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Goods train derails, disrupts traffic
Ludhiana-Delhi route blocked for 5 hours
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, December 8
Derailment of a goods train while entering the Dhandari railway station on the Ludhiana-Delhi section early this morning led to disruption of the rail traffic on the trunk route for nearly five hours. Six wagons of the goods trains derailed and fell on the second line at 6.30 am, which blocked both up and down lines with the result that the railway timetable went haywire.

(Left) Parts of a derailed wagon being cut into pieces with a gas-welding machine for clearing the track; and chaos after the resulting cancellation or short termination of several trains at the Ludhiana railway station on Wednesday. Tribune Photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Normal running of trains on the up line (Ludhiana-Amritsar) was restored at around 9.30 am. It took another two hours to make the down line (Ludhiana-New Delhi) operational.

Railway officials said an inquiry had been ordered to determine the cause of derailment, but any chance of sabotage was ruled out. “It could be due to a faulty track or some other technical problem, but at the face of it, there is no possibility of any sabotage behind this incident,” said a senior railway official.

While a few down trains, including the 2014 Amritsar-New Delhi Shatabdi Express were diverted via Dhuri-Jakhal with a delay ranging between two to three hours, a few other trains were short-terminated at Ludhiana, said the railway officials.

Quite a few Delhi-bound passengers, booked on Shatabdi Express, were seen in a desperate state as the departure of train was delayed and an uncertainty prevailed on the railway station since the entire operational staff was pre-occupied with the derailment that had just been reported. As another New Delhi-bound train (2460 Amritsar-New Delhi Express) was short terminated at Ludhiana around that time, hundreds of passengers were stranded without having any alternative mode of transport to travel.

The persons manning the enquiry counter at platform No. 1 had a tough time dealing with irate and anxious passengers waiting for their trains or to have details of other trains on the same section, which would take them to their destinations.

Sukhpreet Bajwa, a passenger travelling from Jalandhar to New Delhi, was more than upset after waiting for the train to commence its onward journey as he had a flight to catch from New Delhi in afternoon. Almost in a similar state was Abhishek Gupta, a company executive, who was to attend an important meeting in New Delhi.

“We have been desperately trying to know the tentative departure time of the train for the past one hour, but no body seems to be in a position to say anything with certainty,” the passengers lamented.

According to RK Sharma, station superintendent, till the time the down line on the Ludhiana-New Delhi section was non-functional, 2204 Amritsar-Saharasa Garib Rath, 2054 Amritsar-Haridwar Janshatabdi Express, 5210 Amritsar-Saharsa Jansewa Express and 2716 Amritsar-Nanded Sachkhand Express via the Dhuri-Jakhal route to continued their journey to New Delhi. 0334 Amritsar-Ambala passenger train was also among those short terminated at Ludhiana, he added.

“After 11.30 am, when both up and down lines were made operational, the normal running of trains on the Ludhiana-New Delhi section was restored,” claimed railway officials.


Powercom staff go on two-day strike
Protest PSPCL mgmt, govt’s failure to reach tri-partite pact
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, December 8
Power supply in the city and elsewhere in the central zone was normal, cash counters were functioning at several divisions and subdivisions and individual complaints of power supply were attended to with the help of contractual staff as the two-day strike by employees of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) commenced here today.

The joint action committee of the PSPCL Employees’ Union had given a call for the two- day strike on December 8 and 9 in protest against the failure of the state government and the PSPCL management to enter into a tri-partite agreement with the staff of the erstwhile PSEB even after almost eight months of unbundling of the state electricity board.

While the trade union leaders of the PSPCL unions claimed that strike was total in the central zone, PS Gill, chief engineer of the zone, stated that 72.67 per cent employees had not reported for work while the rest had marked their presence.

He said power supply was maintained, all sub-stations in the zone were manned by senior officials so as to provide uninterrupted supply while cash counters at several places as well fault rectification were partly functional with the help of non-striking employees and contractual staff. “Thorough the police is patrolling is all electrical installations and the administration is also on a high alert to avoid any untoward incident,” Gill added.

During a visit to several divisional and sub-divisional offices in the city, The Tribune team found cash counters at Daresi, Subhani Kothi, Chaura Bazaar in the City Central division and the Fountain Chowk in Civil Lines under the City West division functional with consumers waiting in queues to pay their energy bills.

PSPCL officials claimed that individual line fault and other technical snags were also rectified with the help of skeleton staff and contractual manpower of private electrical contractors.

The striking PSPCL employees staged protest rallies at several divisions in different parts of the city and slammed the government as well as PSPRC management for being apathetic and indifferent to the plight of employees who were facing dark future in the absence of tri-partite agreement on service conditions, wage structure and pensionary benefits.



MC on the lookout for a Pied Piper
Rodents make it bite the dust
Manvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 8
Irked at the damage being caused by rodents who make holes into roads and sewers, authorities of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation are now literally on a lookout for a Pied Piper to help them tide over the rodent crisis.

The civic body is now mulling over hiring a private agency, which was entrusted the same job by the Railways. Since the rats make holes under the roads as a result of which it sometimes cave in, the magnitude of damage caused by the rodents in the city is giving sleepless nights to the civil body authorities as a lot of public money is being wasted on the crisis created by them.

Apart from causing damage to the newly constructed roads, the rodents have also caused a substantial damage to the sewerage system of the city due to which the worries of the Municipal authorities have increased manifolds.

Sources revealed that the areas worst affected by the rodents are those through which open nullahs are flowing. Small creatures hide here, as there is enough space to breathe and reproduce. After their population increases it causes heavy loss to the civic body’s exchequer. The Municipal Corpraton has received complaints of roads caving in and of faulty sewerage system from at least 11 nullahs flowing in the city. The rodents have taken away the mud from its beneath.

Municipal Commissioner AK Sinha and Senior Deputy Mayor Praveen Bansal had raised this issue in a meeting a few days ago. Bansal had mooted the idea of hiring the private agency, which was entrusted the same job by the Railways.



Nursing homes, hospitals flout rules
Lax pollution board fails to rein in 60 units
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 8
Negligence on the part of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has given a free hand to private nursing homes and hospitals to violate the Bio-medical Waste Management and Handling Rules.

More than 60 nursing homes and hospitals in Ludhiana, Khanna, Samrala and various other small towns either don’t have the board’s authorisation or have failed to get it renewed.

Ironically, the pollution board, despite having the details of such violations, has not taken any action against the erring nursing homes and hospitals. Most shocking being “inaction” against the show cause notices served on a few nursing homes in 2003, 2006 and 2008.

Rohit Sabharwal, president, Anti-Corruption and Crime Investigation Cell, an NGO, in an information procured under the RTI Act revealed that all hospitals guilty of the rule’s violation had not only evaded authorisation but a large number of these were even guilty of “improper disposal” of the waste generated from their premises.

It is clearly mentioned in the Bio-medical Waste Management and Handling Rules, rule no. 8, that any hospital or nursing home generating, collecting, receiving, storing, transporting, treating, disposing or even handling bio-medical waste should approach the pollution board for authorisation.

Indiscriminate disposal of the bio-medical waste, including tubes, disposable gowns, masks, scrubs, needles, syringes, dressings and blood is a major cause of severe hospital infections.

Disposal of waste glass and plastic bottles without autoclaving and shredding is another practice, which the private hospitals and nursing homes are indulging in.

It is mandatory for every hospital to submit details of the bio-medical waste generated under various categories, but a large number of hospitals/nursing homes out of the 63 hospitals listed in the pollution board’s record have failed to comply with the norms.

‘Need to examine the issue’

Rajiv Sharma, environmental engineer, said he could not comment on the issue without looking into the files of each hospital. He, however, added, “Majority of the hospitals and nursing homes complied with the Bio-medical Waste Management and Handling Rules after notices were served on them.”

Rag pickers at risk

Bio-medical wastes like blood-soaked cotton, swabs, bandages, syringes, needles, surgical blades, masks, gowns and splints can be seen with the domestic waste at the Municipal Corporation’s landfill on Tajpur Road. Rag pickers, who segregate these from the waste, are in danger of catching infections. The risk is not just limited to bacterial or viral infections, but the pricks and cuts caused by infected needles and blades expose them to dreadful diseases like HIV and Hepatitis B.



50% BA pupils fail in English
Shivani Bhakoo/TNS

Sample questions/answers

  • How feel you? (How do you feel?)
  • I'm have done the paper. (I have done the paper)
  • How solve this question? (How do we solve this question?)
  • Waiting for you morning, yaar! (I've been waiting for you since morning!)

Ludhiana, December 8
About 45-50 per cent BA students fail in English subject. Besides, 80 per cent students who have secured a compartment are in the English subject. Due to weak foundation in schools and lackadaisical attitude in college, students perform poor in English. As a result many unsuccessful students discontinue their studies.

A senior professor of English and life member of the Under-graduate Board of Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh, KBS Sodhi said this was a serious problem being faced by BA students.

"I have been studying the gazettes of classes for the past several years.

Majority of BA students fail in English. Not just arts students, but BCA students, too, face similar problem. Those who fail or get compartment perform bad mostly in the grammar section. It is being happening in most colleges in the city, especially boys’ colleges. Though students are given three chances to clear the compartment still there is a lot of frustration among them,” said Sodhi adding that even if they failed to clear the examination in three chances, university gave them a “Golden Chance” after four years, but many students left the studies in-between due to desperation.

Ragini Singh, a guest faculty in English, said several factors were responsible for their poor show. "They come from poor backgrounds and the school foundation is also weak where no attention is paid on the grammar. In college, students tend to become careless.

Also, colleges don't pay much attention towards each students. The strength of students in BA is in hundreds so giving individual attention is not possible,” said Ragini.

Prof Sodhi stressed that universities must take steps to solve the problem. The number of periods from six should be extended to 12 per week so that more attention could be given on grammar.

There should be prescription of workbook in which students could do written work. "Instead of 60-80 students in a class, not more than 40 students should be kept.

Besides, Language Support Centres should be opened for students where they could improve themselves,” added Sodhi.



Once a heart-throb, now forced to beg
Physically challenged kabaddi players seek donations for treatment
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 8
Can anyone judge the pain of a player, who used to receive thousands as prize for his outstanding performance amid clamors and clapping, now forced to seek donations for his treatment on the grounds of disability?

Dozens of bedridden kabaddi players, who sustained injuries during various tournaments, are among those who have exhausted all their savings and valuables. Hesitant to seek help publicly, these disabled raiders and stoppers are bearing the pain for want of proper treatment and hospitalisation.

There are others whose friends and relatives take them from one rural sports fair to another to collect funds necessary for their survival.

Regrettably these heroes, who have now been discarded, have failed to attract the attention of authorities in the sports department of the state, sports organisations and organisers of the much-publicised World Cup- 2010.

Investigations by The Tribune revealed that seeking donations for helping the needy sportspersons in general and physically challenged kabaddi players in particular had emerged as a routine affair during sports fairs.

Contrary to earlier trend when only outstanding performers used to take a round of the arena to collect cash prizes from the enthusiasts, physically challenged players are taken around in wheelchairs and on backs of members of their families obviously to seek financial help from the public.

Condemning the successive governments for ignoring the welfare of the injured players, Dr Harjinder Pal Singh Walia, chairman, World Punjabi Foundation, regretted that even organisers of the events, where the victims were hurt did not come to their rescue.

Referring to observations made during various sports fairs of the region, Walia said the appalling begging episode occurred in the presence of the government functionaries and philanthropists, who boast of promoting sports in their respective jurisdictions.

Kuldeep Singh Keepa, a kabaddi player, whose spinal chord was ruptured while playing a match during the World Famous Rural Sports Fair in February 2008, was among those who sought donations at a football tournament at Mehma Singh Wala recently.

Though the organisers had shifted Keepa to a multi-specialty hospital in Ludhiana, nobody bothered to enquire about his fate after the doctors declared that a huge amount would be needed for surgery and post-operative treatment.

Zabar Singh Grewal, an NRI from Dhulkot village, who had been helping a few former kabaddi players of Phallewal, Lohgarh and Narangwal monetarily, argued that extending financial help publicly demoralised recipients as well as active players.

Grewal maintained that the needy incapacitated players should be felicitated along with active players during various tournaments.



Prof Tasneem’s Punjabi novels to be published again
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 8
When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing, quotes Enrique Jardiel Poncela, famous Spanish writer, which becomes apt as we go through the novels and essays of Prof Niranjan Tasneem.

Prof Tasneem needs no introduction, as readers from all age groups have appreciated his writing.

The octogenarian writer started his literary career as a novelist in 1960 with his debut Urdu novel "Sogwar" (In Mourning).

Thereafter, the writer took to his mother tongue when he penned his first Punjabi novel "Parchawen" (Shadows) in 1966.

Picking up the right words to depict romance, portray compassion and trace simplicity in relationships of the 60s, "Parchawen", the writer's maiden attempt at Punjabi novel is an evidence of his profundity.

Having taught English in Government College, Ludhiana, Prof Tasneem received Shiromani Sahitkar Puraskar by the languages department in 1995 and was conferred upon Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel "Gwache Arth" in 1999.

A tableau of the intricacies that divide the society in economic zones, "Ik Hor Nawan Saal" (One More New Year) is another narrative of the writer that can be termed as a benchmark in prose writing.

As a famous author said storytelling revealed meaning without committing the error of defining it, Tasneem’s writings have an element of authenticity that sets him apart from others.

The novelist is accredited for his contribution in English, including Encyclopedia of Indian Literature, Modern Indian Literature and Masterpieces of Indian Literature published by National Book Trust, India and Sahitya Akademi.

Unistar books, Chadigarh, acknowledging the good work done by the novelist has re-printed his 10 novels, which would be released on December 12 at Punjabi Bhawan, Ludhiana.

His essays: "The Corridors of Time" and "The Splendid Mirror of Life" are a part of his prized anthology as Prof Niranjan Tasneem puts it: "Phrasing every phase of real life as a grand spectacle irrespective of the ups and downs has been my forte ever since I picked up my pen."



From Colleges

LUDHIANA: Panjab University elected its new dean and secretary of the faculty of business management and commerce yesterday. Dr Deepak Kapoor, professor in the University Business School, Panjab University, Chandigarh, and director Regional Centre, Ludhiana, has been elected as dean of the faculty of business and commerce and Dr Ashwani Bhalla, associate professor at Post-Graduate Department of Commerce SCD Government College, Ludhiana, has been elected as secretary of the faculty of business management and commerce.

Dr Deepak Kapoor defeated its nearest rival Dr Dinesh Gupta, chairman of the University Business School, by 18 votes.

Dr Kapoor got 54 votes, where as Dr Dinesh got 36 votes. Dr Ashwani Bhalla was elected secretary of the faculty unopposed.

After winning the election, Dr Deepak Kapoor and Dr Ashwani Bhalla said they would work to bring innovations in the commerce and management courses and involve colleges for research programmes.

They said: “We will propose to establish a research centre in Ludhiana for PhD programme in business management and commerce, which will give a chance to the faculty of commerce and management of different colleges to pursue their PhD programme.”

They said those teachers who had a good academic record and doctoral research work would be involved in supervising the doctoral work of the researchers.

Many educational stalwarts like GK Chatrath, Anu Chatrath, Dr Mukesh Arora, Jagpal Singh, Dr AC Vaid, Dr Rabinder Nath Sharma (both fellows), Dr RS Jhanji, principal of AS College, Khanna, Dr Narinder Sidhu, principal of GNN College, Doraha, Rajinder Bhandari, vice-chairman of the Punjab State Planning Board, and Jasbir Kaur Makkar, principal of Government College, Ludhiana, has expressed satisfaction over the election of Dr Kapoor and Dr Bhalla.

Quiz contest

Government College for Women won inter-college quiz contest on “Life of Shiri Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib ji” and “Punjab history”.

The competition was held at GTB National College, Dakha, recently under the guidance of Narinderjit Saini, head of the history department.

Three students- Mandeep Kaur, Manpreet Kaur and Manveer Kaur of BA (III) took part in the contest and brought laurels to the college by winning the team trophy, which was awarded to them for getting the first position among six teams from different colleges. Principal of Government College for Women Gurminder Kaur appreciated the efforts of the students. — TNS



Wary of Fake Currency
Villagers say no to Rs 500, Rs 1,000 notes
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 8
As the menace of circulation of counterfeit currency in the country has been assuming alarming proportions in the recent years, people in rural areas of the region prefer notes of smaller denomination to ` 500 and ` 1,000 notes.

Contrary to the common belief, the number of counterfeit currency notes in circulation in rural areas of the region is much less. Scared of being duped, villagers go for smaller denomination notes. The reports of spurt in circulation of these notes, coupled with lack of knowledge about the characteristics of the genuine currency, has panicked cash handlers to the extent that they do not hesitate mutilating new notes by writing names of persons tendering them.

Let alone exchanging lower denomination genuine notes with higher value currency, a majority of people avoid accepting higher denomination notes in villages. Contrary to common trend of exchanging lower denomination notes with higher ones, villagers, including farmers, migrant labourers, dairy owners and artisans, urge people to give them lower denomination notes.

“As we do not know the characteristics of a genuine currency note, we have to reduce the risk by accepting only smaller denomination notes,” said Avtar Singh of Kilaraipur village.

Liquor vends, charity receivers and orchestra groups are the most suitable wallets where ‘smart’ persons get rid of fake notes. In the absence of any formal complaint, the police is unable to initiate action in this regard.

Investigations by The Tribune revealed that a large number of fake notes of ` 1,000 and ` 500 denomination were in circulation in urban parts of the region.

Villagers rue that even payments received from financial institutes, including banks and post offices, were not safe. As none of the institutes had installed the processing machine to sort the currency, the notes are checked by cashiers in a cursory manner. In case of huge receipts, the cashiers skips physical verification and depend on counting machines for ensuring number of pieces. At the time of payment, onus of checking genuineness of currency lies on the client.

Investigations revealed that a majority of currency notes, including new crisp ones, wore some or the other markings on them. These varied from mobile numbers to complete addresses of those who probably had made payments to some government or non-government agency.

Requesting anonymity, a cashier at a local bank, told The Tribune that there was always a risk of getting fake notes in the cash received from wine contractors, orchestra groups and religious organisations. However, number of fake notes coming from villagers was very low, he said.

How to identify a fake note


This is visible on the empty portion on the left side of the note. The portrait of Mahatma Gandhi should be visible in this space along with multi-directional lines and an electrolyte mark showing the denominational numeral (i.e.100, 500, etc) when held against the light.

Intaglio printing

Below the floral design, one can see a dark patch in intaglio print (raised print). The shape of the intaglio print varies according to the denomination of the note (Rs 500: circle and Rs 1,000: diamond). The colour of the numeral on a Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 note will change from green (when held flat) to blue (when held at an angle)

Security thread

It is 1.4 mm wide and appears in breaks on the front of the original note. However, from the back it looks like a complete line. The words RBI and Bharat (in the Devanagari script) inscribed on it appears yellow in ultra-violet (UV) light. This thread will not glow if it’s a fake note. Neither will the continuity of the security thread be maintained.



Smart classes in mid-session draws flak
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, December 8
Introduction of smart classes by some schools here, especially in mid-session, is giving a tough time to students. The abrupt beginning of smart classes, rather than giving time to students to prepare themselves for exams is proving to be of no use, as students feel that the sword of Damocles, in the form of December tests followed by annual examinations, is hanging on their heads.

Talking to a cross section of students and their parents it was felt that these classes had become more of a liability as teachers as well as students failed to do justice.

A student of Class VII said: “I don’t understand why our school is introducing these classes in the mid of the session and that, too, as a compulsion. What we require at this stage is personal attention of our teachers so as to work on our difficulties. Smart classes, though interesting and knowledge-based, should be made optional or else it should be introduced either in the beginning of the new session or during vacations.”

“What is the reason for introducing these classes and that, too, when exams are approaching? It is affecting us in two ways- one that our children are not ready to accept them and the other one is that it’s an additional burden on parents,” said a parent.

Most parents and guardians said students were forced to attend these classes. Some schools are even charging Rs 50, Rs 80 and some others even Rs 150.

“There should be a regulatory authority to check this,” said one such parent.

“It has also been brought to the notice by students that some teachers are not computer savvy and hence they are not well versed in the art of engaging students in smart classes. It is students, who in turn instruct teachers on how to make the smart board operational. If this is the situation, then students can perform such an activity at home. Why pay extra for such classes that are not going to solve the purpose?” Questioned an angry parent.

“My child remains hooked on to computer or television and sending him to school gives me a relief. But still extra computer classes will surely affect his eyesight. More over, the new technique is sure to affect his writing skills as well,” said a disturbed mother.



Sycophancy at its best on Badal’s birthday
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, December 8
It was sycophancy at its best. But then, politicians are known to be good at it. The occasion was the 84th birthday of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who is away to the US.

The birthday celebrations, organised by Minister for Jails, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Hira Singh Gabria at his office in Labour Colony here this morning, brought local functionaries of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) together. For once, SAD functionaries, who do not see an eye to eye and indulge in fierce, at times ugly, faction fighting, sank their differences to show complete bonhomie for cutting of a birthday cake and offering it to each other.

It was a real treat watching Gabria cut the cake and offer it in turns to Amarjit Chawla, former member of the Punjab Public Service Commission, Amarjit Bhatia, vice-president of SAD and a contender for the post of district jathedar for quite some time now, Baba Ajit Singh, another senior SAD leader, Kanwalinder Singh Thekedar, member of the SGPC, Prem Mittal, former senior deputy mayor and several party councillors.

If party insiders were to be believed, each one of them would not bat an eyelid while stabbing others in the back if given a chance. But today, all of them were in a celebration mode and made every possible bid to outdo others in singing paeans for the SAD supremo, whom they lauded for completing 84 years of life and putting in 60 years service towards the "panth" and sikh community.

As if celebrations of the senior Badal (in his absence) were not enough to get in the good books of top leadership of the party, Gabria and other SAD leaders adopted a unanimous resolution seeking appointment of Bikram Singh Majithia, brother-in-law of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal, as president of the All India Youth Akali Dal (AIYAD).

In yet another bid to ensure rehabilitation of kin of senior party leaders, another resolution was adopted for nomination of Charanjit Singh Punnu, son of Amarjit Bhatia, as district president of AIYAD.



Issue notices to lax MC officials: Commissioner
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 8
Taking a serious note of the alleged lapse by two key officials of the operation and maintenance (O&M) branch of the Municipal Corporation (MC) following the death of a person after falling into a manhole, the MC Commissioner has asked the authorities concerned to issue a show-cause notice to the two officials.

Babu Ram, a resident of Ishwar Nagar Colony, died on Monday night after he fell into a manhole whose cover was broken.

Sore over the ‘indifferent’ attitude of the MC, area residents held a protest and alleged that the mishap had taken place due to the negligence of officials of the O&M branch. Demanding stern action against MC officials, residents had even urged the police to lodge complaint against them. However, area resident struck a compromise with MC officials after the police complaint.

The Commissioner, however, seems to be in no mood to spare the lax officials as he has asked the O&M branch to submit a report regarding the incident. After getting the report from the officials, the Commissioner asked the top brass of the O&M branch to issue show-cause notices to sub divisional officer (SDO) Ravinder Garg and junior engineer (JE) Ashwani Kumar for the lapse.



Training courses for farmers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 8
The Directorate of Extension Education (DEE), PAU, will organise a variety of training courses for farmers and farm women from December to January at Kairon Kisan Ghar.

Briefing about the training programmes, Dr MS Gill, Director of Extension Education, PAU, said training on “High density planting system canopy management in fruit crops” will take place on December 16 and 17.

Besides, the training courses on “Machinery and its safety for different farming operations” and “Educational play material for children” will be held on January 6 and 7 and January 18 and 19.

Dr Gill also said about 25 participants will take part in each programme.

Subject experts will educate the farmers and familiarise them with the prospects and problems of fruit crops in Punjab, high density planting system and canopy management (CM) of peach, pear and CM in plum.

Scientific tips for operation of training and pruning in grapes, pomegranate and phalsa will also be given.

Engineers of department of agriculture, Punjab and the aganwari workers will be the beneficiaries of training courses.

For details contact the training unit at Kairon Kisan Ghar on the PAU campus.



Stress on teaching grammar

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 8
Terming grammar to be the foundation of any language, veteran educationist Chandar Parkash Ahluwalia impressed upon the instructors to make the maximum use of teaching aids while coaching their students. Use of latest words and phrases coined recently could bring significant improvement in the knowledge of English language among students, he claimed.

While addressing a group of teachers during an orientation programme at Dehlon village near here recently, Ahluwalia said a lot needed to be done about languages in general and English in particular.

“As language is an indispensable tool for transferring knowledge in any stream, we must ensure that the fundamentals of grammar were made clear to the students of lower classes,” said Ahluwalia.

Emphasising upon the need to update knowledge about new concepts and phrases, Ahluwalia urged school managements to arrange latest literature published on the subject for teachers.

He also informed that a book on elements of contemporary grammar compiled by him will be soon released.

Ahluwalia said at least two per cent of words used in any language were becoming obsolete every year and an equal number were being coined. Elaborating upon various aspects of English teaching, he suggested that teachers should focus on improving vocabulary, spellings and grammar. — OC



Police to set up suvidha centres
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 8
In a major reprieve to visitors who are to forced to stand outside the police stations, the Punjab Police is setting up suvidha centres at the subdivision level and Outreach Centres at the police station level.

There would be a suvidha centre to address the complaint of police subdivisions of Ludhiana East, West, North, Central, South, Atam Park and Sahnewal area. Under the Gill subdivision, Sadar, Dehlon and Ladowal police stations would have outreach posts.

Reception counters, waiting rooms, drinking water and lavatory facilities would be available for the convenience of visitors. The counters for lodging complaints, passport verification, police clearance certificate, information sought under the RTI Act, details regarding arms and ammunitions wing would also be established.

Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh said the suvidha centres and outreach centres would help in improving police-public relationship.

SHOs have welcomed this move. They said it would bring respite to the lower-rung cops who are overburdened. “We will have ample time to keep a tab on criminals once the suvidha centres start functioning,” said the police official.



Varanasi Blast
City put on high alert
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 8
The city has been put on high alert following a bomb blast in Varanasi late last night.

A large number of cops have been deputed on the streets and all major intersections to keep a close watch on the situation. Heavy security arrangements have been made outside temples and other religious places.

Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh said: "We’ve deployed the police force on all roads, intersections, markets and religious places in the city. We don’t want anti-social elements to take undue advantage of the situation.”

The security was tightened keeping in view the past experiences. Earlier, the city had witnessed massive protests after a church in Malerkotla was burnt. A large number of Christians held a protest and even burnt tyres on the road near Christian Medical College & Hospital. Similarly, a group of Muslims gathered in Field Ganj area and raised slogans against the US.



Sewerage, House Tax ARREARS
MC collects Rs 8 lakh from defaulters
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 8
Continuing its drive to recover the pending arrears of sewerage, water supply and house tax, the Municipal Corporation (MC) authorities collected more then Rs 8 lakh and disconnected five sewerage connections in the city.

Acting strictly against defaulters, the house tax branch, led by Zonal Commissioner BK Gupta, recovered Rs 3 lakh from seven defaulters. Though some of the defaulters tried to mislead the MC staff saying they had no money to pay arrears, the MC team took a stern stand and collected the arrears.

Meanwhile, the operation and maintenance (O&M) branch also continued its drive of collecting arrears on Wednesday. A team of the B branch, led by executive engineer Kamlseh Bansal, recovered Rs 2.2 lakh from defaulters of Industrial Area, A block. Similarly, another team of the D branch, led by XEN Manjeet Singh, recovered Rs 3.11 lakh from defaulters and disconnected five sewerage connections out of which three were in Sarabha Nagar and two in Block 1.



Implement self-declaration system: DC
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 8
Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari today instructed the heads of various government departments to strictly implement "self declaration" system for attestation instead of taking affidavits from gazetted officers.

The officials were briefed during a special meeting held at Bachat Bhawan. Pointing towards the self-attestation system implemented by the Punjab Deputy Chief Minster Sukhbir Singh Badal in March 2010, the DC said it was one of the administrative reforms introduced for the convenience of people.

"It has been brought to my notice that some departments are still demanding affidavits from notary public and tehsildars, which is a violation of the government orders. The complaints pertaining to this violation will be dealt with strictly and the officials concerned will be taken to task," Rahul Tewari said.



DSP takes charge
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, December 8
The newly appointed Phillaur DSP Harkamalpreet Singh Khakh, while addressing the media persons, said the police would work in a transparent manner to maintain law and order in the Phillaur Sub-Division.

Khakh said a police control room would be set up in his office, which would work round-the-clock to serve people.

The DSP said hand bills were being distributed in several parts of Phillaur Sub-Division, including Phillaur, Goraya, Apra, Bilga, Noormahal and other villages to spread awareness among people regarding the setting up of more police control rooms.

Telephone numbers and contact numbers of police officers were also being provided to the people, the DSP added.



Three RIMT students get designer award
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, December 8
A national design competition “Transparence 2010” was organised by Saint-Gobain Glass India company.

The project for the competition was to design an “International convention centre at Mumbai”.

Students of RIMT College of Architecture, Mandi Gobindgarh, participated and competed with 68 other architecture students. The team of three students of BArch Deepansh, Sarabjeet Singh and Vedita Bhasin won the regional winners award of Rs 18,000 and a certificate of best design.

The winners were honoured during a college function today. RIMT Group chairman Dr Hukam Chand Bansal and principal Ambrish Kumar Gupta congratulated the winners.



Reaching out to special children
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 8
As many as 450 disabled children enjoyed a day out on the occasion of World Disability Day by watching a Hindi movie “Khelen Hum Ji Jaan Se” here yesterday.

Sukhmeen Kamaljeet Singh, owner of the Orient Cinemas, contributed to the cause by sponsoring the show for children with special needs.

NGOs, including Ashirwad (NICPA), Bharat Vikas Parishad, Nirdosh, Ek Prayas, Muskan and School for the Deaf and VRTC for Blind enjoyed the movie.

Dr Neelam Sodhi from Ashirwaad said: “Children with special needs want to be a part of the mainstream society, but only a few people understand their needs.”



Detonation drive suspended for wedding
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 8
In what can be termed as a “benevolent move” on the part of district administration, Ludhiana deputy commissioner, in order to accommodate the wedding celebration in Kalewal village, has suspended the ongoing detonation drive in Mattewara from December 10 to 12.

The decision was taken following the request by Maghar Singh of Kalewal village whose daughter is scheduled to get married on December 12.

The ceremonies will begin on December 10 and will conclude on December 12.

The village residents expressed their gratitude to the DC for issuing the orders in the public interest, as the detonation drive could play a spoilsport in the wedding celebrations.

Detonation disrupts life

1. Humans, cattle and dogs share the same space on the bed of the Sutlej near Mattewara as residents of Sekhewal village spend their day waiting for the bomb squad to detonate scrap bombs near Ludhiana; 2) Army officers detonate a bomb with a remote controlled device; 3) A cop prevents a boy of Sekhewal village from going towards the Sutlej; 4) Physically challenged Sulakhan Singh walks on crutches along the banks of the Sutlej; 5) Honey, a six-year-old brother adorns a hair style like a girl in memory of his sister who died of pneumonia while spending her days on the Sutlej bed; 6) Vimla, a resident of Sekhewal, who has opened a small shop on the river bed sells knick knacks; 7) Children play in the fields as farmers stay away due to detonation exercise in Haider Kalan in Ludhiana. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan



Rice Theft Case
Punsup manager commits suicide
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, December 8
The infamous rice theft case of Talwan town in this subdivision took an ugly turn today when Manjit Singh, a Punsup inspector posted at Noormahal, reportedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at Noormahal .

Harkamalpreet Singh Khakh, the DSP, while confirming the report said a handwritten suicide note was found from Manjit’s pocket. He used to reside in Gali No. 12, Jalandhar Cantonment. He had clearly held a few senior Punsup officials, owners of Julka Rice Mills, Talwan, and BK Rice Mills, Noormahal, responsible for committing suicide.

A case has been registered under Section 306 of the IPC and the body sent to the Civil Hospital for a post-mortem examination, the DSP added.

The DSP said Manjit Singh had lodged a complaint with the Bilga police in this regard on December 3. He had alleged that Punsup rice was being smuggled out form Julka Rice Mills, Talwan, and Rice Mill owner Lakhpat Rai and his son, Naveen, were behind it. The Bilga police, thus, registered a case of theft against the duo.

The matter took an ugly turn when a few Congress leaders, including District Congress Committee (Rural) president Rajinder Singh Johal and former Congress MLA Gurwinder Singh Atwal alleged that the sheller owners were being falsely implicated in the case. The DSP said the case would be thoroughly investigated before arresting anyone in this regard.



Scrap-loaded truck traced, 1 held

Mandi Gobindgarh, December 8
The local police has succeeded in tracing a truck-load of scrap weighing 13 tonnes within 24 hours of its disappearance from the Focal Point area. Ranbir Singh Khattra, district police chief, said Maninder Singh, a resident of Daleep Nagar had on December 6 informed the police that Dharminder Singh, his driver, had parked the truck (HR-37A-4625) loaded with the scrap near Chawla Market, Mandi Gobindgarh, which was found missing from the spot later on.

A massage was flashed to check vehicles at Shamboo and Delhi barriers. A team stationed at the Shamboo barrier succeeded in tracking the truck’s movement, which crossed the border at around 4 AM and entered Punjab on December 7. The thieves could not dispose of stolen scrap at Kala Amb town. On a tip-off cops, managed to impound the truck in Gobindgarh. — OC



IRB constable held with 800-gm opium

Khanna, December 8
The Khanna police has arrested a gunman of a Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) member from Sangrur district with 800-gm opium.

A police party of Issru police post intercepted a person near Ishanpur village following a tip-off and recovered 800 grams of opium from his possession. The accused has been identified as Surjan Singh, a resident of Rajgarh village in Rajasthan. He was serving as a constable in the Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) and was posted as a gunman with SGPC member Tek Singh Dhanaula. — OC



Bank employee booked for fraud

Ludhiana, December 7
The police has booked Balwant Rai, a steno with Punjab National Bank, for embezzling funds worth Rs 14,37,580 here today.

The case was registered following a probe by the PNB authorities.

The fraud came to light on September 28, 2009, when the bank came to know about the embezzlement of funds.

Balwant Rai was found embezzling the deposits of clients. He used to transfer client's money into his relatives and friends accounts.

The police has registered a case against him and investigations are on. — TNS



BCM Shastri Nagar lads emerge champs
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 8
The final match played between BCM Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, and Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, turned out to be a mismatch as the former romped home by seven wickets to emerge champions in the Central Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex Cricket Tournament (U-19) held at MGM Public School, Dugri, here yesterday.

Sacred Heart School won the toss and decided to bat first. In the allotted 15 overs they made 133 runs for the loss of 4 wickets.

Their innings revolved around Vipul Bhudhiraja and Sourabh, who contributed 64 and 39 runs, respectively to help their team to reach a respectable total of 133 runs.

For BCM Senior Secondary School, Pavneet sent down three overs, giving away 19 runs he captured two wickets, while Parth took one wicket for 22 runs in two overs.

BCM Senior Secondary School surpassed their opponents' toal in 12.3 overs after losing three wickets.

The main architects of their innings were Nikhil (44 runs off 13 balls), Parth (41 runs off 31 balls) and Parampreet (32 runs off 26 deliveries).

Kunal and Kashish shared the bowling honours for Sacred Heart School, chipping in with two and one wicket for 10 and 20 runs, respectively.

Nikhil of BCM School, who played a hurricane innings of 44 runs, facing just 13 balls was man of the match. Police officer Yuvraj Singh Sran from Canada gave away prizes.

Director of MGM Public School, Gajjan Singh Thind and principal Poonam Sharma congratulated the winners.



SAI trainees excel in national meet
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 8
Arpinder Singh, a trainee of Sports Authority of India (SAI) Training Centre, Ludhiana, came out triumphant in the recently held Junior National Athletics Championship at Bangalore where he created a new national record in triple jump.

Arpinder, with a leap of 16.45m bagged gold medal and rewrote the national record also. The existing record of 16.06m was set by the New Delhi Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and Beijing Olympian, Ranjit Maheshwari.

Arpinder also won a bronze medal in the long jump with an attempt of 7.39m and was adjudged the best athlete in a championship at Bangalore.

He clinched a silver medal in the Junior Asia Athletics Meet at Vietnam early this year with a jump (triple) to a distance of 16.13m and also represented the nation in the Junior World Athletics Championship at Canada.

Another trainee of SAI Centre, Ludhiana, Vicky Kumar gave good account of himself in the Junior National Judo Championship at Bangalore held from November 25 to 29.

In the 50kg category, Vicky overpowered gold medallist in the 2008- Youth Asian Judo Championship, Balwinder Singh from Haryana.

Arpinder and Vicky were honoured at the SAI Centre Complex here today. Harbans Singh, in charge of the centre along with coaches, SS Pannu, Sita Kapila, Rakesh Singh and Sonia Kumari were also present.



Punjab Basketball
Talwinder, Kiranjit to lead squads
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 8
International basketball stars Talwinder Singh Sahi and Kiranjit Kaur have been selected to lead Ludhiana men's and women's teams, respectively, in the 61st Senior Punjab State Basketball Championship to be held in Jalandhar.

Other members of the teams are

Women: Sukhjinder Kaur, Sukhwinder Kaur, Jasdeep Kaur (senior), Harpreet Kaur, Nagma Mirza, Sandhya, Deepali, Gurpreet Kaur, Jasdeep Kaur (junior), Ranbir Kaur and Suman.

Men: Akash Gill, Kuljeet Singh Bhogal, Sunil Bajaj, Richard joy, Komal Singh, Yatan Sharma, Kewinvir Singh, Ravinder Kumar, Narinder Kumar, Sukhdev Singh and Ruchi Sharma.



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