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MLAs, councillors gun for DC, MC officials
Seek suspension, FIR against them for ‘misusing’ positions
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
Erring officials of the municipal corporation faced the wrath of municipal councillors and local MLAs during a house meeting here today.

The officials who were pointed out included SE Dharam Singh, joint commissioner Kuldeep Singh, joint commissioner B.K. Gupta and ATP Hardev Singh, DC Sumer Singh Gujjar.

The local MLA Darshan Singh Shivalik and deputy speaker Satpal Gosain, supported by many councillors of both ruling parties and the opposition, criticised these officials alleging embezzlement and corruption by them. Besides, they complained that these officials didn't pay any heed to their direction despite the fact that they were elected representatives of the public and were answerable.

SAD MLA Shivalik said 16 files of various works to be initiated in his constituency were misplaced by the SE Dharam Singh and the latter had confessed it. "When I asked him to use photostat copies of these files to issue advertisement for tenders, the SE said it was not possible. Suddenly, on Tuesday the files were recovered and tenders for the work had been appeared in newspapers today," said Shivalik, demanding transfer of the officer.

Backing him, deputy speaker and BJP MLA Gosain said despite strong opposition, tender tempering had been going on in the municipal corporation. Calling for an immediate action, he said an FIR should be registered against the erring officials, including joint commissioner B.K. Gupta, who had been misusing their positions.

He has given an ultimatum till December 15 to mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura to initiate action against these officials, failing which the ruling alliance would be forced to play the role of the opposition.

Similarly BJP municipal councillor Gurdeep Singh Neetu from ward 42, supported by councillors from the BJP, the Congress and SAD, demanded suspension of ATP Hardev Singh and action against joint commissioner B.K. Gupta and Kuldeep Singh for failing to perform their duties.

BSP municipal councillor Dharamjit Singh complained that work on two roads in his ward was initiated without informing him about it and demanded transfer of one of the SDO’s in his zone.

Though the erring officials tried to justify themselves during zero hour, the lobby against them was stronger.

The ruling and opposition councillors told the mayor that they were ready to support him and asked him to send a report against the erring officials to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.



Pandemonium in MC house
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
The municipal house which met almost after four-and-a-half months here today witnessed a lot of hue and cry as there were various topics to be discussed and the time limit was short.

Though the house meeting witnessed a huge participation, only a few political leaders were seen actively participating while most of them remained just spectators.

Among those prominent were SAD councillor Simarjit Singh Bains, deputy mayor Sunita Aggarwal, opposition leaders Prem Mittal, Amrit Varsha Rampal, Bharat Bhushan Ashu and BJP councillor Gurdeep Singh Neetu.

Zero hour which is meant for discussion continued for more than three hours where councillors were seen resenting failure of development works in their wards and playing blame games. The various issues which dominated the scene were encroachments, illegal hoardings, various measures to increase revenue for the civic body and working of Finance and Contracts Committee.

One of the major discussions that took place was house tax committees where SAD councillor Jagbir Singh Sokhi said the 2-member house tax committees should be allowed to work even in the areas which were not under their jurisdiction.

At present, there are four house tax committees, one in each zone.

Deputy leader of the opposition Amrit Varsha Rampal said her ward was one of the posh areas of the city and he demanded the removal of slum dwellings which had been coming up in the past few years. Replying to her question, MLA Harish Rai Dhanda said the newly formed dwellings would be removed and residents would be shifted to the flats which were coming up under the JNURM. He said a survey report has been prepared and she would be furnished with it within two days.

The opposition leader also raised the issue of the demolition drive at Park Plaza at which she was supported by all Congress councillors. The Congress leaders alleged that only Congress people were being targeted by the municipal corporation and demanded the demolition drive at other places like hotel Imperial, Country Inn and many others on Ferozepore Road.

When it came to illegal hoardings, different ideas were proposed by the councillors some of which included putting up of holograms and allotment of identification numbers so that those not bearing them could be easily removed by the tehbazaari wing.

Interestingly, most of the councillors complained about no works in their ward and the mayor was once again giving assurances that it would be done.

Out of the total 18 resolutions discussed, three were added during the house meeting today. These three were appreciation certificates to employees of the fire department, allotment of graveyard to Calvary church and report on town planning scheme.

Earlier, the house paid tributes to late former Prime Minister V.P. Singh and Mumbai attack victims. 


Sexual Harassment Case
PAU director ‘suspended’
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
Dr Dulcha Singh Brar, director, Students Welfare, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), the accused in the sexual harassment case, is learnt to have been put under suspension and sent to his parent cadre- the department of entomology. Though the authorities are tightlipped and have still not confirmed about the development, sources reveal that Dr M.S.Kang, the VC PAU, signed on Dr Brar's suspension orders before he left for Italy on an official tour today.

The sources added that the authorities were bound to take the action before December 14 as according to the Supreme Court's directions, the cases of such nature were to be dealt within the stipulated time of 90 days. A woman employee of the farm varsity had lodged a written complaint of sexual harassment against Dr D.S.Brar on September 14. As the vice-chancellor had to leave the country for about a week, the decision against Dr Brar was taken today. The VC though confirmed to have been "agreed" to the committee's decision on this issue.

One of the senior faculty members disclosed that the VC had right to suspend deans and directors of the farm varsity, but for their termination, orders were to be taken by the PAU Board of Management. "During this time, if they want, (authorities) another opinion could be sought from some other committee or member", said the faculty member.

Meanwhile, acting tough on a decision taken by the authorities of taking the charge of wardenship of hostel number 6 (Girls Hostel) from Rajinder Kaur Kalra, all wardens and assistant wardens of PAU have decided to submit their mass resignations to the authorities late this evening. Kalra was served a legal notice by the complainant recently for levelling serious allegations regarding her character during an emergency meeting of PAUTA on December 5. Mukesh Siag, general secretary, PAUTA, told The Tribune, since the VC was away for about a week, their next plan of action would be decided during executive meet on Monday.



Development issues unite councillors
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
Though political blame game always rules the floor of municipal houses, the Ludhiana municipal house meeting today witnessed a little different pattern.

Councillors from both ruling parties i.e. SAD and the BJP, along with the Congress councillors, were seen together and supporting each other on the development issues of the city.

Be it roads, potable water, encroachments or street lights, the problems of most of the municipal councillors were quite common and they were extending support to each other by making minor altercations.

The first topic of consensus was building of roads which had been going on at a snail's pace without any check on quality and construction.

When the issue was raised, the councillors said contractors had been working on their own will without adhering to the norms and specifications given by the civic body. Besides, they alleged that they were not being included during the inspection of road constructions in their respective wards. They also added that the municipal officials were hand-in-glove with the contractors and the elected representatives were being sidelined while initiating development works.



Doctor beaten up on molestation charges
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
A 30-year-old woman today alleged that she was molested by a doctor in Krishna Charitable Hospital when she had gone to get herself checked for spondylitis.

The hospital management has ordered an inquiry into the allegations.

Following the allegations, the husband of the complainant and his supporters beat up the doctor on the hospital premises and staged a dharna against the management asking them to take action against the doctor.

The woman, a resident of Abdullapur Basti, had gone to the hospital with her five-year-old daughter. She started raising a hue and cry when she was taken to the X-ray room by the doctor concerned.

She came out shouting that the 35-year-old doctor was molesting her under the garb of check-up. She called up her husband immediately, who rushed to the hospital with a number of people, including a Youth Congress leader, Minoo Malhotra. They allegedly beat up the doctor, who maintained he did not misbehave with the woman.

Tension prevailed in the hospital when the protest was being staged. The alleged victim, while talking to media, said she had pain in shoulders and back. She came to see the doctor. "He told me that I needed to take an X-ray test. I went inside the room with him. I was shocked when he started molesting me. I came out running and raised a noise. Then people gathered in may favour. I called my husband too," she said, stating that whatever the doctor was saying was a bundle of lies. The family lifted the dharna only when the doctor and the management sought apologies. The victim’s husband claimed that the management told them that the doctor was suspended.

The family returned after being satisfied with the management's announcement. They did not complain to the police about it. But while talking to The Tribune, general secretary of the hospital said they had not put the doctor under suspension as yet. He said there were so many times, the patients often misunderstood. "There is always a thin line of difference. We will find out everything soon. But it is too early to say anything, " he said. He added that they would hold an inquiry against the doctor and then take action against him.



Generators a menace in city
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
Owing to power cuts imposed for hours everyday, residents here are being exposed to toxic fumes billowed out by power generators in the most-polluted city of the state.

Besides the harmful sound, the diesel-run generators are releasing poisonous gases in almost all parts of the city, posing a threat to the health of city residents. The authorities seem to be looking the other way in this regard.

The ever-increasing pollution in the city has already crossed the dangerous levels. Besides the release of toxic gases by the industry and autorickshaws, the poisonous smoke from generators, too, is contributing to the degeneration of environment.

Even during the winters, the residents switch on their generators.

As most of the generators have an automatic switch that goes on during every power cut, the menace continues.

‘‘Most of the people do not change the setting during winters too. If a generator is working, it continues to do so. It is understandable that they keep the ‘‘auto-on’’ switch, but it is not needed in winters, as we do not have to run fans or air-conditioners. Then why pollute the environment more? ’’ asked Parampal Singh, 
a resident.

Thick smoke emanating from generators makes it virtually impossible for a man passing by that place to breathe. Whenever there is a power cut, by climbing rooftop of one's house, one can witness black clouds of the smoke generated by these generators.

Domestic areas, industrial areas and markets are the best places to witness the menace of pollution caused by generators. Rough estimates say that every household has a generator.

The residents install long exhaust pipes to give vent to the smoke on the roads outside their houses. They think that the poisonous gases produced by the generator would not affect their immediate surroundings, little realising that the environment in general is becoming polluted. “The worst time of the day is when there is no power supply. Thick smoke can be seen all around. Even big department stores, which otherwise say they use environment-friendly boxes and packing material, are the ones that have installed diesel-run generators. Is it fair? ’’ said Venu Gopal, another resident.

The Punjab Pollution Control Board has washed its hands off the matter, stating the responsibility to check industrial pollution lied with it, but for domestic pollution, the district administration was to be held responsible.

Yogesh Goyal, chairman, Pollution Control Board, said, ‘‘It is not my job. I have to only bother about pollution caused by industry.’’ 



City Concerns

The entire scape of the city is stamped with images of power generators. Gone are the summers, however, the power cuts continue. Thousands of private residences and business establishments have installed the power generators. In absence of any government action on ground, hapless citizens breathe polluted air and hear harmful sounds.

Voice of the citizen awareness groups and widespread coverage in media seems to have had no effect on the administration or even the state government. There is no official data available on level of pollution, although, the Punjab Pollution Control Board does have sample collection installations at different places in the city.

Ludhiana Tribune will like public reaction on the state of affairs in their individual localities. Is there any possible solution to the existing problem of generator sets in wake of power cuts? What problems are you facing in daily lives from the generator smoke making breathing poisonous and noise hurting our ears? Is there any scope for government machinery to intervene in the matter? Responses, in not more than 200 words, can be emailed to ludhianaconcerns@tribunemail.com or sent to our city office at Bhadaur House, Ludhiana.

— City Editor



Disaster management drill held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
SPS Apollo Hospital, Ludhiana, organised a disaster management drill designed to familiarise healthcare and civil administration officials with the topics of readiness and first response to large-scale emergencies. Entitled "Emergency preparedness: safeguarding public in new era," the drill featured the senior officials from the hospital sharing expertise they have developed to respond to terrorist attacks.

Dr. S.P. Singh, COO of the hospital said, "Any such incident produces multiple casualties and we want to evolve a network with the hospitals in Ludhiana to provide coordinated critical care within the quickest possible time." The events of Mumbai and New Delhi and Shingaar Cinema tragedy in Ludhiana reminded us how critical is the responsibility of the hospital in such situations, Dr Singh said.

According to Jugdiep Singh, manager director, the institution has also planned to approach schools and colleges in the area to help them in the disaster preparedness and management. 



Fleecing charge by cotton growers

Ludhiana, December 11
Cotton growers in the cotton belt are reportedly being fleeced by the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) and private ginners for alleged poor quality of the staple and high trash content.

This has been alleged by field experts of the Reviving Green Revolution Cell of Sir Rattan Tata Trust, who had a survey of the cotton belt.

Dr G.S. Chahal, executive director of the cell, said here that for the first time, the government had raised the minimum support price of cotton by 40 per cent this year and the traders were not coming forward to make the purchase of cotton.

The CCI was making the bulk purchase of the cotton arriving in the mandis. Under such a monopolistic situation, the CCI was using its liberty to frequently reject cotton lots under the pretext of poor quality. The auction of market arrivals was also being delayed to force the farmers to shell out money to officials of the CCI.

The auctioned cotton was also not lifted for days together.

Dr Chahal disclosed that under such circumstances, the farmers were opting to sell their produce to private traders with a loss of Rs 50 to Rs 100 per quintal. But this was not the end, the traders weighed the cotton at their factories and they put one or two bricks on the weighing balance, which amounted to not weighing properly.

Further to evade the market fee, the traders and ginners had now started making deals in the fields, where the farmers were offered less price. In the face of such a situation, the farmers were taking their produce to Rajasthan markets which were less problematic.

Dr Chahal warned that there was no doubt that the farmers’ yields this year were good and the price was also quite reasonable. The prevalence of market malpractices would prove counter-productive. He urged the authorities of the Punjab Mandi Board to ensure the map to the cotton growers and also check the evasion of the market fee. Meanwhile, inquiries by this reporter showed that Punjab mandis had received nearly 10 lakh bales of cotton so far and the major buyer was the CCI. The millers were not making much purchase because of the higher MSP and the ginning mills had been on strike.

Punjab is likely to touch the level of production of cotton of last year of 45 lakh bales despite fall in the area under cotton this year. Abohar and Malout mandis are receiving the maximum cotton these days, ranging from 1700 to 2000 bales daily.



IMA executive accused of misappropriating funds
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
Accusing the present executive of the district IMA of misappropriation of funds, former district president of the IMA Dr Gursharan Singh has questioned the office-bearers about the hasty withdrawal of an amount of Rs 1, 53, 933 in a span of four days that is from December 4 to 9.

Dr Gursharan, in an open letter written to the IMA members, has accused Dr Arun Mitra, the serving district president of the IMA of having misused the association funds.

The statements of the IMA account in the Oriental Bank of Commerce show an amount of Rs. 1, 91, 606 on December 4, followed by the statement of December 9 that shows Rs 37, 673.

Dr Gursharan, while pointing towards the withdrawal of the huge amount, questioned the withdrawal of the amount after the declaration of elections with the IMA body under suspended animation.

Dr Arun Mitra refused to give explanation pertaining to the allegations levelled by Dr Gursharan Singh, adding "he is neither the member of the IMA executive nor the contesting candidate, so its not obligatory for me to reply to him".

However, Dr Mitra said that the executive had the right to utilise the funds till yesterday, but not a penny had been withdrawn after the election code of conduct came into force, that is today at 9 a.m.

In another interesting development, Dr Arun Mitra, the present president of the district IMA, has accepted the proposition of Dr Narotam Dewan (the contestant for the post of president) to give up all the differences and work in favour of the IMA at large.

Accepting the proposal of doctors of opponent group headed by Dr Narotam Dewan, Dr Arun Mitra, Dr Karamveer Goyal, Dr DP Singh Arora, Dr Kulwant Singh and Dr Narjeet Kaur candidates have written to Dr L.S. Chawla promising to abide by the verdict given by Dr L.S. Chawla, Dr S.B. Khurana and Dr Lajpat Rai to achieve unanimity in the IMA.

Expecting cooperation from Dr Devinder Walia (contesting independently), Dr Mitra said, "We also hope that Dr Devinder Walia too will agree to this and soon a strong unanimous body of the IMA will take charge." 



Microsoft workshop at DMCH
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
The medical education unit of the DMCH conducted a national workshop on Microsoft Power Point today at Dumra Auditorium. As many as 40 participants attended the workshop which aimed at imparting the skills for preparing good power point presentations. The workshop was awarded four credit hours by the Punjab Medical Council.

The registration was followed by the inauguration by principal Daljit Singh who enlightened the audience on how to make good presentations.

Dr. B. S. Shah, member and representative of the Punjab Medical Council, addressed the audience regarding the policies of the PMC.

This was followed by a lecture on the basic interface of Microsoft Office by Dr. Shalini Arora, associate professor of pharmacology and organising secretary of the workshop. She highlighted the shared options amongst other Microsoft Office applications.

Thereafter, Dr. Harpal S. Selhi, associate professor of orthopaedics, talked about the basic features of Microsoft Powerpoint and showed how to use the versatile features while preparing a presentation. The powerpoint objects, graphs and graphics, were dealt with in detail by Dr. Sanjeev Uppal, professor of plastic surgery. He discussed various available options which can make a presentation still more impressive. The last lecture by Dr. S. C. Chopra, professor of pharmacology and dean academics, discussed in detail the options of slide show. 



Dr Kang to lead team to Italy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
Dr Manjit Singh Kang, VC, PAU, is heading the 15-member high-level Indian delegation to Italy that comprises eminent professors, scholars and researchers from leading Indian universities, research centres and the institutes. The delegation will be meeting in the morning of December 15 with high-level officials of the Campania Region, eminent Italian scholars and researchers. The meeting will be on the theme "Scientific Cooperation between India and Italy".

Dr Kang will be deliberating on the progress made in India in diverse scientific fields since independence and will discuss the role of PAU in nation building, especially through making India food sufficient. The delegation will recognize areas, including pollution control, global warming, maintenance and preservation of cultural/archaeological heritage and restoration technologies, bio-technology, information and communication technology, food production and processing, electronics, telecommunication and computer sciences, energy and environmental science, material science and technology etc.

The delegation will suggest the establishment of working groups in identified areas. The meeting will be held at Naples town of Italy from December 14-17. Dr. Kang said cooperation instead of competition was a sure way of progress and there were many fields in which India and Italy could cooperate in mutually beneficial areas. 



110 doctors participate in CME on diabetes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
As many as 110 doctors participated in a CME (continued medical education) on diabetes mellitus organised by the Physicians Association, Ludhiana.

Dr Devinderjit Singh Walia, association president in a statement issued today, stated that it was an enriching experience with international faculty speaking on vital issues.

According to Dr Vikas Loomba, association general secretary, diabetes is a disease with very wide ramifications, If not treated propoerly and is bound to involve all organs of the body.

It is the major cause of illness and about 25 million people suffer from this which is going to increase to 36 million by 2025, the doctor observed during the CME.

Dr Allan A. Vaag, director, Steno Reseach Centre, Denmark, stressed the importance of various genes in causing diabetes. "With the upcoming reseach, we could find the cause of the disease which can help in preventing the disease. In Denmark, the researchers have found correlation with various factors which have a role to play," said Dr Allan.

Dr. KL Dhar, Dr. G. Avasthi and Dr. Mary John chaired the sessions while Dr.S B Khurana , Dr. L S Chawla , Dr. Karamvir Goyal, Dr Tarun Satija, Dr Harish Sehgal, Dr B K Gupta, Dr Sanjay Saluja were amongst the other doctors present on the occasion. Two credit hours were awarded by the Punjab Medical Council to all participating delegates.



Govt school in a shambles 
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
The epithet "Government for the people" belies the statement. The government's tall claims of doing a lot for the welfare of the education seem to be hollow. The dilapidated portion of the building of Government Multi-purpose School tells volumes of the government's indifference.

A portion of the building has collapsed since 1990, but no steps have been taken to reconstruct the same. The PWD department declared it unsafe in 1989. Even then till today, the government has not bothered. The school authorities have repeatedly written to the authorities concerned for reconstructing the building but of no avail.

Another part of the building has been reduced into a garbage dump.

H. K. Mayer, principal, revealed that the question of the maintenance of the building was raised in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha also. But not a single penny had been spent on its maintenance by the government.

When asked about the garbage dump, he said there were two posts for sweepers, but not even a single had been appointed. There was one sweeper, who was paid a meagre amount of Rs 1,400 per month from the PTA (the Parent Teacher Association) fund. It is over-taxing one person to clean such a huge building of the school.

Similar conditions of cleanliness prevail in other government schools of the town. In Government Senior Secondary School for Boys, Jawahar Nagar camp, no sweeper has been appointed.



Peace march by UBS students
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
University Business School conducted a peace rally to pay tribute to the martyrs, who lost their lives during terrorist attacks in Mumbai recently. The rally commenced from UBS campus, Fountain Chowk.

The students carried banner and lighted candles spreading the message of peace. A black ribbon signifying solemn protest was tied on the arm of the students. The attendants marched through the Mall road to Bharat Nagar Chowk. They pledged to stand united against terrorism and foster a climate of peace.

Meanwhile, ICFAI National College here, under the leadership of Brig S.S. Gill, principal, held a meeting to condemn the act of terrorism in Mumbai. The students and staff of ICFAI paid homage to martyrs and victims on the occasion.



Premier schools’ exhibition tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
A school fair “5th India International Premier Schools’ Exhibition” will be hosted at Majestic Park Plaza on December 13 and 14. It is being organised by AFARS Exhibitions and Media Pvt. Ltd. Besides the schools from other parts of India, the day schools from Ludhiana are also participating with other boarding schools from Punjab.

Cultural nite

Guru Nanak International Public School organised the “annual cultural nite” on the school premises. Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, MLA, was the chief guest. Students presented many cultural items. P.K. Kahlon, director and B. Gulati, principal, were also present on the occasion.

Prize distribution

Annual prize distribution function was organised at Atam Public Senior Secondary School. Harish Rai Dhanda, chief parliamentary secretary, was the chief guest. Ishwar Singh, DIG, Ludhiana range, presided over the function. Hira Lal Jain, founder president of the school and Usha.S. Jain, principal, welcomed the chief guest. The chief guest gave away the prizes to the students who excelled in academic, cultural and various other fields.

Woollens given

Students of BCM School, Dugri, distributed woolen clothes to slum dwellers. This activity was planned as part of the school's “Life skills’ education programme.” “Our aim was to inculcate in the students virtues of humanity and charity. The ultimate aim of education is to make kids better human beings,” said Dr Vandana Shahi, principal. In a special session, teachers interacted with the students.



Ru-ba-ru with Pritam Rahi
Our Correspondent

Samrala, December 11
National College for Women, Macchiwara, organised a face-to-face interaction (rubru) with the renowned Punjabi poet Prof Pritam Singh Rahi in collaboration with Punjabi Sahitya Academy, Ludhiana. Prof Rahi elaborated his family life and his contribution to Punjabi poetry.

The occasion was graced by famous poets and writers such as Prof Hamdardvir Nausharivi, Dr Sukhdev Sarsa, Dr Joginder Singh Nirala, Sukhjeet and Surinder Rampuri. Students and guests raised queries to Prof Rahi regarding his life and poetry. He answered the questions effectively with confidence. The college also released the first issue of the college magazine “Shah Swaar”.

The managing committee headed by principal Dr Parminder Singh Benipal presented a token of honour to the guests and thanked all for their participation in the function. An exhibition of portraits of the poets and writers was also organised by Jagdeep Barnala.

A poetry recitation competition was also organised in English, Punjabi and Hindi. In English Gumeet, Parmjit and Nidhi stood as winners. In Punjabi, Shelly Kumar, Ravinder Kaur and Ranjit Kaur were the winners and in Hindi Shelly Kumar, Ravinder Kaur and Deepika won the first, second and third prize, respectively. The winners were awarded with prizes by the principal, staff and other dignitaries.



Punjabi play ‘Rishtey’ staged
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
“Rishtey”, a Punjabi play, questioning marriages being used by NRI Punjabis as a means for getting their relatives abroad was staged to a packed auditorium at Pal Auditorium of Punjab Agricultural University on Wednesday evening. The play argued that a pious bond had been rendered into a material exercise polluting the waters of human relations.

Gurdeep Bhullar has directed the script on stage. The entire cast except two children had come from Canada. Meera Gill in the role of writer Anmol Kaur's “Kamal” received a standing ovation for her portrayal of the innocent girl duped by her own parents to be married to an NRI only for getting the family abroad. Also appreciable were the roles of Darshpreet, Kuldip Cheema and Parminder Rai.

The play will also be staged as a part of the ongoing theatre festival at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on December 12; Punjab Education Board (Mohali) on December 14, Kala Bhavan, Chandigarh, on December 16 and Punjabi University (Patiala) on December 16. 



PPS officers’ body chief
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11
Superintendent of Police, Gurmeet Singh Randhawa, was on Wednesday elected president of the PPS Officers’ Association unanimously during a general-body meeting of the association held here.

SP, Jagraon, Pritam Singh, was elected vice president, SP, security, Punjab and Chandigarh, Ashwini Kapoor, as general secretary, DSP, Phillaur, Rajinder SIngh Sohal, as joint secretary, and DSP, security, Rattan Singh Brar, as finance secretary



Foetus found
Our Correspondent

Samrala, December 11
A foetus, said to be about approximately six months, was found near Balion village at about 5:30 pm today.

Some villagers noticed the foetus on Macchiwara-Samrala Road near the village and informed the police. Samrala DSP Ravinder Loomba reached the spot and picked up the foetus for medical examination. The DSP said a post-mortem of the foetus would be conducted tomorrow and later the foetus would be sent to Chandigarh for medical examination. 



DBA Polls
Show-cause notice issued
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 11
The returning officer (RO) of the District Bar Association (DBA) Ashok Mittal has issued a show-cause notice to those contestants who have still not removed their posters and banners from the Judicial Complex as well as the Lawyers Chambers Complex.

The RO has asked why their nomination papers should not be cancelled for want of compliance of instructions issued earlier.

A majority of contestants had already removed their posters and banners yesterday. But some were still not acted as per the instructions of the RO.



Consumer forum bench in city
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 11
The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has set up one more bench of consumer forum in the city keepig in view the huge pendency of cases here. Chairman of the State Commission S N Aggarwal will inaugurate this bench tomorrow.

J S Chawla, president of the Moga Consumer Forum, will head this bench. He will be assisted by one member Jagjit Kaur Mander. This bench will function here in the district courts on the last three working days of every week.



Rishab upsets top seed Vishal
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, December 11
Rishab Dev from Punjab and a trainee of Harvest Tennis Academy, upset top seed Vishal Passi from Maharashtra in the ongoing AITA Super Series Tennis Tournament being played at Harvest Tennis Academy at Jassowal, Ludhiana. After losing the first set 4-6, Rishab forced back to the game in second set by 6-4. It proved to be a wake up call for Vishal Passi, who made a comeback of sorts in final set but it was too late in the day as Rishab won the deciding set 6-3. The set went against the serves most of the time.

In the boys’ under-16 event third seed Nikhit Prasad from Andhra Pradesh also a trainee of Harvest Tennis Academy fought for his finals’ birth by defeating Suraj Beniwal from Haryana in straight sets 7-5, 6-3.

All final matches for boys and girls’ under-14 and under-16 will be played today.

Results of matches played yesterday are as follows:

Boys' singles under-14: Semi-final: Rishab Dev (5) (PB) beat Vishal Passi (1) (Mah) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3; Vilasier Khate (3) (Har) beat SM Abdullah (2) (AP) 6-1, 7-6 (3).

Girls' singles under-14: Semi-final: K. Bhuvana (AP) beat Rutuja Bhosale (4) (Mah) 6-3, 6-3, Parminder Kaur (1) (Chd) beat Shreya Pasricha (7) (Dli) 6-3, 6-1.

Boys' singles under-16: Semi-final: Nikhit Prasad (3) (AP) beat Suraj Beniwal (Har) 7-5, 6-3.

Girls' singles under-14: Quarterfinals round: Parminder Kaur (1) (Chd) beat Rajbir Kaur (6) (PB) 6-1, 6-1; Shreya Pasricha (7) (Dli) beat Rimpledeep Kaur (3) (PB) 7-5, 6-3; Rutuja Bhosale (4) (Mah) beat Rinisha (Dli) 6-3, 6-1; K Bhuvana (AP) beat Nehal Sahni (5) (Dli) 6-4, 6-1.

Girls' singles under-16: Quarterfinals round: Smriti Joon (1) (Dli) beat Gundeep Kaur (PB) 6-3, 6-2; Rutuja Bhosale (Mah) beat Nehal Sahni (7) (Dli) 6-2, 6-3; Parminder Kaur (3) (Chd) beat Rimpledeep Kaur (5) (PB) 6-1, 3-6, 6-2; K Bhuvana (2) (AP) beat Jaspreet Kaur (6) (PB) 6-3, 6-2.

Boys' singles under-14: Quarterfinals round: Vishal Passi (1) (Mah) beat Shashank Nautiyal (Dli) 6-2, 6-1; Rishab Dev (5) (PB) beat Dhruv Agarwal (UP) 6-2, 6-3; Vilasier Khate (3) (Har) beat Madhurjya Dutta (6) (Asm) 6-1, 6-1; S.M. Abdullah (2) (AP) beat Abhimanyu Singh (Dli) 6-3, 6-4.

Boys' singles under-16: Quarterfinals round: Saurabh Patil (1) (Mah) beat Shikhar Kumar (8) (Dli) 6-3, 6-2; S.M. Abdullah (AP) beat Resham Singh (Har) 6-4, 6-2; Nikhit Prasad (3) (AP) beat Hardarshan S. Gill (6) (Raj) 6-2, 7-6 (3); Suraj Beniwal (Har) beat Vilasier Khate (5) (Har) 6-4, 7-5. 



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