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Stalkers target lovers in parks 
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
Stalkers are on the prowl on city and parks in late evening to extort money from young couples by threatening to expose their relationship to their parents or call the police.

A number of such cases have been reported from the parks in Sarabha Nagar, Model Town extension, Model Gram, Rose Garden and Rakh Bagh. Since most victims do not dare to report the matter to the police, there is no way to nab such people. The stalkers take away cash and jewellery and sometimes even outrage the modesty of girls.

The stalkers usually pose as cops and “look like policemen”. They move in a group of two or three and target couples huddled in a corner of the park.

The most common threat is to book them under Section 109 of the IPC.

Vicky (name changed) has been a victim of two stalkers who regularly strike at the Block C park of Sarabha Nagar. Last evening, he was sitting with his girlfriend when they appeared suddenly and asked what was his relation with the girl. He was forced to show his identity card when he claimed he was working with a hosiery unit.

Vicky said the moment he took out his wallet, the duo snatched it and pocketed Rs 3,000. They slapped his girlfriend when she confronted them. They even tried to tear her clothes.

She told The Tribune that two days ago, a suit and other stuff were found strewn in the park. “We were shocked when the stalkers told us about the suit and threatened to implicate us in the case,” she said.

Vicky later complained to the police.

A week ago, a similar incident had taken place at a park in Model Gram.

Jyoti (name changed) had a similar experience in Rakh Bagh. Three youths claiming to be cops beat and robbed her boyfriend and outraged her modesty. Jyoti did not dare to complain to the police.

The police says it has not got any complaints so far. It claimed it had been patrolling during evening. In another incident, a couple returning from a late evening movie were waylaid near Sidhwan Canal allegedly by two cops in uniform. They robbed them of Rs 2,500.

The cops had to return the money as the couple was working as domestic help with a journalist who took up the matter with senior officials.



Milk up by Rs 3; but Verka holds
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
Milk prices increased by Rs 3 per litre here as dairy owners effected the hike today. Buyers, however, were confused as Verka sold milk at the previous rates only.

The increase directly hit those who buy milk from dairies and milkmen. Milk rates increased from Rs 22 to Rs 25 per litre. Prices of milk had increased in April last year and another rise comes as an unwanted burden on the common man. The rates of sweets and other milk products, too, are set to rise.

Halwais are planning to increase the price of curd from Rs 32 to Rs 36, cheese Rs 120 to Rs 136 per kg, burfi Rs 130 to Rs 150 and rasgullas Rs 75 to Rs 80 per kg.

Increase in the prices of milk products, however, has not come into effect so far.

“Our milkman told us this morning that milk would cost Rs 3 more from today.

However, when I went to the market, I was surprised to find that Verka prices were the same. I am wondering if I should continue buying milk from our supplier,” said Anu Sharma, a resident.

Dairy farmers had announced their decision to increase the prices 10 days ago due to “steep” rise in the cost of cattle feed.

The increased rates are applicable across the state.

“We are unable to bear the burden of the increase of the rates of cattle feed by over 70 per cent due to which we have decided to increase milk prices,” said Jaswinder Dhillon, president, Punjab Dairy Farmers Association.

The prices of milk products are yet to come into effect as the supplies went to them at old rates only. “In case of halwais, we have a commitment to supply on these rates till the end of March,” Paramjit Singh, chairman of the Haibowal Dairy Complex and Tajpur Dairy Complex Association, said.

Meanwhile, Verka today informed its dealers that it would make milk available in a 5-litre packing. “The rate of this new packaging has not been increased yet,” a Verka dealer said.



Bank penalised Rs 5,000 for wrong entries
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 1
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Punjab and Sind Bank to pay Rs 5,000 to a consumer as compensation for deficiency in service. The consumer, Sohinder Pal Singh of Dugri, was a former employee of the bank.

In his complaint, the consumer had submitted that he wanted to invest money and chose his own bank for investing in FDRs.

He deposited Rs 2.32 lakh with the request to make an FDR for 10 years on May 2, 2001. Later, he deposited Rs 1 lakh in June 11, 2001, in an FDR for 10 years. But when he was issued the FDRs, he was stunned to see that these were for five years
and three years, respectively.

He informed the zonal office and requested that the dates of maturity be rectified. Instructions were issued to the branch manager but nothing was done.

Bank officials said the FDRs were made at the request of the consumer and it was not there fault.

When the consumer forum summoned the relevant record, it was observed that the consumer had mentioned the period to be 10 years. The vouchers filled by the bank showed it as five and three years, respectively.



Students delighted on Day 1 of board exams
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
Students came out smiling after taking their first paper of the board exams here today.

Students of Classes XII (CBSE) and VIII (Punjab School Education Board) appeared for the examination today.

While the non-medical and medical students of Class XII found their chemistry paper easy, students of Class VIII were delighted at the easy exam pattern.

However, electricity played spoilsport at some places, especially in schools in the old city area, where students had to take their exams in darkness. About 90,000 students across the district had appeared for the Class VIII examination.

A teacher of a private school said, “Looking at the style of the question paper, I can say that our students will score good marks this time.”

Due to the easy examination pattern, there was less pressure on invigilators also. “It made the job easy for us. So far we have not held any student for cheating,” said an invigilator.

A government school teacher said, “For the students of urban areas the exam was easy, but for rural students it was tough.”



Sahi gets bail in fake institute case
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 1
The additional sessions judge, A.K. Mehta, today granted bail to Pranav Sahi who was arrested on the charges of running an institute without permission from Symbiosis University, Pune.

He was booked on the complaint of the registrar of the university on February 23.

The judge held that no useful purpose would be served by detaining the accused in jail as the case was based on documentary evidence which was already under the possession of the police.

Counsel of the accused had contented that the accused himself was a victim of fraud. He was defrauded by Rahul Singh of Patna who had presented himself as an administrative officer of the university and took money on the pretext of ensuring the franchise of the university here. He faxed an authorisation letter and the accused started running the institute.

Convinced with his version, the police had obtained the arrest warrants against Rahul Singh.

The police felt if the accused had any intention of defrauding people, he would not have run the institution from his house and spent lakhs on advertisements in newspapers.



‘India can gain by tapping women workforce’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
“India can gain a strong competitive advantage if it takes the lead in tapping the untapped potential of its women workforce. Be it US or any other country, the potential of women as workforce remains largely untapped,” said Anupama Arya, founder of Mobera Systems, while addressing members of the Ludhiana Management Association (LMA) here today.

Arya, who spoke on 'Competing in a Global World: A Woman’s Perspective', said companies were gradually realising that women employees had better multi-tasking abilities and also easy adaptability to change.

"We realised this in our organisation and most companies can immensely benefit out of it," she said.

Talking about challenges that women face, she said balancing personal and professional life remained a key issue to deal with which, women would need to fix up their priorities while competing and taking business initiatives. By adding to their qualifications and skills they could certainly gain an edge above the others in their fields, she added.

A recipient of several entrepreneurial awards, Arya, who set up two ventures in the US, is now based in Chandigarh. Neera Gupta, chairperson, Women Forum of LMA, introduced Arya.

Among others present on the occasion were K.N.S. Kang, general secretary and LMA president Anil Kumar.



Vets to be trained on bird flu
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
The department of veterinary microbiology, College of Veterinary Science, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) will organise four-day training on bird flu from March 3 to 6.

A total of 20 veterinary officers from department of animal husbandry, government of Punjab, will be given training on diagnosis of bird flu and its control.

Course co-ordinator Dr P.N. Dwivedi, professor of virology, informed that this training was being organised jointly by the Veterinary Council of India and GADVASU.

The training has been specially arranged to keep the veterinarians of the state ready to combat any outbreak of bird flu in the future although so far, no case has been reported in the state.

Dr H.M. Saxena, professor-cum-head, said this department had already arranged two such training on the diagnosis of brucellosis and 40 veterinary officers from Punjab had been trained.

Shortly, the department will hold training on the diagnosis of glanders in horses, which is also a zoonotic disease, which can play havoc in equines. Such training programmes are a regular feature of GADVASU to check the threat of emerging diseases and to increase the productivity of animals.



SBI donates van to NGO 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
The State Bank of India under its community services banking today donated Rs 4.87 lakh to “Ek Prayas”, NGO, for purchasing a van and physiotherapy 
equipment. The NGO is imparting training to mentally challenged children.

The children are taught to make cards, envelopes, candles and napkins under the vocational training programme. The institution is trying to rehabilitate these children in shops, factories and generate self- employment schemes. Ashok Gupta, general manager, N.L. Joshi, officiating DGM and J.K. Thakar, regional manager, were present on the occasion. 



Budgetary relief due to our struggle, say farmers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
Farmers in this part of the region feel that whatever relief they have got in this Budget, was due to their 37 years’ of struggle. No party should take the credit of providing “relief” to the farmers, they added. Still much more was required than announced for the welfare of farmers.

Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, president, Bharti Kisan Union, Punjab, said the Centre had provided little relief to farmers than expected. He said though the government had claimed it to be a farmer-friendly Budget, but these were mere tactics to woo the innocent and uneducated voters of the country. “How can any party get the mileage on the issue? We forced them (government) to speak for us. We had to hold Parliament for two days. We had to resort to agitations. The farming community has won because of their sincere efforts”, Lakhowal claimed.

He also made it clear that the farmers were not satisfied with the announcements made by the finance minister. “We are going to meet Sharad Pawar in Delhi on March 4. Only 26 to 30 per cent farmers will get the actual benefit while fate of a large number of them hangs in balance. The farmers of Punjab are still under debt worth Rs 26,000 crore. Is it still a farmer-friendly budget?” Lakhowal asked.

The economists in the region, too, feel not many farmers will get the benefit as majority of the money to them has been extended by the money lenders and not the banks. Jaswant Singh Chamak, senior economist, said farmers, being innocent and less educated don’t reach the banks. “They rely on money lenders alone, the segment which has not been touched in the Union Budget. Hardly 25 per cent of farmers will get the benefit”, he said.

Jagtar Singh, another farmer from Mandiani village, said the government had waived-off loans of small and medium category farmers. “What about farmers, who have taken huge loans. One should not be selective while giving relief, the benefits should have been passed on to all farmers”, he said.



Will keep peace in Punjab at all costs: IG
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
Addressing a gathering, Sanjeev Kalra, IG, stressed that peace in Punjab would not be allowed to be disturbed at any cost.

He said the police was committed to ensuring that investors and their assets were safe in Punjab. He said he could be contacted anytime in Jalandhar, but the complaints should be genuine.

Darshan Arora, chairman of the Ludhiana Citizens’ Council, said peace and harmony in Punjab had been achieved by paying a very high cost. Jawans and officers of the Punjab Police and their family members had made great sacrifices.



Pensioners to hold dharna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
The confederation of PAU Pensioners’ Association has decided to hold a dharna on Monday on the campus.

B.D. Tandon, an office-bearer of the association, said they held a meeting today to decide the next plan of action. "Final decision will be taken on Monday after discussing the matter with the teaching and non-teaching staff. 



‘Kidnapped’ youth turns out to be drug addict
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
Within hours of an alleged kidnapping of a youth, a team of the city police traced him after a retired Army officer reported that he had witnessed the kidnapping near Sood Homeopathic clinic, Pakhowal road, at 2 pm on Thursday.

Later, it turned out that the kidnapped youth, a Dugri resident, was a drug addict. His elder brother and a friend had forcibly dumped him into a family car, as the youth was loitering around after taking drugs.

It all began when Major Sher Singh Aulakh (retd) approached the clinic along with a sick relative. He saw two youths dragging another in a car (PB 10 N 0713). He rushed towards the car but it sped away.

At this, Aulakh called the police control room and informed them about the incident. Soon, the DSP and division No.5 SHO reached at the spot. Till then, the police has already sealed the exit points and raised special checkpoints.

The team along with witnesses then reached Dugri after cops reported seeing the car and the youth. The police soon came to know about the drug addict youth and how his family, especially elder brother, was trying to de-addict him.



40 civic bodies get grants worth Rs 29 lakh
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 1
SAD leaders distributed grants worth Rs 29 lakh at a function organised at Latala village near here today. According to former minister Jagdish Singh Garcha, office-bearers of the 40 local civic bodies were presented cheques for improving basic amenities at their respective villages.

Villages like Chhapar, Latala, Jand, Rachhin, Barundi, Dhulkot, Tungaheri, Brahmpur and Kalakh received grants for constructing drains and enhancing the water supply system.

Manmohan Singh, director, Gurbant Singh Rachhin, Bahadur Singh and Jagtar Singh distributed the documents. 



3 of family killed in accident
Our Correspondent

Khanna, March 1
Three members of a Jalandhar-based family were killed and two others injured in an accident that took place near Baho Majra village, a few kms from Khanna, on the National Highway No.1 on Thursday night. The family was returning to Jalandhar from Ambala when their Santro car was hit by another vehicle.

The victims have been identified as Vipin Jain (54), his son Soni Jain (22) and their relative Neha Jain. Those injured have been identified as Aruna Jain, wife of Soni, and a six-year-old boy Pranav Jain. The police said the injured had been admitted to DMCH. 



Ban migrants

The city has become home to thousands of migrants from UP and Bihar. Their numbers, if counted, might turn out to be double than that of the natives. Neither the administration nor political leaders have put any prohibition on their entry into the town.

Mushrooming of encroachments and jhuggis in the green belt areas and on the outskirts of the city is a result of the increasing migrant population. These slums not only give an ugly look to the city but the migrants are increasingly becoming a source of nuisance as they spit and litter around town. The administration and the police stations don’t have their identification proofs, names or addresses which is resulting in increase of crime rate, robberies, kidnapping, smuggling etc in the city.

Tehbazaari department/MC should uproot all slum dwellers from BRS Nagar, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Punjab Mata Nagar, Pakhowal Canal road, Durga Mata Mandir, Salem Tabri, Shimlapuri, Dhuri line, Dhandari side, to free the city from the clutches of encroachments.

Jai Gopal Kusla, Ludhiana

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Vigilance nabs ASI 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
A team of the local Vigilance Bureau yesterday nabbed a Punjab police ASI, posted in the Khanna city police, while he was allegedly taking Rs 2,000 as bribe from an undertrial to facilitate him in a case of narcotics smugglings. ASI Paramjit Singh was arrested and booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

He had allegedly sought Rs 10,000 from undertrial Paramjeet Singh of Tanda, Machhiwara, facing trial under the NDPS Act. The deal was struck at Rs 8,000 of which the first installment of Rs 2000 was paid yesterday.



Three booked for exploiting girl
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
The Basti Jodhewal police has booked a resident of Meharbaan for allegedly exploiting a girl for several months on the pretext of marrying her. The police said Mohinder Singh of Meharbaan village had made the girl’s video in compromising position so that she might not object to his marrying another girl.

However, the victim decided to approach the police after the accused got married. Besides, Mohinder Singh, the police has also booked his mother and Prem Singh, a relative, who knew everything about the illicit affair.



Experts discuss budget at GGNIMT
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
GGN Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) organised an interactive session on ‘Budget 2008’ for students of BBA and MBA here today.

A panel of experts from different sectors of economy were invited to express their views on the current budget. Prof Arvind Malhotra, an authority on tax, expressed his ideas from the perspective of income tax. He said the budget primarily focused on two core areas: the middle class and the small farmers.

"The farmers who were under great debt trap for over years, have got some relief now with this budget,” said prof Malhotra. He listed various areas where the budget was appreciated ranging from the favourable restructure to increase in disposable income and the tremendous support extended to the senior citizens of the country.

Prof Malhotra also highlighted the segments which were completely ignored. The infrastructure of an economy, he felt, was the backbone of any nation and nothing much was proposed for its enhancement in the budget. He condemned the reduction of vehicle prices as they would overburden the roads and infrastructure leading to a chaotic situation in the country.

"There has never been a budget like this ever before”, said Congress MLA Jassi Khangura. He advised the audience to trust this decision of the finance minister as the proposal was expected to bring benefits to the citizens of the country at large.

Punjab BJP president Prof Rajinder Bhandari said there was a need to implement a rational budget where not just one segment but the whole economy was benefited.



Plan to develop 18 towns with Centre: Kalia
Meeting with authorities on March 11
Tribune News Service

Khanna (Ludhiana) March 1
Minister for local bodies Manoranjan Kalia has said a comprehensive plan for strengthening the infrastructural facilities in 44 cities and towns of the state has been chalked out and details of such developmental projects in 18 towns had already been submitted to the Centre.

Addressing mediapersons at Khanna, before presiding over the prize distribution function of A.S. College for Women today, the minister said basic facilities like sewerage, water supply, roads and street lights would be provided in all towns. To get approval for this, a high level meeting with the Central authorities will be held on March 11 at New Delhi.

Expressing concern over the groundwater pollution in towns due to inadequate sewerage facilities, the minister said a special project worth Rs 120 crore had been prepared to keep a check on this problem.

Referring to the industrial development, Kalia asserted that the government was clearing big industrial projects by committees headed by the Chief Minister. He further added that to clear the pending capital subsidy of the industrialists, the government had released funds worth Rs 100 crore and more would soon be released.



Science day celebrated at DCE
Our Correspondent

Doraha, March 1
The Science Association of Doraha College of Education celebrated science day on the college premises today.

Power point presentation on global warming, its causes, effects and remedies was given by Pushpinder Kaur. Meera touched upon the values of science viz truthfulness, objectivity, and scientific outlook, ethical and occupational values through her presentation. Meenakshi informed the audience that famous Indian physicist C.V. Raman gave new optical effect called ‘Raman effect’ on this day.

A science quiz was organised for students and teachers on the topics of deforestation, sources of energy and green house effect. An exhibition of different models, working as well as non-working, on varied themes like layers of atmosphere, water cycle, nitrogen cycle, destructive distillation of coal, food chain, solar cooker etc was also put up by science students.



Annual convocation at Malwa College
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
Malwa Central College of Education for Women organised the 51st annual convocation of the college here today.

As many as 250 BEd and 21 MEd students were awarded degrees.

Vice-chancellor of Punjab Agriculture University Dr M.S. Kang presided over the ceremony and addressed the students.

Role of honour was presented to Renu Bala for standing first in Panjab University MEd examination and Ruchika for standing first in Panjab University in the BEd examination.

More than 65 academic prizes and 19 medals were given to the degree holders for achievements in various subjects and fields. Faculty members of the college Dr Tarlok, Dr Sukhdev Singh and Dr Navneet Kaur were also honoured for completing their PhD.

Principal of the college Dr Ravinder Kaur presented the college report and highlighted the achievements of the college during 2006-07.

Fellows of Panjab University senate, principals of various colleges, members of alumni association and other dignitaries graced the occasion.

Ludhiana Khalsa Dewan president Pritpal S. Grewal proposed the vote of thanks.



Quiz contest at Doraha College
Our Correspondent

Doraha, March 1
A quiz contest was organised by the Commerce and Economic Association of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, today.

Students of BCom I, BCom II and BCom III participated in the preliminary round. Out of a total of 50 students, 12 were selected. The students were divided into teams A, B and C.

The contest comprised of five rounds on business management, business laws, accounting and finance, current affairs and mental ability.

Prof Gursharanjit Singh, head of postgraduate department of commerce, welcomed the guests and students. The stage was conducted by prof Ranjeet Kaur.

Team A comprising Mandeep Kaur, Sandeep Bhatia and Harpreet stood first. Team B comprising Harkamal Kaur, Navjot Kaur and Kamal Sharma and team C comprising Jaspal Kaur, Sunil Kumar and Hardeep Kaur were declared second and third respectively.

Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu, principal, congratulated the participants and appreciated the efforts made by the association. Jaswant Singh Gill, director of the college, gave away prizes to the participants.

Those present on the occasion included prof Madan Singh Bhandari, prof Jagroop Singh, prof Balpreet Kaur, prof Amandeep Kaur, prof Rajesh Kumar, prof Shweta, prof Sandeep Saluja, prof Harinder Mohan and Priya Sharma.



Book on concepts of research released
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
The book ‘Concepts & Practices of Research Methodology’, written by Harjeet Kaur, faculty member of Bhutta College of Education, co-authored by Harpreet Singh, Lovely Professional University, was released here today. The book is positioned as a beginner’s guide and is aimed at self-learning.

The book refers to the basic methodology required for research especially in social sciences. The authors said many students, researchers, managers, journalists and other decision makers faced difficulty in collecting and managing data. Though there were plenty of books available on the subject, but training under an expert was always required. The book in hand would serve as a self-guiding manual to researchers, said Harpreet Singh.

Principal Dr Rakesh Chander congratulated the authors for their effort. He said good quality books could guide the society, especially students towards prosperity and development. He advised all teachers to produce good quality reading material so that the students could gain maximum out of them. 



Ramgarhia College Annual Meet
Bhupinderjit adjudged best athlete
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 1
Bhupinderjit Kaur, B.A.Ist year student, was adjudged the best athlete while Baljeet Kaur of BA IIIrd year emerged the fastest runner by winning the 100m sprint in the 38th annual sports meet of Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, Ludhiana, today.

The meet began with the shabad “Deh Shiva Bar Mohe”. Ranjodh Singh, president, Ramgarhia Educational Council, declared the meet open. Council members, principal Harmeet Kaur, faculty and students were present on the occasion.

Girls took part in various regular events and fun games. A few events were organised for the guests as well.

Results: Shot put- Bhupinderjit Kaur 1st, Gagandeep Kaur 2nd and Parjinder Kaur 3rd; High jump- Bhupinderjit Kaur 1st, Baljit Kaur 2nd and Parjinder Kaur 3rd; Long jump- Loveneet Kaur 1st, Baljit Kaur 2nd and Bhupinderjit Kaur 3rd; Discus throw- Baljit Kaur 1st, Bhupinderjit Kaur 2nd and Gagandeep Kaur 3rd; Javelin throw- Parjinder Kaur 1st, Rajveer Kaur 2nd and Kuldeep Kaur 3rd.

Three-legged race: Parjinder Kaur and Kamalpreet Kaur 1st, Harkamal Kaur and Kuldip Kaur 2nd, Shallu and Mandep 3rd; Sack race- Kuldeep Kaur 1st, Loveneet Kaur 2nd and Harpreet Kaur 3rd; Skipping race- Supreet 1st, Harpreet Kaur 2nd and Neetu 3rd; 100m- Baljeet Kaur 1st, Bhupinderjit Kaur 2nd and Harkamal Kaur 3rd; Chatti race- Kamalpreet Kaur 1st, Talwinder Kaur 2nd; Spoon and potato race- Rajni 1st, Deepika 2nd and Amandeep Kaur 3rd.



Prime land to be auctioned on March 14
People want CM to intervene 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
As several acres of prime land in the old courts complex where 1,500 trees are standing is all set to go down the hammer on March 14, city residents led by environmentalists and a BJP leader have given a clarion call to the Punjab Chief Minister to save the green belt.

Senior deputy mayor of the local municipal corporation Parvin Bansal yesterday joined the campaign launched by city residents a few months ago after The Tribune had carried a series of articles on this green belt.

He promised to take up the issue with the Chief Minister and urged mediapersons to highlight that the government should not cut these trees. Bansal said only this belt with 1500 trees was left and if it goes, residents would be bereft of greenery and fresh air.

He advocated further developing the green belt by converting it into a park and developing jogging and walking tracks for the residents. Retired IFS officer and well-known environmentalist S.S. Channa has already taken up the matter with the Punjab chief secretary.

In a letter written to him, Channa explained how 1,500 trees, many of immense medicinal value and over 70 years old were benefiting the old as well as new city due to their strategic locations.

Dr Sandeep Jain, honorary wildlife warden, who was also supporting the green campaign, said the green belt was home to many wild species and birds, “If the trees are cut and concrete structure comes up in their place, the residents would be deprived of natural beauty.”

The land is being auctioned under the Optimum Utilisation of Resources policy of the state government. The administration has termed it as one of the biggest auction that may fetch over Rs 600 crores to the government. 



Mega traffic adalat from March 7
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
Elaborate arrangements are being made for the conduct of a two-day mega traffic lok adalat at the New Judicial Court Complex on March 7 to clear cases/challans.

To review the progress of the arrangements, a meeting of the officers concerned was held yesterday under the chairmanship of G.K. Rai, district and sessions judge.

The municipal corporation was told to ensure proper cleanliness around the courts complex. Rai said more than 12,000 traffic challans were pending for disposal in the courts. He said there would be an inquiry counter to guide people about the Benches dealing with their cases.



20 per cent city kids obese: CMCH study
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
A study conducted by Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) here has revealed that 20 per cent of the schoolchildren in the city are obese.

Dr Bindu Aggarwal, paediatric endocrinologist at CMCH, warned that childhood obesity could result in severe health problem as one grows up. The study suggested that obesity could result in numerous health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart problems and stroke in adults, polycystic ovarian disease (menstrual irregularities and excess hair growth on body), fatty liver, increased growth and sexual maturation, gall bladder and pancreatic problems, sleep apnoea, joint diseases.

Among the major causes of obesity are overeating, poor choice of foods, consuming high fat or high sugar foods and sedentary lifestyles.

The study further indicated that if one of the parents was obese, there was a 50 per cent chance of the child becoming overweight. But, if both parents were obese, chances of the child also being obese increased to 80 per cent. It was also seen that obese and overweight children had 80 per cent chance of becoming obese adults.

Dr Bindu advised parents to encourage their wards to indulge in physical activities and create healthy-eating habits among them. “Ask your child to take up a sport or any other outdoor activity like cycling and swimming. Or else, just go for a long walk. Gardening, washing the car and mowing lawns or even mopping the floor is better options.”



Annual Athletics Meet
Jagdeep adjudged best athlete
Our Correspondent

Doraha, March 1
Jagdeep Kaur was adjudged the best athlete in the 34th annual athletics meet for girls of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, that concluded at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

Payal SDM Dr Neeru Katyal Gupta, who inaugurated the meet, encouraged the girls to be self-dependent and self-sufficient economically as well as socially.

College principal Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu welcomed the chief guest. Prof Balwant Singh Pangli thanked the chief guest. Roop Brar, president of the college managing committee and Jaswant Singh Gill, director of the college, gave away the prizes to the winners.

Tug-of-war between students and teachers, sack race, chatti race and three-leg race were the main attractions of the show.

Results: 100 m: 1. Jagdeep Kaur (BA III), 2. Jagdeep Kaur (BA III), 3. Simar (BA I)

1500 m: 1. Jagdeep Kaur (BA III), 2. Ramanpreet Kaur (BA I), 3. Jaspreet Kaur (BA I)

3-km walk: 1. Ramanpreet Kaur (BA I), 2. Gurwinder Kaur (BA I), 3. Simple Rani (BA I)

High jump: 1. Jagdeep Kaur (BA III), 2. Sandeep Kaur (BA III), 3. Hasandeep Kaur (BA III)

Long jump: 1. Jagdeep Kaur (BA III), 2. Harpreet Kaur (BA I), 3. Hasandeep Kaur (BA III)

Shot put: 1. Sandeep Kaur (BCA II), 2. Manjinder Kaur (BA III), 3. Harmandeep Kaur (BA II)

Discuss throw: 1. Harmeet Kaur (PGDCA), 2. Navjot Kaur (BA I), 3. Harmandeep Kaur (BA II)

1500-m cycle race: 1. Gurpreet Kaur (BA II), 2. Rupinder Kaur (BA I), 3. Harpreet Kaur (BA I).



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