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Owner locks health team in sweets shop
Police resuce the joint team of Health and Admn from Sharma Sweets at Model Town
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
High drama was witnessed at Sharma Sweets, Model Town, today when the owner of the sweets shop locked a team of the Health Department and the district administration along with himself inside the shop to prevent the from taking take the sweets samples from his shop. A case has been registered against the shop owner, Jaspal Singh.

Mukesh Sharma, Executive Magistrate, who was also accompanying the health team, said when they went to Sharma Sweets located at Model Town for collecting sweets samples, the owner of the shop did not allow them to do their duty.

“He started making calls but did not allow the health team to collect samples despite our requests for cooperation. We told him that we were there on the orders of the Deputy Commissioner and also showed him the papers but still he did not allow the team to collect samples. He instead asked one of his employees to put up the shutters, thus locked the raiding team along with himself inside the shop. We contacted the police, who reached the spot, after which the shop was opened and the samples were taken,” said Sharma.

Food Safety Officer Ravinder Garg said although he signed the documents confirming that the samples were taken from his shop but he did not sign the samples. He has absconded. “We collected the samples and sealed them. It is mandatory for the owner of the shop to sign the samples to confirm that these belong to his shop. Though the police were also present at the shop, he managed to flee from the scene,” said Garg.

The District Health Officer, Dr Abnash Kumar, said the raids were conducted with the sole motive that people got pure sweets during the festivals.

DC Rajat Aggarwal said he had ordered the collection of samples from the shop. According to information received by him, the owner was not allowing the team to collect samples on the plea that he was planning to close down the shop soon. “If he is planning to close down the shop that does not mean he will not give the samples,” said the DC.

Six samples were collected from Khushi Ram, three from Lovely Sweets and four from Dhodha Sweets.


Woman escort drugs trader at hotel
Flees with his solitaire, Rs 6 lakh
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
The owner of a renowned sweets shop fell into a honeytrap. The woman escort sedated him and assaulted him before fleeing with his solitaire worth lakhs, Rs 6 lakh in cash and mobile phones.
The shop owner was found unconscious in a room of a hotel. He was rushed to the hospital as he suffered multiple injuries, including cuts on his face.

He is undergoing treatment at the multispeciality hospital in Civil Lines.

The incident took place last night when the shop owner visited a recently inaugurated high-end hotel on the Ferozepur road to meet the woman escort.

According to information, the escort was member of a gang. She sedated him and then assaulted him.

The shop owner was found soaked in blood by a room attendant at midnight.

The hotel authorities informed the family of the shop owner about the incident. Owing to the fear of public embarrassment, both parties (the hotel authorities and the family) decided against reporting the matter to the police and rushed the injured to the hospital.

Meanwhile, the police were in complete denial mode. Sarabha Nagar SHO Arminder Singh said though there was a medical report from the hospital, no such incident had come to his notice.

The ACP (Crime), Jaswinder Singh, categorically denied having received any information about such incident taking at a hotel on the Ferozepur road. 



Cops lay hands on tutor’s letter
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
In the sexual abuse case, the police have got a four-page letter in which the woman tutor has admitted to having developed physical relations with the victim, a 14-year-old boy. The letter has a mention of some politicians and other bigwigs frequenting the house to meet her father, who is a government contractor.

The tutor, in the letter, has stated that she would implicate the boy in a false rape case if he confided their relationship to anybody.

The police were in the process of verifying the authenticity of the letter.

The victim has reportedly told the police that the woman tutor had written a letter to him when he told her that he would narrate the entire episode to his parents.

The police have stepped up effort to arrest the woman tutor and her two brothers as there were strong indications that the trio has links with an international racket dealing in paedophile pornographic movies.

The woman tutor has also stated in the letter that the boy used to make lame excuses of having pain in the stomach in order to avoid developing physical relations with her.

Sources said the police have seized around 17 porn movies. In three movies, the tutor is shown abusing the 14-year-old boy.

Yesterday, some well-wishers of the accused approached Sukesh Kalia, vice-chairman of the Protection of Children’s Rights Commission, and stated that it was a monetary dispute, which had been blown out of proportion. They said the woman tutor’s father had lent money to the victim boy’s father.

However, the boy’s father failed to return the money and concocted a story to implicate the woman.

Kalia said: “I slammed the theory of monetary issue as baseless. Even if the boy’s father had borrowed money, does it mean that the woman could sexually abuse the child? The videos showing the woman abusing the child are in police custody. How one can belie that fact.”

The woman tutor is an Master of Business Administration (MBA) while one of her brothers is an engineering graduate.

The police have sent the laptop, computer and the Central processing unit (CPU) recovered from the tutor’s house to the Central Forensic Lab in Chandigarh.

Nobel to Satyarthi gives courage to victim’s family

The Nobel prize awarded to Kailash Satyarthi, founder of the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), has come as a ray of hope for the family of the 14-year-old boy who was subjected to sexual abuse. On learning about the work Satyarthi had done for child welfare, the family shot off a letter to his NGO’s headquarters in Delhi. The BBA activists helped the family to formally lodge a police complaint.



ASI, constable booked in graft case 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
An ASI and a constable have been booked for taking a bribe of Rs 1.2 lakh from a resident of Aggar Nagar. The case has been registered following an inquiry conducted by Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Nilamberi Jagdale.

The accused, identified as ASI Gurkewal Singh and constable Jaswant Singh, have been booked under sections 7 and 9 of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Both the accused, deployed in the EO wing, have absconded.

The complainant, Umesh Kumar of Aggar Nagar, said the duo demanded Rs 1.5 lakh from him for cancelling the cases registered against him. Finally, the deal was struck at Rs 1.2 lakh.

Police sources said after receiving a clean chit, Umesh approached Commissioner of Police Pramod Ban and sought justice.

The Commissioner directed the (DCP) Nilamberi Jagdale to probe the matter. During the probe, both the policemen were found guilty of taking bribe and harassing Umesh.



11 Mercs delivered on Dhanteras in city
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
City markets were today thronged by shoppers eager to buy cars, silver coins and utensils on the occasion Dhanteras. While the sale of cars and two-wheelers surged compared to the last year, gold lost to silver in the Dhanteras sales.

Eleven Mercedes were delivered on the occasion of Dhanteras. The only dealership in the city saw an increase of nearly 20 per cent in sales on this day compared to the last year.

“We will be giving deliveries of 11 Mercs on the occasion of Dhanteras today. Some of them have been delivered. The number can also increase, as we are expecting on-the-spot customers. Compared to the last year, we have witnessed an increase of 20 per cent in the sales on Dhanteras,” said Preet Thapar, head of department of sales at Mercedes-Benz Joshi Autozone.

Meanwhile, jewellers saw a decrease of 25-30 per cent in the sale of gold. It was silver coins that were much in demand today.

The rate of pure gold was Rs 27,900 per 10 grams today. Not many turned up to buy the yellow metal. “The demand of gold on Dhanteras was low this year and not many people came to buy gold on this auspicious occasion due to flexibility in the gold prices. Compared to last year, there is a fall of 25-30 per cent in the sales on Dhanteras. It was silver which stole the show today,” said Anand Parkash Sikri, president of the Ludhiana Jewellers Association.

Prem Kumar, a jeweller dealing in silver, was all smiles as he had sold nearly 12 silver coins of 100 grams each by the evening. “People this year preferred silver over gold and 100 gram silver coins worth Rs 4,500 each were much in demand. The rising price of gold can be a factor behind the decline in the sale of gold,” he said.

Apart from cars and silver, people also bough two-wheelers on this auspicious occasion. “Till afternoon, we had sold more than 50 vehicles and we are hopeful to reach the mark of 100. Last year, we sold 70 vehicles on Dhanteras and this year we are expecting about 30 per cent increase. The exact figure will be known by late evening as many people come for shopping after finishing their day’s work,” said Amandeep Singh, proprietor of NS Hero Motocorp.

Meanwhile, the crockery shops saw the rush as usual since buying steel utensils is also considered auspicious on Dhanteras. “Steel utensils are bought by people to mark the occasion of Dhanteras. Even if they have bought a car or jewellery, they still buy a new steel utensil, as they believe it brings prosperity. For the past couple of years, I have seen that apart from Hindus, people from other religions also buy steel utensils on the occasion of Dhanteras,” said Rohit Aggarwal, from a crockery shop at Ghumar Mandi.

“The sales of domestic appliances have also picked up during Dhanteras. Many modern households prefer buying electronic appliances like television, refrigerator, microwave oven, washing machine and gadgets like mobile phones, tablets, laptops on this day,” said a salesman of a showroom.

Sales up

  • Mercedes dealership registers 20 per cent increase in sales
  • Silver coins outshine costly gold, which sees 25-30 per cent decrease in sales
  • Two-wheeler sales also up



Green Diwali: Awareness drives bear fruit
Noise, air pollution levels on Diwali have come down in past 3 years
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
Pleas made and awareness created by social organisations and educational institutions have played a vital role in bringing down the air and noise pollution levels in the city during the festival of Diwali in the past three years.

The data available with the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) here has shown a considerable decline in the pollution levels.

The levels of major air pollutants, respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM), oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and sulphur dioxide (So2), have come down in the city during Diwali in 2013 compared to 2011 and 2012.

The Senior Engineer of the Punjab Pollution Control Board, Harbir Singh, said awareness created against crackers had definitely left an impact on the minds of the masses. The data proves compared to 2011 and 2012, the pollution levels came down in the city on Diwali in 2013.

In 2013, the RSPM level before Diwali was 263 in commercial areas, 240 in residential areas and 229 in the sensitive areas. On Diwali, it was 505, 335 and 308 in commercial, residential and sensitive areas respectively. In 2011, the RSPM levels on Diwali night were 489, 365 and 403 and in 2012, these were 648, 390 and 321 respectively.

Similarly, the nitrogen oxide and sulphur dioxide in the air on Diwali night in 2013 was low compared to 2011 and 2012. “In the past three years, both the air and noise pollution levels were the highest in 2011. In 2012, the levels came down but in 2013, there was more improvement as the pollution levels came further down,” said the Senior Engineer.

“When we were young, we used to spend around Rs 10,000 just on crackers. But our children have changed our thinking too. They have made us realise that instead of wasting money on crackers and causing pollution, we must celebrate the festival in an eco-friendly manner by burning candles and diyas and doing something for the deprived lot,” said Rajeshwar Singh, a businessman.

DC lauds efforts of organisations

Meanwhile, appreciating the efforts of the educational institutions, environmental organisations and other social organisations, Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal said this itself was a major achievement that children, their parents and the masses had started realising that crackers caused a lot of air and noise pollution, which is very harmful for living things.



Low sale jitters for cracker sellers
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
Although a variety of firecrackers have flooded the local markets, shopkeepers are apprehensive of low sales this Diwali.

While crackers worth Rs 15 crore were sold last year, according to the Wholesale Crackers Association of Dana Mandi, the sales might not cross Rs 10 crore this year. Vice-president of the association Sanjay Singla said this year, the cracker sales might remain too low, because of a slump in the market in general. The sales of crackers have been in double digits since 2010 with crackers worth Rs 10 crore sold that year. The sales reached the Rs 14-crores mark in 2012. The projected sales dipped last year too, say the cracker sellers.

Gurdeep, who runs a stall at the cracker market at Dana Mandi, says with a couple of days to go for Diwali, they generally sell out most of the crackers and have to buy additional stocks.

But this year, about half of stocks of most cracker sellers is yet to be sold, added Gurdeep.

The sales are slow because more and more people are deciding to go for an eco-friendly or greener Diwali, said Gaurav, another seller. It is the impact of increased awareness against firecrackers, he says.

Now, people want crackers that create lesser noise, says Gurdeep.

This is the reason why the pollution-free ‘dolas’ are much in demand this year, he says.

“With schools holding awareness campaigns in and around the region on a pollution-free Diwali, our children have stopped demanding crackers,” says Taranjit Singh, a resident. 



police commemoration day
Kin of police bravehearts felicitated
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, October 21
The Jagraon police observed Commemoration Day today to remember the martyrs of the Police Department. Several senior officials of the Police Department, including Jagraon SSP Ravcharan Singh Brar, Jagraon DSP Surinder Kumar, SP (Headquarter) Bahadar Singh Saggu and DSP, Raikot, Satnam Singh Bains paid homage to the martyrs of the Police Department during a function organised at Police Lines, Jagraon.

SSP Ravcharan Singh Brar said the police officials who laid down their lives while performing their duties is a great source of inspiration for all the police officials.

“We salute the supreme sacrifices made by the martyrs for the sake of their fellow countrymen,” said SSP Ravcharan Singh Brar.

Jagraon MLA SR Kaler also paid tributes to the martyrs. While speaking during the occasion, Kaler said, “The martyrs who laid down their lives to protect our countrymen from internal as well as external forces have played a great role in maintaining national integrity besides cementing the bonds of communal harmony, peace and brotherhood.”

The family members of the martyr cops were also present during the occasion.

SSP Brar and MLA Kaler jointly felicitated the family members of the martyrs. Later on, SSP Brar also listened to the grievances of the family members of martyrs and assured them of resolving their problems on priority basis.

Station House Officers (SHOs) of all the police stations in Ludhiana rural police district and a large number of leaders of various political parties were also present on the occasion.

Tributes paid to martyrs in Phillaur

Phillaur: Commemoration Day Parade was observed on the premises of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, today.

The additional director of the academy, LK Yadav, IPS, IGP, saluted and paid tributes to the national heroes. Yadav told police personnel to lead a life based on values and to work selflessly to provide an effective service to the countrymen.

As many as 650 police officers and officials of the country and 205 police officials of Punjab, who fought selflessly for the nation during the year, were remembered on the occasion.

The DIG-cum-Joint Director, SPS Parmar, IPS, deputy director Gursharn Singh Sandhu, Shammi Kumar, Gurnam Singh, deputy director (general), faculty members and other officers and trainees of the PPA were also present.



Cops salute spirit of sacrifice
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khanna, October 21
Police Commemoration Day was observed on the premises of the SSP office by the Khanna police.
SP(H) Rajwinder Singh Sohal, along with other police and civil officials, saluted the martyrs. The martyrs were given guard of honor by the police party on the occasion.

SP Sohal, while addressing the gathering, paid tributes to the martyrs and lauded the role of the police martyrs to bring in peace in the state. The SP assured the affected families of all possible help in case any need arises.

Members of all 37 terrorist-affected families were present on the occasion. Five families were in Jalandhar to attend a state-level function, said SP Rajwinder Sohal. All affected families were honoured by the SP and other senior police officials. ADC Ajay, Khanna, DSP Mukesh, DSP Vikas and a number of police officials were present. 



Youth fest: Heritage comes alive with folk arts on Day 3
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 21
The Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival at GHG Khalsa College, Sadhar, witnessed excellence in folk arts and creativity today.

Over 350 students from 18 colleges of the Zone mesmerised the audience. VM Air Commodore PK Vohra, Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station, Halwara, Col Guljeet Singh, registrar, Panjab University, Chandigarh, D SS Deol, Manjit Singh Gill, president, and Hardyal Singh chaired various sessions of the event today.


Group dance-GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar 1, DM College, Moga 2

Classical dance-GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar 1

Giddha-Baba Kundan Singh College, Muhar 1, GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, and Government College, Jagraon 2

Debate-RSD College, Ferozepur 1, GTB National College, Dakha 2

Poetry recitation-GTB National College, Dakha 1, RSD College, Ferozepur 2

Elocution-RSD College, Ferozepur 1, DM College, Moga 2.



Students of Sidhwan institute get scholarships
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, October 21
Sidhwan Educational Institutions celebrated their Foundation Day in the memory of Bhai Narain Singh, Mata Ram Kaur and Bibi Harparkash Kaur, who devoted their lives to the cause of women education in the rural areas.

Dr Harshinder Kaur, Deputy Medical Superintendent, Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Dr Harshinder Kaur, who was declared Woman of the Year 2012 by the UNO, paid rich homage to all the three personalities who played significant role in setting up Sidhwan Educational Institutions. She also appreciated the efforts being made by the institution for imparting education to women in rural areas.

After the commencement of bhog of Sri Akhand Path Sahib, students recited shabad kirtan.

On the occasion, scholarships were also awarded to the meritorious students for their excellent performances in academic, sports and religious activities.

The principal of the GHG Harparkash College of Education for Women, Dr Baljeet Kaur Gill, thanked the chief guest. In the end, guru ka langar was served to all those present.



125 parcels without bills confiscated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
Staff of the Excise and Taxation Department today confiscated 125 parcels from the railway station. The parcels, which were dispatched without bills, were unloaded at the local railway station from Janta Express coming from Delhi.

The parcels were being shifted on carts through escape routes when the team of the department noticed them. The raid was conducted on the directions of the Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Randhir Kaur.

Excise and Taxation Officer Manmohan Singh said the parcels were unloaded from the Janta Express coming from Delhi and these were without bills. “All the 125 parcels have been confiscated by the department. These contained decorative lights, garments and other retail goods. The approximate value of the goods is around Rs 10 lakh. The exact value will be ascertained after their verification,” he said.

Meanwhile, the department has intensified vigil at the city railway station ahead of Diwali and put up barriers at the escape routes.

The raiding team consisted of ETO Manmohan Singh, ETO Narjit Singh and Inspector Amit Garg.



Food mela: A sumptuous platter for budding entrepreneurs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
The College of Home Science (COHS) at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) organised one-day Food and Craft Mela today.
The mela was based on the theme “Tradition and innovation in food and craft”.

Both budding and established entrepreneurs participated in the fair, which was jointly organised by the College of Home Science, Department of Food Science and Technology, Department of Agricultural Processing and Food Engineering and the Home Science Association.

The director of agriculture, Punjab, Dr Mangal Singh Sandhu, inaugurated the mela. Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice Chancellor, PAU, presided over the event.

A total of 75 stalls of bakery products, homemade recipes, home decoration items, handicrafts, apparels and accessories were put up by self-help group entrepreneurs, individual entrepreneurs, alumni entrepreneurs and students involved in experiential learning courses in the college. Traditional food preparations, innovative food items and handicrafts were the major attraction for the visitors.

Dr Sandhu lauded the efforts of the organisers in holding the event. He told the students to take full benefit of the exposure and go in for self-employment and entrepreneurship. He further inspired them to be more innovative and contribute to the society in a big way.

Dr Dhillon exhorted the students to learn entrepreneurial skills and develop entrepreneurial vision to become economically self-reliant and lead the society towards sustainable development. Dr Jasvinder Kaur Sangha, Dean, College of Home Science, said, “The mela ignited entrepreneurial spirit among the students.”



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Foundation meet

Baba Vishwakarma International Foundation members held a meeting on Tuesday. They said 11 personalities will be given Vishwakarma Ratan Award during a function on October 24 at Dana Mandi Gill Road. The programme will be organised to commemorate the birth anniversary of Baba Vishwakarma. This was stated by KK Bawa, chief organiser of the foundation.

Sweets distributed

Asian Astrologers celebrated Diwali by distributing sweets, gifts to the downtrodden section in shanties. The chairman of the club, Sukhminder Singh, was alsp present on the occasion.


A free charitable dispensary was inaugurated by Shaheed Baba Bhan Singh Gadar Memorial Trust, Sunet, on Tuesday. Col JS Brar, president of the trust, said on Monday, Wednesday and Friday patients will be checked for different diseases and doctors will be available from 5 pm to 7 pm. Homeopathic doctor will be visiting the dispensary every Friday from 9.30 am to 11.30 am.

Surprise checks at govt schools

Deputy DEO Dr Charanjit Singh carried out surprise checks at Government Primary School, Rajewal-Rohno, and Government Senior Secondary School, Nasrali. The work of computer teachers of the schools was found to be satisfactory, but activities of the Sports Department at the Government School, Nasrali, were not up to the mark. — TNS



Auction of booth sites, residential plots 
GLADA gets richer by Rs 2.63 crore
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 21
The Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) today sold two booth sites, two flats and two residential plots in different localities through public auction for Rs 2.63 crore at a premium of around 12 per cent over their reserve price.

The auction proceedings were conducted by GLADA estate officer RK Popli under the supervision of additional chief administrator Kuldeep Singh. In all, 22 bidders took part in the auction after having deposited eligibility fee of Rs 1 lakh for booth sites, Rs 2.5 lakh for residential flats and residential plots.

Two booth sites with an area of 22.69 square yards each in Sector 32-A on Ludhiana-Chandigarh Road were sold for Rs 1.74 lakh and Rs 1.47 lakh per square yard, respectively, as against their reserve price of Rs 1,36,112 per square yard.

Two residential flats (2 BHK) in Dugri Phase II were sold for Rs 32.6 lakh and Rs 30 lakh against their reserve price of a little over Rs 26.28 lakh each.

Similarly, two residential plots measuring 305.85 and 237.5 square yards in Sector 39-A on Ludhiana-Chandigarh Road attracted a bid of Rs 23,500 per square yard, marginally above their reserve price which stood at Rs 22,512 per square yard.

In the offer document, GLADA had intended to put 74 sites and properties – 45 commercial and 29 residential, under the hammer at today’s auction. However, bids were offered for only two booth sites, two built-up flats and two residential plots.

Among the sites and properties which found no buyers were three shop-cum-offices (SCOs), five shop-cum-flats (SCFs) and 15 booth sites in Sector 32-A, three SCFs and 17 booth sites in Dhandari Kalan, six residential plots in Dugri Phase II, nine residential plots in Sectors 38-39, one partially built-up HIG flat in Sector 40 and nine residential plots in Sector 39-A.



Stop anti-Valmiki community propaganda on Internet: Samaj
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
The Bharatiya Valmiki Dharam Samaj (BHAVADAS) has asked for immediate stopping of disrespectful propaganda against the Valmiki community on the Internet. A meeting of members of the samaj in this regard was held at the Circuit House here today which was well attended by them.

Ashwani Sahota, a senior member of BHAVADAS, said on October 17, they got an FIR registered under Sections 295 A and 66 A of the Technology Act, 2000, in which objections were raised against a few sites, which were doing disrespectful propaganda against Valmikis.

Sahota said a delegation would also meet the Home Minister and Information Broadcasting Minister in New Delhi over the matter.

They said it was unfortunate that certain sites and blogs used derogatory words against Lord Valmiki. A bad picture of Lord Valmiki was being portrayed on the Internet which cast a bad impact on the minds of the youngsters and.

They added that if such acts were not curbed, they would be forced to protest.



Police Commemoration Day 
Top cops pay homage to martyrs
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
Having a reputation of being a tough cop, the Police Commemoration Day saw a humane side of Police Commissioner of Police Pramod Ban.

The top police personnel spend nearly over an hour with the families of martyrs who were expressing their grouse against the “bureaucratic red-tapism” of the department.

From walking down to asking about the health of elderly women, to addressing various issues encountering the families of martyrs, Ban gave a patient hearing to every family member of the martyr.

He also dwelled on the technical aspect which was posing a hurdle for the family members of martyr in getting jobs in police.

Ban also suggested a way and directed the officers in the department to speed up the process for their recruitment.

Earlier in the day, a parade was held in which contingents of the Punjab Police, led by ACP (North) Dharuv Dahiya took salute to the martyrs. A police band also performed.

Jaskirat Singh, Assistant Commissioner Police (Headquarters), Ludhiana, read over the names of police martyrs who laid down their lives for the sake of nation during September 1, 2013, till August 2014.

Presiding over the function, the Commissioner of Police lauded the sacrifice of brave men and their families for restoring peace in the state that was once reeling under the dark days of militancy.

After addressing the gathering, Ban along with other police officers and officials from the administration paid homage to martyrs.

Significance of the day

The day has been observed since 1960 in the memory of a small contingent of police personnel who were attacked by Chinese troops. Ten of them were killed.

Since then, all states and union territories observe this day and pay homage to the valiant officers and soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for the motherland by preventing an ambush from Chinese troops.



Martyrs’ kin express grouse against dept
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
Family members of martyrs expressed their anger at the department’s callous attitude and biased recruitment process.
The families of the martyrs said the kin of police personnel who were close to senior officers got a job, while others are still running pillar to post.

“Officers sitting in the police headquarters at Chandigarh are pressing me to bring my mother’s consent as I have applied for a job on compensatory grounds. How can I bring my mother’s consent as she died in 2006? I have provided them the death certificate and my brothers and sister have also appeared before the police officer concerned but all in vain. My father sacrificed his life for the nation and left us to suffer,” said Monika Thakur (30), who is aspiring for the job in the police services on compensatory grounds for the past several years.

Her father constable Ram Mittal was killed while fighting with the terrorists during the early 90s at Gyaspur.

Rashpal Singh (40) who spent all his youth hoping to get a job in the police after his father Ram Krishan, a Police Home Guard (PHG) jawan, was killed while fighting with the terrorists in 1991.

Rashpal hopes that his daughter Kamaljit Kaur would get a job in the police.

Basant Kaur (70) expressed her anguish before the Commissioner of Police and blamed the Police Department for devastating her life.

She said she lost her elder son, constable Baljeet Singh, who was killed by terrorists in 1990.

She said her younger son Manjeet Singh got a job on compensatory grounds.

Basant Kaur claimed that Manjeet was got into depression as he was being harassed by a police personnel who was senior to him.

She added that Manjeet left the job due to the same and was sitting idle for the past nearly three years.



Sahnewal urban estate project scrapped 
Formal decision to be conveyed to GLADA authorities soon
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 21
Soon after the state government dropped the much-hyped Integrated Park and Water front City project citing paucity of funds with the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA), another project for the proposed development of the urban estate at Sahnewal, it seems, has met a similar end.

With the notification issued under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894, with the intent of acquisition of 1125.42 acre land having lapsed due to the delay in pronouncement of the award, the project has practically been abandoned for the time being.

Confirming the news, Secretary, Housing and Urban Development, Punjab, A Venu Prasad, said the formal decision to this effect would be conveyed to GLADA authorities soon.

With this, the proposed expansion of Ludhiana airport has also been stalled as the proposed Sahnewal Urban Estate project had envisaged the transfer of nearly 300 acre land to the Department of Civil Aviation for the extension of the existing runway and creation of necessary infrastructure at the airport.

As per the notification issued under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Punjab, on June 5, 2013, the integrated urban estate at Sahnewal was to be developed at a total area of 1,125.42 acre. It was to have a dedicated industrial park, commercial pockets and residential areas.

The initial layout plan had envisaged the acquisition of land falling in villages, including Gobindgarh (117.31 acre), Khakat (122.213 acre), Nandpur (165.913 acre), Pava (5.262 acre), Sahnewal Kalan-I (119.3 acre), Sahnewal Kalan-II (117.825 acre), Mangli Neechi (26.094 acre) and Mangli Unchi (415.8375 acre). Sources in the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Punjab, as well as GLADA indicated that while the Sahnewal Urban Estate project had practically been dropped in entirety basically due to resource crunch with GLADA and also due to legal implication of the notification having lapsed, the state government might go ahead with necessary action to acquire just about 300 acre land for the expansion of Ludhiana airport as a face-saving measure. However, even if the proposal for the land acquisition for the airport matures in the due course, the whole exercise of issuing notification under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act and subsequently carrying out a survey would have to be carried out afresh, sources said.



Three die in train accidents
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
Three persons died in separate train accidents at various parts of the city here today.
One victim has been identified. GRP officer said 24-year-old Sadar-E-Alam was run over by a speeding train near Dholewal Chowk here this evening.

The GRP officer said two incidents were reported in the morning.

In the first incident, an unknown person aged around around 40 years was crushed by a train in the Dhandari area of the district.

Meanwhile in the second incident, a 50-year-old man died near the Jassian area after being hit by a train.

The bodies of the all victims were taken to the local Civil Hospital where the post-mortem examination will take place tomorrow.



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Technical team visits Suvidha Centre to assess server glitches
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
A technical team deputed by the Principal Secretary, Governance Reforms, visited the Suvidha Centre sin Ludhiana today to assess the server-related problems.

Ludhiana Tribune in its news item “Suvidha Centre server tests visitors’ patience” published on Tuesday highlighted how the work had come to a standstill at various counters of the Suvidha Centre at the mini secretariat yesterday.

Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal said: “The Chief Secretary issued the orders taking the note of the news carried in The Tribune today. The team discussed corrective measures to remove peak load-performance issues in the system. They said technical glitches would be removed in the next two weeks.”

Staff members of the Suvidha Centre apprised them of the problems being faced by them in operating the system.

As services for the system are hosted at the state data centre in Chandigarh, the technical team is already working to analyse the glitches which occasionally occur during peak load hours.

The team spent the entire day at the Suvidha Centre and observed that the system was functioning properly and citizens were being delivered hassle-free services.



Ailing patient needs help
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
A 49-year-old patient (hospital unit no C-7496037) admitted to the Christian Medical College and Hospital here needs financial help. He was admitted to the hospital on August 25 and had underwent a surgery in the form of anterior cervical corpectomy (C6 level) and at present admitted to the Neurosurgery ICU and requires intermittent ventilatory support.

The approximate total cost of treatment, hospital stay and medicines will be Rs 5 lakh. The patient’s relatives are struggling hard to meet the treatment expenses. The Christian Medical College and Hospital has made an open appeal to all generous citizens to come forward and donate for the cause. Persons interested in making donations can call at 0161–5026999.



File goes missing from MC’s Building Branch 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
An important file has disappeared from the Building Branch Zone B of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation here.
The file, according to the claims made by the MC, had details of money to be taken from a company as regularisation fees. The firm had failed to deposit nearly Rs 1.45 crore to the Municipal Corporation.

Zonal Commissioner Zone B has written a letter to the Assistant Town Planner concerned saying that it was shocking that an important file had been misplaced at a time when an inquiry was initiated against a former ATP, with whose alleged connivance, a company had “duped” the civic body of nearly Rs 1.45 crore.

The matter came to light when an RTI activist, Rohit Sabharwal, filed an application in this regard.

ATP Zone B Monica Anand had issued a demand notice to the company nearly 15 days ago.

She said: “We are shocked that the file has been misplaced. All other details are there, but crucial documents that had all records are missing. We are trying to find out how it happened. The statements of clerks and staff members are also being recorded.”

The MC had issued a demand notice to the firm concerned after it noticed that lesser amount was deposited by it and a former ATP was “instrumental” in getting this work done when he officiated as the ATP Zone B for a short while.

After getting the demand notice, the firm owner had moved the local court. The next date of hearing is on November 3 and now the important documents, which substantiated MC’s claims, have disappeared.



Youth fest: Arya College emerges victorious
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival of Ludhiana Zone-A concluded at Panjab University Regional Centre, Ludhiana, today.
Overall trophy was bagged by Arya College, Ludhiana.

The final day was dedicated to Ustaad Lal Chand Yamla Jatt. Cut-throat competition was witnessed in giddha, group folk dance, group folk orchestra and folk instruments. Students dressed in traditional cultural costumes were the highlight of the competition.

Professor Naval Kishore, Dean, College Development Council, Panjab University, Chandigarh, was the chief guest in the morning session. He said youth festival provides a platform to the talented students of the region and helps in keeping the heritage alive. He gave away prizes to the winning teams of yesterday’s competitions in the presence of Dr Mukesh Arora, Dr Kuldeep Singh, principal Dr RS Jhanjhi, principal Dr RL Behal, principal Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu and other dignitaries.

Sardar Ravneet Singh Bittu, Member of Parliament, was the chief guest for the valedictory and prize distribution ceremony. He appreciated the efforts of the students and faculty in organising the gala event. Bittu announced a grant of Rs 5 lakhs for development of institution.

Bharat Bhushan Ashu, MLA, Ludhiana (West), was also present on the occasion.

Dr Ravi Inder Singh, in charge, youth festival, welcomed the guests.

Dr Hardiljit Singh Gosal, director, Panjab University Regional Centre, congratulated the winning teams and thanked staff, students and management of the participating colleges.

Later in the evening, a get together was organised on the campus for the staff and students of the Panjab University Regional Centre, Ludhiana.

Contingent in charges of all the participating colleges were honoured in the presence of the guest of honour, Balkar Brar, Chief Town Planner, Chandigarh.


Debate-SCD Govt College, Ludhiana, AS College, Khanna, Sri Aurobindo College, Ludhiana

Play-Arya College, Ludhiana, SCD Govt College, Ludhiana, GNN College, Doraha, AS College, Khanna

Histrionics-GGN Khalsa College, Ludhiana, Arya College, Ludhiana, SCD Govt College, Ludhiana, GNN College, Doraha

Phulkari & bagh-SAVJ College, Ludhiana, GNN College, Doraha, Arya College, Ludhiana

Dasuti & cross stitch-SAVJ College, Ludhiana, Arya College, Ludhiana, SCD Govt College, Ludhiana

Pakhi designing-Arya College, Ludhiana, GNN College, Doraha, AS College, Khanna Crochet work-SCD Govt College, Ludhiana, GNN College, Doraha, AS College, Khanna Knitting-GNN College, Doraha, Arya College, Ludhiana, SCD Govt College, Ludhiana Mehandi-GNN College, Doraha, GGN Khalsa College, Ludhiana, Govt Evening College, Ludhiana

Giddha-AS College, Khanna, GNN College, Doraha, GGN Khalsa College, Ludhiana Group folk orchestra-SCD Govt College, Ludhiana, GNN College, Doraha and Arya College, Ludhiana , Govt College, Karamsar, Rara Sahib

Folk instruments-SCD Govt College, Ludhiana, Arya College, Ludhiana, and GNN College, Doraha, GPC Alour (Khanna). 



PWD declares govt school building unsafe
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
The Public Works Department (PWD) has declared the dharamshala building from where Government Primary School at Kundanpuri was being run as unsafe.
The building was, earlier, declared unsafe by the District Education Department after an inspection by junior engineer (JE), Block mangat 2. Following the revelation, the DEO had ordered the school to be shifted to Government Primary School, Chander Nagar. An inquiry into the safety of the building was marked in July this year after teachers and students had a narrow escape from the bricks falling off from the roof of the dilapidated building.

The school staff, however, did not shift to another building, claiming that the necessary repairs had been done and now it was safe.

The head teacher of the school, Shamsher Singh, said that the School Management Committee, comprising the councillor and residents of the area had undertaken necessary repairs. He claimed that area residents did not want to send their wards to Chander Nagar, which is 1.5 km away from the area, following which repair works were done.

The president of the Navchetna Bal Bhalai Committee, an NGO, Sukhdheer Singh Sekhon, said action should be taken against the school authorities for defying the orders of the District Education Department.

He alleged that people were jeopardising the lives of students for their vested interest.

The District Education Officer Elementary, Gurjot Singh, said support planks had been installed to the roof by the school authorities, but the building is still unsafe.

“Although PWD doesn’t inspect private buildings, but still we sought their help for checking this building. They inspected the building yesterday and have declared that it is still unsafe. Students and staff will be shifted to Government School, Chander Nagar, for running the evening shift,” he added. 



Sowing poplar plants no longer profitable: Assn

During a meeting of the PAU Tree Growers Association at the Punjab Agricultural University on Tuesday, members appealed to the farmers to stop sowing poplar plants as its cultivation is no more profitable. The president of the association, Dr Ranbir Sidhu, said poplar cultivation generates income ranging between Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 annually, whereas cash crop (paddy+wheat) generates income between Rs 70,000 to Rs 80,000. 

If the land is given on lease, one gets Rs 40,000 per acre, per year, as rental income. Even the finest poplar wood is sold for Rs 5 kg only, he added. Treasurer Dr Jagvinder Singh said the Punjab Plywood Factories are cheating the farmers by paying them Rs 100, Rs 150 per quintal, less in comparison to Yamuna Nagar, Haryana. He said if the state government and the factory owners do not pay attention to the farmers’ woes, then farmers will stop sowing poplar, which would, resultantly, affect plywood industry as well.— TNS



Diwali celebrations: Rangoli-making contest at IIFT
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
The International Institute of Fashion Technology (IIFT), Sarabha Nagar, celebrated Diwali by participating in rangoli-making and diya decoration competitions.
The first prize was won by a group of interior designing students, while the second prize was won by fashion designing students.

The director of the institute, Geeta Nagrah, gave away the prizes to the winners. Nagrah encouraged students to celebrate eco-friendly Diwali.



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