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Gym trainer’s murder cracked 
Four attackers arrested; mastermind Raju, seven accomplices absconding
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

police officials at a press conference.
police officials at a press conference. Tribune Photographs

Ludhiana, September 3
The 36-year-old gym trainer, Honey Sharma, was killed by around 12 attackers armed with pistols, rods and other sharp weapons. The killing was plotted by a property dealer, Raju Berry, a resident of Dev Nagar, Hambra road, who suspected illicit relations between his wife and Honey Sharma.

It was learnt that Raju had once manhandled Honey Sharma near the PAU police station over the same issue and threatened to kill him.

Honey Sharma of the Jassian road area in Haibowal, who owned Shape Ex Gym in the Rishi Nagar area, was found in a pool of blood by his father Somnath Sharma outside his gym on August 30. He was rushed to the hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

The police today claimed to have arrested four attackers while their seven accomplices and the mastermind Raju Berry were on the run. Meanwhile, the relatives of Raju Berry claimed he had surrendered before the police.

The arrested attackers have been identified Gourav Kumar, alias Gora, Jatinder Kumar, Abhishek Malhotra, alias Kala, all of Haibowal, and Pramod Kumar of Rishi Nagar.

Paramjit Singh Pannu, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP-III), said the main accused and his accomplices, identified as Deepak, Sonu, Barnala, Verma, Sabi and Prince, were at large.

The mastermind

The killing was plotted by a property dealer, Raju Berry, a resident of Dev Nagar, Hambra road, who suspected illicit relations between his wife and Honey Sharma.


Youths gatecrash all-girls party
Role of ASI under scanner for rescuing one of them
Mohit Khanna, Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 3
The role of an ASI has come under the scanner for helping a youth, who had gatecrashed an all-girls party organised at SCD Government College on August 30.

The authorities of the college have written to the Police Department in this regard. Confirming the development, Gurdev Singh, SHO of the Division No. 8 police station, said he had received the complaint and was verifying it.

The ASI, whose role is under the scanner, was posted at the Division No. 8 police station and was sent to the Police Lines recently.

The incident took place on August 30 when four youngsters gatecrashed an all-girl’s party at the commerce section of the College. The girls were residents of a hostel located on the college premises.

According to sources, the four youngsters entered the party hall by breaking a window. The youngsters, who were reportedly in an inebriated condition, created a ruckus, leading to panic among the girls. They allegedly damaged the things lying in the party hall.

The college authorities immediately informed the police. While three youngsters escaped, the fourth one was overpowered by the college staff. He called up an ASI, who immediately reached the spot and told the college authorities that he was from the Division No. 8 police station. The ASI told the college staff that the youth was a sportsman and any police action would ruin his future.

The ASI said he would teach a lesson to all the youngsters who gatecrashed the party. Soon, the ASI, along with the youth, left the college.

In the meantime, the PCR staff arrived at the spot. They told the college staff that no ASI by the name they had told them was deployed at the Division No. 8 police station.

The college authorities took serious note of the issue and shot of a letter to the Police Department, seeking a probe into the matter.

Dharam Singh Sandhu, Principal, SCD Government College, said: “We took notice of this incident. We have initiated an inquiry. The students found guilty will be punished. We will take strict action against them so they do not dare to do this again”.

‘police action will ruin his future’

While three youngsters escaped, the fourth one was overpowered by the college staff. He called up an ASI, who immediately reached the spot and told the college authorities that he was from the Division No. 8 police station. The ASI took the boy along, saying that the youth was a sportsman and any police action would ruin his future.



Undertrial escapes from hospital

Ludhiana, September 3
An HIV positive undertrial, who was undergoing treatment at the Civil Hospital, escaped from police custody last night.
The undertrial was caught recently by the Nawanshahr police in connection with a theft case. He was lodged in the Central jail, Ludhiana.

According to information, he was taken to the Civil Hospital after he said he was unwell. At midnight, he escaped from police custody.

The Division No. 2 police were in the process of registering a case of dereliction of duty against four policemen in whose custody he was sent to the hospital. — TNS



Project inaugurated twice
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 3
While the Municipal Corporation authorities are shying away from the public these days as development has come to a standstill in many wards due to the paucity of funds, leaders won’t miss any opportunity to take credit for a development project in the city.

At Ward Number 55, Hambran Road, new sewers are being laid. Around five days ago, the area councilor, Balkar Singh, along with Congress MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu, inaugurated the work. Digging has already been started and sewers have been laid on about 300-foot stretch.

Today, Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, along with BJP leader Rajinder Bhandari, inaugurated the same work in the area, which the local residents did not take well.

The secretary of the Welfare Committee of Mehar Singh Nagar, Comrade Randhir Singh, said the leaders had made a mockery of the system. A small work of laying sewers was started in Ward Number 55 and as per the practice, the area councillor inaugurates such development works.

“Though the work was formally inaugurated by councillor Balkar Singh and MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu about four days ago, the Mayor and Bhandari inaugurated the same work today. While the work is already under way, the inauguration was held just to woo the area residents,” said the secretary.


Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said it was decided in the general house of the MC that works of the general quota would be inaugurated either by the Mayor or by the Commissioner. “A few days ago, it was decided that this work had to be inaugurated and we had made preparations. Today, I was told that it was already inaugurated. They could have called me for the inauguration. I accompanied Bhandari and a few other leaders. I could not cancel it so we did the inauguration today. The Congress councillors have admitted their mistake that they should have informed and invited me for the inauguration,” said the mayor.



4 snatchers nabbed 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 3
The police have arrested four snatchers who were behind 18 snatchings reported in the city recently.
While three snatchers were arrested by PAU police, one was nabbed by the Sarabha Nagar police. They have been identified as Honey Kumar of Barewal, Pankaj of the Rajori Garden area and Yaqub Ali of the Ayali Kalan area.

The police have recovered two mobile phones, two blue tooth devices and Rs 10,000 from their possession. Besides, a motorcycle used in the crime has also been recovered from them.

Meanwhile, the Sarabha Nagar police claimed to have arrested notorious snatcher Sanjiv Kumar. A resident of Janta Nagar, he has been nabbed several times in connection with snatchings. The police claimed prince committed 10 snatchings recently. The police have recovered four mobiles, a gold chain, earrings, a ring and the motorcycle used in the snatchings.



Modi’s speech: Primary schools to tune in radios 
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 3
Providing relaxation to the teachers of primary schools, the District Education Officer have now asked them to arrange radio sets to tune in the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on September 5. Earlier, the teachers were asked to arrange television sets and power generators.

Gurjot Singh, District Education Officer, Primary, said: “We have completed all arrangements at the government primary schools. We have computers in all central primary schools of the district. We have asked other schools, which don’t have computers, to arrange radio sets. Most of the schools have radio sets distributed under the Padho Punjab project”.

Meanwhile, the office of the District Education Officer (Secondary) is all geared up for Modi’s speech. A committee, comprising eight members, constituted to address technical problems in EDUSAT and computers installed in schools,

would meet tomorrow to chalk out a plan for uninterrupted telecast of the speech in schools.

According to information, the Internet facility is available at 523 schools in the district.

Rajwant Singh, Coordinator, Information Communication Technology Cell (ICT) said: “We have cross-checked the Internet facility in the schools of the district. The Internet is functional at all schools. If we receive any complaint, our engineers will address it immediately. We have provided the schools with phone numbers for seeking technical support”.



MC wakes up from slumber, to resume demolition drive today
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 3
Waking up from their slumber after about three months, the Municipal Corporation authorities seem to be all set to conduct a demolition drive tomorrow. The drive will not be a cake walk for the authorities as they are sure to face stiff resistance from “leaders” this time.

As the next date of hearing on a contempt-of-court petition (27 of 2013) in the High Court is September 9, the detailed report about action taken against the encroachments has to be submitted in the court before the hearing.

Sources have confirmed the development but refused to divulge more details. Though the High Court was serious on this matter, not many encroachments have been removed since the last hearing on the petition was held, they added.

“Thanks to political interference, the MC officials have not been able to act against the big fish. Small encroachments have been removed and now it was the turn of major encroachments, the removal of which may spell trouble for the MC. The permanent encroachments have to be removed from many areas, including Chaura Bazar, Talab Bazar, Sem Nullar and Gurh Mandi, and these areas are good vote banks of leaders, who interfere if action is initiated against them. But in the High Court, it is the officials who have to face the Judges,” said an official.

An RTI activist, Rohit Sabharwal, who has filed the petition, said the MC acted only when the date of hearing approached. “They have been sleeping for the past about three months. No permanent encroachment has been removed. The contempt petition is part of the CWP 4886 of 2003 case. The MC maintains there are around 2,000 encroachments, which are to be removed, while to my knowledge their number is 4,000,” said Sabharwal.




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Use of substandard construction material
High drama during inspection of road
Complainant, inquiry team members exchange heated arguments
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, September 3
High drama was witnessed here when members of an inquiry team, which had visited Jagraon to inspect the road following allegations of use of substandard construction material by the contractor, had heated arguments with the complainant.

On hearing the arguments between both sides, a large number of people assembled on the spot. However, the matter was resolved after the intervention of some former councillors of the local Municipal Council.

In fact, the Jagraon Municipal Council had carried out the work of laying interlocking tiles in the Kamal Chowk area of Jagraon sometime ago at the cost of around Rs 10 lakh. But the local residents had alleged that the contractor, who had been awarded the construction work, had used substandard material while fixing the interlocking tiles.

Kapil Bansal, a local resident, had even lodged a complaint with the Local Bodies Department and the Vigilance Department, alleging that the contractor had used substandard material while fixing the interlocking tiles.

Alleging that the contractor had used substandard material in connivance with certain officials of the local Municipal Council, the complainant had sought an investigation into the matter by higher authorities of the Local Bodies Department.

As per information, a team from the Local Bodies Department led by XEN Rajiv Kumar arrived Jagraon today. The team members recorded the statement of the complainant at the local Municipal Council office.

Following this, the team members accompanied by the contractor, complainant and officials of the local Municipal Council visited the Kamal Chowk area to inspect the road where the controversial work of fixing interlocking tiles was carried out. While the team members were inspecting the road, an argument started between the complainant, Kapil Bansal, and the team members when the complainant alleged that the inquiry team was siding with the contractor.

The complainant said the inquiry team had no record about the road with it.

“How will the inquiry team be able to conduct investigation into this matter when it has no record about the road in question,” questioned Bansal.

Following this an altercation took place between both sides and heated arguments were exchanged. However, the matter was resolved after the intervention of some former councillors of the local municipal council and the inquiry team returned to the Municipal Council office.

XEN Rajiv Kumar said the complainant used abusive language while the team members were inspecting the road, which led to arguments between them.

“We are here to conduct an investigation about the allegations levelled by the local residents. The team will carry out an impartial investigation into the matter,” he said.



Activists join hands with police to fight social evils
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 3
Office-bearers and activists of various organisations of the town and the surrounding localities have joined hands with the police in the fight launched against social evils, including drug addition, gender bias and eve-teasing.

The announcement to extend the support was made during a public meeting held at the Police Outreach Centre (Police Suvidha Centre) at the local police station recently.

Responding to the call made by the Sangrur District Police, social activists led by former councillor Dilshad, former president of the Rotary Club Pardeep Sethi and former president of the Lions Club Inder Pal Singh Walia assured SP Satnam Singh that coordinated efforts would be made to educate masses on the causes and consequences of social evils such as drug addiction, illiteracy and gender bias.

Identifying the drug addiction as a major factor behind all crimes, the circle police led by Satnam Singh had urged the members of the special committee to associate with the movement launched by the government against the menace.

Singh said anti-social elements could not be identified and nabbed without the help of the local residents, including office-bearers of various social and political organisations.

“As a majority of the officials posted in the police hail from other areas, they could not act against anti-social elements, including drug peddlers, without the help of the local residents,” said Singh.

Singh urged the social activists to act as a bridge between the administration and the public.

SHO City Tejinder Singh and in charge of the Suvidha Centre Amar Nath assured that the identity of persons providing information would not be disclosed.



Migrant labourer commits suicide
Our Correspondent

Machiwara, September 3
A migrant labourer allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance near here. The deceased has been identified as Rohit Kumar (30), a resident of Uttar Pradesh.

As per information, Rohit was working at a bee farm on the banks of Sirhand Canal. He returned from Uttar Pradesh two days ago.

Investigating Officer ASI Balwinder Singh said Rohit was mentally upset due to some reasons and he had consumed some poisonous substance at the farm. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital, Machiwara, where he breathed his last.

The ASI said his body had been kept at the mortuary and his family members had been informed.

Balwinder Singh said his body would be handed over to the family after a postmortem. No case had been registered in this regard so far.



Ludhiana Scan

Ganpati Utsav celebrated

Ganpati Utsav was celebrated by Awadh Naujwan Sabha at Kirpal Nagar and religious guru Kailashnand graced the occasion. He was given a warm welcome by the organisers. The religious guru told the importance of the festival and said it was so good to see that the festival was organised in every nook and corner of the city with religious fervour.

Birth anniversary celebrated

The birth anniversary of Baba Shrichand was celebrated at Chand Colony here on Wednesday. The bhog of Shri Akhand Path was solemnised on the occasion. Bhai Darshan Singh threw light on the life of Baba Shrichand, the elder son of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

Govt’s decision hailed

The Coloniser and Property Dealers Association, Punjab, has hailed the government’s decision to cut down external development charges of industrial plots. Similarly, for the development of colonies within the municipal limits, the developers will have to pay almost 50 per cent of what was being charged earlier. The association has welcomed the decision to waive change of land use charges (CLU) on construction of warehouses, cold stores and storage spaces.

Quiz competition

The LIC organised a quiz competition at Ram Lal Bhasin Public School, Dugri, on Wednesday. As many as four teams comprising “Jeevan Rakshak”, “Jeevan Anand”, “Jeevan Anmol” and “Jeevan Shagun” participated in the competition. Questions for the quiz were related to sports, culture, politics, music, information technology, and general science. Rajinder Kumar, senior divisional manager, said LIC of India holds 84.44 per cent market share in number of policies and 75.33 per cent in first year premium income amounting to more than Rs 90,000 crore for 2013-14, in spite of the fact that 23 private insurance companies are in the industry for 14 years. On behalf of the senior divisional manager, Ruchi Singh, divisional manager (IT), gave away prizes to the winning team, “Jeevan Shagun”.

Mega blood donation drive

The Akhil Bhartiya Terapanth Yuvak Parishad will hold a mega blood donation drive on September 6 in which volunteers will donate about 1600 units of blood. Punjab Health Minister Surjit Jyani will be the chief guest, while Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh Bittu will be the guest of honour on the occasion. The organiser of the Parishad (North), Kuldeep Jain Surana, said the volunteers from Terapanth Parishad were visiting schools and colleges for encouraging youths to come forward for the noble cause. — TNS



College Notes

Students of SCD Government College participate in an anti-drug rally in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
Students of SCD Government College participate in an anti-drug rally in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Students excel

Panjab University, Chandigarh, has declared the result of MCom (Business Innovations) 4th semester examination held in May 2014. Kirandeep Kaur Birdi, a student of SCD Government College, Ludhiana, secured first position in the University by scoring 2490 marks out of 3200. Jagatjot Singh got second position by scoring 2454 marks out of 3200 and Priyam Saxena has got third position by scoring 2451 marks out of 3200. All the 40 students of M Com (Business Innovations) 4th semester has passed the examination with first division.

Anti-drug rally

Taking notice of epidemic of drugs in state, Dr Dharam Singh, Principal, SCD Government College, has taken a positive initiative to spread awareness among students to take out rally in the city. Students of SCD College comprising NCC Air Wing and Army wing, NSS, and youth services Punjab participated in rally. All the students took pledge not to take drugs. A drug awareness exhibition was displayed outside the Sahir auditorium. It depicted how alcohol and smoking and other forms of drugs can damage the vital parts of the body.

NCC training camp

Girl cadets from more than 19 institutions of Ludhiana are attending the CATC-68, being conducted from August 29 to September 7. Rigorous military training is being imparted to the cadets. It will provide a platform to girls to become confident and proud citizens. They will be able to contribute towards nation building. Col Ashwani Kumar, Camp commandant, appreciate all NCC cadets for their enthusiasm will continue for next 10 days of camp. During the camp, cadets would be shortlisted for participating in the Republic Day Parade in Delhi.

Technical workshop

The faculty of Computer Science and Applications, Desh Bhagat University, organised a technical workshop on android application development for MCA final year students. This workshop was arranged in collaboration with Alpha Net Technologies Pvt. Limited, India’s well known web and mobile applications developer and training company. While inaugurating the workshop, vice-chancellor Dr Shalini Gupta encouraged the students to get full benefit of the workshop and work hard to excel in their field of study. The expert team that came to the university was led by company’s director Tejinder Bedi and consisted branch head Satnam Singh, center head Lavkesh Minhas and others who interacted with the students and briefed them about emerging trends in android software market in the IT sector.

Industrial visit

In order to provide practical exposure towards the manufacturing processes and various machines which enhances the knowledge and skills of the students, a visit to Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, was organized by RIMT–Maharaja Aggrasen Engineering College. Factory officials told that established in 1986, the Rail Coach Factory was the second coach manufacturing unit of Indian Railways. Its foundation stone was laid by the then Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi. Students and faculty were taken to the manufacturing line of rail coaches where they were shown working process of different shops including sheet metal shop, paint shop, bogie shop and furnishing shop. Various processes like butt seam welding; spot welding and tungsten inert gas welding were shown.

GTB students shine in MA examination

Students of the Postgraduate Department of History, Guru Teg Bahadur National College, Dakha, displayed remarkable performance in the recently declared results of Class MA 2nd Semester of Panjab University, Chandigarh. Depawali Sharma stood first securing 70.59 per cent marks whereas Kirandeep Kaur stood second with 69.25 per cent. Kamalpreet Kaur got 64.75 per cent and stood third.—TNS



school notes

Students of Bal Bharati Public School present a dance in Ludhiana.
Students of Bal Bharati Public School present a dance in Ludhiana. A Tribune Photograph

Bal Bharati School salutes sportsmanship

Bal Bharati Public School organized a birthday party to share the charm of birthday rituals on sports theme. The importance of sports was highlighted for mental and physical fitness of the tiny tots. Students of pre-nursery, mont-I and mont-II participated in the event. They showcased zeal and enthusiasm of sports. The students of pre-nursery took pleasure to inaugurate the show through a lively dance performance on a song sung by Michael Jackson’s. They saluted the charisma of sports showing team spirit, passion, dedication and determination. The show culminated with the cake cutting ceremony and birthday ritual of sharing with pleasure.

Students win laurels

Students of Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School, Doraha, brought laurels in the field of academics. Harmandeep Kaur of Class XII (medical) secured 107th rank in AIPMT-2014 and got admission in GGS Medical College, Faridkot. Palwinder Kaur scored 624th rank in AIPMT-2014 and got admission in Government Medical College, Patiala. Roop Brar, president, vice-president S Harpratap Singh Brar, Manager Tarlok Singh Jaggi, Treasurer Harjiwanpal Singh Gill and Principal DP Thakur felicitated students for their achievement.

Ganpati Mahotsava

Sidh Data Sewa Society organised the fourth Ganpati Mahotsava at the sports hall of Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Jalandhar Bye Pass, along the 100 ft high colossal Idol of Lord Ganesha. The students also enchanted the praises of Lord Ganesha. The whole environment got mesmerised with the echos of Om Ganpati Namah and Radhe Radhe.

Investiture held

The students’ council of Guru Gobind Singh Public School was attended the investiture ceremony today. Gursimran Singh Dhillon, 5 times National Champion of Karate and 3 times International Karate Champion was appointed as head boy. Simranpreet Kaur as head girl and Kiranpreet Kaur of Class XI took oath as vice- head girl. After the pinning ceremony the oath was taken. March past was held. Principal Dr Manjit Kaur congratulated all the members of council and suggested them to obey the code of school. They are role models for others students and they should actively participate in all the school activities.

Educational trip

DCM Presidency School organised an educational trip to Chhatbir Zoo and Rock Garden, Chandigarh, for the students of Class IX and X. Students had a gala time at the two places and got an opportunity to explore their surroundings. They were made to learn the diversities of living world, how to take care of the wild life and to value them. The students enjoyed their breakfast at Haveli, Rajpura. An elaborate buffet lunch was arranged for the students at Zirakpur. Principal Nupur Nutan said such trips and excursions contribute towards the social development of a child. The students also develop an insight into various aspects of the world and life at large.

Motivational workshop

DCM Presidency School conducted a workshop for the students of Class IX- to XII. Resource person Rishabh Khanna gave real life examples and the students were told about their attainable goals and concepts like ten-minute theory. They were acquainted with the challenges of life which act as stepping stones in their success. They were encouraged to develop a strong value system in order to reach the pinnacle of success. It was a gripping session. It was followed by an nteractive session between students, Rishabh Khanna and Principal Nupur Nutan.

National science exhibition

Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School was selected for the 41st Jawaharlal Nehru National Science, Mathematics and Environment Exhibition (JNNSMEE- 2014). The model of the Double Capsule (Agriculture theme) was prepared by Urvashi Saggar of XI (medical) and other model is solar roads was prepared by Ayush Khanna of Class X (red). Managing director of the school Avinash Kaur Walia congratulated both the students and appreciated their innovative projects which are now going to be presented at national level. While addressing the students she said, “Every mind is innovative and creative, just use of talent in right direction with proper guidance is required.” —TNS



Strike by sweepers enters 27th day
Residents face inconvenience as sewage enters houses
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, September 3
The strike by sweepers has made the residents pay through the nose. The strike entered the 27th day today. As a result, sewage has started entering residential colonies.

At present, sanitary conditions are in a deplorable state in Doraha. The Sher-e-Punjab dhaba street and the adjoining streets were already in a deplorable condition. Now in the absence of sweepers, the streets have turned into a pool of stagnant water. The filthy water is entering the houses.

“The government is least bothered to initiate a dialogue with the sweepers. When an epidemic will engulf one or the other part of the region, then it will suddenly start making necessary amends,” said a local resident.

“We may fall prey to various diseases, suffer infections or face dingy conditions, but who cares. The sewage emits foul smell that makes life difficult for the locals,” said another resident.

“Sewer pipes are narrow so they get choked soon. The lack of proper system for drainage of sewerage is a major problem. It has aggravated with the time. The committee is yet to find a suitable space for the drainage of sewage and setting up of a water treatment plant. The situation has become worse after the strike by the sweepers,” said a resident.

Another resident said: “The drainage system has been completely choked. Downpour leaves us high and dry. We cannot stay in such tormenting conditions where it has become difficult to breathe. The assembled water has not only made the life of commuters and residents hell, but has also posed a serious health hazard”.

EO Surinder Kumar said: “I have joined the duty last evening. Hence, I am not aware of the situation. I came to know that the residents are facing a tough time. We are arranging tankers that will evacuate sewage. As far as the strike by the sweepers is concerned, it has definitely multiplied our problems. We are also facing a tough time and a lot of resentment from the public.”



Ganesh Utsav: Religious fervour grips town
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 3
Ganesh Utsav is being celebrated with religious fervour at the town and the surrounding localities.
The 10-day festival is being observed at temples and households.

Ganesh Utsav committees of Lakshami Narayan Mandir, Shree Ram Mandir, Bhartiya Mahavir Dal, Ganpati Seva Sangh and Shri Sanatan Dharam Sabha are organising sankirtan and worshiping Lord Ganesha at respective temples.

Idols of Lord Ganesha will be immersed in the Sirhind Canal and Bathinda Canal near here on the final day of the festival.

Singers such as Sandeep Sood chanted bhajans at a function being held near the Grain Market.

Men, women and children are thronging temples everyday in large numbers.



Confusion over holidays
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 3
Due to separate calendars for gazetted holidays of Panjab University and Punjab Government, confusion prevails among students of local colleges.

There are four gazetted holidays which are listed in calendar of Punjab Government but not in the calendar of Panjab University. The Punjab Government declared the holiday of birth anniversary of Shri Chand, son of Guru Nanak, today. According to the information the local colleges witnessed less attendance due to the confusion about the holiday.

Professors at local government colleges informed that it happens on every such holiday of Punjab Government which is contrary to PU calendar of holidays. The students got confuse with the information of holiday flashed by government in newspapers and channels.

Jaipal Singh, Professor at SCD Government College, said the university should adopt the calendar of gazetted holidays of state government to clear the confusion.

According to the information earlier the calendar of Punjabi University also had some contradiction with state government’s calendar but later it was sorted out for the convenience of students. The teachers at local colleges also demanded that PU authorities should address the issue.



PAU gets ICAR project 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 3
The Department of Entomology, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, is one of the centres under newly launched All India Network Project on “Conservation of Lac Insect Genetic Resources” funded by the ICAR. Under this project funds to the tune of Rs 53.93 lakhs will be sanctioned for current financial plan, said Dr Balwinder Singh, Head of the Department.

He said Dr Jaspal Singh Virk, Entomologist, is the principal investigator and Dr Rabinder Kaur and Dr Parminder Singh Shera, Assistant Entomologists, are the co-principal investigators. The project will be coordinated by Indian Institute of Natural Resins and Gums (IINRG), Ranchi, which has selected eight centres as network partners belonging to eight agro-ecological regions of the country.

A formal launch-cum-orientation workshop of this network project was organised by IINRG on August 27-28, at Ranchi. Dr Rabinder Kaur and Dr Parminder Shera from PAU centre along with other network partners of the country participated in this workshop. The PAU centre has been assigned sub-humid Sutlej-Ganga alluvial regions of Punjab, Delhi, plains of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to carry out various activities.



Organisation marks Punjabi week 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 3
Meri Maa Boli Punjabi (My mother tongue is Punjabi), an organisation for promotion of Punjabi, has shown concern on the non-use of Punjabi script at notice boards and documents for public dealing of centre government’s departments in state.

The office bearers of state informed that the departments of centre government including Railway and Nationalised banks deal with the public in local language in southern states of India but in Punjab they avoid the use of Punjabi.

The organization is celebrating the “Meri Maa Boli Punjabi Week” from September 1 to 7 to make the residents aware about the decreasing use of Punjabi in social life of Punjab.

Mohinder Singh Sekhon, coordinator of organisation stated that it is a conspiracy against Punjabi and the one of the oldest language have been sidelined from the region. He stated that Hindi is replacing Punjabi not only in government offices but from the display boards of ruling Akali-BJP government.

“I have collected evidence from West Bengal and Tamilnadu that all the public dealing of banks and railways is in local languages. Moreover, the political parties even BJP display its board in respective local languages. But in Punjab, Hindi and English is only option for ruling alliance,” said Sekhon.

Speaking about religious divide on the issue of language in state, Sekhon said, “Punjabi is not a language of Sikhs. Hindus, Muslims and Christians born and brought up in land of five rivers are Punjabi. The religious believes have no concern with language. In Bengal, Hindus and Muslim equally love their mother tongue.” He also expressed worry about the attitude of schools as they discourage students to speak Punjabi.

The activists of organisation have been making the school students aware about the significance of mother tongue during the “Meri Maa Boli Punjabi Week.”



Mela Chhapar
Cops, SAD activists to keep tab on disruptive elements 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 3
In view of recent shoe hurling incident during chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s speech at Issru and frequent protests by agitating disappointed employees, the organisation of Mela Chhappar has become a litmus test for the Ludhiana (Rural) police. Though no formal announcement of surveillance on activities of protesting outfits has been made, the district police is learnt to have drafted foolproof security plan to prevent any untoward incident at the Mela Chhapar scheduled to commence on Sunday.

Special teams have been deputed to keep a watch on the activities of office-bearers and activists of opposition parties, protesting organisations and members of radical organisations.

The police had also intensified surveillance at and around Maherna Kalan, Barundi, Latala, Rachhin, Rangoowal, Kalakh, Dhulkot, Butahri, Narangwal Khurad Rajoana, Halwara, Leelan, Toosse and Sarabha villages where either hardcore terrorists had been living or hiding after committing heinous crimes during terrorism days. Though a few of the suspects had returned to mainstream, the police have no other option but to act on the basis of records maintained at the Dehlon and Sudhar police stations.

Observations revealed that office-bearers and activists of various organisations protesting against the state government had decided to disrupt the SAD rally during Mela Chhapar. In past also unsavory situations were witnessed when activists of protesting organisations succeeded in disrupting the rallies being addressed by the chief minister. The administration had to take steps to check convergence of protestors near the pandal during Mela Chhapar in past. SAD and BJP had constituted special teams of volunteers to tackle unsavory situation. Besides members of the task force, cops in plain clothes will keep watch on suspected intruders, acknowledged the SAD activists. 



Ludhiana Management Association awards
From dreamers to achievers 
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 3
The 36th annual function of the Ludhiana Management Association (LMA) was held today.
Balramji Dass Tandon, Governor of Chhattisgarh, was the chief guest. Six persons were felicitated. LMA-Vardhman Award for Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 was given to Arvind Dham, chairman, Amtek Group.

Om Prakash Munjal, chairman, Hero Cycles Limited, greets Balramji Dass Tandon, Governor of Chhattisgarh, in Ludhiana.
Om Prakash Munjal, chairman, Hero Cycles Limited, greets Balramji Dass Tandon, Governor of Chhattisgarh, in Ludhiana. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan 

Prem Kumar Gupta, general secretary, DMC Managing Committee, received LMA Dayanand Award for Manager of the Year 2013.

Bhavish Aggarwal, co-founder and CEO, Olacabs, ANI Technology Private Limited, Bengaluru, was given LMA-Trident Award for Young Innovative Entrepreneur of the Year 2013. Bhavish spoke on “Future of Ground Transport”.

Rakesh Bharti Mittal from Bharti Group was given LMA-Hari Chand Award for Corporate Citizen of the Year 2013 while Dr Baldeep Singh of Deep Hospital, Ludhiana, was conferred award for Emerging SME of the Year 2013. LMA-Sat Paul Mittal Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Vijay Kumar Chopra of Punjab Kesari Group. Sachit Jain, president of LMA, welcomed guests and threw light on the history of the LMA.

He said the association aimed at imparting management education and exploring potential.

Rakesh Bharti Mittal: LMA-Hari Chand Award for Corporate Citizen of the Year 2013. 
Rakesh Bharti Mittal is the vice-chairman of Bharti Enterprises, one of India’s leading business groups. He is the co-chairperson of Bharti Foundation, the philanthropic wing of Bharti Enterprises, which was established in 2000 to help underprivileged children and make youngsters realise their potential.

Vijay Kumar Chopra: LMA-Sat Paul Mittal Life Time Achievement Award for the Year 2013. VIjay Kumar Chopra is the Editor-in-Chief of Hind Samachar Group of Newspapers. Well-versed with the nuances of printing, Vijay did a training course from Leipzig (Germany) and learnt newspaper management from Thomson Foundation, United Kingdom. 

The glorious bunch

Arvind Dham: LMA-Vardhman Award for Entrepreneur of the Year 2013. Arvind Dham heads Amtek Group. A Panjab University graduate, Dham is a self-made industrialist. He started manufacturing auto components and founded Amtek Auto. In 1987, Suzuki selected him as one of the vendors for Maruti.

Prem Gupta: LMA-Daya Nand Munjal Award for Manager of the Year 2013.

Prem Gupta is a versatile industrialist. Health and textile interest him. His annual business turnover is more than Rs 800 crore.

Bhavish Aggarwal: MA-Trident Award for Young Innovative Entrepreneur of the Year 2013.

Bhavish Aggarwal is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Olacabs, a cab rental service. He started Olacabs in December 2010, along with Ankit Bhati from IIT Bombay, with an aim to change the way people travel by revolutionising the personal transportation industry.

Dr Baldeep Singh: LMA-Sohan Lal Pahwa Award for Emerging SME of the Year 2013.

Dr Baldeep Singh is the founder of Deep Hospital. Started 30 years ago, the hospital has state-of-the-art technology. 



Toll tax hike fuels anger 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 3
Residents expressed disgust at the toll tax hike. They voiced anger over the slow pace of work on the 291-kilometre National Highway 1.
Congress leader Ishwarjot Cheema said: “The toll tax was a big issue during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections and pilgrims visiting a shrine at Phillaur had objected to the exorbitant rates. MP Manish Tiwari has failed to address the issue.”

Jaswant Singh Thandal of the Nigran Sewa Society said: “This is perhaps the highest rate of toll charged from commuters in the country. The prices of toll should be brought down. We will take up the issue with the minister concerned.”

Varun Garg, writer and orator, said: “The stretch from Ludhiana to Jalandhar is in a pathetic state. Despite being accident prone due to unplanned diversion, the stretch also takes a toll on vehicles. Many a time, I have witnessed cars getting stuck in potholes. The stretch is particularly unsafe for two-wheeler drivers.”

Sarabjit Singh Kahlon, social activist, said: “For nearly two years, the work was stalled due to litigations. Under which provision, the toll prices have been increased. They company has done nothing. Construction companies keep hiking the tax at their whims.”

Priyank Kumar Sharma, advocate, said: “The proposal to six-lane the stretch was cleared in May 2008 when I was in college. I used to think that finally our problem would be resolved, but the company that was supposed to complete the work by November 2011 missed a number of deadlines. We are paying road tax, infrastructure cess on every litre of fuel, along with so many other central and state taxes, yet we have to pay the toll tax. Despite paying taxes, we are made to commute on damaged roads.”



CICU slams hike in power tariff 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 3
Taking strong exception to hike in power tariff with retrospective effect, the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU) said it was unheard of that consumers be made to pay more for electricity already consumed and paid for. Avtar Singh, president and Upkar Singh, general secretary of the body, said the decision had made it amply clear that the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) was not an autonomous body and it did not take decisions on rational grounds.

Differential hike on the principles of consume more to pay less was highly unjustified. It had revealed that the PSERC had failed to understand the basic economic criteria of essential and deficient commodities, they added.

CICU president Avtar Singh said a special executive committee meeting had discussed the three-Judge Bench judgment of the Supreme Court in Dashrath Rupsingh Rathod v/s State of Maharashtra ruling that the complaint of a dishonoured cheque could be filed only with the court within whose local jurisdiction the offence was committed. By virtue of this ruling, the members of trade and industry would have to lodge complaints of bounced cheques at places from where the cheque was issued.

They said due to non-payment of funds, the supplier of goods and services had to face financial crunch in the highly competitive market. The magnitude of the impact of the present decision was likely to cause considerable hardship on the respondents.

Expressing concern over the inordinate delay in the release of VAT refund, the CICU made a fervent plea to resolve related issues such as input tax credit which was now restricted to two stages, delay in VAT refund through RTGS which took more than a month after receipt of refund voucher and delayed clearance of goods/goods carriers at the Information Collection Centres at inter-state borders.

The CICU functionaries have urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to file a review petition or bring amendment in Parliament regarding the territorial jurisdiction in cheque-bounce cases to save the respondents from hardships. They also called upon Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to resolve issues of power tariff hike and VAT refund amicably so as to pave the way of development and growth for the industry.



It takes civic body years to repair a road!
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, September 3
The Jagraon-Kaunke Kalan link road is in a pitiable condition. The road was last repaired more than five years ago.
Commuters avoid taking the road and prefer alternative routes to reach their respective destinations. They don’t mind going the extra mile.

The link road connects thousands of residents of villages such as Kaunke Kalan, Kaunke Khosa, Dangian, Gurusar and others with Jagraon. The residents said their pleas went unheard, adding that the authorities were not ready to listen to them.

They said the state government had not got the road repaired for the past five years. “The road is facing neglect. We even met Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during his Sangat Darshan two years ago. We urged him to ask civic officials to get the road repaired. Although the Chief Minister had assured us of releasing funds for the repair of the road at the earliest, the government has not given us even a single penny,” said Baldeep Singh, a resident of Kaunke Kalan village.

Charanjit Singh, former sarpanch of the village, said no political party had ever been serious towards the long pending and genuine demand of the villagers. They said they had requested former SAD MLA Bhag Singh Mallha, former Congress MLA Gurdeep Singh Bhaini, MLA SR Kaler and many other leaders of various political parties for getting the link road repaired, but to no avail. The road is full of potholes. It is an uphill task to commute on the 6-kilometre stretch.

Jagraon Market Committee secretary Jaswinder Singh said the construction of the road had been delayed for want of funds. “We have prepared an estimate and requested the state government to approve it and released funds at the earliest. We are hopeful of receiving funds shortly and the construction work would be started soon,” he said.



When traffic jams the golden hour 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 3
Activists of social organisations have urged the administration to take preventive steps for an unhindered movement of ambulances in the region.
Complaints poured in from residents that ambulances were unable to reach hospitals on time, courtesy traffic jams and inadequate infrastructure.

Social activists apprehended that the existing system if allowed to continue would result in loss of life due to the delay in the arrival of ambulances to hospitals during the golden hour.

Instead of clearing path for ambulances on congested roads, motorists ignore persistent resonance of panic sirens.

Closure of level-crossing followed by blockades, frequent diversion of traffic due to road blocks and interruption due to protests and processions further compound the problem.

Jagsir Singh Rama, an ambulance driver, said shifting patients from accident sites and local hospitals was more cumbersome during daytime as all roads connecting the town with multi-speciality hospitals remained congested during rush hours.

Uttam Punj, manager of a multi-speciality hospital, said he was shocked to observe that ambulances were accorded little priority over common vehicles. Making a universal appeal, Uttam Punj argued, “While seeing an ambulance on a road, we should not forget that someone’s life is on the line and perhaps one day it could be ‘us’ or our loved ones in need of that emergency help.”

Identifying unyielding attitude of drivers and avoidable road blockades as the major factors behind the tendency, residents led by Social Welfare Organisation chairman Tarsem Garg and president, Rotary Club, Lalit Kaura urged the administration to take preventive steps for unhindered movement of ambulances in the region.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Gill Gurpreet Singh Sikand said beat in charges were told to ensure that ambulances were not stranded on roads. “Even in case of any road blockade, their movement should not be obstructed,” said Sikand. 



MP writes to Railway Minister 

Ludhiana, September 3
MP Ravneet Singh Bittu has written a letter to DV Sadananda Gowda, Union Minister for Railways, urging him to develop and upgrade the Dhandari Kalan railway station. Bittu stated: “The railway station that accommodates 100 trains lacks infrastructure. As many as 70,000 passengers visit the station every day. During the festive season, it is raining chaos at the station.”

I-T survey

On the directions of Income Tax Commissioner RK Goyal, the department surveyed three firms in the city. Officials seized documents from DD Agro, Industrial Area B, Vasu Trading, Model Town, and another unit at Cycle Market, Gill Road. — TNS



Bank employee booked for fraud
Our Correspondent

Samrala, September 3
The Khanna police have booked a bank employee for withdrawing over Rs 33 lakh from accounts of bank customers.
The accused has been identified as Deepak Kumar, a resident of Samana. He was working with the Punjab and Sind Bank’s branch at Bagli Kalan village.

ASI Teja Singh said BS Bhalla, zonal manager of the bank, had given a written complaint to the police on July 27 that an employee, Deepak Kumar, who was working with the Bagli Kalan branch of the bank, opened an account on his name and withdrew Rs 33.45 lakh from other accounts fraudulently.

The EO Wing, Khanna, conducted an enquiry into the complaint. During the enquiry, it was established that the employee had cheated account holders. A case under Sections 420, 406, 467, 468 and 471 had been registered against him.

The ASI said the accused used to withdraw excess amount from the accounts of customers and deposit the same in his account.

The ASI said he had allegedly invested the money in shares. The accused has been absent from duty for the past about two months and the police were conducting raids to nab him.



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