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Welcome PM, for Ludhiana is sparkling clean 
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Security arrangements being made for the Prime Minister’s forthcoming visit to Ludhiana on Monday

Security arrangements being made for the Prime Minister’s forthcoming visit to Ludhiana on Monday

Security arrangements being made for the Prime Minister’s forthcoming visit to Ludhiana on Monday
Security arrangements being made for the Prime Minister’s forthcoming visit to Ludhiana on Monday. — Tribune photos by Sayeed Ahmed

Ludhiana, September 25
The local residents hope that the Prime Minister visits them often, considering the massive cleaning operation launched in the city.
They say that if he frequents Ludhiana at least they can live amidst clean environments for some days before and after his visit. Police cops and safai karamcharis are literally ruling the roads.

The city is being spruced up as never before. The encroachers have been told to stay off the roadsides, roads are being swept clean, road berms, zebra crossing and tree guards are being painted afresh, every pile of garbage is being lifted and the bills pasted on public property are being removed.

Though the PM, Mr Manmohan Singh is expected to fly in a chopper from Halwara Air Force Station, the local authorities do not want to take any chance and are cleaning the areas from where he can pass through. He will only come by road if the weather does not permit him to fly in a chopper.

While the city has been converted into a cantonment with heavy security in all parts, the employees of Ludhiana Municipal Corporation are leaving no stone unturned to clear the roads of literally every dust particle.

A visit to any major road is enough to make anybody realise that some VIP is coming to the city. Sweeper women are witnessed in groups brooming the roads like never before. Even the dust cleaning machines and water sprinklers are working overtime.

Even the small potholes on the busy roads are being repaired with patchwork of bitumen and premix. The repair work is being carried out in many parts. The Ferozepore Road, that links city to Halwara Air Force Station and Ludhiana-Chandigarh Road are being given special attention.

The encroachers, who dot the roadsides have been shooed away. They have been asked to stay away in simple words. ‘‘I have been told that if I will sell guavas from this place, my family will spend the entire life looking for me. So I have come inside this colony to sell my fruits. I do not want to take any chances, ’’ said Hari Ram, a kiosk owner.

The residents, although being inconvenienced due to massive security check, are a happy lot. ‘‘We want Mr Manmohan Singh to come here every week. At least the city has become worth living,’’ said Mr S.S. Chana, a local resident, who had been unsuccessfully spearheading a campaign in favour of clean envrions in the city for past many years.

He added that what disappointed him the most was that why could not they keep everything clean like this every day. ‘‘We basically lack is the will to give results. Otherwise even Ludhiana can look beautiful like today. ’’



Traffic curbs for PM’s visit tomorrow
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25 
The district administration has imposed severe traffic restrictions in and outside the city during the visit of the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh on Wednesday. No outside vehicle coming towards Ludhiana would be allowed into the city. The traffic will take alternative routes on Jalandhar Delhi Road, Ferozepore-Jalandhar Road, Chandigarh-Ferozepore Road and Malerkotla-Ludhiana Road. The administration has ensured that no outside traffic passes through Ludhiana from seven in the morning till one in the afternoon.

The Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Kumar Gupta and the Senior Superintendent of Police Mr AS Rai said here today that it would be ensured that nobody faced any inconvenience during the Prime Minister’s stay in the city.

They said to ensure smooth flow of the traffic about 250 cops had been specially deployed for the job. Only the heavy vehicle movement would be restricted and the small vehicles, barring the specific areas, can ply freely. The officials also sought to allay the apprehensions of the general public that there would be any undue harassment during the visit which might force them to stay indoors.

Mr Gupta and Mr Rai said the traffic coming from Jalandhar and going towards Ferozepore would be diverted from Ladowal towards Nurpur and Mulapur. Similarly, traffic coming from Ferozepore for Jalandhar would be diverted through Mulapur via Humbran Road. The Chandigarh-Ferozepore traffic would be diverted from Kohara via canal. The traffic coming from Delhi to Ludhiana would be diverted from Sahnewal Chowk along the canal. The Malerkotla Ludhiana traffic would be diverted towards Delhon.

There would be some traffic restrictions within the city also between 10 a.m and 1 p.m. No traffic movement would be allowed between Bharat Nagar Chowk to Fountain Chowk and Jagaraon Bridge. The road along the Durga Mata temple between Jagaraon Bridge and Fountain Chowk would also remain barred for the traffic.

The Prime Minister will arrive at the Guru Nanak Stadium at around ten a.m. He would stay for about two hours. He would inaugurate the North-East Freight Corridor between Ludhaina and Calcutta, the Morinda-Chandigarh railway line and the Amritsar-Delhi Shatabadi from the stadium itself. He would also address a public meeting at the stadium. Then he would be flying to Ladowal for a separate function.

The stadium would be open to the general public. The vehicles would be parked in front of the stadium in the grounds of Government College for Women. Besides, additional space has been made available in the army grounds near the Jagaraon bridge.

While the Gate Number 4 of the Guru Nanak Stadium has been reserved for the VVIP entrance like that of the ministers, legislators, parliamentarians, journalists and prominent leaders, Gate Numbers 5,7,8 and 9 would be open for the general public.



Wish PM were to pass through Gill bridge
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
The thought crossing the minds of several commuters using the bridge over Sidhwan Canal on Gill Road these days is if only Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s cavalcade was to pass through the bridge as this would have brought the attention of the authorities to the neglected bridge.

They claim that if the Prime Minister had to pass through the Gill Road, the bridge would have been reconstructed within a few days only.

The foundation stone for the new bridge was laid by Mr Lal Singh, Rural Development and Panchayat, Irrigation and Power Minister, Punjab, in June but the work could not be started. The bridge was to be reconstructed at a cost of Rs 92 lakh.

At the foundation stone laying ceremony the minister had stated that the funds for this purpose had been provided by the District Planning and Development Board to the Municipal Corporation. He had said due to the damaged bridge, the people were facing a lot of inconvenience for a long time and the matter had been taken up at a meeting of the District Planning and Development Board.

Despite repeated demands by residents of the city, who even organised protests seeking reconstruction of the bridge, the authorities concerned seem to have paid no heed. The residents claim that following the collapse of the old bridge, the new bridge was bearing the extra load of traffic now.

‘‘We do not know what they are waiting for. We feel that the only solution is to make the Prime Minister’s cavalcade pass through this road. Otherwise they lay a foundation stone and forget to start the work’’, said Mr Sanjay Sood, who commutes via the bridge frequently.

Earlier too the repair work of the bridge had suffered due to bureaucratic wrangling with the PWD and MC pointing fingers at each other. The PWD officials said the MC had not maintained and repaired the bridge properly and that the neglect of the bridge was an example of the dilly dallying attitude of the bureaucracy. The bridge had been closed in October last year when media reports pointed out some cracks in its surface and pillars. However, after that no repair work was undertaken even as files moved from one department to another with claims and counter-claims on fixing the responsibility for its repair.



Firearms to be deposited with police
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 25
DC Ashok Kumar Gupta has issued orders under Section 144, CrPC, directing the people in certain areas to deposit their fire arms with police as a part of VVIP security arrangements for the visit of Prime Minister on September 27.

The orders issued here last evening said that the prime minister would be arriving at Halwara Air Force base on September 27 at 1030 hrs to further fly to Ludhiana. Dr Manmohan Singh will return to Halwara by 2.25 pm to further fly for Chandigarh at 2.30 pm.

Through these orders, the arms license holders living to the depth of 500 metres on the following route to be taken by the Prime Minister have been directed to deposit their firearms with their respective police stations: Bathinda-Ludhiana road from Air Force Station Halwara to Mullanpur to Baddowal to PAU to Guru Nanak Stadium to Field Fresh Farm Laddowal, PAU Gate No 4 to Tagore Chowk to Rose Garden Chowk to Fountain Chowk to Gum Nanak Stadium and PAU Gate No 2 to Aarti Chowk to Bhaiwala Chowk to Mini Secretariat Chowk to Telephone Exchange via Nirankari Bhawan to Chhatri Chowk to Fountain Chowk to Guru Nanak Stadium Ludhiana. These orders would remain in force from September 24 to 27.



FieldFresh, PAU sign farm tech pact
Company declares research scholarships in horticulture
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
FieldFresh Foods, a joint venture between Bharti Enterprises and Rothschild, and Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today said they will jointly work towards generating awareness and introducing best practices and technologies suitable for farming.

The company also announced four PhD scholarships for students in the field of horticulture with a view to promoting industry-academia collaboration in education.

Announcing the collaborative agreement today, Mr B.S. Dhillon, director research, PAU, said: “The agreement is an important step that will have a positive impact on agricultural community and will substantiate our efforts in the development of quality manpower and research collaborations.”

The agreement would seek to develop technologies and infrastructure for round-the-year production of fruits and vegetables besides creating infrastructure for value addition through processing of fruits and vegetables. The two parties would also work at developing infrastructure for research, processing and marketing in the agricultural sector besides promoting adoption of improved farming technologies and cooperative farming.

Said Mr Rakesh Bharti Mittal, vice-chairman, Bharti Enterprises, and director, FieldFresh Foods, “Despite rapid growth in urban areas, the rural agrarian economy is largely untouched by this growth story and we need to make efforts to bring development in the rural economy for overall growth. The partnership would enable us to attain that aim.”

Mr Bharti also announced four PhD scholarships for students engaged in research in their field of horticulture. “It is an endeavor to partner with the academia so as to get benefits of latest and innovative technologies. The corporate sector needs to come forward in all fields be it agriculture, pharmaceuticals or other areas,” he added.

The company will provide an opportunity to students of the university to conduct extensive on-site research and development at its research farms. It will also provide employment opportunities to PAU students.

The company, engaged in export of fresh vegetables and fruits, grown through ‘collaborative farming’ plans to scale up land under its cultivation from the existing 4,000 acres to 20,000 acres in Punjab. In the coming three-five years, the company plans to increase this area to 1 lakh acres across the country.

“Considering the numerous benefits of going in for horticulture- right from increase in farmers’ incomes to betterment of soil quality- there is a dire need to bring much more land under horticulture," said Mr Mittal.



Punsup begins paddy purchase in Khanna 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
The purchase of paddy by the Punjab government started at different places in the state. At Khanna, the Asia’s biggest grain market, Ms Harbans Kaur Dullo, Parliamentary Secretary, formally inaugurated the purchase by the government agencies. The first lot was purchased by Punsup.

Though the purchase normally starts on October 1, looking at the arrivals of the produce in the market, the government is learnt to have prevailed upon the Central Government for an early start of the exercise.

Ms Dullo, while taking an overall view of the requisite arrangements made for the purpose, told the authorities to see that the farmers do not face problems of any sort at the hand of agencies.

Market Committee Chairman Harbans Singh Rosha asserted that the arrangements like water, cleanliness and light have been made to cater to the needs of selling farmers.

Apart from the District Food and Supply Officer, the authorities from the government purchase agencies, commission agents and farmers were present on the occasion.

Since the procurement started about a week in advance, there was not much rush. The official sources said that the entire paddy was lifted today. Most of the paddy which arrived in the market today was within the specifications.

There are apprehensions among the farmers that due to the bad weather in August and September there was likelihood of the paddy getting discoloured beyond the specified limits. 



Electrohomoeopathy students fleeced
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 25
Despite categorical directions by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to all state governments and union territories to stop unlawful practice by the so-called practitioners of electrohomoeopathy and take action against institutions granting degrees and diplomas in this unrecognised system of medicine, a number institutions continue to function and fleece gullible students in the entire state.

The self-styled electrohomoeopathy colleges continue to award degrees and diplomas in this system without any legal authority and keep churning out thousands of “doctors”who are nothing but quacks with no training in medicine or other related subjects.

The issue of medical practice in electrohomoeopathic system and institutions in this discipline was settled in 2003 when the Union Government made it clear in a communication to the state governments that electropathy, electrohomoeopathy and some other alternative systems of medicine were not recognised systems of medicine.

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare further wanted the states to ensure that no degree or diploma be granted in this stream of medicine, which was not recommended for recognition and the term “doctor” was used only by the medical practitioners of recognised systems of medicine.

To set the record straight, the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr Anbumani Ramadoss, stated in his letter addressed to Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, MP on January 3, 2006, that those who had studied the system of electrohomoeopathy were not eligible to practice and treat patients.

The unambiguous stand of the Union Government on the issue notwithstanding, information gathered by Ludhiana Tribune revealed that more than 50 electropathic and electrohomoeopathic colleges were functional in almost every town and city in Punjab in the absence of any regulatory or enforcement measures. Showing utter disregard for laws of the land, some of these colleges and institutions had gone a step ahead to claim themselves as boards or councils of the system of electrohomoeopathy and were issuing degrees or diplomas against a hefty fee charged from the students. It was an altogether different story that these degrees were not even worth the paper they were printed on.



Janshakti party leaders slam SAD, BJP
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 25
Terming their party as a mission and not only a political party, the state level leaders of the Bharatiya Janshakti Party, led by firebrand leader Uma Bharti called upon the Hindus of the state to unite under the banner of the party so that the community could be rejuvenated.

The call was given at a function organised to commemorate the anniversary of Chicago Lecture of Swami Vivekanand at Bajrang Akhara here on Sunday.

Led by Mr Vishav Nath, general secretary and Mr Pawan Bilocha, state president of the party, various speakers alleged that the successive governments in the state and Centre had been ignoring the interests of Hindus in an effort to appease minority communities. ‘‘What to talk of other political parties, the BJP, that had come to power by exploiting the religious sentiments of Hindus, too had adopted the traditional mode of staying in power by appeasing minorities on various issues’’, said Mr Vishav Nath alleging that SAD had been blackmailing BJP during its regime. The speakers claimed that no item in the manifesto of the BJP was ever applied during the rule of the BJP-SAD government in the state.

Stating that the political leaders in the state were allegedly using religion to achieve their targets whereas the trend should be reversed. ‘‘When we are living in Hindustan, the fate of the majority population should be decided religious leaders of the community,’’ argued Mr Vishav Nath.

However, the situation became embarrassing for certain leaders of SAD and BJP who had been invited to the function but had to bear criticism of their respective parties.

They later walked out in protest. ‘‘We do not mind criticism on a political forum, but they should have restrained themselves at a function which was organised in the memory of a saint who had been worshiped globally," commented Mr Jagwant Singh Jaggie, District General Secretary of SAD.

Mr Ashutosh Vinayak, state body in charge and Mr Jagtar Singh, president of the local unit also spoke on the occasion. 



SHO honoured for bid to save girl child
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 25
Leaders of various social organisations of the area vowed to join a crusade launched by the Global Punjab Foundation against female foeticide and gender discrimination at a seminar in MGMN Senior Secondary School yesterday.

Mr Darshan Singh, SHO Sadar, who had played an exemplary role by trying to save a new born female child deserted by an unknown couple at Kup village recently, was felicitated by the foundation and other organisations of the area on the occasion. He was presented mementoes and a potted plant by the foundation and other organisations, including the Ahmedgarh Vidya Parcharak Sabha, Baba Vishawkarma Mandir Management Committee, CB Welfare Association, Muslim Youth Front, Malwa Sewa Society, Shri Ram Mandir Committee, Bhartia Mahavir Dal, Bajrang Dal, SAD and SAD (A).

Dr Harjinder Singh Walia, chairman of the foundation, praised Mr Darshan Singh for his effort. He said the foundation had launched a worldwide move to create awareness about the abuse of modern diagnostic tests for knowing sex of the foetus.

Mr Jatinder Bhola, president, municipal council, pointed out that the malpractice of foeticide was more prevalent among from upper strata of society. Mr Kedar Nath Kapila, group leader of the Ahmedgarh Vidya Parcharak Sabha, reminded that girls had been performing better than boys in all spheres of life for decades.

Mr Gurdeep Singh, SHO City, Mr Kishori Lal Badhan, former president, Mr Jagwant Singh Jaggie, councillor, Mr Mohinder Singh Multani, Mr Amrit Lal Golchi, secretary, Mr Vijay Kakria, manager, Mr Mangat Rai Jain, president, and Dr Amarjit Singh Sidhu, director, Guru Har Krishan Educational Society spoke on the occasion. 



Ram’s wedding procession taken out 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 25
Artistes of the Ramlila Committee organised a marriage procession before dramatising Sita swambar at MGMN Senior Secondary School here last night.
A large number of “baratis” joined the religious procession that marched through Railway Road, Chaura Bazaar, Mahavir Road, Bhagat Singh Chowk, Gandhi Chowk and Dehliz Road.

Activists of the Bhartiya Mahavir Dal, the Har Har Mahadev Sangh and the Shri Ram Mandir Committee joined the procession. Shilokas and bhajans were recited during the show. Mr Bimal Sharma, Mr Bharat Bushan and Mr Toni Kansal led the procession.



One booked for rape
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, September 25
The local police has registered a case under Sections 376 and 506 of the IPC against Davinder Singh of Lamme village. He was booked for raping a girl of the village. The case was registered on the complaint of victim’s father.

Dowry case: The local police has booked Sukhdev Singh Rohal, Pritam Singh, Nachattar Kaur, Baljinder Singh and Iqbal Singh of Suchiana village for demanding dowry from Mandeep Kaur. A case has been registered under Sections 406, 498-A and 120-B of the IPC.

Motor cycle stolen: Rajpreet Singh of Dehlon village has reported that his motor cycle (PB 10 BD-3530) was stolen from the Dhurkot village area. The police has registered a case.

Three arrested: The Dakha police has arrested Vikas of Mullanpur, Lali Singh of Moga and Vicky of Jagraon and seized one .315 bore pistol, two cartridges and one Tata 207 truck. They were arrested during a naka at Mullanpur. A case has been registered against them.

Assault cases: In two incidents, nine persons have been booked on charges of assault. In first incident, the Raikot police has registered a case under Sections 452, 324, 354, 148 and 149 of the IPC against Surjit Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Manpreet Singh, Jaspreet Singh and Gurpreet Singh of Pakhowal. They allegedly trespassed into the house of Sukh Pal Singh of the village and assaulted him, his brother and his sister-in-law. The injured have been admitted to the Raikot Civil Hospital. In another incident, the Dakha police has booked Avtar Singh, Baljit Singh of Mullanpur and two others on charges of assaulting Manjit Singh, who was admitted to the Ludhiana Civil Hospital.



Sunil Bharti Mittal shares success story
Tribune News Service

Sunil Bharti Mittal
Sunil Bharti Mittal

Ludhiana, September 25
Mr Sunil Bharti Mittal, chairman and group managing director, Bharti Airtel, today emphasised on knowing one’s business and one’s customers and delivering accordingly to emerge successful.

Mr Mittal, who shared his company’s success story at a function organised by the Ludhiana Management Association (LMA), here said: “No matter who you fight with, you would win if you know your customer and your business.”

He revealed how after starting a business in cycle parts at the age of 18, he switched to the business of import and later got an agency for import of generators. “The first business taught me to learn about limitations one must know, after which I shifted to Mumbai. My experience with Suzuki, which I gained when I had the agency for importing their generators, taught me a lot of things like discipline which the Japanese are very particular.”

He said it was after two big players in India got a license to manufacture generators and the government stopped its import, he decided on getting push button telephones. From obtaining licenses to getting into mobile telephony, Mr Mittal shared the ups and downs with entrepreneurs.

Mr Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-chief, Indian Express Group, in his address, asserted that industry and politics cannot be disassociated from each other. In the recent years, he said, Indian politics had undergone a lot of change and today’s politicians “have to perform”.

“The change that happened mid-80s onwards brought t a revolution because incumbent governments failed. Currently we are riding a good curve.... where politicians know that they have to perform. There is not a single Chief Minister who is not asking for more investments, FDI or Special Economic Zones (SEZs).”

Mr Shekhar Gupta and Mr Sunil Bharti Mittal also visited the local Arya College to shoot for the programme ‘Walk the Talk’. They also addressed the college students.



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