Tuesday, September 11, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S



PAU book fails to weed out old pesticides
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 10
In a disturbing revelation, the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), established to guide the farmers about the latest developments in the agriculture, continues to recommend ‘outdated’ pesticides through its literature sold on the campus as well as distributed to the farmers at subsidised rates at the kisan melas.

Not only the recommended pesticides have, over the years, become ineffective, but are no longer available in the market. The outdated pesticides are as old as 10 years in some cases and some of them have been long ago replaced by more effective and stronger pesticides.

While the book ‘Package of practices for crops of Punjab’, which is termed as one of the main publications of the university and is ‘updated’ twice a year, continues to recommend several obsolete pesticides, the farmers are in a quandary as they do not find them in the market and even if they do they remain ineffective.

A study of the book and inquiries from the farmers reveal that there are many brand names in the book which are not available in the market. Some of them, which are recommended in small doses, are ineffective in controlling the pests and much higher doses are required to kill the pests.

Tejbir Singh, narrating his experience, said that there were many brand names recommended which were not available in the market. According to him two brands of pesticides for the control of bollworm on cotton was recommended on page 82 of the ‘Package of practices for crops of Punjab, Kharif -2001’. He said that these two, including Mavrik and Sevin Flo were not available in the market.

Gurpreet Singh Mandiani of Mullanpur Dakha village said that in the absence of the new chemical recommendations the farmers were using any chemicals sold by various shopkeepers to them. He said that for a farmer whatever the scientists wrote was the final thing. But when they went to the pesticide dealers they did not find any such products. ‘‘Finding such an opportunity the shopkeepers start telling the farmers that they should go in for other chemicals which were effective. This all led to the problems of severe attack of a particular pest,’’ said Mr Mandiani.

Mr Mandiani also said that the recommendations also included very low doses of the pesticides which were not effective on the pests. Quoting an instance he said for the control of cotton pests, a dose of 80 ml of Cypermethrin 25 EC was recommended which was not effective at all.

Similarly he said that 160 ml of Deltamethrin 2. 8 EC was ineffective on pests and at least 300-400 ml of the chemical was required to kill the pests. The dose of Fenvalerate 20EC as recommended by the book was 100 ml while the farmers could find results only by using at least 300 ml as one dose.

Some experts in the PAU on the condition of anonymity disclosed that during the meeting to decide the recommendations about the book they had told the authorities to review the whole book a number of times but there were certain bottlenecks that had appeared. They said that the scientists were even enclosing the suggestions with the copy of the book but nothing changed.

Dr J.S. Kolar, Director of Extension Education, said that the PAU had reviewed all recommendations in the package of practices meant for the rabi season. He said that the experts of particular subjects knew better about the doses and brand names and he was just responsible for the compilation of the book.


30 PAU employees found absent
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 10
Nearly 30 employees of various teaching and non-teaching departments of College of Veterinary Science, Punjab Agricultural University, were found absent from their duty after the authorities conducted checks today.

Sources told Ludhiana Tribune that the raiding team, comprising the Director, Agriculture, Dr G.S. Nanda, and the Dean, College of Veterinary Sciences, Dr R.P. Sehgal, reached the college at around 9.15 am and marked 30 employees absent.

The decision whether any action would be taken against them or not is yet to be decided by the PAU as the Dean, Veterinary College, was busy at a meeting till the report was filed.


BHMS students block traffic
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 10
There was chaos on city roads today with traffic jams and road blockades everywhere, in the absence of any traffic regulation following the blockade of the Ludhiana-Ferozepore GT Road outside the mini secretariat by agitating homoeopathic students. Haphazard traffic choked even the lanes and by-lanes with long-route buses, trucks and hundreds of other vehicles on long as well as short routes desperately trying to find a way out of these jams.

For about two hours chaos and confusion prevailed and it took city residents hours to commute short distances of a kilometer or even less.

The six BHMS students who have been on fast unto death since last evening were Munish Mahajan, Roopesh Moudgil, Rajinder Kumar, Sarvesh, Ankush and Navdeep.

The students of two city homoeopathic colleges, Lord Mahavira Homoeopathic College and Sri Guru Nanak Homoeopathic College, have been agitating for the past five days in support to their demands which mainly include the holding of supplementary examination by Baba Farid University, which would henceforth conduct the annual exams of the students undergoing BHMS degree.

The students on dharna turned aggressive when the condition of some students sitting on hunger strike reportedly deteriorated.

Sitting on the dharna, outside local district administration office, commonly referred to as mini secretariat, the students came on to the main road blocking the local as well as inter-city traffic. This included state transport buses.

It was around 1pm that students came on the road. They remained there for about two hours and were persuaded by the district administration to return to their tents.

The traffic was diverted towards National Road, Ghumar Mandi, Maya Nagar and College Road. Schoolchildren had to face tough time due to disrupted traffic. Though Mr Mukhwinder Singh, SHO, Division Number 5, tried to persuade the students to lift the blockade, yet the students remained adamant to their demand.

The students lifted the blockade after the administration assured them that their demands would be taken up with the higher authorities.


MC concerned over illegal hoardings in city
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 10
The Municipal Corporation has taken a serious view of unauthorised hoardings, banners and posters, put up on government buildings, streetlight poles and other common places in the city, in gross violation of directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the relevant laws.

Presiding over a meeting of officials, the MC Commissioner, Dr S.S. Sandhu, observed that while the Punjab and Haryana High Court had imposed a ban on putting up hoardings on national and state highways, the display of banners and sign boards elsewhere was governed by the Punjab Prevention of Defacement of Property Act 1997 and Section 123 of Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, 1976. Under provisions of these Acts, the defaulters were liable for a fine up to Rs 1,000 and an imprisonment of six months or both.

While making an appeal to all social, religious and commercial institutions to desist from putting up unauthorised banners, posters and sign boards on common places, Dr Sandhu cautioned that violations would be sternly dealt with according to law. The respective Zonal Commissioners in the MC, he added, would be personally held responsible for non-compliance.

The meeting was attended by two Additional Commissioners, all zonal commissioners, Executive Engineer (Horticulture) and other MC officials.


Ghalib donates Rs 5 lakh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 10
A Lok Sabha member and vice-president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC), Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib, has donated Rs 5 lakh for various development projects in the Rajguru Nagar area here. He announced this grant at a function organised in his honour by the Rajguru Nagar Welfare Society yesterday.

The function was organised to honour him and the city Mayor, Mr Apinder Singh Grewal. The society lauded the efforts of Mr Grewal in starting the elevated-road project in the city despite resistance from his opponents.

The welfare society patron, Mr K.K. Bawa, the president, Mr S.S. Gill, and a senior member of the society, Mr S.S. Kooner, lauded the contribution of Mr Ghalib in the development of the area. They said he had been effectively raising issues of public interest at various fora.


Undertrials who bask in luxury
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 10
Different rules seem to exist for different undertrials or prisoners of the local central jail, especially if the categorisation is made on the basis of their financial resources.

Thanks to the money power and political influence, certain ‘powerful’ undertrials are living a life of luxury in various well-furnished private hospitals, while the lesser mortals are lying chained to stingy beds at the stinking civil hospital in the city.

Ludhiana Tribune has come across a number of cases in which several undertrials, who neither had the power of money or any other influence, were not getting the necessary treatment, but on the other hand there were a number of individuals who were allegedly feigning serious illness and ‘enjoying’ their undertrial status in private hospitals equipped with all facilities.

While on record, these undertrials were admitted to various private hospitals only after approval from the courts, but the sources revealed that the undertrials had used all their contacts and money to feign illness. Sources said the alleged influence was evident from the fact that the undertrials admitted to various private hospitals were not chained to their beds. They were being kept in air-conditioned rooms and were enjoying television and mobile phone facilities.

Visit the local civil hospital to witness the condition in which other ill undertrial were being kept. Lying semi-naked on stinking beds, the undertrials were always kept under observation. For ensuring security, they were kept chained round the clock to their beds and their meetings with the visitors were also restricted.

On the contrary, Ludhiana Tribune witnessed the luxurious lifestyle of an undertrial, Nirdosh Dhand, at the Mohandai Cancer Hospital, where he is undergoing treatment for the past two months for a spinal injury. This correspondent visited the private room of the undertrial. Neither has he been chained nor the entry of visitors restricted. The undertrial’s room had an AC , a TV and even a mobile phone on which he answered to known numbers only. A number of other undertrials admitted to several other private hospitals in the city are also enjoying similar facilities.

In fact, the case of Nirdosh Dhand is a unique one. As many as nine police officials put on his security, have been suspended for dereliction of duty. They were suspended as they were found guilty of taking monetary favours from the undertrial and allowing him to move out of the hospital. The police changed a number of security men, but the influence continued. As per the latest orders, the police was shifting his security staff every 48 hours. However, the luxuries continue.

While senior police officials in the district were not available for comments, Mr G.S. Sidhu, Superintendent of the Central Jail, said the jail staff was not responsible for the undertrials security or status outside the jail.

Informed sources in the jail, however, alleged that the power of money was influencing some jail staff too. 


MC to check dengue menace
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 10
The Municipal Corporation has chalked out an elaborate campaign to initiate preventive measures against dengue in the wake of reports that several persons have been afflicted with the deadly disease and were admitted to local hospitals.

While maintaining that the MC administration was fully geared up for the prevention of dengue, the Additional Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sharma, told Ludhiana Tribune that the outbreak of the disease was mostly between the months of September and December, which is the breeding season of the larva of the causative agent — Aedes mosquito. The civic body has identified sensitive areas in the city and teams led by sanitary inspectors have been set up with specific allocation of beats.

The city will have regular larvaecidal spray and fogging and it will be ensured that each area does have atleast one fogging every week. The special teams set up for this purpose will also carry kerosene for spraying the same on stagnant water. Mr Sharma, in a meeting with officials of health and sanitation department, reviewed the arrangements for preventive steps against dengue, here today.

Since the aedes mosquito breeds in stagnated clear water, the MC has sought public cooperation in its anti-dengue campaign. Mr Sharma made an appeal to the public to keep a vigil against water stagnation in their surroundings. The water should not be allowed to stagnate in water coolers, air coolers, desert coolers and flower pots and should be changed every day. Similarly, efforts should be made to keep the body covered, said the commissioner.

Mr Sharma said senior officers of the health department in the MC, including himself, would supervise the campaign and the city residents were welcome to get in touch in case of any suggestion or complaint regarding the preventive measures against dengue.

Meanwhile, the Additional Commissioner (R) of the MC, Mr Raminder Singh, said with the active participation of the Bharat Jan Gyan Vigyan Jatha, headed by Dr Arun Mitra, a Ludhiana Citizens Development Society had been set up to seek public participation in improvement of civic amenities.

Addressing a meeting of MC officials and members of voluntary organisations, he said the civic body had drawn elaborate plans for the improvement of environmental conditions in the city. These included plantation of trees, improvement in sanitary conditions, providing clean drinking water and creating necessary infrastructural facilities. He said organisations working for the same objective would be given an open invitation to join the LCDS so that coordinated action could be taken this regard.


Cong leader’s open challenge to Badal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 10
Former minister and vice-president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr Pratap Singh Bajwa, yesterday challenge the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to order a judicial probe into the controversy over the properties allegedly owned by him.

Addressing a press conference here today, Mr Bajwa said, “If Mr Badal is so clean let him order a time bound probe by a sitting judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court into the whole matter.” He pointed out that the Congress had already declared that when it comes to power, it will order a probe by a sitting High Court judge.

The Congress leader claimed that the party had in its possession documentary evidence about the ownership deeds of various properties owned by Mr Badal across the country. He disclosed that the party had also assigned the job of collecting details and evidence of the property owned by Mr Badal in foreign countries like the USA and Australia.

The former minister revealed that Mr Badal jointly owned the Orbit Resorts near Indira Gandhi International Airport, with the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala. He said, the resorts were providing seven star facilities and its management had been entrusted to the Oberoi Group of Hotels.

The PCC vice-president also sought to set at rest the speculation regarding Mr Manmohan Singh being projected as a candidate for the Chief Minister’s post. He said, Mr Singh was not interested in state politics and it had been clarified time and again that Capt Amarinder Singh will lead the party.

He was critical of Mr Badal for having accepted a minimum hike of Rs 20 per quintal only for the Minimum Support Price of paddy. He suggested that Mr Badal should have pulled out of the NDA Government as it had failed to address the concerns of the farmers. He was also skeptical about the claims of the Punjab Government about paddy procurement in the state. He claimed that the procurement agencies were reluctant to procure paddy as they had already expressed their helplessness in this regard. He warned that the farmers might have to resort to distress sale as there were no takers for their produce and it was rotting in the mandis.

Mr Bajwa asked Mr Badal to clarify about the alternative sources of income after abolishing the octroi. He claimed that it was simply a poll gimmick, without any sincere motive to provide relief to the people.

The Congress leader also expressed grave concern over the deterioration in economic and industrial sectors in the state. He disclosed that most of the industrial units had already closed down leading to widespread unemployment which was not a good sign for the peace of the state.

Senior Congress leaders, including Nahar Singh Gill, Mr Pawan Dewan, Mr K.K. Bawa, Mr Jaswinder Singh Sabi and Mr Akshay Bhanot were also present on the occasion.


Mittal defends Badal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 10
The Minister for Food and Civil Supplies, Punjab, and senior BJP leader, Mr Madan Mohan Mittal, yesterday put a strong defence for the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal in his ongoing confrontation with the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president, Capt Amarinder Singh.

Giving a clean chit to the Chief Minister, Mr Mittal ridiculed the PPCC president for the allegations and said no Congress leader had any moral authority to level any charge against any leader, more so Mr Badal. He claimed that Mr Badal had a clean image and had successfully carried on the government for five years.

The BJP leader said, since the Congress was bereft of all the issues, it had come out with baseless charges against Mr Badal. He claimed that the Congress was unnerved with the popularity of the Chief Minister and was thus resorting to cheap propaganda. He observed that the people of Punjab knew pretty well who was corrupt, the Chief Minister or the Congress leadership, and added, “Congress and corruption have become synonyms”.

The minister also defended the Rs 20 hike in the minimum support price of paddy. He claimed that only the BJP-led government could raise Rs 20 at one time. He asked the Congress to quote an instance when they had raised the MSP by more than Rs 5. He said, the Central Government was also contemplating to raise the MSP for other foodgrains also in the state.

Mr Mittal alleged that the Congress was trying to create baseless panic and phobia among the farmers in the state and assured that the government was well prepared to purchase all paddy that would reach the mandis. He disclosed that preparations for this had already been finalised. 


PSSF to lay claim on Jagraon seat
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 10
The Punjab unit of the Indian Trade Union Congress (INTUC) has identified 27 constituencies in the state where the employees and workers could play a decisive role in influencing the results of the elections. In a meeting held here today, the Punjab Subordinate Services Federation has decided to lay its claim on these seats, including Qila Raipur and Jagraon.

Mr Piara Singh Dhillon, general secretary of the federation, disclosed that a massive rally of workers would be held on September 30 to highlight their demands and problems in view of the coming elections. Mr G. Sanjeva Reddy, national president of INTUC, Mr Motilal Vohra, in charge of the Congress party affairs in Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, president of the PPCC, would also address the meeting.

BSP leader, SAD worker booked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 10
A village panch, belonging to the Shiromani Akali Dal and a block president of the Bahujan Samaj Party in Rashin village along with his wife have been booked by the Dehlon police here today under the NDPS Act for possessing huge quantity of opium and poppy husk.

According to the police, Budh Singh, an Akali worker was arrested in a raid by a police team headed by DSP Mullanpur Dakha Paramjit Singh Goraya. About 2.5 kg of opium worth Rs 30,000 were recovered from his possession.

In the second incident, Manjit Kaur, wife of Sukhwinder Singh, president, Pakhowal block of the BSP was arrested on the charge of possessing 11 kg poppy husk.


Nutrition week concludes
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 10
The National Nutrition Week concluded here recently. It celebrated the theme ‘Break the cycle of malnutrition and improve women’s health’. This year the Community Food Nutrition Extension Unit, Department of Women and Child Development, Ludhiana, organised a nutrition education programme under the Integrated Child Development Project in different villages — Pakhowal Tajpura, Dangon, Jodhan, Sarabha, Ballowal, Gujjarwal, and Mansooran.

As part of programme healthy baby shows were organised in every village. Video films on causes of malnutrition and prevention were screened. Mini nutrition exhibitions on diet display, including nutritious low-cost recipes like weaning food and panjiri were demonstrated by Mr Parminder Singh. He advised the villagers to mix various pulses to make their food more nutritious and advised them to eat green leafy vegetables.

Mr Ranbir Singh, the officer in charge, gave a detailed speech to rural women about the ill effects of malnutrition and how to avoid it. He explained that by eating local grown food, and through personal hygiene and nutrition , there could be a definite improvement in their health . Mrs Rupinder Kaur, Child Development Project Officer, provided detailed information to the participants about Integrated Child Development Scheme. She informed the audience of the six services provided for the children of anganwaris. The services include supplementary food, immunization, personal hygiene, education for pre-school children below the age of three to 10 years and immunization of children.

On the last day of the Nutrition Week a state-level workshop was organised on the theme of ‘Break cycle of the malnutrition at Ram Camp Colony, Hoshiarpur. Mrs Romila Dubey, Principal Secretary, Social Security, Women & Child Development, Mr R.L Kalsia, Director ICDS, Mr R.V. Singh, Deputy Technical Advisor, Northern Region and Mr N.P. Jain, Assistant Technical Advisor, gave detailed information about malnutrition and its causes to the workshop delegates.


Club holds workshop on stamps
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, September 10
Stamp and coin-collectors never had it so good as when there was a sale of stamps and coins at a Stamps and Coin Bazaar organised by the Ludhiana Philatelic Club (LPC) and the Ludhiana Numismatics Society with the assistance of the Department of Posts, at the local main post office yesterday. Dealers in stamps and coins had come from different parts of the region.

To motivate students and to get them interested in the stamps, a workshop on stamp collection was also organised by the club. The workshop was attended by 75 students from different schools. Mr T.R. Bhatia, a senior member of the club, conducted the workshop. The students were advised to collect all stamps in the beginning. The next step, they were told, was to classify the stamps and collect stamps of a country of their choice. Before making a collection they were told to buy a stamps album. Students were told about various themes like animals, elephants or objects like bicycles etc.

They were made aware of the different types of stamps. They were told about definitive stamps, that is, normal stamps that are used to send letters and also pictorial stamps. Students were also guided about commemorative stamps which are released on special occasions. These stamps are available for a short period and are in limited quantity.

Miniature stamps are issued mainly for the collectors. They consist of more than one stamp and have a border which has illustrations relevant to the issue. First day cover collection are special envelopes sold by post offices on the day when new stamps are authorised for use.

Air mail labels are usually blue in colour and have the french word Par Avion printed on them.

The participating students were mainly from Spring Dale School. Jagjit Raikhy, 5, was the youngest member of the club. Jagtaran and Manpreet of Spring Dale School said the stamps were ambassadors of knowledge and that it was a fantastic experience to attend the workshop. Mohit Mittal and Sameer of Tagore Public School said they had now learnt to collect stamps and felt that stamps told them about history and culture of different countries. Disha Goyal and Jasjot from Sacred Heart Convent School said, “The world of stamps is fascinating. We never knew there are so many categories of stamps. We have become more aware on how to be a good philatelist. Such workshops should be organised in different schools so that more students can profit from them. This hobby can be very lucrative also, as we found out that an old Rs 10 currency note is being sold for Rs 4,000.”

Mr Yash Pal Bangia, general secretary of the Ludhiana Philately Club, said the club intended to hold workshops in schools. He said more than 50 students had opened a stamp account for Rs 200. The post office will stick a new stamp in their album and inform them about it. The club presented the students a stamp album and a few stamps as an incentive.

Dr S.K. Sondhi, who has 90 per cent of the world issues on butterfly and is a member of the Philatelic Congress of India, said the interest of the students had been declining in stamp collection due to excessive viewing of television. Moreover, the stamps were getting expensive. The Department of Posts was trying to revive the interest by giving them proper guidance about stamp collections, he added.

Fifteen dealers in coins and stamps had come to sell their wares in the bazaar. Mr Prem Ratan, who had come from Bikaner, had a vast collection of coins from all pre-partition states of India. Many dealers brought the first day collections and mint stamps. Mr Narinderpal, general secretary of the numismatist society, had a wonderful collection of stamps, including punch marked coins from 600 BC period, and rare British currency notes. Buyers were excited to see such a vast collection of stamps and coins.

Parkash, a computer engineer and an avid philatelist, said he bought two rare coins, one of the period of Queen Victoria and the other of the time of King William IV. He said such events should be organised frequently as they give the collectors a chance to enhance their collection.

Earlier, the function had started with a short cultural programme presented by students of Spring Dale. The Mayor, Mr Apinder Singh Grewal, presided over the function, whereas, Col R.N. Roy was the chief guest. Mr Yashpal Bangia, Mr Suresh Jain and Mr T.R. Bhatia of the Ludhiana Philately Club gave information about the activities of their club.


Baba Gurmukh Singh, a human dynamo
M. S. Cheema

The life story of Baba Gurmukh Singh of Lalton Khurd village on the outskirts of Ludhiana presents responses and reactions to life and time of an age. It starts with a venture and runs through a rare chain of adventures. As a simple village youth he set out to seek fortune in foreign lands. Events took place, mostly unforeseeable. He was all energy, a human dynamo. He was active, restless for several decades. He turned a rebel, a revolutionary. No other contemporary of his saw as many places, visited as many countries and faced as many uncertain situations as he did. Gurmukh Singh Garewal was born in 1892 in Lalton Khurd village, Patti Himmat. His parents, Hushnak Singh and Nand Kaur, had two more sons elder to him, Charhat Singh and Atma Singh. The former died during the riots of 1947. The latter lived in the village, married and had only one daughter, Dalbir Kaur. This niece of the Baba, despite old age, pays respectful visit to her paternal village. Hushnak Singh had a small land holding which could not provide enough to the family to survive. He joined army. Gurmukh Singh was intelligent, gifted with self-confidence and good physique. He could easily dominate, even lead fellow students. He matriculated from Mission High School, Ludhiana. He liked Lal Singh of Nandpur who was then planning to go to the USA to study in Berkeley. He, later on, became the legendary specialist in horticulture and agriculture. With a meagre amount he, left home in 1913. He landed in Hong Kong to proceed to Canada. Met Gurdit Singh (Komagata Maru) and joined the desperate travellers. On May 23,1913, they were refused to land at the Vancouver port. The ship turned back to the Bay of Bengal to drop these persons at the Budge-Budge ghat instead of Calcutta docks. Gurmukh Singh and others were fired upon. He was arrested, taken to the Alipur jail. Undergoing mishaps and hard time, he kept his spirits high. He returned to Punjab. By this time he had tasted to bitter side of racialism, colonialism etc.

He turned his anger into rebellion. Kartar Singh Sarabha, Nidhan Singh Chugga, Uttam Singh Hans and Arjan Singh Jagraon planned to work to bring about a revolution for freedom. They hoped army would see their way. It was a desperate move resulting in the Lahore conspiracy case. Gurmukh Singh was arrested, tried and sent to Andamans. He saw real hell during 1917-22. Sensing trouble, he was sent to Trichy. Later, on way to Wardha, he jumped with handcuffs from the train near Nagpur. He met C. Rajagopalachari in Madras, who looked indifferent and kept silent. Not discouraged, he went to Hazur Sahib, could stay hardly for a week as he caused suspicion. Baba Nidhan Singh helped him with money and advised him to take to safety.

He returned to Punjab and stayed at Langeri village in Hoshiarpur district at the farm-house of Bhai Piara Singh. He was a pious person who visited Afghanistan to preach ideals of Sikhism. Teja Singh Sutantar, already doing this work, accepted Gurmukh Singh to join him. Master Udham Singh Kasel also joined them. Between 1922-24, Baba Gurmukh Singh stayed there. Meanwhile, Santokh Singh was busy with his Punjabi paper (‘Kirti’) and Rattan Singh Dabba with his hand-written press-adventure. They had returned from Russia after getting training in spreading socialism. Gurmukh Singh was much impressed. He, too, wanted to leave for Russia, which he did. He had Baba Prithvi Singh (Lalru) with him. Gurmukh Singh was dare devil, Prithvi Singh cautious and cool. He moved around in Soviet Russia, met many revolutionaries, attended camps, etc. On an impulse he left for America. It is surprising to learn how could a youth without much material means and devoid of professional training, could muster such courage! In California he made contacts, reviewed the post-Ghadar situation, raised funds, reorganised the broken chain and enthused patriots. The farm of Kishan Singh of Gahaur was central place. Hazara Singh Janetpura, Puran Singh, Niranjan Singh Pandori, Surat Singh Chetanpur, Hazara Singh Hamdam were of real help to him. The years from 1929 to 35 were most turbulent for this Ghadri Baba. He was arrested by the Federal government, patriotic activists got him released on bail. Later, he left for Europe. Moving through half of Europe, he reached Kenya on a fake passport. He came to India via West Asia. He watched the Karachi session of the AICC, met leaders and was disappointed with the poor pace of movement. Returned disappointed, but not disheartened. He liked an anti-British Afghan King Oman Ullah, who was replaced by Nadir Khan. Nadir Khan got Baba arrested. Through common friends, his flight to Russia was materialised. He visited several East-European countries and Soviet Republics. He met Oman Ullah at Rome. Ultimately finding favourable avenues, he staged a come back to Lahore by long sea and land routes. Here he worked incognito for Lal Dhandora. Living as rebel was playing with fire. He was arrested, tried and sentenced to jail. He was moved from one jail to another till February, 1946. Riots, Partition, post-Independence bloodbath and mass-uprooting disillusioned him. He remained underground from 1948 to 1952, turned more bitter. He activated the Kisan Sabha. He finally took to raising a memorial at Jalandhar: Desh Bhagat Yadgaar. He worked and died to realise this sentimental dream.

He breathed his last on March 13, 1977, and was duly cremated at his ancestral village, Lalton Khurd. He ranks among the pioneers of freedom movement.


Holiday demanded on Dayanand jayanti
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 10
The Arya Pratinidhi Sabha, Panjab, has demanded that the Punjab Government should declare a public holiday on the birthday anniversary of Maharishi Dayanand, the founder of Arya Samaj.

Mr Roshan Lal Arya, general secretary of the sabha, said here on Friday in a press note that the government should recognise the contribution of the rishi to the freedom struggle and to the eradication of social evils.

The sabha also demanded that letters written in Hindi should be acceptable in government offices and these should be replied to in the same language. Adequate arrangements for teaching Hindi must be made in the schools of the state.

Expressing concern over female foeticide, Mr Roshan Lal Arya, said male-female child ratio had fallen alarmingly in the state. He called for a stricter implementation of the Supreme Court orders in this regard.


Women hospitalised with burns
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 10
Mystery shrouded the manner in which two women got seriously burnt at their house in Guru Arjun Dev Nagar here this morning as conflicting statements were available about the sequence of events.

Parveen and Pinki were admitted to the Civil Hospital. The condition of one of them was critical as she received 100 per cent burns. Pinki, eight months pregnant, received 50 per cent burn injuries. According to relatives of the victims, the incident took place in the morning when Parveen’s clothes caught fire while cooking. She rushed out of the kitchen and embraced Pinki to save herself. However, both caught fire in the process and were rescued by some neighbours.

Police sources said the incident was difficult to believe as only the two women sustained burn injuries, and no other item in the room caught fire. The sources added they were not on good terms with each other.


PNB organises sapling plantation camp
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 10
Punjab National Bank, Jawaddi (Ludhiana) branch, organised a sapling plantation camp at Government Middle School, Phoolanwal, near here today.

More than 200 saplings were planted by the staff and students of the school and staff of the bank.

On this occasion, meritorious students of the school were also honoured. Mr K.I. Singh, Senior Regional Manager, awarded the trophies to the students. Ms Sukhwant Kaur, Head Mistress of the school appreciated the innovative schemes launched by Punjab National Bank.

A cultural programme was also presented by the students of the school which was widely appreciated by the audience. Mr V.K. Sharma, Senior Manager from Regional Office and other branch managers and staff from nearby branches of PNB were also present on the occasion. 


DC orders inquiry into sodomy cases
Our Correspondent

Khamano, September 10
Mr Vikas Partap, Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, has ordered an inquiry into the sodomy incidents reported from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Farour.

This was stated by Mr Mohinder Pal Arora, ADC, Fatehgarh Sahib, to mediapersons during his recent visit to the school. He had come to collect information about the latest sodomy incident that had allegedly taken place last month.

Mr Laxman, Principal of the school, informed him that the students responsible for the act had been expelled from the school. He refuted the allegations that boys used to drink in the hostel and enter the girls’ hostel.

The ADC asked the Principal to take necessary steps to prevent any such incident in future. He, along with Mr Nirbhai Singh, SDM, who is the chairman of the school, also met members of the Parent-Teacher Association of the school. Most of the parents and teachers said the incident was blown out of proportions by a Sudhar-based correspondent. They expressed satisfaction over the steps being taken by the Principal to improve the image of the school.

When Ludhiana Tribune tried to talk to the students, reported to be the victims of such incidents, they tried to evade the matter.


Dowry death alleged
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, September 10
Kamaljit Kaur of New Shivaji Nagar, Ludhiana, who had allegedly been administered some poisonous substance by her husband, Harminder Singh of Chokiman village, died at the local Civil Hospital. The body was handed over to her relatives after the post-mortem.

The local police has registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC on the statement of her brother, Jang Bahadur, and has started investigations.

According to the complainant, though the family had spent a large sum of money on Kamaljit’s marriage in 1986, her husband had been harassing her and consistently demand more dowry ever since. A year ago, he had asked her to bring money from her parents for installing lathe machines, said the complaint.

Recently, her brother had allegedly received a telephone call from her, and was informed that her husband was again maltreating her and demand more money. It has been alleged that Kamaljit had given a statement on death bed that her husband had poisoned her.


Assailants injure three of family
Our correspondent

Doraha, September 10
Some armed assailants broke into a house at Nizampur village last night, and injured three members of the family living there. Armed with rifles, sharp-edged weapons and sticks, the alleged culprits, namely Bahadur Singh, Dharam Singh alias Feri, Sarabjit Singh, Sharanjit Singh, Paramjit Singh, Manjinder Singh and Jagpal Singh, came to the house in a Tata Qualis (PB 10-A-5417) at 8.30 pm on Sunday.

They fled after seriously injuring Dalbara Singh, Bhajan Kaur and Pritam Singh. Old enmity is said to be the reason behind the attack. The injured have been admitted to a hospital at Payal. The condition of one of them is stated to be serious. A case under Sections 307, 325, 148 and 149 of the IPC and 25,27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act was registered at Payal police station today.

Case registered
A case has been registered at Sahnewal police station against Gurmukh Singh of Chammat village for kidnapped Jaswinder Kaur of Khadoor village from Kohara Chowk on August 9, and forcibly detaining her for about one month. Both of them were arrested from Shimlapuri in Ludhiana by Daba police.

On being produced before the SDM, the girl alleged that Gurmukh had forcibly taken her away to Patiala, Rajpura, and then brought her to Ludhiana. According to sources, the accused used to meet the girl at her aunt’s house at Ramgarh village, before he allegedly kidnapped her.


Cosmetics range launched
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 10
Though, Indian beauties have created a niche for themselves on the international glamour scene, yet modelling as a profession is still not easily acceptable in the Indian society. Modelling as a career provides other opportunities like designing, choreography etc, this is how dusky Bengali model Indrani Das Gupta portrays the Indian modelling scene.

The Delhi-based model Indrani, was in the city today for the launch of Lakme’s new range of cosmetics. She feels if you are beautiful, let others admire your charm, and adds, “You should always go with the trend. These newly launched products are well suited to Indian skin. Good make-up adds glamour to your beauty”.

Indrani has many prestigious advertisements to her credit including Ponds, Woodlands, Levis, Pepsi and Dominos. “I was born and brought up in Middle East. At present I am studying in Delhi”, Indrani revealed.

The damsel from Delhi said Ludhiana was fast becoming a fashion conscious town. “So many designers visit the city, so many shows are being organised here. People seem to be fashion conscious”, said Indrani.

The Bengali beauty is an ardent fan of ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh. She is also a fan of Madonna. She has also done a music video with Palash Sen’s Euphoria.

If given a good break, she will definitely enter the film industry, she says without any hesitation. “After getting experience of over three-four years in this profession, I will try my luck in Bollywood”. Aamir and Saif Ali Khan are her favorite heroes and among female actresses, she considers Raveena to be the best.

Earlier, Mr Anil Chopra, Business Head, Lakme Lever, who was accompanied by leading make-up artist of the country Cory Walia said bright shimmery, shiny and sparkling colours had replaced the subdued, beige and light colours. The trend was of glossy instead of matt.

Cory Walia while talking to mediapersons said the new products had been launched on the basis of colours the three top designers — Rohit Bal, Manish Malhotra and Leena Dhaka prefer. ‘Shimmer’ colours include mauve, pink and beige, which go with Manish Malhotra’s collections while ‘Shine’ colours like golden, copper and bronze are for Rohit Bal’s collection and ‘Sparkle’ colours include burnt saffron, red and burgundy, which match with Leena Dhaka’s designs.

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