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Virasat-e-Khalsa inauguration
Services to take a hit as govt hires 140 buses
30 per cent routes in district to be affected today
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 24
To facilitate transport of people to the inauguration ceremony of the Khalsa Heritage Complex — Virasat-e-Khalsa — at Anandpur Sahib tomorrow, the state government has hired over 140 buses from Ludhiana district, thereby affecting transport services on 30 per cent of the routes.

Over 70 private mini and regular buses have been hired for the tomorrow’s event from the district.

Jaswinder Singh Grewal, president, Ludhiana Mini Bus Owners Association, said: “We are happy that the government has this time promised to pay us Rs 2,500 besides fuel for each mini bus and Rs 3,700 and fuel for each regular bus hired. Although we have arranged other buses for the regular routes, services on at least 30 per cent routes will be affected.”

Zora Singh, general manager, Pepsu Roadways Transport Corporation, Ludhiana, said: “We have set aside 45 buses for this event. The government will pay Rs 3,750 per day along with fuel for each bus.”

On public inconvenience caused due to the hiring of buses, he said: “The buses will keep plying on the daily routes but, of course, the number of routes will be less for tomorrow. So, the transport services will be affected for one day.”

Satish Sharma, general manager, Punjab Roadways, Ludhiana, said: “We have sent 35 buses for the event and will get the hiring charges from the government. There will be no public inconvenience on our routes, as we have a fleet of 150 buses. Buses kept for emergency services or those detained will be run on the regular routes tomorrow.”

Hiring charges

This time, the government has offered to pay private operators Rs 2,500 and fuel for each mini bus and Rs 3,700 and fuel for each regular bus hired. Similar charges will be applicable to buses of the PRTC and Punjab Roadways.


International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women today
Newborn girl found abandoned
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 24
While the world observes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women tomorrow, a female infant was found abandoned in the bushes on the Rahon Road today.

A vigilant passerby, police personnel and staff of the Ambulance 108 service collectively saved the life of the infant, who was abandoned in the bushes at Mangli village on the Rahon Road.

The infant, wrapped in dirty clothes, was left by the roadside in a plastic bag. The infant’s placenta was still intact.

According to Jagdeep Singh, cluster head of the Ludhiana-1 Ambulance 108 service, said: “A passerby informed the police and it further called us up and told us about the infant. We reached the scene and took the abandoned baby to Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital.”

Upkar Singh, emergency medical officer of Ambulance 108, said: “On reaching the scene around 10.30 am, we found the infant wrapped up in rags. The baby’s placenta was also intact. Someone must have abandoned the baby in the wee hours, as the baby was suffering from hypothermia. We cleaned the baby, and wrapped it in cotton and then in clean towel. We put the cord clamp on the placenta and took the infant to the civil hospital.”

Manjeet Singh, pilot of the ambulance, drove the infant to the hospital well in time.

“Fortunately, the baby was safe and was handed over to the hospital paediatrician, Dr Sumita Sehdev.”

Dr Karanveer Goel, Senior Medical Officer of the hospital, said: “The baby was suffering from hypothermia. It is a premature baby of 34 weeks. Our paediatrician is now taking care of her.”

Wrapped in rags

The infant wrapped in rags was found abandoned in bushes along the Rahon Road. Baby’s placenta was also found intact.



Police web page not updated in 2 years
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 24
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women will be observed the world over tomorrow. However, the preparation of the Ludhiana police in tackling crimes against women can be gauged from the fact that it has not updated the web page pertaining to violence against women on its official website since September, 2009.

The Ludhiana police has dedicated a page to crime against women and children on its website. However, the police has failed to update the page in over two years. The web page shows woman sub-inspector Leela Devi’s name on top of the list. However, she has now retired. Many others whose names figure on the list are no longer serving in the district.

Also, the cell has received 1,512 complaints from January 1 to October 31 this year. Acting on these complaints, the police has registered just 19 FIRs. Most of the cases pertain to dowry.

According to the website, the district police constituted a crime against women and children cell in 2001 with the objectives of protecting the rights of women and children and counselling victims of matrimonial disputes and family disputes free of cost.

It also aimed at amicably resolving the dispute without compromising on the rights of the victim, testing the veracity of the allegations levelled by the complainant and recommending appropriate legal action.

However, the police department seems to be oblivious to relevance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. In spite of several attempts, the Police Commissioner could not be contacted.

The history

On November 25, 1960, three sisters — Patria Mercedes Mirabal, Maria Argentina Minerva Mirabal and Antonia Maria Teresa Mirabal — were assassinated in the Dominican Republic on the orders of the Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo. The Mirabel sisters fought hard to end Trujillo’s dictatorship. Women rights activists have been observing the day to mark the death anniversary of the three sisters since 1981. On December 17, 1999, November 25 was designated as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women by the UN General Assembly.

‘Ask website designers!’

I don’t know who is responsible for updating the website. It seems to be the job of those who have designed it.

— In-charge, computer cell, Ludhiana police



MC’s general house deferred
Top Akali functionaries, councillors to attend inauguration
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 24
The general house of the Ludhiana municipal corporation has been postponed due to the inauguration of the Khalsa Heritage Memorial Complex at Anandpur Sahib tomorrow. The meeting, which was to be held at the Zone A office of the corporation at Mata Rani Chowk, will now be held on Monday i.e. November 28.

As the state government is holding a state-level function for the inauguration of the complex, a large number of senior Akali leaders, including Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura, cabinet minister Hira Singh Gabria, Dakha MLA Darshan Singh Shivalik, municipal councillors and others are expected to attend the ceremony at Anandpur Sahib tomorrow.

Giaspura said the inauguration of the Khalsa Heritage Memorial Complex is a major event for the state and some councillors wanted to attend it.

“So we decided to postpone the meeting till Monday. We have already informed all councillors and senior MC officials about this change and the meeting will now be held at 9 am on Monday,” the Mayor said.

With the model code of conduct set to come into force in the state anytime, the meeting is seen as a crucial one as the MC looks to clear maximum number of files related to development works, so that the projects are not hampered.

MC officials have already conveyed to all councillors to prepare files and take up the development works they wish to initiate in their respective areas at the general house.

The last general house was held on June 17.



Ludhiana’s own ‘Janpath’
Sarabha Nagar road home to four political heavyweights
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

(Clockwise) Houses of former MP Gurcharan Singh Galib’s relative, former Congress minister Malkit Singh Birmi and Congress MLA Harmohinder Singh Pardhan in Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana
(Clockwise) Houses of former MP Gurcharan Singh Galib’s relative, former Congress minister Malkit Singh Birmi and Congress MLA Harmohinder Singh Pardhan in Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, November 24
This road can easily be called the “Janpath” of Ludhiana. The presence of four senior political leaders’ houses on this road can be a sheer coincidence. While some of them have been living here for the past many years, one has purchased a house there recently.

This road in city’s posh locality of Sarabha Nagar connects the Ferozepur Road with the Pakhowal Road and runs parallel to the Sidhwan Canal.

The leaders who own houses on this road include local Congress Member of Parliament Manish Tewari, Raikot MLA Harmohinder Singh Pardhan, former Congress minister Malkit Singh Birmi and former MP Gurcharan Singh Galib.

While Tewari’s house is in block A, Pardhan’s in block K, Birmi’s in block K and Galib’s house is in block C of Sarabha Nagar.

However, Congress leader Ishwarjot Singh Cheema, who has been associated with Galib for a long time, says house No. 17 in block C is not owned by Galib.

“It is owned by Galib’s brother-in-law Darshan Singh. However, Galib has contested all his elections from this house. That is why, even in his official records, his address is 17-C,” Cheema adds.

Galib had unsuccessfully contested the last Lok Sabha elections on the Shiromani Akali Dal ticket against Congress’ Manish Tewari, who lives just 10 houses away from Galib’s house. Tewari’s house is located on one corner of this road as it touches the Pakhowal Road.

Malkit Singh Birmi says he purchased this house in 1988 when he moved here from Delhi. “It’s a coincidence that all four of us have our houses on this road. With Sarabha Nagar being a posh locality, the district administration should lay special emphasis on this area,” he adds.

Amongst these leaders, MLA Harmohinder Singh Pardhan is the latest entrant, while Tewari purchased his house a few years ago. Earlier, former Akali MP Amrik Singh Aliwal also owned a house near this road, but he later moved to the Barewal Road area.

The four owners

Local Congress Member of Parliament Manish Tewari, Raikot MLA Harmohinder Singh Pardhan, former Congress minister Malkit Singh Birmi and former MP Gurcharan Singh Galib own houses on this road in Sarabha Nagar.



Seven covers for manhole in three months
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, November 24
The Jagraon Municipal Council seems to be in a race to make it to the book of world records for unpleasant reasons. The local municipal council perhaps holds the record of installing maximum covers on a single sewerage manhole in less then three months.

The municipal body has fixed as many as seven covers on a single sewerage manhole in less then three months. All the covers fixed by the local MC on the particular sewerage manhole have caved in.

The latest cemented cover fixed on the sewerage manhole at the College road here, which was installed by the local municipal council during the last week after the previous manhole cover had caved in some time ago, has also caved in. Moreover, as many as three manhole covers fixed on the said manhole have caved in within November. Four previous covers had already caved in.

The first cover had caved in on November 1 when a tractor trolley crossed over it. Despite repeated complaints of the area residents, the manhole remained uncovered for four days. It was finally covered on November 4 following the repeatedly highlighting of the issue in media.

But the second cover too caved in within one week of its installation. This time, the manhole remained open for five days. However, the manhole was covered with a new cemented cover on November 12. This cover also caved in after only six days and the manhole once again was left uncovered for 3 days.

The last cover was fixed on November 21 but this cover too failed to spend even three days and caved in on November 23.

Now the said manhole is laying uncovered thus, posing a danger to the lives of residents and commuters.

The area residents have been continually alleging that the contractor had used substandard material while making the cemented covers and fixing interlocking tiles that is the reason why the covers are breaking again and again.

MC president, Baldev Krishan Dhir, who had been continually denying the allegations of using substandard material in making the cemented covers, had no answer this time around. Taking a serious note of the continually caving in of manhole covers, Dhir has assured of initiating an inquiry into this matter.

Dhir said that he will soon form a committee to enquire out the matter and said that a strict action will be taken against the contractor if substandard material was used in making the cemented covers.

  • It is reminded here that as many as 13 sewerage manhole covers made of iron worth Rs 1.50 lakh had gone missing from this road during the work of laying interlocking tiles. Raising the issue in the recent MC general house meeting, area councilor Rachpal Singh had alleged that these manhole covers have been allegedly sold by some contractors in connivance with some corrupt officials of the local municipal council. Rachpal Singh said, the contractors removed iron covers from the manholes and laid cemented covers in municipal council office in place of the iron covers, which were later on sold on a high price at Mandi Gobindghar iron market.



Wada Ghallughara
Recognition for those perpetuating memory sought
Badal to dedicate memorial to Sikh community at Rohira on Nov 29
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 24
While rank and file in the administration are busy making arrangements for the scheduled visit of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who will dedicate the Wada Ghallughara Memorial at Rohira to the Sikh community next Tuesday, residents want the government to also recognise those organisations and individuals who had strived to perpetuate the holocaust memories with their humble attempts till now.

At the historic place where 35,000 Sikhs were massacred by Ahmed Shah Abdali’s forces on February 5, 1762, stands a pennant erected on a mound formed amidst ruins.

The Gurdwara Shaheed Ganj Bara Ghallughara organised a nagar kirtan that started from Theh and passed through Rohira, Baurhai Kalan, Bauhrai Khurad, Kup Khurad, Phallewal Khurad, Nathumajra, Umarpura, Momnabad, Akbarpur Chhanna, Jandali Khurad and Jandali Kalan villages. Thousands of devotees paid obeisance at the religious place.

Jagdev Singh Ghaloti, Jagwant Singh Jaggie and Surjit Singh Cheema, office-bearers of the trust running the affairs of the upcoming gurdwara, said Baba Jagtar Singh Tarantaranwale and Baba Kirpal Singh Bhawanigarhwale had been looking after the construction of the complex to be completed at a cost of Rs 1 crore.

“Disappointed at the role of successive governments, the area residents requested Baba Jagtar Singh to inspire the donors to contribute towards the noble cause of preserving the history,” the office-bearers said. They claimed that over Rs 50 lakh had been spent so far.

“Bara Ghallughara”, as it is known in the local dialect, is situated at Rohira, 3 km from Ahmedgarh. The natural monument stands concealed under a canopy of acacia trees. Successive governments have failed to do anything towards according the place the status of a national monument.

On February 4, 1762, Abdali directed the Nawab of Sirhind to attack the Sikhs at Kup Rohira from the east. Ammunition and ration of the Sikhs were stored at Guram village and they were surrounded from three sides.

Eleven Sikh confederacies were compelled to face 22 Afghan armies comprising 2.5 lakh soldiers. Contrary to the expectations of the Sikhs, Baba Alla Singh joined the Afghans. The Sikhs were aware of the fact that their strength was too small to combat the Afghan army, yet they chose to face them.

Jassa Singh Ahluwalia, Charat Singh and Shukracharya showed unmatched valour and patience. So skilful was Charat Singh in the art of shooting that he was assisted by five persons in loading guns.

However, Abdali succeeded in attacking from the rear. A large number of Sikhs sacrificed their lives in the battlefield and a small number reached Hathur by sunset. At least 10,000 children were burnt alive by the enemy when they were hiding in desolate grassland near Mooma Gehlan.

Historian Noordeen Bilouch wrote that even Abdali was impressed by the valour of the Sikhs. It is unfortunate that such an important historic place has become a pasture for cattle. Sant Fateh Singh erected the pennant there in 1962 with the efforts of Baba Kehar Singh Musafir.

In 1967, Gurmukh Singh, a renowned industrialist of Ludhiana, took the initiative to renovate the place and Baba Santa Singh of the Budha Dal took charge in 1974. It was handed over to a committee formed by the ‘sangat’ of the area.

The devotees want the state government to take up the matter with the Union Government.

35,000 massacred

On February 5, 1762, at least 35,000 Sikhs were massacred by Ahmed Shah Abdali’s forces at Wada Ghallughara, situated at Rohira, 3 km from Ahmedgarh.



‘Library Man’ to inculcate reading habit among children
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Dr Jaswant Singh Ludhiana, November 24
When 80-year-old Dr Jaswant Singh moves around in his village, people identify him as the “Library Man”. Reason: He was the first man in the area who started the mobile library concept in Jorahan, Rangoowal, Phallewal, Gujjarwal, Kalakh and other adjoining villages of the district and that, too, without any financial help from the government.

But now, Dr Jaswant Singh, a US-based NRI has moved a step further and has converted his ancestral property into a public library. This library has been constructed with a cost of around Rs 30 lakh and in 4,500 sq yards of land owned by Singh’s family.

“This library has a book bank of 4,000 books, mostly for children, an audio-visual room, two computers, journals, over 16 magazines, including one from Pakistan. My ultimate aim is that I want to inculcate reading habit among children of the area. Catch them young is the mantra I am working on,” says Singh, who, unlike many other retired persons, used his more than 20 years of experience of serving as a librarian in the US behind this project.

In 1964, Dr Singh left for Canada and taught social studies and Canadian history there. In 1970, he got a scholarship from the Canadian Government for studies in the library science at Michigan University where he did his PhD in library administration and finally got settled there.

“I always wanted people of my area to be enlightened and reading books is one of the best ways of doing so. Even in my public library, we have not kept any membership fee. The only fee we charge is Rs 20, which is the cost of our library card,” he says.

His mobile library project kept running for five years and he provided his services to children of seven villages with 1,600 books. “While we were running the mobile library, my myth that children don’t read books was broken. In fact, children love books. That is why, in this project, most of the books are for children,” informed Dr Jaswant Singh, whose library would be finally inaugurated on November 26.

He did not keep this idea to himself and shared it with his friends in the USA. Now, another NRI, Baldev Singh Dhaliwal, who retired as an engineer from a leading automobile company, has converted his library at his Lopon village in Moga district. “He has also spent around Rs 30 lakh on this project, which would be inaugurated on November 30,” said Dr Singh.



Youth getting hooked on hookah
With no fear of law, joints do disservice to minors
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 24
While hookah bar owners claim to serve plain hookah to their clients, who are “above 18 years” and the local police finds it difficult to raid these bars frequently, as these are being run by the “influential” and that too in a “legal” manner, it is ultimately the younger generation that is suffering the most.

The hookah bar culture, which has caught on in the recent years, seems to have become a “status symbol” for the younger generation here.

By playing truant from schools/colleges and tuitions, students, a majority of whom are boys as young as 15, can be seen frequenting these bars.

Although a majority of them visit these bars just to “try” hookah, they ultimately end up being labelled as “addicts” in the peer group.

A 16-year-old student from a reputed school here, on the condition of anonymity, said hookah owners generally preferred to serve plain hookah to students due to the fear of police raids. However, a majority of students carried their own tobacco and other drugs to the bar and mixed these in the hookah.

“A friend of mine recently visited one of these bars in Sarabha Nagar just for fun. After he came out of the bar, he said his mind was completely relaxed. He no longer likes to have the plain hookah. Rather, he takes tobacco along and asks the waiter to mix it in the hookah. And, he sits there for good two to three hours at least thrice a week. At times, he misses his evening tuitions. And his parents are not aware of this,” said the student.

A waiter working at a hookah bar, on the condition of anonymity, said since wards of police officers, politicians and industrialists visited the place, there was no fear of any raid.

“Since the owners have a good rapport with higher officials, the police does not bother us. Even if there is a raid at any of the joints, nothing comes out of it. Neither the owner nor the visitors get punished owing to their clout. Also, while we claim to serve hookah to customers over 18 years of age, the reality is that students as young as 15 frequent this place. At times we feel bad for them. But this is the reality,” said the waiter.

Health hazard

Regular use of hookah causes lung infections and other respiratory problems. In extreme cases, breathlessness is the outcome. Besides, sharing the same hookah with others can cause infections. Regular use of tobacco can prove fatal.

Dr Sandeep Puri, Medical Superintendent, DMCH

Psychological aspect

Children who smoke hookah are more impulsive and experimental in nature. They often lead this kind of lifestyle to prove to others that they are grownups. They are often not given proper attention by their parents.

Dr Ps Khurana, head, neuro-psychiatry, Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital

‘We’ll fix it’

The police department is aware of the problem. We are going to set everything right shortly.

Joginder Singh, ADCP



Students’ pass holders a harried lot
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, November 24
There seems to be no end to the miseries of bus pass holders, especially college students, as they complain of harassment at the hands of drivers and conductors of the Punjab Roadways and PRTC buses.

Malkiat Singh, a student said, “This is a routine day matter. However early we reach our station, we are sure to get late. It is an endless wait for the bus. Firstly, drivers and conductors are never willing to let us board the bus. Many times they declare that the bus pass holders shall not be entertained. Then where should we go at that time? We have no other way, but to cling to the moving bus.”

“We find not many roadways buses on either side in the morning and afternoon. If at all they are, they are of long routes, which care a fig for the pass holders like us. The PRTC buses do not approve our roadways passes. Two passes of different transports are not allowed. Then whom should we go for the redressal of our grievances? We are really hard pressed at this time,” rued another pass holder who commutes from Ludhiana to Doraha and visa-versa. “On one hand, the government delivers tall talks on free and compulsory education, while on the other hand, we are being denied of the facility that has been given to the students,” said Satnam.

Not a single day passes when the students are not caught up in a brush with drivers and conductors of these buses for the simple reason that the latter are seldom willing to let them board, while the former have no other, but to board the buses at all costs. “There have been instances where the students have sustained injuries as they were trying to board or step out of the buses, as the drivers of these buses stop unwillingly for the students,” said Laxman, another college student.

Rajvir Singh, a BA-II student of a local college, rued, “The conductors of these buses ignore us and treat us indecently. My classmates and I have to board a bus everyday from Ludhiana, but the Punjab Roadways and PRTC bus drivers and conductors, it seems regard us as untouchables.”

Narrating his tale of woe, a student, Rajinder Singh told, “I was standing with other boys to board a bus from Doraha in the afternoon. A PRTC bus halted and that, too, half-a-kilometer from the main stoppage. Hardly had I stepped in when the conductor blew the whistle, as a result of which I fell and sustained injuries.”

The problem of girl pass holders is even worse. Radhika (name changed) complains, “Boys somehow manage to board, but it is difficult for girls. Moreover, conductors try to take undue advantage of our pleas and behave indecently with us.”

Satish Sharma, GM Roadways, when contacted said, “Nobody has ever approached me or my traffic manager in this regard. But if the problem is grave to this extent, I will surely look into it and get it resolved at the earliest.”



Training to improve English teaching standards
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 24
A 10-day training programme of English language for government school teachers is going on under the Rastriya Madvik Sikhya Abhiyaan (RMSA) at Government Senior Secondary School, Gobind Nagar.

English teachers teaching classes IX and X are undergoing the training. The government has collaborated with the British Council to improve the standards of English teaching and learning in Punjab.

Teachers are being taught elicitation, questioning and gestures techniques so that they can make learning student centric.

“This training is different from other seminars because it is activity centric and based on the concept of ‘learning by doing’. Teachers are learning new interactive methods of teaching and learning to make the classrooms more communicative rather than only using lecture method,” said Amandeep Singh, a resource person.

Pooja Sharma, another resource person said, “Teachers are not just listening and sitting in the training but also practice what they are learning.”



from colleges
NCC cadets vow to fight corruption
Tribune News Service

Devotees partake of langar on the Martyrdom Day of Guru Tegh Bahadur at Khalsa College for Women in Ludhiana on Thursday
Devotees partake of langar on the Martyrdom Day of Guru Tegh Bahadur at Khalsa College for Women in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana November 24
NCC cadets of Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women took an oath against corruption to mark the first day of the NCC week. All cadets took pledge to make untiring efforts to eradicate corruption. An essay-writing competition was organised by the NCC unit on the second day of the NCC week.

The cadets and students from different departments expressed their views on the topic “Women empowerment in India- Reality or myth.” Baljeet Kaur of B Com-I bagged the first prize, while Pooja of B Com-III and Krishma of BA-III jointly won the second prize. Jaswinder Kaur of BCA-III was placed third. Principal Dr Parveen Kaur Chawla congratulated the winners and motivated the NCC cadets to serve for the cause of humanity.

NCC week

The NCC unit of Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, organised a visit to Nishkam Sewa Ashram, an old age home, situated at Daad village. Thirty two NCC cadets interacted with nearly 35 inmates of the old age home. Realising the pitiable condition of these old people, the cadets promised that at least their parents would not face these circumstances and loneliness. The cadets also helped the inmates in routine chores like dusting of rooms, washing of clothes and arranging of wardrobes. Dr Varinder Kaur Thind, principal of the college, appreciated the efforts made by the cadets and teachers.

Hands-on session

A two-day IT workshop on “Computer hardware and networking” conducted by the Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Vocational Studies concluded on Wednesday. About 150 students pursuing different courses in IT and management were benefited by the workshop. Ravinder Rawat, managing director, TIT Infotech, focused on the basics and discussed some of the networking components and what they do. He briefed the students about the types of computers, memory modules, processor type, storage types, motherboard architecture, installation and networking fundamentals.

Visit to old age home

The NCC unit of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan campus, Model Town, in collaboration with the 3Punjab Girls Battalion, NCC, organised a visit to Swami Vivekanand Bridh Ashram. The cadets talked to inmates and learnt the tragic plight of the elderly people who said they felt cheated after all years of love and care that they had given to their children. The cadets donated their pocket money for the noble cause to give elderly people a small token of love. Lt Col Subhash Sehgal, CO of the unit, encouraged the cadets to take the responsibility to reduce the number of such homes.


The Youth Red Cross unit of the Khalsa College for Women organised a lecture on “Challenges for youth - Today and tomorrow,” under Emcure health project of the Federation of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of India. Dr Vineet and Dr Poonam from SPS Apollo Hospital and Dr Ginni from Healthline Hospital acquainted the young girls with the health issues faced by them in their daily life. Dr Vineet appraised the students about the human reproductive system, its development with age and problems that women come across because of the disorders they develop in the system.

The doctors also discussed the issues like polycystic ovary (PCO’s), cervix cancer, problems faced by adolescent girls during menstruation and gave them tips on how they could overcome these problems by following a nutritious and healthy routine. 



Assembly Poll
Congress set to ‘mobilise cadres’
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 24
Dr Yogesh Dubey, AICC observer for Ludhiana urban Assembly segment, on Tuesday said the organisational setup of the party was being strengthened right from the block level in the runup to the Assembly elections in the state.

The aim was to mobilise cadres for the electoral battle, which was just a couple of months away.

Addressing mediapersons after interacting with party functionaries, including councillors, former legislators, contenders and workers from all six urban Assembly segments during his two-day visit to the city, Dubey said the feedback from the cadres at the grassroots level would be conveyed to the party high command and it would form the basis for chalking out the party’s strategy for the elections.

Dubey indicated that there was a keen desire among the senior party leaders to give better representation to the youth and women in the coming elections.



ESIC Delivery Case
No medical negligence found: Report
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 24
The three-member inquiry committee conducting probe into the Chanchla Devi delivery case has finally filed its report. Dr Permanand, Medical Superintendent, ESI Model Hospital, said: “I have recently received the report, which has not found any medical negligence in the Chanchla Devi delivery case. I am yet to go through it in detail.”

On November 3, Chanchla Devi’s family members had claimed that she had delivered a baby girl on the premises of ESIC Model Hospital, Ludhiana, in the absence of doctors and other paramedical staff.

The inquiry committee that conducted the probe included Dr Promila Jindal, head of the gynaecology department, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital; Dr Suruchi Aggarwal and Dr Rajan Sayal of the ESIC Model Hospital.

Yesterday, a three-member team from the ESI Headquarters in New Delhi had visited the hospital premises.

According to sources, the team had come to conduct an inquiry into some complaints received by them.

However, Dr Permanand said: “I cannot comment on the issue. Ours is a model hospital and the team was here to see which other facilities could be added further.”



Dance parties a rage in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 24
Gone are the days when nights used to set in sleepily in the city. More and more youngsters are stepping to the beats of music and disco lights, as dance parties in the city are increasingly becoming a rage in the city.

Karan Dua, studying interior design, is a self-professed party freak.

“People have become more open these days.”

“A few days back, I went to a ‘bachelor’s party’ where we had a lot of fun,” he says. “We utilised the services of a service woman instead of a waiter to add that bit of fun,” he added.

“A new creed of partygoers seem to be burgeoning in the city and learning to enjoy the nights after the hard day in the busy industrial city,” says 24-year-old Nitin Dua, a businessman.

Monika, a housewife, says earlier she used to hesitate when going for a party.

For Akhil, who is also a businessman, partying is a good way of networking.



Prize distribution function
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 24
A cultural and prize distribution function was organised at BVM School. The students performed in "little champs" and "chatur khargosh" apart from performances in choreography, based on the theme of patriotism. The students also performed bhangra and giddha apart from Rajasthani and Gujarati dances.

Interactive session

Ryan International School, Dugri, organised a session with Butsikan Singh, former Indian foreign services officer. The students asked him various questions based on his academic and career prospects. Butsikan suggested the students to be prudent, patient and disciplined.



Search operation by police
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 24
In a search operation conducted by the police in the wee hours today, slum areas at Shimlapuri, Daba Road, Focal Point, near bus stand, railway station were raided. About 15 cops, including ACP, SHOs and PCR men conducted the search operation from 4 to 6.30 in the morning.

SHO Kanwarjit Singh said it was a routine checking, which the police does after a certain period of time. “We had conducted the search operation at the slum areas, but the normal routine of public was not disturbed,” he said. But Dalwinder Singh, a local resident, who had to catch a bus to Chandigarh, said he was stopped by the policemen for about 10 minutes. “They were making queries but I had to catch the bus. I had to plead them to let me go,” he rued.



Khanna-Khamano road in ruins
Our Correspondent

Khanna November 24
The condition of Khanna-Khamano road is becoming worse day by day, as no one is taking care of the road despite the fact that it is one of the major routes connecting various villages and town and hundreds of vehicles pass through this road everyday.

Big potholes have occurred in the road on several places, mainly in about 10-km stretch from Khanna up to Barwali village.

This stretch needs immediate repair, as it is difficult to pass through this stretch. Dr Jagroop Singh Barwali, Jagminder Singh Bhangu of Seh village and others have demanded immediate repair and widening of the road.

Meanwhile, SDM Khanna Inderjit Kaur Kang when contacted did not attend her phone even after repeated attempts.



Mobile, Rs 2,000 snatched from cop
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, November 24
Some unidentified motorcyclists snatched one mobile phone, Rs 2000, gold ear rings and the identity card from a head constable, Sukhraj Singh and his wife Gurmit Kaur. The couple was returning from Noormahal after attending a religious congregation last night.

In another snatching incident, five armed robbers robbed a photographer on the Noormahal-Talwan road last night. The victim, Avtar Singh, was returning from Noormahal after covering a marriage ceremony, when the robbers snatched his camera, mobile phone, some cash and his driving licence.

Motorcyclist killed

One motorcyclist was killed and a pillion rider sustained serious injuries after the motorcycle they were riding on, was hit by a speeding bus. The deceased has been identified as Sukhjinder Singh of Quadian village. The accident occurred near Bilga village on the Phillaur-Noormahal road last evening. The injured, Manpreet, was admitted to a local hospital. The police has registered a case against the bus driver. Our Correspondent



Servant decamps with old machines
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 24
A servant decamped with a few second-hand machines from his employer’s business premises at Dal Bazar here today. The police is investigating the matter and no case has been registered so far.

Gopal Krishan, SHO Daresi, told Babool, a servant working with Kamal Bhandari, a hosiery manufacturer at Dal Bazar, had to take Rs 20,000 from the employer. Since the employer was busy these days, Babool stole two to three machines from the workplace to clear the balance. “We are facing a little problem as the employer has no address, identity proof or mobile number of the servant. But we are looking into the matter,” he said.



Rs 3.5 lakh stolen from Vodafone office
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 24
Rs 3.5 lakh were stolen from Vodafone office on the Dholewal Chowk, here last night. Sources said that despite repeated efforts, the concerned police officials did not reach the spot but the PCR persons and finger-print experts had reached after getting the information.

Kamal Kapoor, a worker said that that was the office where bills were deposited and all the cash was sent to the company. “In the morning when a worker was opening the lock of the office, it was found that the lock was already opened. The cash was stolen from the safe,” said Kamal.



Septuagenarian’s endeavour to promote kabaddi
Encouraging youngsters to take to sport at schools
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 24
His passion for sports in general and kabaddi in particular is reflected in the fact that he has been serving budding raiders and stoppers of the region for many years. Besides helping a number of kabaddi players financially, Bikar Singh, a septuagenarian sports lover of Kila Raipur village, has been persuading budding players of the kabaddi academy at Government Senior Secondary School, Kila Raipur, to take to the sport by preparing fresh ground for them everyday for the past over a year.

Alleging that contractors, engaged for providing services to trainees at a majority of kabaddi academies at state-run schools, had started surrendering services for non-payment of bills for months together, the sports lover has asked deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal to do something practical for budding players instead of splurging public money on ostentatious shows.

“If they are really interested in promoting the sports, let them come to these playgrounds and enquire about the needs of budding players. Public funds, being wasted on organising big shows, if utilised judiciously, can save academies from collapse for want of funds,” said Bikar Singh, regretting that contractors engaged for providing services at certain school kabaddi academies had started running away for non-payment of their bills.

Regretting that kabaddi, which should have been an element of lifestyle for Punjab youth, was being exploited for meagre gains by politicians, Bikar Singh maintained that no government could claim to be the saviour of the sport until its future was saved by providing better facilities to budding players.

“When, with meagre resources, I can perpetuate the endeavour by preparing grounds with my hands daily, they (leaders) can also do something meaningful for safeguarding the future of the sport,” argued Bikar Singh.

Advice to Sukhbir

The sports lover has asked deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal to do something practical for budding players instead of splurging public money on ostentatious shows



Sandip scripts Ludhiana win
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 24
Thanks to the all round performance of Sandip Singh (157 not out and three for 10), which steered Ludhiana to outplay Mansa on the basis of first innings lead of 313 runs in the Inter-District Zonal Cricket Tournament (U-19) for the Dhruv Pandove Trophy being organised by the Punjab Cricket Association here at Punjab Agricultural University ground.

Batting first, hosts Ludhiana scored a mammoth score of 386 for the loss of nine wickets in the stipulated 95 overs in the first innings.

Their innings revolved around Sandip Singh, Abhinav Bhatia and Sunny Pandy, who contributed 157, 69 and 49 runs, respectively. Other notable scorers were Nikhil Chowdhay (30), Nitish (22) and Amritpal Singh (20 not out).

For visitors, Baljidner Singh and Harpreet Singh scalped three wickets each after conceding 82 and 73 runs, respectively, while Manpreet Singh grabbed two wickets for 94 runs.

In reply, Mansa’s first essay culminated at 73 runs after 34.4 overs with only two batsmen, Amanjot Singh (26) and Harpreet Singh (12), reaching double figure.

In the second innings, Ludhiana were 90 for two after 43 overs when the umpires called it a day and the hosts were awarded the match on the basis of the first innings lead.

Sunny Pandey and Nimit Malhan were two batsmen who lost their wickets with 14 and 11 runs against their names.



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