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57th national school games
Poor management makes kids suffer
Ferried in overcrowded tempos, made to walk long distances for games ceremony
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service
Children walk a long distance up to the stadium
Children walk a long distance up to the stadium. photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, January 18
Children from government schools, who were accorded VIP treatment during the SAD-government sponsored Punjab Games last year, were ferried in overcrowded tempos to the opening ceremony of the 57th National School Games Athletics Meet held at the Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

Several students from government schools were even made to walk to the stadium due to lack of transportation. The event was managed very poorly by the officials of the district education department.

It is learnt that school authorities were informed about the event just a day before it was to be held, and hence they could not plan for students’ commuting. A teacher, requesting anonymity, said, “The order of bringing the students to the games came at the eleventh hour. At such a short notice, how could they expect us to arrange buses for students? As the weather was cold, we decided to escort the students on foot to Guru Nanak Stadium.”

Some government schools located in close vicinity of the city ferried the students in tempos and trolleys. This has drawn sharp criticism from Congress party worker Amarjit Tikka, who alleged that the education department employees deliberately made poor arrangements at the behest of their political masters.

He claimed that he had every reason to doubt the integrity of the organisers. “During the time of the SAD-supported Punjab Games, children from government schools were ferried in buses. But in National School Games, where the prestige of the state is at stake, children are being ferried in tempos and are made to sleep on the floor in such a cold weather. This callous attitude clearly shows that babus do everything to please their political masters,” said Tikka. He further alleged that the SAD had used sports for political purposes, and nothing was actually done for the promotion of sports.

On the other hand, Rupinder Ravi, the organiser of the event, said he would look into the matter and take necessary action against schools for ferrying students in tempos. He said politics had nothing to do with the games.

Order at a short notice

The order of bringing the students to the games came at the eleventh hour. At such a short notice, how could they expect us to arrange buses for students? As the weather was cold, we decided to escort the students on foot to Guru Nanak Stadium.

A teacher


Hoarding match outside stadium
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 18
Though they were not visible inside stadium following the Election Commission's orders, a galaxy of politicians made their presence felt outside the stadium. The giant hoardings of the SAD-BJP and the Congress highlighting their premier leaders were catching the eyeballs of the players participating in the 51 National School Games at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

The giant hoardings of both the parties have become a talking point among the residents and commuters visiting the area.

The residents said the hoardings installed outside the stadium were the fallout of an ugly credit war between the two bitter political rivals, who miss no opportunity to stake their claim to anything.

"It was very funny to see giant hoardings of both the Congress and the BJP-SAD on either side of the foot bridge outside Guru Nanak Stadium. It would not take you much time to guess for what purpose the hoardings were installed," said Gaurav Gupta, a resident of Civil Lines.

Taking a potshot at both the parties, Paramvir Bhogal, another resident, said while the Election Commission was tightening its screws on the pole propagandas of political parties, the politicians were finding innovative ways to make their presence felt.

"The politics is getting interesting with each passing day. First the Congress launched cartoon characters Jeeta and Jaggi then the SAD- BJP hit back by launching Jhuttha and Tthaggi. After the EC had given clear instructions to keep the politicians away from the stadium, the political rivals put up their hoarding outside Guru Nanak Stadium to woo the voters," said Bhogal.



Violations of model code of conduct
21 notices sent by Returning Officers
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 18
A total of 21 notices have been issued till date to candidates by respective Returning Officers for violating the model code of conduct in various constituencies.

These notices have been served to candidates in six constituencies, while candidates in eight constituencies (out of the total 14) have not been served any notice for violating the code of conduct.

According to highly placed sources in the election office, maximum notices have been served to candidates in Constituency Number 62. In this constituency, six notices each have been served to Hira Singh Gabria (SAD)

and Balwinder Singh Bains (Independent) for putting up posters, which have no reference of the publishers. Their replies have been received and decision has to be taken.

Another notice has been sent to Parveen Bansal, a BJP candidate from Constituency Number 65 (North), for putting up hoardings without seeking permission.

The reply by Bansal is awaited by the Returning Officer. In yet another notice, Bharat Bhushan Ashu, a Congress candidate from Constituency Number 64, has been asked to reply on convening a public meeting without taking prior permission. The reply by Ashu is also awaited.

In Constituency Number 66 (Gill constituency), Malkiat Singh Dakha, a Congress candidate has been served notice for putting up posters, violating the poll code.

His reply has been received and action will be taken accordingly. While in Constituency Number 67 (Payal), two notices have been sent to SAD candidate Charanjit Singh Atwal for distributing small diaries and calenders to people and for convening a meeting at a gurdwara. Atwal has sent his reply for one notice, while for another, the reply is awaited.

Besides, in Constituency Number 68 (Dakha), two notices each have been served on Jassi Khangura and Manpreet Ayali. Their violations (one each of Khangura and Ayali) have already been registered and the decision has to be taken against other violations (one each). 

Final decision to be taken by EC

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has sent a letter stating that after getting the inquiry reports by the Returning Officers against the violations (by candidates), a final decision will be taken by the EC. The Returning Officers will send the reports and the EC will take action accordingly.

Dakha constituency - most ‘troublesome’

Highly placed sources said that the Returning Officer in the Dakha constituency was worried and had reportedly demanded more inquiry Officers and videographers for tackling the "troublesome" constituency, as maximum complaints had come from this particular constituency.



Poll on school curriculum
Anupam Bhagria/TNS

Ludhiana, January 18
School students in the city are excited about the forthcoming Vidhan Sabha elections. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) (schools) has made election-related activity a part of their FA4 (Formative Assignment 4) activity.

Chiranjeev, Social Studies coordinator for higher classes from BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, said, "In the first semester of class IX we had a chapter on the electoral process. And for class X we have the FA4 activity based on elections."

She added, "We have assigned to the students the projects based on 
the information related to the Vidhan Sabha poll. And on the basis of their presentation, they will be assigned marks."

In Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, the students of different classes have been given the projects based on the Assembly poll.

Abhi, a class VI student, who was busy in making his FA4 project, said, "While making this project, I learnt about the symbols of all the political parties contesting in the Vidhan Sabha elections in five states. It is a very interesting assignment."

Another student said that the project had improved his level of general awareness. "These kinds of projects are interesting as well as educative," he added.

A special poll bulletin has been started at Nankana Sahib Public School, Gill Road. Harmeet Kaur Waraich, Principal of the school, said, "We have not assigned any project to the students as such, but we have made ‘poll bulletin’ as an integral part of our morning assembly. For the past three days, we have been holding this bulletin regularly. The objective is to make the students aware of the forthcoming Vidhan Sabha elections in five states. We will continue this exercise till the elections are over."



Mystery shrouds death of newly wed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 18
Mystery shrouds the death of a 19-year-old newly wed who was found hanging from a ceiling fan at her one-room quarter in Bagat Singh Nagar near the Pakhowal road here today.

Suman was married to Rajinder nearly two years ago. The couple was childless. According to the police, the incident took place last night. Rajinder Kumar, who works as a peon at a local factory unit, stated to the police that he returned home and was shocked to find his wife hanging from the ceiling fan.

He raised an alarm and informed the neighbours about the incident. The police was informed about the incident in the morning. Rajinder said he had no clue as to why his wife committed suicide.

In the meantime, Surinder, a relative of the victim, has levelled murder allegation against Rajinder and claimed that his niece had not committed suicide, but she was murdered. Surinder said the height of the quarter was barely 6 feet. He claimed that his niece was murdered and her body was hung with the ceiling fan to make it look like a suicide.

However, Rajinder slammed the allegations as baseless and said that Surinder wanted to settle a personal score by levelling false allegations against him.

The police has recorded the statement of both sides and started investigation. The investigating officials said necessary action would be taken after receiving the autopsy report of the victim.



Rs 3 lakh stolen from factory
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 18
In yet another burglary incident, thieves struck at a factory in Transport Nagar here and decamped with cash worth Rs 3 lakh by breaking open the cash safe.

According to Hari Ram Sharma, manager, DRCL Logistics, the theft came to light this morning when workers arrived at the factory unit and were shocked to find the premises ransacked.

The workers raised an alarm and informed the owner about the incident. Soon the police also reached the spot.

Later during investigation, it was found out that the thieves had gained entry inside the premises by creating a hole in the wall. After entering the premises, they broke open locks of the office and fled with the cash.



RTE norms thrown to wind
Gurvinder Singh/Loveleen Bains
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, January 18
In a violation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, all the staff of the government schools wihin the radius of 8 km from Guru Nanak Stadium was directed by the Education Department to attend the opening ceremony of the 57th National School Games Athletics Meet.

Beyond 8 km 75 per cent staff of the schools was directed to attend the opening ceremony.

"If there was some reason for participation in the games, it would make some sense. But, calling the students and staff just for filling the rows of the stadium in such cold weather is uncaring on the part of the government. The government is paying scant regard towards studies," a teacher of a government school said.

"We have already been burdened with election duties on one hand, and now we had to attend this opening ceremony unnecessarily," lamented another teacher. "If we don't get good results for our classes, we'll again be pulled up," he said.

According to Tarsem Dahiya, Chairman, Punjab Educationists Forum, it is wrong on the part of the government to make it compulsory for staff and students to attend the opening ceremony. It would also cause a loss of studies of students, he said.

y Chapter 4 Section 27 of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 bars teachers to be put on any other duty except for Census or Elections on working days. No teacher of a state/fully-aided school shall be deployed for any non-educational purpose except for census, disaster relief duties, elections to the local bodies, state legislatures and Parliament, as the case may be.



Seechewal draws voters’ attention to environment
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 18
Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal has appealed to the voters of the state to bring the issue of environmental protection to the fore during the elections and to make the leaders take a pledge so that after coming to power, they would take steps for the improvement of the environment.

At a press conference held in the city, he said there was a need for proper implementation of the Prevention of Pollution Act, 1974. And accordingly, no industry can start operations without the no-objection certificate of the Pollution Control Board, but the rules of the Act are being flouted, he added.

He said despite the sanction of Rs 2,200 crore by the Central and state governments for environment protection in Punjab, only Rs 400 crore had been released. None of the water treatment plants were functional, despite the fact that the project was scheduled to be completed by November last year. He said 46 sewage-treatment plants should have been installed, but not a single was fully functional until now.

Seechewal said at least 29 political leaders had signed the letters of promise in the state. Despite the protests, the condition of Buddha Nullah continues to be bad and despite several initiatives, industrial waste continues to be discharged into it. He said none of the political parties had been serious about saving the environment.

Gurbhajan Gill, President, Sahit Akademi, who was present on the occasion, said water, air and earth were essential to life and there was a need to protect them collectively. It is an issue that transcends caste and creed, he added.



No bus stop at Doraha town
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, January 18
The Doraha town of Payal the Constituency does not have a bus stand. The buses plying towards Khanna-Ambala side have, practically, no spot to stop for picking-up the passengers. Thus, the passengers stand mid-way, thus posing graver risk to the traffic.

A bus stand was erected by the council only to be demolished by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), claiming that it was built on their space.

“The residents are facing grave problem due to the absence of bus stand .The problem has been brought to the notice of the authorities but to no avail. It is very difficult to stand and wait for the bus without any proper place allocated for it. The passengers, waiting for the bus, are in no way safe,” said prof Parkash Singh of Government College, Karamsar.

“As the bus drivers stop the buses at their own will, the passengers have to stand almost in the middle of the highway. If otherwise, they would have to run to board the bus which involves no less a risk” rued prof Kuldip Singh, a resident of Doraha.

“There have been a number of cases when the passengers, in an attempt to board the bus, fell down and received minor to major injuries. For elderly people, boarding a bus on is no less than a herculean task,” complained Joginder Singh Kirti, another resident.

“Once I had one of the bitter experiences. From that particular day, I never tried to travel in a bus. That day, I had to go to Khanna to meet my daughter. I had to skip at least six to seven buses. Every time, I prepared myself to board the bus, the driver would speed away after stopping at some distance. At last, I succeeded in boarding a bus that started moving as I was boarding it, risking my life,” said an elderly woman of the town.

“Had there been a bus stand, the bus drivers as well as the passengers would have one common spot. Also, there are is no provision of urinals or of drinking water for the passengers,” said prof Gursharanjit Singh of GNN College, Doraha.

First aid post in-charge, Jagdev Singh, said his team had assisted many small and elderly in boarding the buses. “The problem is in no way small. In rainy days, the passengers have no place to stand on the highway. The tough time faced by them seems to be no body’s concern.”

Inderjit Singh Kala, president, Municipal Council, Doraha, said: “We are ready to erect a bus stand at the earliest as possible only if the NHAI specifies its specific limit. A total of five rest rooms have been already been passed but due to six lane, we do not want to take the risk of construction and demolition at the same time.”



Constituency Watch: Gill
Civic amenities distant dream for most villages
Shivani Bhakoo/ Mahesh Sharma
Tribune Reporters
The Pakhowal-Ludhiana road needs to be recarpeted
The Pakhowal-Ludhiana road needs to be recarpeted.
A village pond in the Gill constituency
A village pond in the Gill constituency. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Gill, January 18
Barring a few suburban colonies adjoining Ludhiana city, including unauthorised ones, the reorganised Gill Assembly constituency constitutes totally rural habitations of Ludhiana district.

Having constituted by taking a major chunk of the erstwhile Kilaraipur Assembly segment, the constituency has been carved by including villages from the Ludhiana Rural, Dakha and Payal constituencies.

Kilaraipur, Alamgir, Butahri, Dehlon, Ghabadi, Bhutta, Jarkhar, Jassowal, Kalakh, Lehra, Narangwal, Sangowal, Sarinh, Phullanwal, Ayali Kalan and Ayali Khurad, Tharike and Tibba besides Gill are among the most populated localities having similar problems and issues.

Keeping political allegiance secondary, a random sample of electorate, constituting 1,75,917 voters, described inadequate infrastructure, scarce civic amenities, deteriorating law and order, drug addiction and agriculture and farmer issues as major problems of the area.

Reorganisation process resulted in a situation wherein the development process had virtually remained paralysed for a long period when the elected representatives from the contributing constituencies had started hunting for their new battlegrounds. It was only towards the end of the ensuing term that the civic bodies received grants, which are yet to be utilised in a majority of cases.

Efficient sewerage system, supply of potable water, clean and hygienic surroundings and ideal medical facilities are a distant dream for the residents of at least seventy villages out of a total of 112 villages.

Though a number of professional colleges, including those at Gill, Bhutta, Gopalpur and Narangwal, have been contributing their role in imparting vocational training to the youth of the area on their doorstep, there is no government institute for higher studies in the segment. Residents want that their leaders should impress upon the government to open at least one government degree college in the centre of the segment.

Boasting of the world-famous Kilaraipur Rural Sports and fast coming up Jarkhar Sports Fair, sports lovers want more cluster-wise stadiums and gyms.

Though purely a rural constituency, the electorate constitutes the Jat-Sikh, Hindu and Christians communities, apart from migrants and the Dalits. A lot more needs to be done for the development of the segment. Since it is a new constituency, there is no sitting MLA from the Gill constituency which is a reserved segment.

Candidates speak

Major Issues

Shivalik: I want more villages to be brought under purview of the Municipal Corporation. There is no proper drainage system and sewerage has not properly been laid. My focus will be to provide basic amenities to the people.

Dakha: Bad shape of roads and a poor sewerage are the main concern in this constituency. I have to focus on them. Secondly, I will bring various schemes for the betterment of the Dalits and the downtrodden section in my area.

Poll Plank

Shivalik: On the basis of development projects being accomplished during the tenure of our government, I have been seeking votes. And people have shown great faith in the party and they have assured me of all the cooperation.

Dakha: My poll plank is simple. We want development, corruption-free government, drug-free society and employment to the youth.

Poll Promises

Shivalik: Promises are the same to bring more villages under the MC limit and provide all the basic amenities to the residents here.

Dakha: I have not made any promise. I believe in work. If given a chance, I will come up to the expectations of my voters.

What makes you a better candidate?

Shivalik: I consider myself better as the other contestants have absolutely done nothing for the residents here. I have gone at the grass-roots level, spoken to the villagers, got the real feedback on basis of which I can say that I am certainly better than the others.

Dakha: These will be my fifth elections. I am more experienced. The people have put their trust in me. Whatever promises we do, we fulfil them by heart. Voters are the best persons to decide who is a better candidate.

Chances of winning

Shivalik: I am seeking votes on the basis of my previous performance. I hope voters are well aware about it and they will support me wholeheartedly.

Dakha: We are so happy to see the tremendous response from public. I am very much sure of winning the seat.

youth speak
We want drug-free society, employment

A majority of the youngsters in Gill and other villages seek a “peaceful atmosphere” in the area. Besides, they want employment for the youth and a drug-free society. A group of youngsters said they were fed up with enmity among political parties. “Owing to their rivalry, we are suffering. The major political parties/leaders try to show the muscle power, the peaceful atmosphere is missing," said Gurnam Singh, a young boy of 19 years of age.

Besides, the youth wants a drug-free environment in the villages. "There is no dearth of money here in Gill. There are landlords who have got plenty of land but a good population of youngsters has been hooked on to drugs. We want to have a leader, who must realise the mindset of the youth, channelise his energies in a positive way. Youngsters get drugs easily through several channels, this should be curbed," said another youngster, who did not wish to be quoted.

The young boys in the Gill constituency also said there should be an educational institution for girls, who had to go far-off to get higher education. "The land of Guru Nanak Engineering College has also been donated by the residents of Gill and the college has been providing education to rural youngsters. We want another such institution for girls so that they get higher education on their doorstep,” they said.

While many youngsters said it was painful when Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) had acquired a huge chunk of land of farmers a few months ago. "But farmers were paid less in the deal. We want a representative who should understand the plight of residents and provide suitable solutions," said Gurjeet Singh, an unemployed youth.



Change in import duty of gold can lead to rise in price
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 18
Import duties on gold and silver have now been linked to prices, which can result in an increase in rates on the precious metals. The import duty on gold has been changed to 2 per cent of value from the earlier flat Rs 300 per 10 grams and of silver to 6 per cent of value from Rs 1,500 per kg.

At current price levels of the gold, the move could potentially boost customs revenue and discourage imports, giving some short-term relief to the rupee.

Janak Lal Jain, a jeweler at Sarafan Bazar said the move could curb imports and lead to a revival of smuggling. “Gold is one of the major commodities that we import. If prices increase, there could be a fall in demand. Only time will tell whether the demand declines or remain the same,” he added.

Another jeweller, Sukhram Verma, said: “India is the largest buyer of the gold in the world. The move will definitely hit the demand. It will take time for the people to accept the change in duties.”

“This could encourage smuggling of the gold. If import duties are prohibitive, people will find other ways to bring gold into the country. India, the world's biggest consumer of bullion, has changed the import duty which will further lead to increase in the prices and the chances of gold being smuggled into the country are getting higher after this change,” added another jeweller at Mall Road.

Commenting upon the change in duty, a senior central excise and customs officer, said, “The old rates were prevailing for the past few years. In a couple of years, prices have increased considerably, so the change has been made to bring the duties in line with market prices”.



First phase of hectic marriage session grips city, surroundings
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 18
With the advent of Makar Sakranti, the hectic phase of solemnising marriages has begun from January 15 which will conclude on March 12.

Earlier, the marriage season concluded on December 16, 2011.

A city based astrologer said, "This is the first hectic phase of solemnising marriages while the remaining four phases will be from April 15 to April 26, June 15 to July 12, July 20 to August 13, September 17 to September 26, October 28 to November 11 and November 16 to December 9."

Due to marriage season on the peak, many marriage palaces of the city have already been booked.

Amarjit Singh Sant, president of the Ludhiana Marriage Palace Association said, "Although the marriage palaces are booked for all the auspicious days, but in this month there is a huge rush is on January 19, 20, 21, 28 and 29. The maximum marriages are held during a festival. Like on January 28, it is ‘Basant Panchami’, so almost all the marriage palaces will witness huge rush for wedding parties."

Interstingly, another astrologer said, "Before the beginning of marriage season, the palace owners come to us for knowing the auspicious dates.

After that they tell the customers that their palaces are already booked on these dates and thus earn a good amount."

However, Amarjit said: "It is not like that. Whenever, any customer comes to us, he also asks for concession through his own contacts and things remain the same for us."



Sink differences for time being: Mahila Cong chief
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, January 18
The Punjab Mahila Congress is all geared up to mobilise support for the party candidates in the coming Assembly elections. All office-bearers of the state unit, including the vice-presidents, general secretaries and organising secretaries, have been assigned two districts each where they will reach out to the electorate with the policies and programmes of the Congress in a bid to seek their mandate.

This was stated by Malti Thapar, state president of the Congress women’s wing, while addressing a state-level meeting of the party office-bearers and district presidents. She said the state functionaries of the party, along with the office-bearers of the district and ward units of the respective districts, will fan out in all the Assembly segments to garner support for the party nominees.

Without naming the dissidents, some of whom, she said, were reported to be working for party rebels or independent candidates, Thapar made a fervent appeal to all the party activists to sink their differences and forget the dissent for the time being.

"The allocation of party tickets is the prerogative of the party high command, and the process stands completed. Now, all the party functionaries are duty bound to canvass for the official candidates and ensure their victory so that the Congress forms the next government in Punjab. Once the party is voted to power, the leadership will see to it that the activists of the Mahila Congress, including the aspirants for party tickets, are suitably adjusted on other political posts in various government boards and corporations," Malti Thapar said.

She exhorted the party functionaries to put in their earnest and united efforts to mobilise support for the Congress candidates and ensure their victory. "We are fighting a decisive battle which will determine the fate of the state for the next five years. There is no time to relax or take things lightly. All the office-bearers and workers of the party ought to put in their best efforts and aim at winning the elections."



Another folk singer joins in Cong candidate’s campaign
Our Correspondent

Khanna, January 18
After Babbu Maan, now Sukhi Brar, another Punjabi folk singer, has joined in the campaign of Congress candidate from Khanna Gurkirat Singh Kotli.

Sukhi accompanied Kotli during his tour of about six villages in the area. Addressing the villagers at Harion Kalan, Sukhi gave the credit of bringing normalcy in Punjab to the assassinated Chief Minister Beant Singh. She revealed that if Beant Singh had not acted strictly during the period of terrorism, the image of Punjab would have been different. She said the grandson of the slain Chief Minister, Gurkirat, is the right candidate to get their votes.



SAD candidate weighed against coins
Our Correspondent

Khanna, January 18
Ranjit Singh Talwandi, SAD candidate from Khanna, was today weighed against coins at different places in the local Grain Market. Workers of the SAD and the BJP were also present in good numbers at the market. Talwandi claimed that the Akali-BJP alliance had set new examples of development in the state.

He blamed the Congress for the ills in the state. He claimed after the alliance again came in power in Punjab they would set new examples of development and the problems of the aarthiyas and other business communities would be solved on a priority basis. He promised that after the formation of the next Akali-BJP government they would declare Khanna a district.



Poll buzz

No grudge against election panel

Rakesh Pandey, the Congress candidate from the Ludhiana North segment, seems to be an exception as far as stern measures adopted by the EC to check irregularities during the elections are concerned. Pandey says the deserving candidates do not have to resort to any allurements or undesirable means to woo the voters. He addressed nukkad meetings at Guru Har Rai Nagar, Aman Nagar, Akash Nagar, Bajigar Dera, Bharti Colony, Manjit Vihar, Shivpuri and Sandhu Nagar.

Lunch, dinner in car

Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Akali candidate from Sahnewal, has not even a single moment to waste. He begins campaigning at daybreak and continues till late at night. He takes his breakfast, lunch and dinner in his car itself and that too at the time when he is on his way to another village for campaigning. “Taking meals at this time is not as important as meeting the people, especially the common man,” says Dhillon.

Contributed by Kuldip Bhatia and Lovleen Bains



Weather likely to remain foggy
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 18
As the rains have stopped, the city residents heaved a sigh of relief from the biting cold. Though, the weather remains to be chilly but with the halt of rains yet the people seem to be relieved.

Weather experts say the clouds will be clear by tomorrow afternoon, while there are chances of fog in the evening and tomorrow morning. According to available data with the agro-meteorological department at PAU, the minimum temperature in the past 24 hours hovered around 8.4 degrees Celsius while the maximum has been 14.8 degrees Celsius.

Heaving a sigh of relief, the residents said the incessant rains had added more miseries. "Due to the chilly winds and rains, the life had come to a standstill. Though the temperature has not increased yet we are relieved that weather is little bit cleared," said Satwinder Singh, a college going student.



Management programme held at LMA
Tribune News Service

Nicholas Nugent, professor, Harvard University, speaks during the function at LMA, Ludhiana
Nicholas Nugent, professor, Harvard University, speaks during the function at LMA, Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, January 18
A one-day ‘Management Development Programme’ was held at Ludhiana Management Association, here today. The programme was conducted by Dr Nicholas, professor Harvard University, the USA.

The topic of the discussion was “Marketing Strategies in the Present Global Scenario”.

While interacting with the participants and the members of the LMA Dr Nugent elaborated on the marketing strategies of the companies worldwide.

He said apart from the normal tools of marketing like mailers, new and innovative tools should be used. He also showed the risk ratings of various countries.

Around 75 entrepreneurs and senior executives from all over Punjab were present in the programme.



DCE to host national seminar on higher education
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, January 18
A national seminar on ‘Higher Education in India: Where are We Heading’ is being organised at Doraha College of Education (DCE) on January 21.

Dr Sandeep Sawhney, principal, Doraha College of Education, said that the 21st century has brought about several changes in the higher education sector. “In order to discuss the ongoing trends in the higher education, academicians of repute from Punjab, Haryana,

Himachal Pradesh, and Chandigarh would be presenting their papers on various sub-themes, such as, Impact of Globalisation on Higher Education, Role of Private Sector in Higher Education, Quality Concerns in Higher Education, Expanding Roles of Women in Higher Education and Future of Teacher Education in India”. The discussion on these topics would be highlighted in a book on Higher Education in India, he added.

The seminar would be inaugurated by Prof AK Saihjpal, Vice-Chancellor, Baddi University of Emerging Science and Technology. Prof Neshla, director, SSCE, Badhani would be the key note speaker. Prof Vinay Sofat would explore the various sub themes of the seminar.

Prof Deepak Manmohan Singh, director, World Punjabi Centre, Punjabi University, Patiala, would be the chief guest for the valedictory session.



Environmental problems man-made: Experts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 18
A UGC sponsored state-level seminar on ‘Environmental Degradation: Impact and Remedies’ was organised by the department of botany, Government College for Women, Ludhiana, here today. Prof Amrik Singh Ahluwalia, chairperson, department of botany and dean, students welfare, Panjab University, Chandigarh, was the chief guest and Prof RK Kohli, dean, research, Panjab University, Chandigarh, was the keynote Speaker.

Prof FC Shukla (Retd) was the resource person on the occasion . Eminent environmentalist Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal shared his invaluable views and experiences on environment with the delegates in the afternoon session. Principal Gurminder Kaur accorded a warm welcome to the distinguished guests. Dr Mohinder Kaur Grewal, head, department of botany and the convener of the seminar, introduced the eminent botanists and ecologists to the audience.

Around 90 delegates from different colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh participated in the seminar. Twelve academicians presented their papers on issues related to environmental degradation during the event. The objective of the seminar was to provide a platform to the participants to share their experiences, to generate awareness about environment and also to formulate remedial strategies for tackling environmental problems.

The sub themes were- ‘Degradation in Aerial, Hydrological and Soil Environment’; ‘Impact and Remedies of Noise Pollution’; ‘Waste Management Issues’; ‘Non Conventional energy sources’; ‘Rain-water Harvesting Management’ etc. Prof Kohli made a presentation on ‘How to Protect the Self in Present Day Degraded Environment’. He said that India is a very rich country in terms of solar energy, land and human resources, biological diversity etc; yet environmental problems emanate from economic development, population pressure, illiteracy and poverty.

Two-day workshop

Home science department of Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, organised a two-day workshop to help students get exposure and to give them an opportunity to explore different skills. Dr Rippan Gill Jassal, associate professor, department of human development, College of Home Science, PAU, addressed the students on ‘Problems of Adolescents - Mental and Physical changes'. Later in the day, Amardeep Lall, director, INIFD, conducted a workshop on 'Winter Dressing - selection of appropriate clothing and styles'. On January 17, cooking expert Kavita Kharre gave a demonstration on ‘Baking and Salad Decoration'.

Around 100 students of home science and ECCE benefited from the workshops. Principal Dr Narinder Kaur Sandhu lauded the efforts of Prof Ritu Sood, head of the department, home science, and her team for organising such activities.

Professor elected as member of academic council

Dr Davinderpal Kaur, head of the department, political science, Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, Ludhiana, has a special achievement to her credit by being elected as a member of the academic council, Panjab University, Chandigarh. She received the second highest number of votes. Presently, she is a member of the Board of Studies, Punjab University, member of the senate, Panjab University, and associate fellow, Indian Institute of Advance Study, Shimla. Principal Dr Parveen Kaur Chawla congratulated her for this special achievement. Sr. Swarn Singh, president, College Management Committee, also had words of praise for her.



‘Desi as well as farm eggs have same nutritional value’
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 18
If you get tempted to go for the ‘desi’ brown-shelled eggs instead of the common poultry-farm produced white eggs, put your desires to rest, as there is no difference between the two in terms of nutritional value. Experts from Guru Angand Dev Veterinary and Animal Science University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, revealed that the food value of the two is same. Researchers say that the only difference between them is in their flavour.

Market price of brown-shelled eggs is almost double compared to white eggs. It is a common perception that brown-shelled eggs are superior in food-value than white eggs. “Food value is the same in brown and white-shelled eggs. It is a misconception that brown eggs have more nutrition," said Dr Iqbal Singh Bajwa, head of department, animal genetics and breading.

Jaswinder Singh, nutrition expert from the university said, “The colour of egg depends on its breed, White Leg Horn delivers white eggs, while Road Island Red and other breeds lay brown eggs. Eggs produced in poultry farms are not fertile, so we called them vegetarian egg".

Talking about the importance of eggs, Dr Jaswinder Singh stated, “ On an average, the Japanese consume 344 eggs in a year, as compared to the Indians who consume only 45 eggs annually. The difference between the work-output of the two is enough to prove the ‘power’ of the egg".



It’s raining UAE dates in markets
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 18
Dates from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have made their way to city markets. Premium varieties such as Fard, Dabbas, Lulu, Kheneizi, Bumaan and Barhi are fine-quality dates and melt in one's mouth.

Apart from this, dates with almond, date paste, date syrup and assortments of delicious dates in smooth rich chocolate with different flavours savor one's taste buds and give the ultimate scrumptious experience.

"Imported dates give a rich and yummy flavour to my date and walnut cake. Local dates are sticky but the dates from the UAE are of superior quality and are packed in nitrogen-filled packs. Baking cake with these is easy and my family savours milk with dates during winters," says Sangeeta Jain of the Rajguru Nagar.

These dates are available at stores and some fruit shops. "These dates are one of the most hygienic available in the Indian market. These are processed and packed in a temperature-controlled environment, with automated cleaning, sorting and grading, and packed in high-quality nitrogen-filled packs," says a salesman with a local store.

"Choco-dates have become the favourite dessert of my children. These are delicious and nutritious. During Lohri celebrations recently, I gifted these to my relatives and everybody appreciated these. Date syrup is another product which I regularly use in exotic salads and dishes," says Navneet, a teacher.



Dairy animals need extra care during winters
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 18
Severely cold weather is a particularly unhealthy season for dairy animals. It may modify their body metabolism, thereby predisposing them to diseases. Also, the fodder available during winters is responsible for inducing dietary inadequacies.

Prof CS Randhawa, veterinary medicine, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, reported that the excess or deficiency of phosphorus and copper gets aggravated in domestic animals during the winter season because of the nature of fodder available. This is particularly harmful for calved dairy animals in advanced pregnancy. Symptoms of the disease are passing of red or coffee-coloured urine.

During the early stages there is no marked effect on appetite and milk yield. If not treated, the affected buffaloes become severely anaemic, lose appetite, develop severe constipation and may die. Most of the time dairy farmers fail to notice the symptoms early. It is advised to observe the urine colour of high yielding lactating and advanced pregnant buffaloes daily or every other day.

In case of illness consult the local veterinarian and such animals should be treated with intravenous solution of sodium di-hydrogen phosphate. The veterinarians are advised that this therapy should be combined with usually single intravenous copper injection and regular supplementation of good quality mineral mixture.

For prevention, regular supplementation of good quality mineral mixture to lactating and pregnant buffaloes is required. The incidence of milk fever in freshly calved crossbreed cows also increases during winter. Often such animals respond slowly to calcium solutions. Such animals should be treated with combination of solutions containing calcium, phosphorus and magnesium.



Colourful start to national school games
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

An athlete takes part in the high jump event at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana
An athlete takes part in the high jump event at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, January 18
The 57th edition of the National School Athletics Championship being organised, jointly by the Punjab Education Department and the Punjab Sports Department got off to a colorful start at the Guru Nanak Stadium, here today.

The Secretary Education, Punjab, Husan Lal, inaugurated the mega event in which nearly 3,000 participants (boys and girls U-14, U-17 and U-19 years) are vying for top honours.

The chief guest took the salute from the participants at the march past. Some of the participants from southern states were seen shivering while taking part in the ceremonial march past.

The main attraction of the opening ceremony was bhangra and giddha by the school children. Officials of the education department, Punjab, along with those from the sports department besides, a large number of the students drawn from the different schools of the Ludhiana district, were present on the occasion.


Thara from Kerla, U-19 (girls) in 3000 mts bagged 1st position with 10.10.7 mts. Chitra Kerla bagged 2nd position with 10.32.3 mts.

Joyti saini from Punjab stood 3rd with 10.37.2mts

In U-17 girls, Varsha from Kerla stood first in 3000 mts with 10.28.8 mts.

Vidhya from Kerala bagged 2nd position with 10.28.9 mts.

Arati Patil from Maharashtra stood 3rd with 10.35.5 mts.

In U-17 boys, 3000 mts Rahul Chhikara from Haryana bagged 1st in 9.00.1 mts.

Rahul from Delhi bagged second position 9.00.2 mts.

Roop Chandra pal from Utter Pradesh stood 3rd with 9.02.9 mts.

U-14 boys, long jump, Sanjay Bauri from West Bengal bagged 1st position 6.47 mts.

Rahul Singh from Orrissa stood 2nd with 6.28 mts.

Yogendra Singh of Rajsthan bagged 3rd position with 6.12mts.

U-17 girls’ discus throw, Joyti from Haryana bagged Ist position with 40.10 mts Anushi Desai from Maharashtra stood 2nd by 33.94 mts. Priyanka from Karantka bagged 3rd position by 33.08 mts.



Players faint in 3000 mt event
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Athletes from different states take part in 3000 mt event
Athletes from different states take part in 3000 mt event. Tribune Photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, January 18
The 3000 mt event took a toll on athletes during the opening day of 57th National School Meet at Guru Nanak Stadium. The girl athletes were seen slipping and falling after loosing their stamina.

The collapsing of players also exposed the callous attitude of paramedical staff, who kept napping on their chairs instead of rushing to help the fainting athletes.

Nearly three athletes, who fainted during the event after loosing stamina, were offered help either by the fellow athletes and or by the organisers of the athletics meet.

The players voiced their resentment against the paramedical staff, who preferred to sit under shelter instead of being present on the field.

"We had to ask for the treatment. They were shying from entering in the field as if it would disgrace them," said a girl athlete, who fainted in the event.

On the other hand, the athletes, who fell during the race, too, had to face criticism.

The coaches blamed those declining physical standards behind the poor performance.

"The cold setting is just perfect for such a long distance race, if they were fainting, they should better sit at home and make rooms for others," said a coach.



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