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20 school buses impounded
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 11
The District Transport Officer (DTO) impounded 20 school buses during a special campaign aimed at ensuring safety of schoolchildren. According to information, the vehicles were impounded for not following the safety norms.

Anil Garg, District Transport Officer, said they had initiated this campaign on the directions of the Supreme Court.

“Today, we set up check points near major schools and checked a large number of school vehicles. We impounded 20 vehicles and issued a total of 21 challans on the spot,” said Anil Garg

The DTO has challaned the vehicles that didn’t have speed governors, foot rests, first-aid kits and other necessary equipment. Many drivers did not have licences while many vehicles sans proper documents.

The transport officials have initiated a special campaign under the direction of the Supreme Court. Earlier, the office of the District Transport Officer had conducted awareness camps to educate school bus drivers to adhere to the safety norms. The district transport officer had asked the bus drivers to install speed governors in their vehicles and keep all documents in buses.

“The campaign will continue. To avoid inconvenience to students, we inspect the vehicles after they have dropped students at schools in the morning. We will take strict action against the violators in coming days,” said the district transport officer.

Guidelines for school buses set up by Supreme Court

  • School buses should be painted yellow
  • “School Bus” must be written on the back and front of a bus. If it is a hired vehicle, “On School Duty” should be clearly written
  • The bus should have a first-aid box
  • It should be fitted with a speed governor of a specified standard
  • The windows of the bus should have horizontal grills
  • There should be a fire extinguisher in the bus.
  • The school name and telephone number must be written on the bus
  • The doors of the bus should be fitted with reliable locks
  • There should be space under the seats for keeping schoolbags
  • There must be a qualified attendant in the bus to attend to children
  • Any parent/guardian or a teacher may also travel in the bus to make sure the driver follows these safety norms
  • The driver should have at least five years’ experience of driving heavy vehicles
  • A driver, who has been challaned more than twice in a year for offences like red light jumping, violation of lane discipline or allowing an unauthorised person to drive the vehicle, cannot be employed
  • n A driver who has been challaned even once for speeding, drunken driving and dangerous driving cannot be employed


LIT colony allottees await possession
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 11
The wait of allottees of 114 residential plots in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar Colony developed by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) on the Pakhowal road here seems to be unending.

Thanks to unfulfilled political promises and bureaucratic red tape, even after almost two years of holding the draw of lots for allotment of plots to the eligible applicants, the LIT authorities have failed to issue allotment letters or hand over the plots to the allottees.

After having no positive response from the quarters concerned with regards to the possession of residential plots of 125 square yards each, a delegation of the allottees placed their case before Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal at his Sangat Darshan in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Devinder Rehan and Rajinder Singh Virk, who were part of the delegation, said the Deputy Chief Minister gave them a patient hearing and his principal secretary spoke on the phone to Ashok Gupta, Principal Secretary, Local Government, Punjab, to know the status of the matter. The allottees said the Local Government Department sought another 30 days’ time to clear the resolution adopted by the LIT in this regard.

The applicants, to whom plots were allotted through a draw of lots conducted in September and October 2012, had submitted applications in 1982 to the LIT and plots were earlier allotted to them in 1999. However, owing to the land in question having been acquired for the City Centre project (which stands abandoned now), these were not handed over to them.

In fact, the fresh draw of lots for allotment of plots to these 114 applicants were conducted on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and a contempt petition is pending before the court for the delay in delivery of plots, which will come up for hearing on November 21.

After the draw of lots for allotment of 114 residential plots, the LIT authorities had adopted a resolution (No. 59) in October 2013, which was sent to the Local Government Department for approval as per the provisions of the Punjab Town Improvement Act. Decision on the resolution is pending. The LIT is not in a position to issue allotment letters or give possession to the allottees.

“For almost two years now, senior leaders and bureaucrats have been making promises to us to expedite the matter without making any visible efforts in this regard. Our repeated pleas made with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Local Bodies Minister Anil Joshi, Chief Secretary Sarvesh Kaushal, Principal Secretary, Local Government, Ashok Gupta and the Director, Local Government, for dispensation of justice have borne no fruit till now,” lamented the allottees.



Man drowned in Budha Nullah
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 11
A 65-year-old man was drowned in Budha Nullah here today. The victim has been identified as Darshan Singh, a resident of Shakti Nagar. The incident came to light when a rag picker spotted the body floating in the nullah.

The police reached the spot and got the body fished out of the nullah. A huge crowd gathered at the spot. The police found an identity card on the body. They informed the family of the deceased.

According to the members of Darshan Singh’s family, he left home to pay obeisance at Golden Temple in Amritsar. He told the family that he would park his bicycle on the Jalandhar bypass and catch a bus to Amritsar.

The police said while returning home, Darshan Singh might have fallen in the canal.

The police initiated inquest proceeding under section 174 of the CrPC and started investigation.



World Bank team reviews Budha Nullah project
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 11
A review meeting on the Environmental Action Plan for Urban Transformation in Ludhiana and Amritsar was held by consultants from the World Bank, Nikhil Kulsipatil and Saumya Chaturvedula, here today.

The two members are part of the four-member team that had visited the city about a month ago in connection with the Budha Nullah project.

Talking to The Tribune, Saumya Chaturvedula said they gathered vital information during the meeting with officials of the Municipal Corporation, Pollution Control Board, Irrigation Department, and the mayor.

“We are on a two-day visit here to conduct a review meeting to understand implications, if any, in starting the project. We have reached the conclusion about the needs and priorities of the city, keeping environmental issues in mind. There were certain issues in mind, which had to be addressed before we could submit a report to the World Bank,” said Chaturvedula.

She said the team was able to understand the areas of its focus and how development in congested areas was possible and other aspects. The delegates were of the view that proper action plan had to be formulated before going for any urban development while protecting the environment at the same time.

“We have gathered good information and now can continue with the project. We are hopeful to submit our report to the World Bank by November-end and then after that the bank will be in touch with the state government. Though it is an initial stage, if all goes well, Ludhiana will see a lot many improvement in the years to come,” said Saumya.

The four members who had visited the city about a month ago included Ashish Rao Ghurpade, Saumya Chaturvedula, Nikhil Kulsipatil and Sonali Malik. E Mani Kumar is the director for the project.



sand scam
10 yrs on, record goes missing
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 11
After about 10 years of revelation of a sand scam in the Municipal Corporation in 2003, for which the Chief Vigilance Officer, Local Government, Punjab, had marked an inquiry, the civic body officials now say that “particular record has gone missing”.

This was revealed by Superintendent Engineer (B and R), Municipal Corporation, on September 5 while replying to an application filed by a local RTI activist. The SE maintained that he had called a meeting of the officials concerned in August last but none had any clue about the particular case file. A circular has been issued to all departments and appropriate action will be taken only after getting replies from them.

The Chief Vigilance Officer, in a letter written to the MC on December 15, 2013, had asked the authorities to conduct an inquiry into the scam that took place in 2003. He had also said: “Responsibility should be fixed for the misplaced record”. Though the officials in the civic body have been maintaining that the record is missing, no action has been taken against the erring officials.

In 2003, a road from Chand Cinema to Chander Nagar and Buddha Nullah was constructed and there were allegations that the contractor concerned had used “substandard” material. It was stated that the sand for the construction of the road was brought from a place near Bhaini Sahib, which is about 30 km from here, but actually it was brought from Bhamian village, near Jainpur.

A hefty payment of more than Rs 1.15 crore was made to the contractor. When an FIR into the alleged scam was to be lodged, the record with the MC was shown “missing”. Regular reminders were sent by the department to take action against the guilty contractor but nothing was done. The influential contractor still executes many works of the civic body and none dares to take action against him.



Kalvari Church-CMCH controversy
Police ‘lathicharge’ protesters
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 11
Thirteen persons, including Samson Dogar, secretary of Kalvari Church, and his supporters, suffered injuries as the police used force to disperse agitators who were protesting against the management of Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) today.

The situation went out of control in the evening when the protesters started shouting slogans. They gathered on the CMCH campus, where the governing body meeting of the Employees Welfare Society of the CMCH, was being held.

The police had to use mild force to bring the situation under control.

Church members alleged that the police had lathicharged the peaceful protesters. ADCP-I AS Pawar said they did not resort to force and that the members of the church were obstructing the movement of patients.

Arun Malik, maintenance coordinator (suspended), said many protesters were injured during the lathicharge. “We were protesting peacefully,” he alleged.

“We are protesting against the corruption prevalent at the CMCH. We will not tolerate any corruption here.

The CMCH authorities have violated the law by giving a contract worth Rs 9 crore to the son of CMCH chairman Rajinder Giani,” he stated.

However, members of the CMC Employees Welfare Society refuted the charges saying a few employees who were suspended following disciplinary action were flaring up the issue. The governing body meeting will end tomorrow.



Realtor’s family cries foul
Accuses police of implicating him in false cases
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 11
The family of realtor Gulshan Kumar, owner of GK Estate, has cried foul claiming that he is being targeted by a nexus, involving politicians and police officials. Savitri Devi, mother of Gulshan Kumar, alleged that two Punjab Police inspectors, who had taken Rs 1.11 crore from his son on interest, had orchestrated a plan and slapped two false cases on her son.

While producing a copy of court’s order, she claimed that the court had absolved her son of all charges levelled against him by the Jagraon police.

She said police officials, who were backed by politicians, were blackmailing her son and were trying to implicate him in false cases. A case of fraud was registered at the Lakhowali police station against Gulshan and his accomplices on the complaint of Harinder Singh and Gurmail Singh.

Gulshan was booked by the Jagraon police whereas the charges against him were slammed by the court.

Complainants Perminder Singh, Gurnam Singh Mundian, Gurmukh Singh and Satnam Singh Gandhi claimed that Gulshan Kumar was booked as he had prepared fake stamp papers, the allegation categorically denied by Gulshan Kumar.

They said the realtor had made several violations in allotment of colonies and thereby caused losses to the tune of lakhs to the state exchequer. Gulshan Kumar said he had paid the entire requisite fee to the government.

Gulshan Kumar courts controversy

Gulshan Kumar, who was arrested by the Muktsar police in a case of fraud recently, courted controversy after he was allegedly found receiving VIP treatment at the de-addiction ward of the Civil Hospital.

Gulshan Kumar was lodged in Faridkot jail, where he complained of chest pain. He was first taken to Faridkot Civil Hospital, from where he was shifted to the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana.

The matter was highlighted today when the complainant objected to the VIP treatment being given to the property dealer.

He was reportedly shown to a heart specialist and sent back to the jail.



Rural medical officers not paid salaries for 3 months
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 11
Punjab rural medical officers have not received their salaries for the past three months. The Ministry of Rural Development disburses the salaries. The doctors have been running from pillar to post to get their hard-earned money.

They also met the Additional Deputy Commissioner and enquired about the reason behind the delay in the disbursement of the salaries.

Dr Harsh, member, Rural Medical Officers Association, said they had been without money for the past three months. “Today, we met the ADC and took up our problem with him,” he said. “The rural medical officers enjoy the status of gazetted officers, but what good does it do when they are not secure on the financial front. The doctors posted at all other stations have received their salaries,” said Dr Anand Malhotra, another rural medical officer. “We have been regularised, but that has hardly been of any benefit to us as the state government has not paid us salaries for months,” said another rural medical doctor, Dr Varun.

“First, the zila parishad hands over the pay to the DC office. After clearance, the money returns to the parishad. Then it is sent to the Chandigarh directorate and after approval, the zila parishad disburses it,” added another rural medical officer.

Health centres

Punjab has a total of 1,186 rural dispensaries. In 2006, the Health Department shifted the dispensaries to the Rural Development Department. Each dispensary has one RMO, dealing with 10,000 people. In May 2011, rural medical officers (RMOs) were regularised. There is no directorate to deal with the RMOs.



Bid to preserve heritage
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 11
The Tamil Nadu government has taken the initiative to digitise manuscripts to preserve the intellectual heritage of the state. Let alone taking such a step, the Punjab government has not even lent any support to people who have been working for the past 11 years in digitising old documents and works related to Punjab.

Punjab Digital Library provides an online access to more than 31 lakh digital pages that are related to Punjab. The work has been on for the past 11 years. “Over 1 crore pages of old manuscripts, books and articles related to Punjab have been digitised,” said Davinder Pal Singh from Punjab Digital Library. He said the work had been going on for long to preserve the cultural and literary heritage of the state. The library has old manuscripts and documents, some of them dating back to the 15th Century. “There has been no government or institutional support to the effort. The SGPC and universities have not shown any interest so far,” said Davinder.

They have had to depend on individual donations to carry on with the digitisation work. People either donate to buy equipment or they ‘adopt’ a book and pay for the cost of its digitisation, or they help pay the salary of those engaged in the effort.

Singh said in a month, more than 6,000 readers had spent more than an hour on the website, apart from many more.

He said: “This is digital age and if the new generation has to be apprised of the great heritage, wisdom and knowledge of the state, it has to be done digitally. It is the only way to make them accessible to the public at large and preserve the great heritage.”



poor garbage disposal in doraha
Civic body’s apathy to blame
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, September 11
The College Road in Doraha is in a shambles. The garbage littered on this road proves problematic for the commuters travelling from the route. Residents of the town rue that the council had failed to find any alternate place to dump garbage but for the College Road, which is a route mostly opted by school and college students, bank employees, etc to commute.

“The garbage is picked only to be dumped on the roads and streets,” the residents complained. They alleged that the council had no place for dumping of waste material and the residents become the scapegoats. Moreover, the area where the garbage is being dumped is near the grain market which makes it an issue of bigger concern,” a localite rued.

“The municipal council is well aware that the big heap of garbage, apart from giving a shabby look, is dangerous for the health of the residents as well. The council has been intimated several times but to no avail. They simply do not bother about the condition the residents are forced to put up with and seldom find any solution to solve the same,” a resident complained.

“Although the garbage is lifted now and then but the town lacks a proper place for disposal of the same. It is not as big a project that needs a prior sanction to be executed. It is a minor issue but carries grave consequences. If the council spares a little thought, it can not only arrange for an alternate place but also make the residents heave a sigh of relief, once and for all,” a college teacher complained.

“The open dumping looks shabby and the foul smell emitting out of the heaps make the situation all the more deplorable. All sorts of animals such as dogs, pigs, squirrels, etc can be seen around the place,” added another resident.

Sanitary Inspector Vishnu Dutt, when contacted, said, “The garbage in the streets is generally lifted after 12 as the main roads are paid more attention during the first half of the day. Since, the College Road is preferred by commuters early in the morning I shall deploy sweepers to clean this part of the street at the earliest.”



Anganwadi protest: 3 hurt as police resort to force
Tribune News Service

The police prevent anganwadi workers from blocking a road at Shimlapuri in Ludhiana
The police prevent anganwadi workers from blocking a road at Shimlapuri in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, September 11
Two anganwadi workers fell unconscious while three suffered minor injuries when the police resorted to force to stop them from blocking a road in the Shimlapuri area here today.

A large number of anganwadi workers led by the Anganwadi Mulazam Union protested outside the office of Child Development and Project Officer.

The workers gathered outside the office of Rupinderjit Kaur, project officer, from where they decided to march toward the Canal Road. The police stopped them from entering the Juvenile Jail Complex.

The workers raised anti-government slogans and asked the police to let them take out a peaceful march. In order to avoid untoward incidents, police officials stopped the workers at the main gate of the complex.

Office-bearers of the Anganwadi Mulazam Union claimed that three workers were injured.

Subash Rani, general secretary, Anganwadi Mulazam Union, said, “We are facing an acute shortage of funds. The government has not paid the rent of anganwadi buildings for the last seven months. The workers have been paying the rent from their pockets. The project officer had promised us to release the grant by September 10, but nothing of the sort has been done so far.”

After two hours, the SDM visited the protest venue and took a memorandum from the agitating workers.



Farm university all set for Kisan Mela
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 11
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is all decked up for the two-day Kisan Mela to begin on the campus tomorrow. However, the rain can play spoilsport on the concluding day. As per the weather forecast, there is a possibility of rain on September 13.

Dr HS Dhaliwal, Director of Extension Education and chief organiser of the fair, said farmers would be educated about innovative farm technologies and advanced agricultural practices through field demonstrations, displays, and literature.

Various departments of the PAU will put up stalls exhibiting a variety of farm technologies developed by the university in the fields of agriculture and allied sectors.

The Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics will apprise farmers of newly released varieties of rabi crops, namely WH 1105 and PBW 660 of wheat, PMH 9 of winter maize, PBR 357 of raya, PBG 7 of desi gram, OL 10 of oats and GSC 7 of canola gobhi sarson.

Visitors will also be informed about newly released and recommended varieties of kharif crops.

It is learnt that the Minister of Agriculture and NRI Affairs, Tota Singh, will inaugurate the mela.

Suresh Kumar, Financial Commissioner (Development), and Principal Secretary, Agriculture, Punjab, will be the guest of honour while PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon will preside over the inaugural session.

Dr AS Brar, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, will be the chief guest at the prize-distribution function on the concluding day of the fair.

Salaries paid, employees not to protest today

  • The PAU Employees Union has cancelled its protest scheduled for Friday, the opening day of the Kisan Mela, as the university authorities have released their salaries.
  • The activists of the union staged a protest outside the office of the Vice-Chancellor from 9 am to 11 am on Thursday.
  • Union president Harbans Singh Mundi said: “We don’t know from which grant the PAU authorities released our salaries, but we have been paid. So, we will not be staging a protest on Friday.”



PAU to honour four progressive farmers at the fair
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 11
The Punjab Agricultural Universty (PAU) will honour four progressive farmers on the inaugural day of the Kisan Mela tomorrow. The innovative farmers will be awarded with plaques, citations and cash prizes for their excellence in agriculture and allied activities.

Hardeep Singh (29), a resident of Karmuwala village, Ferozepur district, will be awarded “Sardar Dalip Singh Dhaliwal Memorial Award 2014” for touching new heights in agriculture with modern scientific approach. Hardeep made a commendable progress in agriculture with an experience of only seven years. After completing his graduation, he practised farming on a total of 97 acres of land, including 57 acres he took on lease. He adopted crop diversification and made a major breakthrough in potato cultivation. He has levelled his fields with a laser land leveller and is cultivating potato using advanced farm machinery. For conserving natural resources like water, he has laid underground pipes. For maintaining soil health, he uses organic and green manures. He is an inspiration for other farmers in terms of adoption of PAU-recommended direct-seeded rice and zero tillage technologies. Hardeep has also set up an advanced dairy farm where he has kept 95 cows.

Nirbhay Singh Sidhu, a resident of Sema village, Bathinda district, will be conferred with the “Parwasi Bharti Award 2014” for excellence in diversified farming. After completing his BSc and BEd, he took up his ancestral profession of agriculture. Nirbhay preferred basmati to paddy as it consumed less water. Instead of burning paddy stubble, he ploughs it back while preparing the field for the next crop with the help of rotavator and disc harrow. He says the method helps in maintaining soil health and cuts the input cost by reducing the use of chemical fertilisers. For the last five years, 80 per cent of his land is under onion cultivation. During group interactions and training camps, he motivates other farmers of his area to adopt crop diversification. He has been honoured by various organisations for his contribution to diversified farming.

Jaswant Singh (35), a resident of Rode Jalewala village, Ferozepur district, will be awarded “Sardar Surjit Singh Dhillon Award 2014” for making tremendous progress in flower cultivation by adopting scientific techniques. Jaswant received training in cultivation and management of fruits, flowers and vegetables from the Directorate of Extension Education, PAU. Engaged in farming for the last 20 years, he has proved that with dedication and devotion, one can earn good income even from four acres. Jaswant is an expert in marigold (genda) and gladiolus cultivation. To save water, he has adopted drip irrigation method and to maintain soil health, he uses organic and green manures. He also earns income from a small dairy farming unit and by selling vermi-compost.

Gurdeep Kaur, a resident of Nabha tehsil, Patiala, will be conferred with the “State Awardee Sardarni Jagbir Kaur Grewal Memorial Innovative Woman Farmer Award 2014” for making a significant contribution to allied agriculture activities. Less education, lack of cultivatable land and domestic issues could not stand in the way of her success. Gurdeep Kaur has taken training in “preparation and preservation of food items, their labelling and packaging” from Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Patiala. At the outset, she used to prepare bel sharbat, which was highly appreciated. Encouraged, she got training in soybean processing from Bhopal and her soy cheese preparation, “Protein Shakti”, has earned her good name and has been approved by the Government of India. Later, she prepared vinegar from sugarcane, apple, grapes and blackberries after getting training from the Department of Microbiology, PAU. She has established a ladies self-help group, Alhoran Kalan, where other rural women are inspired to earn livelihood.

Felicitations for...

On the inaugural day of the Kisan Mela on Friday, the university authorities will honour four progressive farmers. They are Hardeep Singh of Karmuwala village in Ferozepur district, Nirbhay Singh Sidhu of Sema village in Bathinda district, Jaswant Singh of Rode Jalewala village in Ferozepur district and Gurdeep Kaur of Nabha tehsil in Patiala district. The innovative farmers will be awarded with plaques, citations and cash prizes for their excellence in agriculture and allied activities.



Employee Provident Fund Scheme
Wage ceiling up
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 11
Giving a jolt to employees, the government has raised the wage ceiling of the Employee Provident Fund Scheme from Rs 6,500 to Rs 15,000 per month. This has been the eighth revision since 1952. The wage ceiling was last revised in 2001 from Rs 5,000 to Rs 6,500 per month.

PD Sharma, president, Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said it was a hasty step. “It is learnt that the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has not paid pension to employees as it is short of funds. In order to make up for the shortage, the limit has been raised from Rs 6,500 to 15,000 per month,” he said.

The industry is passing through a rough phase with tight liquidity and will not be able to pay the amount. “There will be a 2-3 per cent increase in the wage cost of employers,” said another city unit owner, Pargat Singh.

Employees hesitate to contribute their share of PF, thus there will be tensions between employers and employees.

Such rises usually take place in the beginning of the financial year. “The decision will have additional cost of wages,” said another city-based knitwear firm owner, Ashok Singla.

Employees prefer new National Pension Scheme. The yield through the scheme is comparatively small because investments are made in secure bonds.

PD Sharma has written a letter to the Union Labour Minister and the Prime Minister.



ring road project
CM seeks Nitin Gadkari’s intervention
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 11
Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Parkash Singh Badal has urged Union Shipping, Road Transport & Highways Minister Nitin Jairam Gadkari’s to direct officials to implement the ring road project in the city.

In a letter to Gadkari, the Chief Minister stated that the state government was constructing a four-lane Southern Bypass around Ludhiana, starting from NH-1 near Doraha (Khanna-Ludhiana section) to National Highway (NH)-95 (Ludhiana-Moga section) along Sidhwan Canal.

Badal said there was an urgent need to extend the bypass further and connect it again with the National Highway 1 near Ladhowal village towards Jalandhar.

With the extension of the Southern Bypass up to Ladhowal, Jalandhar-bound traffic will not have to enter Ludhiana.

The Chief Minister said the state government was also ready to bear some percentage of the cost of land acquisition. “Bids have been invited for the construction of a portion of the bypass on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis. The ring road project can be brought under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP)-VII programme of the ministry,” said the CM. He added that it could be implemented through the PWD.



felicitation row
Cong leader writes to minister

Ludhiana, September 11
Congress leader and executive member of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Ishwarjot Cheema has written a letter to Local Bodies Minister Anil Joshi, complaining about the “politicisation of employees of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC)”.

The letter draws attention to the act of “conferring honour” on a senior Akali Dal leader by MC employees. The letter stated: “It is pointed out that government employees and employees of the government corporations are not permitted to involve themselves in political activities. The Akali Dal has appointed 100 office-bearers in various categories. If the employees start honouring political persons, there will be a total breakdown of discipline.” Urging the minister that a circular be issued to all MC employees, reminding them that they cannot take part in political activities, Cheema wrote: “In the circumstances, you (Joshi) are requested to hold an inquiry and take action against the erring employees, so that such misconduct is not repeated.” — TNS



Five-day engineering expo to be held in December
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 11
The third edition of the Engineering Expo Ludhiana and Punjab Machine Tools Show will be held from December 12 to 16 at the GLADA grounds here. The event is expected to attract more than 300 exhibitors and 30,000 business visitors.

The show will witness display of products from varied industries and is expected to generate business of more than Rs 150 crore.

The curtain-raiser of the event was held on Wednesday evening. Karan Avtar Singh, Principal Secretary (Investment Promotion), announced a special initiative called ‘I Suggest, Industry Verdict and Voice’. This initiative prompts the industry to share its ideas and suggestions with the policymakers.

“I Suggest” box will be placed in Dr Karan Avtar Singh’s office. Representatives of small and medium enterprises can drop their suggestions/challenges in it. On the last day of the trade show on December 15, a senior government official will declare the suggestions/challenges received and the action taken to overcome them.



College holds workshop on use of medicinal plants

Ludhiana, September 11
Under a bio-diversity conservation campaign, sponsored by the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, Doraha College of Education organised a workshop on ‘Use of medicinal plants for wellness’.

On the occasion, Satpal Sharma, Principal, Acharaya Patanjali Yogapeeth, Payal, made the students aware of the medicinal use of various herbs and plants for a healthy living. The process of making various medicines using tulsi, kadhi patta, neem, aloe vera, ashwagandha and rattanjyot were also demonstrated. — TNS



Debate held

Khalsa College for Woman, Sidhwan Khurd, near Jagraon organised a debate contest. As many as 22 students of the college took part in the competition. Harpreet Kaur of MA-I (History) bagged the first prize in the competition. She was followed by Gurleen Kaur of BSc-III and Manpreet Kaur of MCom-I.

Talent hunt

BCM College of Education organised a three-day talent hunt programme. On the first day debate, declamation, elocution and poetry recitation competitions were organised. On the second day, geet, gazal, traditional songs, poster-making, collage, cartooning and clay modelling competitions were held. The concluding day saw dramatics and dancing competitions.

Campus recruitment

A campus recruitment drive was conducted by Ginger Webs, New Delhi, an IT company, at RIMT Institutes for BTech (CSE, IT), MCA and MBA students in which four students were selected at the pay package of Rs 3 lakh per annum. The selection was a three-phase process, starting with pre-placement talk, followed by online test and one-to-one interview. — TNS



BCM students send relief material to flood victims

Ludhiana: Over 2000 students of BCM Senior Secondary School, Sector 32 A, have come forward to help flood victims in Jammu and Kashmir. They have donated things of daily use, including thousands of water bottles, blankets, sweaters and eatables etc. The school principal has handed over the donated items to the Army. The principal appreciated the efforts of the students.

Spring Dale chips in for flood victims

Students, staff and management of Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School have donated relief material for victims of Jammu and Kashmir floods. The things donated include rice, flour, pulses, medicines, biscuits, torches, battery cells, juices, mineral water bottles and sugar. The material was collected in the school and handed over to the Army officers. Managing director Avinash Kaur Walia appreciated the efforts made by the Indian Army in forwarding and distributing the necessary items to the victims and extended her gratitude towards the staff, students and parents for contributing their bit to help victims of natural calamity. The students of the Disaster Management Club took the initiative to motivate all to come forward and help the victims, collected all the essentials and loaded them in the vehicle.

Math quiz held

Colouring and mathematics quiz competitions was organised at Ryan, Dugri. Gurpratap of Class II, Mehar of Class V, Kinshuk of Montessori II and Prabhmeet of Montessori III won gold medal in the colouring competition while Parneet of Montessori III, Shourya of Class I and Rishika of Class II won gold medal in mathematics quiz. School headmistress Ritu Syal congratulated the winners of colouring and mathematics quiz competitions and motivated others to participate in such competitions. — TNS




The Rural Health Pharmacists’ Association will be holding a protest rally on Friday at Mohali regarding the non-fulfillment of demands. The association members will also extend support to Rupinder Singh, who is sitting on a hunger strike for the same cause.

Memorandum submitted

A memorandum was submitted to Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, by the representatives from the Taxation Young Lawyers’ Association regarding proper maintenance of Cheema Chowk and surrounding areas. The representatives said commuters have to slow down immediately on seen people walking on the road to avoid any untoward incident, in turn creating a jam and hence a chaotic situation on the route. Reckless driving should be curbed and the chowk should be properly maintained, urged the lawyers.

Cong supports sewermen

The spokesperson for the Congress councillors supported the protest and gate rally of the sewermen of the Municipal Corporation, who have not been paid the salaries for the past three months. Mehta said MC Commissioner had given the assurance that their salaries would be released. “Vested interests should not be watched and the salaries of the sewerage workers should be released at the earliest,” he said.


A meeting of the United Cycle and Parts’ Association was held here on Thursday during which discussion regarding the dispute cases of the cycle parts manufacturers versus dealers were discussed. In this meeting, around 100 members were present as most of them were having the problem of payment with the dealers. In order to solve the Ludhiana cycle industries members’ payment problem, a dispute settlement committee has been formed by UCPMA.

Theft bid

Sahnewal: Some unscrupulous elements tried to decamp with medicines from a medicine store at the Community Health Centre in Sahnewal on Wednesday night. The thieves managed to flee but without medicines as staff members reached the spot on time. The police have been informed about the attempt to theft. — TNS




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2 members of chain-snatchers’ gang held
Our Correspondent

Khanna, September 11
The Khanna police claimed to have arrested two members of a chain snatchers gang and recovered a stolen motorcycle from their possession. The accused have been identified as Rajinder and Rakesh, both residents of Uttar Pradesh.

Stating about it SSP, Khanna, Harsh Kumar Bansal said some a gold chain from the neck of a woman was snatched on September 3 near Bheesham Park, Kundra Street, and the city police had registered a case in this regard.

The SSP said a special police team comprising CIA in charge and Khanna SHO was formed in the command of SP (D), Khanna, Satinder Pal Singh to solve the case. The team got secret information and after an enquiry arrested both the accused. He said the police recovered a stolen Honda motorcycle from them along with a sharp-edged weapon. During investigation, the arrested persons revealed that they were a part of a five-member gang and they used to stay in rented accomodations here and used to snatch chains after gathering information about the area and its residents. The SSP had also appealed city residents to rent out house to strangers only after proper verification.

The SSP further gave information that the alleged accused had stolen the recovered motorcycle from Ludhiana. He said Rakesh and one more person were identified from a video footage of the scene and later arrested after verification. Rakesh was seen snatching the chain from the neck of the woman. The SSP added that four persons on two motorcycles were involved in the snatching while one more helped them.

The SSP said the remaining three would also be arrested soon. Meanwhile, the two arrested accused were presented in a court at Khanna from where they were sent to police remand till Monday, the SSP said.



Two killed in road mishap
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 11
Two persons were killed and two were injured seriously when the tractor they were travelling in was hit by a speeding truck near Jagera Bridge on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla Road near here last night. The victims were returning from Chhapar Mela.

The deceased have been identified as Parvinder Singh (42) of Jagera village and his brother-in-law Balwant Singh (38) of Madhevi village in Sangrur district.

Investigations revealed that Balwant Singh of Madhevi village along with his friends had come to meet his sister at Jagera village and to attend the Chhapar Mela on Wednesday afternoon.

It was during late in the night that the tractor they were travelling in was hit by a speeding truck coming from Ludhiana side.

The police team supervised by SHO, Dehlon, Amandeep Singh Brar reached the spot immediately and shifted the victims to a private hospital at the local town.

Victims Parvinder and Balwant were declared brought dead by the doctors while Karamjit Singh and Pawanjit Singh were yet to be declared fit for recording statement.

The Dehlon police have registered a case against the unidentified driver of the truck, who succeeded in fleeing from the spot.



Man tries to kidnap child
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 11
High drama was witnessed at the railway station when a man tried to snatch a five-month-old girl from her mother’s lap. Ravi Kumar, resident of Pritam Nagar in Haibowal, said he, along with his sister, was waiting for their train when a man arrived at the platform and tried to snatch the child.

Ravi and a few passengers overpowered the man and handed him over to the police. Ravi said he did not file a police complaint.

Theft at house

Visiting Canada proved costly for a couple living in Citizen Enclave at Badewal Road as their domestic help decamped with gold ornaments and Rs 2.25 lakh in cash kept in the house.

The accused has been identified as Jeevan, alias Jeemu. The PAU police has registered a case and started investigations.



Inter-district tournament: City shuttlers taste victory
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 11
Hosts Ludhiana in the girls’ category while Amritsar in the boys category emerged champions in the Punjab State Inter-District Badminton Tournament (U-19) held at Shastri Hall near Guru Nanak Stadium today.

In the boys’ section, Amritsar shuttlers proved too good for their opponents from Gurdaspur whom they blanked 2-0 and in the girls’ category, Ludhiana quelled a strong challenge from Jalandhar before romping home victorious 2-1.

Later, matches in the boys as well as girls singles in the U-17 category were played.


Boys singles (U-17) first round: Jaskirat Singh (SBS Nagar) beat Rohan Kundra (Jalandhar) 21-12, 21-5; Divay Arora (Amritsar) beat Umed Singh (Ferozepur) 21-11, 21-11; Gurpreet Singh (Ferozepur) beat Pramod (Gurdaspur) 21-16, 21-13; Rishi Kapoor (Jalandhar) beat Mohamad Sultan (Sangrur) 21-15, 19-21, 23-21; Ritwik Mohanty (Bathinda) beat Dheeraj (Ropar) 21-11, 21-19; Manmohitpreet (Jalandhar) beat Bhupinder Singh (SBS Nagar) 21-8, 21-15; Shubham Bhatt (Patiala) beat Parminder Singh (Moga) 21-15, 21-15; Shivey Kapoor (Amritsar) beat Tanvir (Mohali) 21-7, 21-5; Khushfateh Singh (Ludhiana) got the better of Tanishk Singla (Barnala); Parth Soni (Jalandhar) beat Samar (Sangrur) 19-21, 21-18, 22-20; Prajwal Mahajan (Gurdaspur) beat Arpit (Ropar) 21-17, 21-15; Udhav Sehgal (Amritsar) beat Ameesh Kohli (Jalandhar) 21-13, 21-13; Talwinder Singh (SBS Nagar) beat Piyush Mehta (Patiala) 21-19, 21-10; Navneet Singh (Ludhiana) beat Satwik (Amritsar); Anuj Gupta (Jalandhar) beat Paramvir Singh (Sangrur) 21-17, 21-8; Simranjit Singh (SBS Nagar) beat Hakam Singh (Ludhiana) 21-19, 21-17; Gurpreet Singh (Gurdasur) beat Natinderdeep Singh (Ropar) 21-13, 21-11; Lakshay Singla (Ludhiana) beat Lakhwinder Singh (Hoshiarpur) 21-4, 21-9.

Girls singles (U-17) first round

Rupinderjit (Bathinda) beat Bhumika (SBS Nagar) 21-22, 14-21, 21-8; Rupinder (Bathinda) beat Anmol (Sangrur) 21-17 17, 21, 22-20; Namrita Kohli (Ludhiana) beat Sanampreet (Moga) 21-8, 21-15; Parul Thakur (Jalandhar) beat Navneet (Gurdaspur) 21-4, 21-7; Neha Rani (Ludhiana) beat Harpreet (Mansa); Pinki (Ropar) beat Ruksana (Hoshiarpur); Komalpreet (Sangrur) beat Anjali (Mohali); Dhriti Vohra (Ludhiana) beat Sukhpreet (Fazilka) 23-21, 19-21, 21-17; Nazuk Walia (Moga) beat Harpreet (Hoshiarpur); Simranjit (Ludhiana) beat Anjali Sharma (Barnala) 21-5, 21-5; Maulika (Jalandhar) beat Surbhi Garcha (Moga) 21-3, 21-10; Prerna Dawer (Ludhiana) beat Harpreet (Mansa) and Sunidhi (Gurdaspur) beat Manpreet Kaur (SBS Nagar) 21-5, 21-2.



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