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Health dept skips wedding parties
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
The wedding season is in full swing and marriage palaces as well as caterers are busy in their business. Perhaps there is hardly any palace in the city which has not been booked. But the health department which is otherwise supposed to be active for collecting samples of eatables seems to be avoiding the wedding parties.

In November, the department collected 70 samples of eatables from restaurants, grocery shops, schools and college canteens. But not even a single sample has been collected from any wedding party.

Sources said some marriage palaces have not been taking care of proper hygiene in serving meals and in disposing the waste food. The dustbins which are usually kept in the halls are full of fungus producing foul smell that can play havoc with the health of people.

The health department is supposed to check the hygiene of such places. When asked as why the department did not collect samples from marriage palaces, Dr Kulwinder Singh, district health officer Ludhiana, said, "We collect 60-70 samples in a month. Usually we collect samples on receiving a complaint of poor service. As the weddings keep taking place, so we will also collect samples from wedding parties."

It may be recalled that on July 7, 22 people fell sick after attending a wedding party at Malhotra Palace near the Jalandhar bypass. As per the results of the reports of samples, collected by the health department, the mineral water served was found contaminated. The mineral water was carrying the batches of Aqua Zone of Mohan Bottling Company at Jalandhar.


Forgets its orders on dengue mosquito!
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
The health department seems to be working on the motto "issue instructions and be silent" as far as its decision to fine residents on finding dengue mosquito or larvae is concerned.

It was on November 9 when the health department held a meeting with Deputy Commissioner Ludhiana Rahul Tiwari regarding dengue. After the meeting, Dr Kulwinder Singh, District Health Officer, Ludhiana, said it had been decided to fine residents on finding dengue mosquito or dengue larvae on their premises and also for finding stagnant water on private premises, which give open shelter to mosquito breeding. It was decied to fine the defaulters Rs 500.

Even though November is over, the health department did not fine anyone. Dr Kulwinder Singh, DHO, Ludhiana, said,"These instructions were issued to warn the residents. Moreover, now due to cold weather, the dengue larvae and mosquito are not much prevalent. So we did not fine anyone."

Interestingly, the department did not check any area after issuing these instructions, so how could it have fined anyone?



Married man elopes with student, booked
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
Blinded in love, a former state-level baseball and hockey player deserted his wife and two children and eloped with a third-year college student.

The city police booked Amarjit Singh, alias Munna (35), nearly 20 days after he eloped with the girl. The girl's father alleged that Amarjeet Singh Munna beguiled his daughter and eloped with her.

The girl's father stated that on November 11, his daughter left for college on the pretext of playing a baseball match, but instead of reaching the college, she fled with Munna.

Later during the day, she called her parents, stating that she was committing suicide by jumping into the canal in Doraha.

While the girl's family was lamenting that the girl had ended her life by jumping into the canal, they were shocked to find out when Anju, a resident of Moti Bag Colony, contacted the family and told them that her husband Munna and the girl had eloped.

Anju told the girl's family that nearly a month ago the duo was caught red handed at Rose Garden. "Both were made to sit in Rose Garden Chowki for nearly an hour. And it was after the duo promised me that they would not see each other again that I decided to withdraw my complaint," said Anju, regretting her decision.In the meantime, Maninder Bedi, SHO, Division No 5, said, "We have booked the accused under Sections 420 and 495 of the IPC. Further we have formed a team and are conducting raids at the hideouts of the accused."



Ex-SP duped of Rs2 lakh
Had invested money in dubious firm
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
Let alone the common man, even retired senior police officers are not being spared by con men, who promise high monthly interest after an investment of a few lakh rupees. A retired superintendent of police (SP) Sukhwinder Singh Uppal, resident of Sarabha Nagar Extension, is the latest victim of one such fraudster, who duped the former of Rs 2 lakh.

The former SP said he was lured by an advertisement that appeared in a local English daily, claiming a guaranteed monthly income of Rs 7,290 to Rs 28,000 on the investment of Rs 1 lakh.

The former SP stated that after going through the advertisement, he met Amandeep Singh, executive of Reliable Multi Trade Private Limited, at the latter’s office located at Madhok Tower, near Aarti Chowk.

“The retired police officer deposited Rs 2 lakh with the company and received cheques for Rs 9,000 for two months. The fraud came to light when the cheques for the last two months were dishonoured by the bank,” said SHO Maninder Bedi.

He visited the company office only to find out that Amandeep Singh had closed down the office and disappeared. Even the owner of the building alleged that Amandeep Singh had fled without paying him the rent besides duping many others.

Without wasting time, the retired officer lodged a complaint with the police. After receiving the complaint, the division No. 5 police booked Amandeep Singh under Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC.

The SHO said they had registered a case and started the investigation.



2 Powercom employees held for graft
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
The city police nabbed two contractual employees of Powercom for graft following the complaint of a 
city resident.

The complainant, Kunal Sachdeva, a resident of New Hargobind Nagar said, "The two employees demanded Rs 20,000 for settling a electricity bill of Rs 45,000, but the deal was struck at Rs 12,000. The duo promised installing new electricity meter and even took token money of Rs 5,500," said Kunal.

He further alleged that despite accepting money they did not instal the meter. It was yesterday that they reached Kunal's residence and demanded the balance amount.

In the meantime, Kunal informed the police and the two employees, identified as Gautam and Varinder Kumar, were nabbed red handed.



Maidservant commits suicide 

Ludhiana, December 4
A 16-year-old maidservant allegedly committed suicide under mysterious circumstances at a house in Model Town here.
According to the police, preliminary investigation indicated that the girl, identified as Puja, committed suicide by hanging herself with a ceiling fan.

The girl was working in the house of Dharamjit Singh. The owner of the house maintained that he had no clue as to why she committed suicide.

The incident came to light when the family members woke up Puja to make tea, but the girl did not reply. Dharamjit Singh went into her room and was shocked to find her hanging with a ceiling fan. He raised an alarm and informed the police about the incident.

However, the investigating officer said they would probe the matter and register the case after receiving the autopsy report. — TNS



Car rams into divider
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
In yet another incident of reckless driving, a car rammed into a road divider located in front of A hotel on the Ferozpur road here late last night.

According to eyewitness, the driver of the grey Maruti Ritz lost control over the wheels and rammed the vehicle into the divider. The occupants of the vehicle escaped unhurt.

The police was suspecting drunken driving to be the reason behind the accident.

It maybe noted that accidents are the primary reason behind the damaging of dividers, but the municipal corporation has never penalised vehicle drivers for damaging public property. 



When Badal jr kept knocking on SGPC man’s door
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
Usually, people take pride in inviting political leaders to their house, but it turned out to be otherwise for Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) member Amarjit Singh Chawla today.

Deputy Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) president Sukhbir Singh Badal, Youth Akali Dal president Bikram Singh Majithia and other Akali leaders had to visit the SGPC member Amarjit Singh Chawla’s house in the Model Town Extension area here, but the leaders had to face an embarrassing situation when they found the house locked.

Chawla, along with his wife, who is in Amritsar, talking to The Tribune, said he was not informed about senior Akali leader’s visit to their house today. “No person, either from the District Administration or from the Akali Dal, informed me that Sukhbir Singh Badal would be visiting my house this evening. Had I known about it, I would have stayed back,” said Amarjit Singh Chawla.

He further said that an important SGPC meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, that is why, he came to Amritsar today. “When the leaders came to my house, only my son Daljinder Singh was present. He, too, was standing outside the house, as he was leaving for some place. Daljinder told me later that he was surprised to see Sukhbir Singh Badal and Bikram Singh Majithia standing in front our house,” said Chawla.

Sources within the party said both Sukhbir and Majithia were very unhappy because of this goof-up. “The Deputy CM’s visit is planned by the district administration and whenever he visits any leader’s house, the district administration informs the leader concerned. But today, it was an awkward moment for both Sukhbir and Majithia, as both the district administration as well as police officials reached Chawla’s house after the leaders had already left,” said sources.

Chawla’s mother Malkit Kaur had passed away on November 23 and the Deputy CM had come to his house to express his sympathies with Chawla and his family.

DC Rahul Tiwari said when the Deputy CM’s cavalcade of cars started from Detwal village, he was told that Sukhbir Singh Badal, Youth Akali Dal president Bikram Singh Majithia and other leaders were to visit SGPC member Amarjit Singh Chawla’s house. “Maybe there was some miscommunication and that is why, this goof-up took place,” said the DC.



Woman found dead, husband unconscious
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
A 25-year-old woman, Satbir Kaur, died under mysterious circumstances at her Canal Enclave residence on the Pakhowal road here today. Her husband Davinder Singh, who was found in an unconscious state, is undergoing treatment at the Civil  Hospital.

The couple got married two years ago and did not have any children. The incident came to light this morning, when their relatives informed the police about the couple lying unconscious at their residence.

“While Satbir was laying in the bathroom, Davinder was found unconscious in the bed. The couple were taken to the hospital, where the woman was declared brought dead, while her husband’s condition was stated to be serious. He is undergoing treatment,” said the in-charge of the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar police post.

The police refused to act on presumptions, maintaining that a case would be registered after they received the autopsy report.

“We do not want to jump to any conclusions. We can’t say anything till we find the exact reason behind the incident,” said the police officer.



‘Keeping tab on crime no rocket science’
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
"Keeping a tab on crime prone locations is no rocket science, just a matter common sense," says the Commissioner of the police, Dr SS Chauhan, rattled by failure of the police in cracking robbery and snatching incidents that took place recently.

With no stopping to the increasing crime, the Commissioner pulled up Assistant Deputy Commissioners of the Police (ADCPs) to perform and bring the crime under control.

Though the he refused to comment on the allegations levelled by political groups that police officials were more concerned about sale and purchase of properties instead of keeping a tab on the crime rate.

"I cannot teach them policing as they have got enough experience," said Commissioner while referring to the crime incidents.

He said, "Mapping of the crime trend is very important. Identifying the areas where the snatching, robbery and theft incidents are taking place, make specialised teams, mobilise the resources, put the PCRs motorcycle teams in such areas. We are faulting in execution. The snatching incidents are taking place early morning and evening, but the cops are nowhere to be seen during that particular time of the day."

He further went on to add high security should be provided in an around the banks, schools and colleges during the morning and afternoon. Regular meetings should be conducted with banking establishments.

He said instead of taking proactive measures to curb crime, the cops react to the crime incidents and begin chasing the criminals.

"It is common sense. If snatching incidents are taking place in posh areas or let us say Model Town, then start probing the low-lying areas located around Model Town. Gather details about the gangs operating in the area in recent past. Beef up your intelligence network," said the commissioner. He said the cops were failing to gather details. "Visit jails and take details of the criminals who were released in the past and investigate what they are doing now. Unfortunately, we are not following the basic rules," said he. 


Past incidents of robberies and snatching

l November 10: Snatchers snatched a gold chain from a woman. The victim was the wife of food supply inspector. After snatching, the snatches pushed her scooter and she sustained injuries

l November 11: Motorcycle borne youth fled with Rs 1.5 lakh

l November 17: Armed assailants fled with Rs 20 lakh from an industrialist at gun-point on the RK road

l November 18: Two motorcyclists robbed a teacher in the Model Town and snatched her chain and purse at gun-point

l November 21: Armed men robbed the employees nearly Rs 2 lakh from an office in Chaura Bazar

l November 20: An armed youth robbed a jeweller on the Gyaspura road

l November 23: A motorcycle borne youth snatched purse of a woman in Model Town area

l Noverber 28: A motorcycle borne youth snatched a purse, chain and a gold ring from a Chandigarh resident in the Model Town Ghumar Mandi



Students in grip of exam fever
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
With the start of term examinations, students of both schools and colleges are burning midnight oil to fair well these days. Due to increased stress, students are also complaining of different health problems, like not feeling hungry, overeating and forgetting everything that they have learned so far.

Mehak Khurana, a class-IX student, says: “I do not feel like eating anything and sometimes feel nauseous, too. The examination fever is very difficult to bear.”

Also, Abhishek Gaur, a class-VII student, says: “I am regular in studies but whenever I think of the December examinations, my heads starts spinning and I feel like running away.” Some other students also have typical symptoms of examination phobia.



Farm issues discussed with Pak delegates
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
A function was organised at PAU in honour of the delegation of alumni of College of Agriculture (COA), from the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF), Pakistan, last evening.

Welcoming the delegates, PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, through a PowerPoint presentation, highlighted the ongoing research, education and technology transfer programmes together with the areas identified for enhanced focus.

Dr Dhillon said research on natural resource management through judicious use of inputs and generating technology for post-harvest handling, processing and value addition of farm produce, and long term plan for dealing with climate change was the priority area at PAU.

Human resource development and global partnership were the areas that were being given enhanced focus. He suggested the creation of a farm technology demonstration park at Attari-Wagah international border for the benefit of both Punjabs.

UAF Vice-Chancellor Dr Ikrar Ahmad Khan made a similar presentation about the UAF and said programmes for need-based education were being developed.

He shared the mandates and mission of various farm universities of Punjab (Pakistan).

Education and research considered crops, animals, fodder and subsidiary occupations in a holistic way, he said, adding that agriculture was a comprehensive discipline.

This was followed by a discussion on wide-ranging agricultural subjects and potential areas of collaboration between the two universities, in which the PAU deans, directors, and officers participated.

Former PAU vice-chancellor Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, sharing his views, appreciated the hospitality of Punjabis across the border.

Also present were Dr KS Khokhar, Vice-Chancellor, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar; Dr Jagmohan, former vice-chancellor, Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan; and a group of scientists from CSK Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Palampur.

They honoured Dr Khan and other members of the UAF delegation, which included Dr Hafiz Abdul Qayum, Dr Mushtaq Ahmad, Dr Fariq Anjum Chaudhri, Dr Muhammad Amjed, Dr Muhammad Iqbal, Dr Muhammad Julal And Dr Vaks Vakil.

The participants felt the need for joint efforts to redress agrarian problems of the region.

For this, scientific exchange, collaborative projects for research and education needed to be developed, it was expressed.

The senior-most alumni from UAF, Dr Qayum, said girl students were doing well in all disciplines, including agricultural education, and described it a good sign that the proportion of girl students at the PAU was as high as 54 per cent.

He added that there were many impediments to Punjab-Punjab interactions, as governments determined policies and there was only a limited role that a common cultural identity could play in promoting harmony.

Punjabis on both sides shared a common cultural identity, which was known as “Punjabiyat”. While the spoken language of all Punjabis was Punjabi, folklore like Heer-Ranjha and Sahiba-Mirza bound all Punjabis, he added.

Apart from cultural commonalities, heroes too were common. Some prominent examples of the common heroes on both sides were Guru Nanak, Waris Shah, Baba Bulle Shah and Baba Farid. All Sufi saints were equally respected on both sides of the border.



Preaching, but not practising

In a brazen display of contempt for the very rules that the top brass of the traffic police have been enforcing in order to ease the traffic congestion as also to facilitate uninterrupted flow of traffic on the city roads, recently a cut in the road divider has been provided right in front of the residential complex for the senior police officials, adjoining the official residence of the Commissioner of Police in Civil Lines locality here. It was not long ago that several cuts in the road divider on the Link road from Bharat Nagar Chowk to Dugri road were permanently closed on the advice of the traffic management experts who had opined that far too many road dividers hindered the flow of traffic and caused congestion. Acting on similar lines, the traffic police had also closed the cut in front of the civil surgeon's office on the road from Old Court Chowk to the police Commissioner's residence. Interestingly, another cut in the divider already exists in front of the police Commissioner residence which is less than 50 yards away from the residential complex of senior police officials. But may be the officials find it too much to travel that distance even on their official vehicles which are run on the taxpayers' money. What a power play!

For vernacular daily

A few days ago two persons came to the newsroom with a press release. One of them explained the whole event to the concerned reporter and requested to publish it in. As he was about to leave, his companion told him that it was the newsroom of the English newspaper, whereas the press release was to be given in a vernacular newspaper. Within no time, the person again approached the reporter who he had earlier handed over the press release and said, "Sada press release vaapis de do ji, asin Punjabi vich dena hai" (Please return our press release, we have to give it in a vernacular newspaper). Saying this, he took away the press release leaving the reporter of the English newpaper non-plussed.

As the election season is in full swing, the media persons have found themselves in a new role. As several political parties organising their rallies in the different parts of the district and the show of strength in the form of people attending the rallies, is believed to be the only way of knowing which way the political wind is blowing. Apart from surveys being conducted by several parties, Akali as well as the Congress leaders are depending on media persons to provide them with the "right picture". Congress party had organised a rally at Mullanpur-Dakha yesterday, while the Akali Dal organised one such rally near the same place today. After the rally got over, various Congress leaders were seen calling media persons to know about the number of people who had attended the Akali rally today. "We call you because media persons provide us with the right feedback," a congress leader said to a reporter.

When PRO’s ambush newsmen

Public relations officers (PROs), press secretaries, media managers have their unique styles to woo journalists. Some lace their conversation with syrupy sweetness, while others make it a point to extol the (mostly non-existent) merits of a reporter. Often, the PRO- conversation begins: "I read your story that day on (a pause)….." Usually, it is the reporter who fills the pause by unspooling his list of byline-stories. Some cheeky press secretaries try to get familiar with the reporters by making a small talk, and invariably the small talk is big enough to include the reporters' marital status, their favourite pastimes and the names of the schools in which their kids study. However, the most daring breed of the media managers is the one that shoots the four W's (who, what, when, where) and one H (how) at the journalists, while dishing out a truckload of unsolicited advice that carries with it an implicit hint of name-throwing.

Contributed by Anupam Bhagria and Puneet Pal Singh Gill



Private buses take passengers for a ride
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, December 4
Taking passengers for a ride, conductors and drivers of private buses have been luring passengers into boarding their buses only to dump them midway of their journey.

Such incidents are common on the the Ludhiana-Ambala, the Ludhiana-Chandigarh and the Ludhiana-Bathinda routes.

Passengers, especially senior citizens, women and children, often have to face harassment at the hands of private bus operators, as they are dropped midway into their journey and asked to board another bus.

“In several cases, passengers have been misled by the bus staff right till the end. The destination shown on the display boards isn’t generally the place where the bus is headed. Passengers often fall victims to this trick,” says Barjinder Jandu, a resident of Doraha.

Joginder Kirti, another resident, says: “I have been fooled a number of times into boarding a bus and meeting an unsavoury fate. I generally commute from Doraha to Ludhiana and vice versa. At the time of boarding a bus, I used to read Ludhiana on the display board and reconfirm it with the conductor. However, on reaching the Sherpur chowk, the conductor would ask me to alight saying that the bus was headed elsewhere. When confronted, the conductors would either not bother to respond or simply feign ignorance.”

“Sometimes, passengers going to Jalandhar via the bypass route would come to know about the hard fact when the bus, instead of going towards the Samrala chowk, started heading towards the Dholewal chowk before stopping at the bus station,” says Anupam Kaushal, a commuter.

“Recently, a woman boarded a bus for Ambala from Sahnewal but on reaching Sirhind, the conductor changed the display board and directed her to step down,” she adds.

This practice is not restricted to any particular route, complains another commuter.

DTO Ashwani Sharma said: “I will look into the matter and instruct private operators to restrict to the routes assigned to them or face the consequences.”

“The passengers should report the matter to me so that their cases can be handled strictly,” he adds.



Pedalling for a greener environment
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, December 4
Hundreds of city residents, along with Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari and a large number of district officials and leading industrialists, pedalled through many city localities to spread the message of "cyclogreen", an initiative launched by a city-based leading bicycle manufacturer.

After the deputy commissioner flagged off the rally at Guru Nanak Public School in Sarabha Nagar, the participants rode their bicycles to the Leisure Valley, Sarabha Nagar Main Market before moving to their workplaces, or returning home.

Lauding the move which aimed at making the city a better place to live in, the Deputy Commissioner said, " Cyclogreen carries the message of greener, cleaner and healthier tomorrow and an effort to make this planet a better place. More and more use of bicycles will cut down the alarming level of environmental pollution while also providing a healthier and fitter lifestyle."

The managing director of cycle company observed that the Cyclogreen campaign, launched in 35 cities across the country, had got an overwhelming response. People had been enthusiastically taking part in the rallies being held in Amritsar, Jalandhar, Shimla and several other parts of India. He asked the participants and other people to at least ride a bicycle to their workplace or office at least once a week.

Gurmeet Kular and Manjit Khalsa, president and chairman, respectively, of the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association congratulated city residents for the "cyclogreen" movement.

Prominent among other participants in the rally were additional deputy commissioners Prem Chand and Kuldeep Singh, Rishi and Mandeep Pahwa, Tejinder Singh, Ravinder Arora, RJ Shalini of 95 BIG FM and RJ Sufi of 92.7 Big FM.



Clothes collection drive by Rotaract Club
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
The Rotaract Club of the DMCH, under the aegis of the Rotary Club, Ludhiana Greater, on Friday collected old clothes and distributed these among the needy. The campaign for the collection of clothes for the needy will continue till December 14.

The clothes were distributed in the afternoon. Those present were DMCH Dean (Academics) Dr Rajoo Singh Chhina, Medical Superintendent Dr Sandeep Puri and other faculty members, including Dr Sunil Juneja, Dr Rajinder Mittal and Dr Bharti Mahajan.

Volunteers, including club president Nipun Bansal, secretary Saravgunjit Singh, Jaskaran Singh, Vibhushit, Nayan Kaul, Mehak Trikha and Jasneet Chawla, earlier identified the beneficiaries found sleeping along roadside without proper covering.

Around 400 people will get help during this campaign.

The donated clothes will be collected by the volunteers of the club. Bed sheets, shirts, pants, sarees and dresses for children will also be distributed among the poor.

The clothes will now be distributed on December 15 and 16.

The members have appealed to the residents to send used clothes, but in good shape, to the office of the Rotary Club, Ludhiana Greater.



Man dies of dengue
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, December 4
A Goraya resident, Sarvesh Kumar, died of dengue at a Ludhiana hospital last night. The deceased had been suffering from high fever and was diagnosed with dengue.

In another case, a married woman, Jyoti, died under mysterious circumstances at Jalotian Mohalla, Nakodar, last night. The police is investigating the matter.

Also, a motorcyclist, Jaskaran Singh, of Bilga village was killed on the spot when a speeding car hit his bike on the Zandiala-Bilga road last night.

The victim was returning home when the accident occurred. The police has registered a case against the car driver, who managed to flee.



Ramoowalia takes centre stage
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
Balwant Singh Ramoowalia took centre stage at an SAD rally held here today, taking digs at the Congress and underlining the development projects carried out by his party.

As Ramoowalia, who recently joined the SAD, delivered his speech, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, Youth Akali Dal president Bikram Singh Majithia and other leaders could not help but stop their laughter, enjoying every bit of the former Lok Bhalai Party president’s wit.

Ramoowalia narrated the entire course of events related to Badals’ invite to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s for the inauguration of the Khalsa Heritage Complex at Anandpur Sahib.

“When Dr Manmohan Singh discussed the matter with great pride with his wife Gursharan Kaur, she visited Gurdwara Bangla Sahib to thank the Almighty. The Prime Minister was willing to come, but I wonder why Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh played spoilsport. He went to the extent of telling Sonia Gandhi that if Dr Manmohan Singh were to attend the function, he would sit on a fast,” quipped Ramoowalia, while adding, “History will not pardon Capt Amarinder Singh for this act.”

He even took a dig at the Congress leaders of the state. “I have stayed in Delhi for a long time and have seen how Congress leaders function. First, they fight amongst themselves for the ticket, then they head straight to Delhi to meet Sonia Gandhi so that they can indulge in backbiting. They don’t ask for any development projects for Punjab and if Punjab does get a project, they (Congress leaders) don’t let it get approved. A Congress leader once told me that they even breath by taking permission from Sonia Gandhi,” leaving the gathering in splits.

Ramoowalia also dwelled on issues like debt on Punjab and benefits to the neighbouring states.



Akali leaders take potshots at Captain
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
After Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh’s yesterday statement of having a “khunda” (a traditional long wooden stick) to teach a lesson to the Akalis, the “khunda” dominated the speeches of several leaders during an SAD rally at Detwal village today.

The Akali leaders kept referring to “khunda” in their speech while they speaking about former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.

Calling Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, who had joined the SAD recently, a “Kavishar”, Manpreet Badal a poet and Majithia a “gunda” during a Congress rally at Mullanpur-Dakha, Capt Amarinder Singh had stated that he wielded a “khunda”.

Taking a dig at Capt Amarinder Singh, Youth Akali Dal president Bikram Singh Majithia said: “Had the PPCC president used his ‘khunda’, for safeguarding the interest of the state and farmers, at the Centre, he would have benefited politically. Sadly, Capt Amarinder Singh plans to use his ‘khunda’ against the SAD, which has always stood for the rights of our state.”

Ramoowalia said even Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal wielded a “khunda”, “but he would bring it out only during the elections, because his ‘khunda’ is social activist Anna Hazare. And at the time, Capt’s ‘khunda’ will then become a “datun” (used for cleaning teeth), which he can keep with himself. I would suggest the PPCC president that he should pick up his ‘khunda’ against his own party at the Centre, which has always acted against Punjab.”



Cong leader projects herself as candidate
Move irks aspirants, workers
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, December 4
With the Assembly elections in the state only a couple of months away, election activities have started gaining momentum in various constituencies of the state. Though no political party has declared the name of any candidate so far from the Jagraon Vidhan Sabha constituency (reserved), some aspiring candidates within different political parties have started projecting themselves as the candidate of their political party.

In one such move, Congress leader Manpreet Kaur Dhaliwal, vice-president, Jagraon Bhalai Manch, got a large number of posters, projecting herself as the Congress candidate from Jagraon, pasted all over the town and surrounding areas on Thursday night.

Residents as well as Congress workers were left surprised when they saw posters projecting Dhaliwal as the Congress candidate from Jagraon pasted on the walls all over the town. The political circles, especially the Congress, were abuzz with this move by Manpreet.

With this, other aspirants, too, have got busy in planning their strategy for the same.

According to party insiders, Dhaliwal, who has the backing of local MLA Gurdeep Singh Bhaini, has projected herself as the party candidate on Bhaini’s instructions. Dhaliwal’s move, however, has irked other Congress leaders, especially those who have been backing Ishar Singh Meharban.

It was also learnt that these Congress leaders and workers had taken notice of the move and were planning to approach the party high command, seeking disciplinary action against her. Dhaliwal, however, said: “We have prepared these posters for the Punjab Bachao Rally. No doubt, I lay claim to the party ticket from Jagraon and being an old party worker, I feel I deserve this.”



Aspiring candidates line up at Congress camp
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
As the state Assembly elections are approaching, the Congress is abuzz with activity, with a large number of local leaders making a beeline for the District Congress Committee office to apply for a party ticket.

So far, 89 leaders, including former ministers, sitting MLAs, sitting and former councillors, have applied for a party ticket.

The Atam Nagar constituency has seen maximum number of applications for the ticket i.e. 23.

Similarly, Ludhiana West constituency (19 applications), Ludhiana East (17), Ludhiana Central (13), Ludhiana South (9) and Ludhiana North constituency (8) have also drawn applications from aspirants.

The list only represents those leaders who have applied for a party ticket at the local office. Some have also applied at the party office in Chandigarh.

Pawan Dewan, District Congress Committee (Urban) president, said applications were pouring in at their office every day. “The last date for receipt of applications is December 5,” he added.

In the race

Ludhiana (East): Malkit Singh Birmi, Leena Taparia, Jagmohan Sharma, Ashwani Sharma, Gurmail Singh Pehalwan, Sukhchain Bassi, Narinder Bhambra, Asha Garg, Sanjiv Bhargav, Ahmed Ali Guddu, Kuldeep Janda, Mewa Singh, Kanwardeep Singh Pappi, Usha Malhotra, Simmi Pashan, Satinderpal Singh Gill and Hardeep Singh Kadian.

Ludhiana (South): Mahinder Singh Shinh, Ashok Prashar Pappi, Bhupinder Singh Sidhu, Rinku Sethi, Paramjit Singh Ghawaddi, Gagnesh Bharbhakar, Ram Chander Sahney, Gurmail Singh Pehalwan, Balwinder Singh Jhajj.

Atam Nagar: Krishan Kumar Bawa, Rajinder Singh Basant, Ajay Johar, Palwinder Singh Taggar, Mahinder Singh Shinh, Gurbhej Singh Chhabra, Manjit Singh Jawaddi, Gurdeep Kaur Kaka, Jasbir Singh Jassal, Amarjit Singh Tikka, Jaswinder Kaur, Sukhdev Singh Lotay, Parminder Jot Kaur Jassal, Gurcharan Singh Sekhon 'Rajajang', Kulwant Singh, Amrit Varsha Rampal, Gurcharan Singh, Narinder Pal Singh, Sukhcharan Singh, Sukhwant Singh, Gurdev Singh Lapran, Makhan Singh and Harpal Singh Sangowal.

Ludhiana (Central): Surinder Dawar, Om Parkash Malhotra, Ashok Prashar, Mukesh Jain, Sanjay Talwar, Anil Kumar Malhotra, Rajan Kapoor, Sushila Gupta, Komal Khanna, Sunil Kapoor, Simmi Pashan, Sham Sunder Malhotra and Jasbir Singh Chadha.

Ludhiana (West): Pawan Dewan, Satish Sharma, Gurpreet Bassi, Sukhchain Bassi, Amarpreet Singh Kohli, Karnial Singh Tatla, B.K. Goyal, Amrit Varsha Rampal, Nirmal Kaira, Ramesh Joshi, Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Harmohinder Singh Pardhan, Dharminder Kumar Vicky Gypsy, Satwinder Singh Jawaddi, Dharamvir, Deepak Kawatra, Ravinder Singh Sayan, Ravinder Singh and Satwant Kaur.

Ludhiana (North): Rakesh Pandey, Hemraj Aggarwal, Rampal Mehfak, Sushil Raju Thapar, Dimple Rana, Surinder Aggarwal, Jatinder Sood and Dalip Kumar Coach.



Residents direct posers at Manpreet
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 4
A gathering of local intellectuals, including doctors, lawyers, writers, poets, principals, professors, teachers, lawyers, ex-servicemen, students, NRIs and many others, bombarded People’s Party of Punjab president Manpreet Singh Badal with a series of questions here yesterday.

The leader remained unfazed and answered questions, some of them directed at him, in his inimitable way.

A group of intellectuals had invited Manpreet for an interaction related to socio-economic problems of the state at Punjabi Bhawan.

Col Jagdish Singh Brar (retd), president, Maha Sabha, Ludhiana, an NGO, questioned Manpreet about the stand of his party on the growing influence of the corporate sector in the country as well as the state.

In his reply, Manpreet said there was a need to invest in human resources and a mixed economy was the need of the hour.

However, Jaswant Zeerakh, a retired PAU employee, was quick to fire another poser saying that the CPI and the CPM, which were part of his Sanjha Morcha, were opposed to the corporate sector, while he was advocating the same.

“Look at China and Russia. These countries have developed because they believed in the corporate sector and I firmly believe that a country cannot develop without having a mixed economy,” Manpreet replied.

Bir Inder Singh Sidhu, president, Punjab Agricultural University Students Association, asked him about the stand of his party on the creation of jobs for the youth in the state. The leader assured him of creating at least 1 lakh jobs in the first year of coming into power.

On being asked whether the PPP would go the Lok Bhalai Party if the party did not fair well in the elections, he said: “We would neither merge with any party nor support the Akali-BJP or the Congress,” said Manpreet Badal.



Express train suspended

Ludhiana, December 4
With the biweekly (19771/19772) Amritsar-Jaipur Express running behind schedule for hours due to dense fog and poor visibility on certain sections, the Northern Railway authorities have decided to suspend the train for a period of one month. Officials of the operating wing of Northern Railway at its divisional headquarters, Ferozepur, said the train had been running eight to 10 hours late.- OC



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Knitwear business centre

Ludhiana: A real estate developer, Aerens Gold Souk Group, brings to the city, ‘The Hive’, a premier hub for domestic and international trade in fashion clothing and knitwear at India International Habitat Centre. The city being one of the major centres of textile and knitwear industry, the proposed business centre will render highly innovative and cost effective solutions to the globe trotting buyer fraternity, bridge the gap between the manufacturer and the buyer and provide complete solutions to the fashion and knitwear hub in the process, said, CEO of the group.

Tewari lays stone for road project

Ludhiana MP and the national spokesperson of the Indian National Congress Manish Tewari laid down the foundation stone of roads in the Durgapuri area in Ward No 27 being constructed at a cost of about Rs 35 lakh. Speaking on the occasion, Tewari said the Congress party was committed to provide good facilities to the people. He said despite the hostile attitude of the SAD-BJP government, the congress councillors were trying their best to ensure that people had good roads and clean drinking water. — OC


From schools
Prize distribution

Students of Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School participate in the Annual Day celebration.
Students of Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School participate in the Annual Day celebration. A Tribune photograph

Doraha: The 23th Annual Function-cum-prize distribution of Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School, Doraha, was organised yesterday. Dr Manjit Singh Kang, former Vice-Chancellor PAU, Ludhiana, was the chief guest of the occasion. The events included group dance, choreography, qawali, giddha and bhangra. The students presented a satire on “corruption”. Principal DP Thakur read the annual report, highlighted the events and progress of the school. The chief guest gave away the prizes to the students.

Workshop on ‘traffic rules’

A workshop on ‘Traffic Rules’ was held at Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Doraha. The students were asked to follow traffic rules in order to avoid accidents and loss of young lives.

Dhamal at Tagore International School

An Annual Prize Distribution and Cultural programme was organised at Tagore International Senior Secondary, Sahnewal, here on Saturday. Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, chairman, Punjab Agro Industries Corporation and Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, chairman of Punjab Mandi Board presided over the function. The function commenced with lighting of lamp. Later, the chief guest gave away the prizes to the outstanding students who excelled in academic and sports. The students performed, skits, Punjabi and English plays, qawali etc. The karate participants performed with their dare-devil acts. Besides, colourful students from nursery to twelfth classes performed boogi-woogie, hip hop, Rajasthani, bhangra, dandia and naga dances. Principal Swati Aneja highlighted the achievements of the school. The other dignitaries present on the occasion were Managing Director BK Aneja, chairman HL Aneja and sarpanches of the nearby villages.



Armed men fire gunshots, set shop on fire
Our Correspondent

Khanna, December 4
Some armed persons attacked and set a shop on fire of a commission agent in the Grain Market, Khanna. The persons also fired some shots in a broad daylight on Saturday.

According to information from the police officials, about a dozen armed persons attacked shop number 98 named Prem Singh Hardial Singh, situated in the Grain Market, Khanna, and fired some shots. Although the workers present in the shop saved them selves by hiding under benches, the windowpanes of the shop were shattered by the shots.

The attackers also poured kerosene oil in the shop but a major tragedy was averted due to timely information to the police. The Khanna police has registered a case in this regard against Sheeshpal, Sushil and some other unidentified persons and is looking into the matter. DSP Khanna Devinder Singh Dhuri confirmed the incident and said minor scuffle was the reason behind this incident and they are enquiring into the matter. He assured that action will be taken against the guilty.



Krishna, Sylvester earn bragging rights
Our Sports Reporter

A participant flexs his muscles during the Mr Ludhiana Bodybuilding Championship in Ludhiana on Sunday.
A participant flexs his muscles during the Mr Ludhiana Bodybuilding Championship in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, December 4
As many 168 competitors took part in the 18th Ludhiana District Bodybuilding Championship for the “Mr Ludhiana” title in the junior as well senior sections, organised by the Ludhiana Bodybuilding and Fitness Association, at Luxmi Narayan Mandir Complex, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, here today.

Krishna and Sylvester pipped their opponents to emerge victorious in the below 55-kg category in the junior and senior sections, respectively.

Raj Hastir, Brijesh Kaushal, Vijay and Mohd Akhtar, national-level judges, adjudicated the competitors.

Former Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab, Surinder Dawar along with Dr Deepak Prashar, Paramjit Singh Pannu, OP Angrish, Sheru, Ram Saroye and PP Khullar gave the prizes.

Results: Junior: below 55 kg: 1 Krishana, 2 Surinder Saini and 3 Gagandeep; 55 to 60kg: 1 Love, 2 Hardeep Singh and 3 Rajinder Kumar; 60 to 65kg: 1 Rohit Monga, 2 Gurpreet Singh and 3 Jaspreet Singh; 65 to 70 kg: 1 Mohd Aslam, 2 Masam and 3 Rajvinder Singh; 70 to 75 kg: 1 Harpreet Kaur, 2 Varinder Sharma and 3 Ranjit Singh; above 75 kg: 1 Navdeep Singh, 2 Karanveer Singh and Hardeep Singh.

Senior: below 55 kg: 1 Sylvester, 2 Surinder Saini; 55 to 60 kg: 1 Tarun Malhotra, 2 Love and 3 Hardeep Singh; 60 to 65 kg: 1 Puneet Bajaj, 2 Gurpreet Singh and 3 Jaspreet Singh; 65 to 70 kg: 1 Mohd Aslam, 2 Navjit Singh and 3 Masam; 70 to 75 kg: 1 Amandeep Singh, 2 Harpreet Singh and 3 Varinder Sharma; 75 to 80 kg: 1 Mehtab, 2 Amarjit Singh and 3 Rajinder Singh.



Sahil, Anmoldeep in quarterfinal
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 4
Upcoming players Vikrant Kapoor from Ludhiana and Sadawar Singh of Patiala gave anxious moments to their experienced opponents on the second day of the ongoing Punjab State Snooker Championship here today.

Seeded players in the junior section, Sahil Nayyar of Ludhiana and Anmoldeep Singh from Patiala, scripted victories to advance into the last-eight stage.

Anmoldeep Singh faced little challenge from his rival and local lad Vandit Kumar, whom he defeated 3-0, while Sahil Nayyar got the better of Sahil Walia 2-0.

Other players who made it to the quarterfinal included Vikrat Kapoor, Sahil Sharma and Kunwardeep Singh.

Second day’s results: Round of 32 (junior section): Sahil Nayyar b Sahil Walia 2-0; Sahil Sharma b Simar Singh 2-0; Vandit Kumar b Prince Malhotra 2-0; Sunny b Sajal Gupta 2-0; Anuj Dhingra b Vivek 2-0; Sahil Yadav b Rajit Malhotra 2-1; Vikrant Kapoor b Hasneet Singh 2-1; Romit Diwakar b Dilpal Singh 2-1; Kunwardeep Singh b Harry Mehta 2-0.

Round of 16 (junior section): Anmoldeep Singh b Vandit Kumar 3-0; Sadawar Singh b Mehar Deep Singh 3-0; Vikrant Kapoor b Romit Diwakr 3-0; Sahil Sharma b Varun Jain 3-0; Kunwardeep Singh b Anuj Dhingra 3-0.

Sub-junior category: Ashwani b Diwakar Madhra 2-1; Amandeep Singh b Varun Jain 2-0; Prince b Nitish Khullar 2-1; Aayush Garg b Mukesh 2-0; Rohit Kukreja b Harry Mehta 2-0; Sidhharth b Kashish 2-0; Mohit Kukreja b Harsh Khosla 2-1; Sahil Nayyar b Abhi Gupta 2-0; Vandit Kumar b Sidharth Narula 2-1; Harry b Anadhi Dewan 2-0; Tapin Arora b Gautam 2-0; Vikrabnt b Harry 2-0; Kartik Sharma b Mehar Deep Singh 2-1.



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