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Sweet sellers evade checks on spurious khoya
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Milk, khoya prices

The prices of milk sold by dairies as well as that retailed under brandnames such as Verka, Reliance, Amul and Nestle vary from Rs 28 to Rs 40 per litre. Surprisingly, a large number of sweetmeat sellers are selling khoya and its byproducts for between Rs 80 and Rs 100 per kg, whereas the market price of “pure” khoya is Rs 150-160 per kg.

Ludhiana, October 25
Health officials’ claims on checking the use of adulterated ‘khoya’ in the festive season have been belied by sweet sellers who, to get around surprise raids, are using workshops located the city’s periphery to prepare sweetmeats.

The big sweetmeat sellers are procuring synthetic ‘khoya’ from Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, which comes to the city by rail. However, fearing seizure of the spurious stuff by health officials, middlemen acting as suppliers get down from the trains in the middle of nowhere and take the bags of ‘khoya’ to workshop in nearby villages.

Thereafter, the sweetmeats using the spurious ‘khoya’ are prepared and brought to the city outlets at night. Ironically, the barriers at the municipal corporation limits of the city have failed to check the malpractice.

Also, the police’s unresponsiveness has been a major deterrent in checking the smuggling of ‘khoya’ ever since the onset of the festival season.

MS Gill, who heads an NGO, People’s Forum for Transparency & Social Concern, said: “We had taken up the matter of smuggling of spurious ‘khoya’ with senior district health officials but they expressed their helplessness on the issue, claiming they received no support from the police department.”

At the same time, the health officials have not carried out even a single check on cold storages near the city this year. They had seized 900 quintals of spurious ‘khoya’ from two such storages during the festive season in 2009.

Meanwhile, Sarabjit Singh Banti, an office bearer of the Congress party’s district unit, said; “We handed over a memorandum to the district health department to carry out checks on all the major sweetmeat outlets in the city. The district congress unit will stage a protest if the department fails to do the needful”.

On being asked about the reason why checks were not being conducted on the city’s leading sweetmeat sellers, district health officer Dr Jagpal Singh said” “We had planned to collect samples from sweet shops but due to some impediments we weren’t able to do so”.

However, he said health officials had taken two samples from the Lyallpur Sweet Shop in Model Town and Keshav Sweets on Rani Jhansi Road, two the city’s leading sweetmeat sellers.


Jail inmates ‘break free’ on Karva Chauth eve
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Jail official chips in

Seeing jail inmates excited about karva chauth, even jail superintendent Snehjot is thrilled about the festival. Though she does not observe karva chauth, Snehjot enjoys being part of the festivity. "I have applied heena on my hands and will be wearing bright coloured clothes for the festival tomorrow," she added. Though the jail is closed at 7.30 pm, she said she will visit the jail at night when all women inmates will break their fast on seeing the moon.

Ludhiana, October 25
The Ludhiana Women's Jail has been buzzing with unusual activity since yesterday amid an intoxicating aroma of henna that has filled every corner of the premises. The 230-odd inmates of the jail, too, are unusually happy and cheerful; their glowing faces a clear reflection of their singing hearts.

These women are busy preparing for the most important festival of married Indian women - Karva Chauth. And like their counterparts across the country, they, too, are gladly looking forward to fasting for the long lives of their husbands.

The inmates are helping their friends with preparations, adorning each other's palms with intricate patterns of mehndi; beautifying them with skin care and hair care treatments and exchanging notes on the fast. The jail staff, too, is providing a helping hand in the preparations.

Inmates of the women jail apply heena on their hands in Ludhiana
Inmates of the women jail apply heena on their hands in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Like these women, their relatives have also been busy taking rounds of the jail, catering to their demands and delivering the quintessential stuff for the fast — mehndi, bangles, jewellery, apparel, footwear, sargi, decorative thalis, diyas and more.

"Preparations for the festival are in full swing. We are all very excited and geared up for Karva Chauth," informed an undertrial.

Jail superintendent Snehjot Kaur said the inmates had been engaged in preparations for the festival for the past two days.

"Most of them have got their required material from home but those who have been unable to get it, have been provided the same by the jail authorities," she said.

Special Karva Chauth attires are also being made in the stitching factory on the jail premises for those inmates who could not get in touch with their families. "We have got their sargi and are very happily looking forward to the festival," said an inmate.

About the actual ceremonies, the jail superintendent revealed that she is making sure that the women feel at home and enjoy the festival to the fullest.

"We will perform all rituals religiously right from waking up at the break of dawn to have sargi to the evening Pooja followed by the moon ritual to open the fast," said another inmate.

Snehjot Kaur added, "Closing time of the jail is 7.30 pm but on Karva Chauth, an official is deployed on special duty to enable the inmates do the moon ritual and open their fasts, which they do turn wise. I also remain present at that time and enjoy the custom."

"We hope the moon rises early tomorrow so that we don't have to wait much," giggled a group of young inmates, who flaunted their bright red outfits, which they have prepared for tomorrow.



City beams in karva colours
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Traffic chaos

Amid the frenzy surrounding the festival, traffic cops are perhaps the most harried lot. Over the past few days, traffic woes have increased manifold with long serpentine queues of vehicles seen everywhere Market places are easily the worst affected areas.

Ludhiana, October 25
City market places, on Monday, witnessed the peculiar annual sight - a massive number of women of different ages combing their way through the thick crowd, their hands held aloft and a look of intense concentration on their faces. These women were busy trying to keep the freshly applied mehndi (henna) on their hands intact.

Interestingly, women kept coming and going, but the ritual of sorts continue till wee hours. With Karva Chauth just a few hours away, preparations and last-minute shopping for the festival were in full swing across the city since early morning.

Meanwhile, for traders across the city, it meant brisk business. Overnight, a number of stalls have sprung up at various places, selling diyas and 'karvas' or brightly decorated earthen pots that are traditionally filled with water, covered and lit with a diya on top.

For many, the stalls are a way of getting extra income at this time of the year. Sanjeev Kumar, for instance, who was selling 'karvas' at Ghumar Mandi, sells fruits and veggies all year round.

Rani, who is otherwise a domestic maid, uses this opportunity to sell tubes of mehndi at the Sarabha Nagar market. "I earn around Rs 1,500 extra this way," says Rani.

The city is fragrant with the aroma of mehndi. Lined up in Ghumar Mandi, Sarabha Nagar, BRS Nagar, Chaura Bazaar, Model Town, mehndi wallas are inundated with clients, hence, the furious work.

"Rates for applying mehndi today start at Rs 250 per hand and will go up to Rs 1,500-2,000 as the evening progresses. This is the only time in the entire year we get to make good money, whereas for the rest of the year, we barely charge Rs 25-50 for a palm," reveals Nandu, a mehndi artist.

Cashing in on the frenzy, city's beauty salons have dished out a variety of packages especially for this day. Staring around Rs 500, these packages vary as per the beauty treatments. Talk of cosmetics and the sale almost doubles during this festival.

Sarees and fabric shops, too, are rigged out in full splendor, attractive discounts displayed at shop windows. Jewellery, also ubiquitous during Karva Chauth, is much in demand.

Bangles and costume jewellery are disappearing rapidly from store shelves, special Karva Chauth sets and jewellery set with red stones being hot favourites.

Sweet shops are busy selling pheniyan and sweet matthees, which are considered auspicious for Karwa Chauth. Restaurants are trying to entice customers by offering special Karwa Chauth fares.



Flash strike by rly freight loading contractors
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 25
Loading and unloading of rail wagons at the city’s train station came to a complete halt as the handling and transportation contractors went on an unannounced strike against what they called the “arbitrary and unjust decision” of railway officials to impose three times the penal demurrage on uncleared goods at railway siding from Friday, which was further increased to five times from Sunday onwards.

Accusing Northern Railway local and divisional officials of “deliberately harassing” labourers as well as handling and transportation contractors, Rajesh Kumar, president of the Handling and Transportation Contractors Union, maintained that even though the capacity of the siding at the local railway station was only for 42 wagons, the labourers and contractors were putting in extra efforts for speedy clearance.

"Despite heavy rain on October 22 as many as 47 wagons were cleared while the number of wagons unloaded the next day (October 23) was 96 out of a total of 106 slated for unloading. However, in a highhanded move, the divisional railway officials imposed three times demurrage on uncleared wagons and further increased the penalty to five times the very next day without any apparent reason and without taking into consideration the weather conditions," Kumar alleged.

The labourers and contractors, Rajesh stated, were working in testing conditions yet providing satisfactory results. "There’s no infrastructure worth the name at the goods shed at the train station. There's no covered shed, lighting arrangements or a raised platform, nor is there proper provision for drinking water”, he lamented.

The striking contractors along with the labour staged a protest at the goods shed and made it clear they would not pay any penal demurrage or wharfage till the Northern Railway officials “acted in a just and rational manner”. "The loss suffered by Indian Railways on account of no loading or unloading of wagons will be the sole responsibility of railway officials," they asserted.

Hectic parleys between local railway officials and representatives of the striking contractors to sort out the issue were continuing without any positive outcome till filing of this report.



MC fails to curb misuse of parks
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Sorry state of affairs

  • Public parks maintained by civic agencies and industrialists in shambles
  • Many of these are being misused for commercial activities; some MC officials are allegedly involved in shielding defaulters
  • Officials responsible for checking such illegal use of public parks fail to discharge their duty
  • City’s green cover is shrinking due to official negligence

Ludhiana, October 25
Some of the city’s public parks located in prime localities, which are maintained by the municipal corporation and the Ludhiana Improvement Trust, are being misused for commercial purposes, helped no doubt by the attitude of officials. The latter prefer to look the other way instead of taking strict action against the defaulters or even support them.

Expressing concern over the shrinking green cover in the city, SS Chana, president of the Federation of Pollution & Park Management Committees, told Ludhiana Tribune that the city’s green cover was highly inadequate to cope with the ever increasing environmental pollution. “Even though a number of public parks are being misused for commercial activities the authorities pay no attention to check such unethical practices,” he added.

Chana pointed out that a park adjoining the Sarabha Nagar main market in D Block was being misused for commercial purposes by one of the shopkeepers. "The shopkeeper has illegally installed amusement rides in the park and is charging Rs 50 per ride from the public. A letter on this matter was sent to the MC commissioner on August 23, 2010 but to no avail. Ironically this public park was also allowed to be used for holding an exhibition by a company from August 27 to 30. Yet another park opposite the Nand Kaur gurdwara in Ghumar Mandi is being misused by shopkeepers to park vehicles. The disturbing fact about the park is that its parking site was inaugurated by one of city’s top police officials. If we keep on allowing commercial activities in public parks how will we breathe?”

Holding the civic body responsible for “destroying" the city’s green cover, a senior citizen, Sajjan Singh, said: “The MC’s tall claims of having planted 100,000 saplings in the monsoon season have fallen flat with even councillors of various wards lamenting not a single sapling was planted in their wards. An inquiry into the matter should be tasked to an independent agency and those responsible for such criminal waste of taxpayers' money should be severely punished.”



Rajasthan comes calling to city
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
With colourful handicrafts, rustic music in the backdrop and scrumptious cuisine to savour, one feels being in the desert state of Rajasthan. The two-day “Mini Rajasthan Festival” organised by the Department of Tourism, Rajasthan, opened here today at Rotary Bhawan.

The festival is part of the Rajasthan tourism’s promotion campaign “Rajasthan Calling” being held in 19 major cities across the country, including Kochi, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Patna, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Lukhnow and Chandigarh.

The picture gallery depicting varied colours of Rajasthan welcome the visitors. Handicrafts, folk dances, ancient buildings and the regal “Palace on Wheels” showcase diverse shades of the state. Stalls exhibiting handicrafts wooden toys from Bassi Chittor, terracotta from Siaya, stone artefacts from Banswara and Tichupada, Ajmer ka gota work, aratari zardozi work from Nyla village, Leather items, including bags and juttis, from Jodhpur and Shinmal, tie and dye from Akola, brass nakkashi, Balahedi and forest products from Barna are put up at the festival.

The major attraction at the festival is the food court serving authentic Rajasthani dishes, including the famous dal baati choorma, piyaz kachori, mirchi pakora, kadi pakora, besan kattha and traditional sweets.

“Relishing Rajasthani dishes was the best part of the festival while listening to folk artistes," said Rajini, one of the visitors at the festival. The music of Rajasthan is rich and diverse like the state itself. The music has not lost its identity.

The major highlight of the festival will be live dances and a food court and free henna will be applied on the hands of visiting women," added Pawan Jain, assistant director, Department of Tourism, Rajasthan.

“With 14.8 lakh foreign tourists and 283 lakh domestic tourist arrivals in 2008, Rajasthan is easily one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in India. The state's popularity is primarily owing to its incredible tourism products, its rich heritage, its forts, palaces, lakes, colourful and lively fairs and festivals, golden sand dunes and rich wild life, add to that the adventure sports, wellness tourism, handicrafts, shopping, among other pullers,” Jain said.



Officials not in favour of gifts this Diwali
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Rahul Tewari DC
Rahul Tewari

AK Sinha MC Commissioner
AK Sinha
MC Commissioner

KP Brar MC Addl Commissioner
KP Brar
MC Addl Commissioner

Ishwar Singh Police Commissioner
Ishwar Singh
Police Commissioner

Ludhiana, October 25
Diwali- the festival of lights is an occasion, when people in this industrial city try to oblige the well-connected and higher officials by presenting them with expensive gifts. Bureaucrats are generally accused of waiting for the festival since it means raining expensive gifts for them but there are some who have said no to gifts this time.

A number of officials, Ludhiana Tribune spoke to, said they do not and would not accept gifts during the season. For Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari, Diwali is a festival of joy and brotherhood. "Like any other Indian, I enjoy the festival with my family and friends. We greet each other warmly and exchange sweets and chocolates. Crackers remain the main attraction among kids. But I do not believe in accepting gifts from people. It is our traditional festival, which should be enjoyed in the true traditional fervour", said Tewari.

Since family of Commissioner, Municipal Corporation AK Sinha stays away, he prefers to celebrate festival with his family. "Two-days before Diwali, I leave the city to be with my family and friends. Honestly, I prefer to stay away as people in city greet on Diwali with gifts etc. If you say straight no to them, you are labelled as an arrogant official. In order to avoid such situation, I prefer to leave the city two-days before Diwali. By the grace of God, we are blessed with everything, why should we accept expensive gifts from people?", asked Sinha.

MC Additional Commissioner Kamalpreet Brar said that she wanted to enjoy festival with family and kids. "At times, visitors barge into my residence, loaded with gifts. And the situation becomes so awkward. You do not want to snub them, at the same time you do not want to accept the gifts. We politely refuse to accept their gifts but they keep on troubling you. At times, you feel like losing your temper but I avoid that situation," said Brar.

Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh said he was against gifts and would not accept anything worth a penny from anybody. ‘‘It is a matter of principle and I would stand by it,’’ he said adding festival for him meant being with family and friends.




Say no to crackers, says NGO
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 25
Concerned over the rising air pollution in the industrial capital of the state, activists of the Rising Youth Association, an NGO, organised an interactive meeting with residents of Dugri here today to mobilise them against use of firecrackers during Diwali.

President of the association Gurinder Chahal urged the people, especially youth and children, to stay away from crackers this Diwali, keeping in mind the air pollution and global warming. He said that people in this region go overboard in bursting crackers. They start before Diwali and continue till Gurpurb. "If at all crackers have to be burst, it should be confined only on the day of Diwali to cut down the amount of pollution. Diwali celebrations have always meant much more than just crackers," he added.

Chahal and other functionaries of the NGO pointed out that toxic gases and smoke from crackers cause air and noise pollution that has hazardous effects on the health of the people. "Kids and pets are at greater risk from noise pollution caused by crackers. Therefore, it will be prudent to celebrate the festival in a clean, green and healthy way,” he said.

The association activists highlighted the disastrous effects of firecrackers on elderly who get upset due to high level of noise pollution and toxic gases which could trigger several kinds of allergies and pose grave threat to those afflicted with asthma or other respiratory disorders.



One out of 10 kids in country is asthmatic: Experts
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 25
With a view to create awareness on the prevalence of asthma, ‘Breathefree’, a public service initiative from Cipla, today organised a lecture for the afflicted or at risk children.

City-based paediatricians Dr TS Gambhir and Dr Ritesh Chabbra came forward to support this initiative by presenting a lecture on the symptoms of asthma, triggers, myths and the right therapy for treatment and prevention of allergies before Diwali.

They said with 30 million asthma patients in the country, India constitutes 10 per cent of the total patients suffering from the disease, which indicates that the asthma population in India is larger than the population of several countries. “The scenario is worse as people are either unaware, undiagnosed or are sub-optimally treated for the disease. This is despite India having the latest, most effective and highly affordable medicines to keep asthma under control. The prevalence of asthma is similar among urban and rural people although there may be regional differences,” the doctors said.

Dr Gambhir observed that asthma was the most common chronic condition among children and today one out of 10 children in the country has asthma. "It could affect a student's overall development, performance, ability to concentrate or memorise. Moreover, an asthma episode could escalate and result into death without prompt medical condition. But with awareness and right treatment, it is possible to lead a normal active life with asthma. Students should understand their triggers and participate fully in extracurricular activities with their asthma under control,” he said.

He added that more often than not, persistent cough is one of the major symptoms of asthma. Though wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and coughing particularly at night or early morning are usually the symptoms of asthma, it is possible to have only cough as the symptom and you could be diagnosed with asthma. So, it is very important to keep a close watch on symptoms and discuss them with the doctor to help diagnose the condition correctly, he said

Dr Chabbra said besides causing irreversible damage to lungs, uncontrolled asthma could lead to hospitalisation, loss of school or college days and even death. He said: "Emergency treatment is more expensive as cost of one night of hospitalisation is more than the guideline determined asthma care which could cost as low as Rs 1,000 per year. The cost is rather intangible as it is not economic but the price you might have to pay for risking lungs which could even lead to death."

Advising on the best treatment for asthma, the doctors stated that "inhalation therapy" is the best, most effective and highly affordable way to keep asthma under control. Inhalers are most effective because the medicine is delivered exactly where it is required, which is in the airways in the lungs. Whereas in the case of tablets and syrups, it has to pass from the stomach to the blood and finally to the lungs.



Scientists trained to develop diagnostic skills
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
The Department of Veterinary Pathology has arranged a wholesome programme for a cohort of 20 scientists under ICAR-sponsored 21-day winter school on "Recent Concepts in Veterinary Laboratory Diagnostics" from October 12 to November 1.

It has now treaded half-way mark, where-in scientists have been imparted training on various aspects of diagnosis so that they can comprehend the subject and use various diagnostic tools for rapid and precise diagnosis viz. diagnostic cytology, diagnostic hematology and urinalysis, biomolecular diagnostics, diagnosis of bacterial, viral, mycotoxic and haemoprotozoan diseases, besides other latest diagnostic tools were also discussed.

Hands-on training on ultrasonography, digital radiography, ultrasound guided biopsies, clinical chemistry, blood grouping in animals, insecticide/ pesticide residue analysis, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, rabies diagnosis, diagnosis of mastitis, forensic medicine, cryosectioning, fertility tests and pyometra etc was the paramount feature during the first half of the training.

In addition, the scientists were also apprised about "How to file patents for their research data".

The experts for the training were drawn from more than 12 departments of GADVASU, PAU, other reputed veterinary institutes of India and medical colleges.

Earlier, this winter school was inaugurated by Dr. VK Taneja, vice-chancellor, GADVASU, and guest of honour was Dr. Vinita Malhotra, head of pathology, DMC, Ludhiana.

Dr Taneja opined that the department in its pursuit of imparting training under continuing education and practical training programme under the aegis of ICAR, had chosen a niche area of diagnostics for this training and espoused the views that this would surely give a thrust to diagnostics provided a networking of diagnostics and skilled technicians be also deployed at diagnostic centres, so that the benefits of rapid and precise diagnosis should reach the ultimate user who is in need of this facility.

Malhotra emphasised the need of conjoint research projects especially on cancer biology, genetics, causation and its remedial measures especially in the wake of high incidence of cancer in certain parts of Punjab.

Dr NK Sood, head of veterinary pathology and director of the winter school, eulogised the importance of organising such a training programme, as he conjured that such training would explicitly chisel the diagnostic acumen of attending delegates.

He also informed that the knowledge and skills gained by the scientists through this training would pave the way for building up human resources for future collaborative diagnostics and research work for welfare of not only animal and human population but also in safeguarding the environment.




Students showcase their talent

In the ongoing 10-day youth festival at the PAU, students of the constituent colleges showcased their talent in a variety of events of fine arts. In the photography event, which was held for the first time in the university, students showed keen interest in trees, roots, leaves, twigs and other objects of nature that they captured in their cameras.

A team of artists, including Gurwinder Kaur, Tej Partap Singh Sandhu, Dr Karnail Singh Kalsi, Gurcharan Singh and Manjit Kaur, performed the duty of judges and provided useful tips to students. Deputy director of public relations and cultural coordinator Dr Nirmal Singh Jaura said the events of music, folk dances and stage performances would take place in the open-air-theatre of the university.

Research programme

The Quinquennial Review Team (QRT) of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) visited the PAU to review the ongoing mushroom research programme carried out at the Ludhiana centre of the All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) for 2005-10.

The team was led by AK Bakshi, Vice-Chancellor, SVPU&T, Modipuram, UP, while other members included Dr RN Verma, former director, NRCM, Solan, Dr S Edison, former director, CTCIR, Dr RP Singh, emeritus scientist, GBPUA&T, Pantnagar (Uttaranchal) Dr AK Patra, retired prof, OUANT, Bhubaneshwar, (Orissa) and Dr B. Vijay, principal scientist, DMR, Solan.

The QRT members interacted with Dr RS Sidhu, dean, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, Dr MS Gill, director of extension education, Dr SS Gosal, additional director of research (Agri) and discussed at length the agenda and expectation of ICAR from Ludhiana centre.

Earlier, Dr PK Khanna, coordinator research (basic sciences) apprised the visiting team about the current status of mushroom production in the state and an overview of the R & D work on mushrooms being carried out at the PAU. The team members reviewed the research progress of the centre and discussed mushroom research from different angles.

Later, the team members visited various facilities developed during the period under report at the Mushroom Research Centre, PAU. — OC




Career counselling

A career counselling session was held at B.C.M. Senior Secondary School today. The resource person from the Overseas Education and Immigration Service showed a power point presentation and guided the students about various career options available, especially abroad, after their Class XII exams. Various scholarship programmes and ways to get study visa easier and earlier were also discussed in their session. Students' queries were also addressed and efficiently satisfied at the end of the session. Principal D.P. Guleria opined that such session and workshops widen students' vision and give them scope enough to pursue their passion.

Inter-school folk dance

An inter-school folk dance competition, Sahodya, Ludhiana (East), was held at Tagore International Senior Secondary School under the guidance of management and staff members. It was a colourful, zestful and enthusiastic affair and was inaugurated by Balraj Singh Gill, D.S.P Sahnewal, the chief guests of the function. A cluster of nine schools participated in this competition. Students were dressed up in colourful attires. They mesmerised everyone with their scintillating dance performances. Importance of folk dance was highlighted with great fervour. This celebration was to acquaint the students with folk and Indian culture. The entire visual was giving a beautiful glimpse of Indian folk and culture. Winners were awarded by honour of guest Devinder Atttri, S.H.O, Sahnewal. The host school bagged the first position and Nankana Sahib Public School, Samrala, got the second prize and Scared Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, Khanna, stood third.

Inter-school quiz

An inter-school quiz competition was held at B.C.M. School, Basant City. Sixteen schools participated in the competition. Participants passed through many rounds to escape elimination. Chief guest RB Khanna, educational adviser of B.C.M. Institutions, was also present on the occasion. The winner's trophy was awarded to Sacred Heart Convent School, B.R.S. Nagar. B.C.M. School, Chandigarh Road, and B.C.M. School, Basant Avenue, got second and third positions respectively. Consolation trophy was given to D.A.V. School, B.R.S. Nagar. — TNS

Extension lectures

Ludhiana: The S.D.P. College for Women organised extension lectures on the Art of Living in Ludhiana on Monday in the seminar hall.

The resource persons of the lectures were members of the youth wing of the Art of Living organisation - Avinash, Anupam, Navdeep, Pulkit, Manpreet, Richa, Shivani, Gytari and Khushwinder. They delivered lectures in the classes. The lectures were more of interaction than oneway communication. The thrust area of lectures was "How can students enhance their concentrations and retaining powers?" The resource persons also imparted certain tips to develop balanced personality by controlling passions, handling emotions, improving concentration and presentation. The students were also given information regarding the large-scale function being organised by the organisation in Ludhiana from November 8-11 under the aegis of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and a grand show of bhangra by 2,500 people on the stage. Earlier, Dr Meenu Sharma, principal of college, Dr Veena Mann and Ranjana Sood welcomed the team members. Balraj Bhasin also sent his best wishes to organisers and participants.


An industry-institute interaction programme (IIIP) was launched at the Ludhiana Group of Colleges (LGC), Chaukimann, Ferozepur Road, in which the students of engineering and management streams will visit various industrial premises and interact with the working industrial professionals to imbibe technical and managerial skills. In the first phase of the programme, all students of B.Tech first year went on industrial visit to Amar Udyog and Amar Sons situated at Dhandari Kalan, which are associate concerns of Hero Cycles. The visit was flagged off by Rajeev Gulati, general secretary, and Vikram Grover, member of the management committee of LGC. This industrial visit was aimed to provide an insight on how companies worked and also to acquire useful information related to the engineering courses, which cannot be visualised in theoretical lectures. The students were accompanied by Prof Mohan Singh and Prof Gurpreet Kaur Bedi.

Satpal Sharma, general manager (works) of the company, while sharing the company profile, told the students that the company specialised in power pressing and welding of metal sheets and pipes required for manufacturing various auto components and accessories. The students learned about the assembling, manufacturing and testing of metal sheets and pipes during their interaction with the officials apart from witnessing the production processes.

The production processes were shown to the visiting students. The officials showed them the various phases of production and post-production activities, giving a detailed account of the process in each sphere. The students expressed gratitude to both companies for facilitating an exposure and promoting their learning.

Guest lecture

Training and Placement Cell and Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) of GNIMT, Model Town, organised a seminar on "Capital Market-Structure, Reforms and Opportunities" for MBA final year students.

A warm welcome was accorded to resource person Gursaran Singh Bajaj, vice-president and zonal head, Religare Securities. Elaborating on the topic, he stated, "A capital market is a market for securities (debt or equity), where business companies and governments can raise long-term funds. Operations in the capital market are structured into two broad segments: the primary market and the secondary market. Capital market instruments include equities, bonds and derivatives. — TNS



52nd Inter-Zonal Heritage Fest
Music items dominate day 2
Our Correspondent

Doraha, October 25
Music items dominated the scene on the second day of the 52nd Inter-Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival of Panjab University, Chandigarh, today, being carried on at Dr. Ishwar Singh Memorial Hall of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha.

The results of various events are as under: Bhangra (team): Chandigarh A Zone (P.G.G. College, Sec-11, Chandigarh) - 1, Hoshiarpur B Zone (J.C.D.A.V. College, Dasuya)-2,

Ludhiana Zone A (Guru Nanak National College, Doraha (LDH.)- 3

Group dance: Ludhiana B Zone (Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, Ludhiana) - 1Educational Colleges B Zone (Moga College of Education, Ghal Kalan) -2, (I) Muktsar Zone (D.A.V.College, Abohar),

(II).Chandigarh B Zone (.P.G.G.C.G., Sec-42, Chandigarh.) -3

Classical dance: Chandigarh B Zone (Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh) -1, (i) Ludhiana B Zone (.D.D. Jain College for Women, Ludhiana) - 3, (ii) Chandigarh A Zone (G.G.D.S.D. College, Sector 32, Chandigarh) - 3.



Placement drive concludes

Mandi Gobindgarh, October 25
A placement drive recently held at RIMT for the placements of IIIrd semester students of MBA and MCA concluded today. More than 600 students from MBA and 500 students from MCA appeared for interviews.

The premises were flooded with the personnel from more than 11 companies. Many companies like Fullerton Securities, HCL Infosystems, India Mart, IDBI Intech, and Shaurya Travels arrived to recruit MBA students and the same is true for MCA students who faced the proceedings from Meritech Software, Endoura Soft, impinge solutions, HCL Infosystems and BTES (Bebo Tech).

The students exhibited commendable performance resulting which phenomenal results were obtained. — OC



PrintArt-2010 generates Rs 5 cr
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
The three-day exhibition PrintArt-2010 generated a business worth Rs 5 crore while queries of over Rs 7 crore have also been generated. Over 60 traders participated in the exhibition and 75 per cent of them have already done advance booking of their stalls for the coming exhibition to be held in 2012.

Kamal Chopra, general secretary of the Offset Printers Association said: “The exhibitors are satisfied with the thumping response to the exhibition.”

Today, additional director, industries department, Pradeep Rajan from Haryana was the guest visitor in this exhibition. He lauded the efforts of the association in organising this exhibition. The exhibition had machines starting from pre-press to post press operations.

Nickey Masson, director IIR exhibitions, London, who was the chief guest, said: “Over the years, more and more foreign companies are getting engaged in organising exhibitions in India. The growing economy of this country is attracting foreign companies.”



Luxury at your doorstep
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
City residents will soon get an exclusive preview of the latest collection of the luxury international brand - Judith Leiber - at a trunk show brought to the city by the Marigold Group at Majestic Park Plaza on October 28 and 29.

For the festive season, Marigold Group unveils the latest fall collection of the collectible Judith Leiber minaudieres to the Ludhiana luxury lovers. Completing the collection is an assortment of sunglasses, which make unique gifts for yourself or someone special.



Indian bowling weak, feels Chetan Sharma
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Former cricketer Chetan Sharma tosses a ball during his visit to Ludhiana
Former cricketer Chetan Sharma tosses a ball during his visit to Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, October 25
Veteran cricketer Chetan Sharma believes the Indian cricket team has been weak in bowling for the past 10 years and selectors should bring talented bowlers if India wants to win the next World Cup.

The cricketer was in city to promote his Bathinda PPL team at MGM Public School, Dugri, here today.

Speaking on the occasion, the Ludhiana-born cricketer lambasted former coach of the Indian cricket team Greg Chappel for poor performance of the team. He said ever since Gary Kirsten was appointed coach, the team had shown tremendous improvement and it could be witnessed from their performance in Test as well as one-day cricket.

Talking about recently held Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Sharma said Indians had performed very well in many games. The overall performance of sportsmen was appreciated by countrymen. "But disgrace was brought due to bungling of huge money, which is really unfortunate," rued the cricketer.

Appreciating Punjab Premier League, Sharma said a good platform would be provided to the new talent in Punjab. "If young talent is given chance, World Cup can be won by India," said newly appointed coach of Malwai Kings XI, Bathinda, adding that new players need to accompany the Indian team on their forthcoming tour of South Africa. He also said when New Zealand team visits India, experienced players should be given rest and new cricketers should be given a chance to show their performance.

Chetan played in 65 one-day and 23 Test matches for the nation.



NE Railways beat Ludhiana XI
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
North-Eastern Railways beat Ludhiana XI 6-0 today in the first match of the 14th All India Mohinder Partap Singh Grewal Women's Hockey tournament underway at Punjab Agricultural University.

Star striker Reema Maurya, pumped in four back-to-back goals to guide her team to victory. NE Railways mounted pressure on the opponent from the very beginning and scored the first blood in the 13th minute of the game from the stick of Reema.

After 10 minutes, she increased the lead to 2-0. Though the opponents tried their best, but to no avail as the NE Railways kept the pressure on the opponents and foiled their attempts. Anima Saroj also stuck the third goal and stretched the lead to 3-0 before the clock struck half time.

NE Railways dominated the second half too as they scored three goals one after the other (36 min: Reema Maurya, 39 min: Aarti, 60 min: Reema Maurya) to lock the match at 6-0.

In the second match, the Central Railways beats IM Jalandhar by 6-0.



Hockey tourney in February
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
The 7th All India Guru Gobind Singh Hockey Champions Trophy would be held at Padam Shri Pirthipal Singh Hockey Stadium at Punjab Agricultural University here from February 5 to 12.

The tournament would be organised under the guidance of Olympian and Arjuna Awardee Surinder Singh Sodhi. Addressing mediapersons, Pirthepal Singh Batala, president of the Ludhiana Sports Welfare Association, said 12 teams in the men category and six in the women category would participate in the tournament.

Dr Kulwant Singh, general secretary, Ludhiana Sports Welfare Association, said the winners in the men’s category would be given Rs 2 lakh cash prize while the runners-up would be given Rs 1 lakh.

“For the first time in Indian sports history, we will also be giving prizes to teams standing third and fourth. The team which comes third will be given Rs 50,000 and the team coming fourth will get Rs 25,000,” Dr Kulwant Singh said.

Olympian Hardeep Singh Grewal, chairman of organising committee, said in the women category, team coming first would be given a cash prize of Rs 75,000 and team coming second will get Rs 40,000 as prize money.



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