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Bowing to pressure
MC plans demolition, but halted midway
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 8
The municipal corporation that had finally decided to initiate action against the illegal construction going on at Transport Nagar, today had to step back reportedly owing to political pressure.

The officials, including building inspectors, were told to report at the B-zone office at 8.30 am today in connection with the demolition of the structure. They kept waiting till 11.30 am, after which they suddenly got the instructions to disperse.

They were also asked not to switch off their mobiles as they could be asked to report back any time. The failure of the MC to take action on the structure has once again proved that politicians have strong influence over officials as MC functionaries are not ready to take any action even though they have the power and the laws allow them.

According to sources, last night, the building staff along with the Area Town Planners and police personnel were asked to report at the office of the MC on the directions of the municipal commissioner.

“We along with ATPs SS Bindra, Kamaljeet Kaur and Harpreet Ghai reached the zone-B office at the scheduled time and kept waiting for around three hours,” an official said on the condition of anonymity.

He added that none of the senior officials, including MTP Hemant Batra and STP BS Brar reported at the office and all the communication was on mobiles.

The sources said Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal was in the town today and in an attempt not to create any untoward situation during his presence, the action had been suspended. Besides, no action could be taken untill May 13 due to the elections because the construction is allegedly coming up at the behest of BJP councillors and MLAs.

The construction of 20 shops at Transport Nagar has been surrounded with controversy for the past several months as around seven months ago, the structure had been demolished in the presence of the Chief Vigilance Officer, AK Prabhakar. Despite the action, the site owner has been going on with the construction.

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Security beefed up ahead of VVIP visits
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 8
The city is set to be turned into a fortress over the weekend with a galaxy of high-profile politicians descending here to support their respective party candidates ahead of the fifth phase of polling scheduled for May 13.

With the arrival of All-India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Rahul Gandhi and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate LK Adwani along with a battery of ministers, including Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Rajnath Singh, the city will witness the biggest political extravaganza in the last phase of Lok Sabha elections.

With the Badals shifting base to the city following polling in Bathinda on May 7, the election din has the police on its toes.

Tight security arrangements have been made ahead of the arrival of AICC president Rahul Gandhi, who will be in the city tomorrow to garner support for Congress candidate Manish Tewari.

And on the subsequent day, 10 leaders of the BJP and its allies will arrive in the city to seek a mandate for their party’s candidate GS Galib.

The police has made special security arrangements as all leaders are on high-security list.

According to SSP Sukhchain Singh, all sensitive places, including hotels, railway station and bus stand, had been searched by special police teams.

Special checkpoints had been set up at all entry and exit points to check vehicles for weapons.

Special patrolling teams would check the route to be taken by the leaders.

Police sources said a company from Phillaur would also join the city police to strengthen the security arrangements.

The SSP held a meeting and took stock of the security scenario in the city here today.

A police official said Rahul Gandhi’s visit was not a cause for concern, as he had Z+ plus security cover. The police just had to work on a route plan.

The official added that special security arrangements had been made for NDA allies, as the Chief Minster and the Deputy Chief Minister will also join the rally to support Galib.

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LPG-laden truck collides with car, 3 hurt
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 8
A major tragedy was averted when timely action by the police and passersby prevented 300 LPG cylinders from bursting after the truck carrying those collided with a car coming from the opposite side near Akbarpur Chhanna village on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road, near here, today morning.

However, three persons were injured in the accident. Nihal Singh, driver of the car, has been admitted to a multi-speciality hospital at Ludhiana.

According to the DSP, a police party led by Bimal Sharma, SHO Sadar, rescued the occupants of the Maruti car. To save cylinders from catching fire, the police got the cylinders shifted to a safe distance from the place of the accident.

The accident took place due to the narrowing of the road on account of the ongoing work on the four-laning of the highway.

It was after the truck crossed a curve that the driver lost control and the vehicle collided with the car. The loss could have been much more if the cylinders had caught fire after the collision.

Three persons had died when in a similar case, a truck carrying LPG cylinders had caught fire after colliding with a car near Shergarh Cheema village on the Malerkotla-Raikot road, near here, a few years ago.

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12 trapped in hotel lift
Rescued after an hour
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 8}
As many as 12 persons, including seven mediapersons, were trapped in the lift of a five-star hotel for over an hour when they were returning after attending a press conference of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal here this afternoon.

They were rescued by a team of technical staff trained to handle such situations. One of the persons trapped in the lift fainted. An SAD leader and some Shiv Sena leaders were also inside the lift.

As soon as the lift got stuck at 3.45 pm, mediapersons started making calls to the hotel management, the SSP and other mediapersons.

The victims said the fan and lights went off. They took it in their stride, but as the wait for help grew longer, they panicked.

The fire brigade was also pressed into service. The SSP, along with the CMO, reached the hotel and the mediapersons demanded the registration of a case against the hotel for negligence.

The hotel management, however, said the lift got stuck due to overweight. Several persons had entered the lift, beyond its capacity.

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Robbers beat up woman, decamp with Rs 2.5 lakh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 8
In a daylight robbery three robbers entered into a house in Sector-32, Chandigarh road, beat up a woman and decamped with jewellery and cash worth Rs 2.5 lakh today.

The incident took place at around 1 pm. Three youth arrived in an SUV, while one stayed in it, the rest who appeared to be from well off families entered Nikhil Sood’s house and held his wife Ashu Sood (35) captive.

The youth thrashed Ashu and took her to a bedroom and forced her to part with jewellery and cash kept in the locker.

Anshu somehow managed to free herself and ran towards the gate for help but was again nabbed by the robbers.

She was again thrashed. At this she handed over the jewellery and Rs 25,000 cash to them.

The thieves then took her to the first floor of the house in order to gag her. This time she escaped by jumping from the first floor.

She sustained serious injuries on the head, shoulder and the leg. A labour who was working in a nearby building came to her rescue after hearing her scream. However, the youth managed to escape from the spot.

Ashu was admitted to Apollo Hospital with multiple injuries. Her condition is stated to be serious. This incident has made those living in Sector- 32 panicky. A case has been registered.

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Blood Banks - IV
NGOs need to be trained
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 8
The word “voluntary” is missing from the blood donation movement in the state as even social organisations working for the cause of blood donation have failed to motivate family members of patients in need for on-the-spot blood donation.

Referring to the missing initiative of promoting voluntary blood donation in Punjab, Sat Paul Bansal (139 times blood donor) said the National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) had allocated 30 per cent of the total funds for the promotion of safe blood donation “but nothing is being done in Punjab”.

The lack of awareness is evident from the fact that even the NGOs working in this regard are not following the prescribed norms. A senior doctor pointed out: “Hygienic conditions are the last concern where blood donation camps are held.

The halls at clubs, educational institutes and other places are not even sanitised and little caution is taken while collecting blood. Even storage is neglected during these camps,” the doctor said.

Pharmaceuticals and hospitals should come forward to hold workshops for social organisations promoting blood donation, he added.

Also, regular donors are not given any recognition despite the Punjab government’s declaration in 1981, wherein the then Punjab Governor, Jai Sukhlal Hathi, had announced special honour for every four-time blood donor in a calendar year.

On the contrary, West Bengal has earmarked four days in a year for voluntary blood donation which includes “Frank Worrel day”, attributed to the West Indian Cricket team captain Frank Worrel who had volunteered to donate the first unit of blood to Indian captain Nori Contractor in 1962 when he suffered a head injury during the game.

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Councillor forcibly gets relative’s house vacated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 8
Tension prevailed in the Jamalpur area after Akali councillor,Pal Singh Grewal, was accused of using his ‘‘muscle power’’ to get the house of his relative vacated from a tenant.

Grewal and his men forcibly raised a wall in the rented accommodation today morning, allegedly threw household goods of tenant Swaran Singh and got the house vacated.

Swaran Singh raised a lot of hue and cry and lodged a complaint with the Jamalpur police. However, the cops reached the spot after the councillor took the property into his possession, he alleged.

The tenant even called up the Election Commissioner of Punjab and an election observer alleging excesses during the poll. He even shot off a complaint to 
the commission.

‘‘Seeing that it’s election time, he tried to get the possession of the house from me. They had come a few days ago and asked me to vacate the house. I requested them that I would find a new house and should be given some time to shift.

They burnt my Gypsy two days ago and today created ruckus here.’’ said Swaran Singh.

The house belonged to an NRI, who was said to be relative of Grewal.

He had rented it out to Swaran Singh three years ago.

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Camp for thalassemic kids at DMCH
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 8
Nearly 150 units of blood was collected on 18th International Thalassemia Day during a blood donation camp organised at DMCH here today. The camp was an initiative of the department of transfusion medicine and paediatrics.

The day is observed all over the world to commemorate the death anniversary of George Englesoz of Cyprus, who died at the age of 26. Despite being a thalassemic, he was an active member of the Thalassaemic International Federation and worked for the welfare of thalassaemic patients all over the world.

President of Punjab Thalassemia Welfare Society Rama Kapoor elaborated on the functioning of the society and discussed monetary and other benefits being provided to the thalassemic children by the society.

Professor and head of transfusion medicine Dr Amarjit Kaur welcomed the dignitaries, faculty, voluntary blood donors, NGOs including Rashmi Karwa, Social Welfare Society, Mandi Ahmedgarh, Salaam Zindagi and Har Har Astha Sewa Parivar.

She appreciated the involvement of volunteer medical professionals who donated the blood for this noble cause. A group of thalassemic children also performed a solo and a group song.

Professor of paediatrics and in charge of Thalassemia Unit at DMCH Dr Parveen C Sobti informed that the thalassemia unit at DMCH was catering to the need of 215 children, who were regularly getting blood transfusions.

She expressed gratitude to welfare societies, which have contributed for this noble cause.

Dr Sandeep Puri, who holds the distinction of being the leading blood donor from DMCH, was awarded a gold medal on the occasion. Other members, including Dr Gautam Ahluwalia, Dr Navjot K Bajwa, Dr GS Bajwa, Dr Rajesh Arya, Dr PPS Gill and Dr Gautam Biswas also donated blood.

The contribution of staff of the transfusion medicine department along with doctors and technicians were also acknowledged for their efforts.

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Exhibition on new kitchen concepts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 8
A four-day exhibition, “Kitchen & Beyond 2009”, organised by CII commenced here today. The exhibition features various options for attractive and user-friendly kitchens, in which products catering to the needs of contemporary lifestyles have been put up on display.

Consumer appliances like food processors, electric chimneys, ovens, mixers, grinders, dishwashers, electric cookers, gas ranges, gas lighters, water purifiers, toasters, microwave tandoors, cabinets and sinks, chopping aides and milk flavours have been put on display.

Companies, including Sunflame, IFB Associated Appliances, Eureka Forbes, Glen, Gilma/ Pigeon, Prime House Ware, Lumix Appliances, Inter Solar, Hilton Appliances and Berg have put their products on display in the exhibition.

The exhibition is on from 10 am to 8 pm till May 11, 2009,at Hotel Le Baron, Ferozepur Road, Ludhiana.

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War games under way at Jagraon
Rakesh Gupta

Jagraon, May 8
The area is these days buzzing with tanks and vehicles ferrying Army personnel. It is commonplace for residents to see Army exercises in the area after the harvest season but, this time, the tank regiment has been engaging in peacetime exercises.

Hundreds of tanks of various squadrons stationed at strategic locations in North India are out on exercise.

The area has strategic importance in peacetime exercises, as it is surrounded by the biggest Air Force and ammunition depot of Punjab beside having SK Ranges at Sodhiwala village on 3,419 acre where various wings of the armed forces exercise and test their firing and bombing capabilities and accuracies.

Since Army exercises are confidential and the identity of armories used and Army men cannot be disclosed, the entire operation remains under wraps.

However, tank formations by squadrons headed by Captain-rank officers can be seen moving around in the area.

Each squadron consists of nine tanks, including conventional and water submersible tanks, along with bridge making equipment, heavy artillery, cannons, radar systems, anti-aircraft guns, generator systems.

The Army units keep changing their positions occasionally and during night time they carry out real-life combat exercises using dummy bombs and dummy targets.

The forces then share experiences on tactical, technical and procedural aspects at unit level.

However, sources said the peacetime war games were under way keeping in view the unrest in Pakistan.

The Indian government has taken a precautionary step by deploying various wings of the armed forces along borders in Punjab, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir and other areas and backup forces in other states. The Indian Army is ready to meet any eventuality, sources added.

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Village youths do their bit for nature
Set up nests, install CFLS
Mahesh Sharma

Members of the Village Naujwan Sabha set up a wooden nest on a streetlight pole at Kup Kalan village, near Ahmedgarh. A CFL installed by the organisation can also be seen in the picture.
Members of the Village Naujwan Sabha set up a wooden nest on a streetlight pole at Kup Kalan village, near Ahmedgarh. A CFL installed by the organisation can also be seen in the picture. Photo by writer

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 8
With successive governments having failed to keep promises of undertaking development at Kup Kalan village, near here, the Village Naujwan Sabha has launched a move to save flora and fauna of the locality using grants announced by their chief ministers.

Besides planting saplings of fruiting and ornamental plants and installing artificial wooden nests, the youths have installed CFL (candescent florescent lamp) in all streets of the village.

While youths of other villages of the area are busy campaigning for their respective candidates, a group of around 25 youths of the historic Kup Kalan village are engaged in setting up wooden nests on street light poles in the village.

Claiming that their organisation had no office-bearer, Jaswant Singh said Sukhwinder Singh, a young farmer, had coordinated the village youths to put in effort to make the locality habitable for humans and birds as well.

“Instead of seeking funds from government agencies, we procured wooden planks and prepared simple artificial nests with our hands. A large number of birds adopted these nests within a fortnight of their installation,” said Jaswant. Bowls were kept on house rooftops to provide grain and water to sparrows living in these nests.

With an intention to cut down expenses on street light, the youths have installed CFLs on poles already installed by the village panchayat.

Instead of making the civic body pay for the bill for these lamps, the youths persuaded villagers to allow them connect them to their domestic connections.

The organisation plans to plant more saplings of fruiting and shadow trees on the outskirts of the village. Contributions by some NRIs, besides their pocket money, were the only source of funds for the novel project.

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Cong leaders engage in Badal-bashing
Tribune News Service

Latala (Ludhiana), May 8
“Public in general and the Akalis in particular will no longer be fooled by the Badals. In spite of our party differences, I can say that Badals are not even a remote shadow of the great leaders of the SAD, including founder figure Kharagh Singh and Gurcharan Singh Tohra.”

This was stated by Capt Amarinder Singh, former Chief Minister, while addressing the last in a series of election rallies in the district here today.

The other two rallies were held at Jagraon and Humbran, earlier during the day.

Kila Raipur MLA Jassi Khangura had organised the rally in favour of Ludhiana candidate Manish Tewari and Sukhdev Singh Libra, party candidate from Fatehgarh Sahib.

Kila Raipur Vidha Sabha constituency villages fall in two different Lok Sabha constituencies.

“I met Tohra when I started my political career over 40 years ago at his house. The venue had four rooms. When I went to his house recently, it still had the same old four rooms. Compare it with the Badals, who have a hotel opposite the international airport near Delhi, which is under litigation.

Another one is coming right opposite the old hotel. The family has also bought property in Dubai and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The family has invested in sand quarries, liquor business and even transport. Is such a big business empire possible for a family that only had 80 odd acres of ancestral property?”

The Captain said: “I can only assure my voters that I will avenge all my supporters who have been dragged in wrong cases by the Badal government. I, too, have been implicated in five cases and I expect another 10 fake cases against me.”

Khangura said: “The election results will reflect the public reaction to non-existent policies of public welfare by the current SAD government. The public gathering, in fact, is a small peep into a widespread public sentiment.”

Tewari said: “I can only tell my brothers in the rural belt that Congress was the only regime during the recent times when their produce was lifted from the grain markets immediately. It is for you to see that the story is not the same these days.

I assure you that farm debts, even those taken from private ‘arhtiyas’, will be waived off in case the Congress was voted into power. We have examples in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.”

Sukhdev Singh Libra said: “In reply to my opponents calling me a silent spectator in Parliament, I will like to say that the parliamentary documents show that I have raised at least 84 questions and had 90 per cent attendance in the House during my tenure.”

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Endless rallies hit commuters
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 8
Congress and Akali rallies at various places in the district today affected the common man as most private buses were used to ferry people to the rallies.

Hundreds of commuters, especially students and teachers, had a difficult time as only some buses plied in the rural areas and small towns in the district.

The mini and large buses in Ludhiana were hired by the Congress as former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh addressed rallies at Jagraon, Latala and Humbran. As many as 300 buses ferried supporters to these places.

Some buses were sent to Phillaur where Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal addressed a rally in the evening.

“There were only a few buses that plied on these routes. People had to wait for long to reach their destination,” Sukhminder Singh, driver of a mini bus, said.

“It was like a chakka jam for us. There was no bus on the road. We reached our workplace late. We do not know how we will reach home today,” a woman worker at the social security department said.

Those who had to travel a distance of about 15-odd km depended on autorickshaws, but those who had to travel 50-60 km had a tough time. Transporters were, however, happy. “We have received Rs 4,500 for a large bus and Rs 2,500 for a mini bus.

The fear of the Election Commission has forced the parties to pay us. Otherwise, all these years, we used to do free service only,” a mini bus operator said.

He added that two more days would be tough for commuters on the Ludhiana-Jagraon, Ludhiana-Raikot, Ludhiana-Moga and Ludhiana-Sidhwan Bet routes as buses would be used for the rallies to be addressed by Rahul Gandhi and LK Advani, among others.

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Parties at it again
Woo voters with liquor
KS Chawla

Ludhiana, May 8
Even though the parties have yet to start distributing liquor free of cost in urban areas, electorates in rural areas are already receiving it freely along with the gifts.

The distributors have the support of the politicians and reportedly the police. State excise department officials are yet to probe into the matter.

Illegally distilled liquor is cheaper and it seems that the candidates don’t mind investing some money for luring the voters.

Liquor dealers, who have got their vends allotted for the 2009-10, are busy setting up their units and are making adjustments with the existing vends.

In a bid to stop the liquor distribution, residents of a few colonies staged dharnas and rallies. The residents succeeded in getting one of the vends removed but it was later set up at the same venue after politicians intervened.

This vend was set up in the presence of the police and some party leaders.

This year, three new groups have entered the liquor trade with the alleged support of the ruling party.

New groups have their vends in Haryana and the Malwa belt of Punjab.

According to sources, a close friend of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal also owns a few vends in the town. The Chief Minister stays with him whenever he visits the city.

Liquor sales in the town have been good so far. Enquiries revealed the popular brand, Royal Challenge, which was sold for Rs 450 per bottle last year was being sold for Rs 370 during the elections.

The state government has fixed the MRP but allowed the flexibility of Rs 30 per bottle, which means that the dealers can raise the price of a bottle by Rs 30.

The government has raised the quota for liquor this year and the dealers would have to sell heavily in order to save the money.

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Voters sensitised on ‘refuse to vote’ right
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 8
In the course of its drive to educate the electorate about their right to refuse to vote for any candidate in the Lok Sabha elections, activists of International Democratic Party (IDP) today campaigned in the city asking voters to exercise their right under Section 49 (O) of the Peoples Representation Act 1961 in the next phase of election on May 13.

Led by state president of the party Karnail Singh Jakhepal, party functionaries stated that the staff deployed on poll duty had created obstacles in the way of voters who wanted to exercise their right to refuse to vote and the Form 17-A, prescribed for this purpose, was not made available to voters.

The activists stressed that effective steps be taken by the Election Commission of India to enable the voters to exercise their right to refuse to vote and further that electronic voting machines (EVMs) should have a “rejection” button, to enable voters to select their choice of saying “none of these candidates”.

Jakhepal made an appeal to voters to use their option of refuse to vote in the next phase of polling if they believed that the candidates or political parties in the fray would not be able to deliver what they promised.

“If more and more people refuse to cast their vote, the election commission will have no choice but to provide rejection button on the EVMs in the next election.”

Elaborating on the agenda of the party towards cleansing the political system in the country, state general secretary Gurdarshan Singh Khatra commented that voters should not only be given the right of rejection of all candidates but they deserved to be given the “right to recall” an elected representative on the basis of his or her performance.

He reiterated the demands of the party to ban all private expenditure on elections, bring election manifestoes of political parties under legal purview and make it mandatory to hold preliminary elections within the political party to choose the candidates for state assemblies and parliament.

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‘I wish I were a voter’
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 8
Zamalo, a widow at Bhathlan village of Ludhiana district, along with her nine children is living in a thatched hut in the fields of a farmer, even as many like her stay in houses provided under various Awas Yojnas of the government.

She uses her earnings for buying eatables, including flour and pulses, from the open market whereas stocks meant for the atta-dal scheme are being diverted to the black market.

While politicians are leaving no stone unturned to woo voters, no one has come to her, as she is not a voter. But Zamalo is hopeful that these politicians would hover around her hut when her children become eligible to cast their vote after a few years.

“Mere wargian kiniyan hi aurtan ne jehdian je sarkar de hathan wall dekhdian rehndiayn tan hun tak kaddian rab nun pyarian ho jadian,” (there are so many women like me who could have perished by now if they had depended on the policies of the government) she said when asked about the facilities being provided by the government.

Zamalo had been living with her husband at the village for 15 years. Her husband worked as a “sanjhi” with a farmer and she used to work in a house. This enabled them to rear their nine children. But things worsened when her husband died after being hit by an ox. No official or leader bothered to get the family compensation for his death.

It was with the help of the lambardar and one other that she managed to get her children admitted to a government school. 

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‘PM deserves another term’
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 8
Former president of the District Congress Committee (DCC) Krishan Kumar Bawa today said that people of Punjab would rise above political considerations to reinstall Dr Manmohan Singh as the Prime Minister.

Accusing the top Akali leadership, especially Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal, Bawa alleged that the Badals were self-seekers and the nomination of Sukhbir’s wife Harsimrat Kaur from Bathinda proved there was no place for anyone else in the political scheme of the Akali Dal.

Listing the achievements of the Congress-led UPA government, he said the waiver of loans of farmers worth over Rs 71,000 crore had given a shot in the arms to the farm economy in India.

The government had also launched welfare and development schemes aimed at creating employment, development of rural and urban areas and alleviation of poverty.

Meanwhile, the beopar and trade cell of the DCC expressed confidence that Congress candidate Manish Tewari would win.

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Top NDA leaders to address rally

Ludhiana, May 8
In a last ditch effort to boost the prospects of SAD-BJP candidates and to woo the Punjab voters, the top brass of the NDA is coming to the city for addressing a massive rally on May 10. AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi will address a rally in favour Manish Tewari’s favour tomorrow.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will address rallies at Tarn Taran and Khadoor Sahib on May 11. Since, the NDA leaders who will free after the fourth round of polling, will converge here to spoil the impact ofManmohan Singh since the Congress is seeking votes in his name.

NDA leaders who are expected to take part in the rally on May 10 are LK Advani, Rajnath Singh, Raman Singh, Shivcharan Singh Chauhan, Sushil Kumar Modi and Nitish Kumar. Besides, the AGP President and Om Prakash Chautala would also address the rally.

The Chief Minister has made it a prestige issue and directed the Akali leaders from all over Punjab to bring maximum number of people for the rally. — OC

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Dental college authorities accused of impropriety
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 8
The ongoing controversy of Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College, Ludhiana, took a serious turn today with interns at the college accusing the college authorities of exploitation of girl students.

Students alleged that male faculty members in connivance with Amanpreet Singh (nephew of Baba Jaswant Singh) exploited the girls.

The complainants provided a copy of the list prepared by the faculty, in which names of some students were marked as they refused to oblige the faculty and hence were given poor marks in the examinations.

A victim, Manraj, alleged that she was called by one of the faculty members for which she had written to the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences. Following the incident, the authorities concerned had initiated an inquiry, thereby asking the management to remove films from tinted glasses from rooms of the faculty.

Manraj along with others complained about other problems, including non-payment of stipend to the interns, material charges worth Rs 20,000-25,000 taken from students every year, non-payment of security amount to the outgoing students and collection of Rs 1 lakh for giving degree certificates to the students.

They further alleged that the management was diverting funds worth Rs 2 lakh per student in the name of a dental kit that had never been issued to the interns.

Whereas, chairman of the college management Kirpal Singh said out of 500 students, only four students had problems with the functioning of the college. They had been given degrees and no money had been taken hitherto. He clarified that every student was provided with the material of a dental kit.

“These allegations are baseless and such things have never been brought to the notice of the principal or the management," the chairman added.

College principal Dr DS Kalsi stated the stipend had not been quantified for a private institution, adding that a large amount was spent on each intern every month.

Former principal of DAV College for Girls, Amritsar, Sudesh Ahlawat, member of the Baba Isher Singh Education Trust HS Sandhu, HP Darshan Singh, vice- president of the Customs and Central Excise Gazetted Officers’ Association Bhupinder Singh and president Punjab Students’ Union Arun also protested with the students.

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From Schools
Gurpreet, Asis bag gold
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 8
Two students Gurpreet Singh of class XII (non-medical) and Asis Kaur of class VI of a local school recently won gold medals in a special programme, “Choti Umrey Vaadey Kam”, organised by the Mata Kaulan Taksal in association with “300 Saal Gurbani Kanth de Naal” part II programme.

It was an international-level competition wherein students from countries like Canada and the US participated.

Other students of the school also won several prizes. Gurparas Nisha of class IV and Simraanjeet Singh of class VIII won cellphones, while Vivek Ahuja of class III and Jaspreet Singh of class VIII won watches and others coupons.

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Rescheduled Exam
Students call off strike
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 8
The students of Agricultural Engineering of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) called off their strike here today. They were demanding to hold an examination of Soil Water Engineering again, as they could not take it earlier.

A third-year student, Agyapal Singh, said out of 41, 38 students had failed to take the examination. The students had requested authorities for rescheduling the examination but to no avail.

He added that the strike had to be called-off, as the students had examinations from May 18.

They had also organised a rally at Thapar Hall to pressurise the authorities regarding their plight. Meanwhile, the authorities maintained that the students should adhere to rules and regulations of the university.

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Students celebrate Mother’s Day
Tribune Reporters

Mullanpur Dakha, May 8
Students of Peace Public School celebrated Mother’s Day here today. They performed various cultural items like speeches, poems, skits and dance, etc. Several greeting cards and gifts were prepared by students.

A salad-making competition was also organised, in which students prepared green salad, marconi salad, fruit salad and creamy fruit salad.

Sohail, Probhjot and Ravi won the first prize for their skit “Funky Chunks”; Mania Garg, Shubhsangeet and Shubhleen bagged the second prize for “Vegetable Fruit Salad”.

The third prize went to Gurpreet, Arashdeep and Jasmine for “Healthy Appetising Food” , while Gursimran, Samkit and Shubham Jain won the consolation prize for their salad named “Maharaja”.

Chairman SC Jain and principal CK Jeja congratulated the students on Mother’s Day.

Ludhiana: Mother's Day was celebrated at Ryan International School here today. Students took part in various activities and made artificial jewellery for their mothers.

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Human resource expert to visit PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 8
An expert of human resource development planning, Ministry of Public Service and Information, Swaziland government, Prof Dr Ashok Kumar Chandra, will visit Punjab Agricultural University on May 11.

Dr Ashok Kumar Chandra is also a principal adviser to the IMI and chairman of Centre for Managing Information and Technology.

Dean of the College of Basic Sciences and Humanities Dr Tejwant Singh said Dr Chandra would interact with deans, directors and other officers of the Punjab Agricultural University on various aspects of education at the committee room of the vice-chancellor.

Dr Tejwant added that Dr Chandra would deliver a lecture on ‘Human Resource Development- Challenges of Society’ at the wheat auditorium, where PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Manjit Singh Kang would be the chief guest.

The programme would be jointly organised by the PAU Science Club and Society for Advancement of Academics, Sports and Cultural Activities, he added.

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Sharman adjudged Mr Farewell

Ludhiana, May 8
Students of the BBA and the BCA of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management Technology organised a farewell for the outgoing batch here today.

The function started with a welcome speech by host students, wherein they welcomed Dr (Col.) HS Singha, faculty members, staff and outgoing students of sixth semester.

The outgoing students thanked the faculty members for providing a healthy environment for studies. Jasleen Kaur and Sharman Sharma were adjudged Miss and Mr Farewell.

Gaurav Arora and Jainika Mittal were adjudged well-dressed personalities. While Sanchit Noriya and Sharal Norden were declared the first runners-up. — TNS

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Bizword
Cable unit commissioned
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 8
KEI Industries Limited, the Rs 980-crore cable manufacturing company in India, which has successfully commissioned 100 per cent export-oriented unit in Chopanki (Rajasthan) early this year, is now capable of manufacturing EHV cables.

KEI has an in-house capability to manufacture cables with more than 66 KV capacity. Earlier, KEI Industries was manufacturing HT Power cable to 33 KV.

The company has installed state-of-the-art CCV line imported from Troester, Germany, to upgrade its existing facility.This high speed and reliable machinery will result in faster production of HT cable.

Awarded: DSP BlackRock Investment Managers has been recognised as one of the best performing mutual fund houses in the equity segment recently. TThe company has bagged a few prestigious awards as well. 

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Rs 65 lakh jewellery seized, man held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 8
A Jaipur-based jeweller was arrested and unaccounted jewellery worth Rs 65 lakh was recovered from him when he alighted at the local bus stand yesterday evening.

The jeweller has been identified as Ajit Singh. He was here to book the Jaipur’s designer jewellery. SP (City-I) Harsh Bansal said: “It was a chance recovery as the person was arrested while routine checking being conducted in the wake of the Lok Sabha elections.

After arresting the jeweller the cops informed the excise officials, who further evaluated the market value of the jewellery.

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Cricket Meet
GSSS, St Paul set up title clash
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 8
Government Senior Secondary School, Haibowal Khurd, defeated SAN Jain Model Senior Secondary School, Circular road, by 55 runs to set up the title clash with St Paul International School, Malerkotla, who beat BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, by seven wickets in their respective semi final matches on the second-last day of the first edition of the Open Inter-School Rajgadh Estates Prize Money Cricket Cup Tournament (U-19), being played at the SDP College for Women, Circular Road, near Daresi ground, today.

In the first semi-final, Government Senior Secondary School, Haibowal Khurd, made 148 runs for the loss of eight wickets in the allotted 20 overs. The main contributors were Piyush, who made 57 runs off 45 balls and Sachin, who chipped in with 11 runs.

For SAN Jain Model Senior Secondary School, Sandeep took three wickets while Jatin Jain scalped two.

SAN Jain Model Senior Secondary School was all out for 93 runs in 15 overs. Khushal and Sanjay scored 16 runs each.

Piyush and Gagan took three wickets each while Vishwanath took two wickets.

In the second semi final, St Paul International School, Malerkotla, won the toss and opted to bowl first.

BCM Arya School scored 126 runs after losing eight wickets. Mohit was the top scorer with 32 runs, followed by Pavneet who made 29 runs.

For St Paul International School, Lovely and Tariq shared the bowling honours, chipping in with three and two wickets, respectively.

St Paul International School overhauled BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School's total after losing just three wickets in 17.3 overs. Parvez scored 58 runs off 34 deliveries while Younis made 25 runs to steer their team to romp home victorious.

On the sixth day of the tournament, SAN Jain Model Senior Secondary School, Circular Road branch, and BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar branch, had been victorious in their respective matches, yesterday.

In the first match, SAN Model school defeated SDP school by five wickets.

SDP scored 100 runs in 19 over while batting first.

SAN Model school surpassed their opponent’s score after losing five wickets with three overs to spare.

In the second match, BCM Arya scored 217 runs for the loss of four wickets in 20 overs. Phulwari Public School could muster only 93 runs in 15 overs.

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