Complex Construction
Residents knock MC door, builder doesn’t budge
Kusum Arora
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, March 18
Residents of the local Defence Colony are up in arms against the local municipal corporation (MC) allegedly for allowing illegal construction of a multi-storey shopping complex being built in the heart of a residential area on Cantonment Road. The construction of the commercial complex started some months back.

The vacant plot lies in a locality surrounded by a large number of residential areas and educational institutions, including Defence Colony, Atwal Colony, Defence Officers Resident Enclave, St. Joseph Convent School, Seventh Day Adventist School and Khalsa College for Women.

Recently, the Sangharsh Committee of these colonies held a protest march against the construction of the commercial complex at the proposed site.

The residents had filed an application under the RTI Act, seeking information pertaining to the vacant plot adjoining 17, Defence Colony. According to the information available, the plot belongs to Gurpartap Singh who has handed over the construction work to a Delhi-based company, Radhey Builders Private Limited.

Defence Colony Residents Society president Gurnam Singh said, “Though we asked the local bodies minister to cancel the change of land use (if already approved), not to approve the building plans and not to allow construction of the building on the proposed site, we haven’t received a positive response as yet. Our repeated attempts have fallen on deaf ears.” He added that the builder never asked for the consent of the adjacent neighbours who reside in house numbers 16 and 17 on the left side of the plot and house number 18 on the rear side.

In a letter written to local bodies minister Manoranjan Kalia (a copy of which is with The Tribune), Atwal Colony resident N.P.S. Judge stated that the construction of the shopping complex was not only illegal but against the rules prescribed under the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act and PUDA according to which no commercial building can be constructed in the vicinity of the residential areas. He maintained that the shopping complex would create traffic chaos, pollution and further block the sewerage of the locality as well. Representative of Radhey Builders Private limited Sanjeev Verma refuted all the allegations and said, “The construction is being done keeping in mind the prescribed norms of the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act. We have also received an NOC from the Defence Colony Residents Society and there is no case of change of land use against us as the land is meant for commercial purposes.”

On the other hand, MC commissioner C.S. Talwar said, “Though I am not aware of the construction of any commercial building in Defence Colony, I would look into the matter and take the necessary action on it soon”. 



Young Scientist award for LPU lecturer

Jalandhar, March 18
It is a proud moment for this physicist who has been chosen for the Young Scientist award this year by the department of science and technology, Government of India.

A senior lecturer at the Lovely School of Technology and Sciences, Lovely Professional University, Dr Vaibhav Kulshreshtha, has been selected for the award owing to his research work in the field of polymers and their application.

The government has even offered him Rs 20 lakh for carrying forward his research.

A PhD from Rajasthan University, Kulshreshtha will be carrying out his research partly at his alma matar, Nuclear Science Centre at New Delhi and Energy Centre at Italy. The grant that he will receive in the next few months will partly be used for travel, acquiring more equipment for the research and availing a monthly fellowship of Rs 20,000 for the next three years.

The project that this Agra-based scientist is undertaking is “Polymeric membrane for hydrogen-purification and fuel cell application”. At the LPU, Kulshreshtha has also developed a model on developing synthesisers in nano materials for electronic devices. “It is a team project. We have presented a model and the engineers on the campus will be working on it,” said the scientist, who already has 20 articles to his credit published in various international journals. — TNS



Dinning Den
Of Hot hut and Million-dollar treats
Kusum Arora
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, March 18
To say that Punjabis are great foodies would not be wrong. And if they are served with the best of cuisines, then eating food becomes all the more enjoyable.
Lurking threat
Lurking threat. — Photo by S.S. Chopra

There has been an addition in the list of the favourite hangouts of the Jalandharites as the city has got its first Hot Millions outlet.

With the opening of one of the preferred eating joints in the city, the people, especially youngsters, are really happy.

A name in quality food and beverages, the place is getting a good response. Situated in Chhoti Baradari (Phase I), the place offers excellent ambiance, besides food ranging from delectable pizzas to sandwiches, combo meals, Indian to continental, Chinese, Mughlai and above all a special kiddie value meal as well. Ever since it started, HM, as it is popularly known, has been offering a variety of services to its clients. Perhaps this is one reason why the eating joint remains crowded throughout the day.

“Earlier whenever I went to Chandigarh, a visit to HM with friends was a must but thanks to this new outlet in Jalandhar we have got something new to look forward to. Even the food and service are equally good,” said Harjeet Johal, a student.

Adding more charm to HM is “The Cellar”, its special restaurant, catering to the taste of Punjabi people. The restaurant offers a special buffet facility as well. Pretty soon, the owners would be starting a beer bar too. Col R.S Aujla, owner of HM, says, “HM has always been a name par excellence in the list of eating joints. Shortly we would be starting a beer bar as well. We keep on introducing innovative ideas to make the place interesting and keeping this in mind we have decided to hire singers on demand, apart from timely celebrations of all the festivals whether it is Women’s Day or Valentine’s.”



Turf Tale
Amidst gloom, good news comes from ‘Maple land’
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, March 18
Though the Indian men hockey team failed to qualify for the upcoming Beijing Olympics and disheartened the Indians across the globe but Indo-Canadian hockey player Bindi Kullar has virtually given a reason for Indians to cheer by keeping the name of Sansarpur village, near Jalandhar, also known as mecca of the Indian hockey, alive.

Born in Richmond, BC, in 1976, the 31-year-old all-rounder has been playing hockey since his childhood days. Presently residing in Vancouver, Canada, Bindi has been playing hockey for the Richmond Hockey Club. He has played at both the junior and senior levels.

In fact everybody in Bindi’s family, right from his grandfather, has been an ardent hockey lover. Even his father Pritpal Singh Kullar, too, made a name for himself in the game.

The year Bindi was born, India lost to Montreal Olympics and it was here that his father, Pritpal Singh Kullar, a factory worker, decided to pass on the hockey skills to his son as well. A student of civil and structural engineering at BCIT from Burnaby, the all-rounder has been conferred with the BC player of the year award by the then premier Glen Clark.

Talking to The Tribune over phone from Vancouver, Pritpal Singh said, “Hockey is in our genes. And so far as Bindi is concerned we feel proud as he has taken the legacy of playing the game ahead. He puts in a lot of efforts to maintain endurance in the game. But still somewhere in our hearts we are not able to come out of the debacle of the Indian hockey team.”

Bindi has earlier played the Sydney Olympics as well. During 1995-96 he captained the BC under-21 gold medalist team. Not only this, three years back he especially came to Jalandhar to play the Surjeet hockey as well,” added Mohan Singh.

Says Naik (retd) Mohan Singh Kullar, grandfather of Bindi, “Talk hockey and the name of Sansarpur comes first. Though the Indian men team could not qualify but at least Sansarpur will shine in the Olympics through his presence.” Even Mohan Singh also played while being in the army along with the heartthrob of hockey, Dhyan Chand.

And terming this as a matter of pride, Olympian Col Balbir Singh said, “It is indeed a mater of pride for the Indians as despite the debacle of the Indian men hockey team, the name of the Sansarpur village would still rule the Olympics. Hockey is a tradition so far as village is concerned,” he said, adding that the nursery of hockey has produced as many as 14 Olympians and that too from one street in the village.

Talking about the likely chances of the Indian women hockey team qualifying for the Olympics, he maintained, “The team is in good shape and under the captaincy of Mamta Kharab the team has good chances to qualify the finals. All they need is the stamina to beat team USA,” he added.



Nightmare on city streets: Low cables
Be wary of this wire trap
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, March 18
It’s a mess which needs immediate fixing. The streelights on the 3 km-long stretch of Bhagwan Mahavir Marg, extending from the BMC Chowk to the Workshop Chowk, are being used by cable operators for networking. However, the wires are either clustered together or hanging dangerously low from the poles.

At some places, these cables are even touching the ground, making it tough for the pedestrians to walk as they can easily get trapped in the mesh.

The problem does not end here. According to the experts, the cable amplifier box fixed on the poles is generally made up of steel and a short circuit could invite a major trouble.

It can even damage the TV sets attached to the wire sending signals, they add.

Says Disha, a regular commuter: “These cables are very dangerous for the pedestrians. I saw an elderly woman falling after her foot got stuck in the loose wire few days ago. The situation worsens during night when there is no light and the cables are practically invisible. The administration should carry out a street-wise inspection of these loose lines”

“The wires can prove lethal for two-wheeler drivers. But no one is bothered. It will take a tragedy to wake up the officials from their deep slumber,” said Rohit, a college student.

Assistant commissioner DP Bhardwaj said the administration was aware of the problem. “A meeting would be called soon to direct the cable operators to rectify the problem,” he added. 



Woman empowerment still a far cry
Vandana Bansal

Celebrating and glorifying women as “power women” have not assuaged yet. Much hype was created by the Women Oriented Organisation, Ministry of Women and Child Development and various NGOs during the week preceding International Women Day. A lot of discourses and discussions were held by the eminent scholars on the status of women but that was mere a drop in the ocean.

Not only in Jalandhar but also throughout the world, International Women Day was celebrated with great piquancy. In Jalandhar, various programmes were organised in different colleges, schools and institutions to spread awareness among women. Women activists took active part 
in it. On the surface level, the proclamations made 
by these agencies may sound sweet but at the crux nothing substantial can 
be found.

It may sound strange but it is true that Punjab, which is enjoying the status of being one of the most prosperous states in India, can really offer nothing to her own daughters and daughters-in-laws. Not even a single day passes when there is no news regarding the maltreatment of women. Right from the womb of the mother to the graveyard, the woman is subjected to unimaginable torture and agony. Sometimes she is a victim of her husband and in-laws and sometimes she is not even allowed to enter this world. Facts tell that the lowest sex ratio is a stigma on her forehead which needs to be removed as early as possible. If we talk about dowry deaths, Punjab has the largest number of dowry deaths. In some cases, the woman is robbed of her innocence at the early age when her own parents get rid of her by marrying her to a middle-aged and in some cases old NRIs. This shows the hypocrisy pervading at all levels of society. The Doabities i.e. residents of Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur, etc. have achieved great notoriety for this act of folly on their part. Though much has been done theoretically, the goal is not yet achieved. The need of the hour is to instill the idea of women emancipation in the minds of the people so that they may very well understand the importance of women power. One must start believing in the Washington Irving’s saying, where he has upheld the woman in high esteem, “There is in every true woman’s heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.”

The women must remind and channelise themselves that they still have miles to go. This International Women Day is just a reminder and still lots are to be done so that no woman is bereft of her rights and freedom.



Young World
IT events steal show on day 2 of Techkriti
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, March 18
The day two of Techkriti, a three-day technical festival being held at DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology, saw IT events stealing the show. SD Omchary, senior executive director, DCM Shriram Consolidated Ltd, presided over the function. He held an interactive session with the students and told them about the importance of seting goals in life. Arvind Dixit, director, advance technology, delivered a talk on ‘advancement and applications of embedded systems’.

He focused on four areas, including VLSI, embedded system design, digital signal processing and wireless design. Dr Ravi Kiran, management expert from Thapar University, talked about the advantages of FDI in various sectors.

A cultural evening was also organised. Western dance, folk songs and ghazals were the main attractions. In ‘CAD mania’, Amandeep and Varun were declared first. Hindey, Kunal Kapoor, Navjot and Neha Kochhar were declared winners in ‘Maestro’. Ravneet and Ashok bagged the prize for ‘Animatronics’.

Jobs galore

Nearly 60 students from management, engineering, pharmacy and hotel management of CT Institutions have got placed with top companies recently. Satyam, an IT company, has picked up three B.Tech students on a pay package of Rs 3 lakh each per annum. Zydus Cedilla, pharma company, has selected 12 B. Pharma and D. Pharma students on a package of Rs 1.2 lakh annually.

Lupin, another pharma company, has taken eight MBA students on Rs 2.4 lakh annual package. Hughes Telecommunications, ITC Grand Maratha Sheraton, Centurion Bank of Punjab and other companies too have inducted CT students, said Manhar Arora, director, corporate relations.

Talk on philosophy

MGN College of Education organised a lecture on ‘Comparative analysis of various schools of philosophy and their implications in education’. A retired professor from the department of education Panjab University, Dr Harish Sharma, said the students should set high standards to achieve excellence. The Red Cross unit of the college also organised a seminar on ‘Drug abuse and AIDS’. Dr Pavittar Singh, a social worker, urged the students to stay away from drugs.

Overall champs

St Soldier College of Education has grabbed the overall champion trophy in the inter- state teaching aids preparation competition held at Pathankot recently. Nearly 10 education colleges had participated in the event. Rachandeep Kaur, Manpreet Kaur and Kanwaljit Singh stood first in various contests. Chairperson Anil Chopra, vice chairperson Sangeeta Chopra and principal Dr Alka Gupta have congratulated the students.



WAC badminton tourney begins
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, March 18
The Western Air Command (WAC) inaugurated its four-day inter-area badminton championship at Air Force Station, Adampur today.

Eight teams would participate in the championship. The teams from Bathinda, Adampur, Srinagar and Pathankot would play from in pool A and Ambala, Hindon, Jammu and 8 TAC from pool B. The matches would be held on league basis. The match was inaugurated by Gp Capt P.W. Ambekar, Station Commander, Air Force Station, Adampur.

The inaugural match Adampur beat Pathankot 2-0. In the first match Cpl R.K. Singh and Cpl Ragi of Adampur area defeated Sgt Rajesh and Sgt Ramesh of Pathankot area 21-17 and 21-18 in the doubles.



Market Buzz
Now, natural vanilla in Amul drinks
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar:, March 18
Amul chocolates and health drinks would soon feature natural vanilla, a product of Vanilco, a Kochi-based Vanila India Producer Company, to boost the prospects of natural vanilla in the country.

Vanilco managing director Paul Jose said the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (Amul) has entered into a procurement contract with Vanilco to source 0.5 tonne of natural vanilla per month. The company is saddled with 16 tonnes of processed and cured vanilla for the past two years due to poor demand for the commodity.

Paul estimated the annual consumption of artificial vanilla to be around 9 tonnes and maintained that the company was looking forward to raise the natural vanilla share in ice-cream and confectionary brands in the country to sustain the price of vanilla. 



Sikh assembly today
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, March 18
Sikhs based in France and other countries of the world will be holding an assembly at Hotel Sekhon Grand here tomorrow.

Pal Singh, a representative of the Shiromani Sikh Council International (SSCI), said that matters related to problems faced by the Sikh community world-over would be discussed in the assembly.



Speed OXL Films signs up Gurdas Mann for debut flick
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, March 18
Renowned Punjabi singer and actor Gurdas Mann has been signed to play the lead role in a movie to be made by Speed OXL Films.

Balwinder Singh, partner of Speed Records and Dinesh Sood of OXL Films, said Punjabi video director duo Rimpi-Prince would direct the movie while Jaidev would score the music.

“This is our first film but we are a known name in the audio-video industry,” they said.

They said, “The Punjabi movie industry is once again looking up and the viewer response to such films today is tremendous. We hope that we will not only cash the craze for such movies but also the charisma of Mann and an interesting storyline,” they pointed out.

The process had already started after an ardas was held at a gurdwara in Mumbai, they added.



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