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Raids on, but no clues in DSP murder case
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
The police seems to be groping in the dark as no vital clues have been found in the sensational double murder of Moga DSP Balraj Gill and a local resident Monika Kapila at a farmhouse on February 2. Even after five days of the murder, which shocked the city, the police has not made any progress in the investigation.

The police today conducted search operations at dairy complexes and some houses on the Hambran road in an attempt to get some lead.

The police said search operations were conducted under the supervision of higher officials at around 4 am. Even after 10 hours of intensive search operations, the team did not find any clues that could help crack the case.

A police official said on the condition of anonymity that door-to-door search operations were conducted and names and addresses of residents were taken on record. “We are making every possible effort to work on each and every theory. Senior officials in the city are coordinating and supervising investigation, but we are still to reach any conclusion,” he said.

A retired professor from the PAU, commenting on the sensational murder, said: “The murderers or their accomplices come to the spot and leave the vehicles of the victims behind and get away easily, and the police is clueless.

“What is the use of putting up check posts or nakas when criminals roam around conveniently? The Punjab Police had succeeded in rooting out militancy in the state. This is only one case. They should solve it at the earliest so that the grieving families of the deceased could get some sense of closure.”


NOC must from building branch for TS1 certificate
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
To check the increasing menace of illegal buildings in the city, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) has changed the criteria for getting a TS1 certificate. The building owner would now have to get a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the building branch as well for the TSI certificate. At present, an NOC is required only from the water supply, sewerage and house tax departments for getting the TS1 certificate.

With these new orders, the MC hopes to keep a check on the increasing number of buildings which are not constructed as per the bylaws. Besides, it would also be generating revenue for the cash-strapped civic body.

As per the new orders, if any of the building branch official gives an NOC for any building that violates the bylaws or without inspecting it, action would be taken against the person concerned. This decision was taken at a recent meeting chaired by MC Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi.

The MC issues the TS1 certificate as an NOC, which means that a person has to clear the dues with the water supply, sewerage and house tax departments, before this certificate is issued.



C forms to go online from next financial year
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
Much to the relief of traders, the excise and taxation department will make C forms available online from the next financial year. This was announced by the Excise and Taxation Commissioner, A Venu Parsad, yesterday during a meeting with the excise department officials.

It is mandatory for the traders engaged in inter-state transactions to fill C forms with their quarterly VAT returns. But these forms are generally out of stock with the department and some businessmen would buy these from the neighbouring states.

While addressing the meeting, the Excise and Taxation Commissioner said that from the next financial year, the C forms would be made available online. “Now, there will be no need for the traders to go to the excise and taxation department for buying the forms. These forms will be made available online and one can fill the forms online. The hard copy of the forms will not be required to be filled,” he said.

Commenting on the development, Harvinder Singh, who is engaged in inter-state trade, said he was relieved over the announcement. “C forms were usually not available with the excise department. Traders use to make various rounds of the department for getting the forms. Filing these forms online would be an easy and a hassle-free task now,” he said.

The president of the taxation Young Lawyers Association, J Khurana, said it was a welcome step by the government. “Getting these forms from the excise department was a difficult task.

“Sometimes, we would get the forms printed for our clients. Traders were always left in the lurch at the last minute. Filing these forms online will save the time of the traders and the department will also get the forms on time,” he stated.



Audit dept indicts GLADA on mobile towers
Says failed to enforce building regulations
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 7
The Greater Area Development Authority (GLADA) is under fire from the audit department for failure to enforce building regulations with respect to the installation of communication towers on commercial, industrial and institutional sites within its area of jurisdiction.

The audit department has taken note of the inaction on the part of the GLADA authorities to regularise the structures (mobile communication towers) which had been put up without obtaining the mandatory permission and payment of Rs 1 lakh per tower, with a further renewal fee of Rs 50,000 per year thereafter.

“Not only this, GLADA has even failed to act against those who had put up towers on residential properties, which is a blatant violation of the policy framed for this purpose,” the audit report has pointed out.

Copies of the internal and external audit report of GLADA for the year 2010-11, obtained by an RTI activist, Arvind Sharma, says that as per the records of the building and enforcement branch of GLADA, 23 communication towers had been installed in an unauthorised manner by various telecom service providers within the jurisdiction of GLADA.

The audit reports indicts GLADA for failure to take any punitive action against the property owners who had permitted the installation of the mobile towers without obtaining a nod from GLADA and paying the stipulated fee of Rs 1 lakh. “The inaction has led to a revenue loss of Rs 23 lakh as application fee and another Rs 50,000 every year as renewal fee for those towers which have been in existence from two to 10 years,” the report says.

The audit department has pointed out that had the GLADA authorities invoked the provisions of the policy for communication towers and issued notices to the property owners for getting the structures regularised, the loss of revenue (application fee and renewal fee) could have been plugged. The report has also taken unkindly to the 10 towers which had been erected on residential properties in violation of the policy.

GLADA officials said a detailed report had been sought from the field staff of the building and enforcement branch and action would be taken against the defaulters.



MC fails to locate missing file, FIR registered
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
After Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) officials failed to locate a file related to the construction of its Zone D building, which is allegedly an encroachment on a green belt, the civic body has written to the police department to register an FIR in this regard. Officials at the Sarabha Nagar police station said since the file was missing, they had made an entry in their register.

On May 30 last year, a city resident, Kuldeep Singh Khaira, had filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act for seeking details about the zone D building, including plot number, name of the building, name of the owner, date and number of sanction of site plan and certificate, total area covered, number of basements, permissible height of the building, minimum parking area, and class of registered architect/building designer to occupy building in pursuant of Section 272 of the Punjab Municipal Act, 1976.

In its reply, the MC officials had claimed that the file concerned was “missing”. On December 13, the State Information Commission (SIC) had directed the MC to locate the file by January 31. The commission had also ordered that if the MC officials failed to recover the file, an FIR should be registered with the police department, a copy of which should be submitted to the commission on February 9, which is the next date of hearing.

MC Superintending Engineer Dharam Singh said after the SIC orders, a communique was sent to the Sarabha Nagar police station for registering an FIR. “Now, it is up to the police to register an FIR,” he said.

Brij Mohan, Station House Officer (SHO) of the Sarabha Nagar police station, confirmed to have received a copy of the communique from the MC. “They have just written that some file is missing and we have recorded the entry in our resister,” he said.

The complainant in the case, Kuldeep Khaira, said an inquiry had already been submitted to senior MC officials. “But the senior officials have not mentioned the names of those officials who had handled the file at the time it went missing. Instead, in the complaint forwarded to the police department, they have just mentioned that action should be taken against unknown persons, which is false. How can a file just disappear and the entire civic body cannot locate it?” he asked.

Info panel order

On December 13, the State Information Commission (SIC) had directed the Municipal Corporation to locate the file by January 31. The commission had also ordered that if the MC officials failed to recover the file, an FIR should be registered with the police department, a copy of which should be submitted to the commission on February 9, the next date of hearing in the case.



Second semester begins, but result of first still to come
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
Postgraduate students of various colleges affiliated to Panjab University, Chandigarh, are in a state of confusion as studies for the second semester have begun, but the result of the first semester is still awaited. The examination of the first semester of postgraduate classes took place in the month of December and the second semester started on January 5. Almost a month has passed, but Panjab University is yet to declare the result of the first semester examinations.

Talking to The Tribune, a senior teacher of a college said: “This time, Panjab University did not opt for table-marking and sent answersheets for checking to the teachers directly. The teachers have been sent 400 to 500 answersheets for checking. So, the delay by the university in sending the answersheets is the main reason behind the delay in the declaration of the results as it is a time-consuming process. It is difficult to check so many answersheets during working days.”

Another teacher remarked: “During table-marking, we used to check the answersheets in the college itself and did not take classes. But now we are doing multiple jobs -- teaching classes, preparing our lectures and then checking the answersheets after going home. It is very taxing for us.”

On the other hand, students are eagerly waiting for their results. There are about 35,000 postgraduate students in the state who appeared in the examination for the first semester for various postgraduate subjects.



Series-VI Field Gunj
Field Gunj a perfect picture of communal harmony
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
Field Gunj is another popular and one of the oldest bazaars of the city which dates back to the pre-Independence times. The Muslim population still dominates this area and the city's famous Jama Masjid is also located here.

Many cloth merchants have opened up their shops and sell suits and sarees while general merchants sell things of daily requirement here. Many shops here sell rumala sahib and chadar as on one side of Field Gunj is Gurudwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib and on the other is Jama Masjid.

Very few in the city will know the fact that the densely populated Field Gunj area is named after General Wakefield who was the deputy commissioner of Ludhiana in the 1880s. The entire Field Gunj area has been divided into kuchas. At present the area is divided into sixteen kuchas.

An old gate mentioning the name of Wakefiled in the year 1882 still stands tall in one corner of Field Gunj. Usmaan, one of the residents of Field Gunj, said the area was named after General Wakefield. Presently, the area has become a part of Ludhiana but during the pre-Independence times it was on the outskirts of the city," added Usmaan.

"We sell both rumala sahib and chadar which are offered at gurudwara and mosque respectively. It is not only that people of both the religions that come to our shop to buy these but they go to both the places to offer their prayers as well. I have seen the changing face of Field Gunj, once the roads here were wide and broad but today it is difficult even to walk through the roads," said Gurdial Singh, a shopkeeper.

Amidst the dense and thickly populated Field Ganj area stands a ram-shackled Jama Masjid, which has been a mute witness to some turbulent moments of history. The mosque has remained a centre of activity during the freedom struggle.

Mustkeem, who has grown up in and around the mosque has a sentimental attachment with the mosque. "It leads to nostalgic memories about our past when things were quite different from what they are today. Ludhiana at the time of partition was a Muslim dominated city," he added.

Although the mosque Trust owns several shops, it does not have much income, which could help in maintaining it properly. The shops had been rented out four and five decades ago and are fetching poor rent besides there is no other source which can help it to be maintained.

If one is talking about Field Gunj then Basant Ice-cream is the place to visit. At present Basant Ice-cream has become a landmark of Field Gunj. Though many outlets of Basant Ice-cream have been opened in various parts of the city but this outlet is the oldest.

Lal Singh founded Basant Kulfi in 1955 on a small scale and made everything with his hands. "Popularly known as "Lalji ki kulfi", he used to sell kulfi on his hand cart at various schools. Later in 1965 he opened a rented outlet in Field Gunj. In the early 70's he along with son made some innovations and came up with fruit ice-cream, gharey wali kulfi and milk badam.

Slice of history

The Field Gunj area is named after General Wakefield who was the then deputy commissioner of Ludhiana in the 1880s. Jama Masjid now in a dilapidated condition has been a spectator to the freedom movement. The central jail now, has given way to the Civil Hospital, while the Kuka Shaheedi Yaadgiri Trust tells tales about the Kuka movement .


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Railway pensioners decry poor facilities at sub-divisional hospital
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 7
Railway pensioners, their family members and defendants, availing medical facilities at the sub-divisional hospital (SDH) here, have urged the Northern Railway authorities to bring about the desired improvement - both in terms of diagnostic and therapeutic equipment and trained medical staff in the hospital which was upgraded last year without adequate provisions of super specialist doctors and supporting staff.

In a memorandum to the Chief Medical Director of the Northern Railway, copies of which have also been sent to the Chief Medical Superintendent of Divisional Hospital at Ferozepur and the Union Ministry of Railways, the Northern Railway Pensioners Welfare Association has pointed out that except for a postgraduate physician (MD), other super specialist doctors and surgeons attend to patients only two days in a week.

Sher Singh, chairman of the association, said since other specialists come from Ferozepur, at times, they fail to make it to the SDH in Ludhiana and the patients waiting for them have to go back disappointed.

Moreover, there is no cardiac consultant attached to the railway hospital, which makes it difficult to diagnose heart ailments at an early stage.



Woman doctor dies as fire breaks out in clinic
Husband too suffers burns in bid to save her
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, February 7
A woman doctor died when a massive fire broke out in a clinic in the Kutba Gate area of Raikot last evening. The doctor husband of the deceased also suffered serious burn injuries while trying to douse the flames.

He has been admitted to a private hospital in Raikot where he is undergoing treatment. According to doctors, there are burn injuries on the hands, face and other parts of the body of Dr Mohan Lal Sharma.

The deceased has been identified as Dr Shushma Sharma while her husband Mohan Lal received burn injuries. The doctor couple was operating a clinic named Sharma Hospital near Kutba Gate of Raikot. It was also learnt that Shushma Sharma was also a patient of paralysis.

A team of top police officials, including SSP Ludhiana (rural) Amar Singh Chahal, DSP Raikot Amrik Singh and SHO Raikot Dilbag Singh reached the spot soon after the incident. Though the exact cause of the fire is not known yet, short circuit is said to be one of the reason.

However, the police is investigating the matter. The police has sent the body of the deceased for a post-mortem examination.

According to sources, the fire broke out when the Dr. Shushma was resting in a rest room situated on the rear side of the clinic. Her husband Mohan Lal Sharma and son were sitting outside the clinic. The fire spread in the whole room within seconds due to highly inflammable material lying there.

According to eyewitness Shivdarshan Sharma, when Mohan Lal heard the cries of his wife he immediately rushed into the clinic. When he reached the room, he found his wife burning. Though Mohan Lal tried hard to douse the fire, but he failed to so. When the fire was brought under control, the woman had sustained serious burn injuries. She was immediately rushed to a hospital where she was declared brought dead.

Dr. Mohan Lal Sharma also received burn injuries while trying to save his wife. He is undergoing a treatment at a private hospital. His situation is stated to be out of danger. The deceased is survived by husband Mohan Lal Sharma, daughter Shivi Sharma (22) and son Vhaghav Sharma (21).



Jagraon park a haven for gamblers, stray animals
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, February 7
The one and only park in the town has been laying in a depleted condition since last many years for lack of proper maintenance by the Jagraon Municipal Council. Though the park is situated exactly in front of the local municipal council office, the authorities concerned have paid no attention towards the maintenance of the park.

The park speaks volumes of the apathy of the concerned authorities towards preserving the park. In absence of the proper maintenance, grass, flower plants and majority of the trees planted in the park have started decaying.

This is the only park present in the town named after great freedom fighter Punjab Kesari Lala Lajpat Rai. The park serves little purpose for the residents. Situated in the middle of the town, this place does not seem like a park in the absence of proper maintenance.

According to local residents, no MC official has ever paid any heed towards their demand of preserving this park. The residents rue that though they have repeatedly requested the MC officials for making arrangements for the maintenance of the park, nothing has been done in this regard so far.

“There is only one park in the town and that too has not beenmaintained. Though we have been requesting the local municipal council since a long time for deploying a gardner for preserving the park, all our requests seem to be falling on deaf ears”, complained Joginder Pal Sharma, a retired teacher.

Some years ago, this park was the favourite place for the residents particularly the senior citizens who used to come here for morning and evening walks. But now a days this park has been proving a safe heaven for gamblers as well as drug addicts.

People can be often seen gambling, playing cards, consuming alcohol and even taking habit-forming drugs on the park premises almost everyday. This is despite the fact that the park is situated just in front of the local MC office. As a result, the common people have stopped visiting the park.

Besides, the presence of stray animals in the park has worsened the situation further. Stray animals can be often seen wandering in the park throughout the day. And this is happening before the eyes of senior officials and elected representatives of the local municipal council.

Though during the birth anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai some time back, the local administration had promised to provide funds for the maintenance of the park. But the local municipal council is still waiting for the fund to be released.

MC president Baldev Krishan Dhir tried to downplay the presence of gamblers in the park saying that some shopkeepers use to play cards in the park in the afternoon. But he failed to give a suitable reply when asked about stray animals wandering in the park.



Polluted nullah taking toll on lives of Badali residents
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khanna, February 7
Residents of Badali village are paying a heavy price due to the polluted water of Mandi Gobindgarh flowing in a nullah passing through the village. About 24 villagers have lost their lives due to cancer and other pollution-related diseases due to the polluted water of the nullah.

Some villagers including Jagroop Singh, Baldev Singh and others spoke of their woes to mediapersons. They said that the polluted water of factories and sewage water of Mandi Gobindgarh was disposed of in this nullah for the past 15 years without any approval. Due to polluted water, the underground water of the village had been polluted and was not fit for human consumption.

The villagers said that they were not using water pumps in the village as polluted water coming out from them. They said that a government tank was set up 2-km from the village. The villagers rued that apart from cancer some other pollution-related water diseases had spread in the villages They said that they had taken up the matter with the officials concerned but nothing had been done in this regard.

When Avtar Singh, XEN, pollution control board, was contacted in this regard he clarified that there was no chemical industry at Gobindgarh and the polluted water flowing in the nullah was the sewer water of Mandi Gobindgarh, Sirhand and Bassi Pathana. He said that they had issued notices to the Municipal Council, Mandi Gobindgarh, and the matter was also taken up at the top level. He said that if the Nagar Councils concerned failed to abide by the notices then they would be prosecuted.



pseb examinations
Datesheet released, but syllabus yet incomplete
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has released the datasheet of classes X and XII examinations, but the syllabus is yet to be completed in government schools. It appears that the teachers now have no other option but to suggest help guides to the students to prepare for the examinations. Some teachers are working overtime to cover the syllabus. Teachers, till recently, were busy in the election process and other non-academic duties, which was the primary reason behind the delay in completing the syllabus.

Acording to the datasheet, examinations of class XII start on March 12, and those of class X will commence on March 20. According to the directions of the education department, the syllabi of all the classes should be complete by the end of January so that revision can be done in month of February.

In the ongoing session, students got one month extra for the preparation of exams in the first semester as the first semester examinations ended in October, a month late. As a result, in the second semester they got lesser time for the preparation. The PSEB says that 40 percent of the syllabus should be covered in first semester and 60 percent syllabus should be covered in second semester.

"The completition of syllabus is not an overnight work. At least one month is required to revise the syllabus. But most of the schools teachers are finding it difficult to complete the syllabus, let alone revisions. So teachers are suggesting the students to take help from the help guides," said a teacher requesting anonymity.

Sukhdarshn Singh, president of Anti-copying Teacher Front said, "Teachers are in a fix because of the announcement of the datesheet. Teachers have to perform because their Annual Confidential Report (ACR) are graded on the basis of school results. But government did not give time to cover the syllabus as they deployed teachers on various non-academic duties. Now we have to work overtime."



Ludhianvis all set for Valentine’s Day
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
Valentine Day is mostly associated with the western culture but in India, many organisations and NGOs protest against the celebrations by the youngsters.

Not giving two hoots to protests, the youngsters seem to be busy making plans to celebrate Valentine Day on February 14. And this time, it is not just the youngsters who are showing excitement and enthusiasm but the married couples too, are making "secret" plans to celebrate the day with their better-halves.

Niharika Anand (name changed), who runs a playway school, said that she had already bought a gift for her husband, as on February 14, it would be their fifth wedding anniversary, too. "The day brings happy memories for both of us. We celebrate it with a lot of excitement and enthusiasm. We certainly do not follow the western culture still it is an occasion to show love and warmth for someone special in one’s life. I have hosted a small surprise party for my husband. I am sure he will like it", said Niharika.

"Special" plans are being made by the youngsters and married couples. Though for the married ones, going on a "geri" route will not be a problem but the unmarried youngsters are finding it too difficult to celebrate the day with their "Valentines".

Sangita, a college-going student said that she wanted to celebrate the day with her friends but she would take part in the celebrations only if her parents allowed. "I know my limitations and I wish to celebrate the day in a decent manner. We will go to a coffee shop and sit for sometime together. But seeking permission from my parents is a must", said Sangita.

Ludhianvis look for an opportunity to celebrate the occasion in different ways. Going with the notion, women aged between 30-40 years have made various plans for the day. Some of them plan to go for a movie together, while others have planned to organise lunch and tea parties with friends.

"We have already decided for the dress code, too. This time it will not be red or black, the group of about 10 kitty friends have decided to wear pink-colour outfits. There should be some change from the normal routine to make the day memorable", said Gagan Singh, a local resident.



Professing it with a rose
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
The first dash of the Valentine’s season began with the Rose Day celebrations in the city. Many roses were exchanged by the city residents today.

Holiday on account of Guru Ravidas Jayanti proved to be a damp squib for the Rose Day celebrations in schools and colleges in the city. Some of the students celebrated the day by exchanging flowers yesterday while some others plan to celebrate the day tomorrow. He has already given roses to his friends, but will give some tomorrow to those who couldn't meet today, he says.

But the charm of roses remains as florists in the city saw a brisk sale of roses in the city. "We received orders in the morning. Some purchased the roses themselves, while we also got the orders to get them delivered at homes," said a florist on Pakhowal Road.

For many residents, roses are the best of the flowers. "I just love roses. The fragrance of redolent roses is unmatched," says Manpreet, a teacher. "Although I like roses of different varieties and colours, but deep red roses are simply the best," she says.

Raman, a resident of Dugri, believes that all the best things that exist in nature come in many varieties. "Mangoes and citrus fruits for instance, come in so many delicious varieties. Roses too enchant with their fragrant varieties," she says.



Stamps which look good, smell even better
Postal dept released fragrant rose stamp in 2007
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
The Indian postal services had released fragrant stamps on roses in 2007, but not many people are aware about these stamps. The few collectors in the city who have these stamps say that the Rose Day for them is incomplete without looking at and feeling these stamps. These stamps are on four different varieties of roses including Bhim, Delhi Princess, Jawahar and Neelam, and are of the denominations of Rs 5, 15, 5, 15 respectively. Almost five years after the release of these stamps, they still retain the fragrance.

These stamps are cherished by the collectors, and are one of their most prized possessions. Being an avid collector, Yashpal Bangia has a special collection of stamps, and on various themes. For him these stamps are special not only for their beauty, but also because they are fragrant. But youngsters today in the city are not much aware of these stamps.

Seventeen-year-old Kunal Sharma says that although he has seen some of the people collecting stamps, but he hasn't heard anything about any stamps with fragrance. Depanshu says he has gone to the post office barely a couple of times.

Although stamps seem to be interesting, he says, that since he rarely posts letters, he doesn't have to use stamps too often. Jasraj feels that the government has to take steps to arouse the interest of today’s youth towards stamps. Maybe release stamps in the electronic form, he says. Shubham says that he would like to buy the stamps if he comes across such stamps.

Bangia says that philately is a very educational hobby and must be encouraged amongst children these days.

As stamps are released to commemorate important occasions and to honour extraordinary people, they are special, he says.



Australian students visits medical college
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
Two students from the Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, today visited the Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana.

The students, Nicholas Malouf and Matthew Watson, have been in CMC as part of an educational and cultural tour and were very impressed by the medical facilities of the hospital, and the warmth and friendliness of the people of the region. They attended various sessions in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, general surgery, plastic surgery, neurosurgery and the Betty Cowan Research wing. They said that the departments here were truly amazing and on par with the West. They were quite impressed with the high level of medical education here.

Both felt that India was a fascinating and vibrant country. The students also visited Golden temple.



Food festival at GADVASU
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) will organise a food festival at the campus on February 10. The food-festival will display and sell value added products prepared from milk, fish, chicken meat, duck meat etc.

Giving details about the festival, Dr Asha Dhawan, dean, College of Fisheries, said that the university was conducting such a festival for the first time. It has been organised with the combined efforts of the College of Fisheries, College of Dairy Science, and College of Veterinary Sciences. All the stalls will be put-up by the university itself.

A professor at GADVASU said that the value-added products could be very beneficial to the farmers. "For example, a carp fish is available in the market for Rs60 per kg. If we get two kilograms of carp fish, we can make mutton, and, from its bones, fish meal and oil can be extracted, which sells at Rs200 per kg. Farmers can adopt certain technologies to extract the maximum benefits out of these products," he said.



from schools
Athletics meet enters second day

Ludhiana: The annual athletic meet of the kindergarten and primary sections of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, entered second day today. Different sports events, were held on this occasion . These included shopping race, cone race, relay race, crab race, roll-the-ball, obstacle and zigzag.

Parents and even gran-parents of wards participated in some events with great enthusiasm. Mothers participated in ‘roll-the-hoop’, fathers in obstacle race, and grand fathers in brisk race.

The winners were given away medals and certificates.

Play school event

Cherry lane play school organised an event titled ‘Welcome to Spring Season’ in the school premises today. Children were given information about changing seasons during the function.

The school premises was colourfully decorated with flowers and balloons. The staff took the children around the school campus, showed them different flowers in garden, informing them about the new season. All the children wore yellow clothes and brought flowers for their teachers.

Valediction ceremony

It was an emotional occasion as the pioneer batch of Sat Paul Mittal School, the Spartans 2012, were bid adieu by the students of class XI here today. A valediction ceremony was organised in the school premises wherein the students of class XI presented a splendid cultural fiesta. The occasion was graced by the presence of Bhupinder Gogia, principal, Sat Paul Mittal School. The evening witnessed a rocking dance performances by ‘desi boyz’ , ‘dancing divas’, and a solo song recital .The students of class XII looked dazzling and impressed everyone with their élan and ramp walk. The ramp walk was followed by a question-answer round wherein the students answered the questions of judges with poise. In her address to the passing batch, principal Bhupinder Gogia, expressed firm faith in the ideals and values bestowed by the school and hoped that the spirit of a true Satyan will remain alive in the students forever, they will prove their mettle by their achievements in the world. She exhorted them to dare, emerge, unfold and unveil their potential, and to dream and soar high.

On the threshold of a new beginning with new challenges and achievements, the pioneer batch of Class XII expressed their gratitude to their alma mater for shaping and moulding them into responsible and good individuals and promised to abide by the principles and traditions infused in them by the school.

The annual cultural extravaganza was followed by a special candle ceremony in which the students of outgoing batch lit the candles and handed them over to fellow Satyans of class XI as a symbol of passing the legacy and honour of the school.



Ludhiana scan

The 40th International Mushaira “Jashan-E-Sahir” will be held in the city on March 3. Hamid Ansari, Vice-President of India will be the chief guest on this occasion. Mushaira will be organised by the Adeeb International and Nehru Sidhant Kender Trust on the 90th birth anniversary of Sahir Ludhianvi.

Birth anniversary

The 635th Birth anniversary of Bhagat Ravidas was celebrated at Bharat Neterheen Sewak Samaj at Gill Road. On that occasion number of blind persons paid tribute to Bhagat Ravidas. Gurbani Keertan was performed by various Ragis.

Ravidas Jayanti

Historical Gurdwara Gau Ghat Patshahi Pehli celebrated the birth anniversary of Bhagat Ravidas with great zeal and enthusiasm. Head Granthi Sohan Singh threw light on the life of Bhagat Ravidas.

12-year-old hit by bulldozer

A 12-year-old boy sustained serious injuries after a bulldozer hit him from behind in the Tiba Road area here. The student identified as Sahil was returning home from school when he was hit by a bulldozer (JCB). The construction vehicle was driven by Vishal. He was nabbed by residents and thrashed. Sahil was rushed to the hospital. His condition was stated to be serious. — Tribune reporters



Preparations in place for Kila Raipur sports
Games to begin on February 9; formal inaugration on February 10

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 7
With organisers of the 76th edition of the Kila Raipur Sports Festival, also known as Mini Olympics, still busy in preparations, sports enthusiasts have started visiting the stadium ahead of formal commencement of the mega event on Thursday.

Visitors include farmers, students and owners of bullocks and dogs. Members of various teams of Kabaddi, hockey and athletics have reached from world over.

A large number of sports enthusiasts visited the Grewal Sports Stadium, Kila Raipur, the venue for the world-famous rural sports, today. While the farmers and owners of bullocks came to “check” the preparations, employees and students made use of the holiday today to see the preparations.

Deepak Sharma of Lohgarh village, whose bullocks had been participating in the fair for many years, said he had brought his bullocks ahead of the event so that they (bullocks) become familiar with the tracks.

“As one of my bullocks is participating in the race first time, I thought of bringing the pair to the stadium ahead of the event,” said Sharma.

Paramjit Singh Grewal, secretary of the association, said arrangements for comfortable stay of sportspersons coming from foreign countries and other states had been completed.

While some teams have already reached, others will be arriving on Wednesday. The organisers have deputed special teams of volunteers to receive teams at the airport, railway station and bus stands. Though the event will be inaugurated on Friday, competitions for “time bullock races” will be held on Thursday.

Sports lovers will see the country's top sportspersons in action this time. The top hockey teams like the Punjab Police, BSF, ITBP, CISF and other top teams have already confirmed their participation. The organisers have enhanced the prizes for winners and runners-up to Rs 1 lakh and Rs 75,000 respectively.

Prize money for other events have almost been doubled. Kabaddi winners and runners up will receive Rs 1,50,000 and Rs 1,00,000 and first-four winners in the bullock-cart race will take away Rs 1,00,000, Rs 75,000, Rs 51,000 and Rs 41,000.

More than 5,000 sportspersons, both in Olympic and traditional style, are expected to participate according to the organisers. Grey hound races, mule-cart races, tug of war, Loading unloading a tractor-trailer, gymnastics, cycle races and hockey tournament for girls, boys are other listed events. Meanwhile, the Grewal Sports Association (GSA) organised a press conference in Ludhiana today in which the office-bearers gave detailed information of this mega rural sports extravaganza.

Paramjit Singh Grewal, honorary general secretary, GSA, informed that a total cash prize of Rs 25 lakh would be given to the position holders in different games and those in the bullock-cart races. Punjab chief minister, Parkash Singh Badal along with a union minister are expected to be the guests of honour on the concluding day.



Mamta brings laurels to city
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
Once again Mamta Rana (21) of Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Gujjar Khan campus, has brought laurels to her college and city as she has won a silver medal in the All India Inter University Power Lifting Competition that was held in Guru Nanak Dev University recently.

In this competition, players from different universities had participated and Mamta won silver medal in 72-kg weight category. Mamta is delighted with her success and she feels that she missed the gold with a little margin. This was not for the first time that she had performed well as earlier during the inter-college competition of Panjab University she won gold medal and her college team became the inter-college champions. Four years ago, Mamta had started practicing power lifting in her college and she use to dedicate six hours of the day on her practice under the supervision of coach, Amarjeet Singh.

"Power lifting is my passion and I want to make a career in this game. I feel that I am perfect for this game and I will represent the country in power lifting at the international level very soon" said Mamta. Earlier, Mamta had won a gold medal in the national bench press competition in 2011 and along with that in the same years she won gold medal in The North India Power Lifting Championship that was held at Patiala. From last three years she is winning gold medal in the inter-college power and weight lifting competition. Talking about the women participation in games Mamta said, "Girls can also perform well in the game like power lifting and weightlifting like men. Mostly boys use to play these games but I feel that girls can also do well in this game if they play this energetic game with determination".

A student of post graduation course, Mamta said, "Now I am focusing on the Asian Power Lifting Championship".



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