Monday, November 23, 2020

Firm’s collapse uncovers director’s previous ban

Published 23 November 2020

From The Insolvency Service 

 Husband and wife disqualified for 16 years after distribution firm’s insolvency exposes that banned bankrupt was managing company.

Daniel Ross Patchett (32) received a 10-year ban for managing a company when bankrupt, while his wife, Yasmin Patchett (30) has been disqualified for 6 years.

Husband and wife, from Kingthorpe, Lincolnshire, are banned from acting as directors or directly or indirectly becoming involved, without the permission of the court, in the promotion, formation or management of a company.

DRP Distribution Ltd was incorporated on 25 November 2016, providing storage and distribution services, working with several courier companies.

The company, however, was wound up by the courts in May 2019. The Official Receiver was appointed as Liquidator before uncovering that Daniel Patchett had been running the company whilst being an undischarged bankrupt, in breach of his bankruptcy order.

Investigators established that Daniel Patchett was an appointed de jure director of DRP Distribution Ltd in November 2016. He resigned his position in February 2018 after being made bankrupt a month earlier, which precluded him from managing companies.

Daniel Patchett confirmed to the Official Receiver that he had full involvement in the day-to-day running of the company and continued with these duties during the period of his bankruptcy.

Yasmin Patchett was appointed as a de jure director of the distribution company in August 2017 but left the day-to-day running of the business to her husband from the outset, including the period of his bankruptcy when she knew Daniel Patchett was not allowed to do so.

Further enquiries established that DRP Distribution Ltd owed the tax authorities more than £157,000 when the company went into liquidation, as well as just over £51,000 to other creditors.

Yasmin Patchett had her 6-year disqualification undertaking accepted by the Secretary of State in October 2020 after she did not dispute that she allowed a person to act as director of DRP Distribution Ltd whilst knowing they were an un-discharged bankrupt.

On 12 October 2020, the Secretary of State accepted a 10-year disqualification undertaking from Daniel Patchett after he did not dispute that he acted as a director of DRP Distribution Ltd in contravention of his bankruptcy.

Husband and wife’s bans were effective from 2 November 2020.

Rob Clarke, Chief Investigator for the Insolvency Services, said:

When Daniel Patchett’s company collapsed, his misconduct was uncovered and it was highlighted that he was running the company whilst being an un-discharged bankrupt. He took no notice of his bankruptcy restriction and his wife, Yasmin Patchett, knew he was unable to act as a director and covered for him.

We will investigate those who try and get around bans while having their spouse as an appointed director whilst continuing to run the business themselves, as the length of this ban shows.

Notes to editors

Daniel Ross Patchett is from Kingthorpe, Market Rasen and his date of birth is October 1988.

Yasmin Patchett is from Kingthorpe, Market Rasen and her date of birth is October 1990.

DRP Distribution Ltd (Company Number 10496605)

Disqualification undertakings are the administrative equivalent of a disqualification order but do not involve court proceedings. Persons subject to a disqualification order are bound by a range of restrictions.

Further information about the work of the Insolvency Service, and how to complain about financial misconduct.

Friday, November 20, 2020

An India-led multinational exercise

  Participating in Malabar  

U.S., Australian, Indian and Japanese vessels participate in Malabar, an India-led multinational exercise, in the Arabian Sea, Nov. 17, 2020.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Post Matric SC Scholarship scheme launched in Punjab

 CM formally launched it formally to mark the Valmiki Jayanti 

*Virtually Inaugurates Ram Tirath ITI also

*Lays foundation stone of Rs 50 Cr Projects at Tirath Sathal

*Gives Go-Ahead for Skill Development Centre for Dalit Students Students 

*Declares Annual Holiday On Valmiki Jayanti

Chandigarh: 31st October 2020: (Pushpinder Kaur Neelam//Punjab Screen)::

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday formally launched the recently announced Dr. BR Ambedkar Post Matric SC Scholarship scheme, and also virtually laid the foundation stone of Rs. 50 crore worth of projects at Bhagwan Valmiki Tirath Sthal (Ram Tirath), Amritsar, to mark the auspicious occasion of the Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti.

Participating in the Valmiki Jayanti celebrations here, the Chief Minister also virtually inaugurated a new Ram Tirath ITI, while give the go-ahead for the establishment of a Skill Development Centre to prepare Dalit students for competitive exams. In addition, he announced an annual holiday under the Negotiable Instruments Act in remembrance of the great personality, and said that GNDU, Amritsar, will organise an Annual Seminar on Bhagwan Valmiki on the eve of his Birth Anniversary every year.

On the occasion, the Chief Minister distributed Post Matric SC Scholarship Certificates to SC students and congratulated the Valmiki Samaj for various schemes launched by the Technical Education and other Departments for the Dalit community in the state. His government was committed to the welfare of the community, he added.

The Chief Minister said the state scholarship scheme will ensure that poor SC students get free higher education, which the Government of India had unfairly deprived them of with its abrupt withdrawal of central aid of Rs. 800 crore to the state. The Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Post Matric SC Scholarship, being launched without any financial contribution from the Centre, will provide 100% fee waiver for SC students to give them net savings of about Rs. 550 crore, he said.

The scheme, which will benefit more than 3 lakh poor SC students every year, will involve no upfront payment by these students to government/private educational institutions. The institutes will provide free education to SC students under the scheme against direct subsidy from the state government, the Chief Minister announced, adding that the students will also get monthly stipend to buy books, uniforms etc.

Giving details of the Bhagwan Valmiki Tirath Sthal projects, the Chief Minister said these include a Panorama on Maharishi Valmiki (Rs. 25-30 crore), Facade Lights (Rs. 10.9 crore), Filtration Plant in the Sarovar (Rs. 4.75 crore), Furniture for the Sarai (Rs. 2 crore) and Construction of a Parikrama (Rs. 1.3 crore).

Virtually inaugurating the temporary campus of the ITI at Ram Tirath, Captain Amarinder said the institute will contribute to generating more jobs for youngsters. Around 90 trainees had so far been admitted to the institute, he announced, adding that the student strength will be raised to 240 by next year when the building will be renovated at a cost of Rs. 1.82 crore and machinery worth Rs. 3.5 crore will be procured. The number of courses will also be increased year from the current four to nine, he added.

Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said the institute will be developed as a state-of-the-art facility.

Earlier, MLA and Warehousing Corporation Chairman Raj Kumar Verka castigated the Centre for stopping the Post Matric SC scholarships and thanked the Chief Minister for starting a new state scheme to compensate the students for the loss. Verka presented a specially created short film on the Valmiki Samaj on the occasion.

Several leading representatives of the Valmiki Sant Samaj were present at the celebration.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Friendly Force

 Interacting with a child 

A soldier interacts with a child while meeting with villagers in northeastern Syria, Oct. 15, 2020. The soldiers are supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

                                                                                                 ----US Department of Defense

Friday, October 9, 2020

Free rapid testing for Covid-19 for GCG students

Friday: 9th October 2020 at 3:23 PM  

 Iron, Folic acid and Zinc tablets were also distributed    

Ludhiana: 10th October 2020: (Kartika Singh//Punjab Screen)::                     

A team of doctors from Punjab Health Department organized a camp, conducting free rapid testing for Covid-19 as a precautionary measure at Govt. College for Girls, Ludhiana. Dr. Seema Kaushal, Medical Officer UCHC, Jawaddi conducted Corona Awareness Drive to make people aware of the causes of infection so that the recovery rate gets better and mortality rate comes down. She gave valuable tips on nutritious and healthy diet. Moreover, to build a strong immunity against this virus Iron and Folic acid tablets and Zinc tablets were also distributed. The camp successfully accomplished under the able guidance of Officiating Principal Dr. Gurpreet Kaur and Dr. Sukhwinder Kaur, Incharge Student Council.  

Friday, July 24, 2020

On Income Tax Day, Special effort by IT Department

24th July 2020 at 5:48 PM
IT distributes masks, kadha and soaps amongst people
Ludhiana: 24th July 2020: (Punjab Screen Bureau)::
Income tax department Ludhiana, under its 'Income Tax Social Responsibility’ (ITSR) initiative, is taking proactive steps to help contain the spread of COVID-19. The department in association with the “Golden Hearts” of Ludhiana and volunteers has called upon people to “Join the MASK MOVEMENT” called “मास्क लगाओ, कोरोना हराओ” on Income Tax Day that is 24th July 2020 with multiple objectives of creating mask awareness, immunity awareness, environment awareness along with awareness of the citizens regarding their duty to contribute to nation building by paying their due taxes.

This “Join the MASK MOVEMENT”  involves distribution of at least one lakh masks to people, as also distribution of Ayurvedic 'Ayush Kadha’ for immunity and 'Soap' for personal and hand-hygiene. 

Priority is being given to families living in slums and labour colonies,  to raise their level of awareness and ensuring their protection from COVID19. 

The first lot of masks, kadha and soaps were flagged off by Mr Binay K.Jha, Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Ludhiana from Aaykar Bhawan, here. The event was organised following proper social distancing and hygiene norms.

The masks are being distributed from the currently closed NGO schools in labour colonies,  and being given to devotees visiting Gurudwaras and Temples.

As a part of the anti-corona kit, Along with the face  masks  and kadha, the income tax department also distributed 10,000 handwash soaps to the local slum areas. Sh BK Jha , chief commissioner said that as research has shown that the corona virus is destroyed by 20 seconds of hand washing,  soap is an important component in the fight against corona.

Greeting all taxpayers and citizens on Income Tax Day, CCIT Jha says: “There is an urgent need to provide reusable cloth masks and immunity-boosting KADHA to people, not only to protect them from COVID-19, but also to spread awareness among the public on the need to use masks with social distancing. We have to win this war against the virus. I am also happy that a large number of these masks have been made by women’s self-help groups in Punjab with the result that the MASK MOVEMENT is also generating Income for people in need, thus boosting economic immunity for them. Also we have organised around 25,000 trees-saplings for Jammu and Kashmir that are being planted by the BSF. 9000 trees have been provided today. The target is to plant at least two lakh trees. I am happy that more and more IT employees, including Patiala and Jalandhar Charges, the Bar members, taxpayers and volunteers are coming forward to join and support the initiatives. Every Indian, taxpayer or otherwise, should come forward and contribute towards the effort for winning this crucial battle for India . And we are committed to protecting the health and building economic community for our nation.”Senior officers of the Department, representatives from the Income Tax Gazetted Officials Association, Income Tax Employees Federation, District Taxation Bar Association, Taxation Bar Association and Punjab Taxation Bar Association were present.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

1 Containment & 5 Micro Containment Zones in Ldh.

  14th July 2020 at 4:46 PM
 All Areas Sealed & All necessary actions being taken:DC 
Ludhiana: 14th July 2020: (Kartika Singh//Punjab Screen)::
Under the Mission Fateh of the Punjab government and to check the spread of Covid 19, one containment and 5 micro containment zones have been declared in district Ludhiana. 

Deputy Commissioner Mr Varinder Sharma informed that due to 25 positive cases, Ashok Nagar in Salem Tabri has been declared as a containment zone, while the micro-containment zones include Kucha No 5 of Field Ganj due to 9 positive cases, Street No 3 in Vijay Nagar due to 8 positive cases, B & C Blocks of GK Estate due to 8 positive cases, from Lucky Hairdresser to RS Model School in Navi Abadi due to 5 positive cases and from house no 37-76 in Kidwai Nagar due to 6 positive cases. 

All these areas have been sealed and the concerned departments have been directed to take necessary action.

Mr Sharma informed that as per the directions of the health department, a district level committee comprising MC Additional Commissioner Mr Sanyam Aggarwal, Civil Surgeon Dr Rajesh Kumar Bagga, District Epidemiologist Dr Ramesh Kumar and Medical College head Dr Clarence Samual, to identify containment and micro containment zones have been formulated in the district. He said that containment and micro containment zones are declared on the basis of recommendation of this committee.

Mr Sharma appealed to the residents to follow all directions of the Punjab government and if they would stay indoors, they would not only stay safe themselves, but would also contribute in keeping everyone around safe.

Monday, July 13, 2020

93 New Cases Reported in Ludhiana During Last 24 Hours

13th July 2020 at 9:48 PM
 Peoples should follow all directions and sta home-DC 
Ludhiana: 13th July 2020: (Kartika Singh//Punjab Screen)::
Image taken by Engin Akyurt of Pexels on March 28, 2020 8:17 pm
Deputy Commissioner Mr Varinder Sharma today informed that under the “Mission Fateh” of the Punjab government, the number of COVID 19 patients getting cured in district Ludhiana is increasing with each passing day. He said that 93 new cases have been reported in district Ludhiana at present. Out of these cases, 80 are from district Ludhiana while 13 are from other districts.

He further said that till date, a total of 43954 samples have been taken in the district. He said that now, the total number of patients related to Ludhiana is 1411, while 265 patients are related to other districts/states.

He said that unfortunately 32 people from Ludhiana and 28 from other districts have lost their lives. He informed that 221 persons have been kept under home quarantine in the district today.

He said that whenever District Administration and Health Department Ludhiana finds out that about any positive or suspected COVID 19 person, their samples are immediately sent for testing. Similarly, 616 samples of suspected patients were sent for testing today and their results are expected shortly.

Mr Sharma appealed to the residents to follow all directions of the Punjab government and if they would stay indoors, they would not only stay safe themselves, but would also contribute in keeping everyone around safe.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Akali Party Like A Rubber Rubber Band-Captain Singh

 It keeps Expanding & Contracting 
Ludhiana: 12th July 2020: (Punjab Screen Bureau)::
In response to a question by Mr Jaskaran Singh of Raikot during #AskCaptain Facebook live session, as to whether the recently established Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) of Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa was a Congress game plan, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh said that what happens in the Akali party “is not our job.”
“They keep fighting…..history shows that they keep getting divided. There is nothing new in it. At one point of time there were seven Akali Dal’s. The Akali party is like a rubber band - it keeps expanding and contracting ,” he quipped, adding that these kind of things are normal in their party. “If Dhindsa could not stay with them after being part of SAD his entire life, what can one say,” remarked Captain Amarinder, adding that the beauty of democracy was that one can align with any party any time. 
While he welcomes as many political parties as want to join the political bandwagon, the Chief Minister said he was against any party whose main intent is to disturb the state’s peace.
On a point raised by Mr Satish Kumar, a resident of Khanna, regarding PSEB board certificate not recognised for international studies in some countries like Australia, Captain Amarinder said he will take up the issue with the Australian Government and urge them to give due recognition to PSEB school degree for facilitating higher education degree from their country.
Responding to the query of Mr. Amarpal Singh from Ludhiana regarding increasing the recruitment age limit of DSPs and Sub-Inspectors from 28 to 32 years, the Chief Minister said that the official announcement of the increase in recruitment age from 28 years to 32 for DSPs & Sub Inspectors will be made in the coming days and wished him all the best for his preparation.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Sepoy Palwinder Singh Cremated with full military honors

10th July 2020 at 5:06 PM
Cabinet Minister bharat Bhushan Ashu Pays Respect to Palwinder Singh on behalf of CM 
 Doraha: (Ludhiana): 10th July 2020: (Punjab Screen Bureau)::
            The body of Sepoy Palwinder Singh, who was killed in a road accident at Kargil, was cremated with military honours at village Rampur near Doraha today. On behalf of the Chief Minister Punjab, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Mr Bharat Bhushan Ashu paid respect to Palwinder Singh. He was also accompanied by MLA Samrala Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon, MLA Payal Mr Lakhbir Singh Lakha, SDM Miss Geetika Singh, his family members, villagers and district administration officials.   
            Palwinder Singh basically belonged to village Dhindsa near Samrala. When he was going somewhere along with his officer in a Maruti Gypsy on June 22, it met with an accident and fell in the river. His elder brother Jagpreet Singh informed that Palwinder was recruited into the Indian Army in the year 2010 and his father had also served the Indian Army for 24 years. Jagpreet Singh urged Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to come to the aid of the family and provide job to his another younger brother who is a graduate.
            Cabinet Minister Mr Bharat Bhushan Ashu, who attended the cremation on behalf of the Chief Minister, assured the family members that the Punjab government would support them in every way.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

‘Lets Defeat COVID-19’ was released at DMC

21st June  2020 at 12:44 PM
 Awareness is very much required at this crucial hour 
Ludhiana: 21st June 2020: (Punjab Screen Bureau)::
A booklet on preventing spread of COVID-19 infection entitled ‘Lets Defeat COVID-19’ was released by Secretary of DMCH Managing Society-Sh Prem Kumar Gupta. Also present on the occasion was Medical Supdts. Dr Ashwani Chaudhary, Medical Supdt. (HDHI) Dr Bishav Mohan and Professor of Medicine-Dr Rajesh Mahajan.  

Dr Rajesh Mahajan and Dr Bishav Mohan co-authored the book under the guidance of Secretary Sh Prem Kumar Gupta. Vice-Principal and Chief Cardiologist Dr GS Wander, Dr Sarju Ralhan from Department of Cardiac Surgery and Dr Sahil Goel from Departemt of Ophthalmology also gave their valuable advices and suggestions for the publishing of booklet.  

In his message, Secretary Sh Prem Kumar Gupta said that DMCH as a major tertiary health care centre of Northern India took this initiative of publishing a booklet on making people aware about symptoms of Coronavirus and adopting preventive measures to be safe from this infection.

Dr Bishav Mohan and Dr Rajesh Mahajan, co-authors of the book, said that awareness is very much required at this crucial hour to make people know about the symptoms and preventive measures to beat COVID 19 infection and stay safe and healthy.

According to them, maintaining proper Social Distancing of atleast 1 metre between yourself and others and wearing of masks properly close to the bridge of your nose and all the way under your chin are two most important factors responsible for controlling the spread of COVID 19 infection.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Bittu to CM: order to register FIR’s in every police station

18th June 2020 at 8:01 PM
 Strict Action Urgently required against Jathedar and SFJ 
Ludhiana: 18th June 2020: (Punjab Screen Bureau) ::
Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh Bittu today urged Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to order that FIR’s be filed in every police station of the state against Akal Takhat Jathedar Harpreet Singh and singers Diljit Dosanjh and Jazzy Bains for openly supporting Gurpatwant Pannu’s and Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) demand for Khalistan and hence are a part of this organisation that has mocked our martyrs today.
He said that the letter written by Sikhs for Justice head Gurpatwant Pannu to China states that they “empathise” with China and “condemn” India for the violent face-off. “Are they empathising with China for killing our soldiers whose cremation rites are still going on in India including Punjab from where 4 young Sikh soldiers lost their lives defending India? 
The whole country and Punjab state is still mourning the death of our young soldiers but these extremist people are empathising with their killers, self-inviting themselves to China for further talks on their extremist agendas and supporting China to disturb India’s and Punjab’s peace,” he said.
Bittu said that the first step they are taking in this direction is by mass calling Punjabis to lure Sikh soldiers in the Indian army to betray the army and join the Khalistan force for Rs 5000 additional salary.
“I want to tell them that we are proud of our sons of Punjab and there is not enough wealth in the world that can alter their spirit to sacrifice their lives for India, let alone betray the Indian army. This is the same organisation that demands Khalistan and has recently been supported by the Jathedar of Akal Takht Harpreet Singh, Singer Diljit Dosanjh and Jazzy Bains,” Bittu said while adding, “It sickens me to the stomach that these people holding high positions, enjoying luxuries and fame in India are supporting an organisation that is expressing joy over the martyrdom of our Indian soldiers.”
He also questioned Sukhbir Singh Badal, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Bikram Singh Majithia that atleast now they should come clean about their stand in regards of the Jathedar. “Are they still in his support? It still isn’t too late. I urge them to come forward and stop this fire from spreading further than it already has,” MP Ravneet Singh Bittu said.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Road renamed as “Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Marg

17th June 2020 at 5:21 PM
 Minister Vijay Inder Singla inaugurated this road  
Sarabha/Jagraon (Ludhiana): 17th June 2020: (Punjab Screen Bureau)::
Punjab PWD and School Education Minister Mr Vijay Inder Singla today inaugurated the Ludhiana-Pakhowal Road, that has been renamed as “Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Marg”. This 38-km road starts from Bhai Wala Chowk in Ludhiana City and ends at Raikot town. He was also accompanied by Senior Congress leader Capt Sandeep Singh Sandhu, Gill MLA Mr Kuldip Singh Vaid, besides several others. 

While speaking to media persons on the occasion, Mr Singla said that this road passes through village Sarabha, which is the ancestral village of Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha, the great martyr of our freedom struggle. He said that it was a long demand of the area residents that this road should be renamed as “Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Marg”.

He said that a notification in this regard was issued by the Capt Amarinder Singh led Punjab government and keeping in mind the historical importance of village Sarabha, the road has now been renamed as “Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Marg”. He also thanked Senior Congress leader Capt Sandeep Singh Sandhu for taking up this issue with the Chief Minister Punjab, after which this decision was taken.

While replying to a query related to renaming of upcoming international airport at Halwara as “Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha International Airport”, Mr Singla said that the Punjab government is also considering this demand and would request Capt Amarinder Singh to take up this issue with the Union government. He also paid floral tributes at the statue of Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha in the main chowk of village Sarabha. He also visited the memorial constructed in the village as well as the ancestral house of the great martyr.

He informed that the roads in and around the Dakha constituency have been repaired with a cost of Rs 58 crore. He said that the development works related to repair of roads worth Rs 34 crore have already been completed, works worth Rs 12 crore are underway while works worth around Rs 12 crore would be started shortly. He said that some of the roads that were not even repaired during the tenure of previous SAD-BJP government have been repaired now. He assured that the Capt Amarinder Singh led Punjab government is committed for providing best road infrastructure to the residents.

He also informed that the Punjab government has advertised 4500 posts of teachers for government schools, while advertisement for additional 4500 posts would be advertised shortly. He also said that the matter related to charging of fee by private schools during and after lockdown period is in Punjab & Haryana High Court and a decision in this regard is likely to come tomorrow. He assured that the Punjab government is committed to safeguard the rights of both parents as well as private schools, but would not let the schools to charge unnecessarily to the parents.

Later, the Cabinet Minister inaugurated the Raikot-Jagraon Road that has been repaired with a cost of around Rs 14 crore. He informed that this road was never repaired after year 2012 and the previous government ignored it for reasons best known to them. He said that the 2.77 km road from village Akhara bridge to Jagraon city have been widened from 7 metres to 10 metres. On this occasion, he also announced that the Akhara bridge would be repaired and widened with a cost of Rs 5.5 crore.

Prominent among those present on the occasion included Jagraon MLA Mrs Sarabjit Kaur Manuke, District Planning Board Chairman Mr Malkit Singh Dakha, PSIDC Chairman Mr KK Bawa, Mr Karanjit Singh Soni Galib, PEDA vice chairman Mr Karan Warring, Mr Gurdev Singh Lapran, besides several others.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Financial help of Rs 30,000 given to Nirmala Kaur (70)

16th June 2020 at 7:43 PM
 Help given On the directions of CM Capt Amarinder Singh 
Ludhiana: 16th June 2020: (Punjab Screen Bureau)::
On the directions of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, the District Administration, through the District Red Cross Society, today provided financial help of Rs 30,000 to Nirmala Kaur (70), a resident of New Shimlapuri area of Ludhiana. The Chief Minister had directed the District Administration Ludhiana to help the elderly woman staying in a rented house in New Shimlapuri area of the city. The Chief Minister came to know about this woman during his #AskCaptain Facebook Live session yesterday, when he was answering to questions of citizens. 
The cheque of Rs 30,000 was handed over to Nirmala Kaur by District Red Cross Society Ludhiana secretary Balbir Chand Ayry and Lokesh Aggarwal.
It is pertinent to mention that the Chief Minister had come to know about the problems being faced by one Nirmala Kaur (70), wife of Darshan Singh, a resident of New Shimlapuri area of the Ludhiana city. A person named Kulwant Singh had brought this matter to the notice of the Chief Minister and had stated that Nirmala Kaur stays in a rented house along with her 11-year-old grandson and a granddaughter. She takes care of her family by running a small stall “khokha”, but due to lockdown, she was suffering financially and could not pay her house rent of 4 months and her landlord had asked her to vacate her house due to non payment of rent.
On getting to know about Nirmala Kaur’s situation, Chief Minister Punjab Capt Amarinder Singh immediately directed the Deputy Commissioner Ludhiana to help the elderly woman, who, after the death of his son, is living in a rented house along with her grandchildren. He directed the Deputy Commissioner to ensure that they should clear her pending rent as well as pay rent for one year, besides all costs for her treatment of Tuberculosis (TB) should be borne by the district administration. 
Deputy Commissioner Mr Varinder Sharma informed that under the Mission Fateh of the Punjab government and following the orders of Chief Minister, the District Administration have provided financial help to the woman, have promised free medical treatment and all possible help in the future as well.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu honoured by Gurdawara

15th June  2020 at 6:51 PM
Honoured due to his efforts in providing ration to the needy 
Ludhiana: 15th June 2020: (Punjab Screen Bureau)::
The management of Gurudwara Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Ji in Model Town Extension have honoured Punjab Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Mr Bharat Bhushan Ashu for his efforts in providing ration to the needy during the COVID 19 pandemic.
Mr Amarjit Singh Tikka, Chairman, PMIDB, and trustee of the Gurudwara Management Committee, informed that Mr Bharat Bhushan Ashu worked wholeheartedly for providing ration to the needy during the COVID 19 pandemic. He said that even the wheat procurement under Mr Ashu completed smoothly, due to which the Punjabi farmer is thanking the Capt Amarinder Singh led Punjab government.
He said that for his efforts during the pandemic, the management of Gurudwara Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Ji honoured Mr Bharat Bhushan Ashu. They informed that the Gurudwara management committee worked hard to ensure the preparation of langar for more than 2000 people daily & given to police for distribution. Besides, the persons preparing langar were also given health insurance cover of Rs 25 lakh from the gurudwara committee.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included Gurudwara President Rajinder Singh Bindra, Chairman Baba Ajit Singh ,Trustees Surinder Pal Singh Bindra, Sukhwindar Pal Singh Lally, Harpreet Singh Rajdhani, Amarpal Singh Sarna, Navpreet Singh Pareeti, Kawaljeet Singh Bindra, Gurcharan Singh Khurana, Dara Babbar, besides several others.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Ludhiana Police on Special Drive against illicit liquor

More than 2 Lakh Liters of Lahan seized and destroyed 
Ludhiana: 14th June 2020: (Punjab Screen Bureau)::
Cracking a whip on illicit liquor trading and smuggling Ludhiana Police seized and destroyed more than 2 Lakh Liters of Lahan (Kacchi Daru) on the banks of Satluj River on Ludhiana-Jalndhar border. Some wine contractors who are indulging in liquor smuggling in each other’s areas are also on police radar.
Police has launched a Special Drive about 20 days back to take strict action against all kinds of Liquor Smuggling, bootlegging and illicit distillation of liquor in Ludhiana as part of state wide directive from DGP Punjab.  For this purpose anAnti SmugglingCell has been constituted with dedicated manpower of 30 persons. A close co-ordination is also being made with the Excise Departmentto stop smuggling of bootlegging and smuggling of liquor.
Ludhiana Commissionerate Police has also effectively cracked down on the liquor smugglers and in last 20 days heavy quantity of licit and illicit liquor has been recovered. During this period 150FIRs have been registered under Excise Act and 171 smugglers have been sent behind bars with recoveryof 3266 Liters bottles of illicit liquor, 650 Liters of English Wine. Besides this2Working Stillsfrom which illicit liquor was being distilled after fermentation were also seized. Most of the known liquor smugglers have either been caught or have shifted from Ludhiana to other districts temporarily.
Police has also made lists of the known liquor smuggles who are again and again engaging in the illicit trade  of Liquor Smuggling and  bootlegging and have started to keep a strict watch on their activities.
Activities of these smugglers are also being monitored through the Safe City Camerasinstalled in the district. Special inter-District Nakas have been put in the Commissionerate, Ludhiana round the clock to monitor inter-district smuggling of liquor.
RakeshAgrawal CP Ludhianahas told his officers that strict action will be taken if any police person is found negligent or supporting any illegal activities in any manner relating to smuggling of liquor.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

30 more positive cases reported in Ludhiana

13th June 2020 at 6:27 PM
 5 more patients have been declared cured 
AMURT team headed by Dada Ashok Chawla continuously reaching in slums of Ludhiana to  fight Corona
Ludhiana: 13h June 2020: (Kartika Singh//Punjab Screen):: 13th June 2020 at 6:27 PM
Deputy Commissioner Mr Pradeep Kumar Agrawal today informed that under the “Mission Fateh” of the Punjab government, the number of COVID 19 patients getting cured in district Ludhiana is increasing with each passing day. He informed that 5 more patients have been declared cured in last 24 hours. He said that till now, the total number of patients discharged from hospital has reached 195.
Besides, 30 more positive cases have been reported in the district, out of which 26 are from Ludhiana and 4 from other districts.
He further said that till date, a total of 16304 samples have been taken, out of which report of 15149 samples has been received, of 14693 samples is negative and report of 1155 samples is pending. He said that now, the total number of patients related to Ludhiana is 337, while 119 patients are related to other districts/states.
He said that unfortunately 11 people from Ludhiana and 8 from other districts have lost their lives. He said that 195 patients related to district Ludhiana have been discharged from hospital after treatment.
He informed that till date, 9597 persons have been kept under home quarantine in the district and at present, the number of such persons is 2654. Today, 358 persons were sent for home quarantine.
He said that whenever District Administration and Health Department Ludhiana finds out that about any positive or suspected COVID 19 person, their samples are immediately sent for testing. Similarly, 1104 samples of suspected patients were sent for testing today and their results are expected shortly.
He appealed to the residents to follow all directions of the Punjab government and if they would stay indoors, they would not only stay safe themselves, but would also contribute in keeping everyone around safe.
In the meantime Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team (AMURT) reaching the slum areas to save the poor peoples who are not getting any type of govt help in practice. Bhukti Pradhan Dada Ashok Chawla motivating and doing the all required arrangements for the purpose. AMURT team started its efforts immediately after the lockdown announced.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

New Age Profession and Transform Challenges

Wednesday 10th June 2020 at  5:05 PM
 Webinar was organised by NIRC of ICAI 
Ludhiana: 10th June 2020: (Punjab Screen Bureau)::
A very informative Virtual Meeting on very Important Topic Two Structured CPE HRS Virtual CPE Meeting on New Age Profession and Transform Challenges to opportunities was organized by the Ludhiana Branch of Northern India Regional Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India 
CA Atul Kumar Gupta ji, President ICAI was the Special Guest Speaker on this occasion.
CA Ashwani Kumar ji was the Guest Speaker on this Occasion.  

•CA Atul Kumar Gupta ji, President ICAI  covered the following topic:-
              New Age Profession and Transform Challenges to opportunities

•CA Ashwani Kumar ji covered the following topic:-
             Changing lifestyle- Need for transformation

The event was conducted through Webinar via zoom application and welcome address was given by Ludhiana Branch Chairman CA. Ashish Jain who shared the perspective initiatives to be taken by Ludhiana Branch for the members.

The participants not only immensely benefited from the insights of the speaker but received answers to their questions as well. More than 200 Chartered Accountants from Ludhiana, Khanna, Mandi Gobindgarh, Jalandhar and surrounding areas attended the Seminar. 

Amongst others, Vice-Chairman CA Ashish Jain, Treasurer CA. Vikas Kwatra, Secretary CA Hitesh Goyal& CA Rachit Bhandari (Vice-Chairman NIRC) and Executive Member were also present.

The Virtual Meeting was concluded with votes of thanks from Chairman CA. Ashish Jain who thanked the Guest Speaker for sparing their valuable time in interacting with the Chartered Accountants and the audience for making Seminar an interactive one.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Will Harsimrat Badal Move to Ask for Secession?

 7th June 2020 at 2:56 PM
Congress MLAs react strongly over the statement on Khalistan 
Ludhiana: 7th June 2020: (Punjab Screen Bureau)::
MLAs Amrik Singh Dhillon, Surinder Dawar and Kuldeep Singh Vaid have reacted strongly over the statement made by Akal Takht Jathedar and SGPC president over Khalistan. The MLAs have questioned as to what are Harsimrat Kaur Badal’s views on the statements made by Akal Takht Jathedar and SGPC President.  
“I hope she realizes that SGPC is a statutory body, which functions under the constitution. Now that the Akal Takht Jathedar has publicly supported the demand for Khalistan, will Harsimrat Badal, as the sole representative of the Punjabis, in the Union Cabinet move a resolution in the Cabinet asking for secession from India,” asked the MLAs in a statement issued here today.
They hoped that Harsimrat remembers that she was elected by lakhs of Punjabis, who are both Sikhs and Hindus. “There are lakhs of Hindus living in all parts of the world who are Nanak Naam levas, and follow the teachings of the Sikh Gurus. Hindus also visit Sikh shrines in large numbers. Is SGPC President and his master Sukhbir Badal looking at throwing over 1 crore Hindus out of Punjab, just like Kashmiri Pandits, who were thrown out and driven out of their native lands,” they questioned.
They stated that the Jathedar Akal Takht has also said that the present Indian government has a ‘anti-Sikh approach’. “Will Harsimrat Badal resign from the Union Cabinet immediately for being a part of the anti-Sikh Union government and also her failure to protect the interests of the Punjabis, and Sikhs in particular.  Will Sukhbir Badal pull out of the BJP led Union government for pursuing an anti-Sikh approach and agenda. Does the SAD support the divisive and even secessionist agenda being pursued by the SGPC President?,” they asked.
The MLAs have urged Sukhbir Badal and SGPC President to clarify their stand regarding the statement of former BJP Minister, Manoranjan Kalia, who has said that the Jathedar has hurt the feelings of the Punjabis. “Sukhbir Badal, MP and SAD President, has made wild allegations about the anti-Sikh policies of Congress regimes. What is he going to do about the serious statement of the Jathedar that the Union government of which is wife is a Cabinet Minister and his party a coalition partner. Shouldn’t he immediately pull out of the Union government as well as the Cabinet,” MLAs Dhillon, Dawar and Vaid questioned.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Three Positive cases reported in Ludhiana in last 24 hours

ICMR team does random sampling in District
Ludhiana: 26th May 2020: (Kartika Singh//Punjab Screen)::
Deputy Commissioner Mr Pradeep Kumar Agrawal today informed that two new positive cases have been reported in district Ludhiana in last 24 hours. He informed that till date, a total of 6143 samples have been taken, out of which report of 5968 has been received, report of 5701 samples is negative and report of 175 samples is pending.
He said that now, the total number of patients related to Ludhiana is 181, while 86 patients are related to other districts/states. He said that unfortunately 7 people from Ludhiana and 5 from other districts have lost their lives. He said that 139 patients related to district Ludhiana have been discharged from hospital after treatment.
He informed that out of the total three positive cases reported in last 24 hours include a husband-wife duo, residents of village Khanpur near Dehlon. Both of them had returned from West Bengal on May 23, 2020, a 50 years Male, who works as Security Staff in Air India and is a Permanent Resident of Delhi. He had come back from Delhi on May 25, 2020 by domestic flight at Sahnewal Airport. The report of other 10 passengers is negative.
He informed that till date, 6312 persons have been kept under home quarantine in the district and at present, the number of such persons is 2031. Today, 68 persons were sent for home quarantine.
He said that whenever District Administration and Health Department Ludhiana finds out that about any positive or suspected COVID 19 person, their samples are immediately sent for testing. Similarly, 116 samples of suspected patients were sent for testing today and their results are expected shortly.
He appealed to the residents to follow all directions of the Punjab government and if they would stay indoors, they would not only stay safe themselves, but would also contribute in keeping everyone around safe.
Random Sampling Done b ICMR Team in Ludhiana
Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) team from Delhi under the guidance of Mr Balbir Singh Sidhu, Health Minister, Punjab, visited various areas of the district. Blood samples were taken at random to check the level of immunity against COVID.
Giving information in this regard, Civil Surgeon Ludhiana Dr. Rajesh Kumar Bagga said that today ICMR team from Delhi visited village Baddowal under block Sudhar, Majri village under Sidhwan Bet, Doraha under Payal, Ghungrali village under Manupur, Sham Nagar area in the city and random samples of people's blood have been taken for testing. He said that the main purpose of taking samples is to check the level of immunity of the people against COVID.

Monday, May 18, 2020

A Greener PAU Campus Infuses New Vigour &Vitality

17th May 2020 at 7:48 PM
 Now PAU camps even more inviting than before 
Ludhiana: 17th May 2020: (Kartika Singh//Punjab Screen)::
Even as the world fights the COVID 19 pandemic, and humanity sits tucked away indoors, it is nature at its spectacular best at the 494 hectare Punjab Agricultural University Campus that has adorned an all new invigorating look with sprawling rich greenery and a gay bloom of hundreds of varieties of fragrant flowers, shrubs and avenue trees;  Says Dr Dr. R.K. Dubey, Professor of Landscaping and in- charge P.A.U. Landscape Nursery that the lockdown has catapulted our lifestyle in to the basic necessity mode that has directly lead to healing of nature. Often labeled as the lungs of the heavily polluted Ludhiana city, the university campus that has not seen the usual hustle and bustle for about two months now due to the lockdown, is greener and even more inviting than before. Ornamental trees such as Red Gulmohar, Neeli Gulmohar, Amaltas and Mahogany lining the roads; shady trees such as Neem, Mango , Molsari, Satpatia, Pilkan, Dhrek beautifying hostels and departments; Shrubberies like Murraya , Bougainvillea, Hamelia , Cassia , Clerodendrone , Mor-pankh , Tecoma , Stenolobium , Pili kaner, Lantana, Jasmine,Rat ki rani, Din ka raja adorn walkways and parks, adding esthetic beauty and fragrance to the surroundings.

Expressing delight at the newly enhanced natural bounty, PAU Vice Chancellor and Padam Shri Awardee, Dr B.S. Dhillon remarked that nature is the best subordinate to the human economy and its value can never be measured by money. He said as the world starts to prepare getting used to living life with the Corona virus, there are important lessons to learn from our natural surroundings that have sustained us, despite our detrimental actions. With lockdown being lifted to give impetus to the country’s economy and uncertainty gripping the citizens; it is the colour, fragrance and vivacity of the campus plantation ready to welcome back its people, while giving the message that one should be patient in dealing with life’s challenges. That is the ultimate victory of life,” remarked Dr Dhillon.

It may be mentioned that as per Punjab Government instructions, all offices of the university have resumed functioning to take up urgent functioning with effect from today with 33% strength.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

The DGP paid tributes to ACP Anil Kohli

Sunday: 10th May 2020 at 7:49 PM
The First Punjab Police Corona Martyr
*DGP Visits Ludhiana to take stock of Covid-19 Situation
*He also reviewed Police Arrangements
*He Attends the Bhog of ACP Anil Kohli 
*Gives Cheque to deceased's wife and Appointment letter to Son 
*Cabinet Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu, MLAs Rakesh Pandey and Surinder Dawar also attended Bhog.
*Honours 11 Police personnel with ‘DGP’s honour for "Exemplary Sewa to Society" Certificates. 
Ludhiana: 10th May 2020: (Punjab Screen Bureau)::
Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta on Sunday visited Ludhiana Commissionerate to take stock of the ground situation in the district and review the arrangements made by the police to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

The DGP also paid tributes to the first Punjab Police Corona martyr ACP Anil Kohli, a frontline Covid worker who died on April 18. He attended the Bhog ceremony of Kohli and expressed profound grief and solidarity with the bereaved family. He also handed over an appointment letter to Paras Kohli s/o Anil Kohli and a cheque for financial assistance to deceased officer’s wife, Palak Kohli. Prominent among those present on the occasion also included Punjab Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Minister Mr Bharat Bhushan Ashu, MLAs Mr Rakesh Pandey and Mr Surinder Dawar, Deputy Commissioner Mr Pradeep Kumar Agrawal, Commissioner of Police Mr Rakesh Kumar Agrawal, besides several others.

Due to ongoing Covid-19, restrictions, more than 20000 people and police officers from across the state  joined the Bhog Ceremony through live telecast on the internet.
These included ADGPs, IG/DIGs and all SSPs of the state.

Earlier, chairing a meeting of senior police officers of Ludhiana Police at Police Lines, Gupta assessed the prevailing situation and the measures taken for strict enforcement of Covid guidelines. He directed the officers to intensify the enforcement of curfew and Covid guidelines.

Commissioner of Police Rakesh Agrawal informed the DGP that district police had been strictly implementing the COVID restrictions and was dealing firmly with curfew violators. The district police had registered 426 FIRs for various curfew related offences and arrested 732 violators. A total of 14,806 persons had been taken to Open Jails, while 7088 traffic challans had been issued in the city against those going around in vehicles without any valid reasons, with 1265 vehicles being impounded.

The CP further informed the meeting that since Ludhiana is an industrial hub, which had lakhs of migrant labourers from across the country, the police had also accepted the tough challenge of serving them and other needy persons cooked food. As many as 57,85,793 persons had been served food and 39,837 food kits had been distributed among the needy during this period.

Agrawal further revealed that 20, 000 migrants had returned to their home districts through Shramik Express Special Trains in last 5 days. He also pointed out that several factories had already restarted operations in Ludhiana, and a large number of labourers had joined work. Besides, 57 Shelter Homes had been set up and around 800 migrants were residing there, with free food and stay being provided by the administration.

In the maintenance of law and order in Ludhiana city, 2020 volunteers were helping police, and their role was being highly appreciated by the people, the meeting was informed. The general public is also rendering commendable services amid COVID-19, with 276 villages and 1077 mohallas being sealed voluntarily by the people.

The Commissioner of Police further apprised the DGP that the police force on duty was being served cooked food twice a day, along with regular supply of potable water. To boost immunity of the workforce, Vitamin-B, Vitamin-C tablets, Vitamin-D, Zinc tablets, Giloy Ghanvati tablets, Homeopathic medicine Arsenic album 30 had been distributed. About one lac masks, 90,000 gloves, 50,000 bottles of sanitizers, 1700 face shields & Goggles and 564 PPE kits had also been provided to protect the frontline police personnel. As many as 12 Quarantine Centers with capacity of 478 Beds at different locations in the Commissionerate, Ludhiana, had been established exclusively for the police personnel.  Many Police jawans shared with the DGP that they had already taken HCQ as a prophylactic.

While appreciating the work done by Ludhiana Police, the DGP underlined the need to further intensify the efforts to ensure strict compliance of lockdown/curfew restrictions amid COVID-19. The DGP also interacted with the police officers across ranks, deployed at various chowks of Ludhiana. Noticing some violations of the ban on pillion riding on two-wheelers, Gupta directed the police personnel to strictly enforce the ban to ensure proper social distancing. He also asked the CP Ludhiana to run special campaigns on electronic as well as social media to educate the people about this.

The DGP also interacted with the volunteers deployed at Bharat Nagar Chowk and commended them for working with utmost sincerity & dedication for the nearly past two months without any remuneration. ACP Traffic Gurdev Singh, who is mobilising & coordinating the entire volunteer effort in Ludhiana, informed the DGP that more than 9000 volunteers were deployed with the Ludhiana Police and doing an excellent job in service towards society.

The DGP also inspected a Mobile Medical Van with the doctor, which has been detailed to carry out medical screening of cops deployed at various points in the city. He also motivated the doctor on duty and the police officers to use the Pulse Oxymeter, especially for police personnel & their families, to check for any flu like symptoms.

To boost the morale of the police force and to recognise work done by frontline men and women, Gupta presented the ‘DGP’s Honour for Exemplary Seva to Society Certificates’ to 11 personnel, including an IPS officer ADCP (Headquarters) Deepak Pareek, who is the Nodal Officer for Covid-19 in Police Commissionerate, Ludhiana. SHO Focal Point Insp Mohd Jameel, Constable Sanjeev Kumar and Ajaib Singh were also honoured for their outstanding services in the battle against Coronavirus.