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Civic body provides clean passage to sukhbir Badal
While neglects many areas with huge piles of garbage
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) went into a cleanliness overdrive on the city roads where Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had to travel today, but huge piles of garbage remained the order of the day in other parts of the city. This despite the fact that this was the second consecutive day for Sukhbir in the city, while his father, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, was also here on Sunday and Monday.

Even though the roads from where Sukhbir travelled were given a cleaner look, the state of affairs on the rest of the city roads remained at God’s mercy.

Due to the statewide strike of safai karamcharis, the city had become a virtual hell. The city generates 900 metric tonnes of garbage and one can very well imagine the state of affairs with no lifting all these days.

Now that the strike has ended after the assurance by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday, the lifting of garbage has not started in full throttle. Heaps of garbage are still a common sight on city roads.

Not only this, some safai karamcharis, instead of lifting the garbage, have started burning it, leading to the emission of poisonous gases.

MC officiating commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi, meanwhile, says that the lifting of garbage was going on at the normal pace. “Despite the fact that today is Valmiki Jayanti, which is a holiday, I have asked all MC officials, who are responsible for lifting of garbage, to report on duty. And I am thankful to them that they agreed and are now lifting garbage.”

When reminded that huge piles of garbage were still scattered on roads, Jaggi said, “I understand that some areas still have piles of garbage, but by Thursday, I promise that garbage would be lifted from all parts of the city,” claimed Jaggi.


Vote-bank politics comes to fore
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
Vote-bank politics seems to have taken preference over development, as Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who was in the city today, cancelled his visit to Doraha town because of the last-minute addition of another place to his itinerary, which he visited in the evening.

Badal junior attended a function organised on the occasion of Valmiki Jayanti in the Ghati Mohalla area of the city this evening.

It is learnt that after Valmiki community leader Vijay Danav was made the chairman of the Scheduled Caste Welfare Board, some other leaders from the same community, who are also associated with the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), were feeling sidelined.

So in view of the approaching assembly elections, Sukhbir Singh Badal decided to attend a function organised by another group of Valmiki leaders, including Chaudhary Yashpal, Laxman Dravid, Ashwani Sahota, who had organised a function in the Ghati Mohalla area near Division Number 3, here this evening.

After inaugurating several development projects, Badal was to go to Doraha to lay the foundation stone of another development project. But due to the “pressure” of vote-bank politics, the Deputy Chief Minister decided to cancel his visit and instead attend the Valmiki community’s function.



sukhbir visit
Dy CM raps officials for expressway project delay
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal visited the under construction expressway along the Sidhwan Canal last evening and issued directions to the officials to speed up the work, which is already running late.

On July 18, Sukhbir had announced that the project would be complete by October 1, but a lot of work on the project still remains incomplete.

Sources in the state government said Sukhbir pulled up the Public Works Department (PWD) officials as he wanted the project to be completed before the upcoming Assembly elections.

Accompanied by Cabinet Minister Hira Singh Gabria, Sukhbir visited the ongoing project site and inquired about the reasons for the delay. He also directed the officials to penalise the contractor by slashing the payment made to him.

The foundation stone of the project was laid in 2009.

The Rs 416-crore expressway project envisages construction of a 26.9-km four-lane road with carriageway on each side from Doraha to the Ludhiana-Ferozepur Road, providing a bypass for traffic going to Ferozepur.

Due to lack of coordination between government departments, the irrigation department had released water in the Sidhwan canal in July, resulting in halt of construction work at some places, where the pillars for bridges are yet to be constructed.

A review meeting, presided over by Sukhbir, was held in Chandigarh on July 18.

The Deputy CM had announced that the city would get some relief from the chronic traffic snarl-ups as the left section of the project right from Ludhiana to the Ferozepur Road would be opened to traffic on October 1.

The state government has now set the deadline of February, 2012 for the completion of the project.

The project

The foundation stone for the expressway project was laid in 2009. The Rs 416-crore project envisages construction of a 26.9-km four-lane road with carriageway on each side from Doraha to the Ludhiana-Ferozepur Road, providing a bypass for traffic going to Ferozepur



‘Setting’ house in order
Gabria accompanies Sukhbir to rival’s residence
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
The local Akali leadership seemed to have fallen in line today, with Cabinet Minister Hira Singh Gabria accompanying the Deputy CM, Sukhbir Badal, to his rival leader’s house after being reprimanded by the top Akali leadership.

Sukhbir visited councillor and Youth Akali Dal president Simarjit Singh Bains’ supporter Parminder Singh Soma’s house. Both Gabria and Bains are known political enemies and have been publically accusing one another.

Soma, along with other Akali councillors from the Bains group — Jagbir Singh Sokhi, Kamaljit Singh Karwal and Swarandeep Singh Chahal — had even addressed a press conference against Gabria on July 16.

They had accused Gabria of indulging in corruption in the garb of carrying out development works.

Parminder Singh Soma, councillor from ward No. 68, had accused Gabria of interfering in his ward’s works and taking claim of projects initiated by him.

However, Gabria accompanied Sukhbir during latter’s visit to Soma’s house today. Bains and his elder brother Balwinder Singh Bains, SGPC member, were also present there.

While both Gabria and Bains sat on the same sofa, Balwinder Singh was seated alongside Gabria on another sofa.

A party leader said both Gabria and Bains, however, did not speak to one another.

When Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had addressed a rally in support of Balwinder Singh Bains during the SGPC elections recently, Gabria had stayed away from it stating that he did not want to get insulted by going there.

“What if I was not offered a seat on the stage? I was not even invited to the rally by the candidate,” he had then said.



Officials kept waiting as efforts come to naught
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, October 11
The last-minute change in Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal’s itinerary not only left many disappointed but also caused inconvenience to a large number of officials as well as residents here today. The Deputy Chief Minister was scheduled to lay the foundation stones for a water treatment plant and the southern bypass road here.

The Akali leaders and workers who had been planning to welcome Badal Junior amid much fanfare by organising a rally before he laid the foundation stones were visibly disappointed as their leader couldn’t make it due to the “paucity of time”.

While the cancellation of the visit could not be confirmed till the last minute, officials of various departments, engaged in the conduct of the functions, remained geared up at the venues till late into the afternoon.

While the police had been on its toes for the past 24 hours, arranging for Sukhbir’s security, GLADA officials had been busy decorating the foundation stone for the inauguration. PWD officials, too, had been bracing for the Deputy CM’s visit.

The biggest disappointment, however, came for municipal council officials who had been making preparations for the visit for the past four days.

“All the preparations made and the time spent have gone in vain. When so many arrangements are to be made, a lot of manpower has to be engaged putting aside other plans. Why can’t the political leaders do one thing at a time rather than put the entire government machinery to inconvenience. The common man is the worst sufferer as they have to bear the brunt of these official visits almost a week before the actual visit happens,” said a resident.

Jagjiwan Pal Singh Gill, a Congress activist, ridiculing the very idea of Akali leader’s visit to the town, said: “When the ruling party leaders visit a place, they should at least have something in hand to count as their achievements in front of people. Sukhbir has nothing to boast of as the current municipal council has done little in terms of development. He cannot muster the courage to face the local residents, who have been given false hopes and nothing else.”

Interestingly, the foundation stone was to be laid near the former Chief Minister Beant Singh’s statue instead of the actual place where the treatment plant was to be set up.

Tejparkash Singh Kotli, former transport minister and local MLA, said: “I was astonished to see preparations being made for laying the foundation stone near my father’s statue, when the water treatment plant was to be set up somewhere else.”

Sukhbir cancels visit

The Deputy Chief Minister, who was scheduled to lay the foundation stones for a water treatment plant and the southern bypass road at Doraha, cancelled his visit at the last minute



Goldsmith stabbed to death
Cousin suffers injuries, six booked
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
A 27-year-old goldsmith was brutally stabbed to death following a heated argument with a group of youths near a municipal corporation park in Salem Tabri last night. His cousin sustained stab injuries in the incident.

The victim has been identified as Jatinder Karwal, a resident of Laxmi Puri in Salem Tabri. The incident took place at around 10.30 pm last night while Jatinder was returning home along with his cousin Narinder Singh Nona after closing the shop.

On their way back home they saw Mohit, brother of Narinder, crying profusely. Mohit told them that a few boys led by Rashem Singh Natt had thrashed him.

They went to the park and entered into a heated argument with Rashem Singh Natt, his brother Gagan Natt, father Ram Singh, Suresh Kumar Sonu and Munna.

They suddenly turned violent and exchanged blows. According to Narinder, Gagan Singh Natt pulled out a dagger and allegedly stabbed Jatinder to death.

“When I tried to save Jatinder; Gagan, Rashem and his accomplices attacked me as well,” said Narinder, who sustained stab injuries on his right arm. The incident took place in public, but no one could muster courage to save Jatinder.

The suspects, who were brandishing weapons, kept on thrashing Narinder and Jatinder, who was lying motionless in a pool of blood. The accused, however, fled from the spot on seeing the cops. Jatinder was rushed to a hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. According to residents, Jatinder internal organs were lying on the road.

“A case under Section 302 and 307 of the IPC has been registered against Rashem Singh, Suresh Kumar, Sonu, Monu, Ram Singh and Gagan Singh Natt. The police has also launched a manhunt to nab the suspects,” SHO Davinder Kumar said.



Recidivists a headache for police
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
Recidivist elements are creating a ruckus in the city. While gang leader Mohani stripped rival gang leader Pawan Kumar Talli and made an MMS, Rashem Singh, a self-proclaimed president of the Arya College for Boys, is on the run after killing a goldsmith in the Salem Tabri area here last night.

The habitual-offenders have become a headache for cops. Talking of recidivist elements, a cop said, “They are playing cat and mouse game with us. We nab them and they again come out of jail on bail and start indulging in anti-social activities,” said cops.

Both Mohani and Resham Singh got bail, but soon after coming out of jail, they started indulging in criminal activities.

Resham Singh remained in jail in an attempt to murder case and was also involved in the Arya College shooting incident in which a student was seriously injured two years ago.

Soon after coming out of jail he again started indulging in anti-social activities.

Police sources said he was also involved in the shootout at SD Kamla Lotia College, that took place in August this year.

He also recreated ruckus at Arya College and was loggerheads with the college authorities. A self-proclaimed president of the student union, which never existed, he burnt

the effigy of the college principal after the latter denied him admission into the college.

The resident said that it was Resham Singh, who prompted his brother to kill Jatinder Karwal , a goldsmith.

“He was aspiring to be a goon of the area and wanted to spread terror. He has no fear of law that is why he killed Jatinder,” said a resident of Salem Tabri.

Mohani, who gained notoriety for creating an MMS of Pawan Kumar Talli, was also out on bail in a murderous assault case.

He abducted Talli and made an MMS of the latter by stripping to create terror in the rival gang.

He was nabbed by the Salem Tabri police a few days ago and a countrymade pistol was recovered from him. Mohani was subsequently booked by the Haibowal police as well.



Tipsy coach suspended
Had misbehaved with District Sports Officer
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
The swimming coach of Bathinda Balwinder Singh was suspended by Director Sports (Punjab) Pargat Singh for allegedly misbehaving with District Sports Officer, Ludhiana, Surjit Singh Sandhu, under the influence of the liquor on Sunday night.

Officials of the district sports department said if the coach himself was drunk, how would he take care of the women players he had brought to make participate in the 37th Punjab State Games for Women at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana.

Narrating the incident, District Sports Officer (DSO), Surjit Singh Sandhu, alleged that on Sunday night, Bathinda Swimming coach Balwinder Singh kept calling him till midnight.

“He used objectionable language and said that he should be provided special treatment as he was a senior coach. He was offended to be accommodated in a room with the other coaches,” said the DSO.

The D SO recorded the 40-minute conversation with the Bathinda coach. The issue was brought to the notice of Pargat Singh, following which disciplinary action was taken against the coach.



18-year-old rescued from Malaysia
Was sold to a family in Kuala Lumpur
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
If girls from Assam are being made to serve as slaves in Punjab, condition of Punjabi girls are no better. They are being forced to work as bonded labourers in Southeast Asian countries. In yet another case of the foreign dream turning sore, an 18-year-old girl was kept as a slave at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia for nearly 10 months.

Back home, following Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, President, Lok Bhalai Party (LBP), intervention Harpreet Kaur, a resident of Lalton village, narrated a gory tale of how she was forced to live in inhuman conditions and tortured by her employer.

“I earnestly request people not to send their children, be it a boy or a girl, to Malaysia as they are being forced to work as slaves there,” said Harpreet Kaur.

While cursing the days her father cracked a deal with an immigration agent of Jhande village, Harpreet Kaur said: “He took me to Malaysia in December 2010 and introduced me to immigration authorities as his niece. He had warned me to utter same words if enquired by immigration authorities.”

“The immigration agent left me in a house of Jiwinder Kaur at Kuala Lumpur. After spending a month there, he returned to India,” added Harpreet Kaur. The departure of travel agent was a prelude to long tale of torture on Harpreet Kaur.

“There were 10 members, including three men, in the family. I was made to clean the house and look after the children. I was thrashed if I committed any mistake. They used to give very little food to eat. I was not allowed to sleep for over four hours. They even tried to throw me into flesh trade, but I refused,” said Harpreet.

“I asked for money after working for over two months. But, they turned down my request. I even requested them to send me back to India. At this, Jiwinder Kaur smiled and told me that I had been sold to them.” Jiwinder threatened to report the matter to the Malaysian police.

“Jiwinder told me that the Malaysian authorities charged 100 ringgit, (Rs 1,150 per day) for overstaying in the county. My poor father Balwinder Singh, who works as a daily wager, could not afford to pay the penalty,” said Harpreet Kaur.

She started working again, but she was denied using phone. All ties back home with her parents were snapped. It was on October 2, she got hold of mobile number of Ramoowalia.

“Fortunately, I attended the phone call. The girl narrated the entire incident to me,” said Ramoowalia.

Avtar Singh Mullapuri was asked to pursue the case. The party mounted pressure on the Indian Embassy in Malaysia. A few Good Samaritans also came forward and helped Harpreet in deportation.

“Fortunately, the girl is back with us. We exerted pressure on the immigration agent for illegally sending the girl Malaysia. As we did not have adequate proofs against the travel agent a compromise was affected and Rs 50,000 was given to Harpreet Kaur,” said Mullapuri, while handing over the cash.



Eat sweets, but with caution
Adulterated “khoya” floods market, health dept yet to tighten its noose
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, October 11
Even though reports on quintals of adulterated “khoya” being seized by authorities of the health departments in Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Saharanpur and a few other cities of North India continue to appear in print and electronic media everyday, the local health department is yet to tighten its noose around the sweet shop owners of the town.

This, despite the fact, that those in this business, have confessed before the authorities that it was to be supplied to sweet shops located in different cities of Punjab, Haryana and New Delhi for preparing sweets to be sold during Diwali.

According to sources, a few local sweet shop owners are preparing and supplying adulterated “khoya’ to make a fast buck and are operating from undisclosed locations to escape departmental action.

Last year, the officials of the health department conducted frequent raids to check the use of adulterated “khoya”. This year, no such raids have been conducted so far. The officials had taken samples from different shops and destroyed those prepared under unhygienic conditions.

The sluggish approach of the health officials has given free hand to people to indulge in this malpractice without any fear. Although, the health department has taken samples of some eatables and sweets from shops and departmental stores in Ludhiana, the areas in its periphery, especially Jagraon, is still out of their reach.



City is 14th largest e-commerce hub
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
eBay India-India’s leading e-commerce marketplace, has in its 2011 census ranked the city as the 14th largest e-commerce hub in the country. B. Muralikrishnan, country manager, eBay India, today unveiled the 4th edition of the annual eBay Census Guide, which documents the key trends in online buying, importing, selling and exporting among Indians in the top 20 e-commerce hubs, 28 states and seven Union Territories. eBay Census also reveals the export and import trends of 189 and 120 countries, respectively.

According to the survey, the top five items bought by Ludhianvis are soaps, gas lighters, visiting card holders, oval sapphires and photo frames. The top five items sold by them are embroidered sarees, LCD panels, computer cabinets, trolley bags and pressure cookers. The top five export items from Ludhiana are pashmina shawls, henna,cricket bats, drums and skipping ropes. The top five brands, which Ludhianvis love to flaunt, are Nokia, Apple, Blackberry, Reebok and LG.

The survey further revealed that women shoppers were increasingly getting addicted to online shopping. They preferred buying cosmetics, jewellery, watches, fashion and fitness equipment online. Over 45 per cent of all purchases were in the lifestyle category. Besides this, gadgets continue to be the most popular choice and contribute to 50 per cent of all purchases.

While Ludhiana is ranked 14th in the list, country’s top five e-commerce hubs are Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Jaipur and Chennai.



Jagraon MC at God’s mercy
Machinery owned by it lying defunct
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 11
The fund-starved local municipal council has left most of the machines owned by it at God’s mercy. Four tractor trolleys, a sewerage-cleaning machine and two water-supplying tanks and a ditch machine are lying defunct in its office. All these barring the ditch machine are non-functioning due to the apathetic attitude of civic officials.

Only one out of four tractors are operational, others got damaged due to the poor maintenance. One can easily gauge the seriousness of the civic officials towards the upkeep of these machinery from the fact that the only functional tractor is gathering dust at the MC office for the past several months. The municipal officials have not even bothered to get the punctured tyre repaired so far.

Besides this, the sewerage-cleaning machine purchased by it at the cost of Rs 5.45 lakh from Bathinda for cleaning the drains has only been used once since in September 2009.

According to sources, most of parts of these machinery have either been stolen by miscreants or sold in black market by a few civic officials. Due to the poor upkeep of tractor trolleys, the municipal council is forced to hire tractors from private operators for lifting garbage from the town.

But, the council stopped doing so after a few councillors objected to it. A few of them even accused Municipal Council’s president, Baldev Krishan Dhir, of misusing the public funds by hiring tractor trolleys on higher rates to benefit a few private operators close to him.

Dhir admitted that most of the machinery was outdated. On being asked about sewerage cleaning machine, which was purchased recently, he said, “The sewerage cleaning machine was used on trial basis once. The machine failed to clean the drains. The cleaning staff refused to use the machine. Thus, it is lying useless since then.”

Apathetic attitude

Only one tractor is operational, while other three got damaged due to the poor maintenance. One can easily gauge the seriousness of civic officials towards the upkeep of these machinery from the fact that the only functional tractor is gathering dust at the MC office for the past several months. The municipal officials have not even bothered to get the punctured tyre repaired so far.



Horizontal, modular layout for houses a fad
Aesthetically pleasing, more economical, requires less maintenance
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
Call it a fad, a trend or change, almost all newly built houses or the ones being built in the city have similar modular architecture or façade. The gates and grills, all have horizontal lining running through as a common theme.

Experts in the city say this kind of horizontal, modular layout is getting popular, as it is aesthetically pleasing and lasting as a trend, require lesser maintenance and is more economical.

As a part of these new designs, most of the houses have large windows. But experts suggest that they should take proper advice before going for the inordinately large fixed windows. A city-based architect, Kanav Khosla advises that sizes of windows should be in proportion with the overall size of the house. “Typically, the size of windows in a room should not be more than 25 per cent of the floor area. And importantly, these windows should not be totally fixed.”

Rooms with large-sized windows require more air-conditioning, which will increase the cost of electricity, though these might seem aesthetically pleasing to some extent,” he says. “These will also call for more maintenance,” he adds.

“Another consideration, according to him, is that the large-sized windows should only be considered if the view from the windows is good. “If you are only going to face the wall, then going for a big window is not a good idea,” he says.

“Actually the new designs being adopted are best suited for the West. These are merely being copied here, but it doesn’t suit the Indian weather conditions,” says architect SS Bains.

“Also there should be a projection of about two feet above the windows to prevent glare and cut out direct sunlight. But if the size of windows is large, a large projection is unviable. So maintenance expenditure would increase,” he advises.

Jagdish Kumar, who got his home built with large windows, says he got his house renovated as these windows give a nice view but the room requires more air-conditioning than before.

“The designer told us that this is the new modern trend, so we gave our nod, not knowing the extra expenditure it brings along.”



Creative writing, photography mark youth fest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
Creative writing and photography competitions were organised as a part of the ongoing Youth Festival at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) today.

Ten students participated in each competition. Themes of the photography competition were “Best of GADVASU”, “Face in the crowd” and “Contrast”, whereas the topics for creative writing were “Relation of human and tree”, “Corruption in politics” and “If I have been God”. Dr Satinder Pal Singh Sangha, DSW, inaugurated today’s session.



karva chauth
City markets teeming with festive shoppers
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

A boy displays decorated earthern pots used in Karva Chauth rituals in Ludhiana
A boy displays decorated earthern pots used in Karva Chauth rituals in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, October 11
Around four lakh people out of the total 16-lakh population (census figures) of the city fall in the “creamy layer” of society. And this section spends lavishly on occasions like Karva Chauth.

Teeming marketplaces and shopping malls in the city are an abundant proof of this. A majority of them comprise women and young girls, who can be seen making purchases for Karva Chauth.

Sonu Neelibar of Neelibar says there has been a huge rush of customers this year. “We shut the shop at 6 pm as we cannot handle the rush. The number of customers has been so high during the past six days that we have struggled to cater to all of them. Those who have never worn suits throughout the year are shopping for traditional outfit. The craze for the event is being seen among married women and unmarried girls alike,” he said.

Owners of beauty parlours and boutiques besides mehandi artistes are overwhelmed by the orders for Karva Chauth.

A huge rush is being witnessed in shopping malls and shops at all leading markets, including Chaura Bazaar, Ghumar Mandi, Model Town, Sarabha Nagar and Mall Road, etc. Buyers prefer to make early purchases to avoid the last-minute rush.

Deepa Sood, a homemaker, says she has already got her new outfit stitched for the event. “Besides, the matching accessories are also ready for the day. The markets are already witnessing a huge rush but things are going to get more chaotic in the days to come,” she quips.

Gopal Das, a mehandi artiste at Ghumar Mandi, says he has received bookings way in advance.

“My team members from Jaipur will join me in a day or two as the rush grows. The festival is the best time of the year when women do not mind spending lavishly. We are charging between Rs 100 and Rs 1,000 per hand and our rates are still competitive as compared to beauty parlours that charge Rs 1,000 for each hand,” he adds.

Dr MS Sidhu, head of the economics and sociology department, PAU, says residents spend in crores during the festival season.

“Such festivals are a treat for those who have no dearth of money. They will spend anything to look their best.”



Experts dwell on technological advancements
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, October 11
An international conference on “Technological and management advancements: Issues and challenges” was organised at the RIMT management campus yesterday.

The conference was inaugurated by Ishu Bhalla, business head Hindustan Times, while RIMT Group chairman Dr Hukam Chand Bansal presided over the conference. In his keynote address, UNDP national coordinator PS Sodhi emphasised that the technological advancement has been a source of efficiency.

Three technical sessions were organised dealing with technology, management, social sciences and education.

Papers were also presented by researchers at the conference.



Declamation contest marks beginning of Chemistry Fest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
To celebrate the International Year of Chemistry-2011 (IYC-2011), a three-day Chemistry Fest-2011 started at BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar, today.

The goal of organising IYC-2011 by UNESCO is to increase public appreciation of chemistry in meeting the world needs, to encourage the interest in the subject among youngsters and to generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry.

The declamation contest was held in which students from about 20 schools participated. The topics for the contest included wonders of chemistry, research in chemistry, its scope 
and future, food adulteration, health hazards chemicals and chemistry for human welfare.

Dr KK Chahal, head of the department of chemistry, PAU, was the chief guest on the opening ceremony of the festival.



valmiki jayanti
‘Punjab committed to welfare of oppressed classes’
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 11
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal reiterated the commitment of the state government for the overall welfare of the oppressed sections of society in line with the philosophy of Maharishi Valmiki so as to create equitable and harmonious society.

Badal participated in a function and shobha yatra organised to mark the Valmiki Jayanti.

The Chief Minister said the government had taken initiatives to ameliorate the life of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes. The SAD-BJP government had focused on addressing the long-pending issues concerning this segment of society, which had been blatantly neglected by the previous Congress government.

He claimed that the state government had been taking greater care of the people belonging to this oppressed section of society and thrust had been laid on ensuring high standard of living of these sections of society. “In order to safeguard the interests of the people belonging to SCs, the government has constituted the State Safai Karamchari Commission and Dalit Development Board so as to assist the state government in making the policies favourable for the growth of these sections.”

Elaborating the steps taken by the government to preserve and maintain religious places of historic background, the Chief Minister stated that the special focus was laid on development of the religious places associated with great gurus and saints.

Prominent amongst others present were former Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha Charanjeet Singh Atwal, cabinet ministers Hira Singh Gabria and Satpal Gosain, vice-chairman State Planning Board Rajinder Bhandari, former MLA Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal and chairman of Dalit Development Board Vijay Danav.



Jagjit’s death mourned
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
A condolence meeting of the International Punjabi Cultural Society was held here in which tributes were paid to ghazal legend Jagjit Singh. Society president Manjit Singh Mehram said the legacy of the King of Ghazal would live on.

Singer Deepika Dheer said he was a great human being and his voice would never die.



Entrance test
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
The Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) has expressed dismay at the state government’s opposition to the single entrance test-National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET)- for the graduate and postgraduate medical courses to be conducted by the Medical Council of India (MCI).

Dr LS Chawla, president, IDPD, said it was the only way to curb malpractices by private medical colleges for admission to MBBS and postgraduate courses.



Rs 2 cr given for development

Ludhiana, October 11
Local Congress MP Manish Tewari after doling out grants worth Rs 40 lakh out of his MP Local Area Development Fund (MPLAD) to several educational institutions and social organisations on Saturday, handed over cheques for Rs 1.5 crore to 75 panchayats falling under the Dakha and Jagraon Assembly segments at Mullanpur.

Claiming that he had distributed development grants worth over Rs 5.18 crore from his MPLAD funds during the past two years, Tewari said he had tried to ensure that the funds were equitably distributed among the deserving organisations. — OC



Women Games
Jalandhar emerge overall champs
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

The Jalandhar team with the overall trophy in Ludhiana on Tuesday
The Jalandhar team with the overall trophy in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, October 11
Jalandhar bagged the overall trophy by pocketing 28 points on the closing day of the Punjab State Women Games 2011-12 at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

Ludhiana finished first runners-up with 21 points, while Sangrur came third with 13 points.

Pargat Singh, Director Sports, Punjab, was the chief guest and gave away the prizes to the winners.

Sohan LAl Lotey, deputy director sports, headquarters, welcomed the chief guest and guests.

A gymnastics show and a cultural programme was also presented after the prize distribution ceremony.

Sangrur clinched gold in volleyball by defeating Muktsar 3-0 (25-22, 25-13, 25-15) in the final. Jalandhar outplayed Ludhiana 3-0 (25-16,25,13,25,17) to win bronze.

The final match of table tennis was a cliff-hanger tie between Amritsar and Jalandhar in which Amritsar emerged winners 3-2. Patiala claimed the bronze medal defeating Ropar 3-2.

Sangrur defeated Jalandhar by two points to grab gold in kho-kho. Ludhiana outplayed Ropar by five points to win the gold medal.

Ropar won gold in handball by defeating Ludhiana 23-21 as Rajwant Kaur was declared best scorer from the winning side for her 15 goals. Patiala got the bronze by defeating Jalandhar 27-21. Supreet Kaur scored nine points for her team.

In kabaddi, Jalandhar pocketed a gold by defeating Ludhiana by 16 points in the final. Ropar and Mansa jointly got the bronze medal.

In basketball, Ludhiana bagged the gold by defeating Kapurthala 59-44, whereas Jalandhar outplayed Amritsar 50-19 to win the bronze.



Doraha school cagers claim top honours
Our Correspondent

Doraha, October 11
Eves of Doraha Public School, Doraha, defeated Saffron City, Sirhind, 9-2 in the under-14 final of the Ludhiana East Sahodaya Basketball Inter-School Tournament that concluded at Doraha Public School here today.

Results: Finals: U-14 girls: Doraha Public School, Doraha, b Saffron City, Sirhind, 9-2; u-19 girls: Doraha Public School, Doraha, b Tagore International, Sahnewal 26-16; U-14 boys: Doraha Public School, Doraha, b GPS, Gobindgarh (27-11); U-19 boys: Doraha Public School, Doraha, b GPS, Gobindgarh 36- 33.

Third position: U-19 girls: Saffron City, Sirhind, b USPC Jain, Ludhiana, 12-0; U-14 boys: Garden Valley, Machhiwara, b USPC Jain, Ludhiana, 16-0; U-19 boys: SKSSPP School, Neelon, b Sacred Heart, Khanna, 29-13.



Sidhwan College blank SDP 10-0
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 11
The four-day Punjab University Inter-College Hockey Tournament for Women began at Khalsa College for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, near here, today.

Seven teams from different colleges are taking part in this tournament. The final match of the tournament will be played on October 14.

The opening match was played between the teams of Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, and PG Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh. The KCW team emerged winners 3-0.

Also, Punjab University Campus, Chandigarh, beat Dashmesh Girls College, in 4-2 in a penalty shootout.

In the last match, the hosts, Khalsa College for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, thrashed SDP College for Women, Ludhiana, 10-0.

The winning teams have booked their berth in the league stage.



World Arthritis Day
Overcoming ailment with grit
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
If the disease Goormeet Singh has been suffering from is rare then the achievements he has made despite all odds are even rarer. While Goormeet was afflicted with reactive juvenile arthritis (RJA) in January, 2007, soon after in August, he developed complex regional pain syndrome and his right hand became non-functional.

However, his strong will power turned his stumbling blocks into stepping stones and he set an example for 

Talking to The Tribune on the eve of World Arthritis Day, Goormeet, who is now pursuing his career in law at Panjab University, Chandigarh, said: “I believe that strong will power and positive thinking can help you overcome any obstacle. I suffered a lot from pain but my doctors, yoga teacher and parents always encouraged me and I scored 92.4 per cent marks in class X and 90.4 per cent marks in humanities in class XII this year. I remained third in the Panjab University’s combined entrance test for law and am currently pursuing my career in law.”

Sheer hardwork and determination are behind all these achievements. “Youngsters of my age enjoy watching television or chatting with each others but I do rigorous exercise and play football to keep my body warm. When I get up in the morning, my whole body gets spastic. I practise yoga for 45 minutes and start my daily chores. In a way, exercise is my lifeline. I practise the same before going to sleep, a half-an-hour exercise. This way I do three hours of exercise every day. And now I find myself fitter than a normal person,” he said:

Goormeet, who wanted to be a doctor, had to change his goal. “When I was in class IX, my right arm went into contracture. It opened after a lot of exercise. The doctor advised that six hours of study at school and four hours of tuition needed for pursuing medicine would be difficult for me. This became as a turning point in my life and I decided to study humanities. I am happy to see my career in law now.”

His father Jasmeet Singh is an investor and mother Navneet Kaur a home-maker.

His father said: “We have only one son but feel very proud of him.”

Dr Aman Sharma, assistant professor of internal medicine at the PGI, and Kiran Saini, yoga teacher at Guru Nanak Public School (where he studied earlier), helped him overcome his ailment.

The Theme

World Arthritis Day is being observed on ‘Move to Improve’. Physical activity is a key self-management strategy for persons with arthritis and is proven to reduce pain and improve function and quality of life. The guidelines recommend that adults, including those with arthritis, engage in 150 minutes or more of at least moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity per week and do muscle-strengthening exercises at least two days per week. Adults with arthritis who cannot meet these recommendations are encouraged to do whatever physical activity they can engage in.

Knee replacement

Knee arthritis is assuming alarming proportions in India with around 15 million people being affected by it. if arthritis restricts work and day-to-day activity, and pain is not relieved by medicines or physiotherapy, then joint replacement is to be considered.

Dr Harpreet S Gill, head, orthopaedics dept, SPS Apollo Hospital



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