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Schoolgirl run over by truck
Tribune Reporters

Khanna, December 4
A student was killed in an accident at Khanna at around 2 pm today. She was on her way from school to her house at Bhamaddi village. The victim, Perneet Kaur, was a student of Class XII at A.S. Modern Senior School, Khanna.

She was riding pillion on her friend’s Activa when a speeding car hit the scooter and both girls fell. A truck coming behind them ran over Perneet, who died on the spot. Harmaldeep Kaur, who fell on the other side of the road, received minor injuries and was rushed to the civil hospital.

The truck driver is absconding and the vehicle has been impounded by the police. A case has been registered.

Man booked for rape bid

Ludhiana: The police booked a bachelor for attempting to rape a mentally challenged girl here today.

The accused has been identified as Surinder Kumar, a resident of Kot Mangal Singh, near Shimlapuri.

According to the police, the accused lured her to his house and tried to rape her, but she started screaming and residents gathered outside his house. He, however, managed to flee.

MC supdt, family attacked

Jagraon: Hartej Singh, an MC superintendent of Ludhiana, was attacked last evening.

He along with his family was returning to his village Kili Chahala, near Moga, after attending a marriage when about 20-25 armed attackers assaulted them.

The accused had signalled them to stop. When they stopped, they attacked them and tried to drag them out of the car. Navdeep Kaur, daughter of Hartej Singh, was driving the car and she managed to speed up the car and got rid of the attackers. However, Hartej Singh and his wife Rachpal Kaur were injured.

Rachpal Kaur identified the attackers and said they were from their village. They have been admitted to the local civil hospital.


Cops need tougher training, better arms: Badal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
Not clearing his stand on the central government’s proposal for a federal security agency in the wake of the Mumbai attacks, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said: “We don’t want to be an obstacle in the formation of the central agency, but would prefer if the central government imparts the same training to the state police.”

The Chief Minister was here today in connection with the disbursement of 98 cheques amounting to Rs 4.5 crore and also met party leaders and workers.

Terming the attacks as a failure of the intelligence agency, he said the modernisation of the state police with help from the federal agency would help state governments to combat terror. Besides, the armed forces must have the latest equipment.

Talking about the elections going on in five states, Badal said these elections would be a trendsetter for the upcoming Lok Sabha poll.

Terming the steps of the centre to check recession as inadequate, he said the central government needed to adopt a strong policy for economy.

Regarding the Rajpura thermal power station, for which only one tender had been received, Badal said the state government had written to the regulatory commission of the PSEB to allot work to the party which had applied for it.

Meanwhile, some residents thought the function was sangat darshan and had to return empty-handed.

Harjinder Kaur, who had come to seek monetary help for her granddaughter, said: “She is just two-months-old and has to undergo a surgery. Since we don't have resources, we came to ask for financial aid from Badal, but were not allowed to meet him.”

Similarly, an aged couple, Tilak Raj and Krishna, rued that the CM was distributing cheques for dharamshalas, but did not hear people who really needed his help. “We had met the CM during a sangat darshan and he had assured us help, but to no avail,” they said.



Winter Shatabdi begins
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 4
The winter special Ludhiana-New Delhi Shatabdi Express commenced its maiden run from New Delhi at 18.30 hrs last evening, reaching here a little after 23.00 hrs.

The down train left for New Delhi at 06.00 hrs. Some passengers complained about minor catering problems, but officials of the Indian Rail Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) claimed that adequate food, beverages and snacks were loaded in the train, which left Ludhiana this morning.

For residents frequently travelling to New Delhi, especially businessmen and the industry, the new Shatabdi has come as a boon. “The timing is perfect for those who want a full working day in Delhi and wish to return home on the same day,” Rajinder Gupta, an exporter, said.

The new Shatabdi, leaving New Delhi at 6.30 pm for Ludhiana will be useful for residents who are not able to finish their work by afternoon and take the New Delhi-Amritsar Shatabdi which departs at around 4.20 pm, Dr Neena, a PAU teacher, said.



Yet another inquiry against DEO
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
The Punjab education department has initiated inquiry against Sudesh Bajaj, district education officer (secondary), for alleged irregularities in administrative conduct. The inquiry is being conducted by Jagjit Singh, deputy DPI schools (secondary). He summoned Sudesh Bajaj to Chandigarh today in this regard.

Jagjit Singh, when contacted, said Sudesh Bajaj had appeared for the inquiry earlier as well. He said there were several complaints against her. “She has transferred the office superintendent and many clerks on her own,” he said.

Harsharanjit Kaur Brar, DPI schools (secondary), Punjab, told The Tribune that several inquiries were pending against Sudesh Bajaj.

She said she too had completed an inquiry against the DEO (secondary), Ludhiana, and submitted a report to the government. She, however, refused to divulge the contents of the report nor elaborated the nature of the complaints.

The Democratic Teachers Front had also submitted a memorandum against Sudesh Bajaj during a sangat darshan presided over by the Chief Minister.



23-yr-old woman succumbs to injuries
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
A 23-year-old newly married woman today succumbed to her injuries inflicted allegedly by her husband and mother in-law for dowry. The victim, Maninder Kaur, a resident of New Shakti Nagar, was married to an Amritsar resident, Ravinderjit Singh, on February 21.

The victim’s father, Tirlok Singh, in his complaint alleged that Ravinderjit Singh and his mother Nichatar Kaur had been torturing his daughter for dowry.

He further alleged that on November 25, the accused again tortured Manmeet after which her condition deteriorated. The accused allegedly left the victim on the doorstep of his house and fled the scene.

She was taken to the local civil hospital. However, after struggling for eight days, she succumbed to her injuries today.

The police has registered a dowry death case against the husband and his mother.



Pension Issue
PAU authorities struggle to find solution
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
With the December-31 deadline, set by the Punjab and Haryana High Court to clear the dues of pensioners till the end of this year, fast approaching, the issue of disbursement of pension has once again started hotting up at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU).

According to sources, the state government has refused to take any responsibility of pensioners. Rather, it (government) has asked the university, which is already reeling under severe financial crunch, to create its own resources, sell or give its land on lease to work out a solution.

A meeting on the issue with higher officials was reportedly held at the university a few days ago. Somehow, the proposal for selling the land had not gone down well with those attached with the university.

A senior faculty member, on condition of anonymity, said the state government was pressuring authorities to create resources, but they were not giving the right options.

“How can one keep selling pieces of land to create resources? Every proposal has to get the nod by the board of management of the PAU, they will never approve of such decisions,” he said.

Sources added that the LIC and some other corporates had also sent a proposal in this regard to authorities. “The land, which they want to take on lease, measures around 7.5 acres and is worth several crores of rupees. How can we allow outsiders to takeover the property that has provided us our livelihood throughout life?” said a former office-bearer of the PAU Employees Union.

Around 2,700 pensioners have been struggling to get their dues for the past several months. Their pension for November and December is now due.

Authorities, employees, faculty, students, several other organisations have tried to convey the message to the government to take the responsibility of pensioners but to no avail.

Meanwhile, the PAU Non-Teaching Employees Union and the Punjab Agricultural University Teachers’ Association (PAUTA) have also condemned the move of government to sell “invaluable” pieces of land of the PAU.

PAUTA general secretary Mukesh Siag said it was not the answer to the ongoing financial problem. “The university responsible for bringing green revolution in the state will lose its whole charm,” he said while senior vice-president of the PAU Employees Union Lakhwinder Sandhu said they would struggle till end against the state government’s “irresponsible” decision to sell PAU land.



Eye surgeon accused of fraud
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
Levelling charges of cheating against an eye surgeon, Dr Rajesh Batra, a city resident has accused the doctor of duping him on the pretext of operating his 70-year-old mother for glaucoma.

The district health authorities have initiated an inquiry into the case following the complaint forwarded by Dharam Pal Verma, son of the patient.

A copy of the complaint has been forwarded to the state health minister and the deputy commissioner.

Verma has accused the doctor of fleecing him and his mother by fitting simple lenses in her eye instead of operating upon her, as promised.

“After examining my mother Gomti Devi at Batra Eye hospital in Sahnewal on August 28, the doctor took her to his clinic in Ludhiana the same day to operate on her right eye with laser technique. However, at the last moment he said he would operate upon the left eye instead of the right one as it too had glaucoma.

“The doctor persuaded us to go ahead with the operation immediately stating that further delay could permanently damage my mother’s eyesight.”

Accusing Dr Batra of perpetrating fraudulent practices against poor and hapless villagers in and around Sahnewal, Verma stated that the clinic at Sahnewal was poorly equipped and was just a bait for the illiterate and innocent people.

“Also, he didn’t give any concessions in the operation and charged me Rs 11,000 followed by additional charges for medicines and eye drops,” Dharampal alleged.

In spite of repeated requests, the doctor failed to give receipt for the operation and post-operative expenses, he claimed.

However, Dr Batra denied the charges stating that Dharampal was trying to blackmail him as he had never agreed to operate on his mother’s right eye.

“Another senior eye surgeon from the city had already operated upon Gomti Devi’s right eye so there was no need for me to re-operate her eye as our diagnosis was the same,” said Dr Batra.

The doctor added that he had charged Rs 7,000 for the procedure and accused Dharampal of falsely implicating him to extract money.

Ludhiana civil surgeon Dr S.P. Sharma said a panel of doctors were investigating the case and both the complainant and the accused had been asked to submit complete reports pertaining to the case.

“Necessary action will be taken against the doctor if he is found guilty of cheating the patient,” the civil surgeon said.



Miss World Panjaban-2008
Auditions held at city college
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
The auditions for the 10th International Beauty Pageant Miss World Panjaban-2008 were held at Ramgarhia College, here today.

Organised by Sabhyacharak Sathh, Panjab, participants from different states gave a tough competition to each other.

It is a beauty contest with a difference, where contestants are dressed up in traditional attires jewellery and their general knowledge is scanned on the basis of their answers to the questions related to Punjabi culture.

Chairman-director Jasmer Singh Dhatt said girls from different states today tried their luck to enter semifinals of the contest. Folk dance and cultural knowledge of the participants was also judged by the jury today.

Miss Canada Panjaban, Miss Australia Panjaban and Miss New Zealand Panjaban have already been selected during the contests organised at Toronto, Sydney and Auckland. The winners of these events have reached India to participate in this splendid show.

Gurpreet Khaira has been selected Miss Canada Panjaban, Sophie Dhaliwal is Miss New Zealand Panjaban while Harmanjot is Miss Australia Panjaban. They are well acquainted with the Punjabi culture and are ready to give a tough competition to their counterparts in Punjab.



400 NRIs felicitated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
Around 400 NRIs from U.S.A, U.K., Japan, Canada, U.A.E, Australia, Dubai along with other countries attended the NRI felicitation ceremony, held at Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College here yesterday.

The cultural show included dance performance on old Punjabi melodies depicting traditional culture with articles like madhani, chhaz, pakhi, followed by zestful giddha.

A social message was also put forth in form of skits along with entertainment on female foeticide and the evil of dowry system.

A satire on mass mentality and social psychology was also presented in a play Hum Log. College chairman Baba Jaswant Singh stressed on the mission of the trust of carrying out selfless work towards the provision of education (both spiritual and academic) and healthcare to masses, irrespective of religion or caste.

College vice-chairman S Kirpal Singh, state minister Hira Singh Gabaria and Ludhiana SSP RK Jaiswal were also present on the occasion.

Principal Dr DS Kalsi put forth a multimedia-aided presentation of the college and hospital, highlighting the new milestones being achieved by the institution in the field of dental education.



Hindu outfits seek stern response
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, December 4
Different organisations, including the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bharat Vikas Parishad and the RSS, organised a function with the help of schoolchildren to pay tributes to the Mumbai terror victims.

In a press note released here today, the organisations stated that India would stand united against terror, which is an attack on peace and unity of the nation. They said every citizen was with the government and the armed forces. They asserted the need to combat terror.

Condemning the attacks, the speakers said after the Mumbai incident, the Indian government needed adopt a strong policy to respond to the terrorism and reorganise intelligence of the country.

Among those present were District Bar Association chief P.S. Ghuman, mahant Chandershekhar Giri, Swami Nirmal and Harjeet Kaur.

‘War no solution’

The Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) have condemned the terrorist attacks in Mumbai and extended their condolences to the families of the martyrs and victims.

In a statement issued today, the IDPD stated that it was a serious challenge to not only the secular democratic fabric of the country but also peace in the South Asia.

“But we express serious concern over the hysteria being created for military action against Pakistan. We demand from the Pakistan government to hand over the terrorists operating from there. War with Pakistan is no solution,” said IDPD president Dr Arun Mitra.

The organisation members called for a joint and united effort by all countries of the region to tackle terrorism as the region was badly affected by the menace. Any conflict between India and Pakistan has a potential to trigger nuclear conflict.

Lawyers’ march today

The Lawyers for Common Cause Association has condemned leaders for trying to draw political mileage from the terror attacks in Mumbai, in which hundreds of people lost their lives and police officials sacrificed their lives.

At a meeting presided over by association chairman Surinder Pal, members today resolved to hold a protest march from the courts complex to the deputy commissioner’s office situated at the mini secretariat on December 5 at 11 am. Members will also submit a memorandum, addressed to President of India Pratibha Patel, to the deputy commissioner.



US scientist delivers talk on pesticides
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
Dr Gurwattan Singh Miranpuri, a renowned scientist from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, delivered a talk on ‘Role of bio-pesticides in integrated pest management and insect resistance management practices’ at Punjab Agricultural University, here yesterday.

Elaborating on the importance of bio-pesticides in relation to eco-friendly pest management, Dr Miranpuri said these would counter indiscriminate use of chemical pesticides, thereby, reducing the load of detrimental chemicals in the environment. He mooted a proposal for the establishment of Centre of Excellence in Bio-pesticides at PAU, which would expand the current strengths and equip the concerned in bio-intensive pest management to meet anticipated certification standards.

Such a centre could initially focus on vegetables that consumed a lot of pesticides, and would cover other crops at a later stage. He offered that his institute (University of Wisconsin) would be keen to collaborate with the PAU for providing technical support.

“By popularising the bio-pesticides, the university will help farmers to produce quality and pest-free crops on one hand and reduce the reliance on conventional pesticides on the other,” he stated. For funding such a project, a private organisation engaged in the manufacture of agro-chemicals could also be approached, he added.

Earlier, Dr Manjit Singh Kang, vice-chancellor, PAU, introduced the guest speaker and informed that Miranpuri was an alumnus of the PAU, who had to his credit four decades of varied research experience in India, USA, UK and Canada. Welcoming the suggestion of Dr Miranpuri, Dr Kang said the university would explore modalities to enter into a MoU with the University of Wisconsin in this regard. 



Extension lecture delivered
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, December 4
An extension lecture by Dr R.K. Singla, professor, department of computer science and application, was organised at Khalsa College for Women, Sidhwan Khurd.

Dr Singla talked about ICT ie Information and Communication Technology, its development, definition, features, effects and trends.

The students and faculty members of the computer department attended the lecture and interacted with the resource person. Alpna Saini introduced the resource person and spoke about the vision and status of the computer department.

The Punjabi Literary Club of Swami Ganga Giri Janta Girls College, Raikot, also conducted a lecture on the changing trends of Punjabi literature. Renowned novelist Jaswant Singh Kanwal talked about the changing trends in the Punjabi literature.

He discussed his experience as a novelist and expressed sorrow over the economic recession and terrorists attacks in India. Prof Harinder Kaur Mohie read over the achievements of Jaswant Singh Kanwal.



Minister’s misconduct draws flak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
The Bharat Neterheen Sewak Samaj today condemned the misconduct meted out to the visually impaired protesters by Chaudhary Swarna Ram, minister for social security, women and child development, in connection with World Disability Day 

The minister had ordered the organisers of the function to remove 30 blind persons from Braille Bhawan, venue for the function, as they raised anti-establishment slogans. The minister also reportedly ordered a lathicharge on the protesters and threatened that they would be arrested for ruining the function.

Davinder Singh, samaj president, reacting to the statement made by the minister for lodging FIRs against the protesting blind activists, stated: “We will court arrest but in the constituency of Chaudhary Swarna Ram so they can people about the ‘stature’ of their elected candidate. Also, we have every reason to question the SAD and BJP state presidents about the apathetic behaviour of the minister towards us on World Disability Day.”

He said the protesters were unemployed and were justified in raising their protest against the state government for not giving them jobs in government departments under the provisions of the PWD Act.

The samaj also stated that the announcements made by the minister yesterday were hollow as nothing concrete had come out of it so far.

They would hold the protest in Chadigarh until the government accepts their demands, the members said.



Shopkeepers bask in sun, add to traffic chaos
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Khanna, December 4
Winter has brought more chaos and traffic snarls on city roads. A large number of shopkeepers bask in the sun and keep goods on pavements, adding to traffic chaos.

Traffic in the area moves at a snail’s pace, leading to serpentine queues during peak hours. School-going children and office-goers are the worst sufferers during afternoon and evening hours.

“Stock of various shops come loaded on carrier vehicles. Unlike other vehicles, these cannot just pass through the market. They need to be parked to unload the goods,” said Amar Singh, a shopkeeper.

This practice, besides the encroachments in the markets are going unchecked. “Many vehicles get stranded due to encroachments. Rickshaws, three-wheelers queue up at a distance of several kilometres on the GT Road, Amloh road, Malerkotla road and Lalheri road,” added a traffic cop.

He said the problem arose in this season as everybody, including shopkeepers, roadside vendors and rickshaw pullers like to sun themselves.

Residents and shopkeepers said the anti-encroachment drive should be made a regular feature to avoid such problems. “The traffic police alone cannot make any difference by navigating traffic if the roads are not cleared of encroachments,” another shopkeeper, Manohar Das, said.



Chrysanthemum bloom at PAU
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
What cannot be expressed in words can be conveyed through flowers. The nature holding diversity of beautiful colours was at display today in the form of two-day chrysanthemum show at Punjab Agricultural University.

People, especially youngsters, from various walks of life visited the show, which was inaugurated by vice-chancellor Dr M.S.Kang.

An array of chrysanthemum pots of around 270 varieties belonging to button, popcorn, anemone, spider and spoon-type were at display during the show. Some flowers with multiple-colour patterns and twisted petals drew attention of the onlookers.

The hybrids “Winter Queen”, “Mother Teressa” and some open pollinated varieties like “Sharad Shingar” were appreciated by many among the 60 hybrids on display.

Orange coloured “Calvin Mandrin” and bi-coloured “Bindia” with maroon ray florets and yellow disc florets were another attraction.

The show is dedicated to the legendary Punjabi poet, Bhai Veer Singh, who had a great admiration for flowers, especially chrysanthemums.

Dr Ramesh Sadavarti, head, department of floriculture and landscaping, said PAU floriculturists were carrying out research programmes to develop hybrids.



CM’s visit keeps DC away from inquiry
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
The DC, Sumer Singh Gurjar, who was summoned by the Speaker of the Vidhan Sabha in the Sohan Singh Thandal case today failed to keep his date with the Speaker owing to the Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal’s visit to the city.

The DC was present at the wedding of the son of Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, MP, along with the CM. Later, he was seen during a function at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan which was addressed by the CM.

Sources in the secretariat of the Vidhan Sabha said Gurjar had conveyed his inability to meet the Speaker today, citing the CM's visit as reason. The Hoshiarpur MLA, Sohan Singh Thandal, also conveyed that he could not come.

Thandal had complained against the DC when the latter had failed to attend a meeting of the SC welfare committee headed by Thandal. The committee was constituted by the Vidhan Sabha to take stock of welfare schemes for SCs in the state. The committee had visited the city and asked the DC for details, which he failed to provide and remained absent from the meeting.

The Speaker, Nirmal Singh Kahlon, is investigating the matter.



Assault on Trader
Police ‘dilly-dallying’ despite evidence

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
Almost a week after a trader of Feroze Gandhi market was allegedly beaten up for videographing illegal parking of vehicles by car bazar owners, the police is yet to arrest the accused in the case.

The police had booked Kuldeep Singh Gujral, Raju Sodhi and Neetu under Sections 452, 295, 323, 506, 148 and 149, IPC, for assaulting and hurting the religious sentiments of K.S. Monga, general secretary of traders and property dealers association, Feroze Gandhi market, on November 29. No arrest has been made in the case so far.

Monga, whose association had moved the High Court against illegal car parking in Feroze Gandhi market, was videographing the activity of illegal car parking, which had been going on unabated in spite of court directions, when he was assaulted and his turban was removed by the accused and their accomplices.

The complainant had even produced a CD of the entire episode showing his turban being removed and he being pushed by several persons. His video camera was also seen in possession of another person.

The footage, which is in possession of The Tribune, showed how he was roughed up and pushed by the accused. The association has sent a copy of the footage to the High Court.

Monga said it was sad that the police was dilly-dallying on the issue when the evidence was right there.

Traders yesterday submitted a memorandum to the DIG (Ludhiana) and demanded immediate action. The complainant claimed that he could identify all accused, as they belonged to the Feroze Gandhi market.

The footage was obtained from a CCTV camera of a trader in the market.



Possession of land for green belt
Church members halt MC staff
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
The municipal officials who had come with a police team to the Fountain Chowk to take possession of a land to form a green belt adjacent to the Anglican Christ church had to return empty-handed here yesterday.

According to sources, the municipal officials had come with a truckload of earth and some plants to sow on the land but were prevented from doing so by the Christians and church representatives.

The exercise that took place in the evening witnessed slogans by the Christians, who alleged that the municipal corporation was trying to encroach upon their land at the behest of someone.

Talking to The Tribune, Pankaj Anand Malik, overall in charge of the church, said: “The land belongs to us and we need it to make a gate for the entry to the three-acre church,” adding that the land valued around Rs 50 lakh.



From Schools
Fancy dress show
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
A fancy dress show was organised at Tender Foot Nursery and Pre-Nursery School. Students participated with zeal and enthusiasm, as they dressed up as models, musicians etc.


Gursikh Family Club is holding Mr Singh and Miss Kaur contest. The auditions for the same were held at Guru Nanak Public School. The finals will be held on December 13 at Faridabad.



NCC day at Ramgarh college

Samrala, December 4
NCC day was observed at Mai Bhago College for Women at Ramgarh, in which NCC group commander Col Karamjit Singh was the chief guest. He said the girls, nowadays, were leading boys in NCC competitions apart from education, sports and other activities.

The commanding officer 3, Punjab government battalion, NCC, Ludhiana, S.S. Johal, said girls were coming forward in large numbers to take part in NCC.

In essay writing competition Jyoti Chauhan came first, Amandeep second, Surinder Kaur third. In painting, Sumiti stood first. The three winners Vipunjot Kaur, Sandeep Kaur, Narinder Kaur of the state-level poetry competition were honoured for bagging third position. A sapling was also planted on the college campus this time. — OC



Vet varsity scientists shine
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
Dr Asha Dhawan, Dr Meera D. Ansal and Dr Vaneet Inder Kaur of college of fisheries, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), recently attended the 8th Indian Fisheries Forum, a triennial meeting of the fisheries scientists from all over India.

It was organised by the Asian Fisheries Society (Indian branch), Mangalore, in association with the Indian Fisheries Society of India and Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRI), Barrackpore, at Kolkata.

The paper on “Efficacy of Azolla in carp diet” by Asha Dhawan and Bhawna Sharma got the best poster presentation award.

Also, two more papers on “Appropriate feeding schedule for indoor rearing of Clarias batrachus fingerlings” by Asha Dhawan and Vaneet Inder Kaur, as part of the ad hoc project funded by the ICAR, and another on “Spirodella culture and its utilization in carp field” by Meera D. Ansal and Asha Dhawan were presented.



Curb domestic violence

This is with reference to the article “Act fails to curb domestic violence” by Shivani Bhakoo, dated October 25, 2008 in Ludhiana Tribune. It has been rightly said that domestic violence has increased. Those, who deal with laws, are aware about the enactment of the protection of women from domestic, sexual and economic violence.

Our society often speaks high about the rights of women, especially, during the seminars and functions organised for the liberation of women in the society. Speakers advocate about the dowry evils but do they themselves put their principles in practice in their own families, perhaps not.

It is the duty of the women organisations, which are working for the welfare of women to educate them about their rights. The Domestic Violence Act, 2005 should be implemented in letters and spirit and the culprits be given punishment accordingly.

Manjit Singh Mehram, Ludhiana

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8 SAD activists involved in clash held
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 4
Eight persons belonging to two factions of the SAD, fighting for the control over the Dasmesh truck tempo union, Guru Teg Bahadur Market, have been arrested under Sections 107 and 151 of the CrPC.

Zora Singh, Bahadur Khan, Zulafkar, Swaran Singh and Sitar Khan, belonging to the faction led by former chairman Tufail Mohamad, and Jagwant Singh Jaggie were arrested for disrupting peace. They had allegedly tried to take possession of the office of the union on Tuesday evening. Jagwant Jaggie had declared Zora Singh as president of the union by garlanding him.

The police also arrested Gurinder Khan Guri, Aseen Khan and Kamal Deep belonging to the faction led by former minister Abdul Gaffar.

The accused were later presented in the court of Jaspal Singh Jassie, SDM Malerkota, who released them on the furnishing of surety.

The police had to use force to disperse members of the group that had come to take the possession of the office. Some supporters were carrying swords and lathis.

Leaders of both factions are learnt to have sought the intervention of senior leaders in this regard.



1 killed in accident
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, December 4
One person was killed and four other seriously injured in a road accident between an Indica car and a Scorpio near Galib village here yesterday.

The deceased has been identified as Subhash Kumar (60) of Taran Tarn, while his wife Santosh Rani, niece Sudha Rani and driver Surinder Pal Singh were injured.

Scorpio driver Teja Singh of Ramgarh Bhullar village was also injured in the accident.

The victims were on their way to Taran Tarn from Jagraon in their car (PB 09 JD 9505) when the other car (PB 10 BL 0943) hit them.

The Scorpio occupants were returning to Sherpur Khurd village along with a marriage party from Ajitwal.

The Indica swerved into the fields, while the Scorpio overturned after the impact. The injured have been admitted to the Civil Hospital, Jagraon.



Undertrial booked

Ludhiana, December 4
The police yesterday booked an undertrial, Kulwant Singh, for possessing a mobile phone. The seizure was made on November 27.

According to sources, the accused was taken to a court hearing on November 27, when the police seized the gadget from him.

They said the accused had planned to escape. — TNS



National School Games
Punjab hockey team honoured
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 4
Players of the Jarkhar Hockey Academy gave an excellent performance to enable Punjab emerge champions in hockey in the recently held National School Games (u-19) held at Patiala.

Eight boys from the academy represented the state hockey squad that won top honours after a gap of 12 years. Members of the team were felicitated at a function organised by the Mata Sahib Kaur Sports Club at Jarkhar, near here, yesterday for bringing fame to the state.

Ramandeep Singh Grewal, former captain of the national hockey team, presently working as deputy director (Sports), Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, and newly appointed coach of the Indian hockey team was the chief guest on this occasion.

Ramandeep appreciated the boys and their coaches for hard work. He said some boys from this lot were good enough to don the national colours in the days to come.

He also shared his experiences with the boys and gave them useful tips to overcome the crunch moments during the course of a match.

He cited examples of hockey stalwarts Prithipal Singh, Surjit Singh and Balbir Singh who toiled hard to carve a niche for themselves and also fashion India’s victory in the World Cup and Olympics more than once.

He congratulated the organisers of the academy for preparing a bunch of talented hockey players. He advocated the need for laying down an Astro turf at Mata Sahib Kaur Stadium, Jarkhar, to enable players prepare as per the national and international norms.

In his address, Rupinder Singh Ravi, assistant education officer (sports), Ludhiana, said the education department would start sports wings in all sports disciplines at Jarkhar from the next academic session.

Prithipal Singh Batala, chief organiser of the Punjab Rural Sports Promotion Council, and Prof Kanwaljit Singh Dudike also appreciated the players for winning the title in the national-level tournament and wished them more success in the future.

While appreciating the boy’s success at Patiala, sarpanch Dapinder Singh announced that an enclosure at the Jarkhar village stadium would be provided with a small astro turf by March 30, 2009 where six-a-side hockey tournament could be played.

Players who formed the Punjab squad include Arjan Singh (captain), Sukhdeep Singh, Jawant Singh Jassa, Barinder Singh, Harwant Singh, Keshav Dutt, Gurdeep Singh, Sumit Pal Singh, Iqbal Singh, Sukbhir Singh, Tejinder Pal Singh, Prabhjeet Singh, Sandeep Singh, Harnek Singh and Davinderjot Singh. They were given the winner’s trophy, suit cases, medals and certificates.

Academy’s chief coach Harminder Pal Singh along with coaches Gurvinder Pal Singh and Gusatinder Singh, and team manager Dalvinder Singh Minhas were also felicitated.

Sports promoters like Jatinder Singh, an NRI from the area, and Jagjit Singh Sandhu along with Prince Gurdev Singh were also honoured.



Inter-School Tourney
BVM lads finish runners-up
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 4
Students of the Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, finished runners-up in table tennis event in the Punjab State Inter- School Games (u-16) organised by the Punjab sports department, in collaboration with the Sports Authority of India, at Guru Nanak Sports Complex, Ludhiana, from December 1 to 3.

In the final, the school paddlers fought valiantly before going down against Kendriya Vidayalya 2 DMW, Patiala, to content with the second spot. BVM students Agnish, Sandeep, Sidhant and Shubham represented the Ludhiana table tennis team in the games.

Principal of the school, Sunil Arora, congratulated the students and director sports, BVM, Baljeet Singh Gill, on securing a silver medal. She exhorted them to strive hard to achieve a higher position in the next edition of the games.



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