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Co-workers gag man to death in factory
Flee with Rs 1.5 lakh kept in a till at the unit
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 7
Two factory workers allegedly gagged their colleague to death and fled with Rs 1.5 lakh lying in the cash counter of a factory unit here today.

The victim, 51-year-old Ram Raj Joshi, a native of Nepal, was working as a peon in the unit. “He was probably asphyxiated in his sleep. A quilt was used to gag the victim to death,” said Shimlapuri Station House Officer (SHO) Balwinder Singh.

Harwinder Singh, managing director of the unit, said Joshi was staying on the premises of the unit along with two other workers identified as Jeet Bahadur (23) and Dumar Singh (30), who were also natives of Nepal.

The incident came to light this morning when Harvinder Singh, who lives on the first floor of the unit, came downstairs and was shocked to find Joshi lying dead on the bed.

Suspecting foul play, he checked the office and found the cupboard broken. “Jeet Bahadur and Raju broke open the cupboard where the keys were kept and fled with Rs 1.5 lakh lying in the cash counter,” alleged Harvinder Singh.

He then raised the alarm and informed the police about the incident. Assistant Commissioner Police (ACP) RS Sohal, the SHO and fingerprint experts reached the crime spot.

“It is a clear case of killing with a motive of robbery. The suspects knew where the cash was kept. They eliminated the victim and fled with the money. We have registered a murder case and launched a manhunt to nab them,” the SHO said.

Joshi had been working in the unit for over a decade while Jeet Bahadur had worked there for nearly two years. Raju had been hired about a month ago.

The police has informed the family of the victim.

Twice struck

It is not the first time that Bhupinder Singh, owner of the factory, has seen testing times. His son Varinderpal Singh (30) was charred to death when his Mercedes caught fire following a road accident near Maheshpura village in Khamano in the wee hours of November 22 last year. He was returning from Chandigarh after arranging for a caterer for the wedding of a cousin.


MC team stopped from collecting garbage
Returns after Valmiki leaders offer resistance
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 7
A team led by Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) Zonal Commissioner Amarjit Singh Sekhon and health officer Charanjit Uppal had to face resistance from a group of Valmiki leaders when civic body officials tried to lift garbage from a dump near Kailash Cinema late last night. The lifting of garbage has been stopped ever since safai karamcharis went on strike from October 4.

Following orders from Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura, a team of MC officials had gone to lift garbage from a dump. But a group of Valmiki leaders led by Laxman Dravid and Surinder Kalyan came to know about it and reached the spot and told the officials to go away else they would call their supporters.

“Apprehending that things may go out of hand, we left the spot,” said an official requesting anonymity.

Sekhon said due to the ongoing strike, garbage had not been lifted since October 4. “Garbage was all over the street near the cinema house. After some people objected to our initiative, we returned,” he said.

Dravid said until the demands of the safai karamcharis were accepted, they would not let anyone lift garbage either from houses or from dumps.

Books market a mess

Shopkeepers in the books market area are the worst-hit due to the non-lifting of garbage. The main road near the market has turned into a garbage dump. Shopkeepers have closed their shops and are suffering losses. Jaspal Singh, president of the books market, said 40 shops had been shut due to the garbage menace.



Cops ‘thrash’ auto-rickshaw driver
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 7
High drama was witnessed near the railway station when a badly injured auto-rickshaw driver levelled serious allegations against traffic police and claimed that he was thrashed for refusing to bribe the cops.

The incident took place this afternoon when the traffic cops entered into a heated argument with an auto-rickshaw driver identified as Gurjeet Singh.

According to the traffic cops, they were shooing away the auto- rickshaws that were creating traffic jam near the railway station area.

An eyewitness claimed that instead of clearing the road Gurjeet Singh entered into an argument with the cops.

Gurjeet Singh alleged that the cops were seeking bribe when he refused the latter thrashed him and smashed something on his head. He sustained serious head injuries and was rushed to the local civil hospital by the cops. Gurjeet was further referred to the Christian Medical College and Hospital for treatment.

On the other hand the traffic cops maintained that the auto-rickshaw driver got miffed after being shooed away for creating traffic jam and banged his head into the windscreen of his vehicle. “Instead of thanking us to provide timely medical help the driver levelled false allegations against us,” said the traffic cop.

Even Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP- Traffic) Sajjan Singh Cheema stood in support of cops. “The cops have not thrashed the driver. These are baseless allegations. Due to auto-rickshaw menace the traffic situation is going for a toss in the old city area. We have received several complaints against auto-rickshaw drivers creating traffic jam following with we have launched a drive to tackle the traffic violators with iron hand. These are cheap tactics to pressurise the police,” he added.



Financial crunch drives couple to suicide
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 7
A couple committed suicide after hanging themselves in separate rooms of their house located at Sector 32 in the Chandigarh road area here today.

The victims have been identified as 38-year-old Amit Goyal and 35-year-old Parveen Goyal.

While Amit Goyal hanged himself in the bathroom, his wife Parveen committed suicide by hanging herself in the bedroom. They were rushed to hospital by their relatives, but they died there.

Poor financial condition is said to be the reason behind the suicide. The incident took place here this afternoon. Amit Goyal called his brother-in-law Sonu, a resident of Nakodar, and told him that he was going to commit suicide.

Sonu informed the other relatives in the city, but by the time they could reach the victims’ house, the couple had hanged themselves.

The couple’s five-year- old child was in school when the incident took place.



Fewer ‘khoya’ sweets in city this Diwali
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 7
This Diwali, city residents will have less “khoya” sweets on their platter as sweet makers are not getting the required quantity of “khoya” and milk for preparing such sweets. “The reduced milk production across India has forced neighbouring states to stop the supply of ‘khoya’ to Ludhiana,” a sweet maker said.

However sources said last year more than 1.5 quintal of “khoya” was seized before Diwali by the health department. It had been supplied from a few cities of UP to local sweet makers. So this time, no one wants to take a risk this time.

Narinder Pal Singh, Punjab president of the halwai association, said: “This is the first time that during the festive days, sweet makers are facing problems in procuring ‘khoya’. Milk production has gone down all across India. Sweet makers are now procuring it from Amul or preparing it on their own. If we demand 5 quintals of ‘khoya’, we get only 1 quintal. We have decided to prepare other sweets in more quantities than khoya-based sweets.”

‘Milk supply normal’

The supply of milk from villages is normal. Due to ‘shraddhs’ and Navratras, there was more demand for milk. but it is normal now. We have told our milk agencies that they can get milk as per their demand. We do not sell ‘khoya’, but as far as the procurement of milk for daily use is concerned, there will be no shortage. — SR Saini, Verka GM, Ludhiana

Sweets to cost 15% more

Since milk prices have increased between Rs 10 and Rs 12 per litre within a span of six months, the prices of ‘khoya’ based sweets will also rise. “There will be a hike of about 15% in the prices of such sweets as compared to last year,” a sweet maker said.



Musical chairs between trust executive officials!
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 7
The posting of two executive officials at the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) here has created a peculiar and unprecedented situation. Though there was a post of additional executive official in the LIT for a brief period, in the case of the two incumbents, ZA Khan and Avtar Singh Azad, no one is prepared to play the “second fiddle”.

Over a week ago, Azad, who was an executive official with the Jalandhar Improvement Trust, was shifted to Ludhiana, and Khan was posted from Ludhiana to Hoshiarpur in the same capacity. As per the posting orders issued by the local government department Punjab, Azad assumed office as the executive official in Ludhiana last week.

However, Khan, who will reach the age of superannuation in a little over a month, refused to join at Hoshiarpur. He went to the court and obtained a stay order against his new posting orders.

The LIT chairman, MM Vyas, sought the intervention of the government to sort out the issue and received fresh posting orders, stating that both Azad and Khan will remain in Ludhiana and Azad will also hold the additional charge of executive official at Hoshiarpur.

Allocation of work to the two officials and designating one of them as additional executive will be a tough job for the LIT chairman. While Khan was not available for comments, Azad said allocation of work was the prerogative of the chairman and he would abide by his orders.



City to get dirtier as strike enters 4th day
3,600 metric tonnes of garbage on streets
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 7
As the strike called by the safai karamcharis entered the fourth day today, it has dampened the spirit of the ongoing festival season. With the city generating 900 metric tonnes of garbage daily, there is already around 3,600 metric tonnes of garbage on the city streets, which have become virtual hell.

This issue remained hot throughout the day as the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation’s core committee meeting was held on the same issue, while Cabinet Minister Hira Singh Gabria would be meeting members of the Safai Karamchari Sangharsh Morcha, Punjab, in the evening. But the safai karamcharis say that till now, their strike is going on and that they would not lift garbage until all their demands are met.

The core committee meeting was chaired by Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura, Senior Deputy Mayor Parveen Bansal, councillors Simarjit Singh Bains, Gurdeep Singh Neetu, Harbhajan Singh Dang, Parminder Mehta, Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Hem Raj Aggarwal, Sham Sunder Malhotra and Inderjit Singh Gill.

Senior Deputy Mayor Parveen Bansal said most of the core committee members were of the view that strict action should be taken against striking employees. “They wanted that if the strike does not end by today evening, the permanent employees (safai karamcharis) should be marked absent from tomorrow and new staff should be recruited. We would wait for the strike to end by today evening, as we cannot let the city turn into hell. There is garbage on the streets and if it is not lifted soon, there is fear that diseases might spread, and we don’t want it to happen at any cost,” said Bansal.

Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura said that Cabinet Minister Hira Singh Gabria had gone to meet Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal at Amritsar. “I would be meeting him today evening and we hope some decision would be taken today,” claimed the Mayor.

Strict action would be taken against striking employees. If it does not end by today evening, permanent employees (safai karamcharis) should be marked absent from tomorrow onwards and new staff recruited. We will wait for the strike to end by today evening, as we cannot let the city turn into hell. There is garbage on the streets and if it is not lifted, there is fear of outbreak of an epidemic. We don’t want it to happen at any cost

Parveen Bansal, Senior Deputy Mayor



A few did, but for money
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 7
Even though the safai karamcharis as well as private garbage collectors are on strike since October 4, still they collected garbage from some parts of the city yesterday. A private garbage collector said they had collected garbage to seek gratification from the residents.

“Though we are on strike, but during festival, especially Dushera, Diwali and Holi, people give us extra money. So, we visited houses for seeking gratification from the residents, but this time people were not happy with us as we are on strike,” said a private garbage collector in I Block of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar.

Ever since the strike started, the private garbage collectors are not even lifting garbage from houses, much to the misery of the residents, who are left with no other option but to wait for the strike to end.

Surinder Kalyan, chairman, Valmiki Samaj Bachaoo Andolan, said, “A few private garbage collectors had lifted from some parts, but they were immediately asked to stop.”

Though we are on strike, but people give us extra money during festivals like Dasehra, Diwali and Holi. So, we visited houses for seeking gratification from the residents. But, people were unhappy with us due to the ongoing strike. They are left with no choice other then wait for the strike to end~

Garbage collector, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar



PPCB to outsource survey work
Unidentified electroplating industries
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 7
To tighten the noose around electroplating industry of the city, the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has decided to outsource the survey work of unidentified electroplating industries of the city. This work has been allotted to Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College and the survey, which starts from Monday, would be completed in 45 days.

PPCB senior environment engineer Karunesh Garg informed that the survey work will be carried out with the help of engineering students. “The survey will help the PPCB in completing inventory of the electroplating industries so as to make them accountable for treatment of their effluents. This exercise is being carried out in order to strengthen the collection mechanism of effluent from the electroplating industries so as to ensure that such effluent are treated at the Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) installed for small-scale industries at the Focal Point, Phase VIII,” informed Garg.

The PPCB has evolved a strategy involving increased surveillance on member industries of CETP, public notice for non-member industries to become members and to conduct survey of Ludhiana city on door-to-door basis to identify defaulting electroplating industries.

“The PPCB has already given a public notice on September 28 for the non-member industries to either put up zero liquid discharged (ZLD) technology or to start getting their effluent lifted for treatment to CETP operator within a period of 15 days, so as to avoid action under the environmental laws,” claimed Karunesh Garg.



Striking workers lay siege to labour office
Textile mill owners adopted aggressive postures
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 7
Charging officials of the labour department here with playing in the hands of textile owners and becoming a party to the blatant violation of labour laws, hundreds of striking textile workers today laid siege to the labour office on the Gill Road for more than five hours. The workers alleged that even though majority of the textile mill owners were prepared to accept the demands of the agitating workers, the indifference on the part of labour officials towards the plight of workers was delaying a settlement.

Convener of the Textile Mazdoor Union Rajwinder Singh, who is leading the 15-day old strike, said the labour officials had miserably failed to discharge their duty and crack the whip against textile mill owners who were flouting the law with impunity and exploiting the workers.

He claimed that one section of the mill owners was willing to concede the genuine demands of workers, and a few had already signed an agreement with the striking workers for 14 per cent hike in piece rate, 8.33 per cent bonus, wages for strike period and ESI cards for the labour. “Had the labour department intervened effectively in the initial days of strike, the deadlock would have broken and work resumed in more than 150 textile mills by now.”

While the officials of labour department did not say anything officially, Rajwinder claimed that an assistant labour commissioner had indicated to the textile workers that they had given time till October 12 to the textile mill owners to settle the issue with the workers. If the mill owners failed to come to the negotiation table by that time and demands of the workers were not accepted, the labour department would take action under the relevant law against the employers, Rajwinder claimed.

However, a body of textile mill owners calling itself The Kashmir Nagar, Shakti Nagar, Kirpal Nagar, Madhopuri, Harbanspura, New Madhopuri, Moti Nagar, Tibba Road and the Saini Colony Textile Association has adopted aggressive postures against those spearheading the agitation. In an advertisement inserted in a section of the press, the association of textile mills has alleged that the duo of brothers, at the helm of the so-called union of workers, was resorting to blackmail and arm-twisting methods for their own personal gains.

The association further claimed that out of 1,800 textile units in the city, just about 150 were closed due to an atmosphere of fear and mistrust created by the self-styled labour union, which was not affiliated to any political party, nor was it recognised by the state government. The textile mill owners had sought intervention of the state government to curb “illegal and anti-industry” activities of the duo of trade union leaders so that the closed units could resume working after sorting out pending issues with their respective workers at their own level.



Insanitary conditions: Upset, councillor wants GLADA to act
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 7
Sakshi Julka, councillor, ward No. 10, upset about the slow pace of development as also the insanitary conditions and lack of basic amenities for those residing at Sector 32 and localities surrounding it on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh Road, today served an ultimatum upon the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) to speed up the development works in the area within a month failing which the residents of neglected localities will gherao its office.

In a memorandum submitted to the Additional Chief Administrator of GLADA here, the councillor said more than 50,000 residents of MIG and LIG flats, Sanjay Gandhi Colony, Sectors 32 and 33 on the Chandigarh Road under the administrative control of the GLADA were being treated as second-class citizens.

Charging the GLADA authorities with turning a deaf ear to the persistent demand of the affected residents for infrastructure development and provision of other amenities during the past four years, she alleged that no worthwhile action had been taken till date.

Elaborating the pressing needs of the residents of these colonies, Julka said “no- objection certificates” (NOCs) in Sector 32-A should be issued without hassles, all main roads in these localities be repaired and re-carpeted, community centre be provided, illegal garbage dump behind Vardhman Mill be shifted and the road connecting the temple and a gurdwara in Sector 32-A be approved and constructed without any delay.

Expressing hope that the GLADA authorities will respond positively to the hardship being faced by thousands of area residents, the councillor said in case no action was taken in this respect by the GLADA within a month, the residents would be forced to adopt the path of agitation.



Toll plaza authorities fret as private bus drivers flex muscles
Seek police help in collecting money
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 7
Authorities of Soma Isolux, who are manning the country’s biggest expressway project-Sutlej Toll Plaza - have sought help of the local police in collecting money from private bus drivers.

The development came to light hot on the heels of The Tribune exposé of how rules were flouted to make the business of private bus operators flourish.

The toll plaza authorities have in a complaint lodged with the Commissioner of Police, a copy of which in possession of The Tribune, have sought help of the police in collecting toll from the private bus drivers.

It was not for the first time that the toll plaza authorities have urged the police to find a solution to highhandedness on the part of the private bus operators, a company employee added.

The authorities had filed five complaints with the police in the past one year and highlighted how the former was incurring losses due to the non-payment of toll tax by the private bus operators.

The police protection has been sought for enabling the toll plaza employees to collect legitimate toll fee from the private bus operators who forcibly cross the barrier without paying any toll fees resulting into huge revenue loss.

“We had lodged four complaints during the tenure of then Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh, but no action was taken against the violators. We have raised the issue with the present counterpart Dr SS Chauhan and Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashish Chaudhry. We hope that they would dole us out of the problem,” said another toll-collection company employee.

He further added that nearly 400 private buses cross the Sutlej toll plaza everyday. But, only 75 bus operators have made their passes while others are crossing it without paying toll tax.

The sources said buses heading towards Amritsar and Jalandhar never pay toll and if the vehicles are stopped then the drivers threaten the employees of dire consequences.

Authorities of the toll plaza are leveling baseless allegations. The road construction company is running out of time. They were supposed to complete the expressway project by November 11, but are demanding further extension. The company just wants some time to pocket more money.

Jatinderpal Singh, vice-president, Youth Akali Dal (urban)



Sukhbir to lay stone of bridge
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 7
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal will lay the foundation stone of a bridge on the Sutlej in the Mattewara area (Ludhiana-Rahon Road) on October 11.

Chairman of the Punjab Agro Industries Corporation Limited, Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, said with this, decades old demand of those residing in and around Sahnewal and its surrounding areas would be fulfilled. This will reduce the distance between Nawanshahar and Rahon by 25 kilometers, Dhillon added.

The 717-meter long and 14.8-metre wide bridge with 19 spans of 38 meters each will be constructed at a cost of Rs 70 crore. It will have 930-meter-long approach road from the Ludhiana side and 853-meter road on the Rahon side. The entire project would be completed within 18 months.



ICAR gets World Bank project
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 7
The World Bank has sanctioned a major project to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, for the conduct of research and dissemination of recommended technologies to rural masses.

The Planning Commission of India has identified 150 disadvantaged districts in different states of India.



Decision on new centre hailed

Ludhiana, October 7
The PAU Kisan Club today welcomed the decision of the Centre to grant approval for the establishment of a Dr Borlaug institute South Asian centre in Punjab.

Club president PPS Pangli said the establishment of this institute in the state would provide a boost to wheat research in the region.

He stated this during the monthly training programme at Dr Borlaug wheat auditorium of Punjab Agricultural University here. Club members expressed gratitude to Dr MS Swaminathan, who had played a key role in selecting Punjab as the host state for the institute. — TNS



GADVASU youth fest kicks off
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 7
The second youth festival of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana, started today with fine arts events. Collage making and cartoon-making competitions were held in which three colleges of the university participated, along with affiliated college, Khalsa College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Amritsar.

Dr Meera D Ansal, convener of fine arts committee, said the fine arts competition would continue till October 9.

Dr Satinder Pal Singh Sangha, director student welfare, inaugurated the youth festival. He said the youth festival was an appropriate medium of expression for students and the varsity was providing good facilities to students to improve their performance.



NRHM staff strike again
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 7
After holding a three-day protest while climbing atop water tank at Gill village and near Guru Nanak Engineering College, employees working under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) started their district-level strike again at the Civil Surgeon’s office today.

Meanwhile, representatives of the state-level NRHM union are going to meet senior officials of NRHM at Chandigarh late this evening.



Amarjeet bags best student award
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 7
Bhangra, folk dances and western dances were performed during the annual day celebrations, “Rock On 2011”, of De Samar Academy, a fashion and design academy, here today.

Diplomas and certificates in fashion designing, interior design and jewellery design were awarded to students. Amarjeet Singh walked away with the best student award in academics.

A freshers’ party was also celebrated. Anisha bagged Miss De Samar Academy title, while Harmanjit Singh was crowned Mr De Samar Academy.

Academy director Rima Kathpalia said style was the hallmark of great fashion.

She said fashion should always be according to personality and body type of a person - accentuating good aspects while camouflaging the not-so-impressive looks. She emphasised that fashion designers need to instill style in their own personality before they enable people to adorn fashionable attire and great style.



Health dept takes samples of chocolates
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 7
Sweets are no longer a must with a wedding card. People have now started presenting chocolates with invitation cards. Assorted chocolates have replaced the traditional sweet boxes, even as an accompaniment to Diwali gifts.

Local sweet makers are keeping a pace with the changing trend and shifting to making chocolates. Keeping this in mind, the district health department today collected samples of five chocolates.

Dr Kulwinder Singh, District Health Officer, said the team took the samples from the Fountain Chowk area.

Manoj Khosla, food safety officer, said: “We collected five samples from various chocolate makers and packers near Fountain Chowk. We took two samples from Bajaj Homemade Chocolates, two from Pious Chocolates and one from Chocovit on the Rani Jhansi Road. The reports will come after a fortnight.”



2 die as wall collapses
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khanna, October 7
Two persons were killed when a wall collapsed on them when they were digging a foundation for a new building.

The incident happened when the duo were on sewa duty in Nirankari Bhawan here. The deceased havebeen identified as Surinder (50) and Navjot (18), both residents of Khanna.

Yash Pal Gomi, fire officer, Khanna, said that they immediately rushed to the spot with the team as soon as they got an information. Gomi, added that when they reached the Nirankari Bhawan at Bhattian village in Khanna they found that some people had gathered around a debris. Those present at the spot told them that two persons were buried there. Gomi claimed that they immediately began the rescue operation and after two hours they were able to take out the two workers out of the debris.

The eye witnesses said that the duo were followers of the Nirankari Sect and when the incident happened they were digging up a foundation. They had dug up the land up to 10 feet deep. Suddenly, the wall collapsed on them and they were buried under the debris. The witnesses revealed that they came to know about the incident when they found that thework of laying the foundation had stopped. Gomi claimed that the condition of the duo was serious when they werebrought out from the debris. They were immediately rushed to the civil hospital where they were declared brought dead by the doctors.



Symposium on veterinary nutrition at GADVASU

Ludhiana, October 7
Dr SS Sikka, head, department of animal nutrition, GADVASU, and Dr MS Pannu, professor, animal nutrition, attended the national symposium on “The significance of veterinary nutrition for health and production of animals of agro-ecological importance”, which was organised at the College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, Anjora, Durg Chhatisgarh.

The Indian Academy of Veterinary Nutrition and Animal Welfare had organised the seminar. Dr Sikka besides chairing the technical session on feed resource and supplements, acted as a panelist in an interaction session between scientists and farmers. He also presented a lead paper on “Applications, abuses and alternatives to antibiotics”. Dr Sikka also suggested the future polices for the use of antibiotics as growth promoters in livestock and poultry feeding. Dr Pannu co-chaired the technical session on sustainable livestock production and acted as a panelist in the scientist-farmer meet. He presented two research papers in the conference. — TNS



NRIs to celebrate Dasehra on weekend
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 7
While NRIs settled in various countries, including the United States of America, Canada and Australia greeted their friends and relatives on Dasehra festival yesterday, they will be celebrating the festival on weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

Pretima Sharma and Uttam Punj of Sidney in Australia, while greeting their relatives settled in Shryans Colony near here said that they would participate in formal celebration of the festival scheduled to take place on Saturday and Sunday.

“Though we greet our relatives and friends on the day of the festival in India, we can not afford to oganise elaborate functions here on weekdays as it would lead to professional loss,” said Pretima Sharma adding that they would participate in functions which was to be organised on Saturday and Sunday in lieu of Dasehra that was celeberated in India on Thursday.

Dr Rishi Bhardwaj of New York in the USA argued that celebrating festivals during weekdays was not possible as they could not afford take leave from their job so often.



.303 rifle still calls the shots
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 7
A straight pull bolt action 0.303 inch calibre Ross Rifle manufactured in Canada and used till the middle of the First World War is still a craze among weapon lovers, including some police personnel.

The proud mother of a police personnel agreed to pay a premium for one such rifle so she could present it to her son on his promotion as inspector recently.

The rifle, which once was a part of the armoury of Maharaja Ranvir Singh of Sangrur, has retained its place of pride in the Dhaliwal family of Pakhowal village in this district for over 50 years.

Angad Deep Singh Dhaliwal, who sold the weapon to Raj Rani Sharma of Ludhiana recently, said his maternal grandfather had presented the rifle to his father over five decades ago.

“Though we wanted to keep the rifle, we could not refuse Rani Sharma, who is a close family friend. She wanted to present it to her son on his promotion,” he said.

A large number of police personnel, ex-servicemen and sportspersons had offered huge amounts to buy the rifle, he said.

The long and heavy rifle named after its developer Sir Charles Ross is considered by many as a fine target rifle.

To provide accurate aim up to 1,000 metre range, the rifle is fitted with 5.2 X Warner and Swasey prismatic telescopic lens. It is fitted with a two-way locking system.

Though the rifle was dropped from armouries of Canada and England, it continued to be used for training purposes. Various models of the rifle are placed in the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum in London and Ontario.



2 killed in accident
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, October 7
A woman and her son were killed in an accident near Yovraj Palace here yesterday. They died when a Santro car coming from Sirhind side collided with a truck (PB 13 A 5416) near the palace.

Both injured were rushed to the local civil hospital.

The woman identified as Nirmala Mehta was declared brought dead and her son Aurn Mehta died in the hospital.

The truck driver is absconding. The victims belonged to Khanna.

The police is investigating the case.



from colleges

Students participated in various sports activities to showcase their physical prowess in “Stamina-2011”, the college sports event, organised at the Ludhiana Group of Colleges-Polytechnic, Ferozepur Road. The occasion was marked with the inauguration of sports facilities centre at the campus comprising of volleyball, kabaddi, carom and athletics. Awards and certificates were given to students for performing well in the event.


The GGN Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) organised a workshop on “Future and scope of latest technology - PHP” for students of BCA and MCA. Ramandeep Singh, a trainer at GTECH Education explained the new technology informing that it is a widely-used general-purpose scripting language that is suited for web development and can be embedded into HTML. — TNS

from schools
Annual day

Ludhiana: The annual day was celebrated at Gupta Model High School with the theme “Unity in diversity” as different dance forms from different regions were performed. Children regaled audience with Punjabi bolian, Durga pooja. Meritorious students were also honoured. — TNS



Ludhiana Scan

Padam Parkash Kansal was re-elected as the chairman of the Ludhiana Stock Exchange at the meeting of the Board of Directors while Joginder Kumar was also renamed as the vice -chairman. At the meeting, the newly elected directors of LSE, Ashok Kumar and Sunil Gupta, were also welcomed.

Physiotherapy centre opens

The Vocational Rehabilitation Training Centre for the Blind and Disabled inaugurated the Sai Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Centre. The chief guest, BD Arora, inaugurated the centre while Dr R. Harihara Prakash, presided over the function. Sara Johnson, executive director of the VRTC welcomed the chief guest and other dignitaries. During the function, certificates were distributed to those students who had completed their training at the Animation Live Ludhiana Centre.


Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) has been declared as the first runner-up in the north zone haematology quiz organised on behalf of the Indian Society of Haematology and Transfusion Medicine at the PGI, Chandigarh. As many as five teams participated in the competition. The CMCH team comprised Dr Neha Talwar, Dr Navin Mathew and Dr Jessita.

Hearing impaired students awarded

The Asian Club honoured 45 hearing impaired students for their excellence in studies. Eleven girl students were given uniforms and shoes at the programme. Besides, 25 students were given awards for cultural performances. More than 100 persons were examined at a free medical check-up camp.

Discussion on Mittar Sen Meet’s novels

A national-level discussion on the novels of Mittar Sen Meet will be organised at Punjabi Bhawan on October 9 in collaboration with the UNESCO Club of Punjab. The event will be dedicated totheatre artiste Gursharan Singh, who passed away recently.The theme of the discussion will be debilitation of democratic institutions and India in the context of the novels by Meet. — Tribune Reporters



5 youths decamp with Rs 20,000 from petrol pump
Injured staff admitted to PGI, Chandigarh, in critical condition
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khamano, October 7
Five armed youths attacked a petrol pump and decamped with Rs 20,000 after injuring an employee of the petrol pump last night.

The injured employee was admitted to the PGI, Chandigarh, in a serious condition where his condition was said to be stable.

On the complaint filed by Barjesh Kumar, another employee of the petrol pump, the police has registered a case under Section 395 of the IPC, Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act and is inquiring the matter. According to the complaint, the employees were about to close the petrol pump when a black color car carrying five youths stopped at the filling station and came out of the car.

They told Ashok Kumar to fill petrol in their car. When he finished doing so they dragged him inside a room at the petrol pump and began beating him. When another employee tried to stop them they took out a revolver and fired a shot that hit a glass windowpane.

In the mean time, they managed to snatch Rs 20,000 cash by hitting Ashok Kumar with a rod on his head. They also took away mobile phones and hard disk of the CCTV camera with them and escaped towards Ludhiana in the car.

Ashok Kumar who was bleeding profusely was rushed to the Civil Hospital, Khamano, from where he was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh, in a critical condition. When the police came to know about the incident they informed senior police officials about the incint. In the morning, Ranbir Singh Khatra, SSP, Fatehgarh Sahib and SPD Gurpreet Singh reached the scene with a dog squad.

According to the SSP, the five suspects were in the age group of about 25 years and the police was trying to identify them. He said that another incident of this type had also taken place in another area and they were contacting the police of other districts to crack the case.



Punjab Games for Women
2,000 participants to vie for top honours
Our Sports Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 7
Around 2,000 participants will be vying for top honours in the annual Punjab State Games for Women scheduled to be held from October 8 to 11.

Giving this information, SL Lotey, deputy director, sports, Punjab, said the competition in 12 disciplines, namely athletics, badminton, basketball, gymnastics, hockey, handball, kabaddi, kho-kho, lawn tennis, swimming, table tennis and volleyball will be organised during the four-day sports extravaganza.

“The boarding and lodging arrangements for the players have been made at different college hostels, which include Government College for Women, Government Polytechnic College, Rishi Nagar; Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town; Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town; Government College for Boys and Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj,” said Lotey.

Besides, transportation of participants, their security and arrangements for medical assistance if required are also in place. A media centre has been prepared at the main venue - Guru Nanak Stadium, the deputy director informed. Hockey matches will be conducted at Bhaini Sahib on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road, added Lotey.

Jasvirpal Kaur Brar, assistant director, sports headquarters, and Surjit Singh Sandhu, district sports officer, Ludhiana, who accompanied the deputy director informed that the department has written to the police authorities for making adequate security arrangements.

Hira Singh Gabria, Punjab Cabinet Minister for Jails and Tourism, Cultural Affairs, Printing and Stationery, will declare the games open tomorrow at 10 am, while Minister for Finance, Punjab, Upinderjit Kaur, will the chief guest on the concluding day.

On the basis of their performance, Punjab squads for the national sports festival (basketball, gymnastics and swimming at Jaipur), (handball, hockey and lawn tennis at Jalandhar), (athletics, badminton and table tennis at Ranchi in Jarkhand) and (kabaddi, kho-kho and volleyball at Chikkamangalore in Karnataka) will be finalised.



Local lad to participate in global swimming meet
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, October 7
Adhiraj Sharma, an upcoming swimmer from Ludhiana, has been selected to compete in the 7th Asian Age Group Swimming Championship to be held at Palembang in Indonesia.

According to a communiqué from the Swimming Federation of India, Adhiraj was picked up to represent the country waterpolo at the international meet in Indonesia to be organised by the Asian Amateur Swimming Federation. He was undergoing the preparatory coaching camp at the Sports Authority of India (SAI), south centre, Bangalore.

Participants from over one dozen countries, including China and South Korea, will be seen in action.

A student of class XII at Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana, Adhiraj is the second swimmer from the city who dons national colours in an international water polo competition after a gap of 34 years.

Earlier, Arvind Sund from Ludhiana competed in the Indo-Sri Lanka Waterpolo Championship held in 1977 in Colombo.



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