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Slow progress on projects drives commuters crazy
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

The damaged bridge near Shingaar Cinema due to the ongoing road-widening project
The damaged bridge near Shingaar Cinema due to the ongoing road-widening project.

Ludhiana, December 5
Jaspreet Singh’s face turned red when an autorickshaw driver suddenly rammed his vehicle into his swanky Rs 20 lakh car. However, the iron trader could only watch helplessly as he was stuck in a snarlup at Pratap Chowk, the city’s worst traffic bottleneck of the city.

He tried to alight from his car to check the damage but it soon led to a massive jam with commuters honking and screaming and even the cops yelling at him to move on.

Jaspreet is not alone. An average city resident who commutes 10 kilometres every day must have undergone a similar experience. With almost all the major streets in the city dug up on the excuse of various developmental projects, there appears to be no route that could be considered safe for motorists.

Their woes do not end here as construction firms flout safety regulations at will and commuters are forced to drive through roads full of potholes.

The sundry projects on which work seems to go on interminably are testing the patience as well as driving skills of commuters. Even if a scooterist goes a little off balance he will fall into deep pit full of iron netting and end up in a hospital emergency ward.

The commuters who spent the whole monsoons slipping and falling in the sludge of the “development project” are worried lot as with the onset of winter, fog would reduce the visibility to few meters and commuters would again fall victim of incomplete infrastructure.

If the construction of flyover projects has become bane for commuters at Pratap Chowk, the ongoing expressway project along side Sidhwan Canal and the project to widen the National Highway 1 continues to be a death trap for commuters.

The cement fencing on the BRS Nagar Bridge that collapsed during the construction of Sidhwan Canal expressway amply exemplifies the callous attitude of authorities, who pay scant regard to the life of a common man.

It appears civic officials are virtually waiting for a commuter fell from the gap so that they could construct the fencing all over again.

Commuters were already facing bumpy rides in the Lakkar bridge area, but work on constructing an underpass near the mini secretariat has now added to their misery. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the very thought of commuting from one place to another gives the city residents a jitter.

City residents are agitated at the slow pace of these projects and even voiced their dissent against the on going projects, but the authorities are paying no heed to the problem.

“If the ‘babus’ (officials) would have remained stuck in a traffic jam, inhaling smoke and dust for nearly 45 minutes a day, they could have understood the common man’s suffering. What’s the use of development - instead of making the lives of people easier it’s bringing more hassles,” said Gurmeet Singh, a bank employee who commutes near 30 km daily on his motorcycle for the collection of cash.

Though senior police officials avoided any criticism, they expressed disgust over the slow place of development projects, though on the condition of anonymity.

Asked to comment on the issue, ADCP (traffic) Sajjan Singh Cheema stated: “We know that commuters are facing problems due to the on going projects, but traffic police is trying its best so that commuters should not face traffic hiccups. Further, residents and drivers of private buses and auto rickshaw also need to be aware about their responsibilities and should not indulge in reckless driving, which often results in traffic jams”.

life turns miserable Widening of NH 1

It has been over a year since the city’s eastern periphery was given a bombed out appearance in the name of development. All major intersections were dug up at various locations for widening the road, but work is far from completion.

Before launching the project the construction company that was handed the contract, SOMA, gave an assurance that areas residents would not be inconvenienced and alternative lanes would be built for smooth flow of traffic.

However, just the opposite has happened. The project has made the lives of commuters miserable. Many irregularities in laying the road have resulted in several fatal accidents, including that of cop few months ago. However, the ministry of road transport is sleeping over the issue and keeps on passing the buck.

The main intersections that are bearing the burnt due to the widening of road project are Sherpur Chowk, Oswal Cancer Hospital Chowk, Samrala Chowk, Jodhewal Basti Chowk and Jalandhar Bypass Chowk.

Expressway along Sidhwan canal

Viewed as a “political” project of Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, insiders say the latter wants it to be completed early so that he could garner votes during the next elections, likely to be held anytime next year.

Launched at the beginning of the year, work on the project is progressing at a fast pace. However, people have complained the government could have put off the project with so many others having been taken up in the city. Residents of Dugri, Jawaddi, Punjab Mata Nagar and BRS Nagar are the worst hit.

Gill and Pratap Chowks

Unarguably a mockery in the name of development, these flyover projects have done no good for the city’s commuters so far. With another flyover taking off from Pratap Chowk, which would further connect with the Dholewal flyover, the slow pace of the project has become a nightmare for commuters.

Calling the Gill flyover an engineering “disaster,” a commuter said: “The engineers and the authorities who approved the project should be honoured as they would probably the first bunch of erratic flyover designer as the jam which used to witness on Gill Road, has taken a leap and now serpentine queues could be witnessed over the flyover. What’s the use of wasting crores of rupees if people are still caught up in endless traffic jams? The only difference is that earlier the traffic chaos was on the streets and now it’s on flyovers.”

Lakkar Bridge

A low budget bridge constructed over the rail tracks on which pedestrians could cross over to the other side of the city, the Lakkar Bridge was considered an example of affordable design.

However, the municipal corporation thought otherwise and demolished the bridge nearly a decade ago. Since then residents are risking their lives and crossing the railway track to reach the other side of the city.

The project was hanging in fire and saw many twist and turns. Initially it was to be connected with the Jagraon bridge flyover, but the design was changed for reasons best known to the civic body. The project again came to a halt when Northern Railways refused to share the cost incurred on the project.

Residents consider the project, moving at a snail’s pace, a curse. As the Bhadaur House road and Lakkar Bridge road have been closed due to the construction of bridge, the place is being used as parking lot. The traffic problem at Domoria Bridge and BL Kapur Memorial Hospital has intensified due to the ongoing project.

Reaching Chaura Bazar on a vehicle is considered a Herculean task as it takes nearly 30 to 45 minutes to reach the destination on a four-wheeler during the office hours.

Bridge near Shingar cinema

This project, which is moving at a snail’s pace, has turned the area into a major traffic bottleneck. With mini trucks ferrying hosiery goods remaining stuck the entire day, it is testing the fast evaporating patience of commuters.


Residents’ health at risk
Anshu Seth/TNS

Ludhiana, December 5
Already grappling with the problem of air and water pollution, the dust clouds emanating from the dug up roads engulf the city, thereby adding to the health problems of city residents.

Respiratory diseases like bronchial asthma and allergic problems including rhinitis, conjunctivitis, and dermatitis are on the rise due to the dust. The authorities concerned and the contractors engaged in the work are indifferent to the issue.

A study conducted in Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) in 2009 reveals that cities and towns with higher levels of air pollution have high incidence of cardiac diseases.

Ludhiana having been declared as the most polluted city of Punjab by the Central Pollution Control Board is already witnessing a surge in the number of cardiac patients as is evident from the OPDs in all city hospitals. Bronchial asthma is the most common chronic condition of childhood, which has emerged as a challenge for city paediatricians.

Experts Speak

Dr GS Bajwa, professor and head of eye department at the DMCH said dust was bad for the people who have sensitive eyes as constant contact with dust results in allergy. Eyes get swollen, turn red and there is itching for which anti-allergic eye drops are recommended.

Dr HS Bedi, head of the cardiac surgery department at the CMCH said smoke and dust are fatal for cardiac patients. "A person with a poor heart functioning feels suffocated with too much of dust around as it reduces the oxygen carrying capacity," observed Dr Bedi.

Dr Daljit Singh, professor in paediatrics and principal, DMC, said” “Dust adds to the problems of asthmatic children as it makes them breathless. It is difficult to keep children indoors, thus its necessary to carry out construction work in compartmentalised structures.”



Delays due to endemic corruption, no planning
Manvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 5
Lack of proper planning and vested interests of civic officials, along with their habit of delaying work on various development projects in the city, are the major factors due to which residents have to suffer when any work begins.

It is unfortunate most of the projects are undertaken by the municipal corporation not for the welfare of residents but to serve the interests of politicians, contractors and even civic officials themselves. In many such cases either the statutory regulations are ignored or are bent to extend largesse to a select bunch of contractors.

For the MC it does not appear to matter if important files on some ambitious projects that have been stalled go missing. The fact that a large number of corrupt officials are at the helm of its affairs also seems irrelevant.

The result is that faulty plans for project are drawn up, which are inaugurated without any proper surveys and studies and then stalled after spending huge amounts of funds. However, there seems to be no accountability with no action taken against those responsible for blunders.

Civic officials do not appear to be bothered about the misery faced by residents living in localities along the ‘nullah’ (stream) from the Dukh Niwaran gurdwara to Shingar cinema after the contractor had left the work in between after drawing more then Rs 1 crore from the civic exchequer. In the same manner there is no account of problems faced by residents due to the stalling of the work on Lakkar Pul rail overbridge for over a decade.

Delays in the construction of an elevated road near the Clock Tower, the flyover at Gill Chowk, the ramp at Jagraon bridge and many

other ambitious projects are just minor affairs for MC officials. Even the siphoning of more then Rs 16 crore to a blue eyed contractor for the incomplete stadium at Pakhowal does not awakes the conscience of civic officials as they simply believe in their own words according to which people have to face minor sufferings due to the developmental works. But most officials fumble for words when they are asked why proper a proper study is not conducted before launching a project.

The MC officials have no answer as to why work on covering a ‘nullah’ and laying down sewage pipes in Janakpuri were started, only to be disbanded later after a huge amount of money was spent in the process.

Similarly they do not have answer as to why the indoor stadium was started even though the Sports Authority of India had not approved the project.

Unfortunately the civic body has not learnt lessons from its mistakes in the past and the attitude of most officials towards development projects remains apathetic. However, local MLA Harish Rai Dhanda, who is also chief parliamentary secretary of the local bodies department, feels the civic body needs to review its manner of functioning.

“There’s lack of coordination among various MC departments and the ultimate result is that people have to suffer. We’re working on a new procedure to bring about some major changes in the MC’s functioning”, he added.

When contacted, senior deputy mayor Praveen Bansal admitted there had been flaws in implementing some projects in the past. “However, the shortcomings have been largely rectified and now projects are being completed within the stipulated timeframe. We know people have to face a lot of problems so it’s our duty to complete the projects in time”, he claimed.



5 city cops arrested by Delhi Police
Were involved in making fake court summons
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 5
Five police officials of the city have been arrested by the Delhi Police for helping Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA)-accused flee after attending a hearing in a case.

The five cops, including line officer Chamkaur Singh, were nabbed for preparing fake court summons.

However, the police remained tightlipped and refused to divulge any detail pertaining to the arrest by the Delhi police.

Sources in the department said the five cops were running the racket of making fake summons. The cops struck a deal with the criminals and used to take them along by showing fake summons in the jail.

The Delhi Police also arrested Vipin Sharma (34) and his brother-in-law Aman Alam (26). The duo was charged under MCOCA for running an illegal immigration racket.

The duo managed to rope in the accused cops to create fake production warrants and escaped. However, the special cell of the Delhi Police managed to nab the duo, 10 days after their disappearing act on November 6.

According to the Delhi police, the accused were allegedly planning to fly to the USA illegally via Guatemala and Mexico. The team of ACP LN Rao arrested Sharma and Alam from the airport and GT Karnal Road Bypass, respectively, on November 6. Police sources said that the Special Cell had also arrested them six months ago for running the fake visa racket.

It has been learnt that a four-member special investigation team (SIT) was formed to probe the issue. After conducting and inquiry into the matter, SIT found the involvement of the cops in the escape bid of the criminal.

"Both accused were arrested on charges of duping people and illegally sending them to the US through South American countries. They were also booked under MCOCA as they were doing an organised crime on a large scale. The special MCOCA court of Tis Hazari had ordered the accused to continue in Tihar Jail but somehow they managed to move to Ludhiana Jail despite court orders. This might have been part of their plan to escape. And on the October 31, they produced forged production warrants and got away," said a police officer.

It is learnt that these five cops took the duo away by showing fake production warrants. The police said Sharma was involved in 23 cases of cheating, forgery, criminal breach of trust, attempt to murder and wrongful confinement registered at various police stations in Delhi, Haryana and Punjab.

Both accused managed to fax fake documents from Delhi and conned the jail officers. Vipin arranged a forged production warrant of Tis Hazari court, Delhi of November 1 and Aman forged the documents of November 2.

The Delhi police was suspicious about the role of cops who had taken the duo from Central Jail, Ludhiana, by showing fake documents. Later the cops disappeared. They were trying to flee the country. Vipin Sharma went to Mumbai, while his brother-in-law Aman stayed in Delhi. The duo hired an agent Narinder to escape to the US via Mexico. Narinder runs an immigration consultancy, named Carrier Krafter Immigration in Ludhiana.

Sources said senior police officials got to know about the matter and suspended the cops.

Despite repeated attempts, Deputy Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh was not available for comments.

ACP Bhupinder Singh confirmed the development and said he had yet to get details.

Modus Operandi

The cops used to strike a deal with the criminals and take them along by showing fake summons in jail



Guest college teachers paid pittance
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 5
About 70 "guest faculty" lecturers with PhD or MPhil degrees who have cleared the UGC NET exam and are teaching in two government run colleges in the city will be paid Rs 2,000 at most as salary for December! This is because they will get only 4-5 days' salary for this month as examinations are set to begin.

Besides, the lecturers have been "temporarily relieved" until January 15 due to the Panjab University winter-break, which means they not get 15 days' salary next month too, due to the state government’s policies that continue to exploit well-qualified teachers in need of jobs.

These guest faculty teachers have the same tasks and responsibilities as the “permanent” college lecturers and professors, who are paid nothing less than Rs 50,000 a month. They teach important subjects including history, Punjabi, English, biology and political science to students. However, they are also paid an "honorarium" of Rs 175 per hour. Most of them have been teaching in colleges for the past 5 or 6 years.

Narinder Singh (name changed), one such guest faculty lecturer at SCD Government College here, said: "I come from Khanna and the daily bus fare is Rs 80. What more can I say? We’re a frustrated lot and our exploitation by the government is painful. I have cleared the UGC NET exam. Words can’t express how my father worked-hard to provide me with a good education and, when it’s time to repay him, I can’t do anything ", he said.

As if their pitifully meager salaries were not enough, the guest lecturers’ teaching experience will also not be taken into account if they apply for

a government job. "I’m working here for the past 5 years. Like any other permanent lecturer, I take four-classes daily but the experience of a guest faculty teacher isn’t counted by the state government. According to UGC norms, ad hoc lecturers should be paid consolidated salaries of about Rs 21,000. However, the state government, trying to act smart and play safe, has changed our designations from ad hoc lecturers to guest faculty. The government doesn’t pay us a single penny - we’re being paid by colleges through the parents-teachers' association (PTA) fund. By halting recruitment of college lecturers in the state the government may be saving crores of rupees but will the problem of unemployed teachers will worsen", said Mohit Kumar (not real name), another guest faculty lecturer at Government College for Women.

These well-qualified teachers, when they work throughout the month, make about Rs 10,000 but are are paid a maximum monthly salary of only Rs 7,000.

Bitter truth

  • “Guest faulty’ lecturers hold PhD/MPhil degrees, have cleared UGC NET exam
  • Paid salary of Rs 175 per hour
  • Many of them come from Jalandhar, Moga, Khanna and Jagraon
  • Their services not required by colleges from March to July
  • As exams are set to begin they will get only 4-5 days' salary for December
  • Even if they make Rs 10,000 a month, they will be paid Rs 7,000 at most
  • All have 5-6 years’ teaching experience



Councillor’s novel way of protest
To clean Mayor’s office for not getting sanitary workers for his ward
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 5
Irked at not getting sanitary workers for cleaning his ward, a Congress councillor has announced that as a protest against the attitude of the municipal corporation (MC) Mayor towards the matter, he would clean the latter’s office from Tuesday.

Giving details in a press release issued here, Sushil Kumar Raju Thapar, Congress councillor from ward number 29, said for the past many years, he was facing acute shortage of sanitary workers, due to which the cleanliness work in his ward had been adversely affected. He said although he had raised the matter before the Chief Minister during the Sangat Darshan and in front of the MC Mayor and Commissioner during the meeting of the general house, no action had been taken.

Thapar asserted that he had even handed over a memorandum to the Mayor on November 24 in which a deadline of 10 days was given to him for providing sanitary workers. As the Mayor had not bothered to consider my just demand even after 10 days, I have decided to lodge a protest against him by cleaning his office from December 7, he added.



State of affairs
Kitaab Bazaar area faces voluminous problems
Traffic mismanagement, encroachments and a big garbage dump are the bane of the place
Manvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

traffic chaos at Kitab Bazar in Ludhiana
Traffic chaos at Kitab Bazar in Ludhiana

Ludhiana, December 5
The Kitaab Bazaar of the city, known for having all types of books and believed to be doing a business worth more than Rs 50 crore annually, is facing problems of traffic mismanagement, encroachments and the presence of one of the biggest garbage dumps in the area. One of the leading markets here, this bazaar faces acute traffic problems. The problem of encroachments remains in the area, as some of the shopkeepers have again placed goods outside their shops, obstructing traffic in the area.

As the market witnesses heavy load of traffic everyday, the shopkeepers demand permanent deployment of traffic police at certain traffic bottlenecks. Frequent traffic jams create a real mess.

Due to the lack of effective management of traffic, chaos is always witnessed on the roads. The parking lot, built by Zila Parishad, aimed at decongesting the area by streamlining the traffic, has failed to fulfil its objective, as due to only one gate, traffic jam is witnessed. As a result, illegal parking on Nizam Road has started.

Another big problem for shopkeepers is the garbage dump that remains uncovered despite several complaints by the shopkeepers. As the garbage of all adjoining areas is collected by the civic body here before sending it for disposal in the early days of the week, the garbage can be seen spilled over the road. Though the shopkeepers have a number of times asked the Municipal Corporation (MC) authorities to cover the garbage dump so that foul smell could be checked, due to the apathy of the MC, the stink has made the life of people deplorable.

The urinals constructed by the MC in the past for shopkeepers have also failed to serve their objective as they are in a deplorable condition. The urinals do not have the supply of water nor is there any proper outlet of water. As a result, shopkeepers are not using these. To further deteriorate the situation, the pipes of water supply have been stolen.

The condition of the streetlights in the area is also very bad, as the shopkeepers allege that the MC had never bothered to pay attention towards these. But a soothing thing was that the shopkeepers seemed to be satisfied by the cleanliness of roads, de-silting of sewerage lines and the regular supply of water.



Broken dividers death trap for commuters
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 5
The public works department, roads and bridges (PWD B and R) has failed to take steps for preventing vehicular accidents due to faulty road dividers and unauthorised gaps created by public on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road that is being four-laned these days.

The tendency, if allowed to continue, could turn into a death trap due to frequent blanket of smog and approaching foggy seasons.

What to talk of preventing unauthorised creation of gaps in central divider on the road, the authorities did not bother to fill the gap that was created to facilitate diversion of traffic during the Deputy Chief Minister’s visit at Rohira village recently.

A few centrelines, which were once marked on two-lane roads, are now proving hazardous as these lead to road dividers at many places. Instead of helping the drivers to steer their vehicles safely, these lines can lead them to death traps waiting in the form of dividers.

Obstruction due to dumping of building material and dug out earth at various places has compounded the problem further, but the authorities concerned continue to be indifferent towards clearing the path. Numerous accidents were reported during past few weeks.

While it is mandatory for the maintenance staff to ensure that central verge is not broken at high speed areas, a majority of them seemed to have ignored the guidelines, leaving the travellers at the mercy of the nature.

Roadside dhabas, filling stations, educational institutes, religious places and factories besides localities situated near the highway are places where dividers have been broken illegally.

Regrettably organisers of an SAD conference on the occasion of foundation laying ceremony for Ghallughara Memorial at Rohira had got the divider broken at some places for convenience of activists of the party a few weeks ago. One of them is proving more hazardous as it is situated near a curve and drain bridge. Residents of the area have urged the authorities to take remedial steps to avoid accidents.

Accidents involving road divider

  • November 28: At least 13 members of a marriage party were injured when the school mini bus carrying them overturned due to sudden appearance of a cyclist through an illegal median in the central verge near Kup village on the highway
  • November 21: A tempo carrying devotees had overturned near Akbarpur Chhanna on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road while saving a scooterist who appeared suddenly by crossing the broken divider from the other side. Though nobody was killed, at least seven persons, belonging to Barnala district, were hurt in the incident
  • A government doctor, who used to commute between Ludhiana and Malerkotla, was killed in a similar incident last year



E-Tendering Work To Pvt Firm
MC councillors oppose govt decision
Seek share for civic body from processing fee
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 5
The recent decision of the Local Bodies Department to handover the work of e-tendering to a private firm has raised many eyebrows, with the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation councillors questioning the processing fee being charged by the private firm conducting the process.

In a recent decision, the state government started the e-tendering process in the MC and hired a private firm for the purpose. The firm will be charging 0.05 per cent of the total project cost for conducing the e-tendering process. However, councillors have started raising fingers on the decision as they feel the company will be earning huge profits without giving anything to the civic body.

BJP councillor Indrejeet Singh Kaka had raised the issue with Senior Deputy Mayor Praveen Bansal in a meeting held a few days back. Kaka rued that as the contractors had been asked to pay afresh to enlist their companies and the payment is to be given by the MC, then what is the need of processing charges. He said that due to the clause, the company would be earning crores from the MC in lieu of various developmental works but it would not pay even a single penny to the civic body. He said the MC should raise the matter with the Local Bodies Minister for getting a share in the income from the processing fee.

Similarly, Congress councillor Parminder Mehta said if the company was charging fee on MC projects, then it should also give something to the civic body. “We cannot allow anyone to earn money from the civic body without giving anything to it. We will raise the matter in the next General House meeting of the MC,” he said.

When contacted, Senior Deputy Mayor Praveen Bansal admitted that councillors were opposing the government’s decision. He said the MC would take up the matter with the Local Bodies Department.



Greening Budha Nullah
NGO dismayed by admn’s lack of will
Anshu Seth /TNS

Ludhiana, December 5
District administration’s lack of will to mobilise and initiate the “Greening of Budha Nallah” campaign has disillusioned a city NGO, which has been keen on contributing towards decreasing the hazards of the drain.

The Punjab Youth Forum, a city-based NGO working for various environmental issues, despite having tried hard to give a thrust to the “greening project” on the sides of the nullah has failed to wake up the authorities concerned.

The drain with its ever-increasing contribution to water and land pollution is an eyesore for city residents.

Following the directions of the PPCB, the district administration had initiated the project almost a year ago. The district forest officer (DFO) was asked to conduct interviews of NGOs and the names were also shortlisted for the same. But before things could be finalised, the ADC (D), who was the in-charge of the project, was transferred. Thereafter, the DFO, too, was transferred, thereby sealing the fate of the project. On the project, a senior official said it proposed to carry out plantation on both sides of the drain, right from its origin to the point of its merger with the Sutlej.

The drain originates from Mattewara and merges with the Sutlej near Vallipur village, around 20 km from Ludhiana.

Ranjit Rai, a senior member of the Punjab Youth Forum, said plantation on either side of the nullah would not only provide relief to people living in the adjoining colonies from stench but also give a fresh look to the otherwise filthy surroundings.

“Our organisation had been shortlisted and we had made all preparations to initiate the process but now we have learned that the whole process of shortlisting of NGOs will be rescheduled under the new ADC (D),” lamented Rai.

The NGO activists opined that the administration should expedite the procedure as it concerned the health of city residents.



What’s in a name?

Newspaper offices get plenty of press releases of various colours, shapes and sizes every day. Many of these are very well written and reporters hardly make much effort to send these for publication. But there are some in which there is no news. Despite trying again and again, reporters fail to understand what message they want to convey to readers. A person came to deliver press note of a seminar organised recently in an organisation. It mentioned names of 56 persons, many of whom were keynote speakers, guests of honour, dignitaries and office-bearers etc. There was no topic on which these people spoke. When the reporter called up the organisers to get more details about the seminar, the person on phone replied: "Madam, who reads the topic or objective? The seminar was well attended by all. We are interested in reading our names, so mention as much as you can.”

— Shivani Bhakoo

Oh zero… That's me!

Fashion buffs around the world are known to be obsessed with the size zero figure so much so that age is no longer a bar when it comes to obtaining the “perfect bod”. Only, the age factor of the "beauty" with the perfect figure, at times, leaves the onlookers stunned. A similar incident happened with a fashion designer's assistant recently when a seemingly "old" woman called up the store to inquire if her outfit was ready. After checking, the assistant informed the caller that the dress was ready and she could come to pick it up. She, however, hesitatingly added in a polite tone, "Ma'am, please don't forget to bring along the person for whom the dress has been ordered." Apparently, the outfit was a size zero and the fashion designer's assistant presumed that the caller, who appeared to be "quite old" had ordered it for someone in the family. To the polite request of the assistant, the caller replied with an arrogant chuckle, "Oh, no no! That one is for me girl." The surprised assistant's doubt turned into a reality when a 70-something woman walked into the store and tried on her outfit, which fit her perfectly. The woman later shared her secret with the assistant: "Whenever I used to go to any store, every dress I liked refuse to fit me as it seemed to be made for the size zero woman. And since there was no way the outfit could fit me, I decided to be fit enough to fit in. And since then, I don't have to think twice before picking my stuff up from any corner of the world!"

Charu Chhibber

All for the boss

It seems that the work in Municipal Corporation (MC) is done only for appeasing the top boss that is why when the MC Commissioner is away from the city and the offices of the civic body give a deserted look. At many such occasions, only the top brass of the MC is seen sitting in the offices and rest of the staff is hardly visible for the public dealing. It is also presumed by the MC staff that when the top boss is not in the city, there is no work for them. The general answer during such days is that “no Commissioner no work”. However, the real problem in such cases is faced by the general public who do get the MC staff to deal with the problems. So, most of them pray that the Commissioner should not go out of the city even for important meetings.

— Manvinder Singh

Identity crises

As they say there is a very fine line that defines "arrogance" from "insolence", a senior administrator of a medical institution was at his discourteous best to prove his point to a journo during a recent meeting. The meeting, being the first one between the two, came as a shock for the journo who in order to exchange pleasantries with the administrator offered her hand but was given a cold shoulder and was referred to as an "enemy". Giving the other man benefit of the seniority and the years, the journo again made an earnest attempt to break the ice but the man on the other side went on with insinuations, leaving the journo stunned. As the journo was trying to comprehend the cause of unreasonable behaviour, the administrator threw his hands in the air adding, "Have you ever written a single good word about me? I am the third most renowned professional in my specialisation." Hence, the cat was out of the bag as it was a clear case of "identity crises" for which the journo could do nothing but "sympathise".

— Anshu Seth

Bird dropping

A bird dropping is taken as a good omen by one and all. College lecturers are no exception to the trend. A female lecturer at one of the famous urban government colleges had a bird dropping by a pigeon when she was explaining an important event in history of India to her students in a lecture hall of the institute. Though it was almost impossible to hide her discomfiture from her students, for obvious reason of getting her clothes spoiled, she compensated her unease by arguing that the incident would bring some good news too. The next day, when the students showed their curiosity to know if the avian excreta had proven lucky for their teacher, the lecturer responded in positive. Besides, receiving a couple of good news from her relatives, the lecturer came to know that her husband, who is pursuing higher studies abroad, had cleared a group of exams on the same day.

— Mahesh Sharma

Modelling business
A model displays a jewellery design at a wedding exhibition in Ludhiana
A model displays a jewellery design at a wedding exhibition in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Wedding exhibitions are today a routine affair in the city. Designers are adopting novel ways to attract more and more customers at their stall. During a recently held wedding exhibition in the city, every designer had female models at his/her stall. No, they were not promoting the brands but they were there for the customers. Very ostentatiously, these models display the dress or jewellery piece of your choice (see pic). Since these models present the dress or jewellery so artfully that customers are left with no choice but to buy the specific piece. But, customers should realise that it is they who are going to wear the trousseau or jewel and not the model. It should suit them and not the professionally qualified model, who knows how to flaunt the product perfectly.

Manav Mander



Miss World Punjaban pageant on December 18
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 5
The eagerly awaited beauty pageant based on Punjabi culture, Miss World Panjaban-2010, will be unveiled to audience at Ludhiana and will be telecasted throughout the world live on December 18.

This pageant will be presented by “Sabhyacharak Sathh Panjab and PTC Punjabi.

Giving this information in the press release, Jasmer Singh Dhatt, founder chairman of the organisation, and Rajiee M Shinde, COO, PTC Punjabi, told four rounds, beauty, health, general knowledge, household work and personal talent, were conducted at Mohali.

The following girls are selected on merit basis after semifinals, Amandeep Bhambra, Miss Hoshiarpur; Harsimran Kaur, Miss Spain; Harminder Kaur Arora, Miss Ludhiana; Manpreet Gill, Miss Kolkata Panjaban; Navreet Kaur, Miss USA Panjaban first runner-up; Amandeep Kaur, Miss Delhi Panjaban; Gurpreet Kaur Aulakh, Miss Chandigarh; Rajnish Kaur, Miss Gurdaspur; Monica Singh, Miss Italy Panjaban; Parneet Kaur Kunder, Miss Patiala; Arshpreet Kaur, Miss Mohali; Navneet Kaur Waraich, Miss Haryana Panjaban; Harpreet Kaur Johal, Miss Ropar; Arshdip Kaur Gosal, Miss Canada Panjaban; Karampal Mand, Miss USA Pabjaban; Simranjit Kaur Gurian, Miss Mumbai Panjaban; Barinder Kaur, Miss Muktsar; and Tina Singh from Australia.



Idols vandalised at Sitla Mata Mandir
Admn seeks help of religious bodies to nab culprits
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 5
Activists and office bearers of various religious and social organisations vowed to foil sinister designs of anti-social elements who had tried to disrupt peace and harmony of the town by damaging three idols installed at Sitla Mata Mandir here two days ago.

An oath was taken in response to a call made by the administration, led by SDM, Malerkotla, Gurlovleen Singh Sidhu and DSP, Amargarh, Gurpreet Singh Sikand.

Responding to a call made by Sadhu and Sikand, office bearers and activists of various organisations, including the Gaushala Committee, Shree Ram Mandir Committee, Luxmi Narayan Seva Dal, Sat Narayan Mandir, Geeta Bhawan, Har Har Mahadev Sewa Sangh, Shri Radha Krishan Gaushala Kaind and Shiv Mandir, undertook to maintain peace and tranquillity of the region at any cost.

Realising that anti-social elements had no religion and sentiments, the office bearers called upon the residents to assist the administration in identifying suspects who had damaged the idols of Shiv Parivar at Sitla Mata Mandir on Friday night.

Earlier, addressing the all-party meeting organised to resolve the issue, Sidhu and Sikand assured the gathering that strict action would be taken against those found guilty of religious sacrilege. Urging the activists and officers to help the administration maintain peace, the officials sought help in establishing sequence of events leading to damage of the idols.



Stress on stopping misuse of RTI Act
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 5
Cautioning against the alleged exploitation of the RTI Act at the hands of anti-social elements, teachers of the region called upon office-bearers of social and political organisations to come to the rescue of those public servants who had been harassed unnecessarily.

Appeal was made during a seminar on “RTI - Empowerment to the citizens” at Government Degree College, Karamsar.

Acknowledging that the Act was meant for empowering people of the nation, speakers, including Kuldip Singh of Government College for Women, Ludhiana, Gurjinder Singh Chahal, Nirmal Singh and Harmit Kaur regretted that the common man was still unaware of the most powerful tool carved for safeguarding his interests.

On the contrary, a large number of persons with vested interest succeeded in exploiting the Act to settle score with their targets in the administration.

Speakers cited many instances wherein some self-styled social activists and office-bearers of human rights organisations had extorted huge amounts from those officials who were least concerned with the functioning of particular sections of government and quasi-government departments.

Highlighting various avenues of the Act, the speakers stressed the need for understanding that the provision had been allowed to curb corrupt practices and bring transparency in the working of various government departments and not to harass public servants.

Condemning the abuse of the Act at the hands of dubious persons, Parkash Singh and Har Gur Partap Singh urged participants to come to the rescue of those officials who had been victimised at the hands of blackmailers.

Arun Pal regretted that overzealous government officials, who in an attempt to serve society in a better way, had to pay for going beyond their jurisdiction.

Students showed keen interest in the seminar and a large number of them participated in discussion during an interactive phase.



Badish Jindal is small industry body chief
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 5
Badish Jindal, president, Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association, has been unanimously elected national senior vice-president of the Federation of Associations of Small Industries of India (FASII) for 2010-12.

The Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association is an apex body of the MSME sector in India.

Dipik Sarkar from Tripura was elected as its national president, KV Shekar Raju from Karnataka as its national general secretary and RS Gulati from Maharashtra as its national treasurer of the association. Narinder Miglani, general secretary, Knitwear Club, has been elected as the vice-president of the northern region and Arvind Rai, president of textile colony, small-scale industries association, as secretary, northern region of the association.



Don’t deploy teachers in other tasks: DGSE
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 5
The Director-General, School Education (DGSE), has directed all district education officers (DEOs) to ensure that none of the employees associated with teaching of subjects like mathematics, English and science should be deployed by the civil administration for non-teaching tasks like census duty etc.

Maintaining that census duties were decided while keeping in view the directions of the apex court of India, the civil authorities said any anomaly brought into their notice would be removed after reviewing the cases.

Investigations by the Ludhiana Tribune revealed that a large number of teachers posted at various government schools of the region had been deployed on the census duty and as BLOs. The deployed teachers included mathematics, English and science teachers, besides members of mathematics master trainer, English master trainer, science master trainer, besides district science supervisor teams.

The tendency, besides affecting general education in routine, affected the projects launched to impart quality education to students of the government schools.

Perusal of records revealed that the Director General (school education) had taken serious notice of the deployment of teachers undertaking special duties associated with projects for improving quality of education in government schools.

It was observed that a large number of assistant election registration officers-cum-block development officers had included science and mathematics teachers in the lists of employees deputed for census duty. Some of these teachers were performing duty as master trainer in their respective subjects. Still others, who are members of the district trainer teams and district science supervisor, have been continuously monitoring schools, according to predetermined schedule.

Apprehending that the tendency if allowed to continue will affect the progress of improvement of education standards in schools, the DG has now directed all DEOs and district science supervisors to get the duties cancelled at their own level.

“You are advised to ensure that the district mathematics coordinators, district English coordinators, district science coordinators, English master trainers, district science supervisors and members of their teams if deployed in census duty or as BLO should be exempted at your own level,” reads the communication received at the offices of DEOs of the region.

Investigations revealed that getting election duty exempted had been a tough task for a common man during the past years. Those seeking exemption had to shuttle between various offices at the sub-division and district level to the work done. This is the first time that the authorities in the education department have taken firm stand on the issue.



Vet varsity scientists feted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 5
The annual conference of the Indian Association of Veterinary Pathologists, national symposium and CL Davis Foundation satellite seminar and first annual convention of the Indian College of Veterinary Pathologists (ICVP) were held at the department of veterinary pathology, College of Veterinary Science, Assam Agricultural University, Guwahati, Assam, recently.

In this congregation, three scientists, including Dr NK Sood, professor and head, department of veterinary pathology; Dr CK Singh, professor department of veterinary pathology; and Dr Bhupinder Singh Sandhu, associate professor, department of veterinary pathology, GADVASU, participated.

The team won the Savithree Jibachch Sinha Best Poster Award for their work entitled “Histochemical detection of rabies in skin”.

It is a new work started by the department, which helps in ante-mortem detection of rabies i.e. before the death of animal resulting in constituting early preventive measures against the disease i.e. post exposure vaccination.

In the national symposium, Dr Sood presented a lead paper entitled “Clinico-pathological aspects of canine models of human breast cancer” in the session “Molecular pathology and oncology”.

Dr Sood also chaired a session on “Environmental and toxic pathology” during the symposium. The area of employing animal models for human diseases is an upcoming field having wide ramifications for finding new therapeutic strategies against human diseases, including cancers, as it saves a lot of money and avoids direct testing of drugs and toxic chemicals in humans. The conference proved to be a great learning experience and highly fruitful for GADVASU scientists.



CII agro-tech draws heavy rush

Ludhiana, December 5
Technologies like rotary maize sheller and banana comb cutter attracted heavy rush of visitors to the stall of the Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology during the CII AGRO-TECH 2010 going on at Chandigarh. The exhibition, where both Indian and foreign manufacturers from private and public sectors have turned up, will continue till December 6.

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) institutes, including Central Soil and Water Conservation Research and Training Institute, Dehradun and Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Bhopal, are also displaying their technologies. “We have participated in various exhibitions, but never saw such rush of people enquiring about technologies of CIPHET,” said technical officer of CIPHET OP Moondan, adding that farmers/entrepreneurs were especially interested to know about post harvest technologies as they think that it could be the only way to help increase their income substantially.

Saying that thousands of visitors were arriving every day, Moondan said farmers were enquiring more about rotary maize sheller, banana comb cutter, evaporative cooled room, basket centrifuge and value added ready-to-eat vegetable blended meat products.

HK Lakhra, who grows bananas in Assam, said banana comb cutter would help him a lot. “I would like to purchase number of banana comb cutters as it saves time and also assures safety of our labourers,” he added. While AK Sharma, food technologist from Himachal Pradesh, showed interest in basket centrifuge, Jagdish Singh, a farmer from Patiala, was interested in evaporative cooled room developed for on-farm storage. Recently, standardised technology of ready-to-eat blended meat products, which could be produced by using vegetables and meat products, was also explained to farmers. Director, CIPHET, Dr RT Patil and head (transfer of technology), CIPHET, Dr Deepak Raj Rai said farmers were now showing more interest in processing to increase their income rather than solely focusing on production. — TNS



From Schools
Gurpurb celebrated

LUDHIANA: Gurpurb was celebrated with great fervour and sanctity at GN International Senior Secondary Public School. The celebration started with reciting of Japji Sahib by 51 students from Classes I to XII in the presence of Holy Guru Granth Sahib. About 45 poems, 15 speeches and equal number of “Saakhis” were recited by students of primary, middle and senior sections. Tejinder Kaur spoke on “Sikh Dharam Vich Aurat da Sathan”, while Gurleen Kaur narrated a Saakhi on “Sachi Aarti”. The motive of such celebrations is to inculcate virtues of humility, brotherhood, benevolence, sharing and strengthening the belief in the Almighty. After the religious recitals of shabads and ardas, “Guru ka langar” was served, which was prepared and distributed by staff and students of the school.

Prize distribution function

Annual cultural and prize distribution function of Atam Public Senior Secondary School based on the theme “Journey through Incredible India” was held here today. Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh graced the occasion as the chief guest.

School principal Usha S Jain read out the annual report.

The main purpose of the function was to make the students aware of the rich cultural heritage of India. Students of Classes II and III entertained audience with Rajasthani dance. Classical dance tradition was presented by the students of Classes VII and IX. The problem of Kashmir was depicted through choreography “Mudde Kashmir” and misuse of mobile phones was beautifully choreographed through mime. A blend of Indian culture was exhibited in the fusion of lavni, gurba and Punjabi dances. The impact of western culture was depicted through locking and popping hand movement of the students of Class VIII.

Cultural extravaganza

Showcasing the unique blend of cultural heritage and unity in diversity in India, juxtaposed with a message “Save Earth” for the conservation of natural resources, students of the pre-primary section of DCM Presidency School presented a cultural extravaganza in the form of “Little Wonders”, which left an indelible imprint on the hearts of hundreds of parents and guests who had gathered in the school auditorium to witness the spectacular event. Dinesh Pratap Singh, SSP, Khanna, presided over the function, besides several senior civil and police officials and members of the school management committee also attended the show. The function began on an auspicious note with a classical dance performance by the students in the form of “Vandana” seeking blessings of Maa Saraswati.

The play “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” enacted by the students of Class I was also lauded by the audience, which was followed by the dance performance “Bharat Ka Gaurav”. The tiny tots meticulously managed to put across the message of peace, goodwill and communal harmony.

Kids carnival

It was fun, frolic and masti time at Tagore Public School during the kids carnival. The carnival proved to be a complete package of entertainment for all groups. The fete included many stalls ranging from scrumptious dishes to rides, which left the children crazy. Highlight of the carnival was tambola, which attracted a lot of people, while one-minute games were also enjoyed by all.

Annual day

Annual day was held at Atam Devki Niketan. The day proved to be a cultural and informative bonanza, which was followed by a prize distribution.

Calligraphy contest

Activity Club of St GDS Convent School organised calligraphy and colouring contest for students of primary and middle sections. Students of Nursery, LKG and UKG participated in the colouring contest and students of Classes I-VI participated in calligraphy.

Students enjoyed colouring and writing beautifully. Director of the school Manmohan Singh and principal Manisha Talwar encouraged the students to participate in co-curricular activities. They appreciated the efforts of the activity club of the school for organising such competitions. Certificates were given to all participants.

Annual athletics meet

Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, was buzzing with sports activities on December 3-4. School director Father John, and principal Sister Christo presided over the event.

The sports meet was declared open by AEO Rupinder Singh amidst cheer and applause. It was followed by a wide array of track and field events. The thrill and enthusiasm were written large on the faces of students.

A plethora of races were organised for the children of primary, secondary and senior secondary wings.

The overall championship trophy was bagged by Nehru House and the runners up title went to Tagore House. Akshay Kaura of class XI-A and Deepinder Kaur of class XI-D were declared the best athletes.


The budding scientists of Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School, Sherpur, participated in the state-level science exhibition held at St Francis Convent School, Amritsar, organised by State Institute of Science Education (SISE) and brought laurels to their institution. — TNS



Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 5
Dr Amarjit Singh, deputy director, Punjab Veterinary Vaccine Institute, PAU, Ludhiana, Punjab government, has been elected member of the Punjab in Veterinary Council of India (VCI) for three years. The council is a statutory body established under the Ministry of Agriculture of the Government of India under Indian Veterinary Council Act, 1984 (52 of 1984).

Dr Amarjit had joined as field veterinary officer in 1976 after graduating from the PAU. Dr VK Taneja Vice-Chancellor, GADVASU, congratulated him on winning the election.



Seminar on internal audit
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 5
The Internal Audit Standards Board of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) organised a seminar on internal audit and risk management.

The seminar was aimed to help members working in the industry as well as in achieving and sustaining their competitive edge in the area of internal audit.

The topics discussed included internal audit report writing, computer assisted audit techniques, risk-based internal audit and fraud detection.

Raj Kumar Adukia, central council member and chairman, Internal Audit Standard Board, ICAI, said the internal audit was undergoing significant changes in migrating from a reactive, historically focused function to a proactive group that took a risk-based focus today.

Internal audit function is being looked upon to assume a leadership role in assessing and managing their strategic risks, adding value to the organisation and identifying operational improvement opportunity.



Role of arbitrators discussed
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 5
Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Mukal Mudgal yesterday presided over a conference on “Present Arbitration Regime: A legal prospective”. He said, “Unfortunately, the concept of arbitration has not achieved success in our country.”

It has been observed that an arbitrator appointed by a company favours that party only. Justice Hemant Gupta, Punjab and Haryana High Court, also spoke on the occasion.

Additional Sessions Judges Mohd Gulzar and Arunvir Vashist were of the opinion that in arbitral proceedings, independence, neutrality and impartiality played an important role.



Two snatchers held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 5
The city police has nabbed two vehicle lifters and seized two motorcycles and a scooter from their possession.

The accused have been identified as Baldev Singh of Janakpuri and Gurjinder Singh of Himmat Nagar in Dugri.

The accused were nabbed following a tip-off from the Domoria Bridge area here last night.

Besides vehicles, the police has recovered three mobile phones from the accused. The accused were behind several cases of thefts and snatchings in the posh localities of the city. They were produced before the court and further sent on police remand.



Four booked for duping woman of Rs 11 lakh
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, December 5
Three years after a woman of Leel village was allegedly duped of ` 11 lakh by a gang of notorious travel agents, the local police has registered an FIR under Sections 420 and 406 of IPC against four suspects.

The case was registered on the recommendations of the Senior Superintendent of Police Ludhiana (Rural). However, no arrest has been made so far.

The accused have been identified as Davinder Singh of Mukerian in Hoshiarpur district, Balvir Singh of Sohian near Jagraon, Binder Singh, alias Pappi, of Philaur and his brother Manga.

Investigations revealed that Baljit Kaur of Leel village had allegedly been duped of ` 11 lakh on pretext of sending her to England three years back. The victim had borrowed a major part of money from moneylenders on exorbitant rates of interest and rest from her friends and relatives. She was taken to various offices in New Delhi and other cities to convince her that her case was being processed on priority. Baljit Kaur became suspicious when the accused stopped receiving her telephone calls. They ultimately refused to entertain her and also declined to return her money a few months back.

Baljit lodged a complaint with SSP Ludhiana (Rural) Gursharan Singh Sandhu who got the case investigated. Finding a prima facie case in the complaint, the SSP directed the SHO, Dakha, to initiate action against the suspects after registering a case. 



Tae kowon do Meet
BCM bag trophy
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 5
BCM Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar branch, bagged the overall trophy in the Ludhiana Sahodaya School Complex (LSSC) Tae kowon do Tournament held at BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh road, today.

Spring Dale Public School, Sherpur Chowk, and hosts BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh road, secured second and third positions, respectively.

Manager, BCM Schools, SK Mehta inaugurated the tournament. Paramjeet Kaur, principal of BCM Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, was the chief guest at the prize distribution function. She along with principal of the host school DP Guleria gave away prizes and to the winners.



Jagdeep, Sandeep shine in bodybuilding meet
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 5
More than 100 participants took part in the 17th edition of Mr Ludhiana Bodybuilding Competition organised by the Ludhiana Amateur Bodybuilding and Fitness Association (LABBFA) under the aegis of Punjab Amateur Bodybuilding Association at Luxmi Narayan Mandir, adjoining DAV School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, here today.

Parminder Singh and Brijesh Kaushal, both national judges, supervised the aspirants and adjudged the winners. Chief organiser, Dr Deepak Prashar, PP Khullar and Ravi Prashar, president and general secretary, respectively, of the LABBFA were present on the occasion.

Chief parliamentary secretary Harish Rai Dhanda, DSP Paramjit Singh Pannu and Daljit Singh Grewal, councillor, municipal corporation, Ludhiana, distributed the prizes.


Jr Mr Ludhiana (below 55 kg): 1 Jagdeep Singh, 2 Shagun Sharma and 3 Harmandeep Singh; 55 to 60 kg: 1 Ravi Kumar, 2 Kamal Rathore and 3 Amritpal Singh; 60 to 65 kg: 1 Harpal, 2 Gurpreet Singh and 3 Amandeep; 65 to 70 kg: 1 Ranvir Singh, 2 Pardeep Singh and 3 Jaswant Singh; 70 to 75 kg: 1 Parminder Singh, 2 Amandeep Singh Litt and 3 Harpreet Singh; above 75 kg: 1 Nishant Naggar, 2 Ravi Kumar and 3 Baljit Singh.

Sr Mr Ludhiana (below 55 kg): 1 Sandeep Singh Mankoo, 2 Harmandeep Singh and 3 Ram Lakhan; 55 to 60 kg: 1 Sunil Kumar, 2 Rohit and 3 Kanahaiya Ram; 60 to 65 kg: 1 Harpal, 2 Puneet Bajaj and 3 Gaurav Sahota; 65 to 70 kg: 1 Manpreet Singh Mohal, 2 Ranvir Singh and 3 Dinesh Kumar; 70 to 75 kg: 1 Parminder Singh, 2 Amandeep Singh Litt and 3 Arvinder Singh; 75 to 80 kg: 1 Prince Setia, 2 Yash Pal Arora and 3 Jatinder Singh; above 80 kg: 1 Sachin Sahrma, 2 Raghav Sharma and 3 Vikas Kumar.



Rural Olympics from Feb 3
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 5
Platinum edition of the Kila Raipur Rural Sports Festival, popularly known as Rural Olympics, will be organised at Grewal Sports Association Stadium, Kila Raipur, from February 3 to February 6. This was stated by Gur Sandeep Singh, president, Grewal Sports Association.

Param Jit Singh Grewal, secretary of the association, said the main attraction of the four-day festival would be the Bhagwant Gold Cup Hockey Tournament, both for men and juniors, air pistol shooting, cycling, track, field and equestrian events, tent pegging and the tug-of-war. Besides this, the traditional rural sport events like bullock cart, camel and dogs races, sack lifting and team events like kabaddi would also be organised.

Nihang Sikhs would also display their traditional games and sports like trick- horse riding, ‘gatka’ and sword fight. The winners of various events would get attractive cash and other prizes.

First three position holders in each athletics event will receive Rs 5,000, Rs 3,000 and Rs 2,000, respectively. The main event will be followed by dog race and pigeon fight competitions on February 8.Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has already sanctioned Rs 10 lakh grant for the event.



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