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Patients suffer as docs protest
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 17
The common man suffered once again as members of the Punjab Civil Medical Services Specialist Association Wing and the PCMS Dental Association today refused to attend to special cases at the Civil Hospital. No surgeries were performed by the doctors. The doctors attended to the patients admitted to the hospital only. Many patients had to return disappointed.

The doctors did not conduct even laboratory and ultra-sound tests. The patients from poor families were unaware of their protest. Uma Prasad, a rickshaw-puller said he was suffering from acute pain in his left ear but could not get proper consultation as the doctors were on protest against the government.

“I cannot afford to visit an ENT specialist at a private hospital or nursing home. The Civil Hospital is affordable. Now, I will have to again visit the hospital tomorrow. Since the pain is acute, I will get medicine from a medical store,” said Prasad.

Shiv Ram Saroye, a social worker, said many patients returned disappointed as the doctors did not attend to them. “A mentally challenged girl child had to visit a doctor. We called up her parents. But they were already reached near the hospital. They had a tough time bringing the child to the hospital,” said Saroye.

While post-mortem examinations were conducted in routine, no medical certificates were issued. Dr Avinash Jindal, president of the PCMS Specialist Wing, said the doctors never wanted to put the patients in difficulty. “But, we are also helpless. Protest is the only option when the government refuses to listen to the requests and pleas. We admit that the poor and needy patients suffered as we did not provide special services to them but those coming to emergencies were treated by the doctors,” said Dr Jindal.

Specialists’ demands

  • Their cadre be declared as a special cadre.
  • Salary should be declared as special medical pay and considered as basic pay for calculating allowances.
  • Newly recruited graduate doctors should be included in the ~ 6,600 pay scale grade and specialist doctors in the ~7,600 pay scale grade. The graduate and postgraduate doctors, after 18 and 11 years of service, respectively, should be included in the ~10,000 pay scale grade.
  • Till the time they are provided conveyance facility, the conveyance allowance be increased to 15 pc of the basic pay.
  • 15 per cent rural area allowance.


HC raps MC for utilising land for 13 years without paying compensation
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 17
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has rapped the Municipal Corporation for utilising land for 13 years without compensating the owners. Coming down heavily on the corporation, a Division Bench said the owners were neither paid compensation nor provided with alternative land.

The admonishment by Justice Satish Kumar Mittal and Justice Deepak Sibal came on an appeal by the corporation against Surinder Kumari and other respondents. Taking up the matter, the Bench asserted: “The land was utilised in 2001 and 13 years have elapsed thereafter. To date, no compensation as calculated in accordance with law has been paid…

“In fact, no compensation was even assessed as per the procedure prescribed by law. The respondents had thus been deprived of property without payment of compensation or without following any process established by law. The action of the appellant, Corporation, was also in contravention of the provisions of The Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, 1976”.

In its appeal, the corporation had earlier challenged the order dated July 24 passed by a Judge of the High Court whereby a writ petition filed by the legal heirs of Hari Chand was allowed with costs.

Hari Chand, predecessor, in interest of the respondents, had purchased a plot measuring 580 square yards in the Dhandari Kalan area of Ludhiana in October 1983 before starting his business after constructing three rooms. In 2001, the corporation utilised the land after starting construction of the Dhandari railway flyover in Ludhiana.

The Bench observed that the land was utilised “without following any procedure meant for acquiring the land and without fixation of and payment of compensation as required by law. Only an assurance had been given to the landowner that he would be given a plot of equal size and equal price on the GT Road in lieu of the utilisation of his plot.

“The construction of the flyover continued for about six years and during this period the landowner was not allotted any plot as promised though there was correspondence to allot adjoining land belonging to the Municipal Corporation to him…”

Referring to the corporation’s stand that a cheque sent to the respondents was not accepted, the Bench added: “No procedure was followed to calculate the amount of compensation to be paid and therefore merely sending a cheque of amount calculated unilaterally at the whims of the appellant, corporation, cannot be considered to be payment of relief in furtherance of any procedure known to law for payment of compensation for acquiring the land”. Dismissing the appeal, the Bench concurred with the view taken by the single Judge that the provisions of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, were required to be applied.



Ex-serviceman shoots himself dead at Malak village
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, November 17
An ex-serviceman allegedly shot himself dead with his licensed weapon under mysterious circumstances at his house in a village near Jagraon late last night. The victim has been identified as Kuldeep Singh (40), a resident of Malak village, about 5 km from Jagraon.

The incident took place at around 9 pm yesterday. The members of Kuldeep’s family rushed to his room after hearing the noise of a bullet shot. When they entered Kuldeep’s room, they saw he was lying dead in a pool of blood.

They informed the police. A police team, led by DSP (D) Naveen Kumar and Jagraon Sadar SHO Lovedeep Singh Gill reached the spot and began investigation. The team sent the body for post mortem.

According to sources, Kuldeep had gone to attend a wedding party yesterday. After returning from the wedding party late in the evening, he retired to his bedroom. After sometime, he shot himself in the head with his licensed weapon. He died on the spot, the sources added.

The SHO said the police had registered a case under section 174 of the CrPC and recorded the statements of the members of Kuldeep’s family. “It seems Kuldeep Singh shot himself but it is not clear yet why he took this extreme step. We have been investigating the matter from various angles,” the SHO added.

Kuldeep Singh retired from the Army about five years ago. He ran a pesticides shop in the village. Kuldeep was also a SAD panchayat member of the village. According to villagers, Kuldeep was an optimistic person who always stayed happy. He had no enmity with anyone.

An optimistic person: According to villagers, the deceased, Kuldeep Singh, was an optimistic person who always stayed happy. He had no enmity with anyone.



Pickpockets make most of Rath Yatra
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 17
Pickpockets and thieves had a field day at yesterday’s Jagannath Rath Yatra that passed through various parts of the city. As the yatra moved through the city areas, reports of stealing of purses and other valuables started trickling out. Pickpockets took advantage of the heavy rush and mingled with the crowd.

Kunal Sofat, BSP activists, who fell victim to the pickpockets, said while he was moving along with the devotees, a pickpocket took away his purse containing Rs 4,040.

Another pickpocket stole Rs 15,000 from the pocket of Gopal Krishan Garg at Ghumar Mandi.

Similar incidents were reported near Fountain Chowk, Aarti Chowk (Prof Mohan Singh Chowk) and Welcome Palace Chowk.

Devotees paid scant regards to the repeated warnings of the city police of abstaining from wearing gold ornaments and carrying cash during the yatra.

Man robbed

Meanwhile, The Division No. 8 police have registered a case against two unidentified motorcycle-borne youth for robbing a man of cash and mobile phones. The victim, Parveen Anand of Durgapuri, Haibowal, was returning after taking part in the yatra. When he reached near Tagore Nagar, two youths on a motorcycle accosted him.

Before he could understand anything, the youth riding pillion pulled out an ice pick and placed it on Anand’s stomach. They threatened Anand that if he did not hand over his belongings to them, then they would stab him with the ice pick.

Anand said the accused took away his purse containing Rs 13,000 and two mobile phones (Apple and Black Berry).



Conned once, attacked twice
Sweetmeat shop owner targeted second time; had suffered injuries last month
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 17
As the police are grappling to solve yesterday’s broad daylight conning incident, it has come to light that it was the second attack on the owner in the past one month. Yesterday, seven swindlers posing an Income Tax (IT) officials raided the house of sweetmeat shop owner Rakesh Kumar and took away Rs 20 lakh.

Police officials are treading cautiously and abstaining from commenting on the previous incident.

Commissioner of Police Pramod Ban maintained that the police were investigating the case from all angles and it would be cracked soon.

Rakesh Kumar was not available for comments. His wife said the police were recording his version.

When asked if the gang was the same that had attacked her husband last month, Rakesh’s wife replied, “We could not recognise the criminals.”

The sweetmeat shop owner had suffered multiple injuries and was admitted to Dayanand Medical College Hospital (DMC&H) last month.

A police official said yesterday’s robbery was executed by a different gang.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP-Crime) Jaswinder Singh said, “The sketches of all seven swindlers, who had entered the house of Rakesh Kumar posing as IT officials, are being made. Out of the seven, three swindlers were sporting turbans while other four were clean-shaven.”

He added that although CCTV cameras were installed in the house, the swindlers before fleeing took away the digital video recorder (DVR).

When asked why the police were not checking the CCTVs installed in other houses, ADCP (Crime) said, “We are on the job and checking the CCTVs. It was a meticulously planned act. The suspects took the advantage of heavy traffic. The swindlers were aware of the heavy rush on the road outside Rakesh’s house in Sarabha Nagar on account of Jagannath Rath Yatra.”

The question which is doing the rounds is why the gang targeted Rakesh and how they got to know that he had kept a hefty sum in the house. The involvement of an insider cannot be ruled out.

The incident

On Sunday, seven persons arrived at the house of Rakesh Kumar, owner of Khushiram Sweets. They told security guard Sukhpal Singh and his colleague that they were from the Income Tax Department and took their mobile phones. The imposters told Rakesh that the raid was being conducted following information that he had kept Rs 50 crore in his house. The seven-member gang spent two hours in the house and took away Rs 20 lakh. One of the gang members accompanied Rakesh’s wife and brought Rs 5 lakh from his relative’s house, who had informed the police about it. On Monday, the police registered a case under Sections 420, 170, 171 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code.

The plot appears to have been lifted from Akshay Kumar and Anupam Kher starrer movie Special 26. While Commissioner of Police Pramod Ban has not ruled out the involvement of criminals behind the duping act, the city has not witnessed a similar incident in the recent past. Police sources said there was possibility that the gang had planned to rob Rakesh Kumar after watching the movie.s



cbse schools
Regulatory panel on the cards
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 17
Education Minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema today said the state government will constitute a regulatory committee to keep a check on schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Dr Cheema was in the city to attend the golden jubilee function at Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar.

Responding to a question on the lack of checks on the working of CBSE-affiliated schools, Dr Cheema said: “The Supreme Court has already constituted a regulatory committee to check the working of the CBSE. The state government, too, has been working to form a regulatory committee to keep check on schools in Punjab. We will constitute it soon.”

The minister said the state government was committed to providing quality education to meritorious students across the state. He said for this purpose, a school for meritorious students was already running in the city. He said these schools focussed on grooming students for competitive examinations like IIT-JEE, AIPMT, CA and Company Secretary besides the civil services exams.

Dr Cheema said the Education Department had already organised specialised and individual coaching classes for meritorious students and hoped that with collective efforts these students would bring laurels to the state. Emphasising the need to nurture the talent at the grassroots level, he said the Education Department had already initiated a scheme to spot such talent at a younger age so as to groom them according to their potential.



Children spread message of cleanliness in Doraha
Our Correspondent

Doraha, November 17
Children of Doraha have finally come out on streets to make the area clean. Armed with dusters and brooms, they picked up the dirt and the garbage lying in various streets and shouted slogans like ‘clean and green Doraha’.

Children including Ashnit Kaur, Tamanna Kaushal, Hardik Kaushal, Paramjit Singh, Ashpreet Singh, Purneet Singh, Yuvraj Kaushal, Manjaap Singh, Udhav Bhanot, Pannia Dhiman, Nivedita Sharma, Prabhjot Singh, Gurbir Singh Anmol Singh, Sunidhi kausha, Diptish Dhir , Damanpreet Singh, Manish,Gunreet Singh, Sanjan Sharma and Komal Shrama formed a group, ‘We Care’, They moved from street to street to clear the garbage.

“If we cannot make our own place clean, how can we think of making the country clean. Charity begins at home. And moreover, elders too should learn a lot from our efforts. If we vow to keep at least our own street clean, we not only share the work of the municipal council but also spread a message that its high time we create a ‘swachh Bharat’, said Ashnit.

Tamanna said: “We have met members of the municipal council as well as members of the All Traders’ Union. Though we are in a sufficient number and shall be adding to our strength everyday, we need the support of elders to realise this dream of ours. Cleaning up our own town not only gives us satisfaction but also makes us feel great that we too have contributed to the campaign which the Prime Minster has initiated.”

“Everyday after we finish off our school work, we move out as per the fixed time to streets assigned to us. The quantity of dirt and garbage which we came across on the first day has now reduced to a considerable extent as our working, it seems, has finally worked out. Residents too have begun to feel that they are spreading dirt on the streets and they should avoid doing so,” opined Hardik, Paramjit and Ashpreet.

“So the awareness and message is going on well with townsters. But we will continue with our little efforts because we know they are not in vain. We have also started planting saplings at various places and should monitor their growth. We will also collect clothes from homes and distribute the same among the needy as winters are fast approaching,” said Manjaap Singh, Udhav Bhanot and Pannia Dhiman.



City Bus Service
MC to relax terms to attract bidders
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 17
Unable to find bidders for the City Bus Service, the civic body has decided to relax terms and conditions. Despite extending dates a number of times, not even a single bidder submitted an application. Fresh tenders will be floated within a day or two.

Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Pradeep Aggarwal said the terms had to be relaxed. At the same time, it was ensured that the MC did not lose anything while relaxing the conditions.

“Earlier, the bidders were asked to present a bank guarantee of Rs 5 crore. The interest had to go to banks and the MC had nothing to lose and gain. But they wanted that the amount be reduced so that it became viable for many to bid. So, we have decided to accept their demand. Two or three conditions have been amended,” said the Commissioner.

Due to the non-operational City Bus Service, 100 buses have been gathering dust for the past three to four months. While over 60 buses were run for two to three years, there were over 30 buses, which were new and could not ply (as the matter of diesel-run vehicles was pending in the High Court).

The company, which ran the City Bus Service, had abruptly stopped the service in July following losses. The MC had then decided to float fresh tenders under no profit no loss scheme.

But the bidders showed no interest. Upset over the poor response, the MC authorities decided to relax the terms and conditions.



Cyclist hit by truck, escapes unhurt
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 17
A 22-year-old bicyclist had a miraculous escape after he was hit by a speeding truck belonging to garbage lifting company, A2Z. The incident took place near Kakowal Road this morning when Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Uttar Pradesh (UP), was heading for work.

The cycle was crushed and Rakesh Kumar suffered injuries on his leg. He was rushed to hospital.

Investigating officer said if Rakesh wanted to get a case registered, they would initiate the proceedings.

In the past, garbage lifting trucks have snuffed out precious lives, but no lessons have been learnt.

Dr Kamaljit Soi, vice-chairman, Punjab Road Safety Council, said none of the trucks had ever been challaned. It is learnt that not even a single truck belonging to the MC or A2Z Company has speed governors.

No lessons learnt

August 23, 2012: Two persons crushed by a garbage truck near Vardhman Chowk. The victims, 50-year-old Satvir Singh and 40-year-old Nand Lal, were heading home on their bicycles when a garbage-laden truck crushed them.

August 7, 2011: Eighteen-year-old Akhikesh Maingi, a Class XII student of BCM School, Shastri Nagar, was crushed to death by a speeding garbage truck in Arjan Dev Nagar. The incident took place when Akhilesh was returning home on his scooter after attending coaching classes.

August 22, 2010: Sixteen-year-old Mayank Jain, a Class X student of Sacred Heart Convent School, Chandigarh Road, was run over by a speeding truck on Tajpur Road.



SAD tells BJP to mind MP
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 17
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has asked the BJP to “rein in” former Member Parliament (MP) and BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu. The SAD secretary and Punjab Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema, while talking to The Tribune today, said the state BJP president, Kamal Sharma, had been apprised of Sidhu’s “outbursts” against the Akali Dal.

Cheema said the SAD had officially lodged a protest with Sharma against Sidhu’s utterances against the coalition government in Ludhiana yesterday.

Sidhu’s action is “intolerable and against the spirit of the coalition dharma”, said Cheema. “The BJP high command in Delhi as well as the state has openly clarified that there is no issue between the SAD and the BJP. There should be no reason for Sidhu to speak against the SAD leadership,” he added.

Demanding, on behalf of the SAD, a “strict disciplinary action” against Sidhu, Dr Cheema urged Sharma to take the matter up with the party high command. He said such utterances were creating bitterness in the SAD-BJP alliance.

Sidhu has been at loggerheads with the Akali Dal leadership since last year. As the BJP’s star campaigner in the Haryana elections, he said there was no reason for the BJP to continue supporting the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab. This was followed by a controversy over the withdrawal of Sidhu’s security that the state government later restored.

Meanwhile, state BJP Chief Kamal Sharma, when contacted, said he would convey the Akali Dal sentiments to the party high command. “It’s for the party high command to decide on the issue,” he added.

Commenting on Sidhu’s outburst, Sharma said issuing such statements did not help. “If Sidhu has some differences (with the SAD leadership), there are ways and means to air those differences.”

At loggerheads

BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has been at loggerheads with the Akali Dal leadership since last year. As the BJP’s star campaigner in the Haryana elections, he had stated that there was no reason for the BJP to support the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab. This was followed by withdrawal of Sidhu’s security which was later restored.



Loaders resent anti-labour policies
Our Correspondent

The workers protest in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, November 17
Led by activists of the FCI Workers Palledar Union and the Punjab Palledar Union, loaders working in various grain markets today staged a dharna at the office of the District Food and Supplies Department.

They protested against the anti-labour policies of the Centre and the state government.

Amar Singh Bhattian, general secretary of Punjab Palledar Union, warned the state government against implementation of its decision to hand over work of loading and unloading in the mandis to commission agents. “The move will prove fatal for more than 30,000 palledars in the grain markets as they will be rendered jobless,” he said.

Making scathing attacks on the management of the FCI, Bhattian said the labour was being exploited under “no work – no pay” system being followed at the FCI depots. He demanded scrapping of the system and regular recruitment of labour at the depots.

He asked the FCI authorities to provide employment on compassionate grounds to eligible family members of the deceased workers, streamline the employees’ provident fund, reinstatement of retrenched staff and payment of arrears of palledars working in grain markets. The leader also announced support of the union to protest in Delhi on December 5, 2014, and take out a state-level rally in Grain Market on November 28, 2014.

District secretary of the CPI Kartar Singh Bowani condemned the anti-worker policies being pursued by the Centre and the state government. He said due to anti-people economic policies of the Centre, inflation was rising and prices of essential commodities had gone through the roof. The parties along with the trade unions would expose the evil designs of the NDA government and the SAD-BJP government in Punjab at the rally to be held on November 28, 2014, he added. Dr Arun Mitra, DP Maur, Kewal Singh, Ranjit Singh Kalyan, Jugraj Singh Hathhor, Gurmel Singh, Jeet Singh Hathoor, Karnail Singh Nathowal, Jagroop Singh Humbran, Soma Singh Raikot, Karnail Singh Latala, Deep Singh Machhiwara and Rajinder Singh Hathoor were also present.



IMA threatens to stop govt health schemes
Asks third party administrators to clear their payments in 15 days
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 17
Against the alleged ‘high-handedness’ of third party administrators (TPAs), the Indian Medical Association has warned that they (TPAs) must mend their ways and clear their payments within the next 15 days else the IMA will stop providing government-funded health policies like Rashtriya Sehat Bima Yojna, Bhagat Puran Singh Bima Yojna and Bhai Ghanaya Sehat Sewa Scheme to beneficiaries.

IMA members said they were running various government-funded health policies like Rashtriya Sehat Bima Yojna and Bhagat Puran Singh Bima Yojna at their respective hospitals.

They have been running these policies at the hospitals for the past many years but all hospitals were constantly facing problems in the smooth functioning of these schemes. Insurance companies were constantly harassing them in various ways like non-payment of claims, delay in permission for cashless treatment, harassment at the hands of TPAs, raising unnecessary queries, unnecessary show-cause notices, software problems and DE-empanelment of hospitals without any trial. With all these acts, insurance companies were saving their money and at the same time health policy beneficiaries were suffering.

Dr Sudhir Raj, president of the state chapter of the IMA, said: “The TPAs engaged by the insurance companies, hired by the government, were behaving in a strange and arrogant manner; while the government claims to encourage people to avail benefit of these schemes, the TPAs are telling the doctors to accept less number of cases for treatment/operations”.

At first, these TPAs don’t issue pre-treatment authorisation. Later, they delay and deny the payments of doctors on one pretext or another, he added.

Dr Amandeep Aggarwal, state Joint Secretary, said: “The TPAs shall not be allowed to empanel and de-empanel hospitals at their whims and fancies without assigning any reasons.”

Dr Sudhir Raj said the association had sent a memorandum to the authorities and sought their intervention.

“In case these issues are not resolved in the next three weeks, we would be forced to stop all works related to government schemes across the state” he said.



Farm issues in focus at ICAR panel meet
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 17
Farm experts from Punjab, Haryana and Delhi delved into various agricultural issues during the twenty-third meeting of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) regional committee at Punjab Agricultural University.

The two-day meet was jointly organised by the varsity and Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal. Around 125 senior officers, including agricultural secretaries of the states, Vice-Chancellors of agricultural and veterinary universities, directors of different institutes, heads of regional stations of the ICAR Institute, representatives of non-governmental agencies and progressive farmers participated in the meet.

Chairing the meet, Dr S Ayyappan, Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education, Government of India, and Director General, ICAR, New Delhi, said: “The food basket states of Punjab and Haryana, with only 2.9 per cent of nation’s geographical area, contribute more than one-fifth of country’s food grain production, including 20 per cent rice and 30 per cent wheat.”

Dr Ayyappan stressed on focusing on crop diversification, climate change issues, quality seed production of different crops, rainwater harvesting, sub-surface drainage, bio-drainage, food safety, development of salinity tolerant varieties, and improvement in livestock and fishery sectors.

Expressing concern over the burning of paddy straw, and ground water issues, Dr Ayyappan underlined the need to promote conservation agriculture.

PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon said: “Population is increasing and resources are decreasing. To meet the future farm challenges, especially, of climate variability, close linkages and scientific interactions among state departments, ICAR and state agricultural universities are essential.”

On the occasion, several progressive farmers were also honoured.



2,200 students add spark to celebrations
Tribune News Service

Sacred Heart Convent School’s Golden Jubilee function: Students take the audience through the 50-year journey of Sacred Heart Convent School at Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana, on Monday. Tribune Photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, November 17
A spectacular fusion of dance performances and a light-and-sound show marked the second day of the golden jubilee celebrations of Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, here today.

Dedicating their performances to their patron, Father RFC Mascarenhas, nearly 2,200 students exhibited their talent on the stage. They took the audience through glimpses of the school’s 50-year journey since its inception on July 2, 1965. The panorama of milestones highlighted the new ventures, the mega events and the achievements of the school in all these years.

The act on women empowerment, the great creative parade and dances left the audience spellbound. The bhangra performance made everyone tap their feet to the beats of dhol.

Children present a musical item; and (right) actor Divya Dutta, an alumna of the school, attends the function on Monday.

The chief guest, Education Minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, applauded the school’s vision — “Through Duty to Glory” — to empower the underprivileged through education.

He said, “I have no words to express my happiness and gratitude to this iconic school that in these 50 years has provided innovative techniques in education, training students to be globally competent.”

The miniter appreciated school principal Sister Chantal’s initiative to start CBSE-i, the international curriculum.

Actor Divya Dutta, an alumna of the school, added charm to the show. She shared stories from her schooldays with the gathering, recalling the pranks that her friends and she played in school. Later, she danced with teachers and students during the bhangra performance.

Malaika Goel, a Class XII student who won the silver in the 10mts air pistol shooting event at the Commonwealth Games 2014, was felicitated on the occasion.

The guest of honour, Punjab State Narcotics Bureau director Ishwar Singh was all praise for the school and the commitment of the Bethany Sisters. The school honoured the dignitaries with mementos. The function came to end with the national anthem.



Tributes paid to Lala Lajpat Rai
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, November 17
RK Senior Secondary School, Jagraon, today celebrated the annual day of the school. The function was organised to mark the Martyrdom Day of freedom fighter Punjab Kesri Lala Lajpat Rai. Rich tributes were paid to Lala Lajpat Rai by members of school management, faculty members, guests and students on the occasion of his 86th Martyrdom Day.

Former Transport Minister and senior Congress leader Tejparkash Singh Kotli was the chief guest while former Jagraon MLA Gurdeep Singh Bhaini was the guest of honour. The function started with the lightening of ceremonial lamp. Kotli paid floral tributes to the freedom fighter.

Earlier, Member Parliament from Ludhiana Ravneet Singh Bittu was supposed to attend the event as the chief guest but he could not arrive due to some important meeting at New Delhi.

On behalf of the MP, Tejparkash Singh Kotli declared a grant of Rs 6 lakh for the school.

Kotli motivated students to take inspiration from the lives of the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the nation. Gurdeep Singh Bhaini asked them to work hard to achieve their goals and serve the country.

A cultural and patriotic programme was organised during the function during which the students of the host school as well as some other schools of Jagraon participated with a lot of enthusiasm. They performed various items such as songs, choreography, poems, dance and group dance. Bhangra performed by students left the audience spellbound.

The chief guest also felicitated the students who excelled in academic and extra-curricular activities during the previous session.

A large number of prominent personalities, including freedom fighter Daya Chand Jain, former Municipal Council president Davinder Kathuria, Congress leader Satinderpal Singh Grewal, LRDAV College Principal Karan Sharma, wer present. Several former students of the school also attended the event.

In the end, school principal Satish Sood thanked the guests for sparing their valuable time and sharing their views with the students.



Poor road irks commuters
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khanna, November 17
Local residents are up in arms against the bad condition of Khanna-Khamano road up to Barwali.

In a written application to the ADC, Khanna, several residents of Manupur, She, Goh, Saloudi, Barwali villages and some other villages said the Khanna-Khamano road was the shortest and busiest road connecting both main roads and it connects Chandigarh.

They said a number of students of the area often go to Khanna for getting education but the condition of the road was worse. They said about 10-km stretch up to Barwali is in a poor condition.

In this stretch, stones were laid by the department concerned but this stretch was waiting for recarpeting and repair work from the past over six months and now potholes have occurred at various places.

Commuters going to Khanna and towards the Khamano side had to take other routes to reach their destinations.

Residents had demanded immediate recarpeting of the stretch as the winter season was round the corner. They have also demanded to widen the road along with its repair as they said a part of this stretch falling in Fatehgarh Sahib district was widened some years ago while repair work was not done on this stretch. They warned that they would resort to protest if the road was not repaired immediately.

When the ADC, Khanna, was contacted in this regard he said he had received a letter in this regard and had directed the department concerned to repair the stretch as soon as possible.



SSA office workers launch agitation
Demand pay parity with govt teachers, transparency in promotions
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 17
Members of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan office workers union have launched an agitation to press the authorities to implement their long-pending demands. Parity in pay with other government teachers, maternity leave and transparency in transfer policy are among the demands being the raised by the union. During the protest, the office-bearers and activists wore black badges during the duty hours and organised meetings at various places.

Activists, led by district president Sangrur Chamkaur Singh, said the decision to restart the agitation was taken at a core committee meeting of the state body.

Earlier, on Sunday, activists, led by state vice-president Rajwinder Meer, general secretary Hardeep Singh Todarwal and Atinder Pal Singh, staged a dharna near the residence of Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa at Sangrur.

SSA and RMSA teachers and employees have been struggling to get their demands accepted for a long time. Besides organising protest rallies and demonstrations at their offices, the activists have been urging SAD and BJP leaders of their respective regions to impress upon the higher authorities to implement their demands.



Lala Lajpat Rai remembered
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, November 17
The Aam Aadmi Party commemorated the 86th Martyrdom Day of the great freedom fighter, Lala Lajpat Rai, at Lala Lajpat Rai Park in Jagraon today. The party workers organised a blood donation camp.

Later, a rally was taken out from Lala Lajpat Rai Park to the ancestral house of Lala Lajpat Rai. A large number of AAP volunteers led by senior party leaders, including Sucha Singh Chotepur, Harvinder Singh Phoolka, Hardip Singh Kingra, Gurbinder Singh Kang and district in charge Ahbaab Grewal, took part in the march.

AAP state convener Sucha Singh Chotepur highlighted the sacrifices made by the freedom fighters and Punjab Kesari Lala Lajpat Rai.

AAP spokesperson Harvinder Singh Phoolka said Lala Lajpat Rai was the president of the Congress and that the party had forgotten him. “The history has been distorted and the role of the freedom fighter has been downplayed. Even the chapters of history have been rewritten and Lala Ji doesn’t find mention in the newly written distorted history,” he said.

Highlighting the utterly bad condition of Lala Lajpat Rai’s ancestral house in Jagraon, Phoolka urged the government to set up a trust for proper management and maintenance of Lala Ji’s house. He also asked the government to set up a national-level institute in Jagraon.



Robbers’ gang busted, 4 held
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 17
The Sadar police have arrested four members of a gang of miscreants who have been involved in incidents of robberies at gunpoint.

Valuables worth Rs 90,000 robbed from a female doctor over 10 days ago, two toy pistols and a Ford Fiesta car used in the crime was recovered from their possession. The accused included driver of the victim. DSP, Amargarh, Gurmit Singh said a police team supervised by SHO Sadar Harwinder Pal Singh had nabbed four members of the gang from different places. The accused, identified as Mohammad Tanvir of Malerkotla, Beant Singh, Samsher Khan Sheri and Jagsir Singh Leela had snatched valuables and cash from Dr Namita Garg, an assistant medical officer at Kanganwal village, on November 7 when she was returning home from duty.

The case was solved after the the police nabbed Sherry, victim’s driver, and Jagsir Singh Leela in a case. During investigations they confessed having helped Mohammad Tanvir and Beant Singh in committing the crime. he police is yet to ascertain if the accused were involved in other incidents also.

Robbed Medical officer

The accused had snatched valuables and cash from Dr Namita Garg, an assistant medical officer at Kanganwal village, on November 7 when she was returning home from duty.



Man’s body found on road in Khanna

Khanna, November 17
The Khanna police had registered a case of murder after recovering the body of a person of the nearby Nasrali village. As per information, the Issru Chowki police falling under the Khanna Sadar police station received information that a body was lying near Nasrali on the Issru-Nasrali road.

After getting information, a police party reached the spot. The deceased was identified as Buta Singh (50) of Karodian village who was residing in Nasrali.

As per the police, Pritam Singh, father of the deceased, said his son Buta Singh was missing from yesterday evening. His body was found lying in the fields today.

He said the motorcycle of the deceased was also parked near the spot.

SP (D), Khanna, Satinder Pal Singh, said after getting a complaint of Pritam they probed the incident and they found a brick with blood stains near the site.

After registering a case under Section 302, the police got conducted the autopsy of the body. The doctors confirmed two wounds on his head, claimed the SP.

The SP said the body of the deceased was handed over to his kin after autopsy and the police were investigating the matter. — OC



New Swan Group win by 10 wickets
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 17
The second CICU Corporate T20 Cricket Tournament 2014 was held at the SCD Government College for Boys yesterday. The tournament will be held every Sunday. Sixteen teams have been divided into four groups. Each team will play three league matches and the final will be played on January 11, 2015.

The 13th and 14th league matches were played yesterday between Appu International and New Swan Group Team A. New Swan Group Team A won by 10 wickets. The team scored 92 runs in 8.2 overs while the losing side scored 91 runs in 12.5 overs.

In Group C, matches were played between Star Carz and Tata Steelium. Star Carz team won by 30 runs. They scored 165 runs in 20 overs losing 10 wickets. Avtar Singh, president, CICU, said cricket had become India’s national sport and that efforts should be made to promote it. The Chamber of Industrial & Commercial Undertaking is hosting the second Corporate T20 Cricket Tournament.



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