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Tough time for consumers
Phone cables snapped by mistake
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
Due to wrong cables cut by contractor of Powergrid Corporation at Feroze Gandhi Market here last evening, the entire network of telephone companies, including Reliance, Tata, Airtel, BSNL, etc went haywire. The telephone vendors said their network was affected throughout the city. They asked workers of the contractor to rectify the problem at the earliest or they would be forced to lodge a complaint with the police.

Gurinder Singh, one of the vendors for Tata Telecom (internet), told The Tribune that he had the contract for the company from the Wagah to Shabhu border. "Though the work by Powergrid has been in progress in the Ferozgandhi market for the past 15 days, the workers cut the wrong wires last evening, which were of the telephone cables. The entire network in the city has been affected. The broadband customers are facing tough times. They have caused inconvenience to thousands of residents. The problem must be rectified at the earliest", he said.

Another vendor for AirTel Tapesh Bhardwaj said due to callousness by the contractor's workers, “We were being unnecessarily harassed. It may not be intentional but we all are suffering. It is Rs 1.5 lakh loss to the company each day. We have hired workers on our own to re-connect the wires. Once the cables are connected, we will see if we have to lodge complaint for compensation", he said.

One of the workers disclosed that the telephone cables were cut by default. He said they were working for Shankar Moudgil of Royal Contractors. Meanwhile, Shankar Moudgil said though he worked for Powergrid, he did not have the contract of Feroze Gandhi Market.

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Ox fetches Rs 5.60 lakh at Kila Raipur
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
At the time when the global economic crisis has hit the bullish sentiment, one bull is still going strong.

Priced at nearly at Rs 5 lakh, the ox participating in the Kila Raipur games, seems to have no impact of recession or loss.

A three-year-old ox has fetched its owner Rs 5.60 lakh on Sunday when it was sold. The ox is an ace runner.

Farmer Jhanda Singh, owner, had bought the ox for Rs 4,000 one-and-a-half years ago from an animal fair in Rajasthan. He made a killing on Thursday when he sold it to Gurbax Singh of Dhandari Kalan.

The ox's jockey, Narinderjeet Singh, who has been riding bovines for 11 years, said, "The ox was only 18 months when it was bought. Jhanda Singh realised it was strongly built for racing. He tried his luck at bullock-cart races and the ox was winning back-to-back within a few months. So far the ox has also won enough cash prize for his owner."

Owner Gurbax Singh said, "It's our hobby to invest in animals for races. Both my father and grandfather participated in bullock-cart races. It's all about name and fame. Considerations for money come later."

The owners also spent a handsome amount grooming animals. This one is expensive at Rs 7,000 per month. Gurbax said the ox had so far recorded the best time in the bullock-cart race of 20.77 seconds.

Jockey Narinder, however, was a little sceptic about the ability of an ox. He said, "Buying an ox is like gambling. You cannot say they will perform with consistency. Their prime time is three to four years and later they age like any other animal."

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GADVASU gets Rs 6.75 cr for building three hospitals
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
For providing latest treatment to animals, both big and small, the state government recently announced a grant of Rs 6.75 crore to Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU). With the money, three new hospitals with latest infrastructure, including diagnostic labs, X-Ray facilities, ultrasound examination and well-equipped surgical procedures, will come up so that more animals could get state-of-the-art treatment.

"Thousands of animals, including dogs, cats, cows, buffaloes, horses, are being regularly treated at GADVASU. These animals are brought not only from Punjab but from neighbouring states as well. In the year 2008, we had treated 17,000 small animals and more than 4500 big animals. With the new hospitals coming up, there will be further increase in the number," he said.

Dr Simrat Sagar Singh, Dean, GADVASU, said veterinary sciences needed a thorough change for survival. He said trends in the treatment had seen a lot of change in recent years and veterinary doctors must update their knowledge and skills as per requirement. He also said that farmers rearing different kinds of animals had also become much aware. "They want to get all facilities at their doorstep now."

"The future projects (hospitals) will focus on the establishment of diagnostic units, including all types of radio- diagnostic facilities, referral hospital and research centre, small animal hospital, critical care unit, bovine unit and establishment of intern's/ farmer's hostel," he said.

Head, department of Veterinary Clinical Services, Dr S. Prabhakar, said animals suffered from multiple problems including GIT problems, peritonitis, foreign body syndrome, mastitis, Hemo-protozoan infection, renal failure, fractures, anemia, liver problems etc. "The announced grant by the state government was an appreciable step as GADVASU is perhaps the only veterinary institute in this part of the region where animals are treated in large numbers. If we will add to our knowledge and infrastructure, I feel we will add to the lives of our animals," said Dr Prabhakar.

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Ex-serviceman forced to sell household goods for treatment
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
The family of Sadhu Ram Sharma, an ex-serviceman of nearby Kanganwal village who was discharged on medical grounds by the Army in 1969, is forced to sell his household goods and valuables to continue his treatment at a tertiary medical institute, as the hospital authorities have refused to register the patient under the ECHS without valid card, which has been reported lost.

Ironically, the ex-serviceman, who is lying unconscious on life-support system, would be able to read or write only if the treatment is continued, but the authorities at the Sainik Welfare Department at Sangrur, as the village falls in this district, insist that the card would be issued only after he puts his signature on certain documents.

Falling short of money, his family is forced to sell its goods and ornaments to arrange for his treatment. Accusing the authorities at the Sainik Welfare Department at Sangrur of allegedly delaying the issue of duplicate identity card on flimsy grounds, Urmila said she had to sell her jewellery and other valuables to enable her husband treatment at a tertiary medical institute at Ludhiana.

“As the officials had assured us that duplicate identity card would be issued soon after the registration of lost report, we got my husband admitted to SPS Apollo Hospital and paid their bills by borrowing money from friends and relatives. I had to dispose of my jewellery to enable him to get life-support system. Now when we have exhausted all our resources, we are left with no option but to get my husband discharged against medical advice,” said Urmila Devi.

In a communiqué addressed to the higher authorities, including Prime Minister and President of India, Urmila Devi, his wife has sought intervention in getting treatment of her husband done under the ECHS scheme available for ex-servicemen.

“When my husband has served the nation for years and is entitled for medical facilities available for ex-servicemen, why should we beg those who take pride in Indian Army?” sobbed Urmila when asked about seeking help from philanthropists and social organisations.

Perusal of records revealed that Sadhu Ram Sharma was discharged from Indian Army on medical grounds in 1969. He had met with an accident during action. The identity card ( number 002186) , required for registration under the scheme was issued on June 15, 1992. Unfortunately it got lost during transit and an FIR was got registered at local police station.

Members of the family who should ideally attend to their patient have been making rounds of corridors of various Sainik Welfare Department offices but without result.

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Sale of habit-forming drugs
Punjab chemists’ strike on March 18
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 15
Upset over persistent harassment by drug enforcement authorities over sale of habit-forming (addictive) drugs, the chemists from the entire state today decided to observe Punjab bandh on March 18, and follow it up with stoppage of sale of all scheduled drugs thereafter if the government failed to evolve an effective mechanism to resolve the issue.

Surjit Mehta, president, Punjab Chemists’ Association (PCA), who was here to attend the annual general meeting of the Ludhiana District Chemists’ Association (LDCA), said there was a widespread resentment among the chemists in the state over the demand for an affidavit about sale of habit-forming drugs for obtaining new licences or renewal of existing licences.

All-India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists Association (AIOCD) president JS Shinde, who was also present at the meeting, asked the state body functionaries to meet state health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla in this regard and impress upon her to take effective steps so as to check the harassment of chemists. "If the government continues to be apathetic to the plight of chemists, the state body should go ahead with the proposed bandh and take other necessary follow up measures to safeguard the interests of the chemists."

Functionaries of the state and central body of chemists emphasised that it was not for the wholesale and retail chemists to check the sale of addictive drugs. They said rather than causing harassment to the trade by way of raids, seizures and humiliation, the government should find a way out to curb the distribution of such medicines at source.

Through another resolution adopted at the meeting, the members of the LDCA decided to stop the sale of all the Cipla products from February 20, charging the pharmaceutical giant with adopting unfair trade practices and bypassing the members of trade through direct supplies.

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2 crushed to death under tractor-trolley
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
A tractor-trolley crushed two persons and injured two on the Ferozepore-Ludhiana road last night.

MS band in charge Manmohan Singh, who was also an eyewitness, said, "The band was on its way to Maharaja Farms and four labourers were pushing the cart, when around 8:15 pm suddenly near Gauhar village, a speeding tractor trailer rammed into them and the driver fled away from the scene." From four of them, two died on the spot while the remaining two were rushed to a Ludhiana hospital. Later, the police recovered the vehicle from a distance, he added.

He said, "The people who were killed were not a regular employees and were brought on daily wages from Jagraon bridge, so he was not aware about their identities and background." He said they immediately informed the police.

Meanwhile, a case has been registered at the Sadar police station and the driver is still absconding.

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Dowry Harassment
Woman gets 75 per cent burns
Tribune News Service

Mandi Gobindgarh,February 15
A woman got 75 per cent burns this afternoon at her in-laws house in Talwara village near here.

The father of the girl, Roshan Lal, alleged that the in-laws were harassing his daughter since her marriage around two and a half years ago. Despite giving dowry to the family, her daughter, Eesha, had been complaining to her father and other family members about harassment by her husband and his parents. The couple has a one-year-old baby girl.

Her husband, Sonu, was reportedly not doing any work for the past few months. Neighbours said quarrels in their house had become a routine affair since the boy was not doing any work and had indulged in gambling.

Meanwhile, Eesha's father was allegedly manhandled by the boy's relatives at Mandi Gobindgarh Civil Hospital.

The girl was rushed to the Civil Hospital from where she was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh. Her condition is stated to be serious.

The police was recording statements of both families to register a case in this connection.

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MIG flat owners resent MC bills
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
Residents of MIG flats, Phase II, are up in arms against the Municipal Corporation (MC) for issuing them water and sewerage bills despite the fact that they are exempted from the payment.

The civic body has been issuing these bills for the past more than two years and the residents have not paid the amounts till date.

Talking to The Tribune, the MIG Welfare Society general secretary, Kuldip Singh Kreer, said: "According to the notification of the Punjab government, all the houses up to 125 sq yard are exempted and we have told the civic body several times about it, but to no avail."

Many proofs, like registration certificates etc, had been deposited to the MC as evidences, but the officials had turned a blind eye to what they said.

He said the notification was passed during Capt Amarinder Singh's government and the flat-owners were handed over the charge of accommodations by the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA). At present, there are 240 flats in Phase II, Urban Estate, which had been receiving bills.

Notably, failure of the MC to listen to the residents forced them to move to the High Court around six months ago and till date three hearings had been done.

Kreer said: "Our next hearing is in April and now we have got evidence from the PUDA in writing that the area of each flat is 81.6 sq yard. We received the information through the Right to Information Act." He added that the residents were also ready to settle the matter out of court as MC's advocate Bajaj had asked them to get in writing, which the society had got.

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Auto parts industry also hit by global economic crisis
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
Like other industries, the auto parts industry has also been hit by the present global economic crisis.

Exports of auto parts have dipped many fold over the past three months due to the prevailing economic conditions.

Gurpargat Singh Kahlon and Surinder Singh, president and general secretary, respectively, of the Auto Parts Manufacturers Association (India), say the state government is to be blamed for the plight of the industry.

Kahlon said the rate of VAT being the highest in the state at 12.5 per cent, had made the auto parts industry uncompetitive and unviable. "Due to this, entrepreneurs are facing hardships to compete in the national and global markets," he said.

He added, "To make the sector competitive and viable, the government should cut the rate of VAT from 12.5 per cent to 4 at par with tractor and combine parts like the states of West Bengal, Bihar and Puducherry."

Jagtar Singh Bhambra, finance secretary, said, "C forms should be allowed to be filled on an annual basis rather than on a quarterly basis and refund on VAT should be released in a fixed frame of time."

Bhambra demanded that the entry tax on raw materials being consumed by engineering industry should be withdrawn immediately.

Kahlon said the auto parts industry in Punjab could be given a boost if new focal points are developed with modern facilities. "The pending cases of subsidy should be cleared immediately to improve the financial condition of the auto sector," he said.

Moreover, the state government should involve the representatives of industry from the grassroots level in the process of policy formation, Kahlon remarked.

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Dr Gupta on NGO apex panel
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 15
Dr Surendra Gupta, general secretary of Ludhiana branch of the National Integrated Medical Association (NIMA), has been nominated as the district secretary of the Punjab Police State Apex Committee for NGO projects. The nomination has been made by Director-General of Punjab NPS Aulakh.

NIMA doctors, led by district president Dr Rajesh Thapar, today felicitated Dr Gupta at his clinic in Shivpuri while appreciated the move by the state police chief. Others present on the occasion were Dr Pardip Nagrath, Dr KK Kharbanda, Dr Diwaker Sharma, Dr Inder Sharma, Dr Ranbir Singh, Dr KK Kohli, Dr Parveen Bhalla, Dr Sangeeta Chhabra, Dr S. Kumar, Dr Ravinder Chopra and Dr Sunil Sharma.

In separate statements, district vice-president of the BJP Uma Dutt Sharma, Gandhi Nagar Hosiery Association chairman Pushap Kamal Narang, senior oncologist and member Guru Ram Dass Medical College, Amritsar, Dr DS Sandhu and member, Punjab School Education Board Ram Kumar Khurana have also felicitated Dr Gupta for his positive contribution towards the poor and needy segments of society.

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Farewell at Green Grove school
Our Correspondent

Doraha, February 15
Students of 10+1 organised a farewell party for Class XII students at Green Grove Public School, Mohanpur, today.

The show was presided over by president JPS Jolly, along with Principal S George and head mistress Jaswinder Kaur. She called upon students to work towards their lives’ goals so that they may have no regrets later.

The evening was marked by various cultural events which included dance performances and songs. Students presented songs which were appreciated by one and all. Group dances were also presented by students of 10+1. The dance performance of students was appreciated by the audience.

The show was an anchored by Ashna, Chashamdeep, Ravinder and Sandeep.

Guntasha and Shivdutt was crowned as Miss and Mr Green Grove by the president. Harneet Kaur and Ravleen Singh were Miss and Mr Charming. Raman and Harpreet Singh were received the title of Miss and Mr Intelligent. Mehakmeet was Miss Graceful and Heena Bector and Gurwinder Singh were honoured with the title of Miss and Mr Evening.

The programme came to an end with students taking to the dancing floor and dancing to the latest beats.

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Rs 5 lakh for Bhanohar village
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, February 15
The Zila Parishad today handed over a cheque of Rs 5 lakh to the sarpanch of Bhanohar village.

Manpreet Singh Ayali, chairman, Zila Parishad, in a gathering at Government Elementary School of the village today handed the cheque to sarpanch Ravinder Singh. He said in last two years, grants worth more that 16 lakh had been released for development of the village. He added that in last five months, the Zila Parishad had released a grant worth Rs 5 crore and a grants worth Rs 2 crore was the in pipeline that will be dispersed within the fortnight, for which they had identified 27 villages. Under the scheme, he said, the villagers contributed Rs 1 lakh as matching grant. He said already 70 villages had submitted their share. He appealed to other villages to follow the suit for the betterment of the village.

He also said they had given a grant of Rs 35 lakh to Roomi village. He said more villages would be brought under the scheme.

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250 examined at medical camp 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 15
More than 250 patients were examined and free medicines distributed at a medical camp organised by the Punjab Pradesh Maharaja Aggarsen Aggarwal Sabha in Urban Estate, Dugri, here today.

Dr BK Gill, Dr Pooja Tandon, both gynaecologists, Dr Pankaj Jain, orthopaedician from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Dr Sanjay Bhalla, psychiatrist, Dr Sandeep Sharma, endocrinologist, Dr Deepali Goel, dental surgeon, Dr Surinder Singh Solanky and Dr Amit Moudgil, both physicians, conducted the check-up of the patients and rendered follow-up advice.

According to Shiv Gupta, general secretary of the sabha, an emergency medical fund was set up for helping the poor patients and trauma victims and many of those present at the occasion made financial contribution to the fund.

Chief guest at the camp Kewal Krishan Gupta lauded the initiative taken by the sabha to provide the much-needed help to the ailing humanity and render medical assistance to members of the economically weaker sections of society.

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‘Poets can help curb social evils’
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 15
Acclaiming that poets and writers could contribute significantly in curbing social evils, Harish Rai Dhanda, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, called upon the social organisations of the area to felicitate the artists.

The call came during the concluding function of a kavi darbar, organised at Shanti Tara College, Akbarpur Chhanna, near here, on yesterday.

Arvind Malhotra, secretary of the ST Educational Trust, presided over the function.

Dhanda said the brotherhood and reforming messages conveyed through poems could contribute in curbing evils like female foeticide, menace of dowry and illiteracy.

Dr Naresh, Manjinder Dhanoa, Dr Jaininder Chauhan, Ranbir Bhathal, Darshan Bhuttar, Lok Nath, Sukhdeep Kaur, Tirlochan Sodhi and Shashi Kant Uppal recited their poems.

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Consider Galib from city: Garcha
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
Former chairman of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust and Congress leader Ashok Singh Garcha today vouched for candidature of former Member Parliament Gurcharan Singh Galib calling the strongest contender for the Congress ticket for the elections.

Addressing a press conference here today, Garcha said if the Congress high command named Tiwari as a candidate, the year 2004 would repeat itself when the latter had lost to SAD candidate Sharanjit Singh Dhillon.

Stating that Galib was a very strong mass leader with a clean image, Garcha said it would be in the interest of the party not to name Manish as a candidate.

‘‘A large section of Congress workers will vote for Galib if he contests on Akali ticket. They will not join the Akali Dal still they would vote for Galib as he was the best candidate,’’ said Garcha.

He added Tiwari should strive to become a Rajya Sabha member as it was created for intellectuals like him and those who could not win elections. Naming such a candidate would not be fair, he added.

Tiwari did not even figure among the top 10 leaders of Ludhiana, who could win Ludhiana seat for the Congress. Naming several leaders, including former and sitting MLAs, Garcha said they could still do wonders. Still Galib was the best.

He also said Tiwari was not aware of local problems and issues. He remained a stranger to the people of Ludhiana. He did not keep in touch with masses and would not be able to do anything for the constituency, said Garcha. 

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‘Knit World 2009’ closes today
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
“Knit World 2009”, the 15th international exhibition of knitwears that was launched two days back, will continue till February 16.

Over the past 14 years, the exhibition has been a platform for manufacturers and buyers to discuss various trade-related issues.

The exhibitions sees participation from key international companies offering best and latest technologies for the industry.

Narinder Mohan, a knitting technologist, is organising the exhibition.

The exposition is acclaimed to be the only international exhibition on knitting-garment-allied machines and accessories held annually in northern India.

Approved by the India Trade Promotion Organisation, Government of India, the exhibition is supported and recommended by AEPC, Knitwear Club, Bahadur-Ke Textile and Knitwear Association, Readymade Hosiery Manufacturers Association, Wool Club, Chambers of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings and Apparel Exporters Association of Ludhiana.

The exhibition provides opportunity to manufacturers to showcase their technologies.

The exhibition is showcasing circular knitting, flat knitting, multi-head computerised embroidery, industrial sewing, dyeing, finishing, processing, steam presses, tumbler dryers, drycleaning, linking, multi-colour transfer/screen printing, raising, brushing, antipilling, fusing, lace and crochet knitting machines, designing units, CAD/CAMS, softwares, compressors, yarn splicers, boilers, electric motors, testing equipment, electronic scales, yarns, threads, buttons, labels, fabrics, tapes, ribbons, dyes, chemicals, linings, interlinings, gensets, inverters, panels, trade magazines, fashion journals, etc.

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AK Sharma elected excise body chief
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
Elections to Customs and Central Excise Gazetted Executive Officers’ Association, Chandigarh zone, comprising of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh were held.

AK Sharma, Superintendent of Central Excise Commissionerate, Ludhiana, was elected president by polling 87 per cent votes. He defeated RK Nayyar, Superintendent, Central Excise Commissionerate, Chandigarh.

Boota Singh of Customs Commissionerate, Amritsar, was elected general secretary of the association defeating RS Maan, Superintendent, Central Excise Commissionerate, Ludhiana.

GS Kaushal, Superintendent, was elected unopposed to the post of treasurer.

Results: Central body: president - AK Sharma; general secretary - Boota Singh; treasurer - GS Kaushal.

Chandigarh commissionerate body: vice president - Prem Kumar; joint secretary - Rajnesh Gupta.

Jalandhar commissionerate body: vice-president - Rajesh Dhawan; joint secretary - Daljit Singh.

Ludhiana Commissionerate body: vice-president - Bhupinder S Bedi; joint secretary - Kulwant Singh; treasurer - Parvesh Kumar.

Amritsar commissionerate body: vice-president - Gurdev Singh; treasurer - VK Dhawan.

J&K commissionerate body: vice president - VK Gupta; joint secretary - GMD Ganai; treasurer - BL Mattoo.

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Campaign against pollution hazards
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, February 15
A tree plantation and environment awareness rally was conducted by BCM College of Education in collaboration with the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, Chandigarh, under its campaign “Our environment: under threat,” here.

BK Gupta, joint commissioner Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, presided over. The trees of Silver Oak and Amaltas were planted by the joint commissioner on the college campus and parks of Sector 32-A.

SS Ladhar, joint director, Punjab State Council for Science and Technology was also present.

The environment awareness rally was flagged off by BK Gupta from the college campus towards Budda Nala at Tajpur Road via Sector 32-A. The students carried placards suggesting people about ways and means of improving the environment and protecting it from hazards of pollution. The pamphlets carrying slogans like - "Sutlej- future Budha Nala", "Avoid shaving gels to protect global warming", "Protect environment to protect yourself", "Trees are your best friends" etc, too were distributed. Principal Dr Khushvinder Kumar said such events were organised to create awareness regarding the hazards of pollution.

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Work on road inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
Congress councillor Parminder Mehta from ward No. 35 inaugurated road construction work at Shaheed Dr Kalicharan Chowk here.

Addressing the gathering, he said: “Due to inconvenience caused to public owing to construction of roads, contractors and officials have been directed to complete the work in stipulated time.”

He urged public support and said the municipal corporation would ensure that sewerage and potable water pipes were laid before road carpeting.

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Work on dharamshala begins
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
Local bodies chief parliamentary secretary Harish Rai Dhanda inaugurated the construction work of Valmiki Dharamshala in Ambedkar Nagar here today.

Speaking on the occasion, Dhanda said, "Work on roads in Model Town will be completed in three months." He also granted Rs 3 lakh for the construction.

Veer Kishanpal Sirsawal, president, Valmiki Mandir Dharamshala Welfare Society, also assured the support of his people to SAD in the coming parliamentary elections.

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Waive farmers’ loan, says BKU
Our Correspondent

Samrala, February 15
The BKU (Lakhowal) held a “Kisan jagriti rally” at Kohara in which speakers highlighted the plight of farmers of the state.

BKU president and Mandi Board chairman Ajmer Singh Lakhowal said that the Centre should grant more power to states for their overall development.

Lashing out at the UPA government, he said farmers were being forced to commit suicide due to the wrong policies of the Centre.

He said although Punjab contributed around 45 per cent to the country’s agricultural produce, the Centre was dealing unfair treatment to the state. He said the input cost of agriculture was very high.

Around 12,000 farmers had committed suicide in the past decade due to government’s wrong policies, he added. He demanded a cut in the price of diesel and waiver of farmers’ loans.

He threatened to gherao Parliament on February 18 in association with other outfits. The rally was addressed by union leaders Avtar Singh Mehlon, Puran Singh Shahkot, Harinder Singh Lakhowal among others.

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Proclaimed offender nabbed
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, February 15
Humbran police has nabbed a proclaimed offender who jumped bail six years ago. Jagdev Singh S/o Laxman Singh of Aliwal village was booked under section 380 by the Humbran Police in 2000. He was wanted by the police who jumped bail about six years ago.

During a police naka at Purain village, ASI Balwant Singh questioned him suspecting due to his suspicious behavior. When he did not answer he asked him to bring some known person of the village to which he revealed his identity. 

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Weightlifting Meet
Pardeep, Baljinder best weightlifters
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 15
Baljinder Kaur of Government College for Women, Civil Lines, and Pardeep Sharma of the Ludhiana Club stamped their superiority and were declared the best weightlifters in the men's and women's section, respectively, in the two-day 32nd Ludhiana District Weightlifting Championship for Men and Women which concluded at the Ludhiana Bodybuilding and Weightlifting Club, Rakh Bagh, here today.

In the below 77 kg weight category, Pardeep lifted a total 300kg (130 snatch and 170 clean jerk) to prove his mettle while his immediate opponent, Harinder Singh, also of the Ludhiana Club, with a total lift of 217 kg, had to content with second position. Lovpreet Singh of Khanna lifted 184 kg to secure third place.

In the women's section, two events were conducted today in which Harpreet Kaur of Government College for Women and Seema Rani from Master Tara Singh Memorial College shared honours.

In the 75kg weight category, Harpreet Kaur (135kg) bagged top honours while Seema clinched the title in the plus 75kg weight group with a total lift of 104 kg.

Today's results: (Women) 75kg-1 Harpreet Kaur of Government College for Women (135 kg), 2 Anu Bala of Master Tara Singh Memorial College (97 kg), 3 Harpreet Kaur (72 kg).

+ 75kg- 1 Seema Rani of Master Tara Singh Memorial College (104 kg), 2 Gaganpreet Kaur of Government College for Women (97 kg), 3 Narinderjit Kaur of Khanna (95 kg).

(Men) 69kg- 1 Kamaljit Singh of Ludhiana Club (248 kg), 2 Manjinder Singh of Khanna (235 kg), 3 Parminder Singh of Khanna (225 kg).

77kg- 1 Pardeep Sharma of Ludhiana Club (300 kg), 2 Harinder Singh of Ludhiana Club (217 kg), 3 Lovpreet Singh of Khanna (184 kg).

85kg- 1 Balwinder Singh of Stadium (263 kg), 2 Kulwinder Singh of Khanna (259 kg).

94kg- 1 Gurjit Singh of Khanna (275 kg), 2 Khemjit Singh of Ludhiana Club (205 kg).

Harish Bedi, MLA from Ludhiana North, gave away prizes. Members of the District Ludhiana Weightlifting Association were present.

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Suhkbir promises fund for sports
Announces Rs 10 lakh for upgradation of infrastructure at Kila Raipur
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Kila Raipur, February 15
The newly appointed minister of state for sports and deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal, brought cheers on the faces of the sports fraternity as he promised to pump in huge investment for the development of sports in the state, which is reeling under financial crises.

Addressing the packed stadium he said four international hockey stadiums will be constructed by the government in a span of two years and prime focus will be laid on the promotion of spots.

The deputy, who seemed to be enchanted by the IPL magic said a big budget world Kabaddi championship will be conducted in State soon.

"The people of Punjab have special bond for Kabaddi, but unfortunately it has not been given its due recognition. Our motive is to encourage the youth and to keep them away from the menace of drugs. I hope government will be successful in its endaviour, " said Sukhbir.

There will be huge money at stake also. The winner of the tournament will collect Rs 1 crocre while Rs 50 lakh and Rs 25 lakh will be given to the runner up to the second runners up of the tournament.

He also promised that one match of that tournament will be conducted in Kila Raipur.

For the improvement of sports in the villages he said Rs 1 lakh each will be distributed to around 1200 villages to improve the sports infrastructure.

Sukhbir said the government is planning to introduce a new sports policy, according to which, Kabaddi players will be given preference to get job under sports quota.

He on the theme of National School of Sports (NIS) Patiala, the government is soon going to launch Punjab Institute of sports, in which the coaches and the player will be equipped with the latest methodology of sports.

On this occasion he announced Rs 10 lakh grant for the upgradation of infrastructure at Kila Raipur

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Bhupinderjit excels in athletics meet
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 15
Bhupinderjit Kaur, a student of BA III, was declared best athlete in the 39th annual athletics meet at Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, here yesterday.

Harkamal Kaur, a student of BA III, was adjudged fastest runner as she finished ahead of others in the 100m.

Bhupinder Kaur and Lovneet Kaur secured second and third positions, respectively.

In 200m, Harkamal Kaur again romped home victor, while the second position was bagged by Bhupinder Kaur and third by Lovneet Kaur.

Arjuna awardee (basketball) and SP Sajjan Singh Cheema was the chief guest.

Ranjodh Singh, Jagtar Singh, president and secretary, respectively of Ramgarhia College, besides principal Jasbir Kaur were also present there.

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3 die in accidents
Rakesh Gupta

Mullanpur Dakha, February 15
Three persons died in two accidents yesterday night. In one case a Maruti Car rammed into the back of tractor trolley near Bhattian village going to Mullanpur from Humbran.

Jagjit Singh S/o Amar Singh was going on his trolley loaded with sand when the car (PB 10 AM 0224) rammed into it from behind killing Manpreet Singh (26) S/o Jagdev Singh of Sarabha village on the spot while injuring Gurvinder Singh (22) S/o Tersem Singh of Bassian Bet village.

The injured is admitted to CMCH Ludhiana who is in a critical state. Humbran police has initiated proceedings under sections 174 CrPC on the statement of Jagdev Singh, father of the deceased, and handed over the body to the family after post-mortem.

In yet another accident, a tractor driven by Laxman Ram S/o Hari Ram of Bhanohar village crushed two migrants labours on the spot who were carrying the decorative cart of Ludhiana.

Two of their workers had minor injuries in the accident.

The injured Sooraj and Surinder Kumar were let off after first aid while the deceased were still identified as they were hired by the band owner to pull the cart on hourly basis.

Ludhiana Sadar police booked the tractor driver and arrested him

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Athletics meet at Ramgarhia college
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 15
Bhupinderjit Kaur, student of BA III, was declared the best athlete in the 39th annual athletics meet held at Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, here yesterday.

Harkamal Kaur, student of BA III, was adjudged the fastest runner as she finished ahead of others in the 100m sprint. Bhupinder Kaur and Lovneet Kaur secured second and third positions.

In 200m race, again, Harkamal Kaur romped home victor while the second position was bagged by Bhupinder Kaur and Lovneet Kaur had to content with third position.

Arjuna Awardee (basketball) and Superintendent of Police Sajjan Singh Cheema was the chief geust on this occasion. Ranjodh Singh, Jagtar Singh, president and secretary, respectively, of Ramgarhia College, besides principal, Jasbir Kaur, were also present there.

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Tiny tots stage ‘Birthday Party’
Our Correspondent

Doraha, February 15
Junior sports day and grandparents day was organised by Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Doraha, today.

Sukhpal Singh, chairman, Doraha Group of Institutes, was chief guest. Balloons were released to declare the meet open.

Students from Nursery to Class II participated in many races like crow flying, balloon bursting, block building etc.

A cultural programme was also presented. Nursery students enacted English play "Red Hen", and recited poem "Mary Had a Little Lamb". Students of Prep class exhibited their talent through English play "Birthday Party". Class II students enacted "The Silly Lion" and "Akbar and Birbal". Special attraction of the day was race of grandparents with their grandchildren cheering them whole heartedly.

Prizes for full attendance and academic excellence were distributed. Alumni of the school were also honoured.

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