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Re-elect Raikot council chief: HC
Rakesh Gupta

Raikot, November 8
With the announcement of the re-election of the president of the municipal council here, political activity has started with the BJP and the Akalis up in arms against each other. The council has 15 councillors. One is from the Congress, three from the BJP and 11 from the SAD.

It has been an arrangement with the SAD and the BJP alliance that the party with more seats would retain the post of president. This was seen at Jagraon also where the BJP retained the post of president as it had six councillors as compared to the SAD which had five.

Earlier on August 27 at the time of the elections, Vijay Jain and Amandeep agreed for presidentship for two-and-a-half-years each. Vijay Jain assumed the post first. This agreement was rejected by the Punjab Government and Vijay Jain was declared president for five years.

Amandeep Singh Gill filed a writ petition in the Punjab and Harayana High Court to set aside the resolution and requested for election for the post of president.

The court ordered the re-election within one month with Vijay Jain and Amandeep Singh as candidates. At Raikot, the parties seems to be indulging in horse-trading.

At a press conference called by councillor Satish Aggarwal yesterday, seven Akali councillors were brought before the media. Seven out of the 11 councillors, who fought the elections with Akali support, came out in the support of Vijay Jain.

Amandeep Singh said the election should be held as early as possible as delay could lead to unethical practises.

According to sources, money power would play a decisive role as both candidates are close to the Akali leadership of Raikot.


Domestic help targets three houses 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
At least three theft cases took place in the city today. Thieves in the guise of domestic servants decamped with goods and cash worth Rs 20 lakh.

A domestic help of Nepalese origin stole Rs 5 lakh from the house Kultar Singh of BRS Nagar. The domestic help, who was appointed four days ago, served them the lunch laced with sedatives. The victim and his wife, Kuldeep Kaur, fell unconscious after taking lunch. After this, the servant stole all cash and jewellery available in the house and fled away.

The condition of Kuldeep Kaur, who was undergoing treatment at DMCH, was reported to be serious.

According to Sarabha Nagar SHO, the victim neither got the servant registered with the police nor do they got his antecedents verified before appointing him.

In the second incident, another domestic servant of Nepalese origin stolen cash and jewelry worth Rs 3.50 lakh from the house of Sant Fateh Singh Nagar resident Rajinder Kapoor. The accused has been identified as Gokal.

The complainant stated that the accused entered his bedroom in the evening and stolen jewellery and cash of worth Rs 3.50 lakh while his wife was away to the market.

In another incident the domestic servant from Uttar Pradesh decamped with a tractor owned by Ranjit Singh, a resident of Kohara village.



Cops ill-equipped to ferry suspects to courts
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
The district police has an abysmally poor infrastructure and vehicles to transport undertrials from the jail to courts. It is commonplace to see policemen bringing crime suspects to the local courts on auto-rickshaws.

Recently, seven members of the notorious Bangla gang fled while they were being ferried back to jail after court hearing.

This happened close on the heels of an accused fleeing from an auto-rickshaw while being taken to the district courts complex.

Interestingly, a criminal had recently rebuked the police saying: “The more cases you register against me, the more chances you give me to run free”, referring to the lax arrangements made by the police in transporting suspects.

A majority of suspects who are ferried in auto-rickshaws to the courts come from police stations. It’s only when the court sends them to jail that they are ferried in police vehicles.

Police sources said a majority of those ferried in auto-rickshaws and cycle rickshaws were petty criminals.

Besides, the security arrangement at the court complex also leaves much to be desired.

Suspects are often seeing carrying mobile phones. A lawyer said: “It is commonplace to find suspects talk on their mobile phones. Going by the recent spurt in escape bids by suspects, it is imperative for the police to curb the use of mobile phones by prisoners.”

Also, instead of a trial inside the jail complex, human rights organisations want the trial to be held in an open court, claimed a police official pleading anonymity.

“We have no other option but to transport them to the courts complex with our limited resources,” he said.



Sexual Harassment
No panel in dist to handle cases
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
In the absence of stringent enactment of directions of the Supreme Court, a sexual harassment case has been pending with Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) for past two months in which the accused has “refused” to record his statement.

Under the directions of the court, the complaint committee should be headed by a woman and not less than half of its members should be women. Further, to prevent the possibility of any undue pressure or influence from senior levels, such complaint committee should involve a third party, either an NGO or some other body familiar with the issue. Most importantly, the complaint mechanism must ensure time-bound treatment of complaints, says the apex court.

In utter violation of the directions of the Supreme Court, the district authorities have failed to constitute a committee dealing with sexual harassment cases.

An official with the district administration, on condition of anonymity, said no such committee had ever been constituted at the district level. Does it mean that all working women in the district are secure or not even a single woman has ever been harassed at work place?

Though, there is no enacted law to protect working women from sexual harassment, the Supreme Court, in exercise of its powers under Article 32, says that this will be treated as law under Article 141 of Constitution of India.

Sexual harassment of working women means violating fundamental rights of working women regarding their life and liberty and their right to work, carry out occupation, trade or business with dignity.

Further, it has been directed by the court to constitute district-level committees to deal with such cases, until enactment of the Act.

Taking note of the fact that the present civil and penal laws in India do not adequately provide for specific protection of women from sexual harassment in work place and that enactment of such legislation will take considerable time, the court has made it mandatory and expedient for employers at work as well as other responsible persons or institutions to observe certain guidelines to ensure the prevention of sexual harassment of women.

Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexually determined behaviour (directly or by implication) such as physical contact and advances, a demand or request for sexual favours, sexually coloured remarks or any other physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of sexual nature.



Another case against Gambhir hospital
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
In the spotlight for allegedly carrying out illegal abortions, the Jodhewal police has registered another case against Jatinder Gambhir Hospital and three doctors for administering a foetus termination drug to a woman.

The police has booked Varinder Singh on charges of rape following a complaint by the victim, who alleged that Varinder Singh had promised to marry her. When she became pregnant, he refused to marry her.

The police has also booked the mother of the accused.

Varinder Singh started taking her to various doctors for an abortion. “He told me that I was carrying a weak baby. I was also told that the baby was being given medicines for strength,” she alleged. She was brought to Jatinder Gambhir Hospital, where her pregnancy was terminated.

The police has got a medical examination of the victim done and the report is expect tomorrow. All the accused, including the doctors, are absconding.



Cong grabs power in Payal MC
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 8
Congress-supported councillors Malkit Singh Goga and Harmeet Kaur Garcha have been elected to the posts of president and senior vice-president of the municipal council (Payal), respectively.

This has exposed the factionalism among SAD and BJP leaders of the constituency who failed to get the top posts despite a clear majority in the house.

Terming the development as unfortunate, district (rural) SAD president Santa Singh Umaidpuri admitted that halqa in charge and former minister Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal had failed to coordinate properly, resulting in the defeat of the BJP candidate.

“In fact, there has been poor coordination among SAD and BJP leaders of the constituency since the commencement of the civic body elections. It was disturbing that both the BJP and the SAD fielded their own candidates at various wards else we could have won all 11 seats,” he said.

He said the outcome of the election was not Congress party’s victory “rather factionalism among our activists and leaders should be taken as a lesson for us,” he added.

In a house of 12 members, including the legislator of the constituency, the Congress was in minority in the Payal municipal council. But it succeeded in crowning its candidates Malkit Singh Goga and Harmeet Kaur Garcha as president and senior vice-president, respectively, when Nachhattar Singh and Bikkar Singh, SAD councillors, abstained from the election meeting yesterday.

As the Congress did not field a candidate for the post of vice-president, BJP councillor Daljit Kaur was elected unanimously.

Accusing the halqa in charge of ignoring loyalists of the party, Bhupinder Singh Cheema alleged that Nachhattar Singh and Bikkar Singh had abstained from the election meeting to “facilitate” the victory of Congress candidates. He urged the district president of the party to initiate disciplinary action against them.



Justice Sinha opens mediation centre
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 8
Mediation and conciliation centre set up for amicable settlement of a large number of pending cases in courts started functioning here today in the judicial complex. Supreme Court judge Justice S.B.Sinha inaugurated it through video conferencing.

District and Sessions Judge G.K. Rai dedicated the centre to the people of Ludhiana in presence of a large number of lawyers, litigants as well as judicial officers.

Talking to The Tribune, the Sessions Judge Rai said, “We are hopeful of bringing down the figure of about 85,000 cases pending in the district courts. Around 65,000 cases were pending with the subordinate judiciary. While 20,000 civil as well as criminal cases were pending in different court of the additional sessions judges and in his court.”

Huge pendency of cases results in the delay of disposal of the cases and resultantly the justice was being delayed, which was a matter of great concern, he further added.

Additional District and Sessions Judge Kishore Kumar and Civil Judge (junior division) Randhir Verma heard the cases referred to the Centre as “mediators” not as judges. To give this feeling, they opted not to wear the ‘dress’.

They had been imparted training by the Punjab and Haryana High Court for making them perfect in breaking the ‘deadlock’ between the parties concerned, for resolving their disputes amicably.

Mediators were supposed not to share the details of the dialogues exchanged by the parties during the proceedings.

With the consent of parties, 173 cases have been referred to the mediation and conciliation centre. A large number of cases pertaining to disputes between husband and wife apart from this cheque bounce, civil cases and a few motor accident claim cases have also been referred.

Additional Session Judges M.S.Virdi, A.S.Grewal, R.L.Ahuja, Manjinder Singh, G.S.Sran, A.K.Mehta, CJM Lachhman Singh, judicial magistrates K.K. Bansal, Charanjit Arora, Yukti Goel, Jagdeep Sood, S.S. Jossan, Amit Thind, Amita Singh, district bar association president Parupkar Singh Ghumman, former president K.R. Sikri and Naval Kishore Chhiber were present on the occasion.



Builder dumps earth on road; blocks it
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
The builder of Housefed super deluxe flats in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar has reportedly dumped earth on the road, much to the annoyance of area residents.

Workers of the builder have dumped the earth on a 100-ft road in front of Bhai Daya Singh Charitable Hospital.

As a result, a mound of sand has appeared on the road and it is impossible to pass through the road.

‘‘The digging started a week ago. We thought they would start throwing the earth elsewhere, but they continued dumping it here. We wonder if the conditions of the contract allow the builder to do so,’’ G. Pal Chadda, a resident, said.

The residents said if the road was not cleared soon, they would stage a protest outside the office of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust.

‘‘How can they allow the dumping of earth like this? The road was recarpeted a few months ago, that too after repeated complaints,” S.P. Singh, another resident, said.

People had started throwing garbage at the place, mistaking it for a dump. ‘‘We are using the other lane,” Hardev Singh Batra, another resident, added.



Nature resorts catch residents’ fancy
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
Hectic work schedules, strict deadlines and never-ending tasks take a toll on both mind and body. To combat stress and pressure, local residents have adopted different ways to detoxify themselves.

A majority of them pack their bags and head to nearby cottages and nature-care chalets to unwind. Body massage, spa, sauna, yoga and nature walks do the trick and helps in rejuvenation.

Taman Dua, working in an MNC, is just back from her one-week trip to Kikar Lodge.

“All those massages, sauna and mud baths worked wonders for me. My trip was rejuvenating. Living in the lap of nature was a stress-free experience and long nature walks in mornings and evenings were refreshing,” she say. She is once again ready to handle the work pressure with vigour and zeal.

Sandalwood, herbs, ayurveda -these ingredients many sound routine but they feel divine when they are part of the spa treatment at such resorts and cottages offer.

Such massage and treatments promise rejuvenation, relaxation and nourishment. Each therapy helps one unwind in ease.

Rosaline Nathaniel working with a private bank took a break from her hectic work schedule by taking off to Kayakalp at Palampur. “I wanted to de-stress myself and this was the best place to go. People from across the country go there. The massages got my skin glowing,” she adds.

She enjoyed her stay even though her diet was restricted to fruits, soups, salads, vegetables and lentils. “The visit has given a boost to my stamina. For a few days, I felt transported to a different world and left with the assurance that most of my peers will end up envying my radiance,” she quips.

Not only professionals even housewives who want a break from their chores are heading to these resorts. “While my kids plan to go for holidaying with their friends during Christmas break, my husband and I plan to visit some spa resort. The same old routine at home takes a toll on you and one really needs to unwind at least once every six months,” adds Navkiran, a housewife.

The percentage of people opting for cottages and nature care resorts has increased tremendously over the years. These days, people want to go for a holiday to recharge themselves. “Keeping the taste of the clientele in view, a majority of hotels today are also providing facilities like massages, sauna, spa, organic diets and yoga,” says Mrinal, a tour operator from the city. 



Hosiery Industry 
Project to train jobless youths passed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
The ministry of rural development has sanctioned a project for training unemployed rural youths of Punjab in the hosiery and textile industry.

Disclosing this Vinod Thapar, president, Knitwear Club, Ludhiana, said today that the government had not fixed any limit for admitting candidates. Initially, they had planned to train 15,000 youths from the district. The minimum qualification for getting enrolled under this scheme is Class VIII.

According to Thapar, the ministry would train the selected youths for three months. Each would get Rs 10,000 during this period. After this, they would be absorbed in the hosiery and textile industry.

Thapar said the Ludhiana hosiery and textile industry was facing shortage of the skilled labour. This would go a long way in helping them in gaining employment.

To begin with they will be trained at Punjab Trade Centre in the industrial and some other places in the focal point area. The state government had offered the premises of the Punjab Trade Centre for imparting training to the youths. ILFS, an international company, has tied up with the governments of India and Punjab for training the youths.

Thapar revealed that the block development and panchayat officers (BDPOs) had stated that there were 26,000 unemployed youths in the state.

Amar Singh, joint secretary, ministry of rural development, will be visiting Ludhiana the next week for finalizing the arrangements and the curriculum for the training the youths.

Ludhiana’s hosiery and textile industry employs more than five lakh persons. But there is a shortage of skilled labour and at present majority of the workers engaged in this industry are migrant workers. The industry is also dependent on them.

A few local multinational mills like Vardhman organise regular training programme for the Dalits who are selected from rural colleges with graduation as minimum qualification. They have been given training in managerial skills and lessons in English. 



Small units seek statutory panel
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
The Federation of Tiny and Small Industries of India has in a letter written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urged him to form a statutory commission for resolving the problems being faced by the micro-sector.

Joginder Kumar, president of the association, had in a letter stated that the government was not worried about the micro-sector that was the second largest employment generator next to the agriculture sector. “The micro-sector contributes to 40 per cent industrial production and 45 per cent in exports,” he added.

He said the financial crisis that had exacerbated a global turndown was likely to be more severe and prolonged and the crisis of this magnitude was going to affect the economy.

The federation feels that micro/service sector, which is the backbone of the economy is the only panacea to get rid of this recession provided the government focus its attention to this vital sector of economy and mitigate its woes.

The members have urged that a statutory commission with quasi-judicial powers should be constituted so that focus could be on micro- sector and its woes addressed in the right earnest. 



More security needed at judicial complex
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
Ludhiana has the distinction of having the biggest district bar in the country with 2,800 practicing lawyers. Due to this, the judicial complex has become congested.

The complex has two parts --- one consists of courts and the other chambers of lawyers. The complex is six-storeyed with as many as 34 courts, while the lawyers’ chambers are housed in an eight-storeyed building.

The complex has become so unwieldy that security is becoming a matter of concern. A shooting incident and an attempt to free undertrials have taken place at the complex within a month. These incidents have caused panic and concern among lawyers as a lawyer was injured in the firing incident that took place in October.

The police has tightened the security, but it is clearly inadequate. District and Sessions Judge G.K.Rai and district bar association president Parupkar Singh Ghuman have urged the police to further tighten the security. The Sessions Judge has even sought the installation of CCTV cameras in and around the complex.

According to Ghuman, more than 10,000 persons visit the complex daily. If lawyers and munshis are included, the number touches above 15,000.

The police has deployed 30 policemen and an inspector for security. Sukhpat Rai Wadehra, senior-most advocate of Ludhiana, rues that no attention has been paid to the problems of aged lawyers. Lifts have been provided, but he suggests an escalator should be provided in the middle of the complex to enable senior citizens and advocates to reach courtrooms without wasting time.

Yash Paul Ghai, another advocate, said unauthorised vendors should be removed from the complex.

The bar association chief has urged the Chief Minister to allocate Rs 10 crore for constructing lawyers’ chambers. He says the old judicial complex has been demolished and handed over to PUDA which will get at least Rs 300 crore from it.



Desh Sewa Diwas takes centre stage at GCW
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 8
42nd Desh Sewa Diwas was held at Government College for Women here yesterday. The function was organised by Shaheed Memorial Sewa Society (Regd) and Jai Harinam Educational and Service Society (Regd).

Harish Rai Dhanda, chief parliamentary secretary Punjab government, the chief guest urged the teachers and parents to fill the children with patriotism, as foreign powers were trying to influence our culture. The youth was getting caught in a mesh of drugs, alcohol and when youth is trapped in these things then the society slides downward. He urged the religious, political and social organisations to step up in bringing the youth on the right path.

Music director Uttam Singh, was honoured for his contribution in music. Uttam Singh said, “Music can win the hearts, any country that honours its soldiers, intellectuals, musicians and writers can reach the zenith of glory.”

The other personalities honoured, included Dwarka Bharati, Rajiv Gandhi, vice-chancellor National Law University, secretary V.K. Puri of the Indian Red Cross Society, Chandigarh, principal V.K. Mehta, child singer Sanvinder Singh, visually challenged players Balwinder Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Harman Preet Singh. NRI Avtar Singh Mann, as well as former district governor, Philip Demois, Rotary Club, California, received accolades.

BCM Senior Secondary School, Focal Point, was declared the best school of the city. Vajinder Singh, secretary of Sewa Society urged the people to come forward to help. He said, “Our new project is to start a Bridh Ashram, as many senior citizens are being turned away by their families.” Nirmal Sidhu and Dolly Guleria, singers regaled the audience with their songs.



Public Money Wasted
Another tender for toilets
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
In another example of misuse of funds, the civic body has invited tenders for the construction of toilets at seven sites. These tenders have been called even though the MC had already asked for tenders on October 14 for ultra-modern toilets that had to come in various parts of the city.

According to an advertisement issued by the superintending engineer Dharam Singh in an English daily today, the MC has called for tenders for the construction of toilets at seven sites and the earnest amount of all these are different.

While the construction of a toilet at a park in Fatehganj costs Rs 2 lakh, one at Dhuri Lane costs Rs 5 lakh. Similarly, a toilet near Dukh Niwaran Sahib would cost Rs 3 lakh while the construction of a toilet at Nirankari Mohalla and Ramgarhia College would cost Rs 3 lakh each.

The difference in the rates could be overlooked, but the fact that the MC had already invited tenders for ultra-modern toilets on October 14 cannot be ignored.

The much hyped project of providing public toilets would be constructed on built-operate-transfer (BOT) basis. The tenders were called without mentioning the number of toilets to be constructed.

All tenders have been called by Dharam Singh who seems to have forgotten to check it with the authorities if the seven toilets were to be included in the BOT project.

Sources in the corporation said the SE must have not checked the estimates submitted by the councillors during the sangat darshan.

Dharam Singh said since the estimates of the seven toilets were passed during the sangat darshan, he had added them in the list. He said the ultra-modern toilets were only for main roads.

However, highly-placed sources in the MC denied that the toilets were restricted only to major roads.



351 govt schools to be upgraded: Majithia
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
An annual prize distribution function, Viraasat 2008, organised by Guru Gobind Singh Public School was held at Guru Nanak Bhawan here today. Bikram Singh Majithia, cabinet minister, was the chief guest. Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, MP, presided over.

Harish Rai Dhanda, chief parliamentary secretary, was the guest of honour.

Majithia informed that a new university at a cost of approximately Rs 4,000 crore was being set up at Amritsar and for this the sanction from Government of India had already been obtained. Central University was coming up at Bathinda. The minister said that state government has launched a programme to upgrade 351 Government Senior Secondary Schools i.e. three in each constituency at a total cost of Rs 175.50 crore, besides opening a series of Adarsh Schools, involving an expenditure of Rs 4 crore each in every block of the state to provide quality education to the poor and meritorious students free of cost.

These schools would be set up in collaboration with industrial houses. He said the gulf between the privileged and unprivileged sections of society in terms of education must be bridged up at the earliest. Majithia also released News Letter-2008 of the school and announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh for the school.

Manjit Kaur, principal, highlighted the academic and other achievements of the school.



Students meet Gosain on fee hike
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
About 100 students from DD Jain College for Women here met deputy speaker Satpal Gosain today and sought his intervention in the issue of fee hike by certain college managements.

Terming it to be unjustified, they said since thousands of students were involved, the issue must be dealt with seriousness.

Gosain said he had gone through the documents and found that the hike had been imposed by the university authorities and not by the college managements. Also, the government had started providing less grant to colleges, he said.

“I have asked students to stay united with the college managements and raise the matter with Panjab University, Chandigarh. Protests and strikes will not serve any purpose,” he added.



PAU professor’s paper to be awarded
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
Dr Veer Parkash Sethi, associate professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering, Punjab Agricultural University, has been selected for the prestigious K.F. Antia Memorial Award by the Institution of Engineers (India) for his research paper entitled "Effect of aquifer water thermal control system on green house vegetable raising."

This award is given for the best paper published in the Institution's Journal on any subject related to engineering. The design and thermal modeling part of this unique system developed for greenhouse heating as well as cooling is already published in the international journals like Solar Energy and Energy Conversion and Management.

Dr Sethi is conducting research in the area of solar thermal particularly greenhouse technology for the past many years and has developed a number of greenhouse related technologies. He has published more than 25 research and review papers in the international and national journals.

This award will be presented to him at 23rd Indian Engineering Congress to be held at Warangal (Andhra Pradesh) on December 12, 2008.



Cooking their way to destress 
TV artistes Kunickaa, Ashwini honing their culinary skills
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
Tele artiste having a busy schedule are always on the move from one set to another and hardly have any time for gratifying their culinary skills. In the fast-paced life, most of the artiste prefer eating fast food. However, exceptions are there in every field and Kunickaa and Ashwini Kaleskar are among those who are passionate about cooking. Talking to The Tribune Kunickaa said she took a three years break from acting to satisfy her cooking impulse. And after three years of hard toil, she came up with a restaurant named 'White'. Shooting for serial ‘Ranbir Rano’ at Kamal Amrohi Studios in Mumbai she talked about her love for cooking and also acting.

Apart from making her children relish scrumptious dishes, she also uses cooking as a stress buster. "I love cooking, whenever I feel worn out, the sweet and saucy fragrance of the food brings me back to the normal," chips Kunickaa. She has personally prepared the menu of her restaurant and loves to try out new things.

Her cooking passion is not restricted to dishes but the actor has a strong conviction that men who can cook are sensuous. "Men who love to cook have ability to sense the things differently", she feels. Even her nine-year-old son cooks and they both relish dishes made by one another. Italian cuisine is a hit with her.

In acting also, she prefers doing meaty roles so the character with grey shades clicks with her most. Know for her character, Nishi in ‘Swabhimaan’ she loves playing negative leads. Kunickaa has also three music albums in her kitty but presently she would continue with her acting, as music albums were just to satisfy her singing instinct. She would soon be producing a Hindi and a Bhojpuri film.

Ashwini Kaleskar is another actor who shares Kunickaa's passion. Shooting for her serial ‘Kasamh Se’ at Film City in Mumbai, she shares her obsessions, cooking and acting. "I am avid about cooking and whenever I am at home you will find me in chef's cap. I do not follow any recipe book but create my own recipes.

Coming to her acting field, the role, which she loved, was ACP Netra Menon, in ‘CID’. "I always wanted to join the police or defence forces and even got an opportunity but on my mother's insistence I became an air hostess. So today I am making my long cherished dream come true by playing a cop", she signs off.



British gurdwara council’s chief felicitated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
Being hailed as a significant victory for the Sikh Diaspora in western part of London, reviving hopes of better advocacy for rights and socio-religious issues pertaining to the community, the appointment of Gurmail Singh Malhi as president of British Gurdwara Council has been greatly welcomed by people and a few Sikh organisations in India and abroad.

Gurmail Singh Malhi, who is presently touring Punjab, visited Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College, Hospital and Research Institute today. Chairman Baba Jaswant Singh and other managing committee members welcomed and felicitated him for being the champion of Sikh rights and religious issues.

Malhi while also appreciated the role of a few institutions in providing medicare, education and welfare services not only in India but in other countries also.



Symposium on computer-aided surgery on Nov 12
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, November 8
Department of orthopedics, SPS Apollo Hospitals, Ludhiana, will organise an international symposium on computer-assisted surgery for total knee and hip replacements on November 12.

Harpreet S Gill, senior consultant and head, Department of orthopedics, said David Sochart from Manchester, United Kingdom, and Harsh Shah from Ahmedabad would be the part of the guest faculty.

This would be the first computer-assisted knee replacement surgery in the city, where in, orthopedic surgeons from Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi would take part.


CME on bariatric surgery: A continuing medical education programme on bariatric and metabolic surgery was organised by the National Integrated Medical Association of Punjab (NIMA) recently. Dr Gurdip Singh Sidhu, chief, minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, Sidhu Hospital, Doraha, said the treatment of obesity depends on the various factors and associated diseases like the coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea. Smoking, high blood pressure, age and family history are other risk factors that indicate an additional reason for undergoing treatment. 



Raikot embraces Pak ex-MP
Our Correspondent

Raikot, November 8
Local residents extended a warm welcome to Rai Aziz Ullah Khan, former MP, Pakistan, who is on a the visit to India with a 36-member delegation that played a golf match with Indian Punjab in Chandigarh from October 27 to 30.

Khan, accompanied by his wife Tabassum and daughter Maham, visited the historical Gurdwara Tahliana Sahib and his mansion here.

The family holds a soft corner in the hearts of local people, especially the Sikhs. The township (called Fort Rai earlier) was founded by the forefathers of Khan.

Moreover, the family is in the possession of Sri Ganga Sagar, the holy article that was presented to his forefathers by Guru Gobind Singh 303 years ago in 1705 for the services rendered by the family for the Sikh religion.

The family was received by Kulwinder Singh Bhatti, mahant Keval Dass, Jagjit Singh Talwandi, Mohan Singh Talwandi, Attar Singh Chaddha, Amandeep Singh Gill, Amarjit Singh Sehabajpura, Manjit Singh Talwandi, sarpanch Gurmail Singh Andlu, Inderjit Singh Andlu among others.

The family was honoured at the historical gurdwara and presented a Siropa.

Talking to The Tribune, Khan said with the joint efforts of Indian and Pakistan governments, relations between both countries had improved but lot more needed to be done till there were no borders in the hearts of people of both countries.

He added that he would again bring Sri Ganga Sagar, the holy article of Guru Gobind Singh, to Punjab so that devotees could have a its glimpse.



March against social evils
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, November 8
The girls of Government High School, Dakha, today conducted an awareness-cum-protest march against the social evils.

The awareness march was supported by the panchayat of village.

Sarpanch Jatinder Singh Dakha and in charge Manju Bhardwaj signaled the rally from the school. The rally was conducted in the whole village. Earlier, the students read papers against foeticide, drugs, pollution and dowry. They said persons indulged in these social evils should be boycotted.



Advani to inaugurate IMC conference
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
Leader of opposition in Lok Sabha L.K. Advani will inaugurate a two-day national conference of the Indian Media Centre (IMC) at Pal Auditorium of Panjab Agricultural University here tomorrow.

According to IMC director Shyam Khosla and general secretary of Punjab chapter Dr Harjinder Singh, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will be the chief guest.

Around 125 delegates from across the country will take part in the conference. Also, journalists from across the state will attend the conference.

Delegates from different states will present their progress reports during a business session on the opening day.

Seminars on terrorism and citizen journalism will be part of the two day conference.

Prominent leaders, editors and other figures are expected to take part in the conference.



Hussain’s journey portrayed through play
Anshu Seth

Ludhiana, November 8
“Pencil Se Brush Tak”, a play set in Marathi backdrop, brought together different communes and religions here today. The play was staged by the Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam (LSS).

Giving an insight into the poignant moments from painter M.F. Hussain’s life, each of 25 actors, including Anup Soni, Juhi Babbar, Tom Alter, depicted the memoirs of the painter through his childhood, youth to his days of stardom.

The artistes touched the elements of pathos, humour, joy without overriding the most important facet of imagination and succeeded in establishing a bond with viewers.

Admitting her unrestrained love for the audience in Punjab, Nadira Babbar said it had always been a pleasure to perform for Punjabi audience especially in Ludhiana.

“Indeed, they understand the underlying emotions of artistes and reciprocate wholeheartedly, which is essential for every actor,” Nadira added.



Violating traffic rules

This is with reference to the news published in Ludhiana Tribune dated October 31, 2008 “School buses, autos flout rules at will.” The city is already over crowded and in these circumstances auto-rickshaws over loaded with school kids pose threat. One can notice such autos carrying kids ranging from ten to fifteen in numbers and sometimes even more. Kids some times keep their arms outside the auto without knowing the mishapping.

Similarly, some sub-standard school buses, which had never been inspected by the school authorities, impose a greater risk to the kids. Thus it is the duty of the school authorities and parents to look into the matter seriously to avoid any mishappening.

Manjit Singh Mehram, Ludhiana

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25 boozers rounded up
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
Facing criticism for their failure to trace the alleged attacker, who had seriously injured five persons on the Wednesday night after scuffle at a tavern, the CIA staff conducted raids and rounded up a few boozers, who were drinking liquor on the roadside late in the night.

At least 25 youth were rounded up for drinking at a public place. Majority of youth were college and university students. A team led by CIA in charge Gurbans Bains, raided Sarabha Nagar Market, Ferozepur Road and the Fountain Chowk and rounded up those who were drinking while sitting in their vehicles.

The police is also planning to take strict action against the liquor vendors who are serving liquor to the youth at the roadside.



Body of drunkard recovered
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, November 8
The local police recovered the body from the Raikot Road yesterday. The deceased has been identified as Bant Singh of Jangpur village. The police initiated proceedings under Section 174 on the statement of his wife Sukhdev Kaur. In her statement given to the police she had stated that her husband was habitual drinker.

He had gone to Mullanpur for buying liquor. He was under the influence of liquor at that time also. He might have fallen in the drain and died.



Special Olympics gets under way
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
The 11th Special Olympics were inaugurated at Guru Nanak Public School here today. Over 450 children with different disabilities from 45 schools and 150 coaches are taking part in this meet.

A 67-member contingent from Pakistan under the chairmanship of Saeed Ahmed is also part of these the olympics. An impressive march past was presented in which players saluted the chief guest.

The meet was declared open by Dakha MLA Darshan Singh Shivalik. He lit the olympic flame and hoisted the flag amid bursting of crackers and releasing of balloons.

The chief guest lauded the efforts of the organisers in bringing such children to the main stream of society.

State Bank of India adopted two children and promised to spend Rs 5 lakh for their medical and other expenses.

The Special Olympics Bharat Chapter has appealed to the government to relax processing of visa for such children to promote their participation and strengthen ties between Pakistan and India.

It claimed that a lot of problem was being faced in clearance of visa, as around five hours were wasted at the immigration counter.

Results: Lower ability with assistance: Niranjan (tri-cycle); lower ability with assistance: Gagan (wheelchair 50m race); lower ability male: Baljinder Singh (softball throw); 100m dash: Gaurav; 50m dash: Shamsher Singh; lower ability (female): 50m dash: Meera Kumari; lower ability (male): 50m dash: Sahil Thapar, Syed Asim Hussain, Babloo, Love, Gurpal Singh, Harpreet, and Baljinder Singh; lower ability (female): 50m dash: Ramandeep Kaur.



Special children with starry eyes
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
Pakistan is the grip of Bollywood craze. Their flirtation with Hindi cinema is not new. For them, Shah Rukh Khan is a national icon. Bollywood film stars are icons not only for general public but even special children who adore these film stars.

In Ludhiana to be part of the Punjab Special Olympics, these children share their preferences in Bollywood.

In sheer innocence, Majid Ejaz urges The Tribune to invite Shah Rukh Khan to be a special guest at the sports event. “I want to get a prize from his hands,” he wishes. “Veer-Zaara” is his favourite film, which he has watched it countless times. Whenever he has time, he picks up his favourite DVD and watches it on computer.

The drop of Shah Rukh Khan’s name invites an entire gang of students, who one by one start telling their choices. Undoubtedly, Shah Rukh Khan tops the list.

While pirated DVDs of Bollywood films are available in Pakistan, their public screening has not been allowed ever since India and Pakistan went to war in 1965.

The screening of the Indian films was made possible only after former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf granted special permission after receiving representations to lift the ban.

Wearing black glares, Ammad Uddin Khan looked no less than a star. But his choice of favourite star is different from his fellows. He adores Bobby Deol and wants to look just like him. “I am wearing black glasses and a cap as Bobby Deol wore in his film ‘Bichhoo’. Do I look exactly like him?” he says.

Among the Khans, Salman Khan also has a decent fan following there.

Mohd Awais, Syed Asim, Adul Khan and Baist Ali idol the actor while Nosheen, Taiba Rais, Bailwal Aslam side with Shah Rukh Khan. Among female actors, the special children crazy about Kareena Kapoor and Preity Zinta.

Besides Hindi movies, Punjabi songs are also a hit among these children. Foot-tapping Punjabi numbers like “Ji karda”, “Sohni de nakhre” top their list.



Malwa school rout Sangrur 13-0
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 8
Continuing with their winning spree, Malwa Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, scored a facile 13-0 win over Sangrur in a group “A” match in the u-16 years section in the ongoing Punjab State Inter-District Weekend Hockey League for Boys organised by the Punjab Sports Department at the Prithipal Singh Memorial AstroTurf Stadium of the Punjab Agricultural University campus here today.

Sangrur lads had no clue to their superior opponents, as Malwa lads went on to score at will and the former looked hapless. The winners established 7-0 lead at the lemon break.

Ravinder Singh opened the account in the 16th minute and four minutes later, Parminder Singh struck to increase the lead. Ranjit Singh scored in quick successions (26th and 27th minute), which further consolidated the lead 4-0.

Devinder Singh too found target twice (29th and 30th minute) to make it 6-0. In the 32nd minute, Ranjit Singh again sounded the board to cement the lead 7-0.

After changing ends, Malwa players continued to unleash attacks on the rival territory and in the 41st minute, Kulbir Singh was on target to read it 8-0.

Malwa players were unstoppable as they pumped in five more goals through Amanjot Singh (51st minute), Prabhjot Singh (52nd minute), Kulbir Singh (53rd minute), Ravinder Singh (55th minute) and Amanjot Singh (59th minute) to complete the rout 13-0.

Earlier, in the first match of the day played between Gurkul Mehta Academy of Doraha and Moga A in the u-14 years section of group A, the former romped home victorious without being challenged 11-0.

Gurmit Singh put his team ahead in the 3rd minute, while Parminder Singh enhanced the lead three minutes later.

Jaswant Singh scored in the 8th minute and in the very next minute, Prabhjot Singh struck to read the score sheet 4-0.

In the 15th minute, Parminder Singh and two minutes later, Gurmeet Singh sounded the board to consolidate the lead 6-0.

In the next two minutes, they added two more goals through Jawant Singh and Tanveer Singh, respectively, to make it 8-0.

Tanveer Singh (21st minute) and Jaspreet Singh (25th and 34th minute) pumped in three goals which sealed the Moga lads’ fate 11-0.

In the third match of the day, Jagdish scored a brace as Roomi defeated Mohali 2-0 in a group B encounter in the u-14 years section. He sounded the board in the 19th and 27th minute to enable his team to overcome a spirited challenge put up by Mohali players.

In the last match of the day in group “B”, Moga B outplayed Bathinda 5-1 after leading 2-0 at half time.

Moga lads surged ahead in the 4th minute through Sewak Singh. He again found the target in the 16th minute to enhance the lead.

In the second session, Jagjit Singh of Moga converted a penalty stroke in the 40th minute while Gurdeep Singh of Bathinda scored a field goal in the 43rd minute to reduce the margin 3-1.

Gurpreet Singh and Jatinder Singh of Moga struck in the 50th and 59th minute, respectively, which steered their side to 5-1 win.



Mini marathon today
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 8
The stage is set for the second edition of the Ludhiana Mini Marathon to be held tomorrow. The marathon is being organised by Bharat Vikas Parishad in association with Indian Overseas Bank, Janpath Estates, Union Bank Of India and Swati Industries in which over 3,000 participants between 15 years and 75 years of age besides physically challenged persons are expected to take part.

On the eve of the marathon, Narinder Mittal, chief coordinator and Satish Singla, marathon route in charge, said all arrangements, reviewed at a meeting of the parishad held last night, had been completed.

A large number of school, college students besides, businessmen, women, political personalities, sportspersons, social activists and senior citizens have come forward to take part in the run.

They further said a tri-cycle race would also be held for physically challenged persons who are required to cover about 1 km distance. In the senior citizen’s category, participants will cover a distance of 2.8 km, while in the men and women’s category, the runners will have to complete 8.8 km distance.

Master Mohan Lal, minister for Transport, Punjab, Prof Rajinder Bhandari, president, Punjab unit of Bharatiya Janta Party, and ADGP, Punjab, Chander Shekhar will flag off the marathon on 8 am at Guru Nanak Stadium.

Noted Punjab singer, Manmohan Waris along with prominent cine personalities and star sportspersons will be in attendance there.

Some NGOs and voluntary organisations have also planned to provide water and refreshment to participants during the course of the marathon.

Three teams of doctors from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Shri Rama Charitable Hospital, Dholewal Chowk and Bharat Vikas Parishad Charitable Trust will provide medical assistance.



Lecture on caste politics in India

Raikot, November 8
Chairman department of Political Science, PU Chandigarh, Dr Ronki Ram threw light on various aspects of the role of ‘Caste and Dalit Politics in India’ on his extension lecture at Swami Ganga Giri Janta Girls College Raikot today.

He said caste has been playing a very significant role in Indian political and social system. Principal Dr Savita Uppal said extension lectures add to the all-round knowledge of the students. — OC



Seminar on foeticide at DAV
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, November 8
Human Rights Association of Jagraon unit today conducted a seminar on foeticide in India. The seminar was held in DAV College, Jagraon. It was stated in the seminar that the ratio of girls to boys is continuously declining. In past 20 years about one crore girls became the victim of foeticide.

Earlier, the technologies were not advance, but now the technology for sex determination is available at every crossing. The punishment to the violators is so minimal that no body is afraid of the consequences. In Punjab there are only 798 girls for 1000 boys.



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