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Toll barrier has new address — Sutlej bridge
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 24
In what comes as a Christmas gift to residents, the Doraha toll barrier, hated by the industry and the residents alike, will be shifted to the Sutlej bridge. It would start functioning from January 21 at the new location.

Construction is in full swing at the new site.

Residents of Rajgarh village, who were the worst hit as they had to take a circuitous route through the village to avoid the barrier, are also glad.

Officials of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) said the barrier had been shifted as commuters were bypassing the barrier at Doraha by taking alternative routes. No such route was available at the new location.

Joint engineer (NHAI) Chand Bhushan said the Doraha checkpoint had connecting roads and commuters, especially truck drivers, made use of alternative routes to avoid paying the tax,
thereby causing a loss to the government exchequer.

As many as eight checkpoints will be constructed at the new barrier. 

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Silt mounds choking vegetation
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Rara Sahib (Ludhiana), December 24
Irrigation department employees and sand mining contractors have dumped huge mounds of silt from the Abohar feeder canal on the forest area along the Doraha-Rara Sahib-Ahmedgarh road.

In August, the Environment Protection and Welfare Society had moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court for saving the destruction of the forest land by the formation of illegal paths and dumping of sand.

The society had referred to a Tribune news report and pictures in this regard.

Chief Justice Vijender Jain is personally looking into the case. He had told reporters at Phillaur and Jalandhar on December 22 that the judiciary was sensitive to cases of environment degradation.

The forest and the irrigation department have been claiming before the court that the forest land was being protected.

Four months later, the mounds have only gained in height due to the fresh dumping of sand.

Also, the number of paths where the forest department claimed to have undertaken plantation have been used for dumping the sand.

The picture taken near the milestone number 25 shows vacant forest land, but now a huge mound has come up over there. Trees have got buried under the sand will eventually die.

The superintendent engineer, irrigation, A.S. Dulat, however, termed the mounds as temporary. He said he was out of the state and would look into the matter. 

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Sub-registrar goes on leave, staff follow suit
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 24
The stamp duty evasion scam cast its shadow on the sub-registrar’s (West) office today when sub-registrar Mukesh Sharma went on leave and employees followed suit, bringing the registration work to a halt.

Angry at not finding anybody in the office, residents and property dealers, who had come to get sale deeds registered, staged a dharna outside the office and blocked traffic on the Ferozepur road for more than two hours.

The employees went on leave fearing the past experience when they were questioned in the scam. At that time also, the sub-registrar was on leave.

Though the administration had assigned the tehsildar, Payal, Mandeep Singh Dhillon, to take charge in the absence of Sharma, he expressed his inability to work today as there was nobody to check documents and issue receipts.

Real estate agents and residents, led by the president of the property dealers association, Kamal Chatley, staged a dharna and raised slogans against the deputy commissioner, Sumer Singh Gurjar, holding him responsible for the mess in the sub-registrar’s office.

They said most of the deeds were not being registered and were being impounded. 

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Endurance test before start of athletics meet 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 24
Around 2,500 students from various schools of the district waited on empty stomach as the chief guest, MP Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, turned up two and half hours late to inaugurate the Punjab School Athletics Meet at Guru Nanak Stadium here today. 

The story was no different for players, spectators and organisers alike.

Teachers and officials had to stand for hours, even as brunch waited for them.

Dhillon, who was scheduled to come at 11 am, arrived at 1.30 pm citing his occupation at a health mela as the reason.

The late arrival of the chief guest not only left students tired but also disturbed the schedule of events for the day.

Teachers and children, who formed a major chunk of spectators, were visibly annoyed by the late arrival of Dhillon.

Girl students of Government School, Bharat Nagar Chowk, who were dressed up in Punjabi attires, were completely exhausted before their performance. “We had been asked to arrive around 9 am. It is 1 pm and we are still standing with balloons in our hands. Our teachers had told us that we would be back by 12 pm,” said Mandeep Kaur of the school.

“We are exhausted and bored of waiting. We have not eaten anything and have not got refreshments also. We stood at the same place for two hours, as we could not move before welcoming the chief guest,” said another participant.

Local physical education teachers and DPs present on the ground, requesting anonymity, complained that it was unfair with players as they had to stand out in the cold.

“We fail to understand why the education department invites politicians to such ceremonies when they are known to come late,” said a group of parents and teachers.

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PAU’s distance learning classroom gets going
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 24
The facility of distance learning classroom installed in PAU college of agricultural engineering under American-Indian knowledge initiative with the technical cooperation from Iowa State University, USA, was made operational today.

A five-day (December 24 to 28), two credit course on “Landscape hydrology and water quality” being conducted jointly by Dr Ramesh Kanwar, professor and chair, department of agricultural and bio-system engineering, Iowa State University, and Dr Prasanta Kalita, professor from University of Illinois, and Dr Rabi Mohtar, professor from Purdue University, USA, was inaugurated today.

In his inaugural address, PAU vice-chancellor Dr Manjit Singh Kang thanked Dr Kanwar for linking knowledge sharing process involving e-facilities among the PAU, the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, and G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar.

“The PAU will be recognised as one of the pioneer institutes having the state-of-the-art facility of e-communication and that investment in this area is an investment to address the future global-learning needs,” observed Dr Kang.

He appreciated the singular role played by PAU alumni Dr Kanwar and Dr Kalita for strengthening this landmark facility at the PAU.

Dr Kanwar introduced the audience comprising students from UAS, Bangalore, faculty of College of Agricultural Engineering, deans and directors and other officers of the PAU, about the distance classroom facility and the course.

He said Dr Kalita and he would impart teaching from the computer centre of the PAU, while Dr Mohtar from Purdue University, using the distance learning classroom of the PAU, which is equipped with the required electronic gadgets.

He shared that under the ongoing course, 28 lectures will be delivered to participating students from the city, Pantnagar and Bangalore and that faculty members from Pantnagar would attend the course at its respective distance learning classroom installed under the AKI project. The course contents would be posted on the PAU website so that it could be downloaded by the students.

The assignments too would be submitted by students online.

Earlier, Dr V.K. Sehgal, dean, college of agricultural engineering, welcomed the participants. 

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City drenched in Xmas festivity
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 24
Christmas fervour is in air. From bedecked churches to city markets to hotels and malls, festive spirit has gripped one and all. As the city celebrates the occasion tomorrow, feasts and carol singing were the order of the day.

“We have been celebrating for almost a week now. It is not just about partying, but about bringing happiness to the lives of those around you, which is the spirit of the festival,” said Florence, a resident of Sarabha Nagar, who is also a social worker.

In city markets, bright red and white colour dominated and shops.

They had a lavish display of decorative stuff and lights, with staff dressed up as Santa Claus wishing people joy and entertaining kids.

Red and white balloons, chandeliers, decorative lights, bells, Christmas carts along with wrapped gifts were displayed at several shops, malls and hotels.

At a mall, which had a hut at the entrance, Xmas trees decked with candles, bells, balls, angels, fairies, stockings, wreaths, candies, etc, balloons and Santa, a tattoo artiste had been engaged to draw peppy tatoos.

Sale of bakery items, plum cakes were on an all-time high. So were turkey lunches and dinners offered by hotels.

“There are so many parties tonight and I am really happy. The festival is no longer restricted to any single religion. I believe it is about celebrating and that is what all people are doing. It marks the beginning of celebration that will continue through New Year to Lohri,” said Namita Malhotra, a resident. 

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Donated blood to be used for thalassaemics
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 24
A blood donation camp was organised here yesterday. A team of doctors and supporting staff from the department of transfusion medicine at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital provided facilities for the collection of blood.

According to Dr Amarjit Kaur, head of the department of transfusion medicine, the major concern of the department was to arrange for adequate leuco-reduced blood for thalassemic children.

Dr Sonia Singla, assistant professor who coordinated the camp, said 118 donors had come forward to donate blood. The blood would be utilised for thalassemic children whose life was dependent on blood. “Our motto is safe blood which can be achieved by maximum voluntary donations,” she added.  

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Letters
Adulteration

This has reference to “Fake desi ghee factory sealed; owner on the run” in Ludhiana Tribune of December, 24. Not just desi ghee, everything from vegetable to medicines and grain to milk that we get in the market is adulterated.

While the growth of vegetables is chemically induced, wheat flour is often adulterated with substances injurious to health.

Even milk, consumed largely by children, is not untouched by adulteration.

The lives of people are being played with just to make profit. So instead of merely taking action against just one category of factories, there is a strong need to crack down on units and factories manufacturing all kinds of spurious consumable goods. The health department should raid these units and take punitive action against violators.

Ravi Chander Garg
Ludhiana 

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12 booked in assault case
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, December 24
The Sidhwan Bet police in a cross case has booked 12 persons under Sections 452, 324, 323, 120-B, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC.

According to information, a group consisting of Gurmail Singh, Buta Singh and Malkit Kaur of Ramgarh Bhullar, Ravinder Singh of Swaddi Khurd and Roop Singh of Sherpur Khurd and another comprising Jagdish Singh, Tendu Singh of Ramgarh Bhullar, Ajmer Singh, Tejinder Singh, and Kaka Singh of Swaddi Khurd alongwith two unknown persons were engaged in an armed fight over a woman, Malkit Kaur, whom one side suspected to be a police informer.

Jagdish Singh was admitted to the Sidhwan Bet civil hospital, whereas Ravinder Singh was admitted to the local civil hospital.

Trespass

Bachan Singh and his sons Harbans Singh and Harpal Singh of Patti Bade Kunke Kalan were booked for trespassing on the land of Jaswinder Kaur of Sidhwan Bet at Bhundri village and occupying it.

They have also been accused of damaging eucalyptus plantation on the land.

The police has registered a case under Sections 427 and 447, IPC, against the three. No arrest has been made so far.

One held

Mogan of Unkote (Andhra Pradesh) was arrested by the Raikot police for possessing a jackknife.

A case under Section 25 of the Arms Act has been registered. 

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Christmas celebrations at schools
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 24
Christmas was celebrated at Saraswati Modern School, Rajpura Road, Civil Lines, here today. Chief guest Kamla Jain, school president, greeted those present.

The tiny tots of pre-nursery, nursery, LKG and UKG wings gave sterling performances.

Song and dance performances on “Jesus born today”, “Bells are ringing” and “We wish you merry Christmas” showcased the spirit of the festival.

Dance performances by students of classes I to IV, “Jingle Bells” and “Aaya Kitna Anand” mesmerised the audience. Dance item “Aaja Nach Le” was the centre of attraction.

School principal Neelambra Sharma thanked parents and greeted students. Sweets were distributed among students.

Christmas was celebrated with enthusiasm at GMT Public School recently. Tiny tots enjoyed being Santa Claus and distributed gifts and sweets.

The kindergarten wing wore a festive look decorated with Christmas trees, bells, stars and snowman. Students decorated trees with balloons, cherries and bells.

Christmas carols were also sung by students. A poem recitation competition was held for children.

Principal Amarjeet Dhaliwal, school directors S.K.S. Thind and S.J.S. Thind were present.

Maple Bear Canadian Playway and Nursery School, Udham Singh Nagar, celebrated Christmas with fanfare.

The school was tastefully decorated with bells and lights.

A Christmas tree was decorated and illuminated on the premises. A hut was also made depicting the scene of Jesus Christ’s birth.

Kids came dressed in fancy attires and danced to the tunes of Jingle Bells.

A Santa Claus distributed gifts and candies among children. The function was attended by guardians of the tiny tots.

School principal Veena Aggarwal greeted kids and parents.

Doraha

Angels, fairies, shepherds, and Santa Claus flocked Green Grove Public Senior Secondary School, Mohanpur, Khanna, to celebrate Christmas today.

The students spread the message of love, peace and joy through Christmas carols.

The main attraction of the day was jingle bells, a lively dance by LKG and class I students.

The kids also danced to tunes of “My Uncle from Jamaica”, “Like to party“, “Must be Santa”, “Go tell it over the Mountains” and “Where is the party tonight”.

An inter-house carol singing competition was also held. The school echoed with the sounds of carols like “Come let us adore him”, “Gods love is so wonderful”, “Jesus Christ was born on Christmas day” and “We wish you merry Christmas”. The Nativity scene was depicted by Rajni Paul of Class VIII who narrated the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. 

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Teachers to boycott seminars during vacation
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, December 24
About 700 teachers from 103 government schools, including senior secondary and primary schools, today boycotted a seminar organised under the Sarb Sikhya Abhiyan at Government Senior Secondary School.

The seminar was part of a series to be held from December 24 to December 31.

The teachers also took out a protest march and raised slogans against the policy of the government.

They also gave a memorandum to the SDM and demanded the cancellation of seminars during vacation. They also said teachers should not be deployed for non-educational purpose as per the orders of the education secretary.

Mahinder Singh Kamalpura, spokesman of the Democratic Teachers Front, flayed the government for holding seminars during vacation.

Block secretary of the DTF, Malkit Singh, opposed the government move to provide panchayat land free of cost to the Bharati Foundation.

The Sarkari Sikhya Bachao Manch said it would burn the effigy of the education minister on December 26.

Meanwhile, the seminar at Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sidhwan Bet, went off peacefully. 

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District courts closed from December 25 to 31
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 24
The district courts will remain closed from December 25 to 31. The district and sessions judge, G.K. Rai, has made arrangements for hearing urgent matters during vacation.

For bail applications etc falling within the sessions courts jurisdiction, Gurbir Singh, additional sessions judge, would be available on December 25 and 26, A.K. Mehta, additional sessions judge, on December 27 and 28, and Sanjiv Berry, additional sessions judge, on December 29 and 30.

M.S. Virdi, additional sessions judge, would be available for disposing of urgent matters on December 31.

In the lower courts, additional civil judge (senior division) Tarsem Mangla, and judicial magistrate K.K. Bansal would be available from December 25 to 27.

On December 28 and 29, judicial magistrates Kuldeep Singh and Charanjit Arora will take up the matters while judicial magistrate Ranjan Khullar do so on December 30 and 31. 

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Cricket for Deaf
Ludhiana bt Jalandhar
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 24
Allround performance by Surinder Singh (2 for 23 and 42 runs) enabled Ludhiana to register an easy six wicket win over Jalandhar in the cricket championship for the deaf being organised by the Deaf Cricket Federation, Punjab, at Arya College here today. Ludhiana won the toss and invited Jalandhar to bat first. In the allotted 20 overs, the visitors made 155 runs. The main scorers were Sandeep (39), Aman (25) and Harvinder (22).

For Ludhiana, Jaspreet Singh was the pick of bowlers who claimed three wickets for 25 runs while Surinder Singh grabbed two wickets for 23 runs and Dilbagh Singh captured one for 20 runs.

In reply, Ludhiana made 157 runs for the loss of four wickets in 15.3 overs. Their innings revolved around Surinder Singh and Rohit who chipped in with 42 and 33 runs, respectively. Paramdeep contributed 24 runs while Karamdeep remained unbeaten on 8.

Harvinder, Sandeep and Deepak chipped in with one wicket each for Jalandhar. 

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Ludhiana, Hoshiarpur athletes shine
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 24
Athletes from Ludhiana, Hoshiarpur and Mansa dominated the proceedings on the first day of the 53rd Punjab Schools Athletics Meet, which got off to a colourful start at Guru Nanak Stadium, here today.

Over 3,500 boys and girls from various districts of the state are taking part in the five-day event.

MP Sharanjit Singh Dhillon inaugurated the meet. Before the inauguration, Dhillon took salute from the participants at a march past.

District education officer Sudesh Bajaj welcomed the chief guest and other dignitaries.

Dakha MLA Darshan Singh Shivalik along with principals of schools, sports teachers and a large number of students were present at the ceremony.

Cultural items by girl students were the highlight of the opening function.

Results: 1,500m: boys u-19: Gagandeep Singh (Mansa) 1, Parvinder Singh (Ludhiana) 2, Karamjit Singh (Jalandhar) 3; boys u-17: Lakhbir Singh (Faridkot) 1, Jaswinder Singh (Faridkot) 2, Satwant Singh (Sangrur) 3; girls u-19): Navjowan Kaur (Hoshiarpur) 1, Gagandeep Kaur (Sangrur) 2 and Supinder Kaur (Fatehgarh Sahib) 3; girls u-17: Harpreet Kaur (Hoshiarpur) 1, Pardeep Kaur (Hoshiarpur) 2 and Raveena (Ludhiana) 3.

600m: girls u-14: Amandeep Kaur (Taran Tarn) 1, Navjot Kaur (Nawanshahr) 2, Reetu Rani (Hoshiarpur) 3;

Long jump: girls u-19: Jatinder Kaur (Sangrur) 1, Amandeep Kaur (Muktsar) 2, Rajni (Faridkot) 3. 

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Ludhiana set up title clash with Amritsar
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 24
Ludhiana beat Jalandahr 10-4 and Amritsar outplayed Gurdaspur 3-0 in the men’s semifinals to set up the title clash in the 15th Senior Punjab State Softball Championship being played at Satish Chander Dhawan Government College here today.

In the match to decide the third position, Jalandhar managed to scrape past Gurdas- pur 1-0.

Earlier in the day, Gurdaspur routed Mansa 16-0, Patiala blanked Kapurthala 6-0, Sangrur got walkover against Faridkot, Mohali beat Ferozepur 3-0, Fatehgarh Sahib defeated Moga 3-0, Gurdaspur outnumbered Sangrur 3-0, Ludhiana got the better of Patiala 5-2, Amritsar outclassed Muktsar 4-2, Jalandhar demolished Barnala 14-0 and Jalandhar outplayed Fatehgarh Sahib 5-2. 

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