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Fake case racket unearthed
3 lawyers among 12 booked for extorting money from cops, residents
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 2
Twelve persons, including three women and as many advocates, have been booked for allegedly filing false complaints against innocent residents and police officers to extort money from them. Those booked have been identified as advocate ND Sharma (main accused), Kulwinder Singh, Prabhjot Kaur, Pritpal Singh, Kultar Singh, Manjit Kaur, Kamal Devi, Balwinder Singh, alias Sant, Gurdev Singh, Rattan Singh, advocate Mahinder Lal Tiwari and Dinesh Tiwari.

They have been booked under sections 389 (causing fear of accusation of an offence punishable with death, imprisonment for life or imprisonment for 10 years in order to commit extortion), 420 (cheating and thereby dishonestly inducing delivery of property or the making, alteration or destruction of a valuable security), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 120- B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.

The case has been registered on a complaint of Joginder Kumar Miglani, a resident of the Chandigarh Road area.

In his complaint, Miglani has stated that the main accused, along with his accomplices, used to file false cases against innocent persons and policemen and extort money from them on the pretext of effecting a compromise.

According to Station House Officer (SHO) Dharampal, the case was registered on the recommendation of ADCP-IV Satvir Atwal. The case has been registered against the accused following a five-month investigation. “The main accused and his accomplices have extorted huge amounts. They first filed false cases in the court and then extorted money on the pretext of withdrawing the cases. We are yet to verify how many policemen were harassed by the gang,” said Dharampal.

President of the District Bar Association, VB Verma, said: “I cannot comment on the issue as I have not seen the FIR yet. I have constituted a five-member panel that will look into the complaints against ND Sharma.”

Gagandeep Arora, who is a member of the panel, said: “As practitioner of law, we stand for free and fair justice. We stand for dignity. Such incidents set a bad example. That’s what I could say.”

Sources said there were several complaints against ND Sharma, of which 24 were filed by police officers.

It is learnt that he has filed compliant cases against high-rank police officers as well as some lower-rung policemen.

Tainted past

In July last year, ND Sharma, along with his colleague, was booked for demanding Rs 3 lakh as “extortion money” from a 65-year-old hardware trader for not proceeding with a molestation case against him.


No bloom but only gloom at Rakh Bagh in city
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 2
The morning and evening walkers at Rakh Bagh are at pain to see the park in a shambles. The green area, which provides the residents some respite from the polluted air in the city, is not being properly maintained.

It is learnt that the maintenance of Rakh Bagh was recently entrusted to a leading industrial group of the city. However, neither the group nor the authorities seem to be bothered about keeping it neat and clean.

Another visitor, Sukhchain Singh, said there was no maintenance of the public park and one could see weeds and wild grass all around. “You hardly see any gardener maintaining the plants and grass. Some of the areas are totally dry. We have come to know that a leading industrial group has been entrusted with the maintenance of the Rakh Bagh, but it remains in a shambles,” said Sukhchain Singh.

Meanwhile, the Municipal Commissioner, Pradeep Aggarwal, said efforts were being made to allocate the Rakh Bagh to some private company for maintenance but nothing had been finalised yet. The Commissioner said he would make sure that the park was maintained till it was properly handed over to some private company.



Crackdown on autos, 60 impounded
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 2
The city traffic police today relaunched its drive to curb the menace of illegal auto-rickshaws. Till evening, the traffic police had impounded 60 auto-rickshaws and challaned around 100 others as their drivers had failed to produce the documents. The traffic police had given three months’ time to all auto-rickshaw operators to get themselves registered with the traffic police at the Saanjh Kendras.

The auto operators, who have registered themselves with the Saanjh Kendras, were allowed to operate. Giving details about the drive, Rahul Verma, traffic adviser to the city traffic police, said the figures might increase by the evening.

The traffic police had come up with a plan to eradicate illegal auto-rickshaws from the city. The move was aimed at curbing rising crime involving auto-rickshaw gangs. The traffic police had proposed a plan to register all auto-rickshaws with the traffic police at the Sanjh Kendras.

The officials said an auto-rickshaw operator was supposed to give his name and the vehicle owner’s name at one of the kendras. Besides, he has to submit his passport-sized photograph, mobile number, vehicle registration number, a copy of the registration certificate and a copy of the address proof at the kendra.

Police officials said the action was taken as ample time of nearly three months was given to the auto-rickshaw operator to register with the kendras.

“The drive will help check the number of auto-rickshaws as these cause major traffic bottlenecks in many areas. The police will be able to keep a tab on illegal three-wheelers plying on the city roads,” said Rahul Verma.

Meanwhile, acting tough against tipplers and car owners, who have not removed black films from their vehicles, Commissioner of Police Pramod Ban issued orders under section 144 of the CrPC, prohibiting tipplers from consuming liquor in the open (dhabas, outside liquor vends and eateries). The Commissioner also warned residents against using black film on their vehicles as it was a violation of the Supreme Court ruling.



Political interference behind encroachments
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 2
A major problem in the city has always been traffic congestion and one of the reasons for it is encroachments, both temporary and permanent ones. Political interference and connivance of certain officials of the Municipal Corporation with people with vested interests have ensured rampant encroachments in the city.

Starting from the old city to the posh areas, temporary encroachments are everywhere to be seen. The old areas such as Chaura Bazar, Talab Bazar, CMC Road, Khud Mohalla, Gur Mandi, Mata Rani Chowk, and the posh areas such as Sarabha Nagar, Model Town, Pakhowal Road, Ferozepur Road are full of encroachments. Blame it on the lack of will on the part of the law-enforcing agencies or too much political interference, these temporary encroachments ultimately become permanent ones over the period.

The spokesperson for the Congress councilors, Parminder Mehta, said initially, there were temporary encroachments in areas such as Chaura Bazar and Talab Bazar when shopkeepers had started putting up their goods in the open. But seeing that the authorities are taking no action against them, they raised permanent structures, which the MC is finding difficult to remove due to political pressure. The High Court has ordered for their removal at the earliest.

Authorities fail to act on time

New encroachments come up with each passing day but the authorities are yet to wake from their deep slumber. A few persons have started encroaching upon the Pakhowal Road (the stretch leading to the cremation ground of Model Town) by putting up their small “shops” selling shoes, rubber items, bed covers, etc. As it is a busy road, these encroachers catch the attention of each passerby. However, it seems the MC authorities are waiting for someone to file complaint against these encroachers before taking action against them. This is not an isolated case, similar encroachments can be seen almost everywhere in the city.

Administration lacks will

While many residents have moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court against these temporary and permanent encroachments and various writs and contempt-of-courts matters are sub judice, the authorities lack will to take stern action against the defaulters. The encroachments in old city, which have become permanent ones over the years, have not been removed despite the High Court’s direction. The area is a good vote bank of many parties. Each time the MC teams plan to conduct a demolition drive in the area, leaders intervene and teams return without taking any action.

‘Gandhigiri’ fails to make a difference

The tehbazari wing of the MC has recently adopted the “Gandhigiri” approach. Its staff ask shopkeepers and encroachers to remove their encroachments on their own, citing the trouble caused to residents. The team members are often seen holding microphones in their hands and making appeals for the welfare of the city. But this effort has hardly borne any fruit.

Posh areas encroached upon too

Starting from the old city to the posh areas, temporary encroachments are everywhere to be seen. The old areas such as Chaura Bazar, Talab Bazar, CMC Road, Khud Mohalla, Gur Mandi, Mata Rani Chowk, and the posh areas such as Sarabha Nagar, Model Town, Pakhowal Road, Ferozepur Road are full of encroachments.



Woman’s death: Docs accused of negligence
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 2
The relatives of a patient, who died due to alleged negligence on the part of doctors at a nursing home in Model Town, today held a demonstration against the doctors. Following a complaint, the Model Town police registered a case under section 304 of the IPC against the nursing home authorities.

Confirming this, the Model Town SHO, Inderjit Singh, said the police had registered a case against the nursing home authorities as it is being alleged that the patient, a pregnant woman, died due to negligence on the part of the doctors.

According to information, the patient, Geeta, who was eight months pregnant and had developed some complication, was admitted to Puri Nursing Home, C Block, Model Town, last evening. All of a sudden, the relatives were told in the morning that both Geeta and her unborn child could not be saved, following which the relatives started demonstrating against the hospital staff/ doctors for being negligent towards their patient.

“We have registered a case. We will investigate the matter before reaching to any conclusion,” the SHO said.



Two killed in mishaps at same spot
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, November 2
Two women were killed in separate accidents at the same spot, one in the afternoon and another in the evening, near the Bhaini Sahib turn, a few kilometres from the Neelon bridge. Cases have been registered and the erring drivers arrested.

In the accident that took place in the afternoon, Beant Kaur, wife of Surjit Singh of Katani Kalan village, was crushed under the wheels of a vehicle (Tempo) after she fell off the bus she had boarded at her village. She had the fatal fall at a sharp turn as the door of the bus was open. She died on the spot.

A case was registered against the drivers of both the bus and the Tempo. They have been arrested.

In another accident that took place at the same spot in the evening, a woman was killed after the bike she was riding with her child and husband collided with a car coming from the Ludhiana side. She was crushed under the wheels of the car and died on the spot. Her husband and child suffered minor injuries and were taken to the Civil Hospital. A case was registered against Bahadur Singh, the car driver.

The Koom Kalan Station House Officer said it was surprising that both incidents took place at the same spot. As it was due to the negligence on the part of the drivers, cases have been registered against them. Both drivers have been arrested.



Weekly train to Gorakhpur launched
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 2
The migrant population in the city has something to cheer about. As announced in Railway Budget for 2014-15, the Northern Railway introduced a new weekly train between Amritsar and Gorakhpur today.

The totally unreserved (general class) train 14611/12 will leave Amritsar every Sunday at 12.35 pm and reach Gorakhpur at 7.55 am the next day. It will depart from Gorakhpur every Monday at 10.35 am and arrive Amritsar at 6.30 am the next day.

The train will have commercial halts at Beas, Jalandhar City, Phagwara, Ludhiana, Ambala Cantonment, Saharanpur, Moradabad, Bareilly, Shahjahanpur, Sitapur Cantonment, Gonda, Manakpur, Basti and Khalilabad.

Meanwhile, the railway authorities have announced the cancellation of certain trains from December 31, 2014, to February 15, 2015, apprehending foggy conditions during that period. The New Delhi-Ludhiana-Moga Shatabdi Express, Jalandhar-New Delhi Intercity Express and some other trains coming from Saharsa, Sealdah and Howrah were among the trains which would remain cancelled during this period.



Cleanliness a distant dream at Aman Nagar
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Garbage scattered all over the road at Aman Nagar in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, November 2
Cleanliness remains a distant dream for residents of Aman Nagar near Jalandhar bypass. When Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is initiated anywhere in the city, residents of Aman Nagar feel disappointed as most of the time they are surrounded with dirt and garbage all around.

Even after repeated requests made to the authorities concerned, garbage from a dump here is never lifted on time. As a result, a lot of garbage and filth gets scattered all over the road, putting commuters and area residents in a hardship.

Munish Kumar, a resident of the area, said: “Garbage remains scattered all over for 2-3 days. Mosquitoes and flies are witnessed in the area, posing a serious health hazard”.

“The authorities claim to have started campaigns such as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, but they need to visit such places to see the ground reality,” said the resident.

Another resident said public had no other option but to throw garbage in the same dump.

“It becomes the duty of the authorities to lift the garbage on a daily basis. If they do not lift it, we are not to be blamed,” said the resident.

Stray cattle and dogs scatter the filth all over to find something to eat from the garbage dumped here.



Unavailability of server delays online issuance of learner’s licence
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 2
Unavailability of server at Children’s Park (where learner’s licences are issued) is delaying the process of online issuance of licence. District Transport Office is coordinating with the National Informatics Company (NIC) to provide some solution to the problem.

Anil Garg, District Transport Officer (DTO), Ludhiana, said: “At present, National Informatics Company has installed a software, “Saarthi”, at Children’s Park and Suvidha Centre, Mini-Secretariat, for the issuance of computerised licence. It registers and records signatures and thumb impressions of applicants in the system on the spot while obtaining driving licence.”

“Now, the District Transport Office wants to start the online issuance of licence, but we are facing some technical snag,” he said.

Anil Garg said: “We have observed that when an applicant wants to upload a form, it is uploaded at the Suvidha Centre at the Mini-Secretariat. Due to some technical hiccups, the form is not being uploaded at Children’s Park. For this, we are in regular touch with the company.”

It is expected that by next few weeks, the process of online issuance of licence will start as National Informatics Company is working on it.

The District Transport Officer said: “Once it starts, it will be easy for applicants to get online licence. One can download the form from the website, www.punjabtransport.com. After submitting it online, the applicant will have to visit the office of the learners’ licence at Children’s Park, Model Town, for submitting the hard copy of the form having a passport-size photograph on it”.

Anil Garg said: “It is mandatory to appear for online driving test i.e. tab test. Once an applicant clears the test, he or she will be photographed through biometric machine. The applicant will be issued learner’s licence after 6 days of all this process.”



Ludhiana scan
Cleanliness drive

A medical expert examines a patient at Gurdwara Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet verma

VMAD (V making a difference, an organisation working for youth empowerment and leadership skills) are up for clean and green city. Young leaders of Vmad have taken an initiative of cleaning roads from where Nagar Kirtan has passed. Around 100 volunteers have been following the Nagar Kirtan and are cleaning the roads. Guru Nanak Khalsa School for Boys, Gujarkhan Campus, has also joined the campaign. Today’s campaign was led by Gursimran Singh, Manveer Singh, Anmol Kaur Rai and Sifti Bhatia, with the support of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation and A to Z Waste Management Company.

Advanced workshop

Dr Vivek Saggar’s Dental Care and Cure Centre and International Institute of Stomatognathic Studies are conducting an advanced workshop in dental implantology. Dr RC Hertel, a leading implantologist from Netherlands, will conduct the workshop, along with Dr Saggar. Dr. Hertel has been practicing oral implantology for the past 28 years. He has two books and 52 publications on oral implantology to his credit, in addition to a number of research and developmental projects in Europe. Dr Vivek Saggar said, “The workshop is by invitation only and is totally free of cost. “ On the occasion, Dr Hertel also inaugurated the advanced dental training wing of Dr Vivek Saggar’s Dental Care and Cure Centre.

Sports academy inaugurated

Dakha MLA Manpreet Singh Ayali inaugurated an adventure sports academy on Sunday. He said the state government is committed for developing Ludhiana as the ‘Tourism Hub’. Parasailing, paragliding, rock climbing and other such adventure sports for adventure enthusiasts of the city will be organised in the academy.

Medical camp

Free medical camp was held by Shri Guru Nanak Sewa Mission at Gurdwara Sahibzada Ajit Singh, near Dholewal, in memory of Jeevanjot Singh Gholwaria. Medical teams examined patients suffering from various diseases.

Office-bearer elected

District Governor Rotary district 3090 Pardeep Kumar Chahal said Bagh Singh Pannu of Rotary Club, Patiala, has been unanimously elected District Governor Nominee for 2017-2018. Final selection was made by nominees from nine zones of the Rotary Clubs from Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. Dr VB Dixit chaired the election meeting.

‘No plans to support SAD’

Independent legislator Simarjit Singh Bains said, on Sunday, that he will be floating a new political party. Bains categorically denied any plans to support the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in case the BJP-Akali Dal alliance breaks up.

Modi govt hailed

The Punjab Pradesh Maharaja Agrasen Aggarwal Sabha held a meeting under the presidentship of Shiv Gupta. The sabha appreciated the Modi government for announcing compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the families of 1984 riot victims. The members also appealed Narender Modi to give compensation of at least Rs 20 lakh to the terrorist-affected families, job to any of the family members and a residential facility as well.

Assn meeting

The association of tax lawyers have requested Arun Jaitley to bring down individual and HUFs income tax, slab rates to 25 per cent from 30 percent (without any surcharge) in the coming union budget. A meeting in this regard was held under the chairmanship of the general secretary of the association, Ajay Sinha. The members said legal provisions, settled laws, judicial pronouncements and judgments, which were in favour of dealers, assesses and tax payers, must be fully honoured and wrong taxes, penalties may not be imposed on the pretext that the government was short of revenue or its treasurer was vacant.

Union meet

Bhatta Mazdoor Union is perturbed over the bad condition of kilns in the state. An emergency meeting of the union members was held under the leadership of the state president, Satpal Bharti. Tarsem Jodha, a member of union, said certain brick kiln owners were instrumental in getting the kilns shut due to vested interests. Resultantly, the workers are passing through a bad phase, said Jodha. The members claimed that certain owners of brick kilns wanted workers to stop working in kilns so that most of the kilns get shut and the owners could draw maximum benefits from running their kilns. The members said the government should act tough against such ‘blackmailing’ by the owners. — TNS



City lad Abhinav Shukla's debut movie ‘Roar’ arouses residents’ interest
Tribune News Service

Abhinav Shukla Ludhiana, November 2
Parents of city lad Abhinav Shukla and youngsters here are excited over the release of his debut movie – “Roar”. Abhinav started his career with modelling before shifting his base to Mumbai in 2007. Talking about the movie, Abhinav said he always dreamt of becoming an actor. As a youngster, movies used to look illogical to him. Later, he learnt that it was cinematic liberty.

“I wanted to become an actor and set those wrong things in movies right. But I didn’t share it with anybody and worked my way from modelling to television and got my first movie,” he said.

He said the experience of shooting his first movie was both challenging and exciting at the Sunderbans, ploughing through the silt amidst the lurking danger of snakes and 
other animals in the thick forest.

“It is a good break for me as the movie is an action thriller and I play an important character in it. Apart from the excitement, the movie also gives the message to save the tiger and creates awareness about Sunderbans, where the movie is set and shot. We used to start shooting at 3 am,” he said.

After the modelling stint, he did television shows, including “Jersey No 10”, “Geet”, and participated in Survivor India.

Abhinav said he wanted to do good Punjabi movies as well.

“Though some people say they want to stick to Bollywood, I believe that the Punjabi film industry is growing and Punjabi and Hindi are two different platforms. I want to do meaningful Punjabi movies,” he said.

His parents are proud of their son’s achievement. “Abhinav used to participate in annual functions. He won a prize in acting when he was in Class VII,” said Radha Shukla, his mother, who used to teach at Guru Nanak Public School.

“He was an all-rounder and participated in the national-level science exhibition. He completed his BTech before moving to Mumbai,” said Radha.

His father, KK Shukla, a retired entomologist from the PAU, said Abhinav had passion for adventure and sports. He started working out at gym after high school. That stood him in good stead during “Gladrags” and “Grasim India” modelling contests and later in “Survivor India” reality show. It is good that he made a start with a meaningful movie about tigers.



From schools
Alumni meet

Ludhiana: A reunion for old students of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School was organized here where emotions ran high and nostalgia took the alumni on a trip down the memory lane recalling the fond memories of their school days. It was a fun-filled and potent gathering of old BCMites. Surinder Walia, former principal of the school, was the chief guest for the occasion. The event began with a lamp-lighting ceremony by students of the school. The alumni of the 1989-93 batches were also honoured on the occasion. “It was this love and affection which has brought all of us together after so many years” one of the students said. Afterwards, the alumni were treated to a cultural programme presented by the students. Melodious songs of Master Manmeet Mann enthralled the audience. A lot of fun games were also a part of the event. On the whole, the get-together gave a tremendous sense of belonging and pride to them who paid tributes to the faculty members who had taught them. Mr Arvind Dhingra, president of the BCM Alumni Association encouraged the alumni to take an active interest in the work and progress of the school so as to contribute towards their alma mater.

Spring Dale excels at LCET Expo-2014

Springdalians showed outstanding performances in various competitions held at the Ludhiana College of Engineering (LCET) Expo-2014. The students stamped their supremacy by winning the first prize in the folk song (Baljeet Kaur), first prize in the face painting event (Simran and Ramnik), second prize in the poetry recitation (Gagan), second prize in the life sketch event (Ravi and Pravesh), third prize in the collage-making event (Somya and Amandeep) and the third prize in the best out of waste event (Priyanka and Megha). The students were awarded with winning trophies and received great appreciation. Managing director Avinash Kaur Walia congratulated the winners and patted them for their excellent talent display. She motivated the students to participate in such competitions as they play a significant role in the personality development. — TNS



PAU Youth Festival
Photography competition marks Day 4
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 2
On the spot photography competition marked the fourth day of the Inter-College Youth Festival at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). Dippanjeet Kaur of the College of Basic Sciences and Humanities secured the first position whereas Dilkaran Singh of the College of Agriculture and Sobat Mann of Institute of Agriculture, Gurdaspur, secured the second and third positions, respectively.

The participants clicked the photographs on various themes inside the university campus.

The Additional Director of Extension Education, Dr PS Aulakh who was the chief guest, said, “Photography competition is a unique part of the PAU Youth Fest which highlights the keen photographic eye of the students to capture beautiful images, akin to life.” Stating that photography is a very lucrative occupation in present times, Aulakh said the students who master this technology could adopt it as their profession.

Guest of honour Dr Maninder Arora, chief warden (Girls), said photography was an art which requires a lot of practice and patience to sense the colour and composition of the life around. She appreciated the photographic skills of the participating students.

Dr Ravinder Kaur Dhaliwal, director, Students’ Welfare, informed that the formal inauguration of the PAU Youth Festival would be held on November 3. Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal will be the chief guest while PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon will preside over the inaugural session. She further added that Pramod Ban, Commissioner of Police, Ludhiana, would be the chief guest of the evening session. Creative dances, folk songs and music items will be held tomorrow, she added.



Armed with DSLRs, youth flock to contests
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 2
The emergence of social networking sites and easy availability of cameras have increased the number of aspirants who want to participate in photography competitions during the youth festivals. Reportedly a large number of students in every college own DSLR cameras and click photographs with passion.

Earlier, the college authorities used to motivate the students to take part in some of the popular art events. Contrary to that, a large number of aspirants have been witnessed taking part in various art events during the ongoing Inter-College Youth Festival at Punjab Agricultural University.

Dr Mann Singh Toor, coordinator of College of Basic Sciences, said, “Some years ago, when the university introduced the photography event during the youth festival, only a handful of students used to come forward to take part in it. But nowadays, we get maximum students volunteering to take part in the photography event. It even gets hard to shortlist students. So, we have to conduct trials to select the participants.”

According to the information, social networking sites such as Facebook and Instagram promote photography skills among youth. They get exposure through these sites. Appreciation in the virtual world motivates them to take part in competitions.

Janmeja Singh Johal, a veteran photographer, said, “The advancement in technology provides the easy tools of photography. It has become easier to get the equipment but photography is not an easy task. It requires creativity. If the mind is creative only then one can click some worthwhile pictures.”



International Fashion Week
Budding designers present their creations on Day 2
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 2
Young budding designers unleashed their talent and rubbed shoulders with some of the noted designers in the country on the second day of the Blender’s Pride Punjab International Fashion Week at Radisson Blu. About 15 young designers presented over 30 designer outfits from their new collections. The young designers had the professional edge. Most of the students from the institute worked behind the scenes to get the exposure to the real-world fashion.

Kolkata-based designer Jaya Mishra and Riyaz Gangji also showcased their collections on the day. Mishra’s collection - Bridal Aura - depicted the richness of hues comprising an array of options for brides from ready-to-wear and narrow pallu sarees, line suits and lehengas. She had chosen a variety of material, including shimmer chiffon, georgette, lace, net, velvet and brocade, to weave the bridal look. Miss Asia Pacific World 2013 Srishti Rana also presented the outfit for the designer.

‘Libas’ by Gangji had the perfect cuts. His collection comprised the contemporary and rich ethnic Indian men’s and women’s wear cut from richly woven fabrics. A rich variety of ethnic wear, including bridal lehengas, sarees, chaniya cholis, bandhgalas, sherwanis, achkans, jodhpuris, was part of his collection.

Model-turned-actor Gavie Chahal was the showstopper for Gangji.

Students of the INIFD said it was a great learning experience for them. One of them also walked the ramp wearing her own collection.

“Students from our institute present their creations and also work to help designers, which gives a great exposure about the world of fashion,” said one of the students.



Tete-a-tete with Rana Ranbir
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 2
A one-to-one conversation with stage and film artiste and poet Rana Ranbir was organised by the Zindagi Zindabad Foundation for the students of Guru Tegh Bahadur National College, Dakha, on the occasion of Punjab Day.

While inaugurating the function, principal Dr Guriqbal Singh welcomed the guests and dwelt on the life journey of Dr Surjit Singh from Punjabi University, Patiala, and Rana Ranbir. Students should learn from them and imbibe the qualities of dedication and sincerity, said Prof Avtar Singh while comparing the function. He said the two guests subscribed to the school of thought which believed that ‘art should not be for art sake’, but for the welfare of the society.

Dr Surjeet Singh spoke on the importance of Punjabi language and emphasised that we should give up the tendency of feeling ashamed of our language but face the world boldly. He gave interesting examples of how we can overcome our inhibitions relating to the Punjabi language.

He strongly advocated the view that all major inventions were made in the mother tongue and later on translated into English.

Rana Ranbir in his one and a half hour long discourse interacted with the students in his unique inimitable style. He held the audience spellbound while narrating interesting anecdotes from his life. His lecture was inspirational, motivating and humorous. He emphasised on the value of books. According to him it was books which could make a man mentally and morally strong.



Mid-day meal cooks, helpers to intensify stir
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 2
Mid-day meal cooks and helpers, who prepare the meal in the government schools, have demanded hike in their monthly salary, job assurance and health assurance. The workers which are deputed at the primary and upper primary schools have been working on minimal salaries.

The government pays a meager amount of Rs 1,200 per month to the mid-day meal workers. The workers do not get any health insurance or other incentives. These workers have been struggling to get minimum wages as per the labour laws from the past six years.

According to the office-bearers of the District Democratic Mid-day Meal Cook Front, Punjab, the workers feel insecure about their jobs as recently some of the cooks were sacked by the schools.

The scheme has been implemented in the state since August 15, 2005. The workers, who have been working from the initial days, want job security.

Parveen Kumari, district president of the Democratic Mid-day Meal Cook Front, Punjab, stated, “We feel like slaves under this scheme. If teacher concerned is satisfied then only the job of a worker is secure otherwise the worker could be dismissed. Apart from cooking, the mid-day meal workers also serve as peon and take care of the students on the school premises. Workers have to do all such tasks to make the teachers happy.”

“It is our long pending demand that the workers, who have been working from the past nine years, should have job cards and government should pay minimum wages as per the labour laws,” Parveen Kumari said.

Not only social security, but the physical security of workers is also a major issue. However, the mid-day meal cooks and helpers work in high risk situation that too without any health insurance cover. “Due to poor maintenance of stove and other equipment, fire incidents are quite common in schools. It is the long pending demand of the cooks to provide them with health insurance cover of up to Rs 2 lakh,” Parveen added.

“We will hold a meeting to decide the further line of action to intensify the struggle. We are planning to protest in New Delhi,” she added.



Fuss around cleanliness drive fizzles out

If the pathetic insanitary conditions prevailing on the roads and streets and also in most of the residential localities and commercial hubs in the mega city are any indication, the “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”, which was launched with much fanfare by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Gandhi Jayanti, seems to have fizzled out. The cleanliness drive achieved little or no success as far as motivating people to keep their surroundings clean was concerned. Although it did provide the political leaders and bureaucrats ample opportunities for photo shoots wielding brooms. The overall sanitation is an integral part of delivery of civic amenities. Unless the Municipal Corporation puts its house in order to ensure proper delivery of civic amenities and residents also respond in a responsible manner, cleanliness level will not improve in the city.

Picture in the newspaper please!

Everyone wants to be noticed. One of my friends called me recently and requested to click picture of her relative. I asked what he has done to get the recognition. “Has he got some award or done something worth noticing?” I asked. The friend told in an innocent manner, “No, he is no celebrity. He had gone to see a modeling show at a reputed hotel here. Photographers clicked photographs of the audience as well. So, he wants that to appear in the newspaper.” The readers are innocent and they feel bad if their demands are not met. But reporters too, are helpless in certain cases.

Innocence personified

A few days ago, I was on my way to office. On reaching near Domoriya Bridge, I saw a family standing on the roadside. As the parents were busy in interacting with a roadside vendor, their two children were waving hands to the passengers of a passerby train, moving towards Jalandhar. Unaware of the noise and hustle and bustle of the world around them, both the kids continued the loving gesture till the train was out of sight. It reminded me of a quote, ‘Children close their ears to advice but open their eyes to example’.

Contributed by Kuldip Bhatia, Shivani Bhakoo, Anupam Bhagria



Financially-starved MC to hire agency to make detailed report
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 2
The state government is expecting the Smart City project to be launched in December. The project would be of a great benefit for the cities, as huge grants are expected to be provided by the Central Government. To get funds for the city, the Punjab government has asked the Municipal Corporation to get a Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the city, which is to be prepared by hiring professional agency.

A meeting on this issue was held by higher-ups in Chandigarh. Authorities have been asked to prepare the project report by hiring agency. An official, wishing anonymity said, “We may not be having funds. We may be facing lot of problems while disbursing the salaries to the employees. But as far as instructions of higher-ups are concerned, we have to adhere to them.”

The MC authorities have already started preparing the project report.

The Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation, Pradeep Aggarwal, said project report was being prepared for Ludhiana to get the “smart city” status.

“Without an advice from the technical persons, the report will not be completed. We will be hiring a consultant to prepare the report,” said Aggarwal.

Highly-placed sources in the department confirmed that on an average Rs 5-6 crores annually are spent by the MC to hire consultants to make project reports and to get consultancy.

Smart city project

Authorities have been asked to prepare the project report by hiring agency. Apparently, the civic body is not able to pay salaries to their staff. But as per the sources, the MC spends Rs 5-6 crores annually on hiring consultants.



Posts of Class IV Railway Employees
Aspirants suffer recruitment board’s apathy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 2
Aspirants for the posts of Class IV Railway Employees faced a lot of inconvenience due to the poor management of the Railway Recruitment Board here today. According to the information, more than 5,000 aspirants visited the city to appear in the recruitment test for Group B employees. The Railway Recruitment Board had constituted the exam centres at several schools and colleges of the city.

The applicants from other states had no idea of the locations of the schools and colleges. A large number of applicants reached late at the examination centres and failed to appear in examination on the scheduled time. There are some examination centres in the city where less than 50 per cent of the applicants appeared for test.

Some of the aspirants even protested outside the centres after they were denied entry due to late arrival.

Parkash, an applicant from Solan, said: “I had to appear for the test at a school in Moti Nagar but I was unaware of the location. It took me one and a half hour to locate the school but I failed to appear in the examination. The Railway Recruitment Board should give us another chance.”

Also, heavy rush was witnessed at the railway station after the test in afternoon.



CICU delegation attend JIMTOF-2014 in Japan

More than 30 members of the CICU delegation, comprising president Avtar Singh and general secretary, CICU, Upkar Singh, have left for Japan to attend JIMTOF-2014 on Sunday. The event is being held from October 30 to November 4at Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Centre) by the Japan Machine Tool Builders’ Association.

The main purpose of the visit is to explore new areas of technology infusion/upgradation, use of low cost automation and improving market of MSMEs products. The visit will also provide in-depth knowledge and use of cost effective integrated manufacturing solutions to enable participants to meet and conduct business with fast emerging industries. It will also enable the visiting delegation to efficiently preview, view and source from the widest array of most innovative products, technologies and solutions showcased by the world’s leading players as-well-as the cost effective machine tools to improve manufacturing efficiency and sharpen competitive edge.

The delegation will be paying visit to specified industrial units in Japan to study the impact of use of cost effective machine tools for adoption in their units in India. — TNS



Ration distributed among 125 widows
Tribune News Service

Phillaur/Ludhiana, November 2
SK Malhotra Charitable Trust organised a ration-distribution function here today. Monthly ration was distributed among 125 widows. As many as 15 children were given away mementos and certificates for academic excellence. In addition to it, 10 elderly people above the age of 80 were also honoured on the occasion.

SK Malhotra and his wife, Kailash Malhotra, were present there along with other dignitaries. While addressing the gathering, SK Malhotra said: “We have already set up a hospital having OPD facilities, physiotherapy and X-ray and other laboratories for different tests in 2004. Here services are provided free of cost to poor.”

About ration distribution he said: “We started distributing monthly ration among 15 widows. Now, we have started distributing it among 125 widows. The trust also holds free medical camp every year and provides tests and medicines free of cost to patients”.



Seminar on female foeticide in Mandi Ahmedgarh
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 2
The Child Development and Welfare Department organised a seminar on female foeticide at Aggarwal Dharamshala. The sub-division magistrate, Malerkotla, Amit Bembi, presided over the function. Legislator Amargarh Iqbal Singh Jhoondan was the chief guest on the occasion. A large number of social, educational and constitutional organisations decided to toughen stance on female foeticide.

Bembi, Jhoondan, former president of the Municipal Council Ravinder Puri and BJP president Surjit Gogna maintained that most of the evils in the society were as a result of an imbalance in sex ratio. With modern techniques of testing gender, female foeticide has ascended relatively. On the occasion, students of various schools presented a cultural programme to highlight causes and consequences of the gender prejudice.



Govt land sold illegally, reveals RTI
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Machhiwara, November 2
About 24 acres of land of a village, covering roads, school and several plots, that had been allotted to the SC community was allegedly sold by some persons in 1989. This information was obtained under the RTI Act by a villager, Lakhvir Singh, from the Revenue Department.

Interestingly, the Revenue Department did not check any record and made sale deeds and ‘intqal’ on the name of some persons. Lakhvir said, “Revenue record shows the village common land as the government property. But, in reality, some persons have already sold the property to some persons of Issapur village in 1989.”

Naib tehsildar, Machhiwara, Vivek Nirmohi said he was not aware about this matter and will check records. Lakhvir Singh has demanded a thorough probe into the scandal and he has also demanded a SIT in this regard.



Mother of two hangs herself at Bhagat Singh Nagar
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 2
A 31-year-old woman committed suicide at her house in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar on Pakhowal Road here today. The deceased has been identified as Suman, wife of Rakesh Kumar, from Himachal Pradesh. Rakesh works as a carpenter. It is learnt that Suman woke up during the wee hours and went to the drawing room where she committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan. The reason behind the suicide is not known yet. Suman’s husband, who is a carpenter, was sleeping along with his two children (10-year-old daughter and eight-year-old boy).

Two persons attacked

Two persons - Retreat Coffee and Fast Food Restaurant owner Nirmal Singh Gill and cook Bir Chand - were attacked with sharp-edged weapons by another eatery owner and his partners at Maharaj Nagar here today. The incident took place this morning when Gill along with his cook was sitting in his restaurant. In the meantime, Dilraj Singh along with his accomplices, who were carrying weapons, entered Gill’s restaurant and attacked them. Gill and his cook were rushed to the civil hospital. Their condition was stated to be stable. A case has been registered against Dilraj Singh and his accomplices under Sections 452, 324, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC, said SHO PAU Surinder Kumar.

Theft at sanitary shop

The manager of a sanitary shop was booked for stealing materials worth lakhs of rupees by breaking its shutter. The accused, identified as Amit Das, was working at the shop of Aman Jindal for the past six years. Amit stole the material and made it appear to be a theft to hoodwink the shop owner and the police. Aman said on October 31 he closed his shop and left home. When he returned yesterday, he was shocked to find the shop ransacked. He reported the matter to the police. Later during the course of investigation, the police found that Amit had stolen the sanitary material worth lakhs of rupees.

Six booked for duping residents

The police have booked six persons for duping two residents of Bihar of Rs 7 lakh on the pretext of sending them abroad. The accused have been identified as Malkit Singh of Tarn Taran, Raj Kumar of New Sunder Nagar and their four accomplices. According to victims, Kuntal Bhushan and Mohd Jamshed, both from Bihar, the accused persons usurped Rs 7 lakh on the pretext of sending them abroad. They said the accused neither sent them abroad not returned the money.

Case registered against unidentified persons

The police have registered a case against unidentified persons for spreading propaganda against Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran president Pritpal Singh Palli on social networking website - Facebook. The accused posted on the Facebook account that Pritpal Singh had amassed huge wealth donated by devotees at gurdwara and made a house in a posh locality in Ludhiana. The Facebook post circulated like a wildfire and came to the notice of Palli’s supporters. Hurt by the malicious propaganda Palli’s supporter Amarjit Singh reported the matter to the police and got the case registered against identified persons under various sections of the Information Technology Act.



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