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3 killed in mishap
3 more injured; were returning from wedding
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khanna, October 2
Three persons were killed and three sustained injuries after the Innova car they were travelling in collided head-on with a truck on the Khanna-Samrala road.

All of them were heading to Jalandhar after attending a wedding ceremony.

As their vehicle reached Khanna, a truck coming from the opposite side collided head-on with the car. One person died on the spot and the remaining five were injured. They were rushed to the Civil Hospital, Khanna.

Two of the injured later succumbed to their injuries in the hospital, while the other three were admitted to Apollo Hospital, Ludhiana, where the condition of one person was stated to be critical.

The deceased, who died on the spot, was identified as Kulwinder Singh, a resident of Jalandhar, and the other one was identified as Harminder Singh. While Harbans Singh, Gurchain Singh and Balwinder Singh, all residents of Jalandhar, sustained serious injuries.


Major reshuffle in MC
All three Additional Commissioners transferred
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 2
In a major reshuffle in the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC), all three additional commissioners have been transferred from the city, while new officials have been appointed.

MC officiating commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi has been transferred as Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Moga, while additional commissioner Kuldip Singh and Mohinder Pal Gupta have been posted as additional deputy commissioner (Development) in Amritsar and district transport officer (DTO), Sangrur, respectively.

As per information, Rupanjali Kalsia, an IAS officer, has been appointed as the additional commissioner of LMC. Speaking to The Tribune, Rupanjali said that she was yet to receive the formal orders. “I will be joining at Ludhiana after I get the orders,” she said.

MC commissioner Ajoy Kumar Sinha, also an IAS officer, is presently attending a two -month long mid-career training programme (level four) at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, since August and Jaggi, a PCS officer, has been working as the officiating MC commissioner. Senior officials in local bodies department said that after Jaggi joined as SDM, Moga, Rupanjali Kalsia would be the officiating MC commissioner.

Other appointments

Davinder Singh, who was posted as deputy director, local bodies, Ludhiana, has been posted as assistant commissioner (grievances) at Faridkot, while Babita, presently posted as SDM Jalandhar, has been posted in his place.

Neeru Katyal, presently posted as SDM, Payal, has now been posted as SDM Nawashehar.



Bomb threat calls keep cops on tenterhooks
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 2
Hoax bomb calls made by an unidentified person kept the local police on its toes on Sunday. With many city residents celebrating the Navratra festival several senior police officials along with station house officers were dispatched to conduct thorough checks at the two locations - the Daresi grounds and the Richmount Marriage Palace on the Chandigarh Road - where the caller had claimed the “bombs” had been planted.

According to reports, the police suspects the prank calls were made by a "dejected lover” whose “beloved” was getting married at the wedding banquet hall today. The members of the wedding party also panicked when they heard of the bomb scare at the venue. However, the situation was back to normal once the cops assured them no bomb had been found at the two places.

Two senior police officials along with seven or eight SHOs and a bomb disposal squad were deployed to conduct an intensive search at both the Daresi grounds and the banquet hall.

An SHO on duty said on condition of anonymity: "As the ‘Ram Lila’ plays are held at the grounds every year, even police officials got worried after receiving the calls by an unidentified suspect. The bomb disposal squad along with police cops searched the grounds and nearby places thoroughly but nothing was found. It has been fourth such hoax call made by unidentified callers, which has created nuisance. Even commandoes have been put-on duty to keep a check on anti-social elements". When contacted deputy police commissioner Ashish Choudhry confirmed the police received the calls about bombs planted at two different places in the city. "However, they turned out to be hoax calls as we didn’t find any bomb. We’re trying to locate the unidentified caller”, he added.

In the past one month many such hoax calls have been mades. First it was the Greenland School near the Jalandhar bypass, and then it was the Subhani building.



Officials play ping-pong over cave-in
Both civic body and sewerage board blame the other for the incident
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

A Truck stuck in a road cave-in at Ishar Nagar in Ludhiana on Sunday.
A Truck stuck in a road cave-in at Ishar Nagar in Ludhiana on Sunday. tribune photo: himanshu mahajan

Ludhiana, October 2
A road under construction has caved in at Ishar Nagar here. Municipal corporation (MC) officials claimed that they had nothing to do with the incident as they were not constructing any road in the area, but sewerage board officials stated that a road was being constructed by the MC on the newly laid sewers.

The sewerage board had recently completed the laying of sewers at Ishar Nagar, near Gill village. Though the sewers were still not operational, the MC had started constructing a road on these as well as water supply lines. Two layers of stone had already been laid on the road.

MC officiating Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi claimed that the MC was not carrying out any road-laying work in the area. “As per rules, whenever new sewers are is laid in an area, the MC has to wait for at least six months before laying a road. Here also, we did not start laying the road. The cave-in took place because sewerage board officials were checking the newly laid sewers for leakage. They might have covered the sewers with a layer of sand,” he stated.

When Jaggi was reminded that two layers of stone had been laid on the road, he said, “You can check with Executive Engineer HS Khosa. I do not have any knowledge of the matter.” Khosa could not be contacted as his mobile phone was switched off.

Gurtej Singh, junior engineer with the sewerage board, said they had recently laid sewers at Ishar Nagar. “When this work was going on, water supply lines were closed. These pipes might have got damaged when we were laying sewers in the area. Two days back, we started operating the tubewell in the area. There was leakage in water supply lines and that was why the road cave-in took place,” he elaborated.

A resident of the area and RTI activist Kuldeep Singh Khaira claimed that he had warned senior MC officials in August about irregularities in the construction of the main road at Ishar Nagar. No one paid heed to his complaint and that was why the cave-in took place, he alleged.

Khaira pointed out in his complaint to Khosa on August 16, “Engineers with the MC neither conducted the mandatory soil tests, nor did they wait for one monsoon to pass so that the soil could be compacted. The contractor did not level the soil and paved the first layer of stone on about half the road stretch without waiting for soil consolidation. He left the road to be compacted by vehicles of residents and did not maintain the level of stone.”



What’s new about it? Stale news!
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 2
Two trucks and a car got stuck today after the road caved in, but this was not the first time that a road cave-in took place in the city.

A truck driver lost his life after his vehicle fell in a crater formed due to road cave-in at Civil Lines on August 13. One person was also injured in this incident.

The same day, a large portion of a road around the Ludhiana City Centre at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar was washed away due to rain. Two incidents of cave-in took place on the Pakhowal road alone recently.

Ishar Nagar residents had been saying there had been many irregularities in the construction of the road, but all their appeals seemed to be falling on deaf ears.

A resident of the area, Kuldeep Singh Khaira, said a car got stuck today. There were four persons in the car. They managed to get their car out after some time and left. He added that a truck carrying stone and a tempo also got stuck.

A stretch of the Pakhowal road caved in near the Nehru Siddhant Kendra on August 22 and another near Vikas Nagar on September 19.

A portion of the road opposite Maharaja Regency Hotel on the Ferozepur road caved in on June 25. This was the second time a crater was formed at that place after June 17.



Daresi on a high — 80-ft Ravana effigy
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

An effigy of Ravana being prepared by Agra-based artists at the Daresi ground in Ludhiana.
An effigy of Ravana being prepared by Agra-based artists at the Daresi ground in Ludhiana. photo: inderjeet verma

Ludhiana, October 2
With only three days left for the Dusshera festival, artists from various towns in Uttar Pradesh are busy preparing effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkaran and Meghnatth. Work is also on at full swing at the historical Daresi ground, where the city’s tallest Ravana effigy with a height of 80 feet will be installed.

Talking to The Tribune Akeel Khan, an artist from Agra, said: "Ravana's effigy will be burnt by pressing a button on a remote control. For burning each of his ten heads a separate button will be pressed. And the centre of attraction will be his big head where 120 fireworks will be released in different directions. His eyes and mouth will start splitting out fire as soon as the button on the remote is pressed, so it’ll be worthwhile seeing the scene. And the umbrella installed on the effigy’s head will keep revolving till it burns completely. And a circle being carried by the effigy in one hand will also keep revolving”.

The effigies of Kumbhkaran and Meghnath will each be 55 feet tall." We’re eleven artists and have been in the city for over 20 days to prepare these effigies. We’ll get Rs 1 lakh for all our hard work”, said Shakeel Khan, another artist.

Said another artist: “We’ve also received an order to prepare effigies, which will be about 55 feet tall, in the city’s Upkar Nagar locality. We’re preparing another effigy for a local Ramlila committee near the bus station, but it’ll be only 35 feet tall."

Ravana’s effigy is expected to be burnt on Dussehra at over a score more places in the city.



City Residents on a shopping spree

Parking blues!

Due to festive season, the markets are all jam-packed with residents these days. And for women who have no dearth of money, shopping is the best pass-time, especially during festivals. A young woman in her late 20s parked her car in a haphazard manner at Ghumar Mandi on Saturday evening. The traffic-cop on duty asked the woman to take the car elsewhere as it was a no parking zone. The woman said, "Sir, I am on nine-days' fast. It was so difficult for me to even drive the car but I had to buy vegetables and fruits so I came here. I will move the car within 10 minutes after buying the vegetables". The traffic cop asked her to remove the car within 10 minutes. But even after one hour, when the car was not removed, the cop stood near the car. Now the woman came loaded with poly bags of footwear, dress-material. She tried not to talk to the policeman. But he said, "Madam, it is believed that one must not tell lies during fasts. Look at the bags you have purchased, almost everything. Just in order to park your cars, you told lies!" The poor woman had no answer to it!


As the festival of Dasehra is on the anvil, artists from Agra, Muzaffar Nagar etc are busy making effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkaran and Meghnath. On asking as to how much work was pending, one of the artists simply replied, "Meghnath ko khada kar diya hai. Ravana and Kumbhkaran are in the making."

Putting the cart before the horse

Even as the assembly elections in the state are a couple of months away, and quite a few contenders from different political parties are pushing themselves, albeit in a subtle manner like holding rallies, meetings, interaction with the people or taking up projects for public welfare. The actual process for shortlisting and final allocation of party tickets, normally taken up long after the formal announcement of elections and just before the poll process commences, is still very far away. But at least one over enthusiastic green horn in politics has gone ahead declaring himself the Congress candidate from Ludhiana Atam Nagar Assembly constituency. With no political experience, this self proclaimed candidate and son of a former cabinet minister, has splashed advertisements in several newspapers giving his background in an elaborate manner. Whether the senior party leaders read the announcement or not is a different issue but the text did provide comic relief to the readers.


Girls, as they say, are conscious of their looks. They always want to look perfect, be it a college function or regular days. This scene was witnessed outside a girls college in the Ghumar Mandi area, where two smartly dressed girls wearing Punjabi suits, were seen making the last minute efforts to look smarter than their friends. One was busy combing her hair, while her friend was busy wearing a perfume. A boy standing opposite the college, who was witnessing the entire incident, was quick to say, "As compared to boys, girls are most conscious about their looks. Maybe that is why, they look way better than us," he said smilingly.

Contributed by Shivani Bhakoo, Anupam Bhagria, Kuldip Bhatia and Puneet Pal Singh Gill



‘Gandhi’s principles more relevant in present time’
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 2
Tributes were paid to Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary at a prayer meeting organised by the District Congress Committee (DCC) at the Congress Bhawan here today.

DCC president Pawan Diwan while presiding over the function said if India was free and progressing, it was because of the sacrifices of the great leaders like Gandhi, who had given a new concept of non-violence to the world even while fighting against the mighty British empire. “Gandhi also laid the foundation for a secular and integrated country by taking along people of all religions, caste and creed in the course of long-drawn fight for independence.”

The District Youth Congress and Mahila Congress jointly celebrated Gandhi Jayanti and birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri here today. Led by Dimple Rana and Leena Taparia, the party workers paid floral tributes at the portraits of Father of the Nation and Shastri. Later, the Congressmen marched to Mata Rani chowk and garlanded the statue of Mahatma Gandhi.

Rana said Gandhi led the freedom struggle from the front and fought against the tyrannical British rulers with his weapon of non-violence. “Principles of peace, non-violence, tolerance, truth and mutual trust followed by Gandhi are even more relevant in the present time,” he added.

In Dr Ambedkar Nagar under the Atam Nagar assembly segment, a “prabhat pheri” was taken out to mark the day. Former president of the District Congress Committee Krishan Kumar Bawa, who led the gathering to pay homage to the Father of the Nation, exhorted people to work for the restoration of world peace by following the principles of non-violence. Bawa said such “prabhat pheris” would be taken out in all 11 wards with the objective of taking policies of the Congress to the people while at the same time exposing misdeeds of the SAD-BJP government.

Activists of the Rising Youth Association paid rich tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on their birth anniversaries here today. Elaborating the cherished ideals of Mahatma Gandhi, president of the NGO Gurinder Chahal said non-violence and compassion were two sides of the same coin. “The world will forever remember Mahatma Gandhi for promoting universal peace, harmony and brotherhood among all communities and nations through his philosophy of truth, non-violence and tolerance.

‘A noble soul’
Ashok Kaura

Phillaur, October 2
Hundreds of Congressmen led by former minister Santokh Singh Chaudhary today took a pledge to follow the path of non-violence.

Paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation, near his samadhi at the banks of Sutlej river, they termed him a noble soul.

Among others present included Makhan Singh Khaira, president, block Congress, Amarjit Kaur, president, mahila Congress, Paramjit Kaur, president, mahila Congress, Phillaur, Jaspal Jassi, MC, Balak Ram, MC, Vijay Billa, MC, Narinder Goel, former president, MC, Phillaur, Lala Kishan Lal, Pt Naresh Kumar, Surinder Kumar tokyo, president, Brahmin Welfare Association, Phillaur, Jathedar Jasbir Singh, Surinder S Dosanjh, Gurdev Singh, Madan Lal Khosla, Jaspreet Singh Mankoo, general secretary, DYC, Jalandhar, Jamsher S shera, president, DYC, Rurka block, and Jimmy Punj, secretary, DYC, Goraya.



Schoolkids heading off on foreign trips
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 2
Children will have more nostalgic recollections of their schooldays when they grow up with more city schools now taking their students on trips to faroff places in the country and even abroad, something that was earlier associated only with colleges.

Students of Sat Paul Mittal Public School left on a week-long visit that takes in Bombay and Gôa while last year they went to a tour of Singapore and Malaysia. During the summer vacation BCM Arya Model School students went to Canada while those of KVM School went on a trip to the United States.

“Adventure” trips are also now becoming a regular for students where they partake in activities like rock climbing, trekking and Burma bridge camping along with having fun with schoolmates.

Supreet, a class 9 student, loved crossing the Burma Bridge and rock climbing in the mountains of Uttarakhand while Anuj Arora, studying in the same class, enjoyed climbing the mountains. "The best part of the activities was that we could do what we thought we couldn’t do. We were told if we prepare ourselves for the challenges of life head on we can overcome anything," said Anuj.

"The best part was setting up our own tents in the camps. Doing everything on our own and living in those surroundings made me more fearless," says another student.

"Educational tours provide good exposure to school students as they participate in many group activities. They are asked to make scrapbooks to preserve memories of all their experiences," said Bhupinder Gogia, principal of Sat Paul Mittal School.



They say it best, when they say nothing at all
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Members of the Ludhiana Deaf Friendship Club interact with one another at the SCD Government College on Sunday.
Members of the Ludhiana Deaf Friendship Club interact with one another at the SCD Government College on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, October 2
At SCD Government College, there is a class where students gather, discuss, interact and learn everything quietly using the sign language.

Around 60 members of the Ludhiana Deaf Friendship Club gather for about three hours every week at the college for a class where they learn the sign language, English and general awareness. The club came into existence in 2004 after collaborating with The Deaf Way.

It was founded by five members, including Rishabh Ninawat, Vikram Malhotra, Rishabh Shad Singh, Jetal Ramyaina and Roopa Ramyaina to provide the hearing impaired a platform to educate themselves, interact and help one another.

In an interaction with Rishabh, who teaches, he writes, “The school is not good and all teachers are not good.” So they started teaching and learning together. They get together with the hearing impaired from Patiala, Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Delhi.

“Learning the sign language is a must to develop the confidence of the hearing impaired. If they learn the Indian sign language, they can interact with anyone who knows the language,” writes Vikram Malhotra, member of the club.

“We don't charge money from anybody. We welcome and encourage everyone to join us. We are happy to teach the sign language,” writes Rishabh.

Era Walton, coordinator at The Deaf Way Foundation, said these classes empowered them to learn, know their rights and save themselves from any kind of abuse. They can discuss their problems and interact freely.”

“Differently abled, including the hearing impaired, are considered a stigma in our society. If someone in the family is born with this disability, people try to hide it,” she said. “But in the US, parents who come to know about disability, everyone in the family learns the sign language so that by the time the child is six-month-old, they can educate and communicate with him or her properly. Even those, who can hear, learn the sign language there.”

“Many people ask me how can they help the hearing impaired. I say the first step for helping such people is to learn the sign language. They can interact with anyone who can use this language freely,” she said.

Writing about their interaction, Rishabh writes, “We are very happy.” He added with a smile, “We are very proud to learn and teach.” 



Caught in crossfire, feel textile workers
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 2
In the ongoing tussle between “leaders” of the textile workers' union and textile manufacturers', hundreds of workers are being made a scapegoat.

The so-called leaders, who “struggle” for the rights of the union workers, instead, get a regular monthly amount from workers for getting their “issues settled” with the labour department and their employers. Since their union is not a registered body, nobody has any record of the money collected by the leaders.

Slips issued to the textile workers by their union leaders.
Slips issued to the textile workers by their union leaders. A Tribune photograph

Narayan Das, (name changed), a worker, said for the past 10 days, he had not been able to go to work. “The leaders ask us to boycott factories. But how will I survive like this? I have a huge family back home at Uttar Pradesh, which depends on me. The union leaders claim to be fighting for our rights, but we have not received anything for the past 10 days. I have not been able to earn anything. Neither the labour department, nor the employers have showed any eagerness to listen to our demands. I am spending my last month’s savings,” lamented the worker.

Another worker said since their union was not a registered body, they did not have any record of savings/spendings. “The union leaders get a monthly amount from us. The amount varies between Rs 10 and Rs 50 from each worker (monthly basis). Though they claim to have spent the entire amount on settling our issues, we have no record to check their claims. We don’t mind giving Rs 10 to Rs 20 to leaders but they must put in sincere efforts for our betterment,” said the worker.

Meanwhile, the Textile Mazdoor Union has announced to intensify agitation from tomorrow. Rajwinder, convener of the union, said they would hold a massive protest outside the labour department here. “Increased wages, ESI card, bonus, identity card, regularisation of contract and leave allowance are the long pending demands of workers, which need to be fulfilled at the earliest. We are all fed up with the exploitation,” said Rajwinder.

When asked whether the union leaders took monthly amount from workers, Rajwinder said no worker was forced to give anything to the union, it was a voluntary gesture. “We don't ask for anything. They put in their share for the betterment of the community. Anyone can get the record of money deposited. It is the employers, who want to divide and rule. They instigate workers against their leaders because of vested interests. But such tactics cannot bother us,” said Rajwinder.

Shakti Jaggi, president, Textile Association, here said many workers wanted to rejoin their duties, but they were being threatened by the leaders. “We have requested the police and district administration to check the credentials of workers, but to no avail. Last agreement took place on September 30, 2010, and it was valid till September 30, 2011, but they went on a strike on September 21 itself. These are just pressure tactics in the peak season,” said Jaggi. 



Trust provides 5-star luxury to elderly
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, October 2
“Heavenly Palace”, a senior citizen care centre run by the Dream and Beauty Charitable Trust on the Rampur road, near here, has turned out be a real haven for the elderly who have nowhere to go.

The palace features 400 fully furnished rooms equipped with refrigerators, LCD televisions, central air-conditioning and bathrooms.

Aiming to to provide service and comfort to the elderly, the palace provides 5-star comfort and ambience.

The home is equipped with a steam-cooking kitchen, a dining hall with a capacity to seat 400 residents, and an ancillary hospital.

The palace also has a yoga centre and an auditorium that can seat 400 persons, a comprehensive library, and a fully-furnished common hall for indoor games, watching television, surfing the Internet, playing cards, chess, etc.

It is the brainchild of Anil Kumar Monga, chairman, Dream and Beauty Charitable Trust, who asserts: “The main purpose of this old age home is to provide health and happiness to those who are deprived of it, especially at a stage where one yearns for company, help and moral support.”

“I have not taken any help from the government. My friends, both in India and abroad, have assisted me in realising this dream,” he claims.

“Another project to be initiated shortly is ‘Divine Dreams - A home for Abandoned Children’. We wish to alleviate the suffering of the under-privileged children by helping them lead a dignified life,” he adds.

The palace encompasses an area of 70,000 sq yds, sub-divided into three blocks. Each block consists of two elevators, ramps and 200 double occupancy rooms.

“The 400 fully-furnished rooms, each equipped with an attached bathroom, form a complete home for the elderly, hailing both from the rural and the urban areas, who have become totally dependent on others for their economic and emotional needs,” Monga says.

“The trust provides food to hungry people, education to the poor and the needy, and medical aid to the deprived section of society. We had begun with ‘Braham Bhog-Hunger Alleviation’ way back in 1977 at Samrala Chowk, Ludhiana. The aim was to provide food to hungry people. In all, 60 lakh people have been provided with food in this bhog. We then started a health care institute, Karma Hospital, to provide medication to the needy. Another project ‘Margdarshan - an educational and livelihood programme for youth’ has been started by the trust in order to educate the younger generation and forbid them from going astray at the crucial stage of their lives,” he adds.



A lot for women at ‘Festival of Lights’ exhibition
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 2
The two-day “Festival of Lights”, an exhibition of fashion, home décor and accessories, concluded at Park Plaza today.

Fashion designers and lifestyle brands from various parts of the country including Kolkata, Moradabad, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Delhi, Hisar and Ludhiana converged here for the exhibition. More than 63 display-stalls had jewellery, home-décor, fashion clothing and various kinds of fashion accessories on display.

A stall had on display products made by mentally challenged children from Nirdosh, an NGO.Candles, diyas, paper bags, rangoli colours, cards that were made by them were on display at nominal prices of Rs 25 to Rs 100.

The exhibition had all kinds of products to cater to varied tastes of women. Fancy footwear, fashionable gowns, the elegant suits, home décor products, jewellery and stuff for children as well.

Tanu Vohra, who has a showroom in the city, said that she had displayed suits and gowns for the coming season at her stall.

"The exhibition is good. There aren't any big brands, but one can buy many accessories of their choice," said Kavita Joshi, a resident of Kitchlu Nagar. 



Artificial limbs given to 52 persons
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 2
The Bharat Vikas Parishad Charitable Trust distributed free artificial limbs, callipers, tricycles, wheel chair and hearing aids among as many as 52 physically challenged persons. The camp was sponsored by the Ludhiana Invincible Round Table 202.

ADC(D) Pardeep Kumar Aggarwal was the chief guest. He appreciated efforts of the NGO. Suraj Jyoti, secretary of Bharat Vikas Parishad Charitable Trust, said, “Till now the trust has provided artificial limbs to more than 35,700 needy persons.”



Dandiya night at Satluj Club
Tribune News Service

A girl performs dandiya in Ludhiana.Ludhiana, October 2
A dandiya night was celebrated at the Satluj Club where a huge stage and tents were set up for the dance troupe to perform on the popular Bollywood dandiya songs.

Food especially prepared for the Navratras were served. Most of the members revelled in celebrations and performed dandiya with their spouses.

Surprise gifts and prizes were given to the participants and club members, while winners of tambola won Blackberry mobile, gold earrings, and microwave oven along with dinner sets were given to those who bagged the top three prizes.

A girl performs dandiya in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan



Protest march by health workers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 2
The Berozgar Multipurpose Health Workers Union today took out a protest march from the Civil Hospital to the residence of Health and Family Welfare Minister Satpal Gosain.

State president of the union Surjeet Singh said the Punjab government’s apathetic attitude towards their demands was disappointing. He said, “A number of posts are lying vacant in the department and the government should fill these at the earliest.”

Meanwhile, when the agitated union members started their protest march from Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital, they were stopped by the police. Barricades were also put up there. When the union members were about to reach Kidwai Nagar near the residence of Health Minister, Ramesh Bangar, president of the Active Anti-Corruption Group, urged them not to stage a dharna near the residence of Gosain as it would put residents to inconvenience. He requested them to sit in a park at Kidwai Nagar to which they agreed.

While the Multipurpose Health Workers Union (women) ended their hunger strike yesterday which started on September 22. Health and Family Welfare Minister Satpal Gosain said he would look into the matter.



Gosain asks striking health staff to resume work
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 2
Punjab Health & Family Welfare Minister Satpal Gosain has appealed to striking health department employees to report to work by October 6. Talking to reporters at the inauguration of a Voluntary Blood Donation Day function in the city on Sunday, he said: "Health department employees who have been on strike for the past 25 days should return to work by October 6. If they don’t action will be taken against them on the principle of ‘no work no pay’”.

“I’ve been trying to accommodate the employees’ demands in a sympathetic manner. Some of them have been posted under schemes floated by the central government that underwrites 85 per cent of the funding with the rest borne by the Punjab government. I’ve taken up their demands with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and also set up a committee of three senior department officials to discuss the matter with the central government. We’ve hired 1,800 permanent employees in the span of three and a half months”, Gosain added.



Not caring much about norms
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Shopkeepers have encroached upon land outside their shops in Field Gunj area; (right) two-wheelers parked on a road in the scooter market; and (below) vehicles pass through a congested road in Ghumar Mandi.
Shopkeepers have encroached upon land outside their shops in Field Gunj area; (right) two-wheelers parked on a road in the scooter market; and (below) vehicles pass through a congested road in Ghumar Mandi. Tribune photos: himanshu mahajan



District Scan

Undisbursed grants

District Welfare Officer Rajinder Kumar has said that some cases of shagun grant of Rs 15,000 sanctioned to economically weaker families and those belonging to scheduled castes during December 2009 to March 31, 2011m for the marriage of girls, were lying undisbursed due to non-availability of details of the bank accounts of the beneficiaries. The beneficiaries have been asked to produce photocopies of passbook of their bank account with any nationalsied bank along with the IFC code of the bank with the office of the welfare department so that the amount of the Shagun Scheme could be disbursed. He said now the details of the bank account were being obtained at the time of application on the stipulated proforma and 830 applications received after March 31, 2011 had been disposed of.


The Punjab government has nomintaed Pritpal Singh, state president of Employees Cell of BJP, as the vice-chairman of the Punjab Mulazam Bhalai Board. While expressing his gratitude to the state BJP leadership for setting up this board and nominating representatives of the employees as its functionaries, he said he would work to the best of his ability for the welfare of employees and take up their genuine grievances with the state government at the appropriate level.

Hounslow Mayor honoured

The International Punjabi Cultural Society and National Art and Literature Society organised a joint felicitation function to honour Amritpal Singh Mann, a Ludhiana-born Punjabi, who has been elected mayor of Lonodn Borough of Hounslow in UK. Mann is on a fortnight-long visit to his native town.

GADVASU prof passes away

Dr Jagir Singh (48), a noted veterinary gynaecologist at the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Science University, here passed away on Saturday following a massive heart attack. Having received his master and doctorate degress from PAU, he was honoured with post-doctoral Commonwealth fellowship at the University of Liverpool, UK. During his 21-year-long teaching career, he participated in nine international conferences, 20 national conferences / seminars, and had 12 awards to his credit. Singh had published about 250 papers, including 80 research papers and two books.


The Anti Corruption Front on Sunday held a seminar on "Ending up corruption" at Pensioners Bhawan. Surat Singh Khalsa,convenor of the front, along with other speakers, addressed the gathering on the issue of corruotion. — Tribune reporters



Harnoor, Yashi stand out in table tennis
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, October 2
Harnoor Singh and Yashi stole the limelight adding one title each to their kitty in the 22nd Prithipal Singh Memorial Open Table Tennis Tournament that concluded at Punjab Agricultural University here today.

Yesterday, Harnoor Singh, a student of DCM Presidency School won the sub-junior title while Yashi clinched the top honours in the cadet girls group.

And today, Harnoor bagged the title in the junior boys section when he outclassed Shubham Grover of Alpine International School while Yashi defeated Kanika of Alpine International School to clinch the title in the sub-junior girls singles.

In the men’s singles section, Manpreet Singh overpowered Dharminder in four sets 11-8, 7-11, 11-9 and 11-6.

In the women’s final, Nirdosh Sood of Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Gujjarkhan Campus, Model Town, Ludhiana, was made to toil hard by her opponent Dhriti before wrapping up the cliff-hanger.

Nirdosh won the first set 11-9 but lost the next one 7-11 to read it one-all. In the third set, Nirdosh again earned a lead winning it 11-8. However, she squandered away the advantage as Dhriti won the fourth game 11-6 to level the score (2-2). The fifth set witnessed a battle of nerves in which Nirdosh came out winner 11-8 and also emerged as champion.

However, Dhriti had a reason to rejoice as she beat Amol of DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, Ludhiana, 11-7, 11-9 and 11-4 to lift the trophy in the junior girls section.

Tejvinder Singh of Big Ban Exports distributed the prizes. Jaspreet Kaur, daughter of former Olympian Prithipal Singh was among others who attended the prize distribution function.



Shavinder annexes gold in boxing
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, October 2
Shavinder Kaur, an upcoming boxer, and a trainee of the Sher-e-Punjab Sports Academy, Chakar village, Jagraon, hogged limelight as she annexed a gold medal in the seventh Youth National Boxing Championship organised by the Indian Boxing Federation from September 24 to 29 in Patiala. Participants of international repute competed in this meet and Shavinder came out triumphant.

In the 51kg weight category, Shavinder proved too good for her rivals and eventually emerged as champion. After recording facile victories in the league phase, Shavinder reached quarterfinals, where she outwitted Jyoti from Uttarakhand.

In the semifinals, Shavinder faced an uphill task as her opponent was an international boxer Priya from the neighbouring state, Haryana. Shavinder fought valiantly to rattle her experienced rival. She won the verdict 6-3.

Continuing the winning streak, Shavinder got the better of N Annapurna from Andhra Pradesh in the final to win a gold medal. Another boxer of the academy, Parminder Kaur tumbled down against international Surja Devibala from Manipur and had to content with a silver medal.

On the basis of their performance in Patiala, Shavinder and Parminder Kaur were selected to attend national coaching camp for the preparation of forthcoming international boxing meet.

Both these boxers were honoured yesterday on their arrival at Chakar village. Ajmer Singh Sidhu, chairman of the Sher-e-Punjab Sports Academy, along with Prof Balwant Singh Sandhu, general secretary, Lala Lajpat Rai College, Ajitwal, Dr Harjot Kamal Singh and Sarpanch Harchand Singh, was present there to congratulate the players.



Khalsa College eves emerge cricket champs
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, October 2
Parveen Khan excelled with bat and ball (82 runs and 2 for 16) to guide Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, to a 160-run victory against Panjab University Campus, Chandigarh, in the final of the Panjab University Inter-College Cricket Championship for Women held in Chandigarh yesterday.

Khalsa College, Ludhiana, won the toss and chose to bat. They scored 242 runs with the main contributions coming through Parveen Khan (82 not out), Ruby (24), Jaskaran Kaur (24) and Baljinder Kaur (16).

For the PU Campus, Chandigarh, Shivani and Nidhi grabbed two and one wicket, respectively after conceding 65 and 40 runs. In reply, PU Campus were bowled out for 86 runs in 40 overs. Only Nidhi (40) could fight back.

For the winners, Mandeep Kaur was the pick of the bowlers who scalped four victims for seven runs, while Jasbir Kaur claimed two for 14 and Parveen Khan captured two for 16.



Talwinderjit guides LBA to victory
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, October 2
Talwinderjit Singh excelled and contributed 25 points to guide the Ludhiana Basketball Academy (LBA) to a comfortable 72-36 win over DMW, Patiala, in the annual Punjab Basketball League being held at Gure village, near here, today. The league is being organised in memory of Arjuna awardee Gurdial Singh Malhi.

Top basketball outfits of the region are taking part in the tournament.

The LBA players proved their class and outperformed their rivals in every department of the game to romp home victors comprehensively. Talwinderjit Singh was ably assisted by Amritpal Singh and Amayjot Singh, who chipped in with 25 and 20 points, respectively.

In another match, Punjab Juniors overcame stiff resistance from the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), Bathinda, whom they outplayed 64-60 after trailing by four points (27-31) at half time.



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