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Illegal structures pulled down
MC accused of adopting pick-and-choose policy
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Labourers remove dividers placed by West End Mall on Ferozepur Road on Thursday.
Labourers remove dividers placed by West End Mall on Ferozepur Road on Thursday. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, November 12
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation undertook an eight-hour-long demolition drive on Ferozepur Road here today, removing encroachments from octroi post till Aarti Chowk.

While the MC officials refuted allegations of adopting a pick-and-choose policy, the civic body failed to remove encroachments by politicians and even the religious buildings were not touched.

“Liquor shop owned by KLER Group of Chandigarh (Hotel Monarch), a gurdwara and some shops in front of Raghunath Hospital, foundation stone of Shamsher Avenue laid by former Mayor Nahar Singh Gill and display board bearing word Badal were not touched by the anti-encroachment staff,” said sources.

Similarly, a petrol pump near the Verka Milk plant also became a headache for the MC staff as the neighbour complained that land lease of the petrol station had expired. However, the owner pleaded that the matter was in the court.

Though the general public became a victim of the MC's drive, those having political connections, especially liquor vends on Ferozepur Road, were left with a warning to remove encroachments on their own.

When asked why the “VIP encroachers” were given a special treatment, whereas the dhabas were not spared, the MC officials made different excuses.

Sources, however, say when the liquor vend owners were approached by MC officials, they were ready with their mobile phones stating “they are close to ruling ministers and the officers should have a word with their political bosses". However, none of the MC officials accepted any call, but failed to act against the selected violators.

Balbir Singh, a roadside dhaba owner, whose shanty was demolished, said, “I had running the dhaba near the octroi post for the past 18 years. I was not aware of any such drive by the MC. I didn't receive any warning from the MC. This is my dhaba and if you could see any marking line in front of it, tell me.”

Municipal Town Planner Hemant Batra termed the drive a success. He said the staff did a great job and need to be appreciated for it. The MC squad of more than 100 people accompanied with police was on work at around 9.15 am and took a break just to have lunch.

l Duty Magistrate Mahinder Pal Gupta preferred to stay in his official vehicle while the staff was busy with work.
l Additional Commissioner KP Brar failed to visit the site.
l Following misbehaviour by a dhaba owner, the MC officials were planning to register an FIR against him.
l Some of the shopkeepers objected to the “pick-and-choose” policy of the MC staff as some shops in front of the Raghunath temple were not even touched.
l A board bearing word "Badal", pointing towards the residence of the SGPC senior vice-president was also not removed by the MC officials.


Traffic cops only for VIPs!
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 12
A total of 50 traffic cops out of 120 working in the city were deployed on various routes through which Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal was to pass on his visit to Nehru Sidhant Kendra and Sat Pal Mittal School , Dugri , Ludhiana.

A large number of police personnel were also accompanying the traffic cops, who are never seen on all the intersections that witness rush of vehicles on routine days.

The intersections on Pakhowal road, Dugri- Dhandra road and Sidhwan Canal road are in a state of mess during the peak traffic hours as the traffic cops are absent or they take the liberty to stand under shady trees on the roadsides.

So much so that the people going to and coming back from their offices do not hesitate from taking longer routes to reach their respective destinations.

It was a special day today for the residents of the colonies on Dugri road, Pakhowal road and Sidhwan Canal as there was a traffic cop standing at a distance of every 10 meters to monitor the traffic on either side. Interestingly, the roadside rehris too were nowhere to be seen. This left enough space for the vehicles to pass from the usually crowded roads.

Taking a jibe on the “attitude” of the traffic cops, Sudhir Sharma a resident of Urban Estate, said, “Soon after the VIP visits, the proactive approach of the police department and the traffic wing is replaced with indifference, leaving the people to deal with their problems on their own.”

He said if the police department and the traffic wing could make such foolproof arrangements in the name of security of the VIPs for seven-10 days a month, the officials could make some arrangements for the general public as well. It is wrong on the part of the police department to take the plea of staff shortage as it is the will to do things that matters.



‘Heer Ranjha’ in city
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Harbhajan Maan and Neeru Bajwa in Ludhiana on Thursday.
Harbhajan Maan and Neeru Bajwa in Ludhiana on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, November 12
“Heer Ranjha” is a movie which delves deep into the meaning of a relationship. In present times, relationships have lost their value and people often change relationships as clothes. But the relationship of “Heer-Ranjha” was eternal and above worldly issues.

Lead pair - Harbhajan Maan and Neeru Bajwa - of the forthcoming Punjabi flick "Heer Ranjha" were in the city and expressed views about the movie.

"Since it is a period film, I had to prepare a lot. Working in this film was a good experience as I got to know a lot about their love story and learnt a lot about our cultural background. Since I was born and brought up in Canada, working in this film was a refreshing and a pleasant experience for me,” says Neeru.

This is Neeru's fourth Punjabi film and in future she will be seen in two Hindi films. "One is Prince with Vivek Oberoi and another is a film by Ram Gopal Verma," she said.

Chipping in, Harbhajan Maan said since childhood, they have heard about the love stories of Heer-Ranjha, Mirja-Sahiba and Sassi-Punnu and from many years, he was thinking about making a period film. “After making thorough search for many years, I was able to make this film," he said.

This December, Harbhajan will start working on a new project while his new music album will be launched in February. "Heer Ranjha is a Rs 6 crore budget film and will be released in India and abroad. In Bangkok, it will be released on five screens while in Toronto, it will be released on four screens," said Maan.

Both Harbhajan and Neeru are looking forward for the release of this movie and expect that the youth will appreciate their efforts and also know a bit about the lives of Heer Ranjha.



Draw for GLADA Plots
Applicants disrupt proceedings 
Object to 15 pc reservation for SC/ST category
Kuldip Bhatia

Irate applicants surround the stage in Ludhiana on Thursday.
Irate applicants surround the stage in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, November 12
The efforts made by officials of the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) to hold the draw for allotment of 156 residential plots in Sector 39-A on Chandigarh Road here today in a transparent and fair manner notwithstanding, applicants disrupted proceedings for nearly an hour.

The draw of slips for all the 12 plots measuring 250 square yards as also for some other reserved categories of 200 square yards had been taken out today.

Hundreds of applicants, who had been sitting in the huge ‘pandal’ erected on a vacant site adjoining West End Mall on Ferozepur road for the draw, objected to the 15 per cent reservation for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes from out of the total number of plots offered for allotment.

Raising slogans and charging that they had been misled, angry applicants surrounded the stage and confronted the officials sitting on the dais, with brochure of the offer in hands, which mentioned 10 per cent reservation for the SC/ST category.

“The GLADA authorities cannot make any amendment in an arbitrary manner once the specific number of plots had been offered for allotment through a draw,” said the agitated applicants. Repeated pleas made by officials and those conducting the stage failed to disperse the irate applicants who demanded that the draw for allotment of the SC/ST the and general categories be put on the hold till the matter pertaining to reservation for the SC/ST category was resolved.

Additional chief administrator of GLADA, Indu Malhotra, who along with estate officer Jeet Ram and superintending engineer RK Sharma was conducting the draw, told the protesters that 15 per cent reservation had been provided to the SC/ST category as per the prevailing policy of the government. She said a corrigendum had been issued in newspapers before the last date for the receipt of applications. The agitated applicants could be pacified and made to resume their seats only after newspaper cuttings of the corrigendum notice were shown to them.

The slips were drawn for allotment of plots to the SC/ST and the general categories without any further interruption.

The luckiest one

While a large number of applicants for GLADA plots were holding their breaths and kept waiting for the outcome with their fingers crossed, Gurbaksh Singh, a sitting councillor from Ward No. 6, who had submitted an application for a 200 square yard plot under the reserved category of 100 per cent disability, turned out to be the luckiest of all.

There was just one plot available in this category with Gurbaksh Singh being the lone applicant.

Gurbaksh Singh, an ex-serviceman, had suffered partial loss of fingers and both his hands to frost bite during “Operation Meghdoot” near Siachin Glacier in 1986 when his battalion - 14 Sikh Light Infantry - was deployed there.



Stretch on Ferozepur road death trap for motorists
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 12
Thanks to the repeated digging near the octroi post on Ferozepur road, the spot has virtually turned into a death trap.

Even today, two persons were hurt when an over-speeding truck hit the vehicle they were travelling in on the same stretch. This spot on Ferozepur road has witnessed many accidents in the recent past, all due to the digging work.

Recently, residents of Baddowal, Rajguru Nagar and the surrounding areas heaved a sigh of relief after the completion of the sewerage project in front of West End mall.

The stretch remained blocked for years due to the construction of sewer on this path and became a major safety hazard to hundreds of innocent travellers on the main road.

However, as soon as the sewerage project was completed, the road on the other side was dug up for the reason best known to the authorities concerned. To top it all, even the route indications are absent, adding to the confusion of passers-by.

The ongoing construction not only put motorists at risk, but results in traffic jams. As winter is fast approaching, the danger level has reached an alarming proportion in the wake of fog that occurs this time of the year.

The stretch becomes more dangerous during night as vehicles heading from Mullapur fail to spot the construction work and in order to negotiate a sharp turn, often ram into the approaching vehicle. The ongoing marriage season and the plying of rice husk trucks on this stretch have also added to the woes. The residents said due to the ongoing marriage season the traffic has almost doubled on this road, resulting in frequent traffic jams.

Tarun Anand, a resident of Rajguru Nagar, said he had stopped sending his wards by a school van as the stretch had become accident prone due to the construction work.

“I am concerned about the safety of my children that is why I personally go to drop them to school. It is high time that the construction on this stretch should be completed at the earliest as the area is densely populated," he said.

Parth, a students of PCTE, who commutes on this stretch regularly, said the stretch was posing more danger for the motorists as the buses and trucks, in order to negotiate a sharp turn, often ram into two-wheelers. “Due to this, I started commuting by car,” he added.

Area residents said despite frequent accidents, the authorities were not taking the matter seriously. 



Tamil Nadu mandi board officials visit city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 12
In a view to see management of marketing and infrastructure of the Punjab Mandi Board, a delegate headed by KPT Ganesan, president, Marketing Board, Tamil Nadu, along with chairmen of different marketing committees, Tamil Nadu, visited the newly built pack house at Sabzi Mandi, Salem Tabri, here Wednesday.

Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, chairman, Punjab Board, Rajpal Singh Dhaliwal, district mandi official, Narinder Singh Tiwana, secretary, marketing committee, and other officials welcomed the delegate.

While welcoming the delegate, Lakhowal said now people would get bananas, papaya and mangoes ripened with safe chemicals instead of health hazard calcium carbide, which was a banned compound.



Ludhianvis wait for tide to turn after years of neglect
KS Chawla

Ludhiana, November 12
City residents are sore over what they call the “indifferent attitude” displayed by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal towards Ludhiana, who is minister in charge of the district. Ever since the formation of the SAD-BJP government in the state almost three years ago, he has not held a single meeting of the district grievances removal committee or the district planning board.

Though the CM visited Ludhiana over a hundred times in the past three years he could not find time to hold even one meeting. He even did not bother to visit the Circuit House where city residents could meet him in the hope of having their grievances redressed.

Things were totally different when Beant Singh was the chief minister. He used to go straightaway to the Circuit House when visiting the city and spent two to three hours meeting residents. During every visit he would interact with at least 200 people in the presence of the city’s deputy commissioner, SSP and the municipal corporation commissioner, settling their complaints there and then. The Circuit House, which has not been maintained properly for ages, now presents a deserted look.

Whenever Badal visits Ludhiana he flies in by helicopter that lands at the PAU helipad. He goes straight to whatever function he has come to attend and then returns to Chandigarh, without interacting with the city residents. Even if he stays back in Ludhiana for the night it is not at the Circuit House or any other official guest house. He usually puts in at a friend’s house with the residents of that locality facing a lot of hassles due to security personnel creating problems for them.

The city, Punjab’s largest and its financial and industrial capital, suffers from many ills and things have not changed for the better. Rather things have gone from bad to worse. As a matter of fact, there has been no worthwhile development for the past eight years.

During the tenure of Amarinder Singh as chief minister the city suffered the most in the way of lack of civic amenities. He posted his crony as the municipal corporation commissioner who did nothing for the city except passing construction plans of glitzy buildings like shopping malls and cinema multiplexes.

Constructive work by the MC has remained at a standstill ever since the formation of the SAD-BJP alliance took over. The problem of smooth movement of vehicular traffic has become very acute and there does not seem to be any solution to the mess in the near future. Besides, illegal construction is coming up almost everywhere in the city with the ruling politicians in many cases backing the encroachers and land grabbers. Both the civic body as well as the Ludhiana Improvement Trust have become dens of corruption.

Crime has also increased sharply with incidents of snatching and car lifting taking place almost every day. Even serious crimes like murders and robberies have become commonplace. Land grabbing by mafias has become routine. The police department has failed to convince city residents that their lives and property are safe in their hands.

General complaints by the public against the district administration are steadily increasing and one has to grease the palm of officials to get any work done. Though the state government set up a ‘district grievances removal committee’ in December 2008, the body has not even met once to discuss residents’ grievances.

Similarly, though the district planning board was reconstituted with former Jagraon MLA Bhag Singh Malla taking over as its chairman last July, it has also not met so far.

In such a scenario whether the chief minister will now come to the rescue of Ludhianvis is the question they have been asking these days. They feel if he does not have any time for this city he should hand over charge to some other active and well-meaning minister.

City residents cannot help wondering that though Ludhiana has one cabinet minister, one deputy speaker and one chief parliamentary secretary in the state cabinet they have not proved to be of any use to the city. Rather, the politicians have been busier in factional feuds and settling scores.



‘Kunjan’ released
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 12
Kunjan, a book authored by Professor Kanwaljit Dhudike, was released at a special function organised at Punjabi Bhawan, Ludhiana, today.

The book is based on the achievements of the Punjabis settled in foreign countries and manifold stresses that they undergo in distant lands.

Novelist Jaswant Singh Kanwal, Sahit Akademy awardee Professor Niranjan Tasneem and poet Dr Surjit Patar presided over the function, wherein, Punjabi laureates read their papers on the book.

The book was termed as a picture perfect of the contemporary Punjabi psyche and a new experiment in Punjabi writing. The book can be read on www.kanwaljitsingh.org.

Jagdev Singh Jassowal, Hardev Dilgir, Harjit Dhaudria, Pirthipal Singh Sohi, Malkit Singh Dakha, Manjit Singh Khalsa were amongst the personalities present at the function.



Mismanagement delays paddy procurement
Rakesh Gupta

Bags of paddy rot in Mullanpur Kakha grain market.
PROBLEM OF PALENTY: Bags of paddy rot in Mullanpur Kakha grain market. Photo: Rakesh Gupta

Mullanpur Dakha, November 12
This year it is not only the farmers who have been encountering severe problems in the grain markets due to the slow pace of procurement but also the commission agents, who are a harassed lot due to nonlifting of procured paddy.

Till today afternoon a total 190,000 tonne of paddy arrived at the grain markets of the Dakha market committee. The latter include the Mullanpur Dakha grain market as well as all nearby procuring centres. However, about 44,000 tonne of paddy - around 1.4 million bags, are yet to be lifted.

The paddy season is now receding and today only 32 tonne arrived at the market. In the paddy season the crop gets matured time bound and the grain markets gets flooded by the crop. The commission agents are left with no other choice that to stack the paddy on temporary plinths in the grain market and even outside it.

Due to improper storage most of the bags become damp and then begin to rot, resulting in huge losses. The condition of paddy stored in the green belt of the town, playgrounds, parks and roadside is worst.

When asked Pungrain inspector Narinder Kumar, asked the labourers employed by the commission agent to remove the bags immediately. He however did not reply to a question on who would compensate for the losses incurred.

Though neither the procuring agencies nor the commission agents purchase paddy from the farmers to compensate for the rotten paddy, their stocks gets augmented.

Even after spending so many days in the grain markets of Jagraon, Raikot, Sidhwan Bet, Mullanpur Dakha and Hathoor and the procuring centers of Pakhowal, Sowaddi, Roomi, Humbran, Sarabha, this reporter could not get the information of the source of supply of paddy to commission agents.

Interestingly, Magher Singh Bariach, chairman of the Dakha market committee, stated many shellers are taking extra bags from the commission agents on the pretext of either shortage or high moisture. A commission agent of Sarabha village rued that a sheller there demanded 30 bags from him per truck. The DM of the said procuring agency and the secretary of the market committee had to intervene to stop his buying spree. However, the matter was hushed up.

Similarly, a sheller on the Mullanpur road, Humbran, is openly taking 5-7 bags of paddy from the commission agents and the matter was reported to Rakesh Bhaskar, district & food Controller, though nothing was done about it. The commission agents are forced to give the demanded paddy bags but from where they get them no one seems to know.



Roshni 2009 concludes
Our Correspondent

Doraha, November 12
An Inter-college and inter-school cultural extravaganza Roshni 2009 culminated at the Doraha Institute of Management and Technology today.

In a press note issued here, Sukhpal Singh, chairman, Doraha Group of Institutes, inaugurated the programme on the concluding day. Dr. H.S. Gurm, former vice- Chancellor, Punjab Technical University, was the chief guest for the evening session. He also gave away the prizes to the winners. Dr. RK Lekhi, director, Doraha Institute of Management and Technology, welcomed the guests and the dignitaries present on the occasion.

The results of various inter- college competitions are as under:

Rangoli: Ravinder Kaur of National College for Women Machiwara-1, Karandeep Kaur of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Model Town, Ludhiana-2, Gurwinder Kaur of Mata Ganga Khalsa College for Girls, Manji Sahib Kottan-3, Amandeep Kaur of Mata Ganga Khalsa College for Girls, Manji Sahib Kottan (Consolation), Ena Jain of Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, Ludhiana (consolation).

Creative writing (story): Neetu of Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women -1, Mehak of Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, Ludhiana-2, Navneet Kaur of Government College for Women, Machiwara (consolation).

Creative writing (essay): Manpreet Kaur of GTB College for Girls, Doraha-1, Jannat Singh of Guru Nanak Girls College Model Town, Ludhiana-2, Neeru Rani of National College for Women Machiwara (consolation).

Creative writing (poem): Priyam Saxena of Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, Ludhiana-1, Kuldeep Kaur of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, Ludhiana-2, Tavleen Suman of Gobindgarh Public College, Alour (Khanna) (consolation).

Quiz: Simranjot Kaur, Chetna Jethi, Rupali of Guru Nanak Girls College Model Town, Ludhiana-1, Anachal Arora, Birkamal Kaur, Pragti of Govt. College for Women, Ludhiana-2, Lovish Bansal, Naman, Arjun Thukral of Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, Ludhiana-3.

Poster making: Amardeep Kaur of Ramgarhia Girls College, Ludhiana-1, Mini Sharma of Govt. College for Women, Ludhiana-2, Amritpal Kaur of Mata Ganga Khalsa College for Girls, Manji Sahib Kottan-3, Pushpinder Kaur of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, Ludhiana (Consolation), Sukhvir Kaur of Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, Ludhiana (consolation).

Ad-mad show: Aman, Himanshu, Maninder Kaur, Priya, Sarthak of Gogindgarh Public College, Alour (Khanna)-1, Pallavi, Jaspreet, Ruchi, Samidha, Anu of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, Ludhiana-2, Chetan, Mani, Manu, Manu Luthra, Shruti of Shri Atam Vallabh Jain College, Ludhiana-3.

Collage making: Harpreet of Shri Atam Vallabh Jain College, Ludhiana-1, Balwinder Kaur of A.S. College For Women, Khanna-2, Harpreet Kaur of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Model Town, Ludhiana-3.

Mehndi: Nupam of Government College for Women, Ludhiana-1, Sandeep Kaur of Ramgarhia Girls College, Ludhiana-2, Arpinder Kaur of Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women-3.

Face painting: Manpreet Kaur of Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, Ludhiana -1, Harpreet Kaur of Mata Ganga Khalsa College for Girls, Manji Sahib Kottan-2, Karamjeet Kaur of A.S. College for Women, Khanna-3, Parteek of Shri Atam Vallabh Jain College, Ludhiana (consolation), Amanpreet Kaur of Government College for Women, Ludhiana (consolation).

Dance to the tune: Richa Tiwari of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, Ludhiana-1, Shubhjit Kaur of Government College for Women, Ludhiana -2, Amandeep Bhardwaj of Gobindgarh Public College, Alour (Khanna) -3, Chandani Rana of Ramgarhia Girls college, Ludhiana (consolation), Rahul Kapoor of Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce & Management, Ludhiana. (consolation ).

Folk songs: Bhawna Handa of Government. College for Women, Ludhiana -1, Juhi Dhingra of Ramgarhia Girls College, Ludhiana and Jaswant Singh of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha2, Rajvir Kaur of A. S. College for Women, Khanna and Neelam Kaur of Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College for Women, Jhar Sahib-3, Shelly of National College for Women, Machiwara (consolation), Rubal Sharma of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Model Town, Ludhiana (consolation).The overall winner’s trophy was shared by Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, Ludhiana and Government College for Women, Ludhiana.



Annual day celebrated
Our Correspondent

Amloh, November 12
“Higher education in India has remained neglected as compared to America where 70 percent students get higher education, but in India, only 12 percent students achieve the target. This deficiency is now being covered by private institutions” chief guest Dr Zora Singh, chairman, Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes, said at the annual prize distribution function of Amloh Public School here today.

Singh lauded the efforts of the Desh Bhagat group for providing higher education through 15 institutes of different trades.

Retired principal Ram Saran Sood and Government Senior Secondary School (boys) principal Novtejinder Kumar were the guest of honour. School director Dr Sushil Goel welcomed the guests. School principal Meena Goel, in the annual report highlighted the achievements of the school in the field of education, sports and cultural activities.

The results have been 100 per cent and the school has won many distinctions in sports and cultural activities at the zone and at the district level.

The students performed cultural programme. Among others, Municipal Council chief Lal Chand Garg, Punjab Pradesh Congress secretary Swatantar Karkara, Bharat Vikas Prishad chairman Ashwani Abrol, Saler Association secretary Rakesh Kumar Garg, 
Maghi Memorial public School principal Manohar lal Verma and parents of the students were also present on the occasion.



Akansha shines in debate
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, November 12
An English debate competition was organised by the Senior Humanities Forum in Green Grove Public School today. The topics were ‘Corporal punishment is a curse’ and ‘Are women equal to men? ’. Twenty-five students from classes VI to XII participated in it.

J.P.S. Jolly, president of the school, presided over the contest. Principal S. George welcomed the guests.

Aastha Mehta of class X spoke in favour of the topic ‘Women are equal to men’ while Rashmi and Navreen of class X drilled with conviction that a woman still needs to be empowered. Avreen of class X and Aashna Mehta of class VIII however, regretted that even in the 21st century women could not walk shoulder-to-shoulder with men. Similarly, those speaking in favour of and against the topic ‘Importance of corporal punishment’ too impressed the audience with their convincing views.

The president appreciated the speech skills of the students and felicitated the winners. He also congratulated the organisers of the show and was impressed by the contest, specially the rebutting session.

He praised the upcoming speakers for their efforts, confidence and general awareness. His inspiring and encouraging comments enthralled the audience. The students gave a short variety entertainment programme of music and dance. In the end, Hasrat Boparai of class VII from the student’s council passed a formal vote of thanks.

The results of the debate competitions under various categories were as follows:

Group I (class VI to VIII): Akansha Puri-1, Snehjot and Priya -2, Jaskaran-3, Baljot Kaur, Aashna Mehta and Harnishan Singh got the consolation.

Group II (class IX to XII): Chashamdeep Kaur-1, Navkiran Kelley and Aastha Mehta-2, Navreen-3, Gurleen , Jaskiran and Purnoor-consolation, Nikhil-sepacil appreciation award.



Doraha college excels in youth fest
Our Correspondent

Doraha, November 12
Students of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, have brought laurels to their institution by bagging 10 prizes, both at group and individual level, in the Inter-Zonal Youth Festival of Panjab University organised at Dev Samaj College of Education, Ferozepur, from November 5 to 9.

The college won the top position in Indian orchestra and a play ‘Ishq Baaj Namaaz Da Haj Nahi’, directed by Prof Sompal Heera. Sukhandeep Kaur, a student of BA-1 won two individual first prizes in play and skit.

The college got the second position in skit, group shabad and cross-stitch. The college stood third in non-percussion and Punjabi folk dance. Karanjeet Singh won the individual third prize in ‘jhoomer’.

Roop Brar, president, college managing committee, Prof Balwant Singh Pangali, general secretary, director Jaswant Singh Gill and principal Narinder Singh Sidhu congratulated the organising secretary, staff and the winners, who have done the institution proud.



Tanima wins elocution contest
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, November 12
C.S. International School organized a elocution contest today. Students from various Schools narrated poems, emphasizing on social evils, social challenges and female foeticide.

School chairman C.S. Matharoo was the chief guest at the function. Swaranjeet Singh Bagli and Gurpreet Grewal were the judges.

Prize winners:

First prize:Tanima Sethi IX (Doraha Public School), second prize: Ayushi Verma, USPC Jain Public School, Ludhiana, Third prize: Gurkamal from Heritage Public School and Ishita VI DAV School, Khanna. The event concluded with national anthem.



Seminar on work culture in India, China
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 12
"China is not to be feared but emulated", said DS Chawla, president, United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers' Association (UCPMA) while deliberating on the topic "Indian Tigers vs Chinese Dragon" at the GGN Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) here today.

Chalwa said economically, both China and India had emerged from poverty to become prosperous trading nations. But the hard work, dedication and sincerity had given China a sharp competitive edge over India.

He shared very astonishing facts about the people and work culture of China. He informed the students about their excellent time management, their ability to reduce down the wastage to nil in the production process and their opportunistic nature that was helping them produce almost every product required worldwide. Exemplifying it, he said, whether it was the Diwali lights or holi pichkaris, rakhis or the American flags, China produced it all at cheaper prices.

He said that it was the dedication and the passion among the Chinese that had taken them a long way. He inspired the budding industrialists to inculcate in them the zeal and enthusiasm towards their line of production.

The other resource person for the day was Ajit Lakra, MD, Superfine Knitwears. He informed the students about the various threats faced by the Indian markets. He said that the Chinese products were invading and hitting the Indian markets. He also said the Chinese were able to do this because of their true nationalist culture. 



SC students go without books
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khamano November 12
In government schools of the Khamano subdivision and in Fatehgarh Sahib district the SC students of class VIII, who passed the compartment examinations, could not get books of class IX from the welfare department even after half session has passed.

Poor students are borrowing books from other classmates. It has come to light that even class teachers or principals are not aware that these students are yet to receive books from the welfare department of the government. The result of class VIII, for which the papers were held in March, 2009 was declared in May, 2009.

Later in July 2009, the Punjab School Education Board gave a chance to those students who had failed in two subjects. After this decision, the students with compartment in class VIII were allowed to sit in class IX. But, so far, these students have not received their books.

It is a matter of concern as to how these students without books will compete with other classmates as more than half the session has passed. Mostly poor students study in government schools and they are the ones whose studies are affected.



From Colleges
Internet Day celebrated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 12
The Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology, Katani Kalan, celebrated the Internet Day on Tuesday. The function started with an exhibition on Internet in which students displayed various aspects of the Internet.

Dr JS Sohal welcomed the gathering and highlighted the importance of Internet in the day-to-day working. Manpreet Singh Chatwal, SDM-East, was the chief guest.

The function progressed with presentation on the Internet by the faculty members followed by students presentation on.

Placement drive

The Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) Students Chapter and Training and Placement Cell of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT) organised a joint campus placement-cum -registration drive by Wipro Technologies. Karan Pal Singh, regional campus manager, Wipro Technologies delivered a pre-placement talk.



Veterinary surgery congress enters Day 2
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 12
The second day of the “33rd International Symposium of Indian Society for Veterinary Surgery”, being organised by the department of veterinary surgery and radiology, College of Veterinary Science, GADVSAU, was a day of learning and interaction.

A total of six sessions of the congress were held today. Dr RKC Bali, eminent veterinarian from Germany and visiting professor at the US, presented the lead paper "Tracheal collapse in canines" in the small animal session. This was a totally new topic for the audience and they listened and learned the technique with great concentration. This lecture will help the surgeons in saving the lives of many dogs who are suffering from tracheal collapse.

Dr SS Bakshi, a radiologist from Ludhiana, presented the lead paper "Introduction to MRI Imaging" in the radiology and imaging technique session.

The other papers read out on the occasion included the ones on echo cardiography and ultrasonography in small and large animal patients. These techniques are going to be beneficial in disease diagnosis and will be of great help to the veterinary surgeons and livestock owners.

The orthopaedic session again had lead paper from Dr Bali and entitled "Spinal fractures and luxations in small animals" in which he showed the latest approach in diagnosis and surgical management of spinal injuries. Other delegates also presented some interesting papers in this session. One paper underlined the role of anabolic hormones on healing of femur fractures in canines. Another paper compared the various internal fixation techniques of fracture healing.

The avian, zoo and wild animal session had a lead paper from Dr KK Sarma, professor of surgery, COVS, AAU, Guwahati. He is a known personality in controlling elephants who go "musth". Many incidences of trained elephants going wild have come to the fore in the recent past in India and Indonesia. Dr Sarma trained the doctors from all over India to control such elephants.

Many interesting instances were presented were exotic and endangered species like snakes and owl were rescued from precarious situations. A cobra was rescued from coal tar by a team of doctors were it was trapped and unable to move. Another cobra was rescued from a soft drink can in which its head was trapped.

Dr Sarma said there is a special type of service which a veterinary doctor provides to deaf and dumb creatures. He presented a paper on "Restraint and Handling of Zoo and Wild Animals". The session had interesting papers on different wild animals like leopard, lion, brown hyena, black buck, nilgai, elephant, cobra, python, monkey, deer, rhino etc. Papers were also presented on surgeries performed on various birds like cock, pigeon, black kite, owl, flamingo etc.

The small and large animal poster sessions were also held simultaneously where various authors displayed their work.



2 motorists hurt in mishap
Tribune News Service

Passers-by rush to help the injured after the accident in Ludhiana on Thursday.
Passers-by rush to help the injured after the accident in Ludhiana on Thursday.  Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, November 12
Two motorists were seriously injured following collusion with an over-speeding truck near the octroi post on Ferozepur road here this morning.

The injured have been identified as Chetan and Ankit Jain, both students of Aurobindo College. They were rushed to Midi City Hospital. Doctors said they had sustained multiple injuries.

The police has nabbed the truck driver, Balkar Singh.

The incident took place when the over-speeding truck heading from Mullapur entered the wrong lane and caught the motorists unaware.



Man gets 10-yr jail for raping minor
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, November 12
Additional Sessions Judge Mohd Gulzar has convicted Suraj Singh of Gurunanak Nagar, Bhamian, on the charges of raping an eight-year-old girl. He was sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for 10 years.

Delivering the verdict, the court held that the prosecution had successfully proved the guilt of the accused beyond any reasonable shadow of doubt.

Keeping in view the nature of offence, the accused did not deserve any leniency, observed the court while dismissing the plea of leniency raised by the accused. A fine of Rs 1,000 was also imposed on the accused.

A case under Section 376 of the IPC was registered at the Division No. 6 police station on August 5, 2006, following the complaint of Shanti, mother of victim.

The complainant had stated to the police that the accused had come to their house on the pretext of meeting her husband, who was not home, and raped her daughter. Later, the police arrested him and produced him before the court. 



Two held for fraud, Rs 10 lakh recovered
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 12
Two employees of an industrial unit were held for stealing a cheque book, which already bore the signature of the owner and withdrew money worth Rs 11.65 lakh from a bank.

The accused have been identified as Baljeet Singh of Himmat Singh Nagar and Gagandeep Singh of Shimlapuri. They were nabbed by the police here today.

Varunjit Singh, in charge, Happy Steal,, Dhandri, said one of the accused Gagandeep was working as a clerk in Happy Steel situated in Dhandri.

The police said Gagan stole three cheques and one cheque book from the industrial unit two months ago. The owner came to know about the theft and sacked him from the job.

Though, the owner recovered three cheques but he failed to recover the cheque book, which bore the signature of the owner.

Varunjit said that Gagan along with his accomplice Baljeet, withdrew Rs 11.65 lakh from a bank on the Mall road, purchased a motorcycle and hid the rest of the amount at the house of his maternal uncle in Samrala.

The factory manager Narninder Singh came to know about the embezzlement and registered the matter in the police. Following which, the police today raided the residence of and nabbed the duo and recovered the cash worth Rs 10 lakh.



Malwa Khalsa win hockey tourney
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 12
Hockey players of Malwa Khalsa Senior Secondary School brought laurels to the city by winning the Punjab State Under-14 Hockey Tournament, organised by the Punjab School Education Board at Tarkhanwadh village in Moga.

The boys started their journey with an emphatic win over Jalandhar and trounced them by 10-0 in the first knockout encounter of the tournament.

"Form there on, it was no looking back for the boys," Yudwinder, coach of Malwa School hockey team, said.

The boys further defeated Batala 5-2 and Tarkhanwadh wing by 2-0 and entered the round-robin league. There they drew with Mohali 2-2 and further defeated Tarkhanwadh wing by 3-2 and drubbed Jarkhar Hockey Academy by 1-0 in the finals.

Harmanpreet, a student of Malwa School, remained the top scorer with nine goals to his kitty. Khagesh Sharma, the principal of the school congratulated the boys for winning the tournament.



GHG win handball tourney
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 12
Guru Hargobind School, Sidhwan won the under-19 Sahodaya School Complex (West) Handball Tournament organized at Jesus' Sacred Heart School, here. Manpreet Singh Ayali, chairman, Zila Parishad, presided over the function on the opening day.


U-19 girls : G.H.G Sidhwan, Jesus' Sacred Heart School

U-19 boys: G.H.G Sidhwan, Shamrock School, D.P.S

U-14 boys: D.P.S, G.H.G Sidhwan, Jatindra Greenfield School.



BVM drub GGN Public School
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 12
Bhartiya Vidya Mandir (BVM) won the inter-school tournament by defeating GGN Public School 2-0 in the final.

Earlier in the day, BVM defeated Ryan International School 8-0 and GGN defeated Sacred Heart Convent School, BRS Nagar, by 3-0 in the semifinal.

In an encounter for the third place, Secred Heart School, BRS Nagar, defeated Ryan International School, 7-1. The school authorities distributed prizes to the winners.



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