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Budha Nullah
Politics puts damper on cleanup work
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Machhiwara, June 14
Two years after its pompous launch, the work on cleaning up the Budha Nullah has come to a standstill, especially in the Machhiwara area.

The drive has hit a roadblock due to political pressure from different quarters. The drive was launched with the help of the Budha Dariya Vikas Committee and a charitable trust.

It was aimed at cleaning the nullah from Ludhiana to Machhiwara. The trust, with the help of area residents and members of the committee, cleaned up around 10-km-long stretch.

The drive was launched on July 11, 2007 at Koomkalan village by Bikramjit Singh Majithia, who laid the foundation stone for the work.

Former Lok Sabha member Sharanjeet Singh Dhillon and former MLA Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal had also announced to extend support to the clean-up operation and to plant saplings on the banks.

However, the organisers rue that the government has failed to provide any kind of help to the area residents and others to complete the task of cleaning up the water body.

Some miscreants have even destroyed the foundation stone.

Buddha Dariya Development Committee president Jaswant Singh Chhapa said he along with Baba Jaspal Singh Baddowal and his colleagues started cleaning up the water body with enthusiasm in order to make it pollution-free.

“We have already cleaned up several kilometres of the water body and planted saplings on its banks. The work continued uninterrupted till the time the Congress remained in power. After the SAD-BJP government took over the reins of the state, the work has been hanging fire,” he said.

He added that development works should not be given political hue and his organisation had no vested interest in cleaning up the nullah, which has become a bane of people living along it or those receiving water from it.

Jaswant Singh said the project had got caught up in political rigmarole, with administrative circuits adding to their woes.


Tewari gets going
Seeks details of crime, projects
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 14
Local Member of Parliament Manish Tewari, in an official communication to the district police chiefs, both rural and urban, has sought details of crime in the district, particularly with regard to cases registered and convictions during the past five years.

In separate communication to SSP (urban) Sukhchain Singh Gill and SSP (rural) Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, Tewari has sought details of FIRs lodged during the five years, preceding the recently constituted Lok Sabha elections.

He has also sought details regarding major crime in the constituency, pendency of cases and conviction rate.

Confirming the development, Tewari said: “My aim is to get an overall picture of the police administration in my constituency. I want to get the details regarding the police deployment and functioning, which will be presented before public. Let them see the facts and figures and respond or raise issues, accordingly.”

Tewari has also written to the administrative quarters in the district, ministers concerned in Punjab and Centre, separately, asking for details of different schemes under which funds were announced for Ludhiana along with details of the figures and project implementation.

Also, the Deputy Commissioner and the MC Commissioner, in separate communication, have been asked to provide expenditure detail and project reports of different schemes in the district, including the Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme (ARWSP), the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC), the Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP), the National Horticulture Mission (NHM), the National Rural Health Mission, the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), the National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP), the Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY), the Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (APDRP), the Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY), the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and the Mid Day Meal Scheme (MDM).

Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg said: “I have received the communication from the Member of Parliament and will provide the relevant details at the earliest.”

Tewari said: “I am also seeking details regarding the cleaning up of Budha Nallah in the city, the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), Sarv Sikhya Abhiyan and mid-day meals, besides certain others. Also important are the details of the pending projects. The communication is just an initiation towards an overall picture of my constituency, which I will like to be open to the voters of my constituency for scrutiny and questioning.”

“I have asked the ministers concerned in Punjab to reply to development activity in the constituency during the past two years of the SAD government. I am awaiting the answers and if there is no reply, I will be forced to use the Right To Information Act,” he added.



22 residential plots to go under hammer
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 14
After lying low for a couple of months due to recessionary trend in the real estate sector and model code of conduct for Lok Sabha elections being in force, the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority will put 22 freehold residential plots in the posh locality of Urban Estate, Phase I, Dugri, on June 30.

The auction of prime pieces of residential plots in different sizes will serve dual purpose, say GLADA officials. “The sale proceeds will bring in much-needed funds for several major infrastructure development projects being undertaken in the city or proposed to be taken up in future.

At the same time, the auction will reveal the mood of the real estate market, which has been inactive for quite some time now even though the land prices have not nose-dived, at least in most of the prime residential and commercial areas of the city.”

Confident that genuine buyers will turn out to purchase these residential pieces of land, officials added that if these properties fetched the expected revenue, many other chunks of GLADA/PUDA land in and around the city, which were put on hold due to economic slowdown, would be disposed of through public auction in the near future.

According to GLADA officials, the properties being put under the hammer include two plots each of 500 and 300 sq yds, eight plots of 250 sq yds, six plots of 200 sq yds and four of 150 sq yds.

The reserve price for each plot has been fixed at Rs 22,100 per sq yd and each bidder will have to deposit Rs 50,000 as eligibility fee for participation in the open auction.

Other terms and conditions for sale of plot through public auction stipulate that 10 per cent of the total cost of plot will have to be deposited at the fall of hammer and another 15 per cent within 30 days of the auction.

The successful bidders can deposit the balance 75 per cent amount either in lump sum within 60 days without interest, in which case a rebate of 5 per cent will be allowed, or in six equated half-yearly installments with 12 per cent annual interest.

Meanwhile, GLADA has announced that draw of lots for allotment of 144 two-room flats, proposed to be constructed under a self-financing scheme in Sector 40 on Chandigarh Road here will be conducted on June 26 at the GLADA Complex at 11 am.

The applicants can inspect the list of eligible applicants till June 23 at the GLADA office and lodge objections, if any, till this date.



Power woes worsen for residents
5-hour cut imposed
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 14
While the weather gods continue to remain merciless and temperature hovers over 40 °C in the region, the Punjab State Electricity Board, grappling with a severe shortfall between demand and supply, has increased daily power cut on urban and mixed feeders to five hours from today.

After the board had started providing eight-hour power supply to the agriculture sector from June 10 for paddy sowing operations, a daily power cut of four hours was imposed in all towns and cities, which has now been increased to five hours.

It was officially stated here that areas falling under City I, which include sub-stations at Ferozepur road, mini secretariat, Noorwala rad, Rajguru Nagar, Balloke, GT road and Amaltas, will have power cut from 8.30 am to 11 am and again from 1 pm to 3.30 pm.

The City II areas with sub-stations at Gill road, Basant Park, Model Town, Indira Park, Focal Point, jail road, Miller Ganj, Dholewal and Chandigarh road will face power cut from 9 am to 11 am, 1 pm to 3 pm and again from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm.

The sub-stations of Gausgarh, Giaspura, Sahnewal, Dugri, Kanganwal, Focal Point, Phase VII and VIII, and Dhandari in City III area will remain without power from 10.30 am to 1 pm and from 3 pm to 5.30 pm.

The schedule of power cut and further change in the timing have also affected water supply to almost the entire city as the scheduled time of water supply by the municipal corporation in the morning, afternoon and evening clash with the period of power cut.

With power cuts imposed at the time of water supply, tube-wells and submersible pumps cannot operate and people will have to go without water during the period of power cut.

Residents in several localities in the city complained that power cut at 8.30 am affected water supply and daily chores, especially for office-goers and working women.

Similarly, people were deprived of the water supply during scheduled timing in the afternoon from 12 to 2 pm as power cut was imposed from 1 pm.

“Since power cuts are to remain for some time to come, the PSEB authorities framing the power cut schedule and the civic administration ought to have some sort of coordination to ensure that adequate water supply is available in city localities,” residents emphasised.



Two booked for rape
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, June 14
The Sudhar police has booked two persons for raping a girl after luring her into getting her a job. In a complaint, Kulwant Kaur (name changed) of Abbuwal village stated that her brother Jaswinder Singh used to take music classes at the village gurdwara.

There, he developed friendship with Satpal Singh of the same village, who also used to take classes with him.

Satpal started visiting their home and offered the victim’s father to arrange a job for her in Ludhiana. On June 5, Kamaljit Singh, a friend of Satpal Singh, brought his scooter to take the girl to Ludhiana.

Instead of going to Ludhiana, they reached a rented room at Phulanwal village on the outskirts of Ludhiana.

Kamaljit Singh locked her in a room and expressed his wish to marry her. When she refused, he allegedly raped her. He allegedly raped her repeatedly for a week. Left with no option, the victim agreed to marry him.

Meanwhile, her father, Sawarn Singh, lodged a missing person’s report at the Sudhar police station after his daughter failed to return home. The victim, however, escaped while Satpal Singh was away to Ludhiana to arrange for the marriage. She reached home and narrated the incident to her parents.

They reported the matter to the police, which booked the accused under Sections 363, 366, 376 and 120B, IPC. No arrest has been made so far.



NGOs’ egg on Dara Singh’s face
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 14
Wrestler-turned-Bollywood actor Dara Singh has earned the ire of several NGOs crusading for vegetarianism for his appearance in a television advertisement promoting consumption of eggs in hot weather.

Taking a dig at the macho actor, the NGOs have stated that he is creating an impression that eggs are the only source of protein in the world through the advertisement. All this, despite the fact that several vegetarian foods are rich sources of this building block of body.

Representatives of NGOs, including Prof Vijay Shri Jain, Dr Sandeep K Jain, both chairperson and chief coordinator, respectively, of CAPE-India, Rakesh Jain of Bhagwan Mahaveer Sewa Sansthan, Swami Khushi Ji Maharaj and Rakesh Jain of Jain Yuva Chetna Manch have stated that the advertisement had enticed many vegetarian children to insist for eggs.

“Though through Dara Singh, the poultry farmers lobby has tried to dispel the disbelief that eggs cannot be consumed in summer, they should not have tried to target innocent children. They also know by creating an impression that eggs were the only source of energy by roping in none other than Dara Singh would encourage kids to include eggs in their menu,” 
said Dr Jain.

He said the advertisement not only hurt their religious sentiments but was also misleading. “I have seen many children who are allergic to eggs. Still they insist on eating those. What will poultry farmers do now to help vegetarian parents who want their children to adopt their food habits due to religious reasons?”

Dr Jain added that they would write to the advertiser not to telecast such ads that could create a false impression on young minds.

“Advertisements showing stunts often carry parental guidance urging children not to try it at home. Why shouldn’t then such ads say that vegetarian foods too are good sources of energy?” he added.



Poor health facilities
NGOs urged to check infant mortality
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 14
Ashwant Singh Rathore, district governor, Rotary International (district 3090), called upon leaders of all NGOs to launch a co-ordinated move to save infants and children, who were dying due to inadequate health facilities, water-born diseases, starvation and illiteracy.

He also highlighted the need for water management and environment preservation for future generations to have sufficient life sustaining constituents.

Rathore addressed a gathering of representatives of various organisations on the occasion of the annual function of the local unit of the Rotary Club at MGMN Senior Secondary School last night.

Showing concern over the increasing frequency of child and infant mortality, Rathore claimed that joint steps by all social organisations, supplemented by the government, would decrease the death rate.

Quoting data released by the World Health Organisation recently, Rathore regretted that over 30,000 children below five years of age die daily in the world. Over 90 per cent of these deaths were reported from the Asian countries.

Rathore expressed hope that the death rate could be reduced by providing better facilities as suggested by the WHO.

"In case a co-ordinated move to educate fertile couples, besides, providing better health facilities, drinking water and nutrition is launched, thousands of children can be saved," said Rathore claiming that even government-sponsored projects could not be successful without the help of social organisations.

Rathore said Rotary International was the oldest social organisation, serving societies in 168 countries through 32,000 clubs.

Avtar Krishan Sharma, president, Dr BS Bedi, former president, Pardeep Sharda, secretary, and Dr Ravinder Sharma, president elect, spoke on various avenues of the club services.



Fair on career in animation
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 14
Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC), academic arm of Mumbai-headquartered Maya Entertainment, organised a career fair "Aagaaz" for students aspiring to make a mark in the field of animation and digital film-making.

MAAC annual day celebrations, included colourful and attractive cultural activities, followed by the career fair. Among the MEL and MAAC top brass present were Jai Natrajan, executive vice-president and group head, MEL, Sameer Shanichri, senior associate director (academics), and Kaushik Gupta, zonal manager (north).

An exhibition in multimedia showcasing the work of students of MAAC was the added attraction for not only the prospective students but also all 3D animation and visual affects enthusiasts.

Chief guests gave away prices to the students of MAAC, Ludhiana. Best lighting effect in photoshop was won by Roopam Jaichand, second prize in the same category went to Faruck Shah, best matt painting in photoshop was won by Mandeep Singh Bawa, and best cartoon character design was won by Inder Mohan. 

First prize in sketching was won by Rupinder Singh and second prize went to Aman Duggal. Best 3Ds max lighting and VFX was given to Savneet and best motion graphics to Rupesh Jaichand, best performer was won by Ishmeet Khurana and the prize for the best student of MAAC, Ludhiana, was bagged by Anirudh Loomba.



102 take part in yoga camp
Our Correspondent

Amloh, June 14
As many as 102 men and women participated in a six-day yoga camp, which concluded today at Government Secondary School, Amloh.

“We can have a stress-free healthy life by adopting yoga in our daily life which works as a panacea for almost all diseases and helpful to people of all age groups,” said MLA Sadhu Singh Dharmsot during the concluding function.

The camp was organised by Petanjali Yog Samiti, which was inaugurated on June 9 by Pt Tara Chand, senior advocate.

State chief of the lady yoga wing Jaswinder Kaur from Patiala suggested that yoga should be adopted in schools to save the youth from depression. State chief Parkash Chand Garg elaborated the working of 12 yoga exercises (assans) to cure different diseases without any medicine.

Mukesh Jindal, district general secretary of the Yog Samiti delivered practice of daily exercises to the participants.

Ropar district chief of the Samiti Tarsem Lal spoke on the working of various nerves in our body and to cure ailments through acupressure by pulling the concerned nerves. Health expert Dev Raj Puri spoke on the benefits of yoga and pranayama, which helps to remove stress, fatigue, anger and anxiety.



Demand, prices of textile raw material look up
K S Chawla

Ludhiana, June 14
With the demand for textile raw material looking up both in export and domestic markets, its prices have started rising. According to sources, there has been a substantial increase in the prices of cotton yarn, acrylic yarn and polyester fibre.

Inquiries made by The Tribune have revealed that the demand for these materials has gone up from mid-February. Manufacturers in the domestic market had reduced the inventory levels due to global meltdown and recession in the industry.

However, its recovery has started from middle of February as a result of which the prices of these materials are rising. Export of cotton yarn has started picking up and as a result its demand in the local market has also started increasing.

D L Sharma, managing director, Vardhman Threads, said export of cotton yarn had increased to China, Bangladesh and Hong Kong. More than 50,000 tonne of cotton yarn was being exported to these countries every month.

Around 70 per cent of cotton yarn was going to China and Hong Kong. Export of cotton yarn was being made at the rate of $ 2.60 to 2.65 per kg for 30 combs. Price of cotton yarn in the domestic markets has increased more than Rs 127 per kg for 30 combs.

Prices of acrylic yarn have witnessed a rise of 25 per cent as the raw material price has also doubled. The domestic market price for acrylic yarn has increased to Rs 163 per kg from Rs 127 to Rs 130 per kg.

The raw material prices of acrylic fibre have increased to $1250 per ton from $650 per tonne. Polyester fibre has shown an increase of 5 per cent.

Regarding the export of garments, Sharma said there was demand for low price garments and the profit margins had decreased. The buyers were not ready to increase the prices due to global meltdown.

The manufacturers were facing the problem of cash flow.



Rural Punjab a lure for labourers
Rakesh Gupta

Jagraon, June 14
Though there may be enough opportunities for migrant labourers in their home states, rural Punjab is still their dream destination.

With the coming up of industrial hubs in UP and Bihar, natives of these states have enough job opportunities, but the rural employment under the NREGA (National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) is still considered a boon for the unskilled labourers.

Ministers of these states are calling the labourers in Punjab to return to their home states and also offering them jobs with Rs 150 per day.

Moreover, pathetic conditions of labourers in which they live is pitiable. A small courtyard is surrounded by a small cubical accommodating six-seven persons in a single room, which lacks basic amenities of potable water and sewage.

With a flood of labourers in the industrial towns of Punjab, their wages have decreased. Now an unskilled labourer earns just Rs 2,000-3,000 per person. Whereas, an unemployed labourer in Punjab gets Rs 3,600 per month as a stipend till he gets a job.

Last year migrant labourers charged around Rs 1,250 for transplantations of one acre of paddy fields, which has risen to around Rs 2,000 to Rs 2,500 per acre.

Besides, boarding and lodging is also free for them and a group of persons are capable of transplanting 2 acre of paddy in one day (not to count the working hours), enabling the labourers to pocket Rs 1,000 per head in a day which is considerably a high wage rate.

Also, a labourer earns more during the harvesting season. A labourer is paid between Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 besides free amenities, including electricity, water, sewage equipped room, food like bread, vegetable, tea, milk and seasonal fruits.

Though labourers have to work for some additional hours, it means nothing to them for the facilities being given to them by the employers. Moreover, there is a shortage of labourers every year in Punjab. Some of the labourers have bought properties, availed ration cards and voter cards.

Saudagar Singh, one such labourer from Tajpur village, lives with a farmer named Pritam Singh for the past more than 25 years and has settled his family here. Thanks to the support of the farmer, his children are going to school. His wife does house hold chores and helps the women folk of the farmer at home. He has a piece of land in his name and a bank account.



150 donate blood at CMCH
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 14
Around 150 students and staff members of the CMCH donated blood during a blood donation camp organised here yesterday.

The CMCH also celebrated the birth anniversary of Karl Landsteiner, who was awarded Nobel Prize for invention of ABO blood grouping system.

To mark the World Blood Donors Day, the department of transfusion medicine, CMC, honoured regular donors and organisations working for the cause of voluntary blood donation. Dr Kanwal Masih, medical superintendent, thanked the donors and appreciated individuals and organisations for playing an active role in saving lives of people.



51 donate blood
Our Correspondent

Volunteers donate blood at a camp in Ludhiana on Sunday.
Volunteers donate blood at a camp in Ludhiana on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, June 14
Salaam Zindagi Foundation, a city-based NGO, celebrated Dr Karl Landsteiner birthday on the occasion of world blood donation day at Pindi Dayal Dharamshala here today.

The occasion also coincided with 16th monthly voluntary blood donation camp, where 51 persons donated blood.

Satish Soin, president, Bhartiya Sewa Sangh, was the the chief guest on the occasion. He appreciated the efforts of members of the foundation for promoting blood donation and holding a blood donation camp every month.

Satish announced a donation of Rs 51,000 to the foundation. Among others, local industrialist Parveen Kumar, a local industrialist and social worker, also donated blood.

A blood transfusion team from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, led by Dr Amarjit Kaur and Dr Ravish, conducted the camp.

Functionaries of the NGO appealed to the people to come forward and donate blood.



Experts explore avenues in dairy farming
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 14
The monthly meeting of Progressive Dairy Farmers Association (PDFA) was held at silver jubilee block of GADVASU here. Over 300 farmers attended the meeting. Experts delivered lectures on different topics.

Dr AL Saini dwelled on management of dairy animal sheds. He said summer stress on animals could be reduced by comfortable and airy housing.

Comfortable surroundings enhanced the productivity of animals. So it was necessary to build and maintain sheds according to the experts’ advice, he added.

Dr LD Singla, associate professor, delivered tips on tick control, especially in summer.

Meanwhile, a two-week specialised dairy training course concluded at college of veterinary science.

The training catered to the needs of dairy farmers of Punjab and covered basic areas of management, animal nutrition, reproductive disorders, record keeping, marketing of milk and milk products, loan arrangement from banks and health aspects of dairy animals.

At least 35 farmers from different parts of the state participated in the course. During the training, the trainees were taken for a visit to a dairy farm of a progressive farmer.

The experts emphasised the need for economical milk production. They also said dairy farming was nowadays not a subsidiary but a full-fledged occupation.

They emphasised the importance of record-keeping for profitable dairy farming. After training, the aspirants can get subsidies in shed making, insurance, procuring nitrogen cylinder and semen from the agencies concerned.



Cong men attend bhog ceremony
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 14
To pay their gratitude to the almighty for the victory of their leaders, supporters of Sukhdev Singh Libra, Munish Tiwari and Ravneet Bittu, Members of Parliament from Fatehgarh Sahib, Ludhiana and Anandpur Sahib Constituencies, respectively, organised a three-day path of Guru Granth Sahib at Sihar Gurdwara.

The bhog ceremony was attended by a large number of leaders and activists of the Congress from Amargarh, Kilaraipur and Payal today.

The MPs and their supporters, besides thanking voters for their support, assured that they would leave no stone unturned for the development of the area.

Accusing the SAD leaders of using unfair means during the recent elections, Jasbir Singh Khangura, MLA Kilaraipur, and Gurkirat Singh Kotli, grandson of the late former Chief Minister Beant Singh, said voters of the area had manifested their anguish against the SAD-BJP state government through their votes during the recent parliamentary elections.

Raghu Nandan Sharma, Harinder Singh Kaka, Nirbhai Singh Nathumajra, Jatinder Bhola, Resham Singla, Jatinder Laddi and Dr Ravinder Ravi were present on the occasion.



Punjab Sahitya Akademy
Rs 33-lakh annual budget cleared
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 14
The general house of the Punjab Sahitya Akademy cleared an annual budget of around Rs 33 lakh here today.

The general house, which met under the presidentship of Dr Dalip Kaur Tiwana, announced the names of Dr Surjit Patar, Dr Harnam Singh Shan and Dr Jaswant Singh Shaan for special fellowships.

The house sought an amendment to the Punjab Official Language (Amendment Bill, 2008).

It was desired that the matter be taken up by an Official Language Tribunal, which should include a retired judge of the High Court, a leading writer of Punjabi and a member of the Vidhan Sabha.

The general house also sought a Punjab State Library Act. Two books — “Aaroh” by Raj Grewal and “Secret of Hair” by Nirmal Singh — were also released.

The participants included Jaswant Singh Kanwal, Dr S Tarsem, Prof Niranjan Tasneem, Dr Tejwant Mann and Dr Sukhdev Singh Sirsa.



Heat melts ice-cream sales
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 14
With mercury touching 44 °C, one feels like having ice-cream and cold drink all the time. Contrary to the general impression that sale of ice-cream must have picked-up well, the ice-cream parlours, however, are witnessing lesser number of customers due to severe heat-wave conditions till late evenings.

Kanwalpreet Singh of Basant Ice-Cream parlour, Sarabha Nagar, told The Tribune that this year was better than the previous year in terms of sales, as there was an increase in the business to about 15-20 per cent.

"There is an impression that sales increase manifolds during summers. But in reality, the sales go down due to the persisting heat wave conditions. People prefer to stay in-doors rather than coming to parlours to have an ice-cream. Secondly, customers with four-wheelers only visit the ice-cream parlours in late evenings. Customers with two-wheelers prefer not to come out during the peak hours,” said Kanwalpreet Singh.

One of the ice-cream vendors of Amul at Dandi Swami, Kishan Bahadur said only during late evenings, they witnessed great rush of customers. The days remained dry, otherwise, he said.

"Prior to the summer-break in schools and colleges, students used to come in good numbers to have ice-cream. But these days, rush of students is also missing because of the ongoing summer-break.

Customers turn up only when weather becomes pleasant in late evenings. It was so dull three days ago, that I could sell only 10 ice-creams. Sales will pick-up once the temperature will come down during monsoons,” he added.

A kitty-goer Ravinder Kaur said women, generally, had become health-conscious and they preferred not to add extra calories to their diet. “We prefer diet coke, soda lime to ice-creams during kitty parties. In case, one wants to have dessert, pudding is a better option.”



Delay in meeting
MC decisions await hearing in house
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 14
With the ruling SAD-BJP alliance failing to go ahead with municipal house meeting, many important decisions of the Municipal Corporation had been hanging fire for a long time awaiting a hearing in the house.

Though, earlier, the Lok Sabha polls were a hindrance, it has been over 15 days since the UPA government came to power and no decision on the meeting has come from the Mayor or his office yet. The failure of politicians to convene a meeting brings to fore how concerned they are about running affairs of one of the largest civic bodies in the state.

Although list of issues goes a long way, the major that will storm the municipal house includes installation of gates on public streets, house tax on charitable institutions, spending of funds during Sangat Darshan and incomplete works like road constructions, tubewells etc.

Interestingly, in March and April, the Municipal Corporation was fixed in controversies over installation of gates on public streets and it was decided after the meeting of officials that a final policy would be presented before the municipal house as politicians of the ruling alliance had different opinions.

Similarly, during the meeting in February, the Congress put forward the idea of imposing house tax on charitable institutions, as the charity was practiced only in name and the establishments were earning huge profits.

Even expenditure of Rs 6 crore on fancy lights, despite basic amenities taking a backseat, will be a topic where the Congress and the BJP councillors consider it a wastage of money. Apart from it, works undergoing through Sangat Darshan quota will put the corporation officials in the dock, as the funds are stated to be finished and the councillors demands are not fulfilled.

Though the corporation rule book has a provision of house meetings every month, the local elected representatives seem to believe in the quote, “Rules are limited to books”, only.



Villagers protest police inaction
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 14
People from over 10 villages yesterday staged a dharna in front of the Sidhwan Bet police station, near here, over its failure to check growing cases of theft of their property.

The villagers accused the police of remaining mute spectators to the theft of engines, motors and cables from their farms.

They alleged that besides motors and cables, 82 engines had been stolen from their farms in the recent past.

Col Bhag Singh Tihara, who led the protest, said a group of villagers detected some thieves in a Jeep (PB 10 J 3359) stealing the engines from the fields in Gidderwindi village on Friday morning.

The villagers caught Deepak of Shimla Puri of Ludhiana, with two engines kept in the Jeep near Sodhiwal village after giving a chase.

However, five others — Preet Balmik, Lucky Balmik, Amit, Raju and Sema, all from Shimla Puri — fled the scene.

Bhag Singh said instead of arresting the accused, Sidhwan Bet SHO Dharam Pal threatened villagers against booking them for assaulting the accused.

Farmers Vijay and Kuljinder Singh said in the past two months they had lost three engines each, while Karamjit Singh and Tejinder Pal Singh alleged theft of two engines each.

A large number of farmers also complained of thefts and said they had been forced to look after their equipment in the fields throughout the night.

The SHO said he had threatened the villagers to book them to prevent the mob from beating up the accused.

He said a case of theft had been registered against the accused and a hunt was on to arrest the others.



From Colleges
Doraha college students excel in exams
Our Correspondent

Doraha, June 14
The students of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, have excelled in annual examinations conducted by Punjab University in April this year. In B Com-I, Navdeep Kaur secured 76.36 per cent and topped the class while Gurpreet Kaur and Charankanwal Kaur stood second and third securing 72.18 per cent and 71 per cent, respectively.

Similarly, in B Com-II, Gaurav Sharma scored 72.46 per cent and stood first in the class while Nisha Sachdeva stood second with 71 per cent and Harpreet Kaur stood third securing 69.21 per cent.

In B Com-III, Navjot Kaur seecured 71.3 per cent while Priyanka and Munish Kumar stood second and third securing 70.5 per cent and 70.4 per cent, respectively.

In BCA-I, Prabhjot Kaur topped the class securing 70.5 per cent while Jaspreet Kaur and Satinder Kaur shared the second position securing 70 per cent. In BCA-II, Pawandeep Kaur secured 73.43 per cent while Tarandeep Kaur and Vandana Mehta stood second and third, respectively, securing 72.6 per cent and 70 per cent. Similarly, Gurpreet Kaur of BCA-III stood first securing 79 per cent and Monica Rani stood second securing 74 per cent. However, Mandeep Kaur stood third with 73.4 per cent.

GTB students stand out

Mullanpur Dakha: Students of the postgraduate department of commerce of GTB National College, Dakha, have performed well in B Com examinations, results for which have been declared by the Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Gulshan Rai of B Com-III stood first securing 80.9 per cent aggregate. Pooja Rani stood first with 70 per cent in B Com-II and Ashu Gambhir secured first position in B.Com I with 70 per cent. The president of the college managing committee, S Sher Singh IRS (Retd) congratulated the students and their parents.

Students shine in ETT exam

Jagraon: Students of District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) have excelled in the Elementary Teachers’ Training (ETT) examination held this year for the session 2006-08.

The institute witnessed 100 per cent pass percentage in the examination. Prof Baldev Singh, vice-principal, DIET, said Veerpal Kaur, Navjeet Kaur and Kusum Singla stood first, second and third securing 2352, 2317 and 2297, respectively out of 3100 marks.



From PAU
Course in agriculture for rural youth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 14
The directorate of extension education, Punjab Agricultural University, will be organising a three-month training course in agriculture for rural youth from August 3.

Matriculate rural youth from 20 to 40 years of age will be eligible to join the training course, informed the director of extension education, Dr Daljit Singh Dhillon.

Dr Dhillon said the course would be organised in Ludhiana and Gurdaspur. The course being organised in Ludhiana will accept participants from districts of Punjab except Gurdaspur and districts of Amritsar.

Dr Dhillon said application forms for the course would be available with Dr Dhillon and training in charge, Kairon Kisan Ghar, Punjab Agricultural 

The last date for receipt of applications is July 29 and the eligible candidates may appear in the interview on July 30 at 10 am at Kairon Kisan Ghar, he said, adding that the candidates should bring the date of birth and matriculation certificate.

The selected trainees will have to deposit Rs 500 security, which will be refunded after the completion of the course. The course fee is Rs 300 while Rs 100 will be charged for accommodation per month.

Dr Dhillon said the trainees would be apprised of various aspects of agriculture, including crop growing, plant protection and allied agricultural occupations.



City to have socket-wrench plant by 2010
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 14
The hand tool industry will get a boost as ‘socket wrench’ - a component, which was being imported from countries like Taiwan and China till date, will be produced in Ludhiana by 2010.

According to information, the socket-wrench plant will be set up in the city. More than 50 per cent of the hand tool industry depends on this component, through which nuts and bolts are tightened manually.

The socket/ratchet wrench looks like a short pipe with a removable or integral handle, SC Ralhan, chairman, Export Promotion Council, said. It costs about Rs 5 to 15 depending on various sizes, he added.

“There was a need to start quality production in this part of the region. The project by the department of commerce, Government of India, will start under the Assistance to States for Developing Export Infrastructure and Allied Activities (ASIDE) scheme,” Ralhan said.

He added that the total cost of the project would be about Rs 9 crore and tenders had already been floated for the project. The hand tool producers had started pooling-in money to set up the plant at the earliest.

Jagdish Kumar, an expert in the hand tool industry, said this industry was worth Rs 1100 crore in India courtesy export orders.

Studies had been conducted by the experts in Taiwan to explore the technology there before going ahead with the production in India. “Once the plant is set up, the hand tool industry will grow manifolds,” Jagdish said, adding that both China and Taiwan produced 80 per cent of the total components in the world.

Another producer Balraj Garg said exports would grow further once the plant was set up in the city.

“The local hand tool industrialists will definitely heave a sigh of relief once the production starts,” he added.



Dumping of plastic bags goes unchecked
Tribune News Service

Doraha, June 14
Even as the project to make the Sidhwan canal pollution-free is being launched, there is no check on the plastic waste being dumped into the Sirhind canal.

It is common to see commuters or local residents dumping plastic bags at the Doraha bridge.

Wrappers, plastic and styrofoam cups, bottles and cans are discarded in the form of litter in the canal. Bags of ashes and flowers and in some cases, even coins are also thrown into the water as an offering to God. “No canal-cleaning campaign is going to be a success without adopting stringent measures,” said a resident.

Rajinder Singh, Xen (canals), Ropar Branch, said: “People refuse to learn from mistakes. They rather look towards others to improve. Even if they are advised against disposing of litter, especially plastic bags in the open, more so in the rivers, canals and seas, they seldom understand, as they casually overlook the bitter truth that plastic is non-biodegradable.

We have especially employed our men at the Manpur and Bavani heads so that every such floating material that touches the gates is instantaneously removed. But we, too, are sometimes helpless as these plastic bags somehow find their way through sewers and waterways.”

Residents rue that the administration has put no ban on the discarding of plastic bags or other types of waste into the canal.



Training for Dalit students ends
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 14
The 3rd Capability Enhancement Training Programme, which was organised by Vardhman Group on May 9, concluded here today. Nearly 41 students belonging to dalit families attended the programme.

Vardhman Group started this programme in 2007, in response to the action campaign of the CII and it was launched by SP Oswal, chairman Vardhman Group of Companies.

The programme was designed and run by Vardhman with an aim to enhancing capability of graduates from the SC, ST and OBC categories in order to provide them jobs in private and public sectors.

The students were imparted training on various subjects and lectures were organised on topics like sales, psychology, economy and stress management. Course director Col PS Chaudhry said 23 students had been placed and others were preparing for examinations for banks, Army and railways. VK Goyal, chief executive, Vardhman Spinning and General Mills, distributed prizes to those who stood first and certificates to all students.

Goyal encouraged them to develop a strong value system, professional skills, habits like discipline and commitment towards work. Col Chaudhry extended a vote of thanks to Goyal for inspiring the students and said they would benefit from the training programme. 



4 booked for kidnap bid
Our Correspondent

Raikot, June 14
The local police has booked four persons for attempting to kidnap a minor here. In her complaint to the police, Sarabjit Kaur of Kalsian village stated that in 1997 she got married to Satpal Singh of Raikot from whom she had a son, Hardam Preet Singh.

Due to strained relationship, she started living with her parents and filed a suit in the court for maintenance. Several other cases between the two are pending before other authorities.

She alleged that Jaswinder Singh, brother of Satpal Singh, his wife Paramjit Kaur along with two others — Pappu, a driver, and Harbhajan Singh of Burmi village — tried to forcibly kidnap her 11-year-old son from fields of Kalsian village.

The police has booked the accused under Sections 365, 511 and 34, IPC. No arrest has been made so far.



Man booked for seeking dowry
Our Correspondent

Raikot, June 14
The Raikot police has booked a man for seeking dowry from his wife. In her complaint under the Domestic Violence Act to Jagraon SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, Mandeep Kaur of Nihal Singh Wala village, near here, had accused her husband of beating her up and harassing her for dowry.

Raikot SHO Gurdial Singh said the woman had given the complaint against her husband Shamsher Singh on August 11, 2007.

She had accused that her husband had been seeking more dowry and had made her live with her parents after a year of marriage.

She was married to Gurpreet Singh of Siloani in 2005. An inquiry was conducted by DSP Narinder Pal Singh, who found the allegations true.

After consultation with the DA (legal), SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar ordered registration of a case against the accused under Section 498-A, IPC. No arrest has been made so far.



Rickshaw-puller succumbs to injuries
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, June 14
A rickshaw-puller yesterday succumbed to his injuries after he was hit by an unknown vehicle on Friday night.

The victim, identified as Beeru of Dakha village, was going to Mullanpur on the Jagraon road when he was hit by an unknown vehicle coming from the opposite side.

The highway patrol van took him to the Jagraon civil hospital where he succumbed to his injuries last night. The Dakha police has registered a case against the driver of the vehicle under Sections 279 and 304A, IPC. No arrest has been made so far.



Hockey: Ludhiana Hawks, Kings XI set up title clash
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 14
In last league fixtures, Ludhiana Hawks and Kings XI recorded easy victories over PAU XI and Sher-e-Punjab Club, respectively, to settle for the title clash in the Ludhiana Hot Weather Six-a Side Hockey Tournament being organised by the District Hockey Association at the Prithipal Singh Memorial Astro Turf Stadium on the Punjab Agricultural University campus here today.

Ludhiana Hawks outnumbered PAU XI 8-3 while Kings XI drubbed Sher-e-Punjab Club 6-1. The winners secured eight points each from six matches, but on the basis of better goal average, Ludhiana Hawks topped the four team pack.

PAU XI collected six points and Sher-e-Punjab Club could muster two points to finish at third and fourth place, respectively.

In the first match today, Kings XI proved good for Sher-e-Punjab Club, as the former came out triumphant with an ease (6-1). The winners were leading 3-1 at the lemon break.

For the winners, Gurdeep Singh and Malkit Singh chipped in with two goals each while Tej Pal Bhalla and Kulwinder Singh contributed one goal each. For the losers, the lone goal came of Sukhwinder Singh Fauji’s stick.

The second match played between Ludhiana Hawks and PAU XI, too, turned out to be a one-sided affair with the former romping home victors 8-1. The winners established a comfortable 5-1 lead at half time.

For Ludhiana Hawks, Ajay Pal Singh Roomi and Hardeep Singh scored two goals each while Tej Pal Singh, Kulwinder Rajan, Ram Pal and Sachin Saroj Singh struck one goal each.

For the losers, Jasjit Singh Kang scored a brace and Gurmeet Lucky sounded the board once.

Devinder Singh Toor, managing director, Manjit Bus Service, and a sports organiser was the chief guest today.



Dhruve Pandove Trophy
40 probables selected
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 14
Total 40 players (u-19) have been selected as probables during the trials conducted by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) on the Punjab Agricultural University campus ground here yesterday.

Around 138 aspirants participated in the selection trials.

A three-member selection panel of the association, namely Chaman Lal Malhotra, Naresh Marwaha and Pawan Pandey supervised the players during the trials.

The selected players have been advised to report with date of birth certificates on the Arya College ground, Civil Lines, at 5 pm tomorrow.

These probables will be attending a coaching-cum-training camp prior to the final selection of the district squad for the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (u-19) for the Dhruve Pandove Trophy.

The tournament will be organised by the Punjab Cricket Association on various venues across the state from June 25.

The probables are: Rahul Singla, Geetansh Khera (wicket keeper), Akhil Aggarwal, Abhishek Talwar, Ashish Kumar, Sanchit Gosain (wicket keeper), Shivam Passi, Davinderjit Singh, Himanshu Garg, Harjeet Singh, Jashan Sidhu, Baltej Singh, Abhijit Randhawa, Shehzada, Jasdeep Singh, Jayant Batra, Kunal Partap Singh, Amrit Pal Singh, Lovish Saini, Adarshpreet Singh, Paras Mehndiratta, Vivek Kumar, Ajay Mehra, Subodh Mishra, Sagar Sharma, Rajat Verma, Mohit Kumar, Raghav Likhi, Piyush Likhi, Mohit Sharma, Gurinder Hara, Nitish Malhotra, Deepankar Jain, Alisha, Robin Lawrence, Navketan, Kashish Sharma, Sikander, Prayas Mago and Karan Arora. 



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