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Escape bid by undertrial
Asst Jail Supdt in dock
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
The Assistant Jail Superintendent of Ludhiana has been booked by the Bathinda police for helping an undertrial escape from police custody while the duo was returning from Bathinda in connection with a hearing in a court case. Bathinda police officials said Assistant Jail Superintendent Gurdeep Singh had helped undertrial Kuldeep Singh Deepi flee when he was returning after a hearing at Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda district on Tuesday afternoon.

According to information, Deepi was lodged in the Ludhiana Central Jail. Head constables Harjit Singh and Hardyal Singh were accompanying Deepi. The Assistant Jail Superintendent had also gone there in connection with the case.

According to the statement of the head constables, Deepi came out of the court and met Gurdeep Singh, who asked them to join him in a private vehicle and all of them would go back to Ludhiana together.

They told the Bathinda police that a Toyota Qualis was parked outside the courts complex. Gurdeep Singh sat beside the driver and two other unknown persons sat on the rear seats. The head constables sat in the middle.

When the vehicle reached Kuttiwala Kalan village, Gurdeep Singh asked the driver to stop on the pretext of answering nature’s call.

When he got off, the duo sitting behind the cops threw chilly powder in their eyes and tried to help Deepi escape.

They, however, retaliated and foiled the escape bid of Deepi’s accomplices. When the cops raised the alarm, the accused attacked them with sharp-edged weapons and fled. However, Deepi could not flee as he was reportedly nabbed by a passerby.

The injured police personnel were taken to hospital. A case was registered against Gurdeep Singh, Maan Singh Maana and another person on Tuesday.

However, SP Khanna, Superintendent, Ludhiana Central Jail, said the allegations were baseless. “Deepi was to be produced in the Talwandi Sabo court on November 17, but due to non-availability of police escort, he could not be sent there. So, the court took notice of it and ordered jail officials be present at the time of the hearing on Tuesday. Assistant Jail Superintendent Gurdeep Singh was asked to give his reply in the court in the presence of Kuldeep Singh Deepi,” he said.

The head constables had taken Deepi in a bus, but after his hearing, they decided to go back in a private vehicle hired by someone known to Deepi, he said.

“They even asked Gurdeep Singh to join them and said they would head back to Ludhiana together. Gurdeep joined them in good faith and later this incident took place. He has submitted his reply to me and I would forward it to the SSP Bathinda and DGP (Prisons) for action,” he added.


Youth succumbs to stab injuries
All seven accused on the run
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
High drama was witnessed outside the CMCH here when the angry relatives of a youth, who succumbed to stab injuries this morning, staged a protest and demanded the arrest of seven men who were behind his murder.

According to information, the victim identified as 23-year-old Sunny Nahar was attacked by a group on the Civil Hospital premises on November 30.

Surinder Mohan, SHO of Division No 2, said the incident took place when the victim was taking his friend to the emergency ward of the Civil Hospital following a group clash on the Tajpur road. On reaching the hospital, he was waylaid by the accused. Both groups clashed again and Sunny was attacked with sharp-edged weapons. He was repeatedly stabbed in the abdomen. They then fled the scene. Sunny was rushed to the emergency ward, but his condition worsened and he was shifted to the CMCH where he succumbed to his injuries this morning.

The accused identified as Mani, Kallu, Rajiv Kumar, Ladi, Laddi, Jony and Lucky, all residents of Jeevan Singh Nagar, have been booked under Section 302, IPC. All the accused are reportedly on the run.

The police has launched a massive manhunt to nab them. Old enmity is said to be the reason behind the clash. The accused and the victim lived on the same street and had indulged in bloody brawls earlier too.

Relatives block traffic

Relatives of the victim blocked traffic near the CMC road to put pressure on the police for the early arrest of the accused. They lifted the dharna following an assurance from senior officials in this regard.



Hospital turns rivals’ battleground
Mohit Khanna/TNS

The fatal assault on a man after he was assaulted in the city’s Civil Hospital has yet again brought into limelight the fact that the hospital appears to be becoming a preferred place for warring groups to settle scores. At the same time the incident has demonstrated the ineffectiveness of the cops stationed at the hospital.

On November 30 members of two groups that had fought each in Model Gram area engaged in a noisy brawl in front of the hospital’s police post. Eyewitness said the clash lasted for nearly 20 minutes with the cops being mute spectators. A member of one of the groups brutally stabbed Nahar and fled from the scene without any hindrance.

Had the cops stationed at the hospital acted swiftly the suspect would have been nabbed. The incident was not a stray one. Keeping in view the increasing incidents of brawls inside the hospital, a police post was set up there.

In the past too sundry groups of people have clashed inside the hospital. Nearly a year ago a photojournalist for an English daily was attacked with swords near the hospital’s emergency centre when he visited it to get a medico legal report.



Three graduates held for snatching, auto theft
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
The dream of becoming rich overnight drove these educated youths to the path of crime. With the arrest of three youths, the Meharban police has claimed to have busted a gang of snatchers and vehicle lifters who had allegedly spread panic in different parts of the city with their repeated strikes.

All three are graduates and were pursing computer diplomas from private institutes.

Eight stolen bikes, 24 mobile phones and three sharp-edged weapons were recovered from the possession of the accused.

The accused have been identified as Harry, a resident of Sardar Nagar, Honey Malhotra and Lucky, both residents of the Shivpuri area of the city.

The three, who are in their mid-20s, are believed to be drug addicts and committed crime to become rich overnight. Addressing mediapersons, Meharban police station SHO Gurjeet Singh said that the three had on November 30 snatched a bike and ` 800 near Khwajke village. After the incident, the police had launched a hunt to arrest the accused.

“Yesterday, we received a tip-off that the three were planning to commit another robbery. We laid a trap on the Rahon road and arrested them,” said the SHO.

“Besides recovery of a bike snatched near Khwajke village, seven other bikes, 24 mobile phones and three sharp-edged weapons were recovered from their possession,” he stated. Police officials said the youth used to target mostly migrant labourers and were active in areas like Rahon Road, Tibba Road, Bahadurke Road and the vicinity. “All come from poor families. Harry’s father sells noodles from a rehri, Honey’s father is into fabrication business and Lucky’s father is a daily-wage labourer. After the registration of a case, all three were today produced in a court, which remanded them to one-day police custody,” he added.



Docs skip general OPDs to see ‘private’ patients
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
Many physicians, including specialists and consultants, working in the city’s leading medical institutions and tertiary care centres avoid visiting general outpatient departments in order to examine patients in private OPDs.

A patient is charged Rs 30 for getting a general OPD card made, which is valid for five days, whereas the charges for consultation in a private OPD is Rs 350. Also, the consultation charges in private OPDs are for a single visit.

The fact that some specialists are seldom present in general OPDs at major hospitals and tertiary care centres has caused despair to patients, many of whom come from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal, Rajasthan and even Jammu & Kashmir.

These patients are either have to return without meeting the physician or stay back in the city and forced to spend a huge amount of money on boarding and lodging so as to meet the doctor on the next OPD day. Often the patients are not able to meet the specialists for days and have to get examined by the senior residents.

The administration of one hospital had given permission to doctors to carry on with their private OPDs inside the hospital premises after seeing their patients in general OPD. However, a large number of doctors take the liberty of being "absent" from their general OPDs under the garb of taking rounds in their respective wards. Said a senior physician: "It’s rather sad that while the patients are waiting for their turn, the doctors are least interested in attending the patients in the general OPD. Interestingly, even the busiest of doctor is more than willing to come and attend the patient in private OPD, the reason being the higher consultation fees”.

Dhirendra, a patient from Kangra who is undergoing treatment at the endocrinology department of a hospital, said: "I came all the way from Kangra to get myself examined on the general OPD day. But the doctor was not there for five hours and I had to meet him in the private OPD hours, thereby paying Rs 350 as consultation fees”. However, some specialist physicians make it a point to be in their general OPDs five minutes prior to the stipulated time.



Overflowing sewage raises a stink at Bhadaur House
Manvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
Area residents as well as visitors to the Bhadaur House market are facing a lot of problems due to a choked sewage pipe that has led to dirty water and refuse overflowing streets in the locality. The pipe, which crosses the main road in front of the market, has been clogged for the past few days. The road in front of Naali Mohalla has also been flooded with water and sewage, causing great inconvenience to shopkeepers and commuters.

However, what is worse is that construction work on the rail overbridge at Lakkar Pul has been affected as the water has entered the area dug out for erecting the bridge’s pillars.

Shopkeepers and residents in the area said though they had complained about the matter several times to civic officials no one had paid any heed. On the other hand, the municipal corporation staff deployed to unclog the sewerage line claimed they had been unable to accomplish their task due to the large number of polythene bags thrown into the pipe by shopkeepers.

When contacted Raman Shankar Sahai, executive engineer of the MC's operation & maintenance branch, said: “While undertaking construction on the rail overbridge the contractor involved in the project had broken the sewerage pipe. To make matters worse he had even plugged the pipe without intimating us, due to which the problem is persisting. We have detected the fault and it would be resolved in a day or two”.



Syndicate Elections
No one to represent Ludhiana this time
Rotation system in place
Shivani Bhakoo/TNS

Ludhiana, December 2
It is perhaps for the first time that there will be no representation from Ludhiana in the Syndicate Board of Panjab University (PU) this time, the elections of which are scheduled on December 5 at Chandigarh.

Up until now, one or two members from the city have always been elected to the PU Syndicate Board. At present, more than a dozen members represent Ludhiana district in the PU Senate as well.

According to information, it is due to the “rotation system” condition laid by the main group. As per rotation, a majority of members from the city have already served as Syndics of the PU.

Prof Mukesh Arora from SCD Government College for Boys and Dr Ravinder Kaur, principal, Malwa College of Education for Women, represent Ludhiana in the Syndicate Board. Their term expires in December.

Prof Arora said a representative from the city should have been taken into consideration for the Syndicate elections. “It will be for the first time that the Syndicate will not have any representative from the city,” he said.

A former Syndicate and Senate member, Harpreet Dua, said it would not make much difference. The Syndicate elections are held every year at Chandigarh. Fifteen Senators are elected as Syndics.



Kiran Bedi: Politics means serving public
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
Asserting that she has no intention of venturing into politics, India’s first woman IPS officer and Magsaysay Award winner Dr Kiran Bedi says she is more interested in serving the public. Dr Bedi was in the city today as chief guest at the annual day celebrations of Sat Paul Mittal School.

“I have had my fill of working in the given set-ups. Now I want to work in a free environment. I do not want to work under anyone now,” she said.

She added that for her, politics meant serving the public, for which she did not need to hold any political or administrative position.

“I am happy doing what I am, trying to help a large number of people daily through social service and the projects that I am running,” Dr Bedi said.

The super cop-turned-social activist emphasised on the need for more officers in the Indian police force.

“Our nation needs dedicated officers. There can be no gender differentiation because a person should be judged on the basis of qualities rather than gender,” she said.

“More than anything else, the country needs the right kind of people in the right kind of jobs,” opined Dr Bedi. She emphasised that one needed to be focused, fit and independent from the beginning.

“Clearing competitive examinations is not a day’s work. One needs to have the right kind of focus and inclination right from the start,” she said.

She added that she had achieved what she did after years of hard work and repeated failures. “But effective failure management is what makes a winner,” she asserted.

Refusing to comment on the deluge of reality shows on television, Dr Bedi said, “I am no one to comment on the issue.”

Asked about her opinion on reality television shows, wherein public personalities, not qualified to take legal decisions, had been passing judgements, she said in her trademark fiery style, “It is the channel and the production house’s prerogative who they want in their show. If they consult me, only then will I comment.”

On her stint in television advertisements, Dr Bedi said she did not become a part of anything superficial.

“I do not want to mislead anyone by being a part of anything I am not convinced about. I understand my social responsibility and associate with only truthful campaigns based on detailed research,” she added.

In a word of advice for women, Dr Bedi said, “Look for the right opportunity and recognise it. I believe that the most important thing is to empower yourself, not just as a woman, but also as an individual.”

Call From Bihar

On the issue of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar recommending her name for the post of state DGP, Dr Kiran Bedi said, “I was not aware of the issue. I got to know about it after reading newspapers.”

Women In Olive Green

Dr Bedi feels it is time women are given adequate opportunities and a proper platform to prove their mettle in the forces. “A woman is not weak but the system is, which is not ready to accept her. I think there is no reason to keep women out of combat forces. The forces need to be well-prepared to accept women and give them the right kind of ground to prove strength,” she said. She added that Indian women were more than ready to be a part of the forces.



From Schools
Annual Day

Ludhiana: ‘The Invincible Spirit of Man’, the annual cultural fiesta of Sat Paul Mittal School, was held to mark the 7th annual day celebrations at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan on Thursday. The event epitomised ‘The Invincible Spirit of Man’, tracing man’s journey right from Epimetheus, the first man on earth, to the modern-day man — empowered and civilised. The event showcased extraordinary talent of students from classes I to XI in a series of high energy performances. Dr Kiran Bedi, IPS officer (retired), was the chief guest. The event started with the ceremonial lighting of the lamp by the chief guest, accompanied by members of the governing council amid the chants of Ved Mantras.

The cultural programme started with a presentation of classical dances to invoke God’s blessings, followed by a welcome song. The audience was spell-bound by the portrayal of man’s odyssey from primitive stage, braving the vagaries of nature to evolving civilisations, discovering new lands and waging wars to survive. The dance depicting Pandora and the forbidden chest was an embodiment of grace and poise. The performance by gallant Greek heroes in the English play provided a glimpse of the immortal tale of Trojan war. The indomitable spirit of man that helped him survive, evolve and explore the unknown, was displayed by leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Abraham Lincoln. A bravery dance, fusion of contemporary, hip-hop and traditional bhangra, enthralled the audience. Meritorious students of the pioneer batch of class X board examination were awarded for their performance. Dr Bedi appreciated the performances of the students and inspired them to imbibe true values and become an asset to the nation.

Story-telling contest

An inter-class Hindi story-telling contest was organised for students of classes I and II here at Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, on Thursday. The aim was to provide students with a platform to showcase their oratorical skills. Students narrated stories teaching the values of honesty, hard work, politeness, etc. Judgement was given by Sudesh Bhasin and Monika Asdhir. The function was presided over by Renu Aggarwal. She appreciated the prize winners for their performance and gave away the prizes.

Results: Class I: 1 Tanish Jain; 2 Asmita Sharma; 3 Ishnoor Kaur; appreciation: Maleeza Thakur and Reetanshi Kharbanda.

Class II: 1 Ganya Kapoor; 2 Sanchit Garg; 3 Raghav Sharma; appreciation: Dhriti Nijhawan.

Vyjayanthi Mala’s visit

Legendary Bollywood actress Vyjayanthi Mala visited Saraswati Modern School, Hambran Road, earlier this week. Students and teachers welcomed her. School president Kamla Jain delivered a welcome speech. Teachers and students presented old classical songs and colorful dances as a tribute to the actress.

Vyjayanthi Mala exhorted students to excel in life. Principal Meena Jain proposed the vote of thanks.

Alphabet party

Students of nursery and kindergarten sections of Darshan Academy had a merry time during an Alphabet Party on Thursday. Students came dressed as alphabets of their choice. They spoke short sentences in English and recited rhymes related to the alphabet they depicted. Students of Kindergarten section presented Ramayana. Prizes were given to students by guest of honour BB Jha, education officer, Darshan Education Foundation, New Delhi. — TNS



Kisan Club meeting

Ludhiana: A meeting of PAU Kisan Club was held at Dr Borlaug Wheat Auditorium on Thursday. It was attended by a large number of members and representatives of pro-farmer organisations. Club president Pavittar Pal Singh Pangli appreciated the contribution of the PAU in making the country self-sufficient in food production and said new technologies and recommendations generated by the university had enhanced farmers’ economic well being. Farmers reposed confidence in the university, which was working for their welfare with its research and development programme. PAU board of management member Urwinder Kaur Grewal was also present. Dr. HS Bedi of Christian Medical College and Hospital delivered a lecture on heart care. He said with change in eating habits, lifestyle and work pattern, incidence of cardiac diseases had increased. He provided tips for keeping the heart healthy. Soil scientist Dr DS Bhatti provided tips for reclaiming the land.

Punjabi editor Gurbhajan Singh Gill said contemporary farming had many intricacies and that farmers should develop a viable connection with farm literature and farm experts for progress in agriculture.

Dr Mohammad Shafiq Alam, spoke on the processing of amla into various useful products.

Dr RK Dubey deliberated on improving house landscaping and keeping the lawn lush green.


A meeting was held in the committee room of the Vice-Chancellor to discuss the India Certified Crop Advisor (India CCA) Programme with PAU scientists. Luther Smith, director, certification and licensing, American Society of Agronomy; Rajiv Dhar, chief executive officer, Indian Society of Agri-business Professionals (ISAP), Dr S Chandra, director, ISAP; Kanwar Singh, CAP manager, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)-India office; and Chander Rekha, assistant project manager, ISAP, participated in the discussion with PAU scientists of different disciplines like plant pathology, extension education, soil science, agronomy, communication, etc.

Vice-Chancellor Dr Manjit Singh Kang said the university had state-of-the-art facilities and expertise in different disciplines and that the educational programmes were multi-disciplinary.

He said 17 KVKs in Punjab had a team of seven scientists each to hold training and regular interaction with farmers and farm women of the area.

He interacted with the experts in the team regarding different modules of the programme and the relevance of it to the educational programme of PAU.

Dr Kanwar Singh highlighted the concept of CSA that started in 1991 with US and Canada’s participation.

He elaborated that American Society of Agronomy had over 13,000 international certified crop advisors (CCAs) in the US and Canada and that there were 13 in India. He presented an overview of the programme in which PAU students and faculty could participate.

The visiting team responded to the queries of the scientists. The team was shown around the Museum of Social History of Punjab, Museum of Water Resources of North-Western India and Electron Microscopy and Nano-Science Lab. — TNS



BSNL Strike: Day 2
Work in offices, cash counters remains paralysed
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 2
With the three-day strike by employees of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited in response to a call given by the joint action committee of the BSNL association, unions of executives and non-executives, work in the BSNL offices, including the customer service centres and cash counters, remained paralysed for the second day in succession.

Balbir Singh, circle secretary, BSNL Employees Union, claimed that strike was total in the entire Punjab circle. He said the employees had been agitating since long in support of their long-pending demands. The adamant attitude of the BSNL management and the Central government had forced them to take this extreme step.

With working at the customer service centre and the cash counter at the Bharat Nagar Chowk remaining closed, a large number of consumers visiting the office for payment of the telephone bills and other official works, had to return empty handed.

The striking BSNL employees gathered in front of the general manager’s office and held a daylong demonstration under the leadership of Paramjit Singh (BSNLEU), Kamaljit Singh Shankar (Sanchar Nigam Employees Association) and Nirmal Singh (All-India BSNL Employees Association).

Addressing the rally, Balwinder Singh, district secretary, alleged that the Central government had virtually extorted Rs 18,500 crore from the BSNL towards 3-G spectrum charges, which ought to be refunded immediately and spent on development and expansion plans. He further demanded 78.2 per cent IDA merger with effect from July 2007 for the purpose of wage revision.

Focusing on other pending demands, the trade union leader called for absorption of ITS officers in the BSNL, which had not been done even after 10 years of its formation despite several assurances given by the union minister for communications. He further asked the government to go for speedy procurement of mobile equipment and scrap the policy of disinvestments, unbundling and VRS in the public sector undertaking.

The central government has extorted Rs 18,500 crore from the BSNL towards 3-G spectrum charges. It should be immediately refunded and spent on development and expansion of the company. We also demand 78.2 per cent IDA merger for wage revision with effect from July, 2007. ITS officers should also be absorbed as even after 10 years of BSNL’s formation and despite assurances by the Union Minister for Communications it has not been done. The government should procure mobile equipment and scrap the policy of disinvestments, unbundling and VRS in the public sector undertaking. — Balwinder Singh, district secretary, BSNL panel



Gas Pipeline
Farmers vent ire against GAIL
Our Correspondent

Doraha, December 2
An emergency meeting of the Anti-GAIL Gas Pipeline Action Committee, Punjab, was organised under presidentship of Lakhwinder Singh Bowani today. The farmers openly gave vent to their anger by accusing the authorities to be insensitive towards the sons of the soil. They vowed not to allow the gas pipeline to be laid through their fertile fields at any cost and agitate against the GAIL authorities and the state government if their genuine demands were not met with at the earliest.

“The government should not act mindlessly. It should rethink over the entire issues first. Its policies are proving to be destructive for farmers who have no other source to depend upon,” one of the activists Gurcharan Singh Lapran said.

Another activist Bowani said: “Resentment is brewing among the farmers residing in surrounding villages against the dictatorial/ insensible attitude of the GAIL authorities and the state government. The committee has decided to fight it out till the last moment and force the Gail authorities to alter the route of the gas pipeline.”

The committee unanimously decided not to allow the GAIL authorities to lay gas pipeline through their agricultural land forcefully. The members vowed that if the government’s response happened to be negative, all organisations would launch an agitation against its policies. The action committee has already forwarded the proposal for laying an alternative gas pipeline to the Gail authorities and the government. The farmers feel that the present route will not only cause unaccountable damage but also put them in a tizzy as they are already forced to live from hand to the mouth due to the faulty polices of the government.

The members have demanded that the present route of laying gas pipelines from Dadri-Bhawna-Nangal and from Bhumadi (Ludhiana) to Bathinda must be changed and re-routed along the banks of canals, roads, railway tracks, drains and through barren land so that the farmers especially small and marginal ones are saved from being ruined. Gurcharan Singh Lapran, Mandeep Singh Dhillon, Major Singh Bhairupa, Jugraj Singh Bhadaur, Bahal Singh Bagli, Rachpal Singh Chawa, Pawan Kumar Kaushal, Tara Singh Jaipura, Harinder Singh Rajpura, Gurpreet Singh Bhumadi, Subedar Amar Singh Zulfgarh, Surinder Singh Tajpur, Aitbar Singh Phalewal and Jagdish Kumar attended the meeting.

Save Small Farmers

The panel has requested the government to change the present route of gas pipelines from Dadri-Bhawna-Nangal and from Bhumadi (Ludhiana) to Bathinda and re-route it along the banks of canals, roads, railway tracks, drains and through barren land so that farmers, especially the small and marginal, are saved from being ruined.



Chrysanthemum bloom at PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
Continuing with its tradition of organising Chrysanthemum Flower Show in the memory of Punjabi poet Bhai Veer Singh every year, around 250 varieties of chrysanthemum were displayed on the inauguration of the two-day flower show at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here today.

PAU VC Dr Manjit Singh Kang inaugurated the show.

Dr Kushal Singh, head department of floriculture, said chrysanthemum having varied colours, shapes and sizes, will be put on display during the show.

He added that around 4,000 pots of chrysanthemum displaying anemone, spider, spoon, spatula, pompom, pot mums varieties had been put on display.

“The university has strengthened research on chrysanthemum varieties, including hybrids, and has raised 17 varieties for general cultivation in the state. Technical experts will be available to address the queries of visitors regarding cultivation of flowers and ornamental plants,” said Dr Kushal Singh.

Besides, garden flowers, pot-flowers, decorative flowers, etc. are also on display at the show.

The flower show has been dedicated to Bhai Veer Singh, whose birth anniversary falls on December 5. The university celebrates the day on December 2 every year. The flowers will be put on sale at the university’s nursery next week.

Dr Kang said the university had developed several hybrids of chrysanthemum and commercial flower cultivation had a potential in Punjab in terms of agricultural diversification and profitability.

Dr Kushal Singh said the work on developing superior hybrids was being carried out under the All-India Coordinated Research Improvement Project.

A large number of people from the PAU campus as well as from outside, including the Registrar, deans, directors and officers were present.



Decongesting Jagraon Bridge
MC mulls opening of alternative routes
Manvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
In order to decongest the busy Jagroan Bridge, the Municipal Corporation (MC) is thinking of opening alternative routes to move traffic from the older city to the new city. There is a lot of congestion at the bridge as it is the key point from where a majority of traffic from the older city or that coming from the Jalandhar and Delhi side moves into the new city.

Due to the heavy traffic, especially from the Vishkarma Chowk side, the bridge virtually gets choked during peak hours in the morning and evening, resulting in inconvenience to commuters.

So, the MC is mulling the opening of alternative routes that were used by commuters in the past. The matter was discussed at a meeting between MC Commissioner AK Sinha and Senior Deputy Mayor Praveen Bansal today.

It was discussed that a road along Ramgarhia College should be widened and a double crossing road that connected the older city with the new parts should be reopened.

The proposal for constructing a down ramp for moving traffic towards Fieldgunj was also mooted so that traffic going towards it would not go towards the bridge.

The Commissioner said he would ask the building and roads (B&R) branch to check the feasibility of the proposals.

Bansal said if implemented, these routes would help in easing out traffic. He said though a proposal to widen and construct a double decker bridge was under consideration, it would take time and something required to be immediately to give relief to residents.



Blame it on audiences
Film scenario not directors’ fault, says Anu Kapoor
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
Referred to as the architect of ‘antakshari’, the first-ever reality show on Indian television, Anu Kapoor, was at his eloquent best as he interacted with residents during his visit to the city today. The noted actor from Bollywood was here to campaign for Tathaastu, an international spiritual and holistic lifestyle magazine.

Talking to the Ludhiana Tribune, Anu Kapoor expressed dejection over the prevailing scenario in the Indian film and television industry.

He added, “Though it is unfortunate, it is not the fault of directors as they are catering to audiences which love to watch melodrama, revolving around violence and sex.”

‘Jahaan daal daal par sone ki chidiya karti thi basera’ and ‘Ae watan ae watan humko teri kasam’ were songs of the past with which no child from this generation could relate to, the actor said.

He urged parents and educationists to rise to the situation and emphasise on the need to inculcate some good values in the younger generation.

“Change is the only unchangeable phenomenon, but it is not always development,” Anu Kapoor went on to add.

According to this versatile actor, film institutes and formal training at acting schools were good at polishing skills.

He called the mushrooming of acting academies as pure business ventures and stated that it was not possible to make an actor in the absence of inborn talent and passion.

A fan of Marlon Brando, Meryl Streep and Dilip Kumar, the artiste was an enthusiast in terms of watching and acting in movies.

He termed his forthcoming Hindi film ‘Saat Khoon Maaf’ as a must-watch, saying he played the role of one of the six husbands of Priyanka Chopra, who had the lead role.



Shooting range in news for wrong reasons, again
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
The proposal to build a shooting range on prime land in the Sunet locality here is embroiled in a fresh controversy as the councillor from the area has accused the municipal corporation (MC) of not recording proper proceedings regarding the issue in the meeting of the General House.

In a letter to MC Commissioner AK Sinha, Dr Hari Singh Brar, Congress councillor from ward 57, said he had raised the issue of the construction of a park for children along with the shooting range on the land earmarked by the MC near Sunet.

He had written that though Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura had announced in the House that the park, a volleyball ground, a lawn tennis ground and a basketball ground would be constructed along with the shooting range, the MC staff had not entered that in proceedings of the House.

He asserted that as 5,500 square yards of village land was being used by the MC for the construction of the shooting range, residents of the village also had the right to get a share in it.

Brar said as children in the village did not have a park, he had demanded a park for them, but the MC staff was reluctant. He asked the MC Commissioner to get item 10 of resolution 1,058 rectified, with the inclusion of the matter raised by him in the House.



MC recovers Rs 4 lakh
More defaulters go without water
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
After getting fresh directives from the municipal corporation (MC) Commissioner, the operation and maintenance branch has intensified its drive to recover pending arrears. It has disconnected more than a dozen water connections and recovered around Rs 4 lakh from defaulters of water and sewerage charges.

Three teams of zone B, led by executive engineer Kamlesh Bansal, started the drive at the Tajpur Dairy Complex, the Tajpur Dyeing Complex and the Focal Point.

The MC staff severed four water connections and recovered Rs 1.90 lakh from various defaulters who had failed to pay the civic body.

Another team of zone D, led by XEN Manjit Singh, recovered Rs 1.75 lakh from various defaulters and severed nine sewerage and four water connections.



Kids operated upon for hernia

Ludhiana, December 2
After having operated upon for congenital diaphragmatic hernia at Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), babies of Mohammad Rafiq of Ludhiana and Navdeep of Amritsar are lucky enough to survive.

This disease is characterised by a defect in the diaphragm, which is a thin muscle film between the chest and the abdominal cavities. This is a rare disease, which affects one in 5,000 to 7,000 children. These children have been having difficulty in breathing at the time of their birth because the intestine and abdominal viscera lie in the chest cavity compressing the lungs.

Both babies were successfully operated upon with the help of endoscopic (keyhole) technique at CMCH. The surgery was carried after three small skin incisions of 5mm each. It decreases the post-operative pain and requirement of the ventilatory support, along with early discharge from the hospital.

The parents said thanked Dr William Bhatti, head of department, paediatric surgery, Dr Dhruv N Ghosh, associate professor of paediatric surgery, who operated upon the babies. — TNS



500 take part in Army placement drive
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, December 2
Graduate and postgraduate students of RIMT Engineering Institutes took part in an Army’s campus recruitment drive here. Dr Hukam Chand Bansal, RIMT Group chairman, and Vijayant Bansal, vice-chairman, welcomed Lt Col Vinod Rawat and other team members.

Colonel Rawat showed a video and answered the quarries of students. He added that the adventure and extra-curricular activities in the Army ensure an all-round development essential in today’s world.

A total of 500 students from RIMT and nearby institutes attended group discussion followed by personal interview. Army headquarters will soon declare the results.



Gagandeep, Piyush shine
Our Correspondent

Doraha, December 2
The third annual athletics meet of Doraha Public School was organised here recently. The students competed in 48 track and field events.

Piyush Sharma of class X was declared best athlete among boys in the senior group and Rahat Pandey of class VII in the junior group.

Gagandeep Kaur of class IX was declared best athlete among girls in the senior group and Avneet Kaur of class VII in the junior group.

The overall trophy was bagged by Sutlej House. The trophy for best march-past was given to Ravi House.

DSP Rattan Singh Brar was the chief guest. Teja Singh Dhaliwal, general secretary of the Punjab Basketball Association, gave away prizes to the winners.



K Deep regales students

Ludhiana, December 2
Folk singer K Deep enthralled students of Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College here today.

The programme was organised jointly by the college management and the Punjabi Sabhyacharak Academy. Principal RP Singh welcomed the singer on his arrival on the college campus.

Dr SS Sewak, president, Punjabi Sabhyacharak Academy, gave details about the activities being conducted by the academy. The singer regaled students by singing songs written by Shiv Kumar Batalvi and Bahadur Shah Zafar. Gujranwala Khalsa Education Council president Prithipal Singh Kapur and secretary Harminder Singh presented mementoes to the singer. — TNS



Charge taken

Ludhiana, December 2
Air Cdr AK Nabh has taken over as the Air Officer Commanding of the Air Force Station, Halwara, from Air Cdr Vikram Singh. Commodore Nabh (VSM) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force (IAF) as a fighter pilot in December 1981. He is an NDA alumni and a postgraduate from the Institute of DSSC, Willington.

He has held numerous important staff and command posts. He also has vast experience of flying various aircrafts. He has been the chief officer (Operations) of a premier fighter base. Prior to taking over command of the Air Force Station, Halwara, he was contingent commander of the United Nations Mission in Congo. — TNS



Most-wanted criminal nabbed
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
A notorious criminal, who was wanted by various agencies in connection with drug peddling and other heinous offences, was arrested last night. Hardial Singh, king pin of the gang, who resides at Lopoke village in Amritsar, was behind several highway robberies that had taken place recently.

Four other accused identified as Harpreet Singh of Meharban village, Amandeep Singh of Seera village, Sushil Kumar of Ladhowal village and Harsh Kumar of Bilga were also arrested after being alerted by a police check post near Phollanwal late last night.

The accused were travelling in a truck (PB-11-AQ-9019) loaded with potatoes. According to the police, the truck was stolen from Rahon on November 24. The accused were in the process of selling the goods when they were arrested. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP) JS Sidhu said Sukhwinder Singh of Noor Mahal and Suraj of Nagar village near Phillaur, however, managed to escape.

Hardial, who was one of the oldest drug paddlers in the state, has been on the run since the beginning of this year. The Deputy Commissioner of Police said the accused was nabbed by the Rajasthan police while they were peddling 103 kg of heroin. He had jumped parole and since then he was on the run.

Hardial Singh, who is in his mid 40s, was on the most-wanted list of the intelligence bureau (IB), crime investigation department (CID), central bureau of investigation (CBI) and the directorate revenue intelligence (DRI).

According to the police, the accused formed a seven-member gang and started committing highway robberies. The police has also recovered an Indigo car and .32 pistol from their possession, he added.

Modus Operandi

The accused used to travel in an Indigo car. While Happy used to drive the vehicle, Hardial posed as the District Transport Officer (DTO). Rest of the members acted Hardial’s security guards. The accused used to intercept the truck on the pretext of checking its documents. Once the driver alighted from the truck, the accused used to nab the victim on pistol point. Happy used to drive the truck to a shed located at Seera village. Rest of the members used to take the driver to a secluded place and threw from the running vehicle.

Amandeep Singh’s Role

Amandeep Singh (25), one of the gang members, is stated to be a landlord. Amandeep’s father Harjung Singh has agricultural landholding over 40 acre. The police is suspecting Amandeep’s hand behind Rs 30 lakh robbery that took place at Seera village a few months ago. The victim was stated to be the uncle (father’s brother) of Amandeep Singh. The DCP said Hardial Singh met Amandeep at a marriage ceremony and reportedly persuade him to become a member of his gang. The accused agreed and even offered his shed located at Seera village to gang members for hiding.

Crime Graph of Hardial

Hardial was first booked for drug peddling in 1987 by the Kapurthala police. He was first booked in 1997 by the Amritsar police and then by the Rajasthan police in 1989.



Woman set afire by in-laws; gets 85 pc burns
Tribune News Service

Jagraon, December 2
A married woman was allegedly set afire by her husband and in-laws at Gidarwindi village near Sidhwan Bate last night. The woman is struggling for her life at the local Civil Hospital. Doctors treating her say that she suffered 85 per cent burn injuries and is in critical condition.

According to victim’s brother Jagroop Singh, his sister Lakhvir Kaur got married to Nirmal Singh of Gidarwindi village in 2007. After a few years of their marriage Nirmal started suspecting Lakhvir of having an extra martial relationship with some other person. He often used to fight with his wife on this issue. Nirmal returned home on Tuesday night and started beating his wife. When she resisted he poured kerosene and set her afire, alleged Jagroop.

“After the incident my brother-in-law (accused) called me up to tell that Lakhvir has suffered burn injuries while preparing a dinner. But the manner in which he was talking I could judge that there was something wrong. I immediately rushed to Gidarwindi and found my sister severely burnt.”

Jagroop first admitted Lakhvir to the Civil Hospital at Sidhwan Bet. She was shifted to the Jagraon Civil Hospital because of her critical condition. Junior Judicial Magistrate of Jagraon Madam Girish visited the civil hospital and took the victim’s statement.

Lakhvir alleged that a minor altercation took place between herself and her husband Nirmal Singh, who out of rage poured kerosene on her and set her afire. The basis intention of his was to kill her. She claimed that even her sister-in-law and mother-in-law assisted her husband in committing this heinous crime.

The police has registered a case against victim’s husband Nirmal,

Mother-in-law Tej Kaur and sister-in-law Amarjit. The accused were absconding till the filing of this report.



Ravleen, Sourav best athletes
Our Correspondent

Doraha, December 2
The 11th annual athletics meet of Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School was organised at the school grounds here today. Various events for boys and girls, including races, high jump, long jump, shot put, slow cycling and tug-of-war, were held.

Ravleen Kaur Mann of class IX and Sourav Bhatia of class IX were declared best athletes among girls and boys, respectively, in the senior group.

Bhupesh Kumar of class V and Gurinder Kaur Jhajj of class IV were declared best athletes among boys and girls, respectively, in the junior group.

A march-past was presented by the students. Sukhpal Singh, chairman of the Doraha Group of Institutes, was the chief guest at the prize distribution ceremony.

The overall athletics trophy was won by Sutlej House. The trophy for the march-past was awarded to Beas House. Karamvir Singh, school director, inaugurated the meet by unfurling the Tricolour. School principal Manjushaw Vinayak delivered the welcome speech.

A cultural programme was organised at the closing ceremony. A patriotic song, gatka and giddha was presented. The principal proposed the vote of thanks.



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