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Jail inmate found dead
Tribune News Service

Four cell phones seized

Jail officials conducted a check on the jail premises and seized four cell phones. The accused were booked under various sections of the jail manual.

Deputy jail superintendent S.P. Khanna said the officials received a tip-off that some undertrials facing murder charge had been using cell phones.

The cell phones were recovered from inmates lodged in barrack 4. They had wrapped these in a polythene bag and hidden these in a bathroom.

The jail officials informed the district police authorities about the development. The police was tracking the call details of the persons they used to contact.

Ludhiana, October 14
An inmate allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself with a turban from the ventilator in a bathroom at the central jail here this morning.

The deceased was identified as Mohan Singh (45), a resident of Lohat Baddi village in Raikot. He was lodged in barrack 6 along with 100 others.

He was nabbed by the Jagraon police on the charges drug peddling in 2002 and had been undergoing an 11-year term under the NDPS Act.

The incident came to light this morning when, during the head count around 7 am, he was found missing. When the jail personnel conducted a search, he was found hanging in the bathroom.

Kuldip Singh, jail superintendent, said the body was sent for postmortem examination to the civil hospital and an inquiry was initiated under section 174 of the IPC.

The deceased had been suffering from depression after a relative duped him. He had not been talking to anybody for the past many days.

Jail sources said the relative had taken the money on the pretext of moving the high court for his release.


Family members demand probe
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
The death of Mohan Singh, an inmate who reportedly committed suicide under mysterious circumstances at the central jail here this morning, can put the jail authorities in a spot as the relatives of the deceased have refused to accept the suicide story, demanding a probe by an independent agency into the case.

Harbans Singh, sarpanch of Lohat Baddi village, condemned the incident. He said, "Why do people commit suicide in jail and police stations? How can a man commit suicide amid so many inmates?"

The jail authorities slammed the allegations of the members of the family of the deceased. Kuldeep Singh said a panel of three doctors of the civil hospital would conduct the autopsy and an inquiry was initiated under section 174 of the IPC.

The jail authorities alleged that the deceased had been under depression after a friend booked in a similar case duped him.

According to jail sources, Mohan Singh had said trusting his friend to bail him out was his greatest mistake.

A jail official said, "He used to tell me never to be friends with turncoats. His relative, who is also lodged in the central jail, told me once that his friend, caught in a similar case, took money from members of his family on the pretext of taking the case of Mohan Singh to the high court. Due to a financial crisis, he could not appeal for bail in the high court."

Gurpal Kaur, wife of Mohan Singh, was inconsolable. "I took up a menial job and was feeding my four children, hoping that one day their father would come out of jail. I never thought that he would never come out alive," she rued.

Tears were rolling down her eyes as she waited at the civil hospital to have a glimpse of her husband.

"He was fine when I last met him a fortnight ago. I do not know what went wrong that he had to commit suicide," she lamented.



Samples taken from leading sweetmeat shops, at last!
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
Making a mockery of the drive against the sale of substandard and spurious sweets in the festive season, the department of health and family welfare took samples from all leading sweetmeat shops in the city today.

The delay in the sample-procuring exercise had given a chance to sweetmeat sellers to continue the sale of their products till the arrival of laboratory reports from Chandigarh, which would not be before Diwali.

The health authorities had, in the past two weeks, conducted raids on a large number of sweetmeat shops and cold stores making spurious khoya and paneer from synthetic milk, but none of the better-known sweetmeat shops were checked till today.

Civil surgeon Dr Maninderjeet Singh said the khoya seized from the Kissan cold store last evening was being supplied to some major outlets in the city, against whom action would be taken after the arrival of sample reports.

"We have taken samples from major sweetmeat shops, which will be sent to Chandigarh tomorrow", he said. The civil surgeon was unable to give the date for reports of the samples. Amarjit Singh Tikka, director of the food processing industry, stated that it was sad that the health department was targeting small sweetmeat shops whereas big units selling sweets worth between Rs 3 and 4 lakh everyday had been excluded from the raids and checks.

All major sweetmeat shops in the city had been procuring synthetic khoya from cold stores, dairies and sweet shops in villages around Ludhiana, Mandi Ahmedgarh and Kila Raipur, which had become escape routes, he added.

"The gap between demand and supply can only be bridged by procuring khoya from outside as almost all sweetmeat stores are doing. The health ministry should make a special provision for dispatching reports of samples within 24 hours to save people from the consumption of spurious sweets", he added.



Khoya traders turn smart
Unload spurious milk products at insignificant railway stations to evade action by health dept
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 14
With the health department tightening its noose around the railway stations at Ludhiana to check entry of spurious khoya, smart khoya traders have started using halts and lesser-known railway stations in the district to unload such materials brought from the neighbouring states of UP and Haryana.

Investigations by the Ludhiana Tribune revealed that a large number of agents working for manufacturers of inferior quality milk products in order to evade action by the health department at the railway junctions and large railway stations had started unloading the materials brought by them at the halts and insignificant railway stations.

Kilaraipur, Jassowal and Gill villages on the Dhuri-Ludhiana railway line, Chawa, Doraha and Dhandari on the Khanna-Ludhiana line and Mullanpur and Baddowal on the Ferozepur-Ludhiana side were prominent among other stations where inferior quality milk products were being unloaded and shifted in private vehicles to be taken to the predestined destinations.

Sources in the health department further revealed that officials were aware of modus operandi of the manufacturers and suppliers of spurious khoya and paneer and special teams had been deputed to check the movement of these products through the private vehicles.

Admitting that the products manufactured by local dairy owners might be poorer than the standard quality, office-bearers of Milk and Dairy Product Manufacturer Association, Malerkotla, maintained that their products were neither spurious nor injurious to health.

“What pains us most is that authorities consider us thieves without getting our products checked chemically. We have urged the Chief Minister of Punjab to impress upon the authorities to differentiate between the manufacturers of spurious and genuine products,” said Tarsem Lal, an office-bearer of the association.

Investigations further revealed that hired taxis and three-wheelers were allegedly used to shift the alleged inferior quality milk products to the predestined destinations, dominantly sweetmeat manufacturers of big cities, including Ludhiana, Khanna and Samrala.

A few suppliers from Saharnpur, Jakhal and Hissar are learnt to have hired some bus routes to carry spurious khoya and paneer through fake passengers.



Manjit loving real action
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
Running on the treadmill and lifting weights, he is busy in bodybuilding. Meet our own Punjab da Puttar Manjit Singh, who is a part of the reality show "100 per cent- De Dhana Dhan", currently being aired on Colors.

Hailing from Amritsar, Manjit has come to Ludhiana to take physical fitness training at a local gymnasium.

This is a show where the good, the bad and the evil are synonymous, where "survival of the fittest" is a not a phrase, but a language, where scoring 99 per cent is actually achieving failure.

"This is a show that takes you through a journey where there is no discrimination. This show keeps everyone on the edge of their seats as wrestlers move from one match to the next eliminating each other," adds Manjit.

The shooting for the show has been completed and Manjit terms it as one-of-its-kind experience while working in the show.

After winning inter-college and inter-university championships, Manjit had a good time at the show in the exquisite locales of South Africa.

It was a great experience for him, reviving the age-old sport of wrestling in the form of a show that had pitted Indian wrestlers against professional wrestlers from across continents in gruesome fights.

"It is an interesting show that combines the elements of reality and fiction to put a picture of what it is like to be a wrestler and what it takes to fight and win," he adds.

Mentoring the Indian wrestlers is Dara Singh. The wrestlers from South Africa include Tornado, Jason Steele, Terri Middoux, Nightmare, Kwaito Kid, Kilimanjaro, Devon Shooter, Blacksmith, Ananzi, Zizou, Ryan Cage, Akilah and Scorn. The Indian contingent comprises Jogiyaa, Ganya Zoker, Tiger Rapta, King Kobra, Danger Anna, Jack Attack, Sangraam Singh, Thakur, Sando Paaji, Kumbang and Badshah Khan.



Misplaced priorities, MC’s forte
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
In the battle between necessity and luxury, it seems that the latter is more important for the municipal corporation as items like the installation of signboards have come up for discussion of the Finance and Contracts Committee (F&CC).

While clean water and good roads should be the priority of councillors and MC officials, they are ready to spend on signboards when money has to be spent judiciously.

According to the agenda circulated, various works of installing signboards have come up, most of which are above Rs 3 lakh.

For example, an estimate of Rs 3.73 lakh has been prepared for ward 33, Rs 4.95 lakh for ward 21 and Rs 3.80 lakh for ward 4.

At this point of time, when the corporation has to face the challenge of infrastructure development, one fails to understand how MC officials and councillors give a priority to signboards and direction boards.

A junior officer said, "The roads and sewers are not in a good condition in these wards, yet councillors want to spend on petty things, which are of no use for residents. They could have given importance to a road or a sewer line, but giving them a suggestion meant inviting danger."

Congress councillor Parminder Mehta said, "Besides signboards, we have other works that can have an impact on the common man. A signboard with the photograph of a councillor is not important. You should be known by your deeds and your development work, not by signboards."

He hoped that since the decision was now with the members of the F&CC, at least they would give it a thought before sanctioning such items.



Purchases restricted this Diwali
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
Recession seems to have made its impact on Diwali this year. People are making purchases of expensive products, ranging from Cartier watches to Mont Blanc pens and gold coins, but in a restricted manner.

The sale of expensive gift items is on, but not in bulk quantities, as in previous years. The market slowdown has cast its shadow on buying power of customers this Diwali.

The manager of the recently opened boutique of Mont Blanc, Surabhi.S. Ahuja, said being a new entrant to the city, their targets were soft this time.

"Our sales are neither too good nor bad, but satisfactory. We feel happy to get a good number of enquiries. Recession has cast its shadow on the market. People are spending wisely this Diwali", said Surabhi.

People were preferring to purchase light-weight gold coins as gifts this Diwali due to the ever-increasing prices of the yellow metal.

Though 2-gram, 4-gram, 5-gram, 8-grams, 10-gram, 20-gram and 50-gram coins are available, with prices ranging between Rs 3,565 and Rs 84,915, a majority of buyers had been purchasing 5-gram and 10-gram coins.

An official with the State Bank of India, which had been selling coins, confirmed the sale of coins, but in a restricted manner.

Ashim Nagpal of Titan said watches were being sold in bulk earlier, but trends had changed this time because of recession.

"People are buying expensive watches, but the demand has been lowered. Similar reports are coming in from others as well. As compared to previous years, buyers are getting products in a restricted manner, the quantity has been decreased. Recession, certainly has affected purchases", said Nagpal.

Madhu Aggarwal (name changed), wife of an industrialist, said their friend circle had decided not to exchange gifts this time.

"You may term it recession, but we will not exchange gifts from a higher range this Diwali", she added.



Paddy straw can be used as manure: Scientists
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
Paddy straw, which is considered a waste by farmers, can be converted into useful manure. This was stated by Pritpal Singh, Gurteg Singh and Sat Pal Saini, scientists of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Ropar.

Every year, nearly 220 lakh tonne straw generated from paddy crop is burnt by farmers in the fields.

Burning resulted in the loss of useful nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and sulphur in addition to environmental pollution, said the scientists.

They added that instead of burning the straw in fields, farmers should be educated to utilise it.

Discussing the procedure of converting the straw into manure, scientists said paddy straw should be allowed to decompose under proper moisture.

The straw collected at a place is bundled into 10-15 kg lots and then dipped in a solution containing urea and cow dung for two to three minutes. The solution can be prepared by dissolving one kg each of urea and fresh cow dung.

When the excess liquid drains out of the bundles, these are placed on six-inch raised beds of 1.5 m width. For proper decomposition, adequate aeration of the stuff is required. The straw should be spread over the beds in a way that a quintal of it is spread on a bed of one-meter length.

For retention of moisture, each bed should be covered with 20-30 cm dry paddy straw. A moisture of around 70 per cent helps quick composting in 50-60 days. The rock phosphate can be added at six per cent of the dry paddy straw to enrich the compost of phosphorus content.

The compost prepared by this simple method contained 1.5 per cent nitrogen, 0.6 per cent phosphorus and two per cent potash, said scientists.



Pt Shiv Kumar’s musical notes mesmerise audience
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
Soul-stirring musical notes by Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma mesmerised audience in an hour-long concert "Virasat 2009".

The concert was organised by the Ludhiana Chapter of Society for promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture amongst Youth at Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Gujjarkhan, yesterday evening.

The concert was held to pay tributes to late artistes Habib Tanvir, Vishnu Prabhakar, Dr Rangubai Hangal, Teyab Mehta, DK Pattammal, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Appa Jalgaonkar.

Tabla artistes Ram Kumar Mishra and Kamal Mohan played Tanpura.

Dressed in sparkling white kurta pajama, Pt Shiv Kumar meditatively struck the strings of santoor (hammered dulcimer) with a pair of light carved wooden mallets.

Like a true performer, the santoor maestro asked listeners to concentrate, which according to him is the best way to enjoy the classical music.

Classical music should be felt from heart and every note would strike a chord in the heart, said Pt Shiv Kumar.

He referred to an interesting incident during his live performance at All-India Radio (AIR) wherein two women were listening to the "Gujri Todi raga". "One being an artiste herself could express her delight but the other being ignorant of the classical music had tears in her eyes, as she could "feel" the connotation of sadness in musical notes," narrated the artiste.

The artiste have been accredited with national and international awards, including Padma Vibhushana, Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan Award, Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan Award, Sangeet Natak Academy Award and honorary citizenship of the city of Baltimore, the USA.

The affinity between the artiste and instrument was visible from the precision with which he presented the ragas. Emphasising upon the spontaneity in music, Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma termed it as the "essence" of Indian classical music, which he said was never rehearsed before performances.

Vaachas Pati raga and the new composition of pahari raga left the audience spellbound.



Function marks 10 years of council
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
A cultural function was organised here today to commemorate 10 years of the Punjab Cultural Promotion Council (PCPC).

Students from different schools and colleges from Germany had come to India for the cultural exchange programme. At least 12 international artistes had come to India.

Dancers from Germany enthralled the audience. The audience was also spellbound by gatka and bhangra performances.

Latin American, Russian, German, Irish, Scottish and belly dancing were some of the dance forms performed by the foreign delegation.

Dolly Guleria and her student Chitra Singh captivated the audience with the folk song "Ek meri aakh kashni". Later Dolly was given the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Chitra Singh was given the Virasat Award. Eight persons were given the Virasat Award, including child artiste Asees. Fak Paulet, manager of Happy German Bagpipers, and Olga, director of Grazia Dancing Group, were also honoured.

Dr Davinder Singh Chhina said they had given 500 international performances in 18 countries and had been a part of the World Folk Competition twice. The Punjab International Folk Festival had also been started by the PCPC. In January 2010, groups from Poland and Columbia would perform in India.



Germany dancers enthral students
Tribune News Service

Khanna, October 14
Bagpiper Dancing Group of Germany enthralled students of AS College for Woman in Khanna on Tuesday.

The group arrived in Khanna to spread message of love, peace, harmony and integration.

Students of the college performed gidha, bhangra and other cultural programmes.

The highlight of the programme was the Indo-German dance.



Talent hunt at Doraha college
Our Correspondent

Doraha, October 14
Talent of new entrants was searched through various competitions, which were organised as a part of the talent hunt at Doraha College of Education today.

At the onset of the hunt, declamation and poem recitation competitions were organised. Megha Sharma won the first prize in the declamation contest, while Gagandeep Kaur stood second. Amritpal Kaur and Amandeep Kaur jointly secured the third position.

Similarly, in the poem recitation contest Palvi Sharma won the first prize.

Students tried their best to showcase their talent in solo dance, group dance, folk dance and classical dance categories. Palvi Sharma thrilled audience with her outstanding performance in classical dance and Gurpreet Kaur excelled in folk dance.

Megha Sharma was declared first in the solo song, while Gagandeep Kaur and Jandeep Kaur bagged the second and third position, respectively.

Ranjeet Kaur stood first in shabad gyan, while Jandeep and group bagged the first prize in the group song category.

Fine arts competitions, including still life, painting, collage making, poster making, rangoli, embroidery, pakhi designing, crochet, mehndi designing, etc. too were organised.

Around 40 students participated in the preliminary quiz contest. Creative writing competition was also organised.

College principal, Dr Sandeep Sahwney, congratulated the winners and the organisers of the talent hunt.



Taranjot claims top spot in collage making
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
The first-ever youth festival of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) concluded here today.

The session was presided over by BS Randhawa, comptroller, GADVASU, and Dr Simrat Sagar Singh, Dean, College of Veterinary Science.

Dr SK Jand, Dean, postgraduate studies, was the chief guest.

Tuesday's results:

Light vocal solo: Gurleen Kaur (College of Dairy Science and Technology) 1, Mahipal Singh (College of Veterinary Science) 2 and Purnoor Kaur (College of Veterinary Science) 3; folk song solo: Gurleen (College of Dairy Science and Technology) 1, Supreet (College of Veterinary Science) 2 and Ravneet Kaur (College of Veterinary Science) 3; group song/ patriotic song: College of Dairy Science and Technology 1, College of Veterinary Science 2 and College of Fisheries 3.

Today's results:

Cartooning: Baljinder Singh (College of Veterinary Science) 1, Arashdeep Kaur (College of Veterinary Science) 2 and Satinderpal Singh (College of Veterinary Science) 3; collage making: Taranjot Kaur (College of Veterinary Science) 1, Harsimranjit Kaur (College of Fisheries) 2 and Abhiminyu (College of Veterinary Science) 3.



PAU scientist attends research meeting in Vienna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
Dr Milkha Singh Aulakh, Dean, College of Agriculture, PAU, attended the fourth and final research coordination meeting (RCM) of the coordinated research project “Integrated Soil, Water and Nutrient Management for Conservation of Agriculture (CA)” held in Vienna, Austria, from October 5 to 9.

Giving details, Dr Aulakh said the project, which was started in 2004 and funded by FAO/ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for five years, included a worldwide consortium.

The specific objectives were to assess the feasibility of agriculture in relation to crop productivity in various cropping systems by employing modern and traditional techniques and to enhance the productivity and sustainability of farming systems.

Dr Aulakh is the chief scientific investigator of this project. "The meeting was attended by scientists from around 13 countries representing India, Pakistan, Kenya, Uganda, Morocco, Turkey, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Netherlands, Austria, Australia and Uzbekistan,” said Dr Aulakh.

He said scientists deliberated on several issues such as the impact of change from conventional to zero tillage on nitrogen balance, soil organic carbon stock and green gas emission, case studies from various agro-ecological areas of the world and conservation of agriculture for wheat and cotton production.

Scientists shared their research findings to enhance the understanding about the benefits of conservation of agriculture, said Dr Aulakh.

He added that a consensus statement of the participating members was that the conservation of agriculture was a way to achieve high agricultural productivity in a sustainable manner.

The basic elements requiring focus included minimal or no tillage, soil cover maintained with crop residues and adoption of crop rotation.

Farmers led innovations, integration of crop and animal based enterprises, new technologies/ prototypes such as drills, planters, surface management of crop residues and long term studies to monitor natural resource improvement were highlighted in the meeting.

He said that these areas of research were relevant to the PAU programmes on natural resource management.



Students irked over renewal of passes
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, October 14
Renewal of bus passes after every three months has left students harried.

A student of a local college said,“According to the directives of the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation, students have to get their passes renewed after every three months. The process is not only time consuming but also cumbersome, as students have to miss their classes and stand in long queues for getting their passes renewed.”

“Not only this, we are asked to get an attested photograph, an attested copy of the ration card or a residence proof attested by the notary public and signed by the councillor of the area. Do we have so much time to waste after every three months? Even after submitting all these certificates, we are not issued the passes there and then and told to come some other time,” rued a student.

In addition to this, “Sometimes bus conductors refuse to accept our passes and stop the bus midway,” said another student.

“After every three months, we have to spend at least two to three hundred rupees for getting a renewed pass. What is the use of wasting so much time when we don’t get the pass on time?” rued a student.

General manager Surinder Singh said as per the directions, passes have to be renewed after every three months. “Moreover, all passes cannot be issued in one go. It requires time,” he added.

When asked about the time and effort involved in fulfilling the formalities, he admitted that those were wrongly conveyed to students by some employees and the formalities were required only in the beginning of the session and not after every three months.



PAU flags off bus for students
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
In order to provide hands-on training to students of the College of Agriculture, a new 42-seater bus has been procured by the Punjab Agriculture University. The bus was flagged off from near the flag post of the university yesterday by PAU vice-chancellor Dr Manjit Singh Kang.

Dr Kang said it was a useful facility for students to visit different villages, hold practical classes in fields, do field-based activities and undergo village extension training.

He congratulated college dean Dr Milkha Singh Aulakh, faculty and students for this facility and said the bus could be used for educational programmes of other colleges. Dr Aulakh said the bus had been procured with the support of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research Under Rural Agricultural Work Experience programme.



Students celebrate Diwali
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
Students of Kiddies Paradise School, Kochar market, celebrated Diwali with fervour today.

Children were dressed up as Rama, Laxman, Shtrughan, Sita, Hanuman and Dashrath.

A dance party was held for students.

Candles decorated

Maple Bear Canadian Playway and Nursery School, Udham Singh Nagar, Ludhiana, celebrated Diwali with great enthusiasm. Children decorated candles and diyas.

Teachers made rangolis and decorated the school. A dance was performed by students.


Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, celebrated Diwali amid much fanfare. Principal Dr Varinder Kaur Thind was also present. An exhibition was organised by students where greeting cards, decorated envelopes, aromatic floating candles, painted kurtis and suits were displayed.



Students bring laurels to college

Doraha, October 14
The students of Doraha College of Education have brought laurels to the institute by scoring commendable positions in the BEd exams conducted by Panjab University.

Informing about the result, college principal, Dr Sandeep Sawhney, said Doraha College of Education had bagged a total of 54 merit positions. While Jatinder Kaur has topped the college by securing 856 marks, Rajdeep Kaur and Harinder Kaur have, respectively, stood on the second and third positions. He congratulated the students and faculty for putting in their best efforts for getting such a creditable score. — OC



Founder’s Day celebrated at KVM
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
The Founder's Day was celebrated at Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines Campus, here today. The campus was beautifully decorated and students participated with enthusiasm.

Chief guest Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill, Senior Superintendent of Police, Ludhiana, was welcomed by the management, principal and administrative heads.

School principal Rajiv Nagalia read out the annual report of the school. A mime on terrorism and a Hindi play “Bhola Ram Ka Jeev” on corruption by students conveyed meaningful messages to audience.

A presentation by commerce students on a new company launched in the school was appreciated by all. A Sufi song by Anmol Saggar, a geet by Rajneesh and a Radha Krishna dance by Ishnoor and Madhav enthralled audience.

The Chief guest appreciated efforts of students and staff. He said students should inculcate moral values and discipline in their lives. Students also performed bhangra and gidha.



City Concerns - II
Ban sale of fireworks

It is so unfortunate that Diwali being the most sacred festival of Hindus takes its toll on different fronts every year with pollution being the utmost concern. Thousands fall prey to burn injuries resulting in loss of limbs and lives and sometimes even permanent vision impairment, besides inhaling poisonous fumes.

It is the duty of the authorities to ban the sale of such fireworks, which emit poisonous gases and are injurious to human health.

Prof KBS Sodhi

Awareness programmes

The practice can only be stopped if the manufacturing units, which are mostly in south, should be closed but it would not be possible, as it would result in mass unemployment.

Of course if some alternative jobs are provided to the workers of the manufacturing units by the government, there may appear some possibility. If, however, some restrictions are imposed to limit the production, its use may also come down thus reducing the impact on pollution. At the same time awareness programmes be conducted through TV, social organisations, parents and school teachers.

Krishan Chitkara

Make arrangements for collective celebration

Burning of noisy fireworks is infesting not only Diwali but other festivities also. Costly crackers cause unbearable air and noise pollution. The poisonous gases affect all living beings adversely.

The administration should make arrangements at various places for collective celebration of Diwali. Sweets may be shared and clothes may be distributed to the needy instead of wasting crores of rupees on burning crackers.

General public will have to combat this menace as the government fears majorities and shirks its constitutional obligations. The state government should impose complete ban on manufacturing of crackers to honour the Supreme Court directions.

DN Sharma

Introduce smoke-free crackers

Diwali is the most awaited festival and is welcomed and celebrated by all. It is our responsibility towards mother nature to control pollution.

It is the time when children should be taught about nature and subject of environment study should be included in their syllabus, so that they can understand their responsibility.

It is also the time when the government should introduce smoke-free crackers at affordable price, so that the festival does not loses its sheen and pollution can be controlled.

Amarjit Singh

Sensitise people against crackers

The main highlight of Diwali is the bursting of firecrackers for most of the people. But little do the people realise that in our increasingly populated and polluted cities, the temporary joy of watching firecrackers is soon replaced by the intense air and noise pollution caused by them.

Moreover, these can also cause a number of health hazards which include respiratory problems, hearing loss and can even result in heart attack. So the need of the hour is to sensitise the people against the crackers.

Firstly, the schoolchildren should be educated about the harmful effects of crackers, as they are the ones who pressurise their parents to buy the crackers. One should go for the eco-friendly crackers, which are made of recycled paper and sound produced by them is under the decibel limit defined by the pollution board.

Lets pledge to celebrate a green Diwali and save money and the planet.

Birkamal Kaur

Decrease production of crackers

We all feel suffocation on Diwali, we all empathise with asthmatics, elderly and sick, who are unable to bear the brunt of heavily polluted air and yet we all contribute to this assault on our environs and homes.

Campaign by schools and mass media are powerful tools to sensitise the masses against crackers. The authorities should decrease the production of the crackers at a national level by labelling them a health hazard.

We can promote alternatives to crackers such as the products, which burst with a sound releasing coloured papers and glitter and release no toxic gases.

Dr Jyoti Kapur Hind
Mandi Ahmedgarh

Admn should take foolproof measures

No doubt bursting of crackers leaves a trail of poisonous gases, high decibels of sound and enhances the pollution. The city administration, education faculty or NGOs can do a bit but cannot stop people and children to burst the crackers on this auspicious day.

Firstly, sale and production of crackers have to be banned to avoid the bursting of crackers.

However, to preserve the spirit of the festival, the administration should swing into action to make foolproof measures, contingency plans and thorough checks to meet any eventuality like gambling, thefts and sexual activities in clubs and hotels in these days.

Jai Gopal Kusla



Three held with 5-kg hashish

Mullanpur Dakha, October 14
In order to crackdown the dens of addicts and suppliers of intoxicants, the Dakha police yesterday nabbed three persons along with about 5-kg hashish.

SI Swaran Singh arrested Nachhatar Singh of Chowkiman village from near the office of market committee, Dakha, along with 2 kg of hashish. ASI Gurmeet Singh arrested Sukhdev Singh of Raqba village from near the Link road crossing at Mullanpur and recovered 1.5 kg of hashish.

In another raid conducted by ASI Amrik Singh, Baljinder Singh of Boparai Kalan was arrested from near the crematorium ground of Mullanpur along with 1.5 kg of hashish.

The Dakha police booked them under Sections 20, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. SHO Prem Singh giving details said these persons used to make drink from the hashish and offered it for Rs 5 per glass. — OC



Bid to break open ATM
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 14
The Sudhar police has registered a case against four unidentified persons for an attempt to break open an ATM of the Oriental Bank of Commerce at Mansooran village.

The thieves, equipped with a gas cutter, reached the ATM around 2 am. They beat up Harbans Singh of Jangpur village, the guard, and tied him inside the ATM. They tried to cut open the ATM safe, but could not cut open the cash box.

A case under sections 457, 480, 511 and 427 of the IPC was registered at the Sudhar police station. ASI Inderjit Singh, in charge, Jodhan police picket, started an inquiry.



Dumping of solid waste in nullah banned

Ludhiana, October 14
District magistrate Vikas Garg today banned the dumping of solid waste in the nullah passing near Gurdwara Dukhniwaran upto Gurdwara Gau Ghat here.

Passing the orders under section 144 of the CrPC, that prohibited the dumping of solid waste of any type by anybody in water bodies, he said these orders would remain in force from October 14 to December 12. — TNS



Youth killed in road mishap

Jagraon, October 14
Rajinder Singh (22) of Khatra Choharam got killed in a road accident on Monday when his motorcycle (PB-10-BC-7342) was hit by a tractor. The youth died on the spot, while the driver of the tractor managed to flee from the accident site. The Dehlon police has registered a case against the unidentified driver under Sections 279, 304-A of the IPC on the statement of Munish Kumar of Sarihn village. — OC



Tennis Meet
Jaspreet books berth in pre-quarters
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 14
In the matches played during the Aita under-18 National Championship at the Harvest Tennis Academy in Jassowal village today, Jaspreet Kaur fought her way to the pre-quarters. Jaspreet Kaur defeated Shilpa Naruka of Chandigarh by 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. It was an easy win for Gundeep Kaur also, as she defeated Preeti Ujjini of Karnataka 6-2, 6-0. In the boys’ section, Shaikh Abdullah of Andhra Pradesh beat sixth seed Digvijay Singh Mehta of Himachal Pradesh by 6-4, 6-3.


Girls’ Under-18 singles (2nd Round): 1-Sharmada Balu (KAR) beat Hasan Abdal Dhanoa (PB) 6-0, 6-1; 15-Jaspreet Kaur (PB) beat Shilpa Naruka (CHD) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4; Rutuja Bhosle (MAH) beat 11-K Bhuvana (AP) 6-2, 6-0; 6-Ikttesh Chahal (CHD) beat Vaibhavi Teivedi (GUJ) 5-7, 6-2, 6-2; 4-Mehak (CHD) beat Nehal Sahni (DLI) 6-2, 6-1; 14-Gundeep Kaur (PB) beat Preeti Ujjini (KAR) 6-2, 6-0; 10-Samriti Joon (DLI) beat Rajbir Kaur (PB) 7-6(2), 6-2; 5-Amrita Mukherjee (WB) beat Sansita Nandkumar (TN) 6-2, 6-3; Teertha Iska (AP) beat 7-Nidhi Chilumula (AP) 6-2, 6-3; 12-C Sai Samitha (TN) beat Victoria Chahal (HAR) 6-2, 6-1; 13-Harnoor Kaur Maan (CHD) beat Shreya Pasricha (DLI) 6-4, 6-3; 3-Shweta Rana (DLI) beat Eetee Mehta (GUJ) 7-5, 6-4; 8-Ravnoor Kaur (CHD) beat Prabhamrit Kaur Sandhu (CHD) 7-5, 6-2; 9-Ankita Bhatia (DLI) beat Seeulee Upadhaya (ORS) 6-3, 6-1; Simran Kaur Sethi (DLI) beat 16-Jaanesh M Kaur (CHD) 6-1, 6-2 and 2-Prathana Thombare (MAH) beat Anukriti Choudhary (DLI) 6-0, 6-4.

Boys’ Under-18 Singles (Pre-quarters): 1-Mohit Mayur Jayaprakesh (TN) beat Abhimanyu Singh (DLI) 6-1, 6-4; 11-Irfan Hussain (TN) beat Arjun Khade (MAH) 6-4, 6-2; 4-Ramkumar Ramanathan (TN) beat Basil Khuma (DLI) 6-1, 6-2; 7-Rohit Bisht (DLI) beat 10-Saurabh Dilip Patil (MAH) 6-3, 6-4.



Cross-country meet
Ganga excels in girls’ section
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
The students of BVM School, Udham Singh Nagar, and Government Senior Secondary School, Kadiana Kalan, shine in the 5 km cross-country championship held at the South City road here today.

The event was organised by the education department. While Ganga Gautam of BVM School stood first in the girls’ section, Gurcharan Singh of Government Senior Secondary School, Kadiana Kalan, stood first in the boys’ section.

Team results:

Girls: BVM, Udham Singh Nagar, Ludhiana; Govt Senior Secondary School, Kadiana Kalan and Saraswati Modern School.

Individual: Ganga Gautam, BVM; Amandeep Kaur, Govt Senior Secondary School; Priyanka, BVM; Paramjit Kaur, Govt Senior Secondary School; Ritu, Govt Senior Secondary School and Shivali, BVM.

Boys: Govt Senior Secondary School; BVM, Udham Singh Nagar and BVM, Kitchlu Nagar.

Individual: Gurcharan Singh, Govt Senior Sec School Kadiana Kalan; Pankaj, BVM, Kitchlu Nagar; Raghav, BVM, Udham Singh Nagar; Vazir Singh, Govt Senior Sec School, Kadiana Kalan; Harvinder, BVM Udham Singh Nagar and Ranjodh Singh, Govt Senior Sec School, Kadiana Kalan.



Statues of hockey stars at Jarkhar soon
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 14
In order to attract the young generation towards hockey, statues of two hockey stalwarts, Olympians Prithipal Singh and Surjit Singh Randhawa, will be installed at the main stadium of Jarkhar village near here.

The Punjab Rural Sports Promotion Council in association with Mata Sahib Kaur Sports Club of Jarkhar will install the statues of these hockey players on October 22.

Giving this information, sports organiser and Arjuna awardee Sajjan Singh Cheema, SSP vigilance, Prithipal Singh Batala, chief organiser, Punjab Rural Sports Promotion Council and advocate Harkamal Singh, president of the Sports Club, Jarkhar, said finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal, Punjab, and DGP Rajdeep Singh Gill, Punjab, and director, Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, would formally inaugurate the 12-feet high statues of the former captains of the Indian hockey team on October 22.

“Besides, the statues of kabaddi star Harjit Bajakhana, sports promoter Amarjit Singh Grewal and other prominent sports personalities will be installed at the stadium in the near future,” they added.

Sports Club chairman Narinder Pal Singh Sidhu, Jarkhar, said a six-a-side astro turf would also be inaugurated on the same day. A full size astro turf will be laid down during the next two years.

In addition, state-of-the-art hostel costing more than Rs 1 crore with all modern facilities is being erected for trainees of the Jarkhar Hockey Academy.

Around 24 rooms for the players along with new basketball courts are also being prepared in the stadium, added Sidhu. A state-level hockey league (U-19) will be organised in memory of pioneer of Jarkhar Sports Festival Bibi Surjit Kaur and the final will be played on October 22.



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