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BMW crash claims lives of 2 youths
Tribune News Service

Rear half  of the damaged car in Ludhiana.
ear half  of the damaged car in Ludhiana.

Ludhiana, October 26
Two persons were killed while one suffered injuries after a speeding white BMW hit a tree near Deepak Hospital in Sarabha Nagar last night. The trio was headed towards the Ferozepur road.

According to the police, the car was being driven at a speed over 200 km hr when the accident took place. The impact was so strong that the BMW was cut into half.

The speedometer needle stuck at 120km per hour speed level.
The speedometer needle stuck at 120km per hour speed level.

The deceased have been identified as Gagan Sharma, a resident of D-Block, BRS Nagar, and Rajat Dua of Dugri. Atul Bansal, a resident of a colony located near Aarti Cinema, suffered minor injuries. He was discharged from the hospital following treatment.

Atul was reportedly driving the vehicle while Rajat was sitting on co-passenger seat and Gagan was on the backseat. He lost control over the car while negotiating a curve near Deepak Hospital in Sarabha Nagar. The car skidded off the road and crashed into a tree.

The car was cut into half. While the front half was found near the Bal Bhawan area, the rear one was lying near the back gate of Power Colony.

Rajat Dua, victim.
Rajat Dua, victim.

Gagandeep Sharma, victim.
Gagandeep Sharma, victim.

An eyewitness said both youngsters died on the spot while Atut was rushed to the hospital. Arminder Singh, Sarabha Nagar SHO, said inquest proceeding has been initiated under section 174 of the CrPC.

He said the allegation that Atul had consumed liquor was being verified.

The incident goes viral

The death of two youngsters in the BMW crash went viral. Several residents were seen visiting the accident spot to get the photographs of the damaged BMW with their mobile phones.

The residents were busy sharing pictures of the accident on the micro blogging sites.


No lesson learnt from the past 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 26
It seems those driving swanky cars have not learnt their lesson from the tragic death of 26-year-old Akshit Kharbanda, son of Layallpur Sweets owner, who was killed in a similar car crash after the BMW driven by his friend collided with a pole near the MBD Neopolis shopping mall on March 15.

Such is the craze for speeding among the youngsters from effluent families that car can be seen breaking speed limits on the eight-lane (from Verka Milk till Octroi post) Ferozepur road at night. Even the police are doing nothing to check the menace.

Meanwhile, heart-rending scenes were witnessed at the cremation of Gagan Sharma, who had returned to the country recently after completing a course in hotel management. He working as Food and Beverages Manager at Park Plaza. His sister, who is married in Jalandar, and his mother, a bank employee, were inconsolable.

The tragic scenes were no different at the house of Rakesh Dua, Rajat Dua’s father, at Dugri. Rajat was helping his father in his cycle parts business.

The past of Atul Bansal, who was driving the car and escaped with minor injuries, is riddled with tragedies. He donated his kidney to his mother but she could not survive. Atul’s elder brother Rupak has been missing for the past six years.

Gagan and Rajat’s relatives said Atul, who runs a sanitary products shop near ACrti cinema along with his father, had indulged in speeding earlier also.

A turbaned man, who was at the accident spot, said he had sold a car to Atul and a few months later he learnt that it was damaged in an accident.

Gagan’s relatives said he had returned home along with his family after having dinner at a restaurant.

A neighbour said Gagan was sitting at home when Atul arrived at his house in his white BMW. Soon, Rajat Dua joined the duo. The trio then kept sitting in the vehicle till midnight.

The police are verifying whether the trio consumed anything in the car.

A neighbour said at midnight, he saw Atul, along with Gagan and Rajat, speeding towards the BRS Nagar chowk. Soon, Gagan’s family received a call about the car crash.

Speed demons

Such is the craze for speeding among the youngsters from affluent families that cars can be seen breaking speed limits on the eight-lane (from Verka Milk till Octroi post) Ferozepur road at night. Even the police are doing nothing to check the menace.



GLADA shuts eyes to blatant violations of building bylaws
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 26
Attribute it to negligence or slack enforcement on the part of the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) but hundreds of allottees of residential plots, commercial sites or built-up properties have violated terms and conditions of allotment while at the same time carried out construction in violation of the building bylaws, without attracting any penal action from the authorities.

Information obtained under the Right to Information Act by Rohit Sabharwal, president of the Council of RTI Activists, revealed there were as many as 424 cases of violation of terms and conditions of allotment or illegal change of land use where action under section 45 of the Punjab Regional and Town Planning and Development Act 1995 was initiated by GLADA for cancellation of allotment. However, in none of these cases, eviction procedure, as provided in section 46 of the Act, was launched and possession of the properties still remained with the allottees.

In a complaint lodged with the Chief Secretary, Punjab, with copies to the Chief Minister and other officials concerned, the Council of RTI Activists contended that as per the information provided by the PIO-cum-estate officer of GLADA, eviction procedure had not been launched against any of the allottees whose properties/plots were resumed under section 45 for violation of the terms and conditions of allotment or illegal change of land use. The authority had also admitted that violations were not removed by any of the allottees whose properties were resumed.

Alleging that the staff and supervisory officers of GLADA were colluding with the violators for obvious reasons, Rohit Sabharwal said it seemed the GLADA employees deployed for regulation and enforcement of provisions of the Punjab Regional and Town Planning and Development Act were deriving personal benefits out of a large number of violations in the mega city.

“The action initiated under section 45 for the cancellation of allotment is meaningless unless eviction proceedings are launched under section 46 of the Act and the allottee is physically removed from the property,” he said in the complaint.

The council has sought intervention of the state government to make sure that eviction proceedings are initiated under section 46 against all allottees whose plots/properties had been resumed under section 45 for violations. It has further asked the government to seek explanation from GLADA officials for their failure to launch eviction proceedings even in a single case after allotment of plot/property was cancelled.

“The government ought to identify and fix responsibility of the staff/officials for failure to act against the violators as per provisions of the Punjab Regional and Town Planning and Development Act,” the complainant said.



Engine ditches train to Asr
Guard sounds alert as engine gets separated from coaches
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 26
A major tragedy was averted as the coaches of a passenger train got separated from the engine shortly after departing from Ludhiana railway station in the evening. The railway guard alerted the engine driver who had proceeded to a distance of some 100 metre, leaving the coaches behind. As the engine driver halted and reversed the engine, the railway officials also rushed to the spot.

Station superintendent RK Sharma said 74645 DMU (diesel multiple unit) Ambala Cantonment-Amrtisar passenger train left Ludhiana railway station from platform No. 6 at 6.20 pm. The train reached near Domoria Bridge (a railway underpass connecting the Civil Lines with the old city) when the coaches got separated from the engine.

The railway officials, who had arrived at the spot with the technical staff, tried to make the train resume its onward journey but due to faulty coupling and insufficient pressure, they did not succeed. Ultimately, the train was pulled back to the railway station at 7.15 pm where the snag was rectified and the train departed for its destination two hours behind schedule.

The passengers aboard the train had a harrowing time due to complete uncertainty prevailing for two hours. Anxious passengers kept making inquiries from the railway staff about the nature of snag and the tentative time of departure of the train, without getting any satisfactory response, said a railway vendor on Platform No. 6.

Faulty coupling

The technical staff tried to fix the fault on the track but due to faulty coupling they did not succeed. Ultimately, the train was pulled back to the railway station at 7.15 pm where the snag was rectified.



Dengue cases breach 100 mark at city hospitals
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 26
The number of patients diagnosed with dengue at city hospitals has crossed the 100 mark. A total of 107 patients have been diagnosed with dengue at the city hospitals, of whom 73 belong to Ludhiana, 29 to other districts and five are from other states.

Today, two more patients from Ludhiana district tested positive for dengue. A woman (37) from Tilak Nagar and a man (25) from Sanjay Gandhi Colony were under treatment for dengue at the Christian Medical College and Hospital.

Maximum number of patients are from Hoshiarpur (10), followed by Jalandhar (5).

The number of patients is increasing with each passing day. The Health Department’s advisory on taking precautions seems to have failed to wake up residents from their deep slumber. The larvae of dengue mosquito are found almost daily by health teams.

We have been regularly issuing advisories to the city people on how to prevent the breeding of dengue mosquito and on safety tips,” said the District Epidimologist, Dr Anil Verma.

He said what surprises the most is that larvae were found not only in the city’s interiors but also in the posh localities.”It is just the careless attitude of the people that water is not removed from desert coolers, flower pots, etc, for days, which become perfect places for mosquitoes to breed,” he added.

“Previous infection increases the risk of having severe symptoms if one is infected again. The risk of developing severe dengue fever, also known as dengue haemorrhagic fever, actually increases if you’re infected a second, third or fourth time,” said Dr Harish Singla, a city-based general physician.

Dengue fever is caused by any one of four dengue viruses spread by mosquitoes that thrive in and near human lodgings.

Safety tips

  • Dengue spreads through mosquito bite during daytime.
  • Mosquitoes breed in containers such as ?flower pots, water coolers, water tanks, etc. Change water in flower pots kept in drawing rooms twice a week.
  • Dry the coolers and throw away old mats.
  • Keep rooftops clear of containers/tyres.
  • Wear full-sleeve shirts and cover your feet in the morning and evening.
  • Spray insecticides under tables and behind curtains.
  • Do not allow water to accumulate near houses.
  • Use anti mosquito nets to prevent dengue and malaria.
  • Properly cover containers and water tanks.
  • Report suspected cases of dengue to the nearest dispensary, hospital or Civil Surgeon’s Office Control Room at No. 0161-2444193



Bar owner in soup over poster
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 26
Hanging a poster reading, “Beer better than women”, proved costly for the owner of a beer bar located near Pakhowal. He has been booked under the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act 1986.

The case has been registered against Deepak Kothari, owner of the Colonel’s Cabin restaurant, following an inquiry that stretched fore more than two months.

The case was registered on a complaint of a city-based, Dr Amandeep Singh Bains. The doctor spotted the poster and took strong offence to it. He reported the matter to the police.

The matter had been probed for nearly two months, following which a case was registered.

Deepak was not arrested yet as the matter was being investigation further.

The Act

The Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986, prohibits indecent representation of women through advertisement or in publications, writings, paintings, figures or in any other manner. In January 2013, three Punjabi singers, Jazzy B, Yo Yo Honey Singh and Diljit Dosanjh were arrested under this Act for indecent representation of women through their songs.




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Clean India a distant dream
Within few weeks of launch, things returning to square one
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 26
Responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s clarion call for a “Swachh Bharat” earlier this month, various government and non-governmental organisations pledged to keep our surroundings clean.

However, within a few weeks, everything seems to be returning to square one. Before Diwali, many people, while cleaning their houses, threw garbage on the roadside, as they had been doing for many years.

An owner of a house in a posh locality said, “We got our house whitewashed. I paid someone to take away all the waste material. While I fulfilled my responsibility, someone threw discarded cooler mats in front of my house’s boundary wall. It really irritated me. When will people get some civic sense?”

Surinder Dhir, a resident of Dugri, Phase-II, said: “We Indians follow all norms and rules when we visit abroad. It is a matter of shame that when in India, we forget everything and litter our surroundings. The common explanation given by us is: ‘Kaunsa mera ghar hai yahan?’”

Only lip service will not be enough to achieve the target of a clean India, says SP Karkara, president of the Federation of Senior Citizens’ Associations, Punjab.

“We must instil in every mind the importance of keeping our surroundings clean,” he says, adding, “The Municipal Corporation must take the lead in monitoring the campaign. Mohalla-level committees can be constituted for making people aware of the campaign and adopting specific areas to implement it.”

Karkara said the federation would be devising a strategy to participate in the campaign during the next governing council meeting.

Change needed in people’s attitude: DC

As the Prime Minister said people must change their attitude. The Swachh Bharat campaign was launched with the aim to make the country clean. To convey the message to masses, some awareness programmes were held and different departments were told in detail about the guidelines received from the Government of India. Paying heed to those guidelines, all state government offices have started “weeding out” outdated records on a daily basis between 3 pm and 5 pm. As far as general cleanliness is concerned, people have been made aware about it. Now, it is their responsibility to keep their city clean.
— Rajat Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana



Reporter Diary
Vows of green Diwali go up in smoke

Despite a yearlong campaign against the use of crackers, the sale of crackers in the city was higher than the sale last year. So was the deafening noise level on Diwali night. Although, data of air pollution caused by crackers and fireworks is not available yet, roads and streets littered with crackers’ waste on the morning after Diwali left no body in any doubt that vows of green and cracker-free Diwali had gone up in the smoke. Shall we ever learn, or never?

Modernity, a mistaken concept

Recently, while reporting, I attended a function of one of the city-based clubs. There, I overheard two women trying to prove to each other that they were more “modern” than the other. Both were to attend a wedding, and were discussing the outfits. One of them was time and again mentioning that she will be wearing “sleeveless”, while the other pointed out that she does not like gold and will be going in for diamond jewellery. I was listening to their conversation very inquisitively. Then came the waiter and asked them what they wanted to drink. Both ordered liquor. On drinking it, their facial expressions made it clear they were not relishing it. Seeing them, I wondered if wearing sleeveless clothes and drinking wine made any woman modern. Modernity is all about your thoughts, not your appearance.

Matrimonial desires

Newspapers are of great help in finding a match for both boys and girls. To find a suitable match, advertisements are given in English, Hindi and Punjabi dailies. Recently, I came across an interesting matrimonial advertisement in a Punjabi Daily. The requirement for a 27-year-old youth from Jagraon was: “Want an exceptionally beautiful Punjabi girl (she should be like Katrina Kaif) for boy, an NRI.” The parents could contact the boy directly and there was no other demand, the only condition being the girl should be as beautiful as Katrina Kaif.

Lighting up lives

The festival season brings monetary relief to many. On the eve of Diwali, many people, including some girls, women and youngsters, were seen selling earthen lamps, calendars, candles and sugar toys. One such roadside vendor said: “Earlier, I used to do hosiery work. But these days, it has seen a slump. For the past some days, I was sitting idle at home. Thank God, Diwali came and I could earn something. I wish there were more such festivals.”

Contributed by Kuldip Bhatia, Manav Mander, Shivani Bhakoo and Anupam Bhagria



MOM serves one more mission
Through regular updates on social media, piques students’ interest in astronomy
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 26
The live transmission of the Mars Orbiter Mission’s entry into the red planet’s orbit across schools last month has whipped up the interest of city students.

Since the event on September 24, many youngsters have been keeping themselves updated about the mission’s progress. They follow the Twitter handles of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) besides going through photos and comments and taking part in discussions on Facebook and other social media.

“The mission interests me and I have been following all developments related to it ardently,” says a student.

Many youngsters have become interested in astronomy, while following the Mars mission on social media. Navneet Singh, an engineering student, says he was never much interested in astronomy, but the way ISRO shares information related to MOM on social media is excellent.

“This has made me interested in astronomy and I have started reading more about the subject,” he says.

Youngsters find the informal tone of the “tweets” interesting.

The last tweet about a comet going past the planet was as if the Mars Orbiter were an animate thing, says Lovedeep, a Class X student.

“The tweet also said ‘I am safe and sound’. Such tweets are very interesting,” he says.

Rahul Kumar, another student, says using the “first person” to communicate on Twitter is attracting students.

“One of the tweets said, ‘I’ll be back after breakfast’, referring to sunlight for recharging the batteries,” says Rahul.

“The Twitter account has definitely generated curiosity and interest about the MOM among youngsters,” says Vinay Sharma, a physics teacher and principal of Don Bosco School.

“In fact, students have started discussing more about life on Mars and astronomy,” he says.



NGO raises concern over unsafe school buildings
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 26
The Navchetna Employees Front, an NGO fighting for the rights of students and out-of-school children, has urged the government to come to the rescue of students attending classes in unsafe buildings.

They have also demanded opening of schools in areas where there are no government educational institutes.

Giving heed to their demands, Punjab Education Minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema has directed the authorities concerned to identify unsafe school buildings and initiate the process of necessary repairs or reconstruction.

Lakhvir Singh Khattra, senior vice-president of the organization, said a delegation of office-bearers led by president Sukhdhir Singh Sekhon and patron Bhushan Lal Khanna had met Cheema for getting their demands accepted. Ranjit Singh Dhillon, a legislator from Ludhiana, had accompanied the delegation.

The Education Minister also assured the delegation that a senior secondary school would be opened in the Assembly segment represented by Dhillon.

The front, formed by government employees, had launched a movement to spread awareness about ills of child labour. Besides rescuing exploited children, the campaign has helped the Education Department achieve full enrolment at elementary level.

The organisation has also constituted a group of volunteer educators to provide free coaching to needy students.



Litterateur gives senior citizens tips on leading an active life
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Yashpal Bangia with his sixth book for senior citizens, “Jeevan Darshan—Anubhavon ki Geeta ka Amrit Kalash”.
Yashpal Bangia with his sixth book for senior citizens, “Jeevan Darshan—Anubhavon ki Geeta ka Amrit Kalash”. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, October 26
City-based litterateur Yashpal Bangia has come up with his sixth book on senior citizens. Bangia, who retired from the Postal Department as a public relation officer, said: “I keep working on my book throughout the year, so that I may release it in the month of October on the occasion of Senior Citizen Day.”

In my sixth book I have appealed to all senior citizens not to sit idle at home and keep working as per their capabilities.

“This is the mantra for an active and healthy life,” said Bangia.

The 72-year-old litterateur, who is actively associated with many organisations, has eight books to his credit, of which five are dedicated to senior citizens.

The latest one, “Jeevan Darshan—Anubhavon ki Geeta ka Amrit Kalash”, has a lot of suggestions for the elderly on how to tackle health problems, keep depression at bay and ways to stay happy.

The septuagenarian author has also written books on philately in three different languages: Punjabi, English and Hindi.



300 students compete in debate, poetry
Our Correspondent

Samrala, October 26
Around 300 schoolchildren took part in the Bachpan Sambhal Sikhi Lehar competition at Malwa College, Bondli. In senior group, Amandeep Kaur of Dyalpura village came first, while Kiranjit Kaur (Kulewal) stood second.

In junior group, Bikramjit Singh (Ghungrali Sikhan) claimed the first position, while Gurleen Kaur (Mal Majra) was declared the runner-up.

In debate, Ramandeep Kaur and Sahibjot Kaur stood first and second respectively. In poetry, Harbhalv Singh came first, followed by Harmanjot Kaur.

In senior group debate, Komalpreet Kaur came first and Akashdeep Kaur grabbed the second spot. In divinity poems, Harjot Singh and Jasvir Singh came first, while Rajwinder Kaur and Mandeep Kaur came second.

The winners were given laptops and other prizes by SGPC president Avtar Singh and BKU president Balvir Singh Rajewal.

The SGPC president also announced a special aid of Rs 1.2 lakh for preaching Sikhism among schoolchildren in the area.



Thousands pay homage to Galib
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 26
The bhog and antim ardas of senior Akali leader and former Member of Parliament Gurcharan Singh Galib was organised at Gurdwara Begampura Bhora Sahib near Nanaksar today. Galib (82) had passed away last week after brief illness.

Thousands of people from all walks of life were present to pay homage to the departed soul. Leaders of various political parties, including Shiromani Akali Dal, Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party, CPI and CPI (M), and representatives of various religious and social organisations paid rich tributes to Galib.

Among those who paid homage to Galib were Punjab Cabinet Ministers Sharanjit Singh Dhillon and Tota Singh, SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar, MLAs Peter Sandhu, Manpreet Ayali, SR Kaler, Karan Brar, Amreek Singh Dhillon and Bharat Bhushan Ashu, former MLA Gurdeep Singh Bhaini, senior Congress leader Jagmeet Singh Brar and top officials of various government departments.

Cabinet Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon said Gurcharan Singh Galib was one of the tallest pillars of modern times and a great leader.

“Very few men can match his charisma, determination and his courage to speak his mind on issues concerning the people he loved and represented,” said Dhillon.

Gurcharan Singh Galib was born at Galib Kalan village near Jagraon on December 1, 1932. In 1964, he became panchayat samiti president in Sidhwan Bet, and got elected as an MLA from Jagraon three years later. In 1990, he became District Congress Committee, Ludhiana, president, before being elected to Lok Sabha from Ludhiana in 1992 and 1999 on the Congress ticket. Galib joined Shiromani Akali Dal in 2009 and at present was the vice-president and member of the party’s political affairs committee.



1 killed, 8 hurt as bus overturns 
Our Correspondent

The bus that overturned near Sarabha village in Ludhiana district.
The bus that overturned near Sarabha village in Ludhiana district. A Tribune photograph

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 26
One woman was killed while eight others suffered injuries when the mini-bus they were travelling in overturned near Sarabha village today. Thirty passengers were on their way to Sirsa in Haryana. The deceased was identified as Harbhana Kaur of Partap Singh Wala Satsang Ghar.

The driver lost control and the bus overturned.

Passersby and the Jodhan police rushed the injured to hospital in Ludhiana where Harbhajan Kaur was declared brought dead.



Chaos encroaches upon city markets
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Shopkeepers have encroached upon corridors and roadsides in Ludhiana.
Shopkeepers have encroached upon corridors and roadsides in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, October 26
The civic body has failed to remove encroachments from city markets.

As the authorities are sitting mum, roads and lanes are being encroached upon by shopkeepers.

The shopkeepers in areas, including Ghumar Mandi, Field Ganj, Model Town, Gur Mandi, Chaura Bazaar and Talab Bazaar, have converted temporary encroachments into permanent structures in the absence of any check.

Ditto is the situation at Bhadaur House, Mata Rani Chowk. Goods are loaded on to trucks in the middle of roads. Commuters are always at the receiving end and traffic jams are a common occurrence here.

Complaints have fallen on deaf ears. MC and police officials keep carrying out drives, but the situation is back to the drawing board after the officials leave. Vehicles are parked haphazardly on the roads. Goods stocked in corridors obstruct the movement of visitors. “The authorities have done nothing so far. Their tall claims have fallen flat. They keep holding meetings, but never act. It seems that the MC is not interested in easing congestion and removing temporary encroachments. The MC should swing into action,” said Sukhminder Singh, a senior citizen near Civil Lines. 



Uproar over MC general house
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 26
As the MC General House is scheduled to be held before November 1, councillors are hopeful of getting pending projects completed.

Congress Councillors said if this time too, the authorities failed to keep their word, a protest would be held.

Leader of Opposition Hemraj Aggarwal and spokesperson for Congress councillors Parminder Mehta said if the authorities failed to convene the meeting before November 1, the councillors would resort to agitation.

“The wait seems unending. The authorities have been testing our patience. In a recently held meeting, it was decided that the meeting would be held soon. Sooner or later, the authorities will have to answer the councillors’ queries. People want to know the status of development works. The City Bus Service has been stopped for want of funds and buses are gathering rust. Foundation stones were laid by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, but projects are yet to take off. We want answers,” said Mehta. An official of the Municipal Corporation said that authorities wanted to avoid arguments or clashes. “There are no funds. We are finding it difficult to pay monthly salaries to employees. There are serious issues such as illegal buildings and tax recovery. The MC is suffering losses. To avoid the ugly situation, the authorities prefer not to hold the General House,” said the official with MC.



Civic body seeks help from police
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 26
The civic authorities have sought help from the police to act against building bylaw violators.

MC Commissioner has issued instructions stating that if the building plan was not approved by the MC, the construction would be stopped.

“Even if a notice has been issued to the violator, the construction cannot continue till the time the building map is approved. Once the maps are approved, the construction can be started,” said MC Commissioner Pradeep Aggarwal. Fifty teams have been constituted by the MC to act against illegal buildings in the city. Surveys will be started by the teams from tomorrow and building branch officials will not be part of the teams. Employees and officials from other departments will check the status of buildings.

Earlier, the Commissioner had asked the officials to issue challans. Now again, Aggarwal has asked the teams to conduct surveys so that the exact number of illegal buildings, buildings without maps, with compoundable/non-compoundable violations could be estimated.



Service tax 
Last date extended to Nov 14
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 26
The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has extended the last date for filing service tax from October 25 to November 14.

“Those who have been assigned service tax registration numbers are required to file the half-yearly return,” said Jatinder Khurana, taxation lawyer.

An official from the department said the date was extended keeping in view the festive season and natural calamities in some parts of the country.

The service tax return is required to be filed in Form ST-3 or ST-3A as the case may include the following month-wise details.

  • The value of taxable services charged/billed
  • The value of taxable services realised
  • The amount of service tax payable/paid

For an assessee providing more than one taxable service, only a single service tax return is sufficient. However, the details in the columns of Forms ST-3 have to be furnished separately for each of the services rendered by him.

In case of any error or omission in the return, an assessee can furnish a revised return of service tax within 90 days from the date of submission of the original service tax return.



Monthly ration distributed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 26
The sixty-fourth monthly ration distribution camp was held at Shiv Puri under the guidance of chairman Ahmed Ali Guddu and president Guddi Mahant of Akhil Bhartiya Samaj Sewa.

The members encouraged people to chip in for the noble cause. The chairman said for the past five years, the society was distributing ration to needy women every month.



Ludhiana scan
Akali leaders meet

A special meeting of Shiromani Akali Dal (Urban-1) was held at the residence of Gurdip Singh Pinki. The meeting was attended by Madan Lal Bagga, president of Shiromani Akali Dal, Ludhiana (Urban), Gurdip Singh Gosha and Jasbir Singh Jassa among others. While addressing the gathering, Bagga said committees would be constituted at booth level to strengthen the party in urban areas.


The state wing of Shiv Sena took out a protest march from the railway station to Clock Tower. The activists protested against the state government’s failure to provide suitable shelter homes to stray cattle. Shiv Sena chairman Rajiv Tandon said the SAD government was not paying any attention towards the safety of stray cattle. He also asked the BJP whether the decision to ban the proposed “Trishul March” was taken after taking them into confidence. — TNS



Mishap victim’s kin stage dharna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 26
High drama was witnessed on Tajpur Road after relatives of a road accident victim placed the latter’s body in front of the Tajpur police chowki and demanded the registration of a case against the accused.

The victim, identified as Simran Kumar, who was riding a bike, was killed in a road accident on Tajpur Road. Following the protest, the police registered a case against one Mintu Kumar under Section 304-A of the IPC.

35-year-old commits suicide

A 35-year-old man reportely committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his house in Jeevan Nagar.

The deceased has been identified as Manoj Kumar.

The deceased had allegedly been suffering from depression for a long time. When he committed suicide, his wife and son had gone away for some work.



Woman dies mysteriously
Tribune reporters

Jagraon, October 26
A woman died under mysterious circumstances at her residence in the Bajwa Colony area this afternoon. The deceased was identified as Amandeep Kaur, alias Rozi.

Her in-laws informed the police about the incident. The body was sent to hospital for post-mortem.

Crying foul, the woman’s parents alleged that her in-laws murdered her. The deceased’s father, Inderjit Singh of Bathinda, said Amandeep Kaur had tied the knot with Umesh Kapoor of Jagraon in 2010.

“We had spent more than Rs 20 lakh on the wedding and also gave Rs 5 lakh to my daughter’s in-laws. Soon after the marriage, the boy’s parents started harassing her for dowry. On Karva Chauth, they demanded Rs 1 lakh from us, but as we failed to arrange the money, they sent my daughter to Bathinda,” said Inderjit Singh.

“Today, Amandeep called me up saying she was being harassed by her in-laws,” said Inderjit Singh.

He claimed that Amandeep Kaur was killed by her in-laws and that they were projecting it as a suicide.No case was registered till the filing of the report.

Jagraon DSP Surinder Kumar said a probe was on and the police had recoded the statements of both the parties. “The reason behind the death is yet to be ascertained. Once the autopsy report is out, we will initiate the proceedings,” said the DSP.

Robber nabbed

Ludhiana: The police have arrested a robber. The accused, identified as Bhupinder Kumar, stole valuables and belongings of patients’ attendants at the Civil Hospital.

The police have recovered a mobile phone, an LCD and Rs 57,000 in cash from the accused. 



Table tennis: Pankaj pockets three titles
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 26
Pankaj Sidana from Chandigarh stole limelight as he bagged three titles in the 25th Prithipal Singh Memorial Open Table Tennis Tournament that concluded at the indoor gymnasium hall of Punjab Agricultural University today.

Stamping his superiority over others, Pankaj won titles in the junior boys, youth boys in addition to the men’s singles categories. He faced a little challenge in the junior boys’ section, but had to toil hard to come out triumphant in the youth as well as men’s final. In the junior boy’s final, Pankaj proved too good for his opponent, Harnoor Singh whom he overpowered in straight sets 11-6, 11-5 and 11-9 to secure top honours.

The final played in the youth boys’ category between Pankaj and Sahibjot turned out to be a keenly contested affair. Pankaj wrapped up first two sets 11-8 and 11-8, but failed to keep up the same rhythm as he lost the next two sets without waging a battle 6-11, 5-11.

Stung by the reverse, Pankaj fought back valiantly and lay his hands on the winners’ trophy. In the men’s singles final, Pankaj faced a little challenge from Harnoor Singh before romping home victor 3-1. He won the verdict 11-7, 11-9, 6-11 and 11-8.

In the junior girls’ section, Pinky got the better of Annaya 11-6, 6-11, 11-7 and 11-9 to clinch the title and in the youth girls’ category, Bhumika proved her mettle as she defeated Tanya without being challenged 11-6, 11-7 and 11-5. Similarly, Nirdosh proved too good for Bhumika whom she outnumbered 11-9, 11-8 and 11-6 to win women’s singles title while Subhash Garg beat Vinayak 11-6, 11-6 and 11-7 to bag the title in the veteran’s group(above 55) and Manmeet outwitted HS Chhatwal 11-1, 1-11, 11-6 and 11-7 to wrap up the title in the veteran’s category (above 40 years). Manmeet and Rishab outplayed the pair of Naman and Gaurav 11-6, 11-7 to lift the trophy.



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