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Couple commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
A young couple allegedly committed suicide by consuming cephalous tablets near DMC Hospital here today.

The deceased have been identified as Puja (21) of Nanital and Rajinder Kumar (22) of the Tibba road. Both of them had got married against their parents’ wish about 20 days ago. Both families were against their marriage, as Puja was Rajinder’s fraternal aunt’s daughter.

According to a relative, the duo met at their relative’s marriage about three months ago and fell in love. Though the parents objected to their relationship, but they kept on meeting each other.

Rajinder’s father Satish Kumar had even threatened to disown the boy if he kept on meeting the girl, the relative added.

Puja fled from her house in Nanital and came to the city. When the boy’s family refused to accept her as their daughter- in- law, the duo decided to get married but continued to live separately.

After wandering for about 20 days, today they allegedly consumed cephalous tablets outside the DMC hospital. When the poison started working they entered the hospital and it is reported that they fell unconscious.

They were rushed to the emergency and a team of doctor tried to washout the poison from their body but both succumbed due to the excessive intake of poison.

The cops came to know about the duo’s whereabouts from the driving license of Rajinder. Later, their family members were further informed about the incident.

Their bodies were rushed to the civil hospital for postmortem. Meanwhile, the family has refused to comment on the entire episode.

The girl’s family has even refused to take the body. A case under Section 174 of the IPC has been registered in this regard.


Clock Tower
MC to raze its offices today
Staff fume at seniors, rue shortage of space
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
Though the Municipal Corporation is ready to demolish some part of its office near Clock Tower tomorrow morning, the six departments that were supposed to vacate the building till today have failed to do so.

The employees of these departments were today found to be fuming at senior officials for mismanagement and for passing orders for vacating their offices at such a short notice. They also rued the shortage of space allotted to them in other zonal offices.

The two-day deadline for shifting these departments from the corporation building was issued on Friday. Assistant Commissioner Vinod Sharda had allotted rooms to accounts, audit, health branch, pension and the provident fund departments in the A and B zones.

Additional Commissioner KP Brar, who is also looking after the project visited 68 shops today, which would be demolished by the corporation tomorrow morning, but didn’t bothered to climb the corporation building where the employees were left high and dry.

During a visit to the site, various employees, including the clerks, were found to be worried about a secure place for keeping important records.

Talking to The Tribune, the employees said, “There are records of health department which are more than a century old and you cannot just pick and dump them. Many of these records are related to death and birth and if anything is misplaced, we would be the first one to be questioned.”

Similarly, those working with the accounts department rued that two-day time were very short and the rooms allotted to them in A-zone were not enough for the huge material they have. “On Friday evening we were just directed to vacate the structure without being given any time to arrange documents and files in such a manner that they could be easily accessible,” said an employee working with the accounts section.

They complained that they should be taken in confidence before such shifting and could have been given a little more time so that non-availability of records does not cause any inconvenience to the residents.



DMC anti-ragging steps bear fruit
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
Written consent for “no ragging” taken in the form of affidavits and installation of CCTV cameras at Dayanand Medical College (DMC) from this academic session has worked well as senior MBBS students have complied with the instructions issued by the anti-ragging committee formed under the guidelines issued by the UGC and the Medical Council Of India (MCI).

The guidelines were an outcome of the ban imposed by the Supreme Court on ragging wherein it was clearly mentioned that the anti- ragging committee members would be held responsible in case any “ragging incident” takes place in the educational institution.

A review meeting of the anti-ragging committee was organised recently at DMCH wherein the four freshers, who are also members of the committee, gave a positive feedback about their two months stay in the college and the hostel.

“So far, the experience has been pleasant. We are actually looking forward to interacting with our seniors and taking their guidance in professional and personal matters,” a fresher said.

The committee comprised under DMC principal Dr Daljit Singh went ahead with the decision of installing CCTV cameras in the hostels wherein the activities of the students would be observed regularly. Faculty members, who were a part of the committee, interacted with the freshers in groups so as to ensure that their seniors were not subjecting them to any sort of rude behaviour. However, in order to maintain the cordial atmosphere on the college and hostel premises, the faculty members formally introduced the senior students with the freshers.

The principal while commenting on the new trend being set in the college said, “At last we have succeeded in breaking the shackles of ragging which has enabled us to set up a new trend for the coming batches. It would not only help the MBBS students to grow as professionals but would also put an end to the uncalled for rivalry between the old and the new students,” the principal went on to add.

A parent of a fresher overwhelmed by the security arrangements made by the college authorities wrote an appreciation letter adding that the anti-ragging measures taken in the college and hostel have given the newcomers a confidence and at the same time put an end to their apprehensions over the “unpleasant episodes” pertaining to ragging in the medical colleges.



Shifting of Dyeing Units
Govt decision leaves owners high and dry
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
The state government’s recent decision to shift 50-odd dyeing units scattered in the city to some other places has left its owners high and dry. Without providing any viable solution, the government has suddenly asked them to shift their units to places where these could be attached with the common effluent treatment plants proposed to be set up at the Tajpur and Bahadurke roads. The owners feel that unless the government provides them with land, it isn’t not possible for them to shift their dyeing units.

These scattered dyeing units are located at Daresi, Jalandhar bypass, Suffian Chowk, GT Road, Madhopuri and the Sundernagar areas etc. These units have been functioning from these areas for several decades. The recent “directive” by SS Channy, Principal Secretary (Industries), government of Punjab, during a meeting with industrialists on October 22, has come as a big jolt to them.

President of the Ludhiana Dyeing Association Ashok Makkar said: “The state government has earlier assured that the scattered units will be provided land in Ladowal at subsidised rates. But, the government representatives during the meeting made it clear that there wasn’t any land available and all 50 units will have to make their own arrangements. It was also stated that if the units failed to connect themselves with effluent treatment plants, the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) won’t give approval and they will operate at their own risk. “But this is not done. We appeal to the government to come out with a solution”, said Makkar.

President of the Scattered Dyeing Unit Association Subhash Gupta told The Tribune, it was unfortunate that the government was ready to construct flats even for the slum dwellers for getting the encroached land could be vacated but for people like us, who had purchased the land and were running their units for the past three to four decades, there was no land available.

He said about 15 days ago, DS Guru, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, had assured them that plots would be given to the scattered units. “But now, they have backtracked on this issue. We are registered bodies, paying taxes to the government, how can they ask us to shift on our own? We will put forth our case with the Chief Minister at a meeting to be held in Chandigarh on October 28. We are hopeful that he will come out with an appropriate solution”, Gupta added.



Harvesting not over, grain markets face paddy glut
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 25
Grain markets and purchase centres in the area are glutted with paddy. Procurement agencies are likely to have a tough time after a couple of days when a majority of the farmers will begin harvesting.

Even now, the grain markets are packed to capacity though only a fraction of the total paddy crop has been harvested.

A visit to the area revealed that a majority of the farmers are yet to start harvesting fearing slow speed of procurement by the state agencies.

Baldev Singh Latala and Sikandar Singh Jartoli, state vice-president and general secretary of the Punjab Kisan Sabha, respectively, alleged that the state government had proved to be a complete failure as it could not make the agencies procure the precious produce of the farmers.

“If this is the condition when only a fraction of the produce has arrived in the market, one can imagine what the situation will be once the entire crop is harvested,” said the farmer leaders.

At Gopalpur, Lehra, Pohir, Latala, Chhapar, Barundi, Kailey, Halwara, Nangal Kalan, Aittiana, Dhulkot and Jartoli villages, a majority of farmers are yet to start harvesting. Some of them fear that their produce will get stuck in the market while others are waiting for their crop to ripe.

“Thank God we transplanted paddy late and it is not ripe as yet. Otherwise, we would have had a tough time selling our produce,” said Mohinder Singh of Seelon and Kirtan Singh of Ghungrana, office-bearers of Zamhoori Kissan Sabha. They are worried about the situation after a fortnight when it could even be worse.

Ranjit Singh and Kashmir Singh of Barundi, who have been waiting for the sale of their produce lying at the grain market, Latala, have decided to stop further harvesting till agencies adopt a sympathetic attitude towards the farmers.



Officials take stock of procurement
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
Chairman, Punjab Agro Industry Corporation, Sharanjit Singh Dhillon and Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg, District Food and Supplies Controller HS Mokha visited mandis of Koomkalan and Khasi Kalan yesterday to take stock of the paddy procurement process.

Dhillon said elaborate arrangements had been made in all the 1,600 mandis across the state to ensure smooth procurement of paddy. He said 60,000 MT of paddy was arriving daily in the mandis of Ludhiana district.

“If any farmer faces problem to sell his produce, he can contact him or any other official of district administration,” said Dhillon.

Dhillon appealed to the farmers that they should not burn paddy straw as it creates pollution. He said paddy straw could be put to better use through converting it into useful manure.

Garg said that elaborate arrangements have been made in all 100 mandis in the district. He said the target of the purchase of 15 lakh MT of paddy would be achieved in the current season.

He added that 4,68,462 MT of paddy had been procured in Ludhiana up to October 22 by different agencies.



Govt resorting to political vendetta: YC
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 25
Charging the SAD-BJP government with resorting to political vendetta, the District Youth Congress (YC) today said it would mobilise the people against the government so as to pave the way for ouster of the ruling alliance in the next elections.

Addressing a workers meeting at Jassian Road in Haibowal locality (Ward No, 27) here, district YC president Dimple Rana said the ruling party functionaries were committing excesses against their political opponents while the government was being oblivious to the plight of trade and industry due to severe power shortage and many other factors.

“Big industrial houses are not investing in Punjab and even the existing industrial units have also started thinking of shifting to other power surplus states, which are offering huge incentives and concessions to the industry,” he said.

He claimed that the Congress wave had swept the assembly elections in three Congress-ruled states which had yet again returned the party to power. “The credit for this electoral victory goes to youth icon of the party Rahul Gandhi who has been moving in every nook and corner of the country to identify with the poorest of the poor, Dalits and other oppressed sections.”

Rana added: “The aam admi ka sipahi campaign initiated by Rahul Gandhi had infused the party ranks with new zeal and vigour. Rather than resorting to political gimmickry, the party workers would undertake massive community development projects like medical camps, tree plantation and carrying out awareness and education programmes on social evils like dowry, female foeticide and drug addiction.”



Keep record of cyber café visitors: Admn
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 25
Apprehending misuse of internet by anti-social elements, the district administration has asked cyber cafe owners to keep a watch on the visitors.

Though the orders were enforced earlier also, officials have been directed to implement the orders in letter and spirit in the wake of the recent disruptive activities in the country.

Malerkotla DSP Gurpreet Singh Sikand said he had directed beat in-charges of the sub-division to keep a close watch on the cyber cafes in their respective areas.

Referring to orders promulgated by Sangrur Deputy Commissioner VK Ohri under Section 144, Sikand maintained that internet café users who refuse to prove their identity would not be allowed to use the internet facility. Besides, it has been made mandatory for the operators to maintain a register for recording the visitors’ entries.

A photocopy of the identity of the user would also be kept as a record.

For establishing the identity of the user, voter identity card, identity card, ration card, passport, driving licence and photo credit card would be required.

Along with this, the usage time of the internet or e-mail would have to be mentioned in the register.

The cyber cafe owners have also been told to inform the police in case of suspicious activities of the users.

They have also been instructed to preserve the record so that it might be produced when required.

The orders will remain enforced till December 8.



Families of riot victims allege discrimination
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 25
The Sarvhind Sikh Parivar Punarvas Committee, a body working for the welfare and rehabilitation of riot-affected sikh families, has accused the state government of adopting a "pick and choose" policy for providing relief to families of the riot victims.

DP Singh, president of the committee, said under the One Time Settlement (OTS) Scheme-2009, which was started by the Punjab Financial Corporation, the relief was being provided to ex-servicemen, "dharmi faujis" and transport sector, while the riot-affected sikh families were ignored with regard to settlement of debts.

He said a large number of riot victims had availed financial assistance from the PFC for setting up small-scale industries and other business activities. "Most of them have suffered losses due to various reasons,” he added.

Singh said all riot-affected sikh families should be treated equally.

The state government should direct the PFC to treat all defaulters at par and there should be no discrimination in the settlement of loans, which were found defaulted.

Citing pathetic financial condition of many riot-affected sikh families in various parts of the state, he urged Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to conduct a comprehensive survey for identification of such families and if it was established that they were not wilful defaulters, their loans up to an amount of Rs 2 lakh be remitted.

The Punjab government should also ensure that ex-gratia relief of Rs 2 lakh for each riot-affected family, announced by the UPA government in 2006, was given to right persons.

"Rather the state government should appropriately take up the matter with the Centre for providing more relief to families of the riot victims."



Experts dwell on role of new vaccines
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 25
The department of community medicine today organised the fourth Annual Conference of Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine (Punjab chapter) on “Newer Vaccines-an Update” at Christian Medical College (CMC) here.

More than 150 delegates from various parts of Punjab attended the conference.

Various issues, including development and role of new vaccines for protection against diseases in children and adults, were discussed during the conference.

Dr BS Shah, chairman of the Accreditation Committee of Punjab Medical Council, graced the occasion as chief guest. Dr Shavinder Singh, professor and head of the department of community medicine, CMC, highlighted the importance of vaccination as a public health tool.

“Vaccination has eradicated several diseases like small pox, measles and poliomyelitis. Since many new and affordable vaccines are being developed and made available to people at an affordable cost, the theme of the conference has been chosen "Newer Vaccines",” Shavinder added.

Dr Paramita, organising secretary, said the inclusion of rotavirus vaccines into routine schedule for childhood immunisation would be an important step to prevent childhood deaths caused by rotavirus, which contributed to as many as 40 per cent of all childhood deaths caused by diarrhoeal diseases.

Dr Kim Mammen, acting director of the CMCH, Dr SM Bhatti, principal, and Dr Kanmal Masih, medical superintendent, CMC, lauded the department for its achievements, including vaccination of children and pregnant women in their field practice areas.

Dr Jugesh Chhatwal, professor of paediatric medicine, CMC, gave an overview of the newer vaccines.

Dr Nidhi Khera, gynaecologist, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, spoke on the role of vaccines in cervical cancer.

Dr Karan Sagar from New Delhi discussed the role of penta-valent and hexa-valent vaccines. Dr Vinod Patro, PGI, Chandigarh, discussed practical queries related to the vaccination schedule.



Garcha for rescue of ‘gaushalas’
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 25
Former minister Jagdish Singh Garcha today called upon the people to come to the rescue of ‘gaushalas’.

While cows provide milk, oxen sustain cultivation of fields, maintained the SAD leader. Garcha was addressing a gathering of office-bearers and activists of a few social and religious organisations during Gopashtmi celebrations at Shri Radha Krishan Gaushala, formerly known as Seth Gobindmal Chanan Ram Parmapati Gaushala, at Kaind village near here today.

Claiming that rearing of cows, both indigenous and exotic varieties, had proven beneficial for sustenance of agrarian economy, Garcha regretted that people had forgotten the role of cattle in strengthening agrarian society.

“Studies have established that even cow dung and urine contain certain chemicals that have medicinal value,” added Garcha.

Appreciating the committee led by councillor Bimal Kumar Sharma for providing facilities for cattle in the ‘gaushala’, Garcha said he would impress upon the Chief Minister to provide sufficient grants for the organisation.

Religious leaders, including Swami Pooran Chetan and Dwarka Dass, said worship and rearing of cows was important for saving the humanity from fatal diseases, including cancer and cardiovascular ailments. Organisers also served ‘langar’ to the devotees.



Punjab’s cultural heritage comes alive
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
The tradition of serving in the defence forces made his journey from rifle shooting to camera shooting challenging.

Major Amarjeet Singh Batth was passionate to freeze the beauty around his surroundings on a film and make an everlasting impression. Today he has come up with an exhibition on the cultural heritage of Punjab.

Depicting the various facets of Punjabi culture through its villages and festivals, theexhibition peeps into Punjab's rural life.

“Cultural heritage is a passage of art, custom, literature, social institution and lifestyle from generation to generation. It is always an ongoing process and every community strives to keep it thriving. Irrespective of where a man is geographically positioned, there is always an in-built zest in him to acquaint others with his genesis and to pass the legacy to his descendents,” he said.

The roots of the age-old peepal tree, the rare architecture on the windows and doors of an old haveli transports one into primeval era. The pictures showing the Maghi Mela and animal fair carry a story in them. Yet another picture of the diminishing ponds along the banks of the temples captivates every visitor.

Going down the memory lane, Batth said while he was serving in the Army and posted in the wilderness of Thar desert in Rajasthan and virgin mountain of Ladakh, he spent time to look at things that appeared fascinating to him and he realised that one has to be passionate about the subject which prompts one to click the camera.

“When I look at the subject, something transpires in the mind and a picture is formed in front of the eyes. I pick up the camera and try taking a shot similar to one in the mind,” he said.

Batth feels the nearer one is to imagination, the finer is the picture. “I intend to publish my work as a coffee table book, which shall be a reference guide to the people, especially to those dwelling in foreign lands, as well as tourists to our country,” he said.



DM: Issue bills for goods above Rs 99
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 25
Providing a much-needed relief to the consumers, the District Magistrate, Sangrur, has passed orders to issue bills for sale of all products worth and above Rs 100 so as to keep a check on overcharging.

In order to ensure compliance of his orders, promulgated under Section 144 of the CrPC, the District Magistrate has authorised executive magistrates and police officials of the rank of the inspector and above to verify the stock statements and sale and purchase records of establishments located in their respective areas.

All shopkeepers, irrespective of their turnover, have been asked to maintain records. A large number of customers, purchasing consumer goods and durables from shops situated in this district had been cheated during the past months. Despite receiving complaints against certain establishment, the administration could not initiate action against manufacturers or retailers, as the customers could not produce bills for the purchases.

The customers had been made to pay taxes on transactions, but they were not issued bills. The practice could not be checked as a few sales tax officials were hand-in-glove with the erring shopkeepers.

With an intention to prevent fresh cases of cheating, the District Magistrate promulgated special orders under Section 144 of the CrPC and directed shopkeepers to issue bills for all sales worth Rs 100 and above.

“It has been brought to my notice that shopkeepers had been supplying spurious and defective goods, including household consumer goods, durables, fertilisers and pesticides to the customers,” reads a copy of the orders sent to all police stations falling under the Sangrur district.

Malerkotla DSP Gurpreet Singh Sikand had directed SHOs of all police stations of the circle to coordinate with the duty magistrates of their respective areas and ensure that orders were complied with in letter and spirit. Violators would be booked under Section 188 of the CrPC, said Sikand.



Over one lakh perform Chhat puja
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
Chhat Puja, which was started by a group of 50 people from Bihar about 15 years ago, has metamorphosed into the biggest festive occasion of the city, as nearly one lakh migrants from Bihar and bordering districts of Uttar Pradesh took a dip in the Sutlej river and offered prayers to rising Sun.

The two-km stretch was spruced up with lights by devotees.

The main pandal was buzzing with activities.

"The pandal was so overcrowded that we could not even listen to each other, it appeared as if we were at a Kumbh Mela. Thankfully, a cop, who was in an inebriated state, showed us the way out of the pandal," said Tajinder Singh, who came to perform Chhat puja.

The main highlight was Bihari songs, which captivated a majority of youngsters.

Generators were installed at the pandal.

Kamal, who hails from Patna, was seen worried as the geneset that he had borrowed from his friend developed a technical snag.

Some of the devotees were seen catching fishes for eating them after offering prayers to the Sun God.

During the puja, devotees offer sugarcane, fruits to the Sun and light up the pandal with diyas.

People had put up various stalls at the pandal.

A large number of devotees thronged the venue.

The morning witnessed a sea of devotees, who offered prayers to the rising Sun. Interestingly, only a handful of cops were deployed at the venue.



Tragedy struck before trip
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
An octogenarian couple was planning to spend the holidays with their children in the Philippines, but before they could join him there, tragedy struck yesterday.

Some unidentified assailants murdered the retired government school principal Paramjit Kaur by strangulation in her house in pink flats at Rajguru Nagar here.

A relative of theirs said the children of the octogenarian couple had recently invited them to the Philippines.

They were planning to spend a fortnight there and were purchasing items for the visit, the relative said.

The murder left the police baffled as the assailants made no robbery attempt.

The police was suspecting the involvement of their relatives who had been at loggerheads with them, but no clue was found to establish the claim. The deceased was reportedly alone at home when the incident took place. According to the police, an unidentified assailant strangulated her with the help of a thin iron wire. Her neck was also slit due to strangulation.

A pall of gloom descended on house number 56. Manmohan Singh (82), the husband of the deceased, refused to meet anyone.

Manmohan Singh, a retired attorney, came to know about the incident when he entered the house last evening.



Police-public meet
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
A police-public dispute redressal meeting was organised by the city police at Mohini Resorts on Chandigarh road here yesterday.

SP City-III Harjinder Singh listened to the grievances of residents. The SP said the purpose of the meeting was to develop better coordination between the police and residents.

“We have laid a special emphasis on the complaint related to senior citizens and have assured them that their cases would be solved in a time bound manner,” said a police official.

Marital and family disputes remained the hot topic of discussion.



Spinn restobar at Sutlej Club
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
Sutlej Club today got a five-star restobar - Spinn. The restobar also has a terrace grill where buffet and barbeque will be laid. Tastefully decorated with soft music playing in the background, the restobar will prove to be a perfect place for the family and friends get-together.

Yogesh Bansal, general secretary of the club, said on the persistent demand of the senior members, the club has installed an elevator. "Billiard room has also been renovated and has been designed according to the taste of the youngsters," he added.

After the inauguration, a gazal nite will be held in the club lawns in which Pankaj Udhas will enthral the audience.



At the Crossroads
Novelist with a difference

Meeting Chandan Negi, after a long time, in a novel workshop held at Urmur recently was a pleasant surprise. Earlier, I had reviewed her debut novel, "Jal Bin Kumbh" (1983). Later she wrote two more novels, "Kaller Keri Chhapri" (1993) and "Kanik Kamini" (2003), which were well-received by Punjabi literary circles. Now, she has come up with her fourth novel "Mann Ki Birtha" (2009), which has all ingredients of a magnum opus.

In this novel, the story starts as Vikram enters the plane on his journey from Indira Gandhi International Airport to Washington DC, which is now his second home. As the plane balances itself in the air, he is reminded of his childhood in Shimla when his sister Nandan used to take care of him, while their mother attended to the household chores. During the college days, he fell in love with Shireen, his ebullient classfellow. Later, he married Seetal, who seemed to him docile and homely.

As a Captain in the Army, he was at his best both professionally and as a householder. The time he spent with his wife in Jammu, just after the Indo-Pak war of 1971, was a memorable one. But after the end of his Short Service Commission, they returned to Shimla. Shortly afterwards, Seetal accused him of extramarital relations with Shireen. Thus started his downward drift in a piteous state, which had no redeeming feature. His migration to America was an escape from the monotony of his existence.

In “Mann Ki Birtha”, the novelist has discarded the omniscient method of story-telling and stereotyped character delineation. She has adopted flashback technique, which signifies ups and downs in the stream of consciousness. She is aware of the forward march of time even when the protagonist is in a reminiscent mood.

In regard to space, she makes the reader conscious of the air travel that spans lands and oceans. The references interspersed in the novel to the places over which the plane was flying make the reader aware of the movement of the clocktime. At the same time, the remembrance of the things past indicate psychological time. The interior monologue of the protagonist reveals the dichotomy of his mind as well as the varied phases of his emotional being.

Chandan Negi's ancestors belonged to Kabul (Afghanistan), from where her father Harnam Singh Tegh shifted to Peshawar. She was born on 26 June, 1937, at Peshawar where she received her early education in Urdu and Punjabi. After the Partition, the family shifted to Jammu, where her maternal grandparents resided.

Her marriage to Jaskaran Singh Negi, who was with Indian Airlines, took her to Delhi. With the passage of time she was blessed with two daughters. Again she came back to Jammu on her husband's transfer and spent 18 years (1960-1978) there. Over the years, she imbibed Dogri culture and picked up the dialect. She had been associated with the Punjabi programme at Jammu Radio Station from 1969-1978. She left Jammu in 1978 for Delhi, where she has been residing since then. Her first collection of short stories, “Mera Aapa Mor De”, was published in 1976. So far, she has nine collections of short stories and four novels to her credit, besides the sizeable translation work. She has received many awards, including the Param Sahitkar Samman by the Punjabi Academy, Delhi.

Her ascendancy to the top echelon of Punjabi litterateurs has been slow but steady. Her narrative mode impresses the reader greatly. Even when she seems to be telling the story herself, it is her persona that is at work. She never digresses, nor does she preach. The thematic development of her novel determines its structure.

It is part of her nature to go on working without creating din and noise. Her heart bleeds when she comes to know the devastation and killings in Kabul and Peshawar, where her ancestors had lived a peaceful life. So she is working on her next novel “Kast” (Dry Wood) wherein she wants to depict linguistic as well as cultural affinity of the people now estranged. She longs for a time when bonhomie would prevail among the peoples of the world.

NS Tasneem



Ultrasound machine donated
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, October 25
The Lions Club has donated an ultrasound scanning machine to the Mahant Parbhat Puri Charitable Hospital here.

A new block for male attendants of patients has also been set up in the hospital.

Trusty Prem Chand Bansal said the hospital provided cheap and quality health care to people of the area.

Trust patron Parkash Chand Garg, secretory Davinder Prashar and cashier Suresh Goyal were also present on the occasion.



Motorcyclist hit by car, dies
Our Correspondent

Amloh, October 25
One person was killed when the motorcycle (PB-48-9086) he was riding was hit by an Innova car (CH-034-8003) late last evening.

The deceased has been identified as Joginder Singh (50) of Amloh. The car lost control and damaged a scooter and another motorcycle parked in front of a roadside dhaba. It also rammed into an electric transformer affecting the power supply to the area. The driver and other occupants of the car managed to flee.

Agitated buy the incident, area residents led by the local MLA blocked traffic on Mandi Gobindgarh-Nabha road for over an hour. The blockade was lifted after the intervention of DSP Ramindcer Singh.

The police on the statement of Sukhdev Singh, son of the deceased, registered a case under Sections 304-A, 427 and 279 of the IPC.

The police has impounded the car. The car operator has also been arrested.



Kahanpura resident thrashed, 5 booked
Tribune News Service

Mandi Gobindgarh, October 25
The police has booked five persons for beating up a shopkeeper.

In his complaint to the police, Laxman Das, a resident of Kahanpura village, alleged that Chhinder, Neetu and three unidentified persons entered in his house and beat him up. He alleged that the attackers also damaged material lying in his shop.

The family members raised an alarm and villagers gathered outside his shop, but the accused managed to flee.

The police said a case under Sections 227 and 34 of the IPC had been registered against the accused. The police is also conducting raids to nab the accused.



Man booked for fraud
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 25
The Raikot police has booked a person for allegedly cheating two residents of Jalaldiwal village on the pretext of sending them abroad.

Nirpal Singh and Ajaib Singh of Jalaldiwal village, in their complaint to the police, alleged that the accused, Paramjit Singh Khalsa, a resident of Partap Singh Wala village near Ludhiana had promised to send their sons to USA on permanent immigration.

The deal was struck at Rs 10 lakh each out of which they had paid Rs 62,000 each to the accused between January 11, 2008, and February 16, 2009. The rest of the amount was to be paid after the visa. However, the accused failed to get visa for their sons.

The accused also refused to refund the amount. Later, the accused refunded Rs 21,000 to each of them and refused to pay the balance amount on the pretext of expenses incurred on documentation.

The complainant then lodged a complaint with the SSP, Jagraon, who entrusted the economic offences wing to inquire into the matter.

The Raikot police on Friday registered a case against the accused under Sections 420 and 406 of the IPC.



Third consecutive win for Mahajan Jr
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Ludhiana, October 25
Thanks to fine all-round performance by Chirag Maria ( 53 n.o and 3 for 19), Mahajan Junior XI defeated Coaching Centre XI by six wickets to emerge champions for the third consecutive year in the 12th Chaman Lal Malhotra Cricket Cup Tournament (u-14) which concluded at MGM Public School, Dugri, here today.

Put to bat first, Coaching Centre XI were bundled out for 116 runs in 34.2 overs. The main contributors were Shubham (33), Paramjit Singh (18) and Harjot (16).

For Mahajan Junior XI, Chirag Maria was the pick of bowlers who sent down six overs and scalped three victims for 19 runs. Nikhil and Parul grabbed two wickets each while Mankaran captured one wicket.

Mahajan Junior XI achieved the target in 28 overs after losing just four wickets. Their innings revolved around Chirag Maria, who remained unconquered on 53, while Mankan remained unbeaten on 20. Parul and Sahil scored 14 and 13 runs, respectively.

For the losers, Deepak took two wickets for 16 runs and Harjot claimed one wicket for 14 runs.

Chirag Maria and Parul shared the best batsman award while Mankaran was named the player of the tournament. Nikhil and Dipin were declared the best bowler and best all-rounder, respectively, while Akshit was adjudged the best wicketkeeper.

Harish Rai Dhanda, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab, gave away the prizes. Rajinder Nath Mahajan, president, Ludhiana District Cricket Association, along with other office-bearers of the body was present at the prize distribution function.



Double delight for Alpine paddlers
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Ludhiana, October 25
Alpine International School, Ludhiana, annexed two titles (boys U-14 and U-19) in the XVIth CBSE Cluster Table Tennis Championship, which concluded at the MGM Public School, Dugri, here today. In the U-14 category, Alpine International School boys quelled a strong challenge from their rivals, Apeejay Public School, Jalandhar, 3-2 to wrap up the title. The encounter lasted for three hours.

In the first match, Raghav of Alpine went down fighting against Jatin in five sets 11-5, 4-11, 2-11, 11-9 and 13-15. However, in the next match, Saransh beat Naman and romped home victor 14-16, 14-12, 4-11, 11-8 and 11-8 to level the score one-all.

In the third match, Shubham of Alpine International School survived many anxious moments before coming out triumphant against Sparash 5-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-8 and 11-9 but Saransh lost to Jatin 7-11, 11-8, 7-11, 13-11 and 11-9 which read the scoresheet two-all.

In the deciding match, Raghav of Alpine International School outperformed Naman in four sets (11-4, 9-11, 11-5 and 11-4) to enable his school to clinch the cliff-hanger 3-2.

AV Public School, Fazilka, blanked Delhi Public School, Jalandhar, 3-0 to secure the third position.

In the boys U-19 category, Alpine International School proved too good for Guru Amar Dass Public School, Jalandhar, whom they overpowered 3-1 to bag top honours.

In the boys final (U-14), Shung Ming, student of Class VIII of Sacred Heart Convent School, Ludhiana, got the better of Harnoor Singh of Darshan Academy, Ludhiana, in straight sets 13-11, 11-5 and 11-5 to emerge champion.

In the girls section (U-14), Adya of DAV International School, Amritsar, beat Muskan of AV Public School, Fazilka, 4-11, 11-9, 11-6 and 13-11 to lay her hands on the trophy.

Dr Vijay Kumar Taneja, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana, distributed the prizes. Gajjan Singh Thind, chairman, MGM Public School, and Ashok Kumar Setia, director (academics) of the host school, along with Amarnath, CBSE observer, coaches and faculty members were present. Bhangra, giddha and other cultural items were the main highlights of the closing ceremony.

Results: Girls U-14 (final)- DAV Public School, Fazilka, bt DAV International School, Amritsar, 3-1.

Girls U-16 (final) - DAV International School, Amritsar bt Alpine International School, Ludhiana, 3-1.

Girls U-19 (final) - Green Land Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, bt Apeejay Public School, Jalandhar, 3-0.

Boys U-14 (final) - Alpine International School, Ludhiana, bt Apeejay Public School, Jalandhar, 3-2.

Boys U-16 (final) - Dayanand Model School, Jalandhar, bt DAV International School, Amritsar, 3-0.



Punjab bodybuilding squad announced
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Ludhiana, October 25
The Punjab State Amateur Bodybuilding Association, Flex Body Liners, Dugri, conducted trials for the Punjab bodybuilding squad here today. More than 150 aspirants participated in the trials.

Selected musclemen will represent Punjab in the forthcoming Avon Mr India-2009 Championship to be held in Ludhiana on October 31 and Senior National Classic Bodybuilding Championship slated to be conducted on November 27 and 28 in Mumbai.

The selection panel, including national judges Navneet Singh and Sukhdev Sodhi, both from Ludhiana, Ranjit Pal Pabla from Phagwara and former world champion Prem Chand Degra coordinated the selection process.

The selected players are:

Below 55 kg: Pardeep Kumar and Abhishek Dhir from Ludhiana; below 60 kg: Harpal Singh from Ludhiana and Pawandeep Singh from Jalandhar; below 65 kg: Kuljinder Singh and Ashok Kumar from Ludhiana and Bhupinder Singh from Muktsar; below 70 kg: Charanjit Singh from Ludhiana and Manjinder Singh from Jalandhar; below 75 kg: Sukhjeet Singh from Patiala, Amandeep Singh from Gurdaspur and Raghu Raja from Ludhiana; below 75 kg: Sandeep Singh from Ludhiana and Vinod Kumar from Jalandhar.



Independent Club win by 13 runs
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Ludhiana, October 25
Karan's fine performance with the bat and ball (25 runs and 3 for 17) went in vain as Independent Club, Karnal, beat Tauras Club, Delhi, by 13 runs in the first match of the inaugural Friendship Cup Cricket Tournament, being played at the Sarpanch Bachan Singh Academy ground, Balloke, today.

Batting first, Independent Club made 129 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. Prince scored 28 runs off 34 balls while Sharandeep made 21 runs.

For Tauras Club, Karan chipped in with three wickets for 17 runs and Ashok took two for 22.

In reply, Tauras Club were bowled out for 116 runs in 19.5 overs. Karan scored 25 runs while Shanker and Jushant contributed 35 and 12 runs, respectively.

For the winners, Sohit, Vikram and Pankaj claimed one wicket each after conceding 12, 11 and 11 runs, respectively. Karan was declared the man of the match.



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