Sadar police registered a case against the accused driver under sections 304-A, 279, 337 and 427 of the IPC.

The driver has been identified as Kulwant Singh, a resident of Dangal village in Sangrur district. According to information, the accused has absconded.

Chetan Parkash said Megha was a meritorious student. She was also a dedicated NCC cadet.

Labourer killed as wall collapses on him

A labourer, who was demolishing a wall, died on the spot after the wall collapsed on him in the Miller Gunj area here today. The deceased has been identified as Tilak Ram (32), a native of Gonda district in Uttar Pradesh. He lived in a rented accommodation at Muradpura. According to eyewitnesses, Tilak Ram was hitting the wall with a hammer when the whole wall collapsed and he got buried under the debris. A passerby rescued him and rushed him to the hospital. He was declared dead on arrival.

The police said action would be taken as per the statement of the relatives of the deceased.


Smoke-free Ludhiana
PGI team to visit industrial city
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 13
A team of the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, will visit the city to carry out a compliance study before declaring Ludhiana smoke-free. The team is expected to arrive in the city at the end of this month.

According to the sources, the team will take more than a fortnight to compile the report and “smoke-free” status can be given to the city if the report comes out to be 80 per cent positive.

Although the department concerned makes tall claims about taking every step to ensure that the city is declared smoke-free, the reality will be known only once the report is submitted by the PGIMER team. Signboards and no-smoking banners have been put up on roads, markets, near schools, petrol stations and other public places to make people aware about the harmful effects of smoking.

What is COTPA?

The Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of the Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act (COTPA) prohibits smoking at all public places. Under the Act, smoking is banned at any place to which the public has access, including hospitals, railway waiting rooms, amusement centres, restaurants, public offices, court buildings, educational institutions, libraries, public conveyances, auditoriums, etc. The law makes it mandatory for vendors to display boards mentioning that only those above 18 years of age can buy cigarettes.

What the PGIMER team will observe

  • Nobody smokes at public place
  • “No smoking” boards are displayed at public places
  • No-smoking zones are earmarked on every floor in hotels.
  • A person is designated at hotels and other government and non-government buildings to handle complaints related to smoking
  • There are no ashtrays in restaurants and hotel rooms
  • Warning boards outside shops selling tobacco products



ATP’s arrest worsens MC staff woes
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 13
The arrest of the Assistant Town Planner of Zone C, Bankey Bihari, by the Vigilance Sleuths last evening for allegedly accepting Rs 1.5 lakh as bribe from a resident has come as a shock to the Municipal Corporation. Already facing the staff crunch, the civic body will have to run the show with just one Assistant Town Planner, who is already taking care of two zones, besides an ATP (Headquarters).

The “corrupt” practices adopted by many officials in the building branch are often brought to the notice of higher-ups. It is due to the “connivance” of certain officials with the defaulters that hundreds of illegal buildings have mushroomed in the city in recent times. Bankey Bihari had allegedly demanded Rs 1.5 lakh from a resident, who was constructing a building illegally.

An RTI activist, Rohit Sabharwal, said everyone was familiar with the rampant corruption in the building branch. This was the major reason that RTIs were filed continuously to expose this corruption.

Commissioner for more stringent steps

The Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Pradeep Aggarwal, said corruption would not be tolerated. “We have adopted several stringent measures. The recent transfers in the building branch were aimed at sending a message in this direction. Though we try to keep a tab on everything, the demolition part is their responsibility, where they manipulate things as per their wish,” said the Commissioner.

Commenting on the present staff crunch in the building branch, Aggarwal said as per their eligibility, head draftsmen will be asked to do the job till the time new ATPs join. At present, the building branch is managing affairs with just one ATP, who is taking care of Zone B and D, and an ATP (Headquarters). Another controversial ATP (Zone A), Harpreet Ghai, was recently transferred to Moga.



Residents get worms in water supply
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 13
The residents of Pritam Nagar, near Chander Nagar here, are a worried lot. They have been getting white worms in the water supply for the past many days. The authorities concerned seem to be waiting for the outbreak of a disease.

Vijay Kumar Sharma, a priest of a temple in the area, complained that he filled a bucket in the morning. He saw something white floating in water. He threw the bucket and filled it again. To his surprise, there were white worms and insects in water. The residents approached the area councilor and apprised him of the contaminated water supply, but to no avail.

Rama Kumari, another resident of the area, said the residents had been getting contaminated water in the area for the past few days. Since most of the residents had installed RO systems in their houses, they were not facing such problem. But those who cannot afford the RO systems are at the receiving end of this problem, the resident said.



Khanna police crack youth’s murder case
Our Correspondent

Khanna, August 13
The Khanna police claimed to have arrested two youths in connection with a murder of a youth of a nearby village who was allegedly murdered by his two friends. The reason behind the murder was allegedly illicit relations with a village woman. The youths were said to be drug addicts.

The deceased was identified as Amarjit Singh (25), a resident of Lalouri Klan village. His mutilated body was recovered from a well of the village. The Samrala police had registered a case of murder against two village youngsters, Rajvir Singh and Ramandeep Singh on a statement of Ramdass, brother of the deceased.

Ramdass said he had seen his brother and the two youngsters at a wine shop at Bardhalan where they were allegedly drinking. Later, the two youngsters took his brother to the place of one of the youths and murdered him, he alleged.

The SSP, Khanna, Harsh Kumar Bansal, said the youths were drug addicts and the main reason behind the murder was illicit relations. The deceased was a divorcee while the two other youngsters were 

The SSP said one of the killers was having illicit relations with a village woman while the deceased was also trying to impress her. She complained to his paramour, who, along with one of his friends, murdered Amarjit Singh. The SSP also clarified that the woman had no role in the murder.



Dept to survey TDS collection
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 13
Establishments, which deduct income tax from the salaries of their employees at source, should be ready for surveys by teams of the department. It has been observed that employers deduct tax at source but do not deposit it with the Income Tax Department. Amendments allowing the I-T teams to carry surveys on TDS will come into effect from October 1, 2014.

“In the Budget, it has been proposed to amend section 133A to provide that an income-tax authority may can enter any office or a place where business or profession is carried on and conduct a survey to verify whether tax has been deducted or collected at source in accordance with the provisions,” said Jatinder Khurana, a taxation lawyer.

“The existing provision enshrined in section 133A of the Act enables the income tax authority to enter any premises, in which business or profession is carried out, for the purpose of survey. The income tax authority acting under this section may impound and take in its custody any books of account or documents inspected by it during the course of a survey,” added a senior IT official. — TNS



Janamashtami celebrated

New GMT Public school, Haibowal Kalan, celebrated Janamashtmi on the school premises. The students were dressed up in colourful attire. They presented different tableaus related to the Lord Krishna’s life including his birth, meeting of Krishna with Sudama and Krishna’s lesson to Arjuna on a battlefield. Students of Classes IV to VIII also presented Raas Leela through their group dance performances.

(Clockwise from above) Students of Spring Dale Senior Secondary School celebrate Janamashtami on the school premises; patriotic fervour pervades MGM Public School; children come dressed as national heroes at Babies Paradise School; students enact a play during the Janamashtami celebration at New GMT Public School in Ludhiana. Tribune Photographs

Children dress as freedom fighters

Independence Day was celebrated in Babies Paradise Playway on Wednesday. Kids came dressed up as freedom fighters including Bharat Mata, Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, Jawahar Lal Nehru and Bhagat Singh. Director Shallu Sachdeva hoisted the flag on the occasion. All the teachers and kids presented a tribute to the National Flag. They sang several national songs. The National Anthem was also sung by the students at the end. National flags and sweets were distributed among the kids.

Dance performances mark I-Day celebration

Saraswati Modern Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, celebrated Independence Day. Students gave performances on the occasion. Poems, dance, speeches and skit enthralled one and all. The chief guest, Navita Puri, principal of KVM Senior Secondary School, inspired everyone with her words of wisdom. Efforts of students and faculty members were highly appreciated by Kamla Jain, founder president of Saraswati Schools, and industrialist Pradeep Jain, SC Saxena, manager, and Mona Thakur, principal, lauded the efforts of students.

MGM school celebrates Independence Day

MGM Public School, Phase-I, Dugri Road, celebrated Independence Day, with great zeal. Artistic decorations were prepared by students. Tiny tots were dressed as national heroes. Patriotic songs were also sung by students. Director Gajjan Singh Thind and principal Poonam Sharma paid tribute to freedom fighters. Grandparents of students were called as guests on the occasion.

I-Day celebrated at Small Wonders Nursery School

Children of Small Wonders Nursery School celebrated Independence Day. To mark the celebration, patriotic songs and rhymes were sung on the occasion. Children came dressed up in saffron, white and green colours. To raise awareness about the day, teachers narrated related stories to the children. A performance was presented by children on the song ‘Jai ho’. Children, with flags in their hands, raised slogans such as Jai Hind, Bharat Mata Ki Jai and Vande Matram.

‘Dahi Handi’ at Spring Dale School

Janamashtami was celebrated in Spring Dale School. Managing director and founder principal Avinash Kaur Walia was accorded a cordial welcome. Singing bhajans made the whole atmosphere religious and pious. Dahi Handi activity was also held on the occasion. Principal of the school Avinash Kaur Walia offered ‘makhan’ to Lord Krishna and others. — TNS



PAU releases seven new varieties for general cultivation
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 13
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has released seven new varieties for general cultivation in Punjab. These include WH 1105 and PBW 660 of wheat, PMH 9 of maize, PBR 357 of raya, PBG 7 of desi gram, OL 10 of oats and GSC 7 of gobhi sarson. All the varieties were approved during a meeting of the State Variety Approval Committee, held under the chairmanship of Dr Mangal Singh Sandhu, director of agriculture, Punjab, at PAU.

The director of research, Dr SS Gosal, and Dr HS Dhlaiwal, director of extension education, PAU, were also present on the occasion.

Giving details of the new varieties, Dr Gosal said the bread wheat variety WH 1105, developed by CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, has been released for cultivation under irrigated, timely-sown conditions of Punjab. It is a double dwarf variety with an average plant height of 97 cm. It is resistant to yellow rust and brown rust but susceptible to Karnal bunt and loose smut diseases. It matures in about 157 days and its average grain yield is 23.1 quintals per acre, which is 3-6 percent higher than the existing varieties.

Dr Gosal said a new wheat variety PBW 660, developed by the PAU, has also been released for cultivation under rain-fed conditions in Punjab. It is a dwarf variety with an average plant height of 100 cm. Its ears are medium dense and tapering in shape with white smooth glumes. Its grains are amber, hard, bold and lustrous with very good chapati quality. It is resistant to yellow and brown rusts but susceptible to loose smut disease. It matures in about 162 days and its average grain yield is 17.1 quintals per acre which is about 16 percent higher than the PBW-175 which has been withdrawn.

Highlighting the characteristics of PMH 9, Dr Gosal said it is a new single cross cold tolerant hybrid for cultivation during rabi season in Punjab. It is late maturing, resistant to lodging and remains stay green till harvest. It is resistant to common rust. It matures in 180 days and its average yield is 32.5 q/acre. On an average it showed 8.2 per cent superiority over check hybrid Buland.

About PBR 357 raya variety, Dr Gosal said it has been recommended for general cultivation in the state under timely-sown irrigated conditions. It is a medium tall variety with more number of secondary branches per plant. It is bold seeded variety with 1000 seed weight of 5.2 g. It is moderately tolerant to Alternaria blight and white rust than PBR 210 and RLC 1. Its average yield is 8.5 q/acre, which is 10.6 per cent higher than PBR 210. It contains 39.0 per cent oil content and matures in 145 days. Dr Gosal said a new desi gram variety PBG 7 has medium-sized grains with average 100 seed weight of 16.0 gm. It is moderately resistant to Ascochyta blight and resistant to wilt and dry root rot. Its average yield 8 qt per acre and matures in 159 days. This variety has been recommended for the whole state.



Blood donation camp

A blood donation camp is being organised by the girls cadets of NCC at the NCC Academy, Malout. The camp is being conducted in association with the Red Cross Society, Muktsar. SDM Malout was also present on the occasion. Col Ashwani Kumar said around 200 girl cadets have volunteered to donate blood. During the camp, the girls carried out various social services acts such as tree plantation, rally against female foeticide, dowry and drugs. At the end the blood donations camp, the girls were given refreshments and certificates. Col Kumar emphasised on the need for maximum number of girls to join the NCC, an organisation which inculcates qualities of comradeship, integrity, team spirit, discipline and benevolence amongst the cadets. Training imparted to the girls would empower them to fight any kind of violence and abuse that they may face in their day to day lives and help them become responsible citizens.

Recruitment drive

Mandi Gobindgarh: A campus recruitment drive, conducted by the PCS Technology, Gurgaon, was held at RIMT Institutes for BTech and MBA students. As many as 20 RIMT students got selected during the drive. Head sales manager of the PCS Technology, Vaibhav Shirivastwa, addressed the students and provided them with company information, profile and selection procedure. The selection procedure went through two phases, starting with group discussion of 250 students that was followed by one-on-one interview. The founder-chairman, Dr Hukam Chand Bansal, exhorted students to actively participate in such drives and also exhorted the staff members to help in maintaining the quality of education. The chairman, Vijayant Bansal, congratulated the students and said the success of students is a reflection of hard work and dedication of the students and the expertise, effort and enthusiasm of the staff.

GNNC, Doraha, shines in PU exams

Doraha: Harjot Kaur of MA (IV semester, sociology) of Guru Nanak National College (GNNC), Doraha, secured fifth position in Panjab University by securing 76 per cent. Harjot Kaur stood fifth in the university and first in the college. Baljit Singh and Daljit Singh secured second and third position in the college by securing 71 per cent and 69 per cent, respectively. A total of 14 students took the exam in the subject and 12 of them got first divisions. Dr Narinder Sidhu, principal, Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, said Harshdeep Kaur notched first spot in the college in MA (II semester, sociology) by securing 81 per cent while, Manpreet Kaur and Jaspreet Kaur secured second and third positions in the college with 71 per cent and 70 per cent, respectively. Similarly, in BA-I, Preeti Sharma got 77 per cent.

Prabhjot Kaur and Gurwinder Singh secured 75.25 per cent and 74 per cent, respectively. In BA-II, Poonam Sharma got 81.19 per cent and stood first in the college while, Manpreet Kaur and Navdeep Kaur secured 77.75 per cent and 74.63 per cent, respectively, and secured second and third positions in the college. In BCA-II, Jaskeet Kaur has stood seventh in the university and first in the college by securing 79.56 per cent. Rajpreet Kaur and Ravina secured second and third positions, respectively, by securing 74.19 per cent and 73.38 per cent. In BCom-I, Balraj Singh stood first in the class with 82 per cent. Halima and Amandeep Kaur stood second and third, respectively, with 75.27 per cent and 74.91 per cent, respectively. In BCom-II, Shivani Sharma and Roopjit kaur stood first and second with 77.83 per cent and 76.78 per cent, respectively. Dilpreet Kaur got third position and scored 74.70 per cent.

In BCom-III, Jasminder got first place with 75.28 per cent. Jasreet and Ramandeep clinched second and third positions, respectively, with 73.67 per cent and 73.61 per cent. In BSc-I, Harpreet got 83.57 per cent and stood first in the college while, Navdeep and Gurvir secured second and third positions, respectively. In BSc-III, Harmanjot secured 81.85 per cent and clinched first position in the college. Manpreet and Navdeep got 77.2 per cent and 65.75 per cent, respectively, and secured second and third positions, respectively. President of the College Management Committee, Roop Brar, senior vice-president Jogeshwar Singh Mangat, general secretary Harpratap Brar, treasurer Pavittarpal Singh Pangali and principal Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu congratulated staff, students and their parents for bringing laurels to the institution and the entire town. — TNS



No tours without Edu Dept’s assent
DGSE has issued directions to all secondary, elementary schools to ensure student’s safety
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 13
In wake of the poor safety arrangements, the Director General School Education (DGSE) took a strict notice of the negligence of school authorities during educational tours.

According to the new orders, school authorities need to get approval from the Education Department to organise tours. The school head is also supposed to get written approval from parents of all the students. Before arranging the tour, the school authorities have to inform the Deputy Commissioner and other authorities as to what place they are planning to visit.

In the directions issued to all the secondary and elementary schools, Director General School Education GK Singh said they have taken these steps to ensure safety of students.

He asked schools to arrange the tours as per the syllabus so that students get to learn something from the visits. As per the directions, the schools will now be preparing a Performa before arranging the tour. The Performa will include the address of all the students and even landline numbers and mobile numbers will be registered.

The school head and teachers will keep the Performa along with them. Students are supposed to carry their identity cards with them all the time.

The Director General School Education said senior and responsible teachers should be deputed to go along with the students during such tours. In case, girl students are also taken, woman teachers must go along with students.

The school heads have to ensure the head office of the Education Department that in case of any emergency they are capable of providing all the required help to students.



A tribute to Kartar Singh Sarabha
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 13
Ludhiana Pedallers in association with the Feroze Gandhi Market Association is organising “Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Memorial Cycle Rally” to commemorate the life of the young revolutionary of the Ghadar movement.

“He understood the spirit of revolution at a tender age and it lived in his veins. His contribution to the Ghadar movement was defining, but it is a sad fact that his sacrifice has largely gone unacknowledged. The rally aims at paying tributes to his zeal for bringing about a change and laying his life for the same objective. The rally is a joint venture of Ludhiana Pedallers, a group that is promoting a clean and green environment, and the Feroze Gandhi Market Association,” said V Venkat, chairman, Ludhiana Pedallers.

The rally will be flagged off from Bhai Bala Chowk at 5.30 am on August 15 and will head to the ancestral village of Sarabha that is located at a distance of 17 kilometres from the starting point.

Through the rally, an effort is being made by the pedallers to urge the Central government to bestow the title of ‘National Martyr’ on Kartar Singh Sarabha. “The rally is also an anti-drug campaign as the menace is eating into the roots of our society and leading our youth astray. The pedallers also wish to make people aware of the benefits of cycling that will not only improve their health, but also save the environment from further pollution and degradation. Students from various schools and colleges are going to be a part of it,” added patron Ranjodh Singh.

Cycle rally

The Feroze Gandhi Market Association is organising ‘Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Memorial Cycle Rally’ to commemorate the life of the young revolutionary of the Ghadar movement. The rally will be flagged off from Bhai Bala Chowk at 5.30 am on August 15 and will head to the ancestral village of Sarabha that is located at a distance of 17 kilometres from the starting point.



Coca-Cola comes up with Maaza Milky Delite

Ludhiana: Coca-Cola India on Wednesday announced the launch of ‘Maaza Milky Delite’- a new innovation from its beverage brand Maaza. Staying true to Maaza’s commitment of offering consumers best class mango experience, Maaza Milky Delite is a beverage made of juicy mangoes combined with delicious richness of milk solids.The product was launched by Bhupendra Suri, vice-president, Franchise Bottling Operations, Coca-Cola India, and Shalini Goenka, executive director, Ludhiana Beverages Private Limited.

VLCC launches three make-up looks

VLCC Centre, Ludhiana, launched three make-up looks- Fresh Look, Glam Look and Diva Look. Vishal Mudgal, international make-up artist; Sarvesh Gupta, senior make-up artist, and Youvraj Kaushal, hair technician, said Airbrush, MAC and Krylon make-up were in demand in Ludhiana. According to centre’s manager Prabha Maya Prasad, all types of the make-up offered at VLCC are customised and depend on the face structure and personality of the client. She said, “We first speak to the client and counsel them for the right look and complete makeover.” On the occasion, a special discount was offered in bridal and pre-bridal packages.

Binani group to organise bravery awards

Media Magix, a Binani media enterprise of the Braj Binani Group of Companies, has invited nominations for the 14th Ghanshyam Binani Children’s Bravery Award. The nominations have been invited from all over India. The child should be below 16 years of age. The act should reflect bravery against physical attack/violence or saving a life by risking his or her own life. Nominations should be backed by authenticity in the form of documents, appreciation or coverage of the incident in the media. Nominations can also be proposed by others. The act of bravery should be within the period of January 1, 2014, to December 31, 2014. Nominations may be sent by individuals, social organisations, institutions covering details of the incident, date, time, location, name and contact address of children involved with adequate supporting and mailed to: Bina Verma CEO Media Magix, Braj Binani Group, Feltham House, first floor, 10 JN Heredia Marg, Ballard Estate, Mumbai – 400 by January 31, 2015. Website: www.gbbraveryaward.com. — TNS



Research workshop ends at farm varsity
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 13
A two-day Research and Extension Specialists’ Workshop for Rabi Crops concluded at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), today. The workshop saw discussions on bailing of paddy straw, status of in-situ management of paddy straw, processing of pulses, establishment of agro-processing complexes in Punjab and economics of rabi crops.

The participating officers from the State Department of Agriculture and the farm scientists visited the experimental areas of the PAU Departments of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Agronomy, Plant Pathology, Entomology, Soil Science, Farm Machinery and Power Engineering and Soil and Water Engineering.

Chairing the concluding technical session, Dr HS Dhaliwal, director of Extension Education, said bailing of paddy straw should be made popular among framers. He also emphasised on the paddy straw management for enhancement of soil health. He called upon the scientists to motivate the small and marginal farmers to set-up their own processing units of pulses and other grains.

Dr Dhaliwal stressed that farmers must maintain their record of land and expenditure being put on the field. The workshop aims at strengthening the linkage between extension functionaries and researchers, he said, while adding that gathering feedback is vital for devising research programmes.

The session was coordinated by Dr TS Riar, associate professor of Extension Education.



Building bylaw violations
Defaulters have a field day
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 13
Despite High Court’s instructions, no action has been taken against owners of the buildings, responsible for illegal change of land use for vested interests. Although both the major departments, Municipal Corporation and Ludhiana Improvement Trust have made it clear that they will remove the violations in the schemes, which are under them, but in the absence of an action by the civic body, the defaulters continue to have a field day.

The MC authorities have claimed to have served notices to the violators in areas including Model Town, Gol Market, Kitchlu Nagar Market and Rishi Balmiki Nagar Market but, so far no progress has been made in the case.

An official with the Building Branch Department, on the condition of anonymity, said, “There is an acute staff crunch in the department. Besides, there was a major reshuffle in the department due to which the work came to a standstill for some time. But things will be streamlined in a few days.”

It may be mentioned here that regular complaints were filed that nearly 75 per cent of people, to whom shop-cum-flats or shop-cum-offices were allotted under specified schemes, had illegally changed the land use and were using their flats as a source of entertainment and income. About 60 per cent of people were running shops and restaurants in the buildings. The unplanned commercial activities are major cause of long traffic jams and number of accidents.



Ludhiana Scan

On the instructions of the 13th Finance Commission of the Central Government, a special survey programme under the name of 'business register' has been started. A special training programme from August 13-21 has been chalked out for those who will be carrying out the survey. After the training workshop, the field work will be started. Establishments registered under Company Act 1956, Factory Act 1948, Shop and Commercial Establishment Act, Societies Registration Act, Co-operative Societies Act, directorate of industries, Khadi and rural development board will be covered.

Workshop ends

The six-month training workshop for newly recruited junior engineers in the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) concluded at Lalton Sub-Station on Wednesday. Er Rashpal Singh, chief engineer, central zone, said the main aim of the staff should be to give selfless service to the consumers.

Surprise visit

District BJP president Parveen Bansal paid a surprise visit to the Birth and Death Department of the MC, Ludhiana, on Wednesday. Bansal said, “He had many complaints from the public about the inefficiency of the officials of the department.”


A meeting of the office-bearers of the Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organisation was held on Wednesday regarding Independence Day celebrations. It was presided over by KK Seth, chairman, FICO. It was unanimously decided that Om Parkash Munjal, chairman, Hero Cycles Ltd, will unfurl the National Flag. — TNS



Protest by Namdharis enters Day 13
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 13
It is sad state of affairs that the Namdharis sect, who had a significant role in the independence of India, and its followers have locked horns over its successorship. A group of Namdharis led by the Namdhari Panthak Ekta Action Committee, who claimed the majority of followers with them, have been sitting on hunger strike from the last 13 days outside mini secretariat.

Seven devotees, who replaced the fasting protesters two days ago, will observe fast on August 15. According to the information, the District Administration did not make any efforts to call off the strike.

Suba Darshan Singh Raisar, president, Namdhari Panthak Ekta Action Committee, stated, “The followers of Namdhari sect who have been sitting on hunger strike are in high spirits despite the physical weakness.”

He informed that the Namdhari Panthak Ekta Action Committee has held a meeting to plan the next programme today.

Suba Darshan Singh Raisar said: “They have discussed various peaceful plans to intensify the struggle.”

The Namdhari Panthak Ekta Action Committee claimed that the enthusiasm to take part in strike had been increasing day by day. Several Namdhari leaders from various areas have supported their cause.



Demand for civic amenities
Khanna residents express resentment

Khanna, August 13
Several residents of ward No. 4 of Nandi colony area of Khanna staged a protest for not providing the civic amenities. The residents alleged that from the last three decades they were living in hell-like situation as there was no proper drinking water, no sewerage and no arrangements for the proper exit of the standing water from the streets of the area. They alleged that despite repeated requests to the authorities concerned the matter remained unsolved.

Jaswant Singh, a retired government employee who was leading the protesters, alleged that from the last more than six months, rainwater and sewerage water was continuously flooding the streets. He said, “In rainy season, the situation becomes worse, as there are chances of water-borne diseases breaking out in such areas and affecting the health of the residents.” The situation becomes more pitiable when children have to pass through the standing water on their way to schools, he said. The residents alleged that even the politicians of their area were ignoring their genuine demands.



Camera, mobile phone snatched at gunpoint
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, August 13
In a dramatic incident, an unidentified person allegedly snatched an expensive camera from an employee of a Jagraon-based photography studio at gunpoint. The incident took place near Kothe Khajura village located on the outskirts of Jagraon today afternoon. The accused also forcibly took away the mobile phone of the employee of the studio before fleeing on a two-wheeler.

As per the information, a person visited Kamal Studio situated near Jagraon Municipal Council Office yesterday to inquire about hiring a camera. According to Ashok Sharma, owner of Kamal Studio, the accused introduced himself as Baljit Singh and told him that he wanted to hire a camera for covering a family function. A deal was struck and the studio owner agreed to rent out camera to him.

“The same person arrived at my studio today afternoon and requested me to give him a camera he wanted to hire for covering the function. We sent our photographer along with him on his two-wheeler and when they reached near Kothe Khajura village, the accused snatched the camera from our employee at gunpoint. He also took away the mobile phone of our employee before fleeing,” Ashok Sharma said.

After the snatching, the photographer however managed to reach the studio where he narrated the whole incident to the owner of the studio. Following this, the studio owner lodged a complaint with the local police.

Taking serious note of the incident, a police team led by Jagraon DSP Surinder Kumar visited the place where the incident took place. Jagraon city station house officer (SHO) Bikramjit Singh said the police had registered a case against the unidentified person on the complaint filed by studio owner and an investigation is on.

“During the course of investigation, we have acquired some important clues about the accused, who will be arrested soon,” SHO Bikramjit Singh claimed.

According to Ashok Sharma, the market value of the snatched camera stands near Rs 1.50 lakh.



One arrested with 24 bottles of illicit liquor
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, August 13
The Jagraon police have arrested one person and recovered 24 bottles of illicit liquor from his possession. The accused has been identified as Paramjit Singh, a resident of Aawan Mohalla, Jagraon. The illicit liquor was seized by a police team led by Adda Raikot police chowki in charge ASI Amarjit Singh near Kothe Rahlan village located on the outskirts of Jagraon yesterday evening during routine checking.

According to Jagraon City, Station House Officer (SHO), Bikramjit Singh, a police team led by ASI Amarjit Singh was patrolling near Kothe Rahlan village yesterday evening when they saw a person carrying two bags.

“On seeing the police team, the accused got afraid and tried to hide behind trees which made the police team suspicious. The police team stopped him and when searched, it recovered 24 bottles of illicit liquor from the bags,” SHO Bikramjit Singh said.

The police have registered a case under the Excise Act against the accused at Jagraon city police station and further investigation is on.

It is pertinent to mention here that the smuggling of illicit liquor has been on the rise in Jagraon area during past some time. During last one month, the police have arrested several persons and seized around 100 bottles of illicit liquor. According to police, more than one dozen cases were registered under the Excise Act at Jagraon city police station during the month of July.



Cagers of Doraha Public School stand out
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 13
The Sahnewal Zone CBSE Inter-School Basketball Tournament for Boys and Girls was held at Doraha in the first week of August. Thirty teams participated in the tournament. The students competed in the U-14, U-17 and U-19 categories.


Boys (U-14): Doraha Public School 1, Doraha, Government School, Jamalpur, 2 and Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Doraha, 3; U-17: Government School, Jamalpur, 1 Doraha Public School, Doraha, 2 and Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Doraha, 3; U-19: Doraha Public School, Doraha, 1 Darshan Academy, Bhamian, 2 and Kalangidhar Academy, Dhugari, 3; Girls U-14 category: Doraha Public School, Doraha, 1 Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Doraha, 2 and Sacred Heart Convent School, Sahnewal, 3; U-17: Sacred Heart Convent School, Sahnewal, 1 Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Dohara, 2 and Nankana Sahib Public School, Budhewal, 3; U-19: Doraha Public School, Doraha, 1 Nankana Sahib Public School, Budhewal, 2 and Sacred Heart Convent School, Sahnewal, 3.

GMT students shine

The 10th Independence Cup Invitation Sports Jeet Kune-Do Championship was held at the Talkatore indoor stadium in New Delhi.

Two students of GMT International Public School, Ludhiana, finished second runners-up. Samar of Class VII stood second in the 30 to 35 kg weight category while Damandeep of Class VIII stood second in the 60 to 65 kg weight category.

Swimming meet

GRD Academy organised the Ludhiana Sahodaya School Swimming Championship on August 11 and 12. Around 31 renowned schools of Ludhiana, comprising 650 participants, took part in it. Events in the U-12, U-14, U-16 and U-19 were held. The winners were honoured by principal of the academy VK Chandel.



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