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Boy critical after getting shock from hi-tension wires
Was playing by tying a stone with a kite string (gaati) on the top of his house
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service
The victim’s half-burnt shirt lying on the top of the house at the New Kundan Puri area in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
The victim’s half-burnt shirt lying on the top of the house at the New Kundan Puri area in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune photos: Himanshu

Ludhiana, November 9
An eight-year-old boy Badaami, hailing from a migrant family, was seriously injured when he got a shock from high-tension wires passing over his house in the New Kundan Puri area of the city this afternoon.

The boy was playing by tying a stone with a kite string (gaati) on the top of his house. He was rushed to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in a critical condition.

Area residents said the incident took place around 2 pm.

“The incident took place when the kite string came in contact with 66-kv high-tension electricity cables passing over the top of the house. We heard a big bang and thought that an LPG cylinder might have exploded. It was later that we came to know that a young boy had been electrocuted. Even his clothes had caught fire,” said area resident Om Parkash.

Badaami was immediately rushed to the DMCH and the doctors attending on him said he had suffered 98 per cent burn injuries and his condition was critical.

The boy, along with his father Bihari Lal and his family members, is living in a rented accommodation owned by one Rattan Singh in street number 3 of New Kundan Puri. When this incident took place, Badaami was playing on the roof of his house.

The impact of this incident was such that electrical appliances and fittings of adjoining houses and shops had got badly damaged.

Munish Aggarwal, owner of Mangal Medicos and Department Store, said that a TV set, refrigerator, fans, tubes, bulbs and water motor were badly damaged. “The blast was of such an intensity that flames came out of the TV set. Not only this, some of our clothes lying near the TV even caught fire. Had we not doused the flames on time, the extent of the loss would have been more,” he said.


Rs 1.5 lakh snatched from woman
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
Rs 1.5 lakh was allegedly snatched from a woman by two unidentified youths in the Shimlapuri Area here today. The police has registered a case against the youths.
According to Brij Mohan, investigating officer, Aarti Jain, aged 35, wife of Vijay Kumar Jain, a resident of Street Number 1, Shimlapuri, was coming back from bank after withdrawing money when the incident took place.

He said Aarti had taken about Rs 90,000 from home and had to withdraw about Rs 50,000 from Punjab National Bank, Shimlapuri branch, today. She asked her son to come to the bank, as the payment was to be delivered to someone. When she withdrew the money from the bank, she called up her son and told him that she would come on her own as the house was about 200 yards away from the bank. On the way, Aarti stopped to purchase vegetables and fruits. She was carrying three polythene bags.

On the way, two youths on a motorcycle, who probably knew that the woman was carrying money, stopped her and asked Aarti to hand over the bag with the money but she resisted. One of them snatched all the polybags she was carrying and both youths fled from the scene.



MC strikes again, demolishes encroachments
Model Town Extension Area
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
After Ludhiana Tribune reported that encroachments had come up in the Model Town Extension area yet again after these were removed on November 4, an MC team demolished the structures this morning. This is the same place, where Assistant Town Planner (ATP) Kamaljit Kaur was roughed up by a group of women.

During today’s drive, the MC team did not want to take any chances and was accompanied by female police constables.

“Three people had built jhuggis on the government land again and today, we demolished these structures and even warned them that if they construct any jhuggis again, we would get a case registered against them,” said ATP Kamaljit Kaur.

Another encroachment in Ghumar Mandi was also removed by the MC. There is 1500 sq yards of land which, as per the town planning scheme area number 2 part 2, is a park.

“A total of 62 people had encroached upon this park by building shops and the matter is in court. Now, one person named Hari Kamaljit has started constructing three shops on the same piece of land. We had demolished these around a month ago and again on November 4. But this person was not stopping the construction, despite the fact that we had warned him twice. So today, we again demolished his shop and gave him a strict warning that if he goes ahead with the construction, we would take strict action against him,” said the ATP.

MC officials had to face a tough resistance from owners of Amar Sweets, who have their workshop in Haibowal. The MC team had gone to seal the workshop as some area residents were objecting to it.

A few days ago, the main door of this workshop was sealed by the MC team. “But now, the owners started using another entry point to run their workshop, which is wrong. So today, we sealed the entire workshop,” said ATP Kamaljit.

But as soon as the owners came to know about this development, they reached the spot and objected to the drive. Some people even tried to block the main road, but it was at the intervention of the police accompanying MC officials that the shops were sealed.

“Later, the shop owner met MC Commissioner AK Sinha and gave a written undertaking that he would remove the boiler lying in his shop in next three-four days. After getting this assurance, the seals were opened later in the evening,” said Kamaljit Kaur.



Rs 500 fine for harbouring dengue mosquito
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
Officials of the health department today held a meeting with Deputy Commissioner Ludhiana Rahul Tiwari regarding dengue.
After the meeting, Dr Kulwinder Singh, District Health Officer, Ludhiana, said, “We have decided to fine residents on finding dengue mosquito or dengue larvae on their premises and also for finding stagnant water on private premises, which give open shelter to mosquito breeding.”

He further said that the fine imposed for any of these irregularities would be Rs 500 per house. He said, “Our teams keep visiting residential areas from time to time to make people aware about it. But we have seen that people still do not bother about the instructions. So now these these teams will also fine the residents for finding mosquito, larvae or stagnant water in their houses.”



Sale of 4 shops in prime locality yields Rs 3.50 cr
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, November 9
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) today netted around Rs 3.50 crore from the sale of four single-storeyed built-up shops in upmarket Green Park Enclave in Canal Colony on the Pakhowal road at a marginal premium over the reserve price.

On offer for sale through open auction were 11 shops in the well-developed commercial hub, but the low turnout of the intending buyers at the auction made the PUDA authorities withdraw the offer for the remaining seven shops.

PUDA Additional Chief Administrator Jaswant Singh who, along with estate officer Jeet Ram, conducted the auction proceedings, said the lowest and highest successful bids for the four shops that went under the hammer ranged between Rs 2,53,600 and Rs 2,53, 700 per square metre as against the reserve price of Rs 2,53,493 per square metre. The sold single-storeyed built-up shops had varying floor areas between 27.86 and 38.21 square metres.

In May 2011 also, the PUDA authorities had conducted an open auction to sell 14 shops of varying sizes in the same market. But due to the poor response from the buyers, only four shops could be sold at a premium of around Rs 5,000 per square metre. While an equal number of shops were sold at the auction conducted today, the premium over the reserve price had further dwindled this time.

Even though the PUDA/GLADA had an enviable track record of selling both commercial and residential properties at a handsome premium, the overall recessionary trends in the real estate sector, coupled with unrealistic reserve price of the properties put on offer had, of late, kept the bidders away from the public auctions. This has become more than evident now that the buyers and speculators were shying away even from prime commercial properties, offered for sale by PUDA/GLADA. There have been at least half a dozen instances during the last couple of months when either the auction had to be called off or very few of the total sites proposed to be sold, attracted buyers.

Like realtors and property advisors, PUDA/GLADA officials were also now coming to the view that the reserve prices of properties, especially commercial sites or built-up booths or shops, put up for sale through public auction, were on a higher side compared to prevailing market prices.

"Moreover, unlike open market where under-valuation of the properties for the purpose of registration of sale deeds is a common practice, and use of black money in the real estate market is a norm, those offering bids at public auction for commercial or other properties have to make payment from their declared income. This is a big deterrent to the buyers and speculators to go for PUDA/GLADA properties which defies any practical solution," said a PUDA official requesting not to be named.



Boy critical after dog bite
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khamano, November 9
Panic gripped Farour village when stray dogs bit a boy when he was coming to his home from school. Shubam Rana (5), a student of LKG, was coming to his home when suddenly stray dogs attacked him. Hearing his loud cries, several villagers rushed to the site and saved the child with great difficulty, although he was seriously injured.

He was rushed to a private hospital from where he was referred to the CMC Hospital, Ludhiana, in a critical condition.



Couples’ excitement unlimited; Moms-to-be on cloud nine
Getting married on 11.11.11
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
November 11, 2011 (11.11.11). The unique day comes after every 100 years and several marriage palaces, banquet halls and leading beauticians in the city are booked for the couples getting married on this day.

The "lucky couples" getting married on 11.11.11 seem to be really excited. While some would-be brides said the date was not planned by the family, as the latter believed in whatever the priests suggested, many said the day was planned much in advance as the day came after every 100 years.

For Ruchi, a local resident, the day was not planned by the families. Instead, the marriage palace in which the families wanted to organise the function, was available on this date. "But later, we realised the importance of the day. I am happy that I am tying the nuptials on 11.11.11," she said.

Navdeep Kaur, a resident of Kapurthala, who is getting married to a local boy Mohandeep Singh on November 11, however, said that both families had planned the particular date for the marriage ceremony. She and her fiance were very excited about the memorable date. "It was not by chance. The families and both of us had planned for this date to get married. The same date will now come after 100 years, so it will be a memorable wedding. Even while extending the marriage invitations, we got many compliments regarding the date," said Navdeep.

Indira Ahluwalia, a local beautician, said for 11.11.11, she had about six bridal bookings. "Besides marriages, there are many engagement functions on November 11. Since the date is unique, young girls are too excited,"said Ahluwalia.

Anjali Narula, another girl getting married day after tomorrow, said her family believed in rituals and traditions and the date was suggested by the family priest. "But later, we all felt so happy as it will be a unique day ," said Anjali. For Manmeet, an NRI from Australia, the wedding date was planned last year in November on her engagement. "I am so happy. Paramjit Singh, my fiance, is also from Australia but both families are basically from Ludhiana. On our engagement that happened in November last, the families had decided the date. Since we are starting a new life, I pray to God for His blessings always," said Manmeet in an exciting manner.



Planning delivery on 11.11.11
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

 Ludhiana, November 9
A few hours are left for November 11 and expectant mothers have already fixed the date with their gynaecologists for delivering their baby on this day.
Some want to deliver it due to the unique date, while others want to have the "lucky" baby by undergoing caesarian section on that day.

Dr Suman Puri, an Associate Professor in the department of gynaecology and obstetrics at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, said,"I have two patients who are willing to have babies on 11.11.11. One of them is Nisha from Jalandhar who has already been admitted at the gynaecology ward. Narender Pal Kaur is from Ludhiana district."

Talking to The Tribune, Narender Pal Kaur, a resident of village Dalla, said,"I am a heart patient and have a four-year-daughter. This is my second delivery and my husband is away to Dubai with his job. I have decided to deliver the baby on November 11 due to my heart problem as well as due to the unique date."

Interestingly, Dr Vanita Aggarwal of Balaji Hospital has two delivery patients for two unique days. She said,"Preet Kanwal will get admitted today at night in the hospital as she wants to deliver the baby on Gurpurb i.e. tomorrow . While Gagandeep Kaur will come tomorrow to hospital for getting the labour induced as she wants to have the child on November 11."

Dr Tejinder Kaur, a senior gynaecologist at Mohan Dai Oswan Cancer Hospital, said she too had a patient willing for delivery on that day. While Rakesh Kumar, husband of Preeti Bansal, an expectant mother, said,"We wanted to deliver the child on November 11 but now doctor has told us that it could also be a normal delivery. So we have decided not to go for the caesarian section on November 11."

Dr Vani Thapar of Suman Hospital said two patients who were to undergo the caesarian section have got their dates fixed on November 11 in our hospital.

Some thought otherwise

Dr Parminder Kaur Shah of Shah Nursing Home said,"I had one patient who was earlier interested in the caesarian section on November 11. But later, she requested me to postpone her date of delivery by giving the plea,"We asked our family astrologer but he told us that stars of the baby will not be good for the parents, so we decided to postpone the date."



Delay in paddy procurement worries farmers
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, November 9
In a stark contrast to the tall claims being made by the SAD-BJP alliance government in the state regarding timely procurement and lifting of paddy crop from the grain markets of the state, hundreds of quintals of PUSA 44 variety of paddy crop have been laying unsold at the Jagraon Grain Market, the second largest grain market in Asia.

As only a few months are left for the next assembly elections in the state, farmers were hoping that their crop would be procured without any delay. Though the paddy crop of most of the farmers has already been procured by the government agencies without any problem, there are many others who are still waiting for their crop to be sold.

A large number of farmers from the nearby villages, particularly who had harvested PUSA 44 in their fields, have been putting up at the local grain market for seven to 10 days now. But their wait does not seem to be come to an end soon, as none of the government agencies have procured their crop on the pretext that the crop is having more amount of moisture as fixed by the government about procuring paddy crop from the farmers.

The farmers have to spend their days and nights at the grain market to keep their crop secure. “I had brought my crop to the grain market on October 28 and since then I have been waiting for the procurement of my crop, which is still lying unsold in the market. Market Committee officials have asked me to wait for some more days and let the crop ripe and dry completely before its procurement,” said Paritam Singh, a farmer from Agwar Pona village near Jagraon.

He further rued, “Though more than 10 days have passed since I brought my produce to the market. After remaining under the sun for 10 days, the crop seems to be completely dry and ready to sell, but it is still lying unsold. I do not know how much time the government will take to procure my produce.”

Farmers said, PUSA 44 takes 10-15 extra days to ripe and dry completely as compared to other varieties of paddy and therefore, it requires to be planted in advance. But since the government has banned advance planting of paddy, the farmers have no option but to plant PUSA 44, along with other varieties of paddy, which results in some delay in ripening of the variety.

Harjit Singh, another farmer from Dholan village, said, “I had brought my produce to the market about one week ago. Though my crop has been completely dried, the government agencies are still not buying it. It is difficult to spend the whole day and night in the grain market while waiting for the procurement of the crop. The government should ask the concerned authorities to procure the crop lying in the markets as soon as possible.”

The farmers have appealed to the government to let them sow PUSA 44 10 to 15 days in advance, so that it can completely ripe and dry along with other varieties of paddy.

Nachatar Singh, secretary of market committee, Jagraon, said there was no delay in procurement of the paddy crop and only those crops were not being procured, which contained more moisture as fixed by the government.

However, he assured that the crop, which has not been procured so far will also be procured within a couple of days.



Two die in head-on collision
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khamano November 9
Two persons were killed and other two were critically injured in a head on collision of a truck and a car on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road at Khamano.
Sources said the accident happened when a car, was coming from Chandigarh, reached near Khamano, collided with a speeding truck, coming from the opposite side. A motorcyclist, coming from Khamano, also fell victim to the accident.

Four persons sustained critical injuries in the accident and were rushed to the Civil Hospital. Two of them died on the way to the hospital.

The victims have been identified as Mandeep Singh (26), Jasvir Kaur (60) and Baljeet Kaur (wife of the deceased Mandeep Singh). Sehaj Preet (3) escaped unhurt.

A motorcyclist, Parminder Singh of Kalewal Jhalian village was also seriously injured.

The injured were rushed to Civil Hospital, Khamano, from where they were referred to PGI.

The Khamano police has registered a case under Sections 279, 337, 304 A 
of the IPC and is looking for the accused driver who managed to escape from the accident scene.



Attendance rule defied by lecturers
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
Government college lecturers have refused to follow the instructions of Director of Public Instruction (DPI) to mark the daily attendance. Meanwhile, the lecturers say they are gazetted officers so they are not bound to mark their attendance.

DPI (colleges) had issued a letter to the government colleges at the outset of the session that every lecturer would have to mark the attendance on daily attendance register. On the other hand, the lecturers argue that everyday they submit students’ attendance to the principal so it is enough to show their presence in the college.

Jaipal Singh, president of Government College Teacher Association, said, “Lecturers are class one officers. Government has given us gazetted rank, so we are not bound to mark daily attendance. It is a matter of dignity. Our work is evidence of our attendance.”

The teachers admit that vigilance is needed on attendance but daily attendance register is not the suitable option.

“If you want good academic results, giving some freedom to the teachers is must. Strictness in attendance may adversely affect studies because creativity does not develop in boundaries. Teachers are not official bureaucrats. They have to work even on weekends and for late hours to earn good results,” said professor Ashwani Bhalla from SCD Government College.

“DPI had issued a letter to all the government colleges in the beginning of the academic session but the lecturers refused to do it. I presented the point of view of the teachers to DPI. No feedback from him has come back yet,” said Jasbir Kaur Makkar principal SCD Government College.



PAU organises 35 market awareness camps for farmers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is now extending its extension activities in the areas which remained uncovered earlier. Under the directions of PAU Vice-Cancellor Dr BS Dhillon, the university extension specialists organised 35 camps in the grain markets of the various districts in Punjab for one month. Besides acquainting the farmers with marketing of the paddy crop, the PAU scientists educated them about the marketing and the sowing of the wheat crop, said Dr MS Gill, director of extension education, PAU here today.

Dr Gill said the extension specialists explained the farmers about the market fee, unloading of the crop, cleaning and other charges. The farmers, in particular, evinced keen interest in sowing the wheat crop without burning paddy straw in the fields, said he, adding they were familiarised with the Happy Seeder technology which had solved this problem.

Referring to the wheat varieties, Dr Gill said the farm experts also told the farmers that PAU had recommended PBW 621, HD 2967, PBW 550, DBW 17, PBW 502, PBW 343, WH 542, WHD 943, PDW 314, PDW 291, PDW 233 and TL 2908 varieties under the timely sown irrigated conditions. Under the late sown irrigated conditions, PBW 590, PBW 509, PBW 373 and TL 1210 varieties had been recommended.

Varieties PBW 527 and PBW 175 had been recommended under timely sown rainfed conditions. 



Cultural items mark prize distribution

Khamano November 9
The Students Education and Welfare Society Khamano organised its annual prize distribution ceremony at Government Senior Secondary School, Khamano.
Former Vice-Chancellor of PAU, Dr MS Kang, was the guest.

Top three position holders of all the classes were honoured on the occasion. The students presented cultural items at the end of the ceremony. — OC



Govt colleges cry for renovation
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Walls of Government College for Girls in a dilapidated condition in Ludhiana.
Walls of Government College for Girls in a dilapidated condition in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana November 9
As Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal claimed that the government would build 17 new government colleges to uplift higher education in the state, the government colleges that are already functioning are facing scarcity of funds, as buildings of these colleges are in a bad shape.

Ludhiana has two government colleges, SCD Government College, which is co-educational, and Government College for Women. Buildings of both colleges require renovation, as the colleges were established during the British Rule. With the passage of time, the colleges introduced new courses and constructed some buildings with PTA and MP local area funds. Student strength of the colleges has been increasing over the years, but the government aid has remained constant.

The Government College for Women has sent a proposal to the government several times requesting renovation of old building and construction of new buildings. Last month, the Chief Minister inaugurated “Mai Bhago cycle scheme” in the college. The college authorities reminded him about the promised funds and he replied, “Send the proposal at Chandigarh.”

SCD Government College, established in 1920, has roofs and walls of old building in a dilapidated condition. Bicycle sheds seem dangerous, but students have no other option but to park their vehicles there. Problems are not restricted to the college building, but the principal, too, is facing a number of problems, as the principal residence also requires renovation.

Jasbir Kaur Makkar, principal SCD Government College, said, “We wrote several times to the Punjab works department (PWD) but they have a single answer that they have no funds. Renovation of old building is needed soon. The government should release funds for the colleges.”

Gurminder Kaur, principal Government College for Women, said, “Our college building is much better than other government colleges. Only a few sections of the building are in a bad shape. We have sent a project of the new building to the government, but have not get any response yet.”



Yoga classes to begin in jails soon, says new DGP
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
Taking a cue from the yoga guru, Swami Ramdev, inmates and undertrials in jails across the state would soon be seen doing pranayam, kapalbhati, Surya Namaskar and other asanas. Not only this, but even sports events would be organised on the jail premises.

This was disclosed by newly appointed DGP (Jails) Shashi Kant, who visited the Central Jail, here today.

A senior jail official said the DGP stressed on starting yoga classes in all jails of the state. “We want to channelise the energy of inmates and undertrials in the right direction, for which yoga is the best way.”

During his visit, the DGP even chaired a meeting of Senior Superintendents and Superintendents of all jails of the state. At this meeting, the jail officials raised several issues such as shortage of staff, which they said, is hampering their functioning.

Reacting to it, the DGP said the process of recruiting jail staff had already started and new staff would join duty soon. He also informed that for purchasing new vehicles for the jail staff, he is in talks with the state government. On the shortage of doctors in jails, the DGP said doctors were appointed in jails. But after some time, they get posted at some other places,” he told the officials.



Commuters cry foul as forced to pay ‘unjustified’ toll
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, November 9
Commuters on the Ludhiana-Patiala route cry foul, as they were forced to pay “unjustified” toll, despite the fact that the toll barrier has been shifted three years ago. “Why are commuters being asked to pay toll?” questioned Khushal Jaggi, who commutes from Doraha to Ludhiana.

“The buses coming from Jalandhar or Ambala have paid toll on the way and hence it is justifiable for them to collect it from the passengers, but a bus starting from Ludhiana and ending its journey at Patiala has no toll barrier on the way. Then the question arises then why are the passengers being made the scapegoats in the entire process? Has the skyrocketing prices and inflation left anything to be tested and tried by the transport authorities?” cried Anudeep Sharma, who commutes between Patiala and Doraha and feels the pinch heavily.

“Every time a passenger travelling from Ludhiana to Doraha pays Rs 2 extra in the form of toll, despite the fact that the toll plaza has already been shifted. Similarly, the commuters commuting between Ludhiana and Patiala are charged Rs 5 to Rs 6 extra in the form of toll fee. The matter has been conveyed to the authorities, but till date no action has been taken or no amends have been made as per the demands of the passengers, who continue to get engaged in an altercation with conductors and drivers over the issue, but to no avail,” alleged Jandeep Kaushal, chairman, Youth Forum, Doraha.

The transport minister, in his recent statement, had clarified that the user charges shall be applicable to the passengers who use toll road. “But the transport authorities, under the guise of toll barrier, are extracting money from the passengers,” rued Joginder Kirti, a shopkeeper of Doraha, who has to commute from Doraha to Ludhiana.

A transport official on the condition of anonymity acknowledged the problem faced by passengers, however, was of the view, “Such a demarcation is not easy to make. The fares have to be kept equal otherwise no passenger travelling from Ludhiana to Patiala would sit in a Jalandhar bypass bus or for that matter a bus going towards Ambala. Only the buses, running locally between Ludhiana and Patiala, would be preferred by all.”

Roadways GM Satish Sharma, however, said, “The fares are fixed by the Regional Transport Authority, Patiala. Hence I am unable to comment upon this issue.” The landline number of DTO office, Patiala, when tried, was no longer in use.



Kulwant, Deepali, Manjot win laurels in science contest
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
Students from different schools brought manifestations of their imagination in the form of science models based on various themes, including health, eco-friendliness, energy, agriculture, environment, mathematical modelling and disaster management.

The models were displayed as a part of the exhibition during the second day of the tehsil-level science competition at Guru Nanak Public School. While some models explain scientific process, others gave solutions to global challenges.

A model of eco-friendly house complex depicted techniques for meeting the energy needs for a home without requiring external energy sources. Hollow bricks for making house are made of Fly G - a combination of fly ash and Gypsum, which provide better insulation, as they trap the air and are much harder and produced by utilising waste fly ash.

Yatin and Kuljeet, students of Class X from BCM Arya Model School, propagate about rooftop plantation by using plants with smaller roots, methane-run buses fueled from biogas plants, producing hydrogen through urine using electrolyser, solar cells using nano wires and hybrid solar lighting system.

Abhineet Aulakh from Guru Nanak Public School created a model showing the method to manage waste. Powdered plastic from waste plastic bottles can be added to bitumen for creating better, durable and lasting roads, she explained through her model.

Kulwant Singh from RS Model School showed the working of drip irrigation, biogas, rooftop farming and greenery, whereas Upasna Malhotra from BCM Arya Model showed through her model that traffic lighting can be regulated according to the number of vehicles in addition to depicting the application of maths to simplify all aspects of everyday life.

Kulwant Singh from RS Model School and Harmanjot Kaur, Deepali from BVM School, Anisha from BCM Arya Model School, Amandeep Kaur, Abhineet Kaur from Guru Nanak Public School, Sukhpal Kaur and Upasna from BCM Arya School, Keshav Gupta from BVM secured first positions in different categories at the secondary and senior secondary levels. Manjot won the first prize at the elementary level.



GLADA razes illegal structures
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, November 9
Regulatory staff of the Greater Area Development Authority (GLADA) led by Additional Chief Administrator Jaswant Singh today razed illegal structures and internal development works in three colonies on the periphery of the city.

The demolition team of GLADA descended at a colony being developed on the Balloke road in an area of around 10 acres where sewer lines were dug up and road construction work was stopped.

Thereafter, the team proceeded to two other colonies near Chuharpur village road and Chuharpur-Haibowal Road. The field staff of GLADA pulled down some structures and demolished other internal development works under the provisions of the Punjab Regional Town Planning Act 1995.

According to GLADA officials, notices were served to colonisers concerned to stop internal development works, as development of colonies without obtaining a licence and fulfilling other conditions laid down in the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act, was unlawful.

He said since the developers paid no heed to the notices served by GLADA, the development work had to be stopped.”

GLADA team, accompanied by the police force from the Haibowal police station, led by ASI Jaswinder Singh, did not face much resistance from the developers during the operation, which lasted for almost two-and-a-half hours.

In a note of caution to those carrying out development of colonies without fulfilling the statutory provisions, Jaswant Singh said GLADA had assigned duties to the regulatory field staff to prepare lists of all such unauthorised colonies and the violators will be dealt with sternly.

Anti-encroachment drive

The demolition team of GLADA descended at a colony being developed on the Balloke road in an area of around 10 acres where sewer lines were dug up and road construction work was stopped. Thereafter, the team proceeded to two other colonies near Chuharpur village road and Chuharpur-Haibowal Road. The field staff of GLADA pulled down some structures and demolished other internal development works under the provisions of the Punjab Regional Town Planning Act 1995.



Hari Lal believes to dream high
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Hari Lal Yadav
Hari Lal Yadav

Ludhiana, November 9
If you dream high, you can achieve anything. This seems to be true for 53-year-old Hari Lal Yadav, who moves like William Wordsworth’s “Leech gatherer” from home to home for cleaning water tanks with a pack of potassium permagnate (KMNO4), alum and liquid Dettol.

To earn his livelihood, this graduate labourer cleans the water tanks. Out of his meager income, he has provided best education to his three children and one to them is pursuing his career in BTech at IIT Roorki.

Talking to the Tribune, Hari Lal Yadav, who is commonly known as “Pandit ji” said, “One of my daughters is postgraduate in Hindi and other one is graduate and both have done BEd. My son, Ram Kishun, is studying in the first year of BTech at IIT Roorki where he could get admission in the second attempt of the competitive exam.”

Hailing from Sant Kabeer Nagar, Uttar Pradesh, Hari Lal lost his mother when he was five. His father brought him up and helped him to do graduation. After coming across all ups and downs at the tender age, he said, “I decided to move to Punjab, along with my paternal uncle. I came here about 40 years ago and worked as a hosiery labourer. Some 20 years ago, I started cleaning up water tanks and started earning my livelihood through this work. I charge Rs 200 onwards for cleaning up one water tank thoroughly. Although it is more risky, I did it as I used to earn more in this.” He moves from one house to another on his bicycle carrying all his paraphernalia of Alum, KMNO4 and Dettol, etc.

The sole dream of Hari Lal is to have a comfortable life in his old age as he said, “With time my eyesight is getting weaker and sometimes I also fell down while climbing over the water tanks. I want that my son gets some good job after studies and I take rest, as my bones are too week now and I feel like relaxing.”

With the hopes for bright future in his eyes, he pedalled his bicycle and left for his next destination.



Congmen gear up for Nov 12 rally
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 9
District Congress Committee - Urban (DCC-U) president Pawan Diwan yesterday reviewed the arrangements for the public rally to be held at Grain Market here on November 12.
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Captain Amarinder Singh, who is taking out the "Punjab Bachao Yatra" across the state, will address the rally.

At a meeting convened at the Shivpuri locality by block presidents Sanjay Sharma and Kanwardeep Pappi, the DCC president asked the party workers to mobilise the masses for the rally and make sure that the event turns out to be a beginning of the end for the "corrupt" SAD-BJP government. He alleged that mafia groups, enjoying patronage of senior functionaries of the ruling alliance, were ruling the roost in the state and the law and order situation was going from bad to worse.

Diwan urged the party workers from the booth level to the district level to stand united behind the state leadership of the party so that the ruling alliance could be defeated in the coming elections, and a new wave of development swept the state.

At another meeting held in the public services office on the Gill road, former DCC president Krishan Kumar Bawa said the SAD-BJP government had betrayed all sections of society, including farmers, traders, industrialists, shopkeepers, employees and workers. "People are fed up of the government, which has failed to deliver," he claimed.

He said preparatory meetings to mobilise the cadres for the rally would be held in all 12 wards falling under the Atam Nagar assembly segment on November 10 and 11.



Jail school lacks potable water facility
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
Nearly a week after the much-hyped launch of nursery and creche for children of inmates in the women jail, it is found out that the children do not have potable water facility.
In the absence of a water purifier, the children have no option but to quench their thirst with contaminated water.

It has been learnt that the jail authorities are struggling to keep the school clean in the absence of a sweeper.

The matter came to fore during the visit of an NGO at the school and crèche near the Central Women Jail at the Taj Pur road.

During the visit, the authorities of the Central jail requested the NGO to install a reverse osmosis (RO) system. They also requested the NGO to arrange a sweeper, who could maintain cleanliness on the premises.

“Though we intend to fulfill all facilities as asked by the jail authorities, but due to shortage of funds, we are unable to do it at this point in time,” said Ashok Malhotra, a member of the NGO.

Akhilesh Maingi Memorial Society, an NGO, distributed sweaters among children of women inmates here yesterday.

Contaminated water

In the absence of a water purifier, the children have no option but to quench their thirst with contaminated water.

It has been learnt that the jail authorities are struggling to keep the school clean in the absence of a sweeper.

The matter came to fore during the visit of an NGO at the school and crèche near the Central Women Jail at the Taj Pur road.



Need to create awareness on legal rights
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 9
The District Legal Services Authority, Ludhiana, today observed the Legal Services Day by organising a seminar at the Government College for Girls in order to highlight various beneficial schemes run by the authority and lok adalats.

The Legal Literacy Club was established at the college campus for creating awareness about the legal rights.

Presiding over the seminar, chairman of District Legal Services Authority-cum-Sessions Judge SP Bangarh said, “It is need of the hour to launch a massive campaign to popularise the concept of free legal services for the needy sections of society.”

He apprised that any woman, a person earning less than Rs 1 lakh annually, a person of Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribes, any person in custody, industrial worker, a person suffering from natural calamity, mentally and physically challenged persons were entitled for availing free legal services from the authority.

A panel of lawyers had already been constituted to contest the cases of such categories. Legal fee and incidental expenses were borne by the authority, he added.

He said the basic concept was to provide free legal aid, as it was a constitutional obligation to ensure that opportunities for securing justice were not denied to any citizen by reason of economic or other disabilities and that legal system promotes justice on the basis of equal opportunity. He said the second aim was to lessen the workload on the courts by way of constituting lok adalats.

ADC (D) Pardeep Aggarwal, District Bar Association president Ashok Mittal, Davinder Singh Saini, Assistant Commissioner Police HS Sandhu, Pappu Abinash Singh, member of State Legal Services Authority, and Ritu Jain, Assistant District Attorney, Legal Services Authority, also shared their views.



Cycle rally to promote organ donation
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
To encourage people to come forward to donate organ and to spread awareness about organ donation, a bicycle rally was organised by GLODAS in collaboration with Dayanand Medical College and Hospital.

About 500 cyclists from different schools and colleges dressed in white T-shirts gathered at the Circuit House to take part in the rally. The rally was flagged off by SS Chauhan, Commissioner of Police, and Prem Kumar Gupta, secretary DMCH.

Leading the rally, Dr Baldev Singh Aulakh, professor of urology and head of transplant surgery, president of GLODAS, said the idea was to make more and more people to come forward for this noble cost of organ donation.

The rally passed through Ghumar Mandi, Fountain Chowk, Rose Garden and concluded in Dumra Auditorium, DMCH, which was followed by a lecture on cadaver organ donation by Dr Mukt Mintz, professor and head transplant surgery, PGI, Chandigarh, in DMCH. Dr Mintz said many people had donated organs after brain death by giving example of a 6-year-old girl who donated her organs and saved life of four patients.

Dr Daljit Singh, principal Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, welcome the gathering and dignitaries. Dr SK Sharma, former director, PGI Chandigarh, said the efforts should be made by all sections of society and PGI should play leading role in the organ  transplant.




Ludhiana scan
Website launched

In memory of a photojournalist, Aditya Jaitly, a website was launched on his birthday at Punjabi Bhawan. Two plays were also staged and a chowk near Chater Singh Park was also dedicated to the photojournalist. The plays “Toya” and “Srhadan Hor Vi Ne” made audience contemplate on social issues.

Farewell party

Teachers should pay attention towards the all-round development of a student, which can take the country ahead in this global competitive era, said Pensioners’ Association patron Ram Saran Sood at the farewell party of Simrat Kaur, DPE, on Wednesday at Government Senior Secondary School, Bhadson, who was promoted as headmistress at High School, Tarkheri, recently. He lauded her achievements in the field of sports for the selection of more than 200 players at the state and national-level competitions from this school during her tenure.

Convention on Nov 12

The Democratic Front against Operation Green Hunt (Punjab) is organising a state-level convention at Punjabi Bhawan on November 12 to highlight and register its protest against the role of district administration, factory owners and labour department for not conceding demands of textile workers of Ludhiana, who are on strike from the last 46 days. The authorities have adopted the policy of delaying tactics to exhaust the workers. The front revealed that they strongly condemned the state government for letting loose a rain of terror on employees who are demanding and fighting for the regularisation of their jobs. The convention will also deliberate on the struggle of the farmers of Gobindpura whose fertile land is forcibly acquired and handed over to the corporations by the state government and the repression on the farmers.



From Colleges
Freshers’ party

Winners strike a pose with their titles during a freshers’ day celebrations at the Guru Nanak Institute of Fashion designing and Technology in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
Winners strike a pose with their titles during a freshers’ day celebrations at the Guru Nanak Institute of Fashion designing and Technology in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

LUDHIANA: The Guru Nanak Institute of Design and Technology organised a fresher’s party-cum-designer competition. It was an evening full of music, dance and talent. The main attraction of the evening was designer competition rounds, which had two themes (Rainbow and Feminine Sizzlers) designed by final-year students of MSCFT. Rajni Dector, managing director, Cremica Limited, was the guest of honour and judges were Munmun Sodhi, owner and designer of Creative Threads, BRS Nagar; and Shikha Jain, a designer. Arashpreeet Kaur was awarded Miss Fresher, besides winning the titles of beautiful smile and beautiful attire. Shivani Thapar was declared the first runner-up and Miss confident and Silvi as the second runner-up.

Cultural extravaganza

Fostering the tradition of extending a warm and enthusiastic welcome to the new batch of students, a fresher’s welcome function was organised for BDS first-year students at Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College, Hospital and Research Institute, on Tuesday. It was a colourful and lively evening of cultural extravaganza, inaugurated by chairman Baba Jaswant Singh. He welcomed the freshers and congratulated them on their choice of this noble profession and commitment to alleviate pain and suffering of mankind. Principal, Dr DS Kalsi extended a warm welcome to the new batch and exhorted them to work diligently towards the achievement of their career goals and be committed to the institution’s mission of achieving excellence in the field of oral health and education. What made the evening memorable was the cultural potpourri presented by students of BDS first and second year. While Punjabi song and dance numbers enthralled audience, choreography on latest Bollywood songs were equally appreciated. Bhangra and giddha stole the thunder and had everybody tapping their feet.

Students win laurels

Powerlifters of Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women brought laurels to the college. Five powerlifters participated in the North India Powerlifting Championship held at Patiala from November 2 to November 4. Amanjot Kaur won a gold medal, whereas Kamalpreet Kaur and Navdeep Kaur bagged silver and bronze medal, respectively, in different categories. College Principal Parveen Kaur Chawla congratulated Harpreet Kaur, a lecturer in physical education, and the participants for their excellent performance and inspired them to keep up the same spirit in future.

Placement drive

Gammon India Limited visited Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College for campus recruitment. The company conducted a placement drive on Wednesday to recruit BTech students of civil engineering department. Four students were selected. — TNS



From Schools
Gurpurb celebrated

Tiny tots of ABC Montessori celebrate ‘Prakash Utsav’ in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
Tiny tots of ABC Montessori celebrate ‘Prakash Utsav’ in Ludhiana on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

LUDHIANA: Gurpurb was celebrated at GDS Convent School. Students celebrated the occasion by way of shabad gayan, singing hymns, reciting poems and delivering speeches in the glory of Guru Nanak Dev. Principal Manisha Talwar motivated the students to follow Guru’s teachings by observing truth and honesty.

Bal Bharti school

Bal Bharati Public School organised a special assembly to mark Gurpurb celebrations. The main purpose of the celebration was to inculcate the values and teachings of Guru Nanak Dev in the minds of young children. Dr Mukhtinder Singh highlighted the ideology and teaching of Guru Nanak Dev by narrating the story on his life. Principal Punam Dogra exhorted the students to follow the path shown by Guru Nanak Dev, who dedicated his life towards the upliftment of human mind.

BVM School

BVM School, Udham Singh Nagar, remembered the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev. Gurbani was recited in the morning assembly. Shabad “Sat Guru Nanak Pargataya Miti Dhund Jag Chanan Hoya” was sung. Principal Bandana Sethi congratulated everyone on the eve of Gurpurb. Langar and karah prasad was served in the school.

Spiritual trip

Penguin Castle Pre-School, Udham Singh Nagar, celebrated Gurpurb. The children were taken to a gurudwara, Sarabha Nagar, accompanied by their teachers. They bowed in front of the Guru Granth Sahib and narrated “Ek Omkar Satnam”. This spiritual trip helped the children form a deeper connection with God.

Mother’s Pride

At Mother's Pride, it was a day full of blessings when the school was decorated and a magnificent gurudwara was set up in the school, which gave a religious and pious ambience. Prasad was distributed among all. School director Shobhan Soi gave the message of love and peace to all students, parents and staff.

Storytelling contest

A Hindi storytelling competition was organised for students of Classes I and II at Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines. Manya Garg, Ishita Garg and Yashika Gupta secured top positions from Class I and Arjun Basandrai, Riya Jain and Sanya Khurana bagged the top positions in Class II. — TNS



Migrant labourer robbed of Rs 4,000, mobile phone
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, November 9
There seems to be no end to the incidents of snatchings in the town as well as surrounding areas. In a latest incident of snatching, two unidentified youths snatched a mobile phone and about Rs 4,000 cash from a migrant labourer.

The victim has been identified as Parmod Kumar, who works at a sweet shop on the Railway road, Jagraon. The incident took place at the Disposal road, Jagraon, last evening when the migrant labourer was going back to his room around 8.30 pm.

In his complaint to the police, Parmod stated that he was going to his room at around 8.30 pm when the incident took place. “As soon as I reached near the Disposal road, two youths on the motorcycle stopped near me and one of them pointed a sharp-edged weapon towards me and asked me to give my mobile phone to him. When I gave the mobile phone, he also pulled out my wallet and ran away. There were around Rs 4,000 in the purse,” said the victim. The police has registered a case against the two unidentified persons at the city police station and started investigations.

In another incident, an unidentified person snatched the purse of a woman outside Randhirghar village near Jagraon. According to the victim, identified as Jasvir Kaur, she was going back to her village, along with her son after attending a function.

“When I reached near Randhirghar, an unidentified person came behind us and snatched the purse from me and fled away. Jasvir Kaur claimed that there were about Rs 2,000 cash and other important documents in her purse.”

Following the incident, Jasvir Kaur accompanied by her husband Satbir Singh registered a case against the unidentified person at the Jagraon Sadar police station.



Spring Dale lift volleyball title
Tribune News service

Ludhiana November 9
International School Volley Ball tournament among Sahodya Group of CBSE schools was held at Shifaly International School, Rahon road. As many as 16 schools participated in the tournament.

Spring dale lifted over all trophy. DAV BRS was first runner-up and DCM Presidency captured second runner-up trophy in boys’ volley ball tournament. In girls’ section, DAV Mains won the overall trophy whereas NSPS Gill road emerged first runner-up and DCM Presidency as the second runner-up.

School education director Vishal and principal Rosy Jain presented medals, participatory certificates and winning trophies to the winners.

Schools that participated are: BCM School, Chandigarh road, DAV School, BRS Nagar and branch, GMT Public School, St Thomas, NSPS School, Gill road, Shifaly International School, Spring Dale, Shamrock, DCM Presidency, KVM School and Green Land School.



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