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2 bogus invigilators held
 School examination centre cancelled
Charanjit Singh Teja
tribune news service

Ludhiana, October 17
The Chairman of the Punjab School Education Board, DS Dhillon, has ordered the cancellation of a centre after he detected a fake invigilator there during a surprise check at various examination centres.

The team detected two fake invigilators at the examination centre at Janta Model School at Haibowal Kalan. They were arrested under Section 420 of the IPC.

According to information, the school authorities had appointed two teachers, Pardeep Singh and Baljit Singh from Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Gill Road, as invigilators. Instead two other persons -- Chaman Rai and Gurwinder Singh -- who were not connected to teaching or education, were found invigilating.

Dhillon said examination centres should be made at government schools as keeping a tab on private schools was a tedious task.

“We all are responsible for cheating. Students, parents, teachers and school authorities should understand their responsibilities and help fight against the menace of copying and cheating. We are trying to work out ways to check it and have installed CCTV cameras at examination centres,” he said.

Norms were violated at two other schools. More than 40 students were taking the exam in a small room at Ranjit Model School, Haibowal. Dhillon directed the school to construct more rooms. He also said the examination centre at Rajindera Model School, Haibowal, should be shifted to the ground floor. He also ordered the DEO to shift students of Janta Model School centre to any government school. 


Fungus-infested question papers!
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
As many as 35 question papers were found wet with fungus during an exam at SSN Memorial Senior Secondary School, Tibba road. It was during the ongoing board examinations of tenth standard that the out of four question paper bundles, one was found wet and stinking.

"One of the bundles was damp from outside. But when it was opened, about 35 question papers were in a bad condition. They were stinking because of fungus and were completely wet, unreadable and useless," said Sukhdarshan Singh, President, Nakal Virodhi Adhyapak Front.

The controller at the centre, Anju Soni, said some question papers exceeded the requisite numbers and some students being absent, they were able to conduct the examination without much trouble.

"It was by chance that the question papers were in excess, but if all the students had been present for the exam, it would have surely caused problems," said a teacher.



Raids fail to deter makers of substandard sweets 
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 17
There seems to be no end to the preparation of adulterated and poor quality sweets and bakery items ahead of Diwali, and even the relentless sampling and inspection drive launched by the health department across the city, has not been a deterrent.

Close on the heels of the seizure of large quantities of “petha” from two workshops which were operating in grossly unhygienic conditions, a team of health officials today raided the premises of a prominent cheese maker and destroyed large quantities of fungus-infested “khoya” meant to be used in the preparation of sweets.

District Health Officer Kulwinder Singh, along with food safety officers Manoj Khosla and Harpreet, who conducted the raid on Jhallian Di Hatti in Chaura Bazar, said the workshop had cobwebs everywhere and the sanitation level of the place and workers left much to be desired. Utensils being used to make sweets and cheese were also dirty.

“More than 15 quintals of the liquid residue from cheese, which had fungal growth and was stored to be reused, was destroyed. The samples of ‘khoya’ taken from the sweets shop have been sent for chemical analysis,” said Khosla.

The health officials inspected several other sweets shops at Chaura Bazar, Clock Tower and Civil Lines and took samples of ‘barfi’, ‘besan pinni’, biscuits and dry fruits.



Saanjh Kendras mere old wine in new bottle
 Rechristened Suvidha Centres launched with fanfare
Mohit Khanna
tribune news service

Ludhiana, October 17
The Punjab Police today formally launched Saanjh Kendras at the police station level. Over the last two months, these centres were being run on a trial basis, but had not received the desired response. Sources said only four complaints were received in these centres during the trial run.

The critics have termed the move as “old wine in a new bottle”. Said a Congress leader, “These centres were opened nearly two months ago and were named Suvidha Centres. Senior police officers went out of the way to publicise the project, but it failed.”

Police station “munshis” were blamed for “wrecking” the project. “There were complaints that while the Suvidha Centre staff was seeking time to provide services, ‘munshis’ at police stations were providing services on the spot and seeking a bribe ranging from Rs 200 to Rs 1,000,” said a police official.

Lack of technical staff was also said to be the reason behind the failure of the project. Insiders said the matter was brought to the notice of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and it was decided to give the project a new look and the centres were renamed Saanjh Kendras.

Computer savvy police personnel were selected and sent for training. Sukhbir Badal, during a recent visit to the city, had claimed that these kendras would be reflective of the corporate culture. Reception counters, waiting rooms, drinking water and lavatory facilities have been made available for the convenience of visitors.

Counters pertaining to lodging of complaints, passport verification, police clearance certificate, information under RTI and details regarding arms and ammunitions have also been set up.

Commissioner Police SS Chauhan said the kendras would improve the police-public dealing. Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashish Chaudhry said the services were being covered under the Right to Service Act so that residents did not have to run from pillar to post for seeking information.

Station House Officers have welcomed the move. They said it will bring respite to lower-rung cops who were overburdened with duties.

“With the passage of time, the duties of the police have changed. From crime detection to administrative work, everything is being done by the police. Work should be compartmentalised for increasing efficiency,” said an officer. 



Industry faces labour pangs ahead of Diwali
Shivani Bhakoo
tribune news service

Ludhiana, October 17
The industry in Ludhiana -- be it hosiery, textile, auto parts, hand tools -- is facing problems due to shortage of labour during the festival season. The production of units has come down to 10-15 per cent as workers are leaving for their native villages to celebrate Diwali.
Labourers flock at the Ludhiana Railway Station to board a train.
Labourers flock at the Ludhiana Railway Station to board a train. A file photo

Also about 10 per cent of the total labour in the city is suffering from dengue fever.

Vinod Thapar, president of Knitwear Club, said the industry was facing many problems due to a shortage of labour. Both skilled and unskilled labourers had gone to their villages to celebrate Diwali. The others who could not go home on Dasehra, are all set to celebrate Diwali with their families in their native villages.

“We are facing more difficulties due to the peak season. Had it been a dull period, we would not have felt the pinch. But now, we are facing huge production losses, especially when manufacturers are supplying repeats to retailers,” he said.

Chairman of Northern Region of Engineering Export Promotion Council SC Ralhan said: “There is production loss to the tune of about 20 per cent due to labour problems. Workers have already asked for a week-long leave from their employers. The problem compounds when they do not return even after a month. Also, several workers have been suffering from dengue. It seems that the authorities are least concerned to curb the mosquito menace. Fogging is needed in areas where industrial workers live in clusters, but machines never reach there and labourers continue to live in unhygienic conditions. We are doing our best for the workers, but the cleanliness part has to be taken care of by the municipal corporation,” he said.

Krishan Yadav, an industrial worker from Uttar Pradesh, said Diwali was one festival which most workers wanted to celebrate with their families. Those who have their families with them in the city face no problems, but the others make it a point to visit their native places during Diwali. “A majority of employers understand this and cooperate with us and we are given bonus, too, to celebrate the festival with our children and families,” he said.



MC Commissioner back to set House in order
Summons bill payment records cleared in his absence
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
tribune news service

Ludhiana, October 17
On resuming office on return from a two-month training programme, Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) Commissioner AK Sinha has summoned all records of payments made to contractors in his absence. He has also asked MC officials to prepare a record of how much money was spent on development projects after October 22; the tenders floated; and the amount of money spent on development works.

MC officials are reportedly busy preparing the records, which Sinha has asked them to submit within a few days. Sinha said the records had been summoned only to set things right. “I just want to know about the financial position of the civic body. Besides, I have also asked officials to submit the record of payments made to contractors after October 22. It’s a routine matter,” he said.

Sources say that some MC officials as well as contractors had complained to Sinha that in his absence, some contractors were given preferential treatment as their bills were cleared in a hurry. “To make things clear, Sinha has summoned the records of payments and the money spent on development projects,” said sources.

Sinha was on a two-month training programme at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie. In his absence, MC Additional Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi, a Punjab Civil Services (PCS) officer, was made the officiating commissioner, who continued to serve at this post till October 14.

Routine matter’

I just want to know about the financial position of the civic body. I have asked officials to submit the record of payments made to contractors after October 22. It is a routine matter.— AK Sinha, MC Commissioner 



Rs 500 bribe lands patwari in jail
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 17
Special Judge Paramjit Singh has convicted Vinod Kumar, a patwari of Samrala, for taking a bribe of Rs 500. He was ordered to undergo imprisonment for two years. A fine of Rs 4,000 was also imposed on him.

A case under Section 7, 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered against the accused at Vigilance Bureau police station in 2003. The case was registered following a complaint by Jagdeep Singh Jagga of Samrala.

The complainant had said he had taken a loan from Co-operative Agriclutural Development Bank to purchase a tractor. In lieu of that loan, he had mortgaged his land in favour of the bank. He handed over a copy of the deed to the patwari and requested him to prepare the relevant papers. But the patwari demanded Rs 1,000 for the work. The deal was struck at Rs 500. The complainant reported the matter to DSP Sarwan Ram of the Ludhiana Vigilance Bureau. A trap was laid and the accused was caught accepting the bribe.



Govt to erect Punjabi singer memorial: Gabria
Kuldip Bhatia
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 17
The Punjab Minister for Jails, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Hira Singh Gabria today claimed that the Punjab government had gone in an overdrive mode for infrastructure development, provide clean and safe drinking water, sewerage facilities to the people, bring reforms in the education sector and increase power generation so as to make the state of Punjab foremost among other states in the country.

Addressing a function organised by the area residents in Manjit Nagar at the residence of late Punjabi singer Narinder Biba, he said development projects worth Rs 5 crore had been undertaken in the Ward No 51 which had led to redressal of problems related to sewerage, water supply, streets and roads in several surrounding colonies.

Paying tributes to the late Punjabi singer Narinder Biba, Gabria placed on record her significant contribution towards the promotion of Punjabi culture through her songs. He said a computer and a vocational training centre for girls-named after the singer, would be set up in the locality. He also announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh for this purpose. Responding to the demand put forth by the area residents, the minister said a model dispensary would soon be set up in the area to cater to the need for better primary health care, especially for the poor and needy people.

Prem Mittal, political advisor to deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal, SAD-B vice-president Amarjit Singh Bhatia and former MLA Inder Ikbal Singh Atwal, among others, were also present.



PAU boarders go on strike
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, October 17
Girl students of PAU hostel went on a strike late evening today against the change of their hostel timings. About 100 students sat outside the hostel gate to protest against the recent orders issued by the PAU authorities.

The timings were changed about 10 days ago. Earlier both the undergraduate and post-graduate students were to enter the hostel premises at 8:30 pm but now in winters, the under-graduate students of varsity have been asked to report at the hostel by 7 pm while the timings of PG students remain unchanged.

This move has brought unrest among the students who feel that it was too difficult to enter the hostel so ‘early’ since a majority of the students sat until late in the library during examination days.

Expressing ignorance about the strike Vice Chancellor BS Dhillon said the timings had been changed about two to three months ago and the development was not recent.



Assembly Polls
Johar’s son jumps the gun, ‘announces’ his candidature
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
tribune news service

Ludhiana, October 17
The state assembly elections are round the corner and the political scene in the city is hotting up. Even though Congress leaders have said the list of candidates will be announced soon, Ajay Johar, son of former minister Harnam Dass Johar, has already projected himself as the candidate from the Atam Nagar constituency here and has started distributing pamphlets related to the work done by him in areas falling under the constituency.

“I will seek a ticket from the Congress. My father has been representing the Ludhiana (West) constituency, a major part of which now forms the Atam Nagar constituency, for the last four terms. My family knows about this constituency more than anyone else,” he said.

Asked why he had “announced” his candidature well in advance, Johar said: “I am new to this constituency and so I thought that I should project myself as the candidate else the constituency might get a ‘parachute’ candidate who will not be able to do anything good for the constituency. Moreover, I have been working for the welfare of residents for the past several years. I want people to know about me.”

He said if he was denied ticket, “it would be up to the people of this constituency to decide about my next course of action”.

Despite no party backing him yet, Ajay Johar has put up his posters along most roads and even placed advertisements in local newspapers. Alongside pictures of Mahatma Gandhi, Shaheed Bhagat Singh and Dr BR Ambedkar, he has mentioned details about his assets, bank account number and much more on the posters which he has distributed in the constituency. 

Many contenders

The Atam Nagar constituency has about 1.31 lakh voters and Ajay Johar claims to have personally delivered about 25,000 letters in the area against corruption. Several Congress leaders, including former MLAs and owner of a restaurant chain, are seeking a ticket from this constituency.



Drug stores near schools, colleges doing brisk business
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 17
Vicinity to some hospital or a medical institute is no more a first choice for entrepreneurs opening new chemist shops, as stores situated near educational institutes have started flourishing equally.

Profitability was reported to be higher in case of purchases made by youngsters, including students and their peers than those made by patients admitted to hospitals.

While patients and their attendants normally bargain while purchasing standard medicines, youngsters rarely bother about the price being charged for medicines of their choice.

Drugs such as Corex, Restyl, Phenesedyl and Spasmo Proxyvon are quite popular among youngsters.

Investigations revealed that drug stores and chemist shops were no more confined to hospitals and medical institutes. Educational institutes, including colleges and senior secondary schools, were emerging as another choice of entrepreneurs aspiring to open new drug stores.

While owners of drug stores used to pay huge amounts as ‘pagdi’ for hiring shops near hospitals earlier, the trend seems to have changed during the past years. They now prefer to run stores near educational institutes as capital investment and overhead charges are lower there (away from hospitals).

Though the turnover was found to be higher in case of shops situated near hospitals, the profitability had witnesses a downward trend for obvious reason of competition due to the presence of more shops there. A wide range of specific medicines for different ailments had forced shopkeepers to invest more in maintaining stocks of high cost medicines.

Regrettably, none of the social organisations and management committees of educational institutes had shown concern over unethical practice of selling scheduled drugs to students without checking any prescriptions.

The administration, too, has turned a blind eye to the trend.

Admitting that running a chemist shop near educational institutes was not less remunerative, owner of one such shop argued that the sale of cough syrups and sedatives was not the only factor behind the success.

“We do a good business through students as a majority of villagers ask their wards to bring medicines prescribed by doctors practising in villages. It depends on a chemist whether he adopts unethical methods for short terms profits or tries to earn goodwill by sticking to rules,” said the chemist. 



Brisk walk helps control blood pressure: doc
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 17
A lecture on “Management of Hypertension” was delivered by Balhinder S Brar, Medical Director, Dialysis Corporation, Ohio, and nephrologist at St Vincent's Hospital, Toledo (USA), at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here today. Dr Brar said hypertension was one of the leading causes of death in the United States affecting nearly one in three Americans. “It is prevalent in adults and endemic in the older population. The condition is a major contributor to cardiovascular morbidity and disability. Although there is a simple test to diagnose hypertension and relatively inexpensive drugs to treat it, the disease is often undiagnosed and uncontrolled,” Dr Brar added.

There are various medications that are commonly used to treat high blood pressure. “Though generally well tolerated, high blood pressure medications can cause side-effects which depend upon the specific drug given, dosage and other factors. Some people respond well to one drug, but not to another. Therefore, it may take time to determine the right drugs and proper dosage to effectively lower blood pressure with a minimum of side-effects.”

Dr Brar said a critical step in preventing and treating high blood pressure was a healthy lifestyle. He added that regular aerobic exercise such as brisk walking for at least 30 minutes a day is strongly preferable. 



world Menopause Day
Infertility leading to early menopause, say doctors
Anupam Bhagria
tribune news service

Ludhiana, October 17
Infertility among city women is leading them to early menopause. The normal age for menopause is between 45 and 50 years, but due to infertility, women are reaching menopause between the ages of 40 and 42 years. This was stated by Dr Iqbal Ahuja, a gynaecologist, while talking to The Tribune on the eve of World Menopause Day.

“I have observed this change in women who suffer from infertility problems. I see such patients every day,” he said.

Some women reach menopause before the age of 45 years even though they are not infertile. “Stress, pollution and intake of drugs are the main reasons behind it. The age of puberty has also come down to nine years from 12 years. The reason behind it is good diet and good brain development.’’ he said.

Dr Ashima Tanjea, associate professor in the department of gynaecology at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, said: “The average age for menopause is 47.5 years. Women should increase their calcium intake after the age of 35 years. Each woman should take at least two glasses of milk every day or a calcium tablet after consulting a doctor. Along with this, soya products should also be taken as part of a regular diet.”

Menopause symptoms

n Hot flashes
Inability to control urine
Frequent mood swings
Emptiness syndrome which leads to depression

What to do

n Estrogen and hormonal replace therapy can be taken under the guidance of a doctor
Low fat milk should be consumed
Remain busy to retain self-esteem and confidence
Play games like Sodoku and crossword puzzles to stimulate the brain
Exercise regularly



Farmers seek rollback in fertiliser prices
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 17
The Punjab Kisan Sabhas (farmers’ bodies) affiliated to the Communist Party of India (CPI) and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) today staged a dharna at the Mini Secretariat here in protest against the hike in prices of fertilisers. Farmers demanded a rollback.

Kisan Sabha state secretary Kartar Singh Bowani asserted that the hike would have an adverse impact on the food grain production.

Members said the price of DAP had gone up from Rs 468 to Rs 910 and that of potash had increased from Rs 253 to Rs 565, while urea prices had also increased from Rs 241 to 268.

The farming community was already reeling under high prices of farm inputs and burden of debts would not be able to absorb this extra burden, which ultimately would have to be passed on to consumers, they added.

“Any further increase in the agricultural produce at this stage will have disastrous effects on the national economy and the prices of food items which are going through the roof.” They urged the government to roll back the prices. They said a proper mechanism be put in place and farmers should not be left at the mercy of private companies. 



Don’t mind splurging, it’s diwali
 From Chaura Bazaar to Sarabha Nagar market, every place is abuzz with activities
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
As the festive season has set in, city residents are all set to celebrate every moment of it. Bazaars are all decked up, with market giants offering lucrative discounts to woo customers.

From the old Chaura Bazaar to the high-end Sarabha Nagar market and from Ghumar Mandi to various shopping malls, every place is abuzz with activities.

Though the rising prices and reports of spurious sweetmeat material being sold in the market is denting the festive fervour, residents are taking it in their stride with a pinch of salt.

There is always a buzz in markets. Be it crockery shops or electronic appliances stores, all are full with late-night shoppers.

“Girls kept coming to me for applying “mehndi” on their palms till around 2 am. The craze was unbelievable. I earned enough to support my family for the rest of the year by working the whole day and night for three days. I ensure that everything goes right these days so that I earn the maximum,” says Raju, a henna-applier.

As October has a series of festivals, Ludhiana Tribune takes a peep into the lives of city residents to know their plans to spend the month. While residents are all set to spend lakhs, only a few are willing to speak their heart out.

For the teacher couple of Gurmeet Singh and Jaideep Kaur of Basant Nagar, the month means a lot of expenditure, exchange of gifts and holidaying with children.

Though Navratras, Dasehra and Karva Chauth are over, the ‘real’ festive spirit is about to begin. Dhanteras and Divali make the period a lot more enjoyable, says Jaideep.

“Bursting of crackers is a matter of delight for children. We do not want to kill their joy but at the same time we are in a profession wherein we have to set an example for children,” says Gurmeet.

“Most importantly, we are environment lovers. We have spared Rs 1,000 for crackers. We have saved some money for buying home appliances on Dhanteras,” he adds.

TS Anand, former principal of GGN Khalsa College, has seen the season of festival transforming into a commercial extravaganza.

“Not only the values, even the method of celebrating the festive season has got a new meaning. Earlier, the festive season meant white washing the house and celebrating the festival with family,” says TS Anand.

“With the changing times, the festive season has undergone metamorphosis. Now people celebrate the festival as if they are preparing for a big fat Indian wedding,” he adds. His educationist son Gaganjot Singh supports his father's views.

“The price war between the companies has actually become buyers’ delight. Sadly the festive season has lost its aesthetic charm and has become more of a shopping mela,” he adds.

Harjinder Singh (25), owner of The May Fair Foods, said Indian festivals were gaining popularity across the globe.

“The buzz is just the same. Such discounts and similar activities are witnessed during the end of the year in western countries,” he says.

Being the owner of Yellow Chillies franchise, he feels that if the prices have gone up, then the income has also gone up. “For us Divali means a lot. We have to interact with different people and exchange gifts with them,” he says.

“Though I am gadget savvy, but this time, I am not planning to buy anything as I already have a Black Berry handset, an I- Phone and my favourite I-Pad, so no gadgets for me this Divali. Yes there will surely be lots of crackers and lots of masti,” he adds.

For Amit Behal, festive season means enjoying with friends and relatives. “One gets a chance to meet relatives and friends and revive relations,” he says.

“Life would have been so monotonous, if there were no festivals. Every festival has its own charm and sanctity and I try to enjoy every festival to the hilt,” he adds.



Diwali does not light up their lives
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
Diwali-the festival of lights is celebrated lavishly by “cash-rich” society in the city. Affluent people do not mind spending lakhs on celebrating the festival in style, fulfilling every demand of their children while the downtrodden section celebrates the festival by watching others bursting crackers worth lakhs of rupees, exchanging expensive gifts and performing pujas.
Raju, who works with a tea vendor, will spend Rs 100 on crackers, as he has to nusre his ailing son; and (right) Radheshan, a rickshaw-puller, has no savings to go home this Divali.
Raju, who works with a tea vendor, will spend Rs 100 on crackers, as he has to nusre his ailing son; and (right) Radheshan, a rickshaw-puller, has no savings to go home this Divali.

A rickshaw-puller, who has been in the city for the past 20 years, Radhesham, said Diwali was the festival which brought too much of joys and sorrows together. “It is altogether a different day, when everyone is in a festive mood. The festival is much-awaited by Indians, when the whole nation is decorated like a bride. At the same time, I curse my stars for not doing anything for the family. My family is at Mahasimra village in Uttar Pradesh. Kids and wife wanted me to be with them this Diwali. But with no savings, how can I go home, they expect new clothes, sweets and other gifts. Besides, I have to spend for the train-ticket fare. Still I sent a few bucks to them. As far as I am concerned, I spend about Rs 200 on buying sweets, candles and having a good dinner with friends here,” said Radhesham.

Raju, working with a tea-vendor at Bhadaur House, said for him Diwali used to be a much-awaited festival. But with his daughter dying of dengue recently, the day holds no importance for him. “I could not afford the expensive treatment for my child. Besides, my son has been diagnosed with some blood infection, entire money is being spent on his treatment which is about Rs 300 a day. I am not earning much. Still, I will spend about Rs 100 to buy a few crackers and sweets for my children. I want to see them happy,” said Raju in a choked voice.

Most of them enjoy watching others enjoying the festival in a lavish manner. “I tell my children to look at the people who spend lakhs on bursting crackers. I make them understand that this is wastage of money. But in heart of hearts, I feel sorry for them as they are deprived of everything- good clothes, sweets, crackers, lights and candles. I have to bring-up a huge family and I am not earning much to celebrate the festival,” said Bhupinder Singh, who puts a rehri near the AC market.



Bursting crackers does not amuse college mgmt
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
Playing a spoilsport, some miscreants burst crackers on the college premises. But it seems managements of these colleges do not have a solution to the problem. Some students tie crackers around an incense. A few city colleges have installed CCTV cameras to keep a check on such elements, but they come up with ingenious ways to escape the “check”.

HS Singha, director of GNIMT, said students had started bursting crackers in washrooms and even on stairs. On the other hand, there are a few students, who feel that the authorities should punish such students.

A parent said, “I was shocked to see my daughter crying when she returned home. She narrated the entire incident to me and was not ready to go to college the next day.”



Sale of  crackers
Vendors yet to seek permission
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 17
Even as only nine days are left for Divali, none of the local traders here have sought permission for putting up stalls to stock and sell crackers. Meanwhile, the administration has warned vendors against unauthorised storage of explosive material.

Sources in the SDM’s office at Malerkotla said none of the local traders had sought permission to stock and sell crackers.

Sonali Giri, IAS, SDM, Malerkotla, had restricted the sale and storage of such material in the thickly populated, commercial and residential areas, including Malerkotla and Amargarh, besides the local town.

She has also directed vendors to look for new places as the area at the rear of MGMN Senior School was densely populated.

Though the administration had been earmarking special places for allowing sale of crackers and explosives for the past many years, none of the local traders had ever applied for the same.

Caring two hoots for the orders of the administration, they continued posing a threat to the lives of residents by stocking huge stocks of explosives in hired buildings situated in thickly populated areas.

Taking cognisance of reports about violations during the past years, the administration has warned the traders against illegal storage and sale of crackers.

“I have deputed executive magistrate Bhupinder Singh to ensure that necessary arrangements are made at earmarked places for sale of crackers. In case someone is found storing and selling crackers and explosives at places other than the specified ones, stern action will be taken against him or her,” said Sonali Giri, while maintaining that no trader had approached her for seeking permission to sell crackers.

A public announcement will also be made to warn the prospective vendors against the unauthorised sale and storage of restricted material.



from colleges
Industrial visit-GGNIMT students

Ludhiana: In order to encourage practcal learning among the students, GGNIMT organised an industrial visit for BBA students at ST Cottex Export, situated at Machiwara near Ludhiana. Students visited automatic spinning unit spread in 100 acres.
Students take part in a collage making competition during the Youth Fest at PAU in Ludhiana on Monday.
Students take part in a collage making competition during the Youth Fest at PAU in Ludhiana on Monday. a tribune photograph

MBA students moot new strategies at nahar

The department of business administration, Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Gill road arranged an industrial visit for MBA students to 'Rishab Spinning Mill, Jodhan (Ludhiana). The students were deliberated and demonstrated about the total conversion process of raw cotton to yarn. Ajesh Kaura, administrative head, explained how the cotton from being a mere raw material for the textile industry has altered its position as being a commodity in the present times.

Youth fest at PAU kicks off

The Inter-College Youth Festival for the session 2011-12 kicked off at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today. Students of affiliated colleges, including College of Agriculture (COA), College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology (COAE&T), College of Basic Sciences and Humanities (COBS&H)and College of Home Science (COHS), exhibited their talent and creativity in collage making, cartooning and creative writing competitions on the first day.

While inaugurating the fest, PAU Comptroller AC Rana said the youth festival provided a platform to youngsters to explore their talent and demonstrate their skills in a series of events. Moreover, participation in extra-curricular activities helped develop their personality. He exhorted the youth to work hard and develop a sense of social responsibility towards society. The second session was presided over by Dr PK Khanna, technical adviser to the PAU Vice-Chancellor. Dr DS Cheema, director, Students' Welfare, said although PAU was a science university, yet students had the zeal and fervour to win laurels in literary, dance and theatre items. He said the main inauguration of the fest would be held on October 21. Dr Nirmal Jaura, organising secretary of the fest, said the next three days would witness competitions in poster making, clay modelling, on-the-spot painting, photography, rangoli, debate, poetic recitation and extempore/elocution.

Results: Collage making: Subhash SP (COBS&H) 1, Visudha Sharma (COAE&T) 2 and Priya Singh (COA) 3; creative writing; Amandeep (COAE&T) 1, Rahul Batta (COAE&T) 2 and Navdeep Bhandari (COA) 3. 



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Birth anniversary of Banda Bahadur

Fire works on the birth anniversary of Banda Bahadur at Rakba village in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph Baba Banda Singh Bahadur International Foundation organised a "Deepmala" and a fire work display on the concluding function of 341st birthday celebration of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur at Rakba village in the district on Sunday evening. Speaking on the occasion, president of the body expressed his gratitude to the residents of the village for making the birthday celebrations a huge success. He also remarked that the PPCC president Captain Amrinder Singh had expressed his deep concern for the farming community by participating in the birthday celebrations and paying tributes to Baba Banda Singh Bahadur-also known as liberator of the peasants.

Fire works on the birth anniversary of Banda Bahadur at Rakba village in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Free medical camp for kidney problems

RG Stone and Super Specialty Hospital organised a free medical camp at Hazrat Halima Hospital at Garewal Chowk here to provide free medical consultation on problems related to kidney stones, gall bladder stone, prostate, urinary leakage and other urological ailments. Around 150 patients were examined by the team of Dr Anand Sehgal, Dr Punit Bansal, chief urologist and Dr HS Jolly, chief laparoscopic surgeon. Facility for diagnostic tests including ultrasound scan, X-ray and blood test at subsidised cost, were also provided.

Book released

A book titled “Food and Nutrition for Nurses” was released in the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) by Dr Abraham G Thomas, director of the institution here today. The author-Ruma Singh, working as the chief dietician, has been working in the institution for the past 25 years and teaching the students. She says the book is an asset to the students of nutrition and dietetics, paramedical and nursing students. She added that a lot of rich experience and hard work has gone in the project. The function was also attended by the Ponnamma Singh, principal, College of Nursing and Dr S M Bhatti, Principal, Christian Medical College.

450 patients examined

Over 450 patients were examined at a free medical camp organised by Durga Mata Mandir Trust at the Durga Mata Mandir near Jagraon Bridge on Sunday. A team of doctors conducted check-up of the patients, rendered follow up advice and free medicines were also distributed. District congress committee president, Pawan Diwan, while inaugurating the camp, lauded the role played by religious bodies and NGOs in bringing the quality healthcare within the reach of the poor people.

Tribune reporters



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