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5-year-old boy dies after falling in uncovered pit
Koom Kalan panchayat booked for negligence
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Samrala, November 10
In a tragic incident, a 5-year-old boy died after falling into a 15-20 feet deep uncovered concrete sewerage pit in Koom Kalan village near here yesterday. The incident came to light today when the police booked the entire panchayat of the village after the boy’s father held the panchayat responsible for the uncovered pit.

The boy, Kartik, was playing in migrant colony of the village yesterday morning along with other children. At around 10 am, he accidentally fell into the pit that was left uncovered after cleaning.

The children who were playing with him informed the boy’s father. The villagers then launched a rescue operation. After two hours of struggle, the boy was pulled out of the pit. The boy was rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead. He was cremated in the village yesterday after conducting a postmortem.

Shaken by the incident, boy’s father, Rakesh Kumar who work as a labourer complained to the police against the panchayat holding it responsible for leaving the pit uncovered after cleaning. Koom Kalan police on the statement of Rakesh Kumar registered a case under section 304A, 506 IPC against the panchayat. Though several village residents tried to prevail upon Rakesh not to go ahead with his complaint against the Panchayat, he did not buckle under any pressure.

Former village Sarpanch Joginder Singh, whose daughter-in-law is a member panchayat said they do not know anything about the registration of case. He said they were pained at the child’s death and had been consoling the aggrieved family. “I am shocked to hear that a case has been registered against the entire panchayat. In fact it should be the Junior Engineer of Public Health Department, who should be held responsible for negligence,” he said.

Criminal negligence

Kartik was playing in migrant colony of the village yesterday morning along with other children. At around 10 am, he accidentally fell into the pit that was left uncovered after its cleaning. The children who were playing with him informed the boy’s father. The villagers then launched a rescue operation. After two hours of struggle, the boy was pulled out dead.


MC member obscures direction board
With posters of Amarinder Singh, Manish Tewari and his own
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
Throwing all rules to the wind, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation’s advertisement sub-committee member Bharat Bhushan Ashu has got his posters pasted on direction boards on the Ferozepur road here.

These posters also have photographs of senior Congress leaders, including Capt Amarinder Singh, local MP Manish Tewari and other leaders.

The posters were installed yesterday and are related to Capt Amarinder Singh’s Punjab Bachao Yatra, which will be held at Dana Mandi on Gill Road here on November 12.

The direction boards, which have been covered by pasting posters, are located near Verka Milk Plant on Ferozepur Road and in Bharat Nagar Chowk. The direction board near Verka Milk Plant was installed so that people entering the city from Ferozepur Road can get the directions. Even the direction board in Bharat Nagar Chowk shows way to Civil Hospital, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Railway Station, besides other prominent places.

If these boards are covered, any person who does not know directions in the city might get lost on roads and the real purpose of installing these boards stands defeated.

Ashu said for the last three-four days, he was out of station and would get the matter checked. “I am still on my way back from Delhi and don’t have any knowledge about any of my posters installed on direction boards. I would be able to comment further only when I reach back,” said Ashu.

This is not the first time that direction boards have been used for political purposes. Be it MLAs, former MLAs or any other politician, whether from the ruling party or from the Congress, mostly all of them have been using these boards by covering these with their own posters.

The MC’s advertising sub-committee was formed to keep a check on irregularities, if any, in this business. They are also to make sure that the private companies dealing in this business don’t install their advertisements on direction boards.

MC Commissioner AK Sinha said he would have to check whether any direction board had been covered with political posters. “If there is any such board, we would get the posters removed,” said Sinha.



Power theft racket busted, 2 held
45 consumers booked
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, November 10
With the arrest of two persons, the anti-power theft police of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has claimed to have busted a racket of power theft at Alamgir village under the Sarinh sub-division in the district.

The accused used to tamper with seals of energy meters. Cases under the Electricity Act have also been registered against 45 consumers whose energy meters were found to be tampered with.

PSPCL Chief Engineer KL Sharma said all energy meters at Alamgir village were installed in pillar boxes outside the houses of consumers.

Officials of the enforcement wing of PSPCL, along with the operational staff, carried out a thorough inspection of around 1,200 energy meters installed in the pillar boxes.

“During checking, 45 energy meters were found to be tampered with and an FIR was lodged with the anti-power theft police in Ludhiana. When the police started investigation, certain mischievous consumers, fearing stern action by the police, made an attempt to burn two pillar boxes having some 15 to 18 meters each,” the Chief Engineer added.

In the course of inquiry, the investigating staff arrested a gang of two persons who were allegedly involved in tampering with the seals of energy meters to facilitate power theft.

Sharma said the accused had confessed to have committed the theft by tampering with the meters for which they used to charge anything from Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000. The modus operandi was to put an electronic circuit inside the meter after tampering with the seals which in turn slowed down the energy meters.

The police has also recovered tools and other equipment used by the gang.

“The enforcement staff had to use an Electronic Reference Standard (ERS) meter to detect the misdeed of the criminals,” he added.

Modus operandi

The accused used to tamper with seals of energy meters. All meters at Alamgir village were installed in pillar boxes outside the houses of consumers.



Shimlapuri residents live in fear of snatchers
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
Residents of Shimlapuri here are up in arms against the "callous" attitude of the police in catching the snatchers in the area who have created panic among the former.

During the past less than 15 days, more than eight snatching incidents have taken place at different locations in the Shimlapuri area. The snatchers, a majority of them youths up to 30 years of age, even injured their "vulnerable" targets while fleeing with cash and jewellery.

Last night, two incidents took place outside different streets and that, too, in less than 20 minutes. The modus operandi of the snatchers was the same. The residents, along with area councillor Jagbir Singh Sokhi, alleged that the police had miserably failed in curbing the menace despite repeated requests made by the former. The residents said if the police did not act tough with the culprits, they would be forced to meet Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal on this issue.

Sokhi, while talking to Ludhiana Tribune said last night within 20 minutes, two snatching incidents took place outside Street Number 2 and 6, respectively.

"The snatchers asked the women, who were on a stroll after having dinner, about some address by showing a paper. While the women looked into the paper, the snatchers fled with their earrings, badly injuring both targets. Earlier, a hawker was attacked in the wee hours when he was distributing newspapers. The snatchers thrashed him severely and took away the little cash he was carrying," said Sokhi, adding that every month, from 7th to 10th and later from 23- 25th (dates), several snatching incidents were reported from the area. This was the time when migrants got their advance (salaries) from the employers and the snatchers targeted them.

The residents, along with the councillor, have decided to meet the Commissioner of Police, Dr SS Chauhan, tomorrow. "The residents are scared. Women feel reluctant to come out alone, which is bad. We have been complaining to the officials concerned, but to no avail. If the police does not take swift action, we will be forced to meet Deputy CM in coming days," said Dr Sokhi.

Recent Incidents

  • Rs 1.40 lakh looted from Anita Jain in Shimlapuri on November 9
  • Last night, in two snatching incidents, snatchers injured women and took away their earrings
  • A few days ago, a hawker in the area was thrashed and cash was snatched from him
  • Ten days ago, four motorcyclists asked a woman about some address while she read a paper. They snatched her chain and fled from the scene



Death after injection; doc booked
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
Dr Ranjit Singh, who allegedly administered a wrong injection to a 40-year-old woman during a medical check-up camp after which the patient died, has been booked under Section 304-A.

Besides, Amarjit Singh Chawla, a resident of Vallipur Khurd, and chairman of the Bhai Kanhaiya Charitable Trust, were also booked by the Ladowal police under Section 304-A here yesterday. Both accused are absconding.

The case was registered on the basis of a complaint filed by Lakhbir Singh, the husband of the victim Narinder Kaur. Lakhbir Singh, a resident of Malakpur Bet, said his wife Narinder Kaur, aged 40, was suffering from knee pain. On November 6, 2011, during a medical check-up camp organised by the Bhai Kanhaiya Charitable Trust on Hambran Road near Shamrock School, Narinder Kaur was given an injection for knee pain by Dr Ranjit Singh, after which she died on the spot.

The complainant further added that he took his wife to the camp organised by the Trust, as several announements were made and advertisements were given in the form of pamphlets regarding the camp. Lakhbir Singh said that his wife was given an injection in the right leg, which resulted in a reaction and his wife Narinder Kaur died on the spot. The complainant alleged that his wife died due to the negligence of doctors.

The couple has an 18-year-old son Pawandeep Singh. The case has also been registered against the staff members of the Trust. No arrest has been made so far and all accused are absconding.



Bravehearts’ sons get shabby treatment in police jobs
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Anil Kumar, Kulwinder Singh and Devinder Kumar
From left: Anil Kumar, Kulwinder Singh and Devinder Kumar. Tribune photo Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, November 10
While the cops laid down their lives fighting militants during the dark days of terrorism, their children are paying the price of their fathers' sacrifice.

Three wards of these cops, who were recruited as constable on compassionate grounds following the death of their fathers, have been working on the same post for nearly two decades, while their contemporaries have risen to various ranks in the police department.

They complained that their fathers' sacrifice turned out to be a punishment for them, as soon after being appointed on the job they were transferred out of the city.

Head Constable Davinder Kumar, Constable Kulwinder Singh and Constable Anil Kumar have the same story to tell.

Davinder was recruited as constable following the death of his father Chaman Lal, who was killed while fighting a terrorist on Janaury 16, 1986.

After completing his graduation in 1990, Davinder was appointed as constable.

"Instead of being recruited as assistant sub inspector (ASI), I was given the rank of constable. The then senior officials assured me that I would soon be promoted, but after spending over two decades in service, I have been given just one promotion. My contemporaries have been risen to the ranks of deputy superintendent of police," said Davinder Kumar.

For Kulwinder Singh and Anil Kumar, both appointed constable as on compassionate grounds nearly 15 years ago, it is a constant struggle to get transfer to their hometown.

"Being elder, the entire responsibility of running the house fell on my shoulders. But I was transferred out of the district. Currently I am posted at Mohali and it is only on holiday that I get to meet my siblings and family. I rue the time when my father was killed while fighting terrorists. Our lives have fallen apart," said Kulwinder Singh.

"Just imagine. We have been working for nearly 15 years without promotion. Further we are staying away from our families. We are under immense mental pressure," said Anil Kumar, whose father Ram Mittal, a cop, died while fighting terrorists at Sherpur Chowk in 1988.

The condition of special police officer (SPO) is worse. As the SPOs are considered contractual employees, according to the government notification their children are not entitled to a job in the police department on compassionate grounds.

Gurmail rues the fateful night of 1992 when her three sons and a daughter-in-law were killed by militants.

"My three children, all SPOs, were killed in a terrorist attack, but my grandchildren were not offered job. I have lost everything, my three sons were killed and the callous officials are not concerned about my plight. At the fag end of my life, I am penniless. My grandchildren are unemployed. No one thinks about them. Look how I have been rewarded for sacrificing my children for the motherland," said Gurmail Kaur, who lives in Phillaur.



Two more blast victims dead
Incident took place at Pal Steels on November 3
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
Shaadi Lal (65) and Raj Kumar (32), admitted to the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here, succumbed to their burn injuries around 10 am today.

They were seriously burnt in the furnace blast at Pal Steels here on November 3. Raj Kumar sustained 70 per cent burns.

He had been admitted to the Christian Medical College and Hospital, but was shifted here two days back on the request of the management.

The blast took place at Pal Steels, Phase VII, Focal Point, around 7 am on November 3. About 11 workers were on the night shift at the time of the incident.

The blast had claimed one life earlier. Vijay Pratap (35), who died on the spot, belonged to Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh.

The police had booked directors Rajesh Kumar, Hari Ram Gupta, Kamal Kant and Ravish Kumar and works manager Jatinder Prasad, who were released on bail.



Gurpurb celebrated with religious zeal
Tribune News Service

Devotees light candles at a gurdwara on the occasion of Gurpurb in Ludhiana on Thursday; and (right) a woman sprinkles ‘sarovar’ water on her daughter’s face
Devotees light candles at a gurdwara on the occasion of Gurpurb in Ludhiana on Thursday; and (right) a woman sprinkles ‘sarovar’ water on her daughter’s face

Ludhiana, November 10
Gurpurb was celebrated across the city to mark Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary today. Teachings on universal brotherhood, love for God and care for others were recounted.
A devotee dives for a dip in a gurdwara ‘sarovar’; and (right) Women prepare ‘langar’ at a gurdwara
A devotee dives for a dip in a gurdwara ‘sarovar’; and (right) Women prepare ‘langar’ at a gurdwara. tribune photos: himanshu mahajan

‘Shabad kirtan’ was performed throughout the day after the completion of the ‘Akhand Path’ in the morning. Gurdwaras were decorated and lit up.

Devotees from all walks of life gathered and prayed. ‘Sakhis’ and incidents from the life of the Guru and teachings and messages were recounted.

Hundreds of devotees visited gurdwaras across the city. They started gathering early in the morning. Some brought ‘rasat’ for ‘Guru ka langar’ and ‘rumala sahibs’.

Some performed ‘seva’, helping prepare ‘langar’, which was served in the afternoon. Many devotees did ‘seva’ by serving ‘langar’ and washing utensils.

In some gurdwaras, candles were lit by devotees. ‘Langar’ was served at various places around the city.

The birth anniversary of Guru Nanak was celebrated at Khalsa Girls School here. After ‘bhog’, ‘kirtan’ was performed and ‘langar’ served by students of the school.

Jagraon: Gurpurab was celebrated with devotion in the city and surrounding areas today. A large number of devotees were standing in the queue since morning to offer prayers on the occasion. Hymns were sung at the shrine founded by Baba Nand Singh.

A large number of devotees participated in nagar kirtan to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The nagar kirtan started from Singh Sabha Gurdwara on the Tehsil road and culminated at the same place.

All gurdwaras of the city were illuminated to mark this special day. Langars (community kitchens) were organised in various gurdwaras of the city and hundreds of people were seen eating ‘langar’.

Doraha: Gurpurb was celebrated with great zeal at Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School here. Principal Manjusha Vinayak asked students to adopt the teachings of Guru Nanak in life. Students presented poems and recited ‘shabads’.

PowerPoint presentations on Guru Nanak were presented by students. Chief guest Amarjit Singh congratulated the students and exchanged views with them.

Phillaur: Gurpurb was celebrated at DRVDAV Centenary Public School with fervour. ‘Path’ of Sukhmani Sahib was held. ‘Karha parsad’ was distributed among students and staff.



MC demolishes, shop owner constructs
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

The MC uses a ditch machine to demolish a shop under construction at Ghumar Mandi in Ludhiana on Wednesday (left); and the owner gets a wall constructed again at the same spot on Thursday
The MC uses a ditch machine to demolish a shop under construction at Ghumar Mandi in Ludhiana on Wednesday (left); and the owner gets a wall constructed again at the same spot on Thursday. photos: inderjeet vema

Ludhiana, November 10
It seems that encroachers in the city are having a free run. It is true when it comes to constructing a shop in Ghumar Mandi. Owner of this under construction shop, which was demolished by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) third time yesterday, has reconstructed a portion of it today.

Now, the Municipal Corporation has lodged a police complaint against the person constructing this shop.

Assistant Town Planner Kamaljit Kaur said the shop was demolished last month, then on November 4 and yesterday.

“But the person named Hari Kamal Jeet, who owns this shop, keeps on reconstructing it despite being warned by our officials,” the Assistant Town Planner added.

About 1,500 square yards of land is designated as a park. A few years ago, a few persons used to own vegetable shops. These persons moved court after the town-planning scheme was announced.

AT least 62 people had encroached upon this park by constructing shops and the matter is sub judice. Now, Hari Kamal Jeet has started constructing shops on the same piece of land, which is illegal. The Assistant Town Planer had warned him yesterday itself that if he goes ahead with the construction again, strict action would be taken against him.

ASI Pawan Kumar, in-charge of the Ghumar Mandi Police Post, said, “ I have asked municipal officials to deposit some more documents.”



Shiv Sena protests price rise
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
Shiv Sena activists organised a protest against the rising prices of essential commodities and burnt an effigy of the UPA government here today.

The president of the state unit, Rajiv Tandon, said with rampant corruption and the spurt in prices of food items, the common man was finding it difficult to survive.

The government gave a free hand to corporate houses to export foodgrain and items of daily consumption, with the result that prices went through the roof, he claimed.



Sikh migrants’ body threatens stir
Delay in allotment of dwelling units to riot-affected families by GLADA
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, November 10
Charging the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) with denial of justice to Sikh migrants by sitting over the allotment of dwelling units to eligible riot-affected families for years together, the Ludhiana Sikh Migrants Welfare Board today served an ultimatum to the GLADA to complete the process of allotment of flats by November 25, failing which it would launch an agitation, which would include a dharna, followed by a chain hunger strike.

Addressing a meeting of the working committee of the board at the Circuit House here today, board chairman Kartar Singh Patna called upon the GLADA administration to make the allotment of 1,008 LIG and MIG residential flats to riot victims through a draw of lots within a period of one month.

He further wanted the completion of the allotment process for 145 MIG flats to those applicants who had an order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in their favour by November 25.

“If the GLADA fails to initiate the process of allotment of flats to riot victims within the deadline fixed for this purpose, the riot-affected families will stage a dharna at the GLADA office here on November 28, and thereafter, 21 family members of the victims will start a chain hunger strike from December 5,” he said.

Elaborating on the apathetic attitude of the GLADA towards the victims of anti-Sikh riots of 1984, he said 1,632 applications were received by GLADA in 2000 for allotment of residential flats.

After making the applicants wait for over 10 years, a draw was held in October 2010 on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court for the allotment of 611 flats. However, from among the allottees, there were 245 applicants who had opted for MIG flats, but were given LIG or EWS flats.

The aggrieved allottees filed a PIL in the high court, which issued directions on May 11, 2011, that the complainants be allotted MIG flats within a period of four months.

The GLADA authorities failed to comply with the orders and the applicants were just given an assurance that their names would be included in the next draw for the MIG flats.

Patna alleged that certain officials of GLADA were hand in glove with a mafia group, which was resorting to forcible occupation of government flats in the names of riot victims, and then selling off the flats to unscrupulous elements.

“Some of the flats allotted by the GLADA to riot-affected families are under the unlawful occupation of touts and mafia operators,” he said, demanding a high-level probe by a retired or sitting high court Judge.



On top of the world today
Her 50th birthday falls on 11/11/11
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, November 10
Gursharan Kaur Sekhon, head of the postgraduate department of political science at Guru Nanak National College here, feels on top of the world. The reason is that her 50th birthday falls on 11/11/11.

“As we grow, the vigour and enthusiasm of celebrating birthdays somewhat fades away. Since this year my birthday was to fall on a special date, it was natural for me to get excited,” she said.

“This time, it was almost as if I was transported to my school days, when I used to wait eagerly for the day. I felt a similar excitement this time. I imagined I was fascinated with the idea of my birthday on 11/11/11,” she added.

Her husband Amarjit Singh Sekhon, Zonal Commissioner, Ludhiana municipal corporation, said it would definitely be an exciting moment for the family. “I and my sons are planning to celebrate it in a unique way so that this day becomes a memorable one for my wife to remember for years together,” he said.

Their elder son Seerat, studying BDS at a local college, was waiting for his younger brother Jogit, studying at a medical college at Amritsar. They had made plans to celebrate their mother’s birthday in an exceptional manner.

“We will reveal the pleasant surprise to mom tomorrow. Her birthday falls on a special date. There is every reason for us to rejoice and give her all our attention and care, which she has been showering upon us for years. The moment is of thanksgiving and making her feel how much she matters to us,” Seerat said.

When contacted at Amritsar, Jogit said, “This birthday will be remembered for years together.



Cancer awareness day
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, November 10
Cancer is curable if detected at an early stage. Dr Zora Singh, chairman, Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes, who was the chief guest of a cancer awareness day function celebrated at DB college of Nursing said this.

The government has set aside special funds for the treating those suffering from this disease at special hospitals.

Nursing College Principal Ramandeep Dhillon to keep pollution at bay. Vice-chairperson Tajinder Kaur stressed the need to plant more and more saplings. A target of planting -1-lakh saplings trees has been set. Out of these 67, 000 saplings had already been planted.



MoU signed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
The PCTE Group of Institutes has signed a memorandum of understanding with the International School of Law and Business, a private university of applied sciences in Lithuania.

Addressing students, Egle Taurus, a consultant with the group, said Lithuania and India had a lot in common. Not only did they have similar-sounding names and similar ancient cultures, but their languages stemmed from Sanskrit, he said.



Freshers welcomed

Ludhiana, November 10
Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College, Hospital and Research Institute organised a freshers’ welcome function for first-year BDS students here today. The college chairman declared the event open. College principal DS Kalsi exhorted freshers to work diligently towards achieving their career goals. The students organised cultural events. — TNS



Minimum temp dips in city
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
Though weather will remain cloudy, it is not going to rain in the next 24 hours. The minimum temperature in the city, which has witnessed a sharp fall in the past two to three days, will increase due to the clouds due to western disturbance.

Dr KK Gill, an agro-meteorologist, Punjab Agriculture University (PAU), said the weather would remain cloudy in the next 24 hours, but the chances of rain were minimal.

“In the past a few days, the minimum temperature has come down to 12°Celsius. But with the clouds hovering around, the night temperature will increase. Otherwise, both minimum and maximum are near normal,” said Dr Gill.

Avtar Singh Mehlon, president, Bharti Kisan Union (BKU), said the farmers had started sowing wheat. “We hope it won’t rain. We are keeping our fingers. It will take one-and-a-half month to complete the sowing process,” he added.

Anju Mahajan, a homemaker, said her two children were suffering from viral fever due to the dry weather conditions.



‘Only corruption and repression’
Kang digs into SAD-BJP combine
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, November 10
Charging the SAD-BJP government with intimidating, harassing and implicating Congress activists, former minister Jagmohan Singh Kang yesterday said the coalition government in the state had broken all records of corruption and state repression against political adversaries and agitating groups.

The PPCC coordinator for the November 12 rally addressed a workers’ meeting at the Radha Swami Road ‘dharamshala’ in the Atam Nagar assembly segment here the previous evening.

He claimed that all sections of society in Punjab were fed up with the government. “The electorate is waiting for an opportunity to rid the state of this corrupt and inefficient government,” he claimed. He said the time had come to pay the coalition government back for its anti-people policies.

“The frustration and desperation among functionaries of the ruling combine is more evident as the assembly poll approaches. The huge response to the Punjab Bachao Yatra being taken out by PPCC chief Amarinder Singh has also made it clear that the days of the coalition government are numbered,” Kang stated.

PPCC media committee member and Congress councillor Parminder Mehta alleged that the Badal family was throttling electronic media freedom in the state by having monopolistic control over the cable network.

Addressing a meeting at his Daresi road office, he said the SAD-BJP government was making blatant efforts to hide its misdeeds by carrying out favourable propaganda at select channels. Some channels that criticised the government were being kept off the air by the cable network, he added.



Low turnout of dairy farmers baffles Ranike
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, November 10
Gulzar Singh Ranike, Minister for Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Dairy Development and Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Caste’s, Punjab, inaugurated the newly constructed building of the local Civil Animal Hospital today afternoon.

The Cabinet minister said the new building had been constructed at the cost of Rs 40 lakh to provide better services to the dairy farmers and animal breeders of the area.

Ranike also urged the gathering to adopt latest techniques of dairy farming. According to him, the state government will open veterinary polyclinics in various cities of Punjab where expert veterinary doctors will treat animals with latest medical techniques and provide tips to the animal breeders.

The inaugural function proved a flop show as far as the presence of the dairy farmers and animal breeders was concerned. Not even 50 dairy farmers and animal breeders were present during the function and most of the chairs meant for the visitors were empty.

The lower turnout of the dairy farmers and animal breeders apparently baffled the minister.

Moreover, the organisers to fill the vacant chairs called a large number of workers of nearby shops and children from nearby localities.



Weather changes, brings allergies
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
The changing weather has started making an impact on the health of residents. Many people are falling prey to fever, sore throat and cold.

Dr Hardeep Singh, president of the PCMS Association, said, "About 30 per cent patients are coming with fever, throat allergy, upper respiratory tract infections and cough."

He explained, "The reasons behind this are particles spread during the harvesting season, pollutants and weather change."

Sunil Aggarwal, a city based homoeopath, said, "The maximum patients are of nasal allergies. The weather is heavy due to the harvesting season and pollution."

Do's and don'ts

  • Cover face and nose while passing through dust
  • Avoid strong smell
  • Have heavy breakfast
  • Wear full-sleeved clothes
  • Wear light winter wear in mornings and evenings



New Bus Stand: Commuters still feel harried
Private bus operators continue to flout norms, pick passengers from outside bus stand
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, November 10
While the newly constructed bus stand can boasts of better infrastructure and improved services, commuters are still facing a lot of inconvenience due to encroachments by vendors and lack of upkeep of the building.

There are 18 counters in the bus stand, including 12 for long and six for local routes, private bus operators keep on picking passengers from outside the bus stand, which often leads to traffic congestion on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway.

The buses coming from other stations don’t enter the bus stand and pick as well as drop the passengers outside it. People, too, prefer to board the buses from outside the bus stand.

A large number of vendors have encroached upon a piece of land and erected kiosks (khokas) outside the bus stand which not only put commuters to inconvenience but also lead to financial loses to the contractors of the booths located inside the bus stand building.

Moreover these kiosks are an eyesore with regard to the new bus stand building. According to sources, the officials charge money from the vendors who have erected illegal kiosks outside the bus stand and allowed them to run their business.

There are 12 counters for the long-route buses and six counters for the local mini buses, the drivers still stop their buses outside the bus stand for longer duration to pick passengers leading to traffic chaos.

The practice continues right under the nose of the authorities and the traffic cops, who have a control room just a few meters from the place where the buses pick passengers.

The dirty toilets and unclean floors at the bus stand speak volumes of poor upkeep of the building. Unlike other major bus stands in the state, the local bus stand also lacks electric cleaning machines to keep the floors clean. There is also shortage of staff for jobs like sweeping, supervising and security.

General Manager, Punjab Roadways, Jagraon depot, BB Mahajan, said he would ensure that all buses enter the bus stand in future. “We will also take up the matter with the traffic police to stop the buses picking passengers from outside the bus stand”, he added.



Schools show scant regard for govt directions
Fail to organise functions on RTE Act awareness
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 10
Showing scant regard for the directions of the Union and the state governments, authorities of government and private schools failed to organise functions to pay tributes to first education minister of India, Maulana Abul Kalam Muhiyuddin Ahmed on his birth anniversary today.

What to talk of persuading students to participate in competitions to be organised to create awareness about launching of the Right To Education Act, as a token of respect on birth anniversary of the scholar and statesman, a few schools had already announced the day as ‘holiday’.

However heads of a few schools falling under the Sangrur and Ludhiana districts have deputed a few teachers to read out messages of Prime Minister, Union Minister for Human Resources, Chief Minister Punjab and the state education minister on the occasion.

The higher authorities in the state and union education department had directed the district education officers and heads of various government schools to organise special functions to create awareness about the launching of the RTE Act as a tribute to Maulana.

While contents of messages of the Prime Minister and Union Education Minister were yet to be made known to students and teachers, messages of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Education Minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan were uploaded on the official website of the Sarav Sikhya Abhiyan.

Though heads of all schools were asked to invite elected representatives, municipal councilors, sarpanches, members of management committees of private schools and parents of students to their respective institutes, none of them acknowledged having received any invitation.

“Though we know that the Act is being launched on Thursday we have not received any invitation from any schools in our localities,” said Jagdeep Singh Dehlon, PADB director, and Bimal Sharma, a councillor.

Heads of a few government schools admitted that they had already declared ‘holiday’ on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Education Minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan in their messages have urged the students to make maximum use of facilities available at their schools. Claiming that no one could achieve respectable position in society without being educated, Badal said the studentship is most vital stage of one’s life wherein maximum knowledge could be gained.

Special function

Higher authorities in the state and Union education departments had directed district education officers and heads of various government schools to organise special functions to create awareness about the RTE Act. What to talk of persuading students to participate in competitions to be organised to create awareness about launching of the Right To Education Act, a few schools declared the day as ‘holiday’.



Colour on wings of imagination
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
The dynamism of colour preponderates his underlying themes, that vary from social to environmental, and soars in the spiritual flight of imagination. Tejinder ‘Ladi’ Singh’s art exhibition was organised at a hotel here yesterday.

The versatility of his art and overriding connect of colour was aptly described as the exhibition was named ‘Colours of Life’. Oil pastels, mixed media and technical pen found place perfectly in his hand and then on the canvas.

Nudity had different expressions in his paintings, through both crudeness and refinement. The urban annihilation contrasted with the rustic pondering eyes. The abstract, surreal and exact were all part of his art.



Minor’s Rape
Man nabbed from Jharkhand
Our Correspondent

Payal, November 10
The police has arrested a migrant labourer, who had allegedly killed the 10-year-old daughter of another migrant residing at Rampur village in the Ludhiana district after raping her three weeks ago.

The migrant had allured the victim by playing songs of her choice on his mobile phone and then taking her to fields on the outskirts of the village.

The suspect identified as Punta, a resident of Seema Thana in Jharkhand, had along with his brother, Punwa, disappeared after committing the crime. He was arrested from his native village yesterday.

Investigations by a police team supervised by DSP Payal, Rattan Singh Brar, revealed that Punta had allegedly killed the girl after raping her on the intervening night of October 16 and 17.

Sanjay Khan, another migrant labourer working with Jaspal Singh of Rampur village, alleged that the accused had abducted his daughter while she was sleeping along with her siblings in a room at his master house. Sanjay Khan was sleeping outside the room near cattle on the fateful night. The girl’s mother had gone to meet her parents.

The family came to know about the incident on finding the girl missing next morning. The police was informed after friends and relatives of Sanjay Khan observed that Punta and Punwa, who had been frequently visiting his house, were untraceable after the incident.

A special team, constituted to investigate the case, succeeded in nabbing Punta from his native village in Jharkhand.

Further investigations revealed that the suspect had tried to develop illicit relationship with Sanjay’s wife earlier. Feeling offended after being rejected by the woman, he decided to teach her a lesson and succeeded in alluring the child to fields on the fateful night.

The crime could have gone unnoticed had the owner of the fields not noticed the pit where the accused had buried the girl’s body before leaving the area.



Gold jewellery, cash worth Rs 5 lakh stolen
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
Thieves decamped with 20-tola gold jewellery, Rs 15,000 and an LPG cylinder from a house at Guru Ram Das Nagar, on the rear of the Central jail, past night.

The owner of the house, Amandeep Singh, along with his wife and son, had gone to Anandpur Sahib and the house was locked.

According to Amandeep, he got the information about the theft from a neighbour around 9 am this morning.

“The neighbour informed me that the gate was opened and doors broken. I asked my father and brother, who lived in the city, to go there immediately,” he said.

“I reached home around 10:30 am. We were shocked to see the almirah broken and 20-tola gold, Rs 15,000 and an LPG cylinder having been stolen,” he added.

“One of the neighbours told me that he saw three persons on a motorcycle leaving the area around 3 am,” he further said. A case was registered.



5 kg opium seized, two arrested
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, November 10
The Gobindgarh police, which was tipped off about the movement of two drug smugglers, stopped a motorcycle (PB 10 AC 1011) and seized 5-kilogram opium from their possession yesterday.

Superintendent of Police (SP), Detective, Gurpreeet Singh, told mediapersons here today that the accused had been identified as Jaswinder Singh, a resident of Alipur Arraian (Patiala) and Narain, a resident of Asindh (Rajasthan). They confessed supplying opium to a few persons in Mandi Gobindgarh and Khanna. The cost of the opium is open market was around Rs 5 lakh.



Kabaddi Cup
Punjabi Greek to Turkmenistan eves
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, November 10
Turkmenistan women kabaddi team is trying hard to make authorities of the kabaddi cup understand their sign languages but it’s still all Greek to them.

And it won’t be easy for these eves who are playing their maiden kabaddi tournament in the ongoing World Kabaddi Cup. Language problem, lack of exposure to the game makes it difficult proposition for these players who have no formal training in kabaddi.

Talking to The Tribune, Ourif, coach of the Turkmenistan squad, who knows little English, said though the girls were taking part in the international tournament for the first time, they are good athletes and will definitely give anxious moments to the rivals before the long whistle.

The girls have been playing football and judo since long, they started playing kabaddi three months ago. They have grasped the game very quickly and are determined to surprise everyone with their performance, revealed the coach.

The visitors relaxed in a city hotel today. A few played billiards and snooker while others remained indoors to take the required ‘rest’ prior to their hectic schedule ahead.

The players from the erstwhile state of USSR will leave for Amritsar tomorrow morning. They will play against formidable opponents and hosts India.

Other two teams in the women’s section are from the United Kingdom and the USA. The winners will pocket a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh and the team finishing as runners-up will receive cash prize of Rs 15 lakh while third and fourth position holders will have to content with cash prize of Rs 10 lakh each.



Stadium spruced up to host final matches
Big TV screens installed in stadium and at 12 other places in city
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 10
Guru Nanak Stadium is being spruced up to host the final matches in the men’s as well as women’s sections of the 2nd edition of the World Kabaddi Cup slated for November 20.

Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari said Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal, and cabinet colleagues, MPs and other dignitaries would be present there to watch the finals.

Tiwari presided over the meeting that was attended by the top officials of the police department, local administration, district health and transport departments, Ludhiana Municipal Corporation and the Punjab Mandi Board to make the arrangements for the D-Day.

Fourteen teams in the men’s section and four nations in the women’s section are vying for top honours in this mega event.

The Deputy Commissioner said arrangements would be made for providing potable water to spectators in the main stadium. Temporary urinals in an adequate number would be placed in different locations around the stadium for the convenience of the spectators, said the Deputy Commissioner.

“Since a large number of VVIPs would descend in the city on that day, the traffic restrictions would be announced in advance. Big TV screens would be installed in the stadium and at about 12 vantage points in the city for the benefit of those who would not be able to see the action live,” added Tiwari.

Ashish Chowdhary, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Ludhiana, told The Tribune that police personnel from the Ludhiana district along those from other districts would be deployed in large number for the smooth conduct of the games.

Parking lots for VVIPs, spectators and players had been finalised and the entire exercise would be rehearsed after the review meeting to be held on November 16, said the DCP.



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