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Worker dies in boiler blast
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 18
One worker was killed and nine were injured in a boiler blast at Shiva Texfeb on Kohara-Machhiwara Road this morning. The deceased has been identified as Suresh Chaudhary. Three of the injured workers, Mohammad Noor Alam, Ajay Pal and Mukesh Kumar, have been undergoing treatment at Christen Medical College and Hospital (CMCH). Their condition is critical.

The injured have been identified as Deen Dayal, Jatinder Singh, Sanjay Dua and Ramesh Kumar. They were discharged after medical aid in the evening.

According to eyewitnesses, panic gripped the factory after a powerful blast. The windowpanes of the five-story building broke with the impact of the blast. The workers, who were near to boiler, suffered burns. According to information, around 600 workers work at the unit.

RC Singh, production manager, Shiva Texfeb, said: “We melt plastic by burning it in a large oven in the factory. The equipment, which controls the heat in the oven, stopped working a few days ago. The temperature of the oven started increasing but the workers, who inspect the furnaces, did not observe that the oven was overheated. At around 10 am today, the oven blew up. The burning oil inside the oven caught fire after coming in contact with oxygen in the air”.

He said around 10 workers, who were working near the boiler, suffered burns.

Manjinder Singh, Machhiwara SHO, said: “We reached the spot soon after the incident. The statements of the victims were recorded. Investigation is going on. We will take appropriate action”.

There are around 1,500 boilers and laser units in the city.

Past Incidents

November 16, 2009: Two labourers were killed and four injured in a boiler blast at a dyeing unit in Geeta Nagar

2010: 20 cases of boiler blasts were reported in the city

August 22, 2011: Two labourers were killed and three injured following an explosion in the laser unit of a blanket manufacturing company located in the Meharban area.

November 2, 2011: One person was killed and 10 injured in a furnace blast at Pal Steels, Phase VII, Focal Point.

September 11, 2012: Many persons were killed in a boiler blast at a factory in Khanna.

April 6, 2013: Four workers were injured after a boiler blew up at an adhesive manufacturing unit at Beantpura, near Samrala Chowk.


We will investigate the cause of the blast. We will also see to it if the unit has put in place proper safety measures. A report will be submitted to the authorities concerned for further action. — Mohit Singla, Deputy Director Factories


PAU tight-lipped on transfers
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Weeds grown in the trial fields of cotton maintained by the Farm Machinery Department and the Soil and Water Engineering Department. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, September 18
The Punjab Agricultural University authorities are tight-lipped on the issue of transfers of two assistant professors late evening on September 12, the first day of Kisan Mela. Most of the PAU faculty and employees feel the transfers are unjustified. The PAU authorities transferred the two assistant professors of the Agro Meteorology Department after the Day 1 of the Kisan Mela was washed out in heavy rain. The decision was taken without holding any inquiry or seeking clarification from both professors. It has been learnt that the authorities blamed the assistant professors for failing to predict the weather on the inaugural day of the mela.

Later, the PAU Teachers Association (PAUTA) claimed that the weather was not the reason behind the transfers. According to the office-bearers of PAUTA, Tota Singh, Agriculture Minister, expressed dissatisfaction over a trial field of cotton crop located near Gate No. 4. The Vice-Chancellor took action against these professors in this regard.

During his visit to the PAU for the inauguration of the mela, the Agriculture Minister discussed about the fields of maize, cotton and some other crops. He stated: “I have found that some of the fields are not maintained properly. I saw weeds growing in the fields near Gate No. 4. “

Vice-Chancellor asked Dr Jaskaran Singh, Dean, College of Agriculture Engineering, to provide the details to the minister. Dr Jasakaran Singh informed the minister that the Farm Machinery Department did not cultivate cotton crop near Gate No. 4.

Meanwhile, during a visit to the trial fields at the PAU, a team of The Tribune found that a trial field of cotton near the same gate, maintained by the Farm Machinery Department, also had weeds grown all over. The trial field of cotton, cultivated by the Soil and Water Engineering Department, was also in a bad shape.

Most of the trial fields of maize, including a field behind the Vice Chancellor’s office, are also ill-maintained and were full of weeds.

A senior professor of the College of Agriculture, PAU, said: “The assistant professors can’t be punished for inaccurate predictions. The authorities should fix the responsibility of senior officials of the department. This practice will affect the research in the university. If the ill-maintained trial fields are the issue, then all other professors, whose fields have weeds, should have been equally punished. The Director, Research, is also responsible for all trial fields”.

KS Sangha, president, PAUTA, said: “We will take up the matter with the authorities soon”.


The Agricultural Minister clarified that he did not find anything wrong on the PAU campus during his visit. “I had some suggestions to make about the fields. I discussed those (suggestions) with the PAU authorities. It was a freewheeling chat about fields, food and weather. We discussed issues like the uncertainty of weather and the shortage of labour. The Vice-Chancellor is independent to take decisions. I have no issues with the fields at the PAU,” said the minister, while talking to The Tribune.



Report on buildings under construction
Do it again, MC chief tells staff
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 18
Expressing anguish over the way the lists of upcoming buildings in the four zones were submitted to him, the Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation, Pradeep Aggarwal, has issued notices to around 12 building inspectors, asking them to conduct the exercise again.

The Commissioner said a meeting with the building branch officials had been called on September 22, during which they would be asked to submit the details about each and every building under construction in their respective zone.

“The exercise to provide the details about all the buildings being constructed in all four zones has not been done as per the requirement. I have issued notices to the building inspectors of all zones to go through the exercise once again and provide a detailed report about the maps of buildings approved and challans issued to unauthorised buildings. They will have to do it,” said Aggarwal.

Politicians threaten Inspector

Meanwhile, a building Inspector of Zone C has reportedly complained to the higher authorities in the MC that he was “threatened” by two politicians, one an Independent elected representative and another former minister in the Cabinet of the Shiromani Akali Dal, as he “dared” to issue challans to illegal buildings in Zone C.

The Inspector has an audio clipping, in which the two politicians are threatening him with dire consequences if he took any action against certain buildings.

The matter has reportedly been conveyed to the Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Badal, who has “recommended” strict action against the politicians if the inspector gives a complaint in writing.

Earlier, when the Principal Secretary, Local Bodies, visited the city, the inspectors and ATPs of the building branch had told him that politicians interfered and stopped them from taking action against illegal buildings.



Civil Hospital makes do with single phone
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 18
The local Civil Hospital is dependent on just a single landline phone for its communication needs. The hospital caters to the entire Ludhiana district. A senior medical officer, Dr RK Karkara, says: “This is the age of mobile phone, so there is no need of landline phones”.

When told that the hospital required more landline phones not only for the staff but also for patients, he said, “Yes, I agree. A few months ago, we installed a new phone but it is lying non-functional. I will do something to solve the problem”. Though the office of the SMO has a separate phone, it is not connected to the hospital.

The hospital employees are forced to use their mobile phones to send official messages as it is not possible for them to deliver the message personally. There is even no intercom or extension connected to the single landline phone at the hospital.

A staff member said they were forced to use their mobile phones to interact with doctors and other staff while on duty.

“Though we get reimbursement against the mobile bills, our bills are generally double the reimbursement limit,” she said.

A staff nurse, Lovey Kalyan, said: “There is no intercom or extension to the phone. We always use mobile phone to communicate with the staff during the duty hours”.



How a fairytale turned out to be a deception for NRI bride
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 18
An Italy-based NRI woman has lodged a complaint with the city police alleging that her husband was using her to obtain permanent residency in Italy. The complainant, Amandeep Kaur, tied the knot with a resident of Samrala Chowk five years ago.

Amandeep, who returned to Italy in August, claimed that she was subjected to dowry harassment by her husband and in-laws in India. The torture continued in Italy and once her husband got a temporary permanent residence certificate, the latter deserted her.

She had even lodged a complaint with the Italy police, but had to withdraw it following threats.

Amandeep said: “I was happy, but when I learnt that my husband was a drug-addict, I was shocked. I tried convincing him to shun drugs, but he started thrashing me. Later, my in-laws too started torturing me.”

Finally, she lodged a complaint with the city police in 2010, but after the intervention of relatives from both the sides ,the matter was resolved and Amandeep withdrew her complaint.

Amandeep soon left for Italy. After some time, she called her husband there. She said there too he tortured her. “I had lodged a complaint with the Italy police, but my in-laws started harassing my relatives in India. They told me that till the time their son did not get a permanent residence certificate, I should not lodge any complaint, otherwise they would implicate my relatives in a false case. I was left with no option, but to withdraw my complaint,” said Amandeep. She sent a letter to the Commissioner of Police and even visited the city in August to lodge a complaint. Her mother Terlochan Kaur said that the matter was referred to the women’s cell.

Finally, Amandeep Kaur left for Italy and her mother Terlochan Kaur kept pursuing the case, but to no avail. Terlochan Kaur’s patience also gave way and she is also leaving for Italy tomorrow. Terlochan Kaur said the state government’s claim of protecting the interest of NRI brides is just eyewash.

“My daughter has been used as a tool by the groom to get permanent residency in Italy. The precious years of my daughter have been wasted while her husband is living with another woman. My daughter is going through hell,” said Terlochan Kaur.

Investigating Officer Lilawanti said the statements of both the parties had been recorded and appropriate action would be taken in the matter.

Ordeal far from over

Amandeep Kaur, who returned to Italy in August, claimed that she was subjected to dowry harassment by her husband and in-laws in India. The torture continued in Italy and once her husband got a temporary permanent residence certificate, the latter deserted her. Her mother Terlochan Kaur said she had lost all hopes.



Fake driver’s licence Racket
More skeletons likely to tumble out
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 18
The involvement of three noted doctors in the driver’s licence racket has jolted the medical fraternity. Until now, there were allegations against the doctors for working hand in glove with pharmaceutical companies and surgical equipment companies, but the issuance of fitness certificates to agents who were further using it for making driver’s licences has put a question mark on the noble profession.

Dr Arun Mitra, member, Punjab Medical Council (PMC), said: “It is a noble profession and doctors should follow ethics. If any doctor has been indicted for corrupt practices, it is unfortunate and law should take its own course.”

The accused have been identified as Dr Ashok Aggarwal, Dr PS Ghulati, Dr Santokh Singh, DTO office employee Baljinder Singh, Suvidha Centre employee Vinod Kumar Sehgal and three agents namely Desraj alias, Raj, Rajiv Gupta and Sunil Sood. The accused have been booked under relevant Sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

SSP (Vigilance) Satinder Singh said raids were on to nab the accused. On the involvement of the doctors, Satinder Singh said the names had cropped up during the probe, out of six, three doctors had given fake addresses.

The officials said Dr PS Ghulati and Dr Santokh Singh were retired Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) doctors while Dr Ashok Aggarwal was practising at a charitable hospital. On DTO office employee Baljinder Singh’s involvement, District Transport Officer (DTO) Anil Kumar Garg said higher officials had been informed about the case and action would be taken as per their direction.It is not yet clear as how much cut the doctors were receiving for issuing fitness certificates. The scam was unearthed following a three-month probe. On June 20, the Vigilance officials had conducted a surprise check at the DTO office. An agent was nabbed with 64 driver’s licences.


  • SSP (Vigilance) Satinder Singh said they had arrested Raj, Sunil and Rajiv while raids were on to nab the remaining accused.
  • During a surprise check at the DTO office on June 20, an agent was nabbed with 64 driver’s licences.
  • The doctors were working overtime and were issuing fitness certificates without even seeing applicants.
  • DTO office employee Baljinder Singh was helping the accused in processing applications.



SSC test stumps students
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, September 18
Candidates who appeared in the Stenographer (Grade C and D) exam, recently conducted by Staff Selection Commission, have allegedly complained of anomalies in the paper. The question paper comprised of a total of 200 questions. Part-I of general intelligence and reasoning consisted of 50 questions, Part-II of general awareness comprising 50 questions and Part-III of English language and comprehension consisting 100 questions. All the questions were compulsory and carried equal marks.

One such candidate who appeared in the paper said, “In Part-III—English language and comprehension, in question numbers from 136-145, the sentences had been given in active/passive voice. Out of the four alternatives suggested, the candidates were supposed to select the one which best expressed the same sentence in passive/active voice. In these, question number 138 read, “Amy couldn’t handle the job alone” to which none of the available options were correct. Similarly, from question number-156 to 165, sentences were given in direct/indirect speech. Question no 157 read, He said, “Honesty is the best policy”. To this question too, none of the options could bring out the answer correctly.” “We were put up in a tizzy,” she added.

“Answering each and every question becomes obligatory for us when the merit is to be formed and losing 2 marks will definitely affect the result. Although none of the candidates could answer them, still it made me upset as I knew the answers to both of them but could not choose any option as there was none available for me to answer correctly,” shared a candidate, seemingly annoyed with the paper.

Prof Amarjit Kaur, head, English department, GNN College, said, “Both the questions have no correct option. Hence they could not be attempted correctly by the candidate and they deserve grace marks.” Hari Ram, assistant director, Public Grievance Officer, when contacted said he was not in a position to comment and that it would be best known to the Under Secretary of Staff Selection Commission. Under Secretary Ashok Kumar said the candidates should not panic. The answer key to all the questions will be shortly displayed on the commission’s website and discrepancies, if any, may be reported in 8 to 10 days time. When we get the responses and the anomalies are confirmed, the Staff Selection Commission will accordingly decide about giving grace marks as it is too early to comment and decide.”



School for Meritorious Students
Finally, non-teaching staff appointed
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 18
Five non-teaching employees had joined at Senior Secondary Residential School for Meritorious Students, here today. The school was being run without non-teaching staff from last three months. Some employees of education department have been working on deputation to run the school.

A librarian, library restorer, two senior lab attendants and one accountant-cum-clerk have joined the institution. Anoop Pasi, principal, Government Senior Secondary School, Cemetery Road, has been working as officiating principal of the school.

While the vacancies for hostel wardens are still to pending. The teachers serve as hostel warden.

The school authorities informed that the infrastructure for laboratories has been installed.

Government also sent the sports equipment for the fitness of student.

It is worth mentioning here that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has visited the school three times after the inauguration. He assured that all the modern facilities will be provided in the school. Anoop Pasi, officiating principal, said, “The CM as well as DC Rajat Agarwal are very much concerned about the school. With the joining of non-teaching staff the functioning of school would become more efficient.”



Sale of land: Power employees threaten to intensify strike
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 18
Resenting the proposal to sell 32 acres of prime land of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) on Ferozepur Road, employees and officials of power utility today threatened to intensify their ongoing agitation if the management and the government persisted with their decision.

Addressing a rally at Sunder Nagar division of the PSPCL, Bhupinder Khosla, Sukhbir Singh Walia, Parkash Singh Mann, Jagir Singh, Rajinder Singh Virk, Balwinder Bajwa, Gopal Singh and Ramesh Sharma, all activists of the coordination committee of officials and employees of the PSPCL, maintained that the plot, where administrative offices of power utility and a residential colony were located, was being sold for commercial exploration under a deep-rooted conspiracy.

Asserting that widespread resentment prevailed among the PSPCL staff and officials over the move, the speakers pointed out that offices of senior PSPCL officials as well as hundreds of employees and officials residing in the power colony would be dislocated. Not only this, the consequent shifting of offices to different parts of the city would also cause harassment to the public at large, they said. The engineers and employees of the PSPCL made it clear that they would continue to oppose the ill-conceived decision (to sell the land) and in a bid to build pressure on the management and the state government, they would stage a dharna at the central zone headquarters of the PSPCL on September 24.



Regularisation of jobs, wage hike
MGNREGA employees hold protest
Say state has increased wages of labourers but continues to pay them minimal salaries
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 18
Ten employees of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) sat on a 24-hour hunger strike outside the Mini Secretariat here today. The employees have been demanding regularisation of their jobs and hike in salaries. Raising slogans against the government, the employees also organised a candle march in the evening from the Bharat Nagar Chowk to ESI Hospital.

The MGNREGA employees said they had been working for the MGNREGA project from 2008 on minimal salaries.

They alleged that the Punjab Government had increased the wages of labourers working under the MGNREGA project but it had not given an equivalent hike to the employees.

Sandip Singh, District President, MGNREGA Contract Employees Union said, “In 2008, a labourer working under the MGNREGA used to work on a daily wage of Rs 108. Now, the government is paying Rs 200 to labourers but the salaries of employees have not been increased”.

The government has been paying Rs 5,500 to gram sewaks, Rs 6,500 to computer operators and Rs 7,500 to accountants under the project.

The MGNREGA employees stated that they did not receive regular salaries. “Sometimes, the government does not pay salaries for six months. The gram sewaks, who visit several villages to supervise the projects, are not given allowance,” said Singh.

Jagjeet Singh, General Secretary of the Union said, “We don’t get any medical reimbursement, travel allowance, dearness allowance or any other appraisal.”

He said if the state government did not show concern towards their demands, they would block the traffic on the Ferozepur Road tomorrow in this matter.

“A massive state-level really will be organised outside the state head office of the MGNREGA at Mohali,” said Jagjeet.

“Regularisation of our jobs by the government is the only solution of our problems,” he added.

‘Not paid well’

In 2008, a labourer working under the MGNREGA used to work on a daily wage of Rs 108. Now, the state government is paying Rs 200 to labourers but the salaries of employees have not been increased. The government should address the issue.

— Sandip Singh, District President, MGNREGA Contract Employees Union



Recruitment in Armed Forces

Col Kanwar Preet Singh Atwal, District Defence Services Welfare Officer, Ludhiana, has informed that for recruitment in the Armed Forces, the pre-recruitment training has been started by the Ludhiana office. He said, “The Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) will recruit constables on a large scale.” He said further details are available on their website, www.itbpolice.nic.in. He said the NDA is also recruiting clerks and multitasking staff. Col Kanwar Preet Singh Atwal said the interested candidates should report along with the copies of their certificates on September 29 at 10 am. A nominal fee will be charged for imparting this training and interested candidates can get registered with the District Defence Services Welfare Office, near Clock Tower (Old Courts Road). Further information can be sought on 0161-2741066.

Dengue larvae

Under the direction of Civil Surgeon Dr Subash Batta and District Epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma, a team of 20 breeding checkers along with insect collectors and multipurpose health supervisors inspected water coolers in different areas to detect Aedes Egypti (larva of dengue). In Varinder Nagar, the larvae were found in 11 pots, three water tanks, two bottles, three coolers, two drums. In Punjab Mata Nagar, the larvae were found in one tyre and two pots. In Vishal Nagar, it was found in seven coolers and four pots, while in Karnail Singh Nagar, the larvae were found in six coolers. The information has been passed to the MC officials for imposition of fine.

Docs’ strike today

All PCMS specialist doctors of Ludhiana district will assemble at the Civil Hospital on Friday and observe a pen down strike from 11 am to 1 pm. The doctors will also wear black badges and submit a memorandum to the Civil Surgeon.

Dengue cases

Two more cases of dengue were reported from the city today. A 25-year-old woman of Bhora village, Jalandhar Bye Pass, has been admitted at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. A 30-year-old man of BRS Nagar was also admitted to the DMCH. With this, the total number of dengue patients in city hospitals has risen to 22.

Aid for flood-hit

The ‘Temple of Inner Wisdom’ family of Ludhiana celebrated the “Joy of Giving Week” by sending medicines to the flood-hit in Jammu and Kashmir. Members of the organisation, including Taran Bal, Moral Sareen, Ekta Jain, Aman Ahuja, Deepika Nayyar, Sangita Kansal, Monika Bhel, Sweety Arawat, Sonia Kapoor, Usha Jindal, Sukminder Mundi, Sonu, Nidhi Sidhu, Rashmi Oswal, Jyoti Walia and Anupreet, collected funds for the victims. Vinod Sharma, chairman, Retail Chemists’ Association; Inderjeet, president of the North Zone Retail Chemists’ Association and Aman Ahuja, president of the Ludhiana Retail Chemists’ Association, have contributed the medicines.

Lecture on stroke

Dr Jeyaraj D Pandian, Professor and Head of Neurology and Deputy Director (Research and Development) at the Christian Medical College and Hospital during a function said today, “Twenty five percent of the new stroke cases in Ludhiana are below 49 years of age which is highest in the country.” Dr Pandian upgraded the existing stroke unit at the CMC in 2008 after completing his stroke and neurology fellowship from Australia. Till now, the unit has treated 104 stroke patients with a clot bursting drug. The hospital has 24-hour facilities to give this drug within 4.5 hrs. Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria was the chief guest on the occasion.

Wheelchairs distributed

Bhagwan Mahavir Sewa Sansthan today distributed tricycles, wheelchairs and hearing aids to 11 needy persons during a medical camp. Rakesh Jain, president of the sansthan said, “We have been regularly providing aid to the needy and also provide artificial limbs during camps organised by us. Free polio operations are also undertaken by us.”

Protest call

Irked over the non-payment of salaries, the Municipal Karamchari Joint Action Committee has decided to hold continuous protests at Zone A from September 22. The employees said they would intensify their agitation as even after appealing for six days, the authorities had not paid them salaries for the past two months.

SAD leader honoured

Senior leader of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Maheshinder Singh Grewal, was honoured by the party workers. Gurbachan Singh, former general secretary of the district SAD, was also present. Grewal expressed gratitude and urged the residents to come forward and report if their works were not being done in government offices. — TNS



School notes
Food bucket challenge

The Ryan Group has launched the Ryan Schools Food Bucket Challenge. The group aims to mobilise over one million kilograms of food (mainly rice, wheat, jowar, sugar, onions, potatoes, milk powder) and distribute it to various orphanages and NGOs across the country. This is a nationwide programme and the group hopes that in addition to its stakeholders – students, parents, staff and others – the general public will also join in to support the needy. CEO Ryan Pinto said, “Hunger remains the number one cause of death in the world. Over 20 crore Indians sleep hungry every night. In our country people are dying of hunger. In such a scenario, it is important to encourage our students to become agents of change and make a difference to the society. We have taken this challenge upon ourselves and are confident to accomplish it.” The programme is also intended to make the students sensitive to the issues around them and be alive to the situation of the less fortunate. Such activities feature regularly in Ryan schools across the country, as the group strongly focuses on inculcating the importance of social responsibility amongst the students and the stakeholders. The programme kicked off in Mumbai by providing home-cooked nutritious meal to 500 children from various orphanages and the same is being followed at various Ryan schools in the country. Speaking on the occasion, Grace Pinto, Managing Director, Ryan International Group of Institutions, said: “This initiative has been launched to bring awareness that within each lies the potential and the will to bring the change we’d like to see. There is nothing we cannot accomplish if we work collectively to make a difference. Our target is to bring a million smiles. Through this effort we encourage our students, parents and stakeholders to become agents of change in the society, bringing God’s love to the hungry, poor and needy. We have begun this initiative in Mumbai and soon it will be carried out by Ryan Schools through the country.”

Poem recitation competition

CherryLane Play School, BRS Nagar, organised a poem recitation competition on the school premises today. Children recited rhymes, using various props and themes. Yashika, a nursery student, came dressed as a little sparrow and recited a rhyme. Another student recited ‘Johnny Johnny, Yes Papa’. The audience appreciated the efforts made by the students. They said such competitions should be organised in schools to encourage the children to be confident and also to enhance their speech development.

Fancy dress competition

The pre-primary section of Saraswati Modern School, Civil Lines, organised a fancy dress competition on the school premises. In this competition, the school children as well as the children from other schools participated. The tiny tots came to the school dressed up as different characters, conveying beautiful messages like ‘Stop Child Labour’, ‘Save Girl Child’, ‘Grow More Trees’. Parents also had a great fun. Founder-president of Saraswati School, Kamla Jain, presided over the function. The secretary of the school Pradeep Jain, manager SC Saxena and principal Gitanjali Datta also graced the occasion. — TNS



‘Tap business opportunities in CIS’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 18
There are vast business opportunities available with the Commonwealth of Indian States (CIS). This was stated by Ravi Capoor, Joint Secretary (CIS), Department of Commerce, during an interactive session on ‘Opening New Markets: Destination CIS’ organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry here today. He was the chief guest on the occasion.

“The Department of Commerce was focusing on several emerging markets such as Africa, ASEAN, Latin America and the CIS Region,” he added.

Capoor spoke on the trade pattern with the CIS region, wherein the majority of trade takes place with Russia, followed by Ukraine, while the share of other nations being negligible.

Capoor urged the business community from Ludhiana to organise group visits to these countries for tourism purposes which would also give them an opportunity to see the vast opportunities.

“Indian businessmen are hesitant to do business with the CIS countries as they perceive it to be a tough market. This is due to lack of awareness of business opportunities amongst the business class of India,” he added.

“Some opportunities that the CIS region offered include large untapped market base of a population of 300 million, high investment potential due to poor manufacturing base, abundance of natural resources such as petroleum, natural gas, uranium, etc,” added Capoor.

Meanwhile, Dalip Sharma, Regional Director, PHD Chamber, said, “A majority of countries such as France, Italy and China have already invested in the areas of construction, infrastructure and have set up units in their economic zones.”

New markets

Ravi Capoor, Joint Secretary, Department of Commerce, during an interactive session on ‘Opening New Markets: Destination CIS’ organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry invited city-based businessmen to tap trade opportunities in the Commonwealth of Indian States.



Man reports insects in soft drink, company fails to act
Complainant has now written to the Civil Surgeon
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 18
A local resident got a rude shock when he found three insects in a cold drink. Jatin Kumar said though the incident took place in July and he raised the issue with the company officials, they have failed to address the issue till date. Following this, he has lodged a complaint to the Civil Surgeon in this regard.

Kumar said he bought the cold drink from a general store at the New Janta Nagar. “After buying the cold drink, I spotted three insects in the bottle which was sealed,” he added.

Kumar said he wrote an email to the company officials on July 23 on the complaint number 00155765, besides sending photographs to substantiate his claims.

“A company official even visited my house and stated that he would get back to me. However, he did not revert after that. I waited for two months for the company’s reply but all in vain,” he said.

“Now I have written a complaint to the Civil Surgeon in this regard. Action should be taken against the company as such practices can harm peoples’ health,” said Kumar.

‘Efforts went in vain’

A company official visited my house and said that he would get back to me. However, he did not revert. I waited for two months for the company’s reply but all in vain. — Jatin Kumar, local resident



Human trafficking
Four days gone, police yet to act
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 18
After seeing the dark side of placement agencies, district child protection officer (DCPO) Shilpa has decided to rescue children working as domestic helps. “Gafoor Ansari from Bihar has agreed that eight girls and a boy were placed through him. We will soon contact the authorities concerned in Jharkhand and try to find parents of the girls and the boy, so that they can be handed over to their kin,” said the DCPO.

The matter has been pending with the police for the past four days, but officials are reluctant to take action against the persons involved in the placement racket.

Samsul Ansari of Rajabitha village from Jharkhand had approached the police demanding action against his relative Gafoor Ansari, alias Rahul Tokko.

Samsul told the police that Gafoor was running a human trafficking racket.

Gafoor had refuted the allegations. He said the children were working in the houses of rich businessmen and that they were not bonded labourers.

Countering the allegations, Gafoor said, “It is indeed Samsul who runs a child trafficking racket and was even booked by the police in Jharkhand.” Gafoor alleged that Samsul was working with another placement agency at Tajpur Road.

Gafoor alleged that Samsul was pressing him to hand over the children to him, so that he could re-employ them somewhere else.

Sukhdhir Singh Sekhon of the Nav Chetna Bal Bhalai Committee said: “How can the police be so insensitive. The children should be handed over to their parents at the earliest.”



National voluntary blood donation day
Campaign to be launched on Oct 1
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 18
National Voluntary Blood Donation Day will be observed across the nation on October 1. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Give gift in the form of life -blood donation”. In addition to this, a special drive will be launched to create awareness on blood donation from October 1-31.

Hussan Lal, project director of the Punjab State AIDS Control Society said, “The day will be celebrated in the entire district with enthusiasm. It has been decided to launch a drive for the entire month in October to encourage voluntary blood donation.”

Blood donation camps will be organised for the entire month and people will be encouraged to donate blood for the cause.


  • To make people aware about the importance of voluntary blood donation.
  • To achieve the target of voluntary blood donation to fulfil the requirements of needy patients. 
  • To have adequate stock of blood in blood banks.
  • By lauding the efforts of donors in donating blood.
  • To encourage other people to donate blood.
  • To urge people to donate blood voluntarily and not only for their relatives and friends.



Excise & Taxation Dept to upload list of bogus dealers
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 18
The Excise and Taxation Department will update a list of bogus dealers on its website. Excise and Taxation Commissioner Anurag Verma said traders wanted the department to upload the list of such dealers.

“The traders complained that they were unable to catch hold of such dealers. To ensure transparency, the department has decided to share data pertaining to Input Tax Credit (ITC) with the traders. With the help of the data, the traders will be able to check if theInput Tax Credit was availed on purchases made by them,” Verma stated.

Jatinder Khurana, taxation lawyer, hailed the department’s move.

He said this way the traders would be able to check if dealers were paying tax to the government.

The following two reports for the first quarter (2014-15) have been uploaded in the account/login of each dealer.

  • Whether a dealer from whom he has purchased goods has reflected the transaction in his sales returns.
  • In case, the sale and purchase matches, the tax payment details of a dealer are being given so that the purchaser is able to see whether the dealer is actually paying tax.



GADVASU scholar brings laurels
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 18
The MOU signed between Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) and University of Saskatchewan (Canada) and Free University Berlin (Germany) became more fruitful when Pallvi attended summer school at University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Dr Ramneek, director, School of Animal Biotechnology, said she bagged the award for best poster presentation during the summer school for the research poster.

The poster described health effects on lungs of poultry workers on single and multiple exposures to poultry barn air by applying mice as model. It was authored by Pallvi, RS Sethi, and other authors.

Pallvi is presently pursuing her PhD at School of Animal Biotechnology, GADVASU, and had been selected for CREATE ITraP–(International Training Programme in Infectious Diseases, Food safety and Public Policy) funded by Canadian Natural Science and Engineering Research Council, Canada.



Elderly woman robbed off earrings
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, September 18
Two unidentified motorcycle-borne youths allegedly snatched the gold earrings from an elderly woman and fled here today. The victim identified as Rani Sharma, resident of Shastri Nagar locality, also received minor injuries. The incident took place at the Disposal Road, Jagraon, when the victim was returning home from a local hospital.

Sharma said, “I had gone to the local hospital for a regular check up. When I was returning home and approached the Disposal Road, two motorcycle-borne youths snatched my earrings and fled.”

The victim, however, managed to reach her house and informed her family members about the incident.

Following this, Sharma woman along with other area residents reached the Jagraon city police station and lodged a complaint.

Confirming the development, Station House Officer Jagraon (City) Bikramjit Singh said, “We’ve registered a case against unidentified persons on the victim’s complaint. Efforts are on to trace the accused.”

‘Youths came on motorcycle’

I had gone to the hospital. When I was returning home and approached the Disposal Road, two motorcycle-borne youths snatched my earrings and fled.~

— Rani Sharma, victim



Travel agent booked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 18
The police have booked a travel agent, Satpal Singh of Brown Road, for duping a city resident for Rs 17 lakh on the pretext of sending him to Australia. Complainant Harpreet Singh said the accused did not send him abroad and when he asked him to return his money, the latter refused. A case under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC has been registered.

Student raped

The police have booked Lakhwinder Singh, alias Laddi, a resident of Arjan Colony village, for raping a Class XII student. The complainant told the police that she had gone to buy books when the accused approached her saying her maternal aunt was not feeling well. Lakhwinder offered lift to the victim. While returning home, Lakhwinder offered her a soft drink. When the victim fell unconscious, the accused took her to a secluded place and raped her. He threatened the victim not to report the matter to the police. A case has been registered.

Rs 6 lakh, gold stolen

Thieves struck at a shop- cum-house in Kamla Nagar and decamped with Rs 6 lakh in cash, 15 tolas of gold and 10 tolas of silver. Gurbachan Singh, owner of the house, was out of the city.



Katoch Shield: Hosts corner glory
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 18
The four-day match played between Ludhiana and Chandigarh at Punjab Agricultural University ended in a draw, however on the basis of first innings lead of 54 runs, hosts were declared winners of the Inter-District Senior Punjab State Cricket Tournament.

Ludhiana earned three points while the visitors had to content with one point. Ludhiana started the last day’s proceedings at 139 for six and their second essay culminated at 194 runs. Ankit Pursharthy and Deepak Bansal chipped in with 22 and 28 runs, respectively.

Needing 249 runs to win the match, Chandigarh, in its second inning could muster 143 runs after losing five wickets in 47 overs when it was called a day.

Brief scores

Ludhiana (first innings): 333 all out in 112.5 overs (Karan Goel 129, Sunny Pandey 85, Geetansh Khera 43, Deepak Bansal 24; Gurinder 7 for 91 runs, VRV Singh 1 for 43 runs and Anshul Tripathi 1 for 14 runs).

Chandigarh (first innings): 279 all out in 81 overs (Amit Prashar 54, Sarul Kanwar 82, Gurvinder 31, VRV Singh 19; Amritpal Singh 2 for 32 runs, Rahul Singla 2 for 80 runs, Vaibhav Narang 2 for 21 runs and Karan Goel 1 for 19 runs).

Ludhiana (second innings): 194 all out in 104.4 overs (Geetansh Khera 48, Sunny Pandey 38, Vaibhav Narang 38, Deepak Bansal 28 and Ankit Pursharthy 22; Gaurav Gambhir 3 for 61 runs, Anshul Tripathi 3 for 38 runs and Gurvinder42 for 71 runs).

Chandigarh (second innings): 143 for 5 in 47 overs (Gurvinder 39*, Anshul Tripathi 20 and Shivam Bhambri 20; Anil Sihag 2 for 12 runs and Rahul Singla 2 for 45 runs).



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