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Two hurt in gang war
Shivani Bhakoo and Lovleen Bains
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
Two youths-Surinder Singh (21) and Sandeep Singh Grewal (22)-sustained grievous injuries in a gang war that took place near Sanghued Marriage Palace, Kohara Chowk, here this evening. Surinder Singh from Sangowal village and Sandeep Singh Grewal from Khwajke village, who sustained bullet injuries in the incident, were admitted to Apollo Hospital and the CMCH, respectively.

Condition of both youths is stated to be critical. The incident took place at around 5:30 pm near the Kohara Chowk (Ludhiana- Chandigarh road). One of the eyewitnesses, said at Sanghu Marriage Palace, two groups from Meharbaan village and Khwajke had drinks during a party.

On some issue, they entered into a scuffle. The members from both groups reportedly manhandled each other. A person from Meharbaan village contacted one Surinder Singh from Sangowal village, who was known to both groups, to intervene.

Surinder Singh reached the place within 30 minutes asked both parties to calm down. The members dispersed in their respective vehicles. When Surinder Singh tried to stop the group from Meharbaan village by giving an indicator, latter thought that Surinder was playing foul. They (youths from Meharbaan village) started firing at Surinder and Sandeep Singh Grewal from Khwajke village separately. Both injured youths were immediately rushed to the local hospitals.

According to sources, Sandeep Singh Grewal is the brother of Khwajke village sarpanch and is a student of SCD Government College here. No case was registered till the filing of the report. 




Tea vendor’s wife murdered
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
Kiran Bala (23) was allegedly murdered in her house at New Madhopuri here today. Wife of a tea vendor, Kiran Bala, was alone in her house when this incident took place.

SHO of the Basti Jodhewal police station, Jatinder Singh, said a case was registered against a few unidentified persons on the basis of a complaint lodged by Kiran’s husband Suraj Kumar, a tea vendor, in New Madhopuri. According to Suraj, he came to the house for some work at around 12.30 pm and saw Kiran lying dead on a bed. There was a cut on her arm and she seemed to have been strangulated to death by the unidentified persons.

“Suraj found household articles scattered on the floor and Rs 1.5 lakh cash missing from the room. He also maintained that the family had been saving the money for the past 12 years. The couple has two children,” said the SHO.

“Suraj Kumar believes that the unidentified persons might have killed his wife in an attempt to decamp with the cash. But we are probing into the matter. The family hails from Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh,” said the SHO. 




21-yr-old commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
Taranjit Singh (21), a resident of Islam Ganj, committed suicide by hanging himself with a ceiling fan. According to the statement recorded by Hardeep Singh, brother of the deceased, Taranjit was suffering from depression and he took this extreme step at around 12:30 pm today.

Taranjit used to sell eggs on a handcart. But, he was out of the job for the past a few days. He got married to a girl about a year ago, but their relationship didn’t last long. The girl left his house and started living with her parents.

Taranjit had gone to his wife two days ago, but she refused to return. 


LPG delay leaves kitchens cold
November 10 deadline fixed to cushion the blow
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
Though the peak winter season is yet to arrive in the region, local gas agencies have already started projecting a “shortage” of LPG cylinders to consumers. As the enforcing authority (District Food and Supplies Department) itself has been getting regular complaints about it’s “shortage” with a few agencies from the consumers, the former have warned that if agencies failed to provide gas cylinders to consumers within seven days of the booking, department will depute its own staff, which will sit at offices of such agencies to ensure that the LPG is delivered to the consumer within stipulated time (seven-days).

Sales officers of Indian Oil Corporation, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum, during their recent meeting with officials of the District Food and Supplies Department, had admitted that there was a backlog of four to seven days with the gas agencies.

According to consumers, a few agencies were telling the former that the cylinders would be delivered after 10 to 12 days due to the “shortage”. Veena, a homemaker at the Civil Lines, said, “I got a connection of Bharat Gas a few days ago, but one of the employees of the agency told me that the cylinder will be delivered after 12 days. How am I going to run my kitchen without a gas cylinder? I have left with the gas for just two to three days and I have been enquiring about a cylinder from my friends and relatives, but no one has given me a positive response. I will have to buy the cylinder on the black market in case I don’t get any cylinder within two to three days,” added Veena.

Meanwhile, District Food and Supplies Officer Rajat Oberoi said the department, too, was getting numerous complaints about the delay in getting domestic cylinders. He said the department had sent its staff for checking the records of a few agencies. “We have already issued notices to two gas agencies due to several irregularities. Besides, we have warned agencies that if they fail to deliver cylinders to the consumers within seven days, we will depute our staff at their premises to ensure that the consumers don’t face harassment. They have been directed to put their houses in order by November 10. 



Man attacked by in-laws
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
Indresh Kumar ( 27), a resident of street No. 6, Upkaar Nagar, sustained grevious injuries when at least 10 persons, including women, attacked his house and stabbed Indresh in his stomach. Indresh was rushed to the local Civil Hospital from where he was referred to the DMCH. He was operated upon later in the evening. His condition is stated to be critical.

Indresh Kumar had a marital dispute with his wife Isha, a resident of the Dholewal Chowk, Isha was staying with her parents for the past several months. The couple has a three-year- old daughter out of the wedlock.

Relatives of the victim alleged that a case of marital dispute was going on between them at a local court. The wife (Isha) wanted to give custody of her three-years daughter to Indresh Kumar. “At around 3 pm, at least 10 persons, including in-laws of Indresh Kumar, attacked his house, broke the windowpanes and stabbed Indresh in his stomach.

He was shifted to the DMCH after his condition worsened. Division No. 4 police station SHO, Brij Mohan, said the matter was being investigated as the statement of the victim could not be recorded.



Rs 60,000 snatched
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
Two unidentified persons on a motorcycle snatched Rs 60,000 from a man coming from the Courts Complex, near the Major Sham Lal road here today. The particular road remains abuzz with activity and this incident took place at around 12:40 pm today. Meanwhile, no case has been registered in this regard so far.

Amit Kumar (26), a helper with a stamp vendor at the Courts Complex, was going towards the SBI’s, Treasury Branch, to get Rs 60,000 deposited (for stamp papers). As soon as he reached near the Major Sham Lal road, which is near GGN Khalsa College, two unidentified motorcyclists (one riding pillion) asked Amit to handover the cash. When the victim refused to budge, they manhandled Amit, snatched the money and fled from the spot. 



Mohali woman mom at 65!
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
After 40 years of married life, 68-year-old Hakim Singh and his wife Jaspal Kaur finally had a baby at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital about 10 days back.
Confirming this, hospital’s gynaecology department head Dr Promila Jindal said, “Jaspal Kaur is 65 years old.

She delivered a baby boy through caesarian about 10 days ago and was discharged today.”

Hailing from Rampur village in Mohali, the couple had been trying to have a child, until she had menopause.

The couple underwent infertility treatment at a local clinic. She had conceived with the help of a donor egg and became pregnant through in-vitro fertilisation.



Ludhiana-Delhi Shatabdi chugs off today
Starts at 4.40 pm, to cover 329 km, only 81 out of 350 seats reserved so far
Kuldip Bhatia
Cutlery and crockery trolleys and plastic crates kept outside a food store from where meals will be supplied to the passengers onboard the new Shatabdi train in Ludhiana on Thursday.
Cutlery and crockery trolleys and plastic crates kept outside a food store from where meals will be supplied to the passengers onboard the new Shatabdi train in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, November 3
The local railway station is abuzz with activity on the eve of the commencement of the new Ludhiana-New Delhi Shatabdi Express (12037/12038) which is to be flagged off by Minister of State for Railways KH Muniappa tomorrow afternoon.

Masons, carpenters and other workers were seen giving finishing touches to the temporary stage and a tent being erected near the parcel office on platform No. 1. Workers were seen busy cleaning the food store where construction work had just finished. Just outside the food store, cutlery and crockery trolleys as well as big plastic crates to be used by the catering staff on board the train were being readied. Elsewhere on the railway station, workers were busy cleaning the electronic display board, washing and scrubbing the platform and polishing the floors. The personnel and officials of the Railway Protection Force and the Government Railway Police are also in a state of alertness with security drills for the VIP visit.

However, uncertainty still surrounds the menu to be served to passengers onboard the train which is scheduled to leave for New Delhi at 4.40 pm. The contractor of the refreshment room, who has been entrusted with supplying food to passengers, confirmed that packed food will be procured from a local restaurant. However, he was unaware of the number of passengers travelling to New Delhi on the train’s maiden run. “I have been asked to hand over the packed food to the railway catering staff. The food packets given to me by railway officials will be delivered on time tomorrow. The meals onboard the train will be served by the Railway’s catering staff.”

As the new Shatabdi train was uploaded only last evening on the main railway server, the intending travellers were not able to book their tickets much in advance. Railway officials said that until this evening only 60 seats in chair car and another 21 in the executive class had been reserved. The total quota of seats in the two categories with Ludhiana is 350.

The new train to run via Sangrur and Rohtak will cover 329 kilometers as against 312 kilometer by other trains running via Ambala and Panipat. Even though the journey time on the new Ludhiana-New Delhi is an hour more than the Amritsar-New Delhi Shatabdi which stops at Ludhiana and the Swarn Shatabdi, fares on the new train are almost comparable. 



Delay in road construction harries residents
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, November 3
After the Jagraon municipal council, it is the turn of Punjab Mandi Board to face the ire of local residents for the delay in construction of the Raikot road here.
The delay in construction of the road between Ranji Jhansi Chowk and Raikot Adda has been inconveniencing commuters as well as residents of the area.

Residents of localities like Gandhi Mohhala, Sant Nagar, Jeevan Nagar, Mai Jeena Mohalla and the old city are facing a tough time due to the delay.

As a college is situated on the road, staff members and students have been going through a harrowing time for long.

The worst hit are the people suffering from asthma and other respiratory problems as they face difficulty while breathing due to the dust rising from the road. The civic body was supposed to construct the road, but when it failed to complete the construction on time, the work was outsourced to the Punjab Mandi Board about eight months ago following objections raised by area residents.

But even the board failed to complete the work. After levelling the road, the board stopped the work.

Interestingly, a few residents had installed a board on the road which read “Boundary of Canada Starts from Here” to provoke the authorities, but this had also failed to serve the purpose. About 1 km-long stretch of the road has not been re-carpeted for the past three years. Residents said the board officials had been unnecessarily delaying the work even as the government had already released the required funds for the purpose.

The board officials did not even level the road with a road roller.

“The authorities should have at least levelled the road properly. It seems that the authorities do not want to solve the residents’ problems,” said Baldev Singh, a student.

Residents have appealed to the state government to instruct the authorities concerned to complete the work at the earliest or else they would be forced to launch a struggle against the government.

When contacted, Mandi Board secretary Gurmel Singh said the construction work was delayed as we had to stop the work on account of the SGPC elections in September. Claiming that the Punjab Mandi Board was now well set to restart the construction work, he said the work would be completed in one month.



‘India rich in livestock’
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, November 3
The three-day national symposium on “Emerging Management Concepts for Sustainable Livestock and Poultry Production” and XIX annual convention of the Indian Society of Animal Production Management (ISAPM) being organised by the department of livestock production management, College of Veterinary Science, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, entered its second day.

Dr AK Srivastava, director and Vice-Chancellor, National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, delivered a lecture on “Emerging Management Concepts and Its Role in Livestock Management”. Dr Srivastava said India had vast resources of livestock which played a vital role in improving the socio-economic conditions of farmers.

“About 70 per cent of milk is produced by marginal and small farmers having two to four animals. Though India ranks first in milk production, still the productivity per animal is far behind the developing nations,” he added.

He stressed on the conservation of indigenous breeds of buffaloes and cows. He highlighted the strength and weakness of livestock and dairy sector in India. He emphasised on the proper management practices.

Dr DN Jana, president, ISAPM, and RS Kahlon, MD, Milk Fed Punjab, chaired co-chaired the session on feeding and general management, respectively.

An interaction session between scientists and farmers was held.

Dr OS Parmar, former DEE, GADVASU, was the guest of honour on the occasion. Farmers showed keen interest in the deliberations and desired that such type of interactions should be organised at regular intervals. Various queries on repeat breeding, milk processing, global trading, fodder conservation, scientific feeding and management were answered by the experts.



Pre-poll rush on
Many bigwigs to visit city in first half of Nov
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
As the state goes to the polls early next year, the city is set to witness heavy political activity in the next few days. Senior leaders of almost all political parties will be in the city to either address a rally or hold a meeting with party workers.

All political parties are holding a series of meetings, in which strategies for rallies and meetings are being planned. Union Minister of State for Railways KH Muniyappa will be in the city tomorrow.

Local MP Manish Tewari and he will flag off the Ludhiana-New Delhi Shatabdi at 4 pm. Yoga guru Ramdev will visit Jagraon and Raikot in the district tomorrow. He will hold a road show and lay the foundation stone of a hospital.

Darshan Singh Shankar, state organising secretary, Bharat Swabhiman Trust, has said Ramdev will lay the foundation stone of a hospital for which land has been donated by local resident Gurcharan Singh, owner of Shingar Cinema.

“After laying the stone at Raikot at 3:30 pm, Ramdev will proceed to Jagraon. He will hold a road show there and later go to Jalandhar,” he has elaborated.

On November 5, BJP president Nitin Gadkari will visit the city to attend a meeting of the state executive body at the Rotary Club at 11 am.

“BJP vice-president Shanta Kumar, all ministers, district presidents and other senior leaders of the party will attend the meeting,” BJP district president Rajiv Katna has said.

On November 12, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh will address a rally at the Dana Mandi on the Gill Road here.

“The rally will be part of the ‘Punjab Bachao Yatra’ of Capt Amarinder Singh. Senior leaders of the party will attend the rally,” district Congress committee (urban) president Pawan Dewan has said.

On November 13, senior BJP leader LK Advani’s ‘Jan Chetna Yatra’ will reach the city. Advani will address a rally at the Daresi Ground here the same evening.



Schoolteachers go on mass casual leave

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 3
Teachers of government-aided schools in this area went on a mass casual leave in protest against the alleged indifferent attitude of the government towards their long-pending demands, including the implementation of the already declared pension scheme. However, a few teachers of some schools taught their students even after officially proceeding on leave. Parents of affected students have urged the government to settle the issue.

Rajinder Singh and Subash Kumar Kaushik claimed that all government-aided schools in the city and the Sangrur district remained closed.

Pardeep Sharda, principal, MGMN Senior Secondary School, said those teachers who did not attend the rally in Jalandhar took classes. — OC



Furnace blast: Condition of most patients stable
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
The condition of those who had received burn injuries during the furnace blast at Pal Steels, Phase VII, Focal Point, yesterday was stated to be stable.

Doctors at the DMCH here attending on the nine victims maintained that four or five of them, with up to 50 per cent burns, were still critical. They added that the others were out of danger, but none of them had been discharged from the hospital so far.

Dr Ramneesh Garg said the injured were in the same condition, but were stable. He added, “Patients with burn injuries take a lot of time to recover.”

Roshan Lal, a migrant labourer from near Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, said his nephew Lalta Prasad (23) was among the victims.

“He is the eldest among six brothers and sisters. He has a young child and his wife is expecting again,” he said about his nephew.

“We have not informed the family back home as they will be worried. We are satisfied with the treatment being provided. Employers are bearing the expenses,” he added.

Salamuddin’s 38-year-old brother Saifuddin also received burn injuries. Salamuddin said the family was worried about Saifuddin’s health.

“We are from Bihar. His condition is stable. His wife and four children have been informed and they will be here. The incident has ruined our lives,” he said.

“Even after he is discharged, Saifuddin will not be able to go to work immediately. I do not know what will happen to the family,” he added in a choked voice.

The sole patient admitted to the CMCH, Raj Kumar (32), was stated to be serious. He received 75 per cent burns. Doctors maintained that his condition was critical.



‘Gopashtmi’ celebrated
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 3
Claiming that rearing of cows, both indigenous and exotic varieties, had saved the agrarian economy from collapsing, office-bearers of various religious and social organisations of the region called upon people to come to the rescue of “gaushalas”.

While cows provided milk, oxen sustained cultivation of fields, they maintained.

The office-bearers were addressing a gathering during “Gopashtmi” celebrations at Shri Radha Krishan Gaushala, Kaind village, near here, today.

A community kitchen for devotees was organised on the occasion. 



Strike affects studies
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, November 3
The decision taken by government-aided schoolteachers to go on mass casual leave has affected studies. A few school students attended classes under the supervision of ad-hoc teachers. Meanwhile, teachers claimed that they would take classes on weekends and holidays.

Teachers, including non-teaching staff, retired teachers and Class IV employees from 84 schools of the Ludhiana district, left for Jalandhar to protest against the government’s attitude towards their long-pending demands.

While Arya School, old sabzi mandi, Sargodha Senior Secondary School and Dasmesh Senior Secondary School, Gill road, remained closed, Malwa Khalsa Senior Secondary School and a few 
other schools remained open.

“We enjoyed the day as teachers did not turn up to take classes,” said a Class VII students of Malwa Khalsa Senior Secondary School.

“Our school is going to celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev,” said another girl.

Amarjit Singh Toni, a parent, said, “My kids are studying in Arya School. People are facing problems in every profession, but it is not the right way to protest. Teachers should adopt some positive ways to protest.”

Gurcharan Singh Chahal, president, Government-Aided School Teachers and Other Employees Union said, “We will be taking classes on weekends and holidays.”



Breast-feeding means less dental caries, say experts 
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
Dentists often recommend alteration in breast-feeding pattern, reduction in total number of feeds and avoidance of night-time feeds because of the risk of developing dental caries.

But actually, it is not wise to alter a baby’s nursing pattern, says Dr Rajinder Gulati, national trainer for infant and young child feeding.

A lactation consultant, Dr Gulati says, “There are several other factors associated with dental caries, like sugar (frequency being more important than amount), timing and amount of inoculation of strep mutans, saliva flow, enamel defects, oral hygiene, eating habits, sugary medicines and genetic predisposition.”

“Breast-feeding is much more than just nutrition. Its well-recognised benefits need not be compromised at any cost,” he says.

He further says there is no published or valid evidence to establish long-term, at-will breast-feeding a risk factor in baby bottle tooth decay (BBTD).

He adds that the limitation of the duration of breast-feeding has documented negative consequences both to the baby and the mother.

Says Dr Vikas Jindal, president-elect of the Indian Dental Association’s Ludhiana branch, “Bottle feed caries, which is also known as rampant caries, is caused by feeding with bottle at night, due to which milk gets polled up between the tongue and the teeth, increasing the possibility of caries at a much faster rate.”

He warns, “Howsoever hard one may try to sterilise those, nipples of bottles are potential carriers of cariogenic bacteria. BBTD is a disease of artificial feeding.”

Supporting breast-feeding, Dr Gulati says, “A majority of milk is expressed into the throat. During bottle-feeding, a majority of the content of the bottle is dumped into the mouth and pools around the teeth, leaving the teeth more prone to decay.”

He asserts, “Research has shown that caries can be infectious. When an infant is born, the mouth is basically sterile. It does not have decay causing bacteria in the mouth, which are acquired or inoculated at some later point in life. The timing and amount of inoculation may determine the risk of decay.”

He further says, “An infant can be inoculated by strep mutans in many ways like kissing and using the same spoon. Once exposed to strep mutans, the critical issue is how often the infant is exposed to sugar.”

He adds, “This frequency is more important than the amount of sugar. A low bacteria count with more sugar exposure can be as cariogenic as a high bacteria count with less sugar exposure.”



Docs press panic button
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
Local hospitals and clinics continue to receive suspected dengue patients while some doctors have been creating panic among patients.

Just by coming across some symptoms, these doctors have been telling patients that they are suffering from dengue.

Fifty-year-old labourer Sumitra Devi from Uttar Pradesh said, “I had fever a week back. The doctor gave me a medicine and my body temperature was back to normal.”

She added, “I visited his clinic after three days as I was feeling very weak. I was told that I had dengue and was asked to get a blood test done and eat kiwis.”

Daily wage worker Hemant Kumar’s son suffered also had high fever. He said, “The doctor injected an intravenous fluid and charged Rs 500, but my son did not recover.”

He added, “I took him to another doctor, who asked me to get his blood test done. The doctor said intravenous fluid was not required. My son recovered with homoeopathic medicines worth Rs 200.”

District epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma said, “I did not get any complaint from patients. If anyone comes across any problem, contact us at 0161-2444193.”

He further said, “Blood tests are being done free at Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital. In case the platelet count is low, we conduct the confirmatory ELIZA test free there.”

He added, “A total of 1088 dengue patients have been reported in the district. Another 520 patients from other districts are under treatment in local hospitals.”



‘vehras’ blossom under political partonage
Migrants rot as those with connections mint money
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
For them, it’s a home away from home. With an increase in the number of migrant population in the city, the illegal mushrooming of “vehras” has also soared.
These “vehras”, which are mostly owned by people having political links and also some political leaders, who hardly leave any opportunity to mint money, are rented out to migrants.

A “vehra” could also be termed as a classic example of how one human being exploits the other when it comes to providing hygienic living conditions. These “vehras” give shelter to lakhs of migrants living and working in the city.

These consists of four walls that enclose a crammed space of 6 feet by 8 feet where 5 to 10 migrant workers from states such as Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Orissa and others “live” with literally nil hygienic conditions. It’s a group of rooms with common urinals and bathing space.

The “rent” for a single room is being charged per person, which ranges from Rs 200 to Rs 700, depending on the area in which the “vehra” is located and the number of occupants in a room. The more the number of occupants, lesser is the rent.

For water, the occupants are dependent on either a handpump or a few taps. Cooking is done on kerosene stoves, either in the open or unventilated rooms, depending on weather conditions.

This has virtually made Ludhiana a hub of epidemic diseases, as every year during the outbreak of gastroenteritis, cholera and dengue, maximum cases are reported from these “vehras”.

The modus operandi adopted by owners is that they set up a shop outside these “vehras”. The occupants are forced to buy goods from that particular shop only. “And if we don’t purchase items from there, we are harassed,” said an occupant of a “vehra” located in Giaspura area of the city. Most of the “owners” of these shops act as “managers” and collect monthly rent from the occupants.

The main reason why this “vehra” business is flourishing in the city, where land is valued in crores, is that migrant labourers, who are able to earn a few thousand bucks every month, cannot spend much on accommodation.

“We spend very less and have to send some money back home as well, which is why, we cannot spend lavishly on accommodation as we are migrants and are not going to stay here forever. Most of us have families back home and even if we have to share a room with some other person, we don’t have any problem,” said another occupant of a “vehra” in Dhandari.

Another occupant of a “vehra” in Dhandari said every morning he saw the occupants fighting with each other as the number of urinals was less. “In our “vehra”, there are only four urinals for 30 rooms. Since early morning, people start lining up outside the urinals and keep jostling with each other to enter the urinal first.” 



Dancing straight into hearts
Two contestants selected for reality show
Tribune News service
‘Chance for Dance’ contestants Radhika (left) and Megha pose for photographers in Ludhiana on Thursday.
‘Chance for Dance’ contestants Radhika (left) and Megha pose for photographers in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune photo: himanshu mahajan

Ludhiana, November 3
“Chance for Dance powered by Avon Cycle”, a competition organised by “GroupK’s Media Delite” and Dancing Spirits Academy, gave two of its contestants Radhika and Megha aged between 15 and 18 a chance to perform in a reality show.

Radhika said, “I am really excited.”

Megha said, “I am on cloud nine and when I learnt that I will be sharing the stage with Saroj Khan, I was unable to contain my happiness.

I will always remember the show that gave me an opportunity to perform in front of star choreographers.”







Small-scale industry hails Cabinet decision
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
Industry sector in the city has welcomed the decision of the Cabinet for the mandatory 20 per cent procurement from small-scale industries by public sector units and government entities.

Badish K Jindal, president, Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association, said it was a good step. “It was a long awaited decision. We thank the government for this step. It is a good beginning, as the overall industry comprises about 80 per cent of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the procurement target should be increased from 20 per cent to 50 per cent to make it more proportionate,” he said.

Ram Lubahya, president, Industrial Welfare Association, Focal Point, also welcomed the decision saying the small-scale industry, which is facing problems would be benefited from this step.

Meanwhile, PD Sharma, president, Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said this was a diluted and incomplete step, as more need to be done on this front. To make this decision more effective, price preference of minimum of 20 per cent should also be given to the SME sector to aid the sector,” he said.

“It is a welcome step,” says SC Ralhan, president, Ludhiana Hand Tools Association. “As the government has stringent parameters, the units that have improved their quality stand a better chance of benefiting from this decision, for usually the small scale industry is less professional and systematic,” he said.



World day for organ donation

Ludhiana, November 3
Gift of Life-Organ Donation Awareness Society is celebrating World Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation on November 5 at Guru Nanak Public School. Dr Baldev Singh Aulakh, professor, urology, and head, transplant unit, DMCH, said students of 50 schools and 20 nursing colleges would be participating in various competitions, including poster making, dance, song and quiz.

Sewa Singh Sekhwan, Minister of Education, will be the chief guest. — TNS



PAU notes
Best paper award

Ludhiana: Associate professor of the PAU department of human development Dr Deepika Vig won the “Best Paper Presentation Award” during a national seminar on “Sustainable Development-A Collective Vision” organised by the Institute of Home Economics, Delhi University, from October 31 to November 1. She bagged the award for her paper entitled “Impact of socio-emotional maturity on parent-teen relationship” and a cash prize for being the “Best Speaker of the Session”.


A meeting of Sports and Youth Activities Council of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) was held under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon. The schedule for inter-college sports competitions for the academic session 2011-12 was finalised. Dr DS Cheema, director, students welfare, said in order to boost and encourage students in sports and co-curricular activities, the council had approved 35 university merit certificates and 11 university colours.

He said the council also enhanced the diet money for sportspersons so that the balanced and nutritious food could be provided to them. In view of the increasing number of sportspersons, the council raised the scholarship money and increased the sports scholarships from four to six. He said an award would be instituted in the name of Lt Triveni Singh Thakur for meritorious students.

Dr Cheema said for the smooth conduct of sports and extra-curricular activities, various committees had been constituted. Presidents of these panels include Sarabjit Singh (athletics), Dr SS Mahal (badminton and lawn tennis), Dr TS Riar (basketball), Dr SK Gupta (cricket), Dr BS Sohal (cycling), Dr RS Jassal (handball), Dr VS Hans (hockey), Dr NK Khullar (swimming), Dr Sunil Garg (table tennis), Dr Allah Rang (volleyball), Dr SS Sidhu (weightlifting), Dr MS Toor (fine arts), Dr Jatinder Kaur Gulati (Guru Gobind Singh study circle), Dr DS Dhillon (trekking), Dr SS Hundal (speakers’ forum) and Gurbhajan Singh Gill (Young Writers Association).

Dr Cheema will be the chief organiser of all activities. Dr Jagjivan Kaur, deputy director, sports, and Nirmal Jaura, deputy director (public relations), PAU, will be the the deputy chief organisers.

Training camp

A monthly training camp for members of the PAU Kisan Club was organised under the aegis of the Directorate of Extension Education here today. During the camp, farm experts educated farmers about Rabi crops with prime focus on the disease control measures, seed treatment, weed management, cultivation of pulses and the importance and health benefits of winter vegetables. Apart from this, various farm-related issues were discussed.

President of the club PPS Pangli laid emphasis on the judicious use of fertilisers in view of the rising prices of the same. He said the next meeting would be held on December 1 at Borlaug Wheat Auditorium of the PAU.

Remarking that the university was a role model for the farming community, Dr TS Riar, coordinator of the club, asked farmers to go in for cooperative farming. — TNS 



Civic body refuses to provide info to RTI activist
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
Are officials of government departments taking the Right to Information Act (RTI) seriously? This does not seem true when it comes to the Ludhiana municipal corporation (MC), where information was not provided to a city resident, despite the fact that the official concerned from the House Tax branch, was instructed by MC Commissioner AK Sinha to provide the same to the RTI activist.

An RTI activist, Kuldeep Singh Khaira, lamented that during a hearing in front of the MC Commissioner on Tuesday, the MC officials were asked to provide information, which he never received. He said after issuing these orders, the Commissioner disposed of his application and still he failed to receive the information.

“When we came out of Sinha’s office, the official concerned asked whether I wanted to inspect the information. The official added that he would get a photocopy of the entire file related to the information and inform me by 3 pm the same day i.e. Tuesday. He even noted down my mobile phone number, but till date, I have not received any call in this regard,” said Kuldeep Singh Khaira, an RTI activist.

Khaira said the first appellate authority (FAA), MC Commissioner AK Sinha, had disposed of my appeal with the direction to the APIO to give all information on the subject matter on payment to which I agreed in protest as the application was moved on July 19 and the PIO was supposed to give the information free of cost.

On July 19, Khaira had sought information pertaining to the ‘house tax collection’ of property (bearing No. 316/22A) registered in the name of Dr DN Kotnis Health and Education Centre, Salem Tabri, along with the shops rented out by the said society for the past many years.

“I had also sought information related to names and designations of the officials who were to make efforts to recover house tax from the building owner, a certified copy of the information on record, including file notings, statements, orders, inquiry reports, opinions, advices and reports generated in the office or in the field offices as well as received from other offices/other persons on the subject matter.” I had asked them to provide a certified legible copy of the property in case the officials concerned had failed to recover the house tax. “If no house tax was recovered, are the officials mentioned above not guilty of violating rules by not making efforts to recover the house tax of the building?” asked Khaira.



Getting dressed up for gala opening
CM likely to inaugurate it on Nov 29
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh,November 3
While architects of the state government are busy giving final touches to Wada Ghallughara Memorial at Rohira, the administration has started making arrangements for formal inauguration of the memorial by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

A team of officials led by Sangrur Deputy Commissioner Kumar Rahul and Malerkotla SDM Sonali Giri visited the site and directed officials of the civil construction department to ensure the completion of memorial on time.

Kumar Rahul said though final date for the formal inauguration of memorial was yet to be decided, rank and file in the administration had been directed to ensure that no inconvenience was caused to those coming to attend the inauguration function.

However, sources revealed that the CM would dedicate the memorial to the people of state on November 29.

Rahul also asked Sonali Giri to convene a meeting with farmers whose land had been earmarked for establishing parking places and other purposes. Adequate compensation should be given to farmers for losses suffered by them due to the delay in cultivation of wheat, said Rahul.

Earlier, defying apprehensions about the delay in erection of memorial, Darbara Singh Guru, principal secretary to the Punjab Chief Minister, had asserted that the construction would be completed by July 25.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had asked the officials concerned to get the work on all three memorials at Kahnuwal, Chaparchiri and Rohira expedited and completed without further delay so that these could be inaugurated before the implementation of code of conduct due to forthcoming Assembly elections.

Foundation stone of the memorial was laid by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on October 18 last year. Though initially it was declared that the project would be completed at an estimated cost of Rs 9 crore, sources in the administration said at least Rs 15 crore had already been spent.

Residents of the area had apprehended that the project would not be completed during the present tenure of the state government.

Taking cognisance of these allegations, senior leaders of the ruling party in the state government had urged the Chief Minister to impress upon the officials concerned to ensure that the project was completed within the stipulated period.



International sports coaching at schools
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
Idea Cellular is giving sportspersons in various disciplines at schools here the chance to get trained by coaches at the national level.
This is a part of the first phase of the ‘Idea Junior Champions League’, launched recently to identify and recognise sports talent at 72 schools across Punjab.

Coaches with the Punjab sports department recently visited Guru Nanak Public School, CFC Public School, Shri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Baba Ishar Singh Senior Secondary School, Shemrock Christian School, Bharatiya Vidya Mandir, Alpine International School, Shri Guru Ram Rai Senior Secondary School, Saraswati Modern Senior Secondary School, BCM Public School and DAV Public School here.

They gave students tips on international strategies, techniques, equipment and rules in individual and relay races, long jump, shot put, javelin throw, volleyball, hockey and judo to help them hone their skills.

Idea Cellular’s chief operating officer for Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh Anish Roy said, “We wish to build a talent base in the state, by giving young athletes a platform to showcase their talent.”



Inter-polytechnic games begin
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
The inter-polytechnic kho-kho and badminton games were inaugurated at the Government Polytechnic College here today.
Ten teams were participating in these games. In kho-kho, Malout beat Borawali, Ajitwal beat Hoshiarpur and Ludhiana beat Malout.

In badminton matches on the first day, Ludhiana defeated Ramgarhia and Amritsar defeated Mohali.



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