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Conform or close down, electroplating units told
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
tribune news service

Ludhiana, October 31
There are several “silent polluters” operating in the city which are contributing to the increasing pollution levels. In an ongoing survey of the Punjab Pollution Control Board, officials have managed to identify 36 electroplating industries which do not exist on paper and yet are silently polluting natural resources.

The modus operandi adopted by such units is that they operate from narrow alleys of various areas across the city, including residential areas. These industries are mostly located in localities along Gill Road and Dhuri Line and discharge effluents containing toxic pollutants directly into the sewerage of the city, which flows into Budha Nullah and ends up polluting the Sutlej.

Closure notices are being issued to all these industries and strict action will be taken against the defaulting unit for polluting environment.

To tighten the noose around the “unidentified” electroplating industry operating in the city, the PPCB had outsourced the survey work to Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College. The survey, which started on October 10, will be completed in 45 days.

Karunesh Garg, senior environment engineer of the board, said the project for door-to-door survey of unidentified surface coating industries operating in the unorganised sector was going on in full swing.

For the treatment of effluents of such units, a common effluent treatment plant (CETP) is already operating in the Focal Point here. “We have issued a public notice for such industries to either enter into an MOU to get their effluent lifted and treated at the CETP or achieve zero liquid discharge so that no pollutant is carried to the Budha Nullah, which leads to the Sutlej, the water of which is used for drinking as well as irrigation purposes,” said Garg.

The defaulters

Bhardwaj Industry, Dugri Forging, Glossy Enterprises, Harjit Singh Enterprises, Sonu Enterprises, Sonu Enterprises, Anmol Enterprises, GS Industry, GS Kalsi Enterprises, Guru Nanak Enterprises, Jaswinder Enterprises, PC Enterprises, Parkash Trading Company, RK Engineering Works, RK Engineering Works, Avtar Zennian, DK Sand Blast, Dawer Cycles, GS Sohal Milling Works, Ubhi Brothers, JH Auto Industry, Jai Bajrang Enterprises, Juneja Steel Industry, Kiran Industry, MS Industries, Nirmal Industry, Nitesh Cycles, Preet Wires, Pullman Cycle Industry, Ravi Enterprises, Rupal Industries, SS Industry and Ubhi Brothers.


Govt gives in to safai sewaks
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
tribune news service

Ludhiana, October 31
In a major victory for private garbage collectors, the state government has decided to ask A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd to discontinue its operations relating to door-to-door collection of garbage in the city. Company officials will not lift garbage from collection points located in various parts of the city. Now, private garbage collectors will continue their operations in the city.

The decision was taken after a meeting of members of the Safai Karamchari Sangharsh Morcha Punjab with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal, local bodies minister Tikshan Sud and other officials in Chandigarh this evening.

Surinder Kalyan, chairman of Valmiki Samaj Bachao Andolan, said: “It’s a big victory for us. Eversince A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd bagged the contract for solid waste management for the city, we have been protesting against it.

We were demanding that private garbage collectors should be allowed to collect garbage from homes and the company could lift it from collection points.”

“The government has also agreed to regularise the services of all safai karamcharis who joined duty after April 1, 2008. They will also be entitled to pension,” he claimed.



Car dealers still awaiting software for making RCs 
Shivani Bhakoo
tribune news service

Ludhiana, October 31
The state government may have launched a scheme on October 12, wherein car dealers would prepare registration certificates (RCs) of vehicles, but more than half a dozen dealers in the city are still waiting for the software to be installed by the department on their premises required to make the registration certificates.

A car dealer said on the condition of anonymity that nothing was clear so far. He said though the work of making RCs had already been started by many dealers, there were about half a dozen dealers in the city who were still waiting for the software to be installed.

“Many dealers claim that they have started making the RCs directly, but we have not started the process. We had contacted the department and officials assured us that the software will be installed within two-three days. But it has been more than 10 days now and we have got no intimation by the department. Once we are equipped with everything, we will start making the registration certificates,” said the dealer.

Some other dealers said though the department had claimed that RCs would be handed over to customers within five days, but they had to wait for 10-15 days to get the document signed by the DTO. “Customers ask for the documents, but we have to depend on the department before issuing it to them. And they are taking too long to issue the RCs,” said another dealer.

Ashwani Sharma, District Transport Officer, admitted that there were initial hiccups in the procedure. But he claimed that everything would be streamlined by Friday. “Only five-six dealers do not have the software. They have to submit their documents and the password will be issued from the head office. Being a new scheme, there is bound to be some delay in its implementation, but within a few days, everything will be streamlined,” he claimed.

It’s vague

y A car dealer said on the condition of anonymity that nothing was clear so far. He said though the work of making RCs had already been started by many dealers, there were about half-a-dozen dealers in the city who were still waiting for the software to be installed.



Bharat Nagar Chowk  
Get ready to zip past busy Ferozepur road
MC to construct Rs 22-cr underpass, RITES team in city
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
Much to the relief of those passing through the busy Bharat Nagar Chowk, the Municipal Corporation has decided to construct an underpass at its intersection. This would connect the Mall Road with the Link Road (towards Bus Stand) in future.

So if people coming from the Mall Road want to go towards the Bus Stand, he could easily zip past the busy Ferozepur Road by using this underpass. It would be constructed at a cost of Rs 22 crore.

A team of Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES) is in the city. They would soon be submitting a drawing
of this project to municipal officials.

“The team will submit the report within a week or 10 days. A detailed project report will be prepared later on. Once everything is finalised, it will take 15 months for the project to complete,” claimed HS Khosa, Executive Engineer (XEN), Municipal Corporation.

This underpass would be of half-kilometer length and constructed in such a way that even heavy vehicles would be able to use it. Initially, plan was mooted to construct a flyover on the Bharat Nagar Chowk, but due to the proposed Metro Rail Project and an elevated road from the Jagraon Bridge to the Lodhi Club Road, it was decided to construct an underpass instead of an overbridge.

}City residents were rarely using the elevated road ever since it was constructed. The municipal corporation came up with an idea of constructing a ramp near the Raikhey Cinema Chowk. At least Rs 8 crore would be spent on its construction. RITES team is in the city to conduct a survey. Tenders of both works would be floated together so as to complete both projects on time.~

HS Khosa, Executive Engineer (XEN), Municipal Corporation



I’m breaking the law, confesses Manpreet 
Mohit Khanna
tribune news service

Ludhiana, October 31
“I am breaking the law. I have no choice as I am being forced to do that,” said Peoples Party of Punjab (PPP) supremo Manpreet Singh Badal, who recently bought a sports utility vehicle (SUV) from a car dealer in Mohali 45 days ago but has not got a Registraton Cerificate (RC) yet.

Priced around Rs 20 lakh, the SUV is not in the news for tax evasion. The vehicle, belonging to Manpreet Badal, is being used to show the inefficiency of the newly launched Right to Service (RTS) Act.

Manpreet said the temporary number issued by the car dealer had expired but he was yet to get the permanent registration number.

Taking a jibe at claims of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal, he said: “The RTS has made matters worse instead of doing any good to the residents.”

Quoting his personal experience, he said be bought the SUV about 45 days ago. “Twenty days after purchasing the SUV, I went to the district transport department in Mohali to get a registration certificate for the vehicle. But the district transport officer told me that under a new system, car dealers had been authorised to make RCs. I went back to the car dealer who told me that he had not received any such authorisation. Since then, I have been shuttling between the district transport office and the dealer, but to no avail,” he said.

“The RTS has been introduced in a hurry. They were not prepared before implementing it. The government is trying to consolidate its vote bank, which is deserting it. The RTS is not going to benefit the common man in this manner,” he claimed. 



Third snatching in three days 
Mohit Khanna
tribune news service

Ludhiana, October 31
Incidents of snatching are continuing in the Model Gram area. After targeting two women on Friday and Saturday, the snatchers struck again and snatched the gold chain of Kanta Rani, a retired government schoolteacher, from the Ram Park area here today.

The incident took place this afternoon when Kanta Rani was returning home on a scooter along with her husband Vasdev Goel from a market in Jawahar Nagar.

“My husband stopped the scooter outside the house and was holding vegetables when two motorcyclists came from the rear and snatched away my gold chain worth Rs 50,000,” she said.

Vasdev said it was the third snatching incident in the last three days, but the police had failed to nab the snatchers.

“The snatchers have no fear of law. They are committing crime in broad daylight. On Friday they targeted an elderly woman who was walking in a park in the South Model Gram area and on Saturday, they fled with a gold chain of a woman who was on a scooter,” said Kanta Rani.

In the meantime, the Kochar Market police has nabbed two snatchers who had fled with the purse of Poonam Mahajan, a professor at a college, here today.

Initially, she was reluctant to get a case registered fearing that the snatchers may settle score with her. But later she gave a statement after being assured by the police. “That is where we face problems. Whenever we nab snatchers, residents refuse to lodge a complaint and they go scot-free. The residents should help the police in checking anti-social elements,” the investigating officer said.



Ban fails to deter farmers from burning stubble
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, October 31
With the harvesting of paddy crop almost done and farmers preparing their fields for early cultivation of the next crop, the practice of burning paddy stubble by farmers in various villages surrounding Jagraon is going unabated despite a ban imposed by the government.

The burning of stubble is adding to the air pollution and leading to further degradation of the atmosphere. As a result, residents of nearby areas are facing respiratory problems, eye infections and some other ailments.

People suffering from asthma are the worst hit. Moreover, the practice may cause fatal accidents as the visibility level reduces due to smoke and it becomes quite difficult for commuters to see other vehicles on a road.

A large number of accidents have taken place due to the burning of paddy stubble.

Besides, several fire incidents have also been reported throughout the state, still farmers continue to burn stubble.

However, it is not only the common people who suffer, the burning of stubble is also affecting the farming community because it leads to decline in the fertility of soil and every time when the stubble is burnt, the soil loses various natural nutrients and other friendly organisms present in it that play an important role in growing any crop.

Though farmers are well aware of the government’s ban on burning stubble and its ill-effects, they say it is a compulsion as they have no other option to remove the stubble from fields for preparing these for the cultivation of next crop.

Malkiat Singh, a farmer from Galib Ran Singh village, said burning the stubble was more convenient for farmers. “Moreover, the practice does not burn a hole in our pockets,” he added.

“If we do not burn the stubble, then we will have to plough the land repeatedly until we get rid of the paddy residue. Though we are aware of the ill-effects of the practice, we have no option but to resort to burning stubble to avoid labour and additional costs, including diesel and use of machines,” said Gurdeep Singh, a farmer of Kaunke village near Jagraon.

Jagraon SDM Isha Kalia, when contacted, said, “I have already instructed the departmental officials to keep a strict vigil in their areas and prevent farmers from burning paddy stubble. Besides, we are also holding awareness drives in villages to make farmers aware of the ill-effects of burning stubble in fields.”



Cemented manhole cover gives way
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, October 31
A cemented sewerage manhole cover laid down only about three months ago by the Jagraon municipal council while fixing interlocking tiles on the DAV College road caved in near Shastri Nagar locality this morning.

The incident took place at around 10 am today when a tractor-trailer went over the manhole cover following which the cemented cover broke.

Soon after the incident, shopkeepers called the MC officials and informed them about the incident, but no official turned up to fix the problem for many hours. In the meantime, wheels of a Maruti car got stuck in the open manhole. Amarjit Singh, a passerby, said, “The manhole cover caved in at around 10 am. Immediately after this, I called up MC president Baldev Krishan Dhir and informed him about the incident. Though he said he was out of the city, he assured of sending a team of MC officials to fix the problem. But nobody arrived at the spot for many hours and the sewerage manhole remained uncovered till the evening, thus putting commuters as well as nearby residents to inconvenience.”

A large number of such incidents have taken place in different parts of the district and many people have lost their lives after falling into open sewerage manholes.

There are many schools and a college situated on the road. A large number of students, including minor children use the road everyday to reach their schools and a tragedy might have occurred if any child had fallen into the manhole. But nothing unpleasant took place, thanks to the preventive measures taken by nearby shopkeepers, who placed stones and board around the open manhole to prevent any tragedy.

However, today’s incident once again brought to the fore the irresponsible attitude of the authorities towards such a serious issue and made it clear that the authorities have learnt no lessons from the past as no official from the municipal council reached the spot to fix the problem for more than eight hours despite repeated calls made by the nearby shopkeepers and area residents.

Shopkeepers said the cemented manhole cover had broken twice in the past too and it was the third time in just three months that the manhole cover had caved in. They said substandard material was used by contractor while fixing interlocking tiles and manhole sewerage covers on the road, residents alleged that it was due to the bad material used by the contractor that the manhole covers were breaking. When contacted, MC president Baldev Krishan Dhir said, “I was out of the town when the incident took place. But when I was informed about the incident, I immediately instructed the officials of sanitary department to fix the problem.” But when reminded that no official visited the spot for more than eight hours, he said he would look into the matter and take action against any official who overlooked

such a serious problem. The manhole was still laying uncovered till the filing of this report.

Manhole covers go missing

As many as 13 sewerage manhole covers made of iron worth Rs 1.50 lakh had gone missing from the road during the laying of interlocking tiles. While raising the issue in the MC general house meeting, three councillors Rachpal Singh, Jatinderpal Rana and Kulwinder Kala had alleged that these manhole covers had been soled by some contractors in connivance with some corrupt officials of the civic body. The councillors said the contractors removed iron covers from the manholes and laid cemented covers in place of iron covers.



Removing encroachments not MC’s cup of tea
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
The Ludhiana municipal corporation seems totally helpless when it comes to checking encroachments and haphazard parking in Bhadaur House area of the city. Due to haphazard parking by people visiting the market, the area witnesses long traffic snarls throughout the day, leaving other shopkeepers miffed.

Ironically, MC’s Zone A office is situated merely 100 yards away from Bhadaur House, but the officials sitting there seem to be least bothered. Vehicles are parked on the road, despite the fact that the MC multi-level parking and another parking of Calibre Plaza are situated in the area.

When the construction of a flyover in place of the Lakkar bridge at the Bhadaur House started, residents felt that it would ease traffic congestion and provide relief to commuters passing through. But this thing seems to have backfired as now that the portion of bridge towards Bhadaur House area is complete, shopkeepers and buyers visiting Bhadaur House and Calibre Plaza have started using the area under the flyover for parking.

Not only this, even rickshaw-pullers have formed a “stand”, which “operates” from opposite the main entry of Calibre Plaza, not giving enough space to commuters to move freely on the road.

“Throughout the day, drivers of trucks park vehicles on the road and loading and unloading of goods is done on the road. The worst part is that security guards don’t stop them from doing so and instead help them for reasons best known to them. I wonder when there is ample parking on the top floor of Calibre Plaza, why do shopkeepers and people park their vehicles under the bridge,” lamented an area shopkeeper.

MC Commissioner AK Sinha said he would look into the matter.

On September 13, Zone A tehbazaari superintendent Ranjeev Kumar conducted an anti-encroachment drive in Bhadaur House. Vehicles and rehris were confiscated from the area. Even as hundreds of vehicles remain wrongly parked on the road, only five bikes and three rehris could be lifted during the drive.



Rocking roadside eateries

Upmarket food joints may be popular in Ludhiana, but eateries on roadsides are a hot favourite when it comes to tickling the taste buds of city residents. Even traditional food items like jaggery are relished here. 



Cinema hall flouts norms with impunity
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, October 31
Lal Palace Theatre, the sole cinema hall situated in Jagraon, is being run in violation of norms set by the state government. A large number of irregularities were detected during a visit to the cinema hall on Saturday after it was ransacked by more than 400 spectators following a 2-minute interruption in the movie “Force”.

During the visit to the cinema hall, it was found that various safety measures, which are mandatory to be in place for operating any cinema hall, were missing.

As per the norms, cinema halls should have proper safety measures like presence of security guards, fire extinguishers, emergency exits and buckets of sand. But there is not even a single security guard deployed at the cinema hall. Fire extinguishers were outdated and the sand buckets were empty, thus the safety of spectators is being compromised by operators.

Moreover, operators of the theatre are exploiting spectators with both hands by overcharging money from them. The state of affairs is such that neither any price has ever been mentioned on tickets issued to spectators for a movie show, nor there has been any rate list printed on parking slips.

According to sources, the practice has been going unchecked for the past many years and the cinema hall operators have been charging extra money from spectators at their will. There is no fix price of tickets meant for the movie show and the operators of the cinema hall charge variable bucks from the spectators for different films. For example, if a new film is released in the local cinema hall, the operators charge up to Rs 60 per ticket from each spectator while the price of older films is quite less.

Though there is a ban on smoking in cinema halls, there is no check on smoking in the local cinema hall and people can be often seen puffing cigarettes while watching a movie. Sources revealed that the cinema hall authorities even allowed some of the spectators to drink liquor in the cinema hall.

Contractor of canteen also overcharges for eatables. A 300-ml bottle of a soft drink, which has a maximum retail price of Rs 12, is being sold for Rs 20. Same is the condition of other eatables, including pastries, patties, hotdogs and burgers. Besides, no hygiene is maintained while preparing and serving the eatables to spectators, which is posing a serious health hazard.

Sukhwinder Singh, manager of the cinema hall, said, “Neither we charge extra bucks for tickets of any movie show, nor we overcharge money for the parking of vehicles. But still if any employee of the cinema hall has ever charged extra money from any spectator, he should complaint us and we will take strict action against the erring employees.

When asked why they had not mentioned price on tickets, he replied, “We will soon start printing price on the tickets as well as parking slips. Though he admitted to have allowed some of the spectators to smoke inside the cinema hall, he expressed helplessness in stopping them saying whenever they tried to stop people from smoking, they often picked up fights with employees.

Meanwhile, Jagraon SDM Isha Kalia, when contacted, said she had received no complaint from anyone regarding such irregularities in the cinema hall so far and if anyone comes with a complaint, the department would take strict action against the cinema hall operators. 



Spurt in steel prices hits engg industry hard
Makers of steel products go into a tailspin
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 31
Persistent hike in prices of steel in the past one month-given effect at weekly intervals by the main steel producers like SAIL, ESSAR, Ispat, TATA and Jindal-had hit the micro, small and medium sectors of the engineering industry hard, and the manufacturers of the steel-based products have virtually gone into a tailspin over meeting their prior commitments.

According to Avtar Singh, general secretary, Chamber of Commercial and Industrial Undertakings (CICU), the prices of steel had been jacked up by more than Rs 2,000 per ton in past one month by the main producers with the result that a few unscrupulous elements were resorting to unauthorised hoarding and creating artificial scarcity in the domestic market.

“The situation has put the MSME sector at stake by eating away their sizable working capital funds. The exporters of engineering items are the worst hit as they find themselves unable to keep their commitment with the foreign buyers,” he remarked.

Seeking immediate intervention of the Prime Minister and the Union Minister for Steel to save the MSME sector of the city-based industry from going sick, Avtar Singh urged them to take appropriate steps to shield the industry from the adverse impact of steel prices, which have gone through the roof.

The chamber has asked the Union government to put in place a steel regulatory authority for monitoring prices on the cost-based analysis as other wise the major domestic steel producers would continue to exploit the situation to their advantage. Further, it wanted stern measures to curb the menace of hoarding and black marketing of steel products.

Among other suggestions made to keep the steel prices under check are imposition of a ban on futures trading of steel in the stock markets, reduction in the custom and excise duty on steel for two to three months so as to facilitate import of steel at lower prices and freezing the prevalent prices of steel material on quarterly basis.

The MSME sector of the engineering industry, he added, is the mainstay of the industrial economy, and it has been contributing significantly toward the gross domestic product as well as generation of employment avenues. “The need of the hour is to strengthen this sector, so that it can face challenges boldly. The rising steel prices are indeed a cause of worry, which have eroded the profit margins and reduced the incentives for expending industrial activity in the country,” he added. 



PRTC fails to keep its promise
Bus stand lacks basic amenities; potholes dot entry & exit points, parking lots
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 31
Ten months after PEPSU Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) chairman Ranjit Singh Balian took stock of situation at the local bus stand, officials have failed to provide even basic amenities to people. With potholes dotting entry and exit points and parking lots, the situation has turned from bad to worse.

Admitting laxity on the part of the authorities, Iqbal Singh Jhoondan, SAD in-charge for the Amargarh constituency, said a grant of Rs 10 lakh had been sanctioned for renovating and repairing the bus stand.

The bus stand, being managed by the PRTC, had been neglected for years. Though the corporation is earning huge revenues through entry fee and rents from shops, not even a single penny has been spent on its maintenance.

Stinking lavatories leave passengers breathless. People find it difficult to board and deboard buses during the rainy season as the place virtually turns into a lake.

Sources revealed though the grants were sanctioned for the renovating the bus stand on numerous occasions, but the authorities instead of making amendments, remained inactive on the pretext that a new bus stand would soon be constructed.

Residents had urged the higher authorities, including the Chief Minister and the transport minister, to improve the condition of the bus stand. Though then transport minister, Master Mohan Lal, during his visit to the town had promised to get it repaired, no action has been taken on his recommendations so far.

Balian, who visited the bus stand after being apprised of the situation about 10 months ago, had admitted laxity on part of the authorities. Though he, too, had assured to improve the civic amenities, nothing concrete has been done so far.

A delegation of residents led by councillor Ravinder Puri has now urged the halqa in-charge Iqbal Jhoondan to impress upon the authorities to get the needful done at the earliest. He claimed that he had already taken up the issue with the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. 

Unfulfilled Promise

The local bus stand is managed by PRTC. Though it earns huge revenue from the entry fee and rents from shops, not even a single penny has been spent on its maintenance. PRTC chief Ranjit Singh Balian had promised to provide basic amenities at the bus stand, but has failed to do so even after 10 months. Potholes dot the entry and exit points and parking lots. Stinking lavatories leave passengers breathless. People find it difficult to board buses during the rainy season as the place virtually turns into a lake



‘Changing weather may cause viral, bacterial infections’
Dust particles major culprit, dry spell to continue
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
Though the weather is normal and there is no chance of rain in the region, the dry spell weather conditions with dust particles scattered in the air have triggered off violent allergic reactions, viral and bacterial infections. City-based physicians believe that there has been up to 30 per cent increase in cases of viral infections and allergies being reported in OPDs of various hospitals and private clinics.

The dry spell accompanied with dust particles and pollution generated through burning of paddy straw in the open fields and pollution caused due to Diwali and lakhs of vehicles plying on the city roads have aggravated the problem further.

President of the Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) Association, Dr Hardip Singh, said dry spell was major cause of concern these days. “This condition is going to persist for a couple of days if it doesn’t rain. The situation isn’t going to improve unless it rains and allow the dust particles to settle down. As far as dengue is concerned, we can take precautionary measures but we can not help much for viral infections or allergies as the virus and the pollution is in the air”,” he added. Kamalpreet Kaur, an attendant with a pediatrician at Model Town, said the clinic remains flooded with patients from 10-1pm and 5-8 pm (clinic timings). “From new-born babies to adolescents, we see at least 30 to 40 children suffering from viral infections and respiratory problems. More cases have started pouring-in after the Diwali festival. Due to change in weather conditions (onset of winters), such infections are normal, but pollution from other factors has aggravated the problem further,” he added.

Meanwhile, Dr KK Gill an agro-meteorologist, Panjab Agriculture University (PAU), said, “There is no major change in the temperature, but it is going to remain dry for another couple of days.” 


Dry spell accompanied with dust particles and air pollution due to the burning of paddy straw in fields and pollution caused due to Diwali and lakhs of vehicles plying on the city roads have further aggravated the problem



Jashn-e-Sahir held at Nehru Sidhant Kendra
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
Jashn-e-Sahir 39th Annual All-India Mushaira was organised at Nehru Sidhant Kendra. Urdu poets from different parts of India took part in the event. Dr Kewal Dheer, Chairman, Adeeb International (Sahir Cultural Academy), was felicitated for bring awarded a citation in the House of Commons in Canada for his works in Urdu literature and poetry.

Eminent poets like Muhammad Iqbal, Haseeb Soz, Vishal Khullar and MF Farooqui took part in the mushaira. Haseeb Soz from Badaun said, “Punjab has a very discerning audience for poetry.” Talking about the degradation in poetry, he said today the poets were increasingly pandering to the popular taste by coming down to the level of the audience instead of taking them up with his good poetry.



ETT teachers stage protest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
Following lath charge and arrest of a few teachers in Bathinda yesterday, the ETT Teachers’ Union staged a protest outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office here today. They also submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner.

Irked over the erratic attitude of the state government, the union members raised slogans against it.

“We want teachers to be released quickly. We have been struggling for shifting us in the education department from the Zila Parishad for the past five years. Now, its do or die situation for us. Further course of action will be chalked out soon,” said Harbans Singh. 



Training in crop production concludes at PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana,October 31
A three-month training programme on “Crop Production” organised by the PAU Directorate of Extension Education for the rural youth concluded today. About 46 youths from different parts of Punjab attended the programme.

Chief guest Dr MS Gill, director, Extension Education, PAU, asked the youth to use the expertise of PAU scientists and make vital contributions to the field of agriculture and its allied sectors.

He advised them to adopt innovative technologies for lucrative agriculture. Dr Gill gave certificates to participants. Dr Tejinder Singh Riar, course coordinator, said during the course trainees were equipped with scientific knowledge about crop production, horticulture, vegetables, insect pests and disease management, animal husbandry, bee-keeping, mushroom cultivation and other farm-related activities.

He said such training programmes were organised twice a year for the benefit of the rural youth. In-charge of the Kairon Kisan Ghar Dr JS Bhalla proposed the vote of thanks.



Students go down memory lane
Our Correspondent

Doraha, October 31
Prof Gursharan Kaur, Dean, Alumni Association, Guru Nanak National College, extended a hearty welcome to old students of the college.

Dr Kuldip Singh, associate professor in political science, anchored the show. Joint secretary Tarlok Singh Jaggi, director Jaswant Singh Gill and principal Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu recalled the contribution of the alumni of the college in enabling the institution to acquire its present status. Old students too recalled nostalgically the days spent in the institution. Executive committee of the Alumni Association was formed on the occasion. A cultural programme was also held.




Symposium on poultry production
The department of livestock production management, College of Veterinary Science, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, is organising a national symposium on “Emerging Management Concepts for Sustainable Livestock and Poultry Production” and XIX annual convention of Indian Society of Animal Production and Management (ISAPM) from November 2 to 4.
There are 990 life members of the society and approximately 150 annual members register every year with the body. In all probability, approximately 200 life members from different states of the country and 100 local scientists are likely to participate in the symposium. Dr AL Saini, professor-cum-head, department of livestock production management, said livestock and poultry were integral components of more than 70 per cent agrarian people of India. The symposium will be conducted in six sessions. A session on scientist-farmer interaction will be the star attraction.



School & college

Seminar on significance of physics
To create awareness on importance of pure sciences, a seminar on “Significance of Physics in Modern Engineering” was organised for BTech students at Ludhiana Group of Colleges (LGC), Chaukimann, Ferozepur road. Prof Sarabdeep Kaur, professor, Sanmati Government College of Science Education and Research, Jagraon, was the key speaker on the occasion.

Students of various engineering streams must strengthen the concepts of pure sciences, said Sarabdeep. She reiterated the fact that India needed to create its own research and development facilities supported by centres of excellence in pure sciences to establish a strong infrastructure of indigenous technology development. During her interaction with students, she illustrated various applications of physics in modern industry. Dr Parm Pal Singh, principal, LGC, highlighted the benefits of learning pure sciences like physics. He urged students to update themselves with the latest developments in the subject by understanding the research contributions of nobel laureates to the field.

Rajeev Gulati, general secretary of the institution, thanked experts for their valuable contribution. Engineering and technology could not be understood without understanding concepts of pure sciences like physics, he added.

Workshop ends

The two-day workshop on “Quantitative Skills for Business Innovations” organised by the postgraduate department of commerce and business innovations, SCD Government College, Ludhiana, concluded on Sunday. The workshop was held for MCom students. It aimed at upgrading their quantitative skills to sharpen their ability to take quick decisions in their management career. On the second day, Dr Gursharanjeet Singh, a mathematician, spoke on latest developments in the quantitative field. Quantitative expert Dupinder Gujral presented her views on binomial theorem and its applications in business. The workshop was divided into two segments. In the first segment, students were given quantitative problems concerning the managerial decisions and were divided into groups to make presentations under the guidance of subject experts. In all, 11 quality circles were formed to make presentations and students were evaluated by the experts. The second segment involved discourses by the subject experts and discussion with students regarding their practical problems. Principal of the college Jasbir Kaur Makkar said the department of business innovations was using modern methodology of teaching which included workshops, seminars, group discussions, lecture methods and discourses by the experts from industry and academic field.

‘Halloween Party’

Students of Penguin Castle Preschool celebrated 'Halloween Party' with great vigour and enthusiasm. They came dressed as ghosts, skeletons, witches, devils, celebrities, princesses and pumpkins. Classrooms were decorated with pictures of white ghosts, black cats and orange pumpkins which are the traditional imageries of the special day. Candies were distributed among kids.—TNS



Ludhiana scan

‘Punjab Bachao Yatra’
Ludhiana MP and national spokesperson of the Indian National Congress Manish Tewari today said the ‘Punjab Bachao Yatra’ being led by PCC president Capt Amarinder Singh and the party in-charge Gulchain Singh Charak from Talwandi Sabo on November 1 will mark the beginning of the end for the corrupt Akali-BJP regime in the state. Tewari asked the Akali-BJP alliance to get ready for the exit as people of Punjab had already made up their mind to throw them out. The MP asked workers to maintain discipline and ensure that the Congress formed the government in the state. Ludhiana coordinator Jagmohan Singh Kang, DCC Ludhiana (urban) president Pawan Dewan and DCC (rural) president Malkiat Singh Dakha attended the meeting.

Pharmacists’ stir continues

The hunger strike by the struggle committee of Punjab State Pharmacist Association today entered its second day at Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital. While addressing a gathering, Ravinder Luthra and Shamsher Singh Kohri, both conveners, said the Punjab government was not fulfilling their long-pending demands. So they had decided to affect the health services in the state by going on mass causal leave on November 8 and 9.

Engineers’ meeting

A meeting of the Council of Diploma Engineers was held today in which it was stated that the struggle to get demands agreed to by the administration in January should be continued till they get implemented. After the meeting, the council members sent letters of their demands to the authorities.

365 examined at eye camp

Ludhiana: As many as 365 patients were examined during an eye check-up camp organised by the Rotary Club, Ludhiana, at Janta Model School, Harbans Nagar, Giaspura. Medicines were distributed among patients. — Tribune Reporters



Two girls abducted

Khanna, October 31
The local police is yet to trace two girls who were allegedly abducted by three unidentified persons in broad daylight on Saturday. The incident took place near GTB market. These girls were residents of Majra village near Khanna.

Khanna DSP Davinder Singh Dhuri said Baljit Singh, father of one of the girls, in a complaint lodged with the police alleged that his daughter had gone to Khanna for studying along with her friend. — OC



City youngsters not game for kabaddi
tribune news service

Ludhiana, October 31
Despite the hype over the Kabaddi World Cup, the sport is yet to strike a chord with the youngsters in the city. Cricket, tennis and now Formula 1 are ruling the minds of the youngsters, who do not know much about kabaddi.

Ishaan studying in Sacred Heart Convent School, BRS Nagar, does not know about the sport and is not interested in it.

Amrit Pal Singh of SCD Government College says that he preferred cricket over kabaddi. “I know the Kabaddi World Cup is starting, but I don’t think I will be following it,” he says.

“I have read about the world cup, but it is hardly known internationally. Even the players from different nationalities are mostly of India origin. So what’s the fun about calling it a world cup?” says Raghav Arora, a student of class IX.

Akhil Jain, another student, watched Formula 1 on television with his friends. Asked if would watch kabaddi too, he shook his head, saying it was a thing of the past and not considered a sophisticated sport.

“Playstation, X-box and mobile games on kabbadi should be made available and popularised to promote it among the urban youth,” says Harpreet Singh, a resident of Civil Lines. “Look at the quick success of the IPL and F1. It is so because of the style and glamour quotient attached to them. The Shahrukh element could be the first step in the direction,” he added.

Youngsters from in adjoining villages, however, are interested in the sport and are glad that it is gaining recognition and popularity. “The sport requires energy and power. It’s good that it is finally being recognised as a world sport with the world cup,” says Harpal Singh, who hails from Phullanwal village. 

Not glamorous

y Unlike the IPL and F1, the style and glamour factor is missing from kabaddi, making it an ‘unattractive’ sport for the urban youth.



Indian women’s team announced
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 31
After a series of trials conducted by the Punjab Kabaddi Association, names of the Indian kabaddi team (women) were announced here yesterday.

Sikander Singh Maluka, president of the body, said the selected players would represent India in the second edition of the World Kabaddi Cup.

The names of the players are (stoppers): Jatinder Kaur, Jasbir Kaur and Anu Rani from Jagatpur Academy near Nawan Shahr; Simarjeet Kaur and Manpreet Kaur of Bathinda; Mandeep Kaur of Amritsar and Ritu of Haryana.

Raiders: Priyanka Devi, Sukhwinder Kaur, Rajwinder Kaur, Meena, Kulwinder Kaur and Mandep Kaur, all from Jagatpur Academy and Suman Lata from Haryana.

Jaskaran Kaur and Manjit Kaur have been appointed chief as well as the assistant coaches, respectively. Besides them, SS Maluka, Devi Dyal, Shiv Dev Singh, Gurdeep Singh Malhi, Ranjit Singh and Pehalwan Gurmail Singh are the members of selection committee.



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