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Residents flaunt political ‘contacts’ on vehicles
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
As if the craze for acquiring a single-digit vehicle registration number by shelling out a hefty amount was not enough, city residents have hit upon an ‘innovative’ way to show off their supposed political and police ‘contacts’.

Besides small-time politicians, residents associated with ‘anti-corruption’ associations as well as those who are members of the police advisory committee are flaunting number plates showing their affiliation on their vehicles. It is learnt they are ready to pay a huge amount of money to be allowed to use the insignia of a political party or other organization on the plates.

Vaibhav Duggal, a student, said an ‘anti-militant front’ organisation charged him a huge sum of money to display his membership on the number plate of his vehicle.

Recently, a resident had even complained to the SSP that a member of the city police advisory committee was “misusing his position” and even “threatening” him. He claimed the member had even put a sticker on his vehicle stating his post in the committee.

On the other hand, the SSP said no one is permitted to display a sticker or plate on his vehicle indicating he was a member of the police advisory committee. “Action would be taken if anyone is found violating the rules”, he added.

SP (traffic) Rupinder Singh said drivers of vehicles having such stickers or plates were liable to be fined. “No one can tamper with vehicle number plates. Most do so in order to evade ‘challans’ (fines)”, he added.


Another illegal colony comes up in Mayor’s ward
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
Even as the MC is unable to keep a tab on illegal colonies mushrooming in the city, residents of Gyaspura have alleged that another unauthorised colony was coming up adjacent to Gyan Vidyalaya.

According to information, the colony is coming up in an area of around 8.5 acres on the boundary of Lohara and Dhandari villages.

Residents alleged that landowners had stuck a deal with councillor Sher Singh Garcha. “Under the unofficial agreement, industrial and commercial plots are being sold and allotted without any licence from GLADA or the MC,” they said.

They claimed that colony owners were trying to usurp the shamlat land. “The colony map they have prepared shows shamlat land as streets,” they stated.

A visit to the site revealed that the road construction in the area has been on for the past two days. Labourers said the roads would come up in a triangular shape across the whole plot area.

The property prices in the area are stated to be around Rs 3,000 to Rs 3,500 per sq yard.

The colony is coming up in Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura’s ward, which is already under the scrutiny of the Punjab local bodies vigilance for several illegal colonies.

The area is considered to be the hub of illegal colonies and the Mayor has failed to do anything about it even though the area is under his jurisdiction.

SAD councillor Sher Singh Garcha, when contacted, refuted the allegations. “The area is not part of my ward. Why would I interfere in it? Besides, I don’t even know these particular land owners,” he said.

The residents said they had complained to senior deputy mayor Praveen Bansal also. He said: “I have received a complaint and I would take up the matter with the higher authorities.”



Kingpin of snatchers’ gang held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
The mobile tracking system has led to the arrest of a kingpin of a gang behind 14 cases of snatching incidents over the past few months.

According to DSP Narinder Singh, the accused, Ravinder Singh, a resident of Bhattia village, along with three accomplices, used to rob people at gunpoint.

He was nabbed near Gill village today following a tip-off. During interrogation, he reportedly confessed to having committed snatchings at Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Khanna.

The accused waylaid and robbed Vineet Kumar, an auto driver, and fled with the vehicle on January 14. He procured a fake SIM card from a shop at the Dholiewal area and called Vineet at Bhadarke road on the pretext of transporting sewing machines.

He said they had seen the mobile number of Vineet written on the auto and hatched a plan to rob him.

Police sources said two calls were made from the SIM cards. One call was made to Vineet and another to a resident of Shimlapuri.

The police raided the house of the Shimlapuri resident, but he was found innocent.

The police tracked down the IMEI number of the accused’s phone, from where it got his location. Sources said the police laid a trap near Gill village. The accused, who was riding a motorbike, was told to pull over, but he tried to flee. The police chased him and succeeded in nabbing him.



2 held for weaving theft story; yarn seized
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
Since yarn prices are touching an all-time high, it seems miscreants are looking for illegal ways to make a quick buck. The CIA-II police today nabbed a transporter and his driver for concocting a theft story of 149 rolls of yarn worth Rs 12 lakh belonging to a fibre unit.

The accused has been identified as Manmohan Jain, owner of Jai Bala Logistics, and his driver Mahinder Kumar, a resident of UP. They were arrested along with the seized goods from Sahnewal here today.

The CIA-II in charge, Harpal Singh Grewal, said the stolen yarn had been kept at a warehouse situated in Gill village.

Jain had hatched a theft story and said he was facing a huge financial debt. He thought since the yarn prices had increased manifold, he could make a quick buck.

The police said Jain offered his driver a huge amount of money in this connection. On December 21, Jain received an order from the fibre unit for the transportation of 149 rolls of yarn. He loaded the yarn in a truck and told the truck driver to park the truck outside his office at Partap Chowk. He then told him to place the documents pertaining to the consignment inside the truck and lock the truck.

Later, he sent Mahinder, who opened the truck with the help of a duplicate key and fled with the consignment to Delhi.

Jain reported the matter to the police and the police registered a case of theft against Mahinder.

Jain tried to sell the stolen yarn in Delhi, but he was not offered the desired amount, following which he took the consignment back to the city and kept it in a warehouse at Gill village.

The police received a tip-off that the accused were planning to sell the stolen consignment in the city. The police then nabbed them and seized the yarn.

Police sources said Jain’s health deteriorated after his arrest and he was taken to hospital. His condition was stated to be out of danger.



Workshop on vascular diseases at CMCH
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 28
The Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) here has been chosen to host the prestigious international “Master Class on Venous Disease” next year. Dr Harinder Singh Bedi, head, cardio-vascular and thoracic surgery department, CMCH, said, “It was decided by an international panel which had been convened at the VAI conference in Bangalore.” Dr Bedi had also delivered a guest lecture on redo-surgery.

Renowned surgeons, including Prof Jean-Francois (France), Dr Ted King (USA), Dr Mark Malouf (Australia) and Dr Rene Milleret (France), will give a hands-on teaching to Indian doctors so that the latest techniques could be used to help people of this region.

According to Dr Bedi, chronic venous disease is quite common in India as most of our population works in the standing position, leading to pressure on the veins which dilate. It is estimated that over a lakh die due to venous disease (DVT and PE) each year is the equivalent of the disappearance of a city the size of Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.



Indian homoeopaths are excellent,
say Brazilian experts

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
Indians are known for their excellence in the field of homoeopathy world over and practitioners from other countries are trying to gain knowledge from their Indian counterparts.

These views were expressed by a team of Brazilian homoeopaths Dr Antonio Crispin and Dr Helio Goncalves, who are on a two months visit to India to get practical training in homeopathy. Accompanied by Dr Bandish Ambani, a noted homoeopath and the executive committee member of the Indian Institute of Homoeopathic Physicians, Mumbai, these two practitioners visited the city recently to observe patients responding to homoeopathy in a clinic.

Dr Crispin, secretary, Homeopathy Council,Brazil, while comparing the working of homoeopaths in both countries stated that excellence of Indians homeopaths was evident from their success rate in various diseases. “Dr Ambani’s success rate of thyroid patients is 85 per cent which is just 25-30 per cent in Brazil despite the fact that in Brazil only a specialist in allopathy is allowed to go to homeopathy school followed by its practice,” Dr Antonio added.

Academically also, India is on a sound footing as there are 500 homoeopathy colleges across the country.



PAU, research wing ink pact
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and Directorate of Wheat Research (DWR) of Indian Council of Agricultural Research entered into an agreement in the area of agricultural education.

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed today by PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Manjit Singh Kang and the project director of the DWR, Karnal, Dr SS Singh. Dr RK Mahey and Dr R Tiwari signed as witnesses on behalf of PAU and DWR, respectively.

Under the MoU, the PAU will have the responsibility of admission, seats, PG teaching, area of research, accommodation, etc. The collaboration of the DWR in students’ research may be sought and the degree will be awarded by the PAU.

The scientists of the DWR, on the recommendation of the PAU department concerned, may act as co-major advisor of the student who will work on his research project on wheat and barley involving inter-disciplines.

As per the agreement, the students will utilise the facilities and scientific material of the DWR on reciprocal basis. The students, after completing the course work/ comprehensive examination etc for PhD at the PAU, may be considered by the DWR for research fellowship in the ongoing projects related to the field of research of the student.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Kang said although there was good interaction between the PAU and the DWR at scientist level, the inking of the MoU would strengthen scientific ties in research and education. Dr Singh said the collaboration between the two institutes would be mutually beneficial.

Dr Mann described the signing of the MoU as a good beginning in collaborative approach for the need-based agricultural education, while thanking all participants.



From Schools & Colleges
Dazzling performances mark farewell
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
The management, director, principal, staff and students of Class XI of GN International Senior Secondary Public School, Model Town, got together to bid adieu to Class XII students in the school hall today. Harjot of Class XI welcomed his seniors with warm wishes.

The programme included dazzling performances on foot-tapping numbers-like ‘Paisa-paisa’, ‘Twist’ and ‘All is well’. The school choir sang a beautiful song ‘Yaadein’. Some interesting games were organised for Class XII students.

The most moving item of the day was a medley presented by the teachers of Class XII -- Sharma, Kamal, Harminder and Pearl -- titled ‘Chalte-chalte’, wishing their students good luck for a bright future ahead.

Principal Gurmant K Gill gave a very moving and thoughtful speech regarding how to deal with day-to-day situations and challenges of life. She quoted examples from the movie ‘3 Idiots’. She emphasised that the students keep their minds and hearts open to absorb all experiences to face their tomorrow more bravely.

Annual Day: Cyberstar Infotech organised its annual function ‘Josh-2010’, a cultural festival at Hardy’s Resort. The function was inaugurated by chief guest Harish Rai Dhanda (MLA), chief parliament secretary (Punjab Govt). Dipinder Singh Sekhon, president, All-India PTU DEP Associates, graced the occasion as guest of honour. The function showcased the talent of the students of Cyberstar Infotech in the form of competition under various group and solo categories like group dance, choreography, solo song, solo dance, skit/play, mimicry and mehndi. Dhanda gave away prizes and trophies to the university and zonal toppers of the institution and congratulated students for brilliant performances in ‘Josh 2010’.

SEMINAR: Sadbhavna College of Women, Raikot, is organising a state-level seminar on January 30 on its campus at Jalaldiwal village, to discuss the newly formed Right to Education Act, its scope, applications and challenges. Dr AK Banerjee, president, governing body, said the Act had opened a new horizon of opportunity before the disadvantaged and downtrodden.

He said with this act, India was emerging as a true welfare state. Dr Madhu Meeta, director, said the seminar was sponsored by the Council for Teacher Education and would be addressed by Dr RK Sharma, dean, Panjab University, and other eminent educationists.

quiz contest: To test the general knowledge and skills of students, general knowledge and quiz competitions were conducted at Guru Nanak Public School.

As many as 32 students participated in the competitions. Students were asked questions on current affairs, sports, science and entertainment. Principal Pamela Lotey congratulated the winners and distributed prizes.

Result of Class IV

1st Jasmine Kaur and Omandeep Singh, 2nd Sparsh and Harnoor Singh and 3rd Arshdeep Kaur and Karan Singh

Result of Class V

1st Pranjay and Mandeep Kaur, 2nd Arveen Kaur and Himmat Singh and 3rd Jaskirat Kaur and Manvir Singh Ubhi.

Prize distribution: BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh road, organised a prize distribution function for students who won prizes in various co-curricular activities like debate, declamation, patriotic song competition, flower arrangement and on the spot writing competition. Principal DP Guleria distributed prizes and highlighted the importance of extra curricular activities.

Research project: A research project "Protection of Human Rights of Children: Study of Child Labour in India" has been sanctioned to the principal investigator Dr Sunil Khosla, senior lecturer, postgraduate department of political science, Arya College by University Grants Commission.

An amount of rupees six lakh has been sanctioned for the project. The research project seeks to examine the cause of child labour.



Skill awareness camp for PTU students
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
With a view to develop self-employment skills of final year students of PTU distance education programme, Quest Infosys Regional Centre of PTU distance education programme organised a three-day entrepreneurship awareness camp in association with Science and Technology Entrepreneurs' Park, Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Gill road, Ludhiana.

More than 100 students of final year of BSc-IT, BBA, BCA, MSc-IT, MBA, MCA, BSc-FT and MSc-FT are being exposed to different aspects of entrepreneurship as an alternative career option, including opportunity guidance, services offered by agencies of support system, a visit to industries and efforts to bring students in direct touch with practicing entrepreneurs. Experts have been invited from industry, various government departments and banks to make students aware of different resources.

The camp was inaugurated yesterday by Dr Rajneesh Arora, Vice-Chancellor, PTU. RPS Bedi, dean-DEP, PTU, was guest of honour.

JS Kular, executive director, Science and Technology Entrepreneurs' Park, stressed on the need to promote entrepreneurship among students.

Kular said STEP, Ludhiana, was also setting up an information technology park at Ludhiana to provide stimulus for the growth of IT and software industry in Punjab. He said the IT Park would be functional by May.

PTU Vice-Chancellor said: "Enterprises and entrepreneurs have been in the centerstage of modernisation since Industrial Revolution." He motivated the students to become entrepreneurs and play an important role in the development of the society.

RPS Bedi, dean, distance education, said: "Entrepreneurship is required for economic development of the region and creating self-employment and employment opportunity. With entrepreneurship students can become job creators instead of job seekers," said Bedi.

DS Sekhon, president, PTU DEP Associates and MD Quest Infosys, said the aim was to make students aware of opportunities available.



Seminar on changing financial sector
Our Correspondent

Doraha, January 28
The postgraduate department of commerce and business administration of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, will organise a one-day national seminar on “Changing dimensions in Indian financial sector” sponsored by the Indian Council of Social Science Research Ministry of Human Resource Development on January 30.

Ranjodh Singh, MD, GS Radiators, Ludhiana, will be the chief guest, while Dr Karamjeet Singh, fellow Panjab University, Chandigarh, will be the guest of honour and Dr SD Vashishat, Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak, will be the key note speaker. Other scholars of national repute, including Dr Balwinder from Singh Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Dr Bikram Singh Virk, Nawab Jassa Singh Ahluwalia from Government College, Kapurthala, Dr Sukhdev Singh, Guru Nanak Engineering College, Ludhiana, and Dr AK Vashishat, University Business School, Panjab University, Chandigarh, and Prof Gagan Deep Sharma, coordinator, department of management studies at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, will interact with the delegates.

Principal Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu said scholars of national repute would make the seminar a valuable experience for the participants, many of whom have already sent their papers on “Technical analysis in financial market”, “Financial market development”, “Non-directional strategy of deviation”, “Recent development in mutual fund Industry”, “Financial market melts down”, “Fundamental analysis of financial market”, “Investors sentiments and capital market”, “Effect of recession on Indian Stock Exchange”, “Economic Integration and growing competition for FDI” and “Financial markets and politics”.



Anaemic deficiencies highlighted
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, January 28
A district-level seminar on anaemic diseases was organised here yesterday by the medicine department of Punjab in co-ordination with the National Institute of Ayurveda and Research, Patiala.

The seminar was inaugurated by Rachhpal Singh, deputy chief engineer of PSEB, Ludhiana.

Dr Rakesh Sharma, director of ayurveda science, Punjab, presided over. Ayurveda students, doctors, and NGOs participated. Dr Meena, Dr Rakesh and Dr Bansal spoke on anaemic deficiencies among people, especially women and rural population.

At present there are five centres in Ludhiana district to monitor the campaign at Model Gram Hospital Ludhiana, Health Centre Khanna, Government Ayurvedic Dispensary Bassian, PHC Kum Kalan, and PHC Ladhowal.



Office-bearers of Press Club

Jagraon, January 28
The office-bearers of Press Club, Jagraon, were announced here yesterday to monitor the interests and safeguards of journalists. Jasbir Shetra was elected president of the club.

Ashok Modgil was appointed general secretary of the club where as Bahadur Singh as patron, OP Bhandari as chairman, Harvinder Singh Khalsa and Partap Singh as vice-chairmen, Joginder Singh Bhullar and Jatinder Malhotra as senior vice-presidents, Tejinder Singh Chadha, Vishal Atrey and Ashok Sangam as vice-presidents, Sanjeev Malhotra as cashier, Vishal Sidana as joint secretary, Naresh Verma as propaganda manager, while Hem Raj Babbar, Bhupinder Singh Murli, Gurdeep Singh Malak, Sanjeev Jhanji and SK Nahar were elected in the five-member executive committee. — OC



VAT hike to further burden consumers
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
With the Punjab government having decided to raise value added tax from 4 to 5 cent it is the common man who will bear the brunt of the hike that will come into effect tomorrow. Already burdened with spiralling prices consumers will now have to shell out more for basic commodities. The higher VAT will affect over 1,000 items, according to city traders.

Meanwhile, the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal has said if the government issues its proposed notification to impose an additional 10 per cent surcharge on VAT in lieu of octroi, it would move the courts against the directive.

The association’s general secretary, Mohinder Aggarwal, told The Tribune there was a lot of confusion over the exact date of implementation of the VAT hike. "Whenever the increase takes effect consumers will face more problems by having to pay more for items of basic necessity. Traders and industrialists may be able to get VAT refunds after going through the tedious procedure but the common man will have no such relief. The Beopar Mandal will move to the court if the government issues a notification on a 10 per cent surcharge on VAT as it will be against the law", he said.

Apex Chamber of Commerce & Industry president PD Sharma said industry in Punjab was already bearing additional burdens when compared to other states. “By hiking VAT the state government is trying to test the patience of entrepreneurs. The resultant increase in prices will make industrial goods costlier and push down consumer demand”, he added. Said Gunjan Narula, a homemaker: “I don’t know much about taxes levied by the state government in state, but what matters to us is the ever-increasing prices of basic commodities. Due to increased VAT we will have to pay more for sugar, edible oils, pulses, toothpastes, toothbrushes, schoolbags and other essential items.”



Denied Promotion
Ex-cops threaten indefinite fast
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
In a first sign of revolt in a disciplined force, two cops, who had recently resigned from their respective posts after being denied promotions even after putting in nearly 20 years of service; have threatened to go on fast unto death from the first week of February.

The decision in this regard was taken during a meeting of ASIs and SIs held here yesterday. Two former cops-SIs Kamaljit Singh and Rajinderpal Singh Sandhu-have charged senior officials of giving preferential treatment to a few cops. They have also charged the officials of adopting “pick and choose” policy while granting promotions.

They also resolved to form an NGO at the meeting for the welfare of the Punjab police personnel. The NGO would take up the issue pertaining to pertaining to injustice and unfair treatment, meted out to the cops.



Slow excise dept server
Advocates stage dharna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
Advocates today staged a dharna outside the Excise and Taxation department to lodge a complaint against the slow server of the department. The last date of e-filing is January 30. Advocates complained that no return had been filed for the past two days due to this.

The advocates complained it takes nearly three hours to upload the return form. Thus only a few forms get uploaded in a day.

Kawarjeet Singh, president, District Taxation Bar Association (Sales Tax), said they were facing a lot of problem due to the slow server. “It takes nearly three hours for uploading a return form. Sometimes the server does not respond,” he added.

Jatinder Khurana, press secretary, added that the last date for e-filing the return was drawing near and the returns are not being filed due to slow server.

Officials at the head office in Patiala have assured to rectify the problem in the server soon. 



Dogs to be sterilised from Feb 10
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
The canine fear that had gripped the city is finally going to end now, as the project of sterilisation of dogs in the city would kick off from February 10.

This was decided during the finance and contracts committee meeting held here this evening. The project has been given to Amritsar-based NGO Doggie Lane. Under the animal birth control programme, bitches would be sterlised by midline approach, while males would be sterlised by pre-social incision.

Municipal Commissioner AK Sinha revealed that the municipal corporation would pay Rs 550 per male and Rs 640 per female to the NGO and Rs 20 would be paid for anti-rabies vaccine per animal.

Around 30 dogs would be operated upon per day and they would be marked by an ear notching and a collar. Besides, two ambulances would be available round-the-clock to catch and release these animals.

Notably, for the past two years, except announcing dates, signing memorandums or giving various excuses, nothing concrete had been done by the corporation to control the population of at least 30,000 stray dogs.

Even while signing a MoU with an Ahmedabad-based NGO - Animal Help Foundation - on November 25, 2008, the corporation had claimed that the drive to sterilise dogs would start by February 1, but to no avail. The MoU stated that a team of the NGO would sterilise at least 12,000 dogs per year and the results were expected to come out after a few years.

The Punjab State Human Rights Commission had on September 2009 taken a cognizance of the matter and asked Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg and Municipal Commissioner AK Sinha to submit a report till September 17, 2009.

The direction had come following a complaint by former municipal councillor Pran Nath Bhatia.

The complainant had alleged that the stray dogs have made people’s life miserable and the municipal corporation had turned a deaf ears to the grave problem though issues has been discussed at its meetings from time to time.

The media has been highlighting the issue since long, but neither the administration nor the municipal corporation had ever tried to find a solution despite the fact that 334 cases of dog bites were reported in 2006 and 469 in 2007. 



MC to provide freezer for mortuary
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
Adopting a Good Samaritan approach, the municipal corporation would be providing a deep freezer to keep bodies in the mortuary of the Civil Hospital.

The decision of approving funds for the equipment was taken during the Finance and Contracts Committee meeting here today.

Sources revealed that the civic body had taken the decision following the orders of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission.

Besides, the member of the committee also decided to give a site to the handcart owners so that they could be allowed to trade. “The town planning wing of the municipal corporation has been asked to find various vacant sites available in the city where rehri owners could be made to conduct their trade. Besides, the rehri owners would be also asked to pay rent for it. The project is just like Chandigarh-based Rehri Market and would help in a big way,” said a senior officer requesting anonymity.

Commenting on it, Senior Deputy Mayor Praveen Bansal said, “The municipal corporation is working in a manner such that poor should not become the only victims. Since these temporary encroachers need space to earn their living, we are working on proposals to provide them with space. It would help all residents, MC and the poor vendors too.” He added that municipal commissioner AK Sinha was of the same opinion.



‘Raag Ratan’, a visual delight 
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
Every raga in Shree Guru Granth Sahib has its own mood, time and season. The whole Shree Guru Granth Sahib is based on 31 ragas, which are sung during the specific period of day, season and also depicts a mood.

City-based photographer Tej Partap Singh Sandhu has made an attempt to capture the mood and time of the ragas at the Golden Temple. Sandhu has come up with a book “Raag Ratan” and had tried to capture the mood of every raga in the atmosphere of the Golden Temple. The book was today formally released at Punjabi University, Patiala.

“I had planned this book four years ago. I had the concept in my mind and worked on it for a long time, understood the meaning of the ragas and then executed it into a book,” said Sandhu. He has dedicated this book to the 300 years of “Gurtagaddi Divas”.

The ragas bring out one from darkness to light. “These pictures have been taken in three months. I visited the Golden Temple nearly 20-25 times. Sometimes I had to wait for hours to capture the right mood and still sometimes I had to return empty handed,” he added.

If the raga is sung early morning, Sandhu has captured the Golden Temple in early hours, likewise in the evening or noon.

This is Sandhu’s third book. His first book was, “Thus speaks the eye of the camera”, in which he had shown the problems engulfing society, including traffic, pollution and so on. His second book was “Baramaha -- the divine song of seasons”, which was an illustrated book based on all seasons.

A visually delighted Sandhu said, “The aim of my life has been accomplished. I would not be bothered even if I do not click even a single photograph after this. I am contended with my work after clicking the pictures at the Golden Temple,” he added.



Rates of yarn to rise further
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana,January 28
The rates of yarn and thread, which have already witnessed a steep hike in recent months, are expected to increase further with an increase in the VAT in the state. 

The dealers have held the wrong government policies responsible for the continuous fluctuation in prices while the exporters feel that ever-increasing prices of yarn had brought insecurity among the circles. Not only this, due to the increased and fluctuating prices, the demand for the Chinese yarn had also increased in the city.

Rajinder Singh, a yarn broker, said the rates of polyester, cotton and polyester-cotton mixed had witnessed a continuous hike in the past three months.

There was an increase between Rs 20 and Rs 40 per kilogram on yarn depending on the quality. People dealing in this trade were purchasing cautiously. While, exporters had started making bulk purchases as they fear that in coming days, the rates would increase further due to 5 per cent VAT in the state and they might not be able to execute the orders on previous rates.

Another yarn dealer said the people had started looking for “other” options due to the hike in yarn rates. “People have started demanding Chinese yarn these days. Though many people prefer not to use Chinese yarn due to the poor quality still several others believe that was advisable to use the same as Chinese yarn was relatively cheaper”, the dealer added. 



Rajiv Katna is district BJP chief
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 28
Former BJP councillor Rajiv Katna was unanimously elected president of the district unit of the BJP here today.

This was announced by Vinod Sharma, general secretary of the state unit if the BJP and election in charge of Ludhiana.

Katna replaces OP Bhardwaj, who remained president for two years. Katna was active RSS member. Later he joined the BJP and was elected councillor of Chander Nagar near Haibowal during the last MC house. 



Flaunting fashion with élan

Stylish people have a habit of leaving a lasting impression with their dressing sense. However, for those who need latest updates on fashion, college campuses serve as the best place. Like in every season, this winter too, college students have not disappointed those who ape their trends. From chic caps, colourful gloves, varied styles mufflers, myriad kinds of boots, smart stoles to trendy jackets, elegant coats and sweaters in all shapes and sizes; you name it and college students have it.

And they flaunt their stuff with élan, giving the not-so-trendy crowd enough chance to pick important fashion clues. “The nearby girls’ college is my favourite haunt whenever I need to update myself on fashion in vogue. Shopping for the latest clothes, footwear and accessories becomes much easier after a quick survey in the college,” smiled a young girl, revealing her fashion secret. (see picture)

Spare the roads

Not a single day passes in the mega city when one or the other busy road or intersections, which even otherwise are major bottlenecks does not have a procession, a dharna or a protest going about at peak hours, thereby causing major obstruction to the vehicular traffic. It appears that those holding protests or blocking roads for social or religious functions, derive sadistic pleasure by holding the commuters to ransom, or else the obstruction caused to traffic movement has become a yardstick of the success for any event, be it a protest or a function. The way roads and intersections are brazenly blocked by all and sundry on a regular basis, showing utter contempt to fellow residents, it’s time, the authorities, including the police should woke up and deal sternly with offenders. Everyone knows that blocking a public road or street is both a cognizable offence and violation of the municipal laws. It is time the authorities give up a “chalta hai” approach and make it clear to the offenders that they can no longer get away with it.

Need a godfather

No matter one doesn’t have enough sources to study and achieve degrees in life but what matters is the will to learn. A boy lending a helping hand to a tea vendor was eagerly watching the ongoing rehearsals of the Republic Day parade. Watching the students doing parade he instantly picked up and served the tea to everybody in the ground while doing march past. Seeing this, the kid imitating the students I was reminded of the young tea vendor in the movie “Three Idiots”. The vendor in the movie got a grandfather in Aamir Khan, who made him study and helped him in his life. I was just wondering if this kid whom I was watching will ever get a godfather in his life. Even he has dreams in his eyes and wants to become something but only if someone helps him.

Post-retirement dreams

Depositing retirement benefits in the State Bank of India, constructing own house and reading The Tribune peacefully were dreams of majority of the government employees reaching retirement age five decades ago. Though constructing own house is no more a post-retirement dream, banking habits and newspapers choice seem to have remained unchanged. “First thing I had done after constructing my house after retirement was that I sat on a ‘moohra’ settled in the lawns and relished all pages of The Tribune,” says Gian Chand of Jagraon, who retired as an IAF officer three decades ago. Appreciating the role of The Tribune in highlighting problems of all members of society Gian Chand maintained that it was one of those newspapers which were known for not bowing to economic or political pressures. Endorsing his view contemporaries of Chand stated that purchasing newspaper was not common in old days. Borrowing newspaper was common practice among all classes, including government employees. As salaries were meagre they (employees) could not think of constructing houses and opening bank accounts during service. Reading The Tribune, opening account in SBI and constructing house thus remained their post-retirement dream.

Free spirited

Kids and animals being the closest to nature are free spirited, as it is not just difficult but impossible to tie them to the schedules and rules. The sports day at a local school gave an insight to the hundreds of onlookers a chance to watch a spectacle wherein the pigeons when liberated from the cages refused to fly in the air, instead chose to come and sit on the ground. Despite repeated attempts, the school principal and the chief guest on the occasion could not convince the pigeons to take off with the multi-coloured balloons.

To match the spirits of the pigeons, the children of Kindergarten section, too, refused to dance to the beats of the drum. Acting as the kings of their own kingdoms two children refused to return to the standing position once they sat down during a drill exercise. It was coaxing from the teachers and chocolate as an incentive that the duo nudged from the schools lawns.

Contributed by Charu Chhibber, Kuldip Bhatia, Manav Mander, Mahesh Sharma and Anshu Seth



Young lawyers urged to serve society
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 28
Justice KS Garewal, a former judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, today urged the legal fraternity, especially the young lawyers, to serve society. He said apart from profession, the lawyers should not miss the opportunity to serve society.

He was addressing a function organised by the newly elected team of the District Bar Association under the presidentship of Naval Kishore Chhibber. Speaking on this occasion, Sessions Judge SP Bangarh appealed to the people to obey the law of land. He assured full co-operation to the legal fraternity.

DBA president Chhibber requested the judge to be liberal in granting injunctions and bail matters. Additional Sessions Judges JS Chouhan, Manjinder Singh, Mohd Gulzar, Ashok Kumar, Fast Track Court Judges BR Garg, Harveen Bhardwaj, AS Narula, DBA secretary GS Virk, vice-president ND Chopra, finance secretary Varinderjit Singh Randhawa and joint secretary Jaspreet Singh Jassowal were also present.



10 commercial LPG cylinders seized
Officials seek action against gas agency
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 28
Accusing organisers of a local gas agency of violating norms while supplying refills, the district food and civil supply controller has asked authorities concerned to initiate action against the erring agency.

Action was sought after a team of food supply officials lead by Ajai Vir Singh Saraon seized 10 commercial cylinders from a few commercial establishments of the local town and surrounding localities yesterday afternoon.

The organisers had allegedly diverted domestic supplies for commercial usage and adopted ‘out-of-turn’ delivery method while supplying the refills.

Denying allegations, Jai Pal Singh, owner of Ahmedgarh Gas Agency, maintained that refills were being supplied as per the availability of the commodity and no domestic cylinder was sold or transferred to commercial organisations. Accusing a few local leaders of misguiding the authorities Jai Pal Singh alleged that the consumers were bringing domestic and commercial cylinders from outside sources.

Investigations by The Tribune revealed that a team of the state food supply department, led by Ajai Vir Singh Saraon, Food and Civil Supply Controller, had raided a few commercial organisations, including dhabas and restaurants and seized at least 10 commercial LPG cylinders from their premises. The users could not show any documents, authorizing use of these cylinders.

Even the manager of the godown owned by the gas agency could not show empty cylinders as per the records.

Construing non-concordance of physical stocks and records, as divergence of domestic supply towards the commercial usage, the controller recommended action against the erring agency.

“Though it’s premature to arrive at any conclusion, circumstantial evidence suggests that all rules are not being obeyed while supplying the refills. There are instances where consumers have been made to wait for more than the prescribed norms,” said Saraon adding that he had written to appropriate authorities to initiate action after verifying the facts.

AFSO Malerkotla, Rajinder Bansal, inspectors Deepak Garg and Subash Garg accompanied the raiding party. 



Chowkidar foils bank robbery
Tribune News Service

Khamano, January 28
A robbery bid was foiled at Malwa Gramin Bank, Sanghol village, late last night. Police officials said the incident came to light at around 1 am today when the chowkidar informed the police about the bid to rob the bank.

The chowkidar, Anil, in his statement to the police said he was making a round of the area when he spotted two motorcycle-borne youths sitting outside the bank with iron rods in their hands.

He raised the alarm and they fled. He said three locks of the bank were found broken. A team of senior police officials reached the spot along with a forensic team. A case has been registered against unknown persons and efforts are on to identify the culprits.



200 aspirants turn up for SAI trials
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 28
Nearly 200 aspirants turned up on the first day of the selection trials being conducted by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Training Centre here today. Three-day trials are being held to select the players for the session 2010-11 in disciplines of athletics, basketball, judo, handball, volleyball and weightlifting under the residential and non-residential schemes of the SAI.

Harbans Singh, in charge of the SAI training centre, Ludhiana, who has been coordinating these trials, informed that boys and girls from different districts from across the state, besides those from the adjoining states, turned up today.

“During the trials, the players will go through different motor ability tests, skill tests and medical examination, followed by an interview,” he added.

The selection panel, appointed by the SAI authorities, including VK Verma (athletics), Harjinder Singh (basketball), Vikramjit Singh (handball), Sat Pal Rana (judo), Gurmesh Singh (volleyball) and DK Sharma (weightlifting), along with coaches from the local centre, supervised the sportspersons during the trials.

“They monitor physical motor abilities like speed, strength, endurance, flexibility, agility and coordination among other abilities which are the main performance components of an athlete,” said Harbans Singh.

Today, motor ability tests were conducted such as 30-mt flying for speed; standing vertical jump and standing broad jump for explosive strength; forward bend and reach for flexibility; 10x6-mt shuttle run for agility and 800-mt run for endurance.

The skill tests for specific games would be conducted tomorrow and the medical examination would be performed by the qualified doctors and the athletes found fit would be recommended for interview and final selection, added Singh.

Players, selected in the residential scheme, will be provided free facilities, like boarding, lodging, sports kit, medical and education allowances, insurance coverage and sports training by the expert coaches while those selected in the non-residential scheme will be provided facilities as per the norms of the SAI scheme such as stipends, sports kit, insurance coverage, sports equipment besides training by the expert coaches.



GCW clinch powerlifting title
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 28
Students of Government College for Women displayed an excellent performance to win the Panjab University Inter-College Powerlifting Championship held on the university campus in Chandigarh recently.

College principal RK Aulakh said lifters secured 17 points to romp home as winners.

Shobha Rani bagged a silver medal in the 56 kg category and Baljinder Kaur came out triumphant and won a gold medal in the 60 kg category.

In the 67.5 kg category, Rajni Rani secured fourth position, while Harpreet Kaur proved good for her opponents to win a gold medal in the 75 kg section.

In the same category, Navjot Kaur finished runner up to clinch a silver medal.

The principal congratulated Sharanjit Kaur, head, department of physical education, team in charge, Balbir Kumar and coach Gurinder Singh for their efforts.



Prabhleen, Nishant declared best athletes
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, January 28
The boys and girls of Gobindgarh Public School displayed their best at the 18th annual athletics meet at the school grounds, which concluded here today.

Students from classes III to XII vied for gold, silver and bronze medals for their respective houses.

S Charanjit Singh Grewal, director sports, Punjab University, was the chief guest.

The children presented bhangra and yoga asanas. Earlier, Gobindgarh Education and Social Welfare Trust chief Piara Singh Kalsi declared the meet open.


Senior Boys- 100m: Nishant Bansal, Harsh Sharma and Gaurav Nagpal; Discuss- Nakul Mittal, Lovepreet Singh and Harmanjot Singh; Horse and Cart-Ashant Talwar and Ravinder Kaur, Nakul Mittal and Jaswinder Singh and Shiva Uppal and Harmanjot Singh; 400m- Sanjeev Kumar, Gurfateh Singh and Jaskamal Singh; long Jump-Jaskamal Singh, Yazur Sharma and Jaswinder Singh; 200m- Nishant Bansal, Ankush Tiwari and Lovepreet Singh; 800m- Amandeep Yadav, Harpreet Singh and Chamkaur Singh

Senior Girls, 100m- Prabhjot Kaur, Meenu Goyal and Sonia Bharti; 400m-Prabhleen Kaur, Minu Goyal and Surbi Dhingra; three legged race- Anjali Gautam and Tanvi Singla, Surbi Dingra and Samandeep Kaur and Sampriya Singla and Navpreet Kaur; 4 x 100m- Prabhjot Kaur, Meenu Goyal, Navpreet Kaur, Tanvi Singla, Akshata Verma, Sonia Bharti, Tanvi Jindal, Aarifa Shabnam, Sannidhi Garg, Surbi Dingra, Kanika Aggarwal and Samandeep Kaur; 200m- Prabhjot Kaur, Samandeep Kaur and Sonia Bharti; shotput- Simrat Kaur, Surbi Dhingra and Gagandeep Kaur; middle boys, 100m- Manjot Singh, Sanket Markon and Dev Kumar; 400m- Anurag Goel, Rahul Bharti and Udhanvir Singh; 200m- Sanket Markan, Manjot Singh and Dev Kumar; high jump-Anurag Goyal, Sukhman Singh and Chandan Sharma; Middle Girls, 100m-Priyanka Bansal, Aishwarya Sharma and Prathiba Sethi; long jump- Priyanka Bansal, Ritika and Lovia Mittal; 200m-Priyanka Bansal, Shweta Khosla and Rupali Sodhi.

Best athletes senior girls- Prabhleen Kaur and Prabhjot Kaur; best athletes senior boys- Nishant Bansal; middle girl- Priyanka Bansal and middle boys- Manjot Singh.



Sports fest at Duley
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 28
The two-day annual sports festival to be organised by the SS Margind Sports and Welfare Club at Jathedar Santokh Singh Margind Stadium, Duley village, near here, would be held on January 29. This year’s festival is dedicated to the memory of sarpanch Lakhmir Singh Grewal of Duley village.

According to Bhai Harjinder Singh, spokesperson of the club, bullock cart races, kabaddi (57 kg and 70 kg) and kabaddi one village (open) would be the main features of the festival. Besides, Junior Punjab State Handball Championship for boys and girls would also be organised on January 30.

Walking competition (open for senior citizens) in addition to 40 to 50 years, 50 to 60 years and above 60 years; 5 km walk; and 5 km cross-country competition for boys would also be held. 



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