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Tax hike takes a toll on commuters
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
Not caring much about the directions of Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, Soma/Isolux National Highway One Tollway Private Limited has hiked the toll tax on National Highway 1.

The minister had stated in the Lok Sabha that no toll would be charged from commuters till the completion of a road project. Still, the company entrusted with the construction of the 291.1-kilometre highway (Panipat-Jalandhar) has defied the instructions.

Now, commuters travelling by car towards Jalandhar have to pay Rs 117 for a one-way passage at the Ladhowal toll plaza against Rs 110 charged earlier. For multiple journeys, they will have to shell out Rs 175 against Rs 165 charged earlier. The company that was supposed to develop the six-lane expressway till November 2011 has jumped five deadlines. It was assigned the work in 2009.

With the Supreme Court having set March 2015 as the deadline for the completion of the project, it is a race against time for the company.

The revised rates have left the commuters fuming. They complained that the toll tax rates were already high and that the hike was unjustified.

An employee of the company said the increase in the tax was marginal.

“We do not mind paying the money, but at least provide us a clean road. The highway is in a pathetic condition. It is full of potholes. On the stretch leading to Guraian and Phagwara, there is a huge depression where cars often get damaged. Instead, of charging toll from us, the construction company should pay the commuters for taking the risk of driving on the road,” said Sukhkaran Singh Gill, a restaurateur .

The construction company had collected nearly Rs 1,100 crore as toll till 2013, still the project is far from completion. A number of accidents have taken place at Jalandhar Bypass, Jodhewal Basti Chowk, Samrala Chowk, Sherpur Chowk and Giaspura Chowk in the past.

“It is difficult to cross Samrala Chowk during rush hours, said Archit Dogra, a mechanical engineer. Recently, activists of the BSP (Missionary), traders and villagers had blocked the Ladhowal toll plaza to lodge their protest against the delay in the completion of the project on National Highway 1.

Saurabh Gupta, a banker, who daily commutes from Ludhiana to Apra, said the state highways (Phillaur-Nawanshahr and Ropar-Hoshiarpur) were charging much lesser toll. “Soma/Isolux is charging hefty toll and that too for a road which is full of potholes,” he said.

In March last year, businessman Joginder Singh wrote a letter to the construction company highlighting the dilapidated condition of Sutlej Bridge.

Passing the buck, the company authorities had then replied that the toll collection company, Isolux, was responsible for constructing the bridge.

During the process, a 14-year-old boy from Phagwara had slipped through the missing slab on the old bridge and drowned in the Sutlej. It has been over a year, but nothing has been done so far. Demanding abolition of the toll system, former Minister of Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari had first taken up the issue last year.

Tewari had met the then Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Oscar Fernandes and held the construction company responsible for the tragic bus mishap that took place at Sirhind Canal Bridge. Around 42 passengers were killed in the accident.

Open drain another problem

The purpose of the drain was to keep the road dry after rain. Although drains have been constructed, these have not been covered and are now ‘serving as ponds’. Two children had died after falling into the drain in the Dhandari area three years ago. Protruding iron bars in the drain also pose a threat to commuters. Drains near Jalandhar Bypass have turned into a death trap.

MP took up issue in Lok Sabha

Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh Bittu had raised the issue pertaining to the completion of National Highway 1 in the Lok Sabha. Bittu had requested the government to intervene and direct the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to expedite the completion of Panipat-Jalandhar National Highway 1 in public interest.

Politicians should also feel the pinch

The commuters maintained that bureaucrats, politicians and police officials should also pay the toll tax. 


Youth crushed to death
Tribune News Service

Police officials with a relative of the accident victim near Dholewal Chowk in Ludhiana.
Police officials with a relative of the accident victim near Dholewal Chowk in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, September 2
A 35-year-old accountant was crushed to death by a speeding truck at Dholewal Flyover today. The deceased was identified as Mohd Feroz. He was on his way back home. When he reached Dholewal Flyover, a speeding bus hit his motorcycle. Feroz lost control and fell on the road. Before he could react, the bus ran over him. A truck that was following the bus also mowed down the motorcyclist, killing him on the spot.

A commuter tired to give the drivers a chase, but failed to nab them. Soon the police reached the spot and started investigations. Last week, a two-wheeler rider was mowed down by a speeding bus.

A few days ago, Simar Kaur, a resident of Shimlapuri, was crushed to death by a speeding bus near Jalandhar Bypass.

Man booked for raping stepdaughter

The police have booked a man for raping his stepdaughter. The accused has been identified as Ajay Kumar. His wife told the police that Ajay was planning to develop physical relations with her daughter who was studying in Class X. She said the accused raped her daughter after sedating the family.

The complainant said she had caught Ajay red-handed. Sensing social embarrassment, she reported the matter to her mother. Both of them then spoke to Ajay who threatened the duo of dire consequences.

When Ajay failed to mend his ways, she reported the matter to the police. A case under Section 376 (2) of the IPC and Sections 4,8 of the Protection of Child from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) has been registered.



ATP transferred, but not relieved
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
On August 29, the news of the transfer of the ATP (Headquarters), Kamaljit Kaur, reached late at night and it was expected that the orders would be received on Tuesday as it was a holiday on Monday.

But even today, the orders did not reach the official concerned or the civic body.

Officials said unless a replacement was given to the department, the ATP could not be relieved.

A few councillors of the BJP and the Congress maintained that the ATP was transferred as she had demolished an illegal building in Zone A.

Spread over 111 square yards, the building (commercial) was being constructed in violation of the building bylaws at Chauri Sarak opposite Sunehri Gurdwara. It was learnt that a BJP senior functionary (in the civic body) had asked the ATP not to demolish the building. But on August 27, a team was sent to pull down the structure. However, the demolition had to be stalled following a short-circuit.

Upset over politicians’ intervention, a delegation of the building branch met the Principal Secretary, Local Government, Ashok Gupta, on August 29. The officials, including the ATPs and Head Draftsmen, submitted a representation to the Principal Secretary. Gupta had assured the officials of doing the needful.

ATP Kamaljit Kaur said she was yet to receive the transfer orders.



Police drive fails to root out drug peddling
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, September 2
The police’s drive against drugs has failed to yield good results. With drug peddling continuing unabated in the Sidhwan Bet area of the town, the situation has gone from bad to worse.

Sources said a number of drug peddlers were active in various villages near the Sidhwan Bet area. They bring drugs from Jalandhar and Nakodar and smuggle the contraband into the town. More and more youths are getting hooked on to drugs. Some of them have even lost their lives.

Only a few days ago, the police found a body of a youth in the fields near Sidhwan Bet. The police had also recovered a syringe filled with heroin from the spot.

The sources said residents of various villages were involved in the peddling of drugs. “There are many youths in our village who smuggle drugs,” said Balraj Singh, a resident of Kotumra village near Sidhwan Bet. Jagraon SSP Ravcharan Singh Brar said the police had intensified patrolling in the area. “We have made a number of arrests. We will not let drug addicts ruin the lives of other youths,” said Brar.



Inspection at Mini-Secretariat
Officials’ visit does not go down well with employees
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
A team of officials from the state headquarters today conducted checks at the Mini-Secretariat. The officials inspected public dealing offices. Ani Parkash Goyal, Assistant Commissioner, Punjab Governance Reforms Department, enquired about signboards.

Sarvesh Kaushal, Chief Secretary, Punjab, had paid a visit to the Mini-Secretariat a month ago. He had asked officials to put up signboards with directions written in Punjabi.

Airing their woes, a few employees said they were already burdened and such visits only added to their woes. “Most of the departments are reeling under staff crunch. The government should make fresh recruitments. We are piled up with files. How can the government expect us to work efficiently?” asked an employee. As offices opened after three days today, heavy rush of visitors was seen at all counters. Ram Sharma, a visitor, said, “It is a holiday tomorrow. On Thursday, there will be long queues at the counters. This way, the working is affected.”



Portion of illegal building demolished

Ludhiana, September 2
A portion of an illegal building was razed by officials of the building branch at Jawahar Nagar Camp today. The owner was issued notices, but he did not stop the construction. 

Assistant Town Planner, Zone D, Monica Anand said the drive was carried under the supervision of building inspector Palparnet Singh. Anand said the four-storeyed building was being constructed in violation of the building bylaws. “Earlier too, a portion of the building was razed,” said Anand. — TNS



Garbage heaps continue to irk residents
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, September 2
The entire city is fast turning into a garbage dump due to non-lifting of garbage on regular basis by the employees of Municipal Council, Jagraon. One can easily spot the heaps of garbage laying in every nook and corner of the city. There heaps of garbage in various areas of the town have irked the city residents.

The residents said the apathetic approach of Municipal Council officials is responsible for the problem.

According to residents, these heaps of garbage not only present a bad look but also emit foul smell thus making their lives quite difficult.

“Huge heaps of garbage keep laying alongside the boundary wall of Sanmati Vimal Jain Senior Secondary School situated just a few meters away from the office of MC. If the situation is such bad in front of the Municipal Council office, one can easily gauge the effectiveness of municipal council in lifting the garbage from other localities,” said Ashok Kumar, a local resident.

Even though most of the officials of municipal council pass from this place everyday while going to office but it seems as these heaps of garbage are not visible to them.

Similar is the situation at Raikot Road, Sadan Market, Shubash Gate, Disposal Road and College Road, near Bus Stand and other areas where huge heaps of garbage can be seen lying on roadsides.

The residents say they have reminded the municipal council officials about the problem a number of times but nothing has been done in this regard so far. Davinder Toor, executive officer, Municipal Council, Jagraon, said the municipal council workers keep lifting the garbage on regularly.

“The sweepers lift the garbage from streets and houses. If garbage is still laying at some places, the workers will be instructed to lift that garbage at the earliest,” assured Toor. 



jan dhan yojana
Bankers at receiving end
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh / Payal, September 2
Officials of the commercial banks of the region are harried lot responding inquiries of customers who opened small accounts under Prime Minister Jan Dhan Yojna. While some ask for fate of Rs 1 lakh insurance amount, others insist that they should be granted interest free loan.

As only one document was required under liberalised KYC (Know Your Account), a large number of persons have succeeded in opening separate accounts on the basis of different documents in various banks.

Bank officials too, in an effort to meet higher targets ignored the tendency and opened multiple accounts of individuals. While the guidelines state opening of one account for each family, no criterion has been laid for defining unit of family.

Investigations revealed that the Prime Minister Jan Dhan Yojna had not been conceived in its actual sprit. While the government aimed at financial inclusion of all families promptly and providing them some basic facilities through saving accounts opened on liberalised terms, some people conceived it as means to grab financial benefits. Unaware about the procedure and technicalities of financial benefits large number of account holders have started complaining about failure to withdraw money from the ATMs with the card issued with the kit.

“Our routine functioning has suffered a lot even after meeting our target to open accounts under the scheme. While earlier we remained over busy due to the account opening process, now our work is interrupted by these new customers who step in with complaints about failure to withdraw money with the rupee cards issued with the kits,” said official of a nationalised bank at Malaudh village. Officials at majority of branches of nationalised banks said they were receiving repeated inquiries about compensation worth Rs 1 lakh and overdraft of Rs 5,000. “When we explain them that the account holder would be insured for death in accident, customers get disappointed that the amount would be available to their families and not to them,” said an official of a branch.

Account holders too were disappointed after learning that they would be eligible for an overdraft of Rs 5,000 only after satisfactory running of the account for at least six months. “Even if I run my account for six months how will I know if bank officials are satisfied with my account,” said Karnail Kaur, a maid who was allured by a social worker to open account and avail the benefits.

“I can not afford to first borrow money from my relatives and run the account to the satisfaction of bank officials and then expect overdraft to be given. Had I been aware that I have to die to get Rs one lakh I would have never opened the account which I don’t need,” said Kaur. Apprehending chaos and trouble at their branches due to alleged interference of self-styled leaders, bank officials said the staff allowing overdrafts would be facing music in case of default in repayment too.



Covering faces: Women’s safety veil
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, September 2
Practice of covering faces has been prevalent in our society for a long period of time now. Girls usually cover their faces to save themselves from the harmful SUV rays. But, with the passage of time, now, covering faces make them feel protected against the malicious eyes and nasty comments from the opposite sex.

Some of the girls are of the opinion that with the rise in the cases of eve teasing and acid attacks, had it not been for covering their faces, they too, would have become the victims to these assaults, sooner or later.

A number of girl students and working women, who commute daily from the surrounding towns or villages to Doraha make sure to cover their faces to avoid any untoward incidents.

“Combating dust and pollution is okay, but the piercing eyes of some of the men are simply unbearable. Covering the face has really come to our rescue. We feel safe this way,” said a girl student, who commutes from Payal to Doraha on a daily basis to attend college.

“We cannot fight with these men. Covering our faces make us feel protected to some extent. My work place is at a distance of 10 kilometers from my residence. When I start from my house, I usually make an attempt of covering myself to the maximum. I do not want to invite trouble for myself. Better be safe than sorry,” said a school teacher.

“When it is a matter of the security of a minister, look at the number of security guards deployed on the road from where he has to pass. But women are left entirely on our own. No policemen are available in case of any emergency, leave a proper provision of security,” said another girl student.

“Everyday, my mother used to tell me to cover my face. But I was not comfortable, till one day two scooter-borne youths stopped me midway. They first tried to tease me and then later, they used such abusive language that I could not even share it with my closest friend or parents. After the incident, I never went on my scooter with my face uncovered,” said Sweety (name changed) of Nandpur village.

The SSP, Khanna, Harsh Kumar Bansal, said, “It seems to be a very hypothetical situation. The girls may cover their faces as per their will. But, in 90 per cent of the cases, the accused is usually known to the victim and if he has made an evil plan, he would never desist from doing it even if the face is covered.”

Nevertheless, we are always open to suggestions of providing extra security to women, said the SSP.



Strike by sanitation workers
Residents litter MC office
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 2
Activists of various social and trade organisations along with residents of the town littered the Municipal Council (MC) in agitation against the negligence shown by the authorities towards the deteriorating sanitary situation in the town.

The ugly situation arose following administration’s failure to persuade activists of the Municipal Employees’ Union to call off their month-old agitation.

The town has reportedly turned into a dumping site after sweepers shunned work in the first week of August and none of the political leaders or authorities bothered to persuade them to resume work.

As announced earlier, protesters, including women started converging on the town hall in the morning and dumped garbage.

Regretfully none of the officials of the council or political leaders came to persuade the protesters to stagger their action. Having aired their anguish by dumping garbage, the protesters left the office.

Jatinder Bhola and Sukhcharan Jit Sharma, office-bearers of the Ahmedgarh Bachao Morcha, said they would enhance the struggle in case the administration fails to resolve the issue without further delay.

“Now, when none of the officials have bothered to listen to our grievances, we have decided to enhance the struggle,” said Bhola and Sharma maintaining further recourse would be drafted after consultation with office-bearers of other organisations.

Blaming the state government for the stalemate, the Municipal Employees’ Union activists led by Satnam Singh reiterated their stand to continue their protest till their demands were accepted.

With sanitation workers refusing to call off their strike, residents have been at the receiving end.



Not Ice but Rice Bucket Challenge for a cause
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
On the lines of popular Ice Bucket Challenge taking over the social media, a Rice Bucket Challenge was initiated by Hyatt Regency, Ludhiana, in which the hoteliers donated more than 10-kg rice for people residing in slum areas and challenged other organisations to support the cause for the betterment of the underprivileged section of society.

As part of social responsibility programme ‘Hyatt Thrive’ this challenge was taken up by the hotel. The team visited slum area on the Pakhowal Road to distribute rice to start the campaign. They challenged organisations from different spheres, including Nahar Group, Park Plaza, the Foodologists Society apart from others to donate rice to needy people and further challenge more organisations to support and spread the cause.

Rotary Club, greater Ludhiana, is also participating in the initiative to distribute rice to needy people.

Hyatt Regency, Ludhiana, has volunteered to be the collection centre in case anyone wants to distribute with Rotary club’s assistance to reach out to needy people. There is no limitation/restriction on the quantity.

Pavneet Chawla from The Foodologists Society accepted the challenge and said the event was for a great cause. He said the society donated more than 150 kg of rice while it nominated Grand Group of Companies for the challenge. Grandway Incorporated from the group donated 300 kg and further challeged other companies for the challenge.

“We encourage other industries and colleagues to participate in the initiative. Hyatt Regency, Ludhiana, has been taking many such initiatives. This time, we want the community to participate as a whole. We want it to grow in the city and in Punjab so that everyone contributes towards this noble cause,” said Glenn Peat, GM, Hyatt Regency, Ludhiana. 



FEMA violation
Enforcement Directorate quiz former Cong MLA
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
The Enforcement Directorate called Jassi Khangura, former Congress MLA and owner of Park Plaza, with all the records at their office in Jalandhar. Khangura was interrogated for nearly two hours and was asked to provide details of his overseas transactions.

When asked if these were ‘politically motivated’, Khangura refused. He admitted that he had been called by the office yesterday to provide details about his foreign transactions, which was a routine matter. Khangura said he had submitted all the details to officials and was not asked to come again.

As per available information, Khangura was reportedly called to reply about the ‘violation of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA)’ in his hotel business. 



In monsoons, take extra care to avoid skin tear
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
Be it the cloudy weather, the cool breeze, the rain drops or the hot tea, everyone loves monsoon for one or the other reason. No doubt monsoons have many positives but like every coin has two sides so does this humid weather.

Though rain showers keep the scorching heat at bay, but due to constant dampness and humidity they can also lead to various fungal and bacterial infections. During the monsoon season, the air is full of infections. So, additional care is needed to keep skin healthy and revitalised.

“The rainy season brings with it an increase in humidity, grime and pollution, which can intensify your skin and hair woes. But a little care here and there can ensure a smooth transition from one season to another for you,” said city-based dermatologist, Dr Ritika Dhingra.

Acne, pimples, dryness of skin and frizzy tresses are some of the common problems that one can face when the season changes from the scorching summer to the muggy monsoon, Dr Dhingra added.

Types and symptoms

n Nail infection: Try to keep short nails during the monsoon season as long nails attract muck and bacteria. If one notices red or itchy skin near the nails, it is a sign of nail infection.

Precaution: One can go for either oral medication as prescribed by the doctor or use anti-fungal cream or powder.

n Prickly heat: Prickly heat rash is a red pimply eruption. It is caused by sweating that leads to clogging of skin pores.

Precaution: Use anti-bacterial soaps and talcum powders to keep the skin dry.

n Athlete’s foot: The common symptoms of Athlete’s foot are itchy patches on the feet that are well defined, scaly and itchy.

Precaution: Do not wear plastic shoes, leather or canvas ones and instead wear slippers and flip-flops as they let your feet breathe.

n Eczema: Eczema is a chronic skin condition in which red patches start appearing on the skin with blisters which cause itching and bleeding.

Precaution: Use anti-bacterial soaps, talcum powders and face washes to keep the skin dry.

n Ringworm infection: Ringworm infection starts as a small portion and spreads in a ring form.

Precaution: One must use anti-fungal powder and wear full-sleeved clothes to protect body parts from insect bites or stings.

Home remedies


n For cleansing and exfoliating dry skin, one may use a mixture of crushed almond paste and honey to be washed off after massaging the concoction on the face for five to seven minutes.

n For oily skin, one may use plain oatmeal scrub or ripe pulp of papaya.


n For moisturising dry skin, one can apply a mixture of one tablespoon each of honey, fresh curd and jojoba oil and rinse off with water after 10 minutes.

n For oily skin, one can apply a mixture of two tablespoon rose water/glycerine and some strawberry pulp which is to be washed off in 10 minutes. 



Chappar Mela
Administration yet to take stock of preparations
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 2
While the Ludhiana (Rural) district police is all set to combat any eventuality at Chhapar Mela, scheduled to commence from Sunday, the Civil Administration is yet to take stock of the situation there.

Though a significant number of devotees have been coming to pay obeisance at Guga Mari for the last few days, officials are yet to conduct physical verification of the infrastructures being erected there.

Unskilled labour has been reportedly deputed to erect giant structures, including fun rides and circuses. “We don’t need any advice or guidance in our work as we have been doing this job for many years and can work faster than any qualified engineer,” reacted one of the workers maintaining that none of the officers had ever inquired about their competence to do their job.

Officials at the police chowki at Chhapar Mela said no official from the Directorate of Factories had reported at the mela site. “However, we have directed that only those joy rides be allowed to transact business which had been issued valid licences by the authorities concerned,” the officials said.

A large number of joy rides, including motorised merry-go-rounds, swing and Maut ka Kuan, have been doing brisk business during the few past years.

Though the erection of structures is almost complete at many stalls, persons supervising these fun rides failed to show any no-objection certificate saying that the documents were with their masters who were not present at the site.

Sources revealed that in the past, some persons were seriously injured taking Columbus ride and one of the performers met with an accident while driving a car in ‘Maut ka Kuan’. 



Former PAU prof attends symposium in Australia
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
A professor of Horticulture (Rtd.), Department of Fruit Science, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Dr JS Bal, attended the third International Jujube (Ber) Symposium at Brisbane (Australia).

He was nominated as a member of Scientific Committee of the ber symposium by the International Society of Horticultural Science and Jujube Working Group.

Dr Bal was invited by the International Horticultural Congress and Ber Working Group to present a keynote address in the opening session of the symposium. He addressed the gathering on “Development and Production of Indian Jujube (Ber) in India”.

A book titled “Fruit Growing” (revised third edition, 2014) by Dr JS Bal was also released by Mengjun Liu, chairperson of the World Jujube Working Group, and Guijan Yan, chairperson of the keynote address session, on the occasion.

In various sessions held on ber, he interacted with scientists from China, Australia, Kuwait, Taiwan, Italy and Pakistan and also presented presentations and chaired various sessions.



Schools air grievances
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
A delegation of the association of the PSEB affiliated schools, Punjab (Regd), met the Education Minister, Punjab, Daljeet Singh Cheema, under the presidentship of Rajinder Sharma, and senior vice-president MD Sabbarwal, principal Gulshan Sabbarwal and others. The delegation submitted a memorandum regarding the various problems confronted by the affiliated schools of the state.

President Rajinder Sharma and others requested the minister that examination for the Punjab Open School students should be held at the centre in which they have got admission. The centres for the Punjab Open School students should not be shifted to other schools.

MD Sabbarwal said the Punjab Board has laid down a condition that 150 students are compulsory for the establishment of an examination center in a particular school. He further said there are so many schools in the state and it is not possible for a single school to admit 150 regular students for setting up an examination center. So this condition should be withdrawn, said Sabbarwal. The minister has assured the delegation of sorting out the solution as early as possible.

Memorandum submitted

A delegation of the association of the PSEB affiliated schools, Punjab (Regd), met the Education Minister, Punjab, Daljeet Singh Cheema, and submitted a memorandum regarding the various problems confronted by the affiliated schools of the state.



1 killed in road mishap
Our Correspondent

Khamano, September 2
A motorcycle-borne youth was killed and another was injured in a road accident on the Chandigarh-Ludhiana road during the wee hours today.

The deceased has been identified as Daljit Singh, a resident of Dumna village, while the injured has been identified as Harshwinder Singh, a resident of Mundia village. As per the information, the incident took place near Khant village, when suddenly an unidentified vehicle hit them and fled from the scene.

Both the injured were rushed to Civil Hospital, Sanghol, in 108 van, where Daljit was declared brought dead by the doctors while the condition of Harshwinder Singh was stated to be stable.

When contacted, in charge chowki, Sanghol, Shamsher Singh said they had registered a case against the unidentified driver of the vehicle. Investigations are on in this regard. 



Cultural events mark freshers’ day at Lajpat Rai DAV college
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, September 2
The Post Graduate Department of Commerce and Management of Lajpat Rai DAV College, Jagraon, organised a multicultural programme ‘RU-BRU 2014’ to welcome the freshers.

College principal Dr Karan Sharma and the chairman of the Local Managing Committee graced the occasion. Music, songs and many entertaining games were organised during the occasion. Bhangra, presented by students, was the main attraction of the programme.

Sonam, Ramisha, Himanshu, Tamanpreet and Abhishek were adjudged Miss and Mr Fresher from MCom, BCom, and BBA, respectively. Prof Kalika Jain and Prof Manpreet Kaur were the judges. 



PAU gets Best Centre Performance Award

The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, has been awarded the Best Centre Performance Award for Chickpea (2013-14) by the Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur (Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi). The award was presented by the deputy director general (crop science), Dr SK Datta, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, to the chickpea scientists of the PAU during the annual group meet of the All-India Coordinated Research Project on Chickpea at Rajasthan Agricultural Research Institute, Durgapura, Jaipur, from August 30 to September 1. A team of the PAU scientists carried out a research for the development of improved varieties, production and protection technologies. They also published research papers in highly-rated journals.

Dr Sethi is the head of Mech Engineering Dept

Professor Dr VP Sethi has been appointed as the head of the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. Dr Sethi has been working in the areas of solar energy utilisation and greenhouse engineering for mechanised farming for the last 20 years. He has won two national awards, KF Antia Memorial Award-2008 and the President of India’s Award-2010 by the Institution of Engineers (India). Dr Sethi was also invited as visiting research faculty by the Department of Mechanical Engineering, North Dakota State University, USA, in 2012. He has to his credit more than 65 research and review publications in international and national journals. Sethi has also attended 15 conferences so far and has presented invited lectures and research papers. — TNS



GCG shines in PU exams

Students of the Government College for Girls (GCG) shined in the results of MA fine arts-II, which was declared by the Panjab University (PU). Nishtha stood first by scoring 89.93 per cent in the examinations. Sukhreet grabbed second position by scoring 89.5 per cent. Prabhjot stood fourth with 88.25 per cent. Charanjit scored 86.56 per cent and Rupinder scored 86.5 per cent. The principal of college, Gurminder Kaur, congratulated the students and wished them luck for their future.

Entrants welcomed at SCD Government College

Adisha and Aman were crowned as Miss and Mr Fresher, respectively, during the Freshers’ Party organised by the Post Graduate Department of Economics at the SCD Government College. The function was based on the theme ‘Rim jhim’. Dance performances, songs, medley and bhangra were the highlight of the event. Principal of the college Dharam Singh was the chief guest on the occasion.

Campus placement programme

The Placement Cell of the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, organised a placement programme in collaboration with the IBM on Tuesday. As many as 35 students were shortlisted, of which 24 students were selected as practitioners. Principal of the college Manjit Kaur wished the students luck for their future endeavours.

Intra-College Managerial Abilities Competition

The ISTE Students Chapter of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, Gujarkhan Road, Model Town, organised an Intra-College Managerial Abilities Competition “Successive Hurdle Race-2014-A Journey towards Corporate Excellence”. The competition was held in five rounds, written test, case discussion, group discussion, preliminary interview and final interview. Winners were awarded titles such as the Manager of the Year, Executive of the Year and Officer of the Year. All the students of MBA and MCA participated in the event. Rajan Sharma of MBA (Semester III) won the title of the Manager of the Year and Geeta of MBA-III won Executive of the Year. Angad Singh and Manmeet Singh both of MBA (Semester I) won the Officer of the Year. Among the MCA students, Puneet Kaur of MCA clinched the Manager of the Year title, Cherub of MCA won Executive of the Year and Kirti of MCA won the Officer of the Year. The panel of experts for final interview consisted of director Kanwar Sethi, SSC, Ludhiana, and Inderjot Singh, a professional trainer and consultant. Dr (Col) HS Singha, Director, GNIMT, congratulated all the winners and appreciated the performance of all the participants.

Entrepreneurship Awareness Programme

During the second day of the Entrepreneurship Awareness Programme, Manjeet Singh Jaggi, senior manager, P&S Bank and Cluster Manager for implementing government schemes in Ludhiana, said, “Be sure of your entrepreneurial decision, don’t leave it to chance.” The programme is being organised in association with the Regional Centre for Entrepreneurship Development, Chandigarh, and Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, at the Gujranwala Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT), Civil Lines. Jaggi said entrepreneurial decisions should be a result of a rigorously planned strategy. The second part of the session included an expert talk by Sukhwinder Singh Rekhi, senior project manager, DIC. Rekhi elaborated on the various Acts for the proper governance of entrepreneurship

Exhibition marks Teej celebrations at GHG College

The festival of Teej was celebrated at the GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, on Tuesday. Various competitions promoting Punjabi heritage and culture such folk items, folk dances, cultural songs were held on the occasion. An exhibition was also organised by the college. Amritpal Kaur secured first position in rangoli competition while, Veerpal Kaur of BSC-III was declared winner of mehandi competition. Amandeep Kaur and Kuldeep Kaur jointly bagged first position in hairstyle and nail art competition. Sardarni Mahinder Kaur Gill was the chief guest during the function. Gill gave away the prizes to the winners of the competitions. — TNS



Seminar on Budget 2014

A seminar on Union Budget 2014 was organised by Taxation Bar Association, Ludhiana, at the bar room of Income Tax Department, Rishi Nagar. Senior Counsel and Secretary General of Punjab Tax Bar BR Kaushal was the keynote speaker. He appreciated the financial budget presented by Arun Jaitley in which the Finance Minister has been able to clear number of ambiguities in the Act. 

Further Jaitley has also promised not to make any amendment in the Act with retrospective effect which has given lot of relief to the tax payers. Kaushal further explained that the exemption u/s 24(b) regarding the interest paid on borrowed capital in respect of house property has been increased to Rs 2 lakh from Rs 1.5 lakh. The assessee can claim deduction u/s 80 c and 80CCE up to Rs 1.5 lakh instead of 1 lakh or investment in PPF, LIC etc. The exemption from capital gain u/s 54/54F on the purchase of residential property has been curtailed to investment in one residential house in India. The Foreign Institutional Investors have been given great relief in the budget by clarifying the certain ambiguities in the Act. Educational Trust, Universities, Charitable Institutions and Hospitals have been given great relief by amending the existing provisions. Balbir Khanna, president of the Taxation Bar Association, promised to redress the problems of the bar members. Senior Counsel Raj Pal Gupta explained the various notifications, circulars and judgments.

Delegation returns

A Delegation of United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association comprising 40 members returned from Germany after visiting EURO Bike 2014 which was held from August 27 to August 30 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The delegation was led by Pardeep Wadhawan Secretary UCPMA. He apprised that delegation visited the fair which was an eye-opener. They studied the technology and also visited factories of BMW and Mercedes. They studied various information related to complete bicycles, saddles, pedals, axle, baskets, frames, forks, casting equipment, children bicycles. Delegation keenly studied the modern technology adopted by industrialists and will upgrade and implement the technology in India to compete at global level. Mathroo expressed thanks to UCPMA for organising the tour to Europe which has given them vision of the modern world. All members of delegation promised to keep their city clean and will put their efforts to convince the government. Delegation was welcomed by Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma, Inderjit Singh Navyug, Jagatvir Singh Bittu, Rajeev Jain, Ajit Kumar, Acharru Ram Gupta, Avtar Singh Bhogal.

Second leg of Print Yatra

The second leg of Print Yatra-2014 will be flagged of from Ludhiana to visit, Jagraon, Moga, Faridkot, Muktsar Sahib, Bathinda, Mandi Dabhwali, Sirsa, Hisar, Rohtak, Mansa, Barnala, Malerkotla and Mullanpur, tomorrow. Describing the motive behind the Print Yatra, Kamal Chopra said, it is a mission for the complete networking for the 2,50,000 printers of India. While visiting various cities we are generating awareness about the trade, persuading the printers to form associations. During these visits we try create awareness among the printers about the various schemes launched by the Government of India, Ministry of MSME, for the overall benefit of trade and industry. For the third leg, starting on 6th September, the Yatra will be visiting South India to cover Chennai, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Titupur, Karur, Pollachi, Erode, Salem and Sivakasi, Chopra added.

JW Marriott launches mobile app

JW Marriott launched a mobile app today. It will enable guests to experience more convenience at the luxury address. Marriott rewards members will be entitled to use this app; they can check-in up to 2 hours before arrival and get to their rooms faster, without waiting at the front desk. All one has to do is, go directly to the mobile check-in desk for an enhanced arrival experience and someone from the staff will have your key waiting. The mobile app will enable the guests to receive automatic notifications when the room is ready. They can check- out using the same app and avoid waiting at the front desk. The copy of the final bill will be sent to guests via e- mail.

IIA-LC delegation leaves for China

“The Indian Institute of Architects- Ludhiana Centre (IIA-LC) Delegation of Architects will leave today for a one week trip to study building materials of China. Chinese building material are playing an increasing role in many parts of the world. The knowledge after visiting the manufacturing units, the delegates will compare it with Indian building materials. The important building materials are floorings, lighting, paints, glass, hardware, modular kitchens, wall tiles, china wares, shower panels, cubicles, wires, switches, furniture of all types, cement, steel, board, ply, laminates, carpets, wall papers, timber, pipes, gates, grills china wares, shower panels, cubicles, wires, switches, furniture of all types, cement, steel, board, ply, laminates, carpets, walland aluminum work. A lot of shops are selling imported building materials. Active members of the body planned a tour to Chinese industry after getting a proper invitation. The IIA –LC delegation is also scheduled to meet Chinese Architects and students to share designing and construction knowledge of both countries. The delegation will primarily visit Guangzhou and Foshan apart from few other areas. Parkash Deshmukh, National President of IIA, has congratulated the Ludhiana Architects from IIA-LC for this upcoming visit.

Royal Enfield opens showroom

Royal Enfield opens a new outlet in Ludhiana. With a 2130 sq ft area dedicated for workshop and 1483 sq ft showroom area, Shri Dadu Dayal Automotive is a full service dealership spread over 3,600 sq ft. Shaji Koshy, Head – Sales, Service and Spares, Royal Enfield said, “With the opening of a new showroom in Ludhiana, Royal Enfield continues to strengthen its retail network for our customers in Punjab. We now have 32 dealerships in the state and we are looking for more opportunities to reach out and serve our customers better in this region.” — TNS



Poem recitation

Kindergarten section of Green Grove Public School organised a English poem recitation competition. The programme was presided over by chairperson Satinder Jeet Kaur Jolly. Audience were mesmerised by the poems presented by kids. They sung ‘teddy bear and old macdonald’ using props. Awards were given to Sumandeep of LKG, Manavjot of UKG and Sahajpreet of Nursery, Bishmeet Singh of UKG and Eknoor also left a sparkling effect on audience with their beautiful poems. Prizes were given by chairperson Satinder Jeet Kaur Jolly to all the winners.

English debate competition
Winners of the inter-school debate competition at GGN Public School.
Winners of the inter-school debate competition at GGN Public School. A Tribune photograph

GGN Public School conducted Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex Inter-School English Debate competition. In this competition, 19 teams of different schools participated and expressed their views on the current burning social and technological issues such as— Man can create technological inventions but not peace, Parents are well-equipped to handle their kids, Money motivates people more than any other factor at work place, Use of multimedia by youngsters. Director Principal S Karnail Singh welcomed all the participants, teachers and motivated the students to keep participating in debate and declamation competition to hone their gift of gab and develop their confidence in public speaking. He further said by participating in debate and declamation, students learn the art of articulating their thoughts and expressing themselves which is an important part of the development of students’ personality. The overall trophy was clinched by the team of Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar. The team of DAV Public School, BRS Nagar and the team of Greenland Senior Secondary School, were adjudged the first and second runner-up, respectively. — TNS




Members of the Yuva Shakti Parishad, an NGO, take out a car and bike rally against drugs.
Members of the Yuva Shakti Parishad, an NGO, take out a car and bike rally against drugs. Tribune Photo: Himasnhu Mahajan

Car, bike rally
Yuva AShakti Parishad, an NGO, organised a car and motor bike rally for a drug-free society. The rally was led by Gaurav Raj. It was flagged off from Jalandhar Bypass. All the cars and bikes were carrying the banners related to drug-free environment. The participants paid tributes to martyrs at Jagraon Bridge and marched towards Dana Mandi. Present amongst others included Manish Bhardwaj, Humesh Mehta and Ankush Sood.

Brick kiln owners’ body flays govt

Brick Kiln Owners Association hold meeting

Ludhiana Brick Kiln Owners Association held a meeting here today. The members of the association discussed various problems being faced by the brick kiln owners of Punjab during the meeting held under the leadership Inderpal Singh Walia. Besides this, the members of the association also declared support to the decisions taken by Punjab Brick Kiln Owners Association. Giving the details of the proceedings of the meeting, president Walia said the association members decided to keep all the brick kilns of the state closed till the brick is not separated from the mining sector. “We have also decided to keep the sale of bricks closed on September 8 and 9 to protest against the state government which has failed to fulfill various long pending demands of the Brick Kiln Owners Association.

Meeting held

A meeting of Azad Hind Nirman Mazdoor Union, Punjab, was held today. The meeting was presided over by Hari Singh Sahni. It was attended by SP Tiwari, National General Secretary of Trade Union Coordination Committee. In the meeting concern was expressed on the present situation of labourers in Punjab.— TNS



City to host World Kabaddi League matches
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, September 2
Ludhiana is set to host four matches of the ongoing World Kabaddi League (WKL) at the Prithipal Singh AstroTurf Hockey Stadium, Punjab Agricultural University campus, on September 6 and 7.

To review the arrangements being made for the mega event, Pargat Singh, Commissioner, WKL, visited the city today. He held meeting with the officials of the local administration, MC, Police and Sports Department. He also visited the venue and issued instructions.

Later, talking to the media, Pargat Singh said the AstroTurf stadium had been finalised to organise the upcoming event because of its open space. A large number of people are expected to come for the matches.

“All arrangements for the smooth conduct of the sports extravaganza have been completed. Considering the overwhelming response to the league across the world, we have decided to hold four matches among major teams at Ludhiana and other places in the state,” Singh said.

Matches on Sept 6

n Khalsa Warriors vs Punjab Thunders at 6 pm

n Vancouver Lions vs California Eagles at 7.30 pm

Matches on Sept 7

n United Sings vs Royal Kings at 6 pmn Yo Tigers vs Lahore Lions at 7.30 pm



Annual Rural Sports Fair
Chhapar bag top spot in kabaddi tournament
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 2
Teams of Chhapar village and Khanna emerged winner in the One Village Open Kabaddi and Volleyball Tournament, respectively, during the Annual Rural Sports Fair at Nangal village near here.

Ghaloti and Babarpur teams were declared runners-up in the kabbadi and volleyball tournament, respectively.

The concluding session of the fair organised by the Baba Jogi Peer Youth Sports Club was presided over by Zila Parishad vice-chairman Parminder Rangian. Meanwhile, SAD leader Harpreet Singh Shivalik gave away prizes to the winners.

Ranjit Singh, an office-bearer of Baba Jogi Peer Youth Sports Club, said over 40 teams from the region took part in the events.

Nat Buraj and Butahri teams emerged winner in the 70-kg and 60-kg category of the kabaddi event, respectively. Meanwhile, Hamidi and Jassowal teams were declared the runners-up. 



Shooter Karanpratap clinches gold
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 2
An upcoming shooter, Karanpartap Singh Randhawa, a student of DAV College, Phillaur, clinched a gold medal in the 10m air pistol event of the 49th Punjab State Shooting Championship held at Jalandhar, recently.

He brought laurels to his alma mater bagging top honors in the individual as well as team event.

Earlier also, Karan hogged limelight when he won gold medal in this event during the Guru Nanak Dev University Inter-College Shooting Championship in the last academic session.

Principal Dr SK Mahajan congratulated Karan and his coach Anil Kumar for this outstanding performance. 



Softball tournament from September 5
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 2
Teams from 14 schools will take part in the 17th edition of the Junior Ludhiana District Softball Championship scheduled to be held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University, from September 5 to 7.

Pran Nath Passi, honorary secretary, Ludhiana District Softball Association, said competition in the boys’ and girls’ categories will be held during this three-day championship.

Players born on or after January 1, 1997, can take part in this championship. They are required to submit their roster forms along with two passport size photographs prior to the championship, Passi added. 



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