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Drama at courts complex
Bar members lock horns with cops over haphazard parking
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
High drama was witnessed at the District Courts Complex here today after lawyers locked horns with the police over the parking of police vehicles in the Mini Secretariat here.

The incident occurredthis afternoon when a lawyer complained that advocates were being inconvenienced due to the haphazard parking of police vehicles.

District Bar Association president Ashok Mittal along with some lawyers went to the parking and told the driver of a police bus ferrying undertrials to park the vehicle properly. This led to a heated argument. Mittal alleged that the driver had abused and manhandled him.

The irate lawyers then surrounded the police bus and raised slogans against the “highhandedness” of the police. Assistant Commissioner of Police Raj Kumar and Division No. 5 SHO Naveen Kumar also reached the spot and prevented the situation from taking an ugly turn.

Mittal said: “It was around 2.15 pm when some litigants and advocates came to me and complained about erratic parking of police buses due to which nearly 15 vehicles were stuck. I went outside and asked for the bus drivers, but they were nowhere to be seen. Later, the driver of a bus appeared, but he was not in uniform. When I asked him why he had parked it wrongly, he started hurling abuses at me and pushed me.”

Mittal claimed that the police also reached the spot, but instead of listening to his complaint, SHO Naveen Kumar told the driver to take away the bus. “We were left with no option but to block the way,” he said. 

Chinks in Bar assn

n A section of lawyers led by vice-president of the District Bar Association (DBA) JS Miglani condemned the move of DBA president Ashok Mittal. Miglani alleged that Mittal worked like a dictator and did not take the executive body members into confidence before taking any action.


Special sleuths to assist crack murder cases
Five units formed to help police
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
Crime is getting organised and so is the police. Now “desi detectives” will help the police solve murder mysteries. In order to improve investigation skills among policemen, the newly appointed Commissioner of Police has formed five organised units of investigators who will help the police in cracking murder cases.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP-Crime) Kuldeep Singh said the units named “Corps of Detectives” would be required to reach the crime scene and help the police in conducting the investigation.

The policemen deployed in the unit have been specially trained and some were forensic experts.

Recently, a batch of 25 policemen was selected and sent for training to the Punjab Police Academy (PPA) in Phillaur and the Forensic Sciences Laboratory in Kharar.

While the team of detectives will assist the police in investigating crime, including theft, robbery and murders, the forensic experts will collect weapons, lift fingerprints and gather other sensitive details from the scene of the crime.

In order to have a distinct identity, the detectives have been given blue jackets. This team will work under the direction of the ADCP (Crime). It will intimate the Commissioner of Police about every crime that takes place, besides briefing him on the progress in the case.



Gosain draws a blank on proof of ‘graft’
Gives clean chit to health officials
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
A fortnight after Punjab Health Minister Satpal Gosain alluded to ‘‘middlemen’’ in the health department, who he alleged were demanding bribes “in his name” from employees seeking transfers, no official has yet been found indulging in the practice.

Gosain, who had said he “smelled a rat” in the department, had also warned officials seeking such favours of action if they were caught. However, the minister has now said he was unable to get any evidence of wrong doing.

All this is despite common knowledge that several such “fixers”, many of them claiming to be Gosain’s relatives, are said to be still active in the city and that the minister cannot be oblivious of the practice of seeking bribes. Several health department employees have reportedly claimed they had been approached by officials who demanded money to get them transferred to preferred places of posting.

Gosain said: “Earlier I suspected something of this sort in the health department but so far nothing has emerged to substantiate my misgivings. I got to know some people were accepting bribes from employees to get a transfer to a place of their choice. Though I tried to get evidence of this I wasn’t able to. I have told complainants to give me some proof after which I’ll immediately get FIRs filed against the suspects."

However when asked to comment about the role of his own family members in transfers of department employees, he said: “These are all rumours that have no basis and as such haven’t been confirmed. Rumours are like "air" which comes from one direction and passes to another but have no proof."



32-year-old woman hangs herself
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
Simple Jaju, a 32-year-old woman, reportedly committed suicide under mysterious circumstances by hanging herself from a fan in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar here today. The woman was a native of Indore and was living in the city in a rented accommodation with her husband and two children. She had an MBA degree.

Investigating officer Rajiv Kumar said the husband of the deceased had informed the police about the incident. Rajiv, who worked as a manager in a shopping mall, said he was unaware about the incident as he was sleeping in another room along with his children. He denied having a quarrel with his wife.

A suicide note lying next to the body said nobody was responsible for her death.

The investigating officer said her family members had been informed and further action would be taken after recording the statement of the deceased’s parents.



Business as usual for shopkeepers
Ignore MC notice even after partial collapse of building
Kuldip Bhatia

Renovation work in progress on the building that collapsed in Gandi Gali in Ludhiana on July 17.
Renovation work in progress on the building that collapsed in Gandi Gali in Ludhiana on July 17. photo: inderjeet verma

Ludhiana, July 29
Even after a portion of a nearly century-old building in Chaura Bazar, the commercial hub of the city, collapsed on July 17 and shopkeepers as well as their employees had a providential escape due to the fateful day being a holiday, tenants in the “unsafe building” housing 30-odd shops are staying put despite notices of demolition having been served on them.

A substantial part of the ramshackle building in Gandi Gali in which over two dozen shops of footwear and books are located, had come crashing down following incessant rain. Fortunately, at the time of the incidfent the shops were closed and no one was passing through the narrow street.

The Municipal Corporation (MC) has declared the entire building unsafe following which a notice of demolition has been served on the shopkeepers, which expired yesterday. But they are still not ready to vacate their shops. Instead, they have reconstructed the fallen portion and fortified the roof. The MC has not done anything so far.

Meanwhile, apprehending a tragedy, residents of the area have deplored the “indifferent” attitude of the civic administration. “Imagine the extent of loss of human lives and property if another part of the building comes down when shops are full of customers and people are passing through the street,” said a shopkeeper.

Assistant Town Planner (zone A) Harpreet Ghai confirmed that one-week demolition notices were issued to shopkeepers to vacate the building so that it could be pulled down to ensure public safety.

On the ongoing reconstruction and fortification work on the building, an MC official said litigation was going on between the owner of the building and the shopkeepers, and the MC would have to get the matter legally examined before taking the next course of action.



Level of GK among city students slipping steadily
Interschool contest leaves veteran quizmaster disappointed
Gurvinder Singh

Ludhiana, July 29
"C'mon Ludhiana, you need to pull up your socks" repeated a disappointed Andrew Scolt, the quizmaster, trying to cheer up students participating in the Limca Book of Records quiz contest for schoolchildren organized at the city’s BCM School on Friday. "If I’d have asked the same questions in some other region they would be have been promptly answered. You need to study hard to catch up with the rest of the country" he observed.

Six teams, each comprising two students from the city’s “top” schools - BCM Arya Model School, BVM School, DAV School, KVM School, Sacred Heart Convent and Paul Mittal School - participated in the interschool contest to qualify for the national quiz competition being held in 80 cities across India.

Scolt, a veteran quizmaster who has been quizzing contestants for the past decade, is vice-president of Derek O Brien & Associates, Kolkata. Talking to the Ludhiana Tribune he said he was not very impressed with the general level of awareness among the city’s school children, particularly their knowledge of current affairs.

"I held a quiz in the city three years ago; but there seems to be no improvement," he said. "I think parents and schools need to focus on general awareness as well (of children along with curriculum studies)," he added.

BCM Arya Model lads Pulkit Arora and Satvik Mahajan, both from class 11 (non-medical), who won the quiz contest too agreed. "We've been participating in quiz competitions for the last four to five years. I feel the level of general knowledge is gradually declining. I think school students still focus on IIT, PMT and other competitive exams and don't accord much importance to other things," he added.

The qualifying teams will now compete in the semi-finals before the competition enters the national finals stage during July-December this year.



Downpour in the wee hours of Friday threw life out of gear. Heavy rain left roads flooded, vehicles stalled and commuters stranded at various places. Most low-lying areas were inundated and at several places, students were seen looking for help. Inderjeet Verma captured the plight of those stuck in the rainwater.

(1) Hitching a ride A man uses an auto-rickshaw to transport his scooter after it broke down in Ludhiana on Friday. (2)Uneasy ride A cyclist crosses a road flooded with rainwater near Manju Cinema in Miller Ganj. (3)Rivulet Commuters make their way through a waterlogged road near Vishkarma Chowk. (4)Lending a hand Passersby help a physically challenged woman after her scooter stalled in an inundated road in Miller Ganj.
(1) Hitching a ride A man uses an auto-rickshaw to transport his scooter after it broke down in Ludhiana on Friday. (2)Uneasy ride A cyclist crosses a road flooded with rainwater near Manju Cinema in Miller Ganj. (3)Rivulet Commuters make their way through a waterlogged road near Vishkarma Chowk. (4)Lending a hand Passersby help a physically challenged woman after her scooter stalled in an inundated road in Miller Ganj.



Doctors lay emphasis on early detection of hepatitis
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
The department of gastroenterology of SPS Apollo Hospitals under the leadership of Dr Nirmaljeet Singh Malhi, senior consultant and coordinator, organised a free screening camp for Hepatitis B and C.

More than 1,200 free screenings were performed over the past five days. Over 100 patients interacted with Dr Nirmaljeet Malhi and Dr Harmeet Saljua.

According to Dr Malhi, emphasis was laid on early detection, timely treatment and need for vaccination. SPS Apollo Hospitals has also started its “Am I Number 12?” campaign, which would mark a new beginning in raising awareness about hepatitis. “This campaign has been launched in response to the low awareness levels about hepatitis,” said Dr Kapil Chib, medical superintendent, SPS Apollo Hospitals.

The preventive measures include vaccination against Hepatitis B of all HBV negative un-immunised people, use of universal precautions by medical and paramedics and strict use of disposable needles and syringes for administration of injections.

Importantly, still there is no vaccine against Hepatitis C, so prevention remains the key.

According to Dr Saluja, Hepatitis B and C can be cured, if detected and properly treated at an early stage. Timely consultation with a specialist is the key to get rid of this deadly infection, added Dr Saluja.



Preserving Punjab’s history for future generations
Reference library a storehouse of old manuscripts, books
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
At a time when historical manuscripts have become a treasured part of the country’s heritage, here is a reference library in the city which houses many of these antiques. From a 1796 copy of the Guru Granth Sahib to the books of English grammar and the economic history of Punjab published in 1890, the library, located at Punjabi Bhawan, also has many manuscripts of religious tomes and books containing the popular Punjabi ‘kissas’ of Heer-Ranjha, Sassi Pannu and Sohni Mehiwal.

Set up in 1995 by the Punjabi Sahit Academy, this library has become a haunt for research scholars engaged in graduate and doctoral studies in India as well as abroad. Said Prem Singh Bajaj, the principal: We’ve over 100 books which are more than 100 years old, which have been printed through litho printing. There are also about 50 manuscripts of religious and well-known Punjabi ‘kissas’. All these have been donated to us through book lovers and their families. These books are like an old man in a joint family who gets due respect and care. And of course we are taking care of these priceless manuscripts and books."

”I’ve proposed to the Academy to prepare a plan for preserving these books through the latest techniques for the benefit of future generations”, he added.

Showing some rare books, Bajaj said: "A few years ago we received a copy of the Granth Sahib published in 1796 from the daughter of Gurmukh Singh, an eminent Sikh scholar who died at the age of 100. About six years ago the ‘akal takht jathedar’ at that time also visited us and expressed his satisfaction on the way we’ve preserved the copy with the utmost care in a separate ‘almirah’. We also received another copy of the Granth Sahib written in the Arabic script from Abohar. It has 2,352 pages as against 1,430 pages in a standard copy. and was published by JS Sant Singh & Sons, Lahore before 1947”.

The library also boasts of many other manuscripts of religious books like ‘Prem Sagar’ and ‘Sukhmani Sahib’ (with Persian written on its borders and the ‘Gurumukhi’ script in the centre). Other books that have become antiques now include ‘The Attic Theatre’ by AE Heigh, published in 1889, ‘Punjabi Grammar With Vocabulary’ by the Rev EP Newton, published in 1898 by Missionary Press, Ludhiana, ‘The Economic History of Punjab Up To 1890’, ‘The Alphabets’ (1899), ‘Prem Sagar (1890) and ‘Prabodhh Chander Natak’ (1882).



Appointment of ‘tainted’ official draws criticism
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 29
The District Congress Committee Ludhiana (Urban) has criticised the appointment of a “tainted” officer, Devinder Singh, as the deputy director of local bodies, Ludhiana.

In a statement issued here today, DCC president Pawan Dewan pointed out that the said officer was facing an inquiry for embezzling funds drawn under the centrally-funded Indira Awas Yojana (IAY), and he was removed from the post of the additional deputy commissioner (development) from the city for this reason.

“What was the compulsion to post him back to Ludhiana once again when he is under scanner for a massive financial irregularity,” the Congress leader wondered while adding this obviously indicated that corrupt officials were getting full patronage from the ruling dispensation.

He said Devinder Singh and his accomplices were protected by the government, which was promoting corrupt and tainted officials.



No one can beat Jagjit Singh, asserts Jaswinder
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ghazal singer Jaswinder Singh is in town to perform in a function to be held on Saturday.
Ghazal singer Jaswinder Singh is in town to perform in a function to be held on Saturday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, July 29
“No one can compete with famous ghazal singer Jagjit Singh whose magical voice leaves one spell bound,” said ghazal singer Jaswinder Singh, who was in the city today. Jaswinder will be performing in a function of the Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan tomorrow. The event is dedicated to famous Urdu poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz.

Jaswinder said, “India has produced great ghazal singers. This art of singing is easy to listen, but difficult to perform.”

When asked whether Pakistani singers were better than their Indian counterparts, he said, “No Pakistani ghazal singer can compete with Jagjit Singh.”

Talking about the present generation, he said, “These days singers do not have patience. One requires 10 to 12 years of rigorous practice and that, too, with a lot of patience. These days youngsters learn a few songs and appear in the reality shows and after winning one or two sessions, they disappear. This is because they do not have in-depth knowledge of the profession.”

Jaswinder feels that people all over the world still love and respect this art of singing and keep searching for the better ghazal singers.



Teachers voice anger
Threaten to boycott Teacher’s Day function
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 29
Agitated over not getting salaries for over two months, teachers of government schools working under “non-plan temporary posts” have decided to protest against the government.

They said they would boycott Teacher’s Day function in case their salaries were not released.

They urged the government to treat their service at par with other government employees.

“It is on record that we have never received our salaries regularly during the past two decades. While our other colleagues receive salaries and dues almost regularly we have to wait for weeks and months together every now and then,” said Maninder Singh, a union member. Teachers alleged that they had to pay penalties due to delayed payment of bills and loan instalments.



From Schools
Pool party

Ludhiana: A pool party for kids was organised at Bharatiya Vidya Mandir, Udham Singh Nagar. It was followed by a sumptuous fruit party. Children enjoyed the party. They were told about the importance of fruits in everyday meals.

Vanamahotsava observed

A plantation drive was carried out in Sacred Heart Convent School, Sector 39. Students of various classes planted saplings. They were encouraged to make judicious use of natural resources and to keep the environment clean. Girls of Class VI made rangoli.

Talent hunt

The winners of a Talent Hunt with their certificates at KVM School in Ludhiana.
The winners of a Talent Hunt with their certificates at KVM School in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

An inter-house talent search contest was organised at Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, for students of classes III to V. Various activities like pair dance, duet song, instrumental music, mime and monoacting were held. Principal Navita Puri appreciated the prize winners and all participants. She encouraged them to work hard and polish their skills. Prizes for Hindi calligraphy, English creative writing and badminton matches were also given. In pair dance, Chhavi Sood and Kudrat bagged the first prize. In duet-song category, Ritivk and Dhruv emerged victorious. Karan Partap emerged winner in monoacting, while Rohit won the first prize in instrumental music.


An English quiz was held at DAV, Sarabha Nagar, for students of Class I. The contest included a variety of topics like spell check, Word Power, grammar, reading and listening skills. Students also planted saplings and recited rhymes.

Parent’s Day celebrated

A special assembly to celebrate Parents' Day was organised at Sat Paul Mittal School in which students thanked parents through speeches and poems. They sang a composition “Mata Pita, Mata Pita” and “Thank You Parents Thank You”. Through a presentation on “How Special Our Parents Are”, students highlighted the importance of a parent-child relationship.

Yoga camp

A five-day yoga camp concluded at Jain Public School. Organised by the members of Dev Sanskriti University, the camp aimed at enhancing mental ability of students. Students were told about the importance of yoga exercises and pranayams.

Graduation ceremony

A graduation ceremony was held at Greenland Convent School, New Subhash Nagar. Students were given degrees.

Teej celebrations

Teej festival was celebrated at Guru Nanak Public School, Birmi. Students presented giddha. A fashion show was also held.

Food festival

Food festival was celebrated at UEI Global College, Dosai. South Indian dishes were the theme of the festival. Eight varieties of dosas like masala, plain, onion, chilli, mixed-veg, egg and chicken were put on display. — TNS



GADVASU students’ papers adjudged best
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 29
Postgraduate students of the department of veterinary surgery and radiology at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Science University (GADVASU) participated and presented clinical papers in the recently concluded international symposium on “Clinical Skill Development for the Next Generation Veterinary Practice” and third National Clinical Case Conference in Farm and Companion Animal Practice at Madras Veterinary College in Chennai.

The paper entitled “Successful Management of Generalised Peritonitis in a Dog” presented by Dr Ketki Raje, an MVSc student, and co-authored by Dr J Mohindroo and T Singh, was adjudged the best paper in the companion animals surgery section.

Another clinical paper entitled “Successful Management of Bilateral Tibia Fracture in a Dog Using Interlocking Nailing and POP Cast”, presented by Dr Varun Prabhakar, also an MVSc student, and co-authored by Dr AK Bishnoi and M Raghunath, was adjudged third in the companion animal surgery section.

Both the presenters were given trophies and “best student clinical presentation certificates”. Dr NS Saini, head, department of surgery and radiology, congratulated winners and said such awards would encourage students and faculty members to work harder for the welfare of animals. 



Tips on maize cultivation

Ludhiana: Cultivation of maize crop is recommended in spring, summer and winter seasons. PAU experts Dr Surjit Singh, Dr Jasbir Singh Gill and Gurpreet Kaur said the crop could be successfully grown in August for profitable grain yields. Dr Singh said after an intensive research, the university had approved the successful cultivation of August-sown maize for grain purpose. So to ensure desirable profits from August sown maize the following recommendations should be adopted to obtain good yields.

The experts have recommended three varieties of maize- PMH 1, PMH 2 and JH 3459 for August sowing. The average yield of these varieties is 21,18 and 17.5 quintals per acre, respectively. Among these varieties, PMH-1 takes 115 days, while the other two varieties mature in 100 days. As the sowing time succeeds towards the end of August, crop duration increases gradually due to fall in temperature near maturity. About 8 kg seed is sufficient for one acre and the seed should be treated with bavistin/agrozim/derosel.

The crop should be harvested when colour of cobs turns brown but the plant leaves are still green. The cob can be shelled with thresher when there is 15 per cent moisture is grains.

Workshop at PAU

Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) will be organising a research and extension specialists workshop on Rabi crops on August 18 and 19 in the university. Officials of the department of agriculture, Punjab and extension functionaries of the PAU working at its outstations, Krishi Vigyan Kendras and different departments on the main campus will attend the workshop.

Experts will share new findings and recommendations on crop production, protection, post-harvest handling, mechanisation, marketing, etc. The event will discuss the “Package of Practices for Rabi crops” and gather feed back from field-level functionaries. — TNS 



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