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Two killed, 8 hurt in head-on collision
Tribune News Service

The Qualis that collided head-on with a truck at Chowki Mann village on Sunday.
The Qualis that collided head-on with a truck at Chowki Mann village on Sunday. Tribune photographs

Ludhiana, November 28
Two people were killed and eight seriously injured in a road accident near Jagraon on the Ludhiana-Ferozepore highway today morning. The incident occurred at about 7:30 am when a speeding Toyota Qualis MPV (registration no: PB01 4402) coming from Moga collided head on with a truck (PB10AG 9122) coming from Ludhiana.

The Qualis was reportedly ferrying waiters of a catering firm from Ludhiana who were returning from a wedding party in Ferozepur. As soon as it reached near Sidhwan Khurd village, near Chowki Mann, it collided head on with the truck coming from the opposite direction. The truck belongs to a LPG agency and was laden with 300 cooking gas cylinders.

According to eyewitnesses the MPV was trying to overtake another vehicle when it rammed into the truck. Two people including the driver of the Qualis were killed on the spot.

All the victims and the injured belong to Gurdaspur district and are said to between 25 and 30 years of age. Those killed have been identified as Shashi Singh, the driver of the Qualis, and Baljit Singh. Among the injured were Malwinder Singh, Sandeep Kumar, Vipin Kumar, Charanvir Singh, Vikram, Vishal, Raman Kumar and Rakesh Kumar.

People from nearby villages pulled out the injured victims and rushed them to Civil Hospital, Jagraon in an ambulance of a charitable society, from where they were referred to Dayanand Medical College & Hospital in Ludhiana. The situation of two of the injured is said to be critical.

The villagers who helped in rescue work said as the Qualis was badly damaged they faced great difficulty to extricate the victims from the vehicle.

The police has booked the truck driver, identified as Sarabjit Singh of Dehlon village, under section 304A of the IPC for negligent driving. He is reported to be an employee of a Jagraon based LPG agency, BK Gas Service.


Acid attack victim may lose her eyesight
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 28
Her face has turned ugly and she may not be able to see anymore. Afsana, 35, a resident of the Tibba Road area who suffered an acid attack by her husband was ruing the day she married Nateem, a hosiery worker, 15 years ago.

According to the police, a domestic quarrel took an ugly turn following which Nateem threw acid on Afsana’s face. She claimed the attack was well-planned and her husband committed the crime in a cold-blooded manner.

Narrating the episode she said the incident took place on November 26 night when Nateem returned home late badly drunk. “He was a chronic drunkard and used to waste his entire earnings in liquor”, she said.

Afsana was miffed over her husband’s drinking habit. On Friday night the couple reportedly had a big fight and even exchanged blows, after which Afsana went to sleep. When she woke up early in the morning Nateem intercepted her in front of the bathroom.

“Nateem was holding a canister of acid in his hand and threw it on my face. I screamed for help and my brother-in-law rushed me to a hospital”, she stated. Her chest, neck, face and both arms sustained 35 per cent burn injuries. Manjit Singh, an eye specialist, said both her eyes have swellings and are currently under observation.

The matter came to light when the police filed a case and launched a massive manhunt to nab Nateem. According to assistant police commissioner (east) Bhupinder Singh, the cops began investigations soon after the complaint was lodged.

The couple, hailing from Bihar had five children from their marriage. Earlier, Afsana was living in the native village in Bihar. As Nateem was heavily into drinking, Afsana left Bihar and started staying in the city along with the children. Her brother-in-law told the police Nateem used to beat up Afsana on petty issues.

Lying on a hospital bed Afsana was worried about her children as there was no one to take care of them in her absence. 



Manpreet Badal’s ‘jaago’ yatra
Cops told to snoop around
Mohit Khanna/TNS

Ludhiana, November 28
Hectic activity was witnessed in the police department in the wake of the much-hyped visit of Manpreet Badal, who would address the public during his “jaago” yatra here tomorrow.

A day before the visit of former finance minister of the state, the police and the state intelligence agencies were busy conducting a recce of the places where Manpreet Badal would speak. A check is being kept on people coming in support of the rebel leader.

Sources in the department said private bus operators had been given strict instructions not to ferry supporters of Manpreet Badal.

The entire CID cell was mobilised to keep a count of the gathering. Senior officers have been told to report the count to SAD leaders. They have also been told to keep a watch on people who appear along with Manpreet Badal in two-three public meetings.

Police personnel who enjoy proximity with Manpreet Badal and his father have been kept out of the entire exercise.

Recently, a DSP was transferred from the Jalandhar rural area as he was said to be part of the “kitchen cabinet” of the rebel leader.

The task of keeping a watch on the activities of Manpreet Badal has, meanwhile, left the police miffed. They have complained that they are already overworked and facing difficulty in tackling crime in the city with a handful of personnel. 



City bigwigs getting away with encroachments
Manvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Encroachment outside the residence of MC Joint Commissioner MS Jaggi.
Encroachment outside the residence of MC Joint Commissioner MS Jaggi. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, November 28
Is the ambit of the municipal corporation’s anti-encroachment drive, which is being conducted at the behest of the Punjab & Haryana High Court, only confined to the city’s ordinary residents? The answer appears to be in the affirmative when one observes civic officials turning a blind eye to the blatant encroachments built by the top brass of the district administrative, the police as well as the MC itself.

Though the MC staff is busy these days in removing unauthorized constructions in many areas of the city its hypocrisy in conducting the drive can be well judged from the fact that it has not touched even a single encroachment built by top officials. The list of violators includes many big names including MC deputy commissioner Rahul Tiwari, vigilance bureau SSP SS Mand, MC joint commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi and PCS officer Davinder Singh. Obviously because they are bigwigs civic officials are refraining from taking any action against them. The result is that senior administrative and police officers are increasingly encroaching on public land.

Right from erecting railings on government land to beautify their houses to constructing permanent sheds for parking their vehicles outside their palatial bungalows, these officials have illegally encroached on public land in one way or the other. As a matter of fact officers living in house numbers 76B, 77B and 78B in the city’s Rakh Bagh area have almost reduced a wide road to a narrow lane by encroaching on the road on which car garages as well as rest rooms for their security personnel have been built.

Similarly, illegal encroachments are widespread in other places in Rakh Bagh where top officials have encroached on public land. It appears the huge space inside the big bungalows is less for the officers due to which they encroach on land for keeping their belongings on the road. Most of the officers residing in government houses have either installed tents or have constructed cabins for their security personnel by encroaching on government land.

The administration top brass, including Tiwari, Jaggi and Mand, have encroached public land adjoining the front wall of their houses by putting fancy railings for maintaining green belts to beautify their houses. However, the love of officers for green belts in the city is confined to beautifying only their houses, a testimony to which is a deserted park in Rakh Bagh which is in a dilapidated condition.

What is unfortunate is that the civic body, which is currently conducting a major anti-encroachment drive in the city, is a mute spectator to all these violations by senior officials. Sources said the MC is rather ensuring its staff and resources to maintain the green belts on public land outside the homes of many officers, which according to the rules is not permissible.

Commenting on the matter, an official of the MC's building branch admitted on condition of anonymity that illegal encroachments are widespread in the Rakh Bagh area where officers are residing. Expressing the civic body’s helplessness he asked, “How can action against such powerful people be taken?”

SS Mand, Davinder Singh and Sandeep Goel could not be contacted despite repeated attempts. 


Refuting the allegations that the MC was adopting a pick and choose policy, MC Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura said that the drive was being conducted on the orders of Punjab and Haryana High Court and no defaulter would be spared. When asked about encroachments made by senior officers he said they were not above the law and adequate action would be taken against them. “I will ask the building branch to get details regarding the encroachments done by the officers and then action will be taken against them,” he added.

DC Clueless

Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari feigned ignorance about the matter, but said if the railings were encroachments, those would be removed soon.

‘Not an encroachment’

MC Joint Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi said it was not an encroachment, rather they were beautifying government land by maintaining it. “We are not creating hindrance in the smooth flow of traffic so it is not an encroachment,” he said.


n Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari — Railings outside home for green belt

n MC Joint Commissioner MS Jaggi — Railings outside home for green belt

n SSP Vigilance Bureau SS Mand — Railings outside home, tent for security personnel

n Davinder Singh (PCS) — Railings outside home

n Addl DCP Sandeep Goel — Permanent shed for cars, cabin for security per sonnel



Parking outside marriage palaces jamming traffic
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 28
With marriage season at its peak these days, traffic chaos outside all major marriage palaces in the city goes unchecked by authorities. Tall claims by district administration of taking stern action against defaulters fall flat as traffic jams and serpentine queues continue to bother the commuters outside marriage palaces.

There have been maximum marriages in this month and all marriage palaces on the Ferozepur road, Pakhowal road and Jalandhar-bypass have been booked to their capacity. With no proper parking arrangements outside these palaces, traffic jams and road rage have become a routine.

Though administration keeps on warning marriage palace owners to manage their traffic, in absence of strict measures taken by the enforcing authorities, marriage palace owners give no thought to the inconvenience faced by hundreds of commuters passing through the main roads.

The problem of traffic jams during the wedding season has become persistent for the past several years. Maximum marriage palaces are situated on two major roads — Ferozpur road and Pakhowal road. Since almost all marriage palace owners have shortage of parking space, visitors park their vehicles wherever they find space, which narrows the road.

Aman Kapoor, an industrialist, who went to attend the wedding of a friend on the Ferozpur road, rued over the traffic mismanagement outside marriage palaces.

He said, “It took me more than an hour to reach to my home as there was a heavy traffic jam. The palace owner mint money every season. They should provide parking space or arrange for valet parking for convenience of the visitors.”

On several occasions in the past, too, ambulances carrying out serious patients often get stuck in long serpentine queues. Despite complaints to the authorities to take a note of the problem, no action has been taken so far. Since these palaces are situated on the outskirts of city, managing traffic is a major problem, especially during night.

DC’s Take

A meeting was held with the Police Commissioner and MC Commissioner to solve the problem of traffic congestion outside marriage palaces. It was decided to draw a white line on either side of the road so that vehicles are parked inside the line. Also, more PCR men and traffic personnel will be deployed outside marriage palaces.

— Rahul Tewari, Deputy Commissioner



State of affairs
Encroachments, lack of civic amenities ail Meena Bazaar
Manvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Shopkeepers have encroached upon a road, leaving little space for vehicles to manoeuvre, in Meena Bazaar, Ludhiana.
Shopkeepers have encroached upon a road, leaving little space for vehicles to manoeuvre, in Meena Bazaar, Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, November 28
Contrary to its name, Meena Bazaar presents a gloomy picture of civic amenities in its inner bazaars. Shopkeepers of the area have been facing a lot of problems due to widespread encroachments and apathy of the municipal corporation authorities.

Though the road that leads to the bazaar having 150 shops is wide enough to ensure free flow of traffic, it has been reduced to a narrow lane due to widespread encroachments, leading to frequent traffic jams.

Inaction on part of the tehbazaari wing, which has never bothered to check violations in the bazaar, has led to chaos in the area caused by shopkeepers who have encroached upon major parts of the road to display their goods.

Official apathy can be gauged from the fact that the tehbazaari staff have not visited the area to challan encroachers in the past three decades.

With congestion of roads, the law and order problem also arises as incidents of pick-pocketing increase during traffic jams. Most of the times, traders from other states are targeted.

The area also lacks civic amenities as shopkeepers rue that no sweeper has been deputed to clean roads of the bazaar for the past over 15 years.

Disillusioned by the indifferent attitude of the civic body authorities, shopkeepers have now employed a private sweeper in the area.

While the bazaar is a stone’s throw away from the MC headquarters, the area lacks adequate supply of potable water. Shopkeepers rue that they have been getting contaminated water in the area, causing inconvenience to them and

Also, due to lack of proper disposal of rainwater, streets often get flooded during rainy season.

A maze of old, dangling power cables throughout the bazaar poses grave risk to the lives of traders as well as visitors.

The shopkeepers claim they have taken up the matter with Powercom officials a number of times but the latter have failed to take action.

Old wires have often been a source of fire caused by short-circuit. However, the authorities concerned have never bothered to change these.

Shopkeepers’ Take

No facilities have been provided as far as civic amenities are concerned. We have been without a sweeper to clean the road for the past one decade. Traffic chaos has affected our businesses. 
— Harbhajan Singh
We are facing problems due to widespread encroachments, poor water supply and old power cables. Though we have complained about the matter to the authorities, nobody is ready to listen to us. 
— Gurcharan Singh
The bazaar is the commercial hub of the city but it lacks basic civic amenities. The shopkeepers have to grapple with lack of water supply and insanitary conditions on a daily basis. 
— Kulbhushan Monga
We have been complaining about contaminated water for several years but civic body authorities are in no mood to fix the problem. Moreover, traffic jams and encroachments have affected our businesses. 
— Sanjeev Chawla
Nobody is bothered about providing civic amenities to shopkeepers. That is why neither any elected representative nor official has ever bothered to visit the area to hear our problems. 
— Shammi Anand



464 women cops pass out of academy
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, November 28
Punjab DGP PS Gill said the Punjab Police was gearing itself to face new challenges after successfully defeating the nefarious designs of the unfriendly neighbour, Left wing extremists and drug cartels. The department was also in the processes of acquiring the best technology available in the world for upgrading its communication, transport, weaponry and intelligence network.

The DGP took the salute from 464 women constables who passed out of the academy on Friday. The successful completion of the women constables’ training was all set to add a golden chapter in the glorious history of the Punjab Police. The state police would soon recruit 500 women constables, he added.

Earlier, Rohit Choudhary, Director, Punjab Police Academy, said apart from traditional inputs the entire batch of the women constables was trained to in tackling modern crimes, community policing, dealing with media, healthy police-public relation and disaster management for about a year. There were 48 postgraduates and 158 graduates with MCA, MA, BSc. and BA degrees in the new batch.

MF Farooqui, DIG-cum-Joint Director of the Academy, disclosed that 464 women constables passed out this year. Sandeep Kaur and Jaspreet Kaur were adjudged first all rounder and second all rounder, respectively, while Rupinder Kaur was declared the best shooter.



Preaching, not practising

A signboard put up at one of the entry gates of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Science University (GADVASU) makes an appeal to the people to observe November 29 (Monday) as “Meatless day” (no consumption of non-vegetarian dishes) to show solidarity with the animals and to promote ethical treatment towards them.

The idea is very noble, although telling somebody what to eat or not to eat on a particular day sounds ridiculous to many, if not crass assertion of one’s views. However, the best part is yet to come. A hand bill pasted on another wall in the campus of the same university announces - “Mutton will be available for sale at Rs 180 per kg at Rabbit Farm in GADVASU on November 25, 26 and 29”.

One wonders why the university is selling mutton on that particular day what it asks people to observe as a “Meatless day”.

My child the best!

Annual day of kindergarten of a reputed school in the city took place for two days. It was the concluding day today. Lot many wards of my friends had participated in the event, which was prepared after taking lot many pains by school management, staff and students. The management made it a point that every child up to second standard took part in the function.

It was very interesting to see how mothers were making efforts to make their wards look the best! A friend, after watching the event for three hours, looked quite disappointed. I asked, “What happened? Didn’t your child perform well?” She said, “No, I could see her just for two minutes. Every child looked like her. Since I was sitting at the back, I found it too difficult to recognise her. Now, she will ask me about her actions, number etc and I will not be able to answer her.”

More work for MC staff

Normally, Saturdays are off for the government offices and therefore no work is done on those days. Earlier, same was the norm at the municipal corporation office, but now official work is carried out even on weekends.

The reason is that MC Commissioner AK Sinha takes many meetings on Saturdays due to which the staff of the civic body is always on their toes.

Even the crucial meetings like that of the high powered Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) also usually take place on Saturdays due to which the feeling of holiday seems to be over. As a result hectic activity is seen in MC offices even on Saturdays. Though the civic body staff is upset over it, residents feel that it might help in improving the working of the civic body.

Deal or raw deal?

Most shoppers look forward to getting good bargains in off-season discount sales. However, these sales often turn out to be a major disappointment for shopping enthusiasts.

Recently, a young man bought four shirts from a big brand store at “flat 70 per cent discount”. Glad to have struck a great deal, the man was boasting about his “sensible shopping” in front of his friends when one of them asked him to wash the shirts before giving a final verdict on his smartness.

A week later, the dejected “smart shopper” returned to his friends to tell them how the store staff had cheated him in the name of off-season sale. Apparently, a mild hand wash was all it took to shred the shirts into pieces.

And when the man returned to the store with shreds in the name of shirts, in his hand, the store manager showed him a signboard that read: “No exchange, no guarantee on items on sale”.

That day, the young shopaholic not only vowed to stay away from such sales, but also to caution family and friends about the “deceptive” sales.

Arrogant Ludhianvis

Weddings in Ludhiana are best known for the ostentation as right from spacious venues, theme weddings to gaudy outfits, the show is a costly affair. But when it comes to the basic aesthetic sense and etiquettes, Ludhianavis can be categorised as the most ignorant lot.

A recent wedding at one of the best venues on the Ferozepur road was an insight to the egotistical side of the city residents. After winding up from the party venue, a group of businessmen picked up their Audis, Hondas, Mercedes, Octavias and Toyotas and came on the main road to find a long traffic jam.

Instead of patiently waiting for the traffic to ease out, the elite group managed to make an additional row thereby absolutely stalling the traffic. When a gentleman (a retired official) tried to convince people to take their cars back, so as to give way to the traffic coming from the other side, one of the capitalist haughtily said, “Who are you to give directions? We will not move the vehicles from here.”

Looking at the helplessness of the gentleman, a truck driver came forward and requested his other friends on the road to take their respective vehicles off road so as to make space for the vehicles coming from the opposite direction. Overwhelmed, the gentleman managing traffic thanked the truckers saying, “Who says mannerism comes easy with money? On the contrary it is humility that drives every individual.”

Contributed by: Kuldip Bhatia, Shivani Bhakoo, Manvinder Singh, Charu Chhibber and Anshu Seth 



Ludhiana, Amritsar skaters corner glory
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 28
Hosts Ludhiana bagged the overall trophy in the inline rink race, while skaters from Amritsar won the overall trophy in the quads in the 22nd Punjab State Roller Skating Championship organised by the District Roller Skating Association at the Leisure Valley Rink, Sarabha Nagar, here today.

In roller skating hockey (senior men), Patiala emerged champions while Amritsar finished runners-up and Sangrur secured the third position.

In the sub-junior section (boys), Sangrur proved its superiority to clinch the title. Patiala and Muktsar secured second and third positions, respectively.

In the sub-junior girl’s category, Muktsar proved their mettle to win top honours, followed by Jalandhar who had to content with the runners-up trophy.

Sangrur boys, too, annexed the title in roller skating hockey in the junior boys’ section, while Patiala and Amritsar lads finished at second and third place, respectively.

In the junior girl’s group, Muktsar secured first position and Faridkot eves finished at second place.

MC Commissioner AK Sinha, Ludhiana Improvement Trust chairman Madan Mohan Vyas and Senior Deputy Mayor Parveen Bansal distributed the prizes.

A cultural programme, performed by students of Shree Atam Vallabh Jain College and RS Model School, was the main attraction of the closing ceremony.

Final day’s results: Boys’ (8-10) rink race II A (quads): 1 Chirag Gupta (Amritsar), 2 Dikin Mittal (Sangrur) and 3 Shiv Nandan Rikhi (Amritsar).

Boys’ (10-12) rink race II A (quads): 1 Darsbir Singh (Ludhiana), 2 Kanwardeep Singh (Sangrur) and 3 Hargun Singh Cheema (Amritsar).

Boys’ (12-14) rink race II A (quads): 1 Baljot Singh (Amritsar), 2 Aksh Gurnain (Amritsar) and 3 Chanchalpreet Singh (Sangrur).

Boys’ (14-16) rink race II A (quads): 1 Sameer Sharma (Amritsar), 2 Harman Deep Singh (Sangrur) and 3 Karandeep Singh (Patiala).

Boys’ (above-16) rink race II A (quads): 1 Tanveer Minhas (Amritsar), 2 Karan Mishra (Amritsar) and 3 Shiva Gupta (Ludhiana).

Girls’ (8-10) rink race II A (quads): 1 Ravneet Kaur (Amritsar), 2 Suruchi Garg (Ludhiana) and 3 Aditi Puri (Amritsar).

Girls’ (10-12) rink race II A (quads): 1 Navpreet Kaur (Amritsar), 2 Charanpreet Kaur (Amritsar) and 3 Jasleen Kaur (Ludhiana).

Girls’ (12-14) rink race II A (quads): 1 Ramandeep Kaushik (Sangrur), 2 Sheefali (Sangrur) and 3 Sheel Preet Kaur (Patiala).

Girls’ (14-16) rink race II A (quads): 1 Shriya Salvani (Amritsar), 2 Pawandeep Kaur (Amritsar) and 3 Aishwarya Sharma (Ludhiana).

Girls’ (above-16) rink race II A (quads): 1 Sonali Devgan (Amritsar), 2 Hafazzat Batth (Amritsar) and 3 Simran Kaur (Ludhiana).

Boys’ (8-10) rink race-V (inline): 1 Ayush Puri (Ludhiana), 2 Anubhav Preet Singh (Amritsar) and 3 Sajan Walia (Amritsar).

Boys’ (10-12) rink race-V (inline): 1 Harshveer Singla (Ludhiana), 2 Bhavjot Singh (Ludhiana) and 3 Sahajpreet Wadhawan (Amritsar).

Boys’ (12-14) rink race-V (inline) 1 Raman Sharma (Amritsar), 2 Yovan Bagga (Ludhiana) and 3 Shubham Devgan (Amritsar).

Boys’ (14-16) rink race-V (inline): 1 Surya Kaplish (Ludhiana), 2 Rajkaran Batth (Amritsar) and 3 Harshdeep Singh (Patiala).

Boys’ (above-16) rink race V (inline): 1 Ridham Deep Singh (Patiala), 2 Sahaj Deep Singh (Amritsar) and 3 Amar Singh (Ferozepur).

Girls’ (8-10) rink race-V (inline): 1 Palak Singla (Ludhiana), 2 Tania Arora (Tarn Taran) and 3 Kashish Anand (Amritsar).

Girls’ (10-12) rink race-V (inline): 1 Gurnoor Kaur (Ludhiana) and 2 Anmol Preet Kaur (Sangrur).

Girls’ (12-14) rink race-V (inline): Komal Preet Kaur (Ludhiana), 2 Jasmeet Kaur Gill (Ludhiana) and 3 Suman Preet Kaur (Faridkot).

Girls’ (14-16) rink race-V (inline): 1 Apaar Kaur (Ludhiana), 2 Taranjeet Kaur (Patiala) and 3 Paramjeet Kaur (Faridkot). 



No one’s free from dread of getting teeth extracted
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 28
The mere thought of the pain associated with tooth extraction can send jitters down the spine of even the thick skinned. From hardened criminals to soldiers and even cops - the city’s dentists have observed all share the common fear and anxiety before such an operation.

Some fear the injections administered before the extraction while others cringe at the sight of the dentist’s surgical instruments. The range of reactions varies from coolly walking into a dental clinic for the surgical procedure to dreading the entire affair.

Interestingly, even some dentists who have performed thousands of successful tooth extractions can be seen sweating while pulling out a tooth.

As Dr Pradeep Sharma, a dental surgeon at the Mahavira Civil Hospital, said: "The patients tend to pass on their fears to the dentists, which at times makes things impossible for them."

Referring to his clinical experiences with soldiers, policemen, convicts, drug addicts, alcoholics and battered women, Sharma called hardened "militants" as the weakest among them all.

“I’ve actually seen them crying just at the very sight of injection in my hands and not to speak of their cries during the extraction,” he reveals.

“Housewives, particularly soldiers’ wives, are the bravest ones”, he added.

What would you say for a man who having undergone four major operations including two cardiac surgeries refused to go for a tooth extraction? Based on the hearsay, the man termed tooth extraction as "the most painful procedure after child bearing". Dr Vivek Saggar, another noted dental surgeon in the city, said every patient has to be dealt with differently.

“To understand the psychology of the patient and then make him/her feel completely at ease is the first step towards tooth extraction”, he stated.

Narrating a case, Saggar said a woman in her 50s recently came with “three-degree mobility” of her teeth.

“She had visited half a dozen dentists for her treatment but was reluctant to go in for an extraction. She said she had to get her son married, to which I told her that is why it was important to have a firm set of teeth that even her daughter-in-law couldn’t break. She smiled and agreed for an extraction," he revealed.



Man breaches DGP’s security with complaint
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 28
High drama was witnessed at Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) during the visit of Punjab DGP PS Gill to a dog show here this evening when a man nearly broke through the security cordon of the top cop to lodge a complaint.

The complainant, identified as Sumit Aggarwal, levelled allegations against an ACP for helping a sweetmeat-maker.

He alleged that the sweetmeat-maker had tried to usurp his property on the basis of fake land deal documents.

Aggarwal said the accused was booked for fraud following a seven-month inquiry conducted by ADCP-I Harsh Bansal. But the accused was granted bail from the court allegedly in connivance with the ACP, according to Aggarwal.

Aggarwal claimed that he brought the matter to the notice of DCP Yourinder Singh, but no action was taken.

However, his claims fell flat when he failed to recoginise the ACP.

The state police chief later marked an inquiry into the allegation.



Canines exhibit their prowess
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Proud owners with their dogs during an All-Breed Championship at the PAU, Ludhiana, on Sunday.
Proud owners with their dogs during an All-Breed Championship at the PAU, Ludhiana, on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, November 28
Hundreds of carefully coiffed canine beauties grabbed the limelight this evening at Punjab Agriculture University during the 32nd-33rd All-Breed Championship.

Looking cute and standing proud before a large adoring crowd of dog lovers, 368 participant canines put their best foot forward and tried hard not to growl or get irritated by the presence of other dogs around them. However, tail wagging and bow-bowing remained the highlight of the much-awaited annual dog show.

The Ludhiana Kennel Club event, which showcased dogs from over 35 breeds, was a real treat to dog lovers of the city, who got a chance to feast their eyes on the best of dogs from across the entire north India.

Canines of varied breeds from pug, greyhound, St Bernard, French Mastiff to Pomeranian, Napoleon, Dalmatian, Chi-hua-hua, Labrador, Rottweiler and Retriever, fought for top slots in their respective categories.

The competition was fierce and both owners and dogs showed signs of nervousness and anxiety as judges took a close look at the overall appearance of the canines, eye colour, body weight, height, fur, general health and bred standards.

“I am very nervous so is my little companion Ginger,” said Rupinder Singh accompanying his German Shepherd to the contest.

Two rings were set up, where two sets of judges chose champion dogs from eight categories out of hundreds of close contestants.

Talking about the show, Avninder Grewal, patron, Ludhiana Kennel Club, said, “The event has been a super success. It was great to see people from all over Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttarakhand and UP coming together and having a good time,”

Grewal revealed that eight winners, one from each category was awarded a challenge certificate, which made the winner dog national champion.

Dog lovers Renuka and Sakshi said the event was always fun-filled for the whole family.

“We come to interact and mingle with other animal lovers who share the same interests. The different dog breeds on show are also something for the eye,” said the duo.

Earlier, chief guest DGP Punjab PS Gill and principal secretary to Chief Minister DS Guru inaugurated the event, while Dr MS Kang, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, also witnessed the show as the guest of honour.



Research work impresses Egyptian scientist
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 28
“Agriculture in Egypt is still not highly mechanised,” said Dr Moustafa Saleh Emam, chairman, vegetable handling research department, Agricultural Research Horticultural Institute, Gizo, Egypt, while addressing a gathering at a training programme on post harvest at Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET).

Dr Moustafa said Egypt was mostly desert and ancient River Nile was a major source of irrigation for fields.

He said due to small landholdings, large scale mechanisation of agriculture was not possible. “Potato, cotton, rice, maize, garlic, green beans, strawberry, wheat, cotton are our major crops. We are trying to increase fruit and vegetable processing,” he added.

Dr Moustafa said he was quite impressed with research work on non-destructive methods to evaluate quality of fruits and vegetables, drying methods for fruits and vegetables and work on modified atmosphere packaging at CIPHET.

“These technologies can help increase income of our farmers,” he added.

Dr Deepak Raj Rai, head, Transfer of Technology Division, gave a presentation on modified atmosphere packaging. He said between every farmer and a consumer, there was a middleman in India.

“While middlemen make profit, farmers are left with peanuts only,” he said.

He added that by using modified atmosphere packaging, farmers could be saved from distress selling.



PAU Board Meetings
Employees get podium to air grievances
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 28
From now on issues related to the PAU employees' union will be addressed by their representatives at the Board of Management (BoM) meetings.

The recent decision has come as ray of hope for employees who feel that it was their long pending demand, which has finally been considered by their employees.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, senior vice-president of the PAU employees’ union Lakhwinder Singh Sandhu said their demand was as old as the union. “It’s been over 30 years that we are requesting authorities to permit us to represent union related issues at the board meetings,” said Sandhu adding that the union had again sent representation, along with the copy of proceedings of meetings to authorities, which has ultimately been addressed. Sandhu also said representative from PAUTA always took part at board meetings, similarly the demand of non-teaching employees was justified.

Expressing gratitude over the decision, employees’ union thanked the chairman of BoM Dr MS Kang for supporting their demands.

The president of the union HS Mundi said the authorities had increased their sports fund from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh from next year.

The senior vice-president Sandhu said for the past four years PAU employees union had been organising various sports activities, including badminton, football, kabaddi, athletics, hockey etc for non-teaching staff and Rs 15,000 were sanctioned for conducting sports activities.

“This year, funds were increased to Rs 50,000 but next year, Rs 1 lakh will be spent to encourage sports activities,” said Sandhu.



From Schools and Colleges

Ludhiana: Annual exhibition “Widening Horizons 2010” was organised at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, yesterday. The exhibition encouraged students to apply class-room learning into more creative channels. It was a multi-disciplinary show displaying carious charts, innovative working and non-working models of science, maths, computers, art and craft, home science, photography, gardening, postal stamp collection, economics and commerce, fashion designing, FMM and languages that showed students’ creativity and hard work. The exhibition hall was open to all. Chief guest on the occasion was Prem Kumar Gupta, secretary, DMC and Hospital, Ludhiana.

Students put up beautiful, innovative and eye-catching models and charts on green diversity, healthy food in the science section. Various kinds of paintings, including oil, water, tinfoil, M-seal, acrylic sheet, stone, ceramic and saw-dust, were displayed by eco-club. Traditional embroidery, kurtis and quick stitches were showcased by fashion designing students.

Business parts of society, economic problems were showed by commerce students, while FMM section put up live presentations on customer code presentation, National Stock Exchange V/S Bombay Stock Exchange.

In social studies section, models of early men, land use pattern from ancient to modern, earth interior, rivers were depicted. Career counselling section gave information on career option in various fields like humanities, fashion design, universities of India and engineering colleges.

Psychology section displayed human eye, projects on stress management, classical conditions, Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, neuron and operant conditioning.

Space Club displayed 3-D solar system, lunar, solar eclipse, constellation of northern and southern hemisphere, hubble telescope. There was a special presentation by NASA students on maths model making, arithmetic progression, Pythagoras theorem, congruent triangles and trigonometry. In politics, students gave live demonstrations of Parliamentary session.

Book Week ends

The closing ceremony of Book Week was organised at BCM Senior Secondary School, Sector 32-A. The week was an effort to encourage students to cultivate good reading habits and learn about the importance of good books. A parent-teacher meeting was also held. Principal DP Guleria gave away prizes to winners of various activities organised throughout the week. Vaibhav Singh and Akshita from primary section bagged prizes for book exploration and story narration. In middle section, Riya, Minal, Priya, Janvi and Chesta got prizes for bookmark making, poster making, book cover making, newspaper reading and book review respectively. Ajay from senior section got a prize for bookmark, Himanshu for book cover and Harneet for poster making.

Maths workshop

Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, hosted a mathematics workshop on “Activity-Based Teaching of Mathematics” organised by Oxford University Press. Navita Puri, officiating principal, presided over the workshop. Asha Lata Badani was the resource person. Around 60 teachers from various schools attended the workshop.

The workshop started with lighting of the ceremonial lamp. Vandana Dhuria formally welcomed the resource person, school principal, headmistress of city campus Namita Raj Singh, in charge of the middle section Sonia Verma, in charge of the primary section Annu Sehra, Ranjana Dhanda and other teachers.

Two sessions were held. In the first session, the resource person demonstrated activities based on teaching of mathematics. The second session was interactive. The resource person answered the queries of teachers. Banita Garg, head of the mathematics department, proposed the vote of thanks.


Agaman Purab of Guru Nanak Dev was celebrated at Nankana Sahib Public School, Gill road, yesterday. The entire school was decorated with saffron colour flags and flowers. Students recited shabad and poems depicting the life and achievements of the first Sikh Guru.

Kishan Singh Ji Memorial Inter-Branch Shabad Gayan Mukabla was also held, in which 10 teams participated. The school campus reverberated with the holy chants of Guru Granth Sahib. Various teams recited melodious shabads which were appreciated by all.

Sarabjit Kaur, lecturer at Ramgharia College, and Harmanpreet Kaur, teacher at MGM Public School, were the judges.

Ajmer Singh Lakhowal was the chief guest, while child specialist Dr Harsurinder Kaur was the guest of honour. Others present were Harsurinder Singh Gill, Gurcharan Singh Gill, director, NSE Trust, Sakandar Singh Gill and principals of various schools.

Principal Harmeet Kaur Waraich read out the achievement report of NSPS. The chief guest appreciated the efforts of students.


Shabad gayan: Nankana Sahib Public School, Gill road, Ludhiana, 1; Nankana Sahib Public School, Kalal Maja, Ludhiana, 2, Nankana Sahib Public School, Budhewal, 3, while Nankana Sahib Public School, Rampur, won the consolation prize.-TNS


GN International Senior Secondary Public School, Model Town, wore a festive look on its annual function yesterday. Chitranjan S Kahlon, member, Central Board of Direct Taxes, was the chief guest. Gurbir Singh Sarna, secretary, Harbhajan Singh Advocate, manager, Gurvinder S Sarna, joint secretary, P Kahlon, director, and other members of the management and parents of students were present on the occasion. The evening was full of fun. The items, including orchestra, dances, plays, choreography, all had a theme and a message for years to come “Save our planet- earth”. GNItians conveyed the message to save the earth with its bounty of resourceful riches and to keep the environment green and pollution free. Students urged the audience to join hands to fight the destruction being caused to earth and to save and conserve the planet for generations to come. Every item performed on stage left the audience spell-bound and ended with a thundering applause from the parents and guests. Young students presented choreography on today’s burning social evil-female foeticide, which was appreciated by one and all. It was amazing to see the perfection with which the singers, dancers actors, musicians, mimicry artistes performed on the stage. Students from classes nursery to XII performed in huge numbers and won hearts of the guests. It was overwhelming to see students full of zest and zeal, trying to spread their message. Principal Gurmant Kaur Gill read out the annual report of the school. The chief guest addressed the audience and commended children for their excellent performance in the function. He also appreciated the principal and other team of teachers and workers for the high standards of the institution. The function ended with the National Anthem. — TNS



Needy students get financial assistance
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 28
The Bharat Vikas Parishad, Tagore branch, organised a function, in which needy students from various schools and colleges like GCW, Arya Collage, Devki Devi Jain Memorial College , Master Tara Singh College for Women, Arya School, Sanatam Dharam School, Purana Bazar, Government Model High School and PAU received financial help amounting to over Rs 1.75 lakh.

Girl students studying in MA received Rs 1,500 each, BA, BCom, BSc students got Rs 1,200 each, while those studying in Class XI and Class XII received Rs 1,000 each.

Dr Vijay Luxmi Kapur, branch president, said the amount was distributed among 145 students. Chander Mohan Sharma, national convener, Samuhik Saral Vivah, presided over the function. In memory of Guru Teg Bahadur Balidan, students recited shabads and spoke on his great sacrifice and patriotic spirit.



Foundation stone of road project laid
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 28
Ludhiana MP and the spokesperson of the Congress Manish Tewari today laid down the foundation stone of various roads in the Haibowal area. The cost of the project is about Rs 2.25 crore.

Speaking on the occasion, Tewari said the Congress was committed to provide good facilities to people. He said despite the hostile attitude of the SAD-BJP government, the Congress councillors were trying their best to ensure that people had good roads and proper drinking water.



Brand’s the buzzword
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 28
City's young brigade is hooked on to top brands like never before. Be it apparel, footwear or perfumes, top branded stuff is what children want these days.

"Wearing brands is cool and classy. You'll not find me in anything other than a Levi's and Carlton London," says 17-year-old Aayush, a die-hard Levi's fan.

Just like Aayush, his 15-year-old sister Aneesa, too, is hooked on to brands. "My watch has to be a Swatch and Chanel is my fragrance," said the young brand-conscious girl.

In their pursuit for "brands", children refuse to settle for anything less than their favourite ones. Besides, they reject their parents' orders and guide them on what's in and what's not.

"My 12-year-old daughter is extremely choosy about what she wears. She has her favourite brands for almost everything right from her pair of jeans, shirts, to shoes, watch, sun glasses and even bathroom slippers," said Shivani Sheokand, mother of 
two kids.

"Though I prefer to get my skirts, coats and boots from London where my grandmother lives, I don't mind shopping for other things from branded stores in the city," says 16-year-old Ashna.

"Last week, my dad got me a beautiful pink and white watch. And though I liked it, I'm not wearing it to school as it’s just a kiddies stuff; not any well-known brand," says Niharika S Chauhan, a Class VIII student.

When asked if her dad was hurt when she refused to wear it, the girl is quick to reply, "I don't think so. He understands it's about my image among my friends."

The brand fixation of the GeNext is not limited to them alone. Brands are what they like to gift to their buddies too.

"Who likes desi gifts anyway? I would hate it if my friends gift me local-made hand bag or perfume or jewellery. And if I like to get brands as presents, why should I not gift them to my friends?" said 14-year-old Pixy.



Rly to improve facilities, says panel member
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 28
The union railway ministry will expedite ongoing infrastructure development projects at the Ludhiana railway station while also bringing about qualitative improvement in passenger amenities and facilities on a priority basis. The object is to make rail travel and railways more customer-friendly and provide better services at railway stations.

These observations were made by Rakuvar Rehman, member of the passenger services committee of the railway ministry, who visited the railway station yesterday to prepare a status report for further follow-up action.

Rehman went round platforms, waiting rooms, toilets, retiring rooms, parcel office, current ticket booking complex, cloak room, eating joints and railway vends to see the facilities and amenities being made available to rail passengers and other visitors.

Interacting with railway officials later, Rehman, a confidant of railway minister Mamata Banerjee and a senior functionary of the Trinamool Congress, said a proposal to set up a block of Sulabh toilets at the railway station was in the pipeline to extend better public utilities to travelling public.

Depending on the feedback on rail traffic on certain sections in the existing trains, the railways will also consider introducing more Jan Shatabdi trains on some trunk routes, he added.



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