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Flats on children’s park
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
A Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) park in Sant Ishar Singh Nagar is all set to be converted into a concrete jungle under the optimum land use policy of the state government. 

The park, located in front of a gurdwara , will be used for constructing three-storey apartments.

A plan for this park was chalked out when the Improvement Trust conducted a survey of the vacant land pieces and found that this park could be exploited and lakhs of rupees could be earned after selling the apartments.

Executive officer, LIT, Avtar Singh Azad told Ludhiana Tribune that out of four available sites in Sant Ishar Singh Nagar, the LIT had chosen a park for the construction.

He said a proposal in this regard had been sent to the government. The SAD-BJP government had after assuming power decided to use all possible land for generation of resources.

The Improvement Trust had also been told to identify land which could be commercially exploited. Azad said the trust had not touched a plot meant for the construction of a community hall for the residents of Sant Ishar Singh Nagar.

Besides, two other parks for the residents have not been touched. This park provided an ideal place for the construction of the flats as the area was already surrounded by the apartments. ‘‘Eight families will be provided residences in this park if three storeys are constructed, ’’ said Azad. 



Shopkeeper booked for polluting Sidhwan canal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
The police has finally started booking residents for throwing garbage in Sidhwan Canal thereby violating the district magistrate's orders.

Lakhan, a shopkeeper on the bank of the canal, was booked under Section 198, IPC, for violating the DM's orders. He was caught red handed by sanitary inspector of Zone D of the MC Bantu Singh at 8:15 a.m. yesterday. He broomed his shop and dumped the garbage in the canal.

This is for the first time that the police has booked a resident throwing garbage in the canal. Though the administration had set up warning boards on the banks of the canal stating that littering was a punishable offence. The warning however did not prove helpful all these days.

Pollution in the Sidhwan canal has been a cause for concern in the city. Residents were concerned that the canal was going the Budda Nullah way.

The High Court had also taken notice of pollution in the canal. It had directed the district administration to ensure that it remained a clean water body. 



2 get life term for neighbour’s murder
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, Feburary 8
Additional sessions judge M. S. Virdi has sentenced Varinder Sain and Ram Jawahar of Dhandari to undergo rigorous life imprisonment on the charges of committing murder of their neighbour Raj Bali.

Pronouncing the verdict, the judge held that the prosecution has succeeded in proving the charges levelled against the accused.

The judge turned down the plea for leniency raised by the accused. Convicts were also ordered to pay a fine of Rs 5,000 each.

An FIR under Section 302/34 IPC was registered at the Focal Point police station on June 23, 2003, on the complaint of Ram Preet of Dhandari.

The complainant had stated to the police that he, along with Raj Bali, was living in the vehra of Diwan Chand at Focal Point. Accused persons were also living in the adjoining rooms.

On the night of June 22 at about 1 am, he heard the noise. When he woke up, he saw that both accused were saying that they would teach a lesson to Raj Bali for assaulting the wife of Ram Jawahar, added the complainant.

Thereafter, Ram Jawahar caught hold of his uncle from arms, then another accused gave a knife blow on the neck of his uncle, Raj Bali who fell down.

The accused were apprehended on the spot and handed over to the police.

However, the accused pleaded not guilty. But finding cogent and convincing evidence against them, the court convicted them. 



Traders wear black badges
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, February 8
Continuing with its agitation on the fifth consecutive day, industry associations here protested in front the local Steel Authority of India (SAIL) office here.

Industrialists, who wore black clothes to mark their protest, raised slogans outside the local office of SAIL near bus stand here and handed over the memorandum to the general manager.

Industry condemned the "monopolistic attitude" of large scale steel manufacturers in the country and demanded a withdrawal in the hike.

"We will intensify our struggle if the government does not offer a solution soon," said Charanjit Singh Vishwakarma, president of United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association.

The relay fast today was observed by members of the lay fast was observed by the Shimlapuri Small scale Manufacturers Association.



Gang of robbers busted, 3 arrested
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
The police has succeeded in preventing crime in the city by arresting three members of a notorious gang of robbers and killers who were wanted in 24 heinous crime incidents in Punjab, Uttaranchal and Uttar Pradesh.

The accused after committing crime in the neighbhouring states used to hide in this city where they could live in comparative anonymity.

SSP R K Jaiswal said the gang members possessed good quality countrymade weapons which they used while committing crime.

The gang members were identified as Harbhajan Singh alias Kala of Noormahal, Bohar Singh of Fazilka and Ranjit Singh alias Sonu of Rampur, UP.

Jaiswal said the gangsters were nabbed by an SHO, who got information that they were hiding in Dugri after committing some major crime in Uttranchal.

The Uttranchal Police is also reaching the city to interrogate the accused. The SSP said the accused had been hiding here for some time and were planning to commit some major crime in the city.



Migrant found dead
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
Residents of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar woke up to a scary morning today when an unidentified migrant was found stabbed to death in an abandoned plot.

The Model Town police said the man, aged about 35, was probably killed by two persons, who could be working somewhere with him.

Model Town SHO said a night watchman has revealed that he had seen three youths in suspicious circumstances in the colony and the murdered person could be one of those.



Baba Farid varsity to host World Congress
K S Chawla

Ludhiana, February 7
Preparations are afoot for the 18th World Congress of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) being held in New Delhi from March 9 to 11.

A students’ peace march will be held from March 2 to 5 and a students’ congress on March 7 and 8. The march will start from Wagah and conclude at Rajghat.

The congress is being hosted by the Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) headed by Dr L.S. Chawla, founder VC of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences.

Dr Chawla said here in an interview that the congress would discuss nuclear arms race, violence, health, globalisation, effect of conflict on women and children and militarisation and environment.

The congress would also chart out a strategy for action to build public opinion for abolition of nuclear weapons, check on proliferation of small arms, end to arms race, resolution of conflict through dialogue and equitable distribution of funds for health, education and development.

Dr Chawla is being helped by a team comprising Dr Arun Mitra, president, IMA, Ludhiana, Dr Balbir Shah, Dr Santokh Singh and Dr (Mrs) Bharti Uppal in organising the congress which will be held in Mavlankar Hall in New Delhi.

The IPPNW has its branches in 60 countries. It was given the Noble Prize for Peace in 1985. More than 600 delegates would participate in the congress. As many as 350 delegates from various countries have confirmd their participation in the congress.

Mr Hamid Ansari, Vice-President, will inaugurate the conference and Mrs Shila Dixit, CM of Delhi, and Yoga Nand Shashi, union minister of state for health, will welcome the delegates. The union minister for health and family welfare will preside over the valedictory function on March 11.

Dr Chawla and Dr Mitra said more than 50 students would participate in the peace march.The original plan was that they would march from Pakistan and enter India through the Wagah border. But due to disturbed conditions in Pakistan, the programme had been shelved.

The students would halt at Ludhiana on March 3. The organisers have set up two websites:www.idpd.orgcongress website-www.ippnw2008.org.

The IPPNW is headed by two co-presidents: Dr gunnar Westberg and Dr Ime John-from Sweden and Nigera, respectively. 



Pulse polio drive on February 10
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 8
The health department has made arrangements for the three-day pulse polio campaign to be organised in the district from February 10. At least 5.8 lakh 
children between 0 to five years will be immunized.

Presiding over a review meeting of medical officers, Dr Sat Pal Sharma, civil surgeon, said about 1,850 booths would set up in the city and rural areas of the district for administering polio drops to the children.

Another team of 100 mobile workers will focus on urban slums while 85 transit teams will be deployed on the railway stations, highways and bus stands to administer polio drops among those travelling with kids.

After the first round of the drive on February 10, volunteers and supporting staff will undertake door-to-door both in the city and rural areas for vaccinating children who could not be brought to the polio booths.

The mass education and information wing of the health department had launched a massive campaign to inform the public about the vaccination drive.

At least 19 cycle- rickshaws and three-wheelers, fitted with address system had been pressed into service for this purpose.

Dr Goldy from the state health directorate attended the meeting as an observer while Dr Manjit Kaur and Dr Puneet Juneja elaborated the action plan for the polio vaccination.



Auto parts manufacturers stage dharna
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 8
Steep hike in steel prices by major producers had inflicted severe blow to the engineering units in general and auto parts manufacturers in particular, to the extent that a large number of them had either closed down or were ready for diversification or shifting to neighbouring states.

President G.S. Kahlon and general secretary Surinder Singh of the auto parts manufacturers association said this while speaking at a dharna staged by affected entrepreneurs at the Vishwakarma Chowk here today. The agitating industrialists also burnt effigies of union steel minister Ram Vilas Paswan and finance minister P.Chidambaram.

Uncertainty over the prevailing steel prices and the basic raw material for engineering units had virtually pushed the industrial units towards extinction. And the small and medium industrial sectors were the worst-affected due to their limited resources. “A large number of units are neither entertaining fresh orders, nor are in position of executing orders in hand,” Kahlon stated.

Addressing the industrialists, Jagtar Singh said the auto parts manufacturers would continue to agitate till the government intervened and hike in steel prices was rolled back.



Braving cold, uncaring children
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
They are not here by choice, but their “loved-ones” have abandoned them. At least 60 ailing inmates of Swami Vivekanand Ashram here have been left to fend for themselves by their children. May it be biting cold or hot summers; they have no expectations or love left for the children, who for their own convenience have “deserted” them.

Trying to cover herself with warm clothes, Raj Jain, an octogenarian, said the winters are the worst. Raj’s only daughter ditched her for a piece of property. She has been staying here for more than seven years now. She gets along very well with other fellow inmates. Praising the old age home management, Raj said they had been provided with blankets, beds, hot water etc. to brave the chill. “What else can you expect? It is better to come here than to lead a miserable life with children, she added.

A few inmates still keep on waiting for their children to take them back. One of the trustees of the ashram, Pawan Goel, said there was no dearth of Samaritans in the city. “The other day, somebody came to distribute blankets. A few have kept blankets for their children and grandchildren. They still have love for them,” he said adding that extreme winters had aggravated their ailments. “But a nearby charitable hospital provides them with free medicines and doctors’ consultation,” Goel said adding that the children of a few inmates were well-settled but had never come to see their aged parents.

Majority of the inmates are from Ludhiana but a few of them have come from places like Jhansi, Beas and Haryana. Amrit Lal, another inmate, was left here by his brother almost a month ago. “My son asked me to leave as he was unable to bear my expenses. I am very happy here as we all are sailing in the same boat. I have no complaints against anyone. These makeshift fire arrangements provide us enough warmth than our children”, he said with tears in her eyes.

The trust makes sure that their ailments are cured on time. Nirmala, another septuagenarian, said her daughters visited whenever they got time. “One of them came with woolen clothes and chyawanprash. I was not keeping well because of bad weather but now the cold and cough have been taken care of by the doctors of the trust. We all try to remain indoors when there is no Sun”, Nirmala added. 



Govt exploiting youth, says Ramoowalia
Our Correspondent

Raikot, February 8
Leaders of the Lok Bhalai Party and the Lok Jan Shakti Party during a rally organised at Grain market here today accused the successive governments of exploiting the youths for meager economic and political gains. They called upon the people to launch an agitation against travel agents as well. The rally was followed by an awareness march.

Balwant Singh Ramoowalia said:“ Unfortunately, successive governments have ever tried to educate youths about their rights and duties.” Maintaining that proceeds of hundreds of acres of Malwa had been grabbed by travel agents, who had exploited mindset of the Punjab youth to go abroad by hook or crook. “It is even more shameful that they don’t even hesitate in arranging marriages of brothers and sisters, obviously for pocketing money,” Ramoowalia said alleging that politicians had been shielding such travel agents.

Acting president of the Lok Bhalai Party Avtar Singh Mullanpuri said youths’ future would remain bleak till educational and employment sectors were transformed.



Youth dies mysteriously
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh,  February 8
Mystery shrouds the death of Singh Rinku of Chhapar village, whose body was found lying on Barhampur-Maholi road near here yesterday morning.

The Dehlon police registered a report under Section 174 of CrPC and handed over the body to the kin of the deceased after getting post-mortem conducted at civil hospital, Dehlon.

Harbans Singh told the Dehlon police that his son Kanmaljit Singh Rinku had died under mysterious circumstances last night. Rinku was working as a medical practitioner at Barhampur village for about three years.

He had left Barhamapur village for Maholi village to meet one of his aunts last night. But his body was found lying on Barhampur-Maholi.

“As he used to go to my sister’s house at Maholi earlier also, we did not try to find out why he did not come home yesterday. We were shocked to learn in the morning that his body was lying on road,” Harbans Singh told the Dehlon police.

Investigations by the Dehlon police revealed that Rinku had left Brahampur village for Maholi village on bicycle late in the night yesterday.

He had borrowed bicycle from a resident of Barhampur village and told him that he would be returning in the morning. No external injuries marks were noticed on  the body. 



PAU publishes booklet on kinnow
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
The Communication Centre of Punjab Agricultural University has brought out a new 48-page booklet entitled ‘Kinnow’ for the benefit of growers. The book has 17 chapters that provide practical information on various aspects of kinnow growing.

It highlights climactic and soil requirements in relation to kinnow cultivation and emphasises the importance of soil testing before planning the orchards.

The cultural operations for care of young plants are also provided. Methods, including drip irrigation, fertilisation, training and pruning, inter-cropping, crop regulation, weed management, windbreaks and hedges, post-harvest handling etc. are given.

The book provides useful tips for the management of nutritional deficiencies, common diseases and pests.

Dr Pushpinder Singh Aulakh, Dr Surinder Kumar Thind and Dr Parshotam Kumar Arora of the PAU regional station at Abohar jointly author the book.

The PAU vice-chancellor Dr Manjit Singh Kang released the booklet recently.



Display of material on Dr Randhawa
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
As part of the activities planned in connection with celebration of Dr M.S. Randhawa’s birth anniversary at PAU, books and manuscripts by and on Dr M.S. Randhawa are put on display in the Dr M.S. Randhawa section of the PAU central library, which is named as Dr M.S. Randhawa Library.

Dr S.P. Mehra, university librarian, said the microscope and other such instruments used by Dr Randhawa have also been displayed.



College authorities forget eminent scientist
Skip his name on the gate after whitewash
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
SCD Government College for Boys will no longer be remembered by the name of the eminent scientist of the city as the college authorities have erased his name form the college entrance gate.

The authorities have forgotten to mention the name of the scientist after the whitewash conducted recently.

Ironically, even the authorities do not know about this development. When contacted, college Principal Malkit Singh said, “The college name is Satish Chander Dhawan Government College for Boys.” He does not have any inkling that the very gate of the college does not have any trace of it.

The city people have shown their resentment over the neglect of the eminent scientist by the authorities. L.S. Badi, lecturer, Khalsa College for Boys, said, “It is disappointing that the name of the eminent scientist has been removed from the college gate. I had studied in this college and it took me by surprise when I came to know that the name of Satish Chander Dhawan has been erased from the college wall.”

Teja Singh Dhaliwal, general secretary, Punjab Basketball Association, said, “It is a prime example of how we treat those people who have brought laurels to this city. He was amongst the noted scientist of the country and look how we treat the people who have contributed in the development of the country.”

Prof KBS Sodhi said, “ Earlier the college was known as Government College for Boys but it was during the leadership of Gaini Zail Singh that the work of this scientist got its recognition and the college was named after him.



From Schools & Colleges
Magician performs at Green Grove School
Our Correspondent

Doraha, February 8
Students of Green Grove Public School welcomed Jaadugar Mogembo to the school campus today. Mogembo’s magical skills delighted the students.

In a trick named ‘Something from nothing’, the magician took out a bunch of colourful flowers, snakes, hankies, flags and dozens of glasses from an empty small box.

The magician mesmerised everyone with a trick of a wooden square that moved according to his wish. His challenge to perform the same trick was accepted by many but none could perform it.

Social work: Students and teachers of the Doraha College of Education performed educational social work at Government Primary School at Gurthali village today.

In order to beautify school campus, girls prepared the ground for planting trees, made flower beds and planted trees.

The students distributed woollens to needy school students. Creative games and toys were also handed over to the senior teacher of the school to facilitate effective learning. Some parents were also present. The purpose of the programme was to inculcate dignity of labour, to develop association with community and sensitivity towards community problems. Neetu Sethi, Amanpreet Kaur and Suhkwinder Singh supervised the work.

Industrial visit: Doraha Institute of Management and Technology organised an industrial visit to Oswal Cotton Spinning Mills for MBA students under the guidance of V.J. Rai and Ruma Mehta today.

V.K. Chhabra, general manager of Oswal, welcomed them. The students were taken to HRD training department where the manufacturing process of cotton yarn was explained in detail. President of Oswal Cotton Spinning Mills guided the students.


Placement drive: LCET consultancy, training and placement cell organised a recruitment drive in collaboration with Wipro BPO on the college premises here yesterday. The selection team from Wipro BPO, a sister concern of Wipro technologies, comprises Gurpreet Singh, deputy manager (people supply chain) and Komal Kewalramani, campus relationship manager.

At least 150 students of B.Tech and MBA attended the recruitment drive. The team selected seven students. Out of this five were from B.Tech and two from MBA for their final placement at Delhi office after completing their degrees in June.

Virasat mela: Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School, Sherpur road, organised ‘Mini Bal Virasat Mela’ at Sarabha, Abbuwal and Gurusar Sudhar here today. At least 600 students along with school management and staff members participated in the mela.

The students were taken around the villages to make them aware about living standard of villagers.

In Sarabha village, Avinash Walia, director and founder principal of the managing committee, staff and students paid homage at the statue of Martyr Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha.

They visited the residence and library of Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha, which is now under the Archaeological Department of India. Thereafter, all reached at the site of exhibition-cum-mela where different types of old articles used by the villagers for their daily use were laid out to enhance the knowledge of the students.

Birth anniversary: The birth anniversary of Param Sant Kirpal Singh, president of the world fellowship of religious conference, was celebrated on the school premises. Chairman-cum-director of the Green Land schools Rajesh Rudhra and principal Baldeep Pandher were present on the occasion.

Party at KVM: A party was organised for the students appearing in the board examination for the first time. Students of Class IX welcomed those of Class X. It was followed by a havan. Principal S.C. Saxena also took part in it. A competition was also organised on the occasion. Results: Mr Scholar: Shekhar Kapoor, Miss Scholar: Avni Sharma, Mr Elegant: Rajul and Miss Elegant: Harsimran.



200 examined at free ENT camp
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 8
Under its rural health outreach programme (RHOP), the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) organised a free ear, nose, and throat (ENT) check-up camp for patients from rural areas in and around Malerkotla town at Al Kausar, CMCH, Malerkotla.

The camp was conducted by the department of ENT, where all the patients were checked for various ailments, given follow up advice and free medicines.

Dr Ashish Verghese headed the specialised team. Two hundred patients attended the camp. Out of these, 28 patients were advised various operative treatment which shall be provided at discounted rates by the institution.



Kanganwal Sports Fair: Ramandeep, Anvari fastest runners
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 8
Ramandeep Singh and Anvari emerged as fastest runners on the second day of the Kanganwal Rural Sports Fair today. In 47-kg category kabaddi matches, Bhudan village team emerged winner and Johlan was runner-up.

A large number of sports enthusiasts from local town and surrounding villages converged on the Kanganwal stadium to watch hundreds of sportspersons exhibiting their talent.

In athletics for U-12 children, Ramandeep Singh of Kanganwal won 100m and 200m races by dragging Manpreet Singh and Varinder Singh on second positions in these events. Anvari won 100m and 200m races by defeating Rabina in final contests.

Volleyball teams of Tazpur, Kalsian, Kanganwal and Hathan reached in semifinals after defeating their rivals in respective matches.

Abdul Gaffar, former minister, who had inaugurated the fair yesterday, gave away prizes to winners of today’s events. Jagtaran Singh, Kuldeep Singh and Dr Sunit Kumar were among those who were presented mementoes for their contribution.



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