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Festive Rush
Bedlam on city roads
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
The festival season has thrown life out of gear in the city with long serpentine queues, traffic jams, incidents of road rage and chaos all around. Be it the interior part of the city or the outskirts and posh areas, it takes over 40 minutes to cover a small stretch.

Though the police claims to have hired the services of more traffic policemen to regulate traffic during peak hours, managing such a huge rush seems to have become a Herculean task.

The traffic police has made several roads one-way, but still long queues of vehicles are a common sight in the main markets of Ghumar Mandi, Dandi Swami, Rani Jhansi Road, Sarabha Nagar, Model Town and Mintgumri Chowk.

On the eve of Diwali, a majority of shopkeepers have put up various stalls along main roads, providing little space for traffic to pass through. A shopkeeper witnessing huge rush of customers at his showroom said: “I don’t care about the haphazard parking of cars outside my shop. You can see the rush. None of my workers are free to look what is happening outside the shop. Diwali is the peak season for us. We can’t go out to check if buyers have parked the vehicles properly. It is the duty of the traffic police to manage it. If we talk rudely to our customers, we will lose them,” he said.

A traffic policeman on duty at Ghumar Mandi Chowk said they were not allowing anyone to park vehicles on the main road. “As far as male drivers are concerned, we make sure that they park vehicles at a distance. But women drivers don’t listen to us and plead us to let them park the cars there for five minutes. Some of them pretend they haven’t listened to what we have said. We cannot issue a challan to everyone else we will be criticised,” he said, adding that with a few traffic cops, such a huge rush could not be regulated.

“Even if two members from one family come for shopping, they prefer to come in their own cars. How can we tackle the problem of traffic in the city when residents don’t cooperate?” he asked.

A shopkeeper at Model Town said there were only two traffic policemen to regulate traffic. “People park their vehicles haphazardly, but the police does not take any action against violators. Instead, they enjoy looking at the crowd,” he claimed.


  • Limited traffic cops to regulate the huge rush
  • Many residents refuse to listen to cops in congested areas
  • Shopkeepers have put up huge stalls outside their shops, obstructing the flow of traffic
  • Women drivers urge cops to let them park vehicles on roads


They will forgo their Diwali festivities to make ours better
Ensuring there’s enough light
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 25
Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), like many other departments responsible for the maintenance of emergency services, is required to ensure round the clock power supply. And Diwali is no exception. “Power supply is an inseparable part of Diwali celebrations as lots of decorative lights are put up by residents and the load also goes up considerably. So, we have to be even more alert,” says Jagjit Singh, a junior engineer who will be on duty on Diwali night.

Like Jagjit Singh, his counterpart JE Mukhtiar Singh says: “My wife and two kids will miss me on Diwali because I will be manning substations tomorrow evening. But someone has to be on duty.”

Not only the technical staff, but also a few from among the line staff and complaint booking employees will have to be on duty to maintain emergency services for the registration of complaints and restoration of power in case of any disruption.

“Being an emergency service, the maintenance of power supply needs round-the-clock deployment. Along with the technical staff, line staff also has to be present to attend to line faults and breakdowns. We do feel bad that we can’t be with our families on such occasions, but duty has to be performed,” says Ramesh Chand, a lineman.

Jagdish Singh, who will be manning the complaint booking office in Aggar Nagar division, and Sachinder, another lineman who has been called on duty for Diwali night, echoed similar sentiments.



Serving the ailing
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
When city residents celebrate Diwali tomorrow, a few doctors here will be serving the sick and the injured. Dr Gurvinder Kaur, medical officer of Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital, says: “My duty will start at 8 pm tomorrow and go on till 8 am the following day. My two school-going children will have to celebrate the festival with their grandparents as my husband is no more.” But she adds: “It is my duty to serve the sick so I don’t feel bad about it. I only wish my husband was alive and could be with the kids.”

Dr Jaspreet Shergill, a senior resident of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), says: “I will be on night duty in the emergency ward tomorrow. Diwali is a big festival, but I don’t mind if I am on duty. Afterall, a doctor is meant to heal the ailing.”

Similarly, the staff of 108 ambulance service will also be on their toes on Diwali night. Shamsher Singh, an ambulance driver, says: “I feel good when I think about serving the people in need on Diwali night. It gives me immense satisfaction.”

Dr Valsa Verghese, Deputy Medical Superintendent, said three medical officers had been deputed at the trauma centre on Diwali night.



Celebrations after 9 pm
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
Traffic personnel Sukhjeet Singh, Zora Singh and Harjap Singh will be able to join their families for Diwali celebrations only after 9 pm as they will be on duty from 8 am to 9 pm tomorrow.

Sukhjeet Singh said he belonged to a village in Gurdaspur district. “I have been getting calls from my children to reach home soon, but I will not be able to leave the city since I will be on duty.

I have asked my wife to make them understand, but kids don’t understand such situations,” he said.

While Zora Singh, who will be managing traffic at Bharat Nagar Chowk, said he also belonged to Gurdaspur. “It has become a routine now and we are used to it.

Though it is difficult to make the family understand, but we try to keep a balance.

I have bought many crackers and sweets for my children to see a smile on their faces,” he said.

For Harjap Singh, hailing from Anandpur Sahib, this is life. “At times, I feel bad for my family, especially when I see all residents celebrating the festival with their loved ones, but there are no regrets.

I am performing my duty for the sake of family and kids.

If I have to fulfil their wishes, sacrifices have to be made,” said Harjap Singh, who will be on duty from 8 am to 9 pm tomorrow.



Maintaining vigil against fire
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
While Diwali is a time to celebrate, the fire brigade personnel of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) will have to remain vigilant and in the highest degree of preparedness on this day.

These officials will have to miss out the festivities and will remain stationed at their respective fire stations throughout the night.

Kamal Kumar, a driver with the fire brigade, says when he joined the department, he knew that his job will require utmost devotion.

“For residents, Diwali means joy and festivities, but for us, it’s just another day on duty. Diwali also means that we have to perform our duty really well so people can be safe,” he adds.

“Ever since I joined this job, I have never celebrated Diwali at my house and always remain on our toes to prevent mishaps and ensure that no damage is caused to the public,” says another firefighter.

Fire station officer Krishan Lal Kakkar says that all officials have been asked to remain alert throughout the night.

“We have got all our vehicles repaired so that in case of any emergency, we should not suffer due to any technical snag,” he says.





Sale of firecrackers slack
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
This time, Diwali may be less noisy and less polluted thanks to inflation. Last year, fireworks worth Rs 10 crore were burst in the city. The amount spent on crackers may decline by 40 per cent as reflected in the slump in the sale of crackers this year as residents are not splurging on fireworks.

The footfall in the fireworks markets is far less than previous seasons, disappointing manufacturers and sellers.

“Last year, our sales touched Rs 15 lakh, but looking at the slow sales, it seems that quite a bit of stock would go unsold,” said a cracker manufacturer.

Seeing the dip in sales, some sellers are offering substantial discounts.

“The stock will go waste if it doesn’t get sold. So, we are offering discounts up to 70 per cent,” said another seller.

Resorting to stars

Models and demi-gods figuring on boxes and packages of firecrackers have been replaced with Bollywood stars like Hrithik Roshan, Shahrukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai to draw the youth. Covers of boxes also have popular cartoons to entice young children into buying crackers.



MC clerk suspended under RTI Act
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
For the first time in the history of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC), a clerk posted in the health branch of the civic body has been suspended for failing to provide information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. This action was taken by MC Commissioner AK Sinha during a hearing related to RTI cases here today.

The suspended official has been identified as Naveen Kumar. He was responsible for compiling information sought under the RTI Act, but failed to do so.

A resident, Rohit Sabharwal, had sought information regarding the tippers running within the jurisdiction of the Municipal Corporation for handling municipal solid waste. He had asked for the latest copies of the fitness certificate issued to all tippers, but the concerned APIO did not forward the certificate.

“I was not satisfied with the reply filed by the MC and made a written submission before Sinha. The APIO provided old fitness certificates instead of the latest certificates which are prepared in compliance to the statutory provision under Clause-56 of the Central Motor Vehicles Act, 1988,” Sabharwal said.

He had demanded names along with designation of those who were operating the tippers and copies of the driver’s licence of those operating the tippers.

The APIO replied that the sought information was to be provided by the health branch. On September 26, the applicant appeared for the first appeal and due to some administrative reasons, the same could not be heard. The representative of the health branch appeared before the RTI superintendent and stated that the information demanded by the applicant pertained to the workshop branch of the MC.

“The workshop branch is stating in its reply that the information is related to the health branch. Both branches, instead of providing the information, are trying to exhaust the application. I would like to draw your attention towards the fact that the officials are prohibited from doing such a thing and are obliged to forward/transfer my application to the public authority which is holding the sought information. These provisions exist in the Act. It seems that the PIO and the APIO have not taken the application seriously and did not bother to forward/transfer it to the appropriate public authority. By doing so, they have violated the provisions of the Act,” he said.

‘Take applications seriously’

All MC officials should take the applications filed under the RTI Act seriously, else I will be forced to take strict action against them.

— AK Sinha, MC Commissioner



Baby born midair; citizenship an issue
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, October 25
Despite having put the life of Kuljit Kaur and her unborn baby, who was born aboard the New Delhi-Toronto flight on Saturday, in danger to realise their foreign dream, their family is not certain if the girl, who was born midair, would be a citizen of Canada.

Kuljit Kaur, who was in an advanced stage of pregnancy, belongs to Jandiyali village in Ludhiana. Her husband Ranjosh Singh apparently wanted the baby to be born on the flight. Much to the horror of co-passengers and the crew, she went into labour midair.

She delivered a baby girl after seven hours of labour with the help of two doctors while flying over Kazakhstan. The baby, who they have named after Kalpana Chawla, is a bundle of joy for the family, but they do not know if she would be an Indian citizen or a Canadian.

The uncle of the newborn, Nirbhay Singh, is tightlipped about the incident. Talking to The Tribune, he said: “We are happy over the birth of the baby. My brother and his wife were going to meet my sister in Canada. They were going on visitor’s visa.”

Asked if she did this just to get Canadian citizenship for her baby, he said: “We never discussed anything like this at home.” But the incident has raised many questions about the permission granted by the airlines to fly a woman in the advanced stage of pregnancy.

As per the guidelines of the airlines, a pregnant woman should consult a doctor before flying and should also get a permission letter, enabling her to fly. A doctor’s letter is required if flying within 30 days of the due date and signed within 48 hours of travel.

Dr Jagmohan Singh, a general physician at Sahnewal, said the onus of correct declaration solely lay on the woman. “If a patient is providing wrong information to the airlines, a doctor cannot be held responsible for it,” he said.



Acquisition of land: Panic grips farmers
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khanna October 25
Panic gripped the farmers of more than a dozen villages whose land falls near main railway line between Khanna and Doraha as the Northern Railway authorities have identified a big chunk of the fertile land for railway yard.

The railway authorities have proposed to acquire about 300 acres land of the stretch of Daodpur, Kauri, Gandhuan, Harbanspura, Chawa, Rupalon, Bhorla, Daheru, Mandiala Khurd, Sultanpur, Tamkaudi, Jaspalon, Malhipur, and Araichan villages located along the railway line.

Rajpal Singh, a leader of the protesting farmers, said the proposed plan includes 50 acres of prime land of Daodpur and Gandhuan villages, about 25 acres of Mandiala Khurd village, 100 acres of Rupalon village, 25 acres of Tamkaudi village and about 25 acres of Jaspalon village along with some small stretches of the remaining villages. It is pertinent to mention that the land is prime and also connects the Delhi-Ludhiana GT Road (National Highway No 1) with the rail line. Meanwhile, the railway authorities have fixed Rs 50 lakh per acre for Mandiala Khurd, Bhaurla, Rupalon and Sultanpur villages, Rs 55 lakh for Tamkaudi and Daowdpur villages and Rs 80 lakh per acre for Jaspalon and adjoining villages. Further, a compensation of Rs 80,000 per marla has been proposed for Chawa, Araichan Malhipur and Doraha villages for those whose houses are located very close to the railway line.

The affected farmers of the area held a meeting in in which they rejected the proposed amount. They demanded Rs 3 crore per acre as compensation, job for one member of each family, railway passes to the families and a commercial plot to each of the dislocated family. They warned if their demands were not conceded, they will refuse to give their land to the railway authorities and will agitate in case of any forcible dispossession. The protesters said they had also brought the matter to the notice of the district administration and would also meet the Chief Minister to seek justice.

When local SDM Inderjit Kaur Kang was contacted, she confirmed the land had been identified for acquisition. “The compensation was fixed by a committee headed by the Deputy Commissioner and after the discussion with the concerned farmers. In any case, we shall look into the mater and discuss the issue with the affected farmers,” she added while also making it clear that a small stretch of land was to be acquired by the railway authorities and there was no need to panic.


The farmers in a meeting, demanded Rs 3 crore per acre as compensation, job for one member of each family, railway passes to the families and a commercial plot to each of the dislocated family



‘Animal husbandry major contributor to agricultural GDP’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
The school of animal biotechnology at GADVASU successfully completed ICAR sponsored 21 days Winter School on “Advanced Molecular Biology Tools used in Animal Disease Diagnosis and Development of New Generation vaccines.”

Dr SS Randhawa, director of research-cum-dean postgraduate studies, GADVASU, was the chief guest of the concluding function. Dr Randhawa congratulated the faculty members of the school for the excellent work being done for the training on advanced molecular biology and biotechnological techniques.

Dr SS Randhawa said in India animal husbandry sector makes significant contribution to the agricultural GDP. The targeted growth rate for livestock sector is 6 per cent. This sector has further potential to grow if livestock and poultry management is addressed properly. However, the animal health has not received due attention that it deserves though in XIIth five year plan, some ambitious programmes to increase the outlays for control of animal diseases like female calf hood vaccination to control Brucellosis vaccine control programme have been undertaken. But it is hoped that in XIIth plan major initiatives for controlling economically important infectious diseases are to be undertaken.

Presently, the domestic market for animal vaccines and that too mainly for control of canine diseases is only of Rs 180 crore as compared to Rs 1,600 crore for human vaccines. The low market for animal vaccines especially against farm animals’ diseases is due to relative paucity of cost-effective vaccines for the prevention of livestock diseases. The public investment in research and development of vaccines for animals in India is meager. More research should be undertaken on development of safe and potent new generation cost effective vaccines against FMD & HS.

Dr GS Brah, director of school of animal biotechnology, said twenty-one scientists and faculty members from nine states of the country attended the winter school. The winter school provided hands-on training on various advanced molecular biology tools used in the disease diagnosis and vaccine development including PCR, real time PCR, production, purification and characterisation of recombinant proteins, monoclonal antibody production, ELISA and immunochromatographic assays to the participants. The course also covered basics of cell culture techniques, bioinformatics as well as recently emerging field of nano-biotechnology.



sc’s instructions
Pollution board fails to implement advisory
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
The Punjab government paid a huge amount of money to publicise the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) through an advertisement mentioning directions issued by the Supreme Court of India (SC) to appeal to the general public concerning Diwali.

However, the advertisement is only serving publicity purpose for Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Singh Badal, as the PPCB is inefficient to implement its advisory.

In the advertisement published in the newspapers today, manufacture, sale and use of fireworks generating noise level exceeding 125 db or 145 db-pk at a distance of 4 meters from the point of bursting shall be prohibited. But the department has only one-decibel meter (handy machine) to measure the noise level of fireworks.

It seems impractical to measure the noise level of crackers across the city with a single machine.

To monitor the noise pollution, the department will deploy a few employees to visit Vishkrama Chowk, Verka milk plant at the Firozepur road and near DMC Hospital on Diwali night.

According to the instruction given in the advertisement, manufacturers have to mention the details of its chemical content on each box of the firecracker. Ironically, there were only a few cracker boxes having specifications regarding chemical composition of crackers.

PPCB chairman KS Panu said, “There is a difference between making a law and implementing it. The district administration is authorised to take the action against violation of instructions. A few things may be impractical in the advertisement, but these are the directions by the Supreme Court and we have to obey them. The main objective of the advertisement is to make the masses aware about the Supreme Court’s instructions.”

“It comes under the Arms and Explosive Act. So, it comes under the ambit of the Commissioner of Police. He is the right person to give the details,” said Rahul Tewari, Deputy Commissioner.

Despite repeated attempts to contact Commissioner of Police SS Chauhan, he could not be contacted.



Docs for pollution-free Diwali
Toxic gases from firecrackers harmful
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 25
A seminar on “safe Diwali” organised by the Punarjot Eye Bank Society in association with the Ludhiana branch of Indian Medical Association (IMA) has emphasised the need for observing safety measures scrupulously so as to make Diwali injury-free and pollution free.

IMA president Dr Kulwant Singh, who presided over, said the firecrackers not only caused noise pollution but also added significantly to air pollution. “In a city like Ludhiana where air pollution has already assumed an alarming level, the burden of smoke and toxicity emitted by fire crackers wreaks havoc on the environment.”

Noted eye specialist of the region and medical director of Punarjot Eye Bank Society made a comprehensive presentation on a survey that he had conducted on eye injuries sustained by the people during Diwali. “Data provided by the eye surgeons from across the state revealed that last year as many as 322 persons had received grievous eye injuries.”

He observed that aggressive awareness campaigns by the government and non-government organisation (NGOs) could minimize the number and severity of accidents by raising awareness regarding safety precautions, encouraging professional displays and motivating manufacturers to adhere to strict quality control.

Dr Sanjeev Uppal from the department of plastic surgery at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, while speaking of safety norms, suggested that to avoid burn injuries from fire crackers one should put cotton dress, avoid loose fitting clothes, and keep at a distance from firecracker. “Preventing burns is simple and any day better than the pain and trauma that the burn injuries cause,” he added.

Bursting firecrackers in a reckless manner could not only cause serious injuries, but also could also cause or precipitate various chest problems, cautioned Dr Dinesh Goyal, a chest specialist at Ludhiana Chest Hospital. “Incidence or prevalence of exacerbation of asthma and COPD which is around 5-7 per cent throughout the year increases to 15 per cent during this particular festival season. Firecrackers are powder-packed with 75 per cent potassium nitrate, 15 per cent carbon and 10 per cent sulphur etc. When ignited, these burst, releasing powerful chemicals, which on inhalation damages the respiratory tract. For asthma patients, who already have hyperactive airways, these pollutants irritate the bronchial mucosa and swell up the inner lining of the respiratory tract. This causes spasms in the patients, triggering off asthma attacks.

A study conducted by Dr Ramesh, a prominent eye specialist, revealed that last year 322 persons had sustained grievous eye injuries while bursting firecrackers in different parts of the state

Have a safe Diwali

  • Keep a bucket of water nearby
  • Use water as first as it cools the skin.
  • If your clothes catch fire, pour water till burning sensation subsides.
  • Don’t pull piece of cloth stuck over the burn .
  • Don’t apply any ointment without medical advice.
  • Cover with clean sheet and meet a doctor.
  • Presence of blisters is a good sign indicating that your skin is alive. Don’t disturb the blisters and rush the victim to a doctor.
  • Asthmatics need to be more careful
  • Asthmatic patients should remain indoors and take preventive inhalers regularly
  • Keep curative inhalers handy.
  • Avoid bursting crackers which explode at ground level or those emitting colored sparkles
  • Wear a paper or gauze mask to decrease smoke inhalation.
  • Use open grounds to light fireworks- never light them in balconies or near buildings.



Residents going for eco-friendly Diwali

Ludhiana, October 25
“My son brought a placard carrying messages of celebrating eco-friendly and cracker-free Diwali from his school,” said Amrit Singh. “So when he insisted on buying crackers, I reminded him about the messages, he stopped being adamant and instead asked me to buy him a sapling,” he smiles.

Messages and rallies about cracker-free Diwali seem to be having an impact on children, as many of them are now desisting from the use of crackers. As a result of these campaigns in schools, people seem to be desisting from using crackers to an extent this year.

Naman Sharma, a businessman, has been bursting crackers every Diwali. “I enjoy shooting up rockets and firing anaars every Diwali. But my wife suggested against using fireworks this year. Instead we decorated our house with flowerpots and saplings and lighted them for Diwali,” he said. — TNS



Inflation eats up purchasing power this festive season
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
“My pockets aren’t deep enough this Diwali to spend freely,” says Ramesh Kumar. “I have already spent enough of what my pocket allowed during Karva Chauth and Dasehra, but I have little to spend this this Diwali,” he further added. He works with a private bank.

For most of the city populace, this Diwali is turning out to be slightly tepid. With inflation eating into the purchasing powers, they have to keep a lid on their spending and desires.

People are out in the markets, but have little purchasing power to splurge on. Ravi Arora, a businessman shopping with family in Ghumar Mandi, too, feels the pinch. “Earlier we used to purchase what we wanted. But this time, we have to be selective and have to restrict ourselves,” he says. Another resident also says even though markets are crowded, people are doing more of window-shopping than actually spending.

The business this Diwali is not even 50 per cent of what it used to be, said Yogesh Khosla, president of Cannaught Place Market Association, Ghumar Mandi. Association chairman Amarjeet Jassal said people were out and roads were jam-packed, but their purchasing power has taken a hit this year because of inflation.

Amarjit Singh, chairman of Model Town Market Association, said shopkeepers this year did not invest much in stocking material because they were expecting a slow market this season. “Normally, the markets start picking up after Raksha Bandhan. But this year, it didn’t happen,” he said.



Students pledge to go green
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
Students of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Udham Singh Nagar, celebrated the festival of lights with great vigour. Students adorned their classrooms with beautiful bandanwars, rangoli and earthen lamps.

Contests like lamp making, crown making, gift wrapping, candle and diya decoration, hattri making, and floor decoration were organised. Healthy tiffin contest was also organised for students. Principal Bandana Sethi wished students a prosperous, safe and pollution free Diwali. Students were exhorted to pledge for “Green Diwali” by planting one sapling each on this Diwali.

Rangoli contest

A special assembly was conducted to mark Diwali celebrations at Sat Paul Mittal School. Students highlighted the significance of Diwali through poems. An inter-house rangoli competition and diya-making competition was also organised. Dr DB Sharma, director Sat Paul Mittal School, encouraged the students to refrain themselves from bursting crackers and celebrate Green Diwali.

Green Land school

An inter-house rangoli-making competition was organised at Green Land Public School, Jalandhar bypass, Ludhiana, to mark Diwali celebrations. Students spread the message to celebrate Green Diwali instead of bursting crackers.


Students of GNIPS deliverd speeches on, ‘safe Diwali’, ‘eco-friendly Diwali’ and ‘say no to crackers’ to celebrate Diwali. The students made colourful rangolis with eco-friendly colours and diyas. The students also took out a rally to make the students aware of the health hazards of crackers and smoke emitted by them.



Visiting MC offices with gifts in hand
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
Even as Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) Commissioner AK Sinha had warned MC officials for not accepting costly gifts from any person other than their family members and friends, the offices of the civic body remained abuzz with activities today, as a large number of people visited these offices, holding gifts.

Sinha had said yesterday that one should restrict from taking expensive gifts, especially from contractors, with whom they are having professional relations.

When the person, who was entering the Zone A office with a gift, was questioned as to which official is he giving this gift, the person said, “I was told to deliver this gift to someone who would meet me near the main entry of the Zone A building of the MC.”

When further questioned as to why this gift be presented to the official, he said, “It’s my personal choice and you should not be bothered about it. You do your own work and let me do mine.”

Even yesterday, some persons had come to the Zone A office for giving gifts to their “good friends”.

Interestingly, a contractor had sent a gift for a superintendent, but when the gift failed to come by 5 pm, a peon was asked to wait for that person so that the gift could be delivered to the superintendent’s house.



‘Polio is endemic in India’
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 25
Members and office-bearers of the Rotary Clubs owing allegiance to Rotary districts 3070, 3080 and 3090 vowed to put in their best to achieve target of a polio-free society by the end of the ensuing year.

The oath was taken in response to the call made by Shub Karan Gupta, member, India National Pulse Polio Committee, during the closing session of the workshop organised at the local Hind Hospital here to observe World Polio Day on Monday.

Special motivational workshops have been inducted in formal training seminars of elected office-bearers of the organisation.

There has been warm response and enthusiasm shown by presidents and secretaries of various clubs, Gupta said hundreds of members and office -bearers from clubs situated in Punjab, Himachal Pardesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pardesh and Haryana vowed to involve all Rotarians and members of other social organisations in crusade launched against the dreaded polio virus.

Volunteers undertook to take care of shortage of staff, unhygienic conditions and lack of awareness, which were among the major impediments in making India polio free.

October 24 is observed as World Polio Day and Rotarians are focusing on the international organisation's 26-year mission to eradicate the crippling childhood disease.



No salary for 10 months, teachers to observe ‘black’ Diwali
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 25
At a time when people illuminate their houses on Diwali, it might be ‘dark’ for the children of those who are employed in private government aided schools of Ludhiana and Sangrur district.

The very reason behind the situation is that a section of the employees is yet to receive their salaries since January this year.

Teachers and other employees of at least 24 private aided schools, led by Rajinder Singh, general secretary of the Private School Teachers Association alleged they were forced to observe ‘black’ Diwali as they had not been paid salary for ten months now.

Moreover, the government has failed to implement already notified pension scheme for teachers and employees of the schools of Punjab. Due to which there is unrest among them and the retired teachers are facing problems, said Rajinder.

Sources said, the unpaid teachers had been running their families either by purchasing grocery and other items of daily use on credit or by borrowing money from their friends and relatives. Due to heavy rush during festival season, majority of the shopkeepers have stopped extending credit facility until their earlier accounts are cleared.

Having failed to make sufficient arrangement even a day before the festival of lights some teachers have decided to observe the black Diwali.

“We have told our children not to accept gifts from friends and relatives visiting home during these days as we are not a position to reciprocate. Our children have been explained that bursting crackers generate pollution,” said a teacher of local private aided school.

y The unpaid teachers had been running their families either by purchasing grocery and other items of daily use on credit or by borrowing money from their friends and relatives



youth fest
COCH clinches overall trophy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
The Inter-College Youth Festival at Punjab Agricultural University concluded last evening. A spectacular event, marked with mirth and ecstasy, was full of colourful extravaganza and buoyant spirits. The student-artistes of the university took part in a vast array of items, including dance, drama, music, literary and fine arts.

Bhangra, giddha and creative dancers swept the show with their power-packed performance. The College of Home Science (COHS) clinched the overall trophy.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, chief guest Rahul Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner, exhorted the youth to work hard and serve society.

In his presidential remarks, PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon said along with academics, cultural activities like art, dance and music play a vital role in shaping the personality of youth.

Lauding the unbridled enthusiasm of students, he said the spirit of participation is important than winning prizes. He distributed prizes among the winners of youth festival.


Folk dances (male): I-College of Agriculture (COA), II-College of Basic Sciences and Humanities (COBS&H) and III-College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology (COAE&T).

Female: I-COA, II-COHS and III-COAE&T and COHS.

Individual (best dancer): Male: Kamaldeep Singh Sekhon (COBS&H); female: Mandeep Kaur (COA).



‘Organ donation a gracious act’
Society to focus on its promotion
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 25
The Gift of Life and Organ Donation and Transplantation Society (GLODAS) will celebrate its annual function on November 5 at Guru Nanak Public School here which will mark the “World Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation” and strive to create public awareness about the noble deed of organ donation after death.

Giving this information, Dr Baldev Singh Aulakh, professor of urology and head of the transplant unit, who is also the president of GLODAS, said organ donation was a gracious act. Emphasising the dire need to promote organ donation and motivate people to volunteer for organ donation from brain dead patients, he said more human body organs were required than were available at present.

"The emotional upheaval of death is the most difficult to overcome and in this condition accepting the notion of organ donation by the relatives can be understandably difficult. However, if the body is to be buried or cremated, some of the organs can be donated to give a critically ill organ-failure patients and give them a second chance in life.” He further said that most people donate the belongings of their loved ones after their death. "Similarly, organ donation should also be considered in the same light and spirit. It is the noblest of all donations. The act is as holy as holy can be, as it gives a fellow human being a chance to live."

Aulakh said a majority of the organ donations take place from patients in intensive care units, especially brain dead patients, on life support systems. heart, lungs, kidneys, pancreas and liver are the solid internal organs which can be used for transplants. Body tissues such as valves, bone, skin, corneas are a boon to patients to improve their quality of life.

Yet, the tissue donors out number the organ donors, as tissues can be removed even 24 to 48 hours after death.

The function on World Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation, he said, would include a slogan writing contest for college students and a poster-making competition for the nursing and other schools. Students from as many as 40 schools and 10 nursing schools are expected to participate.



Training in smart packaging ends
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
A valedictory function was organised at Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) to mark the end of the 14-day training programme on “Smart Packaging Techniques for Shelf Life Enhancement and Retention of Bioactive Compounds in Food”.

Sixteen scientists, researchers from across the country took part in the training programme. Dr Eva Almenar, assistant professor, School of Packaging of Michigan State University, United States, threw light on latest developments in active and intelligent packaging.

Participants were apprised of food packaging concepts, controlled atmosphere technology, storage structures for perishables, micro-perforation mediated improvement of package environment, need and techniques, need and techniques to establish suitable space, packaging of perishables, using bio-based appropriate plastics in food packaging, antimicrobial active packaging of food, antioxidant active packaging of food, metallic oriented framework and permeability of thermo plastic polymers.

Former director of School of Energy Studies, PAU, Ludhiana, Dr Shashipal, distributed certificates among participants.

He said packaging had a crucial role to play in shelf-life extension of food products.

Dr RK Gupta, director, CIPHET, encouraged the participants to come up with new projects on packaging.

Dr Sangeeta Chopra proposed the vote of thanks.



from colleges
Youth fest winners felicitated

Ludhiana: Students of GMT College won laurels in the Youth and Heritage Festival organised at the Bhutta College of Education recently. In fine arts, Navdeep won the first prize. Lalita and Simranjeet got the first and second prize, respectively, in the on-the-spot painting.

Sanya Jain stood third in clay modelling and Simar stood third in cartooning. Giddha team of the college was declared second in the fest. A special programme was organised to honour all winners. Principal Dr Shikha Soni congratulated all on their success.

Students exhibit innovative products

As a part of the class activity, students of BBA final year of GNIMT, studying advertising and sales management, created and marketed products under the supervision of in charge Bindiya Goyal. She encouraged students to make their own innovative products and advertise them. Students created advertisements by using banners, postures and leaflets. Special schemes like Diwali offers were used to market the product. Dr Col HS Singha, GNIMT director, motivated the students to translate theoretical knowledge into practical application.

Students win laurels

Students of the Malwa Central College of Education for Women have brought laurels to the college by bagging prizes in different items at the Panjab University Youth and Heritage Festival organised at SK College of Education, Ghall Kalan (Moga).

Tech Fest at Ludhiana engg college

The Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology organised a Tech Fest. Subhash Bajaj, MD Swaroop Sons Industries Pvt Ltd, was the chief guest. A large number of students participated in various events with great enthusiasm. — TNS



Orphanage takes in month-old abandoned baby
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
A one-month-old child, who was found abandoned at Kochar park in Model Town Extension, two days ago, was today adopted by a government of India Approved orphanage, Swami Ganganand Bhuriwale International Foundation Dham Talwandi Khurd.

Kuldeep Singh, secretary of the orphanage said, “We received the little boy from staff of Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital, Ludhiana and have named him Manandeep.”

The little child was found on October 23 abandoned in the Model Town Extension area. It was located by an area resident and handed over to the police.



Three booked for snatching car from near police station
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
An Innova car (PB-10-BS-0016) was snatched by three unidentified persons in the wee hours today from near the Sarabha Nagar police station. The owner of the car, Hardeep Singh, a resident of Sahnewal, informed that he had sent his driver Kuljinder to a relative’s house at Rajguru Nagar to deliver some goods in the wee hours.

“As the driver did not know the place, he stopped near the Sarabha Nagar police station to ask about the address from the persons sitting in a Lancer car. Seeing the driver alone, two of the unidentified persons carrying weapon came out and sat in the Innova car and fled from the scene with the car. We have registered a complaint at the Sarabha Nagar police station,” said Hardeep.

Gurdev Singh, SHO Sarabha Nagar, said they had received the complaint and were looking into the matter.



Man held with 1.5 kg of opium
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
Jatinder Kumar from Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, was arrested today and 1.5 kg of opium, which is worth Rs 85,000, was also seized from his possession. He had come to the city to supply the drug to a drug mafia.

Sushil Kumar, ADCP IV, told Jatinder was arrested from near GK Estate, Mundian village. A case under the NDPS Act was registered against the accused.



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