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500 unlicensed autos impounded, go off road
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 23
The challan drive of the city police on auto-rickshaws plying without documents proved to be a nightmare for the cops as all police stations were stuffed with impounded auto-rickshaws by the evening.

With no space available at police stations to park impounded auto-rickshaws, the city police changed its strategy and restricted itself to challans.

A major chunk of illegal auto-rickshaws plying on city roads actually belonged to a handful of cops. These cops did not ply their vehicles during the challan drive.

Senior police officials admitted that the city police was ill-equipped in tackling with the three-wheeler menace.

According to a senior traffic police official, over 500 auto-rickshaws plying on city roads without documents were impounded and nearly 5,000 auto-rickshaws were challaned.

The drive was initiated following Traffic SP Rupinder Singh’s orders to challan auto-rickshaws flouting traffic rules.

Rupinder said many snatcher gangs and anti-social elements had been operating in the guise of auto-rickshaw drivers.

In the past, the city police had nabbed one such gang, which was behind several cases of murder and snatching.

He said he recently convened a meeting with members of the auto-rickshaw association and appealed to them that every three-wheeler driver should register his name, mobile number and residential details with the police and the driver should keep all necessary documents with him.

According to the police, the challan drive was initiated as three-wheeler drivers had failed to comply with any of the orders.

On the other hand, auto-rickshaw drivers threatened that they would go on strike in protest against the challan drive.

In the evening, members of the auto-rickshaw association staged a dharna against the police for the challan drive.

Residents welcomed the move of the police. There had been numerous complaints against the police of sheltering auto-rickshaw drivers.


Auto- rickshaws choke up city roads
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 23
The auto-rickshaws, which are regarded as the cheapest mode of public transport, are stated to be major cause of traffic chaos in the city. According to a survey, about 50,000 auto-rickshaws ply on the city roads and ferries more than 1 lakh commuter to various destinations everyday.

The survey states that the auto-rickshaws ply on 56-km stretch in various parts of the city. If these were parked one after another then about 23,000 auto-rickshaws would cover the entire stretch.

A representative, who conducted the survey, stated that rest of the auto-rickshaws is surplus, and the reason behind the chaos at major intersections of the city.

In the absence of proper stops, these autos create traffic jam. It has also been noticed that to reduce the cost ferrying, numerous autos are being run on kerosene thereby emitting toxic gases and polluting the environment.

Tough, the police has started to fine them, but they have failed to check the spread of pollution caused by the auto rickshaws.

The auto rickshaws drivers are also the ones who don’t care about signals and easily flout the traffic rules.

Earlier, the traffic police used to simply turn their back if the auto- rickshaw drivers were found breaking any signal.

“If some commuter collides with these auto rickshaws, he is surely in trouble. It’s normal to find auto-rickshaw drivers engaging themselves in road rage,” said Parth, a student.

Neither the police nor the auto-rickshaw associations have taken any interest to educate the drivers about the hazards of pollution and to sensitise them about the fatal accidents due to callous driving.

Majority of the auto-rickshaw drives does not possess driving license and don’t know about the traffic rules. Vested interest of cops as well as auto rickshaw associations are said to be the reason behind this malpractice.

According to police sources, out of 50,000 auto-rickshaws over 15,000 are not registered with the district transport department. About 2,000 auto-rickshaws are owned to the cops themselves.

The illegal transportation of hosiery goods through auto-rickshaws popularly known as ‘Peti Mafia’ is also contributing to the traffic menace, especially during the evening hours.

These auto-rickshaws are made to run at very high speed in order to evade cops as these carry goods without bill thereby evading taxes to be paid to the government. 



Nightmare for kids, parents
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 23
Following a crackdown on plying of auto-rickshaws in the city, large number students and their parents were put to considerable inconvenience as autos remained off roads today.

Nearly half the population of the schoolchildren commutes to the schools by auto-rickshaws, hundreds of which were today fined and impounded by the police during the drive. Following this, parents were forced to drop their wards to schools themselves even as many had to miss their classes and numerous others reached late.

“I waited for almost 30 minutes for auto to arrive, but when it didn’t turn up I had to drop my children to the school myself. It has upset my schedule as I am a working woman,” rued Christina Peter, a nurse and mother of two children.

Faced with the task of dropping and picking up kids, harried parents could be seen queuing up outside the schools, both, in the morning as well as in the afternoon.

Kamini Kaur of BRS Nagar, a mother of two, who had come to drop them at the school said: “I can take them to school but bringing them back will be a problem because I have a job to do.”

The drive to check the plying of illegal autos in the city is a good step but it has put parents as well as the kids to lot of inconvenience for no fault of theirs, rued another parent Shruti Sharma, an accountant.

She added, “My kids commute to the school by an auto, which is registered and the driver has all relevant documents. Still, he did not turn up today fearing being fined by the cops and the kids had to miss their school. By the time we came to know about the situation, it was too late,”

Meanwhile, hopeful of auto-rickshaws once again plying on the city roads, Baldev Sharma of Sherpur said: “A few parents have decided to pool in and ferry their kids to the school until autos are back on roads.” 



Plots’ transfer under power of attorney
Strict norms irk property dealers, create ruckus 
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, December 23
A group of property dealers, apparently irked over strict verification norms for transferring plots in power of attorney cases, created ruckus and obstructed the proceedings of the function, organised by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust here today. The move was to hand over documents for the registration of title deeds of plots and properties in colonies developed by the Trust to nearly 100 applicants.

Raising slogans and mobbing the well of the committee room in the Trust office, the protesters alleged that the LIT officials were deliberately harassing those who had purchased the plots and properties on the power of attorney. “The corrupt officials and employees of the trust are not entertaining such cases for transfer and the files in a few of the transfer applications are gathering dust for years together,” they added.

Maintaining that the LIT officials were bound by the directions from the Local Government department, Punjab in cases of transfer of ownership on the basis of the power of attorney, chairman of the trust Ashok Juneja made it clear that the principal secretary of the department had issued directions on the norms to the be adhered to in cases where transfer of ownership of trust properties was sought on the basis of the general power of attorney.

As the protesting property dealers claimed that except for Ludhiana, the Improvement Trusts in other towns and cities were entertaining transfer applications based on GPAs, Juneja said the directions were issued specifically to the LIT as there were rampant complaints of bogus allotments and transfer applications in process in many cases where the original allottee had died (in such cases the GPA becomes void), or else the GPA had been revoked.

Later, handing over the documents for registration of the title deeds to at least 100 applicants, Juneja said during his tenure of less than six months, he had disposed off more than 1,000 files pertaining to registration of title deeds, agreements, transfer deeds and NOCs, some of which were dragging in the trust office for the past several years.

Claiming that approximately 90 per cent pending files had been dealt with during the past couple of months, providing big relief to the city residents, the LIT chairman said the pending court cases were being properly followed up so as to safeguard the interests of the institution and the entire trust record was being computerised to bring about transparency.

On the development front, Juneja said LIT would soon undertake construction of LIG and EWS flats on 8.8 acres in Shaheed Karnail Singh Nagar, hand over possession of about 1,100 built-up residential flats in different schemes, take up disposal of vacant chunks of land and provide better amenities and infrastructure in the residential colonies and commercial pockets developed and maintained by the Trust.



Anti-Encroachment Drive
Room beneath footpath surprises MC officials
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 23
Officials of the municipal corporation were taken aback after they discovered a room constructed underneath a footpath during an anti- encroachment drive conducted by it at Sarabha Nagar Block- I here today.

According to the officials the room belongs to a car mechanic, who had installed a few expensive machines in it. While the corporation officials were razing the structures, he requested them to give him some time to shift the machines.

The officials warned the mechanic to vacate the room as early as possible. They are also planning to initiate police action against him.

The reports of heated arguments were also received from the Clock Tower area where the team mistakenly demolished a structure constructed by an advocate.

While continuing its drive in the Clock Tower area, the corporation’s JCBs razed about 150 illegal encroachments, including pavements, tarpaulin and shutters, which were extended by the shopkeepers.

After the drive, the corporation officials served notice on the shopkeepers to remove their encroachments with in two days. A doctor, chemist and a dhaba owner were also to raze their illegal structure.

Car mechanics and shopkeepers, who deal in car accessories, were previously informed about the drive. However, encroachers were seen removing the goods even before the corporation officials were supposed to reach the spot.



Cops serious on one-way traffic
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 23
It seems that the traffic police is in no mood to buckle under the pressure of politicians who have been campaigning against the police for implementing one-way traffic at the Bhai Bala Chowk.

The city police today put up boulders and barricades at the Aarti Cowk for the strict implementation of one-way traffic and stopped commuters from violating rules.

Commuters had been using narrow streets to reach the Ghumar Mandi area, which was adding to the traffic chaos.

Commuters had also been parking their vehicles at the Mai Nand Kaur gurudwara, resulting in traffic chaos in the Ghumar Mandi area.



3 more down with swine flu
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 23
Of 24 suspected cases of swine flu, presently admitted to different city hospitals and treated for the viral infection, three more have tested positive. The test reports of six suspected cases were received by the district health administration late last evening.

According to Dr GP Mangla, District Epidemiologist, Harwinder Kaur (Moga), Neelam Rani (Malerkotla) and Ranjit Singh (Himachal Pradesh) were reported positive for swine flu. Three of them are already being treated for the infection in the Christian Medical College and Hospital here.

In the past a few days, two victims had fallen to swine flu in CMCH. Keeping the gravity of situation in view, Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg today convened a meeting of health administration and representatives of major medical institutions to review the status of the disease, which had practically assumed the level of an epidemic. The health officials were directed to keep a tab on the situation while the hospital administrators were told to remain geared up to meet all eventualities.



City Concerns
Overbridge will provide succour to residents
The railway overbridge that will come up in place of the Lakkar Bridge will not be connected to the elevated road, defeating the entire purpose despite a cost of Rs 60 crore. As per the present design, the bridge is Y-shaped, with the tail starting from the Civil Lines. While the downward ramp will end at the Central Post office at the Mata Rani Chowk, the upward ramp will start from the Reikhy Cinema chowk. Though MC officials claim that this design will ease traffic movement, experts feel that it will worsen vehicular mobility. Should the municipal corporation go ahead with the project or should it consult the experts once again before going ahead with it. This is the response of Ludhiana Tribune readers

MC’s take

Project in charge XEN HS Khossa said, “The design of the Lakkar Bridge, which is being given shape today by the PWD, was approved in 1996. The municipal corporation has made no alterations in that design and engineers from both the PWD and the civic body feel that the bridge is going to be a big success.”

As far as connecting the bridge arm with the elevated road is concerned, Khossa said, “The idea was floated a few years back, but was denied by the Chief Engineer of the PWD. He had said since the arm and the elevated road would be connected at 90 degrees, joining those was not possible.”

He said, “At present, there are just two ways to join the old city and the new city. These are the Damoria Bridge and the Jagraon Bridge. With the completion of the project, a third way will be available with the commuters and this will decongest traffic on the other two alternatives.”

He added that the construction of the Lakkar Bridge was being taken on a priority basis because in case repairs of the Jagraon Bridge were to be taken up, the route would be closed as there was no other alternative way.

The technical expert said, “The viability of the project has been studied by all of us and we assure you that project will not create any chaos. The project is coming up with the efforts of former Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal. If the bridge is not given shape now, it will be never completed.”

The envisioned rail overbridge is perfectly designed to provide succour to the residents of the old city to cross to the Civil Lines and the residents of the Civil Lines for facilitating their visits to various bazaars renowned for their unique specialties. The residents of the Civil Lines have almost stopped visiting old city since the demolition of the Lakkar Bridge due to harrowing experiences of traffic jams on the alternative routes. The proposed bridge should be restricted to pedestrians and light vehicles.

There should be separate lanes for pedestrians on both sides with out-of-reach flowers to make walking a pleasure. The Lakkar Bridge has served pedestrians for years. The overbridge will reduce traffic glut on the Domoria Pul and the Jagraon Bridge roads.

DN Sharma

Proving useless

It is really shocking that the design of the Lakkar Bridge was conceived more than a decade ago. Still the engineers of the municipal corporation think that even after so many years, the old design will serve the purpose of traffic.

This is for everybody to see that roads and bridges constructed 10 years ago have been proving useless for traffic. In fact, this has become a matter of debate in our country that the old projects become obsolete within a decade.

Engineers are being asked to prepare designs with a vision, considering the population growth vis-a-vis traffic requirements. It is strange that the MC did not feel the need to change the design as per the requirements. I do not feel that the MC should go about the project directly. It needs a rethought.

Muktinder Singh

May be of help

No doubt, this bridge will facilitate the smooth flow of traffic and will provide much-needed respite for city residents, but the fact that a hue and cry is being raised causes doubts in the minds of the people. The public is being made to understand that the traffic moving from the Civil Lines towards the inner bazar will reach the surface road at the Bhadaur House near the central post office at the Mata Rani Chowk. After that, it will connect to the overbridge near the Society Cinema.

The ramp on the Civil Lines side will have four-laned roads for the smooth flow of traffic whereas the ramp moving towards both inner areas will be two-laned to improve vehiclular movement. The project may help people, but the authorities will have to cope with the daunting situation of managing vehicles in both localities of the inner bazars till the work goes on. Otherwise, it would be too much of an inconvenience.

Amarinder Singh Dimple

Not advisable

Connecting the new bridge to the elevated road will not serve any purpose as commuters who want to go to main roads will have better alternatives available. So, going ahead with the project is not advisable at this juncture. The entry points at the elevated road will cause chaos and hindrances for traffic on the elevated road.

Thus, it will defeat the very purpose of its construction. The elevated road may also become a death trap. One should go ahead with the projects after judging the end results. Otherwise, there is no point in wasting public money.

Pritpal Singh



Project on breeding of Beetal goats reviewed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 23
Beetal is the only recognised goat breed in Punjab. Due to indiscriminate slaughter, breeding and movement to other states, this breed was on the verge of extinction from its home tract.

The population of Beetal goat in Punjab had declined drastically to less than 10,000. A limited number of breed animals were found in Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Taran Taran and Ferozepur districts of Punjab.

A few flocks of Beetal were also available in Ludhiana and Bathinda districts.

A project on conservation of the breed and its improvement was sanctioned by the department of animal husbandry, dairying and fisheries, ministry of agriculture, the Government of India, which was being implemented by the department of livestock production management, GADVASU, with the objective to strengthen the flocks of Beetal breed under stall feeding conditions.

To review the progress on the conservation of Beetal goats, Dr A Batobyal, joint commissioner, department of animal husbandry, dairying and fisheries, ministry of agriculture, visited the university today.

Dr SS Nagra, head, department of livestock production management, who was in charge of this project, briefed the joint commissioner about the progress made in conserving the Beetal goat at GADVASU.

The department had created a flock of 200 Beetal goats along with the entire infrastructure needed to maintain them. He also told the Beetal goat under the stall feeding conditions grew fast as compared to the field grazing conditions.

Taneja apprised him about the financial difficulties in future for successful running of this project for which Dr Batobyal assured all help from the department.



Protect sugarcane from frost: Experts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 23
Sugarcane experts of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have advised sugarcane growers to save their crops from frost in view of chilly weather.

The experts, including Kuldeep Singh, Dr Muktiar Singh Gill and Dr Buta Singh Dhillon, said with the onset of frost in January, the growth of sugarcane would slow down.

The frost affected leaves turn pale and the plant may even succumb to severe frost injury. The experts said juice developed acidity under such conditions and sweetness was reduced.

Therefore, protection of sugarcane against cold was required, they said.

The experts said the frost tolerant varieties are CoJ-64, CoJ-85, CoJ-83, CoJ-88, CoS-8436, CoH-119 and Co-1148. They added that poor vigour of the crop had deteriorated yields and suggested to look after the crop well.

The scientists of regional station, Faridkot, said the tilted and lodged crops were more prone to frost damage. Therefore, the earthing up operation should be undertaken before the onset of rains.

The crops provided with light irrigation in days of severe cold are protected. The irrigation helps to keep the soil warm that helps to provide protection against frost. The experts observe that in the frost prone areas, the sets should be obtained from the upper portions of the cane.



BJP appoints poll observers
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, December 23
The BJP has appointed poll observers to get smooth and fair elections conducted to the Jagraon district unit of the party.

A meeting in this regard was held under the guidance of Ashwani Sharma, state election in charge of the party.

In a unanimous decision, Vijay Jain was appointed assistant election officer for Jagraon circle, Major Singh Detwal for Raikot circle, Satish Aggarwal for Mullanpur circle, Shristi Garg for Sudhar circle, Baldev Krishan Telu for Hathoor circle, Mapinder Jain for Galib Kalan circle, Pardeep Jain for Sidhwan Bet circle and Rajinder Verma for Jodhan circle.

These assistant election officers would be responsible for elections for the presidents of their respective circles.

Jeewan Gupta, district election in charge, said these newly appointed officers would also be responsible to verify the new entrants to the BJP.

Elections for various booth presidents would be completed by December 27 and for circle presidents by the first week of January.

He added that voters were inclined towards the BJP, as evident from new membership that exceeded the target set by DP Chandan, membership in charge for Punjab.

Among those present were Rajinder Sharma, Rohit Aggarwal, Vasdev Sharma, Jinderpal Dhiman, Raj Kumar Raju, Sanjeev Dhand, Bhupinder Singh, Parminder Pal Pammi, Ajaib Singh Chahal, Jagdev Singh, Kulwant Rai, Major Singh Galib, Rajinder Rijaan, Sumit Sabharwal, Ashok Kapoor, Sumit Shashtri and DO Verma.



Probe into landless farmer’s death begins
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 23
The Dehlon police has initiated a probe into the death of 60-year-old Kirpal Singh of Guawara village in Sangrur district, whose body was found lying on the Dhulkot road near here last night.

Though no external marks of injury were noticed on the body, preliminary investigations revealed that he died after consuming some poisonous substance.

The deceased was a landless farmer working with a gas agency. His body was found lying at a deserted place on the Dhulkot road by some passersby around midnight.

The Ludhiana (Rural) police constituted an SIT headed by Sukhbir Singh to probe the circumstances leading to the death. Preliminary investigations revealed that the deceased was unmarried and had started living at the town about five years ago.

It was yet to be ascertained whether the deceased was alone before his death or somebody else was with him.

The body was handed over to Avtar Singh, brother of the deceased, after post-mortem examination at the Dehlon civil hospital.

Viscera of the body was been sent for chemical examination to the state forensic and chemical laboratory and further action would be initiated after the receipt of the report.



Awareness drive on social evils

Amloh, December 23
The Fatehgarh Sahib district unit of Nehru Yuvak Kendra, in collaboration with the Punjab Sabhyacharak Club here, organised a sabhyacharak mela ‘Mehak Punjab di’ at a school ground here to create awareness on social evils.

It consisted of three sessions. The morning session was inaugurated by SAD city chief Darshan Singh Cheema. The function began with religious songs presented by Shamsher Singh Shera and Kulbir Kaulgarhia. Club president Roshan Sood welcomed the guests.

District planning board chairperson Satwinder Kaur Dhaliwal, who was the guest of honour, appreciated the services of the club to educate the people against female foeticide and drug addiction through songs, plays and choreography.

Backward classes commission chairman Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar was honoured by the club for his services towards society. Badungar cautioned the youth against the deteriorating human values.

In the second session, Punjab Youth Development Board chairman Gurpreet Singh Raju Khanna said the board had launched a campaign against drug addiction through youth clubs. Needy students, as per lists provided by their respective middle, high and senior secondary schools of Amloh block, were given woollens. — OC



Fellowship for CMC cardiologist

Ludhiana, December 23
Dr Rajneesh Calton, professor and head of cardiology department at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, was awarded the fellowship of the Cardiological Society of India (FCSI) at the recently held Annual Conference of Radiological Society of India at Kochin. Dr Calton is the only cardiologist from the state who has been awarded this fellowship in 2009.

Dr Calton has been on the faculty of the department of cardiology at CMC, Ludhiana, since 1990 and rejoined the department in February this year after completing his advanced training in Interventional Cardiology (Coronary Stenting) and Cardiac Electrophysiology (heart rhythm disorders management) at the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario, Canada. — TNS



DMCH joins hands with US institute
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 23
Dr Paul Khanuja, director, hip and knee replacement surgery at the Rubin Institute, Sinai Hospital, Baltimore, US, and medical director, Operation Walk, Maryland, is on a two-day visit to the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here to set up an advanced orthopaedic collaboration between the two institutes.

Giving this information here, Dr Mohammed Yamin, professor and head, department of orthopaedics, said under the proposed project, Operation Walk would co-ordinate free hip and knee replacement surgeries for the poor.

“Operation Walk is a non-profit voluntary medical service organisation providing free surgical treatment for patients in developing countries who have disabling arthritis. It has operated on more than 3,000 patients in Russia, Cuba, Nepal, China, the Philippines, Nicaragua, Mexico, El Salvador, and the United States,” he said.

The collaboration, he added, would set up joint activities in areas of research and training, including video-conferencing and tele-medicine, clinical fellow and lecturer exchange programme, joint clinical studies and charity care.



172 units of blood collected
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 23
As many as 172 units of blood were collected at two voluntary blood donation camps organised here today.

While 122 volunteers came forward to donate blood at a camp held by Krantikari Shaheed Bhagat Singh Sewa Dal, 50 persons chipped in at the camp organised by the Ivanna Institute of Fashion Technology.

A team of doctors and supporting staff from the department of transfusion medicine, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, led by Dr Amarjit Kaur coordinated the activities at the sewa dal camp.

Sewa dal president Sarwan Attri motivated the youth for making voluntary blood donation a mass movement, as this noble deed could save human lives.

The camp held by Ivanna Institute was dedicated to Col Gurbir Singh Sama, who had laid down his life while fighting against terrorists in Baramula sector.

According to Manmeet Sodhia, director of the institute, the blood donation camp was coordinated by a team of doctors from the Red Cross Blood Bank and students took keen interest to make the camp a success.



Army recruitment rally from Jan 4
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 23
The Army will hold a recruitment rally for soldiers (general duty) for youths from Ludhiana, SAS Nagar, Moga and Ropar districts. It will be held at Guru Nanak stadium here from January 4 to 12.

Addressing a press conference here yesterday, Col Sharad Dhindaw, Director, Army Recruiting, invited the youths from all four districts to participate in the rally and brighten their future.

He said they would issue tokens for participants on January 4 for candidates of Ludhiana, January 5 for candidates of Moga, January 6 for candidates of Ropar and January 7 for candidates of SAS Nagar. The issuance will start from 5 am onwards every day.

Col Dhindaw added the tokens for the soldier technical and nursing assistants would be issued on January 7 and for soldier clerks on January 8. He said candidates for recruitment in soldier technical, soldier nursing assistants and soldier clerks could participate in this rally from all districts.

During the rally, the candidates would be required to bring in original documents , two attested photocopies of certificates of educational qualifications, domicile certificate, caste certificate, character certificate signed by principal, character certificate from sarpanch and unmarried status certificate.
The candidates were required to bring 12 copies of the latest passport-size photographs taken in the last six months. Sikh candidates should bring 12 copies of photographs with turban and 12 copies without turban.



Makkar returning officer for Bar poll
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 23
The process of annual elections to the District Bar Association (DBA) on January 15 started today with the appointment of the returning officer and assistant returning officers at a general house meeting.

Young lawyer Hapreet Singh Makkar was appointed returning officer and Darshan Singh Sandhu and NPS Gahir were appointed assitant returning officers.

“I will do my best for conducting fair elections. The code of conduct will be issued tommorrow. I will ensure that once the code of conduct comes into force, it will be implemented in letter and spirit,” said Makkar.

Senior lawyer SK Pathak declared his candidature for the post of DBA president. Former DBA president Naval Kishore Chhibber, DBA vice-president Anil Kaushal and former DBA secretary Harjasdeep Singh were in the fray.



Weaving world in a single thought
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 23
From warriors molded with m-seal, dancing tribals cast from milk drums/cycle rims to Lord Budha's birth and salvation cycle sculpted in wood, every piece exhibited by Harminder Boparai at the ongoing exhibition is a masterwork in itself.

Take a close look at the buffalo in action, carved out of golden fibre and the theme of the exhibition of sculptures Parwaz, "the flight" appears apposite as Rajvir, an art lover, described, "The upward thrust or the driving force is more than evident in every sculpted piece of Harminder Boparai. Despite his little experience, the artist has a mind and a will to stand out, which will take him a long way."

The transcending moods fused with the element of surreal gives "patriotism" a brand new look through the faces of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev.

The artist is equally passionate about painting as is evident from his abstract art that communicates at larger lengths with onlookers. Right from the girl blowing a trumpet in black and white streaks to the "creases" on the face of a woman in deepest brown are a treat for the onlookers.

Inspiration for this young artist lies in the bucolic backdrop of his Ghudani Kalan village, where every object, including thatched roofs of mud houses to wild images of the flora and fauna at night, fills his thoughts with new ideas.

"It is my wish to weave the whole world in a single thought through my work as an artist lives beyond the parameters of boundaries," opines Harminder.

The seven-day exhibition added dozens of fans to this young artist’s fan club, who is also teaching clay modelling to the students at Sat Paul Mittal School, Ludhiana.



Rs 1 lakh donated for school building
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, Decemebr 23
The inauguration ceremony of new classrooms was held on the Government Senior Secondary Model School premises, Punjab Agricultural University, here today.

Bikramjeet Singh Khalsa, chief parliamentary secretary, Punjab, was the chief guest. He was welcomed by PTA president, Dr Karamjeet Singh, and other members, namely PL Kaushal, PL Niramal and Piara Singh Chahal.

Khalsa expressed respect for his alma mater and praised principal Sanjeev Thapar and other faculty for uplifting the academic performance of the students.

Khalsa also sanctioned a cheque of Rs 1 lakh for the construction of the school building.

Christmas celebrations

Fun, frolic and gaiety marked the Christmas celebrations at Ryan, which lasted a week starting from December 16 till today. Various activities and competitions were held spreading the message of love and bonding.

Montessori kids enjoyed class activities like colouring Santa, Christmas tree, mash making, star making and card making.

The children also displayed their talents in modelling, story telling and class decoration. A special assembly to highlight the importance of festival was also held. Students of Classes I to V participated in the activities like candle decoration, carol singing, Christmas tree decoration, wreath making, bouquet making, dressing a cake and so on. Later, depicting the spirit of compassion and sharing, the students collected various items of daily use and distributed them among orphanages of the city.

Small Wonders

Christmas was celebrated at Small Wonders Nursery School, Sangat road, today with great fervour and fun. Children dressed up as Santa Claus and fairies mesmerised all, as they sang carols. A cake was also cut and gifts were distributed among kids.

BCM School

Christmas was celebrated with great fervour and zeal at BCM School, Dugri, by junior students as well as teachers. The primary wing was tastefully decorated with bells, flowers and a Christmas tree. Kids came dressed up as Santa Claus and danced to the tune of, “Jingle bells”. The students had a gala time and engaged in activities like Santa cap making, Santa face making, glass painting and sang hymns of joy and peace. Santa distributed gifts and candies to the children. Rachel Bhatti, coordinator of primary wing, encouraged the children to imbibe the teachings of Jesus Christ in their lives and wished them a joyful and prosperous New Year.

Sports day

The annual sports day was held at Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Moti Nagar, today. Students from junior classes and playway wing participated in the event.


Shoe race (nursery): 1. Anjali, 2. Parth, 3. Navjot.

Frog race (LKG): 1. Aditya, 2. Monika, 3. Kanistha.

Three-leg race (UKG): 1. Neha and Jaskaran, 2. Manoj and Dharam.

Cycle race (class I): 1. Jai, 2. Utsav, 3. Piyush.

Tug-of-war (class II): 1. Newton House, 2. Bhawa House, 3. Tagore House.

Bori race (class III): 1. Gurleen, 2. Deepak, 3. Navdeep.



Training for self employment of farm women
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 23
The directorate of extension education, Punjab Agricultural University, will organise a one-month training course for self employment of farm women from January 4 in Kairon Kisan Ghar of the university.

Director extension education, Dr Mukhtar Singh Gill, said for the self employment of farm women, the special training course was planned under which training regarding tie and dye, mushroom cultivation, seed treatment and preparation of soft toys would be imparted to trainees.

Different management strategies to efficiently utilise energy and nutritious value of different recipes will also be discussed. Dr Neelam Mahajan will be the coordinator of the programme.


Urwinder Kaur Grewal has been appointed as a member of PAU Board of Management. According to information given by financial commissioner (development) Navreet Singh Kang, Grewal would join as the board member with an immediate effect.



Seminar on changing business trends
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 23
Quest Infosys, regional centre of Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, organised an extension lecture on, “Changing environment of business”, under the distance education programme here today.

The extension lecture commenced with a welcome speech by former director JS Kular and Surinder Singh, registrar STEP.

Resource person Amit Vashisht, branch manager, Reliance Capital Services, told the students that business landscape had undergone metamorphosis in terms of increasing global competition, consumer expectation and innovations. The competition of industry had also undergone a sea change in terms of four forces of competition i.e. rivalry among existing firms, bargaining power of suppliers and buyers, threat of new entry and availability of substitute.

He further said business environment was a set of political, economic, social and technological (PEST) forces, which were largely outside the control and influence of a business and that could potentially had both positive and negative impact on the business.

Heera Kamboj, placement official, said, “The market leader is dominant in its industry and has substantial market share. If you want to lead the market, you must be the industry leader in developing new business models and new products or services. You must be on the cutting edge of new technologies and innovative business processes.”

MoU signed

A MoU for international partnership was signed between Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology (LCET), Katani Kalan, and University of West of Scotland (UWS), Scotland, UK, today.

This agreement will be promoting cooperation and coordination in areas like faculty and students exchange programme, training and study programme, collaborative teaching project, scholarship, research, finance and other joint endeavours.

Dr Rohin Sachdeva, general secretary LCET, said the academic tie up would help the students and faculty of both participating parties to get the benefits of quality education and research and would also help in academic and educational cooperation, therefore, promoting mutual understanding between the two institutions.

Vijay Gupta, chairman LCET, congratulated the students who would be benefited with the tie up.

Dr JS Sohal, director LCET, added that both partners would identify courses and departments for mutual beneficial exchanges and collaborative activities with the aim of providing the best of facilities and education to the students.


The students and faculty of Pinnacle Institute of Fashion Technology (PIFT) organised the Christmas celebrations here today.

Piftiians from all departments, including fashion, interior, textile and knitwear design, had collectively organised the programme with the faculty to mark the occasion.

Dance party, one-minute games, dance performance, best-dressed student, etc. were organised to make the event a memorable one.



PAU staff threaten to intensify stir

Ludhiana, December 23
Accusing the state government of being indifferent, unjust and apathetic towards Punjab Agricultural University employees, the Punjab Agricultural University Employees and Teachers’ Joint Forum has threatened to intensify the stir in case the government does not fulfill their long-pending demand of payment of revised pay scales immediately.

The employees are up in arms against the state government and the university administration for failing to provide funds for the revised pay scales from August 2009 and have been protesting for a long time.

Lakhwinder Singh Sandhu, forum convener, informed that Harish Rai Dhanda, parliamentary secretary to Punjab government, had also appealed to the government to release the revised grant to the PAU for implementation of the Fifth Punjab Pay Commission recommendations. — TNS



Senior citizen awaits pension
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 23
A senior citizen, Swaran Kaur of Hargobind Nagar, who was announced old-age pension in July this year, had stll not got a single paisa.

Swaran Kaur is the wife of Jarnail Singh, an Akali worker who had been honoured by the then state government in 1979 for his contribution in staging morchas during the imposition of Emergency in 1975. He had been lodged in jail with Parkash Singh Badal during the Emergency, but his struggle had not yielded anything. She had been making rounds of the corridors of babus, but to no avail.

“It is an insult that my wife has been moving from pillar to post for a few hundred rupees. The state government is yet to give her pension. Although she had been given an identity card and a pass book also, no money has been deposited in her bank account,” said Jarnail Singh.



Poppy husk smuggling
Former kabaddi player arrested
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, December 23
The Ludhiana Rural police claims to have solved a poppy husk smuggling racket with the arrest of a youth against whom numerous cases are pending in the court. He has been on the run after cases were registered against him. Gurmail Singh, alias Gurpreet Singh of Gobind Basti near Bhadaur in Barnala district, the accused, was a well-known kabaddi player in his times. He had represented Punjab from 1998 to 2002 but abandoned the game when he started peddling poppy husk in 2003.

He along with Hari Bawa of Bhadaur had bought 64 bags of poppy husk and sold it in retail.

After this, his parents turned him out of the house and even disowned him.

Thereafter he took shelter with Telu Sarpanch, another drug peddler of Dalla village and teamed up with Parkasho and Mohinder Singh of Dalla village, who was also trading in intoxicants.

Mohinder Singh used to store poppy husk in his place while Ghona and Parkasho used to sell and share the booty after paying half to Mohinder Singh.

They used to trade about 40 bags a month. Gohana became the gang leader. In July 2003, the Bathinda police intercepted a truck with 81 bags of poppy husk.

He, somehow, managed to escape but was arrested later on. After being released from the jail he regrouped the other gang members.

He used to bring poppy husk from Rajasthan and Madhaya Pradesh and sell it in Bathinda, Sangrur, Ludhiana (Urban), Ludhiana (Rural), Moga, Ferozepur, Faridkot and Jalandhar.

He became a big supplier of the contraband by supplying two truckloads (700 bags) per month.

His in-laws are also involved in the trade and his father-in-law Chamkaur Singh is presently lodged in Ferozepur Jail.

He also confessed that after jumping bail he took shelter with his brother-in-law Kulvir Singh, a resident of the Jangpur Road, Mullanpur Dakha. Cops have arrested Kulveer Singh for providing shelter to Ghona. 



Sangrur defeat Malwa Academy
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 23
The Sangrur Academy and Kila Raipur Academy, Ludhiana, registered victories in their respective matches on the opening day of the 7th edition of the Doraha Gold Cup Hockey Tournament being organised by the Friends Club at Mehta Gurukul Academy campus, Doraha, near here today.

In the inaugural encounter, the Sangrur Academy defeated Malwa Academy, Ludhiana, 4-2.

The Sangrur Academy lads surged ahead in the fifth minute through Dipinder Singh, who converted a penalty corner. Two minutes later, they increased the lead when Ramanbir Singh scored a fine field goal (2-0).

The Malwa Academy reduced the margin in the 24th minute when Ashish Pal sounded the board to make it 2-1 and two minutes before the lemon break, Ramanbir Singh again struck to read it 3-1.

After changing ends, Ashish Pal found the target in the 37th minute and make it 3-2, while Gurpreet Singh of the Sangrur Academy struck to further cement the lead 4-2 and managed to hang on to this till the long hooter.

In the second match, the Kila Raipur Academy thrashed Bartherke 6-0.

Navjot Singh put the Kila Raipur Academy into the lead in the 11th minute and Sumit Pal converted a penalty corner in the 35th minute to enhance the lead.

Sukhraj (40th minute), Navjot Singh (43rd and 48th minutes) and Sumit Pal (50th minute) completed the rout 6-0.

The third match was played between SAI, Patiala, and Government School, Sector 18, Chandigarh, in which the former came out triumphant 4-0.

Jatinder Singh opened the account in the 11th minute and in the next minute, Luvpreet Singh made it 2-0.

Ramandeep Singh scored a brace (42nd and 46th minute), which sealed Chandigarh lad's fate 4-0.

Earlier, IRS, Charanjit Singh, commissioner customs and central excise, inaugurated the tournament in which top hockey teams from across the country are participating.

Darshan Singh Rajgarh from Canada and Raghbir Singh from the US, both former hockey players, were the guests of honour at the opening ceremony.

Darshan Singh Rajgarh announced an assistance of Rs 1 lakh for Mehta Gurukul Academy, Doraha.



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