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Anger over police invite
‘Ward No 31 representative not called to police-public meeting’
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 27
The police-public meeting, conducted at Upkar Nagar to address grievances of residents, has earned the ire of local SAD leaders and the councillor of Ward No 31. The councillor alleged that the area station house officer (SHO) had invited only his friends to the meeting to show the assistant commissioner police (ACP) Swapan Sharma that everything was hunky-dory in the area. SAD councillor Rupamdeep Kaur Malhi and her husband Narinder Singh Malhi alleged that the SHO Brij Mohan had not deliberately sent them the invitation for the police-public meeting.

"We have lodged many complaints against the working of the police. Apart from harassing and issuing challans to residents, the cops have no other job to do. We were deliberately not invited, as the SHO feared that we would lay bare the truth before the ACP," said councillor Malhi.

Kanwar Jatinder Singh, General Secretary, All India Youth Akali Dal, alleged, "The area has turned into a den of snatchers and anti-social elements.

The police seems to have no other job apart from issuing challans. We wanted to bring all these issues to the notice of the ACP, but we were deliberately not invited." Charanjit Singh Channi, member of the Dashera Committee Deep Nagar, said, "A handful of residents were called at the meeting to give the impression that the police was listening to the grievances of the residents." He added, "This is a wrong and unethical practice."

The residents of Upkar Nagar and Guru Nanakpura have been demanding a strict action against the anti-social elements, who consumed liquor in public parks of the locality and created a nuisance. The matter was raised during the police-public meeting held at Kapoor Marriage Place on November 25. The meeting was headed by ACP Swapan Sharma. He had assured the residents that action would be taken against the anti-social elements.

The SHO was not available for his comments. ACP Sharma said it was the SHO who had invited the area residents. He added, "I had just attended the meeting on the request of the SHO. If the area residents have grievances, they can contact me."


Rs 5-lakh sanitary equipment stolen
Three robberies in three weeks
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 27
A gang of thieves that steals sanitary equipment seems to be on the prowl in the city.

After targeting two shops in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and Brown Road, respectively, the thieves struck at a shop in Dhandra Manakalwal and fled with sanitary goods and cash worth Rs 5 lakh.

The incident came to light this morning when the owner of Surya Sanitation, Deepak Goyal, opened his shop and was shocked to find it ransacked.

The thieves had entered the shop by breaking open the door located on the top of the shop.

“The thieves might have been aware of the expensive taps and sanitary equipment so they laid their hand on luxury bath fittings. Besides, they took away Rs 35,000 cash from the counter,” said Deepak Goyal. The police has registered a case. Deputy Commissioner of the Police (DCP) Ashish Chaudhry said, “Preliminary investigations suggest the involvement of the same gang. Even the modus operandi of committing the theft was the same.”

Cases so far

November 10: Navrang Sanitation, Dugri. Thieves fled with cash and sanitary goods worth Rs 13 lakh

November 25: Dashmesh Pump Store, Brown road. Thieves fled with cash and sanitary goods worth Rs 2 lakh

November 27: Surya Sanitation. Thieves fled with cash, sanitary goods worth Rs 2 lakh



good samaritan
Industrialist adopts 11 thalassaemic kids
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 27
People love to accept gifts but here is a Good Samaritan who is giving a special gift to 11 thalassaemic kids on his coming birthday.

Puneet Gupta, a resident of Sarabha Nagar, is going to celebrate his 35th birthday by adopting 11 thalasemic kids for their entire life.

On December 1, he will celebrate his birthday by holding a blood donation camp at his Focal Point-based petrol pump for the thalassaemic kids. Puneet said, "About a month ago, a young boy who is known to me, asked me for financial help for his sick nephew suffering from thalassaemia. The youngster was drunkard at that time so I did not give him money. I asked him about the name of the doctor who was treating his nephew. He said it was Dr Parveen Sobti of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. So I helped the child through the doctor. It was Dr Sobti who told me that she had many thalassaemic kids and some were those whose parents had left them all alone. I decided to adopt some of these kids for their treatment."

Each thalassaemic kid needs approximately Rs 2,000 per month for his treatment. But Puneet Gupta is happily adopting them. Puneet, who is director of MRPC Group of Companies and runs the business of petroleum and automobile products, said, "If by paying Rs 22,000 per month for the treatment of these thalassaemic kids, I can help them to lead a long and healthy life, I will be more than happy."

Puneet, who lost his father at the tender age of 14 years, completed his studies along with business. His wife Charu Gupta, who is a home-maker, also helps him in business.

Father of two sons, Sakksham and Aayushman, Puneet said,"There are 75 employees in my company and all will donate blood on that day. I have also requested my friends to come and donate blood generously for this noble cause."



Ministerial services union stir to continue
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 27
The ongoing strike by the Punjab Ministerial Services Union, which started on November 22, will continue in the coming week too.

Stating this, Sukhwinder Singh, state chairman, Punjab Ministerial Services Union, said,"The government has not fulfilled our long-pending demands. So we have decided to continue our strike till our demands are fulfilled."

Meanwhile, the people who are eagerly waiting for the calling off of the strike are at the receiving end. Jatin Sharma, who is to apply for learner’s licence, said,"I am in a fix due to this strike. The government should come out with some solution for the people."

Gursharan Singh, who wants to collect the birth certificate of his son, but could not. said," There should be some alternative arrangement for urgent works."

The striking employees allege that they are getting less salary in comparison to the employees who are less qualified. They are demanding equal pay scales.



‘Chemicals used in making boxes of sweets harmful’
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 27
The cash-rich people in Ludhiana leave no stone unturned to celebrate occasions lavishly. Be it marriage parties, small get-toghters or birthdays of their dear ones, "formal" invitations along with attractive packs of sweets are often sent to the guests by the elite and the upper-middle class. But the expensive printed boxes, which carry sweets, can prove harmful due to the use of varied colours and nitrogen liquid, which dilutes the colours.

Pankaj Sharma of PK Cards (name changed) here said that residents in the city looked for something unique and attractive. "They don't want simple products. To polish the cardboard with silver, golden or any other colour , various chemicals are used these days, which provide the ultimate shine to the box. These chemicals can prove harmful and allergic. Besides, adhesives are also used while joining the boxes. I agree if sweets are filled in freshly made boxes, these chemicals can prove harmful for human consumption," said Sharma.

Sonu of the Smile Arts printing press here said that while printing the boxes, a lot of colours were used, which contained several chemicals. "Apart from that, nitrogen- liquid is used to dilute the colours. At times, neela-pathar (chemical) is also used by certain printers," said Sonu, adding that the more colours were added while printing, the more chemicals were used.

A sweet-mart owner in the city area, who gets a plenty of orders of sweets for marriage parties said, "In a majority of cases, sweets are never stale. At times, we get complaints that sweets emit smell of polish or there was a taste of spirit in the sweets, but that is due to the boxes. People send freshly made boxes and then ask us to fill the sweets immediately. If we tell them to wait for one or two days till the boxes get dried, they refuse to listen. So this has to happen," said the owner.

Manoj Khosla, Food Safety Officer, said the Health Department could keep a check on food-items. "We see that there is no adulteration in sweets/foods during our raids but if harmful chemicals are used while making the boxes, we can keep a check on them, too. Ultimately, these chemicals will prove harmful for human consumption," said Khosla.

Lurking Danger

Various chemicals are used these days which provide the ultimate shine to the box. These chemicals can prove harmful and allergic. Besides, adhesives are also used while joining the boxes. If sweets are filled in freshly made boxes, these chemicals can prove harmful for human consumption.



Alliance formed to push environment as Assembly poll issue
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 27
During a two-day meeting held by representatives of several environmental organisations in the city, it was unanimously decided to form an alliance to bring environmental health and ecological crisis of Punjab into sharp focus in the context of the upcoming Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections.

The representatives formed "Vatavaran Ate Samaj Bachao Morcha, Punjab", the next meeting of which will be held at Amritsar on December 14 to chalk out the action plan for the elections.

Environmentalists from over 40 organisations, who gathered on a common platform for two days, were of the opinion that there was a significant scientific evidence available which showed beyond doubt that the environment related to soil, water and air had been grossly polluted with highly poisonous/toxic substances. These substances had already reached the food chain and human bodies. Their levels in human and animal tissues were high enough to disturb their physiology and cause and contribute to various diseases and premature deaths.

The participants deliberated that the state of Punjab was reeling under severe economic, social, ecological and political crises. Natural resources, in general, and water and soil, in particular, were depleting because of unsustainable model of agriculture and development.

"Natural resources, government institutions, economy, health and education have all been put on sale to the super rich/corporate sector for earning super profits. Multiple types of environmental toxicity is playing havoc with delicate ecological balance. The whole crisis is due to wrong government policies at the Centre and state level," said Giani Kewal Singh.

Umendra Dutt from the Kheti Virasat Mission said that Punjab was sitting on a volcano of environmental health crisis, which was affecting not only human beings but all living species. "We are neck deep in toxic environment. The effects of this chronic poisoning on human health are not being taken note of by medical profession, health department and governments. The impact on animal and plant health is not being given the urgently needed attention by the departments concerned," said Dutt.

Members said there was an urgent need that all organisations of the working people, youth, students, writers, scientists

and intellectuals, including all political parties, should rise to the occasion and come up with their visions on pro-people socio-political agenda in which the issue of saving natural resources, environment and agriculture should be at the forefront.

Convened by Kheti Virasat Mission, meeting was joined by several eminent social, political and religious personalities like Baba Balbeer Singh Seechewal, Gian Kewal Singh (ex Jathedar Takhat Sri Dam Dama Sahib), Jagdev Singh Jassowal, Dr GPI Singh (Director, Adesh Medical College Bathinda), Dr Amar Singh Azad, Sukhdev Singh Bhopal (Nature Human Centric Peoples' Movement), Karnail Singh Jakhepal (IDP - Internationalist Democratic Party), Prof Jagmohan Singh, Surjeet Singh Phul (Krantikari Kisan Union), Malvinder Malli, Charan Singh Gill (UCPI), Dr Harminder Singh Sidhu (Raikot - Gadri Baba Dulla Singh Foundation).



Dense fog hits rail commuters
Mahesh Sharma
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 27
Cancellation of trains running between Ludhiana and Hissar due to dense fog for a few days now has upset routine life of residents who travel by trains.

Daily passengers including traders, government employees and labourers commuting between various localities situated along the Ludhiana-Dhuri railway line are among the worst affected residents.

Activists and office bearers of various social and political organisations have urged Vijay Inder Singla, Manish Tewari and Sukhdev Singh Libra, MPs from Sangrur, Ludhiana and Fatehgarh Sahib constituencies to impress upon the authorities of the Indian railway to review the decision and rationalise running of all the trains.

Trying to adjust their schedule due to running late trains, the residents of the area faced inconvenience to learn that train number 54603 and 54604 running between Ludhiana and Hissar had been cancelled for an indefinite period.

Traders, bank officials, government and private employees besides workers commuting between various localities of Sangrur and Ludhiana districts were worst affected as they had to adopt alternative means of transportation to travel. Apart from that, they had to suffer monetary loss too. The worst affected were those who had purchased monthly cancellation passes were worst sufferers.

“Though I have already paid for my traveling for the next three months, I have to shell out Rs one hundred everyday commute between my native village and work place,” rued Jaswant Singh of Jassowal village in Ludhiana district. He added that he will have to arrange for a temporary accommodation in case the decision to cancel the train is not reversed soon.

Dr Ravinder Sharma, who had planned a trip for his family said the cancellation of trains had shattered his plans for the obvious reasons of enhanced inconvenience. “As traveling by bus is more inconvenient and uncertain, now we will have to hire taxi or use our own car,” said Sharma.

Residents have urged the elected representatives of the region to intervene in the matter and impress upon the authorities in the railways department to either restore the cancelled trains or make reschedule timings of other trains running on the route.



’84 Riot Victims
Regularisation of flats’ allotment begins
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 27
The Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) today started the work of regularising allotments of 605 flats in possession of victims of 1984 riots.

But members of the Danga Peerit Welfare Society have rued that the victims were not handed over the allotment letters related to flats on Saturday.

“Our members have submitted all relevant documents to GLADA officials, but were not given the allotment letters of 605 flats located in Dugri, Urban Estate and Jamalpur areas. It clearly shows that the bureaucracy does not want things to get simplified and maybe is waiting for the model code of conduct to be imposed so that the victims don’t get the allotment letters,” rued Surjit Singh, president of Danga Peerit Welfare Society.

The society members said they would meet the Deputy Commissioner as well as other officials on Monday and would apprise them about the ground reality. “All we want is allotment letters and that also for flats, in which we are already staying,” said Surjit Singh.



Great cry and little wool
Claims by state govt of providing employment not accurate
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 27
Punjab Government does not hesitate in claiming the credit for employment generated by centre sponsored programme. The government teachers feel unpleasant that the state government is claming of providing employment to 55,225 teachers in its four-year term.

Ironically, the data available on the website of Sarav Siksha Abhian and statements of teachers reveal that the figures given in advertisement by the state government about the education department are not accurate.

Punjab Government deployed 10,000 teaching fellows and 4000 education service providers in 2008 on contract basis, which they regularised on April 1 2011 and that after three years. Meanwhile, the government advertised 7654 posts of teachers on September 23, 2009. During the recruitment, near about 2100 vocational teachers were from centre sponsored scheme, NABARD.

Apart from this, Punjab Government conducted Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) for 3500 posts but its result is awaited.

Meanwhile, all the other requirements of teachers are done under centre sponsored schemes such as Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RSMA), Saakhar Bharat Mission and Model school projects.

“Various teacher unions are protesting against the contract based recruitment being done by the state government which advertised that it had recruited 50,000 teachers but facts reveal that the government has appointed only 14000 regular teachers and all the other are contract based or appointed through centre sponsored schemes such as SSA or RMSA teachers,” said a teacher of a local Government School.

“Reality is different from the political statements and advertisements. Teachers do not feel secure under this system because most of the teachers on contract bases and they have to waste their time for union works instead of teaching,” said Jagseer Shota, president ETT Teachers Union.



Guru Nanak school win quiz contest
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, November 27
Khalsa College for Women Sidhwan Khurd near Jagraon organised an inter-school and inter-college quiz contest in three subjects-science, commerce and computers today. The science department held the quiz to celebrate 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry. In science quiz, six teams from different schools participated in the preliminary round and four teams qualified the written test to enter the final. Guru Nanak Public School, Mullanpur Dakha, emerged champion in the quiz contest while Swami Roopchand Jain Senior Secondary School, Jagraon, and Government Senior Secondary School for Girls, Jagraon, stood second and third respectively.

Guru Teg Bahadur National Senior Secondary School, Dakha, clinched the first position in Commerce quiz while Guru Nanak Public School, Mullanpur Dakha, and Swami Roop Chand Jain School, Jagraon, bagged second and third positions respectively.

In the computer quiz, Government Senior Secondary School, Sidhwan Kalan, was declared first followed by Swami Roop Chand Jain Senior Secondary School, Jagraon, and GTB National Public Senior Secondary School, Mullanpur Dakha, bagged second and third positions.

In the morning, Jagdish Kaur, principal, Sikh Girls Senior Secondary School, Sidhwan Khurd, was the chief guest and inaugurated the contest. While speaking during the occasion she emphasised upon the need of organising such contests on a regular basis to increase the general knowledge of students.

In the end, the principal of the host college, Khalsa College for Women, Dr. Paramjit Kaur, distributed gave away the prizes to the winners and congratulated them. She also thanked all the participating teams and distinguished guests for sparing their valuable time to attend the contest.



motivatinal workshop
‘Teachers must have balanced personalities’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 27
“Being good at life skills is important for handling all aspects of life with ease and taking care of the challenges of life. These are innate skills that every individual has and are essential to being human. All one needs to do is brush them up and bring them to the fore to deal with different situations of life," said Ritu Narang, a consultant with Oxford University Press, during a Life Skills and Motivational Workshop at BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar.

“I will consider 10-life skills as essential for developing a positive personality.Broadly these are thinking, social and emotional skills and all of them are inter-related," she said.

"Developing these skills are all the more important for teachers as they are dealing with new individuals. What a teacher says and does has an impact on several generations to come.It is crucial for teachers to be balanced personalities and have the right attitude as they are carving the future of so many children," she said.

She said emotional disturbance had to be checked in the initial stages otherwise it would keep mounting and later develop emotional problems. 



Sewerage manhole covered permanently
Jaswant Shetra

An MC employee covers the open manhole with a slab at College Road, Jagraon, on Sunday
An MC employee covers the open manhole with a slab at College Road, Jagraon, on Sunday. A Tribune Photograph

Jagraon, November 27
The Jagraon Municipal Council finally woke up from a deep slumber and covered the sewerage manhole permanently that had been lying uncovered for many days. The MC officials took the step following the issue was repeatedly highlighted.

In fact, as many as seven cemented covers had caved in within three months on the single sewerage manhole, situated on the College Road. Every time the MC would fix a new cover on the said manhole which would cave-in within a few days.

Finally, the municipal council employees laid down a cemented slab on the manhole and covered it permanently.

It is pertinent to mention here that the area residents have been continually alleging that the contractor had used substandard material while making the cemented covers and fixing of inter-locking tiles on the road about three months ago.

Even the area councilor Rachpal Singh, during recent general house meetings of local municipal council, had raised this issue before the house and demanded an inquiry into the matter. Rachpal Singh also alleged the contractors who were given the work of fixing inter-locking the tiles had used substandard material while making the cemented manhole covers that is why the manhole covers had been breaking and caving in again and again.

MC president, Baldev Krishan Dhir, who had been continually denying the allegations of using substandard material in making of the cemented covers, finally ordered the to fix a cemented slab on the said manhole to resolve the problem permanently.

The area residents as well as commuters had been facing a lot of inconvenience due to repeated breaking of the manhole covers. The area residents too took a sigh of relief after the manhole was covered with a slab.



Free medical check-up camp
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana November 27
A free medical check-up camp was organised by Senior Citizens' Welfare Association, Ludhiana. As many as 390 patients were examined and were provided consultancy and treatment. Specialists in the fields of medicine, gynecology, eye care, ENT, pediatrics, dental problems, orthopedics and ayurveda medicine examined the patients and gave free medicines.

The patients were also immunised against Hepatitis B and Tetanus. Dr SS Johal former Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala, and Dr LS Chawla former Vice-Chancellor, Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences, Faridkot, attended the camp.



‘Need to create awareness on RTI and RTS’
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, November 27
Chief Information Commissioner Punjab Kulbir Singh while delivering a speech in a seminar said that there is a need to create awareness among the masses regarding Right to Information Act and Right to Service Act to make the acts more effective.

The seminar, ‘Right to Information and Right to Service Acts’, was organised by Universal Human Rights Organisation in Jagraon, here today.

“In a country like ours, Acts like Right to Information and Right to Service can play a 0significant role in bringing transparency in functioning of various government departments. Right to Information

Act is really a good tool to eradicate the evil of corruption from our society but for that there is a dire need to create awareness among the masses about their rights,” he added.

Kulbir Singh said there are many instances where the RTI activists played a major role in exposing corruption and misuse of funds by the officials in different government departments and politicians. He lamented that majority of the people in our country including a large number of educated persons were still not aware of the rights provided to them by our constitution and Acts like Right to Information and Right to Service.

“Majority of the people in our country are still unaware of the influence of the Right to Information act due to which the goal for which the Act was brought in has not been achieved. There is a great need of making the people aware about the benefits of the Right to Information Act to achieve the greater goal,” he emphasised.

Sharing his experience with the visitors, renowned RTI activist Kuldip Kumar Kaura said he had gone through many troubles while working as an RTI activist and the government functionaries often tried to discourage and humiliate him but he never gave it up and kept working till the issues raised by him were resolved.

“Apart from creating awareness among the people Acts, the people should be encouraged to raise the public issues and not get disheartened by the ill-treatment on part of the government functionaries. Regular efforts and never give up attitude is the key to success for a RTI activist,” said Kaura.



From schools

Teachers’ training

A “Teachers’ Training Programme” was organised at Government Model School, at PAU. During the training, Dr Davinder Singh Chhina delivered a lecture on culture-sports and how to utilise culture -sports as a tool of education, health, peace, environment and development. Kirpal Singh, DPE, and Mandeep Singh delivered lectures on various sports topics. Anoop Passi lecturer, asked teachers to utilise the 'modules of physical education' provided by DGSE office for the betterment of physical education studies in the schools.

Annual function

The Satyan Fiesta was organised by Sat Paul Mittal School at Guru Nanak Bhawan. Children welcomed the guests with the song "Shubh Abhinanadan, Charan Vandan". A choreographic presentation - “Satyans in Dreamland” was performed. Alice in Wonderland, Snow White, Cinderella, Alladdin, Jaffar characters were brought to life by the students. The annual report read out by students of class III captured academic, extra-curricular and sports achievement. English play "The meal must go on," showcased grandmother's family that discovers the strength of being together. 'Seven Ages of Man' by William Shakespeare was presented through a Punjabi medley. Hindi Play-'Hai Natija depicted the value of actions of results. Bhangra-hip hop fusion and children danced to the songs of Boney M.

Declamation contest

Ludhiana: Sharda Devi memorial declamation contest was organised at DAV Public School, BRS Nagar. Almost 10 schools participated in the contest. Each team comprised of two members speaking in Hindi and English. The students expressed their views on topics, including “Adversity brings out the best in man”, “Corruption-A war that has to be fought on all fronts”, “Technology is taking away the pleasures of life”. In Hindi, topics were “India of the 21st century”, “Honour killing”, “Perils of old age”.


Sameer Sharma of GMT Public has participated in the Table Tennis School States Competition held at Amritsar and secured first position in the under-17 category. He has bagged a gold medal along the certificate of merit.

Fancy dress contest

A fancy dress competition was held at GMT Public School. Around 50 students from classes IV and V participated in it. They came attired as political leaders, educationists, ast ronauts, flower, tree and fruits. First, second and third prizes were given to Megha, Surbhi and Kim.

Night camp

Radcliffe School organised a night camp for the primary wing that included bonfire, dance party, fun games, antakshari and bed-time stories. — TNS



NCC week
‘Run For Fun’ at CSD College
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 27
During the NCC Week celebrations, 4 Punjab Air Sqn NCC of Ludhiana Group under the command of Wing Commander HS Gulati organised a “Run For Fun” at SCD Government College. The local R and V unit of the NCC was the co-host along with the Air sqn in this prestigious function.112 NCC cadets from various units of NCC Group participated in the event.

The event was flagged off by Capt Charanajit Singh, CGI,of 4 Pb Air Sqn NCC. Wing Commander HS Gulati gave a motivational lecture to the cadets. He emphasised on the advantages of NCC for better career opportunities in defence services. During the one-week long celebrations various functions like lectures on female foeticide and dowry, drug abuse and save electricity was conducted by the unit. Cadets also prepared various posters on female foeticide and save electricity to create awareness among the students.



Dogs’ day out at PAU on Sunday
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 27
All Breed Championship Dog Show was organised by the Ludhiana Kennel Club at the PAU grounds here today. More than 350 dogs of various breeds were exhibited in the show.

Around 60 breeds participated in the dog show. Different events were conducted, in which "Obedient Dog", "All Breed Show" and "One Breed Show" attracted the people present there. People were clicking the photographs on their cell phones.

A dog owner, Mandeep Singh from Kitchlu Nagar said, these type of dog shows really groom the features of the pets. The Ludhiana Kennel Club should organise dog shows at short intervals.

A visitor Jaskirt Kaur from Sangrur said, "I am very fond of dogs. I want to own a Pug so I am here".

Patron of Ludhiana Kennel Club Avinder Grewal said, "It is a matter of pride that the club has given a boost to dog keeping in the city. Now the city has good number of breeds and improved pet culture, these are some impacts of these shows".

"In our dog show pet owners are here with pet dogs from different states of North India, specially Haryana, New Delhi and U.P" he added.

Dogs at a dog show held at the PAU in Ludhiana on Sunday
Dogs at a dog show held at the PAU in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photos: Inderjit Verma



CIPHET meeting held, DDG seeks report
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 27
A quinquennial review meeting was held at the Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering And Technology (CIPHET). The meeting aimed at assessing the progress of the All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on post harvest sector.

ICAR Deputy Director General (DDG) Dr MM Pandey chaired the meeting and received first-hand information about five-year reports in the AICRP on post harvest, which was running in various parts of the country.

Notably, All India Coordinated Research Project on Post Harvest Technology was launched by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), department of agricultural research & education, ministry of agriculture, in September 1972 for the development of region specific technologies.



Mobiles stolen from shop
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 27
Thieves struck at a mobile shop on Shahpur Road and decamped with cash and 10 mobile phones worth over Rs 1 lakh.

The incident came to light here this morning when residents informed the owner of Daljit Communications about his ransacked shop.

The owner informed the police and rushed to the shop.

According to the owner, the thieves broke open shutters and stole five new mobile phones and five old mobile phones.

The thieves broke the shutter and stole Rs 10,000. The owner said to his good luck, the thieves could not lay their hands on Rs 40,000 lying in another cupboard.



Chess Tourney
Sushant, Tapsi bag top honours
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 27
Sushant Manuja outwitted his experienced opponent, Raminderbir Singh from State Bank of Patiala to emerge as champion in the open category of the Ludhiana District Chess Championship that concluded at Pushpa Devi Aggarwal Bhawan, Tagore Nagar here today.

Anurudh Garg and Imanjot Singh finished at second and third place, respectively.

In the girls’ open category, Tapsi Pahwa bagged top honours while Sunakshi Batra and Himani Arora secured second and third positions, respectively.

Lovish Khera, Sarthak Gupta and Shubham won the first three positions in the boys’ under 14 category while Muskan Lamba, Shradha Seth and Shubhamdeep Kaur secured first three positions in the girls’ under 14 section.

In the under 9 years section (girls), Meenakshi secured top place while Titiksha finished as runner up and in the boys’ section, Raghav Bansal, Aryan Oberoi and Kanishk secured first, second and third position, respectively.

Dr MD Umraiya, former head of urology department, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, distributed the prizes.



Sandeep Singh makes it to U-19 Punjab cricket team
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 27
Sandeep Singh, a young cricketer from the city, has been selected in the under-19 Punjab cricket team.

The Punjab Cricket Association announced his name in the 15-member Punjab team today. Now the team will move for the All-India Tournament which is going to be held in Chennai on December 1.

Sandeep has already represented Punjab twice in the under-16 team. "I am happy with the decision of the association. Besides I have represented Punjab two times in the under-16 age group. But it really delighted me that I am selected in the first year of under-19 age-group".

Sandeep Singh (17) has been playing cricket for the past one decade. He is an all-rounder. As batsman, he plays in the middle order and as bowler he is a leg-spinner.

Recently, he showed his potential in Dhruv Pandove Trophy. He took 35 wickets in four matches. Two months ago, he attended Ranji Trophy Camp.

Charanjit Bhangu, chief coach, Ludhiana District Cricket Association, said, "I am very happy with his selection. He is a promising player with all-round skills. I would say that he is one of the finest leg spininers in his age group in the country."



LSSC Cricket
Green Land school boys emerge champs
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 27
A swashbuckling batting display by Avinash who cracked 53 runs off 21 balls and an equally valuable contribution with the ball by Aryan and Harjot who scalped two victims each, helped Green Land Senior Secondary School, Jalandhar Bypass branch, to emerge as champions in the Ludhiana Sahodaya School Complex Cricket Tournament (boys U-19) which concluded at Saraswati Modern Senior Secondary School ground, Hambran road, here today.

In the 12 overs each-side final, Green Land School defeated BCM Public School, Chandigarh road branch by eight wickets to romp home victors.

Batting first after winning the toss, BCM School scored 122 runs for the loss of 7 wickets. The main scorers were Ayush and Shivam who made 31 and 10 runs, respectively.

For Green Land School, Aryan sent down two overs and captured two wickets for 13 runs while Harjot Singh too grabbed two wickets in three overs after conceding 21 overs.

Green Land School made the required runs after losing two wickets with five balls to spare.

Their innings revolved around Avinash, Omesh and Krishjot who scored 53, 39 and 15 runs, respectively to help their team to achieve the target. Both the wickets were consumed by Jasmeet Singh.

Rajesh Rudra, chairman, chain of Green Land Schools and principal Baldeep Pandher appreciated the boys’ efforts and congratulated their coach Bhuvnesh Punni.



Baseball Meet
PPC Club trounce Govt college
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, November 27
PPC Club trounced Satish Chander Dhawan Government College 8-0 to clinch the title in the seventh Ludhiana District Baseball Championship held at Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Model Town here today.

Ramesh accounted for two runs while Ravi, Ranjit, Vardan, Parmod, Ashutosh and Bittu chipped in with one run to complete the rout.

Earlier, in the semifinals, SC Dhawan Government College defeated BCM Senior Secondary School, Focal Point branch, 8-4 and PPC Club overpowered Sant Kabir Society 2-1 to set up the title clash.

In the match for the third place, BCM Senior Secondary School got the better of Sant Kabir Society 1-0.

Sukhdev Singh, secretary, Ludhiana District Baseball Association, gave away prizes to the winners.



Jarkhar Sports Festival mascot ‘Sura’ released
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, November 27
The 26th edition of the sports festival popularly known as Modern Mini Rural Olympics will be organised by the Mata Sahib Kaur Sports Club at Jarkhar village about 15 km from here on the Malerkotla-Ludhiana road between December 15 and 18.

Releasing the games mascot “Sura” at a press meet here today, chairman of the organising club, Narinder Pal Singh Sidhu, said that the opening ceremony of the annual sports extravaganza will be held under the floodlights on the pattern of Commonwealth and other international games.

The main attraction of this function will be the performance by Punjabi singers Harbhajan Maan, Kamal Grewal and Amrinder Gill. Popular singers will also entertain the spectators on other days of the festival, said Sidhu

The games torch will be brought from the Olympain Surjit Singh Stadium, Jalandhar. The torch will reach here at Guru Nanak Stadium on December 15 which will further proceed towards Jarkhar in the evening.

During this four-day event, competition will be held in grass hockey, synthetic hockey, kabaddi (national and circle styles), volleyball, basketball, handball and wrestling. The total prize money of Rs 10 lakh will be at stake for the position holders, added Balbir Singh, president, Mata Sahib Kaur Sports Club.

Jagroop Singh Jarkhar, chief organiser, informed that top hockey outfits of the nation that include BSF, Indian Air Force, EME, Jalandhar, PSEB (Patiala), Punjab and Sind Bank Academy, Jalandhar, Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, Ropar Hawks, Chandigarh XI, Haryana XI and Jarkhar Academy along with others will be seen in action at Jakhar.

Hira Singh Gabria, Punjab Cabinet Minister will formally inaugurate the festival on December 15.

"The organisers have decided to felicitate sportspersons of eminence and sports promoter for their contributions in the field of sports. Indian hockey team skipper, Raj Pal Singh and the ace shooter, Avneet Kaur will be awarded with the Olympian Surjit Singh Randhawa awards while Pargat Singh, Director, Sports, Punjab, will be honoured with Amarjit Singh Grewal award for his role in the promotion of sports in the state," said sarpanch Dapinder Singh Jarkhar.

Famous Punjabi comedian, Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi will also be felicitated for his contributions in the field of art and culture while names of others shortlisted for their lifetime achievements will be announced soon, added Dapinder Singh.



Jarkhar hockey falls prey to Badals’ infighting, promised funds not given
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 27
The visit of Manpreet Badal spelled doom for the Jarkhar Hockey Academy as it has been nearly two years since he visited the academy and sanctioned over Rs 40 lakh for laying of AstroTurf hockey track, but not a single penny of the grant promised by the then minister has been released by the state government.

While the ruling SAD government is spending cores of rupees on kabaddi, the hockey stadium is lying in utter shape of neglect.

Jagroop Singh Jarkhar, chief organiser, Mata Sahib Kaur Sports Club, Jarkahar, felt sorry for the day when he invited SAD’s closest rival to the stadium.

He said,” It was in October 2009 that Manpreet Badal, the then finance minister, had announced a grant of Rs 40 lakh for lying of astro turf. But nothing has been done so far. We recently came to know that the grant money is lying with the finance department of the state, but why they are not releasing the money is beyond my comprehension.”

He further added that last year Bikram Singh Majithia, MLA Darshan Singh Shivalik had promised a grant of Rs 15 lakh but that money has also not been paid yet.

“Not only this Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Hira Singh Gabria had announced Rs 7 lakh for sprucing up of stadium. We have procured the second- hand AstroTurf from Bhani Sahib and thought that the turf would help in grooming the skills of players, but the turf could not be laid in the absence of funds.”

While Kabaddi is hogging special attention, the national game hockey seems to have taken a back seat, said Jarkahar and added that his team is doing well in both domestic and national circuit. The team recently reached the semifinal of the All India Nehru Gold Cup and won the Punjab State Hockey Championship in the under-19 age category in which 28 teams, including eight districts, participated.

“It is not that we are thriving on the government’s money, we have spent nearly Rs 2 crore on the development of the stadium. Thanks to friends and Good Samaritans that we have managed to turn a barren piece of land into a stadium,” said Jagroop.



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