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98 EGS schools shut in district
2,400 students face bleak future
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, Decmeber 1
The future of as many as 2,400 students is in the dark after the government has closed down as many 98 Educational Guarantee Scheme (EGS) schools in the district. The EGS scheme is working under the aegis of Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), a centre-run project, to provide elementary education to all children of the country.

The statistics pertaining to this district alone are a small reflection of the overall data in the entire state where the official figures indicate that as many as 1,848 EGS centres were ordered by the department to close down on September 31. However, according to assistant director, EGS, Sawan Kumar, some voluntary organisations are still working on an honorary basis.

The department is still waiting to get the exact data of all the EGS centres which are working on an honorary basis.

These EGS centres were closed as the SSA authorities failed to convert them into government primary schools in the stipulated period of two years. There are approximately 305 schools, which have completed the tenure of one and a half years and will soon also face closure. However, there are 756 EGS schools which have completed only one year recently and are running smoothly.

Earlier, EGS centres across the state were ordered to be closed down from March 31 after which the Punjab government succeeded in persuading the Centre to extend the period to another six months.

The assistant director, EGS, said, “The department has sent a letter to human resource development minister Arjun Singh to extend the EGS period by another six months. We are hopeful of a positive reply.”

However, some department officials are apprehensive that if the scheme does not continue, the future of the children from weaker sections will be bleak in terms of literacy.

An employee on condition of anonymity said, “In the distant villages of the state, EGS is the only source to provide elementary education to the children. Moreover, the government has only given two years to change the EGS centres into primary schools. How can you convert an EGS centre into a primary school with a strength of 150 only?

Even the village panchayats have been lukewarm in their response to this scheme. Very few villages have agreed to provide land to construct a government primary school in their village.

According to an official in the education department, the unexpected rise in the real state prices in the state is also the reason behind the failure of the EGS, AIS schemes in the state. The vested interests of NGOs are cited as another reason behind the failure of these schemes.

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Local bowler part of ICL carnival
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, December 1
Local lad Love Ablish is all set for his new spell. This former Ranji Trophy front line bowler from Punjab representing Chandigarh Lions in the Indian Cricket League (ICL) Twenty-20 cricket championship inaugurated at Chandigarh yesterday.

From a helper at his father's small shoe shop at Doraha to an Income Tax employee, to now having signed a Rs 70 lakh contract with the Indian Cricket League (ICL), life has come a full circle for Ablish, who is currently honing his skills at the rebel league's camp in Chennai.

While talking to The Tribune from Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Panchkula, the venue of the Twenty-20 competition, Ablish, 24, said he was quite excited about the competition and eagerly looking forward to taking his turn in the ensuing matches."

Hailing from a humble family, this Doraha-based cricketer is popularly known as "Shakti" in the neighboring villages for the lightning speed of his bowling.

Cricket has given him everything. "If I would not have been a cricketer, life would have been very different for me. By God's grace, in a very short period of time, I have achieved a lot and the ICL has been a boon for my career. My parents are now asking me to get married," Ablish says.

Entering the cricket pitch at an age when most of the players think of making a career and begin leaving the game, Ablish stood tall against all odds and proved time and again that he can turn the tide in his favour.

Ablish took up the game when he was 18 years old and was quickly selected for the Ludhiana District Under-19 cricket team in 2000-2001. Proving the selectors right, he notched 25 wickets in five matches. As a reward for his performance, he was selected for the Ranji Trophy camp. In the same year, he played in the Punjab Under-19 cricket team and played three one-day matches in which he notched six wickets.

Before joining the ICL, Ablish played eight Ranji Trophy matches and took 21 wickets at an average of 26.38 runs with best figures of 5 for 40 against Gujarat in December 2006. He has played in prestigious tournaments like the JP Atray trophy and the Katoch trophy. He also got a chance to chisel his bowling skills under the guidance of Dennis Lillee when he attended a month-long coaching camp at the MRF Pace Foundation, Bangalore. For the past couple of years, Ablish has been at the peak of his form. He says he learnt a great deal from Lillee and it was his consistency that got him selected by the ICL. "I am quite excited about my new assignment and looking to play an important role for Chandigarh lions," he says.

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Mini Secretariat sans security cover
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 1
The Mini Secretariat in Ludhiana has virtually no security cover. There are no modern security gadgets, important for such places housing so many offices, including those of the deputy commissioner, the senior superintendent of police and other organs of the government.

On an average about 30,000 people visit the Mini Secretariat every day. This is besides the number of visitors to the District and Sessions Court complex which is behind the Mini Secretariat complex. The security gadgets (CCTV cameras) installed at the district transport office and tehsildar (east) office here a few years ago have gone missing and nobody knows where have these gone. The only working CCTV is at the main entrance of deputy commissioner’s office.

The entire complex remains open after the working hours. The multiple entrances through the Feroze Gandhi Market (only for pedestrians) and those from the Ferozepur Road and Guru Nanak Bhawan remain wide open. A visit during the late hours throughout the complex revealed that not a single security personnel was deployed anywhere. Anybody could walk in from anywhere.

“The galleries remain in darkness throughout the day as a majority of the tube lights are not working. Officials are concerned with their own offices. They keep on renovating them throughout the year. But nobody is bothered about the convenience of common people”, said one of the clerks working at the Mini Secretariat.

Sources further revealed that once the area was under high security. Even now it remains in the high-security area category since it can always be a vulnerable target for any type of mischief. Housing the headquarters of the largest district in the state makes it more important.

It was difficult to establish as to who was responsible for the security of the complex. While the officials in the district administration claim that it is the duty of the police, the police officials on their part maintain that it comes directly under the district administration. The police could only provide the personnel.

Sources said it was important for the offices where there was a huge rush of people to keep a watch on everybody. The closed-circuit cameras are very useful as the memory is stored in the hard disk of the computer and can always be viewed in case of need. But most of the cameras installed in the Mini Secretariat have gone missing. A few, which are there, are non-functional. Under these circumstances, the complex remains quite vulnerable to any mischief.

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‘Aaja Nacch Le’ pulled out of theatres
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 1
The local cinema halls pulled out the evening show of the Madhuri Dikshit- starrer “Aaja Nacch Le” here today. The movie, released yesterday, had been pulled out from theatres in Uttar Pradesh on the orders of Chief Minister Mayawati yesterday.

Tejinder Singh of PVR Cinemas said "we have got instructions from the top to pull out the movie from the theatre till further orders. I’ve heard other cinema halls have also done the same".

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Govt sets aside Rs 800 cr for reviving nine sick sugar mills
Tribune News Service

Budhewal (Ludhiana), December 1
Cooperation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh disclosed today that the government had set aside Rs 800 crore for reviving all nine loss-making sugar mills in the state. The plan will be tabled at the forthcoming Cabinet meeting. He categorically remarked that not a single cooperative sugar mill would be sold to private parties.

He was addressing the sugar cane growers at function after inaugurating the crushing season of the Bhudhewal Sugar Mills here. He said in the new plan, the crushing capacity of the cooperative sugar mills was being enhanced to 5000 mt of sugarcane. A few co-generation plants for production of power and ethnol were also being set up in the mills, so that these could become self reliant. A team of experts from Japan will shortly visit Punjab to identify the mills for setting up co-generation plants, he added.

Criticising the faculty Sugar Control Act of the Government of India, the minister said even the sugar surplus states had to import the sugar for local consumption from the other states. He said the state government was sending a proposal for amending the Sugar Control Act to the Centre government for allowing the sugar-producing states to first meet its local demand and then to give the remaining sugar to other states. He said the state government was against monopolising the sugar trade and said private mills were selling a major part of sugar in the black market and evading tax worth Rs 300 crore.

The cooperative department was set up to give Rs 1 extra per quintal from the price fixed by the government for sugarcane. He disclosed that when the SAD government took over Rs 37 crore meant for sugarcane farmers was pending with the state government. The amount has now been cleared by the government. He said in spite of business worht Rs 35,000 crore, the farming community was under debt of Rs 25,000 crore. To make the agriculture remunerative and sustainable, the Central government must give special attention to the state agriculture. The agriculture sector in the state was facing annual loss of Rs 1,500 crore, he added.

The minister said the cooperative institutions had disbursed Rs 4,801 crore credit to farmers in the last financial year and 8.59 lakh farmers had received credit cards.

The minister further added that the cooperative department had launched a new scheme for women empowerment named " Mai Bhago Istri Shakti Yojana" to bring about a social and economic revolution by ensuring women empowerment in the state.

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Mandira Bedi says no to ‘saas-bahu’ roles
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana , December 1
Actor-cum-host Mandira Bedi says a firm no to “saas bahu” roles. Herself having been part of Kyonki …. Bedi said during that role her conviction took over and now she would rather stick to hosting shows and acting, if good offers came by.

In the city last evening to visit Satya Paul, a designer wear outlet, Mandira arrived well over an hour after the scheduled time. Donning a black trouser and coat, the actor was careful enough to let mediapersons interview her only after she changed into a Satya Paul red coloured sari.

“With sari, one just cannot go wrong. While hosting shows, when my counterparts wear gowns etc, I look different by wearing a sari,” she said.

She said she was eagerly waiting for her film “Mirabai Not Out” that is expected to release by January next year. Regarding other projects, she said, “There is a show with Navjot Sidhu that is on air apart from a couple of other shows which I am hosting.”

Refusing to comment on Shahrukh Khan-BCCI controversy, she said, “There is nothing wrong if Shahrukh gave an interview to the channel and in turn promoted his film. As far as BCCI is concerned, it is their choice. I do not wish to be associated with this issue.”

She said new platforms like ICL and IPL were encouraging as they gave opportunity to a lot of new talent.

Regarding her choice of cricketers, she said Dhoni and Anil Kumble were her favourites as they were doing really well. “Kumble is in an excellent form these days and Dhoni, despite being so young, has shown brilliance par excellence.”

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City Centre Scam
Chetan not allowed to leave country
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 1
Special judge Gurbir Singh today dismissed the application filed by Chetan Gupta, a Delhi based businessman and close family friend of Captain Amarinder Singh, seeking permission to leave country for business purposes.

In his application, the applicant had submitted that he wanted to attend an important meeting of Kuwait Airways at Kuwait on December 10. The meeting was being organised in respect to extending business at various destinations in India.

He was invited by the top brass of Kuwait Airways, since he was the sole selling agent of airways in northern India. He had requested the court to release his passport enabling him to attend the meeting.

On the other hand, special public prosecutor M.L. Solanki had opposed the release of passport.

It may be recalled that Chetan was arrested by the Vigilance Bureau officials in City Centre Scam. His passport was taken into custody.

He was facing charges of adjusting the ill gotten money of Captain Amarinder Singh and his family members in abroad through Hawala transactions.

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BUSINESS

Rainfall brings cheer to hosiery industry
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 1
Brief rainfall last night and early this morning has brought cheer to the hosiery industry which is expecting spurt in demand now. This may be unfavourable for consumers as hosiery manufacturers have reduced production on account of shortening winters. As a result, rates of woolens too may rise.

Despite demand this season being better than last year, manufacturers were not buoyant and maintained low production levels. “Supply this season is lesser and now there are chances that demand would raise,” said Vinod Thapar, president of Knitwear Club.

Recent years have been witnessing change in demand patters and wholesalers have been hesitant in placing bulk orders much in advance. While that is attributed to changing fashion, for manufacturers, it added to uncertainty. Adding to it are shrinking winters that have contributed to reduced demand.

“The season this time has been encouraging so far. This has helped us clear old stocks. Supply this time is not very high and if demand increases, which it seems to, rates would look up and give us better margins,” said Vinod Sharma, a retailer, adding, “It is this rainfall that has brought us some hope though impact of it would be visible in the coming days only.”

Manufacturers have been exercising caution while making deals due to payments getting stuck. “Due to weak demand, payments were getting stuck. We are cautious and have been dealing with only our old trusted clients. The situation may be better in case of rise in demand,” another trader said.

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Lower software cost, says CII head
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 1
Industry experts asserted on lowering the cost of acquiring new software and its maintenance for the information technology sector to serve it better. Exchanging views on “Making Small and Medium Enterprises Hosiery and Knitwear Sector IT- Enabled for Prosperity” at a forum organised by the CNBC-TV 18 along with Dell, here yesterday evening, the experts talked about its growing importance in businesses and ways to make it in more effective manner.

“Small and medium enterprises have shown a high growth. They produce over 6,000 products, have an output exceeding Rs 5,000 crore and are providing employment to over 39 million people. Their contribution in our economic growth is quite significant,” said Sarita Nagpal, deputy director general and head, CII manufacturing services.

She said textiles, auto and auto components, garment and leather goods manufacturing companies were among the high potential industries when it came to requirement of using IT for increased business applications.

For business units, IT has played a major role in development. “Everything is now on our fingertips. Things that are being managed now with the help of IT are much more diverse than earlier, said Satish Atul, chairman and CEO, Appu Cycle.

Talking about the costs involved in IT, H.S.Sidhu, executive vice-president, Koutons Retail India, said costs of transition from a small to medium or from a medium to large-scale company were quite high. “Most products are imported. Transition in particular should be seamless. Right now there are different kinds of products depending on the level of an organisation. Costs can be reduced if such bifurcation is done away with.”

On the costs of acquiring they said initial costs of acquiring hardware were higher but during later stage it were software and maintenance costs that ran high. This issue needs to be paid special attention, they asserted.

While the cost of acquiring hardware and connectivity are declining, other costs associated with the IT like hiring skilled manpower and power are the issues that would take forefront in the near future, felt Pallab Talukdar, director, DELL. “Simplification of interface is important. In near future we would have to deal with issues like power costs, manpower etc,” he added.

The experts said usage of IT in five years was likely to be much higher than it is now. The potential is huge as currently it is a very meager population that is deploying IT, they said.

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Industry against weekly off on same day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 1
Local industry has urged the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) to allow weekly off on same day for all feeders catering to the industry instead of making it a weekly feeder-wise off.

Members of the United Cycle and Parts Association said at a meeting held here today that the industry would suffer if the weekly offs varied from one area to another as these were inter-connected and dependent on each other for their work. The members also urged the board not to charge advanced consumption deposit on revised rates as the industrial units were not in a position to bear the extra burden, they added.

Condemning entry tax, association members said it should be withdrawn at the earliest.

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PAU dons caution farmers against late blight
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 1
For the past two to three years the cultivation of potatoes is being seriously affected by the late blight, a fungal disease, which is more prevalent in Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Nawanshahr, Ropar and Amritsar districts. A campaign was launched during this cropping season to save the crops from this disease. In the same context, a field day on the management of late blight disease in potatoes was organised by the department of plant pathology and the directorate of extension education, Punjab Agricultural University, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Bahowal, yesterday.

Speaking on the occasion H.S. Rewal, head, department of plant pathology, said the cold stores in these disease-prone districts were surveyed and farmers were advised to deweed the infected seed tubers. They were also asked not to dump infected tubers near the cold stores and fields. Field demonstrations were also given in various districts to tell farmers aware of the proper spray technology. Importance of preventive application of Indofil M-45 starting from 1st week of November by using 500g fungicide in 250 litres of water was shown to farmers in their fields. This helped contain the disease.

Director of extension education N.S. Malhi appreciated the role played by the department in disseminating technologies for managing this disease effectively. He laid emphasis on adopting integrated disease management strategies to minimise the losses.

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Animals’ death due to urea spray: Experts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 1
The experts from GADVASU have revealed that nitrate poisoning (for speeding-up fodder growth) on fodder was responsible for the death of 95 buffaloes at a dairy on Tajpur road here on November 28. The experts said despite their repeated warning to farmers, the latter still used urea spray to get good crop at the earliest.

Dairy owner Ramesh Kumar said a total of 105 cattle were sick, out of which 95 had already died while remaining were struggling for life. Controlling his tears, Ramesh Kumar said, “He had lost everything. Though a case has already been registered against the fodder supplier of Meharbaan village, but it will not serve any purpose.”

Punjab minister for jails and tourism Hira Singh Gabria and animal husbandry minister Gulzar Singh Ranike visited the spot to take stock of the situation and assured the dairy owner of every possible support.

One of the experts of GADVASU said farmers sprayed pesticides without giving a second thought to its side effects. “Pesticides save crops from pests but its ill-effects on animals and humans are a matter of concern”, he said.

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Sukhwinder wins turban tying contest
Our Correspondent

Doraha, December 1
Winners of “Dastar Sajaun” and “Shudh Gurbani Ucharan” Competitions were honoured by the managing committee, principal and staff of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, during the Gurpurb celebrations that were organised at Dr Ishwar Singh Memorial Hall today.

After the bhog of Shri Sehaj Path Sahib, which was accomplished, by the students and members of staff, the students recited Gurbani in the form of kirtan.

Former member, Punjab Public Service Commission, Harbhajan Singh Deol, was the chief guest. He stressed on the need to follow gurus’ teachings in order to lead a pure life.

Apart from this. “Dastar Sajaun” (turban tying) competition was held in which Sukhwinder Singh of B.A.III secured first position while Inderpal Singh of M.A.II and Tejveer Singh of B.Com. III secured second and third positions, respectively. The winners were honoured with dastars.

“Shudh Gurbani Ucharan” Competetion was also held in which Jaspreet Kaur of B.A.I bagged the first prize while Amadeus Kaur of B.A. III and Manvir Kaur of B.A. III begged second and third prize, respectively. The winners were awarded trophies for their achievements.

Narinder Singh Sidhu, principal, thanked the chief guest. Former transport minister Tejparkash Singh Kotli, president, College Management Committee, Roop Brar were also present on the occasion.

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JD students showcase states’ culture
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 1
Students of the JD Institute of Fashion Technology yesterday presented a holistic concept in their audio visual presentations “Eye for detail” and by showcasing the cuisines and culture of their respective states. Students were seen dressed up in typical Punjabi attire, traditional Kashmiri phirans and long Assamese kurtas.

Pragati Taneja said: “The presentations are based on a few days of research and hard work put in by students to gain as much insight possible into the state’s history and culture as possible. With a large number of domestic tourists preferring foreign destinations, it was necessary to make the present generation aware of the paradise that varied states of India offered”.

Manisha, Jasmine and Gurpreet Singh acted as judges. Students were divided into groups to represent eight states: Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, West Bengal, Assam, Gujarat, Rajasthan and one group even represented Nepal.

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GGN students get insight into marketing trends
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 1
Having acquainted themselves with technological advancements in various fields, including agriculture and defence, the management students pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate courses at GGN Institute of Vocational Studies yesterday returned after visiting trade fair at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.

During their two days visit, the students interacted with experts from the USA, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Thailand and China, who had put up their stalls at the trade fair. “It was all new experience to watch participating countries as well as various Indian states exhibiting their ethnic goods. It made us believe that India can certainly cater to a global audience”, said Ramandeep Kaur, student of PG Diploma in business management.

The visit provided students insight into newest trends in marketing of textiles, garments, household, kitchen appliances, processed food and products like jewellery, cosmetics and healthcare. The highlight of exhibition was hardcore B2B sector and telecommunications.

GGNIVS coordinator, Manjit Chhabra, said such visits aimed at providing excellent means to impart practical training to students and to break monotony. “Such trips help in several ways as students not only could update their knowledge about technological and industrial growth, they also learn about management tools used in organising flawless events”, he added. Besides having acquired knowledge about global marketing trends, the students enjoyed a wide range of international cuisine prepared by cooks who were specially flown from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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Engg college organises AIDS awareness rally
Our Correspondent

Doraha, December 1
A rally to spread awareness regarding AIDS was organised by pupil teachers of the Doraha College of Education at Government Senior Secondary School, Kaddon village, here today.

A skit to generate awareness regarding spread of AIDS was presented by school students. Principal of the school Harbhajan Ram spoke on AIDS.

A rally comprising of as many as 150 school students was flagged from the village by Major Singh, member of Block Samiti, Doraha.

Students shouting anti-AIDS slogans and sporting red ribbons and posters tried to make residents aware of this deadly disease.

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From Colleges
Award for GADVASU scientist
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, December 1
Narender Singh Sharma, associate professor (bacteriologist), department of veterinary microbiology, College of Veterinary Science, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU),was conferred a Siksha Rattan Puruskar by the India International Friendship Society, New Delhi. The award was given by Bhishma Narain Singh, former Governor of Assam and Tamil Nadu, at a seminar organised in New Delhi.

Warm send-off

Avtar Chand Rana, comptroller of Punjab Agricultural University, was given a warm send-off by the deans and directors of the university. He relinquished the job to join new state government assignment.

PAU VC Manjit Singh Kang dean, college of agriculture, G.S.Chahal and registrar R.K.Mahey praised Rana for streamlining the working and utilisation of funds awarded by the Central government.

Financial help for PAU staff

The state government’s decision to help PAU in a time of financial crisis has come as a relief to thousands of university employees. The government has decided to help PAU tide over its pension-fund crisis by paying Rs 30 crore in monthly installments till April 2008. The university will start getting funds from December 2007. About 2,500 pensioners will benefit by the decision.

Journalism course

Mandi Ahmedgarh Terming the revival of the department of journalism at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, as a step towards disseminating professional knowledge among peasants, the All-India Media Teachers Association has thanked the Chief Minister for impressing upon the authorities to expedite the process.

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Delegates from Pak, USA remember Sahir Ludhianvi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 1
As part of their ongoing celebration, a programme was organised today at the Malwa Central College of Education. The programme was dedicated to celebrated poet Sahir Ludhianvi, an alumnus of Malwa Khalsa school for Boys being managed by Khalsa Dewan. The programme started with a shabad and also had ghazals penned by Sahir Ludhianvi. Other items like group songs, vaar, kawishri, giddha etc were also presented.

The highlight of the programme was the participation of delegates from Pakistan, the USA and Russia. The delegates are in town to participate in the annual mushaira organised by Adeeb International and Sahir Cultural Academy. Barno Avazova from Russia, who has translated poetry of Sahir Ludhianvi in Russian spoke in Hindi about the Sahir’s creativity. Sarfraz Sayyed from Pakistan touched emotional chord of the audience by speaking about Indo-Pak relations in light of Sahir. The delegates were introduced to audience by Kewal Dhir.

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Shelly wins poster-making contest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 1
Shelly, a student of BA II at SDP College for Women, won poster-making contest organised on the occasion of the World AIDS Day celebrations here today. Priya, BA III, and Isha, BA II, won the second and third prize, respectively.

A cultural programme was also organised.

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Despite HC order, quacks thrive
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, December 1
The unambiguous directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to take action against unregistered and unqualified medical practitioners in the state and the resolve of the state government to implement the directive notwithstanding, as things stand now, the people in Punjab, and particularly in the industrial capital of the state, have to live with quackery for the time being.

At last count, though not officially confirmed, the district had somewhere around 8,000 quacks, operating in every nook and cranny of the city, especially in slums and labour colonies, as also in each and every village and small town.

With little or no enforcement of the relevant laws against carrying on unlawful medical practice by the health department, the quacks operate with impunity, offering medical treatment in a system that they are not qualified in, run nursing homes, diagnostic centres or laboratories, and at times, even perform minor surgical procedures.

That a large number of patients develop complications, or once in a while even die in the course of being treated by these unqualified practitioners, is a different story.

Not that the health department is unaware of the serious threat posed by the swarming band of quacks to the unsuspecting people, a majority of them being illiterate or from economically weaker sections because the authorities have taken some half-hearted measures in the past to curb the illegal medical practice in different parts of the district. But for many procedural and legal hurdles, or political patronage provided to the "well-connected" quacks, the initiative did not yield the desired results.

Dr Arun Mitra, president of the local branch of Indian Medical Association (IMA), minces no words while commenting on the gravity of the situation. "Providing medicare to the under-privileged people has never been among the priorities of successive governments.”

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Athletic Meet: GNPS clinch relay race title
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 1
Host Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana, clinched the title in the boys u-19 years 4x400 m relay race in the 16th Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex Athletics Meet that concluded today. Raikot Public School of Raikot and GNP School, Mullanpur, secured second and third position, respectively.

In the boys u-16 years section, Ishneet Singh of the host school won top honours in the high jump event while Shivam Pruthi of KVM School finished second and Gurpreet Singh of SKS School, Sarabha Nagar, had to content with the third position.

Rupinder Singh, SP (Traffic),Ludhiana, gave away prizes to the position holders. Principal of Guru Nanak Public School, Ludhiana, R.S.Gill,thanked the chief guest and members of the management committee of the host school.

Results: Boys ( u-16): 800 m- Jaspreet Singh of GNPS, Mullanpur 1; Paramdeep Singh of Raikot Public School,Raikot, 2nd and Simranjot Singh, Satluj Public School, Ludhiana, 3rd; 4x400 m relay race- GNPS, Mullanpur, 1st, GNPS, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana,2nd and Raikot Public School,Raikot, 3; 100 m- Gurjot Singh of GGN School, Ludhiana, 1st; Malvidner Singh, GNPS, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana, 2nd and Manvir Singh, Satluj Public School, Ludhiana, 3rd.

Boys (u-19)- discus throw: Puneetpal Singh of GNPS, Mullanpur, 1st; Jagdeep Singh of GMT, Ludhiana,2nd and Harshdeep Singh of BCM School, Shastri Nagar, Ludhiana,3rd; 4x400 m realy race- GNPS, Mullanpur,1st; Raikot Public School, Raikot,2 nd and GNPS, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana,3rd.

Girls (u-19): 4x400 m relay- Raikot Public School, Raikot,1st; GNPS, Mullanpur, 2 nd and GNPS, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana, 3 rd; shot put- Dijeet Kaur of GNIS, Ludhiana,1st; Manbir Kaur of GNPS, Ludhiana,2nd and Gurpal Kaur of Raikot Public School, Raikot,3rd.

Girls (u-16): 100 m- Pawanpreet Kaur of Raikot Public School, Raikot,1st, Harpreet Kaur of GGN School, Ludhiana,2nd and Manpreet Kaur of SKS School, Sarabha,3rd; long jump- Amanpreet Kaur of Raikot Public School, Raikot,1st; Kiranpreet Kaur of GHPS, Sidhwan, 2nd and Gurinder Kaur of SKS School, Sarabha, 3rd; 4x400 relay race- Raikot Public School, Raikot, 1st; Satluj Public School, Ludhiana,2nd and GNPS, Ludhiana,3rd.

Boys (u-14)- 100 m: Dinesh Kanwar of SKS School, Sarabha,1st; Bhupinder Singh of GMT, Ludhiana,2nd and Shreyans of KVM School, Ludhiana,3rd; shot put: Shabaz Singh of GGN School, Ludhiana,1st, Gursimranjit Singh of BCM School, Chandigarh road, Ludhiana,2nd and Jeevash of GMT School, Ludhiana,3rd.

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SAI, Patiala lads drub Sangrur 6-2
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 1
Powered by four goals, including a hat-trick by Ajay Singh, Sports Authority of India (SAI), Patiala, drubbed Sangrur 6-2 in the boys u-16 years category of the Punjab Hockey League being organised by the Punjab Sports Department at Prithipal Singh Memorial Astroturf Stadium of Punjab Agricultural University campus here today.

Jaspreet Singh opened account for SAI, Patiala, in the sixth minute. Then, Ajay Singh was at the centre of attraction as he pumped in four goals (8th, 10th, 11th and 12th minute) to consolidate the lead to 5-0.

In the second half, Jaspreet again found the target to make it 6-0. Leading by six goals, Patiala lads took it easy and their opponents managed to dent in two goals in the fag end of the encounter. Sat Pal Singh and Harpreet Singh sounded the board to reduce the margin 6-2.

Earlier, in a u-14 year’s match, Faridkot prevailed over Mata Sahib Kaur Academy, Jarkhar, 3-2.

Karamjit Singh of Faridkot put his side ahead in the 12th minute through a penalty stroke conversion. In the 25th minute, Karamjit again struck when he successfully converted a penalty corner to enhance the lead 2-0.

Trailing by two goals, the Jarkhar academy players leveled the score when Narinder Singh scored in the 26th minute, followed by a fine field goal scored by Jatinder Singh four minutes later.

In the dying minutes of the match, Amrit Pal Singh of Faridkot managed to pierce through Jarkhar defense and rolled the ball into the net and steered his team to a well-fought win.

In another match (u-14), Malwa Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, pipped Surjit Academy, Jalandhar, 2-1. The winners were trailing by one goal at half time.

Surjit Academy lads went into the lead midway through the first half as Bant Singh drew the first blood. Kulbir Singh of Malwa Khalsa School restored parity in the 35th minute and pumped in another goal in the 46th minute which sealed Surjit Academy boy’s fate 2-1.

In the fourth match of the day, Amloh got a walk over against Moga as the later failed to turn up.

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Lakhbir wins gold in 400 mts race
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 1
Lakhbir Sharad of Raikot Public School bagged gold medal in the 400 mts final (under-16) girls category in the ongoing Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools complex athletic meet at Guru Nanak Public School (GNPS).

In 400 mts (under-16) boys final Japreet Singh of GNPS, Mullanpur, won the gold medal, followed by Ishneet Singh, GNPS, Ludhiana and Harpreet Singh, Raikot Public School, who won the silver and bronze medals, respectively.

Results: Discuss throw (under-19 girls): Daljeet Kaur, GNIPS, Model Town,Ist; Pallavi, KVM,2nd; Manbir Kaur, GNPS, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana;3rd; 400 mts final (under-19 girls): Jagdeep Kaur, Raikot Public School, Ist; Srishti, KVM, Ludhiana,2nd;Vaneet Kaur, GNIPS, Model Town;3rd; 400 mts final (under-16 girls):Lakhbir Sharad, Raikot Public School, Ist;Tandeep Kaur,GNPS,Sidhwan,2nd; Parminder Kaur, Satluj Public School,3rd.

Boys: Triple jump final (under-19): Shaminder Singh, Raikot Public School,Ist; Ishmeet Singh and Dipinder Singh, GNPS,Sarabha Nagar;2nd; 400 mts final (under-16 boys): Jaspreet Singh, GNPS, Mullanpur, Ist; Ishneet Singh, GNPS, Sarabha Nagar,2nd; Harpreet Singh, Raikot Public School, 3rd. Discuss throw (under-14 boys): Shahbaz Singh,GGN School, Ist; Naveen Singh, GNPS,Ludhiana,2nd; Surpreet Singh, GNPS,Mullanpur, 3rd.

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Canada kabaddi cup from today
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 1
Six top kabaddi outfits of the country with a number of international stars will be seen in action during the 6th edition of the Canada International Kabaddi Cup Tournament to be played here at Guru Nanak Stadium on December 2. The event is being organised jointly by the Malwa Sports Association and Frazer Valley, Canada, under the aegis of the Punjab Rural Sports Promotion Council.

Raghbir Singh, chairman of Malwa Sports Association, said six teams from kabaddi academies would battle it out for the prestigious Canada Cup. Besides, two teams in the women’s section, Miri Piri Academy and Punjab XI, will also participate.

Punjabi singer, Babbu Maan will entertain the spectators during the day and Ishmeet Singh, winner of TV programme ‘Voice of India’ will be awarded with the “Punjabian De Maan” title. Gurjit Singh Tutanwala, Makahan Singh Saidoke, Ekam Singh Hathoor (international kabaddi stars) along with kabaddi commentator Prof Makhan Singh Hakimpur will be given motorcycles.

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NZ handball tourney from tomorrow
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 1
The North Zone Handball Championship for Men and Women will be held in Ludhiana from December 3 to 5 in which teams from Jammu and Kashir, Himchal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Chandigarh besides hosts Punjab will be vying for top honours.

S S Channy, general secretary, Punjab Handball Association, said matches in this three-day tournament would be played on league basis. The deputy commissioner of Ludhiana Sumer Singh Gurjar will inaugurate the championship on December 3 at 1 pm.

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Alpine school paddlers for state meet
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 1
Nine students of Alpine International Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, have been selected to represent Ludhiana district in the Punjab State Inter-District and Open Table Tennis Championship to be held at Jalandhar from December 5 to 9, according to a press note issued by the school here today.

The names of Bhavuk Jain, Mayank Batta (junior boys), Shubham Grover, Raghav Jindal (sub-junior boys), Kritika Gupta, Anushka Jagga, Bhumika and Aarti Jindal (sub-junior girls) and Smriti Thakur (junior girls) are in the list of players who will take in this championship.

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