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House burgled in RS Nagar
Rs 1 lakh, jewellery found stolen
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 10
Locked houses are proving easy targets for thieves in the city with regular incidence of theft and burglaries reported from various parts raising issue of the security of such houses.

The police wants the residents to inform the area police station before going out of station. The residents do not use this option owing to lack of trust in cops.

In the latest case, a house in block-D of Randhir Singh Nagar was found burgled this morning. J P Singh, an employee with a local pharmaceutical company and resident of 315-D, reported to the Sarabha Nagar police that he found the locks of his house broken and jewellery and cash worth over Rs 1 lakh missing.

He, along with his family, had gone to another city to visit relatives. They had locked the house. To their utter horror, they found the main door open when they reached the house. The scene inside was worse. The house was completely ransacked. Almirahs were open. Clothes were strewn all around.

The police pressed the finger print experts and the dog squad into service to find some relevant clues. Sources said the prints found from the house would be developed and matched with record of listed criminals.

This is not an isolated case where criminals have made merry at the expense of residents who go for an excursion for a few days. They have become so expert that they strike even when a family is out for a night. This happened with a family in Haibowal few weeks ago. They had gone to attend a marriage only to found the house ransacked within a few hours it was kept locked.

As per an estimate made by the police, out of 10 thefts occurring in houses, seven take place in locked houses, "It is practically impossible for the police to keep vigil on each house. Residents leaving the houses locked can help matters a lot by informing the area SHO. This is required under the rules also. The police bound to keep extra vigil on the house. However, negligible number of residents do this," he police said.

Sunil, a resident of Sarabha Nagar, said people were yet to trust the cops in the matter, "The general idea is that there will be more chances of burglary if cops knew the house was unguarded. The police is to be blamed for this. The force has failed to instill confidence in the masses."

About 25 to 35 thefts and burglaries take place in the city every months. Out of these over 20 occur in locked houses.



RO warns lawyers on defacement
9 file papers in city
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 10
Returning offic18 file papers for Bar poller S K Pathak has warned the contestants for the annual elections of the District Bar Association (DBA) to refrain from defacing the Judicial Complex as well as Lawyers Chambers Complex, failing which strict action will be taken against them, including the ''rejection of nomination papers''.

“I need not point out that for the election to the DBA, poster and hand bills do not play any role except that they make the building ugly, says the notice put on the notice board. The past experience says that generally the contestants do not adhere to the instructions issued by the RO, as no strict action was ever taken against any of such erring contestant.

Meanwhile, the process of filing the nomination papers for the annual elections of the District Bar Association(DBA) started today. Nine aspiring contestants filed nomination papers for different posts with the returning officer.

For the post of vice-president, N D Chopra and Harinder Singh Narang, flanked with a number of supporters, filed nomination papers. Whereas, for the post of secretary, S M Sharma filed nomination papers.

For the post of finance secretary, Nikil Mohan Sharma, Gupreet Singh Arora and whereas, Mandip Singh Sidhu and Naginder Singh Gill filed nomination paper staking claim for the post of joint secretary. For the post of executive members, Vinod Kumar Sharma and Mukhtiar Singh Mann filed nomination papers.

Till now no one has filed nomination papers for the post of president. Lawyer Parveen Talwar and Parupkar Singh Ghumman will file nomination papers for the post of president tomorrow, as it was the last day of filing nomination papers.



18 in Jagraon
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, December 10
Eighteen advocates filed their nominations for the election to be held on December 20 for the posts of president, vice-president, secretary and two executive members of Bar Association, Jagraon.

With a strength of 60 members, eight have filed nominations for the post of president that include Amarjit Lamba, J.S. Sehgal, Subhash Chander, Baljit Yadav, Ashwani Attray, M.S. Sehgal, R.P.S. Chahal, Ashwani Bhardwaj whereas Naveen Gupta, Yogesh Parhricha, Ranjit Singh Roomi, Jagpal Singh Buttar, Yogesh Singla for the post of vice-president, Anju Tandon, Naveen Gupta, Jagpal Singh Buttar and Navtej Braich for the post of secretary and Naveen Gupta, Raj Kumar Kaushal, S.S. Chhawra and IPS Chahal for two post for executive members. The last date for the withdrawal of the names is December 13.



City Centre Scam
Sibias contest attachment of flats
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 10
Judicial magistrate Kuldip Singh today adjourned the hearing on the application filed by members of the proclaimed offender in the City Centre Scam case Paramjit Singh Sibia for recalling order of attachment of properties, till December 15.

Two sons of Sibia (former chairman Ludhiana Improvement Trust) and his two brothers had moved different applications before the court claiming that the property attached with the orders of the court was a joint Hindu family property on the basis of a family settlement. It was not owned by Paramjit Singh Sibia alone even if one flat stands in his name only.

Following a request by the Vigilance Bureau, the court had earlier ordered to attach two flats belonging to Sibia. Thereafter, the properties Sibias contest attachment of flats were attached.

Now, Ravinder Singh and Satpal Singh, the brothers of Sibia have filed an application in the court stating that they had a share in some properties, which had been attached. They stated that attachment of these properties was not justified.

Because, through a family settlement effected on November 12, 1995, the flats were equally divided among the brothers and therefore Paramjit Singh held only one third share in two properties.

While, the Vigilance department has justified the attachment of properties. They stated that as per Municipal Corporation record, the property stands in the name of absconding Sibia. The arguments on these application would be heard on the next hearing.



Bains left out in the cold
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, December 10
After registration of a case for disrupting the demolition work on Daba Road, the SAD councillor Simarjit Singh Bains finds himself in a tight spot.

The situation might lead to initiation of disqualification proceedings against the councillor, who had launched a verbal attack on the commissioner of the Municipal Corporation Vikas Partap at the general house meeting here on Friday.

The tough postures, adopted by the MC officials and the representative bodies of the civic employees, coupled with reported lack of support from the top leadership of SAD, is being seen in political circles here as a moral victory of the city mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura and the commissioner with regard to the ongoing row.

Cutting across the party lines, almost the entire MC House has objected to the manner in which the issue was raised at the meeting by Bains without being able to substantiate his allegations of corruption against the MC chief.

Even as the Punjab local bodies minister Manoranjan Kalia had indicated that the incident was unfortunate and should have been avoided, MC employees were reportedly mobilising their ranks to hold a gate rally at the MC headquarters on Tuesday (the first working day after the house meeting) to express solidarity with the commissioner and the ruling group in the civic body (read mayor).

Although it was reported that Bains, along with some supporters, had gone to meet the SAD working president Sukhbir Badal at Bathinda on Saturday but it could not be confirmed whether the meeting took place or not, and further as to what was junior Badal’s stand on the crucial issue which involved the entire officials and staff of the MC on one side and the party councillor on the other.

However, the very fact that the MC authorities lodged a DDR with the police against the councillor on Saturday, and further that the MC staff held a meeting late in the evening on the same day to chalk out a course of action against Bains, is a clear indication that the party leadership had chosen not to take sides, if not altogether stand with the mayor and commissioner.

In the ongoing tussle between two factions of the ruling SAD in the civic body, the next few days are going to prove of great consequence as the political future of the political big wigs, the councillor concerned and the morale of the MC machinery are at stake.



Govt to launch statewide drive against foeticide
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, December 10
The Punjab government will launch a comprehensive drive with the involvement of NGOs and educational institutions to educate the masses about the serious repercussions of the menace of female foeticide in society. Seminars, exhibitions and group meetings will be organised all over the state to mobilise people against this social evil.

This was stated by minister for social security, industrial training and technical education Swarna Ram while addressing a seminar on "Damaging effects of female foeticide", organised by department of social security and child development, Punjab, at Nehru Sidhant Kendra here today.

Expressing serious concern over the misuse of the latest equipment, meant for diagnostic purposes, by certain opportunist and greedy elements by resorting to pre-natal sex determination test, the minister sounded a warning that if this unlawful activity was not stopped forthwith, it could cause a serious imbalance in society.

"The crime of elimination of human lives in the shape of unborn girl children is a blot on the face of civilised society. Skewed sex ratio prevailing in Punjab is a matter of genuine concern and if timely corrective steps are not taken, the situation in Punjab will assume alarming proportions."

Swarna Ram said it was the right time to launch an effective and concerted drive on both the educative and punitive fronts against female foeticide by involving the masses right up to the village level. It was most unfortunate that the state of Punjab, considered as the most prosperous and developed one, and devoted to the social and human causes in the country, also led in the criminal acts of murdering the unborn girl children.

Giving statistics to drive home the point, he stated that the sex ratio in Punjab was 874 females against 1,000 males which was the lowest in the country. The situation in the sex ratio in respect to the age group of 0 to 6 yrs of children was even worse in the state, which had fallen to only 793 female per 1,000 males, which reflected the future shape of society. He stressed that girls were in no way inferior to the boys and in the present times, educated girls were rather showing better performance as compared to boys in different fields.

"It is not possible for the government alone to check this menace by enforcing the PNDT Act. The active and dedicated involvement of the people alone could play a vital role in the eradication of this heinous crime against female foetuses." The minister made it clear that the government would keep a strict watch and further strengthen the regulatory mechanism against ultrasound scan centres to identify and punish the black sheep who were indulging in sex determination and termination of the female foetuses.

Rakhi Gupta Bhandari, director of social security, Punjab, stressed the need for awakening of educated women to combat the menace of female foeticide while calling for creating awareness among the women in the rural and remote areas. She said under the proposed comprehensive campaign, one block-level and 20 village-level camps will be organised to create awareness among the people.

Among others who addressed the seminar were Dr Sushma Jaiswal, dean, College of Home Science in PAU, Nachhattar Singh, joint director of social security, Dr Reena Sandhu, district family welfare officer, and Surinder Kumar, district programme officer.



Protest against break in water supply
Our Correspondent

Samrala, December 10
Accusing civic body authorities of ignoring their demand to restore supply of drinking water to their area, residents of the Old Sabzi Mandi area of the town yesterday staged a protest against the administration.

They threatened to block vehicular traffic on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road and gherao municipal council office in case the water and sewerage services were not restored.

Executive officer of municipal council Davinder Singh Grewal, after receiving an offer from the legislator of the constituency to make payment for a new electric motor, said that amenities would soon be restored.

A large number of residents of ward numbers 5 to 7, including women, staged a protest against officials of the municipal council, who, according to them, had failed to restore the water supply that had been shut down eight days ago.



Men don velvety looks
Rugged and rough is passe
Jupinderjit Singh

Botox, pedicure, manicure, hair removal and facial are no longer the domain of women. For, gone are the days when it was the fair sex alone that relished spending hours in beauty parlours. The archetypal male, known for his rugged looks, has been displaced by the prim, proper and dressy dandy, who now seems to be outdoing his female counterpart in pursuit of eternal youth.

The hair on the hands, chest and legs, regarded as sign of masculinity, is being sacrificed at the altar of a neat, clean look. Eyebrows are being shaped and faces bleached. Pedicure and manicure are simply a must for city guys.

Wrinkles, the nerve-wrecking sign of aging, are giving the jitters not only to women, but also heebie-jeebies to men. Botox, a treatment to get rid of wrinkles, is becoming increasingly popular with men. Little wonder an increasing number of men and teenaged boys are frequenting skin clinics.

Botox treatment, an injection on the forehead, is a favourite among middle-aged men.Laser chest hair removal is a fad with youngsters.

Says Rahul:“ But my girlfriend found the hair creepy. So, here I am at the clinic to please her.”

Teenagers coming for facials is an interesting phenomenon. Says Kamal Kaur and Mohammadd Irfan at Ollega:“ A 16-year-old boy comes to us regularly for beauty treatmenty, requesting us not to tell his mom.”

"Many men accompanied by wives come to us for facials or hair removal on the face for the marriage of their children,” said a doctor in Kaya Clinic."

You would be mistaken if you think only brides spent a day in a parlour, more and more grooms are doing the same.“There is a huge rush of grooms seeking a major makeover before marriage. We have opened a separate parlour for them,” says a beauty expert and director of the chain of Grace Beauty Parlours in the city.

“The skincare for men is different from that of women. The skin of men is more oily with larger pores and is thicker and rougher with copious hair growth," she explains.



3 nabbed for harassing journalist
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 10
Eight months after, the city police has nabbed three youth for harassing a journalist.

The Sarabha Nagar police managed to nab Malkit Singh, a resident of Passian village, near Jalandhar, along with his two other accomplice, for allegedly harassing a journalist of an English daily.

The accused used to send vulgar SMS to the woman journalist and even used to harass her by persistently calling her at odd hours.

According to the journalist, the accused used foul language and used to send vulgar messages. It was only after the intervention of SSP R.K. Jaiswal that she could manage to register a FIR against the accused.

According to inquiry officer Kuldeep Singh both parties reached a compromise as the accused had apologised.



Summit on investment scenario today
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 10
The Ludhiana Management Association (LMA) will conduct a summit on “Investment Scenario” in association with ICICI Bank Corporate Investment and Services here tomorrow.

The event will have discussions on various investment opportunities and avenues available in the financial market of India. Sanjay Sinha, chief investment officer, SBI Mutual Fund, Balasubramanium, chief investment officer, Birla Mutual Fund, D. Ramachandran, head, Equity and Research, ICICI Bank, and Sandeep Aneja, managing director, Milestone, will form the panel and discuss the investment scenario.

K.N.S. Kang, general secretary, LMA, said options for investors in financial markets had multiplied and the discussion would help the members of the association.



Gadvasu gets Rs 60 lakh for breeding Beetal goats
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 10
The Department of Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, Government of India, has sanctioned Rs 60 lakh grant to Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (Gadvasu) here for creating facilities for the conservation and improvement of Beetal goats as the Centrally-sponsored scheme for the conservation of threatened breeds of goats.

Under this project, the university will establish a flock of 500 Beetal goats by establishing a goat-breeding centre. The university will undertake selection programme for the genetic improvement of the population of these goats, which has its origin in Punjab. The number of this particular breed of goats has drastically declined and these animals mostly belong to either nondescript or crosses of different breeds.

“The goat population in the state has declined from 7.2 lakh in 1977 to 2.8 lakh in 2003 in spite of the fact that majority of the population is non-vegetarian and take mutton quite frequently. The population of Beetal goat which has its origin in Punjab, is on the verge of extinction even though the breed has good adaptability, growth rate and prolificacy,” says a university press note.

In order to improve the productivity of goat in the state, the farmers will be provided either superior bucks or semen of goat bucks from the university for upgrading their local goats. The farmers will also be guided in proper feeding and to practice feeding for increasing productivity of goats. They will also be provided proper deworming and vaccination protocols and information regarding proper housing and management of goats. The performance of the animals and management practices adopted by farmers will be regularly monitored by GADVASU experts. A goat-breeding association has also been established with the technical help of the university to look after their interest.

The university has also submitted a proposal to the state government for creating adequate staff and other facilities for taking up goat research and breeding programmes on a long-term basis. The demand for goat meat is fast increasing particularly due to the fear of the bird flu. It is expected that the efforts being made by the university in development of economically- viable goat farming system in the state will be very helpful in increasing the income of the farming community, particularly the landless and marginal farmers.

Gadvasu is also creating facilities for value addition of meat products of goats to improve the economic viability of goat farming system. It is important to mention that the letter for first installment of Rs 30 lakh have been received by the vet varsity. Further, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, has also assured the university to allot one project for the production of germplasm of this goat breed, which is to be supplied to other states, the press note added.



Students visit Pinjore heritage festival
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 10
Ivanna Institute of Fashion Technology organised a visit of its students to Heritage Festival at Yadvindra Gardens, Pinjore, yesterday.

The tour was organised for the students undertaking their graduation and post-graduation in PTU’s fashion technology courses, offered at the institute. Students studied the varied products on display. The festival showcased the crafts, arts, and handlooms of the states of northern province.

Spread all over the Pinjore gardens, the festival was organised by Haryana Tourism. Besides welcome Rangoli patterns at the entrances, there were camel rides for children. At different spots in the gardens, there were artistes performing dances. Rajasthani puppet show, banjara dance, haryanvi dance, bhangra, and a tribal dance were the main attractions. The festival had lots of varied handicrafts on display. There were torans, hangings, toys, puppets depicting the Rajasthani and Gujarati culture. Clay handicrafts were moulded in shapes of Ganesha, camels, elephants, bowls, etc beautifully decorated with coloured beads, mirrors, and bells. Wood crafts were visible in handicrafts, decoration items, utensils, and other souvenirs. Bright- coloured pottery in innovative shapes looked decorative as well as useful. There were purses and handbags in leather ware. Attractive jewellery in coloured stones, beads and oxidised metal was the favourite selling item.



From Colleges
Yoga camp at engg college ends
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 10
A five-day yoga camp organised by the Pitanjali Yog Samiti for faculty members of the Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology (LCET) concluded. Yoga instructors Veena, Krishan Lal Gupta, Darshan Singh, Prem, and Sukhwinder Singh from the samiti (Ludhiana district) were the resource persons.

They touched topics like backache, cervical, obesity, muscular pains, stomach problems, diabetes, high and low blood pressure and stress.

Faculty members were told about various asanas for leading a healthy life.

Lecture: Quest Infosys, regional centre of the Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, under the distance education programme, organised an extension lecture on “The Man Behind the Venture-The Entrepreneur” here on Friday.

Assistant professor Ritesh Singla, department of business management and head of the training and placement cell, Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), was the resource person.



Website on Punjabi culture
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 10
The Punjab Cultural Society launched a website on Punjabi culture, www.punjabculturalsociety.com, here on Sunday. The website was inaugurated by chairman of the society Jagpal Singh Khangura and president Ravinder Ranguwal.

The site contains information on Punjabi culture which includes language, food, dress, jewellery, poetry, etc. and lifestyle of people residing here.



Northern Railway eves rout Dhanoa XI
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 10
Northern Railway, Delhi, eves began their campaign in a style, demolishing Dhanoa XI, Punjab, 11-0 on the second day of the XIth All-India Mohinder Partap Singh Grewal Women's Hockey Tournament being played at Prithipal Singh Astroturf Stadium, Punjab Agricultural University, here today.

Dhanoa XI girls, who gave a good account of themselves yesterday by holding 2-2 Sports Authority of India (SAI), North, Sonepat, were pale shadow as they surrendered meekly without posing any challenge to their rivals. They were trailing by five goals at half time.

The second match played between Madhya Pradesh Academy, Gwalior, and Rail Coach Factory (RCF), Kapurthala, ended in a draw (3-3).

Gwalior players drew the first blood in the sixth minute through Jahanara and five minutes later, RCF equalised the score when their captain Jyoti S. Kullu found the target.

Three minutes before the half time, Madhya Pradesh Academy, again took the lead through Amubi Devi. Deepika of RCF restored parity in the 49th minute while Aruna of Gwalior struck nine minutes later to take her side ahead again. RCF's Mukta neutarlised the lead in the 63rd minute.

In another match, Northern Eastern Railway (NER), Gorakhpur, defeated SAI, North, Sonepat, 4-1.

NER surged ahead in the 18th minute when Arpana Arya sounded the board. They increased the lead in the 22nd minute through Mukta. SAI girls reduced the margin in the 28th minute when Dimple was on target.

The railway outfit added two goals in the 43rd and 62nd minutes through Mukta and Arpana Arya, respectively, to help their team to wrap up the issue easily.

In the last match of the day, Western Railway, Mumbai, managed to defeat South Eastern Railway (SER), Kolkata 2-1.

SER women went into the lead in the 20th minute when Muni Bhengre scored a fine field goal. However, they squandered away the advantage in the 28th minute as Indravati found the target to level the score 1-1. Mumbai eves scored the all important goal in the 51st minute which came off Nishi's stick.

Tuesday's fixtures: Northern Railway, Delhi, vs SAI, North, Sonepat, at 9 am; Nortern Eastern Railway, Gorakhpur, vs Dhanoa XI, Punjab, at 10.30 am; Western Railway, Mumbai, vs Madhya Pradesh Academy, Gwalior, at 12 noon and South Eastern Railway, Kolkata, vs Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, at 2 pm.



Harsimran, Jatinder best athletes
Our Correspondent

Doraha, December 10
The 8th Annual Athletic Meet of Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Doraha was organised on the school grounds today.

Sukhpal Singh, director, SGHPS, inaugurated the meet by unfurling the flag. March past was presented by students at the opening ceremony.

Various events were held during the day. Races for parents and teachers were the special attraction of the show. The chief guest for the prize distribution was Dr Neeru Katyal Gupta, assistant commissioner (Grievances) SDM, Payal. A cultural programme was organised at the closing ceremony. Students also presented aerobics.

Harsimran Singh and Jatinder Kaur were declared the best athletes for the senior group and Munish and Shifali were the best in the junior group. The trophy for the best house in the march past and also the overall trophy for the athletic meet was won by Ravi House.

Results of the events are as follows:

Class I (50m boys) - Mehakdeep 1, Prabhvir 2, Sehajpreet 3; 50m girls- Ridhima 1, Amaneet 2, Rajdeep 3.

Class II (50m boys) - Gurmukh 1,Saransh 2, Dilawar 3; 50m girls - Jasmilan 1, Jyoti 2, Rajvir 3.

Class III-IV (200m boys)- Jagrag 1, Arshpreet 2, Jashan 3; 200m girls-Sandeep 1, Harleen 2, Pania 3; 100m boys- Harpreet 1, Jashandeep 2, Jagraj 3; 100m girls- Sandeep 1, Harleen 2, Pania 3

Class V and VI (200m boys)- Munish 1, Saurav 2, Yudvir 3; 200 m girls-Shifali 1, Manpreet 2, Jasveen 3; 100m boys - Munish 1, Saurav 2, Yudhvir 3; 100m girls- Shifali 1, Ravleen 2, Jaspal 3; Shot-put boys- Harjot 1, Munish 2, Kumardeep 3;

Class VII-VIII (200m Boys)- Jasminder 1, Abhishek 2, Piyush 3; Girls- Jatinder 1, Inderpreet 2, Harjot 3; Shot-put boys- Jasminder 1, Amrinder 2, Puneet; Long jump Girls - Jatinder 1, Navreen 2, Inderpreet 3; High jump boys- Jasminder 1, Kulraj 2, Arvinder 3; 100m boys - Amrinder 1, Jaswinder 2, Shubham 3; 100m girls- Jatinder 1, Inderpreet 2, Harjot 3.

Class IX-X (High Jump Boys)- Harsimran 1, Akshay 2, Jaspreet 3; 200m Girls- Arshdeep 1, Kawleen 2, Preetika 3; 200m boys- Harsimran 1, Akshay Bector 2, Hitansh 3; 100m girls- Arashdeep 1, Kawleen 2, Preetika 3; Shot-put Girls - Sandeep 1, Manpreet 2, Jaspreet 3



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