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ETT teachers stage protest outside Gabria’s house
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

CDs with varied statements

Paramjit Singh, district president, ETT Teachers Union, said the union had prepared the CDs of varied statements made by Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal. He said the union has got hold of both statements, one in which CM Parkash Singh Badal had assured the teachers that they would be included in the education department and the categorical denial of the Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal to take ETT teachers in the education department during Chapar Mela. He said if the Deputy CM did not comply with their demands, they would circulate these CD in government establishments to lay bare the double standard of the state government.

Headache for neighbours

The protest was a headache for a majority of the neighbours of Jail Minister Hira Singh Gabria, as many residents, who were enjoying siesta, were woken up by sudden slogans of the teachers.

Ludhiana, September 26
Around 200 teachers of the local chapter of the ETT Teachers Union staged a protest outside the house of Jail Minister Hira Singh Gabria here today. The protest was part of a statewide agitation. Balraj Singh Ghaloti, state secretary of the union, said the ETT teachers were staging dharna (sit-in) outside the residence of all cabinet ministers across the state.

He said the agitation was launched following the categorical denial by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal during Chappar Mela. The Deputy CM had reportedly refused to take 12,000 teachers under the wings of the education department. The teachers gathered outside the Vardhman Mill chowk and marched towards the minister's residence. The teachers sat in front of the house of minister and reportedly raised anti- government slogans. The dharna continued for nearly two hours, following which the personal assistant to the minister came out of the house and requested the agitating teachers to calm down.

He reportedly told the protesting teachers that the minister was not in town.

Paramjit Singh, district president, ETT Teachers Union, handed over a memorandum to the PA of Gabria. "We have requested the minister to raise the issue in the ensuing session of Vidhan Sabha, failing which we would intensify our agitation," said Paramjit. He said the union would hold a state-level meeting in Nawanshahr tomorrow to decide the next course of action.

Besides, heavy police posse was put in place following intelligence report that the teachers might scale the building adjacent to the house of the minister.


CRPF Colony
HC intervention sought on unlawful possession by riot victims
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 26
Even as a tug of war is on between the district administration and victims of anti-Sikh riots of 1984 for the allotment of residential flats in CRPF Colony in Dugri, allottees of the government flats in the colony have sought the intervention of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to ensure that these government flats are allotted strictly as per rules, and further to stop unlawful possession of the flats by certain families of riot victims.

Kuldeep Singh, a resident of flat number 2840, has filed a civil writ petition in the HC, praying for the issuance of a writ of mandamus to allot the government flats in CRPF colony in Dugri as per rules. The petitioner has also sought directions to the respondents to provide details of flats occupied by alleged riot victims illegally and further scrutiny into bogus ration cards and red cards obtained by certain unscrupulous persons to seek the allotment of residential flats and commercial booths by claiming to the riot-affected persons.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal and Justice Ajay Tewari has issued a notice of motion returnable on October 15, 2010, to the State of Punjab through Secretary, Housing and Urban Development, Deputy Commissioner-cum-chairman, House Allotment Committee, Public Works Department, Punjab, through its Executive Engineer, Danga Peerit Welfare Society, through its president Surjit Singh, and Danga Peerit Mahila Wing through its president Gurdip Kaur.

Sources in the district administration here informed that the colony, initially constructed for CRPF jawans deployed here during the militancy period, and later transferred to the district authorities for allotment to state government employees, has 800 odd residential flats.

A survey conducted by the administration in 2008 had revealed that 295 flats were vacant, while 69 others were under unlawful possession of riot-affected families.

Some flats were also found to be occupied by retired government employees in contravention of the allotment rules and cases were filed under Public Premises Act for the eviction of the unlawful occupants. It was learnt that the bonafide allottees in the CRPF colony are gearing up to stop the allotment of residential flats in this colony to the riot victims. After filing a civil writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the residents have formed an action committee to take up the matter with the authorities and the state government at the appropriate level.

“There is acute shortage of residential accommodation for government employees and a large number of them, even though being entitled to a government house, are living in private rented houses at great inconvenience. The flats meant for government employees ought to be allotted to them and if the government desires to rehabilitate the riot victim families, let it find other alternative site for this purpose,” said an allottee in the colony.



Jail inmate was pregnant: Inquiry
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 26
A fortnight after a woman, Balwinder Kaur, who is undergoing a jail term in an attempt to murder case, delivered a dead baby girl and doctors of the Civil Hospital denied that she was pregnant, the board of doctors constituted to look into the matter said she was carrying a 32-34-week baby and the doctors were not able to establish that.

In his report to the Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, senior medical officer, Dr US Sooch has said she was carrying a baby, who had died in her womb. But it was surprising that neither jail doctors nor Civil Hospital doctors could find out that she was pregnant.

With these comments, Dr Sooch has forwarded the report submitted by the board of doctors constituted to look into the matter. The doctors, Dr Amarjeet Kaur, Dr Renu Watts, Dr Alka Mittal, Dr Hitinder Kaur and Dr RK Sharma, examined Balwinder Kaur after the incident and said she had actually delivered a female foetus. In the report, the doctors said after the examination, they found it to be an intensely foul smelling, dark bluish female foetus with cord and placenta.

At the same time, the doctors said she had reported to them in February this year and she was diagnosed with a cyst in the uterus, as her urine test had not established early pregnancy. They have claimed that she did not visit the hospital after that.

The doctors said she did not report about missing of periods and refused to go in for an ultra sonography of abdomen, though she reported abdominal pain. When they forced her to undergo ultra sonography, she kept on turning and tossing. The ultrasound again revealed that she had a cyst in the uterus.

The incident came to the fore on September 9, when she gave birth to a dead baby girl in the jail toilet.

The incident triggered outrage among relatives of the woman, who later staged a dharna outside the Civil Hospital.

Amarjit Singh, father of Balwinder, had alleged that despite having conducted two scans at the Civil Hospital, she was told she was not pregnant. Instead, jail officials levelled allegations that she was making false claims to get bail in the case.

Meanwhile, the Universal Human Rights Organisation has demanded an action against the jail and Civil Hospital doctors alleging negligence. Satnam Singh, an office-bearer of an NGO, said they would not sit back till they would get her justice.



Snatchers caught on camera
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 26
Snatchers, who snatched a gold chain of a septuagenarian woman on the Lumba street near the Police Lines a few days ago, were caught on camera. According to ACP Raj Kumar, Rajesh Jain provided them CCTV footages.

Two unidentified motorcycle-borne snatchers snatched the chain of Santosh Rani on Thursday.

The duo was caught on camera, while they were fleeing the spot.

Following the instructions of Commissioner Ishwar Singh, the ACP constituted a special team to nab the snatchers. ACP Raj Kumar said efforts were on and the accused would be nabbed soon.



Rape charge against tehsildar

Ludhiana, September 26
A 23-year-old woman from Barnala has levelled allegations of rape and abduction against a tehsildar posted in Barnala. She alleged that she was raped many times before being thrown out of a moving vehicle on the Gill road here today.

The victim was rushed to Civil Hospital with serious injuries. She reportedly stated to the police that the tehsildar took her from Barnala on the pretext of arranging a job for her. She told the police that she was married to a farmer in Barnala two years ago and was facing financial trouble these days.

In the meantime, she came in contact with the accused, who lured her on the pretext of offering her a job in an industrial unit located in Barnala.

The victim alleged that she fell prey to the false promises made by the accused. She further stated that the accused abducted her from her house and detained her at a house in Ludhiana for two days. — TNS



Toy train set to chug again in Rakh Bagh
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 26
Hopes for the toy train in the city’s Rakh Bagh to be fully operational have once again been revived. It has been years since children playing in the park last saw the train running. Apart from the broken rail tracks and the nonfunctional engine the rest of the park is also in a shambles.

Although it took over two years for the municipal corporation to include the proposal on its agenda, it has now approved the Rs 9.85 lakh cost estimate for repairing the toy train and the track.

"There was a time when Rakh Bagh was bustling with activity and popular among the young and old alike. But now it has lost its charm with only a few residents visiting the park for their morning and evening walks. For kids the toy train was its major attraction but that too is nonfunctional,” said Santosh Sharma, an evening walker.

This is not the first time that the civic body has made such an announcement. Though many promises for sprucing up the park were made in the past nothing concrete was done. In November 2009 the MC stated Rakh Bagh would be turned into an amusement park and in the following month it was announced flower shows would be organised there. Last May Rs 50 lakh were reportedly allocated for the park’s maintenance.

Initially the upkeep of the park was assigned to a private contractor but as the latter failed in the task, the MC has taken over and is determined to give the park a facelift. The major attraction of Rakh Bagh was its toy train but it has not been functional for a very long time. The train used to be a major crowd puller but now it stands still.

“Sometime back it was announced the toy train would be restarted but that has yet to happen. The park’s outer area is always full of garbage that is burnt. This results in smoke and hence becomes problematic for walkers. We come here for refreshing air but often find the gardener burning dry grass, which results in pollution”, said a regular morning walker.



10 injured at Chhapar Mela
People continue to visit village to pay obeisance even after ceremonial conclusion of mela
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 26
Despite strict vigil on working of hazardous joy rides and mini circus, at least 10 persons were injured in various incidents that took place during the Chhapar Mela that continued even two days after the ceremonial conclusion on Friday.

Today being Sunday, people from all sections of society, including employees, workers and traders, visited Guga Mari to pay obeisance with their families.

Investigations revealed that at least 10 persons were injured in various incidents that took place at Chhapar village during the Chhapar Mela that continued attracting devotees and visitors even two days after the ceremonial conclusion of the event on Friday.

While others were been discharged after giving medical treatment at various health centres, three of them are still undergoing treatment at Hind Hospital here.

Jashanjit Singh (32) Jashanjit Singh, who is still unconscious, had received multiple head injuries after falling from “Columbus ride”.

The police will initiate an action against organisers of the ride after the victim regains consciousness and is declared fit for recording statement.

As special teams of cops from all other districts had returned, the Jodhan police found it difficult to control the unprecedented rush even after the conclusion of the event.

Though the police kept on announcing that the event will be deemed concluded for all purposes after 4 pm, people continued coming till late in the evening.



Angling reduces species of fresh water fish in canals
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 26
Illegal fishing, identified as major cause behind reducing a number of species of freshwater fish in the state, continues unabated in canals passing through the area falling under Ludhiana and Sangrur districts.

Cruel and non-conventional methods of catching fish by killing them with bricks, stones and iron rods is causing threat to aquatic fauna. Devotees coming to pay obeisance at religious places situated on banks of canals get upset over offensive modes of fishing.

Accusing authorities of showing unconcern towards unlawful activities of unauthorised fishers, office-bearers of a few social and religious organisations have urged the government to launch coordinate move to protect endangered species of fish and other aquatic animals.

Investigations revealed that illegal fishing had emerged as major cause behind reducing a number of species in the canals of the area.

While the law prohibits uncontrolled fishing in water bodies of the state, large groups of persons, dominantly migrants labourers can be seen catching fish in the branches on Sirhind Canal whenever the flow of water is reduced.

Unlike traditional fishing with the help of bait on the hook, these poachers kill fish by hitting with bricks, stones, sticks or rods. The fishing net is used when level of water is high enough.

Besides causing threat to the diversity of aquatic life the practice is creating problems for common people too. Residents, who go for walks along on the banks of the canals, are worst affected by the menace. Devotees paying obeisance at religious places situated get upset when they witness fish being killed in a cruel manner.

Observations revealed that a large number of fish gather in pools of water under almost all bridges when the supply of water is stopped in the canals of the area. The number is reduced to almost zero within a few days of stoppage of the supply.

Illegal fishers include workers of fish and meat traders and school children. Variety of the fish is sold at rate of Rs 200 per kg in the local market.

Office-bearers of social and religious organisations led by Jagjit Singh Jajjie and Bimal Kumar Sharma have urged the government to impress upon the authorities concerned to check the illegal practice and protect threatened species of the freshwater fish.

Sources said there were over 100 species of fish in the state five decades ago, now, the number had halved. Though the fishery departments of neighbouring states had started patrolling along rivers to check unauthorised fishing, the authorities are more of paper tigers in Punjab. The illegal practice is not hidden from the authorities yet no body has been challaned till now.



Hospitals flout bylaws
Fail to provide parking space
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 26
A large number of privately run hospitals in the city have not complied with the municipal corporation’s building bylaws by not providing vehicle parking facilities on their premises.

In addition, many hospitals have their entrances facing main roads, which not only adds to traffic congestion but also poses risks for patients being brought in or taken out.

Almost all the major hospitals located in Model Town and on Ferozepur Road, Mall Road, Haibowal Road and other busy areas have violated the bylaws by not earmarking a designated place for parking. Right from vehicles belonging to those of the patients and attendants as well as ambulances, every one of them is parked on the roads, which causes inconvenience to commuters.

According to MC building bylaws, sufficient area has to be left vacant for in front of every plot. In case of commercial establishments and hospitals adequate arrangements for parking have to be provided.

Interestingly, a large hospital in Model Town has even gone to the extent of encroaching upon over 10 feet of land on the road facing it and putting up chains to demarcate the area for parking of vehicles of the hospital staff. Doctors’ cars are protected by chains and cones used to earmark the parking.

Complaining about the “arrogant attitude" of hospital officials, Vishal, a resident of Model Town, said: "The road is the busiest in the area as it is the nearest link road to Shastri Nagar but due to the encroachment done by the hospital, the vehicles are stuck up in jams. Thus we prefer to take a longer route but the concerned authorities must take notice of the violation”.

It is shocking that though many hospitals even charge parking fees from vehicle owners civic officials have chosen to turn a blind eye. A Punjab & Haryana High Court directive against such encroachments and building bylaw violations has gone unnoticed.

Speaking on the issue of encroachments at private hospitals, senior deputy mayor Praveen Bansal said: "It’s an illegal practice and the municipal corporation does not allow it. The MC takes action against erring private hospitals but, due to their political connections, they get away with repeated violation of building bylaws. Keeping in mind the income generated they should be brought under the category of commercial establishments”.



Rising stress levels trigger personality disorders
Anshu Seth/TNS

Common symptoms

  • Frequent displays of inappropriate anger
  • Repeated suicidal gestures (cutting wrists, drug overdose, etc)
  • Emotional instability, feelings of emptiness & boredom
  • Intolerance of being alone
  • Impulsiveness with money, substance abuse, sexual relationships, binge eating or shoplifting
  • Difficulty in trusting others
  • Identity disturbances with confusion and uncertainty about self-identity, sexuality, life goals & values, career choices, friendships
  • Unpredictable and impulsive behaviour resulting in promiscuity, gambling, drug or alcohol abuse

Ludhiana, September 26
The staggering increase in the incidence of borderline personality disorder (BPD) among people aged 18-40 years is evident from the fact that hundreds of stressed out students as well as professionals in the city are seeking psychiatric help.

The mental disorder is characterised by disturbed and unstable interpersonal relationships and self-image along with impulsive, reckless and often self-destructive behavior.

Studies have shown that the fast pace of life, increased working hours, stress at the workplace in addition to genetic or hormonal influences, abandonment issues in childhood or adolescence, sexual abuse, disrupted family life and poor communication within the family are some other factors responsible for to BPD.

Says Dr PS Khurana, senior consultant and head department of Neuropsychiatry and deputy medical superintendent at Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital: "A large number of young girls and women who aspire to make it big in the world of modelling and fashion designing, but are unable to bear the stress of competition, break down under the pressures. Then begins a repetitive pattern of disorganisation and instability in self-image, mood, behaviour and close personal relationships."

He said the disorder accounts for 30 to 60 percent of all personality disorders and is present in approximately 2 per cent of the country’s population, adding about three-fourths of all diagnosed patients are female. According to psychiatrists in the city, treatment of the disorder includes psychotherapy that allows the patient to talk about both present difficulties and past experiences.



World Heart Day not on list of state health dept
Theme of the year, unheard among doctors, managers
Mahesh Sharma

Take care of your heart

  • Heart attacks and strokes are major but preventable-killers in India.
  • Over 80 per cent of cardiovascular disease deaths take place in low-and middle-income countries, including India and occur almost equally in men and women.
  • Tobacco use, an unhealthy diet, and sluggish lifestyle increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
  • Engaging in physical activity for at least 30 minutes every day of the week will help to prevent heart attacks and strokes.
  • Eating at least five servings of fruit and vegetables a day, and limiting your salt intake to less than one teaspoon a day, also helps to prevent heart attacks and strokes.
  • High blood pressure has no symptoms, but can cause a sudden stroke or heart attack. Have your blood pressure checked regularly.
  • Diabetes increases the risk of heart attacks and stroke. Diabetics should control their blood pressure and blood sugar to minimise risk.
  • Being overweight increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
  • Heart attacks and strokes can confront suddenly and prove fatal if medical assistance is not provided immediately.

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 26
Workplace wellness; this year’s theme for the World Heart Day, being observed globally under the banner of the World Health Organisation is almost unheard among members of the medical fraternity and authorities in the Human Resources Development wings of the government and private organisations of the state.

So much so, the state government has failed to bring the occasion on the list of days to be observed by the government agencies even after 11 years of observance of the occasion, globally. Though a large number of NGOs and government-sponsored age5

ncies are operating in the area, none of them took steps to create awareness about heart problems and preventive measures on the occasion of World Heart Day today.

There are an estimated 48 million patients of coronary artery diseases in India. By 2020, heart diseases will account for one-third of all deaths. Investigations by the Tribune revealed that none of the government agencies or health centres of the state government had bothered to observe the World Heart Day.

Ceremonies were restricted to managements of some multi-speciality hospitals or some social organisations. Most members of the medical fraternity and HRD wings of various organisations, when asked about the WHO theme on the occasion, failed to interpret or elaborate the message conveyed by the slogan.

Emphasising on the need for awareness about the causes and risks of cardiovascular diseases, Dr Naved Aslam, a cardiologist, said the persistent organised steps should be taken to educate masses about causes and consequences of cardiovascular diseases. Maintaining that all strategies being adopted to fight the threat were based on same fundamental notion propagating “Prevention is better than cure” saying Dr Naved asserted that adoption of traditional Indian lifestyle and food habits would decrease incidence of hearts attacks. Addressing a gathering during an awareness camp organised at the local Hind Hospital, Dr Sunit Hind and Dr Punit said the increase in the incidence of heart diseases was due to rising urbanisation, increased life expectancy, poor diet, lack of physical activity and a number of health, economic, social, behavioural and demographic reasons.

Dr Rajiv Sood said a balanced diet with controlled consumption of unsaturated fats, besides regular physical activity, could go a long way to keep the heart healthy.

Officials in the state health department at various levels, however, showed ignorance about the day that was first observed in 1999. Dr Ravinder Sharma and Dr Bhupinder Singh Bedi, former presidents of the Rotary Club urged office bearers of social organisations to spread the current year theme of the WHO among masses by organising camps and seminars during months to come.



World Rabies Day
Free vaccination camp at vet varsity
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 26
Rabies is a dreadful disease and vaccination against this disease is mandatory for pet dogs to safeguard the family members and the human population. It is acute, progressive, incurable viral encephalitis with a fatal outcome, which is transmitted through injection of infectious saliva into a broken skin mainly through an animal bite, licking of scratches, abrasions, and open wounds.

Dr Sushil Prabhakar, HoD of Veterinary Clinical Complex, GADVASU, said that the risk of contracting rabies depended upon the virus content of the saliva, severity of the bite etc. Rabies is one of the oldest recognised diseases affecting humans and one of the most important zoonotic diseases in India. It has been recognised in India since the Vedic period (1500-500 BC). Rabies is endemic in India.

In India, about 15 million people are bitten by animals, mostly dogs, every year and need post-exposure prophylaxis. Since 1985, India has reported an estimated 25,000 to 30,000 human deaths from rabies annually. Because rabies is not a notifiable disease in India and there is no organised surveillance system of human or animal cases, the actual number of deaths may be much higher. The figure projected by the association for the prevention and control of rabies in India in collaboration with the World Health Organisation, is more than 20,000 deaths from rabies per year. A steady increase in the number of cases involving dog bites demands proper prevention against this disease so that the dogs don’t get infected and transmit the infection to humans.

To curb this fatal disease, September 28 is marked as World Rabies Day. In this connection Veterinary Hospital, GADVASU, is holding a free anti-rabies vaccination camp at the small animal clinic of GADVASU from tomorrow.



Experts dwell on diagnostic, treatment procedures
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 26
The conference of Association of Otolaryngologists of India (northwest zone) and endoscopic sinus surgery workshop concluded today at DMCH. The three-day conference organised by the department of ENT and head and neck surgery in collaboration with the department of anatomy was inaugurated by DMCH managing society secretary Prem Kumar, along with principal, Dr Daljit Singh.

The directory of NWZAOICON members was also released during the inaugural function. Eminent ENT specialists were also honoured.

Organising chairman and president elect of NWZAOI, Dr Hemant Chopra (professor and head of ENT) at DMCH in his inaugural address extended warm welcome to the guest speakers and participating delegates.

He said the field of otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) was expanding fast and new developments were taking place everyday. Organising of such conference-cum-workshop helps the ENT specialists to keep up with the pace of new advancements, said Dr Hemant Chopra.

Dr Hemant Chopra was elected the association president during the conference.

The workshop was designed to provide the fundamental and practical information regarding the contemporary care of patients with voice and other disorders. A variety of key diagnostic and treatment procedures were emphasised during the conference.

The organising secretary, Dr Kapil Dua (associate professor of ENT) said 300 delegates attended the conference, which was going to cover the northwest zone.

He informed that the conference would be covering all major topics of ENT, which would benefit the participating ENT surgeons. During the conference, the guest faculty who expressed their expert views include stalwarts in the field of ENT, including Dr Jayakumar from Trivandrum, Dr Ashim Desai from Mumbai and Dr Ashok Gupta from PGIMER, Chandigarh.

The organising co-chairman, Dr Munish Munjal (professor of ENT), said the live surgical demonstration, panel discussions and guest lectures on interesting topics were the highlights of the conference.



Canadian-produced film being shot near city
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Om Puri's role

Some crew members of the film said Om Puri had refused to play the role of Al Bashir (the head of the terrorist outfit running a training camp in Afghanistan) in the movie. However, producer Dave Mangat told The Tribune: "Om Puri is very much a part of the film but, having undergone a major surgery, he will be unable to come for the outdoor shoots in Fatehgarh scheduled for September 28. Though his role has been shortened in length he will be available for the studio shoot in Mumbai next month”.

Ludhiana, September 26
Punjab has once again emerged as a sought after destination for film producers as was evident from the shooting of the forthcoming English movie, ‘Little Terrors”, which got under way in Dehlon village near here. Produced under the banner of Vasho Arts, the feature film is the first project of Dave Mangat and Ken Gill, both Punjabis residing in Canada.

The movie revolves around the American born sons of an Afghan couple, who having spent their initial years in the United States, travel to terrorist camps in Afghanistan to take training in fighting for the cause of ‘jihad’. Armaan Kabli from Canada plays the character of a 13-year-old boy who is trained by a terrorist outfit in the war-torn country.

Set in the backdrop of terrorist infested Afghanistan and Pakistan, some scenes of the move will be shot in Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab and Rajasthan.Mangat, one the producers, said the movie, scripted in English, will be dubbed in Hindi. "We’re targeting the global audience and plan to showcase the movie at prestigious festivals including the Toronto Film Festival," he added. Terming it as his maiden venture, Mangat said the movie was an earnest effort to put up an “impressive show" within the stipulated budget of Rs 5 crore.

Maninder Channa, another Punjabi living in Canada who has done some noteworthy projects in Hollywood is the writer and director of ‘Little Terrors’ Noted Bollywood actor Om Puri is playing an important role in the movie and the rest of the cast includes Deep Dhillon, Harjot Thandi, Sher Dhillon, Nirmal Rishi and Navalpreet Rangi.



In sync with music and humour
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 26
Versatility is her key to success. She is a classical vocalist, singer, mimicry artiste and a comedian as well. Sugandha Mishra, who is currently one of the participants at a singing reality show "Sa re ga ma pa" on Zee TV is apt with all talents and carries each one of them flawlessly.

A finalist of "Laughter Challenge", Sugadha recalls the memories of the show. "It was so much fun being on the show. It was all fun and frolic and it was a great experience. One of our judges Navjot Singh Sidhu was a good support. He is always full of energy and always uses his humour to motivate us to give our best," she quips.

The atmosphere on the show "Sa re ga ma pa" is more focused and we are under lot of pressure. We have to go through serious and strenuous practice sessions. Sometimes pressure mounts so high on us that I feel like going back to the sets of "Laughter Challenge", to have some fun, be in a relaxing mood and then come back for the music practice here," she smiles.

Sugandha forayed into singing when she was just three years old. "I learnt the first “swar” of music under the guidance of my grandfather, Pandit Shanker Lal Mishra, who has been a disciple of Amir Khan of Indore, Pandit Bhola Nath Bhatt of Allahabad and pandit Narayan Rao Joshi of Gwallior. Our entire family barring my mother is into music and I am the fifth generation of our gharana," she said.

Going nostalgic she shared her most musical moment of her life when she was 12 and sang in the Shree Baba Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan. "The concert has a consecrated tradition dating back to more than a century. I was thrilled to receive the first prize," she adds.

Sugandha is in favour of these reality shows as they provide a platform for youngsters. Talent is launched through these shows and then it depends upon the individual artiste as to how he or she handles her career, she feels.

Sharing her experience with actor Ranbir Kapoor, who recently was a guest at the show said, "He is such a sweetheart. I did not feel that I was meeting him for the first time. In no time he mingled with us and I felt we were long last college mates," she signs off smilingly.



‘Walwalian da Veig’ released
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 26
The leading literary organisation for Punjabi, Sirjandhara released “Walwalian da Veig”, an anthology of poems during a function organised yesterday at the Punjabi Bhawan. Written by Kulwinder Kaur Dhiman, the book has gathered rave reviews from Punjabi writers.

Eighteen girls, who had undergone a training of kala and kirat conducted by a sister concern of this organisation, were also awarded certificates on the occasion.

Chief parliamentary secretary Harish Rai Dhanda, Bharti Sahit Academy award winner Mitter Sain Meet, Charan Singh Gurum, president of Sirjandhara, Karamjit Singh Aujla and Gurcharan Kaur Kochar also attended the function.

Meet while appreciating the softness apparent in the verses of the poetess stated that it was an insight into the benevolence and compassion, which is an integral part of a woman.

Karamjit Singh Aujla said this book was based on self-expression and experience of the author.

Dr Gulzar Pandher, Dr Kulwinder Kaur Minhas, Gurcharan Kaur Kochar, Pritam Pandher, Jaswant Jafar, Charan Singh Gurum, Maninderjit Kaur Aujla, Manjit Mehram and Dalvir Singh Ludhianvi, principal Prem Singh Bajaj, Surinder Rampuri, Tarlochan Lochi, DP Maur and Col Raghubir Singh were also present at the function.



Good response to kaizen contest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 26
Kaizen competition organised by the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings received overwhelming response, both from participating teams and attending delegates.

Kaizen is a word drawn from the Japanese words “Kai”, which means continuous and “Zen”, which means improvement or wisdom.

The objective of this competition is to motivate participants and make improving knowledge a way of life.

A total of 25 teams belonging to different types of industries participated and presented their respective kaizen.

Swan Exporters were adjudged the winners, while Mehta Engineers got the second position, Nicks India Tools were declared third and Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College received consolation prize.

It was a packed programme, which deliberated on the number of continuous improvement suggestions, which will be shared for implementation by stakeholders engaged in trade and industrial activities.



Talk on reforms, widening disparity
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 26
A seminar was held by the Punjab Bank Employees Federation to celebrate the birth centenary of Prabhat Kar today. Various programmes, including social identification programmes, were organised on the occasion.

Prof Arun Kumar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Prof Victor Louis Antuwan, Loyala Institute of Business Administration, Chennai, spoke on the reforms and widening disparities.

Prof Arun and Prof Victor while delivering their speeches on reforms and widening disparities said the disparity between the rich and poor was widening. The orientation of the economy has to be changed from one maximum plunder to ensuring prosperity for the people.

From October 1 to 7, various social identification programmes will also be organised on the occasion.



Forum for community action against drugs

Ludhiana, September 26
The local chapter of the Art of Living launched a forum for community action for alcohol and drug use treatment and prevention (FCAAD) here yesterday. The programme highlights included the premier screening of a documentary film, “Parbhat” on the real transformation of drug addicts in Punjab.

In the film, the patients related how they experienced new hope, faith and self reliance, which was the base of cure.

The programme was attended by over 40 NGOs and social organisations working with issues related to education, health, vocational training, women empowerment, child welfare, etc. — TNS



Auto parts manufacturers for better infrastructure
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 26
Local auto parts manufacturers could give their counterparts in Europe and other developed nations a run for their money if there was adequate power and other necessary infrastructure for setting big units in the state.

These observations were made by Gurpargat Singh Kahlon, president of the Auto Marts Manufacturers Association, who led a delegation of some two dozen members of the body to an international trade fair - Automechanika 2010, held at Frankfurt (Germany) from September 14 to 21.

The trade fair, he said, attracted more than two lakh visitors from across the globe with top ranking auto parts manufacturers including multinational companies exhibiting their products. "The visiting delegates immensely benefited from the tour and came across a lot of new techniques and processes developed in the European countries."

According to Kahlon, most of the European countries were much ahead of auto parts and engineering goods manufacturers in India in every respect despite the fact that labour cost in those countries was very high. "In particular, a nation like Germany has managed to capture the entire world market in precision engineering goods despite high labour input."

He said auto parts manufacturers located here could give a tough competition to established players in the global market due to cheap labour available here and low cost of living in this region compared to Europe and other developed countries.



Houses for riot victims
Scrutiny of claims from today

Ludhiana, September 26
The district administration will conduct the scrutiny of claims lodged by the 1984 riot-affected families for the allotment of residential flats/commercial booths from September 27 to 30. The claims will be settled on the basis of verification of residential address of the claimants to be carried out by house-to-house visit by the designated employees.

Deputy commissioner Rahul Tewari said, in an official release here today, that in response to a public notice given to this effect, 150 riot-affected families had intimated their new residential address. The list of all riot victims who had applied for the allotment of residential house to Chief Administrator, PUDA, Mohali, in the year 2000 had already been uploaded on the website (ludhiana.gov.in). "Residential address of all applicants is to be verified by the government employees from September 27 to 30. To facilitate the process of verification, all applicants concerned are required to remain present at the addresses given in their original applications or new place of residence as intimated to the district administration till September 25," the deputy commissioner said. — OC



Gang of robbers busted, five arrested
Gurminder Grewal

Khanna, September 26
The Khanna police has claimed to have arrested a group of robbers, including a woman, who were responsible for a robbery in Khanna some days ago. The SP (D), Gurmeet Singh, while briefing mediapersons at a press conference said this gang had committed a daylight robbery in the house of Balwinder Kaur, a resident of Nand Singh Avenue, Khanna, on September 13, 2010 by threatening her with a pistol.

On that day, Balwinder Kaur was at her house with her children and nephew. When her children had gone to school, four members of the gang came to her house and enquired about some person. When she told them that the name of her husband was not that they were enquiring then they went back. At about 10 am they came back again in an Indica car and took out a pistol when my nephew opened the door.

One person kept waiting outside in the car. The other threatened her of dire consequences if she failed to give them the jewellery she was working. Fearing danger to her life, she handed over her gold chain, a gold locket and three gold rings.

They also snatched keys of the locker and searched it. They also took her laptop, passport and Rs 4,000 cash and four mobile phones. They locked them inside and escaped. Her nephew Bikramjit Singh took her out from the room by breaking open the door.

On their information, a case was registered under Sections 384,386 and 387 of the IPC at the city police station.

According to the SP, a joint team of city police station and C.I.A Khanna apprehended the robbers near Bhattian village. They were identified as Dalvinder Singh, a resident of Bilaga, Rajdeep Singh, a resident of Virk, Harpreet Singh of Mullapur Dakha, Manpreet Singh of Jangpur and Kirandeep Kaur, a resident of Saharanmajra village.

The police also claimed to have recovered a toy pistol, stolen jewellery and some other valuables that were worth more than Rs 1 lakh.

The police also gave information that some other cases of robbery were pending against Dalvinder Singh at different police stations.



Two brothers set afire over land dispute
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 26
Two brothers reportedly sustained burn injuries, one seriously, following a land dispute at Karamsar Colony near Tajpur road here today. The victims have been identified as Paramjit Kumar (32) and Ashwani Kumar (27).

While Ashwani sustained 20 per cent burns, the condition of Paramjit was stated to be serious. He had sustained over 60 per cent burns.Both were rushed to the Civil Hospital this morning from where they were further taken to the CMCH burn unit.

According to Ashwani Kumar, the incident took place this morning when his sister- in - law along with a local leader entered the house in Karamsar colony and told him and Parmjit to vacate the house.

Ashwani further stated the 250 sq yd plot belonged to his mother and his sister- in- law along with the local leader was trying to grab the land.

The eyewitness said that the local leader along with his accomplice thrashed Paramjit Singh and Ashwani Kumar, when the duo refused to vacate the house and posed resistance.Ashwani said amidst melee one of the assailant poured patrol on him and his brother and set them afire.

Till the time of filing this report, police was investigating the matter.



Goods seized outside railway station
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 26
The mobile wing of the Sales Tax Department today seized six parcels from the tourist bus, which was going to Jalandhar from Delhi. The bus had stopped outside the railway station where it was checked by the Sales Tax Department authorities under the supervision of ETO, Bhupinder Gupta.

Forty parcels containing electronic appliances were seized. In yet another operation, the department from outside the railway station confiscated 40 boxes.

These boxes contained readymade garments, electronic appliances and shoes. AETC Tejbir Singh Sidhu said the evaluation of the goods was yet to be done after verification. The penalty will be decided only after the verification, the goods are estimated to be in lakhs.



Table Tennis Meet
Double delight for Yashi
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 26
Yashi, a student of Alpine International School, Ludhiana, sprang a surprise when she wrapped up two titles on the penultimate day of the 21st Prithipal Singh Memorial Open Table Tennis Tournament being held at Punjab Agricultural University campus here today.

In the cadet girls’ final, Yashi defeated Jasveen Kaur 11-5, 11-9 and 11-6 to emerge champion.

Then, she quelled a strong challenge from her schoolmate, Gurleen Kaur whom she overpowered in four sets 11-8, 9-11, 11-4 and 11-7 to bag the title in the sub-junior girls’ section.

In the cadet boys’ section, another student from Alpine International School, Ayush survived many anxious moments against Mandeep Singh before coming out triumphant.

Ayush won the first set easily 11-6, but lost the next at 9-11. He again surged ahead in the third game wrapping it up 12-10. Ayush squandered away the lead, as he lost the fourth game 8-11.

However, the deciding game, Ayush kept his composure at crucial juncture and won it 11-9, which helped him fetch the title.

Harnoor Singh, a student of Darshan Academy, claimed the sub-junior boys’ singles title. In the final, he outplayed Jashandeep Singh of Sat Pal Mittal School in straight sets 11-8, 11-7 and 11-9 to clinch the title.

In the sub-junior boys’ semifinals, Jashandeep Singh outnumbered Ayush 12-10, 11-9 and 11-7, while Harnoor Singh overpowered Sumeer Sharma 7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 10-12 and 11-9 to enter the final.

Other results:

Junior girls (quarterfinals): Kritika bt Rishika 11-4, 11-9 and 11-8; Shipika bt Bhumika 7-11, 11-5, 11-8 and 11-9; Tarunpriya bt Priya 11-4, 11-6 and 11-8; Dhriti bt Anushika 11-9, 7-11, 11-8 and 11-4.

Junior boys (quarterfinals): Sandeep bt Rahul Lal 11-9, 11-8, 7-11 and 11-8; Sumeet bt Pardeep 11-7, 11-9, 6-11 and 11-4; Shubham bt Abhay 11-8, 10-12, 15-17, 16-14 and 11-9; Harnoor Singh bt Shubham Grover 11-8, 11-9 and 13-11.



KVM clinch cricket title
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 26
Fine all-round performance by Abhishek Talwar (67 runs and three for 37) enabled Kundan Vidya Mandir (KVM), Ludhiana, to beat St Stephen’s School, Chandigarh, by 25 runs in the final of the 11th All-India Bhai Gobind Pasricha Memorial Prize Money Cricket Tournament held at MGN Public School ground, Jalandhar, today.

KVM won the toss and chose to bat first. In the allotted 20 overs, they scored 176 runs after losing seven wickets.

Abhishek Talwar top scored with 67 runs, which came off 57 balls with the help of three sixes. Abhinav Bhatia made 46 runs, which included one six and seven hits over the ropes. Abhijit Randhawa remained unbeaten on 22, while Mrinal Partap Singh scored 21 runs.

For St Stephen’s School, Akshay claimed two wickets for 24 runs, while Talwinder Singh, Sukhraj and Udit captured one wicket each.

Chasing the target, St Stephen’s School could muster 151 runs, losing five wickets. The main contributor was Gaurav, who chipped in with 76 runs, followed by Udit and Talwinder Singh, who made 37 and 30 runs, respectively.

For the winners, Abhishek Talwar sent down four overs and grabbed three wickets after conceding 37 runs. Paras Bhardwaj took two wickets for 33 runs and Abhijit Randhawa scalped one victim for 21 runs.

KVM received a cash prize of Rs 31,000, while Abhishek Randhawa was named the man of the match.



Cancellation of kabaddi match
Organising committee demands explanation from Pak
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 26
The controversy surrounding the last minute cancellation of the much-awaited Indo-Pakistan kabaddi encounter refused to die down. Day after SAD MLA Darshan Singh Shivalik said Pakistan kabaddi team cancelled their visit citing security reasons, organising committee spokesman Vishal Nayyar slammed the claims of the MLA and demanded explanation from the Pakistan kabaddi team manager about the reasons behind the cancellation of the match.

“The Pakistan kabaddi team was not here for sightseeing. They were here to play, what went wrong at the last moment only the Pakistan team can explain. Security concern is no reason of cancelling the match,” said Nayyar.

Reliable sources said the match was cancelled after a senior SAD leader was not invited at the tournament.

“The organisers of the tournament earned the wrath of the politicians for not inviting a senior SAD politician, who wanted to be the chief guest at the Indo-Pak kabaddi encounter,” said the sources.

The Indo-Pak kabaddi match slated to be held yesterday at Dhandra village near here was cancelled at the last moment citing security reasons.

Police sources said security concerns in the wake of Ayodhya title suit verdict led to the abrupt cancellation of the match.

It is said a faction of the Indo-Pak Kabaddi Cup organiser were closed to the Congress, which forced the cancellation of the mega event contest.

Sources in the organising committee revealed that the encounter was marred due to the political credit war as both parties wanted to take the acclaims of organising the Indo-Pak contest.

The sources said the Congress leaders fond an apt opportunity in the shape of the Indo-Pak encounter and were eager to garner political mileage by presiding over the function.

But the SAD played shrewd politics and kept the Pakistan team away from the tournament on the bases of security grounds.

Gurjit Dhandra, the organiser, was not available for comments since yesterday.



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