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China’s loss is sick units’ gain
16 sick units to benefit after China cancels Rs 400-cr order

Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 9
The cancellation of import order from China has brought smiles on the faces of sick units. Owners of these units can heave a sigh of relief during the time of meltdown for these sick units, which have started their operations after a gap of two years. The decision of the local industry not to import Rs 400 crore cycle components from China has made the local sick units owners cheerful.

Jagdish Kullar from Uttam Cycle Industry said about three years ago they stopped the bicycle spokes’ production, as these were not in demand. “Our unit was shut for the past three years but now we have received orders once again,” he added.

Further he added that during hay days they use to produce 2000 spokes daily but now they were producing 700 spokes on the daily basis. “The production will increase in the coming days as we are likely to get more orders,” he added. Kullar has employed 50 workers and this in turn will also prove to be a boon for the labour during the recession time.

Tejwinder Singh from Big Ben Exports adds that happy times will be back again. For the past three to four years the orders have declined to a considerable extent as the industry has turned towards the Chinese market. But now, with the cancellation of the Chinese order we have started getting more orders. “To cope with the increasing number of orders I have employed 50 more workers,” he added.

Nearly 16 units from the city that have been lying sick due to various reasons will once again start their operations. “During the time of global meltdown the revival of the sick units will also help the labour in getting jobs. On an estimate one unit will give employment to nearly 40 to 50 workers,” adds Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma, president, United Cycle Parts and Manufacturers Association.

These sick units will be producing spokes, steel bells, plastic parts, baskets, air pumps and chain wheels. These units will generate annual revenue worth Rs 50,000 to Rs 60,000 crore.

Bhushan Lal, a worker, who has been employed by one of the sick unit said: “I was about to leave for my native village as my former employer has laid off the staff and I was one among them. But now I am happy to get a job in this in unit which has re-opened after nearly two and a half years”.


Cops caught gambling in court complex
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 9
The city police seems to act fast when it comes to keeping a tab on those gambling at public places, but when their own men are caught than the rules are different.

Not only the residents but also the security guards and naibkots were spotted gambling at the District Court Complex, with significant mullah at stake on the eve of Ravi Das Diwas. These gamblers paid scant regards to the place, which provides justice to thousands of litigants.

As the court complex was closed today, these employees had found an excuse for indulging in gambling. One of the cops said the gambling was considered to be auspicious on Ravidas Divas Diwas.

A senior police official, however, admitted this fact and expressed helplessness in curbing the menace. Gambling is not only popular among lower but also among the high-ranking officers, he added.

A cop who was found gambling at district court complex said even our seniors’ play cards and put huge money at stake. I have seen it. The only difference is that they play behind a closed door while we are playing in the open as we neither have the money nor can we afford rooms in big hotels and lavish localities.

Question has been raised time and again on the credibility of the cops and employees working in the court complex. How can an employee with meager salary, which is not even enough for running a household can, put high stakes in gambling.

The city police, which has launched a drive to curb gambling need to put their own house in order. A naibkot, who has been recently acquitted on corruption charges, has also been caught on camera while gambling along with his colleagues.

While the police is taking strict action against gamblers it remains to be seen what kind of action it would take against their own men.



Kumar Sahil booked for rash driving
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 9
The local lad and “Kash Hamre Hote” fame Kumar Sahil has join the league of Bollywood stars notorious for rash driving.

Son of a well-known real estate developer, Gulshan Kuma, Kumar Sahil allegedly ran over a nine-year-old boy with his SUV on Saturday evening. The boy’s left leg got crushed under the vehicle’s wheels.

The incident took place when the Kumar Sahil was returning home after taking obeisance at Krishna temple in Model Town.

According to residents, Rahul, who was playing cricket along with his friends in a vacant plot suddenly rushed in the middle of the road to pick the ball. The over- speeding SUV allegedly driven by Kumar Sahil, lost control and crushed the boy’s leg.

Victim Rahul, son a rickshaw puller, Suresh Kumar, was first rushed to a private hospital and from there he was referred to the civil hospital.

Gulshan Kumar shelved all allegations as baseless. He said instead of Sahil, it was his driver Bahadur, who was on wheels. The driver is absconding.

“My son is paying the price of helping the boy. As after being hit by the vehicle the boy got injured and required urgent medication. My son took him to Vivekanand Hospital and provided him timely treatment. But instead of appreciating his effort he was booked by the police,” Gulshan Kumar said.

He said the victim’s family even gave it in writing that they don’t hold Kumar Sahil accountable for the accident. Gulshan Kumar alleged that all that has been done on the backing of area councillor who is trying to malign his son’s image.

To snub the issue, Gulshan Kumar has ensured to bear the expenses of the boy’s education and offered him employment at any of his offices.

On the other hand Suresh, father of the boy, alleged that the relatives of Kumar Sahil, promised to bear the cost of the treatment but backed out later on.



Budda Nullah
May 31 deadline: Dyers put ball in MC’s court

Ask it to get their sewerage treatment plants upgraded
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 9
Setting up of May 31 as deadline for the municipal corporation for closing all outlets that are being used for discharging wastes in the Budda Nullah, the Federation of Dyeing Factories Association has started a blame game and once again accused it for the nullah’s pollution.

Backtracking from their own word that they would upgrade their effluent treatment plants by May 31, association’s spokesperson Bobby Jindal said: “The dyeing units on the Tajpur Road are small and don’t have enough space to get their treatment plants upgraded. We are ready to pay expenses to the municipal corporation if they upgrade their sewerage treatment plant. It would cost around Rs 1 crore to the civic body and we are ready to pay Rs 1 lakh as usage charges.”

Blaming the municipal corporation as the major pollutant, he said, “It has been three days since units on the Tajpur Road had been closed, but the nullah flows black. The STP at Jamalpur of the corporation is run by a private contractor who does not even run the motors 24x7 which he has been asked to do.”

Besides, he also takes advantage of power cuts, accused Jindal, adding that there is no power hotline to run the STP, Jamalpur, and this was the major reason for the Budda Nullah pollution. “The people involved for running STP, too, are unprofessional and how could they manage working, god knows,” he added.

After setting up of deadline and with snapping power connections from 61 units, the dyers have once again routed toward the politicians and the state government expecting them to come for their aid. During their meeting with Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal on Saturday they had asked him to bail them out.

Talking to The Tribune, MLA Harish Rai Dhanda said, “The Deputy Chief Minister asked me to go through the High Court orders and see how these dyers could be helped by the government. We are likely to get order’s copy by tomorrow and after going through it, further decision could be taken.”


BRS Nagar
4 days gone, no water in E-block
MC fails to rectify the fault

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 9
Residents of the E-block in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar are waiting for potable water since the past four days. Thanks to the municipal corporation which has failed to detect the fault and rectify the problems faced by the residents.

Talking to The Tribune, Inderjeet Singh said: “The daily routine has been badly affected due to the absence of water. What to talk about water for bathing, we don’t even have it for drinking. I had been bringing large bottles of mineral water for the past three days.” Despite numerous complaints, the civic body officials have failed to find the fault, he added.

Similarly, Kamaljeet Kaur, a housewife, said: “It’s not at all possible to manage home without water. Almost every work is water-dependent be it cooking, washing or cleaning. Even children are not able to go to schools due to no water supply.” She rued that authorities are not prepared for emergencies like this.

While the problem in the E-block was already persistent, residents of the C- block joined the list of aggrieved yesterday as they have not been receiving water since Sunday morning.

Complaining about civic body, LP Jindal said: “How could the authorities take supply of basic necessity like water so lightly. If they cannot handle things themselves, let such facilities be privatized. At least one can be held accountable which is not possible in government offices.”



Man posing as Sukhbir Badal’s nephew held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 9
The city police has arrested an imposter, who conned an auto dealer by projecting himself as a nephew of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

The conman has been identified as Jatinder Singh, who contrived the voice of Sukhbir Badal and asked auto dealer Bhagwan Dass to arrange an SUV.

Pretending to be close relative to Sukhbir Badal, he asked him to release a vehicle.

To clear the doubts accused even had arranged a conversation with a man who pretended as Badal's personal assistant. Complainant Bhagwan Dass alleged that after taking the SUV, accused Jatinder Singh, asked the auto dealer to arrange Rs 66,000 in lieu of installing a mobile tower in Rajasthan.



Science Congress concludes
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 9
“The subject of science is being projected as a phobia among the students whereas they can enjoy learning the subject only when the phobia removed,” Dr Ambadas Kamble, a scientist from Nanded, Maharashtra, said. Dr Kamble was here for three days to attend the 12th Science Congress, which concluded at Punjab Agricultural University, here today.

Dr Kamble said the condition of science laboratories in Maharashtra was no different from Punjab. Students had not been given a thorough practical knowledge on the subject and due to this, they had started considering the subject to be boring. “Theoretical knowledge alone cannot solve the purpose,” he said.

Another young scientist from Punjabi University, Patiala, Dhiraj Kumar, who teaches in a government school, said the condition of laboratories in government schools was pathetic. There was no infrastructure and the government paid no attention for maintaining the laboratories.

Even Prof Yashpal, an eminent educationist and chancellor of the Jawahar Lal Nehru University, New Delhi, staid the prevailing education system was a ‘torture for the children’. Too many books, lengthy syllabus and strict teaching schedule had made the learning a monotonous and a stressed task, especially for young children. He said this was the main factor that children were going away from this stream.

Meanwhile, the awards were presented to the authors of best paper for oral and posters presentation.

Presenting the final report of the congress, coordinator of Research (Basic Sciences) and organising secretary of the congress, Dr PK Khanna, informed over 500 scientists from across the state and institutions attended the congress and deliberated through 287 poster and 104 oral presentations.

Five young scientists were chosen for their excellent research work and were given the Young Scientist Award, which carried a medal, certificate and cash prize of Rs 1100. Also, six scientists were given the Best Poster Award carrying a medal, certificate and cash prize of Rs 500.

Vice-chancellor, PAU, Dr Manjit Singh Kang, who was the chief guest of the valedictory function, gave away the awards to the winners. Dr Kang said he was impressed with the quality of presentations and the congress was indeed very motivating and a driving force that will strive excellence in our professions.



Aggarwal community pledges support to Badal
Seek Lok Sabha seat
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 9
Amidst increasing frustration among the members of Aggarwal community over failure of the ruling combine to fulfil its commitments made during the last assembly elections, the state unit of Akhil Bhartiya Aggarwal Sammelan has decided to continue its support to the SAD-B while making an appeal to the party to allocate Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat to a suitable person from the community in the coming elections.

Presiding over a meeting of the state executive of the body here yesterday, Amrit Lal Aggarwal, state president, observed that whole-hearted support of the community to the ruling SAD-B during the last assembly elections had not been reciprocated by the ruling party even though Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had acknowledged the contribution of Aggarwals in the political set up of Punjab in several public functions.

He claimed that indifference of top leadership of the SAD-B towards the genuine claims of the community during the last two years could well be set right by nominating a person from Aggarwal community as the party candidate for the Lok Sabha seat from Ludhiana. He reiterated that in any case the community would stand by the ruling combine and work for the victory of its nominees from all the 13 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

Without naming anybody, Aggarwal blamed a local SAD-B legislator and a Cabinet Minister for providing false and politically motivated feedback to the Chief Minister which had, to some extent, distanced the community from the ruling combine.

Aggarwal was quite clearly launching an attack on Hira Singh Gabria, minister for jails, cultural affairs and tourism.

The sammelan also rued that the public announcement of Badal for construction of a subway on the Ferozepur Road to connect Aggar Nagar part A and B also remained on paper and the civic body had failed to take any step towards this direction till now.



Politicians’ hunger for fame

For political parties of all hues, or even self-styled leaders of political outfits without any mass base, the easiest way to draw attention is to stage a protest in the middle of a busy road and create a traffic jam, showing scant respect to the commuters. Blocking city roads and causing inconvenience to public seems to have become a favourite pastime for such politicians.

The other day a cavalcade of two motor vehicles of a radical Hindu organisation took out a so-called rally against terrorism and the vehicles came to a halt right in the middle of Bharat Nagar Chowk on the Ferozepur Road where the leader of the group delivered a fiery speech demanding a strict action against terrorism.

In the same breath, the said leader felicitated Sukhbir Badal for taking over as the Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab.

In the course of this misadventure, traffic cops remained mute spectators and nobody gave a thought to hundreds of vehicles for more than an hour.

Formal education

I recently visited the Punjab Science Congress as a part of the audience, and not as a journalist, where I overheard the conversation of a young scribe with a renowned scientist. To the question that why India was lagging in winning the coveted Nobel Prize — only five have come to India so far in 103 years of the constitution of the prize — the scientist explained that Indian parents were troubling their children to get good marks and universities providing disciplines within air-tight boundaries, leaving no room for information to turn into knowledge.

He said, “The (Indian) parents push their children too hard to score good marks in exams and have a good career in a particular stream. However, this was not the case with (Rabindranath) Tagore or Mother Teresa who went on to win the prize.”

Tagore on receiving the Nobel Prize had said that if he had any formal education, he would not have been able to get the prize. Do we have any takers for his words?

Hail Mullanpur!

Mullanpur has apparently turned into a venue of hope for politicians in the state as they come calling to the place to woo voters by staging rallies at the place for reasons best known to them. Badals had staged their first rally before the elections at the same place, post Beant Singh’s death when Bhattal was elevated as the Chief Minister.

They again chose to hold the first of their rallies at the same area before the elections when Captain Amrinder Singh was in power. Both the times, Akalis had a sweeping victory in the state and the venue proved to bring good omen to the party.

The same place was visited for the similar reasons once again, but this time by Congress leaders who recently held their first rally in the district. Manish Tewari, who spearheaded the rally and blew the trumpets for the elections, perhaps went to the place to invite good omen for his party and himself as he had lost the elections last time.

However, only time will tell how lucky Mullanpur will prove for the All India Congress Committee spokesperson this time. Hail Mullanpur!

Teaching way to live

Living the fag end of her life, my friend’s grandmother had lost her will to live and was counting her last days. My friend convinced her to spend the rest of her life with her. She started taking her for a walk and made her take yoga classes. She changed her daily routine and once again her grandmother was fit and fine.

Today, the old woman, along with my friend’s mother, runs her business dealing in pickles and chutneys. She is an expert in this field and the whole work is carried under her supervision. She owes her life to her granddaughter who taught her how to live. “My child has taught me to live,” she says proudly.

Sangat darshan

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is known for organising sangat darshans to listen to the genuine grievances and difficulties of the people all over the state. Sangat darshan is generally organised in an open public place where hundreds of people come to express their difficulties. The Chief Minister calls upon the people to relate their problems fearlessly in the presence of senior officers.

Recently chief parliamentary secretary Harish Rai Dhanda, who looks after the local bodies department, organised a sangat darshan for teachers in the office of the District Education Officer (secondary) to listen to their grievances.

The teachers’ representatives were critical of Dhanda for selecting the DEO office as venue for sangat darshan, as they felt that it should have been held at some neutral venue and they were not able to talk to him fearlessly. A senior teacher asked, “How can we speak in front of our own officers?” Thus, the sangat darshan was a farce and mere eyewash.

Slip of tongue

Expectations of people are generally increased from a politician who becomes a public figure. Even leaders should realise that every word uttered by them, especially at the time of speeches, is well-noticed by public.

Agricultural Minister Sucha Singh Langah during his address to farmers and dignitaries at PAU recently delivered a word “mealy-pug” instead of “mealy-bug” for at least three times. Farmers may not be that observant, but one of the professors whispered that the Agricultural Minister seemed to be truly in love with dogs, especially the pugs.

No takers for seminar

While the NGOs in the city manage to get experts for various seminars and debates, the irony is that they fail to find audience. One such example came to fore during a seminar-cum-debate in the city on Sunday where quite known persons were invited and the forum did not had any audience to question or discuss the topic on terrorism.

The event just became a spot for journalists, while neither discussion nor any debate was held. Due to shortage of time spokespersons left the stage one by one and the event lost its sheen though it was organised on a topic that needed a strong expression of thought by the spectators too.

Misusing media

The corporate culture in hospitals has taken away the element of nobility from the medical profession as the practice of treating patients has been replaced with capturing clientele. Even the most reputed hospitals have given in to the mad race of minting money for which the managements do not hesitate to exhibit their treated cases in media in the name of press conference.

A professional’s way of looking at a patient is more of a case that is adjudged in parameters of success and failure. It is rather sad to see that some hospitals are organising luncheons and dinners at five star hotels to ensure their coverage in media.

Contributed by: Kuldip Bhatia, Rajesh Bhambi, Manav Ghuman, Sheetal Chawla, Shivani Bhakoo, Jyotika Sood, Anshu Seth.



Streamlining of administration’s work
Advisory panel meeting a futile exercise
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 9
To ensure the ground-level work at different departments, the district administration though, convened a meeting recently but it proved to be a futile exercise as a few committee members said it was a “poorly- organised” show with nothing fruitful coming out of the first meeting.

This meeting was held at Bachat Bhawan under the chairmanship of the newly appointed deputy commissioner Vikas Garg and representatives from various public related departments, including the health; grievances and the education etc were invited for suggestions. The meting aimed at involving 13 departments was called for streamlining the work.

At least 50 to 60 members invited by the administration even failed to get the seats due to the over-crowded venue. From one another, they were informed that the departmental committees were set-up and their photos were needed for the identity cards. The members from various departments said if this was the aim of very first meeting then they could have been informed through the letters.

One of the member of the education committee who had specially come from Doraha said neither the working of the committee nor the rules, regulations, procedure adopted etc was told to the advisory committee members. “It was more of a mela than the meeting. I had prepared a list of areas to be focused for streamlining the education system. The percentage of illiteracy in district, state of schools and colleges, Central government schemes, infrastructure etc, there were many things in mind to be discussed with the administration but we were not given time to express ourselves”, complained the member.

Many members feel that the administration should have called department wise meeting to achieve the real aim. Secondly, in addition to constituting the committees, proper follow-up procedure should be adopted by the administration.” Different officers must be assigned on the job so that something fruitful comes out. It must be ensured that the departments implemented decisions taken by advisory committees. Rather than doing the paper work, officers must keep a check that decisions were implemented in spirit”, said a member of the health department.



MC sans water supply network maps
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 9
The municipal corporation, which is responsible for supplying and the maintenance of potable water supply in the city, sans maps of water supply network. Don’t be surprised; this is how the local municipal corporation has been working for the past so many years.

The civic body, which has around two lakh registered water supply connections is so “intelligent and efficient” that, it never felt the need for asking maps from the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board, the state agency that lays water pipes for the municipal corporation.

Though the role of the municipal corporation in the water supply starts from funding the entire cost of a project, making the system operational, maintain and collect revenue from the users, what surprises the most is that how its officials had been handling the wide water supply network without the maps.

Interestingly, sources in the civic body revealed that due to the absence of these maps many places in the city have three or two water supply pipes and only one of them is functional, while the rest are a sheer wastage of funds.

The biggest example of three or two pipes is in the old city areas like Kidwai Nagar and Janakpuri.

Notably, due to absence of surface water from the three main sources - the Sutlej, Budda Nullah and the Sidhwan Canal - due to one reason or the other- the entire city depends only on ground water for potable water needs. According to information, the city has 490 tube wells installed in different parts in the municipal limits of the city. While there are 100 shallow tube wells, 390 are deep tube wells. The daily output of these tube wells is 415 MLD. As far as water needs of slum areas are concerned the civic body has provided them with 500 water stand posts, which could also be used by the fire department.

Talking to The Tribune, SE Kulwinder Singh Dhillon said: “We do have records like lengths of pipes and on which sides they are laid. However, we don’t have maps of the water-supply network as we generally don’t need them.” He added that they do have maps records for the past two years.

Despite repeated attempts, Joint Commissioner BK Gupta, who is in charge of operations and maintenance (O&M) cell, could not be contacted.



City’s groundwater contaminated: Doctors
Anshu Seth

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 9
In the absence of better chlorination system of the municipal corporation, doctors and scientists have termed water purifiers as the only viable option for pure potable water in the city.

The Central Groundwater Regulation and Management Department has termed the city groundwater as the most contaminated in the state and has termed it as ‘unfit’ for drinking.

Making an interesting revelation, Dr Rajoo Singh Chinna, medical superintendent, DMCH, stated that illegal water connections were the main cause of contamination in potable water that had increased incidences of viral hepatitis, gastroenteritis, cholera and typhoid in the city.
"Most of the people living in slums have illegal water connections. They disrupt the pipelines supplying potable water which results in seepage of sewage water in water pipes. — Dr Rajoo Singh Chinna

Dr Rajoo Singh Chinna was in the panel of doctors who had conducted a study on Budda Nullah. “Majority of the people living in slums have illegal water connections for which they disrupt the pipelines supplying potable water that results in seepage of sewage water in water pipes,” disclosed the doctor.

Irrespective of the affordability factor, the only way to have an access to the safe drinking water is through water purifiers. The reverse osmosis takes care of heavy metal suspension, candles filter the organic waste while semi-permeable membrane and infrared remove other impurities from the water, the doctors went on to add.

Ignorance is bliss for the people who are unaware whereas, the reports have sounded an alarm for the enlightened citizens as is evident from a letter written by Neeraj to a professor of Venkateshwara University, Tirupati that reads, “I have heard that UV-based water purifier is no longer effective. Is membrane technology the viable solution to remove impurities from drinking water?”

Dr Sandeep Puri, medical superintendent, DMCH, said gastrointestinal disorders were fast catching up with the people living in posh localities as is evident from the outpatients and indoor patients at leading hospitals in the city. Many develop serious complications, including severe dehydration, low blood pressure that in some cases leads to kidney failure. “In some cases it can prove fatal and result in multiple organ failure,” the doctor added.



City girl Jannat ardent actor
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 9
City girl Jannat has done plays, music albums, advertisements, serials and films. The star kid of the city was seen in the Bollywood flick Dev D , which released last Friday.

While she played the role of Mahi Gill’s cousin in this film, another Bollywood film “Betiyaan Hindustaan ki Shaan Hain” is in her kitty.

Jannat is just back after finishing the shooting of the album “Hoor” for singer Harjit Harman and she has been featured in a song titled “Os Rute”. The song has been extensively shot in Rajasthan and at the Fazilka border. She has also been featured in the song sequence “Smoking-Smoking” in the movie.

When asked about her experience, Jannat quips, “It was fun working with Abhay Deol and Mahi Gill. We all enjoyed a lot during the shooting.”

A disciple of Nirmal Rishi, she has also done couple of plays, including ‘Dukhde Kalire’ and ‘Maa Maine Mari Naa’. She always strives to do something for the girl child. She will be soon seen in a serial titled ‘Dupatta’ on PTC.

The serial is based on the concept of child marriage. Nirmal Rishi will also be a part of this serial.

“I am happy to be a part of this serial, as it will give me an opportunity to work with my mentor Nrimal Rishi. The time has changed a lot but still girls are not getting their due in some communities,” she mentions.

Jannat is all excited about her forthcoming movie ‘Betiyaan Hindustaan ki Shaan Hain’, and its shooting will begin on February 15 at Dalhousie.



Naib Shahi Imam cautions Togadia
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 9
Naib Shahi Imam, Punjab, Mohammad Usman Rehmani asked general secretary of the VHP Praveen Kumar Togadia to stay away from Punjab and not to spoil its peaceful harmony.

Stating that people of Punjab loved peace and believed in universal brotherhood, Rehmani said Gujarat may have tolerated Togadia, but people of this state would not take his kind of philosophy.

Coming down heavily on Togadia for calling madrassas as nurseries of terrorism, Rehmani asked him to join a madrassa so that he, too, could learn the lesson of communal harmony.

“He should know that for the freedom of the country, it was a madrassa that issued a fatwa against the British rule in 1857. It was then that the freedom movement picked up the momentum. Togadia is a doctor by profession. He should balm people, but instead he rubs salt on the wounds of the particular community. Just for being called a fire brand leader, he goes on to say anything,” said Naib Shahi Imam.

He added that while Pakistan was sponsoring terrorism against India, Togadia was sponsoring it within the country. “With his speeches, he is only inciting people,” said Rehmani.



Dental college interns seek stipend
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 9
Siding with the BDS students of BJS Dental College, Ludhiana, the Student Organisation of India (SOI) submitted a memorandum to the principal requesting him to pay the stipend to the interns.

In a statement issued on behalf of the college students, SOI president Manrak Kaur Dhaliwal called upon the principal to release the stipends of students as per the government’s stipulations on a monthly basis.

In its memorandum, the SOI pointed towards the late delivery of BDS degree certificates issued by the Baba Farid University of Health Science (BFUHS), Faridkot.

“It is requested that a mechanism for early procurement of degree certificates and their immediate delivery to students should be ensured,” the students demanded.

The students also called upon the management to issue NOCs to the students within one week of completion of their internship. Also, the interns should be given a break of 45 minutes during the working hours, they demanded.



Ravi Dass Jayanti: Makkar donates Rs 2 lakh for gurdwara’s upkeep
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 9
The birth anniversary of Guru Ravidas was celebrated at Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Shaheed Karnail Singh Nagar, here today. While addressing the gathering, Avtar Singh Makkar advised to follow the teachings of Ravidas.

He also announced a grant of Rs 2 lakh for the development works of the gurdwara. Students of Guru Gobind Singh Public School, Daad, recited a shabad-kirtan on the occasion.

Ravidas Jayanti was also celebrated on the premises of GMT Public School, where the staff members and students paid floral tributes to Guru Ravidas. Students also delivered speeches on the life and teachings of Ravidas. Principal Amarjeet Dhaliwal and directors Kashmir Singh and Jasbir Singh also told the students about the life of Ravidas and encouraged them to learn from them to lead a better life.

The Legacy Mega Mart arranged a langar and felicitated the office-bearers of Vishav Guru Ravidas Mission. The officers of the association were presented mementos and a kirtan was also recited on the occasion. Meanwhile, devotees thronged Guru Ravidas Dharamshala today to celebrate the anniversary.



‘Imbibe Guru’s teachings’
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 9
The birth anniversary of Guru Ravidas was celebrated in the town and surrounding villages today. The main functions were held at Gurdwara Bhagat Ravidas, Jandali road and Ambedkar Bhawan, Amarpura. Akhand path and kirtan were organised in different gurdwaras. Langar was also served to devotees.

Recitation of poems and lectures on the life and philosophy of Guru Ravidas marked the occasion.

Deputy speaker, Lok Sabha, Charanjit Singh Atwal, while addressing a gathering at Amarpura, called upon people to imbibe teachings of the Guru in their lives.

Usha Sood, president of the local civic body, councillors Bimal Sharma, Bhag Singh Bhagga, Dilshad Khan and Ravinder Puri announced various developmental projects in the areas inhabited by Dalits.

Various organisations, including the Shri Ram Mandir Committee, the Kalgidhar Federation, the Sukhmani Seva Society and the Baba Budha Parchar Trust, participated in the celebrations. The anniversary was also celebrated at Bhagat Ravidas Dharamsala, Jagera road, the Pohir road and Guru Nanak Pura.



‘Honour of Punjab’ award for scribe
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 9
Recognising his contributions in safeguarding interests of Hindus settled in Canada, management committee of a Vancouver Temple conferred ‘Honour of Punjab’ award on a Canada-based NRI from the Phallewal village in Sangrur district, Gurdeep Singh Grewal.

A renowned journalist of a Canada-based publishing house, Grewal, was reported to have coordinated with the authorities of the British Columbia government to solve many cases, in which Indians had been duped at the hands of unauthorised travel agents.

Paying gratitude to the organisers, Grewal said the felicitation had increased his responsibility towards Indians and Punjabis settled in Canada.

He said the Canadian government had shown a positive response to the issues raised by him through his publications.

Grewal further urged the regional media to highlight reports regarding the consequences of immigration through illegal means, so that innocent people would not befooled by fraud agents.



Jassian is Punjab Shiv Sena (R) chief
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 9
Baljit Singh Jassian has been nominated as president of the state unit of the All-India Shiv Sena (Rashtravadi) by its national president Jagdish Tangri. Making the announcement here today, Tangri also named other office-bearers of the state unit of the body which will have four vice-presidents, six general secretaries, four organistional secretaries, four joint secretaries and three press secretaries.

Among other office-bearers of the party will be Sharanjit Chahal, senior vice-president, Pappu Bhagat, Ramesh Chader Sharma (Jalandhar) and Geeta Rani (Bathinda), all vice-presidents, Praveen Kumar (Ferozepur), Raman Kumar (Nangal), Rajeev Sharma (Nawanshahar), Rajesh Kala (Kapurthala), Harish Tayal (Tapa Mandi) and Ashok Sood (Hoshiarpur), all general secretaries

Sandeep Darauch (Phagwara), Pradeep Sabharwal (Ludhiana), Sanjeev Jain Tinku and Ram Avtar Garg (Kotkapura) will be organisational secretaries while Prem Kumar (Abohar), Manoj Kumar (Guru Harsahai), Preveen Kumar (Tarn Taran) and Vinay Choudhry (Fazilka) have been nominated joint secretaries. The press secretaries include Harish Mittal (Patiala), Pradeep Sharma (Malaut) and Raman Garg (Batala).



Singers demand action against piracy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 9
Punjabi folk singers today appealed the government to formulate a law against piracy or face the consequences in coming elections. The decision was today taken in the meeting of the singers, heads of recording companies and distributors.

They passed a memorandum that they would not hold any cultural programme during the function of any political party. “If the act is not passed before the elections we will not cast our votes,” said Sardool Sikander, Punjabi singer.

It was also decided to form a Punjabi Front comprising of eleven-member governing body. Though singer Hans Raj Hans has assured them that an Act against piracy will be formulated soon as he had a talk with the Deputy CM, but nothing has been done in this regard.

It was decided that if nothing was done in this regard within a week they would hold a state-level rally. Sardool Sikander, Mohd Sadik, Shamsher Sandhu and Babbu Mann were present among others.



Small industries’ body to protest tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 9
The United Small Industries Association has decided to stage a dharna on February 11 at sub-division Janta Nagar against the unscheduled power cuts in the area.

Industry units and residents from New Janta Nagar, Guru Angad Colony, Amar Nagar, Durga Nagar, Daba Colony, Daba Road, Shimlapuri, Gurpal Nagar, Ranjit Nagar will sit on dharna on the said date.

Avtar Singh Azad, president of the association, said the unscheduled power cuts in the area were giving them a tough time. Further he said that despite their repeated requests, the areas under category I have not been transferred under category II. “We are been given the step-motherly treatment and small units are facing difficulty,” he said.



Students felicitated at annual function
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 9
As many as 250 students of Guru Harkrishan Girls College and Collegiate School, Phallewal, were felicitated at the annual function organised on the college campus yesterday.

The function was presided over by Labh Singh Ahluwalia, chairman.

According to SP Sofat, convener, the students were felicitated for their outstanding performance in academics, sports, extra curricular activities, NCC and NSS.

An elaborate cultural programme was presented by the students on the occasion. Songs, poems and skits highlighting effects of social evils, including female foeticide, dowry and addiction, were appreciated by all. Malwai giddha by boys and bhangra by girls thrilled the spectators.

Amarjit Singh Sidhu, managing director of the trust, Dr Saroj Rani Sharma and Rachna Sidhu, principals, and Sukhdev Singh Walia.



‘Self discipline key to success’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 9
The Students Chapter and Training and Placement Cell of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT) organised a seminar on “Realising your true potential” on the campus, here today.

The resourceperson and principal ICFAI National College, Ludhiana, Brig SS Gill, was given a warm welcome by institute director Col HS Singha.

Gill said in order to realise the true potential, one should get rid of excuses and take full responsibility of the results. “As soon as you do this, you will be in the the league of top performers,” he said.

Brig Gill further stressed on the importance of self-discipline. It is the key to success, as it can open all deadlocks and helps a person lead an organised and a healthy life.



Doc awarded gold medal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 9
Dr Manish Munjal, professor of ENT and head neck surgery, was awarded the prestigious “Ku Shah senior consultant gold medal”.

Dr Munjal was adjudged by a panel of judges annually and was analysed along with other senior surgeons of the country, who presented their work at the annual conference of the Association of Otolaryngologists (ENT surgeons) of India.

Dr Munjal, who is one of the pioneers in the field of endoscopic surgery of the nose and the sinus in the state, had also presented his exhaustive surgical research work in the field of endoscopic surgery, sinus, the sphenoid sinus at the scientific meet (AOICON) at Jaipur recently.



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