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Human apathy to the fore
Two lives lost for want of help on road
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ankit JairathLudhiana, October 23
Two youths, who had initially sustained serious injuries, lost their lives during the past 24 hours in different road accidents. The two in fact could have been saved had the passersby taken them to hospital in time.

In both cases, residents, including friends of one accident victim, insensitively drove past them without offering help or even informing the ambulance sservice so that the victims could be ferried to hospital.

In the first incident, a city-based shoe merchant's son was killed in a road accident in Doraha on Saturday evening.

The victim, identified as Ankit Jairath (22), a resident of Rishi Nagar, was returning home on a super bike after attending a birthday party of his friend at a food joint in Doraha.

According to a relative, on his way back, he started riding his friend's super bike, Yamaha R- 1, costing around Rs 13 lakh. Supreet, a friend of Ankit, was riding pillion.

Ankit soon started racing the vehicle. Eyewitness said the super bike was over the speed of 150 km per hour when it encountered an approaching tractor-trolley.

According to the eyewitness, Ankit got panicky and pressed the brakes hard.

Due to a sudden jerk, he was tossed in the air and hit the tractor-trolley.

Though he was wearing a helmet, the impact was so strong that even the safety gear was torn into pieces. The super bike was damaged completely.

He sustained serious head injuries, while Supreet Singh sustained fracture on the right leg.

The victim’s family members said Ankit met with the accident around 4 pm, but he was not offered any help till 5pm. The friends, who were accompanying the duo, fled from the scene.

Sources said another group of friends who left the food joint later saw the duo lying in a pool of blood.

The duo was rushed to Sidhu Hospital. Paramedics tried their best to save Ankit and administered five units of blood but Ankit's condition worsened and the doctors failed to control the blood loss. He was later shifted to Apollo hospital. However, he was declared dead on arrival.

Ankit’s family members felt that if he was offered timely help, he could have been saved. Supreet was undergoing treatment at the hospital.

Raju (24), who was working at a vegetable market in Haibowal, also met with the same fate. He was knocked down by an over-speeding vehicle around 11 pm last night. Unfortunately after struggling for life for nearly an hour, he bled to death. The commuters did not stop to offer him help or even call an ambulance.

It was at around 3 am that the PCR cops spotted his body on road and took the victim to Civil Hospital. The hospital authorities said the victim was drunk and run over by some vehicle.


Cops warned against ‘forcible’ Diwali gifts
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 23
In a major respite to city shopkeepers, the Commissioner of Police, Dr SS Chauhan, has sent clear directions to the cops, stating that strict action would be taken against the policemen found harassing shopkeepers for giving them "forcible" Diwali gifts.

A communique issued by the Commissioner states that the festival of lights should be celebrated with utmost sanctity. Over the years, it has been seen that some cops have been indulging in the malpractice of harassing shopkeepers to give the former Diwali gifts.

The communique that has a special mention of the cops attached with the PCR fleet and traffic police warns of strict action against the cops if they were found receiving gifts.

Sources said a group of high-ranking police officials would visit different parts of the city to keep a tab on the cops who indulge in such malpractices.

Earlier the Commissioner had issued a written circular to all gazetted officials and station house officers (SHOs) for not visiting his house on Diwali.

Sources said the habit of sycophant officials, who line up outside the house of senior officials with a bundle of gifts during Diwali had prompted Dr SS Chauhan to issue the circular.

"During a police meeting held recently, he warned that strict action would be taken against the cops if they were found forcing traders to give them gifts on Diwali," said the source.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that some cops had already purchased imported wine, expensive watches and other accessories to woo their bosses. But the circular has come as a disappointment to them.

The issue was much talked about among the SHOs today. While sharing the hot topic an SHO said, "One of my colleagues, I would not name him, had brought a Mont Blanc pen to gift the boss. He has also purchased some crockery and other home decoration items to please the commissioner's wife as well."

The previous Commissioner of Police, Ishwar Singh, had also taken similar steps to discourage acceptance of Diwali gifts.



Super bikes a ‘dangerous proposition’
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 23
If MIG is proving fatal for the Indian Air Force pilots, super bikes are no different, as the passion for acceleration is leading to an increasing number of deaths due to these vehicles.

The Punjab Road Safety Council, vice-chairman, Kamaljit Soi, said Indian roads were not safe for super biking.

Blaming the motorbike companies for the mess, he said, "The motorbike companies in order to make quick buck are actually selling killing machines."

City resident Ankit Jairath (22), who died in a road accident yesterday, was riding a Yamaha R- 1, costing around Rs 13 lakh.

It is said that the bike was over the speed of 150 km per hour when it hit the vehicle.

"What you would expect to happen, if you are driving at 150 km per hour? On Indian roads where the average speeding is less than 20 km per hour, due to the chaotic traffic, how do you expect someone could actually drive at 150 km per hour and still get away without a scratch," said Soi.

He further added that people should have taken a lesson from the incident of former India cricketer Mohammed Azharuddin's son, who died in Hyderabad after having been involved in an accident while driving a brand new Suzuki GSX R1000 superbike.

The 18-year-old Ayazuddin not only put his life in danger, but also caused the death of his 16-year-old cousin who was travelling along with him as a pillion rider.

He said before riding these super bikes, some precautions need to be taken so that such accidents could be avoided.

These Super bikes are designed to reach speeds of over 300 km per hour, but the Indian roads do not support such speeds. Further one needs to have sufficient skills and experience to handle super bikes. It is essential that the authorities enforce licencing for drivers of super bikes or even install speed governors in these bikes.

riding tips

  • Super bikes are special machines and are not your regular bikes. Just understanding this fact will ensure that you are equipped with all safety gears while handling them.
  • Although a helmet is sufficient while driving a regular motor cycle, it is imperative that you have a proper helmet, knee guards and gloves while driving a superbike.
  • Super bikes are designed to achieve high speeds but only on properly built roads. If you happen to travel on rough or damaged roads, drive at low speeds. A skid or a bump on such roads at high speeds will be fatal.
  • Properly check all brakes, fluids and electricals are working fine before you start your drive. A missed brake or a loose nut can turn out to be a serious mistake.
  • Super bikes are designed usually to carry one person. Have a pillion driver only for short drives, as there will be a weight imbalance with a person behind you. If you happen to have a pillion rider, do ensure that he/she has all safety equipment.
  • Driving at high speeds is a skill that one needs to acquire by practice. Always prefer to be safe rather than sorry while driving a superbike.
  • Your mental state is a very important factor that will ensure a safe drive. You should not drive if you feel lazy or are unable to concentrate.



Dhanteras: Dealers expect sales to be in overdrive
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 23
The five-day Diwali celebrations start on Dhanteras when Goddess Laxmi is worshiped to provide prosperity and well-being to all. On Dhanteras, people consider it auspicious to purchase gold or silver articles or at least one or two new utensils to bring prosperity.

It is believed that new “Dhan” or some form of precious metal is a sign of good luck. Dhanteras holds a lot more significance for the business community.

If the car-dealers in the city are to be believed, on the occasion of Dhanteras tomorrow, maximum number of new cars will be delivered to residents in the city. Those who had got booked their vehicle have been waiting for long for tomorrow to get the delivery as the day is considered to be auspicious to buy new metal.

Ranjodh Singh Uppal, vice-president, sales operations for Radiant Toyota here, said though the overall market in the sale of cars was down, the festival mood was on amongst residents. "The day is considered to be the best for buying new metal. About 30-35 new cars will be delivered tomorrow to the customers on the occasion of Dhanteras," said Uppal.

The managing director of Stan Wheels, Dr Naresh Malhotra, said like Navratras, Dhanteras was equally important to buy a new product. "New vehicle is treated as a new member in the family on Dhanteras. Residents worship the goddess of wealth, Lord Ganesha and their new vehicle to seek prosperity in the family. It is going to be a hectic day tomorrow, as a lot many two-wheelers and four-wheelers will be delivered to the buyers," said Dr Malhotra.

Love Dutt, general manager, Garryson Motors, said though residents had got their vehicles booked a few days back, they had asked us to deliver the vehicles tomorrow only. "We are going to hand over about 40 cars to the customers tomorrow. The day holds a lot of importance for residents, especially for the business community," said Dutt.

To mark the day, houses and business premises are renovated and decorated. Entrances are made colourful with lovely traditional motifs of Rangoli designs to welcome the goddess of wealth and prosperity.



‘Hatadi’-makers — the unsung heroes on streets
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 23
As the rainy season ends, local artisans start trying their skillful hands on preparing beautiful "hatadies'' for the Diwali festival. On every Diwali they hope to earn better, yet they get very little amount by selling their “hatadies” in the wholesale market. But their love for this work does not allow them to stop it anyway.

Interestingly, many “hatadi”-makers live in the inner streets of the Ghumar Mandi market, where people love to shop. Busy in giving final touches to their “hatadies”, Chunni Lal and his wife Maina (Maina) said,"We start making these after Janamashtami. Clay, Multani Mitti , glue and raw paper are used for making these. As these are used for the festive season, so we stop this work during Sharaadhs. And as Navratras start, we again start giving final touches to these."

Another artisan said, "We have been doing it for the past 50 years. We sell these in bulk i.e. more than 100 to one retailer and get only Rs 1,400 to 1,500. But the same ‘hatadies’ are sold by retailers on roadside at Rs 100 to 150 per piece. It pinches us a lot."

While another artisan MuniLal said,"We start making these in wee hours and end up before 9 am, as I have to rush to the factory where I do my job. I along with my wife make these just to supplement our income, but it is very sad that we do not get the required amount for our skills. "

With a smiling face, Babli a home-maker, said,"However, I feel proud that we still provide something traditional to this city's residents."



Abandoned child found
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 23
A one-month-old male child was found abandoned at Kochar Park in Model Town Extension here today. The child was rescued by the area resident and handed over to the police.

The incident occurred this morning when Jeet Singh, chief bank manager of Punjab and Sind Bank, noticed the abandoned child and informed the police. Jeet Singh said the child was found discarded behind shrubs. "While coming out of the park I heard the sound of a child crying behind the shrubs. The child was draped in cloth. I do not know for how long the child was lying there. Fortunately he is safe," said Jeet Singh.

Interestingly, just as the child was found, a rickshaw puller arrived on the spot claiming that he was the father. Subsequent questioning, however, revealed that the rickshaw puller was in search of a male child since had three daughters.

The police sent the baby to the local civil hospital where his condition was reported to be stable.



MC’s callousness
Caved-in section, broken sewer bug residents
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 23
If nature’s fury resulted in the caving in of a section of the Sham Singh Road, callous work by municipal corporation employees ensured that residents of the area continued to live in misery.

The patch of road connecting the Sham Singh Road with the Mall caved in due to the incessant rain on August 12. This damaged the main sewerage line of the area.

However, instead of restoring the sewerage system, the municipal workers severed the connection, which led to a blockage in the system.

“The road got damaged almost two months ago, but residents continue to travel an extra mile to reach their destination. The civic authorities are least bothered about repairing the section,” said Anirudh, a resident of the Sham Singh Road.

Due to a leakage in the sewerage, the soil is slowly giving way and posing a threat to houses located in the vicinity.

“We are living under a constant fear of losing our dwelling, as our building can crumble anytime. The road is slowly giving way due to the leakage,” says Ram Nath, who lives in a one-room quarter near the damaged road.

Industrialists complain that sewage has started contaminating the groundwater due to the snapping of the sewerage connection.

If the authorities do not take immediate steps, it may lead to serious implications, they say.

“Just look at the damaged road and the overflowing sewerage. Is this what a posh locality looks like? If things are so bad here, one can only imagine the situation in the low-lying areas of the city. The overflowing sewage has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. If things continue to be like this then it may lead to a major health hazard,” says Bal Soni, a resident of the Sham Singh Road.

Municipal Commissioner AK Sinha assured that he would look into the matter and take immediate measures to resolve the problem.



new chander nagar
Electrical discharge gives residence sleepless nights
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 23
Electrical discharge from streetlight poles in New Chander Nagar has forced residents to pass sleepless nights since Friday. So far, repeated complaints by the residents to the PSPCL control room and authorities have drawn a blank.

A resident received a shock after he touched an electric pole near the Budha Nullah on Friday night. People lodged a complaint about with Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) on their helpline 0161-5055510 at around 11.11 am on Friday. A PSPCL employee registered their complaint (no. 605702) and told them to inform the police as well.

People informed PCR about the incident. The cops made a junior engineer aware of the issue. But, the entire effort proved futile.

A child received shock today. The PSPCL helpline was informed about the issue once again. This time, too, the attendant gave another complaint no. 606280.

“What’s the benefit of the PSPCL helpline and call centers if they are unable to resolve the issue? Electrical discharge has been flowing through the streetlight poles for the past two days. We have lodged complaints n numerous occasions, but no one cares,” said Sant Ram, a local resident.

“My duty starts at 4 pm. If something goes wrong during my duty hours, I am responsible for it. There are three junior engineers in Haibowal,” said junior engineer Amrik Singh.



MC officials sit pretty, no probe report in months
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune news service

Ludhiana, October 23
When it comes to shielding a few “favourites” by sitting over inquiries, one should take cue from Municipal Corporation (MC) officials. Municipal Commissioner AK Sinha had marked two inquiries into the Pakhowal Road scam and the missing file pertaining to the construction of the zone D building. But even after several months, these inquiries have been marked “pending” for reasons best known to the officials.

The inquiry report on the Pakhowal Road scam was to be submitted by June 15 while the matter relating to the missing file was to be submitted by August.

An RTI activist had procured information relating to anomalies during the re-carpeting of the road from Sidhwan Canal to the Municipal limits, the cost of which was Rs 1.49 crore. The contract was allotted to the contractor in 2009 without analysing the technical bids.

On May 31 this year, the Municipal Commissioner had marked an inquiry into the matter and Additional Municipal Commissioner Kuldip Singh was asked to submit a report within 15 days. However, the probe is proceeding at a snail’s pace even after four months.

A file pertaining to the construction of the zone D building, allegedly on a green belt owned by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), had gone missing after information was sought under the RTI Act.

On July 11, Sinha had directed the officials to locate the file within 10 days, failing which an FIR would be registered against those responsible for the lapse. “I have already issued the order in this regard and have asked two senior civic officials to conduct a departmental inquiry into the matter and submit the report within 75 days,” Sinha had told The Tribune on July 11. But this matter is also pending and no report has been submitted so far.

‘Will ask for reports’

I returned only a few days ago after attending a two-month long training programme. I will ask officials to submit the inquiry reports soon

— AK Sinha, MC Commissioner



Nanhi chan
College told to plant 50 saplings for damaging greenery
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 23
The Government College for Women will plant 50 saplings on its premises to compensate for the five saplings that were damaged while making preparations for “Virasati Mela Dheeyan Da” on October 20. MP This was stated by MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who presided over the function as the chief guest yesterday.

“It is bad. We will plant 50 saplings,” announced Badal, whose ‘Nanhi Chhaan’ project has the twin objective of saving the girl child and protecting the trees.

On Thursday, the authorities, while rolling out a carpet, had damaged five saplings of imli and jamun. The forest department had planted the saplings two months ago.

“It’s good that more saplings will be planted on our college premises. I wish there is sincerity in our basic approach. We do so many things without comprehending their meaning in the least,” said a student, as she stopped by to take stock of the posters on female foeticide at a stall in the fair.

The Virasati melas, while focusing on the cultural heritage of Punjab, seek to empower women by evoking in them a sense of cultural pride.

However, many girl students from the city schools who were present on the occasion were blissfully unaware of what the fair was about.

“I don’t know why we are here. Our teacher just told us that our presence was required here,” said Priya, a sixth standard student.

Another girl student from a government school said she was not quite sure what the programme entailed. “No idea of who the chief guest is,” she said. She drew blank when asked about the Virasati mela. However, the issue of female foeticide rang a familiar bell with her.



MSMEs upset at high interest rates
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 23
The micro and small enterprise (MSE) sector, which is the main stay of Punjab’s economy after agriculture, is sore over the higher rates of interest on loans as compared to the cash-credit limits of their working capital.

The industrialists maintain that during the challenging times of increasing competition and inherent cost disabilities like power cuts, capital cost and transaction cost, it was difficult for the MSMEs to pay huge rates of interest up to 18 per cent.

Avtar Singh, general secretary, Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU), said banks were charging between 14 and 18 per cent interest on loans to micro and small enterprises.

He added though the cash credit limit for a borrower (MSME) should be 20 per cent of the projected sale figures of the approved project, banks in general were not willing to grant this facility to the MSEs.

The sector must be given incentives on a par with agriculture as it also provided maximum employment to a huge section.

Avtar Singh said the existing working capital limits should be enhanced by at least 25 per cent to meet extra expenses without additional collateral security.

The interest rates should be brought down by 2-3 per cent for the MSMEs.

Besides, women entrepreneurs should be provided credit at lower rates of interest up to Rs 50 lakh advances. Also, 50 per cent waiver of bank service charges for MSMEs should be provided.

Upkar Singh, joint secretary, CICU, said banks were also not implementing several credit schemes as approved by the RBI for the benefit of the MSEs.

Grant of collateral-free loans up to Rs 10 lakh to all interested units and grant of collateral-free loans up to Rs 100 lakh to interested units under the CGITMSE Scheme were not being given to the MSMEs in state.

The CICU members said there was a need to provide adequate credit at cheaper rate of interest to the MSE sector, which had been marginalised under the existing institutional mechanism.

The banks should also offer a special scheme for cluster development, which will help promote industrial growth trajectory in the state.

“The leading bank in each district should set up a facilitation desk at each district to provide financial advisory services to the MSEs in that district. Secondly, the RBI should initiate appropriate measures to protect the interests of the MSEs,” said Upkar Singh.

Trying times already

Industrialists maintain that during the challenging times of increasing competition and inherent cost disabilities like power cuts, capital cost and transaction cost, it is difficult for MSMEs to pay huge rates of interest up to 18 per cent



Begowal women vow to fight social evils
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 23
Women of village in Sangrur district and surrounding areas vowed to contribute to the crusade launched jointly by the Samaj Bhalai Manch and the Cooperative Department against social evils like female foeticide, illiteracy and degradation of environment.

An oath was taken following a call given by assistant registrar Shamshad Ali, nodal officer of the Mai Bhago Women Empowerment Scheme, and Baba Nirmal Singh, patron of the manch, during a function organised to inaugurate a learning centre at the village.

Stressing the need for vocational training for empowering women, speakers, including Ali Singh and Rajinder Singh Kalaboola, said women could not claim their right of equality in society until they acquired skills to become self-dependent.

Over 50 women came forward to get registered under the scheme that allows loan worth Rs 50,000 after the successful completion of short-term courses in various vocations.

Sarpanch Sarup Singh, Santosh Kumar, Davinder Kaur, Tara Singh and Kiranpal Kaur Kanganwal (office-bearers of various organisations) were prominent among those who spoke.



Mai Bhago Vidya Scheme
Despite fund crunch, college made to bore expenses
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 23
Authorities of the Government College of Women were forced to bore expenses of the district-level function organised by the state government for distributing bicycles under the Mai Bhago Vidya Scheme on October 18.

Though the education department benefited the most, the scheme belonged to the Social Security and Women and Child Department. Though the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, officials of the district administration, education minister Seva Singh Sekhwan and social security and women and child development minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla were present on the occasion, the college authorities were more worried about the expenses incurred on organising such a lavish function.

All government colleges of the state, including this one, are reeling under financial crisis. But, the college authorities were made to purchase chairs, couches, including the “Chief Minister’s chair” (bigger than others), display glow signboards, banners, tent and arrange for high tea on their own.

DEO (Secondary) Sudesh Bajaj said: “We are here to get bicycles. We are beneficiaries of the scheme. Thus, we can’t pay the expenses incurred on its purchase.”



Mela Dhiyan Da
Inhospitable conditions upset artistes
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 23
“Welcome to our accommodation,” said one of the artistes from Himachal Pradesh satirically while pointing towards the dirty mattresses lying on the floor of one of the classrooms at the Government College for Women.

The artistes who came from Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Kashmir and Uttarakhand were unhappy with arrangements during Mela Dhiyan Da.

Navin Chandra, a member of the dance group from Uttarakhand, said instead of serving them the dinner, all artistes were to eat from a community kitchen serving food near the college. The canteen was opened for us only after repeated request. The staff was not even courteous towards us. “I had been to Bathinda and Chandigarh earlier. We used to boast of Punjab’s hospitality. But, we are disappointed this time,” he said.

Mohammad Azhar, who is part of the Kashmir group, said no one from us, not even girls were allowed to take bath in the hostels.

“We just washed our hands and face in toilets. Last year we had complained about the quality of food. It has been improved this year. But, we are facing other problems this time,” said Prem Sharma, one of the members of the Himachal group.

Shazia from Kashmir said the girls were feeling uncomfortable, as they haven’t taken bath. “Why do they invite us, if they cannot treat us well,” complained Azhar?

Despite that most of them had smiles on their faces, not letting their difficulties known when they danced and entertained the people who came to meet or danced with them.

Principal Gurminder Kaur said she wasn’t aware of the difficulties faced by them. They were told to stay in some other accommodation, but they themselves chose to stay in the college.

Prakash Bisht from Uttarakhand said, “ The rooms were too small. At least classes are big. Gulzar from Kashmir said the boys were told to stay in a boy’s hostel. The management should have made appropriate arrangements in advance.”



Janakpuri fast turning hub of gamblers
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 23
The Janakpuri area of the city is fast turning into a den of gamblers. Amit Gosain, grandson of health minister Satpal Gosain, is at loggerheads with Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Naginder Rana over this issue. So much so that he has even demanded the transfer of the ACP from the area with immediate effect.

“Gambling is rearing its head in the area like never before. These anti- social elements are spreading their businesses with the backing of police officers. If gambling houses keep on increasing like this then it could lead to serious law and order problem in the area,” said Amit Gosain.

Former District Youth Congress president Komal Khanna, too, said that the political-police backed gambling rackets were thriving in the area.

“The area near the Division No. 3 police station has become a den of gamblers as most of them are running their private lottery centres from here. With two days left for Diwali, most of them are also openly selling illicit liquor. Aren’t the cops aware of it? Everything is being done at the behest of the cops.”

However, ACP Naginder Rana refused to comment on the issue. He said, “I not aware of the allegations levelled against me.”

Sources said most of the cricket bookies were also operating from Janakpuri and the Division No 3 area. The gamblers from other states visit the area frequently.

It is not for the first time that the Gosain family has courted controversy. Earlier this year, Health Minister Satpal Gosain had accused the subordinate of then Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh of being corrupt.



reality show
Residents make beeline for auditions
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 23
More than hundred people conglomerated at the Ramgarhia Girls College for auditions by a national TV channel for an upcoming music reality show. The uniqueness about the show was singers from the age group between 16 to 60 years were eligible of the show. Participants from Tarantaran, Patiala and even Jammu had reached the city for the auditions.

Most of them were youngsters in their early 20s, some humming music and others carried guitars as kept streaming in. It was not difficult to spot the middle-aged with dreamy eyes. "It is nice that this show is not only for the youngsters. These reality shows are a relatively new, so I always used to wonder if I could also participate," says Asha Verma, a housewife.

Renu Jugotra who also participated in a reality show at a regional music reality feels these shows are a good opportunity to learn and get recognition. "I reached in the final stages of a regional show, that got me popularity with my friends and relatives, but this is much bigger and national channel, so I'll do my best," she said.

Vishal Bhalla, who works with a private company, hopes to make it to the final round said it has to be a planned decision. "The way forward is not easy as you have to dedicate about three months if you want to make it. If we get selected, we have to go to Chandigarh tomorrow for the next round, and then to Mumbai," he says.



Students apprised of Right to Service Act
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 23
A seminar on ‘Right to Service Act-2011’ (RTSA) was organised by the GGN Institute of Management & Technology (GGNIMT), Civil Lines, for the students of MBA and MCA on Saturday. The students conducted a survey to identify awareness and perception of the Act among different segments of the society.

The team enquired about the Act from six categories of people those included-businessmen, housewives, students, retirees, farmers and employees. The findings of the survey were shared during the seminar. The compiled analysis highlighted that 99% of the people surveyed were aware about the Act, but the majority of them did not know about the 67 services covered under it.

When asked about the purpose of the act, 28% respondents felt that it would help to speed up the work in government department, while 24% people thought it to be an effective tool in curbing the corruption while the rest called it a political stunt. People also believed red-tapism could be removed with the early and effective implementation of the Act. However, some people also shared their dilemma by remarking that this could well be a new awakening or a failed legislature, if not properly implemented.

Chief guest Parupkar Singh Ghuman, senior advocate, said only the people of India could implement the Act and must stand together to bridge the gap between the citizens of the country and government officials.



Dance sums up PU youth fest
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Machiwara October 23
Panjab University Youth and Heritage Festival 2011 concluded at National College for Women, Machiwara, yesterday. Jaspal Singh, Chief Commissioner Income Tax (NWR), was the chief guest on the occasion. In his address, he highlighted the importance of such festivals in promoting art, culture and heritage.

Results: In group dance competition first prize was bagged by Government College for home Science, Sector 10; Second prize was by both Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, and Government College for Girls, Sector 42, and third prize was bagged by Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11. First, second & third individual prizes were won by Jashanjeet, Government College for Home Science, Sector 10, Anjali of Government College for Girls, Sector 42, and Anjali of Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, respectively. In classical dance, first prize was bagged by MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36; Second prize was won by National College for Women Machhiwara and third prize was bagged by GGS Khalsa College for Women, Jhar Sahib. First, second & third individual prizes in ludi dance were bagged by Rupinder kaur of National College for Women Machhiwara, Punnet Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, and Harpreet Kaur Government College for Girls, Sector 42.

Sukhdev Singh Libra, MP, was the chief guest on occasion. In giddha, the first prize was bagged by GGS Khalsa College for Women, Jhar Sahib; Second prize was shared by National College for Women, Machhiwara, and MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, Chandigarh while the third prize was shared by Government College for Girls, Sector 42, Chandigarh and Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, Chandigarh. The first, second and third individual prizes were bagged by Manjot Kaur of GGS Khalsa College for Women, Jhar Sahib, Teg Hasanjot Kaur and Sharanjit Kaur of GGS Khalsa College for Women, Jhar Sahib, and Sumandeep Kaur of National College for Women, Machhiwara. Dr Parminder Singh Benipal, director, and college management president, Anil Sood, proposed the vote of thanks for the participants and distinguished guests.

Sukhdev Singh distributed the prizes to the winners. He also announced a sum of five lakh as donation for the college. At the closing of the function principal Dr Rajinder Pal Kaur thanked all for participation in the youth festival and congratulated the winners.



600 take part in “Walkmarathon-2011”
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 23
An anti-obesity awareness programme "Walkmarathon-2011" was organised from Old DMC to New DMCH in association with Rotary Club Ludhiana Greater, Cycling Association for Health & Happiness and Guru Nanak Public School. Nearly 600 people participated in the programme on Saturday.

The walk was flagged off by Additional Commissioner of municipal corporation (MC) MS Jaggi. Coordinator of the event said, the presence of obesity has reached epidemic proportions in India with Punjab becoming the capital of obesity of India.

Dr Sanjeev Uppal, professor & head of plastic surgery and president of Rotary Club, Ludhiana Greater, said the purpose of the event was to create maximum awareness among Indian population to fight obesity by organising such events.

In his message, president of Cycling for Health & Happiness Club, DS Negi said, “We encourage people to use bicycles as much as possible for routine works as it uses fat as fuel and not your money.”

The walk concluded at Dumra auditorium with a prize distribution by the guest of honour.



Founder’s Day celebrated at Sidhwan Khurd

Jagraon, October 23
Sidhwan Educational Institutions celebrated its Founders’ day here on Saturday. All the five institutions run by Shri Guru Hargobind Ujjagar Hari Trust-Khalsa College for Women, GHG Harparkash College of Education, GHG Institute of Law for Women, Sikh Girls Senior Secondary School and Guru Hargobind Public Senior Secondary School celebrated the day.

The day began with the Bhog of Shri Akhand Path Sahib to pay homage to great founders of the college including Bhai Narain Singh, Bibi Ram Kaur, Bibi Harparkash Kaur and Bibi Attar Kaur.

Chairman Zila Parishad Ludhiana Manpreet Singh Ayali visited as the chief guest on the occasion. The chief guest accompanied by president of Sidhwan institutions Dalbara Singh, secretary Surjit Singh, Manager Shivinder Sidhu and principals of all five institutions paid obeisance at the Memorial of the founders. After the Shabad Gayen and Kavishri was performed by students of the institutions in the pious presence of Shri Guru Granth Sahib in Guru Nanak Bhawan.

The principal of GHG Harparkash College of Education Dr Baljit Kaur welcomed the chief guest. The vice-principal of KCW Sidhwan Khurd thanked the chief guest. Guru ka langar was served to all the visitors at the end. — OC



KCW hostellers revel during cultural fiesta
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 23
Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, organised “Hostel Night” here on Friday. The hostlers were captivated by Giddha and Bhangra performance. The college students performed the items like group songs, modelling, mimicry histrionics, choreography, solo dance and bamboo dance.

Welcoming the new students to the college, principal applauded their efforts to make the celebration a success.

Noor Amrit of BA was selected as Ms Fresher.



Puppet show marks annual function
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 23
MGM Public School organised its annual function here today. About 700 students presented cultural items and 160 students were given prizes for their achievements in academics and sports.

Ganesh Vandana was followed by a welcome dance. A puppet show and a medley by little children was also organised.

Hira Singh Gabria, the state minister for tourism and jails was the chief guest.



Colleges hold “Aagaaz-2011”
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, October 23
RIMT-Institute of Engineering and Technology and RIMT-Maharaja Aggrasen Engineering College, Mandi Gobindgarh, organised freshers’ party, “Aagaaz-2011” on Saturday evening.

The evening began with recitation of Shri Ganesh Vandana and was followed by a cultural show that included malwai gaddha, dhol bhangra and the giddha represented myriad colours of Punjab.

Harjot Singh was adjudged Mr Fresher (RIMT-IET) and Surmeet as Miss Fresher (IET). From Maharaja Aggrasen Engineering College Inderjeet was adjudged as Mr Fresher and Kritika Marwah as Ms Fresher.



Contest at college
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 23
Sadbhavna College of Education for Women, Raikot, organised a lecture competition on ‘Love Vs Friendship which is the stronger relationship’ on its campus. KK Garg, programme coordinator, said, “Such events unveil the dormant potentials in the students. This helps the students acquire all-round progress. A ‘village girl’ becomes ‘an empowered woman.”

All faculty members as well as students took part in the competition. Chief guest Manjit Singh-Asst Professor DAV College, Jagraon, and Dr AK Banerjee-Chairman, Sadbhavna Group, honoured the winners with trophies. Ashu Prashar scored first position; Khushboo was the first runners up and Narinder Kaur second runners up.



from schools
Fashion fiesta at GNPS

Ludhiana: The fashion studies department of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, organised a “Fashion Fiesta”, a fashion show, to showcase the creativity of the students.Trends starting from 1900 onwards were depicted on stage by the students of the school, who. The show started with the era when garments were simply draped and not stitched. Dresses ranging from long skirts with ruffles, puffed sleeves, sedate necklines, short jackets, anarkali suits, “garraras” and “sharraras” were elegantly demonstrated. Principal Mona Singh said that such events instill confidence in the students by providing a platform to showcase their talent.

Fun and ride at BCM

"Fun and Ride" day was celebrated at BCM School, Basant City. Kindergarten students enjoyed different swings, sliders and rides along with a magic show.

Diwali celebrations

Diwali festival was celebrated on the premises of GMT Public School, Ludhiana. The students took pledge they would celebrate cracker-free and eco-friendly Diwali. The students signed on the signature board by saying 'No to Crackers'. Rangoli making, diya and candle decoration competition was also organised during the school hours. — TNS



Reporter’s Diary
Flouting traffic rules with impunity

With utter madness prevailing on city roads and the traffic rules being flouted with impunity, the future also holds nothing better if the driving lessons being given by the so-called driving schools to the trainee drivers are any indication. The other day, a teenage girl driving a car, which had a signboard of a driving school atop it, slowed down and was about to stop at a red light outside gate No. 4 of Punjab Agricultural University. However, the instructor sitting alongside the trainee driver indicated her to drive on as no vehicle was coming from the opposite direction. A friend witnessing all this was apalled at such senseless and reckless training. He followed the car to some distance with the intention of confronting the instructor and giving him a piece of his mind, but before he could catch up, the car had taken turned into another street and went out of sight.

The pain of loosing

The pain of loosing someone was aptly depicted on the faces of elderly women who visited Police Commemoration Day observed a few days ago. Wrinkled faces of these women, who lost their husbands at the prime of their life, was enough to describe the magnitude of the tragedy. Making full use of their weak eyesight, these women were trying to search the photograph of their husbands. It made me realise the fact that how the death of an earning member proves devastating for the entire family. The scenes were tragic and it was hard to control the emotions that were running high during the commemoration ceremony. Following, the event, I thanked God that those dark days of terrorism are over. I pray for the peace. Amen!


Due to festival mood, the city is abuzz with activitity. All roads, markets, shopping malls, public places witness huge rush as just two days are left for Diwali. It seems everyone has come out from their home to be in markets, which have been decorated like "brides". Due to huge rush, the roads are jam-packed with vehicles and it is difficult pass through the congested areas. While coming to the office today, I witnessed huge rush on the small stretch outside AC Market and Calibre Plaza. A senior citizen driving scooter stood in the middle of road, blocked the entire traffic. The passersby kept on pleading him to get a side and let the traffic move,but in vain. He seemed to be in race to pass through without bothering about blocking the traffic. A security guard asked him to move his two-wheeler to one side so that vehicles coming from other side could move on the road. Instead of moving his scooter, he started arguing with the guard. “Look at the way you are talking to me. Your tone is too rude. I will not move from here, you do whatever you want to!". It was only when others started shouting at him that he got aside. By that time, 25 minutes had already been wasted!

Girls for “Jalebi Bai”

"Mela Dhiyan Da", organized at the Government College for Women had biggest crowd of the girls dancing with abandon on the dance floor on the song "Jalebi Bai" and other popular Bollywood tracks. The act of girls seemed contradictory to the speeches of dignitaries who were harping the "sticking-to-Punjabi-culture-tune" and reviving the heritage of Punjab. "Jalebi Bai" tracks seem to have overpowered even the Mela Dhiyan Da, supposedly a cultural event, as the dance floor of the DJ was the most thickly populated in the campus.

— Contributed by Kuldip Bhatia, Mohit Khanna (picture), Shivani Bhakoo and Gurvinder Singh.



Gang Rape
Victim’s kin allege police inaction
Say money being used to hush up case
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 23
The family of a minor girl of Deharka village, near here, who was allegedly gang raped by a few youths of the village on October 7, has alleged that they are being pressurised by the accused family members to accept Rs 1 lakh and reach a compromise in the case.

The girl’s maternal grandmother, Bhupinder Kaur, said the family members of the two brothers, accused of raping her granddaughter, had been pressurising her family to accept money in lieu of a compromise.

Bhupinder Kaur, accompanied by a few panchayat members, said the accused’s family had been using coercion to accept the offer and take the case back.

When she brought the matter to the notice of the police, it, too, asked her to accept the money and reach a compromise.

“I don’ t want money. I want justice,” asserted Bhupinder Kaur. The 15-year-old Class-X student of Dehraka village was abducted and then gang raped by at least five youths while she was returning home after taking her examination at the school on October 7.

The Jagraon Sadar police had booked five youths, including Gurjit Singh, Harpreet Singh, Baljit Singh, Kuldeep Singh and Mandeep Singh, for gang rape on Bhupinder Kaur’s complaint.

The police has, so far, arrested three accused - Gurjit Singh, Harpreet Singh and Kuldip Singh - while the other two are still at large.

Bhupinder Kaur alleged that the two were wandering freely in the village and issuing threats to her family. However, the police had failed to arrest them in spite of being given specific leads about their whereabouts.

The panchayat members said: “The police is apparently trying to shield the accused, which is evident from the fact that they asked her to reach a compromise when she informed them about the presence of the two accused in the village.”

Meanwhile, the panchayat members said they were in touch with representatives of various NGOs, including the Inqulabi Kendra Punjab, and a few other organisations to form an action committee to ensure that the culprits were punished.

Investigating officer ASI Malkiat Singh said the police had already arrested three accused, while the other two were at large. He denied that the police was putting pressure on the girl’s family to reach a compromise.



NRI abandons wife at shrine
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 23
She came all the way from New York along with her husband to pay obeisance at a shrine but little did she know that her US-based husband would leave her in a queue of devotees and flee back to his country.

Nisha, mother of a newborn, is shattered following the incident. Narrating her tale, Nisha said she got married to Parvesh, a native of Haryana, on November 23, 2009.

After spending a few months with her following the marriage, Parvesh flew back to New York. On reaching the US, Parvesh started demanding dowry, Nisha alleged.

In February, Nisha also flew to New York and started staying with Parvesh. She alleged that her in-laws used to thrash her while she was pregnant.

Soon, Nisha gave birth to a child. Parvesh told Nisha about his wish to visit a shrine in India. Hoping that everything would work out fine after the birth of a child, Nisha also decided to accompany her husband to India.

Leaving the child behind in the US, the couple arrived here. However, she was conned by her NRI husband, she alleged. Nisha said she could not live without her child.

Her uncle Jarnail Singh said he had learned that Parvesh was already married, but the couple remained childless.

Jarnail alleged that Parvesh got married to Nisha just to bear a child.

“He used Nisha as a surrogate mother and after she bore his child, Parvesh left her in a queue at a shrine and fled to the US,” Jarnail added.

The police has registered a case against Nisha’s husband and started its investigation.


She along with her husband had come from New York to pay obeisance at a shrine. But her husband left her in a queue of devotees and fled to the USA. She alleged that she had been conned by her husband.



Maanvi adjudged best athlete

Ludhiana, October 23
The seventh Annual Athletic Meet of Sat Paul Mittal School was organised on the school premises today. Commissioner of Police Dr SS Chauhan was the chief guest. Students, who performed well at the district, state and the national-level were given awards.

Jashandeep Singh, Gurkirat Singh and Jaisal Brar were declared the best athletes. Maanvi Maini, Penaaz Dhillon and Jassimran Saluja were declared the best girl athletes. The highlight of the day was the tug of war between the teachers and parents. The slow cycling race and the chatti race was organised for the support staff. — TNS



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