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MC demolition drive goes bust
Team returns after being told prime land belongs to Centre
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
After some resistance from Congress councillors as well as BJP leaders, Ludhiana Municipal Corporation officials, who had gone to demolish some “illegal” shops located at a park in the Ghumar Mandi area, had to return empty-handed. The MC officials returned after shopkeepers gave them a representation, which claimed that they had obtained a stay order from the court.

However, the MC officials claimed that before conducting the drive, they wanted to ensure if the shopkeepers had a stay order. But the question which arises is why was the MC team not aware about the status of the 2,200 sq-yard land where the shops are located.

Accompanied by a heavy police force, senior MC officials reached the spot, where a group of Congress councillors led by Bharat Bhushan Ashu and others were also present. They told the MC team to return as the this land was “owned” by the Central government.

“The MC has no locus standi on this piece of land, which is owned by the Centre. The MC has no authority to conduct any demolition drive here. We objected to the drive and asked the officials to first check the status of the land and then take action,” claimed Bharat Bhushan Ashu.

A senior MC official informed that for the past several years, this piece of prime land worth crores of rupees, had been a “park” in the town planning scheme. A few years ago, some vegetable stall owners started using the land and due to the failure of the municipal authorities in checking these alleged encroachments and maintaining the park, they slowly constructed shops on the land.

MC Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi said the shopkeepers had submitted a representation. “We will study it thoroughly because we do not want to take any wrong step. Action would be taken only after we study the matter,” he said.

Poll ‘hangover’

Politicians still seem to be in the grip of poll fever. After the Congress candidate from the Ludhiana West constituency, Bharat Bhushan Ashu, reached the spot and supported the shopkeepers, BJP candidate Rajinder Bhandari also reached the spot after some time. Bhandari said he went there after he received a call from area residents. “I don’t really know the issue, but if people need my help, I will definitely go and stand by them,” he said.


DSP Murder Case
Distraught children coping with loose talk too
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

The farmhouse where DSP Balraj Singh Gill and Monica Kapila were found murdered
The farmhouse where DSP Balraj Singh Gill and Monica Kapila were found murdered. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, February 8
As if the brutal murder of their parents in a farmhouse near the Hambran road was not enough, the insensitivity of residents who are lapping up the alleged link-up stories of Moga DSP Balraj Singh Gill and Monica Kapila have spelt doom for their three children.

The son of the slain DSP and Monica’s daughter are students of class X and both could not appear for their pre-board examinations in their respective schools. Monica’s son is 12 years old and a promising badminton player.

Sources said Gill’s son and wife were so depressed by the constant stories of the alleged affair (that has not been proved yet) that they left for Agra to find solace in their spiritual guru’s presence.

A family member requesting anonymity said: “The board exams for class X are scheduled for February 22. The family is fearing that the DSP’s son is not in a proper frame of mind to appear for the examination. He wants to become a fighter pilot and had been studying hard.”

On the other hand, Monica’s son and daughter are still in a state of shock. Residents of the locality said ever since the murder of their mother, the two children had not stepped out of the house.

A badminton player said both the children are promising badminton players and had won accolades for the city at the state and national-level competitions.

A college professor, KBS Sodhi, criticising the attitude of a section of residents, stated: “We are more or less living in an organised Taliban society. We may be worse than even them. The Talban kill a person for committing a sin and move ahead, but we draw sadistic pleasure in scandalising the issue. The DSP and the woman were literally butchered in the most inhuman manner. Instead of wondering about the killers, some residents are more interested in the alleged extramarital relationship of the victims. I hope God gives the three small children strength to face the immense social embarrassment while trying to come to terms with the tragic loss of their parents.”



New timings for govt schools
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
On the day when the mercury dipped to 1 degrees celcius in the city, the announcement made by the authorities to change the schools timings from 9:30 am to 9:00 am has surprised everyone. The Punjab Government has decided to change the timings of all Government Schools with immediate effect keeping in view the normalcy in temperature. Disclosing this today, an official of Punjab education department said that the morning timings of all the government senior secondary and primary schools would now be 9.00 am instead of 9.30 am.

Students, principals and teachers of government schools had a mixed response to the decision. "Nowadays, mornings are no longer foggy. So I think it is perfect time for schools to start at 9:00 am. We appreciate this decision by the government because weather is now pleasant," said Sanjeev Thapar, principal, Government Model School, Punjab Agricultural University.

Hardeep Singh, studying in class X said, "I think it is not the right weather to change the school timings. Mornings are still very cold today. If we have to leave for school at 8.30 am, it would be difficult."

Sandip Singh, a teacher at government school said, “The weather is clear now. We welcome the decision of the government. Exams are around the corner, so it would be better for students and they would have more time to study."

Gurdev Singh, whose son studies in class V, said, "I have been waiting for the change in timings because it my office starts at 9 .00 am, and now I can drop my son on my own," he said.



Feb 8 coldest day of season
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
This time, the coldest day of the season in the city was not in December or January, but February 8. The mercury dipped to 1 degrees Celsius yesterday and the temperature
was recorded at 3.2 degrees today.

The temperature had risen to 11 degrees Celsius by the end of January after the rains, but fresh snowfall in the mountains and the cold wave in the North-West, has caused the mercury to drop again.

Jaipal Singh from the meteorological department said there were chances of frost tomorrow morning. “Sun would be visible all day, but the cold wave will continue,” he said.

“The revival of cold is good for the wheat crop, but it may be harmful for vegetables like tomato. It will also have an adverse affect on fodder,” said Sukhraj Singh, a farmer.



‘Ambulance 108’ doubles as labour room
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
The ‘Ambulance 108’ service of the health department is not less than a labour room for many who have delivered their babies in the ambulance itself on their way to hospital.

The Ludhiana district, where these ambulances were launched on July 2 last year, witnessed the maximum number of deliveries in the ambulance service.

Jagdeep Singh, cluster head of ‘Ambulance 108’ of Ludhiana -1, said: “We conducted 196 deliveries in the ambulance in various districts of Punjab from April 2, 2011, to February 2 this year. Out of these, 31 were conducted in Ludhiana district alone, which is the highest number in the state. The women and their babies were then admitted to nearby Civil Hospitals or primary health centres.”

As many as 240 ambulances were received by the state government under the National Rural Health Mission. Out of these, 90 were launched on April 2 at Amritsar, and 50 were launched in the second phase. Out of these 50, 16 ambulances were launched in Ludhiana.

Jatin Malhotra, cluster head of ‘Ambulance 108’ for Ludhiana-11, said: “Although we have conducted 31 deliveries in the ambulances itself, we request people to cooperate with us and call us well in time.”



Chaos at Sub-Registrar’s office
Staff members arrive late to the office by two hours
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
The public visiting the office of the Sub-Registrar (West) for getting land deals registered had to face inconvenience for about two hours as the staff failed to reach the office on time.

Not only did the tehsildar come to the office two hours late, but the office staff, too, “refused” to accommodate the visitors by issuing them token numbers for making queues. It was alleged that “agents” directly went to the office and got tokens issued for their “acquaintances”.

Kanwar Jatinder Singh Bajwa, a former revenue committee member, said he had come at 10 am, but neither the tehsildar nor the naib-telsildar had reached the office. “We waited thinking they must be stuck with some work. We asked the office staff to give us tokens so that there was no problem later, but they said we would get the tokens only once the officials arrived. As expected, when the tehsildar reached the office, there was total chaos and a huge rush for getting the tokens,” he said.

A resident alleged that if people dared to speak up against the agents or the working of the office, the officials put several objections and harassed the common man. “It is better to be inconvenienced once than put up with their rude behaviour again and again,” he said, adding that the agents would straightaway go to the office and get tokens from the clerical staff. “We keep raising a hue and cry, but no one cares,” he said.

Also, the people complained that there was no security arrangement in place at the Sub-Registrar’s office. “The incidents of crime have seen a sharp increase in the city in the last few months. People carry lakhs of rupees for getting their land deals registered. Anyone can come and snatch the amount. Women also come here in large numbers. There should be some security arrangements in the office,” said Rupinder Singh, a resident.

Tehsildar (West) Balwinder Pal Singh said he had to attend an important meeting and reached office late. “Once I reached the office, within an hour, over 100 cases were cleared. The registry clerk also had a date in the court and another staff member was not well. But there wasn’t much problem,” he claimed.



Bus driver deserts passengers after tiff
Conductor too leaves spot after allegedly ‘locking’ the bus
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service
The police instructs drivers of other buses to move on and not stop at the spot of confrontation
The police instructs drivers of other buses to move on and not stop at the spot of confrontation. A Tribune photo

Ludhiana, February 8
After an altercation with passengers, the driver and conductor of a local bus, recently launched under the city bus service, allegedly deserted the passengers near an octroi post close to the Jalandhar bypass this evening. Women passengers alleged that both the driver as well as the conductor misbehaved with them and locked the bus before leaving.

However, the municipal authorities refuted the allegations and said neither the driver nor the conductor misbehaved with any passenger. “We suspect that after the successful running of this bus service, auto-rickshaw drivers are suffering losses and it could be their handiwork to malign the service,” claimed a senior MC official.

As per information, a middle-aged woman named Bala, a resident of Aman Nagar, had boarded the bus from Clock Tower Chowk. She alleged that when she was getting off near Aman Nagar, the conductor pushed her out. “When I objected to it, even the driver misbehaved with me,” she told the police, which reached the spot after coming to know of the incident.

Gurpreet Singh, SHO of the Ladhowal police station, said the police was rushed to the spot to pacify the residents who had gathered there in large numbers. “Later, the driver as well as the conductor apologised to the woman and the matter was resolved,” he said.

Coming to his staff’s defence, MC Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi said: “There doesn’t seem to be any reason for the staff to misbehave with any passenger, especially a woman. Still, I sent senior officials to the spot, who told me that the matter had been sorted out. I suspect that someone has tried to malign our image. We will be more cautious. If any employee misbehaves with passengers, the matter can be brought directly to my notice and if found guilty, action will be taken against him.”



Jagraon Sabzi Mandi a picture of neglect
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, February 8
The vegetable mart in Jagraon has been a picture of neglect, with vegetables being sold under extremely unhygienic conditions. Heaps of garbage, stinking water clogged in the area, and a large number of stray animals roaming in the market are just a few of the many problems confronted at the local sabzi mandi.

According to the shopkeepers of the market, the area has been laying neglected since last many years despite the fact that everyday business to the tune crores is done here.

During a visit to the market, it was found that the vendors were selling vegetables and fruits in filthy surroundings. Moreover rotten vegetables were also lying scattered all over the area, making the situation even worse.

There is no systematic process to clean up the market and one can often see heaps of garbage lying in every corner. Besides, rotten vegetables have been lying scattered all over the market, with vendors sitting in areas surrounded by filth.

“The local administration seems to be least bothered about the cleanliness of the market. Just a visit to the market is enough to make one understand the apathy of concerned authorities towards maintaining the sanitation level and hygiene,” said Parminder Singh Khalsa, a shopkeeper at the vegetable market.

“The authorities have taken no action towards maintaining the cleanliness and hygiene in the vegetable market. The state of affairs is such that the vegetables and fruits are being kept on ground amid heaps of garbage and dirty water,” lamented Iqbal Singh, a local resident, who had come to purchase vegetables.

A large number of stray animals also keep wandering in the market and sometimes they even eat the vegetables and fruits kept by vendors for selling.

“I have never seen any official from the health department visiting the vegetable market to examine the sanitation level. There is no arrangement of cleanliness of the market and the vegetables are being soled in highly unhygienic surroundings,” rued Manjit Kumar Rana, another local resident.

The apathy of the local administration towards keeping a check on the sanitation level has given a free hand to the vendors to sell the vegetables and fruits under highly unhygienic conditions.

Complaining that the administration has failed to keep a check on the sanitation of the market as a result the vendors are selling the vegetables in unhygienic conditions, the local residents have demanded from the administration to make proper arrangements for the cleanliness of the vegetable market.

However, secretary of market committee, Jagraon, Nacchatar Singh, claimed that there was proper arrangement of cleanliness at the vegetable market. He further added that the committee has written to the higher authorities to release funds for revamping the vegetable market.



DIMT students visit Ludhiana Stock Exchange
Tribune News Service

Doraha, February 8
With the aim of going beyond academics, the training and placement department of Doraha Institute of Management and Technology (DIMT) organised a visit to the Ludhiana Stock Exchange for the final year students of MBA and BBA.

Director of the institute Dr RK Lekhi informed that the visit proved fruitful for the students. On reaching the Ludhiana Stock Exchange, the students were welcomed by Sadhu Ram who gave them information about the stock exchange. He told that there were 21 major listed stock exchanges in India, out of which there are two main stock exchanges - NSE (National Stock Exchange) and BSE ( Bombay Stock Exchange), deal with SENSEX and NIFTY respectively.

“The Stock Exchange has played an important role in channelising savings into capital for the various industrial and commercial units by having two depositories like CDSL and NSDL. Due to nationwide reach of bigger stock exchanges, the trading volumes at Ludhiana Stock Exchange declined and ultimately, the trading stopped in February, 2002, but the stock exchange converted the threat of bigger exchanges into opportunities and acquired the corporate membership of these exchanges through its subsidiary company i.e. Ludhiana Stock Exchange Securities Limited and started providing trading platforms of bigger stock exchanges to the investors of the region,” he said.

“The vast network of brokers of the exchange is servicing millions of investors. The subsidiary company is also providing depository services in the states of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. The allied services like PAN Service Centre, Investor Service Centres are also being provided at major locations of the region. The turnover of subsidiary is highest amongst all the subsidiaries of regional stock exchanges. The growth of subsidiary is swift and it has been providing a range of services to the public at large such as trading, depository, IPO bidding collection centre,” he further said.

Pooja Kohli, executive director, used Neat.XS software which helps in functioning of stock exchanges, capital market in India, instruments of capital market, etc. She enlighted that Indian capital markets have been receiving global attention especially from sound investors, due to the improving macroeconomic fundamentals. “The presence of a great pool of skilled labour and the rapid integration with the world economy increased India’s global competitiveness. No wonder, the global ratings agencies Moody’s and Fitch have awarded India with investment grade ratings, indicating comparatively lower sovereign risks”she added. Further, she also threw light on the earlier trading systems such as the Badla System and showed the physical certificates of the scripts which were issued to the investors before the existence of the Demat facility. The students were also shown the live trading portal of LSE.

In interaction session, Pooja Kohli provided answers to the queries made by students on latest techniques of investments in stock market.



PSEB examination
No flying squads during second semester exams
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has decided not to constitute flying squads during the second semester examination this time. The board is also facing a shortage of funds and the responsibility of preventing copying would now be on the District Education Officer and the observers deployed in school.

The PSEB used to constitute more than 300 flying squads for inspection of the examination centers throughout Punjab. More than Rs50 lakh were spent on the TA/DA of these flying squads. In the last session, these flying squads caught only 20 cases of copying in the state.

In the new decision of Punjab School Education Department, now the District Education Officers would also be responsible for the inspection of examination centres.

According to PSEB chairman DS Dhillon, it was learnt that students have been feeling pressurised due to the flying squads and these had also become a cause of undue financial expenditure for the Board; but henceforward, the inspection teams from the board would only visit those centres where copying cases were common.



Kisan Morcha to organise national convention
Ashok Kaura

Phillaur, February 8
The Bhartiya Janata Party Kisaan Morcha will hold a national convention on February 10 at New Delhi.This was stated by Morcha National Secretary Sukhminderpal Singh Grewal while talking to mediapersons here today.

He said, that the issue of foreign investment in India would be discussed in detail in the convention. BJP former national president Dr Murli Manohar Joshi will preside over the convention. Grewal expressed apprehension that the Union Government will reattempt to allow foreign companies to invest in India after the assembly elections in various states of the country are over. Grewal stressed the need of open debate among all concerned on this issue.



Construction banned

Ludhiana, February 8
Ludhiana Additional District Magistrate Rupanjali Kartik has warned against any illegal construction or renovation of buildings within 1,000 yards circumference of the Army Ammunition Depot at Baddowal village, near here.

The orders, issued under Section 144 of CrPC, will be effective till April 8. — TNS



Book fair at PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
"Books are one’s everlasting companion and play a great role in connecting people across the world," said Dr Surjit Patar, an eminent Punjabi poet, while inaugurating a three-day Golden Jubilee Book Fair of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here today. Leading publishers and book sellers from all over India, including states of Haryana, Rajasthan, New Delhi, Uttarakhand, Kerala, and Punjab, are exhibiting latest books on a wide range of subjects.

PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, inaugurated the Golden Jubilee Section of Mohinder Singh Randhawa Library which comprises Dr Randhawa Section, Hall of Fame, and the Museum of History of Agriculture and Archives of the PAU.

Stating that Punjab was the land of great books, Dr Patar said, "Books provide friendship both in joy and sorrow. Although there is advancement in communication media, yet reading books enlightens the mind and helps in expanding the intellect." "The new generation needs to be encouraged to read books to face global challenges ahead,” emphasised Dr Patar and recited some newly composed verses on books wherein he described books as a bridge connecting man with humanity.

Meanwhile Dr Dhillon said, "India has achieved remarkable economic growth.” He said that quality manpower is needed for continuing economic growth, productivity and competitiveness and strengthening of PAU Library was a step towards this direction.



Lecture on English literature in SCD College
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
The post-graduate department of English, SCD Government College, Ludhiana organised an extension lecture by Dr Pratibha Nagpal, Prof Department of English and Cultural Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh. Principal Jasbir Kaur Makkar and Prof Rajinder Singh, head of English department, were also present.

Dr Nagpal, an eminent scholar of international repute has a formidable body of research work to her credit with the thrust being on Indian and colonial fiction in English literature.

The various thematic concerns in Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' and the different ways of looking at a story with special emphasis on the feminist point of view in the stories of Mahashweta Devi formed the subject matter of today's lecture.

Both the lectures were quite informative for the young scholars who posed several questions to Dr Nagpal in the interactive session that followed.



pau notes
Golden jubilee flower show at PAU

The Department of Floriculture and Landscaping, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana is organising Dr MSRandhawa Golden Jubilee Flower Show and Competition in collaboration with the Estate Organisation and the Department of Family Resource Management near Examination Hall of College of Agriculture on March 1-2. The competition will be open to individuals, private institutions, amateurs, government and semi-government institutions, and nurseries. There will be 10 categories and more than 100 sections comprising fresh/dry flower arrangements, different flowers, foliage, cacti, ferns, and bonsai plants.

Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon , Vice-Chancellor, PAU, will inaugurate the show on March 1. The show will be open for general public till 6.30 pm. The prize distribution function will be held at 3:00 pm on March 2.

Citrus show

A state-level citrus show and seminar is being organised by Punjab Agricultural University at its regional station Abohar on February 10. The event is being organised with the sponsorship of National Horticulture Mission and will be inaugurated by Navreet Singh Kang, Financial Commissioner (Development), Punjab, at 10:00 am. PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon will preside over the function and Director Horticulture, Punjab, Dr Lajwinder Singh Brar, will be the special guest. Dr MS Gill, Director of Extension Education, said that there will be an exhibition of citrus fruits followed by technical sessions. The produce competition will also be held and the winning entries will be awarded by the chief guest. — TNS



from schools
Bidding adieu

The students of XII class were given a warm send off in the campus of GMT Public School on February 7. There was a gala function organised at 10:30 am. The students were also wished all the luck for board exams during a religious ceremony held during the farewell. Several performances were organised during the function including. The head boy and the head girl delivered speeches which highlighted their journey from junior classes till class XII. Medelling rounds, games etc were also a part of the function.

A question round was also held in which various the seniors were given titles. Ms and Mr GMT title were given to Surleen of XII (Arts) and Amrinder of XII (Med) respectively. Several other titles, like Ms Beautiful smile, Mr Handsome, etc, were also given. — TNS



ectopia 2012
DMCH cultural fest to kick start today
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
A three-day annual cultural event of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) ‘Ectopia-2012’ will start off at the Dumra Auditorium from February 9. During the festival, undergraduate medical students will take part in various talent-hunt competitions.

Principal of DMCH, Dr Daljit Singh, said that cultural activities formed an integral part of leisure and recreation, and participation by students in such cultural activities helps in enhancing the overall development of their personality and provides an apt opportunity to exhibit their special talents.

Chairperson of DMCH Cultural Committee, Dr Sandeep Puri, remarked that the event was being keenly awaited and it provided a platform for DMCH students to progress in their careers and lives.

The events during ‘ECTOPIA-2012’ will be held in the morning, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, and in the evening, from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Secretary of DMCH Managing Society Prem Kumar Gupta and Treasurer Satish Sanwalka will inaugurate the event formally.

Dr Navjot Kaur Bajwa, convenor, and Dr Harish Matta, secretary, DMCH Cultural Committee, said that that the theme of ‘Ectopia-2012’ was ‘Beyond Your Dream’. He also said that over the years, the annual cultural extravaganza had gained lot of popularity among students as well as the faculty.

Some pre-Ectopia events were also held at Dumra Auditorium. The competitions included sketching, painting, collage making, debate, quiz, and mehendi. The theme for collage making and painting competition was ‘Politics and Humour’ and ‘Moods’ respectively.

“Ectopia will be inaugurated along with the release of newsletter ‘Ectopia Times’ which will be published on all the consecutive days of the event,” said Shriswasti and Reeva, student editors of Ectopia Times.



In bhangra, GNIMT wins silver at inter-university fest
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

The GNIMT bhangra team which won a silver medal at an inter-university festival
The GNIMT bhangra team which won a silver medal at an inter-university festival. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, February 8
The bhangra team from Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT) won a silver medal at the National Inter-varsity Youth Festival in Nagpur. A total of eight teams were competing at the national level, two teams from each zone presented their unique dance performances.

The team comprising 10 members performed the dance to win the second position after Karnataka. They are all students pursuing different streams, including BCA, BBA, MCA and MBA.

"Rhythm, synchronisation and our enthusiasm was the key to our winning the silver medal," says Baljinder Singh, a team member. Apart from that it was their discipline he says. They have been reaching the school auditorium at five every morning. They pray, do "path" before beginning their practice for four hours. After attending college, the practice resumes for another three hours till about 8.30 in the evening again.

The students attribute their success to their drummer "ustad" Ravi Kumar, their coach Gurjit Singh Cheema, the supportive teams and college authorities.

Only two teams had qualified from the northern zone, the team stood second after Haryana.

"Now the team will get the opportunity to perform at the national level at government functions for the coming year," says Tripatdeep Singh, the team manager.



Mutilated calf found, villagers blame it on big cat
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, February 8
The carcass of a cow calf found last night at Majara has further strengthened the fears of the villagers of a big cat being on the loose. While the forest department is still groping in the dark, the villagers are forced to spend sleepless nights in fear of the wild beast striking any time at their homes.

The mutilated body of the calf was found today by the owner in the morning. He immediately conveyed the same to the people of his and the surrounding villages. The villagers are already living under the fear of a big cat hovering around.

“A day before, we found mutilated bodies of three ‘neelgai’ and three dogs. The killer has struck over three nights. We are just left over with the carcasses and nothing else. They all had puncture wounds to the neck. The attacks are being made by a panther-like creature,” said Bhapur Singh of Buani village from whose sugarcane fields the carcasses were recovered.

“If the police department had issued us the weapons before hand i.e in the day time itself, maybe we had been able to nab the animal on that very day. We were given our weapons late at night and it was too late to find even the trace of the animal”said the frustrated Sukhdev Singh of the same village.

“A killer big cat is believed to be on the rampage in Buani and surrounding villages.The forest department too should act sharp in such a situation”he said. As if dissatisfied with the functioning of the department he added “If the wild beast keeps on stripping our animals like this ,the day is not far when we and our kids too shall be at every risk to life. The villagers want that the department should deploy other ways and means to nab the animal at the earlier lest the latter should harm the humans as well.”

“At this moment of time we still do not have any clarity. The footprints are missed at places. But the manner in which the animal first kills, then eats its kill a day after, indicates that it can be none other than a leopard. Moreover, it is may be leopard as it does not eat its kill in that very day” said Harinder Singh,SHO,Doraha Police Station.

DFO Naresh Mahajan when contacted said - “No body has seen a leopard but the possibility of its presence cannot be ruled out. We took samples and found five toes whereas in the cat family there are four .Still it may be have happened due to the overlapping of the feet. Then the possibility of dogs turning wild and attacking in groups too can be there. But this is astonishing that a single leopard weighing nearly 70 to 90 Kg can eat a blue bull weighing 40 kgs and then kill another for its meal on the same day. The big cat would do so only when it feels the urge for it”.



First flight in 10 days as weather clears up
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
It was an altogether different story at the Ludhiana (Sahnewal) airport today. Much to the excitement of city residents, the lone Ludhiana-Delhi flight landed at the Ludhiana (Sahnewal) airport after a gap of almost 10 days. The last flight had landed at the airport on January 30 and since the weather was clearing up now, the Air India authorities expected the frequency of flights to increase in the coming days.

The flights from the Ludhiana Airport had started in April 2010 and since then, the airport authorities had been urging the government to upgrade the airport. Till the time the DVOR device, which helps in better visibility for the aircraft, is installed, the flights would keep getting cancelled, claimed the airport authorities.

Perturbed over the frequent cancellation of flights, Air India had changed the timings of flights operating from the Ludhiana airport from November 23 onwards. Earlier, the flights operated from the Ludhiana airport in the evening, but now they operate in the afternoon.

Amrik Singh, manager of Air India, informed that the flight reached as well as departed from the city today.

“As the weather is clearing up and it was a sunny day today, there were no visibility issues. That is why, the flight landed at the Ludhiana airport in the afternoon. The last flight had landed at the airport on January 30 and the next two flights had been cancelled due to visibility issues. The last two flights had been cancelled due to our internal issues. But in the coming days, we expect the interval of flight to be a regular feature,” informed Amrik Singh.



Potholed roads to greet sports enthusiasts at Kila Raipur
Our Correspondent

Kila raipur, February 8
Assessing the Grewal Sports Stadium, the venue of the Kila Raipur Rural Sports Fair, popularly known as the Mini Olympics, will not be a cakewalk for sports enthusiasts and participants coming from various parts of the country and abroad.

As a majority of roads leading to the rural arena and playgrounds are in a dilapidated condition, and those leading to the venue of the 76th edition of the mega event are no exception.

While the present government has been boasting of promotion of kabaddi as the “mother sport” of Punjab and construction of stadia in the rural areas of the state, it has failed to construct or repair potholed roads leading to the sports venues.

“The government should have also taken care of roads leading to various stadiums and area situated in the state, besides promoting various gamed including kabaddi,” said Baljit Singh Taggar, a football player from Ahmedgarh. He alleged that none of the roads leading to the Grewal Stadium, including Ghungrana-Jartauli Road, Dehlon-Pakhowal road, Kalakh-Majri road and Lohgarh Road was in motorable condition.

The Sports Stadium, Gujjarwal, Chahal Sports Stadium, Kanganwal, Football Stadium, Mehma Singh Wala and stadia at Latala, Dhulkot, Pakhowal, Sarabha, Jodhan and Kalakh villages are among other playgrounds that can only be accessed by undertaking bumpy and tedious journeys.

Residents say a few decades ago, roads leading to stadia in villages used to be repaired at least once a year, as dignitaries, including the chief ministers and ministers, used to visit these places by road. However, with dignitaries rarely using roads to reach their venue now, such roads are uncared for.

A ride to the stadium from Ludhiana, Khanna, Malerkotla, Mullanpur, Sandaur and Raikot reveals that not a single road is in good condition.With potholes and eroded berms, these roads have emerged as a deathtrap for motorists.



After 14 yrs, parents come to know child is thalassaemic
NGO comes forward to support for life-long treatment
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
Seeti was two years old when he used to fall down while walking or running and used to feel weak to stand up on his own. His mother Reeta and father Sakita Gupta visited the doctor who kept him alive through blood transfusion. And now when the child turned 14 years, Salaam Zindagi, a non-government organisation (working for the t thalassaemic children) came to the rescue of the child by making his parents aware that Seeti was suffering from thalassaemia since birth.

Disclosing this to the Tribune, Manjeet Saini, founder of Salaam Zindagi, said, "After reading a news in Ludhiana Tribune "people still superstitious about thalassaemia " carried on January 30, which highlighted my cell number for contacting our NGO in case of any help for a thalassaemic patient, one of the city residents called me up and told about Seeti, a resident of Barewal village. Following this, I went to Barewal village and enquired about the family and finally succeeded in locating Seeti. I convinced the family about his life-long treatment and got his tests done. He was found to be thalassaemic. I got Seeti checked up by Dr Praveen Sobti, professor of pediatrics (hematology oncology) at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital and discussed his case with her."

And now, good Samaritans from the city have also come forward to help in his life-long treatment. Saini said, "As our NGO helps such children, so I contacted Shammi Bindra, president of Luxmi Ladies Club and chairman of Sarabha Ladies Club, for bearing the expenses of his life-long treatment. And she agreed to it, today she personally came to meet Seeti whose treatment started at DMCH under the supervision of Dr Praveen Sobti."

Sobti said, "Seeti suffers from thalassaemia and today for the first time he was admitted for blood transfusion at DMCH. His haemoglobin was 3 gm and he needs one or two blood transfusion immediately. An amount of Rs 60,000 to 2 lakhs will be spent on his treatment per year. "

Seeti also has one elder brother and elder sister who are suffering from polio. Manjeet Saini said, "Now our NGO is taking care of 90 thalassaemic children. We appeal to the public in general to contact us in case they come across any thalassaemic child and also appeal to good samaritans to donate for this noble cause. One can contact us at 9814704064.



Praying for the well-being of those participating in event
Our Correspondent

Office-bearers of Grewal Sports Association partake ‘karah’ after prayers at Grewal Stadium, Kila Raipur, on Wednesday
Office-bearers of Grewal Sports Association partake ‘karah’ after prayers at Grewal Stadium, Kila Raipur, on Wednesday. A tribune photograph

Kila Raipur, February 8
To seek blessings of the Almighty for uninterrupted progress of the 76th edition of Kila Raipur Rural Sports Fair, scheduled to commence on Thursday, and pray for the well-being of all participants, visitors, activists and office-bearers, the Grewal Sports Association organised path of Guru Granth Sahib at the stadium. A bhog ceremony was held today.

While reciting the concluding stanzas of the Granth Sahib priests prayed for health and well-being of all human beings and animals taking part in the mega-event besides seeking uninterrupted progress of the fair.

Gur Sandeep Singh Sunny, president, and Paramjit Singh Grewal, secretary, joined in the prayers.

Claiming that all preparations had been made for the commencement of the event, Paramjit Singh Grewal said distinguished teams and sportspersons from India and abroad had already arrived today.

The State Bank of India, official bankers to the event have decided to organise special stalls to educate members of the agrarian society, especially peasants and dairy farmers about various schemes of the organisation. Peasants approaching the bank stall for seeking loans will be processed on priority.

Though formal inauguration of the mega event will take place on Friday, individual races of bullock carts will start on Thursday.



chocolate day
Relishing ‘chocolaty-jamboree’ with gay abandon
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
For many chocolate lovers, "Chocolate Day" is the best time of the Valentine week and for others the best time of the year. Residents willrelish the scrumptious delicacies made of varieties of chocolates and treat their taste-buds to the continuous dozes of "chocolaty-jamboree” tomorrow.

Chocolates, dark chocolates, cakes, pastries and drinks imbued with chocolates are the special offers in the city restaurants. Many restaurants, including Chocolate Box has a special menu for the day.

For Kiran, a resident of Dugri, a self-professed chocolate addict, it is going to be a day to have chocolate with abandon. "My parents always chivvy me for having too much chocolate, but it is going to be my day tomorrow to have as much chocolate as I want," she says. "My favourite is dark chocolate," she says, showing the chocolate bars. Seven-year-old Ayush also echoed her views saying that his parents will not rebuff him for having chocolates tomorrow.

Aneel Singh, a Model Town resident, said that chocolates were a healthy choice as these contained antibodies and he made it a point to have at least a piece of dark chocolate every day. "There are very few things in the world that taste so awesome and yet are healthy," he said. "I think it is a crime to miss having chocolates," he grins.

Rahat, who especially prepared a chocolate cake herself, said the taste of chocolates was unmatched and for her it was the best flavour in the world.Deepak, a businessman, who gifted chocolates to his fiancée said that Valentine week was incomplete without celebrating Chocolate Day. "Chocolates for us bring alive the whole charm and romance of the Valentine's Day so we make sure not to miss celebrating the day to add more beautiful memories to our relationship," he says.



3 child labourers rescued after raid in factory
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 8
The district administration today conducted raids at a hosiery unit on the Jalandhar bypass and rescued three minor boys working on the factory premises.

The children were sent to the Civil Hospital where a medical examination was conducted to determine their age.

The SDM (West), KPS Mahi, said the raids were conducted under the supervision of JS Bhatti, Deputy Director, Factories.

The raids were conducted at a T-shirt manufacturing unit.

“We sent the boys to the Civil Hospital for their age certification.

The medical certificates will be given to us tomorrow by the hospital authorities. After getting their exact age, we will file a challan in the courts of the Judicial Magistrate for further action.

The labour department ensures that the Child Labour Act is enforced, but the administration can also conduct raids to rescue children if there is any information,” he said.

The parents of the minors reside in nearby areas. The programme officer of the social security department will meet their parents and counsel them to send their wards to schools.



Proclaimed offender arrested at Khamano
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khamano, February 8
Economic Offence Wing of the district police Fatehgarh Sahib has arrested a PO of Khamano police station from his village, Sohavi, falling in the Khamano sub-division. Narinderpal Singh, SI of the Economic Offences Wing, while giving information about the PO, said that a case was registered against Kulwinder Singh under section 408/420/467 /468/471 and 477

A of IPC at police station Khamano. The accused was absconding from since July 13, 2011. According to police officials, they got information about him and nabbed him near his village. The accused was presented in a court from where he was remanded to police custody for two days and sent to the Nabha Jail yesterday. A complaint was moved against him by a certain Kultar Singh who said that he was deceived by Kulwinder.



Man held with liquor
Our Correspondent

Machiwara February 8
The Machiwara police has claimed to recovered 12 cases of Indian and English liquor from a person during a naka last night on the Machiwara- Rahon road.

Machiwara SHO Amardeep Singh gave information that a police party of Machiwara police laid a naka near Dhillon Dhaba on the Rahon road. At about 1.30 am, the police party signaled an Indica Car to stop but the driver after stopping the vehicle near naka tried to flee but was overpowered.

During the search of the vehicle, eight cases of “desi”(country) liquor and four cases of two different types of English liquor were recovered from the vehicle.

The arrested person was identified as Varinder Singh(50), a resident of Machiwara. The SHO said that he told the police that he was bringing the stock of liquor from Rahon and was going to sell it at Machiwara. 



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