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7-member gang of robbers busted
Tribune News Service

Commissioner of Police Pramod Ban addresses media persons in Ludhiana
Commissioner of Police Pramod Ban addresses media persons in Ludhiana.

Ludhiana, August 20
With the arrest of seven youngsters, the city police have claimed to have busted a gang of robbers who were behind five sensational robberies in the city. The Commissioner of Police, Pramod Ban, said the busting of the gang would put an end to such incidents in the city.

The members of the gang, identified as Mukesh Kumar Yadav, alias Guddu, a native of Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh (at presently living in Ajit Nagar of Haibowal); Varinder Singh, alias Money; Vishal Singh, both residents of Rajan Estate in Haibowal; Ravinderpal Singh, alias Ravi, of Atwal Nagar in Haibowal; Ramesh Kumar, alias Roomi, of Sant Vihar in Haibowal; Hardeep Singh, alias Deepu, of Jassiyan road; and Taran Kumar, alias Tanu, of New Sant Vihar in Waddi Haibowal, were arrested from a cremation ground on the Barrewal road while they were preparing to commit a robbery at a petrol station.

The eighth member of the gang, Dalip Kumar, a native of UP, is still on the run. Mukesh Kumar Yadav, alias Guddu, was the mastermind of the gang.

The police recovered a country made .315 pistol and a round, Rs.6.2 lakh and sharp-edged weapons from their possession.

The accused, who are in their mid twenties, got the idea of forming a gang from movies. After forming the gang, they unleashed terror by perpetrating five back-to-back robberies in barely two months.

Police officials said the accused used to inflict injuries on their victims and in some cases they threatened them with sharp weapons.

The Police Commissioner said the accused were involved in the robbery of Rs 7 lakh from Bhagwan Singh of the Baljit and Company Filing Station at Agar Nagar on July 12. The gang had looted Rs 3.5 lakh from a businessman, Gagandeep Singh, at the railway station on July 10, Rs 7.85 lakh from Ramesh Kumar of Guru Sagar Vihar at Peeru Banda Chowk on July 26. He said the police recovered 250 grams psychotropic drug powder (125 grams each) from Guddu and Deepu.

The Commissioner said the accused were booked under the relevant sections of the IPC and were being questioned.

Modus operandi

The accused would divide themselves in groups and commit robbery at a place where the police vigil is minimum. While one group used to conduct a recce of the place, the second group would execute the robbery. The other groups would help them escape.

Major Strikes

July 10: Robs a businessman, Gagandeep Singh, of Rs 3.5 lakh at the railway station

July 12: Loots Rs 7 lakh from Bhagwan Singh of the Baljit and Company Filing Station at Agar Nagar

July 26: Loots Rs 7.85 lakh from Ramesh Kumar of Guru Sagar Vihar at Peeru Banda Chowk


MC General House by August 25
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
The protesting Congress councillors today lifted their dharna at the Zone A office on an assurance given by Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria that the MC General House would definitely be called by August 25 to sort out many pending issues.

But going by the incidents that took place in the Municipal Corporation recently, it seems the authorities will “avoid” convening the General House in the near future because many councillors were against both the Mayor and the Commissioner.

The independent councillors, supporting Simarjit Singh Bains (MLA), said they were waiting for the General House to be convened to confront the Mayor for “locking” the room at the Zone C office where a sangat darshan had been held smoothly for the past 10 years.

“The room is not anybody’s private property and we use it to hear the grievances of the public. The attempt made by the Mayor shows the frustration of the government and the matter will be taken up at the MC General House,” said one of the councillors.

A few other independent councillors are sore over the alleged rude behavior of the Commissioner during the sangat darshan yesterday. “We are waiting for the Mayor to announce the General House, where we will discuss the issue in detail,” said another councillor.

But the Congress councillors seem to be adopting a “wait-and-watch” policy. “We will discuss the plan of action after tomorrow’s bypoll at Talwandi Sabo and Patiala. The development works have been pending for a long time and no General House has been convened in the last few months. So, there are a host of issues. The public is coming to us with their complaints and we have no answer to their problems. The General House is a must to clear the picture on development. The mayor had promised to convene it by August 25 and with this assurance the Congress councillors withdrew their protest. But looking at the past incidents, we suspect it will be held in the near future,” said Sushma Mehta, Congress councillor.

Meanwhile, Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria could not be contacted for comments as he was away to Chandigarh for some meeting.



SAD-BJP row over development works in city comes to fore
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 20
The ongoing work for connecting domestic sewer lines to the main sewer in various localities falling under Ward No. 12 in the city has come in the eye of a storm with the area councillor, Surjit Singh Rai, and the Jamalpur Mandal president of the BJP, Anil Arora, trading charges of misappropriation of funds.

Arora had alleged that the SAD councillor had chalked out a dubious plan to pocket a major portion of about Rs 48 lakh, which was being collected from the area residents for connecting their sewer lines to the main sewer in the area. He said around 2,000 new sewerage connections were to be given in Ward No. 12 and the contractor, allegedly a handyman of the councillor, was collecting Rs 2,400 from each household.

Rai, however, termed the allegations as unfounded and motivated. Addressing a news conference here today, the councillor maintained that he had no role in connecting the domestic sewer lines with the main sewer and had taken no money from anybody for this work.

He said Arora was facing allegations of committing a fraud of several crores with a number of area residents. “When I took up the issue on behalf of the victims so that justice was dispensed to them, the BJP leader chose to malign me by levelling allegations of misappropriation of funds meant for development work being carried out in the area.”

Rai charged the BJP leader with extorting money from the people involved in property disputes and other matters, and also running two benami ration depots in the area.



School for Meritorious
Only six respond to final offer
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
Despite several attempts, the Education Department has failed to attract the required admissions to the Residential School for Meritorious Students. After the final offer, only six students applied for admission.

The Education Department had invited applications for admission to fill the vacant seats in the school. Today was the last day for filing applications.

According to information, five girl students and a boy applied for admission to the meritorious school. Two students have applied for the non-medical stream while the other four for the commerce stream.

After five day counselling, only 250 students applied for admission against a total of 500 seats.

The Education Department officials admitted some of the students on the state merit list to the school but more than 150 seats are still vacant. According to information, the department has set a 60-40 admission ration for girls and boys. Almost all seats for girl students have been filled.

Anoop Passi, Principal, Residential School for Meritorious Students, said: “The applications of students have been sent to the head office. They will prepare a new list for admissions soon”.

Meanwhile, despite the tall claims of the PWD officials about completing work on the hostel buildings before admissions, the boys’ hostel is still not ready. It has been 15 days since the academic session started. The boy students have been residing in class rooms.

The principal said labourers were still working on the hostel building. He would not shift the students till the PWD hands over a complete boys’ hostel to the authorities.



Date for filing VAT quarterly returns extended

Ludhiana, August 20
The Excise and Taxation Department has extended the last date for filing value added tax (VAT) quarterly return from August 20 to August 25. However, the dates for making payment remain the same. The date has been extended after the department received a number of representations from traders and chartered accountants in this regard.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes has extended the last date for obtaining and furnishing audit report for the assessment year 2014-15 and in case of assessees who are not required to furnish report from September 30 to November 30. The Punjab Taxation Bar Association and the Taxation Young Lawyers Association have appreciated the step taken by the department. — TNS



Chhapar Chowki in-charge suspended
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 20
The Ludhiana (Rural) police has initiated action against three policemen of the Chhapar police chowki after allegations of dereliction of duty levelled against them. While the in charge of the chowki, Hardeep Singh, has been suspended with immediate effect, two others were sent to the Police Lines.

The action was taken on the recommendation of Deputy Superintendent of Police Mandeep Singh, who visited the chowki after receiving complaints from the local residents, particularly devotees coming to pay obeisance at the Guga Mari Shrine, the venue for the famous Mela Chhapar, scheduled to commence on September 7.

A large number of devotees, led by Jatinder Kumar Happy Baba, had urged the Ludhiana Rural police to initiate action against cops led by incharge Chhapar Chowki Hardeep Singh, who, according to them, had been harassing devotees. Certain religious organisations had threatened to boycott the approaching religious event in case action was not taken against the erring policemen.

One of the devotees, Balbir Singh of Lohatbaddi, who was allegedly thrashed by the police for beating drum at the shrine on Tuesday, was admitted to the Civil Hospital, Pakhowal. The doctors had referred him to a city hospital.

Having received the complaint, Senior Superintendent of Police (Ludhiana Rural) Ravcharan Singh Brar deputed Deputy Superintendent of Police, Dakha, to look into the matter.

The DSP, besides hearing the grievances of the devotees, conducted a surprise inspection of all rooms at the chowki being used by the policemen. He recommended immediate suspension of the in charge of the chowki. Munshi Gurmail Singh and another policeman Avtar Singh were sent to the lines for alleged dereliction of duty.

It was observed during inspection that the policemen had failed to maintain the sanctity of the shrine. The DSP ordered immediate transfer of huge stocks of liquor that had been seized in connection with a case registered more than a year ago.

Maintaining that the ugly situation had arisen due to the establishment of a police chowki on the premises of the shrine, members of the panchayat, led by Ravinder Singh Romi, urged the administration to shift the chowki to a piece of land earmarked for the purpose.

DSP Mandeep Singh said he had recommended immediate action against the erring policemen and directed the new in charge of the chowki, Harpreet Singh, to make sure that no objectionable material, including liquor and non-vegetarian food, is taken to the premises. “I have also told them to shift the seized liquor to Malkhana of the Jodhan police station,” he said, maintaining that the sanctity of the shrine would be maintained at all costs.

Shift police post: Panchayat

Maintaining that the ugly situation had arisen due to the establishment of a police chowki on the premises of the shrine, members of the panchayat, led by Ravinder Singh Romi, urged the administration to shift the chowki to a piece of land earmarked for the purpose.



a Reality check at the Office of the Sub-Registrar
Staff absent, visitors at receiving end
With tehsildars not available, people face inconvenience in getting their land deals registered
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
The tall claims of the state government to provide state-of-the-art facilities to the public at the Sub Registrar offices stand exposed as the staff, including tehsildars, clerks and peons etc, don’t report for work.

This is evident as the employees don’t arrive before 1 pm at the Sub Registrar (West) office on the Hambran Road.

In the absence of dedicated staff at the Sub Registrar offices, visitors face inconvenience to get their land deals registered.

Sample this: Till 1 pm, chaos reigned at the Sub Registrar (West) Office as visitors were unaware about the arrival of the tehsildar.

Compounding their woes, the visitors were informed that they could get their works done at 3 pm as the tehsildar was yet to arrive from Koomkalan.

A large number of visitors, including women and elderly, could be seen shuttling between one counter to the other asking for tokens but no official was present to address their grievances.

A staff member said this had been a usual practice for the past seven days.

As the tehsildars arrive from Koomkalan, Sahnewal etc, visitors had no other option but to wait for long hours.

Tehsildar on ‘self-proclaimed’ leave

At the Sub Registrar (East) office in Transport Nagar, the tehsildar, Harsimran Singh, is on a ‘self-proclaimed’ leave for the past one month. Even as senior functionaries in the District Administration had written to the higher-ups in July to ‘charge-sheet’ the official, no action has been taken against the ‘erring’ official.

Meanwhile, the work is being managed by the naib-tehsildar.

A visit to the office revealed that by 1:30 pm, more than 60 documents had already been registered and the day’s work was completed.

Besides this, visitors have a tough time due to the absence of fans and drinking water at the Sub Registrar (East) office. The newly constructed building also wears a shabby look with flies hovering all around.

Maluka Singh, an octogenarian, arrived at the office (West) around 10 am with his relatives. Till noon, Singh kept waiting at the office along with his kin.

“We’ve not been given the tokens either. All the counters are vacant and there are no attendants. The staff will occupy their seats only when the tehsildar arrives”, said a youth accompanying Singh.

Another visitor, Sunita, said she was informed that her work would be done at 3 pm at the Sub Registrar (West) Office.

“My children will return from school at 1:30 pm. I feel I should go home and attend to them and return at 3 pm”, she added.

Raghav Kumar, a bank employee accompanying his friend at the Sub Registrar (East) Office, said, “As far as the registration of documents is concerned, I did not face any problem. But it is too suffocating to sit here. There is just one fan to cater to hundreds of visitors. It is a new building and can be maintained well.”

Shortage of staff, tabs by vigilance have affected functioning of tehsildars

Acute shortage of staff and tabs by the Vigilance Department are cited to be the two major reasons for the present state of affairs. A tehsildar not wishing to be named said, “Being an Executive Magistrate, the services of tehsildars were taken almost everywhere. I do the registration/intekal work of land deals. I’m asked to inspect the computerisation of land records. Tehsildars are sent at court hearings. During elections, we are put on duties and nowadays, we are busy with the rationalisation of booths in the district. If there is any VIP movement, we are sent there. We are asked to take memorandums for dharnas/protests. As we are Executive Magistrates, if there is any demolition drive by the Municipal Corporation, we are sent to the spot. How can we do justice in such a scenario?”. “Another reason that the tehsildars/naib-tehsildars take less interest in the land deal registration these days is due to the fear of the Vigilance Department,” said a lambardar at the Sub Registrar office.

Demands put forth by the public

  • Dedicated staff, including tehsildars/naib-tehsildars, clerks etc, at offices.
  • Since the buildings are newly constructed, government should provide enough funds for their maintenance.
  • The processes should be made simple by the government as people face huge inconvenience.
  • Higher-ups should conduct surprise visits to ensure things are streamlined at the Sub Registrar offices.


Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal said the Sub Registrar (West) was in Delhi to attend a court case, while the naib tehsidar had some personal problem. “We are looking into the matter and will ensure that visitors don’t face any inconvenience. As far as the maintenance of offices is concerned, the budget has been passed and we will get the funds to do the needful”, said Aggarwal. On being asked if he had written to the higher-ups about charge-sheeting the official at the Sub Registrar (East) office, who was on leave without intimation, Aggarwal said, ”Yes, we are expecting a reply on the issue”.



Years on, garbage heap mounts
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, August 20
A garbage heap — set up in the middle of the market road in Doraha — stares every passerby in the face. The stench-emitting waste with flies hovering over it has become an eyesore. Despite repeated requests by residents, shopkeepers, shoppers, pedestrians and visitors to clear the mess have fallen on deaf ears.

“It is difficult to pass through the road stretch. The stench is unbearable. The waste is dumped at a spot from where several streets and roads diverge. It is an arduous task to cross the road. Residents cover their faces while passing through it. But this has failed to move the authorities concerned,” said a resident.

“The Municipal Council has never given a second thought to ban the dumping of garbage on the main market road and instead shift it to another spot. The garbage heap presents a sorry state of affairs,” said a local resident.

Another resident residing in the Bhaina Wali Gali , where the dumping of garbage is a routine affair, said, “This is not the first time that we are encountering such a problem. It has been for years together but now the situation has gone out of control. We are unable to breathe in such unhygienic conditions. Stray dogs scavenge for food in the garbage heap. A number of people have been victimised by these a dogs.”

“The garbage is collected only to be dumped again,” he added.

The residents also stated that the council had no place to dump the waste and residents were at the receiving end of the menace. “This also makes residents prone to various diseases. They can fall prey to infections. The fear of dengue and other water-borne diseases hangs heavy over their heads,” said Pawan Kumar Kaushal, a resident.

Meanwhile, sanitary inspector Vimal Kumar said, “I know that residents are facing problems due to the garbage mess. Even if we try to avoid collection of garbage at the spot, residents also need to put in efforts. As far as the placing of containers at the place is concerned, it is the work of the A to Z Company. We have nothing to do with it.”



Theft incidents spread panic among residents
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, August 20
The increasing incidents of theft in rural areas of Jagraon have spread panic and fear among residents. In fact, the rural areas have witnessed a huge increase in the incidents of theft during the recent past and the residents are forced to spend sleepless nights due to a rise in such incidents in the villages.

A couple of months ago, Jagraon town was on the target of thieves with several incidents of theft taking place in the city. But as the police increased vigil in the town to prevent such incidents, it seems that the thieves have now shifted their focus to the rural areas.

Every other day, the reports of theft keep surfacing from various villages that have left the residents worrisome. Though the police have also increased patrolling in rural areas, the incidents of theft continue to take place on regular intervals. Despite the tall claims being made by the local police, there seems to be no end to these in the rural belt.

As per the police, over 24 incidents of theft have taken place in various villages surrounding Jagraon during the past two months. Victims have lost valuables worth lakhs in these thefts. The thieves have not even spared the government offices and executed many thefts in various offices located in rural areas. The theft incidents in government schools in rural areas have also become common.

Most of these government offices do not have their own security arrangements which has further increased burden on the Police Department, which is already reeling under excessive workload with lesser resources at its disposal.

Sources said the major reason behind the rise in theft incidents in rural areas had been lack of ample patrolling by the police during the night due to the lesser number of police personnel.

“The rural areas require more police personnel for proper vigil but the local police have lesser number of personnel at its disposal due to which it has become quite difficult for the police to keep a proper vigil. It is almost impossible for the police to cover all villages due to staff crunch, which has resulted in rise in thefts and other crimes,” said a senior police officer on condition of anonymity.

Another reason behind the increasing number of theft incidents is the rise in the number of drug addicts. The police sources claim that majority of the petty crimes such as snatching and theft are executed by the addicts to earn quick bucks for buying drugs.

“When the addicts face shortage of money to buy drugs, they resort to crimes such as snatching and patty thefts,” said another police officer.

SSP Jagraon Ravcharan Singh Brar admitted that lack of manpower and resources with the police department were one of the factors responsible for the issue. “The police have been doing its best to prevent such incidents. We have increased vigil in the rural areas and special teams are formed to check the same,” the SSP added.

24 thefts in two months in Jagraon

As per the police, over 24 incidents of theft have taken place in various villages surrounding Jagraon during the past two months. Victims have lost valuables worth lakhs in these thefts.



BA-I: Seats still lying vacant
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
Though students make efforts to get admission to the Government College for Girls, the authorities deny admission to those who fail to make it to the cut-off list. It may sound strange that despite the competition between students, seats are still lying vacant in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) first-year course.

As per information, around 15 seats are still lying vacant in the BA-I course in the college. Parents of several students have been approaching the college authorities everyday for admission.

As per the authorities, the seats have been lying vacant as the students do not want to take subjects like music, philosophy, geography and dance.

The college has to fill at least 20 seats in each subject to offer the subject otherwise the university will cancel the registration of the course. There are only a few students who take admission in these subjects.

There are a total of 540 seats in BA-I of which 525 seats were filled. The college has six sections in BA-I. Every section contains 90 seats.

Some of the parents alleged that the college authorities intentionally not filled these seats as they would allot these to their near and dear ones and those with reference of politicians.

“If no one wants to opt subjects like philosophy then why the college is offering such subjects. The students who have got 80 per cent marks are not able to take the subjects as per their choice,” said a parent.

Meanwhile, the college authorities has refuted the allegations levelled by parents.

“We provided admission to students on merit basis. We don’t want cancellation of subjects by the university authorities as these subjects are important,” said the spokesperson for the college.

Government College for Girls

  • As per information, around 15 seats are still lying vacant in the BA-I course in the Government College for Girls. Parents of several students have been approaching the college authorities for admission.
  • The college authorities claim that the seats have been lying vacant as the students do not want to take subjects like music, philosophy, geography and dance.



College holds rally to mark Sadbhavana Diwas
Our Correspondent

Doraha, August 20
The NSS (Girls) and the Youth Club (Girls) of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, today took out a rally to celebrate Sadbhavana Diwas. The rally was flagged off by girls wing in charge Prof Amarjeeet Kaur. She asked the volunteers to make efforts for establishing peace and harmony in the state.

She said the volunteers should try their best to create an atmosphere of understanding and strengthen bonding between people.

The volunteers conducted a rally through the town and raised their voice in favour of national integration and communal harmony to be promoted among people of all religions across the country.

They also raised their voice against anti national activities being carried out by terrorists in various parts of the country and the separatist forces that were trying to create terror among people.

The volunteers raised slogans, distributed pamphlets among residents and educated them about the significance of the day.

They strived to work for emotional oneness and harmony of the country. The residents pledged that they would try to create a sense of equality and shun bitterness that results in troublesome situation. They also took an undertaking that they would resolve all differences in or out of the country with talks and never resort to violent means.



Panjab University introduces ‘bhand’ in youth festival
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
Panjab University, Chandigarh, introduced traditional humorous act called ‘bhand’ in the youth festival, which is scheduled to be held next month. The university introduced the item to show the rich culture of Punjab.

This year, the Government College for Girls will again host the Youth Festival Zone-B. As per information, the festival will be held from September 23 to 26. The students will participate in 44 items, including the ‘bhand’.

As per rules, two students will participate in this item and perform the item within three to five minutes. The participant will decide the content as per their wish. The act would be judged from the humorous content.

As many as 11 colleges of the Zone-B will participate in the festival.

Students from Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, SDP College for Women, Khalsa College for Women, Ramgarhiya Girls College for Women, Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Devki Devi Jain College for Women, Master Tara Singh College for Women, Government College for Girls, Mata Ganga Khalsa College for Girls, Manji Sahib Kotan, BNSM Girls College, Alamgir, and AS College for Women, Khanna, will participate.

As per the schedule, competitions in events such as singing, group song, folk song, items based on home science, mehndi, pakhi, phulkari and creative writings will be held on September 23.

The events like Indian orchestra, group folk orchestra, folk Instrumental, fine arts items, clay modelling, collage-making, cartooning, poster-making, poetry and debate will be held on September 24.

On September 25, mime, drama, histrionics, skits, mimicry and ‘bhand’ will be held.

The competitions like classical, group dance, folk dance, giddha, ‘kavishri war gayan’ and song would be held on September 26.



Diploma in Stock Market, Trading Operations
21 students get admission to Ludhiana college
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
As many as 21 students were admitted today during the first counselling of the Community College at SCD Government, Ludhiana, for Diploma in Stock Market and Trading Operations.

The counselling of admission will continue till August 31 in the commerce department from 9am to 2pm on all working days.

While giving the details about the programme, Dr Dharm Singh Sandhu, Principal of the college, said the college would start the classes for the programme from September 1, 2014, and there would be morning batch of classes so that employed students and students who were involved in businesses could also join the programme.

He said the diploma is sponsored by the University Grants Commission and the beauty of the programme was its training part that would be held at the Ludhiana Stock Exchange.

He said that stock market experts would be invited to deliberate on various issues so that students could be benifitted out of it. The UGC scheme for the community college also offer scholarships to students under its parameters. Panjab University had given the approval to start the programme and given its affiliation to the course.

He said with the beginning of the programme there would be more investor awareness and it would give a boost to investment activities in the region with the availability of experts in the field.

As per information, students would get Rs 1,000 monthly scholarship after joining the course. The UGC will provide the scholarship to first two batches.

Dr Ashwani Bhalla, programme coordinator, said: “The students having MCom and BCom degrees took admission to get practical knowledge of the stock exchange. The SCD Government College is the only college in North India which has started a formal diploma programme for Stock Market and Trading Trading Operations and people of Ludhiana should get benefit from the programme.”



Bank officials told to remain vigilant
Our Correspondent

Dehlon, August 20
The Gill Circle police have launched a movement to educate bank officials about measures to check robberies and snatchings in banks and ATMs. Staff of various branches of commercial banks have been told to be extra vigilant and remain updated about crisis management plans, besides checking the working of CCTVs, emergency siren and fire alarms.

The movement was launched in pursuance of guidelines of the state police issued in wake of increase in the number of incidents of robberies at banks across the state.

Beat officers posted at the local police station and the Sadar police station visited various branches at Kilaraipur, Pohir, Ghawadi, Jassowal and Khatra and organised meetings with managers and other bank officers to insure compliance of directions received from the office of the ADGP (crime) recently.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Gill Gurpreet Singh Sikand said bank officials had been advised to update security arrangements as per the guidelines of the Police Department. Beat in charges were also asked to enhance vigil at and around markets and branches of commercial banks falling under their respective areas. Traders had also been told to take preventive measures while making cash transactions.

Sikand claimed the extra alertness on part of all concerned would shatter sinister designs of miscreants, who normally become active during and following the food grain procurement season.

“Though enough security arrangements have already been made for the safety and security of all, members of the staff at commercial banks have to be updated about the issue,” said Sikand, adding that teams of police personnel, led by SHO, Dehlon, Amandeep Singh Brar, had given tips to all present during their visits to the branches.



PG allowance
PCMS docs observe pen-down strike
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
The Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) Specialist Doctors’ Association and the PCMS (dental wing) today observed a pen-down strike from 11am to noon. The doctors wore black badges as a mark of protest and submitted a memorandum to the civil surgeon.

Dr Avinash Jindal, president of the Ludhiana Chapter of the PCMS Specialist Doctors’ Association, said, “The main demand of the PCMS doctors is that the state government should give wages to the specialist doctors on the pattern of the Central government. At present, the PG doctors are not being provided allowance despite repeated representations to the state government.”

Dr Davinder Kumar, secretary of the association, said, “Many doctors drive down to their place of posting by paying for fuel and driver from their own pocket. They should be given 15 per cent conveyance allowance in their basic pay,” he added.

The doctors also demanded 15 per cent of rural area allowance.

“We demand 50 per cent of the basic pay as PG allowance on every increment for all PG doctors. The allowance should come into force as soon as a specialist doctor joins duty,” added another member of the Punjab Civil Medical Services.

‘50% basic pay’

We demand 50 per cent of the basic pay as PG allowance on every increment for all PG doctors. The allowance should come into force as soon as a specialist doctor joins duty.

— A member of the PCMS



Birth, death certificates not preserved well: BJP
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
BJP leaders, including Senior Deputy Mayor Sunita Aggarwal and party District President Parvin Bansal, have observed that the records of birth and death certificates were not up to the mark at the Birth and Death Certificate office.

The leaders said the records were about 100 years old but they had not been preserved well.

“The department officials have not kept the records well. The pages are torn. We’ve been making observations daily and won’t budge until things are streamlined at the office. It is the duty of the department to keep the record safely. After getting feedback, we will meet the higher officials concerned to streamline the working”, said Bansal.


The department officials have not kept the records well. The pages are torn. We’ve been making observations daily and won’t budge until things are streamlined at the office. It is the duty of the department to keep the record safely. We will meet the higher-ups to streamline the working

— Parvin Bansal, District President, BJP



Conning to be fun with ‘Control Bhaji Control’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
Conning will be fun when “Control Bhaji Control” hits theatres on August 22. The film’s cast, including Karan Kundra and Sangram Singh, visited the city today for the promotion of the film.

Kanwal D Kaur, Simran and Sandeep, who play the female leads in the film, were also present on the occasion.

“The film is a tale of two friends whose conning ways are a headache for their father and other people around them. They even try to con their way into love, which leads to a series of lies, confusion and mayhem,” said Simran.

The film has been directed by Gaurav Singh and produced by Real World Entertainment. Gaurav said, “The film is an out and out entertainer and will surely leave the audience in splits.”

Hailing from Jalandhar, Karan Kundra, who became a known face across the country though his television roles and as a host on Channel V, said, “It was fun shooting the film.”



Provide better services to poor: IMA

Ludhiana, August 20
To provide the best medical facilities to the poor at affordable rates, the Indian Medical Association (IMA), has asked it’s members to help the needy in seeking specialist consultation and bringing private medical services within their reach.

Any person holding the Below Poverty Line (BPL) ration card can avail consultation at a concessional rate.

The IMA has shot letters to its members asking them to provide medical consultation at discounted or concessional rates to people from the economically weaker group.

The IMA, in a letter to its members, wrote that they already were examining patients from economically weaker sections at concessional rates. “If a specialist opinion is required for further treatment, then such patients should be sent through a registered medical practitioner in the neighbourhood or family physician. The specialist consultants and family physicians are also advised to give necessary concession to such patients,” reads the letter.

“The decision is significant as the poor constitute a sizeable portion of the population. Since there are no fixed consultation charges, it has been left to the members to decide the amount of concession on their own,” said Dr Ajit Singh. — TNS

Noble cause

Any person holding the Below Poverty Line ration card can seek consultation at a concessional rate.



‘Take action against MC chief’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
Independent councillors, who had alleged rude behaviour at the hands of Municipal Corporation Commissioner Pradeep Aggarwal during the Sangat Darshan yesterday, met Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria today and asked him to initiate action against the commissioner.

The Mayor assured the councillors that appropriate action would be taken against the official concerned after probing the matter. “I will try to sort out things,” he said.



280 donate blood at mega camp
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
Playwin Foundation - a wing of Pan India Network Limited, came out in a big way to help thalassaemic patients. The foundation joined hands with Zindagi Live Foundation and organised their 1st mega blood donation camp in the city today.

Rahul Tangri, president of the Playwin Foundation, said helping thalassemic patients was really worth and in line with the ideology of the company to help the needy.

As many as 280 volunteers from across the state donated blood in support of the thalasasemic children. Teams from the DMCH, CMCH and Red Cross collected blood.



Club does its bit for addicts
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
Taking an initiative to rehabilitate drug addicts, the Knitwear Club has offered employment to those who have shunned drugs and are now leading a normal life. Two former addicts are already undergoing training, after which they will get placements in one of the knitwear units registered with the club.

“We need to encourage them and provide them with employment opportunities to lead a normal life. Engaging them in a fruitful profession is utmost important,” said Vinod Thapar, chairman of the Knitwear Club.

One of the drug addicts said he was committed to leading a normal life. So he is trying to keep busy in some work. “After going through the hell of drug addiction, I have realised that life is precious. Now, I am putting every effort to lead a normal life,” he added.

Experts believe work in the field of their interest area is very important for drug addicts to return to their normal life. “The chances of relapse minimise when they are leading a life with a goal,” said Dr Makhija, a psychiatrist.



Cattle removed from house

Ludhiana, August 20
On the directions of the high court, a team of officials from the Municipal Corporation removed certain animals from a house in Gurdev Nagar today. As per information, there was a dispute among two brothers and one of them moved to the court with a complaint that his brother had kept animals in the house and was running a biogas plant violating the norms.

The court issued directions to the MC to get the same removed.

The officials got the animals shifted and maintained that the biogas plant was non operational. — TNS



Vana Mahotsava celebrated

Ludhiana, August 20
Govt. College for Girls, Ludhiana, organised ‘Vana Mahotsava’ and an installation ceremony of the Environment Club on Wednesday. DFO Dr DS Brar was the chief guest.

A welcome speech was delivered by Dr Manju Sahni. A tree plantation drive was inaugurated by the chief guest and over 50 saplings were planted by members of the club. A lecture was delivered by the chief guest. He said development was the main reason behind deforestation. He said trees play an important role in one’s life and it was a precious jewel that people have to preserve for the coming generation.

Gurminder Kaur, Principal of the college, in her message, advised students to plant more and more saplings to make the country a better living place. Amarjit Kaur recited a poem on the importance of trees and a skit was also staged by the club members. — TNS



Monsoon celebrations

Bal Bharati Public School celebrated Monsoon Day to give its students a feel of the beauty of weather. The children expressed their feelings about weather through colourful paintings and write-ups.

Children depicted the beauty of the season in their pictures of clouds, splash pools, delicious food, colourful umbrellas, paper boats, children jumping in muddy puddles, dancing peacocks and wildlife. The creativity and imagination of children made their drawings attractive. Principal Punam Dogra appreciated the participants for their wonderful creations. She said painting boosted creative thinking and was considered to be an inexplicable way to express one’s emotions in a colourful manner.

Harmony Day

“Harmony Day” was celebrated by Blossoms Convent School at Jagraon. The competition began with the speech of Amarjit Kaur Naaz, Principal of school. There was a debate between the students of class IX and X. The school’s science teacher, Raj Kakkar, delivered a long speech on harmony. All students listened to him very attentively and some shared their views as well. The debate on “harmony” was held among teams of students. The principal appreciated the views of the students and told them that the moral values were diminishing among children. The children should be made aware of it and educational institutions should play a vital role in this regard.

Janmashtami celebrated

Tiny tots of Laboratory Nursery School and Day Care Centre of the Department of Human Development, College of Home Science, Punjab Agricultural University, celebrated Janmashtami on Wednesday. The campus was tastefully decorated with flowers and balloons and a small cradle with the idol was set up. Children had a gala time dancing to folk tunes. Boys came dressed as Lord Krishna girls as Radha. Teachers told them about the significance of this festival.

Cultural extravaganza

BVM Shishu Vatika on the Cemetry road organised a cultural extravaganza. It was an amalgamation of several festivals that fall in August. Rakshabandhan, Independence Day and Janmashtami were celebrated under the banner ‘Mera Bharat Mahaan’. The school choir presented a patriotic song, followed by a speech and rhymes on Rakshabandhan and Independence Day. Words of wisdom by the little Ishant and Divya were an eye opener. Rhymes by Suhani, Michelle and Radhika enthralled one and all. To showcase the unity of the nation, a skit was performed on ‘Cultural Diversity and the Unity’. Students dressed as Lord Krishna, Radha and her gopis tapped their feet on the song “Jhula jhule Yashoda ka lal…” Principal Bandana Sethi appreciated the students and teachers for their hard work and dedication.

CBSE workshop

BCM Senior Secondary School on the Chandigarh road organised a three-day CBSE workshop for the principals of schools affliated to the CBSE here. The workshop started at 9.30 am and concluded at 5.00 pm. On the first day of this three-day workshop, the resource persons were Usha Anand and Kalpana Kapoor, senior resource persons from Expression India, an empanelled agency of the CBSE. The agenda of the seminar covers a wide range of topics such as new policies of the CBSE, life skills, sanitation and hygiene, adolescence education programme, etc. This proved to be a highly interactive and informative workshop, which equipped the administrators with academic leadership styles, healthy and congenial learning environment and different techniques of comprehensive and continuous evaluation. An open discussion was held in the end in which the administrators put forth their queries and discussed the major issues concerning holistic education, best practices and positive attitude. The principal of the host school, DP Guleria, thanked the resource persons and the participating principals for their enthusiastic participation.

Spring Dale students win laurels

Students of Spring Dale School won prizes in a “Rang Bharo Muqabala” organised by Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle. As many as 338 students from class I to VIII participated in this competition and the contest was divided in three categories. In the Part – I category, Ishanjeet of class II got a badminton set as special prize. In the Part II category, Vaanipreet Kaur received a Casio as second prize and Aakriti of class IV got a study table as special prize. In the Part III category, Mansidak of Class VIII won a bicycle as the first prize and Harshit Kaushal of class VII got a badminton set as special prize. This competition was conducted to encourage the understanding of our rich culture and tradition. A personality development workshop for students was also organied. The winners took blessings from the managing director of the school, Avinash Kaur Walia, under whose guidance such activities are organised.

Workshop held

Guru Gobind Singh Public School, Pakhowal Road, Daad, organised an in-house two-day CCE Training Workshop as per the CBSE guidelines in collaboration with “R Trainers & Motivators”. The workshop was inaugurated by the Principal, Dr Manjit Kaur. She welcomed the CBSE resource person Simran Rajpal Kaur and Sandeep Kumar Lath with flowers and explained the importance of the CCE and training to the trainees. The Resource person, Simran Rajpal Kaur, explained the entire concept of the CCE through various activities and involved the trainees in finding answers to their questions. By the end of the day, trainees feel motivated and comfortable in implementing the CCE in a much effective way.

Speech competition

A vedic speech competition was organised at Green Land Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, by the Ved Prachar Mandal. With the motive of disseminating moral and ethical values among the youth and the budding scholars, the event touched substantial topics such as “Nashaveheen samaj ho apna”, “Dhra ka aadhaar nari”, “Parmatma ka nij nam — OM”, “Geeta ki atma karam”, “Kaun manushya dhani”, “Bhagya aur purusharth”, etc. Chairman-cum-Director of the school Rajesh Rudhra encouraged the teachers to adopt steps to arouse patriotic and religious feeling among students. The Principal, Baldeep Pandher, motivated all speakers. She encouraged the students to participate in such competitions for their allround development. Prizes were given to the winners. — TNS



Crop competition

Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), will hold a crop produce competition on the first day of its on-campus Kisan Mela, scheduled for September 12. The theme of the mela will be “Khalas sudhre beej apnao, kharche ghatao, munafa vadhao (use improved seeds; reduce cost and enhance profit).”

Dr SPS Brar, senior extension specialist (field crops) and convener of the Produce Competition Committee, said, “The competition in the recommended varieties of vegetables, including okra (bhindi), bitter gourd, chillies, ram tori, brinjal, radish, ghiya kaddu, halwa kaddu, cowpea or any other vegetable crop will be held. Besides this, competition in recommended varieties of field crops such as maize cobs/baby corn, sugarcane, cotton, or any other crop will also be organised, he said. Among fruits, competition in the recommended and approved varieties of guava, lime and lemon, malta/grape fruit, papaya, or any other seasonal fruit will be held. Dr Brar further said the mela will also see competition in floriculture, including marigold, loose rose/cut rose, tuberose or any other flower. Dr Brar said the sample size of vegetables, including okra, bitter gourd, chillies, and ram tori, should be half kg. The sample size of brinjal, radish and cowpea or any other seasonal vegetable should be half kg or three pieces, whereas of ghiya kaddu and halwa kaddu, it should be three pieces. The sample size of fruits such as guava, lime and lemon should be half kg, while of malta/grape fruit, papaya or any other seasonal fruit, should be three pieces. He further said the sample size of flowers such as marigold should be five stems/spikes, whereas of loose rose/cut rose, and tuberose or any other flower, it should be five stems/spikes/250 g. Referring to field crops, Dr Brar said the sample size of maize (cobs)/baby corn should be five cobs, sugarcane - 3 or 4 mature canes, cotton -1 or 2 mature plants, or any other crop - 2 or 3 mature plants. Dr Brar said entries will be entertained up to 11.30 am on September 12 at the produce competition stall, near PAU Kairon Kisan Ghar. No entry will be entertained after the specified time, he told. — TNS




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Boy hangs himself from ceiling fan in Daresi area
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
A 17-year-old boy allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan in a room located in the Daresi area. The deceased has been identified as Shiv Charan of Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh (UP).

Shiv Charan was living at a rented accommodation along with his father. Shiv Charan was alone at home as his father was visiting the native village to meet his wife.

The incident came to light this morning when a servant spotted the body of Shiv Charan hanging from a ceiling fan. Soon, the police reached the spot and informed Shiv Charan’s father about the incident.

The investigating officer said the body had been sent to the Civil Hospital of post-mortem and further formalities would be completed once Shiv Chanran’s father returned.

Preliminary investigation revealed that Shiv Charan, who worked as a tailor at a cloth-manufacturing unit along with his father, was suffering from depression.

Banker’s purse containing jewellery snatched

There seem to be no stopping snatchers. In the latest incident, a bank manager couple fell victim to motorcycle-borne snatchers in the Sarabha Nagar area.

The snatchers fled with the purse of the woman containing cash, gold and diamond jewellery.

The incident took place this afternoon when Paramjit Singh, who is the branch manager of Punjab National Bank (PNB) located on the Ferozepur road, along with his wife Surinder Kaur, who is also a branch manager at Sahnewal, was visiting the house of his relative at BRS Nagar on a scooter.

When they reached near the Sarabha Nagar market, two motorcycle-borne youngsters came from behind and the youth sitting pillion snatched Surinder Kaur’s purse.

Poppy husk seized

Khanna: The police claimed to have arrested a person and recovered 4 kg of poppy husk from his possession. As per information, a police party of Payal had laid a naka near Ghudani village.

During the naka, the police party signalled a person to stop who was carrying a bag in his hand. Durinf the search, 4 kg of poppy husk was recovered from his possession. He was identified as Sandeep Singh, a resident of Ghudani village. — OC



District Inter-Zone School Games for Girls
Ludhiana Zone II shine in badminton meet
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 20
Ludhiana Zone II emerged victorious in the Under-17 and Under-19 categories in badminton in the Ludhiana District Inter-Zone School Games for Girls being organised by the District Education Department at different venues here today.

In the badminton matches played at the Shastri Hall near Guru Nanak Stadium, PAU Zone girls stood second in the Under-17 group, while Sahnewal Zone came third.

In the Under-19 categrory, PAU Zone followed Ludhiana Zone II to finish as the runners-up, while in the Under-14 category, PAU Zone romped home champions, followed by the Ludhiana Zone II.

In hockey, Kila Raipur Zone outplayed Sahnewal Zone 3-0 in the Under-17 category and Jagraon Zone defeated Sahnewal Zone 2-0 in the Under-14 category to advance into the knock out stage.

Winning streak

Ludhiana Zone II were victorious in the Under-17 and Under-19 categories in badminton in the Ludhiana District Inter-Zone School Games for Girls being organised by the District Education Department



Inter-School Carrom Championship
Green Land eves excel
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 20
The students of Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Jalandhar Bypass branch, stood first in the girls (U-17) category in the Ludhiana District Inter-School Carrom Championship organised by the District Education Department at the Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Kitchlu Nagar, here today.

Sadhika Nagpal, Navjot Kaur, Purvi Arora, Anushka and Taranjeet Kaur steered Green Land School to victory and clinched the top honours.

In the first match, Green Land School defeated BCM Senior Secondary School, Basant City, by 2-0. In the next match, they overpowered BCM Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, by 2-1 to record the second consecutive win in a row.

Green Land eves survived some anxious moments against BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh Road branch, by scoring 2-1, which also got them the title.

However, in the girls’ U-19 category, Green Land School won two matches and lost one to secure the second position. They beat RS Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, by 2-0 and defeated BCM Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, by 2-1. However, they went down fighting (1-2) against BCM School, Chandigarh Road, and won the runner’s up trophy.

Meanwhile, Rajesh Rudhra and Baldeep Pandher, chairman-cum-director and principal, respectively, Green Land Schools lauded the students and their in charge, PK Ahmed, on the achievement.


Sadhika Nagpal, Navjot Kaur, Purvi Arora, Anushka and Taranjeet Kaur steered Green Land School to victory and clinched the top honours. The students stood first in the girls (U-17) category in the Ludhiana District Inter-School Carrom Championship.



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