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Kila Raipur Olympiad
Day 2: Veterans steal the show
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Jagdev Singh lifts weight at the games. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Kila Raipur, February 19
Defying age, elderly men stole the show by performing rare feats on the second day of Kila Raipur Rural Olympiad. In keeping with the tradition of mega rural sports festival, where showcasing rare feats is not rare, Gurnam Singh of Ludhiana, a 74-year-old retired gunner from the Army, left spectators speechless, when he rotated a bicycle with the help of his worn-out teeth in the stadium.

He tied the bicycle with a piece of cloth, which he put in his mouth and rotated it several times.

At the same time, he challenged other participants to perform the same stunt.

“All my teeth have decayed and only the roots are intact. Still I managed to do this feat,” he said, stating he was named “Cycle rotating Sikh” following his performance at Kila Raipur every year.

“I do not practise. I just come here every year and perform,” he said.

He added that he was inspired by his granddaughter after watching a similar act performed by a German on TV set 10 years ago. Since then he is a regular at the Kila Raipur games.

Spectators were on the edge of their seats, when Jagdev Singh, a 75-year-old of Panj Graiaan village in Sangrur, lifted a stone weighing 110 kg and took a round of the stadium. He did it with such an unmatched ease that youngsters were seen looking at him with disbelief. “I drink 4 litres of milk everyday, besides binging on desi ghee and chicken. All this keeps me going and I practise everyday, besides working hard in fields,” he quipped. Bikkar Singh (70) of Ranike village in Sangrur was not to be left behind when he showed his might by lifting a sack weighing 2.20 quintals. Helped by his son, Bikkar took pride when he did not even pant after the performance.

Events like pulling a car with the help of a rope, picking a currency note lying on the ground by resting on the arms and feet in the air were other attractions of the sports festival.



Kila Raipur carnival a big draw
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Gurnam Singh lifts a bicycle with his teeth.
Gurnam Singh lifts a bicycle with his teeth. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan
Artistes from North East perform during the Kila Raipur Olympiad on Friday.
Artistes from North East perform during the Kila Raipur Olympiad on Friday. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Kila Raipur, February 19
A medley of the rich heritages of Punjab and the northeastern states, the cultural and sports carnival at the Kila Raipur sports festival, dubbed as Punjab’s ‘rural olympics’ that kicked off yesterday created history of sorts.

Held for the first time in the 75-year-old history of the festival held every year in this village near Ludhiana, and conveying a message of preserving the cultural heritage and saying no to drugs, the multicultural extravaganza attracted huge crowds and was a delight to watch.

Showcasing the country’s varied cultures and the folkloric traditions of Punjab, the carnival featured a colourful parade comprising camel carts from desert lands, the very Punjabi tractors, ‘tongas’ of yore, majestic elephants, horses, bullock carts and open jeeps.

Displays of ‘gatka’, the Sikh martial art, attracted thousands of spectators with Punjabi boys and girls presenting folk dances. Over 25o folk artists from the northeastern states of Manipur, Nagaland and Meghalaya, dressed in native attire, played their traditional drums and pipes.

The beats of the Punjabi ‘dhol’ reverberated as the carnival made a round of the stadium. A paraglider above stadium threw petals with the message ‘Say No To Drugs.’

The atmosphere was all charged up when Punjab’s cultural heritage dominated the scene. Davinder Singh Chinna of the Punjab Cultural Promotion Council, who organized the carnival in collaboration with the North Zone Cultural Centre, said such carnivals would be held in other parts of the state in future. “At next year’s rural olympics of Kila Raipur international folk artists from Europe and other countries will also participate”, he added.

Gurpinder Singh Grewal, president of the Grewal Sports Association, said the idea of holding a carnival was conceived with the aim of keeping the traditional culture alive along with rural sports. “It’s a unique effort and there is a shift in focus-from only sports to culture and sports,” he said.



Stunt maniacs not allowed to perform
Mohit Khanna

Kila Raipur, February 19
The winner of MTV stunt mania and his friends were left high and dry after they could not perform in the 75th edition of the Kila Raipur games here today. They reportedly waited for over six hours at the venue of the rural sports event, but they were not given a chance to perform.

Saurabh Handa, Aman Sood, Dinesh Verma, all in their early twenties, were here to exhibit their stunts. They came all the way from Ludhiana to perform in the rural sports.

“We were asked to perform in the afternoon. But after waiting for nearly six hours, we were told to return,” said Saurabh Handa.

He said he had never seen so many performances on one playground. He said after facing a lot of inconvenience, he had managed to clear the area to exhibit his stunts, but the organisers told him to perform after the cultural carnival.

“We were exasperated and all our hopes to perform were dashed, when one of the organisers told us to vacate the venue for the bullock-cart race. We wanted to perform, but the organisers have disappointed us,” said Saurabh Handa.

He said, “Several automobile companies queue up at my doorstep everyday and I take thousands of rupees to perform a single stunt, but here we were not even given a chance to perform. It is unfortunate and uncalled for.”

Aman Sood, another biker, lamented that he was eagerly waiting for the commencement of rural sports. On the other hand, the spokesperson of the rural sports fest, said every participant, who fulfilled the safety norms, was welcomed to perform here. He said bikers were not sent back, but they returned on their own. The spokesperson said the trio was not enrolled in the list of participants.


Car bazaars to be shifted to Hambran Road
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 19
In a major relief for city residents, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has decided to relocate the ‘car bazaars’ that were being held illegally in various localities to Hambran Road.

According to sources, the project has been given the nod by the municipal commissioner. In fact the civic body has provided details of the new site to the Punjab & Haryana High Court in reply to a petition stating car bazaars were being illegally held in the city’s residential and commercial areas, causing great inconvenience to commuters and residents.

MC senior town planner AS Tulli, said, "We plan to implement the same procedure for the car bazaar in Ludhiana in the way it is held in Chandigarh on Madhya Marg. The new place would be available for car owners and dealers who, after getting a receipt, can trade from the site. Our department was asked to propose various sites and we settled on Hambran Road”.

Talking to The Tribune, municipal commissioner AK Sinha said, "Though we’re still working on the modalities on the process we’ve decided to bring the car bazaars under one roof. In fact, we have asked the car bazaar dealers and people about any objections they have and a meeting regarding this would be convened soon." Interestingly, car bazaars in the city are held on streets in various localities on Sundays and virtually turn the main roads into a market leaving no space for commuters to move. The bazaars are generally held at Feroze Gandhi Market, Gyan Singh Rarewala Market and Dugri.

The move came following a petition filed by the Feroze Gandhi Market Property Owners Association stating that car bazaars were being illegally held in market premises and public parking lots were being misused. Similarly, residents of Model Town near Preet Palace too have complained several times to the media and the municipal corporation about a car bazaar being held in Gyan Singh Rarewala Market.



Killers hired to murder elder brother
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 19
A protracted property dispute ended in two men, both brothers, getting their elder sibling murdered by hired killers. With the arrest of the two suspects, Raj Kumar and Surinder Kumar, the police today claimed to have solved the murder of Joginder Pal, 43, a resident of the Jawahar Nagar camp area in July last year.

Joginder was brutally killed in the same locality on July 18 night when he was allegedly attacked with swords by four ‘contract’ killers hired by his brothers, now suspects in the case.

The police claimed the three brothers were engaged in a property dispute for the past many years. Raj and Surinder got together and decided to eliminate Joginder, elder to both of them.

They hired two contract killers - Manoj Kumar, Baljinder Singh, Tejinder Singh and Harjinder Singh - by promising them Rs 2.5 lakh for the job. The money was paid after the killers murdered their brother.

The police said it cracked the case when Raj and Surinder blurted out the entire conspiracy in front of some people when they were drinking liquor at a party. The cops were then informed and when they began investigating they found it to be the real story.

The duo came in contact with the killers when they had come to buy drugs from a chemist store run by the brothers. While chatting the alleged killers said they were hooked to drugs and could do anything to buy these substances. They could even kill anybody for money.

Their claim gave Raj and Surinder an idea and they began plotting to kill Joginder. The contract killers, who are said to be residents of Salem Tabri, are yet to be traced.

Joginder used to run a tent house business from his shop-cum-flat situated in Jawahar Nagar Camp. The incident took place when he went out for a walk after dinner. He had hardly walked 10 metres from his home when three assailants with masked faces attacked him with swords. He screamed for help and ran for cover but could cover only a few yards before falling unconscious on the road.

Some area residents saw Joginder lying in a pool of blood and rushed to save him, throwing stones at the attackers. He was taken to DMC Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.



Encroachments by car showrooms demolished
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 19
Encroachments by famous car showrooms of the city, including Gulzar Motors, Stan Autos and Dada Motors, were demolished by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation during an anti-encroachment drive held on GT Road here today.

The civic body demolished encroachments in the form of ramps, stairs, protruded structures etc that had crossed the building lane.

The demolition squad, equipped with JCB machines, under police protection started its operations in the morning and till the filing of this report, the razing of structures was under way.

ATP Nirmalpreet Singh revealed that the drive was started from Dholewal Chowk. "We started from the shops and showroom on the left side. The lower staff, including building inspectors and draughtsman, had marked the encroachments, so the showroom owners were notified earlier. They were given enough time to remove these on their own, but since they didn't do it, we had too."

Talking to The Tribune, an MC official said, "Around 250 commercial establishments like shops, showrooms and factories were covered. At many places, the showroom owners had encroached upon the service lane to facilitate their work. Some had even constructed structures like humps in public parking for personal use. All such encroachments were removed. Even the Apollo Hospital that had installed grills in front were beyond the building lane was removed." He added that no opposition was witnessed, as the showroom owners themselves knew that they were at fault.



Computer snag disrupts working at rly station
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 19
A snag in the central computer server and networking led to complete disruption of work at the current ticket booking counters and reservation centre for more than three hours late last evening, causing great inconvenience to passengers.

Not only those intending to purchase current journey tickets were made to wait for considerable time, and many of them missed their trains, but those waiting to get advance reservation, also had to return disappointed as the severed computer link could not be restored till 8 pm, the closing time of the reservation counters.

In the wake of huge rush at the current ticket booking windows, the railway authorities made arrangements for issuing printed card tickets (PCTs), and also deployed additional staff to speed up the sale of tickets.

RK Sharma, station superintendent, said the main computer server had developed a snag at around 6.25 pm on Thursday, which snapped the link between many railway stations in Ferozepur division, including Ludhiana. With the computers becoming non-functional, the work for issuing computerised journey tickets, railway reservation and taking out reservation charts of many trains that were to pass through the city, came to a complete halt.

"Though we were helpless as far as the advance reservation was concerned, since it required link with the central server, and the reservation could be resumed only in the morning today, arrangements were made to issue PCTs in place of computerised journey tickets to those intending to travel in unreserved coaches. Additional staff was also put on duty to expeditiously carry out the sale of tickets in the wake of huge rush of passengers. The working of computers and link with the central server was restored at around 9.15 pm by the technical staff and normal working resumed thereafter. The reservation counters are also functioning in a normal manner since morning," Sharma added.



Two commit suicide in separate incidents
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 19
Two suicide cases were reported in different part of the city here today. In the first incident, a 28- year- old priest allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling hook in his elder brother’s house in Kitchlu Nagar here.

The victim has been identified as Sita Ram Shukla, a migrant from Uttar Pradesh, who was residing in Daljit Nagar near Ferozepur road. The incident came to light this morning when the family members of the victim saw him hanging from a ceiling hook and informed the police.

According to the relatives, Shukla had taken shelter in his elder brother Durga Prasad’s house following threats from his neighbours. He had set up a temple in his house to which his neighbour was objecting. He had allegedly threatened him of dire consequences three days ago. He is survived by his wife and two minor children. The family has demanded action against the neighbour for abetment to suicide.

In the second incident, a 32- year-old man poisoned himself to death near a gurdwara at Noorwala road here today.

The victim has been identified as Rakesh Kumar (32), a resident of Noorwala road. According to the relatives, he reportedly poisoned himself death as he was under depression due to the poor financial condition. The police is investigating the matter.



Additional income worth Rs 7.15 cr surrendered
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 19
Seven local firms surrendered additional income to the tune of Rs 7.15 crore during income tax surveys on eight business premises here today.

The maximum amount of additional income has been surrendered by Dr Balwinder Singh Walia, who owns a firm dealing in ayurvedic and herbal products. The firm surrendered an amount of Rs 3.20 crore.

Following Dr Walia is M/S Khanna Knitwear, garment manufacturer, who surrendered Rs 1.10 crore.

Yarn manufacturers M/S Raghav Wollen Mills Private Limited and Dhawan Woollen Mills surrendered Rs 90 lakh. Coloniser and property dealer Shri Rana Chawla, and sweet and food manufacturer M/S Khushi Ram and Sons surrendered Rs 80 lakh each as additional income.

Dr Parminder Singh’s firm, dealing in ayurvedic and herbal products, surrendered Rs 20 lakh, while DS Walia, proprietor, Walia Hoapital, surrendered Rs 15 lakh as additional income.

The information was given by Chief Commissioner of Income Tax GS Randhawa through a press note issued here today. The assesses surrendered their additional income amount on account of undisclosed income, undisclosed investments, particularly in properties and undisclosed stock. They have been directed to pay the tax on additional income surrendered within this financial year.



GADVASU athletics meet begins
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, February 19
Strudents of all three colleges of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) namely college of veterinary science, college of dairy science and technology and college of fisheries took part in the 4th Annual Athletics Meet of the university held at PAU campus here today.

Dr VK Taneja, Vice Chancellor, GADVASU, inaugurated the meet while Financial Commissioner, Department of Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairying, Government. of Punjab, GS Sandhu, distributed the prizes.

The meet started with the oath-taking ceremony by Chetan, the senior most athlete of the university. Balloons, symbol of prosperity and enthusiasm were released on this occasion.. Equestrian events were also performed by the cadets of NCC unit of GADVASU. Bhangra performers gave a colour of folk and culture to the event.

Results: 110m hurdles (men): 1. Rajandeep 2. Chetan Kumar 3. Gaurav Sharma

Javelin throw (men): 1. Vikram Narula 2. Sanjeev Kumar 3. Satinderpal Singh.

5,000m race (men): 1. Gurinder Singh Chahal 2. Gurwinder Singh 3. Parampreet Singh Walia.

400m hurdles (men): 1. Harshdeep Joshi 2. Dhanpreet Singh 3. Gaurav Sharma.

Hammer throw (men):1.Birjoginder Singh Gill 2. Gurinder Singh 3 Simarpreet Singh

800m (men): 1.Gurinder Singh Chahal 2. Harshdeep Joshi 3. Ravinder Singh.

Triple jump (men):1. Rajandeep 2. Harshdeep Joshi 3. Chetan Kumar .

High jump (men): 1.Navjot Singh 2.Gaurav Sharma 3.Sandeep Pandita.

Shot put - (men: 1. Birjoginder Singh Gill 2. Gurinder Singh 3. Simarpreet Singh.

Javelin throw (women): 1. Navjot Kaur 2.Taranjot Kaur Sran 3.Shubhkarmanjeet Kaur.

1,500m race (women): 1. Karanpreet Kaur 2. Dimple Puri 3. Rohini Bhardwaj.

800m (women): 1. Karanpreet Kaur 2. Dimple Puri 3. Ramneet Kaur.

400m (women): 1.Priyanka Rana 2. Karanpreet Kaur 3.Dimple Puri.

Broad jump (women): 1. Priyanka Rana 2.Ramneet Kaur 3. Rohini Bhardwaj.

On this occasion the GADVASU and PAU faculty, staff members and students of the GADVASU were there encourage the athletes.



From Schools & Colleges
PU inter-zonal skill in teaching contests held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 19
Panjab University Inter-Zonal Skill in Teaching and on-the-spot preparation of teaching aids competitions were held at the Malwa Central College for Women here today. Prof Jaspal Singh was the observer of these competitions. A total of 41 colleges and over 180 students participated in these competitions.

Industrial visit

Department of Business Management, Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology (L.C.E.T.), organised an industrial visit for MBA students to Ludhiana Beverages Pvt. Ltd (Franchise partner of Coca-Cola India), Dhandari Kalan, Ludhiana. Placement Coordinator Prof. Prateek Kalia and Prof Neeru accompanied the students during the visit. On behalf of Ludhiana Beverages Pvt. Ltd, a warm welcome was accorded by vice-president Harbans Singh. Satinder, GM, technical, gave an insight into the processes of bottling plant during the factory visit.

Meanwhile, the students of B.Tech of Gulzar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Libra, also went for an industrial visit at Greatway Knitwears, Dhanadari Kalan, Ludhiana. The visit was aimed at acquainting students with manufacturing processes of textile manufacturing industry. The students were exposed to various sections of the company, including weaving, printing, cutting and stitching. H.S. Kainth, chief manager of the company, explained the major areas of operations of the company.

Prize distribution

The annual prize distribution function of Gobindgarh Public College, Alour (Khanna), was held at G.P.C. Campus. SS Maan, SSP, Khanna, was the chief guest. He was welcomed by president, Gobindgarh Educational and Social Welfare Trust Piara Singh Kalsi.

The programme started with lighting the lamp followed by Saraswati vandana, group song, folk song, mime, qawali and bhangra by students. Shahi read out the annual report of the college. Over 250 students were given academic and cultural prizes on the basis of their performance in the university.

Farewell party

A farewell party was organised by Class XI students of USPC Jain Public School, Chandigarh. MP Jain, general secretary of the school management committee, and school principal Lt Col (Dr) RK Sharma (retd) were the chief guests. A cultural function was organised, in which group dance and bhangra were performed. Class XII students walked the ramp. Vikram Srivastava and Chandanpreet Kaur were adjudged Mr and Miss USPC.

A story-telling competition was also held for tiny tots here today. Kids participated in the contest and narrated unique stories with enthusiasm. Students of LKG E and F gave a class presentation on "Akshar gyan" and animals, respectively. Meanwhile, Class XI students of Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School organised a farewell party.


Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Udham Singh Nagar, organised a function to mark the birth anniversary of Madhav Rao Sadashiv Golvalkar today. Various activities, including declamation contest, paper reading and poster-making contest were held.



Anti-polio Programme
3 literacy projects inaugurated
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 19
The Rotary International District 3,070 is putting in efforts to initiate several new projects in order to create awareness about polio and undertake vaccination on a large scale. Announcing this at a press conference here today, district governor of the club KC Kalra said unfortunately India was still among a few nations in the world that had failed to eradicate polio completely. “The vaccine is available in abundance in our country, so are the resources and manpower. What we lack is the general awareness about the disease and the need to get children vaccinated.”

He said the district, comprising 104 clubs located across the states of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, is laying emphasis on polio vaccination and trying to generate more funds for the related projects.

Kalra, who was on a day-long visit to the city, said another major project being undertaken by the district was a cultural exchange of two teams between India and the USA. A team of four persons, drawn from different walks of life, will go to the USA in April to study the American culture. Similarly, a team from the USA will visit parts of India, falling under district 3070.

Later, Kalra inaugurated three literacy projects undertaken by the Rotary Club and a new dental unit, sponsored by the club at Guru Teg Bahadur Charitable Hospital.

Club president Kanti K Behal said a computer centre had been set up at Atam Vallabh Jain College at a cost of Rs 12 lakh which will impart free computer training to youngsters in more than a dozen villages.

Two more literacy projects with the theme “Each one teach one”, were coming up at Atam Vallabh Jain College and Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Dakha, he added.

He said the club had been running a pacemaker bank for the last 25 years and till now some 220 pacemakers had been provided to the poor and needy.

“With the help of Indian doctors settled abroad, the club has been able to get a donation of 90 stents which saved several precious lives at Hero DMC Heart Institute.”



Now, regular cops to help ease city traffic
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 19
Along with law enforcement and crime detection cops have a new task at hand. The city’s newly appointed police commissioner, Ishwar Singh, has instructed them to work together with traffic cops in easing the growing vehicular congestion at the city’s worst bottlenecks.

A DSP level officer and the officer in charge of the area will now be hold directly responsible for traffic jams on the streets. The main focus would be laid upon smoothing traffic flow at Jagraon bridge and on Ferozepur Road. A DSP level officer will supervise traffic management on the entire stretch.

DSP Raj Kumar, who was seen instructing cops to regulate traffic at Bhai Balla Chowk, said the orders came from the commissioner.

“I’ll be supervising traffic from Jagraon bridge to the octroi post at Ferozepur Road and would be assisted by the SHO and the ‘chowk’ in charge of the respective areas,” said Kumar. “Ferozepur Road and a street leading towards Jagraon bridge area is the city’s lifeline with hundreds of thousands of commuters during peak hours on weekdays”, he added.

Further, a tow trucks will regularly ply the streets and pick up any vehicle parked wrongly.

On the spot fines

The police soon plans to begin a drive in which vehicles violating traffic regulations will be fined on the spot with a nominal fee being charged. This will bring an end to the long queues outside the Suvidha centre where those who are challaned have to wait for hours to pay the fines.

Clampdown on offenders

The Commissioner said the police would be particularly strict with traffic violators. Here are some of the offenses under which a vehicle driver can face a stiff penalty:

  • Using a cell phone while driving
  • Not carrying driver’s license and all necessary vehicle documents
  • Overtaking a vehicle from the left side
  • Throwing waste materials from a vehicle at a public place
  • Parking vehicle at public places for repairs
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Triple riding on motorcycles or scooters
  • Parking vehicle in a no-parking area
  • Riding motorcycle/scooter without a helmet



PAU Notes
Bee-keeping course at farm varsity ends
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 19
The basic bee-keeping training course for farmers and farm women organised at the PAU by the department of entomology in collaboration with the Directorate of Extension Education concluded here today.

Nearly 43 trainees from various districts of Punjab participated in the training programme. Dr MA Narula, zonal project director, ICAR, was the chief guest. Dr Ashok Kumar Dhawan, head, department of entomology, presided over the function.

Dr Narula distributed certificates to trainees. He said students should adopt agricultural subsidiary occupations to increase income and to raise their family status.

Dr Dhawan exhorted trainees to adopt bee-keeping and make efforts to take it to the level of highly profitable agricultural business.

Dr Pardeep Kumar Chhuneja, technical coordinator of the course, said trainees were imparted training on various aspects of bee-keeping, including species of honey bees, their castes and division of labour; life cycle of Italian honey bees; various considerations for starting bee-keeping; design and application of various bee-keeping equipment and machinery; seasonal bee management practices; management of bee enemies and diseases including the recent problem of Varroa and its management, swarming, robbing and queenlessness problems in honey bee colonies and their remedies; queen bee rearing techniques; honey extraction, processing, packing, quality, AGMARK and marketing; collection of other bee products like bee wax, royal jelly, pollen and propolis; loan facilities to bee-keepers from banks and subsidy schemes of the government programmes.

Besides, trainees were taken on a tour to progressive bee-keepers, hives and bee-keeping equipment manufacturing industry, honey trading and exporting entrepreneurs to encourage and motivate them to adopt bee-keeping, he said. Dr Jaswinder Bhalla and Rupinder Kaur coordinated the programme.


The Nutrient-based Subsidy Scheme (NBS) can play a major role in giving a push to second green revolution through promoting agricultural productivity. This was stated by PPS Pangli, president of the PAU Kisan Club, adding that this step would promote the balanced use of complex fertilisers.

He said farmers of Punjab and Haryana were not in the habit of using secondary and micro-nutrients which resulted in stagnation of agricultural productivity.

He hailed the union government’s initiative to enrich soil health and consequently enhance productivity for the next decade in the direction of ensuring food security and safety. He also expressed his gratitude to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for his support.



‘Dairy farming more profitable than agriculture’
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 19
The fourth international dairy show and exhibition organised by the Progressive Dairy Farmers’ Association (PDFA), concluded here on Monday. Thousands of farmers from across the state visited the show in which over 100 companies displayed their products, including medicines, feeds, machinery and technical know-how.

Addressing the closing ceremony, minister for dairy development, animal husbandry and fish farming Gulzar Singh Ranike said: “With a view to strengthen economic conditions of farmers the Punjab government is implementing three major programmes. Dairy farming is more profitable than agriculture”.

A two-day seminar on “New technologies in commercial dairy farming”, presided over by Punjab State Farmers’ Commission (PSFC) chairman GS Kalkat, was also conducted. It laid stress on commercial dairy farming instead of traditional dairy farming.

Over 1,000 women participated in the seminar on the second day, which was specially devoted to “women’s empowerment in dairy development” in Punjab. Teams of experts advised them on many issues.

Ranike said the government was committed to develop dairy farming in the state. “Farmers should take up allied activities such as dairy farming, piggeries, beekeeping, poultry and horticulture”. Listing advantages of the dairy farming he said, “There is no dearth now of good vaccines, sperms, medicines, feeds and technology available to farmers. Imported semen is being imported and distributed free among farmers to improve cattle breed and productivity. The Punjab government has spent over Rs 2.5 crore on animal fairs to encourage farmers to take up allied activities”

He added the government plans to open ten more animal husbandry polytechnics.

PDFA president Daljit Singh Sadarpura said the association is committed to improve the lot of the state’s dairy farmers. Among those who visited the show were Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal, principal secretary DS Bains, Ludhiana deputy commissioner Vikas Garg and Dairy Development Board finance commissioner Gurinderjit Singh Sandhu.



Political science body organises seminar on women’s rights
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, February 19
The Political Science Association of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, organised a seminar on “Protection/ Violation of Women’s Rights”in Dr Ishwar Singh Memorial Hall of Guru Nanak National College, here recently.

The resource persons were Dr Pam Rajput, former chairperson, department of political science and founder director, women studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh, and Dr Rakesh Kumar from Government College for Women, Ludhiana.

Rakesh said the violation of women rights was not only rampant in developing countries but developed countries as well. “Women occupy a back seat in the male-dominated society. Despite being granted equal rights by the Indian Constitution, they are discriminated and exploited in every walk of life,” Rakesh said. Citing the example of Ruchika case, Rakesh added that the women today were being exploited sexually at work place. “They are being assaulted in families despite having laws against domestic violence”, he added. He emphasised that women should be fully aware about their rights. “The need of the hour is to expose more cases of women abuse, so that the male accuser is made to stand in the dock. The role of the media at this hour is particularly significant”, he stressed.

Rajput narrated the long history of woman’s rights and concluded that despite equal rights enshrined in the Constitution as right to life, right to equality and abolition of discrimination, they are being deprived the same. “The violation of the right to life by resorting to female foeticide proves that women are as much a slave of men as was the case in the olden times” Rajput stressed. She also showed deep concern about the declining female ratio as compared to men.

“Despite representing 50 per cent of the population, their representation in Indian Parliament is meagre” she said. She showed concern about the rate of maternal mortality in India. She said in a survey conducted to adjudge the status of women from out of 134 countries, India was at 114th position.

“The major political parties are playing politics with women and the Bill regarding the reservation of women is lying pending in Parliament since long” she rued. She cautioned that despite all tall talks of granting equality and security to women, a rape was committed after every 30 minutes and one woman was forced to quit due to domestic violence after every 60 minutes in India” she said. She concluded that women should come forwarded and fight for their rights.

Principal Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu welcomed the resource persons and Prof Balwant Singh Pangali, general secretary, college managing committee, extended the vote of thanks.



I’ll serve society through Rotary:
Dolly Guleria
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 19
Joining a vast network of Rotarians across the world, Rupinder Kaur, daughter of ‘Nightingale of Punjab’ Surinder Kaur and popularly known as ‘Dolly Guleria’, has reiterated her commitment to “serve society” in a better way through her music.

"As I have recently joined the Rotary organisation I don’t know much about its objectives and projects. What I do know is that I have ‘inherited’ the 'Rotary spirit' from my mother and have already been working for social causes. Also, as an army officer's wife I have given performances for the welfare of soldiers earlier. Now I’ll continue my pursuit through the Rotary too," said Guleria while talking to the Ludhiana Tribune after her programme on the occasion of the Rotary district 3090 district conference held recently.

Proud winner of the Punjab Ratan Award and many other honours in the sphere of music and art, Guleria wishes to carry forward the family tradition of folk singing for as long as she lives. She has also received the Minar-e-Pakistan and Lok Gaaika Award (Haryana) awards.

With an intent to preserve the Punjab’s dying cultural heritage Guleria is currently teaching music to dedicated students in her Nightingale Music Academy.



Job fair at Desh Bhagat

Mandi Gobindgarh, February 19
Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes today organised a two-day mega job fair on the college campus here. A placement drive was organised for students of different streams.

More than 20 MNCs like Reliance Communication, Sigma Vibracoistic India, Red Alkemi, Sigma Freudenberg Nok, Bharti AXA, New Swan Enterprises, Reliance Capital Service, Café Coffee Day, ATS infrastructure, Altruist India Central Tool. India mart Intermech, Highway Industries, Meera & Co., Federal Mogul Bearing India, Tata Tele Services, Ind Sigma Infotech, Mahle Filter System India, Sixth Sense Solutions, Gabriel India, Henkel Teroson India, Park Plaza and ACC Concrete visited the campus.

As many as 2,500 students from Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and Rajasthan participated in the fair.

Candidates were shortlisted by the respective companies through online tests — OC



Anganwari union stages dharna
Tribune News Service

Aangwari workers protest outside the DC office. Photo: Inderjit Verma

Ludhiana, February 19
The Anganwari Mulazam Union, Punjab, today staged a dharna with regard to their long-pending demands. Workers from Ludhiana district gathered outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office and raised slogans against the state government.

President of the union Subhash Rani said the union would intensify its agitation against the apathetic attitude of the government towards their long-pending demands. She said the government had denied them the increment in dearness allowance (DA), grade III to anganwari workers and grade IV status to helpers.

Jasvir Kaur, another member of the union, said in the absence of proper building and toys for children at anganwari centres, the purpose of having anganwaris stood defeated.

Subhash Rani stated that the memorandum for the same had been sent to the Prime Minister today.



Tension in village

Ludhiana, February 19
Tension prevailed at Bonker village near Ladhowal following a clash between members of two communities on the issue of taking possession of an inn.

The matter flared up this afternoon when the sarpanch of the village allegedly removed the idols belonging to a community.

Enraged over disrespect being shown to their God, the community members smashed the house of the sarpanch and even damaged a shop. Meanwhile, heavy security was deployed in the area. No untoward incident had been reported so far. — TNS



Missing man feared dead

Kilaraipur, February 19
A 45-year-old businessman, who went missing two days ago, is suspected to have been killed. The family members Gulshan Dhang, a resident Jawahar Nagar camp, feared that his body might have been thrown in Sidhman Canal. The relatives found this victim’s phone and clothes lying on the banks of Sidhman canal. According to the relatives, a resident of Doraha, informed them about the belongings of Gulshan. — TNS



97 bags of rice stolen from warehouse
Authorities blame sheller owners
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 19
The Dehlon police has initiated probe into the alleged theft of 97 bags of rice from the Punjab Warehouse Corporation yard situated at Ghungrana village near here. Cost of the stolen commodity, is estimated to be Rs 85,000.

Though the yard is guarded by at least two watchmen round the clock, the warehouse authorities have evaded responsibility, maintaining that they were responsible for only stocks, which had been shifted inside the godowns.

Investigations by the Ludhiana Tribune revealed that at least 97 bags of rice, out of 540 bags dumped in the warehouse yard by the staff of Dharam Rice and General Mills on Tuesday were found stolen the next day.

The theft was noticed when labourers of the rice-sheller owner came to the yard to dump two more truckloads on Wednesday afternoon.

According to Rachhpal Singh Dhindsa, the incident was brought o his notice by the owners of the rice-sheller unit today, but the authorities in the warehouse corporation, which is the rightful owner of the yard, had maintained that no material belonging to the organisation was lost.

“We have started investigation on basis of information provided by Sanjay Kumar, proprietor of the rice sheller. As the managers of the premises have denied the theft we have to first establish ownership of the stocks reported stolen, before registering an FIR,” said Dhindsa.

Accusing the authorities of evading responsibility of taking care of stocks dumped at the yard, Kumar alleged such incidents had been taking place earlier too.

“76 bags of rice were earlier stolen from another yard and the authorities had agreed to compensate partial cost of the loss incurred by our firm. Now once again, instead of getting the matter probed, the authorities are shifting responsibility on our staff,” alleged Kumar maintaining that the staff posted at the yard had made entry regarding dumping of the stocks in relevant registers.

Bagga Singh, manager of the warehouse, maintained that he and his staff was accountable for those stocks which had been shifted inside the godowns. Technical staff of the FCI approves the quality of the rice, before shifting, he added.



Travel agent booked for cheating
Our Correspondent

Raikot, February 19
The Raikot police has booked a travel agent for cheating five youths of Rs 28 lakh luring to send them to US. Sarabjit Singh of Pherurahin village and Gurmukh Singh of Panjgrahian village had complained to the Raikot police that Dharam Singh, a travel agent from Barundi village near Raikot had cheated them. When the complainant approached the SSP Ludhiana Rural, Harinder Singh Chahal, he entrusted EO wing to investigate the matter

The matter was investigated by KD Singh, in charge of the economic offence wing of Jagraon police. Singh said Dharam Singh had taken Rs 5 lakh each from both the complainants and Rs 6 lakh each from Jagjit Singh of Jhorran, Ranjit Singh and Santokh Singh of Jand village to send them to USA.

The deal was struck at Rs15 lakh each and the money that was received by him was the token amount in advance. The accused had promised to send them to USA within few days. Dharam Singh neither sent the youths to USA nor returned their amount even though three months had elapsed. After investigating the case, a case was registered against the accused under Sections 420 IPC. No arrest has been made so far.



20 cell phones recovered, 4 held
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, February 19
The police here has succeeded to bust a gang of mobile thieves and arrested its four members last night. Phillaur DSP Kamaljit Singh Dhillon stated this to newsmen here recently.

He said the arrested thieves were identified as Palwinder Singh, alias Sonu, Sukhjit alias Vikki, Sukhwinder, alias Laddi, and Jagtar Singh. The DSP said 20 stolen mobile phones had been recovered from their possession and the police had impounded their motorcycle. DSP Dhillon said that gang members were operating in Ludhiana, Banga, Apra and Mukandpur. Their two other accomplices were still at large, the DSP said.



Mandeep first in 800m race
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, February 19
The 36th Annual Athletics Meet for girls of Guru Nanak National College Doraha concluded here today. The meet was inaugurated by Bikramjit Singh Khalsa, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab. The chief guest encouraged athletes to adopt a positive attitude towards life.

He announced a grant of Rs 2 lakh to the institute.

Various events like races, high jump, long jump, shot put, slow cycling, chatti race, sack race, 1-km walk, 2-Km walk, 1,500m cycle race, 400m relay race, 100m race, tug-of-war and musical chair were organised.

A cultural programme was organised on the occasion. Students of Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School performed gymnastics and girls of the college gave a dance performance.

Principal Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu welcomed the chief guest and other dignitaries. Inderjit Singh Kala, president, municipal council, Doraha, Sarabjit Singh Mangat, president, Artiya Association, Harjiwan Pal Singh Gill, Jogeshwar Singh Mangat, senior vice-president, college management committee, Prof Balwant Singh Pangali, general secretary, Adarsh Pal Bector, treasurer, college managing committee, and Rajinder Singh Khalsa, director, were present.

Results: 800m: Mandeep Kaur, BA-I, 1, Ramanpreet Kaur, BA-III, 2 and Rupinder Kaur, BA-III, 3.

Long jump: Ravinder Kaur, BA-I, 1, Mandeep Kaur, BA-I, 2 and Preeti Sharda, BA-II, 3.

Shot put: Jagveer Kaur, MA-I, 1, Ramandeep Kaur, BA-II, 2 and Navjot Kaur, BA-II, 3.

High jump: Ravinder Kaur, BA-I, 1, Navshikha, BA-II, 2 and Prabhjot Kaur, BA-III, 3.

Discuss throw: Haramandeep Kaur, MA-I, 1, Ravinder Kaur, BA-I, 2 and Ramandeep Kaur, BA-II, 3.



Athletics meet at GCW
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, February 19
The two-day annual athletics meet began at Government College for Women here today. A large number of students participated in various events. College principal RK Aulakh declared the meet open. She released balloons and pigeons to mark the opening of the event and took salute from contingents of the NSS, players and NCC cadets.

Results: 800m race: Ramandeep Kaur 1, Pooja Kumari 2 and Gurpreet Kaur 3; discus throw: Navjot 1, Priyanka 2 and Harpreet Kaur 3; shot put: Mamta 1, Harpreet Kaur 2 and Navjot Kaur 3; long jump: Ramandeep Kaur 1, Sarabjit Kaur 2 and Manpreet Kaur 3; high jump: Pawandeep Kaur 1, Dolly 2 and Ramandeep Kaur 3; 100m hurdles race: Pawandeep Kaur 1, Sapra 2 and Sarabjit Kaur 3; cycling: Pooja 1, Pardeep Kaur 2 and Navjot Kaur 3; employees’ race: Naranjan Singh 1, Gurmeet Singh 2 and Dharam Pal 3; office staff race: Gurpreet Singh 1, Rajesh Kaur 2 and Jora Singh 3.



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