Gliding would come at a cost
Khlasa College flyover work ‘begins’, green belts take the hit
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, April 8
This would surely leave the city environmentalists fuming. The entire stretch of eye-soothing green belt on either side of the GT Road near Sadar railway crossing will soon be gone to pave way for the construction of a flyover from Lyallpur Khalsa College to Narinder Cinema.

The PWD today started its operations with flattening a park at the entry of Defence Colony. The JCB machines roared the entire day to pull down the boundary wall of the park, old trees and shrubs. The workers were also seen loading green grass and soil in the trucks and taking it away. The area was the only wide green belt left along the highway in the city. Most of the green cover, including the one near the bus stand, has been already sacrificed at the altar of development and modernisation.

The parks in front of Lyallpur Khalsa College and its women wing will also be soon dug up to create traffic service lanes before the construction of flyover begins in another fortnight.

PWD XEN BS Tuli said there was no other option but to remove the green areas. “How else will be the passages created on either side of the road for traffic to move? The buses will take BSF Chowk and Ladowali Road detour, but we need to create an alternative passage along the stretch as well”, he pointed out.

“The construction of approaches is likely to come at a cost of Rs 42.6 crore. The railways at an additional cost will construct the span of the flyover above the crossing. The project starting from April 23 is expected to be commissioned in one-and-a-half-years,” he said.

The flyover will have three arms, one coming down towards bus stand, another one near police lines and the third towards cantonment and Defence Colony side, informed the official. Lakhbir Singh, president of NGO Pahal, said the destruction of well-maintained parks in the name of development have marred the beauty of the city in the recent past. “The civic bodies atleast should refrain from any such activity. Where it’s unavoidable, the administration should ensure that such a facility is created at some different location to maintain the overall ecological balance,” he added.



Dining Den
Grab a grub at this snack shop, but don’t blame them for addiction
Kusum Arora
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, April 8
When it comes to savouring the real taste of our country, crispy “pakoras” and “samosas” top the chart, especially in the North where they are a hot favourite.

“Narain Dass ke vade pakore” in the Central Town area of Jalandhar is one destination where the munching dreams of the people take off. Customers clamour for this desi delicacy. The serpentine queues of vehicles in front of the shop say it all.

A name famous for mouth-watering “pakora”, “vada” and “samosa” with hot and appetising “chhole”, the place is virtually a crowd puller. Started some 60 years ago, the place derives its name from the founder of the shop, Narain Dass Malhotra, father of Kanwal Malhotra.

Hailing from Gujjranwala district in Pakistan, Narain Dass came here after partition and started the family business of making “pakora” and “vade” in the early 1940s. Kanwal serves the Jalandharites from 3 pm to 7 pm.

On being asked as to why he makes “pakora” in the evening, he maintained, “Pakora and samosa are the evening snacks specially served with tea. Keeping this fact in mind I started making pakora in the evening and it has been a major hit.”

Talking about the recipe of “pakora” and “vada”, Kanwal said, “We have been following the family tradition of making quality pakoras. Perhaps this is one reason why even after so many years people love the flavour.”

Such is the rush in the evening that children, youngsters and oldies eagerly wait outside the shop for hours to get “pakora” and “vada”. He says,

“Even if I wait for five minutes while making pakoras, it actually becomes difficult for me to meet the demand.

These days even my son is also working with me.”

On being asked about his plans to start any big restaurant in future, Kanwal replied, “This is our ancestral job which I started along with my father from this small shop and I want to carry the same legacy.”



Kisans list their demands at rally
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, April 8
Hundreds of activists of the Jamhoori Kisan Sabha held a rally at Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall here today to protest against the failure of the successive governments to redress their grievances that have made farming an unviable option.

Addressing the gathering, senior leader of the outfit Gurnam Singh Sanghera said the incidence of debt-ridden farmers committing suicides was known to all. Their plight had not been acknowledged by the state as no relief package had been announced.

The debt waiver would only provide relief to a fraction of the farmers in Punjab. What about the crores owed by the farmers to the money-lenders and commission agents. The commission agents had lobbied that no worthwhile legislation was passed by the government that restricted the percentage of interest to be collected by the agents or money-lenders, he added.

The government had not provided any relief to the farmers whose crop was destroyed by the hailstorm a few days ago.

Similarly, the cane farmers were a harassed lot as they were not getting a remunerative price for their produce. The government should increase the price of sugarcane to Rs 165 per quintal. The mills should also be allowed to install ethanol, alcohol and power plants, he added.

Santokh Singh Bilga demanded a special survey to access the damage to the vegetable and potato crop in the region due to frost. He said to make the debt waiver scheme more effective, the clause of waiving the defaulting amount should be scrapped and it should include all sorts of debts. In its present form it was more of a relief to the banks saddled with bad debts and a political gimmick ahead of poll, he alleged.

President of the outfit Manohar Singh Gill said the government should not only make debt waiver its milestone but initiate steps to make farming an attractive proposition at the earliest. This would ensure that the farmers did not fall in the debt trap again. The state should strengthen its marketing mechanism so that the farmers who opted for diversification did not suffer on this account. Presently, farmers were sticking to the wheat-paddy cycle in the absence of marketing avenues, he added. The state should also provide soft loans to the farmers, besides discounting diesel, seeds, fertilisers and pesticides.



Pay panel report doesn’t excite RCF officers

Kapurthala, April 8
RCF Promotee Officers Association criticised the recommendations made by the Sixth Pay Commission. At its general meeting held at Rail Coach Factory, association secretary Jaigopal termed the recommendations of the pay commission as totally against the interests of the group ‘B’ officers.

The secretary said the pay scales of group ‘B’ officers had been included in that of supervisors. Speaking on the occasion, senior vice-president Harbans Singh said all group ‘B’ officers were getting pay scales of Rs 7,500-12,000 and Rs 8,000-13,500 as per the recommendations of the Fifth Pay Commission.

Now the recommendations had been made to keep them in the pay band-2 (Rs 8,700-34,800), whereas the directly appointed group ‘A’ officers had been kept in pay band-3 (Rs 15,600-39,100), which was injustice to the group ‘B’ officers, he added. — TNS



Young World
280 students donate blood
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, April 8
Lovely Professional University and Pahal, an NGO, organised a seminar on a thalassemia and a blood donation camp on the LPU campus to mark World Health Day on Monday.

A team from Pahal visited the Lovely campus to generate awareness regarding blood donation among the students of Lovely Professional University and Lovely Institutes. Prof Lakhbir Singh of Pahal informed the assembly that 25 crore people were suffering from thalassemia across the globe, of them 25 crore were in India. Moreover, every year 8,000 to 10,000 children were born with blood-related disorders. The number could be greatly reduced by providing adequate and timely health care.

He said, “The requirement of blood to counter thalassemia and other blood-related disorders amounts to one crore bottles per year. The requirement is met by blood donors of which only up to 40 per cent are voluntary and the remaining are professional donors.” In all, nearly 120 volunteers from LPU, including 70 girl students, participated in the drive by donating blood.

The CT Group of Institutions, in association with the Citizens Welfare and Protection Council, organised a blood donation camp on the Shahpur campus in which 160 students of engineering, pharmacy and management voluntarily donated blood.

Chef competition

The CT Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology organised a chef competition on the Maqsudan campus. More than 50 students pursuing their four-year degree in hotel management took part in the competition. All participants were given different menus to prepare their own cultural cuisines like those of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, New Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir.

Students created everything from raw material. Executive chef from Country Inns and Suites B.S. Negi was the judge for the event. The menu comprised salad capriccio, crème dubbary, chicken hunt, crème de peas, poisson de tomatos, grille brinjal, grilled pommes, murg maharaja, arbi bhutta kabab, ran-e-baryani and nariyal lachha parantha followed by chunchi patra. The international surprise basket included green top salad, assorted cold meatplatter and steamed orange pudding with orange sauce to tingle the taste buds. The winners of the chef competition were Rohit Kashyap, Santosh Joshi and Romi Sharma.

Hostel night

The DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology celebrated “boys hostel night” and “girls hostel night” on April 4 and 5, respectively. The students presented various cultural events, including skit, western dance, folk song and group dance. The functions concluded with dinner.

Students’ visit

Students of St Soldier Management and Technical Institute visited JCT Mill, Phagwara, last week along with college principal Amarnath and training and placement in charge Rajwinder Kaur. Senior general manager of human resource development Rajesh Sharma and research and development in charge Mandeep Singh escorted the MBA students and provided the information on the manufacturing process. The officials explained the various processes involved, including that of threads being woven into cloth, packing of the product, logo and the sale procedure.

Gyandeep Puruskar

Lala Jagat Narain DAV Model School has received the Gyandeep Puruskar. Pallavi Sharma of class III has got the third prize at the national level. Rishabh Dhir, Mansi, Simranjit, Vasvi and Taranjit have won the prizes in the event.



Biz Buzz
Courses in chartered mgmt

Jalandhar: Chandigarh is all set be the second sub-centre in India for chartered management courses through the London Institute of Management Education (LIME), UK. Addressing mediapersons at Jalandhar Press Club, Aryans Group chairman Anshu Kataria said a memorandum of understanding (MoU) regarding this had been signed with LIME.

Opening of the centre would enable students, especially those from the Doaba region in Punjab, to get CMI qualifications in the country.

According to the MoU, the Aryans School of International Studies (ASIS) would offer CMI courses in the region from June onwards. LIME is one of the foreign institutes that has been authorised by the CMI to offer its courses in India. Chartered management is regulated by the Royal charter professional body in the UK. Before the Aryans, YC Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU), Nasik, was the only overseas accredited CMI sub-centre that offered the courses. Kataria added that this course would also benefit a number of engineering and management graduates who wished to immigrate to Europe. Four courses - continuous professional development (CPD), executive diploma in management (EDM), diploma in management (DM) and certificate in management (CM) - would be available to students.

Joint replacement

On the occasion of World Health Day, Joshi Hospital and Trauma Centre launched the orthopilot navigation centre for computer-assisted joint replacement surgery.

The centre was inaugurated by minister for local government, industries and commerce Manoranjan Kalia and revenue minister Ajit Singh Kohar. Joshi said with the new technology and improvement in knee replacement product designs, a person undergoing knee replacement could look forward to comfortably fold his legs and sit cross-legged. The technology had eliminated the mal-alignment and enabled joint replacement surgery with the highest accuracy.

Dr Radek Hart from the Czech Republic, a world- renowned specialist in the field, said orthopilot enabled a surgeon to make precise cuts in the knee and remove the deformities. Germany-based B. Braun Medical is the world leader in computer-assisted joint replacement surgery with its navigation system.

Website launched

The Oxford Hospital-based Chawla Heart Care Online Speciality inaugurated its website,, on Sunday to create awareness about symptoms of heart diseases among the general public. — TNS



Air Marshal Barbora visits Adampur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, April 8
Air Marshal P.K. Barbora, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Air Command, visited Adampur Air Force Station on Monday and Tuesday.

An officer with 3500 hours of flying experience, he interacted with station commander Group Captain P.W. Ambekar, senior air force officers and civilian employees of the station.



Manholes or traffic hazard

Ladowali Road, particularly the stretch from the level crossing near Preet Nagar to the Suvidha Centre, has become a traffic hazard. The reason - it has a number of manholes which have either sunk or twisted. Some of the manholes are up to six inches deep than the road level. These are hazardous, particularly for cyclists and two-wheel drivers. Moreover, the road beyond the petrol station run by Punjab Agro has become 
a bottleneck as almost half of it is encroached upon by shop owners who repair damaged vehicles right on the road. Another accident-prone spot is level crossing itself. The authorities had started work on widening the road about a couple of months back but it has not 
progressed beyond construction of a watch room.

— R.S. Sharma, Jalandhar

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