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At last, MC wakes up to dengue
Presses 20 fogging machines into service

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
To check further spread of dengue, the Municipal Corporation has pressed into service 20 fogging machines to cover different areas.

The machines work between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. and between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. everyday and spray insecticides in different wards.

Additional deputy commissioner Priyank Bharti, while addressing a meeting of the officials concerned to check spread of dengue, said the administration had launched a special drive to educate masses about the disease.

He called upon people to be alert and report to the authorities if fogging machines do not reach them.

He also asked them to keep their surroundings clean and do not allow water to stangnate in water coolers and other containers.

He asked them to keep their overhead water tanks covered so that mosquitoes cannot breed.

Bharti directed the authorities of different schools to educate children about the disease.

B.K. Gupta, joint commissioner, said the MC would challan people if they allow water to stagnate in coolers. He said already 449 residents were challaned by them for flouting the directions.

Dy director meets health officials

Dr Kalpana Barua, deputy director, National Vector-Borne Disease Control Programme, New Delhi, today met officials in the health department and the Municipal Corporation to get the details of dengue epidemic in the city and the district at large.

Dr Barua is here to work out on shortcomings of the departments concerned and to discuss about the appropriate means to reach out to maximum people in awareness campaigns.

Civil surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr SP Sharma, while referring to Dr Barua's observation that dengue was the community's baby that had been put in the laps of health department, said, "The doctor having interacted with the officials emphasised the need for creating awareness among masses."

Dr Barua, while interacting with the district epidemiologist, said RDP (random donor platelet) and SDP (single donor platelet) was must at sentinel surveillance centre at the Civil Hospital.

At the same time she circulated written accounts to officials in other departments carrying details of causes leading to outbreak and its rapid transmission. She also visited the affected areas to take into account the magnitude of the problem so as to devise a plan for its effective control.

The doctor also visited DMCH, which has accommodated the maximum number of dengue patients following the epidemic.

Tewari raps Badal

All-India Congress Committee secretary Manish Tewari today lashed out at the SAD-BJP government for its failure to contain the spread of dengue in the city.

Flaying the CM for his oft-repeated sangat darshan, Tewari said instead of solving people problems, he had complicated matters.

Tewari said no measures were taken either for preventing the spread of the disease or providing any relief to the affected people. He said even hospitals were ill-equipped. He disclosed that the facilities at the government hospitals were abysmally poor.

He said while the CM had tried to prove generous and magnanimous for announcing free treatment for dengue patients, there had been no follow-up action.


Another sub-registrar office opens next week
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
To address problems related to heavy rush in sub-registrar offices, yet another sub-registrar office will start functioning in the city from next week.

The office is being set up near Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College and will start registering sale deeds and other property related documents soon. The office has been identified and the financial commissioner (Revenue) has already given his nod for the space.

Senior officials said a tehsildar would be assigned specially in the office and he would take up sub-registrar's work. Revenue-related matters of Ludhiana West office falling in the Gill Kanungo area and those of Ludhiana East falling in the Sahnewal Kanungo area would be taken up in the new office.

This would help reduce pressure on two existing offices, including East and West.

Yet another office was a long-pending demand of city residents, who had been complaining of long queues for getting their work done.

The matter had come up during the sangat darshan programme addressed by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal himself. The residents had complained that they had to wait for days together to get a document registered.

Then the CM had announced that two more offices would be set up in the city in addition to the existing two. The announcement has finally started taking shape.

Sources in the administration said once the third office started functioning smoothly, fourth one would also be set up soon.

The sub-registrar offices had always been in the midst of controversy due to delay in completing public works.

The office that makes crores for public exchequer every month used to leave the residents angry due to delay. At times there were protests and the visitors used to block traffic on busy Ferozepore road in front of the office.



Councillors up in arms against MC officials
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
The municipal councillors here are up in arms against the Municipal Corporation on the issue of tenders of around Rs 65 crore which had been invited today by publishing an advertisement in a language paper.

According to the advertisement, the corporation has called for tenders under two cover bid system according to which the bidder has to first file a technical bid and after qualifying it, the bidder then can submit a financial bid. The various works to be undertaken had been divided into five categories. While the first group consists of 11 works, group two and three consists of 33 and 37 works. The groups four and five have 19 and 27 works only.

The councillors said municipal officials, who were hands in gloves with the big contractors, had done this to felicitate them. "The problem is that these contractors don't listen to us nor the JEs and work according to their will without caring about the quality of work," said the councillors.

They added that due to low quality of work by these "big fishes", the MC had always been criticised for development by the residents and they were the ones who have to answer public.

The councillors, under the leadership of senior deputy mayor Praveen Bansal, also met municipal commissioner G.S. Ghuman and mayor H.S. Gyaspura to discuss the matter.

They opined that if the works were given separately with one each to a contractor, the fund-hit corporation could save around Rs 12 crore from Rs 65 crore.

Interestingly, when the delegation met mayor Hakam Singh Gyaspura, he expressed ignorance on the issue. Congress councillor Hem Raj Aggarwal, who was in the mayor’s office for a meeting, too joined the delegation and asked the mayor to direct municipal commissioner to cancel the tenders or call them again.

According to sources, the incident might take a political turn too in case mayor fails to convince the municipal officials to give tenders separately.

The local BJP councillors who are "sick" of indolent attitude of the mayor may tell their seniors that they would not support mayor Gyaspura if he fails to work actively on the issue.



MC to auction abandoned vehicles
Tribune News Services

Ludhiana, November 3
The Municipal Corporation's discarded vehicles which had been gathering dust in workshops and store houses will soon go off sight as the civic body has decided to auction them.

According to information, municipal commissioner G.S. Ghuman has issued a letter to joint commissioner Kuldeep Singh last week directing him to prepare details of various abandoned vehicles.

Talking to The Tribune today, Kuldeep Singh revealed that he had received a letter from the commissioner about the auction of vehicles. He said, "I have directed XENs to prepare a list of all vehicles which are of no use and had been parked at various places." Once, the list is prepared then the MC would plan a date of auction, he added.

A senior official said, "These vehicles had been parked and gathering dust for quite a long time. Besides, they had been covering a huge space which could be used for other activities by the corporation." He added that though the revenue generated by selling them won't give much money, it would at least give a lot of space.

Interestingly, the Municipal Corporation's workshop on Hambran Road has many vehicles which are non-functional and rusted as they had been lying in open.



Man gets 10-yr jail for carrying poppy husk
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 3
The Court of Additional Sessions Judge Ashok Kumar has convicted Narinder Singh of village Dehlon on the charges of possessing huge quantity of narcotics at his home.

He is sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for ten years. Declining the plea of leniency raised by the convict, the Judge also ordered him to pay a fine of Rs one lakh.

Accused was booked under Section 15 of the NDPS Act at Dehlon police station on October 13, 2004 following the secret information given by an informer. He was found to have possessing 62 kilograms of poppy husk at his home.

According to prosecution, police officials had got information that the accused used to sell poppy husk in Ludhiana.



Animated movies a hit with viewers
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
The era of animated movies has finally arrived in India. After “Hanuman”, “Hanuman Returns”, “Bal Ganesha”, “Ghatothkach” and now “Roadside Romeo”, the strings of successful animation movies is an indication of the fast growth that the animation industry is poised for. “Roadside Romeo” will prove to be a motivation for the Bollywood industry.

Even popular actors like Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan have dubbed their voices for “Roadside Romeo”. The joint venture between Walt Disney Pictures and Yash Raj Films have finally broken the barriers for the Bollywood industry and brought in another innovation.

"The beauty of animation is that sets you free. There are no live actors and, therefore, no limitations. Technically, 'Roadside Romeo' is far ahead of the amateurish animation films. It has sweep, verve and style. It is a proper Bollywood 3D animated movie," said Rajat Khanna, working with an animation studio in Mumbai.

“So, we have the hero Romeo, voiced nicely by Saif Ali Khan, who falls in love with the sultry singer-dancer Laila, voiced by Kareena Kapoor. It also has a bad guy, Charlie Anna, voiced by Javed Jaffery”, he said.

Even cinema owners are happy with the business this animated movie is doing. "We have received good response from the viewers. As the movie caters to the kids section so we have families coming up for the shows. Special two shows were fixed up in the morning slot for this film," adds Sukhmeen, owner of Orient Cinema.

"Though in all animated movies I have seen earlier, the main subject was related to divine powers. But in 'Roadside Romeo' the characters are simple and close to life. Romeo is a canine version of Yash Raj's favourite hero Raj. He is super-cool and good hearted. While Laila is the canine version of Dhoom II's Sunehri," adds Mansha, a 10-year-old girls.

Tejinder Singh, manager (sales and marketing) at PVR, added that earlier people were apprehensive about the movie and thought it to be a normal cartoon movie. “But after one week, the movie really picked up and apart from kids we have families and even youngsters coming up for the movie.

The concept of the movie is new but it has been accepted by the viewers," added he.

Eventually, it is a Hindi movie that just happens to be animated. Still “Roadside Romeo” is a leap ahead for Indian animation. Hopefully, more soaring cinema will follow.



Farmers irked at PSEB officials
Demand more time for submission of bills for tubewells

Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 3
Accusing the power board officials of harassing seekers of tubewell connections under the OYT (Own Your Tubewell) scheme, farmers of the area have demanded that deadline for submission of bills and documents in connection with transformers and equipment should be relinquished.

Meanwhile, the Punjab Kissan Sabha has demanded that government should come to the rescue of those farmers, whose applications had been rejected due to alleged procurement of duplicate equipment, including transformers by certain contractors.

Though the Vigilance Bureau, Punjab, had initiated a probe into the exploitation of these farmers about four months ago, but nothing was done to rescue the peasants.

A group of farmers led by Baldev Singh Latala, general secretary the Punjab Kissan Sabha, and Hari Singh, former vice-chairman market committee, Kilaraipur, alleged that the authorities in the Punjab State Electricity Board had compounded problems of the applicants of tubewell connection under the OYT scheme, by fixing a deadline for the billing date as June 30, 2008.

The farmers regretted that the authorities instead of expediting release of connections had been confusing applicants by arbitrarily changing mode of commissioning of machinery.

"One can imagine condition of a farmer who borrowed Rs 25,000 on interest over 14 months ago, with a hope to irrigate his field after three months, but is yet to complete file work after parting with double the amount initially demanded," said Baldev apprehending that applicants would not be able to get connections by months together.

According to leaders, over 70,000 farmers had deposited Rs 25,000 each, with the PSEB to get tubewell connections within three months in the month of August last year.

The deposit amount was later returned to the applicants and they were asked to purchase equipment, including transformers from enlisted manufacturers.

A large number of applications, which were submitted through certain contractors, were rejected when the authorities found that the equipment supplied by them were fake.

"Now when it is established that the farmers had been exploited by certain contractors, the authorities should get them booked and the victims should be compensated duly," urged Baldev and Hari demanding that genuine contractors should be allowed to continue working for farmers.



No grant for research to PAU
Project to check farmer suicides fails to take off
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
The project sanctioned by the state government on "Survey on incidence of farmers' suicides on account of indebtedness in the Punjab state" in the month of June has failed to take-off till date. Thanks to the callousness of the state government, which failed to send the grant of approximately nine lakhs to the departments of Economics and Sociology, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), to start the research.

Though the faculty members concerned with the project, are hopeful to get the grant in coming few days, but it has been six months now and the state finance department seems to be least bothered.

One of the faculty members, on condition of anonymity, said a meeting on the project was held with the officials of the finance department recently, university was hopeful to get the grant and start the project soon.

It may be mentioned here that university had taken it so seriously that even a workshop to discuss the methodology for conducting census on "Farmers' Suicides on account of indebtedness in Punjab" was organised on June 11, 2008 at the Farmers' Service Centre of PAU. The department of Economics and Sociology of the university were to conduct a census of farmers' suicides in Sangrur and Bathinda districts on pilot basis.

The experts in the field felt the need for a comprehensive assessment of this complex issue facing our contemporary agrarian society. They also emphasised the need to look into the phenomenon of farmers leaving agriculture in Punjab. The experts had outlined a plan comprising eminent economists, on the need for covering all the sections of rural society in the proposed census. The need to include genetic effect along with socio-economic factors to be considered for investigation was also highlighted by all concerned with the project. Census was aimed at preparing a list of farmers’ suicides and scientifically delineates the role of debt in this context.



Illegal colonies result of wrong policies, say property dealers
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 3
"Proliferation of unauthorised colonies in the mega city and elsewhere in Punjab is the direct result of wrong government policies which are clearly influenced by the powerful lobby of big builders and property developers."

This was the views of a deputation of Ludhiana property dealers and colonisers who met A.K. Sinha, chief administrator of the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) here today in the wake of a crackdown launched against unlawful development of colonies by the regulatory authority (GLADA).

The colonisers maintained that the norm of minimum area of 75 acres required to obtain a licence to develop an approved colony and external development charges (EDC) of Rs 35 lakh per acre, as per new policy framed by the SAD-BJP government immediately after assuming office, was a stumbling block in the way of regulated colonisation in the state.

While the members of the deputation gave an undertaking to the GLADA authorities not to continue any further development work in the (illegal) colonies carved out by them in different parts of the city, they said the association had already approached senior government functionaries, including the Chief Minister and the local bodies minister, seeking relaxation of norms for colonisation under the prevailing rules.

Talking to The Tribune, Kamal Chatley, president of the association said the minimum area of 75 acres for an approved colony was impracticable as nowhere in the city such a single chunk of land is available for development into a colony.

He said: "During the previous Congress regime when the prescribed minimum area for an approved colony was 10 acre and development charges stood at Rs 3.5 lakh per acre, some 81 colonisers had obtained licences (for development of approved colonies) with almost an equal number of applications being in the pipeline. However, with the change of government and revision of policy, no fresh licences were given to small operators and hence the holders of land were left with no other alternative than to carry on with the development of colonies even if it meant violation of rules."

Chatley was more than confident that if the state government and the regulatory authorities really wanted to curb the development of unauthorised colonies in the state, bringing out realistic changes in the policy was the answer rather than indiscriminate penal action against the small property developers, which could prove counter-productive in the longer run.



Chhatt Pooja
Festive spirit grips city markets
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
The roadside markets once again buzz with activity as the Bihari populace throng vendors to shop for the customary Chatt Pooja.

The festival commenced yesterday and will conclude on the morning of November 5. With migrants from Bihar becoming an integral part of Ludhiana, the streets and special bazaars in Sherpur, Pakhowal road, Old Sabzi Mandi and various other areas buzzed with activity. The festival marks fasting and shared prayers by mother-in-laws and daughter-in-laws to pray to “Chatt mata” for the long lives of their sons.

Getting the feel of Bihar in Punjab, vendors on the Pakhowal road played the songs in their regional dialect thereby arresting the interest of shoppers.

Chatt Pooja, says Raju, is the most awaited festival for the natives of Bihar. "Men love to shop for their women and the fruits are transported to Ludhiana from Bihar for this specific occasion. "The Sutlej and the Sidhwan canal are substitutes of the sacred Ganges for us as women offer prayers in their waters on the concluding day of the pooja," Raju said.

Asha, who has lived in Ludhiana for 10 years, feels that place does matter as the real feel of the festival is missing. She also said after having good bank balance, she and her husband would love to visit their native village in Chapra (Bihar) to celebrate Chatt Pooja.

Carrying a list of 40 items, Gopal, a carpenter, tried to establish a rapport with the vendor to get the best bargain. Sutvi, taav, sanghara, shakarkandi, sugarcane, kheja and accessories, including bangles, vermillion, coloured threads are a must for the ritual. Far from the fears of poor sanitation, the so-called “vehras” (shared houses) resonate with folk songs and music from Bihar.



PSEB engineers flay re-employment of ex-SEs
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 3
Taking strong exception to re-employment of retired engineers for routine work of cadre posts by the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) management, the PSEB Engineers Association has deplored the fast forward mode in which two superannuated superintending engineers were being re-employed against cadre posts.

In a statement here today, Bhupinder Khosla, regional secretary of the association, observed that the nonchalant approach of the PSEB management had led to widespread resentment and insecurity among engineers. "Indifferent attitude of the PSEB top brass over several important policy matters is affecting the long-term interests as well as professional growth of the serving engineers."

He said the PSEB engineers had launched a signature campaign to condemn the board management for brushing aside the serious objections raised by the association and taking such decision that were harmful for the engineering cadre.

All members of the Ludhiana region of the PSEB Engineers Association, Khosla added, had asked the PSEB management to desist from re-employing superannuated engineers while demanding the immediate removal of all such engineers re-employed in different capacities. At the same time, the board ought to fill all vacant posts of engineering cadre through promotion.



Reporters' Dairy
Fogging, now meaningless

The civic administration in the city seems to have thrown to wind all sense of accountability and decency in getting the fogging operations flagged off by chief parliamentary secretary Harish Rai Dhanda on Sunday last.

In its zeal to make a big show of the “non-performance”, the MC top brass has chosen to forget that unofficial number of dengue victims in the mega city had already crossed 3,000, along with the fact that the epidemic-like outbreak of the disease was being attributed to its own failure for not taking timely preventive measures. Moreover, the hullabaloo about the fogging operations has also become meaningless in the wake of assertion by the experts that dengue is now on the wane as the weather conditions are not conducive for survival of the larvae. Well, the MC deserved a stick rather than a carrot in this case!

Platform for artists

A city-based art lover and art gallery curator Sukhvir Singh, who has come from Mumbai, has given a perfect opportunity to the artists who were so far missing such a platform to showcase their talent. An introduction of art gallery by the name of ‘Atmosphere’ has instantly become a hit with both the artists and the art lovers. Guided by two local journalists and a local artist, Atmosphere presented awesome collection of news photographs by photojournalist Gurpreet Singh, which were appreciated by one and all. This new concept has now been added as a regular feature with many more such exhibitions by various photojournalists and painters lined up next.

Unique gesture

Passion is what is required to convert a latent desire into a dream come true. This is what Ashok Bhalla, a leading industrialist in the city, has done by gifting his friends a CD each of the ‘shabads’ titled “Guru Manyo Granth”. Jagjit Singh, who is a close friend of Bhalla, has lent his voice to the ‘shabads’.

By gifting CDs of these religious renderings, Bhalla not only made an effort to commemorate 300 years of Gurta Gaddi of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, he also paid tribute to his friend and the living legend Jagjit Singh. Bhalla’s gesture during the festivity around Diwali was in true spirit of his passion for poetry and respect to the religion. The CD is purely a private enterprise and not a commercial release. Bhalla is also known for his matchless collection from the world of art and music, including Mirza Ghalib, the legendary poet and melodies in the sonorous voice of Begum Akhtar and many more.

Civil surgeons in tight spot

Well known for her uprightness, state health minister Laxmikanta Chawla recently caught the civil surgeons in a tight spot as she questioned them on the issue of ‘corruption’ during a meeting. As it happened, the minister while answering to a query by one of the civil surgeons did not miss a chance to confront the worthy officials and said, “All civil surgeons who swear for not having accepted a single penny (bribe) in their career should raise their hands.” What followed was even more interesting as there were just two hands that were raised high and straight and the remaining hands were either shaky or half raised.

Indeed, the lady welcomes the right action with a clear aversion to ‘inappropriate action’.

Most “inactive” mayor

It was my first meeting with Ludhiana mayor Hakam Singh Gyaspura and I thought it would surely change my perception about him, as I had not heard a word of appreciation for him from the local media and politicians.

However, my perception proved to be correct going by the way he treated me and answered my question about fund crunch in the municipal corporation. Adopting a casual attitude, his answers were just like a typical politician who has his foundation on unfulfilled promises and is least informed about the day-to-day activities.

I am really astonished how a buzzing city like Ludhiana could have such an “inactive” mayor.

For the honourable guest!

An uncle -- an IAS officer -- of my friend was recently invited as the chief guest at one of the schools here.

Since the principal knew the relationship, she asked my friend’s 10-year-old daughter to bring a bouquet of flowers to receive the chief guest in the school. The poor girl forgot to place the order of bouquet.

By the time she realised, it was too late at night and the florist shops in the area were closed. She started crying. My friend called the same uncle and asked if he had any spare bouquet, to be returned to him the next morning.

A gunman delivered flowers at 11 pm at her house. Next morning, her daughter welcomed the “chief guest” with flowers sent by the chief guest himself.

Not a male’s prerogative

Catcalls and whistling are largely associated with the male psychology. Like huge strides in all walks of life, the fair sex is also fast catching up in strong expression of their feelings in the open.

The show by the ‘Libaas’, a boutique, showed the women in full flow of their expressive mood. Catcalls and loud whistles had the audience in splits as they watched a woman render a shrill noise in appreciation of the show.

Scared mouse

Recently, a young man went to the local police station to get an FIR registered for the theft of his two-wheeler. As he was talking to the SHO, suddenly two constables, who were sitting outside the latter’s office, came rushing in and locked themselves up in the lock up.

Shocked at the suddenness of the events and the constables’ action, the young man and the SHO, who were quite startled by now, got up to see what had made the constables behave the way they did.

To their amusement, the complainant’s huge labrador, who had managed to get out of the Gypsy parked outside, was walking towards the room and had apparently scared the cops enough to run for cover, that too, behind the bars!

Festive hangover

Even as the festivities are over, the markets are still decked up with lights further adding to the power woes. Besides, the lights are kept on throughout the night even when there is no use of the same. Most of the shops, hotels, eating joints, malls and business establishments in the city are still wearing a festive look be it the Ghumar Mandi market, Sarabha Nagar or Model Town shopping areas.

Even the department is helpless about the situation as PSEB chief engineer (central zone), Ludhiana, B.S. Bath said, “Since Diwali is the festival of lights and holds sentimental and religious values for people, we cannot be strict with the use of lights in the markets. I agree that metered supply is definitely affected on such occasions.”

Contributed by Kuldip Bhatia, Rajesh Bhambi, Anshu Seth, Jyotika Sood, Shivani Bhakoo, Sanjeev Bariana, Charu Chhibber, Manav Ghuman



Rachita, Ekjyot excel in inter-college debate
Tribune News Service

Students take a nap during a debate contest at Nehru Sidhant Kendar in Ludhiana
Students take a nap during a debate contest at Nehru Sidhant Kendar in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Rajesh Bhambi

Ludhiana, November 3
Nehru Siddhant Kendra Trust organised 13th inter-college debate at the Nehru Siddhanta Kendra here today as part of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru’s birthday celebrations.

About 12 colleges with a team of two speakers each participated in the debate. The topic chosen for the debate was- “123 nuclear agreement will turn out to be a bonanza for India.”

Dr Ravinder Kaur, principal Malwa Central College of Education, was the chief guest, Lt. Col (Dr) D.B. Sharma, spoke on inspirational works to boost the morale of the speakers.

The Trust had nominated eminent educationists, including Dr Amarjit Singh, retd Prof and head of English, Journalism Languages and Culture department, PAU, Dr Jagdish Kaur, associated Prof of Punjabi, and Indu Kaushik, retired Prof from Guru Nanak Girls College on the panel.

The speakers presented their view on the topic confidently and fearlessly and displayed their oratory skills. The auditorium was fully packed with students who encouraged the speakers by applauding them vociferously. The winners were:

Winner of Nehru Trophy- Rachita Dua and Ekjyot Kaur, Khalsa College for Women

First Prize: Kuldip Kaur, GNGC, Second prize: Gaurav Aggarwal, Arya College for Boys, Third prize: Shruti Sharma, Government College for Women, Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, bagged the running Nehru Trophy.

The Nehru Trophy and the individual prizes would be presented by the chief guest R.L. Bhatia, governor of Bihar on November 11, 2008 at a function being held at Nehru Sidhant Kender Trust.



Red Ribbon Express in city on Nov 11
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
The Red Ribbon Express touring the state as a part of its AIDS awareness programme will reach the Ludhiana railway station on November 11 and will be halting at the 'godam' of the railway station till November 13, an official press release said here today.

At least two buses will be employed for the entourage to travel different places in the district spreading the message against dangers of AIDS through plays.

Priyank Bharti, the additional deputy commissioner, chaired a meeting of the district administration making elaborate arrangements for the AIDS awareness express. The train has seven bogies out of which three will have an exhibition of the awareness messages on impact of AIDS virus. One of the bogies will have an information desk.

The buses will travel to villages, including Humbran, Sidhwan Bet, Hathoor, Jagraon, Sahnewal, Raikot, Baddowal, Payal, Doraha, Samrala, Manji Sahib, Khanna, Bhadla, Dehlon, Ghavaddi, Maloud, Macchiwada and Siad.



CBSE workshop on health starts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
A three-day training workshop on Implementing Comprehensive School Health Programme by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) kicked off at Green Land Senior Secondary Public School here today.

The training programme, which is witnessing the participation of more than 50 school principals and teachers across the North, is being attended by CBSE education officer S.K. Janna and resource persons like Jayanti Banerji, psychologist Dr Bharti from the PGI, Chandigarh.

Janna said, "The main aim behind this training programme is to create awareness about how schools could play a vital role in health of their students. We are training master trainers here who have the responsibility of forwarding their knowledge to their respective institutes."

Urging schools to launch health clubs, he suggested that there should be health clause in every school according to which regular periodic check-ups should be organised.



150 examined at dental camp
Our Correspondent

Raikot, November 3
A 15-day free dental check-up camp began yesterday at the Civil Hospital, Raikot.

On the directions of civil surgeon, Satpal Sharma, the Ludhiana District Medical Services are conducting the dental check-up camp during the dental fortnight from 1 November to November 14.

The medical camp was inaugurated by Vijay Jain, president of the Municipal Committee, Raikot. Dr Sooch, SMO Raikot, made residents aware of the dental diseases and the precautions to avoid dental problems. He said school students would be examined and needy old persons be provided free dentures.

Dentists Pardeep Sharma and Gurpreet Kaur examined 150 children today. Medicines were also distributed.



Science exhibition kicks off
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
The sub-divisional science exhibition was inaugurated by Malkit Singh Panesar at Ramgarhia Girls Senior Secondary School, Miller Ganj, here today.

The programme started with a quiz competition where students participated. It was followed by a declamation contest of teachers. The results of both the competitions will be declared on November 4.



Inmate alleges assault by superintendent
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
An inmate at central jail had reportedly injured himself by smashing a piece of broken slab against his head here last evening.

The inmate, Sucha Singh, who was brought to civil hospital for the first aid, accused a jail system superintendent of hitting him.

However, the jail authorities have rubbished the allegations, saying Sucha has cooked up the story to mount pressure on them. They further said they would register a case against the accused today.

Superintendent of Central Jail Kuldeep Singh said Sucha, who has been facing 14 cases of theft and intimidations, had demanded to be shifted from jail hospital, where he had been admitted for stomachache, to civil hospital.

When the jail authorities refused the inmate allegedly smashed a broken piece of slab against his head.

Sources said he was provoked by another inmate Parminder Singh Pammi.



Theft at head constable’s house
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
Now, even the houses of cops are not safe from thieves. In a gutsy attempt, some thieves swiped the house of Ravinder Singh, situated in police line, near Jamalpur colony.

Ravinder is a head constable with the CIA staff. He was away with his family to attend a family function at Fatehgarh Sahib.

The theft came to light yesterday when the neighbours found the locks of the house broken. They immediately reported the matter to the police and informed the family about the theft.

The family said the thieves have got away with 50 gm of gold ornaments, Rs 9,500 cash and kitchen appliances.



Rathore bags the best horse award
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, November 3
Horses from Rahon Academy and those from the Police Academy, Phillaur, dominated the proceedings on the third and final day of the fourth edition of the Punjab Horse Show and Equstrian Championship that concluded at the Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, near here yesterday.

Rathore, owned by Talwinder Singh of PAP, Jalandhar, bagged the best horse award. In the jumping fall and out event (sub junior), Romeo of Birpal Singh from Rahon Academy finished ahead of others to bag the top honours while Gypsy of Darshan Singh Dhillon came out triumphant in the junior section.

In the medley relay race, Gold, Rathore and Jasmine, all from Jalandhar, romped home victors and in the ferrier test, horses from the Border Security Force proved their superiority over others while horses from PAP secured second position.

Former director-general of police, Punjab, Chaudhary Sube Singh, gave away prizes to the winners. R S Gill, DGP and Director, Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, along with other police officers, was present at the prize distribution function.

Arjuna awardees, Inder Singh (football) and Hardeep Singh (kabaddi), former basketball star, Ajmer Singh, Col. Rupinder Singh Brar, gold medallist, Asian Games, and Olympian Dharam Singh were also felicitated on this occasion.



Khalsa College shooters bag silver medal
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 3
Students of the local Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, secured second position in the 10 meter air pistol Inter-College Shooting Championship held at the Patiali Rao Shooting Range, Sector 25, Chandigarh recently.

The college squad comprising Taranjit Kaur, Harpreet Kaur and Sumit of BA III shrugged shoulders with competitors from Dashmesh College, Badal, GGS College, Chandigarh, and MCM DAV College, Chandigarh, finish runners up and had to content with a silver medal.

Principal of the college, Dr Varinder Kaur Thind, applauded the girls and Amandeep Kaur, lecturer physical education, for bringing fame to the college.



Guru Hargobind girls shine

Raikot, November 3
The girls team of Guru Hargobind Public High School, village Dadahoor, emerged district champion in the Junior Kabaddi Championship, held at village Bhamian. The team was playing for Jagraon zone primary category, in the district level championship. The team would leave for Bathinda to participate in the State Level Championship being held from 4th to 6th November. — OC



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