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Code of conduct
Most parties skip EC meeting
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 2
Barring a few, most political parties gave the very first meeting convened to brief them about the guidelines of the model code of conduct by the District Election Officer, Rahul Tewari, a miss at Bachat Bhawan here today.

Perturbed over the callous attitude adopted by the parties, Tewari said it was unfortunate that parties were taking such important meetings lightly. And, then they would come up with several complaints, he said.

He said he would convene another meeting so that the instructions given by the election commission were passed on clearly and there was no confusion.

The representatives of parties, including the Congress, SAD, BSP and CPI, who attended the meeting, were instructed by the election officer to stop issuing advertisements in bulk in various sections of media as the election commission was taking note of all advertisements.

The moment the expenditure exceeded the Rs 16-lakh limit (per candidate), the candidate would be booked.

“Despite our repeated requests, advertisements are being released in in bulk to the media. The parties or the aspiring candidates give a plea that they were unaware about the advertisements, as these were being given by their supporters. But we are taking note of everything. The moment the candidates are announced, the cost of advertisements will be added to his/her total expenditure (of Rs 16 lakhs),” said Tewari.

Giving further instructions to the party representatives, Tewari said no political party or candidate would be allowed to use religious place or educational institute for any kind of political activity.

He also made it clear that at the time of filing of nomination papers, not more than five persons (including the candidate) would be allowed to go the returning officer.

“One can bring along as many supporters as he/she wants. But only five persons will be allowed inside the office of the RO,” said Tewari.

Contrary to the earlier practice that parties laid their own tables, chairs and tents and workers gave slips to the voters, the voter’s slips would be issued by government employees this time.

“Besides, we have provided our rate list (for material/langars, etc.) to all political parties. In case there are any objections regarding the rates, parties can file their complaint with the election office within 48 hours. We will calculate the expenditure as per our rates and not as per the rates given by the candidates or parties,” said the election officer.


  • No political activity inside religious places or educational institutions
  • No personal attack or mud-slinging
  • Hoardings cannot be put up at government offices
  • Only five persons allowed while filing nomination papers
  • Objections to rate list for material/langars etc. can be filed within 48 hours
  • New votes will be made till 4 pm on January 4
  • Cost of ads, vehicles etc. to be added to the total ~16-lakh expenditure per candidate


Salary to staff
Businessmen hit hard by poll code
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 2
The election code of conduct due to the upcoming state Assembly elections is weighing heavy on the trade and industry. Unable to carry cash in hand, businessmen are left with no option but to directly deposit the salary of their workers in their bank accounts. In case the workers are not having bank accounts, they are withdrawing the amount from the banks in small parts.

"I thought it was a wiser option to deposit the salary of my workers in their accounts. Since one cannot carry huge amount in hand, this was the only option left with us. Those workers who do not have their accounts will be given salaries every alternate day, as there is no use of withdrawing cash in huge amount. In case the money is seized by the police, it will only add to our woes," added Manreet Kalra, a businessmen dealing in box making. Badish Jindal, president, Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association, said when already central excise, income tax and state excise and taxation departments are monitoring them, there is no need for putting a ban on carrying cash. In addition, all our transactions are monitored online by the Income Tax Department, which leaves no space for suspicion," he said.

A huge amount of our money is already lying with the Sales Tax Department in the form of VAT and now if our money is seized, it would be in the custody of the Income Tax Department. I fail to understand how we will run our businesses then," Jindal said.

A majority of the migrants do not have their bank accounts and in that case, we have to withdraw the money. "If I need Rs 10 lakh for giving salaries to my workers, I need to send a person four times to the bank to withdraw the same," lamented another businessman, Amritpal Singh from Gurudev Impex.

No need

When the central excise, income tax and state excise and taxation departments are already monitoring them, there is no need for putting a ban on carrying cash. In addition, all our transactions are monitored online by the Income Tax Department, which leaves no space for suspicion.

— Badish Jindal, president, Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association



‘Jaggi-Jeeta’ cartoons to dot roads again
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 2
The “Jaggi-Jeeta” cartoon characters of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee that were removed following the imposition of the model code of conduct in the state will once again dot roads from today onwards. It is learnt that after taking permission from the Congress high command, the company managing advertisement campaigns for the Congress has again taken several unipoles on rent where these advertisements would be put up.

To attract voters, the Congress is trying to attract them through two cartoon characters “Jeeta” and “Jaggi”, boards of which are installed along roads and advertisements in newspapers.

These boards would now remain on roads till the elections take place and the Congress leaders say that both “Jeeta and Jaggi” would themselves highlight the “failures” of the present SAD-BJP government.

Some of the advertisements mention the word “Kaka”, which the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) claims is referred as to Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. That is why, taking note of the publication of advertisements with a character named ‘Kaka’, the Election Commission, on a complaint by the SAD, had issued a notice to the Congress. The notice has been issued by the media monitoring committee, which has asked the Congress to explain as to who this “Kaka” was.

A senior Congress leader said names like Jaggi and Jeeta are common in Punjab.

“That is why our party decided to highlight the wrongdoings and failures of the state government through these posters. And I tell you, the moment they were installed, they were a big hit amongst people. People now wait for a new such poster everyday,” said a leader.

“With not even a month left for the elections, the ‘Jaggi-Jeeta’ posters would keep on changing at regular intervals. A new issue and a new poster,” said a Congress leader.

In Ludhiana, the party has also booked overhead advertising boards near Guru Nanak Stadium, near Vishwakarma Chowk, Haibowal and other parts of the city.



Lakkar pul
Piling work on overbridge begins
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, January 2
The agency engaged by the construction wing of Northern Railway today commenced the piling work (for the construction of foundations and erection of two supporting pillars) at the under-construction railway overbridge (ROB) in place of the Lakkar Pul here. Experts and technical staff of the railways are closely supervising the work.

The approach road to the ROB from the Civil Lines side as well as up and down ramps from Clock Tower and Bhadaur House Market have already been completed.

The piling work was delayed because the operational wing of Northern Railway took quite some time in permitting a block (partial closure of railway traffic).

As per the schedule of work provided by the technical experts, the railways has permitted a block of 20 days on platform No. 4 starting today. Thereafter, platform No. 5 will remain closed to traffic for 15 days and finally both platforms for another 12 days.

Railway engineers say the foundation for the two supporting pillars will be constructed from 27 metres below the railway track level.

The ROB is expected to be completed and opened to public by March 31, 2012.

According to the Station Superintendent, RK Sharma, during the period of block, train No. 74647 IJL running between Jalandhar and Ludhiana and 74648 2 JNL running between Jalandhar-Nakodar-Ludhiana will remain suspended.

Similarly, two other passenger trains running between Lohian and Ludhiana will be terminated at Phillaur during this period.

Berthing and crossing of some other express and mail trains have also been readjusted in view of the closure of platform Nos. 4 and 5.

The rail traffic passing through Ludhiana will remain otherwise unaffected except for minor alterations in the arrival and departure timing and the duration of halts of some other trains, he added.

2 trains suspended

  • Train No. 74647 between Jalandhar and Ludhiana and 74648 2 running between Jalandhar-Nakodar-Ludhiana will remain suspended. Also, two other passenger trains running between Lohian and Ludhiana will be terminated at Phillaur during this period

The delay

  • The piling work was delayed as the operational wing of Northern Railway took quite some time in permitting the partial closure of railway traffic



Special train fails to hit track
Hosiery shipments pile up; traders opt for road transport

Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 2
With the special train for ferrying hosiery consignments failing to kick-start, local trader have been forced to deliver their orders late or dispatch these through road. The railways had proposed to start a special goods train from Ludhiana to Kolkata once a week in June, 2011 to enable the local traders to dispatch their hosiery items to stations falling on the route.

The aim was to save the hosiery traders from the harassment of delivering their orders late.

“Like every year, this year too hosiery goods kept piling up at the station all through the season, as the railways worked at a snail’s pace and was unable to ferry goods to their respective destinations. We are in touch with the authorities concerned to get the special train started. If the train is started, it will prove beneficial for the hosiery industry,” said Vinod Thapar, president of Knitwear Club.

“After our goods remained stranded for several weeks at the railway station, we were left with no option but to opt for the road transport. I had to pay extra for the transportation. I hope the special train will start soon,” said Kaplish Gupta, a hosiery trader from Madopuri.

Amarjeet Singh, parcel superintendent, Ludhiana railway station, said the special train to ferry hosiery consignments was proposed to start this season but things could not materialise. We need extra wagons for the same and now it seems the train will start in the next financial year only,” he added.

“We are suffering on account of laxity on part of the railways. Our parcels have been lying abandoned at the railway station and if it takes a couple of more weeks for our consignments to reach their destinations, the peak purchasing period will be over by then. We hope the special train is started at the earliest,” said Gagan Arora, another hosiery trader.

The proposal

The railways had proposed to start a special goods train from Ludhiana to Kolkata once a week in June, 2011 to enable local traders to dispatch their hosiery items to stations located on the route



Golden Jubilee
Festivities kick off at PAU
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 2
Established in 1962, Punjab Agricultural University is all celebrating its Golden Jubilee in 2012. The celebrations formally began on the campus in the presence of several former vice-chancellors of the university.

Those attached with the farm varsity for several decades felt the PAU had made the food-deficit country a food-secured nation. It was due to the untiring efforts of the PAU scientists and farmers attached with it that Punjab was pooling in maximum in the food kitty of nation.

At a colourful inaugural function, the former PAU VCs, including Dr SS Johl, Dr KS Gill, Dr AS Khera, Dr GS Kalkat, Dr KS Aulakh, were honoured by the present Vice-Chancellor, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon.

The Chairman of the Punjab State Farmers’ Commission (PSFC), Dr Dr GS Kalkat, released the golden jubilee logo, conveying the message of “50 Years of Glory and Pride”.

The former vice-chancellors released seven PAU publications, including Punjab Agricultural Handbook-2012 (in English and Punjabi), New Year Wall Calendar, golden jubilee issues of Progressive Farming and Changi Kheti, and paid tributes to former vice-chancellors Dr PN Thapar (the founder VC), Dr MS Randhawa, Dr AS Cheema and Dr Sukhdev Singh.

Dr Johl, talking to Ludhiana Tribune, said the PAU was the best agricultural university in the country. Stating that the team spirit of its scientists had paved the way for the green revolution, he said contributions of the scientists, who put the university on a sound footing in its formative years, could not be forgotten.

“I am attached with it for the past four decades. I have seen it grow. In the times of financial crunch, it is still going strong, generating its own resources when the state government has virtually indicated that it cannot provide more funds to it. The technology developed by the PAU scientists has been passed on to hundreds of farmers in the country.”

Dr Gill said the main aim of the university was to serve the farming community of Punjab, in particular, and country, in general. He urged the scientists to keep pace with the changing research trends and exhorted the faculty to continue working hard and bringing laurels to the PAU in the future also.

Dr Khera said no organisation could succeed without competent human resources. In the era of global competition, there was a need to focus on human resource development in the upcoming areas, including biotechnology.

He said young scientists needed to be provided more opportunities of exposure to new technologies.

Dr Kalkat hailed the scientific techniques and technologies designed by the PAU and said no progress was possible without the new technology.

He emphasised the importance of evolving new technologies for income enhancement of small farmers, marketing of agricultural produce and water management.

Calling the PAU a prestigious and an eminent institution, Dr Aulakh said although science and technology were undergoing drastic changes, the scientists of the university were contributing in an excellent way. Stressing that discipline was important, he said freedom without discipline was chaos.

Dr BS Dhillon welcomed the dignitaries besides PAU deans, directors, additional directors, head of the various departments.

Highlighting that the contribution of the university in ushering in an era of green revolution remained unparalleled, he said with the guidance and advice of the predecessors and scientists, the university had nurtured and scaled greater heights in the past 50 years.



Race for cong ticket
Rebels look to flex muscles
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, January 2
Even as the first list of candidates for the Assembly elections is expected to be announced later this evening by the Congress high command, the clouds of rebellion are already casting their shadow on the electoral prospects of the official nominees.

Sensing that they are not among the short-listed party candidates, some Congress councillors in the city have reportedly made preparations, including printing of posters, banners and propaganda material, to jump into the fray as rebel candidates as soon as the list of candidates is released.

The Congress camp here is upbeat over the open rebellion by Bains brothers - Balwinder Singh and Simarjeet Singh, who have entered the electoral battle from Ludhiana South and Atam Nagar as rebel candidates against official SAD nominees.

“However, in the wake of revolt that the Congress is about to face, once the list of candidates is made public, they have no reason to rejoice over the fate of the SAD since both parties will sail in the same boat,” quipped a senior Akali leader.

As far as hectic buildup by Congress councillors to throw their hat in as Independent candidates is concerned, Ludhiana West, from where the DCC president and a close aide of party MP Manish Tewari is likely to get the ticket, and Ludhiana Central, where one-time legislator Surinder Dawar, is a strong contender, appear to be the hot spots.

In Ludhiana West, a sitting Congress councillor is said to be all ready to launch his election campaign as a rebel candidate after the official list of party candidates is released.

Sources in the party also maintain that this councillor has already established a channel to the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal with the help of his old associate, another councillor who had contested last Assembly elections as a rebel candidate and had later defected to the SAD.

The Ludhiana Central Assembly seat is also poised to turn “hot seat” for Dawar, who has shifted from Ludhiana East to this newly carved out segment post-delimitation, as some half a dozen party councillors have been running a concerted campaign against his candidature.

While the Congress councillros will leave no stone unturned to make the fight tough for Dawar, in case he gets the party ticket, the possibility of one of these councillors contesting as a rebel candidate cannot be ruled out if their intense lobbying against Dawar is any indication.

All set to contest

Some Congress councillors in the city have reportedly made preparations, including printing of posters, banners and propaganda material, to jump into the fray as rebel candidates as soon as the list of candidates is released



Assembly elections
Gender divide evident on campuses
Girls shun discussions on politics; boys more inclined

Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 2
The gender divide in the city is all too palpable when it comes to politics. Unlike boys, girls exhibit a disinterest in politics. Politics is not the issue of debate around girls’ tea tables in colleges canteens. They are more concerned about fashion and glamour. Whereas, boys’ tables are divided on the basis of political beliefs.

A group of students, discussing the Manpreet Badal factor on the local constituencies, evinced keen interest in debating the role of Akali rebels and the type of influence of they would have on the elections.

Another group of postgraduate students talked about the strictness of the election commission besides other social and economic factors in Punjab. Anna Hazare and Lokpal Bill were also part of the discussions among youths.

Jaspreet Singh, a student of BA (I) says: “Talks on politics and politicians are common these days. I am a regular reader of newspapers. I am interested in knowing about political activities in the city and the state. We regularly share political updates like candidates getting party ticket or those quitting the party.”

Sunil Kumar, a student from SCD Government College, says: “I like to talk about politics with friends not only at the college but also in my locality.”

On the other hand, girl students seem little interested in politics. Most are not even aware of the fact that Assembly elections are taking place in the state.

A girl from Government College for women says: “I dislike politics and politicians. So I am not interested in knowing about the goings-on.”

“I never read the front page of the newspaper or watch news channels. I am more interested in knowing about celebrities and entertainment,” says a girl from the GCW.

Another girl, who is aware about prominent political parties in the state, says: “All politicians are alike. I am Anna Hazare’s supporter.”

Point of debate

Politics is not the issue of debate around girls’ tea tables in colleges canteens. They are more interested in fashion and glamour. However, boys’ tables are divided on the basis of their political beliefs



College notes
Expert stresses effective teaching
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 2
“Teaching is not just about covering the syllabus but uncovering the contents too. Effective teaching involves emphasis on better reading amalgamated with research work,” said Dr Parm Pal Singh, principal, Ludhiana Group of Colleges (LGC), at Chaukimann on the Ferozepur Road.

He was addressing faculty and staff during a New Year function, “Effective Teaching Resolution 2012”.

Dr Sidhu, an internationally acclaimed scientist on solar energy, said teachers should focus on supplementing their teaching effort with extensive reading habits.

“Thinking is a natural process, which is strengthened and guided by discussions and interactions,” advised Dr Sidhu.

Unlike developed nations where research work was an integral part of teaching job, the time had come when Indian teachers needed to research to progress, he said.

Harpreet Singh, head of management section, LGC, stressed the need for exploring the various online resources and periodical publications like newspapers and magazines to make teaching relevant and interesting. A regular reader of newspapers can be an effective teacher as he can share the current affairs and recent developments related to the subject, he said.

Cultural fest

A two-day cultural extravaganza “Umang 2011” was organised at Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Vocational Studies (GGN Campus) on its premises. The campus dazzled with colour and festivity. On the first day, the students participated in various off-stage competitions like rangoli, mehandi application, poster making, PPT presentation, multimedia presentation, paper presentation and essay writing.

On the second day, the programme started with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp followed by “shabad gayan” by students.

The students presented songs, dances, choreographies, solo performances, group dances during the programme.

Institute director Kuldip Singh said: “It is the tradition of GGNIVS to organise ‘Umang’ every year so as to encourage students’ participation and to end the monotony of classroom teaching. The competition aims at fostering energy, team building and competitive spirit among the students.”



Industry unhappy with EC’s ordinance
CICU wants firms to be allowed to carry Rs 20 lakh
Tribune News Service

Policemen check a vehicle near the Clock Tower in Ludhiana.
Policemen check a vehicle near the Clock Tower in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, January 2
The Knitwear Club and the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking have in a communiqué to the Election Commission expressed anguish with an ordinance passed by it, which makes it mandatory for a person to submit the ID proof along with the details of cash to the Income-Tax department for carrying Rs 2.5 lakh.

“It is not in favour of the knitwear industry. Those associated with this industry will face hardship due to its seasonal nature. In the peak season most of the financial transactions are done in cash. The industrialists are hard-pressed due to this ordinance,” said Vinod Thapar, president, Knitwear Club.

CICU suggestion

The CICU in its representations to the Election Commission and the DGP has suggested that firms having VAT Excise registration be allowed to carry up to Rs 20 lakh. Copies of VAT, excise registration, pan number and membership certificate of the association can be considered as business proof.

Upkar Singh, joint secretary, Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking, said the model code of conduct imposed by the Election Commission regarding the flow of cash by businessmen has been subjected to the frisking by the police at various trade and industrial points.

The Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking in its representations to the Election Commission and the DGP has suggested that firms having VAT Excise registration must be allowed to carry up to Rs 20 lakh. Copies of VAT, excise registration, pan number and membership certificate of the association can be considered as business proof.



Poll code spoils SAD’s game plan
Most of the teachers’ union still unsatisfied

Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 2
The Punjab government did its best to pacify a few teacher unions by approving most of their demand just before the Assembly elections. But, it seems the imposition model code of conduct has spoilt the SAD-BJP plans for strengthening their vote bank, as majority of teachers are still unsatisfied.

The teachers working under the Education Guarantee Scheme (EGS), known for the most-violent protests, were demanding permanent jobs; the government gave the nod to only a contract based-job called “Sikhya Miter” with a salary of Rs 3,500.

ETT teachers of zila parishad schools are unsatisfied with the state government’s refusal to approve their demand for shifting their schools from the zila parishad to the education department.

“The Chief Minister promised to shift zila parishad schools to the education department, but failed to fulfill it. He, instead, sifted a few teachers to the education department. We have never demanded this,” Jagseer Sahota,, ETT Teachers’ Union, said.

The Master Cadre Union, which fought a long-drawn struggle, for getting their demand for hike in grade pay fulfilled, got an approval in this regard from the government. But, they are still unsatisfied, as the government has given same grade to vocational and computer teachers.

“We were fighting for our status and are uninterested in the salary hike. We want to our rank in the department,” Jagjit Singh, president, Master Cadre Union, said.

The SSA and RMSA Teachers’ Union, too, have blocked the roads for getting their demands fulfilled. The government accepted their casual leave demand, but most of the others are yet to be approved.

“We wanted our jobs to be regularised. We are unhappy with the SAD-BJP government for not fulfilling most of our demands,” said Dedar Singh Mudki,, SSA and RMSA Teachers’ Union.



Politics not their cup of tea
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, January 2
With Assembly elections fast approaching in the state, politicians have intensified their activities to woo voters in the area. However, there is a section of voters that is unfazed by the commotion, for it feels elections won’t do them any good.

Ask any college-goer of the region about the elections and a majority of them will come up with the same answer — politics is a waste of time and energy.

Disappointed at the present political setup in the country, these youngsters, between the age group of 20 and 25 years, feel there is no political party or coalition that is dedicated to the people.

A majority of college-goers term politics a dirty game and have no interest in it. “Why bother about the elections and waste our time and energy thinking about the outcome of the elections when we know there is not even a single party that is serious about the welfare of the people,” says Amrinder Singh, MA (I) student of a local college.

All major political parties are banking on the support of youngsters in the elections.

In spite of the fact that all political parties have youth and student wings to attract the younger generation as well as students, a majority of students still feel politics is not their cup of tea.

Though a large number of students are seen in political rallies of different parties, most of them say they do so to appease their acquaintances or reasons other than their interest in politics.

“I had attended a rally of the ruling party last month. Though I did not want to go there, I had to attend the rally as one of my friends had requested me to join them. I went there because I did not want to disappoint my friend. Otherwise, I would have not attended the rally. I do not even read the news about elections simply because I have no interest in politics,” says Amitoz Grewal, another college student.

While some attend rallies to please their friends and relatives, there are others who go there just to have some fun.

“Attending political rallies and listening to speeches of political leaders is good entertainment. Though I do not like such rallies, I have been to some only because my friends were going there and they asked me to join them,” said Gurpreet Singh, a student of PGDCA at a local college. College-goers feel political parties have failed to do justice to voters, who elect them with a lot of expectations.

“At the time of elections, leaders tend to show that they are worried about our future. They often make tall promises but more often than not, these promises are not fulfilled. So I find no sense in supporting any political party when I know it is going to do nothing for us,” says Jagroop Singh, another college student.

Why bother!

Why bother about the elections and waste our time and energy thinking about the outcome of the elections when we know there is not even a single party that is serious about the welfare of the people~

— An MA (I) student



Baby shows stealing innocence?
Tribune News Service

A file photo of a child and her mother during a baby show organised at a school in Ludhiana.

Ludhiana, January 2
Some babies, quite unknowingly, are getting prepared for competitions. With “baby shows” becoming a regular fixture in the city, the innocent “harbingers of joy” are being made to battle it out for the top honours.

“How can you judge a baby on the basis of its health or how good or bad it looks?” says Sangita, a resident of Kitchlu Nagar.

“Babies are the epitome of innocence. They don’t know anything. How can you judge babies on their mental and physical capabilities?”

“Although it is unfair to judge the capabilities of grownups on the basis of colour and their physical attributes, subjecting babies to judgment seems unethical. For, you never know how beautiful or healthy or intelligent a baby is going to be when he/she grows up,” she says.

Such events also cause unhealthy competition among mothers. Some of them tend feed their babies more than what is good for them, while others dress their children up in ostentatious clothing so that they can “steal the show”.

Poonam Bhatti, who recently participated in one of the shows, says even though her baby did not win any prize in the competition, he is still the most adorable child to her. He will surely grow up to be a wonderful boy, she adds.

Some women, however, feel it is all right if they participate in such contests, as it becomes part of their good memories.

“Winning such a title will only help if my child gets an opportunity to shoot for an advertisement, a TV serial or a movie,” says Namrata Sood, a resident of Haibowal.

Unhealthy competition

Such events can cause unhealthy competition among mothers. Some of them tend to feed their babies more than what is good for them, while others dress their children in ostentatious clothing so that they can “steal the show”



Drama as residents lock couple in house
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 2
High drama was witnessed in the Kadwai Nagar area when area residents locked a man and woman in a house. The residents alleged that man and the woman had an extramarital affair and had been using the apartment of an NRI friend as a rendezvous.

The incident took place this afternoon when the residents raised objection to their presence there and asked the couple to leave the house.

This led to heated arguments and the man called his friends to the scene. The situation turned ugly and the two were locked in the house and the police was informed. Soon a police team reached the scene and freed the two.

They were taken to the police station and the man’s family was summoned there.

According to sources, the man and the woman were distant cousins and were in love. Their families knew about their love affair. While the girl was married in Jalandhar and the man was living with his family here.

However, both kept meeting each other even after marriage. It is learnt that the man enjoyed proximity to a senior politician of the area and requested him to resolve the matter.

Later in the evening, the matter was resolved following the intervention of the politician.

Division No. 2 station house officer Baldev Singh said the matter had been resolved as the man and woman were distant cousins. No case was registered.

Extramarital affair

Residents alleged that the couple had an extramarital affair and had been using the apartment of an NRI friend as a rendezvous



Fish ponds’ mgmt vital in winter, says expert
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 2
Being a cold-blooded creature, fish needs special care during winters to protect it from various diseases. The immune system of the fish becomes weak and it gets more vulnerable to the attack of pathogens and serious disease outbreaks.

Dr Meera D. Ansal, scientist (fisheries), College of Fisheries, GADVASU, said that it was vital to take up a few management practices during winters to protect fish not only from diseases but also to keep it in a good state of health for better survival and production of fish.

During winters, the temperature of surface water is colder than the bottom layers and the fish prefers to live in the bottom zone. So with the onset of winters, the farmers should keep the water depth more than 6 feet, so that fish gets enough space for hibernating in the bottom zone. In shallow waters, the whole water column becomes cold, which affects the fish and can prove fatal. As day length and light intensity also decreases during winters, oxygen level declines due to poor photosynthetic activity in the pond. The situation further aggravates during continuous cloudy days.

The farmers are, therefore, advised to aerate their ponds either by adding fresh water regularly or by using aerators, especially during early hours of the day. Regular addition of tubewell water also keeps the pond water warm. In case there are some trees (especially deciduous trees) around the pond, trim them during winters, so that direct sunlight could fall over the pond. Leaves from these trees should not be allowed to fall in the pond, as they will add to the organic load of the pond and deteriorate the water quality on decomposition.



Sportspersons take pledge
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 2
A large of number of sportspersons, accompanied by their coaches and sports organisers, took an oath of being good citizens. They gathered at the basketball stadium in the Guru Nanak Sports Complex to take the pledge to perform to their best of abilities and set an example for others to emulate them.

Teja Singh Dhaliwal, general secretary, Punjab Basketball Association, in association with Vijay Chopra, a sports promoter, had organised the function during which coaches, current and former players of international level took part.

Addressing the gathering, Chopra hoped that the New Year would be the good period for the state and its players would win laurels at national and international sports meets in this year.

He urged the players to shun the use of performance enhancing substance, be regular in practice, maintain discipline so that they could perform better in competitions to bring laurels to their city as well as the state.

Hockey Olympian Hardeep Singh Grewal, district sports officer, Ludhiana, Surjit Singh Sandhu, Sports Authority of India (SAI) Training Centre, Ludhiana, in-charge Harbans Singh, senior football coach Jaspal Singh, athletics coaches Sanjeev Sharma and Sita Kapila, swimming coach Amandeep Kaur and judo coach Rakesh Singh were among those present.



MC razes govt school’s wall
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 2
After the municipal corporation razed the office of the Block Primary Education Officer, a wall of Government Senior Secondary School, Gobind Nagar, too, was razed on a complaint lodged by a homeowner. School authorities, however, claimed the action as illegal and biased.

The wall was constructed outside the school for displaying government instructions and social awareness slogans on it. The school authorities claimed that the piece of land was owned by it, but the complainant said it was part of the street. He actually wants to open a gate in that place.

Harjit Singh, principal of the school, said, “The piece of land belonged to the school. The space was left vacant to park vehicles. As the edge of the corner was sharp so the school constructed the gate slightly behind. We met the Municipal Commissioner today. He has assured us that he will visit the site.”

Rajwinder Singh, homeowner, said the authorities of the municipal corporation passed his map 10 years ago. The main gate of his house is in front of the school’s gate.

“We lodged a complaint with the municipal corporation as the school authorities had illegally constructed the wall. Bulldozers of the municipal corporation razed the wall on Friday evening,” Rajwinder Singh, the homeowner, said.

“A delegation of schoolteachers met me today. I am going to visit the site. I can say something about the matter only after going through the property record,” said Municipal Commissioner MS Jaggi.



Burglary at doctor’s house in Jamalpur
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 2
Spending New Year with family in Nainital proved costly for a city-based doctor as thieves struck at his house in Jamalpur Urban Estate and decamped with cash and jewellery worth lakhs. The incident came to light today when the family of Dr Ashok Gupta returned from New Year vacation and reported the matter to the police.

Dr Gupta said he had requested his relative, Balwinder Gupta, to look after the house in his absence.

Last night when Balwinder came to the house, he was shocked to find it ransacked.

Balwinder informed Dr Gupta about the theft. The family rushed to the city and reported the matter to the police.

Dr Gupta said: “Thieves entered the house by scaling the wall. They might have broke open the door and then the cupboard. They decamped with Rs 1.85 lakh cash and gold jewellery lying in the house.”

Interestingly, the area is densely populated, but no one noticed any outward movement. Neighbours told the police that they did not saw any outsider entering the house. The police has registered a case against unidentified persons in this regard.



Documentary on traffic rules
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 2
A documentary film “Socho” has been created by the Raksha Jyoti Foundation to create awareness about traffic system and on resolving various traffic problems. According to Ashwini Behl, president of the foundation, every resident of Ludhiana maintains traffic sense and maintains all documents before entering Chandigarh, but throws rules and regulations to the wind in his city.

He said the aim of his organisation was to inculcate traffic sense among the city residents so that they emulate what is being followed in Chandigarh.

He pointed out that recently children had also been the victims of traffic indiscipline in the city. Parents are also responsible for such unfortunate incidents, as accepting the demands of their children, they give speedy vehicles to them, which result in accidents. Schools should also play a role of inculcating traffic discipline and awareness among children, he stressed.



4 cops sent to police lines

Samrala, January 2
Four havildars of the local police station were sent to the police lines by the DSP on the directions of Khanna SSP for dereliction of duty. Tejinder Singh, DSP, while confirming the report said the four police e personnel were on duty during a cattle fair on December 30.

The DSP said the cops misbehaved with occupants of the two mini-trucks, which were ferrying cattle, near Kotla Shamashpur village. The occupants of the two trucks brought this matter into the notice of the SSP Khanna. He directed the DSP Samrala to look into the matter. — OC



Office-bearers elected

Doraha, January 2
The first meeting of the Punjabi Likhari Sabha Rampur for 2012 was held in the Canal Rest House, Rampur, today. More than 35 poets, storywriters and playwrights from the area attended the meeting. The following have been elected office-bearers of the Punjabi Likhari Sabha for 2012:President-Surinder Rampuri; Vice-President-Gurdial Dalal; General Secretary- Avtar Dhamot; Secretary-Jagjit Gurm and Executive Committee-Harnek Rampuri, Jasvir Jhajj, Labh Singh Begowal, Amarjit Ghangas, Harbans Malwa, Harpreet Rampur, Darshan Shergill. — OC



Elections: MCPI (U) announces 5 names
Our Correspondent

Doraha, January 2
The Punjab State Committee of the MCPI (U) will contest on nine seats in the Assembly elections. This was declared by Kuldeep Singh, Secretary, Punjab State Committee of the MCPI (U) in a meeting organised at KK Kaushal Memorial Bhawan here today.

The names of the five candidates are Labh Singh Bhangu, a resident of Rajpura, Prem Singh Bhangu, a resident of Ghanaur in Patiala, Surinder Singh Shehzad, a resident of Gill and Azad Singh Khatra, a resident of Khanna in the Ludhiana district and Hakam Singh Manana, a resident of Mohali.



Ludhiana scan
New Year celebrations

Members of the Senior Citizen Forum celebrated the New Year by organising a function at the Senior Citizen Bhawan in Urban Estate, Phase II, here. Rattan Singh Dang and Kuldeep Singh Kreer, president and general secretary, respectively, welcomed the members and wished them a healthy and prosperous life in the new year. Around 50 members, who had their birthday around this time, were offered sweets and flowers.

Power shutdown

The 11 kV Nitish Vihar feeder, fed from 66 kV Dugri feeder, will be shut down for urgent maintenance work on January 3 from 10 am to 5 pm. Power supply to Nitish Vihar, Beri Colony, Sant Enclave, SBS Nagar Dhandra Road and Master Colony will be affected during this period. — OC



DJ shop gutted

Samrala, January 2
A DJ shop was destroyed in a devastating fire that broke out in mysterious circumstances in the wee hours today. A passerby noticed the fire and reported the matter to the police. It reached the spot with a fire tender and informed owner of Survey DJ Center Sarabjit Singh about the incident. But, the shop was gutted by that time.

Sarabjit Singh said he left for his house at around 10 pm last night. He suffered loss worth Rs 8 lakh in the fire. Two of his DJ systems, a computer, speakers, sound and light system were reduced to ashes. — OC



Youth held with stolen bike
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 2
The Anti-Narcotic Cell claims to have nabbed a youth with a stolen motorcycle. The suspect identified as Raj Kumar, a resident of the Shimlapuri, was nabbed from the Gill Chowk here today.

Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Darbara Singh of the Anti-Narcotic Department said the police was tipped-off the youth was peddling smack on the motorcycle. The entire area was cordoned and vehicles searched.

The ASI said the suspect could not documents of the motorcycle on being stopped. The suspect cracked soon and confessed before the police that he had stolen the motorcycle and two mobile phones. He has been booked for theft.



BVM meet
Kitchlu Nagar athletes hog limelight
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 2
The students of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Kitchlu Nagar branch, dominated the proceedings, clinching 10 out of 14 titles that were decided on the first day of the BVM Inter-Branch Annual Athletics Meet that began on its Kitchlu Nagar branch campus here today.

Around 700 boys and girls drawn from four branches of BVM School — Kitchlu Nagar, Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar, Dugri and Chandigarh Road — are taking part in different sports disciplines during this two-day sports event.

Teja Singh Dhaliwal, vice-president, Basketball Federation of India and general secretary of Punjab Basketball Association, was the chief guest at the opening ceremony. He declared the meet open and wished the participants luck.

The chief guest also congratulated the school authorities for providing a platform to the students to showcase their sports skills.

OP Sabharwal, Manoj Gupta, RK Gupta and Shubhkaran Jain, members of the management committee, along with principals from the four branches — Anu Gupta from BVM, Dugri, Ranjeet Kaur from BVM, Chandigarh road, Vandana Sethi from BVM, Udham Singh Nagar, and Santosh Mehra from the host BVM, Kitchlu Nagar, were also present.

First day’s results: Girls (u-17) 800m race: 1 Abhiti of Kithluc Nagar branch; 2 Srishti of Kitchlu Nagar branch; 3 Komal of Udham Singh Nagar branch.

Boys (u-19) 800m race: 1 Sahil of Kitchlu Nagar branch, 2 Anubhav of Udham Singh Nagar branch, 3 Bhupush of Kitchlu Nagar branch.

Girls (u-17) 200m race: 1 Malika of Kitchlu Nagar branch, 2 Girija of Kitchlu Nagar branch, 3 Priyanka of Kitchlu Nagar branch.

Girls (u-14) 200m race: 1 Gunjan of Kitchlu Nagar branch, 2 Shiana of Kitchlu Nagar branch, 3 Prachi of Kitchlu Nagar branch.

Boys (u-14) 200m race: 1 Nakul of Chandigarh road branch, 2 Achuyt of Kitchlu Nagar branch, 3 Ankush of Kitchlu Nagar branch.

Boys (u-17): 1 Rahul of Kitchlu Nagar branch, 2 Varun of Udham Singh Nagar branch, 3 Dipanshu of Udham Singh Nagar branch.

Boys (u-17) 800m race: 1 Lakshaya of Kitchlu Nagar branch, 2 Nitish of Udham Singh Nagar branch, 3 Hemant of Kitchlu 
Nagar branch.

Boys (u-11) 200m race: 1 Karanpreet of Kitchlu Nagar branch, 2 Shivam of Kitchlu Nagar branch, 3 Prabhjot of Kitchlu Nagar branch.

Girls (u-11) 200m race: 1 Riya of Kitchlu Nagar branch, 2 Kamal of Dugri branch, 3 Khushi and Sapna of Kitchlu Nagar and Dugri branches.

Boys (u-9) 200m race: 1 Kuldeep of Dugri branch, 2 Sagar of Kitchlu Nagar branch.

Girls (u-9) 200m race: 1 Harshneet of Dugri branch, 2 Parul of Udham Singh Nagar branch, 3 Gazal of Udham Singh Nagar branch.

Boys (u-19) 200m race: 1 Rahul of Udham Singh Nagar branch, 2 Prince of Kitchlu Nagar branch, 3 Gautam of Kitchlu Nagar branch.

Girls (u-19) 200m race: 1 Simranpreet of Kitchlu Nagar branch, 2 Vibha of Kitchlu Nagar branch, 3 Namita of Udham Singh Nagar branch.

Girls (u-17) 800m race: 1 Jasmeen of Kitchlu Nagar branch, 2 Navdeep of kitchlu Nagar, 3 Ankita of Kitchlu Nagar branch.



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